Lin & Caryanne

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The brides share a tender, quiet moment in the O.Henry Hotel’s Don Rives Cloister Garden, before they say, “I do.”

It’s rare that you see a wedding so full of personalized touches and meaningful details: Each and every aspect of Lin and Caryanne’s day was a reflection of their personalities. The two included many amazing, gracious gestures towards their guests, many of whom played important roles in the ceremony and reception: among other contributions, Lin’s mom read a blessing before the meal, a good friend made the cupcakes, college friends were the photographers, and Lin’s colleague and sister officiated the service. From cupcake platter centerpieces that were also gifts for wedding party members to handmade thank-you cards at each place setting and a going-away treat for guests, in every aspect of their wedding, it was evident how much these women value one another and their loved ones.

Lin and Caryanne were high school sweethearts. They met while playing soccer for opposing teams, and they felt an immediate connection. Fourteen years and many milestones later, they are embarking on their biggest adventure yet — navigating life together as a married couple.

During the initial stages of wedding planning, it was clear that both Lin and Caryanne wanted a reception venue that was classy but comfortable. It was important to them that their friends and family feel welcomed and at home, especially since many of their guests were from out of town. The couple ultimately decided on the O.Henry for their reception, because they felt it provided the mix of grace, authenticity and hospitality they were searching for.

After a private courtroom marriage in Boston, the couple honeymooned in the city. Caryanne surprised Lin with a train trip from Boston to NYC for their final honeymoon night, complete with Broadway tickets to see one of Lin’s favorite performers. Once they returned to Greensboro, they had a one-of-a-kind ceremony at College Park Baptist Church — a deeply special community for the couple, in part because Lin is Associate Pastor there. They then celebrated with family and friends at the O.Henry Hotel.

We are honored Lin and Caryanne chose the O.Henry as their setting for such a joyous occasion, and we’re happy we could help make their day so special!

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Clockwise: Caryanne is giddy while getting ready; Lin’s sisters & cousin help her with her dress and makeup.

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Clockwise: Lin and Caryanne have an emotional first look in the Don Rives Cloister Garden; the couple take a moment to relax in the Social Lobby.

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Lin and Caryanne ride in style, taking the hotel’s London taxi to the church for their ceremony.

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Clockwise: Playful escort cards featured some of the couple’s most beloved “&’s” (Salt & Pepa, Dumb & Dumber, Simon & Garfunkel, etc.); in lieu of a guestbook, the couple opted for a more creative alternative — guests were encouraged to sign pre-cut bright orange, cream and turquoise squares in the couple’s favorite patterns, for guests to sign. The squares will be stitched into a wedding quilt on Lin and Caryanne’s first anniversary. The ampersand was a prominent theme in the couple’s wedding.

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Southern iced tea gave each table a pop of color, complementing the vibrant orange tulips. White platters of red velvet and carrot cake cupcakes made by a friend of the brides’ also graced each table. Underneath each cake stand was a special note to loved ones who participated in the ceremony.

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Gold Chiavari chairs and cream taffeta table linens helped set the scene for the reception in the sun-drenched Caldwell Room.

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Clockwise: Lin and Caryanne’s sweetheart table; a caricature artist creates a comical rendering of the brides; guests enjoy a Southern-inspired family-style dinner.

Southern Family-Style Dinner

  • Salad of Mixed Greens, Celery and Cucumber, with Fried Green Tomato, served with Buttermilk Five Herb or Balsamic Dressing
  • Collard Greens
  • Green Beans
  • Vintage Cheddar and Truffle Mac and Cheese
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Braised Beef Short Rib with Au Jus
  • Lucky 32’s Black Bean Cakes & Corn Relish, with Sour Cream
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Biscuits with Butter, Honey, and Molasses
  • Southern Iced Tea, Beer and Blackberry Sangria

 

Sweet & Savory Late Night Snacks

  • Sweet and Savory Popcorn
  • Banana Pudding
  • Chocolate and Vanilla Sheet Cakes
  • Nuts and Trail Mix
  • Pretzels
  • Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
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Clockwise: A friend of the couple’s designed a DIY photo booth station, complete with a variety of goofy props and costumes; guests pose for polaroid-inspired shots; Lin’s nieces and cousin have fun dancing the night away.

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Always a sign of a good wedding — a packed dance floor, without a wallflower in sight!

