Yearly Archives:: 2010

New Wedding Feature- Our SB&G Winter/Spring Cover Girl!

Jenna Germano not only makes a beautiful cover girl for the Southern Bride & Groom 2011 winter/spring magazine, but her engagement story is one of the most touching that I have heard. Her classic-chic wedding to her husband, Brian, took place at the beautiful Prestonwood Country Club, and they used an assortment of other fabulous SB&G vendors in their wedding including Victorian Rose Bridals for the bridal gown, bridesmaids dresses and flower girl dress, The English Garden florist, The Green Kangaroo wedding invitations, Bernard’s Formalwear, Priscilla of Boston jewelry from the new Cameron Village store, and of course Swank Photo Studio (Stacy Borelli) for photography.

Read the full feature story and see lots of inspirational photos HERE!

The photo below by Swank Photo Studio is one of my favorites from this wedding!

The Wedding Show – This Weekend!

 The Wedding Show

Jim Graham Building, NC State Fairgrounds

January 1st & 2nd, 2011

Satuday- 1:00pm-6:00pm

Sunday- 11:00am-4:00pm


The Wedding Show is the state’s longest running and most popular bridal show, produced by Forever Bridal Productions. This is a show that you do not want to miss, with dozens of fabulous wedding professionals, on-stage entertainment, table design ideas, food and cake tastings, and the latest bridal fashions. There are also thousands of dollars worth of door prizes and grand prize giveaways. Spend your weekend at this show and get most of your vendor selections done in one shot! For driving directions and tickets, visit Forever Bridal’s Website.

SB&G 2011 Magazine is Out!

Southern Bride & Groom is thrilled to announce that our 2011 magazine is officially released, and it just might be the most beautiful edition in our 24 years. Not only that, but there are more magazines this year than ever before. Due to a very successful distribution in 2010 and our high demand for 2011, we have increased our magazine count to 16,000!

Congratulations to SB&G’s winter/spring cover photographer, Stacy Borelli of Swank Photo Studio!

We’ll be distributing over the next week or two, but we are hitting up the hottest distribution points first- such as Belk, and all of the bridal shops!

Bridal Gown Sample Sale at Tre Bella Inc

Tre Bella Inc, Durham’s couture bridal salon, is having a big sample sale this weekend – starting at 10am this Saturday, December 18, and continuing on Sunday the 19th until 5pm. The event will take place at their lovely bridal salon in Durham’s West Village. Gowns will be between 60% and 80% off their retail prices, and sizing will range from 8’s to 14’s. Featured designers will include Melissa Sweet, Priscilla of Boston, Lela Rose, Angel Sanchez, Manuel Mota and Junko Yoshioka. For a preview, visit Tre Bella’s Blog for some photos of sample gowns with descriptions and pricing. Enjoy shopping!

Saturday, Dec. 18 & Sunday,Dec. 19 – 10am-5pm

Tre Bella Inc’s Bridal Salon- 610 W. Morgan Street,#111, Durham

Shop for a Cause this Holiday!

The Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties Holiday Market

Saturday, December 11, 9:00am-3:00pm

Durham Marriott Convention Center 201 Foster Street, Durham

Shop local this Christmas at the 7th Annual JLDOC Holiday Market! Over 50 vendors will be selling jewelry, clothing, home decor, toys, food and more. There will be a Santa photo station for the kids, and a Mimosa and Bloody Mary cash bar for the adults. You will also have a chance to win a variety of raffle prizes worth $2,000. Your $5 entry fee serves as your raffle ticket, and will support Junior League which in turn supports many local causes, such as the Ronald McDonald House,The Museum of Life and Science,Dress for Success and more.To learn more about JLODC and their mission visit their Website at

Wedding Ideas- School Spirit!

The Triangle Area of NC is unique in the amount of excellent schools with fiercely devoted supporters. If you and your beau happened to meet at one of the local universities, or are both fans of one of them, it could become a perfect wedding theme! Start it off from the get-go by taking your engagement or bridal portrait at a special place on campus. The bride below went the distance by having her portait on the basketball court of the UNC Dean Dome in Chapel Hill (photo by Swank Photo Studio).

When the wedding is at a chapel or establishment on one of the university campuses, it becomes a natural theme, for everything from flower colors to party favors. For an element of surprise, sport a school-themed garter. We have even heard of brides closing out the evening by having their guests wave school-colored pom-poms for the exit send-off! The wedding party below shows their school pride for ECU by creating a photo-op with a banner (photo by Mike Bayley Photography).

