Real Wedding: Taylor + Greg at The Bradford

Taylor & Greg’s wedding day turned out to be a beautiful Saturday in April! There were a few scares of rain earlier in the week but we held out to see if we could chance it so they could have their intimate outside wedding on the Terrace at the Bradford. You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers! Thankfully, the weather was absolutely perfect and the newlyweds and their guests danced the night away under the stars.

I’ve been working with Taylor for over a year planning her dream day and I could tell it was going to be one for the books! She & her mom designed Taylor & Greg’s wedding day so beautifully. Their design and DIY looked absolutely gorgeous. They even brought in their own lounge setting, head table silverware, and chairs. Every last details was considered and made to feel so very special. For example, their guest book was a recording station so they could capture sweet memories from their family & friend’s own voices. This couple is so thoughtful and caring in everything they do! They even had an Easter Egg hunt for the kids!

Taylor & Greg, I’m so thankful that I could be a part of your big day and look forward to staying in touch with you as you continue in your marriage journey!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Annie Watts Photography

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rentals and Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Florals: Julie with Bushel + Peck Designs

Caterer: Beau Catering

Music: Victor with All Events DJ

Photo Booth: All Events DJ

Videographer: Thomas Blake Films

Dessert: Simply Cakes

Make-up: Makeup by Ashley Mooney

Officiant: Josh Whitfield (Greg's Brother in Law)

Real Wedding: Beth + Beck at The Parlour at Mann's Chapel

What a day this day was! I met Beth through my husband. He worked with Beth's Father for a few years and specifically worked with him while we were amidst construction of The Bradford. I remember him telling me how supportive his co-workers were and helpful they were during a very exhausting and trying time. Right away - I knew I wanted to help and pay back their kindness. It made it even more appealing after meeting Beth. Goodness gracious- if you could pick the ideal client- it would be this lovely person right here. She is kind, generous, and so genuine. I loved her vision for the day- making sure everyone had a great time and every guest felt cared for.

Beth and Beck were living in Tampa when we first met and then eventually moved to New Jersey. We planned a few power weekends, but did most of our planning remotely. We had great phone chats that probably turned into more life catch-up talks than wedding planning - but I didn't mind! When we first started talking about the design she mentioned a "classy barbeque" - which based on her Pinterest board did not make sense. Beth is so natural, easy going, but always is so put together. We came up with the phrase - "organic elegance" - it was perfect and so perfectly described her design!

The guests came into the chapel for the ceremony - which was a tear jerker! Total side note: every wedding makes me reflect on Sam and our wedding day. Vows are so powerful and so beautiful. There are some weddings that just move me and it always makes me want to run home and give Sam a big kiss and hug - but since I can't do that - an "I love you" text is just as good. It was one of those ceremonies. Made me all gushy and giddy for my own love in my life. Anyways - after the ceremony, guests moved onto the front porch for one big group picture and then moseyed over to cocktail hour. Cocktails were in the woods with cocktail tables, benches, and market lights strung in the trees. After cocktail hour we ate dinner under the open sky on the little terrace. Rocky Top rocked it out and everyone raved about the food! Guests were then taken inside for introductions and dancing. The night ended with a sparkling exit and the bride and groom staying until the very last guest left and just sat on the porch in the rocking chairs going over their night. It was seriously the cutest thing.

The day was perfect and surprisingly hot. Luckily most of our outdoor areas were shaded! It didn't put a damper on anything and guests had a great night! What I loved most was how much they love people. You could tell that everyone there was so important to them and that they were so thrilled to just be married. They knew that the day was going to be beautiful - but more importantly, they knew it would be perfect because at the end, they would be man and wife.

Beth and Beck- I can not tell you how honored I was to be a part of your day. You two were a joy to work with!!

Please enjoy all the pictures from the very talented Sarah Joann Photography!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Sarah Joann Photography

Venue: The Parlour at Mann's Chapel

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rentals

Florals: Dana + Julie with Bushel + Peck Designs

Stationary (invitations, menu & escort cards): Bushel + Peck Designs

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Ceremony & Reception Music: Nina with All Events DJ

Dessert: Details Cake Design

Hair: Wedding Hair by Liz

Make-up: Ashley Mooney Makeup

Real Wedding: Dana + Justin at The Bradford

What a special day + special couple! I loved getting to spend over a year planning Dana and Justin's wedding - what a precious couple. The one word that comes to mind about this couple is - intentional. They are so intentional in their relationships with their family and friends and that intentionality came through in their wedding planning. Dana is a local calligrapher and is so talented - she designed their full wedding invitation suite and it was AMAZING. Justin is the kindest, most patient groom, and will no doubt make Dana such a happy lady for the rest of her life! Their event was very natural and elegant in design - and though it was a hot day, it ended up being a gorgeous night on the terrace under the market lights. Their crowd was a dancing one - and everyone seemed to enjoy the warm spring evening catching up with old friends and family. The couple ended the night with a paper lantern release to celebrate their union!

Much love and happiness to you, Dana and Justin!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Anderson Shore Photography

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rentals and Cottage Luxe

Ceremony Florals: Bower Bird Flowers

Reception Florals: Becca with Bushel + Peck Designs

Caterer: Beau Catering

Ceremony & Reception Music: Frankie Hagan with Island Sound

Videographer: Jon Warlick Media

Dessert: Details Cake Design and Whole Foods Bakery

Invitation Design: Dana Reid Calligraphy (the bride!)

Officiant: Jeffrey Sholar

Real Wedding: Alexia + John at The Bradford

Oh where to start with this one!?! I loved planning this wedding. I loved the concept, the vision, and I especially loved this bride! We always had meetings way too late and we always ended up chatting about stuff other than weddings. Alexia found us and knew right away that she wanted a package that included design. When she told me her colors were black, white, and blush I knew I was going to be gorgeous.

We went with a more preppy modern look with a touch of a garden feel. We used CE's black and white stripped napkins accented with gold chargers and the gold flatware. We used lots of candles and lush greenery with pops of flowers.

The biggest memory for me about this event was the flip. Y'all- it was insane. We moved a pergola, put down a dance floor, took away 210 chairs and added tables and seating for 210 people with full place settings. I have never been so hot/tired/so proud of my team! It was intense and one we STILL talk about this event as the epic flip.

I am so excited to finally share these pictures! This couple is so special to me for so many reasons and even more so because as of January, Alexia has joined the C&D Team! Which means you will be seeing more and more of her. She is rocking it so far and I can not wait to see the events she produces! She is meticulous, organized, and more type A than myself - if that is possible. Enjoy all the pictures from 3sixty Vision!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: 3sixty Vision

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rentals

Florals: Bushel + Peck Designs

Invitations: Bushel + Peck Designs

Caterer: Backyard Bistro

Ceremony & Reception Music: 3sixty Vision

Videographer: 3sixty Vision

Photo Booth: 3sixty Vision

Dessert: Once in a Blue Moon Bakery

Hair: Mari Chesney with Serenity Hair Salon 

Makeup: Adora Ramos with Fresh Makeup

Officiant: Pastor Mack Winston

Real Wedding: Megan + Carly at The Cookery

I was beyond thrilled to have the honor of working with Megan and Carly on their big day! Their wedding was so unique and FUN, and they were the most chill, laid back couple ever. From the very personal wedding favors (which included things such as mix CD's, Cheerwine and Legos) to the bright and cheery flowers, to the local beer growler table markers, you could just feel their personalities throughout the entire day. They were also surrounded by the most loving and supportive group of friends and family that I've seen. It was obvious that everyone there thought the world of Megan and Carly, and so did I!

Their ceremony was held at the beautiful Pilgrim United church in Durham. Their vows were sweet, funny and extremely heartfelt - exactly as they should be! From there guests traveled to The Cookery for cocktails, dinner and dancing. And oh man, there was some AWESOME dancing! One of my favorite moments of the day was in their hotel room where they were getting ready (yes, they got ready together - see, they really are the most chill people ever!). Megan couldn't figure out her bow tie, but thankfully the bellman at the hotel stepped in and was able to do it for her (after helping me deliver their bouquets, naturally). The photo that Carolyn Scott captured of this moment still makes me giggle whenever I see it!

Overall it was a gorgeous and fun day and I am so thankful that they chose me to be a part of it!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Carolyn Scott with Carolyn Scott Photography

Ceremony: Pilgrim United Church of Christ

Venue: The Cookery

Planner: Leah with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rentals and American Party Rentals

Florals: Julie & Jemissa with Bushel + Peck Designs

Caterer: Donovan's Dish

Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings

Reception Music: Damien Maass DJ & Video Service

Dessert: Details Cake Design

Hair/Make-up: Tre Bella Salon

Officiant: Mandy Micelle Norris

Real Wedding: Cheryl + Ryan at Merry Hill

Merry Hill in Mebane, NC was the perfect venue for Cheryl & Ryan’s May wedding day. Cheryl had planned for her wedding day to be fun, simple, and just the right amount of laid back and Southern. Cheryl & Ryan both give tirelessly of their time, talents, and love to the Community around them. Cheryl is a nurse and Ryan is a police officer. They give so much and I could tell that their friends & family were ready to shower them with love and appreciation for all that they have done. Speaking of their families, they were so sweet. Cheryl’s dad was even helping me carry around pies and centerpieces while we were setting up! Now, that’s dedication.

