Friday, December 2, 2016

#FianceFriday: Dawn & Jason

Dawn + Jason: May 2017

Photo by: Treebird Photography

How They Met:

Dawn and Jason met their very first week of college and started dating later that year in April of 2009. They knew they were meant to be ever since they began dating, but waited until the timing was perfect. 


How He Asked:

On Christmas Eve 2015, while Dawn was sleeping, Jason printed out pictures of some of his favorite memories throughout their relationship and hung them all around the house. Because Christmas is Dawn's favorite holiday, she woke up bright and early that morning to find the pictures. She sees Jason waiting by the Christmas tree in their living room with her stocking in his hand. At that moment, he pulled the ring box out of her stocking, got down on one knee, and asked Dawn to marry him and promise to continue taking pictures for all the years to come. 

Photo by: Treebird Photography

The Wedding:

Dawn and Jason have planned to tie the knot here at The RiverRoom in Downtown Wilmington in May 2017. We are so excited to see this sweet couple's dream come true! Congratulations!
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

#FianceFriday: Brynn & Zack

Brynn + Zack: May 2017

Photo by: Kenny Martel

How They Met:

While in college, the Best Man and the Maid of Honor really helped orchestrate everything. The Best Man pointed Brynn out to me, and our mutual friend/ Brynn's roommate/ future Maid of Honor is the match-maker type. We planted the seed and let her run with things. We tried to have Brynn join us every time we got together, and I pretty quickly won her heart!

Photo by: Josh Smith

How He Asked:

Since Brynn is a huge Harry Potter fan (even bigger than myself), I knew it had to be at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Fate wanting everything to with this proposal, so everything seemed to fall into place. We were taking a trip to LA in March 2016, except the Harry Potter park wasn't opening until April. However, the Best Man (who lived in LA) was friends with someone who worked at Universal Studios, who was able to get us in early during the "test opening". Although he would be able to get us in, he could only do so if the park held one of the "sort openings" during our trip, which was something decided the night before the park opened. I decided to reach out to the park, just to be extra sure. Within a few days, they responded back to that they were thrilled about the idea, and were going to be sure we got in no matter the park's status. On March 4th (the night before Day 1 of our trip) we got word that when we landed, the park would be open and we were good to go. On the morning of March 5th, Brynn dressed in her Harry Potter t-shirt she had purchased a few days before, excited to visit the park. She had no idea what was coming. Our flight got delayed by a few hours, and I was worried we wouldn't make it to LA in time to get to the park. Between long overdue maintenance check and inevitable deplaning/ re-boarding, we ran into a man who, believe it or not, had a daughter who worked for Universal. He was sure to text her then and there to make sure we got to the park. Fate really wanted this to happen. We finally arrived in LA, where the weather was perfect. We picked up our rental car, drove to the park, and got in without a hiccup. I had hidden the ring box inside of "a bundle of socks" in my bag, and moved it to my pocket as we entered the park. After taking a few pictures, I was ready to get down on own knee. I went to grab the box, but it was too big for my back pocket and it got stuck. I was too far along now, so I had to fumble with it and keep going! I finally pulled the box free, after what I'm sure were nervous, anxious, and "is this what I think it is" giggles, and got down on one knee. She said yes and we both enjoyed the rest of our time at the park, a huge weight off my shoulders, and a little extra weight on her left hand! 

Photo by: Kenny Martel

The Wedding:

Brynn and Zack are set to say "I Do!" at The Atrium with their reception to follow at The RiverRoom in May 2017. We cannot wait to see what this Harry Potter loving couple has in store for their special day! 
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

#FianceFriday: Kayla & Nathan

Kayla + Nathan: May 2017



How They Met:

Kayla and Nathan met on July 4, 2014 weekend through a mutual friend in Emerald Isle, NC. Kayla was spending the holiday weekend at the beach with friends and Nathan was stationed in Cherry Point, NC. After meeting, Kayla and Nathan were inseparable the entire weekend, and watched fireworks together at various beaches along the coast. Kayla went back to the University of Mount Olive for her senior year of college, and the two began dating. After college graduation, Kayla began graduate school at East Carolina University. Shortly after, Nathan was deployed. When he returned from his deployment, the two spent as much time together before Nathan re-enlisted and stationed in South Carolina. 


How He Asked:

On June 18, 2016, Nathan and Kayla spent their last day together by enjoying movies and going to restaurants before Nathan moved to South Carolina to begin his re-enlistment. When it was time for Nathan to leave and begin his drive, the couple said their goodbyes and see-you-later's. Nathan started walking to his truck, Kayla turned to go back into her apartment. After only taking a few steps, Nathan said 'Hey, you forgot something!" When Kayla turned around, Nathan was down on one knee, asked if she would marry him, and put a ring on her finger!


