It was the perfect day. We started our day with a first look of the bride and groom on the docks by the salon. Stephen got to see his stunning bride before the big day went into full swing. As I took pictures of the bride and groom with their bridal party and some romantic pictures on the dock Doug was able to get some beautiful images of the reception and ceremony site. It is always good to make sure that everything is already set up before your photographer arrives. This is so important if you want pictures of the room as well as the tables and details. It is also important that the ceremony site be set up before guests start arriving if want to make sure your photographer gets this important shot.
After the portraits the bridal party freshens up while we headed to the ceremony site to get pictures of the guests arriving. After the ceremony we headed to the beach for family photos and a few more bridal party and romantic shots while Doug photographed the cocktail hour details and guests. After our session on the beach we walked over to a little dock to the south of the Sanderling where our couple and bridal party boarded a boat to get to the gazebo on the sound side. It allowed the bride and groom to enter from the sound side into the pavilion for their introductions.The rest of the night was topped off with great food, fun and a lot of dancing!
Ceremony Location: Sanderling Resort The Event Lawn
Reception Location: Sanderling Resort The Pavilion
Hair & Make-up: Sanderling Salon/Spa
Officiant: Rev. Jay Bowman
Outer Banks Photographers: Outer Banks Productions, Michelle & Douglas Haber
Videography: DJ Professionals, George Wainwright
Florist: Sugar Snap Events, Shirley Cook
Cake: Icing on the Cake, Argyles
Reception Music: DJ Professionals, George Wainwright,
Dance Floor: Sanderling
Photo Booth: DJ Professionals, George Wainwright
Our bride shared some information about their special day. See what she wrote.
I am from Pittsburgh, PA and Stephen is from Topsail Island, NC. We are currently living in Alexandria, Va.
Stephen works for PEPCO Electrical Company and I work for the federal government.
We met at a local establishment in San Francisco where we used to live. Stephen asked me to marry him on top of the Marin Headlands overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge near where we lived. It is a beautiful view of the city.
We chose the Outer Banks for our wedding because Stephen is from North Carolina and loves the beach and I visited the Outer Banks a few years back and really enjoyed it there.
Our colors were tan, violet, mint, and yellow. I got my dress at a small dress boutique in Walnut Creek, CA.
My favorite part of the day was seeing how happy my parents were and spending time with friends and family.
It was easy to plan a destination wedding. The hardest part was the hotel and sleep accommodations for guests. Destination weddings can get very pricey and you typically need to book rooms in advance which most people don’t like to do.
The best part of a destination wedding is that I got to be at the beach for an entire week. The wedding goes by so fast, so it was great to get a beach house with my bridesmaids and spend time with them before and after the wedding.
I also took pictures with the bridal party and had a “first look” before the wedding which I liked because it helped move things along between the wedding and reception. Our dinner service was served early which I also think is important because it allows more time for dancing. It was also very convenient that you could just walk from the ceremony to the reception.
I wouldn’t have changed anything about our wedding day.
Dana & Stephen
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