Rachelle + Vinny | Apr 13, 2019
Romantic and feminine spring wedding with a pastel-inspired color palette at the L in downtown Greenville, South Carolina
As spring peaked, romance was truly in the air at Rachelle and Vinny’s downtown Greenville wedding celebration. The pastel color palette featured shades of apricot, dusty rose and blush, while the feminine-inspired decor came to life through soft florals and abundant greenery.
“It was romantic and elegant, full of beautiful traditions, filled with joy and just endless fun!” said the wedding photographer.
The day began inside the bridal suite, where Rachelle was surrounded by her wedding party and family for toasts, laughs and plenty of glam.
“I honestly don’t know what I would have done without my sister (MOH) and amazing bridesmaids by my side,” said Rachelle, “keeping me calm, having fun with me and anticipating my needs.”
Rachelle looked striking in her wedding gown, which featured a beautiful bodice combining a champagne fabric underlay and ivory lacework. With each step, her skirt gave cloudlike movement in layers of tiered tulle with elegant horsehair trim.
She wore crystal cluster stud earrings and a pair of Tiffany blue kitten heels with a pearl and crystal-embellished strap. Her mom made her cathedral-length veil, so the moment she placed it in her hair was a sentimental experience Rachelle would forever cherish.
Her bridesmaids wore blush pink chiffon gowns, while her maid of honor wore a champagne gown with a ruffled high neck. Vinny and his groomsmen donned classic black and white tuxedos, paired with a blush pink pocket square and a foraged boutonniere of loose greenery.
Rachelle’s bridal bouquet was a dreamy collection of pastel pickings, including willow eucalyptus and garden roses, dahlias and ranunculus in spring shades of dusty rose, soft ivory, apricot and blush. For her “something old,” she tied in the necklace she gave her mom when she was in the 2nd grade.
“It has 4 rings to represent her 4 children and she wears it every day!” said Rachelle.
Just before heading to the church, the couple and their wedding parties joined the wedding photographer for photo opportunities in a naturally lit lawn, as well as the industrial downtown Greenville streets.
Inside the chapel, the grandeur needed little embellishment - so they added simple greenery to the ends of the front pews, and welcome signage incorporating greenery and gold geometric accents. Once all the guests were seated and the chapel doors opened wide, Rachelle made her way down the aisle confidently toward her soon-to-be husband.
“Not only did Rachelle’s father marry the two of them, but her mom sang a beautiful heartfelt song in French in memory and tradition for Rachelle’s grandmother,” said the photographer, “...cue the tears.”
Following the service full of emotion and tradition, Rachelle and Vinny shared a photo-worthy “exit kiss” as they left the chapel hand-in-hand.
“I could feel the sun shining down on us as the doors opened!” said Rachelle.
At the reception space, the soft, feminine decor created a beautiful contrast against the building’s industrial elements - including brick walls, arched windows and exposed ceiling beams. The abundant greenery and floral installations, curated by one of Rachelle’s dear friends, were the focal point of the reception décor.
There was dramatic white drapery hanging in the backdrop, and a monogrammed spotlight lit against the brickwork displaying the couple’s names and wedding date. Suspended over the main table, they hung a double-arched installation of lush green ivy.
The modern seating arrangement signage was framed with more greenery, and the unique guest book was set nearby for the couple’s friends and families to sign.
“Our guest book was a tree with the NYC skyline in the background, and all the guests signed a leaf,” said Rachelle.
The tables around the space were all set with ivory linens and brass wire seating for a modern-meets-elegant look. An abundance of mismatched candles and single stem arrangements were strewn across the center of the head table, while the rounds featured foraged arrangements in tall gold geometric stands.
At the guests’ tables, classic glassware and silverware created a simple and classy tablescape, while gold-rimmed glassware and brushed gold flatware added a pop of glam to the place settings at the head table. The newlyweds’ chairs were also adorned with gold laser-cut “bride” and “groom” signs, tied with a bundle of greenery and dried florals.
In a cozy corner, they created a sophisticated lounge area with an upholstered loveseat and plush armchairs in soft neutrals. Adding to the warm ambiance, there was gold accent furniture, an abundance of candlelight, feminine florals and a modern chandelier intertwined with greenery.
They made the evening their own by serving multi-tiered platters of assorted cupcakes, cookies and brownies for a sweet treat. Guests energized at the dessert table, before heading back to the dance floor for the remainder of the night.
“I could go on and on about all our favorite moments,” said the photographer, “but I think what I will remember most is that these families sure know how to party and celebrate!”
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!
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