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Sophisticated Black and White Raleigh Wedding

Courtney & Mario

Courtney and Mario’s sophisticated and elegant wedding at the Raleigh Marriott City Center was everything they envisioned and more. The black and white color theme with accents of gold only added to the elegance of the night. All the aspects of the celebration were chose to align with their classic theme and the affair was straight out of an old hollywood film.

simple black and white invitations for Raleigh wedding In His Image

They couple met on a dating site and knew it was something special between the two of them. The bride said “Mario proposed on my birthday at dinner with my sister, cousin, and friends. It was a very “Mario” proposal..short and sweet. He got down on one knee and said five words, ‘Will you marry me, baby?’ ”

Bride Getting Ready In His Image

The theme of the wedding was black and white sophistication because those are Courtney’s favorite colors. They added accents of gold to further the elegance of the affair. The bridesmaids and groomsman wore classic black dresses and tuxedos.

The Wedding Party

Bridesmaids in classic black gowns at Raleigh Marriott City Center In His Image

White classic tux with striped hankerchief at Raleigh wedding In His Image
Grooms party in black tuxedos walking in downtown raleigh Black classic tux with striped hankerchief at Raleigh wedding In His Image

The couple decided to go with In His Image Photography to capture their special day in a classic manner.  The bride shared, “Dajuan is awesome to work with and a perfectionist. He has an eye for capturing great moments and images. All of our guests and friends who have seen our pictures continue to comment on how awesome they look!”

Bride and Groom kiss downtown raleigh at Raleigh Marriott City Center In His Image

The Ceremony at Raleigh Marriott City Center

Courtney and Mario decided to have their wedding reception at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. Not only is the ballroom the perfect venue for a classically elegant affair, but the convenience for guests is also a huge benefit for any couple having a lot of out of town guests.

Ballroom classic white an gold wedding at Raleigh Marriott City Center In His Image

Fresh Affairs completed the elegance of the wedding with their classically beautiful floral arrangements. Courtney said “In conversations with Lyn, I told him I wanted to keep the flowers very clean with all tones of white and he definitely delivered on that request.”

Classic wedding tablescape at Raleigh Marriott City Center In His Image
Fresh Affairs Tall White Floral Wedding Arrangements at Raleigh Marriott City Center In His Image
Monogram Wedding Gobo at Raleigh Marriott City Center In His Image

Elana Walker of Elana Walker Events planned Courtney and Mario’s special day. “Elana was great in helping us make decisions along the way and advising us on vendors that she thought would help us achieve our overall vision for the day,” shared Courtney.

Bride and Groom first dance ballroom at Raleigh Marriott City Center In His Image

SB&G Preferred Vendors

Photographer: In His Image – Dajuan Jones | Venue: Raleigh Marriott Center City | Planner: Elana Walker Events | Floral: Fresh Affairs | Wedding Invitations: Cute Buttons

Other Vendors:

Makeup & Hair: Sharon Davis | Entertainment: DJ 360 Entertainment | Videographer: K2 Productions | Wedding Stationary: Suite Paper | Gown: Alfred Angelo

Check out our other Raleigh Venues too!

Charming Raleigh Wedding With a Natural Theme at Saint Mary’s Chapel

Gabie & Rob

Everyone knows that you can’t resist a guy in a band. Gabie learned that first hand with her now husband Rob. Though they attended the same high school, it wasn’t until years later when she coincidentally ended up where his band was playing, that they re-met one another and immediately hit it off. Fast forward to May of 2017 – the couple tied the knot with a charming Raleigh wedding with a natural theme at Saint Mary’s Chapel with a casual reception that put emphasis on a good time at The Fairview Raleigh.

Bride-and-Groom-in-white-embrace-at-Fairview-in-Raleigh-by-Steve-ExumDuring a break in a major storm that had hit the area, Rob insisted on going for a walk with Gabie. He said he wanted to see something new that was at the Rose Garden. With their dog, Olivia, in hand the two went for a long walk around the garden. Rob pulled her to a bench and said “so I have something to ask you” and got down on one knee with the ring that he had designed with his grandmothers diamond. Gabie replied, “you didn’t ask me anything but YES!”


Getting Ready For Ceremony at Saint Mary’s Chapel in Raleigh

The bride wore a Vera Wang gown that was passed down in her family. While she altered it to add lace and fit properly, with the help of Cordella Bridal, it maintained its natural classic beauty. She paired the look with a classic up-do hairstyle and natural makeup by Parlor Blow Dry Bar and beautiful jewelry from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.



The bridesmaids wore stunning midnight blue Show Me Your Mumu maxi gowns. While the couple kept their color scheme all neutral colors, the blue of their gowns were the one major pop of color for the wedding.


Groom with Ring Bearers Steve Exum

The grooms party wore traditional black and white tuxedos with the groom, Rob, wearing a white jacket to stand out from the crowd.


The Ceremony

The couple said “I Do” at Saint Mary’s Chapel in  Raleigh, NC. It is a stunningly classic chapel in the North Carolina area that is highly sought after for traditional vows. With its old world charm and beautiful structure, there are few places in the area that can be compared to it.


