Monthly Archives:: October 2013
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re sharing Danielle and Thomas’s beautiful fall NC wedding at Highgrove in Fuquay-Varina, with stunning photographs by Neil Boyd Photography.
Danielle and Thomas met in their high school English class and immediately felt a unique connection. They began dating and continued their relationship long distance after they went off to college in two different cities — Danielle to Johnson & Wales in Charlotte, and Thomas to East Carolina in Greenville. Five years later, they bought a house together and Thomas popped the question! On November 11, 2012, the high school sweethearts said “I do!” in a sweet fall wedding at Highgrove in Fuquay-Varina.
They selected the Highgrove because they wanted to bring Southern Charm to their Northern Italian-style wedding. Danielle and Thomas’s elegant but natural feel (to tie in the groom’s love of all things outdoors) was carried out through a color palette of gold, cream and moss green, which was seen in the beautiful floral arrangements, the green linens and classic white details. The look perfectly complemented Highgrove‘s gorgeous space and the colorful North Carolina fall foliage.
After a decadent Italian meal, the couple and their guests enjoyed a towering wedding cake and dessert bar from Sweet Memories, where Danielle works, before dancing the night away!
The bride’s advice to engaged girls is to “choose your vendors wisely and be sure to use reputable vendors, it makes a big difference! If you don’t have a lot of time, hire a wedding planner, wedding planning takes a lot of time.” Danielle and Thomas used many members of the SB&G Family to make their big day exactly as they’d pictured, including: Highgrove, Crave, Neil Boyd Photography, the bride’s stunning Pronovias gown from Lana Addison Bridal, Sweet Memories, Party Reflections and Shutterbooth.
Check out these breathtaking photos captured by Neil Boyd Photography, and join us in extending a huge congratulations to Danielle and Thomas — y’alls wedding as magical!
Ceremony & Reception: Highgrove
Photographer: Neil Boyd Photography
Videographer: Southern Video Design
Bridal Gown: Lana Addison Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Preston Flowers
Cake: Sweet Memories
Reception Music: Joe Bunn DJ Company
Linens and Rentals: Party Reflections
Transportation: Cowboy Limos
Wedding Favors: Dessert Bar and Shutterbooth
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If your wedding day dreams involve a totally unique, out-of-the-box venue, consider having your wedding ceremony or reception in one of NC’s beautiful museums! Whether they feature fine art, rich history, or a little something for the young at heart, museums are wonderful wedding venues — they offer beautiful ambiance, fabulous backdrops for photographs and portraits, and they can accommodate hundreds of guests in a variety of different event spaces. Give your guests a one-of-a-kind experience with exclusive access to art collections and exhibits in your very own Triangle NC museum wedding.
The Nasher Museum in Durham is an absolutely stunning venue for a wedding. The contemporary architecture and spacious atrium bring the outdoors inside while allowing guests a unique, upscale experience with exclusive gallery access. Events at Nasher are fully customizable to fit perfectly with your wedding day vision. For more information, check out The Nasher Museum’s Event Rental page.
The North Carolina Museum of History in Downtown Raleigh offers three unique spaces for events, and can accommodate weddings from the most intimate affairs to the most extravagant events with up to 500 guests. Walk down the grand staircase and into a different world with the museum’s beautiful exhibits featuring North Carolina’s rich history. For more information, head over to the North Carolina Museum of History Special Events page.
The North Carolina Museum of Art offers turnkey wedding packages, including rental and floral services, musician booking, catering and audiovisual coordination. Choose from the museum’s indoor and outdoor spaces to find the perfect fit for your big day, whether you want to focus on the dynamic architecture, the museum’s extensive art collection or the beautiful green, manicured surroundings. For more information, go to the North Carolina Museum of Art Special Events page.
The Museum of Life & Science in Durham features an interactive science park, a butterfly conservatory, and over 80 acres of scenic North Carolina land. Say “I do” in the magical butterfly house, take a spin on the Ellerbe Creek Railway that runs through the museum’s Nature Park, and let your guests revel in the childlike joy the museum brings to life. For more information, check out the Museum of Life & Science Special Events page.
If you’re dreaming of a destination wedding, but still want that unique museum vibe, consider the quaint historic town of New Bern. Tryon Palace and The North Carolina History Center are elegant, waterfront venues with details of the state’s rich colonial history. Whether you’re looking for distinctive architecture or stunning 18th-century gardens, New Bern has the perfect venue for any occasion. For more information, go to the Visit New Bern website.
Earlier this month, the top bridal designers from all over the world converged in New York City to debut their Spring/Summer 2014 collections at the semi-annual Bridal Market.
Last Friday, we recapped the hottest wedding dress trends for the upcoming year, and this week we’re excited to share five of the top 2014 bridesmaids dress trends from the designers’ newest collections. Some of these hot-off-the-runway looks will be making their way down South to SB&G’s boutiques! Read on to see what local shops carry which top designers’ collections.
Lace is popular across the boards when it comes to wedding day apparel. It’s delicate, feminine, and perfect for occasions ranging from black-tie to casual garden.
The beautiful long lace gown on the left is by Amsale, who’s collection is carried at Bella Bridesmaid in Raleigh. The two lace beauties on the right are Jenny Yoo’s “Bridgitte” gown in ivory and blush. Tre Bella Bridal in Durham carries Jenny Yoo’s bridesmaid collection.
Asymmetrical Necklines and Hemlines
Asymmetry has been popping up throughout the bridal world, especially in the form of hi-low hemlines and one-shoulder necklines. We love this look, as it works on just about all body types!
Illusion necklines aren’t just trendy when it comes to wedding gowns, this trend is becoming increasingly popular among bridesmaid styles. We love the romantic, demure look an illusion neckline gives a gown.
The dress on the left is from Monique Lhullier, who’s designs can be found at Alexia’s Bridal. The dress with the peplum on the right is by Watters.
Hues of Purple
Next year, purple will reign supreme when it comes to bridesmaids gowns! Hues ranging from dark eggplant to soft lavender and everything in between are the perfect choice to fit occasions year-round.
This long purple chiffon gown on the left is by Monique Lhullier, who’s collection can be found at Alexia’s Bridal. The short lavender gown on the right is by Alvina Valenta, who’s collection is carried at Bella Bridesmaid in Raleigh.
Intricate detailed backs are all the rage in bridal, but the trend has trickled down to bridesmaids styles as well. Keep an eye out for eye-catching backs of all styles, including keyhole, open, and illusion.
The beautiful grey dress with the keyhole back on the left is by Jim Hjelm, which is available at Bella Bridesmaid. The intricate lace dress on the right is Noir by Lazaro.
Photo Sources: 1a, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b (Wedding Wire); 1b (Jenny Yoo Facebook)
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Sarah and Daniel’s Real Vintage Raleigh, NC Wedding at All Saints Chapel, photographed by Revival Photography.
Sarah and Daniel — a wonderful couple with such huge hearts — married over the summer in a beautiful, vintage-inspired wedding. They held both their ceremony and reception at the historic All Saints Chapel in Downtown Raleigh, which was built in 1875. The venue provided the perfect complement to the vintage theme, and the photos from Revival Photography are absolutely breathtaking — seriously, wait ’til you see the father-daughter reveal…so unbelievably sweet! After the bride and her ‘maids finished getting ready, they took a trip to Pullen Park for some fun outdoor photos, while the groom and his guys headed to NC State’s campus. Afterwards, the couple met up at All Saints to tie the knot and celebrate with their friends and family with dancing and delicious food from The Q Shack.
We love all of the unique details, from the sweet fan programs and family photos to the bride’s retro shoes and the groom’s Southern style — this wedding is simply fantastic!
Ceremony & Reception: All Saints Chapel
Photographer: Revival Photography
Florist: Jane Utley
Caterer: The Q Shack (member of The Farmer’s Table group)
Hair: Brandy Grimes
Videographer: Circle Limit Digital
This Sunday, October 27, the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel will be hosting North Carolina’s first-ever LGBT Wedding Expo — The Same Love, Same Rights Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo! The show will run from 12:30 – 3:30pm, and will feature over 30 exhibitors and booths for attendees to meet with and speak to about their future wedding-planning needs.
In addition, the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel will be having a Wedding/Social Event Open House in their Hannover Ballroom following the show, from 1:00 – 4:00pm. The ballroom will be decorated as it would be for a wedding reception, featuring some cutting-edge displays by the AV company and delicious food tastings. Free parking is available to attendees of both events in the Sheraton deck.
For more information and to RSVP, go here.
Planning the bachelorette party is one of the Maid of Honor’s biggest pre-wedding responsibilities, but there’s no need to stress. Coglin’s bar in Raleigh is a fantastic choice for a fun girl’s night out right here in the Triangle, and with all of their options for customization, brides-to-be can rest assured their Raleigh bachelorette party will be a memorable event!
Coglin’s is Raleigh’s only 80s and 90s bar, and your ticket to a guaranteed blast from the past. Jam out to your favorite tunes while you sip on their signature drink, a frosty Coglin’s Cooler, or split a fishbowl with your ladies. There’s always something to do in Raleigh at Coglin’s!
