Monthly Archives:: September 2013

Fall Wedding Inspiration for Southern Weddings

It’s officially fall! Though it won’t technically feel like autumn until at least mid-October here in North Carolina, we’re still excited for the start of one of the year’s most popular wedding seasons! Fall is the perfect time to tie the knot in The South, with beautiful blue skies and just the right amount of crispness in the air. Fall weddings are the perfect opportunity to show off some of your favorite rich-toned hues, like pumpkin, apple, midnight blue, and plum. Just about anything in the color spectrum is fair game for fall weddings (as long as it’s not too bright), but these are some of our absolute favorites. Check out this mood board for fall wedding inspiration for the Southern bride!

Fall Wedding Inspiration


You can incorporate these moody, classic hues into every aspect of your wedding day, from the big, eye-catching details like bridesmaids dresses and floral arrangements to the smaller touches, like cake decor, watercolor-inspired invitations, or even a fun pop of color in your bridal shoes! How fun would these orange peep toe heels be peeking out under your wedding gown? Dahlias are a stunning autumn flower that really show off the colors of the season in shades of rich red, purple, and orange. Tie your bouquets up with a colorful ribbon to complete the look, and you’re set for a beautiful fall affair!

One of our favorite dessert trends this year is the inside-out wedding cake. We just love how this one is made seasonal with red hues and fresh flowers.  Bring that wonderful feeling of fall indoors by incorporating season details into your cuisine — think spiced apple cider, pumpkin pie, and cinnamon. Trust us, your guests will love the cozy feel of your big day!

New Chapel Hill, NC Real Wedding — Joy and Matthew at Governors Club

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today’s new Chapel Hill, NC Real Wedding is Joy and Matthew’s sweet, preppy nuptials at Governors Club in May.

Joy and Matthew went to the same high school, but didn’t officially meet and begin dating until they both returned to their hometown after college! Matthew popped the question on a trip to New York City for Joy’s birthday, and the couple began planning their May 2013 wedding.

They fell in love with the beautiful property at Governors Club in Chapel Hill, and knew it was the perfect place to tie the knot. With a fun, preppy color scheme of hot pink, black and white, Joy and Matthew celebrated their wedding in style!

The couple used many members of the SB&G Family to make their big day a reality, including: Governors ClubFloral DimensionsNeil Boyd PhotographyAlexia’s BridalTre Bella BridalBernard’s FormalwearBella Trio Day Spa, and Sweet Memories!

Check out these photos from Beth Jarvah of Neil Boyd Photography, and get a feel for their beautiful wedding!

Governors Club Chapel Hill, NC Real Wedding

Governors Club Chapel Hill, NC Real Wedding

Governors Club Chapel Hill, NC Real Wedding

To read Joy and Matthew’s love story and see more beautiful photos of their wedding day, check out the Joy and Matthew Real Wedding page!

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Southern Bride & Groom 2014 Photo Shoot Sneak Peek

We’ve wrapped up two incredibly unique photo shoots for Southern Bride & Groom 2014 this month! These shoots are going to be incredibly beautiful spreads for the next edition of the Triangle’s leading wedding-planning publication.

Southern Bride & Groom 2014

We’re going to keep just about everything about these two shoots under wraps until the magazine debuts…but can anyone guess where these two Instagram shots were taken? Hint: Both are iconic locations in North Carolina! Start to get excited, y’all, this edition of SB&G is going to be absolutely stunning!

Stay tuned to SB&G for more photo shoot information and, of course, the 2014 edition of the magazine, which will feature a slew of beautiful photos from these two “secret” shoots to help you get inspired for your own big day! Follow us on Instagram for more using the hashtag #SBG14!

Real NC Wedding at a Raleigh, NC Wedding Venue — The Garden on Millbrook

The Garden on Millbrook is a beautiful Raleigh, NC wedding venue with more than 5,000 square feet of indoor event space, an elegant ballroom, lush lawns, and an attached 4,000 square foot patio. The pond, waterfall, twinkle lights and perfectly manicured grounds are a picturesque backdrop for your wedding ceremony or reception.

