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I like the color yellow, and I like (okay, love) cowboy boots, so I’m pretty sure Chelle’s cheery maids (in Anthropologie frocks) get the W for this week’s Super Southern Bridesmaid Ensemble.  So it’s not a real award, but if we did have one, they’d definitely get it!  Chelle + Tim said “I do” at the rustic Pine Rose Cabins in California, and were lucky enough to have The Brothers Wright on-hand to document the occasion.  The bride wore a lacy Pronovias gown (style name “Galvina” for those of you dying to try on the romantic v-neck number yourself), finishing her wedding look with a handmade veil.  The reception photos are just around the corner!

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story. (From the groom) The first time we EVER met was at a Labor Day BBQ in September of 2007…but Chelle doesn’t really remember this, so it doesn’t count.  I began attending Grace Brethren Church in Long Beach in January of 2007 and soon met Christa Neilsen, Tim’s older sister and we became friends.  Somewhere along the way I met Tim, but he lived far away in Corona. We crossed paths every now and again, but then in the summer of 2008, Tim moved to Long Beach and started attending Grace regularly.  Tim organized a “group hike” one Sunday afternoon in November but unfortunately I was the only person who could make it. We hiked to the top of Mt. Zion by the light of the moon and their headlamps.  At the top of the mountain we laid on our backs and watched shooting stars. Very shortly after this, I received an unmarked package in the mail. It contained a case of black jack gum (my favorite which had been discontinued). My roommate tipped me off that Tim had stopped by earlier that day…but he denied any responsibility until a month later when we began officially dating. Tim FINALLY asked me out in December.
Describe the proposal.
Around late July, Tim started telling me that I needed a day off of work.  So we planned a hike for Saturday, the 1st of August.  Since we were going to Oklahoma in a week, my engagement radar was at a -10, despite the fact that we were hiking Mt. Zion…they very first place they’d ever hiked…and despite the wonderful breakfast that Tim had cooked for us that morning before we left. During our hike, we finally came around the last set of turns to the summit, where Tim’s friend Ben had set up a picnic. I was touched that Tim had planned a romantic summit celebration and finally realized that there was more to it when he uttered the words “will you marry me?” I said yes and we celebrated later with family and friends at Tim’s house in Long Beach.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Peaceful, reverent, joyful.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration?
I am from Oklahoma, so all the girls wore cowboy boots. We had fresh lemonade and mason jars for flower arrangements.

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Howdy, friends!  A few tid-bits you might find of interest…

For those of you searching for the perfect wedding dress, we’ve got two great resources to share.  The first is the new Priscilla of Boston salon that’s just opened in our neighboring city, Raleigh!  It’s a signature salon, which means it carries all of the POB lines, including Priscilla of Boston, Melissa Sweet (my favorite!), Vineyard Collection, Platinum, Jewel by POB, and Reverie by Melissa Sweet.  The gowns start at $1,200.  And if you happen to pop in, you might just snag a sweet Southern Weddings surprise!

A few of our favorite Priscilla of Boston dresses in action, from Jasmine Star, Sarah K. Chen, and Paul Johnson.

If you’re interested in doing good while you shop, you should also check out Brides Against Breast Cancer, where you can browse through hundreds of brand-name dresses, many donated by stores and designers.  They’re making a few stops in the South this summer on their current nationwide tour, including Austin, Dallas, Charleston (WV), Jacksonville, San Antonio, and Fort Lauderdale.  If you’d like to win tickets, head over to One Wed’s blog — they’re running a giveaway!

Aisle Dash and Wedding Channel are both holding nominations for their wedding blog awards right now.  We’d love your vote!  Click here or here to help out.

Lastly, for our vendor friends, Two Bright Lights is hosting a “Boot Camp” in Raleigh on Wednesday, July 14, where TBL co-founder Siri Eklund will demonstrate how to use their super-cool submission software.  The event will be held at Midtown Place in Raleigh from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  It’s sponsored by Walters & Walters Photography, and some of your SW friends might just be making an appearance!  You can sign up right here.

Happy Tuesday!

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  1. avatar Tara Wilson Events reply

    Brides Against Breast Cancer is a wonderful idea. I’m so glad they will be stopping in Dallas- we’d love to blog about it ourselves! Thanks for sharing such an important event.

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Sometimes it’s nice to just dream, isn’t it?  If every day of my life could be spent at photographer Larissa Cleveland’s elegant picnic, I would be one happy weddings editor.  Of course, I’d want the sweets catered by Sweet on Cake, florals provided by Michael Daigian Design, and, you know, some paper goods from Hello!Lucky thrown in for good measure (I am a paperaholic, after all).  I would also need wedding planner and stylist Shannon Leahy to follow me around, prettifying everything just so.  If this sounds like your dream day, too, read on for more details from Larissa, as well as the rest of the sources from this beautiful shoot!

“We’ve been dreaming about a picnic wedding for quite a while now.  A picnic makes us think of childhood summers, intimate conversations, and lazy hikes through the woods.  A fancy picnic is a very romantic notion.  Going to great lengths to set up a beautiful meal in a gorgeous setting and documenting the moment is how we have come to celebrate weddings and a picnic seems like the ultimate expression of that transience.

Larissa hiked all over the area to find the perfect spot.  We needed it to be under an interesting tree that had the right height branch and not be on too much of a hill.  A tall order.  Shannon discovered a vintage liquor carrying case at the flea market that seemed like the perfect accesory for a formal picnic.  We imagined Southsides with fresh lemon juice and mint.  Michael’s boutonniere was divine intervention — hand-tied on site from wildflowers he gathered under the tree.

Larissa captured all the details beautifully and we had a blast drinking lavender scented champage in the wilderness!”


Larissa Cleveland: photography // Shannon Leahy: design + styling // Wiyanna Oakley: hair + makeup // Hello!Lucky: invitations and paper goods // Michael Daigian: flowers // Sweet on Cake: cake // Classic Party Rentals: rentals // La Tavola Linen: linens

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  1. avatar F and S @ sanebrideadvice reply

    This is so rich and full of inspiration..the colors, the stationary, the is all perfectly executed. Thanks for sharing!

  2. avatar Lydia reply

    The colors and picnic theme? YES, please!

  3. avatar Naomi reply

    Totally and gorgeously picnic perfect :-)

  4. avatar A-line wedding dresses reply

    every girl may dreams of that wonderful wedding!

  5. avatar Colorado Wedding Photographers, JasonG reply

    Totally dig the cake/flowers.

  6. avatar e reply

    how funny! i stumbled upon this website entirely by chance (i’m a weddings FREAK). my best friend is michael daigian’s daughter! beautiful arrangements all the time… if only i was getting married in the bay area!

  7. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    So glad you found us, e! Here’s hoping we’ll provide much more inspiration for your wedding, no matter where you’re getting married. :)

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