Real Wedding: Cade + Marco at The Stockroom at 230

Where to even begin on this wonderful couple!? Cade and Marco were the most amazing couple to work with. I always joked that Cade would answer your questions with 1 of 3 responses; Yes, No, I don't care. (That, hands down, was always her response!) As soon as they were engaged, they instantly booked their venue and called us within 24/36 hours! They had a 4 month engagement! The conversation was along the lines of "we don't really want to plan anything. We want it to be a fun time for our friends and family. Is this something you do?" Instantly I knew they were my type of people!

Cade knew exactly what she wanted aesthetically - simply elegant with white flowers! A huge desire from the couple was to dress up the entryway hallway of The Stockroom. After bouncing a few ideas around, we decided to have pictures of their family hanging with greenery, some uplighting (thanks to ThemeWorks) and candles. This completely wowed their guests, and with the help of Bushel + Peck we had the room/hallway looking stunning.

Another fun part of planning their wedding was the food! His family had more dietary restrictions than most so when it came to getting a catering company who makes mind blowing food with dietary needs in mind, Beau Catering was my go to! They absolutely blew it out of the water with this family style meal. Cade had two teenage boys that she said just continued to eat her out of house and home, and I think even they had full bellies that night! Surprisingly, their sugar free cake (by Cakes by Chloe) was amazing! Hair and Makeup was done by the fantastic duo of Jess Johnson and Karen Michelle Clark. Our lovely bride was not one who wore makeup often, and was always very true to herself!

The ceremony was about a total of 10 minutes from start to finish, and our groom absolutely loved it! Perry really customized exactly what the happy couple was looking for. Right after the ceremony, the reception started and Top Notch Entertainment had everyone up on the dance floor, and partied the night away. The drinks were flowing, the food was great, the desserts were sweet, and this fun couple was married! I really could keep going on about this wedding, as I absolutely loved Cade and Marco! They really were a one of a kind couple! I cannot thank them both enough for trusting me with that incredible responsibility to make their wedding perfect! I absolutely loved spending time with you both, and for letting me into your life for just a few months. Your no filter lifestyle is what dreams are made of! I hope you are enjoying your new home and life!

All the best, Catherine

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: JLH Photography

Venue: The Stockroom at 230

Planner: Catherine with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Ashlee with Bushel + Peck Designs

Lighting: The Stockroom at 230 & ThemeWorks

Drapery: ThemeWorks

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Beau Catering

Music: Top Notch Entertainment

Dessert: Cakes by Chloe

Makeup: Karen Michelle Clark

Hair: Jesse Johnson

Officiant: Perry Hardison

Real Wedding: Lauren + Braxton at Duke Chapel & The Rickhouse

Lauren and Braxton's wedding was stunning! The Duke Chapel is absolutely breathtaking. If you have never been you should make a point to visit at least once. Lauren was one of the most organized brides I have worked with, which I loved about her. The day was very smooth from the ceremony at the Duke Chapel to the reception at The Rickhouse. It was a beautiful (and slightly cold) day in November. Lauren has really good taste and style, which was executed well in the design for her wedding. Simple neutral colors, with dramatic flowers. I couldn't keep my eyes off the head table, it looked like it should be in a magazine. All of the vendors did an incredible job, it really was the A team. This was my last wedding for 2018, which was a little bittersweet.

All the best, Kelsy

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Rachel Elisabeth Photography

Venue: Duke Chapel & The Rickhouse

Planner: Kelsy with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Purple Poppy

Chalkboard Artist: Marika Wendelken

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Music: Fun Times with Robert White

Videographer: Eden Anne Films

Dessert: Mama C’s Cakes

Makeup: The Bardot

Hair: Lizzy Long

Transportation: Lifestyle Limousine Company

Officiant: Jim Everette

Real Wedding: Corrine + Max at Our Lady of Lourdes & Market Hall

Let me start by saying Corrine and Max, were so much stinking fun! I met with them almost a year ago and absolutely fell in love with them. There were so many similarities in our lives that they HAD to like me so I could be friends with them.

Their vision was beautiful and rustic but with an industrial twist. They had a traditional ceremony at Our Lady of Lourdes, which was refreshing for me as not as many people are having the traditional ceremony. Right after that is when the C&D team got down to business. They had a 2 hour break in their day which gave us a few hours to bring Corrine's vision to life. This girl is one after my own heart as she knew exactly what she wanted and how to make that happen. She made her own escort display, and sent me the photos of exactly how she wanted her guest tables to look. To say she was prepared would be an understatement. We transformed Market Hall to be exactly what Corrine had in her head, and it was beautiful. With lanterns, mason jars, candles, and wood cookies (thank you, Greenhouse Picker Sisters) the vision had come to life!

The wedding party showed up and I don't think it ever ended that night! The food was absolutely to die for, and the drinks were never empty. My favorite thing about this wedding was how incredibly thoughtful everything was. The first dance, mother/son, and father/daughter dances were made to prevent a dry eye. There are times you sit through the toast and think "man these are great, I wonder when they are going to wrap up?" and that was NOT the case with this wedding. You can see how wonderfully loved Corrine and Max were by everyone. The night ended with a unique glow stick exit, and led off to the after party.

Like I said, I'm not sure their wedding ever actually ended for them, but man oh man I know I had the best time! Corrine and Max, thank you so much for letting me have the opportunity to know you! To your friends and family I am fine with being adopted by one of the most fun and welcoming crowds I have ever been apart of! I can't wait to see what life has in store for you guys. I'm wishing you all the best in the world! - Catherine

Real Wedding: Kelsey + Daniel at Market Hall

Kelsey, Daniel, and I met about 14 months before their wedding. We got together at a Starbucks near our homes and sat at a little table in the corner. Every meeting we had was in that same Starbucks and every single time that same little table was available! It's such a trivial thing but something that we started talking about and become very sweet to us. At that very first meeting, I remember thinking how much I really liked this couple. Kelsey walked in with a bride binder with enough paper in it to build 1,000 paper planes and Daniel was thoughtful in being involved in every step of the way. They were so organized and decisive that it was honestly so easy to serve them. Especially when you have all of that organization on top of their very sweet souls.

Kelsey had dreamed of a Christmas wedding and man did she get that! It was a magical Christmas day, even with the threat of snow hanging over us. We loved it. They incorporated Christmas trees, ornaments, and bells into their design and pulled it off so well. We even had gingerbread cookie favors and eggnog dessert shooters.

I knew Kelsey was into Christmas but I didn't know how much. When time for the toasts came around it was very clear just how much she loved it. The maid of honor gave her toast as if it was a letter from Santa and the matron of honor mentioned that Daniel must love her since she likes to put the Christmas tree up in September!

Kelsey & Daniel also added a unique element to their ceremony that I had not seen before. They worked with Kayelily to incorporate an Irish bell into the ceremony. They each rang the bell symbolizing how when important and momentous occasions occur throughout history, church bells ring to herald the moment. Kayelily even reminded them to ring the bell often to think of the promise they made, even when life is hard.

Cheers, Whitney

#hollyjollyhanlons

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Cor Photography

Venue: Market Hall

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Dress: New York Bride & Groom

Paper Products: Minted

Design/Florals: Ashlee with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Southern Harvest Catering

