Yearly Archives:: 2017

Navy and Slate Blue Simplistically Elegant Wedding at The Merrimon-Wynne House

John and Krystal

Finding a venue that is so perfectly a couple’s style that not much has to be done to make it feel like “theirs” is hard to come by. When John and Krystal stepped foot into The Merrimon-Wynne House they felt immediately that it was the perfect place to have their special day. It’s classic, simple and elegant, which encapsulated exactly what the couple wished for in a venue. Gather Together pulled together the couple’s vision to have a picture perfect simple and elegant navy wedding.

Bridal Party in navy and grey with white floral bouquets on porch at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme Classic white and blue paper invitations for The Merrimon Wynne House wedding by Gather Events, Melissa Delorme

Diamonds Direct Engagement Ring

Getting Ready

Lea Ann Strapless Gown at The Merrimon-Wynne House Melissa Delorme
Mother of Bride helping bride in Lea Ann Strapless down at The Merrimon Wynne House, Melissa Delorme
Bride in Lea Ann Strapless Gown holding large white and leaf bridal bouquet at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Navy Bridesmaid dresses by Wedding Way with Sequin Hangers Melissa Delorme
Bridesmaids in wedding way dresses peeking at bride in dress at The Merrimon Wynne House, Melissa Delorme
Groom and Groomsmen in classic dark grey suits by VIP Formal Ware and bowties at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Bridesmaids in Navy and Bride on porch at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme

Ceremony

Krystal and John had no regrets in their choice of The Merrimon-Wynne House as their venue. Not only was it beautiful, but their staff went above and beyond. “The stunning views of the venue speaks for itself. The staff, however, proved their greatness that day. They went out of their way to make sure John and I, as well as my family and wedding party, were comfortable and had everything we needed.”

Ginger Jars incorporated into outdoor ceremony at Merrimon Wynne, Melissa Delorme NC Outdoor wedding with wooden chairs and white drape arbor at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Large white various flower bridal bouquet from NC florist at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Father of Bride walking bride down the aisle with veil during outdoor ceremony at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Bride and Grooms first kiss under white drapery at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme

It is so important for a photographer to be able to capture a couple’s special day in great detail. The day may fly by, but with photographs, the memories last a lifetime. “Melissa and her team documented every detail of the day, some of which i didn’t get to see until I received the pictures. Her style fit my overall design and choice of venue.  With her use of natural light she was able to capture the best photos. She is so easy to work with and is as personable as she is talented.”

Must have photo of bride and groom at wedding at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Bride and groom embrace in wedding must have photo at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme

Reception

The bride’s late grandmother gifted her with ginger jars to decorate her first apartment with and she wanted to incorporate them into the wedding’s design. “Katherine, my wedding planner, helped me do that and beyond. We chose a fairly neutral color scheme that complimented the jars: navy, slate blue, and champagne. We added green and white accents, mainly with additions of white floral and greenery. The ginger jars added to the mix of blues in the color scheme. Signage was designed to complement the ginger jar patterns as well, such as the menu board design,” said Krystal.

Leaf wall and menu idea for outdoor wedding at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme

The bride could not have been more pleased with their wedding planner. “Hiring Gather Together was the best decision I made in the planning process and was the best investment of my wedding budget. Katherine brought my vision to life with her knowledge of local vendors and design expertise. My family and I also didn’t have to worry about a thing on our wedding day because we knew Katherine and her team had it handled. The Gather Together Team were my secret weapon!”

Krystal+John-Married-805
Blue and White China vases wiht floral arrangements at NC reception at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Simple white small case with white roses by Cupcake Shoppe, a raleigh NC bakery, at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Grand exit of bride and groom under sparklers at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme

SB&G Preferred Vendors

Wedding Consultant: Gather Together Event Planning & Design | Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House | Cake: Cupcake Shoppe | Ceremony Musicians: SPIN DJ Service | Party Rentals: Party Reflections | Bridesmaid’s Hair: Parlor Dry Bar | Engagement Ring: Diamonds Direct | Registry: Belk

Other Vendors

Photographer: Melissa DeLorme Photography | Minister: Rev. Michael Weaver | Caterer: Meadow Village Catering | Videographer: Cinema Film | Bridal Gown: Lea-Ann Belter ; Traditions by Anna Bridal Boutique| Bridesmaids’ Dresses : DOVE & DAHLIA Line ; Weddington Way | Bridesmaids Gifts: Robes from SandyWatersStore  | Men’s Formalwear: VIP Formal Wear | Florist: Meristem Floral | Stationer: Minted | Reception Music: Empty Pocket Band | Transportation: Getaway – Raleigh Rickshaw | Guest Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown | Bride Hair: Jessica Stevens of Mane Street Salon | Make-Up: Mattie Johnson (Bride, MOB & Bridal Party) and Kristan Osoria (Bridal Party)

 

Floral Inspiration For Your Garden Wedding

Garden Floral Wedding Inspiration

This dream garden grows splendid roses in coral, peach and gold colors of sunset within eye-catching geometric shaped vases and tiny terrariums. The romantic tablescape by Eclectic Sage is set beneath a luxurious hanging arrangement. This look is completed with ribbon woven through the white lattice backdrop, menus and place cards.

Coral Peach and Gold Hanging Arrangement by Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography at Merrmon Wynne House in NC

Wooden Chairs at Garden Inspired wedding reception with coral peach and gold colored floral arrangements by Eclectic Sage, KAtherine Miles Jones Photography
Gold Accents in Garden Inspired Wedding with coral and gold roses and candlesticks in high arrangements by Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography

With such an array of colors and metals, One + Only Paper kept their menus and placecards unique yet simplistic. The geometric touches on the designs perfectly complimented the geometric accents of the tablescape.

