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It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Joanna and Shenduo’s stunning North Carolina wedding that marries Duke and UNC – the couple’s alma maters. Joe Payne Photography captured the lovely couple in these two iconic settings.
Shenduo and Joanna met while he was studying at Duke University and she was studying at UNC-Chapel Hill. Their relationship officially began on a starry night in the forest of the Great Smoky Mountains, surrounded by thousands of fireflies – a romantic night Joanna says she will cherish in her memory forever. As two young students in love, they spent a lot of time studying together in almost every library of the two schools.
A year later, Joanna graduated from UNC and moved to New York and their long-distance relationship began. It was on Joanna’s birthday, soon after the move, that Shenduo flew to visit her and showered her with gifts, including two best-seat tickets to one of the most popular Broadway musicals, a lavish dinner at a three-star Michelin restaurant, but the best gift of all was still to come!
After dinner, Shenduo suggested going to Brooklyn Bridge Park to enjoy the night view of the Manhattan skyline. When they arrived at the riverside, he said he had another gift for Joanna – a handmade photo card, on the front of which was a picture taken by him showing the tennis court near his apartment where they used to play tennis together. In the center of the court in the photograph, there were hundreds of tennis balls, which were placed in the shape of “I [heart] Jo.” On the inside of the card was a handwritten love note and some letters in bold red that spelled out, “Marry Me.” It wasn’t until that moment that Joanna realized this night of surprises had all been part of an elaborate proposal! It was the most picturesque scene as Shenduo got down on his knee in front of the sparkling Manhattan skyline.
It’s no surprise these Duke and UNC alumns chose the iconic Duke Chapel in Durham and The Great Room at Top of the Hill restaurant in Chapel Hill as ceremony and reception venues – a tribute to their relationship that bloomed on both campuses. They knew they would be leaving North Carolina after Shenduo graduated, so they wanted to make their last romantic memories there.
Joanna chose pretty pastel colors in shades of pink, worn by her bridesmaids and in the elegant bouquets by Tre Bella Flowers, for her late April wedding. As a nod to Duke and UNC, they chose Duke blue for the groomsmens’ ties and Carolina blue for the reception table linen. Other personal details included a backdrop wall decorated with with gold alphabet letter balloons spelling their names and vintage heart-shape marquee lights. They also ordered a customized cake topper from Etsy and Chinese favor boxes that represented “double happiness,” along with customized M&Ms.
Even though it turned out to be a rainy spring day, photographer Joe Payne captured stunning images, showcasing the tranquility of the day, the closeness of the couple, and the breathtaking beauty of the setting.SB&G PREFERRED VENDOR TESTIMONIALS
“We were very impressed by Joy Payne’s professionalism, efficiency, humor, and most of all, amazing photos! He has the great ability to capture the important moments without letting you realize he exists. On the wedding day, Joe really devoted the whole day to us. He even came earlier than the time we had asked him to, in order to catch every tiny moment. Joe gave all the photos to us in a very timely manner. You can tell he really put a lot of effort into digital editing – editing each photo individually based on the subject, light, atmosphere, etc., while many other photographers only use one or two pre-settings for all the photos. We really had a great time with Joe, and we felt very lucky to have him as our wedding photographer,” says Joanna.
” We feel blessed to have found The Great Room at Top of the Hill as our reception venue. The staff there are very professional, thoughtful, and experienced. What I liked most about them on our wedding day was that they took care of every detail without us having to worry about anything. We were thrilled when we saw the wall decor they did for us – it was even more adorable than what we could imagine! We also got a lot of compliments about the food and drinks. Thanks to their great work, we were able to fully enjoy every moment of that beautiful night with our guests and it left such an unforgettable memory in everyone’s mind,” Joanna shares.
“We chose Tre Bella Flowers because they were quite responsive and gave us a clear price breakdown quickly when we were doing inquiries. Everything about them is professional and efficient and the price is also very reasonable. I couldn’t have love my bridal bouquet more! I really appreciate their work,” Joanna states.
VENUE Duke Chapel | RECEPTION The Great Room at Top of the Hill Restaurant | PHOTOGRAPHER Joe Payne Photography | BRIDAL SHOES Badgley Mischka & Salvatore Ferragamo | FLORIST Tre Bella Flowers | CAKE Guglhupf | INVITATIONS Grapevine Print & Design | GUEST ACCOMODATIONS Arrowhead Inn Bed & Breakfast | TRANSPORTATION Classy Transportation & Smith Luxury Limousines
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re thrilled to share high school sweethearts’, Colin and Elizabeth’s, Southern summer wedding at the Carolina Country Club in Raleigh, captured by Renee Sprink Photography.
