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Classic Southern Elegance at The Merrimon-Wynne House

When a wedding day is sprinkled with the sweetest happy tears like this one, you know it was a beautiful one, inside and out. With Events By La Fete behind the planning, it’s no surprise it went off without a hitch. Gingham bow ties, turquoise ‘maids, a stunning Bride covered in lace, a darling cake from Sugarland Bakery… everything in it’s pretty place. See it all in the gallery from Ginny Corbett!


From the beautiful Bride…Chris and I grew up a quarter of a mile from each other in Raleigh, NC. We were friends through high school and we attended his Senior Prom together. After he left for college we remained friends until the next year, when I too attended East Carolina University. Chris promised to show me the ropes and we spent a lot of time together. One day I worked up the nerve to tell him I did not just want to be friends anymore and the rest is history!

Nearly 9 years later, when it came to planning our wedding there were a few things we had to have, it to take place in our hometown of Raleigh, NC, a killer party and Ginny Corbett as our wedding photographer. (Looking at the beautiful images I am sure you can tell why)

The biggest challenge was that we wanted to have the wedding somewhere we had never attended a wedding. This posed a challenge because we had been to ALOT of weddings. We were feeling discouraged when a coworker of Chris’s told him about the Merrimon Wynne house, a brand new event venue. We were immediately intrigued and scheduled a meeting with the owner Jodi right away. The home was in disrepair and left a lot to be desired, but Jodi explained her vision and Chris and I knew we HAD to have our wedding there. The Merrimon Wynne house far exceeded our expectations, the grounds and home we immaculate and the perfect backdrop for our day.

Jodi gave me the information for our amazing planner Katie Dunn with Events by La Fete. I met Katie with my my Mom and Sister and we all felt so comfortable with her, I knew she understood my vision even though I was not quite sure I did. She helped assemble the most talented group of vendors and wedding professionals to bring our vision to life. We envisioned a comfortable day of classic southern elegance filled with blues and greens and soft neutrals.

Chris wanted a hand in two things, the venue and the guys attire. We selected tan seersucker suits, tan bucks, monogrammed pocket squares and High Cotton bow ties which went perfectly with the “fresh” bridesmaid dresses and gold jewelry. The mix of fresh flowers and candles kept everything light and bright, the pop of pink in the bridesmaid bouquets brought some playfulness to the palette and the draped lights made the tent glow and kept the party going well into the evening. We loved our custom wood “guestbook” and the oversized chalkboard seating chart, but I think our favorite detail was the cold gelato which was much needed on the warm June evening.

The day was not without its challenges, we had to move the ceremony from the lawn to under the tent due to the threat of bad weather. Thankfully, that bad weather came as the space was being flipped for the reception and all the guests were comfortably inside for cocktails. Chris and I were able to narrowly escape the downpour and take a few more portraits on the beautiful porches of Merrimon Wynne. Unfortunately, the rain was torrential and the head table was soaked, but ALL our vendors worked tirelessly and there was little sign that that there had been any rain at all.

We danced the night away and cherished the rare occasion to have all of the most precious people in our lives all in one place. The next day we both agreed there was absolutely nothing we would change about the day, even the rain!

Photography: Ginny Corbett Photography | Wedding Planner: Katie Dunn With Events By La Fete | Florist: Fresh Affairs | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung | Caterer: Rocky Top Hospitality | Brides Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake And Gelato: Sugarland Bakery | Rentals: Party Reflections | Signage: Calligraphy By Carrie | Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House

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Mervis Diamond Importers Holiday Preview Event

There’s something about the impending holiday season that has me wishing for a little something sparkly. So the timing couldn’t be more perfect for the Mervis Diamond Importers Holiday Preview Event! Mervis Diamond Importers has been hand-selecting diamonds to help couples celebrate their love for over 80 years, and from November 14-16, they’re letting you enjoy some seriously amazing once-a-year prices!

This third generation family business founded in South Africa is not like any other jewelry store you’ve ever been to. At Mervis Diamond Importers, they’re all about a personalized experience from start to finish, allowing clients to pick out the perfect diamond to fit into the perfect setting! With endless styles and designs from some of the industries best designers (such as Verragio, Martin Flyer, Sasha Primak, Coast Diamonds + Benchmark), you can be sure your dream ring is waiting for you.

And this weekend, from November 14-16 at the Tysons, Rockville and Washington D.C. locations, you’ll get to beat the holiday rush and enjoy amazing once-a-year pricing! For more information on the Holiday Preview Event, head over here!


DIY Sugared Fruit Holiday Cake

Cake decorating doesn’t have to be fussy or difficult. Today Kelly Perry from Philosophy Flowers is sharing a sugared fruit DIY that takes a simple layered cake and makes it holiday party worthy in a few easy steps. Check out all the pretty imagery from Heather Payne Photography in the full gallery! And for more baking tid bits, check out a tutorial on how to frost the perfect cake.

From Kelly of Philosophy Flowers… This colorful DIY cake tutorial takes simple household ingredients and elevates them to holiday worthy status in five easy steps!  Hostesses can test this idea on a smaller scale for an intimate gathering or go big for an upcoming holiday party.  



Egg Whites
Pastry Brush
Skewer (optional)


step-1Crack egg, discarding yoke.

step-2Brush fruit with an even coat of egg white Sprinkle sugar over fruit.

step-3If you have the luxury of an extra set of hands, consider spearing the fruit with a skewer and have one person sprinkle and one person rotate the fruit. This makes for a more even sugar coat.

step-4Allow to dry and harden.

step-5 Arrange on cake, using toothpicks for support if needed.

Tips: When shopping for fruit, notice pieces with interesting color variations and avoid blemishes. Consider the size of the fruit in relation to the size of cake you are decorating. Consider how the fruit will sit on the cake and where it will sit. Also note that when sugar is applied the color will lighten a little, so choose colors a shade or two darker than the shade you would like in your final product.

Photographer: Heather Payne Photography | DIY: Kelly Perry Of Philosophy Flowers