WeddingWire Charlotte’s Summer Soirée

Posted by Kim on Aug 22, 2016

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All photos by Love Shutter Photography

Engaged couples from throughout the Charlotte area gathered together with their family and friends for an evening of celebration and wedding inspiration at WeddingWire Charlotte’s Summer Soirée. The Levine Museum of the New South provided the perfect backdrop for this celebratory affair, with it’s stunning Lobby and Atrium spaces. Guests soaked up the beauty of the evening while learning from local wedding pros, enjoying delicious bites, and gaining ideas for their own big days. Enjoy a glimpse into the soirée, flawlessly captured by Love Shutter Photography.

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DELECTABLES by holly Catering pulled out all the stops with mouthwatering morsels that included shrimp and grits, biscuits with Smithfield smoked ham and brown sugar butter sauce, and marsala mascarpone mousse with grilled peach and prosciutto that kept guests coming back for more.

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Meanwhile, Wow Factor Cake Design satisfied every sweet tooth with their incredible cake bites and stunning show cakes.

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Pink Petunia Designs transformed the venue with their impressive floral arrangements, accenting tabletops throughout the Lobby and Atrium. The centerpieces and bouquets overflowed with a gorgeous variety of blooms. Lovely linens were provided by Party Time Rentals

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In the Lobby, guests relaxed in the beautiful lounge created with vintage furniture and romantic china from Evermore – the perfect addition for a memorable event.

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Amidst the sampling and imbibing, guests indulged in some well-deserved pampering! Cali Stott Hair & Makeup Artistry offered a lip bar for anyone wanting to add some color to their life and answered burning bridal beauty questions.

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Guests also practiced perfecting their poses with an abundance of props and a glittery backdrop in Shutter Hutch’s open air photobooth.  

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But the fun didn’t stop there! Carolina DJ Professionals kept the party poppin’ with their wide array of tunes and effortlessly set the mood with each song.

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To top off a truly inspirational evening, Mandi with Social 10 Events shared her expert wedding planning tips with the crowd. Not only did she drop serious knowledge on couples, but she also incorporated a handful of brides and grooms into her presentation to illustrate the different ways in which priorities for the big day can differ from couple to couple.

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Thank you so much to everyone who attended the event, and to our incredible event partners! If you’d like to find out about future events, please email WeddingWire Community Manager Jamie at jamied@weddingwire.com

Carolina vs. Denver: The 2016 Wedding Bowl!

Posted by Kim on Feb 04, 2016

We’re getting geared up for Super Bowl 50 this weekend, but in true WeddingWire fashion decided to compare the two opposing teams, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, in terms of their wedding stats, not their prowess on the football field. We took a look at North Carolina and Colorado’s wedding data, and created the handy infographic below. Happy Super Bowl Weekend (and happy wedding planning, too)!

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Lauren and Matthew were married at Butterfly Kisses Pavilion in Newport, N.C. on October 11.  “We were going for a rustic feel, and what better way then to get married in a barn,” Lauren said. The bride wore a strapless silk fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a ruched bodice and skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, birdcage veil, and a pair of jeweled bow platform pumps, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a tie and tennis shoes. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder teal chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Today, two families become one. Please pick a seat not a side.” The ceremony took place underneath the pavilion overlooking the river. Aisles were lined with baby’s breath in galvanized metal buckets, and altar was adorned with vintage books atop a wine barrel. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with akiss, it was official, almost 100 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with signature sweet tea drinks in mason jars. Fun fact: it served double-duty as favors! The reception took place inside the barn hung with string lights. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, and wooden box centerpieces. “Our first dance — I was so nervous for two weeks before the wedding because I had knots in my stomach,” she said. “During it though, I just remember thinking, I’m not nervous anymore.” Dinner was served buffet style. In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone wrote advice on hearts. A three-tiered fondant-frosted cake topped with a monogram was cut for dessert in addition to cupcakes. The newlyweds’ best advice? ” It’s your day,” Lauren said. “It’s hard not to please other people or just go with what they say because your stressed.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon in the Bahamas. “We had a sparkler send-off, and it worked out perfect,” she said. “Most of the guests stayed until the end, so we had a lot of sparklers, and it just started to rain right as we were walking out, which they say is good luck!”

