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    We are thrilled that you've taken the time to peruse our blog!

    Even for the most organized client, there are no substitutions for experience. Your own wedding or event should not be the test you give yourself to see if you can plan and design it alone....nor should you hand it off to your friends who seem to enjoy 'planning a party'. You only get one shot to make this perfect! Allow yourself to enjoy your wedding engagement or life outside of work as we keep you calm and on track {and on budget of course}, while we personalize a wedding or event far better than you can imagine.

    With over 30 years combined experience in the wedding industry, this team is known as the 'go-to-gals' if you want a unique and stylish wedding that has every detail and logistic executed in advance.

    Recently voted Charlotte's Best Overall Event Planner by Charlotte Wedding Magazine 'Best of Weddings' 2014.

CED Promo Video, Charlotte Wedding Planners, NC Wedding Planners, Event Planners

Click below and check out our newly released 2017 Promo Video! Thanks to Crown Alley Films for the production.

Ritz Carlton Urban Garden Wedding | Uptown Charlotte Wedding | Hot Pink Black White Wedding

We met Tara and her family….after we booked them. That’s right! We booked over email and from one phone convo.  The connection was instant and we both knew we were the perfect fit.  Tara (and her new hubby Ryan) wanted little to nothing to do with planning (we actually met Ryan at the rehearsal although we felt like we knew him since the beginning).  Tara relied heavily on her sister to be the point person for us during the planning process and it worked out wonderfully. Goes to show the bride and client can be as involved or as un-involved as they choose.

The desire was Kate Spade with pops of hot vibrant pink.  The bold, color blocked patterns we chose left the room bright and very crisp.  See what we created below for this oh-so-special family.  They had the best time laughing and just relaxing with their family and friends on this gorgeous August day.

Thanks to our friends at Indigo Photography for the imagery.

Venue: Ritz Carlton Urban Garden

Church: First Baptist Uptown Charlotte

Stationer: Olive Paper

Videography & Photography: Indigo 

Beauty: Be Pretty

Lighting/Draping/Decor: Carolina Event Design

Rentals/Linens: Party Reflections, BBJ Linen

Florals: Amy Lynne Originals

Entertainment: Split Second Sound

Tux: DW Designs

Gown: Nitsa’s

Trolley: Sunway

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Ballantyne Hotel Wedding, Black and Red Wedding, Masquerade, Charlotte Wedding

Dark, sultry, unpredictable, masquerade, romantic….those were a few of the client’s requests for the October wedding.  We loved it and created an experience that left them speechless.  Check out the ways we used black and red in the decor to create an ambience for the guests that was definitely unpredictable.  A late night ceremony in the dark outside, an explosive fireworks show at the kiss, a ceiling covered in 400 suspended feathers over the dance floor, masquerade masks that were butler passed to guests during the party, (it was after all, Halloween weekend) and low lying dreamy fog that crawled out over the dance floor during the first dances.  Kimberly and Matthew, you were amazing and we wish you the best!

Thanks to Smitten and Hooked for these incredible photos.

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Founders Hall Wedding, Charlotte NC Uptown Wedding, Summer Wedding

Amanda was one of the coolest and most chill brides we have ever had.  Her mom, on the other hand was a ball of energy…but like, the good kind of energy that just ignites your spirit and makes you happy when you’re around her.  The families chose uptown Charlotte as their location and more specifically Founders Hall. Gavin, the groom, worked in the same building as Founders Hall so he was reluctant to host their wedding there in fears of it not feeling special and just like the bank space he sees daily.  We asked for his trust, he gave it, and he was beyond surprised with how it looked nothing like what he was used to seeing.  The citrus pastels gave this summer wedding the exact, fun, laid back vibe they were looking for.

Cheers to this beautiful couple and their families!  Thanks to Lauren Friday Photography for the imagery.

Venue | Founders Hall

Catering | Aria 

Church | St. Peter’s Episcopal

Florals | CLUX Florals 

Video | Crown Alley Films

Beauty | Who’s the Fairest

Stationery | Drawing Board Studio

Trolley | Sunway Charters

Band | Sol Fusion {best band ever!}

Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding

Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding
Founders Hall Wedding, Peach Wedding, Summer Wedding, Charlotte NC Wedding, Uptown Charlotte Wedding

Party Planner | Graduation Party | NC Event Planner

This girl graduated in style!  Check out this alternative to a graduation celebration her friends and family will never forget!

This party was initial scheduled and designed for outdoors but due to last minute inclement weather we had to move it inside.  This included frantically searching for a new available venue (in June no less), moving the entire party, alerting all guests, completely redesigning the entire party and layout, reconfirming all details with all the vendors, in just…get this…..THREE days.  It takes a village and I appreciate mine!

The Swon Brothers, who were a hit on the NBC Show the Voice and are currently touring with Carrie Underwood, were hired to perform a surprise concert for Cierra and her guests. She was blown away to say the least and the guests danced all night long.  Zach and Colton are sweethearts and even let them party on the tour bus after the show.

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