Sunday Funday!!

A few weeks ago we got together on a Sunday afternoon and had some fun ! We started at my house with lunch, coffee and wine (of course) and some serious pampering by the Amazing Ashley Mooney and her Team. The girls and I then headed over to The Loading Dock (where we have our office) for more fun with the super talented Casey Rose ………… Thank you Casey!!!

These photos are the end result of a very fun day with an amazing group of women whom I am very proud to call My Team. Enjoy.

Sally – XO

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All the girls!!

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Sally!

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Kathy!

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Victoria!

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Kelsey!

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Love my Kathy : )

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Lots of giggles!

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A little bit of Champagne ; )

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And some great backdrops for our photo session!

 

 

 

Top Ten Tips

Below we are sharing our Top Ten Tips. The secret ins and outs for the newly engaged couple …….. Enjoy!

1. Budget and Guest Counts go hand in hand…. You are paying per person.  Would  you have that long lost friend to your house for dinner?  If not cross them off your list. The room should be filled with all your favorite peeps!

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2. Have a GOOD plan B for outdoor weddings. The weather is unpredictable especially here in North Carolina. Rain, heat or hurricanes. You never know!

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3. Don’t let the weather or anything ruin your day. Weddings can be stressful but they should also be a lot of fun. Enjoy your day NO matter what!!

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4. Get creative with your ceremony. Whether its the vows, the back drop, the wedding party. Make it personal!

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5. Hire a GREAT photographer and videographer if budget allows. The day will be a blur and this is how you will remember it!

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6. Prioritize! What is more important that Band you love or gorgeous flowers and linens. If you can have it all, great! If not, make a list of what is most important.

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7. Make it personal…. . Make sure to incorporate something fun and special in your day! Favorite cocktail, surprise flash dance….. Lots of fun options!

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8. The getting ready process on your big day should be really fun. Hire a professional to come in and get pampered. Pop open a bottle of champagne and enjoy your girls!!

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9. Do an engagement session with your photographer. These photos are fun and you get to know your photographer…. Make sure to display them at your wedding or make them into a guest book…

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10. And of course, last but not least. Hire a professional Wedding Planner. You have been planning this day for a long time. You and your families want to be guests at this most important day!!

 

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Kelsey + David

Kelsey and David were married on a picture perfect fall day in downtown Raleigh at one of our favorite venues the Merrimon-Wynne House. We had so much fun working closely with the family for over a year to design and plan the wedding of their dreams. They were such a fun, sweet family and we enjoyed working with them so much. One of the most rewarding things about our job is the relationships we make with our families. We truly love being a part of their special day. Please enjoy these moments captured by the talented Robin Lin Photography.

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As always thank you to an amazing team of Vendors……

Caterer – RockyTop Catering

Photographer – Robin Lin

Florist – Watered Garden

Rentals – Party Reflections and Table of Contents

Cake – Ashley Cakes

DJ – Bunn DJ Company

Hair & Make Up – Perfection by Patricia

Officiant – Barbara Lodge

Ceremony Music – Arioso Strings

 

 

Hollie + Garrett

Let’s be honest there are  a million little details that can go into any given wedding. It can be time consuming and extremely overwhelming!! But if you have a great team, like us, and if you remain calm and realize the bigger picture (celebrating with family and friends); you can create a stress- free day. Just take Hollie and Garrett, living in NYC the odds were already stacked against them planning a wedding here in NC. Hollie wisely hired us and we were able to communicate thru mostly emails and a few on-site meetings to plan her and Garrett’s perfect day. Once the big day came they both were so relaxed, calm and  basically glowing, and we think their wedding really reflected the calm vibe. Take a look at the photos below from the talented Anderson Shore Photography and let us know what you think.

 

s always a big THANK YOU to our team of vendors;

Ceremony: All Saints Chapel

Reception: Market Hall

Photography: Anderson Shore Photography

Catering: Southern Harvest

Florist: Teacup Floral

Rentals: CE Rentals

Dessert: Krispy Kreme Donuts

DJ: Anything Music DJ

Officiant: Nathan Parrish

Hollie and Garrett, it was such a pleasure to work with you!

Catherine Grace + Matthew

 

When your Mom owns Seven in downtown Raleigh you have a unique opportunity to design the wedding of your dreams without having to worry about securing your venue. It was such a fun and inspired wedding to plan especially since our couple Catherine Grace and Matthew were just the sweetest.

When we think of fall we cannot help but think of vibrant red and pink florals and accents of gold and this elegant affair did not disappoint. From the florals, to the tables capes and everything in between the details of this wedding were flawless! Aren’t the photos above just beautiful? Thank you to All Bliss Photography for sharing.

Wishing Catherine Grace and Matthew a lifetime of happiness, it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of your big day, you guys!

As always we could not have done this without our amazing team of vendors, thank you to each and every one of you:

Ceremony Venue: White Memorial Presbyterian Church

Reception Venue: Seven

Catering: RockyTop

Photography: All Bliss Photography

Florist: Kelly Odom

Rentals: Themeworks, Party Reflections and CE Rentals

Cake: Sweet Memories

Band: Peter Lamb and the Wolves

Hair & Makeup: Parlor Blow Dry Bar and Makeup by Ashley Mooney

Dress: Alexia’s Bridal

Transportation: White Horse

 

Heidi + Jason

Fall is our absolute favorite season. Maybe it is because October is our birthday month but something about autumn weddings are just magical and this wedding is no exception.

