Ivory and Sage Wilmington Wedding
Depending on whom you ask, the story of Bailey Schiffel and Douglas Echols Jr.'s introduction will vary, as more than one person likes to claim dibs on this love-at-first-sight pairing. The one thing that's for sure, however, is that after the couple's first blind date, they became inseparable. Two and half years later, Douglas took Bailey on the most memorable after-work boat ride and got down on one knee. "He asked me to go sit at the front of the boat and before I knew it, he was asking me to marry him," Bailey says.
The Bride’s Gown
The Bride’s Shoes
Bailey wore classic, peep-toe pumps to complement the simplicity of her wedding ensemble.
A Fresh Bouquet
Arranged by Jennifer Rose of Salt Harbor Design, the bride’s bouquet featured a fresh, spring mixture of pink peonies, roses, hydrangea, and sweet peas wrapped with satin ribbon.
For a little extra accent, the bride wore gold, bumble bee-shaped hairpins. “My nickname growing up was “Beez,” so I wanted to give a nod to that,” the bride says.
Bailey’s eight attendants wore knee-length, sage-colored dresses from J. Crew with nude sandals.
Arranged by Salt Harbor Design, the groom’s white rose boutonniere was wrapped with grey, satin ribbon and accented with small, delicate feathers.
“Douglas grew up going to church at St. James, and my dad was baptized there, so it’s a special place to both of our families,” the bride says. “We were married the Saturday after Easter, so the church was still swimming in Easter lillies. It was absolutely gorgeous.”
“After the ceremony, we, along with the bridal party, took a trolley to Figure Eight Island. Once we got to there, we took the bridal party out by the marina to dig up a bottle of George T. Stagg bourbon. It’s a tradition there—burying a bottle of bourbon upside down one month before your wedding is supposed to bring good weather on the day of your wedding—and we truly couldn’t have had a more beautiful day.”
The Bride’s Cake
Anna Echols of One Belle Bakery provided Bailey’s six-tier bridal cake featuring ornate gold icing, varying textures, and luscious pink peonies.
Oyster Shell Accents
“We selected very simple linens and let the flowers steal the show,” the bride says. “I also hand painted the inside of hundreds of oyster shells with gold leaf paint. They were mixed in clusters with the flowers, and there were white tea lights on every table.”
The Dance Floor
Bailey and her father shared a dance before wedding guests took to the dance floor.
“We do not have shy friends or family, so the band really helped set the tone,” the bride says. “We hardly left the dance floor all night. One of my bridesmaids was even on stage with the band singing her heart out.”