WBM Weddings

BY Sarah Brehm

Emily and Brian

Emily Burnett met Brian Marlton in 2005 through a mutual friend Jeff after Brians mom married Jeffs dad. Both graduates of UNCW Emily and Brian hit it off. But they didnt exchange contact information and when Jeff deployed overseas Emily and Brian didnt see each other for more than a year. Then in 2007 Brian pursued Emily until he secured their first date in June.

In August of 2008 Brian convinced Emily to go to Wrightsville Beach with him to take pictures of the sunrise. “Im not usually a morning person ” says Emily “but Im glad I went that morning.” As the sun rose over the ocean Brian proposed.

The couple wed on October 3 2009 at Little Chapel on the Boardwalk on Wrightsville Beach where Emilys parents are members. During the ceremony Emily admits she was so lost in Brians eyes that she missed the cue for her vows. “Everyone was silent ” says Emily. When she realized what had happened she burst into laughter. “And Brian was worried hed mess up!”

The reception was held at Bluewater – An American Grill. “Never would I imagine what it was like to walk in there with 150 friends and family cheering for you. I was just blown away.” The newlyweds left the reception via boat captained by John Batson. “It was the most magical part of the whole reception.”

Emily and Brian honeymooned in Couples Tower Isle Jamaica for a week where they enjoyed some well-deserved relaxation.

The couple lives in Cary North Carolina where Emily works in the Study Abroad Office at NC State and Brian is a systems analyst contracted by NIEHS.



WEDDING DATE: October 3 2009

CEREMONY SITE: Little Chapel on the Boardwalk

RECEPTION SITE: Bluewater – An American Grill


RENTALS: Party Suppliers & Rentals

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kellie Kano Photography



OFFICIANT: Rev. Emily Bell (brides aunt) and Rev. Scott Comrie

GOWN: Allure Fountaine Bridals

VEIL: Fountaine Bridals


JEWELRY: Island Passage and Anna Bellagio

HAIR: Alyson Murphy Panache Hair Salon

MAKEUP: Charli Woodard

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Bridal Boutique of Raleigh

FORMALWEAR: Bernards Formalwear

INVITATIONS: Heather Ivady A Carolina Wedding

FLOWERS: Island Florals by Roxanne

CATERING: Bluewater – An American Grill

CAKE: Robin Fisher-Cox Eat Dessert First

MUSIC: Carl Newton and the 5th Avenue Band

FAVORS: Personalized blue and green sharpies

TRANSPORTATION: Wilmington Trolley Company; John Batson boat captain

ACCOMMODATIONS: Shell Island Resort

HONEYMOON: Couples Tower Isle Jamaica


Stephanie and Ryan

Stephanie Sanders and her friends were camping on the north end of Carolina Beach over the Fourth of July weekend in 2007. One of her friends brought along a co-worker Ryan Zewatsky. “He wasnt your typical guy ” says Stephanie. “He was nice and caring.”

A year later in July 2008 Stephanie and Ryan went on vacation to the mountains of Cherokee North Carolina with Stephanies family. During a hike to a waterfall Ryan proposed.

“I grew up at the Carolina Yacht Club ” says Stephanie whose parents are members “and knew I wanted to get married there.”

The coupled wed on October 3 2009. “I think every bride remembers walking down the aisle and looking into his eyes. Its the moment you realize this is it youre getting married!”

During the reception also at the Carolina Yacht Club Stephanie and Ryan surprised their guests with a choreographed dance to a variety of songs including Cotton-Eyed Joe Thriller and music from Grease. “Ryan and I are not very serious people ” says Stephanie. “This seemed a lot more fitting for us.”

Due to school and work the newlyweds opted not to go on a honeymoon. Instead they are planning a trip for their first anniversary. Theyre still deciding on a location.

The couple resides in Norfolk Virginia where Stephanie is a store manager for New York & Company and Ryan is studying to be a physicians assistant while working at Riverside Regional Medical Center.

BRIDES FULL NAME: Stephanie Jane Sanders

GROOMS FULL NAME: Ryan Michael Zewatsky

WEDDING DATE: October 3 2009

CEREMONY SITE: Carolina Yacht Club on the beach

RECEPTION SITE: Carolina Yacht Club

REHEARSAL DINNER SITE: St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church

RENTALS: L&L Tent and Party Rentals


VIDEOGRAPHY: friend of brides parents

WEDDING/EVENT PLANNER: Robin Fisher-Cox of Eat Dessert First

OFFICIANT: Pastor Mark Opgrand

GOWN: Davids Bridal

VEIL: Davids Bridal

SHOES: Rainbow sandals

JEWELRY: Rings: Perrys Emporium; bride: starfish necklace and pearl earrings; bridesmaids: handmade necklaces by the bride

HAIR: Ward Hair & Nail Design


FORMALWEAR: Banana Republic


FLOWERS: Verzaals Florist

CATERING: Middle of the Island

CAKE: Sue Wiechman

MUSIC: Ceremony: Dr. Frank Elliot classical guitarist; Reception: Abe One Deejays and Karaoke

TRANSPORTATION: II Dolphins sailboat captain Ed Shires

ACCOMMODATIONS: Courtyard Marriott


Jill and Chris

A few months after Jill Donaldson and Chris Supranowitz moved to North Carolina with Jills parents the couple who had been dating since 2008 though they knew each other while in high school at Penfield High School in Penfield New York went to their favorite Thai restaurant for a date. After dinner they decided to head home play Rock Band and watch a movie. Jill fell asleep. As she slept Chris carefully slid the ring on her finger. He patiently waited for Jill to wake. When she did early the next morning she felt something on her hand and saw the ring. She turned to Chris who asked her to marry him on the spot. “It was absolutely perfect ” says Jill.

Jill and Chris wed on October 18 2009 at access 43 on Wrightsville Beach. “It was a cloudy chilly day at the beach ” says Jill “but there was a perfect moment when the sun peeked out and shined down on us just as we were saying our vows. It was amazing.”

At the reception at The Balcony on Dock Street the newlyweds danced to Hard to Concentrate by Red Hot Chili Peppers and friends and family enjoyed a photo booth.

The couple honeymooned in Australia for 10 days. There they went to the Sydney Opera House the Sydney Aquarium and went to a wildlife park to pet and feed kangaroos and koala bears.

The newlyweds live in Brunswick Forest. Chris works as a remote Applications Engineer for QED Technologies and Jill is an occupational therapist for Creative Hands Occupational Therapy Inc.

BRIDES FULL NAME: Jillian Brooke Donaldson

GROOMS FULL NAME: Christopher Michael Supranowitz

WEDDING DATE: October 18 2009

CEREMONY SITE: Wrightsville Beach Access 43

RECEPTION SITE: The Balcony on Dock Street

REHEARSAL DINNER SITE: Bluewater – An American Grill

RENTALS: L&L Tent & Party Rentals (ceremony) Party Suppliers & Rentals (reception)

PHOTOGRAPHY: Millie Holloman Photography

OFFICIANT: Daryl Pichan

GOWN: Private label by G Beautiful Brides of Wilmington

VEIL: Hair/flowers: Twigs & Honey; veil: Beautiful Brides of Wilmington

SHOES: barefoot at ceremony Kim Rogers (reception) New Balance (dancing)

JEWELRY: Parrys Emporium

HAIR: Tim Marshburn at n salo

MAKEUP: Erica Adams at n salo

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Eden Bridals Beautiful Brides of Wilmington

FORMALWEAR: Classics Bridal & Formal Wear Jacksonville NC

INVITATIONS: Bride and groom made them with help from Linda Donaldson mother of bride

FLOWERS: Jennifer Rose-Sandy Salt Harbor Designs

CATERING: The Balcony on Dock Street

CAKE: Katie Goldberg sister of the groom

MUSIC: Marc Siegel (ceremony); Brian Green Forever Productions (reception)

FAVORS: Custom pint glasses bargainmugs.com

TRANSPORTATION: Wilmington Trolley Company; Platinum Limousine

ACCOMMODATIONS: Hilton Wilmington Riverside and Riverview Suites

HONEYMOON: Australia


Drew and Stuart

Drew Davis met Stuart Wilson through mutual friends while at Auburn University in Alabama. Things clicked and they soon started dating. In 2008 while hiking at rustic Franklin D. Roosevelt state park in Georgia Stuart asked Drew to be his bride.

Drew grew up in Charlotte North Carolina and wanted to get married somewhere fun. She had heard of Bald Head Island and after one visit she knew it was the place.

“It was hard planning the wedding ” says Drew who at the time lived in Atlanta. “But the people at Bald Head Island are great! They made it so much easier.”

Stuart and Drew married on September 19 2009 at the Village Chapel of Bald Head Island. “I remember riding over on a golf cart from the bridesmaids house to the chapel with my dad ” says Drew. “I was so nervous and that moment was surreal.”

At the rehearsal Drew was told to remember to speak up during the vows but it was Stuart at the ceremony who whispered the whole time.

At the reception at Harbourside Pavilion the newlyweds danced to Fly Me to the Moon. “It was an awesome awesome night!” says Drew.

For nine days the newlyweds honeymooned in Santorini and Mykonos Greece. They enjoyed the beaches four-wheeling hiking and the local food.

The couple is currently in the process of moving to Birmingham Alabama. Stuart works in sales for Atlas Roofing Corporations and Drew is a pilot for Delta Connection.

BRIDES FULL NAME: Elizabeth Drew Davis

GROOMS FULL NAME: Stuart Runyan Wilson

WEDDING DATE: September 19 2009

CEREMONY SITE: Village Chapel of Bald Head Island

RECEPTION SITE: Harbourside Pavilion Bald Head Island

REHEARSAL DINNER SITE: aboard the Royal Princess

RENTALS: Classic Party Rentals



OFFICIANT: Walt McCanless Charlotte North Carolina

GOWN: Romona Keveza

VEIL: Brides mothers wedding veil


JEWELRY: Nordstroms

HAIR: Island Retreat Spa & Salon

MAKEUP: Island Retreat Spa & Salon

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Priscilla of Boston

FORMALWEAR: Nordstroms


FLOWERS: Kim Fisher Designs


MUSIC: Fantasy Band East Coast Entertainment

FAVORS: Vintage wooden airplanes provided by Kim Fisher Designs

TRANSPORTATION: Prestige Limousine Service


HONEYMOON: Santorini and Mykonos Greece

Nathalie and Ian

Nathalie Lovoy met Ian Lovell while watching a UNCW basketball game at a mutual friends house in 2006. “I was very intrigued ” says Nathalie “because he was funny.” About a month later they went on their first date and have been together ever since.

In May 2009 the morning after staying out late with friends Nathalie sat on the couch she hadnt showered yet and her hair was a mess. It was at this moment that Ian popped the question. “He surprised me ” says Nathalie. “We had been discussing marriage and I told him he wasnt going to surprise me.”

“My mom helped me out a lot in the planning ” says Nathalie. “Without her I would have gone crazy.”

The couple wed on March 27 at Saint Thomas Preservation Hall. Nathalie admits she was nervous to have 200 friends and family focused on her as she walked down the aisle but that “as soon as I saw Ian we locked eyes and it was as if it was just the two of us.”

The newlyweds honeymooned in the Bahamas for seven days where they caught up on sleep and relaxed. “It was great!” says Nathalie.

The couple lives in Wilmington where Ian works for the city of Wilmington and Nathalie works at Doctors Vision Center.

BRIDES FULL NAME: Nathalie Gayle Lovoy

GROOMS FULL NAME: Ian Banks Lovell

WEDDING DATE: March 27 2010

CEREMONY SITE: Saint Thomas Preservation Hall

RECEPTION SITE: Saint Thomas Preservation Hall


RENTALS: Caths Chair Covers

PHOTOGRAPHY: Eric Von Bargen

OFFICIANT: Dr. John Cromer

GOWN: Mori Lee Fountaine Bridal

VEIL: Fountaine Bridal

SHOES: Davids Bridal

JEWELRY: Fountaine Bridal

HAIR: Scarlett Nichols Bello Salon

MAKEUP: Clinique


FORMALWEAR: Mens Wearhouse

INVITATIONS: ExclusivelyWeddings.com

FLOWERS: Harts Florist

CATERING: Angies at Chris Restaurant

CAKE: Nancy Hearne

MUSIC: Global DJ Entertainment

FAVORS: Personalized koozies


ACCOMMODATIONS: The Wilmingtonian

HONEYMOON: Sandals at Emerald Bay Exuma Bahamas