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It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re thrilled to share Kristin and Jeff’s Real NC Destination Wedding at Shoals Club on Bald Head Island, with beautiful photography by Scott Piner.
Kristin and Jeff met when he came to her office to make a sales call, and it was instant attraction, but, the circumstances weren’t right just yet. Finally, two and a half years later, the two officially became a couple! Jeff planned the most romantic proposal — hwile he and Kirstin were looking for the perfect Christmas tree, he handed her a handmade ornament and said “this will be our first ornament to put on the tree together.” When Kristin looked down, the ornament read “Kristin, will you marry me?” Now the couple has a keepsake from their engagement and a special token to put on their Christmas tree every year!
Kristin and Jeff wanted a coastal wedding, but knew they also wanted it to have a different feel than many of the other beach weddings they’d been to in the past. They knew that the quaint experience Bald Head Island provided would be perfect for their big day, and Shoals Club was their dream location! The couple took the next available date and quickly planned their beautiful wedding in only five short months.
With an elegant color palette of purple and silver, the couple brought their “rustic meets nautical” theme to life. Kristin said she used SB&G as a concept guide for her decor — she marked what she liked with Post It notes to share with her wedding vendors, two of which are members of the SB&G Family — Shoals Club on Bald Head Island and One Belle Bakery! Congrats you two, your wedding was beautiful!
Wedding Location: Shoals Club on Bald Head Island
Wedding Planner: Kickstand Events
Bridal Gown: Modern Trousseau
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung
Hair & Makeup: Island Retreat & Spa
Photographer: Scott Piner Photography
Cake: One Belle Bakery
Party Rentals: Shoals Club and Kickstand Events
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re sharing a Real NC Destination Beach Wedding at The Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC. Ali and Justin planned their wedding remotely, and it turned out beautifully!
Ali and Justin met through a mutual friend, and it was love at first sight! The duo began dating, and quickly moved in together. Justin planned a romantic evening out on Catalina Island — he took Ali for her favorite type of dinner, seafood on the water, then the two went dancing, and he proposed to her on the beach as night fell. The morning after, Ali and Justin flew home in a private helicopter with stunning views of the island!
Since the two, who were New York natives, shared a love for vacations in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, they chose the beautiful Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC for their destination wedding. They added their own personal twist with an East Coast Class Meets West Coast Chic theme. Ali wanted to show off their New York roots and give a nod to their new home, Los Angeles, CA. They chose an ivory, petal pink and pale yellow theme that was carried throughout every detail of the wedding — from the florals and bridesmaids dresses to the signature cocktail at the reception!
Ali and Justin took dancing lessons to prepare for their first dance as husband and wife, and they did a choreographed routine with a surprise lift at the end — check out the photos, this is an absolutely stunning detail!
Enjoy these photos courtesy of Brooke Mayo Photography, and congrats to Ali and Justin…your wedding was gorgeous!
Ceremony and Reception Location: The Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC
Minister: Steve Giambruno
Rehearsal Dinner: Corolla Light, NC
Wedding Planner: Wendy Coulson Murray
Bridesmaid Luncheon: The Sanderling Spa
Bridal Gown: Amalia Carerra
Bridal Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Priscilla of Boston
Men’s Formalwear: Biltmore Tuxedos
Hair: Margie Viola and Arta Balaj
Makeup: Lauren Gurski
Photographer: Brooke Mayo Photography
Videographer: Life Stage Films
Florist: Holiday House Weddings
Cake: Just Desserts
Invitations: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Ceremony Musician: Roy Murray
Reception Musicians: A-Town Band
Guest Accommodations: The Sanderling Resort and Corolla Light Villas
Wedding Favors: Donation to the Lymphoma Society
Transportation: Sandy Beach Trolley
In honor of Wedding Wednesday, we have a stunning Real Wedding feature to share with y’all today! Enjoy Candace and Marty’s sweet love story and these beautiful photographs from their Real NC Destination Beach Wedding at Bald Head Island, captured by Michael Moss Photography.
Candace and Marty met in a neuroscience course at the University of North Carolina, where they sat next to each other. While Candace developed a crush on him early on, she thought Marty wasn’t interested. In reality, he was planning on asking her out on the final day of class, which was accidentally scheduled on Good Friday, so students couldn’t get into the building! Candace couldn’t stop thinking about him, so she and her friends drafted a casual email to him about research. He responded immediately, and the duo emailed back and forth for about a week. Marty finally called Candace on Labor Day and asked her on their first official date.
