Southern Vintage Table Events – The Durham Bride

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

A new blog and wedding resource is now online! The Durham Bride, hosted by Tiffany Englert, owner and event planner behind The Details Events, will be offering advice and vendor spotlights for “brides, grooms, and fans of the Bull City.”

Tiffany contacted Southern Vintage Table this summer and asked if we’d like to help with a photo shoot to kick off her new service. Of course, we were delighted by her invitation and she came to our studio to select the tableware. She decided on our vintage blue and amber goblets, layered vintage china plates, silver-plated flatware, two large compotes for the centerpieces, and silver candleholders. As you can see, her tablescape design was gorgeous!

She assembled a fantastic team of vendors, and with all the details in place, the shoot took place at the Kings Daughters Inn. Originally a residence for elderly single women, today this bed & breakfast inn adjacent to Duke’s campus is an elegant space for individual guests or large groups, including wedding celebrations.

The shoot was designed for the traditional bride and inspired by the stone from which the grand buildings on Duke campus were built.  As Tiffany explains, “Quarried from nearby Hillsborough, NC, the stone displays a rich palette of blues, grays, tans and rust colors that give the buildings a richness and warmth that otherwise would have been difficult to achieve.  Just in time for Fall palettes, the rich slate tones and warm copper tones are perfect for a southern Fall wedding!”

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Getting married in Durham? The Durham Bride will be a terrific resource for you!


Much appreciation to The Details Events for planning this beautiful shoot and to Radian Photography for your gorgeous photographs!  See more photos from the shoot on Tiffany’s blog post, Who is the Durham Bride- Styled Shoot – King’s Daughters Inn.

Vendor Team
Planning and Design: @thedurhambride
Photography: @radianphotography
Planning: @thedetailsevents
Rentals: @americanpartyrentals & @southernvintagetable2
Venue: @thekingsdaughtersinn
Dessert: @eastdurhampieco
Calligraphy & stationery: @happytines
Flowers: @ninthstreetflowers
Groom’s attire: @bernardstux
Bride’s attire: @maggibridalraleigh
HMUA: @bellatriosalonandspanc


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Southern Vintage Table Events – Afternoon Tea Reception

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Three wonderful things happened this week!  First, we received gorgeous wedding photos of Jenn & Teague’s June wedding from Rebekah Senter Photography.  Second, Jenn and Teague’s wedding “Romantic Vintage Wedding at Rigmor House,” was published in Borrowed and Blue! And, third,  SVT has a business listing in Borrowed and Blue with two featured events. Wooo Hooo!

Our part in this beautiful occasion was to provide the vintage tableware for the Friday tea reception after the outdoor ceremony. Jenn wanted an English feel with all the tableware in blue and white so we had blue & white and white teapots for each table, blue & white china, and blue goblets. Our vintage napkins and silver flatware competed each place setting.

The reception plan was that we would set the tables inside the space in the morning and after the wedding, the guests would come in for tea. Well, the weather was not cooperative that weekend so Plan B was on – have the wedding ceremony inside and then quickly “flip” the room for the reception.

To help with this transformation we organized everything on the bar in the kitchen hallway, ready for the “flippers” to pick up. The teapots were lined up per table, plates stacked, and napkins folded. In the kitchen, Jenn and Teague’s family and friends were filling the tiered stands and serving dishes with the delicious treats for the buffet.

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Although we weren’t there for the flip, Erica, owner of  Folie à Deux Events, assembled a great team.  As soon as the romantic ceremony concluded, they moved ceremony furniture out and reception tables in, dropped the linens, and then set the tables. Erica told us Jenn was so happy when she saw the transformation from this sweet ceremony to ….

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… this beautiful reception!

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

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Congratulations Jenny and Teague!
Best wishes and joy to you for years to come!

Vendor Team
Photographer – Rebekah Senter
Venue – Rigmor House
Wedding Planner & Designer – Folie à Deux Events
Florals – Caroline Ruth Designs
Tableware Rentals – Southern Vintage Table
Rentals – Old South Vintage Rentals, Carolina Rustic Rentals
Sound & Lighting – K2 Productions
Hair & Makeup – Wink hair & makeup
Cake – Sugarland
Ceremony Musicians – Elegant Ensembles


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Southern Vintage Table Event – Treat Yourself to A Business Lunch

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Big or small, we are always delighted to set a pretty vintage table. This week we were invited to help with a business lunch at Ruby’s Place, a country homeplace in Orange County, and we love how it turned out, especially with the bright, cheerful centerpiece designed by Rodwell Roots!  With a catered lunch by Catering Works, the business colleagues had a quiet, private haven to eat lunch while discussing ideas and future business opportunities.

