Vendor Spotlight: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

We absolutely adore our vendors that make each wedding unique and personal at the Bradford.  From caterers to photographers to florists, there are so many great ones to choose from.  This month we are delighted to brag on Greenhouse Picker Sisters, Holly and Amanda!  

Greenhouse Picker Sisters provides specialty rentals, decor, and event styling for weddings, styled shoots, and more. Holly and Amanda are fifth generation pickers with a love for all things vintage and unique. Greenhouse Lane is their family's street name and hosts some of their dearest memories: ones of love and southern tradition. They have spent many hours among their family's collections, dreaming, playing house, winding up classic toys, and of course, drinking cokes from the bottle. Their love for genuine and classic finds led to the start of the specialty rental company. It is such a joy to see all of their family's finds come back to life in a special way. When Holly and Amanda are not on the hunt for the next amazing find, they are spending time with their wonderful husbands and five awesome kiddos. 

Located out of Raleigh, they specialize in styling, design and specialty rentals.  We have had the pleasure of working with these wonderful ladies and can say that they really are amazing!  Here are just a few beautiful designs that they have done at The Bradford!

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Wedding Colors that Correspond with the Season

When planning your wedding, it is likely that you'll want to have it during the season you like best; or the one that calls for the least amount of rain! Either way, you want to make sure that the color schemes blend nicely with your setting, and the setting sometimes includes the weather. Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter all have very distinct characteristics that you can use to create your dream wedding!

SPRING

Spring allows you to have bright and colorful weddings colors or soft, elegant color schemes. Mint green, dusty blue, blush pink, and chiffon yellow all fit both bold and soft color palettes. 

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 Photos:  Blue Barn Photography

Photos: Blue Barn Photography

SUMMER

During the summer, you can really play with bold and adventurous color schemes. Bright yellows, pink, orange, and lavnder are great colors for a summer wedding.

 Photo:  Annie Watts Photography

Photo: Annie Watts Photography

FALL

Other than the beautiful changing leaves and warm apple cider, Fall is a great season to have many different bright and warm tones! Burgundy, burnt orange, and yellow are great to coordinate with this season.

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Photos: J. Christina Photography

WINTER

Last but certainly not least, Winter! While it may not be a wonderland for those who dislike the cold, it serves as a great theme for a wedding. Winter weddings usually have a cozy, soft, and elegant setting, therefore it is easy to use almost any color, but with a softer tone. Colors like champagne, ivory, pale pink, and navy are great for Winter weddings. 

 

 Photo:  Caroline Lima Photography

Photo: Caroline Lima Photography

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Photo: Pinterest

 

 

Green is the New Black!

 

Its Spring and everything outside is starting to turn green.  Adding greenery is a great way to add something special to your wedding, keeping things fresh and bright!  There are so many creative ways that you can incorporate it into your wedding whether you use it to line the aisle or embellish your centerpieces, it is sure to be stunning!     

These green tablescapes are both simple and fresh.  The leaves really add dimension and fill up the space beautifully.  Some common greenery fillers are eucalyptus, leather leaf and olive branches.

 
 These potted plants were a unique way to frame the seating display and can also be used after the wedding in your own home!

These potted plants were a unique way to frame the seating display and can also be used after the wedding in your own home!

 
 This hairpiece is so unique, it is not too large or overwhelming, but the perfect detail to this low bun.

This hairpiece is so unique, it is not too large or overwhelming, but the perfect detail to this low bun.

It's All in the Details!

One of the best ways to show your personality on your wedding day is through the little details. The colors, the flowers, the jewelry... Sometimes it's hard to decide just how you want to show who you are to your guests! If this is you, here are a few detail shots we have loved seeing at The Bradford!  

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1. The Invitation set

 With the invitation set, you can give your guests a preview of what your day will look like. You can use florals, greenery or any print with your wedding color. This is a fun way to give your guests a little sneak peek!

