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We’re thrilled to share some of the beautiful real weddings from the pages of the 2015 edition of Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re sharing Marion and Bryan’s glamorous winter wedding at The Cotton Room in Durham, NC, photographed by Walters & Walters.
Marion met Bryan when he took a job as a soccer coach at Duke, where her father worked in the athletic department. Marion’s mother, a “serial matchmaker and lover of all things love,” instantly spotted a spark between the two, and did everything in her power to ensure they would meet again. She gave Bryan her daughter’s phone number, and the two decided to go on a casual date. Marion said that they soon realized that, as she was with most things, her mother was right!
After two years of dating long distance, Marion moved back to North Carolina just in time for Bryan to propose the night before Thanksgiving. The couple was able to celebrate with both of their families over the holidays before Marion’s mother passed away. “It meant the world to both of us that she had such a significant part in our meeting,” the bride said.
Marion knew she wanted to follow in her parents’ footsteps and marry at Duke Chapel, and she and Bryan chose a reception venue that captured the downtown Durham warehouse vibe — The Cotton Room. Their January wedding date inspired a glamorous, warm winter scene complete with hues of white, purple, and a touch of sparkle, brought to life with long tables covered in sequined linens, mirrored runners, and lush centerpieces.
The couple incorporated many personal details into their wedding day that made the occasion not only a special experience for their guests, but also paid homage to their families, including a musical performance by four of Marion’s aunts during the ceremony. They also found ways to express their unique personalities, like having mini bottles of BBQ sauce from their home states — Texas (his) and North Carolina (hers) — in the welcome bags, and distributing koozies with an original cartoon sketch of them and their golden retriever.
These images, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters, tell the story of this lovely winter wonderland affair.
Wedding Consultant: Erin McLean Events | Bridal Luncheon and Guest Accommodations: Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | Ceremony: Duke Chapel | Reception: The Cotton Room | Photographer: Walters & Walters | Videographer: Twenty-One Films | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier from Nitsa’s Salon | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale from Nitsa’s | Bridesmaids’ Gifts: Fur stoles and Jenny Packham earrings from Tre Bella Bridal Florist: Tre Bella Flowers | Reception Signs: Calligraphy by Carrie | Reception Musicians: Live funk band | Makeup: Makeup for Your Day
Wedding Favors: Donation to charity in honor of Marion’s late mother
The South is known for its church-going, salt-of-the-earth folk. But we Southerners certainly also know how to throw a celebration, and a wedding is the occasion of all occasions to blend reverence with the joys of life! Our ode to the New Orleans wedding is in honor of NOLA with its deep Southern charm, grit, glam and knack for festive fêtes – a perfect theme for a formal wedding affair.
The Story Behind the Shoot
Local NC wedding videographers, Twenty-One Films, captured behind-the-scenes footage and chatted with us and our stylist, Erin McLean of Erin McLean Events, about the concept of this styled shoot. We’re so excited to share the film from the photo shoot:
A Reason to Celebrate
The Hudson Manor, set on 23 verdant acres, sets the picture perfect scene. The onsite chapel is flanked by giant magnolia, oak and pecan trees and leads to the estate’s covered lake view terrace and ballroom. The estate, with its grand white columns, wrought iron accents and brick pathways, is so Southern it could be set in Louisiana itself, which made it the perfect location for our New Orleans themed wedding day styled shoot. The onsite grounds, gardens and chapel, make a lovely backdrop for bridal portraits, and even staging a scene for a painting by local artist and live wedding painter Tesh Parekh.
After the “I Dos,” the couple and brass musicians from John Brown Entertainment Group lead the main line parade followed by a second line of dancing and waving guests to ring in the newlyweds. This is New Orleans – their style, tradition and cultural heritage.
Enjoy these gorgeous images by Brian Mullins Photography!
Chasing the Light
From the chapel, the party marches to the courtyard for group photos and on to the The Hudson Manor where the massive white columns lend an “Old South” charm to their portraits. Our couple and wedding party are dressed in attire from Savvi Bridal and Savvi Formalwear, located in Raleigh near Crabtree Valley Mall, with jewelry from Diamonds Direct Crabtree and specialty bowties from local fashion designer Natty Neckware.
A Masquerade Party
The covered terrace glows with street lamps and market lights as the sun begins to set on the estate. In contrast to the elaborate ballroom, the terrace is set with cocktail tables in a bold black and white with New Orleans street signs. The theme is carried even into the specialty music note bowties by local company Natty Neckware, seen below paired with invitations designed by Paperbuzz.
The ballroom of The Hudson Manor has an open feel with ample glass doors and windows, beautiful chandeliers, wall sconces, and a mirrored wall. ThemeWorks added the specialty lighting and faux boxwood hedges behind the wedding party table, bringing more of the outdoors inside, while elegant gold accented table decor from American Party Rentals added to the formal evening theme.
Julie Williams, owner of Blossom Artistry, is originally from Louisiana, and worked with Erin McLean, our stylist, to create a floral palette of elegant soft ones with pops of purple and gold as a nod to New Orleans. The mix of tropical plants included are all native to her home-state. Magnolia leaves are woven throughout the decor, from the chapel doors, to arrangements and to the base of the stunning cake by Sugarland. And of course, beautiful masks from local decor rental shop Table of Contents, complete the masquerade party!
Stylist Erin McLean Events | Venue The Hudson Manor | Photographer Brian Mullins Photography | Fashion Savvi Bridal and Savvi Formalwear | Bowties Natty Neckware | Florist Blossom Artistry | Live Wedding Painting Tesh Parekh | Jewelry Diamonds Direct | Musicians John Brown Entertainment Group | Market Lights, NOLA Themed Accents and Hedge backdrop ThemeWorks | Linens, China & Table Settings American Party Rentals | Invitations & Menus Paperbuzz | Cake Sugarland | Masks Table of Contents | Bride & Groom Elevate | Wedding Party Models for Charity | Hair & Makeup Erin Doak and Danielle Duarte for Douglas Carroll Salon | Behind-the-Scenes Video Twenty-One Films
We’re thrilled to share some of the beautiful real weddings from the pages of the 2015 edition of Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re sharing Steven and Alyssa’s elegant Southern wedding at The Oaks at Salem, shot by f8 Photo Studios.
After four years of dating, Steven commissioned some of Alyssa’s friends to help him pull off an elaborate proposal at Eno River State Park. Each pal held up a sign with a single word – “will,” “you,” “marry,” and Steven emerged with the final piece to complete the question: “me?”
The couple envisioned an outdoor wedding that was elegant, yet down to earth, to match their own personalities. The Oaks at Salem had everything they wanted – a beautiful venue with a tented patio, a spacious bridal suite, and a gorgeous natural backdrop for their ceremony, which was performed by the same minister who officiated the bride’s mother and stepfather. For their early fall wedding, Alyssa and Steven went with a rich color combination of deep purples, shades of green, and grey accents. These colors were incorporated in every detail, from the hand-made place-cards to the personalized popcorn favors.
To complement the floral arrangements and the outdoor setting, the couple had specialty patterned lighting that resembled tree branches installed in the reception tent, a nod to the giant oak tree under which they shared their vows. The bride’s advice to our engaged readers is to have as much fun as possible. “It can feel overwhelming, but with a great planner and great vendors, you’ll get all of the support you need to make your day beautiful!”
Wedding Consultant: Adams & Events | Ceremony & Reception: The Oaks at Salem | Photographer: f8 Photo Studios | Caterer: Rocky Top Catering | Florist: Fresh Affairs | Ceremony Musicians: Classical ensemble
Linens: Party Reflections | Lighting: Total Production Services | Hair and Makeup: The Junction Salon | Wedding Favors: The Mad Popper
We are so thrilled to release the 2015 edition of Southern Bride & Groom and reveal our winter-spring cover! We are over the moon for this image, which perfectly captures the classic, elegant style of the Kentucky Derby blended perfectly with a beautiful pastoral NC rustic wedding scene. We hope you love it as much as we do!
This gorgeous image was captured by Rachel Red Photography during our Derby Day styled shoot at Portofino, a horse community in Clayton, NC. One of our top local wedding planners, Chelsey Morrison of Gather Together, styled the stunning scene with rustic elements and iconic Derby details like the silver mint julep cups, bourbon barrels from Party Reflections, a dapper groom clad in a custom suit, and a beautiful Southern bride in a Modern Trousseau gown from Tre Bella Bridal. Tre Bella’s floral division, Tre Bella Flowers, created gorgeous arrangements of red, fuchsia, and green blooms that paired perfectly with our model’s bold lips and soft hair and makeup by Makeup for Your Day. Other Derby details included in this styled shoots were themed invitations and table names by Union Press & Paper, a beautiful menu from Donovan’s Dish, and a painted cake by Edible Art Bakery. We’d also like to thank the other vendors involved in this shoot, which is one of our all-time favorites: Belk, Diamonds Direct Crabtree, hat and veil designer Lore Emelio, Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, calligrapher Marika Wendelken, and Classy Transportation. A full blog post with all the gorgeous photos will be posted soon!
The magazines arrived RIGHT in time for Christmas – the best gift ever!! Our dear friends at Tre Bella hosted a launch party for us at their new clothing and gift boutique on Main Street in Downtown Durham (their couture bridal salon is right upstairs!). The gorgeous Modern Trousseau gown which is featured on our Winter-Spring cover was proudly displayed in the shop, and Tre Bella’s floral team created gorgeous arrangements inspired by their work that is featured on our cover. The SB&G Family mingled over festive champagne cocktails, delicious bites from Parizade (one of our fave local restaurants that also does off-site catering), and soaked in the new magazine! Big thank you to the Tre Bella team for hosting this lovely soiree, and to Riley of Riley MacLean Photography for the images we’re sharing below.
Southern Bride & Groom 2015 contains absolutely everything you need to know in order to plan a wedding in North Carolina’s Triangle area. This 28th edition of SB&G is full of more content than ever – more inspirational shoots, 12 real weddings, and a slew of articles that outline this year’s hottest trends, etiquette and planning tips that every bride needs to know for her big day – whether it’s here in the Old North State or beyond!
As always, SB&G recommends only the best of the best wedding venues, bridal salons and wedding professionals to our wonderful brides. With the help of SB&G’s magazine, website, and blog, you will be able to plan a Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill or Greater Triangle Area wedding from engagement to honeymoon, and rest assured that each vendor you select is reliable and top-notch.
Be sure to check up on the SB&G blog often, as we’ll be sharing behind-the-scenes action and never-before-seen photos from our various shoots, and releasing the online version of the magazine in just a short while! Give us a shout out with the hashtag #sbgmag when you spot SB&G 2015 at distribution sites, use it in your wedding planning, or get inspired from the pages and pages of Southern wedding beauty!
One of the Triangle’s most beloved annual wedding events – The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase – is quickly approaching! The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase 2015 is set for Sunday, January 25 from 1:00 – 4:00pm.
This show, which is now in it’s twentieth year, is one of Team SB&G’s personal favorites thanks to its small, intimate atmosphere, wide array of talented wedding professionals, and of course, the beautiful venue – it just doesn’t get any prettier or more Southern than the Carolina Inn, right in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill. The upscale showcase features more than 75 premier local vendors to help brides-to-be get inspired and informed for their big day. Attendees will enjoy an elegant afternoon browsing the Inn’s wedding event spaces while listening to music, sipping champagne, and chatting with wedding industry professionals. Guests will also be treated to a buffet catered by the Carolina Inn’s executive chef, a high-end fashion runway show, and raffles.
For more information and to purchase tickets (available soon!), visit the Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase website. We’re so excited for this event, and we hope you’ll stop by the SB&G booth to say hello and get your free copy of the brand new 2015 edition of the magazine!
Engagement season comes with the holidays, and we’re right in the thick of it! For newly engaged brides and grooms who plan to marry in the Wilmington NC area, Courtyards & Cobblestones on Saturday, January 17 is a must-attend event.
Courtyards & Cobblestones is designed to be an experience for couples seeking the perfect location, creative professionals, and inspiration for their wedding day style. Attendees with participate in a self-guided tour of seven styled ceremony and reception sites in Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC. Bring your bridesmaids or plan a date with your groom-to-be as you eat, drink, and plan to be married. Tour seven styled venues — including 128 South, The Atrium by Ligon Flynn, Bakery 105, The Brooklyn Arts Center, The Balcony on Dock and The City Club. You’ll also have the chance to experience an exclusive Health & Beauty Bar at The Loft on Front. Spend the evening meeting hand-picked creatives, enjoying live music, sampling sweet and savory nibbles, sipping creative cocktails and getting beautified!
There are also going to be giveaways, including a grand prize from Reeds Jewelers: a David Yurman Petite Box Chain with Diamond Pave Stations totaling 1/2ctw.36″ set in Sterling Silver valued at $1,650!
Tickets are on sale now — save the date for Courtyards & Cobblestones 2015 and make plans to attend!
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re thrilled to share Jon and Kelly’s rustic Southern wedding at The Chapel Between Cotton and Gin, a gorgeous new wedding venue in the historic district of Woodville, NC.
Jon and Kelly met through Jon’s older brother, who had a few classes with Kelly at East Carolina University. After dating for six years, Jon proposed to Kelly during a quiet night in, when they were both sporting their pajamas!
When the couple was looking for their ceremony venue, they came upon The Chapel Between Cotton and Gin and fell in love immediately! The property – which is on the National Register of Historic places – is a revitalized church, built in 1845, that’s situated in lush countryside between cotton fields and a cotton gin, thus the inspiration behind its name. It features beautiful historic details, like a broad staircase, soaring ceilings, large windows, fluted columns and an original cedar shake steeple.
Jon and Kelly accented the venue’s historic charm with rustic details like baby’s breath arrangements, old mill equipment, and a soft color palette. These photographs, courtesy of Ginny Corbett, beautifully capture the couple’s sweet Southern wedding!
Wedding Ceremony: The Chapel Between Cotton and Gin
Wedding Reception: Indian Woods Lodge
Photographer: Ginny Corbett
Vidoegrapher: Five Copper Creative
Bridal Gown: Mikaella from Maggi Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Men’s Formalwear: Jos A. Bank
Florist: Dee Gibson
Cake: Vanilla Bean Bake Shoppe
Invitations: Noteable Occasions
Reception Music: PUNCH
Rentals: Occasions Party and Tent Rentals
Hair and Makeup: Salon Blu
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re thrilled to share Jackie and Jon’s Enchanted Forest wedding at Rock Quarry Farm, shot by Riley MacLean Photography.
Jackie and Jon knew exactly what they wanted their wedding to be like – a cool, casual party with unique details that reflected their personalities and an eclectic, enchanted forest vibe. The couple sought out vendors with whom they could really connect, and assembled a solid team that helped them bring their vision to life, including Chelsey Morrison of Gather Together Events.
They selected Rock Quarry Farm because they loved its open space and how it could be easily customized to fit their vision, and complemented the venue with a color palette of pale pink, gold, and just a touch of sparkle.
Despite working long hours as a surgical resident, the bride did a ton of DIY work and had an eye for attention to detail. She collected items that were incorporated into the centerpieces and the lighting, knitted sashes for the flower girls and ring bearer, and even hand painted a yarmulke for each male guest, personalized with his interests! Leading up to the wedding day, the groom, a beer aficionado, drove all over the Southeast to collect really cool, rare beers to share with their guests at different bar stations set up at the reception.
Jackie and Jon also incorporated a slew of personal touches into their wedding day – the chuppah was draped with prayer shawls that belonged to the bride and groom’s grandfathers, and the bride wore her mother’s bridal cape during the ceremony. Dinner was served family style with a farm-to-table menu, and the couple ensured their guests had an absolute blast. The bridal party danced up the aisle to a Michael Jackson song during the processional, the events included a social hour in addition to the traditional cocktail hour, and comfortable lounge furniture was set around an outdoor fire pit.
Enjoy these gorgeous photos of Jackie and Jon’s wedding day, courtesy of Riley MacLean Photography.
Event planning & design: Gather Together
Photographer: Riley MacLean Photography
Venue: Rock Quarry Farm
Catering: BoxCarr Farms
Rentals: Party Reflections
Linens & table settings: CE Rental
Flowers: Watered Garden Florist
Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting
Bluegrass band: Thornhill/Parker Duo
Officiant: Rabbi Eric Linder
Cupcakes: The Cupcake Bar
Bride’s dress: J. Crew
Hair Stylist: Syd’s Hair Shop
Makeup Artist: Bree McKeen
Transportation: Greenway Transit
Michelle and Locke met through a mutual friend at work. At a New Year’s Eve party, the two really hit it off, and have been together ever since. After dating for almost two years, Locke arranged a special weekend getaway to a cabin in Asheville. While there, the couple went on a hike, and when they got to the top of Mount Pisgah, Locke got down on one knee and proposed! They returned to their cabin for champagne, and spent the rest of their vacation celebrating their engagement.
The couple fell in love with Rose Hill’s classic elegance and breathtaking beauty, and they knew it would be the perfect spot for their traditional, family-oriented wedding reception. Angie Wright of Chic Details Weddings & Events helped streamline the planning process and bring Michelle and Locke’s vision to life.
Michelle and Locke used several members of the SB&G Family to help make their wedding day perfect, including: Chic Details, Rose Hill Plantation, Neil Boyd Photography, Alexia’s Bridal, Fresh Affairs, Makeup for Your Day, and Party Reflections.
Enjoy these photos of Michelle and Locke’s wedding day, beautifully captured by Neil Boyd Photography!
Wedding Consultant: Angie Wright of Chic Details Weddings & Events
Ceremony: Englewood United Methodist Church
Reception: Rose Hill Plantation
Caterer: Rose Hill Plantation
Photographer: Neil Boyd Photography
Bridal Gown: Carolina Herrera, Alexia’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier, Alexia’s Bridal
Florist: Fresh Affairs
Cake: Sweet Memories
Invitations, etc: Maria Scheel Invitations and More
Calligrapher: Calligraphy by Carrie
Reception Music: DJ Joe Bunn
Linens: Party Reflections
Hair & Makeup: Makeup for Your Day
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Courtney and Matthew’s Carolina Blue and White Wedding at Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill, NC.
Courtney and Matthew met during their sophomore year at the University of North Carolina, when they took a class together. Matthew held the door open for Courtney before class one day and decided to introduce himself. The bride says the rest is history!
After dating for several years, the couple returned to Chapel Hill to go to a basketball game at the Dean Dome. Afterwards, they planned to meet Matthew’s family for dinner on Franklin Street. However, before heading off for their meal, Matthew took Courtney to one of the most famous and romantic spots on UNC’s campus – the kissing bench under the Davie Poplar. Rumor has it that if you kiss someone on the bend, you’ll be with them forever. Matthew had avoided the bench for as long as they’d been dating – it was a running joke between he and Courtney – until that night. He asked her if she believed in the rumors, and when she said yes, he kissed her, got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
The pair enjoyed their time as an engaged couple, and took advantage of the two and half year period to perfectly plan their Chapel Hill nuptials. They selected a color palette of Carolina Blue, navy, and white that reflected their love of their alma mater and complemented their timeless, Southern theme. They incorporated personal details throughout the wedding weekend, like mini chicken biscuits during cocktail hour to represent their first date, a variety of bows in the decor, and a nod to their love of sports in their cake (try to find Rameses!) and the pom-pom exit.
Thanks to Martha Manning for the beautiful photographs from Courtney and Matthew’s big day!
Wedding Location: The Great Room at Top of the Hill
Rehearsal Dinner: Sutton’s Drug Store and The Distillery at Top of the Hill
Bridal Gown: Galina
Bridesmaids Dresses: Coren Moore
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Lindsay Holvig
Photographer: Martha Manning
Florist: University Florist
Party Rentals: Ward Productions
Wedding Favors: Krispy Kreme doughnuts