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

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

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

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

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

With love, Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Brett Seay

Venue: Duke Gardens + The Parlour at Manns Chapel

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Paper Products: One and Only Paper

Design/Florals: Bowerbird Flowers

China, Linens + Glassware Rentals: CE Rental

Lounge: Cottage Luxe

Tent: Grand Rental Station

Caterer: Beau Catering

Ceremony Music: Carolina String Society

Reception Music: Adrian Duke Project

Dessert: Sugar Euphoria

Favors: Chocolate Smiles

Photo Booth: Lil Photo Bus

Transportation: White Horse

Hair/Make Up: Silverceiling Hair and Makeup

Officiant: Perry Hardison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

XO Alexia

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Ally and Bobby Photography

Venue: The Barn of Chapel Hill

Planner: Alexia and Dana with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Jen with Wild Flora Farm

Invitations + Programs: Minted

Escort Card Display: Dana with C&D Events

Chalkboard: Lettered with Love

Rentals: CE Rental and Cottage Luxe

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Music: Eric with All Around Raleigh DJ

Photo Booth: ZimZoom Photo Booth

Dessert: Details Cake Design

Transportation: EcoStyle

Hair/Make Up: Pamela Hung with OnLoKation Makeup

Officiant: Kayelily Middleton

Real Wedding: Alexandra + Andrew at Merrimon-Wynne

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

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

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

Warmly, Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Pamela Jahnke Photography

Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: Party Reflections

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings

Reception Music: Irresistible Groove

Videographer: Thomas Blake Films

Dessert: Rocky Top Catering

Hair/Make Up: Liam Livingston

Officiant: Uncle of the Bride

Real Wedding: Sarah + Ikeem at The Parlour at Mann's Chapel

What a special couple Sarah and Ikeem are! I knew from the beginning of our planning process, that their day would be full of joyful tears and boy was it! Sarah and Ikeem were high school sweethearts and shared such a special love - it's always such a unique celebration when the couple is giddy in love, and they were!

Sarah and her dad shared a really sweet relationship - one that I hope my girls have with their dad one day! Her dad joined us at every planning meeting - and it was such an honor to see him sit back and enjoy the day! I especially loved his toast to them where he promised to always cherish and support their decisions, whether or not he always agreed with them. As a parent - what a joy it must be to get to celebrate your children in that way on wedding day!

Sarah and Ikeem - I wish you joy as you continue in your forever love!

With love, Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Sean True Photography

Venue: The Parlour at Manns Chapel

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Bushel + Peck Designs

Invitations: Minted

Rentals: CE Rental and Cottage Luxe

Lighting: CE Rental

Caterer: Beau Catering

Music: Mario with K2 Productions

Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Hair/Make Up: Ulta

Officiant: Stephen Powell, Friend of the Bride + Groom

Real Wedding: Jensen + Mike at The Bradford

Where do I even begin with this one? Jensen was such a special bride! I actually met Jensen and her family in elementary school. So when I saw Jensen’s name come across our C&D Events portal I knew it would be so great to reconnect after so many years. Jensen and her family were just as I remembered them - sweet, loving and caring. After meeting Mike he was nothing short of amazing as well. During our first meeting we discussed their vision over a couple of caffeinated beverages around the “Starbucks Conference” table. It was also so great catching up with a childhood friend.

Jensen and Mike had planned their afternoon fall November wedding at The Bradford. They envisioned having a romantic and intimate wedding day. Jensen and her bridal party started the day by getting ready with hair and make up by Lula Hair and Make Up in the charming third floor bridal suite. Mike and the guys claimed the second floor of The Bradford house for their getting ready space.

The ceremony took place in The Bradford side garden under the beautifully arranged pergola by Bushel and Peck Designs. When we initially met over coffee, Jensen mentioned having a vision with her walking through wooden doors down the aisle. Brad and Andrew (Jensen’s Father and Brother) were able to make that dream come true! It was such an astonishing personal touch. During their ceremony Jensen and Mike exchanged heartfelt personal vows in front of approximately 120 friends and family. It was a chilly but I could totally feel the warmth in their hearts.

After tying the knot the couple was swept away by the wonderful Jordan Maunder for bridal party and family photos in front of The Bradford house. Guest were able to enjoy cocktail hour and passed appetizers by Rocky Top Catering inside. Following cocktail hour guest were seated outside on the terrace under the clear top tent provided by CE Rental and inside the ballroom for dinner followed by dancing under the market lights and night stars. Steve with Bunn DJ Company kept the music going with the except of a couple of wholehearted speeches and the cutest “bouquet toss/handoff” to Jensen’s future sister-in-law. We ended the night by lighting the way down The Bradford drive-way with a sparkler exit!

Jensen and Mike - I cannot express enough the love I felt for you both by all of your family and friends. I hope y'all had a blast in London and continue to reflect back on this beautiful day with these fabulous pictures and video by Jon Warlick Media. Thank you for everything. It was truly amazing getting to know you again.

XO Alexia

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Jordan Maunder Photography

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Alexia with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Bushel + Peck Designs

Paper Products: Minted

Table Numbers + Seating Arrangement Chart Calligraphy: Meriweather Designs

Rentals: CE Rental and Cottage Luxe

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Ceremony Music: Florian Music

Ceremony Music: Steve with Bunn DJ Company

Videographer: Jon Warlick Media

Dessert: Edible Arts and Nothing Bundt Cakes

Hair/Make Up: Lula Hair and Make Up

Officiant: Warren Brendle

Real Wedding: Molly + Luke at The Pavilion at Angus Barn

Molly and Luke are such a sweet couple! you could literally feel their love for each other on their wedding day!

I first met with Molly and her mother (as Molly lived out of town) to talk about design and day of logistics. Molly just wanted a little bit of help taking her design to the next level and really accomplishing her wedding vision! It was such a dream to plan with this mother/daughter duo! We got to know a bit about Molly's style and her vision for her wedding and really married those two to create a soft, french country feel in the Angus Barn Pavilion! We were able to design a mood board and a "Menu" of options for Molly to choose from and she made such great choices!

Greenhouse Picker Sisters really nailed this look with the bent wood chairs and the linen lounge! We added greenery to the iron chandeliers in the pavilion and this softened the space (Mel Day sit!) We hired MossHound Designs to hand dye silk ribbon to add to bouquets and silverware. All of these pieces came together beautifully to create Molly's vision!

The day was perfect for a ceremony in front of the lake, cocktail hour in the tented terrace, and dinner in the pavilion! Showtime Events kept the party hopping and Angus Barn's staff was amazing (per usual).

Please enjoy these imaged from such a beautiful day!

Warmly, Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Olivia Surano with Nancy Ray Photography

Venue: Pavilion at Angus Barn

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Dogwood Tree Floral Designs

Ribbon: MossHound Design Ribbon

Rentals: CE Rental + Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Caterer: Angus Barn

Ceremony Music: Bertie Stevens, Harpist

Reception Music: Showtime Events

Videographer: Charis Films

Dessert: Once in a Blue Moon

Hair/Makeup: Makeup for Your Day

Officiant: Trey Davis

Real Wedding: Ellen + Chris at The Barn at Valhalla

Ellen and Chris' wedding day was such a winter wonderland! They were married on a cold Tuesday - directly after a big snow storm hit the Triangle. Snow still blanketed the ground and created a beautiful backdrop for their wedding day photos! I'd describe this special couple as one of the most intentional couples I know! They are kind and truly care about their family and friends. Chris is a very talented composer and he serenaded his bride with a beautiful original song on the guitar. After their meaningful ceremony, guests enjoyed a hot chocolate and coffee bar before entering the barn. The bride and groom wanted their wedding reception to be an intimate dinner party. Long dinner tablescapes included a Christmas tree garland with a candle mix and conversation cards for all guests to enjoy with one another. Tableside wine service was enjoyed in beautiful antique goblets collected by the bride. I loved watching guests enjoy catching up with one another - most travelled from out of town to be together!

