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Sultry Sophistication at The Umstead Hotel & Spa

Chuck & Andy

The Umstead Hotel & Spa was the first venue that came to mind for these two handsome grooms who wanted a classy and sophisticated wedding. Chuck and Andy tied the knot with an outdoor ceremony and candlelit reception filled with sultry sophistication, perfected by their wedding coordinator, A Southern Soiree.

Grooms holding hand after intimate ceremony by A Southern Soiree at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

Chuck Gavazzi and Andy Pacos met at work, where they are both VPs within the same national emergency medicine management company. For nearly a year Chuck noticed Andy around the hospital. Finally, a real conversation led to a first date. When Andy toasted to “new friendships,” Chuck knew he was in for the long haul, and years later, when Andy proposed, Chuck’s reply was “Absolutely.”

Grooms laughing at their wedding at The Umstead in classic black and white tuxedos Adam Chapin Photography

Grooms special moment in black and white at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography
Groom in classic black and white tuxedo at outdoor ceremony The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

They knew they wanted their wedding to have the utmost class and sultry sophistication. They booked The Umstead Hotel & Spa knowing it is renowned for impeccable service, which the couple noted they received, mentioning that “the staff of the Umstead did not miss a beat.”

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Grooms exchanging rings at intimate outdoor ceremony at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography
Grooms first kiss at same sex wedding at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

“A good photographer is a big deal. Adam Chapin Photography truly conveyed the emotion of the day and captured the essence of who we are as a couple.”

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The decor had a woodsy outdoor look with moss coverings, accented with lots of candles in varying heights.

Sultry Romantic NC Wedding at The Umstead by candlelight with tall floral arrangements photographed by Adam Chapin Photography
Candle arrangement in variety of heights in intimate sultry romantic wedding at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

Chuck and Andy had a custom design of their initials in elements of the wedding beginning with the invitations and menus, and even beautifully lit up on the dance floor by Themeworks.

Intimate Gold and black wedding by A Southern Soiree with Monograms and candlelight The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

“A good wedding planner is worth a million dollars. A Southern Soiree took care of every detail from surprises such as custom made look-a-like cookies and light up tambourines to all the handling of the wedding day – we can not say enough great things about Megan.”

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Wedding Party dancing with monogram light gobo on floor at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

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WEDDING COORDINATOR: A Southern Soiree | PHOTOGRAPHER: Adam Chapin Photography | VENUE, FOOD & ACCOMMODATIONS: The Umstead Hotel & Spa | LIGHTING: Themeworks

Elegant Ballroom Wedding with Lots of Sparkle

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today on the blog we’re sharing Jameeka and Chris’ elegant ballroom wedding with lots of sparkle at The Grand Marquise Ballroom in Garner, NC.

After a long day of sight seeing during Jameeka Carrington’s first visit to her future husband’s hometown of Chicago, she was awakened from a cap by her overly anxious love, Christopher Bridgeman, with a proposal. The moment felt like a dream, and indeed, it was a dream come true!
Baileys Fine Jewerlry wedding ring www.southernbrideandgroom.com“Our wedding planner, Elana Walker, helped us design the entire event. We told her that we wanted an elegant wedding with lots of sparkle, and she pretty much took the reins from there,” said Jameeka. “All of her ideas were amazing and she stuck to a timeline that helped prevent us from becoming overwhelmed. I was entirely against hiring a wedding planner in the begin in, but it turned out to be the very best decision that was made.”
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The couple’s wedding date decorated the cake, and their new monogram appeared on the menu, in gobo lights on the dance floor, and shone through the backlit ice sculpture centerpiece.ice sculpture centerpiece www.southernbrideandgroom.comPurple and gold wedding colorsice sculpture for wedding www.southernbrideandgroom.comGold foil wedding cake www.southernbrideandgroom.commother and son danceThe Grand Marquise wedding receptionSports themed weddings www.southernbrideandgroom.comFootball toss instead of garter toss www.southernbrideandgroom.comAn intricate candle and glass display on each table shimmered when the lights were lowered during dinner and later were enhanced with colorful uprights in the ballroom for a magical effect.
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WEDDING CONSULTANT Elana Walker Events | CEREMONY & RECEPTION Grand Marquise Ballroom | ENGAGEMENT RING & WEDDING BANDS Bailey’s Fine Jewelry

