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Lauren + Steve – Wedding Day

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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
Whitney + David – Wedding Day

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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
Winnie + Patrick – Wedding Day

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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
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 Hiring

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Photo by: Almond Leaf Studios

I have been so fortunate over the years to have had many talented individuals join the Orangerie family. It has been bittersweet to see them come and go but I have always been proud to provide them with tools and experience and to then watch them succeed. Even now, I feel grateful to have the team surrounding me that I do and I treasure their loyalty to the business.

With the huge change taking place in my personal life, the time has come to officially bring aboard a part-time team member to help efficiently and effectively run the OE Headquarters as a part-time Wedding Coordinator.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone hoping to gain real-world wedding experience from a variety of platforms.

If you are interested in this position, or if you have a friend that would be interested, please thoroughly read the guidelines below and use the link at the bottom of the post to apply.

I am so excited to grow this team and am looking forward to hearing from you!

Position Requirements

  • High degree of creativity and passion for wedding and event planning
  • Someone who is organized and extremely detail-oriented
  • Someone with strong work ethic who is able to work independently, responsibly and can be trusted to complete tasks timely
  • Someone who can effectively handle and prioritize multiple clients and stay calm under pressure
  • Ability to be resourceful, troubleshoot and think creatively
  • Someone who is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done and contribute to the Orangerie family
  • Strong familiarity with Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest
  • Ability to quickly learn new software to manage clients and records
  • Strong writing skills, as contributing to the Orangerie Events Blog regularly will be required
  • Experience planning and orchestrating special events and/or weddings

Important Information

  • This position will be compatible with another part-time or full-time job
  • You will be required to work Saturdays and weekends as well as some evenings for networking events, client meetings and team outings
  • This position will require in-office administrative work but the schedule is flexible
  • You will be required to commit to a specific timeframe in order to accommodate clients who have already  booked weddings through the remainder of 2016
  • Being a wedding planner is not glamorous and requires someone who can handle multiple projects, tasks and brunt work
  • You can expect a surplus of Sun Drop slushes

If you have read the above and feel you are the perfect fit, please apply here.

All applications are due by March 7, 2016 and interviews will take place the following week. We are looking to hire and have the right candidate begin work by the end of March.

 

xoxo, Priscilla
Crafted Coordination – A Kick Butt Workshop for Wedding Planners

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November 21 – 22, 2015
Mims House – Holly Springs, NC

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You have two options at this very moment. Option #1 is choosing to be lazy and read the CliffNotes as to what this blog is about. If that sounds up your alley, the next paragraph will give you the highlights and you can stop reading there resting assured you could at least make a “C” on the test. Option #2 is choosing to be a curious little kitten and wanting more than just a summary. You have full permission to be nosey, read the entire blog and get the inside scoop.

I am proud to introduce Crafted Coordination, a kick butt workshop for aspiring wedding planners and budding entrepreneurs in the wedding industry. The first conference will be held on November 21 – 22, 2015 at the Mims House in Holly Springs, North Carolina. The website will be live very soon and registration is already open. It’s really easy. Just click this link, sign up and learn how to ditch that day job and fulfill your dream of becoming a full-time wedding planner. And because I’m sweet as sugar, there’s a special discount for those early birds who register prior to October 5th. In summary, if you are toiling with the idea of becoming a wedding planner, if you are a new and aspiring wedding planner, if you’re someone in a creative field, if you’re wondering about how I started and have maintained a growing wedding planning business, you should sit your tush in one of the available seats at this one-of-a-kind workshop for wedding planners, by a wedding planner.

For those of you who decided to stick around and learn more, welcome. I feel like you deserve to learn a little bit about the motivation behind hosting Crafted Coordination. Starting any small business is tough. Starting a wedding planning business isn’t ridiculously difficult. Making a living by owning a wedding planning business is the tough part. I started Orangerie Events in 2008 with very little support. I closed my eyes and jumped feet first into an industry I knew little about and without a mentor. I had no clue what I was doing or what was in store.

I learned quickly how competitive the wedding industry is and specifically how protective wedding planners are in regards to their businesses. It was a waste of a good email to ask a fellow planner in the market for advice on getting started. To be quite frank, breaking into the industry is a lot like high school. Like changing schools in the middle of the year and becoming the new kid in class. You’re timid. You’re a bit clueless. You’re immediately judged and classified. And you’re very receptive to the divide between the outsiders and the cool kids. Finding where you fit in becomes the first hurdle and often times the first taste of rejection.

I made 3,423 mistakes. I tiptoed around the feelings of other planners in order to not make them feel threatened or betrayed. I listened to the gossip and frequently became the subject of it. I disappointed clients due to growing pains and poor judgement. I lost money. I cried, a lot. I barely escaped getting a divorce. And this past year, I was betrayed and burned by people within my industry and to an extent that made my head spin and question every single decision I had made in starting the business. I let it temporarily drag me down until one day I decided that I wouldn’t continue to succeed in spite of them but I would succeed despite them. And that’s when the little flame of desire to help others ignited into a full fledge inferno.

I don’t want to be like my predecessors. I don’t need to hold my secrets to success hostage. I want to inspire and encourage a new generation of wedding planners that fire each other up in a positive way and not in a “I’m going to burn your business cards” kind of way. I want to be transparent with exactly who I am and not hide behind a deceiving facade I’ve led everyone to believe is the truth through my pretty Instagram pictures and cute quotes. I guarantee this workshop will be open, honest to the core and full of real talk. I’ll discuss what I’m doing, how I do it, how to break into the industry, how much money I make, the tools I use, where my business is going, how I’ve made mistakes and how I built a brand that attracts my ideal clientele.

There will always be cliques within any industry and especially within the wedding world. And if I have to be in a clique, I want it to be a compassionate one full of people boasting community over competition. I receive hundreds of emails each year from girls in college, stay-at-home-moms and people working unfulfilling jobs who want to know how I did it and what they should do. Well now’s your chance for an unfiltered look behind-the-scenes and a rare opportunity to become BFFs with someone who has been where you are and is still swimming after jumping off the deep end.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via email at hello@craftedcoordination.com. Registration is officially open and stay tuned for the website launch announcement. Be sure to follow us on Instagram to keep up with the latest and greatest happenings! I can’t tell you how excited I am to make a tiny contribution to the uprising of a community of connected and positive planners. Let’s do this! (And yes, Sun Drop slushies for everyone!)

P.S. – If you’re a vendor and would like to participate, please reach out! At the very least, please feel free to share this so it can spread like wildfire!

xoxo, Priscilla
Blush, Green and Gold Military Wedding at The Oaks at Salem

I have a secret super power. Don’t tell anyone. Very few people know but it’s quite incredible. I can change out of normal clothes and into lounge clothes at the speed of light. No joke. It usually happens within a matter of minutes after my key is inserted into my apartment door. I walk into my humble abode fully dressed in a stylish work-appropriate outfit and within 60 seconds, my bottom half is swimming in a pair of oversized Victoria’s Secret sweatpants while my upper half sports a 20 year old ratty, majorly ripped, faded but the softest you’ve ever worn in your life t-shirt. My ability to go from chic to frumpy has been compared to a magician who starts off wearing a white ice-skater-like leotard, shimmies down into a hula hoop and emerges in a sequined red ballgown. I can’t explain it. My name is Priscilla and I commonly mispronounce words, was in bed before the sun went down Saturday night and I legitimately look forward to putting on my pajamas.

If anyone could make a burlap sack look good, it would be Hope. And it’s not just because she’s stunningly beautiful on the outside. It’s because the inside matches. I had the delight of meeting Hope a few years ago when she came to work for Orangerie Events. I was mesmerized by her grace and poise and was delighted when she joined the team. And even though her time with the company wasn’t permanent, our friendship was and I was flattered when she asked me to coordinate her wedding day.

Hope’s wedding day was ridiculously beautiful. And a stark contrast from the day before. Seriously, during her rehearsal, most of us were wet and cold from the torrential downpours and abnormally cold temperatures. But the wedding day was a canvas of perfection. Strokes of sunlight beaming down. A Carolina blue sky. A blowing veil. A flawless bride and her dapper gentleman. Hope and Zach are basically the equivalent to Barbie and Ken somehow metamorphosing from plastic figurines to living human beings.

A heartfelt thanks to the dream team of vendors who made working this wedding so easy. And an extra pat on the back to Graham Terhune for continuing to blow my mind with his amazing photography skills. And in case you want a double dose of this stunner of a wedding, check it out on Style Me Pretty because that’s how we roll.

I hope each of you enjoy your evening tonight and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be glued to the television catching up on the Real Housewives of Orange County as they tackle Tahiti, in your three sizes too big sweatpants and two decades too old t-shirt of course. Until next time.

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Photographer: Graham Terhune

Coordinator:  Orangerie Events

Venue: The Oaks At Salem

Catering:  Belle’s Catering

Florist:  Brides And Bouquets

DJ:  McSound Productions

Videographer:  K2 Productions

Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero

Cake: Sugarland

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Wtoo

xoxo, Priscilla