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

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Jim Colman 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


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