LOCATION: NC Maritime Museum Watercraft Center, Beaufort
RECEPTION LOCATION: NC Maritime Museum Watercraft Center, Beaufort
COORDINATIOR: Zena Underwood
CATERER: Patrick Hogan, Carlton’s Catering
CAKE: Douglass Ann Swanson, Delicate Delights
PHOTOGRAPHER: Casey Futrell Photography
EQUIPMENT RENTALS: Island Essentials Tent & Event Rentals
FLORAL DESIGN: Carolyn Mechanye, Avalon Event Floral
BAND/DJ: DJ Professionals and Video
OFFICIANT: Dr. Jim Tillman
HAIR: Kristine Andrews, Adrianne’s Hair Studio
MAKEUP: Kathryn Smith, friend
BRIDAL GOWN: Stella York
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Jim Hjelm, Bill Levkoff
MEN’S FORMALWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse
from the bride:
Q. What factors did you take in to consideration when choosing a venue?
My husband grew up near Beaufort and we both have a love for the ocean, so we knew we wanted a unique, casual setting near the water that represented all of the wonderful things about the North Carolina coast. We had looked at quite a few venues including beach homes, country clubs and historic homes. But no venue felt as perfect as the Watercraft Center in Beaufort. From the classic cedar shingle exterior to the wooden interior of the boat workshop, the look and feel was just what we were looking for. The size was a great fit for our relatively small number of guests and could easily accommodate both the ceremony and reception. The view of the water and Carrot Island through the opening of the large doors was a breathtaking backdrop and knowing we had the option to close the doors alleviated concerns about the unpredictable weather in late October. The venue was also meaningful to us as a couple because during each of our summer visits back to the area, we would stop by the Watercraft Center and watch as the talented craftsmen inside built beautiful wooden boats by hand.
Q. What were the biggest challenges in your wedding?
The biggest challenge was planning remotely from our home in Florida. We traveled to Beaufort a few times, but had to pack in many errands on each trip in order to get everything accomplished. Luckily, we also had family that lives in the area, a helpful coordinator, amazing and talented vendors and Randy Mann at the Watercraft Center, who made sure everything went off without a hitch.
Q. How did you choose the theme/style of your wedding and reception?
We knew we wanted a simple and relaxed style, since a very formal setting just would not have fit our personalities. The rustic, intimate, waterfront theme seemed like a natural choice.
Q. Are there any things you wish you knew ahead of time and didn’t?
Despite so many people telling me how fast the time would fly by, I wish I had taken a deep breath and spent more time with friends and family in the days leading up to, and the morning of, the wedding day. A wonderful piece of advice I received was to find a moment during the reception for the two of you to step to the side of the festivities, look across the room, and appreciate the incredible collection of friends and family that are there to love, support and celebrate you and your life together. It is one of my most cherished memories of the day.
Q. What advice would you give to brides and grooms in the process of planning their special day?
Focus on the handful of details that are most important to you and don’t stress over all of the rest. Trust the experience of the vendors you’ve chosen and you will be pleasantly surprised! Remember that your family and friends are focused on celebrating the happy couple and will likely only notice half of all those little details.