March 26, 2012

The Cotton Room Wedding | Beth + Taylor

An Elegant Winter Wonderland

The Meeting…
It was a fall evening in 2003, she was walking with her girlfriends on campus at East Carolina University. He happened to be on the way to his dorm at the same time. While crossing paths, she tripped and fell into a bush. He extended his hand and helped her up. After they parted ways, they happened to meet again a few weeks later through friends that lived in her dorm. He asked her to come over to his dorm to watch Monday night football. Although she hates football, she agreed so that she could see him again. They hit it off and have been together ever since!

The Proposal…
Because they lived in different cities, he usually came to visit her in Raleigh almost every weekend. However, his visit on Friday, December 10, 2010, was a bit more special!
While they got in the car to leave for dinner that evening, he told her that he left his wallet on the kitchen counter. Completely oblivious, she wasn’t aware that he really hadn’t forgotten his wallet; he actually went back to her apartment to hide a special box in the branches of her Christmas tree.
After a nice dinner they went back to her apartment to watch a movie. While she leaned over to plug in the Christmas tree lights, she noticed a Tiffany & Co. box nestled in the tree. Confused, she grabbed the box, turned around, and saw him on one knee. He took the box from her and untied its silk ribbon, revealing a diamond ring, and asked her to be his wife!

The Details…
Beth planned an extravagant event! She has always dreamed of a big winter wedding with lots of special touches, warmth, and elegance. This event was all about the details…
The reception was very warm, inviting, elegant, and romantic. The Cotton Room was draped in silvery-grey linens. The tables were adorned with ice blue, silver, and iridescent snow-white linens. Abundant candlelight filled the room, tall silver branch centerpieces filled the tables along with white hydrangeas and peonies, silver chivari chairs, and ornate place settings completed the winter wonderland. Their signature cocktail was a spiced pear martini called “The Perfect Pear”. Since it was December, there were two Christmas trees, and a cozy sitting area on one side of the room with a fireplace, couches and Beth + Taylor’s engagement pictures which created a very warm feel. A six tiered wedding cake adorned the adjacent side of the room.
They planned a choreographed first dance to “This Year’s Love” and did it perfectly! Later in the evening they had a decadent hot chocolate, marshmallow, gingerbread and cordial bar for their guests. They exited the reception to guests ringing jingle bells, and a hidden snow machine created a faux snow fall while they ran to the white excalibur. This was one beautiful wedding!

“Chris and Toni, Thank you for the gorgeous film! Wow! Taylor and I absolutely love it!  The song choices are perfect too. It’s amazing how quickly that day went by, and you both captured it perfectly for us. We can’t wait to share it with our family! Thank you again! You guys are amazing!”…Beth, Bride
“Beth + Taylor, We are so happy that you decided to have us capture your story! We were blown away with all of the stunning details! One of our favorite parts of the day is in the first look when Taylor turns around and sees his bride for the first time and says; “wow, very cool”, that perfectly sums the two of you up and we love that moment!! You guys totally nailed your first dance and we are so proud of you both for going through with it and doing it with such grace and elegance! We wish you the best!!!”…Toni + Chris


Ceremony | Sacred Heart Cathedral 
Reception | The Cotton Room
Bridal Prep Location | Umstead Hotel & Spa
Planner | A Southern Soiree
Photographer | Whitebox Photography
Cinematographer | Heart Stone Films
Florist | Fresh Affairs
Catering | Triangle Catering
Linens, Draping, Additional Rentals | CE Rentals 
Cake | Swank Cake Design
Lighting | Simpsound
Bride’s Dress | Alexia’s Bridal
Band | The Dickens Band
Cocktail Hour String Quartet | Arioso Strings
Bride + Bridesmaid Transportation | Olde South Trolley
Groomsmen + Reception Exit Transportation | Blue Diamond Limo 
Invitations + All Stationary | Bella Figura
Hair + Make up | GlamLounge Raleigh, Dawn Bender Carrington and Debra Goodyear

Google Review

 Jan 16, 2012
We were very pleased with the work that Heart Stone Films produced and the professional manner in which they operated. With two weeks to go before our wedding we decided that we wanted a videographer after all. We were incredibly lucky that Heart Stone was available on our date because they came highly recommended from a few of our other vendors. The video turned out beautiful and I have to completely agree with one of the previous reviews that I didn’t even notice they were there! I have also been in weddings where the camera was in your face the whole time and interrupted special moments between the bride and groom. This was not the case at all with Heart Stone. We’re so glad that we made the decision to hire them to capture our special day!