Drew + Amanda: Summerfield Wedding Planner

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I got a call from the Mother of the Groom some months back. Her only son, Drew, was getting married to Amanda and she thought they may need some help. They lived a little out of town, getting married back home, so having someone here to help coordinate last minute details was important.

After a delightful conversation with the MOG, it was a go! I was so excited to get to working with them as I could tell right off the bat that they were a family I wanted to help celebrate.

A month before the ceremony I got a call from the MOG. There had been a terrible accident. At a pre-wedding Bachelor celebration, two groomsman were hit by a drunk driver as they were walking on the sidewalk. One didn’t make it, and one was still seriously injured. My heart fell to a million piece as I felt for them. They were planning a huge celebration, and the guy that was to be standing beside Drew wouldn’t be there…… it was tough.

Bullock_Sykes_Kelly_Rae_Stewart_Photography_i5Kz85rSThe day came and the bridal party all had him with them throughout the day. A huge Boston Red Sox fan, the lost friend was remembered and there in spirit through Red Sox pins on all the groomsman and as part of every bridesmaid’s lantern. The day was beautiful, and there was an extra angel singing from the heavens as part of this joyful union.

The love. The passion. The excitement. The joy. This day was filled with all the ingrediants to a perfect day.  The other groomsman, still on crutches, reminded everyone there just how precious life is and when you find Love…. you must not only grab hold — but ENJOY and thrive in every second of it…. that’s what sharing your life with someone is all about!

I am so blessed to have been a part of Drew and Amanda’s magical wedding day at The Gardens of Gray Gables. The artsy details and unique touches truly personalized this event. I wish them nothing but love, joy and only tears of happiness in their future together!

Thank you to a truly spectacular team of vendors, including the talented Kelly Rae Stewart Photography for allowing us to share these beautiful photos!


Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator: Kat, Merrymaking Events
Officiant: Buck Cochran
Venue: The Garden at Gray Gables, Summerfield
Band: Skate Rink Jukebox
Catering: Above and Beyond Catering, High Point
Cake: Delicious Bakery, Greensboro
Flowers: The Farmer’s Wife, Greensboro
Photography: Kelly Rae Stewart Photography
Videography: BG Studios
Ceremony Music: Drakes DJ Service

 

 

 

Meredith + Owen {and Bradley too!}: Greensboro Wedding Planner

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The first thing you notice about Meredith and Owen is the smiles. Both have such huge, joyful and beautiful smiles. They have the smiles that make you want to smile. The second thing you notice is the most handsome little redheaded boy that is floating by them everywhere they go. This is Bradley, their son, who also lost is first tooth right before the ceremony!

I can’t tell you how much joy filled this place on their day — when they made it official…. and the biggest smile was Bradley’s as his Mom and Dad now had the same last name.

I loved the bright and clean colors, with a pop of yellow and pink….. the simple touches, the personal details …. (And can I just say how much I am LOVING the bright PINK heels! These are my kinda girls.)

Owen and Meredith made it official at the Weir-Jordan House in Downtown Greensboro with some fabulous vendors! From a handmade arbor to a basket full of “dancing shoes” .. the details were taken care of and the bride and groom, along with their families and friends, could enjoy the merriment of the beautiful day.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day and best of luck to the Hobgood family, Party of Three!

Wedding Planner: Kat Mendenhall, Merrymaking Events
Photography: Melinda Jean Photography
Venue: Weir-Jordan House
Catering and Cake: Stacy at Savory Street Catering
DJ: John Haskins, Friendly Neightborhood DJ
Flowers: Mickey at Sedgefield Florist

Brendan + Erin : True Southern Soiree Atlanta Style

14 Oct Happily Ever After

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Traditional. Southern. Black Tie.

These are the words we kept on the front of the planning folder for Erin and Brendan’s big Southern affair in the capital of the South. Home to sweet tea, Chick-fil-a, Coca Cola, sweet peaches and the world’s busiest airport. That’s right, we were heading to Atlanta…. more specifically Buckhead.

There is something charming about tBROERE__0764he old Southern city of Atlanta. It always makes me think of the show Designing Women. With their fine southern accents and full knowledge of Emily Post’s Etiquette rules… the South truly knows how to host a party and accommodate their guests. Erin and Brendan’s wedding weekend was no different, treating their guests to true Southern charm.

