south carolina wedding

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

Wedding at UNC's Forest Theatre - Wedding Belles Blog

Wedding at UNC’s Forest Theatre via

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

UNC Wedding Cake - Wedding Belles Blog

UNC wedding cake via Pinterest

ECU wedding cake topper - Wedding Belles Blog

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

Appalachian State wedding bouquet charm - Wedding Belles Blog

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.

Clemson Heels - Wedding Belles Blog

Clemson heels via Clemson Girl

Citadel Rings - Wedding Belles Blog

Groom and groomsmen with Citadel rings via Pinterest

NC State cuff links - Wedding Belles Blog

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

UNC-themed koozie wedding favor - Wedding Belles Blog

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!

Duke University wedding exit with pom poms - Wedding Belles Blog

Duke University wedding exit with pom poms via Erin McLean Events

Foam finger wedding exit - Wedding Belles Blog

Foam finger wedding exit via Pinterest

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

xoxo Laura

Congratulations, South Carolina!

Marriage quality in the Palmetto State has been a long time comin’ ever since a ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year effectively legalized same-sex marriage in Virginia. The Fourth Circuit also has jurisdiction over South Carolina. Under an order by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, gay marriages in SC were to officially being on Thursday, November 20th. However, our friends down South apparently got a little giddy over all the love being spread and started marrying couples a day earlier, some news outlets are reporting. The first wedding was held in Charleston.

South Carolina Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage - Wedding Belles Blog

Krista & Kayla – via WLTX

Congratulations to all of the newlyweds! We are so excited for you.

To submit a real wedding, contact us here.

Congratulations, North Carolina!

Yesterday, October 10, 2014, some very exciting wedding-related stuff was going on in the Old North State. Amendment One of the N.C. Constitution, which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman, was effectively struck down following a ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over NC and several other Southern states. What this means is that all couples, regardless of sex, can be legally married in N.C. There are a whole lot of marriages going on here, y’all!

Here are some of our favorite photos from the celebrations, marriages, and festivities yesterday:

Tonya and Amy - North Carolina Marriage Equality - Wedding Belles Blog

Tonya and Amy
via WRAL

Chris and Chad - NC Marriage Equality - Wedding Belles Blog

via WRAL

Frank and Brad - NC Marriage Equality - Wedding Belles Blog

Frank and Brad
via Fox 8

Rainbow Flag in Asheville NC - NC Marriage Equality - Wedding Belles Blog

Rainbow Flag in Asheville, N.C.
via WCNC

You can watch the first same-sex marriage in the state take place in this video:

Congratulations to North Carolina and all of the newly married couples!

Because the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals also has jurisdiction over South Carolina, it is very likely that marriage equality will be coming to all of the Carolinas very soon. Hooray for love!

And remember couples, if you’d like to submit your wedding/engagement/portraits/anything love-related to be featured on the blog, contact me here.

Internet Roundup: Barbie’s Wedding, the Most Awkward Engagement Photos Ever, and More!

Oh, y’all. This batch of links I’m loving lately is absolutely top notch. Without further ado:

1. Barbie and Ken’s wedding, complete with getting ready photos, a first look, and more.

Barbie and Ken's Wedding via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog


2. 10 things you should NEVER say to a bride on her wedding day.

Things NOT to Say to a Bride, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog


3. 25 incredibly awkward engagement photos. Butt nekkid fiances? Say no more…

Awkward Engagement Photos via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog


Are y’all loving any links lately? Share with me!

xoxo Laura

The Best Bridal Workout Video – Only Takes 5 Minutes and is Completely Free!

Belles and beaus, I am going to share a little secret with you today about what I did to get in shape for my own wedding….Bride Arms!

While we often focus on waistlines when we think about getting in shape, there is another body part that will likely get more attention on your wedding day: your arms. In most wedding dresses, your chest, tummy, and legs will be covered, while your arms will be partially or fully exposed (unless you are wearing a long sleeve dress, of course). Brides with strapless dresses will expose their full arms, shoulders, and parts of their back as well! Seems natural, then, to focus on these areas when toning up for the big day, since they will be the most on display.

I honestly don’t remember how I originally found the Bride Arms video (probably Pinterest), but I LOVE it. It takes less than five minutes to do, can be done anywhere, requires no special equipment, and is free on YouTube! All you need is two cans of vegetables from the pantry. Wes laughed at first about the thought of using something as puny as a can of black beans to do a workout, but changed his mind after I made him attempt Bride Arms. Ladies and gents, this workout is a little tough, especially if you’re like me and have never touched a weight in your life! The burn is well worth it though, and even in just a few days you start to notice a difference. It really helped me be more conscious of my posture (which is important for wedding pictures!), and I definitely felt like it helped me tone my biceps.

So, give it a try, or search for a different workout video on YouTube that better meets your wedding workout needs. There are so many free options out there, it’s a wonder gyms are even still in business!

xoxo Laura

Signature Cocktail Idea: Mason Dixons

Continuing on with our Signature Cocktail series, I have a truly Southern drink for you today: Mason-Dixons. Here in the Carolinas, we take true pride in living below the Mason-Dixon line…am I right y’all? Everything good in life comes from below this proverbial line….pecan pie, big hair, blessed hearts, sweet tea… Which brings us back to this lovely drink, which would be especially refreshing on a hot day:

Mason Dixons - Wedding Belles

via Tumblr

This concoction is simple to make: simply mix together Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka (made in South Carolina!) and lemonade. Bonus points if you serve in a Mason jar!

xoxo Laura

5 LWDs That Would Be Perfect as Your Rehearsal Dinner Dress!

Ladies…how many of you have dreamed about your wedding dress for years, but have never given a thought to what you’ll put on for your rehearsal dinner? Well, you’re in good company…it didn’t occur to me to consider my rehearsal dinner dress until this summer, just a month or so before my wedding! Many brides these days are opting to wear white or ivory for their rehearsal dinner, just in case anyone should forget who the bride is (ha!). I’ve gathered some lovely LWD (little white dress) inspiration for those of you wanting to get on board with this trend (or for brides wanting to go short on their big day!). Behold:

1. Nicolette by Ruche, $68.99

Nicolette by Ruche - Perfect Rehearsal Dinner LWD! - Wedding Belles Blog



2. Woven Fit & Flare Dress by Alfred Sung, $198.00

Woven Fit & Flare by Alfred Sung - Perfect Rehearsal Dinner LWD! - Wedding Belles Blog


3. All lace dress by Rebecca Taylor, $139.00


All lace dress by Rebecca Taylor - Perfect rehearsal dinner LWD! - Wedding Belles Blog


4. Marilyn by kate spade – This one is definitely a splurge at $428.00!

Marilyn by kate spade - Perfect Rehearsal Dinner LWD! - Wedding Belles Blog


5. White crochet cutout maxi dress by Lookbook Store, $33.00

White crochet cutout maxi dress by Lookbook Store - Perfect rehearsal dinner LWD! - Wedding Belles Blog


What do you think, belles? Will you be wearing any of these to your rehearsal dinner or wedding? Or maybe for some other special occasion just because?

xoxo Laura

Why I’m Loving Loverly Lately (and Some Hilarious/Helpful Articles)

Y’all, do you know about Loverly? It’s sort of like Pinterest, except exclusively for weddings.  I sometimes get in a groove where I really like it, then other times not so much. They have lots of  beautiful things to add to your various “bundles”, but not quite as much selection as there is on Pinterest (and you can’t upload your own photos as far as I know). My other complaint about it at first was that it mostly just featured upscale, very expensive-looking weddings, but lately it seems like they’ve started to diversify more. But, what I’ve really started to ADORE lately about Loverly are their articles. They have been killing it!! If you read the blog often, you have probably already noticed some Loverly articles linked in my Internet roundup posts. Here is a little sampling of my favorite Loverly posts lately:

1. 10 Awkwardly Awesome Wedding Photos

Awkward Wedding Photos via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog


2. 10 Completely Brilliant Wedding Hacks You Need to Know – seriously, some of these are really good!!

Wedding Hacks via Loverly - Use veil weights! - Wedding Belles Blog


3. 10 Reactions Every Bride Has to Her Wedding Gifts – yes yes yes

10 Reactions Every Bride Has to Her Wedding Gifts via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog


Aren’t these articles fabulous? Tell me, belles and beaus–do use Loverly? Likes? Dislikes?

xoxo Laura

Trending: Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dresses

Hello belles and beaus! It has been a few days (okay, maybe a week or two) since my last post….last-minute wedding planning is in full swing here. Today I am delivering some inspiration featuring one of the latest trends in wedding gowns: spaghetti straps! I love this delicate detail…so feminine. It shows off the same amount of skin as a strapless dress, but gives a greater sense of security. There’s something almost ballerina-esque about it. Here are some of my favorite spaghetti strap gowns at the moment:

Tara Keely – Style TK2411

Tara Keely TK2411 - Wedding Belles Blog


BHLDN “Elsa”

BHLDN "Elsa" gown - Wedding Belles Blog


Sophia Tolli – Style Y21444 “Cloris”

Sophia Tolli style Y21444 "Cloris" - Wedding Belles Blog


Essence – Style D1249

Essence style D1429 - Wedding Belles Blog


Bonny Bridal – Style 308

Bonny Bridal style 308 - Wedding Belles Blog


What do you think, belles? Will you be choosing a wedding dress with spaghetti straps?

xoxo Laura

Internet Roundup: “I’m So Married” Video, the Post-Wedding Blues, and More!

Belles and beaus, here is the latest installment of Wedding-Related Things I Adore on the Internet Lately. Enjoy!

1. “I’m So Married” – the “Fancy” Wedding Parody. Dying, y’all. Dying.

2. 5 Ways to Handle the Post-Wedding Blues: I hope this doesn’t happen to me, but if it does, I’m prepared! Too bad I’ve already done one of them pre-wedding…is there such a thing as Pre-Wedding Anticipatory Grief?

Post-Wedding Blues


3. How to Write a Thank You Note for Every Wedding Gift Scenario: Be on the lookout for my own tips for thank you note writing, but in the meantime, I like this guide! The notes are shorter than I would write, but I like how they give examples for a bunch of different scenarios.

Thank You Note Tips

via Brides

Belles and beaus, what are you loving lately on the Interwebs? Send me links!

xoxo Laura