All the Vendors You Need (and Want)
All the Vendors You Need (and Want)

The first few months after a proposal feel like a whirlwind, quickly moving from a tearful “Yes, I’ll marry you!” to sharing your excitement with every family member, friend and stranger you can find, to daydreaming about walking down the aisle in a beautiful white dress. But then the music fades and you realize you have to find all the vendors to make your Pinterest board come to life. And while we wish that every couple would decide to get a full service wedding planner to help navigate all the vendor options, the reality is that some couples choose to dive into planning on their own. To make sure no vendor is forgotten, we’ve included a list of all the vendors you could need or want to make your day everything you could have hoped for.

Alyssa & Zach’s Summer Farm Vow Renewal
Alyssa & Zach’s Summer Farm Vow Renewal

Alyssa & Zach’s wedding was just like them: simple, vintage, and effortlessly romantic. With lots of greenery, vintage cake stands, and gold picture frames of their engagement photos, this gorgeous day in May 2021 was the perfect celebration of their love story and first year of marriage.

Allison & Ryan’s Southern Springtime Wedding
Allison & Ryan’s Southern Springtime Wedding

From the moment Allison & Ryan started dreaming up their southern springtime wedding plans, Allison was sure she wanted to say their vows beside the beautiful pond on her parents’ property, where they had recently finished building a house. The large fields on either side of the driveway were perfect for the large tent and parking lot, and guests walked through a nearly hidden pathway through the woods to a sloping field leading down to the water. It was here, under a large tree draped in white, that the couple joined their lives forever.

Atlantic Beach Elopement
Atlantic Beach Elopement

Being a part of someone’s wedding is always an honor, but when we have the opportunity to help a couple elope, we’re over the moon. An elopement is an intimate exchange of vows, and when J&D let us know they wanted get married in either Durham or the Outer Banks with just 8 guests, we were thrilled.

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Officiant
5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Officiant

When it comes to wedding officiants, we often see family members and friends take this position in a wedding celebration. While we love that our couples want someone special to them to be the person to join them in marriage, there are quite a few reasons why this isn’t a good idea. For starters, if you have a non-professional officiant officiate your wedding, there’s a good chance your marriage isn’t legal! We want all our couples to take the appropriate steps to make sure their marital bliss is legit, and hiring a professional officiant is the one sure-fire way to make this happen. But beyond the legality, there are some other great benefits to hiring your officiant, and our dear friend Ann McKenzie of Joy-Filled Ceremonies shared her insight into the top 5 reasons.