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The holiday season is officially upon us, and that means winter weddings are, too! Coordinating events that fall close to major holidays can be difficult, but having a December wedding doesn’t mean your color palette must be restricted to traditional reds and greens – we love this winter wedding silver tablescape from Fresh Affairs. The platinum styling oozes classic elegance and wintery-charm, and makes for a breathtaking overall display.
Fresh Affairs designed this stunning tablescape for our 2012 Floral Shoot at The Carolina Inn. Silver and platinum details are carried throughout the linens, china, chairs (including the custom skirts) and, of course, the floral décor. The billowy hydrangeas are entwined with platinum vines, and the chandelier is hung with cascading white orchids and silver leaves.
Gown: Lana Addison Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Bella Trio Day Spa
Linen, chair skirts, napkin detail & chargers: Fresh Affairs
Chameleon barstools, ruched chair covers at table head & glassware: Classic Party Rentals
Menu: Paper Cafe
Photographer: Photography by Walters & Walters
Pantone has officially announced the Color of the Year for 2014, and the winner is Radiant Orchid! This gorgeous hue is a shade of deep fuchsia with pink and purple undertones, which Pantone said is “a captivating, magical purple” that “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.”
The shade is a vibrant pop of color that pairs beautifully with just about any neutral – from steel grays and silvers, to soft ivories and golds – and also with ombre hues in the purple and pink color families. The flexibility is perfect for weddings and events throughout every season of the year! Though bright, Radiant Orchid is a surprisingly versatile color that can be worn by both men and women of all skin tones.
Shades of purple have been popping up throughout the wedding world this year, and we can’t wait to see what designers, planners, and of course, brides, do with this fantastic new color! Here’s some Radiant Orchid inspiration to get you started.
For more inspiration about incorporating this regal color into your every day life (and your wedding day!), check out our Radiant Orchid Inspiration Pinterest board.
We absolutely adore this bright and colorful Candy Crush inspired bridal shower shoot from Kelley Kennedy of Teacup Floral. It’s so different than the muted, rustic-chic style shoots that are so popular, and we love the fresh take on bold color!
Everyone has played (and become addicted to!) the game Candy Crush, or at least knows someone who has. Teacup Floral decided to take the modern popularity of the game and mix it with the traditional elegance of a surprise bridal shower. The design team took easily-recognizable elements from the game, like the rolling hills, the Yeti, and the colorful confections and worked them into an elegant affair. The result was an over-the-top, vibrant display of color — and of course, sugar — that is sure to delight brides who have a playful side or love for all things whimsical.
Just remember, when it comes to your wedding events, the sky is the limit! You can take inspiration from anything and everything to make your big day and the events surrounding it uniquely you.
Photographer: Andrew Kennedy Photography
Event Coordinator/Floral Artist: Kelley Kennedy of Teacup Floral
Event Coordinator/Stationery Designer: Adger Rothwell of Sealed With Appeal
Hair & Makeup: Gloss
Venue: River Ridge Golf Club, Raleigh NC
Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and that means holiday season is officially upon us! In honor of the holidays being the most popular time of the year to get engaged, we’ve put together a board of holiday season red and gold wedding inspiration.
A red and gold color palette gives off a cheery holiday vibe without going too overboard, and can be used for weddings and events from Thanksgiving well into the New Year! Add pops of orange or plum for an autumn feel, shades of green for a Christmas wedding, or moody blacks and grays for a chic New Years Eve affair.
You can incorporate beautiful holiday colors throughout your wedding day, from subtle ways like gold glitter heels and charming bow-shaped earrings to more wow-worthy aspects like scarlet bridesmaids dresses and bright red florals. We love the mix of warm colors like red and gold offset by the chilliness of winter events — so don’t be afraid to brighten up your guests’ wedding day experience with this gorgeous holiday color palette!
For more beautiful seasonal wedding ideas, check out SB&G’s Holiday Wedding Inspiration board on Pinterest!
Throwing rice as the newlyweds leave the reception is a thing of the past, but couples are still finding ways to make a splash during their grand exit. Brides and grooms are turning to more creative ways to make their exit memorable for both the couple and their guests. Here are eight creative wedding grand exit ideas.
Be sure to check with your reception venue before selecting a grand exit idea, as some will have restrictions on what is and isn’t acceptable.
1. Sparklers are one of the most popular send offs today, and that’s because they make for an exciting exit and provide for some truly amazing photo ops. Sparklers are glamorous, and add a sense of whimsy to the wedding day celebrations.
2. Eco-friendly confetti is biodegradable, so it’s easy on the environment! Give each guest a paper cone full of confetti or use typical poppers for a joyous exit.
3. Flower petals make for an exit that oozes romance. Let your guests shower your and your new husband in petals customized to match your wedding’s color scheme. Chat with your florist in advance to determine the best types of blooms available for tossing.
4. Bubbles are a classic send off favorite. They add a playful touch to your exit, but don’t leave any mess to clean up! Cute bubble bottles with a decorative ribbon can also double as favors.
5. Ribbon wands allow your guests to stay in party-mode. The streamers can be customized to match your wedding colors, and the vibrancy will make for exciting photo ops!
6. Noisemakers are perfect for a party crowd, and can be customized to fit your wedding style. Think kazoos, bells (a Southern tradition), horns, maracas, or whistles – a perfect loud and cheerful exit without any required clean up!
7. Pom pom exits are a great way to show your school spirit. If you and your beau have different sports allegiances, consider having poms representing both team’s colors and letting your guests pick a side.
8. Getaway vehicles spice up a grand exit. Think rickshaws, flashy vintage cars, horse drawn carriages, trollies or golf carts to really leave your big day in style.
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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Earlier this month, the top bridal designers from all over the world converged in New York City to debut their Spring/Summer 2014 collections at the semi-annual Bridal Market.
Last Friday, we recapped the hottest wedding dress trends for the upcoming year, and this week we’re excited to share five of the top 2014 bridesmaids dress trends from the designers’ newest collections. Some of these hot-off-the-runway looks will be making their way down South to SB&G’s boutiques! Read on to see what local shops carry which top designers’ collections.
Lace is popular across the boards when it comes to wedding day apparel. It’s delicate, feminine, and perfect for occasions ranging from black-tie to casual garden.
The beautiful long lace gown on the left is by Amsale, who’s collection is carried at Bella Bridesmaid in Raleigh. The two lace beauties on the right are Jenny Yoo’s “Bridgitte” gown in ivory and blush. Tre Bella Bridal in Durham carries Jenny Yoo’s bridesmaid collection.
Asymmetrical Necklines and Hemlines
Asymmetry has been popping up throughout the bridal world, especially in the form of hi-low hemlines and one-shoulder necklines. We love this look, as it works on just about all body types!
Illusion necklines aren’t just trendy when it comes to wedding gowns, this trend is becoming increasingly popular among bridesmaid styles. We love the romantic, demure look an illusion neckline gives a gown.
The dress on the left is from Monique Lhullier, who’s designs can be found at Alexia’s Bridal. The dress with the peplum on the right is by Watters.
Hues of Purple
Next year, purple will reign supreme when it comes to bridesmaids gowns! Hues ranging from dark eggplant to soft lavender and everything in between are the perfect choice to fit occasions year-round.
This long purple chiffon gown on the left is by Monique Lhullier, who’s collection can be found at Alexia’s Bridal. The short lavender gown on the right is by Alvina Valenta, who’s collection is carried at Bella Bridesmaid in Raleigh.
Intricate detailed backs are all the rage in bridal, but the trend has trickled down to bridesmaids styles as well. Keep an eye out for eye-catching backs of all styles, including keyhole, open, and illusion.
The beautiful grey dress with the keyhole back on the left is by Jim Hjelm, which is available at Bella Bridesmaid. The intricate lace dress on the right is Noir by Lazaro.
Photo Sources: 1a, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b (Wedding Wire); 1b (Jenny Yoo Facebook)
Last weekend, the top bridal designers from all over the world converged in New York City to debut their Spring/Summer 2014 collections at the semi-annual Bridal Market.
We are so excited to share some of the top 2014 wedding dress trends from the designers’ newest collections. Some of these hot-off-the-runway looks will be making their way down South to SB&G’s bridal boutiques! Read on to see what local bridal shops carry which top designers’ collections.
Blush gowns started becoming more and more popular last year, and while they’re still at the peak of popularity, some designers are embracing full-on color in the form of bright pink numbers that are sure to make for an incredibly unique wedding day look. The pink gown on the left is by Vera Wang. North Carolina’s Vera Wang boutique is right here in the Triangle — Alexia’s Bridal. The more subtle blush gown on the right is by Watters, who’s collections are available at The Wedding Dress Shoppe in Wilmington.
Other designers, like Claire Pettibone — who’s designs are available at Lana Addison Bridal — are embracing different neutral colors outside of the normal ivory and white spectrum, including beautiful gold gowns that evoke vintage glamour, like the gown on the left. The gown on the right is by Maggie Sottero.
For brides who don’t want to fully commit to a completely colored gown, dresses with metallic details are an absolutely gorgeous (and totally unique!) option. We love the metallic gold accents on the two dresses below — the one of the left is by Carolina Herrera, who’s designs are available at Alexia’s Bridal. The gown on the right is by Yumi Katsura.
Beading is a wonderful way to add detail, texture and personality to a wedding gown, and the elaborate beading seen at this fall’s Bridal Market evoked gorgeous 1920s, Gatsby-glam style. These dresses can be as understated or as bold as you’d prefer, and will certainly steal the show under your wedding reception’s lighting! The gown on the left is by Badgley Mischka, and the one on the right is a Jenny Packham number. Both designers’c collections can be found at Tre Bella Bridal.
There’s more beautiful beading on these two gorgeous gowns! On the left is a design with a stunning jeweled bodice by Eve of Milady, and on the right is a design by Jim Hjelm with a delicately-adorned one shoulder strap. Both Eve of Milady and Jim Hjelm can be found at The Wedding Dress Shoppe.
Illusion necklines are here to stay (and we love them!), but joining the unique neckline trend this year is the halter gown. These gowns can be decked out in beautiful embellishments, or classically understated with delicate sheer fabric. The gown on the left is a stunning beaded halter by AMSALE, and the gown on the right is a sheer halter-necked dress by Christos.
Thanks to Princess Kate, sleeves are back in style! Not only are cap sleeves coming back, but full lace sleeves have been popping up in many designers’ new collections. Sleeves add unparalleled class to a dress, and can be an incredible romantic detail (not to mention they’ll keep you warmer in the fall and winter months.) The gown on the left is by Monique Lhullier, and on the right is a design by Reem Acra. Both designers’ collections can be found at Alexia’s Bridal.
Even more gorgeous sleeves on these two beauties! The delicate short-sleeve gown on the left is by Jenny Packham, who’s designs can be found at Tre Bella Bridal, and the three-quarter length sleeved gown on the right is by Watters, who’s designs are available at The Wedding Dress Shoppe.
Photo Sources: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 & 8 (Huffington Post); 3 & 4b (Glamour); 4a (Wedding Wire)
It’s officially fall! Though it won’t technically feel like autumn until at least mid-October here in North Carolina, we’re still excited for the start of one of the year’s most popular wedding seasons! Fall is the perfect time to tie the knot in The South, with beautiful blue skies and just the right amount of crispness in the air. Fall weddings are the perfect opportunity to show off some of your favorite rich-toned hues, like pumpkin, apple, midnight blue, and plum. Just about anything in the color spectrum is fair game for fall weddings (as long as it’s not too bright), but these are some of our absolute favorites. Check out this mood board for fall wedding inspiration for the Southern bride!
