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It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re thrilled to share Tara and Gregory’s summery Real Durham NC Wedding at Duke Gardens, with beautiful photos from Casey Rose Photography.
Tara and Gregory met when she dropped by a Mexican restaurant for a quick bite to eat. He was sitting with his son Nigel, and when Tara sat down to eat, he struck up a conversation. They chatted for a while, and Greg asked for her number before she left. He took her to the Philadelphia Art Museum a few nights later, and the two have been inseparable ever since!
Greg proposed at a concert last in Philly last year. Right before the show started, he got down on one knee and popped the question right in the middle of a sea of people. When Tara said yes, everyone applauded!
The pair wanted a destination wedding, and decided on North Carolina, since Tara is a Duke alum. They settled on Duke Gardens for a beautiful, small July wedding, and Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair helped Tara and Greg plan their Durham wedding from afar. With a summery color palette of robin’s egg blue, silver and white, the couple wed in a classy, intimate affair.
The duo also used a slew of other members of the SB&G Family to help bring their big day dreams to life, including: Sugarland, Tre Bella Flowers, ShutterBooth, Island Sound Video, American Party Rentals, The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, and CE Rental. Tara said the print version of SB&G was her “bible” for the wedding planning process!
Wedding Location: Duke Gardens
Rehearsal Dinner: Piazza Italia
Wedding Planner: Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair
Bridal Gown: Pronovias from Van Cleve Bridal Pavilion in Paoli, PA
Bridesmaids Dresses: Kate Spade
Men’s Formalwear: Joseph A. Bank
Hair & Makeup: Suede the Salon
Photographer: Casey Rose Photography
Videographer: Island Sound & Video
Florist: Tre Bella Flowers
Invitations: Chick Invitations
Ceremony & Reception Musicians: Joe Bunn DJ Company
Party Rentals: American Party Rentals and CE Rental
Guest Accommodations: The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Wedding Favors: ShutterBooth
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Rebekah and Ben’s colorful Real Durham NC Wedding at Parizade, with photos by Rebecca Ames Photography.
Rebekah and Ben first met in their seventh grade English class and knew each other throughout high school, but they didn’t reconnect until they both moved back to Durham after college. The couple chose Parizade as their wedding venue because Durham holds a special place in their hearts – it’s where they’d grown up, where their families and friends lived, and where they’d fallen in love.
After a first look at the prestigious King’s Daughters Inn, they wed in a traditional Jewish ceremony under a chuppah made by Rebekah’s mother, in a tent from Party Reflections. Afterwards, guests were ushered inside to enjoy the couple’s creative spin on the classic wedding day “somethings” — something old (mint juleps), something new (sparkling rose), something borrowed (a cocktail from one of the couple’s favorite restaurants) and something blue (blueberry vodka lemonade).
Rebekah wanted a colorful and eclectic feel to her décor, which was perfected with the help of Amanda from A Swanky Affair, beautiful, bright florals, and detailed vintage centerpieces. A cake from Sugarland followed a delicious feast by Parizade’s catering team, and No Regret Productions kept everyone on the dance floor throughout the evening!
Congrats Rebekah and Ben – your wedding was absolutely stunning!
Wedding Coordinator: Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair
Photographer: Rebecca Ames Photography
First Look: The King’s Daughters Inn
Ceremony & Reception: Parizade
Hair & Makeup: Stage 1 Salon
Stationery: Indigo Envelope
Florist and Vintage Rentals: Farm and Filligree
Tent: Party Reflections
Reception Music: No Regret Productions
Hosting your wedding at a venue that also has onsite accommodations is an absolutely fantastic option for both you and your guests. The entire wedding weekend becomes an event; you can reserve a block of rooms and have all of your friends and family together in one location!
Here in the Triangle Area of North Carolina, and its surrounding towns and destination locations, there are a ton of options for venues with onsite accommodations — especially hotels and quaint bed and breakfasts — so one is sure to fit your exact needs.
