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This week, Team SB&G wrapped our second full photo shoot of the year — our Fashion Shoot for Southern Bride & Groom 2014! We had so much fun working with some of our local bridal boutiques and jewelry stores to pick out items that would exemplify 2014 bridal fashion trends here in the Triangle. Illusion necklines, lace detailing and cap sleeves will all be featured, and we’re so excited!
We worked with bridesmaids dresses and wedding gowns from Bella Bridesmaid, Lana Addison Bridal, Alexia’s Bridal and Tre Bella Bridal, and let me tell y’all — the dresses are over-the-top amazing! We paired each look with gorgeous jewelry from Anfesa’s Jewelers, Bel Canto Designs and Charlotte’s, and then had our models do their thing beside a unique piece of art or location within and around the NC Museum of Art…we think the final product will be swoon-worthy!
Lather Hair Salon and MakeUpForYourDay did an absolutely gorgeous job with our models, and we can’t wait to share Dara Blakeley‘s stunning photographs with you in the 2014 edition of Southern Bride & Groom! But for now, here’s a sneak peek collage of some of our Instagram photos from the shoot!
Stay tuned to the SB&G blog and Instagram account for more behind-the-scenes sneak peeks at the 27th edition of the Triangle’s leading bridal publication and planning resource!
This is the another installment in our Floral Series from the 2013 magazine — the perfect way to get floral inspiration for your big day! Today, we’re featuring the table and bouquet Victorian Seasons designed for our 2013 Floral Shoot. Victorian Seasons has been a premiere Triangle florist since 1993, styling gorgeous floral arrangements for brides from bold and contemporary to soft and romantic.
For the 2013 Floral Shoot, Victorian Seasons designed a vintage chic tabletop and bouquet that exuded rustic romance. The beautiful set up was perfect for the inside of Rose Hill Plantation‘s historic estate house. The arrangements featured some of the wedding world’s most popular flowers, including sumptuous peonies, garden roses, tulips and gardenias and soft gold shimmer detailing was added to the display with gilded dill and gorgeous Vietri china.
We just love the pops of bright pinks and aquas set against the vintage lace overlay! Thanks to Photography by Walters & Walters for these stunning photos, some never-before-seen!
Last week, Team SB&G wrapped our first photo shoot of the year — our 2014 Floral Shoot! We purposefully plan the floral shoot — the largest and most detail-oriented shoot — for this time of year, partly because the weather is so wonderful and also because it gets us so pumped up for the rest of photo shoot season!
This year, we changed things up a bit and divided our Floral Shoot into two separate days so that we could show off two of our stunning wedding venues — the Sarah P. Duke Gardens and The Cotton Room. We lucked out on weather…it’s been the rainiest summer we can remember, but both of our shoot days were (mostly) dry!
Day one of the shoot took place at Duke Gardens — a quaint, picturesque spot right in the heart of Downtown Durham. The beautifully manicured lawn and gardens was the ideal backdrop for our florists’ soft and romantic designs. Our second half of the shoot was at The Cotton Room (and its adjoining Belt Line Station) — another popular Durham venue. The Cotton Room‘s bright and airy urban vibes perfectly offset the delicate, yet bold, floral designs.
James and Meridith of Photography by Walters & Walters paired up to document the breathtaking floral designs — from the tiniest details to jaw-dropping panoramics — which will give our readers a slew of inspiration for their own wedding tablescapes!
We’re going to keep most of the shoot under wraps for now (there’s a quick sneak peek below), but check out the list of SB&G Florists, Rental Companies, Bridal Boutiques and Beauty Salons – they are seriously amazing, y’all — and start to get excited for SB&G 2014…we certainly are!Thanks to all of our wonderful vendors who made both of our shoots go so smoothly, we are so excited to see the final product and share it with all of our readers!
Last month, Team SB&G had the opportunity to tour Top of the Hill’s new distillery (aka, Top O Distillery) and taste its three types of organic spirits — gin, vodka and Carolina whiskey. We had a wonderful time learning the story behind the business, and got to see first-hand what goes into the distilling process, and today, we’re excited to share their story (and some delicious cocktail recipes) with our readers!
Back in the early 1990s, Scott Maitland, at the time a law student a UNC, bought the space that has become Top of the Hill to prevent a national chain from monopolizing the prime location on Franklin Street and stifling the local food culture in Chapel Hill. He dreamed of starting a microbrewery as “the ultimate anti-chain” — where he would only sell his products on location. Now, Top of the Hill is the 8th-oldest surviving microbrewery in the state.
