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 Coleman Photography.

Chat soon! Dana

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Jim Coleman Photography

Venue: Duke Gardens

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Bushel + Peck Designs

Paper Products: Bushel + Peck Designs

Lighting: Get Lit Event Lighting

Rentals: CE Rental and Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Caterer: Catering Works

Music: All Events DJ

Hair/Makeup: POSH Salon

Officiant: Sister of the Groom

Real Wedding: Lauren + Steven at The Carolina Inn

Oh my , first things first, I wish I had known Lauren for so much longer! The moment we met, I absolutely fell in love with her. She is such a fun and wide open person. We spoke on the phone as she was planning the wedding from California. Wedding planning is already a slightly stressful ordeal, but doing it from across the country makes it even more intense. Lauren did it like a professional. Not to mention her now husband is in the military and a month after they got married he was set to deploy for 6 months!

The day came and it was absolutely stunning. You could not have asked for a more beautiful wedding day. It was a nice hot day, but luckily we were inside for the ceremony at St. Francis of Assisi and then to The Carolina Inn. The men were all dressed to the nines in tuxedos and the bridesmaids were in mixed shades of purple. The ladies all got ready at The Carolina Inn with their hair and makeup done by WINK. They then took Lifestyle Limo over to the chapel. The ceremony was so sweet and stunning! I mean really, I don't think I have ever seen a more attractive wedding party, as well as guest, at a wedding! One of the sweetest parts of the wedding was that Lauren's mom was her Matron Of Honor, and stood by her side the whole day! After a beautiful ceremony everyone headed back over to the cocktail hour hosted at The Carolina Inn.

The cocktail hour was full of life as the drinks were flowing and the apps were passed. One of the most interesting things about this whole wedding was that her uncle had made her a card box, which was really a bird house. It was hand carved for the bride and groom, and it took him about 6 months to make! The escort cards were gold animals, so each party animal could find their seat in the Old Wing for the reception.

The reception space was nothing short of breathtaking, as TreBella had filled the room with beautiful centerpieces and greenery as far as the eye could see. The dinner was an absolutely delicious buffet, and soon after the dances started! Frankie with Island Sound had everyone up and dancing the whole night! The only time people weren't dancing is when the speeches were made, and they were gifted with a Live Art painting of their first dance! It was incredibly sweet. Which speaking of sweet, Steven did the traditional cutting of the cake with his Military Sword! It was so perfectly fitted, because something as beautiful as a cake from Ashley Cakes needs something just as impressive to cut it. The night ended so perfectly with a sparkler send off, and the cheers of love to the bride and groom.

All and all this was one of the most surreal wedding days I was honored to be apart of. I know that Lauren and Steven are off on the right foot as you could feel all of the love for them through friends and family. Mr. and Mrs. Steven Spinelli, I wish you nothing but joy and happiness in your life. You are both so amazing, and light up every room you walk into. Thank you for letting me share and be apart of your life! Please check out the wonderful pictures captured by Amber with 6ft Photography.

- Catherine

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: 6ft Photography

Ceremony Venue: St. Francis of Assisi

Reception Venue: The Carolina Inn

Planner: Catherine with C&D Events

Design/Florals: TreBella

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: The Carolina Inn

Music: Frankie with Island Sound

Videographer: Mod Films

Live Artist: Live Event Artist of Arizona

Dessert: Ashley Cakes

Transportation: Lifestyle Limo

Hair/Makeup: WINK

Officiant: Deacon Steve Andrews, St. Francis of Assisi

Real Wedding: Carrie + Tony at The Stockroom at 230

I'll never forget the day that I met Carrie and her mom at Panera for our initial consult. We chatted for a while about all things wedding related and it was obvious from the get-go that we just clicked - I adored them both right off the bat! Carrie and Tony had a vision of a Christmas wedding that was classic and elegant (wintery with just the right amount of Christmas) and their day turned out to be even more beautiful than we imagined.

Deep cranberry and pine green decor were accented with ivory flowers and gold and copper metal details from Bushel and Peck. Seating assignments were displayed on a very cool, wooden Christmas tree that the brides dad made just for their big day. The venue was made even more gorgeous by the market lights strung above - especially once the sun went down! It really looked and felt magical all throughout the venue and was just the right amount of holiday spirit.

Carrie and Tony's wedding was my last one for 2017 and it was the perfect way to end the year!

