2018 Summer Events Recap
 

As summer comes to a close, we want to take a moment to reflect on a fabulous season of fun events! From weddings to corporate meetings and other fun occasions, we had the pleasure of hosting 32 events this summer.

We love seeing how each and every event gives our space a unique feel. From decor to setup, there’s no end to the creativity. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next Greensboro event, go no further than this recap of some of our biggest summer events!

June 19, 2018: Spectrum Reach

120 attendees received a company update from Spectrum Reach and training on how to effectively use data to reach new customers. We served a hot breakfast of eggs, bacon, home fries, our delicious biscuits + gravy, and fruit.

Photos Courtesy of Spectrum Reach.


June 28, 2018: The Business Journal

More than 260 people gathered at The Colonnade on June 28th for Triad Business Journal's Best Places to Work awards! With a fun Hawaiian theme, guests enjoyed tropical treats and pulled pork sliders. One of the most popular dishes was dubbed "Floribbean Surf & Turf." It's a fun mix of margarita grilled chicken in tequila cream sauce over lobster and shrimp infused rice!

Photos Courtesy of Triad Business Journal.


June 29, 2018: Snipes/Anderson Rehearsal Dinner

On June 29 Lauren and Will celebrated their upcoming nuptials with family and friends. They kicked the event off with a cocktail hour in the courtyard followed by a plated dinner. AM Rodeo entertained guests and everyone enjoyed a UNC themed cake from Sweet Meg’s. The couple dressed up The Colonnade with linens and floral arrangements (by Kari Sells) in a neutral color scheme of gray and soft green.

Photos Courtesy of Aura Marzouk.


July 7, 2018: Whitfield/Edwards Ceremony and Reception

Carlie and Luke opted for a downstairs ceremony, followed by a dinner buffet. The buffet featured several gluten-free options, including a tossed garden salad, Jack Daniels pork loin, grilled vegetables, and roasted baby potatoes.

A dusty blue color scheme fit right in with the beautiful clear day they had!

Photos Courtesy of Jennifer Strange Photography.


July 24, 2018: Leadership NC

Since 1995, Leadership North Carolina has provided cutting-edge programming to current and emerging leaders from across the state. Every summer LNC selects a class of engaged citizens to learn about issues related to government, economic development, health and human services, education, and the environment.

In July, Leadership NC alumni took a four day tour across the state. They stopped at Revolution Mill for a lunch presentation and a tour of the campus.

Photos Courtesy of Leadership North Carolina.


July 25, 2018: Hooper Graduation Pictures

Did you know The Colonnade is available for rent by the hour for photo sessions? 

You can rent our space for engagement shoots, bridal portraits, or senior portraits! Prices start at $50/hour. 

Photos by Decoro Images.


July 28, 2018: Boles/Millisor Ceremony and Reception

"Jaime and her staff at Revolution Mill were absolutely fantastic! My husband and I got engaged in January 2017 and booked our venue in February 2017. We were recently married on July 28, 2018. 

Throughout our one-and-a-half-year engagement, Jaime kept in touch with us, often checking in, and helped us plan our special day. She was friendly, hospitable, and kind from the moment we inquired about getting married at the Colonnade at Revolution Mill. 

As our engagement progressed, Jaime reminded us of items that needed to be complete, sent us our updated contract(s) as we made changes, and really focused on what was important to us on our wedding day.

She provided us with multiple opportunities to attend tastings and allowed us to walk through the venue closer to our big day to get a feel of how things would work. 

Jaime answered all of my emails immediately and was so easy to correspond with...Any time that Jaime saw an opportunity to help us save money, she shared it with us so that we could decide whether to pursue the suggestion. 

Our food was out of this world! We received so many compliments from our guests about our menu options. 

The staff was accommodating and made my husband and I feel like royalty on our wedding day. 

It truly doesn’t get any better than Revolution Mill. From start to finish, Jaime made the wedding planning process easy (and stress free)... Our ceremony set-up was everything we hoped it would be and I hope these photos provide a little glimpse of what an indoor ceremony at Revolution Mill is like." 

