A Wedding At The Bradford | New Hill, NC | Mandie and Eric
A wedding at the Bradford, is a different kind of wedding. It has a different feel. Takes you to a different place. It's like taking a trip without leaving home. It feels like a French chateau, but placed in the suburbs outside of Raleigh. But what I love most about it is that has such an appeal of family comes first, which makes sense as it is run by the dynamic sister duo, Courtney and Dana of C&D Events (also, this weddings phenomenal planners).
So when I first spoke with Mandie and Eric about their wedding at the Bradford, they both really got into how important family is to them. How Mandie and her mom talk every day and how they spend every Christmas together even though they are now on opposite coasts. But most of all it was hearing how much she wanted this wedding, her wedding, to be special for her parents too. And then hearing from Eric, how close he is with his family. How his grandmother raised him, as his parents were working hard to provide a beautiful life for he and his sister when they were growing up. How their hard work and attitude of "the harder you work, the luckier you get" sticks with him to this day. How he intended to include his parents and even his grandmother, who still lives in the Philippines, in the wedding day in some fun ways.
For me, family and friends are everything. They are who you have to lean on in tough times, and who will ask to lean on you as well. It's the inner circle that I often talk about, such as here in this Intimate Oregon Destination Wedding or as part of this Beautiful Fall Wedding at the Merrimon-Wynne. So this sense of the attention not being all about them or this detail or that detail, really resonated with me, and I knew their wedding at the Bradford was going to be amazing.
While their rehearsal dinner and reception would be held at the Bradford, their ceremony took place in downtown Raleigh at the Sacred Heart Church, a gorgeous Gothic styled church that was once one of the smallest Catholic cathedrals in the US. The church was a big part of their wedding day, as were some of the traditions, both American and Filipino representing both Mandie and Eric.
While we were expecting a hot late spring day, we were lucky and got some cloud cover for their cocktail hour which was filled with great signature drinks, delicious hors d'oeuvres, wonderful music and a cooling breeze which was spectacular.
Once the reception started, so did the water works!
Both Mandie and Eric's parents speeches were beautiful and not only had family in tears but friends as well...and maybe a photographer. And the good words didn't stop there as toasts were given by a few of the wedding party folks, all while Eric had his grandmother watching live via Facetime from her home in the Philippines. Such an awesome way to include someone who has meant so much to him and his family.
Then it was time for Ryan of Spin DJs to turn it out and get people dancing and there was no problem there as the dancing and fun went well into the night. Sweat was flying, wigs were flying (true story), and all the kids were showing off the floss of course.
It really was a beautiful wedding at the Bradford, but you probably want to see pictures now. So without further ado...enjoy!
Big thanks to all who made this wedding at The Bradford such a momentous one for Mandie and Eric: Rehearsal Dinner and Reception Venue - The Bradford || Ceremony Venue - Sacred Heart Cathedral || Wedding Planner - Courtney of C&D Events || Officiant - Father Chris Ryan || Florals - Bushel and Peck || Cocktail Hour Music - Fabius Page || Reception Music - Ryan of Spin NC || Caterer - Beau Catering || Cake - Details Cake Design || Linens and Rentals - CE Rental || Hair and Makeup - Wedding Hair by Liz || Lighting - Get Lit Special Event || Lounge and Accessories - Greenhouse Picker Sisters || All paper products - Dana of C& D Events || Wedding Illustrations - Vincent Lee || Bride's Dress - Watters from BoLee Bridal Couture || Grooms suit - Nostalgia Barong Shop and Hugo Boss || Bridesmaids dresses - Jenny Yoo || Bride's shoes - Jewel by Badgley Mischka || Grooms hat - Hats in The Belfry || Groomsbuds Hats - Mucros Weavers || Ice Cream - Andia's Ice Cream || Tent - Grand Rental Station || Engagement Ring - T Palm Jewellers || Wedding Bands - Neil Dahl Jewellers || Second Photographer - Artemas Photography
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