An Industrial-Chic Fall Wedding at The Stockroom at 230 in Raleigh, North Carolina

Laura Gurganus (36 and an air battle manager in the US Air Force Reserve and a pre-nursing student) had her eye on Justin Sime (34 and a F-15E pilot i

Laura Gurganus (36 and an air battle manager in the US Air Force Reserve and a pre-nursing student) had her eye on Justin Sime (34 and a F-15E pilot in the US Air Force) while they were both stationed in South Korea. With the help of a farewell party and a little liquid courage, Justin made the first move and within a month, the pair were already planning a trip to Japan. "We had been dating for about a year and a half but I hadn’t met her father yet so I dropped hints that I should probably meet her dad before we started to talk about marriage—I knew that would keep her guard down and she wouldn’t expect anything until after Thanksgiving," says Justin. I called her father—he was totally excited for the news—and the next time I visited her in Georgia, I set it all up to surprise her with the ring and flowers when she got home from work." The couple quickly began planning their industrial-chic fall wedding at The Stockroom at 230 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The loft-like space featured exposed brick walls and oversized windows decorated with minimal ivy garlands. "We wanted everyone's focus to be on the beautiful large windows at the front of the room," says Laura. "My decor inspiration for the windows came from a picture I saw online and our florist was able to put a beautiful spin on it— the end result was absolutely gorgeous and made the perfect backdrop!" A seasonal cranberry and gold color palette warmed the loft-like space and a heart motif set a contemporary tone throughout the understated day. Since they planned for a buffet dinner, the couple had tables set with just silverware, understated burgundy arrangements and favors. "Our wedding favors focused on Laura’s Korean heritage," says Justin. "We had chopsticks with a note stamped in both English and Hanguel on Hanji paper, which was made in Korea. We also gave magnets with a Korean couple in traditional wedding attire."

Laura carried a lush antique green and burgundy hydrangea bouquet with pops of red ranunculus, garden roses white anemones, scabiosa pods and draping eucalyptus. For the bridesmaids’ bouquets, Laura's only request was that the hand-tied burgundy arrangements each be different.
"I left the decision of style, length and fabric up to my bridesmaids—what I envisioned was everyone in mixed dark red dresses," says Laura. "One of my bridesmaids ordered a dress online and it didn't fit well so she ended up wearing the same dress that we wore when my other bridesmaid got married 11 years ago!"  The bridesmaids accented their mixed burgundy dresses with petite hand-tied clusters of  anemones, garden roses, red ranunculus, dahlias, scabiosa pods and eucalyptus.
Since most of the groomsmen wore Air Force mess dress and boutonnieres aren’t allowed, the couple opted to not have any of the guys wear them.  "In keeping with the military uniform theme, one of my other groomsmen was in his police service dress," says Justin. "It was perfect because it showcased the service represented in our group."
Laura and Justin's North Carolina Wedding
Justin knew The Stockroom was the perfect venue for them from the moment he walked in. "It had that industrial vibe we were looking for and it was in beautiful downtown Raleigh where there are so many restaurants and tourist attractions to keep our guests busy," says Justin
The industrial late afternoon ceremony was accented with minimal decor. "We opted to keep things simple since the space is gorgeous on its own with the exposed brick and hardwood floors," says Laura. "The decorations we did have were focused on the beautiful large windows at the front of the room."
Contemporary Hanging Initial Lights
Minimal Burgundy Loft Reception Decor
The simple cranberry and pink centerpieces added a splash of color to the cream and gold tables. "We wanted to add some color to the tablescapes but also didn’t want our arrangements to be so large that guests would have to lean around it to talk to somebody," says Laura.
The couple warmed their industrial loft-like reception space with their cranberry and gold color palette. "We didn’t have a theme per-se, but I tried to incorporate hearts into every detail," says Laura.
The loft-like space featured exposed brick walls and oversized windows decorated with minimal ivy garlands. "We wanted everyone's focus to be on the beautiful large windows at the front of the room," says Laura. "My decor inspiration for the windows came from a picture I saw online and our florist was able to put a beautiful spin on it— the end result was absolutely gorgeous and made the perfect backdrop!"
Contemporary Heart Motif Stationery
Buttercream Cake with Korean-Inspired Topper
Since they planned for a buffet dinner, the couple had tables set with just silverware and favors. "Our wedding favors focused on Laura’s Korean heritage," says Justin. "We had chopsticks with a note stamped in both English and Hanguel on Hanji paper, which was made in Korea.  We also had magnets with a Korean wedding couple in traditional wedding attire."
Laura and Justin's First Dance
Laura and Justin's version of the “family business” is the military.  "My dad retired after 30 years of service, my two sisters are in the Air Force and if I hadn’t joined, Justin and I never would’ve met," says Laura. "So, it was very important to me to not only have my dad escort me down the aisle, but to do so in his Air Force mess dress."