Thanks to Katie and Chris for sharing their gorgeous wedding at Proximity Hotel. The lovebirds met in high school marching band. He was a drummer, and she was in color guard. They were first introduced to the Proximity Hotel when Katie attended one of the hotel’s design meetings with her father and fell in love with the place. After visiting many venues, they decided upon the Proximity Hotel, because they felt it best fit them as a couple – young and contemporary. They approached the wedding planning process by thinking of a blank canvas, full of room and inspiration to design and create.
Truly an artistic family affair through and through, Katie uniquely designed many of the wedding’s design details, alongside her artist father Jeff Hurr. Their efforts ranged from hammered copper trees and handmade living grass trays, down to suspended yarn mobiles—all in a vibrant color scheme of green, ivory and black. Dad and daughter also collaborated on making around 300 yarn balls of varying colors and sizes, for table decorations, place settings and commemorative favors. They inflated specialty spherical balloons and hand-wrapped them in a cast of coarse yarn before popping all of the air out of them. Each of these special touches made for a magical and memorable day for all.
The elegant Social Lobby served as the ceremony site for this unique ceremony in the round, which provided a 360 degree vantage point and a more intimate experience. One of Katie’s design visions for the wedding was to have indoor trees of some sort. So her father used the branches and trunks from some family Crepe Myrtle trees, salvaged after a tornado, to construct two 12-foot trees. He wrapped them in hammered patina copper, and they were later adorned with white LED lights and green and ivory yarn balls of various sizes.
Officially hitched! Staff lined the upstairs balcony and surprised guests by fluttering down an array of green, ivory and black confetti strips.
As a special surprise for Katie and Chris, her father commissioned an artist friend to engrave the couple’s initials and a love note into copper panels that were soldered into each tree.
A unique seating chart in the bride’s color scheme works as a mock diagram of the Weaver (reception) room. Inspired by Proximity floral designer Brenda McLamb’s knack for accessorizing the spaces throughout the hotel, Katie’s father made living grass trays and delicate yarn balls. These decorative accents complemented Brenda’s beautiful green and ivory floral arrangements. In addition to using green and ivory hydrangeas, Brenda also used rare black-eyed poppies to align with Katie’s color scheme.
Dinner in the elegant Weaver Room, with suspended yarn ball mobiles.
A cute picnic basket served as a vessel for cards.
Katie and Chris pose for a cute photo-op with the hotel’s vintage-inspired checkered cab.
Handmade green, ivory and black yarn balls made by the bride and her father adorned the dinner tables for each guest’s place setting.
- Shrimp Cocktail Shooters
- Gougere (lightly baked cheese puffs)
- Mini Spinach & Garlic Quiche
- Seasonal Greens with House Vinaigrette and Creamy Herb Dressing
- Seared Chicken with Tarragon Cream Sauce, served with Herb Roasted Potatoes and Sautéed Green Beans
- Seared Salmon with Honey Lime Butter Sauce, served with Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Green Beans
- Beef Filet with Herb Butter, served with Herb Roasted Potatoes and Sautéed Green Beans
Cutting into the four-tiered green ombre, ruffled texture wedding cake, complete with a playful lego bride & groom cake topper!
A happy father/daughter dance in the hotel’s Social Lobby.
The Social Lobby ceremony site was converted into a dance floor for everyone to let loose. Guests dined on fun late night snacks of slider burgers and french fries, as well as an assortment of gelatos.
Proximity Hotel’s artist-in-residence Chip Holten helped capture the essence of the special day with his stunning watercolor renditions.
Holten’s watercolor renderings from the wedding, on display for guests.
Wedding Magic Makers:
- Florist: Brenda McLamb (Proximity Hotel)
- Bakery: Maxie B’s: Four-tiered, green ombre, with textured ruffles (Flavors: Red Velvet, Devils Food, Italian Cream, and Oreo)
- DJ: A & A
- Linens & Chairs: House linens with an ivory overlay and a taupe underlay; Gasers chairs
- Photographer: Tara Parker
Baskets of handmade yarn ball wedding favors for the guests.
For more information about creating a dream wedding in Greensboro, go to the Proximity Hotel website.