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We have another great guest post for you today from Kelly Lienhop, owner of Provision Design Methods. She’s here to tell us all about the latest 2017 wedding trends when it comes to decor!

“Fascinating is an understatement when it comes to describing being in the wedding industry. Coming in contact with and getting to know so many different people with all kinds of styles, tastes and preferences is nothing less than ‘keeping your job interesting’. The best part to us is that not every event we do is necessarily going to be our style, what would be our choice or even anything that we have seen or heard of before. Learning about people you have just met through listening to the vision they have for the biggest day of their life is a feeling that nothing compares to. When you know someone, even if the event isn’t your ‘style’ it becomes perfect, because it is their perfect. What I am going to break down for you is the top trends that have shaken the 2017 wedding industry as well as some of my favorites from this year!

CASUAL AFFAIR.  This is one of those dance like no one is watching types of receptions.  There is nothing like all of your friends and family surrounding you, all of their arms up in the air while singing and dancing. This is more of a mood rather than a decoration top trend, but let’s be honest, we all hope for a wedding that every detail gets remembered…most likely the one thing that will be remembered is the time that was had by all<3

Image: Will Page Photography

STUNNING SIMPLICITY.  We all know that the details are what captures our eye, but there is something about the simplicity of clear glass, candles and white and black décor that screams elegance.

Image: Matt McGraw Photography

SUCCULENT SOIREE.  A newer but ever growing trend in the wedding world. Dress them up, dress them down…use them alone or in a trinket or bouquet.  You cannot go wrong with these cactus cousins.

Image: Kam Goodrich Photography

CLASH-NO-MORE SILVER AND GOLD GALORE.  Why did we ever have to choose between these two oh-so-different but equally beautiful tones?  Raise your hand if you are LOVING the mix we are seeing in all aspects of décor!

Image: Will Page Photography

VINTAGE GLAM, THANK YOU, MA’AM.  Whoever said that you can’t have it all has CLEARLY never been to an event with more than one style. Take vintage, take rustic, take boho or ANY other casual-ish event, add a pop of sequin or glitter and have the best of both worlds.

Image: Will Page Photography

ALL PATTERNS WELCOME.  Stripes and polka dots? Floral and solid? Why not??? Mix match china is one of the hottest trends this year. The mix of color, shape and layers is giving brides a look that is literally all their own! Not only is this a gorgeous way to exert color and texture into your night but it also entertains guests. The different patterns and styles not only exercise the eyes but some may even strike a memory or two from their past.

Image: Provision Design Methods

SET THE MOOD, EDISON!  There is just something about a string of lights that turn any event, indoor or out, into an intimate affair.

Image: Will Page Photography

GEOMETRIC BEAUTIES.  Well, geometry finally has a leg to stand on in my everyday life! OBSESSED with terrariums. You can do so many different things with these beauties. Centerpieces, accent pieces, hanging décor, chandelier staging. It is safe to say that you will NEVER go wrong with these complex beauties!

Image: Matt McGraw Photography

IT’S NOT JUST A FORK.  It is that piece of the table-scape that just seals the deal. Believe it or not, your guests actually pay attention to the details. I don’t see anyone leaving an event complaining that they had silverware and the décor called for gold….but I do see people noticing that extra little detail that completed the table setting.

2017 wedding trendsImage: Will Page Photography

ALL THE GREENS.  Brides are taking the greenery to new level this year. Its edgy, its elegant, its natural and it doesn’t break the bank! Runners, arbors, centerpieces and even bouquets. You have endless options going this direction for any event.

2017 wedding trendsImage: Will Page Photography

I HOPE YOU DONUT PLAN TO COUNT YOUR CALORIES.  I have to say that I am really hoping that the donut trend sticks around for the long haul. Not only are these delicious pieces of heaven a popular choice, but creating the display for them is SO exciting!!!! We are seeing more and more spreads of different desserts rather than the usual wedding cake option!

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BOHO.  Take all of these trends and put them in a blender and hit YES PLEASE. The year of nothing matching, nothing symmetrical and absolutely NO norm says, do what you want. Not only is it entertaining, beautiful, unique to every bride, colorful and FUN…it is YOURS.”

2017 wedding trendsImage: Will Page Photography


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We have an amazing real wedding to show you today from Will Page Photography! We love Ashley + Jason’s story and love the mix of styles they incorporated into their wedding. Bride, Ashley, writes:

“Jason and I met back in 2007 when we were out with different groups of mutual friends. Our paths crossed, and me being the outspoken one let him know that I was interested and he should be too. After we started spending time together, it became harder to spend time apart. I had been living in Raleigh and decided that it was time to move back to Wilmington.
Fast forward to April 29, 2016 when we went to dinner with my family in Shallotte. On the way to dinner I was being chatty (as usual) and remember Jason being so quite…I even asked if I was being a little much and getting on his nerves, of course he chuckled and said no. After dinner we all walked down to the water to take some pictures with the sunset, and when we were getting all posed up I turned around to find Jason on one knee. I immediately turn to look and see where my daddy was and realized this was really happening (after 9 years of waiting I had to make sure this was for real) and started shaking with excitement. It was one of the happiest moments for both of us…..we finally made it!!!!

We knew we wanted to get married on Lake Waccamaw at sunset with a very relaxed boho chic feel. We didn’t want anything to be matchy and with all neutral, blush and pale greens details. Flowers, twinkling lights and mismatch dinnerware were a must, and Kelly with Provision Design Methods did not disappoint. She did an amazing job at making every vision and crazy idea I had and made it happen!!! We could not have asked for a better day. The food was amazing…and the cake OMG!!!! Imaginary Cakes did an awesome job!!!! Everything was beautiful and exactly what I had envisioned. We wanted our friends and family to come and have a good time, great food, cold drinks and even better company….and all were accomplished and surpassed our expectations.”


































Venue//Private Residence, Lake Waccamaw
Photographer//Will Page Photography
Decor//Provision Design Methods
Tent, Tables, + Chairs//L&L Tent & Party Rentals
Cake//Imaginary Cakes
Makeup//Jamie Warzel
Wedding Dress//Coastal Knot
Hair//Caroline Wilson
Caterer//Art Catering
Musician//Justin Hoke
DJ//DJ Brian Hood
Flowers//Eco Chic Blossoms
Videographer//MOD Wedding Films


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Most couples have the tough decision of choosing a photographer for their wedding and around here there are some amazing ones to choose from! Honeyfund is here to help you with a few tips on how to get the best pictures for your big day.

Once you have decided on a destination, you should decide how you want to remember this event. Below are a few tips about photography in unique places such as a tropical island or a destination beach location.

photography tipsImage: Erin L. Taylor Photography

1.Hire a Professional Photographer

While you may take a great picture in your backyard and your brother-in-law nailed it at your cousin’s wedding in the chapel, to get the best pictures for this “one-time event” you want a pro. A professional will have the correct equipment to get the best results. This includes (but is not limited to) special filters, lighting, different cameras, and tripods. Quality equipment makes the difference in a picture and a photograph. Remember, you often get what you pay for!

Image: Erin Costa Photography

2. Be Aware of Timing

Your photographer may request you be available at a particular time in order to get some great shots. For example, the best time to capture the beauty of a sunrise is ½ hour before sunrise.

A sunset is best photographed ½ hour before sunset. Taking a photograph in the harsh, tropical sun is not easy. You must know how to filter it and how to use shadows in your favor. There are specific ways to photograph the stars.

If you want a photograph of the Milky Way, it will take a professional to capture it!

Image: 1 of 13 Photography

3. Take Pictures Yourself

Of course, you and your guests will take pictures yourself while you are there. Here are a few tips to help you get the best shots.

  • Framing a picture is important. The frame needs to fit the subject. Photographing landscapes and natural sites should be framed horizontally. Photographing a person should be framed vertically.
  • Less is more. Avoid trying to get too much in the picture. Get closer to the item you are shooting and then get closer still. With photography, less is more.
  • Do not always have a centerpiece. Many people make the mistake of centering the picture around something or someone on every shot. Instead, look at your picture as 4 quadrants of the canvas. Try to get equal beauty in all four quadrants. This makes for a beautiful picture, regardless of the subject.

