Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Soiree Vendor Spotlight: Pine State Flowers, Green House Picker Sisters, All She Wrote Notes!

Happy Monday Friends!

Today's features are some fabulous ones! Meet some of our favorite vendors who will be present at our Summer Soiree....before we start - have YOU RSVP'd on Eventbrite?  Make sure you do ASAP!


Greenhouse Picker Sisters, Holly and Amanda are wonderful! They have such a unique eye for design, and will be providing the design/set up for the Soiree!  These sisters are third generation pickers!  They'll also be providing some sweet giveaways to a silent auction bidder!


Maghon from All She Wrote Notes, the Triangle's funnest calligrapher, will be on site to do some simple handwriting tutorials!  Don't miss it!  


You'll see some gorgeous garden party floral design done by the one and only Maggie of Pine State Flowers.  We LOVE her work - she grows her own flowers and most of her work captures local North Carolina beauty!





Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Soiree Vendor Spotlight: Frill Clothing & Kendra Scott Jewelry!

Hello friends! Happy (HOT) Summer Monday!

We had a wonderful wedding weekend with two very large weddings - full of beautiful designs and sweet families.  We can't wait to share those photos with you soon!  We are getting SO excited about our Summer Soiree coming up in just 3 short weeks!  Make sure you have reserved your ticket for this event!  Admission is free, we are simply asking you to bring an item or two to donate to Interact (see list of needed items on Eventbrite when you go to RSVP).

For the next few weeks, I'll be highlighting some of our sponsoring vendors for this event so that you can get to know them!  Today's highlight includes: Frill Clothing and Kendra Scott Jewelry!

Meet Kate and Sharon, owners of Frill Clothing.  They are fabulous ladies, and have created an awesome clothing line targeted towards sororities and wedding parties!  We are thrilled to be wearing Frill dresses for the event, and you'll see some of their accessories show up in our silent auction!


Kate & Sharon on Shark Tank earlier this year!


We love Frill's simple style - perfect for engagement shoots and bridal parties!
Kendra Scott will be hosting a color bar at the Soiree!  If you haven't heard of Kendra Scott jewelry, be prepared to fall in LOVE with it!  This timeless line is perfect for bridal parties!  Feel free to shop online here, but make sure you come and check out some of the gorgeous pieces on display at the color bar at the Soiree.  They'll be auctioning off some pieces in the silent auction as well!






Friday, June 12, 2015

I can't even complain

Hello Blog world. I know that I have been totally MIA for a few weeks - but I can't even begin to explain how busy we are. I know wedding planning comes in waves - I tell my clients this! But yet, I still am not even prepared for the waves! I can't say that it has slowed down - I just have, well temporarily.

Let me back it up.

Last weekend one of our own got married!

Aren't they just the cutest?!?
Kelsy and Jason were instrumental in helping getting this beast called The Bradford finished. Naturally, they chose The Bradford to have their wedding and we got to attend - well after a little bit of coordinating and flower making. The night before we were getting all the tables and rentals for Sunday's event all nice and tucked away and Court and I were moving a particularly heavy table when it fell..on my toe. Not a big deal..usually..but this time it hit in the sweet spot. I stood there for a minute and maybe said a few choice words thinking I could just walk it off. I couldn't.

The next day I hobbled along, With lots of Ibuprofen I made it through the day, and the next day as we had another wedding here on Sunday. By Monday the swelling was down and I realized it wasn't broken, just nice and purple, but I could walk on it with minimal pain.

Then Wednesday. Sam and I have been putting in a retaining wall to prevent our back porch from flooding and as all home projects go - it was taking forever, and we were at a stand still. I decided to be pro active and start back filling with some gravel. As I was carrying a bucket of gravel, I literally tripped over my own two feet and fell. On the way down I felt my ankle - which I sprained about 100 times as a teenager - roll. Kicker is - this is the OTHER foot. I literally cried. Not just because it hurt but because - seriously?!?! This is NOT the time to have a hurt ankle. We went inside and it was already swollen. I was grounded. Literally.

Last night I couldn't really sleep, and I just wanted to throw myself a pity party. I was reeling about all the things I had to do, All the weddings I had to have a functional ankle on. And it made me mad. I started going through the next 5 weeks and all that we had to do and I thought about our Summer Soiree. 

I thought about the meeting with the ladies of Interact and all my anger and frustration melted. I can't even complain. My life may take a pause for a few days. Maybe I have to work from my couch, Maybe it will take a little bit longer to walk somewhere, and maybe I can't be on my feet for 8 hours straight. But I can't even complain. There are women who are on their feet for over 8 hours a day and are in pain every second physically and emotionally. There are women who can't just pause for a few days, or work from a couch - but rather they have to keep on moving when their life is falling apart.

Interact is there for these families and women. They are the ones that help put their lives back together. They are such a huge part of our community and such an important part of so many people's lives. Instead of sitting in my anger, I counted my blessings.

Y'all - this party means so much to us. It is not just a publicity thing, but really something that we believe in! Interact is a place where women find solace, safety, a clean bed, clothes, a place for their kids to be safe, a place to tell their story in a safe place, a place where they can go and rest. They not only are there for domestic violence victims for women, but men, rape victims, and children. They are an organization that takes the ugly of this world and helps wash it away. So - please support this group. If you can't come to the party, go to the their thrift store, volunteer, drop off a bag of toiletries from the dollar store, or start pledging to give a monetary donation.

