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Airlie Gardens Wedding Photos | Wilmington Wedding Photographers

We are so excited to finally share this styled shoot put together by such an incredible team of vendors. Airlie Gardens is a dream to photograph at any time of the year, but even more so in the spring when the tulips are in bloom.

From Raelin and the Knot Too Shabby Events team:

For this styled shoot, we wanted to stray from the norm and create a new and unique shoot while sticking to our true style. The theme for our shoot was “enchanted boho”. Our location, color palette, and team of vendors helped to execute our vision perfectly. It was colorful, whimsical, and eccentric. We created a custom color palette and stuck to it. We didn’t incorporate any cultural or religious traditions because we wanted to provide an unforgettable look that hasn’t been seen and can be enjoyed by all types of people.

We used an array of various geometric shapes throughout the mock ceremony and reception. From geometric bud vases to the ceremony altar, there were all different shapes and sizes used. Lighting was an important element that we incorporated throughout the shoot. There were Edison lights hanging in the floral chandelier, assorted candles in colorful and fun vases on the table, gold geometric lanterns at the ceremony, and even plum uplights by the cake. Relic provided mismatched wooden chairs for the guest tables and peacock chairs for our sweethearts. We used natural elements such as eucalyptus leaf escort cards, floral backdrops, and greenery from the gardens on the tables, and in the chandelier. Though we didn’t DIY any items, Brooke with Southern Bee Designs created personalized menus, escort cards, invitation suites and even a welcome sign! The serene venue, the wonderful team of vendors, and our gorgeous models helped to make our vision come to life.

We went over the top with flowers. Design Perfection created a jaw-dropping floral chandelier from the existing cement pergola at our shoot location with colorful flowers and an abundance of greenery hanging over the head table. The arrangements on the table were to-die-for. The floral centerpieces were vibrant, colorful, lavish arrangements that really pulled the tables together. There were large greenery runners with loose blooms that flowed to the ground creating the perfect enchanted, boho look. There were gorgeous, bright flowers in every single part of this shoot. We used geometric bud vases with a few blooms at the ceremony altar and on the donut wall. The bridal bouquet was incredibly stunning. It was a lush, asymmetrical, cascading beauty which helped to create incredible photo opportunities such as the bridal portraits. The floral elements played such an important role in this shoot.

Because this was a styled shoot, we were able to personalize each and every part of the look. From the color and fold of the napkins to the pillows on the benches at the ceremony, we put a lot of time and thought into the details. Some of my favorite elements of this shoot were the hanging cake in the Pergola and the hanging cocktail and hors d’oeuvres display at the Camellia Garden.

When choosing a bridal gown, we wanted to make sure that we kept our enchanted boho theme in mind. We sent our inspo to Coastal Knot Bridal Shop and they had the perfect dress for us. We used the Made With Love Sasha gown. There was an ivory undertone with white lace overlay on the dress. When we stumbled across our flower girl dress at a local retailer, it was a match made in heaven. It resembled the bridal gown perfectly! Melissa Tyson’s hand crafted jewelry was dainty, simple, and unique. When choosing a suit for the groom, we wanted something neutral that wouldn’t take away from the vibrant colors we used. The navy blue suit we used complimented his boutonniere and the bride’s bouquet so well.

Although they are a couple in real life, he hasn’t popped the question yet! Because we used a real couple for this shoot who have been together for 7+ years, each moment felt real. When our groom saw the bride for the first time, his eyes teared up and his voice choked up just like it would happen in a real first look. It was such a special thing to be a part of.

When planning your wedding, hire professionals. Though you may have family and friends that want to help, they may be more hurtful than helpful. Whether it is a florist, DJ, photographer, or planner, hire someone who does this for a living. It’s also important to work with a strong vendor team who is familiar with each other and works well together. It’s all about the couple and we work hard to put together a talented team of support for them on their dream day. It will only help to make your day run more smooth and it will help you to be much less stressed.

We hope you enjoy these Airlie Gardens wedding photos! You can also see this shoot published on Southern Bride!

Check out our video here from our fabulous videographer Doug!


Rentals: L&L Party Rentals

Vintage Rentals: Relic 

Models: Chelsea + Jacob 

Cake: Creative Cake Design by Tammy Hodge

Donuts: Wake n Bake

Photography: Erin Costa Photography

Lighting: Event Excellence Consulting by Michael Pirozzolo 

Flowers & Decor: Design Perfection + DP etc. 

Graphics: Southern Bee Designs 

Hair + Makeup: Tyler Kent Salon

Dress: Coastal Knot

Tuxedo: J. Crew

Jewelry: Melissa Tyson Designs 

Flower Girl: Grey

Coordination + Design: Knot Too Shabby Events

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