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Modern Southern Wedding Photography: J&J 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 feature a North Carolina wedding photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re introducing you to Jaime of J&J Photography.

In June of 2007, J&J Photography was created and consisted of Jody and Jamie (dad and daughter). After shooting together for two years, Jody retired in 2009, but the family story (and name) continues on. Jamie has now photographed over 160 weddings and truly enjoys being a part of this momentous occasion for couples across North Carolina.

Why do you love photography?

Photography is a way to capture and stop a moment in time. I’m able to provide lasting memories on one of the happiest days in one’s life. The ability to be creative yet work at a fast-paced rhythm drives me to do my best.

Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?

The locations and our couples are my inspiration. Each time I get in the car and drive here and there, I’m always looking for that sweet spot that can be photographed. It pushes me to make something beautiful and different with new places. Once I have a couple, I feed off of their energy and connection. Each couple is different and I try to think of different ways to show their love and personality.


How would you describe your style?

I take a photojournalistic approach to my photography. I want our brides and grooms images to tell their story from start to finish. From the little details to the excitement expressed by guests throughout the day.

What is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?

On a wedding day there are lots of emotions flying around and people whizzing around. When a bride and groom choose to have a “first look” that is hands down the best experience. Their emotions are raw and reactions are not held back. This moment they have been anticipating for so long is finally here and I get to capture it!

What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?

My personality. I want my couples to relate to me and simply just have a fun experience. They become a part of my family and I want them to feel that way.

Meet Jamie in this film by one of our SB&G Preferred Videographers, Twenty-One Films.


New Orleans Wedding Inspiration for NC Brides

The South is known for its church-going, salt-of-the-earth folk. But we Southerners certainly also know how to throw a celebration, and a wedding is the occasion of all occasions to blend reverence with the joys of life! Our ode to the New Orleans wedding is in honor of NOLA with its deep Southern charm, grit, glam and knack for festive fêtes – a perfect theme for a formal wedding affair.

The Story Behind the Shoot

Local NC wedding videographers, Twenty-One Films, captured behind-the-scenes footage and chatted with us and our stylist, Erin McLean of Erin McLean Events, about the concept of this styled shoot. We’re so excited to share the film from the photo shoot:

A Reason to Celebrate

The Hudson Manor, set on 23 verdant acres, sets the picture perfect scene. The onsite chapel is flanked by giant magnolia, oak and pecan trees and leads to the estate’s covered lake view terrace and ballroom. The estate, with its grand white columns, wrought iron accents and brick pathways, is so Southern it could be set in Louisiana itself, which made it the perfect location for our New Orleans themed wedding day styled shoot. The onsite grounds, gardens and chapel, make a lovely backdrop for bridal portraits, and even staging a scene for a painting by local artist and live wedding painter Tesh Parekh.

After the “I Dos,” the couple and brass musicians from John Brown Entertainment Group lead the main line parade followed by a second line of dancing and waving guests to ring in the newlyweds. This is New Orleans – their style, tradition and cultural heritage.

Enjoy these gorgeous images by Brian Mullins Photography!

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Chasing the Light

From the chapel, the party marches to the courtyard for group photos and on to the The Hudson Manor where the massive white columns lend an “Old South” charm to their portraits. Our couple and wedding party are dressed in attire from Savvi Bridal and Savvi Formalwear, located in Raleigh near Crabtree Valley Mall, with jewelry from Diamonds Direct Crabtree and specialty bowties from local fashion designer Natty Neckware.

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A Masquerade Party

The covered terrace glows with street lamps and market lights as the sun begins to set on the estate. In contrast to the elaborate ballroom, the terrace is set with cocktail tables in a bold black and white with New Orleans street signs. The theme is carried even into the specialty music note bowties by local company Natty Neckware, seen below paired with invitations designed by Paperbuzz.

The ballroom of The Hudson Manor has an open feel with ample glass doors and windows, beautiful chandeliers, wall sconces, and a mirrored wall. ThemeWorks added the specialty lighting and faux boxwood hedges behind the wedding party table, bringing more of the outdoors inside, while elegant gold accented table decor from American Party Rentals added to the formal evening theme.

Julie Williams, owner of Blossom Artistry, is originally from Louisiana, and worked with Erin McLean, our stylist, to create a floral palette of elegant soft ones with pops of purple and gold as a nod to New Orleans. The mix of tropical plants included are all native to her home-state. Magnolia leaves are woven throughout the decor, from the chapel doors, to arrangements and to the base of the stunning cake by Sugarland. And of course, beautiful masks from local decor rental shop Table of Contents, complete the masquerade party!

