Ben and Blair met at a pool party, but not in the way you’d expect! It turns out Blair’s then two-year-old son had a hand in making the introduction, and their sweet story is what makes this production by Light Cannon Films magical to watch. We were moved to tears by their letters to each other, cheering them on at their fairy tale chapel wedding, and can’t wait to share their happily ever after with you all!
From Light Cannon Films… As far as a wedding day is concerned, this one had it all. Rain, for good luck. Then a rainbow. A lighthouse, the natural beauty of Carolina’s islands, historic oaks… a stunning bride, an adoring groom. But best of all was the Morels’ story.
Ben is an ER doctor, and Blaire’s an ER nurse. They met at a pool party, but they were introduced by Blaire’s sweet son Eason, then only two years old. Ben and Eason had already become friends, playing in the water, when Ben asked (in some version), “By the way, where’s your Mom?” Blaire gets stars in her eyes when she talks about the friendship between her son and her (now) husband, how they are best friends and so alike.
Ben and Blaire’s admiration and friendship is only rivaled by their romance. They are the picture of love and watching them interact overwhelms us with joy that they have truly found the one their souls desired.
Photography: Eric Boneske | Cinematography: Light Cannon Films | Wedding Dress: Kitty Chen Couture | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup: Bailey Upchurch | Hair: Head To Toe Salon | DJ: Active DJ Entertainment | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A Banks | Venue: Bald Head Island
Design, Styling, Parties
I’ve not yet had the chance to visit Bald Head Island. But after being entranced by this magical shoot from Rachel Red Photography and Kickstand Events, I’m thinking that adding it this secluded destination to my travel wish list might be a good idea. A bit of romance, glitz and glam fits so well with the pristine beachy backdrop of the Bald Head Island Club. Explore the gallery for even more!
From Rachel Red Photography…Some of the best wedding vendors in the Wilmington area collaborated on a romantic, fine art inspired shoot for Bald Head Island Club and their potential clients. The colors were picked directly from the decor at the Club. We went with a slightly bohemian hairstyle with braids for the bride and bridesmaid to keep things casual for the Bald Head Island feel. One of my favorite things about the island is that it is a golf cart only island. There are no cars allowed. It was important that we took a few photos with the Rolls Royce golf cart that can be rented for the wedding day instead of a getaway car. A vintage engagement ring and blueberry accents were among some of the favorite details. Jaimie designed the look with the help of Rachel Red Photography. Jaimie was also the bride model in the photos!
Photography: Rachel Red Photography | Event Design: Jaimie Thomas With Kickstand Events | Floral Design: Kickstand Events | Wedding Dress: The Wedding Dress Shoppe | Cake: Imaginary Cakes | Makeup Artist: Kelly Noe | Hair Stylist: Rene' Adams | Wedding Venue: Bald Head Island Club | Linens: Party Supplier & Rentals
There are romantic weddings, and then there is this love-filled beauty of a day at the Bald Head Island Club, which is sort of the epitome of romance with soft pink and green hues, amazing paper goods from Swiss Cottage Designs and a whole lot of beautiful florals from Kim Fisher Designs. In other words, it’s a love-fest overload, all captured in breathtaking images by Theo Milo. See them all here.
From the Bride… I haven’t lived in North Carolina in over ten years, but when I got engaged in July of 2012 the only place that felt right to get married was the Carolinas. My husbands family is in Michigan and our friends are scattered throughout the Midwest and up and down the East Coast, so we wanted to pick a location that people would see as a mini vacation. Since we only get to see our own families and close friends a few times a year, it was also important to spend time with them the entire weekend. When I came across the Bald Head Island Club my mind was pretty much made up. Who wouldn’t want to be on an island with all of their favorite people for 72 hrs? Luckily, my husband agreed and after a trip to the island in September 2012 my parents were on board, too.
