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White and Green Wedding Tabletop from Fresh Affairs

We’re back for the second installment in our series highlighting our talented local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot. Today’s post features a lush white and green wedding tabletop from Fresh Affairs

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.

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Fresh Affairs created a soft, luxurious white and green tabletop featuring cascading blooms of white hydrangeas, calla lilies, roses, and orchids. The pillowy display is both an over-the-top head table for the bridal party, as well as a deligtful centerpiece for the reception as a whole.

This color palette is effortless and timeless — perfect for an elegant evening wedding either indoors or outdoors. Enjoy these photos (some never-before-seen!) of Fresh Affairs‘ stunning designs courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters, taken in the gorgeous Angle Amphitheater at Duke Gardens.

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White and Green Wedding Tabletop

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A huge thanks to the rest of the 2014 Floral Team, including: Party Reflections (tabletop linens, china and chairs), Paper Cafe (menu), Lana Addison Bridal (Claire Pettibone bridal gown), Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (jewelry), and Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup).

Custom Wedding Cakes from Sugarland

We’re back today to feature another one of our fantastic local bakeries! If you’re looking for a unique confectionary creation for your wedding day, consider custom wedding cakes from Sugarland

Sugarland whips up an array of sweet treats – from cupcakes to gelato – fresh from scratch every day. The bakery’s extremely talented design team specializes in in custom wedding cakes, from classic and simple to the utterly extravagant. Each baker has a four-year pastry degree, and all of the decorators have degrees in the fine arts or painting from top-notch universities.

Sugarland has two locations here in the Triangle – one on Franklin Street in the heart of Chapel Hill, and the other at Cameron Village in Raleigh.

For our 2014 Cake Shoot, Sugarland created a mouth-watering dessert table overflowing with sweet treats! Sugarland’s autumn celebration with rustic flair included a three-tier cake with antiqued icing, cookies, éclairs, mini apple pies, crème brulee, macaroons, mini cheesecakes, mousse shooters, and more!

Rustic Dessert Spread

Mini Cheesecakes and Iced Wedding Cake

Macaroons and mousse shooters

On the left is a beautiful peacock cake that was hand painted by Sugarland’s decorators. The vivid colors are safe, all-natural food dyes that are expertly painted directly onto the cake. The sky is the limit when it comes to hand painted designs.

On the right is a totally unique creation from Sugarland. The cake was made to imitate a bridal gown, and features ruching, buttons, and a floral trim.

Hand painted wedding cake

This cake features tiny champagne icing bubbles – perfect for symbolizing a happy occasion, such as a wedding. Set in front of a giant bowl of silver disco balls from ThemeWorks, this cake is sure to set the stage for an exciting, elegant affair.

Silver Wedding Cake

Photos 1-3 by Halftone Studios at DoubleTree by Hilton Mansion on the Hill
Photos 4-5 by Brian Mullins Photography at ThemeWorks

Ombre Red Wedding Flowers from Floral Dimensions

We’re excited to share the first post in a series highlighting our talented local florists’ designs from the SB&G 2014 Floral Shoot. Today’s post features vibrant ombre red wedding flowers from Floral Dimensions

Floral Dimensions is a professional florist owned and operated by Bea and Jon Miller, located right here in Durham, NC, and has been producing absolutely stunning floral arrangements for over 20 years.

For the 2014 Floral Shoot, Floral Dimensions created a glamorous ombre red and fuchsia tabletop and bouquet. The lush arrangement, which includes a full-length hanging floral chandelier, features florals in ombre hues of deep red and rich fuchsia. The jaw-dropping tabletop is finished with hanging crystal details, a metallic silver linen, and black accents.

This color palette is perfect for a bride who wants an elegant evening wedding, and pairs beautifully with The Cotton Room‘s urban warehouse vibe. Enjoy these photos (some never-before-seen) of Floral Dimensions‘ gorgeous designs courtesy of Photography by Walters & Walters.

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We’d also like to give a huge shout out to our 2014 Floral Shoot team: The Cotton Room, Photography by Walters & Walters, Floral Dimensions (floral design and papers), Party Reflections (linens, china, and chairs), Lana Addison Bridal, Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, and Bella Trio Day Spa (hair and makeup).

SB&G 2014 – Bridal Fashion from Alexia’s and Lana Addison Bridal

This year, Southern Bride & Groom’s bridal fashion editorial shoot was at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh, where we paired stunning looks from our bridal salons with the museum’s interesting and artful backdrops. Today, we’re sharing our favorite bridal fashion from Alexia’s and Lana Addison Bridal – high-end, full-service bridal salons owned by husband and wife duo, Alexia and Michael Joyce. Brides-to-be get a one-of-a-kind experience with these boutiques, located in Raleigh and Cary, NC, which offer couture designers, special occasion gowns, bridesmaid dresses and in-house alterations.

Bridal Fashion from Alexia's and Lana Addison Bridal in Raleigh NC

The stunning emerald bridesmaids dress with a detailed ruffle neckline (left) is a Lynn Lugo design from Alexia’s. Emerald was the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year, and it’s still popping up in weddings and events everywhere! The model is wearing jewelry from Charlotte’s, a gift, clothing and jewelry boutique located in Cameron Village and North Hills in Raleigh.

