As the owners of Simply Shells Rentals, we know exactly how it feels to be an engaged couple planning a destination wedding! We got engaged in July 2009 and were married 2 years later on Ocean Isle Beach, NC. At the time of our engagement we lived in Virginia, so planning a destination wedding from 400 miles away had its challenges.
One of the challenges we faced, was finding upscale beach themed décor! We wanted something simple, yet elegant that would enhance the natural beauty of the beach. We chose a beach wedding to keep it simple, but by no means plain!
My mom saw how disappointed I was in what we had to pick from and offered to help. She hand crafted every centerpiece, every favor and created these beautiful box planters covered in shells that were the cornerstones of our ceremony area on the beach. Our wedding was beautiful and truly magical. We had people from all over asking us where we bought our gorgeous centerpieces and champagne flute favors and the idea for our business was born!
Now, as residents of the Carolinas, my husband and I offer something that no one else does…beautiful, hand-crafted, beach themed décor for your special day. Weddings (especially destination weddings) can be stressful and overwhelming, so we wanted to take one more thing off of your plate that day! We come, set up, decorate and break everything down as well leaving you to enjoy that time with your family and friends.
Our wedding was the inspiration for starting our business and we are passionate about what we do and the items we offer but what makes us even happier is seeing our couples weddings look even more spectacular than our own!
"They made my dream wedding a reality!
Karen, Jennifer and their team made the wedding of my dreams come to life. I live in NYC now but I grew up going to sunset beach for years and knew that would be where I got married. Their beach decor including the incredible driftwood, all the shells, the flowers, the walkway (which they found especially for me since I had shoes on!), all the special signs, and the care they took putting it all together was exceptional!! Everything is handmade by them, they find all the shells themselves and custom make the decorations. They know that beach better then me ( which is saying something) and made sure it was set up so we wouldn’t be disturbed by any unsuspecting elements or people. They were incredible kind people to work with. I want to go back already and get married again! I want to stay in that moment forver and they made my dream moment happen. I am so grateful. I would recommend to anyone getting married on a beach in N.C. to us them!!"
Love, Sara and Josh
Hillary B. - Wrightsville Beach, NC Wedding
"Literally the most amazing decorations for my wedding!!! I found them on here and fell in love with their decorations. Since my hubby and I decided on a destination wedding, we knew we didn't want to do any DIY stuff for decorations. As a self proclaimed marine scientist (I do have a degree in it), the ocean theme for our wedding was very important to me and I absolutely loved the things Simply Shells had available to rent. We met with them one weekend to discuss what we wanted and pick out what we had, and they were so incredible to work with! They realized very quickly that I had a deep passion for marine life and went above and beyond for us! She even made a special whale themed piece to hold memory vases for family members who had passed away, and hung whales from the arbor instead of sea stars for me as well. Everything was stunning, and I could not have imagined anything better! I also want to mention that the week before my wedding I was filled with the worst anxiety I have ever had. I was worried that everything would go wrong, but as soon as Simply Shells arrived and I saw the pieces they had made for us, all my anxiety disappeared, and I was able to enjoy getting ready for my wedding instead of fretting over it. It was the perfect day, and Simply Shells helped make it so!"
Laurel - Kingston Plantation, SC Wedding
"Jenn was amazing from start to finish!! Her touches and attention to detail were truly unique, a one of a kind decor artist you will not find just anywhere. She listened to all of the ideas that I had and truly personalized everything that I wanted for our special day. From the design to the setup to the take down Jenn was truly on point with everything she did! I would recommend Simply Shells to anyone who is planning a wedding in the North or South Carolina region, Jenn truly made our day beautiful and I cannot thank her enough!!"
Britt - Ocean Isle Beach, NC Wedding
"Jenn and her mom are angels walking on Earth. They work hard to ensure that everything is exactly how you want it. And their selection is fantastic! If they don't have exactly what you'd like, they'll figure out a way to make it for you. They are two of the kindest people you'll meet. Their personalities immediately make you feel at ease and help you feel less stressed about all the planning you're doing! Highly recommended!"