Yearly Archives:: 2013

The Online Edition of Southern Bride & Groom 2014 is Live

It’s official — the online edition of Southern Bride & Groom 2014 is live, just in time for the New Year and the peak of engagement season!

The online edition is a fantastic, on-the-go resource for beautiful wedding inspiration at your fingertips, and is especially useful to brides-to-be who haven’t had the chance to get their hands on a hard copy just yet.



Renee Sprink Photography

The 2014 edition of SB&G contains absolutely everything you need to know to plan a wedding in North Carolina’s Triangle area, and is full of more content than ever, including more inspirational shoots, 10 real weddings, and a variety of articles that outline the year’s hottest trends, etiquette, and planning tips.

Give us a shout out with the hashtag #sbgmag when you spot SB&G 2014 at distribution sites, use the magazine in your wedding planning, or get inspired from the pages upon pages of Southern wedding beauty!

Upcoming 2014 NC Wedding Shows and Events

We’re excited to announce several upcoming 2014 NC wedding shows and events to kick off engagement season after the first of the year!

Upcoming 2014 NC Wedding Shows and EventsRenee Sprink Photography

Forever Bridal’s The Wedding Show
Saturday, January 4th from 10:00am — 4:00pm
Sunday, January 5th from 11:00am — 4:00pm
Don’t miss the state’s longest running and most popular wedding show! This two-day event features hundreds of Triangle wedding experts to help engaged couples get their wedding planning process off on the right foot. Make a full weekend of the show an enjoy fashion previews debuting the season’s latest trends in wedding apparel, meet with the most talented vendors in the area – from caterers and florists to wedding planners and photographers – and get inspired for your big day! Be sure to stop by the SB&G booth to get your free copy of the brand new 2014 edition of Southern Bride & Groom!

Outer Banks Wedding Association’s Wedding Weekend 2014
Saturday, January 18th from 10:00am — 5:00pm
Sunday, January 19th from 10:00am — 3:00pm
Join the Outer Banks Wedding Association in a full weekend of exciting events to get started planning your perfect OBX destination wedding! Explore venues, wedding vendors, restaurants, and sample the food, hospitality and entertainment available throughout the Outer Banks during the Wedding Tour. The weekend culminates with an amazing giveaway – a dream wedding valued at over $100,000!

Brooklyn Arts Center Wedding Open House
Sunday, January 19th from 11:00am — 2:00pm
The beautiful Brooklyn Arts Center is opening its doors for brides-to-be for their Open House. Sip a complimentary mimosa and tour the iconic, 125 year-old church, the lovely church manse, and the largest private courtyard in the City of Wilmington. Come feel the romance, the elegance, and the history of the BAC!

Carolina Inn’s 2014 Bridal Showcase
Sunday, January 26th from 1:00 — 4:00pm
Join the SB&G Team and a slew of other elite wedding industry professionals at the prestigious Carolina Inn for the 19th-annual Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase. This is a must-attend event for all brides! Browse the Inn’s gorgeous floor plan while sipping on champagne, and then enjoy a buffet and high-end fashion runway show.

PULP DIY Workshop at Gather
Thursday, January 30th at 7:00pm
Reserve your spot in the exclusive workshop hosted by PULP – the DIY wedding stationery experts – and Gather in Cary by emailing

Save the Date for The Wedding Affair at North Hills
Sunday, February 23rd from 1:00 — 4:00pm

The Wedding Affair at North Hills is a wedding showcase featuring some of the Triangle’s top wedding industry professionals. When you register, you will receive a bridal swag bag and are entered to win some fabulous prizes!



New Wedding Trend – Hiring a Wedding Coordinator to Pull off the Perfect Proposal

These days, grooms-to-be are stepping it up a notch when it comes to creative proposals. Wedding photographers have seen a spike in proposal shoots over the last several years, but the trend of planned proposals has expanded to the point where guys are requesting the help of professional wedding coordinators as well!

Thanks to the popularity of sites like Pinterest and YouTube, girls are bombarded with creative proposal schemes. For the guys, this creates some pressure to make their proposal unique and personal. So now, grooms-to-be are bringing in help – not only teaming up with a photographer to capture the moment, but also hiring a wedding coordinator to pull off the perfect proposal.

The ladies at A Southern Soiree were contacted a few months back by a man who wanted to pull off a fantastic surprise – a perfectly picturesque proposal to his girlfriend of three years. The planners worked with him to find the perfect location (and a few backups!), incorporate some live music, and prepare a picnic lunch. A Southern Soiree took care of everything, all he had to do was get his bride-to-be to the location and figure out what he wanted to say!

Raleigh Wedding Photographer

Hiring a professional can add a big wow factor to the proposal, because they know what works and doesn’t work when it comes to location and details. Bringing in help is also a wonderful idea if you don’t have family or many friends in town to help out with the “surprise” element of the proposal.

We’re seeing this trend pop up more and more recently, and we think it’s so sweet! Documenting the proposal, especially one the groom-to-be put so much work into making special, is an absolutely wonderful way to remember the moment for the rest of your lives.

Wedding Flowers: Sensational Southern Style – 2014 Floral Shoot Video

SB&G’s grand photo shoot each year is our floral tabletop shoot. We plan with each of our 10 florists to choose a variety of beautiful color palettes and styles, working with our preferred specialty rental and décor companies, and paper specialists to create amazing wedding table designs. These top florists always bring an original touch and innovative look to their bouquets and table art. Each look is paired with a complementary bridal gown – hair & makeup provided by Bella Trio.

This year, we created visions for three unique venues in Durham, NC. Three nature-inspired tablescapes were set at the beautiful and serene Duke Gardens.

The setting for our remaining unique table designs was downtown’s historic Golden Belt in two revitalized urban venues, The Cotton Room, a former mill with fabulous interior windows, and the more rustic Belt Line Station, a 1890 train depot.

The floral shoot is always one of our favorite days of the year – and it’s even more exciting when we get the photographs back from husband and wife team, Photography by Walters & Walters, and begin to put together the beautiful page spreads for the magazine!

This year, we had our friends from Twenty-One Films join us to capture some footage of the making of this beautiful photo shoot. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at the action-packed day in which many of the Triangle-Area’s most talented wedding florists and specialists came together to create beautiful editorial inspiration for SB&G readers!

Sensational Southern Style from Twenty-One Films on Vimeo.

Southern Bride & Groom 2014 Magazine Launch and Winter-Spring Cover Release

The SB&G Team team is thrilled to release our Southern Bride & Groom 2014 magazine and reveal our Winter-Spring cover! We are head over heels for this image, which is the epitome of Southern grace and style with a classic North Carolina backdrop – our capital city’s skyline. We hope you like it as much as we do!


This gorgeous moment was captured by Renee Sprink Photography during our sunrise style shoot at the Boylan Bridge in Downtown Raleigh. ThemeWorks worked with La Fête, one of the top local wedding planners, to create the stunning scene with gold details and lush florals (including paper flowers from FlowerThyme), a sparkly linen from CE Rental, and place settings by Bailey’s Fine Jewelry. The beautiful Liancarlo bridal gown our model is wearing is from Alexia’s, jewelry from Bailey’s, and hair and makeup was done by Jodi Galeazzo, one of the lead stylists at Bella Trio Day Spa.

The magazines arrived today – so we are hitting the road to make our deliveries. We will make sure to get all major distribution points first – such as all of the Belk stores in the Triangle NC area, bridal salons, and venues. As you peruse the SB&G website, keep in mind that our entire family of wedding pros carries copies of SB&G. We will also be giving out our new edition at the Forever Bridal show at the NC State Fairgrounds on January 4 and 5.

Southern Bride & Groom 2014 magazine contains absolutely everything you need to know in order to plan a wedding in North Carolina’s Triangle area. This 27th edition of SB&G is full of more content than ever – more inspirational shoots, 10 real weddings, and a slew of articles that outline this year’s hottest trends, etiquette and planning tips that every bride needs to know for her big day – whether it’s here in the Old North State or beyond!

As always, SB&G recommends only the best of the best wedding venues, bridal salons and wedding professionals to our wonderful brides. With the help of SB&G’s magazine, website, and blog, you will be able to plan a Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill or Greater Triangle Area wedding from engagement to honeymoon, and rest assured that each vendor you select is reliable and top-notch.

Be sure to check up on the SB&G blog often, as we’ll be sharing behind-the-scenes action and never-before-seen photos from our various shoots, and releasing the online version of the magazine in just a short while! Give us a shout out with the hashtag #sbgmag when you spot SB&G 2014 at distribution sites, use it in your wedding planning, or get inspired from the pages and pages of Southern wedding beauty!

Southern Bride & Groom 2014 Magazine ~ Behind the Scenes at the Printing Press

We can hardly contain our excitement at Southern Bride & Groom this week! Our 2014 magazine is printed and we are just a few days away from holding the final product in our hands – another year’s labor of love!

Southern Bride & Groom is proud that we have always printed here in the USA! Printing locally is not only a great thing for the integrity of our magazine, but the quality of our product. Each year, our amazing Art Director Patricia goes to the printing press so she can oversee the entire process. This year, I wanted to see the action, so Mom and I drove up for a little field trip. It was a fascinating experience to see the huge operation of a printing press – we toured the entire facility. Take a look at these images below – you really get an idea of how massive this operation is! The second photo is the press used to produce all interior pages of our 2014 Southern Bride & Groom magazine.



After our tour, we stuck around to see the printing of the first three “sigs” (sections of the magazine), and shadowed Patricia as she made color adjustments to her liking. She actually checks each page, one by one, against the final proof, as each section is printed. This is a long and grueling process – proof one section, wait about an hour for it to be printed, and so on until it’s complete (about a 10-12 hour time period – usually running late into the twilight hours). It’s a long night – but worth it to her in the end when our color looks beautiful on each and every page of the magazine!


Here she comes!!


After each section is printed here, they are taken to another machine to be bound to the covers – which are printed on a separate, hand-fed printer. Then, they are boxed up and a truck drives them straight to Mom’s garage! Stay tuned next week for the official launch of Southern Bride & Groom magazine 2014 – our 27th annual year as the NC Triangle Area’s top wedding resource guide. Monday we’ll be revealing our STUNNING Winter/Spring cover, and Wednesday we’ll be releasing a behind-the-scenes video from our floral shoot.

For a video that shows a little more “action” at the press – check out this Instagram Post.

Real NC Wedding — Southern Garden Wedding in Taylorsville, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re sharing Travis and Lindsay’s sweet, Southern Garden Wedding in Taylorsville, NC, at the bride’s grandparents’ home. Thanks to Sunderwirth Photography for the beautiful images! 

Travis and Lindsay met in Downtown Raleigh when they were both out with friends. Travis literally ran into Lindsay, and the two were inseparable! Two and a half years later, he proposed while they were visiting Lindsay’s family. He popped the question in the same garden where they’d eventually tie the knot!

Lindsay knew at a young age that she wanted to wed in her grandparents’ wooded garden. The towering trees and lush moss made for an extremely sweet Southern setting, perfect for the couple’s rustic garden theme.

Southern Garden Wedding in Taylorsville, NC

Southern Garden Wedding in Taylorsville, NC

Southern Garden Wedding in Taylorsville, NC

Southern Garden Wedding in Taylorsville, NC

Southern Garden Wedding in Taylorsville, NC

Southern Garden Wedding in Taylorsville, NC

Southern Garden Wedding in Taylorsville, NC

Southern Garden Wedding in Taylorsville, NC


Ceremony & Reception Location: Bride’s Grandparents’ home in Taylorsville, NC
Caterer: Sisters II Catering
Photographer: Sunderwirth Photography
Videographer: Darling Jill Videography
Bridal Gown: Allure Bridals
Florist: Wildflowers Florals and Country Road Greenhouse
Cake: Sisters II Catering
Reception Music: Schrum Sound DJ
Rentals and Lighting: Classic Event Rental

Winter Wedding Silver Tablescape from Fresh Affairs

The holiday season is officially upon us, and that means winter weddings are, too! Coordinating events that fall close to major holidays can be difficult, but having a December wedding doesn’t mean your color palette must be restricted to traditional reds and greens – we love this winter wedding silver tablescape from Fresh Affairs. The platinum styling oozes classic elegance and wintery-charm, and makes for a breathtaking overall display.

Fresh Affairs designed this stunning tablescape for our 2012 Floral Shoot at The Carolina Inn. Silver and platinum details are carried throughout the linens, china, chairs (including the custom skirts) and, of course, the floral décor. The billowy hydrangeas are entwined with platinum vines, and the chandelier is hung with cascading white orchids and silver leaves.

Winter Wedding Silver Tablescape from Fresh Affairs

Winter Wedding Silver Tablescape from Fresh Affairs

Winter Wedding Silver Tablescape from Fresh Affairs

Winter Wedding Silver Tablescape from Fresh Affairs

Winter Wedding Silver Tablescape from Fresh Affairs

Gown: Lana Addison Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Bella Trio Day Spa
Linen, chair skirts, napkin detail & chargers: Fresh Affairs
Chameleon barstools, ruched chair covers at table head & glassware: Classic Party Rentals
China: Belk
Menu: Paper Cafe
Photographer: Photography by Walters & Walters

Pantone Color of the Year 2014 — Radiant Orchid Inspiration

Pantone has officially announced the Color of the Year for 2014, and the winner is Radiant Orchid! This gorgeous hue is a shade of deep fuchsia with pink and purple undertones, which Pantone said is “a captivating, magical purple” that “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.”

The shade is a vibrant pop of color that pairs beautifully with just about any neutral – from steel grays and silvers, to soft ivories and golds – and also with ombre hues in the purple and pink color families. The flexibility is perfect for weddings and events throughout every season of the year! Though bright, Radiant Orchid is a surprisingly versatile color that can be worn by both men and women of all skin tones.

Shades of purple have been popping up throughout the wedding world this year, and we can’t wait to see what designers, planners, and of course, brides, do with this fantastic new color! Here’s some Radiant Orchid inspiration to get you started.

Radiant Orchid Inspiration

For more inspiration about incorporating this regal color into your every day life (and your wedding day!), check out our Radiant Orchid Inspiration Pinterest board.

Real Durham NC Wedding at Duke Gardens — Tara and Gregory

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re thrilled to share Tara and Gregory’s summery Real Durham NC Wedding at Duke Gardens, with beautiful photos from Casey Rose Photography.

Tara and Gregory met when she dropped by a Mexican restaurant for a quick bite to eat. He was sitting with his son Nigel, and when Tara sat down to eat, he struck up a conversation. They chatted for a while, and Greg asked for her number before she left. He took her to the Philadelphia Art Museum a few nights later, and the two have been inseparable ever since!

Greg proposed at a concert last in Philly last year. Right before the show started, he got down on one knee and popped the question right in the middle of a sea of people. When Tara said yes, everyone applauded!

The pair wanted a destination wedding, and decided on North Carolina, since Tara is a Duke alum. They settled on Duke Gardens for a beautiful, small July wedding, and Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair helped Tara and Greg plan their Durham wedding from afar. With a summery color palette of robin’s egg blue, silver and white, the couple wed in a classy, intimate affair.

The duo also used a slew of other members of the SB&G Family to help bring their big day dreams to life, including: Sugarland, Tre Bella Flowers, ShutterBooth, Island Sound Video, American Party Rentals, The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, and CE Rental. Tara said the print version of SB&G was her “bible” for the wedding planning process!

Real Durham, NC Wedding at Duke Gardens

Real Durham, NC Wedding at Duke Gardens

Real Durham, NC Wedding at Duke Gardens

Real Durham, NC Wedding at Duke Gardens

Real Durham, NC Wedding at Duke Gardens

Real Durham, NC Wedding at Duke Gardens

Real Durham, NC Wedding at Duke Gardens

Real Durham, NC Wedding at Duke Gardens

Real Durham, NC Wedding at Duke Gardens

Real Durham, NC Wedding at Duke Gardens

Real Durham, NC Wedding at Duke Gardens

Real Durham, NC Wedding at Duke Gardens

Real Durham, NC Wedding at Duke Gardens

Wedding Location: Duke Gardens
Rehearsal Dinner: Piazza Italia
Wedding Planner: Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair
Bridal Gown: Pronovias from Van Cleve Bridal Pavilion in Paoli, PA
Bridesmaids Dresses: Kate Spade
Men’s Formalwear: Joseph A. Bank
Hair & Makeup: Suede the Salon
Photographer: Casey Rose Photography
Videographer: Island Sound & Video
Florist: Tre Bella Flowers
Cake: Sugarland
Invitations: Chick Invitations
Ceremony & Reception Musicians: Joe Bunn DJ Company
Party Rentals: American Party Rentals and CE Rental
Guest Accommodations: The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Wedding Favors: ShutterBooth