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Durham Staycation at the King’s Daughters Inn

Last month, the Southern Bride & Groom Team spent two days at the fabulous King’s Daughters Inn, located in Downtown Durham near Duke’s East campus, for a team building and planning retreat. We spent Sunday afternoon in the Inn’s gorgeous Parlour Room brainstorming ideas for the 2015 edition of SB&G.

SBG Retreat at Kings Daughters Inn sized

That evening, we headed to Café Parizade for an amazing dinner before retreating to our beautiful rooms at the King’s Daughters Inn, who generously gave each team member their own private retreat! We awoke refreshed and enjoyed a delicious breakfast courtesy of the Inn before meeting up with Robin Lin of Robin Lin Photography for our annual team photoshoot. We had a wonderful time exploring the Inn and having our photos taken, and then we headed to the SB&G office for another day of extensive planning and brainstorming. The King’s Daughters Inn is a beautiful venue for weddings, a great place for your wedding guests to stay, or a wonderful hideaway for anyone’s Durham staycation!

Team SBG Team SBG 2 Jenna and Donna SBG

Team SB&G would like to thank the King’s Daughters Inn for their incredible hospitality – we had a fantastic time and felt very pampered — and Robin Lin Photography for our gorgeous photos!

Fresh from Scratch Catering from Donovan’s Dish

We’re highlighting some of the impressive culinary concoctions our chefs created for SB&G’s 2014 Food Shoot. Today, we’re featuring fresh from scratch catering from Donovan’s Dish.

Donovan’s Dish Catering & Events is the product of the husband and wife team, TJ and Jill Donovan. His extensive culinary expertise combined with her business savvy sparked the creation of their catering company, and since 2004, they’ve been doing what they love most – events!

Donovan’s Dish provides a totally unique catering experience – they round our their always fresh-from-scratch and local-when-possible culinary creations with planning and rental assistance for events of all styles and the beautiful floral designs of Kyle Overby for full-service wedding design. The team will work one-on-one with couples to create a fabulous, personalized menu to suit their needs and budget.

For our 2014 Food Shoot, Donovan’s Dish served up three delectable dishes. The first was their signature dish, this colorful blackened shrimp succotash.

Blackened Shrimp Succotash

The second was this beautiful roasted beets, pear, and NC chevre stack.

Roasted Beet Stack

And the third was this bite-sized chicken and waffles combination. Chicken and waffles was first made popular in New York in the early 1900s, and has taken the rest of the country by storm. Chef TJ puts his own spin on the classic with mini chicken and waffles bites topped with a sweet honey bourbon glaze.

Chicken and Waffles Bites

Thanks to Neil Boyd Photography for the beautiful catering photos!

Southern Bride & Groom’s NC-Themed Event at the Cardinal Club

All of us at Southern Bride & Groom would like to extend our thanks to the wonderful wedding professionals who came to our “Heart of NC” themed event at the Cardinal Club in Downtown Raleigh earlier this month. This event is something we look forward to all year, where the talented wedding vendors who advertise with SB&G gather together to enjoy great food and make new connections. It also gives us the opportunity to showcase a beautiful local venue and highlight several of the professionals that are a vital part of the Southern Bride & Groom family.

This year’s NC-themed luncheon was held on Wednesday, April 9th, at the Cardinal Club in Raleigh. The Cardinal Club was the perfect location for our midday meal, with its classic staircase, elegant details, and, of course, the stunning panoramic views of Downtown Raleigh.  The space allowed our guests to network and then be comfortably seated for a delectable lunch, prepared by the Cardinal Club’s catering team. The chefs worked closely with us to create a menu that reflected our North Carolina theme down to the last detail. The Cardinal Club will soon have their renovations completed that includes new carpet, lighting and wall coverings.

We’d also like to get a special thanks to the following vendors:

Ninth Street Flowers went above and beyond to create an absolutely stunning floral look for the afternoon. The arrangements were varying heights of cherry blossoms, tulips, lilies, and roses, all in shades of soft pink, which perfectly complemented the Cardinal Club’s decor.

Cute Buttons Gift & Paper Boutique designed the beautiful invitations, menu cards, and table signs. Since the theme of the day was all things North Carolina, Cute Buttons created a custom, ombre red-to-pink hued silhouette of The Tar Heel State for our invitations. The invitations were hand-addressed with beautiful calligraphy by Calligraphy by Carrie, who also created chalkboard art adorned with our #SBGMag hashtag for our party!

