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If you’re newly engaged, in the midst of wedding planning, or simply throwing a celebratory event, you need to get to know Rocky Top Catering!
Rocky Top is a multi-faceted business, with a full-service, off-site catering team, a free-standing wedding venue – 1705 Prime, and exclusive deals with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and UNC’s Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium.
As a long-standing member of the SB&G Family, Rocky Top is a trusted vendor that will go above and beyond to make your event truly special and unique – from customizing your menu to meet every taste, culture and theme, to experienced staff and licensed bartenders who are well-versed in the service industry.
Rocky Top provides off-site catering to any location throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina – be it a rehearsal dinner, a wedding, a small celebration or a large corporate event. Since Rocky Top has been around for a while, their team has established excellent relationships with many of the area’s top venues, such as The Sutherland, The Grand Marquise Ballroom, Cobblestone Hall, Stockroom at 230 and The Museum of History, just to name a few!
Rocky Top also has an upscale wedding venue, 1705 Prime, located just outside of downtown Raleigh in a restored Southern home. The venue has a variety of rooms to fit your event’s needs – from intimate settings to grand spaces. There’s a built-in dance floor in the main room, in-house tables, chairs and chinaware, and an on-site kitchen for their team to create delicious delicacies. Rocky Top will even provide event design and vendor coordination upon request!
Rocky Top is the exclusive caterer at the NC Musuem of Natural Sciences and UNC’s Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium. The breathtaking Museum offers meeting and reception areas for 30-375 seated guests, and reception areas for up to 775 people! The Blue Zone is also ideal for anything from a small gathering to a grand event, with stunning views of UNC’s football field and surrounding campus. And with Rocky Top catering the event, you can guarantee the food will be out of this world!
So, if you’re planning a wedding or any type of get together, contact Rocky Top Catering to see what their talented team can do for you!
We have an absolutely stunning Real NC Wedding Feature for y’all today! Nicole and Jack tied the knot at the beautiful Fearrington Village in October.
With the help of the talented Angie Wright of Chic Details Wedding & Events, the duo, who met on an online dating site, transformed their ceremony and reception locations into truly amazing and unique event spaces. We adore the hues of pink and the textured linens! Thanks to Photography by Walters & Walters for the swoon-worthy photographs, and congratulations to Nicole and Jack!
We’ve got an absolutely stunning Real NC Wedding Feature for y’all today! Lauren and Darin tied the knot at Fearrington Village in March.
Lauren and Darin tied the knot at Fearrington in March. Thanks to Riley MacLean Photography for the truly amazing photos below!
In honor of Wedding Wednesday, we’ve got a fabulous Real Chapel Hill NC Wedding feature for y’all today! Becca Jane and Todd won our 25th Anniversary Photoshoot Contest and were featured in the 2013 edition of SB&G! Here, enjoy photos from their June 2012 wedding at the Carolina Inn.
Becca Jane and Todd met at the wedding of Todd’s little brother and Becca Jane’s best friend. He proposed Memorial Day Weekend in DC, where Becca Jane lived. The moment was made even more special since Todd is an active member of the US Army, and all of the monuments in DC were covered with flowers and letters to soldiers.
The sweet couple tied the knot at the Carolina Inn last June, with the help of coordinator Erin McLean and gorgeous florals by Tre Bella. They entered and won SB&G’s 25 Anniversary Photoshoot Contest and modeled for our Country Elegance shoot at Het Landhuis. Their beautiful big day and our photoshoot were both captured by Cyn Kain Photography.
In honor of Wedding Wednesday, we’ve got a beautiful Real North Carolina Wedding feature for you all today! Enjoy Lauren & Nicholas’ sweet engagement story and stunning photographs from their big day last September!
Lauren and Nicholas (you might remember them from our e-session feature!) met at a “My Tie” date function by Lauren’s sorority at UNC-Chapel Hill. The idea behind My Tie cocktails is that gals let their friends set them up on a blind date, and the only clue they get as to who will be accompanying them to the soiree is one of the guy’s ties.
Courtney, who was also Lauren’s Maid of Honor, set her up with Nicholas, a friend from high school who was attending NC State at the time. After a fun night of dancing and chatting, Nicholas walked Lauren home, and asked if he could call her sometime. Lauren said, “I’ll believe it when I hear my phone ring” and left it at that.
A few days later, on Valentine’s Day, Nicholas called to ask Lauren if he could stop by her sorority house. He showed up with a dozen roses, her favorite candy, and an offer for a proper date. The two have been inseparable ever since!
In July of 2011, the couple took a relaxing vacation to Lake Lure, NC. Nicholas popped the question during a walk to the boathouse before they headed to dinner. Of course, Lauren said yes, and the duo began planning their September 2012 wedding.
The Sheraton Raleigh Hotel seemed the perfect location for the nuptials, as the couple thought it combined “value, convenience and a touch of elegance.” After a rehearsal dinner the night before at Caffe Luna, a stunning color palette of blue, green, grey and ivory set the stage for a breathtakingly beautiful ceremony and reception, and was carried through with the Caspian Blue J. Crew bridesmaids dresses, grey suits for the groom and his men, and beautiful ivory flowers by Julie Liles.
The couple tackled their rivalry preferences — she was a Carolina girl, and he was an NC State grad — through table names, an engagement session at UNC, bridal portraits at the NC State Centennial Campus, and themed ribbons for their grand exit.
Lauren and Nicholas used the resources at SB&G, including the Venue Guide, to make their big day special. Congratulations, y’all, and thanks for submitting your wedding to us! Now, enjoy these gorgeous photos by Azul Photography…they’re swoon-worthy!
Wedding Location: First Baptist Church; Raleigh, NC
Minister: Trey Davis and Father Robert
Reception Location: Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
Rerhearsal Dinner: Caffe Luna
Bridal Gown: Priscilla of Boston
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridal Jewelry: CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Mother of the Bride Dress: Maggie London
Formalwear: Joseph A. Banks
Groomsmen Gifts: NFL and Soccer jerseys chosen by the groomsmen
Hair: Ashley at Caju Salon
Makeup: Mary King
Photographer: Azul Photography
Florist: Julie Liles
Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes
Invitations: William Arthur (ordered through Paper Buzz)
Ceremony Musicians: Donna Jolly
Reception Music: DJ Randy Pulley
Rentals: CE Rentals
Guest Accommodations: Sheraton Raleigh Hotel and Courtyard Crabtree
Wedding Favors: Etsy
Want your wedding featured on SB&G? Submit it here!
A Chapel Hill Wedding Perfect for Two Carolina Grads
Megan and Bryan met at an event for UNC freshmen sponsored by the Campus Y. Bryan suggested not-so-subtly to Megan that they should “get together sometime to talk about music.” Megan thought she’d give it a shot, and after a few initial conversations about Saves the Day and Groove Armada — some of the duo’s favorite bands — she agreed to go out on a proper date. After a delicious dinner, the couple went to see an indie show at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, and really hit it off! It’s no surprise that a wedding was in the future.
Eight years later, Megan and Bryan were living in Chapel Hill, and one October afternoon, they decided to take a stroll to their favorite restaurant, Mint. As they approached the Campus Y, where they first met, Megan started reading the engraved bricks in the courtyard. She mentioned to Bryan that they should make one of their own one day. Bryan surprised her with a newly-placed brick, on the back of which he had written “Meg White, will you spend your life with me? -B” Of course, Megan said yes, and the pair began planning their June 2012 wedding!
Since the UNC campus had been such an integral part of the couple’s relationship, they decided that the Forest Theater was the perfect location for their outdoor wedding ceremony. The nuptials were followed by a wedding reception at The Great Room and Back Bar at Top of the Hill, which featured fun details like the duo’s love for maps and all things travel, signature cocktails and a live band.
Megan and Bryan used several members of the Southern Bride and Groom Family to make their wedding day extremely special, including: The Great Room at Top of the Hill, Stacy Borelli of Swank Photo Studio, Tre Bella Flowers, and The Carolina Inn.
Wedding Consultant: Samantha Kozub
Rehearsal Dinner: West End Public catered by Mint
Ceremony: The Forest Theatre
Reception: Top of the Hill – Great Room and Back Bar
Photographer: Stacy Borelli of Swank Photo Studio
Videographer: Inkspot Crow
Bridal Gown: Ulla Maija
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lula Kate
Men’s Formalwear: Alton Lane, Brooks Brothers, Julian’s, Lula Kate (for the custom pocket squares)
Florist: Tre Bella Flowers
Dessert: Pleasant Pops
Invitations, etc: Paperwhites Press
Ceremony Musicians: Benjamin Hunsinger, Nick Piatt, and Connie Carringer
Reception Music: Mo Sol
Linens: Holland Rent-All
Transportation: All Points Transportation
Guest Accommodations: The Carolina Inn and Aloft
Hair: Kari Berry
Make-Up: Made-Up Special Events
Bridal & Bridesmaid Jewelry: JoJo Loves You
Monogramming on Bride’s Shoes: The Story of Kat
Wedding Favors: Mixed CDs made by the couple
Bridal Registry: Crate and Barrel, Macy’s, the Human Rights Campaign, Traveler’s Joy
This year, Southern Bride & Groom shot our Cake Shoot at the Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina. This gorgeous country home overlooks Laurel Lake, and everywhere you turn is a picturesque setting for your big day. From the beautifully manicured gardens to the expansive banquet hall, you can’t go wrong at the Highgrove!
Now, prepare to drool over these delectable desserts created by SB&G’s talented bakeries, located throughout the Triangle. Thanks to everyone who made this shoot possible, it was a huge success!
You can’t help but smile when you see this cake from Catering Works. Three round tiers are draped in sunshine yellow fondant and accented with bright florals in hues of red, lavender, peach, white and pink. This is the perfect cake to ring in spring!
This cake, also by the talented bakers at Catering Works, was inspired by St. Germain Liqueur — combining a racy red with a soft blue to evoke Parisian Bohemian flair. Everything about this cake is customized, down to the handmade “cake stand koozie.”
These cakes, both from Edible Art Bakery, feature stunning detail. On the left, a traditional white, three-tier cake is upgraded to modern with a splash of tropical color and rhinestone bands framing each tier. On the right, a soft yellow, square cake features a delicately crafted blooming tree — perfect for welcoming spring!
This fun dessert, also by Edible Art Bakery, is a topsy-turvy style asymmetrical cake featuring hues of white and silver. On the right, you an see a close up of the incredible detail these talented bakers put into their work.
As the SB&G team is chock-full of UNC grads, this cake makes our hearts sing! Its charming blue background is decorated with overlapping circles, which symbolize the wedding band. This creation from Sweet Memories Bakery is sure to catch your guests’ eye!
These two stunners, also by Sweet Memories Bakery, show the range of styles you can choose for your dessert! On the left, a traditional wedding cake is made into an artistic creation with hand-painted flowers. And on the right, treat your guests to an all-white pastry parade of cookies, cupcakes, cake, and cake pops!
Once in a Blue Moon Bakery gives a nod to the South with these cakes. We love this darling duo of cakes featuring the North Carolina State flower — the Dogwood!
These cakes, also by Once in a Blue Moon Bakery, feature simple textures and design. Enjoy Blue Moon’s cakes, prepared grandma’s style, with your favorite all-nautral fillings and flavors!
The amazing artists at Sugarland took inspiration for this gorgeous blue ombre cake from a retro-styled blue bridal gown. Ombre is one of this year’s hottest trends, and we adore the sweet floral details!
