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A Wedding Plan for Any Season

When I was engaged, an unexpected snow day (or two or three) provided me with productive planning time for my upcoming summer wedding. It was the perfect time to leisurely browse through wedding blogs, pin to inspirational boards, and even to sketch out some of my ideas for the reception layout and begin to search for deals on some of the decorations I wanted to buy.

One thing these Southern storms remind us is that Mother Nature can throw a wrench in your plans, and that’s something to always think about when you are planning your wedding—no matter what time of year it is. Here are some tips for making sure you have a safe and weather-proof wedding plan for any season.

Winter wedding
If you’re getting married in the winter, you have no doubt chosen an indoor venue. Even with a fluke 65-degree day here and there, it’s just too risky to assume you or your guests can spend any time comfortably outdoors. What you can do, however, is plan to take some photographs outdoors as long as it isn’t in the middle of a storm. Snowy photographs are so beautiful and elegant! Purchase a warm coat or shawl that compliments your gown in case you do venture outdoors. Also, consider buying your bridesmaids, mother, etc. matching shawls so they don’t freeze if they join you outside for group photos.

Also, consider guests who are traveling long distances. They may not be tracking your wedding day weather as diligently as you are. Give them a heads up about what to expect. They may need to leave a day early if they are driving, or should be aware there could be flight delays.

Winter wedding at the Washington Duke

Photo: Riley MacLean Photography

Spring wedding
Spring is an absolutely beautiful time to get married in the South—with flowers blooming and mild temperatures, but it can also be a little risky. If your dream is outdoor nuptials, it’s best to go into a spring wedding with two plans.

The first can be your ideal plan: It’s 70 degrees, it hasn’t rained in weeks and there is no rain in sight; you can have your ceremony outdoors, take photographs outdoors, possibly even the reception, and know that your guests will be comfortable the whole time.

The backup plan, however, should account for factors like an unseasonably cold day or rain before or during the wedding, which can make for muddy grounds and slippery walkways. Have an indoor location planned as backup in case. It could even be under a pavilion, but make sure you order a few space heaters if you are getting married any time before May. Nights can be especially chilly. If it rains, have ushers or friends on hand to walk people with umbrellas and to help steady elderly guests (and women wearing heels!) over the slippery spots.

Umbrellas at a rainy wedding by Cyn Kain

Photo: Cyn Kain

Summer wedding
There is one thing to remember for this season: summers in the South can be hot! If you are getting married outside, be sure to choose a ceremony location that is shaded…for you and for your guests. It’s easy to overheat in direct sunlight.

Arrange to have bottles of water on ice (or sweet tea!) at your ceremony site for guests. You can also put out a selection of paper fans. Not only is this a good way for guests to cool down, but it also makes for a cute photo prop and you can buy them in bulk. Choose colored fans that match your wedding palette. This could be a cute idea for a spring wedding as well.

Also, consider your location and how buggy it gets. Is it near a pond where mosquitoes thrive? Does the venue treat the grounds for mosquitoes and flies? Do you need to consider having the food indoors to keep the flies from wrecking your meal, or the heat from melting your cake? Speak to your caterer and baker about these topics.

A pop-up thundershower cannot be ruled out in the summer. Have an “escape plan” in mind. Even if it looks completely clear a couple hours before the ceremony, know where to tell your wedding party and guests to go to get out of a quick downpour, and have some umbrellas on hand.

Summer outdoor wedding drinks by Brian Mullens

Photo: Brian Mullens

Fall wedding
Fall in the South is a lot like spring. It can be a gorgeous time to get married—with colorful foliage and mild temperatures, but again, planning to be outdoors the entire time is a risk. Similar to spring, have a backup plan for your outdoor elements. If your venue doesn’t have an indoor space available for the reception, a tent with closing sides will be necessary. Consider adding heaters to your package. The temperature at night in the fall can drop significantly compared to the daytime and presumably not everyone will be working up a sweat on the dance floor.

Be sure to take advantage of the scenes around you for unique photo opportunities. It might be a good idea to purchase matching shawls for your bridal party too in case it’s a chilly fall day.

Fall wedding at Oaks at Salem by Neil Boyd

Photo: Neil Boyd

Remember, a prepared bride is a relaxed bride. Be ready for anything, but mostly, be ready to enjoy every moment no matter what kind of weather arrives on your wedding day.North Carolina Spring wedding by Anna Kirby

Romantic Floral Inspiration by Tre Bella Flowers

Southern Bride & Groom is excited to share some of our favorite photos, including many not seen in print, from our floral designers featured in the 2015 magazine. This shoot, featuring soft and romantic floral inspiration by Tre Bella Flowers, is fitting for just after Valentine’s Day – it’s filled with romantic light pink, coral and white roses, accented with hydrangeas, orchids, and queen anne’s lace. The table is set with subtle touches of gold, including gold mercury votives and light grey lanterns. Small bunches of flowers tied to the backs of chairs with ribbon add a touch of whimsy.

