Summer Weddings

As newlyweds, Noah & I understand how stressful it can be to plan a wedding. We were the typical engaged couple who had a small budget and an ever-growing guest list. We started with a list of ideas and lofty aspirations about what our wedding would look like. But, it didn’t take long for us to realize it would be impossible to include everyone we knew in a grand-scale event. Even with our fun-loving do-it-yourself attitudes, we knew we would be faced with a lot of difficult choices. In the end, we reconsidered the idea of a big reception, and ended up with what proved to be our dream wedding – we eloped in our own neighborhood. Only seven people were in the wedding party, and that included us, the officiant, the witnesses and the photographer. We had a simple breakfast reception at our favorite brunch restaurant. The day was perfect from beginning to end, and we didn’t break the bank doing it. Since then, we’ve become regular spokespeople for elopement; pitching it to pretty much anyone who is considering getting married!

A few days ago, we hosted the second wedding this summer at the Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast. The Bride & Groom are a charming and delightful couple, and they could not have been happier with their special day! Noah & I partnered with local, trusted vendors to share the best of Carolina Beach’s wedding services. The ceremony was performed on the beach by Reverend Penelope Morningstar, a local officiant who specializes in beach weddings, and who has married thousands of couples since 1994. Island Cakery baked the vanilla buttercream beach-themed wedding cake – decorated with white chocolate seashells and brown sugar “sand”. The bride carried a tropical bouquet arranged by Marshall Gardens. We found the sandcastle cake topper at Checkered Church, a specialty gift shop. George Fryer, a local photographer, captured the beach wedding and the cake cutting back at the Inn.

At the reception, the bride took a moment in front of her guests to thank the Beacon House. Kisiah said, “Thank you guys for everything! You guys told me not to worry – that I was in good hands, and it was so true! Thank you so much, you guys are amazing!”

The “Just the Two of Us” elopement package offered at the Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast includes: a non-denominational minister, early check-in, bride’s bouquet, groom’s boutonniere, photography, sparkling wine and keepsake flutes and a beach-themed wedding cake for two. Prices start at only $900, plus the cost of your room. If you are looking for a stress-free wedding within your budget, you’ve found it! Call us for the details, or please visit our website:

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