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Skip Saturday Weddings to Save Money

NC Brides on a Budget can opt for Friday and Sunday Night Events at Local Wedding Venues

Big Saturday weddings are not likely to lose their luster anytime soon, but more couples are considering alternate days or months outside of spring or fall as a way to save money or make travel more attractive to visiting guests.

Such flexibility is essential if  you are determined to have your wedding at the Carolina Club during football season. Event planner Elizabeth Rubio will pencil in a bride for a hoped-for fall Saturday with the option to switch to another date if it proves to be a UNC game day.
UNC theme weddingPhoto: Neil Boyd Photography

“The rest of the year is easy, but we’re right next to Kenan Stadium so we can’t book private events until the football schedule comes out,” Rubio says, citing a practice used by other venues affiliated with college campuses. “Honestly, a lot of brides would rather be anywhere but Chapel Hill on a football Saturday. Traffic is terrible and it makes everything more expensive, including room rates – if you can even get rooms.”

Many venues offer a price break on Fridays and Sundays to make the choice more enticing. Prestonwood Country Club in Cary has lower food and beverage minimums those days, making a dreamy ballroom reception available to some brides who assumed it was a budget buster.

Sondra Johnstone, Prestonwood’s director of catering and sales, says Friday nights are increasingly popular with couples who want to be married in a Catholic church.and have their party immediately after. “Catholic churches usually do Saturday weddings only in the morning or early afternoon, but many will do a Friday ceremony in late afternoon, making it perfect for a Friday night reception,” Johnstone says.Prestonwood Country Club in Cary NCPhoto: In His Image Photography

Choosing off months, including the heat of summer or chill of winter, typically helps if a couple is set on a Saturday wedding. But if your preferred venue is open-air, there are only so many temperate Saturdays. If you simply have to have one, planners say you need to inquire about that hoped-for date right away.

“A lot of our brides like getting married down by the lake, surrounded by the woods. It’s best when it’s not too hot or cold,” says Sarah Leach, coordinator for Angus Barn’s Pavilion event space. The rustic Raleigh banquet hall, built with  the original stones from Fayetteville Street and timbers salvaged from Sherman’s March through the capitol during the Civil War, already was booked for several in-demand 2018 wedding dates by fall 2016.

“The majority of our brides are flexible about the day because they want to get married with us,” Leach adds, saying that Fridays can be an easy sell when a desired Saturday is already claimed. “Maybe they’ve been to a wedding here before or another event. It becomes the standard they want.”

Some couples opt to forego any semblance of traditional wedding standards by “flipping” their celebration. They’ll have a large rehearsal dinner with friends and family anight or more before the wedding, then opt for a more intimate reception following the ceremony.
Angus Barn wedding receptionsPhoto: Graham Terhune Photography

“We’re seeing a lot of Thursday rehearsal dinners for folks getting married elsewhere on Fridays,” says Jessie Koppenhaver of Bridge Club, Chef Ashley Christensen’s event space in downtown Raleigh. “On a Thursday, you can have your pick of bands, flowers, you name it.”

Dashi, Durham’s exceptional ramen house, typically does not make the restaurant available for private parties. However, its stylish upstairs bar, a Japanese gastropub setting known as an izakaya, is favored by food savvy couples who want to treat guests to an umami-rich, small-plate feast. If you want it on a Friday or Saturday, however, you’ll pay much more than what it costs earlier in the week.

