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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. Today’s floral inspiration includes peonies in two shades of pink, a gorgeous arrangement designed by Floral Dimensions of Durham, NC. Along with the surprise accents of Echeveria and grass loops on the lower arrangements, these tree-shaped clouds of blossoms allow for easy table conversation in a beautiful setting overlooking The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club Terrace on the Green.
Floral Dimensions at Academy Court has been serving Durham County and surrounding areas since the early 80s, and under the watchful eye of Bea Miller since 1986. Her attention to detail, along with an award-winning design team, has allowed Floral Dimensions to provide brides and their families with beautiful and memorable wedding florals and invitations. Floral Dimensions appreciates and enjoys the long term relationships established with former brides and their families. “It is a real pleasure to have a bride of twenty years ago come in to the studio and ask for assistance with her daughter or son’s prom corsage or boutonniere,” says Miller.
In addition to wedding and event designs, Floral Dimensions is a full service florist and provides the finest floral arrangements, gifts, and invitations for individuals and corporations. An array of green, blooming plants and orchids is a welcome sight upon entering the studio, followed by a walk to the display cooler filled with beautiful flowers grown locally as well as throughout the world. Floral Dimensions at Academy Court also designs and provides custom invitations, programs, announcements and stationery. In fact, the menu cards and coordinating place cards in this photo shoot were proudly designed and produced by Floral Dimensions. A layered collection of ivory linen stock over taupe complements the overall table design perfectly.FLORAL DESIGN Floral Dimensions | TABLE, TABLETOP, TABLE RUNNER & CHAIRS American Party Rentals | MENUS & NAME CARDS Floral Dimensions Stationery Studio | GOWN & JEWELRY Savvi Bridal | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY f8 Photo Studios
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.
After a long winter, we love to see the return of vibrant colors and rich toned flowers! This shoot, on the Terrace overlooking the green of The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham, NC, makes us think of the hot summer nights ahead. Embrace the heat for your outdoor reception with vibrant pinks and fiery lava orange that mimic a gorgeous sunset. Late night calls for candles and lanterns, setting a romantic mood this fun Sangria table.
This bold and colorful summer floral inspiration created by Expressions of Love Florist features a beautiful mix of roses, peonies and orchids. The team at this Fuquay Varina floral shop brings a combined total of 52 years of experience to the business. Along with contemporary and traditional arrangements, the shop specializes in tropicals, high-style floral arrangements, dried floral arrangements, and more. Their large inventory of fresh flowers means they can create beautiful floral designs for weddings in all seasons.
FLORAL DESIGN Expressions of Love Florist | CHAIRS & TABLETOP RENTALS Classic Party Rentals | PLACE CARDS & CHALKBOARD CALLIGRAPHY Calligraphy by Carrie | GOWN Lisa from Tulle New York | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters
Taste the Event Launch Party
Last night was the official kick off and launch party for Taste 2015 – a series of delicious events that celebrates food & drink in North Carolina, from the budding craft hard cider industry to a good old-fashioned burger cook-off competition to a Grand Taste Experience. Dan Shannon, publisher of Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine, spoke while guests enjoys bites from the students at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham at American Tobacco Campus. We can’t wait for the delightful treats that are in store for us during Taste! If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, don’t miss out on this exciting foodie festival.
Basan is the newest restaurant in the Eschelon Experiences group, bringing modern Japanese cuisine and fresh sushi to the Bull City. Its convenient downtown location at the American Tobacco Campus makes it the perfect place to catch a bite before a show at DPAC or a Bull’s game.
Head Chef Toshio Sakamaki is a master of preparing fish and vegetables. He was born in Tokyo Japan where his father worked as a sushi chef and owned a sushi restaurant. He brings years of culinary expertise to Eschelon Experiences and showcases his mastery at Basan.
We spoke with the team at Basan about the local food scene, their private dining and event space, and what people can expect from Chef Sakamaki at the Grand Taste Experience on April 23, 2015. Beginning with the Grand Taste Experience, food lovers from across the region will experience a weekend of indulgence unsurpassed in the South.
Organized by our friends at Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine, Taste the Event is a charitable local food festival located in and around the Triangle area of North Carolina, which encompasses Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The festival includes a variety of events, from intimate dinners for a few to large tastings for a crowd, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Top culinary talent from the surrounding area, including chefs, restaurateurs, beverage purveyors and other local companies are featured in some of the region’s most stunning event settings.
Basan: Many locals are starting passion projects, paying homage to food they love and want to create every day for guests, for example, Ashley Christensen’s group, Van from Bida Manda, and the guys from Stanbury.
What is your cooking philosophy or favorite type of food to cook?
Basan: Our culinary director, John Anderson, loves to cook Mexican food and we really appreciate his view on cooking. He enjoys cooking with less expensive ingredients that take more time and care. Anyone can cook a steak and add truffles and it will be delicious, but he thinks it’s fun to celebrate inexpensive and make them delicious, such as field peas, pork cheek, collards, etc. We love this celebration of simple and tasty items.
Basan: We definitely like to feature trends in our cocktails, infusing crazy ingredients and flavor profiles into our signature drinks. Our food menus typically stay true to the theme of the restaurant and we feature trends in seasonal exclusive dinners or weekly signature feature items. We encourage our chefs to get creative every day so there is always something “off menu” for our guests to try.
SB&G: How has Head Chef Toshio Sakamaki enjoyed the transition to Basan and the process of being onboard for a restaurant opening?
