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An Elegant Christmastime Wedding at North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh, North Carolina

It’s no wonder why Emery McCrory (27 and a doctor) and Chris McCrory (28 and works in finance) had their reception at North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh, North Carolina, where Chris’s uncle Pat is governor. This stunning venue is a Queen Anne-style Victorian home with a steeply pitched gable, richly colored surfaces and elaborate turned woodwork. Need we say more? Although Emery and Chris had not originally planned on getting married in the winter, they loved the natural Christmas decor with red poinsettias, string lights and evergreen garlands. They didn’t overdo the holiday theme, though, choosing neutral shades of ivory and gray with pops of metallic gold and silver for the color palette… more here

A Rustic Military Farm Wedding in Bahama, NC

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 2.04.24 PMSarah, 26, a medical student and Phil, 27, a captain in the Army, first met at Duke University, and it only felt natural to exchange vows at the university chapelespecially since thats where Sarahs parents were also wed. As a nod to the grooms career, the couple incorporated military traditions throughout their classic day, including uniforms and a saber arch exit. Babys breath and hydrangea arrangements along with lace table runners and rustic accents all warmed the farm reception… more here

MELISSA + MATT – Duke Chapel & Duke Gardens

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A Backyard Wedding That Celebrates Same-Sex Marriage

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 5.57.02 PMIt’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re thrilled to share with you Joni and Gina’s story from Hillsborough, NC, and showcase a beautiful backyard wedding that celebrates same-sex marriage.

Gina and Joni met through mutual friends in the mid-80s and, after realizing they grew up within 30 miles of one another, these Great Smoky Mountain hometown girls became best friends. Over time, work took each to live in different cities, but they stayed in touch for 10 years. Eventually, the universe presented them with another opportunity…they were finally single at the same time, and, as they say, the rest is history!

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A Little Taste of the South in Durham

Durham proved once again what an amazing food city it is becoming at the recent Taste 2015 events. The three-day food event kicked off with a VIP reception on Friday, April 23, 2015 hosted by 2011 James Beard winner Andrea Reusing. Proceeds from ticket sales went to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. I attended several of the Taste 2015 events as a guest of event producers, Shannon Media, publishers of Chapel Hill and Durham magazines.

In a portable kitchen set up within the cozy back patio of Bar Lusconi, Reusing and her team cooked up a number of delights, including North Carolina shrimp pickled in Louisiana lemon juice and spiced with turmeric; deviled ham on points of rye toast and topped with mustard seeds; a deviled egg sprinkled with North Carolina trout roe and lemon grass, and the lightest, crispiest, freshest chiccarones I’ve ever tasted. The duo Teacup Gin provided a mix of bluesy standards ideally suited to the slim setting of Bar Lusconi.

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