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krissy+ryan: a wedding at 128 South in downtown Wilmington NC

Isn’t it time to show some new pictures on the blog? Yeah. We think so too.

Let’s start with Krissy and Ryan’s wedding at 128 South in downtown Wilmington. This is such a fabulous venue. I’ve lived in Wilmington long enough to remember it as Stemmerman’s Bar, which was a hole-in-the-wall for college kids. Quarter draft night!!! The draft was always Busch Lite, and it was always packed from top to bottom… back then you had to have a $1 membership to get into the elite upstairs part of the bar… where there was nothing special other than another, smaller, more limited bar. Oh the good old days.

So Stemmerman’s Bar is long closed, and in its place stands Stemmerman’s B&B and the gorgeous two-story ballroom of 128 South Events. They recently added a deck out back for outdoor ceremonies, which is where Krissy and Ryan said their I Do’s. It was so pretty… the sun was brutal, but the views were phenomenal, and once the sun set below the trees it was absolutely heavenly out there.

Some fun factoids about this wedding:

-Krissy is from “all over the place,” but chose Wilmington for the wedding because her dad recently moved here for work. Otherwise? No Wilmington connection at all!
-Ryan is from South Africa – right around Durban, if I’m not mistaken.
-They met in New Zealand. ??? Yeah, that’s right – so if everything in their lives hadn’t fallen into place exactly right, at exactly the right times, and in exactly the right places… they wouldn’t have met at all. I love stories of fate like this.
-They’re now living in Charlotte and enjoying the far sunnier skies and warmer weather while, hopefully, gazing at all their wedding pictures over and over, morning till dusk.
-For her flowers, Krissy chose to highlight protea, which are native to South Africa (but also grow in my home state of Hawaii, so they have a special place in my heart as well). Julia’s Florist did such a wonderful job of incorporating these unusual florals into all the bouquets and centerpieces.
-Ryan’s accent is awesome.
-Ryan’s brother and best man gave the longest, funniest, most full-of-regional-non-American-references toast EVER. It went on for AGES and just kept getting more hilarious.
-Krissy is real. Like, a real person that you know from college or work. She’s sarcastic and irreverent, relaxed and funny, totally charming and not all about talking herself up.
-We loved this wedding.

They danced their first dance to Pearl Jam’s “Breathe” – such a pretty song, and so fitting for their personalities. If you hit play on the video below of Eddie singing their first dance song live at Austin City Limits… well, you’ll capture the feel a little more closely, we think.


Venue/Catering: 128 South Events
Music: Brian Hood, Active Entertainment
Officiant: Pastor Skip, Weddings of Topsail
Flowers: Julia’s Florist
Cupcakes: Coastal Cupcakes
Rentals: L&L Tent and Party Rentals