Monthly Archives:: February 2013
Tre Bella and the Washington Duke Inn have been working hard all week to get the space ready and finalize last minute details for this amazing night of food, fashion, fun and philanthropy. Check out this video by Twenty-One Films for more information, and get excited!
This year’s event will include a presentation by Emily Giffin, a New York Times Best Selling Author, a cocktail hour shopping experience, a book signing, and of course, a high-end fashion show. Emily Giffin has touched the hearts of millions of readers through her emotionally charged and endearingly flawed characters. Of her six novels, three have been optioned for the big screen, and the film of her first novel, Something Borrowed, premiered in May of 2011.
During the cocktail hour, attendees will be treated to a signature cocktail and delectable hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club catering team, while getting the opportunity to chat with Emily Giffin. Participating boutiques will also be selling accessories and clothing! The boutiques include: Adorn Boutique, Hadley Emerson, Scout and Molly’s of Chapel Hill, Smitten Boutique, Bella Bridesmaid, Bernard’s Formalwear and Tre Bella Bridal.
Southern Bride & Groom is so excited to be a sponsor and part of this wonderful event benefitting a local charity — Girls on the Run of the Triangle. Girls on the Run is a life-changing character development program for girls between the ages of 8 and 12. Volunteer coaches inspire the young women to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum in which the girls are taught values that lead to a positive sense of self.
Thanks to all of the other sponsors who are making this wonderful event possible: Joe Bunn DJ Company, The Catering Company, CE Rental, Durham Magazine, Bella Trio Day Spa & Salon, Weddings Unveiled, Get Lit and Models for Charity.
Tickets are $50 per person, and are available now. Don’t miss out on this one, y’all!
In honor of Wedding Wednesday, we’ve got a stunning Real North Carolina Wedding feature for y’all today! Enjoy Kristen & Bradley’s sweet ceremony and beautiful reception photographs from their October 2012 wedding.
Kristen and Bradley got engaged last February in the picturesque Aspen, Colorado. He popped the question on a mountain top after snowboarding with the ring in his pocket the entire day!
Kristen is no stranger to the wedding world, as she’s the social catering manager at The Carolina Inn, so she immediately got to work planning their big day. “Southern Bride & Groom was the first magazine I received when I got engaged,” the bride said. “Much inspiration was taken from the ideas in SB&G!”
The couple chose Tryon Palace for its beautiful architecture, and its location — only steps away from the couple’s property in New Bern. The theme of the wedding was Southern Elegance, and with a classic color pattern, crystal chandeliers and Chivari chairs…the couple had elegant covered! They incorporated Southern touches like shrimp and grits and Pepsi favors to complete the feel.
Now, enjoy these beautiful photos from Portraits by Angelo, y’all! ! Congratulations Kristen and Bradley, your wedding was stunning!
Wedding Consultant: All my wonderful ladies I work with at The Carolina Inn!! They gave me great support!
Rehearsal Dinner: Attmoire Oliver House
Ceremony and Reception: Tryon Palace
Caterer: The Chelsea Restaurant
Photographer: Portraits by Angelo
Bridal Gown: Allure Couture
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bridesmaids’ own
Men’s Formalwear: The Intimate
Florist: Michelle Peele
Cake: Lisa Bridges Cake Design
Invitations, etc: Etsy
Rehearsal Dinner Musicians: Hot Buttered Grits
Ceremony Musicians: Patrick Edwards
Reception Music: DJ Professionals
Linens: CE Rentals Tent and Equipment: Island Essentials
Lighting: Island Essentials
Transportation: New Bern Carriage Rides
Guest Accommodations: Riverfront Comfort Suites
Hair: Paisley’s Hair Design
Wedding Favors: Pepsi
Want your wedding featured on SB&G? Submit it here!
This week is a big one for Raleigh-Durham wedding events! Check out our list of bridal shows and register for the ones you can attend. Make sure to enter our contest for 2 free tickets to the Altar Ego Fashion event!
Cobblestone Hall Open House & Tasting
Wednesday, February 28, 5:00-8:00pm
Couples are invited to visit Cobblestone Hall, a fabulous wedding venue downtown Raleigh in historic City Market, to see the space, and meet some of their preferred vendors. Please RSVP to Kaitlin – email@example.com.
