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2014 Dream Honeymoon Weekend, Manteo, NC

Historic Manteo is the perfect location for newlyweds to bask in post wedding bliss. From dining at Stripers Bar and Grille to taking in all of the lush beauty of the Elizabethan Gardens, the activities are endless! Shannon and Chris, our 2014 dream honeymoon winners, escaped to the Oasis Suites Hotel and enjoyed a romantic weekend on the Outer Banks thanks to our generous members. Taken by Courtney Hathaway Photography, we are thrilled to share a few sneak peak moments from Shannon and Chris’s honeymoon session!

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Quotes From Our Participating Members

“I met up with Shannon & Chris on Tuesday, the second day into their day, at the Elizabethan Gardens for their portrait session. There they utilized their garden passes, and even purchased some plants from the garden gift shop to take home as a remembrance of their stay.  We walked the gardens photographing their love, before finishing up with photos at the Bodie Island Lighthouse in South Nags Head.” – Courtney Hathaway Photography

“We provided a lush display of pink spray roses, cream English roses,  candle light and rustic driftwood elements to welcome the bride and groom to the Outer Banks. From the minute they walked in the door each area of the beautiful suite was filled with special touches. Pink mini orchids on White on the fireplace mantel to dramatic white orchids on the coffee table.” – Holiday House Weddings & Events

“The Outer Banks is a great honeymoon destination for couples, because there is a little something for every kind of vacationer! We have relaxation (beach, spa), adventure (fishing, hang gliding, kayak, etc), and plenty of restaurants and shopping. There is definitely something to fit every kind of desired vacation experience.” – Oasis Suites Hotel

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

 

The Outer Banks is one of the most popular coastal wedding destinations in the country, and the Outer Banks Wedding Association is the premiere service organization for wedding professionals located in Currituck, Dare, and Hyde counties. With approximately 300 members strong, our organization offers the best resources to brides and those planning events in the Outer Banks.



2014 Dream Wedding, Corolla, NC

Bubbly, passionate, and enchanting – a few words that come to mind when we reminiscence about Autumn and Matt, our 2014 Dream Wedding couple. These West Virginia natives couldn’t have been more deserving of having a fully-paid for wedding given by talented members of the Outer Banks Wedding Association. From glamorous makeup by All Eyes on the Bride to the serene, ceremony dove release by When Doves Fly, our members had every imaginable detail covered for their Historic Whalehead Club wedding. A day truly built around love, we are delighted to share a sneak peak of Autumn and Matt’s wedding by ALC Wedding Photography and a fun-filled trash the dress session by Coleman Shots.

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Captured by ALC Wedding Photography

Captured by ALC Wedding Photography

Captured by ALC Wedding Photography

Captured by ALC Wedding Photography

Captured by ALC Wedding Photography

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Captured by Coleman Shots

A BIG thank you to all of our members who participated in this wedding and made Autumn and Matt’s day so special! Stay tuned for a full feature of Autumn and Matt’s big day in our 2015 issue of Outer Banks Bride Magazine, available in January! Want a chance to win our 2015 Dream Wedding, among other amazing packages? Purchase your tickets to the Outer Banks Wedding Association’s 2015 Wedding Weekend and Expo by clicking here.

Quotes From Our Participating Members

“A wedding doesn’t only consist of a rehearsal, a ceremony, and a reception.  There are days of preparation, planning, and events that lead up to the big day.  The Outer Banks not only has all of the businesses to accommodate the technical needs leading up to a wedding, but it also offers a fun, relaxing, and all-around enjoyable environment for the families involved. Being a part of such a great program as the Dream Wedding, is not only wonderful exposure for our venue, but it feels great to be able to provide a part of one lucky bride’s dream wedding day!” – Historic Whalehead Club

“Autumn and Matt are a very special couple. I so enjoyed working with them throughout the process of helping them to have the wedding that they had dreamed of and both were very fun loving and we had some great times together. I feel fortunate to have met them and worked with them.” -Brenda Zeigler of To Have & To Hold OBX

“I love helping someone to look their absolute most gorgeous self! And  its wonderful to work with the other top notch wedding providers and making a dream wedding come true for a very lucky couple each year! I feel blessed to be a small part of a bride’s big day.” – Lauren of All Eyes on the Bride

“There are beautiful locations all over the Outer Banks for weddings; not just the beaches, but the Whalehead Club, golf courses, gardens, marinas. I love that so many innovative and creative people have developed sustaining businesses providing services to the wedding industry that support them and their families.” – Jeanne of When Doves Fly

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN:

The Outer Banks is one of the most popular coastal wedding destinations in the country, and the Outer Banks Wedding Association is the premiere service organization for wedding professionals located in Currituck, Dare, and Hyde counties. With approximately 300 members strong, our organization offers the best resources to brides and those planning events in the Outer Banks.



