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A couple weeks ago, downtown Durham welcomed The Rickhouse, a beautiful revitalized event space to the Central Park district. In addition to the urban-chic warehouse vibe, its signature feature at the moment is that it overlooks the famed Durham Athletic Park, the original home of the Durham Bulls.
Southern Bride & Groom co-sponsored a media night event at the space, and even on a cool and cloudy evening, we found the view across the ballpark charming. Several large doors open onto the large 2,000 square foot patio with a partially covered concrete deck, so that on warm nights, guests are able to enjoy a seamless indoor/outdoor space.
On the inside, the contemporary open-concept layout retains plenty of its original charm, boasting restored and reclaimed wood and exposed brick throughout. It is able to accommodate groups of up to 400 people seated.
The Rickhouse will also soon be home to Revival Spirits Distilling Co., which is incorporated into the event space ambiance as guests are able to view the grand equipment through a floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooking the operation. The distillery will be operational in another month or two and a couple months after that, it will begin producing for retail, distilling everything with the exception of Tequila.
When it’s time to party, The Rickhouse is ready and equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video. Each rental includes seating and tables for up to 200 people and and a zero transition, over-sized dance floor. Brides can even customize lighting for their color palette as LED lights with over 1,800 color options ties into the sound system.
There is even a connected bridal suite designed and outfitted by a local company. The Rickhouse will also be working with some of the areas best vendors and caterers, including Catering Works, Donovan’s Dish, Eschelon Experiences, and Rocky Top Catering, to supply the most delicious bites. We got to experience some of these vendors in action during the event, and the photos below will show you more of what you can expect from this exciting new space in Durham!VENUE The Rickhouse | PHOTOGRAPHY Amanda Olson Photography | FLORALS Tre Bella | RENTALS American Party Rentals | PHOTOBOOTH Shutterbooth | CATERING Durham Catering Co. | DJ Spin
Spring has sprung, and along with it, wedding season! At this time of year, Team SB&G is busy not only with bridal shows, but also getting out and about to experience everything from new menus to brand new and newly-improved venues. We stay up to date on all the Triangle NC wedding news so that we can share it with our readers! Below, take a tour of the venues and menus we’ve been dropping in on lately.
Chances are, you’re familiar with Lantern, a staple in the Chapel Hill restaurant scene. Lantern and Chef Andrea Reusing have earned many accolades, including a James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast (2011) for the unique experience provided at this eclectic Asian eatery. But you might not be familiar with their recent expansion and event capabilities.
Lantern welcomes private events and has many options, from booking the entire restaurant for a wedding reception to a small party in the bar. A heated outdoor patio with partial covering is available for small private events of up to 30 seated guests in a year-round garden atmosphere. The newest addition, Lantern Table, is geared specifically towards intimate private events. This indoor dining space hosts up to 50 for a seated private event (or 65 for a standing cocktail reception). The best part about this cozy and inviting room is that it includes an open kitchen for teaching workshops, which can be incorporated into a very unique event. This space is ideal for a rehearsal dinner or an interactive shower.
At a recent event Lantern Table hosted for wedding planners, Chef Reusing gave us a little taste of how the teaching kitchen works by leading us in a spring roll lesson. We also got to sample many savory dishes from the hors d’oeuvres menu. One thing we can absolutely guarantee anyone who books a special event at Lantern – they will be blown away by the food!
Below are a couple shots of the delights we got to taste – Crispy winter vegetable spring rolls with pea greens, Durham oyster mushrooms, savoy cabbage, hot chile and lemon (top right), and Salt & Pepper wild shrimp with crispy shells, fried jalapenos, coriander and sea salt (bottom right) – as well as Andrea’s cooking demo (at left).
The Durham Hotel
Speaking of Andrea Reusing, her new project is running all food operations at the soon-to-open Durham Hotel in, you guessed it, downtown Durham.
The concept of The Durham Hotel is unique and a perfect fit for Durham – it’s an intimate boutique hotel mixed with a welcoming environment for the local community – from a beautiful restaurant that serves everything from morning coffee to evening dinner to a rooftop bar and patio, which will host morning yoga, afternoon cocktails, private parties and everything inbetween! Each of the approximately 50 guest rooms will feature oversized windows with lots of natural light and beautiful views of the downtown area. I personally can’t wait to plan a staycation there!
Team SB&G got to take a hard hat tour with our dear friends Katie and Carly of La Fete wedding planning, pictured below. The site was bustling with construction when we visited, but is set to open this June.
We were excited to attend the opening party for another new Triangle area wedding venue. The historic Leslie-Alford Mims House has long been known to Holly Springs residents, but not in the beautiful form that it has now taken! Priscilla Erwin (Orangerie Events) and Brooke Everhart (Belle’s Catering) partnered up to curate this gorgeous property and give it new life. The venue is now suited for large scale private events, both in the house or outside under a tent. Although these ladies have their own wedding businesses, they welcome other professional caterers and planners into the space.
The launch party was an Alice in Wonderland theme, which was very appropriate for the nature of the property with its layout of hallways and secret rooms. We enjoyed exploring the house, especially the upstairs bridal and groom suites. We can’t wait to see some wedding photos from this lovely venue!
Washington Duke Spring Menu Media Event
Last week, we had the opportunity to sample some of Executive Chef Jason Cunningham’s new seasonal menu items during The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club‘s spring media event. After embarking on a quick scavenger hunt through the beautiful hallways, outdoor patios, and luxurious hotel rooms, we enjoyed a sampling of the fresh and creative spring menu. The menus include breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert including Dinner at Dusk at the AAA Four Diamond and 2015 Forbes Travel Guide Four Star award-winning Fairview Dining Room and meals in the Bull Durham Bar.
Cunningham’s seasonal menus are inspired by the spring offerings from the finest Carolina farmers, which he pairs with premium products from around the world. Dinner appetizers include grilled artichoke & spring morels, local chevre & baby beet salad and a spring salad with fresh vegetables drizzled with a roasted tomato vinaigrette. Cunningham’s regional and international culinary experiences are reflected in the gourmet entrees—from seafood and poultry to meat. Dishes include the pink peppercorn crusted swordfish, pan seared Verlasso salmon, pecan-crusted diver scallops, skillet-seared muscovy duck breast and sous vide marsala lamb loin. End the dining experience with seasonal fruit and chocolate desserts such as pistachio pavlova or chocolate molten cake. Wine lovers will especially appreciate that all nine of the dessert menu options offer wine pairing recommendations. The spring menus are also offered for in-room dining, banquets, meetings and special events throughout the hotel.
The Rickhouse Opening
Another fabulous event venue opened in Durham last week: The Rickhouse is a beautiful revitalized space in the warehouse district of downtown Durham. It will soon be home to Revival Spirits Distillery as well, which is part of the event space ambiance as guests are able to view the grand equipment through a floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooking the operation. For now, in addition to the urban-chic warehouse vibe, its signature feature is that it overlooks the original Durham Bulls stadium. More to follow on this one, as we have lots of pretty photos to share later this week!
What else have we been up to lately? We’ve posted a few of our recent endeavors on the blog – check them out:
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Cara and Dan’s spirited NC State themed wedding that is just as fun as it is beautiful.
Cara and Dan met through mutual friends while attending NC State University, hence their enthusiasm for the NC State Wolfpack! During the last home football game of the season, the couple was tailgating with family and close friends when Dan popped the question in front of the scoreboard. Cara and Dan’s families, who were in on the surprise, were back at the RV ready with champagne, gifts and a “She Said Yes!” cake. It meant a lot to the couple to get engaged at Carter-Finley stadium – one of their favorite places to be. They carried the Wolfpack theme through to their fall wedding as well.
For Cara, the venue (The State Club, also the NCSU Alumni center) was an easy choice. She had visited as a teenager with her grandparents to reveal the hand-painted portrait of the bell tower than hangs over the fireplace in the ballroom (a gift from her grandfather’s class of 1959). “The second I stepped into that building, I knew I would one day get married there,” said Cara.
Cara wore her grandmother’s wedding dress from 1958 with help from Elizabeth’s Alterations. It was truly an honor for Cara, as both her grandmother and grandfather were able to attend the wedding and see her marry in the wedding dress that blessed their special day over 50 years ago. Pictures of Cara’s grandmother in the dress were set out at the wedding beside her bridal portraits so that guests could see the amazing, one-of-a-kind transformation.
The couple built their wedding around their love for NC State and the gorgeous fall colors of North Carolina. Since they were getting married in the fall, they picked a Friday night wedding so as not to interfere with football season on Saturdays (Wolfpack fans through and through). They chose colors that incorporated red, orange, yellow, and touches of purple and green, mimicking the fall North Carolinian leaves. They even added personal touches that showcased their fan pride: bridesmaids wore various shades of red dresses (NC State’s color), Cara wore an NCSU garter, and the groomsmen wore NC State argyle socks and cufflinks. They even had Mr. Wuf (NC State’s mascot) show up at the reception!
