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Classically Carolina: Cheerwine

Try talking to someone outside of the Carolinas about Cheerwine and you’re likely to get some blank stares. This fizzy red beverage, which originated in Salisbury, North Carolina (not too far from Charlotte), is truly a Carolina classic. If Cheerwine is one of your favorites, or if you want to create a signature drink that reflects the local beverage scene, include this soda in the mix!

For a cost-effective signature drink option, ask your caterer or bar tending service to mix Cheerwine and vodka (about 1 oz of vodka to every 6 oz of Cheerwine should do the trick…experiment at home until you get the ratio the way you like it) to serve up to guests. Be sure to give the beverage a clever name. I am partial to “Southern Cheer” or “Carolina Cheer” for this one. If you really want to kick it up a notch, garnish the drink with cute straws or lime wedges. You could even serve it up in glass Cheerwine bottles for a vintage feel.

If you’re a cocktail connoisseur or have a larger bar budget, you can get more creative in the mixology. Take for example this creative “Cheershine” cocktail, which includes Cheerwine, moonshine, and Campari:

What do you think, belles and beaus? Any Cheerwine lovers out there?

xoxo Laura

The Turtle Booth: The Latest in Photo Booth Technology

In the past few years, photo booths have become all the rage at weddings. Love the trend but want to kick it up a notch? Enter the concept of the “Turtle Booth”…a slow-motion video booth of your friends and family being silly. Seriously, how fun is this??

 

The Turtle Booth is a company based out of Raleigh, NC, so it is perfectly accessible for you Carolina belles! Check out their website for more info on packages, booking, etc.

And since I’m sure you’re all wondering….no, this post is not sponsored by The Turtle Booth. I just happened to stumble upon them and knew I had to share with my belles!

xoxo Laura

Classically Carolina: College Football and Basketball

It’s officially that time of year in North Carolina when you can smell ACC basketball fever in the air! Here in the South, we tend to take college sports pretty seriously. Whether you’re painting your chest orange in Death Valley during the fall or freezing your tail off in Krzyzewskiville waiting for tickets come winter, chances are you have a loyalty and you’re sticking to it. Why not incorporate your love for your alma mater or favorite team into your wedding? Here are some ideas about how:

1. Your venue: Many colleges and universities have beautiful outdoor areas if you’re getting married during the warmer months, and oftentimes alumni centers, performance halls, and university-owned chapels can be rented as venues as well. Nothing shows your love for your school like saying your vows on sacred ground!

Wedding at Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University - Wedding Belles Blog

Wedding at Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University via WedShops

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Wedding at UNC’s Forest Theatre via visitchapelhill.org

Wedding at the Emmett Robinson Theater at College of Charleston - Wedding Belles Blog

Wedding at the Emmett Robinson Theater at College of Charleston via Offbeat Bride

2. Your cake: Traditionally, the groom’s cake is where a couple might give a nod to their favorite sports team. You can also just go ahead and deck out your wedding cake, or add a more subtle touch with a college-themed cake topper.

Clemson-themed groom's cake - Wedding Belles Blog

Clemson-themed groom’s cake via Pinterest

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UNC wedding cake via Pinterest

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ECU wedding cake topper via Pinterest

3. Your bouquet: Color coordinate your bouquet to match your favorite team’s colors, or tie on a lovely little bouquet charm like the pretty ASU bauble below.

USC Gamecocks Wedding Bouquet - Wedding Belles Blog

USC Gamecocks wedding bouquet via Accents and Petals

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Appalachian State wedding bouquet charm via 3CsJewelrySupply on Etsy

4. Your garter: This will be a fun little surprise for your guests (and your partner!) when they realize what you’ve been wearing the whole day under that big dress.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Garter - Wedding Belles Blog

Wake Forest Demon Deacons garter via StarBridal on Etsy

Appalachian State garter - Wedding Belles Blog

Appalachian State garter via GartersByMadison on ArtFire

5. Pull in a mascot: Nothing gets the party started like your favorite mascot jumping around with you on the dance floor!

