The Colonial Inn Wedding ft. a Dramatic Black Wedding Cake


As wedding cake artists, we rarely get to bring the drama! After nearly two hundred years of standing as a historical icon in Hillsborough, The Colonial Inn has opened its door to serve as a premier event space. It’s perfect if you are looking for a wedding venue in downtown Historic Hillsborough. I’m honored to say that yours truly had the pleasure of participating in the first photo shoot at the inn. It did not disappoint and I’m so excited to share it with you today! This historic venue will be a 28-room boutique hotel with a space for events and a bar open to the public. The Colonial Inn wedding venue is an incredible choice is you are looking for an intimate wedding (or possibly a hotel to buyout).

The Colonial Inn wedding couple

The Colonial Inn Weddings

At Sugar Euphoria, we were beyond thrilled to bring the wedding cake for this styled shoot. For those that don’t know, a styled shoot is when you take “real wedding photos” without the restrictions placed on a real wedding. Additionally, it offers vendors a chance to flex their creativity (which we love) and add gorgeous editorial photos to our portfolio.

We partnered with Harmony Events to highlight the historic beauty of this home. During the shoot, the rock star team from Harmony Events set up several different sites throughout the venue: from ceremony to reception, to portrait taking. Each location was visually stunning and so unique. On top of that, they even arranged for three diverse couples to model the joy of a wedding day at the site.

The Colonial Inn wedding ceremony with florals and grace chairs
The Colonial Inn patio wedding photos outdoors
Wedding Reception decor at The Colonial Inn

Winter Wedding Inspiration in North Carolina

We wanted to bring in the textures and rich colors that are usually associated with fall and winter weddings. When you start designing your wedding, make sure to keep the season in mind. Winter weddings allow a little more drama, and rich burgundy and red/pink accents make for a rich and dynamic palette.

Everyone working the styled shoot went above and beyond to ensure the success. It’s a welcome reminder of how weddings can take a village. How gorgeous is the below invitation suite from Em Paper Co.? I absolutely love the depth of the colors. Moreover, Morgan Caddell Photography did an amazing capturing the beauty of the Colonial Inn. She photographed the beauty of the design elements and the vibrant colors of the florals. To sum it up, it’s always so wonderful to work with other incredible wedding vendors across North Carolina.

Black and Burgundy Wedding Invitations
Wedding Reception decor at The Colonial Inn

Modern Wedding Inspiration ft. a Dramatic Black Wedding Cake

I was thrilled to be able to create the wedding cake for this wedding photo shoot. For our cake, we wanted something that was both striking yet feminine, dramatic yet whimsical. The outcome was like something out of a Disney film. The all-black cake (a bold choice!) with floral bas relief was draped in greenery and red roses that paid homage to this venue’s fairytale-esque qualities. We hope that this photoshoot and our cake captured the absolute magic The Colonial Inn would bring to any couple’s wedding day!

Wedding couple staring at black wedding cake
Three tier black wedding cake with dramatic details like greenery and red roses

Sugar Euphoria Wedding Cake Design

At Sugar Euphoria, we believe that cake sits at the centerpiece of life’s most incredible moments. When it comes to your wedding cake, we can go as bold or as classic as you would like. We are based in Raleigh, NC but travel all across the tri-state area. We create cakes that taste as good as they look. Seriously. We start with high quality, locally sourced ingredients. More than that, we finish with cakes that fit the editorial aesthetic you are dreaming of. If that sounds like that you are looking for, Contact us here and let’s start dreaming about your wedding day!

WEDDING CAKE Sugar Euphoria | VENUE The Colonial Inn. | PLANNER Harmony Weddings. | PHOTOGRAPHER Morgan Caddell Photography. | CATERER Beau Catering | MENSWEAR Bernard’s Formalwear. | WEDDING DRESSES Oak City Bridal | CANDY APPLES Kim Battle. | MUSIC Udeshi | BEAUTY Tease and Blush. | FLORIST West Queen Studio | PAPER Em Paper Co. | OFFICIANT Torri’s Officiant Services.

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