On Candace’s birthday last year, Marty took her on a romantic date and proposed in a church gazebo surrounded by flowers. The couple began planning their May 12, 2013 wedding immediately! Candace had always wanted a beach wedding, and settled on Bald Head Island after seeing the beautiful Shoals Club.
Their teal, gold and ivory theme was the perfect combination of elegance and the couple’s bohemian flair, and accents of driftwood and outdoor lanterns completed the scene. Candace walked down the aisle to a song Marty had written for her (swoon!), and the duo celebrated with a dinner and reception with their closest friends and family members.
Candace and Marty used many members of the SB&G Family to make their wedding day perfect, including: A Southern Soiree, MakeUpForYourDay, The English Garden and Sugarland. Enjoy these beautiful photos shot by Michael Moss Photography, and a huge congrats to the Candace and Marty — your wedding was absolutely stunning!
Wedding Location: Bald Head Island, NC
Reception: Shoals Club at Bald Head Island
Minister: Mike Szymanowski
Rehearsal Dinner: Mojo’s on the Harbor
Wedding Planner: Megan Gilikin with A Southern Soiree
Bridal Gown: Nitsa’s Bridal Boutique
Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm
Men’s Formalwear: Island Importer
Hair and Makeup: MakeUpForYourDay
Photographer: Michael Moss
Videographer: Southern Video Design
Florist: The English Garden
Ceremony Musicians: Adam Tao
Reception Music: Active Entertainment
Rentals: Shoal’s Club at Bald Head Island
Wedding Favors: Deltona Seashells
Transporation: Golf Carts
The beautiful resort is nestled on 16 acres between the Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, and offers gorgeous views from virtually any standpoint — making it the the perfect Southern destination wedding location! The Sanderling is renowned for its enchanting weddings on North Carolina’s prized Outer Banks, and this April, The Sanderling opened several all-new wedding venues, including a 1,500 square-foot Event House, as well as an outdoor deck, ideal for ceremonies and reception. In addition, a new, perfectly-manicured Event Lawn on the Atlantic side of the property invites couples to take advantage of The Sanderling‘s location — only steps from the ocean! The Sanderling also unveiled seven new guest rooms, two new pools, and a completely revitalized restaurant concept.
To kick off wedding season with their all-new look, The Sanderling is offering three special destination wedding elopement packages! These packages provide everything you need for the perfect, intimate beach wedding from start to finish! The first is the Keeper’s Loft Package — a $5,000 package for 15 people, complete with a beach ceremony, coordination services, catering services and an ocean view room for two nights!
The second is the Kimball’s Kitchen Package — a $6,000 package for 20 people, complete with a beach ceremony, coordination services, a 4-course wine paired dinner and champagne toast.
The final package is the Pavilion Elopement Package – a $6,000 package for 15 people, complete with a beach ceremony, coordinating services, catering services, a two-tier wedding cake and an ocean room view for two nights!
Check out The Sanderling’s website for more info and photos from the recent renovations, and details on how to book your wedding on North Carolina’s beautiful Outer Banks!
Whether you are a Triangle NC couple looking for a fabulous nearby destination wedding location, or from anywhere in the country and have heard the rave reviews about the pristine beaches that grace NC’s coastline, checking out the Outer Banks Wedding Association is a MUST!
From the views of the Atlantic and the sound, to the wild horses of Corolla, to its famous sand dunes, the sights of the Outer Banks are unlike any other beach in the country! Many of our Triangle Area brides have grown up vacationing in the OBX and think of all the beautiful houses that can be rented for small weddings. This is a fabulous option, but you may not realize that there are also lots of wedding venues that can accommodate large events also, and a slew of fabulous wedding professionals. Navigate the Outer Banks Wedding Association (OBWA)’s website to learn more about these vendors.
If you make the trip to Outer Banks (only a 4 hour drive from the Raleigh area!), be sure to stop by OBWA’s Wedding Welcome Center, which is in Nags Head. It’s open Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-2pm, and anyone is welcome to stop in, pick up OBWA’s bridal magazine, and pick up some information on some of the members.
Mark your calendar now for the 2014 OBWA Wedding Weekend. This annual event is a great way to see lots of the sites and meet many vendors in one big weekend – maybe even finalize lots of your wedding plans! The 2014 event will be the weekend of January 17-19. If you are newly-engaged when you attend this event, you may even win an all-inclusive Dream Wedding! To learn about the 2013 wedding that is currently being planned (and valued at over $100,000!!!), and meet the vendors, visit this DREAM TEAM Blog. To meet the lucky couple who won, watch the video below! We cannot wait to see how this wedding turns out!
