Monthly Archives:: July 2013

Real Raleigh, NC Wedding — The NC State University Club

It’s Wedding Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re sharing Melissa and Cory’s sweet, quintessentially Southern Real Raleigh, NC wedding at the NC State University Club in June.

Melissa and Cory met while working as restaurant servers during college. He went to NC State, she went to UNC, and they worked at Rudino’s, a sports bar halfway between their respective schools. The two quickly became friends, but it took them an entire year before deciding to officially begin dating and become a couple.

Melissa and Cory were both finishing up a semester of law school, which happened to be right around Melissa’s birthday. Cory had always taken her out for a birthday celebration, but he suggested waiting until the following day so she could commit to her studies. After her exam, Melissa went to her parent’s house and found Cory waiting for her! He handed her an envelope that contained tickets to the Nutcracker ballet for the following evening. He told her he was going to get dressed up, so she should, too. The two went out to dinner at one of their favorite local restaurants, 42nd Street Oyster Bar, where Cory had first told Melissa that he loved her three years prior, and then went to see the ballet. On the way home, Cory suggested that they stop by Rudino’s to see some friends. When they arrived, he took her to the restaurant’s porch, where they had first met. He’d set up a table covered in candles and roses. He got down on one knee, and popped the question! Of course, Melissa said yes! The couple went back to Melissa’s parents house, where Cory’s family joined them to celebrate their engagement.

The couple tied the knot at Melissa’s parent’s church, Fairmont United Methodist, followed by a reception at the NC State University Club. Melissa and Cory’s wedding paid homage to the couple’s home state of North Carolina, and was celebrated in quintessential Southern style with a color scheme of pale Tiffany blue and bright geranium pink. The color palette was carried out through the stunning florals — arrangements of hydrangeas, spray roses, Queen Anne’s lace, and chamomile daisies — the beautiful bridesmaids dresses, the boy’s ties, and soft table linens. Melissa’s mother actually made the couple’s wedding cake herself, and wait ’til you see the pictures, it’s a beauty! The couple also had strawberry jam that they made as wedding favors for their guests.

Melissa changed into a white going-away dress for the grand exit and wore a corsage her mother had made, just as she had done at her wedding years prior. Enjoy the couple’s stunning photographs, courtesy of Wake Forest Portrait Shoppe!

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Ceremony Location: Fairmont United Methodist Church
Reception Location: NC State University Club
Minister: Rev. Randall Holste
Rehearsal Dinner: Backyard Bistro
Bridesmaid Luncheon: Caffe Luna
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Nina
Jewelry: Belk
Bridesmaids Dresses: Gorgeous Gowns
Mother of the Bride Dress: Gorgeous Gowns
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen Gifts: Monogrammed ties
Hair and Makeup: Bottega
Photographer: Wake Forest Portrait Shoppe
Videographer: Beth Lawrence
Florist: MEWS Designs
Cake: Bride’s mother, Ginny Evett
Invitations: Invitation Box
Ceremony Music: Dayle Welch
Reception Music: The Perfect Beat
Guest Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone
Wedding Favors: Homemade strawberry jam
Transportation: Classy Transportation

How To Change Your Name After You Get Married

So much planning goes into creating the perfect wedding day — brides typically spend at least one year hiring vendors, trying on wedding gowns, comparing fabric swatches, tasting cakes, and generally making sure every detail has been covered, but not nearly as much thought goes into what happens after the I Do’s!

Changing your last name isn’t a difficult process, but as a newlywed trying to change my name myself, I found that no one really has a straightforward guide that outlines the steps — all the steps — of how to change your name to legally become a Mrs. So today, we’re going to give you a quick-and-easy, step-by-step guide to changing your last name.

How To Change Your NamePhoto courtesy of Renee Sprink Photography

First of all, don’t worry about the name change process until after you return from your honeymoon — both for your sanity’s sake (you’ve just planned a beautiful wedding, take some time off!), and for travel reasons. Even if you’re not traveling abroad, all airlines today require a Photo ID, and the name on it needs to match the name on the ticket. If you are leaving the country, you’ll need your passport, and the process of changing your name on that usually takes six to eight weeks, so it’s best to just use your maiden name, enjoy your honeymoon, and get to work on the name change process when you return.

When you get back to reality, here are the steps you need to take to legally change your name:

1. Get Your Marriage License
Go to the county Registrar of Deeds (where you requested your marriage application before your wedding day), and request several certified copies of your marriage license. They’re only $10 a piece, so I recommend getting three copies — one for your personal records (you never know when you’ll need it to change something down the line), one to send off to the passport agency when you request a new one with your married name — they should send your marriage license back to you, but it could take upwards of two months, so I recommend you get a third copy to take around to local departments, like the DMV, where you’ll need proof of your marriage to get a new license, while you’re waiting on your new passport to arrive in the mail.

2. Change Your Social Security Card
This is a biggie! Visit the Social Security Administration’s website and fill out the SS-5 application for a new Social Security card. Don’t worry, the number you’ve always had will remain the same, only your name will be different! Mail in your application, or hand deliver it to your local Social Security Administration office. You should get your new card in the mail within about 10 business days, and then you can get rolling on the rest of the name change process.

A quick word of advice: Check your local office’s hours! I went to the one near my home, and they were closed, even though it was a weekday before 5pm!

3. Change Your License
Head over to the local Department of Motor Vehicles office to get a new driver’s license with your new last name. You will need your old license, a certified copy of your marriage license, and your new social security card.

4. Change Your Bank Accounts
The fastest way to change your last name at your bank is to just go into a local branch. You’ll need your new driver’s license and a certified copy of your marriage license. You can request new checks, debit cards, and credit cards on top of changing the name attached to your accounts. Be warned, your bank may charge you a fee for requesting a new debit card.

5. Apply for a New Passport
Changing the name on your passport isn’t nearly as critical as steps 1-4, but if you plan on traveling, it’s good to go ahead and get a jump on it, because when you do go abroad, your passport will need to match your license, which you changed in step 3! To do this, you’ll need to mail your current passport, the application for a new passport and any fees that go along with that (you’ll see the different scenarios on the Passport Agency’s website), a certified copy of your marriage license, and a color photograph to the Passport Agency, and they’ll send you a new one (and your marriage license back!) in about six weeks.

6. Make Other, More Minor Changes
While your social security card, driver’s license, and bank accounts are the most important things to tackle, you can also get to work changing other, more minor things to reflect your married name. These might include your employer’s payroll, any utility companies, credit cards, email addresses, social media accounts, insurance companies, doctors’ offices, your voter registration, and anything else (I know it’s a lot!) that has your name associated with it.

Y’all can get through it, it’s not as bad as it seems! Trust me, I’m in the middle of changing my own last name, and though it’s a little daunting, it’s not too bad, and it’s totally worth it in the end.

NACE Experience 2013 – Chicago

The NACE Experience 2013 Conference took place last week in Chicago. I had the privilege of attending on behalf of Southern Bride & Groom, along with 14 other members of our local Triangle NACE Chapter (a very impressive presence, I must say!)

NACE, the National Association of Catering and Events, is the premiere professional association that addresses all aspects of the catering industry. Nationally there are over 4,000 individual members in 46 active chapters, and SB&G has been a member of our Triangle Chapter for about 15 years. We at SB&G feel it is very important to invest in continuing education so we can remain cutting-edge and on top of all that is going on in our industry, as well as to connect with professionals who are at the top of their field.

The highlight of the NACE Experience this year for me was the opening party – a “white party” that was hosted by the Chicago NACE Chapter. Various Chicago restaurants and caterers had food stations around the room. There were also live food and drink stations, a cotton candy machine, and a vodka-martini luge. They really went all out to welcome us to Chicago, and it was a fantastic event!

This set us up for the conference, in which we enjoyed educational break-out sessions on topics ranging from marketing and PR to food and wedding design trends. Regarding design, we heard a lot about emerald – the Pantone color of the year – which is huge in weddings right now. This goes well with the lush green foliage that is so popular in table decor.

The overall consensus that I’ve heard at educational seminars this year (as well as from our local wedding professionals) is that the biggest thing in weddings is still personalization. Best put by The Wedding Guys, more so than attempting to cram a million “trends” into your big day, try to focus on the STYLE of your event, and connect this to your story as a couple. The more of yourself that you put into your wedding, the more the experience will feel genuine for you and your guests.

I’ll leave you with this tip from The Wedding Guys: When planning your wedding, start by identifying the “FEELING” that you want your wedding to have. Then, address each of the five senses one by one with that feeling in mind. Save the look wedding for last- it should easily fall into place if you’ve covered the other senses first!

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Real NC Destination Beach Wedding — The Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re sharing a Real NC Destination Beach Wedding at The Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC. Ali and Justin planned their wedding remotely, and it turned out beautifully!

Ali and Justin met through a mutual friend, and it was love at first sight! The duo began dating, and quickly moved in together. Justin planned a romantic evening out on Catalina Island — he took Ali for her favorite type of dinner, seafood on the water, then the two went dancing, and he proposed to her on the beach as night fell. The morning after, Ali and Justin flew home in a private helicopter with stunning views of the island!

Since the two, who were New York natives, shared a love for vacations in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, they chose the beautiful Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC for their destination wedding. They added their own personal twist with an East Coast Class Meets West Coast Chic theme. Ali wanted to show off their New York roots and give a nod to their new home, Los Angeles, CA. They chose an ivory, petal pink and pale yellow theme that was carried throughout every detail of the wedding — from the florals and bridesmaids dresses to the signature cocktail at the reception!

Ali and Justin took dancing lessons to prepare for their first dance as husband and wife, and they did a choreographed routine with a surprise lift at the end — check out the photos, this is an absolutely stunning detail!

Enjoy these photos courtesy of Brooke Mayo Photography, and congrats to Ali and Justin…your wedding was gorgeous!

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Ceremony and Reception Location: The Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC
Minister: Steve Giambruno
Rehearsal Dinner: Corolla Light, NC
Wedding Planner: Wendy Coulson Murray
Bridesmaid Luncheon: The Sanderling Spa
Bridal Gown: Amalia Carerra
Bridal Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Priscilla of Boston
Men’s Formalwear: Biltmore Tuxedos
Hair: Margie Viola and Arta Balaj
Makeup: Lauren Gurski
Photographer: Brooke Mayo Photography
Videographer: Life Stage Films
Florist: Holiday House Weddings
Cake: Just Desserts
Invitations: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Ceremony Musician: Roy Murray
Reception Musicians: A-Town Band
Guest Accommodations: The Sanderling Resort and Corolla Light Villas
Wedding Favors: Donation to the Lymphoma Society
Transportation: Sandy Beach Trolley

Real North Carolina Wedding Videography — Twenty-One Films Ginny and Ben’s Wedding Day

It’s that time of the week again! Today’s North Carolina wedding videography feature is from Ginny and Ben’s sweet, Southern nuptials last October. Twenty-One Films did a fantastic job of capturing the little moments throughout the couple’s big day. Check out Ginny and Ben’s beautiful love story and gorgeous wedding film!

Ginny and Ben met in graduate school at Appalachian State University — he was a year ahead of her, but they were in the same program. The two first laid eyes on each other at their program’s orientation picnic, and continued to hang out into the evening, bonding over a love of Friday Night Lights, cheese dip, and secret chili recipes. Their first few dates were spent with Ben proving himself as a chili master, and Ginny was completely hooked!

To celebrate Ginny’s upcoming graduation and Ben’s new job, the couple took a trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico. The second morning they were there, Ben asked Ginny to get up early to watch the sunrise with him. He had the ring in his pocket, took it out just as the sun was beginning to peek over the horizon, and asked Ginny to marry him! Of course, she said yes, and the duo spent the rest of the day smiling (a lot!), planning out whom to call first, and relaxing on the beach!

The couple tied the knot in the bride’s hometown of Wilson, NC — the ceremony was held in the church she grew up attending, and the reception was under a gorgeous tent in her parent’s back yard (she even got ready in her childhood room!). With a classic comfort theme and awesome Southern cuisine (including a grilled cheese bar, y’all!), Ginny and Ben celebrated their love with their entire family and all of their friends.

Twenty-One Films did an amazing job capturing Ginny and Ben’s big day, and we’re over the moon for how sweet this video is!

