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Raleigh Wedding Pros Compete at Triangle NACE for Best Themed Styled Shoot

What do you get when wedding professionals are given a pile of props and 15 minutes to throw together a styled shoot? Magic!

Wedding-themed styled shoots are all the rage these days. They are a wonderful way for wedding professionals to showcase their talent, creativity, and the latest styles and trends.

Triangle NACE, an organization of local event professionals which SB&G has belonged to for many years, themed their monthly chapter monthly meeting on this subject. The event last week took place at The Stockroom at 230 in downtown Raleigh, one of SB&G‘s favorite venues! Donna and Jenna of Southern Bride and Groom, along with our friends from Weddings Magazine, spoke on a panel to discuss tips on how to get styled shoots published.

Two of our SB&G Preferred Vendors conceived and planned this event – Dana Cadwell from C & D Events, and Triangle NACE Programs Chair Jennifer Buenviaje of Makeup for Your Day.

Soigne Events was the featured caterer at this event and did a beautiful job with the local fare. The University Club provided libations and a signature cocktail, and dessert was from The Cupcake Shoppe and The Freezing Pointe. The Stockroom looked gorgeous with entrance arrangements by North Raleigh Florist and table arrangements by Artfully Arranged, and furniture from Themeworks. Spin provided the production, and Fancy This Photography chronicled the evening’s events.
The Stockroom Raleigh event venueRaleigh wedding professionals mixerNACE Triangle Chapter meetingsWedding inspiration at The Stockroom RaleighLearning about PR Strategy in RaleighSouthern Bride and Groom at NACENACE catering and entertainment professionalsNACE Triangle Chapter in RaleighMix and mingle with wedding planning professionalsGold plates at Raleigh wedding venueLearning about styled shoots for magazinesNACE wedding industry meetingsGhost chairs and white linen for weddingEvents at The Stockroom at 230After the presentation, tables were surprised by the announcement that there would be an on-site styled shoot contest! Each table was sent upstairs to The Glass Box to collect materials and come up with their own styled shoot design in under 20 minutes. There were six teams who tackled three different themes: Bohemian, High Drama and Romantic and Sweet.

Here at SB&G, we viewed the photographers’ images of completed designs from each styled shoot and judged our favorite. We agreed on a bright bohemian themed shoot captured on the rooftop of The Glass Box. What makes this shoot so stunning is the lush colorful floral arrangements, attention to detail on the table including vintage elements, fashion selection and the overall presentation of the theme. It’s fun while still romantic and perfect inspiration for a modern bohemian bride! Check out images from the winning shoot below.

SB&G’s Pick for Best Styled Shoot: Bohemian Wedding ThemeBright flowers in Bohemian weddingThe Glass Box balconyPhotos on the rooftop balcony at The Glass Box RaleighColorful bohemian weddingVintage decor in weddingsWedding styled shoot ideasrustic wedding table ideasBohemian themed wedding styled shootPhotos above by Fancy This Photography

Truthfully, we were impressed with the creative designs all six teams came up with in such quick time frame! Here are a few images of the remaining teams in each category. Great job to everyone who took part!

Bridal shoot on Raleigh rooftopBohemian vintage wedding inspirationGreenhouse Picker Sisters decorPhotos above: Adam Chapin

Romantic and Sweet
Styled shoot at The Glass BoxRomantic wedding inspirationPink wedding colorsPhotos above: Adam Chapin

Romantic and Sweet
Gay wedding inspirationGay weddings RaleighRaleigh NC venues with a viewPhotos above: Red Bridge Photography

High Drama
High impact wedding table designNACE chapter meeting events
Photos above: Red Bridge Photography

High Drama
Gold wedding detailsJewel toned wedding inspiration
Photos above: Fancy This Photography

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Classic Summer Americana Floral Inspiration from Flowers by Gary

Southern Bride & Groom is excited to share some of our favorite photos, including many not seen in print, from the floral designers featured in our 2016 magazine. Today, we’re featuring a classic summer Americana floral display from Flowers by Gary.

