The Wedding Guide

The Wedding Guide
The Wedding Guide

Our annual wedding guide features thirty seven of the very best professionals in the industry. From caterers, venues, and entertainment to flowers, photographs, and wedding dresses we’’ve got you and your big day completely covered.

With wedding season in full swing, it’s a daunting task to weed through the hundreds of different vendors in the Queen City.  Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and it’s always best to do your research when choosing people you want to help you make your day extra special.  We took on that task ourselves, and provided you with a list of some of the best Charlotte has to offer.

WEDDING PLANNERS/COORDINATORS

Come + Together Events

From weddings to baby showers,  come+together offers full-service event planning. Focusing on design and décor, they assemble a team of vendors and supply you with detailed timelines, budgets and professional advice to ensure your special event goes off without a hitch. Founder, Katrina Hutchins started come+together to live out her true passion for events and design.  Her background in business coupled with her eye for design and desire for unique, personalized, details suit her perfectly to the wedding industry.
• cometogetherevents.com

Planned Perfection

Planned Perfection is a full service event planning company that specializes in flawless coordination and chic design.  Their passion as a husband and wife team is to create events that showcase and enhance their clients’ personalities and style.  They offer customized planning that fits into all budgets.  They offer full service coordination from the very beginning to day of service.
• plannedperfectionnc.com

Heidi Crowder Wedding Design

Every wedding detail is important to Heidi and she wants to make this day memorable for you and your family. This is not just a wedding to her, this is the beginning of your marriage and life together. Your event will show off your relationship together as a couple so it will be amazing! She offers Wedding Day Management and Full Wedding Planning & Design.
• 704-661-1661

Favor Me Events

Founder, Anne Markey, made the move to NYC after graduating college where she quickly became immersed in the event planning scene.  She brought that immense experience to Charlotte.  Whether you are in need of full planning and design, day of coordination, or something in between – Favor Me ensures quality events, strong vendor relationships, impeccable attention to detail and overall peace of mind.
•favormeevents.com

CATERING

Passion Food Catering

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passion Food Catering service provides an array of cuisine options which spans the globe. ?In addition to traditional menus they understand and adapt to the dietary needs of the individual including: Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, Kosher, Low Glycemic, Macrobiotic and Atkins/South Beach.
•passionfoodcatering.com

Sky’s the Limit Bridal Sweets

All things wedding are custom designed and created by Sky’s the Limit Bridal Sweets…from Engagements to Showers to THE CAKE….Groom’s Cakes, Dessert Tables & Favors. Founder, Ines Aranguren brings an extensive design background, from her years on Madison Avenue in New York City as an Art Director for Revlon and graphic designer for Conde Nast’s Brides Magazine.  Every time she plans a cake, she uses all of that design experience and talent to create you a beautiful cake that is absolutely delicious.
• skysthelimitcake.com


FLORISTS

Lily Greenthumb’s

From everyday events to once in a lifetime moments, Lily Greenthumb’s creates custom floral designs to bring your vision to life. Designers Karen Greenoe and Kristin Dills bring over 12 years of experience to Lily Greenthumb’s. Coupled with a passion for their craft and a devotion to their clients, they create each element of your floral experience with care and expertise.
• lilygreenthumbs.com

Lily Bee’s

A family business that started small, with honest principals, passion for their craft and the bar of quality held well above their heads. Lily Bee’s has grown by leaps and bounds because of superior service, fabulous quality and a motto of service not commonly found. They love their jobs and don’t take it for granted that they are asked to be even a small part of someone’s most important day!
• lilybeesfloral.com

BRIDAL GOWNS AND BRIDESMAID DRESSES

J. Majors Bridal Boutique

J. Major’s, located in the historic Dilworth neighborhood is home to more than 15 of today’s top bridal designers like Alvina Valenta, Amy Kuschel just to name a few,  as well as collections for bridesmaids, flower-girls, mothers, and special occasions. They also carry an extensive selection of accessories such as shoes, jewelry, veils and headpieces.
• jmajors.com

