Donna started Southern Bride & Groom in 1986 as the first North Carolina bridal publication. With a business plan that focused on growing the magazine slowly and incorporating only the finest wedding venues and experienced and reliable professionals, Donna developed a roster of advertisers who are staples within the local wedding industry. She has evolved the magazine into an inspirational index of wedding photography and planning ideas, and expanded the business to include an extensive vendor resource bridal Website & Blog. Today, SB&G remains the Triangle’s premier wedding planning publication. Prior to founding Southern Bride & Groom, Donna worked as the Director of Sales and Production for the Duke Chronicle, and for her father’s publishing company, MarMac Incorporated. Donna holds a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill. She and Southern Bride & Groom have a 10-year membership with NACE Triangle Chapter (National Association of Catering Executives) and is a charter member of the TBA (Triangle Bridal Association). Her favorite charities are the Durham Rescue Mission and Share Your Christmas. Donna is not only knowledgeable about planning weddings but about having a successful marriage; she has been married to her husband, Rick, for 40 years.
Jenna grew up with Southern Bride & Groom, as it is, after all, her mother’s company. When she tagged along to help out at bridal shows during high school and college, Jenna never guessed that she would end up working alongside her mother one day. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, she moved to Brooklyn and worked in the arts fundraising and events for several years. She moved back to North Carolina in 2010 to become Donna’s partner in Southern Bride & Groom. Working with SB&G has become a passion; Jenna is proud to be part of an industry with wonderful people on a joyous mission to create beautiful weddings, and to be able to support the Triangle Area’s thriving local business scene. Jenna has served on the Board of Directors of Triangle NACE (National Association of Catering & Events), and is a member of ISES Greater Triangle (International Special Events Society) and TBA (Triangle Bridal Association). She lives in Durham with her new daughter, Cecelia, and her two cats, Bootsy Collins and Matilda.
Patricia is a graphic designer who finds inspiration in the small details of everyday life–whether it’s the color of a coffee can or the curve of a tree trunk. Her clean, uncluttered designs accentuate the magazine’s photographs and articles without distracting from them. Patricia’s fastidious attention to detail has earned recognition from Addy Awards, the local level of the American Advertising Federation and MAME Awards (Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence). New Homes and Ideas, Triangle Newcomer, and Life Health magazines have featured Patricia’s award-winning designs. A respect for organization and structure, flow and balance is reflected in Patricia’s designs, and permeates all aspects of her life. This stems from growing up in an environment where art was valued and encouraged. Patricia’s mother, a volunteer art teacher for more than 25 years, was dedicated to making art accessible to children in Louisiana. She inspired Patricia’s love of art, nature and beauty in all things, and showed Patricia that through art, the world can be a better place. In addition to art and design, Patricia enjoys yoga and the outdoors. She is also an avid collector of milk glass, vintage hats and found objects to decorate her yard.
Amber moved to North Carolina from Massachusetts three years ago with her husband and their mystery mutt, Maya. It didn’t take long for them to embrace life in the south, including all the beautiful outdoor spaces from the mountains to the coast, delicious southern cuisine, and a much warmer climate! Amber comes to Southern Bride and Groom with a BA in English and creative writing from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and she has several years of experience writing and editing for various business and lifestyle magazines. She currently runs her own local food blog for Durham-area foodies. Ever since she was a little kid and crafted her own “books” and stories, she envisioned herself in the publishing industry. Amber joined the SB&G team in 2015 and is excited to be writing and working on another creative and inspiring topic: weddings! She now brings her creativity and social media experience to the NC Bride-to-be blog.
With a background in graphic design, the creative gene has always been second nature to Leslie, something she likes to say she got from her artsy mother and musically-inclined dad. She graduated with a BA from Peace College and moved to Myrtle Beach, SC, where she quickly became the Art Director for an advertising firm. Working alongside photographers and designers, she found herself exposed more and more to the wedding industry of the South. She found her niche in Public Relations, as she became the Marketing Director for a position closer to the border in Calabash, NC, where fried seafood is king. Her Raleigh heart strings soon pulled her back to the Triangle, and Leslie quickly fell back in love with her “old faves.” Leslie is now living just outside the Triangle with her own love, Jonathan, and their two dogs, Titan and Georgia. Leslie is thrilled to join the Southern Bride & Groom team and finds it such a creative outlet. Besides being a foodie, Leslie is an avid snowboarder, loves to travel back to her salt air and sand stomping ground, and find great hidden gems around the Triangle.