Raleigh Wedding Venue St Marys chapel Steve Exum

The Reception at The Fairview Raleigh

The couple’s main vision was to ensure their wedding was an enjoyable and fun night to remember. The bride said her wish was to have people saying, “Wow, what a fun wedding full of love” and “that was totally Gabie and Rob.” They kept the decorations at a minimum with natural florals and hanging lights within The Fairview Raleigh, a new venue right outside of downtown with a beautiful view of the skyline.


Rob surprised Gabie by getting up with the band and performing one of their favorite songs, “Good Lovin’.” He had spent time practicing with the band before the wedding in order to shock his new bride and their guests!



SB&G Preferred Vendors

Wedding Venue: Saint Mary’s Chapel | Reception Venue: The Fairview Raleigh | Caterer: Catering Works | Jewelry: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | Hair & Makeup: Parlor Blow Dry Bar | Party Rentals: ThemeWorks

Other Vendors:

Photographer: Steve Exum Photography | Minister: Justin Morgan | Rehearsal Dinner: Humble Pie | Wedding Planner: Kristin Holland of Viva L’Event | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Gabrielle Jewelry | Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Florist: Petal Pushers 3 | Cake: Ashley Cakes | Invitations: Reeves Engraving | Ceremony Musicians: Elegant Ensembles | Reception Music: Envision Band | Transportation: White Horse | Beverages: Pour | Calligrapher: Nancy Heathcote

Minimalist Neutral Wedding at The Merrimon-Wynne House

Nerea & Richard

Nerea and Richard are avid travelers and adventurers who envisioned a minimalist and simple wedding that shared their love of world traveling. The Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, NC served as the picture perfect venue for the beautiful couple. The bride and groom chose a neutral pallet that could be easily mixed and matched in all aspects of their wedding decor and attire.

Uniformed Service sword arch at NC wedding venue Casey Rose

Nerea and Richard met through a cycling club. They were set up on a bike ride together and the rest is history! Richard proposed to Nerea on a rooftop terrace in Bosphorous in Istanbul, Turkey.

Their soft neutral color scheme meshed stunningly with the venue’s southern charm. The couple fell in love with The Merrimon-Wynne House and the bride shared “they were the utmost of professionals and made everything incredibly easy.”

Minimalist Neutral Wedding at The Merrimon-Wynne House

Merrimon Wynne House Wedding Venue in NC Casey Rose

Bridal Accessories photograph shot with perfume at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose
Bridal Gown hanging at Merrimon Wynne House Raleigh Venue Casey Rose

bride holding a Bridal Bouquet with white and blushes at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

Blush and Cream Bridal Spring Bouquet at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose
Bride putting shoes on at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

The bride wanted her bridesmaids to feel comfortable and let them pick their own dresses while staying in a neutral color palette. “I wanted my bridesmaids to have the ultimate choice and flexibility when choosing their dresses. It worked out wonderfully and they all looked gorgeous,” shared Nerea.

Mismatched neutral bridesmaids dresses at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

Bridesmaids in mismatching neutrals dresses at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

With their neutral theme the bride and groom chose natural film photographer, Casey Rose Photography. The bride said, “Casey is the best! She’s not only a gifted photographer, but I feel lucky enough to consider her a friend. She made everyone feel at ease and natural.”

Bridemaids with spring bouquets in neutrals at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

Uniformed Service Army Groom at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose
Bride and Flower Girl at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

Bride and Groom in Army uniform special moment kissing at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

Bride and Groom in Army uniform kissing at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose
Bride and Army Groom in front at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

Travel Enthusiast Wedding Reception

The couple are world travelers and seek out adventure in their lives and wanted to incorporate this passion within their wedding. They had their tables named after places they have visited and their seating chart was a world map showing their travels.

Chandeliers at Merrimon wynne house Casey Rose
Travel Themed Table Settings Casey Rose
Simple wedding cake at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

Nerea is currently a helicopter pilot in the Army and teaching at West Point and Richard serves in the Army Reserves while also working with a non-profit along the Hudson River. Thank you both for your service!

Exit with sparklers with bride and groom at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose


SB&G Preferred Vendors

VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Casey Rose Photography

Other Vendors:

Planner: Martha Stilwell | Minister: Father Gerry Blaszczak | Rehearsal Dinner: The Stag’s Head | Gown: Aire/Rosa Clara | Hair & Makeup: Liz Perniciaro | Invitations: E-Vites | Musicians: Bunn DJ Company

Check out our previous real wedding at The Merrimon-Wynne House!

Rustic-Chic Neutral Wedding at Market Hall

Allison & Broc

Allison and Broc met when they were 16 years old in the first and only class they would ever have together. Broc asked Allison to homecoming and 9 years later asked her to be his wife. With the help of all their wonderful vendors and a friend of the bride’s mother, their vision of a rustic-chic neutral wedding at Market Hall in Raleigh, NC came to life.

Bride and Groom walking with wedding party MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Broc had planned to propose one night while at his family’s house in Emerald Isle but got too nervous and held off until the next day. Allison and Broc had always talked about taking a romantic walk on the beach during the sunrise. Allison had woke up early one morning and Broc knew this would be a perfect opportunity to pop the question. He dropped down on one knee in the sand and proposed with a ring that was created from diamonds from both his Aunt and Mother’s rings.

