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Navy and Slate Blue Simplistically Elegant Wedding at The Merrimon-Wynne House

John and Krystal

Finding a venue that is so perfectly a couple’s style that not much has to be done to make it feel like “theirs” is hard to come by. When John and Krystal stepped foot into The Merrimon-Wynne House they felt immediately that it was the perfect place to have their special day. It’s classic, simple and elegant, which encapsulated exactly what the couple wished for in a venue. Gather Together pulled together the couple’s vision to have a picture perfect simple and elegant navy wedding.

Bridal Party in navy and grey with white floral bouquets on porch at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme Classic white and blue paper invitations for The Merrimon Wynne House wedding by Gather Events, Melissa Delorme

Diamonds Direct Engagement Ring

Getting Ready

Lea Ann Strapless Gown at The Merrimon-Wynne House Melissa Delorme
Mother of Bride helping bride in Lea Ann Strapless down at The Merrimon Wynne House, Melissa Delorme
Bride in Lea Ann Strapless Gown holding large white and leaf bridal bouquet at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Navy Bridesmaid dresses by Wedding Way with Sequin Hangers Melissa Delorme
Bridesmaids in wedding way dresses peeking at bride in dress at The Merrimon Wynne House, Melissa Delorme
Groom and Groomsmen in classic dark grey suits by VIP Formal Ware and bowties at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Bridesmaids in Navy and Bride on porch at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme

Ceremony

Krystal and John had no regrets in their choice of The Merrimon-Wynne House as their venue. Not only was it beautiful, but their staff went above and beyond. “The stunning views of the venue speaks for itself. The staff, however, proved their greatness that day. They went out of their way to make sure John and I, as well as my family and wedding party, were comfortable and had everything we needed.”

Ginger Jars incorporated into outdoor ceremony at Merrimon Wynne, Melissa Delorme NC Outdoor wedding with wooden chairs and white drape arbor at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Large white various flower bridal bouquet from NC florist at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Father of Bride walking bride down the aisle with veil during outdoor ceremony at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Bride and Grooms first kiss under white drapery at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme

It is so important for a photographer to be able to capture a couple’s special day in great detail. The day may fly by, but with photographs, the memories last a lifetime. “Melissa and her team documented every detail of the day, some of which i didn’t get to see until I received the pictures. Her style fit my overall design and choice of venue.  With her use of natural light she was able to capture the best photos. She is so easy to work with and is as personable as she is talented.”

Must have photo of bride and groom at wedding at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Bride and groom embrace in wedding must have photo at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme

Reception

The bride’s late grandmother gifted her with ginger jars to decorate her first apartment with and she wanted to incorporate them into the wedding’s design. “Katherine, my wedding planner, helped me do that and beyond. We chose a fairly neutral color scheme that complimented the jars: navy, slate blue, and champagne. We added green and white accents, mainly with additions of white floral and greenery. The ginger jars added to the mix of blues in the color scheme. Signage was designed to complement the ginger jar patterns as well, such as the menu board design,” said Krystal.

Leaf wall and menu idea for outdoor wedding at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme

The bride could not have been more pleased with their wedding planner. “Hiring Gather Together was the best decision I made in the planning process and was the best investment of my wedding budget. Katherine brought my vision to life with her knowledge of local vendors and design expertise. My family and I also didn’t have to worry about a thing on our wedding day because we knew Katherine and her team had it handled. The Gather Together Team were my secret weapon!”

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Blue and White China vases wiht floral arrangements at NC reception at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Simple white small case with white roses by Cupcake Shoppe, a raleigh NC bakery, at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme
Grand exit of bride and groom under sparklers at The Merrimon Wynne by Gather Together, Melissa Delorme

SB&G Preferred Vendors

Wedding Consultant: Gather Together Event Planning & Design | Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House | Cake: Cupcake Shoppe | Ceremony Musicians: SPIN DJ Service | Party Rentals: Party Reflections | Bridesmaid’s Hair: Parlor Dry Bar | Engagement Ring: Diamonds Direct | Registry: Belk

Other Vendors

Photographer: Melissa DeLorme Photography | Minister: Rev. Michael Weaver | Caterer: Meadow Village Catering | Videographer: Cinema Film | Bridal Gown: Lea-Ann Belter ; Traditions by Anna Bridal Boutique| Bridesmaids’ Dresses : DOVE & DAHLIA Line ; Weddington Way | Bridesmaids Gifts: Robes from SandyWatersStore  | Men’s Formalwear: VIP Formal Wear | Florist: Meristem Floral | Stationer: Minted | Reception Music: Empty Pocket Band | Transportation: Getaway – Raleigh Rickshaw | Guest Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown | Bride Hair: Jessica Stevens of Mane Street Salon | Make-Up: Mattie Johnson (Bride, MOB & Bridal Party) and Kristan Osoria (Bridal Party)

 

Floral Inspiration For Your Garden Wedding

Garden Floral Wedding Inspiration

This dream garden grows splendid roses in coral, peach and gold colors of sunset within eye-catching geometric shaped vases and tiny terrariums. The romantic tablescape by Eclectic Sage is set beneath a luxurious hanging arrangement. This look is completed with ribbon woven through the white lattice backdrop, menus and place cards.

