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Imagine the most romantic wedding, the most memorable family reunion or the perfect corporate retreat. Now add water.

Location is everything. Especially when it comes to planning your wedding or special event. Whether you choose indoor or outdoor, intimate or grand, we have a variety of properties and romantic settings that will make your special occasion on the beautiful Crystal Coast truly memorable.

Bluewater Weddings and Events team offers exceptional event coordination services. We are dedicated to capturing your vision, style and personality to create a memory that can be passed down through your family for generations to come.

We provide a variety of packages to choose from or we can create a package to fit a specific theme or any size budget. From beginning to end, you can entrust us to handle the fine details in carefully carrying out your vision. It is our job to work with and for you in coordinating services, negotiating contracts and scheduling vendors. We micro-manage the details so you won’t have to. You can just sit back and relish in the moment of your wedding.

Contact our Certified Wedding Planner, Zena Underwood and let Bluewater Weddings and Events create an occasion that not only your guests will enjoy but that you will cherish forever.

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From June 7th 2013 at Dream Maker
"I was very upset when I learned the day before my wedding that I would not be able to have it as planned at the beautiful house we had rented for the week because of tropical storm Andrea. Zena was immediately on the phone with myself, my vendors, and different possibilities for venues. In the end we were able to move everything to the Islander. Zena and Mel were able to transform the room so it was beautiful and sophisticated. They made sure everything ran smoothly and my husband and I created amazing memories on our wedding day! Zena and Mel saved our wedding day!"
-Rachel, Bride

From June 1, 2013 at Southern Breeze
"Zena was such a big help during the whole process! I dont know how couples get married without a Wedding Cordinator. We loved how she really helped us through normally easy steps (cutting the cake, throwing the bouquet, etc) because this was our first (and last) time getting married! She even brought help with her on the Wedding day to make sure that everything was taken care of. I would highly recommend Zena to all Brides! Thanks!"
-Heather and Chad

From May 17, 2013 at Grand Finale
"I think retaining your services for coordinating the wedding was the best decision we made. Even though it was a small wedding, there were many things that had to be handled prior to the actual ceremony. Your experience was certainly helpful thru all the organizing and planning. Thanks to your efforts , everything was perfect including the venue, catering, setup (inside and outside). Thanks again."
-John, Father of the Bride

From May 2, 2013 at Playtime
"'I have a guardian angel and her name is Zena!' We were thrilled when our daughter chose to be married on the windswept, sandy shores of Emerald Isle, NC because we live near the sugar-white shores of the Gulf of Mexico in southern Alabama and had never been to the Outer Banks. I almost panicked though when I realized we would be planning a wedding for a destination that was 13 hours and hundreds of miles away... yikes! It was a daunting task but Zena was there for us every step of the way... both before and during the wedding. She provided us with the names of all the vendors and set up appointments with them when we visited there in February... they were all first class and thanks to Zena, we were able to give our daughter an elegant, magical beach wedding... one dreams are made of! As I said before, 'I have a guardian angel and her name is Zena!'"
-Robin, Mother of the Bride

From April 28, 2013 at Summerhill Cottage
"Thank you for making Josh and I's wedding a success. We had a perfect wedding and I couldn't have asked for a better day! I didn't have a single worry on my wedding day with such professional and experienced wedding planners there."

From April 6, 2013 at Dream Maker
"From start to finish working with Zena Underwood was a pleasure. She first showed us an oceanfront venue we requested to see. After walking the property and getting a feel for what we were looking for, she told us we were in the wrong place. She immediately suggested we see the Dream Maker home. With little hesitation, we made the trip to Salter Path and fell in love at first sight. Zena was right. The property was PERFECT! The name delivers as our dreams came true at Dream Maker. We selected the day of coordiation services, but from the moment I first made contact with Zena she was available and willing to assist us. Her prompt responses eased my concerns or worries throughout the process. The day of, Zena made sure everything went seamlessly. I had no worries over where we needed to be when. She and her assistant took care of it all. They took my decor and ideas and made it a reality. I could not have asked for a better wedding team!"
-Jessica and Jeremi

From April 4, 2013 at Summerhill Cottage
"I wanted to say Thank You so much for all your help with our wedding! I was so stressed and freaked out because of the rain and having to move everything inside at the last minute. It was such a relief to leave everything in your capable hands and it came out beautifully! Thanks again for all your help! I highly recommend using Bluewater Weddings and Events!! The house was perfect, the wedding was perfect and the marriage is perfect!!"
-Genny and Ross

From April 13, 2013 at The Islander
"When I started my search for wedding venues and locations I knew I wanted something that would provide me with the best package on my budget. I stumbled upon The Islander in Emerald Isle, NC. I noticed right away that they were very personal and easy to work with. Throughout the entire process, Zena, the wedding planner, was amazing! She was always very helpful even when I emailed her after her work hours. I didn't feel the stress of wedding planning but instead enjoyed the six months that I was engaged. I was not sure how everything that I had picked was going to come together but I was very assured Zena would take care of it! Now that the wedding is over I can honestly say I wouldn't have changed a thing about my wedding day! The Islander was a perfect place to get married and Zena made the whole day stress free. I loved all the vendors that were recommended and my guest could not stop talking about how cozy the Islander was. Thank you to Zena and the crew at the Islander for making April 13th, 2013 amazing!"
-Kayla and Cody

From June 29, 2012 at Watson House
"Chelsea, thanks so much to you and the staff at Bluewater for making Jessica and Ryan's wedding day so beautiful! The venue was amazing and everything came together so well...couldn't have done it all without you.
If you ever need a reference for future brides, don't hesitate to ask. It was a pleasure and a lot of fun working with you"
-Jodi Hillard, Aunt of the Bride

From May 20, 2012 at Lazy Days
Bride: Katie DePalma

"How can we thank you? The wedding was amazing, thanks in large part to you. Everything went better than I could have even imagined. The house/ I can remember. We loved it! Our guests had a great time, I think we may be in love with that house...did not want to leave at all. Please share that with the owners, and thanks again to you, Kelly and the owners for working with us to make sure we could stay there. Not only was it gorgeous, but now it's got some history for us:)"
-Katie DePalma and Eric Hugg

From April 28, 2012 at Lazy Days
Bride: Crystal Hyman

"Chelsea, thank you for all that you did to make our wedding run so smoothly. Because of your efforts there was very little stress and we were able to enjoy ourselves. It was such a successful wedding and we are expecting our baby in January! Thank you again for everything, we would recommend your to anyone getting married in Emerald Isle."
-Jay and Crystal Hyman

From September 2, 2011 at Grandview
Bride: Heather Guthrie

"Thank you so much for everything Chelsea! Everything was perfect and thank goodness you were there to put it all together and keep us on track! We definitely could not have pull it off without you!"
-Heather Guthrie

From May 14, 2011 at Lazy Days
Bride: Lily Ziehl

"I was planning on a May wedding at an oceanfront beach house for about 85 people and really didn’t think it was necessary to hire a wedding planner – it was going to be classy but casual. I thought we could take care of the details ourselves and save that money for something else. My mother thought we really needed someone to help us so I gave in and we hired Chelsea from Bluewater. She gave us fantastic recommendations for everything from caterers to cakes to where to get our nails done. We used all her suggestions. For months I emailed several times a week and she always responded quickly. On the big day she and Katy showed up at noon and guided us through the wedding at 5:30 on the beach and through the reception until after 11:00. They handled every little problem that came up and even kept the rain away until late. We started with a great wedding planner and ended up with a friend. Hiring them was the best choice I made – except for the groom of course :)
Thank you so much Chelsea and Katy, we couldnt have done it so well without you!.."
-Lily and Steven Inge

From May 26, 2011 at Admiral's Watch
Bride: Meghann Mounts

"Chelsea, we cant thank you enough for everything you did to help make our wedding be absolutely perfect! Nothing could have been better! You went above and beyond our expectations and helped keep us calm during our planning. We hope you enjoyed yourself and we would happily refer you and Admiral's Watch to anyone! Thanks!"
-Meghann and Drew DeWees

From May 28, 2011 at Islander Courtyard
Bride: Laurie McKenna

We Want to thank you and your staff for all the hard work to make our day special. You left nothing undone. We were so happy with everything.
Wow you are the best BLUEWATER AND THE ISLANER HOTEL MADE OUR WEDDING DAY PERFECT!!!! Please let Walt and all his staff at the Islander Hotel know that they made our wedding and our stay wonderful. It was a joy meeting you and we were so glad we made such a perfect choice in choosing you as our wedding planner!
-Laurie and Kevin.

