Real Wedding: Corey & Joe – The Sutherland Estate and Gardens
Corey and Joe had an abrupt meeting that led to a fast connection – leading, years later, to their marriage. Just out of a relationship, Corey attended a Mad Men-themed party and asked a friend if he knew of any nice guys she could meet. He turned in that instant and grabbed Joe by the shoulder. He introduced the two, and they ended up talking until they were the last guests at the party. Joe even walked Corey from East Raleigh all the way to her apartment on the West side of downtown, since there were no cabs available and he wanted to keep talking. Corey says she knew that Joe was all in from the beginning, and she was able to be herself completely – a true match made in Heaven!
Corey and Joe were married at The Sutherland Estate and Gardens on a gorgeous, 70-degree day. They were worried that a projected hurricane might put a kink in their plans, but they didn’t even have a drop of rain.
The happy couple decided to write their own vows for the ceremony, but they made a pact to write them on the morning of the wedding. They wanted to accurately capture how they were feeling on that momentous day. Corey says she will never forget the look on Joe’s face as she walked down the aisle, nor the vows that he said to her.
The wedding and ceremony featured florals prominently because Corey wanted them to be the central part of the décor. She favored original yet organic arrangements, and she worked closely with the florist to get the right look. Joe even built the structure for the flowers to hang from over the head table. Corey – whose professional work involves setting up and decorating a chain of barbecue restaurants across the state – also got to work with her bolt cutters and chain.
Another key part of the décor was the hexagon motif. Joe and Corey are big fans of board games. In fact, she said that if they had their choice, they would spend most nights cooking together at home and playing board games. She looked at board game décor, but didn’t like anything she saw. Then she became inspired by the “Settlers of Catan” board game and decided to use the hexagon. It was included on the cornhole boards that Joe made, the dessert table, the candle holders, and other décor. There were even hexagons in the wedding cake design!
Guests enjoyed Southern fare for the reception meal, including a late-night snack of scrumptious mini ham biscuits. The couple chose the menu to be crowd-pleasing, but also light enough that people would still want to dance when they were done.
And dance they did! Corey gave the DJ a Spotify play list for the music, and he read the crowd to know when to play each song at the right time. It was a mix of modern and traditional music. For example, Corey’s parents love beach music and taught her to shag when she was a young girl. So she chose to shag to “My Girl” for the father-daughter dance.
The couple chose to skip the traditional reception exit, such as with a sparkler send-off or confetti toss. They didn’t want to have to stop playing the music or serving the drinks earlier to make time for it. Instead, they opted to stretch out every last minute of the party they could. They asked guests to shoot off confetti cannons during the last two choruses of the last song of the night, “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from “Dirty Dancing.”
Everyone left with a drink koozie favor with the quote about “Mawwage” from the “Princess Bride” printed on it. Joe and Corey also realized that the month they were married was the 30th anniversary of the film, so they considered that a fun coincidence.
From the heartfelt toasts from best friends and family to the photo bus that captured all the memories, Corey and Joe had a fun and memorable night. Plus, they were finally able to marry their best friend!
Photographer: Amy Allen Photography
Florist: Eclectic Sage
Caterer: Donovan’s Dish
Makeup and Hair: Wink Hair + Makeup
Hair Colorist: Bow and Arrow Hair
Dress designer- Essence of Australia
Videographer- Charis Weddings
Dress Boutique- Coastal Knot
Planner- Corey Kaminski; Day of coordination by Christy from The Sutherland
Cake designer- Ashley Cakes
Pies- Slice Pie Company
Invitations/programs: If It’s Paper
Officiant- Reverand Kathie McCutcheon
DJ- DJ Ryan the DJ