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A Coastal North Carolina Engagement Session at Fort Fisher

Note to self: When looking for the perfect e-sesh outfit, look no further than this AH-mazing white Sabo Skirt and top! This simple engagement session shot by Melissa DeLorme Photography is absolutely timeless, which is exactly what the bride-to-be wanted. You can see more romantic moments here!


From Melissa DeLorme PhotographyChristine and Matt’s coastal North Carolina engagement session was a dream to photograph. We traveled down to Fort Fisher, to the exact spot where Matt proposed to Christine, to soak up every ounce of light. From her two piece dress to the romantic spread on the beach, I instantly fell in love with these two beautiful people. The way Christine fit perfectly into Matt’s arms and the way they were completely comfortable with each other in front of the camera made me squeal with excitement as we captured some of my favorite engagement photos to date.

From The Bride…We wanted our engagement photos to be timeless, in a location that will always have a special place in our hearts. Fort Fisher is not only beautiful, but holds countless memories for us…a walk on the rocks during our first date and the spot where Matt proposed just two years later. We couldn’t be happier with the result; the lighting was perfect, the photos are so romantic and Melissa truly captured our love for each other. After the session, we drove straight home, got in our pajamas and ordered a large pizza!

Photography: Melissa DeLorme Photography | Dress: Sabo Skirt | Makeup: Makeup By Amy Kennison | Venue: Fort Fisher

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Traditional Southern Wedding at Lowndes Grove Plantation

A joyous day overflowing with pretty is always a winner in our book. Especially when said day includes crazy talented vendors like Amy Arrington Photography and Hart to Heart Media. Graced with gorgeous details and golden light, this Lowndes Grove Plantation affair is timeless and traditional, and it’s all waiting for you in the gallery!

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From the beautiful Bride… The stunning architecture of the church and the riverfront setting of the gorgeous Lowndes Grove property really set the tone for the event. I chose creamy tones of ivory, champagne, peach and blush, as a reflection of my simple, traditional style, and to really let the beauty of our venues shine. We got lucky with a clear, sunny October day and a show-stopping sunset as dinner was being served.

Some of my favorite details were the ones we added to pay homage to our alma mater, where we also happened to meet as graduate students: UNC. We had Carolina Blue touches sprinkled throughout, and a few golden ram figurines (in honor of our beloved mascot) were on site to pay tribute.

Our church ceremony was traditional, but personal at the same time. I was a bundle of nerves getting ready to walk down the aisle, but I felt immediately calmed when I made it to the altar and Jeff took my hands. I still had a little stage fright, but I knew I would be fine as long as I had him beside me. I hope I will always remember that feeling. Although we said standard Methodist vows, our pastor did a great job of incorporating details about our personalities and life together into his service.

The cocktail hour was inside the Lowndes Grove house so that our guests could enjoy the historic character of the home while sipping champagne and nibbling on a southern-style, Lowcountry spread, which included bite-size chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, and a full raw bar. The string trio played just inside the sunroom as we greeted our arriving guests individually at the front door and welcomed them inside.

As the sun was setting, we moved our guests to the dinner and dancing area on the banks of the Ashley River. Fried green tomatoes, she crab soup, bacon macaroni and cheese, crab cakes, and filet mignon fueled our guests for the dance marathon that was to come later. Our friends were so eager to bust a move that they hit the dance floor before dinner was even over and caused our coordinator to have to shift the timeline of the toasts to later in the evening to accommodate their (and our) enthusiasm.

As everyone says, it goes by so fast. We wanted the wedding to be a reflection of our personalities, and our love for each other and for our family and friends. The whole weekend was a blur of activity and emotion, but there are certain things that I hope will stick in my memory forever, and thankfully we have wonderful photographs to look back on. Amy and Brandon captured the day exactly how I want to remember it: full of joy.

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Videography: Hart To Heart Media | Floral Design: Out Of The Garden | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Ceremony Venue: Trinity United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering : Fish Restaurant Via Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Makeup: Kelly Campbell | Hair: Paper Dolls | Hair: Sherri Rodriguez | DJ: Lucas Wade Of EPIC Charleston | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Reverend Daniel Flessas | Transportation: Julian's Transport | Bridal Boutique: Traditions By Anna | Ceremony Director: Helen Robbins | Chandelier Rentals: Technical Event Company | Cornhole Boards: Victory Tailgate (Custom Painted By Bride) | Custom Matches: ForYourParty.com | Event Coordination: Ooh! Events | Flowergirl Dress: Olivia Kate Couture | Garter: Florrie Mitton | Getaway Car: ACW Limo | Getting Ready Robes: Silk And More | Getting Ready Venue: Embassy Suites Charleston | Going Away Dress: David's Bridal | Groomsmen Gifts: Aesthetic Wood | Groomsmen's Accessories: Alfred Sung | Invitations, Menus And Programs: Minted | Photo Booth: Coast Photobooth | Rehearsal Dinner: 82 Queen | Rentals: Ooh! Events | String Musicians: Charleston Virtuosi | Tableware Rentals: Polished! | Tent & Linen Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Trolleys: Lowcountry Loop

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Vero Beach Destination Wedding

This gorgeous couple’s destination wedding in Vero Beach was attended by friends who literally flew in from all over the world — and what a treat they got! With a rehearsal dinner that featured a choreographed fire dancer (!), and a ceremony at a private residence on John’s Island, this wedding weekend, captured on film by Brighter Lights Media, was one for the books!

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Fall
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Beach Club

From Brighter Lights Media“She’s a keeper of friends…” such a perfect way to describe not just Sarah, but John as well. Their network of friends is so strong that they flew from all parts of the world to be there for their wedding in Vero Beach, FL. The day before the wedding was a barbecue rehearsal dinner followed by a choreographed fire dancer. William Steele’s design for the weekend was nothing short of amazing and the ceremony on the private residence on John’s Island was timed up perfectly with an epic sunset as John and Sarah’s backdrop to their vows.

Photography: Tim Zielenbach Photography | Cinematography: Brighter Lights Media | Event Planning: William Bainbridge Steele Floral Designs | Makeup: Rebecca Lind | Band: Simply Irresistible | Venue: John's Island Club

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Romantic Italian Wedding Inspiration

If you could evoke the essence of Italy in a wedding, this would be it. The lace veil alone has me dreaming of a medieval stone church tucked away in some Tuscan town. With Lana Ponomarenko Photography on hand to capture it all, abundant florals and a rustic tablescape transformed this Florida courtyard into an Italian villa.

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Summer
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Villa
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Romantic

From Lana Ponomarenko PhotographyI always was in love with intimate Italian weddings. Together with wedding designer Inna Olimpiyuk Events we tried to bring a little Italy to Florida :)

We wanted it to be relaxed, very personal and full of love – a big family celebration of marriage and happiness in a magical atmosphere. We envisioned a laid-back evening at family villa.

Beautiful flower arrangements were made of white sweet pea, honeysuckles, snowberries, and burgundy roses with olive branches wrapped with hand–dyed silk ribbons.

Photography: Lana Ponomarenko Photography | Event Design: Inna Olimpiyuk Events | Floral Design: Inna Olimpiyuk Events | Wedding Dress: Stella York Bridal | Cake : Luba's Cakes And Pastries | Stationery: Gallant And Such | Makeup : Krista Worth Make Up | Hair: Dominika Mathis Hair | Bridal Boutique : Charlotte Bridal Boutique | Paper Goods: Silk And Willow | Rentals : Sweet Southern Charm