A Wedding Story: Leah + Adam

  • How did he ask?

    Adam asked me to marry him just a few days shy of the one year anniversary of the day we met! He asked me to go for a walk with him on an unseasonably warm January day up to our neighborhood country club clubhouse. In the outside fire pit area he had bouquets of flowers set up, a fire going and champagne chilling, waiting to be popped. Immediately he got down on one knee and said some sweet things that I don't remember (being proposed to is quite the out of body experience) and of course I said yes!!

  • What was your vision for your wedding?

    I wanted our wedding to first and foremost be a ton of fun for our guests, but I also wanted it to be beautiful as well. I envisioned a garden vibe with lush greenery and wild, organic flowers in colors of blush, peach, ivory and dark burgundy accented with tones of slate blue and grey.

  • What was the biggest trend the year you got married?

    Greenery! Which I also had a ton of at our wedding.

  • What was the most important aspect of your wedding to you?

    For both Adam and I we really wanted our guests to have an amazing time. This drove a lot of the decisions that we made for all of our vendors. We chose a gorgeous venue that could house the whole wedding (ceremony, cocktail hour and reception) and was in a convenient location. Having amazing food was very important, and picking Rocky Top was one of our first (and easiest) choices. We also had a great DJ and lawn games for guests to enjoy during the reception.

  • Did you have a planner?

    yes

  • How many people?

    104

  • What were your colors?

    Greenery (most of which was emerald green), blush, ivory, peach, slate blue, gold and accents of grey and dark burgundy.

  • How did you decide on your venue?

    We actually only looked at two venues since I had been familiar with a lot of them already. There were two things that were top priority for our venue: it had to be in Downtown Raleigh (so that guests could stay downtown and either walk or take a short cab ride to the venue) and it had to have three separate spaces for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception (I didn't want any flips!). Plus I had to be happy with the rain back-up plan. Even though the carriage house had not been built when we booked Merrimon-Wynne, we knew that with the addition of that space that the venue would be perfect for our wedding day. And it was!!

  • What were your ideas vs what was reality?

    We were lucky enough to be able to implement every idea that we had for the wedding. Being in the business I was familiar with how much things cost and we planned accordingly. There were a few extra flower arrangements/installations that we cut from the budget, though.

  • Best part of your day? Other than getting married, obviously :)

    Our first look!! I know a lot of brides want to go the traditional route of seeing their fiance for the first time during the ceremony, but I'm so glad that we did a first look. It was a private, intimate moment with just the two of us (and a team of photographers and videographers! haha) and allowed us more time for pictures.

  • What were the most cringe worthy things looking back on it now?

    Nothing that I can think of... I'm also a newlywed, so I still think my wedding day was perfect :)

  • If you could pick one vendor that was your all star who was it and why?

    Oh this is so hard, we had the best vendors ever!! I honestly can't pick, they all did such an amazing job.

  • Advice to other brides getting married...

    Hire a wedding planner and a videographer. A wedding planner will save your sanity and make it so that the only thing you have to do on your wedding day is drink champagne, get glammed up and marry the love of your life. And a videographer captures it all in a way that photography can't. Videographers aren't cheap, but it was some of the best money we invested on our wedding and we watch our wedding video ALL the time (often crying our eyes out!).

  • Where was your venue/name of venue?

    Merrimon-Wynne

  • Wedding Date

    June 09, 2017

  • Who was your photographer?

    AJ Dunlap

Real Wedding: Carrie + Albert at The Barn at Valhalla

Carrie and Albert were without a doubt the most in-love couple I've ever seen. These two ADORED each other and it was apparent in every part of their wedding day (especially their ceremony when there wasn't a dry eye in the house)! They had a beautiful fall wedding at The Barn at Valhalla that was simple, elegant and meaningful.

When I first met with Carrie and Albert we quickly realized that Albert and I were classmates from way (way) back. I even found an old yearbook picture of him from second grade! We clicked from the get-go and I loved being able to help them plan their big day. Carrie had visions of ivory blooms, greenery and dusty blue touches that added such a gorgeous elegance to the rustic nature of the barn. Their ceremony was held in the trees next to the venue (a ceremony spot that I had not used before but am now a big fan of!) and was followed by cocktail hour on the porch with an amazing jazz quartet. They then danced the night away under market lights inside the barn.

Their love for each other was palpable in every way and I was so lucky to be able to be a part of their story.

XOXO, Leah

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Annie Watts Photography

Venue: The Barn at Valhalla

Planner: Leah with C&D Events

Bouquets: Leah with C&D Events

Centerpieces: Bride

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Neomande

Ceremony & Reception Music: Eric with All Around DJs

Cocktail Hour Music: Jazz Quintet of UNC Students

Cake: Lady Bellas Cupcakes

Hair/Makeup: Radiant NC

Officiant: Father of the Groom

A Wedding Story: Whitney + Michael

  • How did he ask?

    Michael asked me out on a date on a Monday night. When he arrived he had a bag full of scrabble letters. The letters made up where we were going to next. The date ended up going to places throughout the Triangle that held memories for us and at each location there was a letter that I was to put together to spell something at the end. We went to dinner, ice cream, and a few other stops before he dropped me off at the Duke basketball stadium and handed me a notebook and said "open the book and follow the directions." Then he left to meet me at the end. I opened the notebook and there was a clue and map. (I'd like to note here that this map was very hard to read so I give myself major credits for actually finding my way without getting lost). The map lead me through campus and to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Around the time he dropped me off, I thought this may be it - he's going to propose! But I was sure that this was just another stop on the way to another destination. But when I arrived at the Gardens and found him, he lead me to a spot where music was playing and he got down on one knee!!

  • What was your vision for your wedding?

    Our vision was for a classic wedding that was easy for our families while planning and for all of our families and guests on the day of!

  • What was the most important aspect of your wedding to you?

    It's so cheesy but the most important thing for us was to truly be with our guests and each other. We wanted there to be good music, fun, photography, a beautiful venue, etc.. but we wanted everyone to come and have a great time.

  • Did you have a planner?

    yes

  • How many people?

    112

  • What were your colors?

    Navy and white with light touches of blush

  • How did you decide on your venue?

    We choose The Sutherland in Wake Forest, NC. We had visited many, many venues but once we were onsite at The Sutherland Michael and I both knew that this was the place. It's quite funny actually. We got a tour of the place and then paused to use the restroom. Michael came out and said "This is the place." It was meant to be! It was also a great location because we had the majority of our guests coming from Southern Virginia.

  • What were your ideas vs what was reality?

    Honestly, I was very blessed that my ideas were already quite aligned with my budget since I was already in the wedding industry. However, flowers still took me by surprise. At that point, I hadn't dealt with floral budgets a lot so I was shocked when I got our first invoice back from a florist and all of my pinterest-worthy flowers were much higher than we had budgeted.

  • Best part of your day? Other than getting married, obviously :)

    Too many wonderful memories on this day to pick just one but here are a few that make the top of the list: seeing my husband (eek!!) for the first time coming down the aisle, right after the ceremony and the small celebration we had with our bridal party, having a few quite moments to ourselves while taking photos during cocktail hour, dancing the night away with friends, and always being right next to each other from the moment the ceremony began!

  • What were the most cringe worthy things looking back on it now?

    We had an outside wedding so we were very worried about the possibility of rain but there wasn't a cloud in the sky and everything really went off without a hitch (at least that I'm aware of!)

  • If you could pick one vendor that was your all star who was it and why?

    I can't pick just one because I had a few who really knocked it out of the park and made me feel so loved. Embellished Blooms - Michelle was the breath of fresh air that I needed. She was not only a talented florist but she's a wonderful person. During my consultation, I felt like I was getting a very much needed therapy session. Tara Parker Photography - Tara and Dave are by far some of my favorite people! They can make me laugh like no one else and I felt they truly captured our wedding day. Jason with Stylus SE - Jason knows how to MC a wedding and keep the crowd dancing. He sent us off with the sweetest message from all of our vendors and I will forever be grateful for his talent and ability to make our wedding special and unique to us. Twenty-One Films - Their team is amazing! There are so many good things to say about them but I will just say this. If you are thinking about getting a videographer, stop what you are doing right now and book them! We watch our wedding video every year on our anniversary and it transports us back to the day. It's the best investment we've ever made in our marriage because it brings all those feelings back and helps us to have a small little vow renewal every year.

  • Advice to other brides getting married...

    Book any of the vendors I mentioned above! I tell all of my brides two pieces of advice. 1) Plan a "last date before you're married" - We planned it for the Tuesday evening before our wedding. We set a goal that we were going to have all wedding to-dos, crafts, etc.. done by this time. We made this date sacred and it was one of the best decisions we made. We still look back on our last non-married date with love and appreciation. 2) Your wedding is exactly that, YOURS. You don't have to follow a trend or follow any specific traditions. Make your wedding unique to you as a couple and don't ever feel that you have to do something a certain way if it's not true to you.

  • Where was your venue/name of venue?

    The Sutherland

  • Wedding Date

    September 20, 2014

  • Who was your photographer?

    Tara Parker Photography

Real Wedding: Ellie + Robbie at The Bradford

Ellie and Robbie were one of my favorite (and sweetest!) couples of 2017! From the very first time I met Ellie, I knew that their day was going to be a)gorgeous and b) so precious and meaningful! Robbie and Ellie are seriously some of the kindest, genuine people you'll meet!

I absolutely fell in love with Ellie's vision for her day - her color scheme was amazing: light peach, dusty blues, and neutrals. I LOVED designing her bouquet - it definitely was one of my favorite bouquets we've designed! Her table tops were simple eclectic bud vases, wooden centerpieces, and lots of candles. She opted to not have a tent on her wedding day - which ended up being incredible as her guests could enjoy dinner outdoors and sitting under the market lighting of The Bradford's terrace.

