Sealed with a kiss!

Sealed with a kiss!
Laura & Chris' Wedding at JCRaulston Arboretum

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Professional Wedding Guild Meets at the new Hilton Garden Inn in Durham

Many years ago I started attending the Professional Wedding Guild (PWG) luncheons in the Triangle which occur every month except December. They are fun networking opportunities for wedding professionals. I have made good friends and gotten to know others involved in weddings much better than possible when actually at a wedding. These meetings are hosted by Gail Galloway with the Perfect Wedding Guide magazine. Every month we meet at a new venue. Today we were at the Hilton Garden Inn which was formerly the Wyndham Hotel. Hilton poured $10 million into an amazing renovation and the facility is really light and bright now and the decor is beautiful. They added an addition to the dining area and that is the room where we dined today. It is lovely and not only can they host rehearsal dinners and receptions, couples can even have their wedding ceremony on site. I had not planned on photographing and blogging this event but I was so impressed with not only the hotel itself, but with the table coverings and centerpieces provided by a fairly new company, Covered in Style. The color scheme is a favorite of mine--silver gray with aqua which today is called "pool." So pretty together. So, I took these pictures with my iPad which I had with me because of the wedding slideshow I display on it at these functions. 
The program for today's luncheon was on negotiation presented by Liz Summers. Before the presentation we mingled then ate a delicious lunch prepared by the new chef at the Hilton Garden Inn. Above are Gail Galloway, hostess, and Brian McGuire of McSound Productions, a DJ who provided the music and microphones for the event. 
 Each table had a different centerpiece. 
This one was my favorite!  Behind it is Jennifer Ball with Pinelake Pavilions and Ariel, intern with Perfect Wedding Guide. 
 Candy Land Buffets provided this table full of sugar! 
Barbara Clark with An Elegant Affair is in the center here and to the left is her new assistant, Edie.  Jenn Aun, photographer with Brian Mullins Photography, is standing behind them looking at me take the photo. I don't know the name of the person on the right. 
 Then it was time for the program by Liz. We finished right on time at 1:15.
Carolina Cake Company provided the cutest little mini-cupcakes. Lee  with Lee Evans Photography took pictures of the event where they will be posted on the Perfect Wedding Guide website. Door prizes were donated by Bartending Unlimited (a bottle of wine), Raleigh Event DJ (gift certificate to Mantras Restaurant in Raleigh) and the Hilton Garden Inn gave away a two night stay in their hotel. If you are a wedding professional and would like to attend a luncheon, go to this link.

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