Best wishes to you Ellen and Chris - as you travel the world and adventure together!

With love, Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Sarah Joann Photography

Venue: The Barn at Valhalla

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Root Cellar Catering

Service + Bartending: Magnolia Grove Weddings

Ceremony Music: Triangle String Quartet

Videographer: Hayzen’s Productions & Doja Dog Productions, Wilky Black

Dessert: Capital Cakes & Publix

Hair/Makeup: Krista Massey & Samantha Burton

Officiant: Family Friend

Real Wedding: Kristen + Steven at The Merrimon-Wynne House

Oh my goodness I cannot get over this wedding! This couple and family have made the biggest impact on my heart and life. To say I am obsessed with this couple and her parents would be the understatement of the year! From our first phone call, I knew I was a goner with Kristen and Steven. They truly were one of those couples that you knew they loved to live life to the fullest and make it the most fun it can be. I heard all about how he lived in Hoboken and she was in Charlotte, and that is how most of the wedding planning (for their Raleigh wedding) happened.

I was hired to help with the design and catering, and man oh man did I love every minute with them. Kristen is a girl after my own heart... I mean seriously she said what I was thinking or vise versa. She told me her vision of greenery, with white flowers with the navy middle (anemone), and rich wine colors. Instantly my brain took off in a million directions, so I called Bushel and Peck! Ashlee took the vision we all had come up with and brought it to life.

Now I did mention that this couple was all about a party, and that was the number one focus. How to make this a party to remember!? Starting with the food, we had Rocky Top serve up some of the most delicious blackened Mahi I have ever had, and the passed appetizers were completely drool-worthy.

Next was to think through space at the Merrimon-Wynne House, as this fun loving couple invited over 200 people! Originally the thought was dinner under a full starlit tent! The more we thought about the weather, and all of the unknowns that mother nature loves to give us in April, we played around with different layouts in the Carriage House. This landed us to one of my most favorites I have seen there. We were so fortunate with a nice, but rainy, spring day. Since the temperature was wonderful we were able to sit people outside under the pergola with the accordion doors opened. It really made for a stunning space with a dance floor big enough for 170 people!

When I say this couple is fun, I mean every aspect was thoughtfully planned out. So, speaking of the dance floor, Kristen and Steven hired one of my favorite DJ companies, All Events DJs. They made the soundtrack to this day a dream. From Kristen entering the ceremony at exactly 1 min and 45 seconds into a song all the way to them entering their reception to "Like a Virgin" (I can't stop laughing from that one), and All Events DJs had everything flowing perfectly. Not to mention they kept people dancing the night away.

The reception was stunning, but I can't leave out the wonderful Greenhouse Picker Sisters for supplying the two lounges that were a hit the whole day, and the stunning hanging dessert bar! I mean it couldn't have been any more perfect for all of the yummy desserts Rocky Top brought, that complimented SweetWater Ices so perfectly. This wedding was truly one to remember! From the champagne welcome to help guest forget about the rain, the nonstop music, the market lights in the Carriage House, flowers that would take your breath away, and the lounges accompanied by a fire pit... I will be dreaming about this wedding for years to come.

Kristen and Steven, your friends and family are some of my most favorite people I have met! I can't wait to see you and your parents again soon! Dinner, drinks, and a night out cannot come soon enough. I wish you guys nothing but the best in life, and I miss y'all terribly!

XO - Catherine

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Riley MacLean Photography

Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House

Planner: Catherine with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Bushel and Peck Designs

Rentals: Party Reflections

Lighting: Party Reflections and All Events DJs

Lounges: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Caterer: Rocky Top

Dessert: Rocky Top and SweetWater Ices

Music: Whiskey Rebellion

Hair + Makeup: Vicky & Kari, Friends of the Bride

Officiant: Katherine Edwards

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