Monthly Archives:: August 2012

Fab’rik’s Bride Brag Card Gives Discounts and Special Shower!

Fab’rik — an adorable and chic boutique in Chapel Hill — has everything a girl could want: shoes, accessories, and TONS of clothes! We’re excited to share some information about an exciting program Fab’rik has goin’ on — the Bride Brag Card. 

A Bride Brag Card is for every soon-to-be bride! This exclusive card, for engaged customers only, allows brides-to-be  to get her pre-wedding outfits (from bridal shower apparel to rehearsal dinner dresses), accessories, and anything else they may need at 20% off up until their big day!

Each Fab’rik bride will also get a bridal shower at the shop. How cute! For more information, or to shop their beautiful collections, check out their website.

Top Of The Hill to Manufacture and Distribute Liquor

SB&G would like to congratulate Top of the Hill, who recently received TTB approval and NC Product Codes for their handcrafted vodka, gin and Carolina whiskey! 

Top of the Hill helped forge the North Carolina microbrewing renaissance and now leads the state in microdistilling as the only local and organic distillery in North Carolina (they’re green plus certified!). TopO hand-crafts their vodka and whiskey from 100% Carolina soft red winter wheat, grown in Scotland Neck, and distills in a copper pot and columns made by a 5th-generation still maker.”So pour yourself a glass while I propose a toast to the Old North State: ‘Esse Quam Videri!'” owner Scott Maitland says. Congrats, y’all!

25th Anniversary Photo Shoot Sneak Peek!

Southern Bride & Groom has been celebrating 25 years of business all year! Joining us in this monumental anniversary are some wonderful members of the SB&G family: Douglas Carroll Salon and The Siena Hotel, so to commemorate this accomplishment, we had a special grand finale photo shoot for the 2013 magazine!

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the happenings of the day, and stay tuned for a video!

We’d also like to say a big THANK YOU to some other members of the SB&G family who made this day possible: Lana Addison, f8 Photo Studiosf8 In Motion, Charlotte’s, Sugarland, Paper Cafe, Sally Oakley, Fresh Affairs and Party Reflections!

Raleigh Wedding Event at Charlotte’s Cameron Village

Did you know that Charlotte’s, one of Raleigh’s favorite boutiques, can fill a lot of your needs for your Raleigh wedding? Charlotte’s has everything from engagement rings and bridal jewelry, to custom wedding invitations, to bridal registry, and even stylish dresses that you can wear to your rehearsal dinner on on your honeymoon.

Want to know more about what Charlotte’s has to offer? Stop by their Cameron Village location after work next Thursday, September 6, for an evening of fun. Some of their neighbors (and SB&G’s recommended vendors) will be there as well – Sugarland will have some special treats for guests, and Victorian Rose Bridals, who just moved to Cameron Village, will be showing some of their stunning bridal gowns. Another SB&G family member, Renee Sprink Photography, will be onsite too!

The first 20 brides to arrive will receive a special gift bag, so try to show up at 6PM!


September Giveaways Announced!

Register with Southern Bride & Groom by August 31st to qualify for our AWESOME September giveaways!

This month, we will be selecting two lucky couples who will be treated to a scrumptious dinner at one of our favorite restaurants!

One will win a $100 gift certificate to Second Empire — a swanky yet classic eatery in downtown Raleigh! The other couple will win a $75 gift card to Il Palio Ristorante at the historic Siena hotel in Chapel Hill!

Register now and stay tuned to the SB&G blog for the announcement of the winners!

The Secret to Successful Mismatched Bridesmaids

Mismatched bridesmaids dresses have become one of the hottest trends over the last few years. I’m totally on board for allowing your girls to choose their dresses according to their budget, body type and personal style. After all, who doesn’t want their closest gals to feel their best on the Big Day?

Brides-to-be are becoming increasingly style-savvy when it comes to following this trend and pulling it off without a hitch, but if you happen to be on the fence about allowing your girls free reign when it comes to shopping, here are a few tips to achieve the look while still having a cohesive bridal party.

1. Same Color, Different Shades: Neutrals, which are skyrocketing in popularity, are probably the easiest way to achieve this look. Choosing a color like tan, grey or brown will allow your girls to have tons of options but still look completely unified. Specify a length or a fabric, or mix and match for an edgier look. Helpful hint: It’s great to give your bridesmaids some paint swatches of colors in your palette so they have something to go on when they’re shopping for the perfect dress.

2. Same Color, Different Styles: You can go about this two ways: You can either choose a dress that comes in the same fabric and color (usually from the same designer) that comes in several styles — like a strapless version, a halter, or a high-neck — and let your girls pick which neckline flatters them the best. Or, you can choose the exact color or fabric (it’s best to give your bridesmaids samples!) and let them choose their own style.

3. Same Style, Different Colors: For brides that can’t quite let go of all control, this option allows you to choose a style of dress that you really love and then let your girls pick which color they like best! This prevents the bridal party — which usually ranges in skin type, body type, hair color, etc. – from having one color that may or may not flatter each member but still remaining uniform and recognizable.

