Monthly Archives:: January 2012


Southern Bride & Groom will make another TV appearance as part of our 25th Anniversary Celebration.

This evening, we will appear at UNC TV’s NC Now at 7:30PM. Please support us by tuning in! We hope to be able to post the show in a couple of days.

Girls Night Out Bridal Bash at Sparians

Last fall, SB&G threw a “Girls’ Night Out” party for bride-to-be Lauren, in one of Sparians’ private bowling rooms, the perfect setting for an intimate get-together or even a rehearsal dinner or wedding event. SB&G and A Southern Soiree planned this party with the help of a fabulous team of vendors. The party was themed for the 60’s, with a coral and turquoise color theme.

Maria Scheel Invitations & More created glitzy custom invitations that were sent to the bride and her guests. The English Garden Florist created wall mod-chic wall decor and bowling ball topiaries. Sparians served signature pink cocktails, and heavy hors d’oeuvres, and Gigi’s Cupcakes provided cupcakes that looked like actual bowling balls! Island Sound enhanced the ambiance with special lighting, and entertained the group of gals with 60’s mod live music. We also played old episodes of “Laverne & Shirley” on the Sparians’ TV screens to add to the theme!

F8 Photo Studios photographed the event, which was featured in SB&G 2012 on pages 70-71. Their sister video company, F8 in Motion, filmed the special occasion, and we’re happy to share that video with you here. Enjoy!

Lauren and Zach Heath were married on October 29, 2011. Congrats!


SB&G gives Wedding Planning Tips on My Carolina Today/ NBC-17

Southern Bride & Groom magazine’s Publisher Donna Parks, and Sales/Production Manager Jenna Parks Olender, had the chance to appear on NBC-17’s My Carolina Today this morning, on the “Going to the Chapel” segment.

As December is the month that brings the most engagements, My Carolina Today asked us to come on the show to give some tips to the newly-engaged. There is much to discuss on where to begin with the sometimes overwhelming job of planning that special day! We gave just a couple of practical tips, and a heads-up on the two big shows that are approaching this weekend: Forever Bridal’s Wedding Show at the Raleigh Convention Center this Friday night (4-9pm) and Saturday (10am-4pm); and The Carolina Inn’s Bridal Showcase from 1-4pm on Sunday.

Check out our clip below:

SB&G on TV tomorrow with wedding planning tips!

If you are able to get in front of a TV tomorrow morning at 11AM, tune into NBC-TV’s My Carolina Today.

SB&G makes an appearance on tomorrow’s show, to discuss wedding planning tips for the newly-engaged!

Also being promoted on tomorrow’s show is the NC Museum of History‘s African-American History Month events, including a performance by The Beast jazz & hip-hop fusion group this Friday night. If you’re planning to attend this Friday’s Wedding Show at the Convention Center, you can head down to the Museum afterward to catch this show!

The Wedding Show

Its that time of year: WEDDING SHOW SEASON!

Lots of new engagements happen around the holidays, but the Triangle’s bridal industry is prepared to help all the new brides-to-be ease into their planning!

The Triangle’s biggest bridal show of the year is annually held each January. Forever Bridal’s Wedding Show is taking place at the Raleigh Convention Center this year, in the heart of Downtown, on Friday-Saturday, January 27-28, 2012.

This bridal extravaganza is filled with fun, food, table & decor displays, and on-stage entertainment including the latest bridal fashions. This is a must-attend event, as you will meet dozens of wedding professionals and maybe even book a big chunk of your wedding in one day! Whether you are planning a Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill or Cary wedding, you will be exposed to a plethora of fabulous vendors and venues by attending this show. Its a sure way to get your planning started on the right foot!

Stop by SB&G’s booth to register for a beach weekend getaway!

The Wedding Show
Raleigh Convention Center
Friday, January 27th- 4:00-9:00PM
Saturday, January 28th- 10:00-4:00PM

The Wedding Show

Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase

Its that time of year! The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase is one of the most anticipated wedding shows of the year.

Enjoy an afternoon at one of NC’s finest wedding venues, with the top professionals who know how to make your special day perfection! Enjoy champagne, cake samples and the Inn’s delicious food. Also pick up an SB&G magazine if you don’t have one already, and register for a honeymoon giveaway!

The show is Sunday, January 29th, from 1-4PM. We have a FEW tickets left- be the first to post on our Facebook wall to get them!

Photography by Walters & Walters

Pretty in Pink

Ashley Anne Purnell and 
Colby Allan Mooney met and began dating in 2009. After a few months, Colby’s 
brigade was called to deploy and leave the country. Ashley and Colby’s 
relationship grew quickly despite the miles and ocean between them, thanks to 
free AT&T minutes. When Colby returned home in late February, their 
relationship continued to grow.

On December 17, 2010,
Colby told Ashley he had won tickets to the Cinderella play in
town. They attended the play and afterwards Colby asked a stranger to take a 
picture of the two of them. As the photo was being snapped, Colby got down on one 
knee and asked Ashley to marry him. “The rest is ‘Happily Ever After,’” says 

Their wedding theme was 
“The Perfect Fit” which sprung from the Cinderella story that they 
watched on the night of their engagement. Ashley used pink throughout the 
wedding to create a feminine, romantic aura. They were wed on September 17,
2011. Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Mooney!


Reception Venue: 
MacGregor Downs Country Club

Wedding Planner: Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning

Photographer: Dara
Blakeley Photography

DJ: Joe Bunn DJ 
Company, Randy Bennett

Florist: Tre Bella Inc.

Cake: Sweet Melissa’s 

Music: Arisio Strings

Linens: CE Rentals

Tent Rental: Classic
Party Rentals

Minister: Dick Purnell

Wedding Dress: 
MacGregor Bridal Boutique

Wedding Jewelry: Lana
Addison Bridal

Veil: Victorian Rose

Tuxedos: VIP Formal

Makeup Artist: Bobbi 
Brown, Kristi Martinson

Hair: Primp Salonbar

Invitations: The Paper 

Calling All Beach Brides: Wilmington Bridal Show!

SB&G is pleased to be a part of the Brooklyn Arts Center at Saint Andrews’ WINTER WEDDING SHOW!

The event is Sunday, January 29 from 1-4PM.
Visit BAC’s downtown Wilmington location and meet some of Wilmington’s finest wedding professionals, while soaking in the amazing restored church that is now one of the area’s hottest wedding venues!

Pronovias Trunk Show at Lana Addison Bridal

Lana Addison Bridal is hosting a special trunk show this Friday and Saturday, January 13-14, at their bridal salon in downtown Cary, NC. They will be featuring 15-20 Pronovias gowns that are only at the boutique this weekend!

Saturday is booked, but there is still some availability for Friday, so call now to secure your appointment! Call the salon at 919-460-8822.