Erica and Barkley were married at the Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews in Wilmington, N.C. on April 17. “We were able to have the choice of having our wedding outside in the courtyard or inside the actual church,” Erica said. “It was an old historic, abandoned church that was remodeled and turned into a venue. I loved the rustic feel. The bare brick with metal beams, the windows, and the concrete embedded with oyster shells.” The bride wore a sweetheart beaded mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a black bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short silver satin dresses and carried bouquets of orchids. “My first thought when I walked into the reception, I said to myself, ‘Wow!’ at how pretty and amazing everything looked,” she said. Tables were decorated with custom sage green napkins and gray linens, birdcage centerpieces, and handmade mustaches at each place setting. Fun fact: They were in honor of Erica’s late dad. The newlyweds performed their first dance to “Lady Soul” by The Temptations and exited at the end of the night in a British taxi.
Rachel and Marcus were married at Yesterday Spaces in Leicester, N.C. on July 13. The bride wore a off-white silk wedding dress with a v-neckline lined with ruffles draping over her shoulders, while the groom wore a gray suit, purple button-up, and sage green tie. “We were going for a neutral color scheme,” Rachel said. “We wanted the wildflowers, and the Blue Ridge Mountains to be the color!” After sharing their personal vows to each other, these two said, “I do” inside the dairy barn. Notice the dried flowers hanging from the rafters? We sure did! A chalkboard sign escorted guests to their seats and brewed cider on the back porch. “The tables were handmade by a friend of the owners from local wood,” she said. “It’s a very environmentally-friendly venue.” And the non-traditional cake was actually apple stacks topped with burlap bunting.
Kelly and Andrew were married during a cold, winter day in Swansboro, N.C. on January 5. To keep warm, the bride accessorized with a fur stole on top of her fit ‘n’ flare ruffled wedding gown. Bridesmaids wore purple dresses whereas groomsmen wore gray suits with polka dot bow ties. Bouquets featured an array of blooms such as garden roses, hydrangeas, and calla lilies. Following the traditional church ceremony, the reception was held at the town’s civic center, which was decorated with lace, lanterns, and wine bottles. “When we walked into the room, we were completely blown away,” Kelly said. “The room looked magical! Even though we had picked out the details, we were still shocked when we saw how beautifully it came together.” Even the ceiling was draped with fabric and chandelier! Their favorite moment? The father of the bride’s speech. “We still laugh at the things he said,” she said. Instead of a sparkler send off, guests held handwritten signs that said, “Faith,” “Bliss,” “Fun,” “Love,” and “Hope.” A cute do-it-yourself touch.
After a long distance relationship, Hannah and Chase were ready to marry June 15 at Tavern Meadow in Winston-Salem, N.C. “Our wedding was very friend- and family-oriented, which made it very special for us,” Hannah said. “We were able to bring all the people we love together.” The bride walked down the aisle wearing a J.Crew wedding gown and accessorized with a flower hair pin. Bridesmaids, dressed in sage green, carried matching blush peonies and baby’s breath bouquets. “During our ceremony, Chase and I planted a gardenia bush together in a pot,” she said. “Chase poured in the soil while I poured in the water. This symbolized the beginning of our marriage and how we need to tend to it, so it can grow just like the plant itself.” An ice cream cart from Blue Ridge Ice Cream kept guests cool during the reception, including the adorable flower girls. Her favorite moment? “Dancing with my husband for the first time as a married couple.”
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Michael and I met at Western Carolina University and lived in Asheville for a few years before moving to Greenville, S.C. Having our wedding outdoors in the mountains was extremely important to us. Hidden River offered the ceremony and reception site all in one property on a semi-functioning farm surrounded by mountains. The natural beauty of Hidden River stole our hearts from the first visit; it was the only venue we visited.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. I loved and slaved over making all of the fabric bouquets. I am an interior designer; I used old fabric memos for the flower rosettes. Making those was a labor of love knowing all of my bridesmaids can keep their bouquet as a memento after the wedding.
2. I loved the antique books placed on the tables as small centerpieces. Michael and I got engaged in the library at Western (it is a long story that drove this underlying theme to our invitations, save-the-dates and use of antique books as centerpieces). He chose the library to propose because four years earlier I had spotted him in the library a week before we official met and started dating.
3. The corn hole boards were a surprise collaborative gift from one of my bridesmaids and one of Michael’s groomsmen. Chris my bridesmaid built them, Jimmy and his wife Kristen painted them one gold and purple for Western Carolina and purple and orange for Clemson University (Michael is a huge fan of Clemson football). This was a very sweet and personal gift that added additional entertainment to guests at the reception.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
The moment I crossed the bridge to the ceremony site I felt like I was floating and needed to be caught by Michael when I reached the altar. It was such an overwhelming moment that I struggled to compose myself. It was a wonderful feeling to be so in the moment with love and happiness.