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This Wedding Proves Rose Gold Is Here to Stay

Three words: rose gold sequins. Did you catch that? I said ROSE. GOLD. SEQUINS. If that doesn’t hook you then maybe these pretty lil’ Plum Pretty Sugar robes will do the trick. Because this wedding? Well, it’s everything. Filled with darling DIY’s and a few sorority sisters, Kate Supa captured it all to share in The Vault!

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Seasons
Spring
Settings
Golf Club
Styles
Whimsical

From the Bride + Groom…The couple met on the bride’s 25th birthday in gorgeous downtown Savannah, Georgia. Fate brought them together when the bride, in town for an 8-week internship, literally bumped into the groom, who was visiting his brother just for the weekend. The night they met, Autumn secretly told her best friend she hoped it wouldn’t work out or her name would become “Autumn Woods”, her favorite Yankee candle scent. Little did she know, they would spend the next 10 months in a long distance relationship, as Autumn returned to Kentucky to finish her doctorate in physical therapy, and Erin returned to the U.S. Coast Guard town of Wilmington, North Carolina. Two years after their chance meeting, he got down on one knee in front of St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana and she said yes. They celebrated the night away at a surprise engagement party with family and friends on a rooftop in the French Quarter.

Autumn Lynn Abraham married Erin Fallon Woods 1 years later on April 23, 2016 at the breathtaking River Landing River Lodge in Wallace, North Carolina. The days leading up to the wedding were wet with heavy rains, but then the clouds opened up the morning of the 23rd for a beautiful spring day. Autumn got ready in The Falls Suite on the top floor of the River Landing Clubhouse, while Erin joined his groomsmen, family, and friends at the Hawthorne Cottage beside the clubhouse. Erin’s groomsmen were his three brothers, Cory, Garrison, and Jared Woods, all of whom are also in the U.S. Coast Guard. Autumn was of the calmest brides, enjoying a mimosa with her maid of honor and younger sister, Amy Abraham and her two best friends and sorority sisters, Alyssa Potter and Courtney Guilfoyle (who was 21 weeks pregnant and enjoying a sparkling cider!). The bridesmaids shined in their rose gold sequin and ivory chiffon gowns, with the maid of honor’s dress completely covered in bold, rose gold sequin. The bridesmaids’ gifts included their Plum Pretty Sugar robes and rose gold and crystal earrings purchased from Etsy to match the bride’s jewelry. With such statement dresses, the bridesmaids carried simple, yet classic baby’s breath bouquets wrapped in blush-colored ribbon. The bride’s bouquet was adorned with a rose gold locket holding a picture of her father, who passed when she was 7 years old. Her father would have celebrated his 57th birthday exactly one week prior to the wedding.

The pillows displayed at the River Lodge, handmade by the bride and favorite crafted detail, contained excerpts from love letters her father had written her mother while overseas protecting our country as a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. These pillows were presented to her mother as a surprise gift at the reception. And of course the bride also included pillows with excerpts of love letters Erin had written her to remind her that time nor distance could affect his love for her. The groom also participated in a rather large DIY project, as he built the arbor that he and his bride married under. Thank you to Steve at High Performance Lighting, for supplying a chandelier to hang from Erin’s impressive arbor. The intimate ceremony, which took place on the sand bank between the River Lodge and the flowing Cape Fear River, was performed by Erin’s father, Philip Woods, as the bride’s mother, Annette Abraham, gave her away on behalf of herself and the bride’s father. This wedding was most certainly a family affair, as Erin’s nieces and nephews played the perfect flower girls, ring bearer and usher. The flower girls’ dresses were handmade by their mother, and they sprinkled white rose petals from their hand-decorated copper pales with streaming blush, ivory, and champagne glittered ribbons. The ring bearer refused to put down his briefcase for hours leading up to the wedding–his badge made by the groom detailed him as “Ring Security”, a job which he took very seriously.

Guests found their seats for dinner according to the DIY mirror seating chart put together by the bride and her maid of honor. The tables were covered with blush linens and glass beaded chargers rented by CE Rentals of Raleigh with the head table covered by a blush tulle with gold thread linen. The cake and cocktail tables were covered by copper sequin linens. This Carolina Lodge wedding was the first in Wilmington to use the rose gold silverware rented by Party Suppliers. The florist, Ally Favory, placed a single sprig of bay leaf to accompany the menu on each place setting and supplied mercury glass candle votives to the tables. Centerpieces were made of white hydrangea, feather eucalyptus, gunny eucalyptus, privet berries, magnolia greenery, and sprinkles of white spray roses, lizzianthus, and freesia in assorted mercury glass vases. Carolina cuisine known as a low country boil was served buffet style. The cake details were also a first for an eastern NC wedding, as the rose gold dust for the decorative rings was specially made for the occasion. Chandeliers hung above the bridal table and dance floor along with strands of white edison lights. Guests signed the personalized Kentucky bourbon barrel top in honor of Autumn’s home state. Champagne toasts were given by the maid of honor, best man, and mother of the bride, who spoke for herself and Autumn’s father in welcoming Erin to the bride’s family. Following the toasts, the guests danced the night away and a surprise guest appearance was made by Autumn and Erin’s 5-year-old goldendoodle, Annie Oakley. At the end of the night, the bride and groom made a romantic sparkler exit.

The colors of the wedding were blush, rose gold, and ivory. Autumn designed the wedding with the goal of tying in both her and Erin’s styles by combining the pastoral outdoors with elegant, illuminous colors. With 56 people in attendance, the bride and groom spent <$20,000 on the intimate event. The favors were homemade wine (South African Pinotage) and custom wine glasses.

From the Bride… My one piece of advice that I could give brides-to-be is not to overlook your future husband’s style, skills and creativity. They may surprise you with an immaculate arbor, ring bearer “security badge”, or tasty homemade wine, like mine did!

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Photography: Kate Supa | Floral Design: Ally Favory | Wedding Dress: Donna Salyers Fabulous Bridal | Cake: One Belle Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: STORENVY | Catering: Mad Boar Restaurant | Hair + Makeup : Beauty Bar Boutique | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | DJ: Louis Gonzalez | Groom's Attire: Joseph A. Bank | Officiant: Philip Woods | Ceremony Music: Justin Hoke | Arbor: Erin Woods | Bridal Jewelry: Etsy- Treasures by Agnes | Bride's Robe: Etsy- Piyama Bridal | Bridesmaids' Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Ceremony + Reception: River Landing River Lodge | Flower Girls' Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Linens & Chargers: CE Rentals | Photography - Assistance: Amy Jo- The Paper Unicorn Photography | Silverware: Party Suppliers & Rentals

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Marriage Matters: 27th Anniversary Session + Advice For all Newlyweds!

When you celebrate 27 years together, you know what it takes to make a marriage work. And according to this beautiful bride, it’s a lot of love and determination… among sooo many other components.  Her sage advice is most definitely worth a read, whether you are tying the knot in the near future or just want to remind yourself why Marriage Matters oh-so-much.  Scroll below for her words of wisdom, then soak in her beautiful anniversary session captured by Wynona Benson in THE VAULT.

From the Bride… The last time my husband and I had our pictures taken, just the two of us with no distractions, was before we were husband and wife. This year, we accepted an invitation to do an anniversary session, little knowing what a choice experience it would be. Our photographer set the stage for surprise, intimacy, and warm expressions of feelings. By the end of our session, both my husband and I felt energized, vibrant and so in love. I will recommend an anniversary photo session to anyone. The photos will capture the love you feel on that day, lighting each day thereafter with a happy memory and the anticipation of many more happy days to come.

A wedding day is just the beginning of a challenging, but most rewarding journey, not a destination. In order to build a fulfilling marriage each partner needs to develop important qualities: commitment and trust, patience and perseverance, unconditional love and forgiveness, ingenuity and determination, selflessness and sacrifice, kindness and friendship, faith and hope. These qualities are not miraculously endowed as part of the marriage ceremony. With some effort they are woven into the very fibers of the couple’s relationship over time and through countless shared experiences. As a couple proactively creates happy memories (such as date nights, acts or kindness, traditions – daily and seasonal), they add to and reinforce the fabric of their commitment and love. When day-to-day life, mistakes, detours, tragedies, and such occur (as they do and will), it will serve each partner well to always, always keep in mind why he or she chose to marry, to remember the joy and excitement of falling in love, and to swallow the pride of what is wanted in a moment for what is wanted in the long run.

For newlyweds, learn what true, unconditional love really is and know that this is the fuel that keeps a marriage burning bright. Unconditional love grows as each partner chooses to “see” the other as he or she truly is and can become, beyond weaknesses and mistakes. “Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be, and he will become as he can and should be.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) We all, every one of us, makes mistakes. Rather than seeking to change your partner to fit your mold, change yourself first. Be sincere, humble, and yet confident in this process. Don’t hold on to guilt from the past (near or far). Guilt and baggage will not serve you well. Let it all go. Forgive yourself and your spouse. Begin the journey of each day right where you are and end each day with a loving embrace.

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Photography: Wynona Benson | Floral Design: Mount Tabor Park | Venue: North Topsail Beach NC

Take a Trip Around the World with This Travel-Inspired Wedding

This North Carolina wedding from Leigh Pearce Weddings is every Francophile’s dream. The Bride walked down the aisle on her father’s arm to “La Vie en Rose.” The flower girl carried an American flag while her ring bearer counterpart wore a beret and carried a French one. The pastor said the vows in English and the Bride and Groom repeated them in French. Does it get any more romantic than that? See all the pretty from Boonetown Story in The Vault!

Colors
Seasons
Fall
Styles
Al Fresco

From The Bride…I met my husband while teaching English in France after college. Since then we’ve traveled all over the world; so from the beginning of wedding planning, we knew we wanted the overarching theme to be travel inspired. Leigh Pearce did such a great job creating this for us, without the theme being overwhelming or tacky. The small details made everything so perfect. Our seating chart was a world map, our cocktail napkins read “love knows no borders,” and our guests waved miniature French and American flags for our exit — just to name a few.

I knew from the moment I saw the Belmont Estate that I wanted to be married there. It’s a classic, Southern house set back on a large piece of property in rural North Carolina, and was such a beautiful backdrop to our wedding day. I wanted a fall-like color scheme, but wanted to avoid yellows and orange, so we went with a palette of bordeaux with gold, cream, and blush accents. My bridesmaids were beautiful in their bordeaux dresses!

For the ceremony, the flower girl walked down the aisle with an American flag, while the ring bearer (wearing a beret!), carried a French flag. I walked down the aisle with my dad to a string duet playing my favorite French song “La Vie en Rose.” The pastor said our vows in English, and we repeated in French, so that the Americans and the French in attendance could both understand. My sister-in-law and my husband’s sister did a reading together — alternating in English and French.

Our beautiful day wouldn’t have been possible without our wedding planner, Leigh Pearce, or without my sweet sweet parents. We’re forever grateful.

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Photography: Boonetown Story | Floral Design: The Farmer's Wife | Wedding Dress: Jason Alexander Bridal | Cake: Delicious Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Belmont Estate | Hair + Makeup: Carla White | DJ: Alex Hurst | Venue: Belmont Estate | Event Planning + Event Design: Leigh Pearce Weddings | Rentals: Partymakers

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