- Review by Britney Boles

Vendors: A Touch of Southern, Sedgefield Florist, Bake Me Happy, Rhino Weddings & Events, Minerva String Quartet, Point 200.

Photos Courtesy of Jodi Gray Photography.


August 3, 2018: Campo/Davis Ceremony and Reception

Veronica and Maisson had a beautiful indoor ceremony. They were joined by their dog as they exchanged their vows. A beautiful double rainbow was spotted in the courtyard just before the ceremony (timing?!).

After the event, the couple left us a note saying: "Thank you so much Jaime, it was everything we wanted and more." 

Vendors: Jeffrey Surles, Delicious, Corda Entertainment, K2 Productions.

Photos Courtesy of Jamie Blow Photography.


August 4, 2018: Quansah/Inusah Reception

Adil and Nana hosted their reception at The Colonnade on August 4, 2018! The couple had family attend from all over the U.S. and from as far as Ghana, their home country, to celebrate the special day.

Vendors: Maxie B’s, Botanica, Friendly Neighborhood DJ.

Photos Courtesy of Micciche Photography.


August 5, 2018: Fuentes Photo Shoot

Late afternoon in the courtyard is a magical spot for a romantic photo session. Victor and Melody also celebrated her Vietnamese heritage by taking some traditional wear shots.

Photos Courtesy of Liz Grogan Photography.

 
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August 23, 2018: Progressive Business Media Event

This creative forum featured the Triad’s enduring legacy as a center for textile, furniture-making, and manufacturing. Designed to inspire, educate and entertain, the three day long event delivered five custom-designed educational experiences, as well as excursions to savor the best food and culture North Carolina has to offer. We were delighted to be a featured stop for the Designer Experience!

Guests arrived to The Colonnade at 5p to enjoy a cocktail hour featuring local wine and beer before sitting down to a three-course family style meal. Charcuterie boards, cheese platters, and caprese salad were followed by grilled salmon, oven roasted vegetables, and pasta alcantara. For dessert, a selection of petite fancy pastries was served.

 
Wedding Day Resources for every type of bride

Once you’ve said “yes,” wedding day prep can become a bit of a whirlwind. All of a sudden you’re faced with a million small decisions – it’s not just picking the dress, it’s picking what kind of table cloths will be used, what time the ceremony will be, organizing a seating chart, and hiring a whole team to help you pull off your special day.  

To help you enjoy the build-up to your special day, we’ve pulled together four must-use wedding resources that can help you make it all happen… with minimal stress.

 

WeddingWire

Wedding Resources for every type of bride | RME Events

WeddingWire is here to take the stress out of planning your big day – they have tools available for picking your wedding date, planning your seating chart, determining your budget, and managing vendors. 

They also have a huge database that lets you search vendors by location. You can browse for everything you need, including venues, photographers, officiants, bands, jewelers, wedding planners, and more. 

Need inspiration? Pinterest is not the only place -- you can get all the inspiration you need on Wedding Wire. You can browse dress styles, check out the user forum, or take advantage of their expansive blog. 

Website: www.weddingwire.com

 

The Knot

A popular alternative to WeddingWire, The Knot is another one-stop wedding planning shop. On one easy-to-use online hub, you can manage almost all your wedding needs including your:

  • Registry

  • Guest list

  • Budget

  • Wedding day timeline

  • Vendors

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, The Knot even has a free quiz to help you define your wedding day style. After you take the quiz they’ll help guide you to the right vendors to make your vision a reality. 

Website: www.theknot.com


TriadWeddings

Looking to get more local? TriadWeddings is a premier wedding resource and planning guide in Greensboro. Browse local wedding resources or download their free local wedding guide

One of our favorite parts is The Real Weddings section, where you can browse photos of other area couple’s weddings. 

Website: www.triadweddings.com



Triad Bridal Association

Sometimes deciding which vendor to opt for can feel like a real stab in the dark. However, the Triad Bridal Association takes the guesswork out of picking a vendor. 

When you hire a Triad Bridal Association member, you will be working with one of the area’s top wedding professionals. Someone with plenty of experience, who is not learning on your wedding. All of the Members adhere to a Code of Ethics, and you’ll breathe easy knowing that you (and your wedding) are in good hands.

Revolution Mill Events and Pepper Moon Catering are proud members of the Triad Bridal Association!

They’ve also got a section dedicated to local wedding shows where you can even snag a discount on a future show!

Website: www.triadbridal.com

 

Other Resources

  • Evernote: If you’re looking to stay organized, this app (available on desktop and mobile) will keep everything on track. You can make multiple notes/notebooks, add pictures, or set reminders for yourself.

  • Google Docs: Check out all the tools available with your Google account! You can use Google Drive to store photos, Google Sheets to make spreadsheets of vendors, and even Google Forms to gather RSVPs. All of your files will be easily shareable and available on your mobile and desktop.

Our Resources

If you’ve narrowed down your venue to The Colonnade, we provide a free wedding guide to walk you through everything you need to know about our venue. You can get an idea of a typical timeline, find answers to frequently asked questions, and see what’s included with your rental. 

 
 

If you’re ready to start planning your reception food and drink, you can view Pepper Moon’s Catering menu HERE

Revolution Mill Events: Matt + Susie
 

Matt Farver and Susie Lewis tied the knot on May 12, 2018. It was an unexpectedly warm day, but that didn’t stop everything from going flawlessly! 

Matt says he was attracted to Susie from day one, and it only took a handful of dates for him to be sure that she was the one. He proposed on the family boat at Smith Mountain Lake on Labor Day 2017. He had champagne and a selfie stick hidden on the boat for the post-proposal festivities.

The couple enjoyed an outdoor ceremony at The Colonnade, followed by a buffet dinner and dancing. 

“Most everything was turn-key. Jaime was very easy to work with and very responsive to my emails along the way, which meant a lot.”

– Matt Farver, Groom

The Planning Process

Matt and Susie started planning shortly after their engagement. Matt attended another wedding at Revolution Mill and knew they wanted to consider it as an option for their big day. 

Their advice to other couples? “Just know something isn't going to go as planned. Be ready to roll with it once the big day gets here, and don't sweat the small stuff.” 

The couple highlighted both Amanda Ward, their wedding planner, and Scott Adams, their florist, as standout vendors who went above and beyond their expectations. 

 

Coordinator: A Touch of Southern
Ceremony music: Blue Sand Entertainment
Music: Simpsounds

 

Favorite Moment

The newlywed's favorite moment turned out to be their first dance! They did a customized routine to Stand By Me. After the first dance, they tore up the dance floor with their five bridesmaids and eight groomsmen. 

 

Décor

Matt and Susie opted for a color scheme of peach and ice blue. They based the palette off the groom’s favorite colors, orange and blue, but went with soft shades that were more fitting for a spring wedding.  
 

The couple opted for traditional white tablecloths, gold rimmed white china, and an assortment of floral centerpieces. 

 

Food and drink

The couple enjoyed a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres that included mini sundried tomato biscuits stuffed with pimento cheese, mushroom caps, and jumbo shrimp wrapped with bacon.

The dinner buffet featured a caprese salad; prosciutto, basil, parmesan, and feta stuffed chicken; grilled vegetables; and the couple’s favorite dish: beef tenderloin medallions.

 

Venue

There were many things about The Colonnade that appealed to Susie and Matt, but most of all the were drawn to the courtyard. They loved the idea of being able to have their ceremony and reception in the same venue, and were drawn to the layout of The Colonnade’s interior. After seeing several square rooms, the unique shape of The Colonnade stood out to them as a perfect fit. 

 

 
Wedding Planning: Table Sizes and Seating Charts
 

Once you have your guest list, it’s time to figure out how and where to seat everyone. First, you’ll want to figure out what types of tables you’ll be using. 

