Monthly Archives:: April 2010

Event Recap- SB&G’s Vendor Appreciation Event

Now that I’m back from a quick vacay in New Mexico, I finally have a minute to post some photos from SB&G’s vendor appreciation event, which was held on April 8 at the Chatham Hill Winery in Morrisville. SB&G holds an event each year to thank all of our advertisers and also to provide a chance to all the amazing wedding specialists to mix & mingle. We had a great time at this year’s locally-themed wine & food tasting event, and hope everyone who attended did as well! Thank you to the Chatham Hill Winery, Triangle Catering, Tre Bella Inc, Edible Art, East Coast Entertainment, American Party Rentals and Purple Puddle for helping to bring the soiree together!



Aftermath of the Bridal Show

Its another Monday in the office after a big weekend of the spring bridal show extravaganza. Forever Bridal‘s April Event, the Southern Bridal Show & Expo, was at the NC State Fairgrounds yesterday. Donna and I were both there representing Southern Bride & Groom, handing out hundreds of magazines & chatting with the happy brides-to-be. We debuted the new cover, which is a photograph of a real wedding taken by Kristine Dittmer. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and the crowd of engaged couples & their entourages were in cheery spirits, which makes the day fun for all. Highlights of the day included an appearance by the American Idol contestant Anoop Desai, and a former SB&G intern winning a kissing contest with her fiance! 

The event was double the fun for me, as a member of the SB&G team and a newly-engaged chica! I’ve been to dozens of bridal shows with Southern Bride & Groom, but being there while in the beginning stages of actually planning a wedding made things relevant and fun on a whole new level. Even though I work in the wedding industry (and for the Triangle’s wedding GURU), wedding planning is inevitably an overwhelming task. There are so many amazing venue & talented wedding professionals in this area – its hard to know who to pick. Then as you choose, dozens of new decisions arise, as you have to figure out your “wedding vision,” color scheme,menu items and songlists! The bridal show is a great way to preview the array of options out there and speak directly with vendors. Using SB&G’s magazine and Website is another great resource to guide the bride (and her helpers) throughout the process. I’m going to share some of my planning experiences, and planning tips as I go through this blog, so keep checking in for my updates! In the meantime, continue to visit SB&G‘s website for the Triangle’s best vendors, and friend us on facebook for updates on SB&G and wedding industry happenings!

Upcoming Wedding Shows

TODAY (April 15)-

The North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh is hosting a bridal event from 6-9pm. There will be food tastings from local caterers, hair stylists on-site to work with brides, music and a fashion show. Tickets are just $5 at the door.


THIS SUNDAY (April 18)-

Forever Bridal’s big spring bridal show is this Sunday at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. At the Southern Bridal Show & Expo you will meet dozens of the best Triangle professionals, taste cakes, watch fashion shows, and hopefully book some wedding vendors!

April Winners at SB&G

Congrats to our prize winners for April:

Christie Range won a $50 gift certificate to Tosca Ristorante Italiano.

Kristen Lloyd won a $100 gift certificate to Bella Trio Day Spa.

Emily Faircloth won at $350 package of on-location makeup services from Make-Up for Your Day. She is photographed below with her fiance, John Sweitzer.

If you are a Triangle bride, register to win one of next month’s prizes HERE. In May we will draw for a Sands Resort Myrtle Beach trip, and dinners at Caffe Luna and Tosca.


Romantic Ride

The newlyweds’ first ride as husband and wife should be celebratory, memorable and out of the ordinary. This special ride usually takes place as the couple arrives at the reception, or leaves the reception together after the reception is over. Either way, it is a monumental, yet fleeting moment, when the couple is out of the public eye for the first time all day and can relish in the excitement that the knot is officially tied!

Johnny Smith, of Gold Leaf Carriage, has provided this moment for brides & grooms on the East Coast for over 20 years, and he has definitely achieved “pro” status. His white, patent-leather carriage is pulled by two stunning black Percheron draft horses. Johnny (the driver) and his footman are decked out in authentic coachmen attire- top hat, gloves and coat-tailed jackets. The carriage even has an optional top, to ensure that your ride is perfectly romantic,even the weather is less than so.

The photo below,taken by Scott Faber Photography, shows Gold Leaf Carriage in action. For more transportation ideas, visit: