Monthly Archives:: June 2014

Wedding Bouquet Trends

Wedding bouquets, just like wedding details in general, are becoming more of a statement about the bride’s personality, unique tastes and style. Bouquet styles range from traditional and symmetrical to just-gathered and cascading, and are a wonderful way to reflect the theme and feel of the wedding day. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite wedding bouquet trends.

Traditional bouquets are small symmetrical, round bouquets. Though they are classically all white or white with touches of green, some brides are putting a new spin on traditional bouquets and incorporating romantic colors like blush or peach, and even bold, bright blooms in reds or fuschias.

Traditional Bridal Bouquets

Neil Boyd Photography / Cyn Kain Photography

Informal bouquets are asymmetrical and have that just-picked-from-the-garden feel. They are styled to reflect movement, and are incredibly popular with brides who want huge, lush bouquets with a wide range of blooms in different colors, shapes, and textures.

Informal Bridal Bouquets

Dara Blakeley Photography / Nancy Ray Photography

Cascading bouquets are voluminous and long in length. They’re becoming increasingly popular because they can be made to fit any wedding theme – from soft and romantic to vintage and glamorous. Today, brides are making them even more striking by tying many different lengths of ribbons to the stems.

Cascading Bridal Bouquets
Renee Sprink Photography /Sarah Gawler Photography

Natural bouquets feature beautiful foliage, like ivy, ferns, herbs, berries, and succulents. These bouquets are striking because of their unusual elements and variety of textures.

Natural Bridal Bouquets

Megapixie / Dave Richard Photography

As you can see, some brides are even combining some of their favorite trends, like natural and cascading or informal and cascading, into their own beautiful, unique bouquets.

Classic Navy and Coral Wedding at Ballantyne Country Club in Charlotte, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Chris and Stephanie’s classic navy and coral wedding at Ballantyne Country Club in Charlotte, NC, shot by Fusion Photography.

Stephanie met Chris the week before she started medical school, when she was at the bowling alley with her friends. One of her classmates brought her boyfriend, who showed up with his friend, Chris. The two caught each other’s eye, but nothing fell into place until New Year’s Eve, when they happened to be in the same place to celebrate. Since then, they haven’t left each other’s side!

Chris proposed to Stephanie while they were hiking at Grandfather Mountain. She was ahead of him on the trail, and turned around to see him on one knee, holding a box. Of course, she said yes, and afterward, the two celebrated with dinner at one of their favorite restaurants. He surprised her again that evening when all of their friends were gathered to celebrate!

The couple wanted their wedding to be a celebration of their love for one another. They selected Ballantyne Country Club and a classic color palette of navy and coral that complemented the venue’s elegance and charm. The colors were carried throughout in the bridesmaids’ dresses, the floral arrangements, the table décor, and the cake. Chris and Stephanie made their wedding personal in the small details, like naming each of the tables after places they had met friends over the years.

Enjoy these sweet photos of Chris and Stephanie’s big day, courtesy of Fusion Photography.

Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses

Bride Getting Dressed

Bride and Groom Before Wedding

Father Daughter First Look

Groom and Groomsmen

Coral Bouquets with Navy Dresses

Wedding Ceremony Blessing

All White Bridal Bouquet

Newlyweds in Front of Lake

Country Club Wedding Reception

Navy and Coral Wedding Cake

Bride and Groom First Dance

Ballantyne Country Club


Wedding Location: Ballantyne Country Club
Bridal Gown: New York Bride and Groom
Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Hair: Shine Salon
Makeup: Salon Cottage
Photographer: Fusion Photography
Florist: The Bloom Room
Cake: Wow Factor Cakes
Invitations: Three Little Birds

Must Attend Upcoming NC Wedding Events

This week has an array of upcoming NC wedding events for couples in the midst of the wedding planning process!

Renee Sprink Bridal Portrait

The Virginia Dare Ballroom 1st Annual Bridal Open House

Thursday, June 26, 4:00 – 7:00pm

If you’re looking for a wedding venue or reputable wedding vendors, be sure to join the Virginia Dare Ballroom for their 1st annual Bridal Open House, Experience Southern Royalty. Immerse your taste buds with a twist on classic Southern favorites, and entice your eyes with a host of the Triangle’s best bridal vendors.

Be sure to register to ensure your chances of winning fabulous door prizes and a special gift from the Virginia Dare Ballroom!

PULP’s DIY Wedding Invitation Workshop
Thursday, June 26, 7:00 – 8:00pm
PULP is hosting three special DIY wedding invitation workshops this summer, the first of which kicks off this Thursday at Gather in downtown Cary. The workshop is geared towards couples interested in creating their on DIY wedding invitations and designers interested in breaking into the wedding invitation industry.

At the end of each class, couples may purchase their stock on-the-spot and get started on their wedding stationery! To register, contact

Vow Writing Workshop at Raffaldini Vineyards
Sunday, June 29, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Are you interested in writing your own wedding vows? Come to the picturesque Raffaldini Vineyards for a Vow Writing Workshop that will help you craft beautiful, personal wedding vows that reflect the life you want to build with your future spouse. Enjoy a glass of wine and gain some inspiration at the workshop, which will be co-hosted by Carrie Knowles and Kimberly Williams. Carrie, an author and the 2014 Piedmont Laureate, will guide couples through the process of vow writing and help them put their feelings for each other into words. Kimberly, a wedding consultant with Weddings by the Vine, will be available to answer any wedding-related questions.

The workshop is only $30 per couple. Price includes a glass of wine and two hours of wedding and wedding vows consultation. Book now on Eventbrite, as space is extremely limited!

Photo by Renee Sprink Photography

Transcending Spaces: Rustic Chic Meets Country Club Ballroom

Southern Bride & Groom recently attended an event produced by our Triangle Chapter of NACE (National Association of Catering & Events) that was hosted at one of our most beautiful local wedding venues and featured a very unique event design that would be beautiful for a Southern wedding!

The event was a beer-pairing dinner at the upscale Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC. Angie Wright of Chic Details Weddings & Events planned a unique design, which transformed the country club’s majestic ballroom into an intimate, rustic space. Total Production Services set up market lights from a central floral display, Classic Party Rentals arranged a unique seating area with rustic farm tables, SPIN entertained guests with music, and Fresh Affairs designed decadent, lush table-length garland arrangements filled with greens.

Prestonwood Country Club Ballroom

Rustic Tablescape

Market Lights and Rustic Decor

White and Green Hydrangeas

Mystery Brewing

Triangle NACE June Dinner Menu

Attendees enjoyed an amazing three-course dinner, each one accompanied by a beer from Mystery Brewing. The first course was a roast breast of duck pastrami with a cheddar biscuit, pickled onion slaw, and a Dijon and chopped egg dressing paired with Mystery Brewing’s Locksley Ordinary Bitter.

The second course was grilled peach with barbequed jumbo lump crab and grilled shrimp with Roquefort drizzle, served with Mystery Brewing’s Beatrix Spring Saison.

The third course was beer braised pork belly with local fried oysters and a sweet potato and date puree, paired with Mystery Brewing’s Queen Anne’s Revenge Carolina Dark Ale.

Prestonwood Country Club Food

Prestonwood Country Club Food 2

Prestonwood Country Club Food and Dessert

Attendees had the choice of several decadent desserts, including: beignets with caramel sauce, dark chocolate espresso mousse, macaroons, biscotti, and black and tan beer ice cream, all accompanied by Mystery Brewing’s Jack Thorne London Portor.

A huge thanks to Joe Payne Photography for all of the beautiful photographs of this amazing event!

Sticky Situations: Multiple Bridal Showers Etiquette

We’ve covered the most common questions about bridal shower etiquette – read more about that here! – but we felt that one topic deserved a little more attention, and that’s what to do about guest lists and gifts when you’re having multiple showers.

Being the guest of honor at more than one shower is becoming more and more common. As families become more unconventional, it is getting harder to avoid multiple showers – everyone wants to celebrate the bride and groom to-be. Some engaged couples might have a “Jack and Jill” shower, where both the bride and groom and their friends and families attend, or another gift-driven party in addition to the traditional bridal shower. While having several showers is okay, it can make things tricky when it comes to the etiquette of who is invited.

Bride and Groom arm in arm Jamie Blow Photography

If you’re having multiple showers, you should try to avoid guest list overlap. Of course you want to celebrate with all of the people you love, so it can be tempting to invite everyone to every single pre-wedding event, but this can quickly turn into too much of a good thing. Many guests will feel obligated to bring a gift to every event they attend, even if they’ve previously given one, which can be awkward.

It’s okay to decline the honor of a shower, explaining that your friends are already attending one or two, or to suggest that your enthusiastic friends share being the hosts of a shower. If a relative (never a parent) offers a shower, try to fill the guest list with other relatives and family friends who may not be on your pal’s list of invitees.

