Monthly Archives:: March 2017
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!
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.
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.
“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.
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!
“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.
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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
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
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 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. The 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. The 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. Cristina 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. The 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.Dan is a firefighter, so arrange for a wedding day photo opp with the fire truck as part of the send-off!“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.SB&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
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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. The 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.A 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. The 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. Styling and Photography – SB&G Preferred Vendor – Bronwyn Duffield Photography
Flowers – SB&G Preferred Vendor – Fiore Fine Flowers
Venue – SB&G Preferred Vendor – the Pier at The Oceanic
Veil & Earrings – SB&G Preferred Vendor – Coastal Knot Bridal
Among all of the weddings we see, the words of some couples stand out, and even give us a lesson in love. Today we are sharing a lovely indoor garden wedding that took place last spring at The Atrium, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC.
During the spring of 2011, Matt and Preston were both employed at Easter Seals UCP in Wilmington, working with children with special needs. This was lucky for them, because two of their youngster clients brought them together… or at least gave Matt an excuse to introduce himself to his future bride. When he spotted a lovely lady accompanying a child he’d previously worked with on a spring outing at Ogden Park, he said hello. Encounters at the park blossomed into dates, and they spent a summer inseparable. When Preston moved to Greensboro for school that fall, Matt called his mother to tell her he had met his wife. He was right. The pair fostered a long distance relationship until they could reunite in Wilmington to start their life in marriage. When it came time to ask Preston to spend the rest of her life with Matt, he knew he had to return to that fateful bench where he first laid eyes on the love of his life. And so, on a cool autumn day they returned to Ogden Park and took a walk around the lake, and when they got to that bench, the rest of their lives began.
Matt and Preston have a beautiful understanding of marriage that is often not developed until years in! They told us, “We believe that marriage is a commitment and that it requires work. It means mutual, creating trust and safety, sharing joy and sorrow, and making space for both individual growth and growth together. We share a desire to have a personal and positive impact on others.”It was easy for Preston and Matt to choose The Atrium as their wedding venue. Nestled in downtown Wilmington, The Atrium features an open-air courtyard which is used for the ceremony and reception space. This secret garden vibe was love at first site for this couple, and reminiscent of their own love story, which began in that park. They were able to utilize the lush greenery that grows along the wall as their ceremony backdrop, and play on that natural beauty for the wedding details and décor.Preston noted that some of her bridesmaids have been lifelong friends, since age 2 and 4. Matt shared that one of the most important memories of this day was having his groomsman who is battling lymphoma make it to the wedding to celebrate with them. A gray and coral color palette was perfect for the spring affair. Elegant florals sat atop lace table runners atop farm tables and rustic woods, to capitalize on the natural look.
Preston shared that her florist, Fiore Fine Flowers, was “beyond incredible.” She said that owner Chelsea “took extra time to understand our vision and each detail was executed to perfection!” The most exquisite detail was the incredible floral chandelier!Preston’s engagement ring is extra personal because the diamond was her Grandmother’s. They added the sapphire into a modern setting.The bride and groom shared that their photographer, Erin Costa Photography, was “has an amazing talent for capturing all emotions felt, while creating a fun atmosphere.”These newly weds reside in Wilmington, NC. Preston is a speech-language pathologist and Matt is an elementary school teacher.
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Full Vendor List:
Ceremony & Reception: The Atrium by Ligon Flynn | Minister: Han Hills | Caterer: Middle of the Island | Bridal Gown: from a Brides Against Breast Cancer Event, Oleg Cassini wedding dress | Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse | Cake: One Belle Bakery | Stationer: Wouldn’t It Be Lovely | Musicians: DJ Brian Hood & saxophonist Benny Hill | Party Rentals: L&L party rentals | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | Transportation: Event Shuttle Service | Guest Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott | Hair & Makeup for Wedding Party: Adrianne Lugo
Striped Shoes by Lillybee to match your University Colors
Whether you were raised in NC or have transplanted here, you likely have a favorite college team. It’s no secret that the Triangle Area is home to one of the most well-known college sports rivalries in the nation, UNC versus Duke basketball. But the fun-spirited competition doesn’t stop there. With so many NC universities with excellent teams in close proximity, the ACC basketball tournament becomes a mandatory household tradition for many residents. Add some style to your March Madness game-watch gatherings with spirited Lillybee shoes in your winning pick!
A College Rivalry Doesn’t Mean our Feet Can’t be Friends
These pals are snazzy in Duke blue, NC State red and UNC-Chapel Hill blue – the team colors of the Triangle’s college basketball teams. They pose in their flats on Duke’s East Campus wall in Durham.We can attest to their comfort and love the attention when we’ve sported our own flats. You’ll find your team colors and lots of styles for March Madness fashion at Lillybee.
For treks across campus to the basketball stadium on a rainy day, the college colored striped boots will keep you feeling fresh and in fashion. Monograms or other charm symbols can be snapped onto the buckle. Many of the shoes have accessories such as the University logo or as a shoe bow or in a charm on their matching cross body clutches. Shown below are the flats, but they also work on the Lillybee wedge heels. Below, the signature black and gold of Wake Forest University in Winston Salem NC looks handsome in stripes on these ballet flats and sweet clutch.
All in the Family
In addition to looking great in a gazillion color combinations, these lovable preppy stripes are sensational for women of all ages (as long as they wear size 5 and up!). Shown below, Lillybee owner Kassie Rempel (at right) with her mother and daughter. Kassie Rempel, Tar Heel born and bred, is an avid sports fan, and a fashionista obsessed with cute shoes. She first envisioned kicky, striped ballet flats to represent all the great teams of the ACC in comfortable feminine style. Kassie started the company when her daughter, now nine years old in photo, was just a baby and incorporated her name into the brand, along with the word “bee,” her toddler son’s favorite critter. Lillybee was started in the garage of Kassie’s home and the ideas kept coming.
The ACC colors were expanded to include a range and combination of stripes that incorporate most school colors. When sororities began to inquire, preppy pinks and shades of greens and turquoise were added to the combinations along with three-inch wedge shoe styles, rain boots and flip flops. College or sorority emblems, bows charms or monograms can be added for personalization.
All products are by Lillybee.
All product photos are by SB&G Preferred Photographer, Fancy This Photography.
Happy Wedding Wednesday! March Madness is almost here – why not bring a bit of that spirit to your own wedding, like Taylor and Tres did for their Duke themed wedding last fall! This elegant affair was also featured in the 2017 edition of Southern Bride & Groom Magazine.
Despite sharing similar social circles at Duke University, it took a 2011 summer internship in Guatemala for Taylor Starks and Tres Ricks to officially meet. They began dating on their return to Duke, and then long distance after graduation. When Tres was accepted to UNC Law School in 2014, Taylor moved to Raleigh so they could be in the same city. After a lunch date at the Washington Duke Inn, Tres manipulated a car stall and managed to glide into a parking spot at Duke Gardens. They strolled into the gardens, and Tres proposed to Taylor in front of the koi pond, with friends hiding on-site to photograph the occasion.
Tres and Taylor were grateful to have their wedding at Duke Chapel, which symbolized the place where their relationship began. The personal connection was made even more special by having fraternity and sorority sisters standing by them at the altar, and their vows being officiated by the father of the groom, Dr. Harriss Ricks.
Taylor desired a whimsical romantic wedding day so Grace Leisure Events helped articulate her vision with a soft pink theme, silver and white accents in the flowers, and beautiful romantic draping.
The couple hosted a full weekend of events at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, starting with a Friday night welcome bash. Between the ceremony and reception, an afternoon tailgate kept everyone entertained.
“In planning and executing my daughter’s wedding, my very high expectations were easily surpassed by Grace, of Grace Leisure Events. Clearly, she has a wealth of experience in wedding planning, and the result is an individual who is off the charts when it comes to creativity. Her demonstrated ability to really listen to the needs and desires of the client are the foundation of her business. And her positive approach throughout the planning process eliminated all anxiety. She is as nice a person as you will ever meet, and to this day, I feel like she is part of our family,” said the father of the bride, who worked directly with Grace in the planning of his daughter’s day.
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WEDDING CONSULTANT Grace Leisure Events |ASSISTANT DESIGNER & ON-SITE COORDINATION A Southern Soiree | PHOTOGRAPHER Riley MacLean Photography | RECEPTION, FOOD & GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day | REHEARSAL DINNER Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club President’s Terrace
Other wedding contributors
CEREMONY Duke Chapel | MINISTER Dr. Harriss Ricks (Father of the Groom) | VIDEOGRAPHER 21 Films | BRIDAL GOWN Romona Keveza, Traditions by Anna | BRIDAL SHOES Badgley Mischka | BRIDESMAID DRESSES David’s Bridal | MEN’S FORMALWEAR Men’s Warehouse | FLORIST Watered Garden Florist | CAKE Sugarland | STATIONER Maria Scheel Invitations | REHEARSAL DINNER MUSIC 20 Ride | CEREMONY MUSIC Christopher Jacobson, Organist | RECEPTION MUSIC Liquid Pleasure | REGISTRY Pottery Barn, William Sonoma, Macy’s, Crate & Barrel, Amazon and Anthropology