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Want to celebrate, commemorate, or simply have a special lunch for your clients or employees at your place of business or possibly at Ruby’s country home? Give us a call (919 428 4502), send an email (shelly@southernvintagetable), or fill out our contact form.  We will be excited to hear from you!


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Vintage Feature – If You Open A Studio, They Will Come…

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In the movie, Field of Dreams, voices speak to corn farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) that “if you build it, he will come.” Listening to their message, he builds a baseball diamond in the middle of his corn field, trusting that his dream to reconcile with his dead father will come true.

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We may not have heard the voices, but we did believe moving into the studio would mean our clients would come. And they have. This month we have been busy meeting with engaged couples, mothers and brides-to-be, and planners about their upcoming events, showing them our inventory, and offering ideas for their table design. Our dream is being realized and we couldn’t be more excited!

If you are planning a wedding reception, family dinner, baby shower, birthday party, or any special event, we will make a date for you to come, too. As Captain Janeway would say, “Do it!”


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Southern Vintage Table Event – A Re-Celebration of Rebekah & Joey’s Wedding

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Two years ago my hard drive crashed. Yikes. I knew I should have had a backup but did I? Nope. I called my computer guy to see what he could salvage and, of course, he asked if I had a backup. Thoroughly embarrassed,  I admitted that I did not. That’s when he gave me the bad news – that he might be able to recover some of the data but not all. Thankfully, he did get a lot of files back with strange file names that I had to rename and reorganize, but I knew many files were just lost. Lesson learned – I got set up on iCloud and another backup drive.

A couple weeks ago, as I’m looking for the photos from Rebekah and Joey’s September 2014 wedding and couldn’t find them, I remembered why – the hard drive crash. Because this was one of our first big weddings and it turned out so beautifully, I contacted the photographer, Anna Kirby, to see if she could help. And help she did. Gratefully, I downloaded new copies.  So, today’s post is a re-celebration of Rebekah and Joey’s gorgeous wedding, set at the Saint Thomas Preservation Hall in Wilmington, photographed by Anna Kirby Photography,

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Thanks again, Anna Kirby Photography, for giving us the opportunity to relive this amazing wedding through your beautiful work.  Be sure to read and see more in our first post about this wedding, “A Romantically Vintage Wedding” and see the full set of Anna Kirby’s portfolio photographs on her website.

Lastly, there are a few friends who always will remember the front steps of Saint Thomas Preservation Hall – this one’s for you!


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Vintage Feature – We’re Back with Lots to Share!

Our July blog hiatus has ended and there’s so much we want share with you! With help from Jami and Priscilla, we’ve made much progress on our studio, inside and out, and we think it looks amazing. So, how did we do with our three July goals?  We invite you to read on!

Goal one was to make a farm table top for the workbench so clients could experiment with different place settings and tablescapes. Instead of the top, though, we now have an actual table, set up in the back, that works even better.

This mother-daughter team came to our studio a few weeks ago and experimented with a variety of different looks. After admiring several possibilities, their lovely reception table plan emerged!  So far we’ve had four clients use this design table to plan their reception tables and several more have appointments to visit us in the next few weeks. Yay!

The next item on our list was to finish and print our brochure.  After my business mentor shared some key editing suggestions, we had a small batch printed.  More editing was done, a reorder placed, and now we are waiting for them to arrive!

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The third and final goal – finish moving our inventory. Whew – we are VERY pleased to declare “DONE!” After three months of steadily packing and unpacking, everything is in the studio and now we’re busily staging and organizing.

Our opening photo and the one below show vignettes in our studio created by Priscilla.  We love them all but the second one down is crazy fun!!  We took the glassware out of the crates, lined the shelves with white lights, and shazam – they sure do sparkle!

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Three goals on our list all checked off!  There’s one more thing we want you to see and it’s the final thing we brought to Studio 238. She happens to be the sassiest, baddest, smartest, wisest, and outright best character EVER created – ta da

Captain Kathryn Janeway of the Starship Voyager!