Ginny + Ben, St. Therese Catholic Church from Twenty-One Films on Vimeo.

Ceremony Location: St. Therese Catholic Church
Reception Location: Bride’s parent’s home in Wilson, NC
Minister: Fr. David Brzoska
Rehearsal Dinner: Wilson Country Club
Bridesmaid Luncheon: Quince: A Southern Bistro
Jewelry: Family heirlooms
Photographer: Graham Terhune Photography
Videographer: Twenty-One Films
Florist: The Flower Pot
Invitations: The Nook
Ceremony Musicians: Violinist — Patricia Tessnear, Organist — Mark Peterson
Reception Musicians: EG Peters Band
Wedding Favors: Texas Pete hot sauce with custom labels

Southern Bride & Groom Floral Inspiration — Rustic Vintage Chic Tabletop and Bouquet

This is the another installment in our Floral Series from the 2013 magazine — the perfect way to get floral inspiration for your big day! Today, we’re featuring the table and bouquet Victorian Seasons designed for our 2013 Floral Shoot. Victorian Seasons has been a premiere Triangle florist since 1993, styling gorgeous floral arrangements for brides from bold and contemporary to soft and romantic.

For the 2013 Floral Shoot, Victorian Seasons designed a vintage chic tabletop and bouquet that exuded rustic romance. The beautiful set up was perfect for the inside of Rose Hill Plantation‘s historic estate house. The arrangements featured some of the wedding world’s most popular flowers, including sumptuous peonies, garden roses, tulips and gardenias and soft gold shimmer detailing was added to the display with gilded dill and gorgeous Vietri china.

We just love the pops of bright pinks and aquas set against the vintage lace overlay! Thanks to Photography by Walters & Walters for these stunning photos, some never-before-seen!

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China, Crystal & Flatware: Vietri from Southern Season
Chairs: Classic Party Rentals
Vases, Wooden Etched Table Numbers & Chair Names: Table of Contents

Belt Line Station Circus-Themed Grand Opening Party

Belt Line Station is officially up and running! The historic train depot that adjoins the Golden Belt building in Downtown Durham was converted into a stunning event venue by the same folks that own The Cotton Room. The brand new, all-inclusive venue combines history and style with over 4,000 square feet of functional event space — perfect for any special event from wedding ceremonies and receptions to live music!

Southern Bride & Groom had our floral photo shoot there earlier this month, and for some of us, it was the first opportunity we had to explore the new space. Y’all, it’s absolutely beautiful…the perfect combination of urban and chic!

At the end of May, Belt Line hosted a “Sensational and Stupendous” circus-themed grand opening soiree. The bright colors, carnival food, and acrobatic performers really brought the theme to life, and it was just a downright fun evening.

We’re excited to share some photos from the party shot by Neil Boyd Photography! A big shout out to all of the vendors who helped make the event go off without a hitch: CE Rentals, Haw River Rounders, Sidecar Social Club, Best Rent-All, SimpSound, and Indigo Envelope.

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Check out Belt Line Station’s website for more information on this awesome new urban event space in Durham!

Real North Carolina Wedding — Het Landhuis

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at SB&G! Today, we have a stunning Real North Carolina Wedding to share with you all. Kate and Angel tied the knot at Het Landhuis in Pittsboro, NC on May 25th!

Kate and Angel met through an online dating site, and immediately knew that they shared the same aspirations for marriage and family in the near future. The couple began dating, and on the eve of the ‘Mayan Apocalypse’ in December, they went out in Durham for a “last meal”. Angel took Kate to the restaurant where they’d had their first date for dessert, and popped the question on the cafe’s courtyard under the Carolina night sky.

The couple knew that they wanted a pastoral setting with European flair for their big day, so when they found Het Landhuis, they knew it was perfect! Het Landhuis is nestled on 62 acres of beautiful land on the outskirts of Pittsboro, NC. The original homestead was built in 1901, and the country home and seven outbuildings were restored over a 14 year period to embrace Dutch influences. Kate and Angel highlighted the beautiful, rich colors of the venue with a light and neutral color palette of turquoise, caramel and ivory. Angel is Bulgarian, so the duo included traditional customs, decorations and food to reflect his heritage (you’ll see how detail-oriented the wedding was in the photos below!)