One of my favorite highlights from the day was when Ryan showed up on his motorcycle (yea, he’s pretty cool) with his mustache shaved off. Not only that but Cheryl was so caught up in the excitement of the day that she didn’t even notice for 5 whole minutes! Ryan was so proud of his mustache but it was heartwarming to see that he was willing to show up clean shaven for his bride on their best day yet! Cheryl & Ryan, cheers to many more years of love and happiness!!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Jenna DiPrima with DiPrima Photography

Venue: Merry Hill

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Rentals: Hayden Tent Rentals

Florals: Julie & Heather with Bushel + Peck Designs

Caterer: Hillsborough BBQ

Ceremony & Reception Music: Coleslaw Bluegrass Band

Dessert: Pies from Lowe's Foods

Hair/Make-up: Wink

Officiant: Rev. John Crow

Real Wedding: Molly + Nick at The Barn at Valhalla

I loved being a part of Molly and Nick's wedding! There laid back and slightly sarcastic personality jived so well with my own. They had a sweet, intimate family affair at the Barn at Valhalla that was a perfect for their wedding! I love how you get to stay at the lodge all weekend - truly making it a weekend event as opposed to just the day...they took advantage of this set up by having their rehearsal the night before (catered by the groom's father), set a fire and made a night of it! Wedding day - that fire place became a beautiful backdrop for their ceremony. The Humble pig brought their foodtruck and served all sorts of goodness - seriously there was everything from Tacos to brisket on that menu! It was such a fun and relaxing evening that I hated to see end!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Emily Alane Photography

Venue: The Barn at Valhalla

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rentals

Florals: Friend of Family

Caterer: The Humble Pig

Dessert: Wicked Sweet Cakes

Hair/Make-up: Radiant Hair & Makeup

Officiant: Wendy Tingle

Real Wedding: Kristina + Emile at The Bradford

Kristina and Emile's day was one beautiful, multi-cultural family celebration! Their day was such a festive one - complete with Scottish, Russian, and African themes throughout the day to represent their family heritage. It was so obvious that each family side was truly elated to be celebrating together and joining their families into one! I have no doubt that Kristina and Emile will live a happy, colorful life together! Their love for each other is so vibrant! Congrats, you two!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Charo and Mike Photography

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rentals

Florals: Flowers on Broad Street

Caterer: Rocky Top

Ceremony Music: Anita Burroughs-Price, Harpist

Reception Music: Ross Merle, Just Music! DJ

Dessert: Rocky Top

Hair/Make-up: Rosa with Sweet T Salon

Officiant: Linda Canino

Real Wedding: Abbie & Billy at The Cookery

It was such a privilege to plan Abbie and Billy's wedding at the Cookery. From the first consult I could tell how much Billy meant to Abbie and how excited she was to plan their marriage - not just their wedding! They had a really sweet, intimate affair filled with just the closest of friends and family - really maximizing the cookery's space with an outdoor ceremony, inside dinner/dancing, and back outside for a s'mores bar (Who doesn't love a s'more!). Their ceremony was so sweet and personal - I loved their vows and commitments made - you could just feel how much they each esteemed the other! Enjoy all the pictures and pretty details that went into making this wedding day as beautiful as their commitment to each other!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Stephen Thrift with Stephen Thrift Photography

Venue: The Cookery

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rentals

Florals: Courtney with Bushel + Peck Designs

Caterer: Donovan's Dish

Ceremony & Reception Music: Ryan with Spin

Dessert: GiGi's Cupcakes

Real Wedding: Elizabeth + Joe at Merrimon Wynne Carriage House

Oh how I adore this couple!  Joe is a church friend of mine, who's girl I quickly fell in love with when we first met to plan their wedding.  Elizabeth is quite the completion for Joe - and their love for one another and others is so precious.  This couple is one that I'd say will grow the sweetest family and will have the most fun and adventures together. I was so honored that they chose me to be a part of their day!

From the beginning, they said they wanted a celebration of "their people" and a celebration of their love to ring in the New Year....and oh what a party it was!  Their ceremony was intimate and full of meaning - held in the Merrimon Wynne Carriage House.  Guests made their way into the cocktail hour adorned in their New Year's eve best, and then enjoyed a station style dinner from Beau's Catering back in the Carriage House.  DJ Randy Bennett played the most perfect New Year's tunes and there was quite the crowd on the dance floor!  Dessert was from the lovely Hayes Barton Cafe (amazing!). Bushel and Peck designs put together Joe's wedding design vision and brought holiday colors and a little glamour to the decor.

What a perfect New Year's celebration!  Congrats DeKonty's!