 

4. What to Photograph

What you photograph depends on where you travel to, of course. Staying with our theme of tropical islands, you would look for the unique beauty afforded to that location. You should photograph:

  • Waterfalls
  • Volcanos
  • Natural beaches
  • The sea
  • The stars
  • Activities such as luaus
  • Flower farms
  • Landmarks
  • Guests
  • Friends you meet on your journey

 

Image: Magnolia Photography

Photography is a big part of your special day. Take your time to get a professional and to allow him or her to do what they do best. Let them be in control and follow their lead. Your reward will be a lifetime of memories in vivid and beautiful color.

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Wendy Dessler: Wendy is a super-connector with Outreachmama.com and Toweringseo.com who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.


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Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina is one of the many stunning coastal beaches near Wilmington. With its soft sand, cool breezes, and picturesque ocean views it is no wonder many couples choose to have their engagement photographs taken here every year. We love Kelley and Wiley’s engagement photographs because they capture not only the immense amount of love between each other but also their easy going personalities and love of the coast.

Kelley and Wiley’s beach engagement photographs were captured and submitted by the talented team at Anchored in Love.


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After the all the time and energy that goes into planning wedding most couples like to take a honeymoon to have a week to themselves to unwind and spend time one-on-one as newlyweds. However, these trips can sometimes get overwhelming with the cost of hotels, food, and travel. Traveling by plane for example you have to not only factor in the cost of round-trip airfare but the cost of getting to and from the airport and also getting around the city your decided to spend your honeymoon. For this reason we will be sharing some of our top honeymoon destinations that are all within an 8 hour drive from Wilmington!

1.Asheville, North Carolina

An easy five and a half hour drive with bring you to Asheville, North Carolina home to America’s largest home, Biltmore, and Asheville Glamping! For the couple that loves the outdoors this is the perfect location to celebrate married bliss! Asheville Glamping offers a variety of camping options that include a vintage airstream, romantic dome, and boho tipi! After getting settled into your glamping site of choice, you can venture a short drive into downtown to eat at one of the fabulous restaurants and stop for a cold brew at one of the many local breweries. During the day there are many outdoor activities such as hiking a trail on the Blue Ridge Parkways to see a waterfall!

Image: Trek and Bloom Photography

Image: Trek and Bloom Photography

2. Charleston, South Carolina

A quick three and a half hour drive to the South will bring you to one of South Carolina’s most gorgeous and historic port cities, Charleston. According to U.S. News and World Report Travel Guide, Charleston is ranked #1 for weekend getaways, with its stunning port views and cobblestone streets it is easy to see why. To get a full emersion into this historic charm of Charleston there are many historic homes that function as Bed and Breakfasts locations to create as a home base for your stay. Once settled there are many activities around the city to do such as carriage ride tours, delicious seafood restaurants, and of course beautiful beaches! Whatever activities you and your spouse decide to do we are sure you will love your honeymoon in Charleston!

Image: Lindsay A. Miller Photography

3. Savannah, Georgia

A four and a half hour drive down the Atlantic coastline will find you in the heart of Savannah, Georgia.  Savannah like Charleston is known for its downtown historic charm with its beautiful tree lined streets. AirBnb’s and other Bed and Breakfasts will allow you to get the whole Savannah experience during your stay with being able to interact more with locals and the possibility of being located closer to local attractions. A few of the places to visit during your stay include the Mercer Williams House which was made famous by the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and Forsyth Park. After a day of exploring you can continue your day to River Street to eat some delicious local cuisine and a tasty beverage!

Image Credit: Anchored In Love 

4. Nags Head, North Carolina

A quick drive four hours to the north will find you at one of North Carolina’s greatest treasures, the Outer Banks.  The Outer Banks is a chain of barrier islands that stretch the North Carolina coast line.  With Nags Head being near the central part of the island chain it is a great place to set up your base camp for your Honeymoon. Once settled you can plans trips to see and climb the lighthouses and hunt for seashells if you are more of an outdoorsy couple. If you are a couple interested in history be sure to check out Kitty Hawk and learn about the Wright Brothers or visit “The Lost Colony”.

Image: Anchored In Love

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5. Atlanta, Georgia

Looking to adventure to the big city? Look no further than one of the South’s largest cities, Atlanta.  The farthest drive at roughly six and a half hours of our honeymoon ideas the city offers something for every type of couple. If you are a couple that loves sports this is the perfect city for you! Atlanta is home to three major league sports teams with the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons, and Atlanta Braves, so a night cheering on your favorite sports team is at the top of our must-do’s!  For the couple that loves to sight see we recommend exploring Atlanta’s downtown area where you can ride the SkyView and get a birds eye view of the city and afterwards take a walk through Centennial Park.

Image: Jaimie Dee Photography

We hope you love these cities and activities as much as we do! If you have more ideas for fun things for other couples to do in these cities be sure to leave comments below. Happy Honeymooning!


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One of Wilmington’s beautiful treasures is Airlie Gardens, which is located just a few miles from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. It is home to 67 acres of stunning gardens which are adorned with exquisite sculptures, a luminous lake, and winding walk-ways. It is no wonder that Chloe and Lou choose to have their engagement photographs taken here by the talented Erin Costa Photography.

Chloe and Lou meet in 2007 when they both worked at a daycare in New Jersey. Chloe worked as a teacher and Lou a lifeguard when his mother introduced them! After nine wonderful years of love, Lou proposed to Chloe in a gazebo at Fort Fisher on December 30, 2016. With so much love for the Cape Fear Region and what joy it brings them, they will be married at The Loft on Front this coming December. We cannot wait to see the beautiful images from their wedding day!

 

Venue// Airlie Gardens
Photographer// Erin Costa Photography 


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On the 4th of July we celebrate the freedom of our nation with fireworks, sparklers, and laughter with friends. Some brides and grooms also celebrate their love with friends and families with these same happy traditions. Below are some of our favorite sparkler exists and wedding fireworks!

Image: Eric Boneske Photography, florals Designs by Amber Lanier

Image: Marcus Anthony Photography

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You may find yourself caught up in the business of life after the wedding. But we want to remind you to plan date nights and take time out together as a couple. Here are some fun dates ideas for you and your spouse to keep the spark alive and make time for the two of you to enjoy each other’s company. Most are free or ideas while the others cost a minimal fee.

  1. A Couple’s Massage

Is the stress of your jobs taking a toll not only on your relationship but on your body as well? A couple’s massage could be just what the doctor ordered! Coastal Massage and Bodywork has a variety of massage types that last anywhere 60-90 minutes to help you unwind from the stress of work and bond with your spouse while being pampered!

Image: Coastal Massage and Bodywork

  1. Dinner at the Little Dipper

A neat idea for a date night out could be to try a new restaurant. A cozy, intimate fondue place in historic downtown Wilmington is The Little Dipper. Here you and your spouse can learn how to eat fondue from their expert staff while taking in a new experience. Since The Little Dipper stays busy during the summer months it is recommended to call ahead for reservations!

Image: The Little Dipper Fondue

  1. Night at the Movies

When was the last time you and your spouse went out to the movies? The Pointe 14 is Wilmington’s newest movie theater located off of South 17th Street and has great specials including all tickets for only $5 on Tuesdays! Meaning you can splurge for the giant popcorn to share!

Image: Star News Online

  1. Take an Art Class

Want to try your hand at painting but having a hard time convincing the spouse to go along? Try a Paint and Sip Class! These are studios where you bring your own beer or wine to sip on while learning to paint a picture on a canvas. There are several studios in the Wilmington area and they cost between $30-$35 will all the materials provided besides whatever you wish to drink. These classes are also a great date night idea because the classes are meant for painters with any skill level to participate!

Image: Carolina Beach Sip and Paint, Island Gazette

 

5. Fishing on the Pier

Take some time to enjoy living at the coast by grabbing your fishing pole and heading out to the pier to fish for the latest catch! You also have the option of renting fishing rods at the pier and buying bate at the shop for around $20-$30 depending on if you choose Johnnie Mercer Pier in Wrightsville Beach or Kure Beach Fishing Pier.

Image: Eric Burke Design, Yellow Swan Photography

 

  1. Netflix and Chill

Pick a night of the week to set aside to turn off your phones and sit down on the couch and turn on the movie on Netflix you have been dying to watch! You can also stop by the store and pick up a bottle of your favorite wine to sip on while enjoying a peaceful night at home with your love.

Image: Dana Laymon, Focus on the Coast Weddings

 

  1. Walk on the Beach

Sometimes with living near the beach you do not go as often as you would like. Pick an afternoon to drive to the beach and take in one of the amazing walking trails. Wrightsville Beach has “The Loop” which will take you on a 2.5 mile long stroll around the island. In Fort Fisher you can take a hike on the Fort Fisher Hermit Trail and explore the old World War II bunker that used to be home to the Fort Fisher Hermit!

Image: Kate Supa Photography

 

  1. Sunday Afternoon Bowling

Want a date that has some friendly competition? How about going bowling! Cardinal Lanes on Shipyard Blvd has “Dollar Sundays” which is great for a budget friendly date! From 7pm until they close they have $1.50 games and $1 shoe rentals, beers, drinks, nachos, sliced pizza, and hot dogs!

Image: Glamour

 

  1. Sports Night

Looking to win some brownie points with the spouse? Have a sports night! Make your favorite homemade pizza or wings and grab some beer and turn on your favorite game! You can even make a friendly bet by each of you choosing a team to win and the loser has to clean up dinner!

Image: The Style Ref’s Wedding

 

  1. Wine Tasting

A perfect Saturday afternoon date could be to drive up I-40 to the Duplin Winery or down Hwy 17 to their North Myrtle Beach satellite location. Duplin Winery is one of North Carolina’s most famous wineries and offers free tours and tastings on the top of every hour up until one hour before they close. They start off by taking you on a tour of the distillery where they process the grapes and turn them into wine. They provide excellent information not only about the process but the history as well. You then travel back to the main building where you are given samples of the different types of wine they process. You can then buy a bottle of your favorite flavor to bring home to remember your prefect day date!

Image: Duplin Winery

We hope you and your spouse will enjoy making some time for each other and enjoy the lovely date ideas that the Wilmington area has to offer!


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In honor of Father’s Day this past Sunday, we thought we would share some of our most favorite Father-Daughter moments on the blog. Fathers are an important part of the wedding day because on this day they are handing over their daughter to the person she has found to spend the rest of her life with. The life he helped create and shape over the years, watching her grow from a tiny infant into a successful young woman, ready to go out and build a family of her own. We, at Wilmington Weddings and Events, want to thank all the father’s out there for their countless acts of love and helping create all of these special moments in their childrens’ weddings!

Image: Erin Costa Photography

 

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Image: Erin Costa Photography

Image: Treasured Moments Photography

 

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Image: Anchored In Love

 

Image: Marcus Anthony Photography

 

Image: Marcus Anthony Photography

Image: Tracy Turpen Photography

Image: Tracy Turpen Photography


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A fabulous perk of living in Wilmington, NC is having access to beautiful beaches for photography sessions. A popular beach in the area for engagement sessions is Fort Fisher. Fort Fisher is located just 20 minutes south of Wilmington on Pleasure Island. Fort Fisher was used during the Civil War and is now a National Historic Landmark with six miles of beautiful beaches. With its gorgeous landscape it is no wonder Brooke and Zach decided to have their engagement photographs taken here. Their talented photographer Kate Supa recapped their engagement session below:

“It went from the sunniest skies to pouring down rain when we arrived at Fort Fisher for Brooke and Zach’s engagement session. We waited a few minutes, the skies parted and these two embraced the wind that comes after a storm. And their love so evidently shined through- that’s really what makes me love their engagement session so much and I’m even more excited for their wedding!”

After seeing these lovely shots from their engagement session, we can not wait to see the photographs from their wedding day!

 

Photographer// Kate Supa Photography
Venue// Fort Fisher