Pia and Wyatt: Preppy-Vintage Fun at the Westin Poinsett

Photos courtesy of Josh Rigsby Photography unless otherwise watermarked

I first met Pia in April of 2010.  She was a senior at Furman University and had just gotten engaged to Wyatt.  She had been accepted into a masters program at Vanderbilt, Wyatt was getting his second masters at Wake Forest, and her dad lives in Texas.  Needless to say, they wouldn't be around much to plan their Greenville wedding. 
Pia told me that she wanted a fun wedding.  With spring-y colors.  And that she didn't know anything about flowers.  And that she would love a band that could play oldies, but popular music on breaks.  And that she wanted to get married at half past two because she liked the way it sounded.  And that she loved the Westin and it reminded her of holidays with Wyatt's family.  Oh, and that she would have the coolest last name ever - Chocklett.  (Get it?  Like chocolate, just spelled differently?  Just me?  Fine then.)
After Pia's graduation, we booked the Westin's Poinsett Ballroom.  We then took Pia to the Poinsett Bride during their sample sale and got her the deal of the century on her wedding gown.  (75% off!  Amazing!) 
B&R Events also designed their save-the-dates and invitations and was able to make them match the feel of their wedding.
Pia and Wyatt chose Wyatt's family church, Messiah Lutheran of Mauldin, to exchange their vows.

Pia told me that Wyatt had a childhood friend, Josh Rigsby, that was now a photographer.  We love working with new vendors, so we helped her pick out a package that suited them.
Pia wanted a classic, almost vintage, style for the bridesmaids.  We helped her choose a strapless, cotton sateen, navy dress that her girls loved.  The flower girls wore a kelly green.  The groomsmen wore gray suits with navy micro polka dot ties and the ushers wore the same suit but with kelly green micro dot ties.  Wyatt sported a white bow tie.

B&R Events worked very closely with Dahlia to design Pia's flowers.  Pia carried a bouquet of white peonies, the flower girls carried yellow and white pomanders made of mums, and the bridesmaids carried bouquets of yellow and white mums and lisianthus.  Two large floral arrangements flanked the entrance of the church as well as the altar with draped white fabric and yellow ribbon.  Two wreaths hung on the doors that Pia and Wyatt could hang on their door of their home one day.  And the pew markers were yellow, white, and green flowers with flowing white and yellow ribbon.  Perfect for a day time wedding.

Wyatt and Pia's guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the Westin's mezzanine while the bridal party was transported by the blue vintage trolley of Main Street Trolley.  Guests were given their beer in kelly green koozies and enjoyed antipasto and fresh fruit. 
Since Pia wanted the ultimate in springy weddings, we used a lot of color!  Navy floor length linens with white runners.  White chairs with kelly green sashes.  Yellow linen on the cocktail tables with white ties.  White lounge furniture with navy and yellow tone on tone polka dot pillows. 
Even the floral arrangements had a thick yellow ribbon wrapped around the square vases.  Dahlia incorporated Pia and Wyatt's colors in so many ways- lemons, floralytes, gel.  As well as a gorgeous assortment of yellow, green, and white flowers.

Holly's Cakes made the gorgeous wedding cake.  Holly used a brushed embroidery technique that mimicked the lace on Pia's gown.   

After cocktail hour, their guests enjoyed heavy hors d'oeuvrves with stations.  The stations- sliders and macaroni and cheese with pulled pork and other fixings were followed by amazing dance music by Black Tie Affair.  Cake was enjoyed by all and then followed by milkshake shooters with kelly green straws.

Aside from the awesome green koozies, Mr. and Mrs. Chocklett gave out- you guessed it- chocolate bars!  We designed the wrappers to match the overall theme for the day and used the same font that we had used for all the stationary.
A bubble send off with elevator good byes!

Now here is where it gets interesting...
Pia and Wyatt met Debbie, Josh (the photographer), and I on the second floor.  Josh and Debbie were going to go up with Pia and Wyatt to the roof of the Westin to take sunset pictures in front of their iconic sign.  I was going to clean up the ballroom and get everything gathered and do one last inventory.  I was then going to meet them on the 11th floor, and we were going to ride down together and then take more photos in their room.
Well, as some may know, May 21st was during the BMW Charity Pro-Am.  The tournament has many celebrity guests that visit and participate and stay downtown Greenville.  Wayne Gretzky, Terry O'Quinn, Patrick Warburton, and Cheech Marin, just to name a few, participated in 2011.
I met everyone on the 11th floor and we loaded into the elevator.  As the door was closing, a hand reached in and reopened the door.  A tall and attractive man then entered the elevator and said hello to the five of us.  I exchanged glances with Pia and her eyes got big.
"What's your name?" I asked the man.
He smiled and said, "Oliver."
I completely acted like a geek and said, "ARE YOU OLIVER HUDSON?"
"Yes," he replied, still smiling. 
And this, my friends, is when Pia got to ask OLIVER HUDSON to congratulate her on her wedding day.
Then OLIVER HUDSON got off the elevator with us on the 2nd floor and took a picture with the new Mr. and Mrs. Chocklett.
And then Oliver (we are on a first name basis) KISSED Pia on the forehead and headed down the stairs to the lobby.
And then the five of us geeked out for another minute.
Then Mr. and Mrs. Chocklett took this photo in their honeymoon suite.

Congratulations Pia and Wyatt! B&R Events LOVED working with you!

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