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Blushing Floral Dessert Table Decor

Dessert Table Inspiration

Floral Dimensions shows us the dramatic beauty that floral design can add to your dessert table, creating one of the most gorgeous décor elements of the room. These giant floral and greenery wreaths are hung above the table and visible from every direction. The yummy and lovely desserts will be anticipated by all and the presentation couldn’t be more delightful!

Dessert Table with florals by Floral Dimensions KAtherine Miles Jones

Sugar Euphoria, based in the Raleigh, NC area, is known for designing exquisite wedding cakes as well as custom dessert bars for your celebration. They created a beautiful array of cakes and treats for this naturally sweet dessert display!

Hanging Blush and Green Floral Arrangements from Floral Dimensions and dessert table in sweet yet dramatic inspired wedding, Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Wedding Dessert table in blush theme colors Floral Dimensions KAtherine Miles Jones

Durham, NC based wedding florist, Floral Dimensions designed a hanging floral display with the help of Get Lit Special Event Lighting. Having an arrangement hanging above the table allowed the beautiful flowers and greenery to be viewed from anywhere in the room and really brought together the table as a place to mix and mingle while enjoying an array of desserts for the reception. They used a beautiful blush colored ribbon to hang the wreath floral arrangement which perfectly complimented the color scheme.

Hanging Floral Display with blush florals and ribbon accent Floral Dimensions KAtherine Miles Jones

Sugar Euphoria Alternative Desserts Cupcakes and Macarons KAtherine Miles Jones
White Cake from Sugar Euphoria with Blush flowers and vines by Floral Dimensions, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Floral Dimensions used fresh flowers to completely transform the desserts on the table. Each cake was draped and adorned with roses, vines and greenery that perfectly coincided with the floral arrangements in the hanging wreath as well as each vase.

Happily Ever After Cake Topper on nearly naked white cake with blush flower accents by Floral Dimension, Katherine Miles Jones

Naked Cake Trend by Sugar Euphoria Floral Dimensions KAtherine Miles Jones

Alternative Dessert Cake Pops by Sugar Euphoria Floral Dimensions KAtherine Miles Jones
Blush rose and white with black Anemone in arrangement by Floral Dimensions, a NC florist, Katherine Miles Jones

Close Up of Blush rose and white with black Anemone in bouquet by Floral Dimensions, a NC florist, Katherine Miles Jones

The bridal bouquet was a thing of pure magic! Using the same florals that can be found all around the venue, Floral Dimensions created a bountiful collection of florals to compliment the bride’s tulle and lace Hayley Paige gown from Coastal Knot Bridal and stunningly elegant earrings from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.

Bride in hayley paige from coastal knot with blush bouquet Floral Dimensions KAtherine Miles Jones
Blush bridal bouquet Floral Dimensions KAtherine Miles Jones

Hayley Page Wedding Dress from Coastal Knot KMJ Photo

Bride holding spring blush bouquet from Floral Dimensions photography by Katherine Miles Jones Photography

SB&G Preferred Vendors

FLORAL DESIGN: Floral Dimensions | SIGNS: Floral Dimensions Stationary Studio | DESSERTS: Sugar Euphoria | GLASSWARE, CHINA, & LINEN: American Party Rentals | WREATH BASE: Get Lit Special Event Lighting | GOWN: Hayley Paige from Coastal Knot Bridal | JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Feminine Fairytale NC Wedding at Graylyn Estate

Amber & Deon

Amber & Deon may be traveling the world, but they returned to the state their love began, North Carolina, to exchange vows in front of their loved ones. With the help of Nouveau Events, the couple was able to create a unique yet intimate setting for their guests at Graylyn Estate. With blushes, golds, creams and a pop of rose gold, the wedding was a feminine fairytale, which was fitting since their relationship is a true fairytale romance.

Amber and Deon met in an English class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After two years of friendship they began dating and seven years later Deon popped the question.



