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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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Bald Head Island Wedding by Kellie Kano Photography

Is it possible to fall in love with a cake?  I think I stand here as proof that it is because I am head over heels gaga for the pretty pastry below.  The rest of this Parisian-inspired, Bald Head Island wedding by Kellie Kano Photography is organically chic and elegant dripping in all-natural romance.  I adore the mix of birch-wrapped vases, mercury glass and larger-than-life pink peonies.  Now how to get my hands on a slice of that cake!  Settle into the full gallery to see all the gorgeous details!

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From the bride…

Bald Head Island is a magical place. Just off the coast of North Carolina at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, it offers untouched marshes, maritime forests, and miles of gorgeous beaches. You can’t drive on the island (no cars, just golf carts!) – and you have to take a ferry to get there. So you are forced to slow down as soon as you get to the dock at Southport. I always knew that BHI would be an amazing place to get married, and when I became engaged to a man who loves the beach and the coast of North Carolina as much as I do, our choice for a wedding location came pretty easily.

We were engaged in April of 2010, and after coordinating dates with several key vendors (had to have Kellie Kano!), we set our date for May 21, 2011.  Having just taken a trip to Paris, my inspiration came from a very Parisian chic photograph that I found on Style Me Pretty. It was a beautiful outdoor table scheme set with a blue linen tablecloth and a linen/burlap covered chair, finished with a charcoal and white ribbon. Kim Fisher was key in corralling my ideas. She captured my concepts for the reception even better than I could have imagined. Kim let the island itself dictate the overall style, keeping everything fresh and natural, down to the actual wedding colors. She even had sea oats and magnolia leaves in large urns on either side of us as we said our vows – so southern and gorgeous. Shauna Harris, the event planner at the Bald Head Island Club, was essential in making everything work. Not only was she someone to bounce ideas off of (we became fast email buddies), but I knew I could trust her completely. I was able to let go of all the nitty gritty details and just enjoy everything. (My advice to brides- get yourself a Shauna!)

My Father walked me down the aisle and also performed the ceremony. We said “I do” on the terrace with a view of the ocean, brilliant blue skies, and many happy tears.   The reception was the perfect culmination to a beautiful weekend. Our band, TFC, was bananas! They made the party from beginning to end – there wasn’t a moment when the dance floor wasn’t crowded with people. They even learned my parent’s song so we could surprise them with a chance to have the “first dance” they had always wanted at their own reception. We left the club that night with people cheering and singing the UNC fight song (we both went to Carolina), waving Tarheel blue pom-poms and eating paper bags full of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. What a way to end a weekend filled with so much joy. Having all the people we love most in the world in that one place was just precious to us – nothing short of heaven.

Photography: Kellie Kano Photography / Venue: Bald Head Island Club / Event Planner: Shauna Harris of the Bald Head Island Club / Dress: Amsale / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Flowers: Kim Fisher Designs / Cake: Flower & Flour / Band: The TFC Band / Hitched Banner: Minimega

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Bald Head Island Wedding by Joey + Jessica Photographs

I want everyday to look like this wedding. It’s the perfect combination of modern and classic with a splash of freshness. I suppose if Salt Harbor Designs followed me around to make sure the day looked effortlessly gorgeous, I spent my day at Bald Head Island Club and I had Joey + Jessica there to capture every moment – that could be possible. Lucky for this adorable bride and groom, that was exactly the case. Believe me when I say (and when do I lead you astray?) you will want to spend a good part of your day in this gallery.

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We live in New York City, but our families are scattered between Georgia and North Carolina.  We selected Bald Head Island, North Carolina because our families live nearby, but the area is relatively accessible from New York by a short, direct flight into Wilmington.  And it is gorgeous.  We wanted a traditional wedding followed by a formal dinner reception – just timeless and simple.  Nothing too coordinated or gimmicky, and we never developed an overarching theme or wedding colors or anything like that.  We got married at the Bald Head village chapel, which is nestled among trees dripping with Spanish moss and surrounded by huge hydrangea bushes.  We hardly decorated the church at all, except for a few pew markers.  I wore a strapless trumpet gown detailed with lace panels, a traditional long veil with duster, and carried an all-white bouquet.  Rob, the groomsmen, and our fathers wore tuxedos.  The bridesmaids wore navy cocktail dresses.

The reception was at the Bald Head Island golf club, which has a spacious outdoor terrace facing towards the ocean. We put the bar, the band, and the dance floor all on the terrace, and the event designer decorated the space with lanterns, couches, and cocktail tables to create an intimate atmosphere.  Hydrangea flower arrangements and centerpieces referenced the Carolinas.  Escort cards and tables names injected something of New York into the event.  These appropriated subway graphics and were indexed to neighborhoods, buildings, and places in NYC that are meaningful to us, such as our engagement spot (Bayard Building) or professional connections (Wall Street, Morningside Heights).  Escort cards became metro cards and tables destinations.

