“We took advantage of the Labor Day weekend and went to Wilmington. Apparently, he had a whole planned proposal involving a handwritten message I would find in a “washed up” bottle. Tragedy struck in the form of me not feeling very well and wanting to rest in the room. While we were lounging around, I said something endearing (no doubt influenced by medication) causing him to blurt out the proposal. He then immediately shouted, “No! Wait!” and ran away. Unbeknownst to me for 45 heart-stopping seconds, his hasty departure was due to his needing to retrieve the engagement ring from the hotel safe. I figure that anyone who proposes to you while you are wearing a bathrobe and in need of a shower really means it.”
This is one of the first things we learned about Amy and Richard, and we knew right away that they were one adorable couple. Between Amy’s emails during their engagement that kept us laughing more often than we care to share and their sweet engagement session after which Richard insisted on a print that had their pup, Loki, in it, we have grown to know and love these two.
They met when, according to Amy, the general economic chaos found them both waiting tables in North Carolina. It was home for Richard, but Amy ran from a cold and snowy Syracuse to warmer North Carolina because “the pictures looked nice.” While looking for a job where she could use her law degree, she ended up working with Richard. “He was the first person I met when I moved here, and he just hasn’t been able to shake me. We have both since retired from food and alcohol service.”
Their wedding was such a beautiful celebration. Surrounded by their closest family and friends at Merry Hill in Mebane, North Carolina, they sealed their commitment to each other with a sip of the rosé wine they created during their ceremony and, of course, a kiss.
Some of our favorite moments from their wedding:
- Amy’s details: she made her robe herself and she was crazy about her shoes (we don’t blame her!) which we loved photographing!
- The way Richard looked at her during their first dance (a foxtrot!) that was so well done and ended in a perfect dip!
- Badminton and corn hole at the reception! We love when guests are clearly having a great time at the reception!
- Amy and Richard played the shoe game and Amy’s reaction to “Who is the worse driver?” was hilarious!
- The dance party and ribbon wand send-off with the friends and family who remained was so sweet!
Amy and Richard, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your special day! We loved celebrating with you and hope you had so much fun together! We wish you the best for a long and happy marriage, and we hope you love these pictures as much as we do — we think they look pretty ‘nice’ too!
A huge thank you to Bustld for publishing this wedding. You can head here to see the feature!
Thank you to all of the vendors who contributed to this wedding. It wouldn’t have been possible without you!
Venue: Merry Hill
Event planning and florals: Plume Events
Hair and make-up: Wink Hair and Makeup
Dress: Morilee Official from Carolina Bridal World
Suit: Brooks Brothers
DJ: Melbourne Entertainment
Catering: Southern Harvest
Rentals: CE Rental