City Club Raleigh Wedding | Emilio + LaSonia

Within the next couple of weeks, Emilio + LaSonia will have their wedding album in their hands, and I’m really excited for them. Their wedding day took place at one of my favorite venues, The City Club Raleigh (previously the Cardinal Club). This newly renovated upscale venue overlooks the city of Raleigh from its downtown location perched on the 28th and 29th floors of the Wells Fargo building. Photographically, this venue is so versatile, and this versatility was well utilized all throughout their wedding day.

Bride + Groom have a moment City Club RaleighHow did you two meet:
We were both excited about starting new chapters in our lives and definitely not planning to find the love of our lives. God had plans that would ultimately bring us together after just a few weeks after we started our new life chapters. Gods timing is always right!

Tell us about the marriage proposal:
Emilio planned a trip to Asheville / Biltmore (he’s not a planner so this should have been the 1st clue something was going to happen) for the weekend. He had this small travel bag that he insisted on holding onto the entire time. Little did I know, it had the ring inside until I turned around to find him on one knee.

City Club Raleigh Wedding

Wedding gown displayed at City Club Raleigh

Wedding gown

How about the wedding invitations & stationery:
Three Little Birds took my vision and created invitations that were everything I wanted and more. I’m a sparkle girl and they gave me lots of sparkle.

Wedding Stationary

How about your wedding shoes and jewelry:
My shoes were Badgley Mischka and my jewelry was from Nordstrom.

Wedding Shoes

Tell us about your flowers:
Fresh affairs created the most amazing floral arrangements. I was totally in awe.

Wedding Bouquet

Fresh Affairs Bridal Bouquet

Tell us about your hair & makeup:
Tracy Riggs of Tracy Riggs salon and Sharon Davis of Sharon Davis artistry did an excellent job and both were quick and kept us on time.

Sharon Davis Wedding MUA

Tell us about your bridesmaids:
My bridesmaids were my very 1st friend from Kindergarten, my 1st friend from UNC freshman orientation and my 2 sisters.

Bride with bridesmaids

Tell us about his groomsmen:
His groomsman included his longtime friends, brother, frat brother and college roommate.

Grooms Wedding Tuxedo Groom getting ready for his wedding day Groom with groomsmen

Was there any particular theme or style for your wedding:
City Glam!


City Club of Raleigh Staircase

Bride preparing to meet her groom Bride and groom talk prior to wedding ceremony Why did you choose your wedding ceremony venue:
We wanted a city feel with an amazing view and the City Club Raleigh provided both things.

City Club of Raleigh Ballroom

And your wedding cake:
Ashley Cakes made the most amazing cake 4 tier sparkly cake that had layers of red velvet, strawberry, and pink lemonade.

Wedding Cake

Tell us about your wedding photography:
Dajuan was amazing! He was very easy going and captured so many things we totally missed during the wedding which has given us a chance to relive our wedding day again. I would totally recommend him to any bride looking for a great photographer.

Badgley Mischka wedding shoes

Bride standing on staircase at the City Club Raleigh Bride portrait on staircase at the City Club Raleigh

Bride overlooking the City Club Raleigh Bride overlooking Fayetteville Street from City Club of Raleigh

Tell us about your wedding planner:
Monica/Emily/Callie from Nouveau Events were amazing to work with.

Flower girl entrance Groom taken aback as his bride walks down the isle Bride walks down the isle Groom watches bride come down the isle Fathers give daughters hand away in marriage Wedding ceremony at the City Club Raleigh City Club Raleigh wedding ceremony Bride + Groom pour sand City Club Raleigh chandelier Groom salutes his bride Bride + groom recess from wedding ceremony

City Club Raleigh Wedding Reception

Tell us about your honeymoon:
We spent 7 days in San Jose del Cabo and loved it. We left immediately after the wedding.

Wedding Reception Dinner PlacecardsSweetheart table and wedding cake

City Club Raleigh of Wedding

Omega Psi Phi wedding serenadeOmega's setting it off during wedding reception

Any advice for future brides:
Don’t stress the small stuff because no one will notice (except the bride) and don’t worry if your day is not perfect. No matter what goes wrong, the only thing that matters is that you get to marry the love of your life.

Bride + Groom dinner at their City Club Raleigh Wedding Reception


What’s your favorite image from your wedding day, and why:
I definitely can’t pick just one. There were way too many!


Sparkler exit at City Club Raleigh


Bride + Groom in get away car

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