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What’s New Wedding Venues: Carolina Inn Reopens Restaurant and The Stockroom at 230 Debuts The Glass Box

Even some of the best wedding venues in the area need a little TLC and an upgrade here and there.

Over the summer, there have been some beautiful and exciting changes to venues in the area and we’d like to take a moment to share a couple of the latest reveals with our brides-to-be!

See below for more information about the renovation of Crossroads restaurant at The Carolina Inn and the introduction of the a new modern suite at The Stockroom at 230The Glass Box.

The Stockroom at 230 adds a touch of modern luxuryThe Glass Box in RaleighWeddings at The StockroomOver on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, The Stockroom at 230 created a stunning bridal suite and gathering space on the 5th floor of this historic venue. The Glass Box is truly a stunning space – a bright and chic suite bathed in natural light from floor to ceiling windows. Enjoy a touch of modern luxury and views from the private outdoor balcony overlooking the city. There’s even a butler’s pantry so you can celebrate with your friends or bridesmaids in style without ever having to leave the suite. Raleigh bridesdowntown Raleigh weddingImpress your guests with the incredible atmosphere that The Glass Box holds. This venue is perfect for a small event of up to 45 guests, such as a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or for use as a bridal suite for The Stockroom at 230 weddings.Raleigh bridal suitePink and white weddingGold wedding detailsSouthern Bride and Groom MagazinePhotos courtesy of Mikkel Paige Photography and florals from Simply Elegant Floral Designs

From the bright open feel to the warm wood floors to the sparkling gold details, we know you’ll swoon the moment you step inside!

What’s Cooking at The Carolina InnCarolina Inn RestaurantOver the summer, The Carolina Inn closed its four-star rated restaurant for major renovations. The new look features a more comfortable and open design, additional seating, expanded bar and an outdoor patio with a fire pit! It’s the first major renovation of the restaurant in more than 20 years and it’s a welcomed transformation.

SB&G’s Publisher, Donna, attended a media lunch-in and had this to say about the new space: “The Crossroads Restaurant renovation evokes a mixture of the traditional Carolina Inn comfort with a new airy, modern chic look. The Crossroads now has light, bright walls, marble tabletops and open windows without drapery set over the warm wide-planked floors. The seating styles vary around the entire restaurant from small tables with stylish taupe textured cushion to middle of the room booths for larger groups.”
Outdoor dining in Chapel HillCarolina Inn patioThe restaurant now has a welcoming larger bar area that gives an open look to the entire entry room. There are also perfect areas for luncheons and rehearsal dinners or other group events.

A new look calls for a new menu as well. Everyone at the event enjoyed the appetizers, especially the fried green tomatoes with bleu cheese and horseradish dressing (a Southern favorite), and the corn chowder and meatloaf sandwich-of-the-day was delicious and satisfying. Other patrons raved about the pressed mushroom and goat cheese turnover with roasted pepper. We’re ready to go back and try it for ourselves or order another classic, like the NC Sunburst Trout.Chapel Hill restaurantsPhotos courtesy of The Carolina Inn

We know the new space and new menu will be a hit with Carolina brides!

The 2014 Southern Women’s Show of Raleigh

Ladies, put on your most comfortable pumps and head out to the stylish Southern Women’s Show!

Southern Women's Show


Southern Bride & Groom has partnered with The 2014 Southern Women’s Show of Raleigh for the weekend of April 25th – 27th. Show participants will have the opportunity to enjoy food tastings, fashion shows, shopping, and even a celebrity sighting — Patti Stanger of Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker will be in attendance!

SB&G will be covering the weekend full of stylish tips, fashion for the upcoming wedding season, and delicious culinary treats. Check out the Southern Women’s Show of Raleigh website for more information on the weekend’s exciting events and to purchase tickets! Also be sure to follow the show on Facebook and Twitter for updates!

We’re giving away three pairs of tickets to brides-to-be who want to take part in the festivities! All you have to do is keep an eye on the Southern Bride & Groom Facebook page, and when we post a status about the Southern Women’s Show, comment on it! We’ll give the first three commenters a FREE pair of tickets.

Upcoming NC Wedding Shows — Forever Bridal Southern Bridal Show & Expo

The Forever Bridal Southern Bridal Show & Expo is this weekend at the NC State Fairgrounds! The Southern Bridal Show & Expo is one of the Triangle’s most popular bridal shows, and last year, it expanded to a two-day, weekend-long event.

The show features over 150 Triangle-area wedding professionals to inspire and inform brides and grooms-to-be. Make a day of it and enjoy fashion previews debuting the season’s latest trends in wedding apparel, meet with the most talented vendors in the Triangle — from caterers and florists to wedding planners and photographers — and get ideas for your big day! Forever Bridal has hosted some of the most anticipated bridal shows in the area for over 10 years, and this show the perfect way to get a jumpstart on your wedding planning.

Be sure to stop by the Southern Bride & Groom booth and get your free copy of SB&G 2013!

Want the details?

Jim Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds
Saturday and Sunday August 10th and 11th from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Register for the show here.

Upcoming NC Wedding Shows

There are other upcoming Triangle wedding events going on all month! Check out some of these open houses and get a jumpstart on booking the venue for your big day.

The Hall & Gardens at Landmark Open House
Wednesday, August 14th from 6:00 – 8:00pm
Come out and tour the beautiful Hall & Gardens at Landmark, sample some delicious food, meet professional vendors and get inspired! RSVP to

Highgrove Open House
Saturday, August 17th from 2:00 – 5:00pm
Explore the beautiful grounds of The Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina! Meet the wedding team, and ask all of your burning wedding-related questions.

The Cotton Room Open House
Saturday, August 17th from 2:00 – 5:00pm

Check out The Cotton Room — a beautiful, urban chic venue in the historic Golden Belt district of Downtown Durham. Meet their wedding team, and get all of your wedding-related questions answered by professionals. RSVP to

Vendor Showcase at The Matthews House
Saturday, August 17th from 3:00 – 6:00pm
Explore the beautiful Cary venue and meet professional vendors, who will have booths set up for brides. The Matthews House will even be giving away a free wedding, and participating vendors will have other fun prizes up for grabs!

Lakeside Wedding & Reception Bridal Open House
Thursday, August 22nd from 6:00 – 8:00pm
Check out the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Raleigh-Durham‘s lakeside terrace, which will be fully set as it would for a ceremony and reception. Attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and have the chance to see the hotel’s gorgeous guest suites. The hotel and participating vendors will also have some fabulous giveaways! RSVP to or call 919-361-4660 by August 19th.

For a full list of events and details about each, check out the Southern Bride & Groom Wedding Shows page!

New Website Launch – Southern Bride & Groom Magazine

You might notice that the Southern Bride & Groom website looks quite different today! We are so thrilled to announce the launch of our new website. We are thrilled with the results and hope you are too!

We hope you’ll take a moment to navigate the new site and get to know it. I think you’ll find its easier than ever to navigate the resource directory of our carefully-chosen roster of wedding professionals who serve North Carolina, particularly the Triangle Area.

We also have created a more user-friendly process to Submit Your Wedding event. So submit your own story, and enjoy our page of Real Weddings – all recent NC wedding stories that feature many of the wonderful wedding pros who are members of the SB&G family!

If you’re looking for more wedding planning information, be sure to visit our Upcoming Wedding Shows page, and register for our monthly Giveaways and to stay in the loop of local NC wedding events and news! More more inspiration, check out some of our behind-the-scenes Videos.

Our blog itself has a new feature as well – check out the various searchable categories at right. Use this tool to find exactly what you are looking for – whether its real wedding features, advice columns, or upcoming events!

To view or order our full magazine, click here.

Thank you for visiting SB&G! We hope you will use our magazine and website at every step of your wedding planning!

NC Museum of Art is Auctioning off a Wedding

The beautiful North Carolina Museum of Art is hosting Art of the Auction 2013 on Saturday, June 8th at 7:00pm. The annual event is a benefit for the NC Museum of Art Foundation, with all proceeds going towards museum exhibitions and education programs.

NC Museum of Art
Hors d’oeuvres, small plates, a full bar and a signature cocktail will be served to attendees, followed by a silent auction featuring over 75 works of art by local artists, as well as items and packages that reflect the museum’s collection and exhibitions (like a Porsche Boudoir Photography suite in honor of the Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed exhibition, a honeymoon getaway, and the grand prize — a turnkey wedding package!

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to win a custom wedding and reception at the award-winning NCMA. Stunning works of art, turnkey service and amenities in a crisp, modern atmosphere will make your special day stand out as a “matrimonial masterpiece!”

At a $24,000 value, the custom wedding auction package includes a day-of coordinator and full reception event-planning services, an outdoor ceremony in the beautifully manicured NCMA garden (or inside the East Building, if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate!), an indoor reception in the West Building Grand Hall, a floral package from Watered Garden Florist, white folding chairs for the ceremony, and color-coordinated linen package for the reception by CE Rentals, catering by Iris restaurant, bar service, a custom hors d’oeuvres menu, wait staff, a custom 3-tier wedding cake from Cinda’s Creative Cakes, a dance floor, and a DJ from Joe Bunn DJ Company!

The bidding starts at $13,000…so you could potentially save over $10,000 on the wedding of your dreams! This is serious value, y’all!

Trust us, y’all, this is going to be something you don’t want to miss! Buy your tickets today to reserve your spot!

The Umstead Hotel and Spa is Growing – and Going Green

We at Southern Bride & Groom magazine know The Umstead Hotel and Spa best for its elegant weddings and receptions. We’ve featured several Umstead wedding events over the last few years and you can view a stunning reception in our current edition! The award-winning Umstead is praised for so much more than exemplary events, including its acclaimed Herons restaurant, stellar spa facilities, impeccable service and luxurious guest accommodations. This month I discovered that great things are in the works at The Umstead when I was invited to a wonderful lunch and tour for a small group of area business professionals, hosted by founder and owner Ann Goodnight, General Manager John Beley, and marketing manager Darah Whyte.

Dara Blakeley Photography

We all informally discussed the direction of the Triangle business growth and learned much about the ecological vision of The Umstead Hotel and Spa. Manager, John Beley, is highly concerned and involved with employee workplace satisfaction, and was recognized when the hotel was named one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Triangle Business Journal in 2011. This assures their goal of an elevated guest experience in all aspects of service. The company mindset, the food, the additions and the renovations at The Umstead Hotel & Spa all reflect a renewed and dedicated purpose towards worker and guest happiness, along with conservation of the environment.



The Umstead Hotel and Spaas a whole is moving towards a state-of-the-art eco-friendly system – and I’ll elaborate on that below. But allow me a diversion so I can share our outstanding lunch. I know we are all foodies here in our Triangle area. Seriously, the diners at our lunch were taking pictures of their dishes as they were served before the first bite!

Dara Blakeley Photography

Herons, the (5-diamond AAA, Forbes Five Star, and a dozen more awards) restaurant located in The Umstead Hotel, is the perfect pick for an impressive occasion, but really should be experienced for any special lunch or dinner outing with friends. The restaurant was very busy on our Thursday lunch day in April, but never felt crowded. After enjoying a salad of lovely baby spring lettuces, hoop cheddar and pickled strawberries with white balsamic, some of Chef John Childer’s entrée choices included a Lobster Roll with hand-cut vinegar potato chips, a Hot Smoked Salmon with butter beans, sugar snap peas and arugula, and Grass Fed Beef Sirloin with roasted marble potatoes, crispy broccoli and bacon sauce. I enjoyed a succulent natural chicken breast over Carolina rice that was melt-in-your-mouth tender! For dessert, we chose between a lemony chocolate napoleon in puff pastry or an original Pavlova with strawberries and mascarpone over coconut angel food cake created by pastry chef Daniel Benjamen. With the yummmmm-murmerings of everyone at the table, it was tough not to ask for one of everything on the menu that day, but I vow to return to enjoy more selections.



