A Chic, Elegant Wedding at Bakery 105 in Wilmington, North Carolina

Joy Pearsall (36 and a clinical research associate) and Cuncho Brown (38 and a security consultant) met at a social gathering in North Carolina in 200

Joy Pearsall (36 and a clinical research associate) and Cuncho Brown (38 and a security consultant) met at a social gathering in North Carolina in 2000, communicated for months, then lost touch. When Joy moved to New York five years later, Cuncho called (he was already living there, and he’d heard from his cousin that Joy had moved to New York). They went out the following night, dated casually for years, then finally decided to be exclusive. They got engaged on Joy’s birthday in 2014, “and the rest is history,” she says. They got married at The Atrium in Wilmington, North Carolina, with an open-air roof, greenery walls, exposed brick and wooden benches providing the perfect backdrop of classic Southern charm and modern-chic elements. “It created the ambiance of a magical day,” Joy says. She wore a stunning sheath gown with a crisscross back and fluted bottom, a birdcage veil, mini diamond drop earrings, makeup that gave her a “slight sunkissed glow,” and a short hairstyle. Two bridesmaids wore lightweight yet elegant black chiffon formal-length gowns; the couple's young son, Mason, wore a classic black tux and black-and-white Converse as the ring bearer and lone groomsman; and the groom was stylish in a custom black suit (complete with red suspenders—a detail he kept as a surprise). After Joy and Cuncho exchanged vows in front of a beautiful wall of roses, a jazz band serenaded the group down the street to Bakery 105, where guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on a patio before moving indoors. A Chic, Elegant Wedding at Bakery 105 in Wilmington, North Carolina exuded a modern, sophisticated, elegant vibe, with tables decorated in four-inch black-and-white table runners, dramatic arrangements of tree branches, fancy petal linens featuring arrangements of white garden roses, and plenty of candles. For their meal, Joy and Cuncho had a family-style Southern seafood boil, including lobster, crab, shrimp, corn on the cob, boiled potatoes and vegetables. After dinner, guests enjoyed vanilla cake with amaretto liqueur and custard and butter biscuits as favors. After the jazz band wrapped up the ceremony and cocktail hour entertainment, a DJ took over, keeping the dance floor packed with music from the 1990s, early 2000s R&B and hip-hop and crowd favorites for all ages. With all the details of planning a big wedding and the different opinions that come into play, it's important not to lose sight of what you love, Joy says. “You have to be sure you are making selections that tell the story you want to convey," Joy says. "But be sure that story is something you would want to go back and look at in pictures in five or 10 years. Stay true to yourself.” —Chrissy Sorenson

Joy wore Valentino tan and blush leather T-strap sling-back pumps decorated in gold pyramid studs.
Joy carried a bouquet of blush and white roses and hanging green cattails. It was topped with a satin wrap accented in crystals.
The couple's son, Mason, was the ring bearer and the best man. He wore a custom black suit outfitted with a black bow tie and black-and-white Converse All Star sneakers. He was the only groomsman in the wedding party.
Decor was kept minimal in the naturally beautiful space at The Atrium in Wilmington, North Carolina. A wall of greenery and white roses was the only ceremony decor needed.
“There were elements of greenery, vines and grass coupled with exposed brick flooring and walls that were simply stunning without needing to add anything else,” Joy says of the venue space. “There was no ceiling, so the open-air roof let the beautiful blue sky in, and the birds fluttering overhead were incredible. You can't really create anything much better than that.”
The jazz band that played during the ceremony serenaded the couple to “When the Saints Go Marching In” from the ceremony site to the reception site, Bakery 105 in Wilmington, North Carolina
Round tables featured white petal linens, cream bouquets of garden roses (with a little greenery mixed in) and candles for an elegant, sophisticated look.
Tree branches were used in lieu of floral arrangement centerpieces at the reception at Bakery 105 in Wilmington, North Carolina. “The venue space is industrial and raw, so the tree branches added the right amount of texture and movement to give life to the space,” Joy says. They were also more reasonably priced than blooming flowers.
Asked to share advice with future couples, Joy says, “You have to be sure you are making selections that tell the story you want to convey—but be sure that story is something you would want to go back and look at in pictures five or 10 years from now. Stay true to yourself.”
The cake was a simple two-layer round cake vanilla cake with amaretto liqueur and amaretto custard. Joy and Cuncho's cake topper was a simple letter B.