New Bern Bridal Expo, 2009

Had a great time at the New Bern Bridal Expo. In past years I haven’t had a booth at this show. I’m glad I made the effort this year. This round I pulled a groom’s name for the grand prize winner. Congratulations Bret F. of Hickory, NC. He and his fiance’ are planning an October wedding at the Ocean Club, Indian Beach, North Carolina. Bret gets his choice of an engagement portrait, a bridal (or groomal?) portrait, or a portrait session. He’ll get to choose one image from the session to be printed as a 16×20 gallery wrapped canvas.

A special shout-out goes to Samantha L. who flew in from Astoria, NY for the show and to meet me. Samantha and Rich will be wed at St. Egbert’s Church in Morehead City, NC in October. I know it’s going to be a beautiful wedding.

I changed the layout of the booth up a bit since the Crystal Coast Bridal Fair so here’s some photos. My next show will be the Lejeune Bridal Gala at the Jacksonville Commons Community Center, February 15th.

New Bern Bridal Expo, New Bern Convention Center, January 31, 2009

R. D. Decker Photography bridal show booth, New Bern, North Carolina.

R. D. Decker Photography bridal show booth featured a 7' tall photo-mosaic of a romantic newly wed couple on the beach at Pine Knoll Shores

R. D. Decker Photography bridal show booth, New Bern, NC.

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It’s Almost Bridal Show Season!

Not long after the Christmas Holiday the area’s bridal expos will be firing up. I’m currently planning booths at three bridal fairs this winter. If you’re attending any of them be sure to stop by and say “hey.” My first show will be the Crystal Coast Bridal Fair, January 17, 2009. The largest bridal expo in the area, it will be held at the Crystal Coast Convention Center, Morehead City, North Carolina. Next up will be the Lejeune Bridal Gala. The “Gala” will be held Sunday February 15 at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center, Jacksonville, NC. My third event will be the New Bern Bridal Fair, Sunday March 8, 2009. The New Bern bridal fair offers free admission for attendees and will be held at the Abilina Plantation, New Bern, North Carolina. Be sure to check my booth for show specials and a chance to win a wonderful prize at each show.

Business Wedding

Wedding Vendor Meeting in New Bern

I recently attended a networking meeting for wedding vendors at Promisied Hearts Wedding Consultants in New Bern, North Carolina. Had a chance to share ideas and make friends with a variety of wedding vendors from around eastern NC. These kinds of affairs are always nice as there just isn’t any time to visit or small talke when working a wedding. Afterall, the wedding day is all about you, the couple, and you do deserve our undivided attention. Thanks for hosting the meeting Pam Duval. I’m looking forward to my next trip to New Bern to network with even more wedding vendors.

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Enjoying an Exotic Destination Wedding on a Domestic Budget

Exotic Beach Wedding Location, Close to Home: North Carolina's Crystal Coast. Coastal communities include Jacksonville, Swansboro, New Bern, Havelock, Oriental, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Salter Path, Indian Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Harkers Island, Cedar Point and Beaufort.In today’s economic conditions many brides are looking for ways to scale back on costs. While you may need to give up a trip to the Caribbean or Hawaii for a romantic beach wedding, there are more affordable options. For example, North Carolina’s Crystal Coast offers an escape to the beach but is within comfortable driving range of many urban areas such as Washington D.C., Long Island NY, Richmond VA, Charleston WV and many other East Coast and Midwestern cities. Featuring uninhabited barrier islands, quaint sea faring communities, and a history dating back to colonial times, the Crystal Coast is a wonderfully exotic spot for a wedding yet more affordable than most popular destination wedding locations.

The Crystal Coast features one of the few southern facing beaches along the United States’ east coast. Bogue Banks, the largest inhabited barrier island in the area, strecthes 21 miles, bordered by lovely beaches on both the ocean and sound sides. Fort Macon State Park is located at the East end of the island and offers a pristine beach uncluttered by beach houses, condos and hotels. On the opposite end of the island is the community of Emerald Isle. A number of other popular resort communities are located on the island including Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach and Salter Path. The beaches and associated beach houses are all popular locations for Crystal Coast wedding photography, wedding ceremonies and receptions. A variety of beach clubs, such as the Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle and Indian Beach are all popular southern Outer Banks beach wedding locations. The nearby communities of New Bern, Oriental and Jacksonville also host many weddings.the Ocean Club and Dolphin Ridge Club are popular wedding venues as well. Additionally the North Carolina State Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores makes a spectacular setting for weddings. There are a number of island themed bars and restaurants that also make great locations for wedding receptions.

On the mainland side several communities sit along the sounds and waterways. Beaufort is a quaint town with a rich sea faring history. Stories of pirates, colonial ghosts and other romantic historical figures abound. There are a number of venues in this sea side community that are available for weddings, receptions and wedding photography. The Beaufort waterfront is an excellent location for capturing romantic,engagement, bridal or wedding day portraits. Morehead City is the largest community on the Crystal Coast. While not as historically quaint as Beaufort’s, it too has a lovely waterfront lined with charter fishing boats, seafood restaurants and specialty shops.

There are a number of activities to entertain guests and members of the wedding party before and after the wedding. The Crystal Coast is known worldwide for both its off-shore and inshore saltwater fishing. There are many charter operations in the area. There are also several nice golf courses that are open to the public. Of course, being a resort community, boutique shopping opportunities abound. There are also a number of museums and educational attractions such as the Core Sound Waterfoul Museum, Fort Macon State Park, The History Place, and the NC State Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

When planning a Crystal Coast wedding from outside the area a wedding coordinator is almost indispensable. You can find additional information about the Crystal Coast and local wedding planners by visiting the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority’s site, Crystal Coast Bride Magazine, the Coastal Event Planner and Trendy Bride Magazine. Enjoying a romantic, beach wedding doens’t have to break the bank. North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is close enough to drive, yet far enough away to escape!