Yearly Archives:: 2009

2010 Winter/Spring Magazine has arrived!

It's here! Be sure to pick up your complimentary new edition of Southern Bride & Groom at all local Belk stores and other listed resources on the SB&G site, or at any of the upcoming wedding shows.

Highlights of this year's magazine include the first-ever featured bridal gown section, inspirational bouquets & tabletop ideas, stunning floral arrangements, eight real North Carolina weddings, planning tips and more. 

Coming Soon: Wedding Shows & Events!!

Come join in an unusual and exciting Facebook event and scavenger hunt for a $20,000 RING!! The "Ultimate Finders Keepers" is Saturday, Oct. 24th, in Raleigh. Sponsored by Bailey's Fine Jewelry. See our SB&G website "Wedding Shows" page for more info. Photo below by Marthanna Yater.


This Sunday, Oct. 25th, join Southern Bride & Groom magazine and dozens of other outstanding wedding vendors at the Triangle Bridal Showcase. It's being held at the Hilton Durham, from 1 to 5pm.  Come sample fine foods, talk to experienced industry professionals, and see some exciting wedding fashions on display. Don't miss it!


Gorgeous Gowns is hosting a Bridal Event on Sunday, Nov. 8th, from 1-5pm, at the Homewood Suites in Cary. Come meet with wedding vendors,and enjoy the Fashion Shows which start at 1:30 and 3:30.  There is no entry fee,but brides can purchase raffle tickets (prizes include a 3-night stay at Amelia Island, FL; a Canon Digital Camera; and a $100 Belk Gift Certificate!), with proceeds going to the American Diabetes Association.


Ooh-La-La! Moulin Rouge Opens The Cotton Room

It was an evening of fantasy and fun, complete with purple drapes, red uplights, and jewel-colored cabanas.  Entertainers on stilts, costumed girls twirling lighted hula hoops and swinging from the ceiling for hours on end — all clad in the classic Parisian costumes of The Moulin Rouge. Guests were treated to fine food prepared by Triangle Catering, local beers and wines, and the upbeat, funky and irresistible dance tunes provided by GrooveTown Band.

The Official Grand Opening of The Cotton Room at Golden Belt, a former textile mill in Durham, took place on Oct. 16th. The newly renovated 11,000-sq.ft. event facility, owned by Michelle and Dodd Aldred of Triangle Catering,provides a unique urban venue for weddings and other events. The fantasy cake is by Swank Cake Design.

Photos by Denise Tolley,SB&G Staff.   



Still Shooting Our Photographers…

Whew! We are happy to say that our photo shoots are now history, and we have hundreds of fabulous new photos to look through and choose for our Southern Bride & Groom 2010 spreads. (Let the writing and layouts commence!)  A lot of planning and organizing goes into each shoot, and a lot of forethought by our talented publisher Donna. Then, of course, there is the happy coincidence of gifted photographers, talented professionals, beautiful locations, classy items and vendors, and a teeny bit of luck all colliding at one time… that’s what makes it so much fun!

First, our Fashion Shoot.

The Fashion Shoot involved gowns from three of our shops, as well as the talents of several hair and make-up professionals. Photographer Neil Boyd is shooting model Cori, wearing a gown from Victorian Rose Bridals,at The Matthews House. Fortunately,the weather was very cooperative that day!


Next, a Mini Floral Shoot.

Mike Bayley photographs Ann wearing her own gown (from Alexia’s), and holding a bouquet from Flowers by Gary. In the background is a table set with Gary’s floral display. The shoot features the new Cotton Room at the Golden Belt, soon to open.


Then, our Invitation Shoot.

Photographer Dara Blakeley was inspired by our many talented invitation vendors, and set each invitation up creatively to showcase it to the best advantage. The original plan was to shoot outside, but nature had other ideas that day, so we went to Plan B on the porch, with various props. Here she is shooting an attractive set by Floral Dimensions.
And, last but not least, covering an annual Triangle NACE event…

Cristobal Perez of Azul Photography documented the delightful tables at the annual NACE Top of the Table competition and fundraising event last night, held at Bay 7, American Tobacco Campus. This pretty silver and brown table featuring B&W photos was entered by fellow photographer Katie Hamister.
All photos here provided by SB&G staffer Denise Tolley. 

We Shoot Photographers…!

Wow, this is a busy time of year for Southern Bride & Groom! It seems each week we have another photo shoot for our 2010 issue…  They are all exciting, and without exception the photographers are fabulous as well as fun to watch. 

Last week, we were shooting our cakes out at the Preston Woodall House in Benson. Below, top photo, is a sneak peek with photographer Brian Mullins behind the camera, shooting a cake by Sugarland. Then we had Katie Hamister (center) shooting our caterers for our Catering article. Pictured are the Durham Catering staff in the middle of delicious preparations.  This week was our Product Shoot, which encompasses everything from bridal accessories to wedding party gifts. Pictured is Scott Faber in his studio, shooting some items from Tre Bella Boutique.  Look for all these great photos in our 2010 issue!

All photos provided by SB&G staffer Denise Tolley. 



August Bridal Expo A Great Success!

Brides-to-be: if you haven't attended a bridal show yet, you should definitely plan to soon! The most recent extravaganza at the state fairgrounds on August 16th, the Southern Bridal Show & Expo put together by Forever Bridal, was a rousing success. Attendance was high, participation of vendors was enthusiastic, and the excitement was contagious. The tabletop designs were unique and extremely creative, causing much ooh-ing and aah-ing!

Engaged couples and their entourages flowed from one booth to another, gathering information, talking to the wedding industry's top professionals, sampling cakes and delicious tidbits, sipping champagne, watching fashion shows,and getting dozens of new ideas for planning their own weddings. The happiness was infectious,and Southern Bride & Groom staff spoke with lots of attendees who were just beginning the planning process. We handed out magazines, candy treats, advice, and prize drawing registrations to hundreds of brides, and had lots of fun ourselves! (See entry below for Prize Winners Emily and Drew.)

Below is a photo of our booth, with SB&G publisher Donna and creative staff member Patricia. Our beautiful floral arrangement was provided by Victorian Seasons. Photo by SB&G Staff.


Winners of Bridal Show Honeymoon Giveaway

We really DO give away those trips we get our brides-to-be to register for at each of our shows!

Congratulations to Emily Walter-Ryan and Drew Hansel! The lucky couple have won a 4-day, 3-night stay at the fabulous Jekyll Island Club Resort in Georgia. They are planning an April, 2010, wedding in Chapel Hill.  These happy winners snagged our most recent giveaway from the Southern Bridal Show & Expo at the State Fairgrounds on Sunday. Thanks for stopping by our booth, Emily, and Have Fun!