The Wedding:

Kayla and Nathan will tie the knot on the JW Brooks deck of The RiverRoom with a reception inside to follow in May 2017. We cannot wait for these two to exchange their vows and make their dream a reality. Congratulations! 
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Ideas we love: Lounges

We love when clients have creative ideas to make the space their own! One idea we recently loved was creating a lounge area in front of the bar. Lounge areas make for a nice place for people to gather inside and socialize with a cocktail style setup or as a comfortable spot for guests to sit and relax!



Our clients Jon and Michelle Davis brought in a couch and two love seats with side tables from POMP. They decorated the brick wall with some picture frames and the tables with pictures of them throughout their relationship. The room had been set up to provide seating for all the guests in addition to having the furniture.  You can see more of what Jon and Michelle did with the spaced in our blog post: http://theriverroom.blogspot.com/2016/05/introducing-mr-mrs-davis-jon-michelle.html



The same style of furniture was previously brought in for a bridal shower in 2013 when Jessica, co-owner of POMP hosted a bridal shower for her sister and co-owner, Rebecca, at The RiverRoom Jessica brought in some of their gorgeous sectional couches from the Pomp store located on Kerr Avenue. The room had couches throughout the room opposed to all in one area.





David and Christy Hancock brought in some couches from L&L Tent and Party Rentals (previously etc. Party Rentals) and decorated the area in front of the bar area with the couches, their cake, a personalized monogram light, cocktail tables, and a decorative glass table. They chose to provide seating at tables for some guests and allow the other guests to make use of the lounge area. To see more of what the Hancock’s did to decorate The RiverRoom you can see their blog post:






One couch was brought in for Patrick and Lindsey’s rehearsal dinner. They rented a white couch and put in in one of the corners by the bar area with some cocktail tables. The couple had a slideshow set up in the back of the room for their guests to view from the dinner tables or the lounge area throughout the night. You can see more from Patrick and Lindsey’s Dinner here: 



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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Shay & Xrunn: Wedding Reception 7.23.16







Following their ceremony at St Mary's Church, Shay and Xrunn arrived at The RiverRoom in a horsedrawn carriage for their reception. Their 70 guests arrived in style as well; by a Wilmington Trolley. With Shay's craftiness she learned from being a teacher, and some help from Do Me a Favor Weddings, the room was decked out in adorable decorations.


Tables were decorated with gray linens, with touches of mint green and coral. The centerpieces each included a scrabble word, a lantern, and a picture of the couple. Some tables had birdhouses or flowers to create a cohesive color scheme. 


A Thyme Savor served cute appetizer and drink pairings of burger sliders and specialty beers, mini tacos with mini margaritas, and bite sized crab cakes. Dinner included stuffed chicken, mahi-mahi,  gourmet macaroni and cheese, and grilled vegetables. 

  

The key lime flavored teapot cake, cake pops and miniature pies were crafted by the talented Tammy of Creative Cake Design. The details on the cake and around the dessert table really helped bring the room together. 


Guests were kept entertained all night long. From dancing to taking silly pictures in the photo booth to playing cornhole and ladderball on the J.W. Brooks deck. They rented the boards from L&L, but gave them a personal touch by photoshopping their faces onto movie posters. How fun?! 


Congratulations Shay and Xrunn!


Thank you to our vendors!

Rentals // L&L
Photographer // Ray Baca
Wedding Coordinator // Do Me a Favor Weddings
Catering // A Thyme Savor
Music // My Wedding DJ
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Peach Perfect Rehearsal Dinner: Lucas & Irina 7.15.16

Lucas and Irina, the bride and groom to-be, celebrated a southern rehearsal dinner here at The RiverRoom. They brought 110 of their closest friends and family to The RiverRoom following their Wedding Rehearsal at The Oceanic. 



Fresh peaches were found on all of the tables and all around the room. They were such a hit that many of them were nibbled on by the end of the night. However, their guests went home with bellies full of barbecue and comfort food from Casey's Buffet. Casey's provided pork BBQ, fried chicken, chicken pastry, brunswick stew, mac and cheese, cole slaw, hush puppies, collard greens, beans, and homemade rolls.


The groomsmen made peach sangria and peach bourbon, while Casey's Buffet provided their authentic sweet tea and lemonade as well. Beverages were displayed in beehive dispensers to match the nights southern theme. 


The peaches were brought in from the farm the groom grew up on, adding such a sweet, personal touch to the rehearsal dinner. In true Southern fashion, the couple sent their guests home with pounds of BBQ and tea.


 Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Meachem!


Thank you to our vendors!

Linens & rentals // L&L
Catering // Casey's Buffet
Lighting // EZAV 

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Friday, July 1, 2016

#HappilyEverTome: Brandi & Alex 6.25.16

With fingers and toes crossed, the rain held off long enough for Brandi and Alex to have a beautiful ceremony on the J.W. Brooks deck of The RiverRoom. The white benches arranged for guests we are nice change from the traditional white chairs. 


Following the ceremony, guests came inside The RiverRoom to an elegantly decorated reception. Tables were covered in navy linens, accompanied by gold chiavari chairs. White floral centerpieces really added a fresh pop of color against the dark decor.


Following a buffet style dinner of marinated grilled chicken, pork tenderloin, green beans, squash casserole, bacon wrapped scallops, seasoned potatoes, rice and baked apples, guests enjoyed a couple unique cake flavors. The bride and groom cake of choice was called "Unicorn Breath", which was chocolate and raspberry puree, lavender and honey, as well as vanilla and pink champagne cupcakes. 


Adam with My Wedding DJ had guests on their feet dancing all night! Alex was quite the Michael Jackson fan and was not afraid to show off his dance moves. They closed the night with the bouquet and garter toss. 


Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Tome!

Thank you to our vendors!

Linens & rentals // L&L
Music // My Wedding DJ
Photographer // Ashlee Harrison
Flowers // Julia's Florist
Chalkboard bar // Southern Bee Designs

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Heather & Shawn: #HappilyEverKling 6.26.16

Heather and Shawn said their vows in the company of their closest friends and family on a Sunday evening on the J.W. Brooks deck of The RiverRoom.


Inside, guests could find numerous activities to keep them entertained and having fun all night long!  They had a selfie station with different hats, masks, and a few selfie sticks. You can't have a selfie station without a clever hashtag #HappilyEverKling! A Wii console was set up in the front of the room and cornhole was out on the deck. 



Tables were decorated with sleek black linens, gold placemats and white plates at each seat, while the pink napkins added a nice pop of color. Centerpieces were simple arrangements of white hydrangeas and candles. Their 63 guests enjoyed creamy penne pasta, chicken, and baked ziti from A Taste of Italy.

  

A Family Affair provided 2 cakes: one classic, with a topper that read "To the Moon & Back" and one humorous cake themed from the cartoon show "Rick and Morty".

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Every seat had a chocolate surprise, but only 2 had a lucky Golden Ticket. The DJ called up the lucky winners to do give the Bride and Groom a rather special gift. Each winner got to smash a piece of cake into the Bride and Groom's faces! What a clever and funny idea!

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The bride and groom, as well as their guests, ended the night with a beautiful sunset off the Cape Fear River and a little cornhole.

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 Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Kling!

Thank you to our vendors! 

Rentals // L&L
Cake // A Family Affair
Coordinator // Elizabeth Block
Caterer // A Taste of Italy
Music // My Wedding DJ
Chalkboard bar // Southern Bee Designs
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Presenting Mr. & Mrs. Bratcher: Travis and Dionna 6.23.16


Travis and Dionna Bratcher said their vows on a beautiful Thursday morning here at The RiverRoom. The couple have already been officially married, but being stationed overseas in Japan prevented them from having a formal ceremony with friends and family. 

  

The couple had a very intimate ceremony with a special unity candle lighting. The mother of the bride and the mother of the groom lit the two outer candles representing the two families then Travis and Dionna used those candles to light the larger candle in the middle symbolizing the unity of two families into one. The candle reads "This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with. LOVE" 

  

Deep purple with green and white accents was the color scheme of the day. Tables were set with purple napkins, two wine bottles and a table number fixed on top of a wine cork.


A buffet style lunch was set up by ART Catering. Guests enjoyed champagne chicken, crab cakes, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, and green beans.


Following lunch, the bride and groom cut the cake. The purple theme was carried out on the classic wedding cake and display table. We love the personal touch of the "B" cake topper!


How cute are these champagne glasses for Mr. and Mrs. Bratcher?! Near the end of the celebration, guests took turns giving words of wisdom and best wishes to the newlyweds. 



Congratulations to Travis and Dionna!

Thank you to our vendors!

Linens // ART Catering
Rentals // ART Catering
Caterer // ART Catering
Photographer // Nichole Chaffin 
Music // My Wedding DJ



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