Chelsea and Stephen by Heba Salama Photography

Chelsea & Stephen found me through BAO Events for their May 5, 2012 wedding. After a lot of scheduling, we finally met up this winter for their engagement shoot- just in time for the wedding right around the corner. Their friends and family travelled from near and far to Knots Landing at Ocean Isle beach for the May festivities and everyone was ready for a good time!

Chelsea was a super relaxed bride, taking care of her own make-up while she let Andre Patnode take care of her amazing and full-of-detail hair…gorgeous! We spent the morning photographing Chelsea & all of her bridesmaids & before we knew it, it was GO TIME- good thing her blackberry reminded her it was “time to get married” (see photo). Her dress from Mecklenburg Bridal was simply stunning- and it had pockets- I love, love, love a dress with pockets!  The groomsmen were in perfect beach wedding dress, the weather was a perfect temperature with a slight breeze, and the vows went off with laughter and a few tears.  The love between these two is extremely obvious, and very real.  To see them interact really made me smile.

The guests danced the night away with tunes from Scott Shaw & they noshed on cupcakes from Kristy Neubauer of 2 Chics and a Cake before exiting with a sparkler send off. Many congratulations to them both!

A Little History of Bao Events

Kerri began her career in restaurants at a young age and fell in love with the energy and demanding pace of the food and beverage industry. She knew then that this was the direction she needed to follow and graduated with her degree in Hospitality Management from Appalachian State University.

After college she started focusing more on event planning and began her career as a Special Event Coordinator.  After planning weddings and events for a few years, she wanted to moved on to the  corporate side of events.

She continued her career with a few different event planning positions with Hyatt Hotels, beginning as Banquet Director.  After operations she was promoted to a Catering Manager role and really focused on client relationships, which became her favorite thing to date about event planning. “You meet so many people and learn so much from them.  To know that I am able to take peoples ideas, dreams and goals and turn it into memorable events is the most rewarding thing to me”.

After working in all facets of corporate event planning,  She decided that her passion was creating and making those memories, and wanted to get back into Weddings and Special Events. “Weddings and Special Events allow me the flexibility and creativity to really plan amazing events and think outside the box for a client”.  As Kerri was making her move to get back into Weddings and Special Events she became engaged. It was through her wedding planning process that she met Brittany Adams.  It was then that they decided they had had the same education,  goals, ambitions, experiences and really wanted to take their events to the next level and decided to combine forces. “Not only have I had the opportunity to work with Brittany at BAO Events, I was also lucky enough to be a client”.

“Let’s go beyond your expectations”