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Southern Bride & Groom 2015 Launch

We are so thrilled to release the 2015 edition of Southern Bride & Groom and reveal our winter-spring cover! We are over the moon for this image, which perfectly captures the classic, elegant style of the Kentucky Derby blended perfectly with a beautiful pastoral NC rustic wedding scene. We hope you love it as much as we do!

Winter Spring 2015 CoverThis gorgeous image was captured by Rachel Red Photography during our Derby Day styled shoot at Portofino, a horse community in Clayton, NC. One of our top local wedding planners, Chelsey Morrison of Gather Together, styled the stunning scene with rustic elements and iconic Derby details like the silver mint julep cups, bourbon barrels from Party Reflections, a dapper groom clad in a custom suit, and a beautiful Southern bride in a Modern Trousseau gown from Tre Bella Bridal. Tre Bella’s floral division, Tre Bella Flowers, created gorgeous arrangements of red, fuchsia, and green blooms that paired perfectly with our model’s bold lips and soft hair and makeup by Makeup for Your Day. Other Derby details included in this styled shoots were themed invitations and table names by Union Press & Paper, a beautiful menu from Donovan’s Dish, and a painted cake by Edible Art Bakery. We’d also like to thank the other vendors involved in this shoot, which is one of our all-time favorites: Belk, Diamonds Direct Crabtree, hat and veil designer Lore Emelio, Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, calligrapher Marika Wendelken, and Classy Transportation. A full blog post with all the gorgeous photos will be posted soon!

The magazines arrived RIGHT in time for Christmas – the best gift ever!! Our dear friends at Tre Bella hosted a launch party for us at their new clothing and gift boutique on Main Street in Downtown Durham (their couture bridal salon is right upstairs!). The gorgeous Modern Trousseau gown which is featured on our Winter-Spring cover was proudly displayed in the shop, and Tre Bella’s floral team created gorgeous arrangements inspired by their work that is featured on our cover. The SB&G Family mingled over festive champagne cocktails, delicious bites from Parizade (one of our fave local restaurants that also does off-site catering), and soaked in the new magazine! Big thank you to the Tre Bella team for hosting this lovely soiree, and to Riley of Riley MacLean Photography for the images we’re sharing below.


Southern Bride & Groom 2015 contains absolutely everything you need to know in order to plan a wedding in North Carolina’s Triangle area. This 28th edition of SB&G is full of more content than ever – more inspirational shoots, 12 real weddings, and a slew of articles that outline this year’s hottest trends, etiquette and planning tips that every bride needs to know for her big day – whether it’s here in the Old North State or beyond!

As always, SB&G recommends only the best of the best wedding venues, bridal salons and wedding professionals to our wonderful brides. With the help of SB&G’s magazine, website, and blog, you will be able to plan a Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill or Greater Triangle Area wedding from engagement to honeymoon, and rest assured that each vendor you select is reliable and top-notch.

Be sure to check up on the SB&G blog often, as we’ll be sharing behind-the-scenes action and never-before-seen photos from our various shoots, and releasing the online version of the magazine in just a short while! Give us a shout out with the hashtag #sbgmag when you spot SB&G 2015 at distribution sites, use it in your wedding planning, or get inspired from the pages and pages of Southern wedding beauty!

Thanks for the Memories, Team SB&G!

Happy Friday, y’all! For me, today is bittersweet: it’s the very last day I’ll be in the office with the other lovely, talented ladies that make up Team SB&G.

Weddings have always held a special place in my heart – I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love with them (although I’d bet that it happened sometime during the hours upon hours I spent watching Say Yes to the Dress in middle and high school) – but when I joined SB&G over two and a half years ago, fresh out of UNC Chapel Hill, I was pretty clueless about the industry, despite being engaged at the time. I cannot thank Donna and Jenna enough for deciding to take a chance on me! I never would have guessed that I would be lucky enough to work in such an amazing, inspiring industry alongside some of North Carolina’s most talented wedding professionals and small business owners – being surrounded by so many reliable sources of information and insight was not only invaluable to planning my own wedding, but for my growth as an employee and my heart for the industry.

I’ve learned so much during my time with the magazine – from etiquette necessities like how to be a respectful, supportive member of the bridal party and how to write a proper thank you note, to technological feats like how to use Photoshop and master the basics of HTML code, to insider information like how to pad a ring that’s too big for a model’s finger and how to set a table with nine different types of flatware. But above all, I think the most important thing I’ve learned is to go all in – to work hard and continue to strive to be better. I’m more often found behind the scenes here at SB&G. I spend my time tucked away at my desk, putting together blog posts, designing inspiration boards, gathering information for newsletters, writing and editing articles for the print publication, and sorting through beautiful real wedding submissions to share with our readers. When I do step out of the office, you can find me behind the SB&G booth at bridal shows or assisting at photo shoots for the magazine. The photo shoot days are always some of my very favorite – they’re long and hard and exhausting, but three times now, I’ve been there to feel the satisfaction and pride that comes from first touching those glossy magazine pages filled with the images and articles we worked so hard to perfect, and let me tell you, that makes it all worth it.

I’m excited to start my next chapter – I’ll be returning to school for a nursing degree after the holidays – but I’m going to miss so much about this one. I’ll miss the wonderful people I worked with, the camaraderie felt only when working for a small, local business, and the weddings – oh, I’ll miss the weddings! I’ll miss the photo shoots with lace and tulle and the smell of fresh flowers. I’ll miss the snapping of the camera lens and the decadent fondant cakes and the sparkly jewelry. I’ll miss reading couple’s sweet love stories and personal vows and tearing up at my desk while watching their wedding films – I’ll miss it all.

Team SBGDonna, Jenna, Leslie & Patricia — I love you ladies! Thank you so much for welcoming me into the SB&G Family, I’m so, so grateful for you all!

Southern Vintage Wedding at The Cetwick in Asheboro, NC

It’s Wedding Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re sharing Jenna and Bret’s Southern vintage wedding at The Cetwick in Asheboro, NC, shot by Brookelyn Riley Photography.

Jenna and Bret met when they were both at the pool one summer for their mutual friend’s birthday and began dating about a month later. Bret surprised Jenna with an elaborate proposal — he managed to get her to the exact location where he’d asked her to be his girlfriend years before, and then asked her to be his wife! They celebrated at their favorite restaurant before Jenna headed to her night shift as a nurse (and an engaged woman!) later that evening.

The bride knew she wanted a Southern wedding at a venue that was indoors but with an outdoor feel. She settled on a Southern vintage theme — she and her mom found most of the decor at thrift stores — and then she and her groom selected The Cetwick in Asheboro, NC — a new venue with a rustic, restored mill feel. They loved the original hardwoods, exposed beams, brick walls, and outdoor terrace and knew it would be perfect for their spring wedding. Jenna and Bret complemented the venue’s natural beauty with a varied color scheme of blues, whites, yellows, and pinks, and centerpieces and decor hand selected and designed by the bride.

Enjoy these photos of Jenna and Bret’s beautiful wedding in Asheboro, courtesy of Brookelyn Riley Photography!

Wedding Dress on WardrobeWedding Rings on MirrorBride and Bridesmaids in Floral RobesGroom and Groomsmen in VestsWedding Ceremony at The CetwickBride and Father at The CetwickUrban Chic Wedding CeremonyWedding Party in BluePersonalized Cornhole BoardVintage Soutnern Wedding DetailsTable of Wedding CakesSparkler Exit at The CetwickBride and Groom During Sparkler Exit
Ceremony & Reception: The Cetwick
Bridal Gown: Diva’s
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Photographer: Brookelyn Riley Photography
Florist: Burge Florist
Cakes: Maxie B’s

Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase 2015 – 20th Annual Chapel Hill Wedding Event

One of the Triangle’s most beloved annual wedding events – The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase – is quickly approaching! The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase 2015 is set for Sunday, January 25 from 1:00 – 4:00pm.

