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Trendy Lighting Shines in Modern Day Weddings

The right lighting has the ability to completely transform and improve a space; it helps set the mood and tone of your wedding ceremony and reception. It’s important to choose lighting the suites your taste and your style, but that also works well within the venue you’ve chosen.

Lighting specialists, such as Get Lit Special Event Lighting, work with area brides and grooms to rent the lighting they require, or in many cases, create handmade custom works that are inspired by their vision.

We asked Get Lit about the latest trends in lighting and chandeliers and about the most important factors to consider when planning your lighting needs. Get Lit handmade and designed the beautiful chandeliers pictured below.

Trendy Industrial Lighting
You’ve already likely noticed industrial design esthetic finding its way into wedding design. Get Lit fulfills many requests for barn shroud lighting, and the Edison bulb trend continues to be strong. “These items are not readily available in the event rental business, so brides and wedding planners come to specialty lighting businesses like us with an inspiration photo or general description and we create custom fixtures,” shares Terri Watson, co-owner of Get Lit. In addition to fitting traditional chandeliers with Edison bulbs, there is also interest in fixtures that are a combination of wood and metal and Edison bulbs, as brides pull inspiration from popular retailers like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.

Get Lit also finds the use of traditional chandeliers in combination with other styles of lighting, such as a twinkle light ceiling lights or draping market lights, a popular trend at the moment.
Bay 7 Wedding ReceptionEdison Bulb lightingPhotos by Robin Lin Photography

An outdoor garden, a modern museum or a church reception hall can all serve as a wonderful background for specialty light fixtures. Some settings truly benefit, dare we say need, the addition of beautiful hanging chandeliers. “Tents, for example, are often not appealing on their own and some brides see them as a necessary evil. The addition of decor elements help soften the look of all the hardware, and a chandelier can be a big part of the transformation in both creating a visual centerpiece for the space, as well as casting a soft romantic light on everything around it,” Watson shares.Custom designed lightingPhoto by Get Lit

Customize to Fit Your Style
Chandeliers are easily customized to a bride’s/groom’s design preference. Begin by choosing the design of the chandelier itself, such as traditional, rustic or modern, which can be further defined by lighting elements.

Get Lit carries traditional crystal chandeliers with white, black and crystal bodies or European brass and black velvet. Traditional style with a whimsical flare can be achieved with its gold leaf and crystal chandelier, which looks right at home in a garden setting or a country club.

A “rustic” look may mean Get Lit creates handmade votive chandeliers with metal wrought oak leaves and rustic beam chandeliers in impressively sized 5-foot octagons topped with pillar candles, or it may be fisherman’s globe pendants.

The “modern” look can be achieved with hundreds of glass balls suspended with invisible filament or cube chandeliers handmade from extruded box steel, which can be painted in gold or other colors. Get Lit also has custom-painted barn shrouds in turquoise to create a modern industrial pendant hanging light. Art deco is modern again – a simple graduated rectangular design fits well in a variety of settings. Fabric and flowers can also be added to customize a look.
Art Deco and Industrial LightingRustic reception lightingPhotos by Get Lit

Consider This
When planning for your lighting needs, there are a few important factors to take into consideration.

1. What does the event space already provide and how can this be complemented? Or, if you are not in love with the look it has, can it be changed or removed? “Some clients wish to accentuate the existing style of the space, or bring the style of nearby architecture into their reception space,” says Watson. “For example, we were recently asked to add art deco elements to a tent at The Biltmore Estate. In other cases, you can bring elegance into a barn.” 

Keep in mind that lighting can completely change a space. If the venue is right for you in terms of location, budget, and availability, but is somewhat lacking in design, the right lighting elements have the ability to transform the space into your dream venue!

2. Size matters. “A fixture should be proportional to a space so it does not become lost or overwhelm the area,” Watson advises. For this reason, Get Lit has made a number of their chandeliers themselves so that they have fixtures large enough for large spaces. “We’ve taken traditional size and style elements and upsized them to be appropriate for different event venues,” she adds. Combining elements can also help visually enhance a venue in proportion appropriate to the space. Lighting elements should also be considered in context with the other decor elements being use.  

