Our styled shoot, "Midcentury Modern at the Durham Hotel," is being featured on Southern Bride and Groom's Blog!
 all photos by  L'amour Foto.

all photos by L'amour Foto.

Check it out! 

Midcentury Modern Shoot on Southern Bride and Groom

All gorgeous 📸 and collaboration by @lamourfoto ❤️

Flowers & Arbor//@bowerbirdflowers 
Wedding Dress//@chantellaurendesigns
Party Outfit, Shoes, Purse, 😎//@vertandvogue
Hair and Makeup//@winkhairandmakeup
Plantlife, ceramics//@thezensucculent
Textiles, decor//@indiodurham
Invitations & table number//@elliesnow

Emily Izakowitz
Sarah & Dan: 12.16.17

Photography: Deronn Kidd Photography // Venue: The Cookery //

Catering: Durham Catering Company // DJ: Damien Maass //

Dress & Floral Design: Tre Bella

Makeup & Hair: Makeup by Ashley Mooney

Cakes: Madhatter Bakery // Doughnuts: Monuts Bakery //

Equipment Rentals: American Party Rentals

Emily Izakowitz
Colleen & Tristan: 9.30.17
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Photography: L'amour Foto // Venue: Iron Horse Events //

Catering: Green Planet Catering // Band: The Rusted Rails //

Dress: Rent the Runway

Events by Emily Holiday Offering: Engagement Planning Sessions

It's that time of year again: the holidays mean engagement season! What better time to get engaged than around the holidays, when you're feeling fuzzy, full of food and overloaded with family time? To celebrate this exciting time of year, I'm offering an extra holiday special:

wedding planning sessions for recently engaged couples.

Two-hour sessions with me can be purchased as a packaged gift certificate or for you and your fiancé personally. If you are ready and would like to meet around the holidays this year, I am located in Durham, NC, and happily travel around the Triangle. I will also be in Charlottesville, VA in late December. 


Holiday Engagement Planning Session: $75.00

Let's get your party started with a little help from Events by Emily!

you might ask: Why an early Engagement Planning Session?


At first, newly engaged couples feel a burst of incredible excitement for their wedding. Following these feelings of joy, however, people often experience an intense wave of...

OMG our wedding: what do we do next!

Sometimes this leads to years (I've seen it, years) of putting off the actual wedding, or a manic period of stress and anxiety. My goal with engagement sessions is to step in at the beginning and people started in the planning process. I want to help you prevent procrastination and panic!

For $75.00 a session, I can organize and focus your wedding's design and concept. I can tell you what is and isn't possible with your budget, will help you create a planning timeline, and parse out all the vendors you'll need to get hired and by when.

If you really enjoy our time together, we can explore further planning package options, but there is no commitment or pressure beyond the holiday gift package session.

I will offer this package from November 15th, 2017 thru January 1st, 2018, and it can be redeemed thru June of 2018.

please Reach out to me at emily.izakowitz@gmail.com

for more details!

We're Having a Party @ Lantern Restaurant: November 8th, 2017
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Industry Night at Lantern

I'm working with Andrea Reusing and her team over at Lantern Table in Chapel Hill to give their (already great) events program a little facelift. We're having a fall celebration for event professionals in the Triangle next Wednesday, November 8th, to showcase their beautiful events space, Lantern Table.

If you're in the events industry and interested in attending, please RSVP to events@laternrestaurant.com by November 5th. The party will be held from 6:30-8:00 PM. We'll be offering tours of the space, fall seasonal cocktails and light bites.

Below are some images of the three-part Lantern Table Events space: the kitchen dining room, bar, and garden patio.

The Lakewood Upstairs and Rooftop-Durham, NC

Over the last month, I've had the pleasure of working with Phoebe Lawless on her newest restaurant's private events space, 'Upstairs and Rooftop at The Lakewood.' Phoebe is best known in the Triangle for Scratch Bakery, a favorite local spot in downtown Durham for baked goods and counter lunch service. A smaller version of Scratch is going to be located downstairs at the Lakewood.

 Located above the main restaurant, the newly renovated private event space features an enclosed rooftop and an indoor loft area. The upstairs space is going to be perfect for intimate weddings up to 50 guests, rehearsal dinners and receptions, and daytime luncheons. The rooftop could also be the ideal location for a bridal or baby shower. I can't wait to see what's next for the  team over there, and it's been a pleasure getting their private events off the ground!

 The Rooftop overlooks the historic Lakewood district of Durham. The space comes with pre-installed outdoor lighting, in-house furniture and umbrellas.

The Rooftop overlooks the historic Lakewood district of Durham. The space comes with pre-installed outdoor lighting, in-house furniture and umbrellas.

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The Lakewood Building & Upstairs

Originally constructed in the 1920s, the building was the original home of the Davis Baking Company, founded by local Dairy farmers, Cary and Charlie Crutchfield. After decades in operation, Davis Baking closed up shop in the 1990s.The current renovation of the building has preserved the best earmarks of the building’s pre-war origins, including its iconic historic sign, with both classic and modern utilitarian interior details. The Davis Baking sign is afixed to the  Upstairs loft space (pictured above).

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Main Restaurant

The entire downstairs restaurant is also available for your next party or wedding, in combination with the rooftop and upstairs space. 

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Delicious Food




Chef Lawless is offering a range of events menus, including Seasonal, Artisanal cocktails, American craft cookery, and an array of her famous desserts.


                   At the end of the day, drinks on the roof. Speaks for itself!



Events by Emily just spent the week in Iceland, at a friend's wedding at Hotel Budir. The ceremony was in this beautiful church, called Budakirkja. Located in the south coast of the island's Snoefellnes peninsula, the first Budakirkja was built in 1703 by a local merchant. It rotted down, then was reconstructed in 1848 at the request of another merchant's widow. Recently the church was restored and moved to its current spot, where weddings are often held.

The church was the perfect remote location for a small ceremony! There are two bells in the church from the 17th century, and the door ring is an original, dating from 1703. Hotel Budir, next to the church, is a popular location for wedding receptions as well.

Notes on Lavender

One of my favorite natural wedding elements that I work with is Lavender! As a decor detail, a sprig of lavender can be a beautiful addition to each guest’s place setting. I have also used lavender seed as a post ceremony throw item (instead of rice!). It looks beautiful, and smells incredible. Use tiny burlap sacs that can be handed out to each guest as they arrive. You can also add dried lavender sprigs as a bouquet and boutonniere detail.

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On top of being beautiful, Lavender is the most versatile of all essential oils.


Most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin. The scent of lavender provides many natural health benefits for your guests, including relaxation, stress relief, and the calming of tense muscles. Sound useful?  Weddings are high impact events, and lavender can bring a soothing balance to the crowd’s celebratory energy. I also recommend that to-be brides use lavender essential oil in the months leading up to their wedding. You’ll need that beauty sleep, and Lavender can also help improve skin irritation and acne.

Ashley & Michael: 5.20.17

Ashley and Michael Bell’s wedding was held this past Spring at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

The couple met in Richmond, Virginia where the wedding took place, and the garden is one of their favorite spots to visit with their daughter, Lily. The intimate ceremony for 50 guests was held in the Rose Garden, followed by cocktails, dinner and dancing in the Robin’s Room ballroom. It was truly a family affair: the bride’s mother helped conceive the wonderful table scapes, the bride’s stepmother designed the beautiful bouquets, and the father of the bride even played with the wedding band! Flowers, send off bubbles and a doughnut wedding cake: how could you go wrong? Lily was a rockstar flower girl.

All photos by Jessica Elmendorf Photography.

Emily Izakowitz