Mr. and Mrs. Wuf join the bride and groom in the photo booth - Wedding Belles Blog

Mr. and Mrs. Wuf join the bride and groom in their photo booth via brittanypelegrin

Cocky the Gamecock dances with wedding guests - Wedding Belles Blog

Cocky the Gamecock dances with wedding guests via Emily Chappell

6. Your accessories: Pull out your class ring or accessorize your wedding look with your alma mater’s colors: think shoes, socks, bow ties, jewelry, etc.

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Clemson heels via Clemson Girl

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Groom and groomsmen with Citadel rings via Pinterest

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NC State cuff links via Southern Weddings

7. Your favors: The possibilities are endless here…just pick anything you can personalize and go for it. Y’all know I love some good ol’ cookie favors…and they can be crafted to reflect any sports loyalty! Koozies are another great customizable favor.

ECU cookie favors - Wedding Belles Blog

ECU wedding cookie favors via Cookie Connection

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UNC-themed koozie wedding favor via The Lovely Find

8. Your exit: Pass out pom poms, foam fingers, or rally towels to your guests to wave during your ceremony or reception exit. One of our 2014 couples pulled this idea off perfectly and even included state-themed signs beside the pom pom buckets. Too cute!

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Duke University wedding exit with pom poms via Erin McLean Events

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Foam finger wedding exit via Pinterest

What do you think, belles? Will you be borrowing any of these ideas?

xoxo Laura

2014: Year in Review

Happy New Year’s Eve, y’all! 2014 has been such a good year. After all, it was just this year that Wedding Belles had its first post published to the interwebs! In celebration of the fabulous year it has been, we are recapping the blog’s five most popular posts. Starting with number five….

5. Real Wedding: Seaside Splendor in Early Spring  (This was the first real wedding published on the blog!)

Real Wedding: Seaside Splendor in Early Spring - Wedding Belles Blog

4. Inexpensive and Fun Bridal Shower or Bachelorette Favor Idea: Nail Polish!

Nail Polish Bridal Shower/Bachelorette Favor - Wedding Belles Blog

3. Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

 

2. Classically Carolina: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

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1. Andddd…the most popular post on the blog this year was Real Bridal Portraits: Smiles and Sunshine in Rose Hill. How could you not love Cristina’s infectious smile and that fabulous fabric flower bouquet?

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That’s a wrap, y’all! We can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring. Have fun celebrating tonight, and we’ll see you in the new year!

xoxo Laura

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details

Y’all, I have the sweetest NC wedding to share with you today. Allie and Robert wanted their September wedding to be a meaningful time of worship, and their photos are radiant with love, joy, and friendship. I teared up as I read their story and browsed through their beautiful photos by Wendy Yang Photography.  Enjoy!

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NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

From the bride:
The wedding venue was a gorgeous farm out in the country sitting atop a hill. A friend of ours owns the property, and I’ve always loved it since the first time I saw it. Even before we were considering marriage, I knew I would love to get married there. We love the mountains, and this venue had a mountain vibe! There was a small A-frame lodge where dinner was served and a barn for dancing and dining.

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

Our ceremony was very God-oriented, and we wanted His name to be proclaimed throughout it. We had a lot of scripture readings that we love along with music during portions of the ceremony. We decided to write our own vows, which was very special and something we look back on regularly.

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

Probably the most meaningful part of the ceremony was the unity time. My oldest brother had made a cross for us to put together. Since my dad passed away two months before the wedding, we wanted to incorporate him throughout the day. The base of the cross was steel, which was from his shop, and the wood that formed the cross was from the ranch he practically built with his own hands. My dad was there with us in spirit and it meant so much to have his hand in our wedding.

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

Don’t y’all love this post-ceremony selfie? Such an excited groom!

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

My pearl necklace was my mom’s – she wore it on her wedding day. My something blue was my grandma’s ring. It’s a 60+ year-old aquamarine on a gold band with little diamonds on the side. 