XOXO, Leah

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Taylor with Blue Barn Photography

Venue: The Stockroom at 230

Planner: Leah with C&D Events

Design/Florals: Julie with Bushel + Peck Designs

Chalkboard: AB Chalk + Design

Rentals: CE Rental

Lighting: Themeworks

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Music: McSound Productions

Dessert: Rocky Top Catering

Hair/Makeup: Ashley Elliott

Officiant: Ray Ammons

Real Wedding: Shannon + Patrick at The Cookery

Any couple who has a favor of dog treats from their pups on their human's wedding day is bound to have a fun wedding. Shannon & Patrick are one of those couples you see together and now that they are meant to be. They took many moments on their wedding day to just enjoy that it was really happening. Their wedding was truly a reflection of them and their personalities. I love it when the groom is involved in the planning and Patrick was instrumental in every step. He even designed their seating chart, favors (luggage tags), and a few other signs. They love to travel so the couple named all of their tables after places they have travelled and tied in the travel theme throughout their big day.

And my favorite part, their bridesmaids and groomsmen even decorated their car! I love this tradition but I don't have a lot of couples who do it anymore - so it was really fun to watch their friends be sneaky and get their car all decked out. Imagine their surprise when they got to the end of their glow-stick exit and saw their car!

Bon voyage Shannon & Patrick. I hope you have many travels in life and enjoyed your honeymoon to Fiji and New Zealand! I'm still jealous ;)

Cheers, Whitney

#teammurphy2018

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Robin Lin Photography

Venue: The Cookery

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Paper Products: Menu, Seating Chart, Luggage Tag Favors - designed by Groom

Chalkboard, Hand Lettering: Friend of the Bride with Fancy Pants Lettering

Design/Florals: University Florist

Rentals: American Party Rentals

Caterer: The Catering Company of Chapel Hill

Music: Eric with All Around Raleigh DJ

Photo Booth: Zim Zoom Photo Booth

Dessert: Sugarland

Hair/Makeup: Makeup For Your Day

Officiant: Barbara Lodge

Real Wedding: Nisha + Tom at Carolina Club

Tom and Nisha are one of the most dynamic couples that I've met this past year! Both in med school, they came to us busy but ready to plan their special day. Their wedding incorporated both of their rich family backgrounds - and started the day off with a traditional, more secular ceremony performed by a special friend, Mrs. Julia Wood. Between the two ceremonies, they had a high tea complete with Australian and Indian treats. Their Hindu ceremony was full of meaning - incorporating their families into it all. They enjoyed a delicious reception dinner by Raaga. The dance party was amazing with Bunn DJ Company bringing everyone to the dance floor! Congrats Nisha + Tom - wishing you the very best marriage and life together!

With love, Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Michael Escobar Photography

Venue: Carolina Club

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Florals/Design: Whole Foods, Cary

Lighting & Mandap: Sharpe Pursuits

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Raaga

Music: Joe Bunn, Bunn DJ Company

Dessert: Whole Foods, Chapel Hill

Hair/Makeup: Updo’s Studios

Officiant: Pravin Shukla & Julia Wood

Real Wedding: Sara + Mason at Weymouth Center

I am so excited to share this wedding with you! One of the neatest things in owning a business is getting a lead from a recommendation. And sometimes after a referral sent you this and then this - you forget where it all generated from. Well Sara is one of those brides! She sent her bestie Danielle to me based on the referral from her good friend (who was my suite mate in college) Mary-Elizabeth. After Danielle's wedding, Sara got engaged and looked us up to coordinate her day as well. It didn't all click together until one random conversation and I saw the connections of it all. So neat! I love it!

But back to the wedding! I had a hard time even describing this event. First off- I just adored Sara. Not only was she sweet, kind, but she was a professional and always treated every vendor like a professional. Sounds simple! But it is a trait that not a lot of people have - so when I see it - I highly appreciate it. She had the best vision for her day and I loved seeing the choices and vendors come together. She wanted simple, southern elegance. Think Magnolia leaves, neutral colors, and clean crisp lines. I fell in love just listening to her talk about it!

One of the biggest pieces to it all was the tent. We waffled back and forth between a pole tent, a clear tent, a frame tent, and finally landed on the best decision - a sailcloth tent. Y'all - this tent from Party Reflections was ah-mazing. I was always under the impression that sailcloth meant 100k+ budgets - I mean have you seen the Sperry Tents?!? But Party Reflections does such a great job of marrying style and budget. It was so affordable! It was literally the element that pulled the entire design together.

