Real NC Wedding : Suzanne & Brad by A Modern Beach Inspired Real Wedding at The Currituck Club
We were so excited to see this modern beach inspired wedding in our inbox! While there is something to be said about the “traditional” beach wedding with seashells, sand, and burlap, we love the way that this bride made the theme her own by using modern and contemporary coral as the inspiration for her wedding day decor. The theme was cohesive and elegant, with chic additions of blush and mercury glass. Read on for the happy couple’s adorable wedding story, learn about how they planned their wedding, and see the bride’s gorgeous gown from Traditions by Anna Bridal Boutique! Congratulations Suzanne + Brad!
Tell us about your love story:
Brad and I met online! I owe it all to my wonderful mom! She actually found him! We were watching The Bachelorette and my mom asked me how match.com was going, I told her I have given up. She offered to look for me and I thought well I have nothing to lose. The next day, she handed me 4 profiles. Brad was the last one and when I saw his eyes, I knew! I “winked” him, and the next day Brad emailed me! We set up our first date to be at Bella Monica in Raleigh, NC.
I walked up to him in front of the restaurant, he gave me a hug and we sat at the bar while we waited for our table. We were both extremely nervous, but I was so relieved how handsome he was! He had a great smile and my heart finally calmed down. We sat for dinner and talked the entire time! It was the best date I have ever had, and Brad felt the same! We closed the restaurant down and Bella Monica remained open as long as we wanted! It started to drizzle when Brad walked me to my car, and he gave me the lightest kiss I have ever had! I distinctly remember showing him my license plate that has the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. I didn’t know at the time but the lighthouse became a significant symbol in our relationship.
How did you and your fiancé get engaged?:
I couldn’t have dreamed up a more romantic proposal! Brad wanted to visit the Cape Lookout lighthouse for labor day weekend. I painted him a picture (Wine and Design)for his birthday back in November 2012 and was so excited when I gave it to him, I said “Look, I painted Cape Hatteras for you!” well turns out it was Cape Lookout. Oops…
Saturday August, 31st we drove to Cape Lookout from Raleigh, NC. Brad made reservations for the Yokel Local Ferry to take us to the island at Cape Lookout National Seashore. It was a small boat, it reminded me of little boat at his families camp in the Adirondacks. It was only a 20 minute ferry ride, but it was absolutely beautiful! We drove past the Shackelford Banks which is known for their wild horses. Groups of them were crossing from one small island to another, I loved it!
We arrived at Cape Lookout and it was gorgeous! I remember telling Brad as we were walking up that I liked this lighthouse more than I did Cape Hatteras. Brad said he felt the same. We got our tickets, met the park ranger and climbed the 216 step lighthouse! The views were breathtaking! I had to catch my breath, and we walked around taking pictures. Brad told me to come over to the ocean side, he hugged me and said we finally made it here together at this lighthouse. We have waited a long time to find one another, and as he went down on one knee. He said this is why I brought you up here today…he pulled a ring out and well everything else was a complete blur! It was the most joyous moment I have ever experienced. I just broke down in tears I was so happy! It finally happened to me, and to us!
Brad proposed on the 31st, which is 13 switched around. The number 13 is a very special number in the Tudman family. Many special events took place on the 13th and it is also Brad’s birthday.
Another coincidence, my diamond was cut on November 13th, 2012…On Brad’s birthday!
Tell us a little about your wedding planning experience – How did you choose your venue/theme/vendors?
Right after Brad proposed my parents met us in Beaufort a few days later. We knew we wanted to get married at the beach and the Outer Banks was the perfect choice! We chose The Currituck Club in Corolla; we fell in love with the venue and the ceremony site on the sound. We only looked at a few places and The Currituck Club had the elegance and romance, it truly was the perfect vision I had for our wedding day. We chose Corolla because it was the one part of the Outer Banks we never visited together and from our wedding day on it will be always is our special place.
I wanted an elegant beach wedding, not the typical burlap or navy/white theme that seems to be the current trend in OBX. I have always loved beach coral on stationary, home décor etc. My matron honor and I designed our save the dates and I found a painting of coral for my inspiration. I knew I would subtly place hints of coral in my wedding without having the predictable starfish/shell décor theme. My wedding gown was inspired by Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn so I decided to follow that path with a vintage flare of crystal and mercury glass accents as well.
Since living in Raleigh, planning for a wedding almost 4 hours away can be daunting. My mother and I did absolutely everything in the planning process. I found OBX vendors on the Outer Banks Wedding Association website, and studied their work. Once I narrowed down my choices, I planned a trip and met all the vendors in one day. There are so many choices when planning for your wedding, the best advice I received was to go with your initial choice and don’t over think it. I followed this through every decision and all my vendors exceeded my expectations!
What were your wedding colors and did you have a theme? How did you make this event personal?
Being an artist by trade, I pay very close attention to detail. It’s the details that add personality and makes your work stand out from the rest. I had the same thought process on planning my wedding.
I’ve always gravitated towards pink and peaches which made my color choice simple. I found a beautiful sunset painting which was my inspiration for colors. Blush pink, coral and steel. I consider my theme Sunset Beach Elegance with a hint of vintage!
Brad and I are very sentimental when we thought about what was personal and special to us for our wedding day. Brad’s mother passed away a few years ago, and I wanted something tangible to represent her. I found on Etsy beautiful handmade ring bowls from a woman in Winston-Salem, NC. When Brad and I see a butterfly when we travel, we always say it’s his momma. I had a butterfly ring bowl made with our initials and wedding date. At the ceremony Brad’s 94 year old grandmother was our ring bearer and presented the rings. It was such a special moment in our family that we will always cherish.
Did you use Weddings-Magazine to help with your planning and vender selection?
This was actually the first magazine my mother gave me! We always looked in the window at Traditions, and I noticed in one of your issues you had a whole section dedicated to Traditions Gowns.
I also visited regularly to browse real weddings for ideas and the events page.
A Modern Beach Inspired Wedding at The Currituck Club
Love the Look:
Menswear: Mens Wearhouse
Bridesmaids Dresses: Lula Kate by Bella Bridesmaids
Florist: Renee Landry Design
Cake: Great Cakes!
Photographer: Coleman Shots/Rich Coleman
Stationery: Charlotte’s of Cameron Village
Reception: The Currituck Cub
Caterer: The Currituck Club
Rehearsal Dinner Location: The Sanderling Resort
Entertainment: John Harper (Reception) Jessie Donnelly (Ceremony)
Day of Wedding Coordinator: Ashley Earnhardt & Taylor Jenkins of The Currituck Club
Rentals: Renee Landry Style
Transportation: Carolina Carriages
Hair + Makeup: Tana’s Hair Designs