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Intimate Botanical Garden Wedding

Kim + Phil | Jun 1, 2020

Intimate wedding with a natural color palette and hints of pink at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina

Phil was hosting a New Year’s Eve party at his home, where he and Kim ended up being the only two single people - so naturally, he made his way over to her when the ball dropped. They’d recently met at the gym where Kim had just started coaching, and she wasn’t totally sold on him yet.

“He was interested, and I wasn't,” said Kim. “I found him endearing, but didn't think he was my type at all.”

He asked her on a date the next day, and she decided to give him a chance. Dinner was nice, but it wasn’t until the very next day when he actually made her dinner, that she realized it was the best decision she’d ever made.

“Before we knew it, it was 4:15am, and we'd been lost in conversation,” said Kim. “It turned out he was exactly my type, and from that point on, we were inseparable!”

While their destination wedding in Mexico for this year had to be postponed to the future, Kim and Phil still wanted to find a local space that fit their personality and vibe as a couple and get married sooner rather than later. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden fit the bill with its breathtaking gardens and Southern horticulture.

“So, with a handmade silk floral bouquet, silicone rings engraved with ‘Don't Postpone Joy’, a new wedding dress, and their closest family and friends,” said the photographer, “this fun-loving couple took the plunge into marriage.”

Nestled upon a multitude of acres on the banks of Lake Wylie, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden boasts spectacular gardens, sparkling fountains and a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids.

With the abundant greenery around her, Kim looked effervescent in her white wedding gown. The gown perfectly sculpted her figure, with intricate beading that worked its way from the deep sweetheart neckline, all the way to the hem.

She wore stone-colored pointed-toe flats with a sophisticated embellishment that paired elegantly with delicate drop earrings. Her long blonde curls cascaded over her shoulders, with two Dutch braids pulling back the front pieces.

Before walking down the aisle, Kim shared a sentimental moment with her father as he took his first look at the bride.  The emotional experience set the tone for the day, as Kim eagerly walked beneath the pergola to meet her soon-to-be husband at the altar.

Phil, in his dark gray suit and blush pink tie, was left speechless as Kim moved gracefully toward him. With her lovely silk bouquet in hand, boasting tropical greenery, succulent leaves and blooms in shades of pink, ivory and rust, she completely stole the show.

The ceremony exuded all the emotions, energy and warm essences - from the literal rays of sunlight streaming in from all angles, to the pure feeling of togetherness. After exchanging beautiful, heartfelt vows, Kim and Phil shared their much-anticipated first kiss!

In their very own private tropical paradise, Phil and Kim explored the garden grounds hand-in-hand as the photographer captured every sentimental moment. Every embrace, kiss and twirl were made more whimsical by the greenery cascading down the walls around them.

The newlyweds ended the day inside an enchanting greenhouse, surrounded by a bounty of luscious plant life. Phil spun Kim around for perhaps an unanticipated, yet truly magical first dance.

Congratulations, Kim and Phil... we wish you all the happiness!

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Creative Team

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Cole Haan
Badgley Mischka
Banana Republic
Classic Bride & Formals
Rebecca Ingram by Maggie Sottero

Enso Rings

Dani Nicole Photography

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