For my first time photographing a wedding at the new venue in downtown Wilmington, The Elia, I’d say it was a pretty epic experience. Amber & Nico were kind, welcoming, and incredibly passionately in love. I always describe my ideal client as “loudly in love” and “not afraid to be themselves around each other” and these two nailed that description perfectly. The deep belly laughs, the way they always gravitated to each other all day long, the support from their closest family and friends, it was all amazing. Not only that, but every piece of decor and every little detail was just so stunning, it was such a blast to photograph. The Elia is the perfect venue for those of you who love a downtown setting – hellooooo proximity to the river walk for sunset photos – a gorgeous brick building, with a bridal suite and a groom’s suite, with SO much decor already included with the venue as well. You can tell a wedding planner created this space because everything is already so well thought out, you truly have everything you need all in one space. One of my favorite moments was when they busted out lots of glow-wands and light-up cowboy hats during the dance party, it was so much fun to see everyone really get into it and enjoy the evening! Grateful for clients like these ones, and for an incredible team of wedding vendors who helped bring this day together!

Photographer: Allison Eding, Lightbloom Photography

Venue: The Elia 

Planner: Brittanie Raquel Events – Kinsey

Florist: Serendipity Floral Design

Videographer: Heartline Films

Cake: Pink Baking Company 

Rentals: White Birch Rentals

Dress: Elysee Valliere

Hair Stylist: Smoky Glam

Makeup Artist: Smoky Glam 

DJ: Active DJ – Sean

Catering: Middle of the Island 

Officiant: Craig Simmons 

Invitations: Minted