Behind the Scenes: A Country Cover Girl

This year was a big year for us. We hit our ten year anniversary and have made big efforts to take the magazine and turn it into something even better. We've embarked on two pretty big adventures. Our first comes in January, as we premiere TriadWeddings very first bridal event, Marry Me, a fun date night affair.

And  now we release our second fun new adventure...

Step behind the scenes of our cover shoot video with the gorgeous Katie O'Brien of 107.5 KZL (edited and produced by Silver Feather Studios) to hear all about how YOU can play a role in our next issue!

So did you catch it?

YOU, lovely ones, get to choose our next cover image for the 2015 Spring/Summer issue! Whaaaat? That's just how much we love and trust you. :)

How does this work? Our friends at 107.5kzl will be sharing our top picks for the cover via their Facebook page in the coming weeks. Make sure you're following them so you don't miss them when they are premiered!

We have complete and utter confidence that you will pick the perfect cover image! In the meantime, continue visiting us for advice and inspiration for your perfect Triad wedding. 

xoxo and happy wedding planning!


Many thanks to these incredible vendors who made this shoot so fab!

Video Producer/Editor: Silver Feather Studios

Venue: The Barn at Summerfield Farms

Photographer: Ross Photography

Florist/Designer: Relish Design Company

Gown: Southern Bride


Interview With a Vendor: Flowers by Candlelight

Happy Wednesday darling brides! How's that wedding planning going? Whether you're just now starting the process, or knee deep in color swatches, we know that you're going to need help! Today we've interviewed another incredible vendor from the TriadWeddings family who shares their insight on the world of floral design. 

Sharing with us her vision and inspiration is Lisa Kestler of Flowers by Candlelight

Tell us about your business - when did it begin, and where are you located?

In 2007 I became Flowers by Candlelight, LLC. Based in the Triad covering North Carolina. History note: Before that I worked for "Corporate America ", {but] in my spare time , I was always asked by friends and family to design their weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, corporate and community events and school events.  Finally, I decided to make a business out of doing what I loved. Amazing to do what you love! 

What is your floral design style?

Garden fresh with a touch of elegance!

What wedding flower is your favorite?

I love white flowers - there is something about the simplicity of a white tulip or the natural beauty of a glorious white garden rose. 

Lovely ivory and plum bridal bouquet designed by Flowers by Candlelight. Image courtesy of The Nixon Photography & Design

When it comes to your floral designs, where do you pull your inspiration?

Oh, most definitely my bride. Everything must reflect her: the colors, the textures, the style and the personality (yes, flowers have personalities!) I want the designs and decor to be who she is and what she loves. 

Floral design impacts a lot of different parts of a wedding. In your opinion, what is the most important detail that shouldn't be overlooked?

Keep the floral design in line with the venue they picked. It is important that the designs enhance the celebration of the venue. If the venue is an old beautiful historic venue, then colorful textured blooms with ivy in porcelain vases would be a natural for this venue, just as if you picked them from the side garden!  If your venue was a chic urban downtown venue, then contemporary tall calla lilies with tons of floating candles would be amazing. 

Lovely ivory and plum bridal bouquet designed by Flowers by Candlelight. Image courtesy of The Nixon Photography & Design
Hot Pink and light pink peonies look stunning in this fun bridal bouquet designed by Flowers by Candlelight. Image courtesy of Still Shots Photography.

Does time of year matter when it comes to selection flowers?

It is important for couples to understand what flowers are in season for their wedding date due to availability and cost. However, for a designer, being creative is the key. I had a couple who loved cherry blossom trees because Washington DC was a special city for them. Well, these trees where out of season on their date, but by adding lovely silk cherry blossoms to a real tree for their special day made wishes come true. I love it when that happens. 

Couple walks in, happy and in love - what's the first thing you ask them?

I say, "Well hey, tell me what you love and what you don't love, then I can get to know you , cause it has to be about who you are as a couple, your loves, your style, your personality. This is your day!"

