Catherine + Dan |
A girl from North Carolina and a boy from Connecticut both end up in San Antonio, Texas working at the same military medical research institution. That same girl and boy seemed to both two of the only single people working at the institution, so it was only natural that everyone was trying to push them together. It took a while, but Dan and Catherine finally gave in and started dating. Two years later back in Catherine’s home state, Dan proposed.
Dan and Catherine were married a year later in a wedding that represented their love story perfectly. They wanted to highlight as much of their nationwide love story as possible and that’s exactly what they did.
After everyone spent the morning getting ready, the couple met at the church before the ceremony for a sweet private moment. It wasn’t a first look, but the couple stood back to back holding hands as they read hand written letters from one another. Don’t mind the tears on our keyboard as we type this, but seriously how sweet is that?
Once the couple had their moment, they headed their separate ways as guests filled into the church pews. When the time came to begin, Dan and his groomsmen made their way to the altar. The gentlemen all wore matching light grey three-piece suits and navy shirts. Dan stood out in a grey tie while the groomsmen had navy ties. It was a perfectly classic look on everyone.
The bridesmaids then filed in next, one by one in their mismatching floor length navy blue chiffon dresses. They carried bouquets in a soft pink color made up of loose flowers including roses and anemones and lots of greenery.
Then the moment came, and everyone stood as Catherine walked with her dad on one arm and her mom on the other. She wore a jaw dropping form fitting lace gown. The detailing, like the flutter lace sleeves and buttons on the back, really made it something special. She carried a similar version of the bridesmaids’ bouquets, it was just a little bit larger and had a few hidden succulents.
After the bride met her groom at the altar, the traditional Catholic ceremony began. As if the ceremony wasn’t sweet enough, the officiant was a close friend of Dan’s, so it made it all the more personal and emotional.
Following the ceremony, guests headed over to the reception venue to enjoy a few cocktails before the party got started. On their way to the reception, the newlyweds made a pit stop for the cutest pictures at the Fayetteville train station underneath the city sign as a nod to the bride’s hometown. Not only will they have pictures of this cute pit stop, but they will be able to relive the moment thanks to Carolina Wedding Films who captured the whole thing – and day – on video!
Once they made it to the reception, they were awed by the transformation of the industrial space. Inside, there were market lights draping the exposed beams and duct work, and guest tables draped with crisp white linens and set with dark mahogany Chiavari chairs to modernize the look. Outside there was a courtyard where more market lights hung from the trees and wooden pallets served as bench seating and cocktail tables. On the cocktail tables outside there was a lace overlay on the wooden table, a few potted succulents and some candles in jars.
On the guest tables, on top of the white linens, was a navy lace runner and on top of that was an assortment of jars and vases. Some were clear bud vases with single stemmed florals, some were silver compotes with an arrangement of roses and greenery, others were terrariums with greenery and some were potted succulents. It was an eclectic mix that looked just right. Each place setting had a silver charger and a custom printed mason jar filled with a navy linen napkin, silverware and a menu card.
Before making their way to their seats, guests walked through the entrance past an oversized wooden cocktail table with a lace overlay that held the couples wooden initial guest book. There was also a decorative shutter they decorated with pictures from their love story.
As guests continued into the space, they found a large window pane draped with greenery and in each pane was a list of who was sitting at each table. In another corner there was a photo booth with tons of props and a chalkboard backdrop. The chalkboard had a hand drawn map with pictures in each location that meant something special to the couple. And in another spot in the room was a display of just married signs. One sign was from the groom’s parents, one sign from the bride’s parents and a new one painted for Dan and Catherine.
The couple sat at a guest table with their parents and enjoyed the rest of the day with their loved ones. There were first dances, speeches and lots of dancing – a recipe for the perfect wedding!
We all know no wedding is complete until the cake is cut, and it makes it all the sweeter when your cake looks as beautiful as this one! The four-tier cake had white horizontal textured icing and a floral cluster on each tier. It sat on top of a square silver stand and was surrounded by lace fabric.
Once the cake was cut, the party started and more importantly, the candy bar opened! The table was lined with an assortment of aluminum and tin containers, baskets, stands and tiered trays – each with a different candy. From M&Ms and Airheads to Starbursts and Ring Pops to Gummy Bears and mini Hershey’s bars, there was something for everyone; we want one of everything!
After grabbing some candy and hitting the dance floor - and then grabbing some more candy – the night came to an end. But before calling it a night, everyone headed outside for one last hurrah and sent the couple off in style with a sparkler exit.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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