Archive | February, 2016

Cassandra & Marc | August 1, 2015

27 Feb

Cassandra & Marc (Blog #2)August 1st marked our Cassandra & Marc #1 (Blog)first wedding of the year at Shell Island Resort.  I love this location because even at high tide there is always plenty of beach. Summer days are usually hot and active so many brides opt for morning weddings to avoid the heat and the crowds.  Cassandra and Marc’s 10:00am wedding did just that.

Morning weather is pretty predictable, but today was a bit unusual.  The coast was buffered by clouds masking the sun and making for very little wind.   Interestingly, the milky iridescent sky illuminated the beach with an intensity similar to that of a cloud free morning sun.  Parasols were out in full force as the bride made her way down the aisle.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, guests gathered at the end of the aisle for a bubble send-off.  The still air resulted in a great concentration of bubbles creating a fun effervescent effect.  Another fun wedding at Shell Island, can’t wait to post more north end weddings this year!

Location: Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach

Cassandra & Marc #3 (Blog)

Erica & Josh| July 25, 2015

21 Feb

Erica & Josh (Blog)

We get lots of requests Erica & Josh #2 (Blog)for sunset weddings.  The idea of capturing the beautiful hues of days end as the sun sinks slowly into the ocean certainly sounds romantic, but there is one slight problem.  The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, meaning sun activity over the coast of North Carolina actually occurs in the morning.  For most brides a sky filled with pinks and reds about an hour before dusk will suffice but for those brides who truly want that big ball in the background, best plan to get up with the birds.

Every year we do a handful of morning weddings, most around 10:00am or 11:00am.  On occasion, usually around a holiday weekend, we get a request for a 7 or 8 am ceremony.  This however was our first 6 am wedding and admittedly I was a bit nervous.  First there were the logistics of setting up in complete darkness.  Second, the pressure of timing Erica’s processional just as the crest of that fiery ball hit the horizon.

Erica & Josh #1 (Blog)Yes, it was early, but this was truly one of the most memorable weddings of the year!  Guests took their seats guided by the light of white paper lanterns at 5:30am and we all waited patiently for nature to preform.  At the first burst of light the processional began with the seating of the mothers to the song “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles.  Weeks of planning charting and observing the sun rise at this very spot had the father of the bride a bit antsy as the clock ticked two minutes past our anticipated start time.  This wedding certainly brought timing to a whole new level and had me sweating bullets until the bride and father were half way down the aisle.  It was then I realized how spectacular this moment was.  Erica’s dad was right, it was truly perfect.

Location: Courtyard Marriott, Carolina Beach


Christina & Matthew | July 18, 2015

12 Feb

Christinia & Matthew (Blog)

Christina & Matthew (Blog)Ten year old Christian melted everyone’s heart with this sweet embrace as he gave his mother away.  Yes, this definitely tops my list of favorite moments from 2015.  My other favorite moment from this wedding had to be the recessional.  As a surprise to everyone (me included) Christina and Matthew decided to add a unique twist to their exit.  When the music started the groom pulled out two pairs of sunglasses, handing one pair to his new bride.  After slipping them on, the couple broke into a dance which continued all the way down the aisle.  What song did they choose?  Pharrell’s “Happy” of course.

Location: Courtyard Marriott, Carolina Beach

Evangeline and Vincent | July 18, 2015

7 Feb

Evangeline and Vincent #1 (Blog)For most brides a Evangeline and Vincent #2 (Blog)wedding
on the North Carolina coast is a destination event that requires several months of logistical planning.  Although some live within a few hours drive, we’ve worked with brides as far away as California and Mexico.  Many make the trip to check out the ceremony location and meet us prior to booking, but a handful don’t lay eyes on their venue until a few days before the big event.

For this North Carolina groom and his Filipino bride micromanaging the details was not an option.  Although we exchanged e-mails and photos in the weeks leading up to their special day it wasn’t until two days before their wedding that we actually got to meet.  For a laid back couple like Evangeline and Vincent the surprises that unfolded during their wedding made it all the more special.

Location: Access #19, Wrightsville Beach