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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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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 | Makeup: Chelsea Sule | Hair: Jennifer Schoff | DJ: Active DJ Entertainment | Tux: JCrew | Harpist: Christina Brier | Rentals: Rent A Tent | Wedding Dress From: Wedding Belles, New Orleans, LA

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Courtyards & Cobblestones 2015

Fact: if you’re tying the knot in Wilmington, NC, I am sooo jealous.  And not just because Wilmington happens to be a place known for magical + oh-so beautiful I do’s.  Nope, it’s also the home to the fab Courtyards & Cobblestones event, a walking tour through several downtown wedding venues.  It’s a glamour-filled night of good food, yummy drinks, amazing vendors and a whole lot of inspiration.

At Courtyards & Cobblestones, you can leisurely stroll through all that downtown has to offer, making it that much easier to select a wedding venue.  And your self-guided tour doesn’t just include fabulous locales, you’ll also be meeting some of the finest wedding professionals Wilmington has to offer, from awesome photogs to cupcake masters to floral pros that will take your breath away.  Soak in each space that has been meticulously crafted by an amazing Wilmington designer, and munch on the yummy samplings from some seriously talented caterers.  Oh, and did I mention the live entertainment?  Sooo awesome.  Call it date night or even a girl’s night out, but seriously don’t forget to mark your calendar for January 17th, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  Tickets are $18 online or $25 at the door.

For day to day updates go to the Courtyards & Cobblestones Facebook page… and don’t forget to check out the amazing film below!

Photography: Millie Holloman Photography | Photography: Susie Linquist Photography | Photography: KMI Photography | Photography: Scott Piner Photography | Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Videography: Seven Season Films | Videography: Green Hope Productions | Videography: Philip James Films | Videography: Light Cannon Films | Videography: Blueberry Creative | Videography: Life Stage Films | Event Design: Lily Belles Event Design | Event Design: Kickstand Events | Event Design: Fiore Fine Flowers | Event Design: Design Perfection | Event Design: Social Butterfly Events | Event Design: Salt Harbor Designs | Floral Design: Beautiful Flowers By June | Floral Design: Eco Chic Blossoms | Cake: Imaginary Cakes | Cake: Alison's Cakery | Cake: One Belle Bakery | Cupcakes: Coastal Cupcakes | Reception Venue: The Loft On Front | Catering: 128 South Events & Catering | Catering: Culinary Creations | Catering: City Club At De Rosset | Catering: Pine Valley Market | Catering: The Balcony On Dock | Catering: The Beam Room | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | DJ: Active DJ Entertainment | Beverages: Wilmington Wine | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Brooklyn Arts Center | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Balcony On Dock | Ceremony & Reception Venue: City Club At De Rosset | Ceremony & Reception Venue: 128 South Events & Catering | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bakery 105 | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Atrium By Ligon Flynn | Health & Beauty: ADG Fashion Styling | Health & Beauty: Salon Fringe Wilmington | Health & Beauty: Makeup For Your Day | Health & Beauty: GoGirl Fitness | Ice Sculpture: Ice Sensations | Invitations & Calligraphy: Southern Bee Designs | Linens: La Tavola | Live Music: The Midatlantic Band | Live Music: Benny Hill Music | Live Music: Violinist Maura Kropke | Live Music: Guitarist Trey Hamlin | Live Music: Possum Creek Bluegrass Band | Photo & Video Booth: The Soapbox Photo & Video Booth | Photo Booth: The Truth Booth | Photo Booth: The YouBooth | Rentals: Party Suppliers & Rentals | Rentals: Eventful Furnishings & Design | Rentals: CE Rentals | Specialty Gifts: Reeds Jewelers | Specialty Gifts: Pressed Cotton | Specialty Rentals: Harborside Event Rentals | Specialty Rentals: Pomp Event Furnishings | Specialty Rentals: DP Etc. | Sweets: Nye's Cream Sandwiches | Transportation: Event Shuttle Service | Transportation: Wilmington Trolley Co. | Transportation: The British Taxi | Wedding Event: Courtyards & Cobblestones | Wedding Publications: The Knot Magazine NC | Wedding Publications: Weddings Unveiled Magazine | Wedding Publications: Southern Weddings Magazine | Wedding Publications: Southern Bride & Groom | Wedding Publications: SALT Magazine

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Romantic North Carolina Wedding at The Atrium

I think it goes without saying that I am kind of in love with weddings, but shoreline soirees have my heart wrapped around their little finger. One peek at the pretty below from Indigosilver and Bao Events, and it’s easy to see why. Romantic but with a warm and inviting feel, this gallery is sure to make all wedding-lovers gush. See even more here.

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From Bao EventsErin and Joe’s gorgeous wedding utilized the beauty of the venue to create a charming and romantic atmosphere. The lively couple, from New York, was married on May 31, 2014 on the shore of Wrightsville Beach. The reception was held afterwards at The Atrium in the spectacular ivy-covered courtyard. The deep natural wood farm tables and matching Chivari chairs created a classy feel. These along with the greens and soft pastels in the flowers from Bella Florals continued the romantic woodland theme. Almost like finding a tiny robin’s egg in a nest, details of Tiffany blue added a sweet touch of color with linen napkins, centerpieces, and the groom’s suspenders and bow-tie.

Photography: Indigosilver | Event Planning: Bao Events | Floral Design: Bella Floral Design | Reception Venue: The Atrium | Catering: Thyme Savor | Hair And Makeup: Blush Haus Of Beauté | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | DJ: DJ Professionals | Arbor: Sweetwater Bamboo | Music: Chris Johns | Rentals: Rent-A-Tent