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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chat soon!

Dana

Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Magnolia Photography

Ceremony Venue: St. Francis

Reception Venue: Stockroom at 230

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Florals: Dana with Bushel + Peck Designs

Rentals: CE Rentals

Caterer: Rocky Top

Ceremony Music: St. Francis Musician

Reception Music: All Events DJ

Lighting: Themeworks

Invitations: Bushel + Peck Designs

Dessert: Details Cake Design

Hair/Make-up: Perfection by Patricia

Officiant: Father Steve Kluge