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Classy Winter Wedding at NC State

Happy Wedding Wednesday! It might be hot outside, but we’re enamored by Meg and Evan’s classy winter wedding at the Park Alumi Center on the North Carolina State University (NCSU) campus. 
Ways to incorporate family in your weddingMeg and Evan met while working at summer camp at the YMCA. One of Meg’s best friends, who had worked with Evan in the past, knew they’d be a perfect match; when she ran into him at NC State graduation, she very confidently told him he was going to fall in love with Meg once he met her at staff training a few days later, and she was 100% right!

Evan’s proposal was a secret scavenger hunt adventure passing Meg around town with family and friends. She had brunch with sorority sisters, manicures with high school best friends, shopping with her sister, and a quick silly game with their former boss at the Y. The trip ended with a dog walk with one of their soon-to-be groomsmen to Lassiter Mill where their families and friends were all there to celebrate when he asked.
Something blue wedding shoeskids in weddingwinter bridesmaidsRaleigh bride to beAlma mater weddingswinter brideRaleigh NC weddingsClassy gray bridesmaid dressesWinter wedding in NCThe couple enjoyed a long engagement with lots of time for planning and the ability to explore all options, making sure each vendor was just what they wanted. Sally Oakley Weddings and Events was key in making it all come together with a subtle North Carolina theme. “Sally’s experience and expertise was just what we needed to feel comfortable and confident every detail was taken care of. We honestly had no worries, and I know not every couple can say that about their wedding day!” shares Meg.

Gray is Meg’s favorite color and with a winter wedding, it was the perfect elegant and classy look.
Modern wedding outfitsRomantic white and pink bouquetSimple white wedding bouquetsMeeting and living in the capitol city made the grand ballroom of The Park Alumni Center a great fit for their wedding. The Center also worked with the couple to create a perfectly customized menu for their event and took the time to pack up each element of the meal for them to take and enjoy after the wedding.

Of course, there was also an appearance by the NC State wolfpack mascot who got involved in the bouquet toss.

Wedding photographer Casey Rose made everyone comfortable and was careful to get every shot Meg requested. “She was organized and kept us on track and having fun – I couldn’t be more pleased,” the bride adds.
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Wedding Dress Trends from Charleston Fashion Week 2016

Spun Gold and See-Through Lace Take the Runway

Individuality, figure-revealing clothing and departure from tradition are growing norms in today’s culture, and this is starting to show up in the luxurious world of bridal fashion too.

Where once upon a time, formal white ball gowns ruled wedding day fashion, today’s bridal gowns are moving in other directions. This, if anything, was the theme of the 2016 Charleston Spring Bridal Show.

You never know what kind of surprises you’ll come across both with the fashion and the attendees, like a surprise engagement on the runway! SB&G photographer Cara Galati of f8 Photo Studios was front and center to capture all the best looks and moments during the show (even a live proposal – shown below).
Charleston Fashion WeekSurprise proposalBridal Fashion ShowsThere were lots of eye-opening trends featured on the runway this season. To be clear, white – or at least ivory – are still present on bridal runways, but golds as well as other metallics and blushes are being used more often. All these tones were on display during Fashion Week, where strapless gowns, back and side cutouts, bare midriffs, and sheer lace also appeared in most of the collections.
Short style bridal dressesBridal gowns with cut outs2016 wedding dress fashion trendsFeatured Designer Kelly Faetanini, whose gowns range in price from $2,500 to $5,000 retail, literally set the tone for the show. The first designer to take the runway, several of her gowns were made from metallic gold fabric. Others featured gold embellishments.
Gold wedding dressesMany were figure-skimming and the trends captured in Faetanini’s collection – like many others on display that day – exposed bare midriffs, or were fully backless or backless covered by a layer of sheer fabrics. Others featured side cutouts, back cutouts or had bodices made from lace without much else underneath. In other words, modesty was not an issue.
Kelly Faetanini wedding dressesHer collection, and others, also included several dresses that harkened back a century to Jean Harlow’s Hollywood as well as modified mermaids.

The collection from White on Daniel Island, which featured Designer Jessica Williams of Alvina Valenta also included gowns with gold embellishments, as well as lace cut-outs, see-through sides, and lace see-through bodices as well as plunging necklines. In this assortment of gowns, however, cutouts and sheer lace were found on formal ball gowns with wide sweeping skirts.
Wedding dress with gold embellishmentsSheer lace wedding dressSheer back wedding dressesA few of these trends – particularly, gold-toned wedding dresses, sheer bodices, bare midriffs and cutouts – began to appear last year at the 2015 Charleston Fashion Week fashion show. This year, however, these bolder styles began to take on a stronger presence.
Gold and champagne wedding gownsTop wedding gown designersRevealing wedding dress trendsIn fact, you could say that at this year’s Charleston Fashion Week, less truly was more.  Is this a growing trend or will the pendulum swing back or even move in an altogether different direction next year?

Given this year’s show, it will be interesting to see where Charleston Fashion Week 2017 takes us, style-wise. So, stay tuned because we’ll be returning to find out.

Glenna Musante is an award-winning writer who specializes in bridal, fashion, travel and the textile industry. She is a former writer for the Raleigh News & Observer.

Photos by Cara Galati, owner and lead photographer at f8 Photo Studios

Hiring the Best Wedding Musician or Band for Your NC Wedding

Live music brings a certain beauty, majesty and emotional energy to weddings that recordings just can’t replicate, and wedding music goes far beyond the traditional wedding march. Music for the ceremony could be a classical favorite or perhaps even an instrumental version of a favorite modern song.

Harpists and instrumental music is also widely popular and an elegant addition to your ceremony and cocktail hour. Couples may also consider having live music or an acoustic version play during their first dance, father/daughter and mother/son dance.

Harpist and vocalist Eryn Jones Fuson caters to her clients – putting together a playlist customized to each couples’ musical styles and preferences, whether that’s traditional, contemporary, vintage, boho, etc.
Eryn Jones FusonMusical preference is, of course, highly influenced by modern trends: popular songs, artists, and even movie soundtracks. “In 2011 the bridal world fell in love with “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, which is the song the character Bella walks down the aisle to in Breaking Dawn,” Eryn explains. “That’s probably been the most popular request over the past few years.” And Eryn’s clients are always pleasantly surprised when they find out she sings as well, thus bringing in the lovely lyrics which add even more to the meaningfulness of the song. Eryn also plays piano and guitar.
Raleigh wedding musiciansHiring a one-person “band” certainly helps save on cost, though it’s wise to make sure the song is done justice when played solo. There are other times when a fuller ensemble is necessary or preferred. Solo musicians like Eryn will network with others to complete the set.

Save the Date Music is a musical group that comes in all sizes. They even work with brides who may want a family member to be the vocalist or, if he/she is an experienced musician, to play as “part of the band.”

“A lot of couples ask their parents what their music was to continue a tradition,” Save the Date shares. “Or they might choose songs with lyrics that reflect their life to make the music more unique and meaningful.”

Save the Date is noticing trends with Irish songs, Bluegrass songs, and New Orleans inspired weddings.
Save the Date at The Carolina InnLikewise, The Boulevard Ensemble a 1-8 member band. They play music from many different eras and genres all performed in a high end, classic and classy, big band Sinatra-esque jazz style. “We honor specific musical requests, too, so it’s always fun when couples like personalized songs for the first dance, father/daughter dance, etc.,” they share.

The Ensemble has performed their own arrangements on modern songs like “Enter Sandman” by Metallica, “Paranoid Android” by Radiohead, “Black Hole Sun” by Sound Garden, “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus and “To the Last” by James Blake.

It can be an overwhelming task to come up with the “right song” and the best playlist, so hiring a professional who is familiar with a large array of music is very helpful.