Music: Complete Wedding Events

Dessert: Wendy’s Confections and Cake Shop

Hair/Makeup: Wedded Kiss

Transportation: Great Raleigh Trolley

Officiant: Kayelily Middleton

Accomodations: Sheraton & Marriott in Downtown Raleigh

Real Wedding: Abby + Dan at Market Hall

I just have to start this blog with a fair warning... NERD ALERT! To anyone who knows me, you know I may or may not, LOVE Harry Potter! So when I met Abby, and she instantly noticed my Alex and Ani Deathly Hollows Bangle, we both knew we were each other's people. She told me that her planning had been put on the back burner a few times with personal/family health issues. Normally brides tend to be in a rush after having to put plans on hold for a while, but Abby was so kind and patient. That makes sense as she is a nurse and is always so kind in life. She told me her vision for her wedding was a very Harry Potter theme, that she and Dan were both true PotterHeads. To say I "fangirl'ed" every time she talked about her wedding would be the understatement for the year! They had chosen Market Hall to hold their large wedding guest count, and that couldn't have been more perfect. She wanted to mimic the Great Hall for seating, and I knew exactly what she was thinking. She had four incredibly long tables to seat all of her guests. With a "theme" in mind for a wedding, it could go in 1 of 2 ways... A birthday party, or professionally done with subtle touches, and if your guest knows... then they know. We took that mentality to our rental meeting with CE. From there we chose linens that fit but weren't obnoxious to the theme. We chose to go with 2 different table cloth designs, and they were either gold or a silver tone. We did end up having a ton of fun with the napkins though, each set of long tables had a napkin that represented their "house colors." One table had dark red napkins, one black, one navy, and one emerald. The real fun was on the day, Abby didn't have a florist, she had everything she had brought from home! Back to these tables and "houses" each set of long tables that represented a specific Hogwarts house, had centerpieces that matched. Bottles for the potions class at the Slytherin Table. Planted Mandrakes and vines, for the Hufflepuff table... I think you get the gist of it. It made for such a unique touch, but her guest LOVED this! One table had the "dark mark" temporary tattoos and her guest had so much fun with them. To have your guest entertained throughout the whole wedding is such a fun and creative touch. I really could talk about this wedding for days, but I will just have to let you check out the pictures and let them speak for themselves. To all of you creative and nerdy souls, we know your wedding vision isn't for everyone, but we sure do have fun helping you plan them! As for Abby and Dan, I miss you both terribly and thank you for letting me be a part of your magical day. Don't worry my Mandrake is doing just fine.

XOXO- Catherine

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Danielle Flake Photography

Venue: Market Hall

Planner: Catherine with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Music: Chad Hines, The Local DJ

Cake: Friend of the Bride

Dessert: Rocky Top Catering

Hair/Makeup: Manuel Eason

Officiant: Jerry Joles, Uncle of the Bride

Real Wedding: Ashlee + Austin at The Bradford

Oh where to even begin? Well - let’s start with how we met Ashlee. Ashlee booked The Bradford then became B&P’s intern and over a year ago she was hired as the manager of B&P Designs. She is our resident office DJ, the best to goof off with, and can make any text thread full of the best memes. She also has a killer design eye and is rocking it out in this role.

Naturally her wedding was full of flowers and every detail designed to a tee. Ashlee wanted something different and unique for her wedding. We were so excited when she landed on the jewel tone color palette and got to play with some really fun colors! Her invitations were dusty blue, black, and mustard yellow. For the linens we added in some emerald green, dark purple, and gold metallics.

The Bradford has multiple areas that can be used for ceremonies and receptions. She decided on the front garden for her ceremony with a macramé back drop, a white fluffy rug at their feet with poms as their aisle markers. It was gorgeous!

Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the side yard with a beer canoe and lawn games. For the reception, the clear top tent was strung with market lights and greenery to create a garden like feel to the space. Bull heads, and compotes, and Moroccan lanterns were used to decorate the colorful tables. Each guest had a unique goblet and full place setting. Even though dinner was served from food trucks, guests got to sit, place their order, and then be served the food from the trucks. It was such a fun way for guests to experience dinner and the amazingness of food trucks.

There was no detail left unnoticed. The escort display was beautifully adorned with flowers, the cake was placed on a mid century modern desk, and the mantle was overflowing with greenery. Her bouquet was amazing. She kept saying she wanted it to be massive- and it was! The moms, and Bridesmaids wore greenery crowns down the aisle and the guys had simple and fun boutonnieres. By the far, the highlight of the day was that Ashlee and Austin chose to do their first look with an alpaca and a llama! It was such a fun and different approach to the day. This was by far the most impeccably designed and executed event.

All day we called her our Boho Princess - and she most certainly was! She was gorgeous and just so freaking happy. We could not be more thrilled to of been a part of her day!! Enjoy all the photos from Blest Studios!

Chat soon! Dana

#ashsaidhellyes

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Blest Studios

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Paper Products: Minted

Design/Florals + Escort Cards: Bushel + Peck Designs

Macrame: Moss Hound Designs

Rentals: CE Rental + Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Alpaca: Perry Farms

Caterer/Food Trucks: American Meltdown, Baguettaboutit, + Belgian Waffle Crafters

Music: All Events DJs

Cake: Mother of the Bride

Hair/Makeup: Ashley Mooney

Officiant: Friend of the Bride + Groom

Real Wedding: Anastasia + Trevor at The Bradford

Anastasia and Trevor couldn't have asked for a better wedding day. It was the perfect cool day in November for an intimate elopement at The Bradford. When I first met with Anastasia and Trevor they spoke of grand plans and a wedding of around 130 people, but later they reached out to me and told me of their drastic wedding changes. They wanted something small and simple surrounded by their family and closest friends. Having a bride and groom tell me this is wonderful for so many different reasons, but mostly because they were truly following their heart and doing exactly what reflects them.

Anastasia had such a beautiful vision for such an intimate wedding with the perfect color pallet for a November wedding. They got married on the steps of the back door at The Bradford, and the bridal party wore a deep wine dress and a black suit. This made the bouquets that Bushel and Peck put together pop so perfectly! Once the ceremony was over they took all of their family photos, including ones with their adorable French Bull Dog. As the photos ended everyone headed over to Mia Francesca's where they hosted the wedding reception. It was in a private room with a menu that the couple had chosen, it was such a nice touch because it was so "them." What is a wedding without a wedding cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes in North Raleigh! The most delicious cake and cupcakes for everyone to enjoy.

This wedding really was one to remember, as I have never seen a wedding be so perfectly "that" couple, sweet, beautiful, and intimate. Cheers to Anastasia and Trevor, I can't wait to see what life has to offer in this new journey.

XO- Catherine

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Photographs by Stephanie Kay

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Catherine with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Ashlee with Bushel + Peck Designs

Reception/Caterer: Mia Francesca

Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Hair/Makeup: Natural Beauties by Vee

Officiant: Grandfather Paul

Real Wedding: Amber + Zack at Shady Wagon Farm

Amber and Zack's wedding day was on one of the most beautiful fall days - held at the lovely Shady Wagon Farm! Shady Wagon Farm is a venue where you feel right at home! We were unsure if the wedding was going to happen on this day - as a family tragedy happened the day before. However, these two lovebirds pressed on, and were able to celebrate their love for one another on such a meaningful wedding day. Throughout the day, you could just feel the love between them - Amber was truly a giddy bride giggling before walking down the aisle and Zack was so excited to see his lovely bride! Their ceremony was gorgeous - in the back yard area of Shady Wagon Farm and backed up to the treeline. Bushel and Peck Designs created a gorgeous fall colored arch for their backdrop. Funky and Fresh provided a delicious fall themed meal and guests enjoyed cake and candied apples as treats to end their night! Best wishes Windham's, on your great adventure together - you are truly a special couple and I wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

With love, Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Blended Light Photography

Venue: Shady Wagon Farm

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Ashlee with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Funky and Fresh

Music: Billy with Complete DJ

Dessert: Karen Gay, Family Friend

Hair/Makeup: Family Friend

Officiant: Perry Hardison

Real Wedding: Sarah + Jamie at The Stockroom at 230

Sarah and Jamie, where to even begin with them!? They got married on Cinco De Mayo and boy oh boy was it a party! Sarah had such a clear vision of what she wanted, all of the elegance but with a crazy siesta! I have so many favorites with weddings, and their wedding was one where the list goes on and on. They couldn't have had a prettier wedding day, as they tied the knot at The Stockroom. Her bright and vibrant colors from all the flowers and the linens really made the exposed brick industrial vibe look a little softer. TeaCup Floral handled all of the centerpieces and one of my favorites floral elements was the hanging floral ceremony backdrop that transformed to hang over the dance floor later in the night. Her dessert table was drool worthy! As she is from up north, she had family make cookies galore. I am still trying to figure out who in Raleigh makes anything close to some of the ones I had at her wedding. Also, to anyone who knows me, knows that I might be a tad coffee obsessed, so her favors of coffee and doughnuts were to die for! I could keep going, with this but I think you get the picture of how much I loved her details.

Because it was Cinco De Mayo, Rocky Top Hospitality brought their A-Game with an insanely delicious Taco Bar and her different margarita cocktails. Once the dancing started I don't think anyone left the dance floor until the grand sparkler exit. Needless to say, this wedding was absolutely one for the books.

Sarah and Jamie, I couldn't adore you guys more and wish you both all of the love and happiness in the world. Also, please keep sharing your pictures of your newest fluffy addition to the family, Calvin, I cannot get enough of him!

XO- Catherine

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Simply Couture Photography

Venue: The Stockroom at 230

Planner: Catherine with C&D Events

Design/Florals: TeaCup Florals

Rentals: CE Rental

Glasses + Couples Chair for Head Table: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Caterer: Rocky Top

Ceremony Music: Elegant Ensembles

Reception Music: Mitch with Bunn DJ Company

Videographer: CF Cinema Film

Cake: Whole Foods

Cupcakes: Friend of Bride + Groom

Cookies: Mother of the Bride

Hair/Makeup: Camren Durrette + Kait Stell with Salon Lofts

Officiant: Eric LeRay, Friend of the Bride + Groom

Real Wedding: Narima + Garret at Rock Quarry Farms

Narima and Garret's wedding has to be one of my most favorite designs! This bride was so much fun to plan with, as she was wide open and no filter. What can I say, she was from Brazil! Her vision was a southern charm in the spring and what better place for that than Rock Quarry Farms and that perfect farmhouse. All of her bridesmaids were in a blush color dressed, but all so different which really made this southern chic farm wedding perfection.

This was the wedding that I discovered the Brazilian cheese bread, thanks to Beau Catering. They made the perfect menu based on the bride and groom, but with a little Brazilian flair in there. The day was stunning and sunny and while everywhere around their venue had torrential rain. The cocktail hour was out on the lawn and then dinner in the barn. Their delicious cake was made by the wonderful Cakes by Chloe and decorated so beautifully with loose, brightly colored, wildflowers all around it.

I think my favorite thing about their wedding, besides the whole day in itself, was her bouquet. The one thing she was really dead set on was having a magnolia! She loved the thought of bright and bold colors with a rustic, but "not that rustic" with some antique mixed match feel. I instantly reached out to Bluebird Meadows as they were the perfect look for her wedding. They had the best bright mixed match colored vases with locally grown from their farm wildflowers. The look was the perfect mix of elegant and southern charm and absolutely nailed her bouquet.

Narima and Garret, you both are so wide open and such a joy! I hope you are enjoying all of your travels, loving your move to Miami, and the new life as a married couple!

XO- Catherine

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Magnolia South Photography

Venue: Rock Quarry Farm

Planner: Catherine with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Bluebird Meadows

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Beau Catering

Music: Miles with Rock Quarry Farm

Dessert: Cakes by Chloe

Hair/Makeup: Teighla Norris

Transportation: Greenway Transit Service

Officiant: Ron Manasco, Father of the Groom

Real Wedding: Kristina + Enoch at Merrimon-Wynne

I absolutely loved working with Kristina and Enoch! They are seriously some of the most sincere, authentic individuals - I just know their marriage is going to be a sweet one! Upon meeting Kristina, I knew she was a gal who knew what she wanted! Kristina and Enoch were married at the Merrimon-Wynne, a day after a fall tropical storm, on a gorgeous, crisp fall day! Their ceremony was held on the lawn under a gorgeous floral covered arch (created by Ninth Street Flowers) at Merrimon-Wynne and included their very meaningful vows. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour inside the house and then a plated dinner by Rocky Top Catering in the Carriage House. DJ Harlem brought everyone on the dance floor with his fun tunes - and everyone enjoyed cupcakes by Cake Couture! Kristina added her special touch to the tables capes by providing personalized sunglasses as favors as each place setting.

Congrats and so much love to you, Kristina and Enoch!

With love, Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Lady Iman Photography

Venue: Merrimon-Wynne

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Ninth Street Flowers

Ceremony Arch: Holland Rent-All

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Rocky Top

Ceremony Music: Udeshi Hargett

Reception Music: DJ Harlem

Videographer: Moments & Memories

Dessert: Cake Couture

Hair: Ashley Sanders

Makeup: Just Face It

Transportation: White Horse

Getaway Car: White Glove Transportation

Officiant: DeMarcus Johnson

Real Wedding: Taryn + Hugo at St. Mary's Chapel + Traine Raleigh

Where to even start with Taryn and Hugo!? This dynamic couple was truly a fantastic team! From the original meeting I absolutely loved Taryn! She was organized and knew exactly what she wanted. I have such a soft spot in my heart for any October weddings, and so this one I had to have. 

She had her ceremony at St. Mary's Chapel in downtown Raleigh. It was a stunning setting with an acoustic guitarist playing while the beautiful bride walked in. The ceremony had absolutely everyone in tears as it was really directed, and personalized to Taryn and Hugo! After the ceremony everyone headed over to Traine Raleigh where the cocktail hour and reception were held. We had the amazing Darnell from J Willis Entertainment keeping the music and energy up all night. The food was insanely delicious as Empire Eats had a family style meal that was sure to keep the guest talking about it for years to come. One of my most favorite times was hearing the toast, because you can always tell a little more about the bride and groom, and who they are before they met. From what I heard and saw, they could not be a more perfect match for each other! They both have so much love for their friends and family and care about them, which you could see in every detail. Once the beautiful cake was cut, the party didn't stop until it was time to go! I can't wait to see the exit photos, taken by the lovely Casey Rose Photography, since they were covered in bright and shiny silver streamers. 

Taryn and Hugo really were absolutely one of a kind, and I hope they had the best time on their Italian honeymoon! I wish them all the love and best in what this next chapter of their lives has to offer them.

- Catherine

#whereverhugoigo

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Casey Rose Photography

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Chapel

Reception Venue: Traine Raleigh

Planner: Catherine with C&D Events

Design/Florals: English Rose Garden

Rentals: CE Rental & Showtime Events

Caterer: Empire Eats

Music: Darnell with Willis J Entertainment

Dessert: Pastry Works

Hair + Makeup: Sweet T Salon

Transportation: The Great Raleigh Trolley

Officiant: Rev. Kathi Moon

Real Wedding: Eleanor + Patrick at The Barn at Valhalla

From my first meeting with this couple I knew I had to work with them! Eleanor and Patrick are some of the smartest people I know, as they were working on their doctorate in Biology at Duke when we first met. We met at a coffee shop, and sat and talked for at least 2 hours. I loved hearing about their vision for their wedding and what they studied. They mentioned they had no idea how to make their vision come to life, so we instantly got to work!

There were so many unique and personal touches to their wedding right down to how they chose their wedding colors! Eleanor and Patrick had studied finches and how they picked their mate based on colors of reds, oranges, and yellows. Instantly my brain thought, “YES! Lets use those same colors for their wedding.” Since they work in labs, we also thought using beakers, tubes, and glasses found in the labs would be such a cute touch to incorporate in their design. My most favorite vision for their wedding was the cakes (made by friends and family) they used as their centerpiece. It was absolutely amazing to see 17 homemade cakes that ranged from rich chocolate to vegan made with beats and avocados! I LOVED it! So creative and personal! They had such a sweet ceremony in the woods at The Barn at Valhalla, followed by an incredibly delicious meal by Beau Catering under a stunning clear top tent. This was such a beautiful setting for her friends and family to gather and toast the couple. The night continued with dancing and partying and an afterparty on the deck. This wedding truly was one that was so original and full of love for the couple. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Eleanor and Patrick, and I wish them absolutely nothing but love and great times.

- Catherine

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Ryan Huang Photography

Venue: The Barn at Valhalla

Planner: Catherine with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Bluebird Meadows

Rentals + Lighting: CE Rental

Caterer: Beau Catering

Music: Friends of the Bride + Groom

Dessert: Friends of the Bride + Groom

Hair: Jill Healey, Fuss & Bother Salon

Makeup: Karen Michelle Clark

Officiant: Brides Brother, Jeremy

Real Wedding: Ashley + Austin at The Bradford

Ashley and Austin's wedding was really fun to plan! This was a full plan, so I was very involved in the details of this wedding. I thought Ashley and Austin had a really good vision of what they wanted, a wedding that was fun for their guests, classy and laid back at the same time. I thought we were able to execute that on the day of the wedding. From the eclectic menu that Rocky Top helped put together (chicken and waffles plus shrimp and grits) to the simple, yet gorgeous decor. Ashley also looked absolutely stunning. One of the sweetest moments of the day was right at the end, while everyone was lining up for the sparkler exit Ashley and Austin had one last dance just the two of them. It was so sweet. As always, I was super thankful to be a part of this big day!

All the best, Kelsy

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Kayla Coleman Photography

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Kelsy with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Julie with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Rocky Top

Music: All Events DJ & Carolina String Society

Dessert: Whole Foods

Hair/Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney

Officiant: Kevin Holland

Real Wedding: Madison + Kenny at The Merrimon-Wynne House

Y'all, let me just say this was one of the sweetest weddings I have seen! Madison and Kenny are such a kind and fun loving couple and you could absolutely see it through their family, guest, and vendors. So many of their friends were so willing to offer up their wonderful services, such as the flowers and DJ. Not to mention her mom was such a visionary for all things wedding, and handled a ton of the small details. The colors were beautiful; they were deep reds, soft purples, whites, blush, and beautiful green eucalyptus which popped perfectly on the pallet wall background that the groom made himself! The day was suppose to call for rain and there was not one drop of rain the whole day, it was a beautiful and cool eighty degrees so the guest could sit comfortably out on the lawn at the Merrimon-Wynne House.

The ceremony was so intimate, as it was lead by family friends. Right after the ceremony the cocktail hour was hosted in the house, and had the Raleigh Photo Booth Fun cranking out tons of pictures for the guest to enjoy. Immediately following we encouraged all of the guest to join us for the reception in the Carriage House, which was beautifully decorated by a family friend. The ambiance in the room was set by DJ Ish providing amazing music and uplighting. Once everyone was seated the bridal party was announced and then on to the Beau Show, by Beau Catering. He had a wonderful menu for their guest to sit and enjoy. After bellies were full and toast were given it was time for dancing! One of the sweetest elements to the wedding was their doughnut tower, because the new couples last name was Duncan, it was only fitting that they fed each other doughnuts. As the night ended they had a sparkler exit that led the new Mr. & Mrs. to their get away car!

This wedding was so beautiful! Madison and Kenny thank you so much for letting me have a little glimpse into your life. You guys are both so loved and adored. I wish you all the best of luck in this new chapter of your life! Ps I hope the DR was amazing!

All the best, Catherine

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Sophie Herrington Photography

Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House

Planner: Catherine with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Friend of Bride + Groom with Interior Motives NC

Rentals: Party Reflections

Photo Booth: Raleigh Photo Booth Fun

Caterer: Beau Catering

Music: Ish and Ash Productions

Dessert: Rise Donuts

Hair/Makeup: Friend - Krystal Johnson

Officiant: Family Friends - David + Sean

Real Wedding: Samera + Ian at The Cotton Room and Durham Armory

Samera and Ian's day was full of beautiful color and precious family tradition. Samera's family is rich in her Ethiopian heritage - and that was evident throughout the celebrations!

They started their celebration at The Cotton Room in Durham with a traditional American wedding ceremony. Heidi Gessner officiated the ceremony, and the couple wrote their own vows. After the ceremony, the party moved to the Durham Armory where the guests enjoyed champagne and Ethiopian honey wine as they entered the reception hall. Green Planet provided yummy cocktail hour treats. Finally, the bride and groom entered in their traditional Ethiopian attire and were greeted with Ethiopian songs and rose petals thrown at them at their entrance. Dinner was a fusion menu - Ethiopian cuisine by Awaze and American cuisine by Green Planet Catering. The night was full of fun dances, meaningful speeches - and the lighting design by Vivid Lighting made us all feel like we were under the stars for the evening!

Best wishes Ian and Samera for a beautiful life together!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Riley MacLean Photography

Ceremony Venue: The Cotton Room

Reception Venue: Durham Armory

Paper Products: One and Only Paper

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Ashlee with Bushel + Peck Designs

Lighting: Vivid Lighting

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Awaze Ethiopian Cuisine & Green Planet Catering

Music: DJ Rang & An Ethiopian Band

Cake: Publix

Donuts: Harris Teeter

Makeup: S. Davis Makeup Artistry

Officiant: Heidi Gessner

Real Wedding: Ashlee + Max at White Memorial Presbyterian Church & Merrimon-Wynne

Ashlee & Max had one of the most fun weddings that I've ever planned or attended as a guest! They choose to do a social-style reception where we had all different sorts of seating instead of the traditional tables for a seated meal. We did a mixture of large round tables, cocktail tables, and bistro tables inside and outside of the Carriage House at the Merrimon-Wynne. They paired the style for the evening with food stations to keep their guests moving around and socializing from location to location! There weren't many moments where there wasn't someone on the dance floor! Their social-style reception worked flawlessly.

Although I loved the reception, my favorite part of the day was the time the full wedding party and family rode on the Trolley from White Memorial Presbyterian Church to the Merrimon-Wynne! Manny, the driver, had the bus pumping with jams and everyone was so happy. You could see the joy radiating off of Ashlee & Max's faces! I was lucky enough to get to ride along and we even decided to take the long way since we were ahead of schedule and they were enjoying it so much!

Ashlee & Max - I so enjoyed getting to know you over the planning process. You two are immensely caring individuals and I look forward to watching your life story unfold.

Cheers with all the champagne ;) Whitney