14 wedding trends to avoid, according to VOGUE

We couldn’t agree more!!!  Keep your wedding timeless and stylish….and of course, have a SHUTTERBOOTH!!

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Chippokes Wedding Festival

Sunday was the PERFECT day for an outdoor wedding festival!  The Main Event by Emily put on their 2nd annual Wedding Festival at Chippokes state park.

Mother Nature provided the perfect sunny, warm, spring day for brides-to-be to wander the park and see all of the beautiful designs by Emily and her team.  ShutterBooth was able to hang out with our friends from Hampton Roads Winery and Bubba-N-Franks (best BBQ around!! ).

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Ringing in the New Year at Duck Woods Country Club


Shutterbooth as happy to ring in the New Year (for a second year in a row) at the Duck Woods Country Club!  Guests enjoyed each others company, a beautiful venue, great weather, succulent sea food, and, of course, SHUTTERBOOTH!!


2015. 2015. 2015.

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Ruth & Kip’s Wedding…and a scrapbook to die for!!!

This past weekend, Shutterbooth was honored to participate in Ruth and Kip’s wedding celebration.    Tasteful Parisian themed items were scattered around the picturesque Paradise Ocean Club and guests were treated to acoustic live music throughout the afternoon.  Our ShutterBooth Host artfully created, with the help of the outgoing guests, a magnificent scrapbook.  Capturing both the personality and well wishes/advice of all in attendance.  To cap it all off were the brides grandparents, caught on camera by our Host, cutting a rug on the dance floor!  Many years of love and happiness, Ruth and Kip, from all of us at ShutterBooth!



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Uniquely Yours Bridal Show

We had the extreme pleasure of meeting a ton of new and excited brides-to-be at this years Uniquely Yours Bridal Showcase, put on by Pearl Taylor and her amazing staff, at the Norfolk Scope.  ShutterBooth showed up and showed off some of our new products, including new backdrops and ShutterShare, which let our new friends email and text their ShutterBooth Pictures to themselves and even to their MIA fiances!  Already looking forward to next years’ Uniquely Yours experience!

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The Sanderling Resort & Spa Bridal Tasting and Wedding Showcase

ShutterBooth was privileged enough again this year to participate in The Sanderling Resort & Spa’s Bridal Tasting and Wedding Showcase this past weekend.  Wendy, Debbie, and Alicia rounded up the best and most creative vendors in the OBX for their event.

During the tasting, guests were treated to visually stunning table scapes by Bells & Whistles, Sugar Snap Events, BB&J Linen, and La Tavola Linen & The Event Designers.   Bells & Whistles decorated the ceiling with soft pink drapery that was enchanced by the magically lighting skills of Blue Steel Lighting Design for a truly whimsical ambiance to the evening.

ShutterBooth was able to provide our particular brand of ShutterBooth fun, and all of the couples and guests were able to take home a memento of the evening. Steel Drum Weddings topped off the night with the sweet and lingering sounds of the steel drum.  Who could ask for a more enchanting evening at a fantastic venue??

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The next day, we were up and at ’em bright and early to set up for the Wedding Showcase.  We aren’t sure if Wendy and her crew actually slept, but the resort was transformed into a wedding paradise!  Every place you went on the Resort was set up in wedding finery, from the beach to the event deck to the pier on the sound.

ShutterBooth was set up on the event deck in the company of Steel Drum Weddings (the sounds of steel drum on a sunny day on the beach…we didn’t want to leave!). The Duck Pond was also set up at the event deck.  Each guest was given a key ring and encouraged to stop by all of the vendors, who had ribbon to tie on.  Once the guest had collected a number of ribbons, they went to the Duck Pond to see if they could win a prize by pulling a duck from the pond (plastic ducks were used…not live).  Many of the vendors got very creative with their ribbons, some with business cards and small pouches filled with goodies, it was very fun to see what everyone came up with!

We had such a fun time and it was a fantastic way to kick off spring!  

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Vendor Spotlight: Veronica Thompson, A Signature Event


There’s a new planner in town!

Well, you may already know her, as Veronica Thompson has been in the hospitality business in Hampton Roads for over 12 years.  During this time, she has had the opportunity to plan events from wedding, to black tie, to military balls.  Throughout all of this, she has also been able to cultivate strong relationships with the top vendors in the area, which can only be great news for her clients!   