The island in itself is in my opinion one of the most special places in the Southeast. The mix of palm trees, peaceful beaches, and old oaks with spanish moss create the perfect backdrop for a wedding. The “golf carts only” rule is an added bonus. Once you step off the ferry it is impossible not to be relaxed. After meeting Shauna at the Bald Head Island Club, we were immediately put at ease and the idea of planning a destination wedding seemed within reach. Since I am originally from the western part of NC, I really leaned on Shauna to help give suggestions on local vendors. I was amazed at the amount of talent in the surrounding areas, especially Wilmington, NC. The first vendor that I booked after reserving the club was Theo Milo. His photographs are the perfect combination of classic and modern. With the Club and Theo on board our theme pretty much fell into place and selecting vendors from that point came easy. We knew we wanted the wedding to be classic and romantic with a blush, gray, and sage green color scheme. It was also important that the entire weekend especially our wedding day be very relaxed and not too formal.
Looking back on our wedding weekend it kind of feels like I was floating on a cloud the whole time and I 100% have our location to thank for that. The extended time that we had to relax on the beach, eat delicious meals, and celebrate with our guests was by far the best part of the weekend. The wedding itself was just the cherry on top.
Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Flowers: Kim Fisher Designs | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Ceremony Venue: Old Baldy Lighthouse | Reception Venue: Bald Head Island Club | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Make up: Maari Wohlhueter | Hair Stylist: Hannah Lynne - Beauty Bar Boutique | DJ: DJ Professionals | Save the dates: Swiss Cottage Designs | Wedding Logo: Swiss Cottage Designs
You know that J Lo movie The Wedding Planner? Slightly embarrassing confession, but it’s one of my faves. 1) because a sucker for any and all romantic comedies and 2) because when a wedding planner gets to celebrate her own wedding. Well, that’s pretty darn special. Enter, this sweet Bald Head Island Club affair where the beaming bride happens to be one of the creative forces behind Kickstand Events. Theo Milo and Inkspot Crow Films captured her perfect day, and there’s lots more pretty to be found right here.
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From the Bride…As a wedding planner and designer at Kickstand Events, planning my wedding started very easy because I knew the exact vendors I wanted to work with! Theo Milo Photography and Inkspot Crow Films were a perfect combination to capturing my wedding in more ways than one. I knew Kim Fisher Designs was the right choice to create my flowers because of her experience and design skills. All I had to tell her were my colors and that I wanted something new and different, and boy, she didn’t disappoint. I loved the bright coral color in my floral arrangements and the deep teal of the bridesmaid dresses combined together, the pairing of the two make me so happy! Nick and I also knew we wanted to write our own vows, something I had been looking forward to saying to him for such a long time. We had been dating for 5 years before we got engaged, then another year for the engagement, but 6 years flew by faster than I knew it would.
I spent a lot of time putting together details in the paper products, escort display, little silver bells for the ceremony, the layout of the event, and so many other things that I really can’t remember anymore–but the real payoff was seeing everything come together and the reminder once I saw my stunning wedding photos and incredible wedding video. I spent countless hours organizing and making sure everything was going to be finished, then after all was said and done, I’m happy I spent the time because everything was so beautiful!
The Bald Head Island Club was the most perfect location for Nick and me. It had a destination feeling without being too far away. Bald Head Island doesn’t allow any regular passenger vehicles, only golf carts, so naturally, I chose a Rolls Royce Golf cart to take to and from my wedding. Shauna at the Bald Head Island Club was seriously a Godsend. She made so much of the planning seamless and easy–I couldn’t have done it without her. Overall, my wedding was perfect because of the vendors I chose. I can’t say enough good things about all of them!
Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Floral Design: Kim Fisher Designs | Ceremony + Reception Location: Bald Head Island Club | Paper Products: Kickstand Events | Linens: CE Rentals | Dance Floor: Rent A Tent | Photobooth: The Soapbox | Wedding Cake: Imaginary Friends Bakery | Cinematography: Inkspot Crow Films | DJ: Brian Hood | Bridesmaid Dresses: Butter by Nadia via Minx Asheville | Wedding Dress: Lazaro via Victorian Rose Bridals | Officiant: Kevin Martin of Get Married NC
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.
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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