Pretty Pre-Wedding Soiree at The Glass Box in Raleigh

Location is everything and The Glass Box is an intimate event space in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Natural light spills through towering floor-to-ceiling windows into a lounge styled in simple, modern elegance. The space was especially designed with the ladies of the bridal party in mind as a luxurious, airy location for wedding preparation.

The Glass Box is the penthouse suite of the building that is home to the popular Stockroom wedding and reception venue. Both places are operated by their event team, but the suite is available to brides who book The Stockroom or other nearby wedding venues as a bridal getting-ready suite. It can also accommodate gatherings of up to 45 for private events such as luncheons, showers or rehearsal dinners.

Becca Taylor of C&D Events put together a stunning pre-wedding soiree, featured in SB&G’s 2016 magazine, that incorporates the Pantone colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity, the perfect compliment to this chic and luxurious space where the bride and her female entourage get ready. Pops of gold inside the bridal suite add a touch of modern sophistication.

After having hair and makeup done in the suite by Makeup for Your Day in Raleigh, the girls pop bubbly on the private rooftop patio, munch on sweets, reminisce and have a relaxed and unique photoshoot with Casey Rose Photography, which reflects a memory beyond the traditional wedding party portraits. The English Garden delivers bouquets of fresh white, pink and sage colors to go with the soft pastel pallette. The girls get ready in coordinating sky blue dresses. Even the flower girl gets dolled up in an adorable ensemble from Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh.

Let your imagination run wild with plans for your own way to melt away any pre-wedding jitters with your best gals.
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Valentine’s Day Events Around Durham and Chapel Hill

If you’re still looking looking for a romantic date night idea for Valentines Day 2016, the Triangle is full of great options! From carefully crafted menus to sparkling wine tastings to hotels where you could book a room after enjoying a delightful meal, here are some Valentine’s Day events around Durham and Chapel Hill.
Valentines Day EventsValentine’s Dinner at Burke Manor Inn
February 11-14
What’s more romantic than enjoying an authentic French meal while sipping wine with your sweetheart in the cozy and elegant setting of a quaint bed & breakfast? Plan a little escape to Gibsonville, NC to enjoy The Burke Manor Inn’s Valentine’s weekend menu for $75 per person. You could even make plans to stay the night. Call 336-449-6266 for reservations.

Valentine’s Dinner at 21c Museum Hotel and Counting House Restaurant
February 12-14
Counting House is heating up downtown Durham with three nights of special romantic dinners, lovingly prepared by Chef Josh Munchel. On Friday (2/12) and Sunday (2/14), treat your lover to an à la carte menu featuring Counting House favorites and decadent specials. On Saturday (2/13), set the mood with a three-course table d’hôte menu sure to satisfy. Cost is $40-$75 (add on wine pairings for an additional $25). Call 919-956.6760 for reservations.

Valentine’s Dinner at Basan
February 12-14
Basan, Eschelon Experiences’ sushi restaurant in Durham, has created an intimate Valentine’s dinner experience with delicious features for you to enjoy with your loved one all weekend long. For reservations, call 919-797-9728.

Sugar Euphoria at Lovestruck Dinner Event
Saturday, Feb. 13 – 7-9pm
For an unforgettable evening filled with music, five-courses of food, wine and delicous sweets from Sugar Euphoria, head over to The Parlour at Manns Chapel in Chapel Hill for Lovestruck: A Valentine’s Dinner.

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Crossroads in Chapel Hill 
February 13-14
Enjoy an exceptional four-course Valentine’s Day dinner at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill created by Executive Chef James Clark; share a romantic dessert made by pastry Chef Sara Thomas, and celebrate with a champagne toast. Dinner includes a rose for your one and only to make the evening complete. Cost is $75 per person. Call for reservations 919-918-2735.

Wedding and Event Open House at The Rickhouse
Sunday, Feb. 14 – 12-3pm
Spend some of Valentine’s Day planning the fun of your upcoming wedding! Join new downtown Durham venue The Rickhouse and some of its favorite vendors, including Catering Works, for an afternoon of delicious food and the opportunity to design your event! Pre-register now for this free event!
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Valentine’s Day Sparkling Wine Tasting at The King’s Daughters Inn
Sunday, Feb. 14 – 4-7pm
Grab your sweetheart and head over to The King’s Daughters Inn for the annual sparkling wine tasting. Cost is $25 for five wines paired with interesting bites to complement the character of the bubbles! Plus, enjoy 15% off room rates if you book an overnight stay!

Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Durham Hotel
Sunday, Feb. 14 – 5-10pm
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Durham Hotel with a 3-course tasting menu dinner featuring Cape Hatteras oysters, black truffles, dry aged grass-fed beef, local vegetables, and baked alaska for two. Cost is $55 per person and wine pairings are available (beverage, tax, gratuity not included). You could also book a room for an overnight staycation! For reservations, call 919-768-8831.

Valentine’s Day at The Washington Duke Inn
Sunday, Feb. 14
Romance fills the Fairview Dining Room this Valentine’s Day with several events to share your love with someone special. Start your day with brunch, enjoy an unforgettable Sweetheart Tea, or linger a little longer with dinner and an overnight stay…whatever your fancy, it’s the perfect way to celebrate!

Photos: F8 Photo Studios (top); Riley MacLean Photography (bottom)

A Baseball Stadium and Bay 7 Wedding in Downtown Durham

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Patsy and Scott’s fun and sporty baseball stadium and Bay 7 wedding in downtown Durham, shot by the talented Robin Lin Photography.

Scott and Patsy met in high school through mutual friends. Their first date was actually Scott’s senior prom, which he invited Patsy to before they began dating. When summer ended, Scott went off to attend South Carolina Upstate on a baseball scholarship and Patsy went to Virginia Tech. They endured three years of long-distance dating before Scott was drafted in the MLB First Year Player draft in 2012. When Patsy moved to North Carolina for graduate school, Scott relocated to the South during the off-seasons. He proposed the day after Patsy’s 24th birthday, watching a Virginia Tech football game on TV.

The couple loved how unique Bay 7 was as a wedding venue and the fact that it was a short walk away from the iconic Durham Bulls Stadium on American Tobacco Campus. It was the perfect photo opp for a baseball player and and a sports-loving bridal party/family!

When thinking about how they wanted their wedding to look, they kept coming back to the words  “clean” and “classic.” The incredible Katie Dunn of Events by La Fête brought this to life with white and black table and aisle runners paired with elegant gold and marsala accents. And for a fall wedding, the colors were perfect.

To tie in Scott’s Jewish heritage, they situated a Jewish chuppah at the alter of the ceremony, and, of course, the breaking of the glass. Mazel Tov!

The two now live in Raleigh, NC where Patsy works as a high school counselor while Scott still plays professional baseball.

Robin Lin Photography did a wonderful job incorporating elements of this couple’s life into their wedding photos below.
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Wedding Planner
“I could never have planned this wedding without Katie Dunn of Events by La Fête. She went above and beyond, and always kept her cool. If I was ever stressed, Katie reassured me everything would be fine. When the big day finally came, I was able to enjoy the day and be excited to marry my best friend, instead of worrying about wedding details.”

Caterer
“We were so excited that Bay 7 was catered by Angus Barn! We are still receiving compliments on the food! They worked with us to make sure each piece of the meal was exactly what we wanted. They were so accommodating.”

Photographer
Robin Lin Photography was incredible to work with! Her turnaround time was amazing. She made me feel so at ease, as if she was another friend at our event. We’re so thankful we found her.”

Florist
Fresh Affairs took our wedding to the next level. I came to my appointment with a few ideas, and they knew exactly how to make them a reality.”

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Proposal Inspiration from the NC Hot Air Balloon Festival

It’s that moment that changes your lives forever and marks the start of two becoming one – full of the most joyful emotions. If you have a groom who is organized enough to plan documentation of this occasion, lucky you! If not, you can always reenact the scene at your engagement session.

Last spring, WRAL sponsored the first hot air balloon festival at Bennett Bunn Plantation in Zebulon, just a few minutes outside of Raleigh. This picturesque country property with historic tobacco barns, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, beautiful pastures and a gazebo, hosts weddings and events in their rustic stone and timber lakeside lodge. The festival hosted dozens of hot air balloons in Bennett Bunn’s expansive fields, and made the perfect photo-opp for a proposal picnic-styled shoot that SB&G put on with the help of Erin McLean Events, featured in our 2016 magazine.

The day was mostly beautiful, but blustery winds grounded the balloons while our now newlywed couple, Brooke and Jason McDowell, enjoyed the time together with the picnic fare. For a proposal or engagement shoot, include pretty details for the photos, such as food, flowers or a favorite quote on a mirror or a chalkboard – along with a picturesque location. The beautiful diamond ring from Diamonds Direct Crabtree sparkles on a summer day.

Enjoy the colorful and fun images captured by photographer Jamie Blow below, and take note of ideas for your own creative proposal or engagement shoot!
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Thank you to the other shoot participants: Hot Air Marketing, producer of the WRAL Freedom Balloon Festival; and Ramey Rhodes, local fashion designer of the bride-to-be’s dress.

The Natural and Artistic Style of Durham Wedding Photographer Riley MacLean

This month’s featured photographer is Riley MacLean –  a fine art wedding and portrait photographer based in Durham, NC.

Riley has accompanied SB&G for several years to New York’s Bridal Fashion Week and served as our official camera man. Each year, we pour over Riley’s pictures that perfectly showcase the latest fashion trends and choose which to feature on our blog. We also featured one of Riley’s real weddings at The Rickhouse in our 2016 magazine and on our blog this week. Whether digital or film, his artistic style and vision sets him apart.

“There are probably a million things I could say about my hobbies and passions but they all disseminate into the same thing – I absolutely love working with people and making art. That passion keeps me working late at night, and gets me out of bed in the morning. Mostly I’m incredibly grateful to have spent more than a decade working with awesome couples who appreciate fine art, laughter, adventure, and a willingness to share some authenticity in their lives,” Riley shares.

Riley MacLean is one of the rare photographers out there with a four-year degree in photography. Because of this, he has a dedicated love of film, a deep and complex understanding of technical lighting, and “very few career options if this one doesn’t work out,” he says half-joking. He has also recently become one of only a dozen professional photography studios to offer tintype portraits to the general public.

He considers himself to be a dreamer, forever scheming up complex projects with lofty aspirations, and photography gives him the means to tell complex human stories in a simple, honest way.

Get a sense of Riley’s natural and artistic style by taking a look at a selection of some of his (and our) favorite wedding photos below!
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Courthouse Marriage With a Reception at The Rickhouse in Durham

After months of bad dates, Allison Becker felt a sense of relief when a funny profile picture of Alan Ebeling popped up on match.com. One look at Alan clad in a turtleneck with an 80s moustache and a blowout, and she knew she found someone with a great sense of humor. They met up for a casual date over tacos and since that day, haven’t left each other’s side.

Alan proposed on Christmas Eve, saying he “didn’t want to spend another Christmas without being family.” Their wedding was on the third anniversary of the day they met.

The main goal for their wedding was to find a compromise between Allison’s desire to have a private, casual event, and her family’s hopes for a formal wedding. The perfect solution was having an intimate ceremony at the Wake County Courthouse with immediate family only, followed by a full wedding weekend including a giant reception. Grace Beason of Grace Leisure Events was brought onboard to help the couple pull off this delicate balance.

“Grace was so amazing!” Allison said, “She was on top of every detail, from helping us find a venue, vendors, and a band to thinking up what to put in welcome bags for our guests to finding flip flops for the dance floor at the last minute.”

The Rickhouse was exactly what Alan had in mind for their day. Grace focused on a few key elements to help them create their successful party, including Allison and Alan’s great love for food and drink and their colorful, quirky, and chic design aesthetic. She worked with the couple to pull together eclectic elements such as antique furniture, Edison bulb chandeliers from Get Lit, and a hanging garden from Tre Bella Flowers which was positioned above the dance floor and “looked magical and smelled great” according to the bride. Other details included a cigar roller on the patio, an ice cream bar and a pig roast! The evening culminated with a fun dance party with the help of live band, Groovetown.

Since the groom is a photographer, they were picky about choosing that service, and ended up hiring Riley MacLean because his “dynamic” photos were so far from being “cookie cutter.” They shared that he took the time to get to know them and felt like another member of their family.

Allison and Alan planned a weekend of activities to make the trip worthwhile for their many guests traveling from out of town. They hosted a mix and mingle welcome party at The Surf Club and ended the weekend with a Sunday brunch at The Durham Hotel.

Take a look at their intimate courthouse wedding followed by a modern day after party inside The Rickhouse’s unique and modern downtown Durham space.
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