Our real wedding today goes to a beautiful couple, Julianna and Kevin! We love the story of how these two met. Their love story began in the midst of controversy with the help of a classic and a modern way of connecting—mutual friends and Facebook. In August 2013, the city of Columbia, SC was looking to forcibly remove the homeless nights, Kevin asked Julianna to be his girlfriend while laying in a hammock on a beautiful night in mid-September. It seemed fitting that the following year he asked her to be his wife in that same hammock.
Fast forward to a beautiful Sunday evening in May of 2015. The lovely couple got married at our venue in Downtown, Greenville, which was decorated elegantly with a simple, yet beautifully vintage theme and stunning flowers designed by Willow Florals. The bride, Juliana, even worked the theme into her wedding attire with gorgeous flowers in her hair and a vintage-inspired dress. She made the space a complete reflection of her and Kevin by bringing in big personal touches including various tables, furniture pieces and a precious tandem bike decorated with a Mr. & Mrs. sign adorned with a basket overflowing with those beautiful blooms.
The ceremony began with Julianna’s mother walking her down the aisle to meet an overjoyed and emotional Kevin. The two shared their vows under an altar constructed out of tree limbs and florals with beautiful white drapery hanging over them. Their friends and family looked on and everyone rejoiced when Kevin dipped Julianna down as he kissed his bride.
The celebration continued with dinner from Smoke on the Water and drinks provided by Liquid Catering. The guests were seated at tables with mint linens—a color we don’t often see in The Old Cigar Warehouse, but one that we instantly fell in love with. After dinner, the bride and groom had adorable and always delicious cupcakes from Holly’s Cakes that everyone loved.
Sometimes, no matter how well you prepare, unexpected issues pop up during events that our management team has to work through. During the Nunnery’s dinner, our sound system went down after our internet provider changed the IP address unexpectedly. Since the couple hadn’t hired a DJ, our sound system was crucial for their celebration.
During all events held at The Old Cigar Warehouse, there is always a manager on-site to manage problems that may pop-up. This way, we don’t leave you stranded to figure out how our building works on your own. For Kevin and Julianna’s wedding, this was no different. So while everyone enjoyed their dessert, our staff was doing our best to get our house sound system up and running for the couple’s first dance.
A truly wonderful thing about this industry is the relationships you create with other vendors. Because of one of those relationships, Blake with Jumping Jukebox was able to come and make sure this bride and groom had their special dances before hitting the dance floor with their guests for the remainder of the evening.
Shawn Stom Photography was able to capture all of the amazing moments of Kevin and Julianna’s wedding, including Kevin’s face as Julianna made her way down the aisle, the groomsmen tearing up the dance floor and of course their picturesque ribbon wand exit where the couple shared one final kiss before being sent off by family and friends in a horse-drawn carriage.
We were so happy to host Kevin and Julianna’s special day and wish them all the best!
Kevin + Julianna’s Vendors
Venue: The Old Cigar Warehouse
Bartending Company: Liquid Catering
Baker: Holly’s Cakes
Caterer: Smoke On The Water
DJ: Jumping Jukebox
Florist: Willow Florals
Photographer: Shawn Stom Photography