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Hello brides-to-be! I’m thrilled to be joining the team here at Southern Bride & Groom as lead blogger! In the coming months, you’ll be hearing more from me as I begin to post plenty of real weddings, style shoots, and inspiration to help you plan and prepare for your big day.
I’m a northern transplant from the Boston area embracing everything the South has to offer—including beautiful outdoor places from the mountains to the coast, delicious local cuisine, an energetic creative culture and a much warmer climate! I come to Southern Bride and Groom with a degree in English from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, a background in magazines and publishing, and experience running my own local food blog.
A few years ago, I married my high school sweetheart and planned everything from the outdoor garden ceremony to the reception and decorations to the food from one of our favorite local restaurants. I find weddings today to be a beautiful mix of traditional aspects incorporated with modern, unique personal touches and I’m excited to be a part of a team that helps brides bring their ideal wedding vision to life!
Pantone has officially announced the Color of the Year 2015, and the winner is Marsala! This gorgeous hue is a shade of earthy wine red with rusty brown undertones, which Pantone says is an “elegant, grounded statement color” that “embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”
The shade is a gorgeous hue that can be used on its own or as a strong accent color, and it pairs beautifully with just about any other color – from neutrals and metallic to bright, bold shades in the blue or yellow color families. Marsala’s flexibility and universal appeal make it perfect for weddings and events throughout every season of the year!
We can’t wait to see what designers, planners, and of course, brides, do with this fantastic, hearty new color! Here’s some gorgeous Pantone Color of the Year 2015 — Marsala inspiration to get you started.
The NotWedding has made a huge splash with their alternative bridal show. As opposed to the typical trade show format, The NotWedding takes the form of a big, fake wedding where brides and grooms-to-be get to be “wedding guests” for the evening! The event will be in Charleston this weekend (it’s sold out but don’t fret, they’ll return in April), in Charlotte in February, and super exciting for our local brides, they are planning their first-ever Raleigh event in 2015! The NotWedding is changing its name to The Big Fake Wedding later this month, and they’ll be coming to a whole list of new cities! Check out The Big Fake Wedding website for more events near you.
The NotWedding team designed a gorgeous, rustic winter style shoot that took place at Harborside East in Charleston, SC. The shoot featured classic, fashionable elements, winter hues, and a slew of unique, ornate details. One of SB&G’s Preferred Florists, Blossom Artistry, designed the stunning bouquet and boutonniere.
The photographer, Emily Millay, said, “the inspiration for the shoot was to weave together iconic midwest elements with southern culture. We chose to use pinecones and antlers to represent the midwest, and wove in southern decor such as lace, soft hues, and Charleston’s iconic greenery and brick. We expanded our inspiration by developing a story of a midwest boy meeting his southern belle. The concept was to incorporate decor, elements and styles from both of their cultures. We finished off the style by incorporating cozy, warm winter elements including the bride’s fur wrap, candles and deep emerald hues.”
Enjoy this gorgeous winter wedding inspiration by The NotWedding Charleston Team, courtesy of Emily Millay Photography! This shoot was put together by vendors who participated in The NotWedding Charleston — to see a full list of these vendors and to learn more about them, check out The NotWedding’s website.
Event: The Charleston NotWedding
Venue: Harborside East
Photography and Styling: Emily Millay Photography
Paper Goods and Styling: Amanda Day Rose
Planning and Styling: Palmetto Weddings (Aly Howard)
Dress: Fabulous Frocks of Charleston
Hair and Makeup: Lava Salon (Jackie Inman)
Floral: Blossom Floral Artistry
Macaroons and Cookies: Christophe Chocolatier
Accessories and Jewelry: Miranda’s Vintage Bridal
All week we have been sharing our favorite looks, designers, and exclusive photography by Riley MacLean from our trip to New York Bridal Market last month. Today we are introducing you to the Modern Trousseau Fall 2015 collection, which we previewed in their New York Showroom.
Modern Trousseau is run by husband and wife team, Callie and David Tein, and based in New York and Charleston. The sophisticated, romantic look of Callie’s designs is perfect for Southern brides. Also appealing is the versatility of the collection that allows brides mix and match styles, skirt shapes, color accents, veils and jackets, to create a personalized look.
If you like what you see, be sure to look for some of the gowns from this collection at one of our local NC bridal boutiques, Tre Bella Bridal in Durham. Several Modern Trousseau gowns will also be gracing the pages of our 2015 edition of Southern Bride & Groom!
Another high-low dress just like Honor, Pride is also in Italian silk. Her signature jacket features with mink pockets for a “Game of Thrones” vibe, and when the jacket is removed, Grace Kelly is evoked. What a finale!
At NY Bridal Market last month, we were treated to a preview of the fall 2015 line by one of my favorite bridal gown designers. The new Amy Kuschel Peace and Love Collection has her signature classic yet contemporary feel, with a focus on flattering fits and comfort. This charming collection with its nod to the 60’s & 70’s flower child ear is particularly hip, but as always, Amy uses the finest fabrics from beaded French lace to embroidered organza.
Today we are sharing a preview of some of our favorite new looks from the new collection, photographed by Riley MacLean Photography who documented our time at New York Bridal Fashion Week. The best part? Amy Kuschel is carried by one of our local NC bridal boutiques, Lana Addison Bridal in downtown Cary, NC!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!