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A Century of Wedding Fashion in Three Minutes

In honor of New York Bridal Fashion Week, happening now, we are sharing this super cool video from Mode Studios highlighting a century of wedding fashion in three minutes!

This quick film presents the evolution of bridal gowns decade by decade, from 1915 to 2015. The history of fashion is always so fascinating – the way trends develop and resurface. We just rode the wave of the roaring 20s comeback. You might be surprised at some of the distant past wedding fashions that look quite similar to those presented on today’s runways!

Keep an eye out towards the end of the video for the beautiful Amy Kuschel gowns, which are available at Lana Addison Bridal in Cary, NC.  In 2005 the Kendra gown makes an appearance and in 2015 is the Starr gown.

We’ll be sharing Amy’s newest collection with you all from NYC later this weekend – we’re heading to NY C for a brief visit to some of our NC bridal salon’s top designers. Follow us on social media, and on Snapchat at NCBridetoBe to see our adventures!

We hope you enjoy this little trip down memory fashion lane!

Charming Spring Wedding at The Sutherland

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Gina and Zach’s charming spring wedding at The Sutherland.

Gina and Zach met at East Carolina University while studying hospitality management. After being paired in a group together for a class assignment, they started to realize their connection went beyond the classroom. However, they did not begin dating until nearly a year after graduation. All Zach asked for was one date, but Gina kept turning him down. After much banter, she finally obliged…and the rest is history!

Gina and Zach were engaged in July 2013 in the mountains of North Carolina. Zach had rented a cabin with pretty views. The couple went for a scenic hike, but ended up on the wrong path and their “romantic” hike took them on a horse trail, which was a lot smellier than the pedestrian trail! After hours of searching for a scenic overlook away from the horse path, Zach finally found a good location to pop the question and Gina, after displaying a sense of utter disbelief, of course, said “yes!” Twenty-One Films shares more of their story in the video at the bottom of the post.

Gina spends her days planning other people’s weddings, working as a wedding consultant for the highly-regarded Raleigh-based wedding planning company, A Southern Soiree. Creating wedding timelines and tasks comes second nature to Gina, so she was able to truly enjoy every moment she and Zach had together to pick out the details; their favorite part was the tastings!

Gina & Zach’s wedding played off many jewel tones that enhanced the natural beauty of their venue and the attire they selected for their day.

As a planner in the North Carolina wedding industry, Gina’s had the opportunity to work with many vendors throughout her experience, including those who are a part of the SB&G family! She loved being able to use these resources for her very own wedding.

See how the entire day came together perfectly in the images below by Christobal from Azul Photography, who, according to Gina, went above and beyond to capture the most special moments of Gina and Zach’s wedding day.The Sutherland wedding venueRaleigh bride at The SutherlandPink and green bridal bouquetMother of the Bride giftRaleigh bride with pink bouquetLace wedding gownDads first lookFather's first lookPirate cufflinksNavy blue groomsmen suitsGreen groomsmen tieLavender bridesmaid dressesBridal bouquet with pictures of grandparentsPretty seating chartRaleigh Groom at The SutherlandOutdoor wedding in North CarolinaBella Bridesmaids dressesRaleigh NC floristOutdoor wedding ceremony in NCNorth Carolina guestbookMac and cheese bar at weddingHanging flower decor at weddingWedding venue in Raleigh NCTwo tone layered wedding cakeRaleigh bride and groomThe Sutherland reception with dancingToast to the bride and groomRaleigh wedding venueConfetti send off at wedding


The Venues
“I wouldn’t have wanted to host my wedding anywhere else, but The Sutherland,” shares Gina. “It’s an absolutely beautiful property with everything you need in one location! We loved having both the wedding and reception in such a beautiful, secluded area. It felt like we were in a world of our own and it made the day so much more special.”

“I also loved hosting my bridal luncheon at The Carolina Inn and having this venue be a part of my big day. They always make every bride feel so special no matter what the reason for coming in is,” Gina adds.
Hanging flowers and chalkboard signCatering
“Everyone at Rocky Top Catering is amazing to work with,” says Gina. “I received so many compliments on the food from the wedding. Rocky Top knows how to help couples customize their menu into something that truly reflects their style and taste. We even had a bacon bar!”

