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

 

Image: Erin Costa Photography

Image: Erin Costa Photography

Image: Treasured Moments Photography

 

Image: Anchored In Love

 

Image: Anchored In Love

 

Image: Marcus Anthony Photography

 

Image: Marcus Anthony Photography

Image: Tracy Turpen Photography

Image: Tracy Turpen Photography

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

Wilmington Wedding and Events welcomed the warmer temperatures back by hosting the 2017 Spring Bridal Mixer at Shell Island Resort on the North End of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.  The mixer was coordinated by wedding planner Hayley Luckadoo with Fairytale Pursuits. Hayley recently located to Wilmington from Charlotte and hit the ground running planning the mixer. The inspiration behind the Boho-Chic theme of the mixer according to Hayley was “really all the new trends for this year. Greenery is the color of the year, while blush is still a popular choice from last year, and so many brides are going for a natural, green look, while keeping it simple and fun. More couples are choosing that eclectic bohemian style, and we wanted to incorporate that since it’s the new trend.”

The mixer brought about over thirty wedding vendors from the surrounding area to showcase their areas of expertise to newly engaged couples. A couple of these vendors were ThreeThirty Films, Anchored in Love Photography and Pink Baking Co. ThreeThirty films showcased their filmography skills with their drone capability to capture the wedding from a variety of views. Anchored In Love was a premier vendor at the event and captured all the moments from the night. Pink Baking Co. showcased their talented baking capabilities with a variety of delicious sweets including mini cupcakes and macaroons. The macaroons where one of the most talked about treats of the night!

Hayley provided the following quote of how the night turned out in her opinion:

“I’m ecstatic about how the event turned out. We had so many great vendors who went all out on their booths, and the setup provided by the featured vendors was exactly what I pictured in my head. We met some amazing brides and truly enjoyed working with everyone on this show!”

Couples walked away with a ton of knowledge and new vendor connections to aid in their wedding planning process. We cannot wait to see the weddings of these couples and how our vendors make their fairytale wedding dreams come true!

Check out the video captured by ThreeThirty Films by clicking the attached link: https://youtu.be/qePxpbAG-Mw 

Featured Vendors:

Wedding Planner//Fairytale Pursuits
Photography//Anchored in Love
Cake//Pink Baking Co
Calligraphy//Southern Bee Designs
Rentals//L&L Tent and Party Rentals
Rentals//Martha My Dear
Catering//Shell Island Resort Catering
Venue//Shell Island Resort
Videography//ThreeThirty Films
Transportation//Azalea Limousine Service
Florist//Verzaal’s Florist
Florist//Lou’s Flower World
Lighting + Pipe and Drape//Event Excellence Light & Sound
Event Artist//Saltwater Surf Art

Downtown Wilmington is full of stunning locations to take engagement photographs all year long. A stunning location that is extremely popular with brides-to-be is the Wilmington Riverwalk along the Cape Fear River. The Wilmington Riverwalk is a roughly one mile boardwalk that allows couples to stroll along the path getting gorgeous shots with the river flowing in the background. The talented photographer, Megan Dickerson, submitted these stunning downtown engagement photos highlighting this gorgeous couple’s love for each other along the Wilmington Riverwalk. Below is her recap of the engagement session:

“This gorgeous downtown Wilmington engagement session is one of my favorites to date! Taylor contacted me right after Cory proposed to her and wanted to do their engagement session as soon as possible. Taylor and Cody wanted to announce their engagement with photos and I thought this was such a cool idea! We had to reschedule from their original date due to the snow we had in Wilmington – yes snow in Wilmington, can you believe it!? Although the wind chill was 20 degrees, all of their photos turned out amazing! I am so happy they those me to photograph their sweet engagement! Congratulations again Taylor & Cory!!”

 

 

 

 

A major trend in the South is to be married in an outdoors southern style setting, usually with a barn that exudes southern charm. Native Wilmington couple, Alex and Jordan, choose to be married at The Barn at Rock Creek located in Leland, North Carolina for their dream southern wedding. The Barn at Rock Creek is a local wedding venue that provides an authentic barn with space for a reception or ceremony downstairs and bridal suite upstairs for the bridal party to get ready. They also have ample outdoor space for the ceremony and entertainment. They included many local vendors who kept in theme with their southern charm wedding to make it a magical day for the couple.

Alex and Jordan’s happily ever after started in high school as told by the bride: “Jordan and I met in ninth grade at New Hanover High School. We were in the same English class and quickly became good friends. We were both seeing other people at the time. Summer came and went, and when school started back that fall we ended up becoming “boyfriend and girlfriend”. It’s such an amazing feeling being married to my best friend!”

The wedding was submitted to us by the incredibly talented Erin Costa with Erin Costa Photography.


