Ashley & LaVelle’s Glam Romantic Barn Wedding
Ashley & LaVelle’s Glam Romantic Barn Wedding

Music, warmth, and family are the first three words that come to mind when I reflect on Ashley & LaVelle’s wedding. Even with over 200 guests, there was an atmosphere of romance and intimacy, and the whole room was flooded by the shine of their love.

As guests arrived at the beautiful farm venue, they were escorted around the barn to the ceremony space on the back patio. A mirror welcome sign greeted them, along with a welcome table holding a birdcage for cards, the guest book, and a basket with bubble bottles for a ceremony sendoff. The patio was serenaded by live musicians, including a keyboardist, vocalist, and saxophonist. The ceremony space overlooked rolling hills, and we decorated the wooden arbor with drapes and artificial flowers; a cocktail table sat under the arbor holding three jars for a sand ceremony. A fan program was placed on each seat, and in the front row, two chairs were draped in white with flowers and photos for two special loved ones lost.
Vendors
Venue: The Addison Farm, Elon
Planner: Beauty & the Budget Events
Photographer: Jeffrey Lynn Media
Officiant Gregory Milton
Videographer: Honey Dew Films
Caterer, Rentals: Dessert & Things by Cookie
Baker: The Bride’s Cousin
DJ: DJ Darrell Smith
Musician: Darrell McLean
Hairstylist: A New Look Hair Salon
Makeup artist: Silent H Makeup

How to Pick the Perfect Florist
How to Pick the Perfect Florist

There are so many beautiful aspects of a wedding day, but one of the prettiest elements is easily the floral arrangements. From bouquets and boutonnieres carried by the wedding party to table centerpieces, ceremony decor and even the cake, natural elements are often everywhere on a wedding day. Even brides who aren’t fans of flowers often include some small floral or natural elements such as greenery garlands. So it’s only natural (hehe) that choosing the right florist is an important part of the planning process.

Meredith & Nick’s Fall Foliage Vow Renewal
Meredith & Nick’s Fall Foliage Vow Renewal

Meredith & Nick just make sense together, and their wedding day beautifully reflected that. She’s a data analyst for Durham County with an energetic, bubbly personality and type-a mindset, while he’s a teacher who all agree is loving and empathetic toward everyone. Together, she’ll make you feel invited, and he’ll make you feel welcomed. Nick says he fell in love with Mer for her compassion, she for his selflessness, and together their warmth is a blessing to all who play a part in their lives.

The Surprising Key to a Happy Marriage
The Surprising Key to a Happy Marriage

I have a secret to tell you, and it may be counter-intuitive if you’re a fan of rom-coms: Your spouse shouldn’t be the source of your happiness. Let me say it another way. If you’re expecting your partner to be your happily ever after, the sun in your universe, your missing half, then you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. But today on the blog, we’re talking about the importance of Self-Fulfillment, and how it will save your marriage.

Andrea & Rachael Edgar Allan Poe Halloween Vow Renewal
Andrea & Rachael Edgar Allan Poe Halloween Vow Renewal

I’d like to take you to a magical time and place for a moment if you’ll let me.
It’s Halloween at twilight, and a deep blue fills the sky. You walk up a sloping path at the Museum of Life + Science, past a table with a guest book guarded by a skeleton dressed as Edgar Allan Poe. A soft light emanates from the butterfly house, filled with lush greenery and providing the backdrop for a round ceremony arch. Chairs are set in an arc facing the butterfly house, with two aisles lined with lanterns, and a gentle peace fills the air. One year to the day after they were legally wed, Andrea & Rachael walked together from the side of the small field to stand beside their fathers. At the same time, they walked down the aisles to again meet, join hands, and promise to continue loving each other for the rest of their lives.