2017 New Additions Continue…..

Il Bella Gardens is a beautiful and eloquent wedding venue conveniently located in the heart of North Carolina wedding central!!!  Our 10 years of serving brides and grooms have never ceased to amaze me!  Conveniently located near Charlotte, North Carolina, we have thrived on offering our brides and grooms a “beautiful”,  “Bohemian” garden experience, with an all inclusive venue that is equipped to meet every need you will have!  Saying that to say, we are just weeks away from beginning our highly anticipated and most exciting 2017 wedding season!  My husband and I have worked tirelessly to add beautiful picturesque opportunities to the gardens this year!  As we continue to work on our projects, we felt that we could share a few unfinished teaser pictures!  Our garden is our heart and we are ALWAYS seeking ways to focus on the needs of every bride that we are blessed with!  Enjoy!!!!


We Look Forward to Celebrating With You!!!


Nothing Like True Love

Meaning of true love…..

True love is when you care so much for someone that you realize that you can’t live one day without them…they are your “soulmate”!  You desire to be with them day in and day out!  You want to dream with them, you want to spend every waking moment with them!  Their interest are your interest…you never see their flaws, you only find their heart.  You seek what makes them happy – it is “unconditional”, it is “everlasting”, it is a “commitment that perseveres through better or worse, through sickness or in health, till death you do part”!!!  Love is demonstrated differently by every person…..but always, always carry the same common denominator!

  1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and 13 – New International Version (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Week in and week out, here at Il Bella Gardens, we have the awesome opportunity to share in the most pivotal and exciting day of a Bride and Groom’s life…..their wedding celebration!  I have been asked many times…”do you ever grow tired of doing weddings”?  NEVER, I never grow tired or weary of  watching two people totally and completely in love choose to commit their lives together!  To me, there is nothing any more beautiful than to watch a husband’s face as he peers into her eyes as the bride that God has chosen for him.  She is his EVERYTHING!!!!

We have had the privilege for many years to plan along side these beautiful couples that God entrusted us with.  It amazes me to watch how gentle, compassionate and attentive they are towards every detail of their wedding planning.  Notoriously, every couple works hard to blend their families, to consider every need of their guest and to fulfill every dream they have dreamed of for their celebration.  Planning is strategic, however, we constantly remind our couples to stay focused on their purpose…”Their Love for Each Other“!  We explain to them to NEVER allow the enemy to take their joy or their love for each other while they put every effort into their planning details!!!

So, love is what brings ALL THINGS to existence!!!  Love is contagious!!!!  Being a part of something so beautiful and so perfect never gets old!!!  It is new everyday!!!!

The New Il Bella Gardens for the New 2017 Wedding/Event Season

What an awesome start up for our 2017 season!  We couldn’t be more excited!!!  The Gardens are off to a beautiful start with “blooms galore” already in February!  Spring is always breathtaking in the Gardens and always a precious reminder to Larry and me that the new year is going to bring new beginnings to many beautiful couples, their families and their friends!  We are so happy to be a part of creating this day for each of you as you have dreamed of your wedding most of your lives.

As we kick off 2017, we are so super excited to watch all these new beginnings unfold and create memories that will NEVER be forgotten!  We will watch dreams flourish and become reality!!!!  We will watch and witness vows shared by many beautiful people this year and we will have an opportunity to create friendships with each of you that will last a lifetime!  Yes, I would say that we are the most BLESSED people EVER because of each of you both past and present…..Our New Family!!!!

Our Gardens is getting a new facelift this year and lots of beautiful new items are being added!!!!  We can’t wait for you to come and see what we are doing!!!  I believe you will be AMAZED just as we are!!!

Again, we are thankful for each of you and can hardly wait to see you!

Lots of love to you all!

Larry and Kim McIlwaine

2014 at the Beautiful Il Bella Gardens

Another absolutely beautiful year at Il Bella Gardens in Albemarle, North Carolina!  Our beautiful gardens hosted over 40 outdoor weddings in 2014, themed from Country Romance to Vintage Chic to Pure Eloquence to Rustic!  As we shared life with each of these amazing couples, their families and their friends, we were richly blessed by each one….their uniqueness, their love for one another and their creative hearts and minds!

As we reflect back on the year, we have shared some photos with you on the gallery that were shared to us by our couples, photographers and families!  If by chance we don’t have any pictures on our site of your wedding, doesn’t mean we overlooked you, it simply means we were not fortunate enough to get our hands on any.  Please forward us some photos of your gorgeous wedding at Il Bella Gardens and we will indeed place them on our website!

Larry and I want to extend our love and appreciation to each family that we were able to love on and minister too!  Our lives will be forever changed by each of you!   We pray that God will continue to richly bless each of you as you travel this new life journey together as husband and wife.  We always want to be a vital part of your lives as you continue to grow together and continue to grow your families!  If we can EVER do anything for you, please let us know!  We will continually pray for you and your commitment together. 

We were also blessed by many talented and amazing vendors during our 2014 season!  In fact, some of the BEST in the state!  You guys are always welcome to come and share life at Il Bella Gardens and you will come highly recommended as we meet with our new 2015 and 2016 brides.

Il Bella Gardens was blessed to be named the “2014 Reader’s Choice Award” for Stanly County!  Thank you for your vote and thank you for believing in us as we continue to seek God’s heart for our venue!  Our desire is to serve you and to help you plan the most pivotal day of your life!  We want ALL YOUR DREAMS to become REALITY and we want you to grow in your love for the Lord and for each other!  We strive to have a venue where lasting memories are made and where friendships will be forever!!!  May our home always be your home!