There’a reason hotels and B&Bs are some of the most popular choices for wedding venues — Triangle NC hotel weddings are convenient, cost-efficient and customizable.
Convenience at it’s Finest
The coordination of a hotel wedding is incredibly simple. They typically have hosted their fair share of weddings, so they know what they’re doing! Hotels will have great vendor recommendations, because they’ve probably worked with just about every wedding pro in town. It’s also incredibly convenient for your guests — especially out-of-towners — because your ceremony, reception and accommodations are all in one location. There’s no need to worry about transportation, parking, or the logistics of having separate venues for your ceremony and reception.
Because hotels often have wedding packages, many of the vendors you would normally need to hire elsewhere are included. Most hotels and B&Bs will require you to use their catering service, so choose somewhere with terrific food and leave the meal planning to them! Many hotels also offer complimentary shuttle service, including airport pick-up and drop-off for your out of town guests to make the weekend go even smoother.
Unique & Customizable
Hotels and B&Bs usually have several options for event spaces. If you want to have your ceremony and reception at the hotel, you can either flip the space between events, or choose completely different locations — like hosting a garden ceremony followed by a ballroom reception. The venues normally have a variety of beautiful spaces — like ballrooms with elegant chandeliers, perfectly manicured gardens, and cozy, more intimate rooms for smaller weddings. You can add your own twists to the traditional hotel spaces by incorporating decorations, specialty lighting, and floral arrangements.
Renaissance Raleigh Hotel//Azul Photography
For wedding venues with on-site accommodations, check out SB&G’s Accommodations page or our Sortable Venue Guide.
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today’s new Durham, NC Real Wedding is Maddy and Joe’s unique rock-n-roll wedding and reception at Cafe Parizade in April.
Maddy and Joe met at Cafe Parizade in Durham, so they thought it would be the perfect place to tie the knot. They wanted to incorporate their love of great food and great music into every aspect of their wedding day, so they chose delicious cuisine from Cafe Parizade and used classic rock-n-roll songs throughout the day.
The couple used many members of the SB&G Family to make their big day absolutely perfect, including: Café Parizade, A Swanky Affair, CE Rental, Party Reflections, Riley MacLean Photography and No Regret Productions.
Want your wedding featured on SB&G? Submit it here.
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today’s new Durham, NC Real Wedding is Leslie and David’s sweet nuptials at Duke Gardens and The Cotton Room in March.
Leslie and David tied the knot at Duke Gardens, and followed by a reception at The Cotton Room. The couple chose a palette of bright spring colors for their March wedding – pinks, purples and greens, which was carried throughout with stunning floral arrangements of tulips, moss and candles by Tre Bella Flowers.
Leslie and David used many members of the SB&G Family to make their big day absolutely perfect, including: Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair, Duke Gardens, The Cotton Room, DaisyCakes, Tre Bella Flowers, and Anna Kirby Photography.
To read Leslie and David’s love story and see more beautiful photos of their wedding day, check out the Leslie and David Real Wedding page!
Want your wedding featured on SB&G? Submit it here.
300 East Main is a brand new, ultra-hip event venue in Downtown Durham, located in a beautifully restored 1920′s building. Owner and event producer Kimberly Davis created a stunning space inspired by urban New York/Miami lofts. The chic space features dark mahogany bamboo wood floors, gorgeous modern chandeliers, floor-to-celing natural light with 18 foot I-beam ceilings, and some of the original brick walls (which show Coca Cola’s oldest North Carolina mural!).
The street-level space is perfect for events of all kinds, and can accommodate up to 300 guests. There is a separate, smaller gallery space upstairs with views of Historic Downtown Durham, which is ideal for more intimate gatherings.
The team at 300 East Main completes the experience. Owner Kimberly Davis can provide on-site management or full-service event planning, but also welcomes other event specialists and coordinators to use 300 East Main as a venue for their own upcoming bookings.
So if you’re planning an event in the Triangle, be sure to check out 300 East Main!