As you can see from the lively photos captured by Jagg Photography, Cara and Dan’s wedding was a perfect blend of their interests, their love, and their school spirit!VENUE The State Club | PHOTOGRAPHY Jagg Photography | PLANNER Stephanie Cisko, Viva L’Event | ALTERATIONS Elizabeth’s Alterations | SHOES Betsey Johnson | JEWELRY Kate Spade | FORMALWEAR VIP Formal Wear | HAIR & MAKEUP The Hair and Face Lounge | FLORIST Viva L’Event | CAKE The Cake Parlour | MINISTER Shadra Shoffner | CEREMONY MUSIC Marc Hoffman | RECEPTION MUSIC The Perfect Beat DJ Company | PARTY RENTALS Party Reflections | TRANSPORTATION Raleigh Car Club
On Monday, March 16, doors opened and the public was welcomed inside one of the most uniquly renovated buildings in downtown Durham. 21c Museum Hotel Durham and it’s onsite restaurant, Counting House, are now fully functioning and open for overnight guests as well as to the public for dinner and tours.
Perhaps one of the coolest things about this new boutique hotel is that it’s actually a very old space transformed. The building itself has a lot of history – the old Hill Building was built in 1937 and served as a bank for many years. The space still retains elements of its former life, including an old vault on the lower level (now a one-of-a-kind lounge), original terrazzo floors, and wood paneling in the former bank lobby (now a ballroom). The rooms and galleries, however, are thoroughly modernized with all the latest amenities, contemporary artwork everywhere you turn, and other art deco elements. Free guided docent tours are offered every Wednesday and Friday at 5 p.m.
There is plenty of artful event space in the new 21c Museum Hotel Durham – perfect for small gatherings of 20 or for receptions of over 300 people. From the grand ballroom on the ground floor to the large open galleries upstairs, where tables can be set up among the art, to the small private and semi-private spaces in the restaurant, there are many unique and flexible spaces that would be perfect for a wedding, rehearsal dinner, reception or cocktail party. The hotel has 125 guest rooms total, and offers luxury room blocks for out-of-town guests. Convenient valet parking is available for $15 a day. The best part is, you’re right in the middle of all the action in downtown Durham.
For those who want to show out-of-town (or even local) guests a good time in Durham, this location is ideal. Situated just up the road from DPAC, American Tobacco Campus, and plenty of great restaurants and bars, 21c Museum Hotel couldn’t be in a better spot. The views from the guest rooms are amazing – overlooking the city and well-known landmarks from all different angles.
Of course, there is also plenty to keep guests entertained inside the hotel itself, including an in-house spa, over 10,500 square feet of art-filled event space, and a beautiful restaurant to lounge and dine. Chef Josh Munchel and the culinary team at Counting House oversee event catering at 21c. They work to showcase the rich heritage of North Carolina’s seafood, delivering dishes that celebrate artisanal products and sustainable farming. The restaurant can seat up to 160 people.
For modern brides seeking a truly unique day, 21c is a venue worth considering. It’s a fantastic one-stop shop, offering an all-inclusive, full-service venue in the heart of downtown Durham.Photos courtesy of 21c Museum Hotel
Today, we’re sharing an upcoming wedding that celebrates a historic moment for many couples across the state. North Carolinians were privileged to have experienced the making of history last October, with the new legislation making same-sex marriage legal in our state. It’s an important milestone and SB&G celebrated marriage equality in NC by featuring couples who were engaged or married around the time of the legislation in our 2015 magazine.
Chad Biggs and Chris Creech were the first to make history in North Carolina. You saw them all over the news when the legislation passed – they were the first gay couple to legally wed in the state! But their story did not begin or end that day.
Chad and Chris live in Raleigh and are both Wake County Deputies, as well as own Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design. Chad is also the exclusive planner at Babylon in Raleigh.
Friends introduced the two in 2006. On their very first date, laughing with one another and relishing in Chad’s daughter playing with Chris’s two new foster sons, they knew were meant to be a family. The men became a couple sharing home and child-rearing duties. They soon welcomed their foster children’s three additional siblings into the bunch, making a six-child household! Eventually, the foster children were returned to their parents, but Chad and Chris’ lives have been forever impacted, and they have stayed in touch with the children they helped raise. They still have a full house today with their daughter, Sabre, and two dogs.
When October 10, 2014, arrived, Chad and Chris stood together among dozens of couples and supporters outside of the Wake County Register of Deeds office where upon learning legalization had passed, Chad surprised Chris and asked him to marry him at the courthouse that day. Shortly after, they rushed inside and purchased their marriage license – the first in the state – and were married by Chief Magistrate Judge Dexter Williams, a long time friend.
Following the legislation, Rochelle Johnson, co-owner of The Cookery, an event venue and culinary incubator in downtown Durham, reached out to Chad and Chris and offered to donate their venue for a formal reception event.
“The Cookery is in the business of hosting ALL weddings,” said Rochelle Johnson, owner of The Cookery. “We are so happy to have Chad and Chris here to celebrate such a special and historic day.”
This September, Chad and Chris will have the wedding they have been waiting for – with a ceremony in Duke Gardens followed by a wedding reception at The Cookery’s Front Room. In addition, The Cookery has secured donated services from a variety of wedding vendors. All vendors listed below have offered generous discounts to help this couple have a very special day. Some went above and beyond to fully donate their services, including Donovan’s Dish, American Party Rentals, Union Press and Paper, Focus Media, Spin, Harpist Laura Byrne, Calligraphy by Carrie, Simply Cakes, and Babylon.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity that The Cookery and other vendors have shown us. This is not only a huge day for us, but also a huge day for the state of North Carolina,” said Biggs.
Enjoy these beautiful engagement photos that were taken at American Tobacco Campus and Duke Gardens, photographed by SB&G Preferred Photographer, Southern Love Studios. We can’t wait to see the images he captures on their upcoming wedding day. Congratulations, Chad & Chris, and happy planning!
CAKE Simply Cakes | CATERER Donavan’s Dish | STATIONERY Union Press & Paper | CEREMONY VENUE Sarah P. Duke Gardens | PHOTOGRAPHY Southern Love Studios | RECEPTION VENUE The Cookery | REHERSAL DINNER VENUE & FOOD Babylon | FLOWERS Expressions of Love Florist | VIDEOGRAPHER Focus Media / Zach Stamey | TENT and LINENS American Party Rentals | TRANSPORTATION Classy Transportation | DJ Spin | MUSIC Laura Byrne Professional Harpist | CALLIGRAPHY Calligraphy by Carrie | HAIR Manuel Eason at 6 Salon | MAKE UP Maria Arellano
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Rachel and Daniel’s elegant fall garden wedding at Duke Gardens in Durham.
Rachel and Daniel began dating sophomore year as Duke undergrads and they loved spending time in the beautiful Duke gardens, walking through them to get to class junior and senior years from central campus. When Daniel got down on one knee, this is where he chose to do it. It was the perfect place for a proposal…and for a wedding! A little over a year after becoming engaged, Rachel and Daniel came full circle with a gorgeous wedding in the Gardens in September 2014. It was followed by an indoor reception in the Doris Duke Center, which is located on the property. Local wedding planner, Sally Oakley provided day-of coordination so that Rachel and Daniel could sit back, relax, and enjoy every moment.
The wedding colors – eggplant, green, with a touch of orange – complimented the natural setting very well. It was a beautiful fall day and photographer Anna Kirby captured the jovial mood of the couple and their guests against many of the wonderful backdrops and hidden gems among the Gardens.
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“We hired our wedding planner, Sally Oakley, once I realized that I really couldn’t do everything myself on our wedding day,” Rachel admits. “Sally was amazing – I wish we had hired her sooner. She was technically a ‘day of’ planner, but she helped us so much throughout the entire process, creating our timeline and making sure all of the vendors were in place.”Photography
“Our wedding photographer, Anna Kirby, did an incredible job – our pictures are beautiful! She was also very easy to work with prior to the wedding and she always responded promptly to questions,” shares Rachel.VENUE Duke Gardens – Doris Duke Center | PLANNER Sally Oakley | PHOTOGRAPHER Anna Kirby |CATERER Durham Catering | RENTALS American Party Rentals | TENT Classic Party Rentals | FLORIST Ninth Street Flowers | HAIR & MAKEUP Ashley Mooney | GOWN Alfred Angelo | RING Tacori | DJ Steve with Joe Bunn | OFFICIANT Barbara Lodge | CEREMONY MUSIC Arioso Strings | TRANSPORTATION Eco Style
Today, Southern Bride & Groom is thrilled to feature a chic Chanel Avant-Garde styled shoot full of couture inspiration, encouraging fashionista brides to be daring and not cliché when it comes to their wedding day.
