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Valentine’s Day Bridal Shower Inspiration

Valentine’s Day is best spent with the ones we love, including our besties! This charming Bridal Shower Soriee designed by Stephanie Scholl Events is filled with lovely feminine details – white, bright, and blush colors along with “xoxo” details from the paper invitations to the table runner. Adorable gift boxes filled with champagne, a succulent, a copper Moscow Mule cup, and the cutest heart-shaped sugar cookies are the envy of any bridesmaid.

The shoot took place at the stylish and stunning bridal suite, The Glass Box, upstairs from Raleigh wedding venue, The Stockroom at 230.

The simple and sweet dessert bar, perfect for this bridal shower soirée, was put together by Randi at Sugar Euphoria. Mixed metals, blush, and lots of white plus a two-tiered and two-toned cake steel the show. Raspberry macarons, like little jewels, make for cute edible accents.

Take a look and get ideas for your own party or shower!
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VENUE The Glass Box at The Stockroom at 230 | CAKE & DESSERT TABLE Sugar Euphoria | CHAIRS & LINENS Themeworks Creative

Other Styling Team Members
PHOTOGRAPHY Sarah Morrel Photography | PLANNING, STYLING & DESIGN Stephanie Scholl Events | PAPER Sage Paper Co. | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup by Ashely Mooney | GIFT BOXES Memento and Muse with Southern Sugar Bakery and The Zen Succulent | CAKE STANDS Greenhouse Picker Sisters | FLORALS Stephanie Scholl Events  | WARDROBE STYLING Mel in Chanel for Anthropologie |  CUSTOM WRAPPING PAPER Kellie W.

Meet Raleigh Wedding DJ Stylus S.E.

Music is an integral part of weddings, woven into the ceremony, setting the mood during cocktail hour, and defining the after-dinner dance party. SB&G’s preferred DJs are true talents who can make it all happen and then some.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Jason Huggins, owner of Stylus S.E. who has been a full-time wedding professional for 10 years and DJs all styles of weddings from casual beach settings to elegant ballroom affairs. Learn more from our Q&A below.
Stylus SEPhoto: Brian Mullins Photography

SB&G: What makes your company unique among the other NC wedding DJ companies?

Stylus S.E.:  Stylus was founded in 2013 and features nine marquee DJs. You don’t have worry if you’re getting ‘the good one.’ We’re all the real deal, as good with your guests’ experience as we are on the mic and on the decks. We’re full-time professionals with multiple residencies around town.

SB&G: How long have you personally been doing wedding DJ work?

Stylus S.E.: I started DJing when I was 16 and I’ve been a full-time wedding professional since 2006. Like all of the Stylus S.E. DJs, I came up in the club scene, playing gigs around the country, and building my skill set and library. That being said, it’s important to understand that you can’t just take a club DJ and expect them to be great at weddings. It’s a totally different type of event that requires an engaging touch with song selection and an adroit microphone presence. My background as a radio presenter, voice actor, and instructor were indispensable development for what would become the career of my dreams. I am so ridiculously lucky that I get to do this full-time and I know it.Raleigh NC Country Club Wedding ReceptionPhoto: Ariel Perry Photography 

SB&G: What styles of weddings have you DJ’ed?

Stylus S.E.: We’ve also done every type of wedding. From low-stress gatherings beachside to black-tie affairs in elegant ballrooms and private homes, from mixed crowds to  blended families, we’ve been so successful because our foundational principles are so exacting. Our goal is simple – we’re going to do everything in our power to make sure that YOUR wedding is the best one you’ve ever been to.

SB&G: Who is your ideal couple?

Stylus S.E.: We love clients who like to relax and trust us to deliver an amazing evening, and we love clients who have a clear vision of their event & present creative ideas we can help them achieve. If I had to pick one dream client, it’s the couple who values music and the power it has to elevate, inspire, & transform every experience.

SB&G: Do you offer any other services?

Stylus S.E.: We offer a bunch of additional services, including ceremonies, lighting, photo booths, effects and advanced production, but it’s much easier to just say that we can help you with anything that’s going to help make your wedding day awesome for you and your guests.

SB&G: How far out do you book?

Stylus S.E.: Your average DJ is going to book about six months out, we average a year or more. That doesn’t mean we don’t have availability for this year, it’s just that most of our clients want to secure us as soon as they know they’re getting married because certain dates book up fast. We also get plenty of last-minute calls from coordinators & planners whose clients chose unprofessional bands or DJs who end up canceling. We’re always happy to save the day when we can!
Tented reception at Highgrove EstatePhoto: F8 Photo Studios

SB&G: What’s the best way to check out your mixes or style?

Stylus S.E.: It’s easy for potential clients to come see us. We have residencies at: Cornerstone Tavern, Solas, Capital City Tavern, Architect, London Bridge, Noir, Still Life, Mosaic, Level Up, and several other places around the Triangle. We encourage you to check out our Facebook page for weekly listings of where we’ll be.

You can also check out our mixes on the website. We put the music front and center because we want you to hear how we’re able to turn the music you love into an experience that’s truly and uniquely yours. That doesn’t mean your wedding is going to sound like the club. Each venue tells us what they want and we deliver, but you’ll see so much variety and creativity you might want to request specific mixes for your own event. You’ll also see us at most of the big bridal shows in the area, we’re the DJs and Emcees of choice for showcase and high visibility events.

SB&G: What’s the best compliment a past bride or groom has ever given you?

Stylus S.E.: I follow up with each and every client and the best compliment we get regularly is the couple who tells us their experience was worth way more than they paid for.

Intimate Wedding at Lantern Restaurant in Chapel Hill

When Ryan and Britney Perlowin first met, they quickly realized they had a lot in common and Britney joked they should get friendship bracelets. Fast-forward nearly three years later, Ryan and Britney were enjoying a picnic (a favorite weekend activity), and Ryan gave Britney a stack of polaroid photos showing some of the significant locations from their relationship. The photos were tied to a box containing two friendship bracelets. As Britney looked at the bracelets she thought about how sweet it was that he remembered, and about how this was a waste of a perfect proposal opportunity. Ryan then got the engagement ring out and asked the sweet question.
wedding photographers NCRyan and Britney’s first date was at the bar at Lantern restaurant in Chapel Hill, so naturally it became “their spot.” It’s where they went for anniversary celebrations and the day they got engaged. “Aside from being a sentimental pick, it also has the best food in Chapel Hill and is absolutely beautiful,” says Britney. There is even a stunning garden patio in the back perfect for a small ceremony.Candid wedding photography RaleighChapel Hill wedding venuesChapel Hill photographerWedding at Lantern RestaurantEverything about their small wedding weekend was personal and meaningful. “It was a celebration of our love for each other, for our family and friends, and for our life together in the beautiful town we’ve made our home. We wanted the weekend to feel intimate, fun, whimsical, and to be a representation of who we are,” Britney shares.

There were 19 people at the wedding – immediate family and bridal party friends. “While our first instinct was to invite every single person we know and love, it was important to us the day felt intimate and that we truly shared the day with the people who are essential to who we are as individuals and a couple,” says Britney. And she reminds brides-to-be that “the day is about the two of you and it should be exactly what you want it to be – an elopement, a gala, or somewhere in between, have the wedding that feels right and makes you happy.”
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With the help of a long-time friend, Caroline, who Britney asked to be her “day of” coordinator this charming small wedding was exactly what they hoped it would be.
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VENUE & CATERER Lantern Table (restaurant in Chapel Hill) | PHOTOGRAPHER F8 Photo Studios | HAIR Mina’s Stuido | ACCOMMODATIONS The Siena Hotel | ENGAGEMENT RING Diamonds Direct

MINISTER Sharon Wheeler | GOWN Songbirds Consignments in Greensboro | ALTERATIONS Bridal Alterations by Juliana | MAKEUP Kayla Cross | BRIDESMAID GIFTS Personalized necklaces | GROOM Bar III | GROOMSMEN GIFTS Personalized whisky or pint glasses | FLORIST Bloomin’ Rose Flowers | CAKE Mad Hatter Bakeshop | STATIONER (calligraphy by friend) | CEREMONY MUSIC Emma Dunlap-Grube on bass and Josh Moore on acoustic guitar | FAVORS Homemade s’mores packages

Choose the Right China for Your Wedding Registry

Bridal registries are practically a social requirement for most brides, and for good reasons. It’s exciting for the bride and groom to choose pieces and products they both love and will enjoy for years to come. And most guests want to buy a wedding gift that they can feel confident the couple will cherish. A registry eliminates guesswork, making gift selection simple for friends and family. China and tableware are popular items among registries and the choices today are versatile.

Classic and Clean

classic wedding china

The complete table setting above is by Michael Aram –  from the gorgeous Wheat dinner plate shown with the Forest Leaf salad plate and flatware – paired with Michael Aram crystal and Black Orchid napkin ring. The placemat is by Kim Seybert. Michael Aram is found at Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.
Wedding registry ideasVietri Lastra is a classic everyday pottery china – and can be beautifully dressed for company. The setting is shown in its lovely simplicity on a quilted placemat with Vietri glassware and Fortessa brushed gold flatware from Southern Season.
White wedding chinaThe Arte Italica china from Southern Season, pictured above, has feminine scalloped edges and pairs perfectly with gold utensils.

Colorful Patterns

patterned wedding chinaMix and match your favorite selections at Bailey’s Fine Jewelry. Ornate and unique, this L’Objet Perlee charger pairs beautifully with an Aegean dinner plate topped with the Mottahedeh Peacock dessert plate. The teacup is by L’Objet and crystal stemware by Arte Italica paired with silverware from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry Estate Collection. Handmade braided ruffle placements come in a rainbow of colors.
Baileys Fine Jewelry wedding registryA classic wedding pattern, Mottahedeh’s “Tobacco Leaf,” is mixed with modern Anna Weatherly china accents from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry and monogram napkins in the styled shoot pictured above.

Fancy Florals

how to choose registry chinaFloral is always a beautiful choice, like this pacesetting with china, crystal and silverware from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.
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Beautiful spring and fall colors come together in this tabletop salad plate by Juliska available at Southern Season.

Glittering Gold

navy and gold table settingNavy and gold is a timeless color combination. This delightful detailed Wedgewood Renaissance pattern is dressed up with a scrolled wooden charger. Kate Spade New York glassware and Oneida flatware complete this classy look put together for us  from Belk at Streets of Southpoint.
Raleigh gift registriesOld traditions meet new trends with this exquisite china from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, upon which rests a hand-penned magnolia leaf place cards and matching menu from The Oblique Pen.
Gold wedding chinaAnother Bailey’s table setting shows off the extravagance and luxurious look of gold paired with a green and white floral salad plate and gold napkin ring.

Photo credits: 
Classic and Clean: Brian Mullins Photography
Colorful Patterns: 1: Brian Mullins Photography; 2. Renee Sprink Photography
Fancy Florals: Walters & Walters Photography
Glittering Gold: 1. Brian Mullins Photography; 2. Renee Sprink Photography; 3. Walters & Walters Photography

Inspiration From The Big Fake Wedding Raleigh

The Big Fake Wedding came to Raleigh last fall, and once again, wowed attendees with the presentation of several local wedding vendors “in action.”

The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional vow renewal ceremony, light bites and a dance-party reception. “Wedding guests” are brides- and grooms-to-be who get to see local wedding professionals re-create a fake wedding for a lucky local couple.

This year’s event was held at a new Triangle venue, Traine, nestled in the historic Seaboard Railroad Station in downtown Raleigh.

Shades of purple and violet with shimmering silver and gold metallic details are carried across the design from florals to table settings to cakes, dresses and jewelry. The Big Fake Wedding is loaded with plenty of inspiration for your own wedding…take a look!
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VENUE Traine | DAY OF COORDINATOR & FLORAL + EVENT DESIGN La Cosa Bella Events | CAKE Sugar Euphoria | CATERING 214 Martin Street | ICE CREAM CART Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream | RENTALS Showtime Events | TANNING Transformations Spray Tanning

Other contributors

BAND Soulful Productions | CEREMONY MUSIC Eryn Jones Fusion- Harpist | DESSERT BAR & SIGNAGE Magnolia Grove Weddings & Events | HAIR & MAKEUP A Shear Perfection | JEWELRY Stella & Dot | BOUQUETS, BOUTONNIERES & TABLE DESIGN  Specialties Florals and Events | CEREMONY BACKDROP & TABLE DESIGN Knots ’N Such Event Planning & Design | HEAD TABLE The Prettiest Pieces | FLORAL TABLE DESIGN Flora Fine Weddings | PHOTO BOOTH Shutterbooth | PHOTOGRAPHER (featured above) This Is Now | OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS Jocelyn And Ryan and Natalie E. Photography | REGISTRY Dinner 4 Two | TRANSPORTATION Raleigh Dream Events & Limousines | WEDDING VOW ART The Standard Canvas

UNC Chapel Hill Wedding at The Carolina Inn

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today, we’re excited to share Jaqui and Jake’s UNC Chapel Hill wedding at The Carolina Inn! The Carolina Inn is a timeless and classic venue that’s always been a favorite for UNC alum and Chapel Hill residents and families. A great time to check out the Inn is during its annual Bridal Showcase, which will be held on January  29, 2017.Southern bride and groomUNC chapel hill weddingJacqui Johnstone and Jake Wimberly met as freshman at UNC Chapel Hill in 2008. A year later, they lived in the same dorm and Jake started making Jaqui playlists and coming over to watch TV…from simple beginnings to a more complicated long-distance relationship when Jaqui moved to France in 2010, their love grew stronger. In 2012, they graduated from UNC together and moved to Boston where Jake started law school at Boston University. In 2014, Jake Jake asked Jaqui to spend forever with him at Rowes Wharf in Boston – they celebrated with drinks overlooking the harbor and dinner at their favorite Boston restaurant, Eastern Standard.

In 2016, it all came full circle at their UNC-themed wedding at The Carolina Inn.
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Hydrangea bouquetThe Old Well at UNC Chapel Hillspring wedding flowersUNC Carolina themed weddingCustom wedding kooziesJake’s dad, Phil Wimberly, was the officiant. “It was incredibly special to have a family member marry us, and he got ordained just for the occasion,” the couple shared.
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VENUE & CATERER The Carolina Inn | PHOTOGRAPHER Robin Lin | WEDDING CONSULTANT Erin McLean Events | FLORIST Tre Bella Flowers | DJ SPIN

BRIDAL GOWN Hayley Paige from Love Couture Bridal | BRIDESMAIDS Jim Hjelm Here Comes The Bridesmaids | MEN’S FORMALWEAR Men’s Wearhouse | MAKEUP OnLoKtion Makeup | STATIONER Minted | CEREMONY MUSIC Arioso Strings

Winter Wedding Inspiration at The Rickhouse Durham NC

Today we are sharing  beautiful winter wedding inspiration that features the pleasant surprise of blue mixed into a classic green and red color palette, designed by Knots ‘n Such and set in the modern Durham event venue, The Rickhouse.

The Rickhouse is not only a venue, but also a liquor distillery, which makes for some great photo opps! You’ll notice plenty of liquor and winter themed-details in the images captured by talented Durham-based photographer, Riley MacLean.

The deep rich colors of burgundy, evergreen and copper pop up all over the space from the copper vessels to red and copper backdrop walls to the bride’s velvet shawl (a great alternative texture for winter) and the groom’s feather bow tie. The unique color palette of deep reds, chocolates, and dusty purples and blues also come into play with a plant-dyed table runner, table wear, and even the delicious comfort food set on the by Durham Catering Co.

The flower arrangements are full of texture, too, especially the variety of winter greens! The head table “centerpiece” hangs vertically rather than horizontally and had attached blooms close to the table and it makes a huge and beautiful statement as a floating centerpiece!Chalkboard signage at weddingDurham Rickhouse weddingsRickhouse Durham NC wedding venueWinter wedding inspirationBar table at weddingCustom cocktail tableUnique wedding venues in NCNorth Carolina bride and groomMakeup for Your Daywoodland themed wedding bouquetsClassic scipt wedding invitationswedding designers durhamKnots 'n such DurhamNorth Carolina groomdurham wedding venuesDurham wedding caterersDurham bride and groomDurham NC wedding caterersDurham Catering Co.Durham Catering CompanyBest wedding caterers in NCDurham NC brideSouthern Bride and GroomRiley MacLean wedding photographyIndividual wedding dessertsSugar Euphoria wedding cakesWedding cake baker Durham NCSugar EuphoriaRickhouse NCdurham nc wedding photographyDowntown Durham weddingUrban wedding venuesDurham weddingsVENUE & SIGNATURE DRINKS The Rickhouse | PHOTOGRAPHY Riley MacLean Photography | CATERING Durham Catering Company | PLANNING, STYLING & FLORAL DESIGN Knots ‘N Such | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day | RENTALS American Party Rentals | DESSERT Details Cake Design | CHALKBOARD ART Bella Joviality | STATIONERY Cute Buttons

Just Peachy: Wilmington Wedding Inspiration

When peaches are plentiful, the skies are endlessly blue, and the days are long and extra warm, downtown Wilmington is an exquisite place for a wedding celebration.

This styled shoot was planned and designed by SB&G vendors to recreate a warm, soft wedding design, showcases several of our preferred vendors from Wilmington, NC – a fantastic and affordable wedding destination town. So, go ahead, start dreaming of a romantic wedding in this charming riverfront town.
Bridal Cottage in Wilmington NCThe Cottage is an ideal “getting ready” space for bridal parties – comfy and bright for dress, hair and makeup prep by Makeup for Your Day of Wilmington before any downtown or nearby wedding. Its location is adjacent to Bakery 105, and just steps away from 128 South. The Cottage can be booked in conjunction with events at these two sister properties, or by anyone looking for an intimate daytime location before their wedding or for small bridal or baby showers.
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Paper wedding decorBridesmaid gowns from Coastal Knot in WilmingtonPink bridesmaid outfitsSparkling cider toastBright and colorful bridesmaid dressesCocktail reception attireThe eclectic mix of elegance and rustic chic flair throughout Bakery 105 in this photo inspiration, incorporated textured linens, wood seating and wood shelves with arrangements in flower boxes, designed together by Fiore Fine Flowers and photographer Bronwyn Duffield. Calligraphy by Southern Bee Designs was used on the mirrored quotation, table numbers and chair signs.
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A great time to get a look at the venues and vendors in action is during the annual Courtyards & Cobblestones event on January 14, 2017 – a walking tour of seven fully styled venues and a hand-picked collection of the most innovative, creative wedding professionals from Southeastern North Carolina.

Take a look at this behind-the-scenes video from Dogwood Media!

Behind the Scenes with Southern Bride & Groom in Wilmington from Dogwood Media LLC on Vimeo.

Southern Summer Wedding Inspiration at River Forest Manor

The historic, century-old victorian mansion, River Forest Manor in Belhaven, NC, was commissioned in 1899. This landmark has been carefully preserved and brought back to its original glory. Perfectly placed where the Pungo River and Pantego Creek meet, this quiet, charming venue was an idyllic location for “Rose” & “Fitz” to say “I do.”
river-forest-manor“When we designed this shoot, we had in mind the challenge a lot of our clients face of blending the traditional tastes of their parents and their own modern style. Inspired by coastal NC, the historic River Forest Manor, and modern Southern hospitality, we selected a setting that blurs the lines of tradition and high-style in the coastal South,” explained Chelsey Morrison, owner of Gather Together. The ambiance and charming details were captured by photographer Renee Sprink.

Flowing drapes were added to the 30-foot tall porch and garden bench seating gave guests a perfect perch. Overflowing floral arrangements, lanterns and pineapples embellished the setting.
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watercolor-wedding-invitationswatercolor-wedding-programsFitz and his groomsmen donned a classic style with some modern flair – navy and black suits with statement bow ties made of game feathers. The bridesmaids wore long tulle Jenny Yoo gowns in soft pale green hues. Rose practically floated along the river in a gorgeous Blush by Hayley Paige gown with classic tulle bottom in a modern stacked skirt and strappy back.
mint-bridesmaid-dressesfeather-bowtiescoastal-weddings-in-ncgrand-wedding-venues-in-wilmingtonriver-forest-manorsouthern-weddingsrenee-sprink-photographyThe couple dined with their guests at long tables on the expansive front porch. The bride chose her mother’s classic wedding pattern, Mottahedeh’s “Tobacco Leaf” and mixed it with modern Anna Weatherly china accents and monogram napkins. Soft teal candle sticks in crystal candelabras, greenery, and white rose compotes were combined for stunning centerpieces. Linen chairs and silver lanterns framed the tables on all sides.
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Five tiers of sweet perfection, this cream and gold cake tower struck a beautiful balance of old and new with magnolia accents.southern-wedding-inspiration gold-and-white-wedding-cakeoutdoor-tent-ideas-for-weddingsummer-wedding-cocktailsThe lounge tent, fully draped with Spanish moss and greenery, looked as if it had existed on the property for years. Its centerpiece was a woven water hyacinth settee, chairs and a blue hammered drum coffee table where guests could gather and relax or have a drink from the boxwood bar.
dockside-weddingswedding-on-nc-riverWEDDING CONSULTANT Gather Together | PHOTOGRAPHY Renee Sprink Photography | VENUE River Forest Manor & Marina | BRIDAL GOWN & BRIDESMAID GOWNS Tre Bella Bridal | FLOWERS Tre Bella Flowers | TENT & GLASSWARE Party Reflections | LIGHTING Get Lit Special Event Lighting | FURNITURE & DÉCOR Themeworks | CAKE The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery | PAPER One+Only Paper TABLEWARE, JEWELRY, BOW TIES & ACCESSORIES Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day | DRAPING & LINENS Party Tables | MENSWEAR The Black Tux | CHILDREN’S ATTIRE Shower Me with Love

Modern DIY Durham Wedding at The Rickhouse

Happy Wedding Wednesday! We’re excited to share Allie and Eliud’s modern DIY wedding in downtown Durham at The Rickhouse.

Allie Efland and Eliud Arbelo II met while working in Washington, DC, and eventually their friendship turned into a long-lasting relationship. Eliud proposed in a very romantic setting: London at Kensington Palace very early on a Sunday morning on a private bench near the water fountain. It was a complete surprise to Allie and immensely sweet and special. It was followed by a fun day of shopping in London!
north-carolina-bridesdurham-nc-weddingbaseball-themed-weddingdurham-nc-groomwedding-photos-at-the-durham-hotelgown-with-long-trainfirst-look-photo-ideasBecause they were engaged in London while touring Buckingham palace, the couple was inspired to design their wedding colors after the old iron gates; black, gold and green. Classic yet modern and very clean.

With a guest count of 200 people, the size and the gorgeous rustic and open look of The Rickhouse was perfect for their vision.

The dress Allie wore for the ceremony was her mother’s (who was married in 1985 at Duke Chapel). She had the sleeves removed and the pleats on the skirt widened; she then changed into a Modern Trousseau gown for the reception.rickhouse-weddingweddings-at-the-rickhouse-in-durhamwedding-ceremony-at-the-rickhouse-durhamwedding-ceremony-at-the-rickhouse-durhamreeses-peanut-butter-cupcakesdurham-nc-bridereceptions-at-the-rickhouse-in-durhamcandid-wedding-photosThe bride and groom created the centerpieces themselves out of artichokes, pears, rosemary and succulents. They also created a DIY custom hanging plant and lighted wall. The Rickhouse allowed the wedding party to set up the decorations the night before (while they were rehearsing). “It was a special team effort and made the day of much less stressful,” Allie shares. The lighted hanging plant wall served as the perfect backdrop for photos.
weddings-at-the-rickhouserustic-wedding-centerpiecessucculent-centerpiecesbeth-ely-photographyBoth parties felt it was special to have their oldest friends stand by their side, regardless of gender, so the bride’s brother was a “Bridesman” and the groom’s best friend was a “Grooms-Woman.”

According to Allie and Eliud, Durham Catering Co. “knocked the food out of the park!” and The Rickhouse was “the most accommodating venue.”
durham-catering-companynakes-wedding-cakesdowntown-durham-weddingwhere-to-get-married-in-durhamVENUE The Rickhouse | BRIDAL LUNCHEON Counting House at 21c Museum Hotel | REHEARSAL DINNER Dashi | MINISTER Shaun Binner | CATERER Durham Catering Co. | PHOTOGRAPHER Beth Ely | VIDEOGRAPHER Adam Clayton | DAY OF PLANNER Lynn Hobgood | BRIDAL GOWN Modern Trousseau | BRIDESMAIDS & MENSWEAR Nordstroms | FLORIST Pine State Florist | CAKE Sugarland | RECEPTION MUSIC Joey Tubiolo | ACCOMMODATIONS 21C Museum Hotel, The Durham, Marriott Downtown Durham | HAIR Dyanna Hough, Sola Salon Studios | MAKEUP Annie Wheeler, Chanel