Pantone has officially announced the Color of the Year for 2014, and the winner is Radiant Orchid! This gorgeous hue is a shade of deep fuchsia with pink and purple undertones, which Pantone said is “a captivating, magical purple” that “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.”
The shade is a vibrant pop of color that pairs beautifully with just about any neutral – from steel grays and silvers, to soft ivories and golds – and also with ombre hues in the purple and pink color families. The flexibility is perfect for weddings and events throughout every season of the year! Though bright, Radiant Orchid is a surprisingly versatile color that can be worn by both men and women of all skin tones.
Shades of purple have been popping up throughout the wedding world this year, and we can’t wait to see what designers, planners, and of course, brides, do with this fantastic new color! Here’s some Radiant Orchid inspiration to get you started.
For more inspiration about incorporating this regal color into your every day life (and your wedding day!), check out our Radiant Orchid Inspiration Pinterest board.
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re thrilled to share Tara and Gregory’s summery Real Durham NC Wedding at Duke Gardens, with beautiful photos from Casey Rose Photography.
Tara and Gregory met when she dropped by a Mexican restaurant for a quick bite to eat. He was sitting with his son Nigel, and when Tara sat down to eat, he struck up a conversation. They chatted for a while, and Greg asked for her number before she left. He took her to the Philadelphia Art Museum a few nights later, and the two have been inseparable ever since!
Greg proposed at a concert last in Philly last year. Right before the show started, he got down on one knee and popped the question right in the middle of a sea of people. When Tara said yes, everyone applauded!
The pair wanted a destination wedding, and decided on North Carolina, since Tara is a Duke alum. They settled on Duke Gardens for a beautiful, small July wedding, and Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair helped Tara and Greg plan their Durham wedding from afar. With a summery color palette of robin’s egg blue, silver and white, the couple wed in a classy, intimate affair.
The duo also used a slew of other members of the SB&G Family to help bring their big day dreams to life, including: Sugarland, Tre Bella Flowers, ShutterBooth, Island Sound Video, American Party Rentals, The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, and CE Rental. Tara said the print version of SB&G was her “bible” for the wedding planning process!
Wedding Location: Duke Gardens
Rehearsal Dinner: Piazza Italia
Wedding Planner: Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair
Bridal Gown: Pronovias from Van Cleve Bridal Pavilion in Paoli, PA
Bridesmaids Dresses: Kate Spade
Men’s Formalwear: Joseph A. Bank
Hair & Makeup: Suede the Salon
Photographer: Casey Rose Photography
Videographer: Island Sound & Video
Florist: Tre Bella Flowers
Invitations: Chick Invitations
Ceremony & Reception Musicians: Joe Bunn DJ Company
Party Rentals: American Party Rentals and CE Rental
Guest Accommodations: The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Wedding Favors: ShutterBooth
It’s that time again! Today, we’re announcing our December giveaways, including a Facebook contest to win free custom save the dates from PULP!
To celebrate the newest edition of SB&G (which will be debuting soon!), PULP — the new, one-of-a-kind wedding invitation resource for DIY couples — is giving away free custom save the dates with matching envelopes to one lucky couple! This amazing prize includes 100 custom-designed save the dates and 100 matching envelopes. Paper, printing, and design are all included! To enter, simply write on SB&G’s Facebook wall and tag PULP by 11:59pm on Saturday, December 7th! One winner will be chosen at random and announced the following week!
This month, we’re also giving away:
-A $100 gift certificate to 18 Seaboard, an award-winning contemporary American grill in Raleigh.
-A $100 gift card to Cafe Parizade in Durham that serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.
-A $50 gift certificate to Bella Trio Day Spa in Durham – the perfect place to get a fantastic new hairdo or relaxing massage.
Be sure to register with us to qualify for the prizes we are doling out this month, and every month!
We absolutely adore this bright and colorful Candy Crush inspired bridal shower shoot from Kelley Kennedy of Teacup Floral. It’s so different than the muted, rustic-chic style shoots that are so popular, and we love the fresh take on bold color!
Everyone has played (and become addicted to!) the game Candy Crush, or at least knows someone who has. Teacup Floral decided to take the modern popularity of the game and mix it with the traditional elegance of a surprise bridal shower. The design team took easily-recognizable elements from the game, like the rolling hills, the Yeti, and the colorful confections and worked them into an elegant affair. The result was an over-the-top, vibrant display of color — and of course, sugar — that is sure to delight brides who have a playful side or love for all things whimsical.
