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Southern Wilmington Riverfront wedding | Trula + Vince

Some of my most favorite weddings have been the smallest, most intimate ones. Especially Trula and Vince’s downtownWilmington Rivrefront wedding. Trula didn’t really want a lot of pomp and circumstance and she wasn’t looking for the fairytale wedding. She just wanted to marry Vince and live happily ever after. And on that day, to have a celebration. And that’s just what they had. A celebration that may have been small in size, but large in love. Their love. And the love of those there to celebrate with them.

Vince and their closest friends and family gathered on the steps of the Alton Lennon Federal Courthouse on the Wilmington Riverfront as the horse-drawn carriage clip clopped down the cobblestone street with the bride. Vince shifted his weight from side to side in nervous anticipation as he waited for Trula to step out of the carriage and walk up the steps to him. But as soon as he saw her, his nerves gave way to the biggest and brightest of smiles (and maybe even the smallest of tears). She took her place next to him at the top of the steps and as he wrapped his hands around hers, the guests surrounded them, enveloping them in love. And on that day, in that spot, happily ever after began.

Trula and Vince…your love for one another amazes me and I am so happy I was there to witness the beginning of your “forever.” May your “happily ever after” be a long one! Much love…OXOX Renee


Trula’s day began with a little pampering at JSR Creations. Props to the staff there for doing such a beautiful job with her hair and makeup and for making her look like a princess!

I always encourage my brides to have the most special people in their lives help them into their gowns and with all the final details of getting ready. Trula fittingly chose to have her daughter there to help her.
A beautiful gown for a beautiful bride….

What a hot tamale you are, Trula!

I took a few portraits of the handsome groom to keep him occupied and ward off the nerves while he waited for Trula to meet him for their first look.
I love when couples see each other before the ceremony as it’s such a great way for them to spend some quality time and relax together!
Y’all are just fierce! Love this! The Wilmington Riverfront is such a romantic area and the perfect place for a first look. 


Trula, could you possibly be any more stunning?
Why actually, maybe you can! Every bride should be this happy on her wedding day!
After spending some quality time down by the riverside, we walked over to the Kenan Fountain.

One of my favorites of the day…just the right mix of fun and romance!

I just love the richness of Trula’s bouquet….especially when paired with Vince’s hat….the perfect Southern combination! After Vince left, Trula and I spent a little more time in the historic area…such a Southern beauty…
The ceremony was held in front of the fountain at the Alton Lennon Federal Courthouse overlooking the Cape Fear River…such a romantic setting.
Wilmington jazz saxophonist Benny Hill provided amazing music for the ceremony… including Train’s “Marry Me” which was the processional song for the bride’s entrance…
Both Vince and Trula had to fight back the tears during their moving ceremony… Trula and Vince weren’t the only ones tearing up during the ceremony. In fact, there weren’t many dry eyes at all. The formalities are all finished…with the exception of one…
and now it’s officially sealed with a kiss!
I just love petal tosses at the end of the ceremony…

After the guests left for the cocktail party and reception, we took a few more portraits of the happy couple and Trula’s beautiful daughter.

Is this a happy family or what?

Beautiful details greeted the guests at the reception site including this gorgeous cake created by Imaginary Friends Bakery.

The reception was a private affair — a dinner held at Ruth’s Chris – and was the perfect ending to a perfect day…a great opportunity for Trula and Vince to say thank you and celebrate with their friends and family.

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