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Eclectic Pink and Gold Wedding at The Cookery in Durham, NC

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!

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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
Cake: Sugarland
Invitations: Yellow Door Creative
Musicians: Bellevue Rhythmaries
Party Rentals: American Party Rentals
Wedding Favors: The Parlour Bus

Iron Horse – New Wedding and Event Venue Near Hillsborough, NC

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!


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Romantic Spring Wedding at The Great Room at Top of the Hill

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!

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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

Green and Yellow Wedding at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re sharing Sean and Shelley’s green and yellow wedding at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh, shot by Neil Boyd Photography.

Sean and Shelley met through a mutual friend and immediately hit it off after meeting for drinks one night. Sean proposed at the National Zoo, which was the perfect spot as it represented Shelley’s love for animals and zoos! She said yes, and the couple began planning their June 2014 wedding.

Sean had always envisioned an outdoor wedding, so the couple decided on the JC Raulston Arboretum on NC State’s campus – the bride’s alma mater and a beautiful garden venue. They selected a green and gold color palette inspired by their favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers, and carried the theme throughout their wedding day, including their reception at the NC Museum of History. Sean and Shelley personalized their big day with details that were unique to their personalities, like the escort card animal figurines and puzzle piece guest book.

The couple used several members of the SB&G Family to bring their wedding day together, including: the NC Museum of History, Neil Boyd Photography, Blossom Artistry, Edible Art, and CE Rental.

Enjoy these photos from Sean and Shelley’s wedding day, courtesy of Neil Boyd Photography!

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Ceremony: JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State Campus
Reception: NC Museum of History
Caterer: Catering By Design
Photographer: Neil Boyd Photography
Bridal Gown: Kleinfeld Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Blossom Artistry
Cake: Edible Art
Reception Music: Randy Bennett of Joe Bunn DJ Company
Linens: CE Rental

Contemporary Hot Pink and Blue Wedding at Duke Gardens in Durham, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Magnus and Holly’s contemporary hot pink and blue wedding at Duke Gardens in Durham, NC, shot by Rebecca Ames Photography.

Holly and Magnus met through work and became fast friends. After Magnus moved to Houston, Texas, he and Holly began dating long distance, and one year later, Holly moved to Houston. About a year after Holly made the big move, Magnus asked her to marry him.

The couple selected Duke Gardens because of Holly’s love for her alma mater, Duke University, and their shared affinity for the outdoors. They were drawn to the venue’s combination of indoor and outdoor space for the reception, and they way it fit with their sleek, contemporary vision. Holly and Magnus used paper lanterns, mirrored centerpieces, and bright flowers to bring their dream of a modern, romantic wedding to life.

Holly and Magnus also made sure to include several personal touches to make their wedding day unique and pay homage to Magnus’s Swedish heritage, including a cake stand made by the bride’s uncle that is modeled after a Swedish candelabra the couple has in their home and a shot of liquor from the groom’s hometown shared with their guests following the best man’s speech.

The couple used several members of the SB&G Family to bring their big day and wedding weekend together, including: A Swanky Affair, the NC Museum of Life & Science, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Party Reflections, Classic Party Rentals, and the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.

Enjoy these beautiful photos of Magnus and Holly’s wedding day, courtesy of Rebecca Ames Photography!

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Wedding Consultant: Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair
Rehearsal Dinner: NC Museum of Life & Science
Ceremony & Reception: Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Caterer: The Catering Company of Chapel Hill
Photographer: Rebecca Ames Photography
Bridal Gown: La Sposa from Misora Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm from Maggi Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Watered Garden
Cake: Sweet Memories
Ceremony Musicians: Florian Music
Reception Music: Groovetown
Linens, tables, place settings, etc: Party Reflections
Tent: Classic Party Rentals
Lighting: Get Lit
Guest Accommodations: Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Hair & Makeup: Posh the Salon

Southern Destination Wedding at The Shoals Club at Bald Head Island

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re thrilled to share Carrie and Clark’s Southern destination wedding at The Shoals Club at Bald Head Island, with gorgeous photos from Anne Liles Photography.

Carrie and Clark met through mutual friends the summer after Carrie’s first year of law school. He claims that she fell in love with his sweet dance moves, and while she says that isn’t entirely true, they’ve been together ever since.

Every Christmas, Carrie and Clark exchange ornaments, but Christmas of 2012 was extra special. Clark gave Carrie a glass ornament with a diamond ring painted on it, and when she looked up from opening the box, he was down on one knee! Of course, she said yes, and the couple began planning their May 2014 wedding.