Bride and groom in nc wedding venue at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Deon, a starter on the 2009 National Championship Tar Heels basketball team, has been playing professional abroad since college. Amber has been along with him for this exciting ride as he has played in Europe, China, Israel, and now Istanbul. These world travelers were on a vacation to Zanzibar, Tanzania, when Deon proposed and they embarked on their biggest adventure yet!

simple and classic wedding invitation from wedding paper divas at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Getting Ready

Bridal shoes and jewelry with delicate blush bouquet, Southern Love Studios

Although this bride is a natural planner, she was beyond pleased that she chose to enlist Nouveau Events as her coordinator. She told us that, “Monica is an exquisite wedding planner and an even better person. She handled all the unnecessary tasks that I did not need to worry about on my wedding day, and helped bring my wedding together like the perfect bow on a present.”

Traditions by Anna Matthew Christopher Gown hanging at Graylyn Estate Southern Love Studios
Gold Sequin Bridemaids dress from Rent The Runway Badgley Mischka Southern Love Studios

Bridesmaids in floral robes at wedding at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Bride in strapless gown with blush and white bouquet at NC wedding at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios
Bride in strapless gown from back at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

“From the moment I met Brandon from Southern Love Studios, I knew I made the right choice for a wedding photographer. He is an amazing artist with a keen eye,” expressed Amber.

Stunning bride in straples gown going down staircase at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Bride and Groom first look at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios
Emotional moment at first look at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Stunningly Unique NC Outdoor Ceremony

Wedding welcome sign with leaves and gold font at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Amber and Deon’s friend and pastor from their time living in Jerusalem held the honor of marrying the couple. It meant the world to them to have friends from coast to coast in the U.S., as well as from the other side of the world, in one setting to witness their love and spiritual faith in God.

outdoor ceremony at NC wedding venue with flower petal aisle at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Wedding party in black suits and gold dresses at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Bride and groom in beautiful photograph at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios
Bride and Groom in enchanting moment at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Old Estate Home Reception

The guests experiences different nooks of the castle-like Graylyn Estate as they moved from the garden for the ceremony to various rooms indoor for cocktails, dining, and dancing. They even utilized a balcony for the cake cutting.

Wedding Paper Tablecards displayed on moss wall at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Table numbers on live moss wall at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Wedding tablescape with tall floral arranagements at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios
Classic table decor with glitter table numbers and pink florals at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Outdoor reception in NC wedding venue at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

White classic wedding cake by Regi Originals at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Grand Exit

Grand exit at NC wedding at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Bride and groom walking in golden hour at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios




Rehearsal Dinner: Fratelli’s| Videographer: Indatainment Media Consultants | Bridal Gown: Traditions by Anna, Matthew Christopher Gown | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Rent the Runway, Badgley Mischka | Men’s Formalwear: Calvin Klein | Florist: Green Bee Floral Designs | Cake: Regi Originals | Invitations & Wedding Papers: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Musicians: Elegant Ensembles | Reception Music: (live or DJ) K9 Productions | Transportation: Fantasy Limo | Hair & Makeup: Updo’s Studio | Wedding Favors: BeauCoup and One Stop Wine Shop | Bridal Registry: Crate & Barrel, Target

Beautifully Subdued Nautical Wedding in Nags Head

Jenna & Christian

Jenna and Chris welcomed their family to their home to celebrate their beautifully subdued nautical wedding in Nags Head, NC. The bride and groom opted to forgo a color theme and go with a natural nautical look. With light blush, cremes and grays, the wedding party perfectly complimented the stunning coast line around them.

Nags head beach wedding with grey suits and blush bridesmaids Sarah D’ambra

Christian didn’t waste any time calling Jenna after she gave him her number at the gym one day. The phone rang that night and kick-started their seven-year relationship before Christian proposed at the end of their first ultramarathon together, on the JFK 50 mile.

There was a subdued rustic nautical look to the wedding, which took place along the gorgeous coastline of the Outer Banks. Jenna and Christian were excited to share their home of Nags Head with their friends and families – including the groom’s nine siblings. Guest rented houses the week of the wedding so they could spend extra time celebrating.

