Weekends are for Wedding Activities

It’s been a crazy busy Summer, but I am back to tell you all about the fun weddings I’ve been shooting with my fiancé, the fabulous bridal shows I’ve been attending and participating in, and the lovely weddings I’ve been planning (one of which is mine!). I do all of these things on the weekends, in my “free time”.

Shooting Weddings

Over Labor Day Weekend my fiancé, Ryan and I shot an incredibly gorgeous wedding in Durham, NC. The Ceremony took place in the breathtakingly beautiful Immaculate Conception Church and as usual, I was moved to tears watching it. After the ceremony we took a quick stop by the Sarah P. Duke Gardens for some family portraits and shots of the newly married couple. It was a pretty warm day but luckily for us there was just enough of a small breeze to keep us sane.


Cynthia and Antonio in Sarah P. Duke Gardens


This coming weekend, Ryan and I are shooting another wedding at Elodie Farms in Rougemont, NC. I am beyond excited to help shoot a wedding that’s a little more rustic themed with a farm venue.

Bridal Shows

Back in July I dragged my Mom and Maid of Honor to the Brides Against Breast Cancer Original Nationwide Tour of Gowns at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club and had an amazing time! The Inn was the most beautiful venue and a perfect setting for a Sunday afternoon with my Mother and Best girl friend. Once inside we entered a large ballroom and were greeted by a room full of vendors and wedding gowns. At check in the brides were given a list of the vendors and were encouraged to stop by every booth. Checking in with vendors and giving them contact information placed brides into drawings for various gifts and prizes.  I was hesitant to handout my email address to so many vendors at once for fear of an overflowing inbox, and because I so rarely win drawings and raffles, but I did end up winning at least one fun gift and met some really great vendors that I hope to work with in the future.

Get-Christine Event Planning Bridal Show Booth

Get-Christine Event Planning Bridal Show Booth

On Sunday September, 14th I participated in the Elegantly Yours Bridal Show at the Southern Star Ballroom Center in Raleigh, NC. It was a fast but fun experience and I am very much looking forward to my next bridal show with Elegantly Yours and the ladies of Lynn & Nicole who hosted the event. I met a bunch of great local vendors and tasted some delicious samples. I also had the wonderful experience of experiencing the beautiful space that is the Southern Star Ballroom Center. This lovely venue can host weddings and events as well as private and group dance and fitness activities. I am thinking about taking some dance classes here in the near future to get some practice before my big day! Hopefully I can get my fiance on board to join.

OH! And, speaking of dance classes… at the end of the bridal show the featured DJ cranked up the tunes and let the vendors get a little wild to wind down the night. It was a lot of fun watching the vendors get to enjoy themselves for a change.

Bridal Show Vendors Getting Down

Bridal Show Vendors Getting Down

Wedding Planning

I’ve been working with this adorable and hilarious couple that is planning a movie themed wedding. And as an added bonus, my Photographer fiancé is shooting their wedding. Needless to say I’ve spent a lot of time working with these two and I’m loving every minute of it. During one of my crazy jam packed weekend of wedding duties, I went to a cake tasting with these two and the experience was both memorable and delicious!  We got to try both chocolate and vanilla cakes with a whole variety of different potential fillings and frostings. Chef Megan Campbell of I Do Wedding Cakes hosted us and as her desserts always are, the cakes were moist and flavorful. Cody and Danielle were so overwhelmed by how delicious all the flavor options were that they had a hard time deciding on just what combinations to use!

Cake Tasting

Cake Tasting

In addition to fabulous cake tastings, I’ve also recently had the absolute pleasure of assisting my fiancé with this fun loving couple’s engagement shoot. Because they are planning a movie themed wedding we decided to take them down to the Raleigh Little Theater and Rose Garden, to get a little mix of romance and stage time. We had a great time goofing off and taking pictures in the garden and ended up with some really nice shots of Cody and Danielle. I am really looking forward to working for this couple on their wedding day. They are incredibly laid back and genuinely enjoy being around one another. They laugh and smile and make being around them purely delightful. Danielle is going to be a beautiful bride and I can tell because I can see the love she has for Cody all over her face.

Cody & Danielle

Cody & Danielle


Fall Intern – Fingers Crossed

It has been a little over 3 months since I got engaged; Both weddings I had previously been working on have come and gone, and now it’s August and there are two more weeks left before I start my Fall semester of school. I find myself constantly baffled with how quickly time appears to move. I am both excited and nervous about the beginning of classes, and even more excited and nervous about some other potential news I should receive at some point this month.

I was browsing the pages of Twitter the other day looking at new followers, and skimming the wedding industry sites, when I noticed a local company of wedding planners had tweeted that they were on the hunt for a fall intern. The idea of it seemed so exciting and excellent to me that I immediately visited their webpage, and emailed them to inquire about the position. Luckily, I did not have to wait long for a response with details. The position will be un-paid and run from September through November. It’d require some office work during the week and helping out with weddings on Saturdays.

I mulled it over in my brain for about a week before I made any real definite decisions. I am taking three classes this semester, rather than my usual two, in hopes of speeding up the process. Between those being three nights a week for 3 hours and working full-time, it almost didn’t seem feasible that I could juggle this internship as well. The decision I finally came to was to just apply. It can’t hurt to try, right? A few hours spent buffing up my resume and putting together an eloquently, hopefully, worded cover page and off they went.

I have yet to hear back from anyone, but I am guessing they will probably continue to take applications for most of August since the internship doesn’t start ’til next month. BUT, I am wishing and hoping( and thinking and praying) that I at least get the chance to interview. This position would help me immensely in getting some good experience to plan weddings and I would absolutely love to have three months of an intern position with great local wedding planners on my resume.

In the meantime, I will be preparing myself to attend the Fall Southern Bridal Show Expo coming up next weekend. Any future brides want to join?