Colin and Elizabeth’s story began at age 15, when the two met as summer camp counselors in Oxford, NC. They shared an instant connection, and even though they wouldn’t admit it for years, they were crushing on each other big time!
During high school, they became close friends and the two left Raleigh for college in 2007, both heading to the University of South Carolina in Columbia. While in college, their friendship continued to grow and they (finally) starting dating.
During a trip to Atlantic Beach, Colin took Elizabeth to their favorite dinner spot in Beaufort. While taking a stroll on the river walk, he stopped, got on one knee, and asked Elizabeth if she would be his wife.
As you can see by the intimate and adorable photographs captured by talented NC photographer, Renee Sprink, their wedding had a classic yet modern Southern summer feel, from the soft pastel colors of the dresses and the flowers to the lush green backdrop and elegant ballroom at the Carolina Country Club.
Elizabeth carefully selected each piece of wedding jewelry she wore on her wedding day, including a pearl necklace her husband gave her while they were dating, a sapphire ring that belonged to her grandmother as her “something blue,” and a pearl bracelet her other grandmother gave her, which was made from a pearl necklace she had growing up. Elizabeth’s pearl earrings were the “something new,” and underneath her gown, over her heart, she had her sorority badge/pin from Phi Mu. Many years worth of moments and memories culminated in a beautiful wedding day for Colin and Elizabeth!
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“Renee Sprink was AMAZING!” Elizabeth remarks. “She didn’t just take our photos; she was with me through any part of the wedding I asked her to be. I felt like she really got to know Colin and I as a couple. I can’t wait to use her in the future!”Invitations
“Everyone at Paperbuzz was great! They did everything from the thank you notes to the save the dates to the wedding invitation and made everything similar, but different enough to stand out. I use them for everything!” Elizabeth shares.
“Second Empire was especially special for me as a luncheon location; it is one of the oldest houses in Raleigh and was built by my great-great grandfather,” shares Elizabeth. “The food was fantastic; there was something for everyone and the staff was very helpful.”
“Our cake was so good! We had a mimosa layer and a strawberry layer. It was light and perfect for an afternoon summer wedding,” says Elizabeth. “We had a personalized ‘dougram’ done instead of using our monogram. It was on the cake, ceremony program, and koozies. I love monograms, but the ‘dougram’ made our wedding different and personal. We plan on using it in our home!”CEREMONY VENUE Hayes Barton United Methodist Church | RECEPTION & CATERING Carolina Country Club | MINISTER Rick Clatyon | REHEARSAL DINNER Caffe Luna | WEDDING PLANNER Brenda Whitley | PHOTOGRAPHER Renee Sprink Photography | BRIDESMAID LUNCHEON Second Empire | BRIDAL GOWN Traditions by Anna | SHOES Lilly Pultizer | BRIDESMAID JEWELRY Pearl & diamond earrings from Kate Spade | BRIDESMAID DRESSES J. Crew | MOB DRESS Nordstrom | GROOMSMEN GIFTS Bow Tie and Cummerbund from High Cotton | FLORIST Kelly Odom Flowers | CAKE Sugarland | INVITATIONS Paperbuzz | CEREMONEY MUSIC David Witt | RECEPTION MUSIC Joe Bunn DJ Company | WEDDING FAVORS Personalized koozies.
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Rebecca and John’s glamourous Valentine’s Day wedding at the Grand Marquise Ballroom, in Garner, NC, captured by one of Raleigh’s top wedding photographers, Neil Boyd Photography.
Rebecca and John met through an online dating Website six years ago. Their first phone conversation lasted three hours, after which they knew they had to meet in person! Their first date was at the North Hills Shopping Center where they enjoyed a casual meal at Fox and Hound Bar and Grill followed by a date at the movies.
Fast forward five years; John and Rebecca were celebrating their anniversary in Washington, D.C. and John knew it would be the perfect time to propose! He wanted to find a spot Rebecca hadn’t been to before and knew Hillwood Estate, Museum & Garden would make the perfect proposal location. After touring the gardens for a little more than half an hour, they arrived at the spot where John planned to pop the question – a little curved Japanese bridge, crossing over a small stream. There were lots of tears of joy when John asked Rebecca to marry him that day! They enjoyed a beautiful post-proposal picnic in the gardens with a glass of wine as they called each family to share the good news!
When it came time for the wedding planning, Mike Morse, owner of Morse Entertainment, and Lindsay Morse, owner Made-Up Special Events by Lindsay Morse and coordinator for Forever Bridal, recommended the Grand Marquise Ballroom. John had originally seen pictures of the Grand Marquise on SB&G. When he went to look at the venue in person, he knew instantly that it would be perfect for their Valentine’s Day wedding!
The theme was modern glam with a winter feel. Flowers from Fresh Affairs and rentals from Party Reflections helped create the look. Photographer Neil Boyd captured every stunning detail of the evening and was one of the bride and groom’s top rated vendors.
The newlyweds now both reside in the Triangle. Rebecca, who has a real passion for helping others and making a positive impact in the community, works as a senior community engagement officer for Coastal Federal Credit Union and is involved in various Triangle non-profits as she works to finish her MBA in finance at Devry University. John works for Cary Reconstruction Company, LLC and enjoys traveling, going to shows, and catching up on favorite television series with Rebecca.
Take a look at their stunning winter wedding in the photos below!
“Meredith at The Grand Marquise Ballroom was absolutely amazing and helpful every step of the way!” says John. “I have now gained a good friend in Meredith from choosing such an amazing venue.”
“Lyn Grave from Fresh Affairs really helped transform the room and captured exactly what I had imagined a modern glam wedding with a wintery feel would look like,” shares John.WEDDING CONSULTANT Sarah Shumay, Sweet Sarabell | REHERSAL DINNER Caffe Luna | CEREMONY & RECEPTION The Grand Marquise Ballroom | CATERER Unforgettable Food Affairs | PHOTOGRAPHER Neil Boyd Photography | VIDEOGRAPHER Twenty-One Films | RENTALS Party Reflections | BRIDAL GOWN & BRIDESMAIDS Maggi Bridal | FORMALWEAR Men’s Wearhouse | FLORIST Fresh Affairs | CAKE Cinda’s Creative Cakes | INVITATIONS The Green Kangaroo | CEREMONY MUSIC Udeshi Hargett | RECEPTION MUSIC Morse Entertainment and DJ Rang | TRANSPORTATION Raleigh Dream Events & Limousines | HAIR & MAKEUP Lindsey Morse | JEWELRY Anfesa’s Jewelers and Swarovski | WEDDING FAVORS Event Espresso, SweetWater Ices (Italian Ice), Cherished Creations (Koozies), and Total Wine
With the change in seasons comes a new look for SB&G magazine! It’s out with the old and in with a new whimsical and elegant summer-fall cover! Dara Blakeley Photography captured this playful moment from SB&G’s 2015 fashion shoot at the Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, NC.When deciding on covers, we absolutely fell in love with this striking image of our bride with floral garland in classic white and green; it seemed to us it would make a perfect cover to usher in the summer months. We love that it’s dramatic, yet still soft, elegant and modern.
The cover bride is wearing a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier bridal gown from Nitsa’s Apparel, which has locations in Winston Salem and Charlotte. On this gown, a Chantilly lace corset bodice with drop waist flows to an embroidered layer over feather-light tulle. Makeup for Your Day enhanced the bride’s look with subtle tones in blush and mauve, and created both a relaxed up-do/bun as well as a soft look with flowing waves as appears on the cover. Wade Designs Jewelry provided the pretty pearls to complete the look.
The ensemble pairs perfectly with a classic combination of white roses and leafy greens, such as eucalyptus, shown in the garland draped over our bride. These whimsical floral touches were created by Fresh Affairs in Raleigh, NC.
The setting for this shoot was the stunning Merrimon-Wynne House, a restored historic property in downtown Raleigh. As you enter the Merrimon-Wynne House, you step into its distinguished past and its present glory. The elegant rooms are softly bathed in natural light from nearly floor-to-cieling windows, and carefully restored post-Cival War architectural details abound. Owner Jodi Strenkowski bought the vacant house in 2013 and renovated with weddings in mind. In keeping with the National Register of Historic Places, and as a Raleigh historic landmark, Jodi guided her architects in preserving the original home, and has added the perfect antique accent pieces.
