Donuts and Greenery on a Warm Summer Day

Kari + Trevor | Jun 2, 2018

Gold, emerald green and deep maroon waterfront summer wedding at Vista Creek at the Outer Banks in North Carolina

Trevor spotted Kari years ago while standing on the field playing in his high school team’s baseball game. Afterward, he reached out to her through a mutual friend and they’ve been together ever since.

When it came time to propose, Trevor knew the upcoming trip they had planned with his family to Myrtle Beach would be the perfect time. They were on the beach at sunset when he popped the question.

It was only fitting that when it came time for them to plan the wedding they planned it for the beach, as well. The summer wedding was set in the Outer Banks in North Carolina and was nothing short of perfect. But when the bride is a wedding and event planner herself, we wouldn’t expect anything else!

This eucalyptus filled, marsh front ceremony, jeweled toned and gold accented wedding is what summer wedding dreams are made of. Even when her wedding dress broke the week before her wedding, Kari didn’t let that stop her from having the best day ever.

“My original dress broke a week before the wedding, so it was a miracle when I found my dress and fell in love with it even more then my other one,” the bride said.

We don’t know what the original dress looked like, but it seemed like the one Kari wore was the one she was always meant to wear. It was a stunning V-neck embellished thin strap, chiffon gown. As gorgeous as the dress was, it was really the shoes – well, the handwritten note on the sole of the shoe – that brought a tear to our eye. Trevor had written his future wife a note on the sole of one of her wedding day shoes and it was so sweet.

Kari wore her hair down in curls and spiced up her look with a bold dark lip. She carried a bouquet of straight eucalyptus – her favorite – and wore a matching eucalyptus hair crown. 

Her groom went with a more casual look in chinos, a white dress shirt and leather suspenders. He wore an emerald green bow tie to liven the look. All the groomsmen matched Trevor and the emerald green bow tie matched the bridesmaid’s look.

The bridesmaids each wore a different dress in a different shade of emerald green. They each carried a bouquet of baby’s breath that was tied off with a deep maroon ribbon and wore a eucalyptus hair crown that matched the bride’s. 

It all came together for a perfect summer waterside, garden-esque wedding style. 

As Kari walked down the boardwalk toward her guests and down the aisle the sun shined through the warm sky and lit her and her father up. Once they made their way down the aisle, they were greeted by Trevor who was waiting to make Kari his wife.  

“My favorite moment was when I finally got to the end of the aisle and saw my groom and he mouthed ‘I love you,’” said the bride.

The sentimental ceremony was full of personal touches from the handwritten vows the couple exchanged to the reading from the groomsmen. Once the ceremony was over and the new Mr. and Mrs. were announced, guests headed inside to the ballroom to enjoy dinner and dancing.

Guests were welcomed by a globe guest book that sat on top of the cutest white vintage credenza. Next to the guest book was a sign announcing the sparkler send off so guests knew to stick around at the end of the night. There were gold frames full of engagement photos of the couple and gold votives the cocktail tables and accent tables to decorate the room.

The room was bright and airy with hardwood floors, several beaded crystal chandeliers and lots of windows. Guest table rounds were set with gold Chiavari chairs and floor length crisp white linens. 

But, the one thing we can’t look away from is that donut bar! There was a peg wall holding dozens of donuts that the bride and groom made themselves. On the table were some platters and towers full of more donuts, and in the center of it all was a single donut cake. The whole table was covered with more eucalyptus and lots of gold accents, like the “happily ever after” sign and the cake cutting set. 

The donuts were enjoyed, there was lots of dancing and even a round of the shoe game. In the end, guests grabbed their bag of popcorn and headed outside for the sparkler send off.

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!


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