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Real Wedding Video at Duke Chapel and The Cotton Room

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re thrilled to share Katie and Scott’s real wedding video at Duke Chapel and The Cotton Room, shot by the talented team at Twenty-One Films.

Get your tissues ready, y’all — from the emotional first look to the expressive vows, this wedding film is a tearjerker in all the best ways. Be sure to look for the moment when Katie’s dad sees her for the first time and

Katie and her bridesmaids got ready at Posh the Salon before she met Scott at Duke Chapel for their first look. First looks have become one of the most popular trends in weddings in recent years, as they give the bride and groom a few moments all to themselves before the nonstop festivities of the wedding day.

Katie and Scott’s ceremony at Duke Chapel, a stunning medieval-style chapel in Durham, was breathtakingly emotional and so full of love. Despite the impending rain, the couple didn’t stop smiling throughout their wedding day, and the reception at The Cotton Room in Durham’s historic Golden Belt district certainly looks like it was quite the party!

Congratulations, Katie and Scott — your wedding was absolutely beautiful.

Katie + Scott, Duke Chapel from Twenty-One Films on Vimeo.

Thanks to Twenty-One Films for sharing this couple’s sweet wedding day video.

Sweet Southern Wedding at Saint Mary’s in Raleigh

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re sharing Rob and Julia’s sweet Southern wedding at Saint Mary’s School. All photos are courtesy of KPO Photo.

Rob and Julia met at a mutual friend’s birthday party back in 2007 and immediately felt a connection. They dated while finishing school, and then Rob proposed on a trip to Lake Lure, where the couple was celebrating five years of being together.

They chose to have both their wedding and reception at Saint Mary’s School and Chapel. Not only did the classic beauty of the space perfectly fit their vision for their big day, but the bride also felt a personal connection to the campus, where she attended high school.

Rob and Julia complemented the Southern charm of the venue with a soft color palette of French blue, bright pink, and gold. They selected several members of the SB&G Family to help make their wedding day dreams a reality, including: Adams and Events, Saint Mary’s School, Catering Works, Bella Bridesmaids, The English Garden, and Charlotte’s. The bride was especially complimentary of Tracy Adams, of Adams and Events, and the Catering Works staff. “I can not tell you how many people, almost a year later, are still telling me how great our food was!” the bride said.

Congrats, Rob and Julia – your wedding was so sweet!

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Wedding Consultant: Tracy Adams of Adams and Events
Ceremony: Saint Mary’s Chapel
Reception: Smedes Hall at Saint Mary’s School
Caterer: Catering Works
Photographer: KPO Photo
Bridal Gown: Victorian Rose Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: LulaKate from Bella Bridesmaids
Florist: The English Garden
Cake: The Cupcake Shop
Invitations: Charlotte’s
Ceremony Musicians: Arioso Strings
Reception Musicians: The Shakedown
Linens: Catering Works
Transportation: Classy Transportation

Sanderling Resort’s 2014 Wedding Showcase

A Sanderling Wedding “Look-See”

Ahh, location, location, location! Beautiful wide beaches with sugar soft sand greets visitors to Duck, NC on the Outer Banks. During my recent trip to Sanderling Resort for their annual Wedding Showcase, the beach views from the resort were truly awesome, but the event and the wonderful staff of Sanderling were even more impressive. Although he doesn’t work with me on our Southern Bride & Groom magazine, my husband Rick was certainly game to accompany me to this renowned beach resort for the bridal showcase.

Couples at Sanderling Resort’s 2014 Wedding Showcase were treated to a special tasting on Friday evening, and on Saturday, the wedding show was ready for brides and couples by 11am as they lined up for their super swag bags. Beach ceremony ideas set up along the ocean provided dreamy examples of the real thing, and beautiful inspiration table designs were set on the patios overlooking the water. Classical wedding mood music played by Club Violin entertained the brides and grooms-to-be as they enjoyed viewing tablescapes on the Beach House patio decks and the adjacent beach-side Event House, where parties can enjoy a private fire pit after sunset.

