Pearls, Gold and 1920s Perfection

Julianne + Steven | Jun 9, 2018

Black, White and Gold Art Deco Inspired Glamorous Wedding at Aria at Founders Hall in Charlotte, North Carolina

Julianne and Steven met through mutual friends and maintained a normal friendship for about two years before they began officially dating. After already establishing such a foundation, there was no question that they were meant to be. When Steven was ready to make it even more official, he knew it had to be special. a

While on a beach vacation just the two of them, Steven decided to pop the question. They had taken a bike ride down to the beach and stopped to look for seashells. When Julianne turned around, she found Steven down on one knee pulling a plastic baggie with a ring out of him swim suit pocket. After she realized it wasn’t a joke, of course Julianne sriaid yes!

The couple planned an art deco, black, white and gold wedding for June and it was beyond beautiful. From the signage to the centerpieces to the bridesmaids’ dresses, everything went perfectly together.

Before heading to the church, Julianne got dressed in her form fitting lace gown. The button detailing on the see through lace back of the dress was what Julianne fell in love with immediately. 

“I went to about four stores after I tried on my first one but kept comparing it to the first one,” said the bride. “One thing I knew I wanted was a cool back.”

She finished off the look with red lipstick, red painted nails and pearls. It was the perfect way to subtly tie in the art deco theme. 

The bride and her golden glam squad all made their way over to the church. Each bridesmaid wore a matching gold sequin floor length gown and carried a bouquet made of white hydrangeas and minimal greenery. The bride’s bouquet complemented the other girls with white hydrangeas mixed with roses and calla lilies. There was also a hidden brooch in the bride’s bouquet that was her grandmother’s and served as the sweetest something old and borrowed!

Once guests had taken their seats in the church, the wedding officially began. When it came time for the bride, Julianne walked arm-in-arm down the aisle with her father, while Steven waited to meet them at the altar. 

The bride recalled, “The most anticipated moment for me was seeing Steven at the end of the aisle.”

Julianne met her groom, who looked quite handsome in his classic three-piece black suit, and they exchanged their vows in front of their closest family and friends on a perfect June afternoon. After becoming husband and wife, the group made their way to the reception.

Aria at Founders Hall was the perfect location for the couple’s art deco theme. The venue’s marble floor, high arched glass ceilings and indoor fountain created an upscale and classy feel. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the second level where they could overlook the beautifully decorated reception space.

The room was set with round tables draped in floor length black linens and accompanied by dark mahogany chiavari chairs. Each place setting had a gold charger, gold flatware and a black linen napkin folded like a bow with a pearl napkin ring to go along with the theme. 

Each table had one of three different centerpieces. One style was a low floral centerpiece of white hydrangeas and calla lilies in a gold compote vase. Another style was an assortment of clear bud vases with single white blooms and greenery with floating candles in hurricane vases. The last style was a tall floral centerpiece with the same white hydrangeas and calla lilies on top of a gold four post stand with pearls draping down. Underneath the stand were tons of floating candles in hurricane jars. The tall style was definitely our favorite! 

The couple sat at a sweetheart table also draped in a black linen. On top of the table sat a gold runner and lots of different size gold mercury containers. Some small containers for votive candles, some large ones with white floral bouquets and some medium sized ones with large pillar candles. There was a black “Mr. & Mrs.” letter sign in a 1920s font. The best part of the table? The personal bottle of champagne and gold rimmed toasting flutes at their seats. Every sweetheart table should come equipped with its own bottle of champagne if you ask us! 

The 1920s theme continued throughout all the signage and other décor at the reception. From the table numbers to the gold birdcage card box to the little love notes in frames all around the room. There was even a props corner with a sign that read “doll up your outfit darling,” where ladies could grab a stand of pearls and gentleman could grab a hat. One of our favorite touches were the bride’s reception shoes – a pair of gold sparkly Keds with black satin ribbon laces. 

But the real show stopper was the cake. It was a four-tier square cake and completely on theme. There were gold accents, feathers, black layers and white layers. It truly was art deco perfection. And to think that wasn’t the only dessert!

“The one thing we did that was a little different was had a Ben and Jerry's ice cream bar for dessert,” explained the bride. “Neither me nor my husband really care too much for cake, although we did end up having an amazingly decorated cake, so we went with ice cream instead which was much more suited for us.”

Before the night ended, the couple made sure to incorporate some of the bride’s Lebanese heritage and bring some Arabic dancing and pastries to the party. As guests headed outside for the sparkler send off, Julianne and Steven spent one last moment together with a private last dance and we can’t imagine a sweeter ending to the most perfect day.

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

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From this Day Forward

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Amanda McQuade Photography

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