Gabby + Isaac | May 27, 2018
Classic, vintage and art deco style wedding with pops of red, blush and navy at Cadillac Service Garage in Greensboro, North Carolina
Gabby was a junior while Isaac was a senior when the two met at their high school. Isaac was volunteering during his free period in Gabby’s theater class when they first met. After a month of phone calls and nonstop texting, they officially started dating. They crammed as much as they could in during that first year together because they knew come the fall, Isaac would be heading off to school.
The day before Isaac left for college, the couple went for a walk by the river and overheard a wedding in the distance at a nearby bed and breakfast. They danced to the music as it played from afar and they promised each other that if they survived college together, they’d return back to that spot.
Five years later, Gabby graduated and the couple decided to move in together. Another year later on Gabby’s birthday, Isaac was about to uphold their promise to one another. As soon as Gabby’s sister pulled up to the bed and breakfast, Gabby knew what was about to happen. She got out of the car and saw Isaac standing beneath a lit-up gazebo. Once he gave her his speech and she said yes, the same song they first heard playing at that wedding years ago started playing.
When wedding planning began, the couple knew they wanted to make sure the wedding reflected the two of them and their relationship. From the theater ceremony space, to the vintage style and art deco flare, everything honored their interests, family and relationship.
“We wanted to acknowledge how long we had been dating, nod to our interest in the arts and also took a lot of inspiration from photos from our grandparent’s wedding,” explained the bride. “We both had very deep connections with our grandparents and both credit a lot of our morals and interests to them, so we wanted to make sure their love stories were honored during our entire event.”
Guests began to fill the theater seats, because yes, this theatre loving couple who met in theater class got married in a theater. There is no other venue that would reflect them better!
Once everyone was seated, the movie themed music began to play and Isaac appeared on the stage. He was dressed in a deep blue suit that had a slight sheen to it. It was a nice modern contrast against his groomsmen’s classic black suits. The bridesmaids (and bridesman!) in their completely mismatching vintage metallic dresses joined the men on the stage before the bride made her entrance.
Gabby entered the theater as everyone rose to their feet. She walked down the aisle in her gorgeous fitted, satin gown. It was simple and stunning at the same time. The strappy back added just the right pizzazz. Mixed with her vintage inspired hair ‘do, bold lip and winged eyeliner, she looked like a total glam Hollywood bombshell. The red satin shoes were just the icing on top of the cake!
The ceremony was one of the most personalized and unique ceremonies we’ve heard of. It was officiated by the couple’s minister who has known them since they were young, the groom’s sisters read excerpt from Isaac’s grandparents POW letters, friends did a dramatic reading of the couple’s first Facebook conversation and the couple read their personally written vows.
“We didn't expect it, but our favorite part was actually the ceremony itself,” Gabby said. “There was not a dry eye in the audience or those left without smile lines, but we were so incredibly overwhelmed with how much love was in that space.”
Not only did the couple incorporate grandparents into the ceremony, but each one of them wore something of their grandparents so they could feel as though they were with them the whole ceremony. Gabby wore her grandmother’s garter and jewelry, while Isaac wore cufflinks and a tie clip that belonged to his grandfather. As if that wasn’t sweet enough, Isaac had designed Gabby’s wedding band himself using diamond from his grandmothers wedding band. Cue the tears!
When the ceremony ended, guests headed over to the reception space while the couple and their bridal party stayed behind to take some of the most epic pictures we’ve ever seen, thanks to Rob + Kristen Photography. The stage with city projection behind them set the tone for some pretty amazing shots, as did the outside of the theater where the couple’s names were in big old fashioned letters on the theatre’s marquee out front.
Meanwhile at the cocktail hou, guests were greeted by a gold vintage mirror welcome sign the bride had created herself. The venue had black and white checkered flooring and an open industrial styled bar. The bride rented vintage velvet and leather rental furniture and there were a few small gold vases with florals to brighten the space.
While guests enjoyed a cocktail, Folie a Deux Events was busy putting the finishing touches on the reception space. The venue may have looked industrial, but it had vintage roots being a past Cadillac garage and showroom. The room was decorated with Parisian blues and reds to restore a vintage feeling to the industrial setting.
There were long rectangular farm tables, some set with dark Chiavari chairs, some set with metal chairs and each with a greenery runner and vintage accents.
“We love the classic, timeless black and white look but also love antiques and the art deco style,” Gabby told. “We incorporated all of this (with a modern touch) in a variety of ways, like the centerpieces on our tables were a handful of found antiques such as books, unique vases, clippings from magazines from the 40s and 50s and decorative tins.”
The mercury gold bud vases holding a mixture of deep red, blush, white and burgundy flowers added the perfect pop of color and softness to the room. Floating in the background were oversized Mr. and Mrs. balloons, adding the right amount of fun to everything.
As cocktail hour ended, guests found their seats off another gold framed sign the bride had done herself, and took a seat. Gabby added a vintage style headpiece to her look to set the mood and the couple made their grand entrance into the reception.
Dances were shared and dinner was served while the live nine piece band prepared for the party to get started. Once the dance floor opened, it was packed and didn’t settle down. And when they got too hot from dancing, the gelato was sure to cool them down! The couple ended the night out on the dance floor, surrounded by all their family and friends, making for the perfect ending to the perfect day.
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