Carla and Chris met with me in January of this year. Carla found me through mutual friends named Jean & Buckley. And if you follow my blog, you probably remember that I coordinated Jean & Buckley’s February 2015 wedding at The Stockroom 230. Carla and I became immediate friends and went to work on planning her wedding right away. We met every few months or so to discuss details and vendor recommendations, and she even attended my Bridal Pamper Party in July! After much anticipation and even more planning the big day finally arrived. I couldn’t be more excited to share the details and images from it with you today.
The Matthew’s House
The Matthew’s House in Cary, NC
Carla and Chris’s ceremony took place under the great oak trees towering over the beautiful brick enclosed gardens of The Matthew’s House in Cary, NC. It was a sunny day without a cloud in the sky, but being September, 24th in the Carolinas, it was still a hot, humid day. The aisle was lined with shepherd hooks I rented to the couple, which were then decorated with mini white lanterns that had been even more decorated by the florist. Jo Lynn of Victorian Seasons provided the florals for this wedding, and they were all gorgeous.
Beautiful Bouquet from Victorian Seasons
The cocktail hour took place all over the outside grounds of The Matthew’s House, and included personal touches from the couple everywhere. Chris and Carla provided their guests with a photo booth that stayed in the courtyard for the whole night, corn-hole boards to play some games, and delicious combination of displayed and passed apps from Rocky Top Hospitality.
Ceremony in the Matthew’s House Garden
Jewel, Founder of Canvas the Makeup Studio
Randy Taylor Officiating The Ceremony
In addition to Rocky Top who catered the event, and Victorian Seasons who provided the gorgeous florals for the wedding, there were a few other fabulous vendors that should be mentioned. Ceremony music was provided by live musicians, David Wilson and Palma Rajki. All these beautiful images you see in this post were taken by Niki of Three Seventeen Photography. Niki was great to work with and meet with Carla and I during the planning process to help ensure we put together a timeline that also worked for her. Through the years of event planning, I’ve learned that working together with vendors in advance of an event makes for the best kind collaboration. Being one half of a husband and wife Photography team myself though, does make me a bit biased toward the photographer. Regardless, I really enjoyed working with Niki and would definitely recommend her over and over again. The bride’s lush and lovely hair was styled by Kelly of Twisted River Hair Studio, and her beautifully airbrushed face was done up by Jewel of Canvas The Makeup Studio. The tear jerking and eloquently read ceremony was given by Randy of Randy Taylor Weddings. This wedding allowed me to work with so many of my favorite local vendors, and that includes Randy! Last but certainly not least, the entertainment for the evening was provided by the one and only JD of Anything Music DJs. I love working with JD because he knows how to keep a party going!
A Few of My Favorites
After the wedding, Niki was able to provide me with the images from Carla and Chris’s wedding almost immediately. I had so many favorites I couldn’t keep it to a reasonable number of photos. Really, I loved ALL the photos. But since I couldn’t share them all, here are just a few of my favorites from that day in a gallery for your viewing pleasure.
Beautiful Bride Carla poses holding the french doors at The Matthew’s House on the second floor.
This image contains all the thoughtful details that went into planning this wedding. The invitation was laid out to look like a book, in order to tell their love story. The RSVP provided looked like an old library card and the font was old fashioned type writer font.
Carla’s engagement ring and wedding band pop out against this adorably detailed background. Those are family heirloom pearls wrapped around the rings and the jewelry is all placed atop the Bacon family stamp.
Carla sported comfy flat lacy wedding shoes for her day-of.
Carla’s Wedding Gown hangs beautifully in front of the french doors that open up to the front lawn of The Matthew’s House In Cary, NC.
The beautiful cream and coral colored flowers of this bouquet were provided by Victorian Seasons from right here in the Triangle area.
This beautiful bride had the makeup artist come to her to help her get ready on her wedding day. The background of The Matthew’s House made for a beautiful setting for all of the pictures and especially the getting ready ones.
While Chris toasted to his future with his guys downstairs, Carla and her lovely crew of bridesmaids laughed off the jitters in the bridal suite upstairs. The girls sported adorable kimono robes while getting ready for the ceremony.
It’s always beautiful to get to see one mom helping her daughter into her wedding gown. But to get to see the mother of the bride helping the soon to be mother-in-law of the bride into her dress is such a magical and intimate moment.
The only other moment more emotional on a wedding day, aside from when the Groom sees his bride for the first time, is when the Father sees his bride daughter for the first time.
Christopher writing his forever bride Carla a love note before the ceremony. They would later read these love notes allowed during their ceremony, making it hard to find a dry eye at the ceremony.
Chris and Carla’s dog, Manny, was ALMOST the star of the show at this wedding. He of course was no match for the lovely bride, but his fitting turquoise bowtie made him that much cuter as he pranced down the aisle with the flower girl.
Beautiful Carla in her classic looking lace wedding gown being escorted down the aisle by her father. Her Ceremony took place September, 24th in The brick enclosed Garden of The Matthew’s House. Her lovely bouquet of peach and cream flowers was put together by Victorian Seasons.
How sweet is the look on that groom’s face? This excited Groom was more than ready to marry his bride on a beautiful September day at the Matthew’s House in Cary, NC.
A wedding guests gives a reading for the ceremony, while Manny the dog sits patiently waiting for the service to end. This is adorable “ring bearer” wore a turquoise bowtie to fit in with the rest of the wedding party.
Chris laughs and he lovingly looks at Carla while she reads her vows. Carla’s excellent color choice of coral for the groom and groomsmen ties really popped against the sand colored vests.
Carla and Chris joyfully entered their reception at the Matthew’s House and immediately went into their first dance. The first dance started out slow, and then turned into something more! Guests were entertained by their choreographed dancing skills.
This delicious delight was provided by Rocky Top Catering. This cake was so good, I didn’t even get a piece.
Carla and her Father having their first dance while friends and family watch in the background. The Reception Hall at the Matthew’s House in Cary is light brightly by gorgeous crystal chandeliers.
Just look at how that engagement ring pops against the contrast of the dark background. The golden yellow honey can be seen behind the tag with Chris and Carla’s Wedding Date on it.
There’s nothing quite like a Pre-Ceremony Wedding Toast for a Groom and his Groomsmen to take the edge off. Groom, Christopher, gathered in a more manly looking decorated room within The Matthew’s House waiting for the ceremony to begin.
Victorian Seasons created a combination of highs and lows for the floral centerpieces on Chris and Carla’s reception tables. In addition to the lovely centerpieces, we set the mini jars of honey at each person’s seat for the wedding guests.
Tall eye catching and elegant centerpieces provided by Victorian Seasons adorned the table tops at this September Wedding in Cary, NC. The names of the tables created by the couple were locations that they visited together containing a description of each. Adorable and tiny honey jars, each with a honey dipper attached by coral and turquoise ribbons, were favors for the guests.
I almost forgot to mention! My favorite of all the adorable details in Carla and Chris’s wedding was that they had their fur baby aka their dog, Manny, escorted down the aisle with the flower girl. Using Manny was in their plans from the beginning. The first night we met they said Manny the dog would be their “Ring Bear” which they got the idea from popular TV show How I Met Your Mother.
Carla and Chris enjoyed a wonderful week long honeymoon in Rome and came back with fun stories of all the places they visited. I am also happy to say that Carla and I have become close friends throughout the process of planning her wedding and we’ll be seeing each other for many more years and events to come. Maybe some day I will help her family plan and coordinate a baby shower!