Emily and Ian were married at Pack Square Park in Asheville, N.C. on October 12. “We wanted our wedding to be integrated into the combination of urban and rural landscapes that surround and make Asheville so special,” Emily said. “The Century Room was an extension of this idea. Placed certrally within downtown, it offered the perfect location for our guests. The interior with it’s beautiful wood finishes and striking beams running the length of the event space made you feel at home and comfortable, as if you were almost nestled into a North Carolina cabin for a picturesque fall night.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown with straps, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled tiara, sash, and a pair of Kate Spade wedges, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore long-sleeved green dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, berries, and seeded eucalyptus. “The moment we saw each other for the first time, and all the emotion that had been building for months spilled over,” she said. “It was really happening. It was incredible because only the two of us shared it (along with our awesome photographers).” The ceremony took place at 5 o’clock. Guests, approximately 90, sat in white folding padded chairs organized in a half-circle to witness the exchanging of vows before it was official! Fun fact: they each wrote their own! Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens, red runners, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles. “Our first dance was to ‘Higher and Higher’ by Jackie Wilson, a la Ghostbusters 2,” Emily said. In lieu of a traditional cake, there was a groom’s cake as well as cupcakes. “It was of Ian’s beloved cake Gandalf holding a University of Florida flag,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “First, make a decision and move on,” Emily said. “It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with so many options and that just adds unneeded stress. Secondly, the day of the wedding most things can’t be changed or fixed. Allows this to relax you and just stay in the moment with the person you’re marrying for as long as possible.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Charleston.
Chika and Joseph were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic followed by a reception at Greensboro Downtown Marriott in Greensboro, N.C. on July 19. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart ball gown with a ruched bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled headpiece, floor-length veil, and a pair of Jimmy Choo glitter high heels, while the groom wore a navy blue tuxedo with black lapes, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, lillies, lisanthus, and geraniums. Despite the rain showers hovering overhead, the ceremony took place at 1 o’clock inside the sanctuary, featuring high-pitched ceilings with wooden arch beams. Only close family and friends sat in pews, decorated with ribbon, and an altar with two of the exact same upholstered chairs, to witness the exchanging of vows. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began in the hotel’s hallways with dinner and dancing in the ballroom shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with gold sequin linens, red napkins, floating candle centerpieces, and lanterns. For extra entertainment, Nigerian performers arrived as a surprise. Fun fact: it paid homage to the newlyweds’ country. Even money was thrown in the air! A three-tiered cake was served for dessert during the toasts. Not a dry eye could be found the rest of the night.
Katie and Will were married at the Southport Community Building in Southport, N.C. on March 29. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a ruched bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of Badgley Mischka peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder navy blue satin dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas, ranunculuses, and berries. The ceremony took place at half past 5 o’clock inside the main hall with scenic views overlooking the banks of the Cape Fear River. Only close family and friends sat in folding padded chairs, aisles lined with lanterns and an altar draped with garland, to witness the exchanging of vows. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began outside on the porch with signature sweet teas, spritzed with lemon and lime slices, followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens, chevron runners, glass centerpieces, and lots of monograms, even on napkins. Next to the traditonal guest book, where everyone was encouraged to write a message, there was pictures framed of the couple throughout their entire relationship. The favors? Coral wine bottle stoppers! An assortment of desserts were served concluding dinner — bite-sized pieces of cheesecake and choclated-covered strawberries. At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers.
Jenna and Evan were married at Yesterday Spaces in Leicester, N.C. on November 3. The bride looked radiant in a lace chiffon gown with a Queen Ann neckline and keyhole back. She wore her hair down in soft romantic curls and accessorized with a bedazzled headband. She carried a unique bouquet of fall-colored tulips, ranunculus, billy balls, thistle, pin cushion protea, freesia, roses, sunflowers, and queen anne’s lace. Her ‘maids were outfitted in brown chiffon dresses with beige boleros and simple blue necklaces. The groom wore a tan three-piece suit with a bow tie and matching fedora. His men wore tan pants with brown and orange plaid button-down shirts. The couple was married outside in the midst of the gorgeous fall foliage. Guests sat in wooden folding chairs with sunflower aisle markers. Three young girls outfitted in white dresses carried a banner down the aisle that read “Uncle Evan, here comes your bride!” Jenna’s father walked her down the aisle, and the pair exchanged vows under white fabric that was hanging from the tree above them. After they officially tied the knot, guests made their way toward the reception venue. A welcome table sat outside, in lieu of a guest book, the couple asked guests to leave their fingerprint on the sketch of a tree. Guests sat at long banquet tables with white linens and burlap table runners. Each table featured glass jar centerpieces with flowers. A music group consisting of an accordion, cello, banjo, guitar, and violin played while guests danced and enjoyed the table of cakes and pies for dessert. The fall celebration was a beautiful day Jenna and Evan are sure to remember forever.
Cori and Kyle were married at Rugby Grange in Fletcher, N.C. on June 14. Cori’s background in architecture and design played a large part in the choice of location. “I fell in love with the house,” Cori said. “I have a special place in my heart for old homes…there was so much detail, and character, and just an overall warmth about it. The house actually sits on about 300 acres of old growth forests, so it felt secluded and intimate, which is what we wanted.” The bride stunned in a strapless lace embroided gown with an asymmetrical mermaid skirt and floral sash. She wore her hair in an updo adorned with a flower. She carried a bouquet of white blooms and greenery. Her ‘maids opted for floor-length strapless gowns in various shades of gray and slate blue. The groom and his men looked handsome in black suits. The groom separated himself from the bunch by wearing a gray tie instead of black. “My husband and I wanted to pray together before the ceremony,” Cori said.”This was really important to us and helped us get some jitters out! It was such a special moment with just he and I.” The 140 guests gathered outside the house to watch Cori and Kyle tie the knot. Cori’s bouquet had a few special momentos that she carried down the aisle. “I had pictures of three of my Grandmothers and my nephew attached to my bouquet,” Cori said.”They have all passed away, and this was just something sentimental to me to have them there on our special day.” A reception was held under a white tent following the ceremony. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and lawn games such as corn hole. There were even bubbles and other trinkets for guests of the younger age to enjoy. The couple offered a display of various cakes, including white and chocolate frosted. Cori hopes that other couples have as much fun during the planning process as she did. “I really tried to not stress, and to enjoy the wedding planning process. It is such a special and exciting time, and you should take time to enjoy it!”