Monthly Archives:: November 2012

2013 Trendspotting – Prints & Patterns in Wedding Fashion & Decor

Oh my word, can y’all believe 2012 is already ending?! I can’t, but the wedding industry has started looking towards what will be trending in 2013.

We predict that one of the biggest trends in weddings next year will be prints and patterns — from classics like polka dots and stripes to fun new styles like chevron and Southern favorites like gingham, prints and patterns will be popping up in weddings more and more! Incorporating prints and patterns into your wedding day decor or attire adds a playful touch or pop of color and is a great way to showcase you and your fiancé’s personalities.

Here are some patterns we can’t get enough of that we think will be showing up in weddings across the country in 2013:

1. Chevron
Chevron really took off in 2012, but we see it becoming even more incorporated into weddings next year. This adorable zig-zag pattern is the perfect way to add a modern twist to your wedding without losing the classic feel — it’s clean, crisp lines can be as subtle or as bold as you like. It’s the perfect accent for a preppy affair, but with color options as vast as your imagination,chevron can be suited to any type of event!

2. Gingham
Details with Southern flair have become increasingly popular in the wedding world over the last few years, but next year, we think gingham will be the biggest trend of all, even beyond the Mason-Dixon line. This sweet pattern can be incorporated in major ways — via table cloths of bridesmaids dresses — or more subtly, through bow ties on your favorite guys or as a final flourish on your invitations.

3. Stripes
Stripes are so classic — they’re a pattern that will truly never go out of style. Stripes add a fresh, clean look to wedding day decor and attire and are perfect for couples who like the idea of including a print without going too crazy. Soft colored stripes exude a romantic vibe, while bold bright stripes give the off a modern feel. Incorporate stripes throughout your wedding — from bridesmaids dresses to table runners, we can’t get enough!

4. Polka Dots

Polka dots are a sophisticated and festive pattern that’s been around for decades. More and more, these sweet dots are being incorporated into weddings and giving the day a whimsical and playful feel.

Photo Credits: 1-Wedding Chicks (left) & The Greek Kangaroo Designs (right); 2- Blissful Whimsy Events (left) & United With love (right); 3- Style Me Pretty (left) & Bridal Musings (right); 4- Loverly (left) & The Sweetest Occasion (right)

Real NC Venue – Duke Chapel

Duke Chapel in Durham is an extremely popular location for weddings in the South, and a gorgeous one at that! Brides flock to the chapel for monthly sign-ups…literally! Since the sign-ups are on a first come, first served basis, many couples have taken to camping out the night before to ensure they are able to book a preferred date! Although many brides who book Duke Chapel host their wedding reception at nearby Duke-affiliated sites such as Duke Gardens, the Nasher Museum of Art, or the Washington Duke Inn, the Chapel is such a wonderful venue that couples are willing to host their ceremony there despite the distance (be it near or far) from their reception space.

More information on “tenting” (the when, what, why and how) can be found on the Duke Chapel Weddings Page.

The chapel is renowned for its breathtaking medieval-style architecture. Its high ceilings, stunning stained glass windows and stone towers provide perfectly-picturesque backdrops for your big day. Below are some of our favorite images from ceremonies at Duke Chapel…enjoy!

Photo credits: Row 1. Photography by Walters & Walters (left) & Dara Blakeley Photography (right); Row 2. Dara Blakeley Photography; Row 3. Krystal Kast (left) & Brian Mullins Photography (right); Row 4. Dara Blakeley Photography; Row 5. Neil Boyd Photography (left) & Scott Faber Photography (right); Row 6. Photography by Walters & Walters; Row 7. Kristin Byrum Photography (left) & Photography by Walters & Walters (right)

Holiday Winners and More Bridal Giveaways

SB&G has selected its Facebook Contest winner for 25 custom holiday cards from Charlotte’s, a boutique in Raleigh at North Hills and Cameron

SB&G Charlottes Winner

Swank Photo Studio

Village, which carries clothes,jewelry, and gifts. Visit the Cameron Village location where they have a full service stationery studio.

Congratulations to Shelby; she and her new husband  were married in Pinehurst this year. Here is a photo of them on their wedding day by their fabulous photographer Stacy Borelli of Swank Photo Studio.

To hear about all of our special social media contests, LIKE US ON FACEBOOK and FOLLOW US ON TWITTER.

You can also REGISTER with SB&G and be in the running for our monthly prizes, including dinners around town, spa days, and even stays at beach resorts.

We will be drawing our December winners this Monday, so be sure to sign up by Sunday, December 2nd!

Giving Thanks

Another Thanksgiving and holiday season is upon us!

This time of year marks the winding down of our annual production season at Southern Bride & Groom magazine. So naturally for my mother and myself, we feel pretty mushy about now – and not just because we are nearing the end of our busiest season!

We are all so blessed to live in this country, where we have the freedom to go after our dreams. Our SB&G family is made up of so many individuals who have chosen to pursue careers for which they are passionate. We know how privileged we are to be in such an amazing industry, but even more so, we feel that the community of wedding professionals we work with here in the Triangle Area of NC are not only the top vendors locally, but some of the most talented professionals in their fields nationwide.

It is because of our relationships with the strong wedding community here that our own company been able to flourish – and even more importantly, grow and evolve – over the past 25 years. We are grateful to every business and individual who has supported us, and been a part of the SB&G family at any point over the past two and-a-half decades.

We are also grateful to every bride who has used our magazine to help plan their wedding – especially to those who have passed the word of SB&G to their friends, co-workers, family, and even daughters of their own.

We’re excited to be wrapping up our 26th Edition of SB&G magazine. Thanks to our growing family, it will be our best issue yet, with more content than ever, including inspirational photo shoots, real weddings and planning articles.

Team SB&G hopes everyone feels thankful for something this week, and has a warm and loving Thanksgiving!

~ Donna and Jenna

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Holistic Health and Aromatherapy by Kristen Peters

If your wedding is only a few short days (weeks or months!) away, we are sure that controlling your holiday eating has crossed your mind!

For bright eyes, glowing skin and shiny hair on your wedding day — not to mention fitting into your dream dress — you may want to turn to holistic health!

Brian Mullins Photography of Triangle Catering salad

SB&G is thrilled to have an expert on holistic health and aromatherapy right here in the Triangle! Kristen Peters is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner who works with clients on proper food choices and alleviating the negative conditions associated with American’s diets. Kristen is also a Certified Aromatherapist who can create custom oil blends to help you combat fatigue and alleviate the stress that comes with planning a wedding. She’ll even create blends to give as gifts to your wedding party or favors for your entire guest list! (We’ve got some calming aromatherapy spray in our office, and it’s safe to say WE LOVE IT!)

Fan Kristen on Facebook for tips on how to avoid overeating on Thanksgiving, general health tips, delicious recipes and more! On her website, you can also sign up for her free newsletter on healthy living.

How To Nail Your Maid Of Honor Speech

My best friend (and now my maid of honor) had one thing on her mind when I got engaged. Not elation or excitement, but dread. Dread because she knew that, as my best friend, she’d be asked to be my maid of honor, which inevitably meant having to give a toast on my wedding day.

For many, public speaking does not come naturally. And with weddings, there’s the added pressure of speaking about heartfelt sentiments in front of hundreds of people you know and love. So brides, here are a few tips for your besties on how to ditch the nerves and nail their toast…

Start Early
If you’re not a natural in front of a crowd, procrastinating will only make it worse. About a month before the big day, start jotting down ideas, and then a few weeks before, shape your notes into a speech. Get some input from the other bridesmaids! This will prevent last minute panic attacks and frantic chugging of champagne.

Be Yourself
If you’re not a natural comedian, don’t force it. Being sentimental is just as perfect as opening with a joke, so just be you.

Brian Mullins Photography

Keep it Short & Sweet
Remember the basics: Congratulate the bride and groom on their new life together, and thank their families for hosting such a lovely event. Tell the guests who you are and how you know the bride. Don’t feel pressured to drone on and on while repeating yourself, it’s best to keep your speech under the five minute mark. So, say what you want to say, and raise your glass (let’s be honest, the bride will most likely be in tears at that point anyway — happy tears, of course!)

Stay Sincere
Tell the bride and groom why you’re so happy for them and what you really wish for them in life. Don’t take the easy way out with an overused quote about love — speak from the heart. Tell stories about the bride’s past if you like, but leave out exes and anything else that might embarrass her.

Speak to Both Parties
Just because you’re best friends with the bride, don’t forget the groom! When did you know that your bests friend had found The One? Sentiments like this will hit home with the entire guest list and be the most memorable part of your speech.

Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse
The more you practice your toast, the more comfortable you’ll be with it. Rehearse in front of family members of friends and get their input. The more confident you can be before taking the microphone, the better! No one will notice your shaking hands (it’s normal to be nervous!) but they will notice if you don’t smile.

Don’t Forget to Take a Sip!
Remember, in the end, this is a toast! Close with a blessing for the couple, or something to give your speech a definite ending, and don’t forget to take a sip after you raise your glass!

Night Out — Cooking Classes At A Southern Season

A Southern Season is not only a great place to shop for delicious delicacies, but also a place to learn how to make them! Grab your girlfriends for a girl’s night out, or you hubby for date night, and head over to A Southern Season!

A Southern Season offers a variety of types of individually-priced classes held in their state-of-the-art cooking classroom. Professional chefs may demonstrate their techniques, or a hands-on class may ensue. Learn everything from tapas and gingerbread house decorating to how to prepare sugar-free, gluten-free baked goods!

“Learn from regional notables and internationally renowned celebrity chefs as they share secrets, techniques and recipes in a cooking classroom that redefines that concept,” says A Southern Season’s website.

Check out the schedule and details here.

New Real Wedding – Tanita & Sanders

There’s a new Real Wedding feature on the SB&G website today! For the full story, check out the Tanita & Sanders Real Wedding page.

This darling story between Tanita & Sanders began several years ago and blossomed from friendship into true love. The couple married August 12, 2012 at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens with a reception at The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. Sweet metallics, whites and purples set the scene for Tanita & Sanders’ elegant event, and the photography by Dara Blakeley is to die for!

The couple also used a slew of other SB&G vendors, including: Robin Renteria, Island Sound & Video, Tre Bella Florist, Sweet Memories Bakery, Maria Scheel Invitations & More, Classic Party Rentals, The Umstead Hotel & Spa, The Marriott Durham City Center and ShutterBooth!

Want to have your wedding featured on SB&G? Submit it here!

Silver Anniversary Style Shoot Video Premiere

Southern Bride & Groom achieved a major milestone in 2012 — our 25th Anniversary as the NC Triangle’s most trusted bridal resource.

We commemorated the occasion with a Silver Style Shoot, set at The Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill. The shoot, photographed by f8 Photo Studios, will appear in Southern Bride & Groom’s 2013 edition, which releases mid-December and will be free to brides and available at locations throughout the Triangle Area, as well as to order online. In addition to the commemorative spread in the magazine, f8 in Motion was onsite to film the shoot, and created this beautiful behind-the-scenes tribute video.

Spheres of blossoms designed by Fresh Affairs bubble up around a stunning hand-painted silver cake custom-created by Sugarland, and continue a cascade that spills into a pool of petals. Our bride sparkles in a glamorous gown from Lana Addison Bridal. Its silver and crystal embellishments add to the theme. Our team also included Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning, Charlotte’s, Party Reflections, Douglas Carroll Salon & Spa, and Paper Cafe.

Both The Siena Hotel and Douglas Carroll Salon and Spa are also celebrating their 25th anniversaries, so a big congratulations to them as well!

And now, please enjoy the premiere of our Silver Anniversary Tribute Video by f8 in Motion!

25th Anniversary Shoot Behind-The-Scenes Video Release: Tuesday at 10:30

Team SB&G is so honored to have spent the last year celebrating our 25th anniversary!


By f8 Photo Studios

We held a special silver anniversary style shoot at The Siena Hotel (who is also celebrating 25 wonderful years!) for the upcoming edition of Southern Bride & Groom to wrap up the celebrations, and next Tuesday at 10:30 am, we will be releasing a behind-the-scenes video of the goings-on from the shoot done by f8 In Motion.

This is our first ever behind-the-scenes video, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

Don’t forget to check back on Tuesday for the release!