This sweet couple’s intimate wedding and lively reception, with Nelda’s Venezuelan and Italian heritage and influences incorporated, made it a day to remember. The private ceremony was at the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral and afterwards, guests came to Chatham Station to enjoy cocktail hour on the patio and proceed to party like it was the end of time!
The colors they chose were white and blush with hints of gold and complemented by flowers in the same palette with some pops of pink.
Matt and Nelda’s cake table showcased a metal hoop cake stand, adorned with greenery, as well as the couple’s initials and soft lighting. They also had personalized champagne flutes, cake knife and server for a personal touch! The entire arrangement looked stunning in front of the brick wall. In addition to cake were cream puffs, eclairs and mini cheesecakes which the guests loved.
Nelda’s dress had a full skirt and long train with lace detailing. She was also wearing a cathedral veil with a striking hair clip.
While the couple got engaged at the Biltmore Estate (a more traditional touch), for the day of the wedding, it was important to share some of Nelda’s families favorite influences. One that made everyone’s night was the arrival of Tequenos – the Venezuelan cheese stick. When it was delivered and announced, everyone rushed to the serving table to enjoy it! Nelda shared with us that this brought back great memories for her and her family as they had migrated to Venezuela from Italy. Tequenos makes an appearance at all the major family gatherings.
Other special touches were the espresso mugs given to each family. These were beautifully wrapped and on top of the gift box was a delicate ribbon and flower with five petals that contained Jordan almonds. An Italian tradition, the almonds represent health, wealth, happiness, fertility and longevity.
Towards the end of the evening, the couple hosted Hora Loca, which is Spanish for “the crazy hour” – a Venezuelan born tradition. Naturally, the crazy hour meant props, so glow sticks, hats, headbands, glasses, leis and feather boas. The bride and groom wore crowns and DJ Willis kept the party going late into the evening and early morning.
We loved being a part of their special day and hosting a party with such personal significance and family customs. Many happy returns to you both Nelda and Matt!
The newlyweds and Chatham Station are happy to share the vendors with you:
Planner: Paisley and Pearl Events
Hair and Makeup: Cameron D with Salon Loft
Photographer: Rivers & Roads Photography
Rentals: Grand Rental Station
Florist: Lilac Floral Decor
DJ: Willis J. Entertainment
Caterer: Catering by Design
Bakery: Once in a Blue Moon
Ceremony Venue: Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral
Venue: Chatham Station