Sarah + Lawren | Oct 5, 2109
Industrial elements paired with a moody color palette of blues, burgundy and black created the perfect fall wedding at Norfolk Hall in Charlotte, North Carolina
When Sarah and Lawren first met, it took her awhile to realize that she had a crush on him. They were hanging out in the same friend group, and she eventually told her best friend that she liked him... the same day he told her as well! After a bit of matchmaking, the two were dating that very night.
Later in the relationship as they were packing for Denmark, Lawren worked very hard to convince Sarah that they were not getting engaged on that trip. After touring a beautiful castle north of Copenhagen, they made their way to the gardens where a photographer was waiting to capture the moment Lawren got down on one knee.
“The actual proposal was a complete blur and out of body experience,” Sarah said, “so much so that when we got the photos back, I couldn't believe I had sunglasses on when he asked!”
On a beautiful fall day in Charlotte’s south end, industrial elements and a moody color palette were paired to create a wedding that was the perfect mix of traditional and offbeat. With dark blues, pops of burgundy, black accents and minimalist décor, every detail reflected the couple’s personalities.
“Having from the beginning debated whether or not they should elope, or have the big wedding, they knew that if all friends and family were going to be there, they wanted it to feel personal,” the planner said. “The wedding had to feel like them.”
Sarah, in her white pajama set and floor length, sheer lace-trimmed robe, spent the wedding morning getting ready with her bridesmaids, who matched in soft blush pajama sets. Once the ladies were dressed in their sleeveless, blue bridesmaid gowns, it was time for Sarah to change into her bridal look.
When Sarah stepped out in her gown, she looked absolutely ethereal. She wore a sleeveless, bone-colored dress with a gorgeous lace bodice and a plunging neckline. The bodice was trimmed with delicate pearl embellishments, and the tulle skirt had some floral lace detailing. Her curls were pinned back in a half-up, half-down style with a crystal hairpiece, and she wore a dainty pendant necklace.
“I had my vision of a gown in my head for years and I have the Pinterest history to prove it,” said Sarah. “I was worried when I finally started shopping that I would end up with a different style, but I ended up in exactly what I wanted!”
Meanwhile, Lawren was suiting up in a classic black suit and burgundy tie that gave the look an edgy vibe. He added a gray vest and sleek black shoes, and wore a boutonniere of purple allium that complemented Sarah’s bouquet of myrtle, eucalyptus and red, blush and white roses.
After the original wedding venue fell through nearly six months before the big day, Sarah and Lawren had to shift gears and secure a new space. They lucked out, and ended up with the most unique spot with beautiful exposed brick and the perfect mix of industrial elements.
“Despite some of the more modern lines and darker colors, we aimed to make sure the wedding itself still felt airy, warm, and joyful,” said the planner.
With abundant candles and string lighting, the room felt perfectly romantic and intimate. At the end of the aisle under a row of twinkling lights, a geometric wooden arbor was adorned with large bundles of lush greenery, deep red roses and blush proteas.
“While the floral bouquets were beautiful the arbor flowers were out of this world,” said Sarah.
As it came time for Sarah to walk down the aisle, every detail was in place for a romantic, personal ceremony. They exchanged heartfelt vows that Lawren had written, and they even got to be married by Lawren’s brother. It was the most magical moment shared with loved ones that the two would keep with them for the rest of their lives.
Following a photoshoot with the newlyweds and their wedding party in front of the Charlotte skyline, it was time for the reception. As guests entered the space, they were greeted by a sign designed just like a print of a Johnny Cash saying that Lawren had gifted Sarah.
There was also a place for guests to write their well wishe sfor the couple on the backs of postcards. Since the beginning, Sarah left love notes on the backs of postcards for Lawren, so they wanted to keep the tradition alive, and even planned to make an album out of them.
Inside the industrial-style venue, exposed brick and small floral arrangements brought the couple’s minimalist vision to life. The space also boasted beautiful barreled ceilings, exposed bow trusses, string lights and suspended greenery. Each piece of décor was designed around a moody color scheme of black accents, pops of burgundy and a very specific muted blue.
“Other than venue style, all I knew was that I wanted a specific blue as my color,” Sarah said. “The hunt for the perfect blue would take years off my life... really.”
Farm tables and rounds were covered in ivory linens and lined with wooden folding chairs. At each place setting, there was black flatware, napkins and acrylic goblets in Sarah’s perfect blue, and menus designed and created by Lawren. The tables were topped with eucalyptus garland, floral centerpieces and glass votive candles.
When the couple got engaged in Denmark, they spent most of the trip obsessed with the concept of hygge, meaning a feeling of coziness. In order to really enhance the room and add that cozy element, they incorporated plenty of candlelight.
“I went crazy ordering candles to ensure we had that cozy and warm feeling throughout,” Sarah said.
After indulging in a delicious seated dinner, it was time for Sarah and Lawren’s friends and families to toast to their love story. It was a beautiful moment full of love, tears and a lot of laughter.
“The biggest kick of the night was when my mom gave her toast and thanked her village of husbands for helping to raise me,” said Sarah. “The room absolutely died laughing!”
On that note, the guests were ready to take their energy to the dance floor, where the band kept the party going all night long. Between dances, everyone enjoyed shrimp skewer BLTs and mini cheesecake shooters, and sipped on delicious craft cocktails.
“With heartfelt toasts, laughter, and some killer dance moves, you could sense the happiness everyone felt for Sarah and Lawren,” the planner said.
After everyone made their moves on the dance floor, it was time to cut the cake. The black, white and gray three-tiered cake was beautifully unique with geometric elements and marble detail. On top, the black geometric cutout heart was the perfect finishing touch.
“I expected things to go wrong, but honestly every single detail was better than expected,” Sarah said. “It was amazing to see it all come together and know it was exactly what we wanted... that we wouldn't change a thing.”
In lieu of favors, the couple decided to make a very special donation to the Arthritis Foundation. After a day full of dancing, tears, laughter and a lot of love, Sarah and Lawren were sent off to bright new beginnings.
We wish this new couple a lifetime of happiness!
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