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Win Tickets to the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase at Sanderling Resort

Brides-to-be, here’s your chance to WIN tickets to the popular Outer Banks Wedding Showcase at Sanderling Resort in picturesque Duck, NC, next month.

Southern Bride and Groom is giving away two sets of two tickets with an overnight stay at Sanderling Resort to engaged couples to attend the Wedding Showcase on March 14, 2015.

Sanderling Resort is nestled on 13 acres of North Carolina’s Outer Banks offering beach and sound front paradise and offers the true destination beach wedding experience.

To enter, comment on our Instagram post with the following, and we’ll pick a winner on Monday (2/22) by tagging the winners in a comment:

- Tag your fiancé, and, your wedding date (or time frame), AND,

- Tell us why you want to get married in OBX!

Wedding Showcase at Sanderling ResortHere is a look at what the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase has to offer (it’s a lot!):

Guests will find premiere OBX wedding professionals eager to answer questions and provide expertise. Lighting specialists will be on hand to offer design expertise; ceremony officiants will be available to answer questions; videographers and photo booth vendors will showcase their talents, and the most talented Outer Banks wedding photographers will be onsite showcasing their work and style. And, don’t forget the music! This year, the OBX Wedding Showcase will feature a fabulous live band. Six Stylez is a professional wedding band that hails from the Greensboro-Winston Salem area, and will have you jamming as you mix and mingle with the wedding pros and take in the scenery of the Sanderling Resort!

Outdoor Beach Wedding OBXIn the Pavilion, rental companies, transportation services and florists will be gathered, and out on the lawn, brides will enjoy plenty of visual inspiration, including a spectacular display by a floral and event designer, live music, and refreshing gourmet Italian Ice.

Beach Wedding CeremonyJust across the street, the Spa at Sanderling is the perfect place to explore your bridal look, with quality products and advice from experts in the field—ladies, take advantage of this!

Beach Wedding DecorFinally, meet the expert wedding planners of Sanderling Resort in the Beach House Lobby while enjoying decadent handcrafted chocolates. Planners will be available to answer questions about the resort, venues, and the options offered at Sanderling.

Dove ReleaseNo matter what venue you might be considering to host your special day on the Outer Banks, attending this one-of-a-kind experience with the first-rate wedding professionals of the Outer Banks is an essential on your wedding checklist! Don’t miss the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase on Saturday, March 14 from 11- 4pm at Sanderling Resort. Enter now for a chance to win!

Photos: Brooke Mayo and Beach Productions

Romantic Floral Inspiration by Tre Bella Flowers

Southern Bride & Groom is excited to share some of our favorite photos, including many not seen in print, from our floral designers featured in the 2015 magazine. This shoot, featuring soft and romantic floral inspiration by Tre Bella Flowers, is fitting for just after Valentine’s Day – it’s filled with romantic light pink, coral and white roses, accented with hydrangeas, orchids, and queen anne’s lace. The table is set with subtle touches of gold, including gold mercury votives and light grey lanterns. Small bunches of flowers tied to the backs of chairs with ribbon add a touch of whimsy.

Tre Bella Inc. of Durham, N.C. is unique in that it provides gorgeous flower arrangements as well as bridal gowns and accessories. Tre Bella grew quickly from a small boutique florist run out of one of the founder’s homes to two locations and three stores! The design studio on Broad Street in Durham helps brides create the wedding or event flowers of their dreams. The headquarters on Main Street assists with finding the perfect dress, bridesmaids gowns or mother-of-the-bride dress, and the boutique offers salon services and trendy clothing, jewelry and gifts.

The bride in this shoot is wearing a romantic flowing gown with lace cap sleeves by Jenny Packham from Tre Bella Bridal. The gown goes well with the soft pastel shades in her bouquet.

The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club is the perfect setting for a romantic wedding affair. With lush outdoor landscapes and elegant grand ballrooms, such as the President’s Ballroom pictured here.Soft touches of coral and white flowers by Tre BellaJenny Packham wedding gown from Tre BellaTable setting with lanterns and gold accentsCoral and gold accents for wedding tableElegant wedding tablescape with coral white and goldSoft romantic wedding bouquet by Tre Bella FlowersRomantic table setting at the Washington Duke InnFLORAL DESIGN Tre Bella Flowers | TABLETOP, LINEN & CHAIRS CE Rental | PLACE CARDS Calligraphy by Carrie | GOWN Dentelle by Jenny Packham from Tre Bella Bridal | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE President’s Ballroom at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters

Triangle Area Valentine’s Day Event Round Up

Wondering what to do with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day? There are plenty of options for Triangle Area Valentine’s Day events, including fun relaxed gatherings, intimate romantic dinners, and special celebrations all weekend long.

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Pre-Valentine’s events

Enjoy a fun evening of conversation and bubbly at the The King’s Daughters Inn’s annual sparkling wine tasting on Feb. 12 from 5:30-7:30pm. Cost is $25 per person or $45 per couple. For reservations call (919) 354-7000.

Join Diamonds Direct Crabtree Raleigh for a Christopher Designs Inc. signature event Valentine’s weekend! Enjoy sparkling drinks, dazzling jewels and a free gift with any Christopher Designs purchase. Plus, one lucky customer will win a beautiful Christopher Designs pendant.

Leading up to Valentine’s Day, Videri Chocolate Factory in downtown Raleigh will be selling confections gift boxes (containing truffles and caramels) and on Feb. 14 they will be staying open until 11pm serving complimentary champagne for guests 21 and up.

Photo above left: Videri Chocolates by Walters & Walters 

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Valentine’s Day dinner options

Enjoy an exceptional four-course dinner and share a romantic champagne toast in one of the quaint dining rooms at Carolina Crossroads at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill.

Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar in Cary, which is owned by the renowned Rocky Top Catering, will feature a multi-course Valentine’s Day Package for $100 per couple from Feb. 12-15. On Feb. 12, receive a complimentary bottle of house wine and dessert to share with the package.

Inside Il Palio at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill, guests are transported to another place and time. This year, Il Palio is offering a special Valentine’s four-course prix fixe dinner menu for $78 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Love is in the air at Weathervane Restaurant in Chapel Hill, which will be serving a three-course prix fixe menu featuring locally sourced ingredients and artisan selections for $49 per person with a $15 wine pairing.

La Residence in Chapel Hill offers an American inspired twist on classic French food and is the perfect setting to wine and dine on a special Valentine’s aphrodisiac menu for $55-$65 per person plus tax and gratuity. Meal includes tea or soda and a complimentary glass of champagne.

Lantern in Chapel Hill is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special three-course meal featuring lots of local and regional delicacies for $68 per person, not including tax, gratuity or beverages.

Valentine’s in Iris at the NCMA includes a champagne cocktail upon arrival, a four-course prix fixe menu featuring local ingredients, romantic music, and gallery guides directing you to depictions of love and passion in the Museum collection. You and your love will depart with a rose, chocolate, and cherished memories! Cost is $100 per person.

Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern in uptown Raleigh is listed as one of Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America by OpenTable. Enjoy a meal with your loved one in this elegant, yet relaxed atmosphere.

The Nasher Museum is partnering with two Durham restaurants and hosting special Valentine’s Day dinners at Parizade and Nana’s. Patrons will enjoy a delicious meal and receive complimentary Nasher branded champagne flutes.

If you are looking for somewhere completely new to take your date on Valentine’s Day, check out new Durham restaurants Basan or Dashi.

Basan, which is known for high-quality sushi and modern Japanese cuisine that is tastes as good as it looks, is the first Durham-based restaurant from Eschelon Experiences.

Dashi is owned by the same team that runs The Cookery, a unique event venue and kitchen in Durham. Dashi serves warm bowls of ramen featuring fresh noodles, local meat and produce.

Photo above left: Basan sushi by Tommie Watson

Do something different this Valentine’s DayTaste the Event Valentines Day Top of the Hill

This Valentine’s Day, have a date with your beau that you’ll BOTH enjoy, or make it a fun occasion with friends! During the Taste’s Indoor Tailgate co-sponsored by Southern Bride & Groom, enjoy a winter lunch with TOPO beer and liquor tastings at Top of the Hill’s Great Room. Watch UNC men’s basketball take on Pitt on the big screen while girls get pampered and enjoy Videri chocolate, flowers, artisan coolers and more!

Make your special someone fall head over heels with our Valentine’s Day Package at the Doubletree by Hilton’s Mansion on the Hill in Durham. The package, which starts at $299 includes a five-course Valentine’s Day dinner, an overnight stay, one bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, breakfast in bed, live entertainment, a romantic atmosphere, and a 2pm checkout.

Get creative with your love and take a stroll through The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, which will be open for visitors on Valentine’s Day. Get a glimpse of Miró: The Experience of Seeing before it closes soon after.

Are you looking to attend a “killer” Valenetine’s Day event? If so, join the Highgrove in for their Murder Mystery dinner. The show will be performed as you dine by a professional troupe of seven experienced actors. They will bring to life exciting characters with colorful backgrounds and questionable motives. The sophisticated plot that ensues will provide you with clues to help you pin down the perpetrator…or perpetrators of a dastardly deed.

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Keep celebrating with post-Valentine’s events

Catering Works in Raleigh is hosting an “After Valentine’s Day” Cooking Class. The menu includes scallops dusted with fennel in a champagne cream sauce, asparagus with balsamic tomatoes, and chocolate passion mousse. The menu is featured with sparkling wines.

On Feb. 21 from 10:00am – 1:00pm come mix, mingle and get ideas for your big day at Paperbuzz, your go-to shop for wedding paper, stationery and gifts in North Hills! This event will feature some other fabulous wedding pros including All She Wrote Notes (calligraphy artist); Ashley Cakes; CE Rentals; Fresh Affairs florist; Rocky Top Catering; and A Southern Soiree (wedding planning). Plus, enter to win 50 percent off of your wedding invitations!

Photo above left: Paperbuzz wedding invitations by Anna Kirby

Glamorous Winter Wedding at The Cotton Room in Durham, NC

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.

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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

New Orleans Wedding Inspiration for NC Brides

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!

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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.

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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!

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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

Elegant Southern Wedding at The Oaks at Salem

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!”Purple and Gray Reception Decor

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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

Southern Bride & Groom 2015 Launch

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!

Winter Spring 2015 CoverThis 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.

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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!

Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase 2015 – 20th Annual Chapel Hill Wedding Event

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.

Neil Boyd Carolina Inn Bridal ShowcaseThis 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!

Courtyards & Cobblestones – A Walk through Wedding Row in Wilmington

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 and CobblestonesCourtyards & 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!

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Rustic Southern Wedding at The Chapel Between Cotton and Gin

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! The Chapel Between Cotton and GinChapel in Cotton FieldRustic Bridesmaids BouquetsRing Bearers and FlowergirlEmotional GroomBride Walking Down AisleWedding Party at Cotton and GinNewlyweds RecessingLet's PartyCandid Bride and Groom

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