Flowers and Dresses
The English Garden rocks!” Gina exclaims. “Cydney and her team come up with fresh, new ideas and truly make your event unique. Likewise, Tre Bella does amazing floral design, and dresses too! They made me feel beautiful with each gown I tried on until I found the PERFECT one! We got our bridesmaids dresses from Bella Bridesmaids, which is run by a wonderful group of ladies and has such a beautiful selection of colors and styles from which to choose.”Pink white and green bouquetMakeup and Hair
“Both Jennifers’ who run Makeup for Your Day are just wonderful to work with! They’ve built a great team of artists whose goal is to make you look and feel beautiful on one of the most important days of your life,” says Gina.

“Getting to work with such a fun company is exactly what’s needed on a very emotional and intense day,” shares Gina. “Twenty-One Films captured every moment of the day and allowed me see the parts of my wedding I didn’t get to see.”

Check out the adorable couple’s story below that Twenty-One Films created for Gina and Zach.

Gina + Zach, The Engagement Story from Twenty-One Films on Vimeo.

VENUE The Sutherland | CATERING Rocky Top Catering | WEDDING PLANNER A Southern Soiree | MINISTER Jeff Streyle | BRIDESMAIDS LUNCHEON The Carolina Inn | BRIDAL GOWN Tre Bella | BRIDESMAIDS Bella Bridesmaids | MOB Nordstrom Rack | GROOMSMEN GIFTS Custom alcohol and gift box | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day | PHOTOGRAPHY Azul Photography | VIDEOGRAPHER Twenty-One Films | FLORIST The English Garden | CAKE Sweet Traditions | INVITATIONS Minted | MUSIC Bunn DJ Company | PARTY RENTALS CE Rental | TRANSPORTATION Carolina Livery, White Horse Transportation

Modern Southern Wedding Photography: J&J Photography

Southern Bride & Groom works with some of the best wedding photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area and all across North Carolina. We’re thrilled to feature a North Carolina wedding photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re introducing you to Jaime of J&J Photography.

In June of 2007, J&J Photography was created and consisted of Jody and Jamie (dad and daughter). After shooting together for two years, Jody retired in 2009, but the family story (and name) continues on. Jamie has now photographed over 160 weddings and truly enjoys being a part of this momentous occasion for couples across North Carolina.

Why do you love photography?

Photography is a way to capture and stop a moment in time. I’m able to provide lasting memories on one of the happiest days in one’s life. The ability to be creative yet work at a fast-paced rhythm drives me to do my best.

Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?

The locations and our couples are my inspiration. Each time I get in the car and drive here and there, I’m always looking for that sweet spot that can be photographed. It pushes me to make something beautiful and different with new places. Once I have a couple, I feed off of their energy and connection. Each couple is different and I try to think of different ways to show their love and personality.


How would you describe your style?

I take a photojournalistic approach to my photography. I want our brides and grooms images to tell their story from start to finish. From the little details to the excitement expressed by guests throughout the day.

What is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?

On a wedding day there are lots of emotions flying around and people whizzing around. When a bride and groom choose to have a “first look” that is hands down the best experience. Their emotions are raw and reactions are not held back. This moment they have been anticipating for so long is finally here and I get to capture it!

What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?

My personality. I want my couples to relate to me and simply just have a fun experience. They become a part of my family and I want them to feel that way.

Meet Jamie in this film by one of our SB&G Preferred Videographers, Twenty-One Films.


Glamorous Winter Wedding at The Cotton Room in Durham, NC

We’re thrilled to share some of the beautiful real weddings from the pages of the 2015 edition of Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re sharing Marion and Bryan’s glamorous winter wedding at The Cotton Room in Durham, NC, photographed by Walters & Walters.

Marion met Bryan when he took a job as a soccer coach at Duke, where her father worked in the athletic department. Marion’s mother, a “serial matchmaker and lover of all things love,” instantly spotted a spark between the two, and did everything in her power to ensure they would meet again. She gave Bryan her daughter’s phone number, and the two decided to go on a casual date. Marion said that they soon realized that, as she was with most things, her mother was right!

After two years of dating long distance, Marion moved back to North Carolina just in time for Bryan to propose the night before Thanksgiving. The couple was able to celebrate with both of their families over the holidays before Marion’s mother passed away. “It meant the world to both of us that she had such a significant part in our meeting,” the bride said.

Marion knew she wanted to follow in her parents’ footsteps and marry at Duke Chapel, and she and Bryan chose a reception venue that captured the downtown Durham warehouse vibe — The Cotton Room. Their January wedding date inspired a glamorous, warm winter scene complete with hues of white, purple, and a touch of sparkle, brought to life with long tables covered in sequined linens, mirrored runners, and lush centerpieces.

The couple incorporated many personal details into their wedding day that made the occasion not only a special experience for their guests, but also paid homage to their families, including a musical performance by four of Marion’s aunts during the ceremony. They also found ways to express their unique personalities, like having mini bottles of BBQ sauce from their home states — Texas (his) and North Carolina (hers) — in the welcome bags, and distributing koozies with an original cartoon sketch of them and their golden retriever.

These images, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters, tell the story of this lovely winter wonderland affair.

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Wedding Consultant: Erin McLean Events  |  Bridal Luncheon and Guest Accommodations: Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club  |  Ceremony: Duke Chapel  |  Reception: The Cotton Room  |  Photographer: Walters & Walters  |  Videographer: Twenty-One Films  |  Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier from Nitsa’s Salon  |  Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale from Nitsa’s  |  Bridesmaids’ Gifts: Fur stoles and Jenny Packham earrings from Tre Bella Bridal    Florist: Tre Bella Flowers  |  Reception Signs: Calligraphy by Carrie  |  Reception Musicians: Live funk band  |  Makeup: Makeup for Your Day
Wedding Favors: Donation to charity in honor of Marion’s late mother

New Orleans Wedding Inspiration for NC Brides

The South is known for its church-going, salt-of-the-earth folk. But we Southerners certainly also know how to throw a celebration, and a wedding is the occasion of all occasions to blend reverence with the joys of life! Our ode to the New Orleans wedding is in honor of NOLA with its deep Southern charm, grit, glam and knack for festive fêtes – a perfect theme for a formal wedding affair.

The Story Behind the Shoot

Local NC wedding videographers, Twenty-One Films, captured behind-the-scenes footage and chatted with us and our stylist, Erin McLean of Erin McLean Events, about the concept of this styled shoot. We’re so excited to share the film from the photo shoot:

A Reason to Celebrate

The Hudson Manor, set on 23 verdant acres, sets the picture perfect scene. The onsite chapel is flanked by giant magnolia, oak and pecan trees and leads to the estate’s covered lake view terrace and ballroom. The estate, with its grand white columns, wrought iron accents and brick pathways, is so Southern it could be set in Louisiana itself, which made it the perfect location for our New Orleans themed wedding day styled shoot. The onsite grounds, gardens and chapel, make a lovely backdrop for bridal portraits, and even staging a scene for a painting by local artist and live wedding painter Tesh Parekh.

After the “I Dos,” the couple and brass musicians from John Brown Entertainment Group lead the main line parade followed by a second line of dancing and waving guests to ring in the newlyweds. This is New Orleans – their style, tradition and cultural heritage.

Enjoy these gorgeous images by Brian Mullins Photography!

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Chasing the Light

From the chapel, the party marches to the courtyard for group photos and on to the The Hudson Manor where the massive white columns lend an “Old South” charm to their portraits. Our couple and wedding party are dressed in attire from Savvi Bridal and Savvi Formalwear, located in Raleigh near Crabtree Valley Mall, with jewelry from Diamonds Direct Crabtree and specialty bowties from local fashion designer Natty Neckware.

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A Masquerade Party

The covered terrace glows with street lamps and market lights as the sun begins to set on the estate. In contrast to the elaborate ballroom, the terrace is set with cocktail tables in a bold black and white with New Orleans street signs. The theme is carried even into the specialty music note bowties by local company Natty Neckware, seen below paired with invitations designed by Paperbuzz.

The ballroom of The Hudson Manor has an open feel with ample glass doors and windows, beautiful chandeliers, wall sconces, and a mirrored wall. ThemeWorks added the specialty lighting and faux boxwood hedges behind the wedding party table, bringing more of the outdoors inside, while elegant gold accented table decor from American Party Rentals added to the formal evening theme.

Julie Williams, owner of Blossom Artistry, is originally from Louisiana, and worked with Erin McLean, our stylist, to create a floral palette of elegant soft ones with pops of purple and gold as a nod to New Orleans. The mix of tropical plants included are all native to her home-state. Magnolia leaves are woven throughout the decor, from the chapel doors, to arrangements and to the base of the stunning cake by Sugarland. And of course, beautiful masks from local decor rental shop Table of Contents, complete the masquerade party!

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Stylist Erin McLean Events  |  Venue The Hudson Manor  |  Photographer Brian Mullins Photography  |  Fashion Savvi Bridal and Savvi Formalwear  |  Bowties Natty Neckware  |  Florist Blossom Artistry  |  Live Wedding Painting Tesh Parekh  |  Jewelry Diamonds Direct  |   Musicians John Brown Entertainment Group  | Market Lights, NOLA Themed Accents and Hedge backdrop ThemeWorks  |  Linens, China & Table Settings American Party Rentals  |  Invitations & Menus Paperbuzz  |  Cake Sugarland  |  Masks Table of Contents  |  Bride & Groom Elevate  |  Wedding Party Models for Charity  |  Hair & Makeup Erin Doak and Danielle Duarte for Douglas Carroll Salon  |  Behind-the-Scenes Video Twenty-One Films

The 2nd Charleston NotWedding Event

What’s not to love about Charleston?! It’s the quintessential essence of what the South is supposed to be, so when Southern Bride & Groom was invited to take part in the 2nd Charleston NotWedding event, we jumped at the chance!

Charleston has always been a great travel destination, and brides-to-be love it for weddings as well! Since the ladies behind Southern Bride & Groom pride ourselves on being one of the leading wedding planning resources, we couldn’t help but scope out the best of the best in the Charleston area.

The Charleston NotWedding was held at the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, which is a living and working plantation situated right on the water. From the moment you enter the grounds – with its massive trees, horses grazing, and the sun peeking through the branches – you are transported to an idyllic Southern locale, and you’re treated with a beautiful view of the gardens ahead (it’s no wonder Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were married here!). The NotWedding, a bridal show alternative, began with a mock wedding ceremony on the Cotton Dock, followed by networking for the brides-to-be and their beloved beaus – it was a casual, free-flowing night along the river. The outside venue was perfectly complemented by the rustic, “Wild & Free” theme of the event. Check out this video of the 2nd Charleston NotWedding, shot by James McCoy Films.

The 2nd Not Wedding Charleston SC from James McCoy on Vimeo

After the conclusion of the NotWedding, the famous Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, hosted us. The hotel, situated on the corners of Market, Meeting and the shopping-frenzied King Street, features 435 luxurious guest rooms rich in substance, yet judiciously understated and with a special knack for attention to detail. Belmond Charleston Place features the most comprehensive banquet and conference services in the area, including the Grand Ballroom, which is over 14,000 square feet, the Grand Hall, and several beautiful outdoor courtyards.

Belmond Place Market Street Entrance

Belmond Place Lobby

Belmond Place Premier Room

Following a suggestion from a local, Southern Bride & Groom experienced a true Lowcountry bistro brimming with contagious energy along East Bay Street in S.N.O.B. I was quite curious to try a place called SNOB, but came to find the name is an acronym for the restaurant’s location – Slightly North of Broad. To keep with the lowcountry vibe, I felt it was only fitting to have a go at the Fried Chicken & Watermelon Salad with locally grown mixed greens, Split Creek Farm feta, spiced pecans and a balsamic vinaigrette.

Watermelon Chicken Salad

After one delectable bite, I knew I was in Charleston!

Real Wedding Video at Duke Chapel and The Cotton Room

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re thrilled to share Katie and Scott’s real wedding video at Duke Chapel and The Cotton Room, shot by the talented team at Twenty-One Films.

Get your tissues ready, y’all — from the emotional first look to the expressive vows, this wedding film is a tearjerker in all the best ways. Be sure to look for the moment when Katie’s dad sees her for the first time and

Katie and her bridesmaids got ready at Posh the Salon before she met Scott at Duke Chapel for their first look. First looks have become one of the most popular trends in weddings in recent years, as they give the bride and groom a few moments all to themselves before the nonstop festivities of the wedding day.

Katie and Scott’s ceremony at Duke Chapel, a stunning medieval-style chapel in Durham, was breathtakingly emotional and so full of love. Despite the impending rain, the couple didn’t stop smiling throughout their wedding day, and the reception at The Cotton Room in Durham’s historic Golden Belt district certainly looks like it was quite the party!

Congratulations, Katie and Scott — your wedding was absolutely beautiful.

Katie + Scott, Duke Chapel from Twenty-One Films on Vimeo.

Thanks to Twenty-One Films for sharing this couple’s sweet wedding day video.

Real NC Wedding at The Umstead Hotel and Spa

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Alyssa and Keith’s Real NC Wedding at The Umstead Hotel and Spa. The couple’s gorgeous big day was shot by Cara of f8 Photo Studios.

Alyssa and Keith met at work a few years ago and bonded over both being from New York. The more they talked, the more they realized they had in common, and a few short months later, they officially became a couple.

On a Saturday morning in 2012, Keith was on the floor playing with the couple’s kitten, Piper. He said the kitten had brought something for Alyssa, handed her a jewelry box, and asked her to marry him!

They easily selected The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary for their June 2013 wedding after meeting with the event staff. Alyssa and Keith decided on a color palette of yellow, turquoise and purple.

Alyssa and Keith used Southern Bride & Groom to select their venue (The Umstead) and photographer (f8 Photo Studios), who they said “were two of the best parts of the wedding!” They also used Fresh Affairs – owner Lyn Graves created a gorgeous custom chuppah for their wedding ceremony – f8 in Motion, and Bella Bridesmaids.

Enjoy these beautiful photos from Alyssa and Keith’s wedding day, courtesy of Cara of f8 Photo Studios, and video from f8 in Motion.

Bridal Bouquet at Umstead Hotel

Teal High Heels

Bride and Groom Kiss

Wedding Ceremony at Umstead Hotel

Wedding Chuppah

Bride and Groom Outside

Bride and Groomsmen

Wedding Rings

Umstead Wedding Reception

Wedding Tablescape

First Dance

Bride and Groom First Dance

Alyssa + Keith Trailer from f8 in motion on Vimeo.

Wedding Location: The Umstead Hotel and Spa
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Samuel Cole Salon
Photographer: f8 Photo Studios
Videographer: f8 in Motion
Florist: Fresh Affairs
Cake: Sweet Memories
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Reception Music: Joe Bunn DJ Company

Real NC Wedding Video at The Highgrove Estate

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share a Real NC Wedding Video at the Highgrove Estate shot by the talented team at Twenty-One Films.

Claire and Camry met at camp while in high school, and ended up dating for years before finally getting engaged. They tied the knot at Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina on a gorgeous summer day, and Twenty-One Films captured the emotion of the affair beautifully. Though the venue’s power was out until only moments before the start of the ceremony thanks to a Southern thunderstorm the night before, Claire and Cam were thrilled their big day had arrived, and nothing could dampen their spirits.

The couple wrote their own vows (break out the tissues, y’all — their words to each other are incredibly sweet!) and celebrated their love with a stunning ceremony and reception, surrounded by their closest family and friends. Thanks to Twenty-One Films for this wonderful, emotional video of Claire and Cam’s wedding day.

Claire + Cam, Highgrove Estate from Twenty-One Films on Vimeo.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Highgrove Estate
Florist: Brides and Bouquets
Bridal Gown: Vera Wang
Videographer: Twenty-One Films

Real North Carolina Wedding Videography — Life Stage Films at Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington, NC

Today we’re excited to share a Real North Carolina Wedding Videography post featuring Sara and Adam’s wedding at Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington, NC shot by Life Stage Films.

Sara and Adam scheduled a trip to New Orleans a few months before Adam planned to propose. One of Sara’s friends mentioned that she thought Adam would pop the question while they were in NOLA, so Sara got incredibly excited and put tremendous meaning on the trip. Needless to say, Adam didn’t propose while they were down South, and the groom now says that the ride back to Raleigh from New Orleans was the longest, quietest 13 hours of his life! A few weeks later, in May, Adam and Sara took a trip to Oak Island, a beach that held many special memories for the couple. There, he asked Sara to marry him — a total shock to her! Of course, Sara said yes, and the couple began planning their June 2013 wedding at Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington.

The couple wed in a beautiful open air ceremony, with a color palette of soft pinks and ivory, and celebrated afterwards with their friends and family.

Check out their sweet wedding video, shot by Life Stage Films, and congratulations to Sara and Adam — your wedding was beautiful!

{Sara + Adam} A Magical Open Air Wedding Day from Life Stage Films on Vimeo

Ceremony & Reception Location: Bellamy Mansion — Wilmington, NC
Wedding Planner: Social Butterfly Events
Photographer: Scott Piner Photography
Videographer: Life Stage Films
Florist: Fiore Fine Flowers
Cake: Imaginary Cakes
Reception Music: Active DJ