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Nicole + Danny’s coastal wedding was so good we had to do a third image board, thanks to Rachel at Millie Holloman Photography!  The fun-loving newlyweds toasted their marriage at the Wrightsville Surf Club with an evening of dancing and cakes galore!  (Take a peek at the fabulous cake + candy bar the couple served alongside their frilly wedding cake from Nicki MacRae… I feel a sugar rush coming on.)  The bride, who paired custom-made bloomers with her flirty frock for discrete dancing, and groom ended the night with a traditional horrah dance.

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Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Catherine reply

    Wow. I am in love. What an amazing wedding. The bride and groom can’t help smile from ear to ear. Does anyone know what the designer of the "casual" dress is that the bride leaves wearing???

  2. avatar Melissa @ The Loveliest Day reply

    Their cake is just adorable! I love the ruffled look of it.

  3. avatar nicole reply

    Catherine- the other dress I wore was Catherine Malandrino. Thank you for the sweet comment.

  4. avatar nancy ray reply

    LOVE this wedding. i especially love the simple, straight hairstyle of the bride. so different & classy!

  5. avatar bridal reply

    I like the wedding dress of the bride,so simple…and the cake…I like it!Thanks for sharing your sweet moments….

  6. avatar Staci reply

    This wedding looks amazing!! I would love to know where the simple bridesmaids dresses are from??

  7. avatar Emily @ Southern Weddings reply

    Hi Staci! Nicole let her bridesmaids choose their own dresses, so we don’t have too much information on the specific brands. Good luck in your search!Emily @ SW

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Check out these fun post-ceremony shots at Wrightsville Beach, complete with a surf board, blue-clad bridal party (in frocks of their choosing) and a bicycle built for two!  They look almost too cute to be from a real wedding.  Be sure to see the rest of Rachel’s blog post here.

Describe your wedding flowers: I wanted really clean colors and lots of texture and wanted to use simple glass vases that would almost fade away and let the flowers stand on their own. The flowers and candles, varied in height and shape lined the center of the long tables.
Describe your wedding cake: Again, I wanted something clean with texture. I loved the ruffle effect our cake baker, Nicki, was able to make. It was really fun and girly and looked nothing like anything I had ever seen before. We put the cake on a stand made from a piece of a log. It was rustic and masculine, and the balance to our girly cake. It was a true representation of both me (the cake) and Danny (the log cake stand).
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I asked my bridesmaids to choose their own dresses. I purchased a specific style shoe for them online, but had such a difficult time ordering the sizes. Many of the sizes didn’t fit and some sizes were unavailable. We ended up mixing the style of the shoes, with two girls wearing one style, and three another. They were the same make and it blended nicely, but I really struggled trying to get the right shoes in the right size for them. I can’t tell you how many orders and returns went back and forth from Zappos.
Were there any wedding traditions or new ideas you included in the wedding? We had a Jewish wedding, so it was filled with lots of tradition. One of my favorite parts was when Danny broke the glass and when we danced to the Horrah while being thrown up in a chair. (Lillian made matching bloomers for my dress so no one would get a surprise peep show!)
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The ceremony. I had been so excited about the reception and dancing, but when the ceremony started Danny and I just stared at each other the entire time.  We both felt so connected.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We came back to our house after the wedding and started a kitchen renovation. Crazy move: it really tests your communication as a couple, but we were up for the challenge. We are in the process of planning our honeymoon – a little delayed – but we are really looking forward to it! 

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  1. avatar kendall reply

    I’m from Wrightsville Beach and know just how beautiful the beach is there. When my wife and I were planning our wedding, we had originally had it arranged at Wrightsville Beach but then moved it to a church instead. Beautiful wedding photos and nice post! We follow your blog daily!

  2. avatar Michelle reply

    I’m dying to know where the designer of the bride’s dress!

  3. avatar Lindsay reply

    I adore the bride’s Valentino heels and short dress. The color is amazing.

  4. avatar nicole reply

    Michelle- My friend Lillian Banderas is a designer and stylist. She makes custom dresses. Please let me know if you would like her information. I would be more than happy to give it to you!

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  6. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Hi Sami-Lynn! Nicole wore aqua pumps from Valentino. Gorgeous, right?! Katharine @ Southern Weddings

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Every now and then we get a wedding where the couple really looks truly, madly and deeply in love, and, after a quick look through Nicole + Danny’s wedding pictures, there’s no question this couple was ecstatic on their wedding day.  (Kudos to Rachel from Millie Holloman Photography for so expertly capturing the heartfelt emotion of the day and Courtney Arnold of Stellar Events for executing the North Carolina affair.)  Stunning in a short, pleated frock from Lillian Banderas, Nicole reminds us that it isn’t the long white gown that makes your wedding day… but the hot aqua patent stilettos from Valentino!  As a fan of all-white blooms, I especially love the sophisticated floral arrangements from Salt Harbor Designs.

Emily’s note: Can I just say — I don’t know much about what my eventual wedding will look like, but I sure hope I have as big of a smile on my face as I walk down the aisle as Nicole did.  She is beaming!

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story. We meet just over three years ago.  I was working as a Fashion Editor at Ocean Drive Magazine in Miami, Florida and Danny was working as a rep for WESC, a Swedish clothing company.  WESC was launching the brand in Miami and came into the magazine for a meeting to promote their brand. Danny, along with his associates, invited us to the launch party later that evening.  My best friend, Meagan, and I decided to go to the party and had the best night!  Danny and I were in touch the next day and started dating.
Describe the proposal. Danny proposed to me in Buenos Aires, Argentina just two days after my sister’s wedding. My sister was married on my father’s estancia in Salta, Argentina in April 2009.  Danny and I had been talking about getting married and engaged for months. I had no idea when he would actually pop the question.  His plan was to wait until after my sister’s wedding to propose.  After the wedding, Danny and I had planned to spend a few days in Buenos Aires for fun. The second night we were there, I wanted to make dinner plans with friends of ours who were visiting for my sister’s wedding, but Danny really wanted to go to dinner by ourselves after spending so much time with family and friends during the wedding.  I agreed, not giving it a second thought. We went to a really cool restaurant in an old city mansion and were having a great evening. On the walk back to the apartment in Buenos Aires, Danny suggested that we take a walk around the square located directly in front of the apartment: a little city plaza with a monument and fountain. I had no idea why he would want to walk through there. As we were turning the corner around the monument, Danny stopped and said, “Look at that on the wall.” There was graffiti and I was baffled at what he was trying to get at. He looked at me and said, “Don’t you remember in high school, when you would text that?” That’s when I realized that the “143” scrawled on the wall was code for “I love you.”  By the time I turned around to look at him, he was down on one knee with a ring in his hand. I was in total shock. I had known he was the one I was going to be with forever, but I had no idea when he was going to propose and certainly did not think it would happen on that trip. The graffiti was a total coincidence!  He claims he had no idea how we was going to lead into the proposal and that he was really nervous, but when he looked up and saw the numbers it clicked ! The location of the proposal was very special to me because the balcony at our family apartment in Buenos Aires looks over the plaza. We have not been back since the proposal in April, but I know it will be such a beautiful reminder every time we visit.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Exciting, comforting and CRAZY fun!
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Simple and sophisticated. We wanted everything to be very clean and elegant. We both love and appreciate design and wanted to incorporate nice details without over doing it.
What was your favorite design element of your big day? I have to say the dining room (and especially the dinning room tables!) was my favorite design element!  We were able to create a sort of u- shape with the tables that lined the dance floor. It made for the most intimate setting, and it was just as we had imagined our wedding: a large dinner party with all of our closest friends and family. We did not use linens on the tables, as they already had such a rich color and texture.  Instead, we decorated with lots of glass, candlelight and flowers for a really clean and crisp feel.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: At weddings in Argentina at midnight, guests always pass out crazy has, noise-makers and party favor, so we decided to incorporate this tradition into our wedding. After a couple of hours of dancing, all the fun supplies were passed out and it took the party to another level!  We had masks, boas, hats, crazy glasses and even glow sticks.  I also loved the Macaroon tower that was part of our candy bar.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I love wearing shorts and short dresses, so I assumed I would wear a short dress for my wedding. I went to try on dresses with my mother-in-law and found a dress I loved.  To my surprise, it was a long beautiful wedding gown, and I just didn’t feel quite myself so decided not to buy it.  At that moment, I knew I had to go with a dress that was really a reflection of me and my personality. I called my friend Lillian, who is a stylist and designer and who had designed my dress for my sister’s wedding, and asked if she would make a dress for mine. We had so much fun working on a design together. We looked loads of inspiration images and went to all types of fabric stores. And, step-by-step, I would go for fittings and she would keep tweaking the dress slightly. I am obsessed with bows- I wear a bow charm necklace everyday – and she managed to incorporate it on to the back of the belt she made to go around my waist. The best surprise of the dress was she had sewn in a blue lining with white polka dots. This was my “something blue.” She nailed the dress! If I were a dress, I would look like the one she made for me.

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  1. avatar Emily L. reply

    Anyone have info. on that ketubah??! It’s gorgeous and I’m struggling to find one I like.

  2. avatar Wedding Times reply

    Soft yet stunning photos, I love the attention to detail!

  3. avatar nicole reply

    Hi Emily- We found it on Hope you find one you like!

  4. avatar Mandy reply

    I have a bit of a random question and I hope no one feels I’m being inappropriate or "stealing traditions" by asking it… do you think it is okay to feature a marriage certificate like a ketubah in non-jewish ceremonies? I’ve been drawn to these works of art and beautiful pieces since I started looking at wedding stuff last July and I’d really like to find something similar for our Christian ceremony but am not sure where to look or if people will think this is just odd… any thoughts?

  5. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Hi Mandy! Just my two cents, and they might not be the best two cents because I’m Christian, not Jewish. But for what it’s worth, I think it’s a great idea to have a beautiful, keepsake marriage certificate. In fact, they’re used across many cultures — the Quaker marriage certificate (like this one: comes immediately to mind. As long as you’re not pretending you’re something you’re not (i.e. writing the certificate in Hebrew, etc.), I think you’re okay!–Emily @ Southern Weddings

  6. avatar Melissa Dinwiddie reply

    I’m a ketubah artist, and I’ve been making ketubah-like-documents for couples of all faiths for 14 years! It is absolutely appropriate. You might choose to have your wedding vows turned into a work or art, or have a Quaker wedding certificate that everyone at the wedding signs (a lot of couples are using these now instead of guest books). Or use any wording that is meaningful to you!I suspect your guests will find your use of a work of art in your ceremony quite lovely and beautiful. I can’t imagine anyone thinking it’s odd. (Unless, like Emily wrote, you write it in Hebrew or include the Jewish date or something!)Hope this helps!Melissaaka The KetubahDivahttp://www.ketubahworks.com

  7. avatar Mandy reply

    Thanks for the advice ladies, I really appreciate it. I understand how some people cold be quite sensitive to the idea of ‘their traditions’ being stolen – but truly it’s a compliment to the whole process, which I think is just very beautiful overall. As always, keep up the good work – all of you – I’m a south carolina girl living in DC, trying to plan a wedding in North Carolina so you can’t imagine the inspiration you’ve given me since I got engaged last summer! Hooray!

  8. avatar Moshe reply

    Hi Mandy,I was raised Orthodox Jewish back in Israel, and back then, if someone would told me or my family/friends that non-Jewish are using Ketubahs, they would raise an eye-brow or laugh. Only because the idea might be foreign to them….I am also a Ketubah Artist, and in many of my designs I didn’t put the common Hebrew sentences that comes as part of the artistic design (not the customize text in the middle), mainly because to me it is more about the ART and less about the specific tradition. This way anyone that love the art can write any text inside. I called it once Vow-Wow… but Ketubah is an OK term for it too. It may not have the original traditional orthodox meaning of a Ketubah, but it is still signifies the unity between the couple.If you are interested to see my art, you can see it on my site and also at (also check my blog for some other interesting posts regarding Ketubahs)CongratulationsMoshe

  9. avatar Cory Weber reply

    I love this wedding! The beachiness (if that’s a word) comes across so well even though there aren’t any images of the beach. The one thing I am noticing is a potential over-use of the bicycle in weddings. My buddy Tec Petaja was one of the first weddings I saw it used and it was great! However, is there another element that’s just as fun that brides could start infusing in their wedding photography collaborations? Thoughts? I’d certainly like to see some new concepts.

  10. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Hi Cory! It’s always something, isn’t it? Bikes, vintage cameras, balloons… you name it, it seems like almost as soon as it comes on the scene, it’s hit the saturation point. Personally I’m not yet tired of books/libraries/bookstores in engagement shoots. I think it really depends on the couple, though. If you’re holding a vintage camera just to hold a vintage camera, to me, that’s pretty silly. Think of something that’s meaningful to you, your fiance, and your relationship, and even if it’s "overdone" in wedding world, you can’t really go wrong.Emily @ Southern Weddings

  11. avatar Daniel Sroka reply

    Mandy, go for it! I’m not Jewish either, but when my fiancée and I were planning our wedding, she taught me about the tradition of the ketubah. I fell in love it, and as a nature photographer and artist, found a deep connection to the idea. So much that I became a ketubah artist myself.Most of my customers are interfaith, multi-cultural and non-Jewish couples. People love that they can have a work of art displayed in their home that forever symbolizes their wedding vows. The key is finding the art that personally calls out to you. Luckily, these days there are many ketubah artists (like Melissa and Moshe above), with such diverse styles, that everyone can find a ketubah that they love.If you have any questions, just drop a note to any of us!Dan @ Modern Ketubah

  12. avatar Melesha reply

    I love the bicycle. I know my husband could have never ridden it.

  13. avatar April reply

    This wedding is absolutely beautiful! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that the bride had the guts to wear exactly what she wanted on her wedding day. You can also tell that their wedding perfectly fit their personality, props to the wedding planner!

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  15. avatar Lindsey reply

    I know this thread has been inactive for a long time, but when I came across this post I had to comment because its the closest thing I’ve found on the internet so far. We’re thinking of trying to get married at my family’s farm two hours from Salta because its a very special place for both of us, but I have a feeling it will be a logistical nightmare to plan it from the United States. Half the guests would be from BA and Salta, but both of our families and most of our close friends are from the US. I’m worrying that it is too far for people from the US to come, and that it will be too hard to find a good wedding planner. Do you have any thoughts from your sister’s wedding experience?

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