Real Wedding: Ashley + Charlie at AstroCamp Virginia

Sometimes, as a planner, you meet a couple that just captures your heart from the very beginning! For me, that couple was Ashley and Charlie! I loved Ashley and Charlie from our initial phone chat - I knew that we would be a great fit and the vision for their wedding was 100%!!

Ashley and Charlie were both "Summer Camp People" and after this wedding i have determined that those are the best types of people! They go with the flow - they understand the best laid plans can go awry, they understand the value in planning but also know that everything is not within their control - as only people who are responsible for 100's of children over a few short weeks could understand. When we had to make last minute changes on the day, there were no less than 30 camp people lined up eager to make it happen. It was such a lesson in community!

But before all of that....Ashley and Charlie really wanted to get married at the camp they worked at in Clover, Virginia. After the initial site visit, I could see why! It was BEAUTIFUL in the Vermont, Martha Stewart, pristine and green sort of way! All of the rolling hills, white bunkhouses with green roofs, and a big lake really set a beautiful backdrop for their event! They also really wanted their guests to experience their camp lifestyle first hand and I think we accomplished these goals!

I loved all the details that went into this event! We gained a lot of inspiration from Ashley's light blue and white dress and really ran with a free, organic, colorful wedding! Bushel and Peck did such an amazing job capturing Ashley's sophisticated bohemian vision with the light blue and Marsala pops. Charlie actually grew several of the wild flowers that were used in the centerpieces and bouquets - I was so impressed! Be sure to check out the picture of the flowered tree! It was dreamy.

Rocky Top did an amazing job on the food and really went with the flow as our weather did not cooperate! We had to move our party at the last minute (Insert camper help here) to the dining hall which was already piped and draped (just in case). We had to hold off on the ceremony for about 30 minutes to wait for a break in the weather and SweetWater Ices stepped up to the plate and entertained our guests during what was our new pre-ceremony cocktail hour! I was so thankful for the strong team that made it happen and for such a laid back client that trusted me to make the decisions on the day.

Charlie and Ashley - it was a dream - and I would love a do -over! In the meantime, enjoy these amazing images from the talented Brett Seay for Blest Studios!

Warmly, Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Blest Studios

Venue: AstroCamp Virginia

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Bushel and Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rental

Lighting: The Groomsmen

Caterer: Rocky Top

Dessert: Once in a Blue Moon and SweetWater Ices

Music: Whiskey Rebellion

Hair + Makeup: WINK

Transportation: Halifax, Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Officiant: Friend

Real Wedding: Esther & John at The Bradford

Esther and John were seriously so fun and the most creative couple I have ever worked with! Esther was truly a wedding planners dream - she was SO organized. Our first meeting and consultation included good conversation and of course coffee from a local shop. I love sitting down with couples and truly getting to know how they met and how they envision their special day. After meeting with Esther and John I knew their wedding was going to be nothing short of amazing and a true party!

During the week of Esther and John’s wedding the weather forecast was predicting 90-100% chance of rain on their wedding day. Of course this was not the ideal situation. But Esther, John and their wedding guest did not let this stop them from celebrating! Jennifer Hall Photo and Charis Weddings were simply amazing and knew exactly what to do with a rainy day for great photo ops. They were able to use the gorgeous brick backdrop of The Bradford alcove for their first look and initial photos. Jen was also able to bang out some bridal party pictures during the TWO minute gap we had without any rain. They were also able to capture the beauty in the rain with clear umbrellas! Esther and John had a total of 19 members in their bridal party - and just like Esther and John they were exhilarating and knew how to have fun!

Due to the continuous rainy day (and night), Esther and John had their ceremony in the ballroom at The Bradford. I do love the traditional vows. I even said the traditional vows in my own wedding. But I think I have converted into being a sucker for personal vows. Esther and John had the most heartfelt vows I have ever heard. They truly represented themselves and made it even more evident that they are soulmates. I don’t think there was a single dry eye in the building after they both read their vows. After their genuine ceremony the guest were able to enjoy cocktails and appetizers by Catering Works while we flipped the ballroom into their reception space to prepare for dinner. After the buffet dinner service by Catering Works the dancing began and the new Mr and Mrs. Lim NEVER LEFT THE DANCE FLOOR. A Bride’s DJ kept the jam’s coming and party never stopped! Unfortunately the night had to end. Thankfully we were still able to have the sparkler exit out of the The Bradford double front doors since the rain decided to slow down to a misty drizzle.

Esther and John - Thank you for allowing me to help coordinate your special day. I am thankful and grateful I was able to help two genuine soul mates intertwine their lives forever. I wish all of the happiness to you both. Continue to keep in touch!

XO Alexia

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Jennifer Hall Photo

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Alexia with C&D Events

Design/Florals: DIY

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Catering Works

Music: A Bride’s DJ

Videographer: Charis Weddings

Dessert: Yeji’s Kitchen Stories

Hair: Ashley Watts

Officiant: Pastor Arnold Oh

Real Wedding: Emily + Justin at The Merrimon-Wynne House

Emily and Justin tied the knot at The Merrimon-Wynne House in June. You can obviously see from the photos how beautiful she is, but what you can't see is truly how stunning she is on the inside! This bride is an amazing genuinely kind-hearted soul, and Justin is the perfect partner for her to walk through life with.

I first met with Emily, her mom, and her aunt, and they were so excited to plan this amazing day (rightfully so). They had this incredible and simply elegant vision for the wedding. The decor was minimal and breathtaking, lots of candles and greenery that Flowers on Broad Street really knocked out of the park. One of my most favorite design elements was the couples alter piece. They had a large and beautifully decorated cross with flowers at the center of the ceremony. It was placed in front of the carriage house so the couple and bridal party framed it nicely. During the ceremony, their officiant, Jonas Harley, asked the immediate family come and place hands on Emily and Justin as they prayed over them. This chokes me up every time!

Right after the ceremony, as we made the transition from ceremony to reception, Donovan’s Dish cranked out drool-worthy appetizers to prep people for an even better meal to come! While Chelsea Regan helped transform the bride from ceremony to reception, with a change of hair and taking off the large bottom half of the dress the bride blew everyone's mind as she made her entrance to the reception. From then on the party did not end! Their DJ and friend had the couple and their guest partying all night long. I always say a wedding was one to remember, and I hope I always do, but for real y'all... this was one to remember!

Justin and Emily, I wish you both all of the best in the world and cannot wait to see how you guys change the world!

XO- Catherine

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Featured in The Carolinas Magazine

Photography: Cindy Shultz with Shelby Photography

Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House

Planner: Catherine with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Flowers on Broad Street

Rentals: CE Rentals & Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Caterer: Donovan’s Dish

Ceremony Music: Forever I Do Trio

Reception Music: DJ Kevin Kraft

Dessert: Whole Foods

Hair + Makeup: Chelsea Regan

Officiant: Jonas Harley

Real Wedding: Nicole + John at City Club Raleigh

Nicole & John were married in March at City Club location on the very tip-top of the Wells Fargo building in downtown Raleigh. The views alone are breath-taking!

Although we spent the majority of the wedding day among the clouds, we took advantage of the beautiful weather and popped down to the street during cocktail hour. Nicole & John had their very first date at Bittersweet so we walked a few blocks to take photos while they were dolled up in their wedding attire. The Bittersweet staff was so kind and allowed us to pop inside. Nicole & Jon even got to sit at the exact same table in the exact same spots! It was really sweet and it was emotional for both of them. It felt so surreal; everything had come full circle. And of course, we took a few photos on Fayetteville Street so I got to play wedding planner turned police escort and stop traffic!

Nicole & John - I hope you have many more fun dates at Bittersweet!

Cheers, Whitney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Kivus & Camera

Venue: City Club Raleigh

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Paper Products: Minted

Design/Florals: Dogwood Tree Floral Designs

Rentals: City Club Raleigh

Caterer: City Club Raleigh

Music: McSound Productions

Dessert: Edible Art

Hair/Makeup: Wedded Kiss

Officiant: Becca Gillespie

Real Wedding: Laura + Matt at Rock Quarry Farm

Laura and Matt got married over at Rock Quarry Farm in Chapel Hill last June. This wedding was one of the most adorable weddings I was blessed to be a part of. They were UNC alums who were moving to Tennessee for Laura to go to grad school 2 weeks before the wedding (insert mind blown emoji).