Neil Boyd Carolina Inn Bridal ShowcaseThis show, which is now in it’s twentieth year, is one of Team SB&G’s personal favorites thanks to its small, intimate atmosphere, wide array of talented wedding professionals, and of course, the beautiful venue – it just doesn’t get any prettier or more Southern than the Carolina Inn, right in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill. The upscale showcase features more than 75 premier local vendors to help brides-to-be get inspired and informed for their big day. Attendees will enjoy an elegant afternoon browsing the Inn’s wedding event spaces while listening to music, sipping champagne, and chatting with wedding industry professionals. Guests will also be treated to a buffet catered by the Carolina Inn’s executive chef, a high-end fashion runway show, and raffles.

For more information and to purchase tickets (available soon!), visit the Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase website. We’re so excited for this event, and we hope you’ll stop by the SB&G booth to say hello and get your free copy of the brand new 2015 edition of the magazine!

Courtyards & Cobblestones – A Walk through Wedding Row in Wilmington

Engagement season comes with the holidays, and we’re right in the thick of it! For newly engaged brides and grooms who plan to marry in the Wilmington NC area, Courtyards & Cobblestones on Saturday, January 17 is a must-attend event.

Courtyards and CobblestonesCourtyards & Cobblestones is designed to be an experience for couples seeking the perfect location, creative professionals, and inspiration for their wedding day style. Attendees with participate in a self-guided tour of seven styled ceremony and reception sites in Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC. Bring your bridesmaids or plan a date with your groom-to-be as you eat, drink, and plan to be married. Tour seven styled venues — including 128 South, The Atrium by Ligon Flynn, Bakery 105, The Brooklyn Arts Center, The Balcony on Dock and The City Club. You’ll also have the chance to experience an exclusive Health & Beauty Bar at The Loft on Front. Spend the evening meeting hand-picked creatives, enjoying live music, sampling sweet and savory nibbles, sipping creative cocktails and getting beautified!

There are also going to be giveaways, including a grand prize from Reeds Jewelers: a David Yurman Petite Box Chain with Diamond Pave Stations totaling 1/2ctw.36″ set in Sterling Silver valued at $1,650!

Romantic Wedding Reception DecorBold Wedding Ceremony ColorsWilmington Wedding VenuesTickets are on sale now — save the date for Courtyards & Cobblestones 2015 and make plans to attend!

Elegant Pink and White Wedding at TPC Wakefield Plantation

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Ashley and Carter’s elegant pink and white wedding at TPC Wakefield Plantation, shot by Neil Boyd Photography.

Ashley and Carter met in college and became close friends before they began dating — after that, they say the rest is history! Their love story continued when Carter popped the question during an elaborate proposal dubbed “Operation Flower” in Raleigh, NC.

The bride and groom envisioned a wedding that combined classic traditions and formal attire with a fun, relaxed vibe for their guests. TPC Wakefield was the perfect venue choice – it reflected the groom’s love of golf and the bride’s idea of an elegant atmosphere. Beautiful floral arrangements in hues of pink, white, and green from Fresh Affairs brought the reception space to life, and Neil Boyd Photography wonderfully captured the feel of the entire wedding day.

Congratulations to Ashley and Carter!

Where Bridesmaids Met BrideBride and Bridesmaids BouquetsCoral Wedding ApparelGroomsmen with Superhero SocksFloral Decor in ChurchAll White Bridal BouquetTPC Wakefield Wedding VenueBride and Groom at TPC WakefieldCoral and White Reception at TPC WakefieldPink and White Wedding CenterpiecesMr and Mrs Cake TopperWedding Cards BirdcageLet Love Sparkle Sparkler TagsTPC Wakefield Sparkler Exit
Ceremony: Crossroads Fellowship Wake Forest
Reception: TPC Wakefield Plantation
Photographer: Neil Boyd Photography
Bridal Gown: Alexia’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Charlotte
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A Bank
Florist: Fresh Affairs
Cake: Ashley Cakes
Invitations, etc.: Opus
Ceremony Musicians: Arioso Strings
Reception Music: Marcus Ward with Mike Morris Entertainment
Linens and Rentals: TPC Wakefield
Hair and Makeup: Denise Hutter

Save the Date for The 2015 Wedding Show by Forever Bridal

The New Year is right around the corner, which means everyone that got engaged over the holidays is ready to jump into wedding planning! Luckily, The 2015 Wedding Show by Forever Bridal – the biggest, most popular, and longest-running bridal expo in the state of North Carolina – is set for Saturday, January 3 through Sunday, January 4. The Saturday show will run from 10:00am – 4:00pm, and the Sunday show will run from 11:00am – 4:00pm.

Solitaire Engagement Ring
Whether you’re newly engaged or a bride-to-be in the midst of the wedding planning process, The Wedding Show is a must-attend event. It’s an annual event held at the Jim Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds, where brides and grooms have the chance to meet with over 150 of the Triangle’s leading wedding experts to inspire them and answer all of their questions. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with the most talented Triangle wedding caterers and florists, photographers and videographers, wedding consultants, venues and more to help you in your planning process.

The show also features on-stage entertainment with the season’s hottest fashions in bridal, menswear, mother of the bride (and groom!) apparel, bridesmaids’ attire, and outfits for the flower girls and ring bearers. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by the Southern Bride & Groom booth for a free copy of the brand new 2015 edition of the magazine and the chance to enter a fantastic giveaway!

Save the date for The 2015 Wedding Show by Forever Bridal, register now, and start making plans to attend!

Pantone Color of the Year 2015 – Marsala Inspiration

Pantone has officially announced the Color of the Year 2015, and the winner is Marsala! This gorgeous hue is a shade of earthy wine red with rusty brown undertones, which Pantone says is an “elegant, grounded statement color” that “embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

The shade is a gorgeous hue that can be used on its own or as a strong accent color, and it pairs beautifully with just about any other color – from neutrals and metallic to bright, bold shades in the blue or yellow color families. Marsala’s flexibility and universal appeal make it perfect for weddings and events throughout every season of the year!
We can’t wait to see what designers, planners, and of course, brides, do with this fantastic, hearty new color! Here’s some gorgeous Pantone Color of the Year 2015 — Marsala inspiration to get you started.

Marsala Inspiration Board

American Tobacco Campus 10 Year Anniversary Documentary

Having grown up in the Bull City, I can personally attest: the stories you hear of downtown Durham, the ghost town, are no joke. Attending theater classes at the Durham Arts Council and baseball games at the Durham Bulls Stadium were the only reasons I ever ventured downtown in my youth, and it was always a get-in, get-out situation. These memories make it all the more exciting to be living and working in Durham in the midst of the boom that is taking place here now. The thing that started it all is undeniably the renovation of American Tobacco Campus. For me, as for many, ATC defines downtown Durham – it is so tightly intertwined with the city’s history and future. I was actually living out of state when ATC opened, and experiencing this hot “new” area during visits home helped me to envision an adult life in Durham. Today, I’m still reminded of the amazing progress the city has made each time I walk through American Tobacco Campus.

Believe it or not, it’s been a decade since the launch of American Tobacco Campus as we know it – a hub of entertainment, entrepreneurship and community. As part of their 10th anniversary celebration, a documentary film was produced, which tells the story of ATC’s history and its revitalization.

“Because No One Else Would” takes us on a journey that begins with the rise of tobacco as the center of Durham’s economy beginning with the surrender of the Civil War in 1865. American Tobacco Campus enjoyed more than a century of booming success as one of the top cigarette distributors in the world until tobacco left Durham in 1987. The Campus was completely abandoned – the most action it saw over the next decade was tactical training by the Durham Police Department. The demise of downtown Durham followed suite. The story turns to the inception of Capital Broadcasting Owner Jim Goodmon’s vision to bring the campus back to life and how that endeavor came to fruition. It’s clear that even as the project has evolved, its long-term success is largely due to the initial mindset that remains intact today – Mr. Goodmon’s goal of contributing to the overall health of the city.

