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Heather & Dave | September 18, 2015

17 Jul

Heather & Dave #1 (Blog)Although I enjoy getting to know brides from all over the U.S., there is something extra special about the local girls, especially ones who love Access #43 as much as I do.  Local brides understand our weatherman always predicts a 30% chance of rain on Saturdays and that it rarely rains enough to ruin their ceremony.  They usually introduce me to at least one great new wedding vendor and they are typically some of the most relaxed brides we encounter on wedding day.

Heather & Dave #2 (Blog)What was so special about this wedding (aside from the local bride) was the incorporation of so many important people into the couple’s big day.  Ensuring every family member had a special seat and that all their parents, grandparents, stepparents, and step-grandparents were included in the processional was a must for this family oriented couple.  I loved the Dave’s father served as best man and his stepfather was one of the groomsmen.  I also loved that Heather had her dad give her away and her stepfather perform the ceremony.  Yes, a wedding is technically a ceremony celebrating the joining of two people, but really it’s much more than that.  This couple took to heart the crucial role friends and family play in supporting their union.  For them, celebrating these special people was an integral part of the process.

Location: Access #43, Wrightsville Beach

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Dunja & Chris | September 12, 2015

15 Jul

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Dunja & Chris #13 (Blog)Dunja and Chris’ ultra-casual wedding had a super sweet feel with lots special surprises.  In keeping with the relaxed vibe of the day, guests were encouraged to forgo dresses and neck ties for jeans and white shirts.  Shortly before the ceremony began, several family members joined us on the beach to write messages of love in the sand.  As the couple  made their big entrance Dunja’s kids joined them at the end of the aisle with small glass bottles containing heartfelt letters for their new mom.  The gesture was so sweet that it brought Chris to tears.  In total the couple has six kids, three girls and three boys.  All were included in their bridal party.  During the ceremony, Chris’ brother surprised them both with a beautiful song on his guitar which brought more happy tears.  Yes, it certainly looks like this modern day Brady Bunch is off to a good start.

Location: Wrightsville Beach, Access #2



Paige & Sean | August 23, 2015

8 Jul

Paige & Sean #1 (Blog)It’s official. Chris is my favorite Paige & Sean #2 (Blog)father of the bride from 2015. In a unique twist of events this local businessman and self-appointed wedding planner organized every aspect of his daughter’s big day. Although he may not have been the obvious choice, with the bride and groom living states away and the grooms parents far from the North Carolina coast, Chris was the only choice. So he set to work calling vendors, sampling menus and interviewing photographers.  He handled every detail including booking a hotel room next to the Oceanic for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready and renting a snow cone machine which helped keep the guests cool while waiting for the ceremony to begin.

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As we tied the last starfish on the arbor two photographers approached and I suddenly realized one of them looked very familiar.  To my surprise is it was Chelsea, a past Beachside Occasions bride who got married at Carolina Beach a few months earlier.  After reminicing for a few minutes it was time to sample the snow cones!  Chris was right; the sweet slushy treat was the perfect start to a toasty August afternoon wedding.

It should come asPaige & Sean #3 (Blog) no surprise that my favorite moment of the day was watching Chris give his daughter away.  Sure, most fathers share a unique bond with their little girl, but today this father daughter bond seemed extra special.

Location: The Oceanic Restaurant, Wrightsville Beach, NC

Nichole & Sam | August 22, 2015

4 Jul

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Summer may seem like an ideal time for a seaside ceremony especially for brides attending school or working in education.  The months of June, July and August are also appealing for destination brides considering a wedding and honeymoon in one location.  This time of year is perfect for sun tanning on the beach and swimming in the warm North Carolina waves.  Why not extend your stay a few days after the festivities are over?  Also, guests traveling a great distance may be more willing to make the trip if your wedding can also double as their family vacation. 

Yes, summer weddings do have Nichole & Sam #2 (Blog)lots of benefits, however they also present challenges which need to be considered early in the planning process.  First, June, July and August are considered peak season months so lodging and parking will come at a premium.  Rates for hotel rooms and beach homes surge in the summer and often book out quickly.  Plan to pay a bit more during this time of year and encourage guests to make their reservations early.  Send out save-the-dates well in advance and consider getting room blocks at several locations and price points.  If you select a site that doesn’t include complementary parking, consider renting a trolley or shuttle bus to transport guests to and from the beach.  Keep in mind some hotels do not provide free parking for wedding guests unless they are staying overnight at the hotel so make sure to ask. 

Hot temperatures will bring more tourists to the beach so be prepared for a few extra onlookers sharing your special day.  Your invited guests and wedding party may feel a bit stifled in their Sunday best so give a relaxed dress code some thought.  Also consider about selecting lighter fabrics and colors for your bridesmaids and groomsmen attire.  Choosing a start time after 6pm will greatly reduce the number of tourist on the beach as well as the intensity of the sun. 

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This bride wisely chose the Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott for her August beachfront wedding.  The hotel lobby provided a great air conditioned space for guests to congregate until the ceremony was set to begin. A gentle breeze coupled with the shade of white paper parasols quelled harsh rays of the sun.  The ceremony was short, but sweet and I was touched by the loving way in which Nichole and Sam exchanged vows.  As the couple committed themselves to one another for a lifetime silence fell upon busy beach.  The gentile way he held her hands and the intensity of their gaze brought strangers to their feet and shushed the noisy chatter of children.  A true cinematic moment indeed.

Location: Courtyard Marriott, Carolina Beach