Monthly Archives:: February 2016
Southern Bride & Groom is excited to share some of our favorite photos, including many not seen in print, from the floral designers featured in our 2016 magazine. In this shoot, Victorian Seasons creates a French-flavored design, combining flowers in the softest pastel shades with Lamb’s Ear and Queen Anne’s Lace in vintage containers and French wine cartons.
This romantic look is the perfect way to soften the rustic appeal The Angus Barn Pavilion with wooden wine racks and barrels that also match the old world French-inspired theme.
The couple’s sweetheart table is set with Haviland china from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry and a garland accented monogram place card. Oh la la!
Victorian Seasons is an established Triangle Florist who has been styling stunning floral arrangements for brides in the area since 1993. Victorian Seasons can design eye-catching wedding floral designs for couples of any taste, be it bold and contemporary or soft and romantic. They are also the area’s premiere freeze-dried preservationist and specialize in preserving bridal flowers for you to keep as a timeless keepsake!
FLORAL DESIGN Victorian Seasons | LINENS & CHAIRS American Party Rentals | CHINA, CRYSTAL & SILVER, PLACEMATS & ALL JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | PAPER Cute Buttons | GOWN Pronovias from Nitsa’s Apparel | HAIR & MAKEUP Jodi Galeazzo of Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE The Pavilion at The Angus Barn | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters
We’re pleased to introduce you to next month’s featured photographer, Robin Lin! After working in the legal field upon graduating from Purdue University with a B.A. in political science and psycholgy, Robin transitioned to photography. She took photography classes in both Chapel Hill and Durham as well as design classes online through Parsons School of Design in New York City and has now called Chapel Hill home for a decade.
Robin’s photos are a blend of documentary-style with traditional elements. “I always like to explain to potential clients that I really like clean images – images that you will think (with the exception of trends changing) are as beautiful in 30 years as they are now,” she shares.
She most enjoys documenting the grandness of the ceremony location as well as the smallest details that were carefully selected by each client. She makes an effort to embrace the lighting that her clients’ have chosen, be it time of day/natural lighting or lighting that has been installed in a venue. But her favorite part of a wedding to document is emotion – from tears to laughter and everything in between.
See some of that emotion Robin so eloquently captures in a group of beautiful hand-selected images below.Images by Robin Lin Photography
Lenox and Bradford were married at Duke Chapel in late December, where the couple knelt to receive communion on a kneeling bench that belonged to the bride’s great-grandfather, the sports medicine doctor at Duke University for many years, and namesake of the hospital. As Lenox waited on the other side of the large chapel doors to walk down the aisle with her father, the seasonal O Holy Night filled the chapel with joyous music.
The evening was followed by a magical reception at The Pavilion at Angus Barn. The venue fit perfectly with the cozy feel the couple was aiming for at their pre-Christmas wedding. The groom was sold on the space when he saw the amazing fire pit and envisioned his buddies enjoying celebratory cigars around it. The foodie couple also knew the Angus Barn, reputed for its culinary excellence, wouldn’t disappoint when it came to the catering.
As if on cue, there was a light snow shower on the day of the wedding. The Pavilion was lined with giant Christmas trees adorned with thousands of sparkling lights. Thick fur throws were scattered around the couches and the fireplace to keep guests warm, and rustic accents like wooden barley twist candles and pine cones peppered across long farm tables. Having fun with the holiday theme, keepsake ornaments and pashminas were gifted to the bridesmaids, and Santa hats and reindeer antlers were passed out as wedding favors.
When it came to planning assistance for this large 400-guest wedding, Amanda Scott with A Swanky Affair “was an absolute God-send,” Lenox shares. The bride and her mother had attempted to handle the planning on their own, but when the numerous contracts and details began taking over their lives, it became abundantly clear to them how much they needed the organization, expertise, guidance and experience that Amanda had to offer.
“Not only did our entire weekend go without hiccup, but we were able to enjoy all of the time and weeks leading up to the weekend knowing we were in good hands! We truly could not have done it without her,” says Lenox.
With great music, lots of love, the spirit of the gospel, and the presence of so many family and friends, this wedding represented all the important pieces of their relationship and the holiday for them. They joke that they wish they could do every Christmas the same way!