From April 24th, 2011 at Admiral's Watch
Bride: Jen Kerrick

Dear Chelsea,
Thank you so much for all your hard work and help making our wedding day such a success! You are very talented and we appreciate everything! Our day exceeded our expectations and that was because of you! Thanks again and it was a pleasure working with you.
-Jen and Jason.

From May 29, 2010 at The Islander Suites
Bride: Amanda Redd

Thank you and your staff so much for the wonderful job you did coordinating and managing my niece's wedding reception on May 29, 2010. You really stepped in and made the occasion a very nice event. I attended the reception and thought you did an exceptional job of making sure everything was just right. As Mayor of a major NC city I attend many functions/events and it is my opinion that your professionalism and attention to detail is among the best I have seen.

I would strongly recommend your services to anyone desiring to have a successful special event.

Sammy Phillips
Mayor, City of Jacksonville

From May 15, 2010 at The Islander Suites
Bride: Mallory Eastland

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This was the wedding of my dreams and I know I could not have pulled it off without you! Thanks for putting up (what I'm sure seemed like a million) lanterns and paying attention to all the small details that mattered to me.

Everything looked gorgeous and, to me, flowed perfectly! You made me one happy bride along with my family!! Thanks again for everything – you're amazing!!

~ Mallory Eastland

From August 9, 2010
Bride: Lisa Strain

''My husband, Andy, and I live in New York. He is originally from Atlanta and I am from Upstate New York. We met a few years back while working on disaster relief, ironically we decided to have our wedding during hurricane season! We love to travel when we get some down time and always wanted to have a simple elegant beach wedding. We heard wonderful things about The Crystal Coast and the Outer Banks but had never had the chance to visit. As we started to research our options we came across Bluewater in Emerald Isle, NC. We had decided that we wanted to have our wedding and the reception at an ''Event Home'' in a location that would be accessible to friends and family on both sides. We truly did not know where to begin given that we had never been there and with our careers we were doing much of the planning over email and on a limited schedule. We contacted Bluewater to discuss the rental options for a home and how to go about planning our wedding and reception. We immediately found Chelsea Donovan, Event Coordinator with Bluewater. After speaking to Chelsea, I knew at that our wedding day was going to be perfect, she was in perfect step with what Andy and I wanted.

We booked a weekend in Emerald Isle to see the home and meet Chelsea. Based upon our thoughts and ideas of what we wanted she was able to match us with the best vendors and had an itinerary ready for us on our arrival. Everyone that we met with, Floyd's 1921 (the caterer), Kathy Canby (cake), hair and make-up and Crystal Coast Tent and Event rentals -- were absolutely amazing and exactly what we wanted. Without Chelsea, it would not have been possible for us find all these incredible people. When we left that weekend I knew that we were in good hands and we were able to enjoy all of the planning with none of the headaches often associated with an often daunting task.

We were married August 9, 2010, on the beach, with our reception at the event home, Shamrock. Chelsea went above and beyond to make sure that everything was exactly what we wanted for our wedding. Even the brief rain shower the morning of the wedding was not a negative factor in the least. Chelsea and her associate Jordan, were wonderful to our guests and took great pictures! We were so surprised and thrilled to see the montage of photos and video that they had put together for us, unexpectedly! Our day was wonderful. We would recommend the entire Bluewater team to everyone. Our time on Emerald Isle was perfect, and we are planning our next visit. Can't wait to see Chelsea again!! We have found a wonderful vacation spot, and made some great friends."

~ Lisa and Andy Strain

From September 17, 2010, at the Islander Lawn
Bride: Stephanie Spurlock

''Now that things have finally settled down I have to thank you for making our wedding day so amazing! I don't even think I could thank you enough. You did an awesome job with the tent, kids and keeping every detail in mind. It was a pleasure to meet you and work with you. You are great at what you do and we were lucky for the chance to get married at the Islander. Thank you again for helping create a fabulous day for us to remember for years to come."

~ Stephanie and Irv Spurlock

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