One and Only PAper Garden Inspired Tablescape and menus with Wooden Plate Accent and coral pink floral arrangement by Eclectic Saef, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Garden Inspired Coral Peach and Gold Palette Wedding Reception table with geometric and gold accents by Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Golden accents were not only added to the table with vases and decor but also to the bride. Bailey’s Fine Jewelry adorned the beautiful bride with vintage inspired gold pieces.

Coral and gold roses in gold and geometric accent floral arrangement by Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography
Bride in Lela Rose from Alexias Bridal Salon in NC with Eclectic Sage Garden Floral Crown, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography

Garden Inspired Coral and peach with gold and geometric accent by Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Garden Inspired Tablescape with Wooden Plate Accent and coral pink floral arrangement by Eclectic Saef, Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Hanging Coral Pink and Gold Arrangement by Eclectic sage over garden inspired wedding tablescape, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography
Coral Peach and Gold Floral Arrangements with splahes of burgundy and gold accents by Eclectic Sage, a NC florist, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography

Eclectic Sage didn’t just use their impeccable skills with floral arrangements for the table display. The brides floral crown and gorgeous bridal bouquet matched perfectly with the garden blooms of the entire wedding scene.

Bride in Lela Rose from Alexias Bridal Salon in NC with Eclectic Sage Garden Floral Crown and spring bouquet, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography
Bride in Lela Rose from Alexias Bridal holding Coral Peach Gold and Reds Large Spring Bouquet from NC Florist Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Beautiful Coral Peach Gold and Reds Large Spring Bouquet from NC Florist Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Coral Peach Gold and Reds Large Spring Bouquet from NC Florist Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Gold and leaf floral bridal crown by eclectic
 Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 10.46.39 AM

SB&G Preferred Vendors

FLORAL DESIGN, LATTICE RIBBON DECOR & CONTAINERS: Eclectic Sage| TABLETOP CHINA, GLASSWARE, FLATWARE & LINEN: Party Reflections | MENUS & PLACECARDS: One + Only Paper | GOWN: Lela Rose from Alexia’s Bridal | JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Sultry Sophistication at The Umstead Hotel & Spa

Chuck & Andy

The Umstead Hotel & Spa was the first venue that came to mind for these two handsome grooms who wanted a classy and sophisticated wedding. Chuck and Andy tied the knot with an outdoor ceremony and candlelit reception filled with sultry sophistication, perfected by their wedding coordinator, A Southern Soiree.

Grooms holding hand after intimate ceremony by A Southern Soiree at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

Chuck Gavazzi and Andy Pacos met at work, where they are both VPs within the same national emergency medicine management company. For nearly a year Chuck noticed Andy around the hospital. Finally, a real conversation led to a first date. When Andy toasted to “new friendships,” Chuck knew he was in for the long haul, and years later, when Andy proposed, Chuck’s reply was “Absolutely.”

Grooms laughing at their wedding at The Umstead in classic black and white tuxedos Adam Chapin Photography

Grooms special moment in black and white at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography
Groom in classic black and white tuxedo at outdoor ceremony The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

They knew they wanted their wedding to have the utmost class and sultry sophistication. They booked The Umstead Hotel & Spa knowing it is renowned for impeccable service, which the couple noted they received, mentioning that “the staff of the Umstead did not miss a beat.”

Gold and Black Wedding Invitations for sultry wedding at The Umstead by Adam Chapin Photography Groom walking down aisle at outdoor wedding in NC at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography flower girl at same sex wedding in nc walking down the aisle in outdoor ceremony at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography Groom saying i do at outdoor wedding in NC at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography
Grooms exchanging rings at intimate outdoor ceremony at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography
Grooms first kiss at same sex wedding at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

“A good photographer is a big deal. Adam Chapin Photography truly conveyed the emotion of the day and captured the essence of who we are as a couple.”

Grooms after vows walking down aisle at intimate outdoor ceremony at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography planned by A Southern Soiree Grooms at their Same Sex Wedding at The Umstead by A Southern Soiree photographed by Adam Chapin Photography

The decor had a woodsy outdoor look with moss coverings, accented with lots of candles in varying heights.

Sultry Romantic NC Wedding at The Umstead by candlelight with tall floral arrangements photographed by Adam Chapin Photography
Candle arrangement in variety of heights in intimate sultry romantic wedding at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

Chuck and Andy had a custom design of their initials in elements of the wedding beginning with the invitations and menus, and even beautifully lit up on the dance floor by Themeworks.

Intimate Gold and black wedding by A Southern Soiree with Monograms and candlelight The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

“A good wedding planner is worth a million dollars. A Southern Soiree took care of every detail from surprises such as custom made look-a-like cookies and light up tambourines to all the handling of the wedding day – we can not say enough great things about Megan.”

Grooms personalized cookies in shape of both grooms at wedding at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography Same Sex wedding dancing at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography planned by A Southern Soiree

Wedding Party dancing with monogram light gobo on floor at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

SB&G Preferred Vendors


WEDDING COORDINATOR: A Southern Soiree | PHOTOGRAPHER: Adam Chapin Photography | VENUE, FOOD & ACCOMMODATIONS: The Umstead Hotel & Spa | LIGHTING: Themeworks

Mixed Golds and Blush Wedding Florals

Romantic Floral Inspiration

The captivating design perfectly meshes with the charm of The Merrimon-Wynne House. We love that Fiore Fine Flowers mixed florals you might grow in your home garden like blush and cream dahlias and roses, with gorgeous and exotic white phalaenopsis orchids. The bounteous bundles are enhanced with special touches like silk ribbon chair embellishments, watercolor place cards and mixed golden vases. This soft extravagant mix is as romantic as it gets.