With the invitation set, you can give your guests a preview of what your day will look like. You can use florals, greenery or any print with your wedding color. This is a fun way to give your guests a little sneak peek!

2. The shoes

 Shoes are fun and can add a little 'pop' of color! 

Shoes are fun and can add a little 'pop' of color! 

3. The aisle decor

 There are so many ways to decorate your aisle... You can use flowers, wooden signs, candles; all of these have been done at The Bradford!

There are so many ways to decorate your aisle... You can use flowers, wooden signs, candles; all of these have been done at The Bradford!

4. The boutonnieres 

 Boutonnieres are fun because you can make them match with the bridesmaids bouquets and use them to bring out fun accent colors of your color scheme.

Boutonnieres are fun because you can make them match with the bridesmaids bouquets and use them to bring out fun accent colors of your color scheme.

5. The alter

 The alter is very important because it is the focal point of your ceremony! This is where you and your soon-to-be husband will become one... make it speak love!!!

The alter is very important because it is the focal point of your ceremony! This is where you and your soon-to-be husband will become one... make it speak love!!!

Each of these details can add their own unique look your wedding day! Feel the freedom to create and inspire to make your day embody you and your significant other's relationship, big or small!

|Dana|

New interns

Hello!  My name is Kristen Biddle and I am from High Point, North Carolina.  I am currently a junior at NC State majoring in Parks, Recreation and Tourism management with a concentration in program management.

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Here are 3 fun facts:

  • I was born in China!
  • I love crafting and creating things (mostly calligraphy and knitting)
  • Dance parties are my jam

I am so excited to be interning with the Bradford because...

  • Weddings are the best kinds of celebrations; I cannot think of anything better that eating cake with 100 of your closest friends and family!
  • I have always wanted to see what work looks like in the wedding industry and how everything comes together.
  • The venue is beautiful and working with Bailey and the other interns is going to be so much fun!

Hi! My name is Dana Beadle and I am a senior at NC State majoring in Communication-Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration.

Fun Facts:

  • I love hanging out with friends at a local coffee shop or watching Gilmore Girls (or the Titanic but no one seems to shares the same love for it as me).
  • I love long weekends in the mountains or at the beach with my friends
  • I cherish sweet moments when all of my family is able to get together
  • I am engaged and getting MARRIED in September of 2018!! Woohoo!! 

I am super excited to be working at The Bradford because...

I love planning and executing events as well as working with people! I am excited to learn the background work in organizing events at The Bradford!


Hi there! My name is Megan Harding and I am a Business Administration major with an Entrepreneurship minor at Meredith College. I will be graduating in the fall and could not be more excited! 

A few fun facts about me are:

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  • I love to dance!
  • Doing makeup is a hobby of mine
  • I secretly enjoy making lists, ha!
  • Girls nights are my favorite

Why am I thrilled to be interning at The Bradford?

  • I mean, who doesn't want to help make the most important day of peoples lives happen!
  • I have always had a passion for planning and executing any type of event, especially weddings, so I'm excited to experience more of the behind the scenes aspects that make these events possible.
  • Being a business major, communication is key to getting things done. I feel as though The Bradford will really push me to work on those skills.
  • Also, geting to see this beautiful venue everyweek is a bonus!

Fall/Winter To Do List

It's December!

With Thanksgiving over and Christmas quickly approaching, as well as the year coming to an end we all get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives and forget to reward ourselves. It's important to take a deep breath (or a few) and appreciate how amazing you are. Here are a few things you can do to take a step back and enjoy the simple things this season while with friends and family. 

1. Visit The Farmer's Market  

The farmers market is a great place to support your local community while getting some great fruit, vegetables, and plants for your home this season. The Farmers market is full of color and plenty of items to get you in the Fall/Winter spirit. 

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2. Get a Fall or Christmas Scented Candle

Beautiful scents filling your home always make the holidays better. I mean come on, we all know we secretly could spend hours in Bath & Body Works smelling candles. There's so many different seasonal one's to choose from, take your pick! 

3. S'mores

We never get too old for s'mores right?

This is a great way to socialize with friends without having to make a bunch of dishes or prepare too much. You can do s'more by the candlelight indoors or outside by a fire pit. There's nothing like a chilly night with some chocolate and marshmallows :) 

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Photo: Pinterest 

4. Enjoy a Scenic Fall or Winter Drive

There's nothing quite like the outdoors when the leaves are full of color or the ground is full of beautiful white snow. Whether it's fall or winter it's nice to get outdoors and be one with nature. Put your phone down, take your loved ones, and experience the fresh air. 

5. Bake an Apple Pie

Okay what is better sweet treat this season than a freshly made apple pie? There's so many simply recipes you can find online to leave you and your guests tastebuds fully satisfied. Not only is this dessert fun to make, smell, and eat; but it's beautiful as well! Preheat that oven and let's get to baking. YUM! 

Happy Holidays!!

 

 

Cozy Signature Drinks

With Fall in full swing, and winter quickly approaching the weather is much cooler and it's time to sip on a drink that tastes like fall! Whether you are getting married, throwing a holiday party, or just are in the mood for something festive these drinks will be the perfect option for you throughout these next few months! Here are some fun inspirations of holiday drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) that will be perfect for any event during this festive season!

Warm Apple Cider

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Apples, spices, cinnamon, and more! You could even add some alcohol for a jazzed up version of this delicious drink!


Hot Chocolate

 Pinterest  Warm milk and chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream. YUM!Hot Chocolate can easily be jazzed up with Nutella, peppermint, caramel, or any of your favorite flavors to make this classic drink even more delicious! 

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Warm milk and chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream. YUM!Hot Chocolate can easily be jazzed up with Nutella, peppermint, caramel, or any of your favorite flavors to make this classic drink even more delicious! 


Harvest Fall Sangria

 Pinterest  Apples, pears, oranges, cinnamon, cider, club soda, vodka, white wine, and cranberries. All you need to make this delicious spin on a cool refreshing drink!

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Apples, pears, oranges, cinnamon, cider, club soda, vodka, white wine, and cranberries. All you need to make this delicious spin on a cool refreshing drink!


Spiced Pear Margarita 

 Pinterest  If you want a little more kick in your drink this one is for you! This tasty cocktail is comprised of tequila, pear brandy, lime juice, and simple syrup. Served frozen or on the rocks!

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If you want a little more kick in your drink this one is for you! This tasty cocktail is comprised of tequila, pear brandy, lime juice, and simple syrup. Served frozen or on the rocks!


Pumpkin Pie Moscow Mule

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A tasty fall treat that would be perfect for a crisp autumn wedding or for Friendsgiving! 

Vodka, Pumpkin Ginger Syrup, lime juice, club soda, and happiness is what all that goes into this fun cocktail! 

 

|| Carrie ||

 

Thanksgiving Table Styles

Okay now that Halloween is over can we all admit how excited we are for Thanksgiving? Bring on the yummy food and family gatherings. One of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving is not just the food but the music, the love, and the DECOR. Whether you are having a small get together, or a huge party, there are plenty of simple ways to decorate and set your table that leaves you and your guests smiling when the day is over. 

This table just screams Happy Thanksgiving! The linen, the plates, and the centerpieces are perfect for that warm and cozy charm. And look at those cute corn on the cobs as a decor piece! 

I absolutely adore this modern twist on thanksgiving decor. Succulents are really popular right now and this is a great way to incorporate them into your holiday spirit. The plate setting is so simple and elegant with the napkin flowing perfectly with the green succulents in the center. 

This pumpkin is definitely an eye catching centerpiece. You can pick up all the supplies at your local craft store and tie them together the way you want. All you'll need is a pumpkin! 

This is a very fun and simple way to add a little spice to your place settings at the table. The colors are perfect for the fall season and keeps all the silverware together. 

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Photo: etsy.com 

How unique and awesome are these apple candles?? You will be sure to charm your guests with this table setting. All you need is some apples, little candles, and wood bases! Maybe an apple pie too :) 

Holiday Pop-Up Market

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! 

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On December 3rd, The Bradford is hosting a holiday pop-up market from 1:00pm to 5:00pm! This will be a great opportunity to come out with your friends and have a fun day of shopping at a beautiful location! We will have beverages (beer and coffee) available for purchase during the event while you are shopping among many of the wonderful vendors that will be out here during the event!

Some of the wonderful vendors include: 

Shop Wind Blown - handmade jewelry
Ten Acre Paper - art prints, stationary 
Greenhouse Picker Sisters - vintage decor
Caballorojo Coffee - coffee beans 
Naturally Chic Gifts - customized wine glasses, champagne flutes, etc.
Shop Stevie - women's clothing
ViaUrban - pillows and baskets
Posh Soap Co. - handmade soaps and candles 
Southern France - French macarons
Bea + Company - refinished decor/furniture

AND MANY MORE!!!!

We can't wait to see you all out here for this fun evening! 

|| Carrie ||

Lovin' your bridesmaids & their dresses

A bridesmaid is so important at a wedding. She is the one who has been by the bride's side through the ups and downs and gets to stand next to her on the biggest day of her life...she NEEDS to be looking good.

 

Not only does she provide the bride with the best support needed before she walks down the isle, but a bridesmaid is crucial for setting the mood of a wedding. Her dress alone reflects the color scheme, the season, and the bride's taste in her wedding.

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Carolina Lima

We like to think that bridesmaids are the picture frame, while the bride is the picture. They surround her, love her, and make her stand out. Some brides want that picture frame to look the same with one dress in one color, giving her wedding party a traditional and uniform look. Other brides like to spice it up a bit and have a variety in the style of her bridal party. How she does that, you ask?

Here are a few mix and match bridesmaid dress ideas that not only reflect the bride's personality, but also the bridesmaid:

1. One color - different dresses

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Blue Barn Photography

A popular trend with today's bridal parties is to pick one color for the bridesmaids to wear, but let them pick their dress. That way you can stick to the color your heart desires all the while letting your besties show their style with the dress of their choice. You can also go with the popular wrap dress and let your bridesmaids wrap it however they like so they are all in one color but the style is different. This mix and match madness is cute, fun, and appealing to the eye! 

2. One dress - different colors

Can't decide on one color for the bridesmaid dress? Don't worry, just pick three...or four...or five... Seven bridesmaids, seven colors! Having one dress for your     bridesmaids still gives you that uniform look, but the different colors will give your bridal party variety. This also lets your bridesmaid wear a color that really compliments her skin tone. Plus all your girls will look FABULOUS.

3. Different color - different dress

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Blest Studios

We know, decisions are hard. If you can't decide on a dress OR one color...then don't decide! Have your bridesmaids wear different dresses of different colors! Many of our Bradford bridal parties have taken this route and looked like show-stoppers. These dresses are bursting with the bridesmaid's personality but also have a taste of the bride's.

Whatever you decide on, whether that's a different color with a different dress or the same all around, your bridesmaids will serve as the perfect picture frame for you on your special day!

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Jordan Maunder

// Audrey

Pizza Party

What better way to bring friends together than with food and wine? When I think of pizza, it brings back a very nostalgic feeling for me. I reminisce about all the sleepovers I had in high school where I invited all my besties over for pizza and movies. Are you ready to amp up those previous pizza parties with a build-your-own pizza party?

Here is what you need to do... gather up some topping ideas from your guest. See whether they are a Hawaiian pizza lover or a spicy chicken pizza lover. Go to the grocery store pick up some toppings such as peppers, lots and lots of CHEESE, pepperoni, dough, tomato sauce, and don't forget the wine. 

Get some sides like a veggie tray to have ready for your friends to munch on while they are building their own pizza. Cut up the toppings and put them in some simple bowls for your guest to have easy access for perfect sprinkling. Set up some wine glasses and get the wine bottles set next to them in a cute bucket with some ice. 

Invite your lovely ladies over to gossip and indulge in the cheesy deliciousness. 

 

 

Bachelorette Party Ideas

Are you trying to decide what you should do for your Bachelorette Party? Well we have some fabulous ideas for you! I'm sure you will be able to find the perfect theme for your party in the list provided below! Now, let's get creative!
 

 

1. Bachelorette Brunch: Who doesn't love brunch? Pick your favorite local brunch place (ie. Tupelo Honey, Brigs, or Parker and Otis) for fantastic food complimented with mimosas or Bloody Mary's. Make sure to call ahead to make a reservation so you are guaranteed a table. Or if you want to stay in, bring the party to a bridesmaids place! Omelettes, waffles, fruit salad.. the list of yummy and affordable breakfast food is endless. Set up little stations in your kitchen for each lady to pile on the plate with their favorites.

2. Weekend Getaway: Plan a trip to nearby mountains, beach, or fun town. Airbnb is a great resource to use when finding a local and affordable spot. From Asheville to Wilmington, Charleston to Atlanta, there are plenty of fun nearby places for the squad to meet up. While there, make sure to checkout local cuisine, activities, shopping, and dancing! 

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Koral Blue Photography

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Nikki Fancy This 

3. Fiesta Night: (My personal favorite) Host a zesty night with some delicious Mexican food, margaritas, salsa music, sombreros, karaoke machine and a piñata! Or if you want a night out, go to a Mexican restaurant with a bar and bring your party there! No clean-up for this option... BONUS!

4. Fondue Night: Melt, dip, and dunk! The perfect way to indulge guilt free and with your favorite people. You can make your own fondue and ask everyone to bring something fun to dip. Provide the chocolate and cheese and let your guests do the rest. In the cheese some good ideas for dippers include bread, apple, vegetables, and chicken. Some fabulous chocolate dippers we recommend are brownies, fruit, marshmallows, rice krispy squares, and pretzels. This messy but delicious night will be one to remember. 

 Caroline Lima Photography

Caroline Lima Photography

5. Bachelorette Spa Day: What better way to treat the bride-to-be and bridesmaids than with a spa day! Attend a spa and get pampered with spa services such as massages and facials. You'll leave feeling relaxed and refreshed for the wedding. Another fantastic idea would be to throw together a little goody bag for each lady including a sleep mask, nail file, nail polish, and even some comfy slippers. 

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Whatever you decide, make sure your bride-to-be loves the idea since it is in lieu of her big day!

 

 

Well the boys 'round here...

Brides these days get super creative with their gifts to their bridesmaids. Necklaces, robes, personalized everything...why can't it be that easy for the groomsmen gift? Well not to worry! Here are a few groomsmen gift ideas that will make your groomsmen even more glad to be standing by your side on your big day.

What is it with men and socks? It seems like men have a special attachment with socks and what they look like. They could be wearing a nice tailored suit and then lift up their pants to expose the brightly-patterned sock hidden underneath. Needless to say, socks are a great gift for your groomsmen because you know they'll love it AND you can coordinate it with the color scheme of the wedding. You could even add a personal touch to the gift by adding the groomsman's initials or pairing it with the bowtie they'll wear in the wedding! This is a gift that would rock their socks off!

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Six Foot Photography

We all know that there is that little boy inside every man that still loves superheros. Just like every little girl secretly wants to be a princess even when they get older, it's the same with men and superheros. So why not let their inner child shine a bit with a superhero T-shirt for a groomsmen gift! With each groomsman being a different superhero, you're sure to take on your wedding like the avengers...but do it with style.

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Joanna Sue Photography

Although they might be a kid at heart with superheros, give him some bourbon and he'll be a man. Your groomsmen will definitely appreciate their favorite bottle of bourbon as a groomsmen gift. Or go a bit further and make it their favorite liquor in general. Bros, bourbon, and your soon-to-be bride - that's all you really need right?

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Blue Barn Photography

Whether it's socks, a superhero or a sip of somethin' smooth, your groomsmen will love anything you give to them! You've already asked them to stand beside you on the biggest day of your life and that is the best gift of all.

 

Ohhhh shoot!!

We all know that The Bradford is a beautiful place to have your special event such as a wedding or baby shower, but it is also the perfect place to have a photoshoot! The beautiful front drive entrance, the stunning terrace, the enchanting pergola in the side garden, and the open fields behind the tree line are just a few of the many beautiful settings to be the perfect background during a photoshoot at The Bradford. 

Although any time of the year makes for great photos here at The Bradford, there is an exciting package deal going on this month just in time for holiday cards, or just as a fun way to get some new family pictures! On October 29th, Radian Photography will be out here along side Amanda Blair By Design to help capture your wonderful poses in a beautifully staged setting at The Bradford. Wink Hair and Makeup will also be available with options to help you complete your look! 

We are so excited, and can't wait to see how your pictures turn out for this wonderful event! If you are interested contact us here at The Bradford, or head on over to Radian Photography's "Journal" page on their website to find out more information and sign up!

 

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                                                                                                                                                                   || Carrie ||

Sweet Sweetheart Table Styles

There's nothing sweeter than watching our bride and grooms sit down at their special table after their ceremony. There's a romantic elegance that comes with sweetheart tables, and multiple different ways to style yours. Greenery is one of our favorite decor ideas for sweetheart tables. It's a great way to take a simple table, and make it extra charming. You can also add candles or any type of centerpiece you would like.

Don't forget about the back of the chairs too! If you have enough in your budget, it's a really awesome idea to show off your chairs with more greenery or signs. You can also get tasteful, sophisticated chairs. Your sweetheart table should be extra fun to plan and super comfortable for you two. You can be sure your photographer will be taking lots of photos of you guys here so make it one to remember! Below are a few different sweetheart tables we've seen here at The Bradford. 

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Fall Trends

Crisp cool air, colorful leaves, and the smell of pumpkin spice... Mmmm, bring on the fall season! 

Fall brings a warm and tasteful experience like no other season. Pumpkins are becoming a popular decor item as well as simple autumn shades such as sage green, slate grey, and blush pink for bridesmaid dresses. Plum and burgundy have also been on the rise to incorporate into your fall season wedding. We've had so many beautiful fall weddings here and we hope that the pictures below will give you a few great examples of how to spice up your enchanting day! 

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Photography: Blest Studios

Colors SchemE

The florals, the bridesmaid dresses, the arbor: everything about this is wedding is picture perfect. And how wonderful  is the natural sunlight coming through the greenery in the back? What a day to remember!

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Photography: Anderson Shore

Cake Design

This cake is so simple, yet so beautiful. The rustic icing look has become more popular in the past year. Adding a little greenery is all you need and your naked cake is ready to go! 

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Photography: Caroline Lima

 Table Settings

This wooden sweetheart table is perfect for a fall wedding. The glossy wood with the burgundy chair cover, a lacy table runner, and those simple green and white florals make this whole set-up unforgettable. 

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Photography: Blest Studios

Bride Attire

We cannot get over how gorgeous Stephanie was on her wedding day! The rustic gold hair piece with the fur coat was everything, and more! There are so many different ways you can add simple pieces to your wedding attire to add a special touch your guests will continue to talk about even after the wedding. 

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Photography: Blue Barn Photography

// Sarah

Pergola Perfection

One popular trend that has been hitting the wedding scene recently has been a giant statement front in center during the ceremony, which are pergolas. This is a perfect way to add something extra for a beautiful setting during the ceremony that can tie in floral designs from the rest of the wedding, or just a simple arbor with drapery flowing down the sides. Anyway one decides to decorate a pergola will add that final touch to make the day even more special!

At the Bradford, you do not need to look any further of ways to incorporate an arbor into your wedding day because we have one permanently located in the side garden perfect for any ceremony! The location of this pergola is breathtaking for pictures during a late afternoon ceremony with it backing up to lush greenery as the sun is setting behind the trees!

Here are a few examples from past weddings here to get inspiration flowing for your amazing day here at the Bradford, or wherever your life journey begins with your special someone!

 Radian Photography

Radian Photography

 Johanna Dye Photograpy

Johanna Dye Photograpy

 Blue Barn Photography 

Blue Barn Photography 

 Anna Taylor Photography

Anna Taylor Photography

 Richard Barlow Photography

Richard Barlow Photography

 Christina Forbes Photography

Christina Forbes Photography

 Annie Watts Photograpyhy

Annie Watts Photograpyhy

Although this is not the pergola that lives in the side garden, this is a perfect example of how you can bring in an arbor or display piece if you decide to get married on the terrace, or just want a fun accent piece on the property during the reception!

 

 Evan Moore Photography

Evan Moore Photography

Finally, this is another beautiful image of a pergola for a wedding inside the ballroom! The simplicity of the space makes for this breathtaking shot with the floral garland draped on top.

 

|| Carrie ||

Unique Food Bars

Step aside cocktail bar, food bars are making their way into the wedding scene. Having various food bars is a great way to have guests customize exactly what they want with all the different options. Couples are able to create personalized menu options that are interactive and fun for guests. From a brunch wedding with a waffle bar or biscuits and jam, to an ice cream sundae bar at the end of the night, the options are endless. 

Here are some creative ideas of food bars that will make any wedding special!

 

Potato Bar

 Louisville Catering Company

Louisville Catering Company

If having customizable potatoes sounds irresistible, the most difficult decision will be to choose if the potatoes should be mashed or baked. This tasty food option is a savory one that is perfect for a wedding or event! Guests could have the option to choose from a variety of toppings such as cheese, sour cream, chives, different meats and sauces, and of course BACON. 

 

Fondue Station

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The next interesting food table that could make a for a memorable night would be a fondue station. This could mean either having a savory cheese fondue selection, having creamy and dreamy chocolate fondues, or both! If you decide to have melted cheese at your wedding then some creative dippers to accompany it would be bread, grapes, apples, crackers, veggies, bacon, or anything that sounds good to you! On the other hand, dippers like graham crackers, marshmallows, brownie bites, rice crispy treats, fresh fruit, or pound cake would be the perfect compliments to the delicious chocolate!

 

Popcorn Bar

 Johanna Dye Photography

Johanna Dye Photography

Pop! Pop! This inviting sound can be heard as guests munch on this late night snack at your wedding! This is one of the easiest food stations that can be served either hot, or pre-made in advance. Guests could be able to choose from flavors of popcorn such as salted, butter, caramel corn, candy coated, or even unusual flavors such as dill pickle! With the popcorn, fun toppings such as candy, melted butter, salt, cinnamon sugar, caramel, chocolate sauce, and any other sweet or savory topping to satisfy your palate!

 

Breakfast Food Bar

 Blue Barn Photography

Blue Barn Photography

Another fun option for unique food to serve guests is perfect for an early wedding, or just a southern bride who loves breakfast food! This tasty option can showcase different kinds of biscuits or perhaps maybe even your grandmas homemade waffle recipe. The options are endless for this food bar, and will be one of the most creative ways to eat one of the tastiest early morning treats! Different types of butters, jams, jellies, country ham, bacon, cheese, and more are just some of the many items to jazz up your biscuit. Waffles, Sausage, bacon, grits, hash browns, and even cinnamon rolls can add to this fun food station!

 

Sushi Station

 dearpearlflowers.com

dearpearlflowers.com

One of the more popular yet fun food stations to have at a wedding would be a sushi station. This is perfect for a couple who loves to travel and wants to incorporate cultural aspects into a wedding, or just loves some sushi! As a couple, you could choose your favorite sushi rolls for guests to munch on with soy sauce, ginger, and wasabi. To make this an even more interactive station, you could have a sushi roller actually preparing the sushi in front of the guests rather than having it pre made. 

 

S'Mores Bar

 Anna Taylor Photography

Anna Taylor Photography

Last but not least, a s'mores bar is the perfect way to wrap up the end of a wedding on a summer's night by a fire, or to warm you up on a chilly night in the fall! These desserts are such a classic, but can easily be twisted up to accommodate different palates! The traditional graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow is a must, but other combinations with Reese's peanut butter cups for the chocolate, shortbread cookies with fruit and a marshmallow, or Nutella and strawberries between two chocolate graham crackers make for the perfect sweet treat!

 

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Say Hello to Our Newest Intern

 Hey y'all! My name is Carrie Godbold, and I am a senior at Meredith College graduating in May of 2018. I was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina right down the road from Wrightsville Beach! I am currently studying Business Administration with a minor in Human Resource Management. I am extremely passionate about anything involved with Meredith College, so most of my free time is spent staying active on campus! Although I have a special place in my heart for Raleigh, my favorite place in the world is being at the beach soaking up rays, and enjoying the waves! After graduation, I plan on pursuing a career in the wedding industry. I have experience interning with a wedding planning and coordination company, but I am extremely thrilled to have the opportunity to work along with the amazing staff at the Bradford to gain even more experience in this field. I am so grateful for this opportunity to help every client of the Bradford with their special day!

Hey y'all! My name is Carrie Godbold, and I am a senior at Meredith College graduating in May of 2018. I was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina right down the road from Wrightsville Beach! I am currently studying Business Administration with a minor in Human Resource Management. I am extremely passionate about anything involved with Meredith College, so most of my free time is spent staying active on campus! Although I have a special place in my heart for Raleigh, my favorite place in the world is being at the beach soaking up rays, and enjoying the waves! After graduation, I plan on pursuing a career in the wedding industry. I have experience interning with a wedding planning and coordination company, but I am extremely thrilled to have the opportunity to work along with the amazing staff at the Bradford to gain even more experience in this field. I am so grateful for this opportunity to help every client of the Bradford with their special day!

 

 

2016 National Average Spending Part 3

Cake : $582
Groom Attire : $280
Photography : $2,783

Let's be honest, we all get really excited about cake!

On your wedding day, the flavor and appearance of your cake is important. The wedding cake is a such a sweet moment to taste and experience. It is the first activity for the bride and groom at their wedding, and together they cut and share this charming moment. We've seen so many different wedding cakes here at The Bradford so the options to create your dream cake are endless. The average spending on a wedding cake in 2016, according to The Knot, was $582. A lot of brides during the spring and summer will chose to do fruity cakes such as lemon or citrus flavored, as well as strawberry buttercream with fresh strawberries inside.. Yum! During the fall and cooler wedding seasons flavors such as pumpkin, apple spice, chocolate, and red velvet are more popular. You can go simple or you can go all out, either way your guests and their stomachs will be happy!

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 Photo: Blue Barn Photography

People sometimes get so caught up with the brides and their beautiful dresses, but we can't forget about our handsome grooms! Picking out the perfect suit for the groom is also a process that must be considered. Color options include (but are never limited to) navy, black, gray, and cream. Grooms also can think about vintage suspenders, unique socks, tie or bow tie, etc. According to The Knot, the average money spent on groom attire was $280. Though we might not think that grooms are involved in much of the planning process, they do have a job of looking their absolute best on their day full of love and laughter. Leon's attire looked spectacular here at The Bradford and we loved spending their wedding day with them! 

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Photo: Blest Photography

We all know how important it is to capture your big day and keep these moments that last a lifetime! Average money spent on photography for 2016 was $2,783. I promise it's money well spent.. Below are a few photographers we love here at The Bradford!

  Anna Taylor Photography

Anna Taylor Photography

  Anderson Shore Photography

Anderson Shore Photography

  Blest Studios

Blest Studios

  Radian Photography

Radian Photography