Monthly Archives:: November 2010

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!”