The bridal gown in the same shot (left) is by Tulle New York, available at Lana Addison Bridal. We adore the dropped waist and playful tone-on-tone polka dot detail paired with statement jewelry from Bel Canto Designs, our vintage jewelry artist, as well as an engagement ring from Anfesa’s Jewelers, a fine jewelry store in Garner.

On the right is a dramatic Theia gown, also from Lana Addison. The elaborate bodice paired with the full, ruffled skirt makes for a dreamy combination, especially when paired with the classic jewelry from Anfesa’s.

Raleigh NC Wedding Dresses

Colored wedding gowns are becoming increasingly popular, and with this gorgeous blush Monique Lhullier gown (left) from Alexia’s, we understand why! The dress features a classic sweetheart neckline, sash, and fit and flair skirt. The model is also wearing jewelry from Charlotte’s to complete the soft and romantic look.

On the right is a sleek satin Martina Liana gown from Lana Addison Bridal. The gown’s elegant lines and sweetheart neckline pair perfectly with the beaded belt, and a statement ring and chandelier earrings from Charlotte’s add just the right amount of glamour.

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We were all head-over-heels for this dress, a light and airy Martina Liana design from Lana Addison Bridal. Every detail is simply perfect, from the embellished cap sleeves and subtly ruched bodice to the beaded waist and full tulle skirt. The demure look is completed with earrings from Bel Canto Designs and a ring from Anfesa’s.

Newly-engaged gals, be sure to make an appointment at Lana Addison or Alexia’s to start looking for your dream wedding gown!

All photos by Dara Blakeley Photography at the NC Museum of Art. The brunette model’s hair and makeup was done by Makeup for Your Day; the blonde model’s hair and makeup was done by Lather.

Wedding Day Style Shoot at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills

We are so thrilled that the newest edition of Southern Bride & Groom is out and about for local brides to use as an inspirational planning resource for their weddings in North Carolina and beyond. Today, we’re excited to share a shoot that highlights wedding day fashion for the entire wedding party. Today’s post includes some never-before-seen photos of our Wedding Day Style Shoot at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills by Swank Photo Studio!

We selected the chic Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel for our wedding day style shoot. The hotel is conveniently located in the North Hills shopping center, a perfect location not only because of the stunning interiors and beautiful rooms, but also the proximity of a variety of entertainment. We staged a full wedding day featuring multiple fashion looks for both the bride and the groom — from the preparation and the first look to the ceremony and the reception!

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We’d like to give a huge shout out to the wonderful vendors who made this shoot so successful, including: the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel, A Southern Soiree (styling), Swank Photo Studio, Gorgeous Gowns (bridal gowns), Savvi Bridal (bridal gowns), Bella Bridesmaids (two-toned dress – LulaKate; solid purple dress – Coren Moore), Bernard’s Formalwear, Savvi Formalwear, The English Garden (florals), Charlotte’s (jewelry, robes, and gift items), Douglas Carroll Salon & Spa (hair and makeup), Classic Party Rentals (chairs and linen), Sugarland (cake), and Southern Season (china and flatware).

Outer Banks Bridal Style Shoot — NC Beach Wedding

We are thrilled that the newest edition of Southern Bride & Groom is out and about for local brides to use as an inspirational planning resource for their weddings in North Carolina and beyond. Today, we’re excited to share a shoot that highlights our state’s stunning Outer Banks area. Today’s post includes some never-before-seen photos of our Outer Banks bridal style shoot from Brian Mullins Photography!

North Carolina has one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the entire country, so finding a gorgeous location for a destination wedding is as easy as pie. The Outer Banks is known for its untouched coastline, pristine dunes and preserved natural environment.

We assembled a wonderful team of wedding professionals for a preppy-meets-rustic Outer Banks bridal style shoot for the 2014 edition of Southern Bride & Groom. The shoot highlights several features of the beautiful Sanderling Resort, which sits beachside, but also has an event space and gazebo pier on the sound side of the island of Duck, NC. The Resort has a variety of outdoor areas shielded from the ocean breeze by the coast’s dunes, perfect for mingling cocktail hours or romantic evenings as newlyweds.

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We’d like to give a huge shout out to the talented team of vendors who helped make this two-day shoot such a beautiful success, including: The Sanderling Resort, Brian Mullins Photography, Erin McLean Events (styling), Simply Put Vintage Rentals (furniture), CE Rental (linens and table setting), Tre Bella Flowers (floral design), Cute Buttons (menus and place cards), Tre Bella Bridal (Badgley Mischka bridal gown), Bernard’s Formalwear (tuxedo), Makeup for Your Day (hair and makeup), Diamonds Direct (jewelry), and One Belle Bakery (cakes).

The Online Edition of Southern Bride & Groom 2014 is Live

It’s official — the online edition of Southern Bride & Groom 2014 is live, just in time for the New Year and the peak of engagement season!

The online edition is a fantastic, on-the-go resource for beautiful wedding inspiration at your fingertips, and is especially useful to brides-to-be who haven’t had the chance to get their hands on a hard copy just yet.

