Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wedding Rehearsal Outfit

So the other day I was at work, Anthropologie in North Hills, and I was helping a customer with a return. The customer returned the dress below. She told me she had ordered two of the same dress but in different sizes, so the other size worked better. When I saw the back of this dress I absolutely fell in love with it! I said this would be a perfect dress for a bride to wear for her rehearsal dinner. This simmered jacquard dress is ivory and gold, it has clean cuts and is structured but you also get your feminine touch in the back. The cutouts and the bows on the back give the dress a little feminine twist to the structured dress. Also on the sides of the dress there are pockets. We all love dresses with pockets! Can you now see why I fell in love with this dress when I saw it?

I would pair this dress with a metallic gold pump you can go with a closed toe or an open toe. The closed toe pumps I choose are just my dream shoes, a pair of Christian Louboutin heels. But the open toe pumps are more reasonable and realistic then my dream shoe. You really do not need a lot of fancy jewelry with this dress because it has so much detail on its own. So I picked out some Kate Spade pearls, I love Kate Spade earrings they are simple but bold and super cute! And if you read my last blog you know I love me a pop of color bag and Michael Kors, so why not put them together with this hot pink handbag. I think this pink handbag looks so good with this dress! And there you go, looking fabulous at your wedding rehearsal!

Wedding Rehearsal

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Relax.....No Really - Relax already!

Hello Blog world!

We have had a whirlwind of a weekend over here - 5 events and our first real big one at the Bradford! All went swimmingly and after recuperating from an all-nighter, Dana and I are ready for a little mini break. It is the middle of wedding season so we can only squeeze in an afternoon - not a whole weekend so it's Massage Envy and a coquettes appetizer for us!

I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to the relaxing massage and a bit of down time with my sister - not business partner :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hey Everyone! This is Kelsy here. Wedding planning (for my wedding) has been great! Lots of things are already decided and still a ton more to go. I will give more wedding details here in the next week, right now I have something random to share with you guys. 
Jason and I are doing something really cool that YOU can help us with. Jason has put together a video of the proposal and has entered it into a competition through Diamonds Direct. Whoever gets the most likes wins a FREE HONEYMOON to Jamaica! We love fun competitions like this one. All we need YOU to do is Vote for us (and feel free to watch the video!) 

Stay Tuned- more details from the wedding planning to come

ps. It is my 21st Birthday on Wednesday, 
Vote for me as a Happy Birthday Present!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Leslie + Jason

Y'all - it is the sweetest thing to get to be a part of a friend's wedding as a planner.  Busy, good, and so sweet.  This college suitemate of mine said she'd never get married.  And then she met Jason.  He is the perfect compliment for her!  

The wedding was held at the Hilton Charlotte, outdoor on a pretty (and windy) May day.  Leslie wanted all things pink, girly, and glam for her decor so we made that happen!  Leslie is a designer by nature, so it was so fun to help her put her ideas to action and know that she truly cared about every detail!  Their ceremony was sweet and full of memories honoring his deceased father.  I enjoyed getting to celebrate with them and catch up with some of my Meredith girls!


Venue: Hilton Charlotte University Place
Photography: Chad Macy Photography
DJ: Split Second Sound
Hair/Makeup: Kat Roy
Cake: Holy Sheets Custom Cakes
Flowers & Design:  C and D Events

Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy Friday, y'all!

As many of you plan, dream, and scheme about that perfect day, may you remember what matters.

Brides, what will matter the most to you in 30 years, when you are still holding the hand of that handsome groom of yours, and you think back to your wedding day?

Plan for that.

Some of the most helpful things while planning a wedding may just be:

stealing that kiss 

talking through expectations

affirming what you love about one another

listening to marriage advice from your grandparents

having fun together!

Our team at C and D encourages you plan for what matters.  We strive to help your wedding day be full of memories that you will smile upon on your 10th anniversary, and 30th, and 50th!


Thursday, August 14, 2014


The Bradford was blogged by another blogger! It's short and sweet - but it's something!

Read all about it here!
the bradford wedding venue nc
Our Baby - taken by Live View Studio

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The importance of the getaway.

This past week, the hubs and I had the opportunity for a getaway (thanks, business trip!).  Every year he has a work conference so we pick a place we would like to visit and I travel with him.  He goes to class during the day and I work from home, shop, or (on this trip) go to the beach and then he joins me when he’s done for the day.  This year, the trip destination was quaint little Hilton Head Island. I was so thankful for some time alone with my man!

We stayed in a small, perfect sized condo which we rented from that was just a bike ride away from the beach and restaurants.  We spent our days at the beach, playing tennis, and touring around the island and our nights either cooking fresh South Carolina seafood or going out to fun HHI spots.

After the HHI time was done, we celebrated an early anniversary (6 years in 2 week!) and spent a couple nights in Savannah, GA - a place we’d never been to that’s so close to Hilton Head.  Savannah is really a pretty historic city - and would be a gorgeous southern-styled destination wedding location! The photography spots would be amazing! The food is delicious! The architecture and historic sights intriguing. 
 In Savannah, our favorite spots were:

The Olde Pink House - downstairs in the tavern!
Alligator Soul - yummy creole food and fabulous service
The Public House - fresh, organic burgers and sandwich shop
Rocks Roof Top bar - overlooks the river, amazing view!

We stayed at Planter’s Inn which we found out was quite historic and haunted, and of course I dragged Jake around to the antique shops and clothing boutiques. He was speaking my love language then :)

I feel so refreshed now and ready to take on our Fall weddings - which I am SO excited for!

Everytime we take a trip together or spend quality time just the two of us, I am reminded of how important it is to take time to pour into your marriage - how marriage can’t just “happen” but it takes work and lots of TLC.  

3 reasons why I think getaways are so important:

Takes me out of my “normal.”
Sometimes it takes a change of atmosphere to have a change in perspective.  I always realize when I’m away, how thankful I am for the season of life I’m in, regardless of it’s challenges.  We all need a break from the noise and demands of life and need rest in order to function and create and produce at our highest potential.  How great is it being away from the chores, the bills, the work demands, etc?  It’s also fun to see how the rest of the world lives - outside of our bubble. I even took a break from social media over the past week and it was fabulous - so nice to not be tethered to my phone but be completely present with the one I love!

Reminds me of what’s important.
Every single time I getaway, I realize how much rest and quality time I’m lacking with my man!  Taking time away allows me to truly STOP, and just be.  It allows me to take time to step back and thinking about what is important to our family and what things maybe have been lacking, need more of my emotional attention.  Of course, being with my man for a week reminded me of just how much I truly enjoy spending time with him, and how much more time I need to make for him, even if it’s a chat at the end of the day on our couch during the week! Can you tell that quality time is one of my love languages too?

Gives me time to focus AND have fun!
In a season of much work (that we enjoy and love!)  and even stress over our family’s adoption we’ve been pursuing, we have found that in order for our marriage to function well, we need to have time to focus on one another and have FUN.  I know that doesn’t sound very grown-up, but I’ve learned that an hour of fun together can totally refresh us and draw us closer together. Our favorite methods of fun these days are going out on the boat, running together, playing tennis, or watching our favorite shows.  Being away definitely allows for more of these things together. I know our life will drastically change once we become parents, so we are soaking up this season as what we consider "still newlyweds!"


For those of you interested in finding out what your love language is (which I highly recommend if you are a dating/engaged/married person) take the test here.