Katie + Waylon tied the knot on the gorgeous beach of Emerald Isle, NC almost one year ago today on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The sun was shining, the ocean was crystal blue, and love was in the air. Their reception was held at the Southern Breeze beach house with their closest friends and family members.
When having a destination wedding, one of the greatest joys is that the family can all be in the same house getting ready. When we arrived that morning, the women were in the living room drinking coffee, sharing laughs and reminiscing on memories. We headed outside and began set up! The ceremony was set with padded white chairs with purple bows tied on the back. There were mason jar flower arrangements hanging on each chair of the aisle. They had a four-post bamboo arbor with white fabric and beautiful flowers from Fiore Fine Flowers cascading on both sides. They chose not to use any ceremony music and to walk down the aisle to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Katie's father, Gary, escorted her down the aisle. They had a simple and sweet ceremony officiated by Rev. Paula Bradley.
Following the ceremony, guests walked up the boardwalk through the gazebo, to the reception outside the beach house! The reception was so incredibly beautiful and bright. There were round tables for guest seating set with white linens, orange napkins, full place settings with a wooden slab in the center, topped with a purple bud vase, a tiny silver lantern, and a beautiful floral centerpiece. Their sweetheart table had a purple linen, 2 lanterns and Katie's bouquet. There were edison lights zig zagged across the reception space illuminating the night. One of the coolest things about their wedding was their DIY bar! We usually don't recommend this but they had a really nice way of doing it for this intimate crowd. They had a stocked bar with beer, wine, liquor and even a signature drink - Waylon's Wacky Lemonade! They had an app on their iPad that you could make any drink you want. There was even an option to do a roulette if you didn't know what you wanted to drink or you wanted to make your friend a fun cocktail! To keep the guests' stomachs satisfied during cocktail hour, Crabs Claw set up a large display of hors d'oeuvres including a cheese platter, a fruit platter, crab dips, grilled pitas, blackened shrimp skewers, meatballs and more!
When Katie + Waylon were finished with sunset pictures, Katie's dad got on the balcony and introduced them for the first time as husband and wife!! As if everyone hadn't already eaten enough, dinner was served! After dinner, Katie + Waylon cut their beautiful 2 tier cake from Sugarloaf Island Bakery. Everyone was so excited for all of the desserts. They had banana pudding shooters, s'mores shooters, and 6 dozen cookies! The kids were happy with desserts, the adults were happy with their fun drinks, and everyone got to celebrate Katie + Waylon all night!
Congrats Katie + Waylon! We hope every day is full of love, comfort, and enjoyment! Happy Anniversary!
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Our Favorite Wedding Moment:
Watching Katie's dad introduce Katie + Waylon from the balcony of the 2nd floor. He had so much enthusiasm while doing it and his love shined through! It was so sweet and so special!
Venue: Southern Breeze House Emerald Isle
Caterer: Crabs Claw Caribbean Restaurant
Photography: Bella Rose Photography
Rentals: Island Essentials
Flowers: Fiore Fine Flowers
Cake: Sugarloaf Island Bakery
Officiant: Rev. Paula Bradley
Hair: Wild Olive Salon
Makeup: Makeup By Christina
Month-Of Coordination: Knot Too Shabby Events
Claire + Bryan tied the knot on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Holden Beach. Their sweet and intimate ceremony took place on the beach. The family owns a beach house down the road, where they held the reception. Claire + Bryan were surrounded by 50 of their closest friends and family members. The close gathering made for a laid back, fun, and lovely day. Holden Beach is a great place to host a beach wedding because it's a bit less popular than Wilmington area beaches and no permit is involved for a beach wedding!
Claire's family spent the morning putting together flower arrangements, listening to music, and reminiscing on memories. We arrived to their beach house at 2:00pm and were so delighted to meet their families. They were so welcoming and extremely helpful. Upon meeting the family, we headed to the beach to set up the ceremony. We decorated the arbor and beach boardwalk with lush floral arrangements and signs directing guests out to the beach. The arbor had white fabric draping that blew in the wind so perfectly creating an enchanted feeling in the air. There was a basket of flip flops on the boardwalk for those who needed to kick off their shoes and slip on something comfortable. Classical Carolina Artists played the cello and the violin for the prelude, precessional, and recessional music. Their ceremony was simple and sweet and we wouldn't expect anything else from this beautiful couple.