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Renee Sprink Photography

The 2014 edition of SB&G contains absolutely everything you need to know to plan a wedding in North Carolina’s Triangle area, and is full of more content than ever, including more inspirational shoots, 10 real weddings, and a variety of articles that outline the year’s hottest trends, etiquette, and planning tips.

Give us a shout out with the hashtag #sbgmag when you spot SB&G 2014 at distribution sites, use the magazine in your wedding planning, or get inspired from the pages upon pages of Southern wedding beauty!

November Giveaways — Facebook Contest to Win a Trip to Jekyll Island Club Hotel

It’s that time again! Today, we’re revealing our October winners and announcing the prizes for our November giveaways. Each month, we give our a handful of gift certificates to local shops, restaurants, spas and hotels, and this month, we’re having a Facebook contest to win a trip to Jekyll Island Club Hotel — a beautiful resort off the coast of Georgia.

Facebook Contest to Win a Trip to Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Jekyll Island Club Hotel is a stunning property on Jekyll Island, off the coast of Georgia. From the NC Triangle it is about a 5-6 hour drive, but upon arrival you’ll feel like you’re in another world, with one of the most spectacular and unique beaches in the country — Driftwood Beach. Bike around the jungle inland throughout the day, lounge around the pool, and enjoy delicious meals onsite at the hotel. Jekyll Island Club Hotel also hosts several stunning weddings each year and is an ideal destination wedding location.

But first, we’d like to congratulate our October winners!

Amy and her fiancé John won $100 to Café Parizade in Durham. The couple plans to marry at The Matthews House on January 4th.

Heather and her fiancé Joshua won a $100 gift certificate to the Fearrington House Restaurant. Heather and Joshua plan to wed at 1705 Prime next June.

Melissa and her fiancé David won $100 to Sparian’s Bowling & Bistro in Raleigh. The duo is tying the knot at The Oaks at Salem.

This month, we’re giving away:

-A $50 gift card to Bella Trio Salon & Day Spa in Durham – the perfect place to get a fantastic new hairdo or relaxing massage.

-A $100 gift certificate to Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern in Raleigh. Second Empire is a wonderful place for a date night out!

Our grand prize for November is a four-day, three-night getaway at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. We’re having a Facebook contest for the chance to win this romantic trip – perfect for a pre- or post-wedding trip. Write on our Facebook wall telling us you want to win this romantic getaway by Friday, November 15th at 12:00pm, and we’ll comment on our winner’s post by the end of the day!

Also, be sure to register with us to qualify for the other prizes we are doling out this month, and every month!

Renew at the Redesigned Umstead Hotel & Spa

Recently, I enjoyed a renewing respite from the daily work grind at the expanded and newly redesigned Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary. In the hustle and bustle of the wedding industry business, it’s hard to make time to wind down, but it seems the intensity of the week began to melt immediately upon entering the spa area of the hotel, with its soothing sounds and relaxing herbal scent.

After passing the nail salon section — that just happens to have the most luxurious pedicure leather lounges ever — the concierge greeted me warmly. She walked me through the new areas of the spa, which include a private outdoor coed wave pool that is privately placed amongst natural greenery (bathing suits required), an outdoor coed terrace for reading and relaxing in the sun, and a second floor lounge with snacks and drinks. The coed treatment room is also larger, and has its own private whirlpool. Wouldn’t a treatment for the newlyweds be just the perfect wedding gift?!

Redesigned Umstead Hotel & Spa

Redesigned Umstead Hotel & Spa

Redesigned Umstead Hotel & Spa

The women’s-only side of the spa is enlarged and has a lounge for relaxing and reading, a sauna, a steam room, a large whirlpool and refreshing private showers with everything you need for pampering. In the locker room, I changed into a plush terry robe provided and enjoyed the sauna and whirlpool before my scheduled facial.

Facials are not a regular treatment for me, but this one was a fabulous experience that I felt was offered by a true facial expert. The room, with its aromatherapy scents, the gentle musical notes, and enveloping warmth transported me to a dreamy place I hope to enjoy again soon. The next visit for me will be a reward for getting the SB&G magazine to press to enjoy one of my other favorite Umstead spa treatments — a full body massage. I did take a little bit of the spa home with me to enjoy by stopping to purchase some of their wonderful botanical washing scrub and lotions!

Southern Bride & Groom 2014 Photo Shoot Sneak Peek

We’ve wrapped up two incredibly unique photo shoots for Southern Bride & Groom 2014 this month! These shoots are going to be incredibly beautiful spreads for the next edition of the Triangle’s leading wedding-planning publication.

Southern Bride & Groom 2014

We’re going to keep just about everything about these two shoots under wraps until the magazine debuts…but can anyone guess where these two Instagram shots were taken? Hint: Both are iconic locations in North Carolina! Start to get excited, y’all, this edition of SB&G is going to be absolutely stunning!

Stay tuned to SB&G for more photo shoot information and, of course, the 2014 edition of the magazine, which will feature a slew of beautiful photos from these two “secret” shoots to help you get inspired for your own big day! Follow us on Instagram for more using the hashtag #SBG14!