WEDDING CONSULTANT A Swanky Affair | CEREMONY Duke Chapel | RECEPTION & CATERER The Angus Barn | REHERSAL DINNER Raleigh Country Club | PHOTOGRAPHER Graham Terhune Photography | BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids, Raleigh| BRIDAL GOWN Lea-Ann Belter from Traditions by Anna Bridal Boutique | MENS FORMALWEAR Ralph Lauren | HAIR Parlor Blow Dry Bar | PARTY RENTALS Party Reflections | LIGHTING Get Lit Special Event Lighting | LINENS CE Rentals | FLORIST Watered Garden | CAKE Cinda’s Creative Cakes | STATIONER Reaves Engraving | CALLIGRAPHER Lynn Titchener | CEREMONY MUSIC Organist, Christopher Jacobsen; Trumpeter, Don Eagle; Soloist Susannah Stewart | RECEPTION MUSIC Sleeping Booty Band | GUEST ACCOMODATIONS Renaissance Raleigh and Hyatt House North Raleigh | VIDEOGRAPHER Ink Spot Crow | TRANSPORTATION Horizon Coach Lines Guest | REGISTRY Belk
Southern Bride & Groom is excited to share some of our favorite photos, including many not seen in print, from the floral designers featured in our 2016 magazine. In this shoot, Blossom Artistry brings the timeless palette of green, white and gold to dress up the main focal point in The Pavilion at Angus Barn – the grand fireplace. The varying heights and movements of these centerpieces can’t help but capture the eye of anyone who enters the room!
The elegant bridal party table centered in the middle of this rustic room is topped with sweeping boughs of perfect white roses and flanked by romantic Phalaenopis orchids, white tulips, and linen-like amaryllis. The lace-covered chairs in a creamy mocha shade both juxtapose and beautifully complement the room’s magnificent stone fireplace, graced by the floral designer’s clusters of climbing gypsophila.
Gold-rimmed china and crystal add extra elegance to the tabletop and match the brides jewelry, all from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.
The creative team behind this stunning display is Blossom Artistry – a family-owned and operated floral design business based in Pittsboro, NC. Husband and wife owners, Leon and Julie, have been in business together their entire married life, opening in 2003. With over 50 years of combined experience, the Blossom team of designers can create a custom look for brides of any style!
FLORAL DESIGN Blossom Artistry | LINENS & CHAIRS Classic Party Rentals | CHINA, CRYSTAL & SILVER Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | GOWN Amsale from Nitsa’s Apparel | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Jodi Galeazzo of Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE The Pavilion at The Angus Barn | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters
Winter is an exciting and busy time in the wedding industry. With many couples getting engaged over the holidays, wedding shows are plentiful and packed throughout the Triangle. It also tends to be a good time for venues to make updates to their facilities, or better yet, aim for a grand opening just in time for brides and grooms to start booking their events in the warmer months ahead.
Here, we recap some our recent adventures across the Triangle – including big annual wedding shows and the grand opening of gorgeous new event spaces that we just can’t get enough of! Take a look…
Forever Bridal’s The Wedding Show
At the first wedding show of the new year, we handed out our recently released 2016 edition of Southern Bride & Groom and got great feedback from vendors and brides who were getting their first glance!
We also showcased a new design for our booth that complemented the theme of our cover – modern Southern elegance. With a light wood plank backdrop from Get Lit Special Event Lighting and magnolias and other greenery from Eclectic Sage, many brides were inspired to snap pictures on their phones as they stopped by, documenting ideas for their own rustic chic wedding decor.
Photos by Southern Love Studios
Bridal Showcase at The Carolina Inn
Every year, we look forward to the Annual Bridal Showcase at the historic Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. The setting is intimate and elegant – a chance for brides to meet the Inn’s planning team along with many other top notch vendors from the area, showcasing food and drink, florals, music, and everything in between.
As the backdrop of SB&G’s Downton Abbey themed style shoot in this year’s magazine, The Carolina Inn always inspires and impresses.
Photos by Mikkel Paige
Grand Opening of The Cloth Mill
The Cloth Mill at the Eno River officially opened its doors in December, followed by a grand opening celebration that had us swooning for this gorgeous new space! The Cloth Mill is located in historic downtown Hillsbrough and offers a unique urban wedding and event space with exposed brick walls, massive windows, high ceilings, original wood beams and columns, and and outdoor courtyard.
The Cloth Mill is the newest business adventure from Nicole Clayton, owner of On the Rocks Bartending. When Nicole started On the Rocks in 2013, she envisioned expanding her bartending business into a special events venue. In early 2015, she came across this former 10,000 square foot fabric warehouse space and saw its huge potential.
Gather Together Events helped organize a great-gatsby styled opening event. We loved seeing the space all decked out with lighting and decor from Showtime Events. Sophisticated centerpieces and flowers were on display from Eclectic Sage and Edible Art’s gold and blue cake was a showstopper. They also created custom cookies that featured The Cloth Mill’s logo! And Raleigh area caterer Donovan’s Dish treated guests to a delicious kabob carving station.
Images by Stephen Thrift Photography
Grand Opening of The Mayton Inn
In early February, downtown Cary welcomed Wake County’s first boutique hotel, The Mayton Inn, which we couldn’t wait to visit for a sneak peek! The property is owned and managed by the folks behind Durham’s popular boutique hotel, The King’s Daughters Inn.
With 33 unique guest rooms and 11 deluxe rooms, this stylish Georgian-style inn is perfect for small weddings. It even has its own detached bridal suite – a small historic house that was given to The Mayton Inn for restoration and a whole new purpose.
There is also an onsite spa, a lovely dining room that serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner, and a wine cellar. The 3,000 square foot outside terrace overlooks a lush green park.
But the hotel isn’t just pretty, it’s also sustainable…boasting new green technology, such as solar panels on the roof and a rainwater cistern to keep the landscape lush during a drought.
The heart of the city is the perfect lively and colorful backdrop for an engagement session, which is what we love about today’s featured couple, Donald and Damion’s “superhero-themed” same-sex engagement session in downtown Raleigh captured by Ariel Perry Photography!
The two grew up in different cities in the South. Donald was born in Seaford, DE and eventually lived in both Greenville, SC and later Wilmington, NC while Damion was born in Roanoke Rapids, NC and grew up in the small town of Enfield. After graduating from high school, Donald attended NC State University, where later, Damion began graduate school. Ironically, the two didn’t end up crossing paths here, instead meeting later through mutual acquaintances.
The engagement was a complete surprise planned out by Donald during a family trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
As the growing epicenter of the state capital, the couple was driven to have their engagement shot represent the converging of their paths just as so many others who visit the city converge in the downtown area. “Moreover, there is an interesting parallel between the flourishing of downtown Raleigh, especially the Fayetteville street area, and our own flourishing love that, not too long ago, would not have received the same attention or respect that any other relationship would receive. Raleigh is our home and we are proud to be able to say that our roots, as a couple, were formed here,” Damion shares.
The wedding theme was largely shaped by their use of the DC comics characters, Superman and Batman. It has been long noted that Superman and Batman have been given the title as the World’s Greatest or World’s Finest Super Hero team. During couple’s game day event they decided to frame their team using that stance (or rather Donald went along with Damion and ended up liking it). The team represents the collaboration of two distinct heroes who are not only opposites, but complements to one another. One has what the other does not which equates to a more powerful team than could be imagined and Donald and Damion function in much the same way.
LOCATION Downtown Raleigh, NC | PHOTOGRAPHER Ariel Perry Photography | PLANNER Timeless Creations by Jay
This winter, Fresh Affairs, a Raleigh florist and wedding design company, held their annual Tabletop Extravaganza to showcase what they can do and to give brides plenty of inspiration for their big day!
As you can see from the images captured by Walters & Walters Photography below, every inch of space was covered in beautiful tabletop displays – everything from simple centerpieces to dramatic displays were featured. Each display was complete with linens and rentals by Party Reflections. Equally as enticing was the food provided by Rocky Top Catering and the gorgeous gowns on display from Alexia’s Bridal.
If you’re still envisioning what type of centerpieces you want at your wedding, or wondering if you should go with creative chair back covers, or if you’re just looking for decor ideas, take a moment to scroll through the images below.
When you give someone a personalized gift, it not only shows how much thought and care you put into it, it’s also truly one of a kind!
That’s exactly the type of product produced by a local SB&G preferred vendor, Creative Countdown. They are the only personalized countdown calendar creators out there, making the perfect favors for bridal showers, between brides and grooms, or for friends who are getting married…or celebrating any major life event!
The idea for Creative Countdown was sparked when Joanie Hickey wanted to give friend Amy Gamber and her husband a unique gift while they were awaiting the birth of their child. She thought a personalized countdown would be a fun way to anticipate the big day, but after days of scouring the internet, she learned that no such product existed and decided to put her graphic design experience to work. When she presented that first ‘Baby Countdown: A list of things to do before your new baby arrives,’ it was a big hit with Amy!
