Sunday, August 30, 2015

Happy Birthday Bradford!

We are celebrating our Official Birthday this Sunday - with a wedding at The Bradford of course!

1 year ago!
(Liveview Studios)

We have had the most memorable year making memories with all of our Bride's and their families! Here is to  many more!

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Monster In My Closet....oh thats me!

It's about that time of year where I begin to hear myself saying ..."I have absolutely NOTHING to wear!" as a stand in my completely full closet of clothes! I find myself wearing the same things over and over again, and leave my other half of the closet untouched! Its time to freshen up the closet! So I cleaned out what I don't wear, packed it in bags and sold it to various second hand and consignments stores until I had gotten rid of everything I could before donating it to goodwill! I used the money to buy some staple pieces (that I will hopefully add into my weekly rotation!) That can be worn every which way, to make my now slightly smaller closet seem a little more versatile! I thought I'd share some useful tips about the essentials to a girls closet, as I often find I have to attend several different events a day, all of a different clothing expectation! Whether its school, work, a venue showing, or a wedding, these outfits are great shift pieces for your day!

While I didn't purchase these pieces specifically, here are some great options for your closet!
All these pieces are from a great online store called Modcloth! One of my favorites, and while often pricy their sale items are great! Some other great stores are H&M, Franchescas, Pinterest(while not an actual clothing store, most post have links to wear you can purchase pieces!) Depending on your style!

A plain white shirt is great for all occasions! You can pair it with this floral skirt below, a pair of slacks, or even some cute shorts! It can be dressed up or down, making it a great staple for any job!
A nice printed skirt is great for work, and then going out later! Wear a button down shirt for work and change into a black crop top to go out for drinks with the girls later! It ads a little bit of flirty fun to your outfit, without screaming for attention!
That little black dress you keep hearing about...its as true today as it was yesterday! Its great for work, a lunch, and that meet and greet event you go to every week! You can dress it up or down, and depending on the material even just wear it for comfort! Its great for days where you don't want to spend tons and tons of time to get ready because well... it once piece... and little black dress! 
Having a neutral bag is a must! it keeps you from switching from bag to bag everyday and losing things each time you switch! This bag is a great size too! Not to small and not too big! It can hold all the essentials, including a notebook and a planner, and maybe even your laptop/tablet! That way you don't ave to worry about forgetting things because they are all in one place! 
Lastly, don't forget the shoes! I mostly wear neutrals, but honestly don't be afraid to add some color or even print! Your shoes can really tie an outfit together and make you feel fresh! Flats are great, but a little heal can add some height and some confidence too! 

By just adding a few new pieces you can really change up your outfits, and get you excited  for the fall as you head into work or school, and for us here at The Bradford/C&D Events, another round of Wedding Season!
Hope you enjoy your shopping! 


Friday, August 14, 2015

Kyle and Katelyn: Airlie Gardens and Bellamy Mansion

This post is literally a year over due! I was going through my blog drafts and realized we never finished blogging about this gorgeous event! You may have seen it featured on Every Last Details Blog a few months ago. This wedding is by far one of my favorite designs! I loved the colors, and the touches of vintage elements.

I met Katelyn through a previous bride and from the moment we sat down and chatted- I knew we would click. Every meeting we had was so enjoyable. It was so much fun designing this wedding with Katelyn. I loved her approach, and her attitude and felt like she really trusted our vision!

The weekend came and we seriously could not of asked for more gorgeous weather. It was perfect. Not too hot, and not too breezy as the beach can be some times. The flowers were stunning! We toted hundreds of peonies down and they did not disappoint. The vendors were amazing to work with. They were so helpful, kind, and we all just had a great time that night! I love Raleigh, but there is something special about Wilmington vendors.

Katelyn and Kyle - Thank you so much for including us in your big day. We loved every minute of it.

Enjoy the pictures from the ever talented KMI photos!!

Thanks to all of our awesome vendors!
Ceremony Venue: Airlie Gardens
Reception Venue: Bellamy Mansion
Rentals: L and L Rentals
Photographer: KMI Photography
Cakes: Made by the bride's aunt