Simply Paper Co delicate invitations for MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Getting Ready

Bride and Bridal Party in floral robes getting ready at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Bride getting bridal gown on in NC wedding at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts
Bridesmaids look at bride in sotterro midgely dress from bridal boutique of NC MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Grooms with deployed groosman getting ready for wedding MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

The couple wanted a rustic-chic theme with the main colors being gray, sage green and peach. The bridesmaids wore long sage green Allure gowns paired with beautiful spring bouquets that had touches of pinks and peaches by Artfully Arranged. The groomsmen wore classic sharp navy suits and corresponding boutonnieres.

Bride with Bridesmaids in neutral greys by Allure at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Spring Bouqutes by Artfully Arranged a NC florist at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Groom and Grooms Party in dark blue suits MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Ceremony at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, NC

Groom dip kissing bride at Sacred Heart Cathedral wedding MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Bride and Groom after wedding at Sacred Heart Cathedral in NC wedding Annie Watts

The couple went with natural light photography with Annie Watts Photography, who was assisted by Luxe and Pine Photography. Allison shared “She was amazing! She has such a calm spirit about her that seemed to deflect on me during the wedding day – and not to mention her pictures are flawless!”

Bride and Groom on Cobblestone at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts
Bride in Sotterro and Midgely dress and Groom in Navy Suit MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Beautiful bride with flowing veil and groom embrace at Market Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Artfully Arranged Spring bouquet with blush orange and creams MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts
Bride in Sotterro and Midgely with spring bouquet by artfully arranged at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Rustic-Glam Reception at Market Hall in Raleigh, NC

Allison said their main concern was they “wanted everyone to have fun!” They kept that thought in mind when choosing Market Hall in Raleigh, picking their food and beverage selection and their songs they wanted everyone to dance to.

Table Number Assignment at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Allison and Broc used Catering Works for their catering at their reception and were beyond happy with that decision. The bride said, “I couldn’t say enough about this company – working with them was honestly a life saver!” The couple also used Catering Works for their wedding cake. Their cake was a lemon base with lemon curd and almond butter that was lightly iced to give it a natural look to go with their theme.

Gold detail tablescape by CE Rental and Catering Works MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts
Gold detail CE Rentals and Catering Works Catering with pink florals MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Naked Cake trend by Catering works at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

SB&G Preferred Vendors

VENUE: Market Hall | CATERER: Catering Works | WEDDING CAKE: Pastry Works | BRIDESMAIDS LUNCHEON: Rocky Top Catering (won at the March for Brides by Diamond’s Direct!)

Other Vendors:

Photographer: Annie Watts Photography with assistant shooter from Luxe and Pine Photography | Rehearsal Dinner: Cafe Luna | Gown: Sottero and Midgely from Bridal Boutique of NC | Bridesmaids Dresses: Allure | Hair and Makeup: The Makeup Culture | Bridal Shoes: Nina | Bridal Jewelry: Etsy | Florist: Artfully Arranged | Invitations: Simply Paper Co | Reception Music: All Events DJ | Rentals: CE Rentals | Transportation: Smith Limousines

Classic Yet Contemporary Wedding at The Carolina Inn

Sara & John

Although Sara and John both attended college at Notre Dame, they met when they were both studying abroad in different countries. They reconnected after graduation when Sara was finishing up nursing school at Duke and John was settled in Santa Monica, CA. This time, they didn’t let each other go. Hour long phone calls turned into cross country flights, and eventually John asking Sara to move to Southern California.

Sara and her mother were running a half marathon out of town one weekend in a small town a few hours outside of Santa Monica. John drove up and surprised Sara at the finish line, dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him. Breathless and exhilarated, she said yes.

Bride and Groom kiss in back of car at carolina inn, Perry Vaile

The bride grew up in Chapel Hill. She was always enchanted by the classic Southern beauty of The Carolina Inn and has many memories of passing by and seeing people gathered on the lawn for weddings. It was the perfect place to celebrate marriage with friends and family.

Yellow House Calligraphy in NC at Carolina Inn Wedding Perry Vaile

Getting Ready For Chapel Hill Wedding

Navy and creme southern wedding details Perry Vaile
Bride in classic lace dress with white bouquet at carolina inn, Perry Vaile

White bridal bouquet watered garden at carolina inn Perry Vaile

Groom and Groomsman getting ready at carolina inn, Perry Vaile
Groom in gray and navy at carolina inn, Perry Vaile

Ceremony and Grey and Navy Wedding Party

First kiss for bride and groom at church wedding NC Perry Vaile

Bride and Groom in embrace with veil at carolina inn, Perry Vaile
Bride and groom hand in hand after wedding at carolina inn, Perry Vaile

The bridesmaids wore a mix of J.Crew dresses in dark navy while the groomsman wore matching navy ties paired with their chic grey suits. The classic grey, navy looks paired perfectly with the all white floral bouquets my Watered Garden.

Bridesmaids in navy short dresses and groomsman in grey in front at carolina inn, Perry Vaile

Bride in traditions by Anna and groom in grey suit close up embrace at carolina inn, Perry Vaile
Prosecco popsicle drinks at wedding at carolina inn, Perry Vaile

Classic Yet Contemporary Reception at The Carolina Inn

The Erin McLean design team mixed a soft classic palette with acrylic and stunning calligraphy. With contemporary ghost chairs, transparent table numbers and a stunning seating chart, they created a design based on layers and textures instead of color.

Clear and cream wedding tablescapes at carolina inn, Perry Vaile

Watered Garden white orchid tall arrangements at carolina inn, Perry Vaile

Clear and White place settings for simple elegant wedding at carolina inn, Perry Vaile

Calligraphy by yellow house on glass with white florals by watered garden at carolina inn, Perry Vaile

Watered Garden Table arrangement with clear table numbers at carolina inn, Perry Vaile
All clear tablescape for wedding at carolina inn, Perry Vaile

bride and grooms First Dance on checkered floor at carolina inn, Perry Vaile

Glitzy gold after party for wedding at carolina inn, Perry Vaile
Cindas Cake with chocolate sweets alternative desserts at carolina inn, Perry Vaile

“I am still overwhelmed by how incredible our wedding day was and it was all because of the incredible Erin McLean Events team who guided us through every step,” raved Sara. “As someone who values organization over everything else, their meticulous planning strategies were amazing and made us feel stress-free for the entire year we planned with them. Beyond their obvious expertise in wedding planning, Erin and Carrington made me, my husband, and our families feel so comfortable and cared for. They are just the most fabulous people to have with you on the happiest day of your life.”

Sparkler grand exit with bride and groom at carolina inn, Perry Vaile

SB&G Preferred Vendors 


Other Vendors

Photographer: Perry Vaile | Rehearsal Dinner: Morehead PlanetariumCeremony: St. Thomas Moore: Sara’s childhood parish Minister: Father John Wall | Videographer: Heart Stone FilmsBridal Gown: Heidi Elnora from Traditions by AnnaBridal Shoes: Stuart WeitzmanBridesmaids’ Dresses: J. CrewFlorist: Watered GardenCake: Cinda’s CakeStationer: Purple PuddleCalligrapher: Yellow House CalligrapherCeremony Musicians: Elegant EnsemblesReception Musicians: (when live) Sleeping BootyParty Rentals (linens, tables, chairs, tent, etc): CE Rentals Lighting: Total Production ServicesTransportation: Eco-StyleWedding Favors: Chapel Hill Toffee

Feminine Fairytale NC Wedding at Graylyn Estate

Amber & Deon

Amber & Deon may be traveling the world, but they returned to the state their love began, North Carolina, to exchange vows in front of their loved ones. With the help of Nouveau Events, the couple was able to create a unique yet intimate setting for their guests at Graylyn Estate. With blushes, golds, creams and a pop of rose gold, the wedding was a feminine fairytale, which was fitting since their relationship is a true fairytale romance.

Amber and Deon met in an English class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After two years of friendship they began dating and seven years later Deon popped the question.



Bride and groom in nc wedding venue at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Deon, a starter on the 2009 National Championship Tar Heels basketball team, has been playing professional abroad since college. Amber has been along with him for this exciting ride as he has played in Europe, China, Israel, and now Istanbul. These world travelers were on a vacation to Zanzibar, Tanzania, when Deon proposed and they embarked on their biggest adventure yet!

simple and classic wedding invitation from wedding paper divas at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Getting Ready

Bridal shoes and jewelry with delicate blush bouquet, Southern Love Studios

Although this bride is a natural planner, she was beyond pleased that she chose to enlist Nouveau Events as her coordinator. She told us that, “Monica is an exquisite wedding planner and an even better person. She handled all the unnecessary tasks that I did not need to worry about on my wedding day, and helped bring my wedding together like the perfect bow on a present.”

Traditions by Anna Matthew Christopher Gown hanging at Graylyn Estate Southern Love Studios
Gold Sequin Bridemaids dress from Rent The Runway Badgley Mischka Southern Love Studios

Bridesmaids in floral robes at wedding at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Bride in strapless gown with blush and white bouquet at NC wedding at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios
Bride in strapless gown from back at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

“From the moment I met Brandon from Southern Love Studios, I knew I made the right choice for a wedding photographer. He is an amazing artist with a keen eye,” expressed Amber.

Stunning bride in straples gown going down staircase at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Bride and Groom first look at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios
Emotional moment at first look at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Stunningly Unique NC Outdoor Ceremony

Wedding welcome sign with leaves and gold font at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Amber and Deon’s friend and pastor from their time living in Jerusalem held the honor of marrying the couple. It meant the world to them to have friends from coast to coast in the U.S., as well as from the other side of the world, in one setting to witness their love and spiritual faith in God.

outdoor ceremony at NC wedding venue with flower petal aisle at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Wedding party in black suits and gold dresses at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Bride and groom in beautiful photograph at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios
Bride and Groom in enchanting moment at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Old Estate Home Reception

The guests experiences different nooks of the castle-like Graylyn Estate as they moved from the garden for the ceremony to various rooms indoor for cocktails, dining, and dancing. They even utilized a balcony for the cake cutting.

Wedding Paper Tablecards displayed on moss wall at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Table numbers on live moss wall at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Wedding tablescape with tall floral arranagements at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios
Classic table decor with glitter table numbers and pink florals at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Outdoor reception in NC wedding venue at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

White classic wedding cake by Regi Originals at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Grand Exit

Grand exit at NC wedding at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Bride and groom walking in golden hour at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios




Rehearsal Dinner: Fratelli’s| Videographer: Indatainment Media Consultants | Bridal Gown: Traditions by Anna, Matthew Christopher Gown | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Rent the Runway, Badgley Mischka | Men’s Formalwear: Calvin Klein | Florist: Green Bee Floral Designs | Cake: Regi Originals | Invitations & Wedding Papers: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Musicians: Elegant Ensembles | Reception Music: (live or DJ) K9 Productions | Transportation: Fantasy Limo | Hair & Makeup: Updo’s Studio | Wedding Favors: BeauCoup and One Stop Wine Shop | Bridal Registry: Crate & Barrel, Target

Beautifully Subdued Nautical Wedding in Nags Head

Jenna & Christian

Jenna and Chris welcomed their family to their home to celebrate their beautifully subdued nautical wedding in Nags Head, NC. The bride and groom opted to forgo a color theme and go with a natural nautical look. With light blush, cremes and grays, the wedding party perfectly complimented the stunning coast line around them.

Nags head beach wedding with grey suits and blush bridesmaids Sarah D’ambra

Christian didn’t waste any time calling Jenna after she gave him her number at the gym one day. The phone rang that night and kick-started their seven-year relationship before Christian proposed at the end of their first ultramarathon together, on the JFK 50 mile.

There was a subdued rustic nautical look to the wedding, which took place along the gorgeous coastline of the Outer Banks. Jenna and Christian were excited to share their home of Nags Head with their friends and families – including the groom’s nine siblings. Guest rented houses the week of the wedding so they could spend extra time celebrating.

Wilmington Beach Wedding Invitation with wedding jewelry Sarah D’ambra

Bride and groom at Jennettes Pier in Nags Head Sarah D’ambra

Sarah D’Ambra Photography complimented this beautiful couple with her unique eye and ability to catch the the bride and groom in genuine moments. Jenna described Sarah D’Ambra Photography as “a fun and creative team of sisters with laid back personalities.”

Bride and Groom at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head for Wedding, Sarah D'Ambra

The bride glowed in her Maggie Sottero gown next to her dapper groom in a Vera Wang tux. Groomsmen were dressed in grey suits to compliment the bridemaids’ light pink Novelle Amsale dresses.

Bride in Maggie Sottero gown and groom in classic tuxedo on nags head beach wedding Sarah D’ambra

Sugar Snap Events white and blush rose floral bouquet on nags head beach Sarah D’ambra

Laughing wedding party in NAgs Head wedding Sarah D'Ambra

Jenna and Christian both love Jennette’s Pier and knew it was their first choice to join in marriage. Jenna described it as “a perfect venue.” Decorations did not have to be extravagant because it is beautiful inside and offers a scenic outside deck view of the Atlantic Ocean. “We tried to look at other venues, however, there was no comparison!”

Nags Head NC Wedding Bride and Groom on Jennettes Pier NC Wedding photographer Sarah D'ambra

Bride and Groom kissing at Jennettes Pier

Nags Head Beach wedding with blush and grey wedding party by Sarah D’ambra

Wedding Table with White hydrangeas at Jennettes Pier in Nags head NC wedding photographer Sarah D'Ambra

Bride and Groom first dance at Nags head wedding NC wedding photographer Sarah D'Ambra

Wedding Cake by Atlantic Cakes on dessert table at Jennettes Pier in Nags Head Sarah D’ambra

Champagne toast for bride and groom at Jennettes Pier in Nags Head NC wedding photographer Sarah D'Ambra

Bride and Groom walking hand in hand on nags head beach Sarah D’ambra

SB&G Preferred Vendors:

RECEPTION: Jennette’s Pier | PHOTOGRAPHER: Sarah D’Ambra Photography | BRIDAL REGISTRY: Belk

Other Vendors:

Coordinator: Brenda Ziegler | Rehearsal Dinner and Caterer: Lone Cedar Basnights | Ceremony: Holy Trinity by the Sea | Minister: Father Luis Rodriguez | Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero from Poffie Girls | Bridal Shoes: Jack Rogers | Bridesmaid’ Dresses: Nouvelle Amsale – Nordstrom | Florist: Sugar Snap Events | Cake: Atlantic Cakes | Ceremony Music: John Buford | Reception Music: John Harper | Party Rentals: Ocean Atlantic Rentals, Beer Nanny | Hair: Hot Heads

Blush and Gold Romantic Wedding at Market Hall

Athina & Graham

Romance was in the air for this beaming couple on their wedding day at Market Hall in Raleigh, NC. While Athina and Graham didn’t want to have a “theme” at their wedding, they knew they wanted to keep things simple and romantic. With blush, gold and cream tones, their wedding, planned by Sally Oakley Wedding & Events, was beyond stunningly romantic.

Blush and navy wedding in downtown raleigh wedding at market hall Missy Loves Jerry Photography_1

Athina and Graham met as interns and knew immediately there was something special about their relationship. After about 3 years Graham proposed as they were walking into the Angus Barn to celebrate their anniversary.

