Carolina Bride

Let the Games Begin

When selecting a wedding venue, Megan Shellenberger and Jason Calamusa decided on VBGB Beer Hall at NC Music Factory, a favorite spot for spending Thursday nights with friends. “We knew that we didn't want a traditional wedding. I threw the idea of VBGB out as a joke at first, and shortly after, we realized that it was actually perfect. All we wanted to do was to celebrate the only way we knew how: playing games.”

But what made the wedding truly unique were the details. Megan recalls, “I was inspired by the color scheme found in small town general stores: the brightly colored candy, kraft paper, apple pie, and coca-cola.” With this aesthetic in mind, Megan designed the space and added a few personal touches. To incorporate her love of literature, the bride transformed a pair of her favorite heels—which had been ruined by rain—by wrapping them in layers of novels and modpodge. Megan created the altar from scratch to match. The bride admits, “This was fueled by days of Netflix and drinking excessive amounts of coffee.”

Surrounded by 50 guests sporting the bride’s favorite detail—paper fans made out of old Wolverine comics—Megan and Jason wed. When it came time to leave, the guests created the bride’s most memorable moment of the evening by playing the theme song from the couple’s favorite movie, “Jurassic Park,” as they exited. The couple then spent their six-day honeymoon where it all began with a New Year’s Eve proposal: Disney World.

Featured Vendors


Lauren Rosenau Photography



Mecklenburg Bridal Gallery


VendorsCrate & Barrel, registry

The Bakery Shoppe, pies, flowers

Tiffany & Co., engagement ring

Jess Braswell, officiant

VBGB, venue

Revolution Ale House, rehearsal dinner

Hailey Brown, day-of coordinator