Summer is upon us and we are in full swing for wedding season! It’s like these weddings just get more and more beautiful… and Sam and Mike’s Airlie Gardens wedding was a real showstopper. First of all, let’s talk about the bridal party that these two sweethearts showed up with- this one just about took the cake for the largest amount of bridesmaids and groomsmen we’ve worked with in a single day! And how fun is it that Sam had her Grandma by her side as one of her matrons of honor?? (and she was a real hoot!) From getting ready, to the brides first look with her father (wow!) to the gorgeous ceremony under Airlie Gardens famed Airlie Oak, to the off the wall reception at Bakery 105, this wedding was pure perfection. Take a look below and let us know what you think! And if you are thinking about a Bakery 105 or Airlie Gardens wedding, I’d love to share my thoughts on how to make your day the best it can be. We photograph weddings at each of these places many times a year, and it is always so much fun! Enjoy these images, and don’t forget to check out the vendors who helped make this day amazing down below!
Venue: Airlie Gardens
Reception: Bakery 105
Violin: Maura Kropke
Florals: Eco Chic Blossoms
Desserts: One Belle Bakery
Entertainment: Active Entertainment
Cinema: Light Cannon Films
Lighting: High Performance Lighting
Rentals: Martha My Dear Rentals
Cate and Justin are from Canada, but Justin has family land here in Holden Beach, so they came down to get some time at the beach and shoot their engagement session. Even though I won’t have the pleasure of shooting their wedding back home, it was so much fun to get to spend the afternoon with them. Congratulations Cate and Justin on your upcoming wedding!!
How beautiful is this Wrightsville Manor Wedding??? From the first details to the rained-out-but-still-amazing exit, this wedding was perfection. Wrightsville Manor is is one of our favorite venues to photograph weddings, and as you’ll see, it’s no surprise why. It makes for a beautiful backdrop for either indoor or outdoor weddings and is just dripping with southern charm and character. Special thanks to Bubbly Events for coordinating the day and making the whole celebration seamless and full of love and laughter! Big congratulations to the beautiful bride and awesome groom Allison and Blake- you guys were so much fun, and it was an honor to be a part of this day!
Event Coordinator: Bubbly Events
Venue: Wrightsville Manor
Caterer: Middle of the Island
Cake: Imaginary Cakes
Entertainment: Active Entertainment
Transportation: Azalea Limo
This Abilena Plantation wedding in New Bern, NC was absolutely beautiful from start to finish. Shauna with Shauna Loves Planning designed and coordinated this picture perfect day, and it couldn’t have been for two more deserving people. Alex and Eli were so much fun to work with, and right from there engagement session I knew their wedding was going to be a blast. Their wedding was full of southern charm, from the historic plantation venue, to the color palette, to the grooms suit choice and everything in between. Scroll down to check out my favorites from this amazing Abilena Plantation wedding day.
A couple of weeks ago, Kristy Holt, owner of Eco Chic Blossoms asked about getting a few new images for her website and had this great idea for a shoot. The shoot was so much fun and turned out beautifully. So it’s only fitting we use a few of the images for a blog post- and since she is an amazing floral designer here in town, it was the perfect time for another Vendor Spotlight blog! To learn more about Kristy and her business, scroll down!!
E: So, you have carved out an amazing business for yourself designing wedding florals in Wilmington NC and your team has become a household name among wedding vendors here. How did you do it, and what brought you to Wilmington?
K: I attended East Carolina University and discovered Wilmington during college when I came for a quick beach weekend. I absolutely fell in love with the town. Being from a beach town in New Jersey, Wilmington had a similar coastal vibe and I knew I wanted to move here after I graduated. I became and event planner when I came to Wilmington and loved the business. After 7 years I needed a change and always had a passion for flowers. Being a former event planner in Wilmington has helped me tremendously in my career. When I opened Eco Chic Blossoms I already had the wedding connections and relationships with vendors. Most florists do just flowers, but understanding how an entire event is run from start to finish is extremely helpful when assisting brides with their floral design concepts. Listening to what my client’s needs and wants are, are extremely important to me. This is their special day and it is my top priority to make sure they have exactly what they dreamed of.
E: Anyone that follows you on Instagram knows that you love to travel, and experience new places- what are your top 3 places you’ve traveled to?
K: Hawaii, Hawaii and Hawaii! No but seriously Hawaii, Ireland and Colorado.
E: And I guess a follow up question to that would have to do with your bucket list- what are a few things you have yet to do but will definitely be happening in the near future?
K: Travel to Australia, hike the Pacific Crest Trail and drive across country.
E: Ok, let’s get down to the wedding business stuff- Being a creative in this business is both a lot of fun, and also challenging at times. What do you love the most about what you do?
K: My favorite part of the job is giving a Bride her bouquet on her wedding day. There is something so special about this moment. There are so many things happening on a wedding day, and sometimes I see the stressed look on the Bride’s face. When we show up and present her with her bouquet I love seeing my client’s light up. They have this “ah hah” moment of “this is my special day!” It is truly so amazing.
E: If you could give newly engaged couples any advice from a floral designers perspective on planning and executing a beautiful wedding day what would that be?
K: We love guidance from our clients on their style and feel of the wedding along with types of flowers they like, but when a client allows us creative freedom and puts their trust in us, this is when our designs evolve into much more than what they imagined.
E: And lastly, every creative professional has an aesthetic of their own and draws inspiration from different parts of their lives that they put into their work. Where does your inspiration come from?
K: My inspiration comes from being outside in nature and my travels.
To learn more about Eco Chic Blossoms click here to head over to their website. And if you are in the planning process of putting a wedding day together definitely contact Kristy. She and her team would love to meet with you, hear your vision and then take it to the next level of beautiful. You won’t be disappointed!
This has to be one of my favorite locations to shoot- Bald Head Island, and The Bald Head Island Club specifically, hosts some of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever shot. From the first time I met with Erin and Steve I knew I was going to love photographing their wedding. He’s got this natural charm and wit, and she was sweet, fun and stylish (the first picture in this post says it all!) Their Bald Head Island Club wedding was perfect- the day was gorgeous, the vendors were all A List and everyone had an amazing time. If you are in the process of planning a Bald Head Island wedding and are looking for inspiration, scroll down and I look forward to hearing from you!