You can incorporate these moody, classic hues into every aspect of your wedding day, from the big, eye-catching details like bridesmaids dresses and floral arrangements to the smaller touches, like cake decor, watercolor-inspired invitations, or even a fun pop of color in your bridal shoes! How fun would these orange peep toe heels be peeking out under your wedding gown? Dahlias are a stunning autumn flower that really show off the colors of the season in shades of rich red, purple, and orange. Tie your bouquets up with a colorful ribbon to complete the look, and you’re set for a beautiful fall affair!
One of our favorite dessert trends this year is the inside-out wedding cake. We just love how this one is made seasonal with red hues and fresh flowers. Bring that wonderful feeling of fall indoors by incorporating season details into your cuisine — think spiced apple cider, pumpkin pie, and cinnamon. Trust us, your guests will love the cozy feel of your big day!
The wedding may be over, but your work isn’t finished just yet! There are a few important things to take care of after the big day has passed, so to hep with the overwhelming reality of being back in the real world after the honeymoon, we’ve created a quick-and-easy post-wedding checklist to get you started on what you need to get accomplished!
1. Preserve Your Bouquet
Your flowers are one of the most beautiful details of your wedding day. Now, your stunning bouquet — or your husband’s boutonniere — can be another fantastic keepsake from your big day! If you want to hold onto your flowers for the long haul, you’ll need to get them preserved. Victorian Seasons specializes in floral preservation. The staff works one-on-one with brides to create a beautiful, freeze-dried memento of their bridal bouquet or other special flowers. They’ll even pick your bouquet up at the reception, or advise you on how to care for the flowers after the wedding until you have the opportunity to drop them off.
2. Clean and Preserve Your Wedding Gown
Try as you might, your wedding dress will get dirty between bridal party portraits, outdoor photo ops, and a night full of dancing! But don’t be alarmed, most of the stains will come out, especially if you act quickly. You should try to get your gown cleaned within six months of your wedding, but the sooner, the better! Even if you’re not sure you want to preserve your gown quite yet, you should definitely get it professionally cleaned. Southern Bride & Groom’s recommended gown preservation services are experts in cleaning bridal gowns and packaging them to last for years to come. Once you get your gown back from the cleaners, make sure to store it in a cool, dry place.
If you’re not into preserving your gown, considering donating it to a worthy cause, or consigning it. Consignment is a great way for brides with a smaller budget to get the wedding dress of their dreams! Or, you could take part in one of the newest wedding trends and trash the dress in a fun photo shoot.
3. Write Your Thank You Notes
Here in the South, we’re big on etiquette. As soon as you return from your honeymoon, you should get to work on those ever-important thank you notes…especially if you had a lot of guests at the wedding, because they’ll take more time to write than you think! Take a moment to include a personal note in each to show your guests how much you appreciate not only the generous gift, but also that they were able to share in your special day. You should have all of your thank you notes in the mail by, at most, three months after the wedding. To avoid getting overwhelmed, figure out how many you need to write and divide them into manageable chunks to tackle nightly over several weeks. Get your husband involved, and the task will be far less daunting!
4. Tackle Registry Returns
No matter what, you’ll most likely end up with more than one of certain items you registered for. Don’t let those three hand mixers collect dust in your closet, return them! Most stores will take registry returns up to 90 days after your wedding date, but it’s best to get a jump on the returns, because handling gift receipts can be tricky. And, after all, you’ll get a store credit you can use for something else on your registry that you may not have received.
5. Change Your Name and Get Organized
We wrote a cheat sheet to changing your name a few weeks back (you can find that here), but you should also start to think about the other legal aspects that changed when you tied the knot. Are you and your husband merging your finances? Will you be filing your taxes jointly or separately? What about insurance? Beneficiaries? No one enjoys having these mundane conversations, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important!
This list will get you well on your way to accomplish everything you need to get done!