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You’ll Never Believe This Wedding Reception Took Place on a Parking Garage

I’ve always known the designers behind Easton Events are amazing, but when they transformed a downtown Raleigh parking garage into a reception venue that stopped me dead in my tracks? Well, I think they officially earned a standing ovation. They designed a space to accommodate the couple’s 450 guests, that still managed to feel every bit as inviting and special as the most intimate of celebrations. Do yourself a favor and head to the gallery captured by Corbin Gurkin, and don’t miss the film by Blueberry Creative below!

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From Easton EventsWhere to begin with this wonderful Raleigh, NC wedding? First, we should note that the tented reception took place on a parking deck. A privately owned portion of the parking garage in downtown Raleigh opened up to the outside and ended up being the perfect size to accommodate a frame tent that was large enough to accommodate 450 guests. The tent nestled in perfectly within the deck that was one story above ground; therefore, when the infrastructure began, the tent materials and restroom trailers had to be crane-lifted onto the deck.

The Sky Line team had a full week to install the structure with weather unfortunately not on their side, before Blossoms Events came in to start in on the draping and laydown the custom laminate gold and ivory marbled dancefloor. The tent was draped in beautiful shades of neutral silk dupioni with two ceiling medallions that added depth and texture as well as helped break up the tent into two areas: one for dancing and the other to showcase the bar.

Our custom made 20’ oval shaped bar was one of the central focal points of the space. For a guest count of 450 guests, we knew a large, prominent bar with access points on all sides was going to be the key for a successful event. Touches of lush garland and washed out mirrors were incorporated as a design element and barstools were added which made it even more inviting.

Custom tablecloths adorned the bar height tables with the addition of La Tavola linens for the high/low cocktail tables. A side lounge tent provided an area for guests to kick back their heals and enjoy their surroundings with lounge vignettes from Snyder Events. The florals selected had an English garden feel with bright greenery, touches of blush pinks, and magnolia leaves.

One of the biggest hurdles, in addition to the fact we were one story above ground, was what to do with the 3 cement bases that were left from dismantling the parking lot light fixtures – one of which was directly in the middle of the tent. Our solution was naturally, to cover them! Two were utilized as bar height food stations and the one in the middle of the room was covered with a tufted, round banquette. We placed another on the other side to create symmetry, and then mirrored this look in the side lounge tent. This then led to providing an amazing base for very large, prominent floral arrangements in custom painted urns, which created both height and depth within the space.

A draped and chandelier lined marquee acted as the main entrance and exit for the event and was utilized for the special confetti getaway. The bride, in her Monique Lhuillier gown and the groom, in his custom tux departed at the end of the evening and spent their night together in a suite at the Renaissance Hotel and as guests departed, they were handed leftover slices of wedding cake as an end of the night treat.

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Photography: Corbin Gurkin Photography | Cinematography: Blueberry Creative | Floral Design: Blossoms Events | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Mitchell's Catering | Invitations: Charlotte's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Mitchell's Catering | Makeup: Makeup for Your Day | Hair: Salon 21 | Lighting: Technical Event Company | Band: Liquid Pleasure | Ceremony Music: NC Symphony | Venue: Renaissance Hotel Raleigh | Custom Linen Rentals: Designing Linens | Dance Floor + Draping: Blossoms Events | Event Styling + Production: Easton Events | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Paper Goods: Charlotte's | Rentals: CE Rental | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Tent Rentals: Skyline Tent Company | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother | Welcome Bags: A Signature Welcome

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Classic Winter Wedding During a Major Snowstorm

You’d never guess this stunning winter wedding took place the same weekend of the East Coast’s largest snowstorm. Even without the string trio for the ceremony, the getaway car or all the flowers, this day came together beautifully with the help of the incredible Rebecca Rose Events. From the gorgeous flowers to the sweet cake, we’re ready to say “I do” to this whole affair. See it all from Marcie Meredith Photography in The Vault!

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Winter
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From Rebecca Rose EventsKyndal and Isaac were married in late January in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Their wedding weekend just so happened to coincide with the East coast’s largest winter snowstorm of the year. Ever the joyful optimists, these two decided to look past the stress of inclement weather (and shipping delays, vendor cancellations, and numerous other issues) and enjoy every single moment of their wedding weekend with the family, friends and loved ones who braved the elements to celebrate with them!

A few meaningful details and tidbits:

The groom is a tobacco farmer and as such, we worked to incorporate a little hint of his family’s history in their paper elements with the inclusion of tobacco leaf artwork.

The bride wanted to include the bright, cheerful coral pink color but was worried it might look too much like it was meant for a spring or summer wedding. Once we added burgundy, golds, greens, and plenty of ivory to the mix, the coral blended right in to create a vibrant winter color palette. It all pops so beautifully against the clean white snow too!

Kyndal’s walk down the aisle was so sweet because she was escorted by her two younger brothers. Having lost her dad at a young age, she has always been so close to her brothers and it was so beautiful to see them step into such a special role for her on her wedding day… both in escorting her down the aisle and also in taking turns sharing a dance with her during the traditional “father/daughter” dance time at the reception.

Readjustments had to be made on the wedding day when the string trio wasn’t able to make it for the ceremony, the getaway car couldn’t make it to the venue to pick them up, and delivery problems meant that not all the flowers arrived. We used recorded music for the ceremony, had a groomsman serve as the chauffeur at the end of the evening, and changed the design plans for the flowers at the last minute to make the very best use of what we had! Given the dangerous conditions that weekend, and the potential for so much more to have gone wrong, these adjustments were relatively easy. One thing was very evident though: the level of commitment that each vendor and creative partner displayed that weekend was inspiring. Our planning/design team, the DJ, and the photographer all arrived in town two nights early ahead of the storm and worked from a hotel to be sure they could perform all their services and be present on the wedding weekend. The bakery delivered the cake two days early to avoid a scenario where any safety issues could prevent a wedding day delivery in their truck. Fresh cake was refrigerated in the kitchen at the venue, and the displayed wedding cake itself was made out of styrofoam (a last minute decision to ensure that everything would look and taste perfect despite an early delivery)! The lighting crew, hair and makeup team, and rental company went out of their way to make things happen for this special couple. We are so grateful to get to work with such dedicated professionals who cared so deeply about ensuring that Kyndal and Isaac had the wedding they wanted!

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Photography: Marcie Meredith Photography | Event Planning: Rebecca Rose Events | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake: Maxie B's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Blues Grove Baptist Church | Reception Venue: Cross Creek Country Club | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: Cross Creek Country Club | Hair + Makeup: Updo's Studio | Calligraphy: Carole Murray | Lighting: Sound Illusions | DJ: Bunn DJ Company | Groom's Attire: F. Rees Company | Cigar Roller: Salem Cigar Factory | Floral Design + Stationery: Rebecca Rose Creative | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Linen Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Hauser Rental Service | Second Wedding Dress: J.Crew | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Romantic Beach Club Wedding

This is one of those beyond beautiful weddings. The sort of wedding that starts and ends with gorgeous details and is filled to the brim with moments that will make you smile.  But beyond the lush blooms, breathtaking backdrop and stunning gown is the inspiring story of love, loss, hope and happiness… and family coming together to celebrate what marriage is really all about.  See it all captured brilliantly by Julia Wade in THE VAULT.

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Al Fresco

From Julia Wade… I will never forget this day. It truly was the highlight of my 2015, so I’m really grateful to see it on the pages of SMP. My sweet bride Catherine had lost her mother Summer 2014 to cancer, and had a quiet wedding weeks before she passed. Their original wedding date of 5/2/15 affectionately became their “renup”. The bond between Catherine and Brooks was tangible and Bald Head Island shined for them. I will always cherish the photographs we made at the shoals at sunset.. something incredible happened with the light and the birds and between to the two of them. It was a gift to photograph..I am so grateful for clients that will let me in and truly tell their story. Enjoy.

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Photography: Julia Wade | Floral Design: Kim Fisher Designs | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Shoals Club | Hair + Makeup: Pure Hair | DJ: Active DJ Entertainment | Venue: Shoals Club | Photography - Assistance: JJ Horton | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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