A Fresh, Romantic Wedding at Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina

Newlyweds Liz Coudriet (26 and in social media for Lowe's) and Max Ferguson (29 and in consumer lending) immediately hit it off when they met through

Newlyweds Liz Coudriet (26 and in social media for Lowe's) and Max Ferguson (29 and in consumer lending) immediately hit it off when they met through mutual friends at Folly Beach the summer after Liz graduated college. "We lived in two separate states, but talked on the phone way too much and tried to see each other every weekend," Liz explains. Once Max finally made the move to Charlotte from South Carolina, the two moved in together along with Louie, their French bulldog. "One night we were just watching a movie and Max was acting nervous, so he got up to feed Louie dinner," Liz says. "He was gone for a few minutes before I looked over and realized he was down on one knee, holding Louie who had the ring hanging from his collar!" For their summer wedding in the heart of Charlotte, the couple hired Katrina from Come Together Events to create a flower-filled soiree at the Foundation of the Carolinas. "It's such an amazing space," Liz explains. "The bottom floor is an art gallery, where we held our ceremony; while the top floor is a great reception space with fantastic views of the city." Armed with a pastel palette of periwinkle and golden yellow, soft feminine elements -- like pink ranunculus centerpieces -- were woven throughout the spacious, art-filled venue. While Elisabeth Rose Stationary custom-made both the invitations and table numbers, Liz took it upon herself to design and print the programs and escort cards in order to stay within budget. Gold Ikat-print linens ran the length of each rustic farm table while lush arrangements in shades of champagne, peach and pink were created using garden roses, ranunculus, foxglove and peonies. "I actually ended up winning my wedding cake through a giveaway by submitting an essay describing my dream cake," Liz laughs. Ines from Sky's the Limit Cakes brought the bride's vision to life by creating a coconut vanilla cake topped with the word "love" in gold glitter script. After guests dined and danced to Split Second Sound during the reception, Liz and Max passed out gold foil party horns prior to their exit from the museum. "The noise was so loud that people from surrounding bars and restaurants came outside just to see what was going on!"

Bridesmaids Toast While Getting Ready
Elizabeth Rose Stationary custom made both the wedding invitations and table numbers. The design was inspired by the gold ikat-patterned linens selected for the tables by Katrina from Come Together Events.
Liz and Max Ceremony Recessional
Kelly from Philosophy Flowers created this lush, floral bouquet filled with clematis, foxglove, scabies, poppies, ranunculus and peonies.
"I had nine bridesmaids and really loved the look of mismatched dresses," Liz says. "I created an inspiration board so everyone could visualize the colors and style I was going for -- blushes and creams with lace detailing. I wanted a look that was slightly bohemian-chic."
"I was going for old Hollywood glamour with my hair," Liz explains. "I wore it down in big waves with a vintage-inspired hair accessory."
Fresh Green Foliage Bouquet
Each groomsmen wore a gray, three-piece suit from Men's Warehouse paired with a blush-colored bow tie from High Cotton.
The groom paired his gray suit with a simple boutonniere made from ranunculus and scabies.
Pink Ranunculus Bud Vase
The bride managed to pull off two separate wedding day looks -- without changing her dress! "During the ceremony, I wore the birdcage veil and for the reception, I donned a vintage-inspired hair accessory and added a belt to the dress," Liz explains. "I knew I'd be dancing all night and that the veil would be too difficult to keep on."
To stay on budget, the bride designed and printed both he programs and escort cards.
Pink and Orange Floral Decorations with Table Numbers
Pink and White Floral Centerpiece with Garden Roses
The newlyweds held the reception on the top floor of the art gallery venue. "The space had glass walls since we didn't want to obstruct the city views," the bride explains. The space even included two large patios along with an urban garden wall.
Orange and Pink Floral Centerpiece with Roses and Ranunculus
Pink Flowers in Bud Vases
The bride won her wedding cake through the Carolina Bride "Dream Wedding Cake Giveaway" by submitting an essay describing the wedding cake of her dreams. Ines from Sky's the Limit Cakes created the sweet treat while a gold glitter cake topper completed the simple feel of the naked cake.
Liz and Max Getting Serenaded by Guests
The newlyweds gave each of their guests gold foil party horns during their grand exit from the museum. "The noise was so loud that people from surrounding bars and restaurants came outside just to see what was going on!" the bride says.