Real Weddings

BY Jessica Haywood

Hannah and Scott

Within the first few weeks of their freshman year at UNCW Hannah Maria Woodward met Scott Christian Bodemann through mutual friends. They soon began dating and six and a half years later Hannah and Scott went on a vacation to St. Martin where Scott proposed while the couple sat on a rock overlooking the ocean.

The weather was perfect for their May wedding which was held outside the pergola at Airlie Gardens. Friends and family came from out of town to join Hannah and Scott in the celebration. The reception at Blue Water — An American Grill was special for the couple because it was also the location of their first date. The day after the wedding the couple hosted a get-together at their home for family friends and guests still in town.

Hannah and Scott honeymooned in Anguilla where they enjoyed walks on the beach horseback riding and snorkeling. The couple lives in Raleigh where Hannah works for Merrill Lynch and Scott works for South-Tek Systems.

BRIDE’S FULL NAME: Hannah Maria Woodward GROOM’S FULL NAME: Scott Christian Bodemann WEDDING DATE: May 11 2007 CEREMONY SITE: Airlie Gardens – The Pergola RECEPTION SITE: Bluewater — An American Grill REHEARSAL DINNER SITE: Café Phoenix PHOTOGRAPHY: Eric von Bargen Photography OFFICIANT: The Rev. P.D. Midgett — Wrightsville Beach Methodist GOWN VEIL & SHOES: Elegant Brides JEWELRY: Tiger Lilly HAIR: Harbor Club Day Spa MAKEUP: Bridesmaids BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Elegant Brides FORMALWEAR: Cape Fear Formal Wear INVITATIONS: FLOWERS: Occasions Catering — Jim Thomas CAKE: Danny’s Pastry Shoppe MUSIC: DJ America TRANSPORTATION: Platinum Limousine ACCOMMODATIONS: Summer Sands Blockade Runner Wingate Inn HONEYMOON: Anguilla — Shoal Bay Villas

Lee Ann and William

Lee Ann Adams met William Bryan Fuller Jr. (and William’s ex-girlfriend) at a party when she first moved to Wilmington three years ago. Ironically Lee Ann became good friends with the ex-girlfriend. She became friends with William too of course but it wasn’t until a year or so later that Lee Ann and William began dating. They dated for a year and then a few days after Halloween with the bowl of candy still hanging around the house the couple decided to go to the movies. Before leaving William told Lee Ann to grab some candy from the bowl and when she did … there she discovered her engagement ring.

Their elegant black and white wedding was decorated with candles and flowers that created a wonderful ambience. The Carolina Yacht Club was the perfect location for the ceremony because the couple spent many days and nights there while they were dating.

Their honeymoon in South Africa was a nature lover’s fairy tale. According to Lee Ann it was “rustically opulent.” When they checked in at the Mala Mala Private Game Reserve in Cape Town and walked out on the veranda a herd of elephants greeted them. Lee Ann said it was “definitely the most special and unique travel experience of my life.”

Lee Ann is currently taking classes at UNCW and William works for Atlantic Brokerage commercial real estate which he co-owns with his father.

BRIDE’S FULL NAME: Lee Ann Adams GROOM’S FULL NAME: William Bryan Fuller Jr. WEDDING DATE: October 20 2007 CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE: Carolina Yacht Club Wrightsville Beach REHEArSAL DINNER SITE: The Surf Club Wrightsville Beach PHOTOGRAPHY: Harry Taylor VIDEOGRAPHER: Big Bear Productions WEDDING PLANNER: Meredith Carroll McSwain OFFICIANT: Bruce Birdsey GOWN & VEIL: Adele Wechsler HAIR: Marco at Belleza INVITATIONS: Vera Wang Mindy & Angie’s Fine Paper RENTALS: Party Suppliers FLOWERS: Sam Haddock CATERING: A Southern Thyme CAKE: Nikki McRae MUSIC: Concordia String Orchestra HONEYMOON: Mala Mala Private Game Reserve Cape Town South Africa

Elizabeth and Wylie

Elizabeth Daile Partin and Wylie Beckman Smith III both attended UNCW and Elizabeth’s parents owned a house on the same street as Wylie lived but it took mutual friends to finally introduce the two. Later on a warm October day Wylie took Elizabeth out on her father’s boat. They anchored in Banks Channel and Wylie got down on one knee … in the boat … and proposed. Later that night they celebrated with family and friends at Boca Bay Restaurant the location of their first date.

Approximately 275 guests attended their tropical beach-themed wedding which was held at Airlie Gardens. Elizabeth and Wylie surprised everyone at their reception with a choreographed dance to I Need You by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

The newlyweds honeymooned on Canouan one of the Grenadines Islands belonging to St. Vincent and Barbados where they went scuba diving and fishing and were pampered and spoiled with spa treatments.

Elizabeth and Wylie live in Wilmington where Elizabeth works as associate director for Cape Fear Commercial and Wylie is a mortgage broker for Archer Mortgage.

