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Stephen & Jemima’s Holiday-Inspired Wedding

Winter Wedding at The Bradford Designed by Magnolia Collective

Stephen and Jemima tied the knot at a winter wedding at The Bradford, with help from wedding planners Magnolia Collective. Below, read about this couple’s sweet story and get inspired by their holiday wedding.

The couple’s love story began back in 2018, many miles away from Stephen’s home in North Carolina. It was just a coincidence that he and Jemima both happened to be in living in Iowa City during the summer of 2018 where they met. When Stephen left Iowa, the couple dated long distance for a year and a half. But, being apart didn’t stop them from building their relationship through FaceTime calls and monthly weekend visits. Over Thanksgiving, Stephen got down on one knee and proposed. Then, the couple said “I do” in December 2020 at The Bradford.

Couple winter wedding The Bradford
The Bradford winter manor house wedding venue
plum gold wedding invitations
Sottero & Midgley long-sleeve ballgown dress
Ring red velvet jewelry box
Red and Pink Bridesmaids Bathrobes

A Winter Celebration at The Bradford – A Unique NC Wedding Venue

“After choosing each other, picking The Bradford for our venue was among the best decisions we could have made,” Jemima says. “Little did we know how important it would become with the pandemic coming about, because the space and accessibility that The Bradford afforded us helped us make this a safe and truly celebratory experience.”

When Jemima and Philip first toured The Bradford, the Daughtry Ballroom was still under construction. Still, they fell in love immediately with the grand, European-inspired venue in New Hill, North Carolina. The couple also took advantage of the venue’s overnight accommodations and spent the night at The Bradford before the wedding day.

Top NC Wedding Planner – Magnolia Collective

When it came to planning, the couple also made a great choice in Magnolia Collective. “I don’t think I have enough time to tell you how absolutely incredible it was to have Meagan Culkin on our team,” Jemima says.

While the bride was living in Iowa and Charlottesville, Virginia, for most of the months they were planning the wedding, Meagan and her team handled everything back in NC.

“This wedding would not have happened if we didn’t have the Magnolia Collective team behind us. From coordinating vendor meetings on the few weekends I flew into town to keeping us updated on lockdown policies to coming up with a whole plan B backyard wedding the week-of, we owe our sanity and relationship to our planners,” Jemima says.

The Bradford winter landscape NC
Bridesmaids Indian Bride Sepia
Indian mother and bride portrait
Bride family mother
White kitten heels rhinestones
Bride brick steps The Bradford winter

Planner Kudos: Stress-Free Wedding at The Bradford Thanks to Magnolia Collective

Jemima believes that with the added stress of the pandemic, if it wasn’t for the Magnolia Collective team, the wedding wouldn’t have been able to happen. From coordinating vendor meetings to coming up with last-minute contingency plans for the wedding and, the planners were not only exceptional communicators but also a much needed support system for Stephen and Jemima. “We owe our sanity and relationship to our planners,” Jemima says. Not even the challenges of long-distance planning or a pandemic could hinder Meagan.

Clearly, pandemic couples have learned how valuable a wedding planner can be! We love hearing rave reviews about planners like Magnolia Collective.

Couple stone steps The Bradford winter
Bridal portrait pearl necklace lace
Floral altar fairytale chandelier candle aisle
Evergreen bough lantern winter decor
Velvet pillows seating emerald burgundy outdoor garden
Burgundy bridesmaids winter The Bradford
Winter romantic courtyard The Bradford

Personalized Details From CE Rental

Rental company Curated Events Raleigh helped Jemima and Stephen pull together an event personalized just for them. The Bradford is an amazing blank slate venue, and Magnolia Collective worked with this rental company to pull together a gorgeous winter look unique to the couple’s taste.

“From the furniture groups to the elegant velvet linens, the choices available were truly limitless. … I would highly recommend Curated Events Raleigh,” Jemima says.

Holiday Inspiration for this Wedding at The Bradford

Festive details that spiced up the wedding day included custom beer steins and evergreen boughs sprinkled into the floral arrangements and in Jemima’s bouquet. Mini holiday ornament place holders doubled as fun wedding favors. Jemima and Stephen’s wedding color palette of burgundy, blush, evergreen and gold added to the understated holiday vibes without being over-the-top. All of these details gracefully hinted at the spirit of Christmas which was just a couple weeks away from the wedding date. 

Garden patio The Bradford winter outdoor seating
Ornament place settings red gold holiday
Gold burgundy floral winter table decorations
Beer steins custom wedding favors
White brick table setting The Bradford winter
Poinsettia gold burgundy table Christmas winter evergreen

Catering for a Multicultural Wedding

Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe was also a meaningful part of Stephen and Jemima’s big day. The couple served authentic South Indian and Southern cuisines reflecting the marriage of cultures and harmoniously celebrated the joining of the two families.

“Vimala and her husband Rush made our wedding weekend such a memorable experience. With our wedding being a blend of both Southern and Indian cultures, her experience cooking authentic South Indian and Southern cuisines for the last 35 years really celebrated the joining of our families even on our dinner plates,” Jemima says.

The families of the couple enjoyed a fully traditional South Indian breakfast the morning of the wedding for an extra dose of comfort. Jemima says it was just what her grandmother would have prepared for them!

Indian catering shrimp dish
Indian traditional food catering Vimala's
Gold marble simple cake design
Garden patio cocktail hour sting lights
Couple first dance The Bradford ballroom
Sparkler sendoff The Bradford

Impressed with this design by Magnolia Collective? Learn more from Meagan Culkin – we worked with her on this Wedding Boom Planning Guide!

The Bradford is truly one of the most romantic wedding venues in NC. Click here to see our full list of the most picturesque venues in the state.

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