Whimsy Winter Wedding with a Parade Across Downtown Raleigh from Chapel to Warehouse Venue
While driving through downtown Raleigh on a crisp Saturday in March, one might expect to see people walking their dogs, shopping, or grabbing food with friends – not a wedding party parade. Complete with whimsical white balloons and band musicians from local Enloe high school, Heidi and John took their wedding celebration to the streets as they traveled from their ceremony venue at the All Saints Chapel to their warehouse reception venue at The Stockroom at 230. Their unique winter wedding had a fresh modern air with a touch of whimsy vintage, that as bride Heidi describes captures, “The feeling of hope and excitement that comes at the beginning of spring.” A mixture of dusty blues and sprinkles of pink and peach made up the color palette.
Long Story Short – Love is Unpredictable
There is a long version and a short version of Heidi and John’s love story. Both are full of sweet simple romance, however, we’ve opted for a version of the story that meets somewhere in the middle. Heidi and John officially met in her parent’s kitchen, but after a night of non-stop conversation by the fireside, they could not ignore their instant chemistry. After months of long distance texting, phone calls, Facetime, and weekend visits, John made the move to North Carolina to be with the woman of his dreams.
At 26 years old, Heidi wondered why she had not fallen in love yet. Here at SB&G we believe that there is no answer. There is no universal calendar that love operates on. No calculated recipe, that if we all follow closely enough, love will show up knocking on our door. The fact is, love is unpredictable. But when you find it, and maybe you find it in your parent’s kitchen or by a fireside at 4am, never let it go.
Getting Ready at The Glass Box, Downtown Raleigh Loft Bridal Suite
Heidi’s mother wanted her daughter to get ready for her special day in luxury and style. She surprised Heidi by reserving The Glass Box for all of their wedding day preparations. Located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, in the same building as The Stockroom 230, The Glass Box hosts a view of the bustling city from the 5th floor. Floor to ceiling windows and warm hardwood floors fill the loft bridal suite with gorgeous natural light. Check out the stunning bright and airy photos of Heidi’s wedding day preparation.
Heidi wanted a mixture of dresses that fit each of her bridesmaid’s figures and styles. She found half of the dresses featured at Bella Bridesmaids boutique in Cary. Also, check out Heidi’s stunning bridal jewelry – handmade by her dad! Having a goldsmith as a father comes in handy when it’s wedding time. Heidi’s dad designed and created her engagement ring, necklace, and earrings.
Raleigh Wedding Venue Known as The Prettiest Chapel in The South – All Saints Chapel
Built in 1875, All Saints Chapel is truly one of a kind. Voted prettiest chapel in the South, All Saints has a bone structure that will take your breath away. Heidi and John knew that they wanted to walk down All Saint’s historic aisle and say their vows before friends, family, and God. Sweet simple touches of greenery were all the decor necessary to accessorize the chapel’s natural beauty.
Wedding Parade Across Downtown Raleigh – from All Saints Chapel to The Stockroom at 230
There is no doubt that the most whimsical part of Heidi and John’s wedding day was their parade from All Saints Chapel to The Stockroom at 230. So where did they get their inspiration? Heidi read about a wedding in which a couple got married in a park and then paraded to the reception in her parent’s yard and immediately fell in love with the idea. All Saints Chapel and The Stockroom at 230 were the perfect distance away from each other for a miniature parade! After emails with six local band directors, the bride and groom commissioned high school band students from Enloe to play in their wedding day parade. Heidi custom designed their invitation suite to include a hand drawn map of the parade route through downtown Raleigh. She explains why the ceremony and reception locations meant everything,
“Both our families were coming from out of town and we wanted them to see Raleigh; our city and the backdrop to much of our story, not an area we’d rarely been to before.”
Cozy Chic Detailed Reception at The Stockroom 230
One of downtown Raleigh’s best wedding venues, The Stockroom 230 offers newlyweds a space with rustic vibes and deep-rooted soul. Delicate mementos sharing Heidi and John’s love story hung from string and wood against the reception walls. Exposed brick walls created the perfect backdrop for a cozy chic wedding reception. Beautiful blush and blue linens from CE Rental gave their wedding reception a polished look. Catering Works prepared a delicious dinner that pared quite nicely with the beer John’s brother brewed by hand!
“I wanted our reception to just feel like a celebration, everyone dancing and celebrating life and love.” -John
Perfume bottles filled with flowers, vintage bicycle wheels hanging from the ceiling, and a retro light blue typewriter are just a few of the details we absolutely adored from Heidi and John’s Stockroom wedding reception.
A sparkler send-off was the perfect end note for Heidi and John’s whimsy winter wedding in downtown Raleigh. Today you can find these quirky newlyweds living happily ever after in Raleigh, John works at Vintage church and Heidi is a User Experience Designer.
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