Monthly Archives:: November 2013

Real Durham NC Wedding at Parizade

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Rebekah and Ben’s colorful Real Durham NC Wedding at Parizade, with photos by Rebecca Ames Photography.

Rebekah and Ben first met in their seventh grade English class and knew each other throughout high school, but they didn’t reconnect until they both moved back to Durham after college. The couple chose Parizade as their wedding venue because Durham holds a special place in their hearts – it’s where they’d grown up, where their families and friends lived, and where they’d fallen in love.

After a first look at the prestigious King’s Daughters Inn, they wed in a traditional Jewish ceremony under a chuppah made by Rebekah’s mother, in a tent from Party Reflections. Afterwards, guests were ushered inside to enjoy the couple’s creative spin on the classic wedding day “somethings”  — something old (mint juleps), something new (sparkling rose), something borrowed (a cocktail from one of the couple’s favorite restaurants) and something blue (blueberry vodka lemonade).

Rebekah wanted a colorful and eclectic feel to her décor, which was perfected with the help of Amanda from A Swanky Affair, beautiful, bright florals, and detailed vintage centerpieces. A cake from Sugarland followed a delicious feast by Parizade’s catering team, and No Regret Productions kept everyone on the dance floor throughout the evening!

Congrats Rebekah and Ben – your wedding was absolutely stunning!

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Wedding Coordinator: Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair
Photographer: Rebecca Ames Photography
First Look: The King’s Daughters Inn
Ceremony & Reception: Parizade
Hair & Makeup: Stage 1 Salon
Catering: Parizade
Stationery: Indigo Envelope
Cake: Sugarland
Florist and Vintage Rentals: Farm and Filligree
Tent: Party Reflections
Reception Music: No Regret Productions

The Pit Durham Authentic Barbecue – Now Open

We North Carolinians take our barbecue seriously. The Pit has long been a favorite local Raleigh NC barbecue joint in downtown’s warehouse district. They are famous for their upscale take on authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue. Now, we are thrilled to welcome The Pit to Durham!

Their new digs are located on Geer Street, in a former soda and water bottling plant. The location is part of downtown Durham but a little further north, a block away from the original Durham Bulls Stadium, in the neighborhood known as Durham’s D.I.Y. District. This transformative area has gone from practically abandoned to flourishing in just a few short years – in no small part due to the community of food trucks who made this area popular with their epic rodeos, the farmer’s market, as well as the businesses such as Fullsteam, Motorco and Geer Street Garden which took a risk on being in an area in transition, but have essentially created a new nook of downtown in the process.

Greg Hatem, founder of Empire Eats (the restaurant group to which The Pit belongs), has played a similar role in downtown Raleigh, and now he has joined the club in Durham. This project which began in summer of 2012 has come full circle, as The Pit Durham officially opens today!

I attended their opening party on Saturday night and was very impressed with the roomy, sleek ambiance. The funky look of exposed brick walls painted clean cream is complemented by concrete floors and tall ceilings with wooden rafters. Guests can lounge at the chic bar area, or dine right next to the kitchen, taking in the tasty smells and hubbub of meats being prepared on wood stoves, while nestled into beautiful family style farm tables.

I was over the moon for the fresh pork n’ fixins that guests sampled! I am thrilled to have a new spot that not only serves delectable BBQ done right, but also a fresh bounty of delicious side dishes using fresh and local NC ingredients.

The Pit Durham Dining Room

The Pit Durham

The Pit Durham Bar Area

Also in development is a second restaurant space upstairs, with a rooftop, open-air patio overlooking the Durham skyline. Hopefully construction will be complete by the time next year’s warm weather rolls in – that is going to be the place to be summer of 2014! I also have a good feeling it will be in high-demand for private parties!


Be one of the first Durham foodies to eat at The Pit – check out their inaugural Thanksgiving lunch this Thursday from 11AM-4PM. Call 919.282.3748 for reservations.

Since The Pit Durham is just 2 blocks from the SB&G office, I know we’ll be frequenting this spot! See y’all there!

Check out Empire Eats‘ other restaurants in Raleigh – Gravy, Sitti, Morning Times, and Raleigh Times. Empire also has two beautiful event facilities which are members of the SB&G Family of recommended wedding venues – All Saints Chapel and The Stockroom at 230.

Holiday Season Red and Gold Wedding Inspiration

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and that means holiday season is officially upon us! In honor of the holidays being the most popular time of the year to get engaged, we’ve put together a board of holiday season red and gold wedding inspiration.

A red and gold color palette gives off a cheery holiday vibe without going too overboard, and can be used for weddings and events from Thanksgiving well into the New Year! Add pops of orange or plum for an autumn feel, shades of green for a Christmas wedding, or moody blacks and grays for a chic New Years Eve affair.