Veronica is following her dreams of creating and perfecting events for her clients with her new event planning business, A Signature Event.  Her creativeness gives her the ability to take her clients personalities and “isms” and entwine them with the theme of their events sets Veronica ahead of the pack.  Her goal is to make her clients feel “like guests at their own event“.  

So, are you planning a wedding, sweet 16, baptism, or even want to create the PERCET proposal for your soon-to-be future wife?  Give Veronica a call for a complimentary consultation at 757-392-3521 or check out her website!


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The English’s celebrate their wedding at the First Colony Inn in Nags Head

A beautiful evening began at the First Colony Inn in Nags Head with a ceremony on the beach.  The bride, Leslie, looked amazing and her bridesmaids were beautiful.  Their bouquets (and the rest of the amazing decorations) were done by The Embellishers.  The bouquets were lillies; white for the bridesmaids and pink for the bride.  The centerpieces were beach themed with starfish, sand, shells, and gorgeous blues.  Each table had a different centerpiece.

The appetizers and cocktail hour were served out on the back lawn in an area near the tent.  The rain threatened to wash out the reception, but it stayed away thankfully!  The food was provided by Red Sky Cafe in Duck, NC.  The staff was great and did an awesome job.  The bride and groom cut a cupcake instead of a cake!  The cupcakes were assorted vanilla and chocolate and were made by Carolina CupcakeryFavors Shutterbooth Lillies and centerpiece Reception Hall Cupcake Cake Centerpieces Reception.

The bride did not know about the photo booth!  It was a gift from her mom and dad!  She was thrilled to have the booth at the reception and was even more excited about the scrapbook after the reception.  The guests had a blast at the wedding and reception and really enjoyed getting into the booth and taking home the pictures!

Congratulations to you both!  Best wishes to you both Leslie and Patrick!

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Destination wedding for Renee and Lane



The beach theme wedding took place at Gertrude’s Breakaway in Corolla, North Carolina on June 1, 2013.  The decor was starfish, navy blue, and coral.  The bride had strings of pictures of herself and the groom as babies on display.  The bridesmaids’ dresses had shells as a belt to go with the decor.  It was so cute!

The couple was from South Carolina and many of the guests came from Northern Virginia, California, and South Carolina.  The cake was by Icing on the Cake in the Outer Banks and the florist was Renee Landry.

The crowd was having a great time.  DJ John Harper did a great job keeping the guests dancing and enjoying themselves.  The guests loved the booth!  The bride and groom provide their own scrapbook and props and the guests enjoyed them!

Congratulations to Renee and Lane!  Best wishes to you both!

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Your ShutterBooth: Placement is Everything!

Caterer-check, venue reservation-check, entertainment-check. ShutterBooth placement?
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Photobooths have become as necessary as the photographer capturing moments that may otherwise go forgotten. When some people have decided against the wandering photographer, they’ve choosen the hip alternative: the photobooth. This provides guests the opportunity to take home their own memories of your event while leaving behind one for the host as a keepsake. And what can be more entertaining than seeing grandma with a feather boa?ShutterBooth placement is as precise as the cake. It should be placed where guests can easily see and take advantage of it while not detracting from the event taking place. Placing it near the entertainment or DJ would allow them to remain involved in the party even if they have to wait in line. And they can request their favorite tune at the same time!Splitting up any party or event is never a good idea. Refrain from tucking your photo booth in a corner or isolated in another room–the guests may never find it. Instead, give it it’s own place nearby and in conjunction with guest traffic. Photo booths are an incredibly rewarding investment so long as your guests are able to utilize its fun and creative features.For more information how to make the best of your photobooth rental experience, contact ShutterBooth Hampton Roads. We would love to help make your event awesome!!

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Carlene and Craig say “I Do!”

Carlene and Craig could not have picked a better day to say “I Do” than on a sunny Thursday in the Outer Banks!  At Just Peachy, the couple made it official with the help of friends and family.  The catering team from Red Sky Cafe set the tone for a beautiful poolside reception, while the guys from Triad DJ made the trek from Charlotte to keep the party on their dancing toes.  With chocolate and teal splashes, the guests were treated to an entertaining and unforgettable night.  Congrats Carlene and Craig!!


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Sarah and Sam Tie the Knot!!

