Jennifer and John

Charlotte, North Carolina

 

 

Photography | f8 Photo Studios | @f8photostudios

Venue | LaCa Projects | @lacaprojects

Event Planner | Elle M Events | @ellemevents

Floral Designer | Mimi Eden Floral Design

Bridesmaids Dresses | Adriana Papell @adriannapapell

Men’s Attire | J Crew | @jcrew

Caterer | Roots Catering | @roots_catering

Specialty Foods | Your Mom’s Donuts @yourmoms_donuts

DJ | Split Second Sound | @splitsecondsound

Jennifer & John’s uptown Charlotte wedding ceremony was held in an art gallery. They have a wonderful mix of fun, chic, and urban photos for their portrait session.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

Our wedding was traditional in the sense that there was a ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, but we kept everything within those three main events unique to our style. John and I wanted to have certain vintage style decor mixed with modern trends to try to encapsulate our style as much as possible. We decided against certain traditions such as having a wedding in a church/religious wedding and we also did not have a cake or do a garter or bouquet toss. We did however do a first dance, and dances with our parents as a part of wedding tradition, mostly to appease our parents.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

We decorated with elements from the past and current trends for our wedding. For example, we decided to have donuts instead of a wedding cake. We chose to display the donuts with mismatched tiered and DIY displays that all worked together (hopefully) to form a harmonious, unique decorated donut table. We had tall three tiered dessert trays, short ones, flat ones, square, circle, etc. We wanted our guests to have fun with our decor as well — we displayed a life-sized cardboard cut out of ourselves from our 70s themed engagement party that our guests could take a polaroid photo “with us” to keep, and take a polaroid of themselves to leave for us with a message in our guest book. We also included classic games such as connect four and UNO on our cocktail tables during cocktail hour instead of floral displays to keep costs lower but also to provide a unique form of entertainment during that hour.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

John and I were married in front of a tall wooden arch with floral arrangements that matched our bouquets and general table decor. We went with the trendy long floral arrangement stretching across the (very) long head table, but also had a unique arrangement suggested by our florist of tulip wrapped glass spheres on our guest tables. My bridal bouquet was a cascading, loose teardrop shaped bouquet that blew me away when i saw it. Our flowers were different shades of pink and white to go along with our color scheme of navy and blush pink.

 

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

We provided mini polaroid cameras, travel sized classic games, and a i-pad operated photobooth for entertainment at our wedding during cocktail hour and the reception (everything was in the same location/building). Our guests really seemed to enjoy themselves with the various forms of entertainment as evidenced by the amount of polaroids that were taped in our guestbook and left for us to look at after the wedding. I would like to think if we were guests at our own wedding, we would have had a great time with the entertainment options provided.

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

John decided to wear a suit instead of a tuxedo, and got his suit from J Crew. I tried on many, many, many bridal dresses and finally picked one from a designer Adriana Papell that is popular in most department stores here. I tried on the dress at Belk department store, and ended up ordering my size on Amazon. The alterations for my dress cost more than the dress itself!

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

John was my boss at work for about a year before I “noticed” him. I would always find reasons to go into his office and ask questions that I may have already known the answer to, just to have a chance to talk to him that day. We ended up going on our first date after he challenged me to make it to the gym five days in a row (a challenge I had originally set for myself that he helped motivate me to achieve). We went to “food truck Friday” and had a few drinks and ended up dating from that day forward. Four years later, he proposed to me on the night before we were planning on going out of town on a beach trip to Bald Head Island with friends. We were cleaning out the refrigerator before we left and he had wrapped up the ring box in foil and asked me to “check to see if that was still good or not”. He really surprised me. The most romantic part? The dim lighting from the refrigerator in our kitchen.

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The most special moment for me was spending the entire day surrounded by my bridesmaids that were there in full support of me having the best day i could ever imagine. They all got along and we had a great time just being ourselves and drinking too much champagne.

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

I don’t really have much advice for other couples aside from trying not to fall into too much societal pressure of what your wedding day “should” be. There’s a lot of things I learned in the wedding planning process, mostly that weddings are for your guests, not for you. They are heavily influenced by family desires of what your wedding (and wedding party) should and should not be, unfortunately. We were fortunate in the sense that we were paying for the majority of the wedding, so we didn’t feel overly guilty saying “no” to certain family wishes or requests (ie. a church wedding) because they were not paying for the wedding itself. I would also add that it takes two to make wedding decisions. One person should not be overly involved or totally isolated in decision making. Wedding planning should be like your marriage should ultimately (hopefully) end up — each person putting in 100% effort!