Posts Tagged: engagement story
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
The e-session has become one of the most popular wedding over the last several years, and we simply love it! A photo shoot with your beau prior to your wedding day lets you get to know your photographer, get comfortable in front on the camera, and of course, gather some wonderful images to use throughout your wedding planning process — like on Save the Dates, invites, or even holiday cards. Today, we’re excited to share this Real NC Engagement Session from Morgan and her husband-to-be, Cody!
Morgan and Cody met several years ago — she was trying on bridesmaids dresses for her cousin’s wedding, and the maid of honor (Cody’s sister!) asked her if she was single and tried to set her up with her brother! Cody popped the question in May of this year while the two were out fishing. Of course, she said yes!
The couple plans to wed in June of 2014 at the bride’s childhood church with a color palette of plum and yellow. Morgan graduates from Appalachian State University next month, and Cody is currently working as a fireman. These photos from their engagement session were taken by Emma Kathryn Talley, one of the bride’s closest friends.
Congrats, Morgan and Cody — we’re sure your wedding will be absolutely gorgeous!
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re thrilled to share Kristin and Jeff’s Real NC Destination Wedding at Shoals Club on Bald Head Island, with beautiful photography by Scott Piner.
Kristin and Jeff met when he came to her office to make a sales call, and it was instant attraction, but, the circumstances weren’t right just yet. Finally, two and a half years later, the two officially became a couple! Jeff planned the most romantic proposal — hwile he and Kirstin were looking for the perfect Christmas tree, he handed her a handmade ornament and said “this will be our first ornament to put on the tree together.” When Kristin looked down, the ornament read “Kristin, will you marry me?” Now the couple has a keepsake from their engagement and a special token to put on their Christmas tree every year!
Kristin and Jeff wanted a coastal wedding, but knew they also wanted it to have a different feel than many of the other beach weddings they’d been to in the past. They knew that the quaint experience Bald Head Island provided would be perfect for their big day, and Shoals Club was their dream location! The couple took the next available date and quickly planned their beautiful wedding in only five short months.
With an elegant color palette of purple and silver, the couple brought their “rustic meets nautical” theme to life. Kristin said she used SB&G as a concept guide for her decor — she marked what she liked with Post It notes to share with her wedding vendors, two of which are members of the SB&G Family — Shoals Club on Bald Head Island and One Belle Bakery! Congrats you two, your wedding was beautiful!
Wedding Location: Shoals Club on Bald Head Island
Wedding Planner: Kickstand Events
Bridal Gown: Modern Trousseau
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung
Hair & Makeup: Island Retreat & Spa
Photographer: Scott Piner Photography
Cake: One Belle Bakery
Party Rentals: Shoals Club and Kickstand Events
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re thrilled to share Meghan and Steve’s real NC wedding at Prestonwood Country Club. The two tied the knot at the beautiful country club in June, and Christa Davidson Photography captured some wonderful images!
Meghan and Steve met in geometry class during their freshman year of high school, but didn’t get along at all at first! Eventually, the duo slowly built a friendship and began dating the following year.
Steve planned a day trip to Oak Island, where he totally surprised Meghan by proposing. Of course, she said yes, and the two quickly headed back to Cary to share the good news and celebrate with their friends and family.
Meghan had been planning the wedding of her dreams for years, so when she and Steve got engaged, she knew exactly what she wanted, making her planning process simple and stress-free, especially with the help of Erin McLean Events. The couple booked the Prestonwood Country Club and chose a color palette of Tiffany blue and bright coral, which paired perfectly with their June wedding date. Meghan and Steve really wanted to infuse their own personalities into their wedding day — they married in the church where the bride was baptized and she wore her mother’s wedding gown. They paid homage to their alma mater — NC State — with their favorite sweet treat, Krispy Kreme donuts, as favors.
Ceremony Location: Apex United Methodist Church
Reception Location: Prestonwood Country Club
Minister: Rev. Owen Barrow
Rehearsal Dinner: Jimmy V’s Steakhouse
Wedding Coordinator: Erin McLean Events
Bridal Gown: Mother’s wedding dress
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung from Gorgeous Gowns
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: The Hair & Face Lounge
Photographer: Christa Davidson Photography
Florist: Mews Designs
Cake: Prestonwood Country Club
Invitations: Opus 1
Reception Music: DJ Steve Stowe of Joe Bunn DJ Company
The engagement shoot, or “e-session,” is a fantastic time for you to get to know your photographer, get comfortable being in front of the camera before your wedding day arrives, and of course, produce some stunning images to be treasured for a lifetime.
Today, we’re excited to share photos from Lee and TJ’s Real NC Engagement Session with Joy Davis Photography. Lee and TJ met in a chemistry class at Appalachian State University and immediately hit it off. The couple began dating, and were soon inseparable. The bride-to-be said “We laughed, we cried, and we argued, but most importantly, we loved with a love that was so real.” Don’t you just love that!?
Lee and TJ got engaged during a hike in the mountains in June, where he surprised her with a romantic proposal. Lee actually thought he was going to end their relationship because he was acting so bizarre, but it turned out he was just nervous about popping the question! The couple is planning to tie the knot near Lake Tahoma in May of 2014.
Enjoy these beautiful photos from their Southern-style engagement session, and join us in offering congratulations to the couple!
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It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re sharing Danielle and Thomas’s beautiful fall NC wedding at Highgrove in Fuquay-Varina, with stunning photographs by Neil Boyd Photography.
Danielle and Thomas met in their high school English class and immediately felt a unique connection. They began dating and continued their relationship long distance after they went off to college in two different cities — Danielle to Johnson & Wales in Charlotte, and Thomas to East Carolina in Greenville. Five years later, they bought a house together and Thomas popped the question! On November 11, 2012, the high school sweethearts said “I do!” in a sweet fall wedding at Highgrove in Fuquay-Varina.
They selected the Highgrove because they wanted to bring Southern Charm to their Northern Italian-style wedding. Danielle and Thomas’s elegant but natural feel (to tie in the groom’s love of all things outdoors) was carried out through a color palette of gold, cream and moss green, which was seen in the beautiful floral arrangements, the green linens and classic white details. The look perfectly complemented Highgrove‘s gorgeous space and the colorful North Carolina fall foliage.
After a decadent Italian meal, the couple and their guests enjoyed a towering wedding cake and dessert bar from Sweet Memories, where Danielle works, before dancing the night away!
The bride’s advice to engaged girls is to “choose your vendors wisely and be sure to use reputable vendors, it makes a big difference! If you don’t have a lot of time, hire a wedding planner, wedding planning takes a lot of time.” Danielle and Thomas used many members of the SB&G Family to make their big day exactly as they’d pictured, including: Highgrove, Crave, Neil Boyd Photography, the bride’s stunning Pronovias gown from Lana Addison Bridal, Sweet Memories, Party Reflections and Shutterbooth.
Check out these breathtaking photos captured by Neil Boyd Photography, and join us in extending a huge congratulations to Danielle and Thomas — y’alls wedding as magical!
Ceremony & Reception: Highgrove
Photographer: Neil Boyd Photography
Videographer: Southern Video Design
Bridal Gown: Lana Addison Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Preston Flowers
Cake: Sweet Memories
Reception Music: Joe Bunn DJ Company
Linens and Rentals: Party Reflections
Transportation: Cowboy Limos
Wedding Favors: Dessert Bar and Shutterbooth
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It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Sarah and Daniel’s Real Vintage Raleigh, NC Wedding at All Saints Chapel, photographed by Revival Photography.
Sarah and Daniel — a wonderful couple with such huge hearts — married over the summer in a beautiful, vintage-inspired wedding. They held both their ceremony and reception at the historic All Saints Chapel in Downtown Raleigh, which was built in 1875. The venue provided the perfect complement to the vintage theme, and the photos from Revival Photography are absolutely breathtaking — seriously, wait ’til you see the father-daughter reveal…so unbelievably sweet! After the bride and her ‘maids finished getting ready, they took a trip to Pullen Park for some fun outdoor photos, while the groom and his guys headed to NC State’s campus. Afterwards, the couple met up at All Saints to tie the knot and celebrate with their friends and family with dancing and delicious food from The Q Shack.
We love all of the unique details, from the sweet fan programs and family photos to the bride’s retro shoes and the groom’s Southern style — this wedding is simply fantastic!
Ceremony & Reception: All Saints Chapel
Photographer: Revival Photography
Florist: Jane Utley
Caterer: The Q Shack (member of The Farmer’s Table group)
Hair: Brandy Grimes
Videographer: Circle Limit Digital
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Clair and Seth’s unique big day — they tied the knot at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, and celebrated afterwards at a totally unique reception venue — a restored warehouse. Enjoy photos of today’s Downtown Raleigh urban warehouse wedding, courtesy of Renee Sprink Photography!
Clair and Seth met when her mom hired him to cook for Clair’s birthday. Seth ended up hanging around after the party ended to visit with Clair’s family, and most definitely caught her eye! He continued to cook for several of the family’s private dinner parties, and even tutored Clair’s little sister. From there, Clair and Seth’s friendship developed and slowly evolved into true love.
Seth planned a sweet proposal that included both his and Clair’s families. He took Clair up to a rooftop bar, and when she looked down, she saw her dad and sister. When she looked at Seth confused, he told her it was because it was a special day, and dropped to one knee! Of course, Clair said yes, and the couple celebrated their engagement with their families before heading off to a romantic dinner for two.
They tied the knot at their church, Edenton Street United Methodist Church, and celebrated afterwards with a reception in a renovated urban warehouse in Downtown Raleigh. The couple felt that most of the reception spaces they visited just didn’t “fit” right, so they went a totally unique route and chose a private space that they could customize to their taste! Because it was such an unconventional reception space, the couple and their vendors had to get creative and invest a lot of work, but it turned out beautifully.
Clair was inspired by Kate Spade’s classic, preppy designs, and the two decided to plan their wedding around that sort of theme, complimented by a black, white and gold color palette. They used black and white striped table cloths, and accented the space with lots of gold details. The couple selected Renee Sprink Photography after Clair fell in love with her images from a close friend’s wedding, and other members of the SB&G Family helped make their wedding day perfect, including CE Rental and Island Sound.
Enjoy these beautiful photographs from Clair and Seth’s March wedding, courtesy of Renee Sprink!
Ceremony Location: Edenton Street United Methodist Church
Reception: Private gallery in Downtown Raleigh
Minister: Reverend Ned Hill
Rehearsal Dinner: Bloomsbury Bistro
Wedding Planner: Sarah Morris
Jewelry: Kate Spade and family heirlooms
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung
Men’s Formalwear: Brooks Brothers
Hair: Bottega Salon
Photographer: Renee Sprink Photography
Florist: The Pink Peony
Cake: My Heavenly Sweets
Reception Music: Island Sound
Party Rentals: CE Rental
Transportation: White Horse
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today’s new Chapel Hill, NC Real Wedding is Joy and Matthew’s sweet, preppy nuptials at Governors Club in May.
Joy and Matthew went to the same high school, but didn’t officially meet and begin dating until they both returned to their hometown after college! Matthew popped the question on a trip to New York City for Joy’s birthday, and the couple began planning their May 2013 wedding.
They fell in love with the beautiful property at Governors Club in Chapel Hill, and knew it was the perfect place to tie the knot. With a fun, preppy color scheme of hot pink, black and white, Joy and Matthew celebrated their wedding in style!
The couple used many members of the SB&G Family to make their big day a reality, including: Governors Club, Floral Dimensions, Neil Boyd Photography, Alexia’s Bridal, Tre Bella Bridal, Bernard’s Formalwear, Bella Trio Day Spa, and Sweet Memories!
Check out these photos from Beth Jarvah of Neil Boyd Photography, and get a feel for their beautiful wedding!
To read Joy and Matthew’s love story and see more beautiful photos of their wedding day, check out the Joy and Matthew Real Wedding page!
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