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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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!
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