Ashley & Nick’s Eclectic Wedding Vow Renewal & Styled Shoot

What began as a simple branding photoshoot for my other blog, Secularly Wed, turned into a full-on styled wedding photoshoot and vow renewal with over 15 local wedding pros involved. Inspired by the ethos and mission of Secularly Wed, I set out to bring together some of my favorite wedding event partners and an amazing couple, to create unique, eclectic wedding inspiration capturing the vibe of the blog and our readers. …

April & Matt’s Rustic Soiree at The Rickhouse – Durham, NC

April and Matt tied the knot last May in a fun and easy going rustic soiree at The Rickhouse in Durham, NC.They are such a down to earth couple and I really enjoyed getting to know them and their family and friends at the wedding. Their priority was to have a wedding that felt authentic to them while also incorporating the traditions and elements that were most important to them. …

Jenn & Teague's Celtic-Inspired Wedding Weekend & Midsummer Night's Dream Masquerade Ball featuring a Celtic Handfasting | Folie à Deux Events Chapel Hill Wedding Planner | Photo by Rebekah Senter

Jenn & Teague’s Celtic-Inspired Wedding Weekend at Rigmor House

Jenn & Teague were married earlier this year at Rigmor House in Chapel Hill, NC. They held two events over the course of a weekend inspired by their love for theater and Shakespeare and their connection to their Celtic heritage. The first day featured a traditional Christian wedding ceremony performed by the bride’s uncle and attended by about 50 of their closest family and friends. An afternoon tea service with …

Modern Styling at The Cannon Room in Raleigh, NC | Styling by Folie à Deux Events | Photo by Veritas Digital Photography

Modern Styling for The Cannon Room – Raleigh, NC

The Cannon Room is a new event venue at Capital Club – Raleigh HQ. Their space is a mix of Art Deco splendor and Mid-Century Modern minimalism. I fell in love with their furniture pieces and the clean lines of the space. For my table design, I wanted to highlight the furniture and chose to keep my own accents simple and modern with pops of color. I had been wanting …

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 small group of people can take a lot of research and preparation. So where do …

Why you need a Wedding Photographer

Because you definitely need a Wedding Photographer… As a wedding planner, I often meet with couples who are surprised and discouraged by the cost of a professional wedding photographer. The fact is that for most people, a wedding is the first time they have ever had a reason to hire a professional photographer at all! Having been involved with the fashion industry, wedding industry, and being a good friend of many …

The Madness of Two | Folie à Deux Events on Avowed Wedding Podcast

Earlier this year, a new wedding podcast premiered, and I quickly fell head over heels in love with it… The Avowed Podcast, hosted by Jasmine R Lilly, features conversations that discuss the love, relationships, the wedding industry, art, politics, the pursuit of meaning and fulfillment… you name it, it’s all on the table. I listened to the very first episode and knew I had to reach out to Jasmine. She was having …

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 invites? And that is only the beginning… Not only are traditional etiquette rules overwhelming, many are …

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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, and who is to blame for that? Some of the blame definitely belongs with Hollywood. Portraying …

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 extravagantly to have a cool, meaningful wedding. What started as a financial necessity for many …