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Charleston Fashion Week: Bridal Fashion, Fun and High Theater

Charleston Fashion Week is turning into a phenomenon with sponsors like JVT (Jewelry Television, on cable stations everywhere) and major designers in attendance. As further proof that this event has become more than just a local runway show, this year (March, 2015), the lead fashion editor for InStyle Magazine visited for the day, taking in Charleston Fashion week’s iconic Saturday Spring Bridal Show finale.

Charleston’s annual weeklong homage to style attracts large crowds. This year, there were more than 7,500 attendees, with the five-day event boosting the local economy by an estimated $3.5 million. In addition to nightly runway shows, the event has added a party scene that takes full advantage of the many new restaurants and clubs that have opened recently along upper King Street, within walking distance of downtown Charleston’s Marion Square, where the show takes place.

Even the rain earlier in the week didn’t dampen fashion sprits as designers, retailers (like Belk, which has a big presence at the show), and visitors enjoyed runway events that, in addition to fashion, began with light shows that could have rivaled a Broadway production!

Although the early part of the week is dedicated to showcasing emerging young designers or trunk shows for many of the local bridal shops, the Saturday Spring Bridal Show featured designers such as Rachel Gordon & Birdsong, Katherine McDonald (the designer and owner of Kate McDonald and LulaKate), Callie Tein (owner and designer of Modern Trousseau), Liancarlo, Pronovias Atelier, Amsale, and many more.

f8 Photo Studio attended the show with Southern Bride & Groom to capture all the fabulous trends on camera.Charleston Fashion Week Birdsong and Modern Trousseau

Designers (above left to right): One Love by Rachel Gordon & Birdsong and Modern Trousseau

The styles on display at Saturday morning’s bridal show ranged from mini dress and jumpsuit to ballgowns and long trains like the Hayley Paige tulle dress with beaded top. So many different styles were on view it might have been hard to spot a theme, but there were a few worth noting.

Charleston Fashion Week Hailey Paige and Modern TrousseauDesigners (above left to right): Hayley Paige and Modern Trousseau

First, although most of the gowns featured white and ivory, several veered far from traditional bridal gown colors. Gold metallic, for example, showed up in several collections. One of the more beautiful and romantic was the retro gold halter gown from Kate McDonald & LulaKate.Charleston Fashion Week Kate McDonald gold gownKate McDonald gold halter

Designer (above): Kate McDonald & LulaKate

There was also a moonstone metallic lace jumpsuit from Kate McDonald & LulaKate, and a gown from Modern Trousseau called “Storm” that featured gray satin under French alencon lace with an asymmetrical tulle skirt. The collection from Southern Protocol included a blush and gold silk chiffon Grecian gown with hand beading from Nicole Miller. With some of the gowns, gold beads or lace replaced pearls as an embellishment. For example, a Lazaro gown paired gold embroidery over blush tulle, and a gown from designer Matthew Christopher featured gold Venetian threaded lace. The Liancarlo black tulle bride’s ballgown with gold embroidery was especially memorable.Charleston Fashion Week Kate McDonald LulaKate jumpsuit

Designer (above): Kate McDonald & LulaKate

Charleston Fashion Week Modern Trousseau and Nicole Miller gownsDesigners/boutique (above left to right): Modern Trousseau and Nicole Miller from Southern ProtocolCharleston Fashion Week Matthew Christopher and Liancarlo gown

Designers/boutiques (above left to right): Matthew Christopher from Southern Protocol and Liancarlo from Gown Boutique of Charleston

Very low backs were also popular, as were unusual fabric mixes, such as a ballgown with a rhinestone embellished chambray top and long silk tulle skirt. An absolute showstopper was a gown from Pronovias Atelier that paired a sheer top and feathered ballgown skirt!Charleston Fashion Week Pronovias Atelier gown

Designer/boutique (above): Pronovias Atelier from Gown Boutique of Charleston

The event was packed with beautiful gowns, but one collection that stood out as especially romantic and unique was the One Love By Rachel Gordon & Birdsong, which featured one-of-a-kind custom gowns made from vintage wedding gowns. Several of the gowns from that collection featured figure draping satins and silk.Bridal Fashion Show CharlestonBridal fashion show Charleston

