Kristin and Pavel’s Newberry Library wedding included some of their favorite parts of their relationship: home-cooked meals, succulent favors reflecting their hobby of creating terrariums, and Macedonian traditions honoring the groom’s heritage. Wedding planning by Clover Events and photography by Erika Mattingly Photography.
Kristin & Pavel’s Love Story
Kristin and Pavel met during orientation at graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill. Pavel was social and started talking while they were both waiting for free food (which turned out to not be very good, so the evening continued later at Chipotle).
One night when disgustingly sick with a cold, Pavel decided he would take the romantic opportunity to propose to Kristin on their couch at home. He was too ill to kiss, but she said yes anyways. He maintains to this day that it was perfect.
A Newberry Library Wedding
Kristin and Pavel selected the Gold Coast’s Newberry Library for their wedding reception, which highlighted how they met and the value of education in shaping their lives. A ceremony in the picturesque Washington Square Park featured a lovely arch adorned with flowers by Heirloom Event Co.
Clover Events made their day a dream, organizing every small detail!
Wedding Reception Details
The Newberry Library‘s ballroom is full of dark wood and marble, with little need to accentuate the classical beauty. Kristin and Pavel chose to add candlelight where possible, and dark red florals and greenery added to the ambiance.
Succulents doubled as place cards and wedding favors, and the glass succulent holders were etched with their wedding date. A small hazelnut and dark chocolate cake from Bittersweet Pastry Shop adorned the dessert table.
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“Pavel had a great time dancing the traditional oros with both his Macedonian family and long-time American friends. Oros (group circle dances) are a fixture of Macedonian celebrations. During the band set breaks, we played some of these. The Macedonian guests were old pros, but all the guests were able to join and had a great time! It was heartwarming to share this important aspect of his culture with people who only had second-hand accounts of his trips to Macedonia.
One of my favorite memories was walking back to the hotel from the venue along Michigan Ave. So many strangers yelled their congratulations and well wishes – there was happiness in the air!”