Monthly Archives:: August 2014

Green and Yellow Wedding at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re sharing Sean and Shelley’s green and yellow wedding at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh, shot by Neil Boyd Photography.

Sean and Shelley met through a mutual friend and immediately hit it off after meeting for drinks one night. Sean proposed at the National Zoo, which was the perfect spot as it represented Shelley’s love for animals and zoos! She said yes, and the couple began planning their June 2014 wedding.

Sean had always envisioned an outdoor wedding, so the couple decided on the JC Raulston Arboretum on NC State’s campus – the bride’s alma mater and a beautiful garden venue. They selected a green and gold color palette inspired by their favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers, and carried the theme throughout their wedding day, including their reception at the NC Museum of History. Sean and Shelley personalized their big day with details that were unique to their personalities, like the escort card animal figurines and puzzle piece guest book.

The couple used several members of the SB&G Family to bring their wedding day together, including: the NC Museum of History, Neil Boyd Photography, Blossom Artistry, Edible Art, and CE Rental.

Enjoy these photos from Sean and Shelley’s wedding day, courtesy of Neil Boyd Photography!

Hayley Paige Wedding Dress

Green Bridesmaids with Yellow Bouquets

Grey and Green Groomsmen

Yellow Bouquet and Boutonniere

Raleigh Arboretum Wedding Ceremony

Bride and Groom on NC State Campus

Wedding Reception at NC History Museum

Puzzle Pieces Wedding Sign

Puzzle Pieces Guestbook

Animal Figure Escort Cards

Animal Magnet Wedding Favors

Green and Yellow Wedding Cake

NC Museum of History First Dance

Animal Magnet

Ceremony: JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State Campus
Reception: NC Museum of History
Caterer: Catering By Design
Photographer: Neil Boyd Photography
Bridal Gown: Kleinfeld Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Blossom Artistry
Cake: Edible Art
Reception Music: Randy Bennett of Joe Bunn DJ Company
Linens: CE Rental

Contemporary Hot Pink and Blue Wedding at Duke Gardens in Durham, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Magnus and Holly’s contemporary hot pink and blue wedding at Duke Gardens in Durham, NC, shot by Rebecca Ames Photography.

Holly and Magnus met through work and became fast friends. After Magnus moved to Houston, Texas, he and Holly began dating long distance, and one year later, Holly moved to Houston. About a year after Holly made the big move, Magnus asked her to marry him.

The couple selected Duke Gardens because of Holly’s love for her alma mater, Duke University, and their shared affinity for the outdoors. They were drawn to the venue’s combination of indoor and outdoor space for the reception, and they way it fit with their sleek, contemporary vision. Holly and Magnus used paper lanterns, mirrored centerpieces, and bright flowers to bring their dream of a modern, romantic wedding to life.

Holly and Magnus also made sure to include several personal touches to make their wedding day unique and pay homage to Magnus’s Swedish heritage, including a cake stand made by the bride’s uncle that is modeled after a Swedish candelabra the couple has in their home and a shot of liquor from the groom’s hometown shared with their guests following the best man’s speech.

The couple used several members of the SB&G Family to bring their big day and wedding weekend together, including: A Swanky Affair, the NC Museum of Life & Science, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Party Reflections, Classic Party Rentals, and the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.

Enjoy these beautiful photos of Magnus and Holly’s wedding day, courtesy of Rebecca Ames Photography!

Bride with Hot Pink Bouquet

Blue Bridesmaids with Pink Bouquets

Hot Pink Floral Crown

Sarah P Duke Gardens

Duke Gardens Ceremony

Bride and Groom at Duke Gardens

Wedding Seating Arrangements

Duke Gardens Reception Tent

Hot Pink Floral Wedding Arrangments

Mirrored Centerpieces

White and Pink Wedding Cakes

Bride and Groom First Dance

Wedding Consultant: Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair
Rehearsal Dinner: NC Museum of Life & Science
Ceremony & Reception: Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Caterer: The Catering Company of Chapel Hill
Photographer: Rebecca Ames Photography
Bridal Gown: La Sposa from Misora Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm from Maggi Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Watered Garden
Cake: Sweet Memories
Ceremony Musicians: Florian Music
Reception Music: Groovetown
Linens, tables, place settings, etc: Party Reflections
Tent: Classic Party Rentals
Lighting: Get Lit
Guest Accommodations: Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Hair & Makeup: Posh the Salon

West Elm Bridal Bouquet Event 2014

Last month, West Elm Southpoint held its first ever Bridal Bouquet Event, where NC brides-to-be could come to meet with local florists, invitation shops, and bridal boutiques in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. The vendor list included Ply, The Zen Succulent, Tre Bella, Cone Flower Farm, and All She Wrote Notes.

Wedding professionals were on-hand to help brides discover their personal floral style, answer any and all questions, and of course, aid in the process of creating a registry at West Elm! The setting was social, with delicious treats like cupcakes and macaroons, and perfect for engaged couples that wanted to browse. It was definitely a welcome, bright event on a dreary, rainy Durham Sunday!

Check out these beautiful photos from the West Elm Bridal Bouquet Event 2014, shot by Amelya Jayne Photography.

West Elm Bridal Bouquet Event

West Elm Southpoint

Succulent Wedding Flowers

West Elm RDU

West Elm Bridal Bouquet Event Invite

SBG Magazines at West Elm

West Elm Wedding Registry

Tre Bella at West Elm

Tre Bella Bridal and Flowers

Succulent Boutonnieres

Floral Wedding Papers

Ply Fine Paper

Pindot Papers Paper Flowers

Paper Wedding Flowers

Close Up of Lace Wedding Dress

Blush Bridesmaids Dress

Purple and Green Wedding Flowers

Elegant Evening Wedding at the Garden on Millbrook

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Leslie and Dwayne’s elegant evening wedding at the Garden on Millbrook, shot by In His Image Photography.

Leslie and Dwayne met while they were both in school at NC State University, but they didn’t reconnect until years later, when they became Facebook friends. After dating and getting engaged, the couple selected the Garden on Millbrook for their reception, a venue that perfectly complemented their idea of an elegant evening wedding.

With a beautiful pastel color palette, Leslie and Dwayne celebrated their “I do’s” after sunset, surrounded by their closest friends and family. The couple was very impressed with the Garden on Millbrook, saying they didn’t have to worry about a single thing at the reception!

Enjoy these beautiful photos of Leslie and Dwayne’s wedding day, courtesy of In His Image Photography.

Wedding Ring and Veil

Wedding Dress and Bridal Shoes

Classic Ivory Invitation

Bridal Makeup

Bridesmaids Gifts

Bride and Bridesmaids

Bride Walking Down the Aisle

Pastel Bridesmaids

Wedding Ceremony First Kiss

Groom and Groomsmen

Bridal Party on Church Steps

Wedding Place Card

Wedding Sweetheart Table

Garden on Millbrook Wedding Reception

Bride and Groom at Sweetheart Table

Wedding Cupcakes

Dancing at Garden on Millbrook

Groom and Groomsmen Dancing

Sparkler Grand Exit

Ceremony: St. Matthew Baptist Church
Reception: Garden on Millbrook
Caterer: Garden on Millbrook
Photographer: In His Image Photography
Bridal Gown: Casablanca
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lela Rose
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: MEWS Design
Cake: Simply Cakes
Invitations: Rashele Dudley
Ceremony Musicians: Arioso Strings
Reception Musicians: DJ Ced Vicious
Makeup: S. Davis Makeup Artistry

Modern Art Deco Wedding at the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re thrilled to share Katy and Alan’s modern art deco wedding at the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC, shot by Neil Boyd Photography.