If you do invite the same people to several events – typically both mothers and the bridal party are invited to each shower – you should make it very clear that you don’t expect multiple gifts.  Get creative – think about having a “display shower,” where guests bring gifts unwrapped and place them on a table – this is an easy way to avoid opening gifts in front of everyone and making those who didn’t bring something to the event feel uncomfortable. If that’s not your style, you could take a photo of their gifts from the first shower and pass it around, or at the start of the gift opening, mention your dear friends and how they have showered you with attention, as well as the lovely frames or useful kitchenware during your engagement!

Photo courtesy of Jamie Blow

Food Trucks at NC Weddings: A New Kind of Caterer

Today we’re sharing a special guest blog from The Cookery owner Rochelle Johnson all about one of the newest trends in wedding catering…food trucks!

We’re fairly biased toward food trucks here at The Cookery since we have four amazing food truck members, and we always remind our clients that food trucks are a great catering option when looking for delicious meal options!  The Triangle has a wonderful food truck community, and many of these truck owners are trained chefs with years of culinary experience in traditional restaurants who offer full service catering.  Here are a few tips to when considering hiring a food truck for your rehearsal dinner or wedding…

The Parlour Truck at Cookery

Think outside of the truck!  All four of the member food trucks at The Cookery (Pie Pushers, Sympathy for the Deli, American Meltdown and Chirba Chirba Dumpling) work as full service caterers, and offer a variety of food options that are not sold within their truck menus.  This is true for many other food trucks in the Triangle area.  For example, Jonathan Richelson of Sympathy for the Deli often roasts whole hogs for wedding rehearsal and reception meals.  A pig pickin’ is a great way to introduce a tasty southern tradition to friends and family!  These businesses can cater anywhere, with or without their food truck in tow, and provide the same rentals and professional staff that conventional caterers offer.

Surprise surprise!  The Parlour ice cream truck, a business that began at The Cookery, often parks in our patio to serve tasty treats during events.  Many hosts keep The Parlour’s arrival a secret, and a surprise ice cream party greets guests at the end of their meal!

Multi trucks could mean multi money.  Many clients dream of hiring several trucks to cater their event, which is great!  However, keep in mind that this is a fairly expensive option.  When a food truck caters an event, they are giving up a shift opportunity elsewhere, which is why they have catering minimums.  These minimums vary by the day and season, so make sure to reach out to your favorite trucks for more information.

Ceremony snacks.  You may have already found your reception caterer, but a truck providing nibbles and refreshments before and after the ceremony may be a yummy present for your guests, especially if your reception is in a different venue from your ceremony.

Supporting local food trucks support local business.  It is also a great way for your out-of-town guests to sample your favorite foods from the area.

Photo courtesy of Swank Photo Studio

The Cookery is not only a commerical kitchen that supports dozens of local food businesses, but is also a beautiful wedding venue in Downtown Durham. Consider hosting your wedding in The Front Room!

Elegant Southern Wedding at Bay 7 in Durham, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Derek and Kristin’s elegant Southern wedding at Bay 7 in Durham, NC, shot by Robyn Van Dyke Photography.

Derek and Kristin initially met in middle school, but lost touch when they attended different high schools. As fate would have it, they were reintroduced through mutual friends in college, and they began dating in the fall of 2009.

In May of 2013, after four years together, Derek proposed in a park near their house in Cary with their 1 year old chocolate lab puppy. Of course, Kristin said yes, and they began planning their April 2014 wedding. The pair fell in love with Bay 7 and knew it would work perfectly with their “Southern Elegance” theme. They selected a color palette of champagne, mocha, black and white to complement the venue’s urban chic feel, which was carried out through the bridesmaids dresses, table décor, and floral details.

The couple used several members of the SB&G family to make their wedding day vision come to life, including: Lana Addison, Cute Buttons, and CE Rental.

Enjoy these beautiful photos of Kristin and Derek’s big day, courtesy of Robyn Van Dyke Photography.

Wedding Rings with Invite and Rose

Monogrammed Button Downs

Bride and Groom Getting Ready

Mocha Bridesmaids Dresses

Groomsmen in Sunglasses

Emotional Groom

Bride and Groom on Porch Steps

Bride and Groom in Downtown Durham

Bride and Groom on Railroad Tracks

Newlyweds at Bay 7

Bay 7 Wedding Reception

Champagne and White Reception Decor

Bay 7 First Dance

Champagne Wedding Cake

Grand Exit with Bubbles

Ceremony Location: First Presbyterian Church
Reception Location: Bay 7
Bridal Gown: Lana Addison – Pronovias
Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Hair: Posh Salon
Makeup: Elaine Harrison
Photographer: Robyn Van Dyke Photography
Florist: Brides & Bouquets
Cake: Ashley Cakes
Invitations: Cute Buttons
Reception Music: Love Tribe Band
Rentals: CE Rental

Vow Writing Workshop at Raffaldini Vineyards

Are you interested in writing your own wedding vows? Come to the picturesque Raffaldini Vineyards on Sunday, June 29th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm for a Vow Writing Workshop that will help you craft beautiful, personal wedding vows that reflect the life you want to build with your future spouse.

WhiteBox Photography Raffaldini

Walters and Walters Raffaldini

Enjoy a glass of wine and gain some inspiration at the workshop, which will be cohosted by Carrie Knowles and Kimberly Williams. Carrie, an author and the 2014 Piedmont Laureate, will guide couples through the process of vow writing and help them put their feelings for each other into words. Kimberly, a wedding consultant with Weddings by the Vine, will be available to answer any wedding-related questions.

The Vow Writing Workshop at Raffaldini Vineyards is only $30 per couple. Price includes a glass of wine and two hours of wedding and wedding vows consultation. Book now on Eventbrite, as space is extremely limited! 

First photo courtesy of Whitebox Photography; second photo courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters

Stylish Modern Bridesmaids Dresses from Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh

Gone are the days of bridesmaid dresses that are only worn once and tossed aside! Over the years, the selection available for your ‘maids has evolved from the heavy, shapeless styles of days past to chic fashion statements. Bella Bridesmaids has been a leader of this movement, pushing the industry to stay on point with modern styles. This fashion-forward company has a clearly-defined mission to provide stylish, wearable bridesmaids dresses that you and your girls will love for years to come.

The Raleigh location, owned by Christy Carver, features some of the most popular designer lines, including AMSALE, Coren Moore, Jenny Yoo, Love Lane by Ivy & Aster, LulaKate (including the new Garden Stripe and Lace options), ML by Monique Lhuillier, and twobirds.

Ivy & Aster offers a fun, fresh line specifically for bridesmaids. Bella Bridesmaids is the exclusive carrier of Ivy & Aster’s Love Lane collection, which features sweet, cheerful dresses that are simple and chic – perfect for your bridesmaids to wear again and again! The Love Lane line has many chiffon styles for brides who want to give their bridal party the option to choose from several different dress styles.

Love Lane Blush Bridesmaids

Love Lane Bright Bridesmaids

The Raleigh shop also offers the twobirds line. twobirds dresses are becoming increasingly popular among brides thanks to the trend of mismatched dresses. The convertible styles, which come in long and short lengths, can be tied in over 15 different ways. Your ‘maids will look cohesive, but also be able to customize their dress to fit their personal style and body type.

twobirds Convertible Bridesmaids

AMSALE has a special relationship with Bella Bridesmaids stores. The collection features dresses in a variety of fabrics, like chiffon, tulle, lace, and taffeta, that are guaranteed to be a hit with bridesmaids. AMSALE is even offering combination fabrications, like lace and tulle. The simple, clean designs offer the ultimate in wearability, even after the wedding date!

AMSALE Blush Lace Bridesmaids

Make an appointment with Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh to browse the extensive collection or stunning bridesmaids gowns, and stay tuned to SB&G for news about upcoming trunk shows and special offers! They are located at 2425 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary, in the Lochmere Pavilion Shopping Center.

The Raleigh salon is also currently offering several specials – receive 10% off an AMSALE dress in June when you mention SB&G, and receive 10% off any twobirds convertible dress if you order by July 15! 

Bella Bridesmaids salons are all over the country. Be sure to visit the Bella Bridesmaids website to find the one nearest to you! As a bride, you just might like your bridesmaids’ gowns so much that you choose to purchase one of your own!

2014 Redress Raleigh Eco-Fashion and Textiles Conference

Redress Raleigh, an organization that supports companies who produce high quality, responsibly made products and advocates for positive change within the fashion and textile industries, held their Eco-Fashion and Textiles Conference on May 30th and 31st.

The conference was a two-day event for fashion designers, textile manufacturers and business owners that featured informative sessions, networking and connection-making opportunities, a professional runway show, and a curated marketplace. The session topics included new trends and technologies in the textile industry, sustainability, and more to inspire those in the industry to be more environmentally and ethically conscious.

We’re excited to share a few snapshots from the 2014 Redress Raleigh Eco-Fashion and Textiles Conference runway shows, courtesy of Chris Seward (first and second image) and Carl Tyler (all other images).

Redress Raleigh Runway Show

Redress Raleigh Bridal Fashion

Redress Raleigh Bridal Runway Show

Redress Raleigh Blue Dress

Redress Raleigh 2014

Redress Raleigh Childrens Fashion

For more information about Redress Raleigh, check out their website.