Real Weddings: Molly & Andrew

August 11, 2012: Mint Museum Uptown
Photographs by JJ Horton Photography
Molly and Andrew chose to get married at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church, near the school’s library, where they first met five years earlier.

Molly McQuillen and Andrew Lovedale chose to be married just steps down a brick path from the Davidson College Library, where they first met five years earlier. Their bridal homecoming had its perks: while the bridal party prepared at the Westin Uptown, the groom, a former Davidson basketball star, played five-on-five with his former teammates on their home court (Molly says the game was “his one request”). Once everyone got cleaned up, they gathered for a traditional service at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, where Molly’s elegant gown matched perfectly the dramatic yet simple space. Morning rain brightened the lush green campus, stopping just in time for pictures and laughs at the couple’s favorite campus sites.

After the ceremony, the joyful couple moved the party to the Mint Museum uptown, a streamlined space that the couple softened with dramatic uplighting. Tall, bright-purple and yellow dahlia and sunflower arrangements by Lily Greenthumbs Floral Artistry brightened the clean, white room.

Coordinating flowers were nestled in a wedding cake from Cloud 9 Confections, which featured tiers of chocolate, vanilla, amaretto, and strawberry swirl. Yellow calla lilies decorated the groomsmen’s simple black suits by Vera Wang, and the bridesmaids’ vibrant purple dresses by Dessy echoed the color scheme. Friends and family contributed their artistic gifts: Molly’s sister created place cards from rich purple cardstock for every guest and table, naming each table after a special building on Davidson’s campus, and a family friend hand-strung the bridesmaids’ pearl necklaces.

The guests’ favorite part of the night? The dance party. Split Second Sound provided diverse music, including a traditional Nigerian song for Andrew’s dance with his mother, who flew from Nigeria to America for the first time for the occasion.