Kate and Angel were inspired by the Real Wedding looks in Southern Bride & Groom, and used many members of the SB&G Family to make their wedding day perfect, including: Het Landhuis, Barbara Lodge, Tre Bella Bridal, Bernard’s Formalwear, f8 in Motion and Edible Art.

The newlyweds live and work in Durham, where he conducts research at Duke University and she practices as a midwife. Congrats, Kate and Angel, your wedding was beautiful!! A special thanks to Annemie Tonken of Megapixie for the stunning photographs!

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Ceremony and Reception Venue: Het Landhuis
Minister: Barbara Lodge
Rehearsal Dinner: The Speakeasy at Tyler’s Taproom, American Tobacco
Wedding Planner: Stephanie Cisko, Viva L’Event
Bridal Gown: Modern Trousseau — Tre Bella Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Recyclable Mel’s
Men’s Formalwear: Bernard’s Formalwear
Photographer: Megapixie
Videographer: f8 in Motion
Florist: Stephanie Cisko, Viva L’Event
Cake: Edible Art Bakery & Dessert Cafe
Invitations: Forever Fiances
Reception Music: Katharine Whalen and her Fascinators
Transportation: AT&T Transportation

Life Stage Films Wedding Videography — Indian Fusion Wedding in NC

It’s that time of the week again! Today, our video feature is a truly stunning Indian/Taiwanese fusion wedding at Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville, NC shot by Life Stage Films.

Life Stage Films — one of the Top 25 Filmmakers in the world — captured Andrew and Dhruti’s beautiful (and we mean beautiful, y’all!) Indian fusion wedding at Rose Hill Plantation, a stunning Southern estate in Nashville’s countryside. The entire wedding was designed on a massive scale, from the material decorations to the guest count, and was true to many Indian traditions. Vibrant colors, wonderful familial support, horseback entrances, parades, choreographed dances with dragons (yes — dragons!), beautiful and delicate henna, upbeat music…this wedding had it all, and Matt from Life Stage Films captured it perfectly on video. You’ll be tapping your feet by the end of this one — it’s a fun, exciting celebration of the couple’s love!

Dhruti & Andrew – Gorgeous Indian/Taiwanese wedding celebration. Raleigh, NC from Life Stage Films on Vimeo.

Venue: Rose Hill Plantation
Ceremony Coordinator: Dr. Shukla
Photographer: Charo Donahue
Caterer: Dilawar Singh
Florist: Katen Shah
DJ: DJ Kenz

Southern Bride & Groom 2014 Floral Shoot Sneak Peek

Last week, Team SB&G wrapped our first photo shoot of the year — our 2014 Floral Shoot! We purposefully plan the floral shoot — the largest and most detail-oriented shoot — for this time of year, partly because the weather is so wonderful and also because it gets us so pumped up for the rest of photo shoot season!

This year, we changed things up a bit and divided our Floral Shoot into two separate days so that we could show off two of our stunning wedding venues — the Sarah P. Duke Gardens and The Cotton Room. We lucked out on weather…it’s been the rainiest summer we can remember, but both of our shoot days were (mostly) dry!

Day one of the shoot took place at Duke Gardens — a quaint, picturesque spot right in the heart of Downtown Durham. The beautifully manicured lawn and gardens was the ideal backdrop for our florists’ soft and romantic designs. Our second half of the shoot was at The Cotton Room (and its adjoining Belt Line Station) — another popular Durham venue. The Cotton Room‘s bright and airy urban vibes perfectly offset the delicate, yet bold, floral designs.

James and Meridith of Photography by Walters & Walters paired up to document the breathtaking floral designs — from the tiniest details to jaw-dropping panoramics — which will give our readers a slew of inspiration for their own wedding tablescapes!

We’re going to keep most of the shoot under wraps for now (there’s a quick sneak peek below), but check out the list of SB&G Florists, Rental Companies, Bridal Boutiques and Beauty Salons — they are seriously amazing, y’all — and start to get excited for SB&G 2014…we certainly are!2014 Floral ShootThanks to all of our wonderful vendors who made both of our shoots go so smoothly, we are so excited to see the final product and share it with all of our readers!