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A Winter Wedding Parade in Downtown Raleigh

Whimsy Winter Wedding with a Parade Across Downtown Raleigh from Chapel to Warehouse Venue

While driving through downtown Raleigh on a crisp Saturday in March, one might expect to see people walking their dogs, shopping, or grabbing food with friends – not a wedding party parade. Complete with whimsical white balloons and band musicians from local Enloe high school, Heidi and John took their wedding celebration to the streets as they traveled from their ceremony venue at the All Saints Chapel to their warehouse reception venue at The Stockroom at 230. Their unique winter wedding had a fresh modern air with a touch of whimsy vintage, that as bride Heidi describes captures, “The feeling of hope and excitement that comes at the beginning of spring.” A mixture of dusty blues and sprinkles of pink and peach made up the color palette.

Winter Raleigh wedding party with whimsy white balloons photo by Grain & Compass

Long Story Short – Love is Unpredictable

There is a long version and a short version of Heidi and John’s love story. Both are full of sweet simple romance, however, we’ve opted for a version of the story that meets somewhere in the middle. Heidi and John officially met in her parent’s kitchen, but after a night of non-stop conversation by the fireside, they could not ignore their instant chemistry. After months of long distance texting, phone calls, Facetime, and weekend visits, John made the move to North Carolina to be with the woman of his dreams.

At 26 years old, Heidi wondered why she had not fallen in love yet. Here at SB&G we believe that there is no answer. There is no universal calendar that love operates on. No calculated recipe, that if we all follow closely enough, love will show up knocking on our door. The fact is, love is unpredictable. But when you find it, and maybe you find it in your parent’s kitchen or by a fireside at 4am, never let it go.

Whimsical Wedding Invitation Suite with Map of Parade from All Saints Chapel to The Stockroom Photo by Grain & Compass

Getting Ready at The Glass Box, Downtown Raleigh Loft Bridal Suite

Heidi’s mother wanted her daughter to get ready for her special day in luxury and style. She surprised Heidi by reserving The Glass Box for all of their wedding day preparations. Located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, in the same building as The Stockroom 230, The Glass Box hosts a view of the bustling city from the 5th floor. Floor to ceiling windows and warm hardwood floors fill the loft bridal suite with gorgeous natural light. Check out the stunning bright and airy photos of Heidi’s wedding day preparation.

Light and Airy Bridal Gown Hanging at The Glass Box in Raleigh Grain & Compass
Pale Blue Wedding Shoes and Custom Made Pink Earrings by Gown Grain & Compass
Bride Getting Ready in The Glass Box Luxury Bridal Suite Raleigh NC Looks at her Wedding Hair in Mirror Grain & Compass

Heidi wanted a mixture of dresses that fit each of her bridesmaid’s figures and styles. She found half of the dresses featured at Bella Bridesmaids boutique in Cary. Also, check out Heidi’s stunning bridal jewelry – handmade by her dad! Having a goldsmith as a father comes in handy when it’s wedding time. Heidi’s dad designed and created her engagement ring, necklace, and earrings.

Bride with Flowergirls in Blush dresses and flower crows at Raleigh Wedding in The Glass Box Photo by Grain & Compass
Bridal Party in Shades of Blue and Blush standing in front of flower mural in downtown Raleigh Photo by Grain & Compass
Fresh and Natural Bouquets with Blue and Blush Ribbons for Raleigh winter wedding Photo by Grain & Compass
Groom in Navy Jacket Gingham Shirt and Floral Bow Tie Photo by Grain & Compass
Groom and Groomsmen in suspenders and floral bow ties downtown Raleigh Photo by Grain & Compass
Hipster Groomsman Look with leather suspenders floral tie greenery boutonniere Photo by Grain & Compass

Raleigh Wedding Venue Known as The Prettiest Chapel in The South – All Saints Chapel

Built in 1875, All Saints Chapel is truly one of a kind. Voted prettiest chapel in the South, All Saints has a bone structure that will take your breath away. Heidi and John knew that they wanted to walk down All Saint’s historic aisle and say their vows before friends, family, and God. Sweet simple touches of greenery were all the decor necessary to accessorize the chapel’s natural beauty.

First Touch between vintage door at All Saints Chapel Raleigh wedding venue Photo by Grain & Compass
Classy Wedding Program for Raleigh wedding All Saints Chapel Photo by Grain & Compass
Light Greenery and White ribbon on Chairs at All Saints Chapel wedding in Raleigh Photo by Grain & Compass
Father Walks Bride down the historic Aisle at All Saints Chapel Wedding in Raleigh Photo by Grain & Compass

Wedding Parade Across Downtown Raleigh – from All Saints Chapel to The Stockroom at 230

There is no doubt that the most whimsical part of Heidi and John’s wedding day was their parade from All Saints Chapel to The Stockroom at 230. So where did they get their inspiration? Heidi read about a wedding in which a couple got married in a park and then paraded to the reception in her parent’s yard and immediately fell in love with the idea. All Saints Chapel and The Stockroom at 230 were the perfect distance away from each other for a miniature parade! After emails with six local band directors, the bride and groom commissioned high school band students from Enloe to play in their wedding day parade. Heidi custom designed their invitation suite to include a hand drawn map of the parade route through downtown Raleigh. She explains why the ceremony and reception locations meant everything,

“Both our families were coming from out of town and we wanted them to see Raleigh; our city and the backdrop to much of our story, not an area we’d rarely been to before.”

Whimsy Wedding Parade Through Downtown Raleigh with White Balloons and Confetti Photo by Grain & Compass
Whimsy Wedding Parade through downtown Raleigh with a walking band Photo by Grain & Compass
whimsy wedding parade across downtown raleigh with streamers confetti and balloons photo by grain & compass
Wedding Parade across downtown Raleigh with white balloons Photo by Grain & Compass
downtown Raleigh wedding Party with White Balloons Photo by Grain & Compass
Bridal Party in Shades of Blue Bella Bridesmaid dresses with White Balloons for Raleigh Winter Wedding Photo by Grain & Compass
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Bride and Groom walking through downtown Raleigh Photo by Grain & Compass
Fresh and airy winter Bridal Bouquet with White and Blush Roses and Blue silk ribbon Photo by Grain & Compass
Bride and Groom walk on Cobblestone Streets in Downtown Raleigh Photo by Grain & Compass
Groom Embraces his Bride wearing Lace Back Wedding Gown Photo by Grain & Compass
Bride and Groom Kiss with White Balloons in Downtown Raleigh Fayetteville Street Photo by Grain & Compass

Cozy Chic Detailed Reception at The Stockroom 230

One of downtown Raleigh’s best wedding venues, The Stockroom 230 offers newlyweds a space with rustic vibes and deep-rooted soul. Delicate mementos sharing Heidi and John’s love story hung from string and wood against the reception walls. Exposed brick walls created the perfect backdrop for a cozy chic wedding reception. Beautiful blush and blue linens from CE Rental gave their wedding reception a polished look. Catering Works prepared a delicious dinner that pared quite nicely with the beer John’s brother brewed by hand!

“I wanted our reception to just feel like a celebration, everyone dancing and celebrating life and love.” -John

Cute Chalk Calligraphy Welcome Sign for Downtown Raleigh Wedding Reception Photo by Grain & Compass
Blush CE Rental Cocktail Table at The Stockroom at 230 Raleigh wedding venue Photo by Grain & Compass
Creative Wall decor Raleigh wedding ideas Photo by Grain & Compass
Unique Wedding Idea Photo Collage Wall Photo by Grain & Compass
Unique Wedding idea wall sculpture of adventures photo by grain & compass
Modern Raleigh Winter Wedding Decor Pale Blue Lounge at The Stockroom Reception Photo by Grain & Compass

Perfume bottles filled with flowers, vintage bicycle wheels hanging from the ceiling, and a retro light blue typewriter are just a few of the details we absolutely adored from Heidi and John’s Stockroom wedding reception.

Whimsy Welcome Table with Old School Typewriter and Flowers at Raleigh wedding Photo by Grain & Compass
Unique Raleigh Wedding Reception Ideas Polaroid Guestbook Photo by Grain & Compass
Quirky tabletop Detail with Flag Table Number Raleigh wedding Photo by Grain and Compass
Tabletop Florals and miniature succulents in Perfume bottle vases Raleigh wedding Photo by Grain & Compass
Unique Wedding Ideas Brass Bicycle Wheels with Greenery hang on wall at The Stockroom Raleigh Photo by Grain & Compass
Unique Personal Wedding Ideas Initials in Adventurous Map Print Photo by Grain & Compass
Reception Decor Long tables Vintage Blue Glassware Raleigh winter wedding at The Stockroom Photo by Grain & Compass
Wedding Reception Unique Navy Placecard and Dinner Menu on Floral Print Photo by Grain & Compass
Classic Buttercream wedding cake with sprigs of greenery at The Stockroom in Raleigh Photo by Grain & Compass
Wedding Idea Family Photo Gallery in Mismatched Frames at Raleigh wedding Photo by grain & compass
Mixed CD Wedding Favor Ideas by Raleigh couple Photo by Grain & Compass
Whimsical Raleigh wedding exit with Sparklers and Just Married Flags Photo by Grain & Compass

A sparkler send-off was the perfect end note for Heidi and John’s whimsy winter wedding in downtown Raleigh. Today you can find these quirky newlyweds living happily ever after in Raleigh, John works at Vintage church and Heidi is a User Experience Designer.

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