2016 Outer Banks Bride Magazine: First Colony Fête
Enchanted by the Outer Banks' for its allure of island simplicity, Kristin and Justin, along with To Have and To Hold OBX, designed a First Colony Inn around a sea-glass motif unlike any other. Bells & Whistles brought this vision to life with a natural, coastal oasis of oyster shells, driftwood, succulents and soft blooms. With the one and only Genevieve Stewart Photography and Swell Productions capturing every romantic moment, this is a destination fairy-tale we can't stop swooning over!
From the Couple...
How They Met: "We met in the Summer of 2009 at a brewery in Historic Downtown Wilmington. Justin was the bartender and I was a part of their promotional team. Although I don't remember there being much interaction between us at work, we did get to spend sometime together when we were out with mutual friends. Neither of us were eager for anything serious as we both recently ended long-term relationships, but after a Summer of fun with friends and getting to know each other, we decided it was ridiculous to keep putting off the inevitable. We are so similar, yet so different in many ways. We've made each other laugh every day for six years, and luckily we have enough material to keep those laughs going for a lifetime!"
Why They Chose the Outer Banks: "Justin and his mother moved to Kill Devil Hills in 1996 where she married her husband who was a native to the Outer Banks. He has so many memories on the Outer Banks and he couldn't wait to bring me back to his hometown. The first time he brought me home to meet his parents, I remember being in awe of the adorable Nags Head beach front homes and the simplicity of the island. Living in Wilmington, a quaint beach town of its own, we had everything we needed here to plan a wedding, but we knew that wasn't what we wanted. We love the way the Outer Banks makes us feel, and wanted our wedding guests to feel that too. It is a magical place that now holds our hearts."
Wedding Inspiration: "Sea glass. We didn't initially have a color palate of theme in mind when planning our wedding, but when we started picking our floral and decorations we decided on blues, greens, grays and browns. When we put them all together we soon realized that they resembled a handful of sea glass and our wedding grew from there. We didn't want bright colors and sea horses, we wanted soft colors and oyster shells. Using those ideas, we designed a relaxed, coastal wedding that was everything we envisioned and more!"
Favorite Wedding Memory: "Our venue met all of our wedding weekend needs. The First Colony Inn was large enough for our wedding party and immediate family members to spend the weekend with us. We hosted a barbecue welcome reception Friday night and were able to have breakfast with our family and friends all weekend. It was so special to have everyone close to us during our big day."
Photographer: Genevieve Stewart Photography | Ceremony & Reception Site: First Colony Inn | Coordinator: To Have and To Hold OBX | Floral & Decor: Bells & Whistles | Caterer: Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe | Cakes & Confections: Sweet-e-Pies | Beauty & Spa: Hairoics Spa & Salon | Videographer: Swell Productions | Equipment Rentals: Ocean Atlantic Event Rentals
The Outer Banks is one of the most popular coastal wedding destinations in the country, and the Outer Banks Wedding Association is the premiere service organization for wedding professionals located in Currituck, Dare, and Hyde counties. With approximately 300 members strong, our organization offers the best resources to brides and those planning events in the Outer Banks. Known for it's popular Outer Banks Bride Magazine and destination wedding inspiration, the Outer Banks Wedding Association boasts local and national recognition.