Real Wedding: Kristine + Kevin at The Barn of Chapel Hill

On June 22nd, I had the pleasure of working with the most amazing team of vendors to celebrate Kristine and Kevin on their wedding day! Wild Flora Farms covered almost every beam and chandelier at The Barn of Chapel Hill with the most lush greenery and florals; it was absolutely breath taking! Chapel Hill Restaurant Group pulled out all the stops with everything from the most marvelous cheese and crudités station to mini-pizzas for late-night snacks, not to mention the most perfect selection of fruit sorbets for dessert! POUR bartending also brought in some special treats for the guests with a frozen margarita bar out on the veranda!

One of my favorite things about Kevin and Kristine's wedding was how they were able to incorporate so many personal touches. Their beloved dogs, Bolt and Moose, were able to join us for the ceremony, and two of Kevin and Kristine's closest friends were able to officiate! The cake topper, which sat atop a beautiful five-tier wedding cake from Cakes by Chloe, was a perfect match to Kristine's actual wedding dress, even down to the lace! A close friend of their's even played and sang the song "In Case You Didn't Know" for their first dance!

But overall, my favorite thing about this wedding was how excited Kristine and Kevin were to be getting married; they laughed and cried while reading their handwritten vows to one another, they were never on the dance floor without each other, and it was apparent all night that the true focus of of the day was their love for each other!

- Caroline

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Rebecca Ames Photography

Venue: The Barn of Chapel Hill

Planner: Caroline with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Wild Flora Farm

Uplights + Market Lights: ThemeWorks Creative

Chandeliers: CE Rental

Rentals (Draping, stage, some furniture): ThemeWorks Creative

Rentals (tent, ceremony “stage”, dance floor): CE Rental

Rentals (seat cushions, black wash chairs): American Party Rental

Rentals (linens, glassware, china, flatware, catering equipment): Party Reflections

Furniture, Blush Draping, Runner, all Decor + Vessels (except florals), Alter and Arch/Trellis: Kathy Welsh, Mother of the Bride

Caterer: Chapel Hill Restaurant Group Catering

Bartending: POUR

Ceremony Music: Nelson String Quartet

Reception Music: The Rupert’s Orchestra

Videographer: Big Dog Little Bed Productions

Dessert: Cakes by Chloe

Transportation: Greenway Transportation

Hair/Make Up: Ceremony Salon

Dress: Callie Tein with Modern Trousseau

Officiant: Katie Hancock + Zak May, friends of the Bride and Groom

Real Wedding: Nicole + Jon at The Merrimon-Wynne House

Nicole and Jon had a stunning May wedding at the beautiful Merrimon-Wynne. The ceremony was out on the lawn under a beautiful floral arch designed by Folie A Deux. Cocktail hour was held in the house and overflowing onto the porches. When it's a beautiful day outside, you just can't keep guests inside! And the evening wrapped with a reception in the Carriage House and Two Roosters ice cream truck out on the main entrance. I love when guests have special touches like an ice cream truck. We all know kids love ice cream but if you could see the excitement on the adult's faces when they realize there is ice cream - it's quite magical!

I loved the design of this wedding. The intricate linens, perfectly paired florals, and elegant simplicity made for a gorgeous design. And Tiffany Johnson's photos capture it perfectly! Enjoy the photos below! Can you believe we were fighting off rain all afternoon?!

Cheers, Whitney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Tiffany L. Johnson Photography

Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Folie A Deux

Calligraphy (Seating Chart + Welcome Sign): Mason Dixon Designs

Rentals: Party Reflections and Pretty Pieces

Caterer: Beau Catering

Music: Frank with Bunn DJ Co

Dessert: The Cupcake Shoppe

Ice Cream Truck: Two Roosters

Hair/Makeup: WINK

Officiant: Kayelily Middleton

Real Wedding: Leigh + William at The Merrimon-Wynne House

Leigh and Will tied the knot at the Merrimon-Wynne House at the end of March. Leigh and Will met while they were in law school, and their love just grew from there.

C&D Events was hired as a full planner, and it was so much fun with them, planning from Manhattan! Each trip they made down to NC meant it was a planning packet wedding weekend. One of our most favorite meetings we had was coming up with their design. The thought process for the design was bright and colorful, but not like a crayon box or like a princess party. They chose peach tones, soft blues, and then some brighter and bolder colors. We hired Bushel and Peck to take on this task of creating a fun and vibrant wedding day design for Leigh and Will.

The wedding day was so sunny and we had a wonderfully warm spring day. The dinner was made by the wonderful Snap Pea Catering, which was truly something to drool over. One thing they truly wanted was for their friends and family to come together, and what better way to do that than family style! It was so much fun as they were surrounded by their friends and family.

After the dinner, we had the wonderful Ryan with Spin DJ keeping the guest on their toes all night. One of our favorite little surprises during the evening was when they cut the cake. It was Will's mom's birthday and they had Ashley Cakes whip up funfetti to celebrate her! It truly was so sweet and kind.

Leigh and Will- Thank you so much for choosing C&D Events to be your planner. Words cannot express how truly grateful we are for the opportunity!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Anderson Shore Photography

Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House

Planner: C&D Events

Invitations: Paper Buzz

Programs: Dana with Bushel + Peck Designs

Menus: Snap Pea Catering

Design/Florals: Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: Party Reflections

Lounge: Cottage Luxe

Caterer: Snap Pea Catering

Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings

Reception Music: SPIN DJ

Dessert: Ashley Cakes

Transportation: Carolina Livery

Getaway Car: White Horse Transportation

Favors: Escazu Chocolates

Hair: Wedding Hair by Liz

Makeup: Karen Michelle Clark

Officiant: Nancy Petty

Real Weddings: Jillian + Eric at The Barn of Chapel Hill

I was able to first meet with Jillian via FaceTime after having Alivia and still being on maternity leave. Right away I could tell she has a kind heart and such a loving personality. After chatting about Jillian and Eric’s wedding vision I could tell this was going to a great wedding! Barn of Chapel Hill is such a special venue. There are so many different aspects that related so much to Jillian and Eric’s everyday lives. One of the most unique aspects included the fact that they share the love of honeybees! Both the Barn of Chapel Hill and the new Mr. and Mrs. have honey bee farms on their property. Fast forward almost a year later we were sitting in the Barn of Chapel Hill applauding Jillian and Eric’s first dance practice during their final walkthrough. This is one of the reasons it is important to have final walkthroughs. The couple, venue staff and I get to go through all of the details and truly envision all of your wedding plans! This also created so much excitement for their big day!

Jillian and Eric’s wedding day was on a HOT May day. But we were thankful for clear blue skies to make sure their outdoor patio ceremony was absolutely perfect! Wild Flora Farm rocked out all of the beautiful florals including the most gorgeous pergola I have ever seen! The couple incorporated their cute and loving pup throughout their day - including the first look and bridal party processional! After the ceremony guests were greeted with passed appetizers and cocktails by Cook Shack Catering while listening to the beautiful Arioso Strings musicians. Kasey Smith with Kasey Smith Creative was able to rock out some awesome bridal party and family photographs in front of the gorgeous and timeless barn doors. After cocktail hour family and friends were welcomed inside the Barn to enjoy Jillian and Eric’s dance moves followed by dinner and cake cutting. Frank with Bunn DJ Company opened up the dance floor and kept the tunes coming all night long!

I mentioned earlier that Jillian and Eric run a honeybee farm on their own property. Last year their hives produced the super rare “Purple Honey.” The most perfect favor was created from this “purple honey” and guests were able to take home their own personal jar to enjoy! I truly love this idea and created such a special memory. Jillian and Eric ended their evening with a sparkler exit out of the barn doors.

Thank you so much Jillian and Eric for all of the laughs and sweet memories during your planning process. I will always cherish you both as a couple and wish you both nothing but greatness and love! Please continue to keep in touch :)

xo Alexia

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Kasey Smith Creative

Venue: The Barn of Chapel Hill

Planner: Alexia with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Wild Flora Farm

Paper Products + Invitation Suite: Shutterfly

Caterer: Cook Shack Catering

Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Arioso Strings

Reception Music: Bunn DJ Company

Videographer: Epoch Visuals

Desserts: Daisy Magnolia Bakery

Hair/Make Up: Wedded Kiss

Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

Gown: Casablanca Bridal

Real Wedding: Hillary + Anton at The Carolina Inn

Hillary and Anton got married on a perfect day in May at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill! From the very beginning, it was apparent that Hillary and Anton wanted this day to be a party to remember, so not only did we have the band Mint Julep open the reception, but Joe Bunn came in halfway through to really get the party started! The couple were on the dance floor all night, rarely taking a break to grab a snack from the dessert bar, which had tasty mini-pies from Slice Pie Company and an array of assorted Haribo gummies!

Not only did Hillary and Anton dance all night, but they also took a brief detour to party at the other reception happening in the Old Well Ballroom across the hall! Earlier that day Hillary and Anton were informed of the other wedding taking place at The Carolina Inn, and they were ecstatic. They wanted to meet the other couple that they got to share this special date with. So we collaborated with the other planners and made magic happen! It was a first for us, but so worth it! They joined our party for a few songs, and we joined their's; it was a true celebration all around!

- Caroline

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Richard Barlow Photography

Venue: The Carolina Inn

Planner: Caroline with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Fresh Affairs

Paper Products: DIY

Rentals: CE Rental

Lounge: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Caterer: The Carolina Inn

Ceremony Music: Ken Stewart

Reception Band: Mint Julep

Reception DJ: Bunn DJ Company

Desserts: Slice Pie Company + DIY Candy Bar

Hair/Make Up: WINK Hair + Makeup

Officiant: Randy Gott, Friend of the Bride + Groom

Favors: Krispy Kreme

Real Wedding: Mary + Bryant at The Stockroom at 230

Mary and Bryant got married last August at the Stockroom at 230. They are such a fun and sweet couple. Mary wasn't loud or crazy, but that's okay because as you can see Bryant was the perfect match to counterbalance her. I was incredibly lucky to be chosen by this wonderful couple, as their "day of" wedding coordinator, and man... I wish I had gotten more time with them. She was from Asheville (be still my heart) and he owns a really cool custom t-shirt company in the area that I actually have multiple shirts from.

They got married on a beautiful sunny day in downtown Raleigh. The vibe was full of lush greens and organic feel with ferns, and oriental rugs. They kept their colors very clean with greens, whites, and dusty blues to give it a romantic feel, while they played up the venues industrial look and really it fit nicely into this more organic vibe. They had the most fun wedding party I have been around and could just laugh and enjoy the day with them. The guys rented out Isaac Hunters Tavern and got dressed there, which was really super cool touch. While the ladies had a fun and carefree morning in the Glass Box.

The ceremony was run by the bride's uncle who we all ended up calling Rev. D-Wright. Just to put into perspective just how fun and laid back they truly were. Which was perfect since there wasn't a dry eye in the room when the bride was given away by her brother. Seriously, so stinking sweet.

After the ceremony guests headed down to the COR Museum while the room was flipped for the reception, which all 122 guests fit in so comfortably. Donovan’s Dish served up the yummiest dinner, and DJ Sami Automatic had people dancing and partying the night away. Jessica Yee with the Oblique Pen made the most perfect chalkboard design to be the backdrop of the photo booth. Needless to say, this was a reception to remember!

My most favorite thing of the night was when it was time to cut the cake! Mary had a sweet tooth so Rachel Bailey Cake Artist made the most delicious cake for her, while Bryant...not so much. He is more of a bourbon guy. As they cut the cake together, he fed her, and she served him a sip of bourbon. Truly unique and so perfect for them. Mary and Bryant, I hope you guys have had the best first year of marriage, and how could you not with a new puppy!? Y'all have given me amazing memories and I could not thank you both so much. I wish you both all of the best and enjoy this wild ride of married life.

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Nieto Photography

Venue: The Stockroom at 230

Cocktail Hour: COR Museum

Planner: C&D Events

Design/Florals: English Garden

Chalkboard Design: Oblique Pen

Rentals: CE Rental

Draping: ThemeWorks

Caterer: Donovan’s Dish

Music: DJ Sami Automatic

Desserts: Rachel Bailey Cake Artist

Hair/Make Up: WINK Hair + Makeup

Transportation: Crank Arm Rickshaw

Officiant: Uncle David Wright


Real Wedding: Somer + Gary at The Stockroom at 230

Somer & Gary are having a big year in 2019! They got married, bought a new house, and having a little one join the family! To say that 2019 is going to be a hard year to top is an understatement. When they came to me ready to plan their big day, they knew immediately they wanted to have a coordinator to oversee all of the logistics so they could enjoy each life event and not be stressed and worried. I immediately fell in love with their kindness and care for everyone involved. And they had a stellar menu with Rocky Top Catering so that is always a bonus to a foodie like me :) They did a delicious cocktail hour with a green chiles dip, plated dinner with fish, beef, chicken, and vegetarian options, a late night biscuit bar, macaroons, and the ever fan-favorite SweetWater Ices.

Somer’s design ideas were also one of my favorites. Ivory, light blues, metallic metals and linen touches was perfect against the brick backdrop of The Stockroom. And you cannot beat the chalkboard wall there. AB Chalk + Designs did a beautiful floral art piece with their names and we centered the sweetheart table right in front of it. One of my favorite pictures opportunities!

Somer & Gary - many congratulations for all the big life updates happening this year for you.

Cheers, Whitney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Chelsea Morgan Photography

Venue: The Stockroom at 230

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Expressions of Love

Chalkboard Design: AB Chalk + Designs

Rentals: CE Rental

Speciality Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Draping: ThemeWorks

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Music: All Events DJs

Macaroons & Light Bites Desserts: Rocky Top Catering

Desserts: SweetWater Ices

Hair/Make Up: Perfectly Posh Hair & Makeup

Officiant: Daniel, Best Friend of the Groom

Real Wedding: Brooke + Paul at The Family Home

Brooke and Paul's wedding was such a reflection of them! They loved the lake and that is where they wanted to have their wedding! They curated their guest list and invited only the people closest to them and had their wedding under a tent on the lawn of Paul's Parent's Lake house. It was perfection!

They rented out several houses around the lake on VRBO and placed all of their guests in the neighborhood - it made for the MOST relaxed, fun, family affair! Brooke's family was in charge of the flowers and did a beautiful job! Paul's parent's were in charge of the desserts - and those pies were to die for! Donovan's did the heavy hitting with the catering and the food was perfection.

They had Fantasy Band play and keep the party moving (not that this crowd needed help keeping a party going!) It was an all around good time - I really loved getting to know the family and feeling instantly included in all of the festivities - it was truly a memorable experience for all involved!

Warmly, Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Six Foot Photography

Venue: Paul’s Parent’s Home

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Bride’s Sister

Rentals + Lighting: CE Rental

Caterer: Donovan’s Dish

Music: Fantasy Band

Videographer: Carolina Story Film Co.

Dessert: Groom’s Parents

Hair/Make Up: Makeup by Ashley Mooney

Officiant: Dick Purnell, Uncle of the Bride

Real Wedding: Lydia + John at Duke Gardens + The Parlour at Manns Chapel

Lydia and John's April wedding day was so stunning. Their wedding day was so inspired by art and music - and you could see remnants of Monet and classical music throughout the day. I was so excited when Lydia said she'd love to have a Monet-inspired design throughout her wedding design.

Their ceremony was held in the Rollins Overlook at Duke Gardens and the gardens were in full bloom and just absolutely magical on this April day that ushered in the Spring. Guests made their way to the reception later, which was held at the quaint Parlour at Manns Chapel. Guests enjoyed their cocktail hour outside and then moved inside for a delicious dinner by Beau Catering and dancing with a live band. Lydia started the reception off with a song for her groom - she's so talented!

We love the incredible table scapes by Bowerbird Flowers - who captured the watercolor and garden features. Sugar Euphoria created an incredible watercolor painted cake - which was displayed in the Parlour's cake cage and was stunning!

Best wishes to you Lydia and John - may your marriage be long and rich!

With love, Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Brett Seay

Venue: Duke Gardens + The Parlour at Manns Chapel

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Paper Products: One and Only Paper

Design/Florals: Bowerbird Flowers

China, Linens + Glassware Rentals: CE Rental

Lounge: Cottage Luxe

Tent: Grand Rental Station

Caterer: Beau Catering

Ceremony Music: Carolina String Society

Reception Music: Adrian Duke Project

Dessert: Sugar Euphoria

Favors: Chocolate Smiles

Photo Booth: Lil Photo Bus

Transportation: White Horse

Hair/Make Up: Silverceiling Hair and Makeup

Officiant: Perry Hardison

Real Wedding: Sabrina + Rob at The Barn of Chapel Hill

I cannot believe Sabrina and Rob have already celebrated their FIRST wedding anniversary. This year has been such a busy one and I can definitely say "time flies" when you are having fun...and busy chasing a 10 month old :) This couple was so much fun to help with planning. They both moved in the very beginning of our planning process to Seattle, Washington to pursue new careers. So with that being said we did a lot of virtual planning which included emails and phone conversations. We were also able to knock out a lot of vendor meetings, cake tastings and rental meetings with a quick North Carolina trip by the bride and groom.

