Katie & Ryan’s Wedding – Raleigh Wedding Planner & Florist

Katie & Ryan is a couple that is as cute as the day is long.  I mean, really adorable.  I enjoyed working with them, their families, and their vendors so much.  It was just a whole gaggle of wonderful people.  (The word “gaggle” always makes me laugh!)

Katie grew up in Hillsborough, the little town that I now call home.  And though she moved to the big city of Raleigh, she came back here to celebrate the most important day of her life (so far, since I know kids are coming someday!).  (This Raleigh wedding planner loves to stay close to home, too!)  Her family has been here in Hillsborough for many generations, and  I so enjoyed hearing about all the changes the town has gone through.  I especially loved hearing the history of a local wedding venue, The Big Barn.  I’ve always wondered about its history and how its used now, as it’s always empty when I drive by.  Turns out it is full of charm and character and history, Katie’s family history.  How often do brides get to celebrate their new beginnings in a venue so close to the heart?!  Very rarely!

Another of Katie’s relatives owns one of my favorite vintage rental companies, Southern Vintage China Rentals.  Owner, Shelly, & Katie designed an eclectic vintage reception full of beauty.  Each centerpiece was unique, vignettes comprised of vintage milk glass, books, post cards, glass vases, and candle holders.  Those kept the photographer busy for a while.  😉

The bride had a fantastic color palette of navy, ivory, and coral, with antique gold accents.  The Amsterdam roses gave little pops of color along the old wooden farm tables in the venue.  And pictures do not do justice to how amazing that coral looked against those navy bridesmaid dresses!

I could rattle on all day about all the ways the wedding was beautiful, touching, and fun, but I must let the pictures do the talking.  (I originally had 66 favorites – THAT’S how much I loved it all!)  Ginny, thank you so much for sharing your talent in these pictures!  Here’s the full gallery:  Katie & Ryan

And a million thanks to the vendor team who rocked this wedding!

Coordinator / Florist – Knots ‘N Such

Venue – The Big Barn

Catering – Johnny Bakatsias Catering

Rentals – Classic Rentals Raleigh

Vintage Decor – Southern Vintage China Rental

Photography – Ginny Corbett Photography

DJ – Michael Gay

Lighting – K2 Productions

Cake – Faye’s Cakes

Videography – Andrew Kennedy Cinematography

NACE – Raleigh Wedding Planner Showcase

Hello friends!  I had the honor of planning and designing the January meeting for the National Association for Catering and Events.  All Saints Chapel in downtown Raleigh hosted the meeting.  What a great venue!  I’ll walk you through the evening…

Attendees entered the main Chapel doors and were directed downstairs for cocktails and appetizers.  The downstairs space can be used in a variety of ways, but we set it up for cocktails and later for dessert.  The room is a blank slate, so I opted to add some vibrant color to the table cloths and flowers to liven up the space.  Another member requested jewel tones for the meeting, so this was the perfect space to incorporate those.

After cocktail hour, guests were invited upstairs for dinner and educational presentation.  I chose to make the beautiful Chapel space rustic elegant.  So fitting for the dark wood decor and surrounding neutral colors.  An elegant burlap tablecloth was topped with dusty blue chargers, ivory napkins, and neutral flower arrangements in weathered slate vases.  I chose a variety of blooms in neutral shades and added some silver brunia to tie in the blue chargers.  We had lots of candles throughout the space, which added a  nice warm feeling to the room.  Great for one of the coldest nights of the year!

I arranged for some beautiful hand painted wooden signs for various spaces around the venue.  A welcome sign that the ladies at All Saints totally fell in love with, a coffee sign, a dessert sign, and the most unpopular of the evening…  The Unplugged Room sign.  LOL

The board wanted the topic for the meeting to revolve around going unplugged and suggested guests go unplugged for the event.  We settled on going unplugged for the presentation portion, so made the main Chapel area the Unplugged Room.  But to ask a group of business-people to go unplugged for several hours was touchy.  We nearly had a riot just asking them to go unplugged for dinner!  LOL  I even ordered chocolate iphones as bribes, er, I mean favors, and it didn’t sway them.  Totally understandable, and I hate to admit, but my phone was in my boot the entire time.  😉  (Interesting side note, the chocolates came from a friend of mine in GA.  A couple of years ago, she and a co-worker were on Cupcake Wars and WON!  So I told guests they were eating chocolates made by someone famous!  haha)

It was a great exercise because it really highlighted just how tied to our technology we really are.  I, for one, decided to go offline for at least part of every day.  So I am thankful for the evening for many reasons, and that’s just one.  After dinner, guests went back downstairs for dessert, coffee, and fun in the photobooth.  It was a beautiful night, but words don’t do justice, so please check out the pictures on the gallery or facebook pages!

Many thanks to the wonderful vendors who supported the evening!

Venue:  All Saints Chapel

Catering:  Empire Eats

Rentals:  Party Reflections

DJ and up-lighting:  All Around Raleigh DJ

Photobooth:  Shutterbooth NC

Photography: Casey Rose Photography

Market lights:  Themeworks

Signs:  Homemade Bride

Chocolate iphones:  Sweet Creations by Candi