An Urban Garden Wedding at 128 South in Wilmington, North Carolina

Who says a garden has to be in the middle of nowhere to be gorgeous? Surrounded by climbing ivy, exposed brick and string lights, Nicole Johnston (30 and works in business-proposal development) and Tom Benca (40 and works in video production) exchanged vows at the Atrium by Ligon Flynn in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. “We liked the idea of a small destination wedding, but also wanted a location that was meaningful to us personally,” Nicole says. “We both have family in Wilmington, North Carolina, and spend a lot of time in the area.” As if that weren't enough, Nicole and Tom also served guests colorful, natural sodas and raspberry- and lemon-infused water in mason jars for guests to enjoy during their nuptials. Cocktail hour on the deck outside 128 South—which overlooked the Cape Fear River—and the rustic garden-inspired centerpieces along the wooden farm tables match the rustic urban-garden feel of the day. Jennifer Rose-Sandy from Salt Harbor Designs worked with the couple to create the stunning, textured floral arrangements that brought the outside in. The best part, though, was the delicious menu. “We still have guests rave about the fried chicken at our wedding,” Nicole says. Not to mention the three one-tier cakes from One Belle Bakery or the gluten-free-cookie wedding favors from the NoshRoom. See all our favorite details, beautifully captured by Millie Holloman Photography, below.