Ocean Isle Brides: Heather & Lacey
Heather and Lacey got married on Oct. 10, 2014, at the Isles Restaurant on Ocean Isle Beach, in North Carolina. As luck would have it, same-sex marriage became legal in their state on their wedding day. “The entire day is my favorite memory of my life!” Heather said. “If I have to be more specific, my favorite memories from the day include our vows, our first dance, and my father-in-law’s speech to us during the reception.” Their first dance was, literally, their first dance. “It was just so memorable because we’ve never danced together before,” said Heather. “I love to dance and she does not. We took one dance lesson prior to the wedding and when we were out there on the dance floor it felt like it was just the two of us.”
The marriage proposal came on their second anniversary. Heather had planned a weekend getaway at a little house on a very quiet and private island. She knew Lacey was planning to propose eventually, and decide she’d turn things around and do the proposing instead. “I bought the ring about a month earlier and kept moving its hiding place around the apartment,” Heather said. She went on: “It was in my purse the whole time we were driving to our destination. She kept asking me for her present, in a cute way of course, all day. It was so hard to keep it a secret. My plan was to take her out on the beach at night and propose after dinner. Of course, nothing ever goes quite as planned and a storm came in. We were bundled up in the house, we had just finished dinner and were watching Steel Magnolias. She asked for her present again. I told her to close her eyes and when she opened them I was holding the ring and asked her to marry me. After she got over the initial shock, she said ‘Yes!’.”
The brides chose their venue on gut feeling. They had visited several places and nothing felt quite right. They casually dropped into Isles Restaurant one day without an appointment, and fell in love. The wedding coordinator was patient and kind and answered all their questions, even though she had another wedding party arriving in half an hour. The venue had a pool deck where the ceremony could be held, which was another huge plus for the brides.
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.