Karen Clark, a Durham native, is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the UNC- Chapel Hill. Her desire to pursue a career in broadcast led her to a 4-year stint in commercial radio. Karen’s experience included on-air work G-105 (WDCG) and K97.5 (WQOK) in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Karen’s radio experience led her to a Promotions Manager position with Columbia Records. While working with Columbia, Karen promoted and marketed albums for national recording artists such as Mariah Carey, Will Smith, Beyonce, Wyclef Jean and many others. This promotions position was Karen’s first foray into event planning, allowing her to coordinate parties, autograph signings, performances and regional itineraries for dozens of artists. After three years with Columbia Records, Karen landed a position with West Coast based Capitol Records. Capitol Records boasts an impressive roster of artists including The Beatles, Coldplay, Corrine Bailey Rae and Snoop Dogg.
After seven years in the music industry, Karen, along with her mother, started Something Borrowed, Something Blue, a nationally-recognized wedding and event planning company based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Karen’s events have been seen on the Style Network shows Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? and Married Away. She has been a featured contributor for InStyle Weddings, The Knot and various local news programs and publications
Karen is currently the Midday On-Air Personality at Foxy 107.1/104.3 (WFXC/WFXK.) She enjoys cooking, working out, playing with her young son and volunteering in the community.
There’s nothing quite like an outdoor wedding ceremony. In your mind, it’s warm, but not too hot. There are no bugs. Perhaps there’s a nice breeze. And, of course, you look STUNNING.
Yep. That’s exactly how it should be. But the truth is that outdoor weddings rarely match the fantasy in your head. Often it’s hot. Not just hot, but BLAZING HOT. Sweaty, humid, steamy hot. Outdoor ceremonies are often held in open spaces where guests are situated in direct sunlight with no shade. There are bugs. Lots of bugs. And the flowers are wilting. Your $2000 wedding flowers are WILTING!!!
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There are few things you should consider when having an outdoor wedding. We’re about to list them right now AND save your wedding day. (You’re welcome in advance!)
Find some shade for your ceremony — While the first thought might be to rent a tent (they can be pricey,) I’m going to start with the cheap option. Find a tree. An area with a nice, big, wide tree. Nothing like getting married under a big oak tree. There you go. Automatic shade. Your guests will love you. If you can’t find a venue with a tree (make sure you check your city and county parks when looking,) consider parasols. Some cute parasols in your wedding colors are still less expensive than a tent. But when all else fails, you can rent a tent.
Keep your flowers inside — Here’s the thing…flowers like water. When you have floral arrangements tied to chairs and placed at the altar in direct sunlight for hours, they start to wilt. You pay too much for flowers for them to wilt away in the sun. Talk to your florist about putting the flowers out as late as possible. You don’t want your floral crew putting flowers out as guests arrive, but you don’t want them in place at noon if your wedding isn’t until 4pm.