We learned that The Umstead has it’s own mini-farm called Maggie’s Farm, named after its manager guru. This organic enterprise freshly supplies nearly all of Herons vegetables, fruits and herbs during the full growing seasons. Herons menu also serves natural and locally-sourced meats plus organic coffee from local purveyor, Larry’s Beans. Even the coffee grounds are being used within their mushroom farming project. Hooray for herb scones and melt in your mouth cornbread and rolls. All breads and pastries are homemade by chef Daniel. Herons is an impressive dining experience to share with your business group, associates, friends or special partner. I hope I didn’t leave anyone out.  Herons also hosts Uncorked Wine Dinners every last Thursday of the month to enjoy perfect wine and food pairings along with new taste experiences!

Umstead Pastries


The Umstead Hotel is on their final phase to complete the 150 guestrooms of their original plan when opened in 2007. Guestrooms have been redecorated in a soothing aqua shade and have luxurious new drapery, curtains, carpet, bedding and interactively built-in bedframes. The balconies allow guests to also enjoy the natural outdoor surroundings.


The guest rooms are incorporating an evolve system – a environmentally conscious controlled lighting and energy-savings installation that is personalized for guests. The Umstead Hotel as a whole is moving towards a state-of-the-art eco-friendly system for energy conservation.


Even the captivating artwork that is exhibited throughout the hotel, as well as in each beautiful guestroom, reflects this love of nature. The pieces are mainly by accomplished regional and national artists whose work evokes our area of the country, and reflects the hotel’s wooded North Carolina setting that borders the William B. Umstead State Park.



My experiences at The Umstead Spa have always been memorable. It’s the ideal place to relax and bond with a friend, or enjoy with the “girls” to celebrate an occasion. I personally love the hot-tub time between massage treatments to unwind. The Spa is currently closed for expansion and design refurb, so stay tuned for the newly enlarged spa news and the slated re-opening in July. We hear (from top sources!) there will be a new coed “current” pool, in addition to the separate men’s and women’s sauna and whirlpool areas, plus  a sophisticated new nail salon with more pedicure chairs,  which I think may be the most comfortable spa chairs on the planet!

Umstead Hotel Spa Renovations


To the brides who are looking for that perfect wedding weekend location, you’ll be happy to know that The Umstead  brides can enjoy the gorgeous wedding garden that overlooks the pine-surrounded lake for their ceremony, then choose between a smaller intimate banquet room or elegant larger ballroom, both with an extensive outdoor patio terrace to use for the wedding of her dreams. Brides will love the spa and its services, and may enjoy a bridal event such as a bridesmaids’ luncheon in the spa or by the pool. The guest rooms have been updated and the service is unsurpassed so this is a hotel that has it all.


We love the greening of The Umstead!

~ Donna Parks, Publisher, SB&G

The Mayton Inn — New Boutique Hotel in Downtown Cary, NC

Colin and Deanna Crossman, the owners of the prestigious King’s Daughters Inn in Downtown Durham, have expanded their hotel business to include a new boutique hotel in Downtown Cary, NC — The Mayton Inn!

The Mayton Inn New Boutique Hotel in Downtown Cary

The Georgian-style hotel encompasses a luxury atmosphere along with green technologies in all aspects of the new construction building. The 44 rooms and public spaces are dressed with custom features and furniture that was made in High Point, NC just for the Inn.

Individually-styled headboards, window treatments, desks, and storage pieces set an artistic tone in the guest rooms.  Updated versions of elegant traditional furnishings in fresh colors, patterns, and finishes create an air of modern sophistication.  The color palette and all furnishings have been custom designed and fabricated exclusively for the Mayton Inn by Megliola Bear Interior Design, defining the Inn’s signature style. There are seven featured color concepts: blues, tan, purple, mustard, chartrusse, red/silver and hot pink/navy.

The hotel also features a lounge, full bar & restaurant, event spaces, spa, high tech gym facility and an outdoor terrace. The Inn offers afternoon tea, as well as turndown service for guests with port and chocolates. A gourmet hot breakfast is served to hotel guests every morning in the full service restaurant.

Take a look at some interior photographs of the beautiful Mayton Inn below.Upscale bar at Mayton Inn Cary NC Stay at The Mayton Inn Cary NC Mayton Inn Cary NC Dining at The Mayton Inn Cary NC

Save the Date — Wedding Affair at North Hills

We’re excited to announce that the Second-Annual Wedding Affair at North Hills will be Sunday, February 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Renaissance Raleigh Hotel.

Wedding Event Wedding Affair at North Hills, Raleigh
The Wedding Affair is an intimate showcase for both brides and grooms that features Triangle wedding industry leaders that provide superior services — including many members of the SB&G Family.

Attendees will receive a Bridal Swag Bag and are automatically entered to win fabulous prizes! For a list of vendors, check out the North Hills Wedding Affair website, where you can also RSVP and purchase tickets, and see photos from last year’s bash.

While you’re at the show, be sure to stop by the Southern Bride & Groom booth to pick up a free copy of the 2013 magazine!

Above photo courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters 

2013 Fashion Feature – Bella Bridesmaid

At this year’s fashion shoot at The Umstead Hotel & Spa, SB&G hosted Bella Bridesmaid — an adorable shop in Raleigh that exclusively focuses on chic, fashionable dresses for your favorite gals…and trust us, these are gowns your girls will love! Bridesmaids dresses have grown away from the shapeless, heavy days of years past, and are now full on fashion statements. Bella Bridesmaid has tons of popular collections, including Amsale, LulaKate, Coren Moore, and Two Birds (and lots more!)

Check out these photos — some of our favorites from the shoot — by the talented Dara Blakeley Photography. And newly engaged brides, make sure to include Bella Bridesmaid on your list of stops when you and your gals are on the hunt for the perfect dress!

These gorgeous navy chiffon gowns are from the Amsale collection at Bella Bridesmaid. Pair these with nude, metallic, or a fun-colored heel for a little added glam. Brides — love that crystal bracelet? Check out Bel Canto Designs for gorgeous, vintage jewelry to accessorize your big day. Also, thanks to Lore Emelio for custom-designing our girls’ awesome hairpieces!

Say “yes” to yellow in these adorable sunshine dresses by LulaKate, available at Bella Bridesmaid. Let your girls choose different necklines that flatter their specific shape for a funky, but still cohesive mismatched look.

This bright green ensemble is the perfect example of a sweet & appropriate style for junior bridesmaids. Having junior bridesmaids is a fantastic way to include girls who are too old to be flower girls, and too young to be full-fledged bridesmaids.

These two selections, both by Coren Moore from Bella Bridesmaid, showcase some of this year’s hottest trends — color blocking and iridescent coral.

All inspired now? Make your appointment at the Raleigh Bella Bridesmaid and start browsing…remember, it takes three to four months for your dresses to come in, so ordering early is a necessity!

The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase

One of the Triangle’s favorite annual wedding events, The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase, is quickly approaching!

Sunday, January 27th

Join the SB&G Team and a slew of other wedding industry professionals at the upscale Carolina Inn on Sunday afternoon, January 27th, for the 18th-annual Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase. This is a must-attend event for all brides! Browse the Inn’s gorgeous floor plan while sipping on champagne, and then enjoy a buffet and a high-end fashion runway show.

For more information or to register for the event, check out the Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase website. We can’t wait, and we hope that you come say hello if you attend!