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Urban Downtown Raleigh Wedding at The Stockroom at 230

Jeana and Daniel met while attending an LLS Charity event hosted by Sullivan’s Steakhouse with their company and friends. Dan says the moment he saw Jeana he knew it was the woman he wanted to marry…what a romantic!  They talked about their love for Mexican food, cooking, and working in the same industry (sales). Their first official date was at his house where he cooked his “famous” homemade beef enchiladas and they talked all night.

It didn’t take long for them to realize they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together – Dan proposed on Halloween – their six-month anniversary. It was just the two of them at his kitchen table with a dozen white roses and a bottle of champagne to celebrate.

They chose the fun, urban setting of The Stockroom at 230 because it was conveniently located in downtown Raleigh and had plenty of old world charm in an intimate setting. The theme was vintage, sophisticated and romantic and the colors were navy, gold and white.

The couple had a traditional Jewish ceremony, during which guests were seated in a circle surrounding the Chuppah so guests could view inside it no matter where they were seated. Then, for the reception, the area was turned into a beautiful sweetheart table.

To make the ceremony even more personal, Dan and Jeana asked Dan’s father to perform the ceremony.  They also involved their mothers by having them light a unity candle. English Garden draped the Chuppah in lush white flowers.

After the ceremony, guests were asked to make their way next door to The Mahler Fine Art Gallery for cocktail hour followed by a delicious dinner provided by Empire Eats.

f8 Photo Studios expertly captured the closeness, tenderness and jovial nature of this beautiful couple and their close family and friends.
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“When we had an initial phone meeting with Cara (f8 Photo Studios), her energy and passion for her craft was undeniable. When we met with her in person, her examples of previous work and personality solidified our decision to have her capture the images that we treasure now and for always.”

What else can we say but the menu options from Empire Eats were incredibly delicious! We had a few special requests for vegan dishes and they assisted us without any hesitation.”

Wedding Planner
“We had the most wonderful experience working with Gina at A Southern Soiree! From our initial phone consultation all the way to the day of our wedding and after our honeymoon, Gina has been professional, responsive, and friendly! Given that we had 150 guests in attendance, there were a lot of people Gina had to shuffle around as well as coordinate with vendors the perfect “flip” of the room from a ceremony to sit down dinner reception. Everything went off without a hitch! We are more than pleased with her services and wish we could do it all over again.”

Hair & Makeup
“Kerri Kunsman of Makeup for Your Day was my artist and she really created some beautiful faces to light up our photos. She took suggestions for what I envisioned and performed perfectly!”

“Every interaction with The English Garden and her team was wonderful! I believe that the flowers are the most important element of a wedding to set the tone, and English Garden over-delivered! The design on our chuppah was more than we could have ever imagined. And since we placed the chuppah in the middle as the center piece in the room, it was important that we created something that guests would be talking about. When I met with Cydney to finalize our design of the chuppah and center pieces, she was so creative and engaging! You could really see her get inspired with ideas and that she absolutely loves what she does in helping brides ideas come to life!”

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White Wedding Flower Fantasy from Raleigh Florist Fresh Affairs

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, Fresh Affairs sets a wedding table with a hand-crafted fresh flower-encrusted linen that sweeps across the tabletop to the patio floor for an opulent and sophisticated statement. The unencumbered glass top over the flowers opens a panoramic view of the glimmering lake at the Angus Barn Pavilion. Such an imaginative floral masterpiece could serve as a wedding altar before it becomes the reception centerpiece!

Fresh Affairs is an award-winning florist located in Raleigh, NC. Owner Lyn Graves has made flowers his life’s passion, and his portfolio includes over 11,000 weddings and events in more than 14 states! Fresh Affairs has won many accolades, including over 75 state and national design competition wins. They’ve done designs for the Governor’s Inauguration, President Clinton’s Inauguration, and even been inducted into the North Carolina State Florist Association Hall of Fame. Fresh Affairs’ designers work one-on-one with brides to create stunning floral arrangements for every budget.
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Recently Engaged? Here are 3 Easy Steps for Wedding Prep

You are engaged and you want to shout it to the world…or at least to everyone you know! And you may be ready to hit the ground running with appointments for gowns and venues. There’s no harm in that and it’s very exciting to get started on wedding ideas, but the following three steps are a good springboard to getting prepared together as an engaged couple with a plan.
Proposal PhotographyPhoto: Halftone Studios

Step One should certainly be an honest discussion between you and your fiancé about the type of wedding event you would both like to have. If one of you wants to include a super long list of all the relatives and friends for a memory-making extravaganza, and the other wants to run away to a secret island for a private affair, then you may each have to compromise.

And compromise can be just the ticket. Having a small family-only ceremony followed by dinner at a great restaurant or including just the closest loved ones on a destination wedding may satisfy both partners. Hosting a larger reception gathering sometime soon after an intimate ceremony is another way to share the joy and make both sides happy. (See this Real Wedding in Durham for inspiration.)

Hopefully, if you are planning either a semi-formal or formal wedding and reception, both of you are in agreement. While you are talking over the type of event, choose a best time of year and month that will work well for your schedules.

Step Two is equally as important and is all about budget. Chat honestly with your fiancé or fiancée about how much in savings you will have available to put into the wedding day expenses.

If you feel like your families will be interested in helping out with your wedding and reception, make a time when you can talk with them about this. Gone are the days when the bride’s parents hosted everything as a traditional obligation. Many parents still do follow the custom of the bride’s folks hosting the full wedding and reception and the groom’s family taking care of a rehearsal dinner and a few wedding day costs. And in many cases, both sets of parents contribute an amount towards the wedding of their children, just as many couples host and pay for their own special day.

In all likelihood, you already know whether the wedding will be up to the two of you or a fully involved family affair.

Step Three is immensely important and again, involves you and your wonderful spouse-to-be being in sync. It’s time to make a guest list of all the people who are important to each of you and your parents.

So far, you know what type of affair the two of you would love to host. You also know a close proximity of the budget that you have to apply to the day or will have saved by the date you’ve selected.

The number of guests are divided between both the bride and groom’s families. If one side has more people to invite than their half of the decided total guest number, they can offer to pay for the extra guests. The newer etiquette considerations also allow that both sets of parents are indicated as hosts of the wedding (on the invitation) if they share the expenses, rather than just the bride’s parents.

Usually, only close friends and family are invited to weddings. Business acquaintances who are not personal friends are usually not invited. Only spouses, betrothed or significant others of those on your invitation list must be included. But certainly, if you have an ample budget, you may invite co-workers and allow every single friend to bring a guest! Your guest list may shorten or lengthen as you continue shopping for your wedding depending on your venue selection, food choices and other amenities for the day (remember to hold on save-the-dates until the list is finalized).

With these three major steps, you’ve done the basics to prepare for the exciting part of planning a wedding that is just right for the two of you!
Wedding photso taken by dronePhoto: Joe Payne Photography

Southern Summer Wedding with a Feminine Touch at The Sutherland Estate

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Ashley and Steven’s dream wedding at The Sutherland in Wake Forest, NC.

In 2014, Steven surprised Ashley with a romantic trip to Puerto Rico – all part of his elaborate plan to propose to her on the beaches at night during their stay.

Ashley knew she wanted to get married outside in the summer on a plantation, and The Sutherland Estate and Gardens presented the perfect backdrop for her dream wedding. The theme and colors of navy, pink and gold reflected her “girly” personality. She also made sure there was plenty of monograms, flowers and sparkles! Almost all the vendors she used were through referrals, making the entire experience fun and as low-stress as possible.

Ashley had been dreaming of her wedding day since she was a little girl and loved seeing her vision come together in the end. Photographer Sarah Morrel captures all the beautiful details that went into the day in the images below.

The brides’ advice to brides-to-be is “don’t sweat all the details – when something doesn’t work out, don’t stress! Once you start planning a wedding, you will find out quickly that some of the little things won’t work out, and that’s okay becasue everything turns out exactly how it should in the end.”
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Inspiration from The Big Fake Wedding Raleigh

This was the first year The Big Fake Wedding came to Raleigh and it was a big hit! Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional vow-renewal ceremony and a dance-party reception, this event is a true source of inspiration and a resource in finding trusted wedding vendors. Hand-selected vendors perform their services as they would at a real wedding, and “wedding guests,” as they would at a real wedding, listen to the music, taste the cakes, and smell the flowers…all while enjoying a night of great food, dancing and surprises.

Raleigh’s “bride” and “groom,” Alyssa and Joseph, met in middle school and began dating in 7th grade! Years later, in 2013, they were married in the small town where they grew up. The Big Fake Wedding was a fun experience for them to renew their vows and celebrate all over again, this time at the charming downtown venue 214 Martin Street.

Enjoy the eye candy below captured by the talented Casey Rose Photography.
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New Year’s Wedding at Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Karyl and Matthew’s sparkling New Year’s Eve Wedding at Renaissance Raleigh North Hills.

Karyl and Matthew met as many modern couples do – online. Once they met in person, the chemistry was instant and they saw each other almost every day the following week.

Eventually, on a beautiful summer vacation at Isle of Palms Wild Dunes Resort in South Carolina, Matthew proposed and the wedding plans began!

The couple had a very specific wedding date in mind: New Year’s Eve. So, they started looking at facilities that had December 31, 2015 open and that could accommodate both the ceremony and the reception and that could house their guests so they didn’t have to travel after a night of partying. The Renaissance Raleigh Hotel in North Hills was a one-stop shop for everything they desired!

