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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, The City Club, and an exclusive Health & Beauty Bar at The Loft on Front — meet hand-picked creative, enjoy live music, sample sweet and savory nibbles, sip creative cocktails, visit the health and beauty bar and register for giveaways!

Romantic Wedding Reception DecorBold Wedding Ceremony ColorsWilmington Wedding VenuesTickets are on sale now — save the date for Courtyards & Cobblestones 2015 and make plans to attend!

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

Enchanted Forest Wedding at Rock Quarry Farm

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re thrilled to share Jackie and Jon’s Enchanted Forest wedding at Rock Quarry Farm, shot by Riley MacLean Photography.

Jackie and Jon knew exactly what they wanted their wedding to be like – a cool, casual party with unique details that reflected their personalities and an eclectic, enchanted forest vibe. The couple sought out vendors with whom they could really connect, and assembled a solid team that helped them bring their vision to life, including Chelsey Morrison of Gather Together Events.

They selected Rock Quarry Farm because they loved its open space and how it could be easily customized to fit their vision, and complemented the venue with a color palette of pale pink, gold, and just a touch of sparkle.

Despite working long hours as a surgical resident, the bride did a ton of DIY work and had an eye for attention to detail. She collected items that were incorporated into the centerpieces and the lighting, knitted sashes for the flower girls and ring bearer, and even hand painted a yarmulke for each male guest, personalized with his interests! Leading up to the wedding day, the groom, a beer aficionado, drove all over the Southeast to collect really cool, rare beers to share with their guests at different bar stations set up at the reception.

Jackie and Jon also incorporated a slew of personal touches into their wedding day – the chuppah was draped with prayer shawls that belonged to the bride and groom’s grandfathers, and the bride wore her mother’s bridal cape during the ceremony. Dinner was served family style with a farm-to-table menu, and the couple ensured their guests had an absolute blast. The bridal party danced up the aisle to a Michael Jackson song during the processional, the events included a social hour in addition to the traditional cocktail hour, and comfortable lounge furniture was set around an outdoor fire pit.

Enjoy these gorgeous photos of Jackie and Jon’s wedding day, courtesy of Riley MacLean Photography.

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Bride in Doorway
Groom Getting Ready
Pink Bouquet
Yarmulkes and Chuppah
Bride and Groom on Porch Steps
Flower Girls in Tutus
Jewish Wedding Ceremony
Bride and Groom in Woods
Pink and Gold Wedding Reception
Custom Star Chandelier
Lounge Furniture
Tiered Dessert Stands
Black and White Wedding Reception
Kids Sleeping

Event planning & design: Gather Together
Photographer: Riley MacLean Photography
Venue: Rock Quarry Farm
Catering: BoxCarr Farms
Rentals: Party Reflections
Linens & table settings: CE Rental
Flowers: Watered Garden Florist
Furniture: ThemeWorks
Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting
Bluegrass band: Thornhill/Parker Duo
Officiant: Rabbi Eric Linder
Cupcakes: The Cupcake Bar
Doughnuts: Monuts
Bride’s dress: J. Crew
Hair Stylist: Syd’s Hair Shop
Makeup Artist: Bree McKeen
Transportation: Greenway Transit

Classic Southern Wedding at Rose Hill Plantation

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Michelle and Locke’s classic Southern wedding at Rose Hill Plantation, shot by Neil Boyd Photography.

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!

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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

Carolina Blue and White Wedding at Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill, NC

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.

The couple used several members of the SB&G Family on their wedding day, including: The Great Room at Top of the Hill, University Florist, and Sugarland.

Thanks to Martha Manning for the beautiful photographs from Courtney and Matthew’s big day!

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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
Cake: Sugarland
Party Rentals: Ward Productions
Wedding Favors: Krispy Kreme doughnuts

Raleigh, NC Wedding Venue — The Raleigh Country Club

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!

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Bakery 105 — New Historic Venue and Full Service Catering in Downtown Wilmington

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.

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These photos, courtesy of Susie Linquist Photography, were taken at a recent wedding reception at Bakery 105.

The First Ever NotWedding in Charlotte

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.

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Wedding Sweetheart Table with Pillows

Geometric Gems Table Decor Vintage Wedding Table Decor NotWedding Charlotte Reception Centerpieces Beachy Reception Table NotWedding Reception Florals NotWedding Wedding Cake Table NotWedding Bride and Groom Cake

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

Outdoor Weddings and Events at Raleigh’s WRAL Azalea Gardens

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.

WRAL Azalea Gardens Fountain WRAL Azalea Gardens Walkway

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!

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