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North Carolina Destination Wedding at the River Forest Manor

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today, we’re excited to share Anna Brooks and Nick’s North Carolina destination wedding at the River Forest Manor, a newly renovated historic manor and marina by the water in Belhaven.
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While visiting her best friend from high school at Ohio University, Anna Brooks met a boy in the dorm she would affectionately refer to as “Videogame Boy” after playing several round of MarioCart with him. When her visit came to an end and she returned to her own university (ECU in North Carolina), she found a Facebook message from Nick (aka Videogame Boy) letting her know he’d programmed his number in her phone. Timing and circumstances weren’t perfect right away, but something told them their meeting was meant to be, and shortly thereafter, they began dating long distance (8 hour drives) over the next five years!

Once Nick graduated college, he took a job in Lynchburg, VA to be closer to Anna Brooks’ NC home, which shortened the drives to 2.5 hours. It was much better, but still made it challenging to have an impromptu dinner and movie night. Now, finally, they can share a life together by each others side.

On the couple’s five-year anniversary, Nick planned a spontaneous trip to Asheville, NC. He told Anna Brooks he had tickets for them to attend the candlelight tour of the Biltmore Estate and enjoy an elegant dinner. After dinner, they walked over to the Biltmore house to take a selfie, and as Anna Brooks turned around after looking at the picture, she found Nick on one knee and couldn’t believe her eyes!
Getting married at River Forest ManorHistorical wedding venues NCDana Jo wedding photographyWilmington wedding photographersDiamond wedding jewelryCute flower girl headbandsWilmington NC groomTan groomsmen suitsPurple wedding flowersWilmington weddingsDuring the planning process, Anna Brooks’ mom called the River Forest Manor & Marina to find out about the rooms they had available to rent, and as she chatted with the staff, discovered they were transforming the manor into a wedding venue. The family soon made a trip down to their vacation home in Bath, NC and stopped by River Forest Manor to meet the team and see what they had in store for this special property. “The owners were so enthusiastic…I knew from there it would be a wonderful journey and was eager to be a part of their venue journey,” Anna Brooks says.

Anna Brooks found her dream dress from Alexia’s Bridal. “I went to about every bridal salon in NC and I felt so at home in their salon,” she shares.
Long lace bridal gownBest Wilmington wedding venuesBest outdoor wedding venues in NCFlower petals down wedding aisleSummer wedding in NCLavender and white weddingsRiver Forest Manor weddingsweddings by the water in Wilmington NCThe bride’s parents surprised the newlyweds with a grand entrance via yacht to their reception, which had always been a dream for Anna Brooks! The captain and best mate had hors d’oeuvres waiting for them and champagne to toast. The couple loved spending some quiet moments together after the ceremony.
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