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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
Want your wedding featured on SB&G? Submit it here!
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.
The Carolina Wedding Guide is hosting its annual Bridal Expo in downtown Wilmington this Sunday, January 15.
The event will take place from 12pm-3pm at the Schwartz Center, CFCC campus, in downtown Wilmington. Great prize giveaways like getaways to Jekyll Island and Savannah, GA, and a TV are up for grabs.
Congrats to SB&G’s winners from Forever Bridal’s Southern Bridal Show & Expo contest. To be in the running for our monthly drawings, REGISTER HERE.
Laura Moore and Anthony Penny won our grand prize honeymoon trip to Jekyll Island Club Hotel, a stunning castle-like resort in Jekyll Island, Georgia. Laura and Anthony are getting married at the Preston Woodall House in Benson next March. Congrats!
June Arthurs and her fiance Phil Keicher won a weekend trip to Sands Resort in North Myrtle Beach.
Its officially summertime and the beach is on everyone’s mind. Its only appropriate that we feature a beautiful beach wedding at this time. NC has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, and they can be used as the backdrop to stunning destination weddings.
SB&G’s latest wedding feature is the wedding of Michelle and Kevin, who were married in the Outer Banks last fall. This wedding had some incredible details reflecting the bride’s Japanese roots, and of course honoring their Southern beach wedding location! Take a look at the wedding feature for more photos of these intricate details, and for a closer look at the beautiful bridal gown Michelle wore, which was from Alexia’s Bridal Boutique, and Kevin’s beachy formalwear from Bernard’s. Craig Carpenter of Luster Studios travelled to the OBX to photograph this couple’s wedding, and his photography brings their day to life!
To read more about this OBX wedding or to submit your own wedding or wedding event, visit SB&G’s Wedding Features!