Carrie and Clark knew they wanted to get married at the beach, and as soon as they visited the Shoals Club, they knew it was the perfect fit for their blush, white, and khaki wedding. With soft touches of gold, their casual, Southern-themed wedding came to life. The bride included many personal details, like the plethora of monograms, customized koozies, hand-lettered signs, and DIY projects, but the most special touch was that she wore her late mother’s wedding band to honor her on the big day.

The couple used several members of the SB&G Family to make their wedding day perfect, including: Shoals Club, Cute Buttons Gift & Paper Boutique, and CE Rental. Please enjoy the beautiful photographs of Carrie and Clark’s wedding day, courtesy of Anne Liles Photography.

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Wedding Location: The Shoals Club at Bald Head Island
Bridal Gown: Traditions by Anna
Bridal Shoes: Jack Rogers
Bridesmaids Dresses: LulaKate
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Hair: Island Retreat Spa and Salon
Photographer: Anne Liles Photography
Florist: Brunswick Town Florist
Cake: Imaginary Cakes
Invitations: Cute Buttons Gift & Paper Boutique
Ceremony Musicians: Harpist – Elena Karin Pohl
Reception Music: ProDUCKtions
Party Rentals: CE Rental

ISES 2014 Trinity Awards

Last month, the Greater Triangle NC Chapter of ISES hosted the 2014 Trinity Awards — a program which honors the outstanding work of our talented local event professionals (ISES stands for the International Special Events Society). This over-the-top event is one that we look forward to each year — one of the highlights of the summer!

This year’s event was held at the Carolina Country Club in Raleigh, NC, one of the most prestigious country clubs in the state and a beautiful setting for an event. The club normally reserves events for its members, so it was a real treat to be able to experience this gala event here!

Upon arrival, and checking in on the “red carpet,” we enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while being regaled with fabulous entertainment. Dancers from Elevate, our local dance and live entertainment troupe, created paintings live by using their bodies as a paintbrush, right before our eyes! The pinnacle of pre-awards entertainment was an enthralling Video DJ “spin-off.”

Living Fountain Jenna at ISES Dancing Painter

Walking into the ballroom for the awards program was the best moment of the evening – everyone “Ooohs” and “Ahhh”s over the lush and extravagant florals designed by Fresh Affairs, one of our favorite Raleigh wedding and event florists. We were greeted by dueling pianos and a flash mob dance performance as we took our seats.

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As we enjoyed an incredible dinner, we watched the awards, and also got to witness the installation of the Board of Directors for the coming year, which will be led by Ryan Pflumm. We know Ryan very well as he is a co-owner of SPIN, one of the top wedding DJs in the Raleigh Area and a preferred vendor of SB&G! Congrats, Ryan!

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Congratulations to all of the winners who are a part of the SB&G Family – Triangle Catering Hospitality Group, Classic Party Rentals, SPIN, Island Sound & Video, Fresh Affairs, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, American Party Rentals, CE Rental, Expressions of Love Florist, and Your Special Day Weddings & Events. To see what they won and who else was recognized, check out the Greater Triangle NC Chapter of ISES website.

Kudos as well to the wonderful vendors who helped make this event possible, including: Adams & Events, American Furniture Rental, American Party Rentals, Joe Bunn DJ Company, Carolina Country Club, Cute Buttons Gift & Paper Boutique, CE Rental, Creative Visions, ELEVATE, For the Love of Design, Fresh Affairs, Island Sound & Video, Lewis Bordeau Enterprises, Party Reflections, Photography by Walters & Walters, SPIN, The Cotton Company, The Lincoln Agency, The Oblique Pen, and Total Production Services.

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Thanks to Photography by Walters & Walters for all of the photos from this event!


Romantic Winter Wedding at The Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Stephanie and Adam’s romantic winter wedding at The Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC, with gorgeous photos from Riley MacLean Photography.

Stephanie and Adam met as children through their parents, who all worked at Duke and were members of the same country club. About 20 years later, Stephanie ran into her childhood crush at Tobacco Road, when she was on a date with someone else! The bride said, “He was just as adorable as I remembered him, so when my date was in the restroom, I went over and struck up a conversation.”

Adam had a grand plan of proposing to Stephanie at the beach, but the weather didn’t cooperate. Instead of popping the question outside, he got down on one knee while Stephanie was looking the other way and asked if she had any cold champagne. When she turned around to ask why they would need champagne, he was kneeling and asking her to be his wife. Of course, Stephanie said yes!

Adam and Stephanie worked with Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affiar to plan their winter wedding. The bride said their planning experience was fantastic thanks to their thorough and experienced coordinator! Amanda introduced the couple to several wonderful vendors who helped make their big day dreams come to life, including a Durham theme that was used throughout the wedding details – from the invitations to the venue – since the bride and groom are both from Durham.