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Clockwise: the couple have their first dance; guests get down on the dance floor; Lin, family & friends rap to Salt N Pepa’s “Shoop,” a family tradition .

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Guests left with candy-coated cinnamon bark favors, a treat the couple learned about while in Boston.

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Joyful guests give Lin & Caryanne a white rose petal sendoff, as the brides make a blissful getaway in the hotel’s London Taxi.

Wedding Magic Makers:

For more information about creating a dream wedding in Greensboro, go to the O.Henry Hotel website.

 

 

Katie & Sam

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Newlywed bliss against an ethereal sky on the Weaver Terrace.

Katie and Sam met about four years ago, through a mutual friend at church. They connected over some deep coffee shop conversations, which ultimately led to their official first date. During their courtship they visited several North Carolina wineries, but had never visited Chateau Morrisette, along the Blue Ridge Parkway. One afternoon they ventured there for a tour, tasting, and a romantic lunch on the patio. After their meal, when the server asked them what they’d like for dessert, Sam said “surprise us!” It was then that Katie knew something was amiss, and sure enough, when  she returned from the restroom to their table on the patio, a server surprised her with a dessert plate and a beautiful ring. Sam enamored Katie with some sweet sentiments, she said “yes!” and the lovebirds spent the next year planning their nuptials.

Katie and Sam were initially set on having a rustic barn wedding, but when they visited the Proximity Hotel for the first time they were so blown away by the contemporary vibe and clean lines of the space that they decided to forgo their original vision. They were particularly drawn to the hotel’s big windows and patio. Each was just as involved as the other, in the planning process, and Katie’s mom also played a crucial role. The couple wanted a wedding that would capture the essence of their personalities, as well as their love of wine, so wine was a prominent element of their decor. Old wine bottles they collected from various local vineyards they’d visited over the course of their relationship served as table centerpieces. They also named each dinner table after one of the wineries, used corks for place card holders, and featured some of their favorite wines with dinner. It was important to the couple that they showcase the talents of their friends and family members by asking them to contribute. Katie’s aunt made her a necklace, as well as earrings for her bridesmaids. A longtime family friend crafted the bouquets and boutonnieres, and some of Katie’s old friends from college played music during the ceremony.

They wed on June 1, 2013, in the hotel’s Social Lobby, and had an intimate, full-dinner reception in the Weaver Room, followed by a full night of dancing.

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Clockwise: Katie and Sam share a smooch, posing outside the hotel entrance, playing serious in the Social Lobby.

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Two crepe myrtle trees made by resident florist Brenda McLamb frame the happy couple in the sun-drenched Social Lobby. Katie and Sam said “I do” under the whimsical arching trees, bringing a touch of the outdoors inside the scenic space.

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Katie and Sam pose at the foot of the Social Lobby’s spiral staircase.

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The groom steals a kiss on the stairs in this cinematic shot.

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The bride goofs around with the groomsmen.

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The wedding party gets playful in the Social Lobby.

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Tablescapes for the reception in the Weaver Room included varying short and tall house-made floral arrangements of white larkspur and curly willow atop round chilewich placemats. Tables were also adorned with purple napkins, white linens, candle votives, and monogrammed cookies.

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Each table was named after one of the vineyards the couple visited during their courtship, and also featured a wine bottle they’d saved from each trip.

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Clockwise: Guests are all smiles at dinner;  a special Wishing Tree made by in-house florist Brenda McLamb served as an alternative guestbook. It displayed DIY tags with well wishes and words of wisdom from loved ones;  the candlelit cake table boasts the gorgeous four-tiered wedding cake from Christina’s Dessertery.

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Guests enjoyed an intimate dinner in the Weaver Room, with Proximity’s own Kew Double Ewe wine.

 

Cocktail Hour Menu:

  • Assortment of Flatbreads
  • Shrimp Remoulade Shooters

Reception Menu:

  • Seasonal Greens with House Vinaigrette and Creamy Herb Dressing
  • Chicken Paillard
  • Seared Strip Steak with Diane Sauce
  • Seared Trout with Lemon Caper Beurre Blanc
  • Red Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans
  • Baguettes and Butter

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The bride and groom share their first dance as a married couple.

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Guests converse on the string-lit terrace outside the Weaver Room.

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Clockwise: the bride and groom get down on the dance floor;  the bride and groom pause for some sugar as they cut into their 4-tiered wedding cake, and toast with champagne; the bride tosses the bouquet.

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The dance floor was alive, with not a wallflower in sight.

