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An Intimate First Look Note Exchange and Reception Full of Party Animals

Elise + Bill | May 26, 2018

Traditional and Glamorous Wedding With Pink and Blush at Country Club of Landfall Near Wilmington, North Carolina  

While Bill and Elise technically met in high school, Bill was one grade above, so they didn’t run in the same circle much. It wasn’t until college that the two started dating because her roommate was dating his best friend. 

The couple started a memory jar tradition together. For each year they have been together, they have a memory jar. All year long, they fill up the jar with big and small moments and feelings they don’t want to forget. On New Year’s Eve right before midnight, they read back over all of their favorite memories for the year. So naturally, when Bill was ready to propose, he had to incorporate their memory jar tradition.

On Memorial Day weekend, Bill took Elise on a bike ride around University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s campus where they started their relationship. They ended up at the dock where they used to spend a lot of time right behind her old apartment complex. Nailed to the dock was a memory for Elise to put in the jar – it was a card that asked her to marry Bill!

They could have filled a whole jar with memories from their glammed up traditional wedding!

“One thing that we loved the most about our wedding was how intimate it was,” said Elise. “There are not many times in your life that you get to have all of your favorite people in one place and be at the center of all of it.”

The wedding ceremony took place in a beautiful, small chapel. The every other aisle was marked with green palm leaves tied with hanging ribbon. The bride’s gorgeous dress floated down the aisle behind her as she walked arm-in-arm with her dad. She wore a short-sleeve ball gown that had a complete open sheer back and long train. The small sequin detailing on the V-neck top of the dress was so intricate, it was mesmerizing in the best way possible. She finished the look off with her hair half-up, half-down with curls and oversized teardrop earrings. 

As she walked toward her groom, looking extra sharp in a classic black tux, she tapped him on the shoulder as he turned around to see her for the first time. First look moments are so raw and real, they are sometimes our favorite part of wedding day – especially this one where they exchanged and read notes from one another for their memory jar! And it makes it all the more better when you have the perfect photographer like Stephanie Axtell Photography there to capture it all.

Elise carried a bouquet full of the most amazing looking florals. A big pink peony took centerstage in the bouquet and was surrounded by other peonies and roses in different shades of pink and blush, and lots of greenery. 

The bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the pink bouquets, which were the perfect amount of color next to their champagne blush strapless, tea-length gowns. Paired with the groomsmen’s traditional black tuxes, complete with cummerbund and suspenders, the overall look was flawless.

After the church ceremony, guests headed over to the reception venue. They were welcomed by a mirrored sign and an escort card table, complete with gold miniature animal card holders and sign that read “Find Your Party Animal” – that’s how you know it’s going to be a good party!

“Some parts of the day that were most important to us in planning our wedding were the things that would contribute to the experience that the guests would have – witnessing our marriage, dancing the night away, and just the overall ambiance of the evening,” said the bride. 

The ballroom was decorated with a mix of long rectangular tables and round guest tables. All tables had neutral colored tables and a traditional place setting. There was a vintage-esque pewter charger, flat lay neutral colored napkin underneath and menu card on top. There was a mix of tall centerpieces full of large palm leaves and short centerpieces of pink blooms. To enhance the light of the large crystal chandeliers, there was tons of different candle light. From silver and pewter mercury votive holders to floating candles, nothing is more romantic than that much candlelight!

The couple sat at a sweetheart table set with the same set up of a charger and napkin and a pink floral arrangement and floating candles. The two chairs each had a sign tied to it, one that read “better” and the other that read “together.

As guests headed to the bar, they could select their drink of choice off the Gatsby-themed bar menu sign or they could drool over the dessert table. There was a two-tier white frosted cake with gold beading accents at the bottom of each tier. A cluster of blooms topped the cake. The dessert doesn’t stop there – the cake was surrounded by lot of different flavored cupcakes!

The couple shared their first dance underneath the crystal chandelier on the hardwood dance floor as all their loved ones watched with a full heart. The night ended with sparklers and there was nothing sweeter than for the couple to be sent off surrounded by their closest family and friends!

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

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Frank H. Kenan Chapel at Landfall
Country Club of Landfall

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