Lauren-Jordan Wedding-Hi-Wire Brewing, Asheville, NC, US
Alexis Schwallier Photography and Latoya Dixon Photography beautifully captured Lauren-Jordan Wedding-Hi-Wire Brewing in Asheville, NC, US.
Event Date: May 5, 2018 – Lauren-Jordan Wedding-Hi-Wire Brewing
From Alexis Schwallier Photography LLC: Lauren-Jordan Wedding-Hi-Wire Brewing
Today I am beyond excited to share with you 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 which she saw on one of 100 Layer Cake’s Instagram Stories.
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.
While the couple had a first look, Jordan still cried during the ceremony, sending wedding party, guests, and photographers into tears! The most anticipated moment for the couple was the ceremony. The whole ceremony was special and full of little fun facts and jokes about their relationship throughout. “We wrote our own vows to each other which were both a little funny and super sweet.”
I hope you enjoy all of the little details and moments in these Hi-Wire Brewery wedding photos, and that Jordan and Lauren’s giddy, emotional, young love inspires your heart the way that it does mine!
Q and A with the couple: Lauren-Jordan Wedding-Hi-Wire Brewing
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
We’re not the traditional or religious type, so we really just wanted the day to feel like one big party. With that in mind, the first and easiest decision we made was to have our wedding at a brewery. We didn’t have a specific theme, but we did draw a lot of visual inspiration from my dress which was super colorful!
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
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!
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?
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.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
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).
Along with the cake, we served local doughnuts and coffee for dessert, and then had late night snacks of sliders and cheese fries.
Our favorite part of the day was of course the ceremony, it was just so personal and funny and lovely, almost everyone cried happy tears. Our second favorite part had to be our first dance to “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias. We chose the song as a joke since it’s so sickeningly sweet, and it was a blast to dance and sing along to since we weren’t taking that tradition so seriously. Honorable mention goes to when, after the lights had come on at the end of the night, the DJ played “Psychosocial” by Slipknot and the dance floor turned into a drunken circus of our friends moshing and laughing.
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
I originally wanted a super simple wedding dress, so I bought a plain tulle skirt and lace top from BHLDN. I don’t consider myself the most fashion forward person, I wear a lot of basics in neutral colors, so that set was perfect for me. However, about halfway into our year of planning I was browsing Instagram and saw this dress, not even a wedding dress, but it was white and had colorful flowers embroidered all over it. It wasn’t my style at all but I became obsessed with it. The store, French Connection, was linked on the Instagram post, I think it was 100 Layer Cake’s Insta Story, and the dress was on sale for under $300. I waited a bit but couldn’t stop thinking about the dress, so I eventually placed my order. I figured if it didn’t work I could just send it back and I had my original dress to fall back on, but it ended up being absolutely perfect! No alterations necessary. I accessorized with blue velvet sandals from ShoeDazzle, quartz crystal hair pins from Etsy, a vintage ring borrowed from one of my bridesmaids, and an opal earring that belonged to my late grandmother. My sweet bridesmaids did my hair and I did my own makeup.
Jordan bought his blue suit from Express Men about a month before the wedding. He had it tailored for a slimmer fit and had all the black buttons replaced with brown tortoiseshell buttons. A week before the wedding (!!!) he bought his shoes, camel colored slip on Aston Grey, and different colored bow ties and pocket squares from Belk to match the embroidery on my dress. After mixing and matching he settled on a deep red bow tie and a blue pocket square, and wore a camel belt and his watch that I had bought him years ago for one of our first Christmases together. We bought both of wedding bands from Etsy.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
We officially met at a party in college, but I had actually been crushing on Jordan from afar for months before then. My best friend and roommate at the time (and my maid of honor!) had seen him around our apartment complex and told me all about him and how beautiful he was. We affectionately referred to him as “the foreign hottie”. The first time I saw him was on the shuttle from campus back to our apartments and I immediately texted April something like “Spotted, foreign hottie, he really is beautiful”. We probably thought we were on Gossip Girl but were actually kinda creepy. So when Jordan and I first met at that party, I had to pretend I didn’t know him at all, even though deep down I was likely having a meltdown. We became friends after that, and both dated other people, until about a year later at a different party when we decided that we actually do really like each other and we should maybe start dating.
We had been together for about six years when Jordan proposed. 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 bnb. 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.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
The most anticipated moment for us I think was the ceremony. I don’t like being the center of attention and I knew all eyes would be on me. I was super nervous but everyone was so supportive and helpful, by the time I had walked down the aisle to Jordan I felt so at ease. The whole ceremony was so special. There were little fun facts and jokes about us and our relationship throughout, and then we wrote our own vows to each other which were both a little funny and super sweet. Jordan cried like a baby and had the whole place in tears.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
I know getting married is a serious affair, but try not to take yourselves so seriously! Have fun with it. It’s stressful, yes, but at the end of the day you’re marrying the love of your life and celebrating the occasion with all of your favorite people!
Lauren-Jordan Wedding-Hi-Wire Brewing:
Associated Pros/Vendors: Lauren-Jordan Wedding-Hi-Wire Brewing
Ring Designer: La Kaiser
Jewelry: Coastal Alchemy
DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Abigail Ervin
Groomsman Attire: Belk
Shoes: Aston Grey
Apparel: Express Men
Dress Designer: French Connection
Officiant: Asheville Marriages
DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: HoneySilks & Company
Second Shooter: Latoya Dixon Photography
Caterer: Foothills Local Meats
Event Venue: Hi-Wire Brewing
Photographer: Alexis Schwallier Photography LLC
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