Monthly Archives:: March 2013

2013 Wedding Trends — Mint Inspiration

One of my favorite 2013 wedding trends is the resurgence of the color mint. Mint was incredibly popular in 1940s and 50s fashion — think personal items like telephones, typewriters, bathroom sinks and even appliances — and with weddings turning towards vintage style, mint is officially back in style!

This soft hue was all over the runway at this year’s spring fashion shows, and we expect mint to pop up on everything from save the dates and wedding invitations to bridesmaids dresses, flowers and decor! To take the theme beyond just the color, mint will also be incorporated as a flavor in signature cocktails, cakes and cupcakes, centerpieces and wedding favors.

Pair mint with metallics like gold or silver,  a muted ivory, rose pink, coral or even saffron — this romantic and delicate hue can be mixed with almost any color on the spectrum to make your day beautiful and incredibly unique! Check out this inspiration board to fall in love with one of the season’s hottest colors!

2013 Wedding Trends -- Mint Inspiration

Can’t get enough mint? Get more ideas from SB&G’s Mint Wedding Inspiration board on Pinterest.

Childress Vineyards Wine Dinner at Bia Raleigh

To the Triangle foodies out there, Raleigh’s Bia restaurant should be on your “must dine” list. Solas, one of downtown Raleigh’s hottest nightclubs (and also a great wedding venue), recently separated its restaurant out with a new brand: Bia. I was honored to attend a special Childress Vineyards wine pairing dinner at this beautiful restaurant last night.


Bia Raleigh Childress Vineyards Wine DinnerThe differences in Bia are not just in the name; there is a new chef onboard, Dan Yeager, as well as a new General Manager, Scott Kleczkowski- and we got to meet both of them last night. The guests at this intimate dinner were treated to five courses of experimental creations from the Bia kitchen – which specializes in fusion global cuisine. As each course was presented, both the chef and Mark Friszolowski, the winemaker himself from renowned Childress Vineyards – spoke as to the nature of the pairing.


I cannot praise Bia enough for the level of service, the fabulous ambiance, and the fantastic food. I truly hope that some of the creative dishes we tried make it to the regular menu (my personal fave was the “coffee braised shortrib with seasonal vegetables,” but closely matched by the unique “potato wrapped branzino with red pepper lemon beurre blanc”)! I highly recommend attending one of these special wine dinners – which they host once a month – for a chance to try some very special dishes and get to know the Solas family on an intimate level.


It was very special to learn the story of Childress Vineyards in such a private setting from the winemaker, Mr. Friszolowski. The winery was founded by NASCAR team owner Richard Childress (the concept was originated by Childress and his colleague, Dale Earnhardt, and one of the wines we tried was “Free” – a tribute to his lost friend). Childress carried out the dream to have his own farm and winery with the help of his business partner, Greg Johns. Childress Vineyards is just outside of Lexington, which is midway between Winston Salem and Charlotte, and is now the largest state-of-the-art winery in North Carolina – not only a tourist destination but an event venue as well. The wines we sampled last night were outstanding – my personal favorite was the 2007 Cabernet Franc, (from Yadkin grapes) – which was paired flawlessly with the shortrib.


Mr. Firszolowski taught us a little bit about the NC wine industry as well and how much it has grown. When Mr. Childress started the project of building his own winery, there were only 19 statewide. Would you be surprised to learn that today that number has soared to 122 wineries crossing the entire state of North Carolina? (Apparently, everyone in NC lives within 50 miles of a winery) This is out of 6,000 in the US, which puts us as 10th ranking for wine production in our country – not too shabby! So check out your nearest wineries – a day trip spent strolling through a vineyard and tasting wine is a pretty fun way to support your local economy!

Spring 2013 Wedding Trends — Pastel Hues

Spring is officially here, y’all! And that means so is wedding season! One of the major Spring 2013 wedding trends is color — pastel hues like mint, blush and dusty shale will be paired with metallics or brights like gold, saffron or aqua to create a wonderful, colorful setting for your big day. Here, we’ve outlined how to incorporate these beautiful hues into your big day — from your attire to your decor, and even your cake!

