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New Wedding Etiquette – Who Pays For What?

These days, the rules of who pays for what when it comes to a wedding are a little more in the grey area than in years past…for quick and easy reference, SB&G has provided a short and sweet list of new wedding etiquette so you know what to expect from whom!

Old Wedding Etiquette Rules: Wedding and reception expenses for a first marriage were traditionally the sole responsibility of the bride’s family. When paying, they get to determine the size and style of the wedding and reception. The groom’s family my offer to share in the cost of the reception, and the bride’s family may accept in order to accommodate a larger wedding.

New Wedding Etiquette Rules: Both families may divide the expenses as their budget allows, or each family can contribute a set amount to the total expenses. This may be supplemented by the bride and groom. As the average age of couples rises for marriage, many working duos today host and pay for their entire wedding and celebration themselves, and issue the invitation for their personalized wedding on their own. For encore weddings, the couple is always responsible for the costs.Who Pays for What in a Modern Wedding Engagement Ring photo by Jamie Blow
The Bride’s Family Pays for:

-Church and reception site rental
-Cake, catering and beverages for the reception
-Invitations, announcements and stationary
-Services of a wedding consultant
-The bridal attire and trousseau
-Photography for the engagements, bridal portraits, ceremony and reception
-Flowers for the church, reception and the bridesmaids
-Corsages for special helpers
-Music at the ceremony and reception
-Limousine for the bride and family to the church, and cars for transportation
-Lodging for out-of-town bridesmaids or arrangements with friends
-Security and insurance
-Wedding favors

The Groom or His Family Pay for:
-The bride’s engagement and wedding rings
-Marriage license
-Officiant’s fee and travel expenses
-Bride’s bouquet and going-away corsage
-Corsages for the mothers and grandmothers
-Boutonnieres, gloves and ties for the men of the wedding party
-Wedding gift for the bride
-Limousine expense leaving reception — or for the day
-Wedding night accommodations
-Honeymoon trip
-Gifts for the best man and groomsmen
-Shipment of the wedding gifts to the couple’s home
-Lodging or arrangements for out-of-town groomsmen
-Rehearsal dinner

The Bride:
-Groom’s wedding ring
-Groom’s gift
-Gifts for the bride’s attendants
-Thank you gift for parents
-Bridesmaid’s luncheon (optional event)

Other Expenses:
-Engagement parties may be hosted by each set of parents or friends
-Groom’s family or engaged couple may co-host or host the entire wedding event
-The groom’s family or friends usually give the bachelor dinner or partySouthern bride and Groom Modern NC wedding by Jamie Blow Photography

Who pays for what for a wedding might be just the first of many questions that come up when planning your day. Peruse our BLOG for other advice columns, and of course, lots of inspirational eye-candy!

If you are getting married in NC, we’d also love for you to check out our Preferred Vendors. SB&G has been the trusted wedding planning resource for our region for 30 years and has the most extensive VENUE GUIDE spanning from the NC Triad, across the Greater Triangle and to the Coast. Our region has great options for DESTINATION WEDDINGS too!

Minimalist Neutral Wedding at The Merrimon-Wynne House

Nerea & Richard

Nerea and Richard are avid travelers and adventurers who envisioned a minimalist and simple wedding that shared their love of world traveling. The Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, NC served as the picture perfect venue for the beautiful couple. The bride and groom chose a neutral pallet that could be easily mixed and matched in all aspects of their wedding decor and attire.

Uniformed Service sword arch at NC wedding venue Casey Rose

Nerea and Richard met through a cycling club. They were set up on a bike ride together and the rest is history! Richard proposed to Nerea on a rooftop terrace in Bosphorous in Istanbul, Turkey.

Their soft neutral color scheme meshed stunningly with the venue’s southern charm. The couple fell in love with The Merrimon-Wynne House and the bride shared “they were the utmost of professionals and made everything incredibly easy.”

Minimalist Neutral Wedding at The Merrimon-Wynne House

Merrimon Wynne House Wedding Venue in NC Casey Rose

Bridal Accessories photograph shot with perfume at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose
Bridal Gown hanging at Merrimon Wynne House Raleigh Venue Casey Rose

bride holding a Bridal Bouquet with white and blushes at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

Blush and Cream Bridal Spring Bouquet at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose
Bride putting shoes on at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

The bride wanted her bridesmaids to feel comfortable and let them pick their own dresses while staying in a neutral color palette. “I wanted my bridesmaids to have the ultimate choice and flexibility when choosing their dresses. It worked out wonderfully and they all looked gorgeous,” shared Nerea.

Mismatched neutral bridesmaids dresses at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

Bridesmaids in mismatching neutrals dresses at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

With their neutral theme the bride and groom chose natural film photographer, Casey Rose Photography. The bride said, “Casey is the best! She’s not only a gifted photographer, but I feel lucky enough to consider her a friend. She made everyone feel at ease and natural.”

Bridemaids with spring bouquets in neutrals at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

Uniformed Service Army Groom at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose
Bride and Flower Girl at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

Bride and Groom in Army uniform special moment kissing at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

Bride and Groom in Army uniform kissing at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose
Bride and Army Groom in front at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

Travel Enthusiast Wedding Reception

The couple are world travelers and seek out adventure in their lives and wanted to incorporate this passion within their wedding. They had their tables named after places they have visited and their seating chart was a world map showing their travels.

Chandeliers at Merrimon wynne house Casey Rose
Travel Themed Table Settings Casey Rose
Simple wedding cake at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose

Nerea is currently a helicopter pilot in the Army and teaching at West Point and Richard serves in the Army Reserves while also working with a non-profit along the Hudson River. Thank you both for your service!

Exit with sparklers with bride and groom at Merrimon Wynne Casey Rose


SB&G Preferred Vendors

VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Casey Rose Photography

Other Vendors:

Planner: Martha Stilwell | Minister: Father Gerry Blaszczak | Rehearsal Dinner: The Stag’s Head | Gown: Aire/Rosa Clara | Hair & Makeup: Liz Perniciaro | Invitations: E-Vites | Musicians: Bunn DJ Company

Check out our previous real wedding at The Merrimon-Wynne House!

Garnet Equestrian Inspired Wedding Party

Wedding Reception Inspiration

This hunting themed design by The English Garden uses rich garnet colors in the flower design and linens from Party Reflections. The bride wears a daring and darling two-piece gown from Alexia’s Bridal and poses with her riding gear. A vintage bracelet and ring form Bailey’s Fine Jewelry and a burberry styled menu from One + Only Paper add distinctive details.

Hunting Theme red floral arrangements with yellow by English Garden of Raleigh, KMJ

This spectacular chandelier from Get Lit Special Event Lightning was adorned in complementary garnet florals to bring life to the pergola that stood above the inspirational table. A mixture of colored and textured glassware from Party Reflections perfectly pairs with the floral arrangements from The English Garden.

Rich garnet colored florals with hanging chandelier from get lit by English Garden of Raleigh, KMJ
Table red florals for outdoor wedding by English Garden of Raleigh, KMJ

Embrace the romance of this wedding pergola repurposed as an intimate wedding party table on the verdant lawn of The Merrimon-Wynne House. The English Garden themed this glorious table with a hunting club stately ambiance including crystal and fine china accents. They added a surprise mix of cultivated and wild flowers in rusty reds, antique greens and golds.

Floral Pergola and changelier over hunting themed table by English Garden of Raleigh, KMJ

One + Only Paper created a burberry styled menu that paired impeccably with the garnet colored linens and floral arrangements. The collection of textured and colored glass and fine china all meshed beautifully to create this hunting inspired theme.

Plaid menu on red linen by One and Only paper by English Garden of Raleigh, KMJ
Rich garnet florals by English Garden of Raleigh, KMJ

Garnet reds with hanging chandelier over red table by English Garden of Raleigh, KMJ

small floral arrangement on back of chair at wedding by English Garden of Raleigh, KMJ
Bride holding large garnet bridal bouquet by English Garden of Raleigh, KMJ

The English Garden created a bountiful bridal bouquet that perfectly coincided with the floral decor of the table and venue. With rusty reds, wild flowers, and beautifully arranged green leaves, this bridal bouquet was a piece of living art.

Bridal bouquet with dark reds and peaches by English Garden of Raleigh, KMJ

The bride wore a beautifully unique two-piece gown from Alexia’s Bridal. The dress was a fun take on a classic wedding look. Paired with beautifully vintage pieces from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, this look was everything and more!

Bridal vintage jewelry by Baileys KMJ photo
Bride in two piece gown by Alexias bridal holding bouquet by English Garden of Raleigh, KMJ

Two piece bridal gown by Alexias bridal holding large bouquet by English Garden of Raleigh, KMJ

SB&G Preferred Vendors

FLORAL DESIGN & CONTAINERS: The English Garden | PERGOLA & CHANDELIER: Get Lit Special Event Lighting | RENTALS OF CHAIRS, GLASSWARE, FLATWARE & LINEN: Party Reflections | GOWN: Alexia’s Bridal | THEMED CHINA & JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | MENUS & PLACE CARDS: One + Only Paper | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House |  PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography


Rustic-Chic Neutral Wedding at Market Hall

Allison & Broc

Allison and Broc met when they were 16 years old in the first and only class they would ever have together. Broc asked Allison to homecoming and 9 years later asked her to be his wife. With the help of all their wonderful vendors and a friend of the bride’s mother, their vision of a rustic-chic neutral wedding at Market Hall in Raleigh, NC came to life.

Bride and Groom walking with wedding party MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Broc had planned to propose one night while at his family’s house in Emerald Isle but got too nervous and held off until the next day. Allison and Broc had always talked about taking a romantic walk on the beach during the sunrise. Allison had woke up early one morning and Broc knew this would be a perfect opportunity to pop the question. He dropped down on one knee in the sand and proposed with a ring that was created from diamonds from both his Aunt and Mother’s rings.

Simply Paper Co delicate invitations for MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Getting Ready

Bride and Bridal Party in floral robes getting ready at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Bride getting bridal gown on in NC wedding at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts
Bridesmaids look at bride in sotterro midgely dress from bridal boutique of NC MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Grooms with deployed groosman getting ready for wedding MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

The couple wanted a rustic-chic theme with the main colors being gray, sage green and peach. The bridesmaids wore long sage green Allure gowns paired with beautiful spring bouquets that had touches of pinks and peaches by Artfully Arranged. The groomsmen wore classic sharp navy suits and corresponding boutonnieres.

Bride with Bridesmaids in neutral greys by Allure at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Spring Bouqutes by Artfully Arranged a NC florist at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Groom and Grooms Party in dark blue suits MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Ceremony at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, NC

Groom dip kissing bride at Sacred Heart Cathedral wedding MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Bride and Groom after wedding at Sacred Heart Cathedral in NC wedding Annie Watts

The couple went with natural light photography with Annie Watts Photography, who was assisted by Luxe and Pine Photography. Allison shared “She was amazing! She has such a calm spirit about her that seemed to deflect on me during the wedding day – and not to mention her pictures are flawless!”

Bride and Groom on Cobblestone at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts
Bride in Sotterro and Midgely dress and Groom in Navy Suit MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Beautiful bride with flowing veil and groom embrace at Market Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Artfully Arranged Spring bouquet with blush orange and creams MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts
Bride in Sotterro and Midgely with spring bouquet by artfully arranged at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Rustic-Glam Reception at Market Hall in Raleigh, NC

Allison said their main concern was they “wanted everyone to have fun!” They kept that thought in mind when choosing Market Hall in Raleigh, picking their food and beverage selection and their songs they wanted everyone to dance to.

Table Number Assignment at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Allison and Broc used Catering Works for their catering at their reception and were beyond happy with that decision. The bride said, “I couldn’t say enough about this company – working with them was honestly a life saver!” The couple also used Catering Works for their wedding cake. Their cake was a lemon base with lemon curd and almond butter that was lightly iced to give it a natural look to go with their theme.

Gold detail tablescape by CE Rental and Catering Works MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts
Gold detail CE Rentals and Catering Works Catering with pink florals MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

Naked Cake trend by Catering works at MArket Hall Wedding in NC Annie Watts

SB&G Preferred Vendors

VENUE: Market Hall | CATERER: Catering Works | WEDDING CAKE: Pastry Works | BRIDESMAIDS LUNCHEON: Rocky Top Catering (won at the March for Brides by Diamond’s Direct!)