The concept was created by Raleigh based wedding planner, Monica Noa of Nouveau Events who has been obsessed with the iconic Coco Chanel and her glamorous style since she was old enough to read fashion magazines and wear perfume! Her love of the restructured silhouette, tailored style, and Chanel’s signature look sparked the inspiration for this chic Chanel Avant-Garde photo shoot, a stylish collaboration with Embellished Blooms and Pretty in the Details. Monica really wanted to take the signature color palette of Chanel and give it a modern twist. On the other hand, she still wanted to preserve Chanel’s luxurious elegance. The end result merges the structured French style of the 1920s with the romanticism of a modern bride.
Monica worked with a team of North Carolina’s top-notch wedding professionals to bring her vision to life in this styled photo shoot at the Virginia Dare Ballroom in Raleigh, and Renee Sprink Photography captured every amazing detail. This Chanel Avant-Garde shoot shows brides that you can take couture inspiration and easily apply it to your big day.Fashion and Jewelry
When doing any type of tribute to Chanel, the fashion is one of the most important pieces in creating the look. The bride wore a lovely Alyne “Patricia” gown made of a satin organza with a lace and ruffled mermaid skirt provided by Traditions by Anna. The dress maintained the Chanel essence of the feminine silhouette. The overall style of the dress was reinvented by adding the bold contrast through a black satin sash with sparkle embellishments. Charlotte’s provided the jewelry for the bride. The bold black embellishments and the statement necklace was intended to accompany the luxurious fabrics while adhering to Chanel’s affinity for dramatic costume jewelry.
Hair and Makeup
For this concept, Chanel makeup was only appropriate. Makeup for Your Day provided a modern and fresh approach to Chanel’s timeless aesthetic. Inspired by Chanel’s often used muse, the camellia flower, the bride’s face was kept natural and dewy with a sultry eye palette and bright rosy pink lips. The whole look came together when paired with a textured up-do reminiscent of Chanel’s classic quilted purses and tweed jackets. The ensemble looks elegant and refined…just like everything Chanel!
Gorgeous touches like various Chanel perfume, his and her signature drinks, Parisian postcards, a Chanel guestbook, cigars, champagne and sparkle add a contemporary take on vintage accoutrements.Stationery
The stationery suite was intended to merge the boldly feminine Chanel color palette with the delicate camellia flower. The miniature Chanel bottles make the perfect couture place cards for the Bride and Groom.
The floral selection is made up of timeless classics with a hint of modern style: roses, lilies, hydrangea, ranunculus and some fabulous black and white anemones! In keeping with the luxury and extravagance of Chanel, Embellished Blooms styled an arrangement that poured over the sides of a gilded candelabra and flowed down to a puddle of flowers on the table.
The Cake and Favors
Pretty in the Details knew exactly how to translate Chanel into this gorgeous, three-tiered wedding cake through the use of the signature Chanel black and white striped pattern. The pink and gold foil accents give the cake a modern flair with the softness reflected in the anemone and roses. The cupcake favors feature black bows and gold foil and provide a stark contrast to the black and white stripped custom table runner provided by CE Rentals.
Wedding Ceremony Backdrop
Pretty in the Details took a quote that Monica adapted from one of Chanel’s famous one-liners and created a bold wedding backdrop combined with modern calligraphy and the bold Chanel font. The backdrop sets the scene for a stylishly simple wedding ceremony between the two lovebirds.WEDDING PLANNER & STYLIST Nouveau Events | PHOTOGRAPHER Renee Sprink Photography | CAKE, CALLIGRAPHY, CUSTOM PROPS Pretty in the Details | FLORAL DESIGNS Embellished Blooms | GOWN Traditions by Anna | FORMALWEAR Bernard’s Formalwear | MAKE-UP & HAIR Makeup for Your Day | RENTALS CE Rentals | PLACE SETTINGS Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | JEWELRY Charlotte’s | VENUE The Virginia Dare Ballroom | MODELS Elizabeth Safrit (Miss United States) and Thomas Roach
Southern Bride and Groom is giving away two sets of two tickets with an overnight stay at Sanderling Resort to engaged couples to attend the Wedding Showcase on March 14, 2015.
