Katie and Mark

Katie and Mark were married in July at the brand new Convention Center downtown (they are only the 2nd couple to do so!) and their reception took place at the also new, Marriott City Center. Katie and I have known each other for awhile since we went to high school together, so when they came to me to help them plan their wedding, I jumped at the opportunity! Katie was an incredibly busy bride so Mark and I worked on alot of the planning, and I must say, Mark was tons of fun to work with. He had so many great ideas and we had lots of laughs! Mark wanted lots of great surprises for Katie and the guests. One of my favorites was when Mark sang first Asian boy to Katie during the reception. Check out the Youtube version here, Mark’s was much better! Immediately following that Mark surprised Katie with a Hawaiian honeymoon, I think everyone was in tears, one of the best surprises at a wedding to date!

We had wonderful vendors, as usual! Our great photography was provided by Ferdy Neubauer and his team. Some of the photos here are from Ferdy, while some are from friends of Mark and Katie. The convention center staff was top notch and they responded to every single need that we had! The Marriott City Center was amazing as well, Kim and her staff were wonderful and I must say the food was delicious! Our florals were provided by Watered Garden and their great staff. Last but not least, out ceremony and reception music was provided by Mitch at Bunn DJ Company. He had guests on their feet all night long!

The Convention Center placed Katie and Mark’s engagement photos on the LCD screens around the property. It was a really fun touch!

The girls had the cutest bridesmaids dresses, I wanted one for myself!

Love this image!

Each place setting had a handmade paper crane (there were 100’s of these!). Also each table was named after one of the animals in the chinese zodiac and their place cards were labeled with the corresponding animal to their table.

Mark and Katie departed to sparklers in a horse drawn carriage (another one of Mark’s surprises!).

Another wonderful wedding, full of amazing surprises, one for the books for sure! Congrats Mark and Katie, thanks for including me in your perfect day!

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A Southern Soiree is an award-winning wedding and event planning firm, based in Raleigh NC. The team of Megan Gillikin, Kailey Branham, and Gina Annab has been featured in several publications including Southern Weddings Magazine and StyleMePretty. For reviews from past clients, please visit Google and Wedding Wire.

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