Monthly Archives:: May 2013

Simply Put Vintage ~ Warehouse Party

All of us are thrilled to welcome Simply Put Vintage to the SB&G Family! Simply Put Vintage is a fantastic local rental company featuring swoon-worthy vintage pieces to make your big day exactly as you pictured.

The Simply Put Team has a serious passion for weddings, creative vintage details and unique designs, and has collected a stunning collection ranging from settees to farm tables and everything in between. You can rent any combination of pieces, and the talented team will help you jumpstart your creative process with an inspiration board. They’re even willing to head up all design elements prior to and on your wedding day.

Trust us, y’all, you will be blown away by the amazing collection the owner, Kaitlin, has in stock!

Simply Put Vintage is hosting a Warehouse Party at the showroom, located at 138 Donmoor Court in Garner. The event is Thursday, June 13th at 7pm. Please RSVP to



This is one you don’t want to miss!

Preston Woodall House ~ NC Wedding

Lindsay and Chess met through church – Chess’ father was serving as interim pastor. They began dating, fell in love and Chess proposed on Thanksgiving Day as the two of them strolled through the fall foliage with Lindsay’s daughter.

They chose The Preston Woodall House as the reception venue for their late April wedding. Preston Woodall is a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in downtown Benson, NC. The bride was thrilled with the service provided, the attention that they received, and especially blown away by the delicious menu that the catering staff created.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Preston Woodall House Wedding

Preston Woodall House Wedding


Preston Woodall House Wedding

Ceremony:  Benson Baptist Church  |  Reception & Catering: Preston Woodall House  |  Photographer & Invitations:  Ken Tart Photography  |  Bridal Gown and Bridesmaid Dresses: Victorian Rose Bridals  |  Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse  |  Florist: Four Season’s Florist  |  Cake: Jenny’s Sweet Creations  |  Reception Music & Lighting: Greg Tart  |  Hair & MakeUp: Deborah Rosenberg  |  Bridal Registry: Belk

Creative NC Wedding Entertainment to Spice up your event

The Triangle Area of NC may be in the South, but we have some big-city entertainment options! If you want a creative wedding with a true “WOW” factor, SB&G has some fabulous vendors for you!

Today Erin McLean Events’ blog features some amazing photos of the Brimley Bash that took place a few weeks ago to celebrate the 1-year mark of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center. Many SB&G Family members participated in this big event. Two Raleigh companies in particular were at this event that we wanted to share with our readers so you can consider them for your wedding entertainment.

Ice Occasions has been the leading ice sculpture company in the Triangle area for years. Tom Dawson is the owner and sculptor, and he can make any vision come to life! Whether you’d like a centerpiece, a food server or a bar luge, Ice Occassions can make it happen! Check out the stunning creation Todd made for the Brimley Bash – seen below.

Elevate is a full-service performing arts company based in Raleigh NC. They can serve as part of the ambiance by being living statues or serving food or drinks from specialty costumes, or be a little more active by performing a flash mob (and wrap it up by getting your guests onto the dance floor!). Guests will love interacting with the friendly troupe of Elevate performers – who wouldn’t love to be served a glass of champagne from a dazzling acrobat hanging in the air?

As you can see, there are some fabulously creative NC wedding entertainment options here in the Raleigh Area. For more fun ideas and a list of our area DJs & Musicians, visit SB&G’s Wedding Entertainment page.

Check out the photos below, courtesy of Erin McLean Events and Photography by Walters & Walters.


Summer Weddings ~ Brighten your color palate with Saffron

With a wide range of pastel hues, like blush and mint (which we love!), popping up in weddings this summer, most couples want a bold, punchy color to complement the muted, romantic feel of wispy shades.

One of my favorite options for a bright pop of color in summer weddings is use of saffron. This rich shade of yellow is a wonderful and versatile hue, especially for warm-weathered nuptials.

If you’re going for a soft vibe, pair saffron with a lighter pallet of pinks, ivories and green, but if you want to make a bold statement, offset saffron with charcoal greys, deep violets and corals.

Here are some of our favorite uses of this fun, bright yellow!

Saffron Wedding Inspiration

NC Destination Wedding Planning: Outer Banks Wedding Association

Whether you are a Triangle NC couple looking for a fabulous nearby destination wedding location, or from anywhere in the country and have heard the rave reviews about the pristine beaches that grace NC’s coastline, checking out the Outer Banks Wedding Association is a MUST!

From the views of the Atlantic and the sound, to the wild horses of Corolla, to its famous sand dunes, the sights of the Outer Banks are unlike any other beach in the country! Many of our Triangle Area brides have grown up vacationing in the OBX and think of all the beautiful houses that can be rented for small weddings. This is a fabulous option, but you may not realize that there are also lots of wedding venues that can accommodate large events also, and a slew of fabulous wedding professionals. Navigate the Outer Banks Wedding Association (OBWA)’s website to learn more about these vendors.

If you make the trip to Outer Banks (only a 4 hour drive from the Raleigh area!), be sure to stop by OBWA’s Wedding Welcome Center, which is in Nags Head. It’s open Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-2pm, and anyone is welcome to stop in, pick up OBWA’s bridal magazine, and pick up some information on some of the members.

Mark your calendar now for the 2014 OBWA Wedding Weekend. This annual event is a great way to see lots of the sites and meet many vendors in one big weekend – maybe even finalize lots of your wedding plans! The 2014 event will be the weekend of January 17-19. If you are newly-engaged when you attend this event, you may even win an all-inclusive Dream Wedding! To learn about the 2013 wedding that is currently being planned (and valued at over $100,000!!!), and meet the vendors, visit this DREAM TEAM Blog. To meet the lucky couple who won, watch the video below! We cannot wait to see how this wedding turns out!


