Real Wedding: Paul + Jenn | The Ivy Place | Magnolia Events | Charlotte Wedding Planner

When we first met Paul and Jenn, we knew their wedding was going to be special. Not only could you see how much they loved each other, but their affection for family and friends was so moving. The couple had lost two of their closest friends, and since they couldn’t be there to celebrate with them, wanted to cherish their memories during the wedding. The result was a truly beautiful event, which blended Paul and Jenn’s personal style with a celebration of the love that filled their lives.

Paul and Jenn chose to get married at The Ivy Place in Lancaster. With its cozy, historic home and acres of natural beauty, it’s the perfect setting for an intimate wedding. The couple said their “I dos” under an old oak tree, which we decorated with hanging vases of purple hydrangeas. Instead of a traditional aisle runner, we worked with Springvine Designs to create a winding aisle of red rose petals, which ended in an intricate heart design at the altar.

Alongside being a beautiful space for the ceremony, the oak tree became a sentimental nod to the bride’s friend. One of the bridesmaids designed a tree tattoo in honor of her memory, which all of the girls that knew her now have. Although it’s not obvious to the eye, the branches contain the initials of all the girls, including the friend who passed. With this in mind, trees were an important part of the wedding décor, and this design was included in the bouquet wraps, the candleholders, and the cake from Wow Factor Cakes. As a nod to Paul’s friend, some of the candleholders featured theatrical masks with a tear.

With details as important as these, we wanted to do something special to showcase them. By designing a unique backdrop behind the cake table, we were able to create an eye-catching display for the bouquets and candleholders, while also making a soft, romantic addition to the decor.

On the tables we used alternating centerpieces of red roses and hydrangeas. Some guests were seated with two tiers of red velvet roses in mercury glass vases, while others enjoyed 6ft hydrangea and curling willow arrangements. To add more ambience, the hydrangea arrangements were decorated with hanging tealights.

Food was another important part of the couple’s day, and along with Queen City Catering, we designed a variety of stations to keep everyone mingling. Guests could choose from surf and turf, pasta, and a carving station. We particularly loved the salad station, which dressed up traditional salads by serving them in martini glasses. As a nod to her Maryland heritage, the bride also included crab cakes for the cocktail hour.  For the final course, guests enjoyed a selection of dessert shooters, like banana pudding, pineapple upside down cake, and chocolate raspberry.

The night was full of love and personal touches, and we’re absolutely smitten with the photos from Red K Photography. Not only did Kelli and Dana capture the love between our bride and groom, but also the powerful relationships with their guests. Take a peek at some of the pictures from this beautiful wedding and thank you to Red K Photography for letting us share them.

Vendor Love

Cake: Wow Factor Cakes

Catering: Queen City Catering

Flowers: Springvine Designs

Rentals: Ribald Farms

Music: Split Second Sound

Photography: Red K Photography

Venue: The Ivy Place

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