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.

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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Pantone’s Color of the Year by Lauren

This afternoon I am bringing you another guest post from my intern Lauren. If you’re a regular reader of my blog posts, you probably know that I have usually written a Pantone Color of the Year post by now. This year I apparently never got around to it. Now that I’ve transitioned to working for myself full time, I SHOULD be writing a lot more. Until then though, I hope you will enjoy a guest post from my lovely intern Lauren about Pantone’s  TWO Colors of the year.

Color-of-the-Year-2016-Rose-Quartz-Serenity-Pinterest   I’m so excited to introduce to you the two Pantone colors of the year.  This is the first time that Pantone has chosen two colors, and I think they made a wonderful choice.  They are two of my favorite colors and are commonly seen as hydrangea colors.  Both of the colors are naturally occurring and can be found in the most common places such as beautiful sunsets, a sunrise, or gorgeous spring flowers.  Well, without further ado, I give you Pantone’s two colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

   Rose Quartz is a nice, warm neutral color that is very versatile.  Also, it contains a tint of red. Red is a primary color, meaning that it is the origin of many colors.  Rose Quartz is a very elegant color and can be added to several different themes and styles. A sophisticated fairytale wedding or a whimsical tea party would be a perfect opportunity to showcase this color.  As a side note, “fairytale” themed weddings are very popular in 2016.  

The way that a color is determined as a tint is by taking a basic color and adding small amounts of white.  This process is not to be confused with a shade.  In order to determine a shade, small amounts of black are added.  

Jessica Renee Photography

Jessica Renee Photography

Serenity is a cool, clean color from the blue family, also a primary color.  It is also a peaceful color, hence the name.  This cool blue is well adapted in many different themes as well.  One in particular that it goes exceptionally well with is a classic French chicspring-2016-color-report-pantone or Victorian theme; cream and gold can help to complete this theme.  In addition, a country chic theme could accompany this color.


Enhancing the depths and tones of these colors can easily executed by combining them with similar colors.  Peach Echo combines with Rose Quartz to bring out more of the red in the color. Snorkel combines with Serenity to enhance more of the blue.  Limpet shell can also enhance the blue.  Green Flash can be combined with either color it helps to create the look of a flower and its leaves.  For a fall wedding, Iced Coffee and Rose Quartz can be paired. Finally, when Rose Quartz and Serenity are combined they make colors ranging from Sheer Lilac to Lilac Chiffon depending on the amount of each color.

Sheer Lilac

Pantone’s thoughts are: “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.”  Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feeling of respite and relaxation even turbulent times.” Also, “[when] joined together, Rose QuartLilac Chiffonz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

 

Are you planning to use either or both of Pantone’s Colors of the year in your upcoming wedding or event? Tell us how you will incorporate them in the comments section below!

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

Introducing The Get-Christine Event Planning New Intern

Since my last blog post in May, I have been through a lot of changes with my business. In addition to a substantial increase in inquiries and contract bookings, and after receiving two requests for an internship this summer, I decided to bring on an intern to be a part of the Get-Christine Team! She is a little younger than I anticipated, but I love her dedication and passion in pursuing her dreams at an early age. Lauren found me by doing a simple google search for Raleigh Wedding Coordinator.

I am excited to have Lauren on my team, and also grateful for the young, hip, influence that I believe she will bring to my blog posts, social media accounts, and events we run! And so without further ado, I bring you Lauren’s first ever post on the Get-Christine Event Planning Blog:

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Lauren – The Intern

Hi!  My name is Lauren, and I am so excited to be interning with Christine!  I am a rising senior in high school.  My love of parties started at a young age when my family would throw huge birthday parties in August for my dad and brother’s birthdays.  We would rent bounce houses, have catered food, and a large cake that my mom would make.  Living in Zebulon at the time, surrounded by fields and trees, made these large parties possible. I love large family gatherings, whether they are for weddings, reunions, birthdays or anniversaries.

     As the years have gone by, my desire to be creative has grown.  I have been in art class for six years and in yearbook for one year.  This past year I had the opportunity to plan, decorate, and attend my schools Junior/Senior banquet (which is basically prom).  Throughout the yearlong planning of this event, I realized that I really have a knack for planning, organizing, coordinating, and executing large events, and decided to pursue this further

     My other interests include Pinterest, baking, chalkboard art, and going to the beach.  I absolutely love big, blue hydrangeas, so don’t be surprised if I’m slightly biased towards them.    

Immediately upon meeting Lauren I realized that she and I are kindred spirits! We both share a love of parties, organization, planning, baking and being artsy. She is also smart and friendly and I think an excellent addition to the Get-Christine team!! Keep your eyes peeled for some trendy and fun blog posts written by Lauren this Summer.

The Times, They Are A Changin’

I promise there is good reason for my cliche blog post title. Well, maybe not good reason, but reason enough.  I have recently made the incredibly tough, but hopefully right, decision to take the leap from working full-time for someone else and only part-time for myself, to working full-time as a Wedding & Event Coordinator for Get-Christine! I have booked more than double the amount of couples I am working with this year compared to last year, and I’ve already started booking into next year.

Additionally, there have been some major changes at the office I work for in that, I was presented with the opportunity to take on more responsibilities and hours than I was already working. Though it would have been a great chance for me to grow and mature with the company, and get even more work experience, I did not feel that it would be fair to the brides and couples I am already working with to take on more responsibilities elsewhere that would keep me from giving my heart and soul to my business. And so, the time had come for me to make a decision that I had no idea would come so soon.  Instead of putting in more time for my day job, I am putting all my time in on me! I am having very mixed emotions about the journey I am about to embark on, but I know that there are great things to come in my future.

I am looking forward to what the future has in store for me and I am forever grateful for the opportunity that Talari Networks gave to me. I will never regret the two years I spent working there because I learned a whole lot about many different things, and I met lots of wonderful people and made incredible bonds that I don’t expect to lose anytime soon.

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In making this decision, I am opening up my schedule to have more time to blog, plan and schedule stylised photo-shoots, host DIY arts & crafts events for my brides, and meet with couples, brides and their vendors during the day and not just at night! I am more than excited to plan and execute more weddings and events and that I’ll have even more time to write about my journey along the way.

I still have a few open dates for 2016 and plenty in 2017! 🙂

Cody & Danielle – March 21st, 2015

I’ve been dying to tell you all about my March, 21st wedding and three months later, I’m FINALLY getting to it. Here goes nothing!

I met Danielle & Cody in July of 2014 just after they got engaged. They had recently recruited my fiance, Ryan Steffes of Mister Guy Photography, to be their photographer. After hearing about all their fun ideas and exciting plans, Ryan encouraged them to reach out to me for some guidance in executing their ideas. Boy, am I glad he did. This was hands down one of the most fun weddings that I’ve had the absolute pleasure to both plan and coordinate! Continue reading

Jean & Buckley – February 7th, 2015

Ever since the first night I met Jean and Buckley I’ve been dying to write this post about them. They were absolutely adorable and I felt an immediate connection to them. It helped that Buckley was wearing a Carolina Hurricanes sweater and I LOVE hockey and the Hurricanes. I had actually just attended my first game of the season a few weeks before I met them, so of course I felt the need to chat them up about that and gush about meeting players and the announcers that we all know and love. Continue reading

2015 Color Of The Year – Marsala

There are two posts that I write every year, and they have easily become my favorite ones to write. One is a Wedding Trends of the Year post, in which I reveal the years trendiest wedding patterns, gown styles, themes, venues, etc. The other is a Color of the Year post, which is reserved for my thoughts about Pantone’s Color of the year as well as how to incorporate into your wedding. Continue reading

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.

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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