Over a year ago, a friend of mine brought his fiance home from Raleigh where we ended up meeting at a Christmas party.  Whether I stalked her and persuaded her to hire me or whether she just wanted some professional wedding help is still up in the air ;)  Nevertheless…super greatful to have met Carly, the perfect match for Chris!!

Their wedding was held this past fall at the gorgeous Saltaire House in Duck, North Carolina.

Throughout the year leading up to the wedding, we had many chats about the style of the wedding and all of the details that went into creating that “beachy shabby chic” look.  The first glimpse into the wedding style that guests get is the graphics.  I started with their Save the Date design…

and then we moved to a little bit more of a sophisticated look for the invitation design {to see more in-depth in the design process, follow the links for the full blog post}…

Over the months leading up to the wedding, we both searched thrift stores up and down for inexpensive vintage bottles, candlesticks, birdcages, and chandeliers.  We then painted these thrift store finds in four different colors so they would create a consistent look throughout the event.  The guest tables were decorated with alternating bird cages or a trio of vintage vases…here’s how a few of them turned out.

Behind the head table and sweetheart table, we hung chandeliers at alternating heights to create a backdrop for the wedding party.


At the head table, I wanted to create something more linear to mimic the line of chandeliers, so we used wine bottles with baby’s breath along the tables.  The bride’s mom made the lace and burlap runners!!

For the head table, we used a vintage lace runner, a ‘Just Married’ sign created for the bride and groom, and two small floral arrangements that would flank the bride’s bouquet (toss bouquet is shown).

Laura and I created the table arrangements the night prior to the wedding, leaving the bouquets for the morning of the wedding.  These are some of my favorites that we’ve created thus far!


We used the candlesticks to decorate the bar height tables around the pool…

The day started off with hair and makeup by Kristal Lane.  Who not only glammed the girls up, but also created TWO looks for the bride.  One for the ceremony and another for the reception!

Once the girls were ready, everyone got dressed…bridesmaids in different dresses, all shades of blush and tan, bride in a stunning yet familiar dress (same one I got married in!!), and the men wearing sandy suits with starfish bouttonnieres!

The photographers came and took some pictures of the bridal party. Then, as guests started arriving, we lined the wedding party up (Chris had to wait outside so he wouldn’t see Carly) and got the show on the road!!  The ceremony was held by a pretty water fountain on a hill in the back yard.

Everyone was clearly excited that these two finally tied the knot.

Some other ceremony details…

The newlyweds entered to the song Gangam Style which lead into their first dance.

Which lead to my favorite part of the night…CAKE!  Patti cakes created three stunning lace and ruffle cakes that were displayed on a vintage dresser!

Thank you to Carly and Chris for allowing us to be a part of your special day!!


Planning/Styling/Rentals: Style by Design
Flowers: Style by Design
Graphics: Style by Design
Venue: Saltaire House
Tent/Tables/Chairs/Linens: Ocean Atlantic Rentals
Photographer:  Sarah Kimmel
Cake: Patti Cakes, Inc.
Hair/Makeup: Kristal Lane