Tag Archives: Beach Weddings

Saidah and Julian | June 25, 2016

17 Feb

Guests often struggle with what to wear to a wedding, especially when it includes a ceremony on the beach.  Long dress or short dress?  Suit and tie or khakis and a collared shirt?  The bridesmaids are wearing pink, does that mean I need to choose a different color?  White is out . . . don’t want to upstage the bride. What about black . . isn’t that the color of mourning? What exactly is “beach formal?”

Miss Emily Post may disagree, but I like the idea of setting specific dress codes for guests on wedding day.  Guessing is stressful. Personally I like instruction (and included dress code information on my wedding invitations). If you want guests to wear a jacket please specify, if not let them know a collared shirt is ok.  Most guests appreciate a little bit of direction.

When it comes to color typically guest try to avoid the brides pallet, but how do you know what colors she’s using? As a general rule the bride’s colors are typically splashed across the invitation and wedding website. If you don’t know, it’s ok to ask.

What are my thoughts on creating a color palate for bridal party and guest alike? Love it! I’m a big fan of the new monochrome trend. It makes your guests feel like they are part of the wedding party and results in great pictures. Just give plenty of notice and stick to colors or hues in a common wardrobe.

I loved the way Saidah’s vision of navy wedding came to fruition.  It certainly created a cohesive and nautical look.  Perfect for a ceremony on the beach!

Location: Wrightsville Beach, Access #2

 

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LaDester & Tavaris | June 12, 2016

5 Jan

Our brides are always the talk of the beach!  From the moment we place our first chair until the ceremony starts curious onlookers come down to check out the action and ask questions about the ceremony.  The hotel balcony is always full of guests with iPhones in hand hoping to capture a shot of the bride for their vacation reel.  Little girls wrapped in towels stand by the pool fence and cheer as the bride walks out the door.  It’s definitely fun to share in the bride’s special day, and even come down for a quick picture in front of the arbor after the ceremony.  The BSO crew is always happy to step back and take your picture.

I’m not sure if it was the 150 chairs dressed in hot pink sashes or the beautiful flowers provided by Carolina Beach Blooms but this ceremony definitely drew an impressive crowd.  Onlookers came out early and many stayed until the end (watching quietly from a safe distance of course)!

The bride and groom were just as vibrant and fun as their fuchsia color palette painted across the beach.  What can I say, pink was definitely the color of love on this beautiful day.

Location: Courtyard Marriott, Carolina Beach

 

 

 

 

Leslie & Dustin | June 11, 2016

13 Nov

Picking a wedding dress is one of the most important decisions a bride has to make.  It is after all the most talked about and photographed item of the day.  The wedding dress often dictates the formality of an event and influences other key decisions such as flowers and decor.

The trends are ever changing and I love seeing what each girl picks to wear down the aisle.  This year’s bridal fashion has also been particularly fun for beach brides as we’ve seen a move to lighter fabrics and ever shortening hemlines.  I’m convinced the “high low” (longer in the back, shorter in the front) look splashed across cover after cover of bridal magazines is designed with the beach bride in mind.  This hemline certainly lends itself well for an easy barefoot walk through the sand.  When it’s time to head to the reception step into some chique pumps (perhaps in a fun color) and your ready to dance the night away.

Nice job Leslie.  Your dress certainly tops our list of favorites for 2016!

Location: Courtyard Marriott, Carolina Beach

Deanna & Mark | June 4, 2016

5 Nov

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White doves provide a unique and memorable way to symbolize two becoming one.  Typically they perform perfectly on queue flying high above the ocean in sweet unison as a beautiful representation of eternal love.  However, even the best trained and most rehearsed do have a tendency to go rouge every now and then as was the case at this wedding.

The bride and groom loosened their grip and presented the doves for flight, but the birds had other plans.  Hopping to the ground for a closer look the snowy white doves strutted up and down the aisle in the light of the photographer’s flash for a good 90 seconds before taking flight and disappearing into the sky.

Location: The Point, Oak Island

Jennifer and Richard | May 22, 2016

29 Oct

Although many of our couples live outside the immediate vicinity, Jennifer and Richard’s beachside ceremony certainly gave new meaning to the term destination wedding.  Their journey to Wrightsville Beach included about 20 hours of airplane travel and drew guests from at least two other continents around world.

The coolest part of this wedding, other than the couple themselves, was the story behind Jennifer’s wedding dress.  Her gown was made in South Korea by a woman the bride never met based on measurements and a description Jennifer provided over the phone.  Fortunately it was a perfect fit!

Location: Access #43, Wrightsville Beach

 

Brittany and Chase | May 21, 2016

22 Aug

Who says a beach wedding has to be a casual affair?  Ballgowns do surprising well in the sand as do heels (as long as you have a chunky heel and an ankle strap).  Your wedding day should be a reflection of your personality and style!  Feeling formal?  I say go for it!

Location: Holiday Inn Sunspree, Wrightsville Beach

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