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Katie + Ken – Mad Dash Wedding

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Did you know that our fearless Orangerie + Mims House owners also own our sister company Mad Dash Weddings?! I think one of our favorite things about our Mad Dash weddings are all the beautiful details and touches to your big day we get to design. It’s an amazing way for you to hand over all of the planning and design without any stress at all.

Mad Dash weddings is an all-inclusive wedding for the budget savvy bride – a stylish approach to elopements, vow renewals and weddings that will not only save you money, but also time and energy! This way you can walk through the engagement season stress free!

Katie + Ken recently had their Mad Dash wedding at the Mims House and we couldn’t be more excited for these two. Their love for one another filled the home and to top it off they had the sweetest kiddos ever. Their day was effortlessly beautiful. Congratulations to these two!

If you or someone you know is interested in having a wedding at the Leslie-Alford Mims House or may be thinking about a Mad Dash Wedding we would love to chat with you!

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Venue: Leslie-Alford Mims House | Planning + Design: Mad Dash Weddings | Photography: Live View Studios

 

xoxo, Priscilla
Kevin + Maggie – Wedding Day

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Oh happy day – today we jump back into our blogging grind + start with the most beautiful June wedding from 2018. Kevin + Maggie’s day was like a fairytale – from the sweetest gifts, a magical first kiss and the BEST group of friends to hit the dance floor!

We love that each and every weekend we get to be a part of such a special day in couple’s lives, like these two – it’s amazing. We hope you enjoy the laughter, dancing + love that was captured throughout these amazing photographs today!

If you are recently engaged we would LOVE to talk with you about having your wedding at the Leslie – Alford Mims House and using Orangerie Events as your planner. Come on out to the Leslie-Alford Mims House Open House, happening every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.! We can’t wait to meet you there!

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Venue: Leslie – Alford Mims House | Photographer: Kelsey Nelson Photography | Catering: Belle’s Catering | Planning: Orangerie Events

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

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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
All Saints Chapel Raleigh Wedding

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Oh how wonderful days like these are – beautiful brides, handsome grooms and lots of love. We cannot thank Lauren + Steve enough for allowing us to be a part of such a special day. Not only was the day beautifully unique and fun, but the weather was picture perfect, the bride + groom were absolutely gorgeous and the design was flawless!

We hope that you enjoy a little sneak peak in to their day through these photographs and as you continue through your wedding planning process that we can spark some inspiration!

If you are interested in booking with us for your 2018 wedding or event, be sure to head over to our contact page to reach out to us for more information. We can’t wait to meet you!

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Venue: All Saints Chapel | Coordination: Orangerie Events | Photographer: Michael Moss Photography 

xoxo, Priscilla
Mims House Southern Raleigh Wedding

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We are so grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of such a special day for Whitney + David.

Their wedding embodied everything they loved – amazing friends + family, a jaw dropping backdrop, yummy cupcakes, delicious food, beautiful vintage pieces, the most adorable first look, and so much more. But, of course the night wasn’t complete without a huge tropical storm dancing through. Don’t worry – that didn’t stop the party. Everyone danced, laughed, and smiled through the rain!

This day couldn’t have been possible without an amazing team of vendors. We are so happy to share the beautiful photos with you and our recent feature on Southern Weddings. If you want to learn more about Whitney + David, their love story, vision behind the day, + more – be sure to click here!

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Photographer: Sara Logan Photography | Videographer: Carly Rae Film | Day-Of Coordinator: Orangerie Events | Venue: Leslie Alford Mims House | Florist: Serendipity Designs | Wedding Cake: Sugar Euphoria | Caterer: Belle’s Catering | Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Paper Products: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride’s Gown: BHLDN | Bride’s Veil: BHLDN | Bride and Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Hair and Makeup: LULA Hair + Makeup  | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN and David’s Bridal | Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse  | Vows Print: Lauren Heim Studio

xoxo, Priscilla
Fall Raleigh Mims House Wedding

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We are throwing it back today and we are still crying (happy tears) over how beautiful Winnie + Patrick’s wedding day was. Words cannot express how much we enjoyed getting to work with this sweet couple. From the sweetest letters to an amazing first dance to surprising everyone with beautiful songs we cannot say enough about how amazing this day was.

Winnie + Patricks love was fully on display for all to witness. They are such fun spirits to be around and there was not a dry eye during the ceremony. These two have so much fun together, which made our time with them even sweeter. They enjoyed a night full of laughs, dancing and so much love with all of their friends and family.

Reminiscing on this fantastic day has been so much fun while looking through all the photos. So, needless to say we are overjoyed to share with you today the beautiful gallery of photos taken by the amazing Anderson Shore Photography. 

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Floral: Meristem Floral || Catering: Belles Catering || Coordination: Orangerie Events || Photographer: Anderson Shore Photography f

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