Vendor Spotlight – D’Elia Family Solutions Counseling & Coaching

From time to time I really enjoy writing vendor spotlight posts. I think it’s important to highlight local vendors that I work with, so my audience knows who they are. I want you as my blog reader, and customer, to know my preferred vendors as well as I know them. I feel that the more comfortable you are with my network of professionals, the more comfortable you will be with me!

I recently had the opportunity to meet Lori D’Elia’s husband, William. He told me all about how he and Lori were married up in New York and moved to Raleigh, NC to pursue their entrepreneurial skills and build a life for their family here in Raleigh. Being that Lori offers Premarital coaching, I felt that my audience of brides and couples would benefit from hearing about Lori’s business.

D’Elia Family Solutions Counseling & Coaching

Name of Business Owner: Lori D’Elia

Business Web Addresswww.deliafamilysolutions.com

Business Category: Counseling and Coaching including Premarital Coaching

How long have you been in business?: I have been practicing since 2008, current business in Raleigh, NC since March of 2017

What is your mission statement?: “Taking the anxiety out of ‘honey, we need to talk.'”

What got you started in this business?: I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and am currently discouraged with couples coming in ready to divorce. I truly feel so much work can be done in premarital coaching. Couples are more receptive to listening when they aren’t in criss. It’s truly not as scary as it sounds. I promise.

What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding? Be on the same page with your partner. Don’t be afraid to talk about “hard” stuff. Not every conversation leads to conflict and we should learn how to effectively communicate with our partners, because this life stuff doesn’t get easier 😉

What don’t couples know about your business category that they should know?: How important it is!!!!! Premarital counseling is not a negative thing, it’s positive. Most men are opposed to it because 1. they don’t understand it and 2. they hate “talking”! It’s not scary, it’s easy and can actually be fun.

Are there any questions your non-wedding clients should be asking that they don’t know to ask?: Can we come for a session when things are “ok”? YES!!!! That is what premarital couples do. They aren’t in crisis. They come in to talk about topics that are prevalent in their lives, like adults. Not when they are screaming and yelling at one another and can’t “hear” what their partner/spouse is saying.

About Lori D’Elia

Lori D’Elia is a licensed marriage and family therapist in addition to a certified professional coach. She started practicing in 2008 working with individual, couples and families. She has since moved to Raleigh, NC with her husband and two children. After working for so long with couples on the brink of divorce she has decided to put her efforts into pre marital work in order to take a preventive approach when working with couples. Lori believes in pre marital work and feels it can help a couple better communicate once they are married and experiencing a marital argument (which is inevitable!) ;-). She is hoping to take the anxiety out of “Honey we need to talk” and express to engaged couples that they should talk before they walk.

If you are interested in Premarital Counseling Services, I urge you to reach out to D’Elia Family Solutions. Contact information can be found here.

Outdoor Weddings: What Type of Tent is Right for Your Event?

Guest Post- Outdoor Weddings: What Type of Tent is Right for Your Event?

You’ve decided that an outdoor wedding and reception is perfect for your big day. What remains to be decided is what style of tent would work best. A lot depends on the kind of wedding you plan on holding. Here are some examples of what to look for in a tent based on the type of ceremony and reception you have in mind. 

Casual and Intimate

Perhaps you are thinking along the lines of a casual wedding and reception. The guest list is limited to a few close friends and relatives. With this type of affair, you may be thinking of having the ceremony under a grove of trees and following with a covered space for the reception. 
You’ll find that a smaller clear span tent works well for your casual reception. Since you want an open feel while creating a comfortable place for people to sit and dine on the foods you’ve chosen, consider going with an open tent design. This option does not include tent walls. Instead, you have curtains that can be slid open as much or as little as you like. That makes it easy to close the area behind the serving tables while letting in plenty of natural light and fresh air in the areas where you’ve set up the guest tables. 

When choosing a tent for your casual reception, it never hurts to allow for a little extra space. Should the weather decide not to cooperate, it won’t take a lot to move the ceremony under the tent, exchange your vows, and then start the reception. You and your guests will remain dry while looking through the open spaces and enjoying the sounds and scents of the falling rain. 

This flower arrangement was taken at a wedding of a friend and looked stunning in the large, white tent.

Formal Outdoor Affairs

Perhaps you want a formal outdoor wedding with a greater number of loved ones on hand. The nice thing about clear span tents is that they come in many different sizes. It’s easy to choose one that will provide space for several hundred people. 

Since you are going for a more formal look, an open tent may not be to your liking. Consider a design that includes side walls that slide easily in place on the side poles and framework. These can be weighted down at ground level so they stay in position with ease. 

The side panels can include fiberglass windows that allow plenty of natural light into the space. Since this tent design does not include any support poles in the middle, you will find it easy to arrange the covered space any way that you like. It’s even possible to bring in dividers or use curtains to section off one end of the tent for the reception and reserve the other end for the ceremony. 

As long as there is space to set up the tent, you can have all the room you want. That means if you want a formal sit-down style reception but also like the idea of having a dance floor and space set aside for a live band, there’s a clear span tent large enough to do the job. 

Whatever you have in mind for your wedding day, finding the right tent design will not be difficult. Talk with a professional who supplies tent rentals for all sorts of events and ask about the designs commonly used for weddings and receptions. With a little discussion about the number of guests and the theme for your special day, it will be easy to come up with the perfect solution.

2017 Floral Trends by Intern, Lauren W.

It’s that time of year again when all of the upcoming trends are being released and discovered. I asked Lauren to write on her favorite topic for me, because I knew she’d be eager. I hope you enjoy her take on the 2017 Floral trends, and maybe you will learn something too! 

Mrs. Christine gave me the fabulous opportunity to go on and on about one of my favorite things, FLOWERS!! I absolutely adore flowers and I hope that I can write more blogs about flowers in the future.  Now let me talk about the real subject at hand,

The 2017 Floral Trends:

Many different plants make up floral families that are not necessarily flowers.  All of these plants can be incorporated into any wedding, party theme, or bouquet.  Some of these might sound a little crazy or odd to y’all, such as fruits or vegetables, but trust me, they work just fine. First are the plants that are not necessarily known for flowering. These categories are Pods, Berries, Fruits, Vegetables, Succulents, and Greenery.  

  • The Pod for 2017 is super cute, it is a green Poppy pod and is the same color as Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year.
  • The Brunia berry is an extremely versatile plant. Since the berry is a nice neutral grey or silver, it can be paired with any color, season, or theme.
  • The fruit for 2017 might seem a little crazy (at least, that’s what I thought), but it is the pineapple. Obviously it is not a full size, they are miniature pineapples and they are also pink or yellow. The pink or yellow pineapple would be great in a spring or summer wedding and paired with other bright colors.  
  • The 2017 Vegetable is the artichoke. The artichoke pairs well with any colors because it is green. Also, it looks like a succulent and could be incorporated into a cute summer succulent bouquet.
  • The echeveria is 2017’s succulent. I think that it is a classic succulent and looks very rose-like in its appearance. It can be found green or a soft lavender.
    The Greenery family has chosen my favorite piece of greenery to represent it for 2017, Eucalyptus. I love eucalyptus, especially baby euc. ! It is so versatile and can be paired in any season and goes well with any color since Eucalyptus is a nice frosted green. Also, as an added bonus, it smells amazing.

Flowering Plants:

The 2017 Flowering plants are many different colors and different varieties. What I have noticed about the 2017 flowers is that they are the same family, but different colors. For instance, the Garden Rose is favored for 2017 in five different colors/variations. Also, the Peony and Dahlia is preferred for 2017 in a few different colors. The next flowers are mentioned in order by color from white to purple, respectively.

  • The white flower is the Alabaster Garden Rose.This variation of the Garden Rose is only found in white and is very full. It has many petals and they turn over on the ends causing them to look pointed.
  • The cream flower is the Caramel Antike Garden Rose. This Garden Rose is also very full and is a very light caramel color or ivory.
  • The Dahlia is liked in a very rich red.  The dahlia is also a very full flower with pointed petals. Actually, Christine and I worked a wedding last fall with rich red dahlias.

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  • Fuchsia is the beautiful Peony. This Peony is a deep pink and pairs marvelously in spring and summer weddings and with other bright colors.
  • Pink is the Prince Charles Garden Rose. This Garden Rose is very round and is similar to the Peony.
  • The David Austin Juliet rose.  This rose is unlike any rose I have ever seen. It is spherical and does not open very much and looks as if it has over 100 petals.
  • The Sunset Garden Rose is the Peach flower of 2017. It is an ombre mix of pink and orange.  
  • Yellow is the Pom Pom Garden Rose. The center of this Garden Rose contains so many petals that it looks as if it is ruffled.
  • The green “flower” is not really a flower but it is a variation of a flower, it is the trick Dianthus.
  • The Trick Dianthus is adorable. It is a little, fuzzy, green ball and is very whimsical looking.
  • The blue flower of 2017 is my favorite flower, the blue Hydrangea. It is a large sphere with of many small flowers. The Hydrangea is perfect in a spring wedding when paired with whites or pinks. 
  • The Lilac is the lavender flower for 2017.  It is a nice light purple and is wonderful in the spring.
  • Finally, the purple flower is Hydrangea.  Like the blue Hydrangea it goes well with white flowers, but could be incorporated in the late summer and fall weddings.

    Beautiful blue hydrangeas

These are just a handful of flowers that are trending in 2017. How are you planning on using these flowers this year? If you have any questions or are seeking advice on how to use these flowers, do not hesitate to contact the Get-Christine team.

Vendor Spotlight Post – Triple T Entertainment

The year of 2016 was a major year of growth for Get Christine. I joined societies, more than doubled my amount of bookings, brought on interns, and met a lot of new and talented event vendors. Meeting new vendors has been great for my business. I have had tons of opportunities to work with so many great new people this year, and for that I am extremely grateful. Now I also have a whole bunch of new vendors I can refer my brides to. Today I am covering a Photo Booth provider.

At a WeddingWire educational event earlier in the year, I met Bianca of Triple T Entertainment. If you follow my blog you may remember her from my Pamper Party back in July. I knew instantly as I met her that we would be working together for a long time. She had a great smile and was very friendly, and I immediately wanted to know more about her and her business.

Since she’s fairly new to the industry, I wanted to shine a light on her business. Please allow me to introduce to you, Bianca Taylor and her business partner Ben Sandefur of Triple T Entertainment:

Bianca and Ben show off their fun photo booth

Business Name: Triple T Entertainment

Vendor Name: Bianca Taylor & Ben Sandefur

Web Address: www.tripletentertainment.com

Business Category: Photo booth

How long have you been in business?: 7 months

What got you started in this business?: Spending time in a photo booth at my nephew’s wedding in Charleston, SC and having the best time ever! I couldn’t stop thinking or talking about the wonderful time we had. The fun, smiles, and laughter was so amazing and we want to provide that same experience to others.

A Group of friends at a Halloween party cram into the shot of the Triple T Photo Booth.

A Group of friends at a Halloween party cram into the shot of the Triple T Photo Booth.

What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?: Although it has nothing to do with a photo booth, the best tip I can tell a couple planning their wedding is to hire a wedding planner. The stress of that day can be overwhelming and hiring a planner lets you enjoy the day instead of sweating all the small stuff. When my son got married last year, it went so smoothly because of the wedding planner. Top give a photo booth tip, hire a photo booth, even if it is just for an hour. The memories, fun, and laughter are priceless for both you and your guests. The budget seems to be the concern for most so it is one of the last items on the list, however, photo booths actually are one of the top highlights of most weddings!

What don’t couples know about your business category that they should know?: Most couples are looking for enclosed photo booths, however, in my opinion, an open air photo booth brings joy and laughter to ALL your guests, not just the ones in the photos. Guests love watching others taking their pics and most will then decide they want to join in the fun as well. Also, with our open air photo booth, we try to match the theme of your event so it blends in.

A newly married bride and groom have some fun in the Triple T Photo Booth.

Are there any questions your non-wedding clients should be asking that they don’t know to ask?: Since we cater to all clients, wedding and non-wedding, they all pretty much ask the same questions, however, they need to think about the length of time they want photo booth services as most booths are not utilized during the eating part of the event, If you are having a 4 hour event, yet an hour of it will be eating, ask the photo booth company if they have an idle hourly rate (most are much lower than the hourly rate) and you may get the photo booth cheaper than a full 4 hour request.

What’s the most unique/different wedding or event you ever did and why?: I cannot say just one was different because all of them are unique. Each wedding has been beautiful and unique, because each bride is beautiful and unique. They all bring their special twists.

Triple T Photo Booth customers having blast in the booth!

What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?: They all have been memorable, because we have been in business seven months, I have been in awe with each one of them.

I hope you will consider using Triple T Entertainment for your next party, wedding, or other event. Bianca has an incredible positive energy that anyone would want to have running a photo booth at their event.

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

Vendor Spotlight – All Around Raleigh DJ

A few weeks ago, I let my intern write a vendor spotlight post about The Chocolate Boutique. I have been meaning to write more of these types of blog posts, so this week here’s one from me! I have been working in this industry long enough to have worked with some really excellent vendors. Here’s a post about one of the best DJ vendors in Raleigh, or at least he’s one of my favorites.

All Around Raleigh DJ; Eric Hodgedenallaroundraleighdj-logo

I met Eric, the owner of All Around Raleigh DJ, at the Market Hall Spring Showcase. I arrived fairly early, while it was still mostly just vendors and Market Hall employees in attendance. Being punctual, as I always am, benefited me yet again. This time I benefited because I was able to walk around and introduce myself to a few local vendors I have never met. (Another benefit to being early, I was able to get a glass of wine without waiting in line. )

Eric was one of the first vendors I met that night, and he left a great impression on me. We ended up meeting for coffee at a later date and time, where I learned a little more about him and why he got into the events industry.  I really enjoyed his take on why he decided to be a DJ and I hope you do too!

Background Information

Joe Payne Photography

Joe Payne Photography

Eric stumbled on his love of being a DJ like many others do. He went to school and got a degree in Engineering and made the realization that his heart was somewhere else. During the same year Eric enrolled at NC State, he also formed his company All Around Raleigh DJ. When I asked him about his first event as a DJ, he said “I had a typical 19 year old guy’s stereo with huge ridiculous speakers“. This made me really chuckle because, we’ve all known people like that. The first event he worked was for a friend’s Mother. Her DJ had backed out last minute, leaving her with little time to find a replacement. Eric offered his services and quickly realized that he was pretty good and had a blast doing it. After that, Eric bought some professional DJ equipment and began working weddings and events as often as possible. He was eventually able to leave his full-time cubicle job to run All Around Raleigh DJ in 2011. Of course, he also told me it’s the most rewarding job he’s ever had.

 

Q&A

I asked Eric a few other questions and here are his responses:

What advice would you offer to couples looking for a DJ?:

“Whoever you hire must be someone you can trust – and someone you feel a connection with, they will be a guest at the wedding so they should fit what you have in mind.”  “You should also trust them to be organized and take care of things.”

How far out from the wedding should couples hire a DJ?:

In general terms somewhere between 4-8 months before the wedding. For popular months at least one year in advance. August tends to be more flexible. But, if you want a specific person, you should book at least one year prior.”

What is the coolest event you have ever worked?

“Very personalized events, people who incorporate their personalities into their events make them the most memorable. In particular one Wedding I worked at Shady Wagon Farm – barely had any dancing. This wedding’s bride was not able to stand for long periods of time, but she danced for at least one song. It was memorable because the people were really awesome.” There was a little less dancing then Eric was used to, but even still this wedding was not lacking in fun. There were a bunch of lawn games for the guests to enjoy, and Eric entertained the guests by playing the shoe game, and hosting table trivia for dinner. “The best part of the night was when the groom surprised his bride by singing to her during the reception while she sat on the dance floor.” 

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Caroline Lima Photography

Would you like to pass on your business to your children?

This question was clearly something Eric had not been asked before, but something I personally consider all the time. I of course want to pass on a legacy to my children, but I don’t know how frequently other people also have that desire and if so, how much thought they have really put into it. Eric’s response was “I only have a daughter and female DJs are definitely more rare, but if that was something she wanted to do then heck yes!”

Do you see yourself running the DJ business until you retire?

“Yes absolutely, in some form or fashion. I can’t see a reason to get stuck in a rut and stop, and there’s really nothing else I enjoy doing as much.”

I am very grateful Eric had time to grab coffee with me. I really enjoyed sharing fun industry stories, and getting to know him better. It’s not often that you get to hear about the vendor and their personal life.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Eric and hearing about how he formed his company!! If you are in need of a DJ for your next wedding or event, consider reaching out to him for a quote, you won’t be disappointed. And, if you need more evidence of that, check out his reviews on Wedding Wire.

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Vendor Spotlight – The Chocolate Boutique

It’s been quite a busy summer for the Get-Christine team which includes working with the new intern, Lauren. She and I get together as often as possible to collaborate on fun wedding and event ideas and plans. At least, we do so when Lauren’Chocolate Boutique Signs not been at the beach living up her last summer as a HS student. This week, I bring you a vendor spotlight article written by Lauren about a delicious spot in town called The Chocolate Boutique.
I recently decided that since I’ve been working in the events industry for long enough, that it’s well past time I started writing about some of the fabulous vendors I’ve met and worked with. I’ve personally never worked with The Chocolate Boutique on a wedding or event in the past, but I have been in to visit their shop and purchased plenty of their chocolates. Having personally tasted those goodies, I can definitely vouch for their chocolate and it is delicious!

Without further ado, I bring you Lauren’s piece:

The Chocolate Boutique
Owner: Kesha Dozier 

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Flo The Chocolate Fountain

Nearly five years ago, Mrs. Kesha Dozier left her corporate job to pursue her love of chocolate.  After studying in Italy, Belgium, and Spain about ‘all things chocolate’ The Chocolate Boutique was soon born.  The boutique offers a wide variety of truffles, chocolate covered nuts, and even chocolate covered bacon!  All of the offerings are finely crafted from Belgian and Swiss chocolates.  In addition to the confections behind the cases, you and your friends or family have the chance to make your very own chocolate during a chocolate party!  The Chocolate Boutique hosts parties for any occasion that you desire.  They have over 1,200 chocolate molds ranging from “high heels to spark plugs.”    For huge parties or weddings you can rent “Flo”, an amazing, 2-flavor chocolate fountain!  It’s the only one of its kind in North CarolinaChocolate Fountain

    Most items are customizable for any occasion.  For weddings, you could have a candy buffet equipped with all kinds of truffles, dipped fruits and nuts.  As a dessert alternative, “Flo” would be an excellent idea.  Also, you could have a bag filled with chocolate covered nuts or personalized truffles as a take-home favor.

The Chocolate Boutique has a convenient location at Lafayette Village in North Raleigh. Oh, and another one over in Park West Village of Morrisville.  Contact them today to set up a party for a girls night out, a fun birthday party, or visit The Chocolate Boutique to get your hands on some delicious goodies. Chocolate Fountain Ice Cream

To contact Kesha from The Chocolate Boutique and inquire about some party pricing, or even to rent that fantastic chocolate fountain Flo, she can be reached at: 919.322.0960.

Be on the lookout for our next Vendor Spotlight blog by me about All Around Raleigh DJ owner, Eric.

Bridal Pamper Party – July, 28th

An Idea

I was out on a Saturday afternoon enjoying a much needed pedicure with my friend, Lauren (a Rodan + Fields Rep), when I realized something: a lot of my friends are event/service vendors. If you follow my blog, or know anything about me, you likely know that I LOVE to throw parties. As an event coordinator with less events on my calendar for the month of July, I knew I could remedy a lack of things to do by planning and hosting an incredibly fabulous event to showcase my vendor friends and wonderful services! I’m calling it a Bridal Pamper Party, but it almost feels like I’m hosting my own intimate sized wedding show, and spa day.

This Thursday July, 28th from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm I will be hosting a Bridal Pamper Party at my home in North Raleigh. For just $22 a ticket, the Get-Christine Event Planning Bridal Pamper Party is offering an evening full of relaxing and fun services for any bride to be and her girl posse. Or hey, if you just got married but would still love a chance to mingle with other brides, their friends, and fabulous local wedding and event vendors, the more the merrier!

Pamper Yourself

To help melt away any wedding planning stress, I’ve lined up two licensed massage professionals to give 15-20 minute chair massages, live musicians to play guitar and piano, and a Rodan + Fields Sales Rep to lead DIY facials.

Have Fun and Learn Something

For some fun and maybe even a little learning, there will be a floral design workshop led by Cary Florist. Immediately following that, Lauren from Rodan + Fields will lead us through a facial with Rodan + Fields products. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the Photo booth, provided by Triple T Entertainment. And what event would be complete without drinks and snacks?!

Treat Yo Self Girl 

Grab a ticket (treat yo self) and come on over for a night of socializing and kicking back (treat yo self) with your bridesmaids, moms, sisters and girlfriends. If you don’t have a guest to bring, come by and meet someone new and treat yo self!

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Amber & Kevin’s Mordecai Park Wedding

Amber found me by looking for a Raleigh Day-Of  Wedding Coordinator via Thumbtack, a website that helps people locate local business professionals for hire. We met early this year at one of my absolute favorite family owned coffee shops located in … Continue reading