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Thanks for the Memories, Team SB&G!

Happy Friday, y’all! For me, today is bittersweet: it’s the very last day I’ll be in the office with the other lovely, talented ladies that make up Team SB&G.

Weddings have always held a special place in my heart – I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love with them (although I’d bet that it happened sometime during the hours upon hours I spent watching Say Yes to the Dress in middle and high school) – but when I joined SB&G over two and a half years ago, fresh out of UNC Chapel Hill, I was pretty clueless about the industry, despite being engaged at the time. I cannot thank Donna and Jenna enough for deciding to take a chance on me! I never would have guessed that I would be lucky enough to work in such an amazing, inspiring industry alongside some of North Carolina’s most talented wedding professionals and small business owners – being surrounded by so many reliable sources of information and insight was not only invaluable to planning my own wedding, but for my growth as an employee and my heart for the industry.

I’ve learned so much during my time with the magazine – from etiquette necessities like how to be a respectful, supportive member of the bridal party and how to write a proper thank you note, to technological feats like how to use Photoshop and master the basics of HTML code, to insider information like how to pad a ring that’s too big for a model’s finger and how to set a table with nine different types of flatware. But above all, I think the most important thing I’ve learned is to go all in – to work hard and continue to strive to be better. I’m more often found behind the scenes here at SB&G. I spend my time tucked away at my desk, putting together blog posts, designing inspiration boards, gathering information for newsletters, writing and editing articles for the print publication, and sorting through beautiful real wedding submissions to share with our readers. When I do step out of the office, you can find me behind the SB&G booth at bridal shows or assisting at photo shoots for the magazine. The photo shoot days are always some of my very favorite – they’re long and hard and exhausting, but three times now, I’ve been there to feel the satisfaction and pride that comes from first touching those glossy magazine pages filled with the images and articles we worked so hard to perfect, and let me tell you, that makes it all worth it.

I’m excited to start my next chapter – I’ll be returning to school for a nursing degree after the holidays – but I’m going to miss so much about this one. I’ll miss the wonderful people I worked with, the camaraderie felt only when working for a small, local business, and the weddings – oh, I’ll miss the weddings! I’ll miss the photo shoots with lace and tulle and the smell of fresh flowers. I’ll miss the snapping of the camera lens and the decadent fondant cakes and the sparkly jewelry. I’ll miss reading couple’s sweet love stories and personal vows and tearing up at my desk while watching their wedding films – I’ll miss it all.

Team SBGDonna, Jenna, Leslie & Patricia — I love you ladies! Thank you so much for welcoming me into the SB&G Family, I’m so, so grateful for you all!

Save the Date for The 2015 Wedding Show by Forever Bridal

The New Year is right around the corner, which means everyone that got engaged over the holidays is ready to jump into wedding planning! Luckily, The 2015 Wedding Show by Forever Bridal – the biggest, most popular, and longest-running bridal expo in the state of North Carolina – is set for Saturday, January 3 through Sunday, January 4. The Saturday show will run from 10:00am – 4:00pm, and the Sunday show will run from 11:00am – 4:00pm.

Solitaire Engagement Ring
Whether you’re newly engaged or a bride-to-be in the midst of the wedding planning process, The Wedding Show is a must-attend event. It’s an annual event held at the Jim Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds, where brides and grooms have the chance to meet with over 150 of the Triangle’s leading wedding experts to inspire them and answer all of their questions. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with the most talented Triangle wedding caterers and florists, photographers and videographers, wedding consultants, venues and more to help you in your planning process.

The show also features on-stage entertainment with the season’s hottest fashions in bridal, menswear, mother of the bride (and groom!) apparel, bridesmaids’ attire, and outfits for the flower girls and ring bearers. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by the Southern Bride & Groom booth for a free copy of the brand new 2015 edition of the magazine and the chance to enter a fantastic giveaway!

Save the date for The 2015 Wedding Show by Forever Bridal, register now, and start making plans to attend!

NY Bridal Market: Modern Trousseau Fall 2015 Collection

All week we have been sharing our favorite looks, designers, and exclusive photography by Riley MacLean from our trip to New York Bridal Market last month. Today we are introducing you to the Modern Trousseau Fall 2015 collection, which we previewed in their New York Showroom.

Modern Trousseau is run by husband and wife team, Callie and David Tein, and based in New York and Charleston. The sophisticated, romantic look of Callie’s designs is perfect for Southern brides. Also appealing is the versatility of the collection that allows brides mix and match styles, skirt shapes, color accents, veils and jackets, to create a personalized look.

If you like what you see, be sure to look for some of the gowns from this collection at one of our local NC bridal boutiques, Tre Bella Bridal in Durham. Several Modern Trousseau gowns will also be gracing the pages of our 2015 edition of Southern Bride & Groom!

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 1A variety of soft colors and romantic textures hand in the Modern Trousseau showroom

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 2This gown is Storm, which features asymmetrical lace. She comes in soft gray, ivory and blush.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 3At Left, Storm; At Right, Layla has a petticoat skirt and lots of movement
“The names remind me of what the dress is,” says Callie.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 4Raven – tulle edged with lace, and lace buttons on the back. Here she is shown paired with the Raven jacket, which can be done separately, and with different lace

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 5Gwen, which can be ordered with or without straps, has a flowy Grecian look, a simple detail at the waist, and a dramatic, low back.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 6Opal, though covered in beads hand-embroidered with silver thread, hands softly and beautifully. Pair this jacket with another style to add flair.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 7At Left, Mina, a beautiful, flattering ballgown; At right, Porter, a classic shape in French tulle and hand-cut lace

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 8Modern Trousseau designs a paired veil for many of her gowns. Mix and match as you please for the perfect finish.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 9Modern Trousseau gowns are always light, and beautifully-fitting. At left, Shelby; At right, Rain.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 10Spencer, shown with a lace jacket and sash

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 11Kasey features exquisite Italian lace – a sexy, large lace pattern.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 12At left, Kasey paired with the Kasey cage veil; At right, Honor, a pleated, high-low dress in Thai silk with a lace bodice. Air parachutes this dress as the bride moves.

NYC Bridal Market Day 4 - 13Another high-low dress just like Honor, Pride is also in Italian silk. Her signature jacket features with mink pockets for a “Game of Thrones” vibe, and when the jacket is removed, Grace Kelly is evoked. What a finale!

Amy Kuschel Peace and Love Collection

At NY Bridal Market last month, we were treated to a preview of the fall 2015 line by one of my favorite bridal gown designers. The new Amy Kuschel Peace and Love Collection has her signature classic yet contemporary feel, with a focus on flattering fits and comfort. This charming collection with its nod to the 60’s & 70’s flower child ear is particularly hip, but as always, Amy uses the finest fabrics from beaded French lace to embroidered organza.

Today we are sharing a preview of some of our favorite new looks from the new collection, photographed by Riley MacLean Photography who documented our time at New York Bridal Fashion Week. The best part? Amy Kuschel is carried by one of our local NC bridal boutiques, Lana Addison Bridal in downtown Cary, NC!

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 1NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 2Amy Kuschel’s signature fitted dress with a slight trumpet is showcased with Quinn. The trend of lace décolletage and sleeves is matched with a sexy peek in the back.

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 3The lovely Luna gown is relaxed yet elegant

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 4Designer Amy Kuschel describes her collection to buyers from a bridal boutique.

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 5London, for the dainty and feminine bride

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 6Lennon, a classic sweetheart top and simple trumpet, shown above and below, with a lace overlay jacket

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 7Taking in all the pretty – not a bad way to spend an afternoon

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 8Kitten, a short dress to match the current mod rage

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 9Amy created a “Jackie” series, all short dresses in the same shape but featuring different laces. Shown here is Bella Rose.

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 10Behind the scenes in Amy Kuschel’s showroom at The London Hotel in Manhattan

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 11Amy Kuschel’s ready-to-wear design background has given her the skills to create bridal looks that are not only flattering for the female form, but comfortable.  Shown here, River

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 12Bardot has a fun feather accent at top. Her sister dress, Starr, is shown below.

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 13“Starr is a little bit of everything- sweet, sexy, trumpet” – Amy

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 14Luxurious lace: Cassidy with Barcelona sash; At right, Babe

NYC Bridal Market Day 3 - 15Cassidy, embroidered organza, is in the softest shade of blue. My personal fave – and a perfect choice for any UNC or Duke alumna!

Durham Staycation at the King’s Daughters Inn

Last month, the Southern Bride & Groom Team spent two days at the fabulous King’s Daughters Inn, located in Downtown Durham near Duke’s East campus, for a team building and planning retreat. We spent Sunday afternoon in the Inn’s gorgeous Parlour Room brainstorming ideas for the 2015 edition of SB&G.

