The Annual Bridal Showcase at the historic Carolina Inn is one of our favorite wedding shows of the year! On Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 1–4 p.m., The Carolina Inn celebrates more than two decades of bringing the best and most talented wedding vendors in Chapel Hill, the Triangle and the Carolinas together for an afternoon filled with inspiration!
Attendees will delight in a feast of sample wedding cakes, view the most exquisite wedding gowns from top couture designers, and experience an interactive approach in choosing your most valued wedding vendors. Whether you are looking for a florist, ceremony musicians, flawless hair and make-up, or photography that makes you go “wow,” The Carolina Inn joins 70 premier vendors to offer an elegant afternoon full of information and inspiration for all things wedding.“The day will be full of new ideas but steeped in timeless etiquette, phenomenal food and exquisite charm,” says Director of Catering Heidi Werner. “The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase is a masterpiece more than two decades in the making that offers you the opportunity to take all the stress out of planning your special day.”
Online tickets are $15 per person. (Tickets are complimentary for any bride who is getting married at The Carolina Inn. Brides having their wedding at The Carolina Inn also enjoy exclusive access from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and the event is open to the public from 1 p.m.–4 p.m.)
About the Inn
For over nine decades, The Carolina Inn has been transforming wedding fantasies into memories that live forever, from the exquisitely beautiful to the most elegant and romantic. Providing an atmosphere of warmth and grace, the Inn’s intimate parlors, secluded courtyards and expansive ballrooms are perfect for wedding receptions or the exchanging of vows.
As the region’s weddings capital offering Classic Southern Elegance since 1924, the historic hotel on the UNC Chapel Hill campus hosts more than 125 weddings annually.
From the stylish Old Well Room, with its evocative Art Deco décor, especially popular for weddings to the elegant John Sprunt Hill Ballroom, neoclassical in design, The Carolina Inn has a long-standing history of hosting memorable bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, champagne brunches, wedding receptions and banquets.
See SB&G’s recent blog posts: A Downton Abbey-inspired styled shoot and a UNC alumna’s real wedding to get a sense of the beautiful backdrop the Inn provides!
Meet the Team
The Carolina Inn’s planning professionals know that Southern hospitality is the heart of a great wedding and are eager to design a reception, rehearsal dinner, post wedding brunch, or charming afternoon tea that not only celebrate your nuptials but celebrate your guests as well. Get to know each person on the team a little better in their bios below and meet them in-person on January 31st during the Bridal Showcase.
From left to right: Heidi Werner, Samantha Mead, Kristen Prescott, and Tiffany Dawn Jackson.
“I’ve planned many weddings but there is something special about a southern wedding. It holds its own special kind of grace and charm.
It’s a lot of work to create that perfect day. The details are endless but I enjoy every single one of them. Perhaps the most gratifying to me is the moment that I am standing alone with a couple right before we open the doors to announce their entrance into the wedding reception. It’s a quiet moment where I am saying good luck, congratulations, and goodbye all at the same time. Then the doors open and applause mingled with an endearing tune welcomes two people into their new lives together.”
“The sweet smell of magnolias and fresh Carolina air has fueled my passion for planning southern tradition since 2008. Originally from Pennsylvania, my husband Travis and I found the Carolina Blue Skies and haven’t looked back. With a great appreciation for the outdoors, Chapel Hill provides the perfect atmosphere for rocking on the front porch and hosting southern banquets. We look forward to raising our daughter as a true southern belle.”
“I’m a true Southern girl, born and raised in eastern North Carolina. I love all things southern: mason jars, magnolias and sipping sweet tea on my front porch. I live in downtown Chapel Hill with my husband Bradley and our daughter Harper Rose. There’s no doubt that planning weddings at The Carolina Inn was a perfect fit for me – a place known and cherished for its hospitality and charm.
After seven years of planning I still tear up for the father-daughter dance and can’t wait to see the groom’s face when his bride walks down the aisle. It’s not just the wedding that makes my heart beat a little faster; it’s the whole process from start to finish.”
Tiffany Dawn Jackson
“Southern wedding traditions hold a close place in my heart from bridal portraits and signature drinks, to courtyard ceremonies and pearls. In hopes of becoming a southern belle one day, I was immediately attracted to The Carolina Inn, and thinking how magical this place is.
Last year I was lucky enough to marry a true southern gentleman. As a newlywed, I know how time consuming planning a wedding can be; however, this is when the fun begins! I love chatting with the bride and groom about their vision for their big day, and turning that vision into reality. My favorite part of the wedding day is standing in the ballroom right before cocktail hour when every detail is in the right place and the room is about to be filled with love, joy and fun! I love seeing the biggest smiles on the bride and groom’s face before they enter as husband and wife because I know we created a magical day that they will always remember.”
Photos by Robin Lin Photography