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The Unexpected Benefits of Hiring a Full-Service Wedding Planner

How do you know if you should hire a full-service wedding planner or just a coordinator? Coordination is all the rage these days but it still leaves most of the planning up to the couple. And while some couples are super into the idea of planning their wedding, others have about 800 other things they would rather be doing… and I don’t blame them.

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Abigail + Andrew’s Glamorous, Market Hall Raleigh Wedding

The morning of Abigail and Andrew’s wedding at Market Hall, my car broke down a block away from the venue in a busy downtown Raleigh intersection. It was one of those make the best out of the circumstances situations and I was lucky to be close to the venue and have my assistant to help lug […]

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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 […]