Historic elegance meets classic charm at this intimate wedding in Downtown Winston Salem. Built in 1837 and just a short walk from Old Salem, the Historic Brookstown Inn is rich in history and it's obvious the moment you arrive. The former mill's exposed brick interior, high ceilings and stunning courtyard made it the perfect backdrop for our couple's small celebration with their family and close friends by their side.
Intimate Wedding in Winston Salem, NC
Like most couples who got married in 2020, their original plans had to be altered. At the end of the day, it was exactly what they'd envisioned for their wedding. While all of our Blue Satin Bee couples are special, this bride was extra special, she's been my best friend for 37 years! Planning (and replanning) a wedding with your best friend is quite the joy!
Let's take a quick behind the scenes look at Becky & Reggie's intimate and elegant wedding day.
What was your wedding inspiration?
We knew we wanted a low key affair, but also elegant and classic. Choosing the venue was the easiest part and set the tone for everything else. The architecture and historical feeling of Brookstown made for a perfect intimate ceremony.
What was your most anticipated part of the day?
Just getting to "I DO" was the most anticipated part of the day! We pushed the date back 6 months due to COVID and had to reconfigure for an even smaller guest list than originally planned.
What was your favorite part of the day?
So many good moments! I'm really glad we did a first look. It let us (ok, me mostly) calm the nerves. Also, we asked my dad to say the blessing before dinner. I knew whatever he said would be perfect, but it was the most touching, sincere blessing of not only the food, but our marriage.
Which detail(s) did you like best about your wedding?
Choosing the venue was almost a no-brainer. We looked at a few other spots, but the Brookstown Inn just felt right. It is classic, historic Winston-Salem. We also knew we wanted an indoor wedding, but the ballroom just didn't feel right for the ceremony. I love the brick stairs in the lobby and the exposed brick walls. Kim suggested using garland on the handrails and adding flowers. This was the PERFECT finishing touch to the already gorgeous setting. And my dress. I really love my dress.
What was the biggest challenge you faced in planning your big day?
I think every 2020 wedding is going to answer this the same way: COVID. We originally planned for an April wedding. The debate about rescheduling vs elopement was hard. Then once we picked a new date, there were so many unknowns still.
What’s your biggest piece of advice to couples reading this?
Breathe and relax. In the end, the details will not matter.
What's been going on since the wedding?
We had to postpone our planned honeymoon to Hawaii, but did spend a long weekend in Savannah. Otherwise, it's back to your regularly scheduled program. We both are working from home full time. We have added onto our garage gym and look forward to more workouts together.
Photography: Brittany Butterworth Photography
Venue & Catering: The Historic Brookstown Inn
Planning & Coordination: Blue Satin Bee
Ceremony & Reception Music: Shoresound Productions
Cake: Camino Bakery
Dress: Southern Bride Kernersville
Boutonnière & Corsage: Beverly's of Midway