After the ceremony, guests were directed to the beach house for the reception. There were cocktail tables set up for food and beverages along with a nice cheese and fruit display for folks to much on during docktail hour. In the backyard of the house, there was a white tent with seating for all of the guests at round tables. The tables were adorned with a floral arrangement of blue hydrangeas and four votive candles with pearls strung around them. There were cute little signs sprinkled around the carport. They chose to do drop off catering packages from Provision Company and Carrabba's of Wilmington so we provided serving staff. The food was absolutely delicious and there were a lot of leftovers for the rest of their vacation!
Once everyone finished eating, we transformed the "buffet" table into a champagne and coffee bar. The champagne was poured and the coffee was hot, which meant it was time for cake! One Belle Bakery made five beautiful cakes on individual cake stands. The night ended with all of the kids running around on a bit of a sugar high, sweet music playing outside, and the trail of laughs going on all night.
Today is also Claire + Bryan's one year anniversary so Happy Anniversary you two!!
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Our Favorite Wedding Moment:
Seeing all of their family and friends so happy and in a state of euphoria celebrating their love and happiness together at a beach house that already has so many memories!
Sharron + Mike purchased a lovely second home on the Intracoastal Waterway in North Topsail Beach, NC. They completely remodeled and transformed their home into the ultimate wedding oasis. Sharron + Mike got married on July 16, 2016 at their beach house. We were hired for our "full service" planning package. We worked vigorously with Sharron to make sure this wedding was absolutely beautiful, and that it was. Their colors were turquoise, coral and charcoal gray. Not only were the colors coordinated perfectly throughout the wedding, they even matched the interior and exterior of the house!
VIP Limo was hired to shuttle guests to their house for the ceremony from a nearby hotel. Once guests arrived, they were directed to the backyard where the ceremony site was set up. There was a stunning floral arbor designed by Eco Chic Blossoms. This was one of my favorite design pieces of the entire year. Illuminating Events strung Edison lights across the backyard providing a "dreamy" touch. Trey Hamlin played guitar while guests were arriving. 10 minutes before the ceremony, guests were asked to take a seat. When Sharron walked down the stairs, everyone was in awe at her pure beauty. Sharron's veil was custom made for her from a designer in Italy and was certainly worth the wait. It was such a special moment sending Sharron down the aisle. We loved seeing her face light up (for the second time) when she saw Mike. The couple chose to do a first look on the beach about an hour before the ceremony with Erin L. Taylor Photography. The love in the air was radiating on such a special day.
Following the ceremony, guests gathered around to enjoy cocktail hour. Sharron's friend and local mixologist, Kate, was hired to create mouth-watering drinks. Brooke with Southern Bee Designs made one of the prettiest bar signs ever with little drawings of their adorable signature drinks. A Thyme Savor passed a handful of appetizers for all to enjoy. While guests were enjoying their cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, we completely transformed the yard. We brought out a mix of rectangular and round tables set with charcoal gray linens, turquoise napkins, place settings, white driftwood, candles and wooden boxes with flower arrangements in them. The color pallet, mixed with the view, was absolutely phenomenal.
Once the tables were set and everything was in place, Sharron + Mike were introduced as Mr. & Mrs. Riley for the first time. They then went into their first dance! This day was so special for all involved we couldn't help but shed a tear. After dancing, dinner was served! Thyme Savor had an array of amazing bite sized snacks for all to enjoy. As if we hadn't cried enough, Sharron + Mike's maid of honor and best man shared toasts. Following toasts, open dancing began. Active DJ play music as the sun went down and the guests kept dancing all night.
Congrats Sharron + Mike! We could not be more happy for you two!
Sharron's WeddingWire Review:
"I just can't say enough about Melissa and her staff. Everything was absolutely perfect when I meet Melissa she said your wedding day will be sipping champagne and feeling beautiful without anything else to worry about. That's exactly what she delivered . Love you Melissa and Raelin - you made me feel like a princess!!"
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Venue: North Topsail Beach House
Ceremony Music: Trey Hamlin
Reception Music: Active DJ
Caterer: A Thyme Savor Catering
Photography: Erin L. Taylor
Lighting: Illuminating Events
Rentals: L&L Rentals
Flowers: Eco Chic Blossoms
Cake: Creative Cake Designs by Tammy Hodge
Officiant: Angela Kelley
Transportation: VIP Limo
Hair & Makeup: Tyler Kent Salon
Full Service Planning + Design: Knot Too Shabby Events