Here in the Carolinas, it’s no secret that we love our blooms. Dogwood, Carolina jasmine, magnolias, lilies, hydrangeas, roses, gardenias…we have some truly stunning flowers in our region! It seems only fitting, then, that we would show our love for flowers by adorning our wedding gowns with pretty blooms. Here are a few of my current favorite gowns showcasing floral prints and embellishments:
Bright colors, cheerful prints, and lightweight fabrics that help you keep your cool when it’s 100 degrees with 90% humidity outside? Yes, please! Thanks to the late Lillian Pulitzer Rousseau, also known as the “Queen of Prep” and founder of the Lilly Pulitzer clothing line, Carolina belles have enjoyed getting gussied up in Lilly Pulitzer clothing since the 1950s. The colorful, preppy designs are a true Southern favorite. Today, I am celebrating Ms. Lilly’s contribution to Carolina style with a Lilly Pulitzer-inspired pink and green wedding vision.
First up: the save the date!
Hi there belles and beaus! I have an exciting, budget-friendly bouquet idea to share today. While I was in Charleston this past week, I couldn’t resist stopping by the Historic City Market to take a look at all the local artwork, gifts, and crafts on display. As I walked through, something caught my eye: the beautiful bouquet pictured below.
Ahhh…what could be more delicious than a fresh Krispy Kreme doughnut, straight off the glaze belt when the hot light is on? Nothing, that’s what. Krispy Kreme doughnuts hold a special place in any North Carolinian’s heart, as these sugary treats originated right here in Winston-Salem in the 1930s. If you’re a fan, there are many ways to incorporate Krispy Kremes into your wedding day. Today, we’ll share a few of our favorite ideas:
Krispy Kreme Engagement Shoot: Taking engagement photos at a local Krispy Kreme franchise is a fun idea for doughnut fans. Your photos will have a vintage-y feel, and the doughnuts can serve as fun props.
It makes me incredibly joyful to see brides who are so happy to be marrying the love of their life, they can’t stop smiling. Today’s real bride is laughing and smiling through her entire bridal portrait session with John Crouch. And aren’t her cowboy boots, sunshine yellow shoes, and vibrant fabric flower bouquet just darling? Meet Cristina, a native of Wilmington, NC, who just married her beau, Scott, a few weeks ago!
Here in the Carolinas, we tend to appreciate our beverages. And goodness, are there a wide variety to choose from…from craft beers at River Dog Brewery in Bluffton, SC, to homemade moonshine in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. Over the next few months, I will be featuring signature drink ideas that have Southern flair. First up: Lowcountry Lemonade.
This upcoming Saturday, May 3rd, marks the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby. This horse race is often called “The Run for the Roses,” as the winning steed is adorned with a blanket of red roses after crossing the finish line. Steeped in history and tradition, the Derby calls for mint juleps and large, elaborate hats for the ladies. And while the Derby certainly doesn’t take place in the Carolinas, we certainly deserve (and love!) a chance to celebrate this historical event alongside our Kentucky friends. A Derby-themed wedding is a perfect excuse for bright colors and equestrian motifs, and is especially perfect for brides and grooms saying “I do” the first weekend in May. I have gathered together some of my favorite Derby inspiration, complete with lots of happy red and references to the beautiful horses who are the reason for the day.
Our Derby-themed wedding begins with this beautiful red and black-and-white striped invitation suite, complete with a bugle motif as a nod to the bugler who traditionally plays when it is time for the horses to file onto the racetrack from the paddock:
Yippee! My first ever post! I couldn’t think of anything more perfect and classically Carolina to kick off the blog with than hydrangeas. They are beautiful, soft, grow locally, come in many different colors, and are fairly easy on the budget. Sounds perfect, no?