Fiore Fine Flowers Floral Tall Floral Table Decor with Blush theme by Photographer Katherine Miles Jones

Fiore Fine Flowers adorned the beautiful antique fireplace of The Merrimon-Wynne House with green leaf runners, blush and cream dahlias and roses, and candles. They added a mix of gold lanterns and vases to pull together the classic gold and blush color theme.

Fireplace floral wedding display with blush palette by Fiore Fine Flowers at The Merrimon Wynne House in North Carolina Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Blush and White Floral Arrangement at Merrimom Wynne House on fireplace by Fiore Fine Flowers, Katherine Miles Photography
Bride in Hayley Paige gown from Coastal Knot Bridal holding large blush bouquet from Fiore Fine Flowers in front of fire place at Merrimon Wynne House, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Fiore Fine Flowers created a large cream and blush bridal bouquet with dahlias, roses, and draping white phalaenopsis. A gold satin sash tied together the gorgeous bouquet to compliment the gold accents of the scenery.

Bride in gown from Coastal Knot Bridal holding large blush bouquet from Fiore Fine Flowers Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Blush bouquet with hanging orchids
Fiore Fine Flowers Floral Blush colored Table Decor with Tall floral vase by Photographer Katherine Miles Jones Fiore Fine Flower Green and Gold Accent Chair Decor, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Watercolor blush menus and place cards from If It’s Paper add a whimsical and artistic touch that perfectly pairs with the elegant tall gold vases with white and blush shaded blooms from Fiore Fine Flowers.

Raleigh based papergoods from If Its Paper menu cards with blush watercolor designs and gold accent tablesetting by Party Reflections, Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Tall Blush and White Floral Display in gold accent vase from Fiore Fine Flowers by Katherine Miles Jones Photography in NC

The bride wore a classically elegant Hayley Paige gown form Coastal Knot Bridal and a vintage inspired necklace from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.

Bride in Hayley Paige gown from Coastal Knot Bridal holding large blush bouquet from Fiore Fine Flowers Katherine Miles Jones Photography Blush white and green Floral Arrangements with mixed metal accents at Merrimom Wynne House on fireplace by Fiore Fine Flowers, Katherine Miles Photography
Blush white and green Floral Arrangements with mixed metal accents and lanterns on fireplace at Merrimom Wynne House on fireplace by Fiore Fine Flowers, Katherine Miles Photography
Fiore Fine Flowers Floral Blush colored Wedding Display with Tall floral vase by Photographer Katherine Miles Jones

SB&G Preferred Vendors

FLORAL DESIGN: Fiore Fine Flowers | CHAIRS, GLASSWARE, CHIND & LINEN: Party Reflections | MENU & PLACE CARDS: If It’s Paper | GOWN: Hayley Paige from Coastal Knot Bridal | JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Inspiration For Your Spring Wedding Bouquet

Spring Florals

One of the best parts about getting married in the Springtime is the countless options that are available for your floral arrangements and bouquets for your special day. Between the soft airy color pallets, incredibly fresh blooms, and ample amount of green accent options, there is definitely no shortage of inspiration for you and your bridal party’s floral bouquets.

We rounded up some of our favorite floral trends for this season to give you some inspiration for your Spring bouquet!

Pretty in Pink

Adding different shades of pink has always been a favorite of Spring brides. Pastel pinks and blush color schemes are a classic that isn’t going away anytime soon. Try adding a hint of green in your bouquet for a variation of the traditional look.

Fresh Affairs Spring Bridemaid Bouquet photographed by Southern Love Studios

FLORIST: Fresh Affairs | PHOTOGRAPHER: Southern Love Studios

Add Some Rustic Accents

Adding rustic accents to a wedding is not something new, but adding them to your bouquet is definitely a unique take on the trend. Try adding darker colored vines like this bouquet for a rustic garden chic feel.

Bride holding spring blush bouquet from Floral Dimensions photography by Katherine Miles Jones Photography

FLORIST: Floral Dimensions | PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Simply Sophisticated

For the classically simple bride, try the small bouquet. A few beautiful blooms with some greenery will go a long way. Something so simple can really make quite the beautiful impact for a wedding.

Pink Joanna August dress from Bella Bridesmaid Raleigh with loose feminine bouquet Jamie Blow Photography

FLORIST: Flowers on Broad Street | PHOTOGRAPHER: Jamie Blow Photography

Throw in Eucalyptus

Not only is eucalyptus absolutely stunning, it smells divine too! Try a classic one color bouquet with accents of eucalyptus to add some variety. The sweet smell of the eucalyptus leaves is just an added bonus to it’s beauty.

White Flower and Eucalyptus Bridal Bouquet by Watered Garden Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones (1)

FLORIST: Watered Garden | PHOTOGRAPHER:Katherine Miles Jones Photography

All About Variety

Can’t seem to decide between all your favorite colors and blooms? Good news- you don’t have to. Try a fun bouquet with all of your favorites for a very eye catching look! The amazing thing about flowers are there are few that don’t look absolutely beautiful when paired together.

Spring Bridesmaid Bouquet English Garden Casey Rose Photography

FLORIST: The English Garden | PHOTOGRAPHER: Casey Rose Photography

Dark Accents

Want to add just a touch of edge to your bouquet? You can keep your pastel color scheme and add dark accents like these anemone blooms. With just a touch of darker shades, your bouquet can keep the airy spring look while looking multidimensional.

Spring bridal bouquet by Tre Bella Florists photographed by Walters and Walters

FLORIST: Tre Bella Florists | PHOTOGRAPHER: Walters and Walters

Go Big or Go Home

With so many beautiful floral arrangements available this time of year, sometimes it’s hard to narrow down what you want in your bridal bouquet. With a larger than life bouquet, you can accommodate all of the blooms and accent leaves your heart desires. It’s also incredibly stunning in photographs. Just be careful when tossing this size of bouquet!

Bride in Lana Addison wedding dress holding southern spring bouquet from The English Garden photographed by Casey Rose Film

FLORIST: The English Garden | PHOTOGRAPHER: Casey Rose Photography

Shades of Colors

You don’t need to limit yourself to one shade of accent colors in your bouquet. Experiment with different shades of the color in your theme. For example, this bouquet below uses multiple different purples. While the colors stay in the same purple color family, it adds some variety to the arrangements.

Spring Bridal Bouquet with purple accents from Bloom Works in Raleigh photographed by Walters and Walters

FLORIST: Bloom Works | PHOTOGRAPHER:Walters and Walters

Have a beautiful bouquet you want to share with us? Tag us on Instagram @SouthernBrideAndGroom!

Romantic Garden Style Wedding at Duke Gardens

April and Costa’s Picture Perfect Wedding at Duke Gardens

Every couple dreams of getting married somewhere that has holds a special place to their relationship. April and Constantine went back to the location of their first date and with the help of their wedding planner, Gather Together, had a picture perfect wedding day.

Bride and Groom embrace in Duke Gardens in BHLDN dress and Navy Menguin suit with golden sun Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones (1)

April Harrison and Constantine (Costa) Stoumbos met during their junior year at Duke University. Their October wedding at Duke Gardens commemorated their first date exactly six years prior at that very location. The weekend was not only a walk down memory lane complete with a bridal luncheon at one of April’s favorite college eateries, but also a wonderful celebration for their college friends, as it was homecoming weekend on campus. After the gardens wedding reception, the couple hosted an all-night after party at The King’s Daughters Inn.

Duke Gardens Wedding Durham Wedding Graphic Map Bride with Bridesmaids in spring floral robes Duke Chapen Wedding Bridesmaid helping Bride with BHLDN dress by Patricia Bonaldi Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones

The color scheme revolved around lots of gold and other metallic elements, with eucalyptus green and natural tones, and a burgundy and lavender contrast. 

Mismatched Bridesmaids dresses BHLDN bridesmaid dresses blush and pastel pink dresses duke chapel
Spring Pink Bridesmaid Bouquet by Watered Garden White Flower and Eucalyptus Bridal Bouquet by Watered Garden Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Flower Girls in white dresses Duke Chapel wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones Father of the bride and bride walking down staircase at Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
White Flower and Eucalyptus Bridal Bouquet by Watered Garden Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Watered Garden Bridal Bouquet, In memoriam locket, Charm on bridal bouquet, white roses
Bride walking down aisle at NC outdoor ceremony with groom smiling Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
First Kiss at Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Bride and Groom walking hand in hand through Duke Garden Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Bride and Groom walking Wedding party in mismatched bridesmaids gowns and navy suits in NC Wedding at Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones

Katherine Miles Jones has a warmth and openness that immediately put us at ease and created an intimacy that comes across in the moments she captured. Her calming presence and funny jokes helped keep everyone relaxed when there was a bit of a time crunch right before the ceremony. Finally, her natural light style was incredibly flattering, capturing the natural beauty of the space and producing images that felt like the real us.”

Bridesmaids in mismatched BHLDN pastel dresses and bride in Patricia Bonaldi embellished dress with florals from Watered Garden at Duke Gardens by NC Photographer Katherine Miles Jones
Bride and Groom embrace in Duke Gardens in BHLDN dress and Navy Menguin suit with golden sun Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
White Flower and Eucalyptus Bridal Bouquet by Watered Garden Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones (1)

April was set on a very organic palette reflecting the natural beauty of the gardens, and Chelsey inspired and designed the contrasting elements, bringing it all together. It felt warm and inviting, but also airy and romantic. April was floored when she walked into the reception, which she described a “woodland utopia.”

Hanging Floral Chandeliers by Watered Garden at Doris Duke Center Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Romantic NC Wedding with Hanging Floral Chandeliers by Watered Garden at Doris Duke Center Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Gold Accents in Romantic NC Wedding at Duke Gardens with menus by Mason Dixon by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Geometric Shape Table Decor and spring floral arrangements for Duke Gardens wedding by gather together, Katherine Miles Jones Photography Romantic Outdoor Reception Cocktail rounds with Hanging lights and neutral linens Duke Gardens Reception by Gather Together photographed by Katherine Miles Jones Table Assignments with personalized calligraphy on glassware, Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Cheers bar menu sign hanging above wine bottles at NC Duke Gardens wedding Duke Gardens Reception by Gather Together photographed by Katherine Miles Jones
Champagne Glasses Stacked at NC Duke Gardens Wedding with Gold Accent Light hangings by Get Lit Duke Gardens Reception by Gather Together photographed by Katherine Miles Jones.
Bride and Groom pouring champagne fountain at NC wedding reception by Duke Gardens Reception by Gather Together photographed by Katherine Miles Jones
Hanging Floral Chandeliers by Watered Garden at Doris Duke Center Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Bride and Groom Cutting Wedding cake at Duke Gardens NC Wedding by Details Cake Design by Gather Together photographer Katherine Miles Jones

“Working with Gather Together eased our worries throughout the planning process so that we were able to be more present and enjoy the experience rather than stressing about logistics. This was true for the whole year we worked with her,” said the bride.

Bride and Groom exit under confetti at Duke Gardens Reception by Gather Together photographed by Katherine Miles Jones

SB&G Preferred Vendors

WEDDING PLANNER Gather Together PHOTOGRAPHER Katherine Miles JonesCATERER ParizadeHAIR Makeup for Your Day RECEPTION MUSIC SPINCHAIRS & TENT Party ReflectionsLIGHTING Get Lit Special Event LightingACCOMMODATIONS 21c Museum Hotel Durham and The King’s Daughters InnBRIDAL LUNCHEON VENUE The King’s Daughters Inn  

Other Vendors

FLORIST: Watered Garden | CAKE Details Cake Designs | BRIDAL LUNCHEON Mad Hatter’s take-out at the King’s Daughter’s Inn | REHEARSAL DINNER C + P Catering |  CEREMONY The White Garden amphitheater at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens | RECEPTION Doris Duke Center at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens | RENTALS linens by Party Tables; furniture by Greenhouse Picker Sisters (lounges and bar) and Party Reflections (dining furniture and tent) | BRIDE GOWN Patricia Bonaldi, from BHLDN | BRIDAL SHOES Bella Belle, from BHLDN | BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Various from BHLDN | GROOM & GROOMSMEN Menguin | MUSICIAN Tim Leonard | STATIONER & CALLIGRAPHER Danielle Olcott of Mason Dixon, through Gather Together | TRANSPORTATION Carolina Livery and EcoStyle Transportation | MAKE-UP Katherine Noel and Adelyn Wyngaarden | WEDDING FAVORS Jordan almonds (traditional Greek wedding favor) with plantable, seed paper tags, and personalized cookbooks with recipes from all guests (a gift from April’s aunt, Carol Marshall) | BRIDESMAIDS’ GIFTS: homemade coffee scrub, gold gladiator Havianas sandals, personalized leather clutch, and a mini bottle of Patrón | GROOMSMEN GIFTS: White Nike Huaraches and tuxedo coozies

A Modern NC Outdoor Wedding Peppered with Geometric Shapes and Mixed Metals

North Carolina Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

There is a good reason so many North Carolina couples desire an outdoor wedding. When the weather is on point in our state, the open air surroundings are nothing short of mild and magical. And indeed, all is aglow with romance in this spring outdoor wedding with a pastel color palette. The end result was an intimate industrial, garden chic wedding designed around geometric shapes and a soft feminine palette of mint, copper and pastels. This modern NC wedding in a country setting was designed by local wedding planner team, A Southern Soiree.

Just Married Outdoor North Carolina Wedding Ceremony by A Southern Soiree and Casey Rose Photography

Venue

This formal affair is designed to feel intimate and casual. The ceremony was adorned in wood elements and florals to bring out a garden chic feel. The outdoor dining area defined by market light poles is intentionally cozy, and is set with a mix of table groupings, all conducive to sharing food and good company.

Wood Welcome Sign with Calligrapghy at Outdoor Wedding Ceremony by Casey Rose Photography
Ceremony Arch with Draping white fabric and white and green flowers by English Garden, photography by Casey Rose Photography
Outdoor-Wedding-Ceremony-NC-bride-and-groom-at-altar-Casey-Rose-Photography
Open Air NC Wedding Reception with Market Lights by Get Lit Special Event Lighting, photography by Casey Rose Photography c Wedding party at NC outdoor wedding during cocktail hour by Casey Rose Photography

Fashion & Beauty

Smart suits in soft grey pair handsomely with bridesmaid dresses, each unique and in complementary shades of the palest blue. Mismatching bridesmaid dresses gives the opportunity to add a variation of colors while still staying in one palette and theme.

Gray suits for groomsmen in NC Outdoor Wedding Ceremony by Casey Rose Photography
Mismatched Bridesmaids in blue with southern bouquets A Southern Soiree and Casey Rose Photography

A romantic look for all, with the bride in a Theia gown from Lana Addison Bridal and her ‘maids in mismatched dresses varying in shades of the palest blue from Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh.

Mix-and-Match-Bridesmaids-in-soft-blue-Southern-Wedding-Fashion-Casey-Rose-Photography

Photography

To photograph the classic beauty of the venue, Casey Rose Photography chose film photography for its unparalleled ability to capture rich textures, depth and dynamic range in soft, natural colors and soft light.

Full Skirt Wedding Dress Theia from Lana Addison Bridal Salon in North Carolina by Casey Rose Photography
Holding-Hands-at-Wedding-Ceremony-Casey-Rose-Photography
Southern-Bridesmaid-bouquet-in-soft-spring-colors-Casey-Rose-Photography

Flowers & Décor

The English Garden created naturally styled floral bouquets and arrangements in a feminine palette of mint and mixed pastels. Adding mixed metals created an industrial look that perfectly paired with the feminine beauty of the scenery. “We blended texture, metal and pastels to create an unexpected design,” says Megan Gillikin of A Southern Soiree.

Spring inspired North Carolina Outdoor Wedding Centerpieces with Pastel Blue and Gold Votives from American Party Rentals, English Garden, A Southern Soiree by Casey Rose Photography
Spring Wedding Open Air Tabletop display designed by A Southern Soiree and American Party Rentals by Casey Rose Photography
Modern-Tabletop-Display-by-NC-Wedding-Planner-Southern-Soiree-Copper-Flatware-American-Party-Rentals-Photo-by-Casey-Rose
geometric shape wedding menus by Paperbuzz a Raleigh NC stationer, casey rose photography
Spring inspired North Carolina Outdoor Wedding Centerpieces with Pastel Blue and Gold Votives from American Party Rentals, English Garden, A Southern Soiree by Casey Rose Photography

A formal affair designed to feel cozy and casual, the perfect setting for guests to enjoy the outdoors and good company.

Southern Wedding Reception on Open Air Porch Inspiration with Photography by Casey Rose Photography Southern Wedding Flowers with Magnolia Accent at North Carolina Outdoor Wedding, Florist English Garden by Casey Rose Photography Southern Bride and Groom with Big Garden Style Bouquet in Pastel Pink, Coral, and Lavender from English Garden at North Carolina Wedding by Photographer Casey Rose

Reception Must-Haves

Elegant passed hor d’oeuvres adds an easy, delicious touch to the guest’s experience. Edible Art Bakery produced geometric garden chic cakes to incorporate the events themes.

Colorful wedding hors doeuvres, casey rose photography, 12 oaks, north carolina wedding
Groomsman holding hors doeuvres, casey rose photography
Homemade-chips-with-salsa-wedding-hors-d'oeuvres-Casey-Rose-Photography
Modern-Wedding-Cake-display-geometric-shapes-Edible-Art-Raleigh-NC-Bakery-Casey-Rose
Handpainted gold on petite white modern wedding cake by Edible Art bakery in raleigh NC, photography by Casey Rose Photography
Modern Wedding Cake Geometric Shapes with pastel and gold from Edible Art in Raleigh NC by Casey Rose Photography
Southern Bride and Groom with Big Garden Style Bouquet in Pastel Pink, Coral, and Lavender from English Garden at North Carolina Wedding by Photographer Casey Rose Sparkler Exit with Bride and Groom by Casey Rose Photography

 

MEET THE SB&G VENDORS

STYLING A Southern Soiree | PHOTOGRAPHY Casey Rose Photography | FLORALS The English Garden | RENTALS American Party Rentals | PAPER Paperbuzz | BRIDAL GOWN Theia from Lana Addison Bridal | BRIDESMAIDS GOWNS Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh | FORMALWEAR Bernard’s Formalwear | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | JEWELRY Moon & Lola | LIGHTING & CEREMONY DRAPER Get Lit Special Event Lighting
 | CAKES Edible Art Bakery

Other Contributors

VENUE 12 Oaks Country Club | LINEN CE Rentals | BOWTIES High Cotton | CALLIGRAPHY Kelley Ann (of A Southern Soiree)

The Perfect Southern Wedding at The Sutherland

Wedding Wednesday

What is more romantic than a wedding between two high school sweethearts? Between their adorable proposal story, the perfect blush tones, and their unique wedding favors, Meghan and Zach’s wedding is sure to make your heart swoon!

Wedding Ceremony at Sutherland Estate and Gardens, Wake Forest NC, Southern Love Studios

What started out as Meghan Owen’s middle school crush on her older brother’s friend, Zach Pro, grew into a romance when he asked her out soon after she began freshman year at Wakefield High. These high school sweethearts are still inseparable. Ten years later, Zach sealed the deal when he slipped a ring on Meghan’s finger one night while she was sleeping – the week before the proposal trip he’d planned. He couldn’t wait another day to call her his bride-to-be.

Invitational Suite with Pink Roses, Jessica Yee Calligraphy at a La Cosa Bella

With a nod to their childhoods, Meghan and Zach chose The Sutherland to exchange their wedding vows – a beautiful venue that is right down the street from where they grew up. Beyond the nostalgic ties, it was the perfect fit for the elegant outdoor ambiance that they desired.

The blush pink blossoms with pops of bright pink roses, and mix and match styles of formal bridesmaids gowns, encapsulated Meghan’s desire for an upscale “Southern glam” look.

Lounge Area with Vintage Furniture and Elegant Pink Flowers La Cosa Bella Southern Love Studios
Floral Married Initial at NC Wedding by Fresh Affairs at La Cosa Bella
Pastel Purple and Blush Jenny Yoo Bridesmaid Dresses at Sutherland Gardens NC Elegant Wedding Tabletop Tall Centerpieces with White and Pink Florals Gold Linen La Cosa Bella and Fresh Affrais
Giant Garden White Roses Bridal Bouquet, Raleigh Florist
Bride with flower girl on porch, Southern Love Studios
Rose Boutonnieres on Gold Platter Southern Love Studios
Dress on Mirror, Southern Wedding
Just Married at Southern Love Studios

La Cosa Bella Events was such a pleasure to work with throughout the whole planning process,” said Meghan. “After I showed Gina just a few inspirational pictures she knew just what I wanted. Usually you hear stories of brides worrying about a million different things, but with Gina [Myers], I didn’t worry about a thing. I had so much trust in her and her team and it could not have gone more smoothly. The whole day was so organized and SO much fun for me, Zach, and all of our guests!”

The handsome natural wood and soaring beams of the reception Pavilion are graced by tall windows and glass doors on three sides. This allowed everyone to enjoy the scenic outdoor landscape with its lush gardens and giant oaks.

Elecgant NC Wedding at Sutherland Estate Pavilion La Cosa Bella Events
The bride told us that their guests raved about the food from Rocky Top Catering! They wanted just a touch of Southern flair for their meal, so they added a Cajun sauce to the Italian gnocchi pasta and a late night biscuit bar with several “fixin’s.” It was a huge hit!