After showing off her special made calendar, Amy soon realized there was a market for people who wanted to create countdowns of their own, so she approached Joanie about making it a marketable product and they’ve been growing their calendar line since 2012!
Creative Countdown now has flip stand and tear-off options, as well as the ability to email countdowns to large corporate and organizational groups. The custom countdown builder has over a thousand quick-fill suggested entries to common events, perfect for bridal showers, weddings and just about any other event!
Each countdown is created unique, so the options are endless. For weddings, Creative Countdowns can be given as shower gifts or as gifts from the groom to the bride (and vice-versa), and are also often given as a gift to the parents.
Messages inside can be funny, emotional, silly or spiritual – you can even get a calendar with the daily messages blank for on-the-spot personalization. They can be used as a sign-in for the bridal shower, with each guest leaving a personal note or advice to the bride on the final days of the countdown.
Here’s an example of some of the fun ideas you can have in your Wedding Shower calendar:
1. Adam, Get a good feel of those silky smooth legs under the covers. Once you put a ring on it, watch out! You’re gonna get cut!
2. Greg, leave the cap off the toothpaste today. It’s one of the last days you’ll get away with it
3. Anne, its girl’s night out tonight! Grab Julie, Michelle and Alyce for a little last hurrah!
4. Nancy and Dave, remember that tomorrow is not the last day, but the beginning of your life together as Mr. and Mrs. Davis. Today, forget the stress and just relish the anticipation.
5. Lisa and Jason, write each other a love note and hide it in a place it will be found.
With so many engagements taking place around the holidays, February is prime time for wedding shows and bridal events in the Triangle. So, if you just said “Yes!” make plans to attend the events highlighted in our list below.
Photo by Joe Payne Photography
Christopher Designs Event at Diamonds Direct Crabtree
Friday, February 12, 2016 – 10am-6pm
Saturday, February 13, 2016 – 10am-6pm
Diamonds Direct Crabtree hosts world-renowned jewelry designer Christopher Slowinkski of Christopher Designs in their showroom. Come by for an exclusive look at the 2016 line as well as special treats throughout the weekend and delicious desserts provided by Sullivan’s Steakhouse. Plus, enjoy 60 months interest-free financing on all approved purchases made on during the event.
Wedding and Event Open House at The Rickhouse
Sunday, February 14, 2016 – 12-3pm
Food to savor, flowers to smell, photos to admire, and planners to inspire! It’s all happening at The Rickhouse to make planning your occasion most enjoyable. Join this new Durham venue and some of its favorite vendors on for an afternoon of delicious food and the opportunity to connect with the perfect vendors for your event! Best of all, this event is free! All you have to do is pre-register.
Triangle Bridal Association Bridal Showcase
Thursday, February 18, 2016 – 5:30pm-8:30pm
The 7th Annual Triangle Bridal Showcase will take place at the North Ridge Country Club and is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with the “best of the best” wedding professionals while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres, champagne and music while becoming inspired to design your dream wedding.
Wedding Reception Open House at The Museum of Life and Science
Friday, February 19, 2016 – 7-9pm
You’ve never seen The Museum of Life and Science like this before! Come to the facility’s first Wedding Reception Open House to see the exhibit spaces all dressed up, and meet all the vendors you’ll need to make your big day come to life!
The Wed Tour – A Luxury Bridal Show Experience
Sunday, February 21, 2016 – 4-8pm
The Wed Tour is an intimate and luxe wedding tour in Raleigh for discerning couples who want to mingle with in-demand vendors up close and personal, experience six unique wedding venues that are sprawling with ready-to-pick ideas, and walk away with a lush bouquet of resources to design their perfectly personalized day. Check-in is at The Merrimon-Wynne House.
Belk Engagement Parties
Sunday, February 21, 2016 – 1-4pm at The Streets of Southpoint
Sunday, February 28, 2016 – 1-4pm at Crabtree Belk and at Cary Towne Center
Recently engaged? Celebrate at Belk during one of their Engagement Parties throughout the month of February! Visit the bridal registry and register to win big prizes, plus enjoy appetizers, music, and more! This is a free event – just register online!
Tasting at The Glenwood Club
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 – 6-8pm
The Glenwood Club and Irregardless Catering hosts a Wedding Tasting with samples from Irregardless’ Catering menu for weddings at The Glenwood Club and over 30 venues around the Triangle.
Boutique Bridal Show at The Cookery
Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 1-5pm
In partnership with Gather Together event planning and Donovan’s Dish caterers, The Cookery in Durham will open its doors to the public for a curated wedding showcase: The Boutique Bridal Show. Meet local vendors and find inspiration for their wedding day, including Tre Bella Flowers, Makeup for Your Day, Get Lit Special Event Lighting, and American Party Rentals. All ticket proceeds will be donated to Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides professional attire and career development tools for women affected by poverty.
Wedding Showcase at DoubleTree Raleigh Brownstone-University
Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 11am-3pm
Meet fabulous vendors, sample hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails and enter to win prizes at the 4th annual Doubletree Hilton Raleigh Brownstone-University Wedding Showcase. (RSVP by Feb. 19.)
The Wedding Affair at North Hills
Sunday, February 28, 2016 – 1-4pm
From ballrooms to bridal gowns, rings to rehearsal dinners, plan the wedding of your dreams at Raleigh’s North Hills. Serving as a valuable resource for couples planning their weddings for the last four years, this boutique wedding showcase is an intimate event featuring the Triangle’s best wedding professionals.
Around the World in an Afternoon
Sunday, February 28, 2016 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm
While wedding planning is underway, A Way To Go Travel is making your honeymoon planning smooth and stress free! On Sunday, February 28th, the A Way To Go Travel team will host representatives from various resorts, cruise lines and hotels perfect for honeymooners! Couples will be able to meet and speak with each representative to help explore the best options for your trip to celebrate this special time! This event will be held at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro at 704 Green Valley Road from 1pm – 4pm.
For a full and ongoing list of wedding events and trunk shows, visit our online calendar.
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Naomi and Brad’s colorful wedding on the green at Raleigh Country Club shot by one of Raleigh’s top wedding photographers, Neil Boyd Photography.
During the inception of AOL dial-up internet, Brad met Naomi in middle school in 1992, when, they joke now that “[Brad] was as scrawny as a toothpick and [Naomi] had inch-thick eyeglasses.” Years later, and after many life experiences under their hats to become who they are today, they reconnected and fell in love!
They had a perfect proposal on the first night of an annual trip to Aruba. After dining at Carpe Diem on the marina, they decided to go for a walk. They strolled hand in hand with the beautiful moonlight glistening on the water and sailboats surrounding it. The setting was so perfect that Brad, who was initially going to propose the following day on the beach, decided this was the night, so, midway through the marina, he stopped to take her hand, profess his love and asked Naomi if she would be his wife!
This Triangle couple knew they wanted a lush green backdrop for the wedding ceremony. The first time they toured the Raleigh County Club and got to the 10th tee of the golf course, the view took their breath away and knew immediately this was where they wanted to get married.
Raleigh Country Club’s (RCC) coordinator, Bonnie Miller, accommodated every request the couple had, no matter how big or small. Food was also delicious and many guests took the time to compliment the entrees. They also loved the convenience of dropping off all the decorations, and RCC laid everything out with thoughtful detail before the ceremony.
From a friend’s referral, Naomi and Brad sought out Neil Boyd Photography. They thought the images would be good, “but we never imagined the pictures to turn out the way they did,” Naomi shares. “They captured every essence of our day, and even made us cry afterwards while watching the slideshow of pictures! We could not be happier and will forever cherish our pictures for the rest of our lives.” Enjoy a display of those images in the blog below.
WEDDING CONSULTANT Hyejin Ann | REHEARSAL DINNER Winston’s Grille | VENUE & CATERING Raleigh Country Club | PHOTOGRAPHER Neil Boyd Photography | VIDEOGRAPHER S Line Productions | BRIDAL GOWN David’s Bridal | BRIDESMAIDS David’s Bridal | HAIR Wedding Hair by Liz | MAKE-UP Lauren Rose, Pretty Simple Makeup | BRIDESMAID JEWELRY Belk | MEN’S FORMALWEAR Men’s Wearhouse | FLORIST Angel Roses Florists | CAKE Heavenly Sweets by Denise | CALLIGRAPHY Emily Brooks Designs | RECEPTION MUSIC DJ Paul Fitts | FAVORS Wedding program fans by Citrine Designs and a candy bar | GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Renaissance North Hills