Love Wins

We have always hosted LGBT Weddings or commitment ceremonies in our space, but July 4, 2015 was certainly a special morning as we hosted two same-sex wedding ceremonies for couples and their guests.

On Friday, June 26th, the Supreme Court Decision to legalize same-sex marriage across the United States was announced and we were happy to join the thousands in celebration for the momentous decision. As a result, we decided to further our support by offering free wedding ceremonies on the morning of July 4th. After inquiries received, we helped celebrate two wonderful couples that morning as they embarked on the wonderful adventure of marriage.

Both couples received complimentary ceremony services from Danielle Baker a.k.a “The Wedding Lady”, photography from Todd Williams with Magnolia Studios, mini cupcakes baked by Couture Cakes of Greenville, ceremony music courtesy of Uptown Entertainment, a champagne toast provided by Liquid Catering and flowers from Tailor & Table.

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Our first couple was Christopher and Topher, who came to us with so much excitement and love for each other, they couldn’t wait to get married! That excitement was more than evident as they walked in grinning from ear to ear and during their very touching and emotional ceremony. All of their guests adorned rainbow bowties and bows in support of LGBT couples and of their dear friends who were getting married.

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Jessica and Latoya traveled two hours on Saturday morning, and with their guests in tow, this couple of 10 years was ready to make it official. Their ceremony was filled with joy and some nerves for what had been a long time coming for this couple and their guests.

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The newlywed couples had the opportunity to personalize their 15 minute ceremonies with personal songs before getting pictures, and of course a celebratory toast!

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Congratulations to both couples, and thank you for celebrating with us at

The Old Cigar Warehouse!

Beverage Provider: Liquid Catering

Photographer: Todd Williams with Magnolia Studios

Officiant: Danielle Baker, The Wedding Lady

Ceremony Music: Uptown Entertainment

Florist: Tailor & Table

Baker: Couture Cakes of Greenville

Kamella and Derek: A True Love Story Between Rivals

The biggest rivalry known to just about every South Carolinian is between the University of South Carolina and Clemson University. Football games and beyond, these two schools go head to head in all aspects of the collegiate world. But just like Romeo and Juliet coming from opposing families, what if two people from these opposing teams could come together as one? Well, meet Kamella and Derek. Kamella earned a degree in Special Education at Clemson, and Derek graduated from USC with a degree in Higher Education. Like all wonderful stories of true love, this duo met in a most fateful way. Kamella’s roommate at Clemson is Derek’s cousin, so eventually they met and the rest is history! Although their schools have been (and always will be) long time rivals, it didn’t get in the way of their love which was clear to all when they tied the knot on July 19th, 2014.

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Kamella and Derek fell in love with our venue during it’s early days of construction. Once they saw the venue, they decided to book us for both their rehearsal dinner and wedding day. It was perfect for getting double use out of their rentals! This future bride-to-be had an eye for detail from the start and took her time planning out colors and decor. We were so happy that she took advantage of all our bridal open houses by bringing in family and friends for brainstorming sessions. The rehearsal dinner came down to a soft palette of chocolate brown and lace, while the ceremony and reception was graced with mint green, soft pinks, gold, and ivory. These colors really stood out in the floral arrangements provided by Fairytale Florist. Some specifically special pieces that guests encountered included gorgeous gold antique chargers and antique china from Professional Party Rentals.

Kamella’s creativity didn’t stop there. She wanted the ceremony to face our grand staircase while the bridal party (20 people total!) lined up on the stairs behind them. Guests witnessed this awesome sight as the couple performed a lovely unity candle ceremony and tie the knot thanks to a long time family friend of the bride. Also, flashback to the getting ready process…Kamella wanted a unique shot that we are starting to see more and more: a bridesmaid reveal photo. Fun! That shot and all these other photographs were captured by Lisa Carpenter Photography.

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After Kamella and Derek officially professed their love to one another, it was time to celebrate. First dances commenced with both smiles and happy tears. Weddings can work up an appetite, so it was a good thing Smoke on the Water was there to cook up some amazing Southern delicacies.We’re talking fresh fried green tomatoes–yummy! Liquid Catering was also there to serve all things, well, liquid! Beer, wine, and of course, champagne. And you can’t go wrong with personalized koozies! Dessert was compliments of Buttercream Bakehouse, a deliciously classic cake with modern decorating techniques.

All we can say is that the rest of the evening went off without a hitch. There was plenty of good times to go around complete with dancing, dancing, and more dancing. Rain poured earlier in the day but you know what they say…that’s good luck on your wedding day! Before we knew it, the newly-weds were on their way. We had such a memorable time with Kamella and Derek all throughout the booking process and wish them the absolute best moving forward. Cheers to this darling couple!

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Sláinte to Laurie & Paul!

When Laurie and Paul first fell in love, we have a feeling that they felt the luck of the Irish. Lucky to have met someone so special, but blessed to have their soul mate for life. This St. Patrick’s Day weekend was one for the Old Cigar Warehouse record books: a holiday wedding full of happiness and fun! It was a destination wedding for nearly everyone. While the majority of guests hailed from snowy Chicago, plenty of others staked claim to Indiana, Michigan, Florida, and more. Let’s just say that all were delighted to bask in the spring weather of South Carolina. You might be asking how Laurie and Paul ended up getting married in Greenville. Simple really; some family friends have a lake house nearby and they instantly liked the area and wanted their wedding guests to enjoy it too!

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Once set up began, we were seeing green…in a good way! The couple’s Irish roots were showing and we couldn’t help but just love it, from the table linens to the bridesmaid dresses. Josh Jones Photography grabbed some amazing shots of the scene. Mary Jackson with Turn Key Special Events helped plan the big day and was busy with prep work as well. With an on-site ceremony, cocktail hour on the Deck, and reception inside the Main Hall and Cellar, we had a full night ahead of us. The wedding party was small and intimate, but perfect for a gathering in the Bridal Suite. A touching ceremony was performed by Officiant Danielle Baker who led Laurie and Paul to their new life together. It was beautiful!

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This bunch wasted no time in getting in the spirit of celebration. Immediately following the ceremony, guests took to our Deck to enjoy some beverages outdoors while we worked our magic inside flipping the space, making it “reception-ready”. Liquid Catering provided their Top Shelf package for libations while Reeves Catering was in attendance to tray pass hors d’oeuvres and set up a full spread buffet in the Cellar. After a wonderful first dance, three gentleman really got the party started grooving to some classic numbers and showing off their skills. It was a surprise for Laurie and Paul! Get the party started they did indeed; dancing ensued, cheering abound, and plenty of good times were had by all.

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While the rest of Greenville clinked glasses of green beer and wore shamrock shirts, Laurie and Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day reception was still going strong (and probably having more of a blast). Dessert cake pops weren’t even the last stop for a late night snack. Waffle House showed up in our Cellar with biscuit sandwiches! Can you say ‘yum’? This gave guests plenty of food options throughout the evening, making the occasion even more enjoyable for all of those out-of-town-ers. We cannot say enough good things about this couple. They were spectacular to work with and so much fun. A unique wedding that will be hard to beat. Sláinte to Laurie and Paul!!

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Ringing in the New Year with Nicki & Zach

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the second week of March! Just a few short months ago we were decorating our staircase for Christmas, hosting corporate holiday parties every week, and ringing in 2014. This past New Year’s Eve was extra special because we had the chance to celebrate with a lovely couple, Nicki and Zach. Aside from having that exciting aura that only New Year’s Eve can bring, this wedding was not your ordinary gig. It was intimate with loads of personal touches (which we love!) and left us with good vibes for the new year. As the evening progressed, vendors bustled into our space to get ready for the couple’s big night. Jennifer with Love This Little City, a stand out day-of wedding coordinator, helped usher everyone in and get things situated. Her timeline was perfect to ensure everything planned would go smoothly. During this time, Nicki and Zach were off getting some romantic photos in downtown Greenville.*Swoon*

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Upon guest arrival a few hours later around 9:30 pm, they were greeted by bluegrass music and drinks by Liquid Catering. Trendy! We’re starting to see more couples open up the bar before the ceremony even starts, which is a great way to set the mood and keep ’em happy. This also gave folks time to check out the scenery. Decorated with garland and festive lights, we’ve got to mention that our staircase was looking good. Unlike the majority of our couples, Nicki and Zach wanted to be married on the staircase bottom landing opposed to standing on the opposite side of the room. So instead of Nikki entering down the stairs, they were perched upon them with their guests watching in awe. Wedding officiant Brenda Owen performed a touching ceremony for the duo with traditional aspects and love letters to one another, complete with a memorable wine ceremony.

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They said “I Do”! It was time to party. After all, the vows had been said and it was New Year’s Eve. Nicki and Zach departed to Prince’s “1999” and guests moved into the Cellar for food and drinks; but not before taking a fun group photo. In the Cellar, Table 301 served a plated dinner which added to the close, intimate setting of the event. The bride added her own very creative touch to the tablescapes. Since it was indeed a holiday centered around the theme of ‘time’, Nicki cut out a variety of clock faces that rested on the silver chargers; and then clear plates rested on top of that. We’re still thinking about this cool idea. Very unique and appropriate for New Year’s Eve! Add a little greenery for the centerpieces, and ta-da–perfection.

The bar is not be forgotten as it was still swingin’ with not one, not two, but THREE signature drinks! This add-on never fails to make a wedding bar stand out from the rest. And bonus: Nicki and Zach named their drinks after places they had visited in their travels to Italy. Are we allowed to swoon again?

Praiano Sunset ~ Aperol and strawberry sparkling wine garnished with a fresh strawberry.
Acqua Pazza ~ Kentucky bourbon with a splash of lime juice, topped with ginger beer, garnished with a fresh lime
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These specialty drinks were a hit! As always, Liquid Catering did an amazing job prepping these for guests and making them look divine. Aside from the custom cocktails, the bar included a Premium Hops & Grapes package with craft brews and premium wine selections. After more photos with Marshall Graham Photography, Nicki and Zach made their grand entrance down the stairs with their wedding party. Cue the first dances and toasts, which were nothing short of wonderful. For the cake cutting, Liquid Catering served up the specialty root beer shot to pair with the elegant cake created by Buttercream Bakehouse. Yum!

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Now one of the reasons that makes this wedding so special is a touch of true Greenville. If you are from the area, or have visited before, you probably know of the Mice on Main scavenger hunt. Nicki and Zach wanted to incorporate this fun activity into their reception by hiding (fake, of course!) mice around the venue for guests to find. Upon successfully finding one, guests could celebrate with a root beer shot or Krispy Kreme donut.

As if everyone wasn’t having a blast already, the new year was approaching. The countdown began…3…2…1…HAPPY NEW YEAR! And cheers to the newlyweds! If you can imagine, it was an enchanting moment for the couple. Just married, and now entering 2014 together with a new life. Liquid Catering topped off the moment with a champagne toast for everyone cheers’ing to good health and a prosperity. As the dancing and celebration ensued, we couldn’t help but revel in the fact of how beautiful it all was. Our venue was hosting a milestone event in their lives and helping ring in happiness.

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As the night ended and it was time to say goodbye, Nicki and Zach left on a high note with a dazzling new year’s send-off and guests left with–what else? A little pretty box of Krispy Kreme donuts! Things settled down, vendors cleared out, and the venue got quiet. It was a peaceful quietness that made us feel ready for 2014. Ready to make more memories, and ready to make more wedding dreams come true. We’re already going strong into March but we cannot thank Nicki and Zach enough for being such an awesome couple and giving us those good feelings on New Year’s Eve. Best wishes!

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Vendors
Venue – The Old Cigar Warehouse
Day-of Coordinator – Jennifer Dennis, Love This Little City
Catering – Table 301
Bar – Liquid Catering
Photography – Marshall Graham Photography
Cake – Buttercream Bakehouse
Wedding Officiant – Brenda Owen Wedding Woman

Here’s to one of our first: Linsey & Brian!

When we think back to when our gorgeously historic building was first conceptualized to become an event venue, we remember the raw space without all the renovations. No grand staircase, no fully functional restrooms, no prep kitchen, no bridal suite, and so many other details that we have incorporated within the last several months. It’s also easy to recall some of our first brides that walked through our doors without any real notion of what these future additions would look like. Just ask Linsey and her now husband, Brian.

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Linsey and Brian were indeed one of the very first couples to book a wedding with us here at the Old Cigar Warehouse. In the earlier days, we were nervous that some folks might not be able to envision their big day in a place that still needed so much work done, but with a couple so easy-going and fun-loving as these two, they pictured it perfectly and fell in love with the venue right away.

Not to say that they were totally surprised on the day of; Linsey made sure to come to our bridal open houses that we hosted leading up to the wedding so she could see the progress. And at last, during her final meeting with us, she saw everything completely finished. What a treat to see brand new restrooms with antique touches, a bridal suite with all the fixings, and of course, the beautiful grand staircase that she would be making her entrance down.

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The day after the wedding was unfortunately one of the rainiest of the season, but Linsey and Brian’s special fall day was pristine and clear. Their wedding was also one of the first where we had to “flip” the space; meaning that the ceremony was held in the Main Hall, guests then moved to the Deck for cocktail hour while we rearranged chairs, tables, and decor, and then everyone moved back inside once we were finished. A great learning experience on our end!

Linsey and Brian’s ceremony was quite special. First, it was officiated by the great Lisa Baker with Weddings by Lisa. Second, they strayed from the typical alter and instead designed their own! With the wood handcrafted by Brian himself and adorned with ribbons galore, this was something that the pair worked on together. Not only that, but they wanted to create a fun backdrop for their guests to take photos with later on in the night. A cool idea from an even cooler couple.

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As you can tell, we love weddings where there are personal touches. Aside from the alter, there were several aspects of the decor that were a part of the family and meant a great deal to the couple. For example, take Linsey’s lovely bouquet. Made from over 200 individual pieces including brooches and flowers, they were all carefully taped and not glued for preservation. All thanks to the amazing Renee Burroughs Design! Renee also graced the space that evening with her unique centerpieces that mirrored the couple’s style wonderfully.

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As guests cheers’ed to the new couple, the reception was underway. A spread of barbeque was provided by Mutt’s BBQ and a full bar compliments of Liquid Catering. Linsey and Brian hosted a smaller wedding with fewer guests than average, but it made for a great laid back, intimate celebration.

Lest we forget yet another unique moment of the duo’s evening! They opted for one of the hottest wedding trends of 2013: a naked cake. Sounds dirty, tastes delicious. What looks to be an unfinished cake with very minimal icing only to line the layers, this style matched our venue to a T–pretty, rustic, and organic. Naked cakes bring out the simple, natural beauty of the dessert rather than being covered with layers of butter cream or fondant. Big thanks to Sweetie’s Cakes for making this one possible.

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The night was coming to a close and it’s hard not to wish it could’ve lasted just a bit longer. This delightful couple that we had grown to know and love so well had to finally leave us and our venue for the last time. We helped round up the guests and prepared to treat the bride and groom to a sparkler send-off on the Deck. Before we knew it they were off in their getaway car and already starting their new life together fresh off the high of their wedding day. We are so happy to know that the whole affair was a success and that they were pleased. They were one of our first, and one that we’ll never forget.

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For more photos of Linsey & Brian’s wedding, please visit their album on our Facebook page.

All photos taken by the talented Cureton Photography. Visit their website for additional information on wedding packages.