Carl & Cherihan’s Beautiful Haywood Hall Fall Wedding Downtown Raleigh, NC

I met Carl & Cherihan in the Springtime of this year. We met through another bride I am working with next Spring, and was one of many in a series of referrals from this group of friends.

Planning

Though we met many months prior to their wedding, I did not hear from Carl and Cherihan as much as some of my other brides and couples. I did however receive an email from Cherihan just a little over one month prior to her Sister’s wedding asking if I was available to help her sister, Dalhya.

Deana, Mother of the Bride, helping daughter Cherihan get into her wedding gown.

Deana, Mother of the Bride, helping daughter Cherihan get into her wedding gown.

Luckily, I was available. Getting to know Dalhya & Cherihan’s family while coordinating both of their weddings, was an absolute treat! Everyone in the family was extremely warm and welcoming. It is always a pleasure when I get to work with large, loving families. Seeing a family come together for a wedding is definitely one of life’s purest treasures.

Wedding Month

The front of beautiful Haywood Hall home in Downtown Raleigh, NC.

The front of beautiful Haywood Hall home in Downtown Raleigh, NC.

I may not have spoken with Carl and Cherihan every day of every month leading up to their wedding day, but when the month of the wedding rolled around we really got down to business. The last few weeks leading up to their wedding day was when we spent the most time ironing out nitty gritty details. We finalized rentals, menus, and layouts. While Cherihan and Carl finished up on last minute details, I confirmed arrival times and drop offs with vendors, while also planning out the timeline for the day-of the wedding.

Planning Paid Off

The day of Carl & Cherihan’s wedding, we were blessed with sunny clear blue skies, a chilly fall breeze, and leaves falling from the trees with every gust of wind. With chairs setup on the front lawn of

Clear ceiling reception tent covering fall decorated tables

Clear ceiling reception tent covering fall decorated tables

Haywood Hall, and the iron railings decorated with simple greenery by Dalhya with flowers from the farmer’s market, the ceremony site was the perfect setting for a Fall wedding. Uniquely, Carl and Cherihan’s reception site boasted a huge tent with a clear roof. It gave the feeling of being inside together with the fall beauty of being outside.

 

Decoration

Fall Wedding Centerpieces

White and Gold painted pumpkins adorned the table tops at this Fall Wedding. The Fall Wedding themed centerpieces consisted of jars full of acorns, slabs of wood, pumpkins, and fresh flowers from the Raleigh Farmer’s Market

One of the many services I offer to the brides that need it, is helping decorate and setup the overall look of the reception site. Over the years that I have been coordinating, I have worked with brides who had a very specific look in mind and want their reception hall decorated in a very certain way. I have also been fortunate enough to work with brides who give me decor items for centerpieces, a few guidelines, and artistic freedom to decorate as I please. Cherihan was one of most laid back brides I have ever worked with, and one of the ways she showed this was by giving me free reign to decorate her tables. My intern, Lauren, and I really enjoyed decorating the entire reception space.

Adorable Details

Giant H hung up on the front of Haywood Hall

Giant H hung up on the front of Haywood Hall

In addition to their well lit tent with a clear ceiling that gave the feeling of being outside and inside all at once, Carl and Cherihan supplied their guests with a few other fun items that made the night a total success. Carl and his guys hung up a large H on the front of Haywood Hall to add a fun and creative decorative detail and highlighting Carl’s last name, Hance. It wasn’t just the decorations that made this wedding so special though. Monogramed beer koozies, a pallet of folded up blankets to keep guests warm during the chilly fall evening, a table decked out with desserts and, a late night snack table covered in pimento sliders, set this wedding apart from the rest and made for a unique experience.

Happily Ever After

Now that I’ve talked about all my favorite details, here’s the part I know the rest of you are waiting for. The picture collage of the images from the day of the wedding. Cherihan and Carl hired the same photographer Dalhya also hired for her wedding day; Kelley Deal Photography. I loved working with Kelley on both weddings and only hope I get many more chances to work with her again in the future. She takes beautiful images with a dreamy and romantic style that I absolutely adore. Please enjoy Kelley’s photos from Carl & Cherihan’s October Wedding Day!

Vendors

Venue: Haywood Hall
Photographer: Kelley Deal Photography
Caterer: Beau Catering 
Rentals: CE Rental 
Officiant: Ann McKenzie
DJ: DJ Cyrax

Cary & North Raleigh Florist – Vendor Spotlight

Beautiful Bridal Party Bouquets

While I’m waiting for images from the Fall weddings I’ve worked since the beginning of September, I thought I’d add a little more fresh reading to the blog!
This post is about one of my newest preferred vendors; Cary Florist and North Raleigh Florist. Both Cary Florist and Raleigh Florist are owned by the same person, Janice Cutler. Learning about how Janice became a florist, and reading her tips, has been very helpful to me and especially to my wedding coordination clients.

 

 

The Initial Meeting

I met a rep from The North Raleigh Florist back in April at a networking event. I decided to stop by an ILEA educational meeting, formerly ISES, to see speaker Dan Berger from Social Tables. The event proved to be not only educational, but also very beneficial to me. There was socializing and networking for the first hour of the meeting, as well as some drinking and snacking of course, and during that time is when I was lucky enough to meet the girl from North Raleigh Florist. We chatted a bit, learned of each others occupations, and exchanged cards. What I didn’t know then was how handy it would be to me later, to have that business card in my possession.

 

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In the planning of my Bridal Pamper Party this Summer, I knew I wanted to have an educational workshop to offer my brides in attendance. Having recently coordinated plenty of DIY weddings, I knew that one of the many things brides all over are trying to do on their own is flowers. Knowing this, I decided to reach out to that contact I met in April from The North Raleigh Florist. By doing a quick online search, I learned that their sister store, Cary Florist frequently hosted floral educational classes. Luckily, I was able to get in touch with the owner of both stores who said she’d be happy to send someone to my place after hours to host a floral workshop.

The party ended up being a real hit with my brides, I even ended up booking a wedding from hosting the event so I’d say that it was definitely a success. Since that has come and gone, I have been referring a lot of my brides to this florist because Janice made it clear during her workshop that she knows what she’s doing. I asked her to answer a few questions for my blog audience and below you’ll see her responses.

Vendor Spotlight – Janice Cutler

Business Name: North Raleigh Florist/ Cary Florist

Your Name: Janice Cutler

Web Address: www.northraleighflorist.com & www.caryflorist.com

Business Category: Florist

How long have you been in business?: 9 years as North Raleigh Florist; 6 years as Montgomery’s Florist in the 1990’s

What got you started in this business?: Career change to Horticulture in 1995. Found my passion when I moved to NC from NY in 1991 and learned all I could about plants and flowers until I returned to school in 1994 at NC State. I worked at a local nursery and then the florist. I never looked back.

What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?: Do your research about knowing when you MUST hire a professional. Be careful not to overbook your time the last 2 weeks before with DIY projects for the wedding.

Simple Sunflower and Summer Centerpiece What don’t couples know about your business category that they should know?: Flowers do not have to cost a fortune. A professional florist can guide you on the best items for your budget—even the best DIY floral projects to take on, as well as the ones to stay away from. Having a budget range for florals will actually help you pinpoint with your florist what is best for your event. Don’t be afraid to throw out a number. Florists shooting in the dark will often overestimate what you may be looking for if there is a lack of information, thereby wasting your time and theirs. Be upfront and you will get the info you are needing to make an educated decision. A good florist will be honest and work with the money you actually have to spend. A good florist knows how to make the most of your budget and make it look beautiful and professionally-done.

Are there any questions your non-wedding clients should be asking that they don’t know to ask?: Can I rent the containers? Can I save money by purchasing my own containers?

What’s the most unique/different wedding or event you ever did and why?: A backyard wedding where we were asked to hang swags of flowers in the porta potties

What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?: The wedding I delivered 2 days after Hurricane Fran in 1996. The Raleigh area was in a shambles, streets were closed, trees were on houses and no one had power and bottled water was scarce. It was incredibly hot and humid—even for Raleigh. It was September. We worked on the wedding by candlelightIron Handrail Floral Decoration all night the day after the hurricane came through. We had to chain-saw our way out of our house in Youngsville and finally made it in to Raleigh some time that afternoon to get started on the wedding. We worked through the night to get it done, using a generator hooked up to our small display cooler to keep the flowers cool. My husband walked at least ¼ mile with some of the flowers to the house where they were getting ready, since there were so many trees down, his car couldn’t drive up to the house. We made it to the church about 30 minutes before the bride walked down the aisle and handed her bouquet to her and placed the flowers on the altar. Streets were closed and we couldn
’t seem to figure out the best route to go. We made it there, but she was less than pleased about the timing. We did the best we could. She received everything she ordered, but I will never forget how stressful it was and how many obstacles there were, not even mentioned here. I hope we never have to endure that again.

 

Thank You, Janice

I just wanted to say Thank You again to Janice for participating in my Bridal Pamper Party! I am so glad I went to that networking event in the Spring and to have had the opportunity to hire Cary Florist. My brides loved getting to see Janice create beautiful bridal bouquets. Janice was so helpful in answering their questions following her demonstration and I look forward to hiring Janice and her team to come lead more hands on floral demos in the future!

Janice Cutler, the owner of North Raleigh Florist, ran a DIY Floral bouquet workshop for the brides and other ladies who attended the Bridal Pamper Party. She also led a Q&A session with the ladies after she finished her demo.

Janice Cutler, the owner of North Raleigh Florist, ran a DIY Floral bouquet workshop for the brides and other ladies who attended the Bridal Pamper Party. She also led a Q&A session with the ladies after she finished her demo.

Carla & Chris’s Matthew’s House Wedding Cary, NC

Carla and Chris met with me in January of this year. Carla found me through mutual friends named Jean & Buckley. And if you follow my blog, you probably remember that I coordinated Jean & Buckley’s February 2015 wedding at The Stockroom 230.  Carla and I became immediate friends and went to work on planning her wedding right away. We met every few months or so to discuss details and vendor recommendations, and she even attended my Bridal Pamper Party in July! After much anticipation and even more planning the big day finally arrived. I couldn’t be more excited to share the details and images from it with you today.

Venue

The Matthew’s House

The Matthew's House in Cary, NC

The Matthew’s House in Cary, NC

Carla and Chris’s ceremony took place under the great oak trees towering over the beautiful brick enclosed gardens of The Matthew’s House in Cary, NC. It was a sunny day without a cloud in the sky, but being September, 24th in the Carolinas, it was still a hot, humid day. The aisle was lined with shepherd hooks I rented to the couple, which were then decorated with mini white lanterns that had been even more decorated by the florist. Jo Lynn of Victorian Seasons provided the florals for this wedding, and they were all gorgeous.

Beautiful Bouquet from Victorian Seasons

Beautiful Bouquet from Victorian Seasons

 

The cocktail hour took place all over the outside grounds of The Matthew’s House, and included personal touches from the couple everywhere. Chris and Carla provided their guests with a photo booth that stayed in the courtyard for the whole night, corn-hole boards to play some games, and delicious combination of displayed and passed apps from Rocky Top Hospitality.

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Ceremony in the Matthew’s House Garden

 

Vendors

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Jewel, Founder of Canvas the Makeup Studio

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Randy Taylor Officiating The Ceremony

In addition to Rocky Top who catered the event, and Victorian Seasons who provided the gorgeous florals for the wedding, there were a few other fabulous vendors that should be mentioned. Ceremony music was provided by live musicians, David Wilson and Palma Rajki. All these beautiful images you see in this post were taken by Niki of Three Seventeen Photography. Niki was great to work with and meet with Carla and I during the planning process to help ensure we put together a timeline that also worked for her. Through the years of event planning, I’ve learned that working together with vendors in advance of an event makes for the best kind collaboration. Being one half of a husband and wife Photography team myself though, does make me a bit biased toward the photographer.  Regardless, I really enjoyed working with Niki and would definitely recommend her over and over again. The bride’s lush and lovely hair was styled by Kelly of Twisted River Hair Studio, and her beautifully airbrushed face was done up by Jewel of Canvas The Makeup Studio. The tear jerking and eloquently read ceremony was given by Randy of Randy Taylor Weddings. This wedding allowed me to work with so many of my favorite local vendors, and that includes Randy! Last but certainly not least, the entertainment for the evening was provided by the one and only JD of Anything Music DJs. I love working with JD because he knows how to keep a party going!

A Few of My Favorites

After the wedding, Niki was able to provide me with the images from Carla and Chris’s wedding almost immediately. I had so many favorites I couldn’t keep it to a reasonable number of photos. Really, I loved ALL the photos. But since I couldn’t share them all, here are just a few of my favorites from that day in a gallery for your viewing pleasure.

Ring Bear

I almost forgot to mention! My favorite of all the adorable details in Carla and Chris’s wedding was that they had their fur baby aka their dog, Manny, escorted down the aisle with the flower girl. Using Manny was in their plans from the beginning. The first night we met they said Manny the dog would be their “Ring Bear” which they got the idea from popular TV show How I Met Your Mother.

Happy Ending

Carla and Chris enjoyed a wonderful week long honeymoon in Rome and came back with fun stories of all the places they visited. I am also happy to say that Carla and I have become close friends throughout the process of planning her wedding and we’ll be seeing each other for many more years and events to come. Maybe some day I will help her family plan and coordinate a baby shower!

Follow Up to Finding the perfect dress

In my previous post I touched on the topic of finding the right wedding dress. I want to follow that up with a post today about the process of trying dresses on. If you have never experienced this process, it can be a little overwhelming.

First of all, before you go anywhere to try anything on, get an idea of what style dresses you like. If you have an idea in your head of what you want to look like on your big day, picking a dress is going to be that much easier for you. It’s super easy to go online and simply browse any selection of dresses from any website. But finding the right site, might be tricky. Depending on your budgeting options, finding a dress shop in your town that carries the exact dress you want could be cheaper and easier than perhaps finding something online and ordering it. Some small wedding boutiques, however, only link to the designers of the dresses they carry, rather than showing you their selection of dresses.  When it comes right down to it, finding your dress is something you are probably going to spend a lot of time doing. This is why I suggest starting as early as possible.

As soon as my brother proposed to my soon to be sister-in-law Jess, she asked me to take her dress shopping. She already knew she wanted to go over to David’s Bridal, and she had also already started looking through a magazine of theirs. Jess is a perfect example of a woman who knew she was excited about trying on dresses, but had no clue where to start or what to try on. I told her that she should ear mark the dresses that she liked in the magazine and set us up with an appointment for her to try on dresses.

You should know, if you want to go anywhere to try dresses on, you have to make an appointment. This will guarantee you get the allotted amount of time with a consultant to assist you, rather than wandering in somewhere and maybe OR maybe not getting a chance to try on dresses. Especially if you live in a big city.

When we went in for the appointment, the place was swamped. There were women everywhere. We waited quite a bit before we were finally helped, but this did give us a chance to browse around a bit and let Jess pick some dresses out.

Finally, the time had come! She tried on 3 dresses, and the last one was the winner! THREE DRESSES!! How easy was that? How many women can say they found their dress that quickly?  The consultant definitely helped this along though, by painting this beautiful picture of Jess walking down the aisle in her dress, and even put a beautifully delicate veil on her head while doing so.

Here are a few shots of some that she tried on. I’m going to try not to show too much, just in case my brother wanders onto this site.

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Isn’t that a beautiful train?? I love the lace for the straps!!

 

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I just love the detail on this one!! She did a great job picking out dresses!!

Okay, I do not want to reveal too much, so this will have to be it! Don’t forget to schedule your appointments in advance, and check out