After the ceremony, guests were directed to enjoy the cocktail hour on the pool side deck of the beachfront house that the couple rented for the week. Knot Too Shabby Events was hired for month of wedding coordination to make sure the day ran smoothly for everyone. The house included blue cocktail tables around the pool and the couple purchased pretty white umbrellas to keep the guests cool. Hanging from the umbrellas were different sized mint and grey lanterns provided by KTSE. The couple provided their own alcohol and A Thyme Savor provided 2 bartenders. Jelena + Steven even made special signature drinks for each member of the bridal party!
Once the cocktail hour came to an end, everyone went upstairs for dinner catered by A Thyme Savor. The tables were set with white linens, mint runners (sew by the talented bride), white napkins, white plates, water goblets and shots of a plum brandy from Serbia brought by the bride's family. The plum brandy is a traditional Serbian wedding cocktail and supposed to be sipped to full enjoy it. We rented tables, chairs, linens and plateware from Shoreline Party Rentals. There were also plated salads and bread baskets on each table. They decided to have a family-style dinner consisting of beef tenderloin, pecan encrusted chicken, assorted vegetables, mashed potatoes and some other yummy sides.
Following dinner, guests were invited back downstairs for the rest of the reception. Jelena's dress was transformed into the perfect cocktail dress. Her mother made her dress so that the bottom came off and underneath was a cocktail length skirt. This was a huge surprise for all! There were lights strung above the dance floor. The couple made a Spotify playlist that played all night. The couple danced the night away while also snacking on assorted pies and other mini deserts made by a local bakery called Sugar Island Bakery. It was a beautiful evening with an even more beautiful couple! We had such a great time getting to know Jelena + Steve. Thank you so much for having us as part of your wonderful wedding! We wish you all the best!
"I was on the fence about getting a wedding coordinator but I'm so glad I did! We had an 90 person wedding at a beach house on Topsail Island. I'm a very low maintenance and low stress person so I was unsure if bringing in someone would be overbearing and more stressful. We worked with Knot Too Shabby Events (month of coordination) and everything went really well. Again, I'm so glad they were there. We planned most of our wedding ourselves and KTSE helped us execute our vision with ease and no stress. Melissa is wonderful to work with. Very easy going but detail oriented, organized and capable. Her team is awesome too! Hard working and very nice. I highly recommend them!"
Seeing Jelena and her mom completely transform her handmade wedding dress into the perfect cocktail dress. Check out this blog that Jelena's mom wrote about the process of designing this amazing wedding dress.
Venue: Topsail Beach Rental House
Music: Spotify playlist
Caterer: A Thyme Savor
Photography: Tatum Kathleen
Rentals: Shoreline Party Rentals
Flowers: Castle Hayne Farms, assembled by the mother of the groom
Cake: Sugar Island Bakery
Officiant: Angela Kelley
Dress: Handmade by Mother of the Bride
Month-Of Coordination: Knot Too Shabby Events
Attendees: 90 people