Chandler + Reid | Jul 14, 2018
Chandler was a freshman and Reid was a senior when they first met in a high school AP class. They quickly became close friends, but nothing ever came of it that year. For some reason, Chandler was still convinced Reid was who she would marry one day.
They stayed friends over the next few years, talking on and off and seeing each other occasionally. They each dated other people, but for some reason, nothing stuck. It wasn’t until Chandler was studying abroad her junior year, and Reid was living and working in Charlotte that they reignited their spark. As soon as Chandler returned stateside, they got together, and the rest was history.
It was only a year of long-distance dating while Chandler was still wrapping up at Clemson before Chandler accepted a job to join Reid in Charlotte. While they were standing in the kitchen of their first apartment unpacking boxes, Chandler turned around to find Reid down on one knee with a diamond in his hand.
The couple planned a sweet summertime wedding with a simple and classic style. They found the perfect ways to honor their backgrounds, families and love for one another.
Before heading to the church ceremony, Chandler buckled her blue suede shoes and fastened in her gold and diamond tear drop earrings. When she was ready, her dad opened the door to see his daughter for the first time and the look on his face says it all.
Chandler stood there in her gorgeous silk ballgown. It was simple, yet stunning in the most amazing way possible.
“I never expected to wear a full silk ballgown, but I fell in love with the lace and buttons on the back,” explained the bride.
Her hair and makeup by Cotton Rouge and Company was simple and classic to complement the look. Her curly hair was pulled back in a low bun and her makeup was light and natural. The cathedral length veil was the icing on top of the cake.
She grabbed her oversized garden inspired bouquet full of all white hydrangeas, eucalyptus, roses, baby’s breath and a pop of blue thistle, and headed to see her bridesmaids for the first time. When her ladies saw her for the first time, it was priceless. Standing there in their misty blue mismatching dresses, each girl looked on with admiration.
Guests arrived at the church, which also happened to be the chapel at the father of the bride’s alma mater. The church had the most amazing cathedral ceilings with exposed beams and tile flooring. With such a grand exterior, they only did simple baby’s breath and greenery pew markers on the first three rows to keep it from being too fussy.
The organs began, and Reid took his spot at the front of the altar with all his groomsmen, each in matching traditional black tuxes, black bow ties and classic black cummerbunds. Chandler appeared, and everyone rose to their seats.
It was a traditional Catholic ceremony that also included a unity candle ceremony to represent Chandler’s Protestant background.
“I think for me, the most special moment was during the ceremony, exchanging vows and rings and receiving the nuptial blessing,” said Chandler. “That's what the entire day was allabout, and the whole reason we were all there to celebrate together.”
Once the ceremony ended, a bag piper entered and led the couple out of the chapel. Guests followed behind and headed over to the reception. The rooftop venue had both indoor and outdoor space that worked perfectly.
Inside the guest tables were set with simple and classic white linens. Some tables were decorated with white floral and greenery arrangements and gold accents, while others were decorated with an assortment of chunky gold candlesticks and mercury vases with just greenery and baby’s breath.
Outside there were soft seating areas with oversized chairs and patio couches for guests to enjoy. There were smaller vases spread out of more classic white flowers and greenery, but with the natural landscaping and greenery already out there, not much else was needed.
After guests filled the space, the bride and groom made their entrance into the reception and once they heard the band start playing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” they kicked off the night with a very special first dance.
“The most anticipated moment of the day was our first dance,” said Chandler. “My grandmother, who taught dance for 50 years, choreographed our first dance and even though wehad practiced a lot, we were both nervous, but it went perfectly, and our guests loved it.”
When the song came to an end, the couple took their seats and dinner was served. After dinner, before the dance floor officially opened, the couple cut their small single tiered sweet potato cake. Instead of cake for their guests, there was a gelato cart with four different flavors for guests to choose from.
Gelato was the perfect snack for everyone who broke a sweat out on the dance floor that night – including the bride and groom! When all was said and done, everyone headed outside for a bubble send off and watched the couple hop in the back of a Lexus convertible – the perfect getaway for that perfect summer night!
Congratulations to the newlyweds!
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