Spring is officially here, although certainly with a tease of warm sunny days alternating with hasty cold retreats. Those coveted warm days make everyone think of North Carolina’s nearby beaches, and for newly engaged couples, thoughts of a coastal wedding come to mind…and what better place than the Outer Banks for a beach wedding destination?
On March 14, 2015, The Sanderling Resort on the Outer Banks hosted its annual Wedding Showcase. This wasn’t my first visit to The Sanderling; last year, I attended the show and fell in love with the resort and its amenities. I was inspired by the stunning table displays designed by several regional florists and planners. This year, I was surprised to find the main hotel lodging and one other guest room house under renovation, but was equally delighted with our room in the South Inn facing the ocean. Now, I’m looking forward to a return trip to see the main house fully finished!
Brides who book their wedding events in mid-May and later will be thrilled with new updates to the already beautiful resort when renovations are complete! Even before then, the Sanderling’s 16-acre resort offers complete ceremony set-ups on its pristine beach or observation deck. Two wedding event spaces, along with renowned restaurants, are perfect for your oceanside or sound-side rehearsal or reception.
On the oceanside of the resort, the cozy Event House and Deck is large enough for a band and for wedding guests indoors and out. The enormous fire pit with seating is a favorite gathering place after dark. During a nighttime reception it’s the perfect place to cozy up with friends and family and enjoy delicous s’mores.
Located on the Currituck Sound is the larger 4,200 square foot climate-controlled Pavilion with its own private dock and gazebo – the perfect spot to enjoy spectacular Outer Banks sunsets. The Sanderling’s wedding specialists custom cater to every size wedding from an elopement package to a soiree for 180 guests. In addition to the hotel rooms, the resort has several vacation homes on the property that sleep 8 to 16 persons for family and friend groups.
The weekend I visited, I caught a magnificent sunset while dining at the Sanderling’s Lifesaving Station restaurant and enjoying delicious roasted red-pepper soup and seared scallops. Since it was still officially winter, the elegant Kimball’s Kitchen with wrap-around windows was not yet open, but the fresh seasonal food, careful attention from waitstaff, and atmosphere in this restored historic buidling constructed in 1874, couldn’t have been better. We headed back to the Lifesaving Station the next morning for one of the best homemade biscuits and omelet breakfasts I’ve ever had. To top it off, it was a beautiful clear day and and we enjoyed a long walk on the beach.
The Sanderling truly ranks as a destination wedding location to me because of the exciting activities that abound within the nearby area. The beaches are wide and pristine with clear ocean (this area of the Atlantic seems to have the most beautiful turquoise colors). Corolla, just a very few miles north of Duck, where the Sanderling is located, is well-known for the wild ponies that roam the beach and nearby forest trails. There’s biking, a bird sanctuary, the opportunity to visit the Wrights Brother’s museum and monument and the dunes of Kill Devil Hills. There is also golf, and at the resort, two pools, a large adult hot tub, all types of water activity rentals, outdoor bars, and of course, the beach.
We will let the images from the Weddings Showcase, captured by Brooke Mayo Photographers, convey the rest of the story about these talented vendors and the Sanderling Resort’s romantic and gorgeous property. Due to light rain during this year’s bridal showcase, the decor, food and tables were all housed in the event spaces and inside the main house. Be assured, rain or shine, The Sanderling Resort can make a bride’s wedding dream complete!
Images provided by Outer Banks-based Brooke Mayo Photographers