Wilmington Beach Wedding Invitation with wedding jewelry Sarah D’ambra

Bride and groom at Jennettes Pier in Nags Head Sarah D’ambra

Sarah D’Ambra Photography complimented this beautiful couple with her unique eye and ability to catch the the bride and groom in genuine moments. Jenna described Sarah D’Ambra Photography as “a fun and creative team of sisters with laid back personalities.”

Bride and Groom at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head for Wedding, Sarah D'Ambra

The bride glowed in her Maggie Sottero gown next to her dapper groom in a Vera Wang tux. Groomsmen were dressed in grey suits to compliment the bridemaids’ light pink Novelle Amsale dresses.

Bride in Maggie Sottero gown and groom in classic tuxedo on nags head beach wedding Sarah D’ambra

Sugar Snap Events white and blush rose floral bouquet on nags head beach Sarah D’ambra

Laughing wedding party in NAgs Head wedding Sarah D'Ambra

Jenna and Christian both love Jennette’s Pier and knew it was their first choice to join in marriage. Jenna described it as “a perfect venue.” Decorations did not have to be extravagant because it is beautiful inside and offers a scenic outside deck view of the Atlantic Ocean. “We tried to look at other venues, however, there was no comparison!”

Nags Head NC Wedding Bride and Groom on Jennettes Pier NC Wedding photographer Sarah D'ambra

Bride and Groom kissing at Jennettes Pier

Nags Head Beach wedding with blush and grey wedding party by Sarah D’ambra

Wedding Table with White hydrangeas at Jennettes Pier in Nags head NC wedding photographer Sarah D'Ambra

Bride and Groom first dance at Nags head wedding NC wedding photographer Sarah D'Ambra

Wedding Cake by Atlantic Cakes on dessert table at Jennettes Pier in Nags Head Sarah D’ambra

Champagne toast for bride and groom at Jennettes Pier in Nags Head NC wedding photographer Sarah D'Ambra

Bride and Groom walking hand in hand on nags head beach Sarah D’ambra

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RECEPTION: Jennette’s Pier | PHOTOGRAPHER: Sarah D’Ambra Photography | BRIDAL REGISTRY: Belk

Other Vendors:

Coordinator: Brenda Ziegler | Rehearsal Dinner and Caterer: Lone Cedar Basnights | Ceremony: Holy Trinity by the Sea | Minister: Father Luis Rodriguez | Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero from Poffie Girls | Bridal Shoes: Jack Rogers | Bridesmaid’ Dresses: Nouvelle Amsale – Nordstrom | Florist: Sugar Snap Events | Cake: Atlantic Cakes | Ceremony Music: John Buford | Reception Music: John Harper | Party Rentals: Ocean Atlantic Rentals, Beer Nanny | Hair: Hot Heads

Locally Infused Durham Wedding at Duke Chapel

Cara and Corey

With a bride from Durham and the couple meeting here, you could say it is a special city for Cara and Corey. The couple wanted to keep their ceremony and reception locally sourced. Not only did they choose renowned Durham locations, but kept their flowers, food and more, local! This locally infused Durham Wedding was seamlessly executed by Sally Oakley Weddings & Events.

Bridal party in classic black suits and mauve dresses at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield

Getting Ready

Cara chose a classically beautiful lace dress from Tre Bella Bridal with a transparent back. “The ladies at Tre Bella Bridal were so wonderful to work with,” said the bride. “The consultant really paid attention to what I wanted.”

Bride in classically beautiful St Patrick gown from Tre Bella in Raleigh NC at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield

Back of St. Patrick, Tre Bella Bridal gown at Duke Chapel wedding, Bronwyn Duffield

Succulent and floral boutonniere by Pine State Flowers for Duke Chapel wedding by Bronwyn Duffield

Bronwyn Duffield Photography took beautiful shots. She is the best! We loved that she helped us to look very natural and not posed,” said Cara.

Ceremony at Duke Chapel

Since the couple had met in Cara’s hometown of Durham while attending physical therapy school at Duke University, getting married at Duke Chapel was a natural fit. They built on that by choosing a local wedding theme, sourcing from virtually all in-state vendors.

