Jillian and Chad's Elegant Wedding Event!

Jillian and Chad were married on March 12th in a ceremony that took place at Fairmont United Methodist and a reception at the Renaissance North Hills Hotel!  These two venues have a special place in my heart as this is where my own ceremony and reception were held back in 2010!  I clicked with Jillian, her parents, and Chad early on and was so excited to work with them to help execute their vision for Jillian and Chad’s special day.  I often get asked what my favorite part about my job is and my response will always the same….I love getting to know the bride and groom and their families and gaining their trust.  With this event as with many others, they made me feel as though I had become a part of their family…I remember sitting at Jillian’s parents house a few weeks before the wedding drinking wine with Jillian and her mom and finalizing the time-line for the big day.  It means a lot to me that clients put complete trust in me to make sure that everything runs smoothly on their wedding day.

On Jillian and Chad’s wedding day, they looked so amazing!  I am excited to share some of these beautiful images from their wedding.  Beth and Meridith from Walters and Walters captured these amazing shots:

Fairmont UMC Raleigh Wedding

Jillian and Chad just married at Fairmont!

Fairmont Wedding Raleigh NC

Love this picture!

Southern Soiree Flowers

Classic Look by Fresh Affairs!

Pink White Wedding Cake

Jillian and Chad's Wedding Cake by Swank Cakes!

Heartbeat of Soul Band

Their Wedding band, Heartbeat of Soul

Jillian and Chad Wedding

Jillian and Chad first dance

First Dance as Husband and Wife!

Renaissance Raleigh Ballroom

Beautiful Head Table for the Bridal Party

old fashioned car getaway

Love the old-fashioned car they used for their getaway at the end of the night!

Renaissance wedding sparkler exit

renaissance north hills wedding

My favorite thing about this image is all the onlookers watching from their balconies!

Thank you to Jillian for the great review she filled out about her experience working with A Southern Soiree:

“Megan is truly fantastic! She helped coordinate our recent wedding on March 12, and we couldn’t have been happier with her professionalism, honest and expert opinion, and her pleasant and calm disposition! Megan was available whenever we needed to run an idea by her or ask a quick question, and she helped to alleviate the stress of pulling together ALL of the details of our wedding day. She is very organized and detail-oriented, and worked hand-in-hand with all of our vendors to make sure that everyone was aware of any important updates, as well as providing detailed timelines for the day of the wedding. Our wedding day was truly magical, and I can’t ever thank her enough for her hard work and dedication in making March 12 the happiest day of our life! We felt like guests at our own event- it was completely stress free and perfect in every way. THANK YOU!”

Thanks to these awesome vendors who helped make Jillian and Chad’s wedding day so spectacular:

Ceremony:  Fairmont UMC

Reception Venue:  Renaissance North Hills Hotel

Photographer:  Beth and Meridith with Walters and Walters

Florist:  Fresh Affairs

Cake:  Swank Cake Design

Photobooth: The Pic Pod

Band:  Heartbeat of Soul

Invitations/Table Numbers/Etc: Paper Cafe

Linens and Rentals: Party Reflections

Megan Gillikin

Megan Gillikin

Megan Brewer Gillikin is the owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree. After receiving her Hospitality and MBA degrees from ECU, Megan worked as an Event Planner with various hotels, helping her bring insight and expertise to the industry when it comes to perfecting large-scale events. Her infectious personality and passion for hospitality puts clients at ease, and her ability to personalize ideas for each client shines through in every event, as seen in her Style Me Pretty feature.

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