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In Southport, NC you can literally sail off into the sunset with your honey after a romantic sailboat wedding. Captain Carolyn Pryor of Sea/Side Ceremonies is an ordained minister who also captains her own sailboat. She can coordinate all the details for you as well. Or you can stage your wedding and your reception in the Southport Community Building, located at likely the loveliest spot in Southport, with gorgeous views of the Cape Fear River. You may prefer to hold your ceremony in an historic church or at one of the lovely and historic bed and breakfast inns scattered throughout Southport. Whatever choice you make, you will find everything you need to plan your wedding. Two excellent choices for catering are Coastal Catering and Events in Boiling Spring Lakes and Taylor Cuisine Cafe & Catering, Inc. on N. Howe Street. Both offer onsite and offsite catering as well as scrumptious food.

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Weddings on the beach are quite popular on Oak Island, NC and there is a local minister here who specializes in these. You will find caterers, photographers and a bakery for your wedding cake. Turtle Island Restaurant and Catering on E. Oak Island Drive will help you with planning your menu and will cater your event in their restaurant or at another location of your choice. Photographers Mike Boswell and Phyllis Allen both have their studios on Oak Island.  Why not tie the knot at your favorite vacation location? On Oak Island there are miles of beaches with numerous lovely locations for your wedding. Coastal Vacation Resorts Oak Island also has some stunning rental homes available for weddings. They will be happy to offer a group of rental houses for all your guests as well.

These are just a few of the companies that will be happy to assist you in making your special day everything you dream it will be. You can also find wedding cake bakers,  florists, music, rental equipment and more. Check out our site at

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From the beach to a chapel, from extravagant to simple, on land or at sea, there are many various and lovely wedding locations in Brunswick County, NC. Here come the bride, the groom, the maid of honor, the best man the bridesmaids, the attendants, the flower girl, the ring bearer, the reception, the caterer, the cake, the officiant, the bridal registry, the flowers, the music, the photographer, the videographer, the transportation, the rental equipment, oh – and don’t forget the marriage license. Whew! You might want to check out our links for some help. We can even help you with a wedding planner. You also might want to check out the upcoming wedding shows. There are two this month and another one in March. The first will be this Sunday, January 24 in Southport, NC.

The Southern Cape Fear Bridal Expo will be held at the St. James Community Center.

The Silver Coast Bridal Show will be held at the Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on January 31.

On March 2, you can attend the South Brunswick Islands Bridal Expo in Carolina Shores, NC.




It’s less than two weeks until Thanksgiving – the one day each year that is set aside to remind us to be thankful for this amazing life we are living. Yes, every life is amazing – just the fact that we are alive makes it so. And though we know we need to be thankful every day, we sometimes forget how important that is to our happiness. So, having this one day as a reminder is helpful in getting us back on track. Many of us have plans to spend the day with family – some of whom we may only see once a year. We want to feed them the best to celebrate our kinship. The grocery stores are full of turkeys, and cranberries, and sweet potatoes and pecans and pumpkin pie filling. However, for those specialty foods – those yummy extras that we may not have time or talent to prepare, we can look to the local shops. One of the things we can be thankful for in the NC Brunswick Islands is the number of local specialty shops available to us.

Check out Greenlands Farm Store ( for locally grown organic produce and products, gluten free goodies and more.

The Maritime Market ( offers everything you may need for your Thanksgiving feast as well as a Thanksgiving Oyster Roast on their side porch on Friday, November 28 (reservations are required)

At Crazy Cake Chicks ( you will find some very special goodies and they can be made to suit any special diet (gluten-free, no sugar, etc.)

To Market, To Market…..

…to buy tomatoes and celery and radishes and strawberries and peaches and home made jellies and pickles and… a farmers market that is. What can be better than shopping in the open air for fresh fruit and vegetables, home made pies and cakes, jellies and preserves made at home from home grown produce. Home grown and home made food just tastes better – and it’s better for you. In Brunswick County, NC the climate is excellent for growing and the growing season is long – nearly year round. You can find farmers markets in nearly every little town. Here are a few:

Shallotte Farmers Market (

Every Saturday from 8 AM until 1 PM in Riverside Park located in the heart of downtown Shallotte. You can stroll in the open air and choose from the freshest of produce as well as local crafts while listening to local musicians play.

Oak Island Farmers Market (

Breathe the fresh sea air as you make your purchases from local farmers and crafters from 7 AM until 1 PM every Monday. The music of the sea will keep you company and you can feel good about supporting the locals as you indulge in the best tasting fruit and vegetables available.

Southport Waterfront Market (

This farmers market is located on a bluff overlooking the Cape Fear River where you can watch sailboats tacking, ferries crossing, and people fishing from jon boats while you enjoy the live open air music. There is not a more pleasant way to shop for local, luscious fruit and veggies – and maybe even some lovely flowers as well.