A Beach Wedding at a Private Residence in Ocean Isle, North Carolina

The outdoorsy, nature-loving Alli Weitzel (29 and a hairstylist) and Matt Lloyd (29 and a graduate student) knew they wanted to get married outside and next to the ocean, since that's where they feel at home. Although they considered having a destination wedding abroad, they really wanted their friends and family to be able to join them for such a special day in their lives. They found the perfect place, a private vacation rental property in Ocean Isle, North Carolina, that accommodated both the ceremony and reception, and all 40 of their guests for a weekend getaway. Although they exchanged vows in the sand, Alli and Matt decided they absolutely did not want nautical or beach details at their wedding. They enlisted the help of Kate from Bubbly Events to bring all the details together, and chose a pink, gray and ivory palette for a pop of color that still fit the natural space. One of our favorite details is Alli's amazing Lea-Ann Belter dress, which she bought before she and Matt even finalized their venue. “It was soft and simple, appropriate for the beach but still dressy enough to be worn at a more formal setting if things changed,” she says. “Most of all it was so comfortable that I felt I never wanted to take it off.” There are so many details to love about this garden-inspired beach fete. See them all, beautifully captured by Richard Bell Photography, below.