Other Vendors:

Photographer: Annie Watts Photography with assistant shooter from Luxe and Pine Photography | Rehearsal Dinner: Cafe Luna | Gown: Sottero and Midgely from Bridal Boutique of NC | Bridesmaids Dresses: Allure | Hair and Makeup: The Makeup Culture | Bridal Shoes: Nina | Bridal Jewelry: Etsy | Florist: Artfully Arranged | Invitations: Simply Paper Co | Reception Music: All Events DJ | Rentals: CE Rentals | Transportation: Smith Limousines

Blushing Floral Dessert Table Decor

Dessert Table Inspiration

Floral Dimensions shows us the dramatic beauty that floral design can add to your dessert table, creating one of the most gorgeous décor elements of the room. These giant floral and greenery wreaths are hung above the table and visible from every direction. The yummy and lovely desserts will be anticipated by all and the presentation couldn’t be more delightful!

Dessert Table with florals by Floral Dimensions KAtherine Miles Jones

Sugar Euphoria, based in the Raleigh, NC area, is known for designing exquisite wedding cakes as well as custom dessert bars for your celebration. They created a beautiful array of cakes and treats for this naturally sweet dessert display!

Hanging Blush and Green Floral Arrangements from Floral Dimensions and dessert table in sweet yet dramatic inspired wedding, Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Wedding Dessert table in blush theme colors Floral Dimensions KAtherine Miles Jones

Durham, NC based wedding florist, Floral Dimensions designed a hanging floral display with the help of Get Lit Special Event Lighting. Having an arrangement hanging above the table allowed the beautiful flowers and greenery to be viewed from anywhere in the room and really brought together the table as a place to mix and mingle while enjoying an array of desserts for the reception. They used a beautiful blush colored ribbon to hang the wreath floral arrangement which perfectly complimented the color scheme.

Hanging Floral Display with blush florals and ribbon accent Floral Dimensions KAtherine Miles Jones

Sugar Euphoria Alternative Desserts Cupcakes and Macarons KAtherine Miles Jones
White Cake from Sugar Euphoria with Blush flowers and vines by Floral Dimensions, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Floral Dimensions used fresh flowers to completely transform the desserts on the table. Each cake was draped and adorned with roses, vines and greenery that perfectly coincided with the floral arrangements in the hanging wreath as well as each vase.

Happily Ever After Cake Topper on nearly naked white cake with blush flower accents by Floral Dimension, Katherine Miles Jones

Naked Cake Trend by Sugar Euphoria Floral Dimensions KAtherine Miles Jones

Alternative Dessert Cake Pops by Sugar Euphoria Floral Dimensions KAtherine Miles Jones
Blush rose and white with black Anemone in arrangement by Floral Dimensions, a NC florist, Katherine Miles Jones

Close Up of Blush rose and white with black Anemone in bouquet by Floral Dimensions, a NC florist, Katherine Miles Jones

The bridal bouquet was a thing of pure magic! Using the same florals that can be found all around the venue, Floral Dimensions created a bountiful collection of florals to compliment the bride’s tulle and lace Hayley Paige gown from Coastal Knot Bridal and stunningly elegant earrings from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.

Bride in hayley paige from coastal knot with blush bouquet Floral Dimensions KAtherine Miles Jones
Blush bridal bouquet Floral Dimensions KAtherine Miles Jones

Hayley Page Wedding Dress from Coastal Knot KMJ Photo

Bride holding spring blush bouquet from Floral Dimensions photography by Katherine Miles Jones Photography

SB&G Preferred Vendors

FLORAL DESIGN: Floral Dimensions | SIGNS: Floral Dimensions Stationary Studio | DESSERTS: Sugar Euphoria | GLASSWARE, CHINA, & LINEN: American Party Rentals | WREATH BASE: Get Lit Special Event Lighting | GOWN: Hayley Paige from Coastal Knot Bridal | JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Summer Wedding Catering Trends

Summer Catering in NC

Summer is around the corner and wedding season is among us. That means finding the right seasonal fare to serve at your wedding! Depending where you are located, that could mean different things. We brought together some of our favorite local North Carolina caterers and are sharing some of the top Summer wedding catering trends!

Summer Wedding Catering Trends Seafood boil by Donovans Dish Riley MacLean

Seafood Casual

If you are anywhere near the North Carolina coast you know that seafood is a must have. We have some of the best and freshest catches around! Donovan’s Dish shared with us this casual seafood boil that is sure to bring together any family. Having such an informal yet stunning way of presenting a classic meal is perfect for any North Carolina bride and groom!

