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Elegant Garden Themed Wilmington Wedding

Overflowing gardens make me so happy; add in a gorgeous wedding and I’m downright giddy. This garden themed Southern celebration is bursting with beautiful blooms by Salt Harbor Designs and the ceremony alone at Airlie Gardens captured my heart… and got my Pinterest habit going once again. Theo Milo snapped every perfect petal and these photos are a breath of fresh air during these winter months.

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Spring
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Garden Venue
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Elegance

From Theo Milo Photography… Beautiful garden themed wedding! Her veil was a family heirloom. Her father is a 2 star general for the military. Lots of pretty floral detail and an invitation suite that is breathtaking!

From The Bride… Wes has always planned incredibly classy dates. On our third date, we went to Airlie Gardens for a jazz concert under the Live Oak tree. From then on, Airlie was a special place for us. We went back regularly for a picnic or just a stroll. So when we got engaged, the Pergola Garden at Airlie was the obvious venue choice for our ceremony. When we started looking for reception venues, we wanted to find somewhere with just as much meaning to us. It was interesting how easily the Brooklyn Arts Center fit in with our vision. Not only did the venue have the classy yet rustic look to it that we wanted, but it was located three blocks from where Wes lived when we started dating and was the location of another date!

After choosing our venues, we decided on a garden themed wedding to tie Airlie Gardens in throughout the entire day. Since we had over a year and a half to plan our wedding, we opted to do all of the planning ourselves and stick with just a day of coordinator (I say “just” but she was phenomenal!). Initially we wanted to incorporate a lot of DIY projects, but found it to be logistically difficult since we were planning from New Orleans. Still, my mom made the cotton lace linens, my sister painted our seating chart, and we hand picked many of the antique decorations. We put a lot of thought into buying things that worked for the wedding and that we could reuse afterwards. It’s so nice to see the wedding decorations in our house now. The most special decorative piece was the veil I wore. Wes’s great grandma’s sister first wore it in 1927. Since then his great grandma, grandma, and mom have worn it.

The wedding day itself was incredible. A harpist played during the ceremony and cocktail hour. Hearing some of our favorite classical music in the gardens leading up to the wedding was so magical. I walked down the aisle to Clair de Lune, a song that has been meaningful to Wes and I for a long time. It was one of those surreal moments that literally took my breath away. Laughing with my dad as we walked down the aisle was one of my favorite moments from the day. I always thought I would be a crier! A second favorite moment for Wes and I was walking into the Brooklyn Arts Center for the reception. The roar of all the people we loved combined with the faint floral aroma was so memorable.

To us, the aspect of wedding planning that made our wedding the most special was the integration of flowers, music, and smells that will always bring us back to that day. We can’t look at peonies and garden roses, smell confederate jasmine, or listen to Clair de Lune without being swept back into a wedding memory.

Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Kickstand Events | Florist: Salt Harbor Designs | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Cake: Imaginary Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Airlie Gardens | Reception Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center At St. Andrew's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair: Jennifer Schoff | DJ: Active DJ Entertainment | Tux: JCrew | Harpist: Christina Brier | Makeup: Chelsea Sule | Rentals: Rent A Tent | Wedding Dress From: Wedding Belles, New Orleans, LA

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Organic Southern Pines North Carolina Wedding at The Fair Barn

Rustic yet elegant, this North Carolina beauty from Keepsake Memories Photography is lovely from the first image to the very last. With organic florals from Designs North (including one amazing crown), the sweet setting of The Fair Barn and too many details to count, this gallery is one you shouldn’t miss.

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Barn
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From Keepsake Memories PhotographyAmber and Daniel tied the knot January 18th in Pinehurst, North Carolina. We really enjoyed photographing their organic wedding. The fur Amber is wearing was a gift from Daniel. The flower crown Amber is wearing was hand made by her maid of honor. Amber works at Hitched bridal salon in DC. So she was able to find the perfect wedding dress for her day.

From The Bride…Daniel and I wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our love for one another. We are both so proud of being from the Carolinas, so we wanted that to shine through on the big day. We chose a winter wedding and really used that as a jumping off point to create the overall look. We kept colors and decor at a minimum, especially because The Fair Barn has so much historic beauty all on its own. We wanted the ceremony to feel intimate, but then the reception to be a fun event for our family and friends, so using The Fair Barn for both enabled us to achieve those goals. We incorporated Carolina elements in our cake topper, personalized Koozies, and personalized coffee sleeves, because you obviously need a coffee, tea, and hot chocolate bar at a winter wedding! Our band was there from start to finish so dancing and mingling started as soon as the ceremony ended, that way we could maximize our time with our guests who traveled in from near and far to help up celebrate our big day. The day was full of laughs and tears (both of which came in abundance during the multiple speeches our friends prepared for us!). Daniel and I definitely tried to keep in mind that this was a once in a lifetime type of day and didn’t take a single moment for granted. We wanted to make sure we took time to talk to each and every guest, but also enjoy the day together and take in every moment we could. People say the day flies by and that couldn’t be more true! All in all, we wouldn’t change a thing and always look back at that January day wishing we could re-live it over and over again!

Photography: Keepsake Memories Photography | Videographer: Life In Rewind | Wedding Coordinator: Coordinated Events | Florist: Designs North | Wedding Gown: Lela Rose From Hitched | Cake: The Bakehouse | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale From Hitched | Catering: Above And Beyond Catering | Calligraphy: Calligraphy By Carrie | Band: Another Level - Sam Hill Entertainment | Groom And Groomsman Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Rentals: Ward Productions | Transportation: Kirk Tours & Limousines | Venue: The Fair Barn

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Rustic Elegance at Old Edwards Inn

This gorgeous soiree right here, it’s proof that when Asheville Event Co.Floressence Flowers and Natalie Watson combine forces, wedding magic happens. There are too many things that I love about this day, my list would keep you here forever. But just to name a few… this garland, this game and this perfect bouquet. Bam, 1-2-3 and I’m head over heels. Plus, there’s more (yes, more!) waiting in the full gallery.

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Summer
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Inn
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Rustic

From the beautiful Bride…When Bao and I first got engaged, we knew we wanted to be married in our home state of North Carolina. We live near Washington, D.C. and we knew that planning a wedding long distance could be difficult. I was also about to begin an accelerated nursing degree program, so my mom suggested that we hire a local wedding planner (mom’s always know best!). Melissa at Asheville Event Company made wedding planning so easy. She really listened to all of our wants and needs and came to the table with great ideas.

The minute I stepped into the Farm at Old Edwards Inn, I loved it (and luckily Bao did too once he was able to see it in person). I looked at 13 different venues in the mountains but none came close to Old Edwards Inn. Bao and I really love good food and a rustic feel so the venue was perfect. Chef Klapdohr worked with us to make a seasonal menu that our guests ended up raving about. The floral arrangements were also a big part of our wedding. Bao has a green thumb and loves succulents; I thought pinks and peaches would complement the scenery at The Farm. Our florist, Eatherley, was absolutely amazing. I was blown away by the floral arrangements, the bouquets, and the succulent wall. The most difficult part of wedding planning for me was picking out my dress. I was pretty indecisive on the matter and eventually ended up going with a dress that I knew I would feel comfortable in. I loved having straps on the dress so that I didn’t have to readjust all night. I also had the seamstress modernize my mom’s veil so that I could wear it on the wedding day. It was really special to me and it ended up matching my dress almost perfectly. The day of the wedding was a blur so we were really glad to have great photographers there to capture the memories for us! They were so easy and fun to work with and were the first vendors we chose in the entire process – once I saw their portfolio online I was sold. Bao and I are so happy to have such beautiful photographs of the decor, our wedding party, and our friends and family.

All in all our wedding was pretty close to perfect. The day was beautiful, the food was fantastic, the bluegrass band was a hit, and our guests had a great time. Our families and the bridal party helped us every step of the way which made the process almost stress-free. I cannot even put into words how thankful I am for their support!

From Melissa Porter, the event coordinator at Asheville Event CoCaroline and Bao are such a special couple and they were so laid back about planning their wedding. They were always focused on their loved ones, friends and guests. They wanted a weekend where their guests felt comfortable and had a wonderful time. I love how they incorporated things that were most important to them in their day. Caroline and Bao loved all kinds of beer from local beer to less known breweries and they shared that with their guests with handmade wood beer flights featuring a variety of ales that were passed during cocktail hour. I also loved their guest book! Guests wrote their well wishes on Jenga pieces (their favorite game) and even got to participate in large format Jenga which Bao built and brought to the cocktail hour. One of my favorite ideas was the succulent wall designed by Florresence Flowers – it was used as the stunning backdrop to the ceremony, as a beautiful escort card display and then as the back drop to the super-fun photo booth! Using the backdrop for 3 different areas of the ceremony and reception was a perfect way to reuse decor. Rustic farm tables combined with stunning peach and white floral centerpieces and cafe string lighting completed a beautiful look in the barn at Old Edwards Inn.

Photography: Natalie Watson | Event Planning: Asheville Event Co. | Floral Design: Floressence Flowers | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Tiffany’s Baking Co | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCREW | Officiant: Darr Conradson | Cafe String Lights: Professional Party Rentals | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Unspoken Tradition | Photo Booth: The Photo Blaster | Reception Music: Splitsecond Sound | Venue: Old Edwards Inn & Spa

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