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Ray and Mandy: The Sutherland Wedding!

August 13, 2012

Ray and Mandy were married this past June at The Sutherland in Wake Forest. I have known Ray and Mandy for almost a year now. Ray and his team  helped us transform our A Southern Soiree website to what it is today and we could not have asked for anything better! Helping Ray and Mandy plan their wedding was such a pleasure! They are the sweetest couple and a great match for one another : )

The wedding was full of surprises…some thanks to Ray and then a few others by his wild groomsmen.  Two of his groomsmen shocked us all by dressing up in orange and blue suits like characters out of the movie Dumb and Dumber (thankfully they waited until after the ceremony and formal pictures!).  One of his groomsmen created a very special slideshow that had all the guests laughing (complete with all of their friends impersonating Ray and Mandy throughout different points in their life).  There was also a coordinated “dance-off” between Mandy and her bridesmaids and Ray and his groomsmen.. it should be noted that the ladies won. 😉

I think all their guests would tell you though that Ray’s surprise was the best one of all. Mandy had her heart set on adopting a german shepherd rescue puppy, but they decided it would best to wait until after things settled down after the wedding before getting a dog. Two weeks before the wedding Ray told me he had already secretly adopted the puppy Mandy had her eye on and he and I worked with Alisa at The Southeast German Shepherd Rescue to coordinate a surprise appearance by the puppy at the reception.  Everything went perfectly and right in the middle of dinner Mandy had an unexpected wedding guest join her and hey welcomed Beau as the newest addition to their family!  The look on Mandy’s face was priceless!

A big thanks to Ray and Mandy for writing this review on Wedding Wire!

First off, I have no idea what we would have done without Megan and the girls at A Southern Soiree. Being obsessive compulsive and trying to plan a wedding isn’t an easy mix but they definitely were the reason it went off without a hitch. So many details were taken care of without us having to stress about things and, it allowed us to just enjoy our big day. The experience I had with A Southern Soiree is the reason I tell anyone newly engaged that its essential that they have a wedding planner and I cant think of anyone better than Megan.

Take a look at some of our favorite images of the day from Michael Moss. These images are amazing!

Mandy’s gorgeous dress!

Mandy getting ready with all her lovely ladies

Love these vibrant colors from English Garden!

Ray cleans up nicely : )

Ray and Mandy’s first look

Loving these shoes!!

There are no words to describe how funny these guys were…

Mandy and her girls : )

Details, details, details!!

Such a touching moment!

They’re married!

WOW Factor Cakes did an amazing job! Check out the special logo Ray designed for the wedding!

Ray and Mandy’s first dance

Ray’s surprise for Mandy…a new puppy!  Meet Beau!

Ray’s hilarious groomsmen put together a video montage of Ray and Mandy through the years!

Mandy and her dad

Ray and his mom

Photobooth fun!


Randy had the dance floor packed all night!

Sparkler Exit!!

Thank you to the amazing vendors that helped make this wedding perfect!

Venue: The Sutherland (Jennifer was awesome!)

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Photography: Michael Moss

Videographer: Heart Stone Films

Cake: Wow Factor Cakes

Flowers: English Garden

DJ: Randy with Joe Bunn DJ Company

Photobooth: Classic Carolina

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and CE Rental





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