Triangle Weddings

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

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 poignantly commemorated in a post-ceremony photo taken by the immensely talented Griffin Davis of Griffin Hart Davis Photography.  Their guests were treated to a delicious meal expertly prepared by Rocky Top Catering and entertained throughout the evening by Eddie Leonard Productions.  It was the Father of the Bride, however, who brought down the house when he shared a hilarious letter written by a 13 year-old Katherine while she was away at summer camp.  It was a glimpse into the love and laughter that will undoubtedly be at the core of their lasting relationship.

Congratulations, Katherine and Dan!  It was the perfect wedding for a loving couple who could not be more perfect for each other.  Thank you for allowing Chestnut & Vine to be a part of it!


Katherine & Dan’s All Star Wedding Team

Ceremony/Reception Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House

Photographer: Griffin Hart Davis Photography

Floral Design: Watkins Flowers of Distinction

Wedding Coordination: Chestnut & Vine Day-of Wedding Coordination

Catering: Rocky Top Catering

Officiant: Ben Poston

Linen/Dinnerware Rentals: CE Rental

Decor Rentals: Homemade Bride

Hair/Makeup: Parlor Blow Dry Bar

Cake Design: Christi Butner

DJ: Eddie Leonard Productions


All Photos Taken by Griffin Hart Davis Photography

All Photos Taken by Griffin Hart Davis Photography

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

Graylyn Wedding Day-of CoordinationThe 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.  During the cocktail hour, guests were treated to a signature cocktail inspired by the Disney Cruise Line cocktail they were treated to on the night of their engagement.  After enjoying a delicious meal expertly prepared by the Graylyn’s catering staff, Julia and Corey were especially excited to cut into their 4-tier lemon-blueberry wedding cake that was surrounded by 4 white chocolate satellite designed by Regi Originals.   The evening finished with a fun night of dancing hosted by A&A Disc Jockey Service and a grand sparkler exit down the cobble stone driveway in front of the estate’s main house.

Congratulations, Julia and Corey!  You successfully pulled off the perfect wedding that you always wanted.  Thank you so much for choosing Chestnut & Vine to be your day-of wedding coordinator.  It was an absolute honor!



Julia & Corey’s All-Star Wedding Team

Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Graylyn Estate

Photographer: Danielle Flake Photography

Floral Design: Green Bee Floral Designs

Wedding Coordination: Chestnut & Vine Day-of Wedding Coordination

Catering: Graylyn Estate Catering

Lighting Design: Sound Illusions Events

Hair/Makeup: Updo’s Studio

Cake Design: Regi Originals

DJ & Photo Booth: A & A Disc Jockey Service

Officiant: Reverend Kenny Compton (Groom’s Cousin)




Say “YES” to Kids On your Wedding Guest List

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 of candy scattered throughout.  Well those parties must be seared into my subconscious because this is also a fitting description of what my wedding reception looked like, too.  Blog 15.9 pic 1

I realize for some that the thought of having children at a wedding reception is frightening, but I believe including them in the celebration enhances the experience for the couple and all of their guests.  The kids’ excitement to be at a “big person party” is contagious and brings added spirit to the festivities.  You won’t have any trouble getting the dance party started with energetic kids in the room.  The bride will feel like true royalty as little girls stare in awe at her gorgeous white gown and tell her over and over how she looks like a beautiful princess.  Most importantly, you are giving your guests with children an endearing family memory they will never forget.
rsz_511Since our wedding party included my 7 year-old and 10-year old step-daughters, my 6 year-old niece as flower girl, and my 4 year-old nephew as “ring security”, it was predetermined that our wedding would be kid friendly.  Plus, as a bride in her late-30s, the majority of my friends had kids whom I adore and wanted to be a part of our celebration.  We ended up with 25 kids in attendance, and, let me tell you, EVERYONE had a blast on account of the kid friendly details .  Here’s what we did:


  • In addition to passed hors d’oeuvres at the cocktail hour, we put large bowls of goldfish, pretzels and Chex Mix on the cocktail tables with clear plastic cups next to each bowl.  The adults were as appreciative for the snacks as the kids.
  • I hired the sweetest 17 year-old twins to look out for the kids during the reception.  They were given a list of all of the kids’ names, their parents’ names and the parents’ assigned table numbers.  During the cocktail hour they found every family on the list, introduced themselves, and told the kids to meet them in the children’s section of the reception.  Our friends LOVED this because it gave them a chance to enjoy an evening out with uninterrupted adult conversations.
  • We put the children’s tables on one end of the room with some space between the other tables.  In place of a table setting, the kids were each given a wedding-themed activity book and crayons.  Plus games and scavenger hunt cards were placed on each table.

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  • Blog 15.9 pic 3As soon as the adults began their salad course, the kids were invited to go up to the Chicken Finger and Mac ‘n Cheese Bar.  Our caterer provided biodegradable disposable cups, plates and silverware that were kid-proof.  They even purchased a special kid size buffet table just for our reception.  The kids were very pleased with their meal, it was cost effective, and I later learned from my girlfriends that their husbands were ecstatic when they discovered chicken fingers on their way back from the men’s room.
  • Our centerpieces are probably what the kids (and adults) will remember most about our wedding.  In lieu of flowers, our centerpieces were made entirely of red and orange candy.  We had jars full of sour balls, candied orange slices, gummy bears, Airheads, Kit Kats, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, 100 Grand Bars, Take 5 Bars, and M&Ms.  Even the bottom of the lollipop bouquet vases were filled with itty bitty red and orange jawbreakers.  Each guest was given a treat bag with a note saying, “Love is Sweet.  Fill this with treats.  When you are able, go to the next table to meet and greet and find more candy to eat.”  And they all did!

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  • Blog 15.9 Pic 9As predicted, the kids did an excellent job of getting the dance party started and keeping it going until the end of the night! And in a twist on the age old tradition, only the kids 16 years and younger were invited to take part in the bouquet toss.


Needless to say, we set the expectation bar high for our young guests on what it takes to throw an amazing wedding!  Many of the kids were heard saying “BEST WEDDING EVER!!” even if it was the first one they’ve ever attended.  Some of our  friends opted to have a parents-only getaway weekend but were grateful that we gave them the option to bring their kids.  The best compliment I received was from my friend Sue, a mother of twin 5 year-olds.  She now tells engaged couples that her biggest regret from her wedding was making it adults only because our wedding made her realize that kids make the day even more special.

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