2014 Dream Engagement Weekend, Nags Head, NC

As many of you are well aware, the Outer Banks Wedding Association is not only known as source for premiere venues and vendors on the Outer Banks, but also the host of the best Wedding Weekend and Expo on the East Coast! Part of the reason our we are well known for our Wedding Weekend and Expo is highly due to our Dream Wedding, Engagement and Honeymoon packages! Attending brides are giving the thrilling opportunity to win one of the fully paid for packages, that our generous members donate their time, skills, and services to create.

Over the next three weeks we will be highlighting each of our members who participated in the packages, along with a handful of sneak peak photos (you’ll have to stay tuned for the 2015 Outer Banks Bride Magazine for more!). This week we are thrilled to bring you the winners of the dream engagement package, Chelsea and Anthony, as captured by Sarah D’Ambra Photography.

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Chelsea and Anthony spent the weekend at The First Colony Inn in Nags Head to celebrate their engagement. The couple was greated by a feast of savory and sweet goodies provided by Outer Banks Kettle Corn and Atlantic Cake Company. Following their engagement session by Sarah D’Ambra Photography, Chelsea and Anthony grabbed lunch at the Sea Ranch Resort and took a thrilling, aerial tour of our ribbon of sand with OBX Airplanes. After catching a few rays at the beach, this lovely couple ended their day with a romantic dinner at Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar.

Quotes From Our Participating Members

“Our favorite part about being involved with the dream couple was the opportunity help them pick out their location for where they wanted their photos taken. We decided that Jennette’s Pier was the perfect location – the pier has these concrete pilings that create eye catching leading lines. From the historic landmarks and light houses to the majestic ocean and beautiful beaches, the Outer Banks the perfect get way and a very romantic atmosphere to get engaged or host your wedding.” -Sarah D’Ambra Photography

“The Outer Banks is a beautiful and exciting place for an engagement!  How romantic!  The Dream Engagement couple had a warm welcome when they arrived at their accommodations and saw their gift bag full of Outer Banks Kettle Corn!  The perfect sweet and salty snack for their weekend.” -Outer Banks Kettle Corn

The Outer Banks is one of the most popular coastal wedding destinations in the country, and the Outer Banks Wedding Association is the premiere service organization for wedding professionals located in Currituck, Dare, and Hyde counties. With approximately 300 members strong, our organization offers the best resources to brides and those planning events in the Outer Banks.



Sarah D’Ambra Photography Captures Dream Engagement

A Dream Engagement package that took our couple, Chelsea and Tony, from the shores of Nags Head to the relaxing historic First Colony Inn also included a romantic Outer Banks photo session captured by the talented Sarah D’Ambra of Sarah D’Ambra Photography.

Sarah D’Ambra, the creative visionary behind the stunning bridal portraits for the 2013 Dream Wedding winner, guided the lucky couple to the pristine section of beach just below Jennette’s Pier, a stretch of beach famous for its picturesque backdrop and pier architecture.

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“I always enjoy shooting at Jennette’s Pier because of its unique architecture, as it adds a little something more to the beach,” said Sarah. “One of my favorite features of this pier is the shaded area underneath where the concrete pilings create these eye catching leading lines that translate well into artistic photography.”

The love and excitement in a couple’s eyes as they begin planning their future together touches us all. Whether you’re a newlywed, or married for decades, chances are you’ll never forget those early moments of anticipation as you embark on your journey together.

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Now, thanks to the artistic work by Sarah D’Ambra Photography, Chelsea and Tony will have these beautiful images to cherish for years and anniversaries to come.

Excited to be part of the Outer Banks Wedding Association’s Dream Giveaways once again, Sarah is eager to see what the future holds for these couples.

“This is my second year in a row as a featured photographer for the dream wedding and I can’t explain how exciting it is!” exclaimed Sarah. “Personally, I am truly thrilled to be a part of this event again and hope to be able to continue to contribute to the dream team in the years to come,” she continued.

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To learn more about the 2014 Dream Winners, follow our blog here. If you’re interested in learning more about Sarah D’Ambra Photography, click here.

 



Dream Engagement Weekend in Nags Head

Just over two months after winning a Dream Engagement package at the Outer Banks Wedding Association’s annual Wedding Weekend & Expo in January, Chelsea Bean and Anthony Katz returned to their favorite place, Nags Head, to enjoy their Dream Engagement weekend. First, the lucky couple settled in for a two-night stay at First Colony Inn, a historical Outer Banks hotel with true southern charm and the welcoming hospitality visitors have come to expect here on the Outer Banks. After checking in, Chelsea and Anthony were surprised with a gift basket filled with gourmet popcorn from Outer Banks Kettle Corn and a dozen mouthwatering chocolate truffles by Atlantic Cake Company.  However, the breathtaking room at the First Colony Inn, along with the goodie basket, were only the beginning of their romantic Nags Head getaway.

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The talented Sarah D’Ambra of Sarah D’Ambra Photography captured the weekend’s blissful moments during an engagement portrait session with the couple. In addition, the Dream couple took their love to new heights as they soared high above the Outer Banks in an airplane tour that took them over The Wright Brother’s Monument and Jockey’s Ridge State Park with OBX Airplanes. No weekend on the Outer Banks is complete without some time in the sun, so our lucky couple escaped to our famous beaches to relax and unwind between their engagement photo session and plane ride.

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A busy weekend means a big appetite and Chelsea and Anthony were able to enjoy some of the Outer Banks’ best culinary dishes as they dined at the Beachside Bistro at Sea Ranch Resort and Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar. The Dream Engagement Weekend was filled with quiet alone time, exhilarating new adventures and romantic moments for this newly-engaged couple. Beginning with the walk up the First Colony Inn’s steps where Chelsea was met with a beautiful and heartfelt proposal from Anthony to the new adventures experienced during this Dream Engagement weekend, our lucky winners have created Outer Banks memories that will last a lifetime.

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Dream Engagement Vendors

First Colony Inn

Outer Banks Kettle Corn

Atlantic Cake Company

Sarah D’Ambra Photography

Sea Ranch Resort’s Beachside Bistro

OBX Airplanes 

Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar



HLR Designs Creates “Dream” Save the Date

Whether a wedding comes about quickly, or is planned over a year in advance, it’s important the invitations appear thought out and well executed. This piece of paper is the first impression guests will receive of your wedding, letting them know what to expect from your big day. This isn’t to say only those with unlimited budgets will impress but getting input from a professional can help an idea come together much easier and more creatively.

Heather Rollins, the creative mastermind behind HLR Designs, has worked with a number of brides including past Dream Wedding winners, and she’s already begun working with the current Dream Wedding winner on a unique creation that will wow guests and reflect the beach feel this lucky couple wants for their big day.

However, the first task at hand was to let this couple’s guests know their original date had changed due to them winning the Outer Banks Wedding Association’s Dream Wedding giveaway at the 2014 Wedding Weekend & Expo.

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“Their wedding was originally planned for Sept 11th and their Save the Dates had already been sent,” explains Rollins. “We didn’t want to confuse anyone with receiving a second Save the Date card, so we thought it would be a unique and cute idea to tell people this is a different event than the first one they planned.”

Don’t you just love the wording, “We said September 11th but WE WON our Dream Wedding”?

Experienced with working with brides of all budgets and ideas, being part of the Dream Wedding remains a memorable experience for Heather – one she hopes to continue year after year.

“My first experience with the Dream Wedding was really a dream,” recalls Heather. “Sometimes you really make a connection and I was so happy to create invitations for such a giving couple. They [Tamarra and Ray] are really the reason I keep doing it. I saw what joy the entire experience brought them and I want to offer that to more people.”

Click here for more information on this talented paperie, located right here on the Outer Banks, or to follow the newest chapter of the Dream Wedding giveaway, please stay tuned through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.



