Vintage Southern Backyard Wedding in Cary, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Colleen and Fletcher’s vintage Southern backyard wedding in Cary, NC, shot by Nancy Ray Photography.

Colleen and Fletcher attended the same high school, but didn’t end up meeting until mutual friends introduced them the summer after their freshman year of college. The couple dated for several years, and after graduation, Colleen began preparing to go to Spain for her master’s degree. A few weeks before she left, she and Fletcher went out to watch a meteor shower. He popped the question while they were lying in the back of his truck bed looking at the sky!

The couple wanted their wedding to take place somewhere that really meant something to the two of them. They decided on a group of three houses in Cary, all right next to one another and all family owned! They’d already had many wonderful memories there, and thought it would be neat to add another big one – their wedding day – to the list.

The couple selected a color palette of green, blush, ivory and gold – inspired by the bride’s love of green – which perfectly complemented the backyards and their vintage Southern garden theme. The theme was carried throughout the mismatched bridesmaids’ dresses, the stunning hanging floral arrangements by Expressions of Love, and the rustic reception decor.

To make their wedding day all the more special, the couple involved friends and family members as much as possible. The groom’s father performed the ceremony, Colleen’s brother played the bagpipes (in a traditional Scottish kilt!), and their good friend DJ’d the reception. The couple also included subtle touches – like signs in Spanish to honor Colleen’s time spent in Spain – to make their wedding incredibly personal and charming.

Thanks to Nancy Ray Photography for sharing these beautiful images, and congratulations to Colleen and Fletcher!

Bride and Groom Before Ceremony First Look Happy First Look Mismatched Green Bridesmaids Green and Grey Wedding Party Wedding Stationery First Kiss and Ceremony Exit Vintage Car Ceremony Getaway White Wedding Cake and DIY Photo Booth Green and White Rustic Wedding Decor Hanging Wedding Floral Arrangements Gold Dipped Mason Jars Bagpipe at Wedding Newlyweds First Dance Sparkler Grand Exit

Wedding Location: Private Home in Cary, NC
Officiant: Carey O’Cain (Father of the Groom)
Wedding Planner: Chad Biggs with Your First Impression
Bridal Gown: Kitty Chen
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Weddington Way
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Images by Denise
Photographer: Nancy Ray Photography
Florist: Expressions of Love Florist
Cake: Simple Cakes
Invitations: Paper Melody’s
Ceremony Musicians: Laura Byrne (Harpist)
Reception Music: DJ Eric Tschudi; Kyle Ryan (Bagpipes)
Party Rentals: CE Rental

The 2nd Charleston NotWedding Event

What’s not to love about Charleston?! It’s the quintessential essence of what the South is supposed to be, so when Southern Bride & Groom was invited to take part in the 2nd Charleston NotWedding event, we jumped at the chance!

Charleston has always been a great travel destination, and brides-to-be love it for weddings as well! Since the ladies behind Southern Bride & Groom pride ourselves on being one of the leading wedding planning resources, we couldn’t help but scope out the best of the best in the Charleston area.

The Charleston NotWedding was held at the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, which is a living and working plantation situated right on the water. From the moment you enter the grounds – with its massive trees, horses grazing, and the sun peeking through the branches – you are transported to an idyllic Southern locale, and you’re treated with a beautiful view of the gardens ahead (it’s no wonder Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were married here!). The NotWedding, a bridal show alternative, began with a mock wedding ceremony on the Cotton Dock, followed by networking for the brides-to-be and their beloved beaus – it was a casual, free-flowing night along the river. The outside venue was perfectly complemented by the rustic, “Wild & Free” theme of the event. Check out this video of the 2nd Charleston NotWedding, shot by James McCoy Films.

The 2nd Not Wedding Charleston SC from James McCoy on Vimeo

After the conclusion of the NotWedding, the famous Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, hosted us. The hotel, situated on the corners of Market, Meeting and the shopping-frenzied King Street, features 435 luxurious guest rooms rich in substance, yet judiciously understated and with a special knack for attention to detail. Belmond Charleston Place features the most comprehensive banquet and conference services in the area, including the Grand Ballroom, which is over 14,000 square feet, the Grand Hall, and several beautiful outdoor courtyards.

Belmond Place Market Street Entrance Belmond Place Lobby Belmond Place Premier Room

Following a suggestion from a local, Southern Bride & Groom experienced a true Lowcountry bistro brimming with contagious energy along East Bay Street in S.N.O.B. I was quite curious to try a place called SNOB, but came to find the name is an acronym for the restaurant’s location – Slightly North of Broad. To keep with the lowcountry vibe, I felt it was only fitting to have a go at the Fried Chicken & Watermelon Salad with locally grown mixed greens, Split Creek Farm feta, spiced pecans and a balsamic vinaigrette.

Watermelon Chicken Salad

After one delectable bite, I knew I was in Charleston!

Southern Destination Wedding at The Shoals Club at Bald Head Island

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re thrilled to share Carrie and Clark’s Southern destination wedding at The Shoals Club at Bald Head Island, with gorgeous photos from Anne Liles Photography.

Carrie and Clark met through mutual friends the summer after Carrie’s first year of law school. He claims that she fell in love with his sweet dance moves, and while she says that isn’t entirely true, they’ve been together ever since.

Every Christmas, Carrie and Clark exchange ornaments, but Christmas of 2012 was extra special. Clark gave Carrie a glass ornament with a diamond ring painted on it, and when she looked up from opening the box, he was down on one knee! Of course, she said yes, and the couple began planning their May 2014 wedding.

Carrie and Clark knew they wanted to get married at the beach, and as soon as they visited the Shoals Club, they knew it was the perfect fit for their blush, white, and khaki wedding. With soft touches of gold, their casual, Southern-themed wedding came to life. The bride included many personal details, like the plethora of monograms, customized koozies, hand-lettered signs, and DIY projects, but the most special touch was that she wore her late mother’s wedding band to honor her on the big day.

The couple used several members of the SB&G Family to make their wedding day perfect, including: Shoals Club, Cute Buttons Gift & Paper Boutique, and CE Rental. Please enjoy the beautiful photographs of Carrie and Clark’s wedding day, courtesy of Anne Liles Photography.

BHI Tray Strapless Bridal Gown and Blush Bouquet Bride Wedding Rings LulaKate Ruffle Bridesmaids Dresses Blush and White Bouquets Shoals Club Wedding Ceremony Personalized Cocktail Napkins Wedding Ceremony Flowers Groom in Khaki Suit Wedding Ceremony Recessional Khaki Blush and Gold Wedding Reception Wedding Rings on Ribbon Wands Bride and Groom on Beach Pink Details at Wedding Reception Blush and White Low Centerpieces Pink Ribbon Wand Exit

Wedding Location: The Shoals Club at Bald Head Island
Bridal Gown: Traditions by Anna
Bridal Shoes: Jack Rogers
Bridesmaids Dresses: LulaKate
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Hair: Island Retreat Spa and Salon
Photographer: Anne Liles Photography
Florist: Brunswick Town Florist
Cake: Imaginary Cakes
Invitations: Cute Buttons Gift & Paper Boutique
Ceremony Musicians: Harpist – Elena Karin Pohl
Reception Music: ProDUCKtions
Party Rentals: CE Rental

ISES 2014 Trinity Awards

Last month, the Greater Triangle NC Chapter of ISES hosted the 2014 Trinity Awards — a program which honors the outstanding work of our talented local event professionals (ISES stands for the International Special Events Society). This over-the-top event is one that we look forward to each year — one of the highlights of the summer!

This year’s event was held at the Carolina Country Club in Raleigh, NC, one of the most prestigious country clubs in the state and a beautiful setting for an event. The club normally reserves events for its members, so it was a real treat to be able to experience this gala event here!

Upon arrival, and checking in on the “red carpet,” we enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while being regaled with fabulous entertainment. Dancers from Elevate, our local dance and live entertainment troupe, created paintings live by using their bodies as a paintbrush, right before our eyes! The pinnacle of pre-awards entertainment was an enthralling Video DJ “spin-off.”

Living Fountain Jenna at ISES Dancing Painter

Walking into the ballroom for the awards program was the best moment of the evening – everyone “Ooohs” and “Ahhh”s over the lush and extravagant florals designed by Fresh Affairs, one of our favorite Raleigh wedding and event florists. We were greeted by dueling pianos and a flash mob dance performance as we took our seats.

White Floral Centerpieces Trinity Awards Centerpieces Live Dance Performance Aerialist Performer

As we enjoyed an incredible dinner, we watched the awards, and also got to witness the installation of the Board of Directors for the coming year, which will be led by Ryan Pflumm. We know Ryan very well as he is a co-owner of SPIN, one of the top wedding DJs in the Raleigh Area and a preferred vendor of SB&G! Congrats, Ryan!

ISES Awards Food ISES Awards Dessert

Congratulations to all of the winners who are a part of the SB&G Family – Triangle Catering Hospitality Group, Classic Party Rentals, SPIN, Island Sound & Video, Fresh Affairs, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, American Party Rentals, CE Rental, Expressions of Love Florist, and Your Special Day Weddings & Events. To see what they won and who else was recognized, check out the Greater Triangle NC Chapter of ISES website.

Kudos as well to the wonderful vendors who helped make this event possible, including: Adams & Events, American Furniture Rental, American Party Rentals, Joe Bunn DJ Company, Carolina Country Club, Cute Buttons Gift & Paper Boutique, CE Rental, Creative Visions, ELEVATE, For the Love of Design, Fresh Affairs, Island Sound & Video, Lewis Bordeau Enterprises, Party Reflections, Photography by Walters & Walters, SPIN, The Cotton Company, The Lincoln Agency, The Oblique Pen, and Total Production Services.

White Flowers and Candles 2014 ISES Trinity Awards Reception Lounge Furniture Carolina Country Club Bar Trinity Awards Stage Wine Bottle Favors

Thanks to Photography by Walters & Walters for all of the photos from this event!

 

Raleigh Date Night Idea — Catering Works Cooking Classes

If you’re looking for something new and exciting to do in Raleigh with your bridesmaids, fiancé, or a newlywed date night idea, look no further than Catering Works cooking classes! Learn some new culinary skills and add a signature dish to your cooking repertoire!

Roses and Food Ingredients

Sign up for an impromptu individual class, or plan a coking event for your entire bridal party, corporate group, or friends get together. The individual Catering Works cooking classes are approximately three hours in length and include hands-on cooking instruction with tools and ingredients provided, plus complimentary wine — and, of course, you get to eat what you cook! To see the schedule and pick the class that best suits your interests, visit the Catering Works website.

Catering Works Cooking Class

Cooking parties are fun events for big groups and would be a great pre-wedding activity with your bridesmaids and groomsmen! Catering Works will work with you to customize the event to incorporate a specific cooking trend or theme, and can even format the event into a “Chopped”-style competition. Be sure to contact Catering Works for more information on cooking parties and schedule one of your own.

Wine Bottles Catering Works Cooking Class Participants Making Sandwiches Icing a Cake Iced Chocolate Cake

Thanks to Kristie of Neil Boyd Photography for the photos!

Romantic Winter Wedding at The Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Stephanie and Adam’s romantic winter wedding at The Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC, with gorgeous photos from Riley MacLean Photography.

Stephanie and Adam met as children through their parents, who all worked at Duke and were members of the same country club. About 20 years later, Stephanie ran into her childhood crush at Tobacco Road, when she was on a date with someone else! The bride said, “He was just as adorable as I remembered him, so when my date was in the restroom, I went over and struck up a conversation.”

Adam had a grand plan of proposing to Stephanie at the beach, but the weather didn’t cooperate. Instead of popping the question outside, he got down on one knee while Stephanie was looking the other way and asked if she had any cold champagne. When she turned around to ask why they would need champagne, he was kneeling and asking her to be his wife. Of course, Stephanie said yes!

Adam and Stephanie worked with Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affiar to plan their winter wedding. The bride said their planning experience was fantastic thanks to their thorough and experienced coordinator! Amanda introduced the couple to several wonderful vendors who helped make their big day dreams come to life, including a Durham theme that was used throughout the wedding details – from the invitations to the venue – since the bride and groom are both from Durham.

The couple selected a purple, gold and silver color palette with subtle pops of red, lavender, green, and pink, which came to life in the floral arrangements from Tre Bella and perfectly complemented The Washington Duke Inn’s Presidential Ballroom.

Adam and Stephanie used many talented members of the SB&G Family, including: A Swanky Affair, The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, The University Club, and Tre Bella Flowers.

Enjoy these gorgeous photos of Adam and Stephanie’s big day, courtesy of Riley MacLean Photography!

Black and White Wedding Rings Purple Wedding Invitation and Bridal Bouquet Bridal Bouquet with Engagement Ring First Look at the Washington Duke Black and White Wedding Photography Winter Bride and Groom Washington Duke Inn Wedding Reception First Dance at the Washington Duke Inn Wedding Reception at the Washington Duke

Ceremony Location: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Reception Location: The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Rehearsal Dinner: The University Club
Wedding Planner: Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Blushed Artistry
Photographer: Riley MacLean Photography
Florist: Tre Bella Flowers
Cake: Yellowbird Baking
Invitations: Indigo Envelope
Reception Music: The Fantasy Band
Guest Accommodations: The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club