Tag Archives: Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott Weddings

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





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

Nichole & Sam | August 22, 2015

4 Jul

Nichole & Sam #1 (Blog)

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. 

Nichole & Sam #3 (Blog)

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


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