The bride wanted things to be simple, but this wedding at the Loft at Plant Seven was anything but simple. It was stylish, suave, and emotional. They laughed. They cried. And they partied!
Loft at Plant Seven Wedding Prep
How they met:
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Marteena Hall. Discrete Math Class. Ashley sat in front of the most annoying boy in class. They “argued” half a semester about how much they couldn’t stand each other. The arguments turned to smiles. Smiles turned to laughs. Laughs became flirtatious. Eventually the flirting turned into walks back to the dorm room from class. Beach trips to Myrtle Beach. Moves to different states. Proposals at Marteena Hall.
Tell us about your proposal: From the Groom!
Oct 29th. One day before Ashley’s Birthday. A&T Homecoming weekend. The University where it all started. We spent the Day on the plots laughing and drinking with longtime friends. I knew Ashley’s wanted friends and family to be apart of her moment so I contacted all of Ashley’s college friends and family to meet us where it all started. We broke from the plots to explore the campus. As we walked up to a familiar place, she noticed a few familiar faces she hadn’t seen in a long time. Smiles began to grace her face. She was still clueless though. We walked up the steps of Marteena Hall and greeted all our friends. Ashley was so happy. I broke her away for a moment to share a few words. I asked her “You know where we are?”. “Marteena Hall” she replied. Still clueless. ” I grabbed both of her hand and said, “this is where we first met”. She gasped. Tears filled her eyes. It finally hit her what this was all about. I tried to speak extravagant words to blow her mind. Nah Bruh. I choked up. Couldn’t get one word out of my mouth. So I just dropped down to one knee. “Will you Marry Me?” She nodded her head yes with tears in her eyes.
After everything calmed down, I told her the night isn’t done. We rushed across town to our favorite Hibachi restaurant to find our parents and more friends waiting there to share the moment with us. We walked in, she saw her mother, and she started crying once again as she rushed to hug her. It was a very beautiful and exhausting day. One that we both will remember.
Tell us about his groomsmen:
The groomsmen dressed in black dress pants, grey suit jacket, black vest, and burgundy ties. Subtle enough to accessorize the beautiful bridesmaids, extravagant enough for them to stand on their own.
How did you choose your wedding day look?
One word … SIMPLE. My wedding dress was an ivory organza mermaid wedding dress with curve-hugging pleats and a ruffled skirt. I added a black ribbon below the breast line to add a touch of color and match the bridesmaids. Wedding gown shopping was funny for me. My mom, cousin, best friend, and line sister went with me. Growing up I was a huge tomboy and hated wearing dresses… I still do! So, there were no tears, it was just a smile. My mom then made the comment “That’s the one! She smiled!” The young lady helping me looked so confused. Then my mom stated “Sweetie, that’s as good as it’s going to get!” and everyone busted out laughing.
Tell us about your bridesmaids:
Can we say COMFORT?!?!? My bridesmaids slayed in their black infinity jumpsuits. I must add that it had POCKETS! My intent was to allow my bridesmaids to buy something that they could definitely wear again and this was it.
Tell us about your wedding planner:
Adrienne of Adrienne Spinner Events did a phenomenal job. She was punctual and ensured we had everything we needed. I HATE talking on the phone so she coordinated EVERYTHING with the vendors so we wouldn’t have to. On the day of the wedding, I didn’t have to worry about anything. She even brought me juice, fruit & crackers to make sure I ate.
Wedding at the Loft at Plant Seven
Tell us about your ceremony venue and what attracted you to it?
We wanted something different and nontraditional. There was definitely a shock factor having our wedding at the Loft at Plant Seven (High Point, NC). It looks like a regular warehouse on the outside, but when you reach the 2nd level your mind is blown. We knew it was it and soon as saw the fountain coming off the elevator.
Tell us about your wedding at the Loft at Plant Seven. Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?
We didn’t have a specific theme. It was just about “us” and what made us smile. For example, we incorporated the color black because we both constantly wear black clothing or the lanterns reminded me of Harry Potter (hahaha). We just wanted to smile every time we looked at something.
Our ceremony backdrop curly willows, which was also provided by Sedgefield Florist, which sat upon white ivory columns. It was truly extraordinary. The lilies and willows transitioned to become centerpieces on different tables along with the lanterns. To add, my bouquet was added as the centerpiece to the sweetheart table.
I believe these pieces added to the simple, but dramatic affect of the decor. We loved it.
Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
The foot washing ceremony was a huge deal. In the book of John, Jesus washes each of His disciple’s feet at the Last Supper.
John 13:14-17 states “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
By doing this act to one another, we showed that we were willing to follow Jesus’ example and humbly serve one another. We were also showing that neither of us is better than the other. It was the only part of the ceremony where I cried.
How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?
Our wedding planner, Adrienne Spinner of Adrienne Spinner Events, did an awesome job of taking all of the ideas and making an amazing ceremony and reception space. We knew we wanted branches, lanterns, and mirrors incorporated in the design… but that was about it! We didn’t want to waste budget on printing programs so Marcus parents provided us with two large mirrors which we asked Adrienne to spray paint and BOOM! There was our program and seating chart.
Adrienne’s team was able to flip the room from ceremony to reception within 45 minutes! It was amazing work.
What were the florals like at your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop?
I am not a huge fan of a lot of flowers; one characteristic I didn’t get from my mom. Therefore, we chose to keep things simple. Mickey from Sedgefield Florist was amazing to worth with. He introduced me to burgundy dahlias, my new favorite flower. My bridal bouquet was mostly greenery with three burgundy dahlias, two burgundy carnations, and 2 Mondial white roses. It was simple, yet stunning. The bridesmaids carried single stem lilies while the groomsmen wore baby blue eucalyptus. Marcus, of course, wore a white dahlia with baby blue eucalyptus.
What’s your favorite image from your wedding day, and why:
I don’t have one favorite. There are so many. There is an image of Marcus and his groomsmen, me and my mom laughing, my dad kissing me on the check while we are dancing, image of Marcus and I in the reception room by ourselves, family images…. SO MANY!!
Loft at Plant Seven Wedding Reception
From the photographer:
I absolutely love weddings at the Loft at Plant Seven. This wedding venue has a character and aesthetic of its own, one that appeals to me. The juxtaposition of it’s weathered industrial ballroom and the elegance of a wedding celebration are surreal. If this venue appeals to you as well and you’re in the market for a wedding photographer in the Triad, let’s talk!
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding at the Loft at Plant Seven? What is your fondest memory from your wedding day?
One of my biggest memories will be dancing with my dad. My dad doesn’t dance especially not in front of a crowd. He didn’t even dance at his own wedding with my mom, but because I asked him to, he did. We danced to Your Joy by Chrisette Michele and the lyrics fit our relationship perfectly. Needless to say, I cried.
Tell us about your cake.
We did a cupcake tower! I love cupcakes. It was easier to do multiple flavors by doing so.
What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
I believe dancing at the reception with friends and family was the favorite part for me. It was time for celebration… happiness, laughter, and nothing but positive memories.
Tell us about your wedding photography:
I am very uptight when it comes to professional pictures, but Dajuan didn’t make me feel bad about it. I don’t like to smile in my pictures and Dajuan took that & turned it into something beautiful. My main thoughts were statement photos when it came to pictures of us, the bride and groom alone. However, Marcus and I wanted a lot of action shots of our guests having fun! The photos are what last a lifetime and Dajuan gave us exactly what we wanted!
Tell us about your honeymoon:
Immediately after the wedding (the next day), we went to the Dominican Republic. We enjoyed the culture and many excursions such as horseback riding, massages, buggies.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day? Any advice for future brides:
(1) Don’t stress about the details. The wedding is a celebration of the union.
(2) Only invite people who are worth inviting. Invite those that have been in your corner from day one… those that check on you…. those that you would never 2nd guess their attendance.
(3) Do what makes you and your significant other happy; not what will “impress” everyone else. Everyone will have an opinion on how you should do your wedding, but don’t forget it’s “YOUR” wedding… especially if they aren’t assisting with paying for it.
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
My advice would be to get premarital counseling. We actually received counseling from both the church and a therapist. It really made us see what we needed to work on individually to make us work as a couple. Marriage is a contractual agreement to have a life partner. Counseling helps you negotiate the ends and outs of that contract.
Wedding Venue: Loft at Plant Seven
Wedding Planner: Adrienne Spinner Events
Photography by In His Image Photography
Florals: Sedgefield Florist
MUA: Artistry by Alicia
Entertainment: DJ JLee
Catering: Above and Beyond Catering