Summer Wedding Catering Trend Seafood in Mediterranean Flavor by Parizade Riley MacLean

Seafood Fine Dining

In the other spectrum is a more traditional presentation of a classic seafood meal. Parizade put a mediterranean spin on this seafood dish and made a summer dish just that much more summery. For the bride and groom that doesnt want to get their fingers dirty, this option is just what you are looking for!

Summer Wedding Catering Trends, bright accents by Rocky Top Catering, Riley MacLean

Bright Accents

Rocky Top Catering transformed a cold weather dish, curry, into a Summer favorite. They created an amazing shrimp curry to go with the season and accented it with bright colors to perfectly blend in with a Summer wedding. You can easily turn any dull dish into a bright plate with the help of some sauces or seasonal flowers.

Summer Wedding Catering Trends Sliders by Southern Harvest Riley MacLean

Summer Sliders

Sliders are no new trend, but pulling together colorful sliders like these pork belly, portobello and crab cake bites from Southern Harvest Catering, give a non exciting dish a Summer overhaul. Using vegetables that are in season and fresh only grow your guests hunger when they see them coming around at your wedding!

Summer Wedding Catering Trends Unique Salads by Catering Works Riley MacLean

Unique Salads

Salads are a common item on the wedding menu. Spice things up by having a not-so-traditional type of salad. Catering Works created this frisee salad with a shrimp cocktail and pistachio vinaigrette. Not only is it aesthetically beautiful, it is the perfect light Summer dish.

Summer Wedding Catering Trends Oyster by Rocky Top Riley MacLean


Oysters are really hitting their stride right now. New oyster bars are popping up left and right and we just can’t get enough of them! Rocky Top Catering took their oyster presentation to a new level with these oysters in 6 different ways. These are perfect for cocktail hour at any formal wedding. You can also have raw oysters for a more casual reception.


Photography by Riley MacLean Photography

Feminine Fairytale NC Wedding at Graylyn Estate

Amber & Deon

Amber & Deon may be traveling the world, but they returned to the state their love began, North Carolina, to exchange vows in front of their loved ones. With the help of Nouveau Events, the couple was able to create a unique yet intimate setting for their guests at Graylyn Estate. With blushes, golds, creams and a pop of rose gold, the wedding was a feminine fairytale, which was fitting since their relationship is a true fairytale romance.

Amber and Deon met in an English class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After two years of friendship they began dating and seven years later Deon popped the question.



Bride and groom in nc wedding venue at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Deon, a starter on the 2009 National Championship Tar Heels basketball team, has been playing professional abroad since college. Amber has been along with him for this exciting ride as he has played in Europe, China, Israel, and now Istanbul. These world travelers were on a vacation to Zanzibar, Tanzania, when Deon proposed and they embarked on their biggest adventure yet!

simple and classic wedding invitation from wedding paper divas at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Getting Ready

Bridal shoes and jewelry with delicate blush bouquet, Southern Love Studios

Although this bride is a natural planner, she was beyond pleased that she chose to enlist Nouveau Events as her coordinator. She told us that, “Monica is an exquisite wedding planner and an even better person. She handled all the unnecessary tasks that I did not need to worry about on my wedding day, and helped bring my wedding together like the perfect bow on a present.”

Traditions by Anna Matthew Christopher Gown hanging at Graylyn Estate Southern Love Studios
Gold Sequin Bridemaids dress from Rent The Runway Badgley Mischka Southern Love Studios

Bridesmaids in floral robes at wedding at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Bride in strapless gown with blush and white bouquet at NC wedding at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios
Bride in strapless gown from back at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

“From the moment I met Brandon from Southern Love Studios, I knew I made the right choice for a wedding photographer. He is an amazing artist with a keen eye,” expressed Amber.

