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Happy Monday y’all!  This has been such a busy day here so far… wow!  Lara is off to Indianapolis for Eventology in the morning and we can’t wait to hear about everything she learns there and about all the amazing wedding professionals she will meet. Congrats to the Eventology team on what promises to be a fabulous conference!

Spring is here and I know many of our recently engaged brides are wondering where to start with the planning of their wedding. Since you’ve found us here at Southern Weddings, you are in good hands with getting great inspiration and possibly winning something from one of our fabulous giveaways. But besides SW, attending bridal events can be a great way to launch your planning. That is why I try to keep you all informed on great events happening near you! Here is one for our Carolina brides….

For those in the Raleigh, North Carolina area, the bi-yearly {Southern Bridal Show and Expo} is coming up on Sunday, April 19th at the NC State Fairgrounds. The event will have over 150 wedding experts in attendance-  photographers, florists, venue directors, planners, musicians and more. We’ll be there too just to browse and say hello.  The event runs 12 P.M. – 5 P.M. and will included a fashion show every hour with today’s latest wedding trends. Tickets are $8 online and $10 on the day of. Purchases tickets {here}.

Okay, I know this isn’t wedding related but nonetheless we have to add that UNC is playing in the NCAA Championship game tonight! Since our office is in Chapel Hill we –of course– are major Tarheel fans… enough so that office hours were cut short today in order to get ready for all the downtown festivities tonight. Wish our team luck!

Have a great week! Laura E.


lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar cyndi reply

    Go Heels!!

  2. avatar Morgan reply

    I watched the game in the Dean Dome last night! I had am amazing time supporting the Tarheels!

  3. avatar Megan reply

    I just got engaged at the Dean Dome yesterday and today I hear about this site and now read this…what a sweet coincidence. I am getting so many lovely ideas from your site. I have chosen Carolina Blue, Chocolate Brown, Sand, and Ivory as my colors!!

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This Suffolk, Virginia wedding is so lovely!  Cristin + Christiaan were married in the {West End Baptist Church}. This classic church was packed as the two said “I do”.  After the vows were exchanged, the two rode in a classic car to a boat that took the couple on a sunset ride to the {Suffolk Hilton Garden Inn}.  Little did the couple know, they would be greeted on land by the local high school marching band playing “When the Saints Come Marching In”.  Photography by {Echard Wheeler Photography}.  Check out more of his work and see his post from Cristin + Christiaan on his {blog}.  How incredible are these bridesmaid’s dresses and matching boleros!? I’m in love…