Bride and groom tender moment photo op at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield
Bride and groom embrace, must have wedding photo, at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield

Bride and Bridemaids in lavendar mauve mini dresses at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield

Classic NC Bride in veil and gown by St Patrick from Tre Bella, Bronwyn Duffield.
Bride with unique bridal bouquet by Meristem Floral, pop of color with dahlias and green, at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield

Bride in veil and gown by St Patrick from Tre Bella, Bronwyn Duffield

Groom in classic black leading bride down Duke Chapel stairs, Bronwyn Duffield

Brides with laughing bridesmaids in lavender mauve midi davids bridal dresses at Duke Chapel by Sally Oakley Events Bronwyn Duffield Bridemaid in light purple lace overlay dresses from Weddington Way at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield

NC Bride in blowing veil and gown by St Patrick from Tre Bella at Duke Chapel Bronwyn Duffield.

Reception at The Cookery

Cara and Corey wanted their wedding reception to feel warm and inviting, and their planning team made that come to life with locally-grown flowers, silver and gold candle accents, and the warm brick walls of their venue.

The Cookery was a beautiful and interesting space that allowed us to have the intimate celebration we wanted while still having over 100 guests. It’s use of artifacts and upcycled materials from Durham in the architecture and décor was also important to us since this is the city we met and I grew up in. We also loved meeting Tammy and her team at The Cookery and felt very confident that they could help us navigate the planning process,” shared Cara.

Calligraphy table number displays with floral arrangements of dahlias at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield
intimate and romantic reception decor for wedding reception at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield

Neutral Table linens and simple romantic tablescapes for wedding reception at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield

The Cookery tablescape with locally grown NC flowers from Pine State Flowers planned by Sally Oakley, Bronwyn Duffield

Tablecapes with floral from Pine State Flowers planned by Sally Oakley, a NC wedding planner, with floral table runners at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield
Simple white wedding cake with florals by Cupcake Shoppe, a Raleigh Bakery at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield

Bride and Groom first dance at wedding reception at The Cookery in Durham, Bronwyn Duffield

A special NC touch of Cheerwine and local pecans, candied by the bride herself, were given as favors to the wedding guests.

NC Wedding Favor Ideas with Cheerine at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield

“Hiring Sally was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding,” shared Cara. “She made a custom service package for us according to what we needed, and provided invaluable advice for every aspect of our wedding throughout our 18-months engagement. On the day of the wedding, Sally made our lives stress-free and no task was too small – she and her team took care of us, our families, and our wedding party.”

Southern Bride and Groom Spring 2017 Cover

SB&G Preferred Vendors

WEDDING CONSULTANT Sally Oakley Weddings & Events | PHOTOGRAPHER Bronwyn Duffield Photography | RECEPTION The Cookery | REHEARSAL DINNER Parizade | CATERER Donovan’s Dish | GOWN St. Patrick from Tre Bella Bridal | PARTY RENTALS American Party Rentals | ACCOMMODATIONS Durham Marriott City Center 

Other Vendors

Ceremony: Duke University Chapel – Durham, NC | Minister: Pastor Chris Pappalardo | Bridal Shoes: Betsy Johnson | Bridesmaids’ Dresses (designer and salon): David’s Bridal | Florist: Pine State Flowers-Durham, NC | Cake: Details Cake Design-Cary, NC | Stationer: Reaves Engraving – Laurinburg, NC | Calligrapher: Marika Wendelken (chalkboard artist) | Ceremony Musicians: Jordan Prescott, Duke Chapel Organist | Reception Music: Bunn DJ Company – Frank Meldau-Raleigh, NC | Party Rentals (linens, tables, chairs, tent, etc): CE Linens | Transportation: Ecostyle Transportation-Raleigh, NC | Hair for Bridal Party: Makeup by Ashley Mooney-Raleigh, NC | Make-Up: Julie Robbins Makeup-Raleigh, NC | Engagement Ring: Heirloom from Nana of the Bride | Wedding Favors: Cheerwine and NC pecans candied by Bride

Sultry Sophistication at The Umstead Hotel & Spa

Chuck & Andy

The Umstead Hotel & Spa was the first venue that came to mind for these two handsome grooms who wanted a classy and sophisticated wedding. Chuck and Andy tied the knot with an outdoor ceremony and candlelit reception filled with sultry sophistication, perfected by their wedding coordinator, A Southern Soiree.

