Even though we are both designers in the DC area, it took flying to a conference in Fort Lauderdale for us to find each other.
Yep, only 24 hours after Valentine's Day in 2006, I flew (for the first time ever) to a conference in a Florida beach town. There, I met my perfect match --who happened to live just a few minutes down the street from me back in Virginia.
Perhaps not coincidentally, many of our best memories since then have been made in little beach towns and at conferences, often surrounded by amazing friends and family. At home in Alexandria, we spend winter evenings by the fire with Grace (our talkative, cross-eyed cat) and summer days at the beach where Jim likes to surf. We talk endlessly and happily about typography and web geekery, enjoy bicycling together (contrary to an urban legend, I *can* ride a bicycle), and travel the world sharing new adventures. Jim plays guitar in a band and I pretend not to be tone deaf.
For every one of my yings, Jim is a yang. It's amazing.
Over the past five years, we've developed some traditions, and one of those is to walk down by the beautiful Colorado River in Austin, Texas, while at the SXSW Interactive Festival. So during our stroll there on a gorgeous day in March of 2010, Jim asked me to marry him and I wholly said "YES!"
That night we sang Karaoke. Even Jim. It was an event so epic that all video has been destroyed for fear that people's minds would melt at the awesomeness.
Pre-Event: Everyone is invited to an informal BBQ on Friday, May 20, 2011, from 6:30-11:30 PM at the "Love Shack" 53192 Lands End Way, Frisco, NC 27936. There is lots to do at the house so feel free to bring your bathing suits to swim in the heated pool, chill in the hot tub, or take advantage of one of the kayaks. We also have a pool table, a foosball table, and several bicycles available at the house for all of our guests leading up to the day of the wedding.
This is a beach celebration! Please come dressed as you wish -- formal, informal... we don't care. Just be yourself! But be sure to wear sand-appropriate shoes (or at least be ready to kick off your high heels).
Join us for the wedding ceremony on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 5:30 PM on the banks of the Pamlico Sound at 53192 Lands End Way, Frisco, NC 27936. This address is also known as "The Love Boat." And this wedding will take place rain or shine!
The party will start directly following the wedding at the same location and run until about 11 PM. A buffet of heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served with an open beer and wine bar, as well. Music and dancing will continue into the evening. You better be ready to dance. (See "Dress" above.)
If you are planning
to take advantage of the 11 PM shuttle service we have -- to safely get you back to your hotel(s) in Hatteras and Buxton -- please let us know (by emailing Samantha) so we can plan accordingly. There was very little interest in this so we canceled it. Please let us know if you will need a ride home and we will arrange something
Location & Travel
Frisco is about a 6-hour drive south from Washington, DC, and about 4.5 hours from Richmond. Jim and I often do day trips, but most people think this is an insane amount of driving for a single day. So, if you would rather fly, the closest major airport is Norfolk, VA, which is about 3 hours north of the house in Frisco where we'll be partying. For other airport options check here.
(from route 12 north) Head southwest on North Carolina 12 South toward Decoy Drive. Turn right at Sunset Strip (just before the Frisco Native American Museum), then take your first right onto Land's End Way. The wedding venue will be on your left and parking will be on your right.
Places to Stay:
We have put together an entire page with links for you to explore for your lodging pleasure. Please take a look.
Things to Do:
Buxton is a seriously quaint southern town that is home to the tallest lighthouse in the United States and the Apple Ugly. If you go down to the South of the Island in the town of Hatteras, you can catch the ferry to Ocrokoke Island and explore the nearly untouched sea-scape that Blackbeard called home in the 1700s.
If you have a 4x4 vehicle get ready to go off-roading, and if you are interested in watersports there is Real Watersports, one of the most well-known facilities for learning how to Kite board or surf.
Frisco is lovely in May. The average high temperature during that time is 74 and the low is 62. This wedding will take place rain or shine.