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It’s natural that many couples want to take extra steps to honor special family members and even the whole clan during their wedding. Sometimes it may be an acknowledgement made to parents or other influential people during the ceremony such as having parents light an altar candle or handing a flower to each mother. Honor can also bestowed on those who are not present because of distance, illness or death, with a mention in the service or program. Here are a few ways we’ve seen special recognition offered.
This could mean exchanging your vows in the same church where your parents or grandparents were wed, including the family crest on wedding invitations, or honoring the Southern tradition of having the father of the groom serve as best man.
Photo: Renee Sprink Photography
Repurpose your mother’s wedding dress into a new gown or veil, or wear a generational jewelry heirloom. Carry your father’s handkerchief or don his cufflinks or watch. For your bouquet or arrangements, choose the flower your lost loved one tended in their own flower garden as your tribute. Wearing something from a loved one is a private way to remember them during your wedding day.
Photo: Azul Photography
Sounds of our Heart
Incorporate meaningful words or music into the wedding. Include a letter your loved one wrote with her advice on marriage, or read her favorite scripture passage. A special song that you learned as a child can play as you walk down the aisle. Dedicate a dance to someone who cannot be there with one of his or her favorite songs.
Taste of Family History
Have the caterer prepare a meal that is meaningful to your family. If you have two ethnic backgrounds, have samplings from each at food stations, or have the rehearsal dinner be themed to one family’s heritage and the wedding reception to the other’s. Perhaps there is a passed down recipe that could be shared with guests in the form of take home favors.
Photo: Riley MacLean Photography
A Walk Through Time
A presentation of old family photos is a great way to symbolize the union of your two families. Display in frames on a table or mantle and surround with florals. If you are able to secure wedding portraits of these family members, even better. This is something all of your guests will enjoy taking in.
Photo: Casey Rose Photography
When peaches are plentiful, the skies are endlessly blue, and the days are long and extra warm, downtown Wilmington is an exquisite place for a wedding celebration.
This styled shoot was planned and designed by SB&G vendors to recreate a warm, soft wedding design, showcases several of our preferred vendors from Wilmington, NC – a fantastic and affordable wedding destination town. So, go ahead, start dreaming of a romantic wedding in this charming riverfront town.
The Cottage is an ideal “getting ready” space for bridal parties – comfy and bright for dress, hair and makeup prep by Makeup for Your Day of Wilmington before any downtown or nearby wedding. Its location is adjacent to Bakery 105, and just steps away from 128 South. The Cottage can be booked in conjunction with events at these two sister properties, or by anyone looking for an intimate daytime location before their wedding or for small bridal or baby showers.
For the ceremony and reception, the color palette was inspired by the brick walls of Bakery 105. This impressive venue was built in the late 1930s and restored in 2009. Shades of sun-kissed peaches and cream, gold metallic and sheer fabrics were used for the elaborate ceremony set up and room décor.
Sophisticated cocktail styled maids’ dresses by Lula Kate from Coastal Knot in preppy bright colors pair perfectly with the fun metallic and printed fans embellishing the bar.
The eclectic mix of elegance and rustic chic flair throughout Bakery 105 in this photo inspiration, incorporated textured linens, wood seating and wood shelves with arrangements in flower boxes, designed together by Fiore Fine Flowers and photographer Bronwyn Duffield. Calligraphy by Southern Bee Designs was used on the mirrored quotation, table numbers and chair signs.
VENUE The Cottage on Orange Street and Bakery 105 | PHOTOGRAPHER Bronwyn Duffield Photography | FLOWERS Fiore Fine Flowers | BRIDAL GOWNS The Wedding Dress Shoppe and Coastal Knot Bridal | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Coastal Knot Bridal | JEWELRY The Wedding Dress Shoppe | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day of Wilmington | VIDEOGRAPHY Dogwood Media | CALLIGRAPHY Southern Bee Designs | RENTALS Party Suppliers of Wilmington
A great time to get a look at the venues and vendors in action is during the annual Courtyards & Cobblestones event on January 14, 2017 – a walking tour of seven fully styled venues and a hand-picked collection of the most innovative, creative wedding professionals from Southeastern North Carolina.
Take a look at this behind-the-scenes video from Dogwood Media!
The historic, century-old victorian mansion, River Forest Manor in Belhaven, NC, was commissioned in 1899. This landmark has been carefully preserved and brought back to its original glory. Perfectly placed where the Pungo River and Pantego Creek meet, this quiet, charming venue was an idyllic location for “Rose” & “Fitz” to say “I do.”
