For the first time in a long time, I didn’t have a wedding or event over the Memorial Day weekend. So with the weekend open, we headed out west to Colorado to unplug and spend time with my family. Of course, even while away, I couldn’t help thinking back to last year’s Memorial Day weekend and Melinda and Jared’s wedding at the Ballantyne Country Club.

Melinda works at the Ballantyne Hotel and it was some of her colleagues, who happen to be dear friends of mine as well, who connected us. Working with Melinda – and her sweet parents – was easy. Maybe it’s because she knows a thing or two about events thanks to her job, but I’d like to think it’s because she’s just all around awesome. And Jared, too!

These two wanted things to be simple but pretty and elegant, and definitely not too stuffy (which is something I feel like I hear most of my clients say!). The Ballantyne Country Club made for a great place to celebrate following their ceremony at St. Matthew Catholic Church.

Upon arrival at the club, guests headed down to the back terrace for cocktails and apps. After all the post-ceremony photos, the new Mr. and Mrs. actually opted to be introduced at cocktail hour which was a different – and fun – twist to the usual being introduced at the reception. It also enabled them to take a big group photo with all of their friends and family who had come to help celebrate.

Following cocktail hour, everyone made their way upstairs for a plated dinner and of course, wedding cake! Then it was time to party! Mike from Split Second Sound helped rally the crowd in the dining room and had the bride and groom usher everyone back down to the terrance where everyone danced the night away. (And I mean seriously danced the night away. I don’t think the dance floor was ever empty!)

One of the little details that I loved about their day was how we used the greenery detail and monogram Amanda with Viri Lovely Designs created for them throughout…from the wedding invitation, to all the day-of paper goods, and even to two large wooden monograms which we used above the sweetheart table and by the dance floor. Working in details like that is an easy way to create a consistent look and feel to the wedding day. Plus, we were all kind of in love with what Amanda created!

And some of my favorite moments…the bride’s sweet first look with dad, the smile that was constantly on both the bride and groom’s face throughout the day, the unplanned “Dirty Dancing” lift that happened toward the end of the night (!), and watching these two just be so happy.

Melinda and Jared, I know it’s been a year (and change!) since this happy day, but feels like just yesterday! Thanks for having me on board to help you with your wedding and for making me feel like a part of the family! (Maybe sometime we can coordinate our Colorado trips, ha!) Wishing you a love that only grows sweeter with time and all the happiness marriage can bring!

Sharing a few favorite photos below + a big thanks to everyone involved in this special day:
Griffin Hart Davis {Photography} | Carlisle Videography {Videography} | Ballantyne Country Club {Reception Venue} | St. Matthew Catholic Church {Ceremony} | What’s Up Buttercup {Florals} | Julie Wardley {Julie Page – HMU}
Party Reflections + Party Tables {Linens} | Mike Nania with Split Second Sound {DJ}
Amanda Bonaviri {Viri Lovely Designs – Stationery + Paper Goods}

I think I always start these posts with, I can’t believe a year has flown by! But it’s true, and exactly what I think every time I look back on a couple’s wedding day a year later. And here we are, celebrating Jessie and John in their own “wow, I can’t believe a year has flown by” post!

A few years in, I’m still flattered, honored, and humbled when a couple chooses me to help them with their wedding. And for whatever reason, those feelings are like times 10 when it’s someone I know who decides I need to be the one to help plan and pull together their special day.

Jessie and John came to Hart & Co. Events by way of John. He and I knew each other from my time in NASCAR. My husband has actually known John longer than I have, and once upon a time all three of us (my husband, me, and John) ended up on the same race team so we all got to know each other pretty well. (BTW, everyone in the NASCAR garage calls John, Marv. But his sweet bride always called him, John. So, I did too. And it was a tough transition for me, ha.)

Long story short, when John reached out and asked if we could all go to dinner to talk wedding planning, I was super excited for this old friend and excited to meet his bride-to-be. And of course, the second I met Jessie, I knew she was beyond perfect for him and it just made my heart happy. When they hired me to help pull all the pieces together, it was just the proverbial icing on the cake.

In my book, personal connections and details are what make a wedding day even more special than it already is, and this wedding was full of them. Jessie and John decided to marry on her family’s land in East Tennessee. Her family has the most beautiful land just outside of Johnson City, with a horse farm nestled among groves of trees and beautiful rolling hills. Jessie’s family was also in the process of turning the farm into an event venue so it was fun being a part of the venue’s first weddings and watching this couple pour extra work into things future couples could also enjoy.

The pair settled on vows under a giant beech tree just yards from Jessie’s parents home, the same tree where John proposed the year before. After the ceremony, guests were transported to the barn where they celebrated the new Mr. and Mrs. First with drinks in the roundpen, then a delicious family-style dinner set on the longest dinner table ever placed down the walkway of the stalls. Following dinner, everyone headed back to the dancefloor in the roundpen and partied the night away.

Some of my favorite details from the reception were definitely Jessie’s family’s horse show trophies we used for the centerpieces and the handmade pottery plates that John’s mom made specifically for the wedding. (I mean, who doesn’t love this??) And their exit? In the same mustang Jessie’s parents left their wedding in.

Jessie and John, thank you for bringing this old friend along to help with your wedding. I’ll always be grateful I got to spend that special time in your lives with you. Hoping this first year of marriage was wonderful, that the best is yet to come, and that your love continues to grow and only get better with time!

Special thanks to the team that made their day happen:
Blue Kite Photo {photography} Thomas Farm Events {venue} Springvine Design {florals} Hayden Olivia Bridal {gown} JK Sweet Cakes {wedding cake} Southern Knot Weddings and Floral Design {specialty rentals} Ashley Aesthetics {HMU} Atheneum Creative {stationery + graphic design details} Maria Graham with Graham Productions {DJ}

I’m working on sharing some of my favorite images from last year’s weddings – slowly but surely! (Better late than never, yes?!) I feel incredibly fortunate that every year it seems I get to walk alongside the most wonderful couples during one of the most exciting times in their lives. One of the things I wanted to be better about in 2018 is sharing snippets of those I get to work with, and I’m excited to start with Lindsay and Stephen!

These two were married on October 28 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter. Following their vows, the new husband and wife celebrated with dinner and dancing at the Charlotte Marriott City Center in Uptown.

I loved working with Lindsay and her mom, Lori, through the months and weeks leading into the big day. And as it usually is with each couple, I was a little sad when our time together was over!

Some personal faves from their day…

  • The bride’s first look with both her parents at the church
  • Forehead kisses from Stephen (Am I the only one who thinks forehead kisses are just the sweetest?!)
  • The florals by CLux that were so beautiful and the perfect color palette for a fall wedding!
  • The guests that busted out some limbo on the dance floor…using a necktie. The best.

Lindsay and Stephen, thank you so much for allowing Hart & Co. Events to be a part of your special day! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness, love & laughter!

And to the fabulous team of vendors, thank YOU for making their day happen: Charlotte Marriott City Center {Reception Venue} Carolina Luxury Rentals {Linens, Chairs} CLux Florals {Florals} Elisabeth Rose {Day-Of Stationery Items} Rubberband {East Coast Entertainment} R&R Pedicab {Pedicab Exit}

Excited to share a few of my favorite photos from the last wedding we had in 2016. Elizabeth and Dave were married on November 12 at the Historic Train Depot in Salisbury. Working with these two, along with the groom’s sweet mom and the bride’s amazing matron-of-honor, was absolutely a pleasure so it was a little bittersweet when the wedding day came and went! (I think I say that with each one though!)

Read More “Fall Wedding: Elizabeth + Dave”

Hard to believe we’ve reached the final two days of 2016. (Technically, it’s more like the final 36 hours by the time I get this posted…but you get the point, ha.) In the midst of spending some quality time with family over the holidays, I’ve also tried to take a little time to reflect back on this year for Hart & Co. Events. Weddings, a special birthday party, rehearsal dinners, a second annual realtor event, and even some political events mixed in (twas the season, y’all)…all I’ve got to say is…whew!

Read More “Thanks for the Memories, 2016!”

Not sure where March went, y’all?!? In like a lion, out like a lamb…isn’t that how the saying goes?

Anywho…just in the nick of time, excited to share this month’s fellow creative + business owner feature. I stumbled upon Estudio RoJo thanks to good ol’ Instagram sometime last year. Fast forward to the beginning of this year when owner Jasmin Black reached out wanting to send me some samples of her work. (Um, yes please!) And thanks to those samples, our IRL relationship began.

I had the pleasure of working with Jasmin a couple of weeks ago as she was a big part of a styled shoot Sarah Pascutti and I did at Loray Mill. (Can’t wait to share more about that later!) Not only is her work truly beautiful and awesome, the gal behind it all is as well…and passionate, kind, and darn interesting.

Read More “Get to Know…Jasmin Black Ortega”

Things have been hoppin’ over here at Hart & Co. HQ! I haven’t blogged much since last month lately…and that’s why I call it the sometimes blog! And I haven’t put together any design or color inspiration boards just fun here lately either. So figured today would be a good day to dust off the blog by pulling some color inspiration out of the archives…one that’s fitting for today.

Read More “Color Inspiration + Happy St. Pat’s!”

When my husband and I set out to plan our wedding, we quickly realized that no matter where we decided to get married, our family and most likely a good amount of close friends would all have to travel. I’m from Texas originally. He’s from Durham. We have family on the west coast, in the midwest, and up and down the east coast. So, our solution…let’s all travel. We opted for a November wedding in the mountains in Asheville. Easy enough for us to get to during the planning process and relatively easy for all of our family and friends to get to come the wedding weekend.

I think a lot of engaged couples face the same dilemma or find themselves engaged and living in a city they don’t necessarily have deep ties to. They don’t live in their home towns, much less their home state. It is definitely not unusual these days that college or our careers take us to new cities, different states, and sometimes even different countries!

There are so many incredible places to travel to for your wedding day, here in the U.S. and across the globe. Since starting Hart & Co., I have been dreaming of all the places I’d love to go for wedding planning. For kicks, here is a peek at my list:

  • Aspen/Snowmass: In the mid-1970s, my parents hopped in the car and made the long road trip up to Colorado from west Texas. They ended up in the little mountain town of Snowmass and the rest is kind of history. Colorado has been my family’s second home ever since that road trip. (My first road trip there was just six weeks after I was born!) The gorgeous mountain landscape will never, ever get old to me. The Rockies are so captivating and definitely one of my happy places. So, it’d be a dream come true to plan some wedding magic there, too.
  • Texas: Because…it’s Texas. And my home state. And everything is bigger in Texas, right? Some seriously dreamy venues call the Hill Country home
  • Italy: Ok, so this is actually on my personal travel wish list. But let’s face it, who doesn’t love the idea of an Italian getaway to celebrate a marriage?! And I promise I’d definitely wait until your celebration concluded to begin any sightseeing…
  • The Caribbean: While I’m a mountain girl, I also love me some beach time…especially in the Caribbean. Wanting to have an intimate, small wedding with a super chill vibe? Not a shabby idea to get hitched somewhere on a white sandy beach…

So what do you think? If you’re dreaming of getting away for your wedding but don’t know where to start? Give Hart & Co. a call…I’ll definitely help you out!

xoxo

There’s really nothing more personal than getting married at your childhood home. (Cue scenes from Father of the Bride, right?!) Or maybe you or your beloved have a family member or close friend that has a spectacular home or amazing property with unbelievable views. Either way, there are definitely some wonderful advantages to having your wedding at a private residence or property.

For starters, the sentimental value clearly is through the roof. It’d be unique and personal. Depending on where the home is, it could also be very private. And within reason, you can kind of do whatever your little heart desires and have a seriously awesome party.

But while this is indeed a fab idea, there are some big things to consider before you set anything in stone…

  • Rental Needs: Chances are the home or private residence that you’re considering for your big day isn’t equipped with enough tables, chairs, linens, dinnerware, barware…you see where I’m going? Unless you’re having a very intimate affair with only a small guest list, you will have to work with a rental company. You’ll most likely also have to rent a tent or two (or more!). (Hello, rain plan.)
  • Bathrooms: This could probably be looped into the point above, but I think important enough to have it’s own bullet point. So you’re ok with having to bring in all the rentals, but what’s the bathroom situation? Are they easy to get to? Do you really want guests traipsing through your home or through parts of the property to get to them? Thankfully, most rental companies have nice restroom trailers or portable bathroom options that are definitely decent alternatives to the good ol’ porta-potties and better than drunk guests meandering through your home.
  • Water + Electricity: While these two don’t go hand-in-hand, they’re two key things to your wedding day. Catering will need access to water and power to serve you and your guests. The band or DJ will definitely need power to run their equipment. And that nice restroom trailer you’ve rented? It will need electricity, too, and maybe even access to water. If it’s a small enough affair that you don’t mind a little higher utility bill and have the water and electricity capabilities, you should be just fine. But if your event is taking place somewhere on the property away from the home or just need more water and power in general, you’ll need to add generators to your list of needs. (And then they’ll need enough gas to power everything for the duration of your wedding.)
  • Parking: Whether you’re expecting a large crowd or have planned for an ultra low-key affair, there will be an increase in traffic and cars where the home or property is located. Remember that scene in Father of the Bride where the cops show up? (Here’s a little refresher for you.) You will need to come up with a good parking plan and most likely enlist the help of a valet company or hire parking attendants to ensure it’s a smooth process for your guests. That should also help keep the local law enforcement and the neighbors happy, too. And if you’re getting married at a ranch or a farm with ample space, I definitely recommend having excellent signage directing guests where to park, as well as having parking attendants to help make it smooth for all involved and perhaps even a way to shuttle guests to and from if necessary.
  • Vendor Logistics: There are so many things to think through from a logistics standpoint when hosting a wedding at your home or a private residence that otherwise you wouldn’t have to think of if you were getting married in a church or venue. Is the property big? Will the ceremony take place away from where the bride is getting dressed? Speaking of, is there a good place to get dressed? Or will you have to get dressed somewhere else? How will the bride get to the ceremony location without all the guests seeing her? Can the vehicles that will deliver the rental equipment get in and out easily? Is there space for generators to hook up? Can the kitchen handle all the catering needs and staff? Or what about the tent that catering will require if the event is all outside? Is there room for that? What if the vendors can’t pick up rental equipment after the wedding is over? Are you prepared to have it sitting there until Monday and be there for when they do?

In the end, getting married at a private residence can be wonderful…as long as you’re prepared and know what you’re getting into! And if you are considering getting married at home or have any questions about getting married at a private residence, I’d love to hear from you!

xoxo