Sanderling Resort is nestled on 13 acres of North Carolina’s Outer Banks offering beach and sound front paradise and offers the true destination beach wedding experience.
To enter, comment on our Instagram post with the following, and we’ll pick a winner on Monday (2/22) by tagging the winners in a comment:
- Tag your fiancé, and, your wedding date (or time frame), AND,
- Tell us why you want to get married in OBX!
Guests will find premiere OBX wedding professionals eager to answer questions and provide expertise. Lighting specialists will be on hand to offer design expertise; ceremony officiants will be available to answer questions; videographers and photo booth vendors will showcase their talents, and the most talented Outer Banks wedding photographers will be onsite showcasing their work and style. And, don’t forget the music! This year, the OBX Wedding Showcase will feature a fabulous live band. Six Stylez is a professional wedding band that hails from the Greensboro-Winston Salem area, and will have you jamming as you mix and mingle with the wedding pros and take in the scenery of the Sanderling Resort!
In the Pavilion, rental companies, transportation services and florists will be gathered, and out on the lawn, brides will enjoy plenty of visual inspiration, including a spectacular display by a floral and event designer, live music, and refreshing gourmet Italian Ice.
Just across the street, the Spa at Sanderling is the perfect place to explore your bridal look, with quality products and advice from experts in the field—ladies, take advantage of this!
Finally, meet the expert wedding planners of Sanderling Resort in the Beach House Lobby while enjoying decadent handcrafted chocolates. Planners will be available to answer questions about the resort, venues, and the options offered at Sanderling.
No matter what venue you might be considering to host your special day on the Outer Banks, attending this one-of-a-kind experience with the first-rate wedding professionals of the Outer Banks is an essential on your wedding checklist! Don’t miss the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase on Saturday, March 14 from 11- 4pm at Sanderling Resort. Enter now for a chance to win!
Photos: Brooke Mayo and Beach Productions
Southern Bride & Groom is excited to share some of our favorite photos, including many not seen in print, from our floral designers featured in the 2015 magazine. This shoot, featuring soft and romantic floral inspiration by Tre Bella Flowers, is fitting for just after Valentine’s Day – it’s filled with romantic light pink, coral and white roses, accented with hydrangeas, orchids, and queen anne’s lace. The table is set with subtle touches of gold, including gold mercury votives and light grey lanterns. Small bunches of flowers tied to the backs of chairs with ribbon add a touch of whimsy.
Tre Bella Inc. of Durham, N.C. is unique in that it provides gorgeous flower arrangements as well as bridal gowns and accessories. Tre Bella grew quickly from a small boutique florist run out of one of the founder’s homes to two locations and three stores! The design studio on Broad Street in Durham helps brides create the wedding or event flowers of their dreams. The headquarters on Main Street assists with finding the perfect dress, bridesmaids gowns or mother-of-the-bride dress, and the boutique offers salon services and trendy clothing, jewelry and gifts.
The bride in this shoot is wearing a romantic flowing gown with lace cap sleeves by Jenny Packham from Tre Bella Bridal. The gown goes well with the soft pastel shades in her bouquet.
The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club is the perfect setting for a romantic wedding affair. With lush outdoor landscapes and elegant grand ballrooms, such as the President’s Ballroom pictured here.FLORAL DESIGN Tre Bella Flowers | TABLETOP, LINEN & CHAIRS CE Rental | PLACE CARDS Calligraphy by Carrie | GOWN Dentelle by Jenny Packham from Tre Bella Bridal | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE President’s Ballroom at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters
Wondering what to do with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day? There are plenty of options for Triangle Area Valentine’s Day events, including fun relaxed gatherings, intimate romantic dinners, and special celebrations all weekend long.
Enjoy a fun evening of conversation and bubbly at the The King’s Daughters Inn’s annual sparkling wine tasting on Feb. 12 from 5:30-7:30pm. Cost is $25 per person or $45 per couple. For reservations call (919) 354-7000.
Join Diamonds Direct Crabtree Raleigh for a Christopher Designs Inc. signature event Valentine’s weekend! Enjoy sparkling drinks, dazzling jewels and a free gift with any Christopher Designs purchase. Plus, one lucky customer will win a beautiful Christopher Designs pendant.
Leading up to Valentine’s Day, Videri Chocolate Factory in downtown Raleigh will be selling confections gift boxes (containing truffles and caramels) and on Feb. 14 they will be staying open until 11pm serving complimentary champagne for guests 21 and up.
