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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.

White Floral Centerpieces Trinity Awards Centerpieces Live Dance Performance Aerialist Performer

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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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 Photographer
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

Elegant Southern Wedding at Bay 7 in Durham, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Derek and Kristin’s elegant Southern wedding at Bay 7 in Durham, NC, shot by Robyn Van Dyke Photography.

Derek and Kristin initially met in middle school, but lost touch when they attended different high schools. As fate would have it, they were reintroduced through mutual friends in college, and they began dating in the fall of 2009.

In May of 2013, after four years together, Derek proposed in a park near their house in Cary with their 1 year old chocolate lab puppy. Of course, Kristin said yes, and they began planning their April 2014 wedding. The pair fell in love with Bay 7 and knew it would work perfectly with their “Southern Elegance” theme. They selected a color palette of champagne, mocha, black and white to complement the venue’s urban chic feel, which was carried out through the bridesmaids dresses, table décor, and floral details.

The couple used several members of the SB&G family to make their wedding day vision come to life, including: Lana Addison, Cute Buttons, and CE Rental.

Enjoy these beautiful photos of Kristin and Derek’s big day, courtesy of Robyn Van Dyke Photography.

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Ceremony Location: First Presbyterian Church
Reception Location: Bay 7
Bridal Gown: Lana Addison – Pronovias
Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August
Men’s Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Hair: Posh Salon
Makeup: Elaine Harrison
Photographer: Robyn Van Dyke Photography
Florist: Brides & Bouquets
Cake: Ashley Cakes
Invitations: Cute Buttons
Reception Music: Love Tribe Band
Rentals: CE Rental

Vow Writing Workshop at Raffaldini Vineyards

Are you interested in writing your own wedding vows? Come to the picturesque Raffaldini Vineyards on Sunday, June 29th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm for a Vow Writing Workshop that will help you craft beautiful, personal wedding vows that reflect the life you want to build with your future spouse.

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Enjoy a glass of wine and gain some inspiration at the workshop, which will be cohosted by Carrie Knowles and Kimberly Williams. Carrie, an author and the 2014 Piedmont Laureate, will guide couples through the process of vow writing and help them put their feelings for each other into words. Kimberly, a wedding consultant with Weddings by the Vine, will be available to answer any wedding-related questions.

The Vow Writing Workshop at Raffaldini Vineyards is only $30 per couple. Price includes a glass of wine and two hours of wedding and wedding vows consultation. Book now on Eventbrite, as space is extremely limited! 

First photo courtesy of Whitebox Photography; second photo courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters

Carolina Moonshine & BBQ Dinner at The Merrimon-Wynne House Raleigh

Southern Bride & Groom joined the rest of the Triangle chapter of NACE at the historic Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh last month for the “Shine On, Carolina Moon” event. The event celebrated North Carolina’s fabulous food culture and included a focus on BBQ, moonshine, and Carolina whiskey.

The Merrimon Wynne House

Attendees were able to participate in several fun, hands-on events. Tom Meyer of The Q-Shack led them through a demonstration of various BBQ rubs and spices, which culminated in a make-your-own BBQ rub bar!

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Jeremy Norris of Broadslab Distillery educated guests about NC’s notorious moonshining history. He shared skills and techniques that have been cultivated by five generations of master distillers, and even provided attendees with their own samples to taste.

Broadslab Distillery Moonshine

Bob Weihe of Blue Ridge Distilling Company introduced Defiant — a new, revolutionary single malt whiskey that combines the best of Scottish tradition with American ingenuity.

Defiant Whiskey

Attendees enjoyed live music from Old Habits, and a delicious spin on traditional Southern cuisine, which included pistachio pesto deviled eggs with candied bacon, smoked pork tenderloin, buttermilk biscuits, and of course, BBQ in both the Eastern and Western NC styles.

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Merrimon Wynne Patio
Thanks to Kevin Milz Photography for the beautiful shots from the Carolina Moon dinner at The Merrimon-Wynne House! And a big shout out to all of the event’s wonderful sponsors: The Merrimon-Wynne House, A Southern Soiree, Mitchell’s Catering, Party Reflections, Broadslab Distillery, The Q-Shack, Piebird, Old Habits, The English Garden, Southern Harvest Catering, Calligraphy by Carrie, Farmer’s Table Restaurant Group, Party ‘n’ Post, Blue Ridge Distilling, Joe Bunn DJ Company, and Kevin Milz Photography.

Rustic Chic Winter Wedding at The Stockroom in Raleigh

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re sharing Katelyn and Nathaniel’s rustic chic winter wedding at The Stockroom in Raleigh, with gorgeous photos from Story Photographers. 

Katelyn and Nathaniel met while on a double date — but they were dating other people! She was immediately drawn to his sweet smile and fun-loving sense of humor. After their other relationships came to a close, they met for a casual coffee date and were hooked!

During a family trip to the mountains, the pair decided to go to Chimney Rock Park. While hiking, Nathaniel got down on one knee and, completely to Katelyn’s surprise, pulled out a ring and proposed. Of course, she said yes, and afterwards, they went to Rock House Vineyard to celebrate with their friends and family.

Katelyn and Nathaniel envisioned an intimate, personal wedding day filled with things that represented them as individuals and as a couple. They selected The Stockroom at 230 in downtown Raleigh because the city had been the backdrop of most of their memorable moments while dating, and because they fell in love with the venue’s exposed brick walls, whitewashed wood beams, and gorgeous windows.

The couple chose Catering Works because of the company’s amazing reputation, and because they clicked with EW Fulcher over doing a spin on traditional Southern cuisine on their very first meeting. Catering Works also handled the florals, decor, and cake. The bride said that more people talked about the delicious wedding cake than her wedding dress!

With a soft, romantic color palette of dusty rose, shale green, cream, gold, and taupe, the two tied the knot in a beautiful, rustic chic winter event. Katelyn and Nathaniel further personalized their wedding day by writing the entire ceremony themselves, customizing the music selections (the groom even performed a mash-up of their two favorite songs during the ceremony!), doing a first look, and hand making a lot of the details, like the name cards, paper flowers, and ring box.

Please enjoy these stunning photographs of Katelyn and Nathaniel’s wedding day, courtesy of Story Photographers.

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Wedding Location: The Stockroom at 230
Rehearsal Dinner: Caffe Luna
Wedding Planner: EW Fulcher of Catering Works
Bridal Gown: maggie Sottero from Bridal Boutique of North Carolina
Bridal Shoes: BHLDN
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J Crew and Nordstrom
Men’s Formalwear: Belk
Hair: Chouette; Bettie Hair Salon
Makeup: A Makeup Culture
Photographer: Story Photographers
Videographer: Five Copper Creative
Caterer: Catering Works
Florist: Catering Works
Cake: Catering Works
Invitations: Storkie
Programs: Yellow Brick Graphics
Reception Music: Glen Ingram (Jazz Saxophone); DJ KStones
Party Rentals: CE Rental
Wedding Favors: Personalized pouches of coffee beans