Monthly Archives:: September 2014

The First Ever NotWedding in Charlotte

The NotWedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a fake wedding where brides and grooms-to-be get to be “guests” for the evening and witness the talent of the local vendors first-hand. The first ever NotWedding in Charlotte took place at the Levine Museum of the New South on August 7, and today we’re sharing some of the gorgeous pictures from the event, which was themed for a wedding between winter and spring with a soft, natural color palette and garden feel.

Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Details from the NotWedding Charlotte

Bridesmaids and NotWedding Charlotte Couple

Natural Boutonnieres

NotWedding Charlotte Bridal Party

NotWedding Reception Entrance

Charlotte Wedding Reception

Wedding Sweetheart Table with Pillows

Geometric Gems Table Decor

Vintage Wedding Table Decor

NotWedding Charlotte Reception Centerpieces

Beachy Reception Table

NotWedding Reception Florals

NotWedding Wedding Cake Table

NotWedding Bride and Groom Cake

For a full list of the vendors involved, check out the NotWedding website!

Photos 1, 2a, 3, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13a, 14, and 15 by Caroline Lima Photography // Photos 2b, 4, 7, 8, and 12 by LaCross Photography // Photos 5 and 13b by Nicole Caudle Photography

Outdoor Weddings and Events at Raleigh’s WRAL Azalea Gardens

The WRAL Azalea Gardens in Raleigh, NC, boasts the best of both worlds when it comes to a local wedding venue — a stunning, tranquil location and a rich history of giving back to the community. The combination makes this venue extraordinarily special, and feel so lucky to have something so wonderful right here in the heart of North Carolina!

The gardens showcase a full range of flowering and non-flowering plants — like azaleas, dogwoods, rhododendrons, and hydrangeas — that are typical in Southern landscaping. In 2000, the space underwent major renovations to accommodate the TV studio expansion, including the addition of a new fountain and walkways overlooking the gardens, and the new architecture was surrounded with planters and flowerbeds to blend seamlessly with the natural landscape. Today, the gardens’ founder’s grandson, Jim Goodmon, oversees the development and upkeep of the space, which received with Tree & Landscape Conservation award in 2003.

WRAL Azalea Gardens Fountain

WRAL Azalea Gardens Walkway

Each year, in an effort to beautify the community, WRAL sponsors the WRAL Azalea Celebration, where WRAL-TV gives away over 10,000 azalea plants to more than 100 non-profits all over the state of North Carolina. This year’s winning organizations will receive their azaleas on October 11 – only a few weeks away!

The gardens offer a gorgeous, serene space for outdoor wedding ceremonies. Reservations for weddings may be made for either a 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. ceremony on weekends from April to the first week of September. Wedding parties have access to the gardens for setup an hour prior to the ceremony. Up to 100 chairs will be provided, and couples who reserve the gardens will be able to enjoy the newly-renovated restrooms and dressing rooms.

Mid-March to mid-May is the time of year the azaleas are at their most beautiful, with the third weekend in April being the peak. To reserve your wedding date at the stunning WRAL Azalea Gardens, go here. The gardens are also open to the public throughout the year, and make a perfect backdrop for bridal portraits or engagement sessions – with no reservation required!

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Outer Banks Wedding at The Sanderling Resort

The Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC, is home to many event spaces ideal for any wedding. Housing anywhere from 15 to 200 guests, the venues on the property are sure to create an amazing backdrop for one of the biggest days of your life! Get inspired with these descriptions of the property’s beautiful event spaces, and start planning your own Outer Banks wedding at The Sanderling Resort!

Reception Venues
The climate-controlled Wedding Pavilion at Sanderling is nestled right next to the Currituck Sound, and designed for optimal views of the breathtaking sights for up to 200 guests. Whether you’re inside gazing through its 270-degree windows or relaxing in the walk out gazebo, you’re sure to have gorgeous views of the renowned Outer Banks sunsets.

