Michelle and Locke met through a mutual friend at work. At a New Year’s Eve party, the two really hit it off, and have been together ever since. After dating for almost two years, Locke arranged a special weekend getaway to a cabin in Asheville. While there, the couple went on a hike, and when they got to the top of Mount Pisgah, Locke got down on one knee and proposed! They returned to their cabin for champagne, and spent the rest of their vacation celebrating their engagement.
The couple fell in love with Rose Hill’s classic elegance and breathtaking beauty, and they knew it would be the perfect spot for their traditional, family-oriented wedding reception. Angie Wright of Chic Details Weddings & Events helped streamline the planning process and bring Michelle and Locke’s vision to life.
Michelle and Locke used several members of the SB&G Family to help make their wedding day perfect, including: Chic Details, Rose Hill Plantation, Neil Boyd Photography, Alexia’s Bridal, Fresh Affairs, Makeup for Your Day, and Party Reflections.
Enjoy these photos of Michelle and Locke’s wedding day, beautifully captured by Neil Boyd Photography!
Wedding Consultant: Angie Wright of Chic Details Weddings & Events
Ceremony: Englewood United Methodist Church
Reception: Rose Hill Plantation
Caterer: Rose Hill Plantation
Photographer: Neil Boyd Photography
Bridal Gown: Carolina Herrera, Alexia’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier, Alexia’s Bridal
Florist: Fresh Affairs
Cake: Sweet Memories
Invitations, etc: Maria Scheel Invitations and More
Calligrapher: Calligraphy by Carrie
Reception Music: DJ Joe Bunn
Linens: Party Reflections
Hair & Makeup: Makeup for Your Day
We may be in the thick of production season for Southern Bride & Groom’s 2015 edition, but I could not resist squeezing in a quick trip to attend NY Bridal Market!
For the past week, wedding gown designers from across the globe have come together to present their upcoming spring and fall 2015 collections at New York Bridal Fashion Week. It’s a thrilling whirlwind of trade shows and private showings for buyers, runway presentations, and industry parties, and we got to do a little bit of each in our 2 day drop-in!
Our main objective for SB&G was check out some of the new designs and looks that we can expect to see in our NC bridal salons and boutiques next year. One of our amazing wedding photographers – who happens to have quite the eye for fashion photography – Riley of Riley MacLean Photography accompanied me this year to document the experience and all the looks we got to preview.
We will be sharing these exclusive images over the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime, I wanted to share a little sneak peek of our Instagram photos that we took at market events – from private appointments to the grandiose Martha Stewart 20th Anniversary Gala event!
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Courtney and Matthew’s Carolina Blue and White Wedding at Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill, NC.
Courtney and Matthew met during their sophomore year at the University of North Carolina, when they took a class together. Matthew held the door open for Courtney before class one day and decided to introduce himself. The bride says the rest is history!
After dating for several years, the couple returned to Chapel Hill to go to a basketball game at the Dean Dome. Afterwards, they planned to meet Matthew’s family for dinner on Franklin Street. However, before heading off for their meal, Matthew took Courtney to one of the most famous and romantic spots on UNC’s campus – the kissing bench under the Davie Poplar. Rumor has it that if you kiss someone on the bend, you’ll be with them forever. Matthew had avoided the bench for as long as they’d been dating – it was a running joke between he and Courtney – until that night. He asked her if she believed in the rumors, and when she said yes, he kissed her, got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
The pair enjoyed their time as an engaged couple, and took advantage of the two and half year period to perfectly plan their Chapel Hill nuptials. They selected a color palette of Carolina Blue, navy, and white that reflected their love of their alma mater and complemented their timeless, Southern theme. They incorporated personal details throughout the wedding weekend, like mini chicken biscuits during cocktail hour to represent their first date, a variety of bows in the decor, and a nod to their love of sports in their cake (try to find Rameses!) and the pom-pom exit.
Thanks to Martha Manning for the beautiful photographs from Courtney and Matthew’s big day!
