Real Wedding: Mollyann + Sean at Merrimon-Wynne

Hands down, Mollyann and Sean's wedding will go down as one of my favorite weddings of 2017! I absolutely LOVED their design! After about a year and a half of planning, it was so much fun to see these two celebrate as a married couple finally!

Back when Mollyann hired me to be her planner, I knew that this wedding would be a unique one that told her and Sean's love story. Mollyann has such an eye for detail and as a couple, the two wanted their wedding to be a fun experience featuring all of the things they loved for their guests.

The ceremony was held in the beautiful Carriage House at Merrimon Wynne - and the two exchanged their vows in front of a beautifully decorated boxwood backdrop. Guests tossed petals at the couple as they walked down the aisle and then entered the house for a fun cocktail hour. After cocktail hour, guests assembled on the lawn for a yard-party like dinner. I absolutely loved the mix of farm tables from Cottage Luxe paired with round tables with beautiful gray dupioni linens. After toasting on the lawn, the party moved indoors to the Carriage House for such a fun dance party emceed by the one and only Joe Bunn. At nightfall, guests enjoyed the market lighting over the lawn with a drink in their hands. It was truly a magical atmosphere.

I could go on and on about the details of this wedding that were absolutely fabulous - from the intricate flower design by Eclectic Sage to the amazing invitation design by One and Only Paper. Mollyann and Sean so carefully chose such a wonderful vendor team to make their dream day come true! Best wishes to my friends Mollyann and Sean - can't wait to see where this adventure of marriage takes you next!

Enjoy these photos from Mikkel Paige Photography!

With love, Becca

#anchoredbyankenbruck

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Featured in The Carolinas Magazine

Photography: Mikkel Paige Photography

Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Invitation Suite: One and Only Paper

Calligraphy: Color Me Calligraphy

Ceremony backdrop - DeLovely Details

Florals: Eclectic Sage

Rentals: CE Rentals, Cottage Luxe, Greenhouse Picker Sisters, Themeworks

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Ceremony Music: Eryn Jones Fuson, harpist

Reception Music: Joe with Bunn DJ Company

Videographer: Thomas Blake Films

Photo Booth - ZimZoom

Dessert: Sugar Euphoria

Hair + Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney

Officiant: Kayelily Middleton

Real Wedding: Lindsey + Scott at Barclay Villa

Lindsey and Scott's Fall wedding at Barclay Villa was simply elegant! Starting with their gorgeous outdoor ceremony out in the gardens at Barclay - their wedding day was one of smiles and sweet memories. I absolutely loved their meaningful ceremony - and Lindsey's dress was amazing! A delicious dinner was provided by Rocky Top Hospitality and a gorgeous cake by Simply Cakes. Brides and Bouquets completed their simple, yet elegant look with stunning centerpieces! Best wishes to you Lindsey + Scott!

With love, Becca

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Ben Belt Photography

Venue: Barclay Villa

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Florals: Brides and Bouquets

Caterer: Rocky Top Hospitality

Music: Peter with Island Sound DJs

Dessert: Simply Cakes

Real Wedding: Jazzi + Michael at Bridge Club

Jazzi's wedding was a family affair. Her mom and sister came to every meeting, it was great to have all of the opinions be put together into one vision. I got to plan with Dana which is always great. Loved the brides organic vision which fit perfectly for the Bridge Club. The table settings were beautiful, everything meshed perfect with her vision and it was great to see everything played out so perfectly. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Jazzi walked down the aisle to a live rendition of "All of Me." It was breathtaking.

There were so many fun details that made this event so memorable. Such as the dress change in the middle of the event which was such a fun surprise. I loved the party atmosphere, Jazzi never left the dance floor. We ended this shindig with sparklers and rickshaw!

Please enjoy these photos from Steven Thrift Photography

Warmly, Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Stephen Thrift Photography

Venue: Bridge Club

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Escort Display + Invitations: Dana with Bushel + Peck Designs

Florals: Bowerbird Flowers

Caterer: Ashley Christensen Bridge Club Restaurant

Music: Ryan with Spin

Dessert: Details Cake Design

Hair + Makeup: Sister of the Bride

Officiant: Keven Holden

Real Wedding: Katelyn + Clayton at All Saints Chapel & Merrimon-Wynne House

Oh my. Sweetest family EVER. As soon as I met Katelyn and Clayton, I knew that their relationship was such a special one and that their wedding day would be a precious one. Katelyn has this way about her that makes everyone feel so welcome and Clayton is a steady rock and gentleman. There's no doubt in my mind that their relationship will be long lasting and full of meaning!

