Whalehead Weddings

Whalehead in historic Corolla, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is the perfect location for a wedding ceremony and reception. Not only does it have breath taking views on the beautiful Currituck Sound, it’s vary existence was created through romance at it’s finest.

Whalehead is a 21,000 square-foot restored home built by Edward Collings Knight, Jr.  and his bride, Marie Lebel Bonat. This wealthy industrialist  shared with his wife a love of nature and waterfowl hunting. Because his wife was denied membership into male only hunt clubs, Edward built this winter hunting estate for her.

Mr. Knight purchased the Lighthouse Hunt Club and four and a half mile stretch of land on the Currituck Sound. On their honeymoon Edward and Marie visited their new property and began to transform the hunt club into a winter retreat mansion on the Outer Banks. Completed in 1925, their home of five stories featured modern conveniences such as electricity, running hot and cold water, indoor bathrooms and even a refrigerator. The Knights renamed the property Corolla Island. In 1939, new owners renamed the property The Whalehead Club and opened it to the public for museum tours. .

When guests visit the museum mansion, they will see original signed and numbered Tiffany lighting fixtures, corduroy walls, cork flooring,  and the first Otis elevator and basement on the Outer Banks. There is a restored Steinway piano, a petite Art Nouveau “grandmother” clock, and a cast-iron safe within an ornate, marble-topped sideboard. The home is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Featuring eighteen-inch thick walls reinforced by steel beams,. With five chimneys, copper-shingled roof, and humidity-resistant cork floors. To provide electricity and water for the home, a 2,200-gallon pumping system was installed in a boathouse and fed to the house via underground lines. One of the main influential architectural styles on Corolla Island was Art Nouveau, as evidenced by the curved rooflines, paint color choices, ornamental chimneys, Tiffany lighting, and distinctive porches and friezes. To this day, Whalehead contains some of the most important examples of Art Nouveau ornamentation in the United States.

In the 1920’s Corolla was a much different place than it is today. There was the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, a United States Coast Guard Lifesaving Station, a one-room schoolhouse and post office, and only a few other stores and residents. This area of the Outer Banks was originally called Currituck Beach.

Your wedding guests will love the romance and mystery of Whalehead and most of all the waterfront and sunset views. The bright yellow estate is located on the now Currituck Heritage Park. There is a pink stucco boat house on a large boat basin that is entered into by a wooden arched bridge. A wooden dock leads out to a gazebo over the sound and the north end of the property boast a wildlife museum and views of the Currituck Lighthouse. The grounds are a photographer’s dream location!

Currituck County purchased the Whalehead property in 1992 in order to ensure public Sound access. Restoration of the property began in 1999, and by 2002, the property had been restored to a near-identical state as it existed in the 1920s.

Below are two sample packages, put together by our planners, you can take to Whalehead, to continue the romance! Please contact us with questions, 252-305-7444.


Officiate using your Ceremony Style

Floral (Bouquet and Boutonniere, additional floral may be purchased)

Live Violin or Guitar for Ceremony

Custom Photography by Deborah Sawyer (All images on Flash Drive to print your own photos, online posting and 2 hours coverage.)

Chairs for Ceremony and Arch on the Waterfront with Set Up and Take Down

White Chocolate Sea Shell Wedding Cake Boxed

Day of Director for Ceremony

Whalehead Club Property Rental Fees

Up to 30 People $3,999 (Applicable Sales Tax will be added)


Officiate using Ceremony Style

Floral (Bouquet and Boutonniere, additional floral may be purchased)

Live Violin or Guitar for Ceremony

Custom Photography by Deborah Sawyer (All High Resolution images on Flash Drive to print your own photos, online posting and 6 hours coverage.)

Wedding Cake, Cup Cake Tower or Dessert Display

Chairs and Arch for Ceremony and Table and Chairs for Dining with Set Up and Take Down

Linen and Beautiful Centerpiece Displays of Choice

Two Entree Meal including Salad, Vegetable, Starch, Bread and Two Passed or Stationed Appetizers with Waite Staff

DJ for Background Music and Dancing for 4 Hours

Planner and Day of Director with staff for Ceremony and Reception with Vendor Meetings and Tastings

Whalehead Grounds Rental Fee

Tent, Optional Sides, String Lighting, Dance Floor, Tent Permit

Up to 100 $19,999  (applicable sales tax will be added)