Traditionally, round tables are a popular option. We also love the trend of mixing table shapes like rounds, squares and rectangles.  Between your ideas and our experience in designing within our event spaces, we’ll come up with the perfect layout to fit your vision. 

Here’s how many people we can fit at each table:

Wedding Planning: Table Sizes and Seating Charts  |  Rev Mill Events
Wedding Planning: Table Sizes and Seating Charts  |  Rev Mill Events

TO ASSIGN SEATS OR TABLES? 

We recommend for you to assign a place for guests to sit – either a table or specific chair. When guests first arrive, they are looking for direction. Minimizing confusion on where to sit creates a smoother event and welcoming environment for your guests. 

Guests can be assigned a specific table, where they will choose a seat, or they can be assigned a specific chair. Either approach will work well, you can decide what’s right for you.

 

SEATING CHART

Once your guest list and layout is finalized, it’s time to work on your seating  chart.  Unfortunately, this task must wait until close to the wedding after all the RSVPs have come in. 

We suggest working through this task with your partner and other decision makers, so you can talk through the potential issues of where to place each guest.

It's helpful to start by grouping people that already know each other - think tables of families, coworkers, and college friends. However, mixing in a few people that don’t know each other yet will keep things fun and get everyone making new friends. 

A few quick tips: 

  • Group people who don’t know each other with those who are similar ages or have shared interests
  • Try to balance male and female guests at each table
  • Make sure not to put ex-partners together or people who you know don’t like each other
  • Instead of having a leftover or “single” table, mix in guests who fit this category at the other tables
  • Try to place elderly guests where they’ll have easy access to the restroom and away from the music speakers
     

SEATING CHARTS, PLACE CARDS, AND MORE

Once you’ve got your seating chart set up, you’ll want to make sure your guests know where they’ll be seated. If you have assigned guests to specific seats, you will need to create a seating chart, table numbers, and place cards. If you’ve assigned tables you can skip the place cards. 

We suggest a poster sized chart you can display near the entrance to the seating area. You can organize your seating chart by either alphabetical guest name or table. Depending on the size of your party, listing alphabetically makes it easier for people to find their names. 

You’ll want to make sure table numbers are easy to read and are prominently displayed on the table, but not so large they keep guests from being able to see each other across the table. 

 

LOOKING FOR SOME INSPIRATION? 

Check out this gallery of table set ups for ideas!

 
Reception Dinner Service Styles
 

The following article was written by Jaime Gilliam, Venue & Catering Manager for Revolution Mill Events, and was originally published in Triad Weddings in August 2018.


Your wedding dinner is a celebration of the first meal shared as newlyweds and an expression of appreciation for your guests. Because of it’s significance and the variety of catering options available, you may find it challenging to decide what to serve for your reception.

Instead of worrying about the particular dishes to be served, begin with thinking about the style of meal you want. This decision will impact the structure of the reception and likely the food you choose, so it’s a great place to start. 

Let’s take a closer look at three key serving styles for wedding reception food: plated, buffet or hors d’oeuvres stations. 


PLATED

Reception Dinner Service Styles  |  Revolution Mill Events

TIP: Ask guests to initial their entrée selection on the RSVP card so you’ll know which entrée to indicate on their place card.

Guests are seated then served all courses by the catering staff. It’s common to offer salad, entrée and dessert (wedding cake or other) courses, but for more formal occasions you could consider additional courses along with wine pairing.

Plated meals are a good option for both intimate and formal gatherings. To provide more variety, you can offer several entrée options on your RSVP card or a dual entrée plate. 

A variation on the plated meal is family style, where platters of food are brought to the table and passed around by the guests. 

Considerations:

  • Higher level of guest service
  • Every guest will be able to eat at about the same time
  • Reduced chance of spilled plates
  • Guests can focus on conversations 
  • Control over portion size so the food cost may be lower
  • Some guests may feel underfed or not like the limited choices
  • Tracking guest menu selections is necessary if offering multiple entrée options
  • Takes longer for dinner service
  • Generally the most expensive option due to the number of staff required for efficient service

BUFFET

Reception Dinner Service Styles  |  Revolution Mill Events

TIP: Talk to your caterer about their preferred plan for dismissing tables to help keep a smooth guest flow. They will work with your coordinator or DJ to efficiently move guests and prevent a long line.

A buffet is set in one central area and will display your food selections for guests to self-serve. There are many variations from casual BBQ to semi-formal. In the Triad, we have seen buffets as the traditional preference over the years.  

Considerations:

  • Guests may select what they want to eat
  • More menu item choices
  • Guests can mingle in line
  • No need for RSVP meal cards
  • The most practical and cost effective way to serve a large crowd
  • Fewer servers needed so you will save on staff costs
  • No control over portions, however you could request buffet servers
  • Guests must wait in line for their dinner
  • Less elegant than plated table service
  • Depending on guest count, some guests may finish eating before others have gone through the line
  • Increased chance of spilled plates
  • The food cost may be higher because a portion of each item will be provided for every guest

HORS D’OEUVRES STATIONS

Reception Dinner Service Styles  |  Revolution Mill Events

TIP: When selecting your stations, make sure your menu contains at least one protein, starch and vegetable to comprise a typical meal. Choose heartier items to fulfill guests during the dinner hour.

This style of service provides small plates of a variety of hors d’oeuvres spread out into multiple stations. Your guests will remember the fun interactive displays (think -  mashed potato bar, salad station or mac and cheese bar) and chefs cooking on site (think -  gourmet grilled cheese with soup shooters, carving station, fired ahi tuna or pulled pork tacos). 

Considerations:

  • Trendy
  • Exciting and entertaining for guests
  • Promotes guest interaction and movement
  • Can offer a large variety of menu items and flavors
  • Don’t need to provide seating for all guests since this is cocktail party style
  • With multiple stations, there will be less time waiting in line
  • The cocktail party style may be too informal for some
  • Depending on menu selections, it may not be as filling as dinner
  • Multiple stations will take up more space than 1 buffet
  • More expensive than a dinner buffet and may require more staff (i.e. station chefs)

If you are still struggling to figure out which service style would be best for your wedding reception, reflect on your vision for the big day. Your catering selections are the perfect place to express your unique personality. Consider the best option for your number of guests, those in attendance and your budget.  It’s an honor to create a memorable reception where you get to share a meal with all the people in your life that matter most!

 
Revolution Mill Events: Kendelle + Ryan

Kendelle Cooper and Ryan Federico tied the knot on March 31, 2018. The couple opted for an indoor ceremony with a start time of 5pm. A soft ivory backdrop with an accent of burgundy framed the downstairs ceremony location. 

After the nuptials, the guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and buffet style dinner.


"Jaime-
I wanted to take a brief moment to give you our greatest thanks and appreciation.  From day 1 of meeting with you, We were confident and comfortable.  You have been an absolute delight to work with.  Both you and Randy were inviting, accommodating, flexible, patient....I could go on and on with the level of our satisfaction in working with you.  There was not one single thing that comes to mind that we were not pleased with.  Kendelle and Ryan had the wedding of their dreams, our guests thought everything was amazing and beautiful, compliments were innumerable, and a great deal of that accomplishment belongs to you and your staff.   You are at the top of our recommendation list!
  
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you have done for us and with us to make our children's wedding experience the most memorable time of their lives.  
 
My Deep appreciation-
Tiffanee Grindle, Mother of the Bride"

The Planning Process

DJ & Entertainment Services: Mr. DJ Gary Hunt
Photographer: Danielle DeFayette Photography
HairAvanti Salon and Spa

 

Décor

Ryan and Kendelle chose a warm color scheme of burgundy, blush, champagne, and forest green. We worked together to design a custom reception layout with a long head table and mixed table shapes (rounds + squares), which added visual interest to the room setup.