Designer (4 above): One Love by Rachel Gordon & Birdsong

Fashion may be the highlight of this bridal event, but the vendors also put on a fabulous show. Caterers brought out samples of wedding cake and hors d’oeuvres, including candied bacon, which was delicious.Charleston Fashion Week 2015Raleigh’s Zass Design also had a booth, manned by jewelry designer Stephanie Smith Zuky and her mom. Zass Design is known for colorful unique jewelry, all locally made from recycled materials. Their bracelets, earrings and other jewels can be custom ordered as gifts for bridesmaids, and the colors can be coordinated with wedding themes.Zass Designs RaleighOne last fashion note: While most of the people attending were there to see the fashions on display by the featured designers, the street fashion side of this event was just as interesting. Charleston is all about style! Street fashion featured everything from the classic little black dress with pumps and pearls to individualistic styles that defy description. In Charleston, fashion isn’t just functional or beautiful; during fashion week, it’s also high theater and a ton of fun!

Glenna Musante is an award-winning writer who specializes in bridal, fashion, travel and the textile industry. She is a former writer for the Raleigh News & Observer.

Photos by f8 Photo Studios

Classic Pronovias Bridal Gowns from The Wedding Dress Shoppe

SB&G’s 2015 editorial fashion shoot was photographed by Dara Blakeley Photography at the beautifully restored Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh. Stunning looks from our bridal boutiques paired perfectly with the building’s historic charm. Today, we’re showcasing classic lace and beaded Pronovias bridal gowns from The Wedding Dress Shoppe in Wilmington, NC.

The Wedding Dress Shoppe is a full-service bridal salon featuring quality, unique, and distinct gowns for the trendy, stylish and fashionable bride. The shop was inspired to fill a niche in the Wilmington area by offering unique lines exclusive to this market. The result is an extraordinary and distinct collection of gowns from acclaimed designers, exclusive to the Wilmington area. It provides a one-stop shop for all things bridal, including wedding gowns, veils, decorative headpieces, undergarments, jewelry, shoes, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride dresses, flower girl dresses, invitations and wedding planning packages. The shop also hosts regular trunk shows!Pronovias beaded wedding gown from Wedding Dress ShoppeLots of sparkle makes this fit and flare Pronovias bridal gown from The Wedding Dress Shoppe a standout, worn with a matching diamond encrusted bracelet and earrings from Anfesa’s Jewelers. A charming feminine hair accessory was provided by Hushed Commotion and hair and makeup completed by Bella Trio Day Spa.

Pronovias beaded white wedding gownThis elaborately beaded Pronovias gown from The Wedding Dress Shoppe has the classic illusion neckline with a natural figure skimming style. With simple, yet elegant bracelets and earrings from Wade Designs Jewelry and a gold headpiece from Hushed Commotion, the classic look is complete with hair and makeup design by Bella Trio Day Spa and a white and green bouquet by Fresh Affairs.

Pronovias Bitan lace white wedding gownLace illusion sleeves and bodice make a V cut over this Pronovias Bitan sweetheart lace-embroidered column gown from The Wedding Dress Shoppe. Pearl and diamond jewelry from Wade Designs Jewelry pairs perfectly with the soft romantic look created by Makeup for Your Day.Pronovias Bitan lace sleeve wedding dressWEDDING GOWNS Pronovias from The Wedding Dress Shoppe | VENUE The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHY Dara Blakeley Photography| FLOWERS Fresh Affairs | JEWELRY Anfesa’s Jewelers and Wade Designs Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day and Bella Trio Day Spa | HAIR ACCESSORY Hushed Commotion

Timeless Wedding Photography by Raleigh Native Renee Sprink

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 sharing timeless wedding photography by Raleigh native Renee Sprink Photography.

Renee Sprink was born and raised in Raleigh and exudes sweet and stylish Southern charm! Renee possesses a natural passion for photography as well as a knack for making her clients feel completely at ease. She is more than just a photographer; she becomes her clients’ friend.

Renee loves to travel, but she also likes spending time at home with her husband of six years and their two rescue dogs; she loves monogramming anything she can get her hands on, and you’ll always find her sporting a fabulous pair of shoes! She enjoys entertaining family and friends, watching college football, working out, and giving back to the community through volunteer programs.

With a keen eye for beauty, style, and fashion, Renee captures classic yet modern images that are cherished by couples, friends, and families for years to come!

Renee’s had a camera in her hand as long as she can remember. Her passion for this form of expression really took hold when she was photographer and editor of her high school yearbook. As a student at NC State, she photographed most of her sorority (ZTA) events and some for the N.C. State Yearbook (Agromeck). Photography became part of her professional career when she worked in public relations and studied photography at NY Institute of Photography.

