From the Event Planner

We’ve all heard it said that it’s all in the details. Our bride, Emily, proved that to be true. From our first meeting together, we knew she had a very clear vision and her vision was spectacular! Every little detail, from the macramé, to the hand-made book page flowers and dried grasses was thought out and created by the bride. It was all of the special touches that put this wedding at the top of our favorites list.


The Meadows was the location of this special event. It is 115 acres of nature preserve nestled into the heart of Raleigh, surrounded by fields and forest. The outdoor ceremony space is hidden away in the trees. Besides the beauty all around, the only decor was an oversized wreath that served as a backdrop for the wedding party. Emily and Tyler went on late night foraging adventures to gather all the grasses and greens they wanted to use in the floral arrangements. Hobnob Occasions took their plunder and embellished the wreath as well as the arched entrance leading into the space.

In Heron Hall, the reception tables were decorated with a bounty of candlelight, dried hydrangeas, grasses and more of Emily’s creations: hand-folded book page flowers. At every place setting, was a miniature air plant framed in copper tubing, complete with instructions on proper care. Emily was gorgeous in a strapless, lace gown with a delicate, sweetheart neckline. She was surrounded by her bridesmaids in dusty rose gowns and her dapper bridesmen in vests and floral ties that perfectly complimented the girls. Emily learned to macramé so she could create the hooped macramé hangers that she and her girls would carry. And these art pieces doubled as a backdrop for the sweetheart table at the reception. Even the corsages and boutonnieres had an element of macramé that Emily added as she created them. Tyler looked especially handsome in his dove grey suit. His groomsmen wore a darker version of vests to go with their floral ties. The entire wedding party beautifully blended into the colors of fall in North Carolina.


The 12 foot grazing table that Hobnob Occasions created was a highlight. As guests walked back from the outdoor ceremony space for the cocktail hour, they were met with a cornucopia of delight. The cheeses, spreads, breads, fruits and nuts were delicious, of course, but it was the communal experience that made the guests rave. After a casual dinner of a variety of rice bowls and salads by CORE Life, guests were treated to pies and individual treats made by Slice. It was a naturally sweet ending to a day that was truly a feast for the senses.