Monthly Archives:: May 2016

Industrial Chic Inspired Wedding Florals and Stationery from Floral Dimensions

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. Today, we’re featuring Floral Dimensions’ industrial chic inspired florals and custom menus and name tags, which showcase the downtown Durham skyline, perfect for a Bay 7 wedding – a redesigned warehouse building in the center of American Tobacco Campus.
Floral Dimensions wedding florist durhamA trendy Edison bulb chandelier from Get Lit Special Event Lighting dangling from the warehouse venue rafters. The wedding party table design freely combines copper, silver, gold and green metallic elements. The modern textured green and white flowers include hydrangea, poppy pods, hanging Amaranthus, Anthurium and glorious Phalaenopsis orchids within a tabletop length flower box, artfully paired with a handmade “box” clutch purse bouquet.
Edison lights used in weddingBay 7 durham nc brideIndustrial chic wedding inspirationFloral Dimensions at Academy Court has been serving Durham County and surrounding areas since the early 80s, and under the watchful eye of Bea Miller since 1986. Her attention to detail, along with an award-winning design team, has allowed Floral Dimensions to provide brides and their families with beautiful and memorable wedding florals and invitations. Floral Dimensions appreciates and enjoys the long term relationships established with former brides and their families.

Floral Dimensions at Academy Court also designs and provides custom invitations, programs, announcements and stationery. In fact, the menu cards and coordinating place cards in this photo shoot were proudly designed and produced by Floral Dimensions.
Durham NC wedding invitationsGreen and white wedding flower inspirationsLocation inspired wedding invitationsGet Lit edison bulb wedding chandeliersFLORAL DESIGN & CONTAINERS Floral Dimensions | CHINA, LINEN & CHAIRS American Party Rentals | MENUS & NAME CARDS Floral Dimensions Stationery Studio | LIGHTING Get Lit Special Event Lighting | GOWN Kate McDonald Bridal | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Mina’s Studio | VENUE Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus | PHOTOGRAPHY by Walters & Walters

Top 12 Warehouse Wedding Venues in the NC Triangle

SB&G‘s Favorite Urban Chic Event Spaces in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

Weddings today are all about customization, and the uber popular warehouse event spaces serve as perfect blank canvases on which couples can reflect their own love story, personalities and aesthetic preferences. These industrial venues abound in the Raleigh-Durham area of NC, due to the revitalization of our downtown areas over the past decade. Historic buildings and factories are being repurposed and turned into stunning wedding and reception venues that offer charming features like brick walls, wood floors, giant windows, or exposed beams. For the perfect mix of modern elegance, check out our list of urban chic warehouse wedding venues in North Carolina.

1 – Bay 7
Formerly a tobacco warehouse, Bay 7 is located in the heart of American Tobacco Campus, the mixed use area that has led the renaissance of downtown Durham. This means your wedding party can catch photos on the lawn under the iconic Lucky Strike tower or by ATC’s waterfall park. Accommodating up to 400 people, this is one of the largest non-hotel event spaces in the Triangle Area. The space is rustic with an upscale vibe, featuring century-old brick and wood, and a wrap around top balcony. Unlike some warehouse venues, Bay 7 receives a good amount of natural light through its panoramic windows and sky-lights. It also offers the luxury of a bridal suite. Even if you have been to a wedding at Bay 7 in the past, you might not know that it is now operated by the renowned Angus Barn, which is also the exclusive caterer. That doesn’t mean that only steak is on the menu (although we highly recommend going that route). Angus Barn isn’t just known for their melt-in-your-mouth beef, but also a full range of seafood and dessert options, customized menus, and most importantly, the finest service.
Reception at Bay 7 Durham

