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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
The ceremony chairs sit lined up on Haywood Hall’s front lawn, waiting for guests to come and sit in them.
A Close of of Carl and Cherihan’s ceremony, performed by Officiant Ann McKenzie
Carl and Cherihan’s cutting cake glows beneath the spotlight of this gazebo in the gardens of Haywood Hall. Kelley Deal Photography.
Cherihan’s Mother and Father walking back down the aisle at Haywood Hall
Cherihan chokes up with tears just before walking down the aisle at Haywood Hall to her groom
Carl and Cherihan’s additional dessert table dressed with multiple dessert options. Kelley Deal Photography.
Cherihan hugging her Sister Dalhya after Dalhya gave a speech. Kelley Deal Photography.
Carl and Cherihan listening to Cherihan’s Sister’s speech
Carl and Cherihan’s cutting cake surrounded by fresh flowers from the Farmer’s Market. Kelley Deal Photography.
Beautiful greenery was wrapped with care by Cherihan’s sister, Dalhya for wedding decor at Haywood Hall. Kelley Deal Photography.
Carl accepting Cherihan from her father’s hand at their altar.
Carl and Cherihan as they recess back down the aisle of Haywood Hall, a newly married couple. Kelley Deal Photography.
Cherihan’s beautiful smile at her Haywood Hall Wedding Reception
Carl and Cherihan kiss beneath a row of sparklers in front of Haywood Hall in downtown Raleigh, NC. Kelley Deal Photography.
Carl and Cherihan having a first dance together at Haywood Hall. Kelley Deal Photography.
The view of Cherihan’s groom Carl, from the bridesmaid’s side.
Carl and Cherihan sharing a romantic first dance. Kelley Deal Photography.
Carl and Cherihan at their head table during their reception at Haywood Hall
Cherihan busting a move at her Haywood Hall reception.
A close up image of Carl’s face as he marries his beautiful bride Cherihan. Kelley Deal Photography.
Carl and Cherihan sharing a kiss during their first dance together as husband and wife. Kelley Deal Photography.
Carl and Cherihan’s first dance as husband and wife
Carl and his mother sharing their first dance together at Carl’s wedding.
The front of Haywood Hall, where Carl and Cherihan’s Fall Ceremony took place. Kelley Deal Photography.
A close up image of Carl and Cherihan being married by Raleigh Wedding Officiant Ann McKenzie
Cherihan’s diamond engagement ring and diamond wedding band sparkle atop Carl’s gold wedding band
The clever way Carl and Cherihan displayed table number seating assignments. Kelley Deal Photography.
A view of Cherihan’s beautiful face and her bridesmaids watching the ceremony.
Carl waiting with Officiant, Ann McKenzie, at his altar at the front of Haywood Hall. Kelley Deal Photography.
Adorable monogrammed beer koozies for Carl and Cherihan’s wedding guests.
Cherihan’s sister, Dalhya, giving a speech about loving Cherihan.
Cherihan and her father sharing their first dance together at the wedding reception.
An H for Carl and Cherihan’s new last name, adorned Haywood Hall for their October, 22nd wedding day
The centerpieces thrown together with items provided by the bride and her family.
Venue: Haywood Hall
Photographer: Kelley Deal Photography
Caterer: Beau Catering
Rentals: CE Rental
Officiant: Ann McKenzie
DJ: DJ Cyrax