Traditional colors of red, white and blue combined with vintage details like classic coke bottles and handmade pinwheels, create a classic Americana theme for this inviting display from Flowers by Gary. It’s a theme that’s perfect for a summer celebration! A tall centerpiece with local flowers, including rich red roses, cute white Gerbera daisies and rustic blue thistle are complemented with a touch of ivory and lamb’s ear in the bride’s classic bouquet. The bride models a sheer-sleeved laced gown from Savvi in front of Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus in Durham.

Flowers by Gary is a Durham shop owned by Gary Corsi-OConnor, an award-winning, North Carolina Certified Professional Florist through the North Carolina State Florist Association with over 25 years of experience. Gary is also a member of the Society of American Florists and President of the local Northern Piedmont Florist Association. The exemplary staff at Flowers by Gary will work one-on-one with couples to create a gorgeous, custom floral design for their wedding day.
Wedding lights and flowers at Bay 7 DurhamDurham floristsTraditional wedding Flowers by Gary Chapel HillRed white and blue table ideasRed white and blue July 4 weddingAmericana themed partyWedding photos at American Tobacco DurhamFLORAL DESIGN Flowers by Gary | TABLETOP, LINEN & CHAIRS American Party Rentals | RED PLATES Southern Season | MENUS & NAME CARDS Cute Buttons | GOWN Savvi Bridal | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Mina’s Studio | VENUE Bay 7 at American Tobacco | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters

SB&G’s Green Wedding Themed Event at The Mayton Inn in downtown Cary

Each spring, Southern Bride and Groom hosts a Customer Appreciation event to celebrate all of our talented preferred wedding vendors.

This year, the luncheon was held at the brand new luxury boutique hotel, The Mayton Inn, in downtown Cary, NC, and the theme was sustainability. Green weddings are a growing trend, and venues like The Mayton Inn follow environmentally-responsible business practices and are built with that very mission in mind.
plantable wedding invitationsWhere to stay in Cary NCThe Georgian-style hotel encompasses a luxury atmosphere along with green technologies in all aspects of the new construction building. The 44 rooms and public spaces are dressed with custom features and furniture that was made in High Point, NC just for the Inn. Green technology, such as solar panels on the roof and a rainwater cistern to keep the landscape lush during a drought, make it a great choice for the eco-concious bride.

The hotel also features a lounge, full bar and restaurant, event spaces, a spa and an outdoor terrace. The Inn offers afternoon tea, as well as turndown service for guests with port and chocolates. A gourmet hot breakfast is served to hotel guests every morning in the full service restaurant.
weddings and events at The Mayton Inn Cary NCDining at The Mayton Inn CaryLunch at The Mayton Inn Cary NCOn our menu was chilled honeydew and basil soup, followed by a choice of three entrees: pan-seared chicken breast with haricots verts & tarragon roasted bliss potatoes; pan-seared mahi with spring vegetable succotash and sautéed spinach, or farmers market vegetables and Anson Mill grits with smoked tomato jus, fennel and sweet onion salad.

For dessert, Edible Art Bakery provided delicious individual-sized key lime pies and fruit tarts that flew off the dessert table in no time!
Fruit tarts from Edible Art Bakery RaleighTo bring out the natural beauty and the clean, crisp look of Mayton Inn’s dining room and event space, Victorian Seasons created simple and elegant white tulip centerpieces (oh so perfect for a spring wedding soiree!). Light pastel blue containers were courtesy of Table of Contents and the stunning silver chargers were from American Party Rentals.
Simple flower centerpiecesCary NC wedding eventsSilver and blue table setting ideasLocal NC honey party favorsEvents at The Mayton Inn Cary NCFrom start to finish, SB&G carried out a green-themed event. We mailed plantable seeded invitations and encouraged our guests to plant them in the garden where they would sprout a variety of herbs! The invites and calligraphy on them (and the menus) was provided by The Obique Pen.

Guests were also encouraged to bring clothes to donate to the Durham Rescue Mission and Dress for Success. Thanks to their kind donations, we made a delivery of very nice clothes to both locations.

