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Glamorous Winter Wedding at The Cotton Room in Durham, NC

We’re thrilled to share some of the beautiful real weddings from the pages of the 2015 edition of Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re sharing Marion and Bryan’s glamorous winter wedding at The Cotton Room in Durham, NC, photographed by Walters & Walters.

Marion met Bryan when he took a job as a soccer coach at Duke, where her father worked in the athletic department. Marion’s mother, a “serial matchmaker and lover of all things love,” instantly spotted a spark between the two, and did everything in her power to ensure they would meet again. She gave Bryan her daughter’s phone number, and the two decided to go on a casual date. Marion said that they soon realized that, as she was with most things, her mother was right!

After two years of dating long distance, Marion moved back to North Carolina just in time for Bryan to propose the night before Thanksgiving. The couple was able to celebrate with both of their families over the holidays before Marion’s mother passed away. “It meant the world to both of us that she had such a significant part in our meeting,” the bride said.

Marion knew she wanted to follow in her parents’ footsteps and marry at Duke Chapel, and she and Bryan chose a reception venue that captured the downtown Durham warehouse vibe — The Cotton Room. Their January wedding date inspired a glamorous, warm winter scene complete with hues of white, purple, and a touch of sparkle, brought to life with long tables covered in sequined linens, mirrored runners, and lush centerpieces.

The couple incorporated many personal details into their wedding day that made the occasion not only a special experience for their guests, but also paid homage to their families, including a musical performance by four of Marion’s aunts during the ceremony. They also found ways to express their unique personalities, like having mini bottles of BBQ sauce from their home states — Texas (his) and North Carolina (hers) — in the welcome bags, and distributing koozies with an original cartoon sketch of them and their golden retriever.

These images, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters, tell the story of this lovely winter wonderland affair.

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Wedding Consultant: Erin McLean Events  |  Bridal Luncheon and Guest Accommodations: Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club  |  Ceremony: Duke Chapel  |  Reception: The Cotton Room  |  Photographer: Walters & Walters  |  Videographer: Twenty-One Films  |  Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier from Nitsa’s Salon  |  Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale from Nitsa’s  |  Bridesmaids’ Gifts: Fur stoles and Jenny Packham earrings from Tre Bella Bridal    Florist: Tre Bella Flowers  |  Reception Signs: Calligraphy by Carrie  |  Reception Musicians: Live funk band  |  Makeup: Makeup for Your Day
Wedding Favors: Donation to charity in honor of Marion’s late mother

Colorful Rustic Wedding at Chatham Mills

We’re thrilled to share some of the beautiful real weddings from the pages of the 2015 edition of Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re sharing Liz and Rich’s colorful rustic wedding at Chatham Mills, shot by Dara Blakeley Photography.

Liz and Rich met on a business trip and both felt that they shared an immediate connection — so much so that after returning home to Napa, California and Raleigh, North Carolina, respectively, the two stayed in touch despite being separated by almost 3,000 miles! Rich took a leap of faith and asked Liz to accompany him to Paris for their first official date, which is when she says she fell in love with his joie de vivre.

The bride and groom were instantly drawn to the rustic elegance of Chatham Mills, a historic event space featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick walls, and gorgeous hardwood floors. To play to the venue’s inherent beauty, the couple decorated simply with colorful garden flowers, paper lanterns, frosted mason jars with lights and small details that paid homage to one of their common life themes — wine.

Liz and Rich took special care of their treasured guests from near and far, providing a shuttle service to and from Chatham Mills. They also hosted a special Friday night celebration and an informal Sunday brunch so they could enjoy extra time with them all!

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Wedding Consultant: Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Events  |  Ceremony and Reception: Chatham Mills  |  Photographer: Dara Blakeley Photography
Bridal Gown: Nicole Miller  |  Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nicole Miller  |  Florist: Tre Bella Flowers  |  Invitations & Papers: Handmade by bride  |  Reception DJ & Lighting: Island Sound  |  Hair & Make-Up for Wedding Party: Makeup for Your Day  |  Bridal Jewelry: Family heirlooms  |  Wedding Favors: Stamped personalized copper wine charms handmade by bride

Meet the Cover Photographer: Rachel Red Photography

We were so fortunate to welcome the talented Rachel Red Photography to our roster of SB&G Preferred Photographers this year. Rachel photographed our Kentucky Derby wedding styled shoot, which appears in SB&G 2015, and one of our favorite photos from this shoot is on our Winter-Spring cover. We have had the privilege of getting to know Rachel this year, and want you to also know what makes her tick. We had a little Q&A with her and want to share with you today a little bit about Rachel’s background and what inspires her. If you think Rachel Red Photography might be a fit for your wedding day, please reach out to her. She is based in Charleston, SC, and also has offices in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC. Rachel is happy to travel as well.

SB&G: Tell us a little about yourself.

Rachel: When I’m not behind the camera or at the editing desk I am cuddling with my pup (Emma is the cutest), spending way too much time on social media sites, singing in the car to anything by Ella Fitzgerald, working on a new DIY project for my apartment, or exploring this new place I call home (Charleston, SC).  I love Jesus first and I love the life He has given me!

SB&G: Tell us about your education.

Rachel: I was a theater/music major in college when I began my career in photography.  I worked evenings at a senior portrait studio as a secretary.  The owner saw potential in me and brought me back into the studio as a film photographer.  I was hooked.  I then assisted a good friend of mine for two weddings…and never looked back.  That was in 2002.  Eleven years later, I am still in love with wedding and lifestyle photography.  I have photographed hundreds of weddings and have been featured in local, regional and national magazines.

SB&G: Why do you love photography?

Rachel: I have many passions and interests in my life, but photography always seems to come back to me.  I consider images to be of great value.  They are the first thing people mention when they suffer tragedies like fire or flood in their homes.  Photos are the most cherished item for any elderly person you meet.  After the wedding day is over.  After the kids grow up.  After all is said and done.  The one thing we have to keep the memories of our most precious moments alive are photographs.  As a lifestyle photographer I capture those memories, which might make my job one of the best on the planet!

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SB&G: Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?

Rachel: The beauty of the wedding day is a huge inspiration to me, but my greatest muse will always be a couple that is head over heels in love with each other.  The way a man looks at his wife-to-be when he sees her coming toward him is one of my favorite things to witness.

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SB&G: How would you describe your photography style?

Rachel: My style is fine art with a southern, casual twist.

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SB&G: Do you shoot digital or film, or are you a hybrid photographer?

Rachel: I shoot strictly digital to keep the costs down for the client, but my editing style is mistaken for film on a regular basis.

SB&G: What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?

Rachel: There are so many photographers to choose from, and many of them do a great job.  I hope that potential clients see that I have an eye for detail as well as an ability to capture the moments of the day in an artistic way.  I’ve been in the wedding business for 12 years and am a consistent, quick shooter.  My business is set up around the client and my number one goal is to make their experience with me one of the best from their wedding day.

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SB&G: What is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?

Rachel: Time with just the bride and groom on the wedding day is my favorite.  A close second would be when a father sees his daughter all dolled up in her wedding dress for the first time.

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Southern Bride & Groom 2015 Launch

We are so thrilled to release the 2015 edition of Southern Bride & Groom and reveal our winter-spring cover! We are over the moon for this image, which perfectly captures the classic, elegant style of the Kentucky Derby blended perfectly with a beautiful pastoral NC rustic wedding scene. We hope you love it as much as we do!

Winter Spring 2015 CoverThis gorgeous image was captured by Rachel Red Photography during our Derby Day styled shoot at Portofino, a horse community in Clayton, NC. One of our top local wedding planners, Chelsey Morrison of Gather Together, styled the stunning scene with rustic elements and iconic Derby details like the silver mint julep cups, bourbon barrels from Party Reflections, a dapper groom clad in a custom suit, and a beautiful Southern bride in a Modern Trousseau gown from Tre Bella Bridal. Tre Bella’s floral division, Tre Bella Flowers, created gorgeous arrangements of red, fuchsia, and green blooms that paired perfectly with our model’s bold lips and soft hair and makeup by Makeup for Your Day. Other Derby details included in this styled shoots were themed invitations and table names by Union Press & Paper, a beautiful menu from Donovan’s Dish, and a painted cake by Edible Art Bakery. We’d also like to thank the other vendors involved in this shoot, which is one of our all-time favorites: Belk, Diamonds Direct Crabtree, hat and veil designer Lore Emelio, Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, calligrapher Marika Wendelken, and Classy Transportation. A full blog post with all the gorgeous photos will be posted soon!

The magazines arrived RIGHT in time for Christmas – the best gift ever!! Our dear friends at Tre Bella hosted a launch party for us at their new clothing and gift boutique on Main Street in Downtown Durham (their couture bridal salon is right upstairs!). The gorgeous Modern Trousseau gown which is featured on our Winter-Spring cover was proudly displayed in the shop, and Tre Bella’s floral team created gorgeous arrangements inspired by their work that is featured on our cover. The SB&G Family mingled over festive champagne cocktails, delicious bites from Parizade (one of our fave local restaurants that also does off-site catering), and soaked in the new magazine! Big thank you to the Tre Bella team for hosting this lovely soiree, and to Riley of Riley MacLean Photography for the images we’re sharing below.

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Southern Bride & Groom 2015 contains absolutely everything you need to know in order to plan a wedding in North Carolina’s Triangle area. This 28th edition of SB&G is full of more content than ever – more inspirational shoots, 12 real weddings, and a slew of articles that outline this year’s hottest trends, etiquette and planning tips that every bride needs to know for her big day – whether it’s here in the Old North State or beyond!

As always, SB&G recommends only the best of the best wedding venues, bridal salons and wedding professionals to our wonderful brides. With the help of SB&G’s magazine, website, and blog, you will be able to plan a Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill or Greater Triangle Area wedding from engagement to honeymoon, and rest assured that each vendor you select is reliable and top-notch.

Be sure to check up on the SB&G blog often, as we’ll be sharing behind-the-scenes action and never-before-seen photos from our various shoots, and releasing the online version of the magazine in just a short while! Give us a shout out with the hashtag #sbgmag when you spot SB&G 2015 at distribution sites, use it in your wedding planning, or get inspired from the pages and pages of Southern wedding beauty!

Thanks for the Memories, Team SB&G!

Happy Friday, y’all! For me, today is bittersweet: it’s the very last day I’ll be in the office with the other lovely, talented ladies that make up Team SB&G.

Weddings have always held a special place in my heart – I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love with them (although I’d bet that it happened sometime during the hours upon hours I spent watching Say Yes to the Dress in middle and high school) – but when I joined SB&G over two and a half years ago, fresh out of UNC Chapel Hill, I was pretty clueless about the industry, despite being engaged at the time. I cannot thank Donna and Jenna enough for deciding to take a chance on me! I never would have guessed that I would be lucky enough to work in such an amazing, inspiring industry alongside some of North Carolina’s most talented wedding professionals and small business owners – being surrounded by so many reliable sources of information and insight was not only invaluable to planning my own wedding, but for my growth as an employee and my heart for the industry.

I’ve learned so much during my time with the magazine – from etiquette necessities like how to be a respectful, supportive member of the bridal party and how to write a proper thank you note, to technological feats like how to use Photoshop and master the basics of HTML code, to insider information like how to pad a ring that’s too big for a model’s finger and how to set a table with nine different types of flatware. But above all, I think the most important thing I’ve learned is to go all in – to work hard and continue to strive to be better. I’m more often found behind the scenes here at SB&G. I spend my time tucked away at my desk, putting together blog posts, designing inspiration boards, gathering information for newsletters, writing and editing articles for the print publication, and sorting through beautiful real wedding submissions to share with our readers. When I do step out of the office, you can find me behind the SB&G booth at bridal shows or assisting at photo shoots for the magazine. The photo shoot days are always some of my very favorite – they’re long and hard and exhausting, but three times now, I’ve been there to feel the satisfaction and pride that comes from first touching those glossy magazine pages filled with the images and articles we worked so hard to perfect, and let me tell you, that makes it all worth it.

I’m excited to start my next chapter – I’ll be returning to school for a nursing degree after the holidays – but I’m going to miss so much about this one. I’ll miss the wonderful people I worked with, the camaraderie felt only when working for a small, local business, and the weddings – oh, I’ll miss the weddings! I’ll miss the photo shoots with lace and tulle and the smell of fresh flowers. I’ll miss the snapping of the camera lens and the decadent fondant cakes and the sparkly jewelry. I’ll miss reading couple’s sweet love stories and personal vows and tearing up at my desk while watching their wedding films – I’ll miss it all.

Team SBGDonna, Jenna, Leslie & Patricia — I love you ladies! Thank you so much for welcoming me into the SB&G Family, I’m so, so grateful for you all!

Save the Date for The 2015 Wedding Show by Forever Bridal

The New Year is right around the corner, which means everyone that got engaged over the holidays is ready to jump into wedding planning! Luckily, The 2015 Wedding Show by Forever Bridal – the biggest, most popular, and longest-running bridal expo in the state of North Carolina – is set for Saturday, January 3 through Sunday, January 4. The Saturday show will run from 10:00am – 4:00pm, and the Sunday show will run from 11:00am – 4:00pm.

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Whether you’re newly engaged or a bride-to-be in the midst of the wedding planning process, The Wedding Show is a must-attend event. It’s an annual event held at the Jim Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds, where brides and grooms have the chance to meet with over 150 of the Triangle’s leading wedding experts to inspire them and answer all of their questions. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with the most talented Triangle wedding caterers and florists, photographers and videographers, wedding consultants, venues and more to help you in your planning process.

The show also features on-stage entertainment with the season’s hottest fashions in bridal, menswear, mother of the bride (and groom!) apparel, bridesmaids’ attire, and outfits for the flower girls and ring bearers. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by the Southern Bride & Groom booth for a free copy of the brand new 2015 edition of the magazine and the chance to enter a fantastic giveaway!

Save the date for The 2015 Wedding Show by Forever Bridal, register now, and start making plans to attend!

NY Bridal Market: Modern Trousseau Fall 2015 Collection

All week we have been sharing our favorite looks, designers, and exclusive photography by Riley MacLean from our trip to New York Bridal Market last month. Today we are introducing you to the Modern Trousseau Fall 2015 collection, which we previewed in their New York Showroom.

Modern Trousseau is run by husband and wife team, Callie and David Tein, and based in New York and Charleston. The sophisticated, romantic look of Callie’s designs is perfect for Southern brides. Also appealing is the versatility of the collection that allows brides mix and match styles, skirt shapes, color accents, veils and jackets, to create a personalized look.

If you like what you see, be sure to look for some of the gowns from this collection at one of our local NC bridal boutiques, Tre Bella Bridal in Durham. Several Modern Trousseau gowns will also be gracing the pages of our 2015 edition of Southern Bride & Groom!

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 1A variety of soft colors and romantic textures hand in the Modern Trousseau showroom

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 2This gown is Storm, which features asymmetrical lace. She comes in soft gray, ivory and blush.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 3At Left, Storm; At Right, Layla has a petticoat skirt and lots of movement
“The names remind me of what the dress is,” says Callie.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 4Raven – tulle edged with lace, and lace buttons on the back. Here she is shown paired with the Raven jacket, which can be done separately, and with different lace

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 5Gwen, which can be ordered with or without straps, has a flowy Grecian look, a simple detail at the waist, and a dramatic, low back.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 6Opal, though covered in beads hand-embroidered with silver thread, hands softly and beautifully. Pair this jacket with another style to add flair.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 7At Left, Mina, a beautiful, flattering ballgown; At right, Porter, a classic shape in French tulle and hand-cut lace

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 8Modern Trousseau designs a paired veil for many of her gowns. Mix and match as you please for the perfect finish.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 9Modern Trousseau gowns are always light, and beautifully-fitting. At left, Shelby; At right, Rain.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 10Spencer, shown with a lace jacket and sash

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 11Kasey features exquisite Italian lace – a sexy, large lace pattern.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 12At left, Kasey paired with the Kasey cage veil; At right, Honor, a pleated, high-low dress in Thai silk with a lace bodice. Air parachutes this dress as the bride moves.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 13Another high-low dress just like Honor, Pride is also in Italian silk. Her signature jacket features with mink pockets for a “Game of Thrones” vibe, and when the jacket is removed, Grace Kelly is evoked. What a finale!

Amy Kuschel Peace and Love Collection

At NY Bridal Market last month, we were treated to a preview of the fall 2015 line by one of my favorite bridal gown designers. The new Amy Kuschel Peace and Love Collection has her signature classic yet contemporary feel, with a focus on flattering fits and comfort. This charming collection with its nod to the 60’s & 70’s flower child ear is particularly hip, but as always, Amy uses the finest fabrics from beaded French lace to embroidered organza.

Today we are sharing a preview of some of our favorite new looks from the new collection, photographed by Riley MacLean Photography who documented our time at New York Bridal Fashion Week. The best part? Amy Kuschel is carried by one of our local NC bridal boutiques, Lana Addison Bridal in downtown Cary, NC!

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 1NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 2Amy Kuschel’s signature fitted dress with a slight trumpet is showcased with Quinn. The trend of lace décolletage and sleeves is matched with a sexy peek in the back.

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 3The lovely Luna gown is relaxed yet elegant

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 4Designer Amy Kuschel describes her collection to buyers from a bridal boutique.

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 5London, for the dainty and feminine bride

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 6Lennon, a classic sweetheart top and simple trumpet, shown above and below, with a lace overlay jacket

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 7Taking in all the pretty – not a bad way to spend an afternoon

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 8Kitten, a short dress to match the current mod rage

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 9Amy created a “Jackie” series, all short dresses in the same shape but featuring different laces. Shown here is Bella Rose.

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 10Behind the scenes in Amy Kuschel’s showroom at The London Hotel in Manhattan

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 11Amy Kuschel’s ready-to-wear design background has given her the skills to create bridal looks that are not only flattering for the female form, but comfortable.  Shown here, River

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 12Bardot has a fun feather accent at top. Her sister dress, Starr, is shown below.

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 13“Starr is a little bit of everything- sweet, sexy, trumpet” – Amy

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 14Luxurious lace: Cassidy with Barcelona sash; At right, Babe

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 15Cassidy, embroidered organza, is in the softest shade of blue. My personal fave – and a perfect choice for any UNC or Duke alumna!

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.

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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!

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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!