Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple

 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings

A wedding isn't just a one day celebration. It's a reminder of everything that you've been through and all of the ways you'll support one another in the future. 

When planning their Cannon Green wedding, Adrienne and Kevin knew that their big day was a symbol of the long relationship they'd had to that point, and the family that they'd created since their first meeting. Remembers bride Adrienne, "Our wedding date coincided with our 9th year anniversary. After being together that long and also having two beautiful children during our years together, we really just wanted something small and intimate to celebrate our family and provide a happy memory for our children."

They purposefully kept the guest list short so that the focus would be on their love story and the legacy that they were creating in their children. "We made it a destination wedding so that we could focus only on the day and our loved ones," says Adrienne, who calls Charlotte, North Carolina, home. 

One of their special guests was also one of their vendors! Denise Benson of Denise Benson Photography was delighted when she heard from Adrienne and Kevin about their marital plans. "I've been working with the Russ family for a couple of years shooting their family portraits so when they reached out to me regarding their wedding I was truly honored," states Denise. 

Denise and the rest of the couple's vendor team worked tirelessly to create and capture the perfect atmosphere for this family-centric affair. As a result, you can feel the love and joy pouring out of the photos!

 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings

Foodies Forever

A good meal can change everything. And for Adrienne and Kevin, it did! 

Remembers bride Adrienne, "Kevin and I met 10 years ago at a social event at Sullivan’s Steak House here in Charlotte NC. Our mutual friends were dating at the time and we ended up sitting next to one another at the event."

That initial meeting showed the two how much chemistry they had, and they quickly began to realize that their lives were never going to be the same.

On their 4th anniversary of dating, they decided to take the next big step. Kevin and Adrienne had a dinner-and-movie date. "We had gone on a date to see a romantic comedy--Kevin hates those, so I should have known something was up!" says Adrienne. They headed to Emeril Lagasse's local restaurant afterwards, which was appropriate for a couple who'd met in a steakhouse. "[Do you} see a pattern of food?!" jokes the bride.

The proposal came as a sweet surprise to Adrienne. "At dinner following the movie, Kevin asked my thoughts on the movie and I started rambling on where I could see similarities between our relationship and those of the movie characters. When I was done, Kevin got down on one knee in the middle of the restaurant to my complete embarrassment and proposed."

 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings

Destination Decisions

Planning a wedding is tough. Planning a wedding from a state away is even harder. 

When Adrienne and Kevin made the decision to get married on their 9th anniversary, they only had 4 months to plan all of the details. "I got busy googling venues in Charleston," says Adrienne. "Kevin had an upcoming business trip there, so I sent him as my eyes to scope out three optional venues."

When Kevin had a few moments to slip away during his lunch break, he visited Cannon Green--and fell in love with the space. Without ever seeing the other locations Adrienne had sent over, Kevin booked the venue on the spot, which conveniently fell right on their anniversary!

Making the decision sight unsee might have been nerve-wracking for Adrienne, but she knew that Kevin had made the best decision when she arrived for their nuptials. "Cannon Green is a breathtaking backdrop for any intimate event. Once you step inside, it’s like the rest of the world fades away and you are in your own little private oasis. It was perfect to host both the wedding and the reception.

 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
My favorite part of the day was the walk down the aisle. I was able to really take in the beauty of the courtyard and absorb the significance of what we were doing and all that led us to that moment.
— Adrienne, bride
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings

"Our Best Selves"

Creating a day where you're confident and happy can be a challenge amid the stress of wedding planning, But when couples are able to do that, the results of worth the trouble. 

For Adrienne and Kevin, they wanted a simple, focused event where love and laughter could shine through. "I didn’t want pomp and circumstance," remembers Adrienne. "I wanted us as our best selves."

To make that happen, they enlisted the help of their family and friends at the ceremony. "Kevin and I have been through so much over 10 years together, and we understood that while we were committing to one another and to our family, our community is just as important in providing support and accountability through our marriage. We want to have a strong, long, happy marriage, but we know we need the prayers and safety of those closest to us to help us in those times we struggle."

Showing their community how much they meant to them included a charge to those guests taking in the wedding ceremony. "[The charge to our audience] was THE most important part of our ceremony because I wanted our guests to understand that they were especially chosen and trusted to be a part of this moment in our lives," recalls Adrienne.

 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings

"The moments that stand out to me most {from our wedding day] are not the décor I worked on painstakingly leading up to the day, but of the roars of laughter we shared with those we love most in the world, and also, of the ease and familial comfortability shared with Alyson from Cannon Green, our photographer Denise and our unbelievable videographer Rob. I sadly didn’t get any cake, which was a testament to the greatness of  Laney from Delicious Desserts!"

-Adrienne, bride

 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings
 Adrienne + Kevin: Upbeat Cannon Green Wedding for a Devoted Couple | Palmetto State Weddings

 

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VENDORS

Venue: Cannon Green, Charleston, South Carolina

Photographer: Denise Benson Photography

Videography: Surrender Films

Wedding dress designerMadison James Bridal

Bridal boutique: New York Bride and Groom of Charlotte

Bridesmaids' attireLulus.com

Groom and groomsmen's attireNew York Bride and Groom of Charlotte

Cake: Delicious Desserts

Wedding plannerChancey Charm

InvitationsMinted.com

HairForever Hair

Makeup artistBrushed Beauty Artistry

 
 
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