Monday, October 31, 2016

Who We Are: Hardworking

Let's face it, weddings are a lot of work. They are a lot of work for the bride, the groom, for their family and friends and especially for all of the vendors. It takes blood, sweat and (sometimes) tears to pull a wedding off. 

I think this is the most valuable part of hiring our team- we will work our butts off to make your big day a success. We will be the first to arrive and the last to leave. There are no limits to our hours. Before I started working weddings, I had an idea in my head of what a wedding planner's job was like and in reality it is a lot different. We don't just tell other people what to do, we actually get our hands dirty in the details. We get physically involved in the design of our weddings by moving large wine barrels, moving tables and chairs, flipping spaces from a ceremony to a reception, moving furniture, standing on our tiptoes on chairs to reach high decorations, busing tables when needed, and anything else in between. It doesn't matter to us if it is a hot 100 degree summer day or the middle of winter, we will dress accordingly and get to work. 

Putting in an honest day of hard work is one of the most rewarding parts of this job. There is nothing better than getting home from a wedding and taking a hot bath with a glass of wine, what a great way to wind down! 

And the best part is we will do all of this with a smile on our face :) We are happy to put in the hard work to make our client's day a success! 


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Who We Are: Love to Celebrate!

Happy Thursday! Whitney here (first blog post—ahh!) to chat a bit about our love of celebration. It’s the next topic up in our “Who We Are” series.

Whether you are celebrating a first home, engagement, new puppy, or your kid taking their first steps - there is so much in life to celebrate! It’s the big occasions and the little moments that create memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t get me wrong, life is not always filled with moments that you want to celebrate, but that’s what makes life real. It’s what makes the sweet moments, even sweeter. But we at C&D love to find life's moments to celebrate and cherish. It’s one of the things that fuels us to do our jobs as wedding planners. A wedding is one of the biggest celebrations in a family’s life and we love to be a part of that to help make those memories.

A big celebration like a wedding also has deep meaningful moments hidden around every corner. It's where the small memories overlap with the lifetime celebrations. I’ve been married a little over 2 years now and remember back on my wedding day with a lot of smiles and joy. What I cherish the most are all the small moments that really makes my heart swell. Like the moment sitting around the bridal suite an hour before the wedding talking to my best friends or talking with my mom when she was getting her make-up done. It was all the small things that made their love and our conversation so meaningful. The icing on the cake to a big celebration. 

Today, let’s all find one thing to celebrate, whether it's big or small. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bradford Bride: Bubbly Love!

This week on the blog we feature Taylar and Collin's special day! We absolutely adored this couple and wanted to share with you their sweet, sweet love for one another! We also highlight some of our favorite details and aspects of their magical day! & you will find out later why we titled this blog "Bubbly Love!" -- so, stick with us and keep reading...

But first, check out Taylar and Collin's bridal portraits. Amid all of the decor, food, music, and wedding festivities, there are two people at the focal point of a wedding...the bride & groom, of course! With so much attention showered on the couple, a portrait session away from the crowds is a special time to capture private moments between the two and gives them a chance to be alone and reflect on the wonderful occasion!

Here at The Bradford, we want the couple's vision to really come out and shine on their day to remember! Our lovely side garden has hosted many couples as they say vows and kiss to come into unity as one! However, there have been many different visions on how to set-up the space. The beautiful alter on this couple's special day was adorned with a crystal chandelier and beautiful sheer linens tied back with gorgeous florals! Check out just how chic and classy this design is...

It is always a good idea to capture some of the small, yet exquisite details of your wedding day! More and more, we are seeing the infamous "must-have wedding day photo": the dress! This particular display is truly remarkable and shows off the lovely details of the bride's dress! Also featured is The Bradford's lovely vintage couch- a piece we allow all brides to use on their special day, if they wish to! 

As many of you know, The Bradford is owned by sister-team Courtney and Dana! The two also own an event planning company, C&D Events, and the design line of the company, Bushel & Peck! As sister companies, we cannot help but brag a little about the elegant, delightful, and simply gorgeous floral arrangements seen at Taylar and Collin's wedding done by the Bushel & Peck team...just look at how classy that floral centerpiece is! And no wedding day is complete without a stunning bridal bouquet- and this arrangement was the perfect amount of simple and superb!

And we cannot forget about the yummy treats we saw (and tasted!) at this event! A trend we have seen more recently among couples is to feature fun, unique, and outside-the-box ideas from having a traditional wedding cake! For Taylar and Collin, it was a magnificent cupcake display. And how neat is it that guests at the wedding get to pick which flavor of cupcake they want to enjoy! You can never go wrong with a delicious and cute cupcake...

