Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sneak Peak: Jeff + Jullie

It was such an honor to work with this fun-loving couple!  We absolutely loved Jullie's fun design style and color scheme!  Check out this sneak peak video from the fabulous Caroline Lima photography:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Becca's favorites: Marriage Books!

I'm one of those sappy people who just loves Valentine's Day!  Even if we don't do anything special, I love every opportunity to be intentional about showing my husband how much I love him.   Life gets so busy, and it's easy to take each other for granted. Marriage is hard work, takes lots of discipline, and really isn't at all like Hollywood portrays it to be.  However, all of the hard work is worth it! There is nothing like being married to your best friend and having someone to share your dreams and disappointments with!  I'm such a fan of books and preparing (I'm a planner, duh!) and in honor of Valentine's Day, want to share a few books that have meant a lot to us and have given us really good practical marriage advice (that we've actually used!):

For Women Only and For Men Only by the Feldhahn's are awesome! If you want to "get in the head" of your significant other, and really learn how they uniquely think as a male or female - this is the book for you!

Love and Respect is all about learning how to really give each other what you need - based on the premise that women are created to desire love above all things and men desire respect more than anything.  Dr. Eggerich talks about the "crazy cycle" that many of us in relationships get in when we aren't really giving each other the love or respect we are hoping for.

This book is genius!  Each of us are created to lean towards certain "love languages" - similar to personality traits in the ways that we give or receive love.  It was super helpful to us to learn what each other's love languages were in efforts to know how to love each other in specific ways.

Dr. Laura is a radio show host who has written one of the most practical books I've ever read on being a wife.  She's very straight forward and shares stories from couples she has counseled.  You'll have to read it for yourself to find out the 3 things men most desire in life. :)

Hoping your Valentine's is full of lots of love (and chocolate too!)


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Ashley and David: Cobblestone Hall

Last year I met the sweetest couple. It was during the height of construction and they called to set up an appointment. It was a weekend we were painting/siding/doing something that basically made it difficult to leave the property - so I asked if they could come to me. They graciously agreed and they arrived a few minutes early before I could change out of my Oscar the Grouch pants. I was sure they would think - who the heck is this person?!? Well- they were great, and very forgiving of my Oscar the Grouch pants.

The first thing I noticed about them is that they were just smitten with each other. They were beaming and so happy to be getting married. These were my kind of people! They had spectacular taste with amazing vendors and we were so happy to be a part of their day!

All photos by the fabulous Lauren Mann - make sure to check out the vendors that made this day possible.

Gorgeous! Seriously - she was just beaming all day!

Great job Greg! These flowers were awesome

Beautiful ladies. They were so much fun!

I don't think she could have been smiling any bigger

Look at that detail- her dress was divine!

The handsome groom - he too was just smitten all day!

The boys - fun, carefree, and kept us all laughing

Great setting for a beautiful day

Love this shot! (It was right about here the sky fell out)


They are married!

They took the Raleigh Trolley to take them to the reception - such a fun idea! We had to change up some picture plans because our gorgeous day turned into a very wet day - but they rolled with it and kept smiling.

So sweet

Love this shot!

I can't get over these flowers

And that is how you get introduced!

More beautifulness

The cake!


They had such a sweet first dance

This Dad was soo proud of his daughter. It was the sweetest thing to see them together

A man and his momma

The parents dancing the night away

It's a sorority tradition people!

These people knew how to have a good time!

Dancing the night away

So this - this is the coolest gift I've ever seen. These two awesome guys (you know the mentos guys?!?) they had all the guests fill out well wishes on paper airplanes and then at the end of the night, they launched them as a surprise to Ashley. It was super neat and such a cool idea!


Awesome end to a great night!
Thank you Ashley and David for letting us be a part of your day - it was such an honor working with you both!

Their Awesome Vendors:
Ceremony: Saint Michael's
Reception: Cobblestone Hall
Catering: Mitchell's Catering
Flowers: Brides and Bouquets
Ice-cream cake: Mitchell's Catering
Wedding Cake: Blue Moon Bakery
Linens: CE Rentals
Photographer: Lauren Mann
Band: Punch

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Georgeann + Daniel: Rustic Barn Wedding

Last year, I had the chance to coordinate several close friends' weddings.  This rustic October barn wedding was so special to me - my high school best friend got married at her parents' quaint farm in Goldsboro, NC.     The ceremony was held in front of the horse barn that she grew up riding at - the same barn that we had high school dance parties and Young Life club at.  A full on dance party reception was held behind the barn under a tent - the brisk October night was perfect!  It was so special to be back at "the Barn" to celebrate Georgeann and Daniel's union!

Photography: PictureMade Photography
Venue: Stewart Family Farm, Goldsboro, NC
Caterer: Bread of Heaven Restaurant 
Band: Rebekah Todd & the Odyssey
Day of Coordination: Becca & Kelsy, C and D Events

Friday, January 16, 2015

Alter Ego #2

We have re-named this series "Alter Ego." Being a mom and owning a business that is mostly ran from home, you very rarely get dressed into what most people consider to be "normal clothes." For years, my closet went from cute skirts, dresses, and tops to things I could nurse in without flashing everyone, or things that were just plain and comfy. Now that we have an office- there is a new sense of "going to work" and we are trying to dress the part! I love putting on a great outfit with some awesome heels and feeling like a person again! So, this series is meant to inspire those mommas and work from home people.

A few things about the series. We try to use what we already have in our closet. Every now and again we will introduce a new piece we got, but for the most part, it is clothes we have owned for awhile! One thing I am learning is to look at my clothes in a different light. maybe pairing them with something different that gives it a whole new look!

This week our schedule was all over the place. I think it may have been trying to get back into the swing of things after the holidays- which means our typical networking Thursday was..well..almost every day this week. We have been a little hermits in the past few years between having babies and building this monster. One of our goals for this year is to get out there more! I love networking with the pros in this industry, they are so much fun!

This week we got the chance to meet with some awesome vendors, attend The King's Daughter's Inn Open House and the Fig and Honey Open House. Both were filled with great people and awesome opportunities to connect, chat, laugh, and share war stories. Total side note- it you have not been to F&G - go. Right Now. Today. It will make you smile and want to go back every day for lunch (or dinner). So.Yummy.

One of the outfits this week was one I was wanting to try out- but I hadn't had the opportunity to until this week. With the help of my very eager 4 year old, I picked out a black pencil skirt that I have owned since a freshman in college. It sat collecting dust for about 3 years whilst I was either pregnant, or trying to get off the baby weight. I paired it with my new tights from Old Navy (super steal at $5!), my Nine West Pumps, and a polka dotted top from Kohl's I got a few years ago. I have a secret to share - I actually really like a lot of tops from Kohl's (does that make me sound like a mom or what?!?). I kind of used to snub my nose at it, but they have some really great lines like the Vera Wang collection and LC. You also can not beat some of their prices!

Ok - onto the outfit..

Not a bad ensemble using what I have! I actually really like this one and will probably put it on my "go to" list for meeting with clients.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Stylized Shoot

Last summer we had the amazing privilege to host a stylized shoot with some seriously awesome vendors! We met Brent and Anna with Live View Studios by happenstance. They saw The Bradford and immediately felt like it was the perfect fit for their vision.

That morning people from all different trades swarm in and transformed The Bradford into this gorgeous setting that I can only hope gets re-created for a wedding!

Here are the oh-so talented vendors:

Photographer: Liveview Studios
Calligraphy and Florals: Serendipity Design
Stationary: Crafty Pie Press
Styling and Furniture: Farm and Filigree
Hair and Make-up: Michelle Clark
Live Painting: Tesh Parekh
Cake: Edible Art
Enjoy the Pictures - they will for sure inspire you!

Thanks so much to all these talented people who made our Bradford look amazing! We hope to host again real soon!!