Raza and Sarah | Part 2: Their Heartfelt Wedding Day at Historic Market Hall | Raleigh, NC

May 8, 2024

Raza and Sarah’s long-awaited wedding day unfolded in the heart of Raleigh at Market Hall, where they were joined by their cherished family and friends to celebrate their union. Arika Jordan Photography was there again to capture every precious moment with grace and artistry. The day flowed seamlessly, allowing Raza and Sarah to savor every moment of their special day. With the perfect backdrop for their ceremony, Sarah walked down the aisle in her gorgeous gown and beautiful glow by Wedded Kiss, who ensured she looked nothing short of breathtaking. The wedding party sported beautiful bl...Read More

Raza & Sarah | Part 1: Their Spectacular Mehndi Celebration at The Distillery | Garner, NC

May 1, 2024

Raza and Sarah’s pre-wedding festivities took on a vibrant and culturally rich form as they celebrated a traditional Pakistani Mehndi, meticulously organized by the Mother of the Groom with the help of Chestnut & Vine’s owner, Erin. This event served as a bridge between Raza’s Pakistani heritage and Sarah’s Jewish family and friends, setting the stage for a wonderful celebration. Embracing the essence of Southeast Asian cuisine, guests indulged in a feast of traditional dishes complemented by Chai tea and delightful desserts. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitem...Read More

Chad and Ally’s Gorgeous October Wedding | Raleigh, NC

April 24, 2024

Chad and Ally’s October wedding at Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley was an unforgettable affair, brought to life by a fantastic team of vendors who worked tirelessly to make their dreams a reality. Casey Rose Photography expertly captured every moment, ensuring that the love and joy of the day would be cherished for years to come. Sarah and Brandon Films added a cinematic touch, crafting a beautiful video that would serve as a timeless keepsake for the couple. At the gorgeous Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral with Rev. Manuel Joseph Chirchop officiating, Chad and Ally exchanged heartfelt vows...Read More

Riley and Riley’s December to Remember at The Bradford | New Hill, NC

April 17, 2024

Riley and Riley (yes, you read that right – both of their names are Riley!) tied the knot on December 1st at The Bradford, surrounded by loved ones and a stellar team of vendors who made their day truly unforgettable. Sarah Lessley Photography perfectly captured the essence of these high school sweetheart’s special day. Walter Rodriguez led a heartfelt ceremony that reflected the couple’s love and commitment, while Poppy Flowers brought their vision to life with stunning floral arrangements. Curated Events provided elegant rentals that transformed the venue into a personalize...Read More

Gabe and Hannah’s Spring Soiree at The Bradford | New Hill, NC

April 10, 2024

Hannah and Gabe’s May wedding day at The Bradford was a breathtaking fusion of cultures, celebrating their Korean, Brazilian, and Japanese heritages. The beauty of their day was in the union of two hearts and also in the coming together of diverse traditions that helped shape a truly special celebration. The Bradford, with its picturesque settings, provided the perfect backdrop for this affair. Hannah and Gabe, alongside their wedding team, orchestrated a day that was vibrant and heartfelt. The Axtells: Wedding Photography and Films captured the essence of the day, while D.C. florist (an...Read More

Kaitlin and Ryan’s Veteran’s Day Wedding at The Colonial Inn | Hillsborough, NC

April 3, 2024

Kaitlin and Ryan’s wedding day was a beautiful November affair held at The Colonial Inn. With a stellar team of vendors ensuring every moment was picture-perfect, their day went off without a hitch! An amazing time was had by all as family and friends watched these two native Illinoisan love birds tie the knot in their new home state of North Carolina. Kaitlin and Ryan exchanged vows in a heartfelt ceremony filled with love and laughter. Glam by Ash Marie worked her magic, ensuring the bride looked and felt her best on their big day while Triangle Sound Service ensured that every word sp...Read More

Leah and Tyler’s Gorgeous Fall Wedding at The NC Museum of Art | Raleigh, NC

March 25, 2024

On a beautiful October day, Leah and Tyler got hitched at the NC Museum of Art with a fabulously unique Studio 54-inspired theme. It was the kind of day that was all about love, memories, and some really special personal touches. The most heartwarming part? Leah decided to wear her mom’s wedding dress, but with a redesign to make it her own. It was a sweet nod to her mom, who was very much there in spirit. Both Tyler and Leah’s dad rocked boutonnieres with a silk rose made from Leah’s mother’s dress fabric, too, which was an incredibly special touch. The whole day felt ...Read More

Kevin & Hellena’s October Celebration at All Saints Chapel | Raleigh, NC

March 18, 2024

On a crisp October eve, just before Halloween, Kevin and Hellena exchanged vows at Raleigh’s historic All Saints Chapel, weaving their unique essence into the fabric of their special day. With Sophisticated Florals by Stephanie providing the florals and the centerpieces designed by the groom himself, the atmosphere was a blend of autumnal elegance and personal touches that mirrored the couple’s personality. Hellena, styled by The Bardot, was the epitome of bridal beauty, while Kevin awaited her presence with love and anticipation. The ceremony, led by Hellena’s brother, Antho...Read More

Llala & Zach’s Spring Fling at The Grove | Raleigh, NC

March 11, 2024

This past spring, Llala and Zach celebrated their wedding on a beautiful day at The Grove at City Market. Their unforgettable day began with a heartfelt ceremony officiated by Jake Edgar.  Llala looked stunning walking down the aisle, with hair and makeup by Pinup Bridal, with incredible florals by Petal and Oak. The newlyweds marked the start of their reception with a romantic first dance, followed by dinner courtesy of Market Hall’s in-house catering. And let’s not forget the sweet indulgence of cake from Publix Supermarket at Peace Street and COOKIES from Crumbl Cookies! CWDJ E...Read More

Irwin & Josh’s Summer Celebration at The NC Museum of Art

March 4, 2024

Irwin and Josh celebrated their summer wedding at the North Carolina Museum of Art on a lovely June day. They began with a quiet and intimate first look, capturing a special moment between them. The couple exchanged their vows in a simple ceremony officiated by Reverend Susie Savinon amongst their family and friends. Irwin and Josh’s unique style was sprinkled throughout their day, and Victoria Blalock Photography did an extraordinary job of capturing this. Irwin looked radiant with the help of Blushed Bridal, which complemented her elegant gown. The success of their special day was th...Read More

Sarah & Gene’s May Wedding at The Bradford | New Hill, NC

November 28, 2023

Sarah and Gene were blessed with a picturesque May day as they celebrated their wedding at The Bradford. The day kicked off with their first look captured beautifully. Afterward, the couple exchanged their vows in an enchanting outdoor ceremony, surrounded by their closest family and friends, and officiated by the bride’s uncle Ed. Every wedding detail was carefully curated to reflect the essence of Sarah and Gene as a couple, from the floral arrangements to the stunning outdoor cocktail hour on the terrace. Sarah looked radiant with her hair and makeup elegantly styled by Rei...Read More

