Thanks for the Memories, Team SB&G!

Happy Friday, y’all! For me, today is bittersweet: it’s the very last day I’ll be in the office with the other lovely, talented ladies that make up Team SB&G.

Weddings have always held a special place in my heart – I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love with them (although I’d bet that it happened sometime during the hours upon hours I spent watching Say Yes to the Dress in middle and high school) – but when I joined SB&G over two and a half years ago, fresh out of UNC Chapel Hill, I was pretty clueless about the industry, despite being engaged at the time. I cannot thank Donna and Jenna enough for deciding to take a chance on me! I never would have guessed that I would be lucky enough to work in such an amazing, inspiring industry alongside some of North Carolina’s most talented wedding professionals and small business owners – being surrounded by so many reliable sources of information and insight was not only invaluable to planning my own wedding, but for my growth as an employee and my heart for the industry.

I’ve learned so much during my time with the magazine – from etiquette necessities like how to be a respectful, supportive member of the bridal party and how to write a proper thank you note, to technological feats like how to use Photoshop and master the basics of HTML code, to insider information like how to pad a ring that’s too big for a model’s finger and how to set a table with nine different types of flatware. But above all, I think the most important thing I’ve learned is to go all in – to work hard and continue to strive to be better. I’m more often found behind the scenes here at SB&G. I spend my time tucked away at my desk, putting together blog posts, designing inspiration boards, gathering information for newsletters, writing and editing articles for the print publication, and sorting through beautiful real wedding submissions to share with our readers. When I do step out of the office, you can find me behind the SB&G booth at bridal shows or assisting at photo shoots for the magazine. The photo shoot days are always some of my very favorite – they’re long and hard and exhausting, but three times now, I’ve been there to feel the satisfaction and pride that comes from first touching those glossy magazine pages filled with the images and articles we worked so hard to perfect, and let me tell you, that makes it all worth it.

I’m excited to start my next chapter – I’ll be returning to school for a nursing degree after the holidays – but I’m going to miss so much about this one. I’ll miss the wonderful people I worked with, the camaraderie felt only when working for a small, local business, and the weddings – oh, I’ll miss the weddings! I’ll miss the photo shoots with lace and tulle and the smell of fresh flowers. I’ll miss the snapping of the camera lens and the decadent fondant cakes and the sparkly jewelry. I’ll miss reading couple’s sweet love stories and personal vows and tearing up at my desk while watching their wedding films – I’ll miss it all.

Team SBGDonna, Jenna, Leslie & Patricia — I love you ladies! Thank you so much for welcoming me into the SB&G Family, I’m so, so grateful for you all!

New Year’s Eve Events in Raleigh and Durham

We’re rounding up some of Raleigh and Durham’s most fun New Year’ Eve celebrations today! If you’re looking for a last-minute event to attend, be sure to check these out…

Nasher Museum of Art – Bubbles and Brunch
11am-3pm
Celebrate New Year’s Eve early in the Nasher Museum Café with a glass of Spanish cava, and a menu featuring Spanish bocadillos and tortillas. Museum members will receive two complimentary exhibition tickets. Make a reservation online or by calling 919-684-6032.

New Year’s Eve 2015 at Solas Raleigh
9:00pm – 2:00am
$20 per person
Experience three levels of excitement at Solas’ New Year’s Eve Winterfest! Celebrate NYE in style with four of Raleigh’s best DJs spinning tunes, a champagne toast, and VIP bars. Reserve your tickets by going here or calling 919-623-3820.

Cocktails + Food + Music = NYE Party at The Oxford
Cocktail party 6:00 – 9:00pm ($20 per person – gets you into late night festivities)
Late night party 9:00pm – 2:00am ($20 per person)
Head to The Oxford for the biggest NYE throwdown in downtown Raleigh! They’re pulling out all of the stops to ring in 2015 at The Oxford – from music and photobooths to a combination of a cocktail and late night party. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit The Oxford’s website.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Zinda
Cocktail party 6:00 – 9:00pm ($30 in advance, $40 at the door – includes the late night party)
Late night party 9:00pm – 2:00am ($20 at the door)
Enjoy First Night Raleigh on Fayetteville Street in the heart of downtown, but in a warm and delicious climate! Head to Zinda New Asian’s New Year’s Extravaganza – begin with a cocktail social with heavy hor d’oeuvres and some new featured menu items, and stay on for a late night party!

Babylon New Year’s Eve Casablanca Cabaret
7:00pm – on
Dinner for two- $100 / with wine: $125
Babylon in downtown Raleigh is going for class and fun this New Year’s Eve. Join them for a four course tasting menu dinner, followed by a cabaret.

Bull City New Year’s Eve
TASTE Festival Kickoff Event at The Cookery
8:00pm- 12:30am
$80 per person/ $150 for couple
A lively, local New Year’s Eve celebration at The Cookery in downtown Durham featuring great music by the crowd-pleasing DJ Elbruque, a variety of food stations, and a wine and champagne bar. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. More information and tickets available here.

Bull City NYE

Southern Vintage Wedding at The Cetwick in Asheboro, NC

It’s Wedding Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re sharing Jenna and Bret’s Southern vintage wedding at The Cetwick in Asheboro, NC, shot by Brookelyn Riley Photography.

Jenna and Bret met when they were both at the pool one summer for their mutual friend’s birthday and began dating about a month later. Bret surprised Jenna with an elaborate proposal — he managed to get her to the exact location where he’d asked her to be his girlfriend years before, and then asked her to be his wife! They celebrated at their favorite restaurant before Jenna headed to her night shift as a nurse (and an engaged woman!) later that evening.

The bride knew she wanted a Southern wedding at a venue that was indoors but with an outdoor feel. She settled on a Southern vintage theme — she and her mom found most of the decor at thrift stores — and then she and her groom selected The Cetwick in Asheboro, NC — a new venue with a rustic, restored mill feel. They loved the original hardwoods, exposed beams, brick walls, and outdoor terrace and knew it would be perfect for their spring wedding. Jenna and Bret complemented the venue’s natural beauty with a varied color scheme of blues, whites, yellows, and pinks, and centerpieces and decor hand selected and designed by the bride.

Enjoy these photos of Jenna and Bret’s beautiful wedding in Asheboro, courtesy of Brookelyn Riley Photography!

Wedding Dress on WardrobeWedding Rings on MirrorBride and Bridesmaids in Floral RobesGroom and Groomsmen in VestsWedding Ceremony at The CetwickBride and Father at The CetwickUrban Chic Wedding CeremonyWedding Party in BluePersonalized Cornhole BoardVintage Soutnern Wedding DetailsTable of Wedding CakesSparkler Exit at The CetwickBride and Groom During Sparkler Exit
Ceremony & Reception: The Cetwick
Bridal Gown: Diva’s
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Photographer: Brookelyn Riley Photography
Florist: Burge Florist
Cakes: Maxie B’s

Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase 2015 – 20th Annual Chapel Hill Wedding Event

One of the Triangle’s most beloved annual wedding events – The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase – is quickly approaching! The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase 2015 is set for Sunday, January 25 from 1:00 – 4:00pm.

Neil Boyd Carolina Inn Bridal ShowcaseThis show, which is now in it’s twentieth year, is one of Team SB&G’s personal favorites thanks to its small, intimate atmosphere, wide array of talented wedding professionals, and of course, the beautiful venue – it just doesn’t get any prettier or more Southern than the Carolina Inn, right in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill. The upscale showcase features more than 75 premier local vendors to help brides-to-be get inspired and informed for their big day. Attendees will enjoy an elegant afternoon browsing the Inn’s wedding event spaces while listening to music, sipping champagne, and chatting with wedding industry professionals. Guests will also be treated to a buffet catered by the Carolina Inn’s executive chef, a high-end fashion runway show, and raffles.

For more information and to purchase tickets (available soon!), visit the Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase website. We’re so excited for this event, and we hope you’ll stop by the SB&G booth to say hello and get your free copy of the brand new 2015 edition of the magazine!

Courtyards & Cobblestones – A Walk through Wedding Row in Wilmington

Engagement season comes with the holidays, and we’re right in the thick of it! For newly engaged brides and grooms who plan to marry in the Wilmington NC area, Courtyards & Cobblestones on Saturday, January 17 is a must-attend event.

Courtyards and CobblestonesCourtyards & Cobblestones is designed to be an experience for couples seeking the perfect location, creative professionals, and inspiration for their wedding day style. Attendees with participate in a self-guided tour of seven styled ceremony and reception sites in Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC. Bring your bridesmaids or plan a date with your groom-to-be as you eat, drink, and plan to be married. Tour seven styled venues — including 128 South, The Atrium by Ligon Flynn, Bakery 105, The Brooklyn Arts Center, The Balcony on Dock, The City Club, and an exclusive Health & Beauty Bar at The Loft on Front — meet hand-picked creative, enjoy live music, sample sweet and savory nibbles, sip creative cocktails, visit the health and beauty bar and register for giveaways!

Romantic Wedding Reception DecorBold Wedding Ceremony ColorsWilmington Wedding VenuesTickets are on sale now — save the date for Courtyards & Cobblestones 2015 and make plans to attend!

Elegant Pink and White Wedding at TPC Wakefield Plantation

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Ashley and Carter’s elegant pink and white wedding at TPC Wakefield Plantation, shot by Neil Boyd Photography.

Ashley and Carter met in college and became close friends before they began dating — after that, they say the rest is history! Their love story continued when Carter popped the question during an elaborate proposal dubbed “Operation Flower” in Raleigh, NC.

The bride and groom envisioned a wedding that combined classic traditions and formal attire with a fun, relaxed vibe for their guests. TPC Wakefield was the perfect venue choice – it reflected the groom’s love of golf and the bride’s idea of an elegant atmosphere. Beautiful floral arrangements in hues of pink, white, and green from Fresh Affairs brought the reception space to life, and Neil Boyd Photography wonderfully captured the feel of the entire wedding day.

Congratulations to Ashley and Carter!

Where Bridesmaids Met BrideBride and Bridesmaids BouquetsCoral Wedding ApparelGroomsmen with Superhero SocksFloral Decor in ChurchAll White Bridal BouquetTPC Wakefield Wedding VenueBride and Groom at TPC WakefieldCoral and White Reception at TPC WakefieldPink and White Wedding CenterpiecesMr and Mrs Cake TopperWedding Cards BirdcageLet Love Sparkle Sparkler TagsTPC Wakefield Sparkler Exit
Ceremony: Crossroads Fellowship Wake Forest
Reception: TPC Wakefield Plantation
Photographer: Neil Boyd Photography
Bridal Gown: Alexia’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Charlotte
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A Bank
Florist: Fresh Affairs
Cake: Ashley Cakes
Invitations, etc.: Opus
Ceremony Musicians: Arioso Strings
Reception Music: Marcus Ward with Mike Morris Entertainment
Linens and Rentals: TPC Wakefield
Hair and Makeup: Denise Hutter