If you and your fiance are fans of two different schools – for example, one of you went to UNC and one of you went to Duke, consider having some kind of rival wedding theme. Your colors could incorporate accents of both UNC and Duke blue, and your tables could be named after different school symbols, with guests grouped by their respective alma maters. Have your caterer create signature his & her drinks named after or color-inspired by the two schools.

If you don’t want to have the school mascot at your reception, like the bride below chose to do at her Washington Duke wedding (Photograph by Luster Studios)…

…you could always use the theme at another aspect of your wedding- such as your bridal shower or engagement party. The photo below shows a groom’s cake that is devoted to NC State University (Photograph by Katie Hamister Photography). The groom’s cake is often presented at the rehearsal dinner but is sometimes saved for the wedding itself.

A Masquerade Wedding in Nawlins

Despite the fact that we are in crazy production mode here at SB&G, I did get to gallavant away for the Halloween weekend to see one of my grade school buds tie the knot New Orleans style (I’d had the trip planned a year out!). Margaret Ratliff met her new hub, Neil Blakemore, in their MFA program for film in Chicago. They share a passion for film and are planning to move to Los Angles after graduation, but they decided to be wed in New Orleans as

a tribute to Margaret’s undergrad years spent at Tulane University. And what a weekend to be in New Orleans- already such a celebration for Halloween! The couple was married at the Saint Louis Hotel, a historic hotel in the French Quarter – just a half a block from world-famous (and notorious) Bourbon Street. Needless to say, they chose to have a masquerade-themed wedding. Its not too difficult to find a mask in this city, as we discovered this weekend, so guests from all over the country showed up to the wedding dressed in theme. The evening started with a lovely ceremony officiated by a friend of the couple, followed by cocktails in the beautiful courtyard, a buffet dinner including traditional New Orleans fixins such as gumbo, and dancing to a live jazz band. Cute touches included the locally-made chocolate mask party favors,and the mad-lib guest book substitute. The couple also performed the German tradition of taking their first drink together without spilling. After the reception ended,guests joined the festivities on Bourbon Street. Now I am no professional photographer, but the slideshow below does show some of the lovely details of this “Real Nawlins Wedding!”  


Durham Wedding Show 10.28.10

The Triangle Bridal Showcase, Forever Bridal’s fall event, will take place tomorrow evening! Meet some of the finest wedding professionals from Durham and Chapel Hill and tour the beautiful Hilton Durham. There will be roaming fashion previews with gowns representing the leading Triangle bridal salons featuring the designs of Oleg Casini, Vera Wang, Lazaro, Lynn Lugo and Maggie Soterro. Formalwear stores will be showing tuxedos by Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, After 6, and others. As always, there will be various drawings and prizes, including one from Southern Bride & Groom, so be sure to stop by our booth!

Mark your calendar and stop by after work tomorrow:

Triangle Bridal Showcase

Thursday,October 28


Hilton Durham near Duke University

3800 Hillsborough Road

Durham,NC  27705


SB&G’s October Prize Winners- Register Now for Next Month’s Prizes!

Congratulations to Southern Bride & Groom’s October Prize Winners. Each month we draw winners from our online registries for an assortment of prizes such as dinners to fine restaurants throughout the Triangle, spa certificates, hotel stays, and even weekend beach getaways! To register for next month’s prizes, click HERE

This month’s winners include:

$100 Dinner for Two at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at The Carolina Inn– Courtney Jones & Anthony Law from Chapel Hill, NC.

$100 Dinner for Two at La Residence– Brandlyn Bryant, a Library Media Specialist & Ahmani Owens, Southern School of Engineering Teacher of the Year, who live in Durham, NC.

$50 Gift Certificate to Bella Trio Day Spa- Ajaya Francis. She and her fiance, Michael Jones live in Durham, NC. 

Top: Courtney & Tony; Bottom: Brandlyn & Ahmani


Wedding Cake Tastings at Sugarland in Chapel Hill

Sugarland has several appointments available for their upcoming cake tasting on Sunday, October 24, from 11am-4pm. On November 1st, Sugarland will be raising the wedding cake packages by 10%, so book your 2011 event now at the 2010 prices! Come to the event to taste several of Sugarland’s signature wedding & groomsmen cakes, and even see a sample design of what your wedding cake could look like!

Subsequent tastings will be held on November 1st and December 12th.

Schedule your tasting appointment by emailing Sugarland’s Sales Manager Nick at

Photo below of a Sugarland cake is by Brian Mullins Photography: