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Bald Head Island Wedding from Theo Milo Photography

My sister just recently transplanted herself to the Carolinas and I must say, it’s one of the sweetest spots I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. Some of the friendliest people on the planet call the Carolinas home and one look at this wedding and it’s obvious that some of the most talented vendors call North Carolina home as well. From the bright, peppy details crafted by Kickstand Events to the photographs by Theo Milo Photography that showcase one show-stopper of a day, this is a study in Bald Head Island soiréeing done so so right. See it all right here.

From the Bride… Josh and I had two requirements when it came to our wedding location. We wanted the entire wedding to be outdoors, and we wanted to trap our family and close friends in a small place for an extended period of time. Bald Head Island was a perfect fit. Many family members and friends were able to spend the entire week with us lounging and playing games on the beach, cooking out and getting to know each other.  The week leading up to our wedding day was both the best and most relaxing week of our lives!

In the early stages of wedding planning, we realized that we had a bit of a dilemma: we wanted to be pretty hands-off, but we also wanted the wedding to feel like us and be comfortable for family and friends. Josh and I wanted to focus primarily on the ceremony, food, music and small details that would be important and fun for our families. I wore my mom’s veil and earrings; we wrote most of the ceremony and vows; and we chose simple comfort foods, delicious craft beers and homemade ice cream sandwiches to serve our guests at the end of the night. Our brother-in-law, otherwise known as DJ Ant Boogie, kept people on the dance floor. These are a few of the details that we wanted to get right, but we were clueless about actual design and execution.

Luckily, we found Kickstand Events. We may have given them two adjectives — bright and fun — and somehow they read our minds! We loved their style and were able trust them throughout the process. This included during the process of choosing a photographer.  Theo, the owner of Theo Milo Photography, is not only insanely talented and professional, but also easy-going and fun to work with! I mention these standout professionals because Kickstand created an atmosphere that allowed us to thoroughly enjoy the day, and Theo was able to capture incredible memories in tangible form. We were able to fully focus on the important parts of our wedding day: each other, our families and our closest friends. When you combine that with a beautiful location and a warm sunny week at the beach, there isn’t much more that you can ask for to celebrate marrying your favorite person in the world! 

Wedding Photography: Theo Milo Photography / Ceremony: Old Baldy Lighthouse in Bald Head Island, North Carolina / Reception + Catering: Harborside Pavilion at Shoals Club in Bald Head Island, North Carolina / Event Planning, Floral + Event Design: Kickstand Events / Wedding Cake: Sue Wiechman / Ceremony Music: Kathy Meyer / DJ: Anthony Bryant / Lighting: High Performance Lighting / Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza via J Major’s Bridal Boutique / Bride’s Veil + Earrings: Her Mother’s / Hair + Makeup: Island Retreat Spa and Salon / Bridesmaid’s Dress: Anthropologie / Groom’s Tuxedo: J.Crew

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Bald Head Island Wedding by Anne Liles Photography

Charming, lovely, darling – these adjectives can all be assigned to this pretty little party captured by Anne Liles Photography, but it’s not until you see every carefully curated detail that you realize the most important part of this wedding is the love between two high school sweethearts. It doesn’t get more charming than that, this Bald Head beauty couldn’t be more lovely and this duo couldn’t be more darling – so you are in for a real treat in the full gallery of images!

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From the Bride… Overall, I just wanted a day full of family and love. Family is so important to both Jason and me. It was important for our wedding to reflect that. My matron of honor, Maggie, she and I have been best friends since we were three. I knew she would stand next to me on my wedding day. However, the only other people I could imagine standing with me were my brothers. I love my brothers more than anything, and it was special to have them stand next to me on that day. My uncle Bob officiated our wedding. He baptized me as a baby, and I wanted him to be the one to marry Jason and me.

Jason and I met when I was 13 and he was 14. We dated for a very short time in what could best be described as a puppy love stage. When Jason was going into his sophomore year, and I was going into my freshman year, we started talking again and had more of a traditional courtship. By the time Jason’s senior year rolled around, we had some major life changes about to come our way. He was headed off to college, and my dad had just accepted a new job which would require my mom and I to move to Raleigh, North Carolina. At that time, Jason chose to go to Clemson University. I was a little disappointed he didn’t choose a school closer to Raleigh, but as fate would have it, a year later I began school at Western Carolina University (a short hour and twenty minute drive to Clemson). During my senior year of high school, Jason visited me a few times and vice versa. When Jason and I were both in college, we visited each other nearly every weekend. After dating in college, Jason finally graduated and moved back home for a short period of time. I knew that I would be attending graduate school at Western Carolina, and Jason applied for graduate school there too. We were finally at the same school in the same town. After a year of firsts and not killing each other, Jason and I knew the path we were on: marriage. One spring weekend, my parents came up to visit, and Jason asked for my dad’s permission for my hand in marriage. After exams that spring semester (2010), Jason and I took a trip to Asheville, NC to a bed and breakfast to celebrate. On Saturday, May 9th, after a romantic dinner, we took a walk down to this little pond behind the property. Jason was so nervous that I even asked him if he was tired from the VERY short stroll down to the pond. Finally, he got down on one knee and asked, “Will you be my wife?” I was stunned at first, but quickly realized what was going on and happily said, “Of course!”

