Rose & Judson’s Waterfront Wedding Night

Rose and Judson’s Downtown Historic New Bern, NC Wedding  

A New Bern Wedding Planned by The French Bee Events

Rose and Judson said ‘I do’ in downtown historic New Bern on May 1, 2021. They hired local wedding planners Anne Griggs and Christa Tarver of  The French Bee Events. They are a New Bern-based wedding planning and floral design service known for their perfectly executed weddings and incredible flower displays for all events.

The French Bee Events and the couple spent months planning and organizing their special day! With the wedding based in Historic New Bern, NC they wanted a bohemian yet coastal feel for their wedding, by incorporating neutrals and greenery. From little details to major aspects of the wedding, everything was ready to celebrate and remember the day forever. Keep scrolling to witness more of Rose and Judson’s memorable wedding.

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With their first date in Charlotte, NC in 2016 it was just the beginning of Rose and Judson’s love story. From running dates in Myers Park to spending lots of time at Legion Brewing, Rose and Judson are a prime example of love! In May 2018 they moved and settled into Judson’s hometown, New Bern. The weekend after Thanksgiving 2019 changed everything. Judson organized a special afternoon at one of their favorite Charlotte spots, Legion Brewing. With friends surrounding them, he got down on one knee and asked the most important question of their lives!

Southern Bride bridal overlay skirt Rose and Judson's Downtown Historic New Bern NC Wedding Pamela Jahnke

Historic New Bern Wedding

Rose and Judson wanted a waterfront wedding reception with a unique style. They went with a coastal meets bohemian theme including pampas grass, woven chandeliers and a neutral color scheme throughout the space at Persimmons Restaurant. Rose and Judson wanted their wedding details to reflect their personalities as well as their love for the water. A neon blue sign broadcasted their last name and matched the blue lights on the family boat that was docked at The Persimmons for the night.

After working with The French Bee Events, Rose shares “Christa knows every local vendor and is definitely someone you want on your team! Christa & Anne worked hard to make sure everything went according to plan.”

There was no better place to exchange their vows than, The First Presbyterian Church holding family ties to the church since 1966. Judson’s pastor, Reverend Lloyd Griffith, led a personalized wedding ceremony.

Another sentimental addition to Rose and Judson’s special day was a delivery from Legion Brewing – a keg of their favorite beer to share with everyone during their reception.

Persimmons Restaurant Reception Rose and Judson's Downtown Historic New Bern NC Wedding Pamela Jahnke
Neon Sign at Wedding Rose and Judson's Downtown Historic New Bern NC Wedding Pamela Jahnke

The Jarvis at 220

The wedding party got ready and stayed at The Jarvis at 220 in historic downtown New Bern. This vintage bed and breakfast adds unique charm to any wedding weekend. The couple also had their first look at The Jarvis at 220!

With four suite style rooms, The Jarvis 220 is a great New Bern based bed and breakfast! With luxury packages for wedding parties, newlyweds and out-of-town guests they can accommodate your special requests! Enjoy salon-quality hair products in your shower, chocolate strawberries delivered to your room, and even relaxing massages – it’s the perfect way to start married life! The entire building has beautiful landscaping and architecture for great pictures on the interior and exterior of the Jarvis 220!

Wedding Videographer Thomas Blake

Rose and Judson chose to hire a videographer as well as a photographer for their historic downtown New Bern wedding. Thomas Blake Film captured some of the best moments of the day! Thomas also highlighted New Bern’s small-town charm and incredible waterfront views. But above all, he expertly captured the love and bond between Rose and Judson. Watch the highlight video of their special day!


One of the most important members of the bride and groom’s family, Beau, their chocolate lab ran up to the wedding party while taking pictures in front of the church! Rose described it as a tearful moment that she will cherish forever!

Bride, Groom and Dog Rose and Judson's Downtown Historic New Bern NC Wedding Pamela Jahnke

Send-Off Down the Neuse River

For their final send-off as a married couple, Rose and Judson coasted away on a family boat named ‘Sweet Pea’. The crowd cheered and celebrated as the couple floated away! After returning from their boat ride, as an unspoken tradition Judson was pushed into the Neuse River for a celebratory wedding night swim!

Boat at Wedding Rose and Judson's Downtown Historic New Bern NC Wedding Pamela Jahnke

Your Guide to NC Weddings

Rose advises couples to enjoy the time leading up to your wedding because it passes quickly. She also said that it was humbling to see all of the people who support you and your spouse. “Make wedding planning as fun as possible,” Rose says. “There are so many ways to make your ceremony and reception unique to you and your family.”

Click here to see Lauren and Ben’s Tryon Palace Wedding, also in New Bern!

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