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Planning your Big Day? This event is an absolute must.

Every January, we bust out our party shoes and hit the ground running in one of Wilmington’s coolest ever events. Yes, I’m talking about Courtyards & Cobblestones, the awesome downtown walking tour that features the area’s finest wedding vendors. Think seven fully styled venues, live music and tasty treats, all happening on January 14th and 15th. This celebration? It’s a can’t miss, lovelies.

An evening perusing seven (yes, seven) mock weddings in one of our fave cities is basically a dream come true, and Courtyards & Cobblestones does NOT disappoint. I’m talking creative teams made up of amazing vendors from Southeastern North Carolina all coming together to conceptualize and style some of the coolest mock weddings you will ever lay your eyes upon. Even better? You’ll be strolling through each and every masterpiece, gathering ideas + inspiration for your own Big Day AND having the time of your life with your loved ones, besties and in-laws included. Not to mention meeting each and every one of the wedding pros that will make it all happen. It’s sooo much fun.

From gorgeous florals to yummy cake tastings to amazing giveaways to swag bags full of goodies, Courtyards & Cobblestones is one celebration you definitely need to attend. Mark those calendars NOW and head to the Courtyards & Cobblestones website here to get tickets. And be sure to enter the giveaway below for one seriously fun weekend.

GIVEAWAY!

What: Courtyards & Cobblestones is giving one lucky reader two (2) tickets to the Courtyards & Cobblestones Venue Tour on January 14th and two (2) tickets to the Courtyards & Cobblestones Mix & Mingle Brunch on January 15th, plus a one night stay at Courtyard by Marriott Historic/Downtown in Wilmington, NC.

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us what you are looking forward to the most at Courtyards & Cobblestones! (ex: I can’t wait to find the florist of my dreams!)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be chosen on Friday, January 13, 2017. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck!

Wedding Planning Event: Courtyards & Cobblestones | Photography: Eric Boneske Photography | Videography: The Good Life Film Company | Event Design & Planning: Social Butterfly Events | Flowers: Eco Chic Blossoms | Wedding Dress: Heidi Elnora Atelier | Cake: Imaginary Cakes | Jewelry: Reeds | Catering: 128 South | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | DJ: Brian Hood | Transportation: Wilmington Trolley Company | Venue: Belle Vue Wilmington | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center At St. Andrew’s | Wedding Venue: 128 South | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center At St. Andrew’s | Wedding Venue: City Club At De Rosset | Wedding Venue: Atrium by Ligon Flynn | Wedding Venue: Bakery 105 | Fashion Styling: ADG Fashion Styling | Health: Pure Barre | Linens & Rentals: CE Rental | Music: Benny Hill Music | Paper & Graphics: Alexis Scott Designs | Photobooth: KMI Photography | Rentals & Tent: Party Suppliers & Rentals | Specialty Rentals: Pomp Event Furnishings | Wedding Dress Boutique: Coastal Knot

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This is How You Celebrate the Perfect Island “I Do’s”

We’re big fans of coastal soirees and when it comes to saying “I do” with the stunning blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop, Jekyll Island Club Hotel is IT. From the crazy cool venue options to the breathtaking views to the talented staff that knows everything about throwing a fab wedding, this is a place that has dream day written all over it. See just what I mean below.

Whether you’re planning an intimate soiree for two, want to celebrate the night away with 300 of your nearest and dearest or fall somewhere firmly in between, Jekyll Island Club Hotel has you totally covered with their 30 years of wedding planning experience and variety of breathtaking venues. Think the sand-in-your-toes perfection of the Beach Pavilion, the Italian Renaissance-inspired Crane Cottage and the luxurious Morgan Center… just to name a few. Not to mention their world-class catering, top-notch event professionals and chic accommodations that will make every invited guest sooo happy. It just doesn’t get better, you guys.

From romantic celebrations overlooking the water to nights spent cozying up in true Victorian style, Jekyll Island Club Hotel is most definitely the locale for you… We promise. Contact them today to start your journey towards happily ever after.

Photography: Peacock Photo and Video | Photography: Caitlin Lee Photographers

Love Me Softly: A Sophisticated Bridal Boudoir

To me, there is a single key ingredient to a successful boudoir shoot. Subtlety. The sweet whisper of sexy that graces every image is what allows a boudoir shoot to stay timeless and lovely, capturing such a romantic and momentary time in your lives. And this one – shot to perfection by Juliet Young – is restraint at it’s most beautiful. Click here to see the whole collection.

From Juliet YoungConfidence is truly beautiful. A confident woman inspires everyone she is near to love themselves and appreciate all the little things that make them who they are. This mindset was the main inspiration of this bridal boudoir. I kept the tone light and neutral to completely focus on the understated beauty of simplicity, from the soft wave of the bride’s hair and light, neutral makeup to the minimalistic styling of the venue.

Our bride did her own hair and makeup – it was very important to me that this be as realistic as possible. The elegant 1930’s vintage Gossamer dressing gown really set the mood for this shoot and goes well with the bride’s soft lines and skin. The gown’s delicate flower detailing and lace wrapped our bride in just enough to cover her yet allowed for some playful peek-a-boo moments with each movement.

We kept styling to a minimum, allowing the Old European charm of The Ravington to really shine. Candles surrounding the pew set the scene for our bride to feel sure of herself and sophisticated. Her soft details contrasted beautifully with our wild, organic bouquet that combines a soft color pallet with unexpected wispy details and pastel, soft blooms. Transitioning upstairs to the bright and airy bridal suite, we continued with our minimal styling, allowing our bride to put up her hair and bathe in the soft window light. She is anticipating her wedding day and day dreaming of their future together. She reads his love letter, and his words inspire feelings of security and tender love.

I strongly believe that every woman should consider a boudoir session the morning before their wedding or before they are married. It is a great way to give, not only to your husband, but also to yourself.

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Photography: Juliet Young | Floral Design: Shirley's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Gossamer | Rings: Susie Saltzman | Hair + Makeup: Whitney Silva | Venue: The Ravington | Model: Whitney Silva | Rentals: Pretty Old Stuff NWA