Choosing the Outer Banks for its serenity, relaxed atmosphere, and a treasure trove of childhood memories, Darlene and Ryan planned their wedding, with the aid of Engaging Events, that resembled the setting sun on the Eastern Seaboard. I Do OBX Chairs designed darling set-up for their Jennette's Pier beach "I do's" that was perfect as the newlyweds were showered in a sea of beach balls for their ceremony exit. Bells & Whistles transformed the Pier into a modern, nautical masterpiece, with Courtney Hathaway Photography capturing every toast-worthy moment.
From the Couple...
How He Asked: "After Ryan graduated college, the couple took a trip to explore Europe. Ryan surprised Darlene by asking her to marry him in London on the top floor of The Shard, western Europe's tallest building. The Shard overlooks the Thames River and all of London, Darlene's favorite city!"
Why They Chose the Outer Banks: "Darlene and Ryan chose the Outer Banks because of how much the islands meant to them growing up. One of their first dates was driving up Carova and laughing all day in the rain. The Outer Banks was also close enough for a majority of their family and friends to make it to the wedding, yet fair enough to give a 'destination wedding' feel."
Wedding Inspiration: "Having frown up just across the border in Virginia, Darlene and Ryan treasured all of the childhood vacations with family and friends on the Outer Banks. The goal was to reflect the tranquility, relaxation and a home-away-from-home values into their wedding day. Getting married on the beach was an absolute must, casual beachwear encouraged, and the spirit of being on vacation were all imperative to the vision of their wedding."
Favorite Wedding Memory: "Some of our favorite wedding day memories were getting ready with our wedding party, reading each other's letters, the beach ball toss after we said our vows, watching the sunset from the gorgeous banquet room of Jennette's Pier, and of course the weather!"
Photographer: Courtney Hathaway Photography | Ceremony & Reception Site: Jennette's Pier | Coordinator: Engaging Events | Floral & Decor: Bells & Whistles | Caterer: Kelly's Restaurant | Beauty & Spa: It's Royalty Salon Spa & Nails | Photo Booth: OBX Photo Booths | Equipment Rentals: I Do OBX Chairs, Ocean Atlantic Event Rentals | Specialty Services - Invitations: HLR Designs | Accommodations: Resort Realty
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.