• May 2012 Archive •

Chapel Hill Wedding at St. Matthews & Top of the Hill

I could tell by the way he admirably looked at her.  The way they politely yet excitedly finished each other’s sentences when re-telling their proposal story.  And I knew without a doubt when I learned that he had painted her bedroom bright fuchsia pink without complaint that these two were perfect for each other.

Jenny and Betto were married at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough on an absolutely gorgeous Saturday afternoon in March.  Their ceremony was enriched with culture and drenching with unconditional love.  They continued their celebration with a latin-inspired reception at the Great Room at the Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill.  We incorporated a color palette of black, white and hot pink by using damask table linens, candelabras, pink arrangements and bouquets from Brides and Bouquets and fuchsia uplighting.  Guests were treated to a spread of latin foods including a signature sangria beverage.

Betto is a professional salsa dancer and instructor and the two of them actually met while dancing.  It was a no brainer that the reception would be filled with salsa dancing set to the tunes of a live band.  I was blown away by the amount of talent at their reception.  It had been seven years since I had given salsa a try but the groom’s brother insisted I live in the moment and share in a dance with him.  He taught me that while salsa is a very sensual dance, it doesn’t mean you should resemble a stripper.  I’ll stick to coordinating on the sidelines since clearly my hips aren’t anything like Shakira’s.

From the custom clay cake topper featuring their beloved pets to their generous charitable donation in lieu of wedding favors, the entire day was an ode to their relationship and the things important to them as a couple.  From their choreographed first dance to their sparkler exit, Jenny and Betto’s wedding day was a beautiful representation of who they are and the dynamic duo of AJ Dunlap Photography captured every moment exquisitely.

I met Jenny when she entered a contest to be blessed with a wedding gown and in the end, I’m the one who was blessed to have shared in her planning process and special day.  Congratulations Jenny and Betto!

Ceremony Venue: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

Reception Venue: Top of the Hill

Photographer: AJ Dunlap Photography

Florist: Brides and Bouquets

Harpist: Domenique Tanzini

Cupcakes: Chris Grass

xoxo, Priscilla
Babies on the Brain

I had been searching for a catch-all, carry-all work tote for months. I was tired of lugging around ten different bags that outweighed me and donning the nickname “The Bag Lady.” My generous mother-in-law sent me a gift card to Coach and I thought it would be a prime opportunity to pick one bag to haul around my folders and files. When I saw the bag on the shelf, I knew it was the one. It wasn’t too small, too big or too impractical. It was perfect.

I was so excited to transfer all of my belongings from my old bag into my pristine new work tote. I was a bit puzzled when I pulled out a folded mat from the center of the bag. Since I’m naturally blonde, I thought, “Well isn’t this my lucky day? This bag comes with a cover for my iPad!” It wasn’t until I really examined the inside of the bag that I discovered it was fully lined with pockets for baby bottles. That protective iPad insert was actually a changing mat. I had inadvertently purchased a (very expensive) diaper bag.

Beads of sweat began to immediately form on my forehead. I was suddenly afraid that my simple mistake was going to be a subliminal message to the powers that be that I was ready to be pregnant. There isn’t a falser statement. Babies cry when I hold them. Children in public places annoy me. I endured the intense pain of receiving the 5-year IUD birth control because you can never be safe enough. I’m confident I was last in line for maternal instinct and was sent to my mother’s womb without it.

There’s been a breakthrough recently in my resistance to children. Don’t get too excited. I still don’t want kids. But I do want my friends who want kids to have them and that they are. Over the past few months, my two dearest friends and my amazing associate have announced their pregnancies. My best friends are due within two days of one another which means mid-September I’ll travel half-way around the country and back to welcome a new generation and share in another life changing moment.

It’s crazy how life works. As girlfriends, we spent so much time talking hypothetically about the future and one day getting married, buying a house or having a baby. It’s as though hearing them tell me they were pregnant made me stop and look at how our collection of ordinary days had fulfilled what was once just dreaming out loud. Our phone conversations have shifted from talks about weekend plans to birthing plans. Text pictures of baby bumps excite me more than pictures of Jessica Simpson pumps. I’m learning all about cravings, morning sicknesses and sensitivities. I’m researching nurseries and tearing up while watching Tori and Dean. I’m genuinely excited for the experience my best friends are going through and I’m beyond blessed to share the journey with them.

As with most life-altering experiences, I’m embracing the change that pregnancy is making to our friendships and I am treasuring each and every phone conversation, text and baby update. I may not know a lot about being pregnant but I do know how to love my friends passionately and am confident I’ll make one heckuva Auntie Prissy. I can also tell them where to get a very stylish diaper bag.

I can’t wait to meet Aria, Bexton and Rhys!

P.S. – Admit it.  That little tease of a title gotcha, didn’t it?  You thought I was going to announce my pregnancy.  Silly kids.

xoxo, Priscilla
Charlotte Wedding at Great Aunt Stella Center & The Big Chill

One of the biggest unspoken compliments I can receive is for another event planner to hire me to coordinate their wedding.  It’s the ultimate stamp of approval when someone as OCD and logistically driven hands over the keys to their own wedding and says, “Here. Take it for a spin.”  When Pilar, who has a background as an event planner in Atlanta, brought me on board for her wedding, I slapped a big fat sparkly golden star next to my name.

Pilar and Rob were meant for each other.  I mean that.  They just fit together like a bowl full of peanut butter and jelly.  Which by the way, you should always mix together before spreading onto your bread.  It’s the only way my mom made PB&J sandwiches growing up and it is delicious!

Pilar and Rob were married at the Great Aunt Stella Center in Charlotte and held their reception at The Big Chill.  Pilar chose to incorporate natural elements in a jazzy setting.  From the organic floral bouquets to the branch centerpieces with hanging candles to vases filled with lemons as decor, a classy cool yet fresh tone was set.  I mean seriously, how dapper does Rob look in his white tux?

The couple was determined to give their guests an amazing experience from start to finish and they certainly succeeded.  Instead of having a DJ or band, Pilar and Rob opted for dueling pianos.  Guests loved being able to give song requests and had a blast watching the interaction between the musicians.  (Curious?  Quick little video of the dueling pianos and enthused crowd posted below.)  From the surprise entrance center stage to the photo booth provided by ShutterBooth, the reception was one of the most entertaining and energetic parties I’ve seen.  As wedding favors, guests were treated to fresh pretzels as a yummy take-away.

Pilar and Rob exited their reception to an explosion of colorful streamers.  It was so fitting for a cheerful couple who always had a smile on their face.  We had such an amazing time getting to know them, working with their fabulous vendors and reliving their day through these gorgeous pictures by Almond Leaf Studios.  Congratulations Pilar and Rob!


Ceremony Venue: Great Aunt Stella Center

Reception Venue: The Big Chill

Photographer: Almond Leaf Studios

Officiant: Reverend Rebecca Nagy

Florist: Carey Roberts Design

Cake: Nona’s Sweets

Entertainment: Howl at the Moon

Photo Booth: ShutterBooth



xoxo, Priscilla