Carolina Bride

The Wedding Band

When Jordan Miller and Brittany Stelley both missed the bus home from school one day, they never guessed they'd be planning their wedding almost a decade later. Upon chatting, an immediate friendship was struck - and then a crush by Jordan. After all, he was in the drumline, and she was in the color guard.

"In true high-school fashion, my brother stole the phone one evening and asked Brittany if she'd go out with me. He didn't neglect to share that fact during his best man speech at our wedding," chuckles Jordan.

Fast forward 10 years with Brittany a registered nurse and Jordan a civil engineer. "I always knew I wanted to marry her. In fact I couldn't help myself from showing the ring to friends and family before I even proposed," Jordan explains. Then, a trip to Kaua'i supplied the storybook setting. "Jordan had the room covered with rose petals and lit with candles. I was completely floored," tells Brittany.

To mark the couple's love for the season that brought them together, they decided on a November wedding at the Mint Museum of Art. They wanted their nuptials to be distinctive and unexpected, so they looked to Weddings and the City to help them piece their novel ideas together. One of particular significance was a dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller," which they and the wedding party agreed would leave a lasting impression on the guests.

After a final run-through of choreography, it was time for the rehearsal dinner at Bonterra, where guests savored steaks with wine pairings. The following day, the chill in the air didn't stop the alfresco ceremony. Escorted by her father in a horse-drawn carriage from Adams Stage Lines, Brittany exchanged vows with Jason under a custom trellis with rustic branches framing the archway. The bride wore a taffeta gown with a portrait neckline and donned feathers in her hair to match the groom's chocolate tuxedo. Bridesmaids in crimson sweetheart dresses carried hand-tied bouquets of roses with seasonal touches by The Place for Flowers.

Tablescapes continued the earthy theme with sunset-hued linens by Connie Duglin. A trip to a local pumpkin patch produced the centerpieces. "We used them as vases, covered them in glitter, tied ribbons around them, you name it. Many were even hand-carved with our monogram or another special touch by a friend of ours," describes Brittany. Arrangements with branches, moss, monkey tails and feathers were scattered throughout the reception as well.

Grazing stations by La-Tea-Da's dished up hearty sustenance including a mashed potato bar, macaroni and cheese, baked brie, and ham and turkey carving stations. For dessert, the couple never wanted their guests to eat cake. Instead, La-Tea-Da's created warm miniature cherry, apple and pumpkin pies with intricate lattice tops.

A first dance to "At Last" sung by a close friend gave way to a night full of dancing, with music by Split Second Sound. Then came the unforgettable "Thriller" performance. In addition to the photography of Tommy McCart, the couple, fortunately, also has video proof.After a perfect day, the couple retired for the evening at the Charlotte Marriott City Center.

When asked the best thing about the wedding day, Brittany reflects, "If we could say everything, we would. Just thinking about it brings a smile to our faces." After a decade together, these high school sweethearts still managed to march to their own beat.

Featured vendors

Flowers

The Place for Flowers

704-521-6111

www.placeforflowers.com

Locations

Bonterra Dining & Wine Room

704-333-9463

www.bonterradining.com

Charlotte Marriott City Center

704-333-9000

www.marriottcitycenter.com

Music

Split Second Sound

704-907-9507

www.splitsecondsound.com

Photography

Tommy McCart Photography

704-372-3213

www.tommymccartphotography.com

Planning

Weddings and the City

704-258-3117

www.weddingsandthecity.com

Rentals

Connie Duglin Specialty Linen

704-849-0466

www.connieduglinlinen.com

Transportation

Adams Stage Lines

704-784-8017

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