Open for Business! Hatteras Island businesses are overwhelmingly excited to welcome visitors back to the Island via NC Hwy 12 this week. After nearly five weeks, the devastating road damage caused by Hurricane Irene has been repaired. With a new bridge and an improved road, Hatteras is fully operational and ready to serve you!
Through the initial calamity and confusion caused by the storm, the resilience and resourcefulness of the Hatteras Island community was astounding. While some weddings, originally planned for Hatteras during this time, were rescheduled on the Northern Outer Banks, many Hatteras Island vendors travelled to the mainland, via the resident ferry, in order to serve their clients. "We do whatever it takes!" was the attitude shared by all. On the other side of the road, the northern beach vendors were flexible, understanding, as well as generous, often making last minute reservations for rescheduled events. These vendors proved that in times of trouble, Outerbankers are hardy, resourceful, and they will always come through for their clients.
Upon returning home to Buxton from a 9/24 wedding, I met a family at a local coffee shop. They had travelled to the Island for an intimate Hatteras wedding, braving a long journey and two ferries. Despite the difficult travel arrangements, the family recounted their incredible journey that was full of helpful, flexible, and friendly service. They had the beach "all to themselves," and it was the wedding in paradise that they had envisioned.
With the storm over, the road open, and the recovery process begun, Hatteras Island vendors invite you to explore the Island paradise we call home. Unspoiled beaches that go on for
miles, a nostalgic historical setting, and the magic of the sea- it is a perfect place for an Outer Banks Wedding.
Planning a 2012 event? Come meet the friendly professional Hatteras Island vendors at the 2012 Outer Banks Bridal Expo- they're ready to make your dreams come true!
Photographer, and Hatteras Island resident, Daniel Pullen, flew over Rodanthe on 9/1/11, while flying to a wedding in Carova. He shot this photo of the breech closest to the village of Rodanthe. This is one of the several small "inlets" or "breeches" on NC 12 caused by Hurricane Irene.
The breath-taking beauty of the Outer Banks is not the only advantage for scheduling your wedding here. Discover the superior customer service available to you through working with the professional wedding vendors of the Outer Banks Wedding Association. Tim and Cassondra of Gettysburg, PA, were married on 9/28 near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, with Leslie Buck-Ferguson of St.'s Alive Ministries, in Rodanthe officiating the ceremony. Tim and Cassondra were able to celebrate their day and enjoy all of the natural splendor of the Outer Banks. After the wedding it seemed that they were the only ones on the beach, a truly enchanting experience. Their celebration continued with a sunset ferry ride to Ocracoke and an intimate dinner with family and friends.
Story and Photos Submitted by Kate Pullen.