Maria + Eric’s Modern Christmas Wedding at Traine in Raleigh, NC

Photo by Three Region Photography

December 2018 | Traine – Raleigh, NC
Wedding Production + Design & Florals by Folie à Deux Events

Photography – Three Region Photography | Catering – Rocky Top Catering | Hair & Makeup – Wedded Kiss | Rentals – Themeworks Creative + CE Rental | DJ – Perfect Event Entertainment | Transportation – Lifestyle Limousine Company


Maria and Eric were married at Traine in Raleigh, NC on an unseasonably warm December day that was perfect for their modern, Christmas inspired wedding. The weather was not only warm, but the sky was filled with a moody fog that was absolutely gorgeous during their First Look photos at the new Union Station.

This wedding was our first wedding utilizing our new production + design services. We worked with Maria and Eric on capturing their full vision for their wedding. Creating mood boards and assisting with rental selections and other design choices. They adore Christmas, and this was incorporated heavily into every aspect from the bride’s red pumps, a flocked Christmas tree for the ceremony, to the fragrant evergreens in the floral arrangements. We kept things a little more moody, modern, and stylish while also leaning into the Christmas theme, which Maria and Eric both loved.

The Christmas tree and lanterns were provided by Themeworks while Folie à Deux Events provided floral designs, candles and terrariums. Shimmering candlelight helped bring a warm and cozy vibe to the space. Red sequined linens from CE Rental added a bit of sparkle that was the perfect finishing touch for this holiday themed design.

For the reception, Rocky Top Catering provided a scrumptious buffet including honey-brined chicken, basil whipped potatoes, and bruschetta mac and cheese. The dessert offerings included the traditional wedding cake, but also peppermint macarons and other one-bite treats. Somehow surpassing the deliciousness of the food was the utterly impeccable service, also provided by Rocky Top. Their servers went above and beyond with their kindness as well as attention to detail, ensuring every guest was not only stuffed by happily so. The music was hand-selected by the bride and groom to feature dance pop classics as well as hip-hop, resulting in a dance floor that was packed until last call.

The evening ended with everyone dancing and singing along to Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is You” and a grand exit where their guests showered them with bubbles!

Some thoughts from Maria:

Tell us about you and Eric!

Maria: Eric and I met on bumble, because we are millennials and that is how people meet each other now! Ha! On our first date, we got ice cream, which is a perfect first date idea BTW. Eric was intimidating and I couldn’t tell if he liked me but at the end of the date when we were saying goodbye, he said “by the way, you are beautiful.” And he pretty much won me after that. He is still really good with his words now, even after being married. The other day we were lying on the couch and he said, “I think we are soul mates.” Ugh, swoon, he’s the best. You know you have found your person, when you can be your most goofiest, fun-loving self with that person, and they are the same way with you.

What were some personal touches you included in the wedding and what did they symbolize?

Maria: My grandma couldn’t come to our wedding, but I wore her fur coat in portrait photos. When she saw the photos she cried! My dad and I did a nontraditional father-daughter dance because we are both too unorthodox to slow dance for 2 minutes.

What is your advice for engaged couples?

Maria: Don’t spend money on things you don’t need! The actual wedding is 4 hours! That is nothing. Do you really need a photo booth? No. Pick three things that are really important to you and spend the money there. For us it was dancing, drinking and food. Also, people are expensive. On the day of, only 50-60 guest came and I had everyone that was important to me there! Your mother-in-law does not need to invite 50 of her friends. It is your wedding.

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