• October 2011 Archive •

Charming Rustic Wedding at All Saints Chapel

It isn’t humanly possible for Brett and Jessica to be any cuter.  From their amazing fashion sense to their quirky and adorable personalities, they’re the kind of couple you want to plan a Friday night double date with.  They’re kids at heart and they certainly have huge, wide open, loving hearts.

Brett and Jessica were married at the All Saints Chapel in Downtown Raleigh on a perfect October day.  The wedding party, including the adorable ring bearer, looked as if they had just stepped off of a movie set.  We worked with Brett and Jessica to create a design that was simple yet catchy.  Rustic chic details were incorporated throughout the wedding from the antique tags tucked inside mason jars as escort cards to a custom built wooden mailbox for cards.  Using mason jars, acorns, fresh flowers and chalkboards as table numbers, we assembled centerpieces with countrified appeal.  Following the incredibly sweet ceremony, the couple exited to a shower of confetti from paper cones.  Representing Orangerie Events the day of the wedding and coordinating it oh so beautifully was the one and only Sharon.  I promise I’m not biased because she’s my mom.

The stunning wedding cake was provided by none other than Swank Cake Designs.  As an ode to the theme and the couple, two squirrel figurines were used as the cake topper.

Brett is a professional photographer {Brett Arthur Photography} and is remarkably talented.  It’s only fitting that he would select an out-of-this-world photographer to capture his own wedding and Collin Hughes certainly didn’t disappoint.  Behind a different set of lens, the fabulous duo of Heart Stone Films filmed each and every moment and put together an artistically beautiful display of the wedding highlights.  Be sure to read their blog here and check out the video here.

Given our chosen careers, I’ve had the pleasure of running into and working with Brett and Jessica even after their I Do’s.  I am so looking forward to growing our relationship and crossing paths more often.  For now, enjoy these gorgeous snippets of a young couple in love and their day of professing it.


Ceremony + Reception Venue: All Saints Chapel

Photographer: Collin Hughes

Videographer: Heart Stone Films

Cake: Swank Cake Designs

Florist: Gingerbread House Florist

xoxo, Priscilla
September Wedding at Mordecai Historic Park and Humble Pie

I met sweet Rachel to talk about all things wedding six months before her big day.  She was a breath of fresh air.  Throughout the entire process, I could always count on her to be cool, calm, collected and smiling.  She and her Australian beau were married at Mordecai Historic Park in Raleigh on a gorgeous September Sunday.

The outdoor ceremony took place at Mordecai with the grape vines as a perfect backdrop.  Gregg, with Brides & Bouquets, added flowers in various shades of purple to compliment the setting.  The ceremony was flawlessly performed by Rev. Roy and two four-legged members of the wedding party almost stole the show.  Almost.

The reception was held at Humble Pie in downtown Raleigh.  Following introductions, the couple shared their first dance as DJ Brian O’Toole provided the soundtrack for the entire evening.  The restaurant provided an amazing buffet spread highlighted by phenomenal service.  Throughout the reception, guests were able to be a little silly at the photo booth provided by Hice PhotographySimply Cakes NC showcased their talent in the form of a square 3-tier wedding cake complete with intricate detail, pintuck and a touch of purple.  And yes, it tasted as good as it looks.

Once the dancing began, the seemingly shy and reserved Rachel took center stage with an inflatable guitar for a solo performance to Journey.  Capturing this unforgettable moment and every other detail was the dynamic duo of A.J. Dunlap Photography.  Seriously?  How incredible are these photos?  I love working with AJ and Kyle!

Rachel and Adam spent two weeks following the wedding in Australia for a continued celebration with the groom’s family.  I’m slightly jealous.  If any couple deserved an extended vacation, it would definitely be these two.  Their positivity for life and love for each other was infectious and I’m grateful to have shared in their wedding day.

PhotographyA.J. Dunlap Photography

Ceremony Venue: Mordecai Historic Park

Reception Venue: Humble Pie

Florist: Brides & Bouquets

CakeSimply Cakes NC

Photobooth: Hice Photography

Pastor: Rev. Roy

DJ: Brian O’Toole


xoxo, Priscilla
I Left My Heart in San Francisco

Usually when I set my mind to something, I follow through until I can put a little check mark next to it.  I had talked about a girl’s trip to San Francisco with my dear friend Megan for years.  Megan moved to Dallas last December which means our time together is limited.  It may have taken us longer than expected to plan the getaway but last week we finally stopped talking about how nice it would be and actually experienced it.

We spent two days in Napa Valley and two days in San Fran. I was intoxicated the entire trip.  And no, not just because of the wine.  I was drunk off of constant laughing, shopping, over-indulgent dining, road tripping, sharing, city sounds, exploring and living in the moment.   We weren’t on anyone’s schedule except for our bladders and bellies.

I can’t tell you how much I needed the time away to recharge my batteries.  I needed the quality time with a close friend.  I needed to gossip and talk about celebrities as if I have their numbers on speed dial.  I needed to be with someone that would appreciate a three-story Forever 21 as much as me.  I needed to get dolled up for a night out on the town and feel the pavement beneath my heels.  I savored each and every moment as if I had never traveled or spent time with Megan before.

The trip was more than just a vacation.  It taught me valuable lessons such as:

1.  It’s okay to take some time off the clock and money out of the bank for me.

2.  Even if you think you have reservations, they can still be changed.  Your limo wine tour might not pick you up, your hotel may be overbooked and your flight home may be canceled.  Everything in life in subject to change and it’s the reaction that will either make or break you.

3.  When deciding to purchase six bottles of wine, it’s best to think about how to transport them before getting to the airport. Pulling luggage, carrying a laptop bag with a purse and toting a cardboard box full of vino is one heck of a workout.

4.  Dinner at a fancy restaurant is appealing but sharing a picnic lunch from a paper bag – with strangers – in the middle of a vineyard is much more satisfying.

5.  Catching a cab is like winning the lottery.  And in a world running off of credit cards, you should still carry cash for the cab.  This is especially true when the restaurant you think is within walking distance is actually at the top of Nob Hill and you’re in oh-so-stylish but oh-so-painful booties.  I blame this experience for Lesson Learned #6.

6.  I didn’t listen the last time I told myself “I’ll never drink that much again.” Let’s hope it’s finally sunk in.

Megan and I frequently stated during the duration of our trip that we were so happy we could cry.  I know, we’re such girls.  But it was true.  From the natural beauty of the surroundings to the surprise of finding bottled Cheerwine in a California winery, it was a trip that will permanently be locked inside my memory’s safe.  I definitely left a part of my heart in San Francisco but a much bigger part made its way to Texas with one of the best friends a gal could have.


xoxo, Priscilla