The couple selected a purple, gold and silver color palette with subtle pops of red, lavender, green, and pink, which came to life in the floral arrangements from Tre Bella and perfectly complemented The Washington Duke Inn’s Presidential Ballroom.

Adam and Stephanie used many talented members of the SB&G Family, including: A Swanky Affair, The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, The University Club, and Tre Bella Flowers.

Enjoy these gorgeous photos of Adam and Stephanie’s big day, courtesy of Riley MacLean Photography!

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Ceremony Location: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Reception Location: The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Rehearsal Dinner: The University Club
Wedding Planner: Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Blushed Artistry
Photographer: Riley MacLean Photography
Florist: Tre Bella Flowers
Cake: Yellowbird Baking
Invitations: Indigo Envelope
Reception Music: The Fantasy Band
Guest Accommodations: The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club 

Blush and Grey Wedding at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Katie and Josh’s blush and grey wedding at The Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington, NC, shot by Theo Milo Photography. 

Katie and Josh met at a 4th of July cookout (how fitting for the upcoming holiday weekend!) at a little bar in Downtown Wilmington back in 2009. Ever since that day, they’ve been together!

Three years after they began dating, the couple went to Katie’s parent’s house for Thanksgiving. Josh brought the ring he’d selected, and used the trip as an opportunity to ask Katie’s dad’s permission to ask her to marry him. Less than 24 hours after he’d asked her dad, he proposed to Katie – apparently, he had an entire speech planned, but was so nervous that he couldn’t remember anything except, “Will you marry me?”

Of course, Katie said yes, and the two began planning their May 2014 wedding. They selected The Brooklyn Arts Center as their venue because they loved the traditional, historic feel, and the back-up plan in case of rain. Chelsey Morrison, the owner of Gather Together, was not only the wedding planner, she was also a bridesmaid! She helped the couple select their vendors and carry out their blush and grey color palette, and two other members of Gather Together – Samantha and Mariah – took care of the day-of coordination.

On their wedding day, in lieu of the tradition of exchanging cards, Katie gave Josh a journal she’d written in for six months outlining all of the reasons she loved him and couldn’t wait to marry him. She also surprised him by having their dog, Brody, at the end of the aisle when they said “I do.” The couple further personalized their wedding day by writing their own vows, having a close friend perform the ceremony, and selecting music that represented them and their relationship.

Katie and Josh used several members of the SB&G Family to make their wedding day perfect, including Gather Together and One Belle Bakery. Enjoy these beautiful photos, courtesy of Theo Milo Photography.

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Be sure to also check out the couple’s beautiful wedding video, shot by Light Cannon Films!

Katie + Josh | Brooklyn Arts Center from Light Cannon Films on Vimeo.

Wedding Location: The Brooklyn Arts Center
Wedding Planner: Gather Together
Bridal Gown: A Carolina Wedding
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Men’s Formalwear: Cape Fear Formalwear
Hair: Salon Blu
Makeup: Silverceiling
Photographer: Theo Milo Photography
Videographer: Light Cannon Films
Florist: Fiore Fine Flowers
Cake: One Belle Bakery
Reception Music: Active Entertainment
Party Rentals: Party Suppliers & Rentals

Classic Navy and Coral Wedding at Ballantyne Country Club in Charlotte, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Chris and Stephanie’s classic navy and coral wedding at Ballantyne Country Club in Charlotte, NC, shot by Fusion Photography.

Stephanie met Chris the week before she started medical school, when she was at the bowling alley with her friends. One of her classmates brought her boyfriend, who showed up with his friend, Chris. The two caught each other’s eye, but nothing fell into place until New Year’s Eve, when they happened to be in the same place to celebrate. Since then, they haven’t left each other’s side!

Chris proposed to Stephanie while they were hiking at Grandfather Mountain. She was ahead of him on the trail, and turned around to see him on one knee, holding a box. Of course, she said yes, and afterward, the two celebrated with dinner at one of their favorite restaurants. He surprised her again that evening when all of their friends were gathered to celebrate!

The couple wanted their wedding to be a celebration of their love for one another. They selected Ballantyne Country Club and a classic color palette of navy and coral that complemented the venue’s elegance and charm. The colors were carried throughout in the bridesmaids’ dresses, the floral arrangements, the table décor, and the cake. Chris and Stephanie made their wedding personal in the small details, like naming each of the tables after places they had met friends over the years.

Enjoy these sweet photos of Chris and Stephanie’s big day, courtesy of Fusion Photography.

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Wedding Location: Ballantyne Country Club
Bridal Gown: New York Bride and Groom
Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Hair: Shine Salon
Makeup: Salon Cottage
Photographer: Fusion Photography
Florist: The Bloom Room
Cake: Wow Factor Cakes
Invitations: Three Little Birds