Grooms holding hand after intimate ceremony by A Southern Soiree at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

Chuck Gavazzi and Andy Pacos met at work, where they are both VPs within the same national emergency medicine management company. For nearly a year Chuck noticed Andy around the hospital. Finally, a real conversation led to a first date. When Andy toasted to “new friendships,” Chuck knew he was in for the long haul, and years later, when Andy proposed, Chuck’s reply was “Absolutely.”

Grooms laughing at their wedding at The Umstead in classic black and white tuxedos Adam Chapin Photography

Grooms special moment in black and white at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography
Groom in classic black and white tuxedo at outdoor ceremony The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

They knew they wanted their wedding to have the utmost class and sultry sophistication. They booked The Umstead Hotel & Spa knowing it is renowned for impeccable service, which the couple noted they received, mentioning that “the staff of the Umstead did not miss a beat.”

Gold and Black Wedding Invitations for sultry wedding at The Umstead by Adam Chapin Photography

Groom walking down aisle at outdoor wedding in NC at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

flower girl at same sex wedding in nc walking down the aisle in outdoor ceremony at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

Groom saying i do at outdoor wedding in NC at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

Grooms exchanging rings at intimate outdoor ceremony at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography
Grooms first kiss at same sex wedding at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

“A good photographer is a big deal. Adam Chapin Photography truly conveyed the emotion of the day and captured the essence of who we are as a couple.”

Grooms after vows walking down aisle at intimate outdoor ceremony at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography planned by A Southern Soiree Grooms at their Same Sex Wedding at The Umstead by A Southern Soiree photographed by Adam Chapin Photography

The decor had a woodsy outdoor look with moss coverings, accented with lots of candles in varying heights.

Sultry Romantic NC Wedding at The Umstead by candlelight with tall floral arrangements photographed by Adam Chapin Photography
Candle arrangement in variety of heights in intimate sultry romantic wedding at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

Chuck and Andy had a custom design of their initials in elements of the wedding beginning with the invitations and menus, and even beautifully lit up on the dance floor by Themeworks.

Intimate Gold and black wedding by A Southern Soiree with Monograms and candlelight The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

“A good wedding planner is worth a million dollars. A Southern Soiree took care of every detail from surprises such as custom made look-a-like cookies and light up tambourines to all the handling of the wedding day – we can not say enough great things about Megan.”

Grooms personalized cookies in shape of both grooms at wedding at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

Same Sex wedding dancing at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography planned by A Southern Soiree

Wedding Party dancing with monogram light gobo on floor at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

SB&G Preferred Vendors

WEDDING COORDINATOR: A Southern Soiree | PHOTOGRAPHER: Adam Chapin Photography | VENUE, FOOD & ACCOMMODATIONS: The Umstead Hotel & Spa | LIGHTING: Themeworks

Elegant Ballroom Wedding with Lots of Sparkle

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today on the blog we’re sharing Jameeka and Chris’ elegant ballroom wedding with lots of sparkle at The Grand Marquise Ballroom in Garner, NC.

After a long day of sight seeing during Jameeka Carrington’s first visit to her future husband’s hometown of Chicago, she was awakened from a cap by her overly anxious love, Christopher Bridgeman, with a proposal. The moment felt like a dream, and indeed, it was a dream come true!
Baileys Fine Jewerlry wedding ring“Our wedding planner, Elana Walker, helped us design the entire event. We told her that we wanted an elegant wedding with lots of sparkle, and she pretty much took the reins from there,” said Jameeka. “All of her ideas were amazing and she stuck to a timeline that helped prevent us from becoming overwhelmed. I was entirely against hiring a wedding planner in the begin in, but it turned out to be the very best decision that was made.”
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Fabric groomsmen boutonnieres www.southernbrideandgroom.comGrooms converse sneakers www.southernbrideandgroom.comCute ring bearer outfits www.southernbrideandgroom.comRaleigh NC groomsmenThe Grand Marquise Ballroom was absolutely gorgeous, from the chandeliers to the immaculately decorated bride and groom suites, to the elegant stairway and the Roman columns and statues,” shared Jameeka. “Everything just took my breath away…it was like getting married in a place from a storybook.”Memory candle at wedding www.southernbrideandgroom.comLive music at Raleigh NC weddingIdeas for ring bearers www.southernbrideandgroom.comWeddings at Grand Marquise Ballroom www.southernbrideandgroom.comWedding reception outfits www.southernbrideandgroom.comThe Grand Marquise Ballroom www.southernbrideandgroom.comJameeka and Christopher changed to going-away outfits near the end for dancing and their exit.

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Candles used as wedding decor www.southernbrideandgroom.comElana Walker wedding designer www.southernbrideandgroom.comelaborate wedding florals www.southernbrideandgroom.comElana Walker wedding eventsThe couple now resides in Raeford, where Jameeka is a pharmacist at Cape Fear Hospital and Christopher serves as the Director of Food & Nutrition at Scotland Memorial Hospital.

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WEDDING CONSULTANT Elana Walker Events | CEREMONY & RECEPTION Grand Marquise Ballroom | ENGAGEMENT RING & WEDDING BANDS Bailey’s Fine Jewelry

Other Wedding Contributors
CATERER Unforgettable Food Affairs | PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER Creative Silence | BRIDAL GOWN Oleg Cassini | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Vera Wang | MEN’S FORMALWEAR Calvin Klein | FLORIST Fresh Affairs | CAKE Ashley Cakes | INVITATIONS Suite Paper | CEREMONY MUSIC Blue Sands Music | RECEPTION MUSIC DJ Paradime | LINENS & PARTY RENTALS CE Rentals | TRANSPORTATION Royal Limousine | ACCOMMODATIONS Wingate by Wyndham and Hampton Inn | BRIDAL HAIR Valerie Selby | BRIDESMAID HAIR & MAKEUP Allyson Hill

Skip Saturday Weddings to Save Money

NC Brides on a Budget can opt for Friday and Sunday Night Events at Local Wedding Venues

Big Saturday weddings are not likely to lose their luster anytime soon, but more couples are considering alternate days or months outside of spring or fall as a way to save money or make travel more attractive to visiting guests.

Such flexibility is essential if  you are determined to have your wedding at the Carolina Club during football season. Event planner Elizabeth Rubio will pencil in a bride for a hoped-for fall Saturday with the option to switch to another date if it proves to be a UNC game day.
UNC theme weddingPhoto: Neil Boyd Photography

“The rest of the year is easy, but we’re right next to Kenan Stadium so we can’t book private events until the football schedule comes out,” Rubio says, citing a practice used by other venues affiliated with college campuses. “Honestly, a lot of brides would rather be anywhere but Chapel Hill on a football Saturday. Traffic is terrible and it makes everything more expensive, including room rates – if you can even get rooms.”

Many venues offer a price break on Fridays and Sundays to make the choice more enticing. Prestonwood Country Club in Cary has lower food and beverage minimums those days, making a dreamy ballroom reception available to some brides who assumed it was a budget buster.

Sondra Johnstone, Prestonwood’s director of catering and sales, says Friday nights are increasingly popular with couples who want to be married in a Catholic church.and have their party immediately after. “Catholic churches usually do Saturday weddings only in the morning or early afternoon, but many will do a Friday ceremony in late afternoon, making it perfect for a Friday night reception,” Johnstone says.Prestonwood Country Club in Cary NCPhoto: In His Image Photography

Choosing off months, including the heat of summer or chill of winter, typically helps if a couple is set on a Saturday wedding. But if your preferred venue is open-air, there are only so many temperate Saturdays. If you simply have to have one, planners say you need to inquire about that hoped-for date right away.