Pink and gold wedding colors were classy, yet fun and had an overall “NYE” theme. Guests participated in a sparkler exit as well as a fun NYE countdown and champagne toast.

The photos below from Amy Allen Photography capture the magic of this stylish New Year’s Eve/wedding celebration.
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Glamorous Red and White Flowers at Angus Barn by Expressions of Love Florist

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, Expressions of Love Florist pulled out all the stops for an upscale, show-stopping display complete with an arbor structure and a hanging crystal chandelier overlooking the pond at the Angus Barn Pavilion. This classic and glamorous table reflects a dramatic setting for an evening event.

Hundreds of perfect red roses are accented by crystals, white hydrangeas, and Dendrobium orchids. Lush verdant greens adorn the statement piece structure that could easily double as a four-columned ceremony arbor. The shimmering crystals mimic the shining surface of the water and create a glamourous and romantic sweetheart table.

The professional team at Expressions of Love Florist in Fuquay-Varina specialize in contemporary and traditional arrangements as well as tropicals, high-style floral arrangements, dried floral arrangements, and more. In business for over 13 years, their large inventory of fresh flowers are expertly cared for and always designed special for your wedding.
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What’s New with Wedding Venues in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

The Triangle Area of NC is experiencing an exciting growth period which is having an effect on the world of local weddings: lots of new restaurants, hotels, and event spaces are opening, and many established ones are investing in makeovers and expansions. We’ve put together a report of what’s new with wedding venues in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill in our recap below.


Celebrating a centennial birthday last year is a unique and beautiful building that’s undergone several restorations, and its most recent reincarnation is MARKET HALL. This 6,700 square foot space is located in the center of City Market in downtown Raleigh and has an open layout with exposed white brick walls, high ceilings and industrial barn shroud lighting.
Market Hall Raleigh Wedding VenuePhoto by f8 Photo Studios

Also downtown, MELROSE KNITTING MILL is a renovated warehouse right above BABYLON restaurant. Tall ceilings with exposed beams, arched windows across the walls of old brick, and over a dozen Swarovski crystal chandeliers above an open floor plan that can accommodate over 200 guests, allows couples to create an elegant or eclectic celebration.

THE MERRIMON-WYNNE CARRIAGE HOUSE , designed to beautifully complement the historic Merrimon-Wynne House, is nearing completion and will open in April. The Carriage House will mix glamorous elements, such as large crystal chandeliers with rustic designs like exposed wood beams and a cupola. The space can host a seated reception for up to 225. Guests will enjoy the large glass doors that open out to the lawn as well as a grand sliding glass door that reveals a covered pergola.

THE GLASS BOX is the newest addition to THE STOCKROOM AT 230. This stylish penthouse suite of the five-story building is bathed in natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows and and has a spacious and private outdoor balcony with a city view. The space can host up to 45 people, ideal for small events and showers. It is available to rent as a bridal or “getting ready” suite both to Stockroom brides, as well as to brides having their wedding at one of the other downtown locations.Bridal party at The Glass Box in RaleighPhoto by Casey Rose Photography

Outside of downtown, but still inside the beltline, you’ll find the GLENWOOD CLUB. This rebranded venue located in the former Woman’s Club is a Southern classic event space that offers comfortable seating for up to 250 guests, newly refurbished bridal and groom suites and onsite parking. Glenwood Club is exclusively catered by IRREGARDLESS CAFE & CATERING, known for their farm-to-table cuisine for the past 40 years.

Right across the street from Crabtree Valley Mall is the RALEIGH MARRIOTT CRABTREE VALLEY, which has been refurbishing guest rooms, meeting spaces, public spaces, the restaurant, and – most exciting to those betrothed – a new event space dubbed the GLENWOOD BALLROOM. Check in with their event staff to find out when the revamp will be completed.


THE MAYTON INN is a brand-new 45-room boutique inn in the heart of downtown Cary. This Georgian-style hotel encompasses a luxury atmosphere along with advanced green technologies. The first floor boasts elegant event space, lounge, and a full bar and restaurant. This new property comes from the owners of the elegant KING’S DAUGHTERS INN in Durham.
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Converted from the iconic, mid-century Home Savings Bank, THE DURHAM HOTEL offers an intimate 53-room boutique hotel experience, including a stylish penthouse suite. Along with a locally-inspired menu served in the retro-styled restaurant lounge, there is also a stunning rooftop bar.
Rooftop at The Durham HotelPhoto by Riley MacLean

Also in the middle of the downtown action is 21C MUSEUM HOTEL. This visually impressive fusion of a modern art museum inside a warm, welcoming boutique hotel (another renovated former bank building). It features 10,500 square feet of exhibition and event spaces filled with innovative art and a distinguished grand ballroom. The entire top floor is the penthouse suite with a private balcony and expansive view of downtown.