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

For both of us, our favorite part was having all our family together and celebrating. They all live in many different states, so it’s a struggle to get everyone together. Also, I loved dancing with all of my brothers. We did this due to Dad not being with us. It was a very beautiful and emotional moment.

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

 

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

The shoe game we played was a total surprise our DJ planned. She would ask questions such as who was the better driver, who cooks more, etc. If I thought (or knew) I was the better driver, then I would raise my shoe. Robert cooks more, so for that question I raised his shoe. We had our backs to each other so we couldn’t see our partner’s answer. Very fun game!

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

The most difficult part of the planning for me was probably choosing a theme and sticking with it. I love so many different colors and themes, so I kept changing my mind on what I wanted everything to look like. Also, keeping the budget to a minimum. Since we had a tiny budget, about 90% of the wedding was DIY. The ceremony doors and chandelier were found at antique places, and I repainted them.  I recommend searching for your own decor depending on what your style is…it can be cheaper than renting, and then you can sell your decor on wedding sites and such. My invitations were also DIY. I found a graphic I liked online and designed with it, then I was able to print it for free at work…that was a huge blessing. All I had to pay for was postage!

The bride’s family and friends also did all of the food and beverages themselves – wow! What a talented group of people.

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

Wasn’t this such a beautiful and joyful day for Allie and Robert? Congratulations, you two!


Photography: © Wendy Yang Photography
Venue: Carolina Country Weddings in Mount Pleasant, NC
Rings: Jared
Bride’s dress: Natalia by Wtoo; purchased at The Lily Rose
Jewelry: Family heirlooms; Belk
Hair/Makeup: Friend of the bride
Bridesmaid dress: “when the night comes dress in smoke” from ModCloth
Groom & groomsmen attire: Belk
Officiants: Pastor John Black and Pastor Jerry Martin
Premarital counseling: Pastor Jerry Martin
Floral design and linens: Chelish Moore Flowers
Catering: Bride, bride’s family, and friends of the bride
Cake: Enchanted Creations by Melissa
Table and chair rentals: Albemarle Party Rentals
Bride’s departure dress: Hope’s Bridal

My Wedding Photos

I have a treat for y’all today…my very own wedding photos! Truth be told, I’ve had them back for over a month now, but just hadn’t gotten around to posting them yet. There’s something very personal and intimate about sharing your own wedding day with the whole world, you know? At any rate – Emily March Photography did an amazing job, if I do say so myself, and it was absolutely the most perfect day for me and Wes. I will just go ahead and unabashedly tell you that I am about to share far more photos than I should, but it’s way too hard to cut photos from your very own wedding. Hope you enjoy….

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Oval Aquamarine Engagement Ring - Wedding Belles Blog

I always get lots of compliments on and questions about my engagement ring. The center stone is an aquamarine, my birth stone. My mother, father, and late grandmother picked it out for me on a family vacation when I was about 6 years old. Wes had the diamond halo setting designed for it. It is so special to me – my most prized material possession.

Bow Tie Car Decoration - Wedding Belles Blog

Hats off to my mom and sister, who sewed all of those bow ties onto the white ribbon for the getaway car decoration!

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First Look - Wedding Belles Blog

First Look - Wedding Belles Blog

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Y’all, I just love that picture of my ladies as they wait for their turn down the aisle.

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Groomsmen in tan suits and navy bow ties - Wedding Belles Blog

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Yes sir/ma’am, those bridesmaid dresses are seersucker! I am SO happy with the way they turned out.

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My sweet sister designed all of the reception signage herself…isn’t she talented??

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One of my favorite parts of the night was when Wes and I led the pre-buffet blessing. We said a childhood favorite of Wes’s (the Moravian blessing), and many of our guests joined hands and chimed in. So special!!

Unique wedding tip: The bride and groom lead the pre-dinner blessing. This makes it so much more personal! - Wedding Belles Blog

Our first dance song was “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show. As usual, Wes swept me off my feet!