Just remember, when it comes to your wedding events, the sky is the limit! You can take inspiration from anything and everything to make your big day and the events surrounding it uniquely you.
Photographer: Andrew Kennedy Photography
Event Coordinator/Floral Artist: Kelley Kennedy of Teacup Floral
Event Coordinator/Stationery Designer: Adger Rothwell of Sealed With Appeal
Hair & Makeup: Gloss
Venue: River Ridge Golf Club, Raleigh NC
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Rebekah and Ben’s colorful Real Durham NC Wedding at Parizade, with photos by Rebecca Ames Photography.
Rebekah and Ben first met in their seventh grade English class and knew each other throughout high school, but they didn’t reconnect until they both moved back to Durham after college. The couple chose Parizade as their wedding venue because Durham holds a special place in their hearts – it’s where they’d grown up, where their families and friends lived, and where they’d fallen in love.
After a first look at the prestigious King’s Daughters Inn, they wed in a traditional Jewish ceremony under a chuppah made by Rebekah’s mother, in a tent from Party Reflections. Afterwards, guests were ushered inside to enjoy the couple’s creative spin on the classic wedding day “somethings” — something old (mint juleps), something new (sparkling rose), something borrowed (a cocktail from one of the couple’s favorite restaurants) and something blue (blueberry vodka lemonade).
Rebekah wanted a colorful and eclectic feel to her décor, which was perfected with the help of Amanda from A Swanky Affair, beautiful, bright florals, and detailed vintage centerpieces. A cake from Sugarland followed a delicious feast by Parizade’s catering team, and No Regret Productions kept everyone on the dance floor throughout the evening!
Congrats Rebekah and Ben – your wedding was absolutely stunning!
Wedding Coordinator: Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair
Photographer: Rebecca Ames Photography
First Look: The King’s Daughters Inn
Ceremony & Reception: Parizade
Hair & Makeup: Stage 1 Salon
Stationery: Indigo Envelope
Florist and Vintage Rentals: Farm and Filligree
Tent: Party Reflections
Reception Music: No Regret Productions
We North Carolinians take our barbecue seriously. The Pit has long been a favorite local Raleigh NC barbecue joint in downtown’s warehouse district. They are famous for their upscale take on authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue. Now, we are thrilled to welcome The Pit to Durham!
Their new digs are located on Geer Street, in a former soda and water bottling plant. The location is part of downtown Durham but a little further north, a block away from the original Durham Bulls Stadium, in the neighborhood known as Durham’s D.I.Y. District. This transformative area has gone from practically abandoned to flourishing in just a few short years – in no small part due to the community of food trucks who made this area popular with their epic rodeos, the farmer’s market, as well as the businesses such as Fullsteam, Motorco and Geer Street Garden which took a risk on being in an area in transition, but have essentially created a new nook of downtown in the process.
Greg Hatem, founder of Empire Eats (the restaurant group to which The Pit belongs), has played a similar role in downtown Raleigh, and now he has joined the club in Durham. This project which began in summer of 2012 has come full circle, as The Pit Durham officially opens today!
I attended their opening party on Saturday night and was very impressed with the roomy, sleek ambiance. The funky look of exposed brick walls painted clean cream is complemented by concrete floors and tall ceilings with wooden rafters. Guests can lounge at the chic bar area, or dine right next to the kitchen, taking in the tasty smells and hubbub of meats being prepared on wood stoves, while nestled into beautiful family style farm tables.
I was over the moon for the fresh pork n’ fixins that guests sampled! I am thrilled to have a new spot that not only serves delectable BBQ done right, but also a fresh bounty of delicious side dishes using fresh and local NC ingredients.
Also in development is a second restaurant space upstairs, with a rooftop, open-air patio overlooking the Durham skyline. Hopefully construction will be complete by the time next year’s warm weather rolls in – that is going to be the place to be summer of 2014! I also have a good feeling it will be in high-demand for private parties!
Be one of the first Durham foodies to eat at The Pit – check out their inaugural Thanksgiving lunch this Thursday from 11AM-4PM. Call 919.282.3748 for reservations.
Since The Pit Durham is just 2 blocks from the SB&G office, I know we’ll be frequenting this spot! See y’all there!
Check out Empire Eats‘ other restaurants in Raleigh – Gravy, Sitti, Morning Times, and Raleigh Times. Empire also has two beautiful event facilities which are members of the SB&G Family of recommended wedding venues – All Saints Chapel and The Stockroom at 230.