Triangle Bridal Association’s 4th Annual “A Happy Affair”
Thursday, February 28, 5:30-8:30pm
Mix & Mingle with wedding professionals while sipping champagne and snacking on hors d’oeuvres at this annual event at the North Ridge Country Club.
Altar Ego: A Fashion Event
Friday, March 1, 6:30-9:30pm
Tre Bella Inc, Durham’s only couture bridal salon and one of the area’s top florists, is pleased to present their annual fashion event at the prestigious Washington Duke Inn. The event will begin with a cocktail hour and book-signing by NY Times best-selling author Emily Giffin. Giffin is the author of several fabulous novels, including Something Borrowed, which was made into a hit movie. She will also be doing a presentation! The culmination of the event is the fashion show, with local clothing boutiques (Hadley Emerson, Scout & Molly of Chapel Hill, and Smitten), followed by wedding wear including Bella Bridesmaid, Bernard’s Formalwear, and Tre Bella Bridal.
Tickets are $50, and include the entertainment, food and a signature cocktail. All proceeds go to local charity, Girls on the Run.
SB&G is giving away a pair of Free Tickets to Altar Ego Fashion this week!
To enter, simply write “I want the tickets to Altar Ego!” on our FACEBOOK wall or Tweet it to us @SthrnBrideGroom, by 11pm on Wednesday, Feb 27. We’ll pick a winner on Thursday morning at random. Please only enter if you are able to attend the event!
In honor of Top of the Hill’s Invisible Groom event taking place this Sunday, today’s Advice Friday post is going to be all about the man in your life…the groom! Here are some of my favorite 2013 wedding trends specifically for the groom and his groomsmen.
1. “Manly” Bars
Instead of a cocktail or candy bar, think cigars and bourbon. A mini bar complete with your beau’s favorite bourbon (or any liquor, like scotch!) or aged cigars can be set up separately from the actual bar in a lounge area for guests to sip, puff and mingle. Make sure to check with your venue if you want to go the cigar bar route, you’ll need to ensure they allow smoking.
I mean really, who can resist a man in suspenders? This is a fashion statement that is making a major comeback with the groom and his guys. A few tips for your beau, if he wants to go this route: Make sure the suspenders match his suit color, or if he’s opting for a printed version, keep the rest of his suit monochromatic to give the accessory the attention they deserve.
3. Statement Socks
To give a formal tuxedo a fun pop of color, gift your groom and his men brightly colored socks complementary to your wedding colors. Think stripes, polka dots, or a Southerner’s favorite – Argyle – to make for some awesome photo ops.
4. Mismatched Prints + Patterns
Mixing patterns may be intimidating, but it isn’t hard at all, and the finished look is completely wonderful! Think seersucker and gingham or checks and florals. Just make sure the patterns are in complementary colors and hues…pastels with pastels, and brights with brights.
Brides-to-be, here’s an upcoming Open House you don’t want to miss! Cobblestone Hall in Raleigh’s Historic Moore Square Arts District is hosting a Bridal Open House on Wednesday, February 27 from 5:00-8:00pm. Cobblestone Hall is a gorgeous venue in Downtown Raleigh complete with old world charm and an overwhelming a sense of elegance.
Come meet the Cobblestone Hall staff and their preferred vendors at this special event, where you and your fiancé can enjoy “A Taste of Cobblestone Hall,” featuring hors d’oeuvres and drinks. If you select Cobblestone Hall for your big day during the tasting, you will be treated to a 10% discount on the facility rental! Showtime Events is a full-service event management company to help you in every way during your wedding planning — from facility to rental to walking down the aisle!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP!
In honor of Wedding Wednesday, we’ve got a beautiful Real North Carolina Wedding feature for you all today! Enjoy Lauren & Nicholas’ sweet engagement story and stunning photographs from their big day last September!
Lauren and Nicholas (you might remember them from our e-session feature!) met at a “My Tie” date function by Lauren’s sorority at UNC-Chapel Hill. The idea behind My Tie cocktails is that gals let their friends set them up on a blind date, and the only clue they get as to who will be accompanying them to the soiree is one of the guy’s ties.
Courtney, who was also Lauren’s Maid of Honor, set her up with Nicholas, a friend from high school who was attending NC State at the time. After a fun night of dancing and chatting, Nicholas walked Lauren home, and asked if he could call her sometime. Lauren said, “I’ll believe it when I hear my phone ring” and left it at that.
A few days later, on Valentine’s Day, Nicholas called to ask Lauren if he could stop by her sorority house. He showed up with a dozen roses, her favorite candy, and an offer for a proper date. The two have been inseparable ever since!
In July of 2011, the couple took a relaxing vacation to Lake Lure, NC. Nicholas popped the question during a walk to the boathouse before they headed to dinner. Of course, Lauren said yes, and the duo began planning their September 2012 wedding.
The Sheraton Raleigh Hotel seemed the perfect location for the nuptials, as the couple thought it combined “value, convenience and a touch of elegance.” After a rehearsal dinner the night before at Caffe Luna, a stunning color palette of blue, green, grey and ivory set the stage for a breathtakingly beautiful ceremony and reception, and was carried through with the Caspian Blue J. Crew bridesmaids dresses, grey suits for the groom and his men, and beautiful ivory flowers by Julie Liles.
The couple tackled their rivalry preferences — she was a Carolina girl, and he was an NC State grad — through table names, an engagement session at UNC, bridal portraits at the NC State Centennial Campus, and themed ribbons for their grand exit.
Lauren and Nicholas used the resources at SB&G, including the Venue Guide, to make their big day special. Congratulations, y’all, and thanks for submitting your wedding to us! Now, enjoy these gorgeous photos by Azul Photography…they’re swoon-worthy!
Wedding Location: First Baptist Church; Raleigh, NC
Minister: Trey Davis and Father Robert
Reception Location: Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
Rerhearsal Dinner: Caffe Luna
Bridal Gown: Priscilla of Boston
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridal Jewelry: CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Mother of the Bride Dress: Maggie London
Formalwear: Joseph A. Banks
Groomsmen Gifts: NFL and Soccer jerseys chosen by the groomsmen
Hair: Ashley at Caju Salon
Makeup: Mary King
Photographer: Azul Photography
Florist: Julie Liles
Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes
Invitations: William Arthur (ordered through Paper Buzz)
Ceremony Musicians: Donna Jolly
Reception Music: DJ Randy Pulley
Rentals: CE Rentals
Guest Accommodations: Sheraton Raleigh Hotel and Courtyard Crabtree
Wedding Favors: Etsy
Want your wedding featured on SB&G? Submit it here!
The Top of the Hill is partnering with Virtue Event Planning and Consulting, Inc. and Party Reflections to put together a wedding event designed specifically for grooms. That’s right, y’all — grooms! This upcoming wedding show, The Invisible Groom will take place Sunday, February 24th from 1:00-4:00pm at The Great Room at Top of the Hill. Think cigars, bow ties and beer.
Designed with the modern groom in mind, this one-of-a-kind event will feature a selection of local vendors to help your beau with bachelor party planning, honeymoon details and budget tips, all while he enjoys beer samples from the Top of the Hill brewery, cigar rolling and the “Man Cave” atmosphere of The Great Room at Top of the Hill.
But don’t worry, brides, this event has something in store for you as well! The bridal boutique will have information on wedding planning, floral design, stationary, make-up and more! Browse the hottest styles of wedding gowns and sip on wine, while your fiancé enjoys his own event in the adjoining room.
This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPing is encouraged, as there is limited space! To reserve your spot, check here.
While some brides-to-be fantasized about wearing a white dress on their wedding day as young girls, many are ready to break away from the tradition, dating back to the 19-century. This year, we are going to see a huge increase in the amount of brides wearing colored wedding dresses…and it’s a trend I love! This 2013 wedding fashion trend is already popping up among Hollywood brides like Jessica Biel and Reese Witherspoon, so naturally, tons of brides are following suit.
From subtle blush pink or off-white oatmeal to vibrant, dashing hues of red, bridal couture designers are creating gowns in every color of the rainbow for brides ready to buck tradition and say “I do” in style.
I am over the moon for this blush gown by JLM Couture designer Hayley Paige. In fact, she’s one of my all-time favorite designers, and with creations like this, I’m sure you can see why! This gown, “Lilac”, features layers of blush and violet tulle and a fashion-forward high-low hemline. Floral detailing and the natural waist make this demure gown perfectly sweet and sophisticated.
Another beautiful creation by Hayley Paige, the “Rosemary” gown features layers of soft blush organza. This subtly pink dress has a sweetheart neckline, rushed bodice, gorgeous floral detail and a chapel train.
Another JLM Couture designer, the ever-famous Lazaro, designed this wonderful tulle ball gown. This dress, style LZ3108, features a pleated silk satin organza bodice and a full skirt in a soft sherbet color. The floral jewel encrusted band at the natural waist adds the perfect amount of glam to this classically pretty wedding dress.
You can’t go wrong with couture designer Monique Lhullier. This gown, “Dream,” is composed of blush-colored Chantilly lace, with a dropped-waist bodice and fit-and-flair skirt. All Southerner belles love lace, and this dress certainly doesn’t disappoint!
This Palm Springs design by Watters features two of my favorite things: ruffles and a big bow! The soft oatmeal colored tulle bodice flows into a full ruffled floral skirt, and the back features a bow detail. This gown is truly stunning from every view point!
When you think of couture bridal gowns, the first designer to come to mind is usually none other than Vera Wang, and she definitely stunned wedding professionals with the “Kassisa” gown from her Spring 2013 collection. This gown, from the Alexia’s fashion show event, is a strapless mermaid gown in daring red.
Vera Wang created this bold masterpiece — “Kylie” — for her Spring 2013 collection. This jaw-dropping wedding gown features asymmetrical tulle, a draped bodice and a beautifully-crafted floral appliqué skirt.
Are you ready to break away from the traditional white or ivory gown and opt for something more modern, like blush or pink, or completely change tactics and stun your guests in a vibrant hue of red? We hope so, because this trend is gorgeous!
NC brides don’t need to travel far to find an idyllic destination wedding setting. Bald Head Island is a world of its own, with stretches of stunning pristine beaches, well-preserved dunes and forests, and an upscale community feel, making it the perfect location for a destination wedding.
Mama Parks and I were privileged to visit our friends at Bald Head Island Ltd and their gorgeous wedding venue, the Shoals Club, a few weeks ago. Although we are lifelong North Carolinians, and have always heard rave reviews about the island, we had never ourselves been guests at the island. After just two nights on this magical island, it is safe to say that we’re IN LOVE, and I am so excited to share some photos I’ve collected of various sites on the island and tell you more about the wedding opportunities.
About an hour south of Wilmington is the town of Southport, where you must board a ferry to take your journey to Bald Head Island. This short 20 minute ride is symbolic of leaving not only your car, but your worries behind. We were lucky enough to sit on the top deck of a nearly empty ferry (midweek in January isn’t high season) and enjoy a bright orange sunset.
Bald Head Island Ltd owns dozens of properties that are available for rent. We stayed in one of the cozy Element cottages, which sits right along the marina with a fabulous view of the docks and the boats arriving and departing the island.
Life on the island is simple and sweet – most properties for rent (including our “Air” Element cottage) come with a golf cart – which is pretty crucial considering you’re on a 14-mile island with no car. This says a lot about the pace of life on Bald Head: calm and leisurely. No traffic, no horns, no gas fumes plus plenty of fresh air, quiet neighborhoods, blue skies, expansive beaches. Believe me, you’ll get used the slow pace in no time; it’s almost as if having no choice but to mosey down the road in a golf cart or on foot sends you into relaxation mode more quickly. And for us non-golfers, the carts made our stay feel like a real adventure.
One very special property that Bald Head Island Ltd has available for rent which is called Beacons Watch. It sits right across the street from Element cottage and we were lucky to get the chance to take a tour of this gracious 10-bedroom work of modern architectural beauty. Its spacious living areas are perfect for group gatherings and the kitchen is roomy enough for team cooking. The best part is every single bedroom has its own bathroom and balcony – some with views of the marina, and others with views of the wetlands and lighthouse. This is the perfect place for an extended family or entire wedding party to stay together under one roof, while having plenty of individual privacy.
During our stay, we got the chance to really get to know the island. We checked out several of the dining options – fresh seafood is available everywhere – and even paid a visit to the on-island grocery store. Bald Head has it all – even a spa where a bride and her ‘maids can enjoy onsite services.
We also see a couple of special sights of the island during our tour. Built in 1795, Old Baldy is North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse. It is the perfect place to send your wedding guests – and it’s also a beautiful photo-opp, especially if your wedding ceremony is at the adjacent chapel. The Village Chapel of Bald Head Island is built in the 19th century Carolina coastal style. There is seating for 130 in this lovely chapel with beautiful wooden ceiling beams and a view into the green thickets in which it is situated.
