Blog – Happily Ever After

Jessica Ball and Christopher Smith

Jessica Ball & Christopher Smith
Married Saturday, July 13, 2019

When and how did he propose?
He proposed while we were on a trip to Maine. We are super into playing card and board games with friends–he brought a new game on our trip and set it up so that I would win. The prize was my engagement ring and the proposal!

 How did you choose your wedding venue?
We love great food and we are very busy, so we knew two things: that we needed a venue that could provide amazing food and cocktails AND that would help us expertly manage wedding details and vendors. The Whist checked both those boxes and it’s a stunning place. 

 Describe your wedding gown:
It’s a champagne color A-line dress with a tulle skirt, sheer sleeves and floral/vine appliques. It’s very romantic and fit in well with the vibe of the Whist.  

Describe your wedding theme/colors:
Our theme was, “We’re getting married, yay!” Our color palette included dusty blues, purples and grays and was inspired by the succulents we used throughout the wedding.

What was the hardest and easiest part about planning your wedding?
The hardest part was the seating chart; we never want to do one of those again! The easiest part was working with The Whist and our vendors. I say, know your strengths–if you love doing everything yourself and fussing over every little detail–go for it! But you can make wedding planning much easier on yourself if you hire great, experienced vendors and then trust them to do their jobs. We did, and we’d go that route a million times over. 

What piece of advice would you give a bride/couple who is planning their wedding?
Do what works for you as a couple and don’t feel pressured to please other people (at least not with this one thing). You know in your gut what you want to do, what’s important to you and what things you can do without. Just trust yourselves and trust that your wedding will be awesome because it’s yours! 

Please share some of the vendors you used:
We’ve loved working with Mary and Charlotte from M. Coty Designs on our terrarium centerpieces and succulent bouquets. Mike and Jerry from Must be the Music DJs were incredibly collaborative and fun, Kimberly from Liberty Lane Bake Shoppe baked us the BEST CAKE EVER and our photographer, Kyle Moran, captured the day with love and a creatively inspired vision. 

Aiste and Adam Stanley
Married Saturday, August 10, 2019

Aiste and Adam Stanley

When and how did he propose?
We had family photos scheduled at the park this past fall (November 25, 2018) and I had no idea he was going to propose. We all dressed up in fall colors and met our photographer at the park. I even joked that it didn’t matter that my nails were polished, because we weren’t planning to photograph my hands. (Boy was I wrong!) About halfway through our photo session, the photographer asked our kids to step aside while he took some romantic photos of me and Adam. Next thing I know Adam is on one knee asking me to marry him. It was an insane surprise–of course I said yes! We have amazing engagement photos with some happy tears and tons of laughter.

How did you choose your wedding venue?
The wedding venue chose us! We love history and elegance, which is well-represented at The University and Whist Club. We also live in Sussex County, so a beach or a farm wedding did not appeal to us. We looked at some wineries in Northern Virginia, but overpriced venues lacked the historic charm we were looking for.

Describe your wedding gown:
Romantic and elegant with lots of lace, shimmer and pearls. Off-the-shoulder dress with a beautiful, somewhat vintage veil.

Describe your wedding theme/colors:
Dusty rose, Chianti and silver/grey are the wedding colors. They offer a romantic and elegant feel.

What was the hardest and easiest part about planning your wedding?
Everything has been very easy, because The Whist Club makes it easy with the all-inclusive package and their preferred vendor list. The hardest part was compiling the guest list.

What piece of advice would you give a bride/couple who is planning their wedding?
Stick to your wish list and don’t try to please everyone. After all, it is your day and it’s OK to be selfish this one time.


Honeymoon- Trabeona Travels

Photographer- SMDi Photography

Videographer- Chase Kouts

Groom and Groomsmen outfits- Men’s Wearhouse

Bridal gown- Dryden Dress Co.

Bridesmaids dresses- David’s Bridal

Cake- Liberty Lane Bake Shoppe

Ceremony Music- Wilmington String Ensemble

Florist- M. Coty Designs

DJ- Must Be The Music DJs

Officiant- Weddings with Lorraine

Limo service- Ace Limousine

Hair- Salon by Dominic

Make up- Beauty Bar by Kristina Ruggerio

Hotel- Sheraton Suites Downtown Wilmington

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