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Floral Inspiration For Your Garden Wedding

Garden Floral Wedding Inspiration

This dream garden grows splendid roses in coral, peach and gold colors of sunset within eye-catching geometric shaped vases and tiny terrariums. The romantic tablescape by Eclectic Sage is set beneath a luxurious hanging arrangement. This look is completed with ribbon woven through the white lattice backdrop, menus and place cards.

Coral Peach and Gold Hanging Arrangement by Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography at Merrmon Wynne House in NC

Wooden Chairs at Garden Inspired wedding reception with coral peach and gold colored floral arrangements by Eclectic Sage, KAtherine Miles Jones Photography
Gold Accents in Garden Inspired Wedding with coral and gold roses and candlesticks in high arrangements by Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography

With such an array of colors and metals, One + Only Paper kept their menus and placecards unique yet simplistic. The geometric touches on the designs perfectly complimented the geometric accents of the tablescape.

One and Only PAper Garden Inspired Tablescape and menus with Wooden Plate Accent and coral pink floral arrangement by Eclectic Saef, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Garden Inspired Coral Peach and Gold Palette Wedding Reception table with geometric and gold accents by Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Golden accents were not only added to the table with vases and decor but also to the bride. Bailey’s Fine Jewelry adorned the beautiful bride with vintage inspired gold pieces.

Coral and gold roses in gold and geometric accent floral arrangement by Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography
Bride in Lela Rose from Alexias Bridal Salon in NC with Eclectic Sage Garden Floral Crown, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography

Garden Inspired Coral and peach with gold and geometric accent by Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Garden Inspired Tablescape with Wooden Plate Accent and coral pink floral arrangement by Eclectic Saef, Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Hanging Coral Pink and Gold Arrangement by Eclectic sage over garden inspired wedding tablescape, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography
Coral Peach and Gold Floral Arrangements with splahes of burgundy and gold accents by Eclectic Sage, a NC florist, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography

Eclectic Sage didn’t just use their impeccable skills with floral arrangements for the table display. The brides floral crown and gorgeous bridal bouquet matched perfectly with the garden blooms of the entire wedding scene.

Bride in Lela Rose from Alexias Bridal Salon in NC with Eclectic Sage Garden Floral Crown and spring bouquet, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography
Bride in Lela Rose from Alexias Bridal holding Coral Peach Gold and Reds Large Spring Bouquet from NC Florist Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Beautiful Coral Peach Gold and Reds Large Spring Bouquet from NC Florist Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Coral Peach Gold and Reds Large Spring Bouquet from NC Florist Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Gold and leaf floral bridal crown by eclectic
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SB&G Preferred Vendors

FLORAL DESIGN, LATTICE RIBBON DECOR & CONTAINERS: Eclectic Sage| TABLETOP CHINA, GLASSWARE, FLATWARE & LINEN: Party Reflections | MENUS & PLACECARDS: One + Only Paper | GOWN: Lela Rose from Alexia’s Bridal | JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Mixed Golds and Blush Wedding Florals

Romantic Floral Inspiration

The captivating design perfectly meshes with the charm of The Merrimon-Wynne House. We love that Fiore Fine Flowers mixed florals you might grow in your home garden like blush and cream dahlias and roses, with gorgeous and exotic white phalaenopsis orchids. The bounteous bundles are enhanced with special touches like silk ribbon chair embellishments, watercolor place cards and mixed golden vases. This soft extravagant mix is as romantic as it gets.

Fiore Fine Flowers Floral Tall Floral Table Decor with Blush theme by Photographer Katherine Miles Jones

Fiore Fine Flowers adorned the beautiful antique fireplace of The Merrimon-Wynne House with green leaf runners, blush and cream dahlias and roses, and candles. They added a mix of gold lanterns and vases to pull together the classic gold and blush color theme.

Fireplace floral wedding display with blush palette by Fiore Fine Flowers at The Merrimon Wynne House in North Carolina Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Blush and White Floral Arrangement at Merrimom Wynne House on fireplace by Fiore Fine Flowers, Katherine Miles Photography
Bride in Hayley Paige gown from Coastal Knot Bridal holding large blush bouquet from Fiore Fine Flowers in front of fire place at Merrimon Wynne House, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Fiore Fine Flowers created a large cream and blush bridal bouquet with dahlias, roses, and draping white phalaenopsis. A gold satin sash tied together the gorgeous bouquet to compliment the gold accents of the scenery.