Holiday Weddings Inspiration


You can incorporate beautiful holiday colors throughout your wedding day, from subtle ways like gold glitter heels and charming bow-shaped earrings to more wow-worthy aspects like scarlet bridesmaids dresses and bright red florals. We love the mix of warm colors like red and gold offset by the chilliness of winter events — so don’t be afraid to brighten up your guests’ wedding day experience with this gorgeous holiday color palette!

For more beautiful seasonal wedding ideas, check out SB&G’s Holiday Wedding Inspiration board on Pinterest!

Real NC Destination Wedding at Shoals Club on Bald Head Island

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re thrilled to share Kristin and Jeff’s Real NC Destination Wedding at Shoals Club on Bald Head Island, with beautiful photography by Scott Piner.

Kristin and Jeff met when he came to her office to make a sales call, and it was instant attraction, but, the circumstances weren’t right just yet. Finally, two and a half years later, the two officially became a couple! Jeff planned the most romantic proposal — hwile he and Kirstin were looking for the perfect Christmas tree, he handed her a handmade ornament and said “this will be our first ornament to put on the tree together.” When Kristin looked down, the ornament read “Kristin, will you marry me?” Now the couple has a keepsake from their engagement and a special token to put on their Christmas tree every year!

Kristin and Jeff wanted a coastal wedding, but knew they also wanted it to have a different feel than many of the other beach weddings they’d been to in the past. They knew that the quaint experience Bald Head Island provided would be perfect for their big day, and Shoals Club was their dream location! The couple took the next available date and quickly planned their beautiful wedding in only five short months.

With an elegant color palette of purple and silver, the couple brought their “rustic meets nautical” theme to life. Kristin said she used SB&G as a concept guide for her decor — she marked what she liked with Post It notes to share with her wedding vendors, two of which are members of the SB&G Family — Shoals Club on Bald Head Island and One Belle Bakery! Congrats you two, your wedding was beautiful!

Real NC Destination Wedding at Shoals Club on Bald Head Island

Real NC Destination Wedding at Shoals Club on Bald Head Island

Real NC Destination Wedding at Shoals Club on Bald Head Island

Real NC Destination Wedding at Shoals Club on Bald Head Island

Real NC Destination Wedding at Shoals Club on Bald Head Island

Wedding Location: Shoals Club on Bald Head Island
Wedding Planner: Kickstand Events
Bridal Gown: Modern Trousseau
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung
Hair & Makeup: Island Retreat & Spa
Photographer: Scott Piner Photography
Cake: One Belle Bakery
Party Rentals: Shoals Club and Kickstand Events

Real North Carolina Wedding Videography — Life Stage Films at Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington, NC

Today we’re excited to share a Real North Carolina Wedding Videography post featuring Sara and Adam’s wedding at Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington, NC shot by Life Stage Films.

Sara and Adam scheduled a trip to New Orleans a few months before Adam planned to propose. One of Sara’s friends mentioned that she thought Adam would pop the question while they were in NOLA, so Sara got incredibly excited and put tremendous meaning on the trip. Needless to say, Adam didn’t propose while they were down South, and the groom now says that the ride back to Raleigh from New Orleans was the longest, quietest 13 hours of his life! A few weeks later, in May, Adam and Sara took a trip to Oak Island, a beach that held many special memories for the couple. There, he asked Sara to marry him — a total shock to her! Of course, Sara said yes, and the couple began planning their June 2013 wedding at Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington.

The couple wed in a beautiful open air ceremony, with a color palette of soft pinks and ivory, and celebrated afterwards with their friends and family.

Check out their sweet wedding video, shot by Life Stage Films, and congratulations to Sara and Adam — your wedding was beautiful!

{Sara + Adam} A Magical Open Air Wedding Day from Life Stage Films on Vimeo

Ceremony & Reception Location: Bellamy Mansion — Wilmington, NC
Wedding Planner: Social Butterfly Events
Photographer: Scott Piner Photography
Videographer: Life Stage Films
Florist: Fiore Fine Flowers
Cake: Imaginary Cakes
Reception Music: Active DJ

New Wake Forest, NC Real Wedding — Jordan and RJ at The Sutherland Estate & Gardens

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today’s new Wake Forest, NC real wedding is Jordan and RJ’s elegant black and white ceremony and reception at The Sutherland Estate & Gardens last May.

Jordan and RJ met through mutual friends while living in Washington DC. The couple felt an immediate connection and began dating. After a year of being together, Jordan and RJ planned a trip to Paris, but made a stop in New York first to see some friends and family. RJ surprised Jordan with a totally romantic proposal in a hotel suite overlooking the city, and then they jetted off to France to celebrate being engaged!

They tied the knot at The Sutherland Estate (who’s in the process of building a new event pavilion!) in May with a gorgeous black and white color palette. RJ and Jordan used many members of the SB&G Family to make their wedding day dreams a reality, including: The SutherlandCatering WorksCyn Kain PhotographyAlexia’s BridalSave the Date Music, and Classic Party Rentals.

The Sutherland

The Sutherland

The Sutherland

The Sutherland

The Sutherland

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

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Video Spotlight on Tesh Parekh Live Event Painting

We are so excited to share this video spotlight on Tesh Parekh live event painting, shot and edited by Damien Maass, with y’all today! It truly tells the story behind the local painter and his passion for creating beautiful works of art. 

Local professional artist Tesh Parekh specializes in the unique service of live event painting. He offers this high-end service for weddings & events, and captures your big day moments on canvas to create a special keepsake that will last for years to come. Tesh puts the finishing touches on your painting before your reception comes to a close, allowing you and your guests to enjoy the art on the spot.

This wonderful video feature tells Tesh’s story – coming from a small town in India, moving to the United States to work as project manager for an IT company, and finally realizing his dream of becoming a professional artist. Now, Tesh is an accomplished photographer – he and his wife own IWP Photography – and painter living in the Triangle.

Tesh from Damien Maass on Vimeo

Visit Tesh’s website for more information on his painting services – his work is truly beautiful and worth budgeting ahead for in your wedding planning!

The Sutherland Estate & Gardens is Building a New Event Pavilion

The Sutherland Estate & Gardens is building a new event pavilion! The beautiful event venue in Wake Forest, NC, is excited to announce that the new, covered pavilion will be ready by late March 2014, just in time for wedding season.

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The Sutherland is a stunning 18th-century estate that oozes Southern charm with magnolias, stately oaks and manicured gardens. Now, brides and grooms-to-be will have the covered pavilion as an additional option to the various locations on the property to dance, dine and celebrate their wedding day festivities! Other sites at The Sutherland include The Walled Garden, The Settlers House Lawn, The Grooms Terrace, The Brides Patio, and The Oak Pavilion.


The new pavilion will combine rich and rustic architecture to complement The Sutherland’s classic style, and can be completely customized for every event with a variety of different lighting, drapery and floral options.

Creative Wedding Grand Exit Ideas

Throwing rice as the newlyweds leave the reception is a thing of the past, but couples are still finding ways to make a splash during their grand exit. Brides and grooms are turning to more creative ways to make their exit memorable for both the couple and their guests. Here are eight creative wedding grand exit ideas.

Be sure to check with your reception venue before selecting a grand exit idea, as some will have restrictions on what is and isn’t acceptable.

Creative Wedding Grand Exit IdeasRenee Sprink Photography

1. Sparklers are one of the most popular send offs today, and that’s because they make for an exciting exit and provide for some truly amazing photo ops. Sparklers are glamorous, and add a sense of whimsy to the wedding day celebrations.

2. Eco-friendly confetti is biodegradable, so it’s easy on the environment! Give each guest a paper cone full of confetti or use typical poppers for a joyous exit.

Creative Wedding Grand Exit IdeasPhotography by Walters & Walters

3. Flower petals make for an exit that oozes romance. Let your guests shower your and your new husband in petals customized to match your wedding’s color scheme. Chat with your florist in advance to determine the best types of blooms available for tossing.

Creative Wedding Grand Exit IdeasLuster Studios

4. Bubbles are a classic send off favorite. They add a playful touch to your exit, but don’t leave any mess to clean up! Cute bubble bottles with a decorative ribbon can also double as favors.

Creative Wedding Grand Exit IdeasNancy Ray Photography

5. Ribbon wands allow your guests to stay in party-mode. The streamers can be customized to match your wedding colors, and the vibrancy will make for exciting photo ops!

Creative Wedding Grand Exit IdeasAzul Photography

6. Noisemakers are perfect for a party crowd, and can be customized to fit your wedding style. Think kazoos, bells (a Southern tradition), horns, maracas, or whistles – a perfect loud and cheerful exit without any required clean up!

Creative Wedding Grand Exit IdeasDara Blakeley Photography

7. Pom pom exits are a great way to show your school spirit. If you and your beau have different sports allegiances, consider having poms representing both team’s colors and letting your guests pick a side.

Creative Wedding Grand Exit IdeasScott M. Peters Photography

8. Getaway vehicles spice up a grand exit. Think rickshaws, flashy vintage cars, horse drawn carriages, trollies or golf carts to really leave your big day in style.