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Marissa & Will | October 17, 2015

31 Oct


I can’t believe the 2016 wedding season is coming to an end.  It’s been a great year, but I still have a lot of fun moments from 2015 to share.  I look forward to showcasing some great new venues and creative ceremony ideas in the months to come.

marissa-will-2blogAlthough most of our weddings take place on Wrightsville and Carolina Beach we always look forward to the opportunity to explore the surrounding coastline traveling as far north as North Topsail Island and as far south as Sunset Beach.  Today we hit the road for Oak Island.  I must admit I have a love/hate relationship with this beach.  I love the tree lined streets and the small town atmosphere.  It’s close to Southport and quick ferry ride from the Fort Fisher Aquarium.  I love its expansive shore line and the fact that even in peak season the beach is relatively quiet.  What I hate about Oak Island its limited selection of wedding venues (that is until now).

Making its debut on the island in November 2014, 801 Ocean Drive is the perfect venue for a beach wedding.  With high ceiling, enormous windows and an open floor plan this place was built with large gatherings in mind.  In addition to having a spectacular reception space 801 Ocean Drive also has plenty of space for the wedding party to get ready.  Best of all it’s ocean front.

Location: 801 Ocean Drive, Oak Island, NC


Alison & Andy | October 3, 2015

11 Sep

Alison & Andy #1 (Blog)

Although we can’t promise our brides perfect weather on their wedding day, we do promise to do everything possible to make the ceremony happen on the beach.  So far our success rate has been pretty good thanks in large part to our hard working, creative crew.

The weekend of OctoberAlison & Andy #22(Blog) 2nd brought torrential rain to the North Carolina Coast.  The combination of Hurricane Joaquin passing well to the east, an upper level low pressure system off the Southeast U.S. coast and a stalled cold front resulted in 16 inches of rain. As noted in my previous posts one of my favorite things about working at Shell Island is the vast beach front. We never have to worry about the tide line here. In fact, the distance to the ocean is so great that we often end up transporting grandparents back and forth to the ceremony in the Beachside Occasions truck.

However, on the morning of October 3rd we arrived to find the ocean all the way up to the hotel. Needless to say the bride and her dad were very concerned. After prompting Alison’s bridesmaids to get her another mimosa we headed to the beach with her dad to check out our options. Recognizing there was little chance that the 4-foot-deep tide covering the ceremony location would subside before our predetermined start time we headed south looking for a dry spot large enough to accommodate our large pavilion and 48 chairs.  As luck would have it, we found just enough beach one access down and with the bride’s okay set-up commenced at Access #2.

Alison & Andy #3(Blog)This wedding taught me two things.  First, there is usually (not always) plenty of beach in front of the Shell Island Resort.  Second, torrential rain is no match for a flexible bride and a resourceful Beachside Occasions crew.


Location: Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach