Megan & Blaine // September 9, 2017 // Merrimon-Wynne House

With the temperature finally feeling a bit more like North Carolina today rather than the frozen tundra, we couldn’t help but share a peek into Megan and Blaine’s tropical inspired wedding back on a warm September day at the Merrimon-Wynne House. I (Jessica) had the pleasure of coordinating for this awesome couple, and loved the common thread that me and Megan shared: we are from South Florida! So when she told me she wanted to incorporate palms and a bit of Floridian flare, I was pumped! Megan and Blaine are super laid back and fun, and their wedding totally encompassed that vibe, and then some!

Before telling the story of how the day unfolded, let’s swoon over some of the fun details and set the stage for this amazing day…

 

 

E.W. of Bloom Works (a division of Catering Works) brought Megan’s tropical vision to life with all the vibrant greens; it looks so elegant against the champagne and white neutrals!

Now let’s begin this love story with the preparations of the bridal party. First we have to address Megan’s showstopper of a dress (designer is Marchesa). It was so unique and sexy, I honestly have never seen anything like it; it definitely embodied a South Florida flare if you ask me! And we are very much in agreement with mismatched bridesmaids dresses, and her girls pulled it off flawlessly! And we can’t forget the groomsmen, how dapper do they look?!

The weather on September 9th was impeccable; the high was 75 and the sun was shining, setting up the perfect backdrop for an outdoor ceremony on the lawn. At 5:30, we began the processional, and I love seeing the look of giddy anticipation on Blaine’s face as he waited for Megan to walk down the aisle to become his wife. Megan’s brother, Brian, had the honor of walking his sister down the aisle, and he was more nervous than she was! It was so sweet. After some heartfelt “I do’s” and sealing it with a kiss, these two were now Mr. and Mrs. Mahood!

Now let’s look at some more images of this gorgeous bridal party, that was almost too large to fit onto one porch! And the girls lush bouquets were simply stunning.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour both on the lawn and inside the main house with appetizers provided by Dononvan’s Dish. Megan had the idea of having some of the bistro tables accented with ghost chairs, it looked stellar and provided some additional seating, which is always a plus. It was a perfect early evening to enjoy some drinks under the market lights and play some cornhole while watching the sun set.

After a stellar dinner service (station style) it was time for the fun to begin! But before guests could cut loose on the dance floor, the newlyweds headed into the main house to cut their cake. After taking a few yummy bites it was time to head back into the Carriage House and shake and shimmy with entertainment by The Band Punch. After a few hours it was time to send Megan and Blaine off into their next chapter of married life, done by way of a glow stick exit.

Megan and Blaine, it was an honor to work alongside you two and to witness the first chapter of your married life! Your wedding day was perfect and it was such a joy to be a part of it alongside your family and friends. I wish you all the best!

Vendor Love:

Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House

Caterer: Donovan’s Dish

Florist and Cake: Catering Works

Officiant: Friend, Brian Stratton

Ceremony Music: Brian McKearney, Performance DJ and Events

Band: The Band Punch

Photography: Julie Livingston Photography

Chairs and Lights: Themeworks

Hair and Makeup: WINK

Linen and Dish Rental: CE Rental

 

Laura and Kevin// April 8, 2017 // 214 Martin

When I met Laura and Kevin back in January of 2016 and heard about their idea for a modern, hip, black and white wedding with pops of color I knew their big day was going to be as fun as the two of them were. After touring several venues we landed on 214 Martin as the perfect location to carry out their vision and after selecting our dream team I couldn’t be more thrilled with how their day turned out. It even landed a spot in The Perfect Palette back in September. Getting to know the two of them during our year long planning was truly wonderful, they are the sweetest couple and I know our friendship will continue on for years to come. Laura and I already met not long after their wedding to just relive that day and catch up on how their newly married life was treating them. So here is a glimpse into their perfect day! XO~Lynn

The bridal party began their day at the Sheraton getting ready and I still can’t get over how absolutely perfect her dress was, it seemed as if it was made just for her. And that color? Well, you know how much that pleased me. Kevin wasn’t too shabby himself and to watch him interact with his twin brother, who was also his best man, was so fun. The emotion that Devin and Kathryn captured of Laura reading her letter from Kevin and Laura’s father seeing her for the first time still makes me tear up.








The bridal party then made their way to the venue where Laura and Kevin had their first look at each other before the ceremony began. Look closely and you can see Devin hard at work.



The ceremony took place in front of what seemed like a million twinkle lights which made the perfect backdrop for the bridal party in their black suits and dresses. The girls got in on the fun by choosing shoes in bright colors to go with those fabulous gerbera daisy bouquets. The emotion was high before we started but Laura quickly dabbed her tears and dad led her down the aisle to her husband to be.






When the ceremony was over the bridal party headed off on the Raleigh Trolley to take pictures. That’s one of the things I love most about weddings in Downtown Raleigh, all the different spots to get really great pictures.






While the bridal party was off taking pictures we flipped the space for reception bringing in more gerbera daisies and lots of candles.I love all the fun details as well as how they made it personal to them. Kevin’s dog Wazza and Laura’s cat Jasper became best friends so they had to make an appearance and where else but the cake! They both attended Michigan State University (but didn’t meet until they lived in Raleigh) so their love of sports was incorporated in their escort cards where guests dinner entrees were depicted by either the Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Tigers or the Michigan Spartans. And because Laura is a teacher her students got involved by writing letters on how to be a good husband and a good wife and we had them displayed for everyone to read. One little boy wrote “buy her lots of Starbucks coffee”, I seriously want to find this young man and shake his hand. Because of their love of animals, in lieu of favors, they chose to make a donation to Wags 4 Tags. This is a charity that rescues dogs from kill shelters, pairs those dogs with a veteran suffering from psychological and emotional injuries and engages the community in thanking our veterans.








Kicking off the reception, the bridal party did not disappoint in getting the night started with having as much fun as they could during their entrance. Kevin and Laura had their first dance as husband and wife under a gorgeous lit grapevine ball chandelier followed by her dance with her father and his dance with his mother. After dinner her dad stole the show by pulling out the Steelers towel during his toast! The dance floor never stopped (and I mean that) and then they shared one last kiss as they headed through their sparkler tunnel into the Rickshaw waiting at the end to drive them off into their Happily Ever After!











This perfect day could not have happened without the following people doing what they do best:
Venue/Catering: 214 Martin Street
Planning/Design: Happily Ever After
Officiant: Greg Graham
DJ: Spin
Flowers: Brides and Bouquets
Photographer: Anchor & Veil
Cake: Ashley Cakes
Rentals: CE Rental
Lighting: Themeworks
Transportation: Raleigh Trolley
Transportation: Raleigh Rickshaw
Hair and Makeup: Eye Do Makeup and Hair
Dress: Lana Addison Bridal

Here We Grow!!

We are so excited to introduce the newest members of our team. We carefully interviewed and selected two young women that we felt would best fit our brand as well as our vision for Happily Ever After. Over the past 7 years the Lord has truly blessed us and our once small business has grown into a successful company that allows us to continue to use our gifts and talents to create meaningful weddings for our couples. And with growth comes the need to move in a direction to better serve our clients but still maintain balance in our personal lives in order to put our families first. By bringing them on it gives us more assistance on wedding days to flawlessly execute our events with ease. With that said, please join us in welcoming Rebecca and Kristen. We are thrilled to have them!

Meet Rebecca Bledose
She goes by Becca and grew up in the (not so) small town of Clayton, just outside of Raleigh. She graduated from UNCW and loves the beach and all things teal. She’s been a nurse for about 4 years, and one of which she was able to travel around the country. She has lived and worked in Asheville, San Francisco and on the Big Island of Hawaii and she absolutely loved it. The whole experience challenged her to get outside of her comfort zone and brought many awesome people into her life. Becca and her husband recently got married and live in Durham. A few of her favorite things include her family, naps, ice cream, and laughing at herself. She believes a good sense of humor and kindness goes a long way and is very excited to be joining the Happily Ever After team in order to help make wedding designs and details come to life!

Meet Kristen Spruill
Kristen has been back in her birth state since 2009 and enjoys spending her time painting and creating jewelry. She has a passion for travel; the Appalachian mountains and the Sierra Nevada mountains of Colombia being some of her favorites. She loves cooking and learning about new cultures and traditions. She has a passion for the art of fermented foods and enjoys homesteading crafts. She has a graceful demeanor and a keen eye for beauty and enjoys celebrating the union of love.

We can’t wait for you all to meet these beautiful ladies and to see where the Lord takes our journey in the months ahead!

Mary & Ben//March 4, 2017//Cloth Mill at Eno River

When I first met Mary back in June of 2016 we were chatting at a Starbucks (hello….coffee…) and she was describing to me both her wedding and her fiance Ben to me. The word “preppy” was how she continued to relate to Ben and as we continued our meeting he was on his way to join us so he and I could meet. The minute he walked in the door I knew it was him immediately because of the way she so accurately described him to me. We all hit it off and I knew right then how blessed I would be to share in their big day. What struck me most about Mary and Ben was their deep love for their families and the closeness they all share. To see that played out on their wedding day was more beautiful to me than that details of the day, which as a planner, is easy to get caught up in rather than what the day is truly about. I was honored to be a part of their family that day. XOXO-Lynn

 

Mary and her girls got ready at her parents house, which I love, because it lent for a more relaxed and fun atmosphere where she was surrounded by those that loved her most. The look on her father’s face when he saw her for the first time in her dress as well as his own bride is priceless. And her nephew? How adorable is he? You KNOW I held that precious baby that night, he was just too cute not to!

 

 

Once family pictures at the house were finished Mary and her girls jumped in their limo for a little celebrating before heading to the church, how fun was that!

 

Once at the church Mary and Ben chose not to do a first look but rather read letters from each other and hold hands behind the door just to ease their nerves a bit. And Duke Chapel does not disappoint for photo opportunities!

 

For those fortunate to have their ceremony at the Duke Chapel you will see just how truly magnificent your ceremony will be as well as the perfect backdrop for your formal pictures after.

 

Once all the formal pictures at the church were finished the bridal party took the limo over to Tobacco Road for a more relaxed and fun time before heading to the reception. We just love all the great places there to get some really cool shots.

 

After pictures were done they all hopped back in the limo to head to the reception where family and friends were anxiously awaiting their arrival. Mary’s favorite color was purple and she was afraid her overall look and feel would end up looking like “Easter” colors because it was March but after helping her bring her design to life everything came together so beautifully with shades of lavender, grey and silver. The Cloth Mill is such a gorgeous venue with the exposed bricks, wooden wall, courtyard area and all the perfect touches that the owner Nicole made sure to add so events there would be some of the best around. From the sweetest father/daughter dance, to their Elon University alums, a friendly newlywed cake smash, non stop dancing, a s’mores station and a ribbon wand farewell, Mary and Ben certainly had their Happily Ever After that night!

All photos provided by: Sweet Life Studios

 

A special thank you to all of those who made their night so special:

Planner: Happily Ever After

Church: Duke Chapel

Venue: Cloth Mill at Eno River

DJ: PC Productions

Caterer: Donovan’s Dish

Flowers: Tre Bella Florist

Photographer: Sweet Life Studios

Videographer: Ian Dunne Films

Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Rentals: CE Rental

H/MU: Tanas Hair Salon and Spa

Bridal Party Transportation: RDE Limos

B&G Transportation: A Formal Affair

 

 

Assistant Planner Needed!

Hello everyone! We hope you are enjoying your summer, we sure have been! As we gear up for a busy fall season, we are in need of some assistance! We are currently seeking a fun and energetic assistant planner to join our team. This role would entail assisting the lead planner on wedding days (generally weekends) on an as needed basis. Hours will vary and will be dependent on the logistics of the event. This position would be ideal for someone looking to gain more experience in the wedding industry while having fun doing so. This position does not offer full time pay, but is more of a supplemental income to enhance a full time salary elsewhere.

Qualifications and expectations are as follows:

  • Must be 18 years or older, college graduate (or of that age) preferred
  • Must have an upbeat and fun personality
  • Hospitality or event experience preferred but not required
  • Ability to work up to 12 hours on the day of the wedding (most of them are on your feet!)
  • Must feel confident to handle and execute designated tasks with little to no supervision
  • Must be reliable and punctual
  • Assistant Planner can not work simultaneously for another wedding planner
  • Must love coffee as much as we do… not required, but appreciated ūüėČ

Come have fun with us!

If you feel you would be a great fit for our team please email us at hello@happilyeverafterraleigh.com. We look forward to chatting with you!

Amanda & Landon // February 26th, 2017 // The Stockroom

So many words come to mind when I think about Amanda and Landon’s intimate February wedding: elegant, classy, timeless, chic, romantic… just to name a few!¬†When I first met with them to go over the details of their day, I couldn’t wait to see how it would all come together. Hearing their vision of wanting a formal and elegant wedding, with soft romantic touches had my heart eyes in full¬†effect. And to top it off, Amanda is the sweetest and most friendly person, it was a joy to work alongside her! Every time we met she told me a new detail she had thought of, or a new vendor she had booked (rockstar lineup by the way!) and I was counting down the days to February 26th, because I myself could not wait to be a part of this magical day. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking. Amanda and Landon, THANK YOU for allowing me to be a part of your wedding, it was a pleasure to work with you! xoxo Jessica

Here are a few detail shots as well as Amanda writing her vows and being absolutely stunning in her dress…

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Now, we are going to talk about something not everyone is on board with (and that’s okay!) which is: the first look! We respect everyone’s opinion and decision on the subject, but we always see such a huge benefit of doing one, the main one being you allow yourself so much time to be with your boo to get AMAZING shots you may of otherwise not had time to take. Especially in this case, when it gets dark pretty early and Amanda wanted a dusk wedding, the only way to get photos with good lighting was to see each other before the ceremony. But I can tell you, they did not regret it one bit, and the butterflies were still there when they saw each other again at the ceremony! Look at how amazing these photos are. And can we all just stop and appreciate the absolute model status of this dynamite couple?!

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Now for the ceremony! The space was turned into such a romantic setting with help from the chandeliers and draping, the flowers, and the always stunning Chivari chair. Amanda and her mom are BFFs, so she couldn’t think of anyone else to walk her down the aisle. The last photo deserves some kudos, because that is one awesome dip kiss!

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After the ceremony, guests had cocktails on the upper landing while we flipped the space behind pipe and drape, and boy, look how magical it was!

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Now that the space was ready for guests, it was time to celebrate with their closest friends and family! A quick dress revamp for Amanda (hello, stunning!) and this couple was ready to party! After dancing their hearts out, it was time to send this couple off to married bliss with a classic sparkler exit. Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Ford!

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Vendor Lineup

Venue: The Stockroom

Caterer: Rocky Top

Photographer: Six Foot Photography

Videographer: Cinema Films

Florist: Brides & Bouquets

Cake: Ashley Cakes

DJ: Bunn DJ (Mark)

Ceremony Musicians: Elegant Ensembles

Rentals: CE Rental and Themeworks

Officiant: Rev. Barbara Lodge

Hair/Makeup: The Makeup Addict

 

Brittany and Jorge//December 9th, 2016//The Stockroom at 230

When I think back of meeting Brittany and Jorge last February for coffee to discuss their wedding I remember how sweet and loving they both were to each other and knew their wedding day would overflow with that same love and make for a heartfelt day. And that it did. My time with Jorge was brief because with his position as an athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team he would be traveling quite a bit so all of my planning would be with Brittany. And although their wedding day would be a small intimate gathering of their closest family and friends their personalities were larger than life and from start to finish the entire day was filled with love, laughter and most definitely a Happily Ever After.

We always love when photographers get those detail shots that add so much to the overall feel of the wedding day, how about those shoes!
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Jorge’s friend Doug was not only his best man but his officiant as well. I love seeing the connection that they had with one another as Jorge prepared to see Brittany for the first time while she was in another room putting her dress on.
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Their bridal party all took part in their first look before the ceremony and even went as far as blindfolding Jorge so he would not peek at Brittany.
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Their little flower girl and ring bearers were just as cute as ever leading the way for Brittany and her father to head down the aisle as Jorge lovingly looked on. The ceremony itself was so heartfelt and beautiful and the vows they read to each other were so sweet that they made me laugh, smile and cry throughout.
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The day was a bit chilly but they had a great time taking photos downtown and fun sock pictures never gets old to us.
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Once the ceremony was over guests found their way to their seats at farm tables set with monogrammed burlap runners, eucalyptus garland, soft candle light and napkins adorned with personalized bottle openers as a thank you gift from the bride and groom. Brittany and Jorge joined their guests and after their first dance together the buffet opened followed by the toasts and cake cutting.
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The dancing never stopped but when it did downtown Raleigh made the perfect backdrop for their sparkler exit.
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Their big day would not have been a success without the help from these wonderful vendors:
Venue: The Stockroom at 230
Photographer: Annie Watts Photography
DJ: All Events DJ’s
Caterer: Donovan’s Dish
Flowers: Tea Cup Floral
Cupcakes/Cake: Cupcake Bite
Rentals: CE Rental
Draping/Lighting: Themeworks Raleigh
Hair and Make Up: Belloviso
Officiant: Doug Harris

Abby and Lloyd//October 29, 2016// Chapel Hill Carriage House

My first meeting with Abby and Lloyd was where else but at a cute little coffee shop in Chapel Hill. Her energy and enthusiasm just exuded from her as she spoke about how she wanted to bring her vision of a romantic southern wedding to the already gorgeous surroundings at the Carriage House. Her colors were navy, pale green, blush and peach with accents of gold and brass. She shared her mood boards with me showing each area of the ceremony and reception spaces with all of her ideas and then selected the Greenhouse Pickers Sisters to style and design it for her and they did not disappoint. The weather cooperated and we had one of the most beautiful October days with blue skies and soft breezes, exactly why Fall weddings in North Carolina are the best! There were so many wonderful pictures from Nicole and Jordan with Forage and Film that it was hard to choose but here are some of my favorites.

Detail shots of rings and bouquets never get old with me. And those shoes, yes please!
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I love how their parents lovingly prepared them to head down the aisle. Abby’s mother helped pin her handkerchief to the inside of her dress.

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When a brides girls see her for the first time as well as her father the images of those private and intimate moments before the ceremony begins are just priceless.

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Abby’s father built the arbor for the ceremony and Southern Petals did a beautiful job adding a touch of greenery and flowers to it. Her signs were custom made as well as the wooden boxes with baby’s breath that flanked the aisle. They both wanted to pay tribute to their loved ones who would not be with them on such an important day in their lives so the memory table was placed along the pathway so Abby would pass by it on her way to the altar with her father.

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I just loved the bridesmaids long, flowing dresses and the backs of them were gorgeous. And Abby and Lloyd chose to do a “unity painting” during the ceremony to represent their separate lives coming together as a mixture of both of their unique qualities.

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Check out how dapper the men look in their suspenders and blue suede shoes, they compliment the ladies so well. And those ring bearers, can you stand it?

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Abby paid tribute to her grandmother by attaching a locket with her picture on her bouquet, such a beautiful gesture.

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After the ceremony guests took a short walk to the reception area where cocktail hour took place on the lawn area. Drinks and appetizers were served by the hearth while guest played corn hole, giant Jenga, practiced their golfing skills on the putting green and even showed off their hula hooping techniques.

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The gift table in the pavilion was one of the most gorgeous displays I have ever seen. The hanging glass atrium for cards and gold lanterns added the perfect touch to the buffet that Southern Petals decked out in flowers. Guests signed a leaf on their guest book and found their table assignments that were displayed on chicken wire.

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Under the pavilion guest tables were beautifully decorated with brass lanterns, gold mirrors, candles, succulents and flowers. The bridal party sat at farm tables with mix matched china and floral garlands.

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Abby and Lloyd took center stage with a sweetheart table to die for and a wedding cake that tasted as good as it looked.

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Guests danced away the night under the twinkle lights before sending the happy couple off with a sparkler exit.

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I was so honored to be a part of their big day and look forward to following them on their Happily Ever After! XOXO-Lynn

And a special shout out to all of these wonderful vendors who helped make it happen!!
Venue: Chapel Hill Carriage House
Photographer: Forage and Film
Videographer: Krista LaJara Photography
Styling/Design/Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters
Catering: Old North State
Bar: The Happiest Hostess
Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Music: Udeshi Hargett
DJ: DJ Harlem Entertainment Services
Flowers: Southern Petals
Cake: Details Cake Design
Linen/China Rentals: CE Rental
Officiant: Neil Awbrey

Morgan & Kevin // November 5th, 2016 // Merrimon-Wynne

Morgan brought us on to her “Wedding Planning Team” one year out from her wedding day, scheduled for November 5th, 2016 at one of our favorite venues, the Merrimon-Wynne House. Morgan has an eye for design (she is a graphic designer!) and used to work for a well known wedding magazine, so I knew her wedding would not lack in gorgeous details; and boy, was I right! It was a joy getting to work alongside Morgan throughout the process (even though we only assisted her with Wedding Coordination). She exudes such warmth and happiness, you can’t help but feel like a close friend when you’re with her. When the weekend of her wedding arrived, I was overjoyed because I couldn’t wait to see her vision come to life, and also to see her and Kevin pledge their lives to one another! I hope the images below give you a small glimpse into their very magical day.

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Nothing says relaxed and refreshed like Mimosas and jammies! And I loved the greenery in her hair (by LULA) and her mama putting on her shoes. Such sweet sentiments!

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And here you can see Morgan having a prayer with Kevin and seeing her daddy for the first time. Talk about powerful images!

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Now let’s take a look at their stunning bridal party…

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Heartfelt ceremony images (Morgan’s daddy built the cross from old barn wood!)…

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After the ceremony, guests were welcome to peruse through the gorgeous historic home, or enjoy music and drinks on the lawn (it was such a gorgeous day!) PS how amazing is the hand-painted canvas seating chart painted by the bride?!

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And just a few happy shots before introductions were made…

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After a delightful time on the lawn and in the house, we escorted guests into the Carriage House to begin the reception! I’ll let the images tell the story…

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A special “thank you” to all of the wonderful vendors who made this event a dream!

Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House

Caterer: Donovan’s Dish

DJ: Eddie Leonard Productions

Bluegrass Band (cocktail hour): Look Homeward

Photography: Perry Vaile Photography

Videography: Thomas Blake Films

Cakes: Homemade with love by family! Cutting cake made by Clark’s Custom Cupcakes

Flowers: Homemade with love by family!

Hair/Makeup: LULA

Officiant: Justin with Church On Morgan

Linens/Rentals: CE Rental

Emily and Luke // October 29th, 2016 // Merrimon-Wynne

Emily first reached out to us back in early August of 2015 (that feels like forever ago now!) to ¬†inquire about a fall wedding of the next year. She had nothing decided upon yet (no date or venue) and knew she would need help with the whole gambit. So, we set up a meeting and I (Jessica) met with her, her fiance Luke, and her parents at none other than Starbucks. It was pretty evident right away that they were needing our Full Planning package. So by the end of the meeting, we had decided on some venues we’d like to tour first. Somewhere in downtown Raleigh was ideal, and it wasn’t long before everyone fell in love with the Merrimon-Wynne House. At that point, the Carriage House was just a concept, but Emily and Luke trusted it would be perfect when finished for their special day. Only a few fall Saturdays were still available, so after sleeping on it they selected October 29th of 2016! After the venue and date were locked in, we blazed a trail through vendors. Being this was our Full Planning package, I did all the research for them, set up appointments, and attended appointments with them and helped them every step of the way. It was so fun getting to work with them (and Emily’s parents – specifically her dad, Mark, who seemed born to help plan a wedding with his organizing skills!) I truly value the relationship I form with all of my clients, but the Full Planning ones hold a special place in my heart, and it’s always sad when their big day is over because we were so used to seeing each other!

I knew from the start that Emily’s vision was going to look STUNNING at the Merrimon-Wynne. She has loved the color navy ever since she was little, and all she wanted was a classic and elegant wedding with navy accents. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the wedding trends and “out of the box” ideas, but sometimes I really enjoy getting to be a part of a wedding that will remain classic for years to come.

After conducting the rehearsal at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Cary, close family and friends had a private dinner at the roof top space of Raleigh Times Bar with delicious food from The Pit. The night didn’t go on too long as the wedding party had to be up pretty early the next day.

After getting some rest, the bridal party started getting ready around 8:30AM to prepare for the ceremony at 1PM. The girls enjoyed brunch and getting pampered all while in their custom PJs from Emily. Once everyone was ready, the bridal party departed the Merrimon-Wynne and headed to the church, where Emily and Luke would pledge their lives to one another in front of their closest friends and family. I actually got to sit in a pew and witness two become one, and let me tell you, it brought a tear to my eye.

Since the cocktail hour was not to begin until 5PM, guests got to have an afternoon to relax and recharge for the big night, while the bridal party knocked out some photos (and consumed some Starbucks: hello my people!) before heading to the Merrimon-Wynne to prepare for their grand entrance. After a few hours had passed, guests began arriving to the Merrimon-Wynne to enjoy a gorgeous late afternoon cocktail hour on the lawn and in the house. It was the perfect day: sunny and mild! Once the bridal party were introduced, first dances were done and plated meals were served. Once dinner service was through, the band turned up the volume and the dancing began! This fun loving crowd had a blast on the dance floor and Emily and Luke were beaming with happiness. Once the night was finished, they jetted away in a Rickshaw to the after party back at the Raleigh Times (Emily changed into a white romper, and let me tell you it was fabulous). After they departed, I was a little sad our 15 months of planning were through.. but it didn’t outweigh my happiness for them as they cycled off into their “happily ever after”.

Emily and Luke, THANK YOU. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your love story. I so enjoyed every minute. I wish you a long lasting life together filled with laughter, joy, and a little bit of silliness!

xoxo Jessica

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Vendor Love:

Ceremony Location: St. Michael’s Church

Venue: Merrimon-Wynne

Caterer: 214 Martin

Photographer: Annie Watts Photography

Videographer: Honeydew Films

Florist: MEWS Designs

Cake: Buttercreams Bakeshop

Band: Big Love

Rentals: CE Rental

Hair: Blown Away

Makeup: Stephanie Searor of Flawless Impressions

Transportation: EcoStyle and Greenway Transit

Rickshaw: Raleigh Rickshaw

Rehearsal Dinner and After Party: Raleigh Times Bar and The Pit