I loved reliving her day through Rachel Hennessy's detailed photographs! What a beautiful day!

With love, Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Rachel Hennessy Photography

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Florals: Becca with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rental, dinner table clothes & napkins are personally owned

Vintage Rentals: Farm & Filigree

Caterer: Green Planet Catering

Music: Andy with Sweet Sound DJ

Videographer: Erin Pender with Charis Films

Cake: Not Just Icing Cupcake Truck

Hair/Makeup: Friends of the Bride

Officiant: Heidi Gessner

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Real Wedding: Emily + Montana at The Bradford

Emily & Montana danced the night away under the stars and the market lights at the beautiful Bradford. They had dreamed for a year of having perfect weather to be able to do just that. Their dance floor was packed all night and their wasn't a drop of rain in the sky! And their dessert bar...it was a dessert bar from heaven. It was hard to not want to eat all of it. The guests loved it and we even had a piece or two, just to make sure it was perfect ;) They had wedding cookies, chocolate chip cookies, lemon bars, cupcakes, coconut balls, and so much more - all homemade! Emily & Montana - Cheers to a lifetime full of beautiful days, starry nights, and lots of homemade sweets.

Cheers, Whitney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: 2&3 Photography

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Florals: The Flower Cupboard

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Spice3 Catering

Bartending Services: The Wine Feed

Coffee + Espresso Bar: Event Espresso

Music: Southern Entertainment

Cake: The Cupcake Shoppe

Dessert Bar: Family & Friends

Transportation: Simplified Personal Driving

Hair/Makeup: Friends of the Bride

Officiant: Mark Mofield

Real Wedding: Ashley + Eric at The Mim's House

This wedding was particularly sweet to me because the bride and groom are good friends of mine. Ashley was in the small group I led in college. Knowing the couple (and a lot of the guests) personally makes the day really fun! Ashley was also the most easygoing laid back bride that I have ever had. She really cared about the important parts of the wedding and was super flexible about everything else. She also really listened to my advice, which I always appreciate! The weather that day was perfect. We were worried about rain coming the whole week leading up. The rehearsal dinner was a torrential downpour, but the wedding day was sunny and warm without begin too hot and muggy. It was just lovely! I thought Ashley's centerpieces were so fun, she used old tea kettles as vases and it was one of the most unique and down to earth centerpieces I've seen. So thankful to have been a part of this special couple's wedding and I am excited to see them as a married couple for years and years to come!

All the best,

Kelsy

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Colburn Collective Photography

Venue: Leslie-Alford Mims House

Planner: Kelsy with C&D Events

Florals: Flowers on Broad Street

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Rocky Top

Music: Kevin McVay

Cake: Family Friend

Hair/Makeup: Meredith Johnston

Officiant: Devin Coogan

Real Wedding: Ana + Marshall at The Stockroom at 230 and The Glass Box

This wedding maybe one of the calmest weddings I have ever executed. Every now and again you get this Unicorn wedding where the timeline is literally perfect to the minute, the vendors are all killing it, and there is quite seriously no emergency, no fire, and no mishaps. This was just that wedding. If all my clients were this happy- I would never be exhausted at the end of wedding season. If I said that once, then I said it 100 times that night. Every vendor would say - "She is the happiest bride!" And she was the HAPPIEST bride. She was always smiling, she was calm, and so serene throughout the entire day.

I wasn't surprised in the slightest since she was just like that throughout the whole process. Her vision was simple and natural. She wanted lush greenery and candles to provide soft lighting. The thing I love the most about The Stockroom is how you don't really need to do much to make it beautiful. Total side note: I also love how amazing their staff is. Wedding vendors- you know what I am talking about. They are always helpful, always calm, and always make our job 1000 times easier.

The Bridesmaid's dresses were so fun and unique! They were some of the prettiest dresses I have seen this year. There is something about a black dress that is just perfect. Her dress was gorgeous! I loved the hem details and it (of course) looked amazing on her. The guests enjoyed drinks, and some super yummy food! Seriously Rocky Top hit it out of the park. It was SO good! Brides- get the tuna small plate - it is to die for. The dance floor was packed all night with Vic from All Events DJ keeping the party going. It was such a fun night celebrating an awesome couple.

Enjoy the pictures from Kelley Deal Photography!

Chat soon!

Dana

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Kelley Deal Photography

Venue: The Stockroom at 230 and The Glass Box

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Florals: Julie with Bushel + Peck Designs

Lighting + Draping: Themeworks

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Rocky Top

Ceremony Music: Bride's Brother

Reception Music: All Events DJ

Cake: Hayes Barton Cafe

Hair/Makeup: Elaine Harrison Makeup Artistry

Officiant: Friend of the Couple

Real Wedding: Amanda + Sam at Noah's Event Venue

When the mother of the bride is also the officiant, you know right away that this wedding is going to be emotional and sweet! I met with Amanda & Sam in October of 2016 and I could tell right away that they were going to be a fantastic couple to work with. They knew their vision for their wedding and just needed a little help to make it come alive and have the day run smoothly. Amanda & Sam decided to tackle their wedding to-do list by dividing communication with vendors. The groom, Sam, was impeccable at picking out the details and staying on top of his items. It was so sweet to see Sam emailing the caterer and transportation to finalize the guest count and trip details. This groom killed it! And of course, Amanda was rocking her side of the list too.

Not to mention, their wedding party was some of the best and most fun parties, I've had the pleasure of working with! And Sharon, the officiant and mother of the bride, had everyone tearing up and laughing during the ceremony! This wedding is one for the books :)

Amanda & Sam, congratulations and enjoy your newlywed time of being Mr. & Mrs. Sam Hopkins! Cheers to love, happiness, and your (soon-to-be) new home!

Cheers,

Whitney

 

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

#hopkinsdowntheaisle

Photography: Cor Photography

Venue: Noah's Event Venue

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Paper Products: Minted (invitation, programs, menu cards)

Florals: Tre Bella Florist

Lighting: Noah's Event Venue

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Rocky Top

Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings

Reception Music: Eric Hodgen with All Around Raleigh DJ

Cake + Cupcakes: Simply Cakes

Cookies: Family Members

Transportation: Raleigh Dream Limos

Hair/Makeup: The Makeup Culture

Officiant: Sharon Stewart (Mother of the Bride)

Real Wedding: Shelby + Maria at Starlight Meadows

I feel like I have sounded like a broken record this year with my weddings- but I seriously just have the best clients. I think all my weddings are special (they are!!) but this one just will always have a place in my heart. I actually met Shelby about 11 years ago. She was a freshman in high school and I was a teacher. I volunteered to help with the girl's softball team, and there is where I met Shelby. I eventually became the coach the next year and I was her coach for the next 2 years until I moved schools and then eventually quit to pursue C & D full time. We kept in touch over facebook and I randomly got reminded of the inside jokes from the girls (cuddle duds, and "get off my nuts!"). But it wasn't until she got engaged and reached out for help that we really re-connected.

I got to meet Maria at our first meeting and I can tell you that you could just tell the love that radiated from the two of them. They were so respectful of each other, quietly doting on the other, and always spoke of the other person in such high regard. I knew Shelby had found her person in life and nothing made me more happy. It is weird seeing someone as a young adult and speculating the life they will have - but actually getting to witness marriages, births, and major life moments is the biggest honor. I was so happy to not only help, but walk the small part of life with them.

Ok - I am going to just go cry that it has been 11 years (!) and I am marrying off another student of mine (Meredith was my first!). But before I do that - a little about the wedding! They decided on Starlight Meadows because Shelby really wanted a rustic wedding (and Maria said "whatever you want babe!") It was the perfect balance. Shelby's dad made these homemade pew markers from logs that were seriously so awesome! They had Blossom Floral Artistry string up lights in the barn and their ceremony backdrop was the old barn doors. Y'all - these doors are freaking amazing! By themselves they were awesome, but add Julie's floral vision and it was STUNNING! It was the perfect day - the weather could not have cooperated any more than it did. Both Brides were stunning and so uniquely them. Julie made custom bouquets for each based on their favorite flowers and style - such a neat detail to the wedding. Above and Beyond did just that - and the food was not only good, but the service was outstanding. Guests loved the hot drink bar and S'mores by the fire. It was truly a great night!

Shelby and Maria - Thank you SO much for allowing me to be a part of your special day. It meant more than you will ever know. I know the future holds great things for the two of you - the world needs more kind, loving, generous, and good souled people like yourselves!

Enjoy the gorgeous photos from Ryan Shedrick Photography!

Chat soon!

Dana

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

#shelbylovemaria

Photography: Ryan Shedrick Photography

Venue: Starlight Meadows

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Florals: Blossom Floral Artistry

Rentals:  Above and Beyond Catering

Caterer: Above and Beyond Catering

Music: Steel Impressions

Videographer: AO & JO Videography

Dessert: Cake and All Things Yummy

Hair: Tiffany Schoff

Makeup: Julie Robbins

Officiant: Meredith Parrish

Real Wedding: Brooke + Leon at The Bradford

What to say about Brooke and Leon....Totally loved them! Literally the coolest (like in a hipster, vogue, little nerdy kinda way)! First off - they got married on a Monday because it was the date of their 10 year anniversary. I loved that they picked a date that was meaningful to them instead of going with convention. Side note - they thought this move would reduce the number of guests - but they are apparently too popular - we had a big guest list! Their woodland theme was so gorgeous and I felt that all the ideas Julie came up with really hit the mark with Brooke's vision. We had custom benches made for the ceremony - as well as logs pieces serving as pedestals - and all the moss.... We set everything up in front of the Bradford - which I loved - but unfortunately had to move under the tent at the 11th hour! Brooke was so calm and laid back - even with the last minute upheaval! You could tell she really just cared about marrying Leon! It was such a fun night with the majority of the guests dancing until 10 am on a weekday - no case of the Mondays here! I thought Brett Perfectly captures the mood of the day - enjoy!

Warmly,

Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Brett with Blest Studios

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Florals: Julie with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals:  CE Rental and Cottage Luxe

Caterer: Food Trucks

Music: DJ Rodney

Dessert: Cake made by Brooke's mom

Hair/Make-up: Wedding Hair by Liz and R.A.E. Makeup Artistry

Officiant: Wendy Tingle

Real Wedding: Allie + Tripp at Market Hall

I thoroughly enjoyed my sweet maternity leave this Summer! It was loud, fun, special - and all the things that having a 3 year old and newborn is! I was very excited to return to work - especially for this great couple's wedding day! I've known Allie since she was an 8th grader - and she is literally one of the sweetest ladies you'll meet. Tripp is the PERFECT match for her - funny, such a gentleman, kind, and handsome. Their wedding was one I'll remember as one of simplicity and honoring to their faith in God.

Their design was simple and elegant. Market Hall is a pretty large reception hall, so we separated the room using white sheer pipe and drape to enclose the ceremony space. The reception had a mix of round tables and long tables with simple yet elegant centerpieces designed by Julie and Bushel and Peck. Unforgettable Food Affairs prepared a delicious dinner. Friends were their djs and they brought quite the party to the dance floor! I especially loved their toasts - you can tell that these two are very loved and cherish their loved ones well.

Congrats Allie and Tripp and best wishes to you for a full, and blessed marriage!

With love,

Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Cor Photography

Venue: Market Hall

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Florals: Julie with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rentals

Caterer: Unforgettable Food Affairs

Ceremony Music: Friends, Chase Caroll & Erica Edelstein

Reception Music: Friends, Paris Silver & Seth Brown

Videographer: Kevin Mullen

Dessert: Kim Mayes

Hair/Make-up: Radiant Hair and Makeup

Officiant: Grant Miller

Real Wedding: Lizzie + Jordan at Duke Chapel and The Rickhouse

There are few people in the world that truly understand my geekiness. I have loved Chemistry from my very first day of Sophomore year in high school. I also really loved Math so I knew that when I went to college I wanted to major in Chemistry and Math and maybe physics (because who doesn't love physics?!?). Well I ended up with a BS in chemistry, a BA in math, and a minor in chemical physics. Nerd. I know. But I loved it and I really loved teaching it. Sometimes I miss the classroom and geeking on vectors and teaching kids about mol town. Then I come to my senses.

Well, when I sat down with Lizzie and Jordan over a coffee we started the usual "what do you do, how did you meet" convo, it came out they were grad students getting their degrees in chemistry! We talked awhile about nothing related to the wedding, but how much of a small world it was that I could (somewhat) understand what they were studying and all the cool things we loved about chemistry. I know you all are so jealous!

Once we did get on the subject of the weddings, we chatted about their vision, vendor team (which was awesome!) and what their needs were. They were pretty set, but needed help pulling the vision together. We decided on a for sure event management package and then a few weeks later we had a phone chat and she decided to add design help as well. I was super excited about this one. Not only was it my first copper wedding I was designing, but it was sleek, modern, and something different. I loved her vision! It was so fun taking her ideas and shaping them into her dream.

The day come together beautifully but I have to admit that the ultimate showstopper of the night was her and her dress. Not only is she always gorgeous, but she looked stunning, flawless, and like a real life celebrity on her day. Her dress was breathtaking. I could not stop sending pictures to people! Words would have never done it justice! It was and is still the most beautiful dress I have seen on a bride. Now that I am done school girl gushing- on to the fun stuff- pictures!!

Did I mention Lizzie had an awesome team?!? Vesic Photo with 21 films, and Randy with Joe Bunn made the night so easy, so fun, and perfectly smooth. So grateful to have great vendors to work with! Enjoy all the awesome photos!

Chat soon!

Dana

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Hooman with Vesic Photography

Ceremony Venue: Duke Chapel

Reception Venue: The Rickhouse

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Florals: Julie with Bushel + Peck Designs

Invitations: Bushel + Peck Designs

Programs: Minted

Rentals: CE Rentals

Caterer: Fulenwider Enterprises

Music: Randy with Joe Bunn DJ

Videographer: Twenty-One Films

Dessert: Guglhupf Bakers

Hair/Make-up: Posh the Salon, Durham

Officiant: Family Friend

Real Wedding: Torrey + Jack at The Stockroom at 230

Where to even begin with this one?!? Torrey's mom, Colleen called me randomly one day in a slight panic. She really needed some help. They were pretty far along in the planning process- but she was feeling super overwhelmed and really needed some relief. We made an appointment for a few days later. I met Torrey and Colleen over coffee and fell in love with this wedding! It was different, funky, and just plain fun!

They had the majority of their vendors picked out but needed help putting the design pieces together, finding a photographer, and deciding on catering. They opted for a partial plan which really was "plan what is left." Every time we met, it was Team Bussey (Mom, Dad, Torrey, and Jack). They were all in this together and it was so neat seeing them all give their two cents, and debate ideas. It is really how I imagine my little family being. It was sweet and always entertaining! They were also super easy to talk to, banter with, and they all poked fun at each other - nothing was too very serious.

They wanted guest to feel welcome, comfortable, and for it to feel intimate -which is why they opted for family style service. It is truly my favorite way to serve food- nothing feels more like home than people passing dishes as they load up their plates. Catering works did an awesome job! Guests went to The Big Easy for cocktail hour, then were greeted at the elevator with a nibble before heading to their seats. They were served a plated salad, and then dinner was served. Towards the end of the night, the guests were given a late night snack of Bratwurst and of course yummy cake! The food was great, a full liquor bar kept the party going, and Eric with All Around Raleigh DJ kept the dance floor hopping!

Off the bat- Torrey knew what she wanted -a garden, bohemian style wedding - at The Stockroom. She knew she wanted rich burgundy with fuscia and light pink and LOTS of greenery. She had the great idea for a floral wall next to the bar- and it was the hot spot! She wanted to take it a little farther and as we were throwing ideas out there I remembered the one time we installed greenery on market lights under a tent. Why don't we do it in The Stockroom? As soon as I said it- I knew she loved it. And it was PERFECT! It changed the entire space. Granted- it took us about 7 hours to install - but it was worth every second. We also added rugs at the altar, that then moved in front of the sweetheart and cake table. But can we talk about this altar real quick? The bride's brother made it - and it was ah-mazing! It truly made the ceremony. Natalie added a floral piece to the side and y'all- it was just breathtaking. We decided to move it behind the cake afterwards and I don't think there is a better picture of a cake in the entire world. I loved all the details, the chalkboard was a replication of their invitation and Austin truly did a work of art. It was stunning- there were gasps every time someone saw it - it was that good! I could go on and on about this wedding - but let's let the pictures tell you a little more!

Torrey, Jack, Collen, and Torrin - Thank You! I enjoyed every second of working with you all. I love your family and truly feel so honored that you trusted me to be a part of this day! Torrey - you will always be one of my favorite brides and every time I send a "sketch" to a client- I will automatically think of my crayon doodles!

Chat soon!

Dana

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Brian Mullins Photography

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Stockroom at 230

Cocktail Hour Venue: The Big Easy

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Florals: Springwell Florist

Escort Display + Greenery Market Lights: C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rentals

Vases: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Caterer: Catering Works

Music: Eric with All Around Raleigh DJ

Lighting: Themeworks

Dessert: Sugar Euphoria

Hair: The Hair & Face Lounge

Makeup: Rio Jones

Officiant: David James

Real Wedding: Annie + Billy at The Rickhouse

I LOVED planning Annie and Billy's wedding! I had so many great memories from the process; from Norbeth's (Annie's Mom) planning binder appearances to Billy's dad trying a buffalo wing for the first time (he's from Maryland - where apparently buffalo wings aren't a thing!) I was involved in the rehearsal dinner planning as well as the wedding - so by the end of the weekend, I truly felt like part of the family! It was a nice family to be a part of! You could tell how important the guest experience was to everyone - Annie's Parents insisted on being the last people through the buffet line because they wanted to insure that all the guests had everything they needed! Annie and Billy were equally as thoughtful - so kind and compassionate! You could tell how much love and support they had for each other through all the speeches and comments made by guests! Billy and Annie never left eachother's side throughout the night - through dances, hugs, and speeches! There were so many great details: Flowers by the Bride's Grandfather's company, a great band, and a bagpiper as people walked into the ceremony! It is definitely an event I won't soon forget - please enjoy some of the images from a very memorable evening.

Warmly,

Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Riley Maclean Photography

Venue: The Rickhouse

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Florals: Teds Flower Basket

Rentals: American Party Rentals

Lighting: Vivid Lighting

Chalk Art: MW Calligraphy

Caterer: Donovan's Dish

Music: Fantasy with East Coast Entertainment

Dessert: Details Cake Design

Hair: Wendy Strickland

Makeup: R.A.E Makeup Artistry

Officiant: Immaculate Conception

Real Wedding: Lauren + Ray at St. Francis and Stockroom at 230

I am so happy to finally be blogging this event! I "met" Lauren and Ray via a phone chat and got along great. They booked event management + design and boy am I glad they did! I LOVED her vision. It was very modern garden with bright greens, cream, and blushes. She added a pop of turquoise/green that really elevated the design.

Lauren and Ray did not live in NC, so we did a lot of remote planning with some jam packed weekends when they came into town. Some of the best parts of being a planner is getting to know my couples. I love seeing how they interact and how much they love each other. This was the case with them! Ray was just totally smitten with his bride and it always made me smile how much he went out of his way to care for her, serve her, and give her the wedding she has always dreamed of. That is not to say Ray didn't play an active role in planning- he chimed in and had really great ideas! It was seriously such a wonderful planning process.

The day came and it was a hot one. Luckily we were inside the gorgeous St. Francis and inside at The Stockroom. I loved so much about this design! We really wanted to give guests a grand entrance and The Stockroom can be underwhelming having to go up the elevator. So we planned a gorgeous escort display with an arch in front of the elevator. It was so fun seeing the guests expressions. It really set the tone for the night and what to expect from the event.

Design aside- I loved this group of people. Their family, friends, and guests were the kindest people and I even really bonded with table 12 ( if you were at this table - you know why!). But most of all, I adored their family. I spent the most time with Lauren's Mom, and seriously guys- you can not meet a kinder soul. There is something so sweet and peaceful on a wedding day when the family is calm, gracious, and so loving. It makes the day that much sweeter and that much more wonderful.

There is so much gorgeousness in this wedding! Please check out the photos below from the very talented Brittany at Magnolia Photography!

Lauren and Ray - THANK you so much for letting me a part of your day! It was by far one of the highlights of my year!

Chat soon!

Dana

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Magnolia Photography

Ceremony Venue: St. Francis

Reception Venue: Stockroom at 230

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Florals: Dana with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rentals

Caterer: Rocky Top

Ceremony Music: St. Francis Musician

Reception Music: All Events DJ

Lighting: Themeworks

Invitations: Bushel + Peck Designs

Dessert: Details Cake Design

Hair/Make-up: Perfection by Patricia

Officiant: Father Steve Kluge

Real Wedding: Devon + Brian at Duke Chapel and Merry Hill Farm

Devon and Brian were married at the pristine Duke Chapel and then brought their (mostly) out of town friends and family to the fun and beautiful Merry Hill Farm to celebrate! While their day had a bit of rain, it didn't stop them from having the best party ever! Dinner was a delicious and laid back style buffet from Sage and Swift. Tables were set with beautiful vintage china from Southern Vintage Table and gorgeous wild flower designs from Fern Rock Farm. Their dance party was the best! The Retreat band out of Atlanta brought ALL the people to the dance floor! I just loved them!

Congrats Devon and Brian!!!!

With love,

Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Jessica Arden Photography

Ceremony Venue: Duke Chapel

Reception Venue: Merry Hill Farm

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Florals: Fernrock Farm

Rentals: American Party Rentals, Southern Vintage Table, Hayden Tent Rentals

Caterer: Sage and Swift

Music: The Retreat

Dessert: Sage and Swift/Delizous Desserts

Hair/Make-up: Bella Trio

Real Wedding: Lisa + Joe at The Barn at Valhalla Lodge

These two. They are seriously the cutest, kindest, and sweetest couple. I met Joe and Lisa over coffee at one of my favorite spots - Open Eye Café. We clicked immediately chatting about teaching, careers, and just life in general. They wanted a low-key wedding that was focused on the fact they were getting married. They wanted people to feel welcome, and not overly managed. They had settled on a Tuesday for their wedding date and had booked The Barn's lodge as the spot.

Immediately I could tell that these two were going to weather any storm that came their way. They were patient, kind, and so generous to each other. They also felt very strongly about equality. This wasn't just Lisa's day- it was Joe's too! They were equally involved in the planning, and both made decisions when it came to the day. I normally feel like the bride is my go to for questions - but this was not the case. I loved how intentional they were with each part of the wedding. They wanted guests to feel welcomed, and part of their family. One of my favorite pieces was their centerpieces. Lisa is an English teacher and both, she and Joe are avid readers. They made a list of their favorite books and found multiple copies of each. On each table was a stack of books with a note about why it is their favorite and urged guests to take book they would like to read. Guests could also find books on the bar and entrance table. I don't think there was a book left over! It was so neat and so them!

My other favorite part of the day was their vows. They wrote their own and when it came to Lisa- she read excerpts of her journal from when she was falling in love with him. It was the sweetest and it did make me tear up a bit watching these two. Seeing a love so genuine and so real- I can't help it.

Guests enjoyed dinner from Med Deli and a delicious gelato bar from Sugarland. It was a low key night where guests got to catch up with old friends, have drinks by the fireplace. and just relax and celebrate Lisa and Joe.

Joe and Lisa- it was a pleasure working with you both! I am so grateful you chose to me to share in this day with you all.

Enjoy the gorgeous pics from Jenna DiPrima!

Chat soon!

Dana

 

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Jenna DiPrima Photography

Venue: The Barn at Valhalla

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Florals: Bushel + Peck Designs

Caterer: Med Deli

Music: Sound System from Carrboro Music Loft

Dessert: Gelato Bar from Sugarland

Hair/Make-up: Ceremony Salon

Officiant: Family Friend

Real Wedding: Vivian + James at The Bradford

Vivian & James had the most magical wedding! I loved serving them and their families because they literally couldn't stop smiling! Their love for each other was radiant and it was so evident that it was too hard not to cry during the ceremony!! It was a joy to watch their wedding day unfold.