 

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Ashley Stephenson with Story Photographers

Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Rentals: Party Reflections

Florals: Becca with Bushel + Peck Designs

Caterer: Beau Catering

Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings, Brent Jordan & Emily Fletke

Reception Music: DJ Randy Bennett with Bunn DJ Company

Dessert: Hayes Barton Cakes

Videography: Chris Hendricks

Hair/Make-Up: Joanne May

Transportation: Ecostyle

Photo Booth: Raleigh Photo Booth

Real Wedding: Rachel + Jack at The Stockroom

Rachel is a sweet friend of mine and I was so excited to be a part of her big day. We used The Stockroom for both the ceremony and reception and had guests visit The Mahler Fine Art Gallery downstairs for cocktail hour. We maxed out the capacity of the venue with over 175 guests, but it was surprisingly comfy and cozy with everyone in there. The couple opted for stations instead of a typical buffet, and I think everyone loved it! Overall, it was an awesome event and so special for me to get behind the scenes on this special day!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Abigail Grey Photography

Venue: The Stockroom

Planner: Kelsy with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rentals

Florals: Flowers done by Bride

Caterer: Catering by Design

Ceremony and Reception Music: All Events DJ

Dessert: Publix Cake and Cookies

Officiant: Bruce Atwood

Real Wedding: Kathy + Mel at The Barn at Valhalla

Unique. fun. diverse. best music! These are just a few words I'd use to describe Kathy and Mel's Fall wedding at the Barn at Valhalla.  The barn is such a family oriented wedding venue - one that allows your guests to really spread out and enjoy the beautiful property all weekend long!  We love working at the barn - it always reminds me of being in the mountains in all it's rustic glory! 

Kathy and Mel had a beautiful wedding day and guests were able to utilize the interior and exterior of the barn.  Their band was phenomenal - Shamu Garcon was a cajun band that brought the guests to their feet dancing with such fun live music!

Best Wishes on a wonderful, happy marriage Kathy and Mel!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Erin Ryan Photography

Venue: Barn at Valhalla

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rentals

Florals: Bushel and Peck Designs

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Ceremony and Reception Music: Shamu Garcon

Dessert: Simply Cakes

Hair and Makeup: Wedding Hair by Liz

Real Wedding: Brittany + Josh at 214 Martin Street

I am so excited to finally share these photos with you! I so enjoyed this wedding, this couple, just the whole day! I met with Brittany and her parents (who are just the sweetest btw) last Spring. They were mostly just interested in design services, but quickly decided to add on our event management package. From the start, I loved the concept: Small, intimate, and lots of fall! Her family was from up north and her dad had a way to get boxes of cranberries- so we made sure to incorporate that into our design. She loved sunflowers and color of deep burgundy. It was really refreshing to use bolder colors and go fully fall with the design. The flowers were so vibrant and we loved the wooden touches. 
Design aside- this couple was just so much fun! I loved her sense of humor and how happy she was. I don't think she stopped smiling all day! And when you see her smile - it is contagious. She is so joyful and it is evident that these two just adore each other. we really enjoyed getting to know her guests and family and loved the warmth that everyone had for each other. It was truly a night where they were surrounded by everyone that loved them. 
Enjoy the pictures from the oh so talented Jenna DiPrima!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Jenna DiPrima Photography

Venue: 214 Martin

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Rentals: 214 Martin

Florals: Bushel and Peck Designs

Caterer: 214 Martin

Ceremony and Reception Music: PC Productions

Dessert: Edible Art

Officiant: David James

Hair and Makeup: Family of Bride & Groom

Meet our Spring/Summer 2017 Interns

Daisy Marshall - C&D Events Intern

Hello, my name is Daisy Marshall and I am a senior at North Carolina State University. I am an English Major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences with a concentration in Language Writing and Rhetoric. I am hoping to use my degree to enter into the field of Speech Pathology. With that said, I love communicating with and being around people! 

I am very creative and I love to express myself through poetry, theater, art, and dance. I was definitely the kid who thought the cardboard box was cooler than the toy inside! I also enjoy volleyball and tennis, and I love to swim. I am enjoying working with C&D Events because everyone is so cooperative and creative. I love seeing my ideas and input grow into the special day of a bride's dream. It is a lot of work, but it is an amazing thrill!

 

Anderson Shore Photography

Anderson Shore Photography

Molly Fields - C&D Events Intern

Hi y'all! My name is Molly Fields and I am currently a sophomore at North Carolina State University majoring in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations! I work as a planning intern for C&D though Becca has joked she has claimed me as her intern. Working with C&D has really opened my eyes to the excitement and reward of working in the wedding industry as we get to see our hard work pay off in such a beautiful way! I hope to further my career in event planning once I graduate or maybe go into communication law; we'll see!

I am originally a Tar Heel from Cary so I got close to one thing when I went to college but have completely lost the other. My free time has been pretty limited lately but when I do get some time, I love to go to yoga classes, online shop, or fall asleep while watching Chopped. I'm so thankful to be a part of everyone's big days and I am super excited to meet even more beautiful brides and assist on their days!

