Real Essense of Australia Bride Alexis + Sean

We love a sweet, sentimental celebration and real Essense of Australia bride Alexis’ North Carolina wedding did not disappoint! Keeping the groom’s grandparents in mind, Alexis and Sean decided to host their wedding in proximity to his grandparents home so they would be able to be there and be involved. As if that wasn’t tear-jerking enough, Alexis was a straight-up vision in her lace wedding dress. Read on for more sweet wedding-day moments!

From the bride: My groom and I are both originally from Pittsburgh but moved to Colorado last year for his new work opportunity. He proposed to me a few months later at Bridal Veil Falls, a waterfall in beautiful Telluride, CO.

We immediately knew we wanted to have our wedding in North Carolina where his grandparents live. They are both 90 and would not be able to travel to CO or PA so we wanted to bring the wedding to them. My groom is the oldest of the grandchildren and the first to get married so it was very special for the family and his grandparents are just the sweetest two people.

We got married on the coast about 2 hours from their home. We planned everything virtually and relied heavily on online reviews and our coordinator. All the stress of the virtual planning was well worth it when we got to the beautiful venue and it all fell into place. We ended the evening sharing the dance floor with our favorite people, his grandparents and all of our best of friends and family.

Walking down the aisle to see my groom standing under this beautiful, old tree outside in a garden at Wrightsville Manor. He is not the crying type but when I rounded the bend and our eyes locked, the emotions hit us both. From there the fun began as we attempted a proper ballroom dance to our song, Sam Cooke’s You Send Me and ended up laughing and dancing the way we usually do in our kitchen.

Photography by A Sweet Focus