What was so special about this couple was their ability to laugh and enjoy life. They whole-heartedly welcomed me into their lives. I knew from the very first moment I met Vivian over Skype, that this was going to be a fun planning process. It also helps when your planning meetings include doughnuts and coffee from Sola Coffee ;)

Both James & Vivian are in medical school and I have no doubt that they will do remarkable things with their lives. I'm thankful to have meet you and to be able to stay in touch!

Cheers,

Whitney

 

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Ally and Bobby Photography

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rental, Greenhouse Picker Sisters and Cottage Luxe

Florals: Mother of the Bride

Caterer: Beau Catering

Ceremony Music: Patrick, Sam, Anna & Katie, Friends of the couple

Reception Music: Trevor Kaiwa, Friend of the couple

Videographer: Carolina Wedding Films

Dessert: Simply Cakes and Key Lime Pies by James' grandmother

Hair/Make-up: LULA Hair & Make-up

Officiant: Josh Rouse - Friend of the couple

Real Wedding: Alison + Bradley at The Stockroom 230

Oh this wedding. First off- this day was such an insane day! Not only did I have this wedding- but a shower in The Glass Box, and it was Ada's recital. It was a day of orchestration that started at 5am and ended at 1am. Needless to say - I was a little tired!

I met Alison and her mom over coffee at Panera about 15 months prior to their wedding. They had Stockroom booked but really needed help with the details and some of the major players. Alison and her mom were a fantastically organized team. I think the one thing that was the most refreshing and the most surprising was that I never saw them argue. They were just so supportive of the other and I knew they were going to miss planning her wedding. On the day - they were just so sweet - it really made me so excited for me and my daughter's relationship in the years to come. But back to planning...

Alison really wanted to focus on the dusty blue of the bridesmaids dresses and add in some touches of ivories and blush to soften it up a little bit. We wanted the stockroom to have a more garden feel than a rustic look so we mixed in lots of greenery and lanterns. Alison and her mom collected lots of lanterns and little items to help make the space more personalized to Alison and Brad. it turned out beautifully! The ceremony was in the stockroom and while guests were at Mahler enjoying cocktails and apps- we flipped the space upstairs.

One of the neat and smart ideas we decided on was using all the centerpieces as pew markers. It was not only cost effective- but GORGEOUS! I loved the set up for the ceremony - it was so pretty!

There were so many fn details from this day! They had a breakfast menu - which Rocky Top knocked it out of the park!! It was so yummy! And Sugar Euphoria put together an amazing dessert buffet that guests could not stop talking about. Alison's mom made her famous shortbread to add to the array of desserts and it was also a huge hit.

Alison could not stop smiling all day. She was seriously one of the happiest brides. Brad was pretty smitten with his gorgeous bride and they did not leave the dance floor. I think the highlight was the "90's power hour" where everyone was dancing, singing, and just having the best time.

I loved this family, I loved this bride, and I am so very grateful they chose C & D to be a part of their day! Thanks Alison and Brad (and Jane!!) - it was wonderful!

And now for pictures from the awesome Annie Watts.

Chat soon!

Dana

 

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Annie Watts Photography

Venue: The Stockroom 230

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rental

Draping + Market Lights: Themeworks

Florals: Dana with Bushel + Peck Designs

Centerpieces: DIY

Caterer: Rocky Top Hospitality

Music: All Events DJ

Dessert: Sugar Euphoria

Coffee Bar: Gourmet Grinders

Officiant: Lisa Koch

Real Wedding: Amelia + Mark at Windy Hill Farm

This was one of the most beautiful spring weddings I have been a part of. The venue, Windy Hill Farm, is absolutely gorgeous. This is a true working farm with goats roaming around. The open air barn and rolling hills were truly spectacular. After keeping a close eye on the forecast during the week, and contemplating ordering an extra tent because of the chance of thunderstorms, it ended up being a lovely sunny day. The ceremony was across the goat field tucked away on the edge of the woods. The bride, Amelia, had a grand entrance coming across the field on the back of a tractor (it was so fun!). The ceremony was really special and unique. Instead of having typical bridesmaids and groomsmen, the couple asked their closest friends to all come to the front and share something related to 7 themes of marriage that they picked out. Each pair came up with some really sweet things to say and it was such a great idea that they came up with. I love it when people try different things and incorporate the ones they love in unique ways. I'm so thankful to have been a part of their day!

All the best,

Kelsy

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Paul Gargagliano with Hazel Photo

Venue: Windy Hill Farm, Cedar Grove, NC

Planner: Kelsy with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rental and Grand Rental Station

Florals: Alice White with Bluebird Meadows

Caterer: Acme

Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Piedmont Highballers

Reception Music: DJ Gonzo (Aharon Segal)

Dessert: Details Cake Design

Hair/Make-up: WINK Hair and Make-Up

Officiant: Jay Rock