Carley + Ben | 10.20.18

Just a few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with a couple who was in need of a “Day Of” Coordinator for their special day in Chapel Hill, NC. Fast forward to today, we are just 6 days away from the amazing evening in which these two will say I do. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing in their story and assisting them along the way to prepare for this one of a kind moment. Allow me to share a little bit about them with you all!

Meet Carley Brown and Ben Berolzheimer! They have a proposal story that is beyond romantic and a history that is nothing short of swoon-worthy. These two are Carrboro natives and actually met their Junior Year in Precalculus at Carrboro High. How cute is that?! Throughout the years, these two have span their love across the state of North Carolina from App State to UNC, to Winston-Salem, and back again to their roots again nearing their hometown. Currently, these two reside in the heart of downtown Durham just a hop from the Farmer’s Market and their favorite local grub and brew spots. Fast forward nearly a decade, Carley is currently working as a Physical Therapist in Carborro, NC and Ben has just begun his venture into Grad School at UNC Chapel Hill to obtain his Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning. From what I have been able to gather from the outside looking in, these two are the kindest of souls who are passionate about their local environment, economy, and culture. They are conscious of the environment and supporting local business and sustainability. They even took the opportunity to book their wedding at a local farm which they felt was a great find, charming, and also a wise investment for the community. It’s such a charming place, and I have to mention that at their site inspection we saw a bunny on a leash!! Yes, yes we did. :)

Want to know more about their proposal? You HAVE to check out their page on the Knot. But, I’ll give you a little backstory: it involves their favorite hike on the Appalachian Trail, a climb to the top of a fire tower, and the most helpful brother in the world who hiked the whole trail with a bottle of bubbly in his bag to celebrate! It must’ve been magic, cause from the sounds of their story, Carley couldn’t even believe it was real!! :) The couple enjoyed an exceptional sunset view from the top of the fire tower despite the prior weather and storms. They closed out their night on the AT with a toast, and soon after, began to prepare for the big day!

So, let’s talk about the big day! These two will share in the exchange of their vows, their love, and their promise of a future together with their most favorite people on Saturday evening at The 1870 Farm in Chapel Hill, NC. It’s rustic charm and barn side elegance is one for the books, especially those chandeliers inside! Upon entering, you embark down a long winding dirt driveway spotting first signs of friends with the alpaca’s, sheep, horses, and other barnyard animals greeting you as you approach the main farm house. Beyond the main farm house (which is quite the sight) you are extended into their smaller farm home (a guest house of sorts), fresh gardens, out buildings, and the main barn which will host the reception. If you haven’t ever seen this place, you definitely need to check it out. It’s amazing! Carley + Ben will be adorning their night with fresh greenery, crisp wines, cozy picnic tables, the warmth of soft light and candle glow (electronic of course), their closest friends and family, plentiful yard games, and local craft brews AND ice-cream served up cold!

What more could you want?! We are so excited to be part of their big day and cannot wait to show you the aftermath on the blog and Instagram. Stay tuned and hop over to our pages on social media to follow us LIVE and behind the scenes on the couples big day!

We wish these sweethearts the most magical of evenings! <3 Cheers!

 Carley + Ben | Post-Engagement Smiles

Carley + Ben | Post-Engagement Smiles

Rainy Day Re-Do featured on Bustld!

Here we go again! All the feels every time we get featured for our styling + planning! We were so busy in the swing of the season, we forget to mention that we were featured again! With an exceptional creative team, we were able to pull off this couple's (Jan + Jeff) dream wedding day which sadly was rained on at the time of their original date. 

During this Styled Re-do, we reached for natural, earthy feels with touches of lavender and greenery, vintage furniture, and a woodland feel that was second to none during the golden hour! Jan and Jeff were exceptional and the setting of their own little farm was even more quaint and romantic. 

Hey, don't take my word for it, click the link and see for your self! 

https://bustld.com/raleigh-durham/weddings/backyard-woodland-fairytale-wedding-day-redo

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Publised on Zola!

Wowza! How excited are we to have our wedding and our design debut published AGAIN! Check out the link in the post to see our wedding featured on ZOLA! 

