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Southern Bride & Groom Magazine Summer-Fall 2016 Cover Launch

Southern Bride & Groom is thrilled to share the release of our Summer-Fall cover, a captivating bridal portrait from Walters & Walters Photography featuring a rich and stunning bouquet created by Raleigh florist Eclectic Sage.

This image is part of our yearly floral shoot, which appears on the pages of our 2016 magazine. Eclectic Sage created the most enchanting outdoor display under the wrought-iron gazebo at The Pavilion at The Angus Barn. One would expect elves and fairy nymphs to make an appearance in this magical woodland wonderland. The sweetheart table is adorned with a floral and moss chandelier and reindeer pelt, surrounded by plush garden flowers in shades of bright pink to rich purple. Each glass bubble holds a perfect lavender rose and our bride reigns as queen of the forest adorned with a flower crown also designed by Eclectic Sage.

With floral embellishments on the straps and bodice of the free-flowing Monique Lhuillier gown from Nitsa’s Apparel, the bride has a naturally elegant look that stands out, yet still blends into the scenery around her. Her hair and makeup, in shades of blush and plum, done by Bella Trio, also matches the bounty of flowers. The slim gold pendant necklace around her neck is from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, which also supplied the silver branch candleholders and vase under the gazebo.

Check out our newest cover below (which you can find distributed at these locations and making its big debut at the Forever Bridal Show on May 1, 2016) along with additional images of Eclectic Sage’s inspiring floral design.
Southern Bride and Groom coverRaleigh, NC florist Eclectic SageRomantic woodland themed wedding decorPink and gold table settingsPink and purple wedding bouquetEclectic sage woodland wedding decorFlorals by Eclectic Sage of RaleighHanging flowers wedding decorOutdoor wedding at The Angus BarnFLORAL DESIGN & ACCESSORIES Eclectic Sage | TABLETOP, LINEN & CHAIRS Party Reflections | SILVER VASE & CANDLEHOLDER Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | FLORAL CHANDELIER Eclectic Sage | GOWN Monique Lhuillier from Nitsa’s Apparel | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio | VENUE The Pavilion at the Angus Barn | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters

White Wedding Flower Fantasy from Raleigh Florist Fresh Affairs

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. In this shoot, Fresh Affairs sets a wedding table with a hand-crafted fresh flower-encrusted linen that sweeps across the tabletop to the patio floor for an opulent and sophisticated statement. The unencumbered glass top over the flowers opens a panoramic view of the glimmering lake at the Angus Barn Pavilion. Such an imaginative floral masterpiece could serve as a wedding altar before it becomes the reception centerpiece!

Fresh Affairs is an award-winning florist located in Raleigh, NC. Owner Lyn Graves has made flowers his life’s passion, and his portfolio includes over 11,000 weddings and events in more than 14 states! Fresh Affairs has won many accolades, including over 75 state and national design competition wins. They’ve done designs for the Governor’s Inauguration, President Clinton’s Inauguration, and even been inducted into the North Carolina State Florist Association Hall of Fame. Fresh Affairs’ designers work one-on-one with brides to create stunning floral arrangements for every budget.
White flowers from Raleigh wedding floristWedding at The Angus Barn Pavilion RaleighDimensional flower displays by Raleigh florist Fresh AffairsWhite wedding flower ideasFLORAL DESIGN Fresh Affairs | GLASSWARE, CHINA & CHAIRS Party Reflections | GOWN Pronovias from Nitsa’s Apparel | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | MAKEUP Jodi Galeazzo of Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE The Pavilion at The Angus Barn | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters

Recently Engaged? Here are 3 Easy Steps for Wedding Prep

You are engaged and you want to shout it to the world…or at least to everyone you know! And you may be ready to hit the ground running with appointments for gowns and venues. There’s no harm in that and it’s very exciting to get started on wedding ideas, but the following three steps are a good springboard to getting prepared together as an engaged couple with a plan.
Proposal PhotographyPhoto: Halftone Studios

Step One should certainly be an honest discussion between you and your fiancé about the type of wedding event you would both like to have. If one of you wants to include a super long list of all the relatives and friends for a memory-making extravaganza, and the other wants to run away to a secret island for a private affair, then you may each have to compromise.