“Ma’am is acceptable in a crunch but I prefer Captain.”

She’ll be here to greet you and keep us focused on providing the very best service to our clients.  Yes, you can count on us, Captain!


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Vintage Feature – Three Assignments for July

We are taking a blog break during the month of July but that doesn’t mean we won’t be hard at work!  In fact, we have three assignments to have finished before the month’s end and here they are:


1 – Construct a farm table top.

When clients visit our studio, we want them to explore our vintage offerings and be able to set sample table place settings for their guests. We recently added this work table, as seen below, and we’ll be making a wooden farm table slab to place on top. Can’t wait to get the power tools out and start on this assignment!!


2 – Finalize and print our business brochure.

With all of the beautiful photos from the many talented professional photographers, it’s been so delightful to work on this project. We still need to add more text and the photo credits but it’s close – at least this draft.


3 – Finish moving our inventory.

Yep, we’ve got more to pack and move to the studio, including this heavy vintage store shelving unit. Although this is our least favorite assignment, it is the one we can’t wait to finish! 


Check on us in August to see how we did on our assignments.  ‘Till then, wishing ya’ll a fun, carefree July!


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Southern Vintage Table Event – Rain or Shine, Devon & Brian’s Wedding Day Was Wonderful!

Today we have some spectacular photos from Devon and Brian’s April wedding. Their Duke Chapel ceremony and Merry Hill reception, captured by Jessica Arden Photography, demonstrate how fun a rainy wedding day can truly be!

After getting married at the grand Duke Chapel, the wedding party moved to the pastoral beauty of Merry Hill Farm to celebrate. For their reception meal, this lovely couple used a mix of our vintage floral patterns with blue and white china to create a colorful table for their guests. On the dessert table and decorated with delicious cupcakes, our vintage tiered stands presented a yummy display for friends and family. Although their celebratory plans had to change a bit when the evening rain began, perhaps a little rain can create the best memories!

“Thank you so much for providing the amazing china and being such a pleasure to work with for our wedding.  The plates were so beautiful and the tables looked amazing when everything came together!  It ended up being rainy on our wedding night, so we had to move everything under the tents and lost some of the pretty Merry Hill scenery, and I was so happy that we had beautiful table settings to add some color and charm to the tent space!  And don’t worry, we ended up having the most fun ever despite the rain!” – Devon

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Gosh, this final photo at Duke Chapel is simply perfect! Congrats, Devon and Brian, and best wishes for a fun-filled future together, rain or shine!


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Vintage Feature – Hip & Versatile Vintage Planters

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Some sit flat and others have feet or a pedestal. They come in a variety of shapes, textures, and materials. Most are solid colored but some are tinged with an accent shade. And, they are perfect for low floral arrangements while adding a hip, cool zing to the table. We’re talking about vintage planters and we definitely have a “thing” for them!

Here’s a sampling of our vintage pottery collection!

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See what we mean? Aren’t they wonderful?  See more of our inventory and imagine arranging beautiful florals, holding dessert forks, or displaying pretty straws for your guests in these hip, vintage vessels!

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Vintage Feature – Sweet Spring Shower Special!

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Melanie’s Bridal Shower

Springtime is upon us and that means all kinds of wonderful celebrations with family and friends!  Two classic spring events, bridal and baby showers, are always oh-so special for everyone and we’re here to help.  And, to make this occasion even sweeter, we are offering a Sweet Spring Shower Special with a 15% discount on your final rental bill!

The perfect vintage shower rentals include:

  • Vintage luncheon plates, salad plates, colored glassware, teacups, flatware
  • Lace tablecloths, napkins
  • Cake stands, tiered stands, platters, bowls
  • Teapots, creamer and sugar, pitchers
  • Vases, candle holders, votives
  • Frames, stands
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Melanie’s Bridal Shower
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Katie’s Bridal Shower
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Katie’s Bridal Shower
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Allie and Sarah’s Baby Shower
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Allie and Sarah’s Baby Shower
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Lindsey’s Baby Shower
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Gerri’s Baby Shower
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Kelsey’s Bridal Shower
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Kelsey’s Bridal Shower

Hosting a shower this spring or anytime this year? Visit our Contact Page and mention this offer to take advantage of our Sweet Spring Shower Special. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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