September 2018 | St. Leo the Great Catholic Church + The Millennium Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Wedding Coordination by Erica + Stephanie
Photography – Rob + Kristen Photography | Ceremony Venue – St. Leo the Great Catholic Church | Reception + Catering – Millennium Center | Bouquets – Green Bee Floral Designs | Cake + Desserts – Dioli’s Italian Market | Transportation – Prestige Limo | DJ –All the Right Grooves
Elise and Tom were married at St Leo the Great Catholic Church in Winston Salem, with their reception being held at The Millennium Center in September of 2018. Autumn in North Carolina is the peak of hurricane season, and their wedding ended up in the middle of Hurricane Florence! The local airports had to cancel flights and close, which meant that many of their guests — including a bridesmaid! — were unable to attend last minute. However, Elise and Tom persevered, deciding to go ahead with the plans as scheduled. Fortunately, most of their vendors were able to get to the venue and the show was able to go on.
Their chosen venue, the Millennium Center, is a historic post office that has been renovated into an all-inclusive wedding and events space, including on-site catering. The food was incredibly delicious, some of the best we’ve experienced! The happy couple also included a Pittsburgh cookie table; this is a Western Pennsylvania wedding tradition where instead of featuring a cake, the reception features a table filled with various homemade cookies and treats. It’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser, and Elise and Tom’s proved to be no exception!
It was paramount that family history be incorporated into the occasion, so Elise and Tom featured a table decorated with sentimental family heirlooms dating as far back as the turn of the 20th century! Another fun way they incorporated their favorite memories was by featuring photographs of Elise and Tom throughout their lives as the table numbers.
Some of the best moments of the wedding were more private, such as when the bride and groom snuck to the second floor of the venue for photographs that came out delightfully spooky, which then culminated in a brief rooftop session where the feisty couple gave Florence what for!
The DJs for the evening, All the Right Grooves, spun incredible magic for all of the revelers as the night dwindled to a close. In spite of a stormy beginning, Elise and Tom’s big day ended up being a perfect celebration of their love!