An Urban-Meets-Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Wedding at Cobblestone Hall in Raleigh, North Carolina
Mallory Brame (27 and a test engineer) met Elliotte Douglas-Middleton (30 and product analyst) at Virginia Tech and quickly began dating long distance throughout college. "A year after graduating and with the help of a few good friends, the question was unleashed—popped doesn't do it justice—at Nash Square in Raleigh, North Carolina, right outside of the first apartment we shared," Mallory says. "I said 'yes!' and he said 'thank God!' and two dogs, ten venues and several seasons of 'Chopped' and 'Law & Order SVU' later, we were ready to tie the knot!" Mallory and Elliotte exchanged vows during a contemporary-meets-Great Gatsby New Year's Eve celebration at 214 Martin and Cobblestone Hall in Raleigh, North Carolina. Gold and glitter accents filled the downtown venue with a historic blend of classic and urban architecture. The first detail the couple decided on was matching gold Badgley Mischka bridesmaid dress from Rent the Runway. "You know that part in 'Austin Powers' where Goldmember says 'I love gold?' well that was said a time or 12 during the planning process," Mallory says. "The more gold and glitter, the better!" After their receiving line, Mallory and Elliot hosted a night-long cocktail party to celebrate the new year. Arrangements of simple white peonies, hydrangeas and feathers sat atop gold sequin linens and oversize balloons with black and white tassels created a modern feel. Instead of traditional favors, Mallory and Elliotte handed out New Year's Eve goodies for everyone to wear at midnight. "Our fun, nontraditional decorations and food reflected our tastes perfectly," says Mallory. "Nothing screams 'Mallory!' more than mac and cheese and donuts—and nothing says 'Elliotte!' quite like shrimp and grits and cookies."