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Fall Wedding Trends from The Carolina Inn

Whether you’re looking to add some last-minute details to your fall wedding or planning for an event next year, consider incorporating these trendy fall ideas and details shared by The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, which hosts hundreds of beautiful weddings each season.

Feather Bouquets and Boutonnieres
Not only is this a hot fall trend for bouquets and boutonnieres, it’s also a great idea for centerpieces! Feathers are completely affordable, can be done months in advance, and add a certain flair to all fall wedding décor.
Feather bouquets fall trends

Naked Wedding Cakes
Love it or hate it, the naked look is in. These very simple cakes are considered to be the hot thing these days. If you love a lot of frosting, perhaps these minimal cakes aren’t the way to go, but for now, they’re here to stay.
Naked cake fall designPhoto: Crystal Stokes Photography

Better Off Wed
This website and all of its gold and swirly goodness very popular with the modern day bride. Whether you’re looking for a unique cake topper or divine table numbers, these swirly gold letters look beautiful in any setting and in photos too!
Wed gold letter cake toppersPhotos: Better Off Wed (left) Tina-Albin-Lax (right)

Vow to be Chic
Most of us have 10-15 bridesmaid dresses that we have had to purchase for weddings over the years…and no matter how many times the brides says that she picked the dress so that we could wear it again…we all know that’s not usually the case.

Vow to be Chic has gotten on the bandwagon of the already successful Rent the Runway corporation and offers bridemaids rental dresses: Rent it, wear it, and return it for a fraction of the cost of a full dress purchase.
Pink and lace bridesmaidsPhoto: Dara Blakeley Photography

Wedding Colors
The top fall wedding colors…marsala and champagne gold…and let’s not forget about the sequins! Sequins are all in this fall – not only do they glam up your wedding reception design, they also add tons of interesting texture and shine.
Marsala wedding color of the yearPhotos: Elisa Bricker via 100 Layer Cake

Eat Up
Brides really want their friends and family to feel as though they are having a restaurant quality dining experience at their wedding (even if there is 200 guests). Individual cheese boards, duet plates, intermezzos, etc…these three- and four-course meals with carefully chosen wines and spirits are all the rage right now. Gone are the days of the invite card where you just pick beef or fish.
Individual wooden board serving traysCourtesy of The Carolina Inn

SB&G Tips: All-inclusive Ceremony Language for LGBT Weddings

The language used in an LGBT wedding should be inclusive, not only welcoming to the couple, but also to the guests in attendance.

In the past, when same-sex marriages were not legal but were instead classified as “commitment ceremonies” or “holy unions,” there were differences in the scripts used in same-sex ceremonies, but all that changed in late June 2015 when gay marriage was legalized in all 50 states!Same sex wedding ceremonyWhile there is no longer a difference in the script itself, there are still decisions to be made about how the couple prefers to be addressed, and it is important that this language is inclusive. The standard, “We now pronounce you husband and wife,” needs respectful modification.

“In all my ceremonies, whether hetero couples or LGBT couples, I make sure that I don’t have any language that implies that marriage is only between a man and a woman,” says Reverend Kayelily Middleton. She uses the term “partner” when referring to the couple in a ceremony. “At the end of the ceremony when I make the pronouncement of marriage I say, “I pronounce you equal partners joined in marriage,’” she explains.Same sex weddingsSimilarly, the only way Reverend Robin Renteria changes the language for an LGBT wedding is asking how the couple prefers to describe their marriage. Alternatives include, ‘I pronounce you a married couple’ or ‘partners for life’ or ‘husbands together’ or ‘wife and wife.’ “Each couple knows what they want and it’s up to the officiant to honor that,” Rev. Renteria says. It’s important to discuss your preferences ahead of time with the officiant and make sure he or she is willing to respect your requests.

Other people involved in the wedding, such as DJs, announcers (wedding planners), or family members, may also need to be reminded about what kind of inclusive language is preferred prior to the reception, as they may be in the position to make introductions or address the couple during toasts.

Photos (top to bottom): Riley MacLean Photography and Rev. Kayelily Middleton

Event Lighting and Chandeliers enhance Modern Southern 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 and how to use event lighting and chandeliers to enhance modern Southern weddings. They also gave some tips on 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 ReceptionIndustrial Chandleier for NC WeddingPhotos 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 lighting for NC weddingPhoto 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 LightingMod Lighting for Raleigh weddingPhotos 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 decor NCPhoto 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.