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


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

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Tesh Parekh with IWP Photography

Ceremony Venue: White Memorial Presbyterian Church

Cocktail + Reception Venue: Merrimon-Wynne

Dress: Kleinfeld

Paper Products: Minted

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Expressions of Love

Lighting: Themeworks

Rentals: Party Reflections

Caterer: Rocky Top

Music: Lenny Fritts

Dessert: Wicked Sweet Cakes

Transportation: The Great Raleigh Trolley

Getaway Transportation: Carey Transportation

Makeup: Fancy Knot

Officiant: White Memorial

Real Wedding: Morgan + Tyler at Brunswick Town at Fort Anderson & Marker 614

Morgan and Tyler's day was definitely a 2018 wedding dream! From the moment I first talked to Morgan, I knew that her wedding would be one of well-thought out and meaningful details. She shared early on her wedding dream to get married at a special family place - sweet Southport, NC. She grew up going to Camp Caswell and has many special memories in Southport, and has a love for all things historic, so it was very fitting that she and Tyler's weekend was located there.

They started their weekend with a laid-back, low country boil held at the beautiful Cape Fear House (historic home on the water in Southport) - where she and her family stayed for the weekend. The ceremony was full of meticulous detail (all with so much meaning!) at the stunning historic church ruins in old Brunswick Town at Fort Anderson. If you have never visited this landmark, you should! The grounds of the church ruins made for a very intimate, romantic, and spiritual ceremony. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed roaming the gorgeous land surrounding the Fort.

Their reception was held at Marker 614 - a really fun new venue in downtown Southport. Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner by Coastal Catering and drinks and dancing to follow. Morgan and Tyler brought some of their favorite Raleigh dessert for cake from Hayes Barton Cafe and Dessertery.

Morgan designed every detail of her wedding - from the invitation suite to the table design. Our team loved executing her design! Morgan will remain a very memorable bride, (and now friend!), as she was so kind and grateful to her vendors throughout the process. I fell in love with the Jones and Hill families throughout the planning journey - Morgan and Tyler, you are so blessed! I have no doubt that these two will impact many through their love for one another and others!

With love, Becca


Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Ally and Bobby Fine Art Photography

Ceremony Venue: Brunswick Town at Fort Anderson

Reception Venue: Marker 614

Paper Products: Morgan Alexander, Bride

Calligraphy: Sidney Hunter Design

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Eco Chic Blossoms

Lighting: 3 Cheers Party Rentals

Rentals: Party Suppliers and Rentals

Caterer: Coastal Catering & Events

Ceremony Music: Steele Music Studios and Harbour Island Music

Reception Music: DJ Brian Hood

Videographer: Muddy Trails Videography

Dessert: Hayes Barton Cafe and Dessertery

Hair + Makeup: Teighla Norris

Transportation: Wilmington Trolley Company

Officiant: George Franco

Real Wedding: Kayla + Tim at Orange United Methodist Church & The Carolina Inn

Kayla & Tim had a classic, black and white wedding at the Carolina Inn. It was absolutely dreamy and was stunning inside the Old Well Ballroom with the candelabras lighting up the room! Kayla has an effortless style and I immediately started calling her my Audrey Hepburn bride. I knew their wedding day would be timeless and looking back at their photos 50 years from now would still look just as elegant as it did that day!

They both went to UNC and wanted to tie in their love for their alma mater with a sweet, southern charm. Although the room wasn't dripping with Carolina blue, it was clear the room was full of tar heels and they brought in the southern charm with their use of magnolia leaves. They even used magnolia leaves for their place cards!

And the lighting at Orange United Methodist Church is something right out of a fairytale! The windows are the original windows of the church (over a 100 years old) and they line the entire church. Talk about a dramatic effect! Stacy with Swank Photography and I were dying as they took their photos :)

Tim and Kayla - I wish you many more classic days filled with love, family, and Audrey Hepburn movies!

Cheers, Whitney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Swank Photography (no longer operating)

Ceremony Venue: Orange United Methodist Church

Reception Venue: The Carolina Inn

Dress: NY Bride & Groom

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Fresh Affairs

Rentals: The Carolina Inn

Caterer: The Carolina Inn

Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Violinist Bettina Yost of Golden Fiddles

Reception Music: HipShack with Sam Hill Entertainment

Dessert: Nantucket Grill

Hair + Makeup: Rishi Salon & Spa

Transportation: Smith Luxury Limo

Officiant: Pastor David Gira of Orange United Methodist Church

Real Wedding: Lacey + Scott at Wrightsville Manor

I am not sure where to even start with this one! First - I can tell you how I actually came to meet this awesome couple. Robin (Lacey's momma) is my Mother in law's best friend from childhood. She reached out and asked if I could help get the logistics in order. Lacey was currently (and still) living in Colorado so they were doing lots of planning from afar and I think Robin's exact words were - "we need you so we don't kill each other." What I didn't get at that moment was how much they truly did love each other. Lacey and her mom are just the most entertaining, kind hearted, and truly fun people to be around. They are sarcastic with the driest sense of humor that I totally get - I mean I grew up with Courtney for goodness sake! I fit right in. Robin, her good friend Barbara and I set out on a whirlwind weekend of planning in Wilmington where we tasted food, met vendors, and got a better scope of the layout that was needed for her guests. I knew that this wedding was probably going to land in my top five purely on the relationship aspect.

I finally got to actually meet Lacey and Scott a few months prior to the wedding and it was like we should have been buddies in another life. The weekend was so fun and I got to get a real sense of Lacey and Scott and knew that their weekend was going to be amazing.

And it was. Everything was perfect from the rehearsal dinner (Wagon Wheel serenade included), to the morning getting ready, to the vows, to the party, to the after party - it was all perfect and so perfectly them. Eco Chic knocked it out of the park y'all! It was gorgeous. She had a very simple vision and it was executed perfectly. The food was spot on and the desserts were killer. It was truly a day where everyone that Lacey and Scott loved and cared about came together to celebrate the two of them. It was sad to see this day end, but I will say that I gained a friend who I can still text random things to. Whenever I randomly break out in laughter Court will ask -"Did Lacey just text you?" The answer is typically yes :)

Lacey and Scott - it was such a pleasure and I can't wait until you are in NC again so I can hug your neck!! Enjoy the photos from Erin Costa Photography!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Erin Costa Photography

Venue: Wrightsville Manor

Dress: Lulu’s Bridal

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Eco Chic Blossoms

Linen Rentals: CE Rental

Rentals: L and L Rentals

Caterer: Middle of the Island

Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Dockside Strings

Reception Music: Eyecon Entertainment

Videographer: Erin Costa Photography

Dessert: One Belle Bakery

Pumpkin Pies: Scott’s Aunt

Hair: Jess Johnson with Juniper Hair Studio

Makeup: Michal Chesson

Transportation: Azalea Limo

Officiant: Friend of the couple

Real Wedding: Rachel + Andrew at The Bradford

Rachel & Andrew are such incredible individuals and perfect for each other! I met Rachel for lunch three months before the wedding day and I was immediately impressed by her sweet demeanor. She and Andrew were planning their wedding from Texas and really knocked it out of the park. They choose great vendors to make their wedding dreams a reality and they trusted each of us - it's so wonderful that they knew they choose the right team and were always confident in our suggestions/decisions.

There was not a single stressful moment in their planning until....the threat of rain appeared on the radar. It was a 40% chance of rain and while I and The Bradford team were really concerned about them not getting a tent, they choose to see the glass as half full. When I shared that the floorplan would be reallllly tight if it did rain on their wedding day and they didn't have the tent, they said something that will forever stick with me: "We love every single person who will be at our wedding and what better day to be super close to all of these people!" Talk about perspective! Sometimes we get so caught up in making sure the day is absolutely perfect that we lose sight of sometimes perfection is being extra close with your favorite people in the whole world!

I couldn't close out this blog without mentioning that each of the plates for their reception was a family heirloom. Every single one of them was provided by Andrew's parents and really made the space have a very sweet personal touch!

Rachel & Andrew - Thank you for trusting me and being incredible people that I enjoyed serving on your wedding day!!

Cheers, Whitney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Tiffany L Johnson Photography

Venue: The Bradford

Dress: Lulu’s Bridal

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Ashlee with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rental

Speciality Rentals: Cottage Luxe

Caterer: Rocky Top

Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Crossroads Acoustic Trio

Reception Music: Nina with All Events DJ

Dessert: Publix

Hair/Makeup: Krista Massey

Transportation: Blue Diamond

Officiant: Mike Nobles, friend of the couple

Real Wedding: Cassidy + Anton at Duke Gardens

Cassidy and Anton were married on a beautiful, warm, early Fall day at the gorgeous Angle Amphitheater at Duke Gardens. Cassidy was an absolutely stunning bride - and Anton was so excited to be marrying his lady on that day! The Duke Gardens was the perfect outdoor setting for their out of town family members to enjoy - a little taste of NC perfection! They stood under a beautiful white pergola from Greenhouse Picker Sisters that was decorated with greenery and pops of pink and fuschia flowers from English Garden Florist.

