A week ago. Mr. & Mrs. Roberts.
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Bridal Party Makeup .beauties
Efficient, empowering wedding planning for modern couples seeking a celebration that leaves a lastin
You want a party that’s all about your people...and we’re here for it. For you, the most important part of your wedding is the experience it offers your guests—from the food they're served and the glasses they raise to the music that pulls them toward the dance floor. You want an expert to help you invest your budget in high-quality elements that make a massive impact on guest experience. You don’
t want flashy for flashy’s sake—you want pure revelry with your favorite people. Our services are rooted in making sure your event delivers exactly that. Whether you need us to oversee every last line-item from start to finish (our speciality)—or simply step in and manage logistics as the day-of approaches—we’re here to ensure your celebration is as radiant and lasting as that love of yours.
A week ago. Mr. & Mrs. Roberts.
Planning & Design
Design, Decor & Florals
Bridal Party Makeup .beauties
V’s bridal crew was amazing to work with. Supportive, timely and ready for our direction throughout the day. You could feel their joy for her and J.
Yesterday in my stories I shared ways to make sure your getting ready experience is an enjoyable one.
In case you missed it. The tips were:
Limit social media. Bridal parties that spend the entire morning trying to capture BTS footage often leads to delays and missed opportunities to support the bride. If you must have BTS footage, recruit a friend NOT in the wedding party to capture it or hire a wedding content creator!
Give the bride some space. While all venues don’t allow for a private space for the bride try to find moments where she can relax and be alone or just with her beauty team so she can soak in the day.
Be mindful of scheduling pre-wedding events. Consider having the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner on Thursday. Use Friday to tie up and loose ends and rest and relaxation.
Hair & Makeup
Happy Anniversary to and new parents P & D. Hard to believe it’s been one year since your gorgeous ballroom wedding. Wishing you a lifetime of love.
Planning & Coordination
Florals & Decor
I’m on the fence about actually seeing the movie but I am loving all things pink influenced by the Barbie movie.
Who doesn’t love a good pink wedding. One of our favorite couples ( you’re all our favorites 😘 btw) wanted all the pink and we happily obliged.
Are you heading out to see the movie this weekend? Also, I had a little Barbie moment while in Miami this past weekend to celebrate my bestie’s bachelorette. Pic in stories.
Planning, Design & Coordination
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Y’all. I just spent the last hour trying to make my post a reel. Then I couldn’t figure out how to add words to only one of the photos and a voiceover to the other. Then I got hungry and gave up. And so now, you get this one photo for my intro. Because ain’t nobody got time for all that.
So, hey! I’m Lauren. The owner of this awesome (humble brag) wedding planning business based in Raleigh, NC and planning weddings wherever the money resides. 😂
I like leopard print, 90’s music, reality tv and cupcakes. Yesterday I convinced my kids and Sean to let me snuggle cupcakes and iced coffee into the movies. We saw Jurassic World Dominion. Adulting hard over here!
I plan, design and coordinate weddings for couples who want an experience that honors their love story, puts Pinterest to shame, and leaves their guests raving for years to come. Sound like you? Hey, boo! Let’s be friends.
Sidenote: if you’re a reels pro and want to drop a sista a few pointers, PLEASE slide into my DM’s. Thank you!
Hey weekend, is that you playa?! This is our first wedding free weekend in a month. We’re planning to use this time to rest up (battling a mean cold) and get ready for our July & August weddings.
Next week I’ll also take you along as I begin the design boards for our late Fall couples. See you next week!
Planning, Design & Coordination
It’s June, y’all! The best month. Why? Because it’s my bday month! The world was blessed (depending on who you ask 😂) when I was born on the longest day of the year, June 21st. I’m also turning 40!
It’s a big year for so many people. I hope you all celebrate with cake…from The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery. I know I will. (*hint hint Sean get that order in!)
We’d love to celebrate with you! Contact us, we’re almost booked for 2022 (we have availability in September) and 2023 is booking up fast.
Okay, back to work. Happy Thursday!
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Planning, Design & Coordination
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Cheers to Friday, everyone!
All the Spring blooms for the OFFICIAL first day of Spring....Finally!
In honor of it feeling like Spring, we’re sharing all the .
The moment her last name changes ♥️
Photographer: Gustavo Tessaro
Who is the ideal ? Glad you asked!
The clients we love to work with and who love working with us, understand that the most important part of their wedding is the experience it offers their guests—from the food they're served and the glasses they raise to the music that pulls them toward the dance floor. They don’t want flashy for flashy’s sake (who does that!?!) they want pure revelry with their favorite people.
They trust the vendors they hire (read they know we’ve got this under control) and invest in high- quality elements that make a massive impact on guest experience. Their wedding honors their love story, puts Pinterest to shame, and leaves their guests raving for years to come. Because if people aren’t still talking about your wedding, did it even happen? 💁🏽♀️
Sound like you? Then let’s chat. We’re almost fully booked for 2022 but we have availability for 2023 and can’t wait to work with you!
Hello to the new faces around here, I’m Lauren. Lead Wedding Planner and resident reality tv expert here at The Co.! (Did y’all watch ? Messy!)
I know the rules say intros are reserved for but we’re rule breakers over here.
That spirit of breaking all the rules is what led me to create this business over nine years ago. I wanted to see more diversity in the wedding world, and so I created a business deeply rooted in showcasing love stories of all forms—particularly the kind that are underrepresented in the wedding industry.
Here, you’ll find planners, people, and creative partners who see you, appreciate you, and maybe even look like you.
Because it’s not too much to ask.
I’m excited to meet you all! Drop a line and tell me a bit about yourself.
It's Friday! We made it, y'all!
Y'all - it feels like Spring and we are here for it!
Photographer: Melani Lust Photography
Have you picked a photographer yet? It can be one of the most stressful choices - it's the only tangible memories you will have after your big day.
The most important thing is to find someone who shares the same energy as you and your boo. If you are a wild and fun couple and hire a serious artist type, there will be some friction - let's avoid that. The photographer should bring out the best in you and leave you with the most authentic memories.
We had the best call today with to come up with a fun signature cocktail that honors our client’s love of Prince and the color purple. When we present your design board it includes everything, including the drink options because we gotta coordinate.
Check back to see how we incorporate the purple one into into their design.
Signature wedding cocktails are a fun way to add a little personality to your big day. Your signature drink can also enhance your wedding decor by choosing garnishes that match your theme and colors.
There are so many options for every season, design and theme and we love to get creative with drink options that taste just as good as they look.
Added bonus: Guests enjoy signature drinks as a way to try something new and as a nice, no-pressure, way to order a drink at the bar 🥂🥂
This week we attended three tastings, two venue walkthroughs, pulled rentals at the design center and had around 100000000 zoom calls and tomorrow we’re headed to Chapel Hill for a tasting with B&G.
Engagement season might’ve come to an end but wedding season is in full swing. And we are here for it!
Cheers to the weekend!
Tying the knot on a rainy day makes for some great photos and some good luck.
Did you know that tying the knot on a rainy day is believed to be good luck? It is said to make the bond even stronger since a wet knot is very difficult to untie.
Photographer: Tiny Human Photography
Your design should reflect who you are.
When I first met N & K they knew exactly what they wanted. They wanted a romantic spring wedding that married modern with touches of vintage. As a designer that’s exactly the description I’m looking for from my clients. When you KNOW what you want, it makes the process of crafting your design easier.
But when you don’t know what you want, it means that I have to really get to know you. Where do you shop? What colors do you like? Where do you purchase your clothes? Do you like designer? A mix of high end and affordable fashion?
I typically spend months getting to know my couples and pulling inspiration from our time together. When we present your design it’s highly personal and filled with details we’ve learned you love just from listening to you.
Struggling with design? We’re almost booked for full planning clients in 2022 but we do have a few dates open for June & September. Thinking about getting married in 2023? Let’s meet and get started on your design!
Happy Valentines Day from me and my . We took these pictures in Mexico during the retreat to mark our 10yr anniversary. Sean and I honeymooned in Mexico 10 years ago and being back there and reflecting on a decade of marriage brought us so much joy. Cheers to you and yours today. And thank you for capturing us so beautifully.
Cheers to the friends who always hold us down! Happy Galentine’s Day!
What do you picture when you think of your ceremony? Ceremony design is just as important as the reception and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Consider the focal point of the room and spend your coins there. Like these gorgeous chandeliers that really helped center the space and draw everyone’s eyes forward. Sidenote: we can't wait for tented, outdoor wedding weather 😁
Red is having a moment y’all. And we are here for it. We just started the design presentation for one of our August couples using red as the main color. Balancing the boldness of this color and pairing it with accents that don’t give Christmas is no easy task.
Sharae nailed it with these bright, bold bridesmaid's gowns for her ladies. Melanin in red. Yessss honey! Show out y’all!!
Florals @ flowersbydanielle
Let’s talk timing.
Wedding production is intense. Many venues only allow 3-4 hours to setup a design that took months to plan. In order to get this result - you need a team. You also need to know what time you can access the venue, how many tables will there be - is the linen being laid by the venue, caterer or designer - is there a ramp for deliveries- is the florist placing the cake flowers or is the bakery. You see where I’m going with this. It takes skill and experience to pull it all together. And it’s not a job you should leave to your aunt, cousin or the planner who had a $500 day of coordination sale (shade, but no shade 💁🏽♀️). Hire a professional team and start with a professional planner. Catch me in stories later, I’ll dive into this more.
Photo: Florals & Design Planning & Coordination
Together is a beautiful place to me.
A movement by ourselves. A force together.
We’re celebrating today! I’m so excited to announce that I'm a mentor for WeddingPro's Fellowship for Change Class of 2022! As a mentor, I'll be supporting this group of fellows who are in their first years of business to pursue their passions and accelerate their growth. Make sure to follow to learn more about Fellowship for Change and follow their journey.
Dreaming of warm breezes and sunset beaches.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Lace, greenery, big ol' blooms, AND floating candles - A tablescape from a fairytale. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This is a perfect example of how a few blooms and lush greens can make a very impressive table!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photo: Melani Lust⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Some of my favorite moments almost didn’t happen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
R&J found out just a few weeks before their wedding that a huge festival was scheduled (after they had booked the venue for their wedding) to take place a few hundred feet from their ceremony and reception. While they loved a good festival, they were NOT trying to have thousands of extra guests at their wedding. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So, we sprang into action. We immediately began searching for a new venue on par with the venue they were walking away from. And thanks to our relationships within the community and expertise we not only found a venue - we found them the perfect venue. It checked every box and created magical moments like this.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hiring a planner is so much more than design. A qualified planner is good at crisis management, emotional support, budget management, vendor management, time management and much much more. I know we say it all the time and we’ll say it again - Hire. A. Planner! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photo: JC Carly⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Preppin’ for happy hour. It’s been a day traveling back to the States. What are your weekend plans?
What is your favorite part about this table? Ours was the bold fuchsia napkin. Our client wanted jewel tones and bright welcoming colors. She didn’t have to tell us twice! Pulling all the elements for this garden soirée (which we planned in under a month) was a joy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We’re talking alternative centerpieces in our last blog (check it out), and how we're all about 'em in 2022. I mean, look at this beauty! It's bold, there's texture, an assortment of florals, and we're obsessed 😍.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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My current mood as I look out the window and see the frigid temps headed our way...while I pack for Mexico.
You read that right. The Co. is headed to Mexico, Riviera Maya to be exact.
We'll be out of the office next week with , soaking in some much-needed education, fellowship, and SUN, while dodging that dreaded Omarion/Deltacron/CO-VID/Flurona (all of them actually 💁🏽♀️) out there.
All emails will be answered once we’re back in the office January 25th. Y'all stay warm, k?
Remember when we said all of our couples (and their friends, tuh! 💁🏽♀️) are FIONE (sound it out)? Case in point .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Manny and his groomsmen all looked like they could be on the next cover of Esquire, or the next 007. A well-dressed man never goes out of style!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photo: Suzanne Delwar Studios⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Tablescapes. Our absolute favorite piece of the design puzzle.
It’s where we get to let our creativity shine. Are we using florals? Vases? Or are we going for non-traditional?
On the blog we’re exploring the elements you should be considering for your 2022 wedding. Hint - think outside of the traditional centerpiece.
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"Wow. I cannot write enough wonderful things about Lauren O and her team. I honestly never thought I would need/want a wedding planner but looking back on my wedding day, I cannot imagine going through the process without Lauren. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When we started wedding planning, my now-husband and I said that our one goal in planning would be to have fun. We wanted our only focus on our wedding day to be about the marriage ceremony and celebrating that special moment with our family and friends. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I can tell you with 100% confidence, we only got to have that experience because of Lauren O and her team. They are the most professional, kind, passionate people we have ever met. Lauren made every moment of the planning process feel special and exciting. She and her team were so organized and helpful. She guided us through the process providing suggestions and her expertise while constantly ensuring our personal wants and needs were the main focus. Not only did Lauren and her team help us manage all the vendors, details, dates, times, payment, etc. they did all of that with genuine excitement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It honestly felt like I was planning all of these details with my closest group of friends. They could not have been more supportive or excited about our wedding. My husband and I got to enjoy and savor every moment of our engagement and wedding plan because of Lauren O and her team." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Donna F ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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