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North Carolina Wedding Photographer: Neil Boyd Photography

Southern Bride & Groom works with some of the best wedding photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area and all across North Carolina. We’re thrilled to kick off a new photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re introducing you to Neil of Neil Boyd Photography.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in Liverpool, England, and have been working in the USA for 12 years now. Neil Boyd Photography was formed in 2002 and has been a full-time photography studio for 12 years. Our studio is on Creedmoor Road in Raleigh. I’m married with two children, ages 7 and 10.

Neil Boyd Headshot

Tell us about your education and photography education.
I studied photography for three years at Kensington & Chelsea College in London, and became a Member of the British Institute of Photography in 2000. In 2002, I was awarded a Licentiate, and in 2008, I became an Associate. I am now progressing to become a Fellow.

Why do you love photography?
I love creating images that make other people happy. That can be anything from a candid moment caught at a wedding to a father seeing how beautiful his daughter looks in her bridal portrait, or a chef seeing how great his food looks in an international publication to an advertising photo which helps a company sell its products. I also enjoy the freedom of creativity that I have as a photographer, and the technical aspect and problem solving that goes into many projects.

Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?
From other photographers! Some that I studied in college, and others who are at the top of their trade today. I think my list would be quite extensive, but for different reasons it would include Cartier-Bresson, O. Winston Link, Richard Avedon, Agust Bradley, Joey Lawrence, Yervant, Jerry Ghionas, my good friend David Williams, and many, many more.

How would you describe your style?
A hybrid of photojournalistic and commercial. Photojournalism is the ability to tell a story with images, which is what we do when we present our clients with the story of their wedding day, usually in the form of a wedding album. My background is in advertising, and it was working in ad agencies that really got me interested in becoming a full-time photographer, so I like to bring that edginess to my work as well.

What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?
See all of the above! Everyone is unique, and I think I have created my own personal style, which has evolved from my photography education and experience over the years.

What is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?
I never go into a wedding with a set plan — it’s all about what I see at any given time. I love shooting bridal, couple, and wedding party images and trying to push the boundaries and be creative. At the same time, I love capturing those special candid moments, which might be a mother crying as her daughter walks down the aisle, or a groom seeing his beautiful wife-to-be for the first time on their wedding day.

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One of our favorite shots from Neil Boyd Photography!

 

North Carolina Wedding Photographer: Anna Kirby Photography

Southern Bride & Groom works with some of the best wedding photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area and all across North Carolina. We’re thrilled to kick off a new photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re introducing you to Anna of Anna Kirby Photography.

Anna Kirby Photography

Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, I’m Anna! I spend my time between Durham and Highlands, North Carolina, as well as my hometown of Tampa, Florida. When I’m not working, my husband and I are usually headed out on a hike or an adventure with our little boy and puppy in tow.

Tell us about your education and photography education.
I graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Architecture and a minor in Fine Arts. During my time at UVA, I studied photography in the countryside of Tuscany, Italy. After graduation, I returned to school at the Washington School of Photography in Washington, DC, where I was trained in all types of professional photography. But before all of that, it was my dad who first introduced me to photography when I was a little girl.

Why do you love photography?
The most meaningful thing about wedding photography for me is being able to provide my clients with a lifelong, tangible representation of their wedding day that they otherwise would only have in their memory.

Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?
For me, it is all about lighting, so I look to those who have mastered light across all artistic mediums. Be it the movies, paintings, landscape photographers, or even an afternoon walk – I am always looking for inspiration.

How would you describe your style?
My style is journalistic – photographing my clients and their guests unobtrusively while capturing the real emotion of the moment. Certainly not every photograph I take during a wedding day is candid; I absolutely love to capture the epic portraits of the bride and groom loosely posed in settings that are meaningful to them.

What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?
As your wedding photographer, I am one of the vendors that will be with you most of your wedding day. That being said, I will help your wedding day stay on schedule and be of assistance with anything that should arise. Another thing that sets me apart from other photographers is that I was formally trained and educated in photography.

What is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?
There is no specific thing in a wedding day that is my favorite, but there is always a moment at every wedding where the bride and groom slow down for a few seconds and become totally engaged in each other – that is the moment I love.

Anna Kirby Bride and Groom

One of our favorite shots by Anna! For more of her beautiful photographs, check out her latest featured Real Engagement Session!

Real NC Wedding at The Umstead Hotel and Spa

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Alyssa and Keith’s Real NC Wedding at The Umstead Hotel and Spa. The couple’s gorgeous big day was shot by Cara of f8 Photo Studios.

Alyssa and Keith met at work a few years ago and bonded over both being from New York. The more they talked, the more they realized they had in common, and a few short months later, they officially became a couple.

On a Saturday morning in 2012, Keith was on the floor playing with the couple’s kitten, Piper. He said the kitten had brought something for Alyssa, handed her a jewelry box, and asked her to marry him!

They easily selected The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary for their June 2013 wedding after meeting with the event staff. Alyssa and Keith decided on a color palette of yellow, turquoise and purple.

Alyssa and Keith used Southern Bride & Groom to select their venue (The Umstead) and photographer (f8 Photo Studios), who they said “were two of the best parts of the wedding!” They also used Fresh Affairs – owner Lyn Graves created a gorgeous custom chuppah for their wedding ceremony – f8 in Motion, and Bella Bridesmaids.

Enjoy these beautiful photos from Alyssa and Keith’s wedding day, courtesy of Cara of f8 Photo Studios, and video from f8 in Motion.

Bridal Bouquet at Umstead Hotel Teal High Heels Bride and Groom Kiss Wedding Ceremony at Umstead Hotel Wedding Chuppah Bride and Groom Outside Bride and Groomsmen Wedding Rings Umstead Wedding Reception Wedding Tablescape First Dance

Bride and Groom First Dance

Alyssa + Keith Trailer from f8 in motion on Vimeo.

Wedding Location: The Umstead Hotel and Spa
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Samuel Cole Salon
Photographer: f8 Photo Studios
Videographer: f8 in Motion
Florist: Fresh Affairs
Cake: Sweet Memories
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Reception Music: Joe Bunn DJ Company

Real Raleigh, NC Wedding — Downtown Raleigh Urban Warehouse Wedding

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Clair and Seth’s unique big day — they tied the knot at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, and celebrated afterwards at a totally unique reception venue — a restored warehouse. Enjoy photos of today’s Downtown Raleigh urban warehouse wedding, courtesy of Renee Sprink Photography!

Clair and Seth met when her mom hired him to cook for Clair’s birthday. Seth ended up hanging around after the party ended to visit with Clair’s family, and most definitely caught her eye! He continued to cook for several of the family’s private dinner parties, and even tutored Clair’s little sister. From there, Clair and Seth’s friendship developed and slowly evolved into true love.

Seth planned a sweet proposal that included both his and Clair’s families. He took Clair up to a rooftop bar, and when she looked down, she saw her dad and sister. When she looked at Seth confused, he told her it was because it was a special day, and dropped to one knee! Of course, Clair said yes, and the couple celebrated their engagement with their families before heading off to a romantic dinner for two.

They tied the knot at their church, Edenton Street United Methodist Church, and celebrated afterwards with a reception in a renovated urban warehouse in Downtown Raleigh. The couple felt that most of the reception spaces they visited just didn’t “fit” right, so they went a totally unique route and chose a private space that they could customize to their taste! Because it was such an unconventional reception space, the couple and their vendors had to get creative and invest a lot of work, but it turned out beautifully.

Clair was inspired by Kate Spade’s classic, preppy designs, and the two decided to plan their wedding around that sort of theme, complimented by a black, white and gold color palette. They used black and white striped table cloths, and accented the space with lots of gold details. The couple selected Renee Sprink Photography after Clair fell in love with her images from a close friend’s wedding, and other members of the SB&G Family helped make their wedding day perfect, including CE Rental and Island Sound.

Enjoy these beautiful photographs from Clair and Seth’s March wedding, courtesy of Renee Sprink!

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Ceremony Location: Edenton Street United Methodist Church
Reception: Private gallery in Downtown Raleigh
Minister: Reverend Ned Hill
Rehearsal Dinner: Bloomsbury Bistro
Wedding Planner: Sarah Morris
Jewelry: Kate Spade and family heirlooms
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung
Men’s Formalwear: Brooks Brothers
Hair: Bottega Salon
Photographer: Renee Sprink Photography
Florist: The Pink Peony
Cake: My Heavenly Sweets
Reception Music: Island Sound
Party Rentals: CE Rental
Transportation: White Horse

Southern Bride & Groom Wedding Day Styled Shoot Sneak Peek

Earlier this month, Team SB&G wrapped up yet another beautiful photo shoot for the 2014 edition of Southern Bride & Groom, your Triangle Area wedding resource. We had so much fun working with some members of our family of vendors, and can’t wait to share the full shoot with you when the magazine debuts! But for now, here’s a sneak peek just for you!

This time around, we shot our Couples Fashion spread as part of a Wedding Day styled shoot at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel – one of the most chic and modern wedding venues in Raleigh. The shoot was complete with a wedding party, cake cutting and a fantastic, petal-filled, grand exit. To accomplish the look, we worked with Stacy Borelli of Swank Photo Studio — who went above and beyond to get the perfect shot.

Styling – A Southern Soiree | Hair & Makeup – Douglas Carroll Salon | Cake – Sugarland | Floral Design – English Garden | Paper, Gifts & Jewelry –  Charlotte’s  | Rentals – Classic Party Rentals | Models – Elevate | China, Glassware & Flatware – Southern Season | Formalwear – Bernard’s Formalwear | Bridal Gowns – Gorgeous Gowns | Formalwear & Bridal Gowns – Savvi Formalwear | Bridesmaid Gowns – Bella Bridesmaid

Here are a few Instagram shots from the behind-the-scenes team that day to give you a preview of what’s to come!

Behind the Scenes Couples Fashion Shoot Sneak Peek

Stay tuned to SB&G for more photo shoot information and, of course, the 2014 edition of the magazine, which will feature a slew of beautiful photos from our Couples Fashion Shoot to help you get inspired for your own big day! Follow us on Instagram for more on #SBG14!

New Real Raleigh, NC Wedding — The State Club

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at SB&G! Today’s Real Raleigh, NC Wedding takes place at The State Club, where Shauna and Johnathan tied the knot in April! 

Shauna and Johnathan were high school sweethearts who dated for 12 years before getting married! The two fell in love with The State Club’s elegant vibes, and finally said their I Do’s in Raleigh on April 27, 2013.

Since the couple had been together for so long, they DIYed many elements of their wedding to personalize the occasion — including a collage of their relationship through the years. Combined with their classic white, green and navy color palette, Shauna and Johnathan’s wedding turned out to be an absolutely beautiful celebration.

The couple also used Neil Boyd Photography to capture their big day perfectly!

Check out this sweet couple’s beautiful wedding and the story behind their relationship on the Shauna and Johnathan Real Wedding page!

NC State University Club Neil Boyd Photography

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Real NC Wedding — Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today’s Real NC Wedding feature is especially close to my heart, because it’s my own! My husband, Austen, and I tied the knot at Fearrington Village in May. Enjoy this snippet of our love story and big day details, and a special thanks to Nancy Ray of Nancy Ray Photography for these beautiful photos, which capture our wedding day so perfectly!

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Austen and I met during a summer class at the University of North Carolina when we were randomly paired up for a partner project. We’d definitely noticed each other in class, but hadn’t talked much. Little did I know that he’d called his mom earlier in the summer to tell her about a “pretty girl who wears sweatpants to class.”

A few weeks after the fall semester started, Austen got in touch with me to tease me about my favorite football team — I’m a Green Bay Packers fan, and he pulls for their conference rival, the Minnesota Vikings. After some banter back and forth, he finally asked me for my number. We went grocery shopping in his old red Jeep Wrangler on our first “date” and I was hooked!

After almost two years of dating, I had the feeling a proposal was on the horizon, but I wasn’t exactly sure when or how it was going to happen. Then, one cold January evening, Austen and I were watching a movie in his room. He kept joking that he had the ring already, but I didn’t believe him. I knew he’d want to follow tradition and ask my parents before proposing, and with his crazy work schedule, I didn’t think he’d had the time! Of course, I was wrong, and that same night, he got down on one knee beside his bed and asked me to marry him. The diamond in my engagement ring has been in my family for generations — it was the stone in my grandmother’s engagement ring, and she was married to her husband for over 50 years, so it made the moment even more special. The proposal was just so true to us — I was in my pajamas, with my hair piled in a bun on top of my head, on a quiet night at home. We both cried, and started calling our friends and family to share the news!

I had known that I wanted a sweet, Southern wedding at Fearrington Village for quite some time, so that was the first thing we officially booked. My soon-to-be Maid of Honor is completely obsessed with blogs, and she recommended Nancy Ray Photography to Austen and me. Nancy and her husband, Will, also got married at Fearrington, and as soon as we met with her and saw some of her beautiful work, we knew she was the perfect fit for us.

I came onboard with SB&G that June, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! I was immediately immersed in all things weddings, and was so inspired by the magazine and all of the wonderful local vendors…it made the rest of the planning process a total breeze, especially after we hired Erin McLean of Erin McLean Events as our coordinator! (Seriously, y’all, invest in a wedding planner — it is so, so very worth it!)

We chose a blush, peach and gold color palette for our wedding, because we wanted something soft, romantic and quintessentially Southern…the boys even wore blue seersucker suits and linen bow ties! Erin did an absolutely fantastic job transforming our vision into reality, and when I saw how the ceremony and reception spaces were decorated, I couldn’t hold back my tears.

Austen and I decided a first look would be a great way to ditch the pre-ceremony jitters and get the “ugly cries” out of the way. I honestly would recommend doing a first look to every couple — not only was it the perfect way to calm our nerves so we could really soak in the details of our day, it was also one of the only moments all day where it was just the two of us. And I’m so happy we decided to do a first look, because they’re some of the only photos we have outdoors from our wedding day, thanks to the crazy rainy weather!

We knew from the get-go that we wanted to write our own vows, and since Austen’s grandfather married us, we were able to completely customize our entire ceremony. We kept our vows secret from each other until the big day, and standing in front of all of our family members and friends, saying the words we’d written to each other was one of my absolute favorite moments of the entire day.

Despite the rain (it poured from the moment the ceremony started ’til the grand exit at the end of the night!), our wedding went off without a hitch, thanks to our wonderful vendors. Everyone really went above and beyond to make sure that everything went smoothly, and if something went wrong that day, I certainly never heard about it! Liquid Pleasure and SPIN kept our guests on the dance floor the entire night, and I truly think everyone had a wonderful time, which was very important to Austen and me!

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Wedding Consultant: Erin McLean of Erin McLean Events
Bridal Luncheon: Weathervane at Southern Season
Rehearsal Dinner: Carolina Brewery
Ceremony & Reception: Fearrington Village
Minister: Buddy Blanford, groom’s grandfather
Caterer: Fearrington Village
Photographer: Nancy Ray Photography
Bridal Gown: Kleinfeld Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay
Men’s Formalwear: Joseph A. Banks
Florist: Fearrington Village
Cake: Fearrington Village
Groom’s Cake: Simply Cakes
Invitations: The Green Kangaroo
Calligrapher: Calligraphy by Carrie
Hair & Makeup: MakeUpForYourDay
Ceremony Musicians: Arioso Strings
Reception Musicians: Liquid Pleasure and SPIN
Linens & China: CE Rental
Transportation: Carolina Livery
Wedding Favors: Shutterbooth photo strips and pie pops from Raleigh Cake Pops
Guest Accommodations: Aloft and The Franklin Hotel

Southern Bride & Groom Summer/Fall 2013 Cover Reveal

All of the gals at Southern Bride & Groom are thrilled to reveal our second cover for 2013, and the 26th edition of our Triangle-based wedding planning magazine!


Our stunning Summer/Fall cover was captured by the amazing husband and wife photography team, Meridith and James of Photography by Walters & Walters, on a pleasantly-cool summer day during our floral shoot for this year’s magazine.

The shoot took place at the picturesque Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville, NC. Rose Hill is a quintessential Southern wedding venue complete with beautiful, well-manicured grounds, a stunning historic plantation home, and a lofty reception hall. Though the plantation lies only minutes outside of Raleigh, you feel as if you are entering another world as you make your way up the Crepe Myrtle-lined country lane leading up to the historic estate house.

The cover photo features a sweet bouquet designed by Flowers by Gary. This bouquet oozes Southern charm with its seersucker wrap, blue hydrangeas and magnolia leaves. Our lovely model is wearing a stunning gown from Lana Addison Bridal, a boutique located in Cary, NC, and is adorned with a David Yurman necklace and pair of earrings from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry. Her hair and makeup were done by the talented ladies at Bella Trio Day Spa.

Want more of the floral shoot? Grab a copy of this year’s Southern Bride & Groom, and check out our behind-the-scenes blog post, complete with never-before-seen photos of the shoot!

Real NC Wedding — The Grand Marquise Ballroom

In honor of Wedding Wednesday, we’ve got a fabulous Real NC Wedding feature for y’all today! Sherena and Xavier married in March at The Grand Marquise Ballroom, and she was SUCH a stunning bride! Congrats Sherena and Xavier, your wedding was gorgeous!

Sherena first laid eyes on Xavier outside of Harrelson Hall on NC State’s campus, and it was love at first sight! Six years later, the day after her birthday, Xavier asked Sherena to be his bride, and of course, she said yes!

The Grand Marquise Ballroom
Since she was six years old, Sherena had dreamed of having a big, fairytale wedding, and because her husband-to-be’s last name was King, she settled on the theme “A King’s Affair.” After months of searching for the perfect venue for her “royal” wedding, she stumbled across The Grand Marquise Ballroom, and knew it was the place she’d been looking for. Sherena fell in love with the ballroom’s Louis XIV interior, marble columns, ornate trim and coffer ceilings with crystal chandeliers.

The duo’s charcoal and silver wedding took place in March, and the royal theme was carried out through a custom emblem surrounding the wedding monogram – used on everything from the aisle runner and the programs to the reception floor lighting and the wedding signage!

After receiving a copy of Southern Bride & Groom at The Grand Marquise, Sherena and Xavier used many members of the SB&G family to make their day perfect, including: Shawn Schindler of Your Special Day Weddings and Special Events, beautiful florals by Fresh Affairs, a delicious “K” monogrammed cake from Sweet Memories Bakery, and delicious food from Rocky Top Catering.

The Grand Marquise Ballroom
The Grand Marquise Ballroom
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The Grand Marquise Ballroom 
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The Grand Marquise Ballroom
The Grand Marquise Ballroom

The Grand Marquise Ballroom

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The Grand Marquise Ballroom
The Grand Marquise Ballroom
The Grand Marquise Ballroom

Wedding & Reception Location: The Grand Marquise Ballroom – Garner, NC
Minister: Rev. Algernon McKenzie
Rerhearsal Dinner: Babylon Restaurant
Wedding Planner: Shawn Schindler of Your Special Day Weddings and Special Events
Catering: Rocky Top Catering
Bridal Gown: Ines di Santo
Bridal Shoes: Pink Paradox London
Bridal Jewelry: Erin Cole
Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters & Wtoo
Formalwear: Ronnie Warner – Life Tailor Made & Black by Vera Wang
Hair: Ebony J. Loving Your Hair Salon
Makeup: S. Davis Makeup Artistry, LLC
Photographer: Michelle Gunton Photography
Videographer: Hart to Heart Media, Inc.
Florist: Fresh Affairs
Cake: Sweet Memories Bakery
Invitations: Magnet Street
Ceremony Musicians: North Carolina Harp Ensemble
Reception Music: Joe Bunn DJ Company
Rentals: CE Rentals
Guest Accommodations: Wingate By Wyndham
Wedding Favors: Krispy Kreme donuts
Transportation: Blue Diamond Limousine