Mary Royall + Ryan’s Perfect Home Wedding

Again, it has been awhile since we last Blogged. Please forgive us : ) We have had a full summer of weddings, beach and family time and more weddings…… Its been amazing. Today is the first day of school for many and time for us to get geared up for the Fall Wedding season which is action packed!

The wedding we have featured here this month was one of our Favorites. It took place in June in Oxford, NC at Mary Royall’s family home, the home where she grew up. The story is sweet, a little sad but the wedding was full of so much happiness, love and joy. We were honored to be a part of Mary Royall and Ryan’s special day. Please enjoy the photos below from the always amazing Brett from Blest Studios…..

Sally – XOXO

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Ten Top Tips

Hi Friends-
I know its been awhile…. NO excuses just busy with life : ) Weddings + Family = Lots of fun and Loads of work : ) We have done this one before but not for awhile so here are the Top Ten Tips from Our Team who do over 60 weddings a year. We see a lot and these things just make life and weddings all around easier….. Trust us, we know : ) Enjoy!!

1. Guest Count – really think about this!! It makes or breaks the wedding. The budget, the venue and whole feel of the wedding really changes when you go from 100 to 200 guests. Take your time and do it right. Talk to your families, remember its their day too…..

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2. Budget – Yep, we gotta talk about it. Its one of the first things you need to establish and yes, its going to be be more that you think. Big things come into play here…..Guest count, Type of bar you serve, Band or DJ, Transportation for all your Guests…. Just to name a few.

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3. Prioritize – This helps with the planning and the budget. What is the most important thing to you? The food, The band, The decor, The photographer…. Very few weddings can have it all : )

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4. Wedding Website – Do this as soon as you start your planning. Its a fun way to share your story and get the information out to all your guests. From hotel information, transportation, gift registry and to favorite restaurants in your city. Let them know so they can make their plans early.

5. Engagement Photos – 2 Words – DO THEM! : ) They are so fun and make for some great photos. Get to know your photographer better. If nervous think about it as a Date, Go to your favorite Brewery, grab a beer and make it fun. Also, use them on your wedding website and your save the date cards and display at your wedding.

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6. Your Vendor Team- These are your people who will be with you all day on the special day. So, take your time, look at websites, talk to friends, use your wedding planner. Make good choices, we say talk to 2-3 in each area, go to a couple tastings etc….. Enjoy the planning process and booking your key players.

7. Plan B – Rain – I know, again gotta talk about it. The weather is out of our control. If you are daring enough, and we love it to do an outdoor wedding we have to have a back plan. Whether its the rain or heat. The last thing you want on your wedding day is weather stress. A good plan B will save the day, we promise.

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8. Getting Ready – When we usually arrive on the wedding day, hair and make up is in full swing. We love seeing this fun part of the day. All the girls getting ready, sipping champagne…… Think about this part of your day, who will be there, where is lunch coming from etc…… Its a really special time with your girls : )

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9. Think About the Details – Simple things can really make a difference  like flip flops by the dance floor, a couple of cute umbrellas in case it does rains, a first look with your Dad, cute coozies at the bar, late night snack, so many things to make your day special…..

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10. Hire a wedding planner – Obviously, right? : ) A great wedding planner will make your day, whether its Full Service or Day of, we do it all and highly recommend having someone by your side who does this everyday. Just this week I was called the MVP. Love it : )

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Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy : )

Sally + Team – XO

Caroline + Joe

Please enjoy these sweet photos of Caroline + Joe, married this past October. The ceremony was held at the quaint Saint Mary’s Chapel and a fun filled reception was held at the Angus Barn Pavilions. A great team of Vendors were involved, all listed below and thank you to Caroline Lima for the amazing photos. Enjoy : ) XOXO

 

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Thanks to all these amazing Vendors….

Ceremony – Saint Marys Chapel                                                               Reception – Angus Barn Pavilions                                                     Photographer – Caroline Lima Photography                                                 Florist – Dogwood Florals

Cake and grooms cake – Details Cake Design
Band – JAVA Band
Hair and Make up – Wink
Transportation – Eco Style
Ceremony Musicians – Kevin Kerstetter AND Christine Haarvig Videographer – Jon Warlick Media

 

Melinda + Brooks

The Merrimon-Wynne house in Downtown Raleigh is such a beautiful setting for a wedding. The main house, lawn and carriage house have so many possibilities. Melinda and Brooks were married on the Lawn and enjoyed cocktails in the Main House. We then moved to the Carriage House for dinner & dancing. It was a wonderful evening. Please enjoy the photos below from Sarah Morrell. They are amazing : ) Also, special shout out to Meristem Floral, the floral design was simply stunning !

 

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Thank you to our amazing team of Vendors!

Venue – Merrimon- Wynne House

Catering – McCalls Catering

Rentals – Party Reflections

Videographer – Carolina Story Film

Florist – Meristem

Desserts – Eric Stopka

DJ – Mucho Rhythm

Hair & Make Up – The Makeup Culture

Officiant – Claire Clyburn

Ceremony Music – Scotty Miller

Transportation – Ecostyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor + Will

Simply gorgeous! Gorgeous venue, gorgeous bride and gorgeous details all lead to these amazing photos captured by Olivia from Nancy Ray Photography   The Angus Barn Pavilion is one of our favorite venues by far in Raleigh. The rustic yet elegant barn and grounds are the perfect setting for any event. You can enjoy the outdoors but still have the comfort of the open air pavilions. The staff  and service is superior, making all your guests feel right at home. Big shout out to Kathy for an amazing job with planning : )

Please enjoy all these images and the talented team is listed below…..

Sally – XO

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Thanks to this amazing Team here………

Venue – Angus Barn
Photographer – Nancy Ray Photography 
Florist – Meristem Florals
Cake – Cinda’s Creative Cakes
Band – Sol Fusion
Cocktail Hour Music – Save the date
Hair and Make up – On LoKtion Make Up
Transportation - Eco Style 
Rentals – CE Rentals                                                                                                                                                                            Lighting – Get Lit

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Steph + Tim and Mabel + Dixie

We have been waiting to share one of our favorite Spring weddings with you. Steph and Tim were married in May at their old farmhouse in Apex. It was a small intimate affair full of amazing details. From the biscuit bar & lemonade stand to the cigar table &  the bluegrass band, the party was in full swing all night. Mabel and Dixie their beloved chocolate labs were the flower pups and the chickens even came out to play. We had an amazing team of Vendors, see list below….. Big shout out to Brett with Blest Studios for the amazing photos below. Enjoy : )

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Thanks to the great Team of Vendors……

Catering – RockyTop

Tent and Rentals – Party Reflections

Flowers – Tre Bella

Furniture – Cottage Luxe

Photography – Blest Studios

Cake – Buttercream Bake Shop

Band – The Bellevue Rhythmaires

 

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!

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