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A Modern Waterfront Wedding at the Whalehead Club in Corolla, North Carolina

Technically Sandra Doherty, 41, an anthropologist, and Tim Healthy, 48, an army officer met online, but their relationship has been far from two peopl

Technically Sandra Doherty, 41, an anthropologist, and Tim Healthy, 48, an army officer met online, but their relationship has been far from two people isolated and chatting on a computer. These two have traveled the world from New York City to Namibia to Afghanistan and beyond, but somehow found their way to each other. Sandra relocated to the Tidewater, Virginia area after spending 18 months in Afghanistan working as an anthropologist and several friends encouraged her to try the "online dating thing." Similarly, fatherhood and a career as a military officer afforded Tim limited free time, so at the prompting of his brother-in-law, Tim too decided to give online dating a chance. The two were matched up and hit it off after finding out that they had a lot more in common than their online profiles would highlight. After six months of dating, Sandra surprised Tim with a weekend getaway to her second home, New York City. Little did she know that Tim had a surprise in store for her as well. After dinner at “One if by Land, Two if by Sea,” Tim and Sandra enjoyed a nightcap on the rooftop of their hotel in Nolita indulging in the views of the Manhattan skyline and it was here that Tim popped the question.The couple planned an intimate summer celebration at the Whalehead Club at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla, NC. As a long-term seasonal resident of the Outer Banks, the area holds a special place for Tim and as couple, it was one of the first vacations they took together. They couple held a tented reception along the waterfront, choosing a color palette of bright watermelon and peach hues in honor of the summer season. White orchids, Sandra’s favorite flower, was the bloom of choice for the affair, finding it’s way into the boutonnieres and bouquets. As a special touch that reflected their love of travel, Sandra and Tim provided the event designer with silk fabric that they picked up in India to hang from the ceiling of the tent to create a light airy effect. Other personal touches included a surprise helicopter landing and a pilot log book for all of their guests to sign, both a reflection of Tim’s love of aviation.

Sandra's favorite flower is the orchid, so the boutonnieres, bridesmaid and bridal bouquets all featured orchids. The bridal bouquet was a flowing arrangement of white dendrobium orchids with pearls.
A waterfront ceremony in the Outerbanks was fitting for Sandra and Tim. Tim had been a long term seasonal resident in the area and the Outerbanks was one of the first places the couple vacationed together.
To keep guests cool during the ceremony, Sandra and Tim provided fans for their guests. The bright pink and green fans were placed in baskets at the end of each row.
To ensure their guests were comfortable and cool during the ceremony, Sandra and Tim offered several different types of refreshments for guests to sip as they exchanged their vows.
The couple chose an aviation inspired guest book for guests to sign. The book was actually a pilot log book, which they styled with a pair of vintage flying goggles.
To celebrate the summer season, the couple chose a bright color palette of watermelon pink and perky peach. The colors popped agains the white furniture and table linens at the reception and complemented the Whalehead Club's own vibrant colors.
The white clothed reception tables were topped with understated arrangements of brightly colored orchids and moss in low metallic vases.
As for the decision to host the wedding at the Whalehead Club, while the property itself is absolutely breathtaking, the love story of the house's original owners, Edward and Marie-Louise Knight resonated with Tim and Sandra. Edward, like Tim, was a 48 year-old widower and father of two, when he married Marie-Louise Lebel Bonat in 1922. Marie-Louise earned a reputation as a strong-willed woman, who barred from joining the Currituck County hunting club because of her gender, purchased a rundown lodge, tore it down and built the Whalehead Club in it's place, the most opulent and exclusive hunting lodge in the region. Sandra was immediately drawn to Marie-Louise who defied the societal conventions of her time.