This Bald Head Island wedding is beachside bliss [Kerrie & Scott]

KERRIE WARD & SCOTT QUEEN
Photography: E. Henigan Studios 

Kerrie, 30, and Scott, 34, were married in a beautiful beachside ceremony June 4 that was big on romance and delicate details. Kerrie and Scott, who hails from Chattanooga, Tenn. decided to be married on the site of one of their first dates: Bald Head Island—two ferry rides off the coast of Wilmington, Kerrie’s hometown.

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In Kerrie’s words:
In that first year we had made a pack to have an adventure whenever possible, and this adventure-date to Bald Head Island has always remained one of my favorites. With a backpack stuffed with wine, snacks, and our big Olympus camera we walked the 14 miles of shores. Along the way we stopped along the beach in front of Captain Charlie’s one of the first houses to be built on the island and home to the first lighthouse keeper. We had a picnic, laid in the sand, talked of life’s mysteries, and shared our firstI love you’s. It was on this beach that we said our vows.

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Kerrie was at a local bar, hanging out with a guy named Dylan, who she says was sweet but not her type. Kerrie’s best friend was acting as a wing-woman. Dylan wanted to distract the “third wheel,” so he asked his buddy to stop by. Enter: Scott. From there, the night didn’t go as Dylan had planned. The attraction between Scott and Kerrie was instantaneous. “It was as if nothing but a smile were possible,” Kerrie says.
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Destination wedding Bald Head Island Carolina BrideKerrie’s advice for brides:
Having an awesome photographer is so important. Also, we wish—oh, we wish so much—that we’d had a wedding planner or a wedding consultant. There is no such thing as a small wedding, unless it’s just you two and a courthouse, and it’s impossible to do things yourself when it’s your day; you’ll be more busy than you realize.
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Don’t look back. Don’t look forward. For at least once in your life, be only in the moment.   
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Destination wedding Bald Head Island Carolina BrideKerrie, on the reception venue:
While we loved Captain Charlie’s, the home isn’t big enough to cut a rug! We ended up having the reception under a tent by the port of Bald Head Island, with the intracoastal waterway on one side and the ocean on the other. My favorite part was the countless purple, yellow, blue and white wildflowers that covered the entrances into the tent.

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Destination wedding Bald Head Island Carolina BrideBest part of the wedding day:
The end of the reception during the last song, Kerrie says. “Everyone was singing, and Scott was having so much fun—his tie undone and his face sunburned. It really felt like the the perfect ending to our day.” Destination wedding Bald Head Island Carolina Bride Destination wedding Bald Head Island Carolina Bride

The newlyweds honeymooned at Secrets resort in Cozumel, Mexico, where they went ocean scuba diving and enjoyed endless margaritas and poolside service. They now live in Washington D.C., where Kerrie is an operations manager for a public relations and communications firm, and Scott is a software developer.

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CEREMONY VENUE: The beach in front of Captain Charlie’s || RECEPTION VENUE: Under a tent at Mojo’s on the Harbor, by the port of Bald Head Island || CATERER: Mojo’s on the Harbor / CAKE: Strawberry shortcake (Scott’s favorite) from Mojo’s on the Harbor || FLOWERS, HAIRPIECE: Wild by Nature in Southport, N.C. || HAIRSTYLIST Danielle Perdue || MAKEUP ARTIST: bridesmaid Christa Calaban || GOWN Anthropologie || GOWN DESIGNER: BHLDN || BRIDE’S SHOES: none for ceremony; borrowed from a friend for reception (“I’d forgotten to get shoes!” Kerrie says.) / BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Varied. / GROOMSMEN CLOTHING: Tailored Ralph Lauren pants from Belk with a vest and vintage ties. / INVITATIONS, STATIONERY: Minted / MUSIC: Beach DJ Rock from Coastal Carolina Productions / RENTAL PROVIDERS: Jim Daughter, Mojo’s on the Harbor / TRANSPORTATION: Golf cart. No cars are allowed on Bald Head Island. / ENGAGEMENT RINGS, WEDDING RINGS: Jared / OFFICIANT: Mike Medders, Scott’s stepfather / REHEARSAL DINNER: MoJo’s on the Harbor / WEDDING NIGHT HOTEL: Captain Charlie’s House / BRIDAL REGISTRY: Crate & Barrel, Target / TRAVEL AGENT: In-laws arranged honeymoon

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