Melissa + Ryan celebrated their one year wedding anniversary last week and it made me so happy to see their post on Facebook remembering the big day. I must say, this was one of my favorite weddings that I've ever been a part of. Not only was the bride totally kick ass and could have been one of my childhood girlfriends, but they were and are sooo in love! Seeing how in love and happy these two were on their wedding day was absolutely amazing. They wrote their own wedding vows during the ceremony at the enchanting Airlie Gardens. Ryan's vows put tears in everyone's eyes. Another amazing moment of the ceremony was when each mother was presented with a special rose from the bride and groom. The rain barely held off for the "I Do's" but this made for a fun dash to the parking lot so guests could travel downtown to The RiverRoom for the reception.
The theme of this wedding was awesome - vintage travel. It was so well put together that we were even featured in Glamour & Grace! Check out their post about it here to see what Melissa had to say about the big day! Melissa's dad is an antique dealer so he was constantly on the hunt for old cameras, National Geographics from the past, globes, vintage suitcases and more. How it all came together was perfect!
Guests entered the reception where they found a large map stating "Where in the world are you seating?" This lead them to a table and each table was a different country or city that the couple has traveled to together. And they've traveled all over the world! The tables were adorned with a vintage camera, flowers from Leaf + Petal Design with either a mismatched china plate or old magazines as the base. Guests could write their name on their mason jar as their glass for the night. The guestbook was non-traditional - old post cards for guests to sign. We created a DIY photo booth and there were definitely some goofy photos by the end of the night.
I can't say enough good things about this couple and their perfect wedding day. All of the guests were so nice and the dancing never stopped. I am so so happy that Knot Too Shabby Events was a special part of their day! Keep traveling and loving each other! Congrats on your first year Melissa + Ryan!
Here is the wedding video edited by Half Jar Productions and shot by Anna Mann! You don't want to skip over this!
Below are some photos captured by Meet the Burks (with an exception of a few I took). Take a look at their engagement session blog in downtown Wilmington too!
"BY FAR the best wedding coordinator in all of Wilmington. We are so glad she was there to make our day absolutely flawless. She had everything under control so that we could relax and enjoy our special day. She saw our vision and just simply MADE IT A REALITY. We feel so grateful for all she did and know that she will go above and beyond for all her clients because she truly loves what she does. Choose Melissa. It's the best decision you will make for your wedding! :)"
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Favorite Wedding Moment: Melissa & Ryan did the Jewish traditional dance of The Hora where they were both put in chairs and tossed in the air. It was so awesome to watch! I was a little nervous they might drop one of them but they got down safe and then continued to dance!
Ceremony Venue: Airlie Gardens Pergola
Reception Venue: The RiverRoom
Ceremony Harpist: Anna Ashburn
Reception Music: DJ Professionals & Video
Catering: Coastal Catering
Photography: Meet The Burks Photography
Lighting: The Audio Visual People
Rentals: Etc. Party Rentals
Flowers: Leaf & Petal Designs
Videographer: Anna Mann, edited by Half Jar Productions
Hair: Jamie Warzel
Makeup: Makeup by Amy Kennison
Cake: Imaginary Cakes
Officiant: Kathy Bobbitt
Month-of Coordination: Knot Too Shabby Events
Attendees: 100 people
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