Contemporary Wedding ~ New Year's Eve In Charlotte
April 7, 2011

If I could have a wedding re-do, I would NEED it to be as glamorous as this Charlotte New Year's Eve wedding from the oh-so-talented Kristin Vining. We love everything about this one, from the fabulous gown from Hayden Olivia Bridal, to the glamorous bride, to stunning florals from Studio Flora Diva. And, of course, those shoes. Ivy Robinson Weddings & Events hit this one out of the ball park. A seriously GLAM grand slam. Head over to Kristin's blog if you want to swoon for just a little bit longer.

Lauren and Oli

From Ivy Robinson ... Lauren wanted a fresh and modern look. I took the colors of grey and white and introduced the pattern to guests with the invitations and then it was seen again on the cake, soup liner, fish n chips cone, program, menu and candy bar stickers. She wanted to put a spin on the candy bar, so we created glass legs with mirror tops to create columns of candy. This concept was also used as her altar during the ceremony. The room was converted from brown and yellows to all white and at 11:30 pm the curtain pulled back where guests entered a lounge area for dancing and the countdown to the new year. A zebra patterned ice bar with an ice luge serving red bull and vodka was a hit. The DJ spun the latest hits as the guests danced well into the new year. *Read more of the finer details in putting this whole celebration together over on Ivy's Blog!

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More, more and MORE in the gallery!

Oli and I met at Augusta State University when we were there on separate golf teams. We had been together for seven years and were on a holiday in Thailand, when Oli set up a private dinner over the pool with grilled seafood and champagne. That's when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! Even after 7 years I was completely shocked. He’s an incredibly sweet guy and so thoughtful. I’m very, very lucky to have him.

We both have very modern tastes so we wanted the overall look to reflect that; we wanted lots of white and lots of candles. There were two details that were must haves from the beginning... Oliver wanted an ice bar and I wanted a photo booth. These were the biggest hits of the night! Our late night lounge, which was hidden from the guests by draping until 11:30pm, was quite a big hit too. All the incredible details that Ivy Robinson Weddings & Events helped with made for an incredible night.

Photography: Kristin Vining / Ceremony location: Urban Garden, Ritz Carlton Charlotte / Reception location: Ritz Carlton Charlotte / Cake: Josh Cain, Ritz Carlton Pastry Chef / Flowers: Beth Hohensee, Studio Flora Diva / Hair: Lindsey Regan Thorne / Make-up: Lindsey Regan Thorne / Invitations & Stationery: Chic Impressions / Ceremony Musicians: 5th & York / Reception Band: Heather Hayes Band / DJ: Jarrett Gray / Cinematography: Super 8 by Richard Israel / Videographer: Timm Young / Officiant: Jason Davenport / Decor Rentals: Party Reflections / Wedding Night Hotel: Ritz Carlton / Wedding Planning: Ivy Robinson Weddings & Events / Event Design & Decor: Ivy Robinson Weddings & Events / Photo booth: Carolina Photo Booths / Ice Bar: Ice Sensations Calligraphy: Elizabeth Jones Calligraphy / Wedding Dress: Hayden Olivia Bridal