And compromise can be just the ticket. Having a small family-only ceremony followed by dinner at a great restaurant or including just the closest loved ones on a destination wedding may satisfy both partners. Hosting a larger reception gathering sometime soon after an intimate ceremony is another way to share the joy and make both sides happy. (See this Real Wedding in Durham for inspiration.)

Hopefully, if you are planning either a semi-formal or formal wedding and reception, both of you are in agreement. While you are talking over the type of event, choose a best time of year and month that will work well for your schedules.

Step Two is equally as important and is all about budget. Chat honestly with your fiancé or fiancée about how much in savings you will have available to put into the wedding day expenses.

If you feel like your families will be interested in helping out with your wedding and reception, make a time when you can talk with them about this. Gone are the days when the bride’s parents hosted everything as a traditional obligation. Many parents still do follow the custom of the bride’s folks hosting the full wedding and reception and the groom’s family taking care of a rehearsal dinner and a few wedding day costs. And in many cases, both sets of parents contribute an amount towards the wedding of their children, just as many couples host and pay for their own special day.

In all likelihood, you already know whether the wedding will be up to the two of you or a fully involved family affair.

Step Three is immensely important and again, involves you and your wonderful spouse-to-be being in sync. It’s time to make a guest list of all the people who are important to each of you and your parents.

So far, you know what type of affair the two of you would love to host. You also know a close proximity of the budget that you have to apply to the day or will have saved by the date you’ve selected.

The number of guests are divided between both the bride and groom’s families. If one side has more people to invite than their half of the decided total guest number, they can offer to pay for the extra guests. The newer etiquette considerations also allow that both sets of parents are indicated as hosts of the wedding (on the invitation) if they share the expenses, rather than just the bride’s parents.

Usually, only close friends and family are invited to weddings. Business acquaintances who are not personal friends are usually not invited. Only spouses, betrothed or significant others of those on your invitation list must be included. But certainly, if you have an ample budget, you may invite co-workers and allow every single friend to bring a guest! Your guest list may shorten or lengthen as you continue shopping for your wedding depending on your venue selection, food choices and other amenities for the day (remember to hold on save-the-dates until the list is finalized).

With these three major steps, you’ve done the basics to prepare for the exciting part of planning a wedding that is just right for the two of you!
Wedding photso taken by dronePhoto: Joe Payne Photography

Happy Thanksgiving from Southern Bride and Groom Wedding Magazine

In the world of weddings, there is a lot to be thankful for…

We’re thankful for the dedicated and professional wedding vendors with whom we have the pleasure of working. We’re thankful for the industry associations and community events that showcase wedding services in fun and creative ways. We’re thankful to be close to the finish line for the gorgeous 2016 issue of Southern Bride & Groom (keep an eye out next month!). We’re thankful for the team here at SB&G who work tirelessly to put together a product that is as informative as it is inspiring, and, of course, we’re thankful for all of you – the readers – brides-to-be and family who pick up our magazine, read our blog, follow us on social media and give us a reason to put our best foot forward year after year!
Full Frame Theatre at American Tobacco Campus DurhamWe recently did a fall team photo shoot with Katherine Miles Jones Photography outside the Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus. This urban setting in downtown Durham is the perfect place for engagement or wedding photos. It is located just outside the popular wedding venue, Bay 7. You can rent out the theater’s marquee sign and have it customized with your name or a wedding message! For our shoot, we opted to have it labeled with “Team SB&G.”

SB&G is a family business headed up by Founder, Donna Parks, and her daughter, Jenna Parks Olender. This year, they welcomed a new generation into their family. Cecelia Lee Olender was born in August- Jenna’s first child with husband, Shawn – and Donna’s first grandchild. Baby Cece has already spent a good deal of time training to be the next member of Team SB&G, as she was born right in time for our production season and has spent many-a-day at SB&G headquarters. Donna and Jenna are grateful for this precious new addition to the family, and thankful to Team SB&G for embracing her into our office life!
Southern Bride and Groom babyTo get to know more about the team behind Southern Bride & Groom, visit our “About Us” page.

From all of us here, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Southern Bride and Groom magazine photoshoot at American TobaccoThank you to Makeup for Your Day for styling our hair & makeup, and to Katherine Miles Jones Photography for the beautiful photos!

Creative Wedding Cakes by One Belle Bakery in Wilmington, NC

Some folks call the cake the centerpiece of their reception, which is why we reserve a special spotlight in our magazine each year to show off these edible masterpieces! Southern Bride & Groom’s 2015 cake shoot took place at American Tobacco Campus (ATC), a hub of happening in the heart of downtown Durham.
Sunflower cake by Wilmington bakeryToday, we’re showing off two creative wedding cakes by One Belle Bakery in Wilmington, NC. The first is a cheery standout daisy cake that starts off with a bottom tier of artsy “chalk” drawings, followed by hand-painted diamonds in complementary blue, topped off with bright yellow sugar-crafted daisies! This old-school look would pair perfectly with a blue and yellow sunflower theme, such as that in our floral display by Flowers by Gary.

The setting for this cake shoot, captured by Brian Mullins Photography, is a favorite lunch spot on central American Tobacco Campus and reveals one of the many preserved painted advertisements from its factory days.Chevron wedding cakeThe next cake, pictured above was featured in the 2014 edition of Southern Bride & Groom Magazine and also shows off the fun, playful side of One Belle Bakery. The adorable coral chevron pattern would look right at home for a beach wedding – complete with a coral starfish from Southern Season and coral pillows in the background from ThemeWorks!

CAKES One Belle Bakery | PHOTOGRAPHER Brian Mullins Photography | VENUE (first cake) Outdoor Classroom at American Tobacco Campus; (second cake) ThemeWorks | LINEN (first cake) American Party Rentals | FlOWERS (first cake) The English Garden

Durham Bulls Themed Wedding Ideas from GiGi’s Cupcakes

Some folks call the cake the centerpiece of their reception, which is why we reserve a special spotlight in our magazine each year to show off these edible masterpieces! Southern Bride & Groom’s 2015 cake shoot took place at American Tobacco Campus (ATC), a hub of happening in the heart of downtown Durham.Raleigh bakery for wedding cake and cupcakesAt GiGi’s Cupcakes, you can have your cake and cupcakes too! In the top left, lavender and lace adds extra sweetness to a three-tiered cake topping above an assortment of delicious cupcakes. The Diamond View Skybox, where this shot was expertly taken by Brian Mullins Photography, provides a bird’s-eye view of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and can be rented out for a one-of-a-kind party in any season.

If you want to show off your love for the home team, GiGi’s can make custom treats that will have everyone talking…including the mascot! In the Capital Broadcasting Suite at ATC, GiGi’s Cupcakes scores big with Wool E. Bull, by creating Durham Bulls themed wedding cupcakes. Whether its an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bachelor party, or girls’ night, this rentable private suite, complete with a table shuffleboard, classic pool table, hot dog roaster, popcorn machine and deck of outdoor seats above the baseball diamond, is sure to be a home run with all your guests.

Sports themed weddings with mascots

CUPCAKES & CAKE GiGi’s Cupcakes | VENUE Capital Broadcasting Suite and Diamond View Skybox at the Durham Bulls Ballpark | LINEN American Party Rentals | PHOTOGRAPHER Brian Mullins Photography

Wedding Pros Rooftop Event at The Durham Hotel

Last week, Southern Bride & Groom hosted a networking event for our family of wedding pros on the rooftop of The Durham Hotel – the newest boutique hotel in downtown Durham! This mid-century modern hotel is perfect for parties and wedding guests seeking an upscale experience in the heart of downtown.The Durham HotelThe SB&G family enjoyed an afternoon that was both practical and fun – beginning with an educational talk about branding and marketing and ending with a laid-back networking session on the rooftop patio of The Durham Hotel. The rooftop bar and lounge will be open to the public soon – likely this week, and is currently accepting bookings for semi-private rooftop events. Southern Bride and GroomTo start off the evening, local branding expert Annie Franceschi, Creative Director of Greatest Story Creative, gave an inspiring talk about storytelling; advice on branding, and offered creative tips about how to use a couple’s story to make your wedding services more personal and unique. After decades of studying filmmaking and years working for Disney in LA, Annie moved back to her native North Carolina in 2013, where she founded Greatest Story to help real people better tell their stories. Based in Durham, Annie works with everyone from brides, to ad agencies, to entrepreneurs all over the country. Because story touches every aspect of our lives, Annie does story-centric custom creative, consulting work, and speaking engagements for businesses, weddings, special events, and personal projects. This special presentation was perfect for the SB&G Family of amazingly talented wedding professionals, who each has a fabulous story to share! Annie FranceschiAfter the presentation, the crowd headed up to the rooftop bar to mix and mingle while enjoying gorgeous sweeping views of downtown Durham. Here, the SB&G family had a chance to sample some delicious bites like oysters, shrimp cocktail, and cheese and meats, from The Durham Hotel’s head chef, James Beard Award-Winning Andrea Reusing.

Rooftop at The Durham HotelRooftop bar at the Durham HotelCheese plate
Events at The Durham HotelSouthern Bride and Groom MagazineView of downtown DurhamWe were lucky to have a sunny, warm day to take it all in! The rooftop, which also houses the fabulous penthouse suite, complete with it’s own private patio, is currently open for special events but will soon be open to the public as well.

Riley MacLean Photography joined us for the evening in the dual role as guest and photographer. He captured fantastic shots that showcase the stylish character of the hotel and rooftop and the fun evening we had.
Durham Hotel BarChef Andrea ReusingDowntown DurhamDurham restaurantsDurham NC hotelsModern hotel in DurhamNew hotel in DurhamA special shout-out goes to a few other SB&G vendors who helped make this an evening to remember!

Thanks to American Party Rentals for always having our back when we need last-minute rentals!

TapSnap was on the roof with their digital photo booth, capturing magnificent shots of the view and adding fun and fanciful special effects to some of the photos. TapSnap provides creative entertainment at weddings with digital props and green screen capabilities.Photobooth at Durham eventPhoto booth rentalTapSnap RaleighLoYo on the Go, a local frozen yogurt food truck that specializes in private events, such as weddings, was stationed outside, offering guests a cool treat on the way out – perfect for this hot summer night!LoYo on the Go food truckLocal Yogurt North CarolinaFrozen yogurt Raleigh DurhamWe had a blast catching up with everyone at the event and can’t wait for next time! And to anyone looking for a special Durham NC venue for a wedding related event like a post-rehearsal dinner get together, a small reception, or a shower, consider a rooftop event at The Durham Hotel!

Classic and Fun Wedding Photography by Southern Love Studios

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 sharing classic and fun wedding photography by Southern Love Studios.

2015 marks Southern Love Studios 10th year as a full-time wedding photographer! From backyard weddings to celebrity weddings, Southern Love Studios has captured beautiful memories for couples from the west coast to the east coast; they now residing in Raleigh, NC.

While not having a formal education in the craft, Brandon was lucky to have an amazing mentor, Michael Brannigan who took him under his wing and whom he shadowed for many years. Brannigan told him, “I can’t teach passion, but I can teach you how to use the camera”…and that he did.

Exciting changes are now happening with Southern Love – they recently opened a studio in Wake Forest and welcomed Beth Jarvah to the team as a lead shooter!

Learn more about Southern Love Studios’ style and wedding experience in the Q&A below.Pink and white wedding colorsWhere do you draw your artistic inspiration?
When I look through a magazine, I’m not looking at the clothes or the model, I’m looking at how that picture was photographed: what lens did they use, what lighting techniques did they use, so for me, a lot of inspiration and ideas come from these high end magazines.

How would you describe your style?
I’m classic, traditional first, then fun second. A classic and fun picture will never go out of style!Raleigh Engagement PhotographyWhat sets you apart from other photographers?
My job as a wedding photographer is to get what my clients want, but what makes me different as a “professional” wedding photographer is knowing what my clients will want and need 30 years from now.

Being a part of over 350 weddings, I feel I have a great understanding of them. This comes into play when a bride is 30 minutes late and I have to make up that time somewhere else. That doesn’t fall on anyone else’s shoulders other than the photographer or the coordinators and it’s our job to keep calm and get what is needed. This is where that experience comes in the play.

Taking pretty pictures is only 30% of the job; I would say 70% is how you get along and collaborate with clients. I show up to the bridal suite and give my bride a hug as opposed to saying, “Hi, nice to meet you.”Duke Chapel and Merrimon Wynne House WeddingWhat is your favorite moment to shoot at a wedding?
The favorite thing for me at a wedding is not a specific moment for me to photograph…it’s when I tell the couple to “take two minutes and take in all of this.” The look on their face as they look out and do that is so special.Southern wedding photographyPhotos by Southern Love Studios

Hand-Painted Watercolor Wedding Cake from Edible Art Bakery in Raleigh

Some folks call the cake the centerpiece of their reception, which is why we reserve a special spotlight in our magazine each year to show off these edible masterpieces! Southern Bride & Groom’s 2015 cake shoot took place at American Tobacco Campus (ATC), a hub of happening in the heart of downtown Durham.Raleigh Wedding Cake BakeryEdible Art Bakery captured our hearts with its ornate lock and key cake combined with lovely stencil and ruffled artwork (pictured in the in the photo top left). Brides may choose one layer of spice and Kahlua pecan to match the cake’s golden details from Edible Art’s extensive menu of fresh, scratch-made cake flavors.Pink and white wedding cakeThe second cake is a matching hand-painted watercolor wedding cake with gorgeous gold details. The frilly pink wash mixed with the glitter of a Moroccan interlocking pattern is an eclectic and joyous color combination, finished with a gold-brushed sugar flower topper. The real roses placed in the center are from The English Garden, and perfectly compliment the pink and blush color tones of the two cakes.Gold flower cake topperBrian Mullins Photography captured these decadent shots in the boiler room of American Tobacco’s power plant, of all places! The contrast of the concrete industrial backdrop and these soft and feminine cakes makes for a stunning display. The area is actually one of the most popular cocktail and rehearsal party venues at ATC. The building also houses the Full Frame Theater and the Gallery, each available for private events.

CAKES Edible Art Bakery | VENUE The Boiler Room at American Tobacco Campus | FLOWERS The English Garden | LINENS American Party Rentals | Photographer Brian Mullins Photography

Most Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Wedding Planner

Hiring a wedding planner is a big decision. He or she will play a vital role in bringing to life the day you have been dreaming about for years! With that in mind, it’s important you feel comfortable and confident with your planner. To help you get started in the decision process, a few of our recommended wedding planners have offered some helpful suggestions.Raleigh WeddingPhoto: Jagg Photography

“Look through the wedding planners portfolio not only to get a sense of the quantity of weddings they do, but also the quality of weddings,” recommends Amanda Scott, owner of A Swanky Affair. “Most importantly, hire a planner you trust and feel you can easily communicate with. You will have a close working relationship with them for months and you want to make sure that you can work well together. Take some time to research their reviews online.”

Before asking anything related to the wedding planning process or the planner his/herself, A Southern Soiree suggests asking if they offer a free initial consultation. “While this may be more time-consuming, we think it’s important to sit down and see how well your personalities mesh. Having trust and compatibility is essential to creating a successful partnership.

A Southern Soiree and Sally Oakley, owner of Sally Oakley Weddings & Events, came up with a list of essential questions that every bride should ask…
The Grand Marquise Ballroom             Photo: Neil Boyd Photography

12 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Wedding Planner

1. How long have you been in the industry?

2. How many weddings of my size and budget have you planned? How many overall weddings have you planned?

3. What makes you the most passionate about your job?

4. What role will I play in the planning process?

5. How many weddings do you handle each month? How many weddings do you have for the weekend/day of my wedding?

6. Do you have any scheduled vacation time, or work absence already scheduled during my planning period?

7. How many employees do you have? And who will be on-site during my big day?

8. How would you handle a dicey situation? (Such as the wrong color linens?)

9. When are you available to meet or discuss planning details? (Weekdays, nights, weekends, schedule restrictions?)

10. Do you work only with preferred vendors? Does you company have preferred vendor discount connections?

11. Why should I hire you as opposed to other planners or planning alternatives?

12. May I call some of your client and vendor references?

“Remember, your wedding planner should be asking YOU a lot of questions when you first meet,” says Chelsey Morrison, owner of Gather Together. “It’s important that they understand the aesthetic and environment you want to create for your wedding or that they can help you pinpoint these things if you haven’t already.”North Carolina Wedding PlannersPhoto: Azul Photography