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Best North Carolina Wedding Reception Venues – Bliss Buzz April

Hey everybody welcome to the April 2015 edition of Bliss Buzz. Those of you who are new to our video, welcome! It’s our monthly newsletter where I send a video talking about what’s going on with me, and I shout out some wedding planners, and I give tips to those of you who are getting married.

First of all, where in the world is Sam, right? I’ve been to Mardi Gras, I’ve been all over the place, I’ve been in North Carolina, but right now I’m in Atlanta, Georgia, supporting my best friend and sister Yolanda Meadows. She raises money every year for AidAtlanta. So those of you who follow me for a while know I’m one of her team’s corporate sponsors; and so this month, right now, we’re shooting a calendar, for sale, and I’ll be a sexy cowgirl—hence all this hair and make up (cause you guys know I do not do all this to be recording Bliss Buzz!). You guys a get a little sneak peek of what I’ll be looking like for the calendar (I need my hat so I can show you all my hat!). But, any who that is what is going on with me right now.


Just a couple of things and reminders – remember this is our 10th year in business, so lots of things going on with BBS ten, and my birthday is coming up next month! I know that this is April Bliss Buzz, but I thought I’d just go ahead and mention to you guys that my birthday is in May; so we’re going to be celebrating that! And my office mate is Ashley with Art by Ash are going to be celebrating our studio anniversary – so lots of celebrations coming up this year.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa Wedding Ceremony North Carolina

The Umstead Hotel and Spa Wedding Ceremony
Photo Credit: Bliss by Sam

And then to shout out some wedding pros, I gotta go with Jewell Catering in Chicago—they’re amazing. We hosted Brunch with Bliss with them last week and the food was so good. So if you’re looking for catering in Chicago, call Jewell. And if you’re looking for catering in North Carolina call Rocky Top Hospitality – ask for my boy Kevin. They do great work and the food is good too – Rocky Top will take care of you.


Now onto some tips! Now last month, I talked about my ten favorite places for couples to host their receptions in Chicago. And it was more so a list with links to the places, and I’m going to do the same thing this month. So [below] look for my ten places—my ten favorite places—for you to host your wedding in North Carolina.




  1. The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club : It’s where I coordinated my first wedding 10 years ago!
  2. Prestonwood Country Club : The Food
  3. The University Club : The View
  4. Sarah P. Duke Gardens : The Photo Options
  5. The Grandover Resort & Spa : The Food
  6. The Umstead Hotel & Spa : The Spa
  7. Doubletree @ RDU : The Food
  8. The Proximity Hotel : The Photo Options
  9. Bay 7 : The ‘Loft’ Feel
  10. Solas Raleigh : The Ambiance


Alright, you guys be good and I’ll see you next month for my birthday and talk to you soon!



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