First and foremost, we MUST give credit to our amazing and lovely photographer Audrey Davies Priel of Rose Trail Images in Rolesville, NC. She is the kindest and most genuine of souls and I cannot say enough positive things about this lady. She authentically and beautifully captures all moments and she is never without a smile. Thank you, Audrey! 

We cannot thank our amazing team of wedding vendors enough for being part of this big day with us! This was an unforgettable event for many reasons, and really, just the beginning for us here at unearthed. All are listed in this featured link! 

Thanks for stopping by! Click the link below to enter. <3 XOSC

http://www.zola.com/inspiration/weddings/sarah-patrick--9
 

what's all this "niche" talk?

Happy Sunday, y'all.

As promised, I wanted to jump on and update the blog regarding what all this talk and delegation of "niche" service in the wedding planning/design realm is really all about. I'm going to cover what it means to me, what it means in the industry, and why it's legit a "it's not you, it's me" thing. 

So what is a "niche" service? Based on the info I scooped up from the Design Trust Co. a niche service means: "A niche is a focused, targetable part of the market. You are a specialist providing a product or service that focuses on specific client group's needs, which cannot or are not addressed in such detail by mainstream providers." AND I couldn't have said it better myself. A "niche" service is not uncommon - think about it. Various small businesses provide a "niche" whether it be a specific style of clothing, type of food/beverage, etc. I think we're all entitled to offer specific services. With over 400 certified Wedding Planners in the Wake County area in North Carolina, I felt the need to get specific and narrow my scope for a few reasons as follows: 

"It's not you, it's me." - If you've heard this before, I'm sorry. Don't worry, it's been told to me before (haha!) BUT, it truly isn't. I think all engaged couples are lovely people - but I have a PASSION. That's what caused me to focus on my "niche". I'm not discriminating, but I have a forte and a passion. I have a passion for all things eclectic, bohemian, woodland, and a little more unique and ethereal. If you know me on a personal level - then you know this is "so me" and if you don't know me - you can likely tell from my work + my inspo bored that I have a style. I am an artist really, before anything else. Like most artists, we are not fluent in all mediums or styles. That means our styles may just not mesh - and I want you to be serviced by someone who is equally as enthusiastic for your event as you are! I feel that if I have a particular style and skill to execute a specific vision - then why not do just that? I'm just here to stay in my lane and let all other wedding planners/designers do what they do best as well. In a nutshell, I was hoping to monopolize a corner of the marketplace in the wedding planning + design world that would allow people to flock to me when they have a specific desire for the wild side! 

Have I been given feedback from other wedding professionals about what I'm doing and their negative thoughts? Absolutely, but this is my career. I believe that "your vibe attracts your tribe" and I'm okay with that. Does that mean I'm discriminating? No. I just may not be your best bet for your vision or your first choice. There is a TON of talented wedding planners and designers in the Triangle Area all offering exceptional services that bring life to elegant affairs and flowery frills on the regular. They do a WONDERFUL job at executing beautiful events. Simply put: I felt that my time would be best used making a name for myself doing, creating, and planning in a habitat that I truly enjoy AND feel that I excel at and can REALLY flex my creative muscles. I'm always happy to refer to other local planners if I feel that I can not assist you, and I have no shame in doing so. While we may think the concept of "Wedding Planning" is fairly ubiquitous - we all have our fortes in this industry and I would NEVER take on an event that I did not feel comfortable in executing. That's why I network hard. Give me all the vintage, woodland, bohemian, 80's punk rock, ethereal, celestial, carnival, circus, and dreamy visions - that's my jam and that's what I'm comfortable with from an artistic stance. Truly, we all have a niche whether we own it or not. I'm just more vocal about mine. 

Anyway, I could go on forever! But, I hope that better helps to spell out why I'm a "niche" service, why I choose to operate my business this way, and why this is my stance and my path. I hope this gives you better insight as to why it truly is not you, it's me - and I hope you can respect that and we can share this creative space together. 

Love + Light,

Sarah 

 

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FIRST feature on Bustld!