What is your best piece of advice for brides in selecting a floral designer?

Pick a designer who is creative, out of the flower box, who can make it happen! Also someone who is flexible, because you will change your mind a few times. Find someone who is fun; it has to be a great experience for you both.  But most of all, pick a designer who understands and respects that your wedding day is going to be one of the most special days of your life and it needs be spectacular. Your designer needs to be an important part of your wedding team. 

Elegant garden bouquets designed by Flowers by Candlelight. Image courtesy of Megan Travis Photography
Lisa Kestler of Flowers by Candlelight, a TriadWeddings vendor. 

Thank you so much for your insight Lisa! (Psst! <---- that's Lisa!) We adore the way your bouquets have so much personality! Brides, if you're getting a "I think Lisa is the one" vibe - go with it! Be sure to stop by her website and contact her right away! 

Have a fabulous day! :)

Interview With a Vendor: Maxie B's

As we have walked the rocky path from childhood into adulthood, there is one thing that has remained magical and special through all of our milestones in life...


Don't deny it! It's true! It's marked every important occasion - birthdays, graduations, baby showers, random Tuesday nights, and, of course, weddings. We all know it's the first thing we glance at when we walk into a reception and we all clamor to be first in line to grab a piece. 

Which is why we are SO excited to have had the chance to chat with Shannon Barbee, the Event Coordinator at Maxie B's. We're constantly drooling over their delicious cakes, and we spend far too much time staring at their incredible designs! Today, Shannon shares a little about Maxie B's and gives us her best advice for brides on the search for the perfect cake designer.


So when did you start your business, and where are you located?

Maxie B’s Bakery & Dessert Café is on Battleground Avenue in Greensboro. Robin Davis opened up the shop in 1985 as a frozen yogurt shop and it has since transitioned into a scratch bakery, specializing in Southern layer cakes. I have been a part of the Maxie B’s team since March of 2000 when we only served frozen yogurt! I am now the Event Coordinator at the bakery. Read more about the history of Maxie B's here!

A Maxie B's dessert table, featuring a white three tier square cake with fondant rose flowers. Photographed by Kellie Kano Photography.&nbsp;

How would you describe your wedding cake design style?

We have a talented team of four decorators (Elizabeth Volinski, Lisa Daniel, Olivia Allen and Christina Brooke) who are able to tackle most any style of design a bride would be interested in. A “Maxie B’s cake” would most likely be something with a more vintage feel; natural tones, fresh blossoms and a textured finish. The more simply decorated, the more we fall in love. We work with all kinds of icings, however our preference is always a tasty homemade butter cream or cream cheese.

What inspires your cake design?

Our brides really do. We love a challenge and to have a client come in that fancies looks from several different cakes is always fun. With the help of our decorators, I am able to blend details to create a one-of-a-kind cake. Even if a bride has no idea of what she is looking for, a little conversation and a browse through our photo gallery usually leads us to the perfect cake.

Three tier circle cake with blue ribbon and gold chevron design by Maxie B's, a TriadWeddings magazine vendor.

What is the most unique cake you've ever made?

The most unique cake to date would have to be our mad-hatter/topsy-turvy style wedding cake that was created several years ago. It was five tiers tall and had tilted tiers all of the way up. The presentation of this cake had everyone at the reception talking as there were open spaces in between the tilted tiers which were filled with fresh flowers! The older guests were so concerned it was going to fall, while the younger portion of the crowd just “ooh’d” and “ah’d” about how fun it was. In the end, it was all a visual trick and the cake was very stable, but it was certainly one for the books and the bride & groom loved it!

What kind of information do you request from couples upon meeting them?

