Wednesday, February 29, 2012


We Got Approval!!! We have officially re-zoned our future home/wedding venue! This means that we have permission from the county to do what it is that we have planned to do! I can't even tell you how good it feels to have this behind us and have those questions answered!

The piece of land is now zoned Regional Business with a conditional use for a Bed and Breakfast with the ability to host gatherings. Now onto financing...I will let Dana handle those dramatic details next week (stay tuned for a roller coaster ride!)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Anita and Patrick: The Inn at Bingham School

We met Anita and Patrick at the Panera bread at Southpoint mall in Durham. We instantly clicked and I could tell that our laid back styles would mesh well on their wedding day. She did not have too much planned at that time  except for the Venue (Inn at Bingham School) and the Photographer, so we recommended a few vendors that we like to work with. We like to give out vendor refferals because it is nice to work with people you know and are confident that they will do a good job! That being said, they did go with our recommendation for catering and hired Durham Catering (Love them!) 

When we met right before the wedding to finalize timeline and wedding details they also informed us that they had not yet hired a florist. They gave us the opportunity to quote their florals and we got that job as well! They had such a fun vibrant color scheme that was really great to work with and I think the florals turned out beautiful! Here are a few pictures of their event...enjoy...

Loved this Bouquet!  It was so much fun to make!

Great Artsy shot!

A first look...I love these moments

You could tell they were marrying their best friend. 

So creative....

The ceremony was held under a pergola and we hung mason jars with flower arrangements all around it. 

More Mason Jars!

We wrote the program for the ceremony on a chalkboard

Ceremony site

Anita walking from the house to the pergola

"I do" "I do" and "I love you"

Gorgeous bouquets with those Sangria dresses!


The newest Married Couple!

I loved this little fort for a photo opportunity...only Brides and Grooms were allowed

Still in the Fort

Beautiful Shot

We also wrote the Menu on a chalk board  - So yummy!

I loved their Favors! They both really enjoyed baking so they made cookie  ingredient jars for their guests to take home

A low centerpiece for the sweetheart table

Those flowers were so fresh and beautiful!

We used mini chalkboards as table numbers to continue the chalkboard theme

Table Number


I loved those sugar Gerbers!


They had several Yard games that were a hit with the guests!

Made just for them!

One went to Purdue and the other Duke.

Love the personalization!

First Dance!

Such a Happy Couple

The reception was held in the tent and the yard games were right outside. 

The Inn at Bingham school had a lighted petanque court that was a hit all night.

Photographer: Carissa Chee
Florals: C and D

Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday Inspirations!

It is an exciting week over here at C and D....tomorrow we will OFFICIALLY be land owners and one step closer to building our venue!! So my mind has been over there and what has been inspiring me this week is garden spaces...Enjoy!

So peaceful!...if we bought neighboring lots....
A gate in the hedge

Love this mix of evergreen border plants

Love the gravel walk way and wildflower plantings!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Future DIY

Hello all and happy Friday!! It has been another action packed week over here in C and D events land! Had three new brides contract us (woo hoo) and my favorite niece's birthday party coming up! I am giving you a little sneak peek at Ada's birthday will be a future DIY post when I have a few minutes to write the details down! In the mean time...enjoy the cuteness!

The Front of Ada's Stella Doll's quilt

The back! Love it...wish it were in King Size!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Quick Lesson About Candles

We are pros over here at C and D. Let me tell you! We do everything so perfect and rarely make mistakes - well mistakes people know about anyways. There are a few things that make me cringe while working a job:

1. The idea of calling a bride on her wedding day to ask her a mundane question, i.e. - how do you want your napkins folded? We have never had to make that call - ever. We always do our homework and if it was not specified, we know the bride well enough to make an executive decision.

2. Looking harried to anyone other than the catering staff - they understand the pressures we are under!

and 3. Looking dumb/stupid/inexperienced in front of a vendor.

This is about number 3. We had a wedding last weekend where the bride contracted us for a day of service and also to do some decor help. We gave her the suggestion of lining the entry to her venue (Stockroom in downtown Raleigh) with candles. We did a mixture of floating, pillar, and then tea lights lining the bottom of big round vases. We had done it before with Donna at Flowers on Broad and have used the same idea on a head table. Everything went perfect on these previous weddings. And everything did go perfect..according to the bride. But backstage is a different story. Here is the entry way with all the candles lit up..

Gorgeous right?!?
It was gorgeous and guests were oohing and aahing as they walked in. I was so excited. Fast forward about 45 minutes into cocktail hour. All the guests are enjoying their drinks and appetizers and the bridal party has not made its way up and I hear a "Crack!" I looked over expecting to see one of the kids had kicked a vase but no - it had just cracked on its own. The catering manager came over and said that it got too hot. Weird. I told him we have done this many times before. He nodded his head and helped me clean it up. 2 minutes later, another one! What is going on? This was the culprit..
Confused? I was too. Even though I have a degree in Chemistry (soooo helpful to wedding planning!!) I was stumped. You see, in the past we have used these tea lights..

The difference? One is metal, one is plastic. The metal ones made the glass too hot which in turn made them break. The plastic ones do not conduct heat (thanks chem degree for that super sciency word) so they do not make the glass too hot. The catering manager looked at us like we were crazy. Like how did we not know this?!? Doesn't everyone know the science behind tea lights? Total fail on our part. Why did we switch? Well, the vases were on the ground, so no one was really going to see the candles up close and we needed about 150 tea lights. The plastic ones are pretty price (roughly .25 a candle!) and the metal ones are $7 for 100! We were trying to save some dollars. In the end we lost 2 rather big vases that cost us roughly $20 and a smaller tapered one that was close to $5. We didn't end up saving any money and it caused us a good amount of stress getting it situated before the bridal party got there (btw - it still looked amazing). Not to mention that the quick blowing out of the vases with the tea lights and then transporting them to the back made the wax go everywhere! So now we have about 20 vases to scrape and clean before the next wedding in March. Ughh!

Anyone want to be our intern??? We can promise lots of skill in the wax scraping department..

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Planning Department

Well...I am not sure what hoop number we are on...I feel like a little dog at a whole life exists to jump through the next hoop! Either way...jump we must! The next hoop was the planning department. After the Board of Commissioners gave us the preliminary blessing....holy water and all....we were scheduled to meet with the planning department. This Meeting was smaller than the commissioners meeting, but larger than the Appearance committee...there were a fair amount of people on the agenda to present.  Right before us was a man who was trying to get a couple of acres added to his RV park, a park that the planning board already approved years ago, and they had such specific questions for him...the conversation eventually dwindled down to how to properly care and plant around a dam....I was thinking, if they are going to be that specific with us we are not going to be able to have an intelligent conversation about our project!

Once it was our turn, they put up our information on the smart board and we began to share our vision for the property (this was like the 100th time so it went pretty smoothly by C and D standards). There were really very few questions...a couple of random random that I don't even remember what they were...they were quite unrelated. There was a bit of a lull in the conversation; at some point the planning board was just staring at us and we were staring back silently waiting for further questions. Thank God a merciful planning board member at that time motioned to APPROVE our plan.....After a few seconds the motion was seconded...all planning board members voted and we were unanimously approved!

I feel like Holly Golightly when she asks "Do you approve of me?"

Next step: Back to the Board of Commissioners for FINAL Approval!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Indoor garden Party with a Twist of Modern

We have a great couple getting married in June that hired us for day-of and design services. They are so energetic, down to earth, and compassionate (they foster golden retrievers)! Insert rabbit trail here.....thank God people have a passion for the pets...while I don't want them to suffer, I really could not stand someone else's dog peeing on my carpet! I can hardly take it when my toddler does it.... Back on track now...They are getting married at Bay Seven...which is a cool warehouse type place on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. It is one of my favorite venues because I love the the urban/lofty feel it exudes.

It is really a Blank Canvas...Great bones at they would say...

They want us to help them design the lounge space for their event. They wanted something that feels like an indoor garden softened by curtains with a modern edge...nothing to frilly. Here are some of our ideas for the space.

Love the lounge furniture!
We are going to use lots of potted plants to help distinguish spaces

We will use Curtains to soften and define the space
Maybe a wheat grass centerpiece for the coffee table....

Our Bride loves sunflowers so we will definitely be incorporating some of those!