2- Top of the Hill Great Room
Calling all UNC Chapel Hill alum! Sure, you spent many an afternoon sipping Blueberry Wheat beers on the rooftop of “TOPO,” but did you know that there is an incredible event space on its lower level? Located in the space once occupied by the legendary Carolina Theatre on Franklin Street, The Great Room’s exposed brick and soft industrial feel gives a grateful nod to Chapel Hill’s past while simultaneously embodying its bright future with clean lines, hardwood floors and subtle interiors. Completely flexible menus and floor plans with a completely flexible planning staff allows each client to tailor their next event exactly to their liking. And there’s a built in after-party spot in the Back Bar, which is open to the public but rentable for private events.
Top of the Hill reception Chapel HillJoe Payne Photography

3- Bridge Club
The newest and most intimate venue on the roster, the Bridge Club, is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of a beautiful historic bank building in downtown Raleigh. Conceived by James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen, it is the upstairs neighbor of her restaurant Death & Taxes. The 2nd floor is designed like a loft apartment with leather couches, cocktail tables and a fully loaded demo kitchen. This space is perfect for intimate weddings or rehearsal dinners for under 100 guests.  The 3rd floor has sweeping ceilings and incredible views, and could serve as its own venue or can be paired with the other floor for transitional events (think: wedding cocktail hour or after party). Raleigh foodies will be pleased to know that the menu consists of many favorite Christensen crowd-pleasers, and is happily quite flexible and affordable. SB&G votes Bridge Club as the #1 place in the Triangle for grown-up weddings.
Bridge Club RaleighPhoto courtesy of Bridge Club

4- The Rickhouse
Located in the Central Park district of downtown Durham, The Rickhouse boasts restored and reclaimed wood and exposed brick throughout. In addition to an inside space that comfortably seats 400, it has a large, partially covered concrete deck overlooking the famed Durham Athletic Park, the original home of the Durham Bulls (remember the “BULL DURHAM” Downtown Durham?). The Rickhouse has another unique story: it is home to a distillery that is close to completion. A panoramic view of the stainless steel factory through giant glass wall offers a distinctive and memorable backdrop to your ceremony or wedding band.Reception at The RickhouseRiley MacLean Photography

5- Market Hall
Market Hall is a historic multi-use space located in the center of City Market in downtown Raleigh. This unique and beautiful building has undergone several renovations and reinventions over the last 100 years, and celebrated its Centennial in October 2014. Say your wedding vows on the cobblestone streets, or transform the venue into a romantic ceremony site with draping and lights. The white walls lend themselves to any wedding look from funky to elegant. Market Hall in Raleighf8 Photo Studios

6- 214 Martin Street
Also in City Market is a new venue developed within the same historic building as Market Hall, but with a totally different vibe. 214 Martin Street is the perfect blend of handsome, industrial elegance and classic urban architecture. This space contains century old brick walls and 20-foot ceilings. There is a second-level mezzanine that is perfect for a lounge area or even a dramatic bridal entrance down the grand staircase. 214 Martin has its own catering company led by the talented Matt Thompson (they also do offsite events). The team that runs this venue also operates Showtime Events, so they have all the products on-hand to transform the space in many different directions!
214 Martin Street weddingPhoto courtesy of 214 Martin Street

7- The Cookery
Born of a membership kitchen for food entrepreneurs in the historic Durham Food Co-Op building, The Cookery is now one of the most sought-after event venues in Durham. Beautiful exposed brick walls are complemented beautifully with its signature metalwork salvaged from Durham landmarks (you’ll notice similar looks at Dashi and Ponysaurus Brewing Co, other projects by owners Nick Hawthorne-Johnson and wife Rochelle Johnson that also make cool out-of-the-box event venues). A large mezzanine offers guests a bird’s eye view, and an outdoor patio can be tented for extra seating, cocktail hour, or a ceremony. Weddings at The Cookery in DurhamSouthern Love Studios

8- The Stockroom at 230
Smack dab in the middle of downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street, the Stockroom at 230 is an expansive space that manages to feel romantic and cozy at the same time. Its exposed brick walls are complimented by hardwood floors and high lattice ceilings creating an open, relaxed vibe. An elevated platform at the front of the venue is the perfect place for cocktail hour, cake cutting, or even live music. Another fun feature is its chalk wall! (And don’t forget to ask about their bridal suite upstairs called The Glass Box). The Stockroom is under the Empire umbrella which operates several favorite Raleigh restaurants like The Pit, Sitti and Gravy. Brides who book here can use Empire Catering at a special rate, or bring in their caterer of choice.
Stockroom at 230 wedding
Michael Moss Photography