At the end of the lunch, our guests parted with sweet small jars of local North Carolina honey from Bumble & Branch. It’s a perfect party favor for both an elegant affair or a rustic wedding with a focus on local goods.
Bumble and Branch honey jarsPhotographs from the day were taken by Casey Rose Photography on film, which give them a gorgeous glow. She’s a hybrid photographer, doing both digital and film, and is very talented at both. We can’t thank her, and everyone else involved, for making this year’s luncheon a successful and enjoyable event. Thanks also to all of our wonderful wedding vendors who make our magazine shine because of the truly great work they do every day!
White and metallic wedding colorsSouthern Bride and Groom Magazine publisherswedding planning vendors RaleighSouthern Bride and Groom wedding industry eventBest wedding vendors in NCwedding vendors in RaleighCustomer appreciation luncheon at The Mayton Innoutdoor event space in North CarolinaSouthern Bride and Groom Magazine teamPhotos: Casey Rose Photography

Southern Bride & Groom Magazine Summer-Fall 2016 Cover Launch

Southern Bride & Groom is thrilled to share the release of our Summer-Fall cover, a captivating bridal portrait from Walters & Walters Photography featuring a rich and stunning bouquet created by Raleigh florist Eclectic Sage.

This image is part of our yearly floral shoot, which appears on the pages of our 2016 magazine. Eclectic Sage created the most enchanting outdoor display under the wrought-iron gazebo at The Pavilion at The Angus Barn. One would expect elves and fairy nymphs to make an appearance in this magical woodland wonderland. The sweetheart table is adorned with a floral and moss chandelier and reindeer pelt, surrounded by plush garden flowers in shades of bright pink to rich purple. Each glass bubble holds a perfect lavender rose and our bride reigns as queen of the forest adorned with a flower crown also designed by Eclectic Sage.

With floral embellishments on the straps and bodice of the free-flowing Monique Lhuillier gown from Nitsa’s Apparel, the bride has a naturally elegant look that stands out, yet still blends into the scenery around her. Her hair and makeup, in shades of blush and plum, done by Bella Trio, also matches the bounty of flowers. The slim gold pendant necklace around her neck is from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, which also supplied the silver branch candleholders and vase under the gazebo.

Check out our newest cover below (which you can find distributed at these locations and making its big debut at the Forever Bridal Show on May 1, 2016) along with additional images of Eclectic Sage’s inspiring floral design.
Southern Bride and Groom coverRaleigh, NC florist Eclectic SageRomantic woodland themed wedding decorPink and gold table settingsPink and purple wedding bouquetEclectic sage woodland wedding decorFlorals by Eclectic Sage of RaleighHanging flowers wedding decorOutdoor wedding at The Angus BarnFLORAL DESIGN & ACCESSORIES Eclectic Sage | TABLETOP, LINEN & CHAIRS Party Reflections | SILVER VASE & CANDLEHOLDER Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | FLORAL CHANDELIER Eclectic Sage | GOWN Monique Lhuillier from Nitsa’s Apparel | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio | VENUE The Pavilion at the Angus Barn | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters

White Wedding Flower Fantasy from Raleigh Florist Fresh Affairs

Southern Bride & Groom is excited to share some of our favorite photos, including many not seen in print, from the floral designers featured in our 2016 magazine. In this shoot, Fresh Affairs sets a wedding table with a hand-crafted fresh flower-encrusted linen that sweeps across the tabletop to the patio floor for an opulent and sophisticated statement. The unencumbered glass top over the flowers opens a panoramic view of the glimmering lake at the Angus Barn Pavilion. Such an imaginative floral masterpiece could serve as a wedding altar before it becomes the reception centerpiece!

