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Ever wish you could do a trial run of your wedding day? Where you could see how your lighting will look in your reception space, how your rentals will look at your ceremony, how your florist’s creations will size up, and how your band will look and sound? Well, we can’t line up your exact wedding day details, but if you’re a bride getting married in Wilmington, North Carolina, we’ve got the next best thing!

Courtyards & Cobblestones is a highly curated wedding planning and inspiration event designed to help you find your wedding day style and plan your Wilmington wedding, taking place January 14 and 15th, 2017!

Every January in Wilmington, North Carolina, a group of hand-picked creatives brings to life seven mock weddings and showcases them to brides through a downtown walking tour: Courtyards & Cobblestones, A Walk Through Wedding Row.

Your ticket gets you access to seven fully-styled venues in Wilmington, each one designed by a different crack team of the best wedding vendors in Southeastern North Carolina. Each team creates a fully styled wedding and reception at their chosen venue, allowing brides to experience their artistry firsthand.

On the C&C Tour, couples take part in a wedding planning experience like none other with live music, table settings, flowers, lighting, cake tastings, savory samplings, beverages, photo booths, and incredible giveaways from REEDS Jewelers, Pressed Cotton, Party Suppliers & Rentals, High Performance Lighting & Power, and Courtyard by Marriott Downtown/Historic District.

For the past six years, this creative wedding event has provided a relaxed and inspirational atmosphere for couples to plan their wedding. Each bride also walks away with a swag bag full of goodies from the C&C creatives and sponsors as well as several bridal magazines (including Southern Weddings, of course!).

The photos in this post are from last year’s Courtyards & Cobblestones event, giving you an idea of what you’ll encounter on this year’s tour! Pretty incredible, right?! It really is a super fun time, and so helpful for all of our Wilmington brides, too! Be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes video from our Blue Ribbon Vendor Life Stage Films, below.

To purchase your ticket for this year’s tour or for the C&C Mix & Mingle Brunch on January 15th, head to the Courtyards & Cobblestones site!

And now, the giveaway! Enter via the widget below to win two tickets to the C&C venue tour on January 14th, two tickets to the C&C Mix & Mingle Brunch on January 15, and a one-night stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown/Historic District in Wilmington, NC. Best of luck! :)

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Photography: Millie Holloman Photography | Videography: Life Stage Films | Design, paper, and florals: Salt Harbor Designs | Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center

This post is brought to you by Courtyards & Cobblestones. Thank you for your support of the brands who make Southern Weddings possible!

emily Written with love by Emily
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    After just a quick cupcake decorating class at our annual team retreat, I have a deep appreciation for the makers of the amazing cakes we are honored to feature. Let’s just say that pastry decorating might not be my hidden talent. Luckily, our brides worked with some very talented folks to create these ten fabulous sweets tables. Scroll down for your favorites from 2016!

    Karina and John’s classic white cake (photo by Anna Routh)

    Emily and Micheal’s covered confection (photo by Jen Fariello)

    Christy and Jake’s natural cake (photo by Melissa Schollaert)

    Veronica and Patrick’s berry sweet cake (photo by Ashley Cox)

    Mckenna and Matt’s colorful cake (photo by Dana Cubbage)

    Emily and Matthew’s pretty peach cake (photo by Clark Brewer)

    Allison and Will’s all-white cake (photo by Lang Thomas)

    Cayte and Trey’s collection of cakes (photo by Mustard Seed)

    Dacie and Dennis’ Rice Krispies cake on this super fun tablecloth (photo by Sarah & Ben)

    Corinne and Greg’s monogram cake (photo by Graham Terhune)

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      just love that natural cake! Great post!

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    The most common advice our featured brides give to our readers week in and week out? Throughout your wedding day, regularly step back and take mental snapshots. Slow the day down, and soak it in, or else it will whir by in a happy blur. I’m positive each of the ten most memorable moments below are imprinted in each couple’s mind just as beautifully as their photographers’ captured them for posterity.

    I hope these photos help you to take a pause even today, and remember how joyful and sublime a wedding day can truly be!

    Ashley’s sweet confetti moment with her bridesmaids (photo by Elisabeth Carol)

    Nicole’s tearjerker moment with her Dad (photo by Danielle Nichol)

    Madeleine and Caleb’s giddy first look (photo by Kristin Sweeting)

    Erica and Daniel’s private foot washing and letter exchange before their ceremony (photo by Anna Shackleford)

    Callie and Cade’s joyful ceremony exit (photo by Paul Johnson)

    Libby and Matt’s bridal party huddle (photo by Lynnesy Catron)

    Leigh and Steve’s ceremony to reception boat ride (photo by Rach Loves Troy)

    Emily and Matthew’s private dinner (photos by Clark Brewer)

    Amy and Mike’s second line boogie (photo by Arte de Vie)

    Finally, Caitlin and Davis’ confetti-soaked exit (photo by Landon Jacob)

    I would love to hear: what is one of the moments that stands out most vividly from your wedding day?

    Elisabeth Carol and Anna Shackleford are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

    emily Written with love by Emily
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