This past Wednesday, Sarah and Sam said their “I Do’s” in front of a gathering of family and friends on the beach.  The ceremony and reception were both held at the spacious rental home, Rendezvous, in the coveted OBX.  Splashes of teal and coral tastefully accented the event and complimented Sarah and Sam’s beach/adirondack chair themed wedding.  The main reception was poolside where guests lounged comfortably, sampling delicious hors dervous from Kelly’s Tavern, which included lightly fried soft shelled crabs, flaky tomato bites, and fresh scallops.   Afterwards, guests dined on grilled shrimp, oysters on the half shell, loaded mashed potatoes, and beef brisket.


2013. 2013. 2013. 2013.


Mother Nature paid her respects by providing picturesque weather for Sarah and Sam’s big day.  The sunny day with a light breeze had the entire party, as well as staff, in the best of moods for a fantastic wedding day.  DJ Bruce Jones had the guests rocking with a fantastic musical line-up, while Bells & Whistles put together gorgeous arrangements of flowers.  Carolina Cupcakery rounded out the dessert corner with a delicous (as always) array!  Kerri, with The Proper Setting, outdid herself with making sure each and every detail was taken care of leading up to and the day of Sarah and Sam’s wedding day.


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2013 Sanderling Bridal Tasting

Hello ShutterFans!  Thanks for checking in with us to see what we have been up to around the OBX!  With the 2013 wedding season kicking off, we were lucky enough to provide the fun and excitement of ShutterBooth at the 2013 Sanderling Bridal Tasting at the newly renovated (and drop dead gorgeous) Sanderling Resort! A succulant menu was put on by the creative chef geniuses of The Sanderling, including chilled Carolina Shrimp Shooters with White Cocktail Tomato Water, I Heart Bacon (bacon bar), and SMORES!!

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The Sanderling played host to the best wedding vendors in the OBX, including Blue Steel Lighting, who provided the splendid lighting, Metro Rentals and Ocean Atlantic Event Rentals, who provided the chairs.  The elegant linens were displayed by BB&J Linen and Linen.  Guests were entertained by the sounds of Hear Steel Drums Play, ShutterBooth, as well as CORNHOLE (provided by The Sanderling Reosrt)!

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These brides were truly exposed to a visual and sensory treat!  We hope they all enjoyed every aspect of what The Sanderling Resort had to offer!  If you are looking for an Outer Banks venue, be sure to scope out The Sanderling!!


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A Message to Wedding Professionals: Time to be a Trend Setter


As busy as everyone is returning calls and emails, meeting brides and just trying to somehow reduce that ever-growing “to do” list, we must take time to think about the future.


As wedding professionals, we have to execute today but be thinking about tomorrow – 2013 and beyond.  What will weddings look like in a few years? What about six, seven years down the road? 

When I launched the North Carolina ShutterBooth business in late 2008, people looked quizzically and sarcastically at me; I knew what they were thinking — “photo booths for weddings? Really?”  Not many people may have predicted several years ago that photo booths would be such a popular wedding option today.


The key now is to look down the road and see what weddings of the future will look like. But with the speed of technology and innovation faster today than ever, we can’t let opportunities pass us by. 

At ShutterBooth, we brainstormed, we researched, we identified gaps in services and, of course, we spoke to brides. We have decided that being a trend setter is better than being a trend follower. You may be asking how a photo booth company can be a trend setter?  Well, here are a few ways.


We identified a gap in spontaneous video.  What we found was that many video companies would rather focus on the wedding party.  Additionally, guests felt uncomfortable out in the open and being in front of a microphone. So we added ShutterVideo, an option where guests can have their photos taken or leave a taped message to the newlyweds – all while being comfortable “behind the curtain.” 

Then we looked at the affordability issue. While I believe a ShutterBooth is a “must have,” the reality is that it typically is something that brides want really bad but sometimes can’t afford. So we started the revolutionary ShutterRegistry where brides can register for a ShutterBooth and have their guests help pay for the service.


In our TMZ/celebrity world, we also found a desire to have the photo booth experience on the red carpet.  So we now offer the option of the booth – minus the curtain – so that spontaneous photos can be taken against branded backdrops. The corporate world, in particular, loves this approach. 

And finally, while the ShutterBooth provides instant gratification with on-the-spot photos, guests still want the availability to access their photos on-line as soon as possible.  With the new Shutter and Share, guests sign up on a laptop at the wedding to have an email notification sent to them when the photos go live.

What’s next?  That’s the question we should all be asking.  With technology moving at record pace and consumer demands escalating nearly as fast, the wedding industry must be thinking strategically on what they will be in 2013 and beyond.

