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Happy Anniversary

WOW!  My Memorial Day weekend looks a lot different than it did last year!  At this time exact moment last year, I was running, sweating, and probably dropping a few curse words (sorry Mom)!  I think Leah may have even been shedding a few tears.  I put in over 80 hours that week but I wouldn't change it for the world!  It was one of the most EPIC Le Rae weddings to date.  Thanks so much to Casey and Jeremy Pruitt for trusting us with your day!

Over two years ago, I was honored when I got a "top secret" phone call from a bride to be.  Our first order of business was to find the perfect setting for what would be an elegant, southern soiree.  I think we can all agree by the picture below we nailed that task!  Hello Winton Blount Estate!

There is a gorgeous little chapel on the property that looks as if it was airlifted from Europe and dropped in a field in Montgomery, Alabama. This is where they had their first look and ceremony.

After the ceremony, guests strolled up the driveway and were greeted by tufted couch filled with yummy mini BLTs, fig and goat cheese bruschetta, and a tea cart filled with flavored waters.

The rest of the menu by Red's Little School House didn't disappoint either.  It was A blast to design and style each of these stations.

Fruit, cheeses, homemade pickles, seasoned crackers (Jeremy's favorite), and more looked great under served under these custom boxes made by my hubby!  I'm obsessed with the gold molding.

A south of the border station with fresh tortilla chips, a variety of salsas, queso.  it also included a chef preparing fresh guacamole for guests and was made complete with red and white wine sangria.

GUESTS ENJOYED A DELICIOUS BUFFET OF BAKED HAM, SMOKED TURKEY, SCALLOPED POTATOES, VEGETABLE MEDLEY, FRIED CORNBREAD, AND ROLLS.

That chandelier from Special Events Lighting was insane!

The mint mirrors were perfect for some of the round table centerpieces.

We created a secret dinner for two for them after the ceremony.

Whitlee Lusk knocked it out of the park with all of the signage.

Peggy McKinney combined with fresh flowers and La Tavola linens equals HEAVEN!  Don't you agree?

Jeremy isn't a big fan of cake but he does love pecan pie.  We created a pecan bar with mini pies, pecan candy, and salted pecans.

Can someone say perfection?  


Planning, Florals, Styling, Custom Pieces:  Le Rae Events | Photography:  Wes Roberts Photography | Venue: Winton Blount Estate | Gown:  Heidi Elnora | Hair:  Kamee Kwak of Kamee Style | Make Up: Rebekah Edwards of Lush MakeUp Art | Catering:  Red's Little School House | Wedding Cake:  Peggy McKinney | Rental:  Brendle Rentals | Lighting:  Special Event Lighting | Vintage Lounge Furniture:  A.G. Lighting | Ceremony Coordination:  Morgan Drinkard | Videography:  Holloway Productions | Invitations and all paper pretties:  Whitlee Lusk Creative

A Sunday Soirée

Today, we're bragging on a soirée that happened one year ago.  Happy anniversary to one of our amazing brides and her groom, Kendall and Matthew.  When you become a Le Rae bride, we give you an extensive questionnaire to complete.  This is so we can learn as much as possible about your likes, your personality, your vision, and so on.  One of the questions asks "what do you want people to remember most about your wedding".  While I don't remember it word for word, I will never forget the gist of their answer "that Christ was glorified or that people saw Christ in them".  Absolute beautiful souls.   A few weeks ago, Kendall rocked my word when out of the blue she sent me a beautiful and encouraging text.  Again, absolute beautiful soul.  

This was such a sweet reception.  White and blush flowers tucked in vintage tea sets and silver punch bowls were the outdoor centerpieces.  Then inside, we had small vintage trays topped with a small floral and vintage framed scripture prints on the tables.  The food stations were equally as adorable.  Mac and cheese was served in vintage tea cups and and held in shabby chic cabinets.  Her dance floor was surrounded by white church pews and custom made coffee tables with the sweetest blush fabric. The pews were flanked with handmade floral boxes adorned with lace ribbon and pearl brooches.  It truly was lovely!  A beautiful wedding for a beautiful family and a beautiful couple!  Love y'all!

P.S.  Mr. Randy I still owe you that steak!  ;)

Reception Venue:  The Oaks Plantation

Rentals:  Brendle Rentals

Photographer:  Kim Box Photography

Design/Florals/Styling:  Le Rae Events

Catering:  Red's Little School House

Pickin' Adventures

I know, I know it's been a while!  So SORRY!  Leah and I have been super busy!  (YAY!)  Between designing weddings, building a barn, fabulous pickin' trips, and TOP secret projects, I have lost track of time.  I realized yesterday it had been way too long since my last blog post and wondered why in the world I hadn't talked about the amazing purchases we've made lately.  This shopping frenzy started about 2 weeks ago.  Leah and I went to Luverne to finally get the twin to one of our awesome mirrors that she spotted months ago.  We were thrilled to see it was still there and of course we found a few other items we "needed".

