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We’re Sailing – Year 2

Carly Rae and Billy

Today Billy and I are celebrating two years together as husband and wife and while our story has only just begun it also feels like its already been an eternity.  As I glanced through all of these photos I can’t help but look back across these last two years and cherish them.  They have been filled with some amazing highs and pretty intense lows yet I wouldn’t change any of it.  Each day seems to be filled with new opportunities to learn more about the other and while there have been surprises along the way, we continue to draw closer to one another.

Stunning bouquet by Primary PetalsCustom pocket watchMy favorite First Look!How cute are these two?Carly + BillyCake by Sweet and Saucydetails details detailsCenterpieces by Primary PetalsTea as favors and detailsDance floor!

We meet with blushing brides each week as they plan the biggest day of their life and we get asked all the time for advice about weddings and marriage.  I thought it would be fun for Billy and I to share two things each of us have learned about marriage over the last two years.


1. In pre-martial they talked about “active listening” and before Billy and I were together, I thought I understood what that meant. Billy has taught me to really sit and listen when conflict arises without becoming defensive. It’s important for a healthy relationship to take time to hear what the other person is saying so there can be unity.

2. Let the other person be who they were made to be! Billy is a strong, kind, loving, and brilliant man. Sometimes I want him to be just like me because it’s easy! I’m learning to not bottle-neck him but give him space and encouragement to grow and be the amazing man I married!


1.  I spent the first 25 years of my life as an only child training how not to be in a healthy marriage.  In other words, it was all about me and what I wanted, and what I’ve quickly learned is that marriage is not about winning but about working together.  If I’m honest I felt like Carly was my competition early on.  I’ve come to learn that not only is she on my team but she is the strongest asset I have.

2.  Don’t stop having fun together.  Carly and I really enjoy working together so we kind of lucked out on that one but every chance we get to make the other one laugh – we take it!  Every opportunity that comes our way to go on an adventure – we take it!  Every spare moment we get to sneak in a date night, watch a movie, or grab a bite to eat – we take it!

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Internship Program


With a blank notebook in hand and a few simple ideals in mind, Billy and I sat down at our kitchen table a year ago and began sketching out our dreams for the future.  We knew we wanted Carly Rae Weddings to grow and someday hire a full staff to run and operate the business but neither of us really knew what the road would look like.   Thankfully we had some good friends who run very successful companies that were gracious enough to invest in us and share some thoughts on how to grow.

One theme that came up time and time again was an internship program.  We had had some incredible interns before and knew that moving forward we wanted to continue to invite others to journey along side of us but we were unsure how to best do that.

Our good friends over at Krochet Kids Intl. opened their doors to us and showed us the ins and outs of their internship program (if you haven’t checked them out yet, you should!) and for the first time gave us some framework to succeed within.  We nervously posted online that we were officially accepting applications and our company has truly never been the same since.

I look back over this last year and am truly humbled by the hard work and dedication we have seen from our incredible team.  Looking forward I am so excited to announce that we are officially accepting applications for a whole new team!

This season we have three open positions.

1. Project Manager

2. Creative Assistant

3. Floral Assistant (For our sister company Primary Petals)

For more details and applications please head over to our Internship page.

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One of the first ideas we had as we set foot in our new space was to do a massive gallery wall of art. Billy wanted to go floor to ceiling but we quickly learned how difficult it is to curate a good gallery wall and so, as you will see, we scaled back just a bit.

A few months ago we reached out to you for some help as we asked for your favorite artists, websites, and decor items.  We received countless tips and tricks from so many of you and in the process stumbled across some incredibly talented creatives whose work now hangs on our walls.  But before we do the grand reveal, I want to share with you the process we went through to arrive at the final product.

Everything we do from a design stand-point starts off with a mood board.  When we first started we had brighter colors in mind.

Art wall mood board 1

Then we started a Pinterest board and invited you to share, pin, and dream with us to curate the wall.  I’m so glad we did this because your input made a huge difference on the final product.

Pinterest for gallery wall

What we learned along the way is that we were naturally drawn to a bit softer color palatte.  There was something over bearing about so many bright colors.  We tried sticking to the original color palatte found in our first mood board. When we started putting images side by side it just didn’t work for us.  This happens all the time in the design process and when it does, we go back to the drawing board and draft up another mood board.  Below was our second concept and in the end holds pretty true to what we see on our wall.

Art Wall Mood Board 2

Next we had to pick the prints!  I can’t even begin to stress how challenging this part is and if it weren’t for so many of these artists creating custom prints and sizes for us I don’t think it would have been possible.  Billy created a scaled wall in photoshop, and we would sit for hours on the internet searching for the right prints to go on the wall.  Usually we would find the perfect image only to discover that it didn’t come in the size we needed.  If it did come in the right size, the only frame it could fit in would be a custom frame that cost an arm and a leg.  Two months later when all was said and done we created the layout seen below.  We double checked our math, ordered our prints and frames, and the following week felt like Christmas.  I’d show up at the studio with a stack of boxes waiting for me.

Gallery Wall Blue Print

Hammer… check!  Wall anchors… check!  Craft paper cut outs… huh?  I can’t over state how crucial this part of the process was for us.  Before putting a nail in the wall we cut out life size replicas of our frames in craft paper.  Using painters tape we arranged them on the wall using Billy’s Photoshop blue prints.  Pretty cool huh?  The only difference you will notice is that photo 12 and photo 9 swapped places. When we got everything in, it just made more sense to switch these two.

Gallery Wall craft paper template

Then all we had to do is measure how far down the anchor needed to be from the top of the frame, put one whole in the wall, and the prints practically hung themselves.  Below you can see our progress!

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With our big Launch Party right around the corner, I can’t wait to show off all the hard work that went into this space.  If it wasn’t for my incredible team and all of your support, none of this would have been possible.  Once the party is over, our dear friend Meghan Kay Sadler is going to come and photograph the space for everyone to see.  I’ll make sure to include the links to each of these prints on the final photos!

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THE DREAM FACTORY// Dance Till You Dream

Dance till you dream

We are so excited to announce that our office space is complete and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than throwing a huge dance party.  

Towards the end of 2013 we started looking for creative office spaces to work with other creatives but couldn’t find anything that fit.  So we decided to create one of our own.  In January we signed a lease on our very first office space, The Dream Factory!  We’ve poured countless hours into this warehouse in hopes of making a space that not only inspires clients but also creatives (That’s you!)  We want to share this Dream Factory with other creatives to see workshops, photo shoots, and collaborative ideas come to life.  Now that its finally finished we need to celebrate with some good food, great music, and killer dance moves don’t you think?

On Tuesday June 3rd from 7pm – 10pm we want to invite you to dream with us as we open our space up for the very first time.  We have food, drinks, and desserts covered, all you have to bring is some comfy dancing shoes.

Space is limited so if you are interested in joining us for the evening please RSVP with how many guests you plan on bringing by Saturday at and we will email you the address as confirmation!

Can’t wait to celebrate with all of you!

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Glitz and Garden #carlyraeweddings

Diana McGregor reached out with an incredible vision for a shoot she wanted to pull together and after chatting with her for five minutes I was completely sold!  Not only is she talented behind the lens but I have to say she is quite possibly the nicest person I’ve ever met.  We quickly pulled together a dream team and the Glitz and Garden shoot was born.  All good design starts with a strong mood board and I have to say the one below is one of my favorites of the year.   We went with a soft color palate consisting of rose gold, blush pink, cream, taupe, deep forest greens, and obviously it can’t be called “Glitz” with out the gold accents.

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I’ve admired the work of Sweet Marie Designs and Copper Willow for quite some time.  I’ll be honest, I have a bit of a *Design Crush* on both of them.

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La Tavola’s runners pulled the entire table scape together with their chevron gold sequin runner.

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Again don’t forget to watch the incredibly talented Fourth Films!  They never cease to amaze.


Photography: Diana McGregor
Wedding Dress: provided by Mon Amie
Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs
Wedding Cake: Sweet and Saucy
Invitations: Copper Willow
Styling: Carly Rae Weddings
Coordination: Carly Rae Weddings
Hair + Makeup: Melina Ruiz
Venue: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon
Models: Brittany Martinez, Gabriel Hugoboom, and Coco Horsager
Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals
Video: Fourth Films

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