The Coastal Wedding Project: A Pop Up Wedding Event

My parents were barely out of high school when they first walked into a New York City courthouse in the 1980's. My mom wore a simple white dress and a velvet navy blue blazer (with shoulder pads of course) and my dad wore jeans and a white button down shirt. They decided that it was time for them to get married and so they went. The judge took one look at my baby faced parents and it must of tugged at his heartstrings because he instead gave them a lecture and told them that the courthouse was not the right place for them and they would one day regret not having a "proper" wedding. So, they went home and let their families know...

Something about this story stayed with me over the years, especially when planning my own dream wedding and providing rentals to many weddings over the last 2 years through our wedding rental company in Wilmington, NC. Brian and I's wedding was a dream come true. Not only because it was decorated beautifully, like nothing I had ever seen before, but because all of our closest friends and family were together in one room. I remember sitting at our sweetheart table and watching all of our happy wedding guests eat with each other and thought to myself,  "All of our favorite people are here together in one room to celebrate our love... a situation like this may never happen to us again"... I told myself to cherish that feeling and never forget it.

Fast forward to almost 3 years later and truth be told, I AM ADDICTED TO WEDDINGS! There's a certain amount of love and energy in the air on a wedding day and the high that I get from one wedding can sometimes last days and continues to give me good vibes and energy the entire week.  I think that everyone deserves to feel like this, even if they do not think it's possible because they don't have the time or money for it. In comes our Coastal Wedding Project, a day of Pop Up Weddings in Wilmington, NC. We like the idea of an elopement but think we can help to do one better...

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The Coastal Wedding Project is an opportunity for couples to have a small and intimate wedding of about 20 people. We have found the perfect place and it will be beautifully decorated to the max with all of our rentals and decor. The couples will have a short celebration that includes a ceremony by an ordained minister, small reception with light food and a wedding cake all photographed by a professional photographer.  The best part is that that we would have done all the legwork...We already picked out the invitations, theme, colors, venue, food and invited some of the best Wedding vendors that Wilmington has to offer to help us with the project.

The day will look as though you had spent a year meeting with various wedding vendors, budgeting and planning the perfect wedding with unbelievable style. But really you will just have to show up with 20 of your closest family and friends at a given time slot to celebrate your love. We will have a limited amount of spots available to host these 'Pop Up Weddings' at different times throughout the same day so that 2-3 couples can have their special moment. So yea, it's kinda like an elopement but an elopement on steroids! 

Venue: We aren't ready to share the exact location yet but it will be in historic downtown Wilmington, NC {Hint: wooden floors and stained glass windows!}

Theme: Bohemian look with a Coastal feel. Lots of greenery, candles, rugs and special surprises throughout (All decor supplied by us!)

Date: Summer 2017

Wanted: 2-3 couples who want to be a part of The Coastal Wedding Project

Demographic: Couples who have big style and a small budget; Those that want to marry quickly; Military Couples, 2nd Marriages, Vow Renewals, and Shy couples not wanting to say 'I Do' in front of many people

Pricing: Contact us at for more info on cost. (50% deposit will be required to reserve a time slot)

So if you are reading this and know someone who may benefit, SPREAD THE LOVE! And if you are reading this and are thinking about signing up yourself, just say YES and get ready for one of the most beautiful, special and memorable days of your life! 

We'll be sharing all the details such as the vendors, venue and photos of the styled look in the upcoming weeks. Follow us and watch the project unfold on instagram @thecoastalweddingproject and Facebook

Photo by Neal Petrosky

Photo by Neal Petrosky