Sarah and Will were, what I like to call, “a wedding coordinator’s dream”. They had impeccable taste. They were sweet as can be. Their families were absolutely adorable. Most importantly, they looked damn good in a tux and wedding dress, making all these pics irresistible to share!
They shared vows and kisses at First Presbyterian before escorting guests to our Hilton on a couple of rotating trolleys (Trolleys are so Wilmington. Perfect!).
Once Guests Arrived, they were welcomed with a violinist as they walked through The Grand Ballroom Concourse, dressed with gold sequin linens and white floating candles. The main cocktail hour was held on our Riverview Terrace where guests watched the sunset over the USS North Carolina Battleship. Hors D’oeuvres were butler passed and plenty of bottles of bubbly were being popped. This wedding was only getting started though.
Our favorite moment of the night happened during cocktail hour. While guests were outside enjoying The Terrace, Sarah and Will came down from their bridal holding room to see their reception. This was a setup that Sarah had put a lot of thought into and we wanted the couple to be the first to see the entire ballroom designed just for them.
Gold, black, and white was the color scheme. Clean, elegant, and formal was the result. The couple opted for the gold chivari chair upgrade, and custom touches like a gold sequin linen on the cake table,and gold chargers at every place setting. Simple white arrangements were a great contrast against the black satin table overlays.
Obviously, guests were completely blown away when we finally opened The Grand Ballroom Doors. After first dances, an amazing dinner, and cutting the cake, it was time to turn up the band, turn down the lights, and PARTY!
Oh, and I have to tell you! One of the most thoughtful wedding gifts I have ever seen took place at this wedding. The Father of the Groom arranged for a painter to take a photo of the church ceremony and paint it right there in the ballroom reception. It was something that added a little entertainment to the evening, but also served as a beautiful memory of Sarah and Will’s big day.
After a long night of dancing, photo booth fun, endless champagne, and amazing music from the band, it was time to send the newlyweds off in style. Sparklers, a British Taxi, and the Riverview Terrace made that possible. You can’t look at these photos without smiling. It’s like a scene from the end of a movie, exactly what a wedding send-off should be!