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Don’t forget those precious and delicate wedding details to join you for your i do’s! Happy wedding day for those gettin...
10/17/2020

Don’t forget those precious and delicate wedding details to join you for your i do’s!

Happy wedding day for those getting married this weekend! ❤️

Taking it back to this lovely day of styling with some of my favorite people. ❤️Styling & Design @thewhimsicalrose Photo...
10/15/2020

Taking it back to this lovely day of styling with some of my favorite people. ❤️

Styling & Design @thewhimsicalrose
Photography @ashleyboyan
Flowers @weddingswithbarbara
Furniture Rentals @oldsouthcollection
Menus @delightedcalligraphy

Travel tip Tuesday!If you’re traveling solo to multiple destinations it’s a good idea to have a few people that know you...
10/13/2020

Travel tip Tuesday!

If you’re traveling solo to multiple destinations it’s a good idea to have a few people that know your itinerary aside from your travel agent.

I recommend sending your flight and accommodation information to a few friends and family members and checking in with them regularly throughout your trip. ❤️

Photography by @styledstocksociety

There is this myth that enlisting the help of a destination wedding travel specialist is going to cost more money.💰But i...
10/12/2020

There is this myth that enlisting the help of a destination wedding travel specialist is going to cost more money.💰

But if only everyone knew the truth...which is that working with someone who does what I do is actually a cheaper and more secure option. 📋

Did you know that I negotiate the best group rate for you and your guests as well as act as a point of contact between you and the on-site staff or trusted outside vendors? You can also rest easy knowing that I'll be there to help if any issues should arise!

Remember I'm your advocate! ❤️

So how can I help you with your destination wedding travel plans? ✈️ 💍

I'm virtually roaming the beautiful streets of the South of France this Sunday morning, pretending I’m off to a market t...
10/11/2020

I'm virtually roaming the beautiful streets of the South of France this Sunday morning, pretending I’m off to a market to buy some lovely local produce. 🧀🍇

What makes travel special to you, what are the places that you hold dear to your heart?

Photography by @clairemacintyrexoxo

Want to know a secret? It pays to indulge in a Caribbean escape.🏝⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Invest a little more and everything from the p...
10/10/2020

Want to know a secret? It pays to indulge in a Caribbean escape.🏝
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Invest a little more and everything from the piña coladas at the swim-up bar to the service at your poolside cabana will be that much better!🍹
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That’s not to mention amenities like infinity pools with sea views, five-star restaurants, and private butlers. If you’re ready to treat yourself, there are plenty of luxury options to choose from!

Who’s ready to escape to paradise? ☀️

Calling all vintage lovin' soonlyweds! You are going to love the modern Victorian details that are straight out of a Bri...
10/01/2020

Calling all vintage lovin' soonlyweds! You are going to love the modern Victorian details that are straight out of a British romance novel!⁠

#repost from @aislesociety ⁠

Published by @idoyallblog on @aislesociety⁠

Photography: @radiantphotographysd / Flowers: @fleurdire / Venue: @carolinacountryweddings / Gowns: @meagankellydesigns / Hair and Makeup Artist: @glammedandgroomed / Vintage Styling: @thewhimsicalrose / Stationery & Silk Ribbons: @inksugarco / Groom's Accessories: @beautifulidiotclothing / Cookies: @p26kookies / Cake: #BakedWellNC⁠

#idoyallblog #southernweddings #OnAisleSociety #AsSeenOnAisleSociety #AisleSociety #weddingday #ido #happilyeverafter #uniquewedding #loveauthentic #modernromance #imgettingmarried #bridetobe #instabride #bridalportraits #vintagewedding #vintageweddings #weddinginspo #weddinginspiration

Do you have a dream vacation or adventure on your bucket list?Something crazy and out of this world big?If money and tim...
09/26/2020

Do you have a dream vacation or adventure on your bucket list?

Something crazy and out of this world big?

If money and time (and Covid) were no object I’d be hopping on the plane to the South of France to sip wine and eat cheese and enjoy the beautiful rolling countryside.

What about you? What is your dream getaway?

Photography by Claire McIntyre, Vintage Car @provenceclassics

If you’re dreaming of a Destination Wedding you aren’t alone! 🏝 What could be more romantic than jetting off to a far fl...
09/06/2020

If you’re dreaming of a Destination Wedding you aren’t alone! 🏝

What could be more romantic than jetting off to a far flung destination, with the love of your life, your family and closest friends to say I do?❤️

If you’re stuck and staring down at your to do list wondering how you’ll get all of your loved ones on a plane and in one location, ditch the list, and the planning and leave the work up to me instead. 📋

I can help with choosing your destination, making the travel arrangements for everyone in your group, and getting you in touch with on-site staff or the right outside vendors to make your wedding day one of your friends and family will be raving about for years to come!

