Vendor Highlight | Kaytee Platt | Kayteecakes Bakery

As we scrolled through Kaytee Platt’s collection of tasty confections, we immediately knew we had to sit down with the Virginia-based cake designer and hear more about her budding business, Kayteecakes Bakery. With a love for baking that started at a young age, Kaytee has developed an eye for design and creates cakes, cupcakes and treats that are the perfect addition to any couple’s big day.

Kaytee was kind enough to chat with us about her beginnings in the wedding industry, her tips for future brides and fellow creatives in the industry. Enjoy!

–The Chancey Charm Team

Kaytee Platt, Katee Cakes, Virginia Wedding Cakes, Virginia Cake Design, Virginia Weddings, Virginia Wedding Planner

Hometown

Stafford, VA

What’s your area of expertise?

Baking

What brought you to the wedding industry?

As a little girl I have always dreamed of the perfect wedding, just like any young girl does. Once I started baking, I was very interested in becoming a wedding baker. One of the most important aspects of the wedding is the cake, or cupcakes. I hope to be able to make someone have their dream wedding simply by enjoying a delicious decorated cake to his or her perfection.

Kaytee Platt, Katee Cakes, Virginia Wedding Cakes, Virginia Cake Design, Virginia Weddings, Virginia Wedding Planner

Favorite restaurant and meal in the city?

My favorite restaurant in the city would have to be Kona Grill. I really enjoy having a nice dinner with friends on the patio during the summer. They also have a great happy hour, half off sushi! They have many different items there but I always end up getting the sushi.

A lesson you’ve learned the hard way in the wedding industry. 

A hard lesson I have learned in the wedding industry is that it is very hard to please everyone. I will have the bride asking for one thing and the mother of the bride asking for something different. You feel torn because you want to please them both but you have to realize it is the bride’s day and not the mothers.

Kaytee Platt, Katee Cakes, Virginia Wedding Cakes, Virginia Cake Design, Virginia Weddings, Virginia Wedding Planner

Favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

My absolute favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon would be laying on the beach with some friends or hanging out at the pool. I enjoy being outside and surrounding myself with great company, such as my family or friends.

Best piece of advice to someone new to the wedding industry.

My best piece of advice for someone new to the wedding industry would be just to stay calm and not stress out about everything. Make sure to keep the bride happy since it is her big day and should be all about her and the love she shares with her groom.

Best piece of planning advice to a new bride. 

My best piece of planning advice to a new bride would be to make sure she stays organized. Wedding planning can become very stressful especially when you are keeping up with many different vendors. I would highly suggest getting a wedding planner that will help you stay focused and organized.

Top image courtesy of Courtney Morgan, second image by Emily Gerald and final image by Kaytee Platt.

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Real Wedding | Courtney & Alex | Twin Hearts Photography

We couldn’t be more thrilled to share photos from Courtney + Alex Stewart’s perfect autumn wedding. Led by Chancey Charm Planner Candice Beaty and seamlessly captured by Twin Hearts Photography, this romantic Georgia wedding was filled with sweet southern details, bold fall hues and some pretty fantastic bowties + suspenders.

We’re hearing from the couple themselves, as they share how they first met, their favorite wedding moments and tips for future couples walking down the aisle. Cheers to you both, Courtney and Alex, and thank you again for letting us be a part of this incredible day.

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Names

Courtney + Alex Stewart

How did you meet?

Alex and I actually met through our mothers who were childhood friends. Each year, my large family (my mom is one of 11 children) gets together for a family reunion. Freshman year of college Alex‘s family came to our reunion to see our family, and that is when Alex and I met. However, we were dating other people at the time. It wasn’t until the summer before our senior year of college that Alex‘s mom suggested we hang out because we both had jobs in Atlanta for the summer. And then we started dating and the rest is history.

Proposal story: Right around my birthday in 2013, Alex was out in Austin for a business trip and was supposed to fly home for my birthday celebrations. The night before though, he called me and said his trip had to be extended and he couldn’t make it home in time. To say I was crushed is an understatement. The next morning I awoke to my best friend, Amanda ringing the door bell. She told me she had a surprise for me and opened her computer to a video of Alex. In the video he said he had a birthday surprise for me and he was flying me out to Austin to spend the weekend together. Amanda was to drive me to the airport and on the way, we had to stop by Alex‘s place and pick up my birthday gift. I was given strict instructions not to open it. I flew to Austin to see Alex and the next night he took me to the top of Mount Bonnell the highest point in Austin and told me to open my birthday gift. Inside was the ring.

Did you incorporate any traditions into your ceremony?

It was a formal Catholic wedding so we weren’t really able to make it our own. But it was still great!

What was your favorite detail of the wedding?

My favorite detail was probably the Stewarts sodas we gave out as favors, since our new last name is Stewart. Alex absolutely loves old fashioned sodas so it was a truly personal touch.

Also, I love how the flowers turned out. I ended up changing my mind on colors a few weeks before the wedding but it was definitely the right decision. The burgundy hues paired with soft greens and pinks looked stunning with the backdrop of fall.

What did you enjoy most about your cocktail hour and reception?

I thought the band and the dancing were the best part! I don’t think I’ve seen the dance floor that crowded in any other wedding I’ve been to! And in the photos of the dance floor, it looks like everyone is genuinely having a good time. At one point, a dance tunnel magically transpired and it was probably the highlight of the night.

Tell us about your first dance!

Our first dance was perfect! The band learned our song, “Yellow” by Coldplay and it was amazing. I didn’t tell Candice previously to do this, but she suggested that we cut the Father-Daughter dance song and the Mother-Son dance song to be shorter, and I am so glad she made that suggestion.

What piece of advice would you offer other couples as they plan their special day and future marriage?

If you aren’t getting a wedding planner, at least get a day-of coordinator like we did! Not having to think about anything but getting married to my love on the day of the wedding was amazing. I felt very relaxed the entire day. I can’t imagine not having Candice and the Chancey Charm team there. Alex and I always heard people say “Something will go wrong the day of your wedding day”, so we were prepared for that to happen. But, I can honestly say Candice handled everything so well that the day went absolutely perfectly!

Also, the photographer you choose is really everything. The photos you have will last forever, so don’t skimp when it comes to photography. The photographer was one of my top priorities when it came to the wedding so I was sure to secure them early.

Anything you’d like to share about your planner/the planning experience?

Candice was amazing. I love how enthusiastic she was about everything and how smoothly our big day went. And I love how she was so willing to come to Atlanta from Athens anytime I needed her.

Where did you honeymoon?

We went to the Excellence Resort in Playa Mujeres in Mexico.

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Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

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Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Real Wedding, Georgia Wedding, Atlanta Wedding Planner, Courtney and Alex Stewart, Twin Hearts Photography, Events by Dezine, Chancey Charm

Vendors:

Photography: TWIN HEARTS PHOTOGRAPHY | Planner: CANDICE BEATY FOR CHANCEY CHARM | Wedding Dress: J. ANDREWS BRIDAL | Entertainment: BAND OF GOLD | Catering + Florals: EVENTS BY DEZINE | Makeup: ALICIA STEPHENS | Ceremony Venue: ST. BRIGID CATHOLIC CHURCH | Reception Venue: 550 TRACKSIDE

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Vendor Highlight | Lori Tran | Wild Green Yonder Floral Design

With a steady stream of accolades from her clients, Virginia-based Floral Designer Lori Tran has an eye for design, and simply nails it every time. As the creative force behind Wild Green Yonder Floral Design, Lori stands out in the wedding industry with her lush, garden-style design aesthetic and commitment to creating unique, wild-grown arrangements for her clients.

Servicing weddings, corporate events and smaller scale occasions in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virgina areas, Lori is already a favorite in our book. We couldn’t be more grateful to share her tips and insight below and are counting down the days to have her design expertise by our side on future events. Cheers!

–The Chancey Charm Team

Lori Tran, Wild Green Yonder, Floral Design, DC Wedding Florist, VA Wedding Florist, Maryland Wedding Florist, DC Wedding Planner, VA Wedding Planner, organic floral design, wild-grown floral design

Hometown

I’ve been in Northern Virginia for the last 20 years, so it’s easiest to just say I’m from here! I was born in Lexington, KY and now live in Ashburn, VA with my husband.

What’s your area of expertise?

Floral Design

What brought you to the wedding industry?

I think the better question for me is what brought me to floral design. If you’re a floral designer, it’s a given that you’ll be immersed in the wedding industry at some point in your career. When planning my own wedding a few years ago, an internet rabbit hole led me to the work of Sarah Ryhanen from Saipua. After seeing her work, I developed an insatiable appetite for working with flowers. I knew that I wanted to be able to one day create art with flowers that elicits an emotional reaction in the way Sarah’s work impacted me. I’ve always been a creative person, but it just took me a while to find my artistic medium in flowers.

I think the thing that brought me to the wedding industry specifically was finding that the DC area was really lacking floral designers that specialize in natural, garden-style design and I knew that I could fill that void with my work. What’s kept me in the wedding industry is that the job is always changing – no two clients are the same and I love the variety and new set of challenges presented by every wedding.

Lori Tran, Wild Green Yonder, Floral Design, DC Wedding Florist, VA Wedding Florist, Maryland Wedding Florist, DC Wedding Planner, VA Wedding Planner, organic floral design, wild-grown floral design

Favorite restaurant and meal in the city?

In the city – spicy miso ramen from Daikaya // In the suburbs – crispy brussels sprouts caesar salad from Family Meal

A lesson you’ve learned the hard way in the wedding industry.

Your gut instinct is usually spot on. I’ve taken on jobs in the past that I shouldn’t have and caused myself (and my team) a lot of stress and heartache when I should’ve listened to my gut. It’s ok to say no and allow yourself rest when you need it.

Favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Grilling out on the deck with friends or watching a movie at Alamo Drafthouse

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Best piece of advice to someone new to the wedding industry.

Treat every single person you encounter with respect – you never know when your paths will cross again – and in this industry, they more than likely will. Also – charge for your work! Don’t think if you’re just starting out you have to offer everything for free – don’t set a precedence for yourself of doing work for free or less than what it costs for you to run your business. At the end of the day, if you’re not charging for your work, you’re not making money, and your business won’t survive.

Best piece of planning advice to a new bride.

Remember to use the word “our” when referring to your wedding instead of “my” (I’m speaking from first-hand experience here since I made that mistake more than once when I was a bride!) I think you could apply that advice across the board – the marriage is about both of you and your union – work together as a team! This isn’t a one-man show – value your partner’s input and opinions and make all the planning decisions together. It will give you good practice for your marriage!

Images courtesy of Heather Payne Photography

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