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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
When Stephanie and Chris began to look for the perfect wedding reception venue, they hoped to find something other than an expansive rectangular ballroom. Their search was over when they discovered the beauty and warmth of the Raleigh Country Club!
The Raleigh Country Club, established in 1948, is not only home to a golf course designed by the famous Donald Ross, but it’s also an incredibly special setting for weddings. With a variety of rooms and outdoor sites, the Club has a wide array of options for wedding ceremonies and receptions, plus a talented event team who is willing to go above and beyond to make your event memorable.
Stephanie and Chris had a large guest list, over 200 people, so they reserved four interconnected spaces at the Club – a ballroom adorned with natural wood-colored shutters encasing the windows, a smaller room with a fireplace and comfortable couches, a lounge dominated by a gorgeous mahogany bar that also opened to the ballroom, and an adjoining patio. All of the spaces except the ballroom overlooked the beautiful rolling hills of the Club’s golf course.
The golf course also played a role in the wedding! Chris, his groomsmen, and the fathers of the bride and groom played a round of golf the day before the wedding. Stephanie had her bridal portraits taken there, and despite the rain on their wedding day, the newlyweds took golf carts out onto the course for photographs. The RCC event planner, Bonnie Miller, helped make the couple’s wedding day stress-free even with the inclement weather, and even delivered a beautiful wicker picnic basket full of tasty treats to them at the end of the night!
Thanks to Rebecca Ames Photography for these stunning photos from Stephanie’s bridal portrait session on the Raleigh Country Club golf course!
One of the most ideal places to get married in North Carolina is beautiful and charming Downtown Wilmington, with its Spanish moss, historic buildings, cobblestone streets, and riverfront views. 128 South and Bakery 105 are two venues that any bride planning a Wilmington wedding must consider. Just blocks off the riverwalk, these sister properties include full-service catering and event planning services.
128 South is located in the historic VonKampen Building on the banks of the Cape Fear River. The property, which opened in February of 2010, combines old world charm — featuring original stained glass windows, exposed beams, and hardwood floors — with elegant, modern luxuries. The space’s open floor plan can accommodate anywhere from 30 to 175 of your closest friends and family, and offers a gorgeous river view deck. The recently-renovated venue is a beautiful space for any event — from wedding receptions and bridal showers to business meetings and corporate parties — and has convenient in-house catering. Southern Bride & Groom‘s 2015 magazine will feature a stunning styled shoot set at this lovely property — so stay on the lookout for our upcoming launch in December!
This year, the owners of 128 South opened a new Wilmington wedding venue right across the street — Bakery 105. The space was once part of the American Bakeries complex in the 1920s, where the building served for dough production and the garden courtyard was used as a loading dock. All of the historic charm has been kept intact, but the space has been repurposed for special events. The venue features mid-century industrial architecture, exposed brick walls, a wood ceiling, creeping vines, and crepe myrtle trees, and can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 200 guests. Catering from 128 South is also available for those who book Bakery 105.
These photos, courtesy of Susie Linquist Photography, were taken at a recent wedding reception at Bakery 105.
The NotWedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a fake wedding where brides and grooms-to-be get to be “guests” for the evening and witness the talent of the local vendors first-hand. The first ever NotWedding in Charlotte took place at the Levine Museum of the New South on August 7, and today we’re sharing some of the gorgeous pictures from the event, which was themed for a wedding between winter and spring with a soft, natural color palette and garden feel.
For a full list of the vendors involved, check out the NotWedding website!
Photos 1, 2a, 3, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13a, 14, and 15 by Caroline Lima Photography // Photos 2b, 4, 7, 8, and 12 by LaCross Photography // Photos 5 and 13b by Nicole Caudle Photography
The WRAL Azalea Gardens in Raleigh, NC, boasts the best of both worlds when it comes to a local wedding venue — a stunning, tranquil location and a rich history of giving back to the community. The combination makes this venue extraordinarily special, and feel so lucky to have something so wonderful right here in the heart of North Carolina!
The gardens showcase a full range of flowering and non-flowering plants — like azaleas, dogwoods, rhododendrons, and hydrangeas — that are typical in Southern landscaping. In 2000, the space underwent major renovations to accommodate the TV studio expansion, including the addition of a new fountain and walkways overlooking the gardens, and the new architecture was surrounded with planters and flowerbeds to blend seamlessly with the natural landscape. Today, the gardens’ founder’s grandson, Jim Goodmon, oversees the development and upkeep of the space, which received with Tree & Landscape Conservation award in 2003.
Each year, in an effort to beautify the community, WRAL sponsors the WRAL Azalea Celebration, where WRAL-TV gives away over 10,000 azalea plants to more than 100 non-profits all over the state of North Carolina. This year’s winning organizations will receive their azaleas on October 11 – only a few weeks away!
The gardens offer a gorgeous, serene space for outdoor wedding ceremonies. Reservations for weddings may be made for either a 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. ceremony on weekends from April to the first week of September. Wedding parties have access to the gardens for setup an hour prior to the ceremony. Up to 100 chairs will be provided, and couples who reserve the gardens will be able to enjoy the newly-renovated restrooms and dressing rooms.
Mid-March to mid-May is the time of year the azaleas are at their most beautiful, with the third weekend in April being the peak. To reserve your wedding date at the stunning WRAL Azalea Gardens, go here. The gardens are also open to the public throughout the year, and make a perfect backdrop for bridal portraits or engagement sessions – with no reservation required!
Photos courtesy of WRAL.com
The Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC, is home to many event spaces ideal for any wedding. Housing anywhere from 15 to 200 guests, the venues on the property are sure to create an amazing backdrop for one of the biggest days of your life! Get inspired with these descriptions of the property’s beautiful event spaces, and start planning your own Outer Banks wedding at The Sanderling Resort!
The climate-controlled Wedding Pavilion at Sanderling is nestled right next to the Currituck Sound, and designed for optimal views of the breathtaking sights for up to 200 guests. Whether you’re inside gazing through its 270-degree windows or relaxing in the walk out gazebo, you’re sure to have gorgeous views of the renowned Outer Banks sunsets.
The Event House and Deck, complete with beach access, a private fire pit, and deck with pergola, creates a cozy evening for your guests to enjoy both inside and out. This versatile space offers several options for dining and dancing – inside with your décor or under the stars on the deck. Seal your night with s’mores around the fire pit, games on the lawn, or chats under the pergola.
The Keeper’s Loft is a soft and airy space, perched with lovely views of both the ocean and the sound. The best space for smaller, more intimate weddings, Keeper’s Loft provides ample space for up to 40 of your closest friends and family.
Kimball’s Kitchen, the fine dining restaurant on the property, is also available as a venue for receptions on Sundays and Mondays in-season and any day November through April. Its sound-facing wall of floor length windows shows off the spectacular view of the Currituck. Up to 60 guests can enjoy this elegant reception space.
What little girl hasn’t dreamed of having a wedding on the beach? The Sanderling beach accesses are the perfect place to put your toes in the sand and marry the person of your dreams! With the Atlantic behind you, what backdrop could compare? The Sanderling’s Oceanside Beach Ceremonies are stunning no matter the décor.
The Event Lawn at Sanderling Resort is a lovely alternative to a “toes in the sand” ceremony. Including a two-tier Observation Deck, you have the option to hold your ceremony on the top tier for up to 60 guests, or on the lower lawn if you have more friends and family. The versatile space can also fit your cocktail hour with the addition of live music, lounge furniture, cocktail tables, or umbrellas.
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Alison and Anthony’s eclectic pink and gold wedding at The Cookery in Durham, NC, shot by Suzanne Brewer Photography.
Alison and Anthony met through an online dating service and had their first date at Fullsteam Brewery, where they immediately bonded over their shared love of the Durham food and beer scene. Anthony proposed on the balcony of a beautiful bed and breakfast during a surprise trip to Wilmington. Alison said yes, and the couple began planning their May 2014 wedding!
