Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Summer Soiree Vendor Highlight: Ryan Pflumm with Spin

Ryan Pflumm, DJ and owner of Spin, will be bringing the party to our Summer Soiree! Meet Ryan:

SPIN is a company founded on the idea that every event deserves a team focused more on the guest experience at every level of detail.  Our team has collectively over 75 years experience in the industry and has spent the better part of the last five years cultivating our style to ensure an amazing client and guest experience. Personally I have been a part of events for the past 15 years and in the past five years have taken the time to involve myself in industry associations and organizations to ensure the growth of the industry I love so much.
We are grateful to be in a market where there are many great competitors that are extremely professional and dedicated to making the industry better.  Because we focus on the client experience we constantly evaluate our process and interaction with our clients.  This pushes our focus to what is needed in the market and what we can do for our clients.  It has helped us progress from a DJ company that wasn't much different from the rest, to a full scale entertainment production company that helps clients find the right entertainment for their event and also ensures that the technical production for entertainment and beyond is thought through to fit the client's goals.  
As a company we believe that great people can work together to do great things.  One thing we noticed about Interact is that they believe in this philosophy and that makes it easy to support.  Also the entire team at C and D is special and makes it easy to say yes to help anyone.  We know that if we are working with the girls at C and D events that we can trust the team and that whatever we collaborate on it will be successful!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer Soiree Vendor Highlight: Organic Exposure Photography

We're super excited that Ben McKeown of Organic Exposure will be our photographer to document the Summer Soiree evening!  We love Ben's work - and, fun fact: he and his wife were clients of C and D Events!
Meet Ben:

I am a Raleigh native who has spent some time most recently living in Nashville, TN but moved back a year ago to be closer to family again. I started photographing weddings when I was 13 with my mom and haven't stopped since. In 2006 I started Organic Exposure with the goal of helping people tell, save, and celebrate their stories. I think that every person's individual story deserves a unique look. I feel that wedding photos are best when they capture what is happening naturally rather than an artificially created moment. This way, when you're looking at the photos after the wedding, the photos are a reminder of a real memory, rather than one that's hollow. 

In addition to Organic Exposure, I am a freelance photojournalist. I shoot regularly for the Associated Press, INDY Week, The News & Observer, The Herald Sun, The Triangle Business Journal, among others.

I'm really excited to be apart of this event because last October I married my wife Mallory and the C&D team were our coordinators and we couldn't have had our wedding without them. We believe in their work and passion, happy to be apart of something they're doing!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Soiree Vendor Highlight: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

These ladies are not only an excellent wedding vendor that we partner with often, but they are also great friends to us!  We're excited that they'll be styling the Summer Soiree this year!  Check them out:

Greenhouse Picker Sisters is a unique Vintage Rental Company because we have vintage rentals and we offer comprehensive styling & design services.  This allows you to simply rent out our items and use them to create your vision or you can share your vision with us and let us do the work. We will use our expertise to create your dream space while you sit back and watch. It’s that easy.  Working with our clients and bringing their vision to life is one of our absolute favorite things about this business. We have many different package options: we can deck out your whole space or simply create “Wow Factor” areas that will give your event the extra character and unique flavor you are looking for.  If you don't see something you are looking for on our website, PLEASE don’t hesitate to ask! We are constantly adding pieces to our inventory and we might have that exact piece you are looking already. If we don’t , we do love a good hunt and are always up for adding new pieces to our inventory.We’d love to connect with you about Greenhouse Picker Sisters and what we can do together to make your event amazing! 

We are so excited to team up with the Bradfrod and C and D Events for this fundraiser because we believe in giving back to our community.  We want to always be a company that puts other people before ourselves and takes care of those that can't always take care of themselves!  We enjoy doing events like this because they have heart and bring together community and are honored to be asked to be a part of it!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summer Soiree Vendor Highlight: The Freezing Pointe

We hope you're staying cool on these hot Summer days lately!  Have you RSVP'd for the Soiree yet? Here's the link to do so if you haven't!  We're hoping to see YOU there!  There's no better way to beat the heat than by enjoying some sweet cold treats!

We love the Freezing Pointe - they are good industry friends and run a very delicious ice cream company!  Come out and enjoy some of their yummy ice cream at the Soiree! Here are a few words from Andia, the owner:

The Freezing Pointe is a local, small business based here in The Triangle. We pride ourselves in making a super premium ice cream in a variety of traditional and unique flavors and offer completely customizable sundae bars for weddings, corporate and all kinds of celebrations! Besides offering a high quality product, we work hard to provide top notch customer service and build lasting relationships with our customers. As we say, once you become a customer, you become part of our family for life! 

