On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in September, Kristin and Steve made their promises to love each other until death do they part. After a traditional Catholic ceremony, the wedding party and guests continued the celebration with a reception at The Rand-Bryan House. The reception was filled with love, laughter, and dancing. Check out the video below of Kristin and Steve’s big day.
Most couples are hoping for an outdoor ceremony, especially in the spring and fall. With NC weather, the temperatures are usually comfortable for a ceremony March-November with the occasional bonus warm winter day like we had in December 2015. However, there’s always a chance of showers so a rain plan is a necessity. With a guest count under 100, you have a beautiful back-up plan with our sunroom, a bright spot even on a dreary day! Lots of times you can still get some dry time for photography on our lovely grounds. These pictures from Spencer & Alex’s November wedding show what a great job they did in going to “plan B” when it rained on their special day.
This couple embraced the beauty of the season for their Christmas wedding. The spring-like afternoon made for a pretty ceremony in the Rand-Bryan House sunroom. Then, the evening reception was “merry & bright” with candlelight, a Christmas tree, window candles and windows framed in icicle lights. Best wishes to Sam & Mike!
It’s merry and bright in December at the Rand-Bryan House as we enjoy the holidays with lots of Christmas parties. Whether you are planning a corporate holiday event or gathering family or a group of friends to celebrate the season, you’ll enjoy the spirit of Christmas at our historic venue. With the house all decorated for Christmas, you won’t have to do much to make it festive. Plan a weekday luncheon, a dinner or hors d’oeuvres with music/dancing….whatever suits your budget and is appealing to your guests. We are happy to suggest caterers and other vendors if needed. Here’s a message from one of our clients:
“We’ve had our company Christmas luncheon at the Rand-Bryan House for 3 years in a row. It’s easy to get to from downtown Raleigh and our employees have commented that it reminds them of “Christmas at Grandma’s.” Martha is a pleasure to work with and she was very helpful and gave us great recommendations for a caterer. We’ll continue to have our Christmas luncheon at the Rand-Bryan house!”
This bride wanted a wedding that highlighted the beauty of fall and, wow, did she get it! As she, her mom and planner visited in the months leading up to the November 22 wedding day, it was exciting to see the dream become reality. This was a delightful way to end our fall wedding season with a wonderful couple, great parents of the bride and a super team of vendors. Kudos to Lynn at Happily Ever After, Catering By Design, Ryan Midgett Photography and all the others!
Meri & Nick planned an indoor wedding but decided to take advantage of a beautiful fall day in mid-November to have their ceremony and cocktail hour on the grounds at the Rand-Bryan House. What a great day—Our best wishes to this delightful couple!
Most of our events are “happily ever after begins here” kinds of days but on several occasions we have hosted special anniversary parties to celebrate many years of happiness. The beauty and comfort of the house is perfect for any style event—a casual meal, a formal dinner, a reception with dancing or a “drop in” for light refreshments. The grounds offer lots of space for guests to stroll around and all those grandkids to run and play. It was our pleasure recently to host Fred & Diane as they celebrated their 50th anniversary with friends and family from across the country.
Outdoor weddings are really popular, especially in the spring and fall months. While we hope for a gorgeous day, we always encourage our couples to have a “plan B” in case of a rainy day. Our beautiful sunroom offers a great back-up plan for ceremonies for less than 100 people. For larger events, we recommend a tent and offer suggestions on companies that will set them up.
With Valentine’s Day being the 2nd most popular engagement time (after the Christmas holidays), we’ll be looking forward to meeting lots of newly engaged couples in the coming weeks. Here’s a glimpse at just a few of our newlyweds from 2014…..Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!
The weeks around Christmas and New Year’s are the top times for engagements and the first questions from friends and family are “when?” and “where?” If at all possible, you should choose the “where” first so you’ll know it’s available for the date you choose. We look forward to hearing from you so we can answer your questions and, hopefully, meet you for a tour of our beautiful house and grounds. You’ll find we have some great options for the wedding of your dreams—summer, fall, spring or winter? casual or formal? inside or outside?