Real NC Wedding : Denise & Craig by Nouveau Events at A Modern Artful NCMA Wedding
The North Carolina Museum of Art is truly one of the Triangle’s most unique wedding venues. In addition to being chic, modern and stylish, the space is also completely turnkey, leaving nothing to be desired. Washington D.C. couple Denise and Craig chose the NCMA as the destination for their elegant and modern wedding, and used the incredibly talented Monica of Nouveau Events to design and coordinate their dream day.
Denise Nelson and Craig Robinson’s love story began with one chance encounter after another, all in the name of networking. When Denise moved to Washington D.C., she was interested in expanding her professional network. At their first meeting, Craig made Denise feel comfortable in her new surroundings with his humorous but professional banter. Three years later, they met again at another networking event. This time the two were drawn to each other. Craig says that he was captivated by Denise’s passionate and sophisticated personality, while Denise loved Craig’s distinguished style and intelligence. After a whirlwind romance, the two were engaged to be married in less than a year, and began planning their North Carolina wedding while still living in Washington. According to Craig, “Three lunches equaled one dinner. Three dinners equaled one date. Fifty dates equaled an engagement, and with one engagement and one wedding, I get to call her my wife!”
The couple quickly chose the North Carolina Museum of Art as the location for their summertime nuptials. Craig’s big city style and Denise’s modern flair were married with this chic, turnkey venue. Inspired by the bride’s love of orchids, they chose an elegant palette of fuchsias and pinks with purple undertones. The Watered Garden Florist brought this palette to life with opulent arrangements of luscious hydrangeas and roses in shades of deep red, hot pink and vibrant purple. The couple wanted to highlight and compliment the works of modern art from various exhibits in the museum, so they hired “Flower Ball Ballerinas” from Elevate to perform during the cocktail hour. Crisp and clean rentals allowed the vibrant palette and works of art to truly shine.
Personal details flourished in the reception, with the couple choosing their favorite traditional comfort foods from Iris, the museum’s inventive in-house restaurant and caterer. Chocolate chip cookies from Yummy Tummy were even served as a late night snack! Traditions continued through out the evening – Denise is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, and Craig is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Holding true to the longstanding rituals of their organizations, their sorority and fraternity brothers serenaded them both during the reception.
Planning a North Carolina wedding while living in D.C. seemed like a daunting challenge, so the couple enlisted the help of Monica Noa of Nouveau Events to help them coordinate their modern wedding. Nouveau Events truly showcased the dynamic space while still highlighting the bride and grooms personal style. The bride said, “My day would not have turned out as amazing as it did without her expertise. Planning a wedding is a very difficult task, unlike any other event you will ever plan in your life. What made the planning process even more difficult is the fact that I was a remote bride, four hours away from Raleigh. Monica took the lead in completing a great deal of tasks, which made my life stress free. I had complete confidence that Monica would take care of everything. Her creative ideas were critical to the success of our special day. She understood my vision and made our day exactly what I pictured in my dreams. The day was absolutely unbelievable, and in large part I have Monica to thank! Monica is creative, hardworking, dedicated, and personable. I unequivocally recommend Monica and Nouveau Events!”
Wedding Planner: Monica Noa, Nouveau Events
Photographer: Ethan Yang Photography
Ceremony, Catering and Reception Venue: North Carolina Museum of Art
Florist: Watered Garden Florist
Linens: CE Rentals
Wedding Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes
Transportation: Elite Coach
Lighting: Simpsound DJ & Lighting Services
Ceremony Music: NC Strings
Reception Music: DJ Skillz
Wedding Favors: Chocolate Chip Cookies by Yummy Tummy