Tre Bella Inc. of Durham, N.C. is unique in that it provides gorgeous flower arrangements as well as bridal gowns and accessories. Tre Bella grew quickly from a small boutique florist run out of one of the founder’s homes to two locations and three stores! The design studio on Broad Street in Durham helps brides create the wedding or event flowers of their dreams. The headquarters on Main Street assists with finding the perfect dress, bridesmaids gowns or mother-of-the-bride dress, and the boutique offers salon services and trendy clothing, jewelry and gifts.

The bride in this shoot is wearing a romantic flowing gown with lace cap sleeves by Jenny Packham from Tre Bella Bridal. The gown goes well with the soft pastel shades in her bouquet.

The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club is the perfect setting for a romantic wedding affair. With lush outdoor landscapes and elegant grand ballrooms, such as the President’s Ballroom pictured here.Soft touches of coral and white flowers by Tre BellaJenny Packham wedding gown from Tre BellaTable setting with lanterns and gold accentsCoral and gold accents for wedding tableElegant wedding tablescape with coral white and goldSoft romantic wedding bouquet by Tre Bella FlowersRomantic table setting at the Washington Duke InnFLORAL DESIGN Tre Bella Flowers | TABLETOP, LINEN & CHAIRS CE Rental | PLACE CARDS Calligraphy by Carrie | GOWN Dentelle by Jenny Packham from Tre Bella Bridal | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE President’s Ballroom at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters

SB&G’s New Wedding Blogger!

Amber HeadshotHello brides-to-be! I’m thrilled to be joining the team here at Southern Bride & Groom as lead blogger! In the coming months, you’ll be hearing more from me as I begin to post plenty of real weddings, style shoots, and inspiration to help you plan and prepare for your big day.

I’m a northern transplant from the Boston area embracing everything the South has to offer—including beautiful outdoor places from the mountains to the coast, delicious local cuisine, an energetic creative culture and a much warmer climate! I come to Southern Bride and Groom with a degree in English from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, a background in magazines and publishing, and experience running my own local food blog.

A few years ago, I married my high school sweetheart and planned everything from the outdoor garden ceremony to the reception and decorations to the food from one of our favorite local restaurants. I find weddings today to be a beautiful mix of traditional aspects incorporated with modern, unique personal touches and I’m excited to be a part of a team that helps brides bring their ideal wedding vision to life!

Amber

Amber Watson, new blogger

Winter Wedding Inspiration by Ninth Street Flowers

Southern Bride & Groom is excited to share some of our favorite photos, including many not seen in print, from our floral designers featured in the 2015 magazine. In the first of our floral inspiration series, we’re showing winter wedding inspiration by Ninth Street Flowers of Durham, NC.

Ninth Street Flowers provides brides with glorious blooms sourced from local growers whenever possible, and flowers imported from farms around the world when necessary. As a premier flower shop serving Durham, Duke University, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, RTP and parts of Cary and Raleigh, Ninth Street Flowers surrounds customers with an abundance of creativity and beauty. World class floral designers embrace the emotions behind every order and diligently strive to express these sentiments with flowers, as they did for Southern Bride & Groom’s “Winter Shimmer” floral shoot at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham, NC.

The Forest Room at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club served as the backdrop for this shimmering floral & décor shoot. The Washington Duke Inn provides many beautiful venue spaces outdoors and in, which are perfect for a glamourous winter wedding with plenty of sparkle.

Winter weddings inspire shimmering tones of ice cool colors from the jewelry a bride wears to the place settings and centerpieces at the table. For this shoot, Ninth Street Flowers created a beautiful winter white dream in silver, shimmer and pale ice blue. For even more glamour, add details like glittered pine cones, silver sprayed foliage, votives wrapped lambs ear, or a couple’s monogram in soft blue lightning to add a special personalized touch to your wedding space.

Winter wedding at Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club

Durham North Carolina Winter Wedding FlowersPlace settting for winter weddingWInter wedding tablescapes Ninth Street FlowersWhite bouquetBride with white flower bouquetFLORAL DESIGN Ninth Street Flowers | TABLETOP LINEN & CHAIRS Classic Party Rentals | NAME CARDS & MENUS Cute Buttons | LIGHTING Island Sound DJ & Production | GOWN Justin Alexander from The Wedding Dress Shoppe | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE The Forest Room at The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY by Walters & Walters

Triangle Area Valentine’s Day Event Round Up

Wondering what to do with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day? There are plenty of options for Triangle Area Valentine’s Day events, including fun relaxed gatherings, intimate romantic dinners, and special celebrations all weekend long.

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Pre-Valentine’s events

Enjoy a fun evening of conversation and bubbly at the The King’s Daughters Inn’s annual sparkling wine tasting on Feb. 12 from 5:30-7:30pm. Cost is $25 per person or $45 per couple. For reservations call (919) 354-7000.

