Nikelle and Gino’s wedding is the ideal blend of relaxed ease, tactful sophistication, and just a hint of playful whimsy — all in all, a winning combination in our books! Of course, images from the ever-fantastic Jenna Trapasso of Red White & Green Photography only make us love every bit of this wedding even more. Read on for some special words from bride Nikelle on the inspiration for the paper crowns guests wore throughout the night — such a sweet detail!
From the bride, Nikelle: We liked playing off the idea that we were big city kids coming down south (or home for me) to enjoy a special weekend with our friends and families. We thought there was something fun and unique about mixing New York elegance with the fun spirit of North Carolina—”Tuxedo BBQ” as we called it (although no one ended up wearing a tuxedo). In all, we wanted our wedding to feel very relaxed and easy while still feeling like an classy affair.
Gino’s last name is Reyes (which means kings in Spanish) and we currently live in Kings County NY (Brooklyn) so we used the crowns as a theme throughout the day. Our rings have a jagged edge on one side like a crown and we cut paper crowns for all the guests to symbolize that everyone there was a part of our collective family. We chose the gold to highlight the crowns and black to create a feeling of elegance which we then toned down with sage and emerald green to play off of the lush NC background.
We had our close friend, Erik Marinovich (who also did the lettering on the envelopes,) custom design gold numbers to place on the water jugs at each table. My friend Lindsay High crafted the most delicious rosemary lemonade and vodka cocktail which we called the Cumberland, named after our street.
We spent a long time searching for a venue that felt like “us.” We wanted someplace that felt casual but elegant at the same time. And of course, it was important to me to find a venue that would show off just how beautiful North Carolina can be to all our big city guests. We finally stumbled across Magnolia Manor Plantation in Warrenton, NC. It totally had the rustic elegance we were looking for but the venue takes care of the food, flowers, cake and DJ, which was great for out-of-town couples planning their wedding.
From the photographer, Jenna: Nikelle and Gino are both designers so they knew they wanted to have their hands in the production of their invitation. They created a pattern that permeated the entire wedding; from the inside of their intricate invitations to the wrappers on the water bottles they gave their guests. A beautiful booklet was delivered to each guest alongside their wedding invitation. Inside the front cover was a white page with the simple words, “This right here, this is forever.” The sweet book told the story of the carefully crafted journeys that led Nikelle and Gino to each other and it ended with an explanation of a pair of tiny crowns that were pressed in gold on the outside of the invitation… It said “1. When Gino was courting Nikelle, he would often tell her that if she gave him a chance, he would treat her like a queen… 2. Reyes (groom’s last name) means Kings in Spanish. 3. We currently live in Kings County, NY.” So it was only fitting that each of the guests would don a homemade paper crown for the duration of Nikelle and Gino’s happy wedding reception. The meaningful presence of the crowns were just one of the elements that made Gino and Nikelle’s wedding personable and unique. A celebration like never before.
Wedding Location: Warrenton, NC / Photographer: Jenna Trapasso of Red White & Green Photography / Venue: Magnolia Manor Florist: Mary Fogleman provided by Magnolia Manor / Bride’s Dress: J.Crew “Sinclair” / Wedding Shoes: Valentino / Sash: Bride’s sister-in-law / Hair and Makeup: Dorothy Stoll / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew Sinclair dress in Dusty Shale / Groom and Groomsmen: Filipino Barongs / Band: Provided by Magnolia Manor / Wedding Caterer: Magnolia Manor / Wedding Cake: 3 tiered wedding cake and a smores bar for the bon fire provided by Magnolia Manor / Wedding Invitations: designed by the bride and groom, envelopes hand lettered by Erik Marinovich / Transportation: Long Creek Coach Line