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Stylist Erin McLean Events  |  Venue The Hudson Manor  |  Photographer Brian Mullins Photography  |  Fashion Savvi Bridal and Savvi Formalwear  |  Bowties Natty Neckware  |  Florist Blossom Artistry  |  Live Wedding Painting Tesh Parekh  |  Jewelry Diamonds Direct  |   Musicians John Brown Entertainment Group  | Market Lights, NOLA Themed Accents and Hedge backdrop ThemeWorks  |  Linens, China & Table Settings American Party Rentals  |  Invitations & Menus Paperbuzz  |  Cake Sugarland  |  Masks Table of Contents  |  Bride & Groom Elevate  |  Wedding Party Models for Charity  |  Hair & Makeup Erin Doak and Danielle Duarte for Douglas Carroll Salon  |  Behind-the-Scenes Video Twenty-One Films

Real Wedding Video at Duke Chapel and The Cotton Room

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re thrilled to share Katie and Scott’s real wedding video at Duke Chapel and The Cotton Room, shot by the talented team at Twenty-One Films.

Get your tissues ready, y’all — from the emotional first look to the expressive vows, this wedding film is a tearjerker in all the best ways. Be sure to look for the moment when Katie’s dad sees her for the first time and

Katie and her bridesmaids got ready at Posh the Salon before she met Scott at Duke Chapel for their first look. First looks have become one of the most popular trends in weddings in recent years, as they give the bride and groom a few moments all to themselves before the nonstop festivities of the wedding day.

Katie and Scott’s ceremony at Duke Chapel, a stunning medieval-style chapel in Durham, was breathtakingly emotional and so full of love. Despite the impending rain, the couple didn’t stop smiling throughout their wedding day, and the reception at The Cotton Room in Durham’s historic Golden Belt district certainly looks like it was quite the party!

Congratulations, Katie and Scott — your wedding was absolutely beautiful.

Katie + Scott, Duke Chapel from Twenty-One Films on Vimeo.

Thanks to Twenty-One Films for sharing this couple’s sweet wedding day video.

Real NC Wedding Video at The Highgrove Estate

It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share a Real NC Wedding Video at the Highgrove Estate shot by the talented team at Twenty-One Films.

Claire and Camry met at camp while in high school, and ended up dating for years before finally getting engaged. They tied the knot at Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina on a gorgeous summer day, and Twenty-One Films captured the emotion of the affair beautifully. Though the venue’s power was out until only moments before the start of the ceremony thanks to a Southern thunderstorm the night before, Claire and Cam were thrilled their big day had arrived, and nothing could dampen their spirits.

The couple wrote their own vows (break out the tissues, y’all — their words to each other are incredibly sweet!) and celebrated their love with a stunning ceremony and reception, surrounded by their closest family and friends. Thanks to Twenty-One Films for this wonderful, emotional video of Claire and Cam’s wedding day.

Claire + Cam, Highgrove Estate from Twenty-One Films on Vimeo.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Highgrove Estate
Florist: Brides and Bouquets
Bridal Gown: Vera Wang
Videographer: Twenty-One Films

Elevate “Dirty Dancing” Dance Performance at Angus Barn Wedding — Videography by 21 Films

This is the second installment in our Tuesday video blog series! This week, we’re highlighting Elevate, a Raleigh-based performance company that provides dancers and performers for all types of special events, including weddings. 

Elevate can give your reception the wow factor with a coordinated flash mob, break dancers, or a special choreographed dance. In today’s feature, Elevate dancers put on a Dirty Dancing-themed dance performance at a recent Angus Barn wedding to really get the party started! This clip was provided by Twenty One Films, who also does professional wedding videography. To see some of their recent wedding videos, check out their blog.

ELEVATE – Live Performance at Kristen & Adam’s Wedding Reception from Twenty-One Films on Vimeo.

Wedding Coordinator: A Southern Soiree
Photographer: Big Star Studios
Flowers: Fresh Affairs
Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes
Makeup: Lindsay Morse
Reception & Catering: Angus Barn
Band: Hipshack
Invitations and Programs: Paper Cafe
Videography: Twenty One Films

2013 Style Shoot – Country Wedding Elegance

This year, we chose to highlight North Carolina’s beautiful fall weather — the perfect season for a Southern wedding! — in one of our styled photo shoots for the 2013 edition of Southern Bride & Groom.

We are so pleased to release the behind-the-scenes video by Life Stage Films. This video tribute is a look inside of what goes into the special details that really make a wedding unique to a couple. We strive to create details in our style shoots to inspire couples and help them find their ideal wedding look! A big thanks to the Matt Davis, owner of LSF, for hanging out during our shoot and his team for putting together this special video!

Our sweet couple, Becca Jane and Todd Cody (now Mr. and Mrs!) were the winners of our 25th Anniversary Photoshoot Contest. They married in June 2012 in Chapel Hill, and used a slew of SB&G vendors to make their big day special & unique. The newlyweds reside in Washington, DC, but drove down for this opportunity to relive their wedding day!

After Hurricane Sandy forced us to reschedule, SB&G had a blast doing this shoot on a warm and sunny November afternoon. Our team, including coordination by Erin McLean Events, brought together an elegant rustic theme to highlight our venue, Het Landhuis — a fabulous country estate with a barn and event space! We combined this year’s popular neutral shades with rusty reds and fresh verdant hues, and The English Garden florist arranged a wedding scene with their own decor doors and floral wreaths in Het Landhuis‘ designated ceremony location. We set a formal table in the banquet room of the romantic barn that boasts Dutch influence in its architecture and detailing.

Now, enjoy these photos from the shoot, shot by Cyn Kain Photography (some of these pics can also be seen in SB&G 2013). And y’all, get ready to fall in love, this shoot is amazing! SB&G would like to extend a special thank you to the rest of the team who made this shoot possible: Charlottes, Inc./Jewelry; Party Reflections/Chairs, Linens, China, Glassware; Traditions by Anna/Bridal Gown; Savvi Formalwear/Groom’s Suit;  Beauty & The Bull Spa/Hair & Makeup; and Raleigh Cake Pops/Cake Pop Favors.

New Real Wedding Feature – Bailey & Jason’s Wedding at The Sutherland

There’s a new Real Wedding on the SB&G website today! For the full story and photo gallery, go to the Bailey & Jason Real Wedding page!

Bailey and Jason met as undergrads in college through a mutual friend. When Jason popped the question with a Bailey Box, Bailey couldn’t refuse! This sweet couple wed at The Sutherland Estate & Gardens on June 16, 2012. A preppy Southern color palette of navy blue, deep fuchsia and bright green set the stage for Bailey and Jason’s big day, and the photography by f8 Photo Studios is absolutely stunning!

The couple used many SB&G vendors to make their day special, including: The Sutherland, Catering Works, f8 Photo Studios, Classic Party Rentals, and Island Sound & Video.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of Bailey and Jason’s gorgeous wedding day, but be sure to check out the full story (with more beautiful photos!) on the Bailey & Jason Real Wedding page!

Silver Anniversary Style Shoot Video Premiere

Southern Bride & Groom achieved a major milestone in 2012 — our 25th Anniversary as the NC Triangle’s most trusted bridal resource.

We commemorated the occasion with a Silver Style Shoot, set at The Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill. The shoot, photographed by f8 Photo Studios, will appear in Southern Bride & Groom’s 2013 edition, which releases mid-December and will be free to brides and available at locations throughout the Triangle Area, as well as to order online. In addition to the commemorative spread in the magazine, f8 in Motion was onsite to film the shoot, and created this beautiful behind-the-scenes tribute video.

Spheres of blossoms designed by Fresh Affairs bubble up around a stunning hand-painted silver cake custom-created by Sugarland, and continue a cascade that spills into a pool of petals. Our bride sparkles in a glamorous gown from Lana Addison Bridal. Its silver and crystal embellishments add to the theme. Our team also included Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning, Charlotte’s, Party Reflections, Douglas Carroll Salon & Spa, and Paper Cafe.

Both The Siena Hotel and Douglas Carroll Salon and Spa are also celebrating their 25th anniversaries, so a big congratulations to them as well!

And now, please enjoy the premiere of our Silver Anniversary Tribute Video by f8 in Motion!

Sandy forced photoshoot reschedule to Lovely Fall Day!

Southern Bride & Groom took a risk this year and scheduled a photoshoot late in the production season so we could have a nice fall setting. Who could have predicted Hurricane Sandy would blow through the night before the big day? We have been very fortunate at SB&G and have never had to do an emergency reschedule of a photoshoot (which is amazing with 25 years under our belts- but then again, NC has pretty amazing weather!). However, last week we did not want to risk the cold, strong winds and threat of rain.

Moving the shoot turned out to be a great choice, because yesterday was an absolutely perfect autumn day. The air was cool and crisp, but the warm sun made it quite pleasant outside. The beautiful green, yellow and orange colors still gracing us with their presence out in the countryside of Pittsboro NC also helped – these are colors that will probably last only the rest of this week. So we feel quite lucky with how everything turned out!

The winners of our SB&G 25th Anniversary Photoshoot Contest, Becca Jane and Todd, drove down from Washington DC to participate in the shoot, and they made absolutely beautiful models. This sweet couple had a beautiful reception at The Carolina Inn this June.

We planned the shoot at the beautiful Pittsboro wedding venue, Het Landhuis, a beautiful rustic venue with elegant Dutch influences. We enjoyed living the country life out there for the day, and made friends with their dogs, cats, horses and goats!

We worked with team of talented SB&G vendors to plan our shoot’s theme, including Erin McLean Events, English Garden Florist, Cyn Kain Photography, and Life Stage Films. Products and additional support was from Party Reflections, Charlotte’s, Savvi Formalwear, Traditions by Anna, Beauty & the Bull Spa and Raleigh Cake Pops.

We don’t want to spoil the shoot, but here are a few teaser photos. The real deal will appear in Southern Bride & Groom’s 2013 issue, which will be released in December.

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