WB plays host to celebrity wedding


By Krys Estes

Contributing Writer

Wrightsville Beach was the setting for a celebrity wedding last weekend, as the contestant on a popular reality show hosted guests at a private home on the island before concluding the festivities at Bluewater Grill. Several celebrity news websites covered the wedding.

Ashley Spivey, former contestant on “The Bachelor,” and fiancé Steve Hunsberger wed Saturday, May 14 in a ceremony at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington.

“Us two crazy kids finally decided to settle down and we want all of our favorite people in the world there when we tie the knot,” Spivey and Hunsberger wrote on their wedding webpage.

The couple spent the entire weekend hosting festivities for the wedding party, guests and themselves in Wrightsville Beach leading up to the ceremony. They kicked off the weekend at the Blockade Runner on Thursday.

The couple held the rehearsal ceremony at The Pergola at Airlie Gardens and a welcome party at a private beach house a short distance from the Blockade Runner on Friday. Following the ceremony, the reception was held at The Oak Lawn at Airlie Gardens.

The newlyweds ended their weekend of wedding celebrations with an after-party at Wrightsville Beach’s Bluewater Grill.

“Marrying this babe today,” Spivey wrote on Instagram on Saturday. “Can’t believe the day is finally here!”

Spivey wore a “simple and sleek mermaid-cut wedding dress while Hunsberger wore a light grey suit for their walk down the aisle,” reported Brides.com. “And it was a true garden party with boutonnieres of bay leaf and clean white ranunculus, an alfresco dance floor surrounded by greenery and bathed in sunlight and fresh signature cocktails named after the bride and groom.”

The couple met shortly after Spivey appeared on Season 15 of the reality TV show, “The Bachelor.” Hunsberger spotted Spivey in a bar where they met after having watched her get sent home on the show.

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