Monthly Archives:: March 2010

NACE Donates Wedding to Garner Couple

On Tuesday night, SB&G attended a very special event. The Triangle chapter of NACE (National Association of Catering Executives) donated a wedding to a very deserving Garner couple. Shortly after the couple got engaged last summer, the bride was diagnosed with cancer, and she has now been given 3-5 months to live. Their original wedding venue fell through, so NACE, along with the help of several generous vendors, stepped in to help them have a memorable wedding day. Read more about their story here.

Several local wedding businesses donated different aspects of the wedding. The event took place at The Sutherland in Wake Forest. A dress was donated by Alexia’s Bridal Boutique and a tux from Savvi Formalwear, the cake was provided by Sweet Memories Bakery, rentals & linens were from Classic Party Rentals, and both Katie Hamister and Brian Mullins were onsite to photograph the occasion. 

A few of the other local vendors who donated their services include Grace Leisure Events, Joe Bunn DJ Company, Mitchell’s Catering & Events,Fleurtations Floral,Ed & Becky Sansbury, the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, On Lokation Make-Up Artistry, Sea Sound Studio, Focused Videography, Raleigh Wedding Cars, and A Step To Gold International Ballroom.

This photograph of the couple being wed by Ed & Becky Sansbury was taken by Dara Blakeley (with my handheld camera!). 

And here are a few photos taken by Katie Hamister:

Umstead Show

We spent last Thursday evening handing out SB&G magazines to brides who attended the Cary Magazine Bridal Show at the Umstead Hotel & Spa. The event was beautiful and full of brides with their entourages.

The Umstead had their outdoor area set up for a mock wedding, so brides could get a preview of a ceremony on the lake. For more information about holding a wedding and reception at Cary's five-star property, visit:


Guests were serenaded with beautiful live music. Emi, of Emi & Udo Violin Duet (found in SB&G), was one of the performers. Our favorite flower arrangement was this incredible centerpiece by Watered Garden Florist-