Gold and blush wedding invitations for NC Market Hall wedding by Sally Oakley, Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Getting Ready For Wedding at Market Hall

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Bride with veil putting on earrings getting ready shot Missy Loves Jerry Photography
Bride and mother of bride intimate moment getting ready photo Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Some of the best photographs from a wedding are catching true emotion from the bride and groom. When asked what the bride’s favorite moment was she shared, “our first look when we got to see each other for the first time before the ceremony and share in that moment just the two of us.”

Market Hall Raleigh NC Wedding First look photo by Missy Loves Jerry Photography

First look for bride and groom shot at Market Hall Raleigh wedding by Missy Loves Jerry Photography
Bride and Groom in downtown Raleigh Wedding Missy Loves Jerry Photography

The couple went with an airy and romantic photography style by Missy of Missy Loves Jerry Photography. The bride said, “We absolutely loved working with Missy and Jerry! Their warm and positive personalities made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera and they captured some beautiful moments of our wedding day!”

Bride and groom embrace at wedding at Market Hall Raleigh Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Bride in downtown raleigh at MArket hall Missy Loves Jerry Photography
White and pale blush by Raleigh NC florist Victorian Seasons Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Blush & Navy Wedding Party

Blush maxi bridesmaids in downtown raleigh wedding Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Blush bridesmaids with white and blush bouquets by Victorian Seasons Missy Loves Jerry Photography_1

Groomsmen in navy blue and bowties downtown raleigh wedding Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Wedding party in blush and groomsmen in navy in market hall raleigh wedding Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Romantic Ceremony at Market Hall

Linen and greenery arbor with floor candle decor for wedding at Market Hall Raleigh NC Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Saying I do at Market HAll wedding by Sally Oakley Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Bride and Groom first kiss at Market Hall wedding in Raleigh by Sally Oakley Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Blush and Cream Infused Wedding Reception at Market Hall

Mr and Mrs chalkboard art for bride and groom table at market hall in raleigh, Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Raleigh NC Market Hall Reception with hanging lights by CE Rentals Missy Loves Jerry Photography

214 catering in raleigh nc missy loves jerry

The bride had one must have request, “I was dead-set on having my favorite bakery make our wedding cake!” She got her wish and Maxie B’s created a beautifully elegant white and floral cake for their special day. Their wedding was completed with personalized cookies by Sweet Stuff by Meredith for all of the guests.

Alternative Dessert Monogram Cookie Wedding Favor Missy Loves Jerry Photography
Cake table with white and floral cake by Maxie Bs at Raleigh Wedding Missy Loves Jerry Photography

White and gold accents for wedding table with mirror table numbers, Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Athina and Graham worked with Sally Oakley Wedding & Events for their special day. “Sally was phenomenal to work with. She was super energetic and fun while also being very organized in order to make sure our wedding day ran seamlessly,” said Athina.

Bride and groom high five Missy Loves Jerry Photography

beautiful exit shot of bride and groom at market hall missy loves jerry

SB&G Preferred Vendors:

WEDDING PLANNER: Sally Oakley Wedding & Events | VENUE: Market Hall at City Market | CATERER: 214 Martin Street Catering 

Other Vendors:

FLORIST: Victorian Seasons | PHOTOGRAPHY: Missy Loves Photography | CAKE: Maxie B’s | CEREMONY MUSICIAN: Arioso Strings | FAVORS: Sweet Stuff by Meredith | MINISTER: Ed Sansbury | RENTALS: CE Rentals

Intimate Courthouse Elopement of SB&G’s Leslie

Leslie & Jon

A beautifully intimate courthouse elopement, a super fun celebratory photoshoot, and one of our very own from Southern Bride and Groom – What more could you ask for? We here at Southern Bride and Groom are so excited to share with you that our very own Leslie has wed the love of her life, Jon, in an intimate elopement! Of course, it wouldn’t be a SB&G wedding without breathtaking photographs by Jamie Blow Photography and a fun photoshoot to celebrate the nuptials!

Leslie and Jon met while listening to a band on Ocean Isle Beach. He asked her to dance and the rest is history for these two. Jon proposed on Christmas Day at Leslie’s family’s holiday party with the same ring that her grandfather used when he had proposed – three times! – to her grandmother.

Leslie and Jon knew they wanted a small and untraditional wedding. While they were discussing the many options that comes along with planning a wedding, they also purchased their first home as a couple. Leslie joked, “I was looking more at WayFair for the perfect dining room table instead of wedding gowns! I knew then that my focus was more on “nesting” with my husband-to-be than the usual bridal searches.”

intimate elopment ceremony in NC with red statement flowers by bowerbird, jamie blow

They decided on eloping to the courthouse in Nashville, NC and having a party to celebrate with family and friends at a later date. Just because they eloped, doesn’t mean they didn’t get to include everything they wanted.

Leslie’s gorgeous bridal bouquet, hair flower, and flower crown for her step-daughter, Taylor, were made by SB&G Preferred Vendor, Bowerbird Flowers. “Her whimsical, yet polished look is exactly what I pictured when Jon and I were thinking of planning our wedding day. Working with her was a pure joy!”

young girls flower crown with pink ribbon by nc florist bowerbird, jamie blow
bridal bouquet wiht red and pink roses by bowerbird, jamie blow


Police office groom and bride in intrimate elopement ceremony, jamie blow

bride and groom holding hands at elopment ceremony at courthouse in NC, jamie blow
exchaning rings intimate elopment ceremony in NC with red statement flowers by bowerbird, jamie blow
Bride elopment at courthouse with bowerbird bouquet and bevello dress, Jamie Blow
Police office groom and bride first kiss elopement ceremony, jamie blow

special moment after i do at elopement ceremony with police office groom and bride in bevello dress with bowerbird flowers, jamie blow

Bride embraces her new daughter at elopement ceremony with nc flowers by bowerbird, jamie blow

Leslie and Jon opted for a stunning natural light look for their photos. While the wind picked up the day of, you would never know from the beautiful photographs. Leslie said, “Jamie Blow has the best energy! She made everyone around us so comfortable. She went with the flow of the day and never missed a beat.”

Police office groom and bride in intrimate elopement ceremony, bride wearing bevello white midi dress with statement red bouquet and hair flower by bowerbird, jamie blow
Bride and groom walking hand in hand after elopement ceremony in nc, jamie blow

Police office groom and bride first kiss at elopement ceremony, jamie blow

large bridal bouquet with red rose accents by nc florist bowerbird, jamie blow
Bride and groom kiss on steps of courthouse after eloping in nc, jamie blow

family heirloom ring on uniformed groom at elopment, jamie blow

Police Officers hold cake for elopement intimate ceremony at courthouse, Jamie Blow

Celebratory Elopement Photo Shoot

Moon & Lola‘s cake topper on top of the beautifully designed cake and fun cupcakes by Winde Jackson Cakes were the perfect addition to the celebration! “Winde with Winde Jackson Cakes is a local Rocky Mount sweetooth aficionado! Her delectable cakes and treats are just as beautiful as they are amazing to eat! I called her last minute and she was so on board. She was especially excited about our cupcakes. She even made them vegan for me, without me even asking. That’s just Winde – she really knows her brides,” shared Leslie.

Gold glitter cake and monogram by Winde Jackson Cakes in NC with Congrats topper by Moon and Lola, JAmie Blow
Lets Make Babies cupcakes from Winde Jackson Cakes, alternative desserts, Jamie Blow

cotton candy and sunglasses for cute elopment photoshoot, jamie blow

A beautifully special moment for Leslie was It was sharing with Jon and his daughter Taylor the note she had authored to them. While it was her words that carried the message of loving each of them individually and as a family, she trusted Jessica Yee of The Oblique Pen to put her words into a beautiful memento.

“Jessica Yee went above and beyond with her calligraphy. She artfully wrote my words in her breathtaking calligraphy on beautiful textured paper, and even illustrated a simple flower at the bottom,” shared Leslie.  “Her attention to detail is just uncanny.”

calligraphy letter by The Oblique Pen for letter on wedding day, jamie blow
Bride and daughter kiss cheeks of groom during elopment shoot, jamie blow

special moment with family after elopement in nc, jamie blow

Leslie had her hair and makeup done by the one and only, Makeup For Your Day.”I only had two requests: a flower in my hair and a bold, red lip,” said Leslie. “This was a spontaneous elopement, so there was no trial-run, and their team nailed it!”

bride in wedding day vibes dress from Coastal Knot and groom in pastel pink and blue shirt from belk for elopment shoot, jamie blow
Bride in tassel earings and statement lipstick after elopement, jamie blow

family heirloom rings on bed of cotton candy, jamie blow

Between the stunning florals, pretty dresses, fun cupcakes and props, and beautiful photographs to remember the day, it was a picture perfect celebration. When asked if she would do it over again – she immediately answered, “100% yes!”

Leslie used nearly all Southern Bride and Groom vendors for her elopement and celebration.

“Working with SB&G has been such an amazing experience! I have the opportunity to see different weddings, styled shoots, and vendor collaborations. There are Real Wedding and Editorial Shoots that have stuck in my mind. I feel like I’ve seen it all – high-budgets and small, intimate events.

Some brides-to-be and couples may not know this, but SB&G has a vetting process for every single vendor that is invited into the upcoming annual publication. The newly-engaged couples have trusted SB&G for reliable, professional, and impressively creative vendors 30 years, and our small, local team takes that to heart. We love LOVE, and no matter how big or small the celebratory events surrounding a couples’ engagement, the SB&G Team wants to be sure we are an essential, helpful source to make their day that much more special.”

SB&G Preferred Vendors

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jamie Blow Photography | HAIR & MAKEUP : Makeup for Your Day | FLORIST: Bowerbird Flowers | CALLIGRAPHY: The Oblique Pen | CAKE & CUPCAKES: Winde Jackson Cakes | JEWELRY & CAKE TOPPER: Moon & Lola | SPARKLE DRESS: Coastal Knot | GROOMS WEAR: Belk of Crabtree Valley 

Other Vendors:

VENUE: Nashville, NC Courthouse | COURTHOUSE DRESS: Bevello Boutique | PINK DAUGHTER’S DRESS: Francesca’s | MANICURE: Paintbase | BRIDE’S RING: Heirlooms (Grandmother’s engagement ring & Mother’s anniversary band) | SHOOT VENUE: Rocky Mount Mills Historic Bridge

Locally Infused Durham Wedding at Duke Chapel

Cara and Corey

With a bride from Durham and the couple meeting here, you could say it is a special city for Cara and Corey. The couple wanted to keep their ceremony and reception locally sourced. Not only did they choose renowned Durham locations, but kept their flowers, food and more, local! This locally infused Durham Wedding was seamlessly executed by Sally Oakley Weddings & Events.

Bridal party in classic black suits and mauve dresses at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield

Getting Ready

Cara chose a classically beautiful lace dress from Tre Bella Bridal with a transparent back. “The ladies at Tre Bella Bridal were so wonderful to work with,” said the bride. “The consultant really paid attention to what I wanted.”

Bride in classically beautiful St Patrick gown from Tre Bella in Raleigh NC at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield

Back of St. Patrick, Tre Bella Bridal gown at Duke Chapel wedding, Bronwyn Duffield

Succulent and floral boutonniere by Pine State Flowers for Duke Chapel wedding by Bronwyn Duffield

Bronwyn Duffield Photography took beautiful shots. She is the best! We loved that she helped us to look very natural and not posed,” said Cara.

Ceremony at Duke Chapel

Since the couple had met in Cara’s hometown of Durham while attending physical therapy school at Duke University, getting married at Duke Chapel was a natural fit. They built on that by choosing a local wedding theme, sourcing from virtually all in-state vendors.

Bride and groom tender moment photo op at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield
Bride and groom embrace, must have wedding photo, at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield

Bride and Bridemaids in lavendar mauve mini dresses at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield

Classic NC Bride in veil and gown by St Patrick from Tre Bella, Bronwyn Duffield.
Bride with unique bridal bouquet by Meristem Floral, pop of color with dahlias and green, at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield

Bride in veil and gown by St Patrick from Tre Bella, Bronwyn Duffield

Groom in classic black leading bride down Duke Chapel stairs, Bronwyn Duffield

Brides with laughing bridesmaids in lavender mauve midi davids bridal dresses at Duke Chapel by Sally Oakley Events Bronwyn Duffield Bridemaid in light purple lace overlay dresses from Weddington Way at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield

NC Bride in blowing veil and gown by St Patrick from Tre Bella at Duke Chapel Bronwyn Duffield.

Reception at The Cookery

Cara and Corey wanted their wedding reception to feel warm and inviting, and their planning team made that come to life with locally-grown flowers, silver and gold candle accents, and the warm brick walls of their venue.

The Cookery was a beautiful and interesting space that allowed us to have the intimate celebration we wanted while still having over 100 guests. It’s use of artifacts and upcycled materials from Durham in the architecture and décor was also important to us since this is the city we met and I grew up in. We also loved meeting Tammy and her team at The Cookery and felt very confident that they could help us navigate the planning process,” shared Cara.

Calligraphy table number displays with floral arrangements of dahlias at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield
intimate and romantic reception decor for wedding reception at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield

Neutral Table linens and simple romantic tablescapes for wedding reception at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield

The Cookery tablescape with locally grown NC flowers from Pine State Flowers planned by Sally Oakley, Bronwyn Duffield

Tablecapes with floral from Pine State Flowers planned by Sally Oakley, a NC wedding planner, with floral table runners at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield
Simple white wedding cake with florals by Cupcake Shoppe, a Raleigh Bakery at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield

Bride and Groom first dance at wedding reception at The Cookery in Durham, Bronwyn Duffield

A special NC touch of Cheerwine and local pecans, candied by the bride herself, were given as favors to the wedding guests.

NC Wedding Favor Ideas with Cheerine at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield

“Hiring Sally was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding,” shared Cara. “She made a custom service package for us according to what we needed, and provided invaluable advice for every aspect of our wedding throughout our 18-months engagement. On the day of the wedding, Sally made our lives stress-free and no task was too small – she and her team took care of us, our families, and our wedding party.”

Southern Bride and Groom Spring 2017 Cover

SB&G Preferred Vendors

WEDDING CONSULTANT Sally Oakley Weddings & Events | PHOTOGRAPHER Bronwyn Duffield Photography | RECEPTION The Cookery | REHEARSAL DINNER Parizade | CATERER Donovan’s Dish | GOWN St. Patrick from Tre Bella Bridal | PARTY RENTALS American Party Rentals | ACCOMMODATIONS Durham Marriott City Center 

Other Vendors

Ceremony: Duke University Chapel – Durham, NC | Minister: Pastor Chris Pappalardo | Bridal Shoes: Betsy Johnson | Bridesmaids’ Dresses (designer and salon): David’s Bridal | Florist: Pine State Flowers-Durham, NC | Cake: Details Cake Design-Cary, NC | Stationer: Reaves Engraving – Laurinburg, NC | Calligrapher: Marika Wendelken (chalkboard artist) | Ceremony Musicians: Jordan Prescott, Duke Chapel Organist | Reception Music: Bunn DJ Company – Frank Meldau-Raleigh, NC | Party Rentals (linens, tables, chairs, tent, etc): CE Linens | Transportation: Ecostyle Transportation-Raleigh, NC | Hair for Bridal Party: Makeup by Ashley Mooney-Raleigh, NC | Make-Up: Julie Robbins Makeup-Raleigh, NC | Engagement Ring: Heirloom from Nana of the Bride | Wedding Favors: Cheerwine and NC pecans candied by Bride