Coral Peach and Gold Hanging Arrangement by Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography at Merrmon Wynne House in NC

Wooden Chairs at Garden Inspired wedding reception with coral peach and gold colored floral arrangements by Eclectic Sage, KAtherine Miles Jones Photography
Gold Accents in Garden Inspired Wedding with coral and gold roses and candlesticks in high arrangements by Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography

With such an array of colors and metals, One + Only Paper kept their menus and placecards unique yet simplistic. The geometric touches on the designs perfectly complimented the geometric accents of the tablescape.

One and Only PAper Garden Inspired Tablescape and menus with Wooden Plate Accent and coral pink floral arrangement by Eclectic Saef, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Garden Inspired Coral Peach and Gold Palette Wedding Reception table with geometric and gold accents by Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Golden accents were not only added to the table with vases and decor but also to the bride. Bailey’s Fine Jewelry adorned the beautiful bride with vintage inspired gold pieces.

Coral and gold roses in gold and geometric accent floral arrangement by Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography
Bride in Lela Rose from Alexias Bridal Salon in NC with Eclectic Sage Garden Floral Crown, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography

Garden Inspired Coral and peach with gold and geometric accent by Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Garden Inspired Tablescape with Wooden Plate Accent and coral pink floral arrangement by Eclectic Saef, Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Hanging Coral Pink and Gold Arrangement by Eclectic sage over garden inspired wedding tablescape, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography
Coral Peach and Gold Floral Arrangements with splahes of burgundy and gold accents by Eclectic Sage, a NC florist, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography

Eclectic Sage didn’t just use their impeccable skills with floral arrangements for the table display. The brides floral crown and gorgeous bridal bouquet matched perfectly with the garden blooms of the entire wedding scene.

Bride in Lela Rose from Alexias Bridal Salon in NC with Eclectic Sage Garden Floral Crown and spring bouquet, Katherine Miles Jones PHotography
Bride in Lela Rose from Alexias Bridal holding Coral Peach Gold and Reds Large Spring Bouquet from NC Florist Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Beautiful Coral Peach Gold and Reds Large Spring Bouquet from NC Florist Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Coral Peach Gold and Reds Large Spring Bouquet from NC Florist Eclectic Sage, Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Gold and leaf floral bridal crown by eclectic
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SB&G Preferred Vendors

FLORAL DESIGN, LATTICE RIBBON DECOR & CONTAINERS: Eclectic Sage| TABLETOP CHINA, GLASSWARE, FLATWARE & LINEN: Party Reflections | MENUS & PLACECARDS: One + Only Paper | GOWN: Lela Rose from Alexia’s Bridal | JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Sultry Sophistication at The Umstead Hotel & Spa

Chuck & Andy

The Umstead Hotel & Spa was the first venue that came to mind for these two handsome grooms who wanted a classy and sophisticated wedding. Chuck and Andy tied the knot with an outdoor ceremony and candlelit reception filled with sultry sophistication, perfected by their wedding coordinator, A Southern Soiree.

Grooms holding hand after intimate ceremony by A Southern Soiree at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

Chuck Gavazzi and Andy Pacos met at work, where they are both VPs within the same national emergency medicine management company. For nearly a year Chuck noticed Andy around the hospital. Finally, a real conversation led to a first date. When Andy toasted to “new friendships,” Chuck knew he was in for the long haul, and years later, when Andy proposed, Chuck’s reply was “Absolutely.”

Grooms laughing at their wedding at The Umstead in classic black and white tuxedos Adam Chapin Photography

Grooms special moment in black and white at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography
Groom in classic black and white tuxedo at outdoor ceremony The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

They knew they wanted their wedding to have the utmost class and sultry sophistication. They booked The Umstead Hotel & Spa knowing it is renowned for impeccable service, which the couple noted they received, mentioning that “the staff of the Umstead did not miss a beat.”

Gold and Black Wedding Invitations for sultry wedding at The Umstead by Adam Chapin Photography Groom walking down aisle at outdoor wedding in NC at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography flower girl at same sex wedding in nc walking down the aisle in outdoor ceremony at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography Groom saying i do at outdoor wedding in NC at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography
Grooms exchanging rings at intimate outdoor ceremony at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography
Grooms first kiss at same sex wedding at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

“A good photographer is a big deal. Adam Chapin Photography truly conveyed the emotion of the day and captured the essence of who we are as a couple.”

Grooms after vows walking down aisle at intimate outdoor ceremony at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography planned by A Southern Soiree Grooms at their Same Sex Wedding at The Umstead by A Southern Soiree photographed by Adam Chapin Photography

The decor had a woodsy outdoor look with moss coverings, accented with lots of candles in varying heights.

Sultry Romantic NC Wedding at The Umstead by candlelight with tall floral arrangements photographed by Adam Chapin Photography
Candle arrangement in variety of heights in intimate sultry romantic wedding at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

Chuck and Andy had a custom design of their initials in elements of the wedding beginning with the invitations and menus, and even beautifully lit up on the dance floor by Themeworks.

Intimate Gold and black wedding by A Southern Soiree with Monograms and candlelight The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

“A good wedding planner is worth a million dollars. A Southern Soiree took care of every detail from surprises such as custom made look-a-like cookies and light up tambourines to all the handling of the wedding day – we can not say enough great things about Megan.”

Grooms personalized cookies in shape of both grooms at wedding at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography Same Sex wedding dancing at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography planned by A Southern Soiree

Wedding Party dancing with monogram light gobo on floor at The Umstead Adam Chapin Photography

SB&G Preferred Vendors


WEDDING COORDINATOR: A Southern Soiree | PHOTOGRAPHER: Adam Chapin Photography | VENUE, FOOD & ACCOMMODATIONS: The Umstead Hotel & Spa | LIGHTING: Themeworks

Mixed Golds and Blush Wedding Florals

Romantic Floral Inspiration

The captivating design perfectly meshes with the charm of The Merrimon-Wynne House. We love that Fiore Fine Flowers mixed florals you might grow in your home garden like blush and cream dahlias and roses, with gorgeous and exotic white phalaenopsis orchids. The bounteous bundles are enhanced with special touches like silk ribbon chair embellishments, watercolor place cards and mixed golden vases. This soft extravagant mix is as romantic as it gets.

Fiore Fine Flowers Floral Tall Floral Table Decor with Blush theme by Photographer Katherine Miles Jones

Fiore Fine Flowers adorned the beautiful antique fireplace of The Merrimon-Wynne House with green leaf runners, blush and cream dahlias and roses, and candles. They added a mix of gold lanterns and vases to pull together the classic gold and blush color theme.

Fireplace floral wedding display with blush palette by Fiore Fine Flowers at The Merrimon Wynne House in North Carolina Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Blush and White Floral Arrangement at Merrimom Wynne House on fireplace by Fiore Fine Flowers, Katherine Miles Photography
Bride in Hayley Paige gown from Coastal Knot Bridal holding large blush bouquet from Fiore Fine Flowers in front of fire place at Merrimon Wynne House, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Fiore Fine Flowers created a large cream and blush bridal bouquet with dahlias, roses, and draping white phalaenopsis. A gold satin sash tied together the gorgeous bouquet to compliment the gold accents of the scenery.

Bride in gown from Coastal Knot Bridal holding large blush bouquet from Fiore Fine Flowers Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Blush bouquet with hanging orchids
Fiore Fine Flowers Floral Blush colored Table Decor with Tall floral vase by Photographer Katherine Miles Jones Fiore Fine Flower Green and Gold Accent Chair Decor, Katherine Miles Jones Photography

Watercolor blush menus and place cards from If It’s Paper add a whimsical and artistic touch that perfectly pairs with the elegant tall gold vases with white and blush shaded blooms from Fiore Fine Flowers.

Raleigh based papergoods from If Its Paper menu cards with blush watercolor designs and gold accent tablesetting by Party Reflections, Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Tall Blush and White Floral Display in gold accent vase from Fiore Fine Flowers by Katherine Miles Jones Photography in NC

The bride wore a classically elegant Hayley Paige gown form Coastal Knot Bridal and a vintage inspired necklace from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.

Bride in Hayley Paige gown from Coastal Knot Bridal holding large blush bouquet from Fiore Fine Flowers Katherine Miles Jones Photography Blush white and green Floral Arrangements with mixed metal accents at Merrimom Wynne House on fireplace by Fiore Fine Flowers, Katherine Miles Photography
Blush white and green Floral Arrangements with mixed metal accents and lanterns on fireplace at Merrimom Wynne House on fireplace by Fiore Fine Flowers, Katherine Miles Photography
Fiore Fine Flowers Floral Blush colored Wedding Display with Tall floral vase by Photographer Katherine Miles Jones

SB&G Preferred Vendors

FLORAL DESIGN: Fiore Fine Flowers | CHAIRS, GLASSWARE, CHIND & LINEN: Party Reflections | MENU & PLACE CARDS: If It’s Paper | 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

Romantic Garden Style Wedding at Duke Gardens

April and Costa’s Picture Perfect Wedding at Duke Gardens

Every couple dreams of getting married somewhere that has holds a special place to their relationship. April and Constantine went back to the location of their first date and with the help of their wedding planner, Gather Together, had a picture perfect wedding day.

Bride and Groom embrace in Duke Gardens in BHLDN dress and Navy Menguin suit with golden sun Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones (1)

April Harrison and Constantine (Costa) Stoumbos met during their junior year at Duke University. Their October wedding at Duke Gardens commemorated their first date exactly six years prior at that very location. The weekend was not only a walk down memory lane complete with a bridal luncheon at one of April’s favorite college eateries, but also a wonderful celebration for their college friends, as it was homecoming weekend on campus. After the gardens wedding reception, the couple hosted an all-night after party at The King’s Daughters Inn.

Duke Gardens Wedding Durham Wedding Graphic Map Bride with Bridesmaids in spring floral robes Duke Chapen Wedding Bridesmaid helping Bride with BHLDN dress by Patricia Bonaldi Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones

The color scheme revolved around lots of gold and other metallic elements, with eucalyptus green and natural tones, and a burgundy and lavender contrast. 

Mismatched Bridesmaids dresses BHLDN bridesmaid dresses blush and pastel pink dresses duke chapel
Spring Pink Bridesmaid Bouquet by Watered Garden White Flower and Eucalyptus Bridal Bouquet by Watered Garden Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Flower Girls in white dresses Duke Chapel wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones Father of the bride and bride walking down staircase at Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
White Flower and Eucalyptus Bridal Bouquet by Watered Garden Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Watered Garden Bridal Bouquet, In memoriam locket, Charm on bridal bouquet, white roses
Bride walking down aisle at NC outdoor ceremony with groom smiling Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
First Kiss at Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Bride and Groom walking hand in hand through Duke Garden Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Bride and Groom walking Wedding party in mismatched bridesmaids gowns and navy suits in NC Wedding at Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones

Katherine Miles Jones has a warmth and openness that immediately put us at ease and created an intimacy that comes across in the moments she captured. Her calming presence and funny jokes helped keep everyone relaxed when there was a bit of a time crunch right before the ceremony. Finally, her natural light style was incredibly flattering, capturing the natural beauty of the space and producing images that felt like the real us.”

Bridesmaids in mismatched BHLDN pastel dresses and bride in Patricia Bonaldi embellished dress with florals from Watered Garden at Duke Gardens by NC Photographer Katherine Miles Jones
Bride and Groom embrace in Duke Gardens in BHLDN dress and Navy Menguin suit with golden sun Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
White Flower and Eucalyptus Bridal Bouquet by Watered Garden Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones (1)

April was set on a very organic palette reflecting the natural beauty of the gardens, and Chelsey inspired and designed the contrasting elements, bringing it all together. It felt warm and inviting, but also airy and romantic. April was floored when she walked into the reception, which she described a “woodland utopia.”

Hanging Floral Chandeliers by Watered Garden at Doris Duke Center Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Romantic NC Wedding with Hanging Floral Chandeliers by Watered Garden at Doris Duke Center Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Gold Accents in Romantic NC Wedding at Duke Gardens with menus by Mason Dixon by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Geometric Shape Table Decor and spring floral arrangements for Duke Gardens wedding by gather together, Katherine Miles Jones Photography Romantic Outdoor Reception Cocktail rounds with Hanging lights and neutral linens Duke Gardens Reception by Gather Together photographed by Katherine Miles Jones Table Assignments with personalized calligraphy on glassware, Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Cheers bar menu sign hanging above wine bottles at NC Duke Gardens wedding Duke Gardens Reception by Gather Together photographed by Katherine Miles Jones
Champagne Glasses Stacked at NC Duke Gardens Wedding with Gold Accent Light hangings by Get Lit Duke Gardens Reception by Gather Together photographed by Katherine Miles Jones.
Bride and Groom pouring champagne fountain at NC wedding reception by Duke Gardens Reception by Gather Together photographed by Katherine Miles Jones
Hanging Floral Chandeliers by Watered Garden at Doris Duke Center Duke Gardens wedding by Gather Together Photography by Katherine Miles Jones
Bride and Groom Cutting Wedding cake at Duke Gardens NC Wedding by Details Cake Design by Gather Together photographer Katherine Miles Jones

“Working with Gather Together eased our worries throughout the planning process so that we were able to be more present and enjoy the experience rather than stressing about logistics. This was true for the whole year we worked with her,” said the bride.

Bride and Groom exit under confetti at Duke Gardens Reception by Gather Together photographed by Katherine Miles Jones

SB&G Preferred Vendors

WEDDING PLANNER Gather Together PHOTOGRAPHER Katherine Miles JonesCATERER ParizadeHAIR Makeup for Your Day RECEPTION MUSIC SPINCHAIRS & TENT Party ReflectionsLIGHTING Get Lit Special Event LightingACCOMMODATIONS 21c Museum Hotel Durham and The King’s Daughters InnBRIDAL LUNCHEON VENUE The King’s Daughters Inn  

Other Vendors

FLORIST: Watered Garden | CAKE Details Cake Designs | BRIDAL LUNCHEON Mad Hatter’s take-out at the King’s Daughter’s Inn | REHEARSAL DINNER C + P Catering |  CEREMONY The White Garden amphitheater at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens | RECEPTION Doris Duke Center at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens | RENTALS linens by Party Tables; furniture by Greenhouse Picker Sisters (lounges and bar) and Party Reflections (dining furniture and tent) | BRIDE GOWN Patricia Bonaldi, from BHLDN | BRIDAL SHOES Bella Belle, from BHLDN | BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Various from BHLDN | GROOM & GROOMSMEN Menguin | MUSICIAN Tim Leonard | STATIONER & CALLIGRAPHER Danielle Olcott of Mason Dixon, through Gather Together | TRANSPORTATION Carolina Livery and EcoStyle Transportation | MAKE-UP Katherine Noel and Adelyn Wyngaarden | WEDDING FAVORS Jordan almonds (traditional Greek wedding favor) with plantable, seed paper tags, and personalized cookbooks with recipes from all guests (a gift from April’s aunt, Carol Marshall) | BRIDESMAIDS’ GIFTS: homemade coffee scrub, gold gladiator Havianas sandals, personalized leather clutch, and a mini bottle of Patrón | GROOMSMEN GIFTS: White Nike Huaraches and tuxedo coozies

A Modern NC Outdoor Wedding Peppered with Geometric Shapes and Mixed Metals

North Carolina Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

There is a good reason so many North Carolina couples desire an outdoor wedding. When the weather is on point in our state, the open air surroundings are nothing short of mild and magical. And indeed, all is aglow with romance in this spring outdoor wedding with a pastel color palette. The end result was an intimate industrial, garden chic wedding designed around geometric shapes and a soft feminine palette of mint, copper and pastels. This modern NC wedding in a country setting was designed by local wedding planner team, A Southern Soiree.

Just Married Outdoor North Carolina Wedding Ceremony by A Southern Soiree and Casey Rose Photography

Venue

This formal affair is designed to feel intimate and casual. The ceremony was adorned in wood elements and florals to bring out a garden chic feel. The outdoor dining area defined by market light poles is intentionally cozy, and is set with a mix of table groupings, all conducive to sharing food and good company.

Wood Welcome Sign with Calligrapghy at Outdoor Wedding Ceremony by Casey Rose Photography
Ceremony Arch with Draping white fabric and white and green flowers by English Garden, photography by Casey Rose Photography
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Open Air NC Wedding Reception with Market Lights by Get Lit Special Event Lighting, photography by Casey Rose Photography c Wedding party at NC outdoor wedding during cocktail hour by Casey Rose Photography

Fashion & Beauty

Smart suits in soft grey pair handsomely with bridesmaid dresses, each unique and in complementary shades of the palest blue. Mismatching bridesmaid dresses gives the opportunity to add a variation of colors while still staying in one palette and theme.

Gray suits for groomsmen in NC Outdoor Wedding Ceremony by Casey Rose Photography
Mismatched Bridesmaids in blue with southern bouquets A Southern Soiree and Casey Rose Photography

A romantic look for all, with the bride in a Theia gown from Lana Addison Bridal and her ‘maids in mismatched dresses varying in shades of the palest blue from Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh.

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Photography

To photograph the classic beauty of the venue, Casey Rose Photography chose film photography for its unparalleled ability to capture rich textures, depth and dynamic range in soft, natural colors and soft light.

Full Skirt Wedding Dress Theia from Lana Addison Bridal Salon in North Carolina by Casey Rose Photography
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Flowers & Décor

The English Garden created naturally styled floral bouquets and arrangements in a feminine palette of mint and mixed pastels. Adding mixed metals created an industrial look that perfectly paired with the feminine beauty of the scenery. “We blended texture, metal and pastels to create an unexpected design,” says Megan Gillikin of A Southern Soiree.

Spring inspired North Carolina Outdoor Wedding Centerpieces with Pastel Blue and Gold Votives from American Party Rentals, English Garden, A Southern Soiree by Casey Rose Photography
Spring Wedding Open Air Tabletop display designed by A Southern Soiree and American Party Rentals by Casey Rose Photography
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geometric shape wedding menus by Paperbuzz a Raleigh NC stationer, casey rose photography
Spring inspired North Carolina Outdoor Wedding Centerpieces with Pastel Blue and Gold Votives from American Party Rentals, English Garden, A Southern Soiree by Casey Rose Photography

A formal affair designed to feel cozy and casual, the perfect setting for guests to enjoy the outdoors and good company.

Southern Wedding Reception on Open Air Porch Inspiration with Photography by Casey Rose Photography Southern Wedding Flowers with Magnolia Accent at North Carolina Outdoor Wedding, Florist English Garden by Casey Rose Photography Southern Bride and Groom with Big Garden Style Bouquet in Pastel Pink, Coral, and Lavender from English Garden at North Carolina Wedding by Photographer Casey Rose

Reception Must-Haves

Elegant passed hor d’oeuvres adds an easy, delicious touch to the guest’s experience. Edible Art Bakery produced geometric garden chic cakes to incorporate the events themes.

Colorful wedding hors doeuvres, casey rose photography, 12 oaks, north carolina wedding
Groomsman holding hors doeuvres, casey rose photography
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Handpainted gold on petite white modern wedding cake by Edible Art bakery in raleigh NC, photography by Casey Rose Photography
Modern Wedding Cake Geometric Shapes with pastel and gold from Edible Art in Raleigh NC by Casey Rose Photography
Southern Bride and Groom with Big Garden Style Bouquet in Pastel Pink, Coral, and Lavender from English Garden at North Carolina Wedding by Photographer Casey Rose Sparkler Exit with Bride and Groom by Casey Rose Photography

 

MEET THE SB&G VENDORS

STYLING A Southern Soiree | PHOTOGRAPHY Casey Rose Photography | FLORALS The English Garden | RENTALS American Party Rentals | PAPER Paperbuzz | BRIDAL GOWN Theia from Lana Addison Bridal | BRIDESMAIDS GOWNS Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh | FORMALWEAR Bernard’s Formalwear | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | JEWELRY Moon & Lola | LIGHTING & CEREMONY DRAPER Get Lit Special Event Lighting
 | CAKES Edible Art Bakery

Other Contributors

VENUE 12 Oaks Country Club | LINEN CE Rentals | BOWTIES High Cotton | CALLIGRAPHY Kelley Ann (of A Southern Soiree)

The Perfect Southern Wedding at The Sutherland

Wedding Wednesday

What is more romantic than a wedding between two high school sweethearts? Between their adorable proposal story, the perfect blush tones, and their unique wedding favors, Meghan and Zach’s wedding is sure to make your heart swoon!

Wedding Ceremony at Sutherland Estate and Gardens, Wake Forest NC, Southern Love Studios

What started out as Meghan Owen’s middle school crush on her older brother’s friend, Zach Pro, grew into a romance when he asked her out soon after she began freshman year at Wakefield High. These high school sweethearts are still inseparable. Ten years later, Zach sealed the deal when he slipped a ring on Meghan’s finger one night while she was sleeping – the week before the proposal trip he’d planned. He couldn’t wait another day to call her his bride-to-be.

Invitational Suite with Pink Roses, Jessica Yee Calligraphy at a La Cosa Bella

With a nod to their childhoods, Meghan and Zach chose The Sutherland to exchange their wedding vows – a beautiful venue that is right down the street from where they grew up. Beyond the nostalgic ties, it was the perfect fit for the elegant outdoor ambiance that they desired.

The blush pink blossoms with pops of bright pink roses, and mix and match styles of formal bridesmaids gowns, encapsulated Meghan’s desire for an upscale “Southern glam” look.

Lounge Area with Vintage Furniture and Elegant Pink Flowers La Cosa Bella Southern Love Studios
Floral Married Initial at NC Wedding by Fresh Affairs at La Cosa Bella
Pastel Purple and Blush Jenny Yoo Bridesmaid Dresses at Sutherland Gardens NC Elegant Wedding Tabletop Tall Centerpieces with White and Pink Florals Gold Linen La Cosa Bella and Fresh Affrais
Giant Garden White Roses Bridal Bouquet, Raleigh Florist
Bride with flower girl on porch, Southern Love Studios
Rose Boutonnieres on Gold Platter Southern Love Studios
Dress on Mirror, Southern Wedding
Just Married at Southern Love Studios

La Cosa Bella Events was such a pleasure to work with throughout the whole planning process,” said Meghan. “After I showed Gina just a few inspirational pictures she knew just what I wanted. Usually you hear stories of brides worrying about a million different things, but with Gina [Myers], I didn’t worry about a thing. I had so much trust in her and her team and it could not have gone more smoothly. The whole day was so organized and SO much fun for me, Zach, and all of our guests!”

The handsome natural wood and soaring beams of the reception Pavilion are graced by tall windows and glass doors on three sides. This allowed everyone to enjoy the scenic outdoor landscape with its lush gardens and giant oaks.

Elecgant NC Wedding at Sutherland Estate Pavilion La Cosa Bella Events
The bride told us that their guests raved about the food from Rocky Top Catering! They wanted just a touch of Southern flair for their meal, so they added a Cajun sauce to the Italian gnocchi pasta and a late night biscuit bar with several “fixin’s.” It was a huge hit!

Meghan and Owen had orange Crush sodas as favors to share their “High School Crush” love story. It was the perfect amount of personal and fun!

Wedding Favor Story Board La Cosa Bella Events Southern Love Studios Orange Crush Wedding Favors with Calligraphy tags, Southern Love Studios Elegant Southern Wedding Tabletop with Candlelight Wedding Tabletop Inspiration of Lace Menus with Monogram Napkins and Rose Textured Linen La Cosa Bella Events Southern Love Studios White Wedding Cake with Cascading Roses Southern Love Studios

“We felt like we’d known Brandon at Southern Love Studio forever! He is not only fun, but takes amazing photos and made the entire experience one we’ll remember forever,” shared Meghan.

Natural Light Wedding Photography in NC by Southern Love Studios

SB&G Preferred Vendors

WEDDING CONSULTANT La Cosa Bella Events | PHOTOGRAPHY Southern Love Studios | VENUE The Sutherland | CATERER Rocky Top Catering | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids | CALLIGRAPHER The Oblique Pen | CEREMONY MUSIC Save the Date Music | LIGHTING: Themeworks

Other Vendors

Videographer: Morgan Scott Films | Bridal Gown Maggi Bridal | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Gifts: Monogrammed burlap bags and robes and Kendra Scott earrings | Men’s Formalwear Men’s Wearhouse Groomsmen Gifts “Happy socks”and engraved Kershaw pocketknives | Florist Fresh Affairs | Cake Cinda’s Creative Cakes | Stationer Theresa Jatko Designs | Reception Music Bunn DJ Company | Party Rentals CE Rental | Vintage Furniture Rentals Paisley and Jade | ACCOMMODATIONS Hampton Inn Raleigh | Transportation Roaring 20s Limo Company | Hair & Make-Up for Wedding Party Lula Hair and Makeup | Wedding Favors  Stemless Personalized Wine Glasses

Traditions to Honor Family on Your Wedding Day

It’s natural that many couples want to take extra steps to honor special family members and even the whole clan during their wedding. Sometimes it may be an acknowledgement made to parents or other influential people during the ceremony such as having parents light an altar candle or handing a flower to each mother. Honor can also bestowed on those who are not present because of distance, illness or death, with a mention in the service or program. Here are a few ways we’ve seen special recognition offered.

Family Tradition

This could mean exchanging your vows in the same church where your parents or grandparents were wed, including the family crest on wedding invitations, or honoring the Southern tradition of having the father of the groom serve as best man.
Wedding at Duke Chapel in DurhamPhoto: Renee Sprink Photography

Physical Memento

Repurpose your mother’s wedding dress into a new gown or veil, or wear a generational jewelry heirloom. Carry your father’s handkerchief or don his cufflinks or watch. For your bouquet or arrangements, choose the flower your lost loved one tended in their own flower garden as your tribute. Wearing something from a loved one is a private way to remember them during your wedding day.
Grandparents photos in wedding

Photo: Azul Photography

Sounds of our Heart

Incorporate meaningful words or music into the wedding. Include a letter your loved one wrote with her advice on marriage, or read her favorite scripture passage. A special song that you learned as a child can play as you walk down the aisle. Dedicate a dance to someone who cannot be there with one of his or her favorite songs.

Taste of Family History

Have the caterer prepare a meal that is meaningful to your family. If you have two ethnic backgrounds, have samplings from each at food stations, or have the rehearsal dinner be themed to one family’s heritage and the wedding reception to the other’s. Perhaps there is a passed down recipe that could be shared with guests in the form of take home favors.
chicken and waffles at wedding www.Southernbrideandgroom.com

Photo: Riley MacLean Photography

A Walk Through Time

A presentation of old family photos is a great way to symbolize the union of your two families. Display in frames on a table or mantle and surround with florals. If you are able to secure wedding portraits of these family members, even better. This is something all of your guests will enjoy taking in.
Ways to incorporate family in your weddingPhoto: Casey Rose Photography

Just Peachy: Wilmington Wedding Inspiration

When peaches are plentiful, the skies are endlessly blue, and the days are long and extra warm, downtown Wilmington is an exquisite place for a wedding celebration.

This styled shoot was planned and designed by SB&G vendors to recreate a warm, soft wedding design, showcases several of our preferred vendors from Wilmington, NC – a fantastic and affordable wedding destination town. So, go ahead, start dreaming of a romantic wedding in this charming riverfront town.
Bridal Cottage in Wilmington NCThe Cottage is an ideal “getting ready” space for bridal parties – comfy and bright for dress, hair and makeup prep by Makeup for Your Day of Wilmington before any downtown or nearby wedding. Its location is adjacent to Bakery 105, and just steps away from 128 South. The Cottage can be booked in conjunction with events at these two sister properties, or by anyone looking for an intimate daytime location before their wedding or for small bridal or baby showers.
Peach, pink and white wedding bouquetsBridal suite in Wilmington NCGetting married in Wilmington NCThe Cottage on Orange Street, WilmingtonJustin Alexander gownFiore Fine FlowersGown from The Wedding Dress Shoppe, WilmingtonFor the ceremony and reception, the color palette was inspired by the brick walls of Bakery 105. This impressive venue was built in the late 1930s and restored in 2009. Shades of sun-kissed peaches and cream, gold metallic and sheer fabrics were used for the elaborate ceremony set up and room décor.
128 South and Bakery 105Gold wedding inspirationModern wedding bouquet stylesPeachy bridesmaid outfitTall wedding centerpiecesWilmington NC floristsPeach and white wedding flowersBakery 105 in WilmingtonSophisticated cocktail styled maids’ dresses by Lula Kate from Coastal Knot in preppy bright colors pair perfectly with the fun metallic and printed fans embellishing the bar.
Paper wedding decorBridesmaid gowns from Coastal Knot in WilmingtonPink bridesmaid outfitsSparkling cider toastBright and colorful bridesmaid dressesCocktail reception attireThe eclectic mix of elegance and rustic chic flair throughout Bakery 105 in this photo inspiration, incorporated textured linens, wood seating and wood shelves with arrangements in flower boxes, designed together by Fiore Fine Flowers and photographer Bronwyn Duffield. Calligraphy by Southern Bee Designs was used on the mirrored quotation, table numbers and chair signs.
Wilmington NC wedding reception venuesCute chair calligraphyNC warehouse wedding venuesCreative floral display ideasWedding floralsMirror board calligraphyGold and peach wedding paletteGold table settingsHanging flower chandelier Warehouse wedding venuesVENUE The Cottage on Orange Street and Bakery 105 | PHOTOGRAPHER Bronwyn Duffield Photography | FLOWERS Fiore Fine Flowers | BRIDAL GOWNS The Wedding Dress Shoppe and Coastal Knot Bridal | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Coastal Knot Bridal | JEWELRY The Wedding Dress Shoppe | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day of Wilmington | VIDEOGRAPHY Dogwood Media | CALLIGRAPHY Southern Bee Designs | RENTALS Party Suppliers of Wilmington

A great time to get a look at the venues and vendors in action is during the annual Courtyards & Cobblestones event on January 14, 2017 – a walking tour of seven fully styled venues and a hand-picked collection of the most innovative, creative wedding professionals from Southeastern North Carolina.

Take a look at this behind-the-scenes video from Dogwood Media!

Behind the Scenes with Southern Bride & Groom in Wilmington from Dogwood Media LLC on Vimeo.

Southern Summer Wedding Inspiration at River Forest Manor

The historic, century-old victorian mansion, River Forest Manor in Belhaven, NC, was commissioned in 1899. This landmark has been carefully preserved and brought back to its original glory. Perfectly placed where the Pungo River and Pantego Creek meet, this quiet, charming venue was an idyllic location for “Rose” & “Fitz” to say “I do.”
river-forest-manor“When we designed this shoot, we had in mind the challenge a lot of our clients face of blending the traditional tastes of their parents and their own modern style. Inspired by coastal NC, the historic River Forest Manor, and modern Southern hospitality, we selected a setting that blurs the lines of tradition and high-style in the coastal South,” explained Chelsey Morrison, owner of Gather Together. The ambiance and charming details were captured by photographer Renee Sprink.

Flowing drapes were added to the 30-foot tall porch and garden bench seating gave guests a perfect perch. Overflowing floral arrangements, lanterns and pineapples embellished the setting.
southern-garlandwhite-and-green-wedding-inspirationsouthern-wedding-decorvintage-wedding-decordiamond-wedding-bandstre-bella-flowerstre-bella-bridal-gownwedding-flower-inspirationSoft azure watercolors and a custom monogram accented the couple’s invitation suite, ceremony programs and menus, with flowing calligraphy matching the waves of the surrounding water. The suite tipped off guests on what to expect for the party – formal, but not stuffy; lavish, but not overdone; a welcoming Southern celebration of love.
watercolor-wedding-invitationswatercolor-wedding-programsFitz and his groomsmen donned a classic style with some modern flair – navy and black suits with statement bow ties made of game feathers. The bridesmaids wore long tulle Jenny Yoo gowns in soft pale green hues. Rose practically floated along the river in a gorgeous Blush by Hayley Paige gown with classic tulle bottom in a modern stacked skirt and strappy back.
mint-bridesmaid-dressesfeather-bowtiescoastal-weddings-in-ncgrand-wedding-venues-in-wilmingtonriver-forest-manorsouthern-weddingsrenee-sprink-photographyThe couple dined with their guests at long tables on the expansive front porch. The bride chose her mother’s classic wedding pattern, Mottahedeh’s “Tobacco Leaf” and mixed it with modern Anna Weatherly china accents and monogram napkins. Soft teal candle sticks in crystal candelabras, greenery, and white rose compotes were combined for stunning centerpieces. Linen chairs and silver lanterns framed the tables on all sides.
wedding-table-inspirationelegant-outdoor-wedding-ideaspretty-wedding-chinapineapple-placecardscustom-wedding-cookiespeach-and-white-wedding-flowerssouthern-wedding-venuesEach guest found his seat with a hand-calligraphed place card nestled into a miniature pineapple.

Five tiers of sweet perfection, this cream and gold cake tower struck a beautiful balance of old and new with magnolia accents.southern-wedding-inspiration gold-and-white-wedding-cakeoutdoor-tent-ideas-for-weddingsummer-wedding-cocktailsThe lounge tent, fully draped with Spanish moss and greenery, looked as if it had existed on the property for years. Its centerpiece was a woven water hyacinth settee, chairs and a blue hammered drum coffee table where guests could gather and relax or have a drink from the boxwood bar.
dockside-weddingswedding-on-nc-riverWEDDING CONSULTANT Gather Together | PHOTOGRAPHY Renee Sprink Photography | VENUE River Forest Manor & Marina | BRIDAL GOWN & BRIDESMAID GOWNS Tre Bella Bridal | FLOWERS Tre Bella Flowers | TENT & GLASSWARE Party Reflections | LIGHTING Get Lit Special Event Lighting | FURNITURE & DÉCOR Themeworks | CAKE The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery | PAPER One+Only Paper TABLEWARE, JEWELRY, BOW TIES & ACCESSORIES Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day | DRAPING & LINENS Party Tables | MENSWEAR The Black Tux | CHILDREN’S ATTIRE Shower Me with Love