Monthly Archives:: March 2014

Sanderling Resort’s 2014 Wedding Showcase

A Sanderling Wedding “Look-See”

Ahh, location, location, location! Beautiful wide beaches with sugar soft sand greets visitors to Duck, NC on the Outer Banks. During my recent trip to Sanderling Resort for their annual Wedding Showcase, the beach views from the resort were truly awesome, but the event and the wonderful staff of Sanderling were even more impressive. Although he doesn’t work with me on our Southern Bride & Groom magazine, my husband Rick was certainly game to accompany me to this renowned beach resort for the bridal showcase.

Couples at Sanderling Resort’s 2014 Wedding Showcase were treated to a special tasting on Friday evening, and on Saturday, the wedding show was ready for brides and couples by 11am as they lined up for their super swag bags. Beach ceremony ideas set up along the ocean provided dreamy examples of the real thing, and beautiful inspiration table designs were set on the patios overlooking the water. Classical wedding mood music played by Club Violin entertained the brides and grooms-to-be as they enjoyed viewing tablescapes on the Beach House patio decks and the adjacent beach-side Event House, where parties can enjoy a private fire pit after sunset.

The other side of Sanderling Resort’s 16 acres has an enormous banquet space called The Pavilion that overlooks the lovely sound, where I experienced two spectacular pink sunsets during my Friday and Saturday night stay. Florists, rental companies, photographers, planners, cake makers and other fine vendors created wonderful displays and were available to meet and educate couples on the details of putting together a wedding at the coast.

There’s more! The Sanderling on-site spa was open, and some brides had hair and makeup done before their boudoir photo sessions in the hotel with photographer Brook Mayo. The serene full-service spa is available for beauty and health treatments (such as cuts, styling, nails, facials, and massages) for Sanderling guests, and offers great wedding packages.

Although the elegant Kimball’s Kitchen restaurant, with its unsurpassed views, was not yet open for the season in February, I hear the food is remarkable, and it is perfect for intimate weddings and rehearsal dinners. Rick and I enjoyed a glorious dinner on property near the Beach House at the charming historic Life Saving Station restaurant, with the freshest scallops and fish specials of the day! I should mention that our spacious corner guest room at the Beach House was superb, with views of both the ocean and the sound!

All types of accommodations are available for wedding guests, from cottage rentals for groups to rooms and suites. There’s plenty to keep your family and wedding guests busy during any hours that you aren’t hosting throughout a weekend or week. Saturday afternoon we trekked through trails right on-site at Sanderling and the nearby maritime forest in Corolla. We also took long walks on the pristine beach in the late afternoon sun. A shopping hour or two was all I could fit in, but I will be back! Other adventures included Jeep tours to see the wild horses and bird sanctuaries on Corolla, and water sports from kayaking to kiting — or, my summertime favorite, book reading on the beach.

Couple Releasing Doves

Dove Release

Sanderling Wedding Show

Coral Wedding Decor

Beach Wedding Decor

Purple Wedding Decor

Pink and Yellow Wedding Decor

Teal Chevron Wedding Details

Outdoor Wedding

Beach Wedding Tablescapes

Beach Wedding Ceremony

See a Real Sanderling Wedding here, and stay tuned to the SB&G blog for updates on this beautiful resort!

All photos in this post are courtesy of Brooke Mayo Photography.

Wedding Invitation Trends from PULP

Happy Friday, y’all! This is the first installment in a brand new series here on the SB&G blog. We’ve asked our invitation experts to share some of their current favorite trends in wedding stationery, and every Friday, we’ll be passing them on to our readers!

Today we’re sharing three wedding invitation trends from PULP owner, Molly. PULP is the new Triangle-based business that hosts DIY workshops to help inspire couples to design their own custom wedding invitations on a budget! Couples can work with their staff to create a personalized look from start to finish – from the save the dates and invitations to the day-of papers, like the programs and cocktail napkins!

Here are Molly’s three current favorite trends in stationery, and tips on how to include them in your own wedding invitations!

Hand Lettering and Interesting Calligraphy
This may be the biggest trend of all right now, it’s all about getting away from fonts and using something artfully and lovingly created by hand instead. Hand lettering can range from wildly whimsical to extremely formal to complement the theme of your wedding, and nothing puts a finishing touch on a beautiful invitation suite like nicely addressed envelopes!