They knew they wanted a fun, yet elegant, venue and vibe for their wedding day, and as soon as they set foot in The Cookery in downtown Durham, they knew it was the perfect fit! Alison and Anthony loved the laid back, bar-like atmosphere and all of the surprising elements that made it feel special, like the historic railing, bar, and mural outside. The couple used a chevron fabric with pink, red, and gold as the inspiration for their color palette, and then “just went with what felt right,” according to the bride.
Alison and Anthony made sure to include details to make their wedding day reflective of them as a couple, including having local brews on tap and having the bride’s mother design the escort board and pennant flags they used as décor!
They used many members of the SB&G Family to make their vision of their wedding day come to life, including: The Cookery, Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning, Belk, Tre Bella Flowers, Sugarland, and American Party Rentals. These photos, courtesy of Suzanne Brewer, beautifully portray the couple’s fun, relaxed big day!
Wedding Location: The Cookery
Wedding Planner: Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Vince Camuto
Men’s Formalwear: Belk
Hair and Makeup: Made Up Special
Photographer: Suzanne Brewer Photography
Florist: Tre Bella Flowers
Invitations: Yellow Door Creative
Musicians: Bellevue Rhythmaries
Party Rentals: American Party Rentals
Wedding Favors: The Parlour Bus
Iron Horse is a beautiful new event venue located in Cedar Grove, just 15 minutes north of Hillsborough, NC. Sixteen acres of gorgeous, privately owned farmland offer rustic elegance and peaceful surroundings for a truly Southern wedding affair. While most couples will probably want to have a wedding under the open sky with a tented reception, Iron Horse also has an indoor space that can be used for a rehearsal dinner or backup reception location. The bride and groom may also rent the house and spend the entire weekend there with their nearest and dearest.
Iron Horse recently hosted a launch party for our local community of wedding professionals. They partnered with our friends at American Party Rentals, as well as several local event professionals including Fig & Honey, Farm & Filligree, Spring Forth Farms, yellowDog: creative, Prissy Pots, Coleslaw, and Iron Horse co-owner Matt Fox’s two popular downtown Hillsborough restaurants — LaPlace Louisiana Cookery and The Wooden Nickel Pub.
The event was complemented by the beautiful summer weather, and the attendees were free to sip pink champagne, enjoy live bluegrass, and spark great conversations with industry allies. Iron Horse co-owner Shannon Fox said, “We are so grateful for everyone that came to visit, and for those who helped make the evening such a great success. We are looking forward to being a part of many more celebrations at Iron Horse!”
These lovely photos, courtesy of Live View Studios, portray what a charming atmosphere Iron Horse, a new wedding and event venue near Hillsborough, NC, has for any private event or wedding!
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Casey and Dan’s romantic spring wedding at The Great Room at Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill, NC, shot by AJ Dunlap Photography.
Casey and Dan met when they were in high school – she was a sophomore cheerleader and he was a junior hockey player. Over the past 11 years, the two have grown up together and shared many wonderful memories.
Dan proposed to Casey at Wrightsville Beach on New Years Day 2013. The couple says it’s one of their favorite memories, despite the dreary winter weather! They wanted their wedding day to be one centered on love, sincerity, and family, and one where they could share their affinity for Chapel Hill in the spring time with their loved ones. With a warm, romantic color palette including shades of ivory, white, sand, gold, blush, and peach, the couple’s vision came to life in the unique Great Room at Top of the Hill, located on historic Franklin Street.
Dan and Casey used several members of the SB&G Family to make their wedding day exactly as they’d pictured, including: The Great Room at Top of the Hill, Tre Bella Flowers, Gigi’s Cupcakes, American Party Rentals, and the Carolina Inn.
Enjoy these beautiful photos of Dan and Casey’s wedding day, shot by AJ Dunlap Photography!
Ceremony Location: Chapel of the Cross
Reception Location: The Great Room at Top of the Hill
Bridal Gown: Anne Barge
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August
Men’s Formalwear: Jos A. Bank
Hair: Caju Salon
Makeup: Sharon S. Davis Makeup Artistry
Photographer: AJ Dunlap Photography
Florist: Tre Bella Flowers
Cake: Gigi’s Cupcakes
Invitations: Parklife Press
Reception Music: Unlimited DJ
Rentals: American Party Rentals
Guest Accommodations: Carolina Inn