Jason and Heidi’s wedding at the Angus Barn Pavilions was full of beautiful details, fall colors and a whole lotta love! Take a look at the amazing photos from Amy Allen Photography below and let us know what you think!

Congrats Heidi and Jason! You were a joy to work with and we loved being a part of your special day!

A very big thank you to our team of vendors, without which our weddings would not be so successful.

Ceremony and Reception: Angus Barn Pavilions

Photography: Amy Allen Photography

Florist: The English Garden

Linens: CE Rentals

Lighting: Themeworks Creative

PhotoBooth: NC Fotobooth

Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes

Band: Love Tribe

Officiant: Barbara Lodge

Ceremony Musicians: Arioso Strings

Transportation: White Horse

Hair & Makeup: Perfection by Patricia

 

Molly + Will

This was such a special wedding for us because Molly happens to be the sister of one of our past brides, and we just adored working with their family! They are simply the sweetest, and it was such a joy to be a part of both the “W” girls big days.

Molly and Will went with a traditional morning wedding at the beautiful Christ Church in #downtownraleigh and a reception at the Carolina Country Club #CCC. Molly chose a stunning two piece dress with a full skirt that complimented her tiny frame while the boys wore classic English morning jackets. Mel Day did an amazing job with the florals, mostly green with just a few hints of white.

And y’all their exit was epic. Will’s twin brother and some other family members and friends dressed in Broughton High School #broughton marching band outfits and serenaded them with the marching band instruments and they were so GOOD! And lastly, they rode away in a #raleighrickshaw by a cousin dressed as a bunny #icantmakethisup. It was classic, traditional, summer and so much FUN!

s always a big thank you to our amazing team of vendors:

Ceremony: Christ Church

Reception: Carolina Country Club

Photography: Casey Rose Photography

Florist: Dogwood Tree Florals

Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Band: Black and Blue

Trolley: Raleigh Trolley

Rickshaw: Raleigh Rickshaw

A little sneak peek!

October 8, 2016 will be remembered for a long time in North Carolina all thanks to a Hurricane called Matthew. The damage done across the state is heartbreaking and our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.

The weather that day was far from perfect but we think these photos by Julia Laible Photography couldn’t be more beautiful. Our amazing couple, Katy and Cameron, were such troopers! It was the worst weather possible and they had the best attitude about their big day. Unfortunately, the electricity was going out all over the city and the church was no exception. As Katy made it down the aisle the lights went out, but that didn’t stop them from getting married!

It was certainly a struggle to make their big day come together in the midst of a hurricane but we did it and this will go down as one of our favorite weddings.

The resilience of Katy and Cameron and their ability to laugh it all off, the love of their friends and family who didn’t let a hurricane stop them from celebrating, and our amazing team of vendors made for one epic wedding. Take a look at the photos below and be sure to check back at Julia Laible Photography for the whole lot real soon!

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A huge THANK YOU to our amazing team of vendors, who not only showed up in the middle of a hurricane but did so without complaint and ROCKED IT!

Ceremony: Hayes Barton Methodist

Reception: The Merrimon-Wynne House

Catering: Rocky Top Hospitality

Photography: Julia Laible Photography

Florist: Watered Garden

Cake: Catering Works

DJ: Joe Bunn DJ Company- Steve Stowe

Officiant: Rick Clayton

Hair & Makeup: Simply Beautiful Artistry and Hair

Transportation: Raleigh Trolley and White Horse

Rentals: CE Rental

Videography: Reel Blessed Videography

Athina + Graham

Here at Team Sally Oakley we are in the thick of wedding season, but we couldn’t go too long without sharing the gorgeous wedding of Athina and Graham. Athina and Graham held both their ceremony and reception in the ever versatile Market Hall and their pale blush and gold color scheme is definitely one you will want to Pin again and again. Take a look below and let us know what you think!

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As always a big THANK YOU to our amazing team of vendors who make our job not feel like a job.

Venue: Market Hall

Catering: 214 Martin Catering

Photography: Missy Mimlitsch

Florist: Victorian Seasons

Rentals: CE Rentals and Showtime Events

Cake: Maxie B’s

Ceremony Musicians: Arioso Strings

Transportation: Raleigh Trolley

Officiant: Ed Sansbury

Chalkboards: AB Chalk+Designs

Annika + Brandon

Annika and Brandon’s mid- June wedding at the Merrimon-Wynne house was styled perfection. Annika was one of the most beautiful brides we’ve ever seen and the lace detail on the back of her gown was to die for. The Merrimon-Wynne House is such a gem in the heart of downtown Raleigh serving as the perfect venue for this summer soiree.

Magnolia’s are in our top three of flowers for their timeless beauty and southern roots. In fact we think historic homes and magnolia leaves are always a good idea!

Nothing like a vintage heirloom to get our heart aflutter.

When planning an outdoor ceremony simplicity is key. Chairs and an elegant arbor are all you need to set the space; and for an outdoor wedding we love programs that double as fans.

Seriously still swooning over this dress! Annika and Brandon we wish you a lifetime of love, happiness, and laughter. Thank you for choosing us for your most special day!

 

As always a huge thank you to our talented team of vendors!

Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House

Photography: Katherine Miles Jones

Caterer: Durham Catering

Florist: Tre Bella

Rentals: Party Reflections

DJ: Bunn DJ Co- Randy Bennett

Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney

Transportation: EcoStyle

Officiant: Kayelilly Middleton

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