Charlotte charm


April 4, 2024

Ellen & Gray Davis

Growing up, Ellen would flip through her parents’ wedding album and dream of her big day to come. When it finally arrived, choosing the reception venue was easy: Charlotte Country Club, where her parents had their celebration 32 years earlier.

“That was so special to me … it is a beautiful venue,” says Ellen, who married Gray at his childhood church, Myers Park United Methodist. Both born and raised in Charlotte and Myers Park grads, the couple met in passing at Selwyn Pub but didn’t start dating until a few years later when they ran into each other again. “I had actually asked him if he had any friends he could set me up with,” Ellen says with a laugh. “He had different plans!”

Ellen fell in love with her ivory dress the moment she tried it on, from the lace details on the bodice and skirt to the big bow at the back. “It reminded me of a royal wedding dress,” she says.

Family keepsakes were present throughout the wedding. Ellen wore her mom’s veil, which had also been worn by her grandmother and aunt. The couple cut the cake with the knife given to Ellen’s parents by Charlotte Country Club at their reception years ago.

Ellen and Gray’s favorite part? A quiet, private moment where they ate a quick bite before the reception. “It was nice to get a break from all the craziness and have that time for just the two of us,” Ellen says. “Plus, we got to try all of our amazing food!”

The couple opted for a buffet-style dinner to allow more time with guests and on the dance floor. Following the reception, they kept the celebration going, asking their getaway driver to take them to a familiar spot: Selwyn Pub, where their love story started.

The Details:

Photographer | Piper Warlick Photography

Venue | Myers Park United Methodist Church (ceremony); Charlotte Country Club (reception)

Planner |Alexandra Madison Weddings, Columbia, S.C.

Floral Design | Charlotte’s Garden

Dress | Magnolia Bride, Charleston, S.C. (ceremony); Elliatt (reception)

Wedding Accessories | Badgley Mischka (shoes); Over The Moon (earrings)

Beauty | Jami Svay

Bridesmaids Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids

Rings | A Diamond In Time, Charleston, S.C.

Caterer & Cake | Charlotte Country Club

Entertainment | The Business

Rentals | Party Reflections

Trolley | Sunway Charters

Stationery | The Buttercup

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