Meet Christian and Carrie Howard, two newlyweds who came to the Crystal Coast to exchange their vows with the help of the most talented wedding professionals in Eastern North Carolina, including the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Crystal Coast Tent and Event Rentals, Floyd’s 1921 Catering and Ellen LeRoy Photography.
After an unforgettable proposal at the Durham Bulls Stadium, these two baseball fanatics were ready to hit their wedding out of the park. A sunny May wedding on the Crystal Coast was a must for the soon-to-be Howards, so they set out on finding the perfect venue.
“My mom came across a picture of a wedding that took place at the NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores,” says Carrie. Her experience with finding the perfect venue was quick and easy. “Christian and I loved the picture and the idea, so we scheduled a time to go meet with the Special Events Coordinator.”
Becky Davis, the Special Events Coordinator for the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, was honored with the 2011 Outrageous Customer Service Award from the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. Becky and her team make sure that each bride has every resource you need to explore the aquarium as a venue for your Crystal Coast wedding, including floor plans, rental guides, and venue reviews.
“From that first phone call we knew the aquarium was going to be hard to compete with because Becky was so organized, helpful and willing to answer all of our questions. After our visit we decided the Aquarium was definitely the perfect place for our wedding.”
The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores supplies tables, chairs, linens, and various other wedding necessities to their brides that are complimentary with any venue rental, but the Howards might just be the most loved couple to be married on the Crystal Coast. Their large guest list of friends and family called for reinforcements from Crystal Coast Tent and Event Rentals.
“They were so organized and helpful,” says the new Mrs. Howard. “They were able to show us examples of everything and helped us choose the table runner and napkin colors that best matched our theme. They sent us sample invoices and were willing to work with us even when we had late RSVPs come in and had to change numbers on them.”
The Aquarium has every resource to create the perfect wedding ceremony and reception, from gorgeous natural light, dramatic maritime backdrops, and even an ample-sized dance floor. Best of all, working with the Aquarium’s talented event coordinators, Becky Davis and Kerri Sommer, truly takes the stress out of organizing a large wedding.
“We could not have asked for anyone better to coordinate our wedding. I was a stressed bride, worried that our reception would not be setup in time or correctly, but those two kept me calm and assured me that everything would be perfect, and they were right! It was a day we will never forget and I owe it all to my parents, the Aquarium and our amazing vendors!”
Congratulations to the Howards, and stay tuned next week, when we will feature more gorgeous photography of their special day from Emerald Isle’s very own wedding photography extraordinaire, Ellen LeRoy!