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Intimate, Elegant Museum Wedding

Candace + Carlton | Aug 15, 2020

Intimate, elegant wedding with minimalist decor, ivory tones and gold accents at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina

Candace and Carlton first met in 2006 at a party in Charlotte, where their individual journeys overlapped for about six years. It wasn’t until they both relocated to Atlanta in 2012 that they developed a more profound friendship, starting with Candace asking Carlton for recommendations on where to live. After that, they began hanging out and three-minute phone calls quickly turned into two-hour conversations.

“We can’t say exactly when things shifted -- when we started catching feelings or telling our friends about ‘this guy’ or ‘this girl’,” said Candace. “But, we can say without hesitation that we are each other’s person.”

Candace and Carlton had a simple, elegant wedding surrounded by exquisite modern art and their closest friends and family. They infused the design concept with classic cream-colored blooms, soft ivory tones and gold accents.

“We're both minimalists, so we appreciate simplicity,” said Candace. “Our colors were white and gold, which fit our theme of elegant simplicity quite perfectly.”

For her bridal look, Candace wore an absolutely breathtaking ivory off-the-shoulder sheath wedding gown. The design sculpted her figure effortlessly, and she topped off the look with a bold lip and statement, pearl-encrusted drop earrings. Carlton looked dapper in an elegant black tux, which perfectly tied together the overall aesthetic.

Candace carried a special bouquet created by herself and her mother, arranged beautifully with blush garden roses and cream-colored hydrangeas. They actually put together all of the floral arrangements the day before the wedding, which ended being a sentimental, pre-wedding bonding moment.

“Most everything about our wedding was customized,” said Candace. “We ended up having somewhat of an elevated ceremony, rather than a ceremony and reception.”

Due to the pandemic, the couple decided it was safest to forgo the traditional reception with a sit-down dinner. Instead. they hosted an outdoor, courtyard cocktail hour decorated with high tables in ivory linens topped with floral centerpieces.

After cocktail hour, they brought everyone back into the space where they exchanged vows. Because the museum was already adorned wall-to-wall with art, it required little embellishment. They incorporated bright golden drapery as the backdrop to the altar, and they used gold chiavari chairs for guests. The aisle was lined with floral arrangements in gold vases, overflowing with white roses, baby’s breath and greenery. 

“That placement of the flowers added a level of elegance and beauty to the ceremony that wasn't originally planned for,” said Candace.

They decided to each have one person stand up at the altar next to them. The bride's big brother was her “Man of Honor,” and the groom's Best Man was by his side. It finally came time to exchange ‘I dos’, which was the moment Candace had eagerly anticipated most.

“I actually didn't know if I was going to laugh, cry, lose control or something else,” said Candace.

Following their first kiss as newlyweds, Candace and Carlton shared their first dance, twirling around as the art-lined walls added an element of magic. They shifted into the emotional father/daughter dance, and soon after broke into heartfelt family toasts, accompanied by an abundance of bubbly.

Their cake was nothing short of art itself and looked almost too beautiful to cut. It boasted three tiers with textured ivory frosting, metallic gold banding and a metallic gold floral topper.

At the end of the evening, the newlyweds’ friends and families got to take home a delicious catered meal along with individually wrapped sweet treats, which was an unconventional yet tasteful ending to a perfect day. For Candace, her advice to brides planning a pandemic wedding would be to scratch out the traditional ideas and make it your own.

“Throw expectations out the window and create a special day that honors you as a couple, respects what's happening in the world, and keeps your guests safe,” said Candace.

Congratulations, Candace and Carlton! 

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Creative Team

Kim Craven Photography
Trenise Elmore
Jay Elocin

Columbia Museum of Art

Shades by Kim

Blue Marlin Signature Catering

Ava Doby

Herbert Gray

Rentals & Decor
Event Rentals
Ambient Media SC

TMI Productions

Lashawn Gee

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