Sanderling Pavilion Reception

Outer Banks Sunset

The Event House and Deck, complete with beach access, a private fire pit, and deck with pergola, creates a cozy evening for your guests to enjoy both inside and out. This versatile space offers several options for dining and dancing – inside with your décor or under the stars on the deck. Seal your night with s’mores around the fire pit, games on the lawn, or chats under the pergola.

Fire Pit on Sanderling Deck

The Keeper’s Loft is a soft and airy space, perched with lovely views of both the ocean and the sound. The best space for smaller, more intimate weddings, Keeper’s Loft provides ample space for up to 40 of your closest friends and family.

Keepers Loft Reception

Kimball’s Kitchen, the fine dining restaurant on the property, is also available as a venue for receptions on Sundays and Mondays in-season and any day November through April. Its sound-facing wall of floor length windows shows off the spectacular view of the Currituck. Up to 60 guests can enjoy this elegant reception space.

Reception at Sanderling Restaurant

Ceremony Venues
What little girl hasn’t dreamed of having a wedding on the beach? The Sanderling beach accesses are the perfect place to put your toes in the sand and marry the person of your dreams! With the Atlantic behind you, what backdrop could compare? The Sanderling’s Oceanside Beach Ceremonies are stunning no matter the décor.

Ceremony on the Beach

The Event Lawn at Sanderling Resort is a lovely alternative to a “toes in the sand” ceremony. Including a two-tier Observation Deck, you have the option to hold your ceremony on the top tier for up to 60 guests, or on the lower lawn if you have more friends and family. The versatile space can also fit your cocktail hour with the addition of live music, lounge furniture, cocktail tables, or umbrellas.

Ceremony on the Event Deck

Sanderling Event Lawn

Romantic Mountain Wedding at Lonesome Valley

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Victoria and Moshe’s romantic mountain wedding at Lonesome Valley, shot by Glass Jar Photography.

Victoria and Moshe met in high school and became fast friends, but didn’t realize they shared a deeper connection until they found themselves at the same university. They wed at the gorgeous Lonesome Valley in the North Carolina mountains this past June, right after graduating from college and before moving to Chicago for graduate school.

The couple wanted a fun-filled, relaxed wedding weekend, and Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair helped them bring their vision to life. Guests enjoyed pre-wedding activities like sunset boat rides, hiking, and amazing food in the picturesque NC mountains, culminating in a beautiful wedding day. A vintage trolley took guests to Lonesome Valley, where Victoria and Moshe’s ceremony and reception would take place.

The ceremony was held outdoors with beautiful wooden pews and a stunning view of the valley’s famous granite cliffs. Afterwards, guests walked to the cocktail hour and reception, where they were greeted with gorgeous decor including farm tables, vintage lace runners, lanterns, and flowers in shades of peach and blue. The soft color palette and vintage details set the stage for Victoria and Moshe’s romantic wedding day.

The couple used several members of the SB&G Family to make their wedding  perfect, including: A Swanky Affair, Party Reflections, CE Rental, Paperbuzz, and Alexia’s Bridal. Enjoy these beautiful photos of Victoria and Moshe’s big day, courtesy of Glass Jar Photography!

Bridal Gown and EarringsGroom and Groomsmen in Grey and PinkPeach and Blue BouquetsBridal Party and Wedding ProgramVintage TrolleyWedding Ceremony DetailsNC Mountains WeddingBride and Groom RecessionalRainbow During Wedding CeremonyWedding at Lonesome ValleyWedding Dessert TableVintage Wedding DecorWedding Food at Lonesome ValleyFirst Dance at Lonesome ValleySparkler Sendoff

Wedding Coordinator: Amanda Scott, A Swanky Affair
Venue and Caterer: Lonesome Valley
Rentals: Party Reflections
Linens: CE Rental
Photography: Glass Jar Photography
Pew Rental: P.E.W.S.
Lighting: Getlit Special Event Lighting
Florist: Watkin’s Flowers of Distinction
Desserts: Cornerstone Bakery
Stationery: Paperbuzz
Wedding Dress: Alexia’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Ties: High Cotton Ties
Music: Joe Bunn DJ

Fall Bridal Event at Charlotte’s Cameron Village

Last month, Charlotte’s at Cameron Village in Raleigh, NC, hosted their annual fall bridal event, where brides and grooms-to-be could enjoy treats from Edible Art, beautiful floral arrangements from Fresh Affairs, and get inspired for their wedding day. Attendees were also treated to a store-wide discount on everything Charlotte’s has to offer — from jewelry and clothing to wedding invitations and personalized gifts for every member of the wedding party!

Charlotte’s is a wonderful place to shop as an engaged bride. They have adorable clothes that would be perfect for any bridal shower or bachelorette party, custom personalized jewelry for you or your bridesmaids, gifts for bridesmaids or groomsmen, and beautiful, customizable wedding stationary. Check out  these photos from the 2014 Fall Bridal Event at Charlotte’s Cameron Village, shot by Renee Sprink Photography, and see what catches your eye at Charlotte’s!

Pink White and Green Flowers

Charlotte's Drinks and Napkins

Tiered Cupcakes and Engagement Ring Wine Glass

Charlotte's at Cameron Village

Mr and Mrs Mugs

I Do Wine Glasses

Charlotte's Wedding Gifts

Wedding Invitations at Charlotte's

Looking at Charlotte's Papers

Colorful Gifts from Charlotte's

Frames at Charlotte's

Shoppers at Charlotte's

Charlotte's Fall Bridal Event Guests

Swag Bags at Charlotte's

Eclectic Pink and Gold Wedding at The Cookery in Durham, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Alison and Anthony’s eclectic pink and gold wedding at The Cookery in Durham, NC, shot by Suzanne Brewer Photography.

Alison and Anthony met through an online dating service and had their first date at Fullsteam Brewery, where they immediately bonded over their shared love of the Durham food and beer scene. Anthony proposed on the balcony of a beautiful bed and breakfast during a surprise trip to Wilmington. Alison said yes, and the couple began planning their May 2014 wedding!

They knew they wanted a fun, yet elegant, venue and vibe for their wedding day, and as soon as they set foot in The Cookery in downtown Durham, they knew it was the perfect fit! Alison and Anthony loved the laid back, bar-like atmosphere and all of the surprising elements that made it feel special, like the historic railing, bar, and mural outside. The couple used a chevron fabric with pink, red, and gold as the inspiration for their color palette, and then “just went with what felt right,” according to the bride.

Alison and Anthony made sure to include details to make their wedding day reflective of them as a couple, including having local brews on tap and having the bride’s mother design the escort board and pennant flags they used as décor!

They used many members of the SB&G Family to make their vision of their wedding day come to life, including: The Cookery, Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning, Belk, Tre Bella Flowers, Sugarland, and American Party Rentals. These photos, courtesy of Suzanne Brewer, beautifully portray the couple’s fun, relaxed big day!

Pink and Gold Invitations

Red Pink and Cream Bridal Bouquet

Black and White Bride Getting Ready

String Band

Portraits in Downtown Durham

Wedding Reception at The Cookery

Red Pink and Gold Wedding Decor

Chevron Linen and Gold Vase

Cake Quartet

Pennant Flag Escort Board

Red Pink and Gold Bunting

Outdoor String Lights

Cutting the Cake

First Dance at The Cookery

Wedding Location: The Cookery
Wedding Planner: Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Vince Camuto
Men’s Formalwear: Belk
Hair and Makeup: Made Up Special
Photographer: Suzanne Brewer Photography
Florist: Tre Bella Flowers
Cake: Sugarland
Invitations: Yellow Door Creative
Musicians: Bellevue Rhythmaries
Party Rentals: American Party Rentals
Wedding Favors: The Parlour Bus

NC Bridal Giveaways — September Winners and October Instagram Contest Announced

It’s that time again! Today, we’re revealing our September NC bridal giveaways winners and announcing the details for our October Instagram contest! 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 September winners…

Marie and Nicole - Sized

(left) Marie and her fiancé, Matt, won a $50 gift card to Bella Trio Day Spa in Durham! Marie and Matt are getting married at The Stockroom in August of 2015.

(right) Nicole and her fiancé, Jonathan, won a $100 credit towards wedding desserts at Edible Art Bakery & Dessert Café! The couple is tying the knot at Brier Creek Country Club next May.

Lindsey and Joe - Sized

Lindsey and her fiancé, Joe, won the Forever Bridal honeymoon getaway to Jekyll Island Club Hotel! Lindsey and Joe are planning their big day on May 24th at the historic downtown Grand Ballroom.

SB&G October Instagram Contest with Raleigh Raw

Raleigh Raw Instagram Graphic 1

This month, in addition to a few of our regular gift cards, we’re teaming up with Raleigh Raw to give a bride-to-be and two members of her bridal party a week-long juice cleanse! To enter this amazing giveaway, repost the image (shown above) from the SB&G Instagram page to your personal account and be sure to tag us (@sthrnbridegroom) by this Friday, September 12! We’ll randomly draw a winner out of a hat from the submissions and comment on the user’s Instagram post.

Iron Horse – New Wedding and Event Venue Near Hillsborough, NC

Iron Horse is a beautiful new event venue located in Cedar Grove, just 15 minutes north of Hillsborough, NC. Sixteen acres of gorgeous, privately owned farmland offer rustic elegance and peaceful surroundings for a truly Southern wedding affair. While most couples will probably want to have a wedding under the open sky with a tented reception, Iron Horse also has an indoor space that can be used for a rehearsal dinner or backup reception location. The bride and groom may also rent the house and spend the entire weekend there with their nearest and dearest.

Iron Horse recently hosted a launch party for our local community of wedding professionals. They partnered with our friends at American Party Rentals, as well as several local event professionals including Fig & Honey, Farm & Filligree, Spring Forth Farms, yellowDog: creative, Prissy Pots, Coleslaw, and Iron Horse co-owner Matt Fox’s two popular downtown Hillsborough restaurants — LaPlace Louisiana Cookery and The Wooden Nickel Pub.

The event was complemented by the beautiful summer weather, and the attendees were free to sip pink champagne, enjoy live bluegrass, and spark great conversations with industry allies. Iron Horse co-owner Shannon Fox said, “We are so grateful for everyone that came to visit, and for those who helped make the evening such a great success. We are looking forward to being a part of many more celebrations at Iron Horse!”

These lovely photos, courtesy of Live View Studios, portray what a charming atmosphere Iron Horse, a new wedding and event venue near Hillsborough, NC, has for any private event or wedding!


Iron Horse Ceremony Spaces


Vintage Furniture Rentals

Iron Horse House

Iron Horse Fire Pit

Live Bluegrass Band

Tents at Iron Horse Open House

Bright Floral Arrangements

Iron Horse Open House

Rustic Vintage Decor

Iron Horse at Night

North Carolina Wedding Photographer: In His Image 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 feature a North Carolina wedding photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re introducing you to Dajuan of In His Image Photography.

Tell us a little about yourself.In His ImageI’m a 2nd generation wedding photographer, originally from Albany, NY. I moved to North Carolina while serving in the U.S. Marine Corp and took to the Southern hospitality. While enrolled in N.C. State University, I founded In His Image Photography in 1998.

Tell us about your education / photography education.
I’m a 2nd generation wedding photographer, having taken my dad’s tutelage and added to it steadily over the years. I’ve had the pleasure of training under some remarkable photographers, many of which are ranked among the top 10 wedding photographers in the world. In addition, I remain active in organizations such as the Professional Photographers of America, Wedding & Portrait Photographers International, and more recently the Professional Photographers of North Carolina.

Why do you love photography?
Wedding photography allows me to marry two things I’m very passionate about: marriage and legacy. Although I really enjoy photography, it’s the wedding aspect that really kindles my fire. I’m genuinely excited for my couples as they follow God’s plan for their lives. Being able to document a part of their journey, filing the pages of their legacy with honest & beautiful imagery is why I love photography. If it weren’t for my zeal of marriage, I suspect photography would be no more than a hobby.

Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?
I’m inspired by the moment and what it represents. Imagery that conveys a genuine representation of the bride & groom is always what I’m after. This can be difficult to put into words, but when they see their images it is plain to see, which is a major part of my zeal for photography.

How would you describe your style (traditional, photojournalistic, etc.)?
I’m very much a photojournalist, but I’ve been trained in lighting and posing. I’ve created comfortable and fun ways to help my clients during those portrait times of the day to create contemporary portrait images without the portrait look!

Do you shoot digital or film, or are you a hybrid photographer?
I learned the craft shooting Minolta film cameras and later moved to Nikon film cameras after I went digital in 2006. Today I’m by and large a digital shooter, but I do keep a couple of F100’s + Portra film with me for the opportune time.

What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?
My approach to the wedding, my appreciation for the ceremony, and the legacy of the story is what sets me apart. It’s what we as photographers bring to the table that will influence what we deliver to the client. Being technically proficient is a minimum bar — reading into what Dad is thinking as he gives his daughter’s hand away in marriage is totally different. The wedding day has so many sub plots, and they are all important. I want my clients to see them all, in ways that may not have been as evident previously.

What is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?
The subplots! The discussion of the bridal party during the prep. The emotion of the parents during the processional. Dad’s face as he gives his daughter away in marriage. The couple as they look into each other’s eyes exchanging vows. The first dance during the reception. The toasts ranging from laughter to tears, and everything in between. The dancing amongst close family & friends. The time spent by the couple taking it all in. And finally the grand exit, where they begin to live happily ever after. Yes, all of that!

In Him Image Couple Shot

One of our favorites from In His Image Photography!

Romantic Spring Wedding at The Great Room at Top of the Hill

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Casey and Dan’s romantic spring wedding at The Great Room at Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill, NC, shot by AJ Dunlap Photography. 

Casey and Dan met when they were in high school – she was a sophomore cheerleader and he was a junior hockey player. Over the past 11 years, the two have grown up together and shared many wonderful memories.

Dan proposed to Casey at Wrightsville Beach on New Years Day 2013. The couple says it’s one of their favorite memories, despite the dreary winter weather! They wanted their wedding day to be one centered on love, sincerity, and family, and one where they could share their affinity for Chapel Hill in the spring time with their loved ones. With a warm, romantic color palette including shades of ivory, white, sand, gold, blush, and peach, the couple’s vision came to life in the unique Great Room at Top of the Hill, located on historic Franklin Street.

Dan and Casey used several members of the SB&G Family to make their wedding day exactly as they’d pictured, including: The Great Room at Top of the Hill, Tre Bella Flowers, Gigi’s Cupcakes, American Party Rentals, and the Carolina Inn.

Enjoy these beautiful photos of Dan and Casey’s wedding day, shot by AJ Dunlap Photography!

Blush Bridal Bouquet and Wedding Invitation

Bridesmaids Seeing Bride

Bridal Portrait UNC Campus

Groom Waiting for First Look

Bride Reaching First Look

Joyous First Look

Bride and Groom After First Look

Bride and Blush Bridesmaids

Bridal Party on Grooms Side

Top of the Hill Sign

Reception at Great Room at Top of the Hill

Blush and Gold Decor at Top of the Hill

Bride and Groom Cut Gigis Cake

Bride and Groom Dance

Ceremony Location: Chapel of the Cross
Reception Location: The Great Room at Top of the Hill
Bridal Gown: Anne Barge
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August
Men’s Formalwear: Jos A. Bank
Hair: Caju Salon
Makeup: Sharon S. Davis Makeup Artistry
Photographer: AJ Dunlap Photography
Florist: Tre Bella Flowers
Cake: Gigi’s Cupcakes
Invitations: Parklife Press
Reception Music: Unlimited DJ
Rentals: American Party Rentals
Guest Accommodations: Carolina Inn