Leah + Coleman | Apr 28, 2017
There may be some argument as to which dating app Coleman and Leah met on, but there’s no question that in the end, they were meant to be together. It didn’t happen immediately because when they first met Leah was living in Durham and Coleman in Columbia. About a year later, Leah moved back to Columbia and the two began talking again and eventually started dating.
When Coleman decided to proposal, Leah had a feeling something was up. Originally, they were supposed to go to Charleston, but then Coleman changed his mind and planned to do it somewhere local since Leah was commuting to and from Charlestonregularly already. On the morning of the proposal it was a raining but when the rain cleared in the afternoon, Coleman seized the moment and took Leah to the zoo, one of their favorite places. They ended up at their favorite exhibit, the otters, and there was a sign posted to the glass waiting for Leah.
Leah and Coleman planned a spring wedding with an industrial and vintage feel. The venue set the tone for the style with its exposed brick, exposed duct work and whitewash walls. It used to be a community center for local mill workers and both Leah and Coleman’s families worked at the mills many years ago, so it made the venue even more special to them.
The ceremony was set in front of a set of old blue wooden doors. There was greenery and flowers hanging off the door and around the floor were hurricane jars filled with candles, surrounded by gold votives and greenery.
Once all the guests took their seats, Coleman took his spot in front of the doors at the front of the room. Next to him were his two groomsmen, wearing the same grey suit with light grey shirt and tie to match him. Then, the two bridesmaids in matching short blush dresses took their spots on the opposite side.
When Leah appeared, all eyes were on her. She made her way down the aisle in her tea length gown. The oyster and ivory Justin Alexander gown had a V-neck with a lace top and tulle bottom; it looked like it was made for her.
“I found the dress that I wanted online, so my mom and I drove to Charlotte, North Carolina to see if they had in it store and when I showed them the picture of what I wanted, they said that was the only tea length dress that they had,” said the bride. “When I tried it on, I was not impressed but once we added a belt and birdcage veil, it was transformed.”
The gold embellished heels, gold and rhinestone necklace, and rhinestone with pearl earrings perfectly accessorized her look. The bouquet she carried full of fuchsia and blush flowers and greenery was the cherry on top. Leah met Coleman at the end of the aisle and the ceremony began.
After the ceremony, guests were welcomed into the reception. The room was set with round guest table with grey textured linens and mahogany Chiavari chairs. In the center of each table was a trio of different sized hurricane glasses with floating candles surrounded with gold votives and some loose greenery with one single blush rose.
There was a hanging installment towering over the bar. Three metal orbs hung with greenery wrapped rope. Inside each orb was a cluster of greenery and flowers with a candle.
All the guests took their seats as Coleman and Leah made their grand entrance into the reception. They went straight for the dance floor and went into their first dance together. This was one of the most anticipated moments for Leah because of the song they chose.
“We asked a few local musicians who are also friends to play at the wedding,” told Leah. “For the longest time, we could not figure out what our first dance song should be, and then it hit us, and Pedro was gracious enough to play that song along with a few others at the wedding.”
Once the couple finished their dance, they took their seats and enjoyed a meal with their guests. One of the food options, which was Leah’s favorite, was chicken and waffles, and we are drooling just thinking about it.
Before the dance floor opened, the couple cut their cake. On top of the gold sequined lined table was a beautiful and simple three tier white cake. It had a cascading cluster of fuchsia and pink flowers and sat on a glass cake stand that was surrounded with greenery.
The DJ kicked off the dancing and kept the crowd going throughout the whole night. When guests wanted to take a break, they headed to the photobooth area Leah and Coleman set up themselves. They set a little loveseat in front of the grand staircase that was wrapped with a garland. Behind the loveseat was some hanging greenery, which gave it the perfect touch.
The photobooth was an important part of the wedding day for the couple because of the history they have with photobooths.
“On our first ‘date’ we were at a local music venue and there was a photobooth there, so now whenever we go places, we always try to find a photobooth to add to our collection,” said the bride. “The company that we used for our wedding was the same company from our first photo booth experience together and it was fun for us and our guests since they got to keep the photo and so did we.”
Between the dance floor and the photo booth, everyone had something fun to do. At the end of the night, guests headed outside for the sparkler send off. Instead of grabbing a favor, there was a sign letting them know that the couple had opted to make a donation to the National Mill Dog Rescue, something else very important to Leah, in lieu of wedding favors.
Standing outside underneath the wooden arched doorway and brick building with sparklers lighting their way, it was the most picturesque spot to end the most picturesque day.
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