Their wedding day was especially gorgeous! Their ceremony was intimate and meaningful, held in the historic All Saints Chapel. My favorite part of their ceremony was when their parents circled around them to pray over them. The reception was full of life and held in the beautiful Merrimon-Wynne Carriage house - decorated so simply elegant. Dinner by Rocky Top's Southland was the perfect southern cuisine. Family toasts brought tears and lots of laughter!

Congrats Kelley's! Wishing you many years of happiness together!

With love, Becca

Katelyn + Clayton's wedding was featured on Southeastern Bride

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: AJ Dunlap Photography

Venue: All Saints ChapelMerrimon-Wynne House

Planner: Becca with C&D Events

Florals: Julie with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rentals

Caterer: Southland BBQRocky Top Catering

Ceremony Music: Friends of the Bride & Groom

Reception Music: Hipshack with Sam Hill Entertainment

Videographer: Morgan Scott Films

Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes, Morrisville

Hair + Makeup: WINK Hair + Makeup

Officiant: Ward Page

Real Wedding: Heba + Greg at Rock Quarry Farm

I was so honored to be asked to coordinate Heba's wedding to Greg for a couple of reasons! First of all, it's nice to be asked by an industry friend who has worked with you many times in the past - I mean talk about validation! Second, it made my heart so happy to see Heba sooo happy and in love with Greg after a particularly trying couple of years for her. I was truly grateful to be apart of her happiness!

Heba had much of the event planned when we stepped in - we just pulled together a few of the last minute details and made sure all of her plans came together and resulted in a gorgeous evening! I loved Heba's wine dinner concept - she staged the farm tables in a big U - like one big family table and had a three course dinner served family style by the talented Beau Catering. The wine pairings were amazing - apparently that is Greg's thing - and boy did that wow his guests!

This dinner in no way eclipsed the beautiful ceremony that Heba and Greg planned - I loved the notes they wrote/read to each other during the ceremony - I don't think there was a dry eye. You could just feel the love an appreciation they had for one another! Heba's daughter Blum also played a special role as flower girl and owned it! Heba looked beautiful - I loved her modern/bohemian dress - she was stunning!

After the ceremony - cocktail hour was served on the lawn and we all enjoyed live music from Big Fat Gap. Near the end of the cocktail hour Heba, Greg, and Blum had a group dance to "My Girl" that left everyone smiling. We then sent guests off to that dinner I mentioned!

Joe from Bunn DJ Company kept the party going all night - as only Joe can do :) - and we ended the night with pie and boozie milkshakes! It was truly an evening to remember!

Enjoy these photos from Krystal Kast Photography!

Warmly, Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Krystal Kast Photography

Venue: Rock Quarry Farm

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Paper Products: Purple Puddle and Grace Paper Company

Florals: Purple Puddle

Lighting: Themeworks

Rentals: American Party Rentals

Caterer: Beau Catering

Cocktail Hour Music: Big Fat Gap

Reception Music: Joe with Bunn DJ Company

Videographer: Heartstone Films

Dessert: Slice Pie Company

Transportation: Eco Style

Hair + Makeup: Wedding Hair by Liz

Real Wedding: Bailey + Stephen at The Barn at Valhalla

I remember meeting Stephen and Bailey for the first time over lunch and thinking "wow.. they are so laid back!". It was obvious right off the bat that they were going to have one of those effortlessly cool, fun and beautiful weddings. One of the things that I loved was that they wanted to use so many different parts of the Barn, and thankfully the weather was gorgeous enough for us to do so!

Their ceremony took place in front of the fireplace outside the lodge and I think it was one of the most beautiful uses of that space that I've ever seen! The grooms talented mom put up a gorgeous floral installation on the mantle and the base was lined with floating candles. But the coolest part was that they had the idea to put a mirror in the back of the fireplace so that it looked like you were looking THROUGH to the woods behind - so creative!

One of the most important things to Stephen and Bailey was having great music for guests to enjoy, and we ended up deciding on three different types of music for the day. The ceremony was very romantic thanks to the always amazing Ben and Amaree playing the violin and guitar. The reception was lively and fun thanks to the guys at Anything Music DJ's. But I think my favorite was the trio of jazz musicians that played during the cocktail hour. Stephen and Bailey came to me one day during planning and mentioned that they'd seen this group play the weekend before at a bar and they just had to have them play at their wedding! It really was a cool and personal touch to the day.

My other favorite part of the day was the cookie table! A cookie table is a Pittsburgh tradition and is exactly what it sounds like: tons (and tons) of amazing homemade cookies that are usually baked by the family of the couple getting married (in this case it was Stephen's family who made the cookies). Guests went nuts for the homemade treats and it was another amazing personal touch that made the day so special.

Stephen and Bailey were so great to work with and I truly enjoyed being able to plan and be a part of their big day!

XOXO, Leah

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Paul Seiler Photography

Venue: The Barn at Valhalla

Planner: Leah with C&D Events

Florals: Mother of the Groom

Rentals: Party Reflections

Caterer: Durham Catering Company

Ceremony Music: Ben & Amaree Davis

Cocktail Hour Music: Al Strong Music

Reception Music: Anything Music DJs

Cupcakes: The Cupcake Bar

Cookie Bar: Grooms Family

Hair + Makeup: The Poppy Salon

Officiant: Wendy Tingle

Real Wedding: Stephanie + Kevin at Duke Gardens

Where to even begin with this sweet couple!?! I am most excited to finally share this wedding! We had to wait for The Carolinas Magazine to come out and it is finally here so now I get gush all over one of my favorite spring weddings!

I met Stephanie and Kevin about 15 months prior to their wedding. We sat and chatted about vision, design, and med school. They met at Duke and they had the sweetest engagement story involving an improv class. Check out The Carolina's Winter/Spring issue to read all about it!

Back to the planning - when I left that meeting I called Court and said- "I hope she really picks me! I love her style and they are SO nice!" Luckily they did! I said it a lot last Spring, but my Spring/Summer clients were literally the best ever. I loved every single one of them and wanted to never let their weddings go! Stephanie and Kevin were no exception. We would spend way too much time at meetings not talking about weddings, but life in general. Stephanie was there when Ada got diagnosed with HSP and my scared, totally freaked out self felt comfort in talking with someone who knew what it actually was. She was so kind, supportive, and really made me feel like I wasn't crazy at how ridiculous and nervous I felt walking through it. To say she is a gem is a gross understatement of who she actually is. I wanted their day to be perfect. Luckily - thanks to the weather gods- it was!

We worked with Diane at Bower Bird and were blown away by the gorgeous flowers. I loved revealing the reception space to them and seeing how excited and giddy they were to see their vision come to life. The flowers were ah-mazing and Get Lit knocked it out of the park making the inside of the hall feel softer and much more garden-esque than campy/lodgey. The guests enjoyed a gorgeous sun filled ceremony and a leisurely cocktail hour on the lush green lawns. We welcomed everyone inside for a station style dinner with the yummiest of foods! Fish, scallops, gnocchi and fresh salad were a huge hit with everyone. Kaiya with Details Cake Design killed us all with her yummy and gorgeous naked cake and Guglhupf delivered with show stopping macaroons. It was a night to remember!

Stephanie and Kevin- I loved every second of planning this event and I know you all will have an awesome future together! Thank you so much for trusting me to plan this most important day and thank you for being such a good friend in the process. Love to you both!

Enjoy the gorgeous pictures from the oh so talented Callie with Nancy Ray Photography.

Chat soon! Dana

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Callie with Nancy Ray Photography

Venue: Duke Gardens

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Dress: Watters Couture

Menu Cards: Bushel & Peck Designs

Florals: Bower Bird

Lighting & Draping: Get Lit Special Event Lighting

Rentals: American Party Rentals

Caterer: Durham Catering Company

Ceremony Music: Duke Students with String Quartet

Reception Music: Brandon with Bunn DJ Company

Videographer: Wedding Bug

Dessert: Kaiya with Details Cake Design

Macaroons: Guglhupf

Transportation: Eco Style

Hair + Makeup: CoArt Hair

Officiant: Kathie McCutcheon

Featured in The Carolinas Magazine Winter/Spring 2018

Real Wedding: Sarah + Marc at The Barn at Valhalla

I loved Marc and Sarah's laid back vibe from our first meeting - these two were my kind of people! They are both busy with work - Sarah is in charge of Amazon streaming content !! (I gave a few suggestions....) and Marc is a non-profit consultant. Needless to say they needed a full plan to bring all their vision to life - and I was happy to be a part of it!