Kaycee & Zeb’s April Celebration at The Bradford | New Hill, NC

November 20, 2023

Kaycee and Zeb at The Bradford from Mark Maya Photography on Vimeo. Just like the awesome couple they are, Kaycee and Zeb’s wedding day at The Bradford was full of personality, enthusiasm and fun! A talented team of vendors worked behind the scenes to create a perfect and memorable day for Kaycee and Zeb.  We could not have had more fun working with this awesome couple!  Chestnut & Vine’s own Design Coordinator, Alexis Sigmund, worked closely with Kaycee to design a gorgeous black and white motif complete with clouds of baby’s breath expertly crafted by The ...Read More

Jaime & Niki’s Beautiful May Wedding at The Rickhouse | Durham, NC

July 18, 2023

Jaime and Niki were all smiles celebrating their May wedding day at The Rickhouse and weren’t about to let a few raindrops dampen the festivities. These beautiful brides shared a special first look before sharing their vows in a lovely ceremony led by Greg Johnson. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, Chestnut & Vine’s favorite pair of Middle School teachers followed their ceremony with a touching first dance and then were serenaded during dinner by a close friend whose rendition of “Proud Mary” brought the house down.  Once the cake was cut, the dance ...Read More

Valerie & Noah’s October Celebration at The NC Museum of Art

July 11, 2023
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Valerie and Noah had the most beautiful fall day to celebrate their matrimony. The true definition of a Greek Orthodox wedding, with a family-oriented feel from start to finish, this couple had everyone smiling along with them throughout the afternoon and night. The gorgeous bride had her hair done by the talented Hairstyling by Aly Scherer and her makeup done by Makeup by Theresa. The first look with her father was absolutely touching, prior to Valerie and Noah’s ceremony at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Their ceremony was followed by an incredible reception at The NC Museum o...Read More

Campbell & Alex’s Perfectly Unique Celebration at The Parlour at Manns Chapel | Chapel Hill, NC

May 25, 2023

Alex and Campbell at The Parlour at Manns Chapel (Chapel Hill, NC) from Mark Maya Photography on Vimeo. This video perfectly encapsulates the beautiful day shared between Campbell and Alex. Every last detail, including Campbell’s gorgeously unique dress, allowed their personalities to shine through and through. The Parlour at Manns Chapel served as the perfect location for their nuptials, and Mark Maya Photography did an excellent job capturing the day in both pictures and video. Sanctuary Spiritual Care led the ceremony, while Color and Fluff Salon (Hair) and Jessica Ly (Makeup) made s...Read More

Ania & Phil’s November Wedding at The Bradford | Raleigh, NC

February 9, 2023

Ania and Phil couldn’t have asked for a more perfect November day to celebrate their wedding at The Bradford. An absolutely touching first look of the couple was captured before they shared their vows at an outdoor ceremony under the gorgeous floral arch led by the couple’s dear friend Steve Lawson. Another priceless and unforgettable moment was when their adorable niece drove down the aisle as their flower girl in a white decorated Power Wheels (which was controlled via remote control by her dad). The couple paid attention to every detail from the florals to the menu cards to ensu...Read More

Brittany & Eric’s Wedding Celebration at Market Hall | Raleigh, NC

February 2, 2023

Brittany and Eric tied the knot at their intimate, April Market Hall wedding. With beautiful details and touches throughout their day, this couple was married by their dear friend Prince who also introduced them! Pops of purple rang through their gorgeous florals by Fallons Flowers and linens by CE Rental. Brittany’s gorgeous hair and makeup were done by Ari Zarawani and Courtney Caroll respectively. The bride and groom shared their ceremony with a close group of family and friends, followed by a wonderful and fun reception for all. With in-house catering and bar service, the entertainm...Read More

Reggie & Jasmine’s Dreamy Wedding at the Bradford | New Hill, NC

January 26, 2023

Reggie and Jasmine’s day was an intimate and dreamy celebration for this gorgeous couple. Emotions were high for this couple, from the bride’s first look with her father, to the groom seeing his beautiful bride walking down the aisle for the very first time. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, Reggie and Jasmine’s ceremony and reception took place at The Bradford. Jasmine looked stunning in her gown along with her hair by Karen Hester Hair and makeup by Adorn Beauty LLC. The florals and decor were the perfect touches to kick off their perfect April day. Delici...Read More

Teri & Ashley’s Kick-off to Summer Wedding at The Stockroom at 230 | Raleigh, NC

January 19, 2023

Teri and Ashley’s day was absolute perfection for two teachers starting their summer! Surrounded by their closest family, friends, and coworkers, this amazing couple shared their vows alongside their children, who made up their wedding party. Teri and Ashley wanted this day to be about their marriage, but also it was a special thank you to their coworkers for all of their love and support. Their intimate ceremony and reception took place at The Stockroom at 230, with the ceremony led by Rev. Kayelily Middleton. The details of their day included a custom chalkboard design by Domestic Odde...Read More

Loftin and Lyle’s June Celebration at The Pavilion at Angus Barn | Raleigh, NC

January 12, 2023

Loftin and Lyle had an absolutely perfect (almost) summer day for their celebration! With over 350 guests and two wonderful families coming together, this couple sported two big smiles all day long. Their day began with the bride and groom getting ready among their closest family and friends. Loftin and Lyle each made their way to the Christ Episcopal Church, where Loftin and her father had a special father/daughter first look before the ceremony. Once the shuttles arrived with all of their guests, a beautiful ceremony ensued. After the knot was tied and photos were taken, it was off to their ...Read More

Nina & Mac – Intimate Spring Wedding in the Heart of North Carolina

January 5, 2023
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What a ride to Nina and Mac’s special day, which ended up being nothing short of perfect! The couple started out with big plans for a wedding with over 200 guests at their alma mater, Duke University. As we were working together toward their beautifully imagined day, along came the pandemic, which completely changed everything. Unsure of what to do, and with only a couple of months to go, the couple pivoted to their new plan with grace. Their whole new plan for a wedding day at Chapel Hill turned out to be the intimate day they always wanted. Their incredible day began with a ceremony at...Read More

Adrianne & Ryan’s Market Hall Scottish-Inspired Wedding Celebration | Raleigh, NC

July 11, 2022

Bagpipes, kilts, and a beautiful October day made for an incredible Scottish-inspired wedding celebration for Adrianne and Ryan. With a bagpipes led processional, Reverend Anne McKenzie went on to marry these two during their ceremony at Market Hall. Adrianne made a stunning bride, with hair and makeup by Silverceiling Beauty Consulting. Ryan sported a traditional kilt to incorporate his routes into their special day. After taking some time to capture some exceptional photos outside and around the venue, Adrianne and Ryan kicked off their reception with their first dance, father/daughter dance...Read More

Angela and Andy’s Colorful Wedding at The Grove at City Market | Raleigh, NC

July 2, 2022

Angela and Andy’s day was nothing short of colorful and perfect! Surrounded by their closest family and friends, in just 6 short weeks this incredible couple brought together an all-star vendor team for their unique and intimate day. Every detail was thoughtful and original, and, as the first wedding to be held  at Market Hall‘s The Grove at City Market, was one that we will always remember! Angela’s gorgeous dress complimented her eye-catching florals by Bloom Works, and each part of their overall design was seamless. A gorgeous cake by Love Cake with lovely seating areas ...Read More

Danielle and Tanner’s November Wedding at The Maxwell | Raleigh, NC

June 2, 2022

Danielle and Tanner’s day did not disappoint as they brought their love story back to Raleigh, where they met and went on their first date! Both attended UNC-Chapel Hill, but didn’t connect until years later. Tanner proposed in Austin, TX where the couple now lives. Not only is this couple picture-perfect, but this beautiful couple also couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful wedding day. Elegant Ensembles was heard playing as guests arrived for Danielle and Tanner’s Sunday afternoon ceremony at The Maxwell. The intimate ceremony was led by Eduardo Tanaka, surrounded b...Read More

Makenna & Dan’s Gorgeous Day at The Bradford | New Hill, NC

May 27, 2022

Just over a year ago, Makenna and Dan celebrated their wedding day on a beautiful sunny Saturday in May at The Bradford. Their special day began with a gorgeous and intimate ceremony on the lawn presided over by Rev. Kevin Holland before their picturesque wooden hexagon arch. After hearing Rev. Holland’s retelling of the couple’s heartfelt love story, guests were invited to attend a cocktail hour filled with lawn games and Makenna and Dan’s fun signature drinks for their guests – Mango Margaritas and Whiskey Ginger Mojitos! The newlyweds kicked off their reception with ...Read More

Cristi and Ryan’s Charming Downtown Wedding | Market Hall | Raleigh, NC

May 19, 2022

Cristi and Ryan were all smiles on their gorgeous wedding day, despite COVID trying to make its mark in North Carolina (and everywhere else in the world). The entire celebration was held at the industrial Market Hall in Downtown Raleigh where pre-wedding preparations, ceremony, and reception would all take place. The day started with Cristi and her bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup done by Megan Murray Hair and Ellevated Beauty before Ryan and his groomsmen arrived to get ready in another part of the venue. Once everyone was ready, Foxtail Photography captured the first looks and wedd...Read More

Lauren & Alex’s Bradford Beauty | New Hill, NC

May 12, 2022

Lauren and Alex met during their first week of college at UNC-Chapel Hill and throughout the next year, they bonded over playing cards, swing dancing lessons, and watching UNC basketball. In late August of 2020, Lauren and Alex rode their bikes down the Tobacco Road Trail, raced Go-Carts, and walked through UNC’s campus, talking about the many memories they had made there. The walk ended at the Botanical Gardens, which was their favorite spot on campus – one they had discovered together.  Under the big tree in the middle of the garden, there was a basket containing the engagement ring...Read More

Meet Our “Friendor”: Willis J Entertainment

April 6, 2022

FRIENDOR FEATURE SERIES feat. Willis J Entertainment Website: www.willisjentertainment.com Instagram: @willisjentertainment Services/Products Offered: Wedding DJ Services/ Mobile DJ Services Number of Years in Business: 5 Number of Members on Team: 3 Describe the experience you want your clients to receive when working with you and your company: What I love for my clients to know is that this is an experience. We don’t take it lightly that a bad DJ can ruin the whole wedding, but a good DJ can turn it into a real event!  What are some questions that couples should ask when interviewin...Read More

Meet Our “Friendor”: Personal Weddings of North Carolina

March 30, 2022

FRIENDOR FEATURE SERIES feat. Personal Weddings of North Carolina Website: www.personalweddingsnc.com Instagram: @personalweddingsnc Services/Products Offered: Officiant Number of Years in Business: 25 Number of Members on Team: 1 Describe the experience you want your clients to receive when working with you and your company: I am much more than a vendor with my couples. My goal is to be their friend, mentor, and helper throughout the ceremony planning process. I don’t use pre-scripted ceremonies or templates. All ceremonies are completely custom and created only after getting to know th...Read More

Thoughtful Gifts for NC Couples to Give Their Wedding Party and Family Members | Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

March 24, 2022

There are so many elements that go into planning and preparing for everything leading up to your wedding day. It can be difficult to remember every little detail on your ever-growing list of things to do, and finding a gift for your future mother-in-law is probably not at the top of that list. That’s why we have put together a collection of creative and meaningful gifts from local businesses that are perfect for all your gift-giving needs! From your wedding party to your parents and in-laws to even your wedding guests – these gift ideas are sure to please each of your loved ones (and relie...Read More

Meet Our “Friendor”: Cottage Luxe Event Rentals

March 23, 2022

FRIENDOR FEATURE SERIES feat. Cottage Luxe Event Rentals Website: www.cottageluxe.com Instagram: @Cottageluxe  Services/Products Offered: Our services range from lounge design, event design, vendor selections, space planning, expert installation, and coordination. Our signature process starts with our expert designers listening closely to your vision and needs, then they weigh in with their expertise to help you select just the right items to give you the best results in both beauty and functionality. We handle all scheduling and coordination of delivery, set up, and pick up for you. Number o...Read More

Brooke’s Wedding Adventures (entry no. 5)

November 15, 2021
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Hey friend!    Today I wanted to talk about the vendors I am using for my wedding and the various ways I’ve included my family and friends in our wedding!    Below is a list of some of the Lynchburg vendors we have booked: Venue: Old Pate Chapel & The Bottling Co. Catering: Charley’s Restaurant and Catering Bubble Tea Bar: Paragon Tea Co. Florist: Kathryn’s Flower & Gift Shop   Below is a list of the vendor services/businesses owned by some of my friends and family: Photography: Lane J Photography  Centerpieces/Reception Florist: Bouquets for the Holidays Cak...Read More

Brooke’s Wedding Adventures (entry no. 4)

November 1, 2021
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Hey friend!    It’s been too long since my last letter, and so much has happened since then! But for today, I wanted to talk about what I have learned as a wedding coordinator and why I will have one for my own wedding. I also wanted to share some of the most useful resources I have found throughout my wedding planning process!   Here are the top 3 things I have learned as a wedding coordinator:   Day-of coordinators are a must-have for a stress-free wedding. At Chestnut & Vine, we meet with the couple several times before the actual wedding day so that we know exactly w...Read More

Brooke’s Wedding Adventures (entry no. 3)

June 18, 2021
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Hey friend!  Today I’m going to tell you about my wedding dress shopping experience! I realized pretty early on how important it was to start researching and making appointments to bridal boutiques, so I started looking in February. Because I was going to school in Lynchburg and my home was in Raleigh, I decided to look for boutiques both in North Carolina and Virginia. I landed on the following options based on affordability and reputation: Church Street Bridal and Celebration Bridal in Lynchburg and David’s Bridal and Maggi Bridal in Raleigh. My first appointment was at David’s Bridal...Read More

Brooke’s Wedding Adventures (entry no. 2)

June 11, 2021

Hey friend!  Today I want to talk about the early stages of my planning process. The first thing we did after getting engaged was set a specific budget for our entire wedding.  After setting our budget, we were quick to secure our venue and set a date. We did this for a couple reasons: 1) The venue is one of the most important aspects of wedding planning (if you don’t have a place, how will you have a wedding??); 2) Venues get booked rather quickly, especially in a COVID world, and we wanted to make sure we got one that suited our style and budget; 3) We needed to plan around our families...Read More

Brooke’s Wedding Adventures (entry no. 1)

May 7, 2021
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Hello friend!  My name is Brooke, and I am Chestnut & Vine’s intern/blogger and a newly engaged bride! Having worked multiple weddings with Chestnut & Vine, I not only get to share my perspective “behind the scenes,” but I also get to experience this exciting journey as a fellow bride! Throughout this series, I will share my many ups and downs of wedding planning as a full-time college student, and I cannot wait to walk through this crazy adventure with you!   If you’re anything like me, you want to create the wedding of your dreams without needing to spend boatloads of...Read More

Wedding Songs Series – Reception Songs

March 15, 2021
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The music you choose for your wedding is what sets the tone for every moment of your big celebration. However, trying to find the perfect songs for your special day can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together a list of song and soundtrack options for you to use throughout your entire wedding! From the moment you walk down the aisle to tearing it up on the dance floor, we’ve selected a variety of meaningful and entertaining songs to make your wedding day unique to you and memorable for everyone! This week we are featuring RECEPTION SONGS: Fun/Upbeat Songs for All ...Read More

Wedding Songs Series – Ceremony Processional

February 22, 2021
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The music you choose for your wedding is what sets the tone for every moment of your big celebration. However, trying to find the perfect songs for your special day can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together a list of song and soundtrack options for you to use throughout your entire wedding! From the moment you walk down the aisle to tearing it up on the dance floor, we’ve selected a variety of meaningful and entertaining songs to make your wedding day unique to you and memorable for everyone! This week we are featuring CEREMONY PROCESSIONAL SONGS:    ...Read More

Wedding Songs Series – Parent Dances

February 1, 2021
Mother-Son Wedding Dance Barn of Chapel Hill

The music you choose for your wedding is what sets the tone for every moment of your big celebration. However, trying to find the perfect songs for your special day can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together a list of song and soundtrack options for you to use throughout your entire wedding! From the moment you walk down the aisle to tearing it up on the dance floor, we’ve selected a variety of meaningful and entertaining songs to make your wedding day unique to you and memorable for everyone! This week we are featuring FATHER/DAUGHTER and MOTHER/SON SONGS: Fat...Read More

Meet Our “Friendor”: Wedded Kiss

January 25, 2021
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FRIENDOR FEATURE SERIES feat. Wedded Kiss | Nina McCaskey, Owner Website: weddedkiss.com Instagram: @weddedkiss Services/Products Offered: Hair and makeup for weddings, events, shoots, and more! Number of Years in Business: 14 total; 6 as Wedded Kiss Number of Members on Team: 9 Describe the experience you want your clients to receive when working with you and your company: We strive to do not only gorgeous work but create a very fun experience while getting glammed up! What are some questions that couples should ask when interviewing you and other companies that offer services in your line o...Read More

Meet Our “Friendor” – Elizabeth Ashley & Co.

January 19, 2021

Chestnut & Vine’s “Friendor” Feature Series feat. ELIZABETH ASHLEY & CO. | E. Ashley Green, Owner Website: www.elizabethashleyco.com Instagram: @elizabethashleyco       Services/Products Offered: Wedding Photography, Engagement Sessions, Bridal Sessions, Boudoir Sessions, Branding & Lifestyle Sessions. Number of Years in Business: 10 Number of Members on Your Team: 10 Describe the experience you want your clients to receive when working with you and your company: We want you to feel like our only client. We customize each session and package just f...Read More

Wedding Songs Series – Newlyweds’ First Dance

January 11, 2021
Newlywed's First Dance at Wedding Reception

The music you choose for your wedding is what sets the tone for every moment of your big celebration. However, trying to find the perfect songs for your special day can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together a list of song and soundtrack options for you to use throughout your entire wedding! From the moment you walk down the aisle to tearing it up on the dance floor, we’ve selected a variety of meaningful and entertaining songs to make your wedding day unique to you and memorable for everyone! This week we are featuring FIRST DANCE SONGS:   1.   Conversa...Read More

Carrie & Grady’s Romantic Fall Wedding in Downtown Raleigh, NC

October 30, 2020
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Nothing is more beautiful than a bride’s smile on her wedding day, and Carrie’s enthusiastic smile shined from her early morning makeup session with Be Pretty Charlotte to the celebratory sparkler exit as she enjoyed every moment of her and Grady’s magical day.  Carrie & Grady’s love for one another was undeniable to everyone who gathered to celebrate with them, which is why so many of their friends and family didn’t hesitate to travel from far and wide to take part in their important day. On a sunny afternoon in downtown Raleigh, The Glass Box provided the ...Read More

Ashley & Ethan Fall Wedding at The Bradford | New Hill, NC

August 31, 2020
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College friends who fell in love after reuniting several years after graduation, Ashley and Ethan knew that they wanted to throw a party for the ages to celebrate their marriage, and they succeeded in showing their family and friends an unforgettable wedding day.  The sun shined brightly on the stunning grounds of The Bradford, a European countryside inspired wedding venue located in New Hill, NC, as did the smiles of the bride, groom and their wedding party.  Ashley and Ethan’s charismatic personalities were evident in every aspect of their wedding, from the personalized wedding party gi...Read More

COVID WEDDING POSTPONEMENT: Tips on How to Politely “Un-Invite” Your Guests

August 10, 2020

  COVID-19 has forced people all over the world to cancel important and meaningful celebrations, including countless weddings. My heart aches for all couples who are faced with the decision to postpone, reduce guest lists, or potentially cancel their special day, but these are unfortunately the cards that we’ve been dealt in 2020 . While it may seem daunting to have to “un-invite” guests, here are a few ways to communicate your decision (respectfully and lovingly) without hurting anyone’s feelings.     Thank your guests for their excitement and support for you and you...Read More

James & Jess’s Provincial Downtown Wedding | Jiddi Space & Courtyard | Raleigh, NC

July 31, 2020
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  College sweethearts from Michigan, James and Jess decided to start their lives as husband and wife in the state where they got engaged during a trip to the mountains and now call home thanks to a career opportunity that brought them to Raleigh, NC.  Hoping to find a wedding venue with an urban edge that encapsulated their adventurous spirit, the Jiddi Space & Courtyard, with its provincial red brick and market lights quietly tucked away in downtown Raleigh, was the perfect location for the intimate wedding they both envisioned. Jess’s smile radiated as she walked down the ai...Read More

Sarah & Patrick’s Summer Wedding at Duke Chapel & Gardens | Durham, NC

June 29, 2020
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Duke University has always held a special place in Sarah’s heart.  Having parents who attended Duke University and got married in Duke Chapel, she was raised on Duke Basketball and always looked forward to family trips to visit the gorgeous campus famous for its gardens and gothic buildings.  So when Sarah and Patrick decided to take a short detour to Durham, NC during a road trip from Florida to New York so that Patrick could see the campus for the first time, Patrick knew that Duke Gardens was the perfect place to propose to the love of his life. Just over a year later, Sarah and Pa...Read More

Calvin & Morgan – Elegant Summer Wedding | Hillsborough, NC

May 31, 2020
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College sweethearts who met at Barton College, Morgan and Calvin started their forever together on a beautiful summer evening in front of their closest family and friends at The Cloth Mill at Eno River in Hillsborough, NC.  Guided by Morgan’s impressive talent for organization and attention to detail, they planned their elegant dream wedding all while Morgan started a new nursing position and Calvin completed his graduate degree in chemical engineering at NC State, and their day could not have been more perfect! Their entire wedding day was filled with smiles and laughter, which Jennif...Read More

Cassidy & Tyler’s Industrial Chic Wedding | Hillsborough, NC

April 30, 2020
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A new job, a new city, planning a wedding, and packing for a move from Florida to D.C., all while a hurricane approached the Atlantic Coastline, did not faze these East Carolina University Alumni from throwing a celebration for the ages.  Cassidy and Tyler’s tenacity and positive attitudes were rewarded with a gorgeous Fall wedding day under vibrant Carolina blue skies.  The festivities began at The Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC where the bride, groom and wedding party got ready in two of the Inn’s luxury suites before heading down to the WaDuke’s beautiful grounds for...Read More

Erin & Mike’s Romantic Woodland Inspired Wedding | The Fairview | Raleigh, NC

March 30, 2020
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As soon as I met Erin and Mike, I knew they were a friendly, upbeat couple who were going to throw an unforgettably fun wedding, and they did not disappoint!  The fact that the couple first met on St. Patrick’s Day made me love them even more! Erin and Mike were married before their family and friends at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, NC, whose stunning sanctuary rivals the best cathedrals in Europe. After taking post-ceremony photos around Raleigh with their wedding party and sweet dachshund, Snickerdoodles, the newlyweds joined their guests at The Fairview for a Woodland ins...Read More

Holly & Chris’ Wedding – A Perfect Blending of Chinese Tradition and Modern Style | The Barn of Chapel Hill, NC

January 29, 2020
Bride and Groom Chestnut & Vine Day-of Wedding Coordination

When it comes to weddings, everyone has an opinion, especially family members.  Many times older generations think all weddings should keep to the traditions from their eras, while the engaged couple wants to have a wedding that is modern and unique to them.  Holly and Chris found the perfect compromise by seamlessly blending their families’ Chinese traditions with modern elements that expressed the couple’s distinct personalities.   The importance of family was evident throughout Holly and Chris’ wedding day at The Barn of Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC.  While standing before an e...Read More

Anna & Nate’s Colorful Spring Time Wedding at The Cloth Mill | Hillsborough, NC

August 31, 2019
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  NC State sweethearts Anna and Nate were showered with sunbeams as they said their vows before their friends and family at the historic Cloth Mill at Eno River in Hillsborough, NC.  Anna chose a bright array of spring florals that Julie Terry Florals used to design exquisite  bouquets and a ceremony arch that popped against The Cloth Mill’s industrial red brick.  Following their heartfelt ceremony that brought tears to everyone’s eyes, guests enjoyed traditional NC barbeque from local favorite Hillsborough BBQ and wedding cake and desserts lovingly made by the Bride’...Read More

Rebecca & Josh’s Urban Graffiti Art Inspired Wedding | Jiddi Space Raleigh, NC

July 31, 2019
Wedding Photo Raleigh, NC Murals

On a gorgeous mid-March afternoon, Rebecca and Josh wove together their love of urban travel and contemporary art to create a perfect wedding day in Downtown Raleigh, NC.  After getting ready at the Raleigh Marriott City Center, the happy couple met on the steps of the Raleigh Convention Center for their First Look photo session, where they were congratulated by the colorful characters attending NC Comicon: Raleigh. When traveling the globe, this fun couple goes on “graffiti art tours” in every city they visit.  So what better way to start their wedding day than by taking pre-ce...Read More

Simple Tips for Easing the Tension with your Fiancé While Wedding Planning

June 26, 2019
Wedding Cake and Planning as a Couple

We are delighted to have Guest Blogger Amanda Turner contribute her talents to The Corner of Chestnut & Vine! Simple Tips for Easing the Tension with your Fiancé While Wedding Planning
 Getting married is considered to be one of the most magical events of your life that you will never forget. Unfortunately, most of the time all that magic gets bogged down with stress from planning your dream wedding. During this time, tensions may start to right high between you and your fiancé. If you just got engaged, be proactive and follow these simple tips to ease some tension between you and your...Read More

Sara + Ashton | A Wedding at The Cloth Mill at Eno River | Hillsborough, NC | ThreeThirty Films

April 30, 2019
wedding grand bubble exit

Click “Read More” to see how beautifully ThreeThirty Films captured Sara and Ashton’s stunning wedding day at The Cloth Mill at Eno River in Hillsborough, NC, as well as photos by Mag C. Photography. Wedding Film Courtesy of ThreeThirty Films https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcuZexeDfFc Sara & Ashton’s All Star Wedding Team Videographer: ThreeThirty Films Photographer: Mag C. Photography Wedding Coordinators: Chestnut & Vine Day-of Wedding Coordination Venue: The Cloth Mill at Eno River Florist: Taylored Blooms Caterer: Cook Shack Catering Company Hair: The Loft ...Read More

Kaitlin & Chris’s “Game Night” Wedding Reception |NC State – Raleigh, NC

March 31, 2019
NC State Wedding Game Night Theme

As high school sweethearts who went on to become loyal NC State Alumni, Kaitlin and Chris set out to plan a unique wedding day that encompassed their love of family, friends, board games, cards, cornhole and all things Wolfpack, and they more than delivered by treating their guests to a fun-filled Game Night themed wedding reception at the NCSU Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center on the southern shore of Lake Raleigh. The bride and her attendants began their day next door at The State View Hotel where they had their hair and makeup expertly done by the Wedding Hair By Liz team.  Their outdoor...Read More

Hannah & Van’s Spring Wedding at The Cloth Mill | Hillsborough, NC

February 28, 2019
Marine Wedding at The Cloth Mill

April Showers bring a stunning bride and gorgeous wedding flowers!  A rainy forecast didn’t damper Hannah and Van’s spirit  on their wedding day at The Cloth Mill in Hillsborough, NC.  Having spent a portion of their engagement apart while Van was deployed with the USMC, this endearing couple knew the importance of enjoying the now and making the most of their time together.  Thanks to the professional talents of The Makeup Addict team, Hannah and her attendants looked radiant from the pre-ceremony photos all the way through to the newlywed’s Grand Exit, and the gorgeous...Read More

“ALWAYS” | Laura & Steve’s Romantic Winter Wedding | The Cookery – Durham, NC

January 28, 2019
Romantic Winter Wedding Portrait Downtown Durham

Laura and Steve “Always” dreamed of having a magical wedding day, and on an early December evening, they turned The Cookery in downtown Durham into a romantic winter wonderland, thanks to the talents of renowned DC florist Kevin Canfield of K Aubrey Flowers, a close friend of the Bride & Groom.  The delicate wintery whites of their candlelit ceremony were the perfect contrast to the warm navy and gold tones used throughout the cocktail and dinner receptions.  Family and friends were treated to delectable appetizers and a savory dinner buffet expertly prepared by Durham Cater...Read More

Weddings For Real Podcast #32: Day-Of Wedding Coordination with Erin McCauley with Chestnut & Vine

October 14, 2018

This week I had the honor of being a guest on the popular Weddings for Real Podcast hosted by Megan Gillikin, owner of A Southern Soiree Wedding & Event Planning.  I had so much fun talking with Megan about how Chestnut & Vine came to be and my approach to day-of wedding coordination.  I even got to share a bit about my destination wedding to exotic Indiana and the time I had to coordinate 5 different transportation companies for the guests of a single wedding. You can listen to our conversation here! ...Read More

Love’s Brewing! | Meghan & Drew’s Fall Wedding | Garner, NC

June 30, 2018
Rand Bryan | Samantha Canal Photography | Chestnut & Vine Weddings

Meghan and Drew made their wedding celebration at the Rand-Bryan House extra special by sharing their three favorite things with their closest friends and family – gourmet coffee, food trucks and local craft beer.  They personalized every detail down to the illuminated Growler centerpieces with table number stands made of barley, gourmet pizza and garlic knots made onsite by Pie Pushers, and bags of roasted coffee beans for their guests to take home to enjoy.  Their burnt orange, dusty blue and white floral bouquets and boutonnières, expertly designed by Flowers on Broad Street, vivid...Read More

Katherine & Dan’s May Wedding at Merrimon-Wynne House | Raleigh, NC

December 6, 2017
Griffin Hart Davis, Chestnut & Vine Day-of Wedding Coordination, Merrimon-Wynne House

Katherine, a native of Wake Forest, NC, wanted her wedding day to be a reflection of her Southern roots with a touch of her and her fiancé Dan’s fun, laid back personalities.  The historic Merrimon-Wynne House in Downtown Raleigh, with its quintessential mix of old Southern Charm and modern elegance, was the perfect setting for their Memorial Day Weekend wedding, and the weather was as equally as beautiful as the bride.   Katherine’s favorite wedding moment was having her and Dan’s closest family and friends all in one place to celebrate their marriage, which was poig...Read More

Christina & Lucas’ Memorial Day Weekend Wedding | Downtown Raleigh, NC

September 29, 2017
Raleigh Day-of Wedding Coordination

When planning their Memorial Day Weekend wedding in Downtown Raleigh, it was important to Christina and Lucas that their guests experience three things: good food, a great bar, and fun music.  With the help of their all-star wedding vendor team and a distinct wedding vision, that is exactly what they delivered. The sun shone brightly as Christina and Lucas’ family and friends gathered in the Courtyard tucked behind Gravy, one of Raleigh’s top Italian Restaurants, to witness the marriage of the Ohio bride to her North Carolina sweetheart.  The bridesmaids wore blush dresses that ...Read More

Samantha & Parker’s Merrimon-Wynne Wedding Featured in Three National Publications

August 21, 2017

Chestnut & Vine Day-of Wedding Coordination is excited to announce that our clients Samantha & Parker’s gorgeous Spring wedding at Merrimon-Wynne is featured on two online publications!  A huge thank you to Ellen LeRoy Photography for submitting her stunning photos for these articles on Borrowed & Blue, Elysian Bride and The Carolinas Magazine.  It has been a joy to relive Samantha & Parker’s special day! ...Read More

Julia & Corey’s Spring Wedding | The Graylyn Estate | Winston-Salem

July 31, 2017

The Graylyn Estate is a hidden gem located minutes from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.  As soon as they set their eyes on the main house of this historic property, Julia and Corey knew it was the perfect setting for the elegantly romantic wedding day they envisioned. The sun shown brightly in the estate’s White Garden Terrace as the couple read their personal vows to one another before their families and closest friends. The Terrace’s natural beauty was magnified by the stunning floral bouquets crafted by the incredibly talented team at Green Bee Floral Designs.  Du...Read More

Jenn & John’s Fall Wedding at Duke Gardens | Durham, NC

June 10, 2017

Upon meeting Jenn for the first time, I knew immediately that this was going to be a fun wedding to coordinate, and it did not disappoint.  Jenn has an enthusiastic confidence and delightfully personable charm that makes everyone around her feel at ease.  So, it is no wonder that the quiet, reserved John wasted no time asking Jenn to be his partner in life, and just as quickly as they got engaged, the couple found themselves on the wedding planning fast track when a cancellation allowed Jenn to have her dream Fall wedding at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, NC. Jenn and John could not ha...Read More

Sarah & Christian’s Fall Wedding at Cross + Main | Youngsville, NC

February 19, 2017

On a gorgeous, sunshine filled Fall afternoon, Christian and Sarah were the first couple to be married at the newly christened Cross + Main (formerly The Boondocks before it was purchased by Rocky Top Catering) located in the quaint downtown of Youngsville, NC.  The bride and groom, who relocated from North Carolina to Oklahoma so that Christian could continue his training with the U.S. Marine Corp, have Sarah’s parents and sister to thank for finding this small town gem 22 miles north of Downtown Raleigh.  Cross + Main’s exposed red brick and pristine wood floors, which were immersed...Read More

Emily & Kyle’s Fall Wedding | The Matthews House | Cary, NC

January 30, 2017

As soon as I met Emily and Kyle, I knew that these two were already a strong, supportive team, and when they became husband and wife on October 8, 2016 at The Matthews House in Historic Downtown Cary, NC, it was obvious to all in attendance that these newlyweds have what it takes to weather through any storm that crosses their path. Despite an uninvited wedding guest, who went by the name Hurricane Matthew, Emily and Kyle threw a festive, heartfelt wedding celebration that their family, friends and day-of wedding coordinator will never forget.  Not once did the bride and groom let the st...Read More

Kristi & Doug’s Summer Wedding at Duke Chapel & Washington Duke Inn – Durham, NC

December 30, 2016

  When I met Kristi and Doug at the April 2015 Southern Bridal Show at the NC State Fairgrounds, I knew immediately that I wanted to work with this lovely, sweet natured couple.  Doug’s willingness to attend a bridal show with his winsome fiancée spoke volumes for how much this couple loves each other and will work well together as a team.  So, I was thrilled when they chose Chestnut & Vine to be their day-of wedding coordinator. Their story began when Kristi, who met Doug during her employee orientation at Duke Hospital, invited him to attend Sunday mass with her at the...Read More

Sarah & Garrett’s Festive Fall Wedding – Hillsborough, NC

November 30, 2016

Sarah and Garrett wed on a gorgeous October afternoon at the Enos River Farmers’ Market Pavilion located near Hillsborough’s quaint downtown district.  Sarah and Garrett’s love of the outdoors was the inspiration behind their nature-themed wedding day.  The Enos River was the perfect backdrop for their heartfelt ceremony, which was officiated by Sarah’s Great Aunt Linda and included a tree planting ceremony.  The pavilion was lined with gorgeous fall colored mums purchased from the farmers’ market that took place at the pavilion the day prior.  All of their ...Read More

I am a Diehard Cubs Fan and Proud of It!

October 25, 2016

I often wondered if I’d ever see today. My beloved Chicago Cubs are playing in the World Series for the first time in 71 years, and I could not be more thrilled to see this dream come true.  Over 30 years ago my dear friend, Marnie (who was a bridesmaid in my wedding), introduced me to a handsome 2nd baseman named Ryne Sandberg, and thus began my first longterm relationship filled with feelings of hope, admiration, heartbreak, disappointment, joy, and blind faith that better days are just a spring training season away.  As a kid I collected baseball cards, rarely missed a Cubs game ...Read More

Wedding Insurance – A Wise Investment or an Unnecessary Expense?

August 22, 2016

Recently one of my brides asked if I thought wedding insurance is a smart purchase or an unnecessary extra expense.  This is an excellent question because the larger the wedding industry gets, the harder it is for engaged couples to determine which “wedding extras” are essential or a waste of money.   According to TheKnot.com, a basic wedding insurance policy typically costs between $155-$550 and will cover venue deposits, vendor no-shows, and the inability for an essential bridal party or family member to attend the wedding due to weather, illness or military deployment. ...Read More

Tempe & Stuart’s Traditional Southern Wedding – Louisburg, NC

July 30, 2016

Tempe and Stuart were married on April 16, 2016 in the bride’s hometown of Louisburg, NC.  Since the bride and groom both reside in Wilmington, I had the pleasure of working closely with Tempe’s mother, Anne, on all of the final details.  It was quite the family affair with 370+ guests in attendance with some guests traveling from as far as Jackson Hole, WY to celebrate Tempe and Stuart’s big day. Nieto Photography 2016 Weather conditions could not have been better for an outdoor reception that included a traditional Southern barbecue made to perfection by Louisburg...Read More

Samantha & Parker’s Spring Wedding at Merrimon-Wynne – Raleigh, NC

June 30, 2016

In April 2015 at my first ever wedding show, I had the good fortune to meet Samantha and her Mom, Bonita.  They came to the wedding show specifically to find a day-of wedding coordinator, and the three of us hit it off immediately!  Samantha was a day-of wedding coordinator’s dream because when we met for our initial meeting she had already booked her venue, florist, band, photographer, and purchased her dress – and her wedding was still 13 months away!  Over the next year I had the pleasure of getting to know Samantha and her fiancé, Parker, while helping them coordinate t...Read More

In Memory of Our Loved Ones

May 30, 2016

Along with the joy and celebrations that wedding days bring, they can also be subtle reminders of loved ones who can only attend in spirit.  In honor of this Memorial Day, the Corner of Chestnut & Vine shares some touching examples of how brides and grooms can recognize their late loved ones on their wedding day.        All photos found via Pinterest. On behalf of Chestnut & Vine, thank you to all of our troops, veterans and their families who have faithfully served our Country with courage and unselfishness.   It is your dedication to protecting our nation’s freedom tha...Read More

Brides & Grooms Should Have Their Cake and Eat It Too!

April 28, 2016

What is the #1 thing most wedding guests will say they are looking forward to at the reception?  The wedding cake.  So, it’s no surprise that engaged couples often stress over the sweetest part of their wedding day. While wedding planning is often a series of negotiations and compromises with well-intentioned loved ones, I tell my clients that their wedding cake should be exactly what they want it to be and not let others sway their opinions.  Whether it be a traditional tiered cake, cupcakes, an elaborate dessert bar, mini cheesecakes or a unique selection of homemade pies, when will th...Read More

Erin & Brooks’ Fall Wedding | Stockroom at 230 | Raleigh, NC

March 17, 2016
bride groom sunset golden hour photo

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I can’t think of a better day to introduce you to one of the most perfectly matched couples I’ve had the pleasure to meet since starting Chestnut & Vine.  When I received an inquiry from the bride about Chestnut & Vine’s day-of wedding coordination services, I knew immediately that I was supposed to work with Erin and Brooks.  Not only do she and I share a quintessential Irish name, Erin’s classic Irish middle name is also my sister’s first name.  How could we not be destined to plan a wedding together?  I am so glad that Erin and Brooks put...Read More

I SAID “YES!” NOW WHAT?! – Getting Your Wedding Plans Started

February 28, 2016

This month’s “The Corner of Chestnut & Vine” is inspired by my friend Lauren who got engaged over the holidays.  Like most brides, one month into her engagement the initial euphoria began to settle down and reality set-in that she has a wedding to plan.  A resourceful law student with little free time to waste, I found the following message in my Inbox, “So I am completely overwhelmed by this whole process.  Do you have any tips, good blogs, anything?!”  Why of course I do, and I have yet to meet a wedding coordinator who didn’t jump at the chance to give solicited wedding ...Read More

Why I Changed My Mind About First Look Photo Sessions

January 31, 2016

For a bride to have her epic fairy-tale moment, classic literature and romantic comedies tell us that her groom must not see her in her wedding dress until she begins her walk down the aisle, but the emerging popularity of “First Look” photos on Pinterest and online bridal magazines have many couples rethinking this time old tradition.  When recalling my own wedding day, I now realize the only thing I would do differently would be for Jason and me to ignore our traditional wedding preconception by having a First Look session of our own. Photo Courtesy of Wake Forest Portrait Shoppe Afte...Read More

Got Flowers? Not in these Creative Non-Floral Centerpieces!

December 14, 2015

This past Saturday at The Sutherland, our bride, Laura, designed her own non-floral reception centerpieces that equaled the work of a professional.  Their elegant simplicity dazzled under the pavilion market lights as the December evening sky turned to dusk.  Inspired by Pinterest, she created everything herself, including the boxes which were made from recycled shipping pallets. While I am constantly blown away by the floral creations dreamed up by my wedding design colleagues, the thought of spending thousands of dollars on flowers for my own wedding made me uneasy because 90% of our...Read More

Chestnut & Vine’s “Neighborly Chat” Featuring Total Experience Travel Owner, Chris Rakes

November 19, 2015

On many a summer evening, my Grandpa Clifford would sit in his lawn chair on the corner of Chestnut & Vine waving to all who drove by.  Rarely a person would pass that my Grandpa didn’t know, and it wasn’t uncommon for the drivers to stop to discuss the latest happenings of their small, rural town.  In tribute to his “Neighborly Chats,” each month I will introduce a friend that I have made in The Triangle Wedding Industry to tell us about their business and offer advice to engaged couples. This month it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Chris R...Read More

Say “YES” to Kids On your Wedding Guest List

October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!  Oh how I loved this day when I was a kid running from house to house with my friends through leaves that came up to our ankles refusing to take a break until we  hit every candy bowl in the neighborhood.  I still get a rush when we take our girls trick-or-treating.  My step-daughters think I sound like a drill sergeant when I tell them to pick up the pace and hustle up those steps to the front door.  And how fun were our grade school Halloween parties?  Large rooms full of dressed up kids with treat bags in one hand, gigantic lollipops in the other and enormous  jars o...Read More

Flying with Your Wedding Dress

September 27, 2015

Earlier this week my incredibly organized client, Samantha, sent me photos of her trying on her wedding gown for the first time.  She is going to be a stunning bride!  I can’t wait to post pictures of her in it, but you will have to patiently wait until May to see just how gorgeous she is.  (Her mother and I are both thankful that we won’t have any sleepless nights wondering whether or not her dress will arrive in time!) Seeing Samantha in her gown got me thinking about my own wedding dress experience.  Even though I wan’t getting married in Raleigh, I decided to purchase my dress he...Read More

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – Chestnut & Vine Day-of Wedding Coordination: Couples Plan Big Day, Hire Coordinator to Handle Details

August 24, 2015

Chestnut & Vine, the Triangle’s first exclusive day-of wedding coordination company, serves brides and grooms who do the planning themselves, then hire a professional to handle the day-of wedding details and logistics. Erin McCauley, of Wake Forest, founded the company after working 15 years in event planning. As a recent do-it-yourself bride, she had a wedding coordinator who allowed her and her husband to relax, have fun and enjoy the big day along with family and guests – something she wants every couple to experience. “Day-of is a misnomer, because my work as a coordinator begins...Read More

Everything Looks Better in Color

August 8, 2015

Like many of my clients and wedding colleagues, I spend a little time each day scrolling through Pinterest to keep up on the latest wedding trends.  Lately my favorite Pins have to do with unique color combinations that make me swoon. When choosing your perfect wedding colors, it’s important to ask yourself these questions: Do these colors compliment the decor of my wedding venue? Will my bridesmaids look good in these colors? Do these colors reflect the tone and mood I want to set for our wedding day? Am I so in love with these colors that I won’t grow tired of them before my w...Read More

Wedding Gratuity Protocol ( i.e. Who Should You Tip and How Much)

July 12, 2015

We all have our own general rule for tipping restaurant servers or the pizza delivery guy, but what about all of the wedding professionals who are working hard to make your wedding day perfect?  The thought of who to tip and how much can be overwhelming, as is sorting through all of the “wedding gratuity rules” on the internet.  So, I did the research for you by comparing articles from a number of top wedding sites to determine the tipping standard for almost every segment of the wedding industry.  Before we get to the numbers, here are some helpful rules of thumb for showing appreciati...Read More

Our Family-Moon

June 19, 2015

On June 21st, Jason and I will be celebrating our one year anniversary. (Woo hoo!) HOW IN THE WORLD DID TWELVE MONTHS GO BY SO QUICKLY?!  Unlike many couples who celebrate their first year with a romantic getaway for two, our anniversary will be a family affair that includes my two step-daughters, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  After all, I had the good fortune of becoming both a wife and a step-mom when I said “I do” one year ago. Sophia – Age 10 Carina – Age 7 I am blessed to have two loving step-daughters who instantly accepted me into their lives, and I wanted...Read More


May 20, 2015

YOU’RE ENGAGED!!  And not even 5 minutes after sharing your fantastic news, the notorious question is inevitably asked … “When’s the wedding?!”  It’s a natural response.  Everyone who loves you is excited for you and wants the celebration to start right away and to offer their input.  As a newly engaged bride, it is easy to get swept up into the excitement and feel rushed to choose a location and date just so you have an answer the next time it’s asked.  If you don’t know when and where yet, it’s okay!  By politely telling your loved ones that you and your fiancé are r...Read More

Bridal Show Mania

April 25, 2015

Last Sunday Chestnut & Vine participated in its first Southern Bridal Show and Expo at the NC State Fairgrounds presented by Forever Bridal Productions.  Thank you to all of the brides and their entourages for stopping by our booth to learn about our day-of wedding coordination services.  It was especially fun to meet the valiant grooms who braved the wedding mayhem to support their beautiful brides.  These ladies have found keepers! It was easy to differentiate between the first-time bridal show attendees and the veteran bridal show experts.  The veteran attendees wasted no time and g...Read More


April 17, 2015

When discussing Chestnut & Vine with potential clients, I am often asked (1) exactly what is “day-of wedding coordination,” and (2) what made you decide to focus solely on “day-of” services?   What better place to address these questions than here on “The Corner of Chestnut & Vine”? “Day-of Coordination” is wedding industry lingo for when a couple hires an organizer to implement their wedding plans for them.  In other words, the bride and groom choose their theme, colors, venues, vendors, menus, entertainment, decorations, etc. themselves, but then they hire a coordin...Read More

Welcome to “The Corner of Chestnut & Vine”

March 24, 2015

Chestnut & Vine’s newly designed website is finally here! This project has been months in the making, but I think you will agree that it was well worth the wait! This blog, “The Corner of Chestnut & Vine”, is where you will get my perspective on various wedding trends and planning tips, as well as meet my amazing clients. In case we haven’t had the chance to meet yet, I’m Erin McCauley – owner and founder of Chestnut & Vine Day-of Wedding Coordination. I moved to Raleigh, NC over six years ago on a complete whim that turned into the best decision of my life because ...Read More