Helpful Planning for Any Occasion

About Us

October 11, 2003

Coastal Events Coordinators was formed in 2003 by Outer Banks native Karen Nunemaker-Kelly. Since its inception, Karen has helped dozens of couples live out their dream of an Outer Banks wedding. Her attention to detail, combined with the natural beauty of the Outer Banks, provides couples with an unforgettable, beautiful, and stress-free wedding.

Coastal Events Coordinators specializes in wedding planning for the destination bride. From the grandest event for 200 to an intimate affair for 2, Coastal Events is here to ease your stress and do the planning for you! Packages can be customized to suit any budget and bride.

About Karen

Karen Kelly, owner and events coordinator, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in special events coordination (University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1999). As an intern at college in Wilmington, Karen assisted in the coordination of events in conjunction with the North Carolina Azalea Festival, a celebration of Wilmington's artwork, gardens, history and culture. The Azalea festival consists of five days of entertainment that includes: a parade, street fair, circus, concerts, pageantry, and all that is Southern.

Karen, husband Patrick, and 2 girls Sara & Ashley.
Since moving back home in 2000, Karen has worked and been affiliated with several businesses that enabled her to make contacts, that are now an integral part of her work with Coastal Events. As head of membership and advertising sales for the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, Karen assisted with the planning for the monthly Business After Hours socials and the Annual Mariners Membership Drive.

Although she started in freelance advertising and membership sales with the Outer Banks Wedding Association, Karen now volunteers her time to help in the production of Outer Banks Bride Magazine, and in the planning and execution of the Annual Outer Banks Wedding Weekend and Wedding Expo. This has given her the opportunity to build relationships with many of the vendors who also provide services to those planning a destination wedding on the Outer Banks.

Karen's community involvement and background in hospitality, make it a pleasure to serve visitors and locals alike.


· Member & Treasurer, Outer Banks Wedding Association
· Member, Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce
· Board Member, Friends of Jockeys Ridge