Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wonderful winter weddings! Yours is only 12 to 13 months away! make sure you pick up our NEXT issue due out January 5th for a TON of Inspiration!!

Monday, October 15, 2012


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Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Summer Picnic Inspired Reception

Inspired by pinwheels, Sugar Snap Events on location at The Sanderling  created a relaxed and playful feel reminiscent of a relaxing beach picnic on a warm summer day.



    Bride’s Bouquet
 The Sanderling’s new Pavilion was the perfect setting for this summer picnic inspired reception.  From the wood parquet dance floor (by Ocean Atlantic Rentals) to the colorful paper daisies hung from the ceiling (provided by Cultural Intrigue) to the casual and inviting tables tops, guests are sure to enjoy a relaxing and casual reception on the Outer Banks.

With many options for where to say "I Do", The Sanderling property's Main Inn Deck is an ideal location with the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop.  It’s gazebo was adorned with natural Smilax Vines (by Sugar Snap Events) and bright yellow, orange, and hot pink paper daisies. Bamboo chairs (provided by Ocean Atlantic Rentals) accented with rice paper daisies completed the simple yet colorful look that complimented the casually elegant location. 

For those who want to feel the sand between their toes, look no further than the Sanderling’s beautiful beaches.  A bamboo altar was adorned with sheer white fabric and colorful cascading arrangements of orange Ranunculus, yellow/gold Gerbera Daisies, white Spray Aster, and pinwheel accents (flowers provided by The Roy Houff Company; arrangements/décor by Sugar Snap Events).  Bamboo chairs (provided by Ocean Atlantic Rentals) were in place for the guests and the aisle was lined with bright arrangements of orange Ranuculus, yellow/Gold Gerbera Daisies, white Spray Aster, greenery and pinwheels in pine wood boxes (arrangements by Sugar Snap Events).


Love is Sweet! Always a centerpiece in its own right, the 3 tier picnic inspired cake by Great Cakes was on display with the Currituck Sound as a backdrop. The wedding cake was complete with a quilted pattern, lime green Gingham bands, and pinwheels set on a bed of Wheat Grass and bright orange Ranunculus.

The Tables- burnt orange linens were topped with custom made green gingham overlays.  The centerpieces were mason jars accented with twine and custom made table numbers were filled with arrangements of orange Ranunculus, yellow Gloriosa Lilies, yellow/gold Gerbera Daisies, and white Spray Aster.  Bamboo chairs added to the casual summer feeling and clear round china and ivory votive candles completed the picture.  (overlays & centerpieces by Sugar Snap Events; custom table numbers and menu card  by HLR Designs; chairs/colored linen/clears dishes by Ocean Atlantic Rentals).

 Kids Table- A small white wooden table and chair set was just the right size for the little onesto have a party of their own.  Each place setting had a gingham placemat, basket filled with coloring books/crayons/crazy straws, a delicious cupcake “icecream” cone, bright colored vintage soda bottles, and a whimsical centerpiece of Gerbera Daisies, pinwheels, and wheat-grass in a burlap wrapped container.  Wet Your Whistle- continuing on with the picnic theme, guests were able to indulge themselves at the lemonade table which included lime-aid, traditional lemonade, and pink lemonade.  In addition, brightly colored bottles of soda were displayed in a wooden canoe.

   Escort cards, created by HLR Designs- a banquet table dressed with a lime green Gingham overlay held a rustic wooden tray filled with a bed of wheat-grass   Custom made pinwheel escort cards were perched in the grass.  One of the beautiful boxed wedding invitations was on display.

Who doesn't love a candy bar?  Varying height shaped apothecary jars (by Sugar Snap Events) held irresistible candies (provided by The Sanderling) for kids of all ages.  HLR Designs provided candy containers- each accented with a small pinwheel as well as the invitational sign from the bride and groom to help themselves to the sweet treats.

             Soundfront Gazebo- set on the waters of the Currituck Sound, the Sanderling’s gazebo is the ideal spot for sunset shots, for guests to relax, and in this case to get a sweet tooth fix.  The “windows” of the gazebo were adored with colorful spinning pinwheels.  The bench seats were accented with lime green Gingham pillows.  The candy bar was set up on the center of the gazebo- complete with matching linens, a variety of tasty treats, custom candy boxes, and a playful floral display.Customized Papers - The pinwheel theme was carried out in all of the custom print  materials from the boxed invitation to the escort cards to the candy boxes.

  Quality papers and attentive craftsmanship by HLR Designs captured the spirit of this playful wedding.


Thank you to all of the wonderful wedding professionals who helped with our themed photo shoot on location at The Sanderling Resort & Spa

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Capri Inspired Poolside Reception

Source: via Lenore on Pinterest

Gorgeous poolside reception. I love the flowers dripping from the structure above the table. The many candles on the table gently illuminate the white flowers and have a glowing effect. The pool is serenely lit surrounded by abundant candles as well!

The reception was inspired by Capri Italy. More than 200 jasmine flowers were hung with subtle lighting in the cabana to create an Italian garden feel. Below the pool was surrounded by hundreds of candles to create magical effect.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

2012 Spring Issue - Now Available

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Our newest issue is now available only on our blog! Remember The Bride's Book magazine is available on your smartphone, tablet or computer! You can reda it now or download it to read later either online or off. If you like something and want to share it look for the download/share button so you can share a page or the entire magazine with a friend or a wedding professional. This issue is full of links and video so be sure to look on the page for more info than just a picture! In this issue we have articles on Helping your man to get involved in the wedding planning without being a nag! This issue is full of wedding IDEAS. Check out our Inspiration pages by Rachel Hamm of Bliss by Sam photographed by f8 photography. We also have gorgeous destination weddings in tropical paradises such as Cancun, Hawaii and Puerto Rico as well as Blowing Rock and Emerald Isle. This issue begins an expansive series feature on Getting Married in beautiful Asheville NC. In the next issue due out in July we will focus on Wilmington, Blowing Rock, Chapel Hill & Durham NC. If you are considering one of these destinations you will definitely want to check out our July issue! We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to hearing from you!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Calling all brides to be.... the Onslow Bridal Gala!
Feb 26 from noon until 4pm, at the Marston Pavillion, located on Seth Williams Blvd, Bldg 730, in Jacksonville, NC.
You will not want to miss it!
Advanced ticket can be purchased at or just stop by! We'll see you there!