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Rachel-Rose and KJ: Carolina Inn Wedding!

August 12, 2013

Rachel-Rose and KJ were married this past May at the beautiful Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. Sounds good, right?  Rachel-Rose and KJ are a Duke couple, and this Duke couple broke all the rules when they decided to have their ceremony and reception at the Carolina Inn!  That certainly didn’t stop them from having one of the best weddings we’ve done!   ;) I worked closely with Rachel-Rose and her hysterically funny and enthusiastic mother. The day was full of personal touches. Rachel-Rose incorporated her family’s old medical books and tools into the event, pictures of KJ and Rachel-Rose when they were younger filled the reception table, and thoughtful notes were passed around to loved ones. This family was such a joy to work with; we could not have asked for a better group!


The day of the wedding arrived and you could tell there was some anxiety in the air. That all went away when Rachel-Rose and KJ had their “blind” first look. The smallest touch from KJ calmed Rachel-Rose’s nerves and turned them into excitement instead. The rest of the night was filled with beautiful and poignant speeches, tears, tons of laughter and dancing – no one wanted it to end!


Thank you Rachel-Rose and KJ for writing such a sweet review on WeddingWire. I am so glad I was able to be a part of such a special day!

I was lucky to get to work with A Southern Soiree as our day of planner! Frankly, I don’t think we would have had as beautiful a wedding as we did without the hard work of Gina Annab, who I highly recommend! She went above and beyond to ensure that I had a wonderful day! She was friendly, kind and professional and I was happy she was there at my wedding as more of a friend than just a wedding planner. If you are going to have a day of planner, A Southern Soiree is the way to go! I am sure they are also fabulous as entire wedding day planners as well!

Check out these stunning images from Azul Photography:

The girls getting ready. Don't you love those robes!!

Don’t you love those robes?!

Rachel-Rose and KJ

Absolutely stunning…and to think she wasn’t going to wear this veil originally. Glad we decided to use it!

Blind first look!

Blind first look!

Love the special touches Rachel-Rose and KJ added to their ceremony!

Love the special touches Rachel-Rose and KJ added to their ceremony!

Love the way Tre Bella created this tree chuppah!

Neat idea for a chuppah!

Mazel Tov!!

Mazel Tov!!

Rachel-Rose and KJ

Special touch to display escort cards - family medical bag!

Special touch to display escort cards – family medical bag!

Raleigh Wedding Photographer

Personal touches always add the WOW factor! Rachel-Rose and KJ made personal menu cards for each guest!

Beautiful centerpieces from Tre Bella.

Beautiful centerpieces from Tre Bella

Hill Ballroom - gorgeous!

Hill Ballroom – gorgeous!

Delicious cake display from Cinda!

Delicious cake display from Cinda’s Creative Cakes!

KJ's groom cake back when he went to Stanford

KJ’s grooms cake back when he went to Stanford

Another successful Hora!

Another successful Hora!

Joe Bunn had the dance floor packed!! I'm loving these dance moves :)

Joe Bunn had the dance floor packed!! I’m loving these dance moves 🙂

Congratulations Rachel-Rose and KJ!!!

Congratulations Rachel-Rose and KJ!!!

Thank you to these wonderful vendors for making this a perfect day!

Venue – Carolina Inn

Rabbi – Andrew Ettin

Ceremony Music – Arioso Strings

Photographer – Azul

Videographer – Twenty-One Films

DJ – Joe Bunn

Photobooth – Shutterbooth

Florist – Tre Bella

Baker – Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Hair & Makeup – OnLoKtionMakeup


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