Monthly Archives:: July 2014

Vintage Southern Backyard Wedding in Cary, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Colleen and Fletcher’s vintage Southern backyard wedding in Cary, NC, shot by Nancy Ray Photography.

Colleen and Fletcher attended the same high school, but didn’t end up meeting until mutual friends introduced them the summer after their freshman year of college. The couple dated for several years, and after graduation, Colleen began preparing to go to Spain for her master’s degree. A few weeks before she left, she and Fletcher went out to watch a meteor shower. He popped the question while they were lying in the back of his truck bed looking at the sky!

The couple wanted their wedding to take place somewhere that really meant something to the two of them. They decided on a group of three houses in Cary, all right next to one another and all family owned! They’d already had many wonderful memories there, and thought it would be neat to add another big one – their wedding day – to the list.

The couple selected a color palette of green, blush, ivory and gold – inspired by the bride’s love of green – which perfectly complemented the backyards and their vintage Southern garden theme. The theme was carried throughout the mismatched bridesmaids’ dresses, the stunning hanging floral arrangements by Expressions of Love, and the rustic reception decor.

To make their wedding day all the more special, the couple involved friends and family members as much as possible. The groom’s father performed the ceremony, Colleen’s brother played the bagpipes (in a traditional Scottish kilt!), and their good friend DJ’d the reception. The couple also included subtle touches – like signs in Spanish to honor Colleen’s time spent in Spain – to make their wedding incredibly personal and charming.

Thanks to Nancy Ray Photography for sharing these beautiful images, and congratulations to Colleen and Fletcher!

Bride and Groom Before Ceremony

First Look

Happy First Look

Mismatched Green Bridesmaids

Green and Grey Wedding Party

Wedding Stationery

First Kiss and Ceremony Exit

Vintage Car Ceremony Getaway

White Wedding Cake and DIY Photo Booth

Green and White Rustic Wedding Decor

Hanging Wedding Floral Arrangements

Gold Dipped Mason Jars

Bagpipe at Wedding

Newlyweds First Dance

Sparkler Grand Exit

Wedding Location: Private Home in Cary, NC
Officiant: Carey O’Cain (Father of the Groom)
Wedding Planner: Chad Biggs with Your First Impression
Bridal Gown: Kitty Chen
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Weddington Way
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Images by Denise
Photographer: Nancy Ray Photography
Florist: Expressions of Love Florist
Cake: Simple Cakes
Invitations: Paper Melody’s
Ceremony Musicians: Laura Byrne (Harpist)
Reception Music: DJ Eric Tschudi; Kyle Ryan (Bagpipes)
Party Rentals: CE Rental

The 2nd Charleston NotWedding Event

What’s not to love about Charleston?! It’s the quintessential essence of what the South is supposed to be, so when Southern Bride & Groom was invited to take part in the 2nd Charleston NotWedding event, we jumped at the chance!

Charleston has always been a great travel destination, and brides-to-be love it for weddings as well! Since the ladies behind Southern Bride & Groom pride ourselves on being one of the leading wedding planning resources, we couldn’t help but scope out the best of the best in the Charleston area.

The Charleston NotWedding was held at the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, which is a living and working plantation situated right on the water. From the moment you enter the grounds – with its massive trees, horses grazing, and the sun peeking through the branches – you are transported to an idyllic Southern locale, and you’re treated with a beautiful view of the gardens ahead (it’s no wonder Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were married here!). The NotWedding, a bridal show alternative, began with a mock wedding ceremony on the Cotton Dock, followed by networking for the brides-to-be and their beloved beaus – it was a casual, free-flowing night along the river. The outside venue was perfectly complemented by the rustic, “Wild & Free” theme of the event. Check out this video of the 2nd Charleston NotWedding, shot by James McCoy Films.

The 2nd Not Wedding Charleston SC from James McCoy on Vimeo

After the conclusion of the NotWedding, the famous Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, hosted us. The hotel, situated on the corners of Market, Meeting and the shopping-frenzied King Street, features 435 luxurious guest rooms rich in substance, yet judiciously understated and with a special knack for attention to detail. Belmond Charleston Place features the most comprehensive banquet and conference services in the area, including the Grand Ballroom, which is over 14,000 square feet, the Grand Hall, and several beautiful outdoor courtyards.

Belmond Place Market Street Entrance

Belmond Place Lobby

Belmond Place Premier Room

Following a suggestion from a local, Southern Bride & Groom experienced a true Lowcountry bistro brimming with contagious energy along East Bay Street in S.N.O.B. I was quite curious to try a place called SNOB, but came to find the name is an acronym for the restaurant’s location – Slightly North of Broad. To keep with the lowcountry vibe, I felt it was only fitting to have a go at the Fried Chicken & Watermelon Salad with locally grown mixed greens, Split Creek Farm feta, spiced pecans and a balsamic vinaigrette.

Watermelon Chicken Salad

After one delectable bite, I knew I was in Charleston!

Southern Destination Wedding at The Shoals Club at Bald Head Island

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re thrilled to share Carrie and Clark’s Southern destination wedding at The Shoals Club at Bald Head Island, with gorgeous photos from Anne Liles Photography.

Carrie and Clark met through mutual friends the summer after Carrie’s first year of law school. He claims that she fell in love with his sweet dance moves, and while she says that isn’t entirely true, they’ve been together ever since.

Every Christmas, Carrie and Clark exchange ornaments, but Christmas of 2012 was extra special. Clark gave Carrie a glass ornament with a diamond ring painted on it, and when she looked up from opening the box, he was down on one knee! Of course, she said yes, and the couple began planning their May 2014 wedding.

Carrie and Clark knew they wanted to get married at the beach, and as soon as they visited the Shoals Club, they knew it was the perfect fit for their blush, white, and khaki wedding. With soft touches of gold, their casual, Southern-themed wedding came to life. The bride included many personal details, like the plethora of monograms, customized koozies, hand-lettered signs, and DIY projects, but the most special touch was that she wore her late mother’s wedding band to honor her on the big day.

The couple used several members of the SB&G Family to make their wedding day perfect, including: Shoals Club, Cute Buttons Gift & Paper Boutique, and CE Rental. Please enjoy the beautiful photographs of Carrie and Clark’s wedding day, courtesy of Anne Liles Photography.

BHI Tray

Strapless Bridal Gown and Blush Bouquet

Bride Wedding Rings

LulaKate Ruffle Bridesmaids Dresses

Blush and White Bouquets

Shoals Club Wedding Ceremony

Personalized Cocktail Napkins

Wedding Ceremony Flowers

Groom in Khaki Suit

Wedding Ceremony Recessional

Khaki Blush and Gold Wedding Reception

Wedding Rings on Ribbon Wands

Bride and Groom on Beach

Pink Details at Wedding Reception

Blush and White Low Centerpieces

Pink Ribbon Wand Exit

Wedding Location: The Shoals Club at Bald Head Island
Bridal Gown: Traditions by Anna
Bridal Shoes: Jack Rogers
Bridesmaids Dresses: LulaKate
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Hair: Island Retreat Spa and Salon
Photographer: Anne Liles Photography
Florist: Brunswick Town Florist
Cake: Imaginary Cakes
Invitations: Cute Buttons Gift & Paper Boutique
Ceremony Musicians: Harpist – Elena Karin Pohl
Reception Music: ProDUCKtions
Party Rentals: CE Rental

ISES 2014 Trinity Awards

Last month, the Greater Triangle NC Chapter of ISES hosted the 2014 Trinity Awards — a program which honors the outstanding work of our talented local event professionals (ISES stands for the International Special Events Society). This over-the-top event is one that we look forward to each year — one of the highlights of the summer!

This year’s event was held at the Carolina Country Club in Raleigh, NC, one of the most prestigious country clubs in the state and a beautiful setting for an event. The club normally reserves events for its members, so it was a real treat to be able to experience this gala event here!

Upon arrival, and checking in on the “red carpet,” we enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while being regaled with fabulous entertainment. Dancers from Elevate, our local dance and live entertainment troupe, created paintings live by using their bodies as a paintbrush, right before our eyes! The pinnacle of pre-awards entertainment was an enthralling Video DJ “spin-off.”

Living Fountain

Jenna at ISES

Dancing Painter

Walking into the ballroom for the awards program was the best moment of the evening – everyone “Ooohs” and “Ahhh”s over the lush and extravagant florals designed by Fresh Affairs, one of our favorite Raleigh wedding and event florists. We were greeted by dueling pianos and a flash mob dance performance as we took our seats.

White Floral Centerpieces

Trinity Awards Centerpieces

Live Dance Performance

Aerialist Performer

As we enjoyed an incredible dinner, we watched the awards, and also got to witness the installation of the Board of Directors for the coming year, which will be led by Ryan Pflumm. We know Ryan very well as he is a co-owner of SPIN, one of the top wedding DJs in the Raleigh Area and a preferred vendor of SB&G! Congrats, Ryan!

ISES Awards Food

ISES Awards Dessert

Congratulations to all of the winners who are a part of the SB&G Family – Triangle Catering Hospitality Group, Classic Party Rentals, SPIN, Island Sound & Video, Fresh Affairs, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, American Party Rentals, CE Rental, Expressions of Love Florist, and Your Special Day Weddings & Events. To see what they won and who else was recognized, check out the Greater Triangle NC Chapter of ISES website.

Kudos as well to the wonderful vendors who helped make this event possible, including: Adams & Events, American Furniture Rental, American Party Rentals, Joe Bunn DJ Company, Carolina Country Club, Cute Buttons Gift & Paper Boutique, CE Rental, Creative Visions, ELEVATE, For the Love of Design, Fresh Affairs, Island Sound & Video, Lewis Bordeau Enterprises, Party Reflections, Photography by Walters & Walters, SPIN, The Cotton Company, The Lincoln Agency, The Oblique Pen, and Total Production Services.

White Flowers and Candles

2014 ISES Trinity Awards

Reception Lounge Furniture

Carolina Country Club Bar

Trinity Awards Stage

Wine Bottle Favors

Thanks to Photography by Walters & Walters for all of the photos from this event!


Raleigh Date Night Idea — Catering Works Cooking Classes

If you’re looking for something new and exciting to do in Raleigh with your bridesmaids, fiancé, or a newlywed date night idea, look no further than Catering Works cooking classes! Learn some new culinary skills and add a signature dish to your cooking repertoire!

Roses and Food Ingredients

Sign up for an impromptu individual class, or plan a coking event for your entire bridal party, corporate group, or friends get together. The individual Catering Works cooking classes are approximately three hours in length and include hands-on cooking instruction with tools and ingredients provided, plus complimentary wine — and, of course, you get to eat what you cook! To see the schedule and pick the class that best suits your interests, visit the Catering Works website.

Catering Works Cooking Class

Cooking parties are fun events for big groups and would be a great pre-wedding activity with your bridesmaids and groomsmen! Catering Works will work with you to customize the event to incorporate a specific cooking trend or theme, and can even format the event into a “Chopped”-style competition. Be sure to contact Catering Works for more information on cooking parties and schedule one of your own.

Wine Bottles

Catering Works Cooking Class Participants

Making Sandwiches

Icing a Cake

Iced Chocolate Cake

Thanks to Kristie of Neil Boyd Photography for the photos!

Romantic Winter Wedding at The Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Stephanie and Adam’s romantic winter wedding at The Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC, with gorgeous photos from Riley MacLean Photography.

Stephanie and Adam met as children through their parents, who all worked at Duke and were members of the same country club. About 20 years later, Stephanie ran into her childhood crush at Tobacco Road, when she was on a date with someone else! The bride said, “He was just as adorable as I remembered him, so when my date was in the restroom, I went over and struck up a conversation.”

Adam had a grand plan of proposing to Stephanie at the beach, but the weather didn’t cooperate. Instead of popping the question outside, he got down on one knee while Stephanie was looking the other way and asked if she had any cold champagne. When she turned around to ask why they would need champagne, he was kneeling and asking her to be his wife. Of course, Stephanie said yes!

Adam and Stephanie worked with Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affiar to plan their winter wedding. The bride said their planning experience was fantastic thanks to their thorough and experienced coordinator! Amanda introduced the couple to several wonderful vendors who helped make their big day dreams come to life, including a Durham theme that was used throughout the wedding details – from the invitations to the venue – since the bride and groom are both from Durham.

The couple selected a purple, gold and silver color palette with subtle pops of red, lavender, green, and pink, which came to life in the floral arrangements from Tre Bella and perfectly complemented The Washington Duke Inn’s Presidential Ballroom.

Adam and Stephanie used many talented members of the SB&G Family, including: A Swanky Affair, The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, The University Club, and Tre Bella Flowers.

Enjoy these gorgeous photos of Adam and Stephanie’s big day, courtesy of Riley MacLean Photography!

Black and White Wedding Rings

Purple Wedding Invitation and Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet with Engagement Ring

First Look at the Washington Duke

Black and White Wedding Photography

Winter Bride and Groom

Washington Duke Inn Wedding Reception

First Dance at the Washington Duke Inn

Wedding Reception at the Washington Duke

Ceremony Location: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Reception Location: The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Rehearsal Dinner: The University Club
Wedding Planner: Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Blushed Artistry
Photographer: Riley MacLean Photography
Florist: Tre Bella Flowers
Cake: Yellowbird Baking
Invitations: Indigo Envelope
Reception Music: The Fantasy Band
Guest Accommodations: The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club 

Upcoming NC Wedding Planning Events

This weekend has several upcoming NC wedding planning events for brides and grooms-to-be! These events are perfect for couples in every stage of the wedding planning process, from choosing the venue to deciding on the floral decor and designing invitations!

