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Meet Me in Paris

Taylor + Jordan | Aug 4, 2019

Brunch wedding with Parisian inspiration at The Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina

Taylor and Jordan met on their second day of college, while they were exploring the campus. They hit it off instantly and ended up moving in together shortly after - and the rest is history! Fast forward to a trip to NYC on the night of Thanksgiving, Jordan decided to take Taylor to the top of the iconic Rockefeller Center...where he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. 

“We had a lot to be thankful for that year!” said the couple.

These lovebirds tied the knot on a picturesque summer day at The Ballantyne Hotel, where the manicured grounds, terrace space and elegant ballroom were transformed into an enchanting brunch wedding. Inspired by their honeymoon destination, they incorporated Parisian elements into the decor, paired with baby blue tones and gold accents.

“In their daily lives, the couple always goes on brunch dates rather than the typical dinner date,” said the photographer with Sunshower Photography, “and thought there was no better way to bring people into their lives than with a brunch wedding.”

For her bridal look, Taylor looked exquisite in a sleeveless ivory gown with a plunging neckline and stunning lace overlay. The dress showcased button detailing and a deep V down the back, as well as a subtle slit with a scalloped-hem in the front. She wore champagne-colored, embellished peep-toe heels and a thin beaded headband in her loose, cascading beach waves.

Jordan complemented her natural look effortlessly in a muted blue three-piece suit, paired with a white bow tie and peach-colored rose on his lapel. Together they looked radiant - glowing with the excitement that they would soon be husband and wife!

At the ceremony site, the venue’s outdoor space boasted endless natural beauty. There was a charming fountain, porte cochères, garden pergolas and an extensive manicured lawn. On the stone terrace, they placed a large wooden cross at the altar, flowered in eucalyptus, myrtle, baby’s breath and creamy roses. On the ends of rows of white garden chairs, they affixed smaller bundles of matching flowers.

When it was time for Taylor to walk down the aisle, all eyes were on her as she gracefully made her way to Jordan with the harpist serenading the moment. She looked breathtakingly beautiful with her cathedral veil sweeping behind her, and her bridal bouquet overflowing with mixed greenery, creamy garden roses, dusty pink roses, and massive white hydrangeas.

“They felt so much love and were happy that their guests could watch them finally become husband and wife after a long engagement,” said the photographer.

Following an emotional ceremony and much-anticipated “I do’s,” the party moved inside for a gorgeous brunch reception. The hotel’s refined and artful interior space boasted a massive crystal chandelier, arched windows and magnificent grand staircase. Each round table was set with an ivory tablecloth, gold chiavari chairs, gold chargers, and centerpiece arrangements of romantic cream and blush blooms in tall antique gold stands.

Both the welcome sign and the seating arrangement chart were created with handwritten calligraphy on chalkboards in whitewashed wooden frames, decorated with floral installations. There were also classy gold framed signs for the table numbers, as well as a handful of other DIY elements throughout the decor.

“To add more personal touches, Taylor designed the labels for their candles and flower poppers,” said the photographer, “as well as framed engagement photos to place as décor.”

For brunch, the couple and their loved ones dined on a French inspired spread, including smoked salmon, tea sandwiches, blueberry lemon tart macarons, chocolate bonbons and strawberry gateaux. As they indulged in the food and each other’s company, the harpist strummed lightly - creating a romantic and calming ambience. 

At the cake table, they had a two-tiered buttercream wedding cake with detailed piping at the base of both tiers. In addition to the clusters of ivory and dusty rose flowers, they adorned the cake with baby blue macarons to play on the Parisian theme.

As the celebrations came to a close, the newlyweds’ friends and families gathered to pop confetti made from dried flower petals, while Taylor and Jordan ran hand-in-hand to their getaway car.

“The couple loved driving off in a vintage Bentley for their grand exit,” said the photographer, “with family and friends bidding them adieu!”

Congratulations, Taylor and Jordan!

Still looking for your dream venue? Check out The Ballantyne Hotel HERE!

Creative Team

Sunshower Photography

The Ballantyne

OFD Consulting LLC

Devyn Leigh Events

Kelilabee Flower Co.

Nicole McAllister

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

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