The Wright match


April 4, 2024

Anne Howard & Coleman Wright
Wrightsville Beach | 04.29.2023

Both have North Carolina roots, but it took the Big Apple and a pandemic to bring Anne Howard and Coleman together. Anne Howard, a native Charlottean, and Coleman, from Elizabeth City, first crossed paths while living in New York City, thanks to mutual friends. After both moving to Charlotte in late 2019, they began dating, right on the cusp of Covid.

“Needless to say, when the world shut down, we got to know each other very quickly and obviously fell in love,” Anne Howard says. Frequent trips to Wrightsville Beach — where Anne Howard had spent childhood summers swimming, water-skiing and tubing — offered the couple a chance to work remotely, relax and enjoy each other’s company. So, when it came time to decide on a wedding spot, Lollipop Bay in Wrightsville was the perfect choice.

The ceremony took place in the backyard of a family friend’s home, across the street from Anne Howard’s family beach house and overlooking Lollipop Bay. Show-stopping florals in a rainbow of yellow, peach, light pink and blue pastels filled the space. Carolina Yacht Club, with its large covered decks, screened porch, gorgeous ocean views and laid-back vibe welcomed guests for the reception. Passed hors d’oeuvres, a raw bar with freshly shucked oysters and cocktails kicked off the party, followed by dinner and dancing.

On the dance floor, the couple handed out custom golf visors and hats, embroidered with “WRIGHTsville 2023,” a nod to the newly married couple’s last name and the wedding destination. Hot dogs from Wrightsville’s iconic Trolly Stop and house-made chips and dip were served as late-night snacks. As guests exited, they received bouquets of repurposed ceremony flowers. “It was a great way for the blooms to be enjoyed a little longer,” Anne Howard says.

The Details:

Photographer | Gayle Brooker, Charleston, S.C.

Venue | Private residence, Wrightsville Beach (ceremony); Carolina Yacht Club (reception)

Planners | Mary Beth Moore; Catherine Dooley, North Corner Haven

Floral Design | Blossom Bay, Wilmington

Dress | Alyne, Rita Vinieris; Hayden Olivia Bridal

Wedding Accessories | Rivini (veil); Loeffler Randall (shoes)

Hair | Colette Laplante

Makeup | Alice Lawson Salon, Wilmington

Bridal StylistLesley Brickman, The One Gown, Los Angeles

Bridesmaids Dresses | Erdem

Groom Attire | Fairclough & Co. (custom white dinner jacket)

Rings | Elizabeth Bruns

Caterer | Spoonfed Kitchen, Wilmington

Cake | Imaginary Cakes, Wilmington

Music/Entertainment | Deans’ Duets (ceremony), Royal Suits (reception)

Event Design | High Performance Lighting, Party Tables (draping)

Rentals | Party Suppliers & Rentals (tables, chairs & tabletop); Martha My Dear Specialty Rentals (furniture & bars); Great Day Soiree, Wilmington (specialty rentals & accessories); Party Tables (ceremony drapery, pillows, table linens & fabric bars); Stradley Davidson, Charleston, S.C.
(table linens & pillows) 

Stationery | Arzberger Stationers, Olive Paper, Enfield Post, Bonnie Clarke Calligraphy,
Peyton’s Post

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