By Lauren Witonsky
“If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.” And if you’re obsessed with Allie and Noah, just WAIT until you meet Mary Bea and Alex. This bride and groom tied the knot at a very special location… *the* house that Noah renovated for Allie in The Notebook. 😍In addition to capturing footage at Boone Hall Plantation (aka Allie Hamilton’s summer home in the movie and the place where Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got married IRL) Mary Bea and Alex held their wedding at the iconic Notebook house everyone loves. You know, the perfect white house with perfect blue shutters? It’s a real private residence in South Carolina and the owners opened its charming southern doors for their wedding exclusively. From the stunning aerial views of the venue, to their charming first look at lakeside, there’s so much to love about this real life rom-dram. After you watch their wedding on repeat (how can you not when Anchor Films included all the best quotes from the movie?!), read on for more on the couple’s love story.
How did you meet and fall in love?
My husband and I grew up in the same town in Georgia. We were many years apart in age, but still knew each other through family. Almost 20 years later we connected while I was working in Colorado. The rest is history!
Tell us how the proposal happened.
My husband proposed at a 200 foot frozen waterfall while on a trip in Steamboat Springs. We were there to celebrate his birthday, so I had no idea it was coming.
Tell us about something that was creative or unique to your wedding.
The wedding venue was the house from the movie “The Notebook.” This was actually at the house that he built for them in the movie. I believe the Boone Hall house was used for her family’s home in the film. We shoot at Boone Hall Plantation a lot also. This ones just really cool to us because it’s actually not a wedding venue. It’s a private residence, so its never been used for a wedding before and never will again. 🙂 We also had dueling piano’s as our entertainment.
Describe the moment from your wedding day that stands out to you the most.
When I saw my fiancé and realized today was the day I had been looking forward to for so long. Everything had come together after many months of planning.
How did you find your wedding dress? Who designed it and how did you know it was the one?
I went to a small store in Georgia called White Weddings. The dress is made by Essense of Australia. I knew I liked it from the moment I saw it. Once I had it on, I knew for sure. It fit me so well!
What made your wedding feel extra special to you and your partner?
The setting was perfect, with all of our close friends and family there to help us celebrate.
How did you find your filmmaker and what made you choose them?
Love Stories TV!
What is your favorite moment from your wedding film?
I do not have just one. I really enjoyed the entire film. Anchor Films did such a great job putting it together.
Is there anything that stressed you out during the wedding planning process that you would tell other brides and grooms not to worry about?
Honestly, the only advice I could give, is to just relax and have fun. Too many people get caught up with all the in’s and out’s and forget that it’s supposed to be fun.
What do you think the “secret sauce” to your relationship is?
No secret sauce. Just good love, lots of laughs.
What are your fave ways to spend a weekend together?
A simple weekend at home enjoying each others company, or a trip to the Mountains.
If you were to guess, how do you think you’ll celebrate your one-year anniversary?
Hopefully, on a beach somewhere with my love, enjoying good food and drinks.
See the full list of vendors for Mary Bea and Alex’s wedding here.
Watch more amazing wedding videos by Anchor Films here.