West Elm Bridal Bouquet Event

The Royal Open House
Saturday, July 19, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Drop by The Royal’s Open House to tour the beautiful historic venue and meet with local caterers, planners, and other wedding vendors to discuss your special day! For additional information about this free event, call 919-621-0540 or email

PULP’s DIY Wedding Invitation Workshop
Saturday, July 19, 2:00 – 4:00pm
PULP is hosting its second DIY invitation workshop of the summer this Saturday at Ply in downtown Chapel Hill! 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

West Elm Bridal Bouquet Event
Sunday, July 20, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Join West Elm Southpoint for their Bridal Bouquet event, a one stop shop for brides-to-be to choose their personal wedding flower and bridal bouquet style. West Elm is collaborating with a variety of florists who will be in the store demonstrating a potpourri of flower styles from wild flower bouquets to succulent bouquets, modern bouquets and even glam style bouquets! In celebration of the brides and this event, West Elm will have refreshments, music, and a professional photographer to capture all the fun!

Creative Entertainment Ideas for an NC Wedding

Entertainment makes an event truly memorable, so besides having wonderful music, consider throwing some curveballs to surprise and delight your wedding guests. Here are some of our favorite creative entertainment ideas for an NC wedding.

Invite an a cappella group for a surprise performance. The UNC Clef Hangers — Carolina’s oldest a cappella group  — are available for private events. If you and your fiancé are Tar Heel alumni, or just diehard fans, consider having the Clefs perform a song that’s special to you – like Carolina on my Mind – during your ceremony, cocktail hour, or reception. Trust us, your guests will love it!

Clef Hangers Azul PhotographyAzul Photography

If you’re looking to really get the party started at your wedding reception, think about bringing in a professional entertainment company, like NC Dancesport. Their staff is available to teach guests a variety of styles on-site at the reception – including ballroom, Latin, country, and West Coast swing – and they’ve got plenty of tricks up their sleeve to make your wedding day lively and help inspire your guests to get out on the dance floor!

Dance Floor Brian MullinsBrian Mullins Photography

Photo booths have become almost a standard at weddings. They provide delightful entertainment for you and your guests, and photo strips are one of the best wedding favors and keepsake memories for everyone involved. Shutterbooth is a rentable photo booth delivered and set up on-site at your event. The photos and booth can be branded to customize your experience with your wedding date, initials, or even a fun logo! Shutterbooth stands out in the photo booth world due to its elegant design, mobility, and size – it can accommodate up to 15 guest at a time!

Shutterbooth Walters and WaltersPhotography by Walters & Walters

Tesh Parekh Live Event Painting offers one of the most unique opportunities in today’s wedding industry. Tesh, an award-winning local artist, will attend your event and turn your occasion into a one-of-a-kind piece of art. He paints in both watercolors and oils to exquisitely capture your special moment on canvas, and then puts the finishing touches on the painting at the reception so that your guests (and you!) are there for the reveal. The live on-site painting will entertain your guests while they take a break from the dance floor, and you’ll have an original work of art to treasure for a lifetime.

Tesh Parekh Neil BoydNeil Boyd Photography

Incorporating ideas like the ones above will definitely make your wedding one for the books!

Durham Staycation at the King’s Daughters Inn

Last month, the Southern Bride & Groom Team spent two days at the fabulous King’s Daughters Inn, located in Downtown Durham near Duke’s East campus, for a team building and planning retreat. We spent Sunday afternoon in the Inn’s gorgeous Parlour Room brainstorming ideas for the 2015 edition of SB&G.

SBG Retreat at Kings Daughters Inn sized

That evening, we headed to Café Parizade for an amazing dinner before retreating to our beautiful rooms at the King’s Daughters Inn, who generously gave each team member their own private retreat! We awoke refreshed and enjoyed a delicious breakfast courtesy of the Inn before meeting up with Robin Lin of Robin Lin Photography for our annual team photoshoot. We had a wonderful time exploring the Inn and having our photos taken, and then we headed to the SB&G office for another day of extensive planning and brainstorming. The King’s Daughters Inn is a beautiful venue for weddings, a great place for your wedding guests to stay, or a wonderful hideaway for anyone’s Durham staycation!

Team SBG

Team SBG 2

Jenna and Donna SBG

Team SB&G would like to thank the King’s Daughters Inn for their incredible hospitality – we had a fantastic time and felt very pampered — and Robin Lin Photography for our gorgeous photos!