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Orangerie Events on WCNC-TV – Planning a Galentine’s Party

Video: WCNC-TV

Heart-shaped chocolates and candlelit dinners with your significant other may totally be your thing, but if you’re looking for a holiday that celebrates the bond and love between girlfriends, then let us introduce you to Galentine’s Day.

If you aren’t a fan of Parks and Recreation then you may be clueless as to what this fictional holiday is. And if you are clueless and you aren’t celebrating it then you’re totally missing out.

Galentine’s Day is a holiday Amy Poehler’s Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope created that occurs every year on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. As Leslie herself explains on the show:

“Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it. Ladies celebrating ladies.”

If you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day this year with your leading gal pals, here are three tips for making sure you’re the hostess with the mostess.

1. The Decorations
Even if you’re hosting the celebration in the comfort of your own home, don’t skimp on the setting. A custom linen, a fresh floral centerpiece and an established color scheme will instantly elevate your stay-at-home party from drab to fab. Since you are acknowledging a holiday that celebrates all things girl power, play it up with bright colors or let fun props serve dual purposes such as unicorn plush animals acting as place cards.

2. The Sips
Champagne is always a good idea. Stock your bar cart with a variety of champagne, juice and fruit options for your girls to mix and match. Consider having a signature drink like a Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail. Simply place a bit of cotton candy inside your glass. Add a splash of St. Germain and then fill to the top with champagne. This drink is certain to be a conversation starter and is as simple as it is sweet.

3. The Favors
Don’t let your B.F.Fs leave empty-handed. And what girl doesn’t smile when receiving a bouquet of flowers? Put together a couple small bouquets of fresh flowers to give as takeaways. To incorporate and keep with the Galentine’s theme, we printed these floral wraps and adorned each bouquet with a girly-themed pin. You can never go wrong with fresh tulips and your leading ladies will appreciate the attention to detail and thoughtfulness.

We all know that Valentine’s Day is all about the romance. But whether you’re single, in a relationship or are checking the “it’s complicated” box, celebrate and show appreciation to the most important loves in your life, your girlfriends.

xoxo, Priscilla
Orangerie Events Top Southern Wedding Planner by Southern Living Magazine

Southern Living Top Planner Orangerie Events

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” -Aristotle

 There’s a level of unparalleled anxiety which envelopes my entire human form when I see the email subject “You’ve Received a Review” pop up. My hands begin to sweat. I start shaking my leg nervously. There’s a 50/50 chance as to what the outcome will be and the only way to see if I’ve hit the jackpot or need to file bankruptcy is by clicking “open.”

Honesty hasn’t been my finest attribute in the past but in regards to this particular subject, I do feel it’s the best policy. So here’s full disclosure: I don’t have all 5-star reviews because I haven’t always given 5-star service. I know. Pick your jaw up off the floor and keep reading. Maybe you’re thinking if I would just do my job and do it well then every review would be glowing. I would tell you I’ve tried. It’s not like I plot ways to piss off people. I don’t plan on coordinators quitting and leaving me in a bind. I don’t plan on houses to burn down leaving me stretched thin and in two places at once. I intend to respond to emails as quickly as possible and then you know what has the audacity to interfere? Life.

As a small business owner and one in a highly emotionally charged industry, I have always operated under principle. I’ve listened to complaints and feedback and I’ve tried to modify workflows and systems to do better. I’ve offered and given refunds despite contractual obligations. I’ve been cussed because I started a ceremony three minutes after the time noted on the invitation. I’ve been publicly defamed and slandered based on stories that are completely one-sided and far from factual.

Reviews are a double-edge sword. They can make you and they can break you. And the caveat is the scale isn’t equally weighed. It takes 50 favorable reviews to outweigh one negative Nancy. So how the heck does this have anything to do with Southern Living Magazine naming me as a Top Southern Wedding Planner? It’s proof that it’s okay to be human. You can be perfectly imperfect. You can make mistakes. You can accumulate a few less than stellar performance evaluations or get removed from a venue’s vendor list even though you’ve coordinated more than 40 weddings at their property. You can learn and grow and persevere and eventually your hard work is going to be recognized by someone or something more notable than user “AnonymouslyMarried17” online.

So here’s my acceptance speech for this honor bestowed upon me by Southern Living Magazine. To those clients who took the time to fill the interwebs with positive vibes and words of gratitude for our experience working together – I thank you. I hang onto your words and I use it as motivation for future clients. To those clients who were rightfully disappointed because something or someone distracted me from my role as your planner – I apologize. You deserved better and I’m sorry I didn’t meet your expectations. And lastly, to those pseudo clients who feel it necessary to bash my business or slander me personally with misinformation and inaccurate accounts of interactions – I pray for you. I pray you never really experience disappointment in the form of losing a loved one or suddenly waking up to find yourself a single parent with a disassembled life. I pray you don’t have to be tragically reminded that the world doesn’t revolve around you or dare I say it, your wedding day.

In case you didn’t know, you can’t make everyone happy. And there comes a point, especially when owning a small business and even more so as a wedding planner, when you realize you’ll never be good enough for some people. And maybe that’s your problem but maybe, just maybe, it’s theirs. And do you know who thinks I’m a pretty rad wedding planner despite my faults and shortcomings? Southern freaking Living Magazine.

xoxo, Priscilla
Spring Mims House Wedding

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What a treat it was to be a part Phillip + Lauren’s day. We absolutely love re-living wedding days through the photographs. It is such a sweet treat during the busy week.

It was absolutely perfect and beautiful in every single way. From the design, to the dress, to the sweet couple – this wedding was everything the bride + groom could have dreamed up and more!

The cascading foraged greens and drapery created a beautiful backdrop for their ceremony, soft pastel colors throughout complimented the beautiful architecture from our sweet house, and we can’t forget to mention the most elegant bride you have ever seen + two of the sweetest corgis there ever were.

Are you planning a wedding or event?! If you said yes, then head on over to our contact page to reach out to us and get the conversation started in designing your beautiful day! We hope to hear from you soon.

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Venue: Leslie – Alford Mims House  | Photography: Forage and Film | Florals: Specialties Events | Catering: Belle’s Catering | Coordination: Orangerie Events

 

xoxo, Priscilla
Elizabeth + Chad – Leslie-Alford-Mims House Mad Dash Wedding

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We have to say, the sweetest walk is down the aisle towards your groom! Friends, you are so close to Fri-YAY. Who doesn’t love a gorgeous wedding day blog to help them beat those Thursday blues?! We just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of the amazing vendors who help make all of your wedding day dreams come true. We are so thankful to work with such creative and amazing people.

Now on to this beautiful bride and her groom. What an absolutely perfect day it was. The weather was beautiful, Elizabeth and Chad were gorgeous and we had so much fun styling this day. We hope you enjoy this little sneak peak in to their day through these photographs by Live View Studios.

We couldn’t be happier or more grateful to have been featured on Budget Savvy Bride’s for this beautiful wedding day at the Leslie – Alford Mims House. To check out the feature and for more information on Elizabeth + Chad’s big day click HERE We promise you will be so happy you did.

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Photography:  Live View Studios | Ceremony Venue: Leslie-Alford Mims House | Reception Venue: Leslie-Alford Mims House | Flowers: Brides and Bouquets | Wedding Planner: Mad Dash Weddings | Day-of Coordinator: Orangerie Events | Event Design + Styling: Mad Dash Weddings | Stationery: One + Only Paper | FavorsDIY | Catering: Belle’s Catering | Bakery: Sugar Euphoria and Duck Donuts | Rentals: Homemade Bride | Linens: CE Rental Raleigh | DJ: DJ Rang | Ceremony Musicians: DJ Rang | Hair Stylist: Parlor Blow Dry Bar Cary | Makeup Artist: Parlor Blow Dry Bar Cary | Wedding Cake Topper: TrueLoveAffair on Etsy  | Wedding Gown Designer: Watters Bridal | Bridal Shop: Bella Bridesmaids in Richmond, VA | Jewelry: Family Pieces | Veil: MissJoansBridal on Etsy | Shoes: Louise Et Cie | Groom’s Suit/Tux: Peter Millar | Tie: Macys | Men’s Shoes: Cole Haan

xoxo, Priscilla
Lori + Tim – Leslie-Alford-Mims House Raleigh Wedding

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Oh how sweet it is to witness a love like theirs. From a beautiful ceremony to a wonderful reception, the day was full of love, laughter, happy tears, and family + friends.

Lori + Tim’s day was nothing short of perfect. It may have rained the morning of their big day, but by the time we made it to the ceremony the sun was shining! We cannot thank this sweet couple enough for allowing us to be a part of their day.

We hope you enjoy seeing a little sneak peak into this sweet couple’s day! If you are interested in Orangerie Events for your wedding day or any event you may have up your sleeve, be sure to head over to our contact page to connect with us. Also, be comment down below to let us know what your favorite wedding day tradition is. We love hearing from you!

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xoxo, Priscilla
Cierra + Sean – Leslie-Alford-Mims House Raleigh Wedding

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Happy Fr-YAY friends. Man oh man, do we have the sweetest treat for you. We loved these intimate moments between Cierra + Sean on their wedding day and are so happy we are able to share some of them with all of you.

The day was full of blue skies, laughter, love, mouth watering food, and lots of dancing! We are still crying (happy tears) over how jaw-droppingly beautiful Cierra’s wedding dress was and how amazingly handsome her Groom looked in his tux. This day was certainly one for the books.There aren’t enough words to express how much we enjoyed the opportunity to work with and style this sweet couple’s wedding day.

As we jump back in to blogging, we hope to spark some inspiration for your big day, whether you are planning a wedding, baby shower, engagement party, or any other event you may have up your sleeve.

Also, if you are a past, present, or future bride of Orangerie leave a comment below letting us know what your favorite detail of this day was!

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Venue: Leslie-Alford Mims House | Wedding Coordinator:  Orangerie Events | Photographer: Annie Watts Photographer | Assistant Photographer: Colleen Mathias Photography | Photo Booth: Lil Photo Bus | Florist: Teacup Floral | Caterer: Belle’s Catering | Cake: Sugar Euphoria | DJ: Live Action Events | Hair Stylist: Caroline Cartier | MUA: Jaylen Turner of Rated Pretty Girl Makeup Artistry | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige from Blush Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Sorella Vita and Hayley Paige from Blush Bridal | Tuxedos: The Black Tux | Rentals: Hobnob Occasions | Linens: CE Rental

xoxo, Priscilla
Baby Must-Haves: Part 1

NC Wedding Planner - Raleigh Wedding Planner - Coven Erwin

Photo by: Live View Studios

I was there, too. Resembling a zombie and aimlessly wandering the baby section at Target. The ice in my Starbucks drink had melted and I was pushing around an empty cart and had been for two hours. I had no clue what I was looking for or what I was looking at. Bottles. Bibs. Diapers. Wipes. Formula with non-GMO. Formula with Soy. Formula for sensitivities. A cream for this. A cream for that. A cream to put on top of your cream. With each item I picked up, I felt like I was on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and was using one of my lifelines. Should I “Ask the Audience” by googling the product to find the meaning, rating and purpose? Should I “50:50” it and just eliminate the ones in a certain color or price point? Or maybe I should just pull the old trusty “Phone-a-Friend” and bug one of my girlfriends with another I’m-clueless-about-being-a-mom question.

I scoured every mom blog, Pinterest post and forum I could find to try and figure out exactly what I needed before Coven’s arrival. What were the things that would significantly make a difference to the daily routine? What were the products I would have stored in my Amazon cart at all times for instant delivery? What was something that would actually help to soothe or ease Coven when he was in discomfort?

Maybe you feel the same way or perhaps you have a friend on the verge of motherhood. I’m certainly not an expert but I thought it might be helpful if I shared some items that are staples in the Erwin household when it comes to Coven’s care. These are tried and true and have at times been lifesavers.

For Part 1, let’s address and acknowledge the Honorable Mentions. While these aren’t products you can technically purchase, they may be more valuable than anything found on the shelves.

1. Prayers
Out of everything you think you need to prepare for a baby, nothing is more important than prayers. Not just the goodnight, sleep tight prayers. Constant ones. Ones of gratitude. Ones of guidance. Ones of comfort. Sometimes you may be praying over a sleeping baby and sometimes you’ll be praying for a sleeping baby. You’ll pray to get through another day and you’ll pray for another day. I find myself praying unlike I ever did before. Praying for wisdom and strength to be a gentle and compassionate mother. Praying for his family unit and the childhood I feel he deserves. Praying for his safety. Praying for his health. Praying for his future spouse. I pray he’ll be a sweet and kind boy who grows into an honest and forgiving man. Day in and day out, I survive by the prayers I give.

2. Sleep
You’ll find yourself mourning the loss of sleep. It will become a loving memory. And as the days and nights begin to run together, you’ll become crazier and crankier. I’ll be honest, sleep comes at a price. About $25 – $30 an hour. But I promise, you’ll never regret paying the amount of a monthly mortgage for something free you once took for granted. A few weeks after Coven was born, I knew I wasn’t going to be my best self if I didn’t get one night of uninterrupted sleep. I decided it was time to hire a night doula and it was quite frankly one of the best decisions I made for both Coven and myself. She would come just once or twice a week at 10pm. As soon as she arrived, she headed to the nursery to be with Coven and my job was to turn off the baby monitor and peacefully sleep until 6am the following morning. I would always wake up feeling refreshed and looked forward to Tuesday and Thursday each week because I knew I would be able to sleep without trying to shush, bounce or Jedi mind trick a baby to do the same. The night doula we hired was a recommendation from a friend and was the sweetest, most loving woman. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll gladly pass along her information.

3. Mark Chestnutt
This one certainly won’t work for everyone and honestly probably won’t work for another single person but there is an underlying point. When Coven was about two months old, he became fussy with my dad while I was running an errand. Having raised me under the influence of country music, my dad decided to play some Mark Chestnutt to try and soothe Coven. To his surprise, it worked and Coven instantly stopped crying. When dad told me the story, I was a skeptic. A hardcore one. Until it worked again. And then again. And then became my go-to baby pacifier. I now know every word of every song on the “Tradition Lives” album by Mark Chestnutt. We’ve tried other artists and other genres and nothing stops Coven in his tracks or tears like “Oughta Miss Me By Now” or “I’ll Think of Something.” I highly doubt Mark Chestnutt will work for your baby, but if you do find something that comforts them, no matter how crazy or country, use it.

I assure you Part 2 of this blog will feature legitimate products that can actually be purchased. I’ll leave you with the best advice I’ve received and could possibly give. Every good mom thinks she’s screwing it up. I’m reminding myself of that very thing as we embrace Round 2 of sleep training and I have to listen to thirty minutes of bloodcurdling screams coming from a perfectly healthy baby who thinks he has to have a bottle every three hours at night. Hang in there, mama. You’re not alone.

xoxo, Priscilla
North Carolina Wedding Planner Branding Video

I knew it was time for a new branding video. My life has changed significantly since the last one was filmed. And as with life, it is ever-changing. However, I no longer work out of the office in Wake Forest which means I don’t ride my bike down the middle of Main Street (not that I really did any other time than the day of that shoot), the style of weddings I plan has evolved and I no longer live in the house featured in my last film. I do still wear a fedora, shop at Forever 21 and I still ask Scottie to do spins for treats.

When I started thinking about the meaning I wanted the new branding video to portray, I kept coming back to the fact that I’ve really always known this is what I wanted to do. I really didn’t need to look further than my own memories.

As soon as the idea was conceptualized, everything else came naturally. I sat down to write the script and the words poured out of me because I was speaking from experience.  As a little girl, I would frequently look through my parent’s wedding album and dream about my own wedding. I would dress up my stuffed animals and orchestrate an entire wedding day for them and their fluffy friends. I embarrassingly but specifically remember a night in college acting out a mock wedding with some friends. And no, alcohol wasn’t involved. I just really liked weddings.

And now it’s my every day. I eat, sleep and breathe weddings. I get to work with awesome couples and plan one of the most meaningful days of their lives. I’m a front row spectator to their First Look and the last one to tell them goodnight. I’m able to utilize the detail-oriented side of my brain to make sure the place cards are straight and the favors are all facing the same direction and yet I get to use the creative side of my brain to do something unexpected like suspend a three-tier wedding cake.

When I say I was born to do this job, I mean it. I wouldn’t do it day in and day out if I didn’t love it and if it didn’t evoke an immense amount of joy and satisfaction with each conclusion of another wedding. And while I was in my twenties when I ultimately decided what was my life’s purpose and how to fulfill it, if I look back on my life, the clues were always there and I was destined to be on the path I am on today.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to pull off this video shoot. I couldn’t have done it without their support. And that little 8-year-old star you see pretending to be me as a child is none other than my cousin’s darling little girl Madi. She did such an amazing job and was the most perfect little actress. If you know her and see her after watching this, please be sure to tell her what a movie star she was in this video. (Cute side note: She texted me on Friday and asked “When will my movie be available for the world to see?”)

I hope as you watch this video created by the masterminds at Heart Stone Films, it stirs a fire in you to go out and do what you love. Don’t chase money. Don’t chase recognition. Don’t chase conformity or complacency. Chase your dreams. Life is too short to not do what you know in your heart you should be doing. So turn up your volume and enjoy a snippet of why I do what I do. I hope you fall in love with this little slice of perfection titled “Wide Eyed Little Girl” as much as I have.

 

Orangerie Events from Heart Stone Films on Vimeo.

Videographer: Heart Stone Films

Venue: The Mims House

Hair: Joanne Maye + Blown Away Raleigh

Make Up: Perfection by Patricia

Cake: Ashley Cakes

Linen: CE Rental

 

xoxo, Priscilla
We’re Having a Baby!

Oh baby is right. There’s one growing in my belly. This entire experience has been an unexpected surprise and quite frankly, surreal. Baby Erwin is officially due August 3, 2016. The timing is a blessing considering August is a much slower wedding month for me compared to the craziness of Fall. Our whole little world is about to be shaken up and changed, what I feel, for the better.

If you would have told me a few months ago I would be writing a blog about being pregnant and expecting a baby, I would have suggested you check yourself into a mental facility. Although I started to feel self-induced pressure because I was getting older and felt as if time was running out, I never expected to be pregnant so soon. But as with life, and thankfully so, I don’t always get to make the plans even though I’m a planner. There’s someone else responsible for that and I’ll leave it in his fully capable hands.

Our sweet little peanut is a result of me taking my birth control pills more like candy rather than a regimented means of actually controlling birth. And while not intentionally planned, it only further confirms just how meant to be it is and I actually treasure that even more. I’m sure I would have made countless excuses about it not being the right time had I been in control of the timing.

The pregnancy thus far has not been easy. I would even go as far as to say it has been one of the hardest things I have ever had to experience. It’s involved weeks of little to no food, daily vomiting, doctor and hospital visits for fluids, countless hours spent in bed, multiple emotional breakdowns and throwing up in Moe’s, Target and even a shoe. I was diagnosed around week 6 with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Eventually I’ll blog about HG and offer my tips for anyone experiencing the ruthless effects of the condition, but for now we’ll keep this post focused on the things that have brought joy to my life over the last 15 weeks.

Once-in-a-lifetime experiences like telling our friends during a game night, my parent’s wildly candid and utterly surprised reactions captured on video, my best friend’s and brother’s genuine excitement during an ultrasound, seeing a blob on a screen with an audible heartbeat, tears of joy watching said blob transform into the shape and form of an actual baby over mere weeks and learning that my best friend of 28 years is pregnant at the exact same time as me and realizing we’re able to share this journey together. Those are moments in time I’ll never recapture and I will certainly never forget.

I have felt an outpouring of love and support from family and friends and have been so appreciative of their excitement for our growing baby. We decided (or maybe I decided and forced Chase to agree) to style an announcement shoot and were fortunate enough that Inspired by This decided to feature it on their blog. To see the feature, visit this link.

Now that the secret is out of the bag, we’re onto the task of finding a home for our expanding family. As much as we have enjoyed and valued living a simpler life in a one-bedroom apartment, we’re very skeptical the space will be suitable for adding a fourth member. We’re on the housing hunt and excited about the next chapter.

So before you pick your jaw up from the floor, I do want to send a huge thank you to my clients who allowed me to disappear for two months. I was physically incapable of answering emails or keeping up with work and they graciously gave me the time to rest and recover. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for their trust in me and for giving me the necessary time to focus on not only my health, but the health of Baby E. And now you can resume your shock and awe facial expression. Looking forward to blogging and sharing all of the exciting changes to come! Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

Photography: AJ Dunlap
Venue: The Glass Box
Flowers: Serendipity Designs
Cake: Sugar Euphoria
Calligraphy: Bella Joviality
Make Up: Perfection by Patricia
Hair: Blown Away Raleigh
Dress: Rent the Runway
Nails: Paintbar

P.S. – Although we are having an early gender 4d ultrasound this weekend, the pink included in these pictures do not indicate we’re having a girl. The colors are solely for Valentine’s Day.

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xoxo, Priscilla
Woods Inspired Summertime Casual Style

There are fewer things I am prouder of than being a country girl. I’ve evolved and grown to love the city life but my roots have and will always be true to country. I find I am most at peace in the mountains. Secluded from the hustle and bustle. Surrounded by nature and simplicity. I love being able to actually breathe fresh, clean, non-polutted air.

Today’s look is inspired from those summer trips to Chimney Rock with my family. Picking out the perfect piece of turquoise from the gift shop. Sharing a picnic on a Sunday afternoon along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Riding the 4-Wheeler throughout the wooded trails my dad carved. I grew up only an hour drive from Boone and some of my fondest memories are from watching and experiencing the seasons change from the backseat window of the family car.

Throw on your denim, plaid and oversized hat this weekend and go explore. Maybe it will encourage August to speed up so we can cool down with September. Happy Weekend kiddos!

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Everything Else: Forever 21

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xoxo, Priscilla