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We are from the same town and went to the same High School but because of our age difference we never knew each other growing up. We were set up on a blind date by our good family friends Chet and Sandy Hart, and Cristin’s Boss Kenda Council. I went over to the Hart’s house one night for dinner and they told her about this “special” guy I should meet. I was totally against it, but the next day at work I asked the ladies I worked with if anyone knew this “special” guy. Before I could say know they were on the phone calling him. We went on a date two weeks later and have be inseparable ever since
Describe the proposal: Cold, Rainy night atop the Empire State building in New York City…Zero Visibility! It was the backup plan he had when the Central Park Carriage ride got cancelled. It was much fun, we were the only people up there- and after he proposed the clouds parted for a few minutes and we had a beautiful view of the city all to ourselves.
A date we went on that we’ll always remember: Our first date, Dinner at our favorite local restaurant on the Nansemond River and then to the local Jazz club for drinks after dinner.
The weather on our wedding day was: 70 degrees, sunny, and beautiful…great Fall day in Virginia!
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Rustic fall with a touch of glitz!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Buying a wedding dress is a once in a lifetime experience. So you want to have a once in a life time amount of fun. The first time we went shopping I brought my Mom, my grooms step-mom and Sandy Hart, the friend who set us up myself and Christiaan. We had the best trying on all different kinds of dresses, one time I came out of the dressing room to find all three of them in big veils! After shopping all day I finally settled on a beautiful off white Augusta Jones Silk gown with lace detailing on the train and a lace bolero jacket. After we picked out the perfect dress we celebrated with dinner and Bellini’s.
Describe your wedding flowers: How do you describe pure beauty! They were one of the most spectacular things about our wedding! Our dear friend Sandy Hart, and a team of wonderfully talented ladies of the Garden Club of Virginia worked many hard long hours arranging the flowers beyond my dreams! They featured alternating high and low arrangements of garden flowers, “roadside” and backyard finds such as Dried Hydrangea and sunflowers, grapevine, cattails, pheasant feathers, pumpkins willowy branches and brightly colored fall flowers.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: After the ceremony we took a classic blue convertible to a boat that we then took the Hilton. When we arrived at the Hilton and got off the boat the Marching Band from the high School that We both went to and I now work at marched us in playing when the “saints go marching in” (It was all saints day and our high school mascot is the Saint). It was like our very own parade.
Were there any special family traditions you included in the wedding? At every family wedding Christiaan’s cousins write a song about the bride and groom. Our song was to the tune of the Adams family since it was Halloween weekend. It was very cute!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? How amazing it felt to look out at all of our family, friends and loved ones cheering and smiling back at us after we had been pounced husband and wife.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Spectacular, wonderful, amazingly perfect!
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? Hire a wedding planner if you can. Ours was so amazing, she handled so many of the last minuet details that my family and I were really able to enjoy the whole week of our wedding!
Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration. Best advice was to try and use all five senses to remember the day.
Best comment: “I’ve never been to a wedding before but I think I started with the best”
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are looking forward to getting settled into our house relaxing after a crazy year, traveling a little, and in a few years starting a family.
Other details you want us to know about your wedding: The lighting was beautiful with amber up lighting around the room, pin lights on the large flower arrangements and cake, and a branch pattern was projected on to the ceiling above the dance floor.
The food was also delicious! We had mashed potato and mashed sweet potato bar, beef tender loin, fresh Nansemond River Oysters, shrimp, crab cakes, a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, and a soup station with butternut squash soup and my Mom’s Tomato Basil Bisque.

Congratulations to Christin + Christiaan. We wish you the best as you begin your lives together!

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  1. avatar Annette reply

    Love those bridesmaid dresses and the band! Its hard not to smile ear to ear with this post.

  2. avatar Sharon reply

    This was one of my most favorite Weddings, so classic and warm , every detail covered! Cristins gown was so unique, just a nice event, you were always wowed the whole night long! Conratulations to the sweet Couple!

  3. avatar Sarah reply

    I’m super excited to see this wedding on here!!! My roomate is from Suffolk and attended this wedding. Go Elon!

  4. avatar Jordan reply

    best wedding evvvverrrrr- Go Saints!

  5. avatar echard wheeler reply

    Hey Cristin and Chris, I’m so so excited to see this! I had a blast, just a blast shooting your wedding. Thanks to you all at SW for posting their super fun wedding.

  6. avatar katie reply

    Where did you get those orange ties???? Love it!!

  7. avatar Jane reply

    This must be one of the most beautiful weddings of the year! Thank you so much for posting all the the unique elements! I feel so inspired with new ideas for my fall wedding!!

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On St. Patrick’s Day, Lara shared what she felt lucky for and that was knowing the SW team: Kirstin, Lindsey, Katie Beth and I : ) With all the Irish Blessings and Luck of the Irish surrounding that Tuesday, Lara asked readers what they felt lucky for. The comments were terrific! Our readers named family, friends, fiancés, upcoming celebrations, new jobs on the horizon and many more. Congratulations to our lucky winner chosen at random: Kelly! Email me {laura_e at iloveswmag dot com} your contact info and we will send you a SW swag bag. The bag includes a copy of the Premiere Issue, a water bottle from {Get Married TV}, a {Browniepops} goodie, a cookie from {Best Wedding Sites}, a thank you card set from {Momental Designs} all in a custom SW tote bag. Make sure to check out more of our contests going on now: {Anniversary Contest} and {BonitaJ Contest}. Maybe you’ll be our next lucky winner like Kelly!

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