And now is the time you have all been waiting for...the super fun and cute portrayal of "Bubbly Love!" How magical and magnificent is this photo?! No better way to kick-off a couple's unity than with the enchanting presence of some bubbles! 

Check out more photos from Taylar and Collin's wedding day....


Photography: Christina Forbes Photography
Planner: Vision Events
Florals: Bushel & Peck
Venue: The Bradford 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Real Weddings: Rachel + Jason - Summer Wedding at the Stockroom at 230

Loved this summer wedding at the Stockroom at 230!  Rachel and Jason were a joy to work with!  I especially loved Rachel's color scheme of bright purples, lavender, and peacock teal.  And - her dress was absolutely to DIE for!   Wishing this couple the happiest marriage!

Planner & Designer: Becca/C&D Events
Venue: Stockroom at 230
Caterer: Green Planet Catering
Bartending: Pour Bartending Services
Photography: Carolina Media Star
Band: Mike Mixer Band
Ceremony + Cocktail music: Adam Pitts
Draping, Lighting, Lounge: Themeworks
Rentals: CE Rentals
Cake: Simply Cakes
Florals/design: Bushel & Peck Designs
Getaway: Crankarm Rickshaws

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Who We Are: Professionals

Hello blog world! Leah here again to chime in on the “Who We Are” series.  We’ve heard about how we’re moms and wives (or soon to be wives – June 9th, 2017 can’t get here fast enough for me!), and how we’re creative and dedicated.

What I want to talk about is professionalism.

I’m not just talking about how we are all professionals, although that is extremely true (we have about a lifetime of experience combined between all of us). I’m also talking about the level of professionalism that we bring to each and every event, each meeting, etc.

I think it’s important to start out by stating what the world “professionalism” means. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it is “the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person.”  Ok great, but what exactly are those attributes that we all have?

For one we have specialized knowledge. As I mentioned before, most of us have been in the events and wedding industry for a long time (don’t mean to age us, ladies, but we have).  We have seen it all and know how to handle every situation that is thrown our way with confidence and grace.  

We are also competent. Professionalism means getting the job done and being reliable. If a circumstance arises that goes against what has been planned then we do everything we can to make the situation right. Professionals don’t make excuses, but focus on finding solutions.

Professionals also exhibit qualities of honesty and integrity.  We always keep our word and are trusted vendors in the industry.  Values are never compromised and we will do the right thing, even if it’s the harder thing.

Lastly, we are accountable. You and your wedding day are our top priority, and you can trust in us that we will deliver exactly what we have promised (and sometimes more).  This accountability is closely tied to honesty and integrity, and it’s a vital element of professionalism.

Being a professional and having professionalism are separate but largely intertwined. We are lucky enough to say that we have an amazing group of women who exhibit the above characteristics all day, every day. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bradford Bride: Love on Labor Day!

This week we are traveling back in time to Labor Day weekend and more importantly Anna and Mark's charming wedding! Fun fact: Anna herself is a wedding photographer out of Wilmington, NC-So...there were big shoes to fill for Amber from Six Foot Photography to produce amazing wedding photos! & Brace yourselves because these photos are absolutely stunning and we cannot wait to share them with you...

But first, let's look into the small details of this wedding that really made the day so special and one to remember! Before getting pampered with hair and makeup, the bride and her lovely bridesmaids enjoyed some time relaxing and treating themselves to fruity mimosas! We absolutely adore the matching floral robes! And even more adorable is the bride with her two little flower girls...& yes- they are twins!

While the bride and her maids were busy getting ready, the groom and his gang were having a little fun of their own! As a gift to all of his groomsmen, Mark gave each one a pair of fun and quirky dress socks! And man, do these guys know how to show-off these socks! We also loved the classy and chic look of their grey suits!

A guest book is a great way to look back and remember the people you shared a special time with on your wedding day! Traditionally, couples display a book at a station where guests can sign-in and leave personal notes! And while we think traditional guest books are great, Anna and Mark decided to add a creative spin to their guest sign-in! The wood-paneled NC outline really added a personal touch for the couple and was a unique way to remember their special day!

The bouquet toss is a time-honored tradition at many weddings! However, the tradition has more recently fallen out of favor with brides who are not enthusiastic about having their single bridesmaids and girlfriends rush the dance floor in hopes they will catch the bouquet and be the next-in-line to wed! But...Anna's enthusiasm certainly came out as she tossed back her bouquet to a hopeful single lady! It is hard not to get happy by looking at her contagious smile!

The infamous sparkler-send off is a very popular wedding trend! Not only does it allow guests to be involved in the exit of the bride & groom, but it puts them in the spotlight in a super fun way! We could not help but share this super sweet picture of Anna and Mark kissing under the lights. What a perfect way to top-off the end of the night!