Our Bridal Consultations are a time for us to get to know each other, the bride and groom to become familiar with our product, and for us to understand the style that they have in mind. When I meet with our couples, a color palette and perhaps a Pinterest board can be very helpful for us to visualize the details that they desire. During this meeting not only will we design their cake, but we will also get an estimate of their anticipated guest count. This count will most likely change before the big day, but that gives us a place to start for size and budget. Last, but not least is the cake sampling. We offer a large variety of flavors and I think that this is the most enjoyable part for everyone involved in the wedding planning. Leftovers from the tasting are boxed and sent home with the bride to ponder and enjoy later in the day!!

Two tier circle stained glass cake by Maxie B's, a TriadWeddings Magazine vendor.
Two tier circle bird nest inspired cake by Maxie B's, a TriadWeddings Magazine vendor.

What is your best piece of advice for brides in selecting a cake designer?

Always make sure you meet in person! A good one-on-one chat can be very productive. Being able to look at designs, get input on how colors can tastefully be incorporated, calculating what combination of things works best with your budget and actually tasting the cake in the bakery environment lets you settle into the relationship you will have with that business (possibly from wedding cake to children’s birthday cakes!) You will want and need to be on the same page with every detail of the cake to create a sense of trust, confidence, and peace in that portion of your wedding planning.

Is anyone else craving sugar right now? I know we are!! Those cakes look almost too delicious to eat (but they're still cake, so who are we kidding - we'd TOTALLY eat them!) Thank you so much for.

Be sure to stop by her website and contact her right away

Have a fabulous Thursday! :)

Interview With a Vendor: Abba Design

These days, it is so easy to find inspiration for your wedding. Pinterest makes it easy to not only find new ideas, but then save and hold on to them. But it doesn't matter if there are 1400 images on your wedding board, or only 20 - without creative and innovative vendors, your vision will never come true. 

Those fabulously creative people are not always easy to find, but TriadWeddings brings together quite a few of the very talented professionals located in the area. And to help YOU find vendors who have the same vision as you, we thought it would be nice to share what makes each of them so special.

Today we've got the inside scoop on the style and creativity that is Tonya Anderson of ABBA Design. She shares with us some great advice for you lovely brides, and tells us a little of what inspires her in her work.


When did you start your business and where are you located?

I started ABBA Design in 2010 and I am a home based business in Northeast Greensboro.

How would you describe your floral design style?

I would describe my style as lush, shabby chic with a country flare. Although I can do anything I am always more drawn to the southern style. 

© Christina Wolfe Photography

© Christina Wolfe Photography

What is your favorite wedding flower?

My favorite wedding flower, well, that is very difficult because I love the way several flowers come together to create something gorgeous. If I had to choose I would say hydrangeas and all colors. 

How do you start the discussion of floral design when first meeting a couple?

I like to find out about the couple, how they meet and how they expect their day to be. Also the feel they are wanting to portray to their guests is very important.   

What is the most important part of a celebration in terms of floral design?

For me the brides bouquet first and then the reception arrangements. The brides bouquet is most important because that is something usually very special to her and then the reception arrangements because that helps set the mood for the reception. Ultimately, in my opinion it's about what is most important to the bride. 

© Anderson Photography

© Anderson Photography

© Anderson Photography

© Anderson Photography

How important is the time of year when it comes to flowers?

The time of year isn't really a big factor. Vendors ship flowers from all around the world and you can get almost anything anytime of the year. I would caution if you're planning an event around a holiday. There are markups on flowers, especially Mothers Day. 

What inspires your floral designs?

Everything from color, fabric, textures & nature inspire my floral designs. It's not always all about flowers, its also about creating an atmosphere and cohesive design throughout the entire event. 

© Anderson Photography

© Anderson Photography

© Anderson Photography

© Anderson Photography

What is your best piece of advice for brides in selecting a floral designer?

My best advice is to find someone you connect with and who understands your style. A person who is able to offer idea's that enhance your vision. 


We appreciate Tonya's insight for sure and those images of her work have us squealing like teenage girls! If you think Tonya might be the florist to make your vision come true, be sure to stop by her website and contact her right away

Have a fabulous Thursday! :)