A Beach Wedding

As a young girl and teenager, I spent many evenings and all through the night, at the ocean, surf fishing with my father. Sitting in our old lawn chairs at the water's edge, there wasn't much talking but the unspoken words were loud and clear. Most of the sounds in the still of the night came from the crashing surf, the distant laughter of children as they chased ghost crabs or the quiet murmur of couples strolling past, while we quietly waited for the quick tug of a croaker or spot. Such cherished memories I treasure for always. So imagine my utter delight when we received an invitation in the mail for a beach wedding at Jennette's Pier at Nags Head.  The very same pier of a thousand fond memories.  My nephew and his darling wife-to-be chose to say their " I do's" surf side. 

Jennette's Pier was the oldest pier at the Outer Banks, in the historic district of Nags Head, and built in 1939.  It was 754 feet long.  Many many fisher people (including me) have cast their lines from this great pier for over 60 years.  Battered and bruised by many Nor'easters and hurricanes, it was repaired numerous times but the great Isabel of 2003, finally did the old pier in and practically demolished an institution.  70 years later, after a rethink of the pier concept, there was a "sand breaking" if you will, of a new site for the, not only fishing, but educational concrete pier.  Now, not only a favorite fishing spot, it has instructional and educational classrooms, a snack bar, exhibits of all kinds and the most gorgeous top floor private room for grand functions. With it's panoramic majestic views, soaring cathedral ceilings, and fireplace, it's a spectacular backdrop for weddings.

 So without further chit chat from me... (okay...maybe a little commentary :)...let's see some pictures of the wedding day!

 With the recent hurricanes, the weather was watched constantly but the day dawned bright and beautiful.   This sunrise view was from our home away from home for a few days.

 Cocktail hour before the ceremony began.  Lots of beachy colorful sundresses were worn,..... khakis, polos and white linen shirts.

 Entrance to the reception site.

 People just walking the ocean pier and fishing people stopped to enjoy the ceremony.

 Love this!......rose petals on the sand......looking almost like pink sea shells

Mom and Grand Mom

 the beautiful bride and her Dad

 the Best Man.....loved the 70's style vest and did you notice the boutonniere?  Made from hen and chicks succulents and a calla lily.  The succulents are so popular right now but never dreamed they could be incorporated into this!  Fabulous!

 my brother.......the marrying man.......his personal words were so sweet and meaningful.  You did good Johnny!   xoxoxo

the bridesmaids.....  look at their dresses.....so beachy and flowing and they were barefoot (as were a lot of us) and they wore sunglasses to match their dresses.....what fun!

She and He

 pronounced Man and Wife

 oops........now how did this photo get in here?  :)    actually the pier was the site of a surfing contest in preparation for the Eastern Championships later this month. That weekend the tropical storm had created some great waves.  The riders were out in droves.  This guy was practicing right out in front of the ceremony and my camera just happened to swing his way.....ahem.   :)
 I claimed this seat for a while during the reception.......don't you love the view?

  Sis, me, and Sis........

 the wedding party reception table......gorgeous isn't it?

happy Mom (my sis-in-law) and the groom.  He is a musician based out of Colorado and plays all over the United States......wonderful music.

Amazing cake!!!...........the colors of the ocean 

 there was lots of pre parties and after too.   I am sure a lot of you have seen this done but I hadn't.  Love the idea......flavored ice pops in white wine......delicious and refreshing on a hot day and so pretty for a party.  They were served at the bridal luncheon.

 My biggest fan and I on a last walk at the beach before returning home.  
J & DL...... I love you and wish you a life time of nothing but fun beach memories, happiness and joy.  xoxoxo  Aunt Lynn
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Junkchiccottage said...

OMG!!!! What a lovely wedding. How romantic and different. Love it. I love when people can be really relaxed and wear casual clothes and literally kick their shoes off!!!!! Looks like a very nice evening for all of you. Pictures are beautiful.

Unknown said...

R U kidding? WOW!!! this is a beautiful wedding and I am in love with all your pictures..What a wonderful start to life as a happy married couple..Blessing for a long life together. Thnaks for sharing this Lynn, I sure enjoyed it..

Unknown said...

What a lovely setting and a beautiful wedding!

Designs on 47th Street said...

Wow! There is so much to love about this post! Everything was just so fun and casual in an elegant way. Love the bridesmaids' dresses and that bout!YES! That is fun how they did the hen and chicks with a calla. I have not seen the popcicles in the wine glass. I really enjoyed seeing this Nags Head beach wedding. I felt like I was there!
xxoo Donna

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

SO many things to love about this -- all of the personalization really made it spectacular I'm sure! Have not heard of the ice pops in the drinks -- simply wonderful! It's silly but I really love that first pic with the laundry drying on the line . . . beautiful!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

It looks not only lovely but fun ... I know you had a wonderful time. LOVE the photos (())

Blondie's Journal said...

How romantic and fun! It makes me want to get married again (to the same guy!!). I know being on that beach brought back such good memories for you, and it's a beautiful setting for a wedding! I also loved the pictures from the bridal luncheon..the ice pops in the wine is such a clever idea, I may have to try it!

Your family is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this!


NanaDiana said...

Lynn- What a beautiful, beautiful wedding. She is just a gorgeous bride and they make a wonderful looking couple. I love the whole casual atmosphere of it- relaxed, fun and a memory made that will never fade. Glorious!!!! xo Diana

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

The wedding looked both lovely and fun -- and that's a rare combo! (also lol on your surfer dude!)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh Lynn we love weddings, that looked like a ton of fun, so glad the hurricane passed by, but they look like the kind of couple that would have made the best of it anyway!