BRIDE’S FULL NAME: Elizabeth Daile Partin GROOM’S FULL NAME: Wylie Beckman Smith III WEDDING DATE: October 6 2007 CEREMONY SITE: Airlie Gardens The Surf Club Wrightsville Beach REHEARSAL DINNER SITE: Bluewater — An American Grill Wrightsville Beach PHOTOGRAPHY: Chris Tisinger Photography VIDEOGRAPHER: Lifetime Video Pete Bruno WEDDING PLANNER: Vivian Partin bride’s mother OFFICIANT: The Rev. P.D. Midgett GOWN: Traditions Raleigh VEIL: Bride’s mother’s SHOES: David’s Bridal JEWELRY: Ross-Simons Kingoff’s Jewelers HAIR & MAKEUP: Lavish Salon & Spa BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Aria Bridesmaids FORMALWEAR: After Hours INVITATIONS: Mindy & Angie’s Fine Paper RENTALS: Party Suppliers FLOWERS: Flowers by Jan CATERING: The Surf Club CAKE: Nancy Herne MUSIC: The Imitations (reception) Elena Karin harpist (wedding) FAVORS: Donation given to American Cancer Society instead of favors TRANSPORTATION: Wedding Trolley (Wilmington Trolley) Platinum Limousine ACCOMMODATIONS: Intracoastal Realty Rental Bryant Realty rental Shell Island Resort Holiday Inn SunSpree HONEYMOON: Raffles Resort — Canouan Island in the Grenadines and The Sandpiper Resort in Barbados

Heather and Dennis

Music has a way of bringing people together. Heather Margie Peck a native of Wilmington was living in Raleigh while her future husband Dennis Wendall Pike III was living in Chapel Hill. Each unaware of the other they both traveled from the Triangle to Wilmington to see a mutual friend’s band play at Reggie’s.

A year and a half later Dennis met Heather at the door of his house … and blindfolded her. She was completely surprised as he led her into a room filled with candles flowers champagne and strawberries. He took off the blindfold got down on one knee and proposed.

The wedding was held at Grace United Methodist Church where Heather grew up worshipping. The letter “P’” adorned the napkins programs and candle favors and was even their cake topper — both of their last names of course begin with “P.” An old-fashioned horse and carriage decorated with flowers drove the couple away from the reception with a sign that read: Just Hitched.

The newlyweds honeymooned in Brazil visiting Rio de Janeiro Iguazu Falls and a small beach town on the equator called Jericoacoara.

Heather and Dennis live in Carrboro where she teaches dance and he is a computer engineer.

BRIDE’S FULL NAME: Heather Margie Peck GROOM’S FULL NAME: Dennis Wendall Pike III WEDDING DATE: August 4 2007 CEREMONY SITE: Grace United Methodist Church RECEPTION SITE: Henrietta III Riverboat REHEARSAL DINNER SITE: The Balcony on Dock PHOTOGRAPHY: Kevin Millard Images OFFICIANT: The Rev. Bob Bauman GOWN: Amsale HAIR: Wesley Trivette MAKEUP: Juliet Cesario BRIDESMAID DRESSES: J. Crew FORMALWEAR: Cape Fear Formal Wear INVITATIONS: The Sterling House RENTALS: Party Suppliers FLOWERS: Island Florals by Roxanne CATERING: Henrietta III Riverboat CAKE: Cupcake tower by Danny’s Pastry Shoppe MUSIC: Doug Clark and The Hot Nuts FAVORS: The Sterling House – “P” candles TRANSPORTATION: Wilmington Trolley Co. and Horse & Carriage ACCOMMODATIONS: The Front Street Inn HONEYMOON: Brazil

Ginny and Greig

ove at first sight really happens … and Ginny Broadfoot Lee and Greig Leonard Mare are an amazing true-life example. On Memorial Weekend at a very crowded Lake Lanier Ginny and Greig locked eyes. They spent the rest of the weekend together and one year later Greig asked Ginny to marry him.

Their beach-themed wedding was decorated with ivory-white and coral colors and their cake was adorned with chocolate seashells. As guests arrived on the beach via trolley a valet checked their shoes. At the reception everyone wrote messages to the couple and placed them in bottles.

Ginny and Greig’s honeymoon at the exclusive Las Ventanas in Cabo San Lucas Mexico was fun fantastic and as exclusive as advertised: The newlyweds were wined and dined by private butlers.

The couple lives in Atlanta Georgia where Ginny works for a commercial real estate agency and Greig is a general manager for Atlanta Bread Company.

BRIDE’S FULL NAME: Ginny Broadfoot Lee GROOM’S FULL NAME: Greig Leonard Mare WEDDING DATE: September 29 2007 CEREMONY SITE: Johnnie Mercer’s Pier RECEPTION SITE: 19 East Atlanta Street beach house REHEARSAL DINNER SITE: The Bridge Tender PHOTOGRAPHY: Bella Rose Photography WEDDING PLANNER: Salt Harbor Designs GOWN & VEIL: Lazaro BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Jenny Yoo FLOWERS: Salt Harbor Designs CATERING: The Bridge Tender RENTALS: Party Suppliers CAKE: Danny’s Pastry Shoppe MUSIC: Marc Siegel guitarist DJ at reception TRANSPORTATION: Wilmington Trolley HONEYMOON: Las Ventanas — Cabo San Lucas Mexico