July 19, 2020

SLEEPING BEAUTY INSPIRED WEDDING AT MCCOLL ART CENTER IN CHARLOTTE

FILED IN: Weddings

From the stunning cakes, to the whimsical floral installations; to the gorgeous untraditional gowns and beyond — we were swept away with this styled wedding from this past March. My inspiration came from one of my favorite Disney classics, Sleeping Beauty, as well as the live action Maleficent movies. This dream team of vendors and I thought about how beautiful it would be to see what it may look like if ‘Aurora’ was eloping in 2020 — with Maleficent and her beau dropping in! These days, as weddings may become smaller when it comes to guests, brides don’t need to be discouraged. A smaller wedding can be even more intimate and beautiful because you can save in other areas and go big on the details you like. It is YOUR big day, after all.

Our venue, McColl Art Center provided a unique, industrial background. Located in uptown Charlotte, it was an operating church until the 1950s when it caught fire and burned. It was soon restored and restructured, and to this day it serves as a center for artists to create innovative galleries to exhibit for the public. Not only is the venue a current art gallery, but they also hold small weddings and receptions. I loved seeing how this team flipped the space into a whimsical set up.

This incredible group of vendors made this magical event explode into life with soft pinks and blues alluding to the movie when Aurora’s dress changes colors. We brought nature inside in the prettiest way possible. I loved the elegantly unconventional sweetheart table. It’s an enchanting table complete with ‘ghost’ chairs and a ‘floating’ table top. Throughout the details, you’ll find glistening butterfly ranunculus blossoms, pink roses, peach blossoms, and more. The wedding invitation suite was etched on vellum paper, which has become a popular request for weddings. Even our wedding ring was rose gold.

Our gowns exuded ‘modern princess’ vibes with their sweetheart tops, bellowing balloon sleeves, and long flowing bottom halves any bride would love to twirl in. We got to showcase some amazing groom accessories too. Another aspect I absolutely loved were our jaw dropping, state of the art cakes that were way too pretty to eat. We had two different looks: a light pink, and a stormy blue. Both were layered with textured, intricate detail. We hope to see more couples stepping away from the more traditional looks by trying something new. 

Speaking of something new, I must say that one of the neatest features was our ceremony aisle. A show stopping, life size scroll of the bride and groom’s names with the beloved song was written elegantly, from top to bottom. This is a beautiful, trendy way for couples to express who they are in writing. It can be utilized and displayed in many different ways. Anything from a special note, to vows, a favorite scripture, and more can be written and displayed for a unique ceremony piece. I’m so blessed to know this talented group of people!

‘They say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true’ ~ Sleeping Beauty. This modern ‘Sleeping Beauty’ styled wedding was definitely a dream come true. Be sure to check out the video from this day at the bottom!

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also seen on Queen City Wed

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VENDORS

Venue:

McColl Art Center 

Photographer/Design:

Radiant Photography by Sydney Danielle

Florists/Design: 

Vintage Soul Floral Design

Heatherly Event Design

Design/Rentals:

Unspoken Designs

Planning:

Grace Forever Weddings LLC 

Gowns:

Meagan Kelly Designs 

Videography:

William Avery Photography & Film  

Cake:

Cake Expressions By Lisa 

Stationery:

Champagne Calligraphy 

Models:

Megan Barr (Aurora) 

Tyler Schofer (Main Groom)

Mackenzie Mooney and Aaron (Maleficent and her beau)

Makeup/Hair:

Megan Oliveri Artistry

Men’s Accessories:

Grateful Gadgets

Rentals: 

CE Rentals 

New South Event Rentals

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