Marc is from Chapel Hill - his parents still live here and were so helpful with planning and Sarah is from Australia (I loved listening to her accent on all the conference calls). They both currently live in Washington so most planning was done remotely via conference call. It was always Marc, Sarah, Marc's Parents, Myself, and whatever vendor we were interviewing or scheming with on the calls - Go TEAM! The planning, from my perspective, was very entertaining!

Marc and Sarah really just wanted a great party, time with their friends, and a laid back atmosphere that reflected them! We accomplished this vision with Native Australian Flowers (Imported by the Bride's father), a great Band, and a few drinking games (Beer Pong anyone?!) The end result - SO.MUCH.FUN!

Please enjoy these gorgeous pics of such a fun day!

Warmly, Courtney

 

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Anderson Shore Photography

Venue: The Barn at Valhalla

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Florals: Grown by Father of the Bride, Arranged by C&D Events

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Music: Lucky Pocket Band (formly Empty Pocket Band)

Dessert: Andia's Ice Cream

Hair + Makeup: Perfection by Patricia

Officiant: Friend of the Bride and Groom

Real Wedding: Sara + Nick at The Merrimon-Wynne House

What a fun way to start the new year! This wedding was an absolute blast. Sara, the bride, had a great eye for design. She wanted to have fun with the new years eve theme, but without being tacky. She went with a mix of metallic colors and they blended in together so nicely. She also did all of the flowers herself, I was impressed! One of the highlights of the night was the champagne tower; the champagne was literally flowing. They also put a giant sparkler on the top of their wedding cake and lit it on fire when they cut it, how epic! The staff at Rocky Top, CE, Get Lit and Merrimon-Wynne (and all the other vendors) were excellent, I love working with solid vendors. Overall it was a very successful day, can't wait for my next NYE wedding!

All the best, Kelsy

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Porshia Hernandez Photography

Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House

Planner: Kelsy with C&D Events

Paper Products: DIY

Florals: Bride

Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Music: Emerald Empire Band

Videographer: Morgan Scott Films

Dessert: Confectionate Cakes

Hair + Makeup: Wedded Kiss

Officiant: Chaplain Mark Roeder

Real Wedding: Tracy + David at The Rigmor House

 

Tracy and David had the kind of laid back, family-oriented, fun and beautiful wedding that makes wedding planners love what they do! They were married on a crisp fall day right at dusk and had one of the most breathtaking sunsets I've ever seen (I'd like to take credit for planning that as part of their wedding, but, alas, I cannot).

The Rigmor House was the perfect backdrop for the rustic fall vision that Tracy and David had dreamt of for their big day. Every inch of the space had a personal touch and truly captured the love that they have for each other. There was even a wall of their photos behind the buffet for guests to check out while getting food! The dance floor was never empty thanks to Craig with Anything Music DJs, and you could tell that all of the guests were genuinely having a blast all night.

Tracy and David were some of the nicest people that I've had the pleasure of working with and I loved every minute of helping them throughout the planning process!

XOXO, Leah

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Nancy Noon Photography

Venue: The Rigmor House

Planner: Leah with C&D Events

Florals: Bride

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Irregardless Cafe

Music: Anything Music DJs

Dessert: Details Cake Design

Hair + Makeup: Erin Reese

Officiant: Rev. Charlie Barber

Real Wedding: Anne-Hunter + Jason at Starlight Meadows

I had the privilege of planning Anne-Hunter and Jason's wedding this past May. Anne-Hunter was so clear on the vision she had that it made planning a breeze! I LOVED the Lily Pulitzer dresses the bridesmaids wore that inspired the whole color scheme. The fuschia, pink, and lime green was so fun and fresh and set the festive mood for the whole day. We had two food trucks - one as an appetizer vendor and another for dinner - the guests had a great time choosing what they wanted to eat and socializing around the truck. It was so much fun being part of their families for the day and I am truly grateful to served them on this bright, fun, and love filled day!

Warmly, Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Brian Fleming Photography

Venue: Starlight Meadows

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Bouquets: Julie with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: Starlight Meadows

Caterer: Bam Pow Chow and Napoli Food Trucks

Music: Friend of the Couple

Photo Booth: Good Time Photo Booth

Dessert: Sweet Megs

Officiant: Friend of the Couple

A Wedding Story: Alexia + John

  • How did he ask?

    John proposed the day he graduated with his Bachelors Degree from NCCU. We were at his parents house celebrating his accomplishments with family. During the "Thank You" speech to his family and friends John started his proposal which took me by complete surprise!

  • What was your vision for your wedding?

    I really wanted a fun, relaxing and memorable atmosphere for our family and friends. I also wanted a blend of vintage, romantic and modern. Thankfully with the help of Bushel and Peck Designs our wedding was executed beautifully. I loved watching our design vision come to life on our wedding day!

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

    Well since I just got married in 2016 I honestly think the same trends are still present this year. One of the biggest trends I noticed that was the nontraditional bridesmaid dresses and styles. I remember looking through a lot of wedding magazines and blogs and noticed bridesmaid portraits where the bridesmaids wore different style dresses or different colors. I also noticed a lot of different options for nontraditional guest books. We decided to follow with this trend and do a Polaroid guestbook which was a lot of fun for guest for when they arrived.

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

    We really wanted a beautiful and different wedding venue along with an entertaining DJ that allowed our guest to have a night to remember. We wanted our venue to be able to hold our HUGE family/friend guest count as well as keep everything in one location. I also did not want our guest to have to travel from ceremony to cocktail hour/reception. The Bradford was absolutely perfect for our vision. The DJ - Patrick, from 3Sixty Vision made sure our dance floor stayed full and people were having good time! I love still hearing our family and friend talk about our wedding and how they enjoyed themselves!

  • Did you have a planner?

    yes

  • How many people?

    ~210

  • What were your colors?

    Blush, Black and White with Gold Accents

  • How did you decide on your venue?

    From the beginning I knew I wanted our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception in the same location. We really wanted to keep everything easy and convenient for our family and friends attending the wedding. After wedding venue searching online through WeddingWire and The Knot I stubbled across The Bradford. I had not seen anything like The Bradford before in my research. I loved it from first sight! After meeting Courtney onsite and taking a tour I could totally see our wedding taking place there instantly.

  • What were your ideas vs what was reality?

    Honestly I was extremely realistic with our budget and our ideas. I cannot remember any ideas I had that I could not execute due to budget or reality.

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

    That is so hard to choose! Of course getting married was the best part of our day! But my second favorite part was getting to do a "First NOT look" right before our ceremony. It meant a lot to get to hear each other's voice and have a prayer together before we got married.

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

    Since becoming a wedding planner after our wedding I know how much work it takes to plan and execute a flip. I loved getting married in front of The Bradford back doors. But I still feel bad for having that CRAZY flip in the 90 degree September weather. Thankful for the awesome C&D Team I had that day.

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

    I would hands down say, C&D Events and Bushel and Peck Designs! At the time I was not working for C&D Events and reached out to Courtney to get her advice on hiring a coordinator for a Partial Plan. I really needed help finalizing rentals and catering. I met with Dana to discuss these options and immediately knew I needed more help and assistance. I also wanted design help with florals. Dana and her B&P design options came to the rescue! I could not have pulled off such a beautiful wedding and design without her assistance!

  • Advice to other brides getting married...

    HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER! I can not stress this enough. I would not have been able to enjoy our day without having someone following the timeline and making sure "behind the scenes" everything was perfect! Also - if it is in your budget make sure to hire a videographer. I agree with Leah, there is something about being able to watch your wedding day on video that makes the memories even better!

  • Where was your venue/name of venue?

    The Bradford New Hill, NC

  • Wedding Date

    September 10, 2016

  • Who was your photographer?

    Tina Kelly Photography

Real Wedding: Kaylyn + Chris at The Bradford

Inherited Kaylyn and Chris from Becca when she was on maternity leave - and I am so glad I did! This couple was so much fun and light hearted and really loved to party! Kaylyn was very organized and made finishing up the details to her day a breeze! She DIY'd many of the details and had them all organized into bins with sticky notes and charts - you can tell how much time and thought she put into all those details. She hired Bushel and Peck to design a few floral elements - like her bouquet to really complete the look! Enjoy all the beautiful pictures from this lovely day!

Warmly, Courtney

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Bluebell Photography

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Courtney with C&D Events

Bouquets: Julie with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Catering by Design

Music: The Perfect Beat

Videographer: Olde Road Pictures

Dessert: Raleigh Cake Pops

Hair: Wedding Hair by Liz

Makeup: The Makeup Addict

Officiant: Samantha Heart with Heart 2 Heart Ceremonies

A Wedding Story: Kelsy + Jason

  • How did he ask?

    Jason asked me to marry him in the sweetest possible way. I had a full day of activities (from breakfast with my parents to shopping for a new dress with one of my favorite friends) which all led to the proposal on top of the tallest building in downtown Raleigh. Jason learned how to play the guitar so he could sing "gone, gone, gone" by Phillip Phillips. I didn't even know he knew how to play! It was a huge surprise! He topped it all off with a party with all of our favorite people.

  • What was your vision for your wedding?

    I really wanted to be able to celebrate with all of our friends and family. So many people in our lives had seen us grow up together (we started dating when we were 14) and I just wanted to celebrate the start of our marriage with all of them! I also wanted the wedding to be pretty easy going and fun!

  • Did you have a planner?

    yes

  • How many people?

    110

  • What were your colors?

    Neutrals, Jade, gold

  • How did you decide on your venue?

    This one was easy! I was an intern for Courtney and Dana when they built The Bradford. Jason and I would come out on the weekend and help paint, install trim, landscape, etc. It was already a special place to me because we were a part of the venue coming to life. That made our decision easy, it was an easy choice to decide to get married at The Bradford.

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

    The best part of the day was celebrating with all of our friends and family. We had waited so long to get married (7.5 years) that it was just a time to celebrate! I also loved seeing all of the design elements come together.

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

    C&D Events. They were amazing!!

  • Advice to other brides getting married...

    Take some time on your wedding day to be alone. I remember walking downstairs and seeing all of the tables set up and just taking a moment to realize that this was my wedding day and I just had an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the people in my life that I was going to be able to celebrate with.

  • Where was your venue/name of venue?

    The Bradford

  • Wedding Date

    June 06, 2015

  • Who was your photographer?

Jessica Crawford Photography

Real Wedding: Taylor + Billy at The Bradford

It was so sweet to be a part of Taylor and Billy's big day. This couple is really special to me because they remind me so much of me and my husband two years ago when we got married. We both got married at The Bradford in June, shortly after graduating college. Taylor was so easy to work with, it was truly a pleasure. Overall the day was really smooth, but not without excitement, that's for sure. With any summer wedding comes the potential of summer showers. We were keeping an eye on the radar all day and thought the rain would hold off for us for the ceremony. Well, about 15 minutes before the ceremony, the rain started coming down. All of the guests were so kind and flexible and we moved the ceremony under the tent in record time! It ended up being so beautiful under the tent and everyone was happy. It was a good lesson in being flexible. Thank you again for letting me be a part of your big day Taylor and Billy, I think we are going to be friends in real life :)

All the best, Kelsy

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Herndon Weddings Photography by Phillip Herndon

Venue: The Bradford

Planner: Kelsy with C&D Events

Florals: The Wedding Woman

Rentals: CE Rental

Caterer: Beau Catering

Music: McSound Productions

Dessert: Ashley Cakes

Hair + Makeup: Ashley Maher

Officiant: Andrew Ivester

A Wedding Story: Catherine + Josh

  • How did he ask?

    He proposed to me on my birthday at Busch Gardens in Virginia. My family was there, and my sister captured the whole proposal in pictures! I have no idea what he said when he asked, but it was sweet, and so playful. Not to mention when he was done, the adrenaline rush didn't end there! Yes I am like a 10 year old when it comes to amusement parks.

  • What was your vision for your wedding?

    Beautiful fall mountain wedding. Simple, and rustic.

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

    2015... biggest trend...? Chalkboards? I feel like I had chalkboard signs everywhere! The greeting sign, the "sign our guest book" sign, the bar menu, the decorations. Chalkboard everything! I also feel like that was a big year for a rustic wedding, yeah barns were pretty big that year.

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

    The venue was a huge important aspect to me as well as the photos!

  • Did you have a planner?

    no

  • How many people?

    120

  • What were your colors?

    Navy, Green, Grey and fall colors

  • How did you decide on your venue?

