Coastal North Carolina Outdoor Wedding

Sarah and Russ’s coastal North Carolina wedding is the stuff that fairy tales are made of. The couple met at a local bar while Sarah was attending a bachelorette shindig. The two struck up a conversation and exchanged contact information, and before the end of the evening, Russ had already sent a text to Sarah making sure she made it home safely. Fast forward three years later, during a trip to Charleston, South Carolina, Russ proposed on a bench in front of the Cistern Building on the scenic campus of the College of Charleston. And the rest, as they say, is history! See images below from their big day, and captured by the talented Sarah Collier of Taken by Sarah Photography.

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As told by the bride:
Russ and I loved vacationing to a quiet beach on the coast of North Carolina called Oak Island. We thought that seeing that both of our families would have to travel, mine being from New York, and his from Kentucky, that we might as well have everyone travel to the beach. Oak Island is not very large, and didn’t offer many locations to get married/have a reception, so we looked at the next town over, Southport, NC and found a beautiful community building that was everything we wanted. It had beautiful views of the Cape Fear River, and allowed us to have both the ceremony and location in the same place. This allowed guests to enjoy the beautiful scenery while we took pictures between the wedding and reception. The theme of our wedding was southern/country and simple. We created a lot of the items for the reception ourselves. I created the centerpieces with the help of my amazing bridal party using mason jars, lace, and twine. We also had drink stations that offered lemonade, tea, and water all served in mason jars. My matron of honor’s mother did my flowers and incorporated my love of hydrangea flowers and my favorite color pink. The venue ended up looking simple but elegant, which is exactly what I hoped for!


{Photography: Taken by Sarah | Venue: Southport Community Center | Catering: Bon Appetit (Wilmington, NC) | Music: Absolute Best DJ | Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridals}


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Real Wedding Sneak Peek: Sarah + Russ (Southport, North Carolina)

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Photo Credit: Taken by Sarah Photography}

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