 

Taylor Jones - Bushel + Peck Design Intern

Hi, my name is Taylor Jones and I am a sophomore at NC State University! I am majoring in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Project Management (and no I am not being a park ranger). I was born in Ohio but Cary, NC has been home to me for almost my whole life. During my free time you can find me pinteresting like I am planning my own wedding or binge watching Family Fued or some show on Netflix. 

I have been obsessed with weddings since I was little. I have always been interested in the planning side of wedding so I am very grateful I get to experience the design side of things. I am currently the Bushel & Peck intern and I love it! My favorite thing is seeing ideas from paper or Pinterest become reality, it is truly amazing. I am so excited for all the spring wedding designs!

 

Grace Yusckat - Bushel & Peck Design Intern

Hi! I am Grace Yusckat and I am a senior at North Carolina State University. Go Pack! I am currently majoring in psychology and communication with a concentration in public relations, and I will be graduating in December 2017. I plan on entering the wedding industry upon graduation. I am originally from Norfolk, Virginia, but I came to Raleigh to follow in my father’s footsteps and be a member of the Pack! After living here for four years, I now call North Carolina my home. I am a dog-lover and I have two opinionated dogs, Choco and Coco. They are even going to be a part of my wedding this year! I absolutely love doing things outdoors—swimming, hiking, camping, etc. So, my dogs get spoiled getting to do new activities.

Currently, I am a design and social media intern for Bushel and Peck Designs. I am so thrilled to be interning here! I absolutely love assisting in wedding designs. It’s amazing to know I assisted in transforming a blank space into a Pinterest-worthy event.

Real Wedding: Krystie + Praveen at The Bradford

I was sooo looking forward to Krystie & Praveen's wedding in November. Their number one priority was making sure their guests felt welcomed and comfortable at their wedding. It was remarkable how they truly made all their decisions with this in mind. Praveen is from India and Krystie is from North Carolina. They met in London and have travelled to numerous places around the globe. When they decided to get married at the Bradford in NC, it was really important to them to celebrate the many cultures they represent and had experienced.  

Their wedding was one of my favorites because of the love and mix of cultures that was displayed that day. They decided on a dinner party type reception with soft music in the background and lots of toasts and conversations. I was tearing up (and laughing) at the many toasts that were given that touched on funny memories and how their cultures were different but their hearts had been knitted together. Their was so much love from all over the world that filled the Bradford's ballroom that day. 

Krystie & Praveen - thank you for sharing your day with me. I am forever touched with the sweetness you two displayed throughout the planning process and on your wedding day. And for having Scratch Bakery for your dessert, the pie was de-lic-ious!!

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Jim Colman Photography

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Whitney with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rental

Florals: Bushel and Peck Designs

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Ceremony and Reception Music: Family of Bride and Groom

Dessert: Scratch Baking

Hair and Makeup: Friend of Bride

Our 2017 Personal + Professional Goals

BECCA

2016 was full of goodness for me personally! In looking forward to 2017, my word of the year is steadfastness. Defined, steadfastness means to be sure, constant, unwavering.

Personal Goal:

In a season of life for me that is personally constantly changing, and in cultural climate that is very much changing, my professional goal is to remain steadfast to the things I know I am called to, gifted in, and to the people to whom I've been entrusted (family, children, friends, clients). I'll become a mother for the second time this year, and will celebrate 9 years of marriage - personally praying that I can continue to be steadfast in those roles while (keeping my sanity!) remaining healthy and doing the things that fire me up!

Professional Goal:

Professionally, I'll strive to allow that steadfastness pour forth to my client interactions and relationships - striving to make every client I work with know how much of a value they and their wedding day are to me. I absolutely love my job and feel called to it, and plan on enjoying planning celebrations made of dreams for each couple's wedding day in 2017.


COURTNEY

Personal Goal:

Everything....you know house, gym, momness, all the things......maybe I will even vacuum out the car a time or two.

Professional Goal:

I am totally working on my client response time and experience this year - I want all of my "people" to walk away feeling important and catered to! Clients - let me know if I'm hitting this goal with you :)

 

DANA

Personal Goal:

This year, as I say almost every year, is to figure out a better balance. 2016 kind of crept up on us and I felt like my time was just gone all the time. We were growing (which is wonderful!), but it also makes for long work days, brain storming sessions, and putting in place infrastructure and policies to help our planners. It is so tiring. As 2017 is here- it is my goal to be a better time manager. I want to be more present at ballet and gymnastics. I want to play more board games with my husband. I just want to be there when life happens. Who knows if I will figure it out THIS year- let's be real, it will more than likely be my goal for every year until I retire. But hey- it's worth a try!

Professional Goal:

My professional goal is to get a wedding/styled shoot in print in a major magazine. I am not sure which one, but I have a few in mind and a few events in mind that I think are great contenders. There is something surreal about seeing your work in print, in Barnes and Noble!

