Real NC Wedding : An Elegant Real NC Outer Banks Wedding at The Sanderling
When the bride was asked to use three words to describe her beautiful NC Outer Banks Wedding, she use the words elegant, whimsical and inviting. Judging from the images by Mary Basnight Photography, it’s safe to say that she hit the nail on the proverbial head. We had such a hard time selecting the photos we wanted to feature, so excuse us for this image heavy post! From the bride’s gorgeous Lazaro gown to the signature cocktails, we just can’t get enough of this wedding at The Sanderling.
Weddings are an inherently special occasion, with emotions running at an all time high. For Sanaa and Gary, however, their union carried heavy hearts after the passing of Sanaa’s mother last year. With her passing, the couple gained guardianship of Sanaa’s sister, who is autistic and non-verbal. While their lives have changed drastically over the past year, with more than their fair share of struggles, Sanaa says that their relationship is stronger than ever and they wouldn’t have it any other way. In honor of the bride’s mother, the couple held a butterfly release during their ceremony. Also incredibly unexpected and markedly beautiful, the strong beach breezes lifted Sanaa’s veil right off of her head during the outdoor ceremony. While some would consider this a wedding day inconvenience, we though it was remarkably gorgeous and made for some incredible photos.
Samaa, who is originally from Saudi Arabia, says that another struggle was gaining acceptance from her traditional family that she was going to marry Gary, an American man. However, she says that they soon realized how kind, genuine and loving he was. Because of her heritage, the couple chose to use Saudi Arabian traditions and cultural elements in their ceremony and reception.
The couple chose to have their NC destination wedding at the Sanderling Resort Event Lawn and Pavilion in Duck, and both were beautifully transformed for their special day. The Sanderling resort also has more than five other locations for events, and is the perfect place for a North Carolina Outer Banks destination resort wedding. Darling floral pom-poms in the ceremony and glamorous lighting in the reception were just a few of our favorite details, but there were countless more including the signature cocktails, special elements honoring Samaa’s mother and heritage, and even kid-friendly goody bags to keep the little ones occupied during the festivities. With so much warmth and elegance, we certainly hope you enjoy this unique NC Outer Banks wedding as much as we did. Congratulations to Samaa & Gary!