Don’t forget to grab your FREE Destination Wedding Starter Kit also, the link is in my bio!

Inspo pic by @sourced_co

It’s all in the details.Having unique details that pop from your guests tables that are unique to your wedding style can...
09/03/2020

It’s all in the details.

Having unique details that pop from your guests tables that are unique to your wedding style can make a huge difference to your overall look on wedding day.

A small attention to detail can go a long way!

Photography by @ashleyboyan
Wedding Styling by @thewhimsicalrose
Florals by @springvine

One of my favorite shots from this beautiful wedding. Have you read my blog post "7 Must Have Photos With Your Bridesmai...
08/30/2020

One of my favorite shots from this beautiful wedding.

Have you read my blog post "7 Must Have Photos With Your Bridesmaids?”

Pop on over, you may find something that you haven’t thought of!

Photography by Click Away Photography
Wedding Coordination @thewhimsicalrose
Flowers Jimmy Blooms Floral
Venue @beau monde venues
Rentals Old South Collection

Happy Saturday!2020 has been a difficult year for destination wedding couples, let’s be real.😰Even without the craziness...
08/15/2020

Happy Saturday!

2020 has been a difficult year for destination wedding couples, let’s be real.😰

Even without the craziness of 2020 planning a destination wedding can be overwhelming and it can be hard to fathom how you’re going to make it all happen and bring it all together.

So....I’ve created a FREE Destination Wedding Starter Kit to help you! This kit will give you some key steps to success and springboard you in the direction of planning the wedding of your dreams going in to 2021.🙌🏻

Enclosed you will find fillable worksheets that you will need to think about and ask yourself when you’re in the planning process.

Whether you’re getting married at a resort in the Caribbean 🌴 or a villa in Italy 🍷 this should be helpful to you!

Your wedding is one of the most precious occasions in your life. It should be a day that reflects your journey, passion, and personality, so needless to say it needs to be perfectly planned.📋

So if you would like your FREE kit, just click here 👉🏻 bit.ly/yourfreekit

If you need more help, you know where to find me!

Happy planning! 📋❤️ @ North Carolina

Dreaming of the Mediterranean coast this morning and a romantic getaway for two. What do find to be your ideal romantic ...
08/08/2020

Dreaming of the Mediterranean coast this morning and a romantic getaway for two.

What do find to be your ideal romantic getaway?

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." Lao TzuPhotography & ...
07/19/2020

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." Lao Tzu

Photography & Concept @ashleyboyan
Cinema @thirty1films
Wedding Planner @thewhimsicalrose
Hair & Makeup @tashymariemakeup
Dress @katiemaycollection

Got to love the detail shots!🍐Here’s one of my favorites from our Italian Farmhouse styled shoot.🍃Styling is actually on...
07/18/2020

Got to love the detail shots!🍐

Here’s one of my favorites from our Italian Farmhouse styled shoot.🍃

Styling is actually one of my favorite things to do in addition to planning destination weddings of course. So if you have a small affair ahead, micro wedding or intimate proposal picnic, reach out, I’d love to bring your vision to life!

Photography by @bronwynduffieldphotography
Styling & Design @thewhimsicalrose
Venue @circlemfarmevents
Flowers @jimmybloomsfloral
Furniture Rentals @oldsouthcollection

Do you like to ride bikes? I do, especially on a lovely spring or summer day.🌞For a more local experience when traveling...
07/06/2020

Do you like to ride bikes? I do, especially on a lovely spring or summer day.🌞

For a more local experience when traveling and to add a little more adventure, consider renting a bike for a day.🚲

Most major tourist hotspots have bike sharing programs or scooters, making it easy to rent some wheels by the day or the hour.

It’s a great way to explore and fully immerse yourself, romantic too!☺️

These cute bikes were ready and waiting when we visited @domainedefontenille last year!

Photography by @clairemacintyrexoxo

Remembering this lovely day of styling!
07/02/2020

Remembering this lovely day of styling!

What’s not to love about an ostentatious, yet refined summer tablescape?

{xoxo Ashley Boyan Photography, The Whimsical Rose, CE Rental - Charlotte, Weddings With Barbara, & Delighted Calligraphy}

I know it may be a while, but I simply cannot wait to get back to the South of France.  The first thing I'll be doing is...
07/01/2020
French Soul Digital Content Creator

I know it may be a while, but I simply cannot wait to get back to the South of France. The first thing I'll be doing is booking my personal branding session with my lovely friend Claire Macintyre of French Soul. Be sure to check out her her beautiful website, filled with stunning photography from one of the most beautiful places in the world!🥐🍷.
https://www.frenchsoulstudio.com/

For brands with a French Soul ~ Digital Content Creation, Personal Brand Photography and Commercial Business Photography and Films.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have someone take care of your travel plans for you?  Someone to help yo...
06/29/2020

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have someone take care of your travel plans for you?

Someone to help you navigate the crazy world of destination weddings or help you find the perfect romantic getaway?🥂

I know you're busy with so many things, and trying to navigate your travel options during this time isn't going to be easy, so I'd love to help you start exploring future travel possibilities and work with you to dream up your next getaway.

Photography by @clickawayphoto

When you're trying to decide your next couple's getaway, think about what components of a perfect vacation matter most t...
06/27/2020

When you're trying to decide your next couple's getaway, think about what components of a perfect vacation matter most to you.

Is it stunning views, or opportunities to explore?

Maybe it's low-key intimate settings or adrenaline-pumping activities.

The essential ingredient to the perfect getaway is one tailored to fit what you both enjoy doing.🍑

Photography by @cupofherbaltea

What a great day this was!
05/31/2020

What a great day this was!

Believe in the beauty of the uncommon.

{xoxo Ashley Boyan Photography, The Whimsical Rose, Barbara Pedwell Dearborn, & CE Rental - Charlotte}

Happy Saturday friends!Here’s another wedding day must have photography shot for you!While there will be plenty of shots...
05/30/2020

Happy Saturday friends!

Here’s another wedding day must have photography shot for you!

While there will be plenty of shots of you in your wedding dress, and you have probably snapped hundreds on your phone, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to have a beautiful shot of your dress hanging in the morning sunlight before you put it on.❤️

Venue @onritchiehill
Photography @sunshowerphotography
Styling & Design @thewhimsicalrose
Wedding Planner @13cedarevents
Flowers @jimmybloomsfloral
Dress @lilyrosebridal
Furniture @carolinacharmrentals
Cake @celestialcakery
Stationery & Calligraphy @delightedcalligraphy
Hair & Makeup @hellogorgeousnc
Ties @beautifilidiotclothing

Wishing everyone a lovely Memorial Day. Let's take time to remember those who've sacrificed so much so we can be with th...
05/25/2020

Wishing everyone a lovely Memorial Day. Let's take time to remember those who've sacrificed so much so we can be with the one's we love. ❤️

Photography by @sarahpascutti
Styling & Design @tiffanybpritchett

Planning a destination wedding can be overwhelming and it can be hard to fathom how you're going to make it all happen a...
05/16/2020

Planning a destination wedding can be overwhelming and it can be hard to fathom how you're going to make it all happen and bring it all together. It's especially hard during these unprecedented times, so here's is hoping we all have brighter days ahead!

This FREE Destination Wedding Starter Kit will give you some key steps to success and springboard you in the direction of planning the wedding of your dreams going forward.

Enclosed you will find fillable worksheets that you will need to think about and ask yourself when you’re in the planning process. Whether you are getting married at a resort in the Caribbean or a villa in Italy, this guide should be helpful to you!

Your wedding is one of the most precious occasions in your life. It should be a day that reflects your journey, passion, and personality, so needless to say it needs to be perfectly planned. So if you would like your FREE kit, sign up and join The Whimsical Rose Community!

Happy Planning!

Photography by Ashley Boyan Photography

https://www.thewhimsicalrose.com/landing-destinationweddingstarterkit/

"Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller."– Ibn Battuta🍃One of my favorite quotes, and o...
05/16/2020

"Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller."– Ibn Battuta🍃

One of my favorite quotes, and oh so true.🍃

I could do with roaming some foreign streets right now, to bring back some beautiful stories to tell 🍃

Whether it’s a necklace, bracelet, earrings or special charm wrapped around your wedding bouquet to remember a loved one...
05/15/2020

Whether it’s a necklace, bracelet, earrings or special charm wrapped around your wedding bouquet to remember a loved one, these little mementos are something you’ll want to have documented.✨ Another tip from our - Must Have Wedding Detail Photography Shots You Don’t Want to Miss Series! ❤️

Photography by @clickawayphoto | Dress @paigeandelliott

Another item from the Must Have Wedding Detail Photography Shots List is:The Reception Tables🍃There are a lot of things ...
05/13/2020

Another item from the Must Have Wedding Detail Photography Shots List is:

The Reception Tables🍃

There are a lot of things that you’ll want to have pictures of at your reception. You’ll want to allow your photographer to get into the reception prior to your guests arriving so they can capture the table, the place settings, escort cards, flowers and all the other pretty table details.

If you’ll be having a wedding planner, this is usually coordinated between your photographer and your planner to establish when the best time this would be.❤️

Photography @ashleyboyan
Styling & Design @thewhimsicalrose
Florals @weddingswithbarbara
Furniture @oldsouthvintagerentals
Tableware & Linens @ce_rental_charlotte
Menus & Calligraphy @delightedcalligraphy

Next up on the - Must Have Wedding Detail Photography Shots You Don’t Want to Miss, is THE VENUE!Similar to yesterday’s ...
05/12/2020

Next up on the - Must Have Wedding Detail Photography Shots You Don’t Want to Miss, is THE VENUE!

Similar to yesterday’s post, you may be getting married or having your reception at a local wedding venue that you’ve been crushing on for a while. Possibly it’s a wedding venue overseas, like a French Chateau or an Italian Villa, or maybe even a resort under the Caribbean Sun.

A lot of wedding venues offer something really unique and different, each expressing their own style and design attributes. Make sure your photographer captures all those special venue details for you to reminisce over. I mean, I’m sure there’s a reason why you booked this venue right? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a reminder of all those reasons, when looking back on your photos?

Some venues have AMAZING backdrops and manicured grounds with meticulous attention to detail, most, cared for and designed with YOU in mind. These locations make for the perfect backdrop for those post-ceremony photos of you and your new husband or wife!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!Over the next few weeks I’m going to talk about 16 must have wedding detail photogra...
05/11/2020

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Over the next few weeks I’m going to talk about 16 must have wedding detail photography shots that you don't want to miss!

The dress, the flowers, the bridal party and all the decorations, there are a lot of things you'll want to remember and reminisce on from your wedding day. While some of the details may be obvious, there are others that you might not have thought about!

So, for today we have, THE WEDDING LOCATION🌿

You might of been swooning over a wedding locale for a long time. Possibly it's in your hometown or maybe it's a little further afield. Make sure your photographer gets some location detail shots.

Are you getting married on the beach? Maybe on a mountain hill top, or possibly overseas amongst the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany? You don't want to miss out on those beautiful photos to remind you of why you chose this special place to say your I do's.

Until tomorrow! x

I’m sitting here and enjoying a delightful sunny Saturday afternoon after a productive week and getting these pasty legs...
04/18/2020

I’m sitting here and enjoying a delightful sunny Saturday afternoon after a productive week and getting these pasty legs of mine in the sun.
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As much as I have loved staying at home, I’m certainly feeling that travel itch creeping in, but I must be patient!
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I haven’t been shopping for any summer attire as I normally do around this time and truth be told I’ve been sporting a lot of leggings lately, which really are in a sorry state.
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Every year I like to shop for a few new summer dresses, it’s an easy win, no matching of tops to bottoms and easy to style with some cute sandals.
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Light summer dresses are the perfect thing to pack for summer vacations, easy to roll up, they don’t take to much space and you can pack plenty of them in your suitcase.😜
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When it comes to your summer style and packing for vacation, what are your tips and tricks?

Reminiscing over this creative day when I was last social 🥳. The day came with a plan, a plan to create 3 tablescapes bu...
04/09/2020

Reminiscing over this creative day when I was last social 🥳. The day came with a plan, a plan to create 3 tablescapes but in the end, we ended up with 5 different looks.
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This is one of the benefits of working with a professional wedding team for your special day. It comes easy to design, we listen and value each other’s ideas, each contributing, strategizing and the creativity just flows.
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So with that being said, I’m feeling grateful for my vendor friends and love that we grow and learn from each other each and every day. I cannot wait to see what is ahead for us!
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Styling & Design | @thewhimsicalrose
Photography | @ashleyboyan
Florals | @weddingswithbarbara
Furniture | @oldsouthvintagerentals
Tableware & Linens | @ce_rental_charlotte
Menus & Calligraphy | @delightedcalligraphy

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Hello, I'm Heather!

I’m an entrepreneur, an avid traveler, customer service veteran, and dedicated Destination Wedding Planner and Romance Travel Agent based in Charlotte NC. I hope you will find some useful tips for planning your travels or destination wedding and will find that I can be of service to you.

Are you struggling to plan your romantic getaway, honeymoon or destination wedding? Are you overwhelmed by all the options out there? If you are planning a destination wedding, are you finding it hard to fathom how on earth you are going to make this all happen and bring it all together? How does one book a destination wedding anyway, and where will all your guests stay and how are you going to keep everything and EVERYONE organized? Well, this is where I come in...

"I help busy couples design and plan their dream destination wedding, honeymoon and romantic getaways."

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