A Kate Spade-Inspired Beachside Wedding at Sanderling Resort in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina


                    Even though mutual friends had already introduced Katey Clark (32 and co-owner of Lemon & Lime Event Design) and Matt Blauve

Even though mutual friends had already introduced Katey Clark (32 and co-owner of Lemon & Lime Event Design) and Matt Blauvelt (32 and owner of local Jiffy Lubes) at various get-togethers, it wasn't until a Halloween celebration aboard the Urban Pirate Ship that the pair first hit it off. While they were vacationing with family in the Bahamas, Matt caught Katey completely off guard with a beachside proposal. "Even though it was the perfect time to propose, I had no idea it was coming because we'd talked about getting engaged sometime in 2014 but this trip was in 2012!" says Katey. "My sister and I gifted our parents with professional family photos on the beach and while the photographer was snapping pictures, I turned around to check out the sunset. When I turned back around, Matt was on one knee and it was the shock of a lifetime!" As a professional wedding planner, Katey knew that expectations were high when it came time to start planning her own destination wedding at Sanderling Resort in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. A navy, pink and gold color palette set the tone for a preppy affair while oversized paper flower and gold bow accents lent a whimsical feel. Although their wedding took place steps from the beach, Katey and Matt didn’t want a traditional beach theme. "We wanted the ocean to serve as an amazing backdrop minus sand and seashells as decor," says Katey. "Our wedding vision was classic Kate Spade, prep-meets-the Outer Banks."

Preppy Navy, Gold and Fuchsia Stationery Suite
The bride accented her A-lline Blush by Hayley Paige gown with a Lula Kate bow belt and a preppy veil with a striped trim.
Lush Pink and Fuchsia Peony Bouquet
Preppy Striped Bouquet Wrap with Gold Monogram
Nautical Peony Boutonniere with Gold Crab Charm
With so many bridesmaids, Katey wanted to get creative and had them carry colorful patterned boxes and or large paper flowers instead of fresh flower bouquets. "The boxes were fun because they added a sense of surprise to the ceremony as guests wondered what was in them," says Katey. "Inside were various wishes Matt and I wrote for each other and our future—some were funny others more sentimental, but it was an unexpected added element to our ceremony."
Katey and Matt covered a fire pit with a bright gold floor to stand on during their beachfront ceremony. They were surrounded by huge pink paper flowers made by Renee Landry for a unique look.
Some of the chairs were decorated with a modern gold bow sticker to bring a little fun to the chairs and complement the gold glitter aisle liner.
Whimsical Oversized Paper Flower Ceremony Decor
Although their wedding took place steps from the beach, Katey and Matt didn’t want a traditional beach theme. "We wanted the ocean to serve as an amazing backdrop minus sand and seashells as decor," says Katey. "Our wedding vision was classic Kate Spade, prep-meets-the Outer Bands."
The escort cards featured water color calligraphy from Perch Paper Company tied to mini handmade paper flowers from Land Of Flowers. The calligraphy cards were attached to a faux-birch hedge with gold clothes pins for a whimsical look.
"One funny thing that we didn’t plan for was many of the male guests ended up putting the escort card flowers in their shirt or suit pockets which created a fun pop of unexpected color throughout the evening!" says Katey.
Bow Drink Stirrers with Personalized Navy Napkins
Whimsical Gold Bar Sign
All of the rectangular tables were designed off of a colorful, Kate Spade look soft peony arrangements. "I knew I wanted color, lots of patterns, bows and tons of  glitter accents, but I didn’t want it to be a circus!" says Katey. rn rnrn
The square tablescapes were inspired by Kate Spade and were decorated with a gold sparkly linen and lush peony flower arrangements. "I think we had fun with all of our colors and accents while still maintaining the clean, contained and classic look that Kate Spade is known for," says Katey.
"Since we had a large tent and lots of people, we wanted our menu to be cute, but also functional," says Katey. "A map of the tent outlined each food station and its location in the tent in addition to where the restrooms were—hopefully it cut down on confusion and people wandering around!"
Katey and Matt spray painted artichokes gold to serve as table number holders. "The artichokes almost looked like peony’s and brought a unique addition the table," says Katey.
In honor of Katey's Italian heritage, the couple incorporated a traditional dessert bar into their reception. "Since we had a destination wedding, we knew that we couldn't have family back and serve on their own recipes so we had cookies that represented some of our favorite things—our hobbies, college alma maters, dogs and our new monogram," says Katey.
Colorful Date Night Advice Board
View-Master Childhood Photo Display
The small simple featured a small bow on the front and a  fun surprise on the back—the couple's dogs peaking out and ready to party!