PHOTOGRAPHER Dara Blakeley Photography | VENUE Merrimon-Wynne House | FLOWERS Fresh Affairs | BRIDAL GOWN Monique Lhuillier from Nitsa’s Apparel | JEWELRY Wade Designs Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day
Today, we’re highlighting a few recent events that showcased everything we love about weddings in the South, from charming wedding venues to creative caterers to bridal shows! We love that there are so many opportunities for brides and vendors to mingle at Triangle events. Whether you are searching for the perfect backdrop for your big day, getting a taste of an appetizer you want to have at your reception, or picking up a copy of Southern Bride & Groom at a bridal expo in Raleigh, we have you covered!
Open House at The Bradford
With renovations finally complete at The Bradford, a beautiful new venue located off the beaten path in New Hill, NC, it was ready to make its debut to vendors and brides during a special open house in April. Amanda Scott from A Swanky Affair helped coordinate and plan the event, which showcased all the new improvements made to The Bradford, including new rooftops and balconies. People were really “wowed” by the newly painted and updated ballroom as well!
Not only did brides get a chance to tour The Bradford and envision their wedding in this one-of-a-kind space, but they also got to mix and mingle with area vendors, who were there to show off their skills, including talented members of the SB&G Family! Brides-to-be received great tips and advice for their weddings in a stress-free environment, and entered fun giveaways. The champagne bar, provided by On the Rocks bartending, along with delicious bites, made for a relaxing afternoon. Tre Bella brought beautiful gowns to showcase and a wonderful selection of wedding day jewelry that were a big hit.
Taste the Event 2015
For the second year in a row, local chefs and foodies came together for a food and drink festival that centered around North Carolina cuisine. Taste the Event is a multi-day festival curated by our friends at Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine. The signature event, The Grand Taste Experience, was held at the Durham Armory on April 23, 2015.
After interviewing several SB&G preferred caterers on the blog, we were anxious to try their creations at Taste! Chef James Clark of Carolina Crossroads/The Carolina Inn fed us well with chilled sweet corn soup with tomato relish and flavorful smoked shrimp. Chef Teddy Diggs of Il Palio/The Siena cured fresh Alaskan salmon paired with warm homemade focaccia bread. We got our sushi fix from Chef Toshio Sakamaki of Basan (an Eschelon Experiences restaurant), who served a chili ginger garlic and soy marinated salmon hand roll. Chef Devereaux Greene at Herons/The Umstead Hotel & Spa showed off a creative technique by pouring warm violet potato soup over a white chocolate ball filled with caviar, which melted into a sweet and savory treat.
Guests mixed and mingled while listening to music from Mint Julep Jazz Band and tasting food from some of the very best chefs, caterers and restaurants in the area.
Forever Bridal Show
Each season, Forever Bridal Productions hosts a Southern Bridal Show and Expo at the Raleigh State Fairgrounds. Southern Bride & Groom loves attending the showcases to meet brides in person and to connect with great local wedding vendors!
At the April show and expo, brides-to-be enjoyed fashion previews featuring the latest trends in bridal wear, bridesmaids gowns, and tuxedos. They also got to meet and connect with talented Triangle wedding caterers, florists and consultants, as well as Raleigh, Durham, and Cary wedding photographers and videographers. Venues from small local chapels to wineries to beach resorts were also there with useful information.
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. Today’s floral inspiration includes peonies in two shades of pink, a gorgeous arrangement designed by Floral Dimensions of Durham, NC. Along with the surprise accents of Echeveria and grass loops on the lower arrangements, these tree-shaped clouds of blossoms allow for easy table conversation in a beautiful setting overlooking The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club Terrace on the Green.
Floral Dimensions at Academy Court has been serving Durham County and surrounding areas since the early 80s, and under the watchful eye of Bea Miller since 1986. Her attention to detail, along with an award-winning design team, has allowed Floral Dimensions to provide brides and their families with beautiful and memorable wedding florals and invitations. Floral Dimensions appreciates and enjoys the long term relationships established with former brides and their families. “It is a real pleasure to have a bride of twenty years ago come in to the studio and ask for assistance with her daughter or son’s prom corsage or boutonniere,” says Miller.