The day came together so well with perfect weather, and perfect temperature. Such a vast difference from this weekend last year (Alannah and Gabe - your wedding was still absolute perfection). I loved how there were different spots for the guests throughout the night and the music was awesome. Melonbelly played for the ceremony and then transitioned for cocktail hour. They. are. awesome! Seriously- I loved their music, attitudes, and they were so easy to get a long with. I highly recommend them if you are looking for an acoustic/bluegrass-y group. Rocky Top killed it as usual with the food and the guests loved the signature cocktail the yellowhammer after their alma mater - Alabama.

These pictures are amazing - and you can see how unbelievably gorgeous Sara was. My jaw literally dropped when I saw her! That dress was perfection (shout out to Olga for a major dress rescue here - another story- another time friends). Enjoy the photos from Old South!

Mason and Sara- THANK YOU for giving me the opportunity to serve you and your family. I will say that I miss my texts and meetings - but I am so happy that you two are MARRIED and enjoying life as newlyweds. You all are the sweetest and I can't wait to see what the future holds for you both!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Old South Studios

Venue: Weymouth Center

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Paper Products: Reaves Engraving

Dress: J. Majors, Charlotte, NC

Tux - Custom Made: Myers Park Tailors

Florals/Design: Jack Hadden Floral

Lighting: Vivid Lighting

Linen Rentals: CE Rental

Tent/Glassware Rentals: Party Reflections

Lounge: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Melonbelly

Reception: Alternate Take

Videographer: Wrinkled Blanket Media

Dessert: Lowe’s Foods

Hair/Makeup: The Glossery

Officiant: Bob Albritton

Real Wedding: Tara + Tyler at Bear Lake Reserve

Tara + Tyler - you truly lived it up on your wedding weekend!

Their weekend experience for their guests couldn't be better! Located close to Cashiers, NC - Bear Lake Reserve is a beautiful mountain vacation spot and wedding venue that overlooks a beautiful lake. Their guests enjoyed a full weekend of boat riding, golf, delicious food & drinks, and dancing! For any of you readers who might be looking for the perfect mountain getaway or mountain wedding - check this space out!

Their ceremony was beautiful - two of their closest friends officiated their ceremony so it was quite meaningful. Guests enjoyed a lovely dinner provided by the venue club and ended the dinner in special toasts. After that, Bull City Syndicate brought ALL the people to the dance floor.

Best wishes to you, Tara and Tyler!!!

With love, Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: JME Photography

Venue: Bear Lake Reserve

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Florals/Design: Becca with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rentals and Bear Lake Reserve

Caterer: Bear Lake Reserve

Music: Bull City Syndicate

Hair/Makeup: Asheville Hair Design and Flawless Airbrush

Officiant: Friend of the couple

Real Wedding: Amanda + Eric at The Twickenham House

This day was a Fairy Tale! Amanda and Eric picked a breathtaking chateau that was an exact replication of a manor house by the same name in England - only this house was situated several miles up a mountain with amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains! I had such a fun time planning with this great family - you could feel how much love and support they both had from their respective families - such a great foundation to build a marriage! I stayed at the same bed and breakfast with much of the family - and they were so welcoming!

This weekend started off well with a rehearsal dinner and a cute Bed and Breakfast in West Jefferson called the River House Inn. We bussed all of the guests staying at the Twickenham House (which sleeps 40!) to the Inn and had a cocktail hour on the river front - we then transferred all the guests up a little hill to the Barn where dinner was served! It was a fun night and a great start to a fabulous weekend!

The Wedding day was beautiful - from the Master suite where the girls got ready to the ceremony site overlooking the mountains - it was perfection! Tre Bella did an amazing job on the florals - especially the ceremony backdrop! After the wedding the couple went further up the mountain to take a few pictures and the guests moved the party to the reception hall. We did cocktail hour on the back deck and dinner in the main hall. Gipsy Danger Band kept the party going all night and the dance floor never stopped! We ended with a fun sparkler exit - and a bus ride down the mountain (Thanks Air Haven!)

This picturesque wedding was definitely one for the books! Thank you Amanda and Eric for letting me be a part of such a great time!

~ Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Callie with Nancy Ray Photography

Venue: The Twickenham House

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Florals/Design: Dana with Bushel + Peck Designs

Photo Booth: Boone Photo Booth

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Music: Gipsy Danger Band

Dessert: Ugga Mugga Bakery

Hair: Wedding Hair by Liz

Makeup: RAE Makeup Artistry

Real Wedding: Lila + Carlos at Sarah P Duke Gardens

When I first met with Lila & Carlos and we were talking about some of the fun elements they wanted to incorporate, I knew it was going to be a wedding for the books! There's no better way to explain it than to walk through the day.

To start the festivities, they had their ceremony in the amphitheater at the Duke Gardens, which is always beautiful! They have a 7 month old daughter who even got to walk down the aisle with them once they were announced Mr. & Mrs. Then cocktail hour on the terrace and lawn. Followed by the reception in the Doris Duke Center and that's when the fun really kicked in. Lila and Carlos met while dancing and it was a first dance that I will never forget. A rendition of "All of Me" was created by the Stylus DJ team and was the perfect accompaniment. After dinner, Carlos's two teenage children gave toasts that had the entire room in tears as they spoke so highly of Lila and their dad. Then they pumped up the dance floor with a Peruvian Drummer performance by the extremely talented, and Grammy award winning, Marcos Napa. Then Carlos and a dancing partner, Cristal, took to the floor to perform a dance choreographed by Carlos to resemble his courtship with Lila. It was Ah-Mazing! Then everyone flooded the dance floor to get the party started!

Lila and Carlos did a wonderful job of reflecting themselves as a couple and the meshing of their two lives. When a couple gets engaged in Peru and the groom is from Peru, you know there will be lots of Peruvian influences, including Maduros for desserts, obviously lots of inspired dancing, Pisco sour drinks, and he even said his vows to Lila in Spanish.

Lila and Carlos - thanks for allowing me to be a part of your special day. Here's to many, many years of dancing together!

Cheers, Whitney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Riley MacLean Photography

Venue: Sarah P Duke Gardens - Doris Duke Center

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Florals/Design: Pine State Flowers

Rentals: American Party Rentals

Caterer: Durham Catering

Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings

Reception Music: Jason with Stylus SE

Peruvian Drummer Performance: Marcos Napa

Videographer: Josh Hardy - Made with Hardt

Dessert: Cake - Guglhupf; Apple Pie Tarts - Durham Catering; Maduros - Luna

Hair: 140 Salon and Blow Dry Bar

Officiant: Mailande Moran, friend of the couple

Real Wedding: Samantha + Matthew at Family Farm in Oxford

Where to even start with these two!?! I first met with Sam and Matt over the phone to discuss their wedding and needs for their day. They had originally planned on just using us for our Event Management Service, but after we chatted about the infrastructure of having an outdoor reception and ceremony and the fact that they were over on the West Coast - we decided on a partial service. I actually completely forgot they were a partial service about 3 months in. We just clicked so well and I so enjoyed our phone chats and whirlwind meetings- that they felt like a full service couple.

What I LOVED about these two is how genuine they are. They are so real, and so very easy. They were easy to communicate with and were very clear on what they wanted. Which is actually very rare! They had some ideas, but once we sat down and chatted about what they loved, and what they were looking for, we were able to hone in on a modern boho vibe. We used emerald green, pops of bright pinks, gold, and lots of greenery. It was such a fun wedding design! I think that it was by far mine and Sam's favorite part!

The day came and we were blessed with really fantastic weather! We had sunny skies, gorgeous temps, and a breeze that got a little aggressive at times, but we will take that any day over rain! We opted for a clear top tent strung with market lights. It was beautiful! One of my favorite elements was their escort display. We used acrylic sheets for each table and strung it all together hanging off a tree. It was so neat and actually a very last minute decision! It was all just so perfect.

Sometimes I reflect back on clients and think about what I loved so much about them - and I think for them, it was just that they were genuine. They genuinely loved the fact that all their people were gathered in one place. They genuinely were excited that they were marrying each other. They genuinely trusted my guidance. And they genuinely had the best day and couldn't say Thank You enough.

Sam and Matt- you reaffirmed that I love what I do and I am SO immensely grateful that I got the opportunity to be a part of your day filled with genuine love. It will always be one of my favorites.

Enjoy all the pictures from the talented Joanna Sue!

Chat soon! Dana

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Joanna Sue Photography

Venue: Grooms Family Farm

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Florals/Design: Bushel + Peck Designs

Lighting: Vivid Lighting

Linens: CE Rentals

Tent, Chairs, Tables, Dance Floor Rentals : Grand Rental Station

Couch, Bureau & Small Details: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Caterer: Rocky Top Hospitality

Music: All Events DJs

Videographer: Big Dog Little Bed Productions

Dessert: Crank Arm Bakery

Hair: Wedding Hair by Liz

Transportation: EcoStyle

Officiant: Family Friend

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

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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