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A magical night calls for a passionate kiss, and the reflection of lighted vine balls create a romantic atmosphere.

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Guests give the couple a loving sendoff, complete with lots of bubbles.

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The giddy couple in their getaway car.

 

Wedding Magic Makers:

 

For more information about creating a dream wedding in Greensboro, go to the Proximity Hotel website.

 

Katherine & Luis

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The bride & groom share an intimate moment in the Hawkins Brown Room.

Most girls dream of a fairytale proposal but not all of them get one—especially not one that takes place in Cinderella’s castle. Luis surprised Katherine with a proposal fit for a princess, on Valentine’s Day in 2012. Not only was it a special hallmark in their relationship, but also one for Disney World, with the couple being the first to get engaged inside the castle. They’ll actually be making history with their engagement commemorated in a Disney book. Their evening began with a romantic dinner inside the castle. The chef then brought out the ring, which was inside a rose filled glass slipper that read “happily ever after.” All of the Disney princesses trailed behind him, joining in the celebration. For the sweet finale, they were presented with a white chocolate mold of the glass slipper, filled with fresh strawberries. Katherine was completely surprised, since it was Valentine’s Day, and she figured the romantic dinner at Cinderella’s castle was just part of the holiday.

They first discovered the O.Henry Hotel while flipping through The Knot Magazine, and they were instantly smitten, settling upon it as the site of their reception. The old-world European atmosphere reminded Katherine of time spent abroad as a child when her father was in the military. The couple were married in February of 2014. They exchanged their vows before their families in an intimate Catholic service at Our Lady of Grace Church, and an evening reception followed in the Hawkins Brown Room of the O.Henry Hotel.

Katherine and Luis were equally involved in the wedding planning process, designing much of the decorations themselves. They requested romantic shades of pink, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. They also wanted their wedding to showcase elements of their Disney engagement, so they found metal centerpieces that resembled Cinderella’s carriage. The lovebirds also made the table numbers and place cards, and had custom candles with their names and wedding date. As favors for their guests, they had stemless wine glasses which said “love” in Spanish and English, at each place setting. Each glass was filled with tulle and ribbon and different flavored Hershey Kisses with custom-made stickers that had the bride and groom’s names and wedding date.

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Katherine’s bridesmaids and her Godmother (who traveled from Ecuador) helped her get ready. In Hispanic cultures, it’s tradition for the Godmother to help the bride with her dress.

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Katherine surprised Luis (a diehard Mets fan) with Mets garters, and a special Mets-themed groom’s cake, which was brought out during their first look. The couple also designed their own Save the Dates, on snapfish.com.

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The men look sharp as they pose in the Green Valley Grill bar.

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Pink calla lilies, tulips, hydrangeas, and ranunculas, with white accents were arranged in on reception tables.

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From clockwise: The Hawkins Brown Room, decorated for the reception; the bride & groom make their grand entrance at the reception; the couple cut into the 3-tiered wedding cake from Maxie B’s.

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From clockwise: Guests mingle and sign the couple’s photo-guestbook, which featured their engagement photos. Due to inclement weather, the maid of honor was unable to attend the wedding, so she recorded a special video toast for the bride and groom.

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DJ SP—who braved severe winter weather, and drove down from NYC for the wedding—got everyone on their feet. Guests danced the night away to his selection of lively party and latin music.

Cocktail Hour Menu:

  • Cheese Display: Chef’s Selection of Artisanal Cheeses served with Rustic Breads and Assorted Crackers
  • Crispy Shrimp with Romesco Aioli
  • Fire-Roasted Chicken and Mushroom Bruschetta with Herbed Ricotta Cheese
  • Giacamo’s Fresh Italian Sausage “Jacks” served with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Pesto
  • Mini Crab Cakes served with Chili Lime Aioli

Plated Dinner Menu:

  • Mixed Baby Green Salad with an Array of Julienne Garden Vegetables served with Five Herb Buttermilk and Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast with Herbed Goat Cheese, Lemon Garlic Sauce and Crispy Capers, served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
  • Rosemary Crusted Prime Rib with Roasted Mirepoux Au Jus and Creamy Horseradish served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
  • Grilled Salmon with Chive Butter Sauce served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
  • Chef’s Selection of Vegetarian Entree

Bite-Sized Dessert Display:

  • Miniature Brownies
  • Bite-Sized Cheesecake
  • Fruit Tarts
  • Cookies

Wedding Magic Makers:

For more information about creating a dream wedding in Greensboro, go to the O.Henry Hotel website.