Tips for Making the Most of Your Wedding Music

  • When planning an outdoor wedding, remember that in order to provide the best music, your band/musicians will need comfortable temperatures, protection from sun, rain, wind, and bugs.
  • If you wish to incorporate family as a singer or musician, be sure they are committed and confident. They might be genuinely excited to be a part of your wedding when first asked, but it’s common to feel pressure mounting before the big day and they might back out if they get nervous.
  • If you have a special request, provide your musicians with ample time to practice. Trust their judgment when it comes to the best way to play the song – they want you to be happy with the result and know if playing solo or on a certain instrument will work or not.
  • Remember, all weddings are unique – striking a balance between traditional and modern music is important so that all generations in attendance have a good time!

Luxurious Downtown Raleigh Wedding at The Stockroom at 230

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today, we’re thrilled to share Samantha and Tim’s luxurious downtown Raleigh wedding at The Stockroom at 230, complete with stunning portraits in The Glass Box – the venues’s onsite bridal suite.

Samantha and Tim met at Landmark bar in Raleigh, which might seem like a typical spot to meet someone, but the fact that the two of them were there together was pretty rare since Samantha doesn’t drink much or frequent bars and Tim had never been to Landmark before. On any other day, they would have missed their chance encounter.

In 2014, the couple went on a trip to the Bahamas. Tim made reservations at a restaurant at a different resort one night and reserved a private table to propose to Samantha…but it didn’t go as planned. When they got there, the waiter tried to seat them in regular dining room so Tim had to pull him aside and remind him about the private table, which made Samantha suspicious. Then, when the waiter came, he didn’t know Tim was proposing (even though Tim had given the hotel a heads up), so he asked if there was a special occasion, but Tim couldn’t let the cat out of the bag yet. To get some privacy, they headed outside in the dark, with no light, overlooking the ocean where Tim could ask the question he’d been waiting to ask. Of course, she still said “yes!”

Their wedding venue, The Stockroom at 230, has lots of natural charm and is complete with a stunning bridal suite, The Glass Box, which overlooks the city of Raleigh from above.

The draped fabric backdrop for the ceremony gave the space an elegant and luxurious look, which was striking and unique, highlighting the large windows. Crystal chandeliers and lighting from Get Lit cast a soft glow above the bride and groom.

Both the bride and groom got their own adorable cakes created by Catering Works; purple pom-poms for Samantha and a football-inspried treat for Tim.

Because Samantha claims she “cries at everything,” they decided to hand write their vows and exchange them during the first look. This ended up being her favorite moment because it was just the two of them, alone, on the most special day, professing their love for each other.

Sally Oakley was the planner who put the whole look together. According to the bride, “Sally had an answer or suggestion for everything, if not, she would figure out a solution! She kept everything running smoothly and on track so I didn’t have to lift a finger day-of. I actually miss working with her now that the wedding is over, but will definitely recommend her to friends who are looking for a wedding planner!”

Luckily, the wedding went a lot smoother than this couple’s proposal! It was a day filled with happy smiles, tears (of joy), and memories they’ll never forget.
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Wedding Dress Fashion in Wilmington at The Wedding Dress Shoppe and Coastal Knot

Southern Bride and Groom featured two of the NC’s coast’s best bridal boutiques in our 2016 magazine’s wedding dress fashion shoot held at the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham. All images were taken by the talented Dara Blakeley Photography.

The Wedding Dress Shoppe

The Wedding Dress Shoppe was created by Alan Perry of Perry’s Emporium with a passion for providing a fresh approach to the Wilmington bridal experience. Each of the designers has been thoughtfully considered and selected. The 3,000 square foot studio is located in Barclay Commons adjacent to Perry’s Emporium. The Wedding Dress Shoppe is a full-service bridal salon featuring quality, unique, and distinct gowns for the trendy, stylish and fashionable bride and carries all things bridal, including veils, decorative headpieces, jewelry, shoes, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride dresses, and even wedding planning packages.
The Wedding Dress Shoppe WilmingtonFeatured top left is a beautiful Eve of Milady gown with a beaded sleeve and drop bodice which flows into a fully gathered tulle skirt.

Top right and below is a soft and romantic chiffon Alvina Valenta gowns with gold embroidered detail.
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Coastal Knot Bridal

Coastal Knot Bridal, which has a location in both Wilmington and Shallotte, NC is a modern bridal salon with carefully curated selections of wedding gowns from top designers. They carry bridal accessories, bridesmaid dresses (now including Jenny Yoo), and they host regular trunk shows at both locations.
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A sheer bodice and delicate lace overlay makes the Madison James bridal gown above unique and fitting for the front entrance of the hotel with its art deco charm.

Below is an enchanting Hayley Paige gown with a tiered flounce skirt, crystal straps and chapel train. It shines in the buildings ballroom with restored mahogany walls and towering windows.
Coastal Knot Bridal in Wilmington
If you live close to the coast and are looking to purchase a gown for your beach or destination wedding, be sure to make an appointment to find the dress of your dreams.

GOWNS The Wedding Dress Shoppe and Coastal Knot Bridal | VENUE 21c Museum Hotel Durham | PHOTOGRAPHY Dara Blakeley Photography | JEWELRY Anfesa’s Jewelers | HAIR AND MAKEUP 140 Salon and Dry Bar and Makeup for Your Day | FLOWERS Fresh Affairs

Wedding Budget Breakdown : Average Wedding Costs

Planning for Average Wedding Costs in North Carolina

You’ve dreamed about all the fun aspects of your wedding, but now you need to figure out how much they’ll cost. The first step of wedding planning – before you can even select a venue or a planner – is to create a budget.

The average cost for a wedding is just over $30,000 in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. But whether your wallet is tightly constrained or an open checkbook, a bit of organization and know-how can help you plan a beautiful wedding without encountering unexpected expenses. Keeping in mind that you should adjust each line item based on your priorities, below a general wedding budget breakdown and some tips on the going rates of these services here in NC.

Core Reception Costs

Weddings at The Cookery in DurhamPhoto: Southern Love Studios at The Cookery

Your venue and catering will always account for the largest chunk of your budget – at least half of your spending.

  • Your guest count list is a necessary first priority. Plan for 80% attendance.
  • Venues vary greatly in cost and what’s included. Most are between $2,500-$25,000. Some are bare bones, some include tables and chairs, and some are all-inclusive, meaning they provide the food and everything needed to serve it.
  • Separate ceremony space or private chapel rental cost should be estimated at $2,000 or more, depending on whether or not the officiant, musician and ceremony director is included. There are more affordable outdoor alternates such as WRAL Azalea Gardens and city parks.
  • The officiant, if you’re hiring a private professional, costs approximately $500. Church ministers are given an offering that is a fair compensation for all hours spent in consultation and counseling.
  • Tent prices depend on many variables, such as location, size, weather, and décor. A full reception venue can be created inside a tent, and it can be fit with (roll-up) walls or windows, heating or cooling systems, special lighting, drapes and even chandeliers. Our local tent pros report that for average sized weddings (120-150 guests), couples are spending between $3,000-$5,000 and the most common tent size is 3,200 square feet or a 40’ x 80.’
  • Linens average a little over $20 each, or more for specialty pieces.
  • Chairs are also available from the rental stores. The two most common styles are folding chairs, which rent for $2-$3, and chiavari, which are around $8 each. Other specialty chairs and furniture could be more.
  • China, glassware and flatware rent for $0.40 -$0.50 per piece for standard settings.
  • Food packages with appetizers and a seated meal will be a minimum of $35 per person. That number will quickly jump when labor, gratuities and taxes are added in, so we recommended budgeting at least $50 per person. You may be able to shave off some dollars by having a buffet or cocktail style reception.
  • Alcohol is usually charged by consumption, so it depends on what you order (and how much your guests drink). The typical rule of thumb is to budget one drink per person, per hour.
Capturing the Moment

Romantic wedding photographyPhoto: Jamie Blow Photography

Professional wedding photographer fees in our area begin at $2,500-$3,000. Costs rise when you add in extra sessions, albums and prints.