Love the vintage suitcase we picked up in Luverne

Love the vintage suitcase we picked up in Luverne

The next day, mom, my sister in law Sara, Leah, and I decided to wake up at the crack of dawn, head to Montgomery, and hit up as many yard sales as possible.  IT POURED!!  Not like a little sprinkle of rain but FLOODED!  We didn't let the downpour stop us.  We still managed to fill mom's catering van FULL of precious junk.  Scores for the day included a miniature white wicker doll set to put in our booth at Eastbrook, an adorable $2 wooden cake plate, antique drawers, and a great wooden rocker.

 

A view from the windshield of the van.....LITERALLY POURED!

A view from the windshield of the van.....LITERALLY POURED!

As if we didn't collect enough goodies that weekend, the following Monday Leah spotted an old house barn near her home that was about to be torn down.  We couldn't let that happen without getting our hands on what was sure to be treasure.  She made some calls and got permission.  So, that afternoon we talked our hubbies into going on a little hunt (they were thrilled).  We found some great drawers, an AWESOME barn door, vintage table legs, and plenty of chippy paint wood pieces.

Barn doors, old drawers, and wood OH MY!

Barn doors, old drawers, and wood OH MY!

Working in her Miss Me's

Working in her Miss Me's

The things we get him into

The things we get him into

Leah finished the frenzy this past week on a couple of solo trips.  On Mother's Day, she managed to find an abandoned house in Union Springs to plunder through.

CUTE LITTLE TABLE

CUTE LITTLE TABLE

For me, the BIGGEST score of them all came from Leah's estate sale trip on Monday!  Two matching chairs.  I am IN LOVE with these.  Sorry folks!  You won't find these for sale at our booth.  You can count on seeing them in upcoming weddings (of course not as regular chairs!  ;)  

LOOK AT THE DETAIL Y'ALL!!!  I CAN'T TAKE IT!

LOOK AT THE DETAIL Y'ALL!!!  I CAN'T TAKE IT!

DRUMROLL please.........I did promise to let you in on a big purchase we made.  We are now the proud owners of 8 GORGEOUS antique church pews!  Thanks to my sweet dad and his friend Michael they are waiting for us to go get them in Florence.  Leah and I decided LeRae needed a roadtrip (great blog post for later) and we could "pick" all the way from Alabama to South Carolina!  Sounds like another frenzy!

Can't you just see these down by the pond at Pisgah Hill?!  Ohhhh boy I can't wait!

Can't you just see these down by the pond at Pisgah Hill?!  Ohhhh boy I can't wait!

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What We Do!

Thank you to our friend  Wes Roberts  for always hooking us up with awesome pictures of our work!

Thank you to our friend Wes Roberts for always hooking us up with awesome pictures of our work!

On more than one occasion I have had people tilt their head squint their eyes and say, "what exactly do y'all do?".  Everyone knows what a caterer is and what a floral designer is (we do both), but most people have never heard of a wedding designer and many wonder if it's something that is even necessary.  The best description I've seen someone use is that we are “interior designers” for your wedding.  We strive to create a design and décor concept that reflects you as a couple, and then weave that into every aspect of your day.  Merriam-Webster doesn't have “wedding designer” listed in it's online dictionary, but it does have “interior design”.

“The designer's goal is to produce a coordinated and harmonious whole in which the architecture, site, function, and visual aspects of the interior are unified, pleasing to mind and body, and appropriate to the activities to be pursued there.  Design criteria include harmony of colour, texture, lighting, scale, and proportion.”

Now, replace interior with the word wedding.

The designer's goal is to produce a coordinated and harmonious whole in which the architecture, site, function, and visual aspects of the WEDDING are unified, pleasing to mind and body, and appropriate to the activities to be pursued there.  Design criteria include harmony of colour, texture, lighting, scale, and proportion. (gorgeous flowers and yummy food – ok I may have added that part)

Thank you Merriam-Webster.  It is the perfect explanation!

Call us planners, call us designers, call us what you like.  The name is not nearly as important as the fact that we LOVE weddings and have a true passion for working with brides to create that amazing big picture!

 
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Fishing Line and Bridal Shows

About 6 months ago I sat up in bed.  I saw it....the booth.  The Southern Bridal Faire booth.  The bridal show that was over 26 weeks away.  Sounds silly, huh?  This is how my crazy mind works sometimes and there's no stopping it!  I had to get up and find my sketch pad!  This is what I drew:

I knew it had to be white, it had to have glass or acrylic elements, cool lighting was a must, yummy food a no brainer, and something would be hung with fishing line.  I couldn't wait to tell Leah or could I?  We are both VERY opinionated and HONEST, especially when it comes to events and décor.  So, if I am SOLD on something telling her for the first time can bring on a little anxiety.  Will she like it or will I get that crinkled up nose look that says “I don't think so”?  BUT, HALLELUJAH she loved it and our brainstorming started flowing!  This is when we're in our prime our element.  It's a pure adrenaline rush....creativity is flying, ideas are bouncing, the room is buzzing!  We are on top of the world and when we're done we couldn't tell you whose idea was whose we just know it's GOOD!

 

This drawing is the first sketch I did 6 months ago.   DISCLAIMER:  I have never claimed to be an artist when it comes to drawing.  BUT, I am very visual and I have to see it!

This drawing is the first sketch I did 6 months ago. 

DISCLAIMER:  I have never claimed to be an artist when it comes to drawing.  BUT, I am very visual and I have to see it!


Over time, this is what it morphed into.  I love comparing sketches to the final product!

Over time, this is what it morphed into.  I love comparing sketches to the final product!


Fast forward about 150 days, I sat down to finalize the design and the plan.  I jotted down some notes and went to meet Leah for dinner.  The show was getting closer and I was excited....UNTIL I got the crinkle...UH OH!  The idea of floating shelves, food on top, and a crowd wasn't settling to well with Leah.  She is the practical one, the reasonable one.  I am more of a “who cares what it takes I wanna do it” type person (one of the hundred reasons we make such a great team).  I decided not to continue the discussion and came home with my tail between my legs.  AND IN STEPS THE HUBS!  I explained the booth to him, Leah's (legitimate) concerns, and showed him the sketches.  To his demise (LOL), he sweetly said “we can do that”!  (GOD LOVE HIM!)

Our next get together was MUCH better!  One thing Leah knows is that I am just as hard headed as she is and sometimes you have to “go with my flow”.  AND thank goodness she did!  This meeting of the minds birthed her idea for what turned out to be our favorite element.  The floral chandelier.....GORGEOUS!

How gorgeous are those crystals?!

How gorgeous are those crystals?!

So, it's 2 days before the show and everything is all falling into place.  All of our pieces are here except for ONE thing.......the “star of the show”.  The silver sequin tablecloth we decided to splurge on and rented from La Tavola in California.  At 5:00 pm on the Friday before the show, I tracked the shipping for the hundredth time that day and the status changed from “delivery today” to “later delivery”.  WHAT?  I freaked!!!  I called the shipping company and well don't get me started!  So, I called the rental company.  They were ON IT!  I must commend them on their awesome customer service!  They immediately packaged another linen and sent it overnight to be delivered on Saturday....crisis overted!  Or so I thought!  Twenty four hours later, at 5pm on Saturday, we learned we would NOT be getting either package (maybe the only draw back to living in the sticks)!  What in the WORLD were we going to do?!  We did what any cool designer would do......we scoured Montgomery and ended up buying a duvet cover.  Yes, you read that correctly!  A purple bedspread stood in place of our “star of the show” linen.  And, I have to admit I may have liked it better.  The color and texture was PERFECT!

We had the cutest lil helpers!  I'm sad I don't have a pic of the two of them working the booth in their silver sequin dresses!  Thanks Tannar and Rachel!

We had the cutest lil helpers!  I'm sad I don't have a pic of the two of them working the booth in their silver sequin dresses!  Thanks Tannar and Rachel!

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 (LEFT) Thanks to Mr. Frank and my AMAZING hubby for building the floating shelves.  The final product was BETTER than I even imagined!  They were hung by fishing line and made with cut acrylic.  Each one held 4 types of mini foods on a stick; homemade ham and cheddar biscuits, hushpuppy patties with cajun shrimp, candied sweet potatoes with fried chicken bites, and fried cornbread with smoked turkey breast.                                                                      

(RIGHT) This FABULOUS Ikea bookcase served as the perfect piece for our drink and dessert station.  The drink was Lavender Lemonade.  The desserts included cheesecake bites, mini apple tarts, and bite size chocolate meringue and lemon pies.   All of them homemade, of course. 

Food thanks:   Craigie for making the AMAZING cheesecake bites, JL for the RIDICULOUS smoked turkey, my precious mama Debbie Debbie, and the staff of Red's Little School House for cooking and plating the rest of this yummy food.  There is no way I could say which item was my favorite.  It was all delicious and all a HUGE HIT!

(LEFT) Succulents we clipped from Mrs. Audrey's yard, painted metallic silver, and used on the place settings.  People went crazy over these!  (RIGHT) BEAUTIFUL glass beaded chargers from Jay Imports.  (Thanks to Ofer)

(LEFT) Succulents we clipped from Mrs. Audrey's yard, painted metallic silver, and used on the place settings.  People went crazy over these!  (RIGHT) BEAUTIFUL glass beaded chargers from Jay Imports.  (Thanks to Ofer)

 Thank you to Nikki P Photography and The Element of Photography for coming by the booth and snapping some great pics!

Many, long hours of planning, building, painting, flowering, cooking, and gathering went into our 10x10 slice of heaven but we think it paid off!  We didn't want to take it down!  It was everything we had envisioned complete with lots of white, glass elements, cool lighting, yummy food, and plenty of fishing line.

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