 

JULIE

Personal Goal:

To be more present. In the moment, fully engaged, and less distracted. If I'm with my family, I want to be WITH them 100% and not pulled away by Facebook, or emails or work. And then when I'm working, I want to be there 100% as well and not distracted by other things. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with trying to wear so many hats at once, but I think by making a decision to be present and focused on the task at hand, I will feel more balanced and able to handle one thing and one day at a time.

Professional Goal:

I want to push myself creatively this year and come up with my own style shoot for Bushel & Peck. I also want to focus on training some other designers so that we have a large team that can successfully execute multiple designs at multiple locations.


KELSY

Personal Goal:

This one is easy. I would like to purchase my first home. My husband and I are currently looking and hoping to find something soon. We want to find a house that needs a little fixing up and make it our own. I'm so pumped!

Professional Goal:

I am currently lead planner on two weddings in 2017. My professional goal for 2017 is to develop and grow as a lead planner and successfully plan five to six weddings.


LEAH

Personal Goal: 

Getting married!! This counts as a personal goal, right? My goal is not just to get married though (although that's the main part of it!), but also to throw an amazing party that also happens to be our wedding. We want to have the best time with the people that we love most all while celebrating our love for each other. And being in the industry I know that accomplishing that is no small feat! It takes lots of time and effort, but we couldn't be more excited!

Professional Goal: 

One of the things I want to focus on for 2017, professionally, is becoming more proactive rather than reactive. To me this means focusing on becoming less busy so that I can think ahead and more broadly. Being less busy is always a challenge, but I'm confident that I have the tools and knowledge of how to best manage my time - so let's do this! 


SARAH

Personal Goal:

My personal goal this year is to become a minimalist! When we moved into our house in March 2013 we had several empty rooms and closets. Now everything seems full including our walk-in attic space! My goal is to get rid of and/or donate everything we do not use or need anymore...one room at a time.

Professional Goal:

My professional goal for 2017 is to gain a better understanding of QuickBooks and our accounting process. I've been the C&D office manager for about 6 months and I feel I have a good understanding of how the accounting and invoicing process works, so I'll be able to make these processes my own this year!


WHITNEY

Personal Goal:

Our families word for 2017 is "Open." Open in our home, relationships, hearts, new adventures, experiences, etc..  As many planners (wedding planners and general day-to-day planners), I'm not spontaneous. I follow a schedule and most of the time find a lot of fulfillment in planning and knowing what's going to happen. But for 2017, I've felt a tugging to be more open and available. What does having an Open calendar look like? What will the Lord bring into our lives? Well I don't really know but I'm going to find out in 2017! 

Professional Goal:

As a newer member to the C&D team, I've worked at a ton of venues all over the Triangle. This year, I'm really looking forward to topping off that list with a few additional venues across the Triangle. Maybe even some of the new venues! My goal is to work in at least 4 new venues by the end of the year! I'm excited to get to know their staff and pull off some fun and beautiful events there.

Real Wedding: Rachael + Jordan at Rock Quarry Farm

Jordan and Rachael got married on the most beautiful Fall September day. I absolutely loved Rachael's simple, bohemian style and their venue, Rocky Quarry Farm, was the sweetest backdrop for such a special couple.  The girls carried bouquets of fall wildflowers, designed by Pine State Flowers (one of my favorite's!)  Our friend Kayelily Middleton performed the most entertaining wedding ceremony - one that encouraged and challenged me in my own faith and marriage.

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Photographs by Stephanie

Venue: Rock Quarry Farm

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Rentals: American Party Rentals

Florals: Pine State Flowers

Caterer: Cannon Catering

 Ceremony and Reception Music: Mike Dwiggins - DJ

Videographer: f8 in Motion

Dessert: Whole Foods

Hair and Makeup: Mikki Reavis

Officiant: Kayelily Middleton

Real Wedding: Alannah + Gabriel at The Bradford

I am so thrilled to share pictures from Alannah and Gabriel's wedding at The Bradford this past fall. You may remember this post from the Monday after their event. They were my (Dana's) couple from Hurricane Matthew. 

I loved working with Alannah. She was so easy to get along with and was always so kind and appreciative. I knew when we met and I heard her vision for the day - it was going to be gorgeous. She wanted a very Italian/Tuscany feel with lots of food! They had such fun little touches all over. Guests were welcomed into the house (by the bus load!) and ushered into the ballroom for the ceremony. Guests were then welcomed back into the house for the cocktail hour while the ballroom was flipped for the reception. We did have to separate some guests into the house because of the weather, but guests were pretty understanding. The guests enjoyed a photo booth, a food truck (for drunk food!!), and an endless bar of premium drinks. We ended up extending the night an extra hour to account for time lost during dinner and no one left until midnight! It was such a fun evening and some of my favorite wedding stories have stemmed from this night. 

