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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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Proof that You Can’t Go Wrong with a Black + White Wedding

I’m a classic girl at heart when it comes to weddings and to me, there’s nothing more timeless than a day decked out purely in black and white. Sure, I had a bit of peachy blush in my own big day, but when I see a colorless fete like this one planned by Amore Events by Cody? I’m convinced that (even on a rainy day) this good ol’ combo does the trick. See more captured by Gianny Campos in The Vault!

From Gianny Campos Photography… News anchor Eve (Tannery) Russo and owner of Capital Printing Corp. Nolan Russo, from New Jersey, were married in a rustic-chic wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Virginia. The couple, in their 30s, had been to every banquet hall, country club, and hotel in their area for weddings that were all relatively similar, so they wanted their wedding venue to be something different, memorable, and intimate. The wedding was a “drive-able destination,” so guests could spend a few days celebrating the couple and getting to know one another. The big day marked the end of a rare, non-stop week of rain, but it didn’t dampen what turned out to be an unforgettable wedding. Because of the soggy ground, and Eve’s meteorologists at work warning her of potential downpours, the couple chose to get married under Pippin’s long porch, which still overlooks the mountains. It provided a comfortable and stunning venue for the ceremony. The clouds ended up proving to be the perfect backdrop, with a majestic steam developing over the mountains and the colors beautifully complimenting the couple’s classic and glamorous black and white color scheme. Because family is so important to Eve and Nolan, they really wanted guests to “feel the love,” and they did that through beautiful paper and signage by Poppy and Scooter with personal touches including a custom-designed monogram, lyrics from the couple’s “song,” clever sayings, and even funny hashtags. Amore Events by Cody created the most glamorous and inviting space for the reception, with candles and greenery (some of which Cody forged herself) and luscious floral arrangements on every table. Stunning lanterns hung from the ceiling to create the perfect ambiance. Guests were able to enjoy various areas – the dance floor, a cigar bar, a fire pit, and even a local donut truck, where workers served fresh, organic donuts for dessert…a “sweet ending” for what was truly a magical day.

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Photography: Gianny Campos Photography | Event Planning: Amore Events by Cody | Floral Design: Amore Events by Cody | Calligraphy: Poppy And Scooter | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Food Truck: Carpe Donut | Rentals: MS Events | Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals

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