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Allison and Matt were married this past October at the Mordecai House, a historic estate and popular wedding venue. This enchanting property offered the perfect backdrop for their romantic Raleigh wedding.

Love how the ladies’ shades of pink bouquets pop against their slate colored bridesmaid dresses.
Story Photographers did an amazing job capturing every detail and every moment.
The same pink roses that the bride and bridesmaids carried were incorporated into the ceremony with these stunning altar flowers and a sprinkling of rose petals along the aisle.

What a picturesque backdrop as Matt and Allison steal a kiss.

How charming is this?
Allison wore a beautiful vintage inspired open back lace gown with a birdcage veil.

Touches of pink where everywhere from the bouquets, to the cake, and even these breath taking centerpieces.

Thrills from the Grill provided the delicious eats for the evening, and the guests had a wonderful time dancing under the lit tent.
Congratulations, Matt & Allison!

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Shawna and Erik were married in September at the Cardinal Club in downtown Raleigh. Shawna knew that she wanted black, white, and red for her colors. This is such a gorgeous, classic, and sophisticated palette, however it can also come across as harsh. So to soften this look we used these gorgeous damask linens, soft red roses, and some great uplighting. It was so gorgeous!

The couple decided to see each other before the wedding. I love these pictures…How adorable is Shawna’s face?? Melissa Kay Photography took these gorgeous pictures!

Tre Bella created these gorgeous flowers! They were stunning!

(my iPhone)

Congratulations to you both!!
xoxo, Erin

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I had the pleasure of working with Megan and George for their wedding at the gorgeous Cardinal Club in downtown Raleigh. It was a Black and White Wedding with Yellow accents, such a classic style.

I want to thank the fabulously talented Martha Manning from Martha Manning Photography. Martha is so talented and so much fun to work with, I love her!

Megan’s dress was by far one of my favorite dresses ever! Don’t even get me started on her shoes, amazing!

The guys relaxed before the wedding with some cards.

The ceremony was held at the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, in their new chapel. What a great space, the lighting was breathtaking!

The food was served family style, so much fun for all the guests, they LOVED it!

The Wally West band was so much fun!!

The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery made these delicious cupcakes, mmmm good 🙂

I love this moment that Martha captured.

Megan changed into this fantastic dress!
xo, Erin

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Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2010

The Talented Planners at Occasions Niagara put together this list of trends for 2010. I think they are right on!

Will you be getting engaged over the holidays?

As you begin to plan you 2010 wedding keep in mind these top trends you’ll see next spring and summer.

1. Basics

Wedding details will be the center of attention this year. It will be the base of the event, not the drama or opulence of the evening. Consider spending more on the lasting memories than the showmanship of the event. Spend a bit more than the average budget allowance on photography rather than abundant floral. Or think about a longer stay on your honeymoon and a little less of a party at the reception and you’ll be thankful for your decision in the end.

2. Home / Backyard Weddings

Intimate and personal affairs at home are becoming very popular and bigger than ever. It’s really the essence of a personalized wedding day experience.
Smaller size guest lists, more intimate settings, grass roots weddings, elegant and detail driven, but in no way small on what counts.

3. Buttercream for Icing

Fondant is falling behind (due to the taste), but buttercream is making a huge comeback in the market. Most cake designers can smooth out buttercream so that it looks like fondant but the taste is so creamy and decedent. Overall, buttercream is a much better flavor, and has more natural ingredients. Some designers charge a lot less for buttercream.

4. Wedding Favors

Personalized favors are back in a big way. Guests always notice when couples don’t put a lot of thought into the favor. Show how grateful you both are to those in attendance. Think outside the box. – local artisans, locally grown products and personal mementos.

5. Local Wedding Destinations

The popular destination wedding will remain high on most couples priority list, but couples are selecting locations that are within driving distance. This way couples can create a wedding weekend. Having a more local wedding will not only allow all guests to attend, it supports the local economy and helps the environment.

6. Colors

Monochromatic palettes – single color bunches. Vibrant shades of orange, green, yellow, and pink. Metallic colors such as gold, silver, copper, and pewter are still very popular. Black is always in for weddings, mostly attire.

7. Green Weddings

Couples want an “eco-friendly” wedding. They are making small changes, but getting big results. We are recommending the venue to clean the property with green cleaning products, all lighting should be LED, and all food leftovers should be composted. Also, having the caterer/Chef prepare food using local and organic ingredients. All stationary should be printed on recycled paper.

8. Video and Digital New-Age Ideas

Everyone has seen the photo /video montages of your childhoods during dinner, but the next phase in video at your event comes in several different forms. Wedding ceremonies are being broadcasted on screens for better viewing from the back of the venue; also they are sent over the internet to guests who cannot attend the event. Time lapse photography is being shot and integrated into video for current day montages of you and your fiancé. The photographer and Videographer are setting up cranes with cameras and projecting the event as it unfolds on screens around the dance floor.

9. HD Video

Videographers have already switched to hi-def camera equipment. Next year all or most will make such a transition, making HD and even Blu Ray the norm in wedding videography. Upgrade now and be thankful for the quality later. This also means smaller cameras on site and less infringement into your event, all around a better option on the big day.

10. Visual Combinations – “Fusion”

Professional grade still photo cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR have been released with HD video capabilities. It is a great idea to have both services at your wedding to capture every moment of the big day. Tech-savvy brides looking for a new experience, may like to experiment with a visual professional (videographer or photographer) who has this technology. In the future, you will begin to see an emergence of two-in-one companies.

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Ok, I am all about facebook and twitter, but at the moment of being announced husband and wife? Not so much! No phones at the wedding people 🙂

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October is always a popular month for NC Weddings. But I am telling you that the first week of November is the most beautiful month to capture fall leaves! Salina and Erick got married on the 7th at Isley Farms in Burlington, NC. It was the most gorgeous fall day! Look at these colors!
Melissa Kay Photography took these amazing pictures! You have to check out her out, she is so talented!
This when the couple first saw each other, Melissa captured this great moment!

We had dancing under a tent on the farm, and there was a gorgeous cabin where dinner was served!

Guests were treated by a surprise fireworks display! It was the perfect night for fireworks!

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Congratulations to Liz and Russell! They were married this past weekend in Raleigh. Liz wanted an all white ceremony and then have the guests walk into the reception and be wowed with color. So I had to call in the experts! Jeff from Simpsound did an amazing job transforming this space! Kayelily Middleton was the officiant and gave a beautiful ceremony!

Piping and draping the space is a great way to bounce color from the lighting into the space. The lighting changed throughout the night. It was fabulous!

These gorgeous linens and all the rentals were from Classic Party Rentals.

This beyond gorgeous cake was created by Cake Dreams by Sally. The bride also wanted to recognize three other couples that were having their anniversaries the same week and ordered smaller cakes for those couples. It was a hit!
We flipped the ceremony site from all white into a colorful awesome lounge with furniture rented from Flair! It was such a great enviroment with a Shrimp and Grits station provided by Triangle Catering.

Of course we had to have a candy bar. Delish!!

Thank you to Rachel Suttles for these pictures, you rock!

xo, Erin

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Happy Fall weather in the air!!

I often get asked about ideas for Wedding Party Gifts. I always refer my brides to Swagger Gifts. I asked my girl Mandy at Swagger to be my guest blogger and give you all some great ideas from her fabulous store!

Swagger Gifts – Bridal Party and Groomsmen Attendant Gifts for Everyone on Your List!

You are not a two-dress bride and you sure didn’t have any trouble picking your colors, the tabletop décor, or your signature cocktail (with the help of Ms. Erin McLean, wedding planner extraordinare, of course!)… so why fret over your attendant gifts? Picking something thoughtful that will be appreciated and enjoyed by your bridesmaids and groomsmen doesn’t have to be a daunting task – and you can even personalize many options without blowing your budget! The girls at Swagger Gifts have put together all of their gift giving experience (and several rounds of serving as faithful bridesmaids) to give you ideas for every person on your attendants list!

Are you having a destination wedding or are many members of your party traveling to town for your big weekend?

Large Tote BagsBe sure to put together a personalized tote bag full of snacks, a local maps, weekend schedule and necessary phone numbers, and anything that truly represents your destination’s charm! Is there a special candy that you’ve always enjoyed that’s made right in your town? Be sure to include some scrumptious details about why you find it special and how much you appreciate your guests traveling to share this even more special event with you! Be sure to leave room for them to add things like make-up bags, shoes, and more as they’ll be sure to tote these bags around to all of your pre-wedding festivities!

How about for the Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom?

These special ladies deserve an extra something special to commemorate this special occasion. New at Swagger Gifts are engraved silver platters featuring the details from your very own wedding invitations engraved right on them! We really can’t think of a prettier way to remember your wedding for years to come. Perfect for your “MOB” and “MOG” to keep on display as home décor or using for entertaining!

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What are the groomsmen doing with their down time?

Is there a Friday or Saturday golf outing planned? (We hear the best way to recover from any bachelor party exhaustion is by taking in at least nine holes on a sunny morning.) If the local greens are on their schedule, be sure to outfit them with personalized sports towels! “A monogram for gentlemen?”, you ask? Of course! There are several monogram fonts available that won’t make your groomsmen think twice about adding their initials to more of their golf duds!

Top 3 Gifts to Satisfy Any Guy!

For Mr. Fix-It, a great pocket knife always comes in handy. Add his monogram for a really personalized touch!

For the Sharp-Dessed Man, these square cufflinks will bring any look together for a really polished finish! Swagger Gifts offers several options – square, circle, oval, and even black and silver cufflinks – the hardest part of your decision will be which shape to select for each groomsman!

For the Host with the Most, a set of personalized glasses makes a great addition to a perfect party, tremendous tailgate, or Sunday Funday! Choose from Flared Double Old Fashioned glasses, Classic Double Old Fashioned glasses, Tailgate Beer Mugs, and many other entertaining staples from Swagger Gifs’ barware selection.

Top Three Gifts for the Trendy, Modern, and Classic Bridesmaids!

For the Trendy Girl in your party, a customized picture frame from Danielson Design’s exclusive online design studio for Swagger Gifts is your one-stop source for gifts with flair! Choose from any of the original Danielson Design templates or create your own look using your favorite quotes, names,… even song lyrics – the sky is the limit.

For the Modern Maven in your party (you know… the one who kindly spent hours putting together your photo slideshow on DVD for the reception and gracefully re-published your The Knot webpage for you a dozen times), a monogrammed laptop sleeve or Scout laptop bag are a personalized choice that she would’ve never thought to buy for herself!

For the Classically Chic attendant, a personalized gift from Swagger Gifts’ Stamps and Stationery collection will be a perfect fit! These girls are already well-versed in the art of correspondence and thank you cards, so be sure to outfit their collection with a piece they’ll really enjoy. Notecards come in an unending selection of designs and colors and the personalized stamps and embossers are a great way to give a gift than can be used and reused for years to come.

Too Many Tastes to Pick Separate Gifts? Here’s Our “Go To” Gift!

For a One-Stop Shop Gift that’ll please everyone in your party, we’re BIG fans of monogrammed pashminas… especially if your wedding is, say, before May and you’re bridal entourage will be outfitted in sleeveless dresses?! You can pick up one for everyone in your party (in your signature color – or colors, of course) or you can mix-and-match for personalized picks if you know what colors each of your bridesmaids covets the most!

xo, Erin

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Congratulations to Doug and Liz!! They were one of my favorite couples ever! They were totally in love and so adorable with each other. This wedding was so much fun!!

Sweet Memories Bakery did a phenomenal job on this cake! DELISH!
Thank you to Kittie from MPK Photography for these fantastic pictures. She truly caught the fun and happiness of the day!

Hot Politics is a fabulous band based in Greensboro. They were fantastic and kept the dance floor packed all night. Such a great sound!
Here is the groom working it on the dance floor, so fun!
Liz and me at the end of the night. Ok, give me a tiny break for the hair, it was so hot earlier in the day 🙂

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I LOVE barn weddings. I am an expert NC Wedding Planner for barns!

Here are some of the professional pictures from the super talented Nancy Thomas with Nancy Thomas Photo. She took some gorgeous pictures!

Tre Bella Florist did such a
gorgeous job. They were such a compliment to this naturally beautiful setting.
Reverend Kayelily Middleton did a fantastic job and it was a beautiful and personal ceremony!

The bride and groom were making this as much of a Green Wedding as possible. Instead of printing new placecards, they reused the response cards and used twine to hang them. It look so cute, I can’t stand it!! For their centerpieces they had all of their friends collect wine bottles over the past year. It added such unique character to the tables!

How romantic is this picture????

Edible Art did a very nice job on the cake!

There we delicious s’mores late night! Yum-O (thank you Rachel Ray)

Congratulations to such a fantastic couple!!

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