Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stunning Ballrooms | Two Chicks and a Venue

With the “Great Gatsby” era and inspiration quickly approaching and taking over our Barns and Country Chic Weddings. Several brides are now searching out the perfect ballroom to host their upscale fancy reception. This area has several for you to choose from with lots of breath taking photo opts. Take a ride with us as we venture through three local ballrooms to show another style of events where crystals, glam and lots of WOW comes into play.
The most breath taking chandelier in this area would belong to The Palladium Event Center of Burlington NC. It is located in the Burlington Outlets but don’t be fooled by its location, once inside and you are whisked away to another level of reception flare. This Chandelier demands your attention and will be the centerpiece of all of your photos. Dancing under this truly brings magic to any event. As a designer, I would focus on linens and uplighting to really make this room transform into another decade. I really could see lots of beautiful tall centerpieces w/ crystals hanging from them with lower candle tablescapes to add a touch of romantic softness. Lots of different sizes of vases with lush floral and just a hint of sparkle here and there to bring out the bling. They have two rooms that can be used for a number of events from birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and full scaled receptions. They allow you to bring in all of your own vendors and even offer a 30% discount on Fridays & Sundays.
The Vailtree is conveniently located right off of 85/40 in Graham NC. This destination makes for a great location if you have guests traveling from Greensboro or Raleigh. There are several local hotels close by and getting to the Vailtree from local churches will make for an easy transition for a day of festivities. They have over 12,000 square feet including a large ballroom with a stage perfect for band or a dramatic head table, projector for slideshows, three small side rooms great for photo booths, bar areas, and appetizer or coffee stations and another small room set up for a buffet. The possibilities are endless at this venue at an incredible value. They can host up to 400 people. They offer tables and chairs and will set these up for you. There is a bridal changing room and another room great for kids to occupy by placing a TV and movie with games. This ballroom offers plenty of room and you get two days to come in and set up and decorate.
As a coordinator, when I think of “Great Gatsby,” I see The Diamond Room in Gibsonville NC. The sheer fact that it is located on top of a jewelry store screams jewels and glam! This venue is the perfect setting for glitz and glitter. They offer in-house catering and bar services along with tables, chairs centerpiece and linens for very affordable pricing. Pat’s Florist is conveniently right next door and can easily handle all of your floral needs. There is a really cute chapel right down the street that you could use if you would like to keep your ceremony close. As a designer, I see lots of soft floral and candlelight to add a little romance to the air at this venue. Gorgeous white hydrangea and lush greenery would accent the colors of the Diamond Room and would go with any color scheme of your wedding to make your wedding party “pop” throughout the room.
So go ahead and break out your feathers, glitter and china to create an experience your guests will soon never forget! The ballrooms this area has to offer can handle almost any size event, time of day and try style. Some allow you to bring all of your own vendors while others truly want to offer a one stop shop. Just start thinking of the style of party you want to host and find the right venue that sets that tone and allows you to bring your own personality into it.

Palladium Event Center- 1272 Plaza Dr Burlington NC;
Vailtree Event Center- 1567 Bakatsias Lane, Graham NC,
The Diamond Room- 103 East Main St. Gibsonville NC, 336-449-4949;
2 Chicks Jenn: Knot Your Average Events
2 Chicks Michelle: Michelle Robinson Photography

Jessica and Brandon... They were simply magical and stunning ... Here are a few of my favorites from their Wedding at the Diamond Room (Jessica getting read was at the Burke Manor Inn.)

Kathryn and Ben... These two were so adorable and made everything so romantic.. Here is a few of my favorites from their wedding from the Palladium Event Center.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Elizabeth's Bridal at Duke Gardens

Recently, Elizabeth her mother, Judy and I went to Duke Gardens to do Elizabeth's bridal portrait. Elizabeth had traveled along way since she now lives out in Wyoming. So we did her bridal portrait just 10 days before her wedding. We were delighted with beautiful weather for her portrait session on a very early morning. Elizabeth never complained once about the early photo shoot call, she arrived with a warm smile and a big hug. Judy and Elizabeth, it has been delight to have gotten to know both of you and to photograph your bridal portrait Elizabeth. Emjoy the images below and please leave Elizabeth some blog love!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Preston and Doris | The Great Hall at Castle McCulloch

Welcome to Doris and Preston's wedding. They had a beautiful wedding that was held at Castle McCulloch and we are going to start this blog off a little differently. First lets meet their wonderful team of vendors!

Venue: Castle McCulloch
DJ: Paul Cordts
Wedding planner: Holly the Brides sister
Florist: Occasions Custom Floral Designs
Photographers: Michelle Robinson Photography
Videographer: CK Productions
DJ: Paul Cordts
Minister: Morgan Bates

We want to start by showing you two (of our many) favorite photographs from their day. The first, is the first dance, what a way to start off the evening, in this dreamy under the chandelier image. The other favorite is the ending of the night with a star filled night on the Amber bridge.

Holly (Doris's sister) did such a remarkable job of setting up the Great Hall. She created a very intimate setting by having long banquet tables with lots of candles, flowers and a wonderful place setting. Lot's of hard work went into setting the stage for a romantic evening.

Doris looked stunning in her dress and we were able to capture her in just a few of the many wonder places at the Great Hall as well as getting her handsome groom.

It was a beautiful moment seeing Doris when she walked down the stairs into her father's embrace. It was a very touching moment.

We loved when Preston would whisper into Doris's ear during the ceremony.

A grand way to end the ceremony by having a bubble exit off the Castle bridge and then onto some photographs.

So we leave this last shot with you and want to remind you to be that little kid again, twirl, dance, sing and don't worry who's watching.. Just enjoy life!

Happy Friday!
Warmest wishes,
Michelle & Sara!