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today’s Real Durham, NC Wedding is Carly and Tripp’s sweet March wedding at Duke Chapel, followed by a swanky reception at the beautiful Nasher Museum of Art. Thanks to Raycroft Art for the stunning photographs!
Carly and Tripp share a common passion for animals of all kinds — Carly studies octopi and they often volunteer at the zoo together. Instead of jewelry of flowers when it comes to gift giving, Tripp provides Carly with a new book about animals for her library at every opportunity. On Christmas Day of 2010, he presented her with his best gift yet — a diamond ring hidden inside a book called “Zoo Story.”
The couple decided on Duke Chapel for their ceremony site, as Tripp had graduated from Duke with his Masters in Theological Studies. They had frequented the chapel while dating, and knew it would be the perfect place to say “I do!” followed by an upscale reception at the Nasher Museum of Art.
To compliment Tripp and Carly’s love for animals, coordinator Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair helped put together an animal theme that popped up in details throughout the couple’s big day. They had animals on their invitations and seating chart, made donations to the World Wildlife Fund as wedding favors, and even had an octopus-themed wedding cake!
Tripp and Carly used SB&G throughout the planning process for inspiration and vendor recommendations, and ended up using many members of the SB&G Family, including: A Swanky Affair, Duke Chapel, the Nasher Museum of Art, Parizade, Bernard’s Formalwear, Floral Dimensions, Sugarland, CE Rental and the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.
Congrats, Tripp and Carly…your wedding was beautiful! And a huge thanks to Raycroft Art for capturing these absolutely gorgeous photographs!
Wedding Consultant: Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair
Rehearsal Dinner: Bullock’s BBQ
Ceremony: Duke Chapel
Reception: Nasher Museum of Art
Photographer: Raycroft Art
Bridal Gown: Rivini
Men’s Formalwear: Bernard’s Formalwear
Florist: Floral Dimensions
Invitations, etc.: Indigo Envelope
Reception Music: Joe Bunn DJ
Linens and Rentals: CE Rental
Lighting: Total Production Services
Transportation: Duke Transit
Guest Accommodations: Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Hair: Tucker Reilly
Wedding Favors: Donation to the World Wildlife Fund
Belt Line Station is officially up and running! The historic train depot that adjoins the Golden Belt building in Downtown Durham was converted into a stunning event venue by the same folks that own The Cotton Room. The brand new, all-inclusive venue combines history and style with over 4,000 square feet of functional event space — perfect for any special event from wedding ceremonies and receptions to live music!
Southern Bride & Groom had our floral photo shoot there earlier this month, and for some of us, it was the first opportunity we had to explore the new space. Y’all, it’s absolutely beautiful…the perfect combination of urban and chic!
At the end of May, Belt Line hosted a “Sensational and Stupendous” circus-themed grand opening soiree. The bright colors, carnival food, and acrobatic performers really brought the theme to life, and it was just a downright fun evening.
We’re excited to share some photos from the party shot by Neil Boyd Photography! A big shout out to all of the vendors who helped make the event go off without a hitch: CE Rentals, Haw River Rounders, Sidecar Social Club, Best Rent-All, SimpSound, and Indigo Envelope.
Check out Belt Line Station’s website for more information on this awesome new urban event space in Durham!
Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending a special summer menu preview at the Washington Duke Inn’s Fairview Dining Room – one of the top four-diamond restaurants in NC. Executive Chef Jason Cunningham prepared a four-course sampling menu of many of the fresh, seasonal new dishes he has created for summer.
Chef Cunningham named Course 1 “LUSH.” An assortment of light bites from the appetizer menu, the centerpiece of this round was a Spanish Gazpacho, complemented perfectly by a mini buttered brioche mahon grilled cheese, Johnstone County prosciutto and cornichon, and the Southern classic deviled egg.
