Brittany Reed and Richard Brooke were married on June 30, 2018 at The Assembly Room at The Foundry. Brittany described their wedding as simple, modern and ethereal. The stunning affair had food trucks, a doughnut wall and other touches to make the day uniquely them.
A chance meeting
“We technically met through mutual friends,” Brittany says. “The first day I met my Craigslist roommate, she and I went to OMB Yoga on Tap. On the way there she told me about her friend who wrote for CharlotteFive. In her mind we were a perfect match, but his articles were all lists of Charlotte locations to take your Tinder date, so I was less than enthused. He happened to be at the yoga class (with his girlfriend…awkward) and we briefly met. It wasn’t until we ran into each other at the bar formerly known as The Gin Mill (don’t all love stories start there?) that we really connected. Our first date was at one of his top Tinder date choices, of course!”
A few months before Christmas, Brittany bought tickets for herself and Richard to visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville during their Christmas festivities. Before they arrived, he took a separate trip to a tree farm to do a “site survey” and plan the perfect proposal. Richard’s an Emmy-award-winning videographer, so this included drone videos, elaborate maps for parking and placement, and a detailed timeline. Unfortunately, the South got hit with a bunch of snow the day before, meaning they couldn’t get to the Christmas tree farm. Plan B took effect, and Richard suggested they go to a beautiful, snowy park. They headed toward the giant, lit-up snowflake in the center of the park. When they got there, he turned to her and said that he was so excited for today, and for the rest of their days together. He got on one knee and asked Brittany to spend the rest of her life with him. “After an easy ‘yes!’ and hugging him on the ground in the snow, we stood up and I still didn’t let go,” Brittany says.
Color palette: White, gold, green. Favors: Koozies with their names, the date, and the Charlotte skyline on them. Winter Wonderland: The couple specifically chose The Assembly Room because they loved it — it didn’t require a lot of typical wedding decor. Items that they did add all had a special connection to them: Brittany’s stepdad built the doughnut wall, they specially made Cheerwine Moonshine (Richard’s hometown soda), and her brother made a huge Jenga game that they used as a guest book. Music: One of the couple’s favorite details was the cocktail hour playlist. “Since we weren’t able to join everyone during the cocktail hour, we spent months adding songs that we knew certain people would like so they’d know personally that we were glad they were there and thinking of them,” Brittany says.
Advice from Brittany: “Spend money on what’s important to you, and don’t spend money on what’s not. For us, that was an amazing photographer and tablecloths from Amazon. We also didn’t follow typical norms like bride on the left/groom on the right (had to get my good side), bouquet and garter toss, or cake cutting. They weren’t for us and I think our guests were happier to have more time to dance.”
Advice from Richard: “Be proactive in the wedding planning and plan it together.”
Photographer: All Bliss Photography / Wedding and reception venue: The Assembly Room at The Foundry / Caterers: Bill Spoon’s BBQ Truck, Tacos Green-Go Food Truck & Catering, Orrman’s Cheese Shop, Crazy Tipsy Bartending / Cake: Duck Donuts, OMG Donuts, Reigning Donuts, and Daylight Donuts / Flowers: Blooming Branch Creative / Hairstylist and makeup artist: Kenna Ehman / Gown: Anjolique Bridal / Gown designer: Berta / Veil: Etsy / Veil designer: Blanca Veils / Headpiece: Savvy Bridal Boutique / Headpiece designer: Kata Banko Couture / Bride’s shoes: Nordstrom / Shoe designer: Michael Kors / Bridesmaid dresses: Nordstom, Lulu’s, Show Me Your Mumu / Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse / Tuxedo designer: Ralph Lauren and Joseph Abboud / Invitations, stationery: Artifact Uprising and Minted / Cinematography: Austin Gaines / Music: Split Second Sound / Rental providers: Party Reflections / Transportation provider: Uber Engagement and bride’s wedding ring: Perry’s Fine Antique & Estate Jewelry / Wedding ring (groom): Donald Haack / Clergy: Kimberly Hodges / Rehearsal dinner: Vivace Charlotte / Wedding night hotel: Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown / Bridal registry: Target and Crate & Barrel / Travel agent: Laura Bender, The Point of Travel
A version of this story appears in the fall issue of Carolina Bride magazine.