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Melissa & Peter Gilardo’s River Landing Wedding

Plan Your Destination Wedding at The Village at River Landing in Wallace, NC 

While out for drinks, Peter Gilardo and Melissa Rouse were introduced to each other through mutual friends. After a year of dating, Peter asked Melissa to marry him while playing a word game on a family beach vacation in Topsail, NC. The couple’s playfulness and love shines through photos taken by Images by Amber Robinson from their destination wedding at The Village at River Landing in Wallace, NC. 

On Nov. 16, 2019, Melissa and Peter said “I do” inside the River Landing Clubhouse. Melissa knew that River Landing was the perfect place to get married because her sister was previously married there! With two large families gathering in one place, they needed a venue that was convenient and accommodating. Originally, Melissa and Peter planned to host their wedding ceremony outside, but a Nor’easter on the day of their wedding had other plans. Instead, the ceremony was moved indoors and ended up being more intimate and even better than planned. Keep scrolling to witness their River Landing wedding!

Bold and Beautiful Wedding Photography by Images by Amber Robinson 

Melissa found the perfect, local photographer through Heart of NC Weddings. She did the research and selected Images by Amber Robinson to capture their wedding journey. From sunset engagement photos on the beach to bridal portraits at River Landing, Amber gave Melissa and Peter photos to cherish for a lifetime. 

“Amazing. Amber is so much more than a photographer,” Melissa says. “She made our experience incredible. As the bride, she gave me peace and knew how to take control when needed. Our photos are beautiful and we will treasure them forever!” 

Destination Wedding at River Landing Wallace, NC

Melissa and Peter’s November wedding at River Landing was filled with romantic shades of burgundy, green and gold. Originally, they planned to share their handwritten vows in an outdoor wedding ceremony. An unexpected Nor’easter had other wedding plans in mind. Luckily, River Landing’s Clubhouse offers an elegant Grand Ballroom. Located near the coast of Eastern North Carolina, River Landing is the perfect Southern wedding destination. 

Melissa and Peter’s wedding guests had the option of staying in River Landing’s on-site accommodations. Treat your friends and family to a retreat of fun and relaxation. Any golf fans in the family? River Landing Golf is one of the top golfing destinations in the region, with tournaments hosted here from all types of organizations and golfing competitions.

Elegant Bride Portrait Destination Wedding at River Landing Wallace NC Images by Amber Robinson
Romantic First Look Bride and Groom Black and White Photo Destination Wedding at River Landing Wallace NC Amber
Wood Welcome Sign Wedding Calligraphy Destination Wedding at River Landing Wallace NC Images by Amber
Burgundy and White Wedding Flowers Destination Wedding at River Landing Wallace NC Images by Amber
Wedding Calligraphy Signage Reserved Ceremony Chairs Destination Wedding at River Landing Wallace NC Images by Amber
First Kiss Bride and Groom Wedding Ceremony Destination Wedding at River Landing Wallace NC Images by Amber
Burgundy Gold White Wedding Table Destination Wedding at River Landing Wallace NC Images by Amber
Flower Girl and Ring Bearer Destination Wedding at River Landing Wallace NC Images by Amber
Cake and Cupcakes Destination Wedding at River Landing Wallace NC Images by Amber

The newlyweds are living out their happily ever after in Wilmington, NC. Peter is a New Hanover County fire fighter and baseball instructor for Coastal Athletics, and Melissa is a personal trainer for her business Fly Away Fitness. 

Want to see more beautiful wedding photography by Images by Amber Robinson? Click here.

 

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