SBG Retreat at Kings Daughters Inn sized

That evening, we headed to Café Parizade for an amazing dinner before retreating to our beautiful rooms at the King’s Daughters Inn, who generously gave each team member their own private retreat! We awoke refreshed and enjoyed a delicious breakfast courtesy of the Inn before meeting up with Robin Lin of Robin Lin Photography for our annual team photoshoot. We had a wonderful time exploring the Inn and having our photos taken, and then we headed to the SB&G office for another day of extensive planning and brainstorming. The King’s Daughters Inn is a beautiful venue for weddings, a great place for your wedding guests to stay, or a wonderful hideaway for anyone’s Durham staycation!

Team SBG Team SBG 2 Jenna and Donna SBG

Team SB&G would like to thank the King’s Daughters Inn for their incredible hospitality – we had a fantastic time and felt very pampered — and Robin Lin Photography for our gorgeous photos!

Fresh from Scratch Catering from Donovan’s Dish

We’re highlighting some of the impressive culinary concoctions our chefs created for SB&G’s 2014 Food Shoot. Today, we’re featuring fresh from scratch catering from Donovan’s Dish.

Donovan’s Dish Catering & Events is the product of the husband and wife team, TJ and Jill Donovan. His extensive culinary expertise combined with her business savvy sparked the creation of their catering company, and since 2004, they’ve been doing what they love most – events!

Donovan’s Dish provides a totally unique catering experience – they round our their always fresh-from-scratch and local-when-possible culinary creations with planning and rental assistance for events of all styles and the beautiful floral designs of Kyle Overby for full-service wedding design. The team will work one-on-one with couples to create a fabulous, personalized menu to suit their needs and budget.

For our 2014 Food Shoot, Donovan’s Dish served up three delectable dishes. The first was their signature dish, this colorful blackened shrimp succotash.

Blackened Shrimp Succotash

The second was this beautiful roasted beets, pear, and NC chevre stack.

Roasted Beet Stack

And the third was this bite-sized chicken and waffles combination. Chicken and waffles was first made popular in New York in the early 1900s, and has taken the rest of the country by storm. Chef TJ puts his own spin on the classic with mini chicken and waffles bites topped with a sweet honey bourbon glaze.

Chicken and Waffles Bites

Thanks to Neil Boyd Photography for the beautiful catering photos!

Southern Bride & Groom’s NC-Themed Event at the Cardinal Club

All of us at Southern Bride & Groom would like to extend our thanks to the wonderful wedding professionals who came to our “Heart of NC” themed event at the Cardinal Club in Downtown Raleigh earlier this month. This event is something we look forward to all year, where the talented wedding vendors who advertise with SB&G gather together to enjoy great food and make new connections. It also gives us the opportunity to showcase a beautiful local venue and highlight several of the professionals that are a vital part of the Southern Bride & Groom family.

This year’s NC-themed luncheon was held on Wednesday, April 9th, at the Cardinal Club in Raleigh. The Cardinal Club was the perfect location for our midday meal, with its classic staircase, elegant details, and, of course, the stunning panoramic views of Downtown Raleigh.  The space allowed our guests to network and then be comfortably seated for a delectable lunch, prepared by the Cardinal Club’s catering team. The chefs worked closely with us to create a menu that reflected our North Carolina theme down to the last detail. The Cardinal Club will soon have their renovations completed that includes new carpet, lighting and wall coverings.

We’d also like to get a special thanks to the following vendors:

Ninth Street Flowers went above and beyond to create an absolutely stunning floral look for the afternoon. The arrangements were varying heights of cherry blossoms, tulips, lilies, and roses, all in shades of soft pink, which perfectly complemented the Cardinal Club’s decor.

Cute Buttons Gift & Paper Boutique designed the beautiful invitations, menu cards, and table signs. Since the theme of the day was all things North Carolina, Cute Buttons created a custom, ombre red-to-pink hued silhouette of The Tar Heel State for our invitations. The invitations were hand-addressed with beautiful calligraphy by Calligraphy by Carrie, who also created chalkboard art adorned with our #SBGMag hashtag for our party!

Classic Party Rentals provided the stunning gold table linens that helped pull our entire look together. The soft gold color paired beautifully with the Cardinal Club’s brushed gold chiavari chairs.

SPIN kept our guests entertained during the mingling and delicious seated lunch with roots and “new-grass” tunes.

A few attendees took home one of our NC-themed prizes including wines from Biltmore Estate and JoLo Vineyards, as well as donated prizes from Moon & Lola and High Cotton. Everyone left with a little favor treat from  Edible Art Bakery – North Carolina-themed cookies in the shape of Dogwood flowers, pigs, and the state outline.

Robin Lin Photography helped us out by taking some photos to document the afternoon event. Please enjoy the gorgeous detail shots below, all by Robin Lin!

SBG Lunch Invitation and Menu Team SBG Cardinal Club Chandelier NC State Symbols Cherry Blossom Floral Arrangement Gentlemen Bow Tie Giveaway SBG Mag Pink Signature Cocktail Cardinal Club Ballroom Pink Floral Centerpieces Southern Giveaway Prizes SBG Customer Lunch 2014 Southern Table Setting Pork Rillette Cardinal Club House Salad Sweet Tea Brined Chicken Molten Red Velvet Cake

NC Shaped Cookie
Thanks again to all of the vendors who helped make the Southern Bride & Groom “Heart of NC” Customer Appreciation Luncheon 2014 such a wonderful success!


Preppy Coral and Gray Wedding Tabletop from Flowers by Gary

We’re back with the eighth installment in our series highlighting our local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot! Today’s post features a preppy coral and gray wedding tabletop from Flowers by Gary.

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.

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Flowers by Gary designed a cheerful, preppy coral and gray wedding tabletop featuring lush peonies and roses. The peach, pink, and coral flowers were arranged together in beautiful mercury glass containers, and the look was pulled together with a sharp gray chevron runner and chair covers.

The bright, happy design paired beautifully with the urban venue, Belt Line Station. This fun color palette of pink hues and gray works well for weddings in any season, especially spring and summer. Enjoy these photos, some never-before-seen, of Flower by Gary’s stunning floral designs, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.

Coral and Grey Wedding Table Grey Chevron Chair Cover Pink Wedding Flowers Coral and Grey Placesetting Pink Peony Bridal Bouquet

Thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Shoot Team, including: American Party Rentals (tables, chairs, and china), Cute Buttons (papers), Savvi Bridal (bridal gown), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (jewelry), and Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup).

Romantic Pink and White Tabletop from Tre Bella Flowers

We’re back with the seventh installment in our series highlighting our local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot! Today’s post features a romantic pink and white tabletop from Tre Bella Flowers.

Three sisters who also own Tre Bella Bridal run Tre Bella Flowers, a florist located in downtown Durham.

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Tre Bella Flowers designed a romantic pink and white tabletop that was the perfect combination of soft and rustic. A wooden farm table was decorated with a simple burlap runner, blush, cream and pink garden roses and peonies, anemones, and metallic gold details.

The soft, romantic design paired beautifully with the city-chic venue – The Cotton Room. This sweet color palette of pink hues and whites works well for weddings in any season, especially spring. Enjoy these photos, some never-before-seen, of Tre Bella’s stunning floral designs, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.

Romantic Blush and White Wedding Flowers Pink White and Gold Wedding Decor White and Gold Placesetting Pink and Gold Wedding Tablescape Pink and White Bridal Bouquet

Thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Shoot Team, including: American Party Rentals (tables, chairs, and china), Calligraphy by Carrie (papers), Tre Bella Bridal (bridal gown), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (jewelry), and Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup).

Urban Yellow Tabletop from Ninth Street Flowers

We’re back with the sixth installment in our series highlighting our local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot! Today’s post features an urban yellow tabletop from Ninth Street Flowers.

Ninth Street Flowers, located in downtown Durham, is one of the Triangle area’s premiere flower shops. Owners Larry and Lea Wood source blooms from local growers as much as possible to give their customers a totally unique, personalized experience.

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Ninth Street Flowers designed an urban yellow tabletop that was edgy and contemporary. The design featured canary yellow blooms, a concrete table, a steel “tree” and a modern circular centerpiece. The centerpiece of roses and calla lilies creates a chandelier of sorts for the table set for two

The modern design paired perfectly with the urban vibe of the venue, The Cotton Room. A feel-good color palette of yellow and steel grey works for a wedding in any season. Enjoy these photos, some, never-before-seen, of Ninth Street‘s stunning floral designs, courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.

Yellow Wedding Flowers Yellow Wedding Centerpiece Yellow Placesetting Yellow Floral Centerpiece Yellow Bridal Bouquet


Thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Shoot Team, including: Classic Party Rentals (rentals), Calligraphy by Carrie (paper), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (jewelry), Lana Addison Bridal (bridal gown), Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup), and The Cotton Room (venue and table).