Little did Kristin and Travis know when they went on that first date to see “Finding Dory” that the ocean-themed movie was a precursor to a beachside wedding and most importantly, finding love. They met in Greensboro while they were each out on the town with friends. Kristin recalls on their first meeting, “We both have different stories. I say he wouldn’t stop talking to me, while he says I wouldn’t quit staring at him. We joke about it often. The next week I drug him to see ‘Finding Dory.’ From then on we’ve been attached at the hip.”

Both are business owners and while they stay very busy, they always make time for each other, including a very special family-focused proposal. “It was an amazing night. We are both family people, so having our families there was perfect,” Kristin says.

Opting out of a traditional, and expensive, venue the couple decided to host the wedding at Kristin’s family’s beach home at Ocean Isle Beach. Kristin says, “Since it was at our beach house the entire day felt comfortable. We were in our own environment, and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything.”

Another unique choice the couple made was to not hire a caterer. Instead, their neighbor, “Uncle George,” cooked a big Low Country boil that included 40 pounds of fresh local shrimp.

The couple also incorporated an unusual twist: Instead of walking into the ceremony, the groom and groomsmen rode in on the family boat. The couple also left in the boat at the end of the evening.

Of course there were slight bumps in the big day. The ringer bearer forgot the rings, and there wasn’t a lighter on hand for the unity candles. But unlike most brides, Kristin embraced these little incidents. “These hiccups made the day complete. We had a good laugh and made a great memory.”

To make the wedding even more exclusive to them, they incorporated Kristin’s alma mater, The University of Kentucky. She wore blue heels and he wore blue Kentucky socks. There was also a very special love note for Kristin on the bottom of those gorgeous heels. In tailgating fashion, they even had a personalized cornhole board for guests to play the game on.

The moment Travis remembers most is seeing Kristin in her dress for the first time. It is still his favorite part of the day. Kristin reflects, “I remember leaving the wedding and thinking ‘Wow, that was perfect.’”

This beach home wedding was truly a laid back and special day for the couple and their families. It incorporated all the ocean elements the couple loved, which made it a blissful day for all who attended.

The Couple: Kristin Vincent, State Farm Insurance agent, and Travis Moore, owner of a commercial construction company

Number of Guests: 75

Venue: Family-owned beach house in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

Colors: Ivory, olive, blush and burgundy

Favors: Small bottles of honey

First Dance Song: “Lucky Man” by Cody Canada and Mike McClure

Special Touch: Incorporating the family boat, which the groom and groomsmen rode in on and the couple rode away on at the end of the night.

Advice For Brides: “It’s important to be polite, but remember it’s your day. Make sure it’s the way you and your future husband want it, not the way someone else envisions it.”

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VENDORS

Florist: Bouquets by Verzaal’s Florist in Wilmington, N.C.

Caterer: Uncle George (neighbor)

Hair & MakeUp: Summer Rhodes from LaurenSummer Hair Salon

Wedding Dress Boutique: Wedding Dress Shoppe in Wilmington, N.C.

Bridesmaids Dresses: Dillard’s

Guys Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Photography: Megan White Photography

Videography: Kyle Tyndall Videography

Cake: Bella One in Wilmington, N.C.

Officiant: Rev. Jason Bryant

Rings: Mark Broumand

Music: Bride’s cousin played live music and sang “Marry Me” by Train while she walked in. Gipsy Danger from Greensboro, N.C. played music during the reception.

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