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Engle + Brian’s reception at the Harbourside Pavilion on Bald Head Island is yellow and blue and sunny all over! The couple’s seaside portraits from Kristin Byrum Photography are making us crave longer days (three cheers for Daylight Savings!) and warmer months. My favorite detail of this North Carolina wedding, though? The nautical masterpiece that was the couple’s wedding cake, courtesy of the talented team at Crumb de la Crumb.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My Mom, sister and I went dress shopping over Labor Day weekend, and visited the three major bridal salons in the Charlotte area. My last stop was at J. Majors. I tried on about 15 dresses at each of the three stores. The last dress I tried on at J Majors was the one! I walked out of the dressing room and I saw my sister look over to my Mom and say, “This is definitely IT!” And so it was. One day of dress shopping and I saved the best for last!
Describe your wedding flowers: One word: STUNNING! Kim Fisher does an amazing job of getting to know her couples, and really searches for the flowers that reflect their individual style. I carried a hand-tied bouquet of creamy white David Austin garden roses and phaleonopsis orchid blossoms. And the boutonnieres were so unique: yellow billy balls and blackberries. Our guests still talk to me about our flowers!
Describe your wedding cake: I love butter cream, so I asked for plenty of it! We had three layers, and kept the top layer for our one year anniversary. The bottom and top layers were Petron-infused and the middle was Key Lime-infused.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Entering the chapel, for sure. I remember standing in the back of the church and hearing the organ pipes start playing the “Bridal Chorus.” I was so overcome with emotion. When I turned the corner, I saw Brian mouth, “Wow.” No one was in the church but me and Brian, or so it felt. Right after my Dad gave me away, Brian whispered, “You look beautiful. You are my angel.” I remember everything about our ceremony.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We look forward to officially starting our life together and making a life of our own. We purchased a home before the wedding and just started decorating the house. The next “married” task: organizing our wedding photos from the amazing Kristin Byrum Photography and hanging them on our walls! I simply cannot wait to display our wedding images.

Written with love by Katharine
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  1. avatar Bridal Source reply

    I love the combination of blue and yellow for this beachy feel wedding! So pretty.

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Since we’re based in Chapel Hill, we have a soft spot (not surprisingly) for North Carolina weddings, and Engle + Brian’s Bald Head Island celebration did not disappoint. The bride wore a crisp Lee-Ann Belter drop-waist gown, and dressed her maids in chic navy frocks from J. Crew. (Seems like navy is this year’s “it” color, wouldn’t you say?) Engle confessed that her flowers, styled by Kim Fisher Designs, was one of her – and her guests! – favorite details from her wedding, and we can see why! Yes, the boutonnières are just as cute as she promised! Special thanks to Kristin Byrum Photography for sharing!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Brian and I both went to NC State University. Looking back, we crossed paths many times in college and would run into each other at various social functions. However, it wasn’t until December 29, 2007 that we officially met. I had gone to my hometown of Mt. Airy, NC to visit my family for Christmas. I decided to drive back to Charlotte a little earlier than planned so that I could get settled before having to go back to work. On my way back to Charlotte I caught up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. We decided to grab some appetizers that evening, and then head to her boyfriend’s house for a small cookout. When I walked in the door to the cookout, Brian was standing in the kitchen and we recognized one another instantly. Brian’s best friend was hosting the cookout and sure enough, the hosts’ girlfriend and I were friends. After a night of good food, great friends and shag dancing to beach music, we spent the entire night talking, laughing and reminiscing about how we never actually “met” in college.
Describe the proposal. Brian and I had decided to take our summer vacation to Bald Head Island, NC. We packed the car and left Charlotte to head to Southport, NC. From there, we unloaded our luggage and fishing rods, Brian holding tightly to his tackle box full of new hooks and bait, and we climbed aboard the ferry to head across the water to BHI. Once we arrived in the marina, we collected our luggage and shuttled on over to check into our crofter. The weather was simply perfect when we arrived so we headed to the beach to spend some time in the sun. After the beach we headed back to the crofter to get ready for dinner. That night we went to Eb & Flo’s Steam Bar on the island and had the infamous steam pot while sitting on the deck overlooking the marina. It was one of those days where everything was perfect! After dinner we decided to take a walk on the beach. Instead, Brian steered our golf cart in the direction of the Bald Head Island Village Chapel. Brian proceeded to say that we should take a look inside while no one was there. The chapel was absolutely stunning! Eventually we went to the front of the chapel that overlooked the marsh and plopped ourselves in front of the live oak tree, where we sat and reflected about how great life had been since we met one another. As I started to get up to head back to the golf cart, Brian grabbed my hand. I turned around and he was on one knee: “Engle Nicole York, Will you marry me?” All day long, my ring had been hiding out in the tackle box!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Every single detail! We worked so hard to find vendors and come up with ideas that would represent us and our relationship in some way. Because we got engaged under the beautiful oak tree in front of the chapel, we decided to carry the BHI location and the tree throughout the wedding as our theme. We selected BHI for the location because it is our favorite vacation spot and where we got engaged.

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Kelly Sauer reply

    You’re so right about the flowers, and that little chapel??? HOW sweet is that? What a lovely wedding!

  2. avatar Caroline reply

    Do you know where she got the invitations? Thanks!

    • avatar Katharine reply

      Hi Caroline! Engle + Brian’s invitations came from Reaves Engraving: Happy planning!

  3. avatar Kim Fisher Designs reply

    Thank you SWM blog ! This was a very special couple and we think that Kristin Byrum captured that beautifully!

  4. avatar Anne Markey- Charlotte Wedding Planner reply

    Ah- I LOVE Kristin Byrum! Great work as always :)

  5. avatar Sonia A. reply

    Beautiful wedding! Could you tell me where the Groom’s tie is from(I haven’t been able to find one like that!) and her flowers…they are tea rose?

  6. avatar Lauren reply

    I second Sonia! My fiance has also been searching for a yellow/white striped tie and they are nowhere to be found!!!!

    Please please PLEASE PLEASE tell us where it came from. Pretty Please?

    With sugar on top?


    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Lauren! Engle didn’t say where Brian’s tie came from, but I found a few other options for you: or or or Hope that helps!!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Sonia! I’m no florist, but those look more like garden or cabbage roses, or possibly peonies, than they do tea roses, to me. I hope that helps!

  7. avatar Sonia A. reply

    THANK YOU Emily! is the PERFECT color that I’m looking for!

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