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As one of the most popular Charlotte wedding planners, this Carolina Wedding Design (CWD) blog will update you on the latest tips and trends we're seeing in the wedding industry. We'll also showcase different client stories along the way to show you what real brides and grooms are experiencing with us! We offer all types of packages to fit your planning/design needs, so feel free to contact us if you'd like...704.541.9100

Friday, October 30, 2009

Want a Castle?



If you're in search of a 'Castle' be sure to check out Castle McCulloch in Jamestown, NC. (about 1 hr 45 mins from Charlotte). It's a STUNNING location - literally a castle in the woods. Lots of iron, dark metals, hardwood and stone.....love it.

Here are some pictures from our venue visit with Jessica and Oteil yesterday.









Monday, October 26, 2009

Meet Jessica & Oteil

CWD welcomes
JESSICA SHOUSE & OTEIL BURBRIDGE

Our vision for this wedding can be defined in one word: unique.

This fabulous couple wants to incorporate a Moroccan & Indian theme and truly wow their guests. We even anticipate bringing in a sushi roller for added flare...

Jessica is a talented photographer out of Alabama and you may have seen Oteil on stage....he's the ROCKIN' bass player for a world renowned band.

We'll keep you updated with our progress along the way!





Thursday, October 22, 2009

Meet Lydia & Jeremy

CWD WELCOMES...
Lydia Nims & Jeremy Mobley, June 19th 2010

It's only been a week, and I already (heart) this bride...and her cute mom, Kim!
After seeing this picture I realized the groom is just as adorable as she is.

We spent the afternoon yesterday at J Majors and found the PERFECT stunning gown for her. I do have to say that after trying on roughly 40 gowns at several boutiques, the one she chose was 1 of 3 I selected for her!!! She wasn't fond of it at first - looking at it on the rack, but she agreed to try it on to passify me =)..... she walked out and WOW! At that point, she didn't want to take it off once we all saw her breathtaking view in the mirror! Lydia, that gown was MADE for you! Mrs. Nims, I'm so proud you didn't cry!

We'll keep you posted on their progress along the way!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Coming Soon...

We're anxious to post our first VLOG!

What is it you ask? It's a 'video blog'!

We'll use it in a variety of ways...letting you meet some of our favorite top notch vendors...letting you hear from our clients...possibly some 'day of' behind the scenes action.....

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Recap from Mr. and Mrs. Vining!


Here are some kind words from one of our September couples, Jaime and Jody Vining. Following the testimony are some images from their day, compliments of J&J Photography!

Dear Heather and Carolina Wedding Design:

Jody and I just want to let you know how thankful we are for all the amazing things you did to make our wedding day the best day of our lives. We honestly could not have had such a great time without your help. From answering all of our calls and emails so promptly, to the absolutely lovely ceremony and reception, you handled every detail beautifully and professionally. Our day was perfect and we couldn't have asked for more. It is so obvious that you love what you do and it is truly reflected in your work. Even our guests were thoroughly impressed with your talents.

Thank you very much for making our day so special. We have a beautiful day to remember and you are an important part of that. We will always be grateful. Please don't hesitate to use us as a reference anytime. Love always, Jaime & Jody


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Monday, October 12, 2009

A great flower option....

A great floral filler for arrangements and bouquets is Queen Anne's Lace...
As described by Taylor O'Shields (of The Place for Flowers) this flower is "very delicate and whimsical...a great filler that adds quite the vintage texture." Taylor advises that this flower "doesn't hold well on its own or out of water, so be sure to plan accordingly...use it in some type of bouquet or arrangement with a moist base."

Budget tip: I recall as a little girl, picking these flowers in fields and putting the freshly cut stems in food coloring to actually change the color of the flower as it absorbed the dye through the stems. For florals on a tight budget, try this idea and place in glass vases full of water for your centerpieces...a very inexpensive way to use florals and add fun splashes of color.







Friday, October 9, 2009

Pale Pink Wedding Gown for Cancer Awareness!


Article from one of our favorite sites....greenweddingshoes.com

As we all know, October is breast cancer awareness month.Alisa Benay is doing something a bit different to raise money. She is a dress designer and she designed a special soft pink hued dress for the occasion. Alisa Benay Bridal Couture will donate $1,000 from the sale of each of this year’s limited edition gown, Mirabelle, towards breast cancer research and awareness. Her goal is to raise 100 thousand dollars for breast cancer research by selling 100 dresses. There is beautiful lace on the bottom of the dress that was designed especially for the dress, so it cannot be reproduced or found in other styles on the market.

Monday, October 5, 2009

GreenWeddingShoes.com


We love sinking our heels into searching for fabulous sites online to give us inspiration and design concepts for our clients. Here's another FIND: GreenWeddingShoes.com

This is a blog out of Cali with amazing pictures and ideas of actual weddings. If you like StyleMePretty.com you'll also this site.

Trendy. Chic. Inspiring. Real.

Here are some snapshots from the site - we're doing the window pane design for a client, can't wait to show you photos!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

our video for thesavvybride.com

This morning we shot our video for

Our vendor video is now in production and we will blog when it's live and viewable.

As mentioned in our previous posts, this is a great web portal that
allows you brides to actually 'meet' your potential vendors without even leaving the house! We see how much our brides love using the site so we knew we had to be a part of it.

Check out the site if you haven't already - tons of great tips, trends, and stories that I think you'll enjoy such as....

a blog to keep you up to date on what's new and hot...
see members of thesavvybride.com on CBS Saturday Morning Show...

see the latest trends in the industry, such as photography...
Be sure to check it out if you haven't already!