Stunning bride in straples gown going down staircase at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Bride and Groom first look at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios
Emotional moment at first look at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Stunningly Unique NC Outdoor Ceremony

Wedding welcome sign with leaves and gold font at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Amber and Deon’s friend and pastor from their time living in Jerusalem held the honor of marrying the couple. It meant the world to them to have friends from coast to coast in the U.S., as well as from the other side of the world, in one setting to witness their love and spiritual faith in God.

outdoor ceremony at NC wedding venue with flower petal aisle at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Wedding party in black suits and gold dresses at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Bride and groom in beautiful photograph at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios
Bride and Groom in enchanting moment at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Old Estate Home Reception

The guests experiences different nooks of the castle-like Graylyn Estate as they moved from the garden for the ceremony to various rooms indoor for cocktails, dining, and dancing. They even utilized a balcony for the cake cutting.

Wedding Paper Tablecards displayed on moss wall at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Table numbers on live moss wall at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Wedding tablescape with tall floral arranagements at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios
Classic table decor with glitter table numbers and pink florals at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Outdoor reception in NC wedding venue at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

White classic wedding cake by Regi Originals at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Grand Exit

Grand exit at NC wedding at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios

Bride and groom walking in golden hour at Graylyn Estate, Southern Love Studios




Rehearsal Dinner: Fratelli’s| Videographer: Indatainment Media Consultants | Bridal Gown: Traditions by Anna, Matthew Christopher Gown | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Rent the Runway, Badgley Mischka | Men’s Formalwear: Calvin Klein | Florist: Green Bee Floral Designs | Cake: Regi Originals | Invitations & Wedding Papers: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Musicians: Elegant Ensembles | Reception Music: (live or DJ) K9 Productions | Transportation: Fantasy Limo | Hair & Makeup: Updo’s Studio | Wedding Favors: BeauCoup and One Stop Wine Shop | Bridal Registry: Crate & Barrel, Target

Floral Inspiration from NCMA’s Art in Bloom 2017

Art in Bloom 2017

Every year the North Carolina Museum of Art holds it Art in Bloom event to support the NCMA Foundation. Art in Bloom allows both local floral artists to showcase their talent and creativity and also for the public to have the opportunity to view all of these amazing artists in one place.

Every year the event features over 50 floral interpretations of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. The NCMA became a fragrant garden for all to enjoy over the Art in Bloom weekend. In addition, this year the event featured the Horti-Couture Fresh Flowers Fashion on Stage, a live fashion show that displayed the floral art in action.

Art in Bloom Horti Couture Fashion show f8 Photo Studios

The English Garden created this bride inspired wearable art. The quilt signifies the joining of families and has orchids woven within the fabric. The English Garden paired the quilt with a Tahitian inspired headpiece with leaves and orchids and completed the look with a matching bridal bouquet.

English Garden bride creation for Art in Bloom NCMA Couture Fashion Show f8 Photo Studios
English Garden Bride Inspired Tropical Fashion Design at NCMA Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

The floral artists tool the audience on a journey of fashion inspired by Tahitian elements such as volcanoes, water and birds. The fashion show also reflected various events – they hosted not only wedding scene, but had other sections including everything from beach-ware to formal attire. The creativity by these florists was astounding, and these designs can be admired and used for inspiration for anything from tropical themed weddings, to vibrant household decor.

NCMA Art in Bloom fashion Show waterfall Headpiece f8 Photo Studios

Intricate greenery dress and large headpiece at NCMA Art in Bloom fashion show f8 Photo Studios
Tropical and Feather Floral Headpiece at Art in bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

NCMA transformed its gallery into an array of living art when over 50 pieces from their collection were inspirations for creations by local floral artists.

Bloom Works created this spectacular arrangement that was inspired by Double Jar with Central Handle. They used curly willow to recreated the jars and filled it with an array of spray button mums amongst other florals and leaves.

BloomWorks 2 at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

Watered Garden Art Intallation at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

Each florist was assigned a painting or sculpture from NCMA’s permanent collection, and their design was inspired by that artwork. Some florists took the art literally (like English Garden’s dress design below) and others are more subtle interpretations that reflect the colors, textures, and movement of the inspirational piece. Below, at left, a design by SB&G preferred florist, Eclectic Sage. At right, designed by La Residence – an SB&G preferred venue – a fine French Restaurant in Chapel Hill, that has an onsite floral garden (which they use for onsite weddings).

Eclectic Sage Art installation inspired by Six Women at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios
La Residence Florists in Chapel Hill art installation at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

The Torso of Aphrodite inspired this work of art by Bowerbird Flowers and Apothecary. With flowers like roses, spirea, tulips, calla lillies and many more, their floral arrangement flourished with colors and textures – creating an absolute masterpiece.