English Garden Florist provided a mix of flower bottles for table centerpieces, and geometric gold candle holders with greenery around them. Catering Works provided a delicious buffet dinner and a wonderful assortment of cupcakes for dessert. Special moments during the reception included a video recorded speech from the best man (stationed in France currently) and skyping Cassidy's grandmother in for the ceremony time! What special memories! Here's to many more, Cassidy + Anton!

With love, Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: In His Image Photography

Venue: Duke Gardens

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Design/Florals: English Garden

Lighting: Party Reflections

Rentals: CE Rental

Lounge, Ceremony Arch + Smalls: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Caterer: Catering Works

Music: Daniel Heron with Complete DJ

Videographer: Stewart Nelson

Dessert: Catering Works

Hair/Makeup: The Bardot

Officiant: Bill McKinley

Real Wedding: Mandie + Eric at The Bradford

Mandie and Eric were so much fun to work with - I loved their philanthropic spirits from our first meeting - where we discussed her AIDS research in Africa (How cool is that?!). They wanted a catholic wedding that represented both of their cultures (He is Filipino and she is Polish) as well as a reception that allowed guests to experience their love of travel and fun animal details!

We had a Cat and Bear theme carried throughout all of the paper products - Dana with C and D did an amazing job of bringing their friend's sketches to life in all of the paper details. I think this really set the tone for the fun elegant wedding that unfolded! Becca took design lead on this wedding and knocked it out of the park - the rentals/lounges/lighting all reflected the colorful and global feel we were hoping to capture! Ashlee with Bushel and Peck Designs then created floral magic!

Beau Catering carried the global theme with the food - creating authentic Filipino and Polish appetizers - so yummy! Kaia with Details Cake designed book ended our evening with a map themed cake! Enjoy some of the images captured by Adam Chapin of this truly memorable event!

Warmly, Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Adam Chapin Photography

Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart

Reception Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Becca + Ashlee with Bushel + Peck Designs

Paper Products: Dana with C&D Events

Lighting: Get Lit Event Lighting

Rentals: CE Rental and Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Caterer: Beau Catering

Cocktail Hour Music: Fabius Paige

Reception Music: Ryan with SPIN

Dessert: Details Cake Design

Transportation: White Horse

Hair/Makeup: Wedding Hair by Liz

Real Wedding: Melissa + Jimmy at Duke Gardens

What a wedding! I think I seriously geeked out over this event multiple times. I met Jimmy, Melissa, Carla (mother of the bride), Pat (Mother of the groom), and Dick (Father of the groom) after they had booked us via phone chat. We met up in downtown Cary to start venue shopping and to get to know each other a little. Right off the bat I knew this was going to be a sweet couple and really great planning experience.

First off- they are both Math majors. Which if you don't know me, I have a BS in Chemistry and a BA in Math - so I knew that on some level we connected. They were in real fancy pants math classes - but I could totally relate to the way they processed information and their love for spreadsheets. They both were planning from afar as they were in graduate school in the midwest.

Second- they really trusted my vision and direction. It makes my job so much easier when a client simply says - "I trust you." Sounds simple enough, but it makes the world of difference. I also felt like Jimmy and Melissa wanted the big wedding, but not for the purpose of being in the center of attention - in fact I think they preferred not to be - but they wanted to gather all their favorite people in one spot and just enjoy their company. Knowing that that was their ultimate goal made the planning process have a solid footing and some easy decisions.

After a few days we settled on Duke Gardens. The next time Melissa came in town we picked our caterer, rentals, and design concept. This is where it gets really fun. Jimmy and his mom read all the Harry Potter books when he was a kid. Melissa equally loved the series so through many conversations I just asked - "do you want this to be a HP themed weddings?" They hesitantly said yes - and after some more digging they were just worried that it would be too much and not elegant or pretty. I assured them that we could do this in a way that was fun, tasteful, and not over the top. I am SO excited with how it turned out!

I immediately called Terri with Get Lit to ask if it was possible to have floating candles. Her answer- anything is possible! Duke Gardens is especially tricky since there are not a lot of points of connection - luckily I had just worked with them a few months before I inquired about market lighting in the hall- so we had some good ideas as to what we could do. It was literally the show stopper. It was SO cool!! For centerpieces we did a simple arrangement with candles, old math books, and compotes. Guests ate family style and enjoyed a golden snitch favor with a Maurader's Map Menu. It was so much fun to put it all together!

The night went so well and I was so glad that I got the opportunity to work with not only Jimmy and Melissa but the whole family. You could tell that they were just so loved . Jimmy and Melissa- thank you so much letting be a part of your day - it was truly such a pleasure!

Enjoy all the photos from Jim Colman Photography.

Chat soon! Dana