Renee strongly believes in continuing education, which is why she’s a proud member of Professional Photographers of America and Professional Photographers of NC and is currently working on her Certified Professional Photographer designation.

Learn more about Renee’s photographic style and her favorite moments to shoot in her Q&A below.Wedding at Duke Chapel in DurhamWhy do you love photography?

Photography is my passion! It’s about preserving life, love and history. Photographs make time stand still and are proof that our loves and lives existed in the first place. Besides that, I love making my brides feel confident and beautiful!

I have the best job in the world; a successful business; a career I’m passionate about, and clients who I just adore! Most people have a job, but the lucky ones have a calling; there is no doubt that this is what I was meant to do.Winter wedding photographyWhere do you draw your artistic inspiration?

Everywhere – inspiration is all around us in our daily lives. If I had to name a person, it would be Mario Testino and/or Annie Liebowitz.

How would you describe your style?

Clean, classic wedding photography with a bit of a modern twist – timeless, yet still current. My approach is to blend contemporary portraiture with candid photojournalism, which allows me to capture natural interactions, real emotion and authentic moments in an artistic way. My goal is to create beautiful and lasting images that tell the story of my couples’ love, their lives, and their day, and to provide them with photos they will love as much in twenty years as they do today. I photograph for the couple but also for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will one day look at these photos.Pink bridal bouquet and flowersPink bridesmaid dressesWhat sets you apart from other photographers?

I’m totally vested in each of my clients, their families, and their day. It’s important that I get to know them on a personal level so that they are relaxed and totally real around me; that is how I get raw emotions and authentic images on their wedding day. I always say, “you’ll come to me a stranger, but you’ll leave a friend.” Because of this, I’m also a dress bustler, emergency rip sewer, bow-tie tier, great listener, hug giver, nerve calmer, tear drier, and laugh maker!Blue bridal shoes and military weddingWhat is your favorite moment to shoot at a wedding?

I have several, but my top two are the time I spend photographing the bride and groom alone, especially if they have a first look. That’s the time when they can put everyone and everything else aside and truly just focus on themselves and live in the moment. That’s really important to me. I also really enjoy shooting the early part of the reception because the stress of the day disappears and is replaced by elation, joy, happiness and celebration! That’s when the couple can cut loose and really enjoy the company of the people who love them most.

Photos above by Renee Sprink Photography

Jenny Packham and other Wedding Gowns from Tre Bella Bridal

SB&G’s 2015 editorial fashion shoot was photographed by Dara Blakeley Photography at the beautifully restored Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh. Stunning looks from our bridal boutiques paired perfectly with the building’s historic charm. Today, we’re sharing our favorite looks in bridal fashion from Tre Bella Bridal, a full-service bridal salon and florist in Downtown Durham owned and operated by three sisters.

Tre Bella Bridal quickly grew from a small boutique florist run out of one of the founder’s homes to two locations and three stores. Tre Bella Bridal has a variety of bridal gowns from the collections of popular designers like Carol Hannah, Modern Trousseau, Jenny Packham, San Patrick, Badgley Mischka, and Winnie Couture. The shop also has several lines of bridesmaids dresses and hosts regular trunk shows!

In the boutique, brides will find everything from trendy clothing to jewelry and gifts as well as a design studio to create the perfect floral arrangements for their wedding.Blue Willow wedding gown from Tre Bella BridalTrendy bridal fashionAnne Barge bridal gown from Tre Bella BridalThe bride above makes a fetching silhouette in a lace slip dress with lingerie straps by Blue Willow by Anne Barge. Elegant drop earrings from Tre Bella’s boutique and a soft updo by Makeup for Your Day complete this fetching look.San Patrick Pronovias bridal gown from Tre Bella BridalThe flowing lace ballgown above from San Patrick has the flattering sweetheart neckline beneath its sheer bodice. Diamond earrings and sparkling belt from Tre Bella Bridal match perfectly with the bride’s bracelet and ring from Anfesa’s Jewelry and a gorgeous hairpiece by Hushed Commotion. Bella Trio Day Spa created a glamorous and flirty look with her makeup and hair.Jenny Packham wedding dressJenny Packham wedding gown from Tre Bella BridalRaleigh bride at the Merrimon WynneSoft and always romantic, the Jenny Packham gown pictured above has a most feminine sheer beaded overlay. Paired with classic pearls from Wade Designs Jewelry, the bride’s elegant look matches the tone of this historic setting. Dara Blakeley developed these black & white photographs with a slightly grainy texture, creating a stunning film noir look.