In 2004, Scott began to look for an alternative to growlers for his microbrews, as growlers are not the ideal container for beer — they can distort the taste and the freshness of the product diminishes rapidly. He began canning his beers to be sold off-site — the first microbrewery in the state to do so — and experienced huge success. Top of the Hill has earned the title of the largest brewpub in the United States as far as onsite sales go, using approximately 90 kegs per week!
Scott spent some time as President of the Chamber of Commerce and had really embraced the idea of keeping money in the town by buying local organic foods and products. Many companies claimed to be “local” since they brewed beer locally, but misled customers, as the actual products they used were not truly from local sources. Scott decided to open a distillery that would be local through and through, using soft, red winter wheat grown right here in North Carolina.
In 2009, he committed to buying 75 acres a year from the only certified organic wheat field in the state (in fact, he helped save the farm from going out of business by committing to buying so much product from them!). He got the opportunity to buy the old printing warehouse for the Chapel Hill News, and after a 19-month tug-of-war with the town, he was approved to open his Top of the Hill Distillery.
Each step of the process took longer than expected, even the label approval took six full months. Now, the distillery is officially open and certified as the first organic distillery in the South — all products that go into the distilling process are from within 92 miles of the Chapel Hill location! The labels on Top O‘s three spirits feature the state’s beautiful and varying landscape, from the waves of the Outer Banks to the farms of the Piedmont and the mountains of the Appalachian.
We had a blast at our tasting and tour Scott Maitland and his partner, Esteban McMahan (aka “Spirit Guide”), gave us the back-story, took us through the distillery, and then let us taste each of their spirits side by side with low-quality spirits. None of Team SB&G had ever done a formal liquor tasting so we were all blown away by the drastic difference we could taste between Top O‘s product and the lower grade ones – as well as the aromas and flavors that we could identify by comparing styles in this manner. Normally not a fan of gin, I was particularly impressed by Top O‘s gin, which had a smooth, cinnamon finish. The vodka also had a sweet, vanilla flavor to it.
Top O Distillery‘s whiskey is one of their most unique selling-points. They happen to be one of the only 5 distilleries in the US making wheat whiskey (most whiskeys are made with corn). We happen to agree with Scott and Esteban – that wheat whiskey is particularly smooth and drinkable. I was especially a fan of the aged whiskey that we got to taste – and have been meaning to make it to an ABC store to pick up my own Top O whiskey-aging kit!
We were impressed with everything from the state-of-the-art equipment that is used to distill, to the large front room that is used for tastings (and will also be available for private parties – this would be a very unique and edgy place for a party). Mostly, though, we were blown away by the passion that Scott has for local and organic products. What Scott and Esteban are doing for the industry and for the local agriculture scene is amazing!
Beautiful photos by Neil Boyd Photography
We loved getting to taste all of Top O‘s delicious products, and we’re excited to share some of the recipes with you all! You can find more recipes for all of their spirits on the Top O Distillery website.
Slightly Dirty Martini
-2.5 oz. Top O Vodka
-.25 oz. Dolin dry vermouth
-.25 oz. olive brine
Pour ingredients into shaker with ice and shake until very cold. Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with your favorite olives (we love it with blue cheese stuffed green olives!)
-2.5 oz. Top O Piedmont Gin
-.5 oz dry vermouth
Combine ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until very cold. Strain into a chilled martini class and garnish with a lemon twist.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
-2.5 oz. Top O Piedmont Gin
-.75 oz. simple syrup
-.75 oz. lemon juice
-2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Combine ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until very cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
It’s that time again! We’re revealing our July giveaway winners and announcing our August prizes. Each month, we give out a handful of gift certificates to local shops, restaurants, spas and hotels — to qualify, register with Southern Bride & Groom now.
Congratulations to all of our July winners! This month, we’re giving away:
-$100 to Fearrington House Restaurant at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro. The Fearrington House Restaurant specializes in farm-to-fork cuisine and changes their menu seasonally. It’s ranked as one of the Top 50 restaurants in the United States!
-$100 to Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern in Downtown Raleigh. Second Empire is located in the elegantly restored Dodd-Hinsdale house, which dates back to the 1800s, and combines history, atmosphere and gourmet cuisine for a truly unique dining experience.
-A one-night, luxury stay at the prestigious King’s Daughters Inn in Downtown Durham. The King’s Daughters Inn is a seventeen-room boutique bed & breakfast in the heart of Durham with top-of-the-line amenities and wonderful staff.
Register with us by the end of the month to win some of these fantastic prizes! If you aren’t selected this month, we’ll keep you in our system for future giveaways!
This is the another installment in our Floral Series from the 2013 magazine — the perfect way to get floral inspiration for your big day! Today, we’re featuring the table and bouquet Tre Bella Flowers designed for our 2013 Floral Shoot. Tre Bella Flowers is run by three wonderful sisters, who also own Tre Bella Bridal, a bridal boutique in Durham, NC — their gown is featured in this shoot as well.
For the 2013 Floral Shoot, Tre Bella Flowers designed a soft, romantic bouquet and tabletop for Rose Hill Plantation‘s Nathan Hall Ballroom. Blush hues are so hot in the wedding world right now, and we love the use of soft, contemporary colors and textures in their arrangements. This whimsical, romantic look is perfect for a wedding in any season!
Thanks to Photography by Walters & Walters for these stunning photos, some never-before-seen!
This is the second installation in our Engage!13 Recap Series. Engage! is the premiere luxury wedding business summit, and this year it was held at the historic Biltmore Estate right here in the mountains of beautiful North Carolina! Our very own Jenna Olender attended this year, and we’re so excited to share some of her experiences and these beautiful photos!
Engage! summits are chock-full of professional presentations featuring business-savvy speakers, wonderful networking opportunities, delicious meals and over-the-top nighttime soirees. On the second night, attendees gathered for an outdoor dessert party on the Biltmore‘s stunning grounds. Enjoy these beautiful photos and get inspired for your wedding by the darling details that made the night two Dessert Soiree over the top!
A ton of behind-the-scenes work went into pulling off such an amazing party, and a slew of vendors helped make it perfect! The tent and rentals were from Classic Event Rental, the linens and specialty furniture (which we love) was from Nuage Designs. The floral and event design was courtesy of The Bloom Room, with beautiful vintage china from Upstyled Setting. Dana Cochran of A Fine Line Studio hand lettered the signage, and It’s A Wonderful Light provided the event lighting. The perfume garden was courtesy of the Spa at Inn on Biltmore Estate, the coffee and tea purveyor was by Royal Cup, the paper hats and pocket squares (so, so adorable) were provided by Kathryn Godwin, and the dessert table backdrop (complete with a bunting!) was by The Original Runner Company.
Southern Bride & Groom gives away monthly prizes and gift certificates to local spas, restaurants, hotels, and more! This month, we had two winners of awesome giveaways, Abbey — who won a $50 gift card to Lather Salon & Spa, and Lauren — who won a $50 gift card to Parizade in Durham.
In July, we’re giving away three wonderful prizes:
-$50 to Caffe Luna, an Italian restaurant with a Tuscan flair in Downtown Raleigh
-$100 to Sparian’s Bowling & Bistro in Raleigh
-And, a one-night stay for two at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. This is the perfect opportunity for a little romantic getaway and a short break from the stress of wedding planning!
To win these or any of our fabulous monthly prizes, register with Southern Bride & Groom!
This is the third installment in our Floral Series from the 2013 magazine — the perfect way to get floral inspiration for your big day! Today, we’re featuring the table and bouquet Catering Works designed for our 2013 Floral Shoot. Bloom Works is a division of Catering Works that offers custom floral designs by Joseph Barnes. The florist is able to provide a wide variety of options thanks to its local and global sourcing.
For the 2013 Floral Shoot, Catering Works designed a bold, contemporary bouquet and tablescape for Rose Hill Plantation‘s expansive pool deck. Succulents — which add the perfect amount of texture to delicate arrangements — are so popular in the wedding world right now, and we love the mix of them in this design — especially the individual blooms at each place setting! The vibrant pops of pink and the bright aqua tablecloth make these florals perfect for a spring or summer occasion.
Thanks to Photography by Walters & Walters for the stunning photographs, some never-before-seen!
This is the second installment in our Floral Series from the 2013 magazine! Today, we’re featuring the table and bouquet The English Garden designed for our 2013 Floral Shoot. The English Garden is a Raleigh-based shop run by third generation florists Warren English and Cydney Davis-English, specializing in unique and personalized wedding flowers.
For the 2013 Floral Shoot, The English Garden put together an eclectic country tabletop in Rose Hill Plantation‘s Barbeque Barn. Succulent blooms in shades of ivory, blue, orange and red were paired with stunning Mottahedeh “tobacco leaf” china, blue gingham napkins, ripe strawberries and brightly-colored, mismatched chairs. We absolutely adore the hanging chandelier of local, garden-grown flowers that and the textural, garden-inspired bouquet makes this assymetrical-inspired arrangement the essence of rustic chic.
Enjoy these beautiful photos — some never before seen! — all courtesy of the talented husband and wife duo behind Photography by Walters & Walters.