Zeta brings me so much business! But she also brings me great friends. I was referred to this beautiful bride by my undergraduate advisor and her line sister. The bride was in Columbia, SC, but she asked if I’d be willing to give it a shot. Given the referral and the fact that it’s not too far from ATL, I decided Suite14A could make it work. I called her once. She asked me a few questions. Now we’re friends. 🙂
Before Teshieka and I were able to meet in person, we had a couple of meetings via Skype. Later, she planned a trip to our home office to discuss details. Y’all…I was SICK! Not a cute lil runny nose and a cough sick. I had the fever all day, body aching, don’t make me get out of the bed, flu. I felt terrible. I wanted to be excited and chipper, but instead when she showed up, I was wrapped in a blanket and refusing to hug her for fear of spreading my germs. But she was so gracious. She pulled out her wedding planning notes, spread them on my floor and we spent the entire evening planning.
That one day set the tone for this entire journey. Teshieka and Derrek were so much fun to work with. I could not believe that they seriously wanted to invite
one million 500 people to their wedding, but after meeting their friends and loved ones, it’s easy to see why. They really love them individually and as a couple and couldn’t imagine not being present for their big day. This ginormous wedding was a huge test for Suite14A, but everyone was really happy with the way things turned out. Including me.
We had settled on a vintage, but modern look with a charcoal grey, sparkly silver, and Tiffany Blue color scheme.
All the stationery for the event was done by Scripted Ever After. I proposed a newspaper program that the bride loved, so we worked backwards from there. The entire suite featured this pattern that Jamie replicated from some linens she saw on our Pinterest board.
The ballroom at the Columbia Conference Center proved to be a perfect blank space. It had all the room and equipment (and FANTASTIC menu) that we needed, but it didn’t quite have that pizzazz required to meet the bride’s vision. So A Touch of Drapery draped the entire ballroom in white and we decorated everything in silver and charcoal. Perfect Entertainment provided the uplighting that created the beautiful Tiffany blue color she wanted throughout the space.
At the bride’s request, the only flowers present were the bouquets and boutonnieres from By Design and the small bunch or rose petals I sprinkled at the altar. Instead of traditional floral centerpieces, we opted for an abundance of candles and chic white lamps for a more romantic ambiance.
With over 30 members, I’ve affectionately named the bridal party the Pugh Mass Choir. They were a great group and they came to PARTY.
DJ Perfect seriously had everyone on the floor the entire night, including our photographer Trevor Mercer, who couldn’t stop talking about all the fun he had. We took a quick break in the action for a special presentation by the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Bonnie Brunt put BOTH her feet in the cakes, which is fitting given the grooms cake being a fresh new pair of gold boots. They were probably more delicious than they were beautiful, if you could believe that.
At the end of the night, the couple chose to share one last dance with all their guests and stayed behind to say goodbye and thank everyone for coming.
It was a great night and I’m so happy I was able to be a part of it. Check out my portfolio here to see the full wedding album.
A very special thank you to all the vendors who made this day a great success!
Event Planning and Design: Suite14A
Photography and Video: Trevor Mercer Photography
Venue: Columbia Conference Center
Stationery: Scripted Ever After
Cakes: Bonnie Brunt Cakes
Bridesmaids Gifts and Vinyl Monograms: Designs by Ashlee’
Makeup: Lifted by Lady K
Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: Carolina Couture
Bride’s Second Look: Brides by Nona
Drapery: A Touch of Drapery
DJ, Photobooth, Uplighting: Perfect Entertainment
Dancefloor and Chair Rental: Party Reflections
Flowers: By Design Holiday and Events
Monogram Sign and Acrylic Card Box: Ten23 Designs