“When we designed this shoot, we had in mind the challenge a lot of our clients face of blending the traditional tastes of their parents and their own modern style. Inspired by coastal NC, the historic River Forest Manor, and modern Southern hospitality, we selected a setting that blurs the lines of tradition and high-style in the coastal South,” explained Chelsey Morrison, owner of Gather Together. The ambiance and charming details were captured by photographer Renee Sprink.
Flowing drapes were added to the 30-foot tall porch and garden bench seating gave guests a perfect perch. Overflowing floral arrangements, lanterns and pineapples embellished the setting.
Soft azure watercolors and a custom monogram accented the couple’s invitation suite, ceremony programs and menus, with flowing calligraphy matching the waves of the surrounding water. The suite tipped off guests on what to expect for the party – formal, but not stuffy; lavish, but not overdone; a welcoming Southern celebration of love.
Fitz and his groomsmen donned a classic style with some modern flair – navy and black suits with statement bow ties made of game feathers. The bridesmaids wore long tulle Jenny Yoo gowns in soft pale green hues. Rose practically floated along the river in a gorgeous Blush by Hayley Paige gown with classic tulle bottom in a modern stacked skirt and strappy back.
The couple dined with their guests at long tables on the expansive front porch. The bride chose her mother’s classic wedding pattern, Mottahedeh’s “Tobacco Leaf” and mixed it with modern Anna Weatherly china accents and monogram napkins. Soft teal candle sticks in crystal candelabras, greenery, and white rose compotes were combined for stunning centerpieces. Linen chairs and silver lanterns framed the tables on all sides.
Each guest found his seat with a hand-calligraphed place card nestled into a miniature pineapple.
Five tiers of sweet perfection, this cream and gold cake tower struck a beautiful balance of old and new with magnolia accents. The lounge tent, fully draped with Spanish moss and greenery, looked as if it had existed on the property for years. Its centerpiece was a woven water hyacinth settee, chairs and a blue hammered drum coffee table where guests could gather and relax or have a drink from the boxwood bar.
WEDDING CONSULTANT Gather Together | PHOTOGRAPHY Renee Sprink Photography | VENUE River Forest Manor & Marina | BRIDAL GOWN & BRIDESMAID GOWNS Tre Bella Bridal | FLOWERS Tre Bella Flowers | TENT & GLASSWARE Party Reflections | LIGHTING Get Lit Special Event Lighting | FURNITURE & DÉCOR Themeworks | CAKE The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery | PAPER One+Only Paper TABLEWARE, JEWELRY, BOW TIES & ACCESSORIES Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day | DRAPING & LINENS Party Tables | MENSWEAR The Black Tux | CHILDREN’S ATTIRE Shower Me with Love
NC’s Trusted Wedding Magazine Reveals 30th Anniversary Cover
Each year, putting Southern Bride & Groom’s annual magazine together is a labor of love between the SB&G team, local wedding vendors, and the happy couples connected in our network. Fittingly, our annual magazine showcases the best of the best when it comes to North Carolina wedding vendors. This year is an especially exciting year for us because it marks a major milestone for the magazine’s – our 30th anniversary! We are thrilled to reveal our first cover of 2017, and share the styled shoot from which it came, created by several local NC wedding vendors.
A Garden Party Wedding at Merrimon-Wynne
The winter-spring cover captures the essence of what it means to be a Southern bride and groom: modern beauty mixed with timeless tradition. This enchanting photo is by local photographer Renee Sprink. It was taken during an inspirational garden wedding on the lawn of The Merrimon-Wynne House. The shoot, styled by Events by La Fete, was part of a celebratory event for this popular wedding venue which had completed construction on its gorgeous Carriage House, located in the back lawn, expanding capacity and functionality for wedding parties.
The stylist and florist, Meristem Floral, worked to bring a garden party vibe indoors with trees, moss, and shimmery linen. A white, mirrored bar and lounge furniture kept the vibe modern and clean.
Who wouldn’t be all smiles when donned in Vera Wang? The lovely bride was stunning in with the magical “Pippa” gown, from Alexia’s Bridal, and styled by Makeup for Your Day with raspberry-hued lips and a loose braid. Her groom was dashing in his smart navy suit, and her maid of honor floated in a Monique Lhuillier, also from Alexia’s.
