Not wanting an overly formal event, Ioana and Jonathan filled their downtown Raleigh wedding with personal touches and focused each moment on celebrating their love. The couple decided to get dressed together, making for some incredibly sweet portraits by All Bliss Photography who really captured the excitement of the day. Ioana’s custom two-piece gown fit her like a dream and allowed her to move, dance, and explore downtown with Jonathan on their wedding day.
Ioana and Jonathan
The Stockroom at 230, Raleigh, North Carolina
Jonathan and I getting ready together that day was amazing. Being with one another was reassuring and less stressful. We planned everything together, so we couldn’t imagine not getting ready together. It was the only time we had to ourselves on the wedding day / weekend.
We didn’t want our wedding to feel like a formal event. We wanted to have a party in a warm and inviting atmosphere with great food and dancing that our guests would enjoy. We kept things casual by having a family-style dinner. Both our ceremony and reception were held in historical venues in downtown Raleigh. We didn’t see a need to overly decorate or overdo a certain trend or theme. Hopefully when we look back at the photos years from now, it will still feel classic, sophisticated, and timeless.
My dress was simple and non-traditional. I had it altered to add a crop top over it so that it became a two-piece. I knew that an ornate or embellished look would not be me and I wouldn’t feel comfortable in it. Later in the evening I changed into an ivory top and tulle skirt so I could dance the night away.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – All Bliss Photography
Ceremony Venue – All Saints Chapel
Reception Venue – The Stockroom at 230
Floral Design – Teacup Floral
Catering – PoshNosh Catering
Cake – Lucette Grace
Baguettes – Boulted Bread
DJ – Morse Entertainment
Live Music – Strings of Faith
Makeup Artist – Makeup by Kristi Lynn
Hair Styling – Immortal Beloved
Wedding Dress – BHLDN, Anthropologie, Zara
Seamstress – Green and Blue Studio
Bridal Accessories – Twigs & Honey
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – United Colors of Benetton
Groom’s Apparel – DKNY
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Banana Republic
Rings – I. Gorman Jewelers, Catbird NYC, Bittersweet NY
Rentals – Theme Works, CE Rental
Chalkboard – AB Chalk + Designs
A big thanks to All Bliss Photography for sharing Ioana and Jonathan’s intimate Raleigh wedding with Junebug! For more downtown wedding inspiration, check out Ulyana and Eugene’s stylish destination NYC elopement.