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We were so excited to see Megan and Ryan’s wedding was just featured on The Carolinas Magazine for their Southern Wedding Charm at Orange United Methodist Church and the beautiful Carolina Inn.  A staple here in North Carolina for all the UNC Tar Heel fans and alums.  You can see the feature here.

I just loved the touches of shimmer and pops of color for their wedding day.  They wanted a fun but elegant feel to their Southern wedding.  Who doesn’t love some Jimmy Choo shoes too, am I right!?

Tre Bella did such a beautiful job on their flowers, look at Megan’s bridal bouquet.

I salute Ryan for his service as a Marine for our country and just love this image that Julia captured of his medals.  Beautiful!

They asked guests to have a silent ceremony and allow the photographer to really capture the moments, and did she ever!!! Love this image of Ryan as Megan was walking down the aisle.

A smile to me really says it all and you could see such pure joy they had with each other it was beautiful to witness.  They embraced each other, held on and enjoyed the moments.  This is what it is all about!

Megan’s Modern Trousseau dress was so stunning.  The lace portion of her dress was a separate piece that she was able to take off later in the day to dance the night away making the dress strapless.

The Carolina Inn has such lovely grounds for couples to take their photos and their ballrooms really capture that true Southern elegance.

For a Marine Corps cake cutting ceremony, the sword is usually placed unsheathed on the cake cart and handed to the commanding general/commanding officer by the senior escort. This is done by laying the sword over the left forearm, cutting edge away from the body, and the hilt towards the commanding general/commanding officer.

At a wedding, an officer, warrant or staff noncommissioned officer passes his sword and presents it to his bride, by laying the sword over his left forearm, cutting edge away from the body, hilt towards the bride. The bride takes the sword and cuts the wedding cake, with the groom’s right hand resting over hers on the sword’s hilt and with his left arm free to place around his bride. I love that they did this Marine tradition with the beautiful cake by Ashley Cakes.

Best confetti departure EVER (with biodegradable confetti)!!

VENDORS:

Photographer:  Julia Wade Photography//Ceremony Venue:  Orange United Methodist Church//Reception Venue: The Carolina Inn//Floral Designer:Tre Bella Flowers//Event Planner: Viva L’Event//Bridesmaid Dresses:Amsale Bridemaids//Musicians: Arioso Strings Inc.//Cake Designer: Ashley Cakes//Transportation:Carolina Livery Transportation//Musicians:Groove Town Band//Cinema and Video: Hart to Heart Media//Shoes: Jimmy Choo//Makeup Artist: Makeup for Your Day//Calligrapher: Mason Dixon Designs//Dress Designer:Modern Trousseau

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It is truly special to have a couple contact you to celebrate their wedding anniversary by having their very own 10 year wedding renewal of their vows.  They chose the funky and beautiful Durham Hotel as their venue to celebrate this special time in their lives.  This time around with their 2 children and close family.

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An intimate celebration with 24 of their closest friends and family.  The Durham Hotel is the perfect location for an intimate event, they used the penthouse suite rooftop space for their ceremony, with a gorgeous city views.

Bohio Fine Art Photography-Viva LBohio Fine Art Photography-Viva LBohio Fine Art Photography-Viva LThe love these two shared was so special and beautiful. Then to see the moments with their children within the ceremony was a tear jerker!

2017-04-07_0012I can’t get enough of all their outfits with the pops of this minty-blue, navy, and soft grey.  How adorable is that seersucker suit their son wore, and those adorable shoes on their daughter!  Danielle asked me to create the floral for their wedding using all her vintage bottles and I especially loved creating her and her daughter’s floral hair accessories.

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Bohio Fine Art Photography-Viva LThe Durham Hotel has such beautiful lighting all throughout the space from the penthouse suite, the rooftop, to their lobby restaurant, and surrounding areas outside.  As you can see Vanessa of Bohio Fine Art Photographer captured it all so stunningly!

Bohio Fine Art Photography-Viva LI’m obsessed with the decor at the Durham Hotel, some of  my favorite in the Raleigh-Durham area.  I mean look at these pendant lights!
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2017-04-07_0015I love the image of them dancing in the street, and Vanessa said this was just something they were doing and not posed (adorable right!).

The guests then all transitioned to the 2nd floor mezzanine space for dinner and dessert.

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Love these night images of them just walking in the street with the urban setting and the pop of her dress, love, love, love!

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Something extra special about seeing a couple renewal their vows after 10 years.  Things change, life gets crazy, children, and to see them so in love and saying even more today then when they first said “I Do” is beautiful to see.  I know in my own life journey in relationships, they are hard and take a lot of work, love and respect.  Over the 12 years in events this is only my 2nd renewal but I hope to be a part of more in the future.

VENDORS:

Venue & Catering- The Durham Hotel

Photography- Bohio Fine Art Photography

Flowers/Styling- Viva L’Event

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This organic spring design was a fun one to create. Sometimes I come up with crazy ideas that maybe aren’t that crazy in the end.  Something that I think maybe I am going out on a limb thinking, “Are people even going to like this and get my design?” In the Rickhouse Durham Bridal Show I wanted to bring out the elements of the upcoming spring season, being very earthy, while still being elegant.

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I believe the use of farm tables is still here to stay and I’m ok with that as long as we keep creating something new.  Something unique for our clients and their personalities.

Growing up in an Italian family I LOVE food.  You can ask anyone that knows me knows I LOVE to eat and when I don’t eat I can get pretty hangry.

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I wanted to show couples that you can use everyday natural elements to create a tablescape.  I used herbs such as rosemary, basil, chives, and thyme in terra cotta pots with moss filled in-between.  With the additional touches of votive and taper candles it’s a perfect mix to the greens.  You could even use different colored taper candles too, a huge trend right now I love.  This look and styling is also a wonderful way to give something to your guests after the wedding by allowing them to take a potted herb home to enjoy.

I am slightly obsessed with any wax seal and use this within my branding with a bee gold seal just like you see here.  I created these adorable honey favors that were simple to make and adds that final touch to the table.  You could use this as part of your menu where guests add some honey to a specific dish that is served or for a favor to take home with them.  Of course the is keeping to additional organic element we wanted to keep to for this look.

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It is important to communicate and sit with your designer to talk about key words and elements that you want for your wedding day.  How do you want to feel and your guests to feel?  If you have hired a designer, be open to creative ideas and trust in what they present them to you.  Working with any budget for my clients I am a big believer on being able to create elements that are beautiful and specific to their personalities.  It’s all about thinking outside the box, and remember when your in the stages of hiring a planner and designer think about what type of designer is right for you.  Trust is key.

I can’t tell you enough the importance of a talented photographer, I could create an incredible event but without them I wouldn’t be able to show it.  Thank you to Mikkel for capturing this look so beautifully!

VENDORS:

Planning, Design, Floral & Honey Favors:  Viva L’Event

Photography: Mikkel Paige Photography

Venue & Farm Table:  The Rickhouse

Chairs, Napkins & Place settings:  CE Rental

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Being a part of the luxury bridal show at The Carolina Inn is always a treat each year!  This year was extra special for Viva L’Event as we were asked to create a design for the beautiful Anne Hill Courtyard at the Inn.  I can’t tell you how much I LOVE a tented wedding at the Inn, their ballrooms are beautiful but why not use both spaces!

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The theme for this show was colorful confetti so we wanted to showcase some bright colors in the outdoor courtyard.  I believe that black and white are making a big comeback in weddings in 2017 and 2018 but I wanted to show how to use a black and white check linen in an elegant way.  Also to showcase a layout that is more unique.

I personally like to design spaces that are unique to the couple specifically. To open up their minds to show them ideas that they never thought of, this is my job as their designer.  Couples that come to be interested in hiring me for not only their planning but their design, they are not only hiring me as a designer but for me to embed myself in their vision.  For me to think outside the box for them, to open their minds to something new, something they may have never thought of.

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I was able to work with a great group of vendors on this design project and I thank them for believing in my vision and helping me bring it to life.

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VENDORS:

Venue: The Carolina Inn (Anne Hill Courtyard)

Planning and Event Design:  Viva L’Event

Flowers:  Tre Bella Florist

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Calligraphy & Backdrop:  Mason Dixon Designs

Cake:  Sugar Euphoria

Photography:  Mikkel Paige Photography

On my second space inside the ballroom I took a softer color palette of grey and peach with accents of blues for my look.

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Utilizing beautiful rental pieces from Cottage Luxe Boutique Event Rentals and working again with the fabulous Danielle (Mason Dixon Designs) on the calligraphy piece for my menu cards.  I like to mix soft pieces with masculine pieces too when I can.

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I have had couples ask me many times can I use this color for my spring wedding or can I use this color for my fall wedding or is that out of season?  There are ways to bring in colors at all times of the year is my thought but doing it the right way.

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I’m kind of obsessed with this Harrison Chair from Cottage Luxe with it’s leather stitched back and weathered oak it’s a stunner!  Plus her rental pillows are on point in every way!!  Yes the little wax sealed honey bottles are my thing and I’m kind of in love with them and I think the bride’s were too!

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Olive branches, jasmine vine and garden roses on this wooden pedestal table, OH MY!  A perfect sweetheart table with a soft and elegant look was our vision for this space.  The hand painted and calligraphy menu cards were the perfect final touch to this vision by Danielle of Mason Dixon Designs!

How do you think it turned out?

VENDORS:

Planning, Design & Flowers:  Viva L’Event

Photography:  Mikkel Paige Photography

Rentals:  Cottage Luxe Boutique Rentals

Menu Cards:  Mason Dixon Designs

Venue:  The Carolina Inn

Honey Favors:  Viva L’Event

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It was such a pleasure getting to work with Melissa and Mike for their Charleston, SC winter wedding this past year.  Getting to see their day featured on Charleston Weddings Magazine blog The Wedding Row makes it extra sweet.  See their full feature by clicking here.

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Crazy enough, we never even met until the weekend of their wedding day!  Sometimes when we work with clients that are having a destination wedding for either them or us most of the communication could take place just through phone, email and/or FaceTime meet-ups.  The trust these two gave to me, I didn’t take it for granted and SOOOO appreciated it!

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Their dating story:  We started dating after I got a parking ticket in front of his house (my college was right across the street). After the parking ticket, I messaged him asking if I could park in his driveway. We never stopped talking after that. We have been together 3.5 years.

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The proposal: Memorial Day Weekend 2015. We were driving up to New York (where we’re both from) and when we entered Virginia there’s a sign that says “Virginia is for Lovers.” He asked me there.

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Honeymoon: St. Lucia – Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina –How amazing does this place look!!

VENDORS:

Planning, Design + Floral: Viva L’Event

Photographer: F8 Photo Studios

Venue: Historic Rice Mill

Linen Rentals: CE Rental

Furniture Rentals: Ooh! Events

Cake: Sablee Bakery

Catering: Good Food Catering

DJ: Bunn DJ Company-David

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