Real BHI Weddings: Kate & Donnie

There’s really not much for me to say about Kate and Donnie’s October outdoor  Bald Head Island wedding, because these incredible and gorgeous pictures speak for themselves. A traditional ceremony in the Bald Head Island Chapel followed by an outdoor reception under the oaks and the lighthouse on the Old Baldy Lighthouse Grounds made for the most charming wedding and reception a couple could ask for.

Bald Head Island has such a romantic feel, with the big oaks, the Spanish moss, and the idyllic, wide open beaches. Together, they make the perfect setting for a wedding.

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Real BHI Weddings: Jaime and Tom

Whew! I’ve been so busy working over on my food blog, I’ve had too little time to stay on top of getting all my weddings from the spring posted. I knew these photos from Millie Holloman Photography  were going to be awesome when they came in – their work never disappoints, and this was no exception.

First things first – Jaime bought these awesome PJ sets for herself and all of her bridesmaids from Plum Pretty Sugar. They all matched and were so cute for the getting ready photos! I ordered a pair for myself and my sister for her birthday when I got home, and I can honestly tell you that I love them. They get softer the more you wash them. I love wearing them on the days I spend cooking all day in the kitchen and crafting recipes. If you’re looking for the perfect bridesmaids gift, I highly recommend checking their products out!


Jaime and Tom were married at the Shoals Club on  Bald Head Island May 21, 2016. They had the largest wedding party I’ve ever worked with – 1o bridesmaids, 10 groomsmen, 2 junior bridesmaids, 2 flower girls, and 1 ring bearer. Once we added in Jaime and Tom themselves, we were up to 27 people to coordinate! That’s a lot when you’re lining up, walking down the aisle, and then reorganizing for formal announcements for the reception entrance. But, we pulled it off, and all went smoothly! The ceremony and reception were beautiful, and the Shoals Club staff came through for yet another wonderful event.

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Real BHI Weddings: Sarah and Drew

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Sarah and Drew were married on Bald Head Island on Saturday, May 14, 2016. For any brides out there who want to be married on Bald Head Island, but think it’s too expensive, this post is for you!

Sarah hired me for my Weekend-Of package, and when I arrived on the island to meet with her the day before her wedding, I was blown away by how much she had done her on her own and how organized she was. From making her own tablecloths (not kidding!) and her own centerpieces, having her cake made by a family friend and brought to the island, to having friends and family handle the emcee and DJing responsibilities for the night, Sarah covered everything.

She made sure that for the day of her wedding, the right people were in the right places to allow her and Drew to relax and enjoy their wedding day. And as you can see from the smiles on their faces in the photos below, she did just that.

So the next time you think Bald Head Island is outside your wedding budget, think again. With a little creativity and support from your friends and family, anything is possible!

Here’s to Sarah and Drew, and to thinking outside the box. Thanks so much for allowing us to be a part of your wedding day!

Vendor Credits: 

Ceremony: BHI Chapel

Reception: BHI Association Building

Florist: Brunswick Town Florist

Photography: Erin Whittle 

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Real BHI Weddings: Angelique & Judson

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Well, the spring kept me super busy with weddings – I was on Bald Head Island for 4 weddings in 5 weeks in May and June. Before that craziness started, though, I had the pleasure of working with Angelique and Judson on their wedding on April 2nd.

I first met Angelique and Jud on the island months before their wedding. They came down to met with me in person, and we had a quick chat at Sandpiper over a cup of coffee.

My favorite thing about Angelique and Jud’s wedding was their unique theme. They enjoy traveling together, and also learning about their horoscope signs. They made the theme of their wedding follow these, using their horoscope signs, maps, globes, celestial charts, and stars.

The centerpieces were all DIY by Angelique – she cut out celestial charts and maps in a circle, then had old hardcover books which I stacked in a short stack and topped with a small globe. We then surrounded the centerpiece with a few small votive candles and a sprinkling of cut out silver stars. The end result looked wonderful, and was so unique. Their guest book was a map of the world, which we laid out on a table and everyone signed. They took this home to frame it and hang it up! I love when couples put a personal touch like this on their wedding day.

Angelique and Jud also chose to do “first look” photos. This is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony, in private. It’s definitely a non-traditional option, but it can take a lot of the tension off the moment when the bride steps foot in the aisle. At that moment, not only is the groom seeing her for the first time, but so is everyone else. The first look offers a bit of a more private, intimate moment for the couple to spend a few minutes together, and with having that ceremony tension removed, can allow them to really be truly present for the ceremony and be aware of what’s happening around them.

First look photos are also some of the best around. I love seeing the different ways people do this, and the way the faces are captured, with the bride coming up behind the groom, and the groom turning around and seeing her for the first time. I thought the first look photos from this wedding turned out especially well – you can see the progression, and the pure joy on Jud’s face when he turns around to look at her.

And the party! Where else but Bald Head Island do your guests feel relaxed enough to breakdance and walk on their hands on the dance floor? That’s all I have to say about that. 🙂

All in all, this was a beautiful wedding, with unique, personal touches that really made it stand out. This is definitely one I’ll remember for years to come!

Vendor credits:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Shoals Club

Ceremony Music: friend of the bride & groom

Photography: Chris Lang

Cupcakes: The Confectionary

Floral: Brunswick Town Florist

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Real BHI Weddings: Katrena & Charlie

Katrena & Charlie’s wedding was one of my favorites of all time. They were relaxed and fun, and the group was just the right size for a good party! It was a beautiful fall day, and the wedding ceremony was held on the beach. When the tide came in, everyone took it in stride and dipped their toes in!

After the beach ceremony, everyone headed back to the house for a reception with fun, food, toasts, and ended the night with a great beach bonfire!


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