The Atrium Wilmington Wedding
The Atrium Wilmington Wedding. From the Bride: Prior to getting engaged, we imagined a large wedding in the spring. When we got engaged in May, neither of us wanted to wait a year to get married (or spend a year planning!). Even in October, it felt like spring because it was 80 degrees and sunny. Early in the planning process, we decided that small and intimate would be best for us and our families despite both of us having envisioned a large wedding. We are thankful for that choice as it made the planning and the wedding itself very low key. Our color palette for the wedding was very neutral. We are typically drawn to metallic and neutral décor so that preference was evident in our style and décor choices. This was especially helpful to not distract from the greenery and beauty of The Atrium. The bridesmaids wore grey dresses that were complemented by the groom and groomsmen’s black suits. The metallic accents could be seen in the gold flatware, gold leaf in the bridal bouquet and the copper doughnut cake stand. The only pops of color were in the bouquet flowers which included peach, pink, and burgundy.My father built wooden signs for the wedding that I hand painted. The menu board sitting next to the buffet was one of my favorite DIY projects. I had it completed shortly after we finalized the menu with the caterer. My mother ordered the fabric and sewed each napkin for dinner. The Best Man is extremely talented and designed our invitations, RSVPs and the wedding program. In lieu of a guest book, I labeled empty wine bottles with anniversary years and our guest were able to write notes that we will read on specific anniversaries. Our DIY projects were very much a collaborative effort.Matt and I both agree that our favorite moments of the day were taking photos together behind The Atrium prior to everyone’s arrival as well as the ceremony itself. They were the few times during the day that seemed to move at a normal pace and allow us to truly be in the moment. Our favorite detail was Matt’s maple leaf cuff links. We loved the small but meaningful tribute to his home.I purchased my gown only a few weeks after Matt proposed. My Matron of Honor and Mom went with me to a local shop where I only tried on a few things. I knew pretty quickly that it was “the one”. When Matt moved to Winston-Salem from Canada, I had the privilege of taking him to eat his first Krispy Kreme doughnut. Neither Matt nor I eat cake so we knew when we started planning, it was a natural choice to have doughnuts instead of traditional cake. My advice to any couple planning their wedding is to designate time with each other that does not revolve around wedding plans. I underestimated how much discussion and planning would take place. Taking time to participate in your pre-wedding activities makes the process more enjoyable for everyone.
Photographer: Erin L. Taylor Photography//Caterer: A Thyme Savor Catering//Floral Designer: Beautiful Flowers by June//Bridesmaid Store: Davids Bridal//Bridesmaid Dresses: Davids Bridal//Musicians: Dockside Strings//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: English's Bridal & Formalware//Bakery: Krispy Kreme Wilmington //Hair Stylist: LAURA & Co. Salon//Cinema and Video: Light Cannon Films//Equipment Rentals: Party Suppliers & Rentals//Event Venue: The Atrium by Ligon Flynn//Hair Stylist: Tyler Kent Salon//Bakery: Wake N Bake Donuts