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

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Liz and Kirk | Engagement Session | Jeremy Igo

Check out these hot e-session shots of Liz and Kirk, one of our beautiul October 2011 clients!

Jeremy Igo rocked it out - we all had a blast posing....and skating!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Welcomes new clients Kimberly Arena & Charles Hill

CWD welcomes new clients

Kimberly Arena & Charles Hill
This groom had the perfect plan in place to propose during a trip to Italy.  Kim had no idea... good job Charles!!

We've been working really hard to set up the perfect team of vendors for this October wedding. Kim wants a traditional wedding and Charles wants modern so we've got the perfect plan in combining both requests.

Who are some of the incredible vendors lined up thus far?  Here are a few... St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Mint Museum Uptown, Critsey Rowe Photography, Cinematrimony, Jeff Brown via East Coast Entertainment (cocktail hour) & Split Second Sound.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Thank you Vendors! Janice Goss & Aric Almirola Wedding

Thank you to all the great vendors involved for Janice & Aric's Christmas themed wedding on Saturday, December 11th!  We will share pictures with you as soon as we receive them from the FAB Lucy Parker!

Kenny Crosswhite, Officiant
Classic Bride, Davidson
SilverFox Limos (Shuttle service)
Premier Productions (DJ)
Epic Chophouse, Mooresville

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

CWD Welcomes new clients Stephanie Taylor & Bill Zachry!

CWD welcomes new clients

Stephanie Taylor and Bill Zachry!

With Stephanie living in Houston, TX and Bill in Oregon having a planner here to handle their August 2011 wedding details was a must!

We've already plunged into the venue search for a downtown ceremony and reception and I think we have the perfect match for this adorable couple.  More details to come on the CWD facebook page!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Jaya and Derek | Wedding Photos

Here are a few shots from Jaya and Derek's wedding we did back in August.  It's crazy to think about how hot it was on this day as we are all freezing today!  Woke up and to 17 degree temps = nonsense!

Thanks to MP Photography for sending us these images!
Byron's Southend, The Place for Flowers, Best Impressions Caterers, Cheesecake Etc, Dreamlight Films, Jami Svay, Silver Fox Limos

Monday, December 6, 2010


CWD welcomes new clients


Modern.  Sophisticated.  Multi-cultural.  Amazing.

The contract ink is barely dry and we're already diving in to the planning and design process with Naz and Vinh for their September wedding.  

They came to us wanting a wedding with the adjectives above, and that is what they're gonna get.  They did their homework & knew exactly what they wanted in their planner/designer - we're happy they chose us!

The customized budget is complete and we're beginning to tour venues this evening.  This couple has many things high on their priority list...unique food, photography, atmosphere, decor, entertainment.  We're so eager to introduce them to some of our phenomenal vendors.

Stay tuned for more details and updates!  Naz, I'll be seeing you in just a bit! =)

Friday, December 3, 2010


CWD Welcomes new clients


Tis the season for new client signings!  We love it!

Mark and Megan came to us as they suddenly knew planning was more than what they anticipated.  We're hurriedly on the path to finding the perfect venue to compliment our August wedding at Myers Park United Methodist Church.  High on their list of priorities? Food and Entertainment.  We know just what to do!

Megan and Mark we're so excited to get started!

Monday, November 29, 2010

CWD Welcomes new clients Carey Mazoyer & Sean Patrick Henry!

Welcome new clients Carey Mazoyer & Sean Patrick Henry!

With Friday, April 8th soon approaching we've been able to secure the Mint Museum Uptown, Split Second Sound, Tommy McCart Photography and have found THE dress at E.G. Couture all within the last two weeks!

Lots more to come for this fabulous uptown wedding full of metallic colors!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cortenay and Heather extend a warm Thanksgiving wish to you and your family!

We are truly thankful for all of our clients, past and present, as well as our fantastic vendors that bring our visions to life each and every wedding.

Over the Holiday we hope you enjoy every moment, eat way too much, take plenty of naps and remember all that you're thankful for.

We'll be back in the office on Monday!

Gobble Gobble!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Engagement Session | Kellyn and Bennett

This was a first for us, incorporating a huge horse into a photo session, but we knew we HAD to do it! Why? Because our bride Kellyn is quite the equestrian. This barn is very special & located on their estate in Waxhaw. They board their horses here and her mom cares for many of the horses daily. This is her award winning boy, Cody.

Sometimes living in Charlotte you forget how vast, beautiful and quiet the country is.....it was stunning.

After a little fashion/hair/makeup with The Look, we began our shoot with our friend and photog, Tara Mauldin.

Everything was working for us. The sun, the energy, the love, the beauty - EVERYTHING!


Monday, November 8, 2010

Welcomes new clients | Jen Starbuck & Dan Weber

CWD welcomes new clients


This is one gorgeous couple and we're thrilled to begin the planning process with them. We just set the August 6th date this morning and already have tons of ideas and plans rolling!

Forest Hill Church will be the setting for the 'I Dos' and the Ballantyne Hotel will be the canvas for the reception.

Her mom wants a fabulous, stress free wedding for her daughter, decked-out in decor and impressive entertainment....and that's exactly what they are going to get!

Stay tuned for more details!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Gospel Choir sings at Wedding Reception

Everyone has been begging us to post this video.

We had a surprise 35 person live choir sing at one of our October weddings, as the bridal party and new bride and groom entered the reception. It was amazing - so POWERFUL!

Voices of Eden is their name and they are the BEST to work with...we'll definitely be using them again.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all of our blog family!

We hope you have fabulous plans that let you explore your inner creativity in dressing up in something fun this weekend! Stay safe and eat PLENTY of candy and chocolate =)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Thank you Vendors! Hudson & Riley Wedding

Huge thank you for the INCREDIBLE vendors involved for Beth & Jefferson's wedding on Saturday, October 23rd!

Beautiful fall weather + a team of vendors that consistently go above and beyond + live butterflies + yellow & navy with orange accent color scheme + chicken and dumplings station = the perfect day for Beth & Jefferson. Pictures to come!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The VanLandingham Estate
Photographer: Tara Mauldin Photography
Hair & Make-up: Who's the Fairest
Ceremony Music: Tom Billotto via East Coast Entertainment
Reception Music: LeVar, Split Second Sound
Flowers: The Place for Flowers
Cake: Cake Lady Jill
Linen: Classic Party Rentals
Officiant: Rev Elizabeth Hyland

Thursday, October 21, 2010

CWD Welcomes new clients Allison & Ethan!

Welcome new clients Allison Weber & Ethan Ledbetter!

This June wedding will reflect a bit of Hollywood glam and bling, while incorporating their love of vintage records.

We've been working hard to line up the perfect team for their wedding. The Great Aunt Stella Center, Charlotte City Club, Tara Mauldin Photography just to name a few!

How did Ethan propose? In Vegas! He planned out this trip very carefully...wow, do we have a lot of grooms that are planners!

Stay tuned for more details from this Hollywood inspired romance....

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Carlin and Hart! Wedding Photos

Here are some snapshots of the Gallman/Turner wedding from July from our Facebook page! Go ahead, become our fan if you aren't already...we'd love to be connected!

Thanks to the amazing photography by The Schultzes, WOW. Ever so impressed.

Ceremony, 1st Baptist Uptown
Reception, Bentley's on 27

Carlin and Hart are loving being newlyweds in Greenville, SC.

We miss them tremendously and they know they better come visit us soon!!
GOOOOOO Gamecocks! ;-)

Saturday, October 9, 2010


It's going to be a beautiful day for Rebecca Solomonson & Rich Belthoff at the Morehead Inn! Today we'll have perfect weather with fun fall colors such as orange, brown & gold.
Happy Wedding Day! xoxo, Cort

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wedding Pictures - Amanda Brown & Thomas Schroder

We were thrilled to be a part of Amanda & Thomas's wedding on June 4th! Here are some beautiful pictures from the phenomenal photographer - Critsey Rowe!

Thank you to the following vendors for creating a perfect day for Amanda & Thomas:
Church - University City United Methodist
Reception - Byron's Southend
photographer - Critsey Rowe
Caterer - Best Impressions
Cake - For Goodness Cakes
Video - Video Expression
Flowers - Fashion Florist
Hair and Makeup - Carmen Carmen Cotswold
Band - The Reality Show Band

This couple is so precious! Much love to you both, Cortenay

This picture below is probably my favorite! Check out Amanda's reaction when I told her it was time for the last song... love it!