“Kale is all the rage right now,” said Cunningham when he talked us through the menu. So came the inspiration for the second course, “RIPE,” which featured a delectable Kale Salad from the local Cottle Farms, finished with blue lake pole beans, citrus marinated fennel, red cabbage and a lemon dressing. Also served on this plate was a perfectly prepared American Red Snapper – Chef pointed out this fish is perfect at this time of year and he plans to have it on the menu all summer. The snapper was served with spiced watermelon jicama slaw, basil oil, and marinated heirloom tomatoes.
The next round was titled “ABLOOM,” and although I was already fully satisfied after my first two courses, when this plate was presented, I knew I was going to have to eat every bite. Rosemary Grilled Niman Ranch Pork tenderloin (a larger cut will be on the dining room menu) was tender and flavorful, as served with braised mustard greens, herb roasted fingerling potatoes, and bourbon peach chutney. This was paired with a whimsical Goat Lady Dairy Chèvre and Beet Salad, served with golden pea tendrils, frisee lettuce, tangerine vinaigrette, smoked paprika rubbed serrano ham, and chive oil.
Pastries are another specialty of Fairview, and so we were lastly presented with a “BALMY” dessert course. My favorite thing on this plate was the Pistachio Frangipane Purse – swiss meringue, pistachio crème, and orange blossom ice cream. The other two samples were also irresistible: Chocolate Mousse and Cherries – ancho chile flowerless chocolate cake with NC’s own Cheerwine syrup, and a Blackberry Shortcake – blackberry vanilla coulis with kaffir lime white chocolate cream. I’d say I left blown away, and my belly left happy and full!
The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club is one of the premiere wedding and event venues in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Southern Bride & Groom magazine has featured the Washington Duke in several past feature real weddings and photo shoots, and also had our customer party there this year. I cannot say enough about the high level of service that this prestigious venue provides its guests, as well as the classic beauty of its numerous, versatile event spaces. They have something for everyone – whether you are hosting a tea party for your bridesmaid luncheon, a 20 person intimate wedding ceremony, or a huge reception and party for several hundred guests.
At lunch, I had the pleasure of sitting with Director of Catering and Conference Services Diane Tighe, who has been at the Inn for 15 years. She and her catering staff oversee all weddings as social events. As we tried the delicious dishes, we chatted about the wedding industry and of course, how these events work at the Inn. The Washington Duke offers several different wedding packages – ranging from an “Everything but the Dress” package to an À la carte package. Regardless of what package an engaged couple chooses for their wedding, custom built is their specialty and you can expect to be taken care of at every step of the planning process.
“We treat our name as the name of the hotel,” Diane said over lunch. This really stuck with me – I think it is a fantastic attitude, and having worked with her so many times, I can personally attest that she means it. The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Course demonstrates quintessential Southern class and sophistication, in every aspect from its beautiful decor, to its acclaimed golf course, and its devoted staff, who specialize in making dreams come true for their lucky brides and grooms! Here’s a shot by Dara Blakeley Photography of me and my bridesmaids at the Washington Duke on my wedding day!
In honor of Wedding Wednesday, we have a stunning Real NC Wedding feature to share with you all! Rebecca and Devin tied the knot at Trinity United Methodist Church and celebrated afterwards at Durham’s gorgeous new event space — The Cookery. Enjoy their sweet photos, courtesy of Story Photographers.
The details of Rebecca and Devin’s big day are simply beautiful — from the sweet photo locket and memories wall to the teal and yellow color palette! We love the brightly colored bridesmaids dresses, the Billy Ball accents in Rebecca’s bouquet, and of course, the poufs of Baby’s Breath in quintessentially Southern mason jars tied with twine. The Cookery’s Front Room was the perfect venue for the couple’s reception, with its gorgeous exposed brick and urban chic vibe, and Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair staged the space beautifully! Congrats Rebecca and Devin, your wedding was stunning!
Ceremony Venue: Trinity United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: The Front Room at The Cookery
Wedding Coordinator: Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair
Photographer: Story Photographers
Hair & Makeup: Bella Trio Day Spa