HREE COUPLES GIVE AN INSIDE LOOK AT THEIR “I DO” DESTINATIONS, FROM A ROMANTIC ITALIAN GETAWAY TO A TROPICAL GARDEN PARTY TO A CHIC INDUSTRIAL SOIREE. PLUS, AN EYECATCHING ENGAGEMENT EXTRAVAGANZA AND A LOOK AT THE LATEST WEDDING TRENDS. by Taylor Wanbaugh
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n true millennial fashion, as CAITLYN jokes, the couple met through dating app Bumble. “Neither of us really expected love from our cell phones, but the first date at Foxcroft [Wine Co.] turned into dinner and more drinks after. We never looked back.” With the help of their dog, Turley, MATT proposed at sunset after a romantic day at Asheville’s Biltmore Estate. After a difficult year of social distancing, the couple says having everyone together meant more than ever. It was also important to incorporate the memory of Caitlyn’s mom, who passed away from cancer a few years ago, into the ceremony and reception. Lace from her mom’s dress was used in Caitlyn’s custom veil, and she carried a handkerchief embroidered with a handwritten note from her mom. “Days Like This” by Van Morrison, a special song for Caitlyn and her mom, was played during the cake cutting, and the lyrics were draped in the cocktail area. The couple whisked off to Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico, for their honeymoon.
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our big day takes lots of preparation, from figuring out the perfect decor to narrowing down the guest list to picking that special venue. It can feel a little overwhelming fine-tuning the details to stay current while keeping your event personal to your own style. We asked local wedding experts who have their finger on the pulse of the latest trends to share inspiration for planning the perfect day.
Green scene Catherine Dooley, director of sales and brand experience at wedding venue and working farm North Corner Haven in Lancaster, S.C., says one of the hottest wedding trends is fresh greenery. “Whether at your ceremony location, a foundation for table centerpieces or to soften an overall space, greenery can have a high impact and lend itself to a more natural look.” She emphasizes coordinating with your venue and florist to map out a game plan for installation that won’t damage the space by using simple command hooks, wire or freestanding displays. “Wherever you choose to add greenery, it’s bound to be a stunning addition to your celebration.”
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THE DETAILS: Photography: Katheryn Jeanne Photography; Planning: Ivy Robinson; Floral design: Meraki Blommor; Chairs: Party Reflections; Venue: North Corner Haven
t Micro-weddings Though Kelly Kohler, owner and lead hospitality designer for Charlotte-based Haviland Events, saw a major increase in “micro” weddings during the pandemic because of gathering limits, she’s noticed the trend has continued beyond Covid. More couples are opting out of traditional larger weddings in favor of intimate soirees “as it gives them more freedom to be intentional with their choices in food, design and how their event is structured,” Kohler says. “I think many couples have felt a little relief from the pressure to invite people they may not be as close with anymore. ... Smaller weddings also benefit from the amount of quality time you can spend with your loved ones. ... Since your timeline doesn’t have to account for moving hundreds of people from one location to the next, there’s flexibility to be a little less traditional with the flow of the event and design an experience that feels highly personal and intimate.”
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THE DETAILS (from left): 1. Planning/design: Katrina Hutchins Events; Venue: Myers Park Country Club; Floral design: CLux; Rentals: Party Reflections; Linens: BBJ Linen; Photography: Kristin Byrum Photography
Light up the room One of Katrina Hutchins’ favorite popular decor elements is unique lighting. “Typically and traditionally, we see floral arrangements that draw the eye up — I love doing the opposite by hanging from the top and drawing the eye down,” says Hutchins, owner of wedding and event planning and design company Katrina Hutchins Events. She says the key to
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success is making sure your venue has hang points and electricity nearby, and tents are also a great option. Custom lighting and the use of drapery can help personalize an event, North Corner Haven’s Dooley adds, and is an easy way to tie in a particular color scheme or pattern. “A favorite combination is string lights or chandeliers designed around and with fabric draping in a space.”
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3. Planning/design: Katrina Hutchins Events; Venue: Duke Mansion; Lighting: Eric Winkenwerder; Floral design: The Bloom Room; Drapery and linens: Party Tables and La Tavola Fine Linen; Photography: Cheyenne Schultz Photography
THE DETAILS (from left): 1. Planning/design: Katrina Hutchins Events; Venue: Duke Mansion; Furniture: Kelley Event + Design; Floral design: The Bloom Room; Drapery: Party Tables; Photography: Allison Kuhn Photography 2. Planning/design: Katrina Hutchins Events; Artist: Windy O’Connor; Floral design: The Bloom Room; Photography: Lauren Friday Photography 3. Planner: Madison Moseley Events; Mobile bar: Sidebar Trailer Co.; Venue: North Corner Haven; Photography: Amanda Somerville Photography
Raising the bar
Having a room filled with identical tables can get boring quickly. Hutchins suggests switching it up by incorporating lounge furniture — couches, ottomans, benches, coffee tables, side tables, poufs and more. “I often see guests kicked back and completely relaxed in the lounge pods we create — just what they’re used for! We have a lot of great rental companies in Charlotte that I frequent like Old South Collection, AFR Furniture and Avery James [Event Rentals].”
Custom bars are another fun element popular with brides and grooms. Bars can be personalized to fit individual tastes using everything from a custom monogram or logo to wallpaper or fabric. “Everyone at a wedding or event uses the bar at some point in the night,” Hutchins says, “so it’s a great focal point to draw the eye to, and you get a lot of bang for your buck.” Mobile bars add a fun element to cocktail hour, Dooley adds, and most can be decorated to match the theme of the event using floral or balloon arrangements and lighting. SP
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