Spring 2013Blush pink bridesmaids dresses are so romantic, soft and ethereal. Pair your ‘maids soft attire with white blooms for a rustic vibe, or bright hues like daffodil or mint for a fun pop of color.

Spring 2013Grey suits for your groom and his men are a great way to transition into Spring. The lighter color is less formal than a black tuxedo, but still incredibly elegant. Pair it with a pastel hue like blush and you’ve got a knockout look for your big day! And for you, brides, a floral head wreath is a wonderful statement piece perfect for the season. Mix in colors from your wedding pallet and make your wreath as subtle or bold as you’d like.

Spring 2013Mint and pink are one of our all-time favorite combinations, and it will become increasingly popular in Spring of 2013. These ‘maids look young and fresh in soft mint chiffon dresses, complimented by subtle pink blooms.

Spring 2013Incorporate this trend all the way down to your cuisine! These two simple white cakes are beautifully done, and accented with soft blooms in peach or pink. An all white cake is a wonderful way to have a blank canvas to add in pops of your wedding colors.

Want more pastel inspiration? Check out SB&G’s Spring Wedding Inspiration board on Pinterest!

Real Raleigh NC Wedding — Cobblestone Hall

In honor of Wedding Wednesday, we’ve got a fabulous Real Raleigh NC Wedding feature for y’all today! Enjoy Katie and Adam’s sweet love story and gorgeous photos from their big day in December!

Katie and Adam met at Whole Foods, where Adam worked, when she approached the customer service desk. The two hit it off with an instant connection, and Katie rushed home to gush to her mother about the cute guy at the grocery store — who didn’t ask for her number! Her mom convinced her to return to the store to give it to him, and it paid off — Adam called her that evening to ask her on a date, and the pair have been together ever since.

Real Raleigh Wedding
So, when the couple tied the knot this past December, it was with an overwhelming amount of love. Kailey from A Southern Soiree helped make their big day fabulous, along with a slew of other members of the SB&G Family, including: Cobblestone Hall, Rocky Top Catering, Tre Bella Flowers and Sugarland.

Check out these beautiful photographs from Azul Photography capturing the couple’s ceremony at Sacred Heart Cathedral and reception at Cobblestone Hall, and prepare to swoon!

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Real Raleigh Wedding
Real Raleigh Wedding
Real Raleigh Wedding

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Wedding Coordinator: A Southern Soiree
Ceremony: Sacred Heart Cathedral
Reception: Cobblestone Hall
Photographer: Azul Photography
Catering: Rocky Top Catering
Reception Music: Joe Bunn DJ Company
Florist: Tre Bella
Cake: Sugarland
Invitations: Paper Buzz
Bridal Gown: Traditions by Anna
Transportation: Blue Diamond Limousine and Raleigh Rickshaw

This Week’s Raleigh Durham Bridal Events

It will officially be spring this week – and wedding season officially commences! What Durham and Raleigh bridal events are happening this week? Southern Bride & Groom magazine has the scoop – read on to find out!

Wedding Story Writer Official Launch

Mike Bayley

Mike Bayley Photography

Thursday, March 21, 6:00-8:00PM
Saks Fifth Avenue, 7700 Old Wake Forest Road, Raleigh
Wedding Story Writer is new, one-of-a-kind business, founded by local writer Michelle McMurray. Have your wedding story written and created into a masterpiece book to last a lifetime, complete with original sketches. Learn more at the launch party at Saks this Thursday evening. A storybook will be on display, as well as samples of the original artwork. There will also be a perfume bar, and guests will enjoy champagne and light bites.  RSVP to or 919.434.9179.


Highgrove Bridal Open House
Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10:00am-1:00pm
Stop by the beautiful Highgrove Estate on Laurel Lake in Fuquay Varina to tour the gorgeous wedding venue, and taste the delectable creations of their catering staff.


Cotton Room Open House
Sunday, March 24, 2013, 5:00-8:00pm
Visit The Cotton Room in Durham’s hip Golden Belt area to visit this hot wedding venue, taste amazing food from Triangle Catering, and check out the new neighboring venue, Belt Line Station.

Raleigh-Durham Wedding Venue Gets Makeover: Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport at RTP

Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park just finished an extensive nine month, $8 million renovation that includes design enhancements to the exterior and interior public spaces, guest room makeovers, the introduction of a new, locally-driven restaurant and an expanded outdoor terrace, perfect for weddings!

Raleigh Durham wedding venue
The Raleigh-Durham wedding venue and spectacular hotel boasts a wonderfully convenient location in the heart of the Triangle area, and is the perfect venue for all of your needs on your wedding day — from beautiful ceremony and reception space to elegant guest accommodations only steps from the RDU airport.

Last July, Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport at RTP began updating and enhancing its 248 guest rooms and suites, all 9,400 square feet of meeting space, and all public areas. Two covered porches have been added to the 1,800 square feet of outdoor space, and the grand veranda with wicker rocking chairs and porch swings remains a favorite spot for guests. The hotel also updated the outdoor swimming pool, the fitness center and business center.

The hotel also unveils a new restaurant as part of the renovations — Vintage Carolina, which will partner with local artisans and feature a menu of locally grown cuisine.
Raleigh Durham wedding venue
Raleigh Durham wedding venue
Thanks to Neil Boyd Photography for providing this post’s photos of the gorgeous renovations!

SB&G Team Shoot Downtown Durham

Southern Bride & Groom Magazine is growing, and the full crew gathered for a fun photo-shoot last week with our good friends from Brian Mullins Photography. We wandered around near our office in Downtown Durham on a crisp sunny afternoon – one of the last cold days of this winter! Read on to learn more about the ladies behind Southern Bride & Groom magazine – aka, SB&G!

SB&G is a small team of Southern gals who are passionate about the Triangle NC wedding industry, and providing our local brides with inspiration, advice, and fabulous, reliable wedding vendors! Allison Clarke

Donna Parks founded Southern Bride and Groom magazine twenty-six years ago as a wedding planner, etiquette guide, and roster of the best of the best in local wedding professionals. The magazine really became the beautiful product that you see today when Patricia Campbell came onboard as our Art Director. Donna’s daughter Jenna Parks Olender joined the team in 2010 as her mother’s partner. Leah Campbell joined the roster last summer as our Blog Writer, and to help out with the ever-growing social media platform. And now, this week, we are pleased to announce the addition of a new Sales Associate, Allison Clarke.

Allison grew up in Chapel Hill and has always had an affinity for weddings and fashion – the industry in which she holds her degree. She lived in New York City after college, working for a woman’s contemporary showroom and Badgley Mischka, where she was the assistant to the PR Director. (Apparently Jenna, who lived in NYC for several years post-college herself, has a bias for Tarheel fans who lived in NYC for awhile- Leah also shared this path) After moving back to North Carolina, she worked at several high-end boutiques, but she is excited to be back in the wedding industry – her lifelong passion for the field has only grown in recent months, as she plans her own wedding with her fiancé, Bryan!

We are so excited to welcome Allison onboard, and can’t wait for everyone in the SB&G family to meet her! A big thanks to Brian and Jenn of Brian Mullins Photography for the fun photoshoot!

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Team SB&G
Team SB&G

Raleigh NC Wedding — The Oaks at Salem

In honor of Wedding Wednesday, we’ve got a fabulous Real Raleigh NC Wedding feature for y’all today! Enjoy Stephanie and Ted’s beautiful photos from their big day last fall!

Stephanie and Ted married at The Oaks at Salem, a picturesque venue in Apex complete with gorgeous trees, a quaint pond and a stunning manor house. They brought together an amazing team of vendors to make their big day exactly how they’d pictured it, including Erin McLean Events, Kevin Milz Photography, Rev. Barbara Lodge, Elegant Violin Duets, The English Garden, MakeUpForYourDay, Party Reflections, and Cute Buttons.

With an elegant color pallet of navy blue, green and ivory carried out through the flowers, bridesmaids dresses and stationary, the couple transformed The Oaks into their own unique space to celebrate with their family and friends. A delectable dessert table complete with cupcakes, brownies, cookies and cake kept the guests full and on the dance floor all night long!

Enjoy these gorgeous photos by Kevin Milz Photography, and congratulations to Stephanie and Ted!

Wedding Planner: Erin with Erin McLean Events

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Oaks at Salem
Photographer: Kevin Milz Photography
Clergy: Barbara Lodge
Ceremony Musicians: Elegant Violin Duets
Caterer: Belle’s Catering
Florist: The English Garden
Dessert Bar: Erin McLean Events
Hair and Makeup:  MakeUpForYourDay
DJ: KMDJ Company
Rentals: Party Reflections
Invitations: Cute Buttons

Outer Banks Wedding Show Details + Giveaway Contest

Spring is almost here, and that means wedding season is officially in full-swing! We are so excited to announce a giveaway contest as a partnership with the producers of one of North Carolina’s favorite annual wedding events — The Outer Banks Wedding Show! is gearing up for the annual Outer Banks Wedding Show on April 27, hosted at Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC — which will unveil a brand new look following a multi-million dollar renovation. The day-long wedding showcase that gives brides-to-be a first-person look at making North Carolina’s beautiful Outer Banks a magical destination for a very, very special day.

Outer Banks wedding resort -- the Sanderling
The Sanderling is nestled 16 acres between the Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, offering gorgeous views from any standpoint and lending itself to being the perfect Southern designation wedding location. The resort is renowned for its enchanting weddings on North Carolina’s prized Outer Banks, and this April, the Sanderling is opening several all-new wedding venues, including a 1,500 square-foot Event House as well as an outdoor deck, ideal for ceremonies or receptions. In addition, a new, perfectly-manicured Event Lawn on the Atlantic side of the property invites couples to take advantage of the Sanderling’s location, only steps from the ocean! The Sanderling will also unveil seven new guest rooms, two new pools and revitalized restaurant concepts.

This year’s wedding show will be incredibly interactive for brides-to-be, with numerous seminars and workshops that will showcase every asset of the Outer Banks, transforming the Sanderling into a bride’s dream destination. The entire property will convert into a bridal showcase, displaying offerings from food and beverage to unique local vendors, integrating event designers and themes to visually inspire brides in their planning. The event will include the destination’s foremost culinary vendors as well as photographers, videographers, hair salons and spas, wedding planners, officiant services and DJs.

Tickets for this amazing event are $20 per person and are available now, but SB&G brides have a special opportunity to win two tickets + a one night stay at Sanderling Resort for the show! All you have to do to enter is write on SB&G’s Facebook wall, telling us why you want an Outer Banks wedding! Enter by 2pm on Thursday, April 4th, and we’ll announce the winner on Facebook later that afternoon.

Wedding Entertainment Trends + NC DanceSport Special Offer

As engagement season winds down, we’re transitioning straight into wedding season! And at the reception, the music always makes a difference, especially if you want your guests to dance. So, carefully choosing your music and musicians is incredibly important. Hire a reliable DJ — they will ask questions about what styles of music you want played, but they will also be able to advise you on your choices, and make some wonderful suggestions. When hiring a live band, make sure to hire a variety group or one that all the generations of guests will enjoy!

Dancing at reception in Asheville, NC. Photography by Brian Mullins
A personable DJ or band MC knows how to relate to the guests and get the dance party started with a little encouragement. But, some folks might need a little more. No worries, NC DanceSport is not only a place for you and your groom-to-be to learn and perfect a first dance routine, but also a service available to teach guests styles of dance on-site at your reception! Specializing in styles including ballroom, Latin, country, and swing, NC DanceSport has lots of tricks up their sleeve to make your wedding day lively and interactive — even for your guests on the shy side.

And brides, NC DanceSport is hosting a special for SB&G gals! Regular priced, private instruction is usually $70 an hour, but for SB&G, an hour is only $65! They’re also offering a special on their three and five hour packages — purchase three hours for just $189 (regularly $204), or five hours of instruction for only $280 (regularly $325). Don’t forget about planning your first dance, it’s something you will remember for the rest of your life. So give it the same consideration you give your color choices, flowers, and cake! Call NC DanceSport today to set up your dancing lessons — 919-539-7513 

Photo Credit: Photo by Brian Mullins