Coglin’s offers VIP packages that include private booths in the exclusive VIP Lounge, all-night priority entrance, chilled champagne, balloons, and Coglin’s Raleigh swag! The bar also offers VIP transportation and catering options – from sweet and savory desserts to light hors d’oeuvres and plated dinners – for a night out no one will be able to forget.
For more information, check out Coglin’s website!
Last weekend, the top bridal designers from all over the world converged in New York City to debut their Spring/Summer 2014 collections at the semi-annual Bridal Market.
We are so excited to share some of the top 2014 wedding dress trends from the designers’ newest collections. Some of these hot-off-the-runway looks will be making their way down South to SB&G’s bridal boutiques! Read on to see what local bridal shops carry which top designers’ collections.
Blush gowns started becoming more and more popular last year, and while they’re still at the peak of popularity, some designers are embracing full-on color in the form of bright pink numbers that are sure to make for an incredibly unique wedding day look. The pink gown on the left is by Vera Wang. North Carolina’s Vera Wang boutique is right here in the Triangle — Alexia’s Bridal. The more subtle blush gown on the right is by Watters, who’s collections are available at The Wedding Dress Shoppe in Wilmington.
Other designers, like Claire Pettibone — who’s designs are available at Lana Addison Bridal — are embracing different neutral colors outside of the normal ivory and white spectrum, including beautiful gold gowns that evoke vintage glamour, like the gown on the left. The gown on the right is by Maggie Sottero.
For brides who don’t want to fully commit to a completely colored gown, dresses with metallic details are an absolutely gorgeous (and totally unique!) option. We love the metallic gold accents on the two dresses below — the one of the left is by Carolina Herrera, who’s designs are available at Alexia’s Bridal. The gown on the right is by Yumi Katsura.
Beading is a wonderful way to add detail, texture and personality to a wedding gown, and the elaborate beading seen at this fall’s Bridal Market evoked gorgeous 1920s, Gatsby-glam style. These dresses can be as understated or as bold as you’d prefer, and will certainly steal the show under your wedding reception’s lighting! The gown on the left is by Badgley Mischka, and the one on the right is a Jenny Packham number. Both designers’c collections can be found at Tre Bella Bridal.
There’s more beautiful beading on these two gorgeous gowns! On the left is a design with a stunning jeweled bodice by Eve of Milady, and on the right is a design by Jim Hjelm with a delicately-adorned one shoulder strap. Both Eve of Milady and Jim Hjelm can be found at The Wedding Dress Shoppe.
Illusion necklines are here to stay (and we love them!), but joining the unique neckline trend this year is the halter gown. These gowns can be decked out in beautiful embellishments, or classically understated with delicate sheer fabric. The gown on the left is a stunning beaded halter by AMSALE, and the gown on the right is a sheer halter-necked dress by Christos.
Thanks to Princess Kate, sleeves are back in style! Not only are cap sleeves coming back, but full lace sleeves have been popping up in many designers’ new collections. Sleeves add unparalleled class to a dress, and can be an incredible romantic detail (not to mention they’ll keep you warmer in the fall and winter months.) The gown on the left is by Monique Lhullier, and on the right is a design by Reem Acra. Both designers’ collections can be found at Alexia’s Bridal.
Even more gorgeous sleeves on these two beauties! The delicate short-sleeve gown on the left is by Jenny Packham, who’s designs can be found at Tre Bella Bridal, and the three-quarter length sleeved gown on the right is by Watters, who’s designs are available at The Wedding Dress Shoppe.
Photo Sources: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 & 8 (Huffington Post); 3 & 4b (Glamour); 4a (Wedding Wire)
Recently, I enjoyed a renewing respite from the daily work grind at the expanded and newly redesigned Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary. In the hustle and bustle of the wedding industry business, it’s hard to make time to wind down, but it seems the intensity of the week began to melt immediately upon entering the spa area of the hotel, with its soothing sounds and relaxing herbal scent.
After passing the nail salon section — that just happens to have the most luxurious pedicure leather lounges ever — the concierge greeted me warmly. She walked me through the new areas of the spa, which include a private outdoor coed wave pool that is privately placed amongst natural greenery (bathing suits required), an outdoor coed terrace for reading and relaxing in the sun, and a second floor lounge with snacks and drinks. The coed treatment room is also larger, and has its own private whirlpool. Wouldn’t a treatment for the newlyweds be just the perfect wedding gift?!
The women’s-only side of the spa is enlarged and has a lounge for relaxing and reading, a sauna, a steam room, a large whirlpool and refreshing private showers with everything you need for pampering. In the locker room, I changed into a plush terry robe provided and enjoyed the sauna and whirlpool before my scheduled facial.
Facials are not a regular treatment for me, but this one was a fabulous experience that I felt was offered by a true facial expert. The room, with its aromatherapy scents, the gentle musical notes, and enveloping warmth transported me to a dreamy place I hope to enjoy again soon. The next visit for me will be a reward for getting the SB&G magazine to press to enjoy one of my other favorite Umstead spa treatments — a full body massage. I did take a little bit of the spa home with me to enjoy by stopping to purchase some of their wonderful botanical washing scrub and lotions!
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Clair and Seth’s unique big day — they tied the knot at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, and celebrated afterwards at a totally unique reception venue — a restored warehouse. Enjoy photos of today’s Downtown Raleigh urban warehouse wedding, courtesy of Renee Sprink Photography!
Clair and Seth met when her mom hired him to cook for Clair’s birthday. Seth ended up hanging around after the party ended to visit with Clair’s family, and most definitely caught her eye! He continued to cook for several of the family’s private dinner parties, and even tutored Clair’s little sister. From there, Clair and Seth’s friendship developed and slowly evolved into true love.
Seth planned a sweet proposal that included both his and Clair’s families. He took Clair up to a rooftop bar, and when she looked down, she saw her dad and sister. When she looked at Seth confused, he told her it was because it was a special day, and dropped to one knee! Of course, Clair said yes, and the couple celebrated their engagement with their families before heading off to a romantic dinner for two.
They tied the knot at their church, Edenton Street United Methodist Church, and celebrated afterwards with a reception in a renovated urban warehouse in Downtown Raleigh. The couple felt that most of the reception spaces they visited just didn’t “fit” right, so they went a totally unique route and chose a private space that they could customize to their taste! Because it was such an unconventional reception space, the couple and their vendors had to get creative and invest a lot of work, but it turned out beautifully.
Clair was inspired by Kate Spade’s classic, preppy designs, and the two decided to plan their wedding around that sort of theme, complimented by a black, white and gold color palette. They used black and white striped table cloths, and accented the space with lots of gold details. The couple selected Renee Sprink Photography after Clair fell in love with her images from a close friend’s wedding, and other members of the SB&G Family helped make their wedding day perfect, including CE Rental and Island Sound.
Enjoy these beautiful photographs from Clair and Seth’s March wedding, courtesy of Renee Sprink!
Ceremony Location: Edenton Street United Methodist Church
Reception: Private gallery in Downtown Raleigh
Minister: Reverend Ned Hill
Rehearsal Dinner: Bloomsbury Bistro
Wedding Planner: Sarah Morris
Jewelry: Kate Spade and family heirlooms
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung
Men’s Formalwear: Brooks Brothers
Hair: Bottega Salon
Photographer: Renee Sprink Photography
Florist: The Pink Peony
Cake: My Heavenly Sweets
Reception Music: Island Sound
Party Rentals: CE Rental
Transportation: White Horse
Hosting your wedding at a venue that also has onsite accommodations is an absolutely fantastic option for both you and your guests. The entire wedding weekend becomes an event; you can reserve a block of rooms and have all of your friends and family together in one location!
Here in the Triangle Area of North Carolina, and its surrounding towns and destination locations, there are a ton of options for venues with onsite accommodations — especially hotels and quaint bed and breakfasts — so one is sure to fit your exact needs.
There’a reason hotels and B&Bs are some of the most popular choices for wedding venues — Triangle NC hotel weddings are convenient, cost-efficient and customizable.
Convenience at it’s Finest
The coordination of a hotel wedding is incredibly simple. They typically have hosted their fair share of weddings, so they know what they’re doing! Hotels will have great vendor recommendations, because they’ve probably worked with just about every wedding pro in town. It’s also incredibly convenient for your guests — especially out-of-towners — because your ceremony, reception and accommodations are all in one location. There’s no need to worry about transportation, parking, or the logistics of having separate venues for your ceremony and reception.
Because hotels often have wedding packages, many of the vendors you would normally need to hire elsewhere are included. Most hotels and B&Bs will require you to use their catering service, so choose somewhere with terrific food and leave the meal planning to them! Many hotels also offer complimentary shuttle service, including airport pick-up and drop-off for your out of town guests to make the weekend go even smoother.
Unique & Customizable
Hotels and B&Bs usually have several options for event spaces. If you want to have your ceremony and reception at the hotel, you can either flip the space between events, or choose completely different locations — like hosting a garden ceremony followed by a ballroom reception. The venues normally have a variety of beautiful spaces — like ballrooms with elegant chandeliers, perfectly manicured gardens, and cozy, more intimate rooms for smaller weddings. You can add your own twists to the traditional hotel spaces by incorporating decorations, specialty lighting, and floral arrangements.
Renaissance Raleigh Hotel//Azul Photography
For wedding venues with on-site accommodations, check out SB&G’s Accommodations page or our Sortable Venue Guide.