Jim Pearce and Brittany Davies have known each other since they were friends in high school. After so many years together, the couple wanted a wedding that included spending as much time as possible with their loved ones, including their dog Duke! So naturally they had a destination wedding! The couple was married at a private residence in Outer Banks, North Carolina and enjoyed a week-long celebration with their friends and family.
Destination42: What made you decide to have a destination wedding? Why did you pick the location you did?
Brittany: Our friends and family live all over the country so knowing that everyone would have to travel to attend our wedding, we decided that we might as well have it in a destination where people could make a vacation out of their travels! Jim and I started vacationing in the Outer Banks a few years ago and fell in love with the area so thought it would be a great place to get married and be able to continue the celebration by spending time with our friends and family afterwards in such a beautiful place that was so meaningful to us.
D42: Did you work with a wedding planner or DIY? How was that experience?
Brittany: My mother happens to be a certified wedding planner so while we technically did everything ourselves, we had a little bit of an advantage having her to help with all the planning and execution!
D42: How was the process of planning a destination wedding? Do you have any advice for couples also planning a destination wedding?
Brittany: The experience can be as stress free or stressful as you make it — I had to give up a lot of my controlling tendencies in order to have a destination wedding and put a lot of blind trust in people to make our day perfect. If you realize this early on and can make yourself OK with letting things go, the process is much easier. There were some hiccups when we first arrived but having any army of amazing friends and family to pitch in and put out some fires made all the difference. My best advice would be to learn to let things go early on, have a great support system, and always keep everything in perspective by remembering what’s truly important.
D42: What was your favorite part of the day?
Brittany: Relaxing in the morning with all of the girls and then finally getting to see Jim after anticipating that moment all day.
D42: Tell me about the food, drinks and cake. What did you serve and what did you and your guests love most?
Brittany: We decided on a heavy hors d’oeuvre’s reception because we had been to so many weddings over the years and enjoyed the food at cocktail hours the most! We also wanted to remove any aspect of the wedding that could go wrong so eliminated place cards, seating arrangements, etc. and really focused on creating a casual, social environment rather than having the formal aspects of traditional weddings. We also asked our caterer to include local specialties with southern influences like shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes and pulled pork. As for drinks, we had an open bar that included some of our favorite wine and craft beers.
D42: Did you incorporate any personal elements or details into your wedding day?
Brittany: I wore my mom’s veil and my grandmother’s pearls, my dad’s tie was made from some material from my wedding gown being altered, we included our dog, Duke in the bridal party pictures, we had pictures displayed throughout the reception of friends and family, we created a monogram that was a theme throughout (cake topper, pillows, invitations, programs, etc.), and before the ceremony we had a snack table with all of our favorite snack foods for guests to have as they arrived.
D42:Where did you go on your honeymoon? Did you leave right after the wedding?
Brittany: We were so fortunate to have the rare opportunity to spend time with our friends and family that we wanted to appreciate every minute of that so we decided to wait on a honeymoon. We rented the house where we had the wedding for the entire week afterwards and the bridal party stayed there and we had friends and family that stayed close as well and stopped over daily to visit. We had the best week of our lives just having everyone at the house and appreciating the time that we all had together. We do plan to go on a honeymoon early next year though.
Photographer: Anna Grace Photography
Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Formal Affairs
DJ: Sound Wavz
Ceremony Location: The Tommy Bahama House
Submitted via Two Bright Lights
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