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Shake it up: Ideas for a Non-Traditional Wedding

So you want to have a Non-Traditional Wedding… Who says a wedding has to be a ceremony followed by a cocktail hour and reception? Well it honestly isn’t always set up that way today or historically. There are lots of ways to shake up the format of your wedding. Whether you intent is to reframe […]

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A Place Both Wonderful & Strange – Twin Peaks Wedding Inspiration

My very first post on this blog was a Twin Peaks wedding inspiration mood board, where I talked about visual and thematic elements of the show and how I would apply them to a wedding. Fast forward to Spring 2017, Twin Peaks is coming back to TV and I found out that Jessica of Three […]

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Well Kept Chaos – Your Virtual Party Planner

Before I got my start in wedding planning, I threw over-the-top theme parties for birthdays, Halloween, New Year’s Eve, and sometimes just for the hell of it! I would find basically any excuse for a celebration. The thing is, these parties take time to conceptualize and plan. A well executed theme party, even for a […]

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Real Talk Weddings

Modern Wedding Etiquette for Rebel Couples

From the very moment you get engaged, questions of wedding etiquette start popping up. Should you announce your engagement online or wait until after you see your families in person? Who are you supposed to invite? What is up with all the different pieces of invitation stationary? Why does it matter how I address the […]

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Real Talk Weddings

Taking back the Wedding Industry

The revolution begins with you. Being a wedding planner, I get so bummed out when I see people trashing the wedding industry online. But hear me out, because I also totally get it. The industry as a whole has a lot to answer for. Over the last 30 years, the expectations around weddings have skyrocketed, […]

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The 5 Most Common DIY Wedding Mistakes

Ever since the financial crisis in 2008, couples have increasingly turned to DIY wedding decor and planning, eschewing traditional wedding industry vendors in search of lower cost, more personalized weddings. We have seen a rise in quality resources and materials, affordable, stylish wedding gowns, and in general, an attitude that you don’t have to spend as […]

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Modern, Botanical Wedding Inspiration @ Oakland Farm

Today, we bring you a botanical wedding styled shoot from last fall at Oakland Farm. When my good friend, Adam, told me he would be managing this brand new wedding venue, I offered to help them get started by organizing a styled wedding shoot.  Oakland Farm is a scenic property in southern Chatham County, between Sanford […]

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James + Erica’s Modern Summer Motorco Wedding – Durham, NC

Even Wedding Planners get married too! Check out the highlights of our summery rock club wedding in Durham, NC at Motorco Music Hall! We knew that we wanted to have a small, budget friendly wedding with a lot of personality! We focused on having great food and beers, a unique ceremony, a cocktail party atmosphere, and […]

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Sam & Seri’s Lake House Wedding in Chapel Hill

Back in June, I coordinated a wedding for an incredible couple, Seri & Sam. Today, I am excited to share that their wedding was featured on The Budget Savvy Bride! I was honored to be able to help with this truly unique and fun wedding.  Their ceremony was held at the Arboretum on the UNC Campus and […]

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Wedding Truths with Bridechilla Graduate Erica

Heyo! I recently recorded an episode of the Bridechilla Podcast with the lovely Aleisha McCormack! If you aren’t already listening to this podcast and you are planning a wedding, seriously get on it! It is a gold mine of ideas, support, and advice from a delightful Aussie who swears a bunch! I have been writing […]