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Photography: Rachel Smith Photography | Venue: Butterfly Kisses Pavilion | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals from Fountaine Bridals | Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bridesmaid Dresses: Allure Bridals | Jewelry: Brynn Marr Jewelers | Hair Stylist: Susan Lewis of Hair Class Styling | Makeup Artist: Carah Cotterman | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: Francois Youakim of Last Minute Wedding Officiant | Rentals: Crystal Coast Tent and Event Rentals, LLC | Caterer: The Flame Catering | Cake: Sweet Dimension Bakery | DJ/Videography: DJ Professionals

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Emily and Ian were married at Pack Square Park in Asheville, N.C. on October 12. “We wanted our wedding to be integrated into the combination of urban and rural landscapes that surround and make Asheville so special,” Emily said. “The Century Room was an extension of this idea. Placed certrally within downtown, it offered the perfect location for our guests. The interior with it’s beautiful wood finishes and striking beams running the length of the event space made you feel at home and comfortable, as if you were almost nestled into a North Carolina cabin for a picturesque fall night.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown with straps, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled tiara, sash, and a pair of Kate Spade wedges, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore long-sleeved green dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, berries, and seeded eucalyptus. “The moment we saw each other for the first time, and all the emotion that had been building for months spilled over,” she said. “It was really happening. It was incredible because only the two of us shared it (along with our awesome photographers).” The ceremony took place at 5 o’clock. Guests, approximately 90, sat in white folding padded chairs organized in a half-circle to witness the exchanging of vows before it was official! Fun fact: they each wrote their own! Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens, red runners, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles. “Our first dance was to ‘Higher and Higher’ by Jackie Wilson, a la Ghostbusters 2,” Emily said. In lieu of a traditional cake, there was a groom’s cake as well as cupcakes. “It was of Ian’s beloved cake Gandalf holding a University of Florida flag,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “First, make a decision and move on,” Emily said. “It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with so many options and that just adds unneeded stress. Secondly, the day of the wedding most things can’t be changed or fixed. Allows this to relax you and just stay in the moment with the person you’re marrying for as long as possible.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Charleston.

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Photography: Sarah Whitmeyer Photography | Ceremony Venue: Pack Square Park | Reception Venue/Caterer: The Century Room | Dress Designer: David Tutera from Global Bridal Gallery | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie | Jewelry: Dominion Jewelers | Hair and Makeup Artist: Adorn Salon | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Smoke Kanipe | Invitations: Mixbook | Floral Designer: Blossoms at Biltmore Park | Linens: BBJ Linen | Cake: Short Street Cakes | DJ: Sound Extreme

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Chika and Joseph were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic followed by a reception at Greensboro Downtown Marriott in Greensboro, N.C. on July 19. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart ball gown with a ruched bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled headpiece, floor-length veil, and a pair of Jimmy Choo glitter high heels, while the groom wore a navy blue tuxedo with black lapes, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, lillies, lisanthus, and geraniums. Despite the rain showers hovering overhead, the ceremony took place at 1 o’clock inside the sanctuary, featuring high-pitched ceilings with wooden arch beams. Only close family and friends sat in pews, decorated with ribbon, and an altar with two of the exact same upholstered chairs, to witness the exchanging of vows. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began in the hotel’s hallways with dinner and dancing in the ballroom shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with gold sequin linens, red napkins, floating candle centerpieces, and lanterns. For extra entertainment, Nigerian performers arrived as a surprise. Fun fact: it paid homage to the newlyweds’ country. Even money was thrown in the air! A three-tiered cake was served for dessert during the toasts. Not a dry eye could be found the rest of the night.

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Photography: Glessner Photography | Videography: Matrixx Productions | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Greensboro Marriott Downtown | Event Planner: Behind the Scenes, Inc. | Dress Designer: Impression Bridal | Hair Stylist: Wedding Creations by Christina | Makeup Artist: Doll Faces by Lauretta | Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ’s House | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Next | Invitations: a2z Wedding Cards | Floral Designer: Designs North Florist | Caterer: Healthy Zone Catering of Raleigh | Cake: Glorious Gourmet Creations | DJ: DJ Onz