“Historic buildings are a tangible link to where we came from,” says Wendy Hillis, Executive Director of Preservation Durham, in the film. I couldn’t agree more; especially in this era of strip malls, the survival of old buildings will keep our cities’ true character alive. The resurgence has been contagious throughout the downtown area of Durham as seen in the refurbishing of the other older mills and buildings. Happily, we’re seeing similar developments currently in downtown Raleigh, Pittsboro, Saxapahaw and Rocky Mount. Each of these cities is important to our state’s culture, so the story told in this film is one that all North Carolinians should see.

Tune into WRAL-TV at 7:00PM TONIGHT to see “Because No One Else Would” – the story of American Tobacco and the Durham renaissance. The trailer below will give you a taste of the film!

There’s a good chance after watching this film, you’ll find yourself itching to head to American Tobacco Campus to soak it all in. Make plans to attend this Friday’s 10th Annual Tower Lighting at 6:00PM in the Amphitheater (the lawn under the Lucky Strike Tower in the center of the campus). This is a free event, which will feature music and fun for the whole family.

Below are some images from the premiere of “Because No One Else Would,” which took place at the Full Frame Theater last month. A reception in The Boiler Room was catered by The Angus Barn. This is just one of many fantastic event venues on American Tobacco Campus.

American Tobacco 10th Anniversary

“Because No One Else Would” was written and produced by Hal Goodtree (pictured above in bottom row photo, at center). It was directed by Tim Finkbiner & Dan Oliver.

Tune into WRAL-TV at 7pm tonight, December 4, 2014, to see the documentary in full.

Winter Wedding Inspiration by The NotWedding Charleston Team

The NotWedding has made a huge splash with their alternative bridal show. As opposed to the typical trade show format, The NotWedding takes the form of a big, fake wedding where brides and grooms-to-be get to be “wedding guests” for the evening! The event will be in Charleston this weekend (it’s sold out but don’t fret, they’ll return in April), in Charlotte in February, and super exciting for our local brides, they are planning their first-ever Raleigh event in 2015! The NotWedding is changing its name to The Big Fake Wedding later this month, and they’ll be coming to a whole list of new cities! Check out The Big Fake Wedding website for more events near you.

The NotWedding team designed a gorgeous, rustic winter style shoot that took place at Harborside East in Charleston, SC. The shoot featured classic, fashionable elements, winter hues, and a slew of unique, ornate details. One of SB&G’s Preferred Florists, Blossom Artistry, designed the stunning bouquet and boutonniere.

The photographer, Emily Millay, said, “the inspiration for the shoot was to weave together iconic midwest elements with southern culture. We chose to use pinecones and antlers to represent the midwest, and wove in southern decor such as lace, soft hues, and Charleston’s iconic greenery and brick. We expanded our inspiration by developing a story of a midwest boy meeting his southern belle. The concept was to incorporate decor, elements and styles from both of their cultures. We finished off the style by incorporating cozy, warm winter elements including the bride’s fur wrap, candles and deep emerald hues.”

Enjoy this gorgeous winter wedding inspiration by The NotWedding Charleston Team, courtesy of Emily Millay Photography! This shoot was put together by vendors who participated in The NotWedding Charleston — to see a full list of these vendors and to learn more about them, check out The NotWedding’s website.

Winter Dessert TablescapeCake with Pinecone TopperSouthern Phrases Table NameWinter Wedding Invitation SuiteRing in Tiffany Blue BoxWinter Bride and Groom OutisdeWinter Wedding Bouquet and BoutonniereWinter Bride in Fur StoleGroom in Navy Suit with Cotton BoutonniereWinter Bridal PortraitMrs Placecard on BookWooden Mr Wedding PlacecardLace Wedding DetailsPlacesetting with Gold CutleryWinter Wedding Couple Portrait
Event: The Charleston NotWedding
Venue: Harborside East
Photography and Styling: Emily Millay Photography
Paper Goods and Styling: Amanda Day Rose
Planning and Styling: Palmetto Weddings (Aly Howard)
Dress: Fabulous Frocks of Charleston
Hair and Makeup: Lava Salon (Jackie Inman)
Floral: Blossom Floral Artistry
Macaroons and Cookies: Christophe Chocolatier
Accessories and Jewelry: Miranda’s Vintage Bridal