SAY WHAT?! What a better way to start a Monday! I arrived to my desk with an e-mail from Bustld saying that our sweet photographer, Rose Trail Images, had submitted for publishing and we were PUBLISHED (actually, two e-mails, Bustld + Two Bright Lights).

We are clearly over the moon because we were featured on Bustld + Bustld Triangle! Now, I won't elaborate too much because they did a beautiful job of telling the story with Rose Trail Images on the website. AND, I may be a little biased because it was my own personal wedding - BUT, the attention to details that I gave myself are the same that I would give all my couples and clients! I had an AWESOME team, and this is something I strive to help all my couples and event hosts find! 

So much of my heart and soul went into this wedding as did the heart and soul of the rest of my "Dream Team". Check out the article below to catch a glimpse of "unearthed" at work and to see who our dream team was comprised of! 

http://bustld.com/raleigh-durham/weddings/woodland-fairytale-wedding-with-st-patricks-day-touches

 

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But, why?

People keep saying to me, "OMG, you're going to be so amazing at this! But, why the change... why are you doing this?" It's become more apparent since I made this announcement that it's automatically assumed because I have a Master's Degree and am working "in the field" that I actually sought out my life's ambition and must be happy. Don't get me wrong, I am honored to say I have a Master's Degree and a career. But does it make me happy? Not entirely. Did it provide me a job that made me happy? Occasionally, at best. Working in the field of Addiction is tough stuff, it's tiring, and lately, it's been overwhelming - it's too much. I am working on a field where I am constantly giving while rarely feeling appreciated. Also, don't get me wrong - when I do "save a life", it's amazing and there is a huge sense of pride. But it's hard, it's tiring, and I feel defeated. After being in the field since 2010, it's truly taken a toll on me. And, not to toot my own horn, but I was born an artist - of all forms, mediums, and methods. I would've been crazy to have not utilized my artistic and creative talents to serve other people... 

So, here I was. I was finally happy, I was in a new state (bye bye NY), and I had the love and support to do whatever I wanted thanks to my amazing husband. So, I took a leap. AND I signed up to take classes that would equip me and certify me for this venture.

Thus, unearthed was born.

I know what you're thinking: do you ever get tired of starting new ventures? How many things are you going to try getting into? Here we go again. What haven't you done? From multiple MLM's, to photography, to mug making, to my baby foliage+fable, I've tried EVERYTHING and I have NEVER regretted a single one of them. Although foliage+fable came to an end, there was much success - but it just wasn't cutting it for me. Also, when you are a creative person - you never tire, you're constantly seeking more, with a restless mind, so here I am.

Now, to really understand how "unearthed" came to be, and where the name came from, you'd first have to view the definition and then view my style - then, it should all make sense (or so I hope!) If it doesn't, you'll have plenty of opportunity to follow me on this journey through my blog, my Instagram, and my Facebook (business) page. Keep an eye out for my styled shoots, my actual weddings, and my collaborations with other awesome vendors in North Carolina! 

Am I for everyone? Probably not. In my styling and planning endeavors - one thing I pride myself on is being a "niche" service. I offer styling, design, and planning services for eclectic, earthy, woodland, fairly-tale, folky-funk, ethereal, artsy-fartsy, vintage, bohemian, hippy-dippy weddings. I love vintage and I love nostalgia. I live for the small details that provoke history and promote memories. The unimaginable, inventive and imaginative, romantic, soft and intimate, among the trees and the wild animals types of weddings and events!  

So what does that mean? That means just that. I have a niche and a passion. I have a forte. Does that mean I won't serve you? Not necessarily, BUT I may not be the right fit for you. When you are planning a wedding or event - you deserve to have someone who "gets you" and the look you are hoping to achieve. Whether or not that's me, I'm more than willing to siphon through and decide! If I am not the perfect fit for you, I am super happy to help and guide you to find someone in my connection realm who IS the perfect fit for you. 

All of that being said, I look forward to you sharing in this journey with me. No matter the size of your event or nature of your event - I'm happy to help. I offer so many different services, so if you do (or don't) see something you are looking forward, don't hesitate to hop on over to the "CONTACT" link and shoot me a message. I'll get back to you within 24 hours!

Love + Light,

Sarah  

 

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