Monthly Archives:: October 2015
Attention, NC Grooms-to-Be!
The holidays are always the most popular time for proposals, which means that over the next couple months, many men will be shopping for engagement rings. We’re sharing the engagement ring holiday deals in Raleigh and Durham, NC. Several of SB&G‘s Triangle Area Preferred Jewelers are holding special trunk shows and sales this season. So, if you are in the market for an engagement ring or wedding bands, read on!
Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, Raleigh Crabtree location – Up to 50% off Sale
Join Bailey’s Fine Jewelry at its Crabtree location only for an incredible deal. November 5th through the 8th, you’ll have the opportunity to save up to 50% on engagement rings and wedding bands! Now’s the perfect time to surprise your loved one with something that sparkles.
Diamonds Direct Crabtree, Raleigh – Designer Trunk Show Event
November 13 & 14 from 10am-8pm and November 15 from 12-6pm 12-6pm
Diamonds Direct Crabtree presents an exclusive designer trunk show sale November 13th to 15th just in time for the holidays! Come to Diamonds Direct Raleigh showroom to see the largest selection of fine bridal and fashion jewelry at unbeatable prices. Over a dozen of your favorite designers will be showing their entire lines and offering 20% off, just for you! Don’t miss this opportunity to get the best deals on engagement rings, wedding bands, and holiday gifts.
Anfesa’s Jewelers – One Day Trunk Show Event & Contest
December 3 from 10am-7pm
Don’t miss Anfesa’s Jewelers Le Vian Chocolatier one day trunk show on December 3rd. The first 50 to reserve their Le Vian appointment will be given a 1.10 Carat Cush’n Pillow Chocolate Quartz Gemstone along with other gifts you will not want to miss. As an added bonus, you could WIN use of the Grand Marquis Ballroom for your special day when you purchase your engagement ring from Anfesa’s now through December 24th!
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 sharing the soft artistic style of Raleigh wedding photographer Casey Rose.
Casey Rose and her husband grew up in Pennsylvania, but lived in California and New York before putting down roots in North Carolina after her husband was offered a tenure position at NC State. Now, almost 13 years later, Casey consumes enough sweet tea that she feels like she can (probably) now call herself a Southerner! Their two adorable kids, Liam and Emeili, served time as photography “subjects” while Casey studied photography and needed “willing” participants. Now, she (and they) are happy she has so many beautiful brides to photograph!
I have always loved art, design and storytelling, so photography feels natural to me, but it’s a never-ending process…I always want to continue to study and grow.
When I was younger, I used to think that to be an artist you had to know how to paint or to draw, so I didn’t follow my heart into a career in the arts because I couldn’t do those two things. When I discovered photography, it was instant recognition that I was supposed to be behind the camera. Now I just see art as anything that evokes an emotion and creates a connection.
I absolutely love wedding photography because I love being a part of the start of a marriage. I love making connections with the couple and creating beauty that represents their love. I love that clients trust me enough to capture those emotions and represent a story of their day.
Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?
I draw inspiration from colors, interior design, architectural details, fashion, paintings, literature, poetry, and photography.
I love listening to couples as they describe their relationship and ideal marriage. These words really play a part in my approach to capturing the day as it naturally unfolds.
Do you shoot digital or film, or are you a hybrid photographer?
Currently I am a hybrid photographer, shooting part film/part digital and I love working with both digital and film on a wedding day. At first, I added film to my workflow for styled shoots, bridal portrait sessions, and engagement sessions, but I loved the look and process so much that it wasn’t long before I was carrying my Contax 645 more and more to weddings. Now, I shoot about a third of my wedding images in film with low-light reception images being created primarily with my digital camera.
What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?
I think all photographers offer unique advantages, so it’s really a matter of connecting with the couple. I know that it is a deeply personal decision for them.
I offer a customized wedding experience that includes more than just photography on the wedding day – it involves cultivating relationships with both the couple and their families; it involves listening to their needs and going out of my way to surprise them with details. I love working with the couple (and their event designer) to outline the perfect timeline so that the wedding day runs smoothly. Like great literature, all the little chosen details have meaning and help tell the story that I strive to capture on camera.
What is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?
The ceremony and couple portraits are my favorite moments. I love how the couple will steal glances with one another during the ceremony while making their vows. It’s so intimate, and yet, shared with everyone they love. I also love the couple portraits/first-glimpse for a similar reason. There is such tenderness between a couple on the wedding day and I love documenting that raw emotion between them. There is seriously nothing sweeter!
