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Bold and Colorful Summer Floral Inspiration

Southern Bride & Groom is excited to share some of our favorite photos, including many not seen in print, from our floral designers featured in the 2015 magazine.

After a long winter, we love to see the return of vibrant colors and rich toned flowers! This shoot, on the Terrace overlooking the green of The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham, NC, makes us think of the hot summer nights ahead. Embrace the heat for your outdoor reception with vibrant pinks and fiery lava orange that mimic a gorgeous sunset. Late night calls for candles and lanterns, setting a romantic mood this fun Sangria table.

This bold and colorful summer floral inspiration created by Expressions of Love Florist features a beautiful mix of roses, peonies and orchids. The team at this Fuquay Varina floral shop brings a combined total of 52 years of experience to the business. Along with contemporary and traditional arrangements, the shop specializes in tropicals, high-style floral arrangements, dried floral arrangements, and more. Their large inventory of fresh flowers means they can create beautiful floral designs for weddings in all seasons.
Patio reception at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in DurhamPink and orange flowers by NC floristSummer wedding bouquet with roses and peoniesGold wedding table with orchidsDurham, NC wedding reception venue at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf ClubSangria table at outdoor wedding receptionPink peony bridal bouquet by Expressions of Love FloristLanterns and outdoor wedding decorFLORAL DESIGN Expressions of Love Florist | CHAIRS & TABLETOP RENTALS Classic Party Rentals | PLACE CARDS & CHALKBOARD CALLIGRAPHY Calligraphy by Carrie | GOWN Lisa from Tulle New York | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters

Triangle NC Wedding News – Wedding Shows and Bridal Inspiration

Spring is an exciting and busy time for brides in the Triangle and for all of us at Southern Bride & Groom! From informative and inspiring wedding shows and art exhibits to food festivals and bridal events, there are so many fun events to enjoy! Below, are some events we’ve attended recently, including wedding shows and events with plenty of bridal inspiration.
Ninth Stree Flowers at the Nasher Museum in Durham
Nasher Wedding Studio
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University hosted its 2nd Annual Nasher Wedding Studio in March. SB&G co-publisher, Jenna Park Olender, was part of a panel of wedding experts that included Rachael Price from Tre Bella Flowers, Morgan Montgomery from Paisley & Jade vintage rentals, and Terri Watson of Get Lit Special Event Lighting. The topic of wedding design was a hit with attendees! Following the panel was a meet and greet with each of the Nasher’s preferred caterers: Parizade, Durham Catering, Mitchell’s, the Catering Company of Chapel Hill, and Posh Nosh.
Panel of wedding experts in North Carolina discuss wedding design
Kathy Wright, event director of Nasher, led the panel and organized the event. After the presentation, while enjoying treats and drinks, guests had a chance to mingle in the grand lobby at Nasher, which featured a stunning table display from American Party Rentals and Ninth Street Flowers. Filled with beautiful natural light during the daytime and turning into a magical sleek event venue by night, this space exudes modern elegance. Photos were taken by Jennifer Kidd, who also presented on photography at the show.


Art in Bloom at NCMA
Talk about floral inspiration!…The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh just concluded its Art in Bloom showcase – a weekend long event that fused flowers and art to create a colorful and lively exhibit which drew an impressive crowd of 10,000 visitors!
Flower displays at Raleigh Art MuseumFlowers and Art at NC MuseumLocal florists, including many of SB&G’s talented family members like Tre Bella Flowers, Fresh Affairs, Ninth Street Flowers, Blossom Artistry, Catering Works, and The English Garden, crafted floral arrangements inspired by the art of the West Building of NCMA – the arrangements were be based on the colors, textures, and patterns of these art pieces. If you didn’t get to go for yourself, check out the beautiful images captured by NCMA photographers Karen Malinofski and Christopher Ciccone.
Art in Bloom Exhibit at the NCMA
Floral inspiration at Raleigh NCMAFloral Exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of ArtMarch of the Brides
Brides-to-be who competed in Diamonds Direct Crabtree’s 2nd Annual March of the Brides competition walked away with sweet prizes, and based on the photographs captured by Three Little Birds Studio, they had a lot of fun doing it!
Diamonds Direct March of the Brides ContestOver 300 brides registered for the contest via Diamond Direct’s Facebook page, but only 40 lucky brides were selected to compete. Adorned with diamond ring veils and competition t-shirts, the brides put on their game faces and fought hard for their chance to win amazing prizes.