& Now is the time you have all been waiting for...
These are truly some of the sweetest and most adoring photos we have seen taken here at The Bradford. Not only are they super fun and creative, but they emphasize the love this couple shares for one another in such a perfect way! 


Photography- Six Foot Photography, Amber Beasley
Planner- Jessica King with Happily Ever After Events
Catering- Rocky Top Catering
Specialty Rentals- Greenhouse Picker Sisters
Venue- The Bradford

Monday, October 17, 2016

Who We Are: Creativity

As the new design manager for Bushel and Peck Designs, I (Julie) cannot be more thrilled to chime in on our "Who We Are" series and talk about one of my favorite topics: Creativity.  Creativity is defined as "the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods or interpretations".  I wanted to share this somewhat lengthy definition because I think it is a perfect description of what we are working to do every single day at B&P Designs.  I personally try to push brides away from the typical wedding traditions and ideas and have them tell me what they really want to share with everyone on their big day.  Design is an often overlooked form of communication,  and a truly creative wedding design will communicate to guests who the bride and groom are and what makes them and their relationship so special and unique. At B&P Designs we love working alongside a couple to create a design that goes beyond a few "pretty centerpieces" to actually communicate who they really are.  Our designs are personal and innovative... and still pretty ;)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Who We Are: Wives

I'm excited to chime in on our "Who We Are" series about one of my favorite topics - marriage!  Obviously our team wouldn't be in this profession if we weren't passionate about our relationships and marriages.  Almost all of us are married - with one more team wedding next year!

I know personally I always dreamed of and talked about my future husband, even before I met him.  We were thrilled to have a sweet (and hot!) summer wedding, at a gorgeous venue and we were surrounded by so many of our friends and family. I absolutely love being a wife - and am crazy about my husband of 8 years.  Words can't express how much my marriage has changed me and encourages me - my husband is my biggest fan and strongest encourager.  He makes me a better me.  All of us on our team are supported by some really incredible men - guys who are hard working, motivated, handsome, and giving.

Obviously our working hours take up many weekends, and we often miss important family/friend events to spend time making magic happen for our clients' most special day.  We can't shout out enough to our husbands who sacrifice weekend time with us, take the kids for 12+ hours in a day and treat them to all sorts of goodies while we are away, and support our dream of making marriages happen one wedding day at a time!

We all believe that our marriages really are what we put into them, and that marriage isn't an everyday fairy tale, but takes so much hard work and compromise.  We've seen over time that the hardest times in our marriages have strengthened us, and that all the hard work we've put in has been worth it and has had rich rewards.  While it may be the hardest relationship we're in, it's also the best relationship we all enjoy.

We love that we get to support and encourage other new marriages for our job right from day one!  Here's to forever!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Bradford Bride: Vintage Class From the Past

We wanted to take a look back in time at one of our beautiful Bradford weddings! Jessica and Matt's special day was actually featured on The Perfect Palette, & we thought it would be nice to take a glimpse back at this classic and preppy wedding! The event was very vintage with a lovely taste in design, and had several elements we just adored...

Such as the super classy and comfortable lounge set-up! With the elegant navy chairs and timeless white tables courtesy of Greenhouse Picker Sisters, guests were provided with an area to make them feel like royalty and take a relaxing break at the same time! 

The vintage style chest (which is available on-site here at The Bradford!) was used to display family photographs of the generations of happily married couples--such a sweet and personal touch! 

And we cannot forget to mention the super classy and chic design of guest tables! The beautifully patterned navy linens really added a unique style to the event and made for some eye-catching photos! & just look at how perfectly the chiavari chairs lent into the vintage look of the event...

The interior turned out stunning and provided a great place to celebrate the new couple in style! With the glowing candles displayed on the mantle to the gorgeous floral arrangements throughout the house, this classy occasion was truly sensational! 

No wedding is complete without some form of dessert--and this creative display seriously "took the cake" for one of the best we have seen here at The Bradford. And speaking of grand and downright delicious does this cake by Cake-A-Licious look! 

In terms of color scheme for this vintage wedding, we loved the navy blue bridesmaid dresses! The pops of ivory, blush, white, and silver within the floral arrangements and bridal bouquets brought even more subtle elements of color! And see for yourself just how perfectly the neutral grays from the grooms tuxedos blended with everything...

The love this couple shares for one another is just amazing! Through these breath-taking photos, their love becomes really evident and we can see just how perfect Jessica + Matt are together!  

For More Photos of Jessica + Matt's Wedding...

Photography: Caroline Lima Photography
Planner: A Southern Soiree
Specialty Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters
Florist: Springwell Gardens
Cake: Cake-a-licious