9 – Chatham Mills
The historic Chatham Mill Property, just a hop skip and a jump down the street from downtown Pittsboro, has a fantastic event space. A large room with exposed white brick walls, Chatham Mills can host large weddings up to 250. Ceremony options range from indoor, to on the lawn with a water tower backdrop, to amid the lovely flowers of the pollinator garden.
Chatham Mills WeddingDara Blakeley Photography

10- Melrose Knitting Mill
Another new downtown Raleigh venue can be found in a restored warehouse space above Babylon restaurant. A stunning urban space with tall ceilings, arched windows and an open floor-plan, Melrose Knitting Mill allows brides to create their own wedding fantasy. Unlike many downtown venues, ample, free parking is available onsite. The delightful menu comes from the amazing Babylon kitchen.Melrose Knitting Mill Raleigh wedding venuef8 Photo Studios

11- The Cloth Mill at Eno River
Finally – Hillsborough has a large event space! Just outside of downtown, The Cloth Mill at Eno River is located in the historic Eno River Mill campus (along with Mystery Brewing). It’s the newest business adventure from Nicole Clayton, owner of On the Rocks Bartending, LLC. It features exposed brick walls, massive windows, high ceilings, original wood beams and columns, and a lovely courtyard. This space can be tailored to any size wedding but is especially great for those looking to throw a large bash as it can seat up to 500!
The Cloth Mill on the Eno Hillsborough evnet spaceStephen Thrift Photography

12- Traine
Nestled in the historic Seaboard Railroad Station nestled beetween William Peace University and Glenwood South Raleigh, TRAINE features original brick walls, wood timber beams and a sliding garage door that opens onto a beautiful outdoor deck. This venue just opened and is available for tours and booking.
Traine Raleigh wedding venuePhoto courtesy of Traine

Classy Winter Wonderland Wedding at Prestonwood Country Club

Several months ago, SB&G shared Damion and Donald’s downtown Raleigh engagement session on the blog and today we’re thrilled to follow up with their classy winter wonderland wedding at Prestonwood Country Club in Raleigh.

Damion and Donald met during a simple day hanging out shopping with mutual friends. There was an initial attraction, and luckily, a chance to reconnect when the two were invited to the same party of shared acquaintances. Soon after, they began dating, and so, what began as a simple encounter turned into a strong bond that would lead them on the path to marriage.

Donald went to great lengths to surprise Damion with his proposal. During what was supposed to have been a family trip to the Dominican Republic to celebrate a relative’ s birthday, Donald proposed. His proposal involved mass invitations to their friends and family who all knew of this secret proposal. He even went so far as to collect and compiled a video with well wishes from all their friends and family who could not attend.

Working with their planner/coordinator, Timeless Creations by Jay, they first set out to plan an engagement party in January 2015. They then got to work on selecting the right wedding venue. Although there were many beautiful venues in the Triangle, they found that none compared to the Prestonwood Country Club. “Not only was our first point of contact with the venue coordinator, Sondra, welcoming, the club’s reputation for service was clearly proven,” shares Damion. They wanted to have the wedding that neither of them believed they would ever have.

The couple blended together different themes to make the wedding uniquely their own, combining  superhero elements, winter wonderland and classic elegance. Prestonwood Country Club pastry chef, Todd, designed a cake that incorporated their personal design  wishes like superhero logos and snowflakes and the end result looked simply stunning! Ultimately, the goal was to create an event whereby the elements of fun, family, love and elegance culminated to create their ultimate fairytale wedding—a theme that remained true to who they are individually and as a couple.

The colors were classic black, white and red with winter elements added in like frosted branches, crystals, even the white dresses which adorned the grooms’ maids who got to try on their outfits during the groom’s “Say Yes to the Dress” brunch. The event was held in a family member’s home and was an opportunity for all of the matriarchal figures on both sides of the families to try on their dresses and have fun.

To keep the young ones entertained during the reception, Roll-on-Up Gaming of Cary (a mobile video game bus) provided hours of entertainment and an onboard game coach ensured the kids, and thereby, the adults all had a good time.

Ariel Perry Photography tells Damion and Donald’s wedding story with such grace and beauty in the images below.
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Ninth Street Flowers Urban Chic Wedding Inspiration

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. Today, we’re featuring Ninth Street Flowers urban chic wedding inspiration that shimmers and shines from the top floor of Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus.

Flower colors range from pastels to pops of burgundy and tangerine, peaked with a manzanita branch accessorized with orchids and crystals. This table design is elegant, yet eclectic and it transforms the downtown Bay 7 venue into a magical setting.

Ninth Street Flowers, centrally located in Durham, sources glorious blooms from local growers whenever possible and imported from farms around the world when necessary. During their design process, they surround customers with an abundance of creativity and beauty. World class floral designers embrace the emotions behind every order and diligently strive to express these sentiments with flowers as they did beautifully for our 2016 shoot showcased below.
Weddings at Bay 7 in DurhamFall color wedding flowersClassic wedding table settingsNinth Street Florist DurhamDecorative crystals used in centerpiecesDurham wedding photographySummer wedding flower inspirationFLORAL DESIGN Ninth Street Flowers | TABLETOP, LINEN, CHINA & CHAIRS American Party Rentals | MENUS & NAME CARDS Cute Buttons | GOWN Savvi Bridal | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Mina’s Studio | VENUE Bay 7 at American Tobacco | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters

Most Romantic NC Wedding Venues

12 picturesque locations in the Triangle, Triad and NC Beaches

The first decision to make once you become engaged is where to say “I do.” If your wedding vision is reflective of the love you share and you want to go for sheer romance, you’ll want to check out our picks for the 12 most romantic NC wedding venues from the Triad to the Coast and everywhere in between. We scoured Instagram to find fun photos that represent each of these enchanting event spaces.

The Merrimon-Wynne House
Located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, The historic Merrimon-Wynne House was built in 1876 and was carefully restored to its original grandeur in 2013. Get married on the expansive, beautifully maintained grounds or inside the gorgeous home with white walls, original fireplaces, and oodles of natural light. Enjoy a large reception in the brand new Carriage House, which just opened this spring.
Merrimon Wynne carriage HouseInstagram photo courtesy of @gather_together

Barclay Villa
Dreaming of a fairytale wedding in a castle? If so, Barclay Villa is a magnificent mansion that retains the ambience and splendor of a European castle! Just 30 minutes away from downtown Raleigh, it can host large weddings up to 200 seated guests.
Barclay Villa weddingInstagram photo courtesy of Joe Payne Photography

The Sutherland
The Sutherland is a spectacular location in Wake Forest. It offers beautiful gardens, suites for both bridal and grooms’ parties, as well as numerous venues to choose for your wedding, seating 80 people inside and up to 500 outside. Enjoy a tented lawn reception or a huge throw down under the wooden beaks of the open air pavilion. The expert team at The Sutherland even offers event planning services.
The sutherland estate and gardenInstagram photo courtesy of @kellyfaetanini

The Sanderling Resort and Spa
On the Outer Banks, in the quaint town of Duck, you’ll find Sanderling Resort. Sprawling both the ocean and sound sides of the Outer Banks, this venue has all the ingredients for a small elopement or large destination wedding weekend. They have both casual and fine dining restaurants onsite, a firepit, pools, beach access for barefoot brides, and a ballroom for a large traditional wedding affair.
Sanderling resort beach weddingInstagram photo courtesy of  @Mattluskweddings

City Club of Wilmington
The quintessential historic Wilmington wedding venue is the City Club de Rossett. Seated proudly above lush terraced gardens, the 1841 ante-bellum house welcomes guests and wedding parties. This grand historic mansion provides an intimate retreat for a wedding of seated guests up to 126, with exquisite fare provided by the club.
City Club Wilmington weddingInstagram photo courtesy of @southernbrideandgroom

Highgrove Estate
The natural beauty of Highgrove Estate provides a stunning backdrop for your wedding. This classic Southern estate sits on seven acres overlooking Lake Laurel in Fuquay-Varina. Exchange your wedding vows under the trellis on our immaculate lawn or fireside in our glamorous ballroom.
Highgrove Estate by F8 Photo StudiosInstagram photo courtesy of @highgrovenc via @f8photostudios

The Carolina Inn
One of the Triangle’s most sought after venues for weddings by Carolina alum and Southern belles alike is the gorgeous The Carolina Inn. Located on UNC’s Chapel Hill campus, the Inn is known for hosting a wide range of wedding events from bridal shower teas to magnificent weddings and receptions in the elegant ballrooms and outdoor courtyards.
The Carolina Inn weddingsInstagram photo courtesy of @southernbrideandgroom via Robin Lin Photography

The Bradford
The Bradford is a French country inspired wedding venue nestled in New Hill near Jordan Lake. In addition to the house itself, they have a  ballroom and lovely patio for mixed indoor-outdoor events. You’re welcome to bring your own wedding planner to this venue, but their owners are happy to coordinate your wedding through their own planning company, C and D Events!
The Bradford Estate New Hill NCInstagram photo courtesy of @thebradfordnc

Prestonwood Country Club
Overlooking rolling green hills of Cary’s championship golf course, Prestonwood Country Club is an incredible wedding venue that can accommodate 400 seated guests. You’ll fall in love with the grand staircase that is the centerpiece of the beautiful ballroom.
Prestonwood Country Club receptionPhoto courtesy of Ariel Perry Photography

Rose Hill Plantation
Nestled at the end of a private country lane lined with brilliant crepe myrtle trees, Rose Hill Plantation is a picturesque countryside estate in Nash County, with an 18th-century Manor House. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Rose Hill offers guests a visit steeped in Old South refinement coupled with a relaxing atmosphere, first-class amenities and expert staff.
Rose Hill PlantationPhoto courtesy of Almond Leaf Studios

Graylyn Estate
Graylyn International Conference Center and Estate, located in Winston-Salem, offers guests a private estate of their very own and is ideal for seated parties of up to 250. Minutes from downtown, Graylyn’s vast 55-acre property allows visitors to experience a captivating world away from the bustle of city streets.
Graylyn Estate Winston SalemInstagram photo courtesy of @wingsoverwinston

Shoals Club at Bald Head Island
Bald Head Island (BHI) is a true NC gem. Step off the BHI ferry and into your golf cart, and the buzz of everyday life quickly floats away. The Shoals Club is the ideal venue for a destination wedding here. Say your vows under a gazebo overlooking the Atlantic, and then have a formal reception or a poolside soiree, whichever suits your fancy.
The Schoals Club Bald Head IslandInstagram photo courtesy of @theshoalsclubbhi

For more fabulous NC wedding venues, peruse our SB&G Preferred Wedding Venues.

Raleigh Wedding Pros Compete at Triangle NACE for Best Themed Styled Shoot

What do you get when wedding professionals are given a pile of props and 15 minutes to throw together a styled shoot? Magic!

Wedding-themed styled shoots are all the rage these days. They are a wonderful way for wedding professionals to showcase their talent, creativity, and the latest styles and trends.

Triangle NACE, an organization of local event professionals which SB&G has belonged to for many years, themed their monthly chapter monthly meeting on this subject. The event last week took place at The Stockroom at 230 in downtown Raleigh, one of SB&G‘s favorite venues! Donna and Jenna of Southern Bride and Groom, along with our friends from Weddings Magazine, spoke on a panel to discuss tips on how to get styled shoots published.

Two of our SB&G Preferred Vendors conceived and planned this event – Dana Cadwell from C & D Events, and Triangle NACE Programs Chair Jennifer Buenviaje of Makeup for Your Day.

