Something Blue

Fall in Love With The Distillery in Garner, NC

Joy and excitement fill The White Room at The Distillery, Garner’s luxury wedding and event space. Blooms of dusty blue and peach catch the light pouring from oversized windows. Modern gold chandeliers look elegant against the room’s eggshell backdrop. This styled wedding incorporates European-inspired details with a classic design.

Under the artful lens of photographer Danielle Flake, a refined ceremony and reception comes to life. This modern industrial Garner event venue has so much to offer. The space is perfectly suited to a black tie wedding.

The Distillery is the brainchild of owner Chad Biggs – a seasoned event planner himself – who dreamed up an industrial-yet-contemporary space where couples can celebrate surrounded by their most cherished guests. The Distillery’s minimal backdrop bends to many color palettes and themes, whether you prefer neutral with subtle pops of color or a bolder look that thoroughly transforms the space.

Discover The Distillery – Garner’s Industrial, Modern Event Space

In addition to The White Room, the venue offers The Modern Cottage, a 700-square-foot area. The cottage has a seated lounge and gilded mirror where wedding parties can get ready on the big day. There’s also The Gathering Space, an ethereal outdoor patio with an urban garden (perfect for cocktail hours). Together, these spaces offer a beautifully composed backdrop for the color scheme of this styled wedding.

Blue Wedding Details

Hailey Rodriguez, the director of operations and marketing and a lead planner with ACE + Company, says that muted blue tones are one of her favorite choices for a wedding. “It can work for almost any season and with almost any accent color.” Hailey incorporates a hint of blue into the details of model Kalabria Gilbert Lemire’s look. Kalabria wears chunky aquamarine earrings from Diamonds Direct. “For the bride, we decided to keep her very elegant, simple and modern,” Hailey says.

Peach, lavender, beige, blue and white ceremony arches and arrangements by Bloom Works pop against the flowing skirt and detachable balloon sleeves of a Dany Tabet dress from luxury dress shop White of Raleigh. A leafy lace pattern embellishes a plunging V-neck and the bodice.

“We were going for an effortlessly chic look,” says White of Raleigh Store Manager Molly Rebenski. “Something that felt very European, without any heavy fabrics or overwhelming details.”

Kalabria’s delicate makeup and soft waves by Pinup Studio gracefully accentuate her natural beauty. The groom – and Kalabria’s real-life husband – Joshua Lemire, wears a gray suit from Bernard’s Formalwear.

“I went relatively simple because I wanted his outfit to really complement the bride, not overpower her,” Hailey says. “With the gray suit, I was able to do just that.”

Tabletop decor and chairs from American Party Rentals fulfill the vision of an understated-yet-sophisticated affair. Inspired by the European countryside, Hailey says she tied in a mix of textures and jewel tones to give the modern space a sense of vintage flair.

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European-Inspired Menu by Catering Works from Raleigh, NC

Catering Works executive chef Rich Carter prepared a four-course meal for the reception. “We wanted to focus on European-inspired dishes that fit our design theme,” says Nicole Flynn, the marketing representative for Catering Works. “[Our goal was to] fit the time period while sourcing locally and creating dishes with a contemporary technique.”

Chef Rich crafted an upscale charcuterie board as a first course. Chorizo is paired with smoked gouda, cornichons, and local and international cheeses, including North Carolina-made hoop cheddar and Irish porter cheese. Plus, the board includes both dried and fresh fruit, salami and a warmed baguette.

The plated meal begins with a citrus salad with marinated beets, orange segments, shaved fennel and figs, followed by an entree of monkfish beurre monté – slow poached in butter and snipped herbs. Finally, there’s mini blueberry lavender cakes for dessert. These mini cakes show off a popular marbled pattern in cream cheese icing. Edible gold pain adds an extra dash of elegance.

In addition to planning catering and decor, Hailey designed dusty blue stationery that features illustrative vines and flowers. “With all the greenery and florals that were incorporated into the shoot, it seemed like a good fit to do a greenery design on the stationery,” she says.

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Hailey’s vision was realized thanks to the talents of the entire vendor team. “While a planner may plan and coordinate the event,” she says, “it really does take a collaborative effort to bring the vision to life.”

This styled shoot at The Distillery is a perfect example of photographer Danielle Flake’s artful style. If you want to see more of Danielle’s work, check out this Winston-Salem wedding that she captured!

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