A beautiful wedding in the heart of fall with simple details & heartfelt moments all throughout the day. Their color palette was a beautiful mixture of blues, green & white that paired so well with the soft brick & greenery elements of the manor. Happiness radiated from their family & friends as they took their vows underneath a beautiful oak tree, then enjoyed the rest of the evening surrounded by loved ones & friends!
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another? We met working together at a church summer camp. I thought Phillip was funny, kind, and easy to be around. Leah immediately caught my eye and I also thought she was quite charming.
Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship! On one of our first dates, we met in a city halfway between the two of us. About 20 minutes outside of the city Leah stopped to get gas because she was on empty and realized she had forgotten her wallet. She had to call me and ask me to drive to her and pay for her gas. She was extremely embarrassed and I thought it was a great opportunity to swoop in to the rescue!
If someone were to ask me, “who is the most gracious couple you’ve ever worked with?” I’d likely say Leah and Phillip.
Leah longed for sunshine on her October wedding day, but was met with overcast skies and an afternoon drizzle. And yet, she was totally at ease and utterly consumed with joy. She just really wanted to marry Phillip, and, at the end of the day, that’s all that mattered. When they finally saw each other at their first look, it was one of the sweetest encounters, I’ve ever witnessed. Their tender love for each other and excitement was tangible, and, yep, more than a few tears we shed! Despite the emotion, they took a minute to show off their new kicks to each other.
Leah’s approach to her wedding’s style was simple and understated. Drawing from natural elements, Gathering Events adorned her reception with greenery and created beautiful white bouquets for Leah and her bridesmaids. Every detail was timeless and clean. The ceremony took place under Wrightsville Manor’s giant oak tree – what could be more Southern? It was a sacred and holy event, rooted in their deep Christian faith and covered in prayer by the people that love them most.
After a cool fall ceremony, guests enjoyed lawn games and rotating appetizers before being ushered inside for a warm reception made even cozier by a roaring fireplace and romantic candle lights.
As Leah and Phillip left for their honeymoon, I couldn’t help but reflect on how sweet the whole day was. From their early-in-the-day poise when the weather the weather was dreary to the genuine happiness their wedding party and families had for their marriage, it was really a beautiful day to be a part of. – Emily March Photography
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning. The first time I asked Leah on a date she said no. Then we lost touch for a couple of years. We reconnected through mutual friends and I had to work up the nerve to ask her on a date for the second time. Leah had to work up the nerve to say yes even though she had turned me down once before. We both had to lay aside our preconceived notions of one another.
What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? Our favorite part about planning our wedding was asking our dear friends to be bridesmaids and groomsmen. These friends have loved us and shaped us and we were excited to invite them to be a part of our special day.
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another? Leah does all things with excellence. I have learned to put in the effort to strive for this in daily life.
Phillip speaks very thoughtfully. I have learned to slow down and think before I speak, especially in a kind tone as he always does.
What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you? The ceremony was really important to us. We are both devout Christians and it was important to us to have our faith on display in a way that would encourage others. From the music we chose to the homily shared, to the men and women we asked to stand beside us, glorifying God was our main objective.
What is your favorite thing about each other? My favorite thing about Phillip is his empathy and compassion. He is able to care well for me and others because of this. When I’m sad or struggling, he’s a safe person to be raw and vulnerable around.
My favorite thing about Leah is the way she strives to honor and love God in all that she does.
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be? Don’t walk through life alone. Invite close friends and family into your everyday life. Allow others to speak into your marriage.
What is the most honest thing you can say about love? Love is often a choice. We don’t always “feel” love for one another, but we strive to serve the other and trust that loving feelings will eventually follow.
Photographer: Emily March Photography / Venue: Wrightsville Manor / Stylist / Planner / Designer: Gather Events / Floral Designer: Gather Events / Dress Designer: Lillian West / Cake Designer: Pink Baking Co. / Makeup Artist: Hair by Hannah / Hair Stylist: Hair by Hannah / Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A Bank / Rentals: Party Suppliers and Martha My Dear / Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Birdy Grey / Lawn Games: Port City Lawn Games / DJ: Active DJ Entertainment / Paper Goods: Minted