A few weeks ago Scott and I traveled to Duck, North Carolina for his sister’s wedding. Betsy and Charlie were married at the Sanderling Resort on May 10th in a beautiful ceremony followed by an elegant evening that included dinner and dancing. This last weekend we finally went through all of our wedding photos, and I am sharing the highlights with you today. We had many, many pictures and the editing process took quite a while! I am totally dating myself here, but I grew up in the age of using the ole point and shoot method. You had to be careful because you did not want to run out of your roll of film. You clicked the shutter and crossed your fingers! In this digital age – we have way more options to choose. 🙂
Wedding Photo Recap
The Sanderling Resort
Scott and I have been to Duck together twice. He grew up spending family vacations there. I love the Outer Banks, and there is something magical about the town and its beaches. We arrived late on Friday night at the Sanderling Resort, and were blown away by its elegance. It was gorgeous even in the dark. The next morning I quickly changed, and went to get a cup of coffee to enjoy on our porch. Our view overlooked the pool, the event garden and was just a quick walk to the beach. After a quick walk by the pool we were off to a busy day! We caught up with Scott’s family and members of the wedding party.
Rehearsal & BBQ Dinner
Later in the afternoon Scott was scheduled to arrive on the lawn for a rehearsal of the ceremony so we headed there…
I loved this special trellis that was built on a deck for Betsy and Charlie to exchange their vows.
There was also an amazing wall of pictures that were arranged behind a small makeshift bar. They were collected from Betsy and Charlie’s family and friends, and were artfully arranged to showcase their childhoods and special times together.
After everyone had a clue what they were expected to do the next day we went directly to the BBQ in another area of the hotel. There was an open bar, buffet-style BBQ food and lots of games and lawn entertainment set up for the kids. About halfway through the evening there was a bit of a rumbling to get everyone outside. Betsy’s wedding gift to Charlie was a vintage Jaguar of his dreams. She surprised him with it in the driveway of the hotel. You could tell her was absolutely shocked as well as touched by her generous gift. It was a truly sweet scene to watch unfold.
The night continued with more music by the fire pit. Scott and I vetoed dessert in favor of eating s’mores (lots of smores) by the firepit.
I was not at the wedding pictures which took place before the ceremony, but Scott upheld his photographer duties well and snagged these.
- Charlie seeing Betsy for the first time…
- Betsy and Sheri (her sister/maid of honor)
- Betsy, Sheri and Annie (Sheri’s daughter/Flower Girl)
A tropical storm was hovering around us ALL day. You will see in the pictures that there were dark storm clouds hovering in the distance.
It started to drizzle so we waited in the downstairs lobby while the little bit of rain cleared up. Scott and I took this opportunity to snap a few pictures by the fireplace. I laugh, he laughs.
Once the rain let up the show was on and they quickly began the ceremony so take advantage of the window of good weather.
Alas, this “window” only lasted a brief moment before it began to rain very heavily. Itgathered more steam and came down harder with each passing moment. There was a quick scramble for umbrellas, but everyone stayed in their seat. Scott found all of this drama to be quite romantic. I cannot say I agree, and I know I would not have been a happy girl if I was in Betsy’s shoes. I admired that she stayed upbeat; and would not allow anything to ruin her wedding day.
“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass it’s about learning to dance in the rain”….Vivian Greene
»»The Happy Couple
Betsy with her new husband, Charlie!
The Sanderling Hotel was a beautiful space, but I also loved the special touches that the wedding couple brought to the décor. They veered away from anything beach-like such as shells or pastel accents. Instead, there was a palette of rich green that really brought a perfect color to the room. The balls hanging from the ceiling were also their doing and they bought and shipped them to the hotel.
Since the ceremony began while it was still light out and then became dark this was a really nice touch to the room when everyone was out on the dance floor.
There were also more framed photographs lining the room which really made it feel more intimate and personal.
The food was delicious and featured a variety of dishes:
- Goat Cheese Tartlete
- Mixed Greens Salad
- Blood Orange Sorbet
- Filet Minon served with a Crab Cake
Betsy and Charlie chose to serve small pastires and finger desserts later on in the evening in lieu of a wedding cake.
Scott and I did dance to a few songs. I am not talented enough to take photos and dance – at least not yet. So here is a dance with his niece, Annie (our resident flower girl).
It was truly an elegant and beautiful wedding. Congrats to Charlie and best wishes to Betsy! Thank you for having us share this amazing time with you! Xo.
Questions of the Day:
- How soon do you edit all the pictures you have of a special event?
- What was the last wedding you attended?
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