Photos by:

Sawyer Baird

Today’s wedding is light, airy, and romantic — everything the newlyweds wanted, and everything a beach wedding should be. Sawyer Baird captured the entire day on film photography, a day full of inspiring floral design from Tildy Designs and expert coordination by Bridal by the Sea. Keep an eye out at the end for special sunset wedding portraits in a gold reception gown, because we’re pretty sure it doesn’t get any better than something that beautiful!

romantic North Carolina beach wedding - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

From the bride, Jessica: Austin and I would have been happy to be married at the court house so we really wanted to focus on simplicity and romance. We had a gorgeous venue to get married at so luckily it didn’t really need a lot of decorating… plus we had an ocean view and it really doesn’t get much better than that! I had some close friends who I have known for a long time and where directly involved with making the day extra special — the ceremony painter, dress designer, ceremony vocalist — which was amazing! We aimed for Light, Airy and Romantic with personal touches and a Southern food theme.

wedding rings - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

painted wedding invitations - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

groom boutonnieres - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

spring bouquet - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding
Bouquet recipe: A beautiful gathering of white roses, ivory roses, white lisianthus, light pink heather, white wax, light pink wax flowers, dusty miller, blush pink spray roses and gunni euk greenery. Ivory ribbon wrap with pearl pin closure.

wedding dress detail - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

wedding ceremony arch - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

wedding portraits - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

cute wedding portrait - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

I am a painter and a photographer by trade so the color palette was pretty hard for me — I knew the colors could easily get carried away because I don’t really have any one favorite. I would just have them all if I could! I tried to start with a pretty neutral color palette with blush and gold — I ended up with added hits of darker magenta added and splashes of green from the greenery. I hand painted some signs for the dessert table and for the menu. I also made gifts for the women (some coworkers of mine threw a breakfast earlier that day with about 25 ladies). They got simple tie string infinity knot bracelets with a little card that had an illustration of Austin and I on it. I also made the Thank You cards at the place settings. Also – my Mother made the ring bearer pillow from her own veil from when she got married.

hot pink wedding reception - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

wedding reception - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

romantic North Carolina beach wedding - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

hot pink and gold wedding - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

babys breath reception - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

dessert cupcakes - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

romantic North Carolina beach wedding - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My best advice for a couple currently planning a wedding would be that something will inevitably go wrong — and when it does, the most important thing to remember is that this day belongs to you and your significant other so take time to soak it all in and enjoy it. I was so excited to marry Austin that I wanted to run right down the isle to him. Throughout the day when Id notice something that wasn’t quite right Id just look over at him and remember that this was the first day of our forever — it was only going to happen once and little things like napkin colors and too much wind wasn’t what was important… The most important thing was who I was leaving with and how much we love each other.

romantic North Carolina beach wedding - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

beach wedding portrait - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

beach wedding portraits - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

romantic North Carolina beach wedding - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

beach wedding portrait - photo by Sawyer Baird https://ruffledblog.com/romantic-north-carolina-beach-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “How Long Will I Love You,” Ellie Goulding
Recessional: “Don’t Stop Believing,” The Vitamin String Quartet
First Dance: “Angel/Better Together,” Jack Johnson
Reception Entrance: “The Price is Right” theme

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Sawyer Baird

Florist

Tildy Designs

Wedding Day Coordination

Bridal by the Sea

Venue

The Celebration Cottage

Wedding Dress

Elizabeth Alberti

Gold Reception Gown

Rene Ruiz

Wedding Shoes

Betsey Johnson

Hair

Claudia Verduzco Artistry

Makeup

Christa Lupton

Bridesmaid Dresses

BHLDN "Annabelle"

Groom's Attire

Ralph Lauren

Flower Girl Dresses

Fatty Pie

Ring Bearer Shirt and Shorts

J.Crew

Catering

The Island Grille

DJ

DJ Professionals

Ceremony Painter

Brooke Lupton of Salty Girl Designs

Wedding Cake

The Beach Bakery

Ring Bearer Tie and Suspenders

Becka and Jules

Wedding Invitations Printing Shop

Cat Print

Videography

Twenty One Films

2 comments
  • Yanita|Beach Wedding Tips

    Amazing photos! Thank you for sharing them!

  • Jules Bridal Jewellery

    Bride looks marvellous, them shoes are just divine.