Set at the historic Graylyn Estate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Amber and Will threw a stunning spring wedding featuring lush floral design with modern garden party elegance. Every detail of the day was impeccably planned, from the creative floral dresses of Amber’s bridesmaids to the elegant simplicity of their ceremony overlooking the lake. When asked to describe their wedding in three words, Amber and Will said that the day was a dreamy, magical garden party. With the luxury venue being located five minutes from Amber’s childhood home, she spent so much time during her younger years walking around the grounds, which made having her wedding there so much more special and meaningful.
For both Amber and Will, family and friends are incredibly important, and getting to celebrate this special day with their loved ones from all over was everything they could have asked for. When asked about their wedding planning experience, Amber said that she really loved how Will wanted to have a say in the parts of the wedding that were important to him – the band, the food, the first dance, and the marriage counseling. They would make date nights out of figuring out the first dance and making a song list for the band. Amber shared that her biggest advice would be to have fun planning it all. Not to get too caught up in all of the little details. If the bride isn’t stressed – nobody is stressed. There will be mishaps that happen on your day but if you stay positive nobody will even notice. The band is key, the photographer is key, the venue is key. Everything else will fall into place, but be certain to get vendors that you trust!
When asked about her favorite moments of the day, here’s what Amber had to say: “I have always said since college I would rather stay at the pregame with my girls than go to the party. Getting ready with all of my best friends and sisters was so special to me. Lots of champagne and giggles. My dog is my best friend and she came for the last hour or so for pictures and to hang and that made my entire day. Seeing my dad for the first time was very emotional for me. I love him he is my best friend. I don’t know how to describe the feeling but I couldn’t believe he was about to give me away. I wanted more time! Seeing Will for the first time was the best feeling in the entire world. Knowing we were about to officially get married was indescribable. I have never been so happy. It was such a special moment and I am so glad we chose to do a first look. I will never forget the way he looked at me the first time he saw me. Still gives me butterflies and a smile from ear to ear. I for sure thought since I had cried so many tears at the rehearsal dinner I would be good to go to say my vows. Did not happen. I could barely get through them without choking up and crying. I love how Will was looking at me and said, “You can do this”. It was just another reminder of how much he loves me and how I know he will be my biggest cheerleader throughout our life. I felt so safe with him there in front of all of our friends and family and I love that we got to start our married life that way.”
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