Fresh Affairs is an award-winning florist located in Raleigh, NC. Owner Lyn Graves has made flowers his life’s passion, and his portfolio includes over 11,000 weddings and events in more than 14 states! Fresh Affairs has won many accolades, including over 75 state and national design competition wins. They’ve done designs for the Governor’s Inauguration, President Clinton’s Inauguration, and even been inducted into the North Carolina State Florist Association Hall of Fame. Fresh Affairs’ designers work one-on-one with brides to create stunning floral arrangements for every budget.
White flowers from Raleigh wedding floristWedding at The Angus Barn Pavilion RaleighDimensional flower displays by Raleigh florist Fresh AffairsWhite wedding flower ideasFLORAL DESIGN Fresh Affairs | GLASSWARE, CHINA & CHAIRS Party Reflections | GOWN Pronovias from Nitsa’s Apparel | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | MAKEUP Jodi Galeazzo of Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE The Pavilion at The Angus Barn | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters

Recently Engaged? Here are 3 Easy Steps for Wedding Prep

You are engaged and you want to shout it to the world…or at least to everyone you know! And you may be ready to hit the ground running with appointments for gowns and venues. There’s no harm in that and it’s very exciting to get started on wedding ideas, but the following three steps are a good springboard to getting prepared together as an engaged couple with a plan.
Proposal PhotographyPhoto: Halftone Studios

Step One should certainly be an honest discussion between you and your fiancé about the type of wedding event you would both like to have. If one of you wants to include a super long list of all the relatives and friends for a memory-making extravaganza, and the other wants to run away to a secret island for a private affair, then you may each have to compromise.

And compromise can be just the ticket. Having a small family-only ceremony followed by dinner at a great restaurant or including just the closest loved ones on a destination wedding may satisfy both partners. Hosting a larger reception gathering sometime soon after an intimate ceremony is another way to share the joy and make both sides happy. (See this Real Wedding in Durham for inspiration.)

Hopefully, if you are planning either a semi-formal or formal wedding and reception, both of you are in agreement. While you are talking over the type of event, choose a best time of year and month that will work well for your schedules.

Step Two is equally as important and is all about budget. Chat honestly with your fiancé or fiancée about how much in savings you will have available to put into the wedding day expenses.

If you feel like your families will be interested in helping out with your wedding and reception, make a time when you can talk with them about this. Gone are the days when the bride’s parents hosted everything as a traditional obligation. Many parents still do follow the custom of the bride’s folks hosting the full wedding and reception and the groom’s family taking care of a rehearsal dinner and a few wedding day costs. And in many cases, both sets of parents contribute an amount towards the wedding of their children, just as many couples host and pay for their own special day.

In all likelihood, you already know whether the wedding will be up to the two of you or a fully involved family affair.

Step Three is immensely important and again, involves you and your wonderful spouse-to-be being in sync. It’s time to make a guest list of all the people who are important to each of you and your parents.

So far, you know what type of affair the two of you would love to host. You also know a close proximity of the budget that you have to apply to the day or will have saved by the date you’ve selected.

The number of guests are divided between both the bride and groom’s families. If one side has more people to invite than their half of the decided total guest number, they can offer to pay for the extra guests. The newer etiquette considerations also allow that both sets of parents are indicated as hosts of the wedding (on the invitation) if they share the expenses, rather than just the bride’s parents.

Usually, only close friends and family are invited to weddings. Business acquaintances who are not personal friends are usually not invited. Only spouses, betrothed or significant others of those on your invitation list must be included. But certainly, if you have an ample budget, you may invite co-workers and allow every single friend to bring a guest! Your guest list may shorten or lengthen as you continue shopping for your wedding depending on your venue selection, food choices and other amenities for the day (remember to hold on save-the-dates until the list is finalized).

