Real Wedding- An Intimate Lodge Style Affair

We love intimate weddings and we cannot lie. Early spring during our initial consultation with the bride, we were able to capture a very clear vision of how she imagined her wedding day. She wanted her and as well as her fiancés wedding day to reflect their true purpose for getting married and to share this meaningful occasion with their closest friends and relatives. “I want my wedding day to feel personal.”

This wedding of fifty guest was filled with a charming ceremony full of joyful tears and heartwarming personal vows by both the bride and groom. Subsequently, a romantic and delectable dinner party was held for guest in an intimate setting filled with estate tables, floral details, and romantic candlelight, Later, guest were entertained with a diversified cultural party vibe that kept their tribe of loving family and friends on the dance floor all night.

It was our intent to ensure this lovely couples wedding day vision was fully executed and with the partnership of some wonderful and talented vendors, the bride left saying- “my day was magical.”

Couple: Toya and Dennis

Venue: The Lodge at Ballantyne

Planner: Fabulously Created Events

Photographer: Ariel Perry Photography

Floral Designer: Designs by Devereux

Stationery: Viri LovelyDesigns

Entertainment: Split Second Sound

Officiant: Rev. Rebecca Nagy

Makeup: Voga Beauty Makeup Artistry

Bridal Dress: J Majors Bridal Boutique

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Toya + Dennis, you are a joy to know and we are so honored and privileged to have played a part in your special day. Thank you for entrusting our team to execute your vision.

XOXO,

Crystal and the FC Events Team

It's Time to Buy "The Ring"

So it's engagement season and you think it's the right time to make one of the biggest purchases known to mankind.  It's time to buy, "THE DIAMOND."  Not just any diamond, but, "THE ONE."

Image by Amore Vita Photography   

Image by Amore Vita Photography

 

You'd like to think that when it comes to your future fiance, you totally understand their personal style. But if you're even the slightest bit hesitant about what type of ring to buy, you'll naturally want to ask for shopping assistance—a smart move..... depending on the person you ask. Here are our suggestions here at Fabulously Created Events.

First start with trusting:

You

So often, men don't realize how well they know their significant other already.  When falling in love, it's typically the small stuff that has captivated your heart therefore giving you a keen sense into what she likes and dislikes.  Trust you!  When you see it, you will know it and you will be excited you've picked something that she will cherish for a lifetime.

However,  there is absolutely no reason why you can't have some guidance along the way.  The below people might be good resources when shopping.

Her Sister

If your girlfriend is close to her sister, she will typically know her taste.  A sister is also more likely to keep the news to herself.  She also will be able to discreetly dig for clues from your girlfriend if you desire.

Your Best Married Buddy

He has done this before so he will be able to guide you and give you the support you want and need.  While he may not know her style or ring desires, having a close "friend" by your side to support you in this important decision isn't a bad idea.  P.S.  Pick the buddy that actually likes his wife and not the one that will be over your ear in the jewelry store saying "dude.... this is crazy.... don't do it....believe me......"
Pick the friend that values marriage; the one you actually look up to and admire his relationship with his wife.

Her Mom

This can be tricky!  Mom does know best BUT if you choose to take mom ring shopping with you, be prepared to pop the question soon; we mean real soon.  Mom's are emotionally attached to their children by nature and you don't want the risk of them slipping and ruining the proposal.  However, like the sister- mom will have great insight into what her daughter will like and will not mind telling you her opinion at all.

Another great resource:

Social Media

If your girlfriend is like 80% of women, she has been planning the big day in that head of hers, FOREVER!  No, she is not crazy, women just naturally fall in love with "love." If you don't want to ask anyone around you for guidance, she just might have a Pinterest board with all kind of wedding ideas laying around.  Somewhere embedded between purses, shoes, and crock pot recipes are diamonds.  CHA-CHING- you just hit the lottery!  Think of it as her way of telling you but not telling you....

Lastly, it's perfectly fine to ask:

Your Significant Other

Okay, so the ring may not be a surprise, but you can still make the proposal one. If you know your partner wants to have input into picking out rings, give her the pleasure of doing so. Plus, it totally eliminates the stress if you're worried over potentially getting the wrong ring style.  However, when going ring shopping with your mate DO NOT hold your heart like Fred Sanford and declare a heart attack is coming your way at the price of rings.  You never want to make her feel like she isn't worth every dime.  Remember, you are looking to get an idea.  When you go back to make your final decision and purchase, that's the time to discuss pricing with the sales attendant, scream bloody murder, and then negotiate where appropriate.

We hope these few tips help you during this engagement season or whenever you choose to pop the question.  If you get stuck with decision making or have questions, reach out to us at Fabulously Created Events.  www.fabcreatedevents.com.  We would love to help you out!  Until next time, stay fabulous!

Created for One Another

I met Jennifer and Jacob at a rehearsal dinner from our previous clients, Cale and Amanda Wolfe (you will notice the new addition to their family as the flower girl in this wedding-#cuteness).  I was seated in front of them and in general conversation, I said, "so how long have you two been married?"  Jennifer smiled and nicely responded, "we're not married."  I was surprised because they personified so much love for each other and I definitely assumed they were already one.  My instant response was, "well it won't be long…"

I was right, it wasn't long thereafter that Jacob popped the big question to Jennifer at the Baltimore Estate in Asheville, NC.  They gave me the honor of helping them plan one of the most memorable days of their lives and I indeed was ecstatic.  

Jennifer and Jacob are undoubtedly two of the sweetest, humblest, and nicest people I know.  The love and respect they have for each other is beyond words and we were excited at how beautifully their wedding day turned out.  

A big shout out to Garrett Price of Carolina Portrait Designs who did an AMAZING job capturing the couples wedding day! 

Thank you Jennifer and Jacob for allowing FC Events to be a part of such a special time and day in your lives.  We will forever be connected.  You were definitely created for one another and I know you will be forever fabulous together!

A huge thank you to all the wonderful vendors that made Jennifer and Jacob's big day a success:

Venue: The Arbors

Wedding Planner: Fabulously Created Events

Photographer: Carolina Portrait Designs

Entertainment: Virtual Sounds

Videographer: Mountain House Media

Caterer: LKN Catering Services

Baker: Imagination2u

Florist: Flower Town of Salisbury

MUA: Ashley Miller Makeup 

Formalwear: Poffie Girls and Jos A Banks

I must share these additional beautiful photos of Jennifer Jacob because I'm so in love with these pictures!  eeeekkkk!!!!!

 

Blended Love

It was a great pleasure to coordinate the wedding of Trisha Shattuck and Matt Walters.   Their story was one that would make you tear up but rejoice in a beautiful outcome.  Trisha, who was widowed at the time she met Matt, had recently moved to the area to begin her life with her two beautiful children.  After a special dinner with Matt and her children, Trisha realized Matt had a spirit of patience and love that instantly made her realize he was the one.  

Trisha and Matt were married at the luxurious Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge in Charlotte NC.  The day was absolutely beautiful.  As you will see, Matt is a graduate of Clemson University-  hence the wedding colors of purple and orange.  

There were so many attributes that made this wedding magical.  From the bride and groom choosing to do a "first look," to the blending of a family with the sand ceremony.  The added touch of a caricature at the cocktail hour and reception was a hit among guest as they partied away to a live band.  Many thanks to all the vendors that made this day possible (listed at the end of this blog).

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FC Events thanks Trisha and Matt for allowing us to be a part of their special day.  We also thank all the vendors who made the day one to remember.

Wedding Day Coordinator:  Fabulously Created Events

Venue: Ballayntne Hotel and Lodge

Photographer: Middle Gray Photography

Band: Flashback the Party Band

Florist: Chelish Moore Flowers

Cake: Wow Factor Cakes

Caricature: Jeff Mangum