Sugarland went for an all-blue theme this year! On the left, a stunning sea glass cake is the perfect touch for a coastal wedding. Its shimmer and intricate detail truly depict the beautiful sea glass you’d find on the shore! On the right, Sugarland hits another big trend this year — chevron. And, we all know we’re suckers for anything with a monogram!
At the Highgrove Estate, brides can opt for a fun twist on the typical wedding dessert — an interactive s’mores bar! Guests will love this option, complete with toasting sticks, marshmallows, chocolate squares, graham crackers and a fire pit!
If you want cupcakes, there’s no better place than Gigi’s Cupcakes! These sweet pink and white delicacies are a combination of Mississippi Mud and Kentucky Bourbon with decadent cream cheese icing.
All photographs are by the wonderfully talented Kevin Milz Photography.
One of the Triangle’s favorite annual wedding events, The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase, is quickly approaching!
Sunday, January 27th
Join the SB&G Team and a slew of other wedding industry professionals at the upscale Carolina Inn on Sunday afternoon, January 27th, for the 18th-annual Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase. This is a must-attend event for all brides! Browse the Inn’s gorgeous floor plan while sipping on champagne, and then enjoy a buffet and a high-end fashion runway show.
For more information or to register for the event, check out the Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase website. We can’t wait, and we hope that you come say hello if you attend!
Happy New Year and welcome to Engagement Season! Lots of sparkling new diamond engagement rings were doled out in the last few weeks; December is the most popular month of the year for US engagements.
Congratulations to all of the newly-engaged couples!
Southern Bride & Groom is here for all the new NC brides, to help you plan your Triangle Area wedding, or nearby NC or Southern destination wedding. We have served the NC Triangle for over 25 years with our annual wedding magazine, which offers brides a selection of the finest wedding venues and top wedding professionals in the area.
Our blog is full of regular advice columns, inspirational photo posts, and real NC wedding features (we accept submissions from brides like you!). Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to hear about our monthly contests and bridal giveaways, and on Pinterest for more eye-candy.
SB&G’s annual Triangle NC wedding planning magazine was recently-released and is now available for free at all of the top Triangle wedding vendors and storefronts you will find when perusing the PLANNING section of our website. If you are out of the area and would like to order a magazine to help you plan your NC wedding, visit our Magazine page and submit a postal payment and we’ll get one out to you!
We’ll be posting the online version soon as well, so stay tuned for that.
If you do not have plans for this weekend, a great way for the newly-engaged to get cracking on that wedding planning is to attend The Wedding Show, the state’s longest-running bridal show, which takes place in Raleigh THIS WEEKEND – January 5 & 6, at the NC State Fairgrounds. The show will include fashion previews, cake and food tastings, and lots of amazing Triangle wedding professionals that you will get to meet under one roof. SB&G will be there – look for our booth and stop by to pick up the brand-new 2013 magazine, and register for a couple of trip giveaways that we’ll be gifting.
Setting the Scene in Silver
Imagine a wedding that leaves your guests speechless. Spheres of blossoms bubble up around a stunning hand-painted silver cake, and continue a cascade that flows over the sweetheart table, spilling into a pool of petals. Our bride sparkles in her glamorous gown with crystal embellishments — a statement of ultimate wedding elegance.
Southern Bride & Groom achieved a major milestone in 2012 — our 25th Anniversary as the Triangle’s most trusted bridal resource. We commemorated the occasion with a Silver Style Shoot at The Siena Hotel, a Tuscan-inspired boutique hotel in Chapel Hill. Its restaurant, Il Palio, is a four-diamond dining experience, and it caters all of their wedding events. The Siena is perfect for an intimate wedding or rehearsal dinner for up to 100 guests.
Congrats to The Siena Hotel and Douglas Carroll Salon & Spa, who are also celebrating their silver anniversary! And thanks to everyone else who helped make this shoot a gorgeous reality for our 2013 magazine: Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning, Fresh Affairs, Sugarland, Party Reflections, Paper Cafe, Lana Addison Bridal & Charlotte’s.