The Garden on MillbrookBrian Mullins Photography

With more than thirty years of experience, the staff at The Garden on Millbrook knows how to plan a wonderful wedding. The Garden on Millbrook Catering Company is a full service on and off premise catering company that’s available for all sorts of events — from weddings and Bar Mitzvahs to corporate events and office parties. The head chef and catering manager work one-on-one with couples to create the perfect menu for their wedding day.

The Garden on Millbrook can even provide mahogany chiavari chairs, tables, linens, glassware, uplighting and china to make planning your big day a breeze.

Emily and Pat tied the knot at The Garden on Millbrook on September 29, 2012. The couple met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. After dating for a while, Emily and Pat returned to the restaurant where they’d had their first date, and Pat popped the question! Of course, Emily said yes, and they began planning their fall wedding.

Emily is a wedding planner with Your Special Day Weddings & Special Events, so she knew many local venues. She wanted a fun place with great customer service and delicious food, where she and Pat could have both their ceremony and reception. She knew The Garden on Millbrook would be the perfect choice!

A color palette of navy, raspberry and gold was carried throughout the wedding day in the invitations, linens, attire and even the favors. The couple used Southern Bride & Groom and the bride’s knowledge of local wedding professionals to make their big day perfect, and decided to use many members of the SB&G Family, including: The Garden on Millbrook, Shawn Schindler of Your Special Day Weddings & Special Events, The English Garden, CE Rental, Anfesa’s Jewelers, and Shutterbooth!

Check out these beautiful photos from Emily and Pat’s wedding day at The Garden on Millbrook, courtesy of Lauren Garrison Photography!

The Garden on Millbrook

The Garden on Millbrook

The Garden on Millbrook

The Garden on Millbrook

Wedding Consultant: Shawn Schindler of Your Special Day Weddings & Special Events
Rehearsal Dinner: Sitti
Ceremony & Reception: The Garden on Millbrook
Caterer: The Garden on Millbrook
Photographer: Lauren Garrison Photography
Videographer: Moonstruck Videography
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Reception Dress: Bebe
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Liles
Florist: The English Garden
Cake: Ashley Cakes
Ceremony & Reception Musicians: Kent Blooms of Joe Bunn DJ Company
Linens: CE Rental
Lighting: Simpsound Productions
Makeup: Perfection by Patricia
Bridal Jewelry: Anfesa’s Jewelers
Wedding Favors: Shutterbooth

Post-Wedding Checklist — What You Need To Do After The Big Day

The wedding may be over, but your work isn’t finished just yet! There are a few important things to take care of after the big day has passed, so to hep with the overwhelming reality of being back in the real world after the honeymoon, we’ve created a quick-and-easy post-wedding checklist to get you started on what you need to get accomplished!

Brian-Mullins-CoupleBrian Mullins Photography

1. Preserve Your Bouquet
Your flowers are one of the most beautiful details of your wedding day. Now, your stunning bouquet — or your husband’s boutonniere — can be another fantastic keepsake from your big day! If you want to hold onto your flowers for the long haul, you’ll need to get them preserved. Victorian Seasons specializes in floral preservation. The staff works one-on-one with brides to create a beautiful, freeze-dried memento of their bridal bouquet or other special flowers. They’ll even pick your bouquet up at the reception, or advise you on how to care for the flowers after the wedding until you have the opportunity to drop them off.

2. Clean and Preserve Your Wedding Gown
Try as you might, your wedding dress will get dirty between bridal party portraits, outdoor photo ops, and a night full of dancing! But don’t be alarmed, most of the stains will come out, especially if you act quickly. You should try to get your gown cleaned within six months of your wedding, but the sooner, the better! Even if you’re not sure you want to preserve your gown quite yet, you should definitely get it professionally cleaned. Southern Bride & Groom’s recommended gown preservation services are experts in cleaning bridal gowns and packaging them to last for years to come. Once you get your gown back from the cleaners, make sure to store it in a cool, dry place.

If you’re not into preserving your gown, considering donating it to a worthy cause, or consigning it. Consignment is a great way for brides with a smaller budget to get the wedding dress of their dreams! Or, you could take part in one of the newest wedding trends and trash the dress in a fun photo shoot.

3. Write Your Thank You Notes
Here in the South, we’re big on etiquette. As soon as you return from your honeymoon, you should get to work on those ever-important thank you notes…especially if you had a lot of guests at the wedding, because they’ll take more time to write than you think! Take a moment to include a personal note in each to show your guests how much you appreciate not only the generous gift, but also that they were able to share in your special day. You should have all of your thank you notes in the mail by, at most, three months after the wedding. To avoid getting overwhelmed, figure out how many you need to write and divide them into manageable chunks to tackle nightly over several weeks. Get your husband involved, and the task will be far less daunting!

4. Tackle Registry Returns
No matter what, you’ll most likely end up with more than one of certain items you registered for. Don’t let those three hand mixers collect dust in your closet, return them! Most stores will take registry returns up to 90 days after your wedding date, but it’s best to get a jump on the returns, because handling gift receipts can be tricky. And, after all, you’ll get a store credit you can use for something else on your registry that you may not have received.

5. Change Your Name and Get Organized
We wrote a cheat sheet to changing your name a few weeks back (you can find that here), but you should also start to think about the other legal aspects that changed when you tied the knot. Are you and your husband merging your finances? Will you be filing your taxes jointly or separately? What about insurance? Beneficiaries? No one enjoys having these mundane conversations, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important!

This list will get you well on your way to accomplish everything you need to get done!

Real North Carolina Wedding Videography — Twenty-One Films at Biltmore Estate

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re sharing a Real North Carolina Wedding Videography post — Adrienne and Glen’s sweet wedding film from their beautiful October wedding at Biltmore Estate, shot by Twenty-One Films.

Adrienne and Glen met at a government contracting company in North Carolina, when he came down south from Wisconsin to train IED-detection dogs for the US Marine Corps. Adrienne was the program analyst assigned to the case at the time. The two became fast friends, and then started officially dating later that year.

The couple visited Biltmore Estate as friends, and when Glen came home on R&R from his deployment in Afghanistan, he and Adrienne returned to the property. There, the duo realized they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, so after he popped the question in Miami, where Adrienne was graduating with her graduate degree, they knew it was the perfect place to say “I do!”

Adrienne and Glen chose eggplant as their main wedding color, and catered everything else around that. The color was carried throughout their wedding day in the bridesmaids dresses and the floral details. The couple shared a beautiful, intimate wedding and reception with their closest friends and family members at the gorgeous and historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

Check out their sweet wedding video, shot by Twenty-One Films, and congratulations Adrienne and Glen — your big day was absolutely stunning!

Adrienne + Glen, Biltmore Estate from Twenty-One Films on Vimeo.

Wedding Location: Deerpark Restaurant at Biltmore Estate
Minister: Dr. Fres Werhan
Rehearsal Dinner: Neo Cantina, Asheville, NC
Bridal Gown: Bride Beautiful, Atlanta, GA
Bridal Shoes: Design Your Pedestal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Warehouse
Hair & Makeup: Samantha Clancey
Photographer: Sharon Elizabeth Photography
Videographer: Twenty-One Films
Florist: Blossoms by Biltmore Estate
Musicians: Sound Extreme DJs

North Carolina Destination Wedding Venue — Pinehurst Resort

Pinehurst Resort is a beautiful North Carolina golf resort and  NC event venue that was established in 1895. The beautiful property features an award-winning spa, a stunning country club and eight highly-esteemed golf courses.

Last November, Pinehurst Resort announced the beginning of a $3.7 million renovation of the Member Clubhouse — the first phase of a multi-year plan to improve and expand the experience for both members and the public. Renovations include an interior redesign and architectural improvements to the veranda to give guests and members more dramatic views, expanded dining options, and the best possible overall experience. The green awnings on the exterior overlooking Pinehurst No. 2 were removed and the roofline extended to reveal breathtaking views of the golf course, and the 16,000 square foot veranda now features outdoor seating.

Pinehurst is not a far drive from the Triangle Area – just about an hour drive from RTP – yet the resort town has a true vacation feel. This charming town is lovely for anyone to visit, but especially special for any golf fan. If you are looking for a Southern and picturesque wedding venue and have ties to the sport of golf, this venue could be ideal for you. Unsure? Take a weekend trip to visit the resort to take in the new improvements, test the greens and lounge in the spa – you might just find your perfect match!

NC Wedding Venue

NC Wedding Venue

NC Wedding Venue

Pinehurst is a stunning destination wedding venue, complete with beautiful views of Carolina blue skies and perfectly manicured gardens. The property features a vast array of picturesque indoor and outdoor locations perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions, and the talented staff helps you plan your big day from start to finish. Choose from beautiful locations like the historic copper-roofer Carolina Hotel, which features an expansive wraparound porch and lush lawns, or the Cardinal Ballroom for a black-tie affair. From Family Mixers the night before the wedding, to golf outings the morning of on one of the resort’s eight professionally-designed courses, Pinehurst has something for everyone throughout your wedding weekend! Pinehurst‘s culinary team will help you handcraft the perfect menu for your event, and their pasty chefs are renowned for their wedding cakes — whether your tastes are modern or traditional!

Check out Pinehurst Resort & Country Club today, and get inspired for your beautiful North Carolina destination wedding!

Beautiful Raleigh, NC Wedding Venue — The WRAL Azalea Gardens

The WRAL Azalea Gardens are a beautiful Raleigh, NC  wedding venue with a rich local history. The stunning, tranquil setting of the gardens combined with the history of giving back to the community make this venue extraordinarily special — we are so lucky to have something so wonderful right here in the heart of North Carolina!


History & Community Involvement
Capitol Broadcasting Company founder AJ Fletcher created the WRAL Azalea Gardens in 1959, three years after WRAL-TV went on air in Raleigh. Fletcher loved azaleas and finding new varieties to enjoy, so he decided to share that passion with the general public. He personally oversaw the installation of a thousand azaleas on the 5-acre property to create the gardens!

Today, the WRAL Azalea Gardens showcase a full range of flowering and non-flowering plants that are typical in Southern landscaping. Featured plants included azaleas, dogwoods, rhododendrons and hydrangeas. In 2000, the gardens underwent major renovations to accommodate the TV studio expansion — a new fountain and walkway overlooking the gardens were installed in front of the studios, and the new architecture was surrounded with planters and flowerbeds to blend in seamlessly with the natural landscape. In 2003, the WRAL Gardens received the Tree & Landscape Conservation award from the 21st Annual Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance. Today, Fletcher’s grandson, Jim Goodmon, oversees the development and upkeep of the beautiful gardens.

Each year, WRAL sponsors the annual WRAL Azalea Celebration, where WRAL-TV gives away over 10,000 azaleas to more than 100 non-profits all over the state of North Carolina in an effort to beautify the community. To apply to be a part of the celebration, go here.

Beautiful Wedding Ceremonies & Bridal Portraits
The WRAL Azalea Gardens offer a stunning, serene space for outdoor wedding ceremonies. Reservations for weddings may be made for either an 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. ceremony on weekends from March to September. Wedding parties will have access to the gardens for setup 90 minutes prior to the ceremony. Up to 100 chairs are provided, and this fall, the gardens are renovating the restrooms and dressing rooms! The renovations should be completed by March of 2014, just in time for the start of wedding season!

Raleigh, NC Wedding Venue

Raleigh, NC Wedding Venue

Mid-March to mid-May is the time of year the azaleas are at their most beautiful, with the third weekend in April being the peak. The gardens also offer free reservations for bridal portrait sessions. To reserve your wedding date at the stunning WRAL Azalea Gardens, go here, and to reserve your bridal portrait session time, go here.

Bride Brain — What It Is and What To Do About It

Brides, when you’re down to the 30-days-and-counting point of wedding planning, you may notice your brain is no longer functioning. Decisions will be difficult. Your patience will be thrown out the window. Your to-do list will seem insurmountable, and you will spend hours that should be spent sleeping running every detail over and over again in your mind until you literally drive yourself crazy. Don’t fret — you’re not losing your marbles, you’ve got a case of bride brain.

Bride brain is what happens when the months and months of planning and micromanaging every detail of your big day put your brain into overdrive, and it responds by shutting down.