Bride in gown from Coastal Knot Bridal holding large blush bouquet from Fiore Fine Flowers Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Blush bouquet with hanging orchids
Fiore Fine Flowers Floral Blush colored Table Decor with Tall floral vase by Photographer Katherine Miles Jones Fiore Fine Flower Green and Gold Accent Chair Decor, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Watercolor blush menus and place cards from If It’s Paper add a whimsical and artistic touch that perfectly pairs with the elegant tall gold vases with white and blush shaded blooms from Fiore Fine Flowers.

Raleigh based papergoods from If Its Paper menu cards with blush watercolor designs and gold accent tablesetting by Party Reflections, Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Tall Blush and White Floral Display in gold accent vase from Fiore Fine Flowers by Katherine Miles Jones Photography in NC

The bride wore a classically elegant Hayley Paige gown form Coastal Knot Bridal and a vintage inspired necklace from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.

Bride in Hayley Paige gown from Coastal Knot Bridal holding large blush bouquet from Fiore Fine Flowers Katherine Miles Jones Photography Blush white and green Floral Arrangements with mixed metal accents at Merrimom Wynne House on fireplace by Fiore Fine Flowers, Katherine Miles Photography
Blush white and green Floral Arrangements with mixed metal accents and lanterns on fireplace at Merrimom Wynne House on fireplace by Fiore Fine Flowers, Katherine Miles Photography
Fiore Fine Flowers Floral Blush colored Wedding Display with Tall floral vase by Photographer Katherine Miles Jones

SB&G Preferred Vendors

FLORAL DESIGN: Fiore Fine Flowers | CHAIRS, GLASSWARE, CHIND & LINEN: Party Reflections | MENU & PLACE CARDS: If It’s Paper | GOWN: Hayley Paige from Coastal Knot Bridal | JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography

A Modern NC Outdoor Wedding Peppered with Geometric Shapes and Mixed Metals

North Carolina Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

There is a good reason so many North Carolina couples desire an outdoor wedding. When the weather is on point in our state, the open air surroundings are nothing short of mild and magical. And indeed, all is aglow with romance in this spring outdoor wedding with a pastel color palette. The end result was an intimate industrial, garden chic wedding designed around geometric shapes and a soft feminine palette of mint, copper and pastels. This modern NC wedding in a country setting was designed by local wedding planner team, A Southern Soiree.

Just Married Outdoor North Carolina Wedding Ceremony by A Southern Soiree and Casey Rose Photography


This formal affair is designed to feel intimate and casual. The ceremony was adorned in wood elements and florals to bring out a garden chic feel. The outdoor dining area defined by market light poles is intentionally cozy, and is set with a mix of table groupings, all conducive to sharing food and good company.

Wood Welcome Sign with Calligrapghy at Outdoor Wedding Ceremony by Casey Rose Photography
Ceremony Arch with Draping white fabric and white and green flowers by English Garden, photography by Casey Rose Photography
Open Air NC Wedding Reception with Market Lights by Get Lit Special Event Lighting, photography by Casey Rose Photography c Wedding party at NC outdoor wedding during cocktail hour by Casey Rose Photography

Fashion & Beauty

Smart suits in soft grey pair handsomely with bridesmaid dresses, each unique and in complementary shades of the palest blue. Mismatching bridesmaid dresses gives the opportunity to add a variation of colors while still staying in one palette and theme.

Gray suits for groomsmen in NC Outdoor Wedding Ceremony by Casey Rose Photography
Mismatched Bridesmaids in blue with southern bouquets A Southern Soiree and Casey Rose Photography

A romantic look for all, with the bride in a Theia gown from Lana Addison Bridal and her ‘maids in mismatched dresses varying in shades of the palest blue from Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh.



To photograph the classic beauty of the venue, Casey Rose Photography chose film photography for its unparalleled ability to capture rich textures, depth and dynamic range in soft, natural colors and soft light.

Full Skirt Wedding Dress Theia from Lana Addison Bridal Salon in North Carolina by Casey Rose Photography

Flowers & Décor

The English Garden created naturally styled floral bouquets and arrangements in a feminine palette of mint and mixed pastels. Adding mixed metals created an industrial look that perfectly paired with the feminine beauty of the scenery. “We blended texture, metal and pastels to create an unexpected design,” says Megan Gillikin of A Southern Soiree.

