Victoria and Paul were married in April at the Palo Alto Plantation located in Maysville, North Carolina. We had the pleasure of showing all of our venues to Victoria and her mom before they finally settled on the historic estate.
Paul and Victoria met in 2016 while out with a couple of friends. They began dating and on a trip to Fort Macon, located in Atlantic Beach, Paul proposed to Victoria as they were hiking the 2.78 mile trail, one of their most favorite trails in our area.
Fort Macon was constructed in 1826 and was used during the Civil War. It was later named after U.S. Senator Nathaniel Macon of North Carolina due to his efforts to fund the forts build and completion. The fort boasts a vast history for North Carolina and is a free attraction to visitors of the area and locals.
The Palo Alto Plantation was also constructed around the same time frame. Built in 1836 by David Sanders, it originally stood on 9,500 acres and was most known for corn and cotton. Mr. Sanders became one of the wealthiest planters in North Carolina. The home was later left to David Sanders who eventually became a governor of North Carolina. During the Civil War, the Union Troops of Eastern North Carolina believed that confederate forces were collecting in Swansboro and as they passed the Palo Alto Plantation, they destroyed its livestock and scared away anyone living there. Although the home survived the war, they did loose the outside kitchen and wood features of the home as tenants burned it for heat. Fortunately, the owners Stephanie and Brian Watson have restored much of its originality and design.
Victoria and Pauls love for local history played a key element in their wedding day, from the engagement to the ceremony, the couple seamlessly merged elegance, history, and a dream wedding for them and their guests.
Interestingly enough, Paul actually did not view the venue until the week of the wedding. Victoria knew he would love it and he trusted her decision! She knew him well, and Paul was excited over her choice.
The Palo Alto Plantation gave Victoria the “Gone with the Wind” setting she had always dreamed of. The girls enjoyed a night hanging out in one of the 5 bedrooms and then woke to a brunch served by our Dream Maker team. During the day they laughed and enjoyed family until guests began arriving. The ceremony was a countryside setting mixed with roses and lilies to give Victoria the elegant background she was looking for. From hand crafted invitations, to locally made roasted peanuts for her guests, to music and dancing under the patio lights. Victoria and Paul enjoyed the relaxation and memories that should accompany every wedding day.
Some of the vendors that made this day possible are:
Venue: The Palo Alto Plantation
Floral: The Dream Makers
Photography: Casey Futrell Photography
Catering: The Flame
Stationary: Paper Buzz
Cake: Swanky Sweets