I first met Dionna in 2013 while interning for another Event Planner & Coordinator. We were brought together by something we both love, which is what made helping plan and coordinate this wedding so ultra special for me! She had long been talking about the Disney wedding she would one day have, and I was so blessed to be given the opportunity to help her with that. Dionna was so fun to work with and really took all of my ideas, opinions, and recommendations into consideration. As my bride, I made it up to her to select her wedding vendors, but I was so grateful and felt so appreciated every time she took one of my referrals immediately.
We were blessed to do Dionna and Alfred’s engagement pictures at Pullen Park.
Alfred and Dionna never wanted to look away from each other their entire engagement session at Pullen Park in Raleigh. That’s a big tip their wedding was going to be magical, even before you knew she wanted to be a Disney Princess.
One of the things we love about doing engagement pictures in Raleigh’s Pullen Park is all the lines and textures. No matter what time of year it is, there is always something interesting to look at.
One of the best parts of working with this couple, who I already had a personal connection to, was finally really getting to know Alfred. Having a history with Dionna meant that I had of course heard about him long before, so finally getting to meet this mystery man who made a friend of mine so happy was definitely a magical experience. In fact, their whole engagement session was a magical and romantic experience. They told the story of how they met, and how Alfred pursued Dionna as a close friend before he asked her out. Seeing how comfortable they were together in that moment as they shared intimate details of their love story reminded me of why I love what I do.
With how magical of a love story Dionna and Alfred shared, it seemed absolutely fitting to me that they were also having a Disney themed wedding. I always knew Dionna wanted a Disney wedding and I was so honored to help make her dream become a reality, and to see the princess I knew she was come out in her on that day day.
Dionna and Alfred were married at The Glenwood, a beautiful indoor/outdoor event venue just inside the beltline. This well hidden gem is owned by the Women’s Club and run by Irregardless Cafe.
The Glenwood offers separate spaces for the bridal party to all get ready, including a groom’s game room.
The Glenwood is a large building with a ballroom for the reception, an outdoor ceremony location, and separate spaces to get ready in. There’s a whole groom’s suite downstairs complete with a pool table, darts, and a private bar for the guys. (Plenty of things to keep the men distracted while the women get hair and makeup done!)
Upstairs, there’s two large rooms with tons of natural light (great for photos!) for the ladies to get gussied up in. The garden ceremony location is just outside of the bridal suite rooms, so the bride can peek out and see her guests arriving as she gets ready.
Dionna peaks out to her wedding site from inside the bridal suite at The Glenwood.
Getting married under an arbor at The Glenwood’s garden patio lets you have the beautiful backdrop of the woods without traveling outside the beltline.
The Ceremony space is an amphitheater made of stone and wood and is a lovely private space to get married all nestled in the trees and plants. The Glenwood did a lovely job creating a peaceful venue space that is still close to everything. With separate prep spaces for the women and men, ceremony gardens, cocktail hour location in the lobby and the parlor rooms, and a spacious ballroom for a reception, this venue has it all.
In addition to all the space this venue offers, they also provide in-house catering, a baker, and everything you could possibly need for rentals. The only thing they do not provide for rentals is the linens, but they will still coordinate the selection and securing of them through their partnered linen provider, CE Rentals. The Glenwood also offers a lighting package that allows you to select the colors you like for uplighting the ballroom. You can also take advantage of their gobo to display your wedding monogram in the ballroom!
Purple highlights were all over Dionna’s cocktail hour at The Glenwood in Raleigh.
The view from behind the DJ shows off the effect of the purple uplighting tinting the ballroom in The Glenwood in Raleigh, NC.
Sometimes all you need is a simple centerpiece with a little color and a lot of glass to make a beautiful wedding hall. Dionna had sparkling purple table clothes providing the dazzling pops of color at The Glenwood.