Posts Tagged: nc wedding trends

The First Ever NotWedding in Charlotte

The NotWedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a fake wedding where brides and grooms-to-be get to be “guests” for the evening and witness the talent of the local vendors first-hand. The first ever NotWedding in Charlotte took place at the Levine Museum of the New South on August 7, and today we’re sharing some of the gorgeous pictures from the event, which was themed for a wedding between winter and spring with a soft, natural color palette and garden feel.

Watercolor Wedding Invitations Details from the NotWedding Charlotte Bridesmaids and NotWedding Charlotte Couple Natural Boutonnieres NotWedding Charlotte Bridal Party NotWedding Reception Entrance Charlotte Wedding Reception

Wedding Sweetheart Table with Pillows

Geometric Gems Table Decor Vintage Wedding Table Decor NotWedding Charlotte Reception Centerpieces Beachy Reception Table NotWedding Reception Florals NotWedding Wedding Cake Table NotWedding Bride and Groom Cake

For a full list of the vendors involved, check out the NotWedding website!

Photos 1, 2a, 3, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13a, 14, and 15 by Caroline Lima Photography // Photos 2b, 4, 7, 8, and 12 by LaCross Photography // Photos 5 and 13b by Nicole Caudle Photography

Wedding Bouquet Trends

Wedding bouquets, just like wedding details in general, are becoming more of a statement about the bride’s personality, unique tastes and style. Bouquet styles range from traditional and symmetrical to just-gathered and cascading, and are a wonderful way to reflect the theme and feel of the wedding day. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite wedding bouquet trends.

Traditional bouquets are small symmetrical, round bouquets. Though they are classically all white or white with touches of green, some brides are putting a new spin on traditional bouquets and incorporating romantic colors like blush or peach, and even bold, bright blooms in reds or fuschias.

Traditional Bridal Bouquets

Neil Boyd Photography / Cyn Kain Photography

Informal bouquets are asymmetrical and have that just-picked-from-the-garden feel. They are styled to reflect movement, and are incredibly popular with brides who want huge, lush bouquets with a wide range of blooms in different colors, shapes, and textures.

Informal Bridal Bouquets

Dara Blakeley Photography / Nancy Ray Photography

Cascading bouquets are voluminous and long in length. They’re becoming increasingly popular because they can be made to fit any wedding theme – from soft and romantic to vintage and glamorous. Today, brides are making them even more striking by tying many different lengths of ribbons to the stems.

Cascading Bridal Bouquets
Renee Sprink Photography /Sarah Gawler Photography

Natural bouquets feature beautiful foliage, like ivy, ferns, herbs, berries, and succulents. These bouquets are striking because of their unusual elements and variety of textures.

Natural Bridal Bouquets

Megapixie / Dave Richard Photography

As you can see, some brides are even combining some of their favorite trends, like natural and cascading or informal and cascading, into their own beautiful, unique bouquets.

Food Trucks at NC Weddings: A New Kind of Caterer

Today we’re sharing a special guest blog from The Cookery owner Rochelle Johnson all about one of the newest trends in wedding catering…food trucks!

We’re fairly biased toward food trucks here at The Cookery since we have four amazing food truck members, and we always remind our clients that food trucks are a great catering option when looking for delicious meal options!  The Triangle has a wonderful food truck community, and many of these truck owners are trained chefs with years of culinary experience in traditional restaurants who offer full service catering.  Here are a few tips to when considering hiring a food truck for your rehearsal dinner or wedding…

The Parlour Truck at Cookery

Think outside of the truck!  All four of the member food trucks at The Cookery (Pie Pushers, Sympathy for the Deli, American Meltdown and Chirba Chirba Dumpling) work as full service caterers, and offer a variety of food options that are not sold within their truck menus.  This is true for many other food trucks in the Triangle area.  For example, Jonathan Richelson of Sympathy for the Deli often roasts whole hogs for wedding rehearsal and reception meals.  A pig pickin’ is a great way to introduce a tasty southern tradition to friends and family!  These businesses can cater anywhere, with or without their food truck in tow, and provide the same rentals and professional staff that conventional caterers offer.

Surprise surprise!  The Parlour ice cream truck, a business that began at The Cookery, often parks in our patio to serve tasty treats during events.  Many hosts keep The Parlour’s arrival a secret, and a surprise ice cream party greets guests at the end of their meal!

Multi trucks could mean multi money.  Many clients dream of hiring several trucks to cater their event, which is great!  However, keep in mind that this is a fairly expensive option.  When a food truck caters an event, they are giving up a shift opportunity elsewhere, which is why they have catering minimums.  These minimums vary by the day and season, so make sure to reach out to your favorite trucks for more information.

Ceremony snacks.  You may have already found your reception caterer, but a truck providing nibbles and refreshments before and after the ceremony may be a yummy present for your guests, especially if your reception is in a different venue from your ceremony.

Supporting local food trucks support local business.  It is also a great way for your out-of-town guests to sample your favorite foods from the area.

Photo courtesy of Swank Photo Studio

The Cookery is not only a commerical kitchen that supports dozens of local food businesses, but is also a beautiful wedding venue in Downtown Durham. Consider hosting your wedding in The Front Room!

New Wedding Registry Trends

Compiling your wedding registry is one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning process, but with all of the advice out there about registry “must-haves” and checklists, it can get a little overwhelming. While we are huge fans of traditional wedding registry items — like nice pots and pans, fine china, silver flatware, and formal serving trays — we also recognize that those things simply aren’t practical (or necessary!) for every couple.

Wedding Registry ItemsScott Faber Photography

Before we get started on new trends in registering, here are a few of our best tips on cultivating your perfect registry.

-Wedding registries should be strictly based on personal preference — if you don’t think you’ll ever use a Kitchenaid stand mixer, don’t register for one just because everyone else is! Be true to who you are as a couple — it’s okay to ditch the romantic notions of what you “should” register for in lieu of things you actually think you’ll enjoy for years to come.

-Think about the long haul. Opt for classic, timeless styles that you’ll love even if your taste change down the road. Remember that things like napkins and accent plates are easier to switch out based on your mood than your dish ware is.

-Try to imagine what you’re registering for in the space you have. Though you will inevitably move throughout your marriage, [icture what you’re choosing in your current home. If you’re one of those couples that likes to leave their coffee pot and toaster out on the counter, that probably won’t change, so register for items that are attractive enough to leave in plain sight.

-Remember to think year-round. You may be getting married in July, but you’ll still want warm, cozy bedding when winter arrives! It may feel silly to register for a thick down duvet in the middle of the summer, but you’ll be thankful you did once the weather cools down.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, we thought we’d share some of our favorite new wedding registry trends.

-Casual over formal – More and more couples are focusing on registering for dish ware they’ll use every day, as opposed to solely selecting fine china. They may be inheriting their grandmother’s china, may be registering for both, or may never want china, and that’s okay! We love the all-white trend in everyday dish ware because it gives you a blank canvas. You can mix and match accent pieces (you might want to register for fun small plates and bowls!) and colorful linens to dress the look up or down, and you’re guaranteed to live it forever.

-Don’t forget the groom! Wedding registries no longer consist of only kitchen and houseware items. Consider creating an additional registry at a hardware store or sports outlet, where you can select items you’ll love as a couple, like a nice tool kit, a fancy grill, or even exercise equipment. Do you both love to camp? Register for a tent! How about biking? The options for adventure are endless!

-Consider a honeymoon fund. Some couples are opting to register for honeymoon funds in lieu of traditional gifts. Instead of tangible items, your guests have the option of helping to fund an exotic vacation. You know your friends and family better than anyone, so if you think they would be comfortable with financing the honeymoon, you can set up a registry for the trip you have your heart set on.

-Charitable organizations are a great option, especially for couples who already have everything they need. Instead of gifts, your guests can donate to the charity of your choice in your honor. This is a wonderful way to showcase something you and your soon-to-be spouse are really passionate about!

It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of traditional gift registries, but remember that, ultimately, what you register for is up to you, and have fun with it!

Father Daughter First Look

Many brides-to-be have grown up dreaming about their fathers giving them away on their wedding day – it’s an age-old traditional that has become one of the most memorable, sentimental moments of the wedding day.

The moment when a dad sees his daughter in her wedding gown for the first time is a monumental one, so these days, whether or not they plan on having a first look with their soon-to-be husband, brides often include a special first look with their dad. This way, the photographer can capture the moment on camera so that the emotion can be treasured for years to come. Many of our favorite photos from our real wedding submissions are of the father daughter first look — the dad’s reaction to seeing his daughter right before the ceremony is priceless! We simply love this series from Cyn Kain Photography.

Dad Daughter First Look Father Daughter First Look Emotional Bride and Father

Some brides also choose to do a first look with their mother, or even their grandparents. This trend is a fantastic way to share a few moments focusing on just you and your family members before walking down the aisle!

Navy and White Southern Wedding Inspiration

What wedding color palette is more perfectly Southern and classically elegant than the timeless combination of navy and white? To make this tried-and-true look all your own, freshen it up with a bit of blush and trendy metallic gold accents!

The classic Southern wedding of Anna and Wilson, our 2014 Summer/Fall cover couple, led us to create this mood board of navy and white Southern wedding inspiration — these are details that you can incorporate in everything from the attire to the décor! Anna and Wilson wed at the prestigious Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. They complemented the venue’s oh-so-Southern feel with timeless shades of navy and white and a pop of one of this season’s most popular wedding colors – blush.

Navy White and Blush Color Palette

The navy and white color combination exudes understated elegance, and is versatile enough to be used in weddings throughout the year. Personalize this enduring color palette by incorporating one or two trendy accent colors, like the shades of blush here, for a fun pop of color that will help pull all of the wedding details into one cohesive look.

Add a hint of Southern charm by having the groom and his groomsmen don white dinner jackets with black bow ties. As for the ladies, we love the sophisticated look of long navy bridesmaids dresses paired with bouquets in soft hues of blush, white, and cream. Our cover bride wore a beautiful lace overlay on top of her strapless wedding dress for a demure, Southern belle look, and completed her ensemble with fun gold shoes and a bouquet of lush pink peonies.

Want more beautiful wedding inspiration? Keep an eye out for SB&G’s seasonal color palette inspiration blogs!

Tropical Inspired Wedding Tabletop from Blossom Floral Artistry

We’re back with the tenth and final installment in our series highlighting our local florists’ designs from the SBS&G 2014 Floral Shoot! Today’s post features a tropical inspired wedding tabletop from Blossom Floral Artistry.

Blossom Floral Artistry is a Pittsboro-based florist owned and operated by husband and wife, Leon and Julie. With over 50 years of combined experience, the Blossom team of designers can create a custom look for brides of any style!

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Blossom designed a tropical inspired wedding tabletop featuring giant bamboo, lush green foliage, like Monstera leaves, papyrus, and areca palm, and vibrant flowers, including tangerine calla lilies, pure pink torch ginger, obake anthurium and dendrobium orchids.

This stunning setup is a fantastic way to bring an exotic paradise to any wedding venue, no matter the season! The bright and colorful palette of pinks, oranges, and greens pairs beautifully with the urban vibe of the Floral Shoot venue, The Cotton Room. Enjoy these photos, some never-before-seen, of Blossom’s gorgeous floral designs, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.

Tropical Wedding Decor

Tropical Wedding Flowers

Bamboo Placesetting

Bamboo Wedding Centerpiece

Tropical Bridal Bouquet

Tropical Bouquet

A huge thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Shoot Team, including: Classic Party Rentals (bamboo chairs, stemware and linen), Tre Bella Bridal (Jenny Packham bridal gown), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (jewelry), and Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup).

