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Alex & John: An Waterfront Wedding in Wilmington, NC

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The couple kept the decor simple with white linens and gold chairs, while the centerpieces provided bright bursts of color. The chandeliers hanging above the guests immersed them in candlelight, and the floor-to-ceiling windows offered amazing views of the locale.
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Alex and John's ceremony took place in a grassy area behind the Yacht Club's pool, which overlooks the inlet for a small marina near the Intercoastal Waterway. A gorgeous trellis with blooms in ivory, champagne, and white hues served as the altar.
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Alex’s eight bridesmaids wore strapless, satin, tea-length, Badgley Mischka dresses.
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The couple provided round fans tagged with their names and the wedding date so guests could cool themselves off during the ceremony.
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The white wedding cake was decorated with red ladybugs that appeared to be crawling up the side of the confection (Alex's nickname has been "ladybug" since she was a little girl). Guests enjoyed alternating layers of German chocolate and white cake.
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The simple, folded programs were printed with navy blue ink and featured a knot motif at the top.
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The way the couple set up their navy blue and white escort cards, placed upright in a box of sand, was inspired by an idea they'd found in a wedding magazine.
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Alex and John danced to "Can't Take My Eyes off of You" by Frankie Valli for their first spin as newlyweds.
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Alex's eight bridesmaids carried bouquets of purple hydrangeas and peach-colored accents provided a pop of color against the champagne dresses.

Alex & John in Wilmington, NC

Alex and John had been dating close to three years when John went to Texas to celebrate Alex's birthday and visit some of her family in Austin. The Bride Alexandra Lail (Alex) Simmons, 28, English teacher and coach The Groom John Joseph Klitsch III, 28, sales representative The Date September 8 At the hotel, John presented her with one of her presents: a small box that contained a silver keychain engraved with the initials AKS. "I joked that those weren't my initials," recalls Alex, "and John said that they will be, got down on one knee, and pulled out an even smaller box!" After his proposal, the couple started planning a destination wedding on Figure Eight Island.
- Jill Baughman
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