Wedding videography falls into two categories. A straightforward recording of the big moments such as ceremony, first dance, and toasts, will cost about $2,000. An artistic film that is an edited piece of the entire wedding day into a story will start around $4,000.

Photo booths have become a wedding standard, and the average wedding cost is $800-$900.

The Cost of Looking Divine

Bridal gown wedding fashionPhoto: Amy Allen Photography

Wedding gown costs vary. Bridal salons with couture collections report that brides are spending $4,000 on average for their wedding dress. Designer gowns that are not made individually to fit the measurements are closer to the $1,200-$3,500 range. Include gown alterations as a separate line item – a safe budget for this would be $600.

Suits and tuxedo rentals range from $140-$210 based on the designer, but expect discounts for groups.

Wedding hair and makeup services at the spa or salon will typically cost between $65-$85 per person for bridesmaids and $150-$175 for the bride. Add on at least another $30 per person if you’d like the stylists to deliver their services onsite.

Planning, Flowers, Entertainment & More

Raleigh NC photography shoots classic white bouquetPhoto: Casey Rose Photography

Day of wedding coordination services, which are really more like “month-of, ” average around $1,500, but can go up to $2,200 or so based on the time of year you are getting married; for example, it would cost more during peak seasons.

Full service wedding planning is usually charged by a flat fee, but they typically like to interview you about your wedding before giving their quote. These fees will range between $5,000-8,000 depending on which consultant you book and the level of services you’ll need. Some wedding planners charge a smaller flat fee plus a percentage of your final wedding budget. The idea behind this structure is that the planner is compensated as the work increases.

Floral expenses for Triangle weddings average $2,200-$5,000, including bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony arrangements and centerpieces.

Our SB&G florists can work with a smaller budget (within reason), and are able to create designs that have beautiful containers, votives and accents to supplement the florals. Simple bud vases should start at $22 and full table designs’ starting range is $150-$350.To give some perspective, the lush bouquets you see in SB&G and other wedding magazines would be between $225-$400, with bridesmaids bouquets from $90-$165.

Wedding cakes are priced out by how many guests will be served. You’ll probably find our local bakeries charging $5 per slice – or $6 if it’s an intricate design with fondant. Cupcakes run a little lower – usually around $3 each.Dancing during reception at Renaissance Raleigh North Hills HotelPhoto: In His Image Photography

Ceremony music should be in your budget. A live trio is typically around $650 and quartet around $800. A solo musician could be as little as $200-$500.

Professional DJs in the Raleigh area start at about $1,000, and up from there for extra hours and add-ons (such as doing the sound for your ceremony).

Live bands are an average of $2,500-$5,000.

Wedding invitations vary based on the type of print, components included, paper quality, number and more. For an average wedding guest count, reserve about $1,200 for 100 letterpress invitations or $600 for flat print. For day-of paper needs, including programs, place cards, and menus, budget for about $400 as a starting price for flat print.

Limousines and other specialty car rentals are stylish and part of the fun! Set aside $500 to rent a limousine for a four-hour period. For transportation of guests from the hotel to your wedding, or between the ceremony and the reception, a shuttle service is a great option. The cost for a five-hour time period is approximately $700.

Artistic Wedding Images by Raleigh Photographer Joe Payne

Joe Payne is a Raleigh-based wedding and portrait photographer, but his experience spans all over the world! He was born and raised in the UK and spent seven years living in Spain before moving to the USA in 1999. He studied History of Art and Hispanic Studies at the University of Liverpool and from there, took a career in publishing and media design and before transitioning into photography. He brings a keen artistic eye to the wedding photographs he captures and strives to capture the wedding day in an artistic yet realistic way.

About 95% of what Joe Payne does is photojournalistic from the standpoint that he does not direct the day and he focuses on an authentic documentary-style approach. For the portrait side of things, however, a certain amount of direction is needed, but he still aims to make it as authentic as possible. “It’s about capturing my subject’s personality, not about me having them try to pose or interact in a way that doesn’t represent who they really are,” he explains,

Clients are drawn to Payne because they enjoy his natural, documentary style and artistic vision in terms of composition and use of light. “I work hard to combine those aesthetic aspects with my ability to anticipate and capture authentic moments as they unfold before my camera,” he says. “Emotion, light and composition is what I strive to bring forth with every image I produce.”

View a sampling of some of his most captivating and artistic images below…
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Glittering Jewel-Toned Wedding at Historic NC Bed & Breakfast

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today, we’re excited to share Alyssa and Josh’s glittering in gold wedding at historic NC bed & breakfast, The Preston Woodall House. The wedding had a timeless and elegant look in black and white, gold and emerald green.

Alyssa and Josh met freshman year in college though they attended different UNC campuses (Charlotte and Chapel Hill). In the fall, the passing of Alyssa’s grandfather, who was also Josh’s Sunday School teacher, led them to meet officially for the first time. About a month later, they realized there was something special between them and began dating. They dated long distance for six years, but knew after just a few months  that their relationship was working towards marriage.
Six Foot PhotographyJosh’s proposal was an adventure (luckily one he planned intentionally for Alyssa). They started by enjoying breakfast together at Mama Dips restaurant in Chapel Hill and then took a walk to the quad. It was there he sat Alyssa down on the “kissing bench,” told her to close her eyes, gave her a kiss and took off running. He left behind a clue that would start her day-long scavenger hunt across the state reliving some of their best memories together. The best part was he had their dear friend come up and she spent the entire day videoing and taking pictures of the journey.

Along the way, his clues led to a dress store to pick out a dress and to the nail salon for a manicure with Alyssa’s closest friends. In the end, her last clue led to Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, NC which was where they had their first date. She walked down to a beautiful overlook at the lake and there was a rose with a poem he had written for her. When Josh finally proposed, it was a moment filled with much love, family, and friends. They all enjoyed dinner in downtown Winston-Salem with everyone who had been a part of that day.
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Couture Wedding Gowns in North Carolina from Nitsa’s Apparel

Today, we’re continuing our 2016 fashion shoot series and showing a few captivating couture wedding gowns from Nitsa’s Apparel.

Nitsa’s has locations in Charlotte and Winston-Salem, NC. The full-service bridal salon features classic and couture modern looks from many of the top designers, such as Amsale, Monique Lhuillier, Rivini, and Pronovias. In addition, the shop carries well-known bridesmaids lines and mother of the bride dresses. Brides and the entire wedding party can get everything they need at Nitsa’s, from alterations to cosmetics to accessories. The shop also hosts regular trunk shows.

Take a look below at three featured gowns, all carried by Nitsa’s, from our SB&G 2016 fashion shoot. Fashion and art go hand in hand at the 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Durham – the perfect location to showcase these gorgeous looks. Photographer Dara Blakeley captured our models against at the museum hotels interior and exterior backdrops.
Amsale wedding gown at Nitsa'sThe first look is a trellised Anna Maier Couture lace gown with a hint of golden color beneath that’s sensationally timeless and romantic. Our bride, with jewelry from Anfesa’s and makeup and hair from Makeup for Your Day carried a beautiful bouquet of white orchids from Fresh Affairs.
North Carolina Wedding BoutiquesPictured at right below is a classic Romona Keveza lace gown with a sweetheart neckline and off-the-shoulder cap sleeves. With pearls and diamonds from Anfesa’s and hair and makeup from 140 Salon & Dry Bar, our bride looks extra sweet carrying a bunch of blush pink tulips from Fresh Affairs.

At left, is a fitted and stunning  Amsale gown in flowing crepe, which has an illusion neckline and low illusion back with covered buttons from neckline to hem.
Wedding dresses from Nitsa's ApparelGOWNS Nitsa’s Apparel | VENUE 21c Museum Hotel, Durham | PHOTOGRAPHY Dara Blakeley Photography | JEWELRY Anfesa’s | HAIR & MAKEUP 140 Salon & Dry Bar and Makeup for Your Day | Bouquet Fresh Affairs

SB&G Hosts Raleigh Event to Benefit Carroll’s Kitchen

Local Creatives Gather at The Stockroom in downtown Raleigh for “Chalk Lettering for Charity”

Southern Bride and Groom recently hosted a creative night out at The Stockroom at 230 in downtown Raleigh. The event, “Chalk Lettering for Charity,” brought women from all around the Triangle together to learn a new skill and benefit a great local charity, Carroll’s Kitchen.

The class was led by Maghon Taylor of All She Wrote Notes and all proceeds from the sold out event went to Carroll’s Kitchen, a nonprofit restaurant that is dedicated to ending homelessness by providing opportunities and job training for women coming out of difficult living situations (learn more about it below).

Maghon Taylor is a talented calligrapher and hand letterer who shares her skills with brides-to-be at various locations and events in the Triangle. The Stockroom (and their upstairs venue, The Glass Box) was the perfect intimate and fun venue to hold this chalk lettering event.
Chalk Lettering Event RaleighBridal events by Southern Bride and Groom magazineBridal events RaleighSouthern Bride and Groom KooziesAttendees sat at tables provided by American Party Rentals and Party Reflections adorned with a variety of chalk and personal chalkboards. Throughout the night, guests giggled and nibbled on sweet potato biscuits provided by Lip Service Catering as they followed Maghon’s instructions, drawing out “yay,” “hooray,” and other words in different styles.
Wedding events at The StockroomRaleigh wedding calligraphyThe Stockroom at 230All She Wrote Notes Calligraphy ClassesAll She Wrote NotesCarroll’s Kitchen, the charity for which this event was benefiting, will be located in the former Square Rabbit restaurant space which operated out of that location for 25 years. The food served at Carroll’s Kitchen will be delicious classics like sandwiches, salads, house made soups, baked goods and some surprises that are new to the area. They’re excited to share NC pecan sticky buns and fresh made breakfast sandwiches along with many other treats. The women in the program will share their favorite foods over time and learn to build and create culinary dishes to put on the menu.

The non-profit will be supporting many collaborative partners as well as employing women coming out of homelessness and incarceration. The job-training program will be a year-long program and will include a place to live.
Gold wedding details Events at The Glass Box RaleighVenues with a view in RaleighWhen the class drew to a close, everyone was invited upstairs to take in a sunset view of downtown Raleigh from The Stockroom’s open and airy suite The Glass Box. This room can be rented out for bridal parties, such as showers and small events, as well as used as a bridal suite for those getting married at The Stockroom.
Dessert table at The Glass BoxCupcakes from The Cupcake ShoppeBridal Suite The Glass BoxRaleigh wedding bakeryWedding cake popsThe Cupcake Shoppe in Raleigh bakes from scratch every morning and makes custom cakes and desserts for weddings and special events.
Blanc de BleuBlanc de bleu blue sparkling wineA sunset toast was complete with a glass of sparkling blue wine from Blanc de Bleu, a California based wine that gives brides a unique way to incorporate “something blue” into their wedding day.
Raleigh NC wedding eventsThis creative evening, which raised over $1,600, was a big success thanks to the many vendors, including All She Wrote Notes, The Stockroom at 230, The Cupcake Shoppe, Blanc de Bleu, Lip Service Catering, American Party Rentals and Party Reflections who helped put it on. Carroll’s Kitchen is still seeking donations for equipment and construction, will begin later this month. You can also support their cause by dining at the eatery when it opens!