Basan: Chef Sakamaki really enjoyed getting to learn the Eschelon processes and culture at Mura before getting the new restaurant open. I think opening Basan was especially enjoyable because he was able to craft a whole new menu from scratch, just as he desired it to be.
SB&G: How will the new private event space in Basan cater to special events like bridal/bachelorette parties or family/rehearsal dinners?
Basan: The new private dining room will seat up to 40 guests and can accommodate upwards of 80 guests for a cocktail-style function. It’s a fun, modern space with great light and huge windows. We think it will be a fun new choice for all events from rehearsal dinners to bridal parties because the furniture and layout are so flexible. Basan has a full-time event coordinator on staff to help make sure everything runs smoothly and makes the booking process a breeze for our guests.
SB&G: What is your approach to planning menus for weddings and/or special events?
Basan: We have some great pre-set options, but we love tailoring things to the host’s tastes. It has been fun to create special sushi rolls named for the couple at wedding caterings, or custom cocktails with signature colors at special events.
SB&G: What are your plans and involvement in TASTE this year?
Basan: Basan is so new in town; we want to showcase some of our signature items and let everyone meet Head Chef Toshio Sakamaki. He comes from Japan and is carrying on the family tradition of being a sushi chef. Toshio has so much passion for what he does and it shows in his food. We’ll definitely showcase some sort of sushi to give everyone a taste of what we’re best at delivering every day. We can’t wait for everyone to meet our Head Chef and taste what Basan has to offer!Photos: Terrence Jones
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 this shoot, Blossom Artistry created a gorgeous display of sculpted flowers in vibrant colors, such as apricot, tangerine and mango. Adding elegance and dimension to the The President’s Terrace at The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club is a fanciful centerpiece and wedding arbor woven with colorful blooms, twig art objects, garden greenery and a tropical flourish.
Blossom Artistry is a Pittsboro-based florist owned and operated by husband and wife, Leon and Julie. With over 50 years of combined experience, the Blossom team of designers can create a custom look for brides of any style!
FLORAL DESIGN Blossom Artistry | TABLETOP, LINEN & CHAIRS Party Reflections | NAME CARDS Paperbuzz | GOWN Blue Willow from Tre Bella Bridal | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE The President’s Terrace at The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters
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 creative southern wedding photography by Anna Kirby Photography.
Anna graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in architecture and a minor in fine arts. During her time at UVA, she studied photography in the countryside of Tuscany, Italy. After graduation, she returned to school at the Washington School of Photography in Washington, DC where she trained in all types of professional photography, but before all of that, it was her dad who instilled in her a love for the creative arts.
Growing up, Anna and her dad would build their own block box cameras and had a darkroom set up in their laundry room. Now, her dad, who founded his own successful business in commercial video production, is her second shooter and assistant on all her travel jobs!
Anna spends her time between Durham and Highlands, NC as well as in hometown of Tampa, FL. When she’s not working, she’s often enjoying a hike or other adventure with her husband and little boy and puppy in tow. Get to know Anna a little more in the Q&A below.Why do you love photography?
The most meaningful thing about wedding photography for me is being able to provide my clients a life-long tangible representation of their wedding day that they otherwise would only have in their memory.
Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?
For me, it’s all about lighting, so I look to those who have mastered light across all artistic mediums. Be it the movies, paintings, landscape photographers, or even an afternoon walk – I am always looking for inspiration.
How would you describe your style?
My style is journalistic – photographing my clients and their guests unobtrusively while capturing the real emotion of the moment. Certainly, not every photograph I take during a wedding day is candid. I absolutely love to capture the epic portraits of the bride and groom loosely posed in settings that are meaningful to them.What sets you apart from other photographers?
As your wedding photographer, I am one of your vendors that will be with you most of your wedding day. That being said, I will help your wedding day stay on schedule and be of assistance with anything that should arise. Another thing that sets me apart from other photographers is that I was formally trained and educated in photography.
Also, I travel and shoot pretty equally between Florida and North Carolina, and there are many couples who have a FL-NC connection. People’s personal lives are changing – it’s no longer typical to move home and get married in your hometown. There are usually bits and pieces put together to tell a new story of the bride and groom. For instance, I have had many couples from Florida who came back to Durham or Raleigh to get married to their college sweetheart at their alma mater. I basically keep a studio in Durham and Tampa and a mountain house in Highlands in the summer, so I am available for shooting in many locations.
What is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding?
There is no specific thing in a wedding day that is my favorite. But there is always a moment at every wedding where the bride and groom slow down for a few seconds and just become totally engaged in each other. That is the moment I love.
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 this shoot, Catering Works created a bright and beautiful display featuring tall vases with flowing white orchids and bright bouquets with watermelon hues and pops of tangerine. Along with elegant floating candles and plates with complimentary floral designs, this bright and ethereal combination of sorbets really lights up the Rotunda Room at The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, NC.
Not only does Catering Works have a dedicated floral studio, they also have a culinary team and design and event planners. This catering and special event planning company in Raleigh offers everything from simple delivery drop off to elaborate full service events and everything in between! The pastry chef of Catering Works is also able to create cakes that compliment the colors and flowers used in your wedding.FLORAL DESIGN Catering Works | TABLETOP LINEN & CHAIRS Classic Party Rentals | SALAD PLATE Juliska from Southern Season | GOWN Blue Wilow by Anne Barge from Tre Bella Bridal | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE Rotundra Room at The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY by Walters & Walters
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