This Grand Bohemian Hotel wedding is classic, romantic and even a bit bold at times. Incorporating a traditional style with some of the bride’s heritage gave the day unique twists, we love to see couples bring in personal details into their day!
Overview from planner: When we met Kelley, we knew this wedding was going to be amazing! Kelley wanted a traditional wedding that incorporated some of her family’s culture – like a Scottish bagpiper playing for her ceremony. Following would be a classic ballroom wedding featuring an ivory and gold color scheme. With a fabulous team of vendors executing a gorgeous design, Kelley and Derek’s reception was one of my favorites at The Grand Bohemian Hotel to date! There were so many beautiful design elements I loved… The gorgeous gold foil that adorned their simple, yet classic invitations. The stunning lace linens on the head table. The wedding cake adorned with thousands of pearls (Kelley’s favorite). The statement floral centerpieces, and the crystal candelabras all throughout the head tables. There was no detail forgotten. Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day? We tried to incorporate our families and family history in not only the traditional ways, but also in smaller details in hopes to show appreciation for all they have done to make us who we are, which led us to each other. To honor our late loved ones, we reserved a seat in the front row at our ceremony with a flower and a sign that said “In loving memory of those who could not be here with us today, but are forever in our hearts.” It was important to us to be able to acknowledge and show appreciation for not only those who were able to be in Charlotte with us, but also those there in spirit. Additionally, Kelley comes from a Scottish background, and we were lucky enough to visit Scotland, including some of her relatives, right after we got engaged. We had a bag piper perform our ceremony music, including playing Highland Cathedral for the Processional and Scotland the Brave for the Recessional. What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you? The opportunity to share the day and celebrate with everyone we love in the same area for the first and likely only time. Neither of us are from Charlotte, NC, and this was the only time all of our loved ones from various parts of the country would be with us all at the same time. As such, it was that much more important to us that they had a good time. We were so grateful to have found each other and to be getting married, we wanted those who joined us to enjoy the time spent in the city that we love so much. Sacoya and her team did an amazing job of making sure the logistics and details of the day showed our guests that we cared about how they were doing, and intentional steps were taken to provide the best atmosphere possible.
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another? Loving each other with a servant heart. We are both stubborn and determined, with individual goals and ambitions. Growing together to love, respect, and support each other every day, and to understand when to put aside your personal wants to provide support is something we admire about each other. As partners, we acknowledge and appreciate that it’s not always 50/50, and that having the patience to understand if your partner needs a little more that day is so important. Photography: Casey H Photos
Venue, Catering, Cake: The Grand Bohemian Hotel
Hair and Makeup: Cali Stott Artistry
Rentals, Linens: Curated Events Charlotte
Florals: Xpressions Floral Designs
Paper Goods: Minted
Wedding Planning & Design: Jenkins & Co. Weddings
Ceremony Music/Bagpiper: Deans Duets
Reception Band: The Company Band
Wedding Submission Services: Published + Pretty