Theresa & Eric

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An overhead shot and sweeping view of the couple’s intimate ceremony in the round, in the hotel’s Social Lobby.

Theresa and Eric are polar opposites, yet they make a perfect harmony. They’re both creative individuals—she’s a pianist, singer and middle school chorus teacher, and he’s an eye care professional with an artistic talent and an affinity for Marvel comic books. One picks up where the other leaves off—they balance each other and keep one another sane. Theresa fondly describes their relationship as a “comedy of errors.” The two met on Match.com a few years ago, right when Eric was getting fed up with the online dating world. He was reluctant to go on a date with Theresa but he finally agreed and he was immediately smitten. He excitedly called his brother as soon as he got home from their date, to share about the incredible woman he’d just met.

We’re excited to share their intimate, musical wedding and are flattered they chose the Proximity Hotel to celebrate their special day. Theresa had always loved the style of the Proximity, and immediately knew it was where she wanted to be married—she and Eric didn’t even need to scout out other venues. She fell in love with the spiral staircase in the Social Lobby, and kept envisioning herself making her entrance down it. The couple were married on November 23, 2013, before 100 of their closest friends and family. The couple chose to have their ceremony in an intimate round, so that all of their loved ones would feel very included.

Theresa and Eric were both very involved in the wedding planning process, making every decision together. They wanted to incorporate as many personal details as they could, to ensure their artistic personalities were represented in every element of their big day. Theresa is a professional musician so having live music was a must for the couple. They gathered a choir of nine singers (all friends), one violinist, and two pianists, and had a grand piano brought in for an added touch of class to the Social Lobby. Instead of a traditional prelude, the musicians performed a combination of classical and Broadway music. After the couple said their vows, the choir sang a classical piece called “Set Me as a Seal,” from A New Creation by Rene Clausen, which contains text from Song of Solomon. In lieu of the minister reading a final blessing, the choir sang it in the form of an Irish blessing that was very special to Eric’s family, who has an Irish background. Theresa’s mother also surprised her by framing an ivory rose that once belonged to Theresa’s grandmother (given to her by Theresa’s father, when he was stationed overseas in the Navy). She kept it for 12 years, as a surprise for Theresa.

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Theresa’s bridesmaids help her with her dress in a Proximity Suite.  Theresa waits just inside Proximity’s revolving door, and Eric and  his best men pose in front of the hotel with the cool solar panels on top.

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Eric and his best men do their best super hero impersonations, outside the hotel.

Theresa and Eric Teaser from HoneyDew Films on Vimeo.

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The ecstatic couple share a moment in the Bluebell Garden, as Eric sees his bride for the first time.

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The choir performing during the ceremony, Theresa making a dramatic debut down the spiral staircase in the Social Lobby, and the beaming couple after they’ve said “I do.”

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Clockwise: Silver coin linens, votives, and orange floral centerpieces adorned bistro tables in the White Oak Room. Dinner tables were covered with black overlays and pewter taffeta. Dinner included a Mac & Cheese station with a selection of fresh vegetables. The bride and groom cut into their four tiered wedding cake (by The Sweeter Side).

Eric and Theresa knew they wanted a fall wedding and they chose pewter and orange, with pops of purple accents to compliment their autumnal look. Proximity Hotel’s resident florist Brenda McLamb arranged orange roses, calla lilies and freesia, and purple trichelum, dusty miller and brunia berries were arranged throughout the Social Lobby and the White Oak Room.

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Theresa and Eric pose atop the elegant baby grand they rented, in the Social Lobby.

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Eric and Theresa savor their newly wedded bliss, over a dance.

Since Eric is from Pennsylvania, and Theresa’s from Virginia, many of their guests were coming from out of town, and the couple wanted to give their friends and family a proper NC welcoming. They organized bags with an assortment of fun goodies native to NC. Keeping with Theresa’s wedding colors, and the Proximity’s green-friendly philosophy, they filled up pewter colored recyclable bags with roasted peanuts, Moravian cookies, Lance Crackers, Gatlyn’s Gourmet Popcorn, and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

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Custom-made coasters read “Please don’t take my drink, I’m dancing.” Guests get down on the dance floor, the bride and groom let loose, and boxes of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts await guests at the end of the night.

Cocktail Hour Menu:

  • Shrimp Cocktail Shooters
  • Saucisson Gougere (Pepper Garlic Sausage baked within dough)
  • Seasonal Tomato and Butternut Squash Risotto Cups

Reception Menu:

  • Cordon Bleu Croquettes with Whole Grain Mustard Aioli
  • Mini Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce

Displayed:

  • Mini Croque Monsieur
  • Assortment of Flatbreads
  • Tiny Turkey Sandwiches with Creamy Herb Dressing
  • Spinach Souffle and Smoked Salmon Pinwheels
  • Warm Emmantaler and Spinach Dip with Assorted Breads and Crackers
  • Steamed Vegetable Display with Assorted Dips
  • Sliced Fresh Fruit Display
  • Mac & Cheese Station
  • Prime Rib of Beef Carving Station

Wedding Magic Makers:

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A cinematic kiss to end a perfect night.

Fore more information about creating a dream wedding in Greensboro, go to the Proximity Hotel website.

Diana & Thomas

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The bride and groom share a special dance as husband and wife.

Diana and Thomas’s elegant, old-world wedding is the stuff  little girl’s dreams are made of. For her wedding, the bride selected: roses, a soft color palate of peach, cream, champagne, and gold, a long mermaid-style lace dress fit for a princess, and of course, a prince charming. The couple who were introduced by a mutual friend two years ago, were married on a colorful fall afternoon, on November 9th, 2013. Diana had always loved the classy atmosphere of the O.Henry Hotel and knew that she and Thomas would have several guests attending the wedding from out of town. Comfort and convenience were important for them and they thought the O.Henry felt more like a grand home than a hotel, so the couple chose to have their wedding reception there. We’re delighted to share their beautiful union, and we’re flattered they also decided to host their rehearsal dinner at the Proximity Hotel, in the intimate Latham Room.

Following a wedding ceremony in the Phillips Chapel of the Canterbury School in Greensboro, the newlyweds celebrated their nuptials with a cocktail hour and seated dinner reception in the hotel’s Caldwell Room. Outfitted with champagne and honey linens and gold chivari chairs, the candlelit ballroom was the perfect setting for their romantic evening.

The couple had their first dance to the vintage song “Paper Moon,”  the same tune Thomas serenaded Diana with outside his home the evening he proposed to her.

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The Caldwell Room featured gold chivari chairs and accent tables dressed with gold-champagne floral linens. Each table was adorned with arrangements of soft peach and cream colored roses, dahlias and hypericum berries.

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The dinner tables were draped in honey-gold linens, and the warm glow from the candles added to the romantic tone of the evening.

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Stemless wine glasses screen-printed with their initial and their wedding date served as favors for the guests. A master guest-list was displayed in the foyer for attendees to find their seats.

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The newlyweds make their grand entrance and guests sign the engagement photo-studded guestbook.

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The bride and groom have their first dance to “Paper Moon.”

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Slicing into the beautiful four-tiered wedding cake, from Cakes by Manfred.

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The bride and groom share a kiss, a champagne toast, and some wedding cake.

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Friends celebrate and get into the spirit with dancing and a fun photo booth.  Diana and Thomas pause for a laugh.

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The bride and groom dancing the night away with friends and family.

Cocktail Hour Menu:

  • Crispy Shrimp with Lemon Cumin Aioli
  • Balsamic Infused Tomato, Red Onion, Fresh Mozzarella and Pesto on Toasted Crostini
  • Fire-Roasted Chicken and Mushroom Bruschetta with Herbed Ricotta Cheese
  • Giacomo’s Fresh Italian Sausage “Jacks” served with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Pesto
  • Mini Crab Cakes served with Chili Lime Aioli

Plated Dinner Menu:

  • Mixed Baby Green Salad with an Array of Julienne Garden Vegetables served with Five Herb Buttermilk and Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Pan Seared Mediterranean Chicken with Roasted Garlic Marinara Sauce and Roasted Vegetables served with Red Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans
  • Oak Fired Angus Filet with Black Peppercorn Sauce, served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
  • Crispy Risotto Cake Napoleon with Herbed Goat Cheese, Grilled Portobello Mushroom, Creamy Marinara and Wilted Spinach

Wedding Magic Makers:

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A joyous sendoff for the blissful couple!

For more information about creating a dream wedding in Greensboro, go to the O.Henry Hotel website.

Lindsay & Drew

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A spring green and coral confetti send off!

You could say Drew and Lindsay were designed to be together. We’re honored they chose Proximity Hotel in Greensboro for the site of their whimsical garden party wedding. The couple first met while they were students studying graphic and architectural design at UNCG. They lived in the same dorm on the same hall, and became fast friends their freshman year. One day, Lindsay was outside on campus preparing to sketch some buildings for class and realized she had forgotten a pencil. She immediately called Drew, knowing he was in art classes too. She asked if he could bring her a pencil, secretly hoping he would stay for awhile. Not only did he oblige, but he also brought a blanket and snacks for a picnic. Needless to say, neither one of them did much drawing that day.

After eight years of dating, Drew decided it was time to ask an important question. The night of their engagement, he tricked Lindsay and told her they were going to stay at her parents’ house for the weekend. He secretly had a romantic evening in store, starting with dinner and a stay at Proximity Hotel where he later proposed. Once wedding planning began, the couple didn’t bother scouting out any venues, as they instantly knew where they wanted to wed. They had always loved the simple and contemporary elegance of the Proximity and its significance became even more sentimental after their engagement there.

With Drew and Lindsay both having careers in design, it was only natural that their wedding would be full of original details that reflected the nature of their personalities and their love for one another. Their creativity shone through in every aspect of the wedding, from the lighting down to the pillows—each detail held special meaning for the couple. Wary of the unpredictable nature of the weather, Drew and Lindsay opted for an indoor wedding. Their ceremony was held in the hotel’s social lobby, which was transformed into a beautiful garden. The bride chose ivories, corals and greens, reminiscent of a spring garden for her colors, and florist Brenda McLamb incorporated white, peach and coral calalillies, tulips, roses, ranunculus, green hosta leaves and flexigrass throughout the space.

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Two existing tables framed the altar in the social lobby and were decorated with votives of flexigrass, candles and coral roses. Petals, boxwood plants and topiaries lined the aisle.

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Bringing the outdoors in: The hotel’s social lobby was converted into a magical garden for the ceremony.

Lindsay’s father played a very instrumental, artistic role in the design details of her big day. To accentuate the garden party ambiance of the evening, he took delicate fern leaves, painted them bronze to resemble feathers and styled them in the table arrangements. He also painted several metal-wire framed “lantern” candle holders bronze, as well as the handmade wedding cake stand.

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The Weaver Room featured pencil favors, lanterns, a fun photo guestbook, and a wishing tree.

Combining their passion for design, Lindsay designed lanterns and Drew meticulously fashioned 16 of them in various sizes out of cardboard. Each lantern contained a battery operated candlestick and was suspended at different levels in the Weaver Room.

Drew and Lindsay liked the interactive and personalized concept of having a photo-guestbook, so a Polaroid station complete with custom-made dry erase boards and props was set up for guests to take photos. Guests could clip their photos to rods of hanging ribbons in the bride’s colors. They also placed a special “wishing tree” outside the Weaver Room, hung with escort cards directing the guests to their seats. Guests could then write words of wisdom, advice, and good fortunes, and then later hang them back on the tree.

For wedding favors, the bride and groom gave their guests white mechanical pencils (resembling # 2 pencils)—a nod to that day on the grass at school. The pencils were inscribed with the quote “don’t be afraid to take the next step,” a quote that came from a fortune cookie Drew got after his and Lindsay’s dinner on the night of their engagement. A large picture frame was hung near the wishing tree, outlining the story of their courtship and the significance of the pencils, so guests could read it as they found their escort cards. Lindsay’s father painted the picture frame, and Drew upholstered the board inside with spring green fabric, stitched ribbon to the board and then wove pencils through to hold them in place.

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Lindsay created vignettes  in the lounge areas with window benches, club chairs and throw pillows made by their minister’s wife. Lindsay had them monogrammed with an embroidered “B” for Bremer.

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The bride and groom set up a “Signature Sips” cocktail station, alongside assorted wine and beer.

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Roasted Red Pepper & Smoked Gouda Galettes, Bacon-Wrapped Braised Beef Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans, and a triple-tiered wedding cake with spring green ombre ruffles and coral roses.