Soigne Events was the featured caterer at this event and did a beautiful job with the local fare. The University Club provided libations and a signature cocktail, and dessert was from The Cupcake Shoppe and The Freezing Pointe. The Stockroom looked gorgeous with entrance arrangements by North Raleigh Florist and table arrangements by Artfully Arranged, and furniture from Themeworks. Spin provided the production, and Fancy This Photography chronicled the evening’s events.
The Stockroom Raleigh event venueRaleigh wedding professionals mixerNACE Triangle Chapter meetingsWedding inspiration at The Stockroom RaleighLearning about PR Strategy in RaleighSouthern Bride and Groom at NACENACE catering and entertainment professionalsNACE Triangle Chapter in RaleighMix and mingle with wedding planning professionalsGold plates at Raleigh wedding venueLearning about styled shoots for magazinesNACE wedding industry meetingsGhost chairs and white linen for weddingEvents at The Stockroom at 230After the presentation, tables were surprised by the announcement that there would be an on-site styled shoot contest! Each table was sent upstairs to The Glass Box to collect materials and come up with their own styled shoot design in under 20 minutes. There were six teams who tackled three different themes: Bohemian, High Drama and Romantic and Sweet.

Here at SB&G, we viewed the photographers’ images of completed designs from each styled shoot and judged our favorite. We agreed on a bright bohemian themed shoot captured on the rooftop of The Glass Box. What makes this shoot so stunning is the lush colorful floral arrangements, attention to detail on the table including vintage elements, fashion selection and the overall presentation of the theme. It’s fun while still romantic and perfect inspiration for a modern bohemian bride! Check out images from the winning shoot below.

SB&G’s Pick for Best Styled Shoot: Bohemian Wedding ThemeBright flowers in Bohemian weddingThe Glass Box balconyPhotos on the rooftop balcony at The Glass Box RaleighColorful bohemian weddingVintage decor in weddingsWedding styled shoot ideasrustic wedding table ideasBohemian themed wedding styled shootPhotos above by Fancy This Photography

Truthfully, we were impressed with the creative designs all six teams came up with in such quick time frame! Here are a few images of the remaining teams in each category. Great job to everyone who took part!

Bridal shoot on Raleigh rooftopBohemian vintage wedding inspirationGreenhouse Picker Sisters decorPhotos above: Adam Chapin

Romantic and Sweet
Styled shoot at The Glass BoxRomantic wedding inspirationPink wedding colorsPhotos above: Adam Chapin

Romantic and Sweet
Gay wedding inspirationGay weddings RaleighRaleigh NC venues with a viewPhotos above: Red Bridge Photography

High Drama
High impact wedding table designNACE chapter meeting events
Photos above: Red Bridge Photography

High Drama
Gold wedding detailsJewel toned wedding inspiration
Photos above: Fancy This Photography

Styled Shoots Contributors:

Classic Summer Americana Floral Inspiration from Flowers by Gary

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. Today, we’re featuring a classic summer Americana floral display from Flowers by Gary.

Traditional colors of red, white and blue combined with vintage details like classic coke bottles and handmade pinwheels, create a classic Americana theme for this inviting display from Flowers by Gary. It’s a theme that’s perfect for a summer celebration! A tall centerpiece with local flowers, including rich red roses, cute white Gerbera daisies and rustic blue thistle are complemented with a touch of ivory and lamb’s ear in the bride’s classic bouquet. The bride models a sheer-sleeved laced gown from Savvi in front of Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus in Durham.

