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Bald Head Island Wedding from Julia Wade Photography

Meandering boardwalks, fans of palm and white wash buildings set the scene for this down-to-earth soiree. Although there were crowds of family and friends witnessing these love birds’ special day, Julia Wade Photography‘s photos suggest that it was just the happy couple on this gorgeous island soaking up every single second of the best day of their lives. Oh, and all the details! The butterfly hovering in some tall grass and the young couples’ bare toes in the sand make you appreciate what love is simply all about, which is to be present. So before you start your busy week, talk a walk in the gallery and remember to just breathe.


From Julia Wade Photography… If I could have created and wished for the perfect day, the perfect COUPLE, the perfect venue, and the perfect wedding.. this is it. Bald Head Island, known for its dripping southern Spanish moss, its glorious, quiet views of the ocean and its tucked away appeal (golf carts only please!) provided an exquisite and incredible day for Jacob and Kristin.

The best part of their wedding was not their incredible first look, or Kristin’s absolutely perfect Claire Pettibone gown, or even the amazing bridal party that was all smiles in their fabulous gray and purples.. It was Jacob and Kristin’s ability to savor each moment of their wedding. Their awareness of how special this day was and how they needed to breathe every minute. And they did.

Wedding Photography: Julia Wade Photography / Wedding Venue: Shoals Club in Bald Head Island, North Carolina / Wedding Planning: Joyce Nelson / Floral Design: Kim Fisher Designs / Wedding Cinematography: Merigo Films / Donuts: The Boiling Springs Lake Doughnut Shop / Band: The Troupers via EastCoast Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone / Bride’s Earrings: Alexis Bittar’s Siyabona Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Swoon / Hair + Makeup: Pure Hair Studio

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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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