The wedding aside- it was a tough day for everyone. There was a point where everyone had to mourn for the true vision of the event- but all the vendors pulled together to deliver an event that was the best it could have possibly been during a category 3 Hurricane. The Bradford staff did not stop moving all night. We were all drenched from head to toe, and worked endlessly to flip space after space to accommodate all the guests. No one complained, no one grumbled. It was the most epic of a team I could have asked for. On top of all that -I had a bride that kept it together and smiled, laughed, and had a great time. It was an event that I look at and realize that I love what I do! I love that these two trusted to me with so much. I know on the outside people look at a wedding planner and think it is so trivial. But what they don't see is how much relief we provide people. A wedding day is a day that you start your life with another person. It is a day of pure joy and celebration when you stand in front of your friends and family and commit your life to another human being. It is emotional that fact alone. Add in circumstance beyond your control and it gets downright overwhelming. There is nothing that makes me more satisfied than getting the chance to be the calm in someone's literal storm. 

Alannah and Gabe - Thank you for trusting us. Thank you for being calm. Thank you letting me be your "person" on one of your biggest days. Thank you for letting my console you when you needed it. You two will always hold a special place in my heart. I know the future is bright and full of joy for you both! 

Enjoy the pictures from Caroline Lima

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Caroline Lima Photography

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rental

Florals: Flowers on Broad Street

Caterer: Donovan's Dish

Ceremony and Reception Music:All Around Raleigh DJ

Dessert: Sugar Euphoria

Paper Products: Shutterbooth

Food Truck: Bam Pow Chow

Furniture: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Hair and Makeup: Wedding Hair by Liz

Real Wedding: Kelly + Charles: Duke Gardens

Last summer I had the privilege of being a part of Kelly and Charles' wedding at the always beautiful Duke Gardens! They had such a fun, laid back attitude that made planning so enjoyable. We worked with a great vendor team to bring their visions to reality - and they sprinkled in a few fun DIY elements that made the event super unique! I especially loved their giant tissue paper daisies as a photo booth backdrop! What you don't see in these pictures if the night before - when they hosted their rehearsal dinner at the Duke Fencing gym that Charles trained at while in college. The whole weekend was so much fun and unique - which is how I would describe these too!
























Thanks to all our awesome vendors!
Photography: Casey Rose Photography
Planner: Courtney with C&D Events
Rentals: American Party Rentals
 Ceremony and Reception Music: Arioso Strings



Recap of The Top 16 Things We're Excited about in 2016!

Last year we wrote several blogs about The Top 16 Things We're Excited about in 2016To start 2017 off, we wanted to give you a recap of each. 

TOP 16 of 2016
1. Chapel Hill Magazine - not too much here other than it was cool to be in a magazine! 

2. The Knot Best of 2016 - one of our favorite awards! We always feel so fortunate to get this. 

3. NACE - Who doesn't want an excuse to go out on a Tuesday night and have a drink and an awesome meal? But seriously - it has been a great year! We have met so many new people, and tried so many new things! We planned the January event and then the May event. We have loved being a part of this organization. We really love the camaraderie, the networking, and there have been a few meetings where we have completely changed our day to day business based on the speakers and their awesome tips and advice. If you aren't a part of NACE- join. It is so worth it. 

4. Leah - Wow... what a year! I can’t believe that it’s already been almost a year since I wrote my blog post on what I was looking forward to for 2016  – time seems to fly by even faster every year! 



There is so much to reflect back and smile on for the year. From all of the amazing weddings that I was able to be a part of, to getting a promotion at work and taking on more responsibilities, to turning 30!  I achieved my goal of obtaining my Professional in Human Resources certification and my favorite team won the Super Bowl (go Broncos!). But the most exciting thing of all... Adam and I got engaged!



Getting to plan my own wedding has been so much fun, but I often times forget that I’m the one who’s going to be walking down the aisle. This time I’m the bride! It has also given me a new perspective when I’m planning the weddings of my couples. Now that I’m going through the process myself I can understand even more why people feel certain ways when planning. One day you’re thrilled, one day you’re disappointed, one day you’re stressed... and a lot of days you are just OVER IT. I think having planned my own wedding and going through all the steps will only make me a better planner for my couples. Thankfully Adam has been a fantastic planning (and life) partner and we could not be more excited for our wedding in June. We’re down to only 142 days (but who’s counting)!