Vibrant Mottahedeh china and Herend collectibles from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry atop a glass table set on a verdant green lawn were lovely touches for this spring garden party. A soft butterfly theme was found in the patterns and hand-made place cards. Specialty furniture from Themeworks and additional tabletop items from Party Reflections completed the look.Food tastes better when beautifully presented! Delicious hors d’oeuvres from Donovan’s Dish were displayed on a hanging swing in the courtyard, as well as on living tabletops that floated about the event – it doesn’t get more charming than that!They may look like models, but these sparks are real. Kari and Matthew are a real couple and loved getting dressed up for this faux wedding day.
PLANNING/DESIGN Events by La Fete | PHOTOGRAPHY Renee Sprink Photography | BRIDAL GOWN Vera Wang from Alexia’s Bridal | BRIDESMAID GOWN Monique Lhuillier from Alexia’s Bridal | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day | FLOWERS Meristem Floral | GLASSWARE AND FLATWARE Party Reflections | CHINA Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | LIGHTING & FURNITURE Themeworks Creative | CATERING Donovan’s Dish | PAPER Emily Brooks Designs | CALLIGRAPHY Mason Dixon Designs | PERFORMANCE ART AND LIVE FOOD STATIONS Elevate | DJ Joe Bunn
In the 2016 edition of Southern Bride and Groom, we introduced you to the area’s best and most talented wedding caterers! Today, we’re sharing Raleigh wedding cater and baker, Catering Works.
Catering Works, which celebrated its 25th anniversary milestone last year, has truly become a one-stop-shop for brides and grooms. It currently offers full-service catering, customized pastry and wedding cakes, in-house floral design, and party rentals event coordination.
“The turn-key service really appeals to brides, especially those who are from planning from out of town,” says CEO Jill Santa Lucia, “There is simplicity and peace of mind with one point of contact. Not to mention the ease of the logistics and cohesiveness when everything is coming from the same source.” She adds that Catering Works has experts in each division and is also always happy to work with brides on any single aspect of the wedding, such as just the food, desserts, or floral services for their special events.
Santa Lucia, who has a degree from Johnson & Wales University and several local and national awards under her belt, makes her life-long passion for exceptional cuisine the driving force behind Catering Works. She heads up the kitchen team with her talented colleagues Rich Carter and Anthony Calcagno.
Carter is the Executive Chef. He began his culinary career working at several popular Italian restaurants in NY and worked his way to sous chef and Executive Chef at fine dining restaurants. Carter is dedicated to creating quality food and their entire team relishes his surprising recipes with unique ingredient combinations that make Catering Works menus stand out.
Calcagno, Executive Pastry Chef, began as a pastry cook at Rockefeller Center in NYC and loves Parisian, Austrian and Italian desserts. While working for the Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, he created wedding cakes that surpassed couples’ expectations and quickly gained a reputation as one of the area’s leading wedding cake designers.
Catering Works is very in touch with the latest trends from “foodie” brides who are well traveled and on the lookout for unique dishes and fine wines. They are equally skilled at creating special Southern comfort dishes that are in demand by many couples in the area.
“A high-end spin on traditional comfort dishes or regional NC-based cuisine is very popular right now – things like coffee braised short ribs with Yates Mill polenta, or NC Berkshire pork shanks glazed with our in-house BBQ sauce,” shares Lucia, “Fine wines from exceptional domestic appellations and French wines are also on trend, as well as local micro-brews. Farm-to-flask incorporates wonderful selections from NC distilleries.”
Catering Works is cognizant of those with a gluten allergy or dietary restrictions and they work with couples to customize the menu when needed. While the bride does have to request menu modifications and guest preferences in advance, nearly every recipe can be modified for gluten-free needs as well as presented in its regular form.
Since Catering Works is packed with multiple talents to tie together an event vision, it’s easy to see why they are such a hit with Triangle brides. Check their website to register for bridal tastings, cooking class events and chef dinners hosted at Catering Works in 2016.
Southern Bride and Groom featured two of the NC’s coast’s best bridal boutiques in our 2016 magazine’s wedding dress fashion shoot held at the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham. All images were taken by the talented Dara Blakeley Photography.
The Wedding Dress Shoppe
The Wedding Dress Shoppe was created by Alan Perry of Perry’s Emporium with a passion for providing a fresh approach to the Wilmington bridal experience. Each of the designers has been thoughtfully considered and selected. The 3,000 square foot studio is located in Barclay Commons adjacent to Perry’s Emporium. The Wedding Dress Shoppe is a full-service bridal salon featuring quality, unique, and distinct gowns for the trendy, stylish and fashionable bride and carries all things bridal, including veils, decorative headpieces, jewelry, shoes, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride dresses, and even wedding planning packages.
Featured top left is a beautiful Eve of Milady gown with a beaded sleeve and drop bodice which flows into a fully gathered tulle skirt.
Coastal Knot Bridal
Coastal Knot Bridal, which has a location in both Wilmington and Shallotte, NC is a modern bridal salon with carefully curated selections of wedding gowns from top designers. They carry bridal accessories, bridesmaid dresses (now including Jenny Yoo), and they host regular trunk shows at both locations.
A sheer bodice and delicate lace overlay makes the Madison James bridal gown above unique and fitting for the front entrance of the hotel with its art deco charm.
Below is an enchanting Hayley Paige gown with a tiered flounce skirt, crystal straps and chapel train. It shines in the buildings ballroom with restored mahogany walls and towering windows.
If you live close to the coast and are looking to purchase a gown for your beach or destination wedding, be sure to make an appointment to find the dress of your dreams.
GOWNS The Wedding Dress Shoppe and Coastal Knot Bridal | VENUE 21c Museum Hotel Durham | PHOTOGRAPHY Dara Blakeley Photography | JEWELRY Anfesa’s Jewelers | HAIR AND MAKEUP 140 Salon and Dry Bar and Makeup for Your Day | FLOWERS Fresh Affairs
Today, we’re continuing our 2016 fashion shoot series and showing a few captivating couture wedding gowns from Nitsa’s Apparel.
Nitsa’s has locations in Charlotte and Winston-Salem, NC. The full-service bridal salon features classic and couture modern looks from many of the top designers, such as Amsale, Monique Lhuillier, Rivini, and Pronovias. In addition, the shop carries well-known bridesmaids lines and mother of the bride dresses. Brides and the entire wedding party can get everything they need at Nitsa’s, from alterations to cosmetics to accessories. The shop also hosts regular trunk shows.
Take a look below at three featured gowns, all carried by Nitsa’s, from our SB&G 2016 fashion shoot. Fashion and art go hand in hand at the 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Durham – the perfect location to showcase these gorgeous looks. Photographer Dara Blakeley captured our models against at the museum hotels interior and exterior backdrops.
The first look is a trellised Anna Maier Couture lace gown with a hint of golden color beneath that’s sensationally timeless and romantic. Our bride, with jewelry from Anfesa’s and makeup and hair from Makeup for Your Day carried a beautiful bouquet of white orchids from Fresh Affairs.
Pictured at right below is a classic Romona Keveza lace gown with a sweetheart neckline and off-the-shoulder cap sleeves. With pearls and diamonds from Anfesa’s and hair and makeup from 140 Salon & Dry Bar, our bride looks extra sweet carrying a bunch of blush pink tulips from Fresh Affairs.
At left, is a fitted and stunning Amsale gown in flowing crepe, which has an illusion neckline and low illusion back with covered buttons from neckline to hem.
GOWNS Nitsa’s Apparel | VENUE 21c Museum Hotel, Durham | PHOTOGRAPHY Dara Blakeley Photography | JEWELRY Anfesa’s | HAIR & MAKEUP 140 Salon & Dry Bar and Makeup for Your Day | Bouquet Fresh Affairs
Local Creatives Gather at The Stockroom in downtown Raleigh for “Chalk Lettering for Charity”
Southern Bride and Groom recently hosted a creative night out at The Stockroom at 230 in downtown Raleigh. The event, “Chalk Lettering for Charity,” brought women from all around the Triangle together to learn a new skill and benefit a great local charity, Carroll’s Kitchen.
The class was led by Maghon Taylor of All She Wrote Notes and all proceeds from the sold out event went to Carroll’s Kitchen, a nonprofit restaurant that is dedicated to ending homelessness by providing opportunities and job training for women coming out of difficult living situations (learn more about it below).
Maghon Taylor is a talented calligrapher and hand letterer who shares her skills with brides-to-be at various locations and events in the Triangle. The Stockroom (and their upstairs venue, The Glass Box) was the perfect intimate and fun venue to hold this chalk lettering event.
Attendees sat at tables provided by American Party Rentals and Party Reflections adorned with a variety of chalk and personal chalkboards. Throughout the night, guests giggled and nibbled on sweet potato biscuits provided by Lip Service Catering as they followed Maghon’s instructions, drawing out “yay,” “hooray,” and other words in different styles.
Carroll’s Kitchen, the charity for which this event was benefiting, will be located in the former Square Rabbit restaurant space which operated out of that location for 25 years. The food served at Carroll’s Kitchen will be delicious classics like sandwiches, salads, house made soups, baked goods and some surprises that are new to the area. They’re excited to share NC pecan sticky buns and fresh made breakfast sandwiches along with many other treats. The women in the program will share their favorite foods over time and learn to build and create culinary dishes to put on the menu.
The non-profit will be supporting many collaborative partners as well as employing women coming out of homelessness and incarceration. The job-training program will be a year-long program and will include a place to live.
When the class drew to a close, everyone was invited upstairs to take in a sunset view of downtown Raleigh from The Stockroom’s open and airy suite The Glass Box. This room can be rented out for bridal parties, such as showers and small events, as well as used as a bridal suite for those getting married at The Stockroom.
The Cupcake Shoppe in Raleigh bakes from scratch every morning and makes custom cakes and desserts for weddings and special events.
A sunset toast was complete with a glass of sparkling blue wine from Blanc de Bleu, a California based wine that gives brides a unique way to incorporate “something blue” into their wedding day.
This creative evening, which raised over $1,600, was a big success thanks to the many vendors, including All She Wrote Notes, The Stockroom at 230, The Cupcake Shoppe, Blanc de Bleu, Lip Service Catering, American Party Rentals and Party Reflections who helped put it on. Carroll’s Kitchen is still seeking donations for equipment and construction, will begin later this month. You can also support their cause by dining at the eatery when it opens!
What do you get when wedding professionals are given a pile of props and 15 minutes to throw together a styled shoot? Magic!
Wedding-themed styled shoots are all the rage these days. They are a wonderful way for wedding professionals to showcase their talent, creativity, and the latest styles and trends.
Triangle NACE, an organization of local event professionals which SB&G has belonged to for many years, themed their monthly chapter monthly meeting on this subject. The event last week took place at The Stockroom at 230 in downtown Raleigh, one of SB&G‘s favorite venues! Donna and Jenna of Southern Bride and Groom, along with our friends from Weddings Magazine, spoke on a panel to discuss tips on how to get styled shoots published.
Soigne Events was the featured caterer at this event and did a beautiful job with the local fare. The University Club provided libations and a signature cocktail, and dessert was from The Cupcake Shoppe and The Freezing Pointe. The Stockroom looked gorgeous with entrance arrangements by North Raleigh Florist and table arrangements by Artfully Arranged, and furniture from Themeworks. Spin provided the production, and Fancy This Photography chronicled the evening’s events.
After the presentation, tables were surprised by the announcement that there would be an on-site styled shoot contest! Each table was sent upstairs to The Glass Box to collect materials and come up with their own styled shoot design in under 20 minutes. There were six teams who tackled three different themes: Bohemian, High Drama and Romantic and Sweet.
Here at SB&G, we viewed the photographers’ images of completed designs from each styled shoot and judged our favorite. We agreed on a bright bohemian themed shoot captured on the rooftop of The Glass Box. What makes this shoot so stunning is the lush colorful floral arrangements, attention to detail on the table including vintage elements, fashion selection and the overall presentation of the theme. It’s fun while still romantic and perfect inspiration for a modern bohemian bride! Check out images from the winning shoot below.
Truthfully, we were impressed with the creative designs all six teams came up with in such quick time frame! Here are a few images of the remaining teams in each category. Great job to everyone who took part!
Southern Bride & Groom is excited to share some of our favorite photos, including many not seen in print, from the floral designers featured in our 2016 magazine. Today, we’re featuring a classic summer Americana floral display from Flowers by Gary.
Traditional colors of red, white and blue combined with vintage details like classic coke bottles and handmade pinwheels, create a classic Americana theme for this inviting display from Flowers by Gary. It’s a theme that’s perfect for a summer celebration! A tall centerpiece with local flowers, including rich red roses, cute white Gerbera daisies and rustic blue thistle are complemented with a touch of ivory and lamb’s ear in the bride’s classic bouquet. The bride models a sheer-sleeved laced gown from Savvi in front of Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus in Durham.
Flowers by Gary is a Durham shop owned by Gary Corsi-OConnor, an award-winning, North Carolina Certified Professional Florist through the North Carolina State Florist Association with over 25 years of experience. Gary is also a member of the Society of American Florists and President of the local Northern Piedmont Florist Association. The exemplary staff at Flowers by Gary will work one-on-one with couples to create a gorgeous, custom floral design for their wedding day.
FLORAL DESIGN Flowers by Gary | TABLETOP, LINEN & CHAIRS American Party Rentals | RED PLATES Southern Season | MENUS & NAME CARDS Cute Buttons | GOWN Savvi Bridal | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Mina’s Studio | VENUE Bay 7 at American Tobacco | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters