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I love ALL weddings… I really, truly do.  But, if I am being honest, it’s those seaside nuptials in paradise – aka Sanderling Resort – that really get my heart pumping. From the miles of sandy beaches to the crystal blue waters to the top-notch service, this is one locale that knows a thing or two about throwing THE perfect wedding. Fall in love with them below.

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. Not to mention their ah-mazing venue options, knowledgeable staff and relaxing spa. In other words? The teams at Sanderling Resort will turn those wedding dreams into an absolute reality.  We promise.

Contact the Sanderling Resort TODAY to speak to one of their full-service event planners to begin your vacation of a lifetime meets awesome wedding weekend.  We can’t wait to see you say “I do” in the Outer Banks.

Plan a Gilmore Girls-Inspired Bachelorette Weekend!

With T-minus four days until the highly anticipated Gilmore Girls revival (!!!) we’re happily diving into a bachelorette weekend inspired by Lorelai and Rory themselves. Complete with good food, good coffee and loads of Stars Hollow-style charm, this is a weekend planned by Locklane Weddings & Events and photographed by Erin Lee Allender that any Gilmore Girl would love.

1. Channel your inner Paris Geller

Map out an itinerary for the weekend to include with the invites (you don’t have to line them in pearls, but a little winsome formality never hurt anyone). You can emulate Lane’s free-spirit when the weekend rolls around, but a well-planned weekend promises plenty of time for fun.

2. Find your own Stars Hollow

Wherever you live, an adorable small town is probably within driving distance. Or maybe you are lucky enough to live in one! Either way, escape from the hustle and bustle and fully immerse yourself in a Stars Hollow-type experience. Bonus points if it’s a town festival weekend!

3. Check-in at the local Inn

Take a note from the Dragonfly Inn and stay at a local inn. Not only will you support a local business, but you’ll enjoy a hometown vibe that can’t be found at a hotel chain.

4. Keep caffeinated

Keep yourself caffeinated with coffee. The weekend should start and end with the most essential beverage of the Gilmore Girls!

5. Don’t forget the books

Relax with a good read. Rory’s bound to have packed at least one (if not multiple) books, so take a moment to sit down with a great book. Or, if you’re more of a Lorelai, grab several of the latest magazines.

6. Pack the swag bags

Surprise your bridesmaids with a perfectly Gilmore gift bag. Our bag from Batch incorporates a few favorites—a hat reminiscent of Luke, “Babette ate oatmeal,” coffee (need we say more?), snacks for sustenance, a bag to carry your loot, and a cute planner to keep track of all of the wedding events!

7. Embrace a Girls Night In

Skip the “girls night out” and have a “girls night in.” It’s Lorelai and Rory’s favorite thing to do. There are over 400 movies referenced in Gilmore Girls, so you have a nice library to pick from. Even better? All of the Gilmore Girls seasons are on Netflix! Settle in for a night of binge-watching.

8. Eat Like You Mean It

Food! We can’t forget the Gilmore Girls favorite activity. Place an order for your favorite pizza, Chinese food, and probably some burgers and fries. Throw in a healthy dose of Mallomars, Red Vines, popcorn, and other tasty snacks. If you have a Sookie in your group, transform the typical Pop-Tarts into a gourmet treat!

9. Indulge in “Pattie’s Punch”

Coffee will sustain us, but a fruity drink à la Miss Patty’s Founders Day Punch will entertain us.

10. Top it off with Pancakes

The weekend wouldn’t be complete without pancakes! Take advantage of the inn’s breakfast in the morning, or scoot out and find a diner like Luke’s. A delicious breakfast and cups of warm coffee are the best way to wrap up a perfect “Gilmore Girls” bachelorette weekend!

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Photography: Erin Lee Allender Photography | Floral Design: Rosemary and Finch | Makeup: Amanda Jackson | Hair: Stephanie Harrison | Calligraphy: Written for You | Banner + Photobooth Props: Genuine Design Co. | Bed and Breakfast: Walker Inn Bed and Breakfast | Coffee: Bocca Java | Cookies + Poptarts: Triple Crown Bakery | Event Planning + Design, Creative Direction: Locklane Weddings & Events | Gift Bags: Batch Nashville | Invitations + Paper Goods: Brinkley Studio | Rentals: Feather & Oak

A First Place Derby Day Wedding

We’re hedging our bets and declaring that this Derby day celebration in on track to win every wedding award in the book. It’s a long-distance love story come full circle and thankfully Cassidy Carson Photography was on hand to capture it all to share. From their stunning outdoor ceremony (complete with Jenny Yoo gowns), to the romantic indoor reception, we’ve got every first place detail waiting for you in The Vault!

Rustic Venue

From the Bride…Ryan and I met in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. It was apparent right away that somebody incredibly special had just walked into my life. I know Ryan felt the same way because about an hour later he proposed (for the first time) and uttered the words “I love you.” I laughed it off at the time but a week later, our long distance, whirlwind love story really began.

Over the next year we spent all of our weekends back and forth from Washington D. C. To Denver or meeting in various cities across the country. We even made it to Alaska, biked the Golden Gate Bridge and Ryan proposed (for real this time) atop beautiful Aspen Mountain. Our biggest adventure thus far arrived at 12:29 pm on December 22, 2014 in the form of a squishy baby boy named Beckett. Becoming parents opened our hearts to a whole new kind of love and happiness.

Every single cliche feeling people tell you about becoming a parent is true. Our sweet little family was bursting with joy so we knew we wanted our wedding day to reflect that. Ryan and I are blessed with the most incredible family and friends on earth so we wanted our wedding to not only be a celebration of our love, but also of the wonderful people we have in our lives.

To bring things full circle, we hosted our rehearsal dinner on Broadway in Nashville to kick things off. Our ceremony and reception took place at Mint Springs Farm and the whole day could not have been more calm or perfect. The birds were chirping and the breeze was just right as we exchanged our personal vows and said our I Do’s. The reception ‘Derby Day’ details were simple and subtle, and our Edison bulb chandelier tied the whole feel of the evening together. We danced the night way to our favorite local band, Burning Las Vegas and celebrated all the love we have been so fortunate to share.

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Photography: Cassidy Carson Photography | Cinematography: Lynn Productions | Floral Design: Mint Springs Farm | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Cake: Signature Cakes by Vicki | Invitations: Rock Paper Scissors | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: The Chef And I | Calligraphy: Claire Cohen Lettering | Band: Burning Las Vegas | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Mint Springs Farm | Groom's Bow Tie: Brackish Bowties | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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