Real Wedding: Lauren + Warren at Duke Chapel & Carolina Inn

I knew immediately upon my first meeting with Warren and Lauren that they were going to be a really FUN and sweet couple to work with. Warren is enamored with Lauren - and you can see it every time he looks at her. They met while in med school at Duke - so it was very fitting that their sweet ceremony was held in the gorgeous Duke Chapel. The same chaplain who married her parents officiated their wedding!

Bloomworks provided the gorgeous floral design - incorporating beautiful spring orchids into every design piece. Cocktail reception and a yummy Southern station-style dinner was held in the Hill ballroom at Carolina Inn. Dancing was wild and fun since Randy Bennett from Bunn DJ Co was their dj for the evening!

I especially enjoyed working with this couple - since Lauren and Warren were both in med school, they didn't have much time to do much wedding planning. Because of that, I spent much time with Mrs. Pontius, Lauren's mom, who was a joy to work with! We became quite the wedding planner duo - I enjoyed our weekly chats as we worked to plan the most perfect day for Lauren and Warren!

Best wishes to you lovebirds!

With love, Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Thirteenth Moon Photography

Ceremony Venue: Duke Chapel

Reception Venue: Carolina Inn

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Paper Products: Indigo Envelope

Florals/Design: Bloomworks

Rentals: CE Rentals

Caterer: Carolina Inn

Music: Randy Bennett with Bunn DJ Co

Videographer: One Love Productions

Dessert: Details Cake Design

Hair/Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney

Transportation: Smith Limosine and BarNew Limo

Officiant: Chaplain Dolinger - family friend

Real Wedding: Jenny + Zack at The Bradford

Jenny and Zack were the sweetest couple ever!! I was so excited to work with them and their dream team of vendors for their April wedding at The Bradford. They had a beautiful garden ceremony that was so special thanks to the grooms aunt officiating. Oh, and the bouquets by Bushel and Peck were just so stunning! And can we talk about Jenny's dress?? It was all so perfect.

Dinner was held on the terrace under the market lights and had the best food provided by Rocky Top Hospitality. But the most fun part of the day definitely had to be the karaoke hour that guests could partake in at the end of the night! Jenny, Zack and all their guests were killing it on the mic.

I was so grateful to be a part of their big day and I wish Jenny and Zack a life full of love, laughter and karaoke nights!

XOXO, Leah

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: DiPrima Photography

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Leah with C&D Events

Florals/Design: Ashlee with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rentals

Caterer: Rocky Top Hospitality

Music: All Events DJs

Dessert: Yellow Dog Bakery

Hair/Makeup: Juniper

Officiant: Aunt of the Groom

Real Wedding: Alexandra + Francisco at The Merrimon-Wynne House

This wedding was perfection! I had such a great time planning Alex and Fran's wedding that I suggested a sequel - annually! These two were the most gracious and kind clients - a planner could not have asked for a better partnership. Not only were they decisive (Fran mostly deferring to Alex's judgement) but they also trusted my expertise and allowed me to guide us in directions that made the day effortless. There are few times in my career that I have left an event/client relationship knowing that I am better at what I do and this was one of those times! I truly believe that working with Alex made me a better communicator and gave me new purpose in what I do!

Alex and Fran are wonderful together - you can see how well the compliment each other and there were no shortage of kind comments given at the reception - her sister's speech was one for the books! Her getting ready shots - captured by the wonderful AJ Dunlap - exemplified what I want for all of my clients! Such Joy and Beauty! I loved her idea of using a greenery Garland as an aisle marker - it set the stage for a meaningful and personal interfaith ceremony. Not to mention that arch!! Cocktail hour followed and was hosted in the main house and we moved to the carriage house for dinner and dancing. All of their guests kept the dance floor hopping and the time just flew by!

What really sticks out in my mind and heart about this event is how meaningful it really was. The circumstances surrounding this event reminded me of how important it is to celebrate these milestones greatly - how weddings are more than just a big party but rather a reunion of loved ones - how you never really know how important a day can be. Thank you Alex and Fran!

Warmly, Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: AJ Dunlap Photography

Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Paper Products: Dana with Bushel + Peck Designs

Florals/Design: Julie with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rentals

Caterer: Donovan's Dish

Music: Family Friend

Dessert: Cupcake Shoppe Raleigh

Hair: Wedding Hair by Liz

Makeup: Michelle Clark Makeup

Officiant: Kevin Holland

Real Wedding: Lindsay + Kyle at The Merrimon-Wynne House

Lindsay and Kyle's wedding was a fun one to ring in the Spring season with. Lindsay is one of the calmest, most laid back brides I've ever worked with - and Kyle is probably one of the funniest grooms! They had a blast at their wedding - and I loved watching every minute of that!

Their ceremony was on the beautiful green lawn at Merrimon-Wynne - with Reverend Kayelily Middleton officiating. I always love hearing Kayelily's wedding ceremonies - they are always SO personal as she takes such time to get to know her clients. After the sweet ceremony, guests enjoyed their cocktail hour inside the house and on the porches around the house. A plated dinner was provided by Rocky Top and yummy cake by Details Cake Design. As always, the dance party was raving with "The" Joe Bunn as their dj. I think Kyle enjoyed himself the most on the dance floor! Guests enjoyed a perfect night on the lawn and inside the Carriage House. TreBella's spring wedding design with bright corals and whites were perfect in the space!

Best wishes for a FUN and long, happy marriage, Matikas!

With love, Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: AJ Dunlap Photography

Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Paper Products: Indigo Envelope

Florals/Design: TreBella

Rentals: CE Rentals

Lighting: Bunn DJ Co

Caterer: Rocky Top Hospitality

Music: Joe Bunn with Bunn DJ Co

Dessert: Details Cake Design

Transportation: Raleigh Rickshaw

Hair/Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney

Officiant: Reverend Kayelily Middleton

Real Wedding: Corallie + Jeremy at The Bradford

Corallie and Jeremy are the most stylish couple - I mean just look at these photos! Amy did such a wonderful job capturing their day - don't they just look like models?

Corallie and Jeremy knew they wanted a cleartop tent for their wedding and began to design around it. Corallie and her mom designed every element from the lights to the linens and it was stunning! For the linens, they coordinated a white lace overlay on a grey linen and a gray lace overlay on a white linen. Then each table had a coordinating look for the plates. (Grey on the white lace and white on the grey lace). It was truly gorgeous! I loved the combinations and the pop for the sweetheart and cake table.

Jeremy is not to shabby in the design area either. He designs and makes watch bands and had the best watch band and ring combo I've ever seen! I told you this couple was stylish! Plus Jeremy spent many, many years in the service industry so he knew exactly the service and food they wanted to wow their guests.

Corallie & Jeremy - you were a pleasure to work with and I loved getting to know you. It was a joy to work with you and your families for the wedding weekend and I know you will enjoy many sweet moments together and with them in the future.

Cheers, Whitney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Amy Allen Photography

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Paper Products: Minted

Florals/Design: Julie with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals + Lighting: CE Rentals

Caterer: Rocky Top Hospitality

Music: Kent with Bunn DJ

Dessert: Ashley Cakes

Hair: Shea with Salon Alchemy

Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney

Officiant: Uncle of the Groom, Bill Finnerty

Real Wedding: Jenna + AJ at The Merrimon-Wynne House

I had the absolute joy in helping plan Jenna and AJ's wedding. I have known Jenna for a few years, so I was incredibly excited to help make her dream a reality. Jenna had such a fun and laid back personality which made her wonderful to work with. Not to mention her vision for her wedding was so beautiful and elegant. Don't get me wrong, as many ideas as she had, AJ had some of his own. It is always nice to see the groom really getting involved in the wedding planning process, because it was truly the two of them making it their wedding and not just "hers."

She spoke with Bushel and Peck, as well as myself, about her vision and we worked to build exactly the look she had in mind. She wanted lots of greenery and very simple because "the Merrimon-Wynne is so beautiful and it should speak for itself." With that in mind we got to work on putting this vision for her together, with tons of greenery, wonderful blush and white colored flowers, lanterns, as well as some stunning items from Greenhouse Picker Sisters. We created this wonderful, and beautifully simple, elegant wedding design. My most favorite had to the the hanging flower backdrop, with white to pink ombre carnations. It make for a stunning picture for them, and later for the dessert table.

Their wedding day could not have been a better day to get married! The weather the whole week leading up to the big day had been calling for rain, and slightly chilly. We ended up with a beautiful sunny day with the high around the 70s. The fantastic Bronwyn Duffield has the pictures to prove it. They were so much fun to watch on the big day as they were so relaxed and they wanted to make sure that their guest (along with themselves) enjoyed the wedding as much as humanly possible. The cocktail hour inside the house was so picturesque as the light was shinning through the Merrimon-Wynne's huge windows, and the tables were covered in a wonderful soft lace linens.

We had a fantastic meal that was catered by the wonderful Rocky Top Hospitality staff. The dessert table was a classic Pittsburgh traditional cookie table... as the groom was from Pittsburg. All of the homemade cookies were gone before I could eat way more than I wanted to, but the ones I did eat lets just say I will be making a phone call to an Aunt or two. Once the dinner was over we made sure to have the Bride and Grooms custom corn hole boards out (Ohio State for the Bride and Steelers for the Groom) on the lawn as well as the venue's fire pit surrounded by rocking chairs. It was such an enjoyable evening, and once people let their food coma pass the dancing was on! Nina with All Events DJs absolutely destroyed it. The dance floor was jam packed and hearing a whole building sing is always a good sound for a great party! This wedding was absolutely one to remember, and a great start to my 2018 wedding year!

Jenna and AJ, thank you so very much for letting me be apart of your day. You are a fantastic couple through and through. I wish you all of the happiness in the world, and congrats on your journey in life together! You were an absolute pleasure, and with that I send you so much love and best wishes!

-Catherine

#rhodestopapula

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Bronwyn Duffield Photography

Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House

Planner: Catherine with C&D Events

Florals/Design: Julie with Bushel + Peck Designs

Calligraphy: Ashlee with Color Me Calligraphy

Rentals: CE Rentals

Caterer: Rocky Top Hospitality

Music: Nina with All Events DJs

Dessert: Cookie Table by Family and Rocky Top

Hair/Makeup: Loxxe On Jones

Transportation: Raleigh Rickshaw

Officiant: Jason Phillips

Real Wedding: Lauren + Bobby at The Bradford

Lauren and Bobby hold a special place in my heart. I got to know Lauren over the past 3 years and when she asked me to be her coordinator, I was elated. During the planning meetings I got to know Bobby and he is genuinely one of the most caring people I know. He's so chivalrous and takes care of Lauren so well. They are a perfect match which was so evident on their wedding day.

Lauren and Bobby picked out every details for their wedding from their s'mores bar to their vows. You better believe that I cried during this wedding ceremony!

It was an honor to work with you, Lauren and Bobby, and I know you will have many, many wonderful years together.

--And they lived happily ever after! (I had to throw in a Disney quote since they are true Disney fans and even honeymooned at Disney World).

Cheers, Whitney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Tiffany L. Johnson Photography

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Florals/Design: Becca with Bushel + Peck Designs

Calligraphy + Signs: Mother of the Bride

Rentals: CE Rentals and Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Caterer: Thrills from the Grill

Music + Videographer: Island Sound DJs

Dessert: Details Cake Design

Hair/Makeup: Friend of the Bride

Transportation: White Horse Transportation

Officiant: Tim King

Real Wedding: Briana + Pete at The Barn of Chapel Hill

Briana and Pete were such a joy to work with and assist with planning their dream day! Briana has a smile that is contagious and her bubbly spirit was always a pleasure during our meetings! I loved their vision and beautiful details. Briana and Pete planned their wedding at the stunning Barn of Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC where they exchanged vows in front of a striking pergola that was draped with blush and ivory florals and greenery. One of the elements I love about planning at The Barn of Chapel Hill would include their onsite florist with Wild Flora Farm. Jen has such an eye for detail and executes the design and florals perfectly! Briana and Pete followed their ceremony with the Southern Tradition/Folklore of digging up the bourbon they had buried a month prior to their wedding to “keep the rain away.” Amazingly, their wedding day was a perfect spring day without any April Showers! The day was absolutely gorgeous and it was so much fun getting to watch the bride and groom along with their wedding party take a celebratory drink from the monogram bourbon bottle.

The entire design of the wedding was nothing short of stunning. The reception in The Barn was no exception! Briana and Pete used four Cottage Luxe farm tables to accommodate their 30 person head table while greenery wrapped and hung from the chandeliers. These were truly eye catching. After the family style dinner served by Cook Shack Catering the dance party started! Briana and Pete along with their friends and family stayed on the dance floor and had a blast! The end of the night concluded with a sparkler exit out of the barn doors surrounded by their families and friends.

It was such a pleasure getting to know Briana and Pete during their planning process. They had the sweetest family and loving friends that truly supported their relationship. I wish Mr. and Mrs. Pete Codd all of the happiness in the world as they continue their journey as husband and wife. Thank you Briana and Pete!

Enjoy these beautiful photos by the talented Annie from Annie Timmons Photography.

xoxo, Alexia

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Annie Timmons Photography

Venue: The Barn of Chapel Hill

Planner: Alexia with C&D Events

Wedding Dress: Ivy and Aster from Gilded Bridal

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Generation Tux

Florals/Design: Jen with Wild Flora Farm at The Barn of Chapel Hill

Chalkboard: Lettered with Love

Rentals: CE Rentals and Cottage Luxe

Caterer: Cook Shack Catering

Music: Dail Holderness DJ

Dessert: Frosted Fork

Hair/Makeup: Bethany Teachy

Transportation: Greenway Transit

Officiant: Reverend Vaughan

Real Wedding: Kara + Justin at Carriage at Manor Farms

You know how sometimes you just click with a client? It feels like the stars aligning and you just can't imagine them working with anyone else because the match is just too perfect. This was Kara. The whole process was smooth, easy, and just so enjoyable. Off the bat I could see her vision of a simple, yet southern design. We decided that Carriage at Manor Farms fit her vision exactly and were more than stoked when the date was available! We landed on blush, white, and green as our main colors with pops of gold and wood accents. Bushel and Peck did a great job and really knocked it out of the park! It was exactly what we had imagined. They opted for a small cake to cut and a full ice-cream bar since that is their favorite dessert. The wedding was so uniquely them and I just loved seeing all the touches and details that reflected the two of them.

The day could not have been more perfect! It was a little chilly at times, but it was sunny and not a cloud in the sky. The ceremony was so sweet and meaningful - there was not a dry eye! They did a mixture of traditional and their own vows and I loved it! I love the vows that so many people over years have said, but I also love that they took the time to say what they promise that is so personal to their relationship.

There were a few really great highlights of the night: First - Kara is a dancing queen and did not leave the dance floor. I LOVE it when a bride just dances the night away and has a great time! It's a party and time to celebrate! Second - one of our old clients was also there (how Kara found us), so I got to catch up with Elizabeth and Nick! IT was so great to see them and chat about babies and life :) Third - the vendors. Seriously it was so much fun! It is always nice to work a wedding with such great people that make the night so enjoyable.

Thanks so much Kara and Justin for letting me be a part of your day and trusting me to plan such a special day! It was seriously wonderful working with you! Enjoy all the pictures from Anderson!

Chat soon! Dana

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Anderson Shore Photography

Venue: Carriage at Manor Farms

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Paper Products: Lauren Andrews Designs

Florals: Becca with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rentals

Caterer: Beau Catering

Lighting: Vivid Lighting

Music: Ryan with SPIN

Videographer: First to Last Films

Dessert: Publix and Custom Ice-Cream Bar

Hair: Wedding Hair by Liz

Makeup: Michelle Clark Makeup

Officiant: Friend of the couple

Real Wedding: Caitlin + Bill at The Glass Box & The Stockroom at 230

I had the great privilege of being a part of Caitlin and Bill's wedding day at The Stockroom! They had such a fun, laid back attitude that made planning so enjoyable. Due to the couple living in Fayetteville we only met a couple of weeks prior to their wedding. We worked with a great vendor team to bring their vision to reality - and they included some DIY elements that made the event unique and special. Caitlin and Bill had a great vision for her DIY florals and executed them perfectly! I especially loved their altar floral install! Simply Amazing! Caitlin aslo reserved the beautiful Glass Box for getting ready, which also served as a great photo opt for getting ready and for after the ceremony! It was so great to see their closest family and friends keep the dance floor full with the help of the 10 piece band from Bull City Syndicate. They ended their night with a beautiful sparkler exit on the streets of downtown Raleigh.

I wish this couple all of the happiness in the world!

Thank you, Caitlin and Bill, for letting me be a part of your big day!

xo, Alexia

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Heirloom Collective Photography

Venue: The Glass Box + The Stockroom at 230

Planner: Alexia with C&D Events

Chalkboard Art: Filled & Flooded

Florals: DIY

Rentals: CE Rentals

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Music: Bull City Syndicate

Dessert: Whole Foods

Hair + Makeup: Careaux Cartier

Officiant: Katherine Edwards, Ceremonies by Katherine

Real Wedding: Mollyann + Sean at Merrimon-Wynne

Hands down, Mollyann and Sean's wedding will go down as one of my favorite weddings of 2017! I absolutely LOVED their design! After about a year and a half of planning, it was so much fun to see these two celebrate as a married couple finally!

Back when Mollyann hired me to be her planner, I knew that this wedding would be a unique one that told her and Sean's love story. Mollyann has such an eye for detail and as a couple, the two wanted their wedding to be a fun experience featuring all of the things they loved for their guests.

The ceremony was held in the beautiful Carriage House at Merrimon Wynne - and the two exchanged their vows in front of a beautifully decorated boxwood backdrop. Guests tossed petals at the couple as they walked down the aisle and then entered the house for a fun cocktail hour. After cocktail hour, guests assembled on the lawn for a yard-party like dinner. I absolutely loved the mix of farm tables from Cottage Luxe paired with round tables with beautiful gray dupioni linens. After toasting on the lawn, the party moved indoors to the Carriage House for such a fun dance party emceed by the one and only Joe Bunn. At nightfall, guests enjoyed the market lighting over the lawn with a drink in their hands. It was truly a magical atmosphere.

I could go on and on about the details of this wedding that were absolutely fabulous - from the intricate flower design by Eclectic Sage to the amazing invitation design by One and Only Paper. Mollyann and Sean so carefully chose such a wonderful vendor team to make their dream day come true! Best wishes to my friends Mollyann and Sean - can't wait to see where this adventure of marriage takes you next!

Enjoy these photos from Mikkel Paige Photography!

With love, Becca

#anchoredbyankenbruck

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Featured in The Carolinas Magazine

Photography: Mikkel Paige Photography

Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Invitation Suite: One and Only Paper

Calligraphy: Color Me Calligraphy

Ceremony backdrop - DeLovely Details

Florals: Eclectic Sage

Rentals: CE Rentals, Cottage Luxe, Greenhouse Picker Sisters, Themeworks

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Ceremony Music: Eryn Jones Fuson, harpist

Reception Music: Joe with Bunn DJ Company

Videographer: Thomas Blake Films

Photo Booth - ZimZoom

Dessert: Sugar Euphoria

Hair + Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney

Officiant: Kayelily Middleton

Real Wedding: Lindsey + Scott at Barclay Villa

Lindsey and Scott's Fall wedding at Barclay Villa was simply elegant! Starting with their gorgeous outdoor ceremony out in the gardens at Barclay - their wedding day was one of smiles and sweet memories. I absolutely loved their meaningful ceremony - and Lindsey's dress was amazing! A delicious dinner was provided by Rocky Top Hospitality and a gorgeous cake by Simply Cakes. Brides and Bouquets completed their simple, yet elegant look with stunning centerpieces! Best wishes to you Lindsey + Scott!

With love, Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Ben Belt Photography

Venue: Barclay Villa

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Florals: Brides and Bouquets

Caterer: Rocky Top Hospitality

Music: Peter with Island Sound DJs

Dessert: Simply Cakes

Real Wedding: Jazzi + Michael at Bridge Club

Jazzi's wedding was a family affair. Her mom and sister came to every meeting, it was great to have all of the opinions be put together into one vision. I got to plan with Dana which is always great. Loved the brides organic vision which fit perfectly for the Bridge Club. The table settings were beautiful, everything meshed perfect with her vision and it was great to see everything played out so perfectly. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Jazzi walked down the aisle to a live rendition of "All of Me." It was breathtaking.

There were so many fun details that made this event so memorable. Such as the dress change in the middle of the event which was such a fun surprise. I loved the party atmosphere, Jazzi never left the dance floor. We ended this shindig with sparklers and rickshaw!

Please enjoy these photos from Steven Thrift Photography

Warmly, Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Stephen Thrift Photography

Venue: Bridge Club

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Escort Display + Invitations: Dana with Bushel + Peck Designs

Florals: Bowerbird Flowers

Caterer: Ashley Christensen Bridge Club Restaurant

Music: Ryan with Spin

Dessert: Details Cake Design

Hair + Makeup: Sister of the Bride

Officiant: Keven Holden

Real Wedding: Katelyn + Clayton at All Saints Chapel & Merrimon-Wynne House

Oh my. Sweetest family EVER. As soon as I met Katelyn and Clayton, I knew that their relationship was such a special one and that their wedding day would be a precious one. Katelyn has this way about her that makes everyone feel so welcome and Clayton is a steady rock and gentleman. There's no doubt in my mind that their relationship will be long lasting and full of meaning!

Their wedding day was especially gorgeous! Their ceremony was intimate and meaningful, held in the historic All Saints Chapel. My favorite part of their ceremony was when their parents circled around them to pray over them. The reception was full of life and held in the beautiful Merrimon-Wynne Carriage house - decorated so simply elegant. Dinner by Rocky Top's Southland was the perfect southern cuisine. Family toasts brought tears and lots of laughter!

Congrats Kelley's! Wishing you many years of happiness together!

With love, Becca

Katelyn + Clayton's wedding was featured on Southeastern Bride

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: AJ Dunlap Photography

Venue: All Saints ChapelMerrimon-Wynne House

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Florals: Julie with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rentals

Caterer: Southland BBQRocky Top Catering

Ceremony Music: Friends of the Bride & Groom

Reception Music: Hipshack with Sam Hill Entertainment

Videographer: Morgan Scott Films

Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes, Morrisville

Hair + Makeup: WINK Hair + Makeup

Officiant: Ward Page

Real Wedding: Heba + Greg at Rock Quarry Farm

I was so honored to be asked to coordinate Heba's wedding to Greg for a couple of reasons! First of all, it's nice to be asked by an industry friend who has worked with you many times in the past - I mean talk about validation! Second, it made my heart so happy to see Heba sooo happy and in love with Greg after a particularly trying couple of years for her. I was truly grateful to be apart of her happiness!

Heba had much of the event planned when we stepped in - we just pulled together a few of the last minute details and made sure all of her plans came together and resulted in a gorgeous evening! I loved Heba's wine dinner concept - she staged the farm tables in a big U - like one big family table and had a three course dinner served family style by the talented Beau Catering. The wine pairings were amazing - apparently that is Greg's thing - and boy did that wow his guests!

This dinner in no way eclipsed the beautiful ceremony that Heba and Greg planned - I loved the notes they wrote/read to each other during the ceremony - I don't think there was a dry eye. You could just feel the love an appreciation they had for one another! Heba's daughter Blum also played a special role as flower girl and owned it! Heba looked beautiful - I loved her modern/bohemian dress - she was stunning!

After the ceremony - cocktail hour was served on the lawn and we all enjoyed live music from Big Fat Gap. Near the end of the cocktail hour Heba, Greg, and Blum had a group dance to "My Girl" that left everyone smiling. We then sent guests off to that dinner I mentioned!

Joe from Bunn DJ Company kept the party going all night - as only Joe can do :) - and we ended the night with pie and boozie milkshakes! It was truly an evening to remember!

Enjoy these photos from Krystal Kast Photography!

Warmly, Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Krystal Kast Photography

Venue: Rock Quarry Farm

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Paper Products: Purple Puddle and Grace Paper Company

Florals: Purple Puddle

Lighting: Themeworks

Rentals: American Party Rentals

Caterer: Beau Catering

Cocktail Hour Music: Big Fat Gap

Reception Music: Joe with Bunn DJ Company

Videographer: Heartstone Films

Dessert: Slice Pie Company

Transportation: Eco Style

Hair + Makeup: Wedding Hair by Liz

Real Wedding: Bailey + Stephen at The Barn at Valhalla

I remember meeting Stephen and Bailey for the first time over lunch and thinking "wow.. they are so laid back!". It was obvious right off the bat that they were going to have one of those effortlessly cool, fun and beautiful weddings. One of the things that I loved was that they wanted to use so many different parts of the Barn, and thankfully the weather was gorgeous enough for us to do so!

Their ceremony took place in front of the fireplace outside the lodge and I think it was one of the most beautiful uses of that space that I've ever seen! The grooms talented mom put up a gorgeous floral installation on the mantle and the base was lined with floating candles. But the coolest part was that they had the idea to put a mirror in the back of the fireplace so that it looked like you were looking THROUGH to the woods behind - so creative!

One of the most important things to Stephen and Bailey was having great music for guests to enjoy, and we ended up deciding on three different types of music for the day. The ceremony was very romantic thanks to the always amazing Ben and Amaree playing the violin and guitar. The reception was lively and fun thanks to the guys at Anything Music DJ's. But I think my favorite was the trio of jazz musicians that played during the cocktail hour. Stephen and Bailey came to me one day during planning and mentioned that they'd seen this group play the weekend before at a bar and they just had to have them play at their wedding! It really was a cool and personal touch to the day.

My other favorite part of the day was the cookie table! A cookie table is a Pittsburgh tradition and is exactly what it sounds like: tons (and tons) of amazing homemade cookies that are usually baked by the family of the couple getting married (in this case it was Stephen's family who made the cookies). Guests went nuts for the homemade treats and it was another amazing personal touch that made the day so special.

Stephen and Bailey were so great to work with and I truly enjoyed being able to plan and be a part of their big day!

XOXO, Leah