Alfred and Dionna’s Wedding At The Glenwood, Raleigh NC

The Couple

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.

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.

The Venue

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 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.

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!

 

Igor & Mirela Get Married!

It seems like forever since I worked a wedding, but the one that I worked on Saturday, June 7th with my fiancé was amazing! First off, I have to say Thank You to Ryan Steffes of Mister Guy Photography, for allowing me the privilege of working as his second shooter for this joyous occasion. Being witness to this wedding with my best friend and soon-to-be husband was an amazing experience and I’d like to try to share it with you!

Bay Leaf Baptist Church

Bay Leaf Baptist Church

Igor & Mirela got married at Bay Leaf Baptist Church in Raleigh and it was an absolutely beautiful day for an early Summer wedding in North Carolina. Before the Ceremony though, we snuck off to the JC Raulston Arboretum for some formal and fun shots of the Bride, Groom, and their wedding party. We had an absolute blast getting to know this group and managed to snap some pretty cute shots of all of them!

The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party

Not only was this group incredibly high energy and attentive, but they were also extremely photogenic. It was harder to get a bad photo of these guys than it was to get a good one!!
It really  was awesome to have a group of people who were having fun together, listening to directions, and getting some really great wedding pictures all at once. They were a really efficient group to work with and made my experience as one of their photographers very easy.

When she snaps…

Igor and Mirela were a wonderful couple to work with and all their family, friends, and guests of the wedding were equally as amazing. Oh, and I almost forgot a super important detail! Everyone involved in this wedding is from Moldova. (A country in Eastern Europe located between Romania and Ukraine.) And the whole wedding and ceremony was in Romanian. My fiancé and I didn’t understand much of what any of them were saying for most of the day, but the theme of unconditional love was ever-present and absolutely beautiful! The whole family made us feel as though we were not just working this wedding, but as if we were guests and made sure to fill us up with lots of food and desserts.

Buffet

Buffet

The family put together the entire reception including food preparation and display as well as decoration of the Fellowship Hall itself. The main color used was a bright Green and it was vibrant and Summery. The Wedding Party and various family members spent the entire night before decorating and did a fabulous job. I have never seen so much dedication and hard work on a wedding from so many family members before and I was so incredibly touched to be in the presence of it on this day.

The Cake

The Cake

Mirela was one of the most easy-going Brides I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She was incredibly sweet and considerate of Ryan and I’s needs all day. Igor was amazingly detailed and had our entire day planned out for us in the shot list he gave us, which made all of our lives easier. Being a Wedding planner, I was extremely nervous about working this wedding because I felt like I had very little information about the wedding planner type details going into it and details are a wedding planner’s best friend! Ryan may not have known the color scheme, but once we went over the shot list from Igor and Mirela, I felt like I knew exactly what they wanted. I love my fiancé , but I love checklists.

I will be Ryan’s second shooter for many more weddings and events to come, but this one really set the bar high for my standards of Wonderful Weddings. Thank you to Igor & Mirela and their entire family for allowing Ryan and I to be part of your very special day. We had a great time and wish you both the happiest of lives together!! Good luck with everything!

Congratulations

Congratulations