3. Keep cost in mind. According to Get Lit, pricing for chandelier lighting fixtures ranges from $100 – $300, with additional installation/administration fees that vary based on the location of the venue and venue infrastructure. These fees can add anywhere from $200-$500 for a local job (this is not a per fixture rate as it’s rare they are hired to install only one or two chandeliers). “We typically provide additional lighting elements as well,” says Watson.Glass bubble wedding decorPhoto by Get Lit

SB&G’s New Wedding Blogger!

Amber HeadshotHello 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!


Amber Watson, new blogger

Pantone Color of the Year 2015 – Marsala Inspiration

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.

Marsala Inspiration Board

Winter Wedding Inspiration by The NotWedding Charleston Team

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.

Winter Dessert TablescapeCake with Pinecone TopperSouthern Phrases Table NameWinter Wedding Invitation SuiteRing in Tiffany Blue BoxWinter Bride and Groom OutisdeWinter Wedding Bouquet and BoutonniereWinter Bride in Fur StoleGroom in Navy Suit with Cotton BoutonniereWinter Bridal PortraitMrs Placecard on BookWooden Mr Wedding PlacecardLace Wedding DetailsPlacesetting with Gold CutleryWinter Wedding Couple Portrait
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

NY Bridal Market: Modern Trousseau Fall 2015 Collection

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!

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 1A variety of soft colors and romantic textures hand in the Modern Trousseau showroom

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 2This gown is Storm, which features asymmetrical lace. She comes in soft gray, ivory and blush.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 3At Left, Storm; At Right, Layla has a petticoat skirt and lots of movement
“The names remind me of what the dress is,” says Callie.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 4Raven – tulle edged with lace, and lace buttons on the back. Here she is shown paired with the Raven jacket, which can be done separately, and with different lace

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 5Gwen, which can be ordered with or without straps, has a flowy Grecian look, a simple detail at the waist, and a dramatic, low back.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 6Opal, though covered in beads hand-embroidered with silver thread, hands softly and beautifully. Pair this jacket with another style to add flair.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 7At Left, Mina, a beautiful, flattering ballgown; At right, Porter, a classic shape in French tulle and hand-cut lace

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 8Modern Trousseau designs a paired veil for many of her gowns. Mix and match as you please for the perfect finish.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 9Modern Trousseau gowns are always light, and beautifully-fitting. At left, Shelby; At right, Rain.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 10Spencer, shown with a lace jacket and sash

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 11Kasey features exquisite Italian lace – a sexy, large lace pattern.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 12At left, Kasey paired with the Kasey cage veil; At right, Honor, a pleated, high-low dress in Thai silk with a lace bodice. Air parachutes this dress as the bride moves.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 13Another 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!

Amy Kuschel Peace and Love Collection

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!

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 1NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 2Amy Kuschel’s signature fitted dress with a slight trumpet is showcased with Quinn. The trend of lace décolletage and sleeves is matched with a sexy peek in the back.

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 3The lovely Luna gown is relaxed yet elegant

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 4Designer Amy Kuschel describes her collection to buyers from a bridal boutique.

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 5London, for the dainty and feminine bride

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 6Lennon, a classic sweetheart top and simple trumpet, shown above and below, with a lace overlay jacket

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 7Taking in all the pretty – not a bad way to spend an afternoon

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 8Kitten, a short dress to match the current mod rage

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 9Amy created a “Jackie” series, all short dresses in the same shape but featuring different laces. Shown here is Bella Rose.

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 10Behind the scenes in Amy Kuschel’s showroom at The London Hotel in Manhattan

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 11Amy Kuschel’s ready-to-wear design background has given her the skills to create bridal looks that are not only flattering for the female form, but comfortable.  Shown here, River

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 12Bardot has a fun feather accent at top. Her sister dress, Starr, is shown below.

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 13“Starr is a little bit of everything- sweet, sexy, trumpet” – Amy

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 14Luxurious lace: Cassidy with Barcelona sash; At right, Babe

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 15Cassidy, embroidered organza, is in the softest shade of blue. My personal fave – and a perfect choice for any UNC or Duke alumna!

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!