Contemporary White and Green Wedding Tabletop from University Florist

We’re back with the ninth installment in our series highlighting our local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot! Today’s post features a contemporary white and green wedding tabletop from University Florist

University Florist has been an integral part of the Chapel Hill floral scene since 1946, and carries the largest selection of flowers in the area. The shop specializes in many different colors and types of roses, and their talented staff can create floral designs for any style bride!

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, University Florist designed an elegant, contemporary white and green wedding tabletop featuring phalaenopsis orchids, ranunculus, and garden roses. The beautiful arrangements were displayed in classic glass vases, and the contemporary look was pulled together with an emerald green linen and gold accents.

The clean, modern color palette of shades of green, white and gold perfectly complemented the lush surroundings of The Doris Duke Center at Duke Gardens, and would work well for weddings of any season. Enjoy these photos, some never-before-seen, of University Florist’s stunning floral designs, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.

White and Green Wedding Tablescape White Orchid Centerpiece White Green and Gold Wedding Details White and Gold Placesetting White and Green Bridal Bouquet

A huge thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Shoot Team, including: Party Reflections (china, linen, and chairs), Lana Addison Bridal (Claire Pettibone bridal gown and hair comb), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (jewelry), and Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup).

Wedding Invitation Trends from Union Press and Paper

Happy Friday, y’all! This is the second installment in a new series here on the SB&G blog. We’ve asked our invitation experts to share some of their current favorite trends in wedding stationery, and every Friday, we’ll be passing them on to our readers!

Today we’re sharing three wedding invitation trends from Union Press and Paper owner Sarah Almond. Union Press is the wedding-specific line from Shed Letterpress, and their mantra is “Thoughtful design for creative couples.” The Union Press line has something to match every couple’s wedding theme and style — from over-the-top elaborate to beautifully simple.

Here are Sarah’s three current favorite trends in wedding stationery.

Foil continues to be a major trend in wedding invitation design, but the new twist on this classic embellishment is the use of rose gold foil. Rose gold has taken off in the fashion industry in recent years, and is starting to take the wedding world by storm.

Rose Gold Foil Invitations

Dip Dye Embellishments
Branching off of the watercolor trend that has been popular for the last several years, one of the newest ways to incorporate soft color into your wedding stationery is dip dying.

Dip Dye Wedding Invitations

“Tea Length” Invitations
“Tea length” invitations are definitely here to stay! For a bride that wants an alternative size to traditional wedding invitations, these “tea length” beauties fit into standard #10 business envelopes without losing the lovely, formal look.

Tea Length Wedding Invitations

For more information on Shed Letterpress and Union Press and Paper, visit their websites or send an email to

The first photo is from Spoon Studio, the second and third photos are courtesy of Sarah from Union Press and Paper.

Junior League of Raleigh Fashion Forward at Belk Crabtree

On Sunday, March 9th, the Junior League of Raleigh and Belk Crabtree Valley joined together for Fashion Forward, a benefit celebrating this season’s must-have apparel trends. Attendees of the glamorous evening event enjoyed cocktails, giveaways, raffle prizes, and the night’s highlight – a marquee runway show – all to benefit the Junior League of Raleigh and its programs.

Trina Turk was this year’s premiere designer. The runway show featured her ready-to-wear, accessory, and home collections, which highlighted her use of dynamic colors and signature prints. And Trina was at the show in person – a huge treat for our local fashionistas!

Trina Turk Trina Turk at Belk Fashion Forward Belk Junior League Event Belk Fashion Forward Event 2014 Southern Women's Style Bridal Style Men's Formal Attire

Attendees enjoyed a wonderful evening of fashion, fun, and of course, a good cause, at the Junior League of Raleigh’s Fashion Forward at Belk Crabtree.

All photos are courtesy of Bradley Rhyne Photography.