2014 Wedding Weekend & Expo Highlights

The 2014 Wedding Weekend & Expo was an incredible success thanks to the hardworking vendors and team at the Outer Banks Wedding Association. Thank you to all the brides, and their guests, who attended the event. We are thrilled to help each of you plan your dream wedding here on the Outer Banks.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to see more wedding ideas, read in-depth highlights on our talented vendors, and learn what makes the Outer Banks a premier destination wedding location.

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Duck Woods Country Club: Expo Sponsor Spotlight

The Outer Banks Wedding Association’s Wedding Weekend & Expo is just around the corner and over the next two weeks, we will be featuring each of our talented and generous sponsors who work tirelessly to ensure this annual wedding planning event showcases everything the Outer Banks has to offer brides!

Duck Woods Country Club is “The Perfect Environment” here on the Outer Banks. Whether you’re planning a small intimate wedding or a raucous reception to entertain a large number of guests, the talented staff at Duck Woods Country Club will ensure your day exceeds your expectations.

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Their experienced team takes pride in creating a unique dining experience for each event and encourages brides to think outside the box when it comes to planning their reception menu. Whether it’s regional cuisine or an old recipe you’d like the Executive Chef to recreate for your day, personalizing your menu, offering your guests a one-of-a-kind experience, is a benefit of hosting your event at Duck Woods Country Club.

This stunning facility is equipped to host everything from ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and much more! If you can envision it, Duck Woods Country Club staff can create it.

We encourage you to stop by their booth, #41 and #42 in First Flight Middle School, and talk with their team about the benefits of a beautiful Country Club wedding in traditional Outer Banks style.



Wedding Weekend Tour Stops

We know how important it is for brides to visit venues and get a feel for the space; to envision their wedding day in that location. We also know how important the catering component is to a wedding reception. While our Wedding Expo is loaded with information as well as taste testings and interaction with nearly 300 Outer Banks Wedding Association vendors, we created the Wedding Tour to give brides a more in-depth look at the locations available to them on the Outer Banks, as well as those who serve the delicious cuisine so many couples rave about for years after their wedding.

We encourage you to meet with vendors at the Expo and then swing by their location and step inside for an idea of what it will feel like on your wedding day. Here is a list of current Wedding Tour stops; however, the list grows weekly so be sure to check back and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for a current list. Visit us here to purchase your Wedding Weekend & Expo tickets.

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Wedding Tour Stops

Vendor: 108 Budleigh

Secondary Vendor: Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar (Sat night only)

Offering: Venue available to tour

Tour Time: Day and Night Tour

 

Vendor: Argyles Events & Catering

Tour Time: Night Tour Only

 

Vendor: Avenue ~ Grille and Events

Offering Food and wine tasting

Tour Time: Day and Night Tour

 

Vendor: Chilli Peppers Catering

Offering: Will have variety of food prepared for tastings

Tour Times: Day and Night Tour 

 

Vendor: Coastal Provisions Market

Tour Time: Day Tour Only

 

Vendor: Cypress House Inn

Tour Time: Day and Night Tour

 

Vendor: Days Inn & Suites Mariner

Offering: Suites available to view

Tour Time: Day Tour Only

 

Vendor: Days Inn Oceanfront – Wright Brothers

Offering: Suites available to view

Tour Times: Day Tour Only

 

Vendor: First Colony Inn

Offering: Rooms to tour, refreshments provided

Tour Time: Day Tour Only

 

Vendor: Fishbone’s Sunset Grill

Tour Time: Day Tour Only

 

Venue: Hilton Garden Inn

Tour Time: Day Tour Only

 

Vendor: It’s Royalty Salon Spa & Nails

Tour Time: Day Tour Only

 

Vendor: Jeanette’s Pier

Tour Time: Day Tour Only

 

Vendor: Mulligan’s Bar & Grille

Offering: Wine and cheese on covered deck/light hors d’oeuvres/live music

Tour Time: Day and Night Tour

 

Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar

Offering: Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided – The Proper Setting as sec. vendor

Tour Time: Day Tour Only

 

Vendor: Our Lady of the Seas Church

Tour Time: Day Tour Only

 

