Real Wedding: Sarah & Eric

Posted September 24, 2015

There’s no better way to begin recapping Sarah and Eric’s February wedding than to spend a moment dreamily recalling her wedding gown. Her gown was one of the more unique we have seen, and we loved it! After purchasing a more couture and actually more traditional gown, she knew it just wasn’t “the one”, and couldn’t settle. But then, huzzah! She came across this dress by Anthropologie’s bridal line, BHLDN, and knew it was the perfect fit for her personality. Channeling just the tiniest bit of boho vibe, this heavily textured gown was covered in intricate patterns and hundreds of individually sewn fluttering petals. It softly hugged her form down to the knee, where it became semi sheer and fell into a short train. But the wow factor didn’t stop there; as this gown was not the traditional bridal white. Instead, it was a subtle ombré of antique white down to bottom of the dress, showcasing the faintest blush pink. She accessorized with a jeweled headband, chapel-length veil, teardrop pearl earrings and six bridesmaids in a mix of lace cutwork blush gowns. The men wore gray ties, which was the perfect accent color to the soft pinks and creams of the bridal palette.

The ceremony and reception were both held at the Westin Poinsett, an iconic downtown Greenville destination. The ceremony was as unique as her gown: Sarah is Catholic, and Eric is Jewish (he topped his black tux with a gray kippah!). Both of their religious backgrounds were seamlessly melded into this blended-denominational ceremony. Personalized kippahs (or yarmulkes) were available for all gentlemen guests, and the couple thoughtfully made a point to weave explanations throughout, so that their guests from all faith backgrounds could easily understand what was happening and follow along. Fun tidbit: The couple’s rabbi, alongside a Catholic Priest from the lowcountry, was a natural crowd pleaser and kept everyone laughing. He really grabbed their guests attention, and kept the ceremony lightheaded and fun.

During the ceremony, the couple stood under a chuppah draped with ivory sheers. Another Jewish custom the couple honored was the Ketubah, or the ceremonial Jewish marriage license. In keeping with tradition, the bride and groom signed it before the wedding and displayed it throughout the night. Framed in a large square frame, it was written in both Hebrew and English. The words are wrapped in a circular pattern and in triangulated corners around the middle signature; it was striking. Guests all agreed it looked much more like an art piece than a marriage license!

The Westin is a gorgeous venue for ceremonies and receptions alike. In fact, we are still thinking about how gorgeous Shellery & Tremauri’s wedding at the Poinsett was last year, and though totally different, Sarah and Eric’s was no exception. The reception decor made an elegant picture of simplicity done in light tones: the linens, chairs and cake were all shades of ivory. The only color was worked into the floral table centerpieces with small peeks of pinks were added. The four tier cake was exceptionally stunning on its café linen; with alternating tiers and intricate fondant details, it made us think back to Danny & Madona’s similarly impressive confection. We adored the sweet little cameo silhouette bride and groom perched on top!

The reception not only served as a great party to celebrate their nuptials, as all weddings do! The couple also took the opportunity to highlight the importance of their family relationships, which was evident as each of their four siblings gave a heartwarming toast. Guests could clearly see their joy as the couple’s families embraced one another, and as each wholeheartedly welcomed the newest members. The couple got the party started with the traditional Jewish Hora (the chair dance!), and from then on dance floor was packed for the rest of the evening. The bride and groom were radiating joy throughout the whole night. Sarah and Eric, thank you for sharing your day with us! We are so excited to share it today, captured in the gorgeous images by SposaBella below!

Florist | Decorator: Botanica  :|:  Photographer: Sposa Bella
Hair: Sheliah Baker  :|:  Makeup: Cotton Rouge  :|:  I Do Crew: Alexandra | Sarah M
Ceremony + Reception Venue | Catering: The Westin Poinsett
Priest: Fr. Dan McLellan  :|:  Rabbi: Rabbi David Gruber  :|:  Cake: Kathy & Co.
Ceremony Musicians: Tri0 864  :|:  DJ: Uptown Entertainment