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Jennette’s Pier at Nags Head: New Venue Making Waves in the OBX

First built back in 1939, Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head was the first fishing pier in the Outer Banks.  Seventy years and $25 million dollars later the newly rebuilt, all concrete pier is one of a kind. 

With a 1,000-foot long fishing platform and 16,000-square foot pier house, this location is becoming more and more popular to host weddings. The top floor of the Pier House is a private reception area that can accommodate 175 guests and includes dramatic cathedral ceilings, wall to wall windows, a fireplace, and a covered outside deck.  With its stunning ocean views, this venue provides an amazing backdrop for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and bridal luncheons.  The Pier comes equipped with tables, chairs and a catering kitchen.

To book your event at Jennette’s Pier call 252-255-1501 ext. 204 for Michele Bunce and ext. 209 for Beth Pallett.

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Teresa and Wes Tie the Knot at the Pier House

ShutterBooth helped Teresa and Wes kick off their new lives together on July 8, 2011 when they wed at the Hilton Garden Inn Pier House in Kitty Hawk.

The wedding ceremony on the beach with the sun fading into the horizon was gorgeous and the reception in the Pier House was awesome. Congrats to the newlyweds!!!


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The Sanderling Offers Choices for Receptions

The Outer Banks’ only true resort, the Sanderling is located in Duck between the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound. The Sanderling Resort is comprised of three Inns – the Main Inn, the North Inn and the South Inn. The Main Inn features natural wood finishes, ocean views, a Grand Gallery with a fireplace and offers individually decorated rooms. Rooms in the North Inn offer breathtaking views of waterfalls, coastal dunes and the Atlantic Ocean. The Sanderling also has an on-site Spa. This 13-acre venue has numerous options to choose from when it comes to hosting a wedding.

The Main Inn Deck is a beautiful outdoor location that can accommodate up to 175 guests. This ocean-side deck and gazebo make a perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony and/or reception. The lawn, situated among the dune line is a stunning location for a ceremony and can also accommodate 175 people.

The Soundside Pavilion is a semi-permanent tented structure that offers breathtaking sunset views. The 30×70 tented area can seat up to 65 guests with room for a DJ/Band and dance floor. Additional tenting is available and can accommodate up to 200 people.

The Sand Bar is located on the lower level deck of the Main Inn and is an ideal spot for a cocktail reception and can easily accommodate 200+ people. Located on the second floor of the historic Lifesaving Station, the Upper Deck offers views of the Currituck Sound and is ideal for a small reception, bridal luncheon or rehearsal dinner. The Upper Deck can accommodate up to 50 people.

Another popular location at the Sanderling is the Swan/Heron Room which is located on the oceanside of the resort. The Swan/Heron Room offers indoor seating for up to 100 people for receptions. The Conference Center deck can be used to expand the space to create an inside or outside flow.

The Sanderling Resort provides you with a wedding coordinator who will assist you in all aspects of your planning – from the menu to the event design. They are also available to help you choose your vendors and coordinate your rehearsal and ceremony. For more information on weddings at the Sanderling call (252) 449-6664 or email weddings@thesanderling.com.

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Lauren and Jim Tie the Knot at the Hilton

Lauren and Jim were married on June 16, 2011 at the Hilton Garden Inn Pier House. ShutterBooth was there to capture some great memories. To see the photos, click here.

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ShutterBooth Now Part of Salute to Love

ShutterBooth will be part of the latest obxBrides.com offering — Salute to Love.  “Salute to Love” will be the ultimate Outer Banks wedding experience giveaway for a deserving military couple.

obxBrides.com is tapping into the OBX’s amazing local talents to provide one lucky couple a phenomenal wedding weekend for up to 75 people on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina on April 14th, 2012. That couple will receive a free rental of a ShutterBooth for their wedding!  This will be a great way to start ShutterBooth’s fourth year of operation in the Outer Banks. Good luck to everyone who enters.

For more information, go to: http://obxbrides.com/salute-to-love/


Join the obxBrides.com Flash Mob

ShutterBooth is a member of www.obxBrides.com — and one reason why is the way these guys think out of the box.


For example, obxBrides.com and the town of Duck have combined to do a “flash mob” following the July 4th Parade. For more information and to learn how you can participate, go to http://obxbrides.com/flash-mob.

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