This month takes us to North Carolina, for an insider look at the beautiful beach wedding of Charidy and Rob! The bride is aptly named: Charidy is similar to “charity” and that’s what led to her meeting her future husband. In 2011, Hurricane Irene hit Hatteras Island in North Carolina. Charidy’s mother Linda went to volunteer in the rebuilding efforts and ended up staying. In 2013, Charidy followed her mother to the Island, and met future husband Rob at a Fourth of July picnic. The initial spark of friendship blossomed rapidly into love; their engagement lasted only three months as both agreed “when you know, you know.” How romantic!
The Outer Banks already held special meaning for Charidy. For years the family had vacationed along this beautiful coast, and when Charidy’s father passed away they gave him a burial at sea near the spot where he loved to fish. Rob is a romantic and wanted to honor this memory. For his proposal to Charidy, he chartered the same boat the family had used during her father’s burial and took her to the same spot off the coastline. (For Rob, this was the closest he could get to asking for her father’s permission to marry Charidy.) For further romantic touches he also sent loving texts and flowers to Charidy on their wedding morning (nice work, Rob!)
To announce the engagement, Charidy’s mom selected photos of the happy couple and had them made into confetti. She included the special “photofetti” inside velum envelopes and was able to create their “Save the Dates” for less than $100 total using online services. A cute idea for a smart price!
The couple chose a beach wedding. Rob had always wanted one and loves to surf, and the pair had first met at the beach. His friends and family are from the eastern part of North Carolina, while Charidy’s were coming from the western mountains, so a week-long wedding celebration was arranged. The pair rented a beach house in Corolla, NC and this is where the entire celebration took place.
Talk about a wonderful “something blue”- the ocean! The ocean backdrop inspired Charidy’s choice of a “wave cut” on her invitations, and the choice of blue for her main wedding color. She complemented the blue with touches of yellow.
The wedding invitations were professionally printed and cut, but the card stock, envelopes and paper for inserts, plus the wedding programs were ordered online and personally assembled. Another amazing way to cut a few costs!
Now for the flowers! Charidy had a vision of what she wanted, including white flowers for herself and bouquets of sunflowers with touches of red and purple flowers to create beautiful impact for the bridesmaids bouquets. Beach florists were proving very expensive (a friend has just ordered flowers for a wedding from a local florist and the cost was over $4000). The couple had heard about negative experiences with other online vendors, but Rob’s aunt Debra had found Bunches Direct and its great reviews (thanks, Debra!). Debra is not a florist but had done some flower arrangements and bouquets for family and friends and volunteered to do the same for Charidy and Rob. Amazing job, Debra!
Charidy found a photo of a cascading bouquet on Pinterest. Debra found a video on how to make one, and her mother ordered pearl and crystal picks online for a low price. Debra assembled the bouquet from white roses, white mini calla lilies, white Asiatic lilies and Israeli Ruscus. She was able to create this entire stunning bouquet less than $25! The bouquet was on proud display during Charidy’s romantic carriage ride to the ceremony.
The bridal bouquet included an origami locket with a photo of Charidy’s father in it with two charms, one saying “Dad” and the other engraved “In Memory of” as a tribute to her father. Charidy’s “something old” was a handkerchief made from a baby bonnet she wore home from the hospital, which was in turn made from a family bridal handkerchief.
We love these beautiful dresses! Charidy’s amazing wedding dress included a stitched inscription inside the lining with a personal message that Rob had sent to the dress designer! Love this amazing extra touch! She also wore a blue garter from her parents’ wedding (“something blue”). A friend had the engraved heart from the original garter engraved on its flip side with Charidy and Rob’s names and date. The bridesmaids wore gorgeous strapless navy blue dresses and pretty sandals that were perfectly suited to the beachside venue.
The beautiful and relaxed sunset ceremony took place by the beach at Sound Front, before approximately 150 guests.
Rob looked relaxed and handsome in sand colored trousers and vest, with a white shirt and navy tie. His groomsmen had no vest or tie, and wore sandals to suit the location.
White roses were placed on the altar in memory of Charidy’s father, with white gerberas placed in memory of Rob’s sister.
First kiss as husband and wife, just before the sunset.
The reception took place back at the Beach house, in a wonderful and relaxed celebration enjoyed by all. For the father-daughter dance, Charidy danced with Rob while photos of she and her father played on screens to the song “I Loved Her First.” There were also continued special touches to decorate the venue.
Later in the reception Charidy changed into a knee length white lace dress, to better enjoy the party. The party was so good in fact, that both bride and groom ended up in the pool!
Best wishes to Charidy and Rob! With the love and support of family and friends your beach wedding was absolutely spectacular. We know this is the beginning of many happy years together. Thank you so much for sharing your day with us!
For those of you who want to see more, click to enjoy Rob and Charidy’s complete and sentimental wedding video. All wedding photos courtesy of Nick Breedlove Photography.