“A lot of our brides like getting married down by the lake, surrounded by the woods. It’s best when it’s not too hot or cold,” says Sarah Leach, coordinator for Angus Barn’s Pavilion event space. The rustic Raleigh banquet hall, built with  the original stones from Fayetteville Street and timbers salvaged from Sherman’s March through the capitol during the Civil War, already was booked for several in-demand 2018 wedding dates by fall 2016.

“The majority of our brides are flexible about the day because they want to get married with us,” Leach adds, saying that Fridays can be an easy sell when a desired Saturday is already claimed. “Maybe they’ve been to a wedding here before or another event. It becomes the standard they want.”

Some couples opt to forego any semblance of traditional wedding standards by “flipping” their celebration. They’ll have a large rehearsal dinner with friends and family anight or more before the wedding, then opt for a more intimate reception following the ceremony.
Angus Barn wedding receptionsPhoto: Graham Terhune Photography

“We’re seeing a lot of Thursday rehearsal dinners for folks getting married elsewhere on Fridays,” says Jessie Koppenhaver of Bridge Club, Chef Ashley Christensen’s event space in downtown Raleigh. “On a Thursday, you can have your pick of bands, flowers, you name it.”

Dashi, Durham’s exceptional ramen house, typically does not make the restaurant available for private parties. However, its stylish upstairs bar, a Japanese gastropub setting known as an izakaya, is favored by food savvy couples who want to treat guests to an umami-rich, small-plate feast. If you want it on a Friday or Saturday, however, you’ll pay much more than what it costs earlier in the week.

“I think that renting Dashi’s izakaya is a steal and a wonderful experience for private celebrations,” says partner Rochelle Johnson, noting the bargain rental of $500 Monday-through-Wednesday compared to $900 for Thursdays or $1,200 on Fridays and Saturdays. The tempting bar menu features an exotic array of fried and grilled nibbles and snacks complemented by sake, sochu and especially creative cocktails. Distinctive settings like the izakaya also are hot  for wedding after parties.
Mandolin restaurant Raleigh Photo: Joe Payne Photography

Carolina Club’s Elizabeth Rubio says she’s seeing an uptick in non-Saturday after parties for local couples who get married elsewhere; in the bride’s hometown, for example, or at a destination wedding.

“A lot of times, parents will throw them a second party so more friends can attend, or the couple might even do it themselves,” Rubio says. “Some are as elaborate as weddings while others are much more low key. Either way,” she adds, “the stress is off and everyone enjoys it more.”

So, if you’re looking to pinch some pennies, or perhaps redirect dollars for unimagined splurges, flexible scheduling could make your budget sufficient to realize the reception of your dreams.

Article contributed by Jill Warren Lucas

Winter Wedding Inspiration at The Rickhouse Durham NC

Today we are sharing  beautiful winter wedding inspiration that features the pleasant surprise of blue mixed into a classic green and red color palette, designed by Knots ‘n Such and set in the modern Durham event venue, The Rickhouse.

The Rickhouse is not only a venue, but also a liquor distillery, which makes for some great photo opps! You’ll notice plenty of liquor and winter themed-details in the images captured by talented Durham-based photographer, Riley MacLean.

The deep rich colors of burgundy, evergreen and copper pop up all over the space from the copper vessels to red and copper backdrop walls to the bride’s velvet shawl (a great alternative texture for winter) and the groom’s feather bow tie. The unique color palette of deep reds, chocolates, and dusty purples and blues also come into play with a plant-dyed table runner, table wear, and even the delicious comfort food set on the by Durham Catering Co.

