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Alice in Wonderland Inspiration at The Balcony On Dock

Add a dash of Alice in Wonderland inspired goodness to any event and, mark my words, you’re in for some serious pretty.  But combine those gorgeous details with a fabulous team of vendors like Mint 102Fiore Fine Flowers and Social Butterfly Events and that event becomes so much more than pretty… it’s downright amazing.  See every last ounce of awesome captured by Theo Milo in the full gallery.

And a beautiful film from Green Hope Productions

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From Social Butterfly Events… The exciting element of Courtyards and Cobblestones is that I am able to tap into my own imagination and design an entire room based on my loves. I started with my love for “Alice in Wonderland” but I didn’t want it to be so literal. I described the entire design as taking multiple eclectic elements and making them work cohesively together in one space. I wanted the attendees to walk into the space and be surprised with all of the elements that were used together, yet love it for the final product all working so well together.

Some inspiration pieces that I incorporated were:

– Gold owls, I just find them to be adorable so we used them as accent pieces on tables, on the back of the invitation suite and of course as cake toppers.

– I used a lot of different textured fabrics to showcase how they could all work together. We had faux burlap linen mixed with a sequin table runner. We used gold brickhouse for chair covers that provided movement for the ceremony chairs. I chose a table linen called tulle amazing flowers which was delicate and feminine and paired it with a ghost chair. The feminine feel with the modern chair was a perfect fit!

– I love the texture and look of moss in table centerpieces. I covered floral containers with moss to have another element of texture on the tables as well as incorporating moss covered balls in various sizes. I also had a structure made and covered it with moss to suspend birdcages from it as well. I wanted to have floral centerpieces as well as another décor element that wasn’t floral inspired.

– The backdrop for the ceremony was a way to provide a personalized touch to the space but it was dramatic enough to stand on its own without large floral components. I worked with Melissa from The Pretty Paperie who ran with my inspiration and make it a reality.

– The flowers needed to be rich in color but have a hand-picked loose arrangement feel. The deep colors reminded of “Alice in Wonderland “and the specific flowers that Fiore chose worked so well to make such a gorgeous bouquet and table arrangement.

-Lighting was going to be a huge element for the show so I wanted to make sure we had something custom made that fit the whimsical feel we were going for. Each paper lantern had around 300 cupcake liners attached to it. When we hung these in the space they provided a soft glow that complimented the candle elements on the table.

Bringing all of these elements together along with a gorgeous dress, a well-dressed man and all the little details made for a gorgeous day and a breathtaking photo shoot.

Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Videography: Green Hope Productions | Design: Social Butterfly Events | Flowers: Fiore Fine Flowers | Wedding Dress: Fountain Bridal | Catering: The Balcony On Dock | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | Tux: Mens Wearhouse | Chair Rentals: Eventful Furniture | Hair And Make-Up: Bangz Salon-Ken And Monica | Lounge Furniture: Pomp | Paper Products: Mint 102 | Rentals: Party Supplier And Rentals | Rentals: CE Rental | Transportation: The British Taxi | Venue: The Balcony On Dock

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Vintage Chic Wilmington Wedding

My favorite image from a wedding usually lies in the details. The dress, a bouquet, one killer cake…but this time around my favorite snap from Millie Holloman Photography happens to be the last. The sparkler exit filled with so much joy and emotion, it’s enough to get you welled up in tears. But don’t take my word for it – have a peek at the gallery of these high school sweeties and decide for yourself!

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From the Bride… Jerry & I met in our high school chemistry class, and well, our chemistry flourished from there! His interests were soccer & science, mine were show choir & photography, and we both had a huge knack for traveling, none of which has changed as we’ve grown together! He grew up in the small eastern North Carolina town of Goldsboro in southern elegance and I grew up as a hispanic Air Force brat. When we went away to college, he went for science while I went for photography, and I’m pretty sure he concocted some sort of love potion that kept us together! With this said, our cultures, our love for science & photography, and our love for traveling was what we channeled into our wedding.

The inspiration for our wedding was a southern vintage elegance with my Hispanic flair thrown in, something I’m pretty sure none of North Carolina has ever seen. We searched for a venue that fit our personality and ended up traveling to Wilmington, N.C. and falling in love with Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews. This beautiful historic venue with rustic restored architecture had an air about it that we just couldn’t pass up. From this, we combined antique glass jars and apothecary bottles, knick knacks, vintage cameras, and lots of personal touches from our families to create our perfect day.

The ceremony was our most favorite part of the night, with family and beloved friends performing our ceremony music, which was a combination of Fleetwood Mac, Andrea Bocelli, and traditional Mexican wedding folk music. This was serenaded in both Spanish & English in memoriam of my grandfather would, who passed away about a month before the wedding. In his spot, we left his ranching whip, his class ring, and boutonniere. As we choked through our personal vows and our pastor led us through our unity ceremony, literally, “tying the knot”, we were magically married after almost six years of dreaming about it!

I chose not to view the reception space until we entered as a married couple, but I remember standing in awe as the amazing team from Salt Harbor Designs took my little girl dreams and turned them into an unforgettable night. And with photography being as important in my life as it is, we asked the astounding team of Amanda & Brent from Millie Holloman Photography to create our family heirlooms on our wedding night! Mexican glass star lanterns hung from the balcony, as papel picado and Edison lights draped across the reception space. Tables were decorated with cameras, film, and apothecary jars filled with the daintiest of white flowers. Our heirloom table held newspaper clips from our parents, our mothers’ veils, and our most beloved wedding photos of our grandparents. My mom, mother-in-law and sister-in-law worked on a ton of DIY details from the invitations, to the escort cards and the frames they hung in, to the rose petal cones, and my jewelry and garter. My amazing aunts made our beautiful bird cake topper to match Jerry and I to a tee and heirloom family bibles were wrapped together to be our little ring bearer’s pillow.

As our guests entered, they filled in mad libs for our guest book, and as they left, they grabbed a midnight snack of our favorite key lime pie ice cream sandwiches and bottled cokes. They danced the night away & wished us good luck as we started our new life together. They ate good ol’ southern cookin’ indulged themselves on the tastiest wedding cake and Mexican pan dulce, or sweet bread, throughout the night, and washed it all down with hand-mixed lemonade, beer, wine, & coffee . They have made us who we are as much as our family and cultures have, so we wanted to treat them right!

Jerry & I wanted our wedding to tell the story of us, our families, and our culture, which has made us who we’ve become as a married couple. We are truly blessed to have been able to treat our guests to an amazing night, forever hold each other’s hand in marriage & be best friends for life!

Dress: Watters & Watters | Cake: Nicki's Cakes | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: A Southern Thyme | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | DJ: Shag Daddy | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Las Flores del Valle | Ceremony + Reception: Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrew's | Event, Floral, Paper Goods + Wedding Coordination: Salt Harbor Designs | Pan Dulce: Panaderia La Imperial | Rentals: Party Suppliers | Sash: Lazaro | Wedding Photography: Brent + Amanda of Millie Holloman Photography | Wedding Rings: Blue Nile

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Wilmington Wedding From Scott Piner Photography + Life Stage Films

If there is something more beautiful than a bride on her wedding day, I’ve never come across it in my 26 years. The joy and elation surrounding her every move is the absolute best and it’s the reason I spend my day in the happiest of tears. This wedding from Scott Piner Photography features one of the most stunning brides I’ve ever seen and her wedding day is a reflection of that. Everything from Fiore Fine Flowers‘ floral design to the gorgeous Southern outdoor locale is happiness embodied. It’s almost all right here… but don’t forget to save a little time for the fab film from Life Stage Films!



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From the Bride – Our love story has proven to be more of a marathon than a sprint. Adam and I met and began dating while at school at the University of Tennessee. After we graduated, it was another three years before we were able to finally live in the same city again. After this period of long distance, we finally were able to move to be together and decided to settle in Raleigh, NC.

During the course of our relationship, we always held the North Carolina coast as a very special place, specifically Oak Island where we have had a family beach house for the past thirty years. In May of 2012, nearly ten years after we met, Adam proposed on the beach there, the very place where I had taken my first steps.

With my family being from Philadelphia, PA and Adam’s from Chattanooga, TN, it made perfect sense to get married at a destination location that is so special to us. Wilmington, NC is just 30 minutes from Oak Island, and is filled with southern charm and history. Adam and I fell in love with the Bellamy Mansion at first sight. Located on a historic, downtown street, filled with live Oaks covered in Spanish Moss, it is an absolutely magical place. It was very important to us that our ceremony and reception were outside. The garden area and grounds at Bellamy were filled with Magnolia trees, their flowers at the peak of bloom in early June. The location provided the perfect backdrop to incorporate natural elements without having to bring much on site.

On the morning of our wedding, I woke up feeling just as relaxed and calm as ever; a disposition that is not typical for me! My intuition proved to be right. The day couldn’t have gone more smoothly – the weather was perfect, our happy guests danced all night, we ate delicious food, and our dog, Cooper, who is very special to us, made an appearance at the end of the night! We celebrated with the bridal party, family and friends from across the country for the rest of the week on Oak Island.

Hands down, my favorite moment of the day was seeing Adam’s eyes well up with tears as I walked down the isle. It was just an absolutely perfect day and we couldn’t have been happier.

Photography: Scott Piner Photography | Cinematography: Life Stage Films | Flowers: Fiore Fine Flowers | Wedding Dress: Enzoani, "Dakota" | Wedding Cake: Imaginary Friends Bakery | Invitations: The Paper Butterfly | Ceremony Venue: Bellamy Mansion | Reception Venue: Bellamy Mansion | Bridesmaids: Bari Jay | Catering: Pine Valley Market | Hair & Makeup: Bangz Salon | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | DJ: Active DJ Entertainment, Shawn Booth | Shoes : Sam Edelman | Wedding Planning and Design: Social Butterfly Events, Charyl Williams

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