Friday, November 21, 2014

Chandler and Jason: Meredith College and Cobblestone Hall

We had the pleasure of planning Jason and Chandler's big day last spring. We met these two lovebirds over some coffee at Panera (after we went to the correct Panera!). You could immediately tell these two were just so in love. Whenever I work with a bride, there is always something that stands out to me that I find unique. For Chandler, that was her heart. She was always concerned with Jason having the wedding he wanted - it wasn't about her big day - but their big day! The menu was solely based on his favorite foods, and the tables were based off of his love for fishing. She was attentive and always made sure that those around her had their needs met. It was so great working with these two! I rarely get the chance to attend a bridal shoot and she asked me to tag along! I really felt like at the end of her event- she was no longer a client, but a friend. 

I was immediately inspired by her balloon and vintage feel she wanted. We went with hot air balloons "love is in the air." The invites were custom designed and to open! The little touches are what made this wedding so fun and so unique. It was sad to put their folder in the "past brides" category - but we are so grateful they chose us to share in their magical day. 

All Photos are thanks to AJ Dunlap Photography
The invites

The gorgeous ring!

Chandler had a twin sister! They affectionately called each other "hey twin!" It always made me smile :)

Seriously - could she be any more gorgeous?!?

Love these vibrant colors

The guys - such a fun group!

All set up! We learned a lot about helium on this one! First off, that pinterest picture of photos hanging from balloons - not actually able to do! There is very little that is lighter than helium. Not even baskets would work! We improvised and make it look great none the less!  

Seriously so cute!

Love this photo!

Love this - it describes her perfectly! Wiping his tears after very emotional vows

The kiss!!

The bridal party


Hot air balloon centerpieces!

The Menu- all of Jason's favorites. Apparently he lives on Hamburgers, Hot dogs, Tacos, and Pasta.

A little guest direction. We had ring toss, balloon darts, an old fashioned popcorn bar and corn hole for guests to enjoy before the party started. 

Love the sparkle

Hot air balloons and draping. Whew- those suckers took forever to make!

Find your seat for the ride!

The most epic of cake cuttings

Skylar rocking it out - this perfectly describes the night!

Leaving in a tunnel of balloons

Our fabulous vendors:
Catering: Catering Works
Ceremony Venue: Meredith College
Reception Venue: Cobblestone Hall
Photographer: AJ Dunlap Photography
Invitations: C and D Events
Florals/Design: C and D Events

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Oh, Hi there!

I am totally embarrassed that it has been months since this thing was updated and even longer since I, Dana, blogged! The funny thing is that I think of blog posts ALL the dang time, but I can not seem to find the time to sit down and actually write. I used to have my own personal blog. I loved it. It was so cathartic at times. I felt like I could really write about anything - what I was thinking, who I want to be, etc.

Around January of 2013 - it just got to be a chore. I felt like I lived in this constant state of catch-up. I eventually just gave it up. Maybe it was moving, or the construction, or just the busy-ness of life that made me decide that I didn't have time for it - but I realized that I didn't want to be in a perpetual state of feeling like I have to play catch-up. My life is exhausting enough with out that added pressure!

That being said - I miss blogging! I love re-capping events, sharing our building woes (and joys), and detailing things that inspire us. So, before the new years resolution bandwagon - I am making a post wedding season resolution - you guessed it - to be more present here on the blog. I have sooo many great topics, weddings - OMG guys, these weddings are ah-mazing, DIY projects, fun wedding inspirations, and of course Bradford updates. I am so stoked to finally be at a place where I can put the paintbrush down and pick up the laptop.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Blue Crush: Fall Inspiration!

Happy Fall, Y'all!

Loving this blue crush velour vintage chair with a gorgeous bouquet of dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, buff peach roses, and deep red zinnias.

Looking forward to a wedding in Wrightsville Beach this weekend! 


Friday, September 19, 2014

Brittany + Christian: Rose Hill Summer Wedding

Check out this feature from Brittany and Christian's big day, back in July at Rose Hill Plantation!  The thing I loved about this wedding was captured on the video by Honey Dew Films - their sweet dads gave such meaningful toasts at the reception!  It was a joy to witness this family's love!

Brittany + Christian Highlight from HoneyDew Films on Vimeo.


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!