Revolution Mill Events: Kendelle + Ryan
Revolution Mill Events: Kendelle + Ryan


Food and drink

Ryan and Kendelle kicked off their cocktail hour with a cubed cheese and fresh fruit display. For dinner, they served a buffet of tossed garden salad, parmesan herb crusted chicken and chef-carved roast beef with au jus and horseradish cream sauce. Fresh green beans and smashed potatoes were served up on the side. 

The couple highlighted their Italian heritage with a selection of Italian petite pastries from Pepper Moon Catering. 

 

We love sharing photos of your ceremony or event! When you share on social be sure to tag #RevMillEvents or @RevMillEvents so we can share your pictures! 

Wedding Color Schemes for Every Season

Looking for wedding color scheme inspiration? Some colors never go out of style! 

To help you get inspired, we’ve pulled together four of our favorite color schemes – one for every season. Each time of year has it’s own feel that you’ll be able to incorporate into your signature cocktail, food, floral arrangements, and décor.  

When it comes to picking season appropriate colors, think about your venue and what will work in the space. Every year different colors are trending, but no matter what time of year you decide to get married, don’t be afraid to incorporate your favorite colors. 

 

Spring Inspiration

Spring is the perfect time for soft colors and muted tones. With flowers blooming, our courtyard looks better than ever – making it the perfect time to incorporate extra greenery and soft pinks. 

This scheme of soft pink, linen, and moss is one of our all-time favorites: 

 
 Photo Credit: April Larson Photo

Photo Credit: April Larson Photo

 

 

Summer Inspiration

Summer is the ideal time to get bold and adventurous! Fruity cocktails, sunflowers, and bright pops of color are all on the table for your summer soiree. 

Why pick one shade of pink when you can pick them all? We love this combination of blush, strawberry pink, coral, and rose:

 
 Photo Credit: The NIXONS Photography

Photo Credit: The NIXONS Photography

 

 

Fall Inspiration 

No need to make your bridesmaids wear orange -- think outside traditional autumn colors for your fall color scheme. Fall is the perfect time for warm lighting, cozy drinks and seasonal centerpieces with pinecones and leaves. And hey, we won’t judge if you want to incorporate a pumpkin spice cocktail!

Spicy and imperial, this color scheme combines rich eggplant and garnet for a lush feel:

 
 Photo Credit: Amanda Sutton Photo 

Photo Credit: Amanda Sutton Photo 

 

 

Winter Inspiration

Winter is a great time for soft, dusty colors or deep rich tones. Candles, rustic wood, and a signature cocktail can help create a cozy feel for your big day. 

For an unexpected winter scheme, we love this dusty lilac, sage and rich purple scheme. The succulents and berries are an ideal way to keep your bouquet season appropriate: 

 
 Photo Credit: The NIXONS Photography

Photo Credit: The NIXONS Photography

 

 

Still feeling stumped? Play with one of these color scheme generators to help you come up with the perfect look: 

Planning your wedding at The Colonnade

Curious how The Colonnade might work for your ceremony and reception? Our space is extremely flexible and we’re always happy to work together to customize the space, but there’s a few tried and true setups we’ve found work well for weddings of all sizes. 

Part of our expertise is knowing what will and won’t work for our space. We host well over 100 events a year, so we can help ensure that your creative ideas turn out to be a success! 

We’ve put together 3 graphics to help you visualize where your ceremony, dance floor, food, gifts, and cake can go in our space. To start, we suggest picking a dance floor location and building the rest of your layout from there.  
 

Step 1: Pick your dance floor


We have 3 popular options for dance floor placement. Tables can be placed around the dance floor in Option 1, allowing all your guests to watch as your family busts a move. 

Some couples enjoy how the dance floor is separate from the dining tables in Option 2, which is conducive to conversation for the non-dancers.

Of these three options, Option 3 allows for the most seating capacity, making room for tables across the main level to seat up to 200.