With these three major steps, you’ve done the basics to prepare for the exciting part of planning a wedding that is just right for the two of you!
Wedding photso taken by dronePhoto: Joe Payne Photography

Happy Thanksgiving from Southern Bride and Groom Wedding Magazine

In the world of weddings, there is a lot to be thankful for…

We’re thankful for the dedicated and professional wedding vendors with whom we have the pleasure of working. We’re thankful for the industry associations and community events that showcase wedding services in fun and creative ways. We’re thankful to be close to the finish line for the gorgeous 2016 issue of Southern Bride & Groom (keep an eye out next month!). We’re thankful for the team here at SB&G who work tirelessly to put together a product that is as informative as it is inspiring, and, of course, we’re thankful for all of you – the readers – brides-to-be and family who pick up our magazine, read our blog, follow us on social media and give us a reason to put our best foot forward year after year!
Full Frame Theatre at American Tobacco Campus DurhamWe recently did a fall team photo shoot with Katherine Miles Jones Photography outside the Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus. This urban setting in downtown Durham is the perfect place for engagement or wedding photos. It is located just outside the popular wedding venue, Bay 7. You can rent out the theater’s marquee sign and have it customized with your name or a wedding message! For our shoot, we opted to have it labeled with “Team SB&G.”

SB&G is a family business headed up by Founder, Donna Parks, and her daughter, Jenna Parks Olender. This year, they welcomed a new generation into their family. Cecelia Lee Olender was born in August- Jenna’s first child with husband, Shawn – and Donna’s first grandchild. Baby Cece has already spent a good deal of time training to be the next member of Team SB&G, as she was born right in time for our production season and has spent many-a-day at SB&G headquarters. Donna and Jenna are grateful for this precious new addition to the family, and thankful to Team SB&G for embracing her into our office life!
Southern Bride and Groom babyTo get to know more about the team behind Southern Bride & Groom, visit our “About Us” page.

From all of us here, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Southern Bride and Groom magazine photoshoot at American TobaccoThank you to Makeup for Your Day for styling our hair & makeup, and to Katherine Miles Jones Photography for the beautiful photos!

Creative Wedding Cakes by One Belle Bakery in Wilmington, NC

Some folks call the cake the centerpiece of their reception, which is why we reserve a special spotlight in our magazine each year to show off these edible masterpieces! Southern Bride & Groom’s 2015 cake shoot took place at American Tobacco Campus (ATC), a hub of happening in the heart of downtown Durham.
Sunflower cake by Wilmington bakeryToday, we’re showing off two creative wedding cakes by One Belle Bakery in Wilmington, NC. The first is a cheery standout daisy cake that starts off with a bottom tier of artsy “chalk” drawings, followed by hand-painted diamonds in complementary blue, topped off with bright yellow sugar-crafted daisies! This old-school look would pair perfectly with a blue and yellow sunflower theme, such as that in our floral display by Flowers by Gary.

The setting for this cake shoot, captured by Brian Mullins Photography, is a favorite lunch spot on central American Tobacco Campus and reveals one of the many preserved painted advertisements from its factory days.Chevron wedding cakeThe next cake, pictured above was featured in the 2014 edition of Southern Bride & Groom Magazine and also shows off the fun, playful side of One Belle Bakery. The adorable coral chevron pattern would look right at home for a beach wedding – complete with a coral starfish from Southern Season and coral pillows in the background from ThemeWorks!

CAKES One Belle Bakery | PHOTOGRAPHER Brian Mullins Photography | VENUE (first cake) Outdoor Classroom at American Tobacco Campus; (second cake) ThemeWorks | LINEN (first cake) American Party Rentals | FlOWERS (first cake) The English Garden

Durham Bulls Themed Wedding Ideas from GiGi’s Cupcakes

Some folks call the cake the centerpiece of their reception, which is why we reserve a special spotlight in our magazine each year to show off these edible masterpieces! Southern Bride & Groom’s 2015 cake shoot took place at American Tobacco Campus (ATC), a hub of happening in the heart of downtown Durham.Raleigh bakery for wedding cake and cupcakesAt GiGi’s Cupcakes, you can have your cake and cupcakes too! In the top left, lavender and lace adds extra sweetness to a three-tiered cake topping above an assortment of delicious cupcakes. The Diamond View Skybox, where this shot was expertly taken by Brian Mullins Photography, provides a bird’s-eye view of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and can be rented out for a one-of-a-kind party in any season.

