Rachel + Nicholas |
Dusty blue wedding with a classic style and summery whimsical touch in the heart of the city at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina
Rachel and Nicholas met when they were in elementary school, but it wasn’t until he asked her to prom of their senior year that their love story truly began. They dated all throughout college while at different schools, then even through Nicholas’s graduate program while living in different cities.
It had been over five years when the end of long distance was in sight and Nicholas decided it was time to make it official. The couple was spending Christmas at the beach with Nicholas’s family, the exact same place they first said, “I love you.”
They were dressed up for Christmas Eve mass and decided to take a family picture of the beach. As soon as Rachel realized it was just the two of them, Nicholas was already down on one knee.
Since Rachel is a teacher and Nicholas was graduating in May, they knew the summer would be the perfect time for their wedding. They kept things traditional but added some soft summery touches with the dusty blue color scheme and accenting sunflowers.
The day started as Rachel and her bridesmaids – along with her dog! – relaxed with some mimosas and had their hair and makeup done. Rachel’s hair was pulled back in a side braid with a few strands of baby’s breath tucked into the bun. It added a touch of summer to her look.
While Rachel left the room to get into her dress, the bridesmaids all put on their mismatching long chiffon dresses. They were all different shades of dusty blue and felt the right amount of light and airy for the summery vibe.
Just as Rachel stepped back into the room, her bridesmaids were left speechless. She spun around and showed off her V-neck, A-line gown. The lace dress felt simple, traditional and whimsical all at once. It had a stitching detail around the waist and neckline that added some texture to the look. Her dusty blue suede heels were the perfect accessory to finish her look.
The ladies headed over to the church where guests were arriving and taking their seats inside the chapel. With its traditional wooden pews and ornate lanterns and candle holders, the two all-white altar floral arrangements were the only extra touch the ceremony needed.
Once the organist began, the groom and groomsmen in their matching traditional black tuxedos, took their places on the altar. As soon as the bridesmaids joined them, the church doors shut before reopening to reveal Rachel and her dad, ready to walk down the aisle.
Nicholas caught a glimpse of his bride for the first time that day and it was as if nothing else in the world mattered at that moment.
It was a traditional Catholic ceremony that ended as Rachel and Nicholas shared their first kiss as husband and wife. They walked hand in hand out of the church and onto the cute little trolley, just married sign and all!
The trolleytook the newlyweds and the bridal party to the city for some pictures before dropping them off at the reception. In a park in the middle of the city, the group gathered for pictures. The sunflower filled bouquets really popped against the lawn and gray city skyline. The ribbons hanging down from the bouquets lightened up the traditional look of a bridal party.
Meanwhile, Something Perfect was just down the street putting the finishing touches on the cocktail hour and reception spaces.
On the fifth floor of a high rise in the heart of the city, cocktail hour was set up on the venue’s terrace. Connecting to the terrace was the ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows covering half of the room so you could see the sweeping views inside and out.
Guests started to arrive and soaked in the views during cocktail hour with a drink in hand. Right before the couple was ready to make their grand entrance, everyone was invited inside to take their seats. Everyone stopped at the seating chart to find out where to go. The gold framed mirror chart had individual table cards that were stuck to the mirror with gold wax seals. The gold wax seals were the same wax seals the couple used on their invitation suite, tying their whole look together from the start.
Inside the round guest tables were set with a classic white linen and fresh floral arrangements. Some arrangements were a single large bouquet of white flowers and sunflowers, while others were a trio of bud vases with a few single flowers and sunflowers, surrounded by a pool of greenery and candles. Each table had an easel with the table number on one side and an engagement picture on the other side.
There was an extra-long head table set with a greenery garland running down the center. Tucked throughout the garland were some candles, and a few loose sunflowers and white flowers.
Along the side of the room set in front of a panel of almost floor to ceiling windows was a ledge covered with more greenery and candles where all the desserts were set up. Not only was there a four-tiered white cake from Edible Art, but there was also one of the cutest groom’s cakes we’ve ever seen from the cake shop. The cake was shaped like a Yeti cooler with a Carolina gamecocks sticker and surrounded by two beer bottles from a local brewery, topped off with a figurine of the couple’s dog. All of the groom’s favorite things!
And to top all that off, there were platters upon platters of cookies made by the bride and her family, as well as some authentic Cuban pastries brought directly from Miami to honor the groom’s family – even though it was the bride’s idea because they are her favorite!
The evening officially kicked off as Rachel and Nicholas made their grand entrance and shared their first dance together beneath the market lights strung across the dance floor. They sat down to enjoy a quick meal together before spending the rest of the night out on the dance floor.
As the night came to end, the guests headed downstairs as the couple shared one last private dance together. When Rachel and Nicholas came down, guests sent them off to their happily ever after with bubbles!
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!
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