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Rose Hill Plantation is a one-of-a-kind venue and part of a country estate just outside Raleigh, NC, en route to Rocky Mount. From the long crepe myrtle-lined Rose Hill Lane, which ends in front of a beautiful lit fountain, to the front of a beautifully renovated 18th century Manor House, it truly is a grand setting. The adjacent, complementary columned Nathan Hall was built to emulate the great ballrooms of a previous era and expands the home in the same style. This historic treasure on the National Register of Historic Places is also a wedding venue, business retreat, sporting clays center and an 860-acre working Angus cattle farm.
We were recent guests for an elegant party at Rose Hill Plantation – an evening of conversation, dinner and dancing hosted by Rose Hill. As we drove to the mansion entrance, a gracious valet staff assisted us from the vehicle and whisked the car away saving us extra steps. Entering the plantation home is always like crossing the threshold to an earlier era. Tonight, we were even greeted with champagne and hors d’oeuvres and lots of friends as we mingled in the older, antique-furnished Manor House.
Before sunset, guests were invited to view the side sun porch, patios, lawn and the romantic ceremony gazebo set upon Rose Hill’s picturesque pond. At 7:00 p.m., we entered Nathan Hall to a spectacularly decorated ballroom set for dinner. Tables were juxtaposed for beauty and conversation. The floral décor cascaded from the ceiling chandeliers to the tip of each table corner, perfectly positioned to grace the tables edge – yet still allowing each guest full vision of each other around the table. This beautiful and brilliant floral design was created by Fresh Affairs.
General Manager Walter Marrotta is a former fine-dining chef. His love of great food and Rose Hill was evident in the service and menu that evening. The starter was a deconstructed Greek salad of spinach panna cotta, grilled crostini, feta, kalamata olive and roasted tomato. Simply delicious! Walter had told me that Rose Hill is known for their Angus beef, thus the filet was the popular main course choice on the evening’s menu. The mushroom-crusted filet mignon received compliments all around as did the brie and asparagus stuffed chicken breast. I couldn’t resist choosing the roasted vegetable and crepe Napoleon with ricotta and wild mushroom truffle sauce and was more than happy with this layered vegetarian delight. For dessert, there was a marvelous cinnamon spiced chocolate mouse, created by Walter himself.
Before we carry you away and make you hungry with these images from photographer, James Walters, I’d like to invite you to take a moment to view a few blog posts from Southern Bride & Groom in which we chose Rose Hill Plantation for one of the most beautiful flower photo shoots ever to appear in our magazine. We set our talented florist’s tabletop designs in each area of the estate from the patios to the Great Room to the Smokehouse and the ballroom. These floral displays will inspire you and help you envision the many possibilities at Rose Hill.
Floral Inspiration at Rose Hill:
Classic Blue and White Tabletop and Bouquet
VENUE Rose Hill | FLORIST Fresh Affairs | PHOTOGRAPHER Walters & Walters | LINENS/RENTALS Party Reflections | INVITATIONS/MENUS/PLACECARDS Cute Buttons | LIGHTING by Total Productions Services, Inc. | MUSIC Bunn DJ Company | PHOTO BOOTH f8 Photo Booth
Today, we’re sharing an upcoming wedding that celebrates a historic moment for many couples across the state. North Carolinians were privileged to have experienced the making of history last October, with the new legislation making same-sex marriage legal in our state. It’s an important milestone and SB&G celebrated marriage equality in NC by featuring couples who were engaged or married around the time of the legislation in our 2015 magazine.
Chad Biggs and Chris Creech were the first to make history in North Carolina. You saw them all over the news when the legislation passed – they were the first gay couple to legally wed in the state! But their story did not begin or end that day.
Chad and Chris live in Raleigh and are both Wake County Deputies, as well as own Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design. Chad is also the exclusive planner at Babylon in Raleigh.
Friends introduced the two in 2006. On their very first date, laughing with one another and relishing in Chad’s daughter playing with Chris’s two new foster sons, they knew were meant to be a family. The men became a couple sharing home and child-rearing duties. They soon welcomed their foster children’s three additional siblings into the bunch, making a six-child household! Eventually, the foster children were returned to their parents, but Chad and Chris’ lives have been forever impacted, and they have stayed in touch with the children they helped raise. They still have a full house today with their daughter, Sabre, and two dogs.
When October 10, 2014, arrived, Chad and Chris stood together among dozens of couples and supporters outside of the Wake County Register of Deeds office where upon learning legalization had passed, Chad surprised Chris and asked him to marry him at the courthouse that day. Shortly after, they rushed inside and purchased their marriage license – the first in the state – and were married by Chief Magistrate Judge Dexter Williams, a long time friend.
Following the legislation, Rochelle Johnson, co-owner of The Cookery, an event venue and culinary incubator in downtown Durham, reached out to Chad and Chris and offered to donate their venue for a formal reception event.
“The Cookery is in the business of hosting ALL weddings,” said Rochelle Johnson, owner of The Cookery. “We are so happy to have Chad and Chris here to celebrate such a special and historic day.”
This September, Chad and Chris will have the wedding they have been waiting for – with a ceremony in Duke Gardens followed by a wedding reception at The Cookery’s Front Room. In addition, The Cookery has secured donated services from a variety of wedding vendors. All vendors listed below have offered generous discounts to help this couple have a very special day. Some went above and beyond to fully donate their services, including Donovan’s Dish, American Party Rentals, Union Press and Paper, Focus Media, Spin, Harpist Laura Byrne, Calligraphy by Carrie, Simply Cakes, and Babylon.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity that The Cookery and other vendors have shown us. This is not only a huge day for us, but also a huge day for the state of North Carolina,” said Biggs.
Enjoy these beautiful engagement photos that were taken at American Tobacco Campus and Duke Gardens, photographed by SB&G Preferred Photographer, Southern Love Studios. We can’t wait to see the images he captures on their upcoming wedding day. Congratulations, Chad & Chris, and happy planning!
CAKE Simply Cakes | CATERER Donavan’s Dish | STATIONERY Union Press & Paper | CEREMONY VENUE Sarah P. Duke Gardens | PHOTOGRAPHY Southern Love Studios | RECEPTION VENUE The Cookery | REHERSAL DINNER VENUE & FOOD Babylon | FLOWERS Expressions of Love Florist | VIDEOGRAPHER Focus Media / Zach Stamey | TENT and LINENS American Party Rentals | TRANSPORTATION Classy Transportation | DJ Spin | MUSIC Laura Byrne Professional Harpist | CALLIGRAPHY Calligraphy by Carrie | HAIR Manuel Eason at 6 Salon | MAKE UP Maria Arellano
Today, Southern Bride & Groom is thrilled to feature a chic Chanel Avant-Garde styled shoot full of couture inspiration, encouraging fashionista brides to be daring and not cliché when it comes to their wedding day.
The concept was created by Raleigh based wedding planner, Monica Noa of Nouveau Events who has been obsessed with the iconic Coco Chanel and her glamorous style since she was old enough to read fashion magazines and wear perfume! Her love of the restructured silhouette, tailored style, and Chanel’s signature look sparked the inspiration for this chic Chanel Avant-Garde photo shoot, a stylish collaboration with Embellished Blooms and Pretty in the Details. Monica really wanted to take the signature color palette of Chanel and give it a modern twist. On the other hand, she still wanted to preserve Chanel’s luxurious elegance. The end result merges the structured French style of the 1920s with the romanticism of a modern bride.
Monica worked with a team of North Carolina’s top-notch wedding professionals to bring her vision to life in this styled photo shoot at the Virginia Dare Ballroom in Raleigh, and Renee Sprink Photography captured every amazing detail. This Chanel Avant-Garde shoot shows brides that you can take couture inspiration and easily apply it to your big day.Fashion and Jewelry
When doing any type of tribute to Chanel, the fashion is one of the most important pieces in creating the look. The bride wore a lovely Alyne “Patricia” gown made of a satin organza with a lace and ruffled mermaid skirt provided by Traditions by Anna. The dress maintained the Chanel essence of the feminine silhouette. The overall style of the dress was reinvented by adding the bold contrast through a black satin sash with sparkle embellishments. Charlotte’s provided the jewelry for the bride. The bold black embellishments and the statement necklace was intended to accompany the luxurious fabrics while adhering to Chanel’s affinity for dramatic costume jewelry.
Hair and Makeup
For this concept, Chanel makeup was only appropriate. Makeup for Your Day provided a modern and fresh approach to Chanel’s timeless aesthetic. Inspired by Chanel’s often used muse, the camellia flower, the bride’s face was kept natural and dewy with a sultry eye palette and bright rosy pink lips. The whole look came together when paired with a textured up-do reminiscent of Chanel’s classic quilted purses and tweed jackets. The ensemble looks elegant and refined…just like everything Chanel!
Gorgeous touches like various Chanel perfume, his and her signature drinks, Parisian postcards, a Chanel guestbook, cigars, champagne and sparkle add a contemporary take on vintage accoutrements.Stationery
The stationery suite was intended to merge the boldly feminine Chanel color palette with the delicate camellia flower. The miniature Chanel bottles make the perfect couture place cards for the Bride and Groom.
The floral selection is made up of timeless classics with a hint of modern style: roses, lilies, hydrangea, ranunculus and some fabulous black and white anemones! In keeping with the luxury and extravagance of Chanel, Embellished Blooms styled an arrangement that poured over the sides of a gilded candelabra and flowed down to a puddle of flowers on the table.
The Cake and Favors
Pretty in the Details knew exactly how to translate Chanel into this gorgeous, three-tiered wedding cake through the use of the signature Chanel black and white striped pattern. The pink and gold foil accents give the cake a modern flair with the softness reflected in the anemone and roses. The cupcake favors feature black bows and gold foil and provide a stark contrast to the black and white stripped custom table runner provided by CE Rentals.
Wedding Ceremony Backdrop
Pretty in the Details took a quote that Monica adapted from one of Chanel’s famous one-liners and created a bold wedding backdrop combined with modern calligraphy and the bold Chanel font. The backdrop sets the scene for a stylishly simple wedding ceremony between the two lovebirds.WEDDING PLANNER & STYLIST Nouveau Events | PHOTOGRAPHER Renee Sprink Photography | CAKE, CALLIGRAPHY, CUSTOM PROPS Pretty in the Details | FLORAL DESIGNS Embellished Blooms | GOWN Traditions by Anna | FORMALWEAR Bernard’s Formalwear | MAKE-UP & HAIR Makeup for Your Day | RENTALS CE Rentals | PLACE SETTINGS Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | JEWELRY Charlotte’s | VENUE The Virginia Dare Ballroom | MODELS Elizabeth Safrit (Miss United States) and Thomas Roach
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 introducing you to Robin Lin Photography.
Robin was born and raised in Western New York, but has called Chapel Hill home for almost a decade.
After working in the legal field upon graduating from Purdue University with a B.A. in political science and psycholgy, Robin transitioned to photography. She took photography classes in both Chapel Hill and Durham as well as design classes online through Parsons School of Design in New York City.
Robin spends her free time perusing Pinterest, either finding new house projects or adding to her bucket list of places to travel.
I love photography because it documents life from the beautiful to the painful; from the smallest, simplest moment to the grandest of events. Good photography is timeless—it’s something you want to look at over and over and enjoy for generations.
Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?
I love looking at iconic photos from past generations. I love when Websites showcase this as well as year in review or anything that is especially emotional in nature. I love looking at the detail—not necessarily what’s going on in the middle, but what’s surrounding the story. I love a great black & white photo and often can spend hours just perusing images looking at the contrast, details and the lines in someone’s face.What is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?
It’s hard to come up with just one, but I’d say it’s the first look. Either the first look between a bride and groom or the first look between a bride and her dad. I often have a lump in my throat, especially when a dad sees his daughter on her wedding day. There are many times I’m shooting through tears and I always feel so honored to be there for such an intimate moment in the day.
How would you describe your style?
I truly strive for a clean, classic look that is both a mix of traditional and photojournalistic. There are elements to a wedding that I shoot rather traditionally to respect the intimacy of the occasion, but I love nothing more than getting up close during the reception for great candid moments on the dance floor.What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?
My clients often tell me at the end of the night (or later) that they never realized I was there and yet I managed to get all the little details and moments they forgot all about. I didn’t get in the way, I didn’t impede or intrude on their day, and I think that’s a huge compliment. I like to think I work exceptionally hard for my clients and I’m willing to help them in ways that don’t even relate closely to photography. I really strive to work well with all the vendors as I know that creating a beautiful wedding really is a team effort.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.FLORAL 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
Hello 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!
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.
FLORAL 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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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