My shoes were nothing special, just some cheapos from Dillard’s. They were on sale, seemed to match the dress and were relatively comfortable. My flip-flops … now that’s a story. My Aunt Tami (who lives in NYC) was sitting at a bar next to this lady. They ended up chatting and discussed the businesses they were in. This lady makes specialized flip-flops. So my aunt had her make me a pair! It was a wonderful surprise! My earrings were my “something borrowed.” They were the same earrings my sister-in-law wore six years ago at her wedding when she married my oldest brother. It was special to be able to share that with her. I had a piece of my mom’s veil rolled up that I pinned to by bouquet as my “something old”. It was a last minutes idea. I have always loved my mom’s veil because it had daises along the border. So she and I cut out some of the veil and created a little sentimental accessory. My hairpiece was one of my favorite pieces! I think it added a dramatic but yet sassy flare to the day. It made me feel “beachy” without being on the beach. 

Wedding Photography: Anne Liles Photography (Formerly Anne McGowan Photography) / Ceremony: The Village Chapel of Bald Head Island in Bald Head Island, North Carolina / Reception: The Shoals Club in Bald Head Island, North Carolina / Floral + Event Design: Kim Fisher Designs / Officiant: The Bride’s Uncle / Wedding Cake + Cupcakes: Cakes by the Norwoods / Wedding Dress: Anne Barge / Bride’s Heels: Dillards / Bride’s Custom Flip-Flops: Tracey Asai Designs / Men’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank / Men’s Ties: Vineyard Vines

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Bald Head Island Wedding by Harwell Photography

For this wedding blogger, who also happens to fully embrace her obsession with all things pink, what could be better than a blush-hued wedding dress, with layer upon layer of the most kissable fabric ruffles a girl could ever want? Add to that ruffle chair covers, gorgeous flowers and a hold-your-breath beautiful love story and well, you have the recipe for SMP gold. Photographed by Jeremy Harwell with decor by Shay Brown Events, we heart this wedding. Yep, we heart it big time. And there is so much more right here.













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From the bride… When I discovered Bald Head Island in North Carolina, I was elated! My husband David and I have a wonderful beach house in Atlantic Beach, and North Carolina is my father’s home state! It was a dream location for the both of us. We rented an absolutely breathtaking house, La Vita Bruta, for the week of the wedding. The weekend started of with our rehearsal dinner at the picturesque Shoals Club. David’s nieces and nephews put on quite the show and created skits and musical numbers that would rival anything on Broadway. They had been practicing and working on their costumes for months. It was incredibly entertaining and so heartfelt, and it really started the weekend off with the perfected combination of humor and love. Every guest was so impressed with their level of professionalism.

We owe so so much to our photographer, Jeremy Harwell. I had complete confidence is his talent and artistic vision and if anything he surpassed what I was expecting. He was there for the rehearsal dinner, the wedding day, and took pictures the day after the wedding as well. He absolutely captured how fortunate David and I are to have such wonderfully loving families, friends  and mostly to have each other. I had an amazingly talented wedding planner, Shay Brown, who turned my blush, romantic and intimate vision into a reality. She was extraordinary in her ability to make me feel relaxed while taking care of all the little details. My dress was a blush color and has a romantic soft feel that we wanted to be reflected throughout all the elements in the wedding. The flowers were stunningly beautiful, incorporating blush pinks, shades of white and a deep blue that really made the pink pop. Shay and her assistant Amy were a dream to work with and they paid attention to every detail. I was able to completely trust them to help me create my dream wedding. I realized that I didn’t have something borrowed or something blue the day of the wedding, and when we arrived at the Club I found that my mom had secretly pinned a sapphire and diamond pin that my father had given her inside my dress with a note. It melted my heart and was the perfect surprise. My something old was two diamond shoe clips that belonged to my grandmother. I had a friend make them into cuff bracelets that I was able to wear with my wedding dress.

One of David’s closest friends, Mark, married us. Standing in front of our family and friends was the most overwhelming feeling of love and support that I have ever experienced. Afterward, we sipped a little champagne with our wedding party, and then David and I went to take pictures with Jeremy while the guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. I was so desperate to get back to our guest and celebrate that I asked Jeremy if we could dress in our wedding clothes the next day and take some more pictures. He was absolutely willing, and even though my new groom was less than thrilled, I am incredibly happy that we were able to take some more pictures the day after. We were both much more relaxed, we laughed a lot, and some of my favorite images are from the day after the wedding. We got married on Friday October 28th, and since it was Halloween weekend, I wanted to incorporate something fun without being too “costumey,” so we threw a Masquerade party at the rental house on Saturday night. Everyone was required to bring a mask, which was so much fun and really my favorite night of the weekend because I was able to relax and enjoy my friends. I am so thankful for all the vendors we used. It was the best weekend of my life, and above all I’m thankful for my father and my fiancé’s patience and generosity. I have never been happier.

Wedding Photography: Jeremy Harwell of Harwell Photography / Wedding Venue: Bald Head Island Club in Bald Head Island, North Carolina / Event Design + Decor: Shay Brown Events / Flowers : BobbyMark’s Designs / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Seamstress: Gizzelle James (gizzellejamesinc@gmail.com) / Hair + Makeup: Cody Louise Pettry of Cody’s Wedding Creations/ Bride’s Shoes: Valentino / Bride Earrings: Anthropologie / Bride’s Bracelets: Custom-Made from Her Grandmother’s Vintage Diamond Shoe Clips / Antique Hair Brooch: The Bride’s Grandmother / Diamond + Sapphire Pin: The Bride’s Mother / Bridesmaids’ Dresses + Jewelry: J.Crew + J.Crew Crewcuts / Flower Girl Dress: J.Crew / Cake: Flower & Flour / Band: Liquid Pleasure / Decoupaged Glass Plates: The Bride’s Mother / Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Shoals Club / Wedding Invitations: Cheree Berry / Groom’s Tux: Brooks Brothers / Bride’s Necklace: Bloomingdale’s / Bride’s Clutch: The Bride’s Grandmother

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