Invitation Hand Lettering

To get the look, couples can hire an artist to do the calligraphy by hand, or, for a more budget-friendly option, they can download a free calligraphy-like font to use on their DIY invitations.

Unexpected Details
This trend is all about surprising recipients with unique touches. From gorgeous envelope liners to custom wax seals, the tiny details are really what make your wedding stationery magical.

Custom Artwork Invitation

Couples can create a custom envelope liner, or hire someone extraordinary to do custom artwork to include in their invitation suite – think a personalized monogram, a custom map, or even cameos of the bride and groom! Original details are the best way to make an invitation one-of-a-kind.

This is one of the most-requested trends in wedding invitations right now. Brides want stationery that folds open to reveal not only an invitation, but also stores inserts, like reply cards, reception cards, accommodation cards, maps, and accessories. This trend is great because it’s interactive – recipients unfold or open elements to get to the invitation, almost like they’re opening a small gift!

Pocketfold Invitation

Pocketfolds can be combined with other popular stationery trends, like letterpress, to create an over-the-top luxurious look. While they’re generally more expensive than flat invitations, costs can be cut by combining a pocketfold with flat printing to make a look that’s all your own.

For more information on PULP and to sign up for a class, visit their website or send an email to

All photos are courtesy of f8 Photo Studios.

Charleston Fashion Week 2014

Ok, get out your iPhones and make a note that next year, at about this time, you need to be in Charleston for Fashion Week. And while you’re at it, text your BFF and a few other close friends to invite them along.

Charleston Fashion Week 2014 just ended on Saturday, and was much, much more than a local fashion show. Held Tuesday, March 18th through Saturday, March 22nd, this was a fun, party-studded event featuring fashions from major designers, emerging designers, a runway model competition, and street fashion that was just as interesting as the ensembles modeled on the runway. The first four days of the show were devoted to mainstream anytime, anywhere fashion. Each night, there were pre-event parties, and after the show, private soirees at local clubs.

Charleston Fashion Week Runway Show

A wide spectrum of fashions was showcased, but the big draw was Saturday with the bridal show. The swag alone almost made attending worthwhile, but the fashion program, with its large collection of bridal styles (and over 50 gowns on display) was clearly the week’s capstone event. At the bridal show, separates were big, along with retro looks harkening back to the 1920s and 1960s. Then again, some of the bridal gowns were timeless.

Charleston Fashion Week Bridal Behind the Scenes

Charleston Fashion Week Bridal

Charleston Fashion Week aspires to be the South’s answer to New York Fashion Week. But of course, it’s planned and spun with a heady dose of great Southern Charm. Forget the subways and grimy sidewalks you’d have to deal with in Manhattan, in walkable Charleston, you can stay near the event. Better yet, stay right across the street from the show at the Francis Marion, which overlooks Marion Square, where fashion week takes place. The Francis Marion is a stately, historic property with a grand ambience that will take you back in time – just be sure to book early!

From Marion Square, you can walk along upper King Street, the city’s trendy new club and restaurant destination, or walk in the other direction to the clubs and restaurants near Market Street. If you’d like to turn this weekend into a combination spa/fashion girl’s weekend event, stay at Belmond Charleston Place and schedule treatments there before decking out for a night at the show and the after parties.

The Club Floor at Charleston Place is one of the more exclusive destinations in Charleston. It features an open bar until 10pm, plus gourmet food (including house-baked pastries) served all day long, and the rooms are exquisite. Share one with your friends and let yourself feel like royalty for a few days. Charleston Fashion Week is the ideal setting for a great girl’s weekend.

The full four-day show is one of those unique events you’ll never forget, plus the bridal show is a must-attend for brides-to-be and their parties. This year, there was so much going on at all times that it’s hard to describe the week in a few quick words. Let’s just say it surpassed, by far, every one of my expectations. This was a dazzling, polished runway event worth of New York applause.

Story by Glenna Musante

All photos courtesy of Charleston Magazine. Black and white bridal photos by Jonathan Balliet, colored runway photos by Leigh Moose.

Rustic Southern Wedding at Magnolia Manor Bed and Breakfast

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re sharing Ginny and Jacob’s rustic Southern wedding at Magnolia Manor Bed and Breakfast! Thanks to LunahZon Photography for the beautiful photos!

Ginny and Jacob met while working at the Carolina Ale House in Cary, NC. With a little help from their coworkers, the two began chatting and went on their first date – they’ve been together ever since!

Jacob proposed during a family vacation to the Outer Banks. He took Ginny on a sunset walk along the ocean, got down on one knee, and asked her to be his wife. Of course, she said yes, and the two began planning their September wedding.

They settled on the Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast because they loved its country setting and Southern charm – and the fact that it was all-inclusive! Jacob and Ginny chose a color palette of deep red and champagne to complement their “Wine Country” theme, and made their wedding personal by making the ceremony arbor, centerpieces, favors, and much of the décor by hand.

Ginny is the marketing director at Diamonds Direct – Crabtree, so she’s familiar with all-things SB&G! She said she used the magazine during her planning, and that the best part was that she was able to create a look book of ideas, colors, and styles she liked so that when she met with her coordinator, she had an idea of her vision.

Magnolia Manor Bed and Breakfast

Bride with Red and White Bouquet

Red and White Wedding Bouquets

Groomsmen Outside

Red and White Wedding Decor

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Red and White Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Portraits

Magnolia Manor Reception

Wedding Reception Details

Barn Wedding Reception

Couples First Dance

Sparkler Wedding Exit

Wedding Location: Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast
Jewelry: Diamonds Direct – Crabtree
Hair and Makeup: EA Wells Salon
Photographer: LunahZon Photography
Florist: Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast
Caterer: Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast
Cake: Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast
Rentals: Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast
Wedding Favors: Homemade jam

Romantic Pink and White Tabletop from Tre Bella Flowers

We’re back with the seventh installment in our series highlighting our local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot! Today’s post features a romantic pink and white tabletop from Tre Bella Flowers.

Three sisters who also own Tre Bella Bridal run Tre Bella Flowers, a florist located in downtown Durham.

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Tre Bella Flowers designed a romantic pink and white tabletop that was the perfect combination of soft and rustic. A wooden farm table was decorated with a simple burlap runner, blush, cream and pink garden roses and peonies, anemones, and metallic gold details.

The soft, romantic design paired beautifully with the city-chic venue – The Cotton Room. This sweet color palette of pink hues and whites works well for weddings in any season, especially spring. Enjoy these photos, some never-before-seen, of Tre Bella’s stunning floral designs, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.

Romantic Blush and White Wedding Flowers

Pink White and Gold Wedding Decor

White and Gold Placesetting

Pink and Gold Wedding Tablescape

Pink and White Bridal Bouquet

Thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Shoot Team, including: American Party Rentals (tables, chairs, and china), Calligraphy by Carrie (papers), Tre Bella Bridal (bridal gown), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (jewelry), and Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup).

Selecting the Perfect Wedding Color Palette

Whether it’s bold and bright, shiny and metallic, or soft and pastel, a defined wedding color palette is essential to a cohesive wedding celebration. Your color palette dictates the overall look of the event and each part of the décor. Utilizing consistent hues throughout the ceremony and reception pulls everything – from the bridesmaids’ dresses and floral arrangements to the invitations and the table linens – beautifully together.

Deciding on a color palette can be overwhelming, especially with the abundance of inspirational ideas from wedding blogs and sites like Pinterest. We’ve put together a few simple tips to help guide you in the process of selecting the perfect wedding color palette.

Spring Wedding Inspiration

First, think seasonally. When will the wedding take place? The colors of the season, be it winter, spring, summer or fall, are a great starting point for finding your ideal colors. Then, consider your ceremony and reception spaces. Are you saying “I do” in a church? A formal ballroom? An outdoor garden? Some venues may have a fixed look – think carpet or paint – while others may be more of a blank canvas. It’s important to think about how your selected color palette will pair with things you cannot change, or how it will make a statement in a plain space.

Try to select colors that represent both you and your fiancé. If he leans towards moody grays or neutrals, and you like pops of color, that’s great! You can incorporate colors in a variety of ways. To choose coordinating colors, think complementary (colors opposite of each other on the color wheel, like blue and orange), monochromatic (colors with slight variations of the same tone, like blush, pink, and hot pink), or analogous (colors next to each other on the color wheel, like mint, light blue, and royal blue).

Lastly, try to limit the palette to three main colors – a main color, a second to complement and support, and a third to use sparingly as accents. Use your wedding colors in everything from small details – like the stationery and the favors – to eye-catching ways – like the bridesmaids’ dresses, floral arrangements, and the reception décor.

In honor of yesterday being the first day of spring, here’s a warm-weather color palette we just can’t get enough of!

Custom Wedding Cakes from Catering Works

We’re back today to feature another one of our fantastic local bakeries and their gorgeous confectionary designs from our 2014 Cake Shoot. Today’s post highlights custom wedding cakes from Catering Works.

Catering Works is a locally owned and operated company that offers full-service, off-premise catering and design. The team is comprised of experienced and creative event professionals, and while Catering Works may be known for their delicious and beautifully presented catering, rest assured that they do much, much more!

Catering Works offers turnkey reception packages that include everything from the food and beverage, site planning, and ceremony and reception flowers to the rental and entertainment coordination and specialty wedding cakes and desserts. The company is happy to work with each bride on any of these services individually, or coordinated all together.

Catering Works Parisian Cake.

Catering Works Dessert Table

Perhaps you have booked a location that already provides the food and beverage – Catering Works should be on your “to meet” list for cakes and flowers. Pastry Chef Anthony Calcagno creates beautiful and delicious custom wedding cakes and groom’s cakes. Couples can select from a wide variety of flavors and fillings for a cake design or pastry table as simple or as elaborate as they can imagine! Joseph Barns, one of the most innovative and artistic floral designers we’ve seen, will meet with brides for wedding flowers alone. The company uses only the freshest local produce and ingredients and sources flowers from near and far to provide you with the best possible products for all occasions!

Catering Works Orchid Cake

For the 2014 Cake Shoot, Catering Works created this gorgeous black and white cake with cascading purple orchid blossoms. Set among a myriad of mirrors at ThemeWorks, this confectionary beauty definitely pops!

Thanks to Brian Mullins Photography for the orchid cake photo, and Kevin Milz Photography for the Parisian-Bohemian styled chocolate cake. The dessert platter is courtesy of KPO Photo.

Forever Bridal Southern Bridal Show and Expo

While it may not feel like it quite yet, spring is here, which means it’s officially wedding season! If you’re newly engaged or in the midst of the wedding planning process, don’t miss the Forever Bridal Southern Bridal Show and Expo on Sunday, April 6th from 11:00am – 4:00pm.

Purple BridesmaidsSwank Photo Studio

The Southern Bridal Show & Expo is a wonderful annual event held in April at the Jim Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds. At this Raleigh wedding show, Forever Bridal hosts over 150 of the Triangle’s leading wedding experts to inspire you and answer all of your wedding-related 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 hourly fashion shows! With the Forever Bridal Southern Bridal Show & Expo, you can see, hear, taste, touch and smell everything you need to plan the wedding of your dreams.

While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by the Southern Bride & Groom booth for a free copy of our newest magazine and the opportunity to win a fantastic getaway!

Register now and start making plans to attend!

Urban Yellow Tabletop from Ninth Street Flowers

We’re back with the sixth installment in our series highlighting our local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot! Today’s post features an urban yellow tabletop from Ninth Street Flowers.

Ninth Street Flowers, located in downtown Durham, is one of the Triangle area’s premiere flower shops. Owners Larry and Lea Wood source blooms from local growers as much as possible to give their customers a totally unique, personalized experience.

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Ninth Street Flowers designed an urban yellow tabletop that was edgy and contemporary. The design featured canary yellow blooms, a concrete table, a steel “tree” and a modern circular centerpiece. The centerpiece of roses and calla lilies creates a chandelier of sorts for the table set for two

The modern design paired perfectly with the urban vibe of the venue, The Cotton Room. A feel-good color palette of yellow and steel grey works for a wedding in any season. Enjoy these photos, some, never-before-seen, of Ninth Street‘s stunning floral designs, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.

Yellow Wedding Flowers

Yellow Wedding Centerpiece

Yellow Placesetting

Yellow Floral Centerpiece

Yellow Bridal Bouquet


Thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Shoot Team, including: Classic Party Rentals (rentals), Calligraphy by Carrie (paper), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (jewelry), Lana Addison Bridal (bridal gown), Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup), and The Cotton Room (venue and table).