Join Diamonds Direct Crabtree Raleigh for a Christopher Designs Inc. signature event Valentine’s weekend! Enjoy sparkling drinks, dazzling jewels and a free gift with any Christopher Designs purchase. Plus, one lucky customer will win a beautiful Christopher Designs pendant.

Leading up to Valentine’s Day, Videri Chocolate Factory in downtown Raleigh will be selling confections gift boxes (containing truffles and caramels) and on Feb. 14 they will be staying open until 11pm serving complimentary champagne for guests 21 and up.

Photo above left: Videri Chocolates by Walters & Walters 

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Valentine’s Day dinner options

Enjoy an exceptional four-course dinner and share a romantic champagne toast in one of the quaint dining rooms at Carolina Crossroads at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill.

Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar in Cary, which is owned by the renowned Rocky Top Catering, will feature a multi-course Valentine’s Day Package for $100 per couple from Feb. 12-15. On Feb. 12, receive a complimentary bottle of house wine and dessert to share with the package.

Inside Il Palio at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill, guests are transported to another place and time. This year, Il Palio is offering a special Valentine’s four-course prix fixe dinner menu for $78 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Love is in the air at Weathervane Restaurant in Chapel Hill, which will be serving a three-course prix fixe menu featuring locally sourced ingredients and artisan selections for $49 per person with a $15 wine pairing.

La Residence in Chapel Hill offers an American inspired twist on classic French food and is the perfect setting to wine and dine on a special Valentine’s aphrodisiac menu for $55-$65 per person plus tax and gratuity. Meal includes tea or soda and a complimentary glass of champagne.

Lantern in Chapel Hill is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special three-course meal featuring lots of local and regional delicacies for $68 per person, not including tax, gratuity or beverages.

Valentine’s in Iris at the NCMA includes a champagne cocktail upon arrival, a four-course prix fixe menu featuring local ingredients, romantic music, and gallery guides directing you to depictions of love and passion in the Museum collection. You and your love will depart with a rose, chocolate, and cherished memories! Cost is $100 per person.

Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern in uptown Raleigh is listed as one of Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America by OpenTable. Enjoy a meal with your loved one in this elegant, yet relaxed atmosphere.

The Nasher Museum is partnering with two Durham restaurants and hosting special Valentine’s Day dinners at Parizade and Nana’s. Patrons will enjoy a delicious meal and receive complimentary Nasher branded champagne flutes.

If you are looking for somewhere completely new to take your date on Valentine’s Day, check out new Durham restaurants Basan or Dashi.

Basan, which is known for high-quality sushi and modern Japanese cuisine that is tastes as good as it looks, is the first Durham-based restaurant from Eschelon Experiences.

Dashi is owned by the same team that runs The Cookery, a unique event venue and kitchen in Durham. Dashi serves warm bowls of ramen featuring fresh noodles, local meat and produce.

Photo above left: Basan sushi by Tommie Watson

Do something different this Valentine’s DayTaste the Event Valentines Day Top of the Hill

This Valentine’s Day, have a date with your beau that you’ll BOTH enjoy, or make it a fun occasion with friends! During the Taste’s Indoor Tailgate co-sponsored by Southern Bride & Groom, enjoy a winter lunch with TOPO beer and liquor tastings at Top of the Hill’s Great Room. Watch UNC men’s basketball take on Pitt on the big screen while girls get pampered and enjoy Videri chocolate, flowers, artisan coolers and more!

Make your special someone fall head over heels with our Valentine’s Day Package at the Doubletree by Hilton’s Mansion on the Hill in Durham. The package, which starts at $299 includes a five-course Valentine’s Day dinner, an overnight stay, one bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, breakfast in bed, live entertainment, a romantic atmosphere, and a 2pm checkout.

Get creative with your love and take a stroll through The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, which will be open for visitors on Valentine’s Day. Get a glimpse of Miró: The Experience of Seeing before it closes soon after.

Are you looking to attend a “killer” Valenetine’s Day event? If so, join the Highgrove in for their Murder Mystery dinner. The show will be performed as you dine by a professional troupe of seven experienced actors. They will bring to life exciting characters with colorful backgrounds and questionable motives. The sophisticated plot that ensues will provide you with clues to help you pin down the perpetrator…or perpetrators of a dastardly deed.

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Keep celebrating with post-Valentine’s events

Catering Works in Raleigh is hosting an “After Valentine’s Day” Cooking Class. The menu includes scallops dusted with fennel in a champagne cream sauce, asparagus with balsamic tomatoes, and chocolate passion mousse. The menu is featured with sparkling wines.

On Feb. 21 from 10:00am – 1:00pm come mix, mingle and get ideas for your big day at Paperbuzz, your go-to shop for wedding paper, stationery and gifts in North Hills! This event will feature some other fabulous wedding pros including All She Wrote Notes (calligraphy artist); Ashley Cakes; CE Rentals; Fresh Affairs florist; Rocky Top Catering; and A Southern Soiree (wedding planning). Plus, enter to win 50 percent off of your wedding invitations!

Photo above left: Paperbuzz wedding invitations by Anna Kirby

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!