Bride Brain

For me, this happened about three weeks before my wedding. I’m a natural worrier, but an incredibly detail-oriented, organized one. However, once I hit the three-week mark, it was like a switch had been flipped. I sent rambling emails to our vendors that abruptly started and ended without any real content or purpose. I bombarded my soon-to-be husband with questions the moment he woke up — “Have you told your groomsmen what time they need to arrive at the venue? What if they’re late? Do they know they can’t be late?!” I don’t think we talked about anything non wedding-related for at least ten days leading up to the wedding. Poor guy. I spent countless hours worrying about minor — but seemingly important — details. We were planning on tying our programs to woven fans that would be placed in each seat at the ceremony, buy had nothing to tie them with — no ribbons, no twine, no nothing. The idea was later scrapped because then, after our guests untied the program from the fan, what would they do with the ribbon? Seem like a crazy thing to stress about and overanalyze? Yep…bride brain.

I tried to combat my case of bride brain by writing everything — every single tiny thing — down. I am a list maker by nature, but this was extreme. This actually ended up stressing me out even more because of the sheer volume of things I thought I needed to get done.

Sound familiar? Here are some things you can do to avoid letting bride brain take over:

1. Make a master to-do list.
If you know you’re a natural worrier, and planning such a large-scale event makes your stomach writhe, make a timeline that has you completing all things wedding-related a month prior to the date. Some things, like seating charts, may need to be put off a little to allow your guests’ RSVPs to come in, but you can knock out most of the big stuff ahead of time so that you aren’t scrambling at the last minute. Remember to be realistic about your expectations, though, or else you’ll just stress yourself further.

2. Stop looking at Pinterest and bridal blogs.
Just stop. You’ll see projects you think are so amazing that you just have to squeeze them in last minute, but you can’t. Don’t create unnecessary stress for yourself by taking on more than you need to. Just say no — you’ve got enough on your hands already.

3. Hire a planner.
If your wedding is less than a month away, think about hiring a day-of coordinator. They’ll help you get everything organized, including the dreaded wedding-weekend timeline, and take some of the to-dos off your plate. If you’re experiencing early onset bride brain and have several months (or more!) before your wedding, look into hiring a full-service event planner. Doing this saved my sanity. Though I still had a case of bride brain, I can’t imagine what my mental state would have looked like without my planner — she was amazing! I would literally send her rambling emails of a list of all the things I was stressing about at any given moment and she’d calmly respond that she would take care of it and that I should enjoy being a bride-to-be. Look into SB&G’s recommended wedding planners, they are so, so worth factoring into your budget.

4. Remember that, at the end of the day, if you and your fiancé are husband and wife, everything went perfectly.
No one except you will notice if your officiant changes a few words around, or if your cake cutting and bouquet toss are switched around to accommodate a minor hiccup. My wedding day had the highest rainfall total of the entire summer, people changed seats during our plated dinner, and my bustle just would not stay secured throughout the reception, so it got absolutely filthy. And it’s ok! The day was still perfect…our guests are still raving about it! So trust me, your guests won’t know if a little detail goes wrong, and you shouldn’t waste the best day of your life stressing over it — it’s just not worth it.

Looking back, the planning process (as stressful as I made it) passed so, so quickly — try to enjoy it. Try to soak up every single moment. This is the only time in your life you’ll be planning such a monumental event, so revel in the process, in being a bride-to-be.

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Charlotte’s Bridal Event at Cameron Village in Raleigh, NC

On Tuesday, August 27th, Charlotte’s at Cameron Village in Raleigh, NC hosted their annual bridal event. At the event, brides and grooms-to-be enjoy treats from Sugarland, beautiful floral arrangements from Fresh Affairs, inspiration for their wedding day and a store-wide discount on all that Charlotte’s has to offer — from jewelry and wedding invitations to personalized gifts for every member of your wedding party.

Charlotte’s is a wonderful place to shop as an engaged bride. They have adorable clothes that would be perfect for any bridal shower or bachelorette party, custom personalized jewelry for you or your bridesmaids, gifts for your bridesmaids or groomsmen, and beautiful wedding stationary. Check out  these photos from the 2013 Charlotte’s Bridal Event, shot by Renee Sprink Photography, and see what catches your eye at Charlotte’s!

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC


Thanks to all of the vendors who helped with this event, and to all of the brides who turned out! Stay tuned to SB&G for updates on next year’s event.