When Brendan and Erin got engaged, they knew they wanted a formal Atlanta affair…. black tie. The bride is a nurse who grew up in North Carolina and the groom is a lawyer from Georgia. The young couple made their home in Buckhead Atlanta.

They wanted to incorporate timeless elegance into their day. When we met for their design consultation, we were so excited to look over aisles and aisles and more aisles of décor items from A Legendary Event in Atlanta. Their warehouse was our dream come true for this event. We decided on sterling silver containers for the centerpieces, taper candles, candelabras and lush floral design. Neutral colors and flickering candlelight made the entire space glow. It was traditional Southern style and I loved every single detail.

Carrying out the True Southern Affair, the guests were met at cocktail hour with two bars, a “His Bar”, which featured whiskey and a “Her’s Bar” with Gelato Champagne coolers. Guests could also partake in a Whiskey Tasting upstairs and a Cigar Bar on the large estate’s porch.

After a decadent dinner and lots of dancing, guests enjoyed a late night pizza slice before loading up the buses to head back to their hotel. It was a truly elegant, timeless affair for one of the most beautiful couples.

Thank you to Bill Broere and Lauren from Bill Broere Photography for capturing the details and sharing the beautiful photos!

 

Planners: Merrymaking Events  I  Greensboro, NC

Gelato for Champagne Bar: Honeysuckle Gelato

Photography: Bill Broere Photography  I  High Point, NC

Bridal Luncheon: Swan House

Ceremony: Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Buckhead

Reception: The Estate Buckhead

Floral / Food / Cake : A Legendary Event

Accommodations: InterContinental Hotel, Buckhead

Transportation: Uber Atlanta / Shuttle Buses / Vintage Rolls Royce

Music: Band of Gold

Happy Momma’s Day

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Isn’t it true that no matter how old you are, you sometimes just want your mom?

Cater-495-X2I find myself needing and wanting my mom. When something AWESOME happens, I have to call her first because I know she’ll celebrate with me. When something TERRIBLE happens, I need her to tell me it will be okay. I want to crawl into her bed and have her rub my head. If I have a big, important dinner…. I need my mom to tell me I look nice and that she likes my makeup. Of course, I wish it was always like that. But sadly, it’s not.

My mom is the only one who is ever brutally honest.  Sure, she may try to be polite, but we all know what she means when she says, “that top you have on is quite interesting.” ….ok, Mom, I’ll go change.

The teenage years were fun (NOT!). I’m sure they were a blast for her as well. To be sharing a house with a hormonal boy-crazy, shoe-obsessed, teenage girl. There were years where she wasn’t my friend, but she was always my Mom. I didn’t know if I would surviv0446 c&b 10.13 lge those years. I don’t know how I did. I guess my mom has much more patience than I thought.

Even still … when we were fighting and screaming, I knew without a shadow of a doubt, that she loved me more than anyone on this planet… she told me so every single day of my life. Over and over she reminded us just how important being a Mom was to her, and for that I am so grateful. I grew up knowing that not only was I wanted …. I was prayed for, loved and cherished. As I got older, my Mom became my friend …. my best friend.

My Mom is the reason I am doing Merrymaking Events. Every since I can remember, my mom introduced me as her “Creative child”… before I knew it, that was my identity and I felt comfortable being creative. I was always doing crafts, coloring contests, and using glitter and my Mom was with me every step of the way to encourage, believe and inspire me. She is much more creative than me, but she always let me have my spotlight. For example, I know that she could have done a better 3rd grade project for me….. but since she encouraged me to do it… I was able to go on to bigger and more fun ideas! She never thought my ideas were silly, or stupid and she always helped me figure out how to make it work. I know, if not for her,I wouldn’t have had the courage… to step out on my own and put myself, my talents, and my creativity out there for all too see.

0476 c&b 10.13 lgActually, one of my favorite parts of a wedding is when the Mom sees their child all ready to get married and gets tears in her eyes (it’s a mom thing). To see her watch her child, all grown up, and starting a life of their own, She is so proud. She is so sad to let go. I can almost see the film reel playing in her head.. riding the bike for the first time or throwing a baseball. Their first scrapped knee or their first steps. The first day of school, first dates,  first love and first kiss.   It gets me…. every. single. time. I’m a mush.

What I want to tell her is that there are so many moments when they will need you. Their first “real” fight as husband and wife. When they become a parent and suddenly need you to teach them how to be just like you were to them. There are so many joys of being a Mom, and this weekend I am blessed for my Mom and feel lucky to be called Mom by the most amazing kids…. I am truly blessed.

“Everything I am, or hope to be, is because of my Mom.” Thank you Mom!

My Mom and I on my Wedding Day....

My Mom and I on my Wedding Day….

 

 

Courtney + Brice: High School Sweethearts

14 Apr

Courtney and Brice
October 5, 2013
Trinity, North Carolina

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0009 c&b 10.13 sm0012 c&b 10.13 smWe designed a wedding that would be casual, comfortable and welcoming… a true southern soiree for a couple raised in small town, Carolina. It was just what the couple wanted for their family and friends.

0634 c&b 10.13 smCourtney and Brice were true high school sweethearts. After 7 ½ years together, Courtney and Brice were standing at the alter to become husband and wife. As cute as they can be, Courtney teaches middle school art and Brice works for a family trucking business as well as serving in the Air National Guard.0060 c&b 10.13 sm

The ceremony sat on the large sprawling farmland of the Petty Family (Richard Petty, racing legend), now known as Adaumont Farm. As you drive through the large iron gates and over the stone bridge on the tree-lined road, it’s something out of a movie. You notice beautiful white fencing holding grazing horses, large trees that have been on the land for a long time and nothing but the North Carolina sky! The ceremony was on a lovely piece of this land that overlooks the beautiful lake and quant covered bridge, under the wooden pergola. As her mother walked the beautiful bride down the long grassy aisle, the sun gave her a stunning glow…. or perhaps she was just a blushing bride. Continue reading

John Austin and Tori : A NC Mountain Wedding

14 Apr

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Roaring Gap, NC

As I drove up to the Roaring Gap Club, I was awestruck by the beautiful stone building that reminded me of something straight out of Dirty Dancing. Sitting a top a mountain in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the clubhouse was surrounded with panoramic views of the beautiful smokies. I was waiting for Jennifer Grey to come out the door any minute.

The Boat HouseThis was the perfect setting for John Austin and Tori to host their guests, who were traveling in from all over the world. The bride is from Raleigh, the couple now lives in Chicago, and the Groom’s grandmother is a member of this club. The location had everything the couple needed to enjoy their day. Cabins for guests to stay in, a beautiful patio for a quant bridal luncheon, and a beauty shop for the girls to primp in that is reminisce of the 1950s.Beauty Parlour Fun

Bridesmaids in NavyAs the bridesmaids’ put on their elegant navy dresses and gathered their bright yellow bouquets, the eclectic guests gathered on the lawn of the club, overlooking the valley. The ceremony was beautiful, complete with handwritten, personal vows.Bouquets from Amy Dunlap OriginalsCater-552

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Lindsay + David: JH Adams Inn

15 Jan {ADAM MOWERY PHOTOGRAPHY}

image_2Lindsay and Dave Thomas were married at J.H. Adams Inn in High Point, NC this past Summer. David is a good ole’ country boy — trying to make it to MLB — and Lindsay is a Physician Liaison. They met and were raised in the same community.

Rugged meets Class!  This event was anything but ordinary. What we loved most was their unique ability to incorporate their own style, pieces of their “story” and their fun-filled details throughout their event. It was what made it so extraordinary. David’s love of sports was showcased throughout the event, beginning when the guest were asked to “autograph” a wooden bat in place of a traditional guest book.

Some would say they couldn’t be more opposite… especially when you’re raised to pull for different rival teams. David’s family pride themselves as HUGE Duke fans and Lindsay’s family wears Carolina blue. I knew she was head-over-heels when Lindsay chose to symbolize marrying into a Duke family by hiding Duke Blue pom poms under each seat and the Duke Fight Song as their introductions were made.  Imagine a sea of Duke blue split with snarls from the Carolina side. What a wonderful way to start this playful reception!

From good ole’ Karaoke to Krispy Kreme doughnuts for the ride home,  this wedding was energetic, fun and memorable. Thank you Adam Mowery Photography for capturing it all for us!

A Big Ole’ Thank You to Our Spectacular Vendors

Planner: Ashley Bodenheimer, Merrymaking Events
Venue: J.H. Adams Inn, High Point, NC
Florist: Just Priceless
DJ: Anything Music
Officiant: Scott Newton
Photographer: Adam Mowery Photography
Dessert Table: Sprinkle of Sugar Bakery, Thomasville, NC
Hair: Tabetha Stylez
Make-up: About Face
Favors: Krispy Kreme
Invitations: Noteworthy

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