The other side of Sanderling Resort’s 16 acres has an enormous banquet space called The Pavilion that overlooks the lovely sound, where I experienced two spectacular pink sunsets during my Friday and Saturday night stay. Florists, rental companies, photographers, planners, cake makers and other fine vendors created wonderful displays and were available to meet and educate couples on the details of putting together a wedding at the coast.

There’s more! The Sanderling on-site spa was open, and some brides had hair and makeup done before their boudoir photo sessions in the hotel with photographer Brook Mayo. The serene full-service spa is available for beauty and health treatments (such as cuts, styling, nails, facials, and massages) for Sanderling guests, and offers great wedding packages.

Although the elegant Kimball’s Kitchen restaurant, with its unsurpassed views, was not yet open for the season in February, I hear the food is remarkable, and it is perfect for intimate weddings and rehearsal dinners. Rick and I enjoyed a glorious dinner on property near the Beach House at the charming historic Life Saving Station restaurant, with the freshest scallops and fish specials of the day! I should mention that our spacious corner guest room at the Beach House was superb, with views of both the ocean and the sound!

All types of accommodations are available for wedding guests, from cottage rentals for groups to rooms and suites. There’s plenty to keep your family and wedding guests busy during any hours that you aren’t hosting throughout a weekend or week. Saturday afternoon we trekked through trails right on-site at Sanderling and the nearby maritime forest in Corolla. We also took long walks on the pristine beach in the late afternoon sun. A shopping hour or two was all I could fit in, but I will be back! Other adventures included Jeep tours to see the wild horses and bird sanctuaries on Corolla, and water sports from kayaking to kiting — or, my summertime favorite, book reading on the beach.

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See a Real Sanderling Wedding here, and stay tuned to the SB&G blog for updates on this beautiful resort!

All photos in this post are courtesy of Brooke Mayo Photography.

Rustic Southern Wedding at Magnolia Manor Bed and Breakfast

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re sharing Ginny and Jacob’s rustic Southern wedding at Magnolia Manor Bed and Breakfast! Thanks to LunahZon Photography for the beautiful photos!

Ginny and Jacob met while working at the Carolina Ale House in Cary, NC. With a little help from their coworkers, the two began chatting and went on their first date – they’ve been together ever since!

Jacob proposed during a family vacation to the Outer Banks. He took Ginny on a sunset walk along the ocean, got down on one knee, and asked her to be his wife. Of course, she said yes, and the two began planning their September wedding.

They settled on the Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast because they loved its country setting and Southern charm – and the fact that it was all-inclusive! Jacob and Ginny chose a color palette of deep red and champagne to complement their “Wine Country” theme, and made their wedding personal by making the ceremony arbor, centerpieces, favors, and much of the décor by hand.

Ginny is the marketing director at Diamonds Direct – Crabtree, so she’s familiar with all-things SB&G! She said she used the magazine during her planning, and that the best part was that she was able to create a look book of ideas, colors, and styles she liked so that when she met with her coordinator, she had an idea of her vision.

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Red and White Wedding Ceremony

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Wedding Location: Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast
Jewelry: Diamonds Direct – Crabtree
Hair and Makeup: EA Wells Salon
Photographer: LunahZon Photography
Florist: Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast
Caterer: Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast
Cake: Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast
Rentals: Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast
Wedding Favors: Homemade jam

Romantic Pink and White Tabletop from Tre Bella Flowers

We’re back with the seventh installment in our series highlighting our local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot! Today’s post features a romantic pink and white tabletop from Tre Bella Flowers.

Three sisters who also own Tre Bella Bridal run Tre Bella Flowers, a florist located in downtown Durham.

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Tre Bella Flowers designed a romantic pink and white tabletop that was the perfect combination of soft and rustic. A wooden farm table was decorated with a simple burlap runner, blush, cream and pink garden roses and peonies, anemones, and metallic gold details.

The soft, romantic design paired beautifully with the city-chic venue – The Cotton Room. This sweet color palette of pink hues and whites works well for weddings in any season, especially spring. Enjoy these photos, some never-before-seen, of Tre Bella’s stunning floral designs, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.

