My sweet daughter, The Southern Belle, and her fiancée, Big Cat, planned the perfect urban wedding. Her style is clean, modern with a nod to the past. In all things she is elegant. A true southern belle who wears pearls and loves sweet tea. The couple met in Savannah, Georgia and there were shades of the low country in the wedding. The groom and his party wore striped bow ties, and we ate shrimp and grits at the rehearsal. The colors chosen by the couple for the wedding were navy and silver with lots of white hydrangea.
We live a long way from the southern kids so all the planning fell on their shoulders. They planned, coordinated, organized, and contracted all the elements of the wedding and the results were spectacular, if I do say so in my biased state of mind.
When we arrived Wednesday evening we were greeted by our sweet grand dog Maeby and the kids.
Everyone else arrived on Thursday or Friday so we got some quality time with the kids.
Thursday morning while TSB was out for a run the flowers started arriving along with wedding gifts. At one point we had UPS waiting for Fed Ex to finish. The fact that flowers started showing up was a problem because they were supposedly canceled. A few phone calls revealed that an error had been made and the flowers would not be charged to her so they were going to be added to the reception flowers. This is what the man cave room looked like when we were through sorting the flowers and putting them in vases.
The kids attend Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church. A beautiful old Methodist church in Charlotte. A quick trip to the church confirmed that they were all ready for the invasion. The wedding coordinator, Karen, had it all under control.
Their bridesmaids and groomsmen were a mix of family, high school friends, college friends, and current friendships. The ladies were beautiful. The guys were elusive.
We then set up at the reception venue. They chose Palmer Fire House. A decommissioned fire training station built by the WPA. It is now run by the Charlotte Firemen Union as a fund-raiser for them. If you live near Charlotte I recommend the facility for anyone. The cost is low, the staff of volunteers who run the center are amazing and the service cannot be beat. We loved it from the moment we saw the facility. The outdoor space had a fireplace, a garden, and space for their one desire… a food truck at the wedding.
Yep. They wanted a food truck to drive up and serve food right out of the truck. I told you in the title this was an urban wedding. Here they are ordering from the truck.
The kids wanted a trolley to run between the church and the reception.
It was so cool. Everyone checked it out. Dad, brother and grandparents.
Finally, TSB’s dream was to have a vintage car take her away from the reception all at the end of the night. A check of local car clubs landed her the perfect car, a 1951 Chrysler. The grand parents loved it!
The wedding was stunning… it went off without a hitch. We love her new in laws! TSB now has two sweet nephews to spoil.
The reception was fun. I think everyone had a ball.
The Bride and Groom were beaming, and joking all day. I love the photo bomb.
These two guys have spoiled TSB. They definitely love her more than air.
The evening ended with sparklers lighting the path for them as they made their way to the car.
Enjoy the random shots. We had an amazing photographer. Lauren did a great job along with her assistant, Juliette. They will be sharing photos on the website as they become available.
7 thoughts on “An Urban Southern Wedding”
It looks absolutely beautiful and a very FUN wedding to attend!!! Well, one thing down 99 more to go!
It was a lot of fun. Thanks!
Beautiful wedding and everyone looked so happy.
It was SO wonderful to finally meet you and to share such a special day! Y’all are a precious family, and the wedding was a blast from beginning to end. I couldn’t be more thrilled for Rachel and Joe or for your whole family! You are all precious to me!
You are an amazing artist. Thanks for not fussing at me for getting in your way taking photos! It was a pleasure meeting you in person.
Sooo beautiful. Love all you guys and so happy for your family.
It was so pretty. Thank you.