New Website Launch – Southern Bride & Groom Magazine

You might notice that the Southern Bride & Groom website looks quite different today! We are so thrilled to announce the launch of our new website. We are thrilled with the results and hope you are too!

We hope you’ll take a moment to navigate the new site and get to know it. I think you’ll find its easier than ever to navigate the resource directory of our carefully-chosen roster of wedding professionals who serve North Carolina, particularly the Triangle Area.

We also have created a more user-friendly process to Submit Your Wedding event. So submit your own story, and enjoy our page of Real Weddings – all recent NC wedding stories that feature many of the wonderful wedding pros who are members of the SB&G family!

If you’re looking for more wedding planning information, be sure to visit our Upcoming Wedding Shows page, and register for our monthly Giveaways and to stay in the loop of local NC wedding events and news! More more inspiration, check out some of our behind-the-scenes Videos.

Our blog itself has a new feature as well – check out the various searchable categories at right. Use this tool to find exactly what you are looking for – whether its real wedding features, advice columns, or upcoming events!

To view or order our full magazine, click here.

Thank you for visiting SB&G! We hope you will use our magazine and website at every step of your wedding planning!

NC Museum of Art is Auctioning off a Wedding

The beautiful North Carolina Museum of Art is hosting Art of the Auction 2013 on Saturday, June 8th at 7:00pm. The annual event is a benefit for the NC Museum of Art Foundation, with all proceeds going towards museum exhibitions and education programs.

NC Museum of Art
Hors d’oeuvres, small plates, a full bar and a signature cocktail will be served to attendees, followed by a silent auction featuring over 75 works of art by local artists, as well as items and packages that reflect the museum’s collection and exhibitions (like a Porsche Boudoir Photography suite in honor of the Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed exhibition, a honeymoon getaway, and the grand prize — a turnkey wedding package!

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to win a custom wedding and reception at the award-winning NCMA. Stunning works of art, turnkey service and amenities in a crisp, modern atmosphere will make your special day stand out as a “matrimonial masterpiece!”

At a $24,000 value, the custom wedding auction package includes a day-of coordinator and full reception event-planning services, an outdoor ceremony in the beautifully manicured NCMA garden (or inside the East Building, if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate!), an indoor reception in the West Building Grand Hall, a floral package from Watered Garden Florist, white folding chairs for the ceremony, and color-coordinated linen package for the reception by CE Rentals, catering by Iris restaurant, bar service, a custom hors d’oeuvres menu, wait staff, a custom 3-tier wedding cake from Cinda’s Creative Cakes, a dance floor, and a DJ from Joe Bunn DJ Company!

The bidding starts at $13,000…so you could potentially save over $10,000 on the wedding of your dreams! This is serious value, y’all!

Trust us, y’all, this is going to be something you don’t want to miss! Buy your tickets today to reserve your spot!

Solas Wedding — Raleigh NC

In honor of Wedding Wednesday, we have a beautiful wedding at Solas in Downtown Raleigh to share with y’all! Enjoy Sharon and Kevin’s sweet day, from the eye of photographer Christopher Ferrer from Dara Blakeley Photography.

Sharon and Kevin were friends long before they became a pair, but when they finally got together, they were inseparable! We’ve featured their beautiful, intimate wedding at Solas in Downtown Raleigh on our Real Weddings Page, so check out the full story of their love here!

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

NC Wedding Caterer — Rocky Top Catering

If you’re newly engaged, in the midst of wedding planning, or simply throwing a celebratory event, you need to get to know Rocky Top Catering!

Rocky Top is a multi-faceted business, with a full-service, off-site catering team, a free-standing wedding venue – 1705 Prime, and exclusive deals with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and UNC’s Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium.

As a long-standing member of the SB&G Family, Rocky Top is a trusted vendor that will go above and beyond to make your event truly special and unique – from customizing your menu to meet every taste, culture and theme, to experienced staff and licensed bartenders who are well-versed in the service industry.

Rocky Top provides off-site catering to any location throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina – be it a rehearsal dinner, a wedding, a small celebration or a large corporate event. Since Rocky Top has been around for a while, their team has established excellent relationships with many of the area’s top venues, such as The Sutherland, The Grand Marquise Ballroom, Cobblestone Hall, Stockroom at 230 and The Museum of History, just to name a few!

Rocky Top Catering

Rocky Top also has an upscale wedding venue, 1705 Prime, located just outside of downtown Raleigh in a restored Southern home. The venue has a variety of rooms to fit your event’s needs – from intimate settings to grand spaces. There’s a built-in dance floor in the main room, in-house tables, chairs and chinaware, and an on-site kitchen for their team to create delicious delicacies. Rocky Top will even provide event design and vendor coordination upon request!

Rocky Top Catering 1705 Prime
Rocky Top is the exclusive caterer at the NC Musuem of Natural Sciences and UNC’s Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium. The breathtaking Museum offers meeting and reception areas for 30-375 seated guests, and reception areas for up to 775 people! The Blue Zone is also ideal for anything from a small gathering to a grand event, with stunning views of UNC’s football field and surrounding campus. And with Rocky Top catering the event, you can guarantee the food will be out of this world!

Rocky Top Catering Musuem

Blue Zone Rocky Top Catering
So, if you’re planning a wedding or any type of get together, contact Rocky Top Catering to see what their talented team can do for you!

Image Credit (top to bottom): Photography by Walters & Walters, Lauren Mann Photography and f8 Photo Studios (2)