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Who's Who of 2014

Have I mentioned how blessed we have been since starting Le Rae Events?  2014 was filled with so much gorgeousness and it was not an easy task to pick our favorite moments.  For many of these categories, we enlisted the help of our awesome Facebook and Instagram fans to narrow down the list.  Enjoy our stroll down last year's memory lane in the gallery below and let us know in the comment section what you love best!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Working at the hospital for almost 7 years, I have seen a lot of nurses come and go.  Matt and Chelsey are two of them.  The last shift I worked with Matt at South, I handed him a LeRae business card and said "when y'all decide to get married, give me a call".  Needless to say he remembered.  I was SUPER excited when I got the email from Chelsey asking me to be part of their big day.  Their nuptials took place in LaPine, Alabama at the Old House at Meriwether and was captured by our sweet friends at Little Acorn Photography.

I'm a sucker for a little bling!

I'm a sucker for a little bling!

WAR EAGLE BABY!

WAR EAGLE BABY!

Chelsey chose sunflowers and hydrangeas for her main flowers and we complimented them with blue delphinium, aggies, and yellow solidago.  For the centerpieces, we used my mom's white enamel collection.  The giant enamel pitcher she had was the perfect container for the drink station arrangement.

This is one of my favorite drink stations we have done to date!  The floral rings around the drink urns were STUNNING!

This is one of my favorite drink stations we have done to date!  The floral rings around the drink urns were STUNNING!

Entryway arrangement

Entryway arrangement

The bouquets

The bouquets

We did these aisle markers in mason jars and hung them with twine on shepherd's hooks.

We did these aisle markers in mason jars and hung them with twine on shepherd's hooks.

Centerpieces (somebody get an iron and move that votive over about 3 inches to the left)

Centerpieces (somebody get an iron and move that votive over about 3 inches to the left)

I know...too cute!  

I know...too cute!  

I love adding personal touches to weddings and doing little things the bride or groom doesn't know about.  This was one of those sweet surpries.  We had a brownie bar and since Matt and Chelsey are both nurses we got creative with it.  We drew up caramel and chocolate syrup in syringes for guest to squirt over their brownies and put yummy toppings in medicine bottles.  You should have seen the look on the pharmacy techs face when I asked for 100 syringes.  LOL!

I adore this shot of them.  It truly captures their personality.  It may be my fave!  Way to go Little Acorn!

Such a perfect shot!

Such a perfect shot!

We love working with Mr. Bud and the crew at the Old House at Meriwether.  One thing you can count on is gorgeous scenery and green surroundings.

Beautiful

Beautiful

Thanks so much to Mr. and Mrs. Roberts for inviting us to be part of it all.  It was perfect!  Happy one year anniversary! 

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

When Lacy May and John Andrews set their wedding date of April 28, 2012, Lacy gave us 3 words; water, vintage, and fried okra.  I knew the spot.....Pisgah Hill.  It was the perfect setting.  I remember taking them over to see it for the first time.  I couldn't help but be nervous!  Would she like it?  Would she see what I see....the possibilities?  But, the second we turned in the driveway and headed toward the pond Lacy made her all familiar noise "ooohhhhhh" and I immediately knew this would be our first wedding on the land! 

Our house is 300 feet away from Pisgah Hill so it was a great spot for the bridal party to get ready.  This is one of the many AMAZING shots by Wes Roberts.

Our house is 300 feet away from Pisgah Hill so it was a great spot for the bridal party to get ready.  This is one of the many AMAZING shots by Wes Roberts.

Lacy arrived at the ceremony in style in this gorgeous antique car.  Thank you Mr. Sanders.

Lacy arrived at the ceremony in style in this gorgeous antique car.  Thank you Mr. Sanders.

Guests first glance at gorgeous blooms was this lilac filled birdcage at the sign in table.

Guests first glance at gorgeous blooms was this lilac filled birdcage at the sign in table.

The nuptials took place in nature's cathedral complete with antique doors that opened for all to gaze upon the ceremony, the sunset, and their reflections in the nearby pond.  

Don't ask KK about these wreaths!  I don't remember what the "tiff" was about...all I remember is eyes were cut and their may have been snarls!  LOL!

Don't ask KK about these wreaths!  I don't remember what the "tiff" was about...all I remember is eyes were cut and their may have been snarls!  LOL!

OH the lighting in this picture!

OH the lighting in this picture!

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In order for guests to get to the reception, we knew many would have to walk around the pond dam.  It was important to us for it to be an enjoyment rather than a chore.  SO, what'd we do?  We got creative with it!  We created 10 frames with letters and pictures from friends and family of the couple.  While sipping lemonade, guests strolled across the memory adorned trail to the tented reception area.  

The reception was “vintage-ly” fabulous; from the antiques, to the lace linens, to the fried okra and cornbread by Red's Little School House.  

Loved the arrangements we did in antique silver punch bowls.

Loved the arrangements we did in antique silver punch bowls.

We HAD to have lounge areas with antique furntiure!  We found this set for a BARGAIN and it was probably our favorite!

We HAD to have lounge areas with antique furntiure!  We found this set for a BARGAIN and it was probably our favorite!

Pancake Bar

Pancake Bar

Krispy Kreme and Milk

Krispy Kreme and Milk

Oreos and Mini Pecan Pies

Oreos and Mini Pecan Pies

It's all in the DETAILS!

The custom made bar front.

The custom made bar front.

Kraft bags with beautiful stamped scripture for guests to take home a treat.

Kraft bags with beautiful stamped scripture for guests to take home a treat.

Gorgeous centerpieces in antique silver tea sets.

Gorgeous centerpieces in antique silver tea sets.

Look at that garden rose!

Look at that garden rose!

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Happy anniversary to our great friends John and Lacy!  We were thrilled at how beautiful it all turned out 1 year ago today.  Not only did we come away with beautiful pictures and memories we made some amazing friends!   Below is the video clip by The Bearded Man Film Company.

 

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CLOUD 9

I am literally on cloud 9!  I had just hung up with a sweet bride this morning, when I got that little dinging noise on my phone.  I checked my emails and had received notification that a Le Rae Events + Design photo shoot had been published!  I AM ECSTATIC!!!  How cool and amazing and wonderful is this?!  I think this is our FIRST TIME EVER TO BE PUBLISHED!  Y'ALL CHECK IT OUT!  Thanks a million Love Toast Blog!

 LOVE TOAST BLOG

LOVE TOAST BLOG

I am so in love with this shoot and I know Leah is too!  Thanks so much to all of our talented friends and family that helped:                              

Pisgah Hill Church for the venue, Red's Little School House and mom for the yummy food, Wes Roberts for his amazing Photography, Whitlee Mullis for the gorgeous invitation suite and menu cards, Angel Hussey for her fab hair and make-up skills, Ashley Shirley for her beautiful face,  Evan G. Cooper for his always needed help, AND of course the hot hubbies for the honey-do's! 

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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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