Sabrina and Rob got married at the beautiful Barn of Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill holds a special place in Sabrina and Rob's heart because they both went to UNC and truly cherished their time in Chapel Hill. They wanted all of their family and friends to enjoy the town just as much as they did while cheering on the Tarheels. Sabrina and Rob started their day by getting ready at the most popular Chapel Hill hotels - The Franklin and The Carolina Inn. This particular May day we were continuously checking the weather on the BEST weather app (Dark Sky) to get the minute to minute rain status in the area. Thankfully the rain held out most of the afternoon and Sabrina and Rob were able to complete their First Look vision at The Old Well on UNC's campus as they envisioned.

Back at the Barn of Chapel Hill, Jen with Wild Flora Farm was performing floral miracles and foraging to make their greenery dreams come true! Sabrina and Rob had a classic vision with a lot of greenery and crisp white flowers, which played so beautifully off of their gray and gold accents throughout the design. I would say Wild Flora Farm, Barn of Chapel Hill's onsite floral company, completely NAILED it!

Right before ceremony time the rain decided to make another appearance. Thankfully the venue has so many different areas and options for guest to mingle. We were able to wait until the coast was clear in the area to continue with the original plan and have the ceremony under the stunning greenery arranged pergola.

After the ceremony, guests were invited back to the Barn of Chapel Hill verandah for delicious signature cocktails, lawn games and passed appetizers while Ally and Bobby Photography were cranking out family portraits. Continuing the night Rocky Top Catering continued their excellent service and served all of the guest their plated salads and dinner option. It was really important for Sabrina and Rob to have superb service and have their guest engage with each other while enjoying their delicious meals.

After dinner the dance floor and photobooth were open! ZimZoom Photobooth was a complete hit of course, and Eric with All Around Raleigh DJ kept the dance floor packed and the guest dancing. But the night was not complete without the tasty chicken biscuit late night snack served on the dance floor by Rocky Top. Sabrina and Rob concluded the night with a sparkler exit with the barn as a backdrop. Sabrina and Rob -

Thank you so much for entrusting C&D Events with one of the most important days of your lives. I hope you continue to stay in touch!

XO Alexia

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Ally and Bobby Photography

Venue: The Barn of Chapel Hill

Planner: Alexia and Dana with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Jen with Wild Flora Farm

Invitations + Programs: Minted

Escort Card Display: Dana with C&D Events

Chalkboard: Lettered with Love

Rentals: CE Rental and Cottage Luxe

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Music: Eric with All Around Raleigh DJ

Photo Booth: ZimZoom Photo Booth

Dessert: Details Cake Design

Transportation: EcoStyle

Hair/Make Up: Pamela Hung with OnLoKation Makeup

Officiant: Kayelily Middleton

Real Wedding: Alexandra + Andrew at Merrimon-Wynne

A legacy of strong women! That was my take away from this wedding planning experience! We planned with Alexandra, her mother, her Aunt, and her grandmother..and they were all FABULOUS! It was so much fun picking out the food and rental details with this group - I felt like everything was a panel decision - but everybody was on the same page! You could just feel the Legacy that Alexandra came from!

This event took place at the beautiful Merrimon-Wynne house and this was the perfect backdrop for Alexandra's sophisticated, white wedding vision! We had to make a last minute decision to have the ceremony in the Carriage House to accommodate the temperatures and musicians but the flip was seamless with Rocky Top Catering and Bushel and Peck Designs. The space was transformed with lots of candles and greenery for dinner and dancing while the guests cocktailed in the the main house. Irresistible Groove kept the party going in between all the beautiful toasts and words from all the family and friends that loved this couple so well!

It was a beautiful night - definitely one to remember - thank you so much Alexandra and Andrew for letting me experience your fabulous family for a season!

Warmly, Courtney