Bowerbird Flowers and Apothecary in Durham at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

On the left Bloom Works also created this cascading floral art installation that was inspired by the untitled work by Joel Elias Shapiro at NCMA. They used escheveria, aloe, equisetum, typha, umbrella papyrus and allium to tie this piece of art together.

The spectacular floral dress was created by non other than The English Garden in Raleigh, NC. Magnolia, peonies, hydrangea and roses were amongst the blooms used to create this one-of-a-kind exquisite piece of art. Frames with ancestors were hung around the dress to take the viewer on a historical journey through time.

Bloom Works Art Installation at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios
English Garden of Raleigh at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

English Garden Art Work at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

Thank you to our wonderful photographer f8 Photo Studios. Cara Galati is an SB&G Preferred wedding photographer based in Raleigh, and we had a blast exploring this exhibit with her!

Beautifully Subdued Nautical Wedding in Nags Head

Jenna & Christian

Jenna and Chris welcomed their family to their home to celebrate their beautifully subdued nautical wedding in Nags Head, NC. The bride and groom opted to forgo a color theme and go with a natural nautical look. With light blush, cremes and grays, the wedding party perfectly complimented the stunning coast line around them.

Nags head beach wedding with grey suits and blush bridesmaids Sarah D’ambra

Christian didn’t waste any time calling Jenna after she gave him her number at the gym one day. The phone rang that night and kick-started their seven-year relationship before Christian proposed at the end of their first ultramarathon together, on the JFK 50 mile.

There was a subdued rustic nautical look to the wedding, which took place along the gorgeous coastline of the Outer Banks. Jenna and Christian were excited to share their home of Nags Head with their friends and families – including the groom’s nine siblings. Guest rented houses the week of the wedding so they could spend extra time celebrating.

Wilmington Beach Wedding Invitation with wedding jewelry Sarah D’ambra

Bride and groom at Jennettes Pier in Nags Head Sarah D’ambra

Sarah D’Ambra Photography complimented this beautiful couple with her unique eye and ability to catch the the bride and groom in genuine moments. Jenna described Sarah D’Ambra Photography as “a fun and creative team of sisters with laid back personalities.”

Bride and Groom at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head for Wedding, Sarah D'Ambra

The bride glowed in her Maggie Sottero gown next to her dapper groom in a Vera Wang tux. Groomsmen were dressed in grey suits to compliment the bridemaids’ light pink Novelle Amsale dresses.

Bride in Maggie Sottero gown and groom in classic tuxedo on nags head beach wedding Sarah D’ambra

Sugar Snap Events white and blush rose floral bouquet on nags head beach Sarah D’ambra

Laughing wedding party in NAgs Head wedding Sarah D'Ambra

Jenna and Christian both love Jennette’s Pier and knew it was their first choice to join in marriage. Jenna described it as “a perfect venue.” Decorations did not have to be extravagant because it is beautiful inside and offers a scenic outside deck view of the Atlantic Ocean. “We tried to look at other venues, however, there was no comparison!”

Nags Head NC Wedding Bride and Groom on Jennettes Pier NC Wedding photographer Sarah D'ambra

Bride and Groom kissing at Jennettes Pier

Nags Head Beach wedding with blush and grey wedding party by Sarah D’ambra

Wedding Table with White hydrangeas at Jennettes Pier in Nags head NC wedding photographer Sarah D'Ambra

Bride and Groom first dance at Nags head wedding NC wedding photographer Sarah D'Ambra

Wedding Cake by Atlantic Cakes on dessert table at Jennettes Pier in Nags Head Sarah D’ambra

Champagne toast for bride and groom at Jennettes Pier in Nags Head NC wedding photographer Sarah D'Ambra

Bride and Groom walking hand in hand on nags head beach Sarah D’ambra

SB&G Preferred Vendors:

RECEPTION: Jennette’s Pier | PHOTOGRAPHER: Sarah D’Ambra Photography | BRIDAL REGISTRY: Belk

Other Vendors:

Coordinator: Brenda Ziegler | Rehearsal Dinner and Caterer: Lone Cedar Basnights | Ceremony: Holy Trinity by the Sea | Minister: Father Luis Rodriguez | Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero from Poffie Girls | Bridal Shoes: Jack Rogers | Bridesmaid’ Dresses: Nouvelle Amsale – Nordstrom | Florist: Sugar Snap Events | Cake: Atlantic Cakes | Ceremony Music: John Buford | Reception Music: John Harper | Party Rentals: Ocean Atlantic Rentals, Beer Nanny | Hair: Hot Heads

Blush and Gold Romantic Wedding at Market Hall

Athina & Graham

Romance was in the air for this beaming couple on their wedding day at Market Hall in Raleigh, NC. While Athina and Graham didn’t want to have a “theme” at their wedding, they knew they wanted to keep things simple and romantic. With blush, gold and cream tones, their wedding, planned by Sally Oakley Wedding & Events, was beyond stunningly romantic.

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Athina and Graham met as interns and knew immediately there was something special about their relationship. After about 3 years Graham proposed as they were walking into the Angus Barn to celebrate their anniversary.

Gold and blush wedding invitations for NC Market Hall wedding by Sally Oakley, Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Getting Ready For Wedding at Market Hall

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Bride with veil putting on earrings getting ready shot Missy Loves Jerry Photography
Bride and mother of bride intimate moment getting ready photo Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Some of the best photographs from a wedding are catching true emotion from the bride and groom. When asked what the bride’s favorite moment was she shared, “our first look when we got to see each other for the first time before the ceremony and share in that moment just the two of us.”

Market Hall Raleigh NC Wedding First look photo by Missy Loves Jerry Photography

First look for bride and groom shot at Market Hall Raleigh wedding by Missy Loves Jerry Photography
Bride and Groom in downtown Raleigh Wedding Missy Loves Jerry Photography

The couple went with an airy and romantic photography style by Missy of Missy Loves Jerry Photography. The bride said, “We absolutely loved working with Missy and Jerry! Their warm and positive personalities made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera and they captured some beautiful moments of our wedding day!”

Bride and groom embrace at wedding at Market Hall Raleigh Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Bride in downtown raleigh at MArket hall Missy Loves Jerry Photography
White and pale blush by Raleigh NC florist Victorian Seasons Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Blush & Navy Wedding Party

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Blush bridesmaids with white and blush bouquets by Victorian Seasons Missy Loves Jerry Photography_1

Groomsmen in navy blue and bowties downtown raleigh wedding Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Wedding party in blush and groomsmen in navy in market hall raleigh wedding Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Romantic Ceremony at Market Hall

Linen and greenery arbor with floor candle decor for wedding at Market Hall Raleigh NC Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Saying I do at Market HAll wedding by Sally Oakley Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Bride and Groom first kiss at Market Hall wedding in Raleigh by Sally Oakley Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Blush and Cream Infused Wedding Reception at Market Hall

Mr and Mrs chalkboard art for bride and groom table at market hall in raleigh, Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Raleigh NC Market Hall Reception with hanging lights by CE Rentals Missy Loves Jerry Photography

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The bride had one must have request, “I was dead-set on having my favorite bakery make our wedding cake!” She got her wish and Maxie B’s created a beautifully elegant white and floral cake for their special day. Their wedding was completed with personalized cookies by Sweet Stuff by Meredith for all of the guests.

Alternative Dessert Monogram Cookie Wedding Favor Missy Loves Jerry Photography
Cake table with white and floral cake by Maxie Bs at Raleigh Wedding Missy Loves Jerry Photography

White and gold accents for wedding table with mirror table numbers, Missy Loves Jerry Photography

Athina and Graham worked with Sally Oakley Wedding & Events for their special day. “Sally was phenomenal to work with. She was super energetic and fun while also being very organized in order to make sure our wedding day ran seamlessly,” said Athina.

Bride and groom high five Missy Loves Jerry Photography

beautiful exit shot of bride and groom at market hall missy loves jerry

SB&G Preferred Vendors:

WEDDING PLANNER: Sally Oakley Wedding & Events | VENUE: Market Hall at City Market | CATERER: 214 Martin Street Catering 

Other Vendors:

FLORIST: Victorian Seasons | PHOTOGRAPHY: Missy Loves Photography | CAKE: Maxie B’s | CEREMONY MUSICIAN: Arioso Strings | FAVORS: Sweet Stuff by Meredith | MINISTER: Ed Sansbury | RENTALS: CE Rentals