I usually don’t blog about my vineyard visits (maybe there are just too many??), but I really wanted to show a little love to the Charlottesville wineries. I’ve been to the area twice now and just can’t get enough! They have several beautiful vineyard venue options in case you haven’t made your decision on where … Continue reading Charlottesville Vineyards – Additional Winery Wedding Options near North Carolina!
What a beautiful couple and fun day! Shamieka and Derrick are such an amazing pair and their wedding highlighted what makes them so incredible. First of all, this was one of only two non-vineyard weddings last year, and their venue, Barclay Villa, was incredible — seriously what an elegant affair…in a castle no less! … Continue reading Shamieka + Derrick…A fairytale castle wedding
What I absolutely loved about Carly & Seth’s wedding was their total number of guests which made for such a warm, inviting, intimate vineyard wedding. I have to say that it definitely matched their personalities too – Carly is the most caring, down-to-earth person and has a positive attitude all the time, and Seth is … Continue reading Carly + Seth: Simple, Intimate Vineyard Wedding
So — I just want to give a little love to Jennifer & Trevor who are celebrating their one year anniversary today!! They are also one of my most memorable couples for several reasons: (1) It’s seriously the prettiest wedding that I’ve coordinated at Raffaldini Vineyards so far (2) They are just the cutest couple … Continue reading Happy anniversary to my most memorable couple – Jennifer + Trevor!
At some point in the planning process, I’m sure you’ve thought about your guest welcome bags or maybe your wedding is coming up soon and you haven’t come across it on your checklist yet. Either way, you may be struggling with what to include, so I decided to research the top ideal items. Of course, … Continue reading Fun ideas for winery wedding welcome bags
What can I say about this couple — I love them and their wedding vision!! They were able to put all of their favorite things together to create a very unique, personalized wedding which was so amazingly fun! Highlights included Pie Pushers food truck, two full size ping pong tables, an amazing double rainbow after the storm (not planned but definitely … Continue reading Farm, Food Truck, Ping Pong, First Look, Rainbow, Yoga & a Prius Getaway = Maggie + Matt’s Unique Wedding
I’m going to start with sweetest couple ever!!! I met Ally and her mother, Rachel, last year and was so excited to be working on Ally & Wesley’s wedding at a fairly new vineyard in Stem, North Carolina which I hadn’t been out to before called Vino Oasi (it happens occasionally…so sad I’m admitting that). … Continue reading “New Vineyard” Wedding – Ally & Wesley
Ask any wedding planner why they carry an emergency bag, and they’ll say it’s a necessity! Unexpected things always come up at weddings and having a stock of emergency items, especially those that the bride or guests wouldn’t think to have on hand, is a must!! Here are a few of our essentials: Organic bug spray – … Continue reading What’s in Kimberly’s Emergency Bag?
Hashtags have become vital at weddings since the social media frenzy began. If you want to see all of the photos taken by your guests in one location, then using a personalized hashtag is essential! This makes it super easy for everyone to view all of the great pics and check out what guests said … Continue reading #Hashtag the Big Day
We received the following questions for Kimberly from upcoming brides and Meredith College students: 1. How many weddings have you coordinated/planned? Since I limit the number of weddings I take each year, it’s probably less than you would think, but I believe it’s close to 80 now. 2. Would you be okay if a bride called … Continue reading Wedding questions for Kimberly!
We’re so thrilled with more than a few of these trends as they can easily be incorporated into a vineyard or outdoor wedding and align very nicely with our mission of intimate events and eco-friendly options. Carbon Footprint Reduction According to the Knot, going green and reducing the footprint of your festivities is in! Brides are opting for smaller, … Continue reading The Latest Outdoor Wedding Trends
Talk about fun!!! From the moment I met Brittany & Jason last year, I just knew we were going to plan their wedding together. They were looking for a vineyard venue (which everyone knows I love), they were concerned about the quality of the wine (another great connection) and they love great food (I mean … Continue reading NC Vineyard Wedding with a View – Brittany & Jason
It was such a beautiful day at Raffaldini Vineyards for Ashley & Ryan’s wedding on May 13th! Even though the wind was blowing fairly fiercely at different times of the day, everyone had a great time and the sun was shining down on the couple. What I love about Ashley & Ryan is their fun, loving … Continue reading Italian Villa Wedding in NC – Ashley & Ryan
Happy Anniversary to Stevie and Garrett who were married one year ago today at Caffé Luna in Raleigh, North Carolina. I loved coordinating their wedding at Caffé Luna because it has been one of my favorite restaurants since they opened and it was very different than my vineyard … Continue reading Stevie & Garrett’s Wedding ~ Caffé Luna
Just engaged and wondering if you really need a planner? Every bride has different needs and budget ranges so it really comes down to three things: (1) know your time constraints – work or school schedule / how much time do you really have before the wedding to plan and then determine if you can handle the entire … Continue reading Are you thinking “do I really need a planner?”
Cloer Family Vineyards Many people are excited for the cooler temperatures and embrace the fact that it can also be a beautiful time for a vineyard wedding. A number of North Carolina vineyards have indoor space as well as outdoor space. As a bride, you’ll just want to make sure your guests are happy and warm … Continue reading Keep warm and marry on!
Finding the perfect shoes for your vineyard wedding can seem next to impossible as there are so many options. For some brides, finding the perfect pair can be just as important as finding the perfect dress, you may spend hours, even days to find the perfect pair to say “I Do” in. You’ll want to find … Continue reading Say “I Do” in the Perfect Pair of Vineyard Wedding Shoes
I had the privilege of handling the day of coordination for Terry and Michael’s pond wedding on September 19th in Garner, North Carolina. The ceremony was held in their beautiful backyard which is adjacent to a large pond. Having their wedding and reception at their home meant a lot to them and made for a welcoming and comfortable … Continue reading Terry & Michael’s Pond Wedding
This is a continuation of last week’s interview blog – hope you enjoy! Based on customer feedback, which tour is the best? That’s a tough question, too, because so many of our tours are so different! I think for people visiting the area for the first time, our annual Sip Trips are great because it’s … Continue reading Part Two of our Interview with Lauren Jeffcoat, Owner of A Sip of the South
I’ve seen Lauren’s business grow over the past couple years and am so excited for her company and how she spreads her love of NC wine. I hope you enjoy learning more about her business and what she has to offer! How long have you had your business? We started the company as Visit NC … Continue reading An Interview with Lauren Jeffcoat, Owner of A Sip of the South ~ Part One
A ONE DAY FESTIVAL CELEBRATING FRIENDSHIP, FUN & SUPPORT DOYLE’S VINEYARD │ AUGUST 1, 2015 │ 1:00 – 6:00 │ DURHAM, NC GATHER your girlfriends and join us for an afternoon of wine tasting, shopping, live music, yummy food and fun by the vines. FASHION TRUCKS * SPECIAL EVENT & WEDDING VENDORS * LIVE MUSIC … Continue reading National Girlfriends Day by the Vines
Just recently, I was trying to open a bottle of wine and came across something new – I seriously wasn’t sure how to open the bottle. I took photos of the bottle and then looked it up online because I had never seen (or heard of) a glass cork and didn’t know how to remove … Continue reading Wine education – glass corks
Since I recently obtained my certification as a green wedding professional, I thought I would highlight eco-friendly dresses and where to find them. I had the pleasure of speaking with Marcelia Muehlke, owner of Celia-Grace, recently and learned a lot about wedding dresses, eco-friendly fabrics, and how to secure a wedding dress utilizing fair trade … Continue reading Interview with Marcie, Owner 0f Celia-Grace
I just want to share some good news! I recently received my certification as a Green Wedding Professional and wanted to let you know exactly what that represents. I can now assist brides in making their weddings greener and there isn’t a better venue than a vineyard to incorporate green elements. North Carolina has some eco-friendly … Continue reading Certified Green Wedding Professional
This caught my eye over the weekend, and I had to share. This would be absolutely perfect for a vineyard wedding – I love this idea! The other ideas were great too, but this one definitely stood out for the endless decorating uses along with the fact that you don’t have to worry about the … Continue reading How to dress up the beer at your wedding
Now, I’ll try to keep this topic short for those of you who are not numbers people. I find that a cost analysis can be very beneficial and even crucial when selecting your venue and a real surprise when you do the cost analysis correctly. When it comes to selecting your venue, the best thing … Continue reading How a venue cost analysis can be extremely valuable!
Come see Weddings by the Vine at Forsyth Woman Engaged’s Bridal Show at the BB&T Ballpark on October 20th from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.! Buy your tickets online and save 50% with promo code FALLINLOVE. The website to register is www.TinyUrl.com/OctBridalShow. One lucky bride will be chosen to have her love story featured in the February … Continue reading Forsyth Woman Engaged’s Bridal Show at BB&T Ballpark
Bridal shows have grown dramatically in size and number over recent years, offering the modern day bride a one stop shop for information and ideas for the perfect wedding. More than that, extra discounts, and even free honeymoons, gowns and wedding day beauty treatments can always be found with some extra effort. Here’s 5 that … Continue reading Top 5 ways to make the most out of a bridal show
The vineyard or outdoor space holds special meaning for both of you The natural backdrop for your wedding photos will be spectacular Invite spontaneity to add a little sparkle to your event Your wedding can be as elegant or as casual as you wish Sets your wedding apart by selecting a unique scenic location and … Continue reading Top Ten Reasons to Choose an Outdoor / Vineyard Wedding
Have you ever thought about how you are going to keep the most unwanted visitors from invading your beautiful outdoor wedding? Especially in the South, mosquitos are a definite concern for brides and their guests. Many brides choose to have a summer ceremony at sunset without considering the outdoor pests that can come along with … Continue reading Outdoor Weddings & Unwanted Guests
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With all of the recent inclement weather here in the triangle, there have been closings, cancellations, and schedule changes. So with the weather wreaking havoc on everyone’s plans, the idea of weather issues come to mind especially if you’re planning an outdoor ceremony or reception for your wedding. The recent weather worries have helped emphasize the … Continue reading Wedding Weather Worries
Have you ever realized that the look and style of your invitations could be the first impression your friends and family get about your wedding? Invitations can indicate the theme and level of formality of the occasion. Therefore, it is important to choose an invitation that appropriately captures the overall look and feel of your … Continue reading Vineyard Wedding Invitations
What better time to celebrate your wedding day than the most holly, jolly time of the year? The Christmas season is traditionally a perfect time to enjoy the love and company of family and friends. So, why not continue the celebrations with a beautiful winter wedding? Many may think that planning a Christmas wedding is … Continue reading The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Wedding Budgets Ok, let’s all admit that the wedding budget is not on the top of everyone’s discussion list most of the time but seriously needs to be discussed with everyone that is contributing. The average cost of a wedding in North Carolina is between $17,000 and $35,000 while the average nationwide is between $27,000 … Continue reading How to balance the budget for your wedding day
So the other day, I was researching different types of boutonnieres because just like dresses, flowers, cakes (all things wedding), I like sophisticated, clean lines, unusual yet elegant items. It was really fun, and I actually pinned an entire board on Pinterest – take a look at how different boutonnieres can stray from the typical … Continue reading Boutonniere costs
*Ok, so I know it’s been a while since my last blog, and I’m sure everyone knows how busy the summertime is for weddings, especially outdoor weddings. Seriously though, I really have no good excuses!
Every time I throw a party, it helps if I have a theme because it takes all the work out of the party and just leaves the fun. Once you settle on a theme, the rest is easy – the creative juices start flowing and all sorts of ideas start popping up surrounding that theme. I personally prefer a little of … Continue reading Themed Weddings – one of my favorite topics!
I’ve read many articles on why to choose a certain vineyard as your venue, but there aren’t very many articles on the reasons “why” couples choose a vineyard in general. There are numerous reasons to choose a vineyard as your wedding venue, and most of them are personal. It’s where you first met, it’s where … Continue reading Choosing a Vineyard Venue
I’ve been reading a number of articles regarding the use of personalized wine labels. This is a fantastic idea and can be used in a number of ways for your special day. You could give the bottles as a keepsake for your guests, organize a number of bottles on each table to create an intimate … Continue reading Personalized Wine Bottles
Just as the wedding season blooms all around us and vineyards are revived after the dormant season, so too have I recently been revived. After some strenuous years in the financial arena, I’ve decided to start focusing on the things in life that bring me more happiness. So with the new season, comes my new business, Weddings … Continue reading New beginnings