Wedding Location: The Great Room at Top of the Hill
Rehearsal Dinner: Sutton’s Drug Store and The Distillery at Top of the Hill
Bridal Gown: Galina
Bridesmaids Dresses: Coren Moore
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Lindsay Holvig
Photographer: Martha Manning
Florist: University Florist
Party Rentals: Ward Productions
Wedding Favors: Krispy Kreme doughnuts
When Stephanie and Chris began to look for the perfect wedding reception venue, they hoped to find something other than an expansive rectangular ballroom. Their search was over when they discovered the beauty and warmth of the Raleigh Country Club!
The Raleigh Country Club, established in 1948, is not only home to a golf course designed by the famous Donald Ross, but it’s also an incredibly special setting for weddings. With a variety of rooms and outdoor sites, the Club has a wide array of options for wedding ceremonies and receptions, plus a talented event team who is willing to go above and beyond to make your event memorable.
Stephanie and Chris had a large guest list, over 200 people, so they reserved four interconnected spaces at the Club – a ballroom adorned with natural wood-colored shutters encasing the windows, a smaller room with a fireplace and comfortable couches, a lounge dominated by a gorgeous mahogany bar that also opened to the ballroom, and an adjoining patio. All of the spaces except the ballroom overlooked the beautiful rolling hills of the Club’s golf course.
The golf course also played a role in the wedding! Chris, his groomsmen, and the fathers of the bride and groom played a round of golf the day before the wedding. Stephanie had her bridal portraits taken there, and despite the rain on their wedding day, the newlyweds took golf carts out onto the course for photographs. The RCC event planner, Bonnie Miller, helped make the couple’s wedding day stress-free even with the inclement weather, and even delivered a beautiful wicker picnic basket full of tasty treats to them at the end of the night!
Thanks to Rebecca Ames Photography for these stunning photos from Stephanie’s bridal portrait session on the Raleigh Country Club golf course!
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Darcy and Kyle’s Southern Engagement Session in Chapel Hill, NC, shot by Southern Love Studios.
Darcy and Kyle met at Orientation Day for UNC’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2008 and instantly became close friends – she loved his positive energy (even during stressful exams) and he was drawn to her passion for serving others. While on a trip with another classmate, Darcy and Kyle shared amazing adventures in northern California – hiking at Yosemite, camping on the beach, and exploring wine country. They both say that by the time they’d returned to North Carolina, it was clear that their friendship had changed.
Kyle proposed to Darcy while on a trip to the NC mountains – he popped the question after they’d watched the sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and after she said yes, they celebrated at the Grove Park Inn. The couple married at Het Landhuis last Saturday, but today we’d like to share their beautiful engagement photos shot on UNC’s campus and around Chapel Hill, courtesy of Southern Love Studios.
One of the most ideal places to get married in North Carolina is beautiful and charming Downtown Wilmington, with its Spanish moss, historic buildings, cobblestone streets, and riverfront views. 128 South and Bakery 105 are two venues that any bride planning a Wilmington wedding must consider. Just blocks off the riverwalk, these sister properties include full-service catering and event planning services.
128 South is located in the historic VonKampen Building on the banks of the Cape Fear River. The property, which opened in February of 2010, combines old world charm — featuring original stained glass windows, exposed beams, and hardwood floors — with elegant, modern luxuries. The space’s open floor plan can accommodate anywhere from 30 to 175 of your closest friends and family, and offers a gorgeous river view deck. The recently-renovated venue is a beautiful space for any event — from wedding receptions and bridal showers to business meetings and corporate parties — and has convenient in-house catering. Southern Bride & Groom‘s 2015 magazine will feature a stunning styled shoot set at this lovely property — so stay on the lookout for our upcoming launch in December!
This year, the owners of 128 South opened a new Wilmington wedding venue right across the street — Bakery 105. The space was once part of the American Bakeries complex in the 1920s, where the building served for dough production and the garden courtyard was used as a loading dock. All of the historic charm has been kept intact, but the space has been repurposed for special events. The venue features mid-century industrial architecture, exposed brick walls, a wood ceiling, creeping vines, and crepe myrtle trees, and can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 200 guests. Catering from 128 South is also available for those who book Bakery 105.
These photos, courtesy of Susie Linquist Photography, were taken at a recent wedding reception at Bakery 105.