We always consider it an honor when a fellow wedding vendor reaches out asking us to be a part of their special day. Holly’s mother is the owner of Say I Dew Flowers and after speaking to her on the phone I knew I wanted to be a part of their “Welcome to the Jungle” themed wedding at 128 South in downtown Wilmington. Holly and Tyler were so carefree and laid back and that made the day super smooth and stress free. We worked with them leading up to the wedding to build in a plenty of creative time for portraits. Below is some, ok a lot of our favorites! Here’s more from Holly about her and Tyler’s story.
HOW and WHEN did you meet?
Summer of 2014 at a bar in Chapel Hill Called La Residence . Tyler noticed Holly when he walked in the bar and a friend of his dared him to go talk to Holly. He came up and dropped cheesiest pickup line “Excuse me do you have a bandaid? Because I hurt myself falling for you”. Holly’s future maid of honor turned to her and said “don’t talk to him”. Holly thought it was the greatest pickup line and they grabbed a drink (jager bombs-yikes).
Tell us about your fist date!
On our first official date we went to a less than impressive Mexican restaurant in Charlotte before I dragged him out to a college bar with all my friends. He was approved by the girls and we made it official before he went back to Chapel Hill
Tell us about your proposal! When? Where? How?
Our engagement was pretty funny and I was none the wiser during the process. Tyler had asked my dad for his blessing months before his original attempt (which was a bold move because my parents do not keep secrets very well. Tyler had originally planned to ask me on the beach in Wilmington the same place he first told me he loved me 5 years ago! We usually go on a run around the WB loop but of course that morning my angel of a mom caught me before he did and was like “let’s get donuts!” Convincing me (very easily) I didn’t need to run and donuts were the obvious choice 😅
So that was failed attempt 1
#2 Our next trip to Wilmington sadly was for my grandfathers funeral the following week which was a no-go in Tyler’s book for an engagement (understandable).
#3 was my birthday where we had both of our families and friends together at Lake Norman – the ring at this point has been carted all around NC and was stored in his childhood bedroom which I was in and out of the entire day. He decided against the big show that day since there was so much else going on
#4 the weekend after my birthday we decided to have a picnic Saturday which we occasionally do. I decided to dress up a bit because why not? (Anything to get out of the Covid sweatpants). He said I walked downstairs in my little outfit and knew it was the day😊
We got some great sandwiches and at the end of lunch we started packing up. We start walking away from our little lunch site and he’s behind me I hear “oh shit” as if he dropped something, look back and he’s on one knee. The sun was in my eyes andddd I’m pretty sure my response was some sort of expletive 😂
It was the greatest day. Just the two of us – no one else was in the park, it was crazy, then we walked around a while before telling anyone. 1000 phone calls later we went home had champagne, hung out with our cats, walked downtown for dinner and just smiled the whole time.
Now, tell us about your amazing wedding!
How many guests are you expecting?
Why did you choose the venues that you chose?
128 was the second venue we toured and we loved the entire place and staff so much we didn’t look anywhere else
What inspired your wedding decor? Did you have a theme in mind?
We have unusual taste and Holly’s favorite Band is Glass Animals so we sort of dedicated some of our Jungle theme to their “Zaba” album cover
Scroll to the bottom to see the complete vendor team!
Venue: 128 South
Planner: Katie Swaine – 128 South
Gown: Anjolique Bridal and Forma
Hair & Makeup: Bridal Styles with Kristen
Florist: Say I Dew Flowers (mother of the bride)
Bakery: Imaginary Cakes
DJ: Active DJ Entertainment
Tent Draping/Lighting: Event Excellence
Tent liner: Party Suppliers