Classic Party Rentals provided the stunning gold table linens that helped pull our entire look together. The soft gold color paired beautifully with the Cardinal Club’s brushed gold chiavari chairs.

SPIN kept our guests entertained during the mingling and delicious seated lunch with roots and “new-grass” tunes.

A few attendees took home one of our NC-themed prizes including wines from Biltmore Estate and JoLo Vineyards, as well as donated prizes from Moon & Lola and High Cotton. Everyone left with a little favor treat from  Edible Art Bakery – North Carolina-themed cookies in the shape of Dogwood flowers, pigs, and the state outline.

Robin Lin Photography helped us out by taking some photos to document the afternoon event. Please enjoy the gorgeous detail shots below, all by Robin Lin!

SBG Lunch Invitation and Menu Team SBG Cardinal Club Chandelier NC State Symbols Cherry Blossom Floral Arrangement Gentlemen Bow Tie Giveaway SBG Mag Pink Signature Cocktail Cardinal Club Ballroom Pink Floral Centerpieces Southern Giveaway Prizes SBG Customer Lunch 2014 Southern Table Setting Pork Rillette Cardinal Club House Salad Sweet Tea Brined Chicken Molten Red Velvet Cake

NC Shaped Cookie
Thanks again to all of the vendors who helped make the Southern Bride & Groom “Heart of NC” Customer Appreciation Luncheon 2014 such a wonderful success!

 

Preppy Coral and Gray Wedding Tabletop from Flowers by Gary

We’re back with the eighth installment in our series highlighting our local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot! Today’s post features a preppy coral and gray wedding tabletop from Flowers by Gary.

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.

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Flowers by Gary designed a cheerful, preppy coral and gray wedding tabletop featuring lush peonies and roses. The peach, pink, and coral flowers were arranged together in beautiful mercury glass containers, and the look was pulled together with a sharp gray chevron runner and chair covers.

The bright, happy design paired beautifully with the urban venue, Belt Line Station. This fun color palette of pink hues and gray works well for weddings in any season, especially spring and summer. Enjoy these photos, some never-before-seen, of Flower by Gary’s stunning floral designs, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.

Coral and Grey Wedding Table Grey Chevron Chair Cover Pink Wedding Flowers Coral and Grey Placesetting Pink Peony Bridal Bouquet

Thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Shoot Team, including: American Party Rentals (tables, chairs, and china), Cute Buttons (papers), Savvi Bridal (bridal gown), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (jewelry), and Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup).

Romantic Pink and White Tabletop from Tre Bella Flowers

We’re back with the seventh installment in our series highlighting our local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot! Today’s post features a romantic pink and white tabletop from Tre Bella Flowers.

Three sisters who also own Tre Bella Bridal run Tre Bella Flowers, a florist located in downtown Durham.

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Tre Bella Flowers designed a romantic pink and white tabletop that was the perfect combination of soft and rustic. A wooden farm table was decorated with a simple burlap runner, blush, cream and pink garden roses and peonies, anemones, and metallic gold details.

The soft, romantic design paired beautifully with the city-chic venue – The Cotton Room. This sweet color palette of pink hues and whites works well for weddings in any season, especially spring. Enjoy these photos, some never-before-seen, of Tre Bella’s stunning floral designs, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.

Romantic Blush and White Wedding Flowers Pink White and Gold Wedding Decor White and Gold Placesetting Pink and Gold Wedding Tablescape Pink and White Bridal Bouquet

Thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Shoot Team, including: American Party Rentals (tables, chairs, and china), Calligraphy by Carrie (papers), Tre Bella Bridal (bridal gown), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (jewelry), and Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup).

Urban Yellow Tabletop from Ninth Street Flowers

We’re back with the sixth installment in our series highlighting our local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot! Today’s post features an urban yellow tabletop from Ninth Street Flowers.

Ninth Street Flowers, located in downtown Durham, is one of the Triangle area’s premiere flower shops. Owners Larry and Lea Wood source blooms from local growers as much as possible to give their customers a totally unique, personalized experience.

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Ninth Street Flowers designed an urban yellow tabletop that was edgy and contemporary. The design featured canary yellow blooms, a concrete table, a steel “tree” and a modern circular centerpiece. The centerpiece of roses and calla lilies creates a chandelier of sorts for the table set for two

The modern design paired perfectly with the urban vibe of the venue, The Cotton Room. A feel-good color palette of yellow and steel grey works for a wedding in any season. Enjoy these photos, some, never-before-seen, of Ninth Street‘s stunning floral designs, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.

Yellow Wedding Flowers Yellow Wedding Centerpiece Yellow Placesetting Yellow Floral Centerpiece Yellow Bridal Bouquet

 

Thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Shoot Team, including: Classic Party Rentals (rentals), Calligraphy by Carrie (paper), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (jewelry), Lana Addison Bridal (bridal gown), Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup), and The Cotton Room (venue and table).

Asian-Inspired Succulent Tabletop from Catering Works

We’re back with the fourth installment in our series highlighting our local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot! Today’s post features an Asian-Inspired Succulent Tabletop from Catering Works.

Bloom Works is a division of Catering Works that offers custom floral designs by in-house designer Joseph Barnes. Catering Works has beautiful blooms — sourced from local and global vendors — to fit your creative vision for events of any type.

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Catering Works designed an Asian-inspired succulent tabletop and bouquet that was the perfect blend of contemporary and classic. The design featured a modern concrete table, pops of purple, ivory, and yellow along with sculptural succulents that exuded a gorgeous fusion of Eastern art and Southern style.

The lush floral display paired beautifully with the lawn of the Page-Rollins White Garden adjacent to the Angle Amphitheater and Doris Duke Center of Duke Gardens. This color palette and contemporary design are perfect for an edgy or modern wedding in any season! Enjoy these photos (some never-before-seen) of Catering Works’ stunning floral designs, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.

Contemporary Asian Wedding Tabletop Asian Inspired Wedding Centerpiece Succulent Flowers Succulent Wedding Centerpiece Black and White Placesetting Succulents Purple Flowers Purple and Green Wedding Tablescape Bride with Purple Wedding Flowers Bride with Purple Bouquet

A huge thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Shoot Team, including: Belk (china and stemware), ThemeWorks (ghost chairs and bench), Cute Buttons (papers), Lana Addison Bridal (Tulle New York bridal gown), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (jewelry), and Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup).

Bridal Fashion from Tre Bella Bridal

This year, SB&G hosted our fashion editorial shoot at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh, where we paired stunning looks form our bridal boutiques with the museum’s interesting and artful backdrops. Today, we’re sharing our favorite looks in bridal fashion from Tre Bella Bridal, a full-service bridal salon and florist in Downtown Durham owned and operated by three sisters.

Tre Bella Bridal has a variety of bridal gowns from the collections of popular designers like Carol Hannah, Modern Trousseau, Jenny Packham, San Patrick, Badgley Mischka, and Winnie Couture. The shop also has several lines of bridesmaids dresses and hosts regular trunk shows!

Badgley Mischka Bridal Gown

 

This gorgeous, drop-waist strapless gown is from the Badgley Mischka line at Tre Bella Bridal. The beaded bodice and pickups add the perfect amount of sparkle, especially when paired with jewelry from Bel Canto Designs.

San Patrick Bridal Gown

 

We love the illusion neckline (one of the year’s biggest bridal gown trends!) on this San Patrick stunner from Tre Bella Bridal. The cap sleeves are oh so romantic, and paired with an elegant updo and jewelry from Charlotte’s, our model is ready for a classic evening wedding!

Jenny Packham Bridal Gown

This Jenny Packham gown from Tre Bella Bridal is dramatic with a plunging neckline, lace detail, and lace sleeves. Our model is wearing jewelry and a headpiece from Bel Canto Designs to complete the romantic, airy look.

Modern Trousseau Bridal Gown

This Modern Trousseau strapless gown from Tre Bella Bridal features a prominent overlay and elegant train. It simple lines are perfect for all styles of brides and weddings. Our model is wearing jewelry form Anfesa’s Jewelers to complete the classic look.

All photos by Dara Blakeley Photography at the NC Museum of Art. The brunette model’s hair and makeup was done by Makeup for Your Day; the blonde model’s hair and makeup was done by Lather.

Romantic Vintage Tabletop from Victorian Seasons

We’re back with the third installment in our series highlighting our talented local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot. Today’s post features a romantic vintage tabletop from Victorian Seasons.

Victorian Seasons is an established Triangle Florist who has been styling stunning floral arrangements for brides in the area since 1993. Victorian Seasons can design eye-catching wedding floral designs for couples of any taste, be it bold and contemporary or soft and romantic, and will also preserve your bouquet after your big day has passed!

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Victorian Seasons designed a vintage tabletop and bouquet that exuded rustic romance. The display featured gorgeous vintage furniture and details – like the fabric buntings and antique doors – from Simply Put Vintage Rentals, paired with soft arrangements of peonies, dahlias, Queen Anne’s lace and lambs ear. We love the color palette of soft aqua, coral, and ivory!

The sprawling floral display paired beautifully with the exposed brick of Belt Line Station’s outdoor terrace. This color palette and vintage vibe is ideal for a shabby chic spring or summer wedding. Enjoy these photos (some never-before-seen!) of Victorian Seasons’ stunning designs, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.

Romantic Vintage Wedding Tablescape Vintage Wedding Furniture and Bright Floral Arrangements Soft Wedding Flowers and Vintage Suitcase Fabric Bunting and Milk Jug with Flowers Vintage Vases with Bright Flowers Rustic Wedding Tablescape Gold Rimmed Floral China Antique Doors with Flowers Hanging Vase with Flowers and Vintage Bride Rustic Romance Bridal Bouquet

A huge thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Shoot Team, including: Simply Put Vintage Rentals (furniture and accents), Cute Buttons (papers), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (china and jewelry), Tre Bella Bridal (Modern Trousseau bridal gown), and Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup).

Modern Bridesmaids Style from Bella Bridesmaids

This year, SB&G hosted our fashion editorial shoot at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh, where we paired stunning looks from our wedding boutiques with the museum’s interesting and artful backdrops. Today, we’re sharing our favorite looks in modern bridesmaids style from Bella Bridesmaids, an adorable shop in Raleigh that exclusively focuses on chic, fashionable bridesmaids dresses. Trust us, these are gowns your favorite girls will love! Bridesmaids dresses have moved away from the heavy, shapeless days of years past, and are now full-on fashion statements that your ‘maids will be able to wear again and again.

Bella Bridesmaids carries many of the most popular bridesmaids collections, including Coren Moore, LulaKate, Jenny Yoo, twobirds, and more, so, newly-engaged girls, be sure to make an appointment when you’re looking for the perfect bridesmaids dresses for your wedding day!

Blue Bridesmaids Dresses

These blue bridesmaids’ gowns are both from the AMSALE collection at Bella Bridesmaids. We love how effortlessly you can pair patterns and solids within the same color palette for a chic, eclectic look! Both models are wearing jewelry from Anfesa’s Jewelers and Nina shoes from Bella Bridesmaids.

TwoBirds Convertible Bridesmaids Dress

Peacock Blue Convertible Bridesmaids Dress
The Convertible Dress from the twobirds collection at Bella Bridesmaids is all the rage in recent weddings! There are more than 15 ways to wrap this piece, so your bridesmaids will not only look and feel beautiful on your wedding day, but will be able to wear it for years to come. This stunning peacock blue color is appropriate for weddings throughout the year, so allow your ‘maids to to twist their way into their own unique style!

Jenny Yoo Bridesmaids Dresses

On the left is a romantic, blush pink chiffon bridesmaids gown from the Jenny Yoo collection at Bella Bridesmaids. We love it paired with simple pearl jewelry from Anfesa’s Jewelers and a soft updo! On the right is a metallic lace bridesmaids gown, also from the Jenny Yoo collection at Bella Bridesmaids. This dress is perfect for an elegant evening wedding, and we adore the pop of color from the navy Nina shoes, also from Bella Bridesmaids! The model’s look is completed with understated jewelry from Charlotte’s.

Pink and White LulaKate Bridesmaids Dresses

These playful, preppy gowns are from the LulaKate collection at Bella Bridesmaids. Choose from the different necklines and skirt patterns for a fun mix-and-match look for your ‘maids, which will become a great sundress or cocktail dress for them to wear in the future! The blonde model is wearing a necklace from Anfesa’s Jewelers and earrings from Bel Canto Designs, while the brunette is wearing jewelry from Anfesa’s.

All photos by Dara Blakeley Photography at the NC Museum of Art. The brunette model’s hair and makeup was done by Makeup for Your Day; the blonde model’s hair and makeup was done by Lather.