Christina and Danny

Christina wanted Danny to “stand out and shine” on their wedding day, so she selected a white tuxedo jacket for him, while groomsmen wore black. The bride’s gown was by Pronovias, found at Lily Rose Bridal in Cornelius, NC.

 

Approximately 120 guests from around the country enjoyed the ceremony in the Social Lobby and reception in the Weaver Room – while Danny’s family is Greensboro-based, Christina’s live in Arizona, California, New York, and elsewhere.

 

The Vision

Christina and Danny were finding it a challenge to locate a venue that suited their personal style, as many were just too traditional or formal for their taste. However, they were attracted to Proximity Hotel for its modern and minimalist design. They knew that they’d be happy with the elegant, clean-lined design and decor of the Social Lobby and Weaver Room, and they felt confident that the Proximity’s event professionals would ensure every guest was treated to amazing service.

 

Florals by Proximity Hotel’s in-house floral designer, Brenda McLamb, featured beautiful blush peonies, ranunculus, panda anemones, dusty miller and garden roses.

The Color Palette

While the bride and groom are drawn to modern, light-filled spaces, the couple wanted their wedding to be formal and romantic. Working with Proximity Hotel’s decor and considering their April wedding date, they selected a soft color palette of blush, ivory, and rose gold. Each bridesmaid wore a blush-hued dress that Christina selected especially for her; the maid of honor’s gown was accentuated with a dramatic sequin pattern; and honorary bridesmaids wore shorter black lace dresses for contrast. Guests sat in gold Chiavari chairs at tables covered with elegant taupe underlays and ivory overlays, simply decorated with florals coordinating with the bridal party’s.

 

The bride’s mother (top right) wore a traditional Korean hanbok until after the celebration, then changed into a traditional American dress for the reception. The flower girl, Lilah, was the 8-year-old daughter of one of Christina’s cousins.

The bride’s mother wore a traditional Korean hanbok until after the celebration, then changed into traditional American dress for the reception;

How They Met

Danny and Christina met through mutual friends while they were students at UNCG, and they dated off and on during college. Opposites in many superficial ways – Christina is outgoing, while Danny is more quiet and reserved – the pair share many interests and core values, tastes in music and food, and perhaps most important, a commitment to being honest with each other. The bride says officiant Holly Marion described their relationship well when she said, “Danny and Christina grew up together, learning about themselves and each other, and became stronger. That is how their relationship blossomed.”

The Proposal

After the couple had been together for about 10 years, more than four of which they lived together, Danny took Christina for a special weekend at Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. He proposed during a trail walk to take in the beauty of the mountains, stopping at a grassy spot along a Blue Ridge Parkway. Christina says, “I had an idea it would happen – I figured it was coming – I was hoping it was coming!”  but she was, “overwhelmed when it happened!”  Unbeknownst to Christina, Danny had spoken with her dad, with whom she has a particularly close relationship, ahead of time to get her parents’ blessing.

In Korean tradition, ducks are a symbol of marriage, as ducks mate for life. This pair was sent from Korea by one of Christina’s aunts. Before the ceremony, the pair were unwrapped and brought into the room next to one another, then placed so they are looking into one another’s eyes.

Bridesmaids (in blush and gold) and honorary bridesmaids (in black) enjoying a laugh with Christina’s father; Christina with her mother; the bride making the rounds during dinner.

A self-professed member of Beyonce’s “BeyHive,” Christina requested the singer’s music throughout the reception. One of her favorite moments was at the end of the night, when last song was announced. Everyone chanted, “One more song. One more song.” The DJ played “Drunk in Love,” which Christina says was the most joyous, perfect song to end the wedding celebration.

The Food

During cocktail hour, passed appetizers included:

  • Cordon Bleu Croquettes with Whole Grain Mustard Aioli
  • Lamb Sliders with Braised Sprouts and Bacon
  • Seared Tuna Crostini with Avocado Butter

Dinner began with a mixed green salad with sliced radishes and carrots, offered with guests’ choice of house vinaigrette or creamy herb dressing. Plated dinner options were:

  • Filet with Diane Sauce
  • Pan-Seared Salmon with Lemon Caper Beurre Blanc
  • Chicken Paillard with Shallots and Preserved Lemon

Creme fraiche mashed potatoes, green beans, and bread and butter accompanied each main dish.

The Wedding Magic Makers

Christina says that she had “literally the best day. Everything was always on track. I felt so relieved, not an ounce of stress that day!” The wedding magic happened through the combined efforts of:

 

For more information on the event you are planning in Greensboro, North Carolina, please complete our inquiry formemail our Sales Team members, or give us a call at O.Henry Hotel: 336-854-2000 or Proximity Hotel: 336-478-9111.

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