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Madeleine and Derek St. Patty's Day Wedding!

April 30, 2012

Madeleine and Derek were married this past March on St. Patrick’s Day and what a fabulous and fun wedding it was!   Their ceremony was held at St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh and the reception took place at the newly remodeled TPC Wakefield Plantation.  I got to know Madeleine and Derek when I helped plan Madeleine’s sister’s wedding back in August of 2010 at the Renaissance Hotel in North Hills.  A lot has happened in the past year and a half since Jenee and Walker’s wedding… they now have a beautiful baby girl named Scarlett (see below for pictures)!  I really enjoyed getting to know Madeleine and Derek throughout the planning process.  We did a lot of the planning long distance since Madeleine and Derek currently live in Texas.  Madeleine and Derek were AMAZING dancers (so much so that Derek ripped his pants doing some break-dancing towards the end of the night!) and their fun and light-hearted personalities showed through in all aspects of the wedding day.

Since it was St. Patrick’s Day, one of my favorite details from the wedding day was the Irish Bar complete with a Bailey’s Ice sculpture, shots of Bailey’s, and Irish Donut Holes with Whiskey Sauce (mmm!).  We even had an Irish DJ for the wedding thanks to Mark McNally of Bunn DJ Company and Mark kept the dance floor packed the entire night!  Thank you to the LaPlace family for trusting me to plan both Jenee and Madeleine’s weddings… it was a pleasure from start to finish! Also, thanks to Madeleine and Derek for the sweet note they sent me:

Dear Megan,

We want to thank you again for all your hard work before, during, and after the wedding.  You are amazing!  We could not have done it without you – seriously!  All the work that you did made our wedding perfect and epically memorable!  With much love, Madeleine and Derek

See below for some amazing pictures by Azul Photography!

Madeleine's sister, Jenee, and her sweet baby, Scarlett!

Madeleine and Derek's First Look

Love this picture of Madeleine! She is so gorgeous 🙂


She's so happy and relaxed!

Derek ... one funny groom!

Now that's a first kiss as husband and wife!

Madeleine's sister and brother in law ... so excited she said "I do"!

They are so adorable!

Typewriter guestbook - such a neat idea..the guests loved it!

Message to the bride and groom!

Amazing cake...love the fresh flowers too!

These two were crazy dancers!

Love the baby in this picture...best face ever!

Bailey's Bar

Madeleine and her dad

Derek loves to dance ... loved it so much that he ripped his pants while dancing!!

Singing their hearts out on the last dance

Garter Toss

Feeding each other cake...love their facial expressions!

Family love!


Ceremony Location – St. Francis

Reception Location – TPC Wakefield (Jaclyn Parks, you’re awesome!)

Cake – Cake Dreams by Sally

Florist – Gregg Kennedy with Brides and Bouquets

DJ – Mark with Joe Bunn DJ Company

Photographer – Travis with Azul Photography

Cocktail Music – Gary Mitchell


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