Their wedding day was a beautiful summer day in the country in NC. It was warm, but not like you could fry an egg on a sidewalk. Their colors were rich and bright tones that complimented the bridal party attire. Because Laura and Matt had just moved to Tennessee you could tell that they wanted this beautiful, and fun gathering of their friends and family. The venue on the day was so full of love and excitement for this couple and the journey they were starting.

Laura and her mom were the mother/daughter relationship you want with your own mom. They had all of the same ideas and really respected each other's opinions as well as were very accepting to hear my advice. It was a joyful and relaxing wedding to help plan. They loved Rock Quarry Farm and really wanted to showcase all of it. The ceremony in the field, cocktail hour by the house, pictures on the front lawn, and dinner followed by dancing in the barn. The barn had its "windows" and massive rolling doors open all day which made for a nice breeze and fit their 140 guests.

I was so happy when I met with her and her mom and they decided to book me as their event manager. I checked in with them on all of the planning processes and even helped them with their rental meeting. Some of my most favorite and memorable parts of their wedding were the prayer circle the bride had with her bridesmaids before the ceremony. They met in the house and all placed hands on the bride. It was one of the sweetest moments I have been a part of because you could tell everyone in that room really wanted nothing but the best for Laura and Matt. They honestly were one of the kindest couples I have had the pleasure of working with and the same can be said for their friends and families.

~ Catherine

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Natalie E Photography

Venue: Rock Quarry Farm

Planner: Catherine with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Ashlee with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Cannon Catering

Music: Miles with Rock Quarry Farm

Videographer: Take 10 Productions

Dessert: Olivia Thiery, Friend of the Bride

Hair/Makeup: Radiant Hair + Makeup

Transportation: Red Ride Transportation

Officiant: Kyle McManamy

Real Wedding: Marquette + Sam at The Rickhouse

This was a fun one for me! I met the groom about 17/18 years ago when he was just ten and I was his sitter...I've never felt older :) I worked mostly with his (now) wife Marquette and she was a organized and together all of her behind the scene work made this wedding seamless! Their guests could not have been nicer and it was so much fun reconnecting with a few blasts from my past!

The had a great vendor line-up starting with The Rickhouse's amazing staff! Get Lit draped the poles around the dance floor and strung market lighting. Danielle with Mason DIxon did an awesome job on the chalkboard and signage. Ninth Street Florist did a gorgeous and modern asymmetric arbor for the ceremony. Hipshack and ZimZoom brought the entertainment and kept the party going! Donovans and Edible Art both did a wonderful job keeping our guests fed! It was such a great evening of celebration and fun and a perfect culmination of a great planning process!

Enjoy some of the highlights!

Warmly, Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Krista with 6 Foot Photography

Venue: The Rickhouse

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Ninth Street Flowers

Calligraphy: Danielle with Mason Dixon Designs

Rentals: CE Rental

Lighting: Get Lit

Photo Booth: ZimZoom

Caterer: Donovans Dish

Music: Hipshack

Dessert: Edible Art

Hair/Makeup: Radiant Hair + Makeup

Officiant: Friend

Real Wedding: Vannessa + Bill at All Saints Chapel

I first met with Bill and Vannessa back in January 2018, they were talking to me about planning a wedding for Black Friday of the same year. I loved their idea to ring in the holidays with all of their friends and family already in town! Bill and Vannessa were such a fun and laid back couple. They really just wanted to be married and enjoy the process, which made it a fun planning process. When we did their consult I had the absolute pleasure of meeting them with Bill's mother, Darlyane, and let me tell you guys, I love a mom! She was so supportive in everything they wanted to do.

They were conscious about the blending of their families (New Jersey + Hispanic backgrounds) as they carefully chose their vendors. They wanted their wedding to be elegant and fun!

I worked with Ashlee with Bushel and Peck to help with the design, full of geometric shapes, and soft colors. We had the wonderful Sarah Joann photograph every last detail. Erick with DJ Ones really rocked the balance in Latin Music mixed with country and pop. They had the most delicious gluten free meal served by the wonderful Cannon Catering, and Sugar Buzz followed up with a gluten free cake & macaroons that were out of this world!

It was amazing to see the two families come together throughout the night! The dance floor was packed all night and the guests enjoyed mingling in the beautiful All Saints Chapel!

Bill and Vannessa, you guys are such a pleasure and I cannot wait to see what this chapter in your life holds for you! Sending you all of the love in the world.


Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Sarah Joann Photography

Venue: All Saints Chapel

Planner: Catherine with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Ashlee with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rental

Sweetheart Chairs: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Caterer: Cannon Catering

Music: Erick Berrones with DJ Ones

Dessert: Sugar Buzz

Hair/Makeup: Hannah Bri with EgoHR Hair Designers

Officiant: Boris

Real Wedding: Heather + Lincoln at All Saints Chapel & Park View at Market Hall

Where were you when hurricane Florence was headed our way? Well Heather, Lincoln and I were busy rescheduling their wedding! Yes, that is close to a worst case scenario after planning your dream wedding for a year or more and then mother nature brings a huge storm and you have to reschedule. Heather was incredibly calm and gracious during this very stressful time. I felt so bad that we had to reschedule, but all of us put our heads together and had the entire wedding rescheduled in about 3 days!! The many years of experience of wedding planning definitely came in handy! We even changed reception venues, thanks to Park View at Market Hall for being so incredibly understanding and accommodating. Actually, ALL of the vendors were so accommodating. Heather and Lincoln were able to have a small private ceremony on their original wedding date and then have the full celebration on November 9th. The wedding was so beautiful and sweet. Everyone had a wonderful time. This is one I will remember for a very long time!

All the best, Kelsy

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Andrea Anderson Photography

Venue: All Saints Chapel & Market Hall

Planner: Kelsy with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Ashlee with Bushel + Peck Designs

Photo Booth: ZimZoom Photo Booth

Rentals: CE Rental

Lighting: ThemeWorks

Caterer: Catering by Design

Ceremony Music: Triangle String Quartet

Reception Music: Randy with Bunn DJ Company

Dessert: Whole Foods

Hair/Makeup: Kristin Ainolhayat

Transportation: Great Raleigh Trolley

Officiant: Yvette Schock

Real Wedding: Sarah + Nick at The Bradford

The groom's parents go to church with me and connected me to Sarah & Nick. The first time I met Sarah & Nick I thought "wowza - these two are models" and then I got to know them and realized that they are just as beautiful and sentimental on the inside! Sarah & Nick had wonderful, personal touches planned for their wedding. A few of those were their planned prayer time before the ceremony, both of them speaking directly to their parents and their influences in their lives during the ceremony, a coffee bar to accompany the Monuts Donuts, and using an untied bouquet of flowers for the bouquet toss which ended up with flowers floating down in all directions among the guests.

My favorite personal touch was the Sarah's entrance to the ceremony. We had rehearsed her entering from the side of the house which was the same location as the rest of the wedding party. But we had a little secret up our sleeves ;) Sarah wanted to take Nick by surprise and come from the front of the house and walk down a lantern led path to her groom. That's not it though. She walked halfway down the aisle and then Nick came and joined her and they walked the rest of the way into the ceremony together. It was really emotional and very symbolic to the new life they were forming together!

There is so much to talk about for this wedding but I'll keep it somewhat short by only adding one more detail. Sarah, Nick, and a friend of theirs created the entire vision and design. They choose to use candelabras as their centerpieces with dripping candles, black silverware, and soft white/cream table linens. Then Teacup Floral accentuated the tables with touches of greenery and roses. There may have even be a little touch of Beauty and the Beast with a red flower set-up by their guestbook.

Sarah & Nick - I so enjoyed serving you and your family over the planning process and wedding weekend. P.S. everyone - they honeymooned in Montana (how awesome is that!!)

Cheers, Whitney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography & Videography: The Family Films

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Dress: Tre Bella Bridal

Design/Florals: Teacup Floral

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Rocky Top

Coffee Bar: Event Espresso

Music: The Local DJ

Dessert: Monuts Donuts & Rocky Top

Hair/Makeup: The Bardot

Officiant: Brian Gregory, Uncle of the Groom

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