    I wanted in the mountains, Asheville, and a rustic feel with the mountains in the background. Not to mention I have a TON of friends who work for breweries (myself at the time included) and wanted somewhere that would let me bring in my own alcohol at no extra cost! So finding the Fields At Blackberry Cove was everything! They had rolling fields, surrounded by the mountains, and a barn! Bingo! They also did let me bring in any alcohol I wanted, which was a huge money saver!

  • What were your ideas vs what was reality?

    Ideas vs reality... That I didn't need a wedding planner! I did end up not getting one and doing it all myself, but man oh man it would have been such a lifesaver, as well as headache relief, if I had just hired someone. Also, I had this idea that I didn't need flowers, and that we could just forgo them. Joke was on me, at the last minute (about a month out) my mom ordered the flowers. I am very glad she did because that would have been horrible without them!

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

    The best part the day was 100% getting to marry my husband! Aside from that, I really enjoyed getting to take a step back and looking at everything I had planned come to life. Because I did NOT have a planner, and no one lived in Asheville, I planned everything "alone." I had input on certain things from my husband, and my parents, but the rest was all me. I put together the vendors, the vision, the timeline, the look, heck I even set up the bar the day of my wedding. So for me it was getting to stand back and see how much everyone had enjoyed the work put into it.

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

    Probably how rustic I was trying to make it! It was in a barn for crying out loud, I didn't need to try as hard as I did. Also, one of my flowers, I hated it! I didn't choose it and still to this day have no idea what it is called, but it was white and the middle of it looked like it had a cheezeball in it! It stained my dress, and it was just weird. There were a few of them in my bouquet, but looking back I wish there had not been any in it. Also! Not having a seating chart, or escort card. That was really confusing and my guest had no idea where to sit or what to do.

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

    Doug at the Fields At Blackberry Cove! He was the most helpful in every aspect of the wedding. From referrals, to helpful opinions, he was just so willing to lend a hand. Not to mention once he realized I did not have a planner he was the one who brought me drinks, food, and make sure I was happy on the day. He was absolutely amazing!

  • Advice to other brides getting married...

    Do yourself a favor and get a planner. Even if just for the ease on your wedding day. There are so many people who have so many questions and without someone there to block them from you, you have to handle it. Not to mention I would have paid anyone to stop the "are you nervous?" questions that never ended until after the ceremony at 4:30! At the end of the day the only thing your guest will remember is if the food was good (they wont remember what they ate unless it was unreal or bad!), and if the reception was non stop fun. So make sure you have a fantastic DJ, and Photographer because they will keep the party going and capture it all!

  • Where was your venue/name of venue?

    The Fields At Blackberry Cove, Asheville NC

  • Wedding Date

    October 24, 2015

  • Who was your photographer?

    Forge Mountain Photography

Real Wedding: Megan + Ross at The Barn of Chapel Hill

What a fun day this was! Nancy is good friends with my mother-in-law and so naturally, my MIL suggested she give me a call when she started stressing about the logistics of the day. I chatted with both Megan and Nancy before they ended up booking our event management package. Other than planning the Grand Opening of The Barn - this was the first event I had here and I can't wait to go back! This place is awesome. The staff is amazing, the grounds are perfect, and I just love working with Kara and Jen.

The Bride and her mom had been collecting lanterns for about a year and Jen worked some magic (as she always does) to give the space a simply sweet atmosphere. The arbor was stunning and definitely the show stopper of the day (other than the bride of course!!) What I love the most about the space is the entrance the bride (can) take. Coming out as the barn doors open is an awesome way to just wow everyone. Ross for sure had his breath taken away when Megan walked down. The ceremony was so sweet with their own vows and you couldn't help but smile when you saw them looking at each other.

It was a warm day, but the night was cool, and guests enjoyed the inside/outside nature of The Barn. They danced the night away with their closest friends and family. It was a beautiful day and I was so glad to be a part of it! Megan and Ross- thank you so much for letting me be a part of your special day!

Please enjoy the photos below!

Chat soon, Dana

#Herestoyoumissrobertson

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: J&A Photography

Venue: The Barn of Chapel Hill

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Florals: Flora Farm

Rentals: American Party Rentals & Cottage Luxe

Caterer: City BBQ & Catering

Bar: Drinkz by Design

Music: DJ - friend of the couple

Dessert: S'mores Bar from City BBQ & Catering

Transportation: Eco Style

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