Spring inspired North Carolina Outdoor Wedding Centerpieces with Pastel Blue and Gold Votives from American Party Rentals, English Garden, A Southern Soiree by Casey Rose Photography
Spring Wedding Open Air Tabletop display designed by A Southern Soiree and American Party Rentals by Casey Rose Photography
geometric shape wedding menus by Paperbuzz a Raleigh NC stationer, casey rose photography
Spring inspired North Carolina Outdoor Wedding Centerpieces with Pastel Blue and Gold Votives from American Party Rentals, English Garden, A Southern Soiree by Casey Rose Photography

A formal affair designed to feel cozy and casual, the perfect setting for guests to enjoy the outdoors and good company.

Southern Wedding Reception on Open Air Porch Inspiration with Photography by Casey Rose Photography Southern Wedding Flowers with Magnolia Accent at North Carolina Outdoor Wedding, Florist English Garden by Casey Rose Photography Southern Bride and Groom with Big Garden Style Bouquet in Pastel Pink, Coral, and Lavender from English Garden at North Carolina Wedding by Photographer Casey Rose

Reception Must-Haves

Elegant passed hor d’oeuvres adds an easy, delicious touch to the guest’s experience. Edible Art Bakery produced geometric garden chic cakes to incorporate the events themes.

Colorful wedding hors doeuvres, casey rose photography, 12 oaks, north carolina wedding
Groomsman holding hors doeuvres, casey rose photography
Handpainted gold on petite white modern wedding cake by Edible Art bakery in raleigh NC, photography by Casey Rose Photography
Modern Wedding Cake Geometric Shapes with pastel and gold from Edible Art in Raleigh NC by Casey Rose Photography
Southern Bride and Groom with Big Garden Style Bouquet in Pastel Pink, Coral, and Lavender from English Garden at North Carolina Wedding by Photographer Casey Rose Sparkler Exit with Bride and Groom by Casey Rose Photography



STYLING A Southern Soiree | PHOTOGRAPHY Casey Rose Photography | FLORALS The English Garden | RENTALS American Party Rentals | PAPER Paperbuzz | BRIDAL GOWN Theia from Lana Addison Bridal | BRIDESMAIDS GOWNS Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh | FORMALWEAR Bernard’s Formalwear | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | JEWELRY Moon & Lola | LIGHTING & CEREMONY DRAPER Get Lit Special Event Lighting
 | CAKES Edible Art Bakery

Other Contributors

VENUE 12 Oaks Country Club | LINEN CE Rentals | BOWTIES High Cotton | CALLIGRAPHY Kelley Ann (of A Southern Soiree)

Romantic Wrightsville Beach Wedding Inspiration

Our beaches are a point of pride for most North Carolinians. From the famed Outer Banks, to the pristine shores of remote nooks like Topsail and Bald Head Island, to bustling destinations like Atlantic Beach, each has its own personality and vibe. One of the most special NC beaches – popular for vacations and destination weddings alike – is Wrightsville. Neighbor to the charming town of Wilmington – the “Charleston of NC,” if you will, Wrightsville is a world of its own that faces the Atlantic on one side, and the Intercoastal Waterway on the other. Fine art NC photographer Bronwyn Duffield Photography took advantage of each of these signature features, and styled an incredibly romantic Wrightsville Beach wedding inspirational shoot. Enjoy these images, which were shot on film by Bronwyn.

The setting is the pier of The Oceanic. The vibe is soft and romantic – a full and flowing wedding dress, a handsome gray suit in subtle plaid, and a color palette of antique blush tones, creams and dusty blue in the bouquet and bridesmaid gown. Thanks to the quiet winter, the newlyweds have the sand, waves and warm sunlight all to themselves.  Wrightsville Wedding portrait by Bronwyn Duffield PhotographyWilmington NC bride with veilWilmington NC beach bride Bronwyn DuffieldFiore Fine Flowers wedding bouquetGroom in gray plaid with skinny navy tieBride and Groom on Wrightsville BeachAntique Blue bridesmaid dress on beachDiamond and Sapphire engagement ring with invitation on beachBride under Pier at Wrightsville Beach NCBridesmaid on Wrightsville NC beachInvitation Suite for Beach wedding in navyThe winter golden grasses of the intercoastal waterway add dimension to the scene. The bride and groom aglow in warm light which shows up beautifully in film photography.Bride and Groom in natural light on intercoastal waterwayBride in romantic full wedding gown on NC Intercoastal WaterwayA table for two is set underneath the Wrightsville Beach pier. Antique mauve and cream colors are paired with vintage blue and green glassware. Blue and gold china is complemented with menus depicted in calligraphy. A nautical touch is added with silver whale figurines. And to top off the soiree, a buttercream cake is served.  Table for Two under Oceanic pierGarden Style Flower arrangement by Fiore Fine Flowersblue and gold wedding chinaWedding Tablescape for Beach by Fiore Fine FlowersBeach Wedding Inspiration tabletop detailsVintage Green and Blue glassware for wedding tabletopblue gold cream anblue gold cream and mauve palette for weddingWedding Cake on BeachThe bride dons a second wedding gown after dinner for some portraits in the dunes. This one features elegant lace sleeves. The bride and her bridesmaid pull their hair back for more elegant, yet still beachy wedding hairstyles.  Badgley Mischka dusty pink shoes on beachBride and Groom in wrightsville beach dunesBride and Bridesmaid in Wrightsville NC dunesWedding Ring on Lace wedding sleeveBridesmaid Beach Hairlace sleeve wedding gownbeach wedding hair and makeup ncBride and Groom share a moment in NC sanddunesStyling and Photography – SB&G Preferred VendorBronwyn Duffield Photography
Flowers – SB&G Preferred VendorFiore Fine Flowers
Venue – SB&G Preferred Vendor – the Pier at The Oceanic
Veil & Earrings – SB&G Preferred VendorCoastal Knot Bridal

Cake: One Belle Bakery | Gown: Enzoani | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Gown: Adrianna Papell |Stationery & Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Carole | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

Southern Wedding Inspiration from The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase

In our world, January means wedding show season! It might be cold outside with an early setting sun, but this is our favorite time of year. Our latest edition of Southern Bride & Groom magazine has just been published, and we get to spend a couple of days each week handing it out and chatting with newly-engaged couples who are just getting started on their wedding planning journey. This is what makes our work feel truly meaningful. But these events are fun for another reason, too – the local vendors pull out all the stops to showcase their talents, as well as the latest design trends. Some wedding shows are so pretty that couples could leave having planned every last detail of their wedding design. Today, we are sharing oodles of Southern wedding inspiration from The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase.

SB&G magazine – and Mama Parks – has been part of this show for all 22 years it has been held! We adore our longstanding relationship with The Carolina Inn – a stunning Chapel Hill NC historic hotel and wedding venue known for its high class service and atmosphere. Southern Bride and Groom Magazine publishersOne of the most impressive offerings of The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase is the vignettes that are scattered throughout the property. Tented receptions on the Carolina Inn lawns are very popular for weddings, especially during the spring and fall. This allows an outdoor vibe alongside the experience of amazing cuisine and upscale amenities. It doesn’t get much better than dining in style under a clear tent with a floral chandelier centerpiece!

Vignette team: Viva L’ Event, Tre Bella Flowers, Classic Party Rentals, Mason Dixon Calligraphy, Sugar Euphoria
Southern wedding inspiration from The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase www.southernbrideandgroom.comGorgeous tall wedding centerpieces www.southernbrideandgroom.comPink watercolor place cards www.southernbrideandgroom.compink and white wedding flowers www.southernbrideandgroom.comFormal with flair: Tre Bella Flower‘s elegant floral arrangements, and fine china, is juxtaposed with gingham linengold foil wedding cake www.southernbrideandgroom.comPink white and gold wedding cake www.southernbrideandgroom.comBursts of color and gold foil on buttercream cake keep dessert classy yet delish – by Sugar Euphoriaceremony backdrop ideas www.southernbrideandgroom.comPink and white wedding at The Carolina Inn www.southernbrideandgroom.comBeyonce quote used in wedding backdrop www.southernbrideandgroom.comWho doesn’t love Queen Bey?? We adore this vibrant custom backdrop for the sweetheart table.Classic Southern wedding venues www.southernbrideandgroom.comwedding inspiration www.southerbrideandgroom.comromantic table settings www.southernbrideandgroom.comUNC Chapel Hill wedding inspiration www.southernbrideandgroom.comCarolina Blue wedding colors www.southerbrideandgroom.comThe pastel haven shown above in one of the Carolina Inn parlors was designed by La Cosa Bella Events.Pink champagne for wedding toast www.southernbrideandgroom.comwedding flower frame www.southernbrideandgroom.comErin McLean Events created rose frames in her booth – we adore this idea for a wedding!vintage wedding decor ideas www.southernbrideandgroom.comSouthern Bride and Groom MagazineSeveral issues of SB&G mag spotted on the table of Makeup for Your Day.Bumble and branch local honey wedding favorsLocal NC wedding favors www.southernbrideandgroom.comThese wedding favors from Bumble & Branch are too cute for words – and perfect for an eco-friendly wedding!Carolina Inn cateringFloral backdrop ideas www.southernbrideandgroom.comNorth carolina bridal salons www.southerbrideandgroom.comTre Bella creates amazing floral design (shown in vignette at top, as well as the beautiful display above), and is also Durham’s only full-service bridal salon. Visit their clothing boutique and gift shop on the ground floor of Main Street before your appointment at the wedding dress boutique upstairs!photo booths at weddingsChapel Hill wedding showsWe loved the artistic floral creation that University Florist made for our boothCarolina Inn bridal showcaseAll photos above are by the incredibly talented Fancy This Photography, who is also a Preferred SB&G Vendor!

The second section of photos, below, are contributed by Mikkel Paige Photography. soda wall at wedding or event www.southernbrideandgroom.comvintage flower vases wedding decor www.southernbrideandgroom.comVases on shelving is a great modern backdrops. We loved this little display by A Southern stationery www.southernbrideandgroom.comlocal ice cream passed as favors at wedding www.southernbrideandgroom.comhomemade ice cream with Mr. & Mrs. cookies www.southernbrideandgroom.comThere was no shortage of eats and treats at the Bridal Showcase! We can’t ever resist indulging on Andia’s Homemade Ice-Cream!Cascading flower centerpieces www.southernbrideandgroom.comwedding cake pops www.southernbrideandgroom.comconfetti wedding cake www.southernbrideandgroom.comThe whimsical theme that The Carolina Inn utilized this year for their event was captured perfectly in the above ballroom scene. In the brilliant tabletop display, ability to converse does not get lost with this extravagant design.

A confetti cake is a perfectly fun way to celebrate the kickoff to happily ever after!

Vignette team: A Southern Soiree, English Garden florist, The Carolina Inn pastry team, Party Reflections & Sugarland.

Valentine’s Day Bridal Shower Inspiration

Valentine’s Day is best spent with the ones we love, including our besties! This charming Bridal Shower Soriee designed by Stephanie Scholl Events is filled with lovely feminine details – white, bright, and blush colors along with “xoxo” details from the paper invitations to the table runner. Adorable gift boxes filled with champagne, a succulent, a copper Moscow Mule cup, and the cutest heart-shaped sugar cookies are the envy of any bridesmaid.

The shoot took place at the stylish and stunning bridal suite, The Glass Box, upstairs from Raleigh wedding venue, The Stockroom at 230.

The simple and sweet dessert bar, perfect for this bridal shower soirée, was put together by Randi at Sugar Euphoria. Mixed metals, blush, and lots of white plus a two-tiered and two-toned cake steel the show. Raspberry macarons, like little jewels, make for cute edible accents.

Take a look and get ideas for your own party or shower!
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VENUE The Glass Box at The Stockroom at 230 | CAKE & DESSERT TABLE Sugar Euphoria | CHAIRS & LINENS Themeworks Creative

Other Styling Team Members
PHOTOGRAPHY Sarah Morrel Photography | PLANNING, STYLING & DESIGN Stephanie Scholl Events | PAPER Sage Paper Co. | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup by Ashely Mooney | GIFT BOXES Memento and Muse with Southern Sugar Bakery and The Zen Succulent | CAKE STANDS Greenhouse Picker Sisters | FLORALS Stephanie Scholl Events  | WARDROBE STYLING Mel in Chanel for Anthropologie |  CUSTOM WRAPPING PAPER Kellie W.

Choose the Right China for Your Wedding Registry

Bridal registries are practically a social requirement for most brides, and for good reasons. It’s exciting for the bride and groom to choose pieces and products they both love and will enjoy for years to come. And most guests want to buy a wedding gift that they can feel confident the couple will cherish. A registry eliminates guesswork, making gift selection simple for friends and family. China and tableware are popular items among registries and the choices today are versatile.

