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An Outer Banks Affair

By Sarah Ryberg | Photography by Cyn Kain Photography

Posted: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

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Sara Oxley and Garrett Garner knew from day one that family would be the focus of their entire wedding celebration. "I am very sentimental and wanted everything we did to have a personal meaning to us," says Sara. When the couple found the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, N.C., they knew they'd found a reflection of themselves. "I love gardens and Garrett enjoys fishing and surfing," she says. "With the beautiful gardens overlooking the sound, it made for the perfect mesh of both of us." The garden setting provided an air of natural romance, which meant Sara and Garrett could focus on all the details. Sara tied her late grandfather's wedding ring to her bouquet and placed the bible from her grandparents' wedding at the altar. "I am incredibly close to my grandparents," Sara says. "I not only wanted, but needed a part of them with me on my wedding day." Even the diamonds on her rope bands, custom designed by Osborne Jewelers, were handed down from Garrett's mother.

As for the decor, the couple chose soft, spring colors that would complement—not detract—from the palette of the gardens. Adding gold, sparkling touches brought a bit of glamour to the other neutrals, and Sara wanted one more pop: “At the last minute, I decided to add in some mint for an unexpected, fun accent color!”

After the ceremony, everyone moved on to 108 Budleigh. The venue's rustic but elegant details like the vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows, waterfront views, and inviting fireplace made for a cozy reception. A custom-made quilt, used as a backdrop for the photo booth, allowed them to cherish new heirlooms along with the old. "Garrett and I live under our family hand-me-down quilts on the couch year round, so we had a wedding quilt made," she says. "It was something from the wedding we could keep and will hand down to our children later on.” From the natural beauty of the gardens, to the warmth and quaint charm of the reception space, the Outer Banks provided the backdrop for the sentimental event they'd hoped for. "It was very unscripted, raw, and emotional," Sara says. "It exuded romance."

Cyn Kain Photography, photography
Victorian Rose Bridals, bridal gown and bridesmaids' dresses
Neva Midgett House, bridesmaid luncheon location
Kirsten Cook, cake
Ortega'z, caterers and rehearsal dinner venue
Elizabethan Gardens, ceremony venue
Rev. Charles Morrison, clergy
Carolina Cupcakery, cupcakes
LaRouche Diamonds, engagement ring
Holiday House, flowers
Jos. A. Bank, groom's and groomsmen's attire
Behind the Veil Studio, hairstyle and make-up for wedding
Coastal DJ and Video, music
108 Budleigh, reception venue
Shindigs Rentals, La Tavola Linens, Table Wraps, rentals and linens
Dorothy Perkins, shoes
OBX Trolley, transportation
Osborne Jewelers, wedding bands
The Bungalow at the Roanoke Island Inn, wedding night hotel

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