“I think that renting Dashi’s izakaya is a steal and a wonderful experience for private celebrations,” says partner Rochelle Johnson, noting the bargain rental of $500 Monday-through-Wednesday compared to $900 for Thursdays or $1,200 on Fridays and Saturdays. The tempting bar menu features an exotic array of fried and grilled nibbles and snacks complemented by sake, sochu and especially creative cocktails. Distinctive settings like the izakaya also are hot  for wedding after parties.
Mandolin restaurant Raleigh Photo: Joe Payne Photography

Carolina Club’s Elizabeth Rubio says she’s seeing an uptick in non-Saturday after parties for local couples who get married elsewhere; in the bride’s hometown, for example, or at a destination wedding.

“A lot of times, parents will throw them a second party so more friends can attend, or the couple might even do it themselves,” Rubio says. “Some are as elaborate as weddings while others are much more low key. Either way,” she adds, “the stress is off and everyone enjoys it more.”

So, if you’re looking to pinch some pennies, or perhaps redirect dollars for unimagined splurges, flexible scheduling could make your budget sufficient to realize the reception of your dreams.

Article contributed by Jill Warren Lucas

Winter Wedding Inspiration at The Rickhouse Durham NC

Today we are sharing  beautiful winter wedding inspiration that features the pleasant surprise of blue mixed into a classic green and red color palette, designed by Knots ‘n Such and set in the modern Durham event venue, The Rickhouse.

The Rickhouse is not only a venue, but also a liquor distillery, which makes for some great photo opps! You’ll notice plenty of liquor and winter themed-details in the images captured by talented Durham-based photographer, Riley MacLean.

The deep rich colors of burgundy, evergreen and copper pop up all over the space from the copper vessels to red and copper backdrop walls to the bride’s velvet shawl (a great alternative texture for winter) and the groom’s feather bow tie. The unique color palette of deep reds, chocolates, and dusty purples and blues also come into play with a plant-dyed table runner, table wear, and even the delicious comfort food set on the by Durham Catering Co.

The flower arrangements are full of texture, too, especially the variety of winter greens! The head table “centerpiece” hangs vertically rather than horizontally and had attached blooms close to the table and it makes a huge and beautiful statement as a floating centerpiece!Chalkboard signage at weddingDurham Rickhouse weddingsRickhouse Durham NC wedding venueWinter wedding inspirationBar table at weddingCustom cocktail tableUnique wedding venues in NCNorth Carolina bride and groomMakeup for Your Daywoodland themed wedding bouquetsClassic scipt wedding invitationswedding designers durhamKnots 'n such DurhamNorth Carolina groomdurham wedding venuesDurham wedding caterersDurham bride and groomDurham NC wedding caterersDurham Catering Co.Durham Catering CompanyBest wedding caterers in NCDurham NC brideSouthern Bride and GroomRiley MacLean wedding photographyIndividual wedding dessertsSugar Euphoria wedding cakesWedding cake baker Durham NCSugar EuphoriaRickhouse NCdurham nc wedding photographyDowntown Durham weddingUrban wedding venuesDurham weddingsVENUE & SIGNATURE DRINKS The Rickhouse | PHOTOGRAPHY Riley MacLean Photography | CATERING Durham Catering Company | PLANNING, STYLING & FLORAL DESIGN Knots ‘N Such | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day | RENTALS American Party Rentals | DESSERT Details Cake Design | CHALKBOARD ART Bella Joviality | STATIONERY Cute Buttons

Modern DIY Durham Wedding at The Rickhouse

Happy Wedding Wednesday! We’re excited to share Allie and Eliud’s modern DIY wedding in downtown Durham at The Rickhouse.

Allie Efland and Eliud Arbelo II met while working in Washington, DC, and eventually their friendship turned into a long-lasting relationship. Eliud proposed in a very romantic setting: London at Kensington Palace very early on a Sunday morning on a private bench near the water fountain. It was a complete surprise to Allie and immensely sweet and special. It was followed by a fun day of shopping in London!
north-carolina-bridesdurham-nc-weddingbaseball-themed-weddingdurham-nc-groomwedding-photos-at-the-durham-hotelgown-with-long-trainfirst-look-photo-ideasBecause they were engaged in London while touring Buckingham palace, the couple was inspired to design their wedding colors after the old iron gates; black, gold and green. Classic yet modern and very clean.

With a guest count of 200 people, the size and the gorgeous rustic and open look of The Rickhouse was perfect for their vision.

The dress Allie wore for the ceremony was her mother’s (who was married in 1985 at Duke Chapel). She had the sleeves removed and the pleats on the skirt widened; she then changed into a Modern Trousseau gown for the reception.rickhouse-weddingweddings-at-the-rickhouse-in-durhamwedding-ceremony-at-the-rickhouse-durhamwedding-ceremony-at-the-rickhouse-durhamreeses-peanut-butter-cupcakesdurham-nc-bridereceptions-at-the-rickhouse-in-durhamcandid-wedding-photosThe bride and groom created the centerpieces themselves out of artichokes, pears, rosemary and succulents. They also created a DIY custom hanging plant and lighted wall. The Rickhouse allowed the wedding party to set up the decorations the night before (while they were rehearsing). “It was a special team effort and made the day of much less stressful,” Allie shares. The lighted hanging plant wall served as the perfect backdrop for photos.
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According to Allie and Eliud, Durham Catering Co. “knocked the food out of the park!” and The Rickhouse was “the most accommodating venue.”
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Sophisticated Styled Shoot at The Cloth Mill

Even though The Cloth Mill at Eno River is a historic site located in the charming Southern town of Hillsborough, NC, it exudes modern elegance. As you can see from the styled shoot below, A Swanky Affair, showcased the versatility of this urban event space.

“So often we see a more rustic or industrial vibe in weddings at these type of venues, but venues like the Cloth Mill are a blank slate – perfect for couples to create any type of design, including something super sophisticated!” says Amanda Scott, owner of A Swanky Affair.

Contemporary florals gave it a modern feel, but the scene was also kept traditional with a cream damask pattern linen and classic navy and gold accents.

A great time to check out The Cloth Mill is during its winter wedding showcase: Freshly Pressed, taking place on January 14, 2017.
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North Carolina Destination Wedding at the River Forest Manor

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today, we’re excited to share Anna Brooks and Nick’s North Carolina destination wedding at the River Forest Manor, a newly renovated historic manor and marina by the water in Belhaven.
River Forest Manor
While visiting her best friend from high school at Ohio University, Anna Brooks met a boy in the dorm she would affectionately refer to as “Videogame Boy” after playing several round of MarioCart with him. When her visit came to an end and she returned to her own university (ECU in North Carolina), she found a Facebook message from Nick (aka Videogame Boy) letting her know he’d programmed his number in her phone. Timing and circumstances weren’t perfect right away, but something told them their meeting was meant to be, and shortly thereafter, they began dating long distance (8 hour drives) over the next five years!

Once Nick graduated college, he took a job in Lynchburg, VA to be closer to Anna Brooks’ NC home, which shortened the drives to 2.5 hours. It was much better, but still made it challenging to have an impromptu dinner and movie night. Now, finally, they can share a life together by each others side.

On the couple’s five-year anniversary, Nick planned a spontaneous trip to Asheville, NC. He told Anna Brooks he had tickets for them to attend the candlelight tour of the Biltmore Estate and enjoy an elegant dinner. After dinner, they walked over to the Biltmore house to take a selfie, and as Anna Brooks turned around after looking at the picture, she found Nick on one knee and couldn’t believe her eyes!
Getting married at River Forest ManorHistorical wedding venues NCDana Jo wedding photographyWilmington wedding photographersDiamond wedding jewelryCute flower girl headbandsWilmington NC groomTan groomsmen suitsPurple wedding flowersWilmington weddingsDuring the planning process, Anna Brooks’ mom called the River Forest Manor & Marina to find out about the rooms they had available to rent, and as she chatted with the staff, discovered they were transforming the manor into a wedding venue. The family soon made a trip down to their vacation home in Bath, NC and stopped by River Forest Manor to meet the team and see what they had in store for this special property. “The owners were so enthusiastic…I knew from there it would be a wonderful journey and was eager to be a part of their venue journey,” Anna Brooks says.

Anna Brooks found her dream dress from Alexia’s Bridal. “I went to about every bridal salon in NC and I felt so at home in their salon,” she shares.
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Top 12 Warehouse Wedding Venues in the NC Triangle

SB&G‘s Favorite Urban Chic Event Spaces in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

Weddings today are all about customization, and the uber popular warehouse event spaces serve as perfect blank canvases on which couples can reflect their own love story, personalities and aesthetic preferences. These industrial venues abound in the Raleigh-Durham area of NC, due to the revitalization of our downtown areas over the past decade. Historic buildings and factories are being repurposed and turned into stunning wedding and reception venues that offer charming features like brick walls, wood floors, giant windows, or exposed beams. For the perfect mix of modern elegance, check out our list of urban chic warehouse wedding venues in North Carolina.

1 – Bay 7
Formerly a tobacco warehouse, Bay 7 is located in the heart of American Tobacco Campus, the mixed use area that has led the renaissance of downtown Durham. This means your wedding party can catch photos on the lawn under the iconic Lucky Strike tower or by ATC’s waterfall park. Accommodating up to 400 people, this is one of the largest non-hotel event spaces in the Triangle Area. The space is rustic with an upscale vibe, featuring century-old brick and wood, and a wrap around top balcony. Unlike some warehouse venues, Bay 7 receives a good amount of natural light through its panoramic windows and sky-lights. It also offers the luxury of a bridal suite. Even if you have been to a wedding at Bay 7 in the past, you might not know that it is now operated by the renowned Angus Barn, which is also the exclusive caterer. That doesn’t mean that only steak is on the menu (although we highly recommend going that route). Angus Barn isn’t just known for their melt-in-your-mouth beef, but also a full range of seafood and dessert options, customized menus, and most importantly, the finest service.
Reception at Bay 7 Durham

2- Top of the Hill Great Room
Calling all UNC Chapel Hill alum! Sure, you spent many an afternoon sipping Blueberry Wheat beers on the rooftop of “TOPO,” but did you know that there is an incredible event space on its lower level? Located in the space once occupied by the legendary Carolina Theatre on Franklin Street, The Great Room’s exposed brick and soft industrial feel gives a grateful nod to Chapel Hill’s past while simultaneously embodying its bright future with clean lines, hardwood floors and subtle interiors. Completely flexible menus and floor plans with a completely flexible planning staff allows each client to tailor their next event exactly to their liking. And there’s a built in after-party spot in the Back Bar, which is open to the public but rentable for private events.
Top of the Hill reception Chapel HillJoe Payne Photography

3- Bridge Club
The newest and most intimate venue on the roster, the Bridge Club, is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of a beautiful historic bank building in downtown Raleigh. Conceived by James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen, it is the upstairs neighbor of her restaurant Death & Taxes. The 2nd floor is designed like a loft apartment with leather couches, cocktail tables and a fully loaded demo kitchen. This space is perfect for intimate weddings or rehearsal dinners for under 100 guests.  The 3rd floor has sweeping ceilings and incredible views, and could serve as its own venue or can be paired with the other floor for transitional events (think: wedding cocktail hour or after party). Raleigh foodies will be pleased to know that the menu consists of many favorite Christensen crowd-pleasers, and is happily quite flexible and affordable. SB&G votes Bridge Club as the #1 place in the Triangle for grown-up weddings.
Bridge Club RaleighPhoto courtesy of Bridge Club

4- The Rickhouse
Located in the Central Park district of downtown Durham, The Rickhouse boasts restored and reclaimed wood and exposed brick throughout. In addition to an inside space that comfortably seats 400, it has a large, partially covered concrete deck overlooking the famed Durham Athletic Park, the original home of the Durham Bulls (remember the “BULL DURHAM” Downtown Durham?). The Rickhouse has another unique story: it is home to a distillery that is close to completion. A panoramic view of the stainless steel factory through giant glass wall offers a distinctive and memorable backdrop to your ceremony or wedding band.Reception at The RickhouseRiley MacLean Photography

5- Market Hall
Market Hall is a historic multi-use space located in the center of City Market in downtown Raleigh. This unique and beautiful building has undergone several renovations and reinventions over the last 100 years, and celebrated its Centennial in October 2014. Say your wedding vows on the cobblestone streets, or transform the venue into a romantic ceremony site with draping and lights. The white walls lend themselves to any wedding look from funky to elegant. Market Hall in Raleighf8 Photo Studios

6- 214 Martin Street
Also in City Market is a new venue developed within the same historic building as Market Hall, but with a totally different vibe. 214 Martin Street is the perfect blend of handsome, industrial elegance and classic urban architecture. This space contains century old brick walls and 20-foot ceilings. There is a second-level mezzanine that is perfect for a lounge area or even a dramatic bridal entrance down the grand staircase. 214 Martin has its own catering company led by the talented Matt Thompson (they also do offsite events). The team that runs this venue also operates Showtime Events, so they have all the products on-hand to transform the space in many different directions!
214 Martin Street weddingPhoto courtesy of 214 Martin Street

7- The Cookery
Born of a membership kitchen for food entrepreneurs in the historic Durham Food Co-Op building, The Cookery is now one of the most sought-after event venues in Durham. Beautiful exposed brick walls are complemented beautifully with its signature metalwork salvaged from Durham landmarks (you’ll notice similar looks at Dashi and Ponysaurus Brewing Co, other projects by owners Nick Hawthorne-Johnson and wife Rochelle Johnson that also make cool out-of-the-box event venues). A large mezzanine offers guests a bird’s eye view, and an outdoor patio can be tented for extra seating, cocktail hour, or a ceremony. Weddings at The Cookery in DurhamSouthern Love Studios

8- The Stockroom at 230
Smack dab in the middle of downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street, the Stockroom at 230 is an expansive space that manages to feel romantic and cozy at the same time. Its exposed brick walls are complimented by hardwood floors and high lattice ceilings creating an open, relaxed vibe. An elevated platform at the front of the venue is the perfect place for cocktail hour, cake cutting, or even live music. Another fun feature is its chalk wall! (And don’t forget to ask about their bridal suite upstairs called The Glass Box). The Stockroom is under the Empire umbrella which operates several favorite Raleigh restaurants like The Pit, Sitti and Gravy. Brides who book here can use Empire Catering at a special rate, or bring in their caterer of choice.
Stockroom at 230 wedding
Michael Moss Photography

9 – Chatham Mills
The historic Chatham Mill Property, just a hop skip and a jump down the street from downtown Pittsboro, has a fantastic event space. A large room with exposed white brick walls, Chatham Mills can host large weddings up to 250. Ceremony options range from indoor, to on the lawn with a water tower backdrop, to amid the lovely flowers of the pollinator garden.
Chatham Mills WeddingDara Blakeley Photography

10- Melrose Knitting Mill
Another new downtown Raleigh venue can be found in a restored warehouse space above Babylon restaurant. A stunning urban space with tall ceilings, arched windows and an open floor-plan, Melrose Knitting Mill allows brides to create their own wedding fantasy. Unlike many downtown venues, ample, free parking is available onsite. The delightful menu comes from the amazing Babylon kitchen.Melrose Knitting Mill Raleigh wedding venuef8 Photo Studios

11- The Cloth Mill at Eno River
Finally – Hillsborough has a large event space! Just outside of downtown, The Cloth Mill at Eno River is located in the historic Eno River Mill campus (along with Mystery Brewing). It’s the newest business adventure from Nicole Clayton, owner of On the Rocks Bartending, LLC. It features exposed brick walls, massive windows, high ceilings, original wood beams and columns, and a lovely courtyard. This space can be tailored to any size wedding but is especially great for those looking to throw a large bash as it can seat up to 500!
The Cloth Mill on the Eno Hillsborough evnet spaceStephen Thrift Photography

12- Traine
Nestled in the historic Seaboard Railroad Station nestled beetween William Peace University and Glenwood South Raleigh, TRAINE features original brick walls, wood timber beams and a sliding garage door that opens onto a beautiful outdoor deck. This venue just opened and is available for tours and booking.
Traine Raleigh wedding venuePhoto courtesy of Traine

Great Gatsby Wedding for the First Gay Couple to Marry in NC

You might remember the news stories about Chad Biggs and Chris Creech, the first same-sex couple to marry in North Carolina when the legislation passed last October. Almost a year later, on NC Pride day, the couple celebrated their union with a classic wedding ceremony at Melrose Knitting Mill in Raleigh followed by a stylish Gatsby-themed reception at The Cookery in Durham. You can find their wedding featured on the pages of SB&G’s 2016 magazine, with additional images by the talented Southern Love Studios featured below.

Chad and Chris’s relationship began on their very first date in 2006. The two men bonded quickly while they enjoyed watching Chad’s daughter Sabre play with Chris’s two young foster sons. Eventually, the foster children were reunited with their family. They remain close to the couple and all the children were there as a part of the family for the union nine years later.

After hearing the story of their marriage and in an effort to honor the legalization of same-sex marriage in NC, The Cookery approached the couple and offered to donate its space and services for a formal wedding reception. Although Chad and Chris were saving funds for a celebration, they were able to host a much grander event when several other wedding vendor friends asked to contribute towards their day. As the lead planner of Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design and the exclusive event planner at Babylon and the Melrose Knitting Mill in Raleigh, Chad was able to coordinate his dream wedding with the help of the team of local wedding professionals!

For Chad and Chris, the day was a tribute to equal rights for all. Video footage of their October 10, 2014 marriage at the Wake County Courthouse played on a big screen as they entered the reception – a reminder of how significant this moment was not only for them, but also for same-sex couples across NC.

Guests enjoyed a beautiful reception event with glittering gold details, jewel-covered floral arrangements by Expressions of Love Florist, and a customized monogram design in an art deco style that showed up throughout the wedding from the program to the cake topper. The menu from Donovan’s Dish included Southern favorites such as chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits, and was accompanied by signature cocktails. The party-era theme and upbeat music inspired the crowd to dance and even enticed a few to sing along.

Earlier, during their first look photographs, Chad presented Chris with a new David Yurman band and he shared, “This moment, that location and those rings signified the beginning of a new chapter of our lives that we would welcome with friends and family, exactly how we would have wanted it to be when we first legally wed.”
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What’s New with Wedding Venues in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

The Triangle Area of NC is experiencing an exciting growth period which is having an effect on the world of local weddings: lots of new restaurants, hotels, and event spaces are opening, and many established ones are investing in makeovers and expansions. We’ve put together a report of what’s new with wedding venues in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill in our recap below.

Raleigh

Celebrating a centennial birthday last year is a unique and beautiful building that’s undergone several restorations, and its most recent reincarnation is MARKET HALL. This 6,700 square foot space is located in the center of City Market in downtown Raleigh and has an open layout with exposed white brick walls, high ceilings and industrial barn shroud lighting.
Market Hall Raleigh Wedding VenuePhoto by f8 Photo Studios

Also downtown, MELROSE KNITTING MILL is a renovated warehouse right above BABYLON restaurant. Tall ceilings with exposed beams, arched windows across the walls of old brick, and over a dozen Swarovski crystal chandeliers above an open floor plan that can accommodate over 200 guests, allows couples to create an elegant or eclectic celebration.

THE MERRIMON-WYNNE CARRIAGE HOUSE , designed to beautifully complement the historic Merrimon-Wynne House, is nearing completion and will open in April. The Carriage House will mix glamorous elements, such as large crystal chandeliers with rustic designs like exposed wood beams and a cupola. The space can host a seated reception for up to 225. Guests will enjoy the large glass doors that open out to the lawn as well as a grand sliding glass door that reveals a covered pergola.

THE GLASS BOX is the newest addition to THE STOCKROOM AT 230. This stylish penthouse suite of the five-story building is bathed in natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows and and has a spacious and private outdoor balcony with a city view. The space can host up to 45 people, ideal for small events and showers. It is available to rent as a bridal or “getting ready” suite both to Stockroom brides, as well as to brides having their wedding at one of the other downtown locations.Bridal party at The Glass Box in RaleighPhoto by Casey Rose Photography

Outside of downtown, but still inside the beltline, you’ll find the GLENWOOD CLUB. This rebranded venue located in the former Woman’s Club is a Southern classic event space that offers comfortable seating for up to 250 guests, newly refurbished bridal and groom suites and onsite parking. Glenwood Club is exclusively catered by IRREGARDLESS CAFE & CATERING, known for their farm-to-table cuisine for the past 40 years.

Right across the street from Crabtree Valley Mall is the RALEIGH MARRIOTT CRABTREE VALLEY, which has been refurbishing guest rooms, meeting spaces, public spaces, the restaurant, and – most exciting to those betrothed – a new event space dubbed the GLENWOOD BALLROOM. Check in with their event staff to find out when the revamp will be completed.

Cary

THE MAYTON INN is a brand-new 45-room boutique inn in the heart of downtown Cary. This Georgian-style hotel encompasses a luxury atmosphere along with advanced green technologies. The first floor boasts elegant event space, lounge, and a full bar and restaurant. This new property comes from the owners of the elegant KING’S DAUGHTERS INN in Durham.
Stay at The Mayton Inn Cary NC

Durham

Converted from the iconic, mid-century Home Savings Bank, THE DURHAM HOTEL offers an intimate 53-room boutique hotel experience, including a stylish penthouse suite. Along with a locally-inspired menu served in the retro-styled restaurant lounge, there is also a stunning rooftop bar.
Rooftop at The Durham HotelPhoto by Riley MacLean

Also in the middle of the downtown action is 21C MUSEUM HOTEL. This visually impressive fusion of a modern art museum inside a warm, welcoming boutique hotel (another renovated former bank building). It features 10,500 square feet of exhibition and event spaces filled with innovative art and a distinguished grand ballroom. The entire top floor is the penthouse suite with a private balcony and expansive view of downtown.

If you’re looking for a great place for a room block, be assured your guests will enjoy staying onsite at AMERICAN TOBACCO CAMPUS (ATC) at the new ALOFT property. There are plenty of restaurants and bars on campus, as well as the Durham Bulls Stadium and The Durham Performing Arts Center (as well as the BAY 7 event space).

Chapel Hill – Hillsborough

Over the summer, THE SIENA HOTEL made impressive changes to its AAA four-diamond rated dining room, IL PALIO. The restaurant was completely revamped with new floors, ceiling, tables and chairs to create a beautiful contemporary ambience that’s wonderful for an elegant rehearsal dinner or intimate reception seating up to 46 people.

THE CAROLINA INN also gave their formal dining and event space, CAROLINA CROSSROADS, a major renovation this summer. There is a more casual, open look and energy, along with a new outdoor area featuring a fire pit and lounge-dining seating. The bar is a welcoming focus and place to meet friends, with its central location and wrap-around seating. Along with a new look comes a new menu.

At last, there is a large wedding venue in historic downtown Hillsborough! THE CLOTH MILL opened December of 2015 in the historic Eno River Mill campus and hosts events up to 600 guests. This authentically renovated 10,000 square foot warehouse boasts urban industrial allure with exposed brick walls, massive windows, original wood beams and columns, and expansive open-air courtyard.
The Cloth Mill on the Eno Hillsborough evnet spacePhoto by Stephen Thrift Photography

Our region has long been a mecca of marvelous venues ranging from distinguished clubs and fine hotels to country mansions and estates and more recently, some finely refurbished city jewels. Follow the SB&G blog for updates on what’s happening with weddings in mind throughout the Triangle and beyond.

To learn more about these venues and more, be sure to visit SB&G’s Venue page.