Editor’s Note

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!andrea-stephens-editor-triad-weddings-magazine

You are, without a doubt, getting ready to plan probably the biggest, most involved party of your life and TriadWeddings is here to help every step of the way! Our beautiful, upscale magazine reflects the style and needs of today’s well-educated and sophisticated couples and is sure to excite, inspire and inform as you plan your dream day. And our step-by-step Wedding Planning Guide helps you keep track of all your wedding planning details!

TriadWeddings is the most comprehensive resource and wedding planning guide for couples planning a Triad wedding and is packed with in-depth editorial, advice and LOCAL resources to the area’s most reputable wedding professionals ready to help make your dream wedding come true!

Just as the magazine does, we are excited to now be blogging to bring even more information and inspiration to help make your planning process a smooth one. Real LOCAL weddings will excite you! Fresh designs and styles in cakes, flowers, catering, invitations, photography and more will inspire you! Expert tips will inform you!

Welcome to our blog and remember…Your wedding day is a time to celebrate, so don’t let the planning process interfere with the true meaning of what brought you here to begin with. Best wishes for an extraordinary Triad wedding and most importantly, a lifetime of happiness!
Andrea Stephens, Editor in Chief

Behind the Scenes – A TriadWeddings Styled Shoot

TriadWeddings recently had the opportunity to combine three of our absolutely favorite things – sugar, weddings, and talented wedding professionals. Simply put, it was the trifecta of awesome.

The fashion shoot was held at two locations: the incredibly chic Proximity Hotel, and the stunning O’Henry Hotel. For two days, we brought together an amazing team to showcase some of the beautiful gowns we have right here in the area. To make it extra sugary, The Sugar Shack incorporated a “sweet accessory” for each scene.

The final spread will be showcased in the Spring/Summer Issue (starting to hit stands next week, and yes we are SO excited!) After coordinating all of these people together, we admit, it was much like planning a wedding. With models, photographers, attires, venues, AND all the little details that were needed for the finishing touch, we were juggling a lot of moving parts.

But if there is one piece of advice we can give you, darling brides, it’s that a wedding (or a fashion shoot!) needs incredible vendors. We certainly couldn’t have done it without them. And as you plan your upcoming special day, TriadWeddings wants to help put you in touch with those very same people, so your day is just as successful.

Catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of our fashion shoot, created by the ever-amazing Good Earth Films.

It’s so fantastic and we cannot wait to share the spread with you. Remember the next issue of TriadWeddings hits stands in a week, so keep an eye out and be sure to grab your complimentary copy!

A huge thank you to these talented wedding professionals who rocked the socks off this fashion shoot!

Proximity Hotel

O’Henry Hotel

Bridal Mart

Dawn’s Bridals

Black Tie Formals

McCardell Photography

Aura Marzouk Photography

Bella Upstyles Co.

Updo’s Studios

The Sugar Shack

Good Earth Films

The Fall TW Connect 2013

We can hardly believe that it’s time to say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014, but oh, what a lovely year is behind us. It has been a beautiful year for TriadWeddings. We published two stunning magazines:

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We’ve seen and experienced hundreds of breathtaking weddings in and around the Triad area. And our group of the area’s talented and most reputable wedding professionals? Well, that list just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

This past November we had our bi-annual TW CONNECT event, and let’s just say, it was a paaar-tay! Many of our vendors joined together to celebrate something that we feel very passionately about here at TriadWeddings: community. It was an opportunity to relax, to put faces to names, and to CONNECT, and that is just what we did!

We have a lovely video from Silver Feather Studios that takes us back to that memorable night. It’s a perfect reminder of why we all love weddings, and why our vendors truly love TriadWeddings Magazine.

Many thank to these incredible vendors who made this night not just beautiful, but unforgettable:

Venue & Catering: Southern Roots Restaurant & Catering

Invitations: Ashleigh’s Fine Paper

Music: A&A Disc Jockey

Dessert: CAKE & All Things Yummy

Candy Buffet: The Sugar Shack

Photography: One Shot Photography

Cinematography: Silver Feather Studios

Vendors, if you are looking for a magazine that can give you more than ad, but also a community filled with support, then please contact us. We look forward to introducing you to all our fabulous friends!

Thank  you for visiting our blog and may 2014 be your best year yet!

Kate & Matthew: A Southern Manor Wedding


Kate and Matthew were married on May 11, 2013 at Magnolia Manor in Colfax, NC.

I love a wedding with lots of fun and cute details. This is one of those weddings! They had a year to plan and Kate knew that they had a budget to stick to, so they put the money where they needed it and were able to use some of their family’s own creativity to pull together the rest.  All of the planning and decorating were done by Kate and her family. Her mother made the bouquets out of fresh flowers from the local farmer’s market, the invitations were handmade and her father-in-law even welded the shepherd’s hooks for the aisle, himself.  The light fixture they had hanging above them in the ceremony tree was from an old church that Matthew grew up in- what a neat way to bring in something special from your past! The couple had Jenga pieces laid out for guests to write a message as they entered the ceremony and corn hole boards for the guests’ entertainment later in the evening. There were mason jars in place of drinking glasses to add a cute southern flare at the reception and the guests even had individually boxed treats to take home with them at the end of the night! What a simply delightful wedding these two were able to share with their loved ones!


Ceremony/Reception Location: Magnolia Manor

Photographer: Summer Herlocker Photography

Gown Place of Purchase: The Bride’s Choice (Designer: Maggie Sottero)

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom/Groomsmen Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse

Cake: Maxie B’s

Catering: Fresh.Local.Good. food group

Officiate: Dale Colingwood

Hair Services: Updo’s Studios

Music/Entertainment: K2 Productions

Party Rentals: Happy Rentz

Photo Booth: Summer Herlocker Photography

Sara & Bart: A Homegrown Wedding


Sara and Bart were married on June 8 in  Seagrove, NC at Sara’s Grandfather’s barn that he built himself (the stoop that they were married on is actually the original deck for the house).

Family plays a huge role in both of their lives and they made a point to involve many aspects of both of their families. Sara said they wanted the day to represent their deep family roots and their love of the country and outdoors. The hay bales used at the wedding were made on the family farm (Circle T Farm), they used antique and heirloom quilts in multiple locations, the tent, food and decorations were provided and prepared by family members and even the wine was made by Sara’s Aunt Jane. Some other fun details from the day were the corn hole games they had for their guests and the fabulous family antiques and pictures they had set up in the barn. Both of their families came together to help make Sara and Bart’s day exactly what they envisioned. From her gorgeous dress, the beautiful setting and the family ties this wedding couldn’t have been more sweet and beautiful!

Sara described her wedding day as ‘Exciting, Fun and PERFECT”…what more could a bride ask for?!


Photographer: Aura Marzouk Photography

Gown: J Majors in Charlotte- Odessa Gown

Invitations: Shutterfly

Cake: Dianne Coley

Catering: Tammy Webster and Family

Flowers: Burge’s Florist

Officiate: Pastor Neil Crowell

Hair and Makeup: Dietz Salon and Wellness

Wedding Coordinator: Judi Godfrey

Music/Entertainment: Matt Lawson

Lighting: D&D Rentals of Asheboro

Videography: Scott Hunt

Candy Buffet: Candy Factory of Lexington

Transportation: Johnsons Limo Service

Honeymoon/Travel: AAA Travels

Sewing/Alterations: Anna’s Alterations of Charlotte

Gown Preservation: L&L Cleaners

Stacey & Stephen: A Tribute to Elon


Stacey and Stephen were married on May 4th, 2013 on the lawn overlooking the lake at The Arbor Events in Cleveland, NC .

The couple met at Elon University and they decided to use the love and experience of college to create the theme and decor for their wedding day. Maroon and Gold are the colors of Elon University and you will find those colors used throughout Stacey and Stephen’s wedding. The bridesmaids’ dresses, groomsmen’s ties and the table cloths were all maroon and the flowers were yellow. Each of the guest tables were named after a different location at the University. What makes their theme even more adorable is how they used acorns throughout their reception hall and squirrels as their cake toppers since both are important symbols of Elon. They even designed their own sand ceremony that allowed their family and wedding party to participate. The couple chose to write their own vows to be able to share a more personal side of their relationship. Stacey said that her two favorite parts of the ceremony were watching Stephen’s face as she walked down the aisle and watching him tear up as he read his vows to her.

This wedding really brings the family and guests into the ceremony more than your typical wedding. We just love having the family participate and all of the details this couple used to tie their wedding day into a place that means so much to them!


Venue: The Arbor Events

Photographer: J. Darren Photography

Gown: Bridal Mart

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Mart/Dessy

Groom/Groomsmen Formalwear: Bridal Mart / Dessy

Invitations: Homemade

Cake: Buy Me Cake

Catering: Visions Catering

Flowers: Salisbury Flower Shop

Officiate: Phil Smith

Hair Services: Cori Brumbles

Wedding Coordinator: Lauren Lomax

Music/Entertainment/Lighting: A Bride’s DJ

Favors: My Weddings Favors

Honeymoon/Travel Agency: Dreams Tulum/Best Day Travel

Megan & Jordan: Country Charm


We fell in love with the fun details of Megan and Jordan’s Homespun wedding! They were joined by 60 family and friends at a friend’s home for their intimate ceremony and then went on to celebrate at Southern Roots Restaurant in Jamestown, NC.

You would think an early May Wedding would bring on some warm temperatures, but not this 4th of May.  It actually ended up being quite chilly on their wedding day, but luckily no rain which made for a beautiful outdoor ceremony. Megan and Jordan knew from the moment they began their planning that each detail, big or small, would involve their family and friends. Her mother created the beautiful floral arrangements, her two sisters made the quilts that were placed on the hay bales and Megan’s best friend of 30 years made the stunning wedding cake . On top of all of this craftiness, each table linen was handmade to fit the tables at Southern Roots Restaurant. A fun little detail that the couple came up with was to have the guests throw grass seed as the couple exited the ceremony since Jordan is in the lawn care business. The couple decided not to have a wedding party and to keep the ceremony focused on the beginning of their lives together. Although the couple did not have bridesmaids or groomsmen we cannot forget a special member of their wedding party… their Labrador, Jack. Megan said that there wasn’t a doubt in their minds that Jack would be apart of their wedding day. Megan says that a favorite part of the wedding was after she and Jordan were pronounced Husband and Wife and began exiting the ceremony, Jack knew to follow them back down the aisle. This charming country wedding was captured by Ashley, another dear friend to the couple.


Ceremony: Oliphant Farms

Reception: Southern Roots Restaurant & Catering

Photographer: Ashley Stone Photography

Gown: Bridal Mart

Grooms Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

Invitations: D.H. Fitzgerald Designs

Cake: SweeTreats by Keri

Catering: Southern Roots Restaurant & Catering

Flowers: Elegant Creations

Hair: Prodigy Salon

Rentals: Party Rentals by Lisa

Travel Agency: A Way To Go Travel

Sewing: BB’s Alterations

Lauren & Daniel: Whimsical Love Birds

rwjGmUxL1wc6plKwHXhXkYalKmo-KrI-YtQLei1bBVkLauren and Daniel were married at the College Place United Methodist Church and then made their way to the UNCG Alumni House for their reception. 

With the help of her Mother, Lauren was very much a Do-It-Yourself bride. She created her own centerpieces and wedding favors,  the bridemaids’ dresses were custom made through Etsy,  and her mother created her broach bouquet as well as their cake toppers. Their wedding design all started with the invitations and they designed the rest of their wedding around them using their centerpieces and the wedding favors to bring it all together. Family friend, Carla Smith, helped Lauren with the wedding planning while Alison Turner and Kristy Coleman coordinated the wedding. With the help of these ladies,  Lauren was able to see her vision come together.



Photography: Patty Lynn Photography

Videography: K2 Productions

Rentals: PartyMakers

Catering: Sweet Basil’s Catering

Ceremony Location: College Place United Methodist Church

Reception Location: UNCG Alumni House

Veil and Clutch: Songbirds Consignments

Groom/ Groomsmen Formal Wear: Joseph A. Banks

Cake: Simply Scrumptious

Boutonnieres/Bridesmaids Bouquets: The Farmer’s Wife Antiques

Ceremony Music : Piedmont Triad String Quartet

Sewing/Alterations: Perfect Fit Alterations

Say “Hello” to our newest team member!

Hello Brides, Grooms and all TriadWeddings Magazine fans! Thank you for visiting our blog! I am Kerri, the newest member of the Kerri photoTriadWeddings Magazine team and your blogger of all things *Wedding*!

As a recent Bride myself,  I was able to use TriadWeddings Magazine as a fabulous resource from start to finish! The magazine showcases the area’s finest vendors so there is literally something for everyone.  I found tons of inspiration flipping through the featured weddings, reading the different editorial topics and looking through each vendor’s work to help build on ideas and pick out the best vendors to match my style…not to mention the 8 page step-by-step Planning Guide that was extremely useful in keeping me organized! This magazine has numerous benefits for couples planning their perfect day and can help point you to the right professionals to pull it all off! I know that for me it was my go-to source and made life so much easier during my planning process!

On the TriadWeddings blog we will talk about color schemes, trending ideas, featured weddings that our incredible vendors have been a part of, and so much more! I hope that you will follow along throughout your planning process and long after! We are here to show off some of the best vendors in the Triad and surrounding areas and we hope that you will find everything you need through TriadWeddings Magazine!

I welcome you to drop me a line and share your ideas on topics you’d like to see us discuss. Email me at kerri@triadweddings.com.

Happy Planning!!

XOXO, Kerri

Newest Issue: Fall/Winter 2013

HOT OFF THE PRESS! Our newest issue that, I know, we have all been anxiously awaiting! Filled with the BEST vendors in the Triad area, sweetheart table inspiration, featured weddings and MORE!  Distribution  has begun and in the coming weeks you will be able to pickup a copy from your favorite vendors.  Find your copy at one of these locations!Image

Wonderful Vendors involved in creating this cover shot:

Venue: The Millennium Center

Photography: Bert Reed Photography

Design: Relish Design Company

Attire: Black Tie Formals

Hair and Makeup: Exquisite Style by Amy