SImple and Serene Living said...

I have spent time at this pier, too. My friend owns a home right by it. Absolutely a beautiful spot for a wedding :)

Anne said...

What a beautiful wedding! What a picture perfect day too!

Cindy said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the cake!

Birgit said...


What a wonderful wedding -- thanks for sharing the photos! Good luck to the bride and groom!!! :)

Thanks for leaving sweet comments on my blog a while ago -- so very much appreciated.


How lovely to see you post again! Re-runs are perfectly okay -- they are new to me anyway. Hah! :)

I hope it's a bit cooler in your part of the world now. We have a hot summer day -- one of the last ones, so I really enjoy it.

Of course, I would love to welcome you back to my blog. Currently, I even have two giveaways -- details are on the left sidebar of my blog.

Sunny greetings from Munich,

Princess Kate said...

Such a perfect day. Thanks for taking me along.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

What a beautiful, casual but elegant wedding. Handsome couple too. Looks like it was ALOT of fun. Thanks for sharing the pictures. XO, Pinky

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh what a fabulous spot and a fabulous wedding. Everything was so pretty and the beach was spectacular. Great memories and fun times with family. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Patty said...

I just loved seeing your wedding pictures. Lovely post. Is the group called The Congress? I am listening to the music - like it!

Kat said...

Thank you for sharing your perspective of this very special day as only you could. Thank you for being such a blessing to all those who know and love you.


OMG!! What an amazing wedding and so much fun! I can see everyone is so happy and thrilled! Congrats and thank you so much for sharing. My daughter says she'd love a beach wedding, so here is fabulous inspiration.

Babs said...

Fabulous wedding and so romantic. Love the bridesmaids dresses and that everyone was wearing "shades". Thanks for sharing this special time for your family.

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

What a happy relaxed wedding thats the way it should be not worrying about every little detail being perfect. I adore the bridesmaid dresses they are so fun and feminine and of course the bride looks beautiful too :)

Artsy VaVa said...

What a beautiful wedding! And the surfer...I mean scenery wasn't too bad either.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

What a beautiful fun wedding. Love it!

Beverly said...

Oh, Lynn. This is wonderful. Beautiful wedding filled with lots of love and good times. Thank you for sharing this with us.

The roses petals do look like shells.♥

And, the hunk on the beach that your camera just happened to catch is looking good, too.

Happy Pink Saturday, my friend.

the cape on the corner said...

what a wonderful and relaxed wedding! love the bridesmaid dresses and the succulents. fabulous!

Debby said...

Beautiful wedding. I love when they were prononced bride and groom.

Rebecca said...

What gorgeous pictures! Thanks for sharing!


Heaven's Walk said...

Lynn...I don't think a wedding could ever be more sweet, naturally beautiful, and meaningful than at the ocean. I adore the bridesmaid's dresses! And that cake is one of a kind! Love it all! Thanks so much for sharing your special day with us!

xoxo laurie

lvroftiques said...

Oh wow Lynn! That would be my dream wedding from start to finish! So beautiful, and yet comfortable at the same time...And I want one of those bridesmaid dresses! So perfect for a fashionable day at the beach. *winks* Thank you so much for stopping by my place girlfriend! It was wonderful to hear from you! ((HUGS)) from the dizzy dame...Vanna

Katherines Corner said...

Wow, how wonderful. The perfect place to celebrate love and to make happy memories! Thank you for sharing. Hugs!

Unknown said...

This is one of the most warm, elegant, relaxed weddings I've ever seen. The scenery is magnificent & awww so romantic.
Have a lovely weekend ~

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a fabulous spot for a wedding! The beach is my favourite place to be so I would have really enjoyed this! Magnificent scenery and photos. Thanks for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday!


Jen said...

Oh MY! What a gorgeous wedding! The setting or the weather couldn't have been more picture perfect. I know the memories made this day will last a lifetime.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Now that is the way to get married! If I had to do all over again I would want a wonderful warm and relaxed wedding on the beach.
Everything was done so beautifully!
HPS! ♥ Jil

Ann said...

I think that is the most elegant beach wedding pictures I've ever seen!! What a gorgeous bride and groom, they look SO happy. I love the bridesmaids sundresses too. I too love the cake, Is that cake balls all around? I know how much this location must have meant to you.

Unknown said...

What fun! And what a gorgeous couple. LOVED the cute cake. We had a beach wedding in our family once, many moons ago. Did the bride go wading in the water in her dress like our bride did? Made for some great photos and actually cleaned up wonderfully (I was a bit worried at the time, I admit)? And ours had rose petals too - definitely gorgeous on the sand. So much fun and such lovely family memories for a lifetime. Blessings!

Lorraine said...

What a gorgeous wedding! I love all their choices, the cake is so pretty!! Love the bridesmaid's dresses! Everyone looks so beachy-elegant! Best wishes to the bride and groom! Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! It’s great to be back and enjoy your posts!!
Wow! What a party!! Exactly what I've been needing for a long while... ;)

Blogtrotter Two is now in Dominica. Enjoy the rain and have a great week!

Sarah said...

Lynn, this is a beautiful setting for a wedding. Love all the details. I'm going to share them with a friend who has a party/wedding floral business. ~ Sarah

{oc cottage} said...

love this!!!

m ^..^

Desire Empire said...

What lovely post. A casual relaxed wedding is the best kind. Love the ice blocks in the wine.

I loved the bit about your dad too. Sounds like you were very loved there.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Awww... it was so beautiful Lynn. Thanks for sharing on Shabbilicious Friday.

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