Meghan and Owen had orange Crush sodas as favors to share their “High School Crush” love story. It was the perfect amount of personal and fun!

Wedding Favor Story Board La Cosa Bella Events Southern Love Studios Orange Crush Wedding Favors with Calligraphy tags, Southern Love Studios Elegant Southern Wedding Tabletop with Candlelight Wedding Tabletop Inspiration of Lace Menus with Monogram Napkins and Rose Textured Linen La Cosa Bella Events Southern Love Studios White Wedding Cake with Cascading Roses Southern Love Studios

“We felt like we’d known Brandon at Southern Love Studio forever! He is not only fun, but takes amazing photos and made the entire experience one we’ll remember forever,” shared Meghan.

Natural Light Wedding Photography in NC by Southern Love Studios

SB&G Preferred Vendors

WEDDING CONSULTANT La Cosa Bella Events | PHOTOGRAPHY Southern Love Studios | VENUE The Sutherland | CATERER Rocky Top Catering | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids | CALLIGRAPHER The Oblique Pen | CEREMONY MUSIC Save the Date Music | LIGHTING: Themeworks

Other Vendors

Videographer: Morgan Scott Films | Bridal Gown Maggi Bridal | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Gifts: Monogrammed burlap bags and robes and Kendra Scott earrings | Men’s Formalwear Men’s Wearhouse Groomsmen Gifts “Happy socks”and engraved Kershaw pocketknives | Florist Fresh Affairs | Cake Cinda’s Creative Cakes | Stationer Theresa Jatko Designs | Reception Music Bunn DJ Company | Party Rentals CE Rental | Vintage Furniture Rentals Paisley and Jade | ACCOMMODATIONS Hampton Inn Raleigh | Transportation Roaring 20s Limo Company | Hair & Make-Up for Wedding Party Lula Hair and Makeup | Wedding Favors  Stemless Personalized Wine Glasses

Soft Spring Light Graces Highgrove Estate Wedding

A Highgrove Estate wedding in the spring is a dream. Add natural light wedding photographer Jamie Blow into the mix and you have nothing short of magic.Highgrove Estate wedding wedding portrait Jamie Blow Photography

Cristina Kim and Dan Havens grew up in the same area, ran in the same circle of friends, and even crossed paths many times before finally meeting at a party. They bonded over their many connections (and their mutual love for Carolina Ale House cheese fries) and knew that had finally looked in the right direction.

Cristina did not think it was possible for Dan to surprise her with his proposal. She was sure it was going to happen during their early Christmas dinner at Gravy, where they had their first date. As dinner came to a close, she figured this was not the night. On the walk out, Dan dragged Cristina to The Raleigh Times and led her to the rooftop. She thought it was odd that no one was there, and was floored to find the patio decorated with twinkle lights and a candle-lit table for two for a beautiful proposal, followed by a celebration with family and friends.

A Highgrove Estate Wedding

“We knew we wanted one place for the ceremony and reception, and when we saw the outdoor area and the ballroom of The Highgrove Estate, we immediately knew it was the perfect place,” said Cristina. “From the staff to the food, everything was perfect!”Highgrove Estate on Laurel Lake Wedding Venue in Fuquay Varina NCHighgrove is not only lovely on the outside. This picturesque NC wedding venue is located near Raleigh in the charming small town of Fuquay-Varina. It was built specifically for Southern weddings and events, with an onsite ceremony setting and reception ballroom, bridal and grooms’ suites, and a onsite kitchen offering full-service catering. The property also has beautifully manicured grounds, that are all abloom in the spring. This April wedding was the perfect time to experience the enchanting gardens – as you can see in these sun-kissed photos by Jamie Blow Photography. Groomsmen getting ready at Highgrove Estate Raleigh NCBadgley Mischka wedding shoesSouthern Bride and Bridesmaids in Highgrove Estate bridal suite Raleigh WeddingBlue Willow Wedding Dress from Tre Bella Bridal in Highgrove Bridal Suite Jamie Blow PhotographyGetting Ready for the Wedding at Highgrove EstateWhite Bridal Bouquet Jamie Blow PhotographyClassic Bride in a Blue Willow wedding dress from Tre Bella Bridal at Highgrove Estate Southern wedding venueThe bride wore a Blue Willow by Anne Barge wedding dress befitting of a classic Southern bride – from NC bridal boutique Tre Bella Bridal. Her maid of honor wore Adrianna Papell and the bridesmaids wore Joanna August from our local Bella Bridesmaids salon. The mix and match bridesmaids were united in pale pink, which also presented in the mostly white spring floral arrangements. Bouquets in hands with blush gowns by Jamie Blow PhotographyBride and mix and match Bridesmaids in Pink Adrianna Papell and Joanna August dresses Jamie Blow PhotographyPink Joanna August gown from Bella Bridesmaid Raleigh with loose feminine bouquetAdrianna Papell bridesmaid dress in pink with loose garden bouquet in white and pink by Jamie Blow PhotographyThe groom and his groomsmen wore smart navy suits. The two groups met for some pre-wedding portraits in with Jamie Blow Photography, who specializes in natural light photography. Groom and Groomsmen walking in navy formalwear Jamie Blow PhotographyFlower Girls with Wedding Party portrait by Jamie BlowNatural Light Photography in NC by Jamie BlowWhite Bouquet with Greenery with Bride and Groom Jamie Blow PhotographyCristina and Dan said their vows outdoors in the soft spring light, overlooking the lovely Laurel Lake in Fuquay-Varina. Then guests moved into the Highgrove Estate wedding reception ballroom. Tall centerpieces held white floral arrangements with loose greenery.  Father walking bride down aisle at Highgrove Estate weddingBride and Groom arm in arm Jamie Blow PhotographyWedding Ceremony at Highgrove Estate Jamie Blow PhotographyPortrait with wind blown veil by Jamie Blow PhotographyThe couple shared their wedding date with the bride’s aunt and uncle, who had a low-key ceremony at the courthouse and small gathering when they married 25 years earlier. They surprised her aunt and uncle by having the DJ call them to the floor to announce their anniversary, and had a special cake made just for them to cut and take home.Wedding Cake Display at Highgrove Estate weddingHighgrove Estate Wedding Reception with Tall Floral Arrangements Photo by Jamie BlowTall Centerpieces with white wedding flowers and greenery at Raleigh wedding venue Highgrove EstateFirst Dance at Highgrove Wedding in Fuquay Varina by Jamie Blow PhotographyDan is a firefighter, so arrange for a wedding day photo opp with the fire truck as part of the send-off!Firetruck Exit for NC wedding by Jamie Blow Photography“We loved how Jamie Blow Photography fit right in with our fun rowdy bridal party! She made us feel so comfortable and at ease – even Dan, who really hates pictures,” the bride said.Spring Flowers at Highgrove Estate make a perfect wedding portrait by Jamie BlowSB&G Preferred Vendors

Reception Venue & Caterer – Highgrove Estate | Photographer – Jamie Blow Photography | Bridal Gown Blue Willow by Anne Barge from Tre Bella Bridal | Maid of Honor Gown – Adrianna Papell from Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh |Bridesmaid Dresses – Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh | DJ and Reception Lighting Stylus S.E. | Rehearsal Dinner Raleigh Times

Other Wedding Vendors

Minister: Brian Eisner | Florist: Flowers on Broad Street | Cake: Sweet Memories Bakery | Stationer Reaves Engraving | Party Rentals: CE Rental

Romantic Wrightsville Beach Wedding Inspiration

Our beaches are a point of pride for most North Carolinians. From the famed Outer Banks, to the pristine shores of remote nooks like Topsail and Bald Head Island, to bustling destinations like Atlantic Beach, each has its own personality and vibe. One of the most special NC beaches – popular for vacations and destination weddings alike – is Wrightsville. Neighbor to the charming town of Wilmington – the “Charleston of NC,” if you will, Wrightsville is a world of its own that faces the Atlantic on one side, and the Intercoastal Waterway on the other. Fine art NC photographer Bronwyn Duffield Photography took advantage of each of these signature features, and styled an incredibly romantic Wrightsville Beach wedding inspirational shoot. Enjoy these images, which were shot on film by Bronwyn.

The setting is the pier of The Oceanic. The vibe is soft and romantic – a full and flowing wedding dress, a handsome gray suit in subtle plaid, and a color palette of antique blush tones, creams and dusty blue in the bouquet and bridesmaid gown. Thanks to the quiet winter, the newlyweds have the sand, waves and warm sunlight all to themselves.  Wrightsville Wedding portrait by Bronwyn Duffield PhotographyWilmington NC bride with veilWilmington NC beach bride Bronwyn DuffieldFiore Fine Flowers wedding bouquetGroom in gray plaid with skinny navy tieBride and Groom on Wrightsville BeachAntique Blue bridesmaid dress on beachDiamond and Sapphire engagement ring with invitation on beachBride under Pier at Wrightsville Beach NCBridesmaid on Wrightsville NC beachInvitation Suite for Beach wedding in navyThe winter golden grasses of the intercoastal waterway add dimension to the scene. The bride and groom aglow in warm light which shows up beautifully in film photography.Bride and Groom in natural light on intercoastal waterwayBride in romantic full wedding gown on NC Intercoastal WaterwayA table for two is set underneath the Wrightsville Beach pier. Antique mauve and cream colors are paired with vintage blue and green glassware. Blue and gold china is complemented with menus depicted in calligraphy. A nautical touch is added with silver whale figurines. And to top off the soiree, a buttercream cake is served.  Table for Two under Oceanic pierGarden Style Flower arrangement by Fiore Fine Flowersblue and gold wedding chinaWedding Tablescape for Beach by Fiore Fine FlowersBeach Wedding Inspiration tabletop detailsVintage Green and Blue glassware for wedding tabletopblue gold cream anblue gold cream and mauve palette for weddingWedding Cake on BeachThe bride dons a second wedding gown after dinner for some portraits in the dunes. This one features elegant lace sleeves. The bride and her bridesmaid pull their hair back for more elegant, yet still beachy wedding hairstyles.  Badgley Mischka dusty pink shoes on beachBride and Groom in wrightsville beach dunesBride and Bridesmaid in Wrightsville NC dunesWedding Ring on Lace wedding sleeveBridesmaid Beach Hairlace sleeve wedding gownbeach wedding hair and makeup ncBride and Groom share a moment in NC sanddunesStyling and Photography – SB&G Preferred VendorBronwyn Duffield Photography
Flowers – SB&G Preferred VendorFiore Fine Flowers
Venue – SB&G Preferred Vendor – the Pier at The Oceanic
Veil & Earrings – SB&G Preferred VendorCoastal Knot Bridal

Cake: One Belle Bakery | Gown: Enzoani | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Gown: Adrianna Papell |Stationery & Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Carole | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab