Modern Microwedding

Edgy Microwedding Design at a Downtown Raleigh NC Restaurant

“A moment for the time being …” reads the quote swirling below a glittering wall of stained glass disks that throw beams of color throughout Vidrio, an eclectic fine dining restaurant in Raleigh NC. Vidrio is the perfect setting for this modern and edgy microwedding. This modern microwedding was even featured in our 2023 issue!

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Lou Moshakos and Joy Moshakos of LM Restaurants opened the Mediterranean-inspired space as an ode to Lou’s Greek homeland and decorated it in happy colors and unusual, artistic details to bring the “wow” factor. Their daughter Amber Moshakos now leads the family business, which operates 31 restaurants across multiple states.

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Edgy Microwedding at Vidrio in Downtown Raleigh NC

It’s a given that Vidrio’s topnotch cuisine and memorable settings lend themselves to rehearsal dinners, but this Raleigh NC gem is just as well suited for weddings and can accommodate as many as 250 guests. Events can take place across several spaces, including the Mezzanine, with views of glassblower Doug Frates’s towering installation and the main dining area, or the moody Fiera Bar & Lounge with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Glenwood South. There’s even a second-floor suite where couples can prep and get dressed. 

Magnolia Collective’s owner, lead planner and designer Meagan Culkin drew on Vidrio’s eccentric elements for inspiration when creating this vibrant styled shoot. “Nontraditional can be so incredibly fun and beautiful,” she says. “This was an alternative color-pop intimate celebration that focused on art and the beautiful food that is a staple at Vidrio.” 

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Meagan chose unique elements from several party rental suppliers, including linens and glassware from Curated Events Raleigh. Bright colors help to tie together a bold tabletop. 

Meet FauxReal Flowers – Rentable Silk Wedding Flowers Based in Downtown Raleigh NC

Amber Holmes and Lisa Smith, the dynamic duo behind Raleigh’s FauxReal Flowers, mimic the glass wall art – Vidrio’s focal point – and modern art elements in equally impactful floral designs. Unlike traditional fresh flowers, FauxReal arrangements won’t wilt. These bouquets and centerpieces are created using custom, rentable faux blooms. FauxReal’s blooms are available in any color, size and variety of flower imaginable. The high-quality look and feel of these flowers are second to none. Lisa and Amber showcase a wide mix of their faux blooms throughout this edgy microwedding design at Vidrio to create an off-beat aesthetic. Raleigh-based photographer Richard Barlow captured the scene and FauxReal’s signature “messy organic” style. 

Colorful Florals for an Edgy Microwedding Design

Terracotta and peach garden roses plus cream cabbage roses interspersed with fuschia roses, blush and yellow poppies, white dahlias and eucalyptus greens come together in a garland that decorates the head table. Bud vases are placed amid the garland, while elevated centerpieces create visual interest at side tables. “It’s not typical for a wedding to mix this many, but we loved it,” Lisa says. “The table centerpieces mixed highs and lows, which is always a great option. And, the head table looked so grand, but it is super affordable to do!”

FauxReal’s deconstructed arbor arch, which is also available to rent, marks the ceremony spot and makes a statement with the addition of champagne pampas grass and white orchids, plus large dried fans. 

Meagan enlisted a real couple and her former clients, Konnor Holloman and Spencer Holloman, to model a flirty Hera Couture gown from White of Raleigh boutique and a black suit with crimson tie from Bernard’s Formalwear in Durham. Eye-catching gems from Diamonds Direct top off the couple’s edgy, glam look.

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