Michelle + Ben ~ Rain, Rain Go Away

Meet Michelle – she’s so happy, and I love her infectious smile!











Now, let’s meet her sweet soon-to-be husband, Ben, smelling the roses right before the wedding!  I live for clients like this — seriously, they were the best couple: easy going, fun, laid back and all this with the threat of rain trying to overshadow their day…but they weren’t having it.










In all seriousness, you wouldn’t have known that there was a threat of rain for the entire evening because they were in such great spirits!!

In fact, rain rain go away became the early theme for Michelle & Ben’s wedding day but luck was on their side and the rain held off until right after the last song literally!  It was perfect timing and who really cares if you get wet then, right?!

We were hired for month of coordination which includes designing a timeline that works for them, creating floor plans (rain and non-rain options) and coordinating all of their vendors.  We create both rain and non-rain diagrams because you can never be too prepared when working an outdoor vineyard wedding.  There are so many moving parts and a lot of decisions to make within a small amount of time.  Due to the continued threat of rain throughout the evening, we decided to implement half of the rain plan and half of the non-rain plan which we had never done before, but it worked out beautifully.  Michelle & Ben were able to have their ceremony on the side of the villa near the vines, and then we moved inside for dinner just in case and then back outside to the piazza for dancing!


Ben & Michelle chose my favorite North Carolina vineyard venue, Raffaldini Vineyards, and their eggplant and ivory color scheme definitely highlighted the overall Tuscan style of the vineyard.  They decided to rent a tent to cover the piazza which was centered by Raffaldini’s beautiful water fountain – guests love the fountain and so do we!


The ceremony was extra special because Tom, Michelle’s father, made so many of the wood ceremony items himself – the arbor with attached side doors, all the aisle signs, the table assignment frame and the large welcome sign – so nicely done.  He’s definitely talented and what a great way to express his love for Michelle…aww…we totally love a DIY Dad!


Below are a few DIY options we love for a vineyard wedding.

  • Signs, signs and more signs!! Michelle had plenty!
  • Any other items that reminds guests of your personality & style; and
  • Of course, anything fun that says it time to celebrate!


Their guests were so much fun and couldn’t wait to sample some of Raffaldini’s wine which is made in the Italian appassimento method which gives the wine much more character.  I think they loved it:)  Some guests were happy to wander about on the property enjoying the atmosphere while others preferred to dance the night away on the beautiful piazza.



The cake was one of the largest I’ve seen in a while and Michelle even asked to sneak a peek before everyone else!  Who doesn’t love to see real lavender to enhance the overall look – just beautiful.  It was definitely impressive and the raspberry lemon was a crowd favorite!  I also loved how Erin, the photographer, took extra time to get the best shot – set up was amazing:)


As I hinted above, the rain came but the timing couldn’t have been better – after the last song finished – not kidding!  The theme at the end of the night had to be just perfect – a touch of rain for good luck and what a beautiful day for them!



Extra love goes out to Erin at E. Henigan Studios for sharing all the wonderful photos – I truly believe she has a great eye for catching the right angle, creating scenically beautiful set-ups and amazing backdrops!!!


VENDORS – 09.08.18

Venue: Raffaldini Vineyards

Month of Coordination: Weddings by the Vine

Photography: E. Henigan Studios

Catering: L & L Catering

Officiant:  Pastor E. Paul Allen

DJ: Split Second Sound

Florist: Sonia Johnson

Cake: Kryssie Mozeley

Hair/Make-up: Bella Lago Salon and Spa

Dress: Paige and Elliot Bridal Boutique

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Tent/Rentals: It’s My Party