Cocktail Hour Menu:

  • Mini Crabcakes with Remoulade Sauce
  • Roasted Red Pepper and Smoked Gouda Galettes
  • Baked Brie with Fig, Honey & Orange Marmalade

Plated Dinner Menu:

  • Seasonal Greens with House Vinaigrette and Creamy Herb Dressing
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu with a Tarragon Cream Sauce, served with Mashed Potatoes
  • Bacon-Wrapped Braised Beef Short Ribs, served with Mashed Potatoes
  • Pan-Seared Salmon with Honey-Lime Butter Sauce, served with Rice
  • Green Beans
  • Bread & Butter
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The bride & groom’s head table, lined with a Fiorenza Mushroom table runner. Tables were adorned with flower arrangements by Brenda,  bronze-painted lantern candleholders and other  mercury glass and metallic accents selected by the bride.

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Square and round tables were adorned with table runners, bronze candle lanterns, coral butterfly place cards, and floral centerpieces which featured the bronze “feathers” Lindsay’s dad made.

Lindsay made coral butterflies out of a variety of seeded paper (so guests could later take them home and plant them). Each butterfly featured the guest’s name, color-coded by the entree they ordered, and was clipped on to a water glass as a place card.

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Dancing with coral uplighting

Wedding Magic Makers:

For more information about creating a dream wedding in Greensboro, go to the Proximity Hotel website.

Leah & Joe

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The bride and groom share a kiss in the romantic English-inspired walled garden of the Hawkins Brown room.

Leah and Joe’s story is one for the books. Their friendship began 20 years ago, when Leah’s sister (who was Joe’s best friend) introduced them both.  Close-knit ever since, and even living across the street from one another for almost 10 years,  the couple felt like family long before they ever said “I do.”  Knowing how rare and special their friendship was, they decided to try a relationship and as Leah says, “it was magic.” Leah’s sister even doubled as her maid of honor and Joe’s “best man.”

We’re so glad they chose to celebrate their wedding with us. Choosing the O.Henry Hotel for her wedding was an easy choice for Leah, since she said it was the only place she could envision their wedding. She wanted a stress-free day, and she knew they would be well taken care of. Joe and Leah wed outside in the enchanting Don Rives Cloister Garden. The early afternoon ceremony allowed a kid-friendly atmosphere and a relaxed day of celebrating with family. The wedding was a joyous occasion, with a colorful array of Mediterranean-inspired tapas, including a chef-attended pita bar and the couple’s favorite beers and wines. A DJ played classic oldies tunes from the 50s and 60s, and guests enjoyed a fun assortment of cupcakes and champagne.

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Pomander balls with sunny button mums were suspended over the garden’s arbor and hung on guests’ chairs.

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The bride’s bouquet, comprised of green succulents and seeded eucalyptus, was accented with pops of golden yellow from pincushion protea and craspedia.

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The beautiful ceremony took place in the early afternoon, in the Don Rives Cloister Garden, with an abundance of natural sunlight and greenery.

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For the reception in the elegant Pavilion, tall vases of yellow dahlias were perched atop charcoal draped stations, and guest tables were adorned with yellow pincushion protea and assorted succulents in mercury glass vases.

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Amarynth Popcorn Crusted Tuna Skewers, served on a tree branch, were a unique and rustic hors d’oeuvres.

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Guests enjoyed Greek Dolmades and Moroccan Meatballs during the reception.

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Mini cassuelas of Farro Salad with Butternut Squash and Feta.

Passed Hors D’oeuvres:

  • Amarynth Popcorn Crusted Tuna Skewers
  • Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese Arancini

Heavy Hors D’oeuvres Reception:

  • Lamb Skewers with Charmoula and Tzatziki Sauce
  • Ale Battered Flounder with Grapefruit & Green Onion Aioli, Wedged Potato Chips
  • Petite Farro Salad with Butternut Squash and Feta
  • Moroccan Meatballs
  • Grilled, Marinated Vegetables
  • Greek Dolmades
  • Sweet Corn, Manchego, and Spanish Rice Stuffed Eggplant

Pita Bar:

  • Marinated Lamb & Chicken
  • Falafal
  • Hummus
  • Tabouleh Salad
  • Warm Pita Bread
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A dessert table featured an assortment of Caramel, Oreo, and Fresh Strawberry Buttercream cupcakes. The tiered chocolate cake was layered with strawberries and chocolate icing; draped in white fondant.

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The Don Rives Cloister Garden was transformed after the ceremony into a romantic setting for the reception.

Wedding Magic Makers:

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Joe and Leah with the hotel’s London Taxi.

For more information about creating a dream wedding in Greensboro, go to the O.Henry Hotel website.