Classic and Clean

classic wedding china

The complete table setting above is by Michael Aram –  from the gorgeous Wheat dinner plate shown with the Forest Leaf salad plate and flatware – paired with Michael Aram crystal and Black Orchid napkin ring. The placemat is by Kim Seybert. Michael Aram is found at Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.
Wedding registry ideasVietri Lastra is a classic everyday pottery china – and can be beautifully dressed for company. The setting is shown in its lovely simplicity on a quilted placemat with Vietri glassware and Fortessa brushed gold flatware from Southern Season.
White wedding chinaThe Arte Italica china from Southern Season, pictured above, has feminine scalloped edges and pairs perfectly with gold utensils.

Colorful Patterns

patterned wedding chinaMix and match your favorite selections at Bailey’s Fine Jewelry. Ornate and unique, this L’Objet Perlee charger pairs beautifully with an Aegean dinner plate topped with the Mottahedeh Peacock dessert plate. The teacup is by L’Objet and crystal stemware by Arte Italica paired with silverware from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry Estate Collection. Handmade braided ruffle placements come in a rainbow of colors.
Baileys Fine Jewelry wedding registryA classic wedding pattern, Mottahedeh’s “Tobacco Leaf,” is mixed with modern Anna Weatherly china accents from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry and monogram napkins in the styled shoot pictured above.

Fancy Florals

how to choose registry chinaFloral is always a beautiful choice, like this pacesetting with china, crystal and silverware from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.
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Beautiful spring and fall colors come together in this tabletop salad plate by Juliska available at Southern Season.

Glittering Gold

navy and gold table settingNavy and gold is a timeless color combination. This delightful detailed Wedgewood Renaissance pattern is dressed up with a scrolled wooden charger. Kate Spade New York glassware and Oneida flatware complete this classy look put together for us  from Belk at Streets of Southpoint.
Raleigh gift registriesOld traditions meet new trends with this exquisite china from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, upon which rests a hand-penned magnolia leaf place cards and matching menu from The Oblique Pen.
Gold wedding chinaAnother Bailey’s table setting shows off the extravagance and luxurious look of gold paired with a green and white floral salad plate and gold napkin ring.

Photo credits: 
Classic and Clean: Brian Mullins Photography
Colorful Patterns: 1: Brian Mullins Photography; 2. Renee Sprink Photography
Fancy Florals: Walters & Walters Photography
Glittering Gold: 1. Brian Mullins Photography; 2. Renee Sprink Photography; 3. Walters & Walters Photography

Inspiration From The Big Fake Wedding Raleigh

The Big Fake Wedding came to Raleigh last fall, and once again, wowed attendees with the presentation of several local wedding vendors “in action.”

The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional vow renewal ceremony, light bites and a dance-party reception. “Wedding guests” are brides- and grooms-to-be who get to see local wedding professionals re-create a fake wedding for a lucky local couple.

This year’s event was held at a new Triangle venue, Traine, nestled in the historic Seaboard Railroad Station in downtown Raleigh.

Shades of purple and violet with shimmering silver and gold metallic details are carried across the design from florals to table settings to cakes, dresses and jewelry. The Big Fake Wedding is loaded with plenty of inspiration for your own wedding…take a look!
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VENUE Traine | DAY OF COORDINATOR & FLORAL + EVENT DESIGN La Cosa Bella Events | CAKE Sugar Euphoria | CATERING 214 Martin Street | ICE CREAM CART Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream | RENTALS Showtime Events | TANNING Transformations Spray Tanning

Other contributors

BAND Soulful Productions | CEREMONY MUSIC Eryn Jones Fusion- Harpist | DESSERT BAR & SIGNAGE Magnolia Grove Weddings & Events | HAIR & MAKEUP A Shear Perfection | JEWELRY Stella & Dot | BOUQUETS, BOUTONNIERES & TABLE DESIGN  Specialties Florals and Events | CEREMONY BACKDROP & TABLE DESIGN Knots ’N Such Event Planning & Design | HEAD TABLE The Prettiest Pieces | FLORAL TABLE DESIGN Flora Fine Weddings | PHOTO BOOTH Shutterbooth | PHOTOGRAPHER (featured above) This Is Now | OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS Jocelyn And Ryan and Natalie E. Photography | REGISTRY Dinner 4 Two | TRANSPORTATION Raleigh Dream Events & Limousines | WEDDING VOW ART The Standard Canvas

Sophisticated Styled Shoot at The Cloth Mill

Even though The Cloth Mill at Eno River is a historic site located in the charming Southern town of Hillsborough, NC, it exudes modern elegance. As you can see from the styled shoot below, A Swanky Affair, showcased the versatility of this urban event space.

“So often we see a more rustic or industrial vibe in weddings at these type of venues, but venues like the Cloth Mill are a blank slate – perfect for couples to create any type of design, including something super sophisticated!” says Amanda Scott, owner of A Swanky Affair.

Contemporary florals gave it a modern feel, but the scene was also kept traditional with a cream damask pattern linen and classic navy and gold accents.

A great time to check out The Cloth Mill is during its winter wedding showcase: Freshly Pressed, taking place on January 14, 2017.
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Southern Bride & Groom Winter-Spring 2017 Cover

NC’s Trusted Wedding Magazine Reveals 30th Anniversary Cover

Each year, putting Southern Bride & Groom’s annual magazine together is a labor of love between the SB&G team, local wedding vendors, and the happy couples connected in our network. Fittingly, our annual magazine showcases the best of the best when it comes to North Carolina wedding vendors. This year is an especially exciting year for us because it marks a major milestone for the magazine’s – our 30th anniversary! We are thrilled to reveal our first cover of 2017, and share the styled shoot from which it came, created by several local NC wedding vendors.
Southern Bride and Groom Magazine

A Garden Party Wedding at Merrimon-Wynne

The winter-spring cover captures the essence of what it means to be a Southern bride and groom: modern beauty mixed with timeless tradition. This enchanting photo is by local photographer Renee Sprink. It was taken during an inspirational garden wedding on the lawn of The Merrimon-Wynne House. The shoot, styled by Events by La Fete, was part of a celebratory event for this popular wedding venue which had completed construction on its gorgeous Carriage House, located in the back lawn, expanding capacity and functionality for wedding parties.
merrimon-wynne-raleigh-event-venuenatural-themed-wedding-decormerrimon-wynne-carriage-housenorth-carolina-wedding-venuesThe stylist and florist, Meristem Floral, worked to bring a garden party vibe indoors with trees, moss, and shimmery linen. A white, mirrored bar and lounge furniture kept the vibe modern and clean.
weddings-at-the-merrimon-wynne-housevera-wang-wedding-gownbridal-portrait-the-the-merrimon-wynne-housemodern-wedding-bouquetssouthern-styled-shootnavy-blue-grooms-suitsheer-bridesmaid-dressesalexias-bridal-boutiqueWho wouldn’t be all smiles when donned in Vera Wang? The lovely bride was stunning in with the magical “Pippa” gown, from Alexia’s Bridal, and styled by Makeup for Your Day with raspberry-hued lips and a loose braid. Her groom was dashing in his smart navy suit, and her maid of honor floated in a Monique Lhuillier, also from Alexia’s.
north-carolina-wedding-magazinevintage-wedding-tablemodern-wedding-flowersraleigh-wedding-floristsVibrant Mottahedeh china and Herend collectibles from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry atop a glass table set on a verdant green lawn were lovely touches for this spring garden party. A soft butterfly theme was found in the patterns and hand-made place cards. Specialty furniture from Themeworks and additional tabletop items from Party Reflections completed the tastes better when beautifully presented! Delicious hors d’oeuvres from Donovan’s Dish were displayed on a hanging swing in the courtyard, as well as on living tabletops that floated about the event – it doesn’t get more charming than that!summer-wedding-flowerswhimsical-wedding-tablejewel-toned-wedding-flowersraleigh-nc-bride-and-groomThey may look like models, but these sparks are real. Kari and Matthew are a real couple and loved getting dressed up for this faux wedding day.

PLANNING/DESIGN Events by La Fete | PHOTOGRAPHY Renee Sprink Photography | BRIDAL GOWN Vera Wang from Alexia’s Bridal | BRIDESMAID GOWN Monique Lhuillier from Alexia’s Bridal | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day | FLOWERS Meristem Floral | GLASSWARE AND FLATWARE Party Reflections | CHINA Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | LIGHTING & FURNITURE Themeworks Creative | CATERING Donovan’s Dish | PAPER Emily Brooks Designs | CALLIGRAPHY Mason Dixon Designs | PERFORMANCE ART AND LIVE FOOD STATIONS Elevate | DJ Joe Bunn