In addition to wedding and event designs, Floral Dimensions is a full service florist and provides the finest floral arrangements, gifts, and invitations for individuals and corporations. An array of green, blooming plants and orchids is a welcome sight upon entering the studio, followed by a walk to the display cooler filled with beautiful flowers grown locally as well as throughout the world. Floral Dimensions at Academy Court also designs and provides custom invitations, programs, announcements and stationery. In fact, the menu cards and coordinating place cards in this photo shoot were proudly designed and produced by Floral Dimensions. A layered collection of ivory linen stock over taupe complements the overall table design perfectly.FLORAL DESIGN Floral Dimensions | TABLE, TABLETOP, TABLE RUNNER & CHAIRS American Party Rentals | MENUS & NAME CARDS Floral Dimensions Stationery Studio | GOWN & JEWELRY Savvi Bridal | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY f8 Photo Studios
It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Elizabeth and Daniel’s elegant and urban wedding at The Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel.
Elizabeth and Danny met at a local bar in Astoria, NY, the night of SuperBowl XLVII and very quickly realized that they shared the same sharp wit, interests, and as Elizabeth jokes, “strong eyebrows.” It’s clear by their wedding pictures this couple knows how to make people laugh!
Danny used his birthday as a decoy to lure Elizabeth out to dinner the night he proposed. He popped the question at the Marriott Midtown East in New York City then they went out to the birthday party Elizabeth had originally planned, which quickly turned into an engagement party. Both sets of parents flew in—Elizabeth’s from Raleigh and Danny’s from St. Louis—to celebrate.
Elizabeth always dreamed of a very elegant wedding. When her Dad came across The Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel, Elizabeth and her mom agreed it was the perfect venue—a modern, urban setting with stately staircases and luxurious ballrooms.
She also knew from that she wanted her bridesmaids to not only choose their own dresses, but to be able to have some say in the color as well. It was important to her that the girls feel beautiful and comfortable in their gowns, and so, she based a lot of the design decisions off of what the girls chose. The skin-tone inspired palette they went with (brown, gold, rose, champagne) was classic and beautiful.
To keep things personal and as worry-free as possible, the couple stayed true to the three things that were most important to them: the music, the food, and the drinks!
Elizabeth’s youngest brother is currently serving in the U.S. Navy and was unable to obtain leave and attend the wedding in person, so he attended via FaceTime. Photographer Ginny Corbett documented his entrance to the reception on the phone with Elizabeth’s other brother!
“We wanted a venue that would house both the ceremony and reception to take out the travel time in-between the two. The Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel was just what we were looking for. Our goal was to make the weekend stress-free and enjoyable for our guests because 80 percent of them flew in from NY, MO, CA and even Iran,” says Elizabeth.
VENUE & ACCOMODATIONS: The Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel | PHOTOGRAPHER Ginny Corbett Photography | PLANNER Brooke Roberson | REVEREND Linda Johnson | RENTALS CE Rental | MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day | HAIR Mark Christopher Salon | INVITATIONS Paperbuzz | FLORIST Teacup Floral | CAKE Divine Parties and Desserts | SHOES Jimmy Choo | FORMALWEAR Men’s Warehouse & Vera Wang | RECEPTION MUSIC Arioso Strings and The Knocks | FAVORS Buffalo Trace cigars and whiskey with highball glass, 6-pack initialed coozie and bride DIY ceramic snowflake ornaments
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.
After a long winter, we love to see the return of vibrant colors and rich toned flowers! This shoot, on the Terrace overlooking the green of The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham, NC, makes us think of the hot summer nights ahead. Embrace the heat for your outdoor reception with vibrant pinks and fiery lava orange that mimic a gorgeous sunset. Late night calls for candles and lanterns, setting a romantic mood this fun Sangria table.
This bold and colorful summer floral inspiration created by Expressions of Love Florist features a beautiful mix of roses, peonies and orchids. The team at this Fuquay Varina floral shop brings a combined total of 52 years of experience to the business. Along with contemporary and traditional arrangements, the shop specializes in tropicals, high-style floral arrangements, dried floral arrangements, and more. Their large inventory of fresh flowers means they can create beautiful floral designs for weddings in all seasons.
FLORAL DESIGN Expressions of Love Florist | CHAIRS & TABLETOP RENTALS Classic Party Rentals | PLACE CARDS & CHALKBOARD CALLIGRAPHY Calligraphy by Carrie | GOWN Lisa from Tulle New York | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters
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: