April Flowers

April Flowers | Bridesmaids in boldly colored gowns blooming with floral patterns? You gotta see all this gorgeousness to believe it
McKenzie Sorrell & Greg Steinbock
Wedding Design by Pure Luxe Bride / Photographs by Monika Gauthier
Spring is a winning season for McKenzie Sorell and Greg Steinbock. They met as spring breakers in Key West, Florida, re-kindled their romance weeks later at the Kentucky Derby, and ended years of long distance last April with a fête at The Cedar Room. And while they’d privately tied the knot a year prior (Greg’s a Marine, so they did so before his first deployment), “We always wanted a bigger wedding with our friends and family,” says McKenzie. Bigger meant bolder in their case, so Pure Luxe Bride pulled together a vibrant color palette evocative of the season. Guests celebrated amongst blooms in fuchsia, orange, and violet, while an artist pained the couple’s first dance under a floral chandelier dotted with crimson and gold. Says McKenzie, “We wouldn’t change a single thing.”
• Build your palette around a standout element, like McKenzie did with her bridesmaids’ floral dresses.
• Use paper goods to make a bold color statement.
• Make an airy space with high ceilings more intimate with large-scale chandeliers and tall tabletop 
floral arrangements.
• House large centerpieces in glass vases to help guests keep the conversations flowing.
• Contrast a clean-lined classic bridal gown with punchy blooms for the best of both worlds

Planning, design: Pure Luxe Bride, www.pureluxebride.com
Photography: Monika Gauthier, www.monikagauthier.com
Venue: The Cedar Room, www.thecedarroom.com
Florals: Wild Flowers Inc., www.wildflowersinc.com
Linens: Nüage Designs, www.nuagedesigns.com
Rentals: EventWorks, www.eventworksrentals.com
Catering, bar service, venue: The Cedar Room, www.thecedarroom.com
Stationery: Sara Schultz, www.saraschultz.co
Bride’s attire: Anne Barge (gown), available locally through Bridals by Jodi, www.bridalsbyjodi.com; Jimmy Choo (heels), available in Charleston through Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant, www.gwynns.com
Beauty: Paper Dolls, www.mycharlestonweddinghair.com
Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung, available locally through Bella Bridesmaids, www.bellabridesmaids.com
Music: The Midnight City, www.themidnightcityband.com
Wedding painting: Wed on Canvas, www.wedoncanvas.com