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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.

An Elegant + Modern Gown You’ve Got to See

A gown so gorgeous that it’ll makes your head spin? Don’t say we didn’t warn you because Bride has done just that. A modern celebration that’s chockfull of design details that you’re sure to love (like this chignon, that protea bouquet, and gorgeous greenery). It’s as chic as it is camera-ready and Austin Gros snapped the entire celebration share. See it all in The Vault!

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From The Bride…For the thousand of set ups that go wrong, there’s one that goes right.

A few mutual friends had thought Tim and Leland could make a great pair and decided to play matchmakers by setting up a happy hour at a cocktail bar in TriBeca.

The night turned into a spontaneous party on Tim’s rooftop and ended in his apartment where he impressed the whole crew (especially Leland) with his fully stocked bar, his ability to make muddled cocktails on the fly and his excessive order of late night pizza.

As the night wound down, Leland raced out to catch the elevator. Tim ran after her and they exchanged numbers. Five nights later, they went on their first date. Six weeks later they weathered the Sandy Storm together. Seven months later, they went on a two week trip to India and the Maldives. A year and a half later, they moved in together. And two and a half years later, they got engaged.

Despite having lived in NYC for almost 10 years, Leland still has a soft and special spot in heart for Nashville, where she went for business school. Tim and Leland wanted a destination wedding—a place where friends and family could be together for more than a few hours. Nashville was a no-brainer and 240 people descended on the city for a weekend full of festivities including a night at the honky-tonks, a Friday night BBQ with live music, a Saturday morning Kasspatrick Klassic tennis tournament (complete with t-shirts) and an elegant Saturday night Cheekwood wedding.

The vows took place in a picturesque perennial garden with the sun peeking out just in time for everyone to walk down the aisle. The couple danced out to “Islands in the Stream” and guests followed for cocktails inside the beautiful mansion. As night fell, everyone walked into a gorgeous, draped tent with long tables, white flowers and accents of gold. Tim and Leland kicked off the party with their first dance to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder, and the rest of the night was filled with Motown tunes, an abundance of food, lots of laughter and much love.

Highlights include:
When Tim started his vows with “I, Leland, take..” and the audience erupted in laughter…
An outfit change by bride and groom for the party
The rustic and delicious naked cake with three flavor tiers
Frozen Brandy Alexanders and fries served on the dance floor late night

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Photography: Austin Gros | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Dessert Designs | Catering: Kristen Winston | Makeup: Andrew Pentecost | Hair: Ashlea Mullins | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | Officiant: Ralph Griggs | Transportation: Grey Line | Venue: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens | Draping: Events Plus | Event Planning + Floral Design: Sage Nines Event Production | Glassware & Flatware Rentals: Liberty Party Rental | Linen Rentals: BBJ | Tent & Event Rentals: Music City Tents & Events

This Elegant Nashville Wedding’s Reception Takes Fun to New Levels

If you really want to get your guests on the dance floor at your wedding reception, take a cue from this fabulous couple who projected their favorite Nintendo Wii game, Just Dance, on the walls of their reception. Relive all the fun — and see a whole lot of pretty — thanks to Brandon Chesbro and FreshSox in The Vault!


From The Bride…When we were freshmen in college, Aaron and I happened to sit next to each other at a McGill University football game. We hit it off immediately and Aaron asked me to find him in the 5th row of the lecture hall in our Chemistry class the following week. A few months later we went on our first date to a bring-your-own wine restaurant, which kicked off the next 10-years of fun and adventures through life together. Last year Aaron planned an elaborate scavenger hunt (on our 99th “month-iversary”) involving clues and destinations related to all the things most important to us. The scavenger hunt ended in the Duke Gardens, where he proposed in a gazebo our friends had decorated with string lights and flowers.

We first met Brandon at the engagement shoot – he took us to a friend’s farm outside of Nashville a few hours before sunset on a hot July day. We got to know him and explore the farm and surrounding forest and creek and roam among cows, wild turkeys, and even an alligator snapping turtle! Aaron and I initially felt very awkward in front of the camera, giggling nervously the whole time. But Brandon was able to put us at ease and captured the moments when we looked and felt the most natural and happy.

We decided to have the wedding in Nashville, where I grew up, even though we live in North Carolina now. This meant we had to do a lot of planning remotely, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of my Mom and bridesmaids who live in Nashville, as well as the wonderful Sarah Ann Miller from Randi Events. She listened to all of our ideas and brought to life an absolutely beautiful event at aVenue with everything we wanted – not only unique and magical displays of flowers, candles, and greenery draped across wooden planks suspended from the rafters, but a frozen yogurt dessert bar from sweet CeCe’s, and a projector setup to project our favorite Wii game, Just Dance, onto the wall so all our guests could dance along. We had the time of our lives and are so thankful to everyone who made it all possible!

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Photography: Brandon Chesbro | Cinematography: FreshSox | Event Planning: Randi Events | Floral Design: Enchanted Florist | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Rings: Allon Twena Of Twain Designs | Catering: Chef's Market | Makeup: Hayley Bidez | Hair: One10 Makeup | DJ: Blair Saldana | Venue: AVenue, Nashville Event Space | Bridal Boutique: Alexia's Bridal | Desserts: Sweet CeCe's

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