The flower arrangements are full of texture, too, especially the variety of winter greens! The head table “centerpiece” hangs vertically rather than horizontally and had attached blooms close to the table and it makes a huge and beautiful statement as a floating centerpiece!Chalkboard signage at weddingDurham Rickhouse weddingsRickhouse Durham NC wedding venueWinter wedding inspirationBar table at weddingCustom cocktail tableUnique wedding venues in NCNorth Carolina bride and groomMakeup for Your Daywoodland themed wedding bouquetsClassic scipt wedding invitationswedding designers durhamKnots 'n such DurhamNorth Carolina groomdurham wedding venuesDurham wedding caterersDurham bride and groomDurham NC wedding caterersDurham Catering Co.Durham Catering CompanyBest wedding caterers in NCDurham NC brideSouthern Bride and GroomRiley MacLean wedding photographyIndividual wedding dessertsSugar Euphoria wedding cakesWedding cake baker Durham NCSugar EuphoriaRickhouse NCdurham nc wedding photographyDowntown Durham weddingUrban wedding venuesDurham weddingsVENUE & SIGNATURE DRINKS The Rickhouse | PHOTOGRAPHY Riley MacLean Photography | CATERING Durham Catering Company | PLANNING, STYLING & FLORAL DESIGN Knots ‘N Such | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day | RENTALS American Party Rentals | DESSERT Details Cake Design | CHALKBOARD ART Bella Joviality | STATIONERY Cute Buttons

Modern DIY Durham Wedding at The Rickhouse

Happy Wedding Wednesday! We’re excited to share Allie and Eliud’s modern DIY wedding in downtown Durham at The Rickhouse.

Allie Efland and Eliud Arbelo II met while working in Washington, DC, and eventually their friendship turned into a long-lasting relationship. Eliud proposed in a very romantic setting: London at Kensington Palace very early on a Sunday morning on a private bench near the water fountain. It was a complete surprise to Allie and immensely sweet and special. It was followed by a fun day of shopping in London!
north-carolina-bridesdurham-nc-weddingbaseball-themed-weddingdurham-nc-groomwedding-photos-at-the-durham-hotelgown-with-long-trainfirst-look-photo-ideasBecause they were engaged in London while touring Buckingham palace, the couple was inspired to design their wedding colors after the old iron gates; black, gold and green. Classic yet modern and very clean.

With a guest count of 200 people, the size and the gorgeous rustic and open look of The Rickhouse was perfect for their vision.

The dress Allie wore for the ceremony was her mother’s (who was married in 1985 at Duke Chapel). She had the sleeves removed and the pleats on the skirt widened; she then changed into a Modern Trousseau gown for the reception.rickhouse-weddingweddings-at-the-rickhouse-in-durhamwedding-ceremony-at-the-rickhouse-durhamwedding-ceremony-at-the-rickhouse-durhamreeses-peanut-butter-cupcakesdurham-nc-bridereceptions-at-the-rickhouse-in-durhamcandid-wedding-photosThe bride and groom created the centerpieces themselves out of artichokes, pears, rosemary and succulents. They also created a DIY custom hanging plant and lighted wall. The Rickhouse allowed the wedding party to set up the decorations the night before (while they were rehearsing). “It was a special team effort and made the day of much less stressful,” Allie shares. The lighted hanging plant wall served as the perfect backdrop for photos.
weddings-at-the-rickhouserustic-wedding-centerpiecessucculent-centerpiecesbeth-ely-photographyBoth parties felt it was special to have their oldest friends stand by their side, regardless of gender, so the bride’s brother was a “Bridesman” and the groom’s best friend was a “Grooms-Woman.”

According to Allie and Eliud, Durham Catering Co. “knocked the food out of the park!” and The Rickhouse was “the most accommodating venue.”
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Sophisticated Styled Shoot at The Cloth Mill

Even though The Cloth Mill at Eno River is a historic site located in the charming Southern town of Hillsborough, NC, it exudes modern elegance. As you can see from the styled shoot below, A Swanky Affair, showcased the versatility of this urban event space.

“So often we see a more rustic or industrial vibe in weddings at these type of venues, but venues like the Cloth Mill are a blank slate – perfect for couples to create any type of design, including something super sophisticated!” says Amanda Scott, owner of A Swanky Affair.

Contemporary florals gave it a modern feel, but the scene was also kept traditional with a cream damask pattern linen and classic navy and gold accents.

A great time to check out The Cloth Mill is during its winter wedding showcase: Freshly Pressed, taking place on January 14, 2017.
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