If you’re looking for a great place for a room block, be assured your guests will enjoy staying onsite at AMERICAN TOBACCO CAMPUS (ATC) at the new ALOFT property. There are plenty of restaurants and bars on campus, as well as the Durham Bulls Stadium and The Durham Performing Arts Center (as well as the BAY 7 event space).

Chapel Hill – Hillsborough

Over the summer, THE SIENA HOTEL made impressive changes to its AAA four-diamond rated dining room, IL PALIO. The restaurant was completely revamped with new floors, ceiling, tables and chairs to create a beautiful contemporary ambience that’s wonderful for an elegant rehearsal dinner or intimate reception seating up to 46 people.

THE CAROLINA INN also gave their formal dining and event space, CAROLINA CROSSROADS, a major renovation this summer. There is a more casual, open look and energy, along with a new outdoor area featuring a fire pit and lounge-dining seating. The bar is a welcoming focus and place to meet friends, with its central location and wrap-around seating. Along with a new look comes a new menu.

At last, there is a large wedding venue in historic downtown Hillsborough! THE CLOTH MILL opened December of 2015 in the historic Eno River Mill campus and hosts events up to 600 guests. This authentically renovated 10,000 square foot warehouse boasts urban industrial allure with exposed brick walls, massive windows, original wood beams and columns, and expansive open-air courtyard.
The Cloth Mill on the Eno Hillsborough evnet spacePhoto by Stephen Thrift Photography

Our region has long been a mecca of marvelous venues ranging from distinguished clubs and fine hotels to country mansions and estates and more recently, some finely refurbished city jewels. Follow the SB&G blog for updates on what’s happening with weddings in mind throughout the Triangle and beyond.

To learn more about these venues and more, be sure to visit SB&G’s Venue page.

Beautiful Bilingual Wedding in Chapel Hill

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Meredith and Jorge’s beautiful bilingual wedding in Chapel Hill, captured by talented photographer, Southern Love Studios.

Jorge and Meredith met at East Chapel Hill High School through the choral department. Though they dated on and off in high school, they began dating seriously in college after they reconnected through UNC-Chapel Hill’s music classes.

On a weekend visit back to Chapel Hill, Jorge took Meredith to the arboretum at UNC. After a few minutes of sitting on a nearby bench, it began to hail! Meredith suggested that they leave (she was, of course, unaware of Jorge’s plans). Not to be deterred, Jorge dropped to one knee and proposed. The proposal was captured on film by a close friend who had been notified of the proposal in advance.

Jorge and Meredith planned the wedding long-distance since he lived in Atlanta and she lived in Chapel Hill. Once they decided that the event would be bilingual and that the menu would include both Peruvian and Southern food, they set about the process of finding venues that could accommodate their bicultural ceremony and reception. They found Southern Bride & Groom to be a big help in identifying vendors like Tre Bella Florist, American Party Rentals and Southern Love Studios.

Jorge’s and Meredith’s wedding colors were orange and navy, inspired by the orange and blue sapphires of Meredith’s wedding ring. All of the wedding decorations were navy, orange, or gold. Meredith made many of the decorations herself, including the gold-foiled signs in Spanish and English. Many of the attendees commented on the merging of Spanish and English throughout the ceremony, reception, and decorations.

Many of their family and friends traveled from abroad to share in the festivities. Jorge and Meredith are so grateful to those who came from Sweden, England, and Peru!

Since Jorge is a hip hop music producer in Atlanta, there was also a musical theme to the event. Guests signed a record and the couple even serenaded each other during the reception.

Towards the end of the reception, Jorge and Meredith snuck away to ring the bell at the Horace Williams House.

Just one look at the photos below and it’s easy to tell this was a wedding full of laughter and fun!
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American Party Rentals worked closely with us to make sure everything turned out perfectly.”
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Colorful Moroccan Wedding Flower Inspiration from Raleigh-based Catering Works

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, Catering Works was inspired by a Moroccan tile motif. Delightful details make this design really pop and adds tons of light and color to the open-air Angus Barn Pavilion.

All locally-grown vibrant flowers and herbs beautifully top the cobalt blue tile runner with an artist’s touch. The bride carries a romantic white dahlia bouquet with hints of blush, saving the colorful bouquets for her bridesmaids.

Raleigh-based Catering Works has been in business for over 25 years. In addition to creating delicious and customized menus, beautiful desserts (like the carrot cake pictured below), they also have an onsite floral studio. Bloom Works by Catering Works offers custom floral designs by award winning designer, Joseph Barnes. Whether brides are looking for wedding floral to include both ceremony and reception, a corporate gala with themed decor, or a simple home party with a festive touch, they can provide beautiful blooms for any occasion. Sourcing product from local and global vendors, we are able to provide a wide variety of options, to match your color scheme and budget.
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