Real Wedding: Katie & Will

Posted August 7, 2015
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Can we first talk about this dress? Katie knocked us dead with her tulle, princess-like gown selection for her nuptials last August. The soft layers floated around her and gathered in the softest hint of a bustle in the back. Delicate wisps of tulle rested on her shoulders and served in place of traditional “straps”, reminding us of happily ever after in a land far, far away. Her gown was accented by a sweeping cathedral length veil edged in lace and sky high, peep toe, gold Jimmy Choo shoes. She & Will tied the knot surrounded by a huge bridal party, in a gorgeous old Episcopal church right there in her hometown. The bridesmaids wore elegant floor length champagne dresses in various styles, and the gents wore classic tuxedos. With the stage set so magnificently, and colored by elegant and soft shades of champagne, white and blush pink, we knew this day would be one for the books.

Katie and Will met and began their love story while attending the wedding of two friends, three and a half years prior to their own wedding day. So of course this couple was obviously included in their bridal party!  That was something we loved about this wedding: Katie and Will were very intentional in including many close friends and family in their day. The bride’s grandfather, a retired Methodist minister, co-officiated the ceremony. The couple selected other family and friends to serve as scripture readers, ushers and greeters in their “wedding day crew”. The large size of the couple’s number of attendants allowed for a beautifully gathered intimate community staged in three rows surrounding the couple during their ceremony. The couple had a touching ‘first look’ moment before the ceremony that included a very special member of their family: their pup!

But don’t think for a moment that Katie and Will didn’t let their bridal party overpower their guest list! With a crowd of over 500 guests, the reception was literally a HUGE party! The Piedmont Club is a dream location, allowing the couple to offer their guests an upscale, fabulous evening kicked off by a delicious meal. Lanterns lit the steps along the entrance. The florals, by the practically resident florist Greg Foster, were a stunning and elegant mix of white and blush roses and hydrangeas. The flowers accented the reception beautifully, paired withhundreds of mercury glass votives twinkling on the tabletops. The Piedmont Club is a beautiful venue that we love seeing totally transformed for each client; be sure to check out Neely & Andrew’s stunning wedding held there in the spring of 2014 for a smashing spring look!

After being announced, Katie and Will chose to do all of the “big moments” during the reception at once: their first dance, the mother/son & father/daughter dances, the traditional father of the bride welcome, and then cutting their gorgeous rose encrusted tiered cake.  They wanted to spend the remainder of the night enjoying the celebration non-stop! The female-led reception band was happy to do just that, and kept the crowd rocking all night long. Katie slipped into a short, intricately detailed white dress during the reception that not only looked stunning on her, but allowed for maximum fun and dancing! Well planned favors including glow stick necklaces, light up tambourines, flip flops and personalized sunglasses (“Katie and Will 4 Eva”), which only upped to the fun factor of the evening yet another level.

At the end of the night, the band played an encore song, Proud Mary, at the request of a wild party crowd. After, guests were asked to form a tunnel along the stairs leading to the couple’s getaway car. There were so many guests still enjoying the celebration that they continued to pour outside long after the space for the tunnel on the stairs was maxed out. Cheers erupted as the couple swept through the tunnel, lit by the brilliant light given off by the 200 plus sparklers twinkling in the dark. The getaway car was something out of a modern day fairy tale: a Rolls Royce, complete with driver and a “JUST MARRIED” sign in the back window. The Rolls Royce sped away, whisking the couple away to begin their honeymoon in Mexico. For stunning photos, and a list of the dream team of wonderful vendors that helped make this day so lovely in every way, keep reading for the details!

Hair: Sweet Tea Salon  :|:  Makeup: Shantel the Makeup Artist
Ceremony Venue: Episcopal Church of the Advent  :|:  Officiant: Ned Morris| Don Welch 
Reception Venue|Catering : Piedmont Club  :|: 
Videographer: Buzby Video Productions
Photographer: John Gillespie  :|: 
Band: Heather Hayes Experience
Cake: Family friend  :|:  Florist: Greg Foster  :|:  I Do Crew: Heather B| Corrie
Transportation: Spartanburg Trolley  :|:  Rentals: Event Rentals