Brides rotated in groups and competed in all kinds of wedding-themed games. Starting with the bouquet toss, sponsored by The English Garden of Raleigh, brides had to throw flower bouquets as far as they could and were scored on the distance thrown. Brides next moved to the seating scramble sponsored by Eschelon Experiences and the photo hunt sponsored by Three Little Birds Studio. During the wedding planner dash, sponsored by A Southern Soiree, brides competed in a relay-style activity, that conclude with stacking presents and running to the finish line!


In the end, there were nine big winners who left with prizes including a $1,000 gift certificate to Diamonds Direct, $500 towards catering by Eschelon, a photography package by Three Little Birds Studio, a $500 gift certificate for wedding cake by Edible Art, $250 for flowers from The English Garden, and more!
Diamonds Direct Crabtree of Raleigh

Taste the Event Launch Party
Last night was the official kick off and launch party for Taste 2015 – a series of delicious events that celebrates food & drink in North Carolina, from the budding craft hard cider industry to a good old-fashioned burger cook-off competition to a Grand Taste Experience. Dan Shannon, publisher of Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine, spoke while guests enjoys bites from the students at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham at American Tobacco Campus. We can’t wait for the delightful treats that are in store for us during Taste! If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, don’t miss out on this exciting foodie festival.

Taste the Event food and drink festival in DurhamDan Shannon publisher of Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill MagazineTaste magazine Triangle food guide

TASTE the Event 2015 in Durham: Q&A with Basan

Basan is the newest restaurant in the Eschelon Experiences group, bringing modern Japanese cuisine and fresh sushi to the Bull City. Its convenient downtown location at the American Tobacco Campus makes it the perfect place to catch a bite before a show at DPAC or a Bull’s game.

Head Chef Toshio Sakamaki is a master of preparing fish and vegetables. He was born in Tokyo Japan where his father worked as a sushi chef and owned a sushi restaurant. He brings years of culinary expertise to Eschelon Experiences and showcases his mastery at Basan.

We spoke with the team at Basan about the local food scene, their private dining and event space, and what people can expect from Chef Sakamaki at the Grand Taste Experience on April 23, 2015. Beginning with the Grand Taste Experience, food lovers from across the region will experience a weekend of indulgence unsurpassed in the South.

Organized by our friends at Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill MagazineTaste the Event is a charitable local food festival located in and around the Triangle area of North Carolina, which encompasses Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The festival includes a variety of events, from intimate dinners for a few to large tastings for a crowd, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Top culinary talent from the surrounding area, including chefs, restaurateurs, beverage purveyors and other local companies are featured in some of the region’s most stunning event settings.

Head Chef Toshi of Basan restaruantSB&G: What is your favorite thing about the local food scene in 2015?

Basan: Many locals are starting passion projects, paying homage to food they love and want to create every day for guests, for example, Ashley Christensen’s group, Van from Bida Manda, and the guys from Stanbury.

What is your cooking philosophy or favorite type of food to cook?

Basan: Our culinary director, John Anderson, loves to cook Mexican food and we really appreciate his view on cooking. He enjoys cooking with less expensive ingredients that take more time and care. Anyone can cook a steak and add truffles and it will be delicious, but he thinks it’s fun to celebrate inexpensive and make them delicious, such as field peas, pork cheek, collards, etc. We love this celebration of simple and tasty items.

Shrimp and Mushroom Ajillo from BasanSB&G: How do you keep it interesting or play off the latest food trends?

Basan: We definitely like to feature trends in our cocktails, infusing crazy ingredients and flavor profiles into our signature drinks. Our food menus typically stay true to the theme of the restaurant and we feature trends in seasonal exclusive dinners or weekly signature feature items. We encourage our chefs to get creative every day so there is always something “off menu” for our guests to try.

SB&G: How has Head Chef Toshio Sakamaki enjoyed the transition to Basan and the process of being onboard for a restaurant opening?

