A Flawless Outer Banks WeddingWords by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Julie Dreelin Beach Productions
Caitlin and Matt always knew they were going to host a wedding away once they got engaged. As easy as it was for the couple to decide “what” kind of wedding they wanted – it was equally obvious “where” they would tie the knot. “It was a natural decision for us,” says the bride. “I have been going to the Outer Banks with my family every summer for as long as I can remember and for the seven years Matt and I were dating, he joined in on our OBX vacations. We loved the idea of everyone getting out of town, relaxing on the beach and taking a mini-vacation away from the hustle and bustle of life!”
Thankfully, the couple’s friends and family were equally on board with their decision to get married in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Many of them rented beach houses and extended their stay beyond the wedding weekend. When it came time for the couple to decide where to host their reception, that too was a no-brainer. “We both agreed within days of getting engaged that we wanted to get married in the Outer Banks; specifically on the grounds of my parent’s home in Duck.”
When it came time to begin planning the big day, Caitlin and Matt left it to the pros. “The main concern for us about choosing a destination wedding was not actually living there, so all planning would have to be done remotely,” says the couple. “We were not familiar with any vendors in the area, so we decided we would definitely need a wedding planner. Hands-down the best decision we made was hiring Gena Martin and Platinum Party Planning. They made planning a destination wedding as seamless and smooth as possible. We couldn’t have done it without them."
Come W-day, Caitlin and Matt’s vision of “classic beauty” came together just as they had dreamed. The two exchanged vows beneath the beautiful Currituck Lighthouse before moving the party to the bride’s family’s nearby vacation home. The day was a gorgeous mix of personal touches and sentimental moments – all bathed in white and soft pink. When asked how a hometown wedding would have differed, it’s clear these two are confident with their decision to host a destination wedding. “One of our favorite parts of it all was being able to spend a few days with all of our loved ones relaxing in the sun and on the beach. Overall, had we not gotten married on the Outer Banks, it would not have felt like ‘us.’”
These lovebirds have some wise words of advice for other couples planning their own destination wedding. “Your wedding day ‘vision’ will most likely change or evolve throughout the planning process – that is okay! Go with what your gut says and stay true to yourselves. Your actual wedding day will truly be the best day ever, but it goes by in a flash, so be sure to take a few moments with one another throughout the day and soak it all in.”
Vendors: Photographer: Julie Dreelin Beach Productions, Wedding Planner: Platinum Party Planning, Ceremony/Reception Site: Currituck Lighthouse/The Champagne Chateau, Florist: Renee Landry Events, Stationery: Creative Parties, Cake: Just Desserts, Hair: Eden Day Spa & Salon, Makeup: Powder Me Pretty, Gown Designer: Anne Maier, Ulla-Maija, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Men’s Wearhouse, Bridesmaids/Groomsmens’ Clothing: Amsale/Men’s Wearhouse
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