Monthly Archives:: November 2011

John Brown Big Band”s NC Holiday Tour

John Brown’s Big Band Presents A Swingin’ Holiday – 2011 Concert Tour


Join John Brown’s powerhouse band in a celebration of the most wonderful time of the year! John Brown”s band performances are a must-see and wonderful entertainment for the whole family. Tour dates and tickets instructions are below:



SB&G 25th Anniversary Style Shoot

Southern Bride & Groom is thrilled to announce that we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary in 2012!

My mother, Donna Parks, founded SB&G in 1986 as the premiere bridal publication in North Carolina. It has grown from a small wedding planning and etiquitte guide for the Triangle, into the most trusted bridal magazine and online resource in the Greater Triangle of NC. The philosophy behind SB&G was to grow the magazine slowly, adding only the most reliable of wedding venues and vendors to the magazine each year. Today, my mom and I work side by side at this business, and we are proud to promote the best of the best wedding resources in the Greater Triangle Area. We feel confident that any vendor our brides (and grooms!) find in SB&G are going to be top-knotch and deliver the best possible service on their wedding day.

One of the ways we have maintained a high caliber of resources is by developing relationships with our fellow wedding professionals, but another way is getting feedback from our brides. We now feature more real Triangle brides” weddings than ever, and we always welcome wedding planning questions and advice on vendors that will suit you. We are also hosting a contest for a real local bride and groom to win an SB&G photoshoot! (Submit your entry on the real weddings page of our site). Please feel free to contact me any time at

In honor of our 25th Anniversay, the SB&G Team (Donna Parks, Jenna Parks Olender and Patricia Campbell, our Art Director) teamed up with local photographer Craig Carpenter of Luster Studios to create a style shoot. We found an amazing handpress from the 1850”s at Artisan Printer,located in Durham”s Goldenbelt. We had a little fun with Brian Allen”s beautiful machine,creating momentos of that read “SB&G 25.” What a fun experience to touch on the history of printing while honoring the SB&G history. Enjoy Luster”s photography below!






Vegas Wedding- 11/11/11

I had the privilege of attending one of the 57,000 weddings that took place on 11/11/11.

And even better, the couple – my brother-in-law, Brian and new sister-in-law, Katie – tied the knot in THE city of weddings: Las Vegas!

The ceremony was at the wedding chapel at the Mandalay Bay, a beautiful hotel/casino on the famous “Strip” of Las Vegas Blvd. The quick ceremony was especially fun and memorable due to the fact that Elvis showed up to sing a tune to welcome the couple in and also send them off as newly weds with well-wishes.


Following the ceremony, we headed over to Mix at The Hotel (part of Mandalay), a swanky restaurant on the 64th story of the hotel. Katie and Brian reserved the balcony, which towered over the strip and the lights of Vegas with an incredible view. Guests enjoyed hors d”oeuvres including chicken satay, sliders, sesame filet mignon, crab bites and tuna; wine and champagne; and a delicious Vegas-themed wedding cake.




Following the reception,Katie and Brian invited guests to enjoy bottle service in a private room at LAX nightclub at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. Friends and family enjoyed the private room overlooking the dance floor. Let”s just say the newest married Olenders knew how to do a Vegas wedding right!


Bridal Gown Sale at Priscilla of Boston Cameron Village

Everything must go at Cameron Village”s Priscilla of Boston bridal salon!

The gorgeous store has been quite a success since opening a little over a year ago, but the entire POB franchise announced that after 40 years, it is closing its doors at the end of the year. Priscilla of Boston will complete all orders that happen through the beginning of December. The store has some amazing dresses and they are currently 70% off! If you are in the market for a bridal gown right now, you don”t want to miss this opportunity.

Priscilla of Boston is located at 2023 Cameron Street, Raleigh. It is open from 11:00AM-7:00PM on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 11:00AM-6:00PM on Friday and Saturday.

Highgrove Open House for Brides

Open House at Highgrove on Laurel Lake

1613 South Main Street, Fuquay Varina

November 5th, from 10am-1pm

This Saturday, visit Highgrove”s stunning estate and ballroom. The venue will be “staged” as a wedding day. Signature drinks and light affair will be served – open to brides and their families who are looking for an area wedding and reception venue. For more information, visit

Below are some photographs of Highgrove and its new ballroom. It also happens to be a sneak peek of a wedding feature that will appear in SB&G 2012, which will be released in late December!

Photos by Brian Mullins Photography.

The Siena Hotel Wedding Showcase

Calling all brides!

Drop in to The Siena Hotel after work on Wednesday, November 9th, from 4:00-7:00pm.

The Siena is hosting a complimentary Wedding Showcase event. Brides-to-be who are looking for that perfect wedding or rehearsal dinner venue can peruse the beautiful Italian themed boutique hotel, while enjoying food, drinks, prizes and more!

The Siena Hotel is conveniently located at 1505 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, just minutes from the downtown main drag. It is a perfect location for an upscale Chapel Hill wedding event, and is the home of Il Palio, one of the finest Italian restaurants in the Triangle.

Please RSVP to Nicole at