Grace and Matt's Fall 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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Anna Kate and Zane's Vintage Rustic Celebration in the Mountains

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Anna Kate and Zane truly embody fun, creativity, and an inspiring love like no other! I had known these two sweethearts for a few years leading up to their wedding and what a delight it was to take part in their wedding celebration!

The setting was simply stunning - vintage barn, waterfalls, all surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. The theme of the wedding was Fox Plus Hound, and all of the elements spoke to this theme. As a talented graphic designer, Anna Kate personally created all of the print elements of the day from the invitation suite to the favor tags. Every element of this wedding was completely reflective of this couple!

Anna Kate was beyond gorgeous in her wedding gown with her best gals wearing deep greens, and floral patterns. Zane and his groomsmen wore black, with red suspenders and bowties for a dapper look. The florals were loose and organic, featuring deep fall tones and lots of greenery.

The ceremony took place in front of the barn doors, and featured mismatched vintage chairs and a variety of plants to mark the altar. Guests were treated to a cocktail hour under market lights before heading into the barn for dinner. A local food truck was on hand with a southern-inspired menu and wine made especially for the bride's family was served. So many special touches set the tone of the decor with family photos, glass bottles, handmade favors, vintage trailer bar, and a cake topper that was 3rd generation. The couple and their family and friends danced the night away!

All the best to the Bryans!!

Planning and Coordination: 13 Cedar Events

Photography: Fox and Owl Studios

Venue: Oskar Blues Reeb Ranch

Florals and Vintage Rentals: East West Vintage Rentals and Florals

Bridal Gown: Paige and Elliot

Cake: 50/Fifty the Art of Dessert

Catering: Farm 2 Fender Food Truck

Photo Booth: The Bus Booth

Bartending: Jade & May Company

Entertainment: DJ Marley Carroll

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Ritchie Hill Romance: Blue and White Styled Shoot

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This timeless and romantic styled shoot was inspired by the vintage Toile de Jouy design which is incorporated in many china patterns today, often in blue and white. Vintage elements combined with modern touches brought this shoot to life with the historic charm of the Ritchie Hill mansion.

With the elegant light and airy photography (both film and digital), we were able to capture the timeless romance of love letters, an intimate gathering, art in the form of dessert, and all the vintage details that make this wedding inspiration shoot so dreamy.

*Featured on Bridal Musings in February 2018.

Vendor Team:

Venue: Ritchie Hill

Photography: Sunshower Photography

Planner: 13 Cedar Events

Styling/Vintage Rentals: The Whimsical Rose

Florals: Jimmy Blooms Floral

Stationery: Delighted Calligraphy

Bridal Look: The Lily Rose Bridal

Hair and Makeup: Simply Beautiful Artistry

Grooms Accessories: Beautiful Idiot Clothing

Models: Blake Schultz and Carly Williams

Vintage Furniture: Carolina Charm

Cake: Ella's Celestial Cakes

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Featured on Wedding Chicks: A Lovely Spring Bridal Brunch Celebration

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When Jackie (Circle M Farm Events), Heather (The Whimsical Rose), and I set out to plan a Spring Bridal Brunch giveaway, we were inspired by the beautiful front porch of the Circle M Farm Events farmhouse. We knew that it was certainly going to be a special day for one bride and her friends and family!

After hosting a 2 week instagram contest, one lucky bride, Abigail, was randomly chosen as the recipient of the bridal shower brunch to celebrate her upcoming wedding to her love, Ben, in May. She and 11 of her closest family and friends were treated to a delicious meal, photo bus, mimosas, and gifts of farm fresh eggs and strawberries!

After planning for 3 months this brunch came to life with an amazing group of local vendors, and so much fun! See for yourself below with amazing photography by Heather Beard Photo.

Venue: Circle M Farm Events

Planner: 13 Cedar Events

Styling/Vintage Rentals: The Whimsical Rose

Photography: Heather Beard Photo

Florals: Willow Floral Boutique

Catering: Roots Catering

Cakes: Mama Wards Cake Company

Photo Bus: The Little Blue Photo Bus

Calligraphy: SJM Calligraphy

Hair and Makeup: Beauty Asylum Charlotte

Videography: West Mint Media

Vintage Furniture: Old South Vintage Rentals

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Top Five Exercise - A Must Do Before You Start Planning

As your planner it will be my honor to assist you in putting together this amazing celebration for you and your family and friends!!! So one of the first things I always do with my couples is the (drumroll please)......Top Five Exercise. This is a veeeeerrrry important exercise for you and your fiance to go through together to begin your planning process with ease and ensure that your big day is a reflection of your priorities as a couple!

 

Step 1: Grab a glass of wine (or beverage of choice), a pen, paper, and your fiance.

Step 2: Without distractions, make a list of all of the most important aspects of your wedding that you have dreamed of - the things that are must-haves, that will create the experience you want for your guests, and things the are non-negotiable for the two of you.

These things could be large, small, colorful, silly, or whatever!! Maybe you always wanted a large Motown band at your wedding, maybe your always wanted pancakes or Chick Fil A nuggets (me, over here!) at your wedding, maybe you want to get married at a historic home, or maybe you (or both of you) just want to wear hot pink shoes.... it can be anything!

Step 3: Now that you have this massive list, I want you to narrow it down to FIVE things. Just five. Agree on these five things. Know that these things are priority items, and we will ensure throughout our planning process that these five things will appear at your wedding.

 

Why is this so important? As the planning process goes along, you will find that you will constantly be bombarded by options, making planning feel a little overwhelming at times, not to mention friends and family making suggestions, traditional pressures, etc. BUT if we have this Top Five list handy, then we'll always have the ability to quickly choose needs vs. wants, knowing that your "needs" are already decided and will guide your decision-making process.

Featured on Southern Living: Elizabeth and Phil's Romantic Outdoor Celebration

From the moment I first met Liz and Phil I knew right away this was going to be a fun wedding!! With a focus on the experience for all of their out of town family and friends, and priorities being the band and food, we planned an amazing affair that included a 6 piece band, Southern buffet, and many individualized touches from the couple.

Liz was absolutely stunning in her lace gown surrounded by her best friends in a variety of blush pink styles. Phil and his groomsmen wore navy, the perfect compliment to the more casual rustic setting of Beaver Dam and backdrop of lush greenery and florals. The bride's father officiated the ceremony and guests were treated to a funny poem about the couple, read by the bride's brother and the groom's sister.

After the ceremony, guests were treated to a delicious Southern-style buffet, yard games, and an ice cream sundae bar with sports team hats as bowls (a must-have for the groom). Liz and Phil's guests never took a seat after dinner as The Royal Suits got the party going with upbeat songs and dancing! After a late night snack of pizza, the guests lined up for an epic sparkler sendoff!

What an absolutely beautiful day for such a beautiful couple! All the best to Liz and Phil!

Excited to announce that Liz and Phil's wedding was featured on Southern Living!! Check it out HERE!

Planning and Coordination: 13 Cedar Events

Photography: Sunshower Photography

Venue: Beaver Dam Historic House

Florals: Chelish Moore Flowers

Bridal Gown: Lily Rose Bridal

Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Catering: Armin's Catering

Entertainment: The Royal Suits

Hair and Makeup: Beauty Asylum Charlotte

Invitations: Minted

Restrooms: The Plush Flush

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Bettye and Jim's Intimate Langtree Plantation Wedding

Bettye and Jim are the most adorable, loving, and fun couple!! These two were set up by a mutual friend a while back and they hit it off right away! We planned their wedding amidst Jim working out of town and the building of their new home on the lake. Their wedding at Historic Langtree Plantation was beautiful, despite a little rain, and I've never seen a happier bride and groom!

Bettye looked gorgeous in her navy strapless gown with lace jacket. She and her daughter, Juliana, both carried bouquets of white peonies, daisies, and roses, with green berries and blue hydrangeas. Jim and his best man were dashing in their navy suits and green ties. The ceremony was held in the rustic Langtree Boulder Room where Jim and Bettye said "I do" among their closest friends and family. The reception began in the elegant Langtree Pavillion with a saxophone entrance by the best man, Bob, and a swing band singing "This will be an everlasting love"! It was a grand entrance and set the stage for a night of dancing and fun under twinkle lights! Guests were treated to an amazing dinner and late night "make your own" crepe station - a favorite of the groom.

Cheers to the Rollers as they begin their amazing journey together!!!

Planning and Coordination: 13 Cedar Events

Photography: Jessica Arden Photography

Venue: Historic Langtree Plantation

Florals: Willow Branch Flowers

Bridal Gown: Classic Bride and Formals

Cake: Nona's Sweets

Catering: Family Catering Service

Liz and Dave's Naval Yacht Club Celebration

These Elon grads didn't date in college, but met after the fact at homecoming where the chemistry started immediately! Many of their friends predicted that Liz and Dave would marry well before they said "I do"!

Liz and Dave chose the Peninsula Yacht Club for their big day, a fitting venue as Dave is a Navy pilot and a nautical theme seemed like a perfect fit for these two. Liz was stunning in her lace gown with her best gals all in blush pink. Each of the girls had a bouquet made of each type of flower in Liz's bridal bouquet as a special nod to each of her best girlfriends on her wedding day. Dave, of course, wore his dress whites, along with several of his groomsmen. The two said their vows on the back lawn overlooking Lake Norman and exited through a sword arch. This long-standing tradition, welcomed Liz into the Navy with a bop on her bum and a kiss with her groom!

The evening was gorgeous and guests were treated to a delicious dinner and cake cutting by sword by the bride and groom. Liz and Dave danced the night away with their closest friends and included many Depman family and Navy traditions in the dance party. It was such a fun night for all!!

I know Liz and Dave will be dancing and laughing together forever, and I wish them all the best as Mr. and Mrs. Depman!!!

Wedding Coordination: 13 Cedar Events

Photography: Erin Kranz Photography

Florals: Willow Floral Boutique

Hair and Makeup: Lovely By Lindsey

Venue: Peninsula Yacht Club

Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

DJ: Patrick Ryder, Carolina DJ Pros

Bridal Gown: Ladies of Lineage

Transportation: T&J Transportation

 

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