A Waterfall and Handwritten Vows Make an Unforgettable Wedding

Amanda Edwards + Will Edwards |

A Navy Blue and Coral Inspired Nautical Wedding at The Quarry at Carrigan Farms near Charlotte, North Carolina

Imagine meeting your future wife… and her parents on the same day! That’s what happened to Amanda and Will. In November 2014, Amanda was meeting with a friend to watch a football game at a bar. Luckily for her, Will just happened to tag along and everything fell into place from there. A year later, Will was down on one knee with his mother’s ring in hand.


This water and beach loving couple chose to have a summer wedding at a venue that showcased the water and nature. It only made sense after selecting their venue to go with more of a nautical style.


“Since my husband and I got married at The Quarry at Carrigan Farms, surrounded by beautiful water and a waterfall background, I wanted to incorporate a nautical theme, since we both love the beach and water,” said the bride.  “Since the quarry had the sandy area where we would say our vows, we thought a nautical theme with an anchor would be appropriate, and that initiated the theme for the rest of the décor.”


In keeping with the nautical theme, the bride chose navy and coral with accents of silver for the wedding day colors. From the garter to the Maid of Honor dress to florals, we loved every bit of the pop of color.


The wedding weekend kicked off with family and friends gathering for rehearsal dinner the evening before at the Hilton Charlotte City Center. It was the perfect start to the celebratory weekend.


The next day, guests headed north of the city for Amanda and Will’s big day. Guests entered the venue and were immediately wowed by the natural landscape full of green trees, natural stone walls and a wooden fence lined boardwalk leading the way to the ceremony site.


As soon as guests were seated, the bride made her way down the boardwalk path, which was lined with tulle on the fencing and shepherd hooks full of bouquets of baby’s breath. She looked stunning in her Maggie Sottero strapless gown. The dress was a corset top and ball gown bottom. It had layers upon layers of tulle – insert heart eye emoji here!


Amanda said, “When I began dress shopping, I was looking at sleek, semi-modest, fitted gowns with long trains, but the more I shopped around and the more feedback I got, it seemed that my dream from 20 years ago of being a princess on my wedding day would come true, since my figure needed that ball gown bottom to add a little something!”


She completed her look with a silver and pearl hairpiece, a simple diamond necklace and diamond earrings and a bracelet with the sweetest message. The bracelet said, “Love you to the moon and back,” a saying the couple exchanged regularly.


Amanda met her groom at the alter who looked mighty dapper in a charcoal grey suit, navy pocket square and navy and coral striped bow tie. We are definitely a sucker for the bow tie and pocket square!


The couple completely personalized their ceremony. From the handwritten vows to the unity candle ceremony to the bride’s mother and father performing readings, we aren’t sure how there was a dry eye there.


“We both wrote our own [vows] and it was the most exciting part,” said Amanda.  “It was all such a blur, but I just remember how full and content my heart felt listening to his words. It was a beautiful part of our ceremony that I hardly was able to hold it together.”


Aside from the heartfelt vows, we are totally gushing over the bride’s bouquet. The cascading bouquet was full of large roses in different shades of coral and white, complimented with greenery and gardenias. Gardenias are one of the bride’s favorite because the scent reminds her of her grandma. Even though gardenias were out of season, luckily, the florist was able to find a few to fill in!


All the bridesmaid’s bouquets were made with silk flowers and complemented the bridal bouquet with roses is similar colors, gardenias and baby’s breath. The bouquets really popped against the navy blue floor length, one-shoulder dresses.


Once the ceremony ended, guests retreated to a grassy area to enjoy cocktail hour. They were greeted by an abstract print of the wedding day that served as the guest book, a memorial table with pictures of passed loved ones and an advice book for the bride and groom.


After cocktail hour, the evening continued with dinner and dancing underneath the pavilion lined with string lights and paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling. There were DIY escort cards made from wine cork and a DIY seating chart of frames hanging on stained lattice.


On each of the guest’s tables sat a silver or coral mason jar filled with baby’s breath, gardenia scented votives and a navy lace table runner. The couple’s sweetheart table was decorated with a Mr. and Mrs. Burlap sign and chair signs.


One of our favorite touches? The running waterfall that lit up once the sun set.


As the sun set and the quarry glowed, guests gathered around Amanda and Will to watch them share their choreographed first dance to James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go.” After they danced, they cut their three-tier multi-shaped cake. The cake had not one, but two cake toppers. One read their saying, “love you to the moon and back” and the other was a family topper passed down from the groom’s family.


The bouquet was tossed, the garter removed and the dance floor danced. Amanda and Will left their first night as Mr. and Mrs. with a sparkler send off from their closest family and friends.


Congrats to the newlyweds!


Looking for a great place to kick off your wedding weekend and host your rehearsal dinner? Check out the Hilton Charlotte City Center HERE!

Creative Team

April’s Floral Expressions

Hilton Charlotte Center City
Carrigan Farms

Classic Bride and Formals
David's Bridal
Men's Wearhouse

Deeana Kourtney Photography

AAA Entertainment

Bella MUA by Amy Castro
Anthony Vince Nail Spa

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Vista Print

Diamonds Direct Southpark
Manly Bands

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