I know that there were some crazy, sad, weird and downright ridiculous things that happened in 2016, but for me it was a fantastic year and I choose to focus on all of the good that happened!
I’ll tell you what though... 2017 will be EVEN BETTER

5. Pre-Wedding Soiree in Southern Bride and Groom - What a great shoot! We were up for an award- but didn't get it- sad! But we still love it anyways. And the BEST thing that came out of that shoot was our relationship with Casey Rose Photography. We have become such good friends with her even doing my Boudoir session! We love her work so much but love her even more

6. Caroline - Caroline is married!  She moved to Pennsylvania and then promptly moved back 6 months later! She let us know she was coming and on the hunt for a job. Literally a few weeks later Empire Properties was hiring so we put in a good word for her and now you can find her there working with the oh so wonderful Mollyanne. 

7. C and D is in SBG! - What a year! This was our first year in SBG as C and D Events - and we are pretty happy with it. We love the magazine and the community that comes with it. 

8. Bradford Improvements - oh the improvements! We put in TONS of money to fix drainage at the front of the property, add a grander entrance, some retaining walls, and overall just some touch ups to the front. And it has worked great. In the hurricane, the front never flooded! It just kept the water moving!! We were thrilled to say the least. We also added a covered catering deck, a brand new storage building, And finished the walkway from the house to the ballroom. It has been a busy year out here and it will be even busier next year!

9. Dana - Well we did go to Hawaii and it was amazing. It was the trip of a lifetime and we are so grateful we go to go! We have decided not to expand our house and we are currently looking for land to build on. Don't worry we will still be close by within a few miles- but we just felt like we needed our space and truly a better investment for us financially. Courtney is already stressing about her own personal doomsday of when I move off :) Don't worry Court- we will still be "neighbors!" 

10. Weddings Magazine - what a beautiful magazine! It was such an honor to be a part of it last year. We adore the team there and always feel so loved and part of the family. We are SO stoked to show you 2017's issue- it is AMAZING!

11. Courtney - Business: I loved my computer all year - We had very few negative exchanges! I was also right to be excited about expanding our team - and have we ever expanded! We have three planners now - Leah, Kelsey, and newest Whitney - they are all great and booking their own events for 2017! We have a new office manager - Sarah - who is making life more organized in the office! We also have Julie - our bushel and peck manager who is rocking out the conception, organization, and implementation of our client's visions! Lastly we have Bailey - hired officially in May 2016 and she has made the Bradford her baby (she is our new manager) and boy does she take care of it - and we love her for it!
Personally: It certainly has been a year of self discovery and I feel like a stronger person stepping out of 2016 than I did stepping in. I wouldn't say it was easy (Nor is it easy right now) but I totally think it was worth it! I did log a few personal trips too - One to San Antonio for a week with a good friend of mine and another with my Grandmother and Mother  (and sisters and cousin) to Asheville NC and it was wonderful to take the time for myself. 


12. Office Organization - this really should mean we hired Sarah!! She keeps us organized and all our crap together. Lifesaver is not enough of a word to describe her. We still use 17 hats - but she manages it all. She has taken over scheduling, blogging, social media, and accounting. It is the best present I ever gave myself! 

13. Our Clients - 2016 was quite the year for clients! We had some really amazing ones that literally make me still tear up to think about. Some of my favorite weddings were from this year. We are so lucky they trusted us with the most important day of their life. 

14. Becca - 2016 was full of goodness for me personally.  Overall, it was a productive year and probably my most successful as a wedding planner - I was a part of 18 weddings/events/designs total for some really wonderful clients!  I've said before that my favorite part of the job is getting to know my clients, spending time with them, executing their wishes for the most perfect celebration, and then seeing them enjoy their day!  This year was full of those things professionally, and I'm so grateful to have a career that I most definitely enjoy.  I've learned a lot professionally this year - mostly having to do with learning about my strengths and what things really matter in my career/to my clients.

For me personally, I've reached some goals I set like learning to maintain a work/home life balance (still learning too!), enjoy motherhood, and still dating and falling in love with my husband more.  This year we celebrated my daughter's first birthday home, celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary, and found out that we are having baby #2 (coming June 2017!).  

I rang in the New Year with my teammate Dana and a few ladies from our awesome design team (check out BandPdesigns.com if you haven't yet!) - celebrating the marriage of one of my favorite couples this year.  It was a sweet celebration of two friends of mine who have waited a long time to meet their perfect match - and I was reminded throughout the night just how much I love my job.  Really!  I'm looking forward to 2017 - with fresh professional and personal goals and even a little bit of change here and there too (baby!).

15. Vendor Connections - we have loved working with so many new people this year. We especially love the relationships we have started and maintained as well. Going back and reading that post- it is so true!! This was our 2016! We asked so many questions, put ourselves out there, and dug in to these vendors. We have been so rewarded! We adore this industry and even though at times it can feel like high school- we wouldn't trade it. 

16. Bridal Shower Styled Shoot - still one of my favorites. It was such a vibrant shoot! We often refer to it as the pink party- and I mean-  who wouldn't love that!