LOVE IN THE LOFTS AT LORAY MILL: Inspiration at Charlotte’s Chic, New Wedding Venue | Copper, Blush & Merlot

Built in 1902 and resurrected in 2015, Loray Mill Event Hall is one of greater Charlotte’s newest and yet still oldest wedding venues. The event hall, which measures at a generous 3,100 square feet, is part of historic Loray Mill Village’s 600,000 square feet of live-work revitalization, and the space can easily accommodate a wedding of 300 guests. The charming event hall has quickly come to be known for its soaring ceilings, forty-foot-tall bay windows, stark concrete floors, and exposed brick walls. As an inclusive venue, Loray Mill boasts packages to include a selection of in-house rentals as well as onsite catering and bar service.

This styled shoot is rife with inspiration for today’s brides. Its color palette of copper, blush, and merlot is accented with the subtlest hints of mint and coral. In the true spirit of Loray Mill, the approach spans generations with an eclectic interplay of Victorian jewels, 30s Depression glass, and late 60s bohemia as well as modern and contemporary architectural elements.

Playfully modern calligraphy is hand-lettered across splashes of lovely merlot watercolor on the invitation. The design stops just short of the edges of the torn cotton paper, adding to the effect. The same whimsical initials are centered within a bespoke, hand-painted crest which is outlined in dainty florals on the envelope.

The warm hues of the florals and tablescape echo the red brick surroundings. Gleaming mixed metals in rose gold and yellow gold perfectly compliment the crimson dahlias, pastel pink peonies, and fuchsia ranunculi of the lush bouquet. Though the blooms themselves are arranged in a somewhat formal bouquet and interspersed with carefully placed dusty miller, sprays of eucalyptus burst outward adding both movement and gaiety. Textures abound in the centerpiece with the addition of purple snapdragons, sweet hydrangeas, red roses, English ivy, red hypericum berries, and cascading green amaranthus. Structural copper globes find themselves in good company with boughs of brunia.

King Arthur gold silverware sits regally atop the gloss of an unclothed, heavy wooden table and plays to the thick gilded lip of the china. The well of the dinner plate boasts a whimsical, chintzy pattern; its floral motif ties in the blush of the Depression glass stemware and chargers. Finally, a runner speckled with oversized copper sequins echoes the discoid and orbicular elements of its centerpiece above. French country dining chairs add to the relaxed yet sophisticated aesthetic.

The cake is embellished with a hand painted pattern that lends itself organic. Gilded feathers and crimson blooms cascade down both tiers and find themselves woven through a geometric trellis base.

Our bride and groom stop to pose in front of their dreamy, hand painted backdrop which is framed with florals. The focal point somehow simultaneously speaks to both watercolor and to subtle tie-dye, and the daintiest fairy lights shine through its gauzy fabric to create magic.

Theia Couture’s Nema gown glistens with a heavily beaded bodice dripping in pearls of every shape and size. The cap sleeve is finished with a glamorous beaded fringe. The dress’ near V-neck and exposed back lends itself delicate, youthful, and just demure enough. The gossamer Spanish tulle skirt extends beyond its underskirt to create the most ethereal train, and our bride simply floats. Not a stitch of lace is to be found, but the beaded pattern coordinates effortlessly with the vintage crochet and the lace runner.

The bride’s updo sports a wide Dutch braid that spans the length of her crown and is finished into a knotted chignon at her nape. Her makeup is dewy and natural, highlighting her sun kissed skin and adding to this seemingly effortless bridal look.

And as for jewelry? A Victorian engagement ring via Trumpet and Horn boasts a stunning cushion cut sapphire and is encircled by nearly a dozen brilliant diamonds. Her earrings feature sunbursts of baguette diamonds with a cluster of pearls at each center. On the right hand, she wears a cut coral rose and a leaf reminiscent of copper patina.

VENUE: Loray Mill |
PHOTOGRAPHER: Katie Lee, Katherine Elena Photography | | @katherineelenaphotography
PLANNER: Heidi Crowder, Heidi Crowder Wedding Design | | @heidicrowderwed
HAIR: Lindsay Pizzuti, Mirror Bomb Studio | | @mirrorbomb
MAKEUP: Layne Barter | | @laynebarter
GOWN: Ladies of Lineage | | @ladiesoflineage
CAKE: Cheesecake, Etc. |
FLORAL DESIGN: Chelish Moore, Chelish Moore Flowers | | @chelishmoore
COTTON PAPERIE: Meredith Spradley, Fabulous Fancy Pants | | @fabulousfancypants
CALLIGRAPHER: Nikki Holland | @nikki_hollandclt
RENTALS: Phyllis Rozelle, Evermore Event Company |
ARTWORK: Kristin Dills, Honeycomb Design | | @kristindills
JEWELRY: Renee Tornabene, T. Bene | | @tbenejewelry
ENGAGEMENT RING: Trumpet & Horn | | @trumpetandhorn
RING BOX: The Mrs. Box | | @themrsbox

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