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North Carolina Museum of Art Wedding Showcase

The North Carolina Museum of Art Wedding Showcase is quickly approaching. The 2014 event will be held on Wednesday, October 15 at 6:00pm – only two weeks away!

NCMA WeddingCyn Kain Photography

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), a completely unique venue for Raleigh weddings, while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts, beautiful floral displays, and unparalleled ambiance. The evening will also feature ceremony packages, personalized wedding consultation, vendor meet-and-greets, and a giveaway from Diamonds Direct! In addition, those who book their wedding the evening of the showcase will receive 10% off the venue fee.

Tickets are only $10 per person and are available for purchase now!

The First Ever NotWedding in Charlotte

The NotWedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a fake wedding where brides and grooms-to-be get to be “guests” for the evening and witness the talent of the local vendors first-hand. The first ever NotWedding in Charlotte took place at the Levine Museum of the New South on August 7, and today we’re sharing some of the gorgeous pictures from the event, which was themed for a wedding between winter and spring with a soft, natural color palette and garden feel.

Watercolor Wedding Invitations Details from the NotWedding Charlotte Bridesmaids and NotWedding Charlotte Couple Natural Boutonnieres NotWedding Charlotte Bridal Party NotWedding Reception Entrance Charlotte Wedding Reception

Wedding Sweetheart Table with Pillows

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

For a full list of the vendors involved, check out the NotWedding website!

Photos 1, 2a, 3, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13a, 14, and 15 by Caroline Lima Photography // Photos 2b, 4, 7, 8, and 12 by LaCross Photography // Photos 5 and 13b by Nicole Caudle Photography

Outdoor Weddings and Events at Raleigh’s WRAL Azalea Gardens

The WRAL Azalea Gardens in Raleigh, NC, boasts the best of both worlds when it comes to a local wedding venue — a stunning, tranquil location and a rich history of giving back to the community. The combination makes this venue extraordinarily special, and feel so lucky to have something so wonderful right here in the heart of North Carolina!

The gardens showcase a full range of flowering and non-flowering plants — like azaleas, dogwoods, rhododendrons, and hydrangeas — that are typical in Southern landscaping. In 2000, the space underwent major renovations to accommodate the TV studio expansion, including the addition of a new fountain and walkways overlooking the gardens, and the new architecture was surrounded with planters and flowerbeds to blend seamlessly with the natural landscape. Today, the gardens’ founder’s grandson, Jim Goodmon, oversees the development and upkeep of the space, which received with Tree & Landscape Conservation award in 2003.

WRAL Azalea Gardens Fountain WRAL Azalea Gardens Walkway

Each year, in an effort to beautify the community, WRAL sponsors the WRAL Azalea Celebration, where WRAL-TV gives away over 10,000 azalea plants to more than 100 non-profits all over the state of North Carolina. This year’s winning organizations will receive their azaleas on October 11 – only a few weeks away!

The gardens offer a gorgeous, serene space for outdoor wedding ceremonies. Reservations for weddings may be made for either a 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. ceremony on weekends from April to the first week of September. Wedding parties have access to the gardens for setup an hour prior to the ceremony. Up to 100 chairs will be provided, and couples who reserve the gardens will be able to enjoy the newly-renovated restrooms and dressing rooms.

Mid-March to mid-May is the time of year the azaleas are at their most beautiful, with the third weekend in April being the peak. To reserve your wedding date at the stunning WRAL Azalea Gardens, go here. The gardens are also open to the public throughout the year, and make a perfect backdrop for bridal portraits or engagement sessions – with no reservation required!

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Outer Banks Wedding at The Sanderling Resort

The Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC, is home to many event spaces ideal for any wedding. Housing anywhere from 15 to 200 guests, the venues on the property are sure to create an amazing backdrop for one of the biggest days of your life! Get inspired with these descriptions of the property’s beautiful event spaces, and start planning your own Outer Banks wedding at The Sanderling Resort!