Mecklenburg Bridal

Mecklenburg Bridal Gallery has styled gorgeous wedding dresses for Carolina brides since 1981, making it a premier wedding dress shop in Charlotte and all of North Carolina. They offer extraordinary value with over 7,000 sq. ft. displaying hundreds of dresses and thousands of styles available from the best names in bridal designs. In addition to beautiful gowns and bridesmaid dresses, Mecklenburg Bridal has a fantastic selection of wedding accessories—wedding veils, bridal jewelry, hair accessories, and of course designer wedding shoes.
• mecklenburgbridal.com

Bella Bridesmaid

Bella Bridesmaid carries chic and modern bridesmaid dress designers in an array of colors, fabrics, and prices for all brides and their maids. They help you coordinate and select the perfect dress for each attendant.  Bella Bridesmaid recognizes the important role of a bridesmaid dress, and provides each bride with personal attention in a one-on-one environment surrounded by the latest designer bridesmaid dresses.
• bellabridesmaid.com

HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTISTS

Blush Beauty and Makeup

Blush Beauty and Makeup owner, Layne Owensby’s sole purpose is to make you feel undeniably gorgeous and confident. She does this by building relationships with her clients to the point that they feel like they’re spending time with one of their girlfriends. In addition to brides, Blush also offers services to the entire wedding party and family, in home makeup consultations, Blush N’ Go parties, and skincare consultation and regiments for her clients.
• blushcharlotte.com

Erin Ashley Makeup

Erin is truly passionate about all things beauty related and has an extensive background in both skincare and makeup. Through her years of experience, she has hand selected the best products to use on her clients to make sure their makeup is perfect on their big day. She absolutely loves working with brides and making them look and feel fabulous on the most exciting day of their lives!
• erinashleymakeup.com

Hair and Makeup by Rebekah

Rebekah McCann was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. After training at The Aveda Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina she transitioned into the salon field where her passion and excitement grew. While working behind the chair, she quickly recognized her enthusiasm for beauty was centered around the art of hair styling and makeup artistry. With Rebekah’s talent, knowledge, and passion she will create timeless, effortless looks while customizing each and every detail to perfection.
• hairandmakeupbyrebekah.com

Casey Nelson Makeup

It takes a creative eye to see the beauty and potential in a canvas. As a makeup artist, Casey’s canvas is a face. Professional artists are trained to apply flawless, stunning makeup that can last through the wedding ceremony and reception and posing and wardrobe changes. She also understands the many factors that can affect your look. She enjoys working with each and every client to understand her needs and uses every tool and product in her kit to let the bride’s beauty steal the show.
• caseynmakeup.com

TRANSPORTATION

Rose Chauffeured Transportation

Beauty, elegance, and attention to details are Rose’s trademark when it comes to providing transportation for special occasions. Their beautiful executive vans, luxury SUVs, and gleaming black cars envelope passengers in comfort and style. Mini-buses and coaches can transport even the largest party in style. Rose is honored to be a part of your big day and has just the right knowledge, experience and vehicle to make your big day as special as it can be.
• riderose.com

SilverFox Limos

SilverFox Limos is one of Charlotte’s premier providers for Wedding Transportation in Charlotte, NC. All of their Wedding Limousine drivers will be dressed in black suits, white long-sleeved shirts, silver vests, and black ties just for the occasion. They offer Towncars, SUVs, Lincoln or Hummer Limos, Mini or Coach Buses, and will even have a red carpet rolled out for the Bride whenever she enters or exits the vehicle.
• silverfoxlimos.com

TUXEDO RENTAL/SALES

Paul Simon

When special events call for a tuxedo, many men are content to follow the crowd. For those with their own sense of style, Paul Simon has the selection and the expertise to deliver understated individuality. Whether you are purchasing or renting, Paul Simon offers styles from some of the best designers in the world.
• paulsimonco.com

New York Bride & Groom

At NYB&G, the Groom is just as important as the bride. They offer designer tuxedos at a rental price and offer selections from top designers like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Perry Ellis among others. What really sets them apart from other salons is the fact that they have samples on hand that allows you to touch the fabric, truly understand the colors and even see it beside the wedding dress. If you have out-of-town groomsmen, they even offer a specialized webpage that gives them step-by-step instructions on how to get their order done.
• nybride.com

VENUES

Banner Elk Winery

A wedding at Banner Elk Winery & Villa is the event of a lifetime. Imagine family and friends surrounded by the majestic High Country Mountains in celebration of one of life’s most special occasions. Sites within the winery such as the elegantly rustic Enchanted Barn, the manicured gardens of the Grassy Knoll surrounding the enormous stone fire pit, the blueberry orchard, or the Scenic Vineyard each provide a picturesque romantic backdrop to exchange wedding vows. Your guests will be treated to chef-prepared meals, a magnificent reception and a farewell Sunday brunch, each utilizing a different setting on this magnificent mountain property.
• bannerelkwinery.com

VanLandingham Estate

The Estate’s extraordinary surroundings and historic architecture are the perfect setting for romantic wedding celebrations offering distinct character, delicious menus and most importantly, personal attention toward every detail. The estate’s magnificent gardens are home to several rare treasure trees, a butterfly garden, a historic lily pond and an array of dazzling plants and flowers from the Piedmont region and from around the world. Whether your style is romantic, festive or eclectic, the refreshing VanLandingham Estate Inn is the perfect place for your friends and loved ones to share your special day.
• vanlandinghamestate.com

The Hampton Inn & Suites: Southpark at Phillips Place

This is an award winning venue that blends contemporary tones with classic elegance and Southern Hospitality. The level of service and personal attention to detail is unmatched and defines who they are as a hotel. Whether you are looking for reception space for your big day or a comfortable and relaxing place for you or your guests to stay, this is the choice.
• hamptonsouthpark.com

SALON & SPA SERVICES

Carmen and Carmen

Carmen and Carmen is not only regarded as one of the best salons in Charlotte, but one of the best in the nation. This full service salon and day spa offers every service imaginable for brides and wedding parties from massages to manicures and makeup to cuts, colors and up dos. They even offer group discounts. If you are interested in pampering yourself and your guests for your big day, then this is the place to go.
• carmencarmensalon.com

RE Salon and Med Spa

You’ve got the groom. You’ve got the dress. You’ve scheduled the band and tasted the cake. Now what?  It’s beauty preparation time!  Whether you are looking for a full beauty make over, teeth whitening, waxing, I-lipo, day of wedding hair preparations, or a place to have a special spa party for your bridesmaids, Re provides it all! Their personalized wedding concierge takes the stress off of you and assists you in planning all of your beauty needs from head to toe.
• resalonandmedspa.com

Just Glo Med Spa

You will feel right at home at Just Glo. A boutique med spa and skin care studio in Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood.? One of Charlotte’s best esthetician’s  has teamed up with one of Charlotte’s most talented and experienced nurse injectors to bring you the full menu of services you demand and the level of personal attention you’ve come to expect.
• justglostudio.com

Med Boutique

The Med Boutique provides medical grade beauty services led by renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlene Ashley.  At the Med Boutique, they believe in exceptional personalized service and true quality.  They provide a range of services to refresh, rejuvenate, repair, and even relax your skin, face, and body.  Whether you are considering laser skin rejuvenation to fight the signs of aging, body contouring to tighten and tone, or a chemical peel to reveal radiant skin, Dr. Ashley and her staff are here to accomplish your desires.
• beautifycharlotte.com

WEDDING RINGS/BANDS

David’s Ltd Jewelers

David’s Ltd Jewelers is known for their exquisite array of platinum, 18k gold, 14k gold, sterling silver fine jewelry, and designer jewelry collections from the industry’s finest designers. They are proud to be the exclusive Charlotte representative for Hearts on Fire, “The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamond®”. They also specialize in designing one-of-a-kind custom made pieces for their clients.
• davidsltd.com

Diamonds Direct

Diamonds Direct’s selection of mounted and loose diamonds ranges in carat weight, diamond shape, diamond quality, and certification. This coupled with over 5,000 engagement ring mountings and wedding bands to compliment the stone of your choice makes finding the perfect ring a breeze. Should you choose to create something more unique, their custom design department will work with you to create a one-of-a-kind piece that will be yours and yours alone.
• diamonds-direct.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Lunahzon Photography

Jeremy and Debby of Lunahzon are in love with love and beauty. The two enjoy working with energetic, high-energy, and engaged couples and love capturing that exact energy and vigor in their photos. Their goal is to make your wedding day as easy and seamless as possible and as they say, “Be your Wedding Day BFF.” They are passport ready and willing to travel anywhere.
• lunahzon.com

Julia Laible Photography

For Julia Laible, photography is not just a picture…it’s an emotion captured in time ….. not a stiffly posed setting with everyone saying, “Cheese!”  With her photographs, she strives for the out-of-ordinary, the captured moment, and the spontaneity of life.
• julialaiblephotography.com

Smitten and Hooked

They feel that every couple deserves to have their day captured the way they dream of seeing it. They aren’t generic, and they aren’t for everyone. Certain people will love their work, while others are looking for something a little different and that’s okay.  They pride themselves on being that way.  But, their photographs definitely speak for themselves.
• smittenandhooked.com

Taken by Sarah Photography

Sarah and Ben are a husband and wife team, taking a documentary approach to photographing weddings and engagement sessions and getting the real you to shine in your photos. They shoot in both digital and film and are moving towards all film wedding packages.  They love the excitement of seeing beautiful memories preserved on screen and paper. They believe that images are a powerful and important gift we have to remember and to relive the best parts of life. Their photography is elegant, timeless, and SO you.
• takenbysarah.com

Kristin Byrum Photography

Founder, Kristin Byrum, and husband Aaron are the epitome of southern wedding photography.  With their ethereal locations and immaculate eye for detail, this makes them one of the most sought after photography teams in the region. While Kristin is more detail oriented, Aaron is more of a big picture kind of guy, ensuring that every aspect of your special day is documented.  
• kristinbyrum.com

DJ/ENTERTAINMENT

Split Second Sound

Split Second Sound provides MC/DJs in and around Charlotte for wedding receptions, corporate entertainment, private parties, school events, and more. With over 25 years in the wedding and event business, they provide the perfect match of entertainment with their trained and experienced staff of over 35 exclusive DJs, MCs and party motivators.
• splitsecondsound.com

East Coast Entertainment

With over 30 years of experience serving clients from coast to coast, East Coast offers a “one-stop” solution for their clients.  Because they have been in business for so long, they have built their database up to over 8,000 entertainers and offer a wide variety of DJs and live bands from all over and in all genres.
• eastcoastentertainment.com

MEN’S GIFTS

Outland Cigars

For most men, there is no better way to celebrate a special occasion than a nice cigar with friends. Outland specializes in limited edition and boutique cigars that you won’t find anywhere else. They also offer a large inventory of smoking accessories like humidors, cutters, ashtrays, lighters and more great gifts.
• outlandcigars.com

Windsor Jewelers

If you are looking for that one-of-a-kind gift for your groom or something special for the groomsmen to commemorate your big day, than Windsor Jewelers in Phillips Place is the place to go. They have one of if not the best men’s watch collections in the entire state. With brands like Rolex, Tissot, Panerai, Tag Heuer, Patek Phillipe, and many more, you are sure to find something to fit anyone’s tastes. In addition, they have a large selection of cuff links, pocket knives, money clips, tie bars, writing instruments, and other options that would all make for a great gift idea.
• windsor-jewelers.com

Taylor Richards & Conger

When it comes to the highest of quality in menswear and accessories look no further than Taylor Richards & Conger (TRC). With names like Brunello Cucinelli, Billy Reid, Zegna and more TRC is the place for men to go when they want to look dapper. Aside from the amazing selection of men’s clothing from blazers to shoes and everything in between, TRC carries a wide variety of great gifts for all the best men out there including but not limited to cashmere socks, the finest leather satchels, cufflinks, pocket squares, ties, and much more. When the right gift is needed for him think Taylor Richards & Conger.
• trcstyle.com