The highlight of our tour was definitely visiting the Shoals Club. We fell in love with this outstanding wedding venue. Couples may choose to book this site for just the reception – having their ceremony at the chapel or on the beach, but my favorite part of the Shoals Club is the breathtaking ceremony site. The presentation deck overlooks the Cape Fear Point. The view is breathtaking – your guests will watch as you are wed under an open-air arbor against a backdrop of sand dunes, Bald Head’s East Beach and Atlantic Ocean. For your reception, the dining room and outdoor covered verandah are wonderful options. Or, choose the event pavilion, which neighbors the pool terrace. Shoals Club’s staff will guide you through the process, and provide high-quality catering. The club is undergoing some renovations this winter – we’ll be sure to follow up with another photo-tour blog of the club when they are complete!
We also had the chance to tour and have lunch at the island’s other major venue – the Bald Head Island Club. For couples that want a destination wedding, but are drawn to a more traditional feel, this is the perfect venue. Unlike your hometown club, however, this one not only has a beautiful golf course view, but also a view of the beach! It has plenty of indoor and outdoor space, and a fabulous chef!
Of course, many couples plan more intimate destination weddings at Bald Head Island, in which they are wed on the beach, followed by a reception at one of the rental properties, and it’s clear to see why – there couldn’t be a lovelier beach for such a wedding.
Really, you cannot go wrong by choosing Bald Head Island as your destination wedding location – it is pure paradise, and you and your guests will have a memorable wedding event here. It’s all about what you envision for your special day, how many people you need to accommodate, and whether or not you love the idea of sand between your toes as you say your vows!
A big thanks to the Bald Head Island Ltd and Shoals Club teams. Also, thank you to Brian Mullins Photography for contributing some of the beautiful photos for this article!
In the latest issue of Southern Bride & Groom, we featured a real bride and groom in a photo spread dedicated to the most current looks in couples wedding fashion.
Our gorgeous bride, Catalina, and her beau, Adam, married last year, and had a blast reliving their wedding day for our shoot at Raleigh’s Historic Cobblestone Hall with the ever-talented Neil Boyd Photography. Cobblestone Hall was an ideal location for this shoot, with its cobblestone lanes and old brick walls, we were able to capture our bride and groom against stunning natural, eclectic backdrops.
The photo above features an adorable short wedding dress from Gorgeous Gowns in Cary. While the groom sports a khaki tuxedo from Bernard’s Formalwear. Ninth Street Flowers created a gorgeous, brightly colored bouquet for this shoot.
This fun, tulle wedding dress from Gorgeous Gowns is ideal for a beach or more casual ceremony. Its lightweight fabric is perfect for a wedding during the warm summer months! Our groom’s khaki tuxedo from Bernard’s Formalwear is a wonderful match for the bride’s casual look.
These beautiful wedding dresses are also from Gorgeous Gowns in Cary. On the left, our bride wears a demure one-shoulder satin gown with one of our favorite details — pockets! On the right, the back-view of the lightweight tulle gown from previous photos can be seen. With its subtle train, we think it’s perfectly elegant.
This gown, a detail shot from the opening photo, is an adorable short satin dress with matching shrug from Gorgeous Gowns. The sweet and Southern jewelry is from Anfesa’s Jewelers, and Douglas Carroll Salon did a fabulous job bringing out Catalina’s natural beauty!
These stunning formal wedding gowns are from Savvi Bridal, while our groom sports a more classic look from Savvi Formalwear. We love the dropped-waist on the gown on the right, and the bejeweled bodice adds the perfect amount of glam.
One-shoulder gowns have become increasingly popular, and with styles like the one above from Savvi Bridal, we understand why! The ruched bodice and jeweled waist detail give this dress a Grecian vibe that we’re totally smitten with. Our groom’s tuxedo is from Savvi Formalwear.
So, brides and grooms, when you’re looking for the latest in wedding fashion, don’t leave Gorgeous Gowns, Bernard’s Formalwear, Savvi Bridal and Savvi Formalwear off your list! And if you’re looking for a venue with old-world charm, look no further than Cobblestone Hall.
We’d like to extend a huge thanks to everyone who made this wonderful shoot possible, including: Neil Boyd Photography, Gorgeous Gowns, Bernard’s Formalwear, Savvi Bridal, Savvi Formalwear, Douglas Carroll Salon, Ninth Street Flowers, Anfesa’s Jewelers, Cobblestone Hall, and of course, our sweet couple — Catalina and Adam!