Archive | June, 2017

Andrea & Harry | May 20, 2016

15 Jun

Although the bride is the star of the show, when small kids are involved they definitely share the spotlight. With four nieces and nephews of my own (and two more on the way), I definitely understand the desire to include these little darlings in the ceremony. There is nothing more adorable than a crinoline clad two year old toddling down the aisle. However, for most kids under five the odds of achieving this goal unassisted and staying put during the ceremony aren’t very high.

Being separated from mom and dad during the processional can be upsetting.  The long walk through the sand into a sea of unfamiliar faces is often scary or distracting. Not to mention remaining still and quiet for 20-45 minutes isn’t something most 2-4 year olds have mastered.  There are ways to include toddlers in the ceremony and with proper planning the experience can be a positive one for all.

Kids under 3 do best when escorted by a familiar family member or friend.  Holding signs and throwing petals on command while walking on uneven surfaces can be challenging.  Consider decorating a wagon and having older kids pull the younger ones.  Wagons with thick tires actually do quite well in the sand.  Once down the aisle, allow little ones to play quietly on the ground.  A few plastic toys placed strategically to the side typically does the trick.  Assign an adult not involved in the wedding party to chaperone and keep them entertained during the ceremony.  Remember, a wandering child under adult supervision is alway better than a crying child sitting in the audience.  Lastly, recognize kids are cute regardless of what they do.

Although an impromptu hug wasn’t in the plan I think Aunt Andrea and Uncle Henry would agree it definitely made for the perfect ending to their ceremony.

Location: Courtyard Marriott, Carolina Beach

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Samantha & Johnny | May 14, 2016

8 Jun

Although Beachside Occasions specializes in wedding ceremonies on the beach, we have yet to find a location we can’t accommodate. Three of our four pavilions include floating platforms allowing us to set-up on virtually any flat surface without leaving a mark. From gardens and ballrooms to verandas and piers we provide unique ceremony set-ups that are sure to please!

When Samantha and Johnny contacted us looking for a secluded waterfront ceremony we knew the perfect spot. Nestled in the shoreline of the Cape Fear River at the intersection of Independence Blvd and River Road is a 20-acre waterfront oasis.  The immense 480-foot pier is perfect for brides desiring a private waterfront ceremony free from sand and onlookers.  There is also a large clubhouse onsite for receptions. Four spacious suites on the second floor provide overnight accommodations and a space to get ready prior to the ceremony.  Watermark Marina is it truly is the perfect alternative to sand and surf.

The father of the bride owns Fish Bites, one of the best seafood restaurants in town so naturally his crew provided the catering.  Although I know he hated to forgo a busy Saturday night crowd, he actually closed for the wedding and brought the entire staff to Watermark Marina.  This proud father allowed the bride and groom, who also work at the restaurant, to select an incredible menu which included every kind of seafood imaginable and the most delicious looking spread we have ever seen.


Location: Watermark Marina

Check out another wonderful Watermark Marina wedding here.

Stacey & Chris | April 24, 2016

4 Jun

When you work a ceremony where the couple has this much fun, loving your job is easy. Yes, wedding planning definitely involves a lot of time and details, but when the big day arrives its best to relax and enjoy. However, this is often easier said than done.

For many brides the ceremony is the stressful part. Walking down the aisle with every eye on you can be a bit intimidating. Tripping over the dress, getting tongue-tided during the vows and botching the first kiss in front of family and friends are frequent worries all brides share. However, these worries rarely materialize.

My advice… sweat the details during the planning process, it will definitely pay-off.  However, when the big day arrives, relish the moment. Stacey and Chris certainly did, everyone did (including our crew)!

Location: Holiday Inn Sunspree Resport, Wrightsville Beach