Instead of going with a conventional wedding band or DJ, we hired Atlanta-based band Banks & Shane.  I grew up listening to them play southern rock covers, like Georgia on My Mind or Brown Eyed Girl, and having them there was like being transported back to my childhood.  Everyone from my hometown recognized them immediately and the music appealed to almost all ages.  Instead of making song lists or choreographing dances, I just let them do their thing: crack hilarious jokes between singing great songs.  I was a little nervous that eschewing the typical organizational role that a DJ provides, like making announcements about first dances, cake cutting, and speeches, would result in confusion and disorder.  But in the end, the unscripted, spontaneous quality of the band was one of the best aspects of the reception.  We avoided cheesy, predictable announcements and songs and just had a blast.  It was definitely one of our better decisions!  In hiring the other vendors, it was surprisingly difficult to find artists who could balance subtle, classic styling with a sense of modernity and freshness.  So we spent a lot of time researching and interviewing photographers, florists, and event designers in order to find creative people whose artistic visions resonated with ours.  DIY projects are not our strength, and so we wanted a team of people we could trust to handle the details for us.  For brides comfortable delegating, this strategy really paid off for us.  It was such a relief not to have to worry about candles, linens, menus, programs, centerpieces, photo albums, or whatever, especially in the days leading up to the wedding.

With that said, the one wedding detail that was very important for me was to bring my late mother’s spirit into the wedding.  She passed away four years ago, and I wanted to honor her memory in a way that felt uplifting and emphasized her presence, not her absence.  I have a brother and sister who were both in the wedding, so I had the florist incorporate gardenias, my mom’s favorite flower, into our bouquets and boutonnière.  Gardenias are very fragrant so we could smell them all night.  I wore her blue aquamarine ring, carried her vintage purse, and we printed a dedication to her in the program.  Probably the most special way that I honored my mother’s memory was to have lace from her wedding gown made into handkerchiefs, which I gave to my brother and sister before the ceremony (and kept one for myself).  These were useful when tears started flowing, but more meaningful is that they can be saved and hopefully passed down to our own children one day.

Photography: Joey + Jessica / Reception & Catering: Bald Head Island Club / Floral & Event Design: Salt Harbor Designs / Gown: Jenny Lee, from Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Rings: De Beers / Hair: done by friend / Makeup: Sister applied, MAC Cosmetics / Event coordinator (day of): Lindsey Cheek / Band: Banks & Shane / Cake: Crumb de la Crumb

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Bald Head Island Wedding

It’s been a completely awe inspiring day of wedding goodness on SMP. One beauty after another, each with their own style stamp, their own personalities and charms. Well, we’re ending the day with one of the loveliest. Brought to you by photographer Anne McGowan, this little wedding is quite possibly the sweetest day we’ve seen in a long time. And simply put, it begins and ends with the bride’s GORGEOUS dress. Click here to see even more.

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From Anne McGowan…This was one amazing day. I first met Ann Yates mother and father last winter and felt instantly at ease. With their family enjoyment comes first- and they really want everyone to have a good time no matter what you’re doing We decided a first look would be best so that Ann Yates and Jon could go on and enjoy the entire reception with their family and friends.

All weddings are surrounded by tons hoopla, emotion and a teensy bit of stress- but I have never seen anyone relax like Ann Yates did when she saw Jon for the first time that day. Jon was adorable- he wanted Ann Yates to tie his bow tie properly. Sweet love.

They were married on Bald Head in June at the Village Chapel. Ann Yates wore a custom Heidi Elnora gown with a collar- Ann Yates’ signature look. And Jon, the bow tie. It was a warm day to say the least (100 degrees!) but it didn’t hinder their joy one bit- another thing that I loved about working with them. Nothing but happiness. Kim Fisher provided the floral design (as well as the cute ampersand prop). Courtney Arnold of Stellar Events helped the day unfold beautifully. Everyone danced the night away at the Bald Head Island Club while Lindsey Cheek made sure that the evening ran smoothly.

Photography: Anne McGowan / Flowers & Event Design: Kim Fisher / Event Planning: Courtney Arnold of Stellar Events / Ceremony Location: Village Chapel Bald Head Island / Reception Location: Bald Head Island Club / Dress: Heidi Elnora / Bridesmaid Dresses: LulaKate

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Bald Head Island Wedding by KMI Photography

You know, these real wedding Wednesdays are a little bittersweet for me. On one hand, we get to show off all of the gorgeousness that comes into our in-box every day. But on the other, we move from one wedding to the next so quickly that just as I am falling in love with one of these gems, another wedding totally steals me away! It’s a love/hate thing. But the good news is that our galleries live on the blog forever and ever, so anytime you see something you heart, make sure to bookmark it for future inspiration! This next little beauty, photographed by KMI Photography, is coming to you from Bald Head Island. Click here to see the full shebang!

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Kristina and Ross are such a fabulous couple!  They tied the knot June 4th, on picturesque Bald Head Island, NC. The couple beautifully attended to all the wedding day details and created a truly memorable experience for their guests!  White hydrangea and peonies were abundant in the decor,and the bride even wore a silk peony in her hair.  The bridesmaid’s sea foam green dresses were a lovely accent color subtly tied throughout the wedding decor, and very apropos given the beach setting :)

These two wanted to create a relaxed feel to their beach setting, without compromising understated elegance.  I think they definitely succeeded.  Kristina’s family is from Russia, and to honor her heritage there was lots of polka dancing at the reception!

Ceremony: Bald Head Island Chapel / Reception: Bald Head Island Club / Photography: KMI Photography, Wilmington, NC / Flowers: Wendy Wright from A Beautiful Event, Wilmington, NC / Caterer: Bald Head Island Club, Bald Head Island, NC / Cake: La Rita Lees from Carolina Cakes and Confectioners, Wilmington, NC / Dress: Amsale / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Suits: JosABank / DJ: Jay Tatum from Active DJ Entertainment, Wilmington, NC

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