Tag Archives: Wrightsville 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


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

Stacey & Chris | April 24, 2016

4 Jun

When you work a ceremony where the couple has this much fun, loving your job is easy. Yes, wedding planning definitely involves a lot of time and details, but when the big day arrives its best to relax and enjoy. However, this is often easier said than done.

For many brides the ceremony is the stressful part. Walking down the aisle with every eye on you can be a bit intimidating. Tripping over the dress, getting tongue-tided during the vows and botching the first kiss in front of family and friends are frequent worries all brides share. However, these worries rarely materialize.

My advice… sweat the details during the planning process, it will definitely pay-off.  However, when the big day arrives, relish the moment. Stacey and Chris certainly did, everyone did (including our crew)!

Location: Holiday Inn Sunspree Resport, Wrightsville Beach

Stacy & Lee | April 16, 2016

16 May

Trading the safety and predictability of an indoor ceremony for a spectacular setting only mother nature can provide does come at a risk.  However, with countless picture perfect nuptials and more than a few last-minute miracles under my belt I can generally say the odds are pretty good if you plan a beach wedding in North Carolina it will most likely happen on the beach.  Nevertheless, every now and then mother nature throws us a curveball we just can’t work around.  Hours of relentless rain, unyielding gale force winds and yes even the occasional hurricane may foil your vision of the perfect seaside ceremony, but it doesn’t have to ruin your wedding.  On days like this its best to order another glass of champagne, try and relax and trust your vendors to handle it.   

Standing inside Stacy’s beach house a few hours prior to the ceremony, all seemed well.  It was a perfect 81 degrees and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, but down at the shore it was a different story.  With 20mph sustained winds and blasts of sand whirling about we all agreed it was time to consider other options. 

Although a veranda wedding wasn’t exactly what the bride had envisioned it turned out to be the perfect alternative.  In the safety of the dunes about 100 yards from our intended location we found just enough wind to give our flags some movement, but not enough to tussle the brides hair.  Not bad for a last minute Plan B!

Location: Wrightsville Beach, NC


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

Meredith & Zach | August 15, 2015

29 Apr

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Meredith & Zach #3 (Blog)The first time I met Meredith and Zach we were standing on Crystal Pier in down pouring rain. As we stood huddled up against the restaurant I could sense their concern.  This is definitely not the way I want to meet any bride and groom.  Yes, occasionally beach weddings do get rained out, but believe it or not this rarely happens.  The rain usually clears or we get a break in the clouds long enough to squeeze in the ceremony.  Fortunately this isolated shower wasn’t enough to deter this couple from having a seaside ceremony.

A few short weeks later it was time to say “I do,” so back to the Oceanic we went.  In true August style it was hot, but completely dry.  In fact it turned out to be a great beach day.  The restaurant was packed, but the patrons were super polite.  Many crowded the rail with cell phones in hand hoping to snap Meredith & Zach #2 (Blog) a cute picture of the bride and groom.  Standing on the beach not a peep could be heard from the busy crowd standing on the pier above.  However that all changed at the conclusion of the ceremony when wedding guests and restaurant patrons joined together with celebratory cheers as the couple shared their first kiss as husband and wife.

Location: Oceanic Restaurant, Wrightsville Beach



Helen & Antoine | August 2, 2015

20 Mar

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Helen & Antoine #33(Blog)Sunday marked the second wedding of the weekend at Shell Island.  This time the couple was local.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts most of our couples are from out of town.  I love hearing stories of far away places and how couples found themselves saying “I do” at the North Carolina coast.  We love this place and we are glad you love it too!  But there is something special about local brides.  They often introduce me to new vendors and creative ideas.

Helen and Antione’s desire to Helen & Antoine #44(Blog)save the aisle for the bride was definitely novel, but the execution proved a bit challenging.  With a bridal party of 24 including parents and grandparents ensuring a seamless processional was a must.  Our solution?  Three aisles!  Bridesmaids and groomsmen entered in pairs but separated at the brides aisle with groomsmen walking up the left aisle and bridesmaids up the right.   As the bride appeared, two cousins sitting in the back row pulled the blue sashes opening the center aisle for Helen’s big entrance.  Cool and practical, especially for a large wedding like this.

Location: Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach

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