Basan: Chef Sakamaki really enjoyed getting to learn the Eschelon processes and culture at Mura before getting the new restaurant open. I think opening Basan was especially enjoyable because he was able to craft a whole new menu from scratch, just as he desired it to be.Head Chef Toshi of Basan restaurant in Durham

SB&G: How will the new private event space in Basan cater to special events like bridal/bachelorette parties or family/rehearsal dinners?

Basan: The new private dining room will seat up to 40 guests and can accommodate upwards of 80 guests for a cocktail-style function. It’s a fun, modern space with great light and huge windows. We think it will be a fun new choice for all events from rehearsal dinners to bridal parties because the furniture and layout are so flexible. Basan has a full-time event coordinator on staff to help make sure everything runs smoothly and makes the booking process a breeze for our guests.Basan Bull City Sushi restaurant

SB&G: What is your approach to planning menus for weddings and/or special events?

Basan: We have some great pre-set options, but we love tailoring things to the host’s tastes. It has been fun to create special sushi rolls named for the couple at wedding caterings, or custom cocktails with signature colors at special events.

SB&G: What are your plans and involvement in TASTE this year?

Basan: Basan is so new in town; we want to showcase some of our signature items and let everyone meet Head Chef Toshio Sakamaki. He comes from Japan and is carrying on the family tradition of being a sushi chef. Toshio has so much passion for what he does and it shows in his food. We’ll definitely showcase some sort of sushi to give everyone a taste of what we’re best at delivering every day. We can’t wait for everyone to meet our Head Chef and taste what Basan has to offer!Rainbow Roll from BasanPhotos: Terrence Jones


Luxurious Vintage Rose Colored Floral Inspiration

Southern Bride & Groom is excited to share some of our favorite photos, including many not seen in print, from our 2015 Floral Shoot. Today’s post features luxurious rose colored floral inspirations with a hint of vintage style created by Victorian Seasons.Seating parlour at the Washington Duke Inn
In this shoot, Victorian Seasons designed a romantic seating parlour in an area of the President’s Ballroom at The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. Rose corals, peach and mauve tones with elements of gold create a luxurious ambience for guests to sit and have a conversation when taking a break from the table or dance floor during a wedding. The display also features gorgeous vintage furniture and details like birdcage vases and elegant candelabras paired with soft and subtle arrangements in various shades of pink.Videri ChocolatesVictorian Seasons is an established Triangle Florist who has been styling stunning floral arrangements for brides in the area since 1993. Victorian Seasons can design eye-catching wedding floral designs for couples of any taste, be it bold and contemporary or soft and romantic, and will also preserve your bouquet after your big day has passed!Pink and white wedding paletteVintage wedding jewelry from Bailey'sBird cage and candleabras wedding decorVideri Chocolate wedding favors
Romantic wedding bouquet by Victoria SeasonsFLORAL DESIGN Victorian Seasons | FURNITURE ThemeWorks | CANDLEABRAS Table of Contents | CHOCOLATES Videri Chocolates | GOWN Darling by Amy Kuschel | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE President’s Ballroom at The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters

Vibrant Sculpted Outdoor Floral Inspiration

Southern Bride & Groom is excited to share some of our favorite photos, including many not seen in print, from our floral designers featured in the 2015 magazine. In this shoot, Blossom Artistry created a gorgeous display of sculpted flowers in vibrant colors, such as apricot, tangerine and mango. Adding elegance and dimension to the The President’s Terrace at The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club is a fanciful centerpiece and wedding arbor woven with colorful blooms, twig art objects, garden greenery and a tropical flourish.

Blossom Artistry is a Pittsboro-based florist owned and operated by husband and wife, Leon and Julie. With over 50 years of combined experience, the Blossom team of designers can create a custom look for brides of any style!

Blossoms and arbor at The Washington Duke InnColorful cocktail matches colorful wedding paletteTropical flowers on back of chairs at weddingTropical flower inspiration from Blossom Artistry in Pittsboro, NCTangerine table setting at NC weddingVibrant wedding bouquet with lilies and rosesFLORAL DESIGN Blossom Artistry | TABLETOP, LINEN & CHAIRS Party Reflections | NAME CARDS Paperbuzz | GOWN Blue Willow from Tre Bella Bridal | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE The President’s Terrace at The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY Walters & Walters

Creative Southern Wedding Photography by Anna Kirby

Southern Bride & Groom works with some of the best wedding photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area and all across North Carolina. We’re thrilled to feature a North Carolina wedding photographer spotlight series so that you can get to know each of them a little better! Today, we’re introducing you to creative southern wedding photography by Anna Kirby Photography.

Anna graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in architecture and a minor in fine arts. During her time at UVA, she studied photography in the countryside of Tuscany, Italy. After graduation, she returned to school at the Washington School of Photography in Washington, DC where she trained in all types of professional photography, but before all of that, it was her dad who instilled in her a love for the creative arts.

Growing up, Anna and her dad would build their own block box cameras and had a darkroom set up in their laundry room. Now, her dad, who founded his own successful business in commercial video production, is her second shooter and assistant on all her travel jobs!

Anna spends her time between Durham and Highlands, NC as well as in hometown of Tampa, FL. When she’s not working, she’s often enjoying a hike or other adventure with her husband and little boy and puppy in tow. Get to know Anna a little more in the Q&A below.Wedding at Second Empire in RaleighWhy do you love photography?

The most meaningful thing about wedding photography for me is being able to provide my clients a life-long tangible representation of their wedding day that they otherwise would only have in their memory.

Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?

For me, it’s all about lighting, so I look to those who have mastered light across all artistic mediums. Be it the movies, paintings, landscape photographers, or even an afternoon walk – I am always looking for inspiration.

How would you describe your style?

My style is journalistic – photographing my clients and their guests unobtrusively while capturing the real emotion of the moment. Certainly, not every photograph I take during a wedding day is candid. I absolutely love to capture the epic portraits of the bride and groom loosely posed in settings that are meaningful to them.Beautiful bridal portrait by Anna KirbyWhat sets you apart from other photographers?

As your wedding photographer, I am one of your vendors that will be with you most of your wedding day. That being said, I will help your wedding day stay on schedule and be of assistance with anything that should arise. Another thing that sets me apart from other photographers is that I was formally trained and educated in photography.

Also, I travel and shoot pretty equally between Florida and North Carolina, and there are many couples who have a FL-NC connection. People’s personal lives are changing – it’s no longer typical to move home and get married in your hometown. There are usually bits and pieces put together to tell a new story of the bride and groom. For instance, I have had many couples from Florida who came back to Durham or Raleigh to get married to their college sweetheart at their alma mater. I basically keep a studio in Durham and Tampa and a mountain house in Highlands in the summer, so I am available for shooting in many locations.

What is your favorite thing or moment to shoot at a wedding? 

There is no specific thing in a wedding day that is my favorite. But there is always a moment at every wedding where the bride and groom slow down for a few seconds and just become totally engaged in each other. That is the moment I love.Bride and groom bubbles exit

Pink and Orange Pops of Color Floral Inspiration

Southern Bride & Groom is excited to share some of our favorite photos, including many not seen in print, from our floral designers featured in the 2015 magazine. In this shoot, Catering Works created a bright and beautiful display featuring tall vases with flowing white orchids and bright bouquets with watermelon hues and pops of tangerine. Along with elegant floating candles and plates with complimentary floral designs, this bright and ethereal combination of sorbets really lights up the Rotunda Room at The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, NC.

Not only does Catering Works have a dedicated floral studio, they also have a culinary team and design and event planners. This catering and special event planning company in Raleigh offers everything from simple delivery drop off to elaborate full service events and everything in between! The pastry chef of Catering Works is also able to create cakes that compliment the colors and flowers used in your wedding.Tablescape at the Washington Duke InnPops of orange wedding flowersFloral inspiration with pops of colorTabletop decor for colorful weddingWedding table at the Washington Duke Inn in DurhamWedding tablescape with orchidsPink and orange bouquet from Catering WorksFLORAL DESIGN Catering Works | TABLETOP LINEN & CHAIRS Classic Party Rentals | SALAD PLATE Juliska from Southern Season | GOWN Blue Wilow by Anne Barge from Tre Bella Bridal | JEWELRY Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE Rotundra Room at The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY by Walters & Walters

An Elegant Party at Rose Hill Plantation

Rose Hill Plantation is a one-of-a-kind venue and part of a country estate just outside Raleigh, NC, en route to Rocky Mount. From the long crepe myrtle-lined Rose Hill Lane, which ends in front of a beautiful lit fountain, to the front of a beautifully renovated 18th century Manor House, it truly is a grand setting. The adjacent, complementary columned Nathan Hall was built to emulate the great ballrooms of a previous era and expands the home in the same style. This historic treasure on the National Register of Historic Places is also a wedding venue, business retreat, sporting clays center and an 860-acre working Angus cattle farm.

We were recent guests for an elegant party at Rose Hill Plantation – an evening of conversation, dinner and dancing hosted by Rose Hill. As we drove to the mansion entrance, a gracious valet staff assisted us from the vehicle and whisked the car away saving us extra steps. Entering the plantation home is always like crossing the threshold to an earlier era. Tonight, we were even greeted with champagne and hors d’oeuvres and lots of friends as we mingled in the older, antique-furnished Manor House.

Before sunset, guests were invited to view the side sun porch, patios, lawn and the romantic ceremony gazebo set upon Rose Hill’s picturesque pond. At 7:00 p.m., we entered Nathan Hall to a spectacularly decorated ballroom set for dinner. Tables were juxtaposed for beauty and conversation. The floral décor cascaded from the ceiling chandeliers to the tip of each table corner, perfectly positioned to grace the tables edge – yet still allowing each guest full vision of each other around the table. This beautiful and brilliant floral design was created by Fresh Affairs.

General Manager Walter Marrotta is a former fine-dining chef. His love of great food and Rose Hill was evident in the service and menu that evening. The starter was a deconstructed Greek salad of spinach panna cotta, grilled crostini, feta, kalamata olive and roasted tomato. Simply delicious! Walter had told me that Rose Hill is known for their Angus beef, thus the filet was the popular main course choice on the evening’s menu. The mushroom-crusted filet mignon received compliments all around as did the brie and asparagus stuffed chicken breast. I couldn’t resist choosing the roasted vegetable and crepe Napoleon with ricotta and wild mushroom truffle sauce and was more than happy with this layered vegetarian delight. For dessert, there was a marvelous cinnamon spiced chocolate mouse, created by Walter himself.

Before we carry you away and make you hungry with these images from photographer, James Walters, I’d like to invite you to take a moment to view a few blog posts from Southern Bride & Groom in which we chose Rose Hill Plantation for one of the most beautiful flower photo shoots ever to appear in our magazine. We set our talented florist’s tabletop designs in each area of the estate from the patios to the Great Room to the Smokehouse and the ballroom. These floral displays will inspire you and help you envision the many possibilities at Rose Hill.

Floral Inspiration at Rose Hill:

Elegant White and Black Tabletop and Bouquet

Rustic Chic Tabletop Display at the Smokehouse

Bright Summer Tabletop and Succulent Bouquet

Classic Blue and White Tabletop and Bouquet
Beautiful lit fountain at Rose Hill PlantationPlace cards for event or weddingHors d'oeuvres at Rose Hill PlantationEvents at Rose Hill PlantationPassed appetizers at Rose Hill PlantationBeautiful flower arrangements by Fresh Affairs.Catering at Rose Hill Plantation in North CarolinaAn elegant catered meal at Rose Hill in North CarolinaAngus filet and dessert at Rose Hill Plantation.The stately Rose Hill Plantation in North CarolinaVENUE Rose Hill | FLORIST Fresh Affairs | PHOTOGRAPHER Walters & Walters | LINENS/RENTALS Party Reflections | INVITATIONS/MENUS/PLACECARDS Cute Buttons | LIGHTING by Total Productions Services, Inc. | MUSIC Bunn DJ Company | PHOTO BOOTH f8 Photo Booth

Celebrating Marriage Equality in NC

Today, we’re sharing an upcoming wedding that celebrates a historic moment for many couples across the state. North Carolinians were privileged to have experienced the making of history last October, with the new legislation making same-sex marriage legal in our state. It’s an important milestone and SB&G celebrated marriage equality in NC by featuring couples who were engaged or married around the time of the legislation in our 2015 magazine.

Chad Biggs and Chris Creech were the first to make history in North Carolina. You saw them all over the news when the legislation passed – they were the first gay couple to legally wed in the state! But their story did not begin or end that day.

Chad and Chris live in Raleigh and are both Wake County Deputies, as well as own Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design. Chad is also the exclusive planner at Babylon in Raleigh.

Friends introduced the two in 2006. On their very first date, laughing with one another and relishing in Chad’s daughter playing with Chris’s two new foster sons, they knew were meant to be a family. The men became a couple sharing home and child-rearing duties. They soon welcomed their foster children’s three additional siblings into the bunch, making a six-child household! Eventually, the foster children were returned to their parents, but Chad and Chris’ lives have been forever impacted, and they have stayed in touch with the children they helped raise. They still have a full house today with their daughter, Sabre, and two dogs.

When October 10, 2014, arrived, Chad and Chris stood together among dozens of couples and supporters outside of the Wake County Register of Deeds office where upon learning legalization had passed, Chad surprised Chris and asked him to marry him at the courthouse that day. Shortly after, they rushed inside and purchased their marriage license – the first in the state – and were married by Chief Magistrate Judge Dexter Williams, a long time friend.

Following the legislation, Rochelle Johnson, co-owner of The Cookery, an event venue and culinary incubator in downtown Durham, reached out to Chad and Chris and offered to donate their venue for a formal reception event.

“The Cookery is in the business of hosting ALL weddings,” said Rochelle Johnson, owner of The Cookery. “We are so happy to have Chad and Chris here to celebrate such a special and historic day.”

This September, Chad and Chris will have the wedding they have been waiting for – with a ceremony in Duke Gardens followed by a wedding reception at The Cookery’s Front Room. In addition, The Cookery has secured donated services from a variety of wedding vendors. All vendors listed below have offered generous discounts to help this couple have a very special day. Some went above and beyond to fully donate their services, including  Donovan’s Dish, American Party Rentals, Union Press and Paper, Focus Media, Spin, Harpist Laura Byrne, Calligraphy by Carrie, Simply Cakes, and Babylon.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity that The Cookery and other vendors have shown us. This is not only a huge day for us, but also a huge day for the state of North Carolina,” said Biggs.

Enjoy these beautiful engagement photos that were taken at American Tobacco Campus and Duke Gardens, photographed by SB&G Preferred Photographer, Southern Love Studios. We can’t wait to see the images he captures on their upcoming wedding day. Congratulations, Chad & Chris, and happy planning!

Silver mens engagement ringsEngagement session at Duke Gardens in Durham NCSame-sex North Carolina engagement by Southern Love StudiosSame-sex wedding photography by Southern Love StudiosEngagement shoot at American Tobacco Campus in Durham NCCAKE Simply Cakes | CATERER Donavan’s Dish | STATIONERY  Union Press & Paper | CEREMONY VENUE Sarah P. Duke Gardens | PHOTOGRAPHY Southern Love Studios | RECEPTION VENUE The Cookery | REHERSAL DINNER VENUE & FOOD Babylon | FLOWERS Expressions of Love Florist | VIDEOGRAPHER Focus Media / Zach Stamey | TENT and LINENS American Party Rentals | TRANSPORTATION Classy Transportation | DJ Spin | MUSIC Laura Byrne Professional Harpist | CALLIGRAPHY Calligraphy by Carrie | HAIR Manuel Eason at 6 Salon | MAKE UP Maria Arellano

Chic Chanel Avant-Garde Styled Shoot

Today, Southern Bride & Groom is thrilled to feature a chic Chanel Avant-Garde styled shoot full of couture inspiration, encouraging fashionista brides to be daring and not cliché when it comes to their wedding day.

The concept was created by Raleigh based wedding planner, Monica Noa of Nouveau Events who has been obsessed with the iconic Coco Chanel and her glamorous style since she was old enough to read fashion magazines and wear perfume! Her love of the restructured silhouette, tailored style, and Chanel’s signature look sparked the inspiration for this chic Chanel Avant-Garde photo shoot, a stylish collaboration with Embellished Blooms and Pretty in the Details. Monica really wanted to take the signature color palette of Chanel and give it a modern twist. On the other hand, she still wanted to preserve Chanel’s luxurious elegance. The end result merges the structured French style of the 1920s with the romanticism of a modern bride.

Monica worked with a team of North Carolina’s top-notch wedding professionals to bring her vision to life in this styled photo shoot at the Virginia Dare Ballroom in Raleigh, and Renee Sprink Photography captured every amazing detail. This Chanel Avant-Garde shoot shows brides that you can take couture inspiration and easily apply it to your big day.Virginia Dare Ballroom in Raleigh North CarolinaGuests sign book at weddingFashion and Jewelry
When doing any type of tribute to Chanel, the fashion is one of the most important pieces in creating the look. The bride wore a lovely Alyne “Patricia” gown made of a satin organza with a lace and ruffled mermaid skirt provided by Traditions by Anna. The dress maintained the Chanel essence of the feminine silhouette. The overall style of the dress was reinvented by adding the bold contrast through a black satin sash with sparkle embellishments. Charlotte’s provided the jewelry for the bride. The bold black embellishments and the statement necklace was intended to accompany the luxurious fabrics while adhering to Chanel’s affinity for dramatic costume jewelry.Stunning black jewelry from Charlotte's

Wedding style shoot in the Virginia Dare Ballroom RaleighDiamond wedding and engagement ringChanel perfumeThe dapper groom’s attire was reminiscent of the 1920s gentleman. The black suspenders and black bow tie gives the sense of  being back in Paris. Bernard’s Formalwear provided the black Ike Behar Black Notch Lapel tuxedo. With cufflinks and argyle socks, this retro groom’s look was complete.Raleigh groom in a classic black tuxedo

Chanel cufflinksHair and Makeup
For this concept, Chanel makeup was only appropriate. Makeup for Your Day provided a modern and fresh approach to Chanel’s timeless aesthetic. Inspired by Chanel’s often used muse, the camellia flower, the bride’s face was kept natural and dewy with a sultry eye palette and bright rosy pink lips. The whole look came together when paired with a textured up-do reminiscent of Chanel’s classic quilted purses and tweed jackets. The ensemble looks elegant and refined…just like everything Chanel!
Striking elegant bridal veil and bouquetBrides shoes with bowsDesign Elements
Gorgeous touches like various Chanel perfume, his and her signature drinks, Parisian postcards, a Chanel guestbook, cigars, champagne and sparkle add a contemporary take on vintage accoutrements.Chanel PerfumeHis and hers cocktails at weddingChanel wedding guestbookBride romantic letter to groomStationery
The stationery suite was intended to merge the boldly feminine Chanel color palette with the delicate camellia flower. The miniature Chanel bottles make the perfect couture place cards for the Bride and Groom.Chanel inspired wedding details and stationary

The floral selection is made up of timeless classics with a hint of modern style: roses, lilies, hydrangea, ranunculus and some fabulous black and white anemones! In keeping with the luxury and extravagance of Chanel, Embellished Blooms styled an arrangement that poured over the sides of a gilded candelabra and flowed down to a puddle of flowers on the table.Elegant and extravagant wedding floral inspirationGorgeous wedding flowers

The Cake and Favors
Pretty in the Details knew exactly how to translate Chanel into this gorgeous, three-tiered wedding cake through the use of the signature Chanel black and white striped pattern. The pink and gold foil accents give the cake a modern flair with the softness reflected in the anemone and roses. The cupcake favors feature black bows and gold foil and provide a stark contrast to the black and white stripped custom table runner provided by CE Rentals.
Chanel inspired wedding cakeElegant black and gold placesettingGold and black cupcakesChanel inspired gold black and pink cakeBride and groom share wedding cakeBlack and gold tablesettingThank you cupcake wedding favorsWedding Ceremony Backdrop
Pretty in the Details took a quote that Monica adapted from one of Chanel’s famous one-liners and created a bold wedding backdrop combined with modern calligraphy and the bold Chanel font. The backdrop sets the scene for a stylishly simple wedding ceremony between the two lovebirds.Chanel Wedding Style ShootBride and groom toastRaleigh North Carolina bride and groomWEDDING PLANNER & STYLIST Nouveau Events | PHOTOGRAPHER Renee Sprink PhotographyCAKE, CALLIGRAPHY, CUSTOM PROPS Pretty in the Details | FLORAL DESIGNS Embellished Blooms | GOWN Traditions by Anna | FORMALWEAR Bernard’s FormalwearMAKE-UP & HAIR Makeup for Your DayRENTALS CE Rentals | PLACE SETTINGS Bailey’s Fine JewelryJEWELRY Charlotte’s | VENUE The Virginia Dare Ballroom | MODELS Elizabeth Safrit (Miss United States) and Thomas Roach