A Garden-Inspired Wedding at Saint Thomas Preservation Hall in Wilmington, North Carolina

With exposed brick walls, sky high ceilings and stained glass windows all reflecting the history and beauty of the location, it was an easy for Elizab

With exposed brick walls, sky high ceilings and stained glass windows all reflecting the history and beauty of the location, it was an easy for Elizabeth Coyle (26 and an administrative assistant) and Tim Thomasson (28 and a United States Navy Nuclear Operator) to choose Saint Thomas Preservation Hall in Wilmington, North Carolina, for their wedding. “It is a restored former Catholic Church built in 1847 as the first African American Catholic Church in the state of North Carolina,” Elizabeth says. “It is a landmark in Wilmington's Historic District and is listed on the National Historic Register. It was a quiet, private gem in the middle of downtown.” Wanting the modern space to feel more like a Southern garden in the spring, Elizabeth and Tim filled the space with overflowing florals they made themselves! “It was a huge feat, as most of us had no experience in floral decor, but we made out with a result that exceeded my expectations,” Elizabeth says of the textured bouquets, towering aisle decor and lush centerpieces. Although Elizabeth and Tim planned and made all the details themselves, they enlisted the help of Mary Beth Moore to ensure they got hitched without a hitch the day of the wedding. Mary Beth wasn't the only one who helped, though, and we love how Elizabeth and Tim included everyone into their day with groomsmen folding programs, bridesmaids arranging flowers and Elizabeth’s mother ironing all of the linen napkins in her hotel room. One of the couple’s friends, Chance, even brewed the newlyweds a craft beer as a wedding gift. It was a traditional German hefeweizen he titled “Man and Hefe-wife-zen!” There are so many details we love–see them all, beautifully captured by Susie Linquist Photography, below.

Elizabeth carried locally grown white peonies, silver dollar eucalyptus and white roses in her lush bouquet. Elizabeth, Tim and their family and friends arranged all of the florals for the day. Elizabeth loved how the florals complemented her Southern spring garden theme.
Elizabeth designed and printed all the stationery herself including the navy and white guest book sign. The sign was framed in a silver braided design for a chic, classic feel.
Elizabeth and Tim (with the help of their family and friends) created all the lush floral arrangements for the wedding. The aisle was lined with towering silver urns filled with pink roses, white peonies, pink snap dragons and green eucalyptus leaves.
“We were married at Saint Thomas Preservation Hall in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina,” Elizabeth says. “It is a restored former Catholic Church built in 1847 as the first African American Catholic Church in the state of North Carolina. It is a landmark in Wilmington's Historic District and is listed on the National Historic Register. The warm exposed brick walls with sky high ceilings and stained glass windows all reflected a sense of history and beauty. It was a quiet, private gem in the middle of downtown."
Elizabeth and Tim filled the old Catholic Church venue with ornate silver urns filled with white hydrangeas, pink roses and plenty of leafy greenery.
The bridesmaids wore floor-length chiffon dresses designed by Jenny Yoo in shades of pink. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with rose boutonnieres. “The look was meant to be classic and timeless with a nod towards a Southern spring garden wedding,” Elizabeth says.
Silver urns were filled with white hydrangeas and green eucalyptus leaves for a lush look that matched the garden theme. Elizabeth and Tim put the sparkly silver tables numbers into the arrangements. The surrounding candles added plenty of romance to the space.
At the end of the night, Elizabeth and Tim enjoyed a three-tiered almond cake filled with chocolate ganache, fresh strawberries and buttercream. The outside was decorated with textured buttercream to match the rustic, industrial feel of the venue.
Tim wore a single pink rose bloom on his lapel for his boutonniere. The groom and all his groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos, but Tim wore a white bow tie to stand out.