Bride and groom first dance - Wedding Belles Blog

While getting ready earlier that day, Wes and his fellas received this gift from me…a painted cooler complete with lyrics from our first dance, snippets of our vows, and little mini versions of me and Wes. And it was full of their favorite beers of course (and water – it was a hot day!). The cooler joined us at the reception.

Wedding Day Painted Cooler - Wedding Belles Blog

Our band, Flashback, was absolutely incredible and kept the dance floor packed all night long! We have so many great photos of our guests dancing.

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All I can say is that it was the sweetest, sweetest day. (And I did a good job not sharing all 800+ photos, am I right??)

Please feel free to comment below or contact me privately if you have any questions about where we got things, how we selected our vendors, what our experience was like with our vendors, etc….I love hearing from y’all!!

xoxo Laura

The Most Comprehensive Vendor Credits Ever (seriously, look how much goes into a wedding when you’re planning yourself!):

Photography: Emily March Photography
Invitations: David’s Bridal (Seriously!! And they were thermography!)
Invitation addressing: Bride and groom’s family and so many friends
Invitation ribbon: Ben Franklin Crafts
Programs: Designed by the bride, printed by Allegra, ribbon from Michael’s
Bow tie car decoration: Created by bride’s family
Groom’s ring: Kay Jewelers
Bride’s rings: Duncan Design in Raleigh, NC
Ceremony venue: Jones Chapel
Officiant: Matt LeRoy of Love Chapel Hill
Organist: Bride’s uncle
Ceremony coordinator: Marc Dabagian from The Garden on Millbrook
Floral design: Fresh Affairs
Bride’s dress: Mori Lee, purchased at Hope’s Bridal Boutique, alterations by Hope’s Bridal Boutique and Olga’s Bridal and Formal Couture
Bride’s veil and shoes: Hope’s Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid dresses: Custom made by Kimberly Glass
Hair and makeup: Ginger Mullins
Groom/groomsmen suits: Jos. A Bank
Groom/groomsmen bow ties: Macy’s
Reception venue, catering, rentals: The Garden on Millbrook
Reception signage: Sister of the bride
“Bride” and “Groom” signs: Michael’s
Signature drink swizzle sticks: sticks from Amazon, ribbon from Ben Franklin Crafts, several hours of tying done by bride’s patient family.
Cakes: The Cupcake Bar
Cake stands: Handmade by bride’s father (talk about talent!)
Cornhole boards: Cornhole Express
Band: Flashback
Custom-painted cooler: PrintsFromAPrep
Sparklers: Wedding Sparklers Direct

Not pictured vendors:

Videographer: Good Earth Films
Bride/Bridesmaid getting ready robes: MaySilk
Mother handkerchiefs: Wedding Chicks
Reception pianist: David Omer
Favors: Made With Love Bakery
Photo book guest book: Shutterfly
“Just Married” car magnets: eBay for the win.
Hotel block: Hyatt Place North Raleigh/Midtown
Welcome cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes
Rehearsal dinner venue and catering: Carolina Country Club
Save the dates: Design by Wedding Chicks, printing by Vistaprint

Southern Winter Bridal Show in Raleigh, NC (LivingSocial Has Discounted Tickets!)

Y’all, I’ve found another wedding-related deal. I should become a professional deal finder (is that a thing? Because I totally would do it.). LivingSocial is currently running a 33% off deal for tickets to the Southern Winter Bridal Show in Raleigh, NC. The Show will take place November 9th (next weekend!) at the NC State Fairgrounds from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to find and meet local vendors, including caterers, photographers, florists, and jewelers!

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Hop on over to LivingSocial and snap up your tickets, belles!

xoxo Laura

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains

Belles and beaus, we have a stunning real wedding to share with you today courtesy of Realities Photography. Brittney and William knew they wanted to get married in Brittney’s hometown and selected Kenmure Country Club because they loved the antebellum-style clubhouse and beautiful outdoor ceremony location. We are absolutely head over heels for Brittney’s elegant Winnie Couture gown and the varying shades of purple in her bouquet and on the cake. Gorgeousness all around!

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From the bride:
William and I met at our company’s new employee orientation. I noticed him when I was waiting in line to check in and thought he was really handsome. I went into the auditorium and found one open chair between a woman and an empty seat with papers on it. Before I knew it, someone was picking up the papers in the seat beside me. I looked up and realized it was the cute guy from the check-in line. When I got home that night, I told my sister and friends that I met the cutest, nicest guy at work. Just a few minutes later, I got an email from William. He asked me to dinner and we’ve been inseparable ever since. William proposed to me during a trip to Charleston a little more than a year later. In our free time, we like to cook, travel and spend time with our families.

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

We wanted to wait and see each other for the first time when I walked down the aisle, so in lieu of a ‘first look,’ we exchanged notes and held hands around the corner of the house. But because I loved the idea of a first look so much, I decided to do one with my dad. It was such a special moment, seeing my dad’s reaction to me in my wedding dress.

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Our getaway car was William’s grandfather’s Model A. His grandfather has owned the car for more than 40 years, and the two of them used to work on it together when William was younger. It was very special to both William and Papa to have the car as part of our big day.

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

What was the most difficult part of the planning process for y’all?
I think the guest list is difficult for every bride and groom. We wanted to keep our ceremony intimate so we could spend time with all of our guests, and it worked out great in the end.

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Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Our ceremony was short and sweet. Our pastor read scripture from 1 Corinthians 13, and we recited traditional Christian wedding vows. We also had a “love letter” ceremony where we placed letters we had written to each other in a lock box with a bottle of wine. We plan to open the box on our anniversary to read the letters and enjoy the wine.

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

We chose a buffet-style dinner with a prime rib carving station, coriander seared salmon in beurre blanc sauce, herbed rice pilaf, smoked Gouda potatoes au gratin, green beans with bacon and griddled onions, and fresh seasonal vegetables. Dessert was our four-tier wedding cake by the amazing Michelle Fountain of Icing on the Cake. Our cake had alternating tiers of red velvet cake with cream cheese icing and cream cheese amaretto pound cake with buttercream meringue icing.

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Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

What was your favorite detail or moment from the day?
The dancing! Our DJ, Tom Ciaramitaro of Mountain Top Entertainment, was awesome and had nearly every guest on the dance floor. Also, I fell in love with all of the flower arrangements – both the bouquets and the centerpieces – from Occasions by Emily. And I can’t forget my dress – it was a work of art. I just wish I could wear it again!

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Do you have any budget friendly tips for other couples as they plan their own weddings?
While a wedding is such a special event, it’s important to remember that it’s just one day, so there’s no need to break the bank. Know what you want to splurge on – photography, your dress, etc. – and where you can save. Our ceremony and reception venues were so beautiful that we didn’t need many decorations and flowers. If you don’t have any particular favors in mind, I think it’s fine to skip them. We had hand sanitizer as our favors because our friends and family know William and I are both total germaphobes. Plus, we were serving a meal, so they were practical. We also chose to serve beer and wine at the reception in lieu of an open bar. It keeps both the party and your budget in check. Etsy has tons of talented designers and artists – I used the site for our programs, seating chart, signage, wine box, table runners and hand sanitizer label design. I love hair and makeup, so I did my own. If you don’t have the budget for a wedding planner, you can hire a day-of coordinator. Ours was fabulous and made the day run so smoothly.

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Congratulations, Brittney and William–we wish you a marriage even more beautiful than your wedding!

Photography: Realities Photography
Venue and catering: Kenmure Country Club
Day-of coordinator: Lisa G. Jackson
Bride’s dress: Winnie Couture from Winnie Couture Flagship Bridal Salon
Veil: Winnie Couture
Bridesmaid dresses: Kennedy Blue from The Wedding Shoppe
Groom and groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Officiant: Rev. Mark Hunnicutt of Mud Creek Baptist Church
Floral design: Occasions by Emily
Cake: Icing on the Cake
DJ: Tom Ciaramitaro of Mountain Top Entertainment
Carolina/Georgia signs: Pink House Press

Interested in submitting a wedding to be featured on the blog? Contact us here.

Wedding Dress Clearance Sale at Anjolique Bridal in Cornelius, NC, October 16-19

Who loves a good deal on wedding dresses? We sure do! Here are the details for a big sale that is starting today, October 16th,  and going through this Sunday the 19th.

Anjolique Bridal in Cornelius, NC, is having their semi-annual inventory clearance sale with gowns up to 70% off! Dresses start at just $149. You can book an appointment online or give them a call; contact info can be found on Anjolique’s website.

Anjolique carries gowns from designers such as Eve of Milady, Ian Stuart, Allure, Berta Bridal, Enzoani, La Sposa, Amalia Carrara, Demetrios, Justin Alexander, and San Patrick.

Happy shopping, belles! Send me pics if you find your dream dress!

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint

Y’all, we have such a sweet wedding to share with you today. Hope and Shawn’s farm wedding was just the right balance of rustic and romantic. Hope and Shawn love being outdoors together, making their pond-side ceremony oh-so-fitting. Many thanks to photographer Sarah Hoehn for sharing these gorgeous images!

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles BlogFrom the bride:
Shawn and I met at Harris Teeter in 2008. It was my first job as a cashier and he was a bagger. We got engaged July 5, 2013 at Amelia Island in Florida. We really like to do anything spontaneous. It doesn’t really suit our personalities, especially mine because I’m such a planner, but these adventures are always fun. We also love doing anything outdoors together.

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NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

Our ceremony and reception were at the same location: Morning Glory Farm in Monroe, NC. We chose this because it’s very close to where our families are located, and it was so incredibly beautiful for an outdoor wedding.

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NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

Our ceremony was very traditional, as we did not write our own vows or stray from the typical format. However, we did include the unity candle and communion. Pastor Matt Leroy was our officiant which was very special to us because he has seen our relationship almost in its entirety.

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

That flower-draped wooden cross, y’all…swooning!

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

What were some ways you worked creatively within your budget?
We had a pretty tight budget. Shawn and I are both very frugal people, so thankfully it’s our specialty. We made our centerpieces, which sounds so easy until you realize that there are so many options, it’s overwhelming. However, with research on where to find inexpensive half gallon mason jars and having family members collect pasta sauce jars, it turned out great! We put lace on the outside of the pasta sauce jars so they all looked the same. One thing that worked in our favor as well was attending a bridal show to find our caterer. Then, our caterer referred us to our linen person, who only takes customers who are referred, and she had the best price on linens I have ever seen. I would encourage every bride and groom to ask their vendors if they have any other vendors they work closely with to get you a bargain. Also, if you have a bridal party who are willing to work a little the day before or earlier on the day of the ceremony, that will save a lot of money if your venue or vendors don’t set up for you. We had such a hardworking bridal party who were willing to do whatever it took to make the day perfect!

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

Tell us about the food, drinks, and dessert!
We had an open bar for the cocktail hour and throughout the night. Hickory Tavern catered our wedding with foods like Colorado chicken, pulled pork, a baked potato bar, a salad bar, and macaroni and cheese. Beverages included water, tea and lemonade. Instead of serving a wedding cake, we cut our cake and served everyone else butter pecan, triple chocolate, and vanilla strawberry cupcakes.

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

Wasn’t it such a lovely day? Congratulations, Hope and Shawn!

Photographer: Sarah Hoehn
Planner: Hannah Maring
Bride’s dress: Alfred Angelo from Wedding Dress Me
Bride’s shoes: Toms
Bride’s hair and makeup: Ashlyn Berry
Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Venue: Morning Glory Farm
Floral design: Braswell Interiors and Floral
Catering: Hickory Tavern
Cake and cupcakes: Simply Splendid Cakes
Rentals: The Linen Lofts

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