Real Weddings: Alison and Bradley – Pure Joy
From start to finish, the one thing that best represented Alison and Bradley’s wedding was joy. Dana from C&D Events noted that from the moment she met Alison and her mother over coffee at Panera to the last minute of the wedding, she never saw the bride or her mother squabble over details. The two loved planning the wedding together, and on the day of the wedding, Alison never stopped beaming at her groom and smiling at her guests. It was a joyful celebration for all!
Alison and Bradley got married at The Stockroom 230 in Raleigh on June 3. Though The Stockroom has a rustic vibe with its exposed brick walls and wooden beams, Alison wanted the space to have a more romantic feel like a fresh garden. They were able to accomplish this with the help of cream and blush florals from Bushel and Peck, swags of sheer fabric, floral linens, and hanging twinkle lights.
Alison walked down the aisle in a gorgeous strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline and a full skirt made of layers upon layers of sheer fabric. She wore her hair down in loose waves, and donned a long veil at the back of her head. Alison carried a bouquet of cream and blush florals with pops of greenery. Her bridesmaids wore one-strap, dusty blue dresses with an asymmetrical neck line and a lace bodice. Bradley wore a navy blue suit with a tie to match the bridesmaids’ dresses, and his groomsmen sported gray suits with matching blue ties – they all wore brown shoes and a simple, floral boutonniere.
The reception centerpieces were used as pew markers during the ceremony, which helped to save time and money while also tying together the theme for the day. Greenery, lanterns, and other little details were sprinkled throughout the reception to create the look of a garden wedding. Light-up letters spelling out “Love” sat on a mantle under a wreath of greenery. Flowers spilled out of empty, wooden lanterns. Milk crates were decorated to invite guests to write their own prescription for a happy marriage.
Guests popped down to Mahler’s to enjoy cocktails and appetizers before returning to The Stockroom for the reception. They were served a delicious breakfast menu catered by Rocky Top Hospitality, followed by a dessert bar provided by Sugar Euphoria. The wedding cake was a simple, two-tier creation with barely there frosting and decoration that included a couple of fresh blooms, a sprinkling of berries, and a macaroon. The rest of the dessert bar included macaroons and other confections from Sugar Euphoria, as well as Alison’s mom’s famous shortbread. Gourmet Grinders provided a coffee bar to go with the tasty treats.
All Events DJ kept the guests dancing the night away, including a special 90’s Power Hour. Guests even sang along to their favorite hits! Alison and Bradley didn’t leave the dance floor for most of the night. It was truly a night to remember for everyone, and Annie Watts photography was there to capture it all.