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Wedding Pro Bash at Bay 7

Southern Bride & Groom Magazine Hosts Event at Angus Barn’s Durham Wedding Venue – Bay 7 in American Tobacco Campus

The hard-working event professionals that plan and design beautiful wedding after wedding deserve a good party, too! This February, Southern Bride & Groom hosted a night out for our family of the best NC wedding vendors in the biz. This year’s event was at Bay 7 – one of the best Durham wedding venues. Bay 7 is a warehouse wedding venue in downtown Durham’s American Tobacco Campus. With the help of some of SB&G’s preferred NC wedding vendor friends, this event turned out to be quite a special night. The lighting and floral design was just lovely in this beautiful urban ambiance and provides gorgeous wedding inspiration for any warehouse venue event.

Warehouse Wedding Venue in Durham – Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus

Part of the original revitalization of downtown Durham, American Tobacco Campus is home to several event sites, including one of the most spectacular warehouse venues in NC. Bay 7 is a giant space with incredible wood floors, exposed brick walls, a loft, a skylight, and windows that overlook the American Tobacco lawn and the iconic Durham Lucky Strike Tower.

Southern Bride and Groom members were warmly welcomed into the industrial Durham wedding venue with a custom chandelier from Get Lit Special Event Lighting decked out in greenery by English Garden Florist (more on them below).

Southern Bride and Groom Bay 7 event in Durham welcomes with Get Lit lighting fixture and greenery accents by English Garden Florist by Fancy This Photography
VENUE Bay 7 | CHANDELIER Get Lit | FLORALS English Garden

Decor at Bay 7 Event by some of Raleigh-Durham Best Wedding Professionals 

We work with some talented folks at SB&G, but Dave Watson is one who is up at the top of the list. Owner of Get Lit Special Event Lighting based in Durham NC, Dave is a masterful creation. Not only can you go to Get Lit for the standard wedding favorites like market lights and uplighting, but his collection of custom designed products is incredible! Take a peek at the bubble chandeliers displayed over the bar, and the Edison light chandelier is another favorite (it looks especially lovely with the greenery provided by English Garden Florist). Get Lit even custom designed a new chandelier trio for our carving station! The specialty lighting adds so much to any wedding venue and certainly made this Bay 7 event shine! Get Lit is a preferred vendor at Angus Barn and their Durham wedding venue in American Tobacco Campus, as well.

English Garden Florist is based on the Raleigh-Durham border – near Angus Barn, in fact! But they also love to venture to Durham wedding venues like Bay 7 and we were in love with the simply elegant greenery focused floral design that they created for our Southern Bride & Groom winter mixer.

And since this event was in a Durham wedding venue, we of course worked with our friends at American Party Rentals for beautiful linens. Another local, family business who has been at it for almost 30 years, this company specializes in service and quality products. For this event, we added a little sparkle with fun linen from Party Tables via American Party Rentals.

Bay 7 in American Tobacco Campus set for Southern Bride and Groom event with decor by English Garden Get Lit and American Party Rentals
VENUE Bay 7 | LINEN American Party Rentals | FLORALS English Garden | LIGHTING Get Lit | PHOTO Fancy This
Industrial Chandelier by Durham NC wedding lighting specialist Get Lit with Greenery by English Garden Florist Fancy This Photography
CHANDELIER Get Lit | FLORALS English Garden
English Garden Raleigh wedding florist greenery decor with If It's Paper by Fancy this Photography
English Garden florals at cocktail hour at Bay 7 event
bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus
Durham Wedding lighting chandeliers by Get Lit at Southern Bride and Groom event by Fancy This Photography

Angus Barn Catering at Bay 7 in Durham

As if Bay 7 isn’t an incredible enough find, it is operated and catered by the iconic Angus Barn. This 50-plus-year-famous steakhouse opened its own wedding venue several years ago, the Angus Barn Pavilion – a rustic venue in Raleigh. After mastering the art of wedding catering of large-scale events at the Pavilion, they expanded into Durham in the Bay 7 property at American Tobacco Campus.

The thing that stands out to me after years of knowing and working with Angus Barn is that their reputation for the best service in the NC Triangle Area is well-earned. We have been on the receiving side of this exceptional service by attending local industry events, but it was a pleasure to work with them on an event of our own. They truly do go above and beyond to make each event special and put a smile on every guest’s face. The hospitality that you may have experienced at the Angus Barn restaurant in Raleigh is indeed translated into their catering and events program. Below, the king of hospitality and Southern charm, Angus Barn co-owner Steve Thanhauser, welcomes the Southern Bride & Groom Family to his Bay 7 event space!

PS – did we mention how incredible the food is? It’s unbeatable! Melt in your mouth steak is matched by incredible seafood. In our case, that meant a shrimp and grits station and passed scallops!

Angus Barn owner Steve Thanhauser welcomes Southern Bride and Groom to his Durham wedding venue Bay 7 by Fancy This Photography
Angus Barn carving station with custom chandeliers by Get Lit Durham wedding lighting and English Garden floral garland by Fancy This Photography
VENUE Bay 7 | CATERING Angus Barn | CHANDELIER Get Lit | FLORAL GARLAND English Garden
Angus Barn cheese and snacks display at Bay 7 in American Tobacco Campus at Southern Bride and Groom event Fancy This Photography
Angus Barn Cheese Station display at Durham Wedding Venue Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus by Fancy This Photography
Angus Barn cheese and cracker presentation at bay 7 event by fancy this photography
Angus Barn Cheese and Grapes display at American Tobacco Campus in Durham for Bay 7 event with Southern Bride and Groom by Fancy This Photography

Amazing Chapel Hill Based Wedding Band from Raleigh Music Booking Agency, ECE EastCoast Entertainment

ECE – EastCoast Entertainment Raleigh – is the place to go if you are looking for a rocking wedding band that will keep your guests on their feet. But EastCoast also has relaxed, chill music, too. The Chapel Hill-based Doug Largent Trio offers the best of both worlds! They kicked off our Bay 7 event with chill, instrumental jazz tunes. Then they brought in a powerhouse singer and played dance jams that blew us all away! They were an amazing local musical discovery that elevated our Durham NC event at the Bay 7 wedding venue.

Bay 7 event in Durham by Fancy This Photography
BAND Doug Largent Trio | BOOKING AGENCY ECE EastCoast | VENUE Bay 7 | PHOTO Fancy This Photography
ECE East Coast Entertainment for Raleigh Wedding Bands with Doug Largent Trio at Bay 7 event by Fancy This Photography
ECE EastCoast Entertainment Doug Largent Trio at Bay 7 event fancy this photography

Dessert Table by Raleigh Wedding Baker Sugar Euphoria at Bay 7 Event

Sugar Euphoria, one of our preferred Raleigh area wedding cake bakers, also loves to create beautiful mini desserts. After all, at a cocktail party, a bite-sized dessert (or two) is the perfect treat that allows you to keep mingling. Sugar Euphoria did it up right for the Southern Bride & Groom Bay 7 event!

Mini Fruit Tarts by Raleigh Wedding Cake Baker Sugar Euphoria at Bay 7 Event Fancy This Photography
DESSERT TABLE Sugar Euphoria | PHOTO Fancy This Photography
Mini Pecan Pies by Raleigh Wedding Cake Baker Sugar Euphoria at Bay 7 event by Fancy This Photography

Best Wedding Photo booth in Raleigh-Durham – ZimZoom Photo Booth

We cannot rave enough about Raleigh-Durham wedding photobooth – ZimZoom Photo Booth. Not only were they a pleasure to work with, but the quality of their photos and the level of sophistication of their photo booth is noteworthy. ZimZoom joined the SB&G Family this year, but we’ve been scouting them out for awhile as we’ve hopped at their booth at many an-event. We loved capturing some hilarious and sweet moments between SB&G Family members with their glam backdrop and fun props. ZimZoom Photobooth regularly works at Bay 7 in Durham (and Angus Barn in Raleigh), so they knew just what to do!

We love these shots of the Southern Bride & Groom staff and family having fun in the photo booth. Even Nikki – our event photographer – managed to hop in! Fancy This Photography is one of the best Durham wedding photographers and has shot with Southern Bride & Groom magazine several times.


When Planning a Durham Event, Check out the Durham CVB for Wedding Favors

We are always impressed with the work of a good CVB, but in Durham, the Convention & Visitors Bureau goes above and beyond for brides and grooms. They will not only help you plan your wedding venue and room blocks, but they even offer complimentary wedding favor services! For our Bay 7 event, Durham CVB generously donated sweet treat favors from Durham based revered bakery, Gugelhupf.

Raleigh Wedding Stationer If It’s Paper Creates Beautiful Letterpress Invitations and More

We want to give one more giant thanks to all of the event vendors, including the amazing Raleigh stationer, If It’s Paper, who created the beautiful letterpress invitations and the paper at the event. This Raleigh wedding stationer is located on Wade Avenue in Raleigh (right by Whole Foods!) and one quick meeting was all we needed with them and their custom designer took it away from there, designing a gorgeous invitation.

If It's Paper invitation for Southern Bride and Groom 2018 event
Raleigh Wedding Stationer If It's Paper display of all Southern Bride and Groom event vendors

Formerly Southern Bride & Groom, now Heart of NC Weddings, Same Mission: Sharing the Best Wedding Vendors in NC

The reason for this event was to thank and honor the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and NC wedding vendors who share their talents with us. We feature all local work in our magazine, Heart of NC Weddings (formerly Southern Bride & Groom). You make our NC wedding magazine beautiful – and we are so proud to recommend you! If you are an NC bride or groom getting married in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill or nearby in North Carolina, please check out our Wedding Vendor Directory. As a local business based here in the Triangle Area, we personally work with and know each of these wedding vendors, and personally recommend each of them! Now Heart of NC Weddings, visit our personally recommended local wedding vendors.

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