Katy and Alan met where they least expected it – on neurology rotation in medical school – and joke that it was the most exciting part about neurology. They initially bonded over their unique paths to medicine and their love of fitness, dogs, cooking, and the beach. The couple said that not long afterward, they just knew – “not even bad first-date movies or the craziness of med school could keep us apart!”

Alan coordinated with Katy’s roommate to plan an elaborate surprise for the proposal. When the couple returned home one evening, Alan told Katy he had a surprise for her. He pushed the button to open the garage door, where he had set up a table and chairs, red roses, champagne, strawberries, candles, and rose petals, complete with a huge “Will you marry me?” banner. As the door lifted, Katy clasped her hands over her mouth, melted into tears, and said yes!

Katy and Alan selected the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium for their reception venue, as they both went to UNC for medical school and wanted to get married “where the sky is always Carolina blue!” They were also drawn to the venue’s modern look, which perfectly complemented their art deco theme. The theme was carried out through the table names, the signature cocktail, and the glamorous details like the rhinestone-lined cake and sparkly silver table linens.

The couple used several members of the SB&G Family to make their big day dreams come to life, including: A Joyful Occasion, Neil Boyd Photography, the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium, Rocky Top Catering, Sugarland, CE Rental, The Carolina Inn, and Makeup for Your Day.

Enjoy these beautiful photos of Katy and Alan’s beautiful wedding day, courtesy of Neil Boyd Photography!

Brides Shoes and Bouquet

Bride and Bridesmaids Bouquets

Bridal Gown and White Bouquet

Grey Groom with Blue Tie

Bride and Groom Ceremony Recessional

Bride and Groom Portrait

Grey and Blue Bridal Party

Wedding Dog with Bowtie

1920s Wedding Table Names

Art Deco Wedding at the Blue Zone

Sweetheart Table and Signature Cocktail

Bride and Groom Band

Rhinestone Wedding Cake

Bride and Groom at Kenan Stadium

Wedding Consultant: Joy Edwards of A Joyful Occasion
Rehearsal Dinner: The Carolina Inn
Ceremony: Christ United Methodist Church
Reception: The Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium
Caterer: Rocky Top Catering
Photographer: Neil Boyd Photography
Bridal Gown: Vera Wang
Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Victoria Park Florist
Cake: Sugarland
Reception Music: DJ Clay May
Rentals: CE Rental
Hair & Makeup: Makeup for Your Day
Guest Accommodations: The Carolina Inn

Upcoming NC Wedding Shows and Community Events

This week, there are several NC wedding shows and community events to attend. These events are great for brides and grooms-to-be, bridesmaids, or mothers of the bride or groom!

Engagement Ring - Anna Kirby

The 1st Charlotte NotWedding
Thursday, August 7 at 7:00pm
The NotWedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. Attendees will enjoy a ceremony, dinner, and dance-party reception so that they can truly experience local wedding vendors in action! Southern Bride & Groom had a great time at the Charleston event, and we can guarantee you don’t want to miss this one at the Levine Museum of the New South! For more information and tickets, check out the NotWedding website!

Shop Local Raleigh Boutique Blowout
Friday, August 8, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Join Shop Local Raleigh for the boutique event of the summer! Local boutiques are coming together to give you amazing deals, and you definitely won’t want to miss out! For a list of participating boutiques and to purchase tickets, visit the Shop Local Raleigh website.

Fall Southern Bridal Show & Expo
Saturday, August 9 – Sunday, August 10, 11:00am – 4:00pm
The Fall Southern Bridal Show & Expo is a two-day event in the Jim Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds. Brides and grooms-to-be, don’t miss this annual Raleigh wedding show, where you can meet over 150 Triangle-area wedding professionals who will inspire you and answer all of your burning questions! The show also features hourly fashion shows, and SB&G will be there doling out copies of our 2014 planning magazine and signing girls up for a chance to win an awesome getaway! For a list of vendors and to purchase tickets, check out the Forever Bridal website.

