CHelsea and Simon's Wedding
Chelsea and Simon were married last September on a beautiful BUT hot day! When I started working with Chelsea and Simon I actually met Chelsea's mom first since the couple was living on the West Coast. Chelsea was extremely busy with work so I had a lot of communication with Simon and Chelsea's parents. Everyone had the same priority which was a great party with phenomenal food and being surrounded by family.
First we had to tackle the location which was Chelsea's father's home on the waterway! Stunning views of the water and the sunset was going to be a show stopper but this was a backyard and not a wedding venue. With the help of some of my favorite wedding vendors we built a venue that felt and looked like an extension of the existing home.
With having friends and family traveling from across the US and the UK, guest experience was top on the list! The couple wanted to make sure that their guests were comfortable and were shown what Wilmington has to offer, Food was first on the list! Christi with Pine Valley Market did not disappoint! She was able to secure delicious oysters that were shucked for the guests along with shrimp and crab claws that were served during cocktail hour. Guests could also smell Paella being cooked on site which provided a great scent in the air through cocktail hour.
Entertainment was next on our list and there was never a question, a band must be hired for the occasion! Sweet Soul Social Club came and kept everyone on the dance floor the entire night! Brandon and his group of talented performers never let us down!
Working with Design Perfection is always easy! I am able to come to them with my design for the day and they provided everything I needed for the day including rentals, florals, draping and even a table to hang from the tent to showcase the cake from One Belle Bakery.
Chelsea and Simon were such a great couple to work with and they trusted the path I was taking them on to provide the perfect day for them. After spending the day with their friends and family I know how they turned out to be such great people.
Design and Planning: Social Butterfly Events
Rentals: Party Suppliers
Specialty Rentals: DP Etc. and Salt Harbor
Lighting: High Performance Lighting
Florals: Design Perfection
Catering: Pine Valley Market
Bakery: One Belle Bakery
Photography: Treebird Photography
Entertainment: Sweet Soul Social Club
Hair and Make Up: Meraki Beauty
Stationery: Minted and ADG Fashion Styling
Bathroom Trailer: Rent-A-John
Rachel & Seth's Engagement Session in Yosemite national park
I asked Rachel and Seth about their love story and how they came up with this amazing location for their engagement session. Read below about this adorable couple and enjoy their breathtaking engagement pictures from Abbi + Callen of The Hearnes Adventure Photography.
How did you and Seth meet? Seth and I met while attending Midway High School in 2010. He was a senior and I was a freshman. We immediately became friends but were dating other people at the time. By the end of the summer we were single, hanging out everyday and were inseparable! When Seth joined the Navy is 2011 we broke up because he would be so far away but that didn't stop us from constantly being in contact. After dating other people all the while still checking in on each other while I was in college, I decided to visit him. I bought a plane ticket to HAWAII to be able to spend 48 hours with him before he deployed. Yes that was a 13 hour plane ride there and then 13 hours back!
When Seth knew he would be stationed in California I started looking for a job so that I could relocate with him. I interviewed for a job and got the job on the same day. 3 weeks later I was living in California and 2 months later Seth joined me.
How did you choose your photographer? While looking for photographers I stumbled upon some photographers who specifically focused on adventure photography in Yosemite and other national parks. When we found Abbi + Callen with Adventure Photography, we fell in love and knew we wanted to work with them.
How did you choose your location? Seth and I LOVE traveling, the outdoors and I especially love National Parks (we got engaged in Sequoia National Park) so we knew we wanted this to be a focal point of our pictures. Abbi + Callen gave us a few suggestions and I chose Taft Point in Yosemite. I fell for the huge mountainside that we would stand on and since I am not scared of heights I saw the potential for incredible pictures at this location.
Tell us about how the day went? Getting to Taft Point was actually really easy. We started at Glacier Point and took pictures there which are the ones with jeans and a sweater on! I knew I wanted to have one wardrobe change so after changing into a dress behind a large rock (haha), we headed to Taft Point. Abbi shot most of the pictures while Callen helped pose us. Seth and I are not the most comfortable in front of a camera so Callen's guidance was most helpful. We are so happy with all of the pictures we got from that day and highly recommend Abbi + Callen from The Hearnes Adventure Photography.
With your wedding coming up, what are you most excited about? I am mainly just so excited to have everyone in the same place for our wedding. Since moving to California, I miss all of my family and friends so much and I can't wait to have everyone together to celebrate! I have been talking about getting married on my family's farm in the middle of a field since I was 10 years old and in a few months that will happen!
Photography Credit to www.thehearnes.com
Courtyards & Cobblestones Styled Shoot
One flower was the jumping off point of this design and styled shoot for C&C 2018, Lily of The Valley. In previous years we have made these enormous gorgeous bouquets and this year I wanted something rare, something unique and something stunning on its own. I knew that procuring Lily of The Valley would be a long shot but Kristy from Eco Chic Blossoms and her incredible wholesaler made it happen.
From the simplicity of this bouquet came the clean, simple dress of this dress and it fit Mallory like it was tailored for her! Ashley added a simple belt that gave it a little "shoosh"! Pictures will never do this dress justice, you have to see the buttons trailing down the entire back of the dress and the fabric with its texture is to die for. Ashley found Stuart this light blue suit and paired it with this great bow tie to complete his look. The two of them compliment each other so well!
"Come Sail Away" was our theme so shooting the couple near Cape Fear River was perfect. We were even able to use items like the gold calm shell for the ring shot and a brass compass from Pressed Cotton to help pull that theme throughout the day's design.
Collaborations with Ashley from ADG Fashion Styling and Brooke with Southern Bee Designs helped to bring together a stationery suite fit for this styled shoot. In keeping with the theme we kept all the paper elements clean and simple to match the rest of the design.
Special shoutout to the style team, Tess, Melissa and Ashley for pulling this all together and making this couple look their best for this shoot. We couldn't do this without you! Lastly we have to thank Mallory and Stuart (or Stu as Mallory calls him) for being the most perfect couple for this shoot. If you are lucky to be in their presence you are able to witness love in its truest form!
All My Best
Charyl H Williams
Styling: ADG Fashion Styling
Make Up: Meraki Beauty
Hair: Melissa Kinnamon Hair
Dress: Coastal Knot
Flowers: Eco Chic Blossoms
Models: Mallory and Stuart Flynn
Photography: Eric Boneske Photography
Stationery: ADG Fashion Styling
Calligraphy: Southern Bee Designs
Styling Products: Pressed Cotton & The Mrs. Box
Rentals: Party Suppliers and Rentals
Draping: DP Etc
Cake: One Belle Bakery
Entertainment: The 919 Band
Belle Vue design
Charyl H Williams
Blogging about these weddings lets me relive all of the amazing moments I was able to share with my clients. I hope that you enjoy these couple's weddings days as much as I do.