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Wedding Tip Thursday!

We love our family!

But what about working with family? Well, maybe it can be a little tricky…more than tricky, actually. I usually recommend avoiding using family as vendors for your wedding plans. However, sometimes it is unavoidable or just makes sense to use a family member. If you choose to use family, please, please, please only do so if they are a professional baker, florist, photographer, etc. Don’t compromise scores are the same way. your dream wedding to give a family member “a chance” or “experience”. If you have a professional vendor in the family that you use, remember to keep it just that – professional! Ask them to treat you like any other client – schedule meetings, ask for a contract, request a proposal outlining their responsibilities and costs. In turn you should pay them a deposit, sign the contract, clearly state your vision and expectations, over communicate and then pay them in full and on time. The key is to remove any “understood” agreements or assumptions. If you keep things professional, it will keep them professional!

Gorgeous Chapel Hill NC Wedding at the Barn at Valhalla!

Yesterday was a hot, hot day and I believe (or I hope) I lost 5 lbs from all my work in the heat! It was a gorgeous day for Lonna and Clay’s wedding at the Barn at Valhalla. It looked amazing during the day, but at night it was breathtaking! Of course these are not professional pictures, I will post them when I get them.

The luminaries led the way to the ceremony site, which took place under a huge gorgeous tree. We had lanterns hanging from it and at night it was amazing!

The bride really wanted a green wedding. She had her friends save all their wine bottles for her to put the flowers for the centerpieces, that were done by Tre Bella. She did gorgeous bouquets also.

They had s’mores out for the guest to make after dinner, the guests loved them!

We turned the barn into the place to be after dinner. We dimmed the lights and had the lanterns lighting the room and of course hundreds of candles!!

Edible Art did a very nice job with their cake.

It was a great wedding for a truly fantastic couple!!!