BRIDAL GOWNS Tre Bella Bridal | VENUE Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHY Dara Blakeley Photography | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day and Bella Trio Day Spa | HAIR ACCESSORY Hushed Commotion | JEWELRY Anfesa’s Jewelers and Wade Designs Jewelry

Southern Bride & Groom Releases Whimsical Summer-Fall Cover!

With the change in seasons comes a new look for SB&G magazine! It’s out with the old and in with a new whimsical and elegant summer-fall cover! Dara Blakeley Photography captured this playful moment from SB&G’s 2015 fashion shoot at the Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, NC.Southern wedding magazineWhen deciding on covers, we absolutely fell in love with this striking image of our bride with floral garland in classic white and green; it seemed to us it would make a perfect cover to usher in the summer months. We love that it’s dramatic, yet still soft, elegant and modern.

Raleigh bride at Merrimon Wynne HouseThe cover bride is wearing a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier bridal gown from Nitsa’s Apparel, which has locations in Winston Salem and Charlotte. On this gown, a Chantilly lace corset bodice with drop waist flows to an embroidered layer over feather-light tulle. Makeup for Your Day enhanced the bride’s look with subtle tones in blush and mauve, and created both a relaxed up-do/bun as well as a soft look with flowing waves as appears on the cover. Wade Designs Jewelry provided the pretty pearls to complete the look.

The ensemble pairs perfectly with a classic combination of white roses and leafy greens, such as eucalyptus, shown in the garland draped over our bride. These whimsical floral touches were created by Fresh Affairs in Raleigh, NC.

Monique Lhuillier wedding gown Nitsas ApparelThe setting for this shoot was the stunning Merrimon-Wynne House, a restored historic property in downtown Raleigh. As you enter the Merrimon-Wynne House, you step into its distinguished past and its present glory. The elegant rooms are softly bathed in natural light from nearly floor-to-cieling windows, and carefully restored post-Cival War architectural details abound. Owner Jodi Strenkowski bought the vacant house in 2013 and renovated with weddings in mind. In keeping with the National Register of Historic Places, and as a Raleigh historic landmark, Jodi guided her architects in preserving the original home, and has added the perfect antique accent pieces.

Merrimon-Wynne House RaleighKeep an eye out for our new summer/fall cover in stores and boutiques across North Carolina. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

PHOTOGRAPHER Dara Blakeley Photography | VENUE Merrimon-Wynne House | FLOWERS Fresh Affairs | BRIDAL GOWN Monique Lhuillier from Nitsa’s Apparel | JEWELRY Wade Designs Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day

Brides and Vendors Mingle at Triangle Events

Today, we’re highlighting a few recent events that showcased everything we love about weddings in the South, from charming wedding venues to creative caterers to bridal shows! We love that there are so many opportunities for brides and vendors to mingle at Triangle events. Whether you are searching for the perfect backdrop for your big day, getting a taste of an appetizer you want to have at your reception, or picking up a copy of Southern Bride & Groom at a bridal expo in Raleigh, we have you covered!

Open House at The Bradford
With renovations finally complete at The Bradford, a beautiful new venue located off the beaten path in New Hill, NC, it was ready to make its debut to vendors and brides during a special open house in April. Amanda Scott from A Swanky Affair helped coordinate and plan the event, which showcased all the new improvements made to The Bradford, including new rooftops and balconies. People were really “wowed” by the newly painted and updated ballroom as well!

Not only did brides get a chance to tour The Bradford and envision their wedding in this one-of-a-kind space, but they also got to mix and mingle with area vendors, who were there to show off their skills, including talented members of the SB&G Family! Brides-to-be received great tips and advice for their weddings in a stress-free environment, and entered fun giveaways. The champagne bar, provided by On the Rocks bartending, along with delicious bites, made for a relaxing afternoon. Tre Bella brought beautiful gowns to showcase and a wonderful selection of wedding day jewelry that were a big hit.

The Bradford’s next open house will be held in July. Thank you to Casey Rose Photography for the lovely photos!The Bradford wedding venueBride at NC wedding venue open houseOpen House at the Bradford wedding venue in NCWedding gown and jewelry from Tre Bella BridalVintage couch at The BradfordSouthern bridal wedding magazineWedding food served at The Bradford Open HouseGold white and purple wedding colorsPurple and white wedding paletteWhite and green wedding cake and cateringBride and Groom chalkboard signsPhotos: Casey Rose Photography

Taste the Event 2015
For the second year in a row, local chefs and foodies came together for a food and drink festival that centered around North Carolina cuisine. Taste the Event is a multi-day festival curated by our friends at Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine. The signature event, The Grand Taste Experience, was held at the Durham Armory on April 23, 2015.

After interviewing several SB&G preferred caterers on the blog, we were anxious to try their creations at Taste! Chef James Clark of Carolina Crossroads/The Carolina Inn fed us well with chilled sweet corn soup with tomato relish and flavorful smoked shrimp. Chef Teddy Diggs of Il Palio/The Siena cured fresh Alaskan salmon paired with warm homemade focaccia bread. We got our sushi fix from Chef Toshio Sakamaki of Basan (an Eschelon Experiences restaurant), who served a chili ginger garlic and soy marinated salmon hand roll. Chef Devereaux Greene at Herons/The Umstead Hotel & Spa showed off a creative technique by pouring warm violet potato soup over a white chocolate ball filled with caviar, which melted into a sweet and savory treat.

Guests mixed and mingled while listening to music from Mint Julep Jazz Band and tasting food from some of the very best chefs, caterers and restaurants in the area.

If you missed out on all the foodie fun this year, keep it on your calendar for next April.Taste the Event DurhamGreen and white rustic flowersDurham magazine and Southern Bride and Groom at Taste the eventDurham NC food festivalChef Teddy Diggs of Il PalioChef Clark catering from The Carolina InnTaste 2015 Durham NCPhotos: Emily Toth Photography and Kristin Prelipp of KPO Photography

Forever Bridal Show
Each season, Forever Bridal Productions hosts a Southern Bridal Show and Expo at the Raleigh State Fairgrounds. Southern Bride & Groom loves attending the showcases to meet brides in person and to connect with great local wedding vendors!

At the April show and expo, brides-to-be enjoyed fashion previews featuring the latest trends in bridal wear, bridesmaids gowns, and tuxedos. They also got to meet and connect with talented Triangle wedding caterers, florists and consultants, as well as Raleigh, Durham, and Cary wedding photographers and videographers. Venues from small local chapels to wineries to beach resorts were also there with useful information.

Thanks to American Party Rentals and University Florist for making our table pretty!

The next Southern Bridal Show and Expo will be held August 8-9, 2015.Southern Bridal ExpoTeal Wedding Colors

Peonies in Shades of Pink 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. Today’s floral inspiration includes peonies in two shades of pink, a gorgeous arrangement designed by Floral Dimensions of Durham, NC. Along with the surprise accents of Echeveria and grass loops on the lower arrangements, these tree-shaped clouds of blossoms allow for easy table conversation in a beautiful setting overlooking The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club Terrace on the Green.

Floral Dimensions at Academy Court has been serving Durham County and surrounding areas since the early 80s, and under the watchful eye of Bea Miller since 1986. Her attention to detail, along with an award-winning design team, has allowed Floral Dimensions to provide brides and their families with beautiful and memorable wedding florals and invitations. Floral Dimensions appreciates and enjoys the long term relationships established with former brides and their families. “It is a real pleasure to have a bride of twenty years ago come in to the studio and ask for assistance with her daughter or son’s prom corsage or boutonniere,” says Miller.

In addition to wedding and event designs, Floral Dimensions is a full service florist and provides the finest floral arrangements, gifts, and invitations for individuals and corporations. An array of green, blooming plants and orchids is a welcome sight upon entering the studio, followed by a walk to the display cooler filled with beautiful flowers grown locally as well as throughout the world. Floral Dimensions at Academy Court also designs and provides custom invitations, programs, announcements and stationery. In fact, the menu cards and coordinating place cards in this photo shoot were proudly designed and produced by Floral Dimensions. A layered collection of ivory linen stock over taupe complements the overall table design perfectly.Outdoor wedding at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf ClubPink and ivory wedding paletteIvory menus and placecards from Floral DimensionsPink wedding flowersDurham Bride at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf ClubPink peony wedding flowersTall pink wedding centerpiecesIvory colored table settingPink centerpieces for wedding tablesPink and white wedding bouquetFLORAL DESIGN Floral Dimensions | TABLE, TABLETOP, TABLE RUNNER & CHAIRS American Party Rentals | MENUS & NAME CARDS Floral Dimensions Stationery Studio | GOWN & JEWELRY Savvi Bridal | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | PHOTOGRAPHY f8 Photo Studios

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