Flowers by Gary is a Durham shop owned by Gary Corsi-OConnor, an award-winning, North Carolina Certified Professional Florist through the North Carolina State Florist Association with over 25 years of experience. Gary is also a member of the Society of American Florists and President of the local Northern Piedmont Florist Association. The exemplary staff at Flowers by Gary will work one-on-one with couples to create a gorgeous, custom floral design for their wedding day.
Wedding lights and flowers at Bay 7 DurhamDurham floristsTraditional wedding Flowers by Gary Chapel HillRed white and blue table ideasRed white and blue July 4 weddingAmericana themed partyWedding photos at American Tobacco DurhamFLORAL DESIGN Flowers by Gary | TABLETOP, LINEN & CHAIRS American Party Rentals | RED PLATES Southern Season | MENUS & NAME CARDS Cute Buttons | GOWN Savvi Bridal | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Mina’s Studio | VENUE Bay 7 at American Tobacco | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters

Wedding Planning Events With Local Raleigh/Durham Vendors

Planning a locally-focused wedding is easy when you have so many talented local wedding vendors from which to choose! Several bridal events focus on connecting local brides to local vendors. Below are a few of our recent favorites, including two intimate bridal showcases and a fun interactive competition for brides.

Shop Local Raleigh Weddings
Southern Bride and Groom Magazine
was proud to partner with and help sponsor Shop Local Raleigh’s “Shop Local Weddings” event, which helped brides incorporate local Raleigh/Durham area vendors into their wedding day.

This intimate bridal show was filled with delicious food provided by Empire Eats Catering. Riley MacLean Photography showcased his Tin Type portraits and Bronwyn Duffield Photography took photos of all the beautiful set up inside All Saints Chapel. Local wedding planner Erin McLean Events was there to share invaluable advice and Savvi Formalwear gave ideas about how to look your best. Linens were provided by Party Reflections and romantic floral displays were designed by The English Garden. Of course, everyone loves a sweet party favor from Videri Chocolate Factory!Shop Local Raleigh wedding showSouthern Bride and Groom Bridal ShowAll Saints Chapel Raleigh Wedding ShowSouthern Bride and Groom MagazineBride to be in North CarolinaEdible Art wedding cakesEdible Art Raleigh BakeryCute Buttons wedding invitationsEmpire eats barbecue at weddingEmpire Eats wedding cateringWedding events from the Cupcake ShoppeRomantic wedding cakesVideri Chocolates wedding favorsRiley MacLean PhotographyThe English Garden wedding floristErin Maclean wedding event plannerPhotos above by Bronwyn Duffield Photography 

Durham Boutique Bridal Show
Some of the Triangle’s most outstanding vendors were showcased at The Cookery’s first Boutique Bridal Show at their event space in Durham.

There were delectable bites from Donovan’s Dish, gowns from Tre Bella, stationery from Union Press & Paper, cosmetic tips from Makeup for Your Day, planning tips from Gather Together and it all came together with linens and party rentals from American Party Rentals and incredible lighting and floral chandeliers from Get Lit Special Event Lighting. Best of all, the event supported local charity as ticket sales were donated to Dress for Success!
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March of the Brides
Diamonds Direct Crabtree, one of the top suppliers of engagement and wedding bands in the Triangle, hosted its 3rd Annual “March of the Brides” event! Brides-to-be came out to compete in all kinds of “wedding themed” contests including a bouquet toss, wine bottle ring toss, blindfolded lipstick application, the highly anticipated cupcake eating contest, and more! Brides earned points at each station and left with incredible prizes for their wedding day. Several SB&G vendors sponsored this always fun event, including The English Garden, Edible Art, Rocky Top Catering and A Southern Soiree.
Wedding party gamesDiamonds Direct contestBridal contestsDiamonds Direct RaleighBridal shower gamesCupcake eating contest RaleighDiamonds Direct March of the BridesPhotos above by Keisha Kidd

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SB&G’s Green Wedding Themed Event at The Mayton Inn in downtown Cary

Each spring, Southern Bride and Groom hosts a Customer Appreciation event to celebrate all of our talented preferred wedding vendors.

This year, the luncheon was held at the brand new luxury boutique hotel, The Mayton Inn, in downtown Cary, NC, and the theme was sustainability. Green weddings are a growing trend, and venues like The Mayton Inn follow environmentally-responsible business practices and are built with that very mission in mind.
plantable wedding invitationsWhere to stay in Cary NCThe Georgian-style hotel encompasses a luxury atmosphere along with green technologies in all aspects of the new construction building. The 44 rooms and public spaces are dressed with custom features and furniture that was made in High Point, NC just for the Inn. Green technology, such as solar panels on the roof and a rainwater cistern to keep the landscape lush during a drought, make it a great choice for the eco-concious bride.

The hotel also features a lounge, full bar and restaurant, event spaces, a spa and an outdoor terrace. The Inn offers afternoon tea, as well as turndown service for guests with port and chocolates. A gourmet hot breakfast is served to hotel guests every morning in the full service restaurant.
weddings and events at The Mayton Inn Cary NCDining at The Mayton Inn CaryLunch at The Mayton Inn Cary NCOn our menu was chilled honeydew and basil soup, followed by a choice of three entrees: pan-seared chicken breast with haricots verts & tarragon roasted bliss potatoes; pan-seared mahi with spring vegetable succotash and sautéed spinach, or farmers market vegetables and Anson Mill grits with smoked tomato jus, fennel and sweet onion salad.

For dessert, Edible Art Bakery provided delicious individual-sized key lime pies and fruit tarts that flew off the dessert table in no time!
Fruit tarts from Edible Art Bakery RaleighTo bring out the natural beauty and the clean, crisp look of Mayton Inn’s dining room and event space, Victorian Seasons created simple and elegant white tulip centerpieces (oh so perfect for a spring wedding soiree!). Light pastel blue containers were courtesy of Table of Contents and the stunning silver chargers were from American Party Rentals.
Simple flower centerpiecesCary NC wedding eventsSilver and blue table setting ideasLocal NC honey party favorsEvents at The Mayton Inn Cary NCFrom start to finish, SB&G carried out a green-themed event. We mailed plantable seeded invitations and encouraged our guests to plant them in the garden where they would sprout a variety of herbs! The invites and calligraphy on them (and the menus) was provided by The Obique Pen.

Guests were also encouraged to bring clothes to donate to the Durham Rescue Mission and Dress for Success. Thanks to their kind donations, we made a delivery of very nice clothes to both locations.

At the end of the lunch, our guests parted with sweet small jars of local North Carolina honey from Bumble & Branch. It’s a perfect party favor for both an elegant affair or a rustic wedding with a focus on local goods.
Bumble and Branch honey jarsPhotographs from the day were taken by Casey Rose Photography on film, which give them a gorgeous glow. She’s a hybrid photographer, doing both digital and film, and is very talented at both. We can’t thank her, and everyone else involved, for making this year’s luncheon a successful and enjoyable event. Thanks also to all of our wonderful wedding vendors who make our magazine shine because of the truly great work they do every day!
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Rustic Simple Summer Wedding at All Saints Chapel

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Ally and John’s rustic simple summer wedding at All Saints Chapel in Raleigh.

Ally and John met in the laundry room at college and may not have started talking had it not been for a missing sock, which Ally accidentally dropped as she was leaving, and John came running after to return to its rightful owner. The two talked off and on for about a year but didn’t start dating until a week before they both graduated. They then dated long distance for a year, got engaged, and were married four months later!

About a year after they started dating, they went back to visit their college and John told Ally to dress up because he wanted to take out to dinner. After a romantic meal at one of the best restaurants in town, he took her back to the same place where he had originally asked her to be his girlfriend. As they were walking down one of the paths, she noticed lights strung up from one of the trees and rows of flowers on the ground. He got down on one knee and had the sweetest proposal prepared for her in the most beautiful setting.

The moment Ally saw All Saints Chapel, she loved the rustic and charming look of it, especially with the wood floors. They wanted to keep the wedding simple and laid back, so they didn’t go over the top with decorations, but let the beauty of the chapel remain evident. They used a lot of sunflowers and burlap to give it a more rustic theme.

They decided to use The Pit/Empire Eats for catering since they both love barbeque and wanted to give everyone a taste of the South! “Empire Eats was very easy to work with, and the food was delicious!” shares the bride.

Enjoy images from this charming Southern summer wedding by Sarah Morrel Photography below.
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