Annette and Joel Wedding Transformation in Clinton, North Carolina

Back in January, I met with Annette and her mom, Laurie, and they hired us to help plan all the details of Annette and Joel’s September wedding.  At the time, we did not have a venue picked out but Annette knew she wanted it in her hometown of Clinton, North Carolina.  We took a day and visited a few options for possible venues but we quickly realized that there was only one venue that could hold the 300 guests they were expecting for the event and that venue was the Sampson County Agri Expo Center.  I have to be honest, the first time I saw the venue I was EXCITED at the idea of being able to take a concrete box and transform it into a beautiful space for a wedding reception.  Here’s a before shot of the space taken as we left that afternoon after we decided on the venue:

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The before...

Once we booked the venue, we got to work on planning and designing Annette and Joel’s wedding.  We booked some fabulous vendors (from the Triangle area) that helped make the day extraordinary and one that the folks of Sampson County will never forget.  As we got closer to the wedding date, Annette and Joel’s guest list continued to increase and by the time invitations went out, their total invited guest list was close to 700!  As the RSVPs came in, we realized we were now looking at a 500 person wedding instead of a 300 person wedding.  That’s a LOT of food, linens, and flowers!  There were several vendors I would like to thank for their hard work on this event so please check out the vendor listing at the bottom of this post.  In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite images of the day captured by James and Meridith of Walters & Walters Photography:

beautiful invitations

Beautiful invitations by Maria Scheel Invitations!

Beautiful bridal bouquet

The Watered Garden of Raleigh did a great job with all of the floral arrangements. This is a pretty shot of Annette's bouquet.

dad walking daughter down the aisle

Annette and her dad walking down the aisle

They're married!

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Room shot as we finished the final touches on the space before the wedding began..

Love these barbacks!

Cinda Candy Buffet

Candy Buffet by Cinda's Creative Cakes

Another room shot... seating for 500!

Elegant Cake by Swank Cake Design!

Elegant Cake by Swank Cake Design!

The Maxx Band - bride and groom first dance

The First Dance

Unique wedding bar set-up

Another shot of the bar... check out the huge floral arrangement!

Gourmet Coffee Station by Rocky Top Catering

The Maxx Band Atlanta

One of my favorite bands, The Maxx, knocked this wedding out of the park! The guests LOVED them!

Rocky Top Catering

Guests were offered a late night snack of Short Rib and Sweet Potato Tartlets (pictured above) and Mini Pear and Brie Pizzas. Mmm!

Funny Photobooth A Southern Soiree

The Southern Soiree gals loved a good photobooth picture!

Annette and Joel's Sparkler Exit.. love the classic car!

Annette and Joel

One last image... it's one of my favorites! Beautiful wedding and a great couple!

Thank you to the Chancy Family for letting me be a part of Annette and Joel’s special day.  Also, a HUGE thanks to these vendors for all their hard work on this big event:

Reception: Sampson Country Agri-Expo Center

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Cake: Swank Cake Design

Photographer:  Walters & Walters

Band: The Maxx

Florist: Watered Garden

Linens/ Rentals- CE Rentals

Hair and Makeup: Makeup For Your Day

Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings

Lounge Furniture: American Furniture Rentals

Videographer:  Heart Stone Films

Lighting: Showtime Events

Draping: Party Reflections

Photobooth: Shutterbooth

Candy Buffet: Cinda’s Creative Cakes

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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