After weeks of stressful phone calls and uneasy feelings in my stomach we have FINALLY booked a new wedding location! Over the past few weeks I have called over 20 possible wedding locations in and around the Wilmington, NC area. Unfortunately all but one was already booked for April 2, 2011. Can you believe that? I didn't think early April was such a popular time for weddings. Luckily through our florists blog and another one of our vendors we were informed of a new location that has not yet opened. They are still in the renovating stages so they haven't put themselves out on the market as a wedding ceremony and reception location. Good news for us because this meant they were not yet booked for April 2, 2011. Unfortunately we have to keep a creative eye in visualizing what our venue is going to look like. They are knee deep in the renovating stages and don't plan on being finalized with the renovation until January 2011. With that said, that gives us a cushion of 3 months for any delays. They have guaranteed me that everything will be just fine by our wedding date. Keep your fingers crossed. My luck hasn't been the best when it comes to wedding venue ;-) In moving the venue to Wilmington from Oak Island we have had to find new hotels, a new rehearsal dinner location and a few other things. I am hoping to have all those details worked out in the next week or so.
Our wedding will now be held at the Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews in Wilmington, North Carolina. It isn't exactly the original garden type venue that we had envisioned, but it has a lot of character and we know it will be wonderful. It is an old church built in 1888 with 50 foot vaulted cathedral ceilings, a large beautiful balcony, a courtyard out back where the ceremony can be held, lots of old character, and so much more. We are incredibly excited to be one of the first couples to get married in this beautiful landmark. They were able to restore many of the original stained glass windows and placed them back or used them for decorating the walls of the church. There is also a house next door that they own where my bridal party and I will be getting ready :)
Here is a picture of the church as it is now, in the renovation process. Hopefully more pictures to come...
I should add that this picture is from a few months ago. They were a lot further along when we saw it :)
This weekend will be 6 months (186 days) until our wedding day. I couldn't be more excited!!!