4. Free Style: If you’re confident in your girls’ great sense of style, let them choose their own dress — style, hue, length and fabric! You can give them some loose guidelines about your wedding colors and the feel you’re aiming for, but other than that, trust them to make the right decisions! When pulled off correctly, I think this option produces the most amazing photographs.

Bottom line? I adore this trend, and I hope it sticks around for years to come! I love how you can be as cautious or adventurous with it as you’re comfortable with, and I think it makes the bridesmaids feel less confined and uncomfortable being a bridesmaid.

Photo Shoot Sneak Peek

Southern Bride & Groom had a photo shoot last week that we are really excited about! We’re going to keep most of it under wraps for now (but the 2013 edition of the magazine is coming up!) but we can’t help but give our readers a little sneak peek!

We spent the day at Second Empire in downtown Raleigh — an awesome and totally unique venue! Renee Sprink Photography captured some beautiful images of a GREAT time in American history — the Roaring 20’s! Not only a time period of gorgeous apparel, class, and a little mystery, the 1920’s are also the subject of an American classic novel — one that has a movie debuting soon that we are so excited about!

We had a LOT of help from the SB&G family for this creative shoot, and we’d like to give special kudos to: Second Empire, Shawn Schindler of Your Special Day Weddings & Events, Renee Sprink Photography, Tre Bella, Bernard’s Formalwear, Elevate, Bel Canto Designs, Lore Emelio and MakeUpForYourDay! We couldn’t have done it without y’alls help!

Team SB&G would also like to congratulate our models, Emily and Pat, who are getting married in September at The Garden on Millbrook! You guys were fantastic!

Stay tuned to the SB&G blog for more wedding industry updates and 2013 edition sneak peeks!

Bella Bridesmaid Summer & Fall Specials

Bella Bridesmaid of Raleigh is still running summer specials and gearing up for fall! Through August 31st, all brides-to-be will receive 5% off their purchase of bridesmaids dresses!

All Coren Moore dresses are 15% off through October 31st! If you need 8 or more dresses, the promotion is 20% off — what a great deal!

This fall, Bella Bridesmaid is hosting designer promotions, trunk shows and a special September promo!

During September, any bride that places an order can choose either a FREE Rosebud Flower Girl dress or a pair of Nina shoes (up to $100).

Bella Bridesmaid is also having a LulaKate fall promo October 15th through November 15th, giving brides-to-be an additional 5% off everything in the store!

Be sure to check out these upcoming trunk shows:
-AMSALE: October 26th and 27th — 10% off up to seven bridesmaids dresses and 15% off for parties of eight or more.
-Coren Moore: November 8th through November 10th — 15% off any order and 20% off for parties of eight or more. And, a free sash with every order!
-LulaKate: December 7th and 8th — An additional 5% off any order!

Say hi to owner Christy Carver when you stop by the Raleigh location!

2013 Cake Shoot Sneak Peek!

At the beginning of August, Southern Bride & Groom teamed up with a photographer, some awesome bakeries, and the picturesque Highgrove on Laurel Lake for our 2013 Cake Shoot!

This delectable day was full of gorgeous cakes from all the bakeries in the SB&G family. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the smell of rich buttercream frosting and colorful fondant…mmmm! We staged shots inside the estate house at The Highgrove and all around the grounds outdoors — every spot we chose was beautiful…we couldn’t have gone wrong with ANY setting, The Highgrove is truly a wonderful venue!

SB&G partnered with Kevin Milz of Kevin Milz Photography to shoot cakes from our favorite bakeries: Sugarland, Edible Art, Sweet Memories, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Once in a Blue Moon Bakery and Catering Works. We couldn’t have made it through the day without Tracy Adams of Adams & Events, who was on-site all day to help with loading and unloading, lighting and general tasks every photo shoot involves.

Here’s a little sneak peek of the photographs taken, keep an eye out for the 2013 edition of Southern Bride & Groom for the full story and more beautiful photos!


New Event Space “The Cookery” To Host Fundraiser

The Cookery — the newest event space in downtown Durham — is ready to open its doors next month! To commemorate the opening of the space and the adjoining rentable commercial kitchen, The Cookery is hosting a charity benefit and fundraiser on September 15th from 12noon to 3:00p.m.

Visitors can enjoy samplings of a variety of food and have the opportunity to check out some of The Cookery‘s popular food truck members — including Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Monuts Donuts, The Parlour, Pie Pushers, Sympathy for the Deli and Triangle Raw Foods, according to The Herald-Sun! Benefits will go towards remodeling the kitchen at the Durham Crisis Response Center’s emergency shelter.

Music, beer and fun await at this special event that is meant to showcase The Cookery‘s new event space — The Front Room — which can accommodate up to 200 guests for receptions and private events.

We can’t wait to see the finished space!