Keep in mind – we don’t lay down a separate dance floor, because our historic hardwoods work great as-is! Once you pick your dance floor spot, we’ll determine where the DJ and band setup should go. 
 

 
 


Step 2: Ceremony Location 

Before we nail down the rest of your reception details, we’ll want to figure out where your vows will take place. 

A courtyard ceremony is a popular option – depending on the season – and can seat up to 180 guests. 

Option 2 provides a wonderful decorating opportunity for a customized floral arch or drapery backdrop. This option can seat up to 130.

Option 3 offers great flexibility -- 72 guests can be seated on the lower level while additional guests can stand around the railing, giving them a great view of the ceremony. This setup highlights the textured brick and expansive windows for stellar photos. 

Depending on guest count, we can use Option 2 or 3 for an inclement weather plan.
 

 
 


Step 3: Everything else

Now that you have the two big decisions locked in, its time to determine the flow of guests and the placement of your food, gifts, and cake. 

While some folks opt for guests to arrive through the courtyard, most people utilize The Colonnade’s main entrance for guest arrival. Guests can set presents down on Gift Table Option 1 or 2 (as pictured below) as they arrive. You can also place a guest book table in the entryway or near the coat closet for easy access. 

Our main buffet area gives Pepper Moon Catering staff easy access to the kitchen and allows for guests to freely flow on both sides of the table, cutting down on serving time. Additional interactive food stations could be placed around the room to encrouage guests to mingle. 

Your cake can be highlighted in various locations. 
 

 
 

No matter what your vision, we belive we can make The Colonnade work for your wedding! You bring the ideas and we’ll bring our knowledge of past events. Together, we’ll create the perfect ceremony and reception for you and your guests.  

Revolution Mill Events: McEachern 50th Anniversary
McEachern 50th Anniversary  |  Revolution Mill Events

It’s a privilege to be a part of the start of so many marriages, but in May we had the unique honor of helping celebrate 50 years of marriage.

Hector and Brenda McEachern met in college – they were best friends who enjoyed the same things and spending time together. Being college students, they didn’t have a formal ceremony when they got married. But that hasn’t negatively impacted their relationship -- if you ask them, they’ll tell you, “it’s not about the wedding, it’s about the marriage. While weddings are nice and show an outward display of love to others, when everyone goes home, it’s the two of you. Weddings are nice, but the marriage is key.”

After 50 years together, they decided to have the celebration of their love that they never had in college. 

 

The planning process

Hector and Brenda’s 50th celebration was their second event with us, and we couldn’t wait to help make their vision come to life. We worked with them and Events by Nishaka for 11 months before their big event to plan all the details.

After a seated dinner, they had a vow renewal and then enjoyed toasts from family and friends. It was evening full of romance, elegance, and glam. 

Brenda says, “Jaime were very organized and cordial. She responded quickly and accommodated our every request big and small. The day of the event, the serving staff was pleasant as well as the event manager. All our needs were met.” 

Video: Katrena Wise Artography
Florist: Blossom Artistry
Cake:  Triton Catering & Dessert

Planner & Coordinator: Events by Nishaka
Music: DJ Nick Nyce
Photographer: Howard Gaither Photography
Stationary: UR Invited

 

Décor

Hector and Brenda went with a burgundy and gold color scheme, which even carried to Brenda’s gown. Tasteful sparkle glittered throughout the room and the couple sat on white and gold throne chairs. 

The theme of “50 Years of Love” was woven throughout the evening. 

Photos of the couple throughout their 50 years were stationed around the room. 
 


Favorite Moment

The couple enjoyed the entire day, saying “It was a culmination of our family and friends coming together to celebrate our union.  We were able to show what love, communication, encouragement and faithfulness looks like in black and white.  It spanned generations.  It was a delight and we are so grateful that our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were able to experience what 50 years of a commitment looks like, in a tangible way.”
 

Food and Drink

Before dinner, several appetizers circulated the room including a favorite of sundried tomato biscuits stuffed with homemade pimento cheese.

Guests highlighted the grilled vegetables as a favorite of the buffet dinner. The couple also received several compliments on the two meats -- bourbon and pecan coated chicken breast with apricot sauce and marinated flank steak with pommery mustard sauce.  

For dessert, a spread of vanilla cupcakes surrounded a burgundy and gold hat cake. 
 

Venue

With a guest list of 250, this couple utilized every part of The Colonnade. The downstairs area provided plenty of space for dancing while the upstairs was set up for the reception. 

 

50 years together

After 50 years together, this couple is obviously onto something special! When asked what advice they would give to their grandchildren about finding a mate, they replied: 


Brenda: “To pray and ask God to send someone that believes in them, understands them and encourages them.” 
Hector: “Seek guidance from God, be unselfish, become friends first and always be willing to give as much or more than you get.”  


To see even more of their special day, check out this video by Katrena Wise Artography:

Selecting Your Wedding Venue

The following article was written by Jaime Gilliam, Venue & Catering Manager for Revolution Mill Events, and was originally published in Triad Weddings in January 2018.


Selecting your wedding venue is one of the first major decisions you’ll make as an engaged couple. Your venue sets the tone for the rest of your plans and will likely comprise much of your wedding budget.  Consider the following tips to help you confidently make your decision and reduce planning stress! 

 

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS

Know your approximate guest count, wedding date options and approximate budget before starting the search. 

 

ENVISION YOUR DAY

Your venue lays the foundation of telling your unique love story on your wedding day. Chat with your fiancé and other decision makers about the style and aesthetic you have in mind. Are there any essential features the space must have? 

 

RESEARCH AND TOUR

Use online resources and Triad Weddings to find local wedding venues. You should be able to narrow down options by the framework you set in the previous tips.  Each venue has its own character and charm, and a site visit will help you determine if it is the right fit for you. Save time and find out as much as you can about a venue before you go visit. Contact your top picks in advance to set up a personal tour. Document the details by taking notes and snapping photos to help you make comparisons.

 

ASK QUESTIONS

Gather as much information as possible! 

  • How long is the venue rental?
  • What amenities are included, such as tables, chairs and linens? 
  • Are outside vendors permitted?
  • Are there any décor or grand exit restrictions? 
  • Are there enough parking spaces and restrooms to accommodate the guest count? 
  • What is the rain plan?
  • Does the venue itself photograph well and provide pretty portrait spots? 
  • What will the overall guest experience be like?

 

CONSIDER CATERING

Since catering goes hand in hand with your venue, it’s important to consider options during the early planning stages. There are several benefits to choosing a venue with an exclusive caterer. The venue and catering team will work together seamlessly. You’ll typically have one point of contact to coordinate the venue, catering and rental details which makes things easier for you. However, if there is a certain caterer you’d like to work with or you have a specific vision in mind (like food trucks), you’ll want to look for a venue that allows outside vendors. 

 

COMPARE APPLES TO APPLES

The frustrating thing about the wedding venue search is that you’re usually comparing apples to oranges. All venues include distinctive services and packages, so as you research, try to organize the information in a way that’s easy for you to understand and compare. 

 

TRUST YOUR INSTINCT

As true with most decisions, if something feels right (or on the other hand, doesn't feel quite right) you should trust your instinct! Look at the big picture - while you may not like every single thing about the venue, if the pros outweigh the cons it’s likely a good fit for you.  Make sure you feel comfortable with the staff, as they are going to be the ones to ensure your day runs smoothly. Be sure to check out online reviews!  

 

BOOK IT

Request a contract and take the time to read it thoroughly. Confirm your agreement of date, times and details to be provided by the venue are in writing. Be sure to understand all the terms, fees, restrictions and cancellation policy. Now it’s time to sign the contract and pay your deposit to officially lock in your date! 

Congratulations, you can check this important step off your planning checklist!  Your remaining details will start falling into place now that you’ve made this big decision.