Courtney and Baker

Courtney and Baker were married this past October in the art district of downtown Raleigh. Their ceremony was held at Visual Art Exchange and their reception followed down the street at Flander’s Art Gallery.  We started working with Courtney and Baker in September a year ago.  We were really excited to get started when they told us they loved lots of color and they wanted tons of unique personal details!  We hit the ground running searching for the perfect venue, securing our team of amazing vendors, and planning a night full of fun.

 

One thing we learned quickly from being around Courtney and Baker is that they LOVE their beer!  Having a true appreciation for good beer ourselves, we knew we had to incorporate this beer lovefest into the evening. They decided to provide pint glasses that guests could personalize with their name and take home as a favor!  In addition, we also had two kegs with specialty beers.  Just in case the beer wasn’t enough, Courtney and Baker also had a special signature drink made with Firefly Vodka, Simply Lemonade, Rum, and best of all, Cheerwine!  Let’s just say it was a huge hit!

 

Courtney and Baker did not want a traditional wedding cake; they had other plans in mind!  We brainstormed on some ideas and thought about the different desserts they liked … donuts seemed to be the most popular!  Who doesn’t love donuts???   We couldn’t just simply do a donut bar or even a tower of donuts, we had to do something way better than that.  So what did we do, you ask?  We had the Monuts Donuts staff spell out the word CAKE with 4 of their most delicious flavored donuts (Maple Bacon Bourbon, Apple Cider, Chocolate Frosted, and Pumpkin)! Mmmm!

 

Doesn’t their wedding sound awesome?  Don’t you wish you had been there?  Well take a look at their wedding trailer from Heart Stone Films and you can pretend you were 🙂

Courtney + Jonathan | Visual Art Exchange/Flanders Art Gallery Wedding Trailer from Heart Stone Films on Vimeo.

I’ll leave you with this tidbit from the extremely kind review from Courtney and Baker! You can check out the entire review on our Wedding Wire page.

Working with A Southern Soiree, namely Megan and Gina, was an absolute blast. They are supremely personable, professional, and knowledgeable about all things wedding-related in the area. I had a lot of random ideas that these ladies were so skilled in tailoring into a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception.

 

I feel like Megan and Gina know EVERYONE! You felt like a VIP whenever they were around because every vendor in the vicinity would bend over backwards for you. I felt like the knowledge of these ladies, as well as their relationships, helped us craft a well-organized, masterfully-staffed, and flawlessly executed event…not to mention an absolute BLAST!

 

Thanks Michael Moss Photography for these great images!

Courtney and Baker

You knew from their Save The Dates this was going to be a fun wedding!

And just in case you couldn't...their interactive RSVP card gave you a second shot!

And just in case you couldn’t…their interactive RSVP card gave you a second chance!

Courtney getting her final touches done!

Courtney getting her final touches done!

Baker's love note to Courtney :)

Baker’s love note to Courtney 🙂

Courtney's love note to Baker :)

Courtney’s love note to Baker 🙂

Fun and colorful bouquet from English Garden!

Fun and colorful bouquet from English Garden!

With shoes to match ;)

With shoes to match 😉

The tie was a great way to add some color to the handsome groom!

The tie was a great way to add some color to the handsome groom!

Courtney and Baker

Ceremony Program

Ceremony Program

VAE was a great intimate location for this couple!

VAE was a great intimate location for this couple along with their family and friends!

Ring warming ceremony!

Ring warming ceremony!

Eclectic reception centerpiece arrangements -- guess who drank all those beer bottles...that's right, Courtney and Baker!

Eclectic reception centerpiece arrangements — guess who drank all those beer bottles…that’s right, Courtney and Baker!

Favor bag doubled as a menu!

Favor bag doubled as a menu!

Courtney and Baker are huge beer drinkers so they gave everyone their own pint glass as favors!

Courtney and Baker are huge beer drinkers so they gave everyone their own pint glass as favors!

The HotDog Photobooth was awesome with Courtney and Baker's custom made backdrop!

The Hot Dog Photobooth was awesome with Courtney and Baker’s custom made backdrop!

Monuts Donuts did an awesome job on this wedding "CAKE"!

Monuts Donuts did an awesome job on this wedding “CAKE”!

Cinda's amazing skills at creating a donut out of cake! Love these cake toppers too!

Cinda’s amazing skills at creating a donut out of cake! Love these cake toppers too!

Let the cake war begin!

Let the cake war begin!

They also had delicious dirt cakes for dessert! YUM!

They also had delicious dirt cakes for dessert! YUM!

Glow stick limbo anyone?

Glow stick limbo anyone?

Mark had the dance floor packed all night!

Mark had the dance floor packed all night!

The guests created a glow stick tunnel for Courtney and Baker's exit!

The guests created a glow stick tunnel for Courtney and Baker’s exit!

Rickshaw getaway ride!

Rickshaw getaway ride!

Congratulations Courtney and Baker!!

Congratulations Courtney and Baker!!

Thanks to these wonderful vendors for making their day special:

Ceremony Venue – Visual Art Exchange

Reception Venue – Flander’s Art Gallery

Officiant – Barbara Lodge

Ceremony Music – Arioso Strings

Caterer – Rocky Top

Photographer – Michael Moss

Videographer – Heart Stone Films

DJ – Bunn DJ Company (Mark McNally)

Florist – English Garden

Baker – Monuts Donuts/Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Photobooth – The Hot Dog

Hair and Makeup – Makeup For Your Day

Rentals – CE

Invitations – Dapper Paper

Calligraphy- Calligraphy by Carrie

Getaway Transportation – Crank Arm Rickshaw