We are proud to be working with The Bradford for their summer Soiree fundraiser. It is a great cause and we feel that ice cream makes everyone happy, so why not share??

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Team Beach Day

Anyone who is in our industry knows the joy you feel after finishing a wedding season! Luckily our busy season is broken up into two parts the spring and the fall. Well after successfully surviving another wedding season, Becca had the great idea to take a team beach day to Wilmington! So yesterday the team packed up at 7:30am and headed for the beach! We are fortunate enough that Bailey is actually from Wilmington and we had her to show us around. We stopped at an adorable brewery called Wilmington Homebrew. If you're ever in Wilmington, definitely check them out!

The day was spent on the beach with laughs and stories about our weddings this season. We got to read, relax and just spend time together doing nothing. We played in the ocean and caught a few waves on our boogie boards. It's just refreshing to spend time bonding with your team outside of work. I think I speak for all of us when I say, that we have a great team and we appreciate each other. Everyone works so hard and this is the largest our team has ever been.

We are excited to see where we are headed as a team and we can't wait for another wedding season, but until then, we will be enjoying our downtime!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer Soiree: Vendor Spotlight

This week our vendor spotlight is about CE Rental. CE Rental is a rental company for all of your wedding needs. The company is owned by Vikki and Charles Phaneuf and together they have built something special. To start, CE Rental makes its own specialty linens. There are thousands of them in different colors and fabrics for every occasion and style and all within your price range. They also offer dishes, glassware, flatware, tables of all sizes, chairs, and so much more. As a local business, they keep their inventory on site, so you never have to worry about items being shipped in from another location.

We are always pleased to work with CE Rentals and we can truly trust them. They are wonderful to our clients and we love their variety! We are pleased to have them on board for another year of Summer Soiree. We couldn't do this without them! 

Come out to Summer Soiree at The Bradford on August 5th! All are welcomed to join and this is a family friendly event! There will be food, games, a silent auction and dancing! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Elizabeth and Nick: St. Michael's Ceremony and Stockroom Reception

In honor of their 1st year anniversary - we are finally blogging about this seriously sweet couple! I met Elizabeth and Nick at Panera over coffee. We instantly clicked. Elizabeth is that person that you see and wonder how they became so genuine and kind. She is one of the warmest and sweetest person we have ever had the pleasure to work with. Nick is just as wonderful and one of those grooms that you hope your daughter will end up with one day. I mean they are both teachers and met teaching at St. Michaels. How cute is that!?!  I loved meetings with these two! It was never a chore, nor was it ever dull! We laughed, chatted, and at times got a little real about life. 

She sent us a random e-mail that she was looking for a house to rent for her family to stay in from Wednesday - Sunday. I replied back with - "well, I have this house -well venue actually - and it is free that weekend." This was the first time we had a group of people stay for an extended time. It was wonderful! We loved making the beds, washing the towels, making breakfast, and tending to their needs. They were the kindest people. I just loved that family! They held the rehearsal dinner there, and they invited everyone over for Sunday brunch the day after the wedding. It was one of those moments when you just got teary-eyed. THIS was what our vision was. Family and love. We were so grateful they chose us to host them for the weekend. 

She had a beautiful vision for The Stockroom and we were so thrilled that she also chose to use Bushel and Peck for her flowers. Becca was the designer and she did a great job! She wanted simple, lots of greenery, and very natural. 

Now this girl is gorgeous normally, but let me tell you- she was stunning in her dress. That dress! It was ah-mazing and fit her so perfectly- it looked like it was designed with her in mind. 

We loved every aspect of this night. Brett with Blest Studios was a dream to work with. Ryan with SPIN kept us laughing and entertained with their seriously awesome taste in music. Beau Catering gave us a delicious meal that was the talk of the night. We ended in an epic confetti blast that was released at "the note" from Whitney Houston's I will always love you. Total disclaimer here- Confetti is NOT allowed at The Stockroom. We didn't know- we do now and we know why. I am still finding gold confetti around The Bradford and in my bridal kit.

Enjoy these photos from one of my absolute favorites from last year! It was one of those events that makes you love your job so much. 

Our wonderful vendors:
Photography by Blest Studios
Reception Venue: The Stockroom at 230
Hair and Make-up: Perfection by Patricia
Catering: Beau Catering
Rentals: CE Rental