In honor of Wedding Wednesday, we’ve got a stunning Real North Carolina Wedding feature for y’all today! Enjoy Kristen & Bradley’s sweet ceremony and beautiful reception photographs from their October 2012 wedding.
Kristen and Bradley got engaged last February in the picturesque Aspen, Colorado. He popped the question on a mountain top after snowboarding with the ring in his pocket the entire day!
Kristen is no stranger to the wedding world, as she’s the social catering manager at The Carolina Inn, so she immediately got to work planning their big day. “Southern Bride & Groom was the first magazine I received when I got engaged,” the bride said. “Much inspiration was taken from the ideas in SB&G!”
The couple chose Tryon Palace for its beautiful architecture, and its location — only steps away from the couple’s property in New Bern. The theme of the wedding was Southern Elegance, and with a classic color pattern, crystal chandeliers and Chivari chairs…the couple had elegant covered! They incorporated Southern touches like shrimp and grits and Pepsi favors to complete the feel.
Now, enjoy these beautiful photos from Portraits by Angelo, y’all! ! Congratulations Kristen and Bradley, your wedding was stunning!
Wedding Consultant: All my wonderful ladies I work with at The Carolina Inn!! They gave me great support!
Rehearsal Dinner: Attmoire Oliver House
Ceremony and Reception: Tryon Palace
Caterer: The Chelsea Restaurant
Photographer: Portraits by Angelo
Bridal Gown: Allure Couture
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bridesmaids’ own
Men’s Formalwear: The Intimate
Florist: Michelle Peele
Cake: Lisa Bridges Cake Design
Invitations, etc: Etsy
Rehearsal Dinner Musicians: Hot Buttered Grits
Ceremony Musicians: Patrick Edwards
Reception Music: DJ Professionals
Linens: CE Rentals Tent and Equipment: Island Essentials
Lighting: Island Essentials
Transportation: New Bern Carriage Rides
Guest Accommodations: Riverfront Comfort Suites
Hair: Paisley’s Hair Design
Wedding Favors: Pepsi
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NC brides don’t need to travel far to find an idyllic destination wedding setting. Bald Head Island is a world of its own, with stretches of stunning pristine beaches, well-preserved dunes and forests, and an upscale community feel, making it the perfect location for a destination wedding.
Mama Parks and I were privileged to visit our friends at Bald Head Island Ltd and their gorgeous wedding venue, the Shoals Club, a few weeks ago. Although we are lifelong North Carolinians, and have always heard rave reviews about the island, we had never ourselves been guests at the island. After just two nights on this magical island, it is safe to say that we’re IN LOVE, and I am so excited to share some photos I’ve collected of various sites on the island and tell you more about the wedding opportunities.
About an hour south of Wilmington is the town of Southport, where you must board a ferry to take your journey to Bald Head Island. This short 20 minute ride is symbolic of leaving not only your car, but your worries behind. We were lucky enough to sit on the top deck of a nearly empty ferry (midweek in January isn’t high season) and enjoy a bright orange sunset.
Bald Head Island Ltd owns dozens of properties that are available for rent. We stayed in one of the cozy Element cottages, which sits right along the marina with a fabulous view of the docks and the boats arriving and departing the island.
Life on the island is simple and sweet – most properties for rent (including our “Air” Element cottage) come with a golf cart – which is pretty crucial considering you’re on a 14-mile island with no car. This says a lot about the pace of life on Bald Head: calm and leisurely. No traffic, no horns, no gas fumes plus plenty of fresh air, quiet neighborhoods, blue skies, expansive beaches. Believe me, you’ll get used the slow pace in no time; it’s almost as if having no choice but to mosey down the road in a golf cart or on foot sends you into relaxation mode more quickly. And for us non-golfers, the carts made our stay feel like a real adventure.
One very special property that Bald Head Island Ltd has available for rent which is called Beacons Watch. It sits right across the street from Element cottage and we were lucky to get the chance to take a tour of this gracious 10-bedroom work of modern architectural beauty. Its spacious living areas are perfect for group gatherings and the kitchen is roomy enough for team cooking. The best part is every single bedroom has its own bathroom and balcony – some with views of the marina, and others with views of the wetlands and lighthouse. This is the perfect place for an extended family or entire wedding party to stay together under one roof, while having plenty of individual privacy.
During our stay, we got the chance to really get to know the island. We checked out several of the dining options – fresh seafood is available everywhere – and even paid a visit to the on-island grocery store. Bald Head has it all – even a spa where a bride and her ‘maids can enjoy onsite services.
We also see a couple of special sights of the island during our tour. Built in 1795, Old Baldy is North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse. It is the perfect place to send your wedding guests – and it’s also a beautiful photo-opp, especially if your wedding ceremony is at the adjacent chapel. The Village Chapel of Bald Head Island is built in the 19th century Carolina coastal style. There is seating for 130 in this lovely chapel with beautiful wooden ceiling beams and a view into the green thickets in which it is situated.
The highlight of our tour was definitely visiting the Shoals Club. We fell in love with this outstanding wedding venue. Couples may choose to book this site for just the reception – having their ceremony at the chapel or on the beach, but my favorite part of the Shoals Club is the breathtaking ceremony site. The presentation deck overlooks the Cape Fear Point. The view is breathtaking – your guests will watch as you are wed under an open-air arbor against a backdrop of sand dunes, Bald Head’s East Beach and Atlantic Ocean. For your reception, the dining room and outdoor covered verandah are wonderful options. Or, choose the event pavilion, which neighbors the pool terrace. Shoals Club’s staff will guide you through the process, and provide high-quality catering. The club is undergoing some renovations this winter – we’ll be sure to follow up with another photo-tour blog of the club when they are complete!
We also had the chance to tour and have lunch at the island’s other major venue – the Bald Head Island Club. For couples that want a destination wedding, but are drawn to a more traditional feel, this is the perfect venue. Unlike your hometown club, however, this one not only has a beautiful golf course view, but also a view of the beach! It has plenty of indoor and outdoor space, and a fabulous chef!
Of course, many couples plan more intimate destination weddings at Bald Head Island, in which they are wed on the beach, followed by a reception at one of the rental properties, and it’s clear to see why – there couldn’t be a lovelier beach for such a wedding.
Really, you cannot go wrong by choosing Bald Head Island as your destination wedding location – it is pure paradise, and you and your guests will have a memorable wedding event here. It’s all about what you envision for your special day, how many people you need to accommodate, and whether or not you love the idea of sand between your toes as you say your vows!
A big thanks to the Bald Head Island Ltd and Shoals Club teams. Also, thank you to Brian Mullins Photography for contributing some of the beautiful photos for this article!
The Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington, NC is having its semi-annual
wedding show on August 12. For only $10, brides can explore the center and meet with five
different wedding planners in a quick, one-hour session. Each planner will have
their own setup, including an outdoor ceremony mockup in the courtyard.
Each session, which occurs every hour on the hour from 12 to
4 p.m., holds a maximum of 75 people, so come out and ask the experts any
questions you may have to aid you in the planning process!
Enjoy this video of one of the other bridal shows hosted recently at BAC. A big thanks to the amazingly talented Matt Davis of Life Stage Films for this film.
To see the promo video that Life Stage Films made for SB&G and our 25th Anniversary this year, click HERE!
Located near the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington, BAC is a
gorgeous, historic church, built in 1888, that has been spectacularly refurbished
to accommodate weddings, receptions, and other important events.
If you’re looking
for an intimate affair, local NC beach weddings are an excellent option. They also serve as a fabulous and affordable destination for NC couples in the Triangle, Triad, Mountain or Charlotte areas. The beach offers a
beautiful view, nice accommodations for guests and a day to remember.
The beachy accents are what make a beach wedding unique. If
you’re looking for ideas try to include what your venue offers, like starfish,
sea shells and fun in the sun.
Whether you’re thinking a destination wedding or a local
affair, check out Southern Bride and Groom for ideas and news.
Photos by Bella Rose Photography
SB&G’s latest wedding feature is a special one. Thank you to Brian Mullins Photography, who shared this amazing destination ceremony / hometown reception wedding with us!
Christina and Chris had a special ceremony for just the two of them in Cancun, Mexico – bringing along only Brian Mullins to capture their special day. Then, they had a full out reception for friends and family, at the Grand Marquise Ballroom in Garner, complete with floral arrangements by Fresh Affairs and DJ service by Spin.
Take a look at the full story and more of Brian’s fabulous photography HERE!
To submit your own wedding to be featured, click “Feature my Wedding” at the bottom of our Real Weddings Page.