Geoff and I had several weeks there (12 weeks, actually) where we were out of town for almost every weekend. Emily and Charlie’s wedding was our first local wedding back, and we couldn’t have gotten back into the swing of localness with a better venue, better vendors or, of course, a better couple (granted, Charlie is a Phillies fan, but we don’t hold that against him). We love farm weddings as they tend to be really chill. This wasn’t actually chill because it was pushing 90+ degrees, but the people were absolutely lovely. :) Emily and Charlie were married by their friend (who gave them an amazing and humorous ceremony) and then joined their friends and family in the barn afterward for dancing.

Now – we see a lot of receptions and we see a lot of dancing. We typically know when there’s going to be a lot of dancing, and when there might not be so much dancing. This particular group of guests were very polite and well behaved and quiet, which usually means that they won’t be too much into the dancing. It was also very, very hot. Very hot. We were kind of sweating bullets all over the place. This is another sign that people will be fairly chill at the reception, usually talking and playing games as opposed to, you know, doing crazy dance floor gymnastics and jumping all over the place and dancing nonstop all the time WHICH THEY DEFINITELY ENDED UP DOING. I have no idea how they did it. Heck, their Grandma was on the floor! Geoff and I were sweating bullets just standing there and Grandma was dancing it up in the middle of a hundred some people. We were definitely impressed, and then even more impressed when one of the guests decided to toss ice into the mouths of people dancing which was a pretty ingenious idea. Anyway – it was pretty amazing and we were so happy to be there and be part of their fantastic party. Congratulations, to Emily and Charlie, and dance on, you crazy party guests. :)

Date: July 26, 2014

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Snipes Farm Retreat // Chapel Hill, NC

Emily’s Occupation: Was working as a Child Welfare Social Worker but is returning to school in the fall for Master of Social Work.

Charlie’s Occupation: Charlie is a high school teacher (Social Studies and English)

How You Met: We met freshman year at UNC, became close friends, but did not begin dating second semester of senior year.

Interesting Fact: Emily has only seen Charlie two times, in the 9 years they have known each other, without facial hair.

Honeymoon Destination: Spain and Morocco!

Vendor Credits: Officiant – Fennon Wisseh (friend) | DJ – Tim Hazel of TJDJ | Florist – Tre Bella | Cake – Scratch Bakery | Caterer – Beau Catering | Hair – Syd’s | Coordinator – Viva L’Event

So when we booked client Jeff we thought it would be confusing until we realized that I could just refer to my Geoff as “Geoff with a beard.” Then we found out that Jeff also had a beard. So there were two bearded Geoffs/Jeffs. Then we decided we could refer to them by Geoff with a “G” and Jeff with a “J” but on the actual day of, this pretty much went out the window and we resorted to just having both of them respond whenever I said “Geoff!/Jeff!” and reacting based on process of elimination to whether or not I was having them pose or move out of the way/get me a glass of water.

I didn’t meet Jeff or Karen until the rehearsal, and Geoff didn’t meet either one of them til their wedding, but it was like INSTANT BEST FRIENDS (they either feel the same way or are totally freaked out that I just wrote that). Karen spent a majority of her middle school years seeing the same embarrassing ska bands that I did and has since moved on to stalking Pearl Jam (me tooooo!). Jeff likes bowling and baseball and has a beard and those are the only three requirements that Geoff bases his friendships on, so they were set. They live in D.C. which disappoints us a lot or else we’d be inviting ourselves over to their place a lot but we’ll have to settle for the occasional Facebook, “Hey, what’s up?” and remember how much this wedding totally ruled.

First Dance Song: “You Are The Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne

Karen’s Occupation: Account Executive

Jeff’s Occupation: Research Consultant

How You Met: We met thanks to two of our friends (a couple themselves and both are part of the wedding parties).  Our first date was a double date with Dave and Alyssa just over 4 years ago.

Interesting Fact About Karen: Loves going to Washington Nationals games – go Nats!!

Interesting Fact About Jeff: Enjoys hunting for vinyls to add to his collection


Date: September 15, 2012

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Snipes Farm // Chapel Hill, NC

Officiant: Thomas Schott (Jeff’s dad)

DJ: TJDJ Music // Tim Hazell

Florist: Tre Bella // Rachael

Cake: Scratch Bakery // Karen Caffrey

Caterer: Beau Catering // Beau Bennette

Hair/Makeup: Carla White

Coordinator: Orangerie Events // Liz Cantey and Elise

We have a special place in our hearts for Kelly and John. Maybe it was the fact that they couldn’t decide whether or not to play Queen, Prince, or Bruce Springsteen for their first dance. Or maybe it was because we’re pretty big into modernist architecture and they’re both architects. Or maybe it’s because they were married at CAM, Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum, and we were married at Artspace, another art museum down the street. Or maybe it’s because their favorite show is the Walking Dead. Or maybe it’s because they’re in Costa Rica for their honeymoon and that’s where we went too. :)

Or maybe it’s just because they are awesome. Besides, they did make their own signs and invitations with John’s graphic design talent. They also made their own reception lighting… which is something we’ve never seen (yep – all of those glowing and non-glowing cubes hanging from the ceiling were hand-made by Kelly and John). But besides all of our mutual interests and their outward awesomeness, they are also very sweet, genuine people who wanted their wedding to be a good time with lots of happy candids of their friends. And Geoff, myself, and Randy (the DJ) can all vouch for the fact that their reception was outstanding and a good time with lots of happy people to say the least. I knew they’d be a rowdy reception crowd when they starting “Woooo!”ing during the first kiss at the ceremony. ;) So thank you to Kelly and John, who were nothing but sweet and amazing and adorable, and their lovely family and friends for showing us a fantastic Saturday night despite the rain.

First Dance: “I Wanna Be Your Lover” – Prince

Bride’s Occupation: Architectural Intern

Groom’s Occupation: Creative Director/Graphic Designer

How You Met: In architecture school at NC State

Interesting Bride Fact: Kelly and John were 2 of 5 winners of a competition to design a bike rack for downtown Raleigh, both will be made and installed by April

Interesting Groom Fact: Took a 2 month road trip after graduating college – Kelly met him in Chicago & Seattle

Honeymoon Destination: Costa Rica

Date: March 24, 2012

Ceremony Venue: CAM Raleigh (Contemporary Art Museum) // Raleigh, NC

Reception Venue: The Stockroom // Raleigh, NC

Officiant: Clark Scalera

DJ: Randy Bennett of Joe Bunn DJ Company 

Florist: The Flower Cupboard

Cake: Sweet Escapes Bakery

Catering: Beau Bennett – Beau Catering

Hair/Makeup: Bottega Hair Studio

Ceremony Coordinator: Martha Gribble