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Edgy Warehouse Elopement

May 2, 2020

Edgy styled shoot with modern decor, lush greenery, bold florals and a moody color palette at The Art Mill in Hickory, North Carolina


At an industrial warehouse space in a restored North Carolina textile mill, the unique elopement venue space was the idyllic blank canvas for a styled shoot. For this team in particular, they pulled together an edgy elopement, incorporating artistic vibes, lush greenery, bold florals and a moody color palette.

“We used this styled shoot to explore bold and edgy styling options for micro-weddings and elopements,” said the event designer. “We’ve noticed the trend toward intimate weddings growing over the past couple of years, and when COVID-19 put so many people’s special days on hold, we knew that brides everywhere would be looking for inspiration they could use for redesigning their event plans.”

Beginning with the invitation suite, the edgy theme and moody color palette were evident throughout the details. The modern, sleek concept was brought to life by bold black lettering, and the layout was accented by fern leaves and loose feathers.

“It was super fun to explore something we don't usually see at weddings and elopements...” said the event designer, “dark colors, rich tones, a black wedding gown, a greenery veil, hand-painted glass dinner plates and potted plants galore.”

Meagan Kelly Designs pulled together this moody, modern feel with an out-of-the-box, black wedding gown. The sophisticated dress featured a fit-and-flare silhouette, feminine open back and intricate lace design. To top it off, the breathtaking bride rocked lightning bolt earrings, a sleek straight hairstyle and a bold lip.

“Oh, and we can’t forget the fern veil - obsessed!” said the event designer.

The florist also created a bold, eye-catching bridal bouquet, overflowing with lush greenery, deep violet roses and anemones, blue thistle and fuchsia blooms. For the groom’s boutonniere, he wore a tiny cluster that mirrored the floral design in the bridal bouquet, which popped against his striking all-black ensemble. She also designed a huge hanging installation and full tablescape built from potted plants.

“We’ve been dying to try out this eco-friendly option,” said the event designer, “and the deep jewel tones in the foliage totally worked in our favor on this project.”

All of the bold, moody florals and greenery accents created a dreamlike contrast at the edgy warehouse venue. The industrial vibe and exposed white brick and beautiful hardwood floors gave the shoot both character and a blank canvas to truly transform the space.

“The textile industry has played a huge role in the history of our part of the state,” said the event designer, “so this restored mill building was a meaningful and totally spacious spot for a ‘socially distanced’ styled shoot.”

At the altar, they used a rectangular gold structure for the ceremony arbor, complemented by layered oriental rugs and potted plants in wicker, wood and geometric planters. In the lounge area, there was a set of plum-colored velvet tufted armchairs atop an oriental rug, with more potted greenery and candlelight on the glass-top wicker accent table - adding warmth to the space as the couple posed for photos.

“The photographer’s creativity behind the camera documented our designs in great detail and showed us some super interesting perspectives on elopement photography,” said the event designer.

For the tablescape design, the visual was anchored by a reclaimed wood farm table and rustic bistro chairs. Potted ferns hung overhead, and there was an array of potted greenery in various white ceramic planters across the center of the table, mixed with black taper candles. The place settings were complete with hand-painted glass dinner plates and origami-patterned napkins. 

“We love to create content that's out of the box, and this bold aesthetic totally fit the bill,” said the event designer. “Plus, you can't go wrong with live music and sprinkle donuts!”

The shoot was serenaded by an acoustic guitarist from Deans’ Duets, and the cuisine was just as eclectic. A massive, three-tiered grazing table was served on wooden slabs with all the fruit and cheese fixings, and dessert was not your traditional wedding cake.

What sweeter way to end this unconventional styled shoot, than with a donut wall? There was a black perforated wall with rows of sprinkled donuts and a sign reading, “Donut Mind if I Do.” Surrounding the display, there were more serving platters of donuts and donut holes, and champagne - of course!

“For most of us, this was our first chance to break out of quarantine mode and get back to work creating,” said the event designer, “and we hope this shoot is proof that you don’t have to sacrifice big design if you want to have a small event.”

Congratulations to this creative team for pulling off the elopement of our dreams!

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Creative Team

Meagan Kelly Designs

The Art Mill

Fur and Lace Photography

Rentals & Decor
A Bushel and A Peck Vintage Rentals
Vintage Chic Rentals

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Jessica Issacs
Milk and Honey Collective

Thistle & Twig Flowers

Donut Life

Katz Sandwich Co.

Deans' Duets

Milk and Honey Collective

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