 

Venue//The Barn at Rock Creek
Photographer//Erin Costa Photography
Florist//Creative Cuisine
Bride Hair Stylist//Bangz Hair Salon
Bride Makeup Artist//Flawless Make up by Isla
Bridesmaid Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist //Bombshell Brides
Live Wedding Event Painter//Shelia Donahue
Caterer//Middle of the Island
DJ//DJ Professionals
Officiant//Rudy Sheppard – Peace Baptist Church
Wedding Dress//Coastal Knot Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses//Weddington Way
Groom and Groomsmen Suits//Jos. A. Bank
Cake//Creative Cuisine
Cupcakes//Melissa Rodenberg and Crystal Fraizer
Rentals//L & L Rentals and Martha My Dear
Wedding Coordinator//Lesley Taube from The Barn at Rock Creek

One of the great things about living in Wilmington is the Historic Downtown area that it is full of amazing backdrops for stunning engagement photographs. Kristina and Christian began their engagement session at one of their favorite local breweries, Flytrap Brewing, located in the Brooklyn Arts District of Historic Downtown Wilmington. After beginning the session with one of their favorite brews, they took a stroll down the ivy lined streets, while Kate Supa Photography captured their love and laughter in the gorgeous photographs below.

 

Photographer//Kate Supa Photography 

Venue// Flytrap Brewing

 

A trend in weddings is to incorporate the natural surroundings in which the ceremony is being held. In eastern North Carolina, specifically Wilmington, this means many weddings are coastal inspired. With touches of beautiful ocean colored hues, natural floral accents, and a ceremony on the serene ocean front in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina Amy Barbera and Brian Walker provided a prime example of a coastal inspired Wilmington, NC wedding. They utilized local vendors in their wedding to establish the coastal community ties since both Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington, NC have important significance to the couple. This lovely wedding was submitted to us by Tiffany Abruzzo Photography. Below, Tiffany gives us a bit of insight into Amy and Brian’s special day:

“Amy and Brian met as teenagers. Brian wanted to ask Amy out but was so nervous, so his friend left a message on Amy’s family answering machine pretending to be Brian, asking Amy on a date. Amy’s dad immediately said she was too young to date! Amy’s Mom worked her magic on her father, and the rest is history! Amy & Brian were wed at one of their favorite spots, Wrightsville Beach. The ceremony was followed by a gorgeous reception at downtown Wilmington’s Coastline Convention Center. Their decor featured ocean watercolor hues, succulents and beautiful floral arrangements by Design Perfection of Wilmington.”

Ceremony Venue//Wrightsville Beach Oceanfront
Reception Venue//Coastline Convention Center
Photographer//Tiffany Abruzzo Photography
Dress//David’s Bridal
Makeup//Meraki Beauty
Hair//Christie Drummond of Meraki Beauty
Flower//Design Perfection of Wilmington
Cake//Apple Annie’s
Catering//Hieronymus Seafood
Music//Jason of Absolute Best DJ Service

Happy New Year! We’re excited to feature more of your weddings this year! And we’re excited to share this beautiful downtown Wilmington, NC wedding from Belinda Keller Photography at 128 South. If you’d like to submit your wedding or session to us and see it featured on the blog, just click here!

“The day after Hurricane Matthew was breezy, cool, no humidity, sunny, pretty much perfect. After a week of watching and worrying, the day finally came and all was well. Almost. Due to the resulting flooding, the bride’s Maid of Honor was not able to get to town. But she Face Timed her speech anyway so in a way, she was as there as she could be. Several other family members were unable to attend as well, but the turn out was still a pretty full house! And the breeze I mentioned, oh what it did for her dress and her veil. What a lovely wedding this was. It was understated elegance mixed with a joyful vibe. Erik and Lauren have been soul mates since college. And on this day, it was made official. Lauren Mazzola and Erik Maasch became Mr. and Mrs. Maasch.”

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Venue//128 South
Videography//Zachary Hutchinson
Officiant//Justin Smith
Lighting//High Performance Lighting
Flowers//Fiore Fine Flowers
DJ//Jason Aycock

Cristy and Jay contacted us early this year about doing their wedding in September and we were thrilled. Not only are they the most handsome couple of the year, they are kind, caring and laid back. We are so lucky to have the most awesome couples this year!

We are honored to have been the first team in the brand new Brooklyn Arts Center Annex. This space is so unique and perfect for any bride wanting a classic downtown Wilmington wedding. There is plenty of space in the bridal suite for the bridal party to get ready as well as a separate groomsmen lounge for all the guys to get ready and relax. Also – the lighting throughout the new Annex is gorgeous! Every room has it’s own “Wilmington” touch.

Photography: Megan Dickerson Photography
Venue: The Annex, Brooklyn Arts Center
Makeup: Jamie Warzel
Wedding Planner: Social Butterfly Events LLC
Caterer: Milner’s Cafe & Catering
DJ: Active DJ Entertainment
Photo Booth: All Star Photo Booths
Decor: Design Perfection
Cake: One Belle Bakery

We love sharing real sessions and weddings with you from around Wilmington! Today we have an engagement session from Kelly at Anchored in Love and she talks to us about why this time of year is her favorite for engagement pictures.

“Winter time is actually a fabulous time to get your engagement photos, especially in a town as beautiful as Wilmington!  Aimee & Eric embraced a chilly day and we had a great time walking around Downtown Wilmington for the first half of their engagement and then timed our second half at sunset in Wrightsville Beach. One of Aimee’s must have shots was some of her and Eric with some pampas grass.  I had brought a plaid blanket for them to use and I love how cozy it made them for their beach shots!  I love to encourage our clients is to try to get their engagement photos taken in November or early December and that way they serve as Engagement photos, Save the Date Photos, and Christmas cards!  Don’t be afraid of the cold!  Put on a cute sweater and get cozy with your honey for your engagement this year!”

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