Our Story

Schultz FamilyButterfly Kisses Pavilion was an unexpected dream we came upon. We (Jeff & Sharon Shultz) have built several different businesses that thrive on family values & quality workmanship but did not expect to form a business in the planning of one our daughters’ wedding.


Having a family that consists of 3 daughters & one son, Jeff and Sharon have had their share of planning weddings, & other events. So when their middle child showed up with a ring on her finger they hit the ground running to plan a wedding.

After looking into venues spanning from Morehead City to Wilmington, they found several venue options that were unique but not quite what they were looking for. They had a plot of land cleared out for a small business project that hadn’t started yet. The original plan was to put a temporary feature such as a tent on the property but as the wedding design was laid out, the tent no longer fit the plan. Inspired during their travels to Vermont, a barn fit the scene perfectly. They wanted something that was outdoors, offered plenty of floral features for a touch of elegance but also had an atmosphere that allowed guest to be comfortable. The barn was designed.

Jeff’s dedicated family & amazing team of employees from J &S Landscape and Design moved forward with creating the barn. In a period of just 7 months, Jeff & his daughter moved mountains of dirt. The barn was built using rough cut timber, vaulted ceilings, and scrap brick pavers for the floor. A courtyard was added & included a fire pit to add more to the outdoor atmosphere. The pergola was placed in front of the pond, & the garden beds were decorated with their daughter’s favorite trees & plants.

The week pour storyrior to the wedding things still were not yet complete at the pavilion. Seven months is a short amount of time to build a venue, run a business & plan a wedding. Three days prior to the wedding the sod was laid (by the bride, her maid of honor and bridesmaid), the final layers of paint were put on the building & the ceremony site was finished. On June 11, 2011, Butterfly Kisses Pavilion held their first wedding.

Today the venue has an expanded front entrance, added pavilion enclosures, heaters, ceremony benches, & custom whiskey barrel tables. Future additions for the pavilion include a memory walkway (complete with engraved pavers), outdoor kitchen, and a bridal suite.

Since 2011, we have provided a place for people to create memories for their weddings, reunions, showers, parties & more. We hope that you choose to create new memories with us for your next event.

I’m Katrina Naylor. This is me and my dad. And this is our story.

Butterfly Kisses Pavilion
Est. 2011