Jordan and Lauren's whimsical, elegant and simple brewery wedding photos from Hi-Wire Brewery in Asheville, NC. To say Lauren and Jordan are radiant and in love is an understatement. The couple wanted their day to feel like one big party and with that in mind, the first and easiest decision they made was to have their wedding at a brewery. The personal touches, DIY projects, and inspiration came from their love of beer, each other, and the colors in Lauren's stunning French Connection wedding dress.
Lauren and Jordan officially met at a party in college but she had actually been crushing on Jordan from afar for months before then. Her best friend and roommate at the time (and her maid of honor!) had seen him around their apartment complex and told her all about him and how beautiful he was. They became friends after that, and both dated other people, until about a year later at a different party when we decided that they actually did really like each other and we should maybe start dating. After about six years of being together, Jordan proposed. From the bride, "We were in Asheville, NC for a weekend trip, staying at a bed and breakfast and hopping around to different breweries. That Saturday, we visited probably eight breweries and drank entirely too much beer when we finally had dinner and took a cab back to the Airbnb. Jordan drew a bath to wind down before bed but used WAY too many bubbles, so we ended up battling a mountain of bubbles and cleaning up a huge mess instead of relaxing. I thought it was hilarious. When it was all over, Jordan started rustling around in a pile of clothes and when I asked him what he was doing, he turned around with a ring! I was completely caught off guard and blurted out "What is that?!" He had worked with La Kaiser, a designer out of Chicago whose jewelry I'd drooled over forever, to create a custom opal and diamond engagement ring for me."
Unique elements of their day included a first dance to "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias, cake cutting to "Sugar We're Going Down" by Fall Out Boy, cactus and crystal centerpieces envisioned and executed by the bride, mix-matched grey bridesmaids dresses, and perfectly coordinated colors of the brewery and surrounding area.
We love getting questionnaires back from the bride & groom here are some questions and aswers about their big day!
Did you personalize your day?
From the bride:
"We definitely tried to make our day feel as personal as possible! My bridesmaids and I walked down the aisle to "Heart Beat Here" and then we all exited the ceremony to "Hands Down", both songs by my favorite artist Dashboard Confessional. Since our wedding day fell on the 5th of May, we all drank margaritas during the cocktail hour. My aunt made us a vegan funfetti cake covered in sprinkles/jimmies (Jordan is from the north and I'm from the south so we're constantly having that debate)."
Q: Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A: Since our space was a working brewery it definitely had an industrial vibe. The vines growing in the beer garden where we had the ceremony definitely softened up that space, so I wanted to try to bring that softness inside for the reception as well. We laid a runner of greenery on every table and hung bistro lights to give the space a soft glow. Then we decorated with tall white candles, tea lights in silver mercury votive and Himalayan salt holders, crystals in various colors, and cacti in terra cotta pots. I think those natural elements created a nice juxtaposition against the industrial space, and it all came together beautifully!
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A: We ordered flowers wholesale online and then two of my bridesmaids, my coordinator, and I put everything together. We used eucalyptus, aster, white ranunculus, and blue thistle to make my bouquet, four bridesmaids bouquets, a bouquet and flower crown for our flower girl, and then so many boutonnieres and corsages. We bound the bouquets, bouts, and corsages with velvet ribbon that matched the colors in my dress. Then we had a ton of eucalyptus and thistle leftover, which we used to decorate the tabletops at the reception. The floral elements definitely helped our harsh space feel more soft and natural.