Brooke + Andrew | May 26, 2018
Two college athletes living on the same floor sophomore year of college – sounds like a match made in heaven, right? Well for Brooke and Andrew it definitely was! Six years later, Andrew was down on one knee of the front steps of their first home together.
The couple was married at the bride’s family church in a traditional praise worship service. Prior to the ceremony, Brooke didn’t do a first look with her groom, but she did do a first look with her dad. It was such a special moment, that Brooke will be able to relive long after wedding day in her wedding video thanks to Carolina Wedding Films.
As guests entered the ceremony, there was a sweet welcome table with a rustic trunk full of handkerchiefs and a large plate guest book. There also sat a white porcelain cake stand that held a picture frame and candle as a memorial and a rustic milk jar holder with a few jars of large blush peonies and tons of greenery. It really set the tone for what was going to be a beautiful day.
The most beautiful part? The bride walking down the aisle in her baby doll silhouette shaped gown with a tulle skirt and beaded lace bodice complete with eyelash fringe on the neckline. There was light beading in the bodice and pearl buttons on the back. She wore her hair pulled back and finished the look off with small teardrop earrings. Talking about stunning.
The bouquet she carried added to the gorgeousness and the fact that the bride’s mom arranged the bouquet took it to the next level. It was full of white and blush florals and greenery from the bride’s yard at home. The greenery wasn’t the only family thing the bride carried with her.
Brooke’s something old, borrowed and blue were all family pieces.
“My something old was my cross worn by my deceased granny, a christening ring that was made from my Paw Paw’s wedding band and a birthstone charm from my mom's necklace,” said Brooke. “These items were placed on a pin and attached to my garter.”
The something borrowed was her mom's earrings from her wedding day and the something blue was an Indian princess patch from a dad and daughter group she was in growing up.
The groom looked pretty handsome himself in a light gray suit and blush tie. All the groomsmen matched the groom’s less formal look. The bridesmaids all wore blush floor length chiffon gowns, but each was a different style. The carried loose, natural looking bouquets that complemented the bride’s, but in only white florals.
After the emotional ceremony, guests headed over to the industrial venue complete with brick walls, wooden beams, exposed duct work and lots of chandeliers! All of the beauty of the venue and the décor was perfectly captured by Ariel Kaitlin Photography.
Guests were greeted by a gift table that had a large wooden cage drowning in greenery and a welcome sign, also laced in lush greenery.
There was a mix of round and rectangular guest tables all set with dark wooden chiavari chairs, white linens and a variety of rustic centerpieces. All round tables had a wooden tree trunk slab as the base, but what sat atop changed from table to table. One table had a mirror on top of the slab and then a vase of white blooms, greenery, dusty miller and votive candles. Another table had a rustic lantern with hanging votives and a single bud vase of greenery. The rectangular tables had a few slabs, a large greenery runner and white blooms sprinkled throughout.
Each place setting was set with a gold-rimmed cream plate and white linen napkin topped with a print out of a timeline or menu, depending on which side you were looking at.
The sweetheart table was a small farm table with vintage lace placemats and, of course, more greenery. There was a wooden sign complete with the couple’s new last name and candlelight, making for the most romantic spot to share a first meal as husband and wife.
Once the party started, it didn’t stop. One of the bride and groom’s favorite parts of the night was the dancing!
“Some of our favorite parts were dancing with our guests, and the anniversary dance – where my grandparents were the last one's standing because they have been married for 61 years and then we each danced with them,” said Brooke.
And how about that cake table?! The look started with a rustic rolling wooden cart, lots of ferns and a bridal portrait in a rustic white frame. On top of the cart sat a multi-tiered wooden spool and on top of that, another tree trunk slab, all covered in greenery and a few loose white blooms with a white wooden cursive Mr. and Mrs. sign. On top of the slab was a simply beautiful white four-tiered wedding cake with two clusters of blush and white florals plus greenery. Brooke and Andrew cut their cake with the same knife that the bride’s parents used on their wedding day – cue the tears!
As if that cake wasn’t enough, the couple got a local ice cream trucks thanks to the bride’s aunt!
“We each had a signature flavor – a bride flavor and groom's flavor,” said the bride. “They pulled up outside for about an hour.”
After the ice cream, guests headed outside to light up the night with sparklers and send off the couple to spend their first night together as husband and wife!
Ariel Kaitlin Photography
Carolina Wedding Films
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