Photo by Anna Kirby Photography.

NC Bridal Giveaways — August Winners and September Prizes Announced

It’s that time again! Today, we’re revealing our August winners and announcing the NC bridal giveaways for September. Each month, we give out a handful of gift certificates to local shops, restaurants, spas and hotels — to qualify, register with Southern Bride & Groom now.

First, we’d like to congratulate our August winners…

Kathryn - Sienna Sized

Kate and her fiance, Grant, won $100 to Il Palio at The Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill. Photo is courtesy of Always Autumn Studios.

Kristin - 18 Seaboard Sized

Kristin and her fiance, Javier, won $50 to 18 Seaboard in Raleigh. The couple is tying the knot at Bennett Bunn Plantation in October of 2015!

Megan - Lather Sized

Megan and her fiance, Alex, won $50 to Lather Salon. They’re getting married at Highgrove next May!

Ashley and her fiance, Daniel, won an overnight stay at the Millennium Hotel in Durham. The couple is planning a wedding on the NC coast!


Lacey and her fiance, Joey, won our Jekyll Island Club Hotel giveaway at the NotWedding Charleston!

This month, we’re giving away:

-A $50 gift card to Cafe Parizade in Durham
-A $50 gift certificate to Bella Trio Day Spa in Durham
-A $100 gift certificate to Edible Art Bakery & Dessert Cafe, good toward the purchase of wedding desserts
-A one night stay at the Sheraton Chapel Hill

Be sure to register with us to qualify for the prizes we are doling out this month, and every month! 

North Carolina Wedding Photographer: Neil Boyd Photography

Southern Bride & Groom works with some of the best wedding photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area and all across North Carolina. We’re thrilled to kick off a new photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re introducing you to Neil of Neil Boyd Photography.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in Liverpool, England, and have been working in the USA for 12 years now. Neil Boyd Photography was formed in 2002 and has been a full-time photography studio for 12 years. Our studio is on Creedmoor Road in Raleigh. I’m married with two children, ages 7 and 10.

Neil Boyd Headshot

Tell us about your education and photography education.
I studied photography for three years at Kensington & Chelsea College in London, and became a Member of the British Institute of Photography in 2000. In 2002, I was awarded a Licentiate, and in 2008, I became an Associate. I am now progressing to become a Fellow.

Why do you love photography?
I love creating images that make other people happy. That can be anything from a candid moment caught at a wedding to a father seeing how beautiful his daughter looks in her bridal portrait, or a chef seeing how great his food looks in an international publication to an advertising photo which helps a company sell its products. I also enjoy the freedom of creativity that I have as a photographer, and the technical aspect and problem solving that goes into many projects.

Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?
From other photographers! Some that I studied in college, and others who are at the top of their trade today. I think my list would be quite extensive, but for different reasons it would include Cartier-Bresson, O. Winston Link, Richard Avedon, Agust Bradley, Joey Lawrence, Yervant, Jerry Ghionas, my good friend David Williams, and many, many more.

How would you describe your style?
A hybrid of photojournalistic and commercial. Photojournalism is the ability to tell a story with images, which is what we do when we present our clients with the story of their wedding day, usually in the form of a wedding album. My background is in advertising, and it was working in ad agencies that really got me interested in becoming a full-time photographer, so I like to bring that edginess to my work as well.

What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?
See all of the above! Everyone is unique, and I think I have created my own personal style, which has evolved from my photography education and experience over the years.

What is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?
I never go into a wedding with a set plan — it’s all about what I see at any given time. I love shooting bridal, couple, and wedding party images and trying to push the boundaries and be creative. At the same time, I love capturing those special candid moments, which might be a mother crying as her daughter walks down the aisle, or a groom seeing his beautiful wife-to-be for the first time on their wedding day.

Neil Boyd Photography

One of our favorite shots from Neil Boyd Photography!