Courtney + Kyle |
It was freshman year for Courtney and junior year for Kyle at North Carolina State. They met through a mutual friend and have spent those past seven years together. Throughout their relationship, the couple frequently visited Kyle’s parent’s house on Figure 8 Island near Wilmington, North Carolina. It was Memorial Day weekend in 2015 and the couple was at their go-to spot. As they sat on the beach, Kyle pulled out the ring and got down on one knee.
Sixteen months later (!!) the couple tied the knot back near Wilmington. The day was whimsical, classic and romantic all in one. While faith is very important to the couple, they opted for a non-church wedding and incorporated their faith in other ways.
The ceremony took place on the lawn behind their country club venue. The lawn provided a gorgeous, natural backdrop with tons of greenery so not much else was needed. Some simple petals lining the aisle and the one statement piece that meant a lot to the couple – a large orchid adorned cross standing front and center.
There was no first look, so as Courtney walked down the aisle, Kyle’s reaction said it all. Kate Supa Photography couldn’t have done a better job capturing that moment.
“We did not do a first look, so I think the most anticipated and most special moment for both of us was seeing each other for the first time while walking down the aisle,” said the bride. “We did do a first ‘touch before the ceremony though and those are some of my favorite photos.’”
When we first saw Courtney in her strapless, sweetheart neckline Jenny Yoo dress carrying her bouquet of white orchids wrapped in her mom’s old wedding dress, we had to pick our jaw up off the floor, too. The fitted dress with skirt overlay was the perfect look for the ceremony and when we thought it couldn’t get any better, Courtney lost the skirt and added a sparkly belt for the reception.
“I loved my dress because I was able to get the best of both – fitted and princess! It was the third dress I tried on. I did go to another place to make sure, but I kept coming back to my dress,” Courtney exclaimed.
Instead of a veil, Courtney wore a flower crown and added simple jewelry for the dreamiest look. She wore a pearl bracelet and gold infinity ring that Kyle had given her previously. Kyle also wore something that he was given by Courtney. She gifted him with monogramed cuff links that he wore on his black Peter Millar tuxedo. He had a very classic look topped off with a white bow tie.
Kyle’s groomsmen looked nearly identical but switched it up with a black bow tie instead. The bridesmaids all wore slightly different floor length chiffon gowns. While the style of each dress was different, the dusty color was all the same. The bridesmaids all carried a cream, blush and pink bouquet full of hydrangeas, roses, dusty miller and greenery. The flowing ribbon ties created a whimsical feel.
Another special moment for the couple was following the ceremony and all of the photos. Kyle and Courtney went into a room by themselves to have dinner together. What a sweet moment to share your first meal as husband and wife alone?!
While Kyle and Courtney enjoyed their private dinner, the rest of the guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the lawn and veranda complete with a live quartet and Polaroid guest book. We can’t resist a good veranda, live music and an excuse for a selfie!
And what’s a cocktail hour on a golf course if there’s no golf?!
“The lawn for the ceremony overlooks a little lake on the golf course and my husband loves to golf, so during cocktail hour, we had a putting green set up with a floating hole out in the water,” said Courtney.
Meanwhile, the reception space was being transformed into something magical by Design a Dream Events. The ceiling of the ballroom was draped with chandeliers, market lights and white drapery. The linens alternated between blush and white with grey and silver accents. The tables alternated with tall and short arrangements of the most beautiful florals, similar to the bridesmaid’s bouquets. There were bouquets of orchids, hydrangeas, roses, greenery, dusty miller and mums in blush and cream.
As the couple made their grand entrance and took the dance floor, the live band played their first dance song. Before they knew it, it was time for to cut the cake.
The cake table had a silver sequin linen on it and was placed in front of a fireplace lined with candles. The three-tiered cake with horizontal textured icing had the lushest clusters of flowers on each tier. The roses, orchids and greenery added just the right amount of color to the classic white cake.
The night was nearing an end but not before Kyle removed the garter from his bride’s leg. The garter actually had a lot of history behind it.
“My garter was my something blue and something borrowed - it has been worn by three of my bridesmaids for each of their weddings and we each have our married monogram on it,” said Courtney.
Last but certainly not least if you ask us, the night ended with a late-night pizza bar. That is definitely something we think every wedding from here on out should have! After enjoying their pizza, the guests gathered outside with sparklers to send the newlyweds off in style.
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Kate Supa Photography
Fiore Fine Flowers
Beautiful Flowers by June
Creative Cake Design by Tammy Hodge
Country Club of Landfall
Ian C. Dunne Films
Makeup by Amy Kennison
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