We are delighted to be sharing the love story of two special friends of ours, Kathleen and Bharat. Their story began in 2012 on a softball field before meeting again at Euphoria’s Tapas + Tinis event. At this time, Bharat knew he liked this bold red-headed, New Jersey girl, and knew it was time to make his move. Like the gentleman he is, Bharat offered to help Kathleen and the Liquid Catering staff unload product at the end of a long event. After a night of quoting Friends and sharing their passion for Michael Jordan, these two fit together just like “peas and carrots.”
In June 2014 before Bruce Springsteen put on what I’m sure what was an incredible show, Bharat asked Kathleen to marry him with pictures of her favorite New Jersey scenery surrounding her. Fast forward to August 8, 2015, their wedding day, a day that will always have the memories of their family and friends celebrating the love they have for each other.
On the morning of August 8th, Kathleen arrived early to do something that would calm her nerves. With Jack Johnson on our sound system, she did the chalkboards – something she used to do before opening the venue as one of our managers. Later that morning, Kathleen returned with her mom and took a walk around The Old Cigar Warehouse – our “space”, our venue where she worked since we began. She had walked into our venue hundreds of times before, even that morning, but something was different about her this time. Today was her day. It was their day. She said hello and walked into the cellar to see what had been set up and before long she comes out screaming with excitement, “That room has so much Nala!!” their dog they adopted from the Humane Society in 2013. As she went about her day, she relaxed with her mom, bridesmaids and adorable nieces before slipping into her dress.
There were nerves that morning, but as Bharat and his groomsmen arrived nerves were quickly replaced with excitement for their first look. The first look, where Bharat could see his bride, his (almost) wife and best friend. Kathleen approached Bharat, and immediately all the stress about completing their vows that morning melted away, vows that were funny, emotional and the definition of perfection if you know the couple.
As guests began to arrive, there was something noticeably different about the way the Main Hall felt. Maybe it was because we knew the couple and some of our staff were sitting in the ceremony rather than behind the scenes. Maybe because it was a beautiful summer day and the rain decided to hold off. Or maybe it was because this weekend was already filled with so much love and joy over this union that was about to take place.
I had the privilege of guiding Kathleen and her brother Jamie up to the top of the stairs. Well, when I say guide, I mean I followed Kathleen through the office doors and around to the deck…a walk she had done with so many brides before her. She was even greeted by her favorite security guard, Bravo1 Protection’s Mickey, with a proud gasp of her beauty and of course, his familiar smile and hug. With her brother by her side, her mother waiting down the stairs, and her father’s wedding band tied around her bouquet, this lady had the biggest smile on her face and was ready to walk towards Bharat.
Jennifer Dennis, with Love This Little City, cued Bharat and the rest of the bridal party in as they walked in to the acoustic stylings of the guitarist from The Erica Berg Collective playing “Better Together” by Jack Johnson. As Kathleen and Jamie walked down the grand stairs, she met her mom before walking together to meet Bharat. Their vows were loving, of course, but not without having the entire room laughing with the contagious sense of humor they share as they promised to support each other in all that life brings them. With the final cue from Kathleen’s brother, Jamie, Bharat kissed his bride before the exploding applause of loved ones.
Guests were invited to the deck for cocktail hour with drinks provided by Liquid Catering and hor d’oeuvres passed by Good Life Catering. There was a buzz. A buzz amongst all of the guests, not about decor or what everyone was wearing, but about how the ceremony just felt like them. It was obvious to everyone that these two were so ready to be married, and their guests clearly basked in their pure love for one another. Once cocktail hour ended, guests were brought into the Main Hall to watch the bridal party and the new Mr. + Mrs. be introduced. They shared their first dance to “Give Me Your Hand” by Michael Tolcher before Bharat danced with his mom to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts. Kathleen danced with her brother, Jamie, to “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.
After toasts were made, food was ready to eat! Guests were not disappointed, and when people began to ask where the traditional cake was, they were simply surprised (and pleased) to have GLC’s banana pudding instead – the Groom’s favorite! Not soon after, Erica Berg got everyone on the dance floor. Kathleen and Bharat share a HUGE love for music, and even though they don’t necessarily love the same types, they knew they had to have a rockin’ band for their reception. Throughout the night, Erica DJ’ed between sets so there was a mix of her incredible sounds along with some of Bharat’s favorite pop and hip hop. She played bhangra music to embrace Bharat’s culture and, of course, closed out the evening with a little nod to Kathleen with Bruce Springsteen’s Glory Days.The details were everywhere. They were in Kathleen’s “Something Blue” – a piece of her late father’s shirt; in the favors that were both Clemson colors and the colors representing two organizations most important to Kathleen and Bharat; in the bouquets and boutonnieres made of the sheet music Kathleen and her sisters played from as kids; in the surprise that Kathleen gave Bharat and his Clemson friends when the Tiger showed up to celebrate; in the Irish Six Pence given after her mom’s last trip to Ireland that rested in Kathleen’s shoe and with Kathleen’s father’s Clemson Cross pen that Kathleen and Bharat used to sign their marriage license. These details, though small, represent all of the little ways that Kathleen and Bharat chose to share their personalities and their commitment to each other with all of their guests.
All of the love, details, tears and pure joy were captured by Ryan & Alyssa Photography. Although the weekend is over, we are excited to now celebrate the beginning of their journey together, the love and laughter that they will share in the lifetime that they have now committed to each other (and Nala). To our friends, Kathleen and Bharat, cheers to a lifetime full of everything that life has to bring you. We love you both!
Congratulations, Kathleen + Bharat!
Kathleen + Bharat | Vendors
Band/DJ: The Erica Berg Collective
Bartending Company: Liquid Catering
Caterer: Good Life Catering
Day-of Coordination: Love This Little City
Hotel: Swamp Rabbit Inn
Photography: Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Venue: The Old Cigar Warehouse
Want more photos from Kathleen + Bharat’s wedding? Visit Ryan & Alyssa’s blog!
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