Real Wedding: Melani and Matt at The Arbors + Events
SEPTEMBER 27, 2014
The Arbors + Events
Photographs by Isil Dohnke
Melani Wooten and Matt McCulloch’s marriage is going to be… How shall we put this? Colorful. No, really. Their engagement happened at the finish line of the Raleigh Color Run, with a blue, green and orange bride-to-be. “We crossed the finish line, and he got down on one knee with everyone cheering,” says Melani. “I cried. There were colors running everywhere!”
The bride preferred a small wedding; the groom, huge. So she gave him free rein to plan, designing the theme on her David’s Bridal ombre rosewood gown by Vera Wang. With a single swatch, he pulled together grey Alta Moda suits for his groomsmen, with bridesmaids in mismatched beige and pink gowns from ModCloth—plus rosewood napkins, and maroon table linens. With the bride’s mother as a professional florist, the ceremony and reception looked like a garden with more than 200 different varieties of flowers. “It rained for seven days before and three days after the wedding, but that day was sunny and breezy and warm. With the sun setting behind us, it was so bright, all I could see was him,” remembers the bride.
After a buffet feast and dancing, and a surprise serenade by the groom, guests shook colored wands and noisemakers to send the couples off…to the emergency room. Fortunately, their adventure honeymoon was planned for the spring, where they spent almost three flawless weeks in New Zealand with mud baths and hot springs, spelunking, and Zorbs and alpine slides.
Vera Wang, David’s Bridal
Off Broadway, Valentino
Mod Cloth, various mix and match
Alta Moda by Mens Wearhouse
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Ann Wooten, Four Seasons
Self + Brandy Childs
MC/DJ – Jerry Donahue