Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Hi there! My name is Kelsy and I am the Intern here at C and D Events. I have been the C and D intern for a little less than a year now and I am having the time of my life. Weddings are so much fun! I am incredibly blessed to be working with such an encouraging and talented team. Here is a look at my journey with C and D:

How did you become the intern at C and D?

My connection to C and D began in high school when I met Becca (she was my High School small group leader). We then developed a friendship as I moved into my college years. Becca would mention how she was working weddings with an event planning company and this sparked my interest. I absolutely LOVE to plan, I seriously find excuses to plan in my free time. So, I asked about potential internships, fell in love with Courtney and Dana and the rest is history.

Now, what do you do as an Intern?

One thing that I absolutely love about C and D is that they really respect and value their interns. When you boil it down I basically have two main tasks as an Intern; I assist with Day of Wedding coordination, and I help with smaller projects and tasks that need to be done during the week. The Day of coordination is fun, hard, and exciting work. I help with everything from setting up the reception site to welcoming guests to even driving to the store to grab ice when the bartender has run out. It is a fast pace job that keeps me on my toes. Other than day of coordination, I work on a lot of smaller projects and tasks during the week. This could be inputting a design layout for a wedding to organizing all of the glassware in our inventory (did I mention that I love organizing too?). So, yes as an intern I get to do a lot more than copy papers and go on coffee runs.

What do you do besides C and D?

You could say that my “full time job” right now is being a student. I am a junior in the Textiles program at North Carolina State University (Go Pack!). College is a blast and I am trying to soak up every minute of it while I am still here. I am thankful for supportive friends and family who keep me going on a daily basis. I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors. When the weather is nice I love to hike, bike, rock climb, kayak or just go to the park. There are few things I enjoy more in life than appreciating the beauty that God has created. I am also very involved with my local church and love serving with the incredible people I have met. I also really enjoy a good meal and have learned to be creative with cooking in my dorm room!

What are your thoughts on marriage?

This is an interesting question for me to answer since I am not married. I only know what I know through observing and listening to wise men and women who give me advice. From what I understand, marriage is a beautiful, challenging, rewarding commitment that you can make to another person. It seems like in reality it is not that fairy tale romance you may see in the movies, somehow it is even better, even more fulfilling. It appears to me that it is somewhere in between, falling in love with your best friend, working through difficult life things with them by your side and purely enjoying the blessing that you have in one another. Yeah, I imagine it might require a lot of work and effort but is that not all worth it to be with the one you love? I am like a sponge trying to soak up all the advice I can get before I get married.  

Florence, Italy Summer 2013

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bradford Rooms: Becca's

Some of you may have seen Dana’s post last week - we are all busy getting the Bradford decorated and geared up for our Spring weddings.  I cannot WAIT to share with you details and pictures from our first Bradford wedding - Kim and Keith’s big day!  Kim is a wonderful friend of mine and Dana’s from our teaching days, and has quite the story to share.  More on that story soon!

My assigned room for the big decorating challenge/competition, is the bedroom upstairs with an attached bathroom and balcony.  When decorating any space, I like to plan for think the mood I’d like to create in the room first.  Once I have chosen the mood, I can then start looking at colors/design themes.  For my room, I hope to create a very relaxing, tranquil atmosphere, that immediately puts it’s guests at ease upon entering.

Here’s the plan so far:

Color Scheme: accented neutrals (accent colors relaxing green/blues)

Wall color: Tranquil gray/green (one of the lighter choices in the picture)

Bed: Tufted headboard in ivory color

Bedlinens: White, hotel style

Curtains: sheer linen, neutral color of some sort

Lighting: White/ivory washed chandelier

Other accents:

Full length distressed mirror

End of bed bench

A few other things I’ll be searching for in the next few weeks:
neutral colored rug
picture frames to antique and use as wall decor
side table for bed
antique desk

Stay tuned for more design details and for progress pictures as we go! ~Becca

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope that someone is showering you with kisses, nice notes, and maybe a piece of chocolate..or two.. :)

I am new to this Valentine's day tradition. Yes, I have been with Sam for almost 13 years now, which is 13 Valentines, but we didn't always celebrate. I was the girl who always had a boyfriend (it was pretty much always Sam) and all my friends did not. One year in high school I went to my best friend's house with 2 sprinkle cones to console her broken heart. Another year I spent it inside the dorm making crafts and watching sappy movies. One year I even went out to dinner with all my single friends to Angus Barn while all were throwing their fists up as "women rock! Who needs men?" I turned my engagement ring around and joined in. Why? Well, I wanted to support my friends, show them that just because I have a boyfriend (or fiance) that I have no capacity to understand their feelings on what is typically a hard day for single people.

In my years of market research..hah!..I discovered that Valentines is seen by people as a day to say "I love you" to your significant other. A spouse, a boyfriend, a girlfriend, the one who knows you better than yourself. You say, "I love you." "I love you for always doing the dishes. For being an awesome Dad. For forgiving me in times that I should not be forgiven. For making me laugh. For making me think." "I Love YOU, all of you." Well for me, Valentines Day is just that, but it is also more than just telling my husband I love him.

Which - total side note - if you decide that you are not going to celebrate Vday for 5 years you are together, it CAN NOT be assumed that once you are married you will. It took YEARS to finally sink in to Sam that I wanted a card, a love note, anything. Now he is the supremo Valentine.  

Valentines makes me think of everyone I love.  My kids - I want them to know that I love them with every fiber of being and every bit of my soul. There is nothing they could say or do that would make me stop loving them. They are my heart. My family, as rocky as family is at times, it is so comforting to go see your parents/ hear their voice/ not listen to their advice when you maybe should. To cry on your sisters shoulder for no reason, to celebrate tiny successes with people who get it and see your nieces and nephews become little people. My friends - oh geez - they carried me through some of the hardest times and the most confusing times of my life. They have been a pillar of support in ways that no one else can. They can make me laugh, relax, and feel like I am the best person in the world. They let me wallow, complain, and rejoice about life. They are going through the mothering years with me and sometimes I just need to hear that her child also is a crazy banchee who acts like a nut. I need the friend who comes and just is a friend. No agenda, no schedule, no expectations.

So, Happy Valentine's Day to everyone I love. Hope your day is as special as you are!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Room

Hello there! I hope everyone is staying warm and safe during this crazy weather! I have to admit that I have a bad attitude about it all. Snow + Rain for almost 3 months = Not happy construction time. Luckily the only big delay is septic and that is not crucial to start the next phase. But still irritating all the same!

Courtney, Becca, and I are starting a little competition! We each have a bedroom in The Bradford to decorate. We will all collaborate on the Master together. Becca has Bedroom 2 (the one with it's own bathroom), I have bedroom three, and Courtney has bedroom 4 (the one with 2 full beds). Here are the parameters:

  • We each have one chandelier like
They are brass or silver - I think we each are going to be refinishing it..
  • We each have the bed frame that corresponds with our bed 
  • We will each get mattress sets to fit our beds
  • We have to paint/re-upholster/make or buy everything else
  • Our budget is $950 
What is my inspiration? Well, I have spent LOTS of time in the paint store and looking at LOTS of color books and this picture literally jumped out at me and I knew right then and there that it was my inspiration.

I love the color, it is dusty/purple gray. It's Perfect! I am looking at using furniture that is a mixture of natural dark wood and the silver/antique look. I *might* attempt to refinish something in this style..

Love this look! 
The problem is that this kind of finish is really expensive. I saw a couple of DIYs on it, but I was not overly impressed with the outcome. Any one willing to point me to a good one - would be awesome!

I am planning on doing a tufted head board and am currently on the look for the right fabric. I am thinking I am going to do the squares on the wall - but not 100% yet. I also need to find a rug..eek! It seems really impossible, but I guess it is time to start bargain hunting!! 

~ Dana

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sneak Peak: Becca

Hello readers!

I’m Becca, the newest of the crew.  I am so excited to be a part of such an incredibly hard working and creative staff team at C and D Events.  I have been with the C and D team for 3 years now.  I am loving working with a company who has a passion for seeing marriages off to a healthy start and lasting a lifetime!  Here’s a little sneak into my life:

photo by Dana Laymon Photography

How did you join the C and D team?
While I knew Dana in college, it was during our teaching years that I really began to get to know her.  She and a group of sweet young teacher gals invited me to be a part of their weekly bible study.  We all cherished that time growing and sharing life together.  During my first year teaching, I also got engaged (seriously crazy year).  C and D Events was just beginning and my wedding became one of their first events, and most likely the hottest wedding they’ve ever directed (it was 80+ degrees on that gorgeous August day!)  Soon after, I began working with Courtney and Dana on events they needed extras on, and with my interior design background I began falling in love with the design details of a wedding day.  Eventually, that led to my current position with C and D.  I’m truly honored to be a part of a team that values family, faith, and excellence in everything they do.

What’s your love story?
My parents always told me that God was growing up a good man for me and always encouraged me to pray for my future husband.  Knowing this, I went into college wondering if I’d meet my Mr. Right.  I had my list of a million little things I wanted in a man.  It’s safe to say that God totally blew that list out of the water when He gave me Jake.  Jake and I met our freshman year of college - he was a long haired, skinny-jean wearing band boy and I was that girl with a boyfriend already.  Since I didn’t think he was “my type” I wasn’t attracted to him at first, but as time went on and I got to know him better, I recognized so many “marriage-material” qualities in him that I loved.  I was soon smitten with him.  After being friends and dating others for our first 3 years of college, he confessed to me that he had always wanted to be mine (and even told his suitemates on the first day we met that he had met his future wife!)  We dated through our senior year of college and onto his graduate school years.  We got married on a hot day in August in front of a private home on a lake in Youngsville, NC. Now we enjoy our life in Raleigh and are currently in the process of adopting a little girl from India.

What do you love about marriage?
I love the constant companionship and adventure of marriage!  As we all know, life definitely throws curve balls constantly. I love that my marriage can be a rock for me.  Jake constantly reminds me of the love that God has for me - constant, forgiving, and always is going to be there.

What’s the hardest thing about marriage?
Learning how to handle conflict and communicate effectively with one another.  We all carry expectations and habits into a marriage.  I find that it is so tough, but so worth it, to be willing to express what you need and desire in marriage/life together and to compromise when necessary.  Jake and I had to learn early on (and are still learning) what fights are really worth it, and what things really matter in our relationship.  I’d also say that protecting your time together as a married couple is equally as difficult (but worth it!) in this “busy-crazed” culture that we live in.  Time together matters! Dating each other, even after you have been married for years is SO important.  I believe that your marriage is only what you put into it!


Friday, January 17, 2014

Kryssi and Kendall: Grand Marquis Ballroom

Today, I am so stoked to share our event from last summer (yes, we have LOTS of weddings to catch you up on). This sweet couple booked us in February and wanted their event in June. Yes, 4 months people! The other tricky part was that they were wide world travelers and the bride was gone the entire month of March in Dubai and then Pittsburgh. Oddly enough, it all worked out perfectly. They were super chill and really trusted our opinions so they just rolled with us on almost everything. One thing I love about this couple was their heart, they truly wanted their guests to have a wonderful time and wanted to make sure everyone was comfortable. 

They also wanted to be sure that God's love was shown through their wedding. Boy, did they achieve that. She walked down the aisle to "Baba Yetu" in Swahili. I am not gonna lie, when she came in on the crescendo, I lost it - straight up tears streaming down my face. The ceremony was equally as impactful. They had a time for everyone to come up and pray for them - out of the 180 people, 6 were sitting. Seriously giving me chills typing this! IT was amazing and has gone down as one of my favorite ceremonies ever. Enjoy the pics - all thanks to Bethany and Dan Photography

The Details

Program Designed by yours truly
Front of Programs - my instructions were formal and girly

Monogrammed Dance floor - a standard with GMB

Their tables were all the places they had been together - each with a little explanation

Centerpiece one

The Bouquet - made by the oh so talented Courtney
Another great shot

Centerpiece 2

Of course the Mr. and Mrs. Sign is a must

Menu card - the menu was food from all 7 continents 

The ceremony space all set-up - GORGEOUS!
Close up of the aisle runner

Cake topper

The Dress

centerpiece 3
A dozen packs of a dozen roses from the sweet groom to his lovely bride

The Party

Walking down the aisle

Just getting married - no big deal :)
The Kiss!

Post ceremony cheesing

Immediately after Bethany and Dan caught this sweet moment

waiting for pictures to be taken

They were so happy

Gorgeous flowers

Kissing his bride

So sweet

The first dance

They were so excited for the fog machine!

Having a blast

Slowing it down

These guys knew how to get down!

Dancing their hearts out

What a great group of guests!

Cutting the Cake

Tossing the bouquet

getting ready to leave

Congrats Kendall and Kryssi  - we were so blessed to plan your special day!


Videographer - Twenty one films
Hair and Make-up - Elaine Harrison
Centerpieces - Flowers on Broad Street
All other florals  - C and D Events
Coordination/Planning - C and D Events

~ Dana