Photo above left: Videri Chocolates by Walters & Walters
Valentine’s Day dinner options
Enjoy an exceptional four-course dinner and share a romantic champagne toast in one of the quaint dining rooms at Carolina Crossroads at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill.
Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar in Cary, which is owned by the renowned Rocky Top Catering, will feature a multi-course Valentine’s Day Package for $100 per couple from Feb. 12-15. On Feb. 12, receive a complimentary bottle of house wine and dessert to share with the package.
Inside Il Palio at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill, guests are transported to another place and time. This year, Il Palio is offering a special Valentine’s four-course prix fixe dinner menu for $78 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Love is in the air at Weathervane Restaurant in Chapel Hill, which will be serving a three-course prix fixe menu featuring locally sourced ingredients and artisan selections for $49 per person with a $15 wine pairing.
La Residence in Chapel Hill offers an American inspired twist on classic French food and is the perfect setting to wine and dine on a special Valentine’s aphrodisiac menu for $55-$65 per person plus tax and gratuity. Meal includes tea or soda and a complimentary glass of champagne.
Lantern in Chapel Hill is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special three-course meal featuring lots of local and regional delicacies for $68 per person, not including tax, gratuity or beverages.
Valentine’s in Iris at the NCMA includes a champagne cocktail upon arrival, a four-course prix fixe menu featuring local ingredients, romantic music, and gallery guides directing you to depictions of love and passion in the Museum collection. You and your love will depart with a rose, chocolate, and cherished memories! Cost is $100 per person.
Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern in uptown Raleigh is listed as one of Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America by OpenTable. Enjoy a meal with your loved one in this elegant, yet relaxed atmosphere.
The Nasher Museum is partnering with two Durham restaurants and hosting special Valentine’s Day dinners at Parizade and Nana’s. Patrons will enjoy a delicious meal and receive complimentary Nasher branded champagne flutes.
Basan, which is known for high-quality sushi and modern Japanese cuisine that is tastes as good as it looks, is the first Durham-based restaurant from Eschelon Experiences.
Dashi is owned by the same team that runs The Cookery, a unique event venue and kitchen in Durham. Dashi serves warm bowls of ramen featuring fresh noodles, local meat and produce.
Photo above left: Basan sushi by Tommie Watson
This Valentine’s Day, have a date with your beau that you’ll BOTH enjoy, or make it a fun occasion with friends! During the Taste’s Indoor Tailgate co-sponsored by Southern Bride & Groom, enjoy a winter lunch with TOPO beer and liquor tastings at Top of the Hill’s Great Room. Watch UNC men’s basketball take on Pitt on the big screen while girls get pampered and enjoy Videri chocolate, flowers, artisan coolers and more!
Make your special someone fall head over heels with our Valentine’s Day Package at the Doubletree by Hilton’s Mansion on the Hill in Durham. The package, which starts at $299 includes a five-course Valentine’s Day dinner, an overnight stay, one bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, breakfast in bed, live entertainment, a romantic atmosphere, and a 2pm checkout.
Get creative with your love and take a stroll through The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, which will be open for visitors on Valentine’s Day. Get a glimpse of Miró: The Experience of Seeing before it closes soon after.
Are you looking to attend a “killer” Valenetine’s Day event? If so, join the Highgrove in for their Murder Mystery dinner. The show will be performed as you dine by a professional troupe of seven experienced actors. They will bring to life exciting characters with colorful backgrounds and questionable motives. The sophisticated plot that ensues will provide you with clues to help you pin down the perpetrator…or perpetrators of a dastardly deed.
Keep celebrating with post-Valentine’s events
Catering Works in Raleigh is hosting an “After Valentine’s Day” Cooking Class. The menu includes scallops dusted with fennel in a champagne cream sauce, asparagus with balsamic tomatoes, and chocolate passion mousse. The menu is featured with sparkling wines.
On Feb. 21 from 10:00am – 1:00pm come mix, mingle and get ideas for your big day at Paperbuzz, your go-to shop for wedding paper, stationery and gifts in North Hills! This event will feature some other fabulous wedding pros including All She Wrote Notes (calligraphy artist); Ashley Cakes; CE Rentals; Fresh Affairs florist; Rocky Top Catering; and A Southern Soiree (wedding planning). Plus, enter to win 50 percent off of your wedding invitations!
Photo above left: Paperbuzz wedding invitations by Anna Kirby