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Thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Shoot Team, including: American Party Rentals (tables, chairs, and china), Calligraphy by Carrie (papers), Tre Bella Bridal (bridal gown), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (jewelry), and Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup).

Urban Yellow Tabletop from Ninth Street Flowers

We’re back with the sixth installment in our series highlighting our local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot! Today’s post features an urban yellow tabletop from Ninth Street Flowers.

Ninth Street Flowers, located in downtown Durham, is one of the Triangle area’s premiere flower shops. Owners Larry and Lea Wood source blooms from local growers as much as possible to give their customers a totally unique, personalized experience.

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Ninth Street Flowers designed an urban yellow tabletop that was edgy and contemporary. The design featured canary yellow blooms, a concrete table, a steel “tree” and a modern circular centerpiece. The centerpiece of roses and calla lilies creates a chandelier of sorts for the table set for two

The modern design paired perfectly with the urban vibe of the venue, The Cotton Room. A feel-good color palette of yellow and steel grey works for a wedding in any season. Enjoy these photos, some, never-before-seen, of Ninth Street‘s stunning floral designs, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.

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Thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Shoot Team, including: Classic Party Rentals (rentals), Calligraphy by Carrie (paper), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (jewelry), Lana Addison Bridal (bridal gown), Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup), and The Cotton Room (venue and table).

Real NC Wedding — Rustic Chic Wedding in Pinehurst, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share David and Dorothy’s beautiful rustic chic wedding in Pinehurst, NC, shot by Brian Mullins Photography.

David and Dorothy met while in school at East Carolina and quickly formed a friendship. After graduation, Dorothy moved to New York City, and David and his best friend decided to visit. That weekend, the couple began dating long distance, but the two were soon reunited when Dorothy moved back to NC for graduate school.

After a day of activities and a romantic dinner in Raleigh, the couple was walking around the capitol, and David got down on one knee and asked Dorothy to marry him. Of course, she said yes!

David and Dorothy selected The Fair Barn in Pinehurst and a soft color palette of wisteria, dusty rose, and cloud. The couple put a lot of work into making their wedding day vision a reality – along with the bridal party, they handmade the rustic benches used in their romantic garden ceremony, and completed the look with a floral-draped arbor and hanging birdcages. For the reception, they accented the soaring beams of venue with long, family-style tables decorated with mismatched china and antique details. With centerpieces of wheat sheaths and lavender, the bride’s “rustic chic” vision came to life.

Dorothy says she was inspired by the gorgeous images and real weddings in SB&G, and selected Brian Mullins Photography because she fell in love with his artful eye. The couple also used Southern Harvest Catering for delicious food at their reception. Congrats, David and Dorothy – we love the amount of detail you put into your beautiful wedding day!

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Ceremony Location: Village Arboretum (Pinehurst, NC)
Reception Location: The Fair Barn (Pinehurst, NC)
Wedding Coordinator: Orangerie Events
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair: Kate Bryan Salon
Makeup: Ginger Mullins Hairstyle
Photographer: Brian Mullins Photography
Cake: The Bakehouse; BlueBird Cupcakes
Caterer: Southern Harvest Catering
Invitations: Dan Nelson Art
Reception Music: A+ DJ Service; Vince Scheuerman
Party Rentals: Little Squirrels, Inc.; Richmond Rental & Sales; Heirloom Vintage for Hire
Transportation: Carriage Tours

Summer Wedding at Duke Gardens in Durham, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Deniz and Robbie’s beautiful summer wedding at Duke Gardens in Durham, NC, with stunning photos from Joe Payne Photography

Deniz and Robbie met during their morning commute from New Jersey into New York City. Robbie struck up a conversation and after exchanging emails, the two began talking. They later exchanged numbers, and have been inseparable ever since!

Two years after meeting, Robbie proposed to Deniz in Turkish while they took the very same bus to work. The couple planned a gorgeous summer wedding at Duke Gardens, with simple, elegant details. Since they were planning from afar, they wanted to choose vendors who were skilled in several areas. They selected Catering Works to provide their flowers, food, cake, and even party rentals. Deniz said that Kelli from Catering Works was “such a wonder! She made it so easy for me!”

The bride took inspiration from the beautiful gardens and from her wedding dress. Deniz’s grandmother is a tailor, and she said as soon as she put on the gown, it reminded her of dresses her grandmother sewed, so she wore it in homage of her, since she wasn’t able to attend the wedding.

Deniz and Robbie still live and work in New Jersey, but will be moving to Durham in May of this year.

Enjoy these stunning photos of Deniz and Robbie’s wedding day, courtesy of Joe Payne Photography.

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Wedding Location: Duke Gardens
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: After Six by Dessy
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Photographer: Joe Payne Photography
Florist: Catering Works
Caterer: Catering Works
Cake: Catering Works
Musicians: DJ Lenny Fritts
Party Rentals: Catering Works

Real Romantic Fall Wedding at Prestonwood Country Club

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re thrilled to share Lindsay and Shawn’s romantic fall wedding at Prestonwood Country Club, with gorgeous photos from Dara Blakeley Photography

Lindsay and Shawn met at a pizza parlor in Raleigh – he was working there and caught Lindsay’s eye when she came in with her mom and younger sister. She went back the next day to say hello, and the two exchanged numbers and went on their first date shortly thereafter.

Shawn planned a romantic proposal at one of the couple’s favorite locations, Lake Johnson. Before dinner, Shawn told Lindsay her dad wanted to take some photos of them – which wasn’t out of the ordinary since her father is a professional photographer. He took her to the lake and, after distracting her for a while, proposed while Lindsay’s dad photographed it! Of course, she said yes, and the couple began planning their November wedding.

Lindsay had been looking into wedding venues prior to getting engaged, and Prestonwood Country Club was at the top of her list. The couple booked the venue, and began assembling their “Wedding Dream Team” – which included Sally Oakley and Dara Blakeley Photography – to help them achieve their vision. Sally helped Lindsay and Shawn nail down a color palette of pale pinks, champagne, and creams to complement the venue and their desire of a classic, elegant and timeless wedding. The bride said “Sally really helped make the whole planning process fun and relaxed. She also helped us choose our vendors, and each and every vendor we had was amazing to work with!”

The duo included a unique unity ceremony in their wedding ceremony. They exchanged a white rose with one another as their first gift as a married couple and to symbolize the gift of true love and devotion. At the reception, guests were able to dance the night away to songs they’d requested on the couple’s RSVP cards!

Lindsay and Shawn used the SB&G magazine and website to get inspiration for their wedding day. The bride said “The magazine was very helpful in looking at other weddings and their vendor selections, color palettes, flowers, cakes and dresses! It was a great guide, and the website was a great tool as well.” They ended up selecting several members of the SB&G Family to make their wedding day spectactular, including: Prestonwood Country Club, Dara Blakeley Photography, Robin Renteria, Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning, Tre Bella Bridal, CE Rental and Shutterbooth.

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Wedding Location: The Grand Ballroom at Prestonwood Country Club
Minister: Robin Renteria
Wedding Planner: Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning
Bridal Gown: Tre Bella Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney
Photographer: Dara Blakeley Photography
Florist: Watered Garden
Cake: Prestonwood Country Club
Invitations: The Green Kangaroo
Music: Joe Bunn DJ Company
Rentals: CE Rental
Favors: Shutterbooth and personalized golf balls

Wedding Open House at Nasher Museum of Art

Join the prestigious Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University for their first ever Wedding Open House next Thursday, February 27th from 6:00 to 8:00pm!

Attendees will enjoy an evening envisioning a wedding celebration as unique as you are, hear presentations by the museum’s exclusive caterers and event planners on wedding food trends and creative planning tools, and have the chance to explore the museum’s dramatic event space.

Nasher Museum of Art

Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP for the Wedding Open House at Nasher Museum of Art online here or by phone at 919-684-3321.

Photo by Azul Photography