Reception Venues
The climate-controlled Wedding Pavilion at Sanderling is nestled right next to the Currituck Sound, and designed for optimal views of the breathtaking sights for up to 200 guests. Whether you’re inside gazing through its 270-degree windows or relaxing in the walk out gazebo, you’re sure to have gorgeous views of the renowned Outer Banks sunsets.

Sanderling Pavilion Reception Outer Banks Sunset

The Event House and Deck, complete with beach access, a private fire pit, and deck with pergola, creates a cozy evening for your guests to enjoy both inside and out. This versatile space offers several options for dining and dancing – inside with your décor or under the stars on the deck. Seal your night with s’mores around the fire pit, games on the lawn, or chats under the pergola.

Fire Pit on Sanderling Deck

The Keeper’s Loft is a soft and airy space, perched with lovely views of both the ocean and the sound. The best space for smaller, more intimate weddings, Keeper’s Loft provides ample space for up to 40 of your closest friends and family.

Keepers Loft Reception

Kimball’s Kitchen, the fine dining restaurant on the property, is also available as a venue for receptions on Sundays and Mondays in-season and any day November through April. Its sound-facing wall of floor length windows shows off the spectacular view of the Currituck. Up to 60 guests can enjoy this elegant reception space.

Reception at Sanderling Restaurant

Ceremony Venues
What little girl hasn’t dreamed of having a wedding on the beach? The Sanderling beach accesses are the perfect place to put your toes in the sand and marry the person of your dreams! With the Atlantic behind you, what backdrop could compare? The Sanderling’s Oceanside Beach Ceremonies are stunning no matter the décor.

Ceremony on the Beach

The Event Lawn at Sanderling Resort is a lovely alternative to a “toes in the sand” ceremony. Including a two-tier Observation Deck, you have the option to hold your ceremony on the top tier for up to 60 guests, or on the lower lawn if you have more friends and family. The versatile space can also fit your cocktail hour with the addition of live music, lounge furniture, cocktail tables, or umbrellas.

Ceremony on the Event Deck Sanderling Event Lawn

Eclectic Pink and Gold Wedding at The Cookery in Durham, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Alison and Anthony’s eclectic pink and gold wedding at The Cookery in Durham, NC, shot by Suzanne Brewer Photography.

Alison and Anthony met through an online dating service and had their first date at Fullsteam Brewery, where they immediately bonded over their shared love of the Durham food and beer scene. Anthony proposed on the balcony of a beautiful bed and breakfast during a surprise trip to Wilmington. Alison said yes, and the couple began planning their May 2014 wedding!

They knew they wanted a fun, yet elegant, venue and vibe for their wedding day, and as soon as they set foot in The Cookery in downtown Durham, they knew it was the perfect fit! Alison and Anthony loved the laid back, bar-like atmosphere and all of the surprising elements that made it feel special, like the historic railing, bar, and mural outside. The couple used a chevron fabric with pink, red, and gold as the inspiration for their color palette, and then “just went with what felt right,” according to the bride.

Alison and Anthony made sure to include details to make their wedding day reflective of them as a couple, including having local brews on tap and having the bride’s mother design the escort board and pennant flags they used as décor!

They used many members of the SB&G Family to make their vision of their wedding day come to life, including: The Cookery, Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning, Belk, Tre Bella Flowers, Sugarland, and American Party Rentals. These photos, courtesy of Suzanne Brewer, beautifully portray the couple’s fun, relaxed big day!

Pink and Gold Invitations Red Pink and Cream Bridal Bouquet Black and White Bride Getting Ready String Band Portraits in Downtown Durham Wedding Reception at The Cookery Red Pink and Gold Wedding Decor Chevron Linen and Gold Vase Cake Quartet Pennant Flag Escort Board Red Pink and Gold Bunting Outdoor String Lights Cutting the Cake First Dance at The Cookery

Wedding Location: The Cookery
Wedding Planner: Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Vince Camuto
Men’s Formalwear: Belk
Hair and Makeup: Made Up Special
Photographer: Suzanne Brewer Photography
Florist: Tre Bella Flowers
Cake: Sugarland
Invitations: Yellow Door Creative
Musicians: Bellevue Rhythmaries
Party Rentals: American Party Rentals
Wedding Favors: The Parlour Bus

Iron Horse – New Wedding and Event Venue Near Hillsborough, NC

Iron Horse is a beautiful new event venue located in Cedar Grove, just 15 minutes north of Hillsborough, NC. Sixteen acres of gorgeous, privately owned farmland offer rustic elegance and peaceful surroundings for a truly Southern wedding affair. While most couples will probably want to have a wedding under the open sky with a tented reception, Iron Horse also has an indoor space that can be used for a rehearsal dinner or backup reception location. The bride and groom may also rent the house and spend the entire weekend there with their nearest and dearest.

Iron Horse recently hosted a launch party for our local community of wedding professionals. They partnered with our friends at American Party Rentals, as well as several local event professionals including Fig & Honey, Farm & Filligree, Spring Forth Farms, yellowDog: creative, Prissy Pots, Coleslaw, and Iron Horse co-owner Matt Fox’s two popular downtown Hillsborough restaurants — LaPlace Louisiana Cookery and The Wooden Nickel Pub.

The event was complemented by the beautiful summer weather, and the attendees were free to sip pink champagne, enjoy live bluegrass, and spark great conversations with industry allies. Iron Horse co-owner Shannon Fox said, “We are so grateful for everyone that came to visit, and for those who helped make the evening such a great success. We are looking forward to being a part of many more celebrations at Iron Horse!”

These lovely photos, courtesy of Live View Studios, portray what a charming atmosphere Iron Horse, a new wedding and event venue near Hillsborough, NC, has for any private event or wedding!


Iron Horse Ceremony Spaces


Vintage Furniture Rentals Iron Horse House Iron Horse Fire Pit Live Bluegrass Band Tents at Iron Horse Open House Bright Floral Arrangements Iron Horse Open House Rustic Vintage Decor Iron Horse at Night

Romantic Spring Wedding at The Great Room at Top of the Hill

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Casey and Dan’s romantic spring wedding at The Great Room at Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill, NC, shot by AJ Dunlap Photography. 

Casey and Dan met when they were in high school – she was a sophomore cheerleader and he was a junior hockey player. Over the past 11 years, the two have grown up together and shared many wonderful memories.

Dan proposed to Casey at Wrightsville Beach on New Years Day 2013. The couple says it’s one of their favorite memories, despite the dreary winter weather! They wanted their wedding day to be one centered on love, sincerity, and family, and one where they could share their affinity for Chapel Hill in the spring time with their loved ones. With a warm, romantic color palette including shades of ivory, white, sand, gold, blush, and peach, the couple’s vision came to life in the unique Great Room at Top of the Hill, located on historic Franklin Street.

Dan and Casey used several members of the SB&G Family to make their wedding day exactly as they’d pictured, including: The Great Room at Top of the Hill, Tre Bella Flowers, Gigi’s Cupcakes, American Party Rentals, and the Carolina Inn.

Enjoy these beautiful photos of Dan and Casey’s wedding day, shot by AJ Dunlap Photography!

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Ceremony Location: Chapel of the Cross
Reception Location: The Great Room at Top of the Hill
Bridal Gown: Anne Barge
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August
Men’s Formalwear: Jos A. Bank
Hair: Caju Salon
Makeup: Sharon S. Davis Makeup Artistry
Photographer: AJ Dunlap Photography
Florist: Tre Bella Flowers
Cake: Gigi’s Cupcakes
Invitations: Parklife Press
Reception Music: Unlimited DJ
Rentals: American Party Rentals
Guest Accommodations: Carolina Inn

Green and Yellow Wedding at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re sharing Sean and Shelley’s green and yellow wedding at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh, shot by Neil Boyd Photography.

Sean and Shelley met through a mutual friend and immediately hit it off after meeting for drinks one night. Sean proposed at the National Zoo, which was the perfect spot as it represented Shelley’s love for animals and zoos! She said yes, and the couple began planning their June 2014 wedding.

Sean had always envisioned an outdoor wedding, so the couple decided on the JC Raulston Arboretum on NC State’s campus – the bride’s alma mater and a beautiful garden venue. They selected a green and gold color palette inspired by their favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers, and carried the theme throughout their wedding day, including their reception at the NC Museum of History. Sean and Shelley personalized their big day with details that were unique to their personalities, like the escort card animal figurines and puzzle piece guest book.

The couple used several members of the SB&G Family to bring their wedding day together, including: the NC Museum of History, Neil Boyd Photography, Blossom Artistry, Edible Art, and CE Rental.

Enjoy these photos from Sean and Shelley’s wedding day, courtesy of Neil Boyd Photography!

Hayley Paige Wedding Dress Green Bridesmaids with Yellow Bouquets Grey and Green Groomsmen Yellow Bouquet and Boutonniere Raleigh Arboretum Wedding Ceremony Bride and Groom on NC State Campus Wedding Reception at NC History Museum Puzzle Pieces Wedding Sign Puzzle Pieces Guestbook Animal Figure Escort Cards Animal Magnet Wedding Favors Green and Yellow Wedding Cake NC Museum of History First Dance Animal Magnet

Ceremony: JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State Campus
Reception: NC Museum of History
Caterer: Catering By Design
Photographer: Neil Boyd Photography
Bridal Gown: Kleinfeld Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Blossom Artistry
Cake: Edible Art
Reception Music: Randy Bennett of Joe Bunn DJ Company
Linens: CE Rental

Contemporary Hot Pink and Blue Wedding at Duke Gardens in Durham, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Magnus and Holly’s contemporary hot pink and blue wedding at Duke Gardens in Durham, NC, shot by Rebecca Ames Photography.

Holly and Magnus met through work and became fast friends. After Magnus moved to Houston, Texas, he and Holly began dating long distance, and one year later, Holly moved to Houston. About a year after Holly made the big move, Magnus asked her to marry him.

The couple selected Duke Gardens because of Holly’s love for her alma mater, Duke University, and their shared affinity for the outdoors. They were drawn to the venue’s combination of indoor and outdoor space for the reception, and they way it fit with their sleek, contemporary vision. Holly and Magnus used paper lanterns, mirrored centerpieces, and bright flowers to bring their dream of a modern, romantic wedding to life.

Holly and Magnus also made sure to include several personal touches to make their wedding day unique and pay homage to Magnus’s Swedish heritage, including a cake stand made by the bride’s uncle that is modeled after a Swedish candelabra the couple has in their home and a shot of liquor from the groom’s hometown shared with their guests following the best man’s speech.

The couple used several members of the SB&G Family to bring their big day and wedding weekend together, including: A Swanky Affair, the NC Museum of Life & Science, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Party Reflections, Classic Party Rentals, and the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.

Enjoy these beautiful photos of Magnus and Holly’s wedding day, courtesy of Rebecca Ames Photography!

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Wedding Consultant: Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair
Rehearsal Dinner: NC Museum of Life & Science
Ceremony & Reception: Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Caterer: The Catering Company of Chapel Hill
Photographer: Rebecca Ames Photography
Bridal Gown: La Sposa from Misora Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm from Maggi Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Watered Garden
Cake: Sweet Memories
Ceremony Musicians: Florian Music
Reception Music: Groovetown
Linens, tables, place settings, etc: Party Reflections
Tent: Classic Party Rentals
Lighting: Get Lit
Guest Accommodations: Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Hair & Makeup: Posh the Salon

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