Some of us will never experience what these people experience who walk through Interact's doors. Some of us have. Some of us will. It is sobering, heartbreaking, and our brutal reality. If we don't step up to help - who will?

RSVP here

Hope to see you all there at what is to be a great night celebrating this organization and giving them a little bit of help in this upcoming year.

~Dana

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Pass It On





Trends are always changing, clothes, shoes, bags and even phrases, it becomes all too hard for any of us to keep up with the latest fashions and even more costly! So what are we to do? What options do we have other than to pay our way to the top of the clothing throne and spend away our savings? No there are options and I am sure that I am not the first to decide to change my clothing shopping ways! 
Thrifting, second hand and bargain stores are the way to go! SO many up to date items are found barley worn for less than $5 everywhere. There are second hand stores all around the triangle and now "trending" are Instagram stores! You can look at peoples posts online and buy it straight from them! Its new and improved thrift shopping without the effort of digging for that perfect five dollar item that looks like it was a hundred dollars! Plus Macklemore thrifts.....sooo..

BUT If this doesn't convince you that there are other options than spending your money on something that wont last, check out InterAct's second hand store called Pass It On, and  Pass It On, Too. 

InterAct is a"InterAct is a private, nonprofit United Way agency that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault." To help pay for some of their fees they have opened up two stores that sell gently used high end clothing. Its a great way to shop, feel good about saving money, AND donate to a great organization all at the same time! If you would like to know more about InterAct and their stores check out their website, and maybe even see ways in which you can get involved !  





Monday, June 1, 2015

You're Invited: The Bradford's 1st Annual Summer Soiree!



You're invited to the 1st annual Bradford Summer Soiree benefitting Interact of Raleigh!

C&D Events at The Bradford will be hosting our very first Summer Soiree on July 9, 2015, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. The purpose of this event is to raise money for InterAct of Wake County, which is a private, non-profit, United Way agency that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault.
Join us for a fun Summer night including a live band and dancing on the patio, cake and ice cream sundae bar, delicious bites from Fig & Honey, and local craft beer!
 
The night will also include:
- competitive silent auction bidding to benefit Interact
- a jewelry bar from Kendra Scott jewelry
- calligraphy station with All She Wrote Notes
- photo booth fun!

Friday, May 29, 2015

A Wedding and a Marriage??

Happy Friday! Hope everyone is having a great week! We are gearing up for a Bradford event and a Bat Mitzvah off-site this weekend. Always busy over here!

Today I wanted to talk about marriage - not in the sage/wisdom - I have it all figured out sort of way - because nothing could be further from the truth! I know we talk a lot about weddings over here and I feel that I have a real knack for pulling together all the details and executing an event that starts off a new relationship with a fairy tale day. However, these skills DO NOT in any way translate to a successful marriage! As much effort, time, planning, and stressing that goes into a wedding - that should be a paltry amount as compared to the effort, time, planning, and stressing that goes into your relationship - because after all is said and done - that is what's left and what you wanted for forever! (if we didn't..why get married??)

Marriage is hard - just ask anyone who is married! You are committing to stand beside this person and hold each other up through great times and terrible times - knowing that life will bring you difficulties and pain and hurt and anger...and I could go on! You committed to this person who you know will hurt you and disappoint you and make decisions that will affect you - choices that you may not agree with! I was married 13 years ago and I can honestly say that I had no idea what I was signing on for - what it meant to be married - not just GET married. It is a constant effort to BE married.

I am writing this - and it may (or may not ) be a series or ongoing topic as I learn and grow- because it's been hard lately! We have been fighting for it over  here - BEing married has not come naturally for us and it has left lots of wounds and questions and soul seeking in its wake. It has really made me question life's direction and what is best for my family. We have some great tools and support in place - people that love both of us and have been where we are and fought their way through. Today I have hope - and a journey ahead of me! Maybe we can walk it together, blog world - with the end goal of having a marriage that would put that gorgeous, dreamy wedding day to shame!


~Courtney



Where I am at right now!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The End of May

Can you believe that it is the end of May?!? I am still in slight shock that the month went by so quickly! I have loved this season. The flowers were so bright and vibrant, the weather was not too hot (some days), and the nights were still relatively cool. As June rolls around, I know that is all going to change. The days will get longer and hotter and the spring flowers will transition to summer flowers (still beautiful, just not as bountiful). And as sad as I am to see May go, I am looking forward to June even more. Not only do we have some pretty awesome weddings on the books - June 20th - seriously guys, it is going to be ah-mazing! But I am actually looking forward to the warm days and nights.

I have been scheming on how to get into a pool around here because nothing beats a lazy pool day. Now that the kiddos are older and I don't have to constantly fear for their life at a pool, it makes it a little more fun. No more swim diapers, diaper bags, or the conundrum of nursing while keeping the 3 year old from drowning. It is actually relaxing and fun! We kind of skipped last summer. I really don't even remember it! I just know we worked a lot and played very little. So, it is my mission to change that! I want this summer to be fun, to be relaxing, and to be filled with as much adventure as possible!

Any pool advice is appreciated - where to go, where not to go. We are thinking of the 15 punch pass with Raleigh Parks and Rec and utilizing Jordan Lake since it is right down the road. Any other great ideas out there??

I hope that you welcome June with open arms and bask in the sunshine when you can. One thing I have learned this year is that life is too short and moves way to fast to not stop, take a breath, and enjoy what is around you. Here's to a wonderful June!