Every wedding has its special moments, but rarely is Mother Nature in on the plan. On a steamy August day, Carolyn walked toward Sam at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in the midst of a rousing thunderstorm. As the rain drops fell, guests were ushered into the church. Carolyn's sorority sisters were offered a single iris stem, their sorority’s signature flower, in honor of their Kappa bond. After a beautiful ceremony and exchanging vows, the couple’s pronunciation of husband and wife was met with a resounding clap of thunder! How about that for nature’s stamp of approval!
Since Carolyn is a civil engineer, the Nature Research Center in downtown Raleigh was the perfect fit to incorporate her passion for science and with a chic, yet preppy setting for the reception. To create a more classic feel in the museum, Gather Together worked with Watered Garden to include clean and modern vases with southern flowers with accents of navy and white stripes. The details enhanced a more traditional feel amidst the sleek and modern venue.
As soon as the first guest stepped through the door, the party began. Rocky Top Catering created a dynamic menu that offered heavy hors d’oeuvres and kept the crowd mingling throughout the museum to view the exhibits.
Following a beautiful cake cutting, family and friends were invited into the Daily Planet for dancing! This is not ordinary dance hall, we are talking about dancing inside a World Globe. The party feel was enhanced by a blue light show and SPIN spinning tunes all night long!
By the end of the evening, a Virginia Tech inspired bouquet had been tossed, sparklers were a-glow and koozies distributed. Carolyn and Sam boarded their getaway rickshaw dripping bedecked with florals and ribbons. They were a picture of perfection drifting into the Raleigh skyline.
Ceremony Venue: St. Michael's Episcopal Church
Reception Venue: Nature Research Center
Officiant: Rev. Holly Gloff
Caterer: Rocky Top Catering
Photographer: Brian Mullins Photography
Florist (Ceremony): Artfully Arranged
Florist (Reception): Watered Garden Florist
Rentals: CE Rentals
Decor & Lounge: ThemeWorks
Reception Music: SPIN
Transportation: Harrison Global
Rickshaw: Crank Arm Rickshaw
Printing: Shed Letterpress
Hair & Makeup: Makeup for Your Day
Hotel Accommodations: Raleigh Marriott City Center
Bride's Dress: Augusta Jones
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lula Kate