Vendor: Outer Banks Inn

Offering: Rooms to tour

 

Vendor: Ramada Plaza

Offering: Tour of ballroom and sleeping rooms

 

Vendor: Sanctuary Vineyards

Offering: Winery as venue, fully decorated

Tour Time: Day and Night Tour

 

Vendor: Sea Ranch Resort

Tour Time: Day and Night Tour

 

Vendor: Seaside Vacations – The Drake at Founder’s Ridge

Tour Time: Day and Night Tour

 

Vendor: Shutters on the Banks Hotel

Tour Time: Day Tour Only

 

Vendor: Stripers Bar & Grille

Tour Time: Day and Night Tour

 

Vendor: The 4 Capes Wedding Houses – Cape Ann

Tour Time: Day Tour Only

 

Vendor: The Tranquil House Inn

Tour Times: Day Tour Only

 

Vendor: The Good Life Gourmet

Secondary Vendor: Kim Kalman Music

Tour Time: Day Tour Only

 

Vendor: Trio Wine, Beer, Cheese

Offering: Tour of mezzanine

 

Vendor: Twiddy & Company Realtors

Offering: Tour Pine Island Home

Tour Time: Saturday Day Tour Only

 

Vendor: Village Beach Club

Tour Time: Day and Night Tour

 

Vendor: Village Realty

Offering: Event Homes to tour – Kill Devil Hills and Corolla

Tour Time: Night Tour Only

 

Vendor: Wild Horse House – transportation offered

Secondary Vendors: Bells & Whistles, Ocean Atlantic Event Rentals, The Proper Setting, Red Sky Cafe, Beer Garden, Just Desserts

Tour Time: Day and Night Tour

 

Stay tuned for more vendors…



Expo Details: Wristband Discounts & Deals

The Outer Banks Wedding Weekend & Expo is just around the corner and many of our Outer Banks Wedding Association vendors are eager to give brides discounts throughout the weekend! From local eateries to boutique hotels, we encourage you to take advantage of the numerous offers available from our vendors. 

To receive these discounts you simply need to purchase your Wedding Weekend & Expo ticket here for just $20! Upon checking in at our OBWA Welcome Center, you will receive a wristband that you will entitle you to each of our event offerings and discounts. Not able to pre-register? No problem! You can purchase your ticket at the Expo for $25 and still take advantage of all the available discounts.

These lists and offerings will be updated regularly, so be sure to follow us here, and on Facebook and Twitter, for the most current deals!

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Where to Sleep:

 

Days Inn Oceanfront

Discount: 15% off, 2 nights free noon checkout

Deal: Complimentary hot breakfast

 

Days Inn & Suites Mariner

Discount: 15% off, 2 nights free noon checkout

Deal: Complimentary hot breakfast

*afternoons daily – popcorn, hot apple cider, cookies

 

The Tranquil House Inn

Discount: 10% off nightly rate 

 

Sea Ranch Resort

Discount Rate: Oceanfront $59, Oceanside $49, Oceanfront 2 bedroom $99 (quad occupancy)

 

Shutters on the Banks Hotel

Discount Rate: Oceanfront $79

 

Ramada Plaza

Discount Rate: Ocean View $69, Dune View $59, Street View $49 – pet friendly!

Deal: Complimentary app at Peppercorn’s

 

Outer Banks Inn

Discount: 20% off nightly room rate

 

Nags Head Inn

Discount: 15% off nightly room rate

 

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Where to Eat:

 

Currituck Barbecue Company

Deal: Free drink with purchase of platter

 

Black Pelican Catering

Discount: 10% off

 

Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar

Discount: 20% off entrées and desserts

 

Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grille

Discount: 10% off food (excluding alcohol)

 

The Good Life Gourmet

Discount: 20% off breakfast, served ‘til 1pm daily (excludes beverages and alcohol)

 

Stripers Bar and Grille

Deal: Free appetizer sampler (6-9pm)

 

Argyles Events & Catering

Discount: ½ price entrées and drink

 

Trio Wine, Beer, Cheese

Deal: $5 wine station credit  

 

Nags Head Golf Links – Player’s Grille

Discount: 10% off food

 

Currituck Club – Bunker’s Grille

Discount: 10% off food

 

 Stay tuned for additional discounts!





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