If you want to show off your love for the home team, GiGi’s can make custom treats that will have everyone talking…including the mascot! In the Capital Broadcasting Suite at ATC, GiGi’s Cupcakes scores big with Wool E. Bull, by creating Durham Bulls themed wedding cupcakes. Whether its an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bachelor party, or girls’ night, this rentable private suite, complete with a table shuffleboard, classic pool table, hot dog roaster, popcorn machine and deck of outdoor seats above the baseball diamond, is sure to be a home run with all your guests.

Sports themed weddings with mascots

CUPCAKES & CAKE GiGi’s Cupcakes | VENUE Capital Broadcasting Suite and Diamond View Skybox at the Durham Bulls Ballpark | LINEN American Party Rentals | PHOTOGRAPHER Brian Mullins Photography

Wedding Pros Rooftop Event at The Durham Hotel

Last week, Southern Bride & Groom hosted a networking event for our family of wedding pros on the rooftop of The Durham Hotel – the newest boutique hotel in downtown Durham! This mid-century modern hotel is perfect for parties and wedding guests seeking an upscale experience in the heart of downtown.The Durham HotelThe SB&G family enjoyed an afternoon that was both practical and fun – beginning with an educational talk about branding and marketing and ending with a laid-back networking session on the rooftop patio of The Durham Hotel. The rooftop bar and lounge will be open to the public soon – likely this week, and is currently accepting bookings for semi-private rooftop events. Southern Bride and GroomTo start off the evening, local branding expert Annie Franceschi, Creative Director of Greatest Story Creative, gave an inspiring talk about storytelling; advice on branding, and offered creative tips about how to use a couple’s story to make your wedding services more personal and unique. After decades of studying filmmaking and years working for Disney in LA, Annie moved back to her native North Carolina in 2013, where she founded Greatest Story to help real people better tell their stories. Based in Durham, Annie works with everyone from brides, to ad agencies, to entrepreneurs all over the country. Because story touches every aspect of our lives, Annie does story-centric custom creative, consulting work, and speaking engagements for businesses, weddings, special events, and personal projects. This special presentation was perfect for the SB&G Family of amazingly talented wedding professionals, who each has a fabulous story to share! Annie FranceschiAfter the presentation, the crowd headed up to the rooftop bar to mix and mingle while enjoying gorgeous sweeping views of downtown Durham. Here, the SB&G family had a chance to sample some delicious bites like oysters, shrimp cocktail, and cheese and meats, from The Durham Hotel’s head chef, James Beard Award-Winning Andrea Reusing.

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Events at The Durham HotelSouthern Bride and Groom MagazineView of downtown DurhamWe were lucky to have a sunny, warm day to take it all in! The rooftop, which also houses the fabulous penthouse suite, complete with it’s own private patio, is currently open for special events but will soon be open to the public as well.

Riley MacLean Photography joined us for the evening in the dual role as guest and photographer. He captured fantastic shots that showcase the stylish character of the hotel and rooftop and the fun evening we had.
Durham Hotel BarChef Andrea ReusingDowntown DurhamDurham restaurantsDurham NC hotelsModern hotel in DurhamNew hotel in DurhamA special shout-out goes to a few other SB&G vendors who helped make this an evening to remember!

Thanks to American Party Rentals for always having our back when we need last-minute rentals!

TapSnap was on the roof with their digital photo booth, capturing magnificent shots of the view and adding fun and fanciful special effects to some of the photos. TapSnap provides creative entertainment at weddings with digital props and green screen capabilities.Photobooth at Durham eventPhoto booth rentalTapSnap RaleighLoYo on the Go, a local frozen yogurt food truck that specializes in private events, such as weddings, was stationed outside, offering guests a cool treat on the way out – perfect for this hot summer night!LoYo on the Go food truckLocal Yogurt North CarolinaFrozen yogurt Raleigh DurhamWe had a blast catching up with everyone at the event and can’t wait for next time! And to anyone looking for a special Durham NC venue for a wedding related event like a post-rehearsal dinner get together, a small reception, or a shower, consider a rooftop event at The Durham Hotel!