A Timelessly Classic Wedding at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington, North Carolina

It was important to Christi Laite (22 and a teacher) and Tanner Milson (23 and a commercial real estate agent) that their venue reflected a sense of timelessness. The Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, proved to be the perfect space because of the rustic brick walls and its historical significance as a former Presbyterian church. Christi’s grandfather was previously a Presbyterian pastor, which gave the couple an opportunity to honor their newly united family’s heritage. 

Using primarily white, ivory, and blush pink, Christi produced a soft yet elegant feel that contrasted beautifully with the venue’s industrial look. “My goal was to have a wedding that I would still love in 20 years,” she says. Flowy, light-colored bridesmaid dresses and fitted navy suites for the men created an elegant aesthetic for the entire wedding party. Keeping the decor to a subtle minimum, the pair had a 15-foot cross draped loosely with fresh flowers and greenery built as a backdrop for their ceremony. The aisle was lined romantically with candles and Le Vie en Rose played dreamily in the background as the newlyweds took their first dance together. As a tribute to their hometowns, Maryland native Christi and Texas native Tanner featured Natty Boh and Shiner Bock as their choices of beer for the big day, and let the rough beauty of the historic venue truly inspire a day of timeless sophistication. —Juliette Cheatham