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Sweet Southern Outdoor Wedding at the Burke Manor Inn and Pavilion

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Aprille and Joseph’s sweet Southern outdoor wedding at The Burke Manor Inn and Pavilion in Gibsonville, NC.

Joseph went looking for an apartment one day, and along with finding a place to rent, he found his soulmate. Aprille was working as a leasing consultant at the complex. She and Joseph soon became close friends and chatted while they were both there, but when Aprille left the job, she thought that would be the end of it. Luckily, they reconnected on Facebook have been together as a couple ever since.

Because they both have children from previous relationships, Wednesday nights were set aside as their official date nights when they were both free. Joe had his heart set on proposing to Aprille on April Fool’s Day 2015 which fell on a Wednesday night. He planned to take her out to a nice restaurant and have an evening to celebrate, but on that night, Aprille’s son was sick so they stayed home. They ended up watching a movie after putting her son to bed and Joe proposed right there on the couch. Sometimes the best things come out of the worst situations!

The Burke Manor Inn had everything Aprille and Joe wanted in a wedding venue: A beautiful ceremony garden, a covered reception pavilion in case of a late summer afternoon thunderstorm, and the Inn had enough room for both families to stay for the whole wedding weekend!

During the planning process, Aprille swore by Pinterest. “The best thing that we did was write everything down in detail with what we wanted at the wedding and I provided pictures for the vendors. It allowed each vendor to know exactly what we wanted,” she shares.

All the kids were a part of the wedding, of course, including Joe’s two sons as the “best men” and Aprille’s son, the ring bearer. In the photos below, Spotlight Photography captures the close bond they all share and the jovial mood of all the wedding guests. The smiles on everyone’s faces tell it all!

With the help of the staff and team at Burke Manor Inn, which provided an experience their wedding guests are still talking about, along with the mother of the bride’s handy work (she altered Aprille’s wedding gown and made all the tablecloths for the ceremony and reception), Aprille and Joe enjoyed a beautiful Southern summer wedding.The Burke Manor Inn in NCwedding ring boxLace wedding gownCute first look photosWhite bridal bouquetWedding ringsRoses at weddingSouthern weddingsNorth Carolina brideWedding photographyPink wedding bouquetsPink and lace bridesmaidsGroomsmen socksWedding venues in NCWedding decorPink corsageWedding programsOutdoor wedding ceremonyRing bearerOutdoor wedding at Burke Manor InnSouthern bride and groomPink and white wedding flowersBurke Manor Inn PavilionSugarland wedding cakeNorth carolina weddingMonogramed wedding favorsTan suites on groomsmenGetting married at the Burke Manor InnReception at the Burke Manor InnReception in the Burke Manor PavilionBurke Manor Inn weddingVENUE & CATERER Burke Manor Inn & Pavilion | PHOTOGRAPHY Spotlight Photography | REHERSAL DINNER Buffalo Lanes bowling’| MINISTER Ken Tilley | GOWN Romona Keveza from Bridals by Lori | SHOES Boston Proper | BRIDESMAIDS David’s Bridal, Greensboro | MOB Dillard’s | HAIR Stephanie Beaver | MAKE UP Brooke Miles | JEWELRY Jason’s the Art of Jewelry, Reeds Jewelers, and Perry’s Gold Mine | BRIDESMAID GIFTS Cross necklaces with personalized charm | FORMALWEAR Men’s Wearhouse, Burlington | GROOMSMEN GIFT Golf Outing at Shamrock Golf Club | FLORIST Sedgefield Florist | CAKE Sugarland | STATIONER Juliepatoolie’s | FAVORS Mini fans from Quality Logo Products | DJ & LIGHTING K2 Productions | ACCOMODATIONS Burke Manor Inn

A North Carolina Wedding that Marries Duke and UNC

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.Durham brideJoe Payne Wedding PhotographyBridal tierraChinese wedding in AmericaDiamond wedding bandsRed wedding shoesRaleigh wedding photographersWhite boutonniereDurham bride at the Duke ChapelRainy day weddingBride and groom at Duke ChapelPink and white bouquetsDurham bride at Duke ChapelRainy day wedding picturesBlack and white wedding photographyMarried at the historic Duke ChapelDuke Chapel CeremonyDuke Chapel wedding photographyDuke and UNC weddingDurham NC wedding venuesCustomized cake topperChapel Hill receptionWhite wedding cakeChinese wedding favorsTop of the Hill reception venueChinese wedding traditionsSparkler exit after receptionSB&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

Sweet Southern Summer Wedding at the Carolina Country Club

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!”Wedding photography by Renee SprnkInvitations
“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.”

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“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!”White wedding caake and pink flowersCEREMONY 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.

Valentine’s Day Wedding at The Grand Marquise Ballroom

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!

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“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.Winter wedding near Raleigh NCWEDDING 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

Southern Bride & Groom Releases Whimsical Summer-Fall Cover!

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.Southern wedding magazineWhen 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.

Raleigh bride at Merrimon Wynne HouseThe 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.

Monique Lhuillier wedding gown Nitsas ApparelThe 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.

Merrimon-Wynne House RaleighKeep an eye out for our new summer/fall cover in stores and boutiques across North Carolina. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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

Brides and Vendors Mingle at Triangle Events

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.

The Bradford’s next open house will be held in July. Thank you to Casey Rose Photography for the lovely photos!The Bradford wedding venueBride at NC wedding venue open houseOpen House at the Bradford wedding venue in NCWedding gown and jewelry from Tre Bella BridalVintage couch at The BradfordSouthern bridal wedding magazineWedding food served at The Bradford Open HouseGold white and purple wedding colorsPurple and white wedding paletteWhite and green wedding cake and cateringBride and Groom chalkboard signsPhotos: Casey Rose Photography

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.

If you missed out on all the foodie fun this year, keep it on your calendar for next April.Taste the Event DurhamGreen and white rustic flowersDurham magazine and Southern Bride and Groom at Taste the eventDurham NC food festivalChef Teddy Diggs of Il PalioChef Clark catering from The Carolina InnTaste 2015 Durham NCPhotos: Emily Toth Photography and Kristin Prelipp of KPO Photography

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.

Thanks to American Party Rentals and University Florist for making our table pretty!

The next Southern Bridal Show and Expo will be held August 8-9, 2015.Southern Bridal ExpoTeal Wedding Colors

Peonies in Shades of Pink Floral Inspiration

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.Outdoor wedding at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf ClubPink and ivory wedding paletteIvory menus and placecards from Floral DimensionsPink wedding flowersDurham Bride at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf ClubPink peony wedding flowersTall pink wedding centerpiecesIvory colored table settingPink centerpieces for wedding tablesPink and white wedding bouquetFLORAL 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

Elegant Urban Wedding at Renaissance Raleigh Hotel

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!

It’s clear from the animated images captured by Ginny Corbett Photography that Elizabeth and Danny’s smiles and excitement were contagious on their wedding day!Raleigh bride Jimmy Choo wedding shoes and jewelry

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“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.

Wedding reception at the Renaissance North Hills HotelVENUE & 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

Bold and Colorful Summer Floral Inspiration

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.
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New Urban-Chic Event Space in Durham

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!Customize a magnetic chalkboard for your weddingNew event venue in downtown Durham NCNew event space in Durham NCUrban downtown event space in North CarolinaDurham Catering Co provides food for event at The RickhouseDurham Catering Company food at The RickhouseSalmon served by Durham Catering CoPink and white table decorDurham Catering Co NC event cateringSample of food by Durham Catering Co.The Rickhouse is equipped with audio and videoThe Rickhouse is also home to Revival Spirits DistilleryShutterbooth photobooth at The RickhouseCatered dessert ideasBite size desserts by Durham Catering CoRevival Spirits is a new distillery in The RickhouseUrban Chic event space in downtown DurhamVENUE The Rickhouse | PHOTOGRAPHY Amanda Olson Photography | FLORALS Tre Bella | RENTALS American Party Rentals | PHOTOBOOTH Shutterbooth | CATERING Durham Catering Co. | DJ Spin