Images by Casey Rose Photography
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Jennifer and Christiaan’s navy and coral garden-themed wedding at The Oaks at Salem in Apex, NC.
Jennifer and Christiaan met a few days before their first day at Carolina Law. Christiaan was a true gentleman from the start; as he passed by Jennifer, with her arms full of heavy law school books, he offered to carry them for her. Then, on the first day of class, he asked to sit next to her in two out of their three classes together and he hasn’t left her side since.
Christiaan knew how important Jennifer’s hometown of Chicago was to her, so he decided to propose on a rooftop overlooking the city skyline. Luckily, after a flight cancelation that almost screwed up the entire plan, he was able to catch another flight and get things back on track.
After heading up to the roof and ordering drinks, Jennifer was texting her friends who she thought were just meeting them for casual drinks, but when she looked up, Christiaan was down on one knee with a ring. They headed back to Jennifer’s family home for a surprise engagement party with Christiaan’s parents flying in from New Jersey.
Because Jennifer started off wedding planning long-distance, she relied heavily on Websites such as Southern Bride & Groom to choose her vendors. The first thing they decided was the venue. They knew they wanted an outdoor wedding, so they researched all outdoor venues in the Triangle. After falling in love with The Oaks at Salem, they decided the theme would be “garden party/secret garden.”
“We loved the idea of having something laid back and simple, focused on celebrating our love and the people who mean the most to us,” said Jennifer.
Vendors were chosen based mainly on reviews, websites, and phone calls. While it was a challenge to coordinate and choose people from afar, everything turned out perfectly.
Jennifer wanted to incorporate navy into the wedding colors, but since navy is a darker color for a spring wedding, they incorporated bright shades of coral to make it pop. The flowers, which played an important role in this garden party, were all bright corals, orange and peaches.
They wanted the wedding to be a true reflection of their lives so they incorporated personal touches from the groom’s mother’s ring to polar bear cake toppers to a local drink menu from states they’ve lived to the menu, which was a fusion of Southern and Greek fare. The ceremony included aspects of Jennifer’s catholic background and Christiaan Greek orthodox background.
“Both Christiaan and I are not originally from Raleigh, but we met and fell in love in North Carolina and wanted to set our roots here. We wanted our venue to showcase the beauty of the state, and The Oaks at Salem did just that. The grounds are breathtaking. April and Joslin (at the venue) were welcoming and helpful in making sure our wedding day was perfect – it was the best decision we made to get married there,” shares Jennifer.
“There was no other choice for us – we knew we wanted to have our rehearsal dinner at Sitti restaurant in Raleigh. We were going to have a large guest count and their courtyard was perfect…not to mention their food is delicious! Everyone I worked with that night was so helpful and accommodating,” Jennifer notes.
“Food was an incredibly important element of our wedding,” Jennifer explains. “We wanted guests to leave still talking about how delicious the food was! After searching forever, we decided on Catering Works. The amount of time they spent with us, perfecting our “Southern fusion” menu was impressive. They accommodated all of our requests and the food came out perfect! My guests even commented on how the people working our event worked tirelessly to make sure the plated meal looked perfect and that everyone was taken care of. Mission accomplished!”
“Christiaan’s favorite meal is dessert, so we opted for a dessert table and small cake,” the bride explains. “We wanted the table to showcase our favorite bakery in Chapel Hill, Sugarland, so we had their cupcakes mixed in with other desserts from Raleigh local Edible Art. The desserts went so quick I wasn’t able to try them all!”
VENUE The Oaks at Salem | CATERER Catering Works | MINISTER Rev. David James | REHEARSAL DINNER Sitti | WEDDING PLANNER Jessica Tilton | GOWN Alvina Valenta | BRIDAL SHOES Jimmy Choo | JEWELRY Macy’s | BRIDESMAIDS Bella Bridesmaids, J. Crew and Brideside | HAIR Wedding Hair by Liz | MAKEUP Julie Robbins Makeup | PHOTOGRAPHER Hartman Outdoor Photography | FLORIST Embellished Blooms | CAKE Edible Art and Sugarland | INVITATIONS Bella Joviality | CEREMONY MUSIC Elegant Ensembles | RECEPTION MUSIC The Perfect Beat | PARTY RENTALS Party Reflections | GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Raleigh Marriott City Center | TRANSPORTATION Dave’s Classic Cars and S&H Transportation
On your wedding day, you will be surrounded by family and friends who know you best, love you the most, and who have stood by your side through thick and thin. Your maid of honor and bridesmaids will no doubt consist of a group who are closest to you and who mean the most to you, so have fun thinking about creative and cute ways to ask them to be by your side on your special day!
Everyone loves to getting cards in the mail. These cute cards from two local Raleigh paper stores – Paperbuzz and Cute Buttons – are sure to bring a smile to their face and are a great way to let your family or friends know you’ve chosen them to be a part of your wedding. Add some confetti to the envelope to add an extra element of celebration!The three sets of cards above are available at Cute Buttons
The four cards above available at Paperbuzz
Here are a few other fun ideas:
* Send candy or cookies as an extra special treat to let them know how sweet there are for being in your wedding and in your life!
* Create a personalized card that contains some of your favorite memories with that person.
* Include a piece of jewelry that you’d like them to wear on your wedding day.
* Make a custom gift box/basket that contains goodies from your wedding location or theme.
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Meagan and Christopher’s rustic fall wedding at the Piazza at Portofino in Clayton, NC.
Meagan and Christopher are high school sweethearts who dated through college and were engaged during Meagan’s last semester of graduate school. Chris proposed at their favorite vacation spot on Lake Gaston, NC.
With a vision to have a very rustic, yet natural theme to their wedding, the couple were immediately drawn to the beautiful views and rustic setting of Portofino – a residential community, equestrian center, and event piazza located in Clayton, NC. “We loved the fact that the ceremony and reception could be held on the same property but in a different location,” says Meagan, who also appreciated having the upstairs of the barn suite to get ready and stay in the night of the wedding.
To top it off, they were very impressed with the help they received from Sandra Thompson, the event coordinator at Portofino. “She was so welcoming and inviting the first time we met her, we couldn’t imagine working with anyone else,” Meagan shares. “She went above and beyond to make sure our wedding day was perfect and something we would never forget. We are very fortunate to have crossed paths with such as caring and genuine person.”
The color palette was classic – rich navy blue, cream and white. The flowers were prepared by a florist from Harris Teeter in Cameron Village in Raleigh and the bride was thrilled with how the white hydrangeas and roses added elegant accents to the barn-like setting.
Of course, the equestrian center and the ground of Portofino provides many beautiful backdrops for photographs. Diane McKinney’s gorgeous photos below tell the story of this adorable, long-time couple and their joyous fall wedding.
There is no doubt this family knows how to have a good time – they even have a family tradition of throwing the groom in the pool at the end of the reception!
VENUE The Piazza at Portofino | PHOTOGRAPHY Diane McKinney Photography | BRIDAL LUNCHEON Café Luna | REHEARSAL DINNER Lonnie Poole Golf Course | MINISTER Eric Beavers, Hope Fellowship Church at Hope Café | CATERER Unforgettable Food Affairs | BRIDAL GOWN Maggi Bridal | BRIDESMAIDS David’s Bridal | FORMALWEAR Men’s Warehouse | FLORIST Harris Teeter at Cameron Village | CAKE Sister Sweets | CEREMONY MUSIC Lauren Solomon | RECEPTION MUSIC Anything Music | PARTY RENTALS CE Rentals | LIGHTING Table Toppers | TRANSPORTATION White Horse Transportation | HAIR Scott Anderson | MAKEUP Fiquet Swain | ENGAGEMENT RING Bailey’s Fine Jewelry
Couture for a Cause is a fundraiser fashion show benefiting the non-profit Activate Good! Join them November 7th at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh for hors d’oeuvre, a silent auction, cash bar, red carpet welcome, and an exciting runway show where local designers team up with Activate Good nonprofit partners to create outfits inspired by these organizations. The designers whose outfits best represent the causes they are paired with win a prize. All funds raised benefit Activate Good, a non-profit activating volunteers to help over 300 charitable causes in our local community. For information and tickets, click here.
We spoke with last year’s winner, Katherine Fisher of Katherine Fisher Designs, about her background in design, what inspires her, and about her winning design at last year’s Couture for a Cause event.Katherine was raised in Asheville, NC and moved to Raleigh in 2007 to attend Meredith College. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design and Interior Designs and a Minor in Studio Art.
Her flare for fashion started at a very young age with materials she found in her house. “As a young child, I loved fashion and gowns,” Fishers shares. “I used to sneak into my mom’s linen closet, take her nice curtains and sheets and create dress-up gowns by draping the fabric or pinning it together in some way and imagining it was a gorgeous gown!”
Fisher became obsessed with fashion when she opened her first Vogue magazine at the age of 10, falling in love with the lush colors and the creative designs. After her first taste of high fashion, she couldn’t wait for the next issue of Vogue to come in the mail. Some of Katherine’s favorite designers today are Elie Saab, Valentino, Carolina Herrera, and Michael Kors.
In college, she was able to study abroad in Paris, intern for Elie Saab and work many other fashion shows. After graduating in 2012, she flirted with the idea of moving to NYC but decided to stay in Raleigh and establish Katherine Fisher Designs to bring more high fashion and design right here to Raleigh.
Katherine Fisher Designs is currently a formal couture fashion line that can design anything from bridal to cocktail attire; it also accepts custom orders. Fisher likes to mix hard and soft textures in her garments, such as chain and chiffon, and is known for her chiffon jumpers. She’s even thought of starting her own bridal jumper line!Fisher aims to empower women with her designs and to create more beauty in the world with her garments.
At last year’s Couture for a Cause event, she represented the Helene Foundation – an amazing non-profit foundation that reaches out to NC families with mothers actively undergoing cancer treatments. They assist the families with meals, gas cards, and tutors for the children and just day-to-day encouragement for the mothers.
“When I think of the Helene Foundation, I think of strength, support, and community,” says Fisher. The winning dress was a long, flowing gown made of light green chiffon – the same color as the Helene Foundation logo. The flowing lightweight gown represents vulnerability and maternal nature, but also incorporates an interlocking gold chain detail for strength and support.
“The top of the dress on the right side has a strong gold chain that interlocks into a design that flows to the back of the dress. The back of the dress is an open back with the chain detail interlocking. The chain detail represents strength, support, and the mother trying to keep all the pieces together as she fights this battle. This dress represents the Helene Foundation because it’s an example of what the Helene Foundation does for mothers battling cancer, providing that support which helps the mother get through the day and still care for her children. I wanted the dress to be long and flowing to represent peace for the mothers.”Photos courtesy of Katherine Fisher Designs
This lovely couple shared a romantic proposal on a cruise to the Bahamas, which Michael surprised Andrea with for her 25th birthday. After a formal dinner, Mike led Andrea out to the bow of the ship under a full moon and got down on one knee. It was a magical evening and they toasted with champagne.
We’re definitely feeling the fall vibe of their late November wedding which took place at what was formerly Cobblestone Hall in Raleigh’s City Market. The space has now been rebranded and is rented for events as Market Hall with 214 Martin Street adjacent to it. Andrea and Michael loved the historic charm of the venue and the fact that it is nestled right in the heart of downtown Raleigh.
The vintage theme, from the use of an old-fashioned red trolley to the table cards created with vintage postcards marking the cities the couple’s have traveled together, matched well against the colorful autumn backdrop. Royal blue bridesmaids popped against beautiful orange and yellow fall foliage.
The food was one of the couple’s favorite parts of the wedding. “It was exceptional,” shares Andrea. Rocky Top Catering’s staff were so friendly and attentive, they even made sure the bride took time to enjoy her meal during her busy day. The cake, too, was full of fall flavor: apple cinnamon with caramel filling and buttercream icing.
Take a look at Neil Boyd’s photos below, and get inspired for your own fall wedding plans!
PHOTOGRAPHER Neil Boyd Photography | REHEARSAL DINNER Cafe Luna | CEREMONY The Church of the Good Shepard | RECEPTION Market Hall | CATERING Rocky Top Catering | BRIDAL GOWN Mori Lee | HAIR & MAKEUP Parlor Blow Dry Bar | BRIDESMAIDS David’s Bridal | FORMALWEAR Men’s Wearhouse | FLORIST Kelly Odom | CAKE Cinda’s Cake | INVITATIONS Wedding Paper Divas | CEREMONY MUSIC Dwayne Holloway, Organist | RECEPTION MUSIC Chocolate Suede Band | PARTY RENTALS & LIGHTING Showtime Events | TRANSPORTATION Historic Raleigh Trolley and Classic Transportation | GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Downtown Raleigh Sheraton | WEDDING FAVORS Donation to the American Heart Association | REGISTRY Belk
We don’t want brides-to-be to miss out on all the fantastic wedding events happening over the next two months! Save the date for fall bridal shows and open houses listed below.
Photo: In His Image Photography
TRIANGLE BRIDAL SHOWCASE
Sunday, Oct. 18
Get tickets now for the Triangle’s boutique wedding show held at The Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel. A cocktail mixer starts at 1pm; followed by a fabulous fashion show and an expo floor full of top wedding vendors! The show ends with prize drawings held at every booth at 5pm.
BIG FAKE WEDDING RALEIGH
Thursday, Nov. 12
The Big Fake Wedding Raleigh is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big fake wedding! “Wedding guests” are brides-and grooms-to-be who enjoy an emotional vow renewal ceremony, a tasty cocktail-style dinner, and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing the wedding vendors in action. Tickets are $25 and include light bites, sparkling wine, and a swag bag. The Raleigh event will be held a 214 Martin Street.
There will also be a Big Fake Wedding in Asheville, NC on Nov. 5.
RALEIGH’S GLOBAL BRIDAL OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, Nov. 15
Marriott Raleigh City Center presents Raleigh’s Global Bridal Open House: A luxurious & private exhibition showcasing the latest & most personalized services from the South Asian, Nigerian, Fusion, LGBT & Traditional wedding world that will help create your dream wedding! Tour the newly renovated ballrooms at the City Center, get décor ideas, sample the new wedding menus and gather information to book your downtown wedding! First 200 attendees sign up free!
OPEN HOUSE AND JAZZ AT THE GLENWOOD CLUB
Thursday, October 15, 2015 – 7-9pm
Enjoy an elegant evening of entertainment, including live latin jazz music, dancing, and exquisite food from Irregardless Catering Co., along with tours of Raleigh’s newest “inside the beltline” event space. The Glenwood Club is offering this evening free to potential brides! (Cost is $40 to the public). Reserve your ticket with promo code 4321.
OPEN HOUSE AT HIGHGROVE
Saturday, October 17, 2015 – 10am-1pm
Enjoy an afternoon filled with all things wedding at Highgrove’s Oct. Open House. Sample the venue’s amazing food, beautiful grounds and ballroom space. Staff will be on site to answer questions.
IF IT’S PAPER OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 – 5-9pm
If you’re on the market for wedding invitations, stationery or other products and gifts, stop by If It’s Paper in Raleigh for a special October Open House.
Food plays a major role in your wedding day, which is why we feature some of the area’s top caterers in our magazine each year. We invite you to get to know a little more about SB&G’s preferred caterers in our special blog spotlight series.
This week, we’re showing off Southern-inspired classics from Raleigh caterer Empire Eats. Empire Eats offers catering menus from each of their downtown restaurants, giving you authentic, cultural and culinary choices for your wedding events. Sitti (Lebanese), Gravy (Italian-American cuisine) and The Pit (whole hog, pit-cooked barbecue) in Raleigh and Durham. Each restaurant has its own event space available for rehearsal dinners and smaller receptions. Empire Eats also owns Raleigh Times, a great choice for a bachelor or bachelorette event or a post-wedding outing. The Empire Properties group has restored several historic treasures in downtown Raleigh, including the beautiful All Saints Chapel and The Stockroom at 230, an urban loft on Fayetteville Street.
Get a sample of the variety of dishes Empire Eats prepares from our 2015 catering shoot captured by Neil Boyd Photography.
Eastern Carolina whole hog chopped BBQ butter lettuce wraps with purple cabbage slaw and collard green sprouts.
Cast iron seared diver scallops with baby arugula and lemon caper reduction.
Mini country ham, charred tomato, and local hoop cheese buttermilk biscuits with spicy harissa-infused red eye gravy.
Local kale and baby beet salad with Goat Lady cracked pepper cheese and heirloom pork cracklings.
In honor of New York Bridal Fashion Week, happening now, we are sharing this super cool video from Mode Studios highlighting a century of wedding fashion in three minutes!
This quick film presents the evolution of bridal gowns decade by decade, from 1915 to 2015. The history of fashion is always so fascinating – the way trends develop and resurface. We just rode the wave of the roaring 20s comeback. You might be surprised at some of the distant past wedding fashions that look quite similar to those presented on today’s runways!
Keep an eye out towards the end of the video for the beautiful Amy Kuschel gowns, which are available at Lana Addison Bridal in Cary, NC. In 2005 the Kendra gown makes an appearance and in 2015 is the Starr gown.
We’ll be sharing Amy’s newest collection with you all from NYC later this weekend – we’re heading to NY C for a brief visit to some of our NC bridal salon’s top designers. Follow us on social media, and on Snapchat at NCBridetoBe to see our adventures!
We hope you enjoy this little trip down memory fashion lane!