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The way Mike proposed to Christie is similar to my dream proposal — simple, heartfelt and a little nod to how far they’ve come. I just adore that Christie was lucky enough to be able to wear the ring that was a part of Mike’s family for generations. How special is it know knowing that the ring on your finger was also a part of many love stories before yours? In my opinion, their gorgeous blue wedding was just the icing on top of the cake! We love these images from Tracy Timmester — especially how she makes biscuits look so buttery and delicious, even on a computer screen.

Check out more of Christie + Mike’s wedding in their video by Thomas Bowen right here!

Raise your hand if you love Christie’s bouquet ribbons! I adore the colors and textures. It matches perfectly with her flowers!

There was no question about who I wanted to do my wedding flowers. Holly Chapple is an amazing artist and I am so blessed to call her a friend. It is so important to let your vendors have the creative license to do what they do best: design. I asked Holly for pretty, soft, romantic flowers and let her take it from there. What we ended up with was so much more than I could have ever dreamed of. They were lush and romantic with tons of hydrangeas, cabbage roses, and delphinium.

I wanted finding my dress to be a really special day, so I decided to only take my sister and my mother with me. We found the dress at the same shop (Betsy Robinson’s) where my sister found her dress. I fell in love with how elegant it was and the detailing on the flower. Before we were done, I had to add one signature touch – the ivory satin ribbon tied into a bow in the back made the dress perfectly me!

Both Mike and I felt strongly that we wanted the first time we saw each other to be when I was walking down the aisle toward him; that moment is so powerful and special. I am so happy we stuck to our guns on not seeing each other before the ceremony. Our guests got to share in the genuine emotion of the moment we saw each other. When I got to the end of the aisle, we were both all smiles.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We love the beauty and tradition of the Catholic ceremony so we used the traditional vows. Our absolute favorite part is where we promised “to love and honor each other all the days of our life.” We really try and live that vow every day.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Sirach 26, 1-4. 13-16 This has been one of my favorite Bible passages my whole life. It sums up who I hope to be as a woman and as a wife. Philippians 4, 4-9 — This reading reminded us that God is at the center of our lives and should be at the center of our marriage. The Gospel was Matthew 22, 35-40 — My absolute favorite reading. When it all comes down to it, all we need to remember is to love God with our whole hearts, minds and souls – and try and love each other in that same way. It’s simple and profound.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The most important aspect of our wedding was that Mike and I wanted our guests to walk away from our wedding feeling like they were treated to the best Southern hospitality and are surrounded by lots of love! I knew that I wanted to focus on making sure our guests had the best experience for our wedding weekend. We chose a location that would be great for our big families and vendors who we loved as artists and people. That Southern hospitality began with our welcome bags. We included a personal note in each bag and stuffed them with two family favorites, candied pecans and Grandma’s lemon pudding pound cake, both baked from scratch in my mother’s kitchen! When guests arrived at cocktail hour, they were treated to our “Southern Charmer” cocktail (a champagne mint julep) and shrimp and grit fritters. Dinner included a candied pecan salad with goat cheese and red wine-braised short ribs with home-style mashed potatoes and cornbread. The late night Biscuit Bar was perfect for all of our guests who had literally been on the dance floor for hours. Our personalized signs helped guests load up fresh biscuits with all their fixings. I also wanted to honor all the special women in my life in some way, so I wore a little memento for them on the wedding day. My engagement ring was an heirloom from women in Mike’s family, I wore my great-grandmother’s earrings, carried a handkerchief hand-embroidered by my grandmother, my pearl necklace and bracelet were gifts from my mother, and my sorority badge was pinned to the inside of my dress.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. The amazing organist at my church agreed to learn the Wedding Processional from the Sound of Music AND he brought in a trumpeter to make it extra special for my entrance. There was not a dry eye in the church! That movie was very special to my grandmother and me. We used to watch it together all the time when I was a little girl and it brings tears to my eyes every time I hear how regal and beautiful the song is. Our first dance was set to “Making Memories of Us” by Keith Urban. The song talks about everything we want in our marriage – to honor each other’s families and to spend a lifetime together making incredible memories. My father-daughter dance was extra special. My dad and I danced to Josh Turner’s “I’ll Be There.” The lyrics of that song perfectly express what every parent hopes to be for their child, and what my dad and mom have meant to me over all these years. Mike and his mother’s song was “Young at Heart” by Frank Sinatra which perfectly captured their playful and fun relationship!

Whoa. How delicious does C + M’s biscuit bar look? We’re not surprised that it was a total hit and C + M’s favorite detail of the wedding.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Mike and my brother Kevin have been friends for years, but I never got a chance to meet Mike. I remember when I finally did run into him at a golf course, I spent almost a half hour joking around with him and thinking how funny he was! My brother ended up setting us up on a date, and after that, Mike and I were pretty much inseparable. (You know you have a great guy when your baby brother gives it a thumbs up!) Mike is funny, kind, and makes me so happy, so of course I was thrilled when he decided to propose!
Describe the proposal. On our first date, Mike invited me over to his house and cooked me an amazing meal. Over the hours that we spent talking, I started to realize just how kind, funny and sweet he was — not to mention a fabulous cook! For the proposal, he recreated that first date and then we took a walk around the neighborhood. He got down on one knee right at the spot where we had shared our first kiss and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. He gave me a beautiful ring that has been a part of his family for generations. I am so honored to wear that ring and to be a part of such an incredible family!
In what month did you get married? March
How many guests attended your wedding? 171
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: The wedding cake was absolutely delicious! We went with two flavors, Viviacious Vanilla and Caramelicious. Most guests had a slice of each because it was so yummy!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Mike and I have so many special people we wanted to share our wedding day with, so keeping the guest count down without leaving out important friends was our biggest struggle. We decided to remove a few design elements in order to make sure that we could accommodate all of those people in our budget. In the end, we were so honored to have so many of our friends and family travel in from all over the country to be with us on our wedding day.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? We were in the $25,000-$50,000 range.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The band! We had the BEST TIME EVER dancing at the wedding thanks to Snackbar Jones. The energy they brought to our celebration made all the difference in the world I really don’t think I have ever seen a dance floor that packed for every song of the night. Our guests left raving about how awesome the music was.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? We had the most amazing toasts at our wedding. Mike’s brother, my sister, and my dad were sweet and so funny! My dad had saved a Father’s Day gift from my childhood – I gave him a book of coupons good for a hug, a kiss, and a silly dance. At the end of his speech, he ripped out the coupon for the silly dance and traded it in for our father-daughter dance. I will never forget that moment!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? The best advice I can give is to hire a wedding planner! I have no idea what I would have done without the support of the planning team. My family was able to spend time with me and Mike instead of having to run around to check on the details and put out fires. Consider your planning team an insurance plan for one of the most important expenses and days of your life!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are having so much fun settling into our new home together and getting used to calling each other husband and wife! We can’t wait to start a big family and are so excited for all the fun milestones to come.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    From the bouquet ribbons to the biscuit bar, this wedding is a dream!

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For a refreshing summer treat, there’s almost no beating watermelon. It’s juicy and refreshing on a hot day, and perfectly packable for impromptu picnics and road trips. Here, a few of our favorite finds and recipes inspired by this Southern summer fruit.

Gents will look dapper in a watermelon pocket square ($75)

Watermelon mojito pops make a good end-of-meal treat

Pretty emerald earrings – pair with a pink dress! ($130)

Serve watermelon balsamic cubes to start your meal on a refreshing note

A pair of pretty watermelon-inspired necklaces: green ($118) and pink ($260)

For a juicy lip, try Sephora Glossy Gloss in 06 ($10)

Pretty sandals with a coral pop ($88)

Jelly watermelon slices would be super cute at a dessert bar or as a favor ($24.50 for 5 pounds)

How fun would this be for cocktail hour – watermelon slices soaked in tequila and sprinkled with salt?

Want more Summer in the South? Check out our past posts!
A day at the lake
A Weekend Barbecue
Summer Essentials from A Southern Lady
Beach Getaway Essentials
Summer escapes

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Coretta’s Jewels reply

    This is an inspiration page good enough to eat!! Love the Stella & Dot Contessa Jade necklace too!

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  3. avatar Janna reply

    Those emerald earrings are to die for! So lovely!

    And I may have to try the watermelon with tequila and salt for my cousin’s bachelorette party coming up! yum!

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As a Charlotte native, Izzy + Lane’s wedding is extra special to me. Their museum reception took place at one of the most notable landmarks in the city and although I may be biased, I think these images from The Schultzes accurately depict how the couple transformed the Mint Museum from a beautiful building into a space brimming with Southern hospitality and family heirlooms. After all, only the most thoughtful of hosts will provide nourishing donuts and milk to late-night partiers.

My three sisters, sister in law, mom and I all went to NY Bride in Groom in Charlotte to look for dresses. We each pulled a few dresses that we thought I should try. The dress my mom picked out was the first one I tried on. It was “Adela” by Pronovias. I went to a few other shops to try on more dresses but I couldn’t help thinking back on Adela. It was really special that I fell in love with the dress that my mom chose. It had cap sleeves and lots of lace. I couldn’t wait to wear it!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did! This was something we had experienced as guests at other weddings and we knew we wanted to do it so that we could get our photos taken before the ceremony. We are so happy we made this decision. The photos are some of our favorite from the entire day. It was such a special time for us to be only with each other and to exchange gifts. Even though he saw me before the ceremony, it was still great seeing him while I walked down the aisle too — so emotional!

Choosing the music was one of our favorite parts! For the processional, all 15 bridesmaids and 11 groomsmen walked down to “Cannot Hide my Love” by Enter the Worship Circle. At the climax of the song, the doors opened and I walked down, too. It was sung by some really special friends from college. The recessional was amazing. My twin sister and a gospel ensemble from University of South Carolina sang “Many the Miles” by Sara Bareilles as the entire bridal party exited. We stood in the back of the church dancing and singing until they were finished. It made everything feel so joyful.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We didn’t write our own vows, but our pastor was great about integrating our thoughts into the ceremony. We wanted her to make it clear to all of our guests that we are who we are because of them. Without us becoming who we are today, we would not have never fallen in love with each other and been able to start this journey in life together. We are so grateful for our family and friends.

I + L took a new spin on honoring their parents marriages. We are blown away by the display of their mothers’ wedding gown in their reception foyer. It was the newlyweds’ favorite detail and one that we’ll always remember, too.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? All of the food at the reception had a Southern flair. We had pimento cheese, BBQ sliders, shrimp and grits and a grilled cheese bar. When the bridal party entered the reception, we changed into cowboy boots so we could bust a move on the dance floor. We also gave out Krispy Kreme Donuts and cartons of milk as guests were leaving the reception.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Lane and I met at Furman University where we went to college in South Carolina. He was on my “brother hall” and I was one of his freshman advisors. We were friends for three years in college but it didn’t spark into a romance until my first year in graduate school. We spent the next three years driving hours to be together!
Describe the proposal. Lane had recently moved to Mississippi and came back to visit Charlotte, where I was living, for the weekend. We decided to go to his family’s lake house, which has been a really special place throughout our relationship. Sitting out on his back porch overlooking the lake, he got on one knee and popped the question! We then went to my family’s house in Charlotte to celebrate with our family and friends.
In what month did you get married? March
How many guests attended your wedding? 300
Describe your wedding flowers: