Motherhood Sessions - 2017

Oh how sweet a mother's love for her child is. We absolutely love it when Brent from Live View Studios comes over to our beautiful little home and captures these sweet moments between mother's and their children! 

We are so happy to share just a few of those moment with you. Enjoy and be sure to give some love to your mama, kiddos, and all the amazing vendors that helped bring these gorgeous sessions together!  

Photographer: Live View Studios  | Venue: Leslie - Alford Mims House  | Hair + Makeup: Rae Makeup Artistry

Elizabeth + Chad - Feature

Happy Thursday friends! We just wanted to take a moment to say a huge congratulations to our sister company, Mad Dash Weddings, and all of the amazing vendors who took part in this beautiful wedding at the Leslie - Alford Mims House. It was recently featured on Budget Savvy Bride's and we couldn't be happier! 

The weather was picture perfect, the bride and groom were absolutely gorgeous, and the design was flawless! We hope you enjoy a little sneak peak in to their day through these photographs by Live View Studios. But, for more information about this sweet day click HERE

Photography:  Live View Studios | Ceremony Venue: Leslie-Alford Mims House | Reception Venue: Leslie-Alford Mims House | Flowers: Brides and Bouquets | Wedding Planner: Mad Dash Weddings | Day-of Coordinator: Orangerie Events | Event Design + Styling: Mad Dash Weddings | Stationery: One + Only Paper | FavorsDIY | Catering: Belle’s Catering | Bakery: Sugar Euphoria and Duck Donuts | Rentals: Homemade Bride | Linens: CE Rental Raleigh | DJ: DJ Rang | Ceremony Musicians: DJ Rang | Hair Stylist: Parlor Blow Dry Bar Cary | Makeup Artist: Parlor Blow Dry Bar Cary | Wedding Cake Topper: TrueLoveAffair on Etsy  | Wedding Gown Designer: Watters Bridal | Bridal Shop: Bella Bridesmaids in Richmond, VA | Jewelry: Family Pieces | Veil: MissJoansBridal on Etsy | Shoes: Louise Et Cie | Groom’s Suit/Tux: Peter Millar | Tie: Macys | Men’s Shoes: Cole Haan

Mollyann + Sean - Proposal

This one may be an oldie, but it's still a goodie! Today as we reminisce on all of the sweet events and styled shoots that have been hosted at the Leslie - Alford Mims House we couldn't stop thinking about this one in particular.

This styled shoot is unlike any other's we have hosted at the Mims House. Why? Well, this gorgeous couple went from dating to being engaged! That's right, that man pictured above planned a big surprise for this shoot and proposed to his lovely lady. 

If you want to learn more about the story behind the proposal be sure to check out How He Asked's blog HERE.  

Photography: Mikkel Paige | Venue: Leslie - Alford Mims House  | Florals: Meristem Floral | Stationary: One and Only Paper | Makeup/Hair: Michelle Clark | Chalk Artist: AB Chalk Designs | Desserts: Lucette Grace | Dress: Bella Bridesmaid | Nails: The Paintbar

Planning Tips + Tricks

We’re sure by now you all know that we love weddings and pretty much any event. So we figured we would give you a few wedding tips and tricks. We invite you to sit back, sip on some coffee or tea, relax and keep on reading. 

  • CREATE A BUDGET || before you begin the big planning, it’s important to sit down and determine what your budget is. Paying for a wedding or any event can be a huge source of stress. That's why having a budget planned out and agreed upon can help in managing that stress. Be sure to think through even the tiniest of details that you may have to pay for like wedding dress shoes, possible tips for vendors, welcome bags for out of town guests, wedding favors, etc. 
     
  • INVEST IN A FULL SERVICE OR DAY OF COORDINATOR || trust us you won’t regret taking this tip. In the long run this will save you so much time, money and day of stress. 
     
  • CREATE A WEDDING SPECIFIC E-MAIL ADDRESS || I'm sure you're the same way - your personal e-mail is already too hard to keep up with and is crazy full every day. So, the best way to make sure you don't miss out on any e-mails from vendors is by creating a specific e-mail address that handles all things wedding. This way when the wedding day is over you can delete your e-mail and not worry about getting spammed with messages for the next few years on your personal account! 
     
  • INVEST IN A PLANNER || this time we mean a notebook/calendar type planner, especially if you decided not to go the Full Service Wedding Planner route. So many times these types of planners include advice, planning sheets, checklists, month by month timelines, and so much more. This will help you stay on track, manage your budget, and have fun! 
     
  • DECIDE ON A THEME + VENUE || your theme and venue will set the whole ton for your big day, whether it’s intimate, formal, casual, boho, etc. It is also very helpful when it comes to picking our your florist, linens, bridesmaid dresses, photographer, and so much more. When looking at the venue consider the colors of the space and whether or not they will compliment or clash with the color scheme of your wedding day. 
     
  • GOOGLE DOCS WERE MY BEST FRIEND || while planning my wedding this truly saved me. It was perfect because I was able to add my coordinator, mom, maid of honor and whomever else I needed on their to help with advice, see my vision for the day and help to add in addresses and e-mails of guests that were invited to the wedding! We even set up a google excel sheet to help keep track of our budget. 
     
  • DECIDING ON YOU BRIDESMAIDS || I think this was one of the toughest decisions I made. There were so many people I would have loved to be up there with me on the big day, but in the grand scheme of it all you can't have a million bridesmaids. What I did to help make my decision a little easier, was I made a list of the ladies that I called first thing when I got engaged, who was I most excited to tell and who has had a lasting impact on my life and our friendship. From there it was so much easier to decide who I wanted up there with us. 
     
  • HAVE FUN + REMEMBER WHAT'S TRULY IMPORTANT || This day is about you and the one you love, the one you are about to spend the rest of your life with. Throughout the planning process we challenge you to not just focus on that one day, but to focus on your marriage as well. I can't stress enough how exciting of a time it is to pan for your wedding, but how much more exciting it is to start planning for the days to come after that. 

Featured: Cake and Lace | Event designer: Amanda Blair by Design | Photographer: Radian Photography | Venue: Leslie-Alford-Mims House | Boutique rentals: Cottage Luxe | Dresses: BHLDN  | Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Ring dish: Lauren Sumner Pottery | Ring box: The Mrs. Box | Robes: Pop Confetti | Stationery: Sage Paper Co. | Florals: Flowers on Broad Street  | Hair & Make-up: Fancy Knot Salon  | Desserts: Sugar Euphoria | Lace clutches: Juniper and Lace | Table runners + ribbon: Mrs. Freund Co.