A Garden-Inspired Beach Wedding at Caribbean Jewel in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Taylor Seymour (23 and a content marketing manager at Borrowed & Blue) and Caleb Agnew (24 and a doctoral student at the University of Virginia) creat

Taylor Seymour (23 and a content marketing manager at Borrowed & Blue) and Caleb Agnew (24 and a doctoral student at the University of Virginia) created their entire wedding themselves. It was definitely a labor of love—with lots of help from their family members—and we’re impressed! Pulling inspiration from the beach and ocean, Taylor and Caleb used shades of white, blue and green for their palette and mixed rustic wooden details with modern geometric accents that totally worked. Although the Virginia-based couple started planning a wedding a little closer to home, they decided it didn’t feel like them. So, they canceled everything and started over for a destination day. Although they tossed around several options, they wanted all their friends and family to join them, so they landed on the Outer Banks in North Carolina, with its slower speed, beachy vibe and stunning views. They found Caribbean Jewel in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, a gorgeous vacation home that fit both of their families in the same place, which also had beach access for the ceremony and plenty of lawn space for the reception. Some of our favorite details were the amazing overgrown floral arrangements—check out Taylor's bouquet!—from Amore Events by Cody, which added a garden twist to the beachy fete. There's so much to love about this wedding—see all our favorite details, captured by the talented Nancy Ray Photography, below.

Instead of having a traditional seated dinner, Taylor and Caleb set up pallet couches and cocktail tables for guests to eat at. The couches were accompanied by small accent tables decorated with geometric terrariums and gold mercury glass votives.
Caleb proposed with a custom-made ring by the Dutcher Brothers in Philadelphia. Before he popped the question, he took Taylor to a couple of jewelry stores to see what she liked, and ended up choosing the perfect white gold ring with a cushion cut diamond with a halo. Taylor loved the little diamonds down the band for plenty of extra sparkle.
BHLDN White Mermaid-Style Wedding Dress
White Scabiosa, Eucalyptus-Leaf Garden-Inspired Bridal Bouquet
Taylor’s five bridesmaids all wore dusty shale dresses in whatever style they wanted from J.Crew. The groomsmen wore blue pants from ASOS with matching blue vests and no jacket for a casual look that still respected the event's importance. The rest of their attire—white shirts, faded chambray ties and turquoise sailboat socks—were all from J.Crew Factory.
Snow Cone Wedding Reception Desserts
Taylor and Caleb's small two-tier cake was perfect for dessert. One tier was chocolate cake with salted caramel filling and the other was a white cake with a strawberry and cream filling. It was all topped with stucco-textured buttercream and lots of fresh greenery.
Geometric Succulent-Filled Terrarium Wedding Centerpiece
“We designed the ceremony to be very simple with minimal decor, to keep the focus on our coming together as husband and wife before God,” Taylor says. They had their ceremony at low tide, and at the front, next to the water, they displayed a large reclaimed-wood cross made by Taylor’s grandfather.
“My bouquet was one of the prettiest things I have ever seen,” Taylor says of her gorgeous arrangement by Amore Events by Cody. She wanted a natural, soft palette of green and white to go with the sea-inspired palette. Her bouquet was filled with ranunculus, peonies, garden roses, eucalyptus, olive, honeysuckle and scabiosa.
Simple, Romantic Beach Wedding Ceremony
Taylor and Caleb wanted their ceremony to be very simple with minimal decor, to keep their focus on coming together as one before God. The aisle was lined with untouched wood that Taylor calligraphed with lines from Corinthians 1:13.
Beach-Inspired Driftwood and Seashell Wedding Centerpieces
As a backdrop to the dessert table, Taylor created a large board out of plywood. She stinted it a dark coffee color and calligraphed the lyrics of “Oceans” by Hillsong United (her processional song) onto it.
Eucalyptus Leaf Chiavari Chair Wedding Reception Decor
DIY Chalkboard Snow Cone Flavors Menu Board
Blue Watercolor Wedding Cocktail Hour Bar Menu
Baby Succulent, Gold Candle Wedding Reception Centerpieces
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Wedding Doughnut Desserts From Duck Donuts
With a beach ceremony, Taylor knew she wanted her dress to really flow. But she also wanted lots of beaded detailing for some sparkle. The Magnolia gown from BHLDN was exactly what she wanted with an illusion neckline, blouson waist and layered tulle skirt.
Groomsmen Boutonnieres With Two White Rose Blooms
Taylor designed all the stationery herself and had it printed at the local print shop. Using faded blues and not being afraid of white space created a clean, modern aesthetic we love. It was also perfect for setting the tone for the casual beach fete at Caribbean Jewel in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
Beaded Illusion Neckline BHLDN Wedding Dress