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Saying “I do” in the Outer Banks of North Carolina is EVERYTHING

Guys, I love ALL weddings… I really, truly do.  But, if I am being honest, it’s those seaside nuptials in paradise that really get my heart pumping. I’m talking miles of sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and, of course, a beautiful locale like the Sanderling Resort making every moment happen perfectly.  I mean, a vaca of a lifetime meets the ultimate wedding? Yes. Please.

Located in the oh-so-stunning Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Sanderling Resort is everything you’ve ever wanted (and more) for your Big Day. Think space for 15-180 guests, luxe accommodations and mesmerizing sunset views to add a little touch of romance to your festivities. From their ah-mazing venue options to their knowledgeable staff to their relaxing spa, the team at Sanderling Resort will turn your dreams into an absolute reality.  We promise you that.

Contact the Sanderling Resort TODAY to speak to one of their full-service event planners and begin planning your destination celebration.  We can’t wait to see you say “I do” in the Outer Banks, lovelies.

How to Pull off a Tuscan Inspired Wedding in the States

For those of you that aren’t jetting off to Tuscany to say ‘I do’, but still long to incorporate the romance that only the Italians can pull off then Amanda and Michael’s wedding is for you. A dreamy day captured by Vicki Grafton Photography that proves you can absolutely plan an Italian inspired celebration in the states. Graced with elegant details and a super sweet couple, we’ve got every darling detail waiting for you in The Vault!

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From Vicki Grafton PhotographyAmanda and Michael had a lovely intimate Tuscan inspired wedding at Bella Collina in Montverde, Florida on April 22, 2016.

I went to college with Amanda and she was even a bridesmaid in my destination wedding back in 2008. I knew Amanda had always dreamed of a destination wedding in Italy which connected her to her family heritage. However, when the time came and she found the man of her dreams, there were a few very important family members that sadly wouldn’t be able to make such a long trip to Italy. So to help her stay true to her original wedding dream, I assisted in finding the most amazing venue and team of vendors to bring her vision to life. I love when my couples ask me for advice to get the wedding and the images they have always dreamed of, and Amanda definitely utilized my experience in the industry to do just that.

My favorite details of their celebration included handmade paper invitation and event calligraphy by Julie Ha Design, including wooden menus with the course names written in Italian. The florals by Fleur & Lumiere had a elegant yet foraged tuscan feel including olive branches and greenery. I also adored how their ceremony was nestled in with Bella Collina as the backdrop to create that intimate villa feel. And although a threatening storm ultimately changed their reception plans from an alfresco dinner around the reflection pool to a cosy dinner inside Bella, Amanda and Micheal were still able to have their first dance at the reflecting pool as their guests looked on from above. About 5 minutes after their first dance the clouds finally let go of the rain which was perfectly timed to usher guests inside for an intimate dinner.

From the Bride… We wanted to have an authentic destination feel of Tuscany close to home. Our venue provided the perfect backdrop for an Italian inspired theme. I wanted to be surrounded by nature while still keeping the formality of an elegant event. We went for a Vintage Italian vibe with the colors of Tuscany including soft neutrals, taupe, cream, touches of pale pink and soft greenery. We included homemade biscotti favors set at each place setting. The biscotti were wrapped with parchment paper, twine and a sprig of rosemary. The music ensemble also included an accordion player to transport guests to a different time and place. And our custom designed invitations had the beautiful ceremony backdrop sketched by hand on handmade paper with a rough edge which set the tone for the a celebration with effortless elegance.

My favorite moment was the first look. It was a peaceful private moment amid the chaos. We both were brought to tears and it was a moment I will never forget. My favorite detail of the day was the venue. Bella Collina is Italian for “beautiful hill” and it definitely lives up to its name. We truly felt transported us to another place and time. The Ceremony was held outdoors on the lawn with the beautiful stone and Tuscan style architecture and stunning cypress trees as the perfect backdrop for our vows. Cocktail hour was initially planned for the courtyard clock tower, but because of the impending storm, it was moved to the atrium with beautiful stone arches and wrought iron chandeliers, overlooking the reflection pool and Lake Siena in the distance. For dinner and dancing we moved into the clubhouse which felt almost like a castle with dinner set in front of a grand fireplace. Off the dining room was an cozy bar/lounge area for dancing and I think having an intimate room for the reception really encouraged our guests to mingle and dance all night!

Our cake was three tiers of delicate ruffled fondant covering Amaretto sponge cake with a bavarian creme filling. The flowers were the perfect tones consisting of white and crème, gently accented with taupe and blush using peonies, english garden roses and other european flowers all accented with olive branch and greenery. The bouquets were all hand tied with luxurious silk ribbons and the boutonnieres were a sweet coupling of greenery, olive and herbs accented with rough cut silk ribbon.

My gown was perfection, but it took some time to find the right one that fit the destination vibe we were were going for. I ended up with a romantic A-Line with a soft sweetheart neckline and off-the shoulder illusion sleeves. It had a delicate floral lace pattern over subtle gold satin and then layers of eternal tule over top. It was light and delicate and looked effortless and etherial when I moved. My bridesmaids dresses were mis-matched long flowy gowns in soft pinks & blush. They each picked their own dress and two of the girls actually switched the morning of!

The one piece of advice I would give to brides-to-be is to wear flats! I was very resistant at first, but it was by far one of the best decisions I made and I am so thankful I listened to that piece of advice. I felt just as glamorous and it saved my feet! No our could tell anyways as my dress was long and the shoes didn’t show. I really enjoyed the night and was able to dance all night long!

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Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Coordination: Linda Ha Events | Floral Design: Fleur Lumiere | Wedding Dress: Brides by Demetrios | Hair + Makeup: Brie & Brie | Calligraphy + Invitations: Julie Ha | Venue: Bella Collina | Ribbon: The Poetry of Silk | Veil: Emily Riggs

An At-Home Wedding We’d Die to Attend!

This wedding is a day of three parts. Part one, a beautiful ceremony in front of the bride’s family home. Part two, champagne at sunset. And part three, a tented reception that’s straight from our dreams. Kuddos to Tracie Domino EventsA&P DesignsSperry Tents, and the entire vendor crew for a stunning celebration captured by Justin DeMutiis Photography and Voila Cinematic.


From Justin DeMutiis PhotographyAs guests arrived for Caroline and Brad’s wedding at her parents’ home on Snell Isle, they were guided through a three-part journey of celebration. Starting with a garden-inspired ceremony at the front of the home where the couple exchanged vows, followed by cocktails at the gorgeous guest house where guests sipped champagne and watched the sunset, to the final transition where the guests followed the whimsical light of the luminaries along the water’s edge, until they were welcomed into the luxurious glowing sailcloth tent for an event of dinner and dancing.

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Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Cinematography: Voila Cinematic | Event Planning: Tracie Domino Events | Floral Design: MMD Events | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: The Cake Zone | Stationery: A&P Designs | Hair + Makeup: Rachel Reumann | Band: Kamil Haddad | Officiant: Michael DeArruda | Officiant: St. Athanasius Syriac Church | Hotel: Vinoy Renaissance | Hotel: Hollander Hotel | After Party Catering: Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally | Backup Generator: Coastal Rental Center | Brunch Venue: Vinoy Renaissance | Catering + Rehearsal Dinner: Parkshore Grill | Ceremony Music + DJ: Impulse Entertaiment | Event Decor: MMD Events | Executive Restrooms: Waterloo Washrooms | Gown Boutique: Blush Bridal | Security: Sunken Gardens | Tent Rentals: Sperry Tents | Valet: 717 Parking

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