Monthly Archives:: August 2011

Bridal Open House at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Raleigh-Durham

Looking for a wedding venue in the Triangle or RTP area of NC? If so, you should make sure to attend this event next week at the DoubleTree Suites. This open house will give you a taste of your lakeside wedding at this lovely property. Engaged couples will also have a chance to win a host of prizes, including discounted wedding packages and free stays at the hotel. Mark your calendar for Weds, August 31 from 6-8pm. RSVP to

SB&G’s Big Winners

Congrats to SB&G’s winners from Forever Bridal’s Southern Bridal Show & Expo contest. To be in the running for our monthly drawings, REGISTER HERE.

Laura Moore and Anthony Penny won our grand prize honeymoon trip to Jekyll Island Club Hotel, a stunning castle-like resort in Jekyll Island, Georgia. Laura and Anthony are getting married at the Preston Woodall House in Benson next March. Congrats!

June Arthurs and her fiance Phil Keicher won a weekend trip to Sands Resort in North Myrtle Beach.

Charity Wedding Gown Sale

Want to get a great deal on your bridal gown while supporting a great cause?

SB&G is proud to be sponsoring a wonderful event that is taking place this weekend. The Sheraton Raleigh Hotel is hosting Brides Against Breast Cancer’s annual Raleigh event.

The event is Friday, August 19 from 1-6pm, and Saturday, August 20 from 10am-4pm, at the Sheraton Raleigh downtown. If you would like to attend the VIP brunch on Friday from 10am-1pm, please RSVP to You can also opt to pre-register for the general event at that same address.

You don’t want to miss this- donated gowns valued up to $8,000 will be on sale starting at $199! And all proceeds will be donated to Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation.

SB&G Falls into Fashion (here”s your special preview)!

Southern Bride & Groom’s fashion section is going to be more dynamic than ever this year! We have had a wonderful time picking out gorgous dresses, jewelry and other accessories to bring to you in our 2012 fashion looks. Below is a sneak peak of two photoshoots we have done this month, one high fashion bridal shoot at The Cotton Room with photos by Dara Blakeley Photography, and a fun couples’ shoot at The Sheraton Raleigh with photos by Neil Boyd Photography. We were lucky to have amazing teams of hair & makeup artists, jewelers, and of course amazing artists there to document our day. The new edition of SB&G hits shelves in mid-December. In the meantime, find our 2011 edition with any of our vendors, listed on our Website!

Sneak Peek of SB&G’s Cake Shoot

Southern Bride & Groom had a fabulous time at our cake shoot this year. We chose the perfect setting – The King’s Daughters Inn in Durham, right across the street from Duke’s East Campus. Kristin Oguntoyinbo of KPO Photo did an excellent job of helping find the perfect room and color combinations to bring out the essence of each beautiful cake and sweet conconction that we shot. It made us hungry- and luckily a couple of the bakeries showered us with cupcakes so we got to sample a few. I can assure you that the SB&G 2012 bakers brought the “wow” factor this year. Look for the results of this shoot in the 2012 magazine, which will be release in December. In the meantime, here’s a little sneak peek behind-the-scenes action! For the full list of our amazingly delicious bakeries, click HERE.

Sneak Peek of SB&G’s 2012 Floral Shoot!

As summer passes us by, SB&G hasn’t missed a second! We have been busy bees, working away at our 2012 issue of Southern Bride & Groom Magazine. This upcoming issue is our silver anniversary issue, which means the best of the best is coming to provide ideas and tips for brides of the Triangle.

We thought a sneak peek would help everyone get through the hot summer days. We held our floral shoot about a month ago, and I was blown away. All of the florals were drop-dead gorgeous! I’d leave a room as a clean table and return to a wonderland of linens, flowers and china. I must say the florists of SB&G are amazing and know how to “wow” an audience. These are going to be some of the most unique and beautiful designs yet to be seen in SB&G!

The shoot was held at The Carolina Inn with Photography by Walters & Walters. We don’t want to give too much away, but here is a quick sneak peek from behind-the-scenes of our floral shoot. For more information on any of our floral vendors check them out here!

I hope this gets you excited for the upcoming issue, which will debut in mid-December. If you can’t wait until then, visit any of our advertisers’ stores to pick up a 2011 issue of the magazine, or order one on our website!

Happy Planning Jessica and Colby!

Jessica Davis and Colby Strickland’s childhood friendship turned into a 12-year romance before Colby popped the question in April. SB&G wanted to help celebrate their engagement by sharing their story and treating them to a dinner at Caffé Luna in downtown Raleigh on us!

After buying a ring in October, Colby decided to wait for Jessica’s newly engaged best friend to marry before stealing the spotlight. The couple had previously planned for Colby’s cousin Kelly to take some fun photographs of them, and this made for the perfect proposal plot! The Friday after Jessica’s best friend married, the couple headed out for the photographs. It had been raining all day, but stopped right before they were supposed to meet for pictures at sunset. The scenery was rain-kissed and the light from the sunset made a picture perfect proposal for Jessica and Colby.

SB&G wishes the new engaged couple happy planning and hopes they will use all of our resources in the process. Congrats!

Photos by Kelly Graham Portraiture

Congrats to SB&G’s August Bridal Giveaway Winners!

Southern Bride & Groom selected several prize winners this month!

Our grand winners were Allie & Dustin, who entered our first ever Facebook contest and won a weekend stay at Sands Resort Myrtle Beach. We got great results from the Facebook contest and lots of new brides are now following SB&G, so we’ll probably do another one in the next couple of months- “Like” us on SB&G’s Facebook page to stay informed about that!

Another lavish prize this month was a Classic Package for Two from the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. The winners of this overnight stay at Durham’s finest golf resort are Kristyn and Jeffrey.

Lauren and her fiance Nick won a dinner for two at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club’s Fairview Restaurant.

Dionne & Reginald won an $80 gift certificate to Medlin Davis, and Erin and Chris won two nights’ stay at Hotel Indigo.

To sign up for the September raffle drawings, register on our GIVEAWAYS page! We draw prizes once per month and once you sign up, you are in the drawing until your wedding date passes.

Open House of Beautiful Wedding Venue outside of Raleigh

HIGHGROVE, one of the Triangle’s most stunning wedding venues, is hosting an Open House event on Saturday, August 20th from 10:00AM-1:00PM.

Highgrove is on Laurel Lake in Fuquay-Varina, about 20 minutes from Downtown Raleigh (located at 1613 South Main Street). It makes a perfect romantic setting for a wedding ceremony and reception.

Stop by this event to see the gorgeous property with its new garden ballroom with a recently-installed draped ceiling, and taste some catering samples. A perfect treat for a summer Saturday!


Raleigh Wedding Show- Forever Bridal”s Summer Extravangza is Here!


It’s that time again, the Forever Bridal show is here! Come out on August 14, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Jim Graham Building on the N.C. State Fairgrounds to meet over 150 Triangle wedding professionals. Southern Bride & Groom will be there passing out complementary magazines, along with all of the fabulous vendors we feature and more! This is the one-spot-shop to perfect every element of your wedding.