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Southern Wedding Inspiration from The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase

In our world, January means wedding show season! It might be cold outside with an early setting sun, but this is our favorite time of year. Our latest edition of Southern Bride & Groom magazine has just been published, and we get to spend a couple of days each week handing it out and chatting with newly-engaged couples who are just getting started on their wedding planning journey. This is what makes our work feel truly meaningful. But these events are fun for another reason, too – the local vendors pull out all the stops to showcase their talents, as well as the latest design trends. Some wedding shows are so pretty that couples could leave having planned every last detail of their wedding design. Today, we are sharing oodles of Southern wedding inspiration from The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase.

SB&G magazine – and Mama Parks – has been part of this show for all 22 years it has been held! We adore our longstanding relationship with The Carolina Inn – a stunning Chapel Hill NC historic hotel and wedding venue known for its high class service and atmosphere. Southern Bride and Groom Magazine publishersOne of the most impressive offerings of The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase is the vignettes that are scattered throughout the property. Tented receptions on the Carolina Inn lawns are very popular for weddings, especially during the spring and fall. This allows an outdoor vibe alongside the experience of amazing cuisine and upscale amenities. It doesn’t get much better than dining in style under a clear tent with a floral chandelier centerpiece!

Vignette team: Viva L’ Event, Tre Bella Flowers, Classic Party Rentals, Mason Dixon Calligraphy, Sugar Euphoria
Southern wedding inspiration from The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase www.southernbrideandgroom.comGorgeous tall wedding centerpieces www.southernbrideandgroom.comPink watercolor place cards www.southernbrideandgroom.compink and white wedding flowers www.southernbrideandgroom.comFormal with flair: Tre Bella Flower‘s elegant floral arrangements, and fine china, is juxtaposed with gingham linengold foil wedding cake www.southernbrideandgroom.comPink white and gold wedding cake www.southernbrideandgroom.comBursts of color and gold foil on buttercream cake keep dessert classy yet delish – by Sugar Euphoriaceremony backdrop ideas www.southernbrideandgroom.comPink and white wedding at The Carolina Inn www.southernbrideandgroom.comBeyonce quote used in wedding backdrop www.southernbrideandgroom.comWho doesn’t love Queen Bey?? We adore this vibrant custom backdrop for the sweetheart table.Classic Southern wedding venues www.southernbrideandgroom.comwedding inspiration www.southerbrideandgroom.comromantic table settings www.southernbrideandgroom.comUNC Chapel Hill wedding inspiration www.southernbrideandgroom.comCarolina Blue wedding colors www.southerbrideandgroom.comThe pastel haven shown above in one of the Carolina Inn parlors was designed by La Cosa Bella Events.Pink champagne for wedding toast www.southernbrideandgroom.comwedding flower frame www.southernbrideandgroom.comErin McLean Events created rose frames in her booth – we adore this idea for a wedding!vintage wedding decor ideas www.southernbrideandgroom.comSouthern Bride and Groom MagazineSeveral issues of SB&G mag spotted on the table of Makeup for Your Day.Bumble and branch local honey wedding favorsLocal NC wedding favors www.southernbrideandgroom.comThese wedding favors from Bumble & Branch are too cute for words – and perfect for an eco-friendly wedding!Carolina Inn cateringFloral backdrop ideas www.southernbrideandgroom.comNorth carolina bridal salons www.southerbrideandgroom.comTre Bella creates amazing floral design (shown in vignette at top, as well as the beautiful display above), and is also Durham’s only full-service bridal salon. Visit their clothing boutique and gift shop on the ground floor of Main Street before your appointment at the wedding dress boutique upstairs!photo booths at weddingsChapel Hill wedding showsWe loved the artistic floral creation that University Florist made for our boothCarolina Inn bridal showcaseAll photos above are by the incredibly talented Fancy This Photography, who is also a Preferred SB&G Vendor!

The second section of photos, below, are contributed by Mikkel Paige Photography. soda wall at wedding or event www.southernbrideandgroom.comvintage flower vases wedding decor www.southernbrideandgroom.comVases on shelving is a great modern backdrops. We loved this little display by A Southern Soiree.pink stationery www.southernbrideandgroom.comlocal ice cream passed as favors at wedding www.southernbrideandgroom.comhomemade ice cream with Mr. & Mrs. cookies www.southernbrideandgroom.comThere was no shortage of eats and treats at the Bridal Showcase! We can’t ever resist indulging on Andia’s Homemade Ice-Cream!Cascading flower centerpieces www.southernbrideandgroom.comwedding cake pops www.southernbrideandgroom.comconfetti wedding cake www.southernbrideandgroom.comThe whimsical theme that The Carolina Inn utilized this year for their event was captured perfectly in the above ballroom scene. In the brilliant tabletop display, ability to converse does not get lost with this extravagant design.

A confetti cake is a perfectly fun way to celebrate the kickoff to happily ever after!

Vignette team: A Southern Soiree, English Garden florist, The Carolina Inn pastry team, Party Reflections & Sugarland.

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