Kim and Brian's Spring Celebration

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These two had the most beautiful April wedding at Langtree Plantation! From the moment we first met, Kim and Brian were simply a delight to work with! These two busy corporate execs and I worked together for a full year to get all their wedding details just right!

Kim was stunning in her all lace gown with champagne belt. She was a classic and timeless bride, joined by her sister and best friend as bridesmaids. The bridesmaids wore navy, complimented by the light gray suits and navy ties worn by the groomsmen. The flowers featured brightly colored corals and greens, a perfect Spring color palette. Kim and Brian's sweet goldendoodle, Brady, even made an appearance as a special bridal party member!

The ceremony was held in the rustic Langtree barn, followed by the reception in the pavillion. Guests were treated to a Southern-style menu featuring Carolina BBQ and sweet cornbread. Kim and Brian chose a non-traditional bundt cake surrounded by tiny bundts in assorted flavors as their wedding cake for guests to enjoy. They were a huge hit!

The celebration continued into the night with lots of dancing and yard games for guests to play. Kim and Brian were beaming as they departed to the cheers of their family and friends!

Cheers to the happy couple!!! I cannot wait to see their story unfold as husband and wife!

Wedding Planning and Coordination: 13 Cedar Events

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Langtree Plantation

Photography: Sunshower Photography

Florals: Jimmy Blooms

Catering: Bouk Catering

Bridal Gown: Classic Bride and Formals

Rentals and Lighting Installation: Cooke Rentals Cornelius

Hair and Makeup: Sweet Magnolia Beauties

Entertainment: All the Right Grooves

Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Transportation: T&J Shuttle and Limousine

Stationery: Minted

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Shades of Blue Inspiration at Providence Cotton Mill

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Brace yourself for dreeeeeeamy wedding inspiration! This shoot was so beautiful from the design and details (like calligraphy on linen menus and a heavy velvet tablecloth - yes please!) to the amazing married couple, Drea and Bryce, who were absolutely a joy! With an outstanding local vendor team we were able to bring 'shades of blue' to life at the rustic Providence Cotton Mill in Maiden, NC. We are super-excited this gorgeous shoot was featured on Junebug Weddings - check it out here!

Planning and Design: 13 Cedar Events

Photography: Aly Barnett Photography

Florals and Styling: Narcisse Greenway Design

Calligraphy and Stationery: Delighted Calligraphy

Vintage Details and Antique Couch: Evermore Event Co.

Bride's Dress: Paige and Elliot

Fur: Meagan Kelly Designs

Jewelry: Custom Jewelry Lab

Groom's Suit and Accessories: Alton Lane

Linen, Chairs, and Details: Cooke Rentals LKN

Hair and Makeup: Artistry by Aly

Cake: Craft Cakes CLT

Models: Bryce and Drea Laguer

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Casey and Branden's Intimate Fall Wedding

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Ohhh these two!! Casey and Branden were such a sweet couple to work with!! Their wedding day in October was simply perfection - a small intimate affair complete with outdoor ceremony, rustic romantic vibes, and a dance party for the books!

Casey was stunning in her all lace gown with an illusion back. The bridesmaids wore varying shades of purple complimented by the guys in their navy suits. The florals were lush and green with giant deep red dahlias and a variety of garden roses.

Guests were treated to an intimate ceremony under the trees complete with personal vows and a special hand ceremony. The celebration was kicked off as soon as the couple was announced as Mr. and Mrs. with a champagne toast by the guests! Dinner was served on beautiful farm tables under cafe lights. Candles in vintage candlesticks set the tone as Casey and Branden had their first dance as husband and wife. After the cutting of the cake, guests were delighted by all types of tasty dessert bars and bread puddings (my favorite part!). After a sentimental toast by the best man and maid of honor, the dance floor opened and the party began! A sparkler exit in front of the gorgeous Vesuvius house was the ending to this incredible day!

All the best these beautiful Bechtels!!! xoxo

Planning and Coordination: 13 Cedar Events

Venue: Vesuvius Vineyards

Photography: Kasey Loftin Photography

Catering, Desserts, and Bar: Roots Catering

Florals: Willow Floral Boutique

Videography: Unlocked Videography by Jennings Burchfield

DJ: Split Second Sound

Wedding Cake: Suarez Bakery

Rentals: Country Time Party Rentals, The Whimsical Rose

Dress: Lily Rose Bridal

Transportation: T&J Shuttle and Limo

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Wedding Toasts - Pro Tips

Toasts are a special moment at a reception as close friends or family speak words of adoration for the beloved newlyweds! We've heard good ones, and we've certainly sat through some lengthy ones. So here’s a few simple things to think about for toast-writing success for all you MOHs and BMs out there:

1. Keep it under 5 minutes (honestly 3 minutes is the magic time) - remember you are talking to the bride and groom, but also the rest of the guests. Keep it sweet and meaningful, but don’t lose your audience during a 15 minute detailed story about “this one time...”.

2. Start with a quick intro and a brief story about your relationship - how you met the bride/groom, things you love most about them, and their fabulous qualities!

3. Then bring it all together by showing how the amazing things you love about the bride/groom translate into how amazing you know the two of them will be together as a married couple!

4. And wrap it all up with a beautiful quote that speaks to the moment or a simple “cheers to the newlyweds!”

5. And ALWAYS write it down or at least jot down notes for yourself on an index card. Winging it is never recommended. 

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Kristi and Jonthan's Romantic September Celebration

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Kristi and Jonathan's said "I do" on the most beautiful September day, under an arbor of florals and sunny skies at Langtree Plantation.

The colors were navy and sangria - the perfect modern Fall palette. Kristi was stunning in her strapless illusion lace wedding gown! The bridesmaids wore sangria dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias and roses designed by Jimmy Blooms. The groom and his guys wore navy suits and bowties, a dapper and more formal look for this evening celebration.

The ceremony began with classical guitar music and ended with cheers as these two were pronounced as husband and wife! Guests were treated to tacos and appetizers in the Langtree Barn, with music by the classical guitarist that paid homage to the groom's Colombian roots. The reception was held in the Pavillion and decorated with colorful florals, candlelight, and variety of lanterns, including a dramatic installation of lanterns glowing warmly over the head table and adorned with florals. The night was full of love and lots of dancing, all in celebration of this amazing couple!!

Cheers to the Lozanos! I can't wait to see their story unfold as husband and wife!!

Wedding Planning and Coordination: 13 Cedar Events

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Langtree Plantation

Florals: Jimmy Blooms

Photography: George Street Photography

Catering: Langtree Catering

Bridal Gown: New York Bride & Groom

Rentals and Installation: Cooke Rentals Cornelius

Hair and Makeup: The Look by Heather Bryson

Entertainment: Virtual Sounds

Cake: Edible Art

Officiant: Rev. Don Morphis

Transportation: Sunway Trolley

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You Know You Need A Wedding Planner If…

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Often I am asked “how do I know I need a planner” or “what can a planner help me with?” Most couples don’t know where to start. Most people have not planned an event as large as a wedding before, so a wedding planner like 13 Cedar Events can not only be your guide all along, supporting you and your vision, but will also be there on the day of your wedding to execute your plans so you can celebrate and actually relax and enjoy your big day!

Here are 10 ways to know you should hire a wedding planner:

You have no idea where to even start with wedding planning.

Wedding planners are guides, helping you find your vision in the beginning stages, and ultimately executing it all at the end. We’ve done a few weddings in our time, and we know the folks that can make it happen in your budget and the way you want it. If you aren’t convinced you need a planner for the long haul, many planners, like 13 Cedar Events, offer consultations at an hourly rate to get you started in the right direction.

You do not live in the same place as you are getting married.

Trust a planner in the area you are getting married to know the right venues and professionals that match your style, budget, and needs. A planner can also schedule meetings and tastings for you ahead of time, so when you do come to town you can get down to business with your vendors.

You do not want to take on another job in addition to the one you already have.

Maybe you are busy professionals and aren’t ready to take on additional workload in your free time. Most wedding planners, like 13 Cedar Events, are full-time planners. Wedding planning is fun, but it also takes a lot of time and ninja organization skills to not miss any details. Having a wedding planner allows you to choose how involved you would like to be in the day to day planning.

You are more interested in working on the fun parts of the wedding.

Yes wedding planning is exciting, and my clients and I have a great time selecting colors, florals, dresses, linens, and even vintage china! But if maintaining a budget, working through contracts, negotiating fees, researching vendors, renting tables, counting flatware, making timelines, and managing crises doesn’t sound like fun, then maybe let someone else who’s an expert do that for you.

You strength is not managing a budget.

The average wedding cost between $32,000 – $40,000. You can’t afford NOT to have someone manage all the intricate details and costs for you. In most cases, a planner can actually help you save money by recommending the right vendors, helping you prioritize your wants vs. needs, and helping to streamline your time and money to where it makes the biggest impact.

You would like to have a stress-free wedding day so you can enjoy every moment!

Maybe you need planning guidance all along, maybe you don’t, but at the very least hire a wedding coordinator to make sure your day goes smoothly. Hire a professional who will begin your wedding day coordination process well in advance of the day of. This person should help you plan your ceremony logistics, make timelines for the day (so all family, bridal party, and vendors know where to be at what time), and coordinate the setup and the breakdown of the event. Unless your aunt/cousin/best friend/mom's friend from church/etc. Is an actual wedding planner, then it’s best to hire a pro to take on this task.

You have no idea how much things like cakes, flowers, and rentals cost.

A wedding planner knows the industry, how much all the details will cost, and can assist you in picking vendors that will fit your style AND your budget.

You need help managing the longest to-do list you’ll ever see.

When getting started with your planning, the to-do list can seem overwhelming. Wedding planners will ensure that you are working on the items that are a priority at that time, depending on how many months you have to plan. This will ensure that you are not faced with a massive to-do list all at once, turning the planning process from fun and exciting, to stressful and chaotic.

You don’t have a lot of planning support from you family or friends.

A wedding planner is on your side. In fact, I become great friends with my couples because we work so closely together for several months during such an exciting life change! Your planner will have your back, your interests in the forefront always, and will help you manage any family or friend dynamics along the way.

You need ideas.

We don’t all grow up imagining what our big day will look like or what dress we will wear. Wedding planners know industry trends and are creative event designers. So if you just don’t know what your wedding style is, what flowers are in season and how they should be arranged, or what favors you want to have, then your planner can assist you in creating a vision for your wedding.

Sound like you might want to chat about your planning?

Grace and Matt's October Langtree Celebration

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Grace and Matt are Davidson College sweethearts and the perfect match! This couple said "I do" in a beautiful, but chilly, lakeside ceremony under an arbor of sunflowers at the Davidson College Lake Campus.

Grace was a timeless beauty in her lace wedding gown and sparkly Badgley Mischka flats, which we were all dying over! Both the bridesmaids and groomsmen wore navy, the perfect complement to the brightly colored bouquets and boutonnieres so beautifully created by Willow Branch Flowers.

The ceremony began with one of the groomsmen playing a guitar solo that he wrote especially for the couple. It was the perfect way to set the tone for the wedding, and despite the cool winds, the ceremony was lovely as Grace and Matt said their vows. After the ceremony, guests were treated to a cocktail hour with delicious hors d'oeuvres and music by a talented jazz combo from Davidson College. After greeting all of their guests with a receiving line, Grace and Matt welcomed everyone to enjoy dinner catered by one of their favorite local Davidson restaurants. The night was full of love, dancing, and celebration of this amazing couple!!

All the best to Grace and Matt, and I can't wait to see their story unfold as husband and wife!!

Planning and Coordination: 13 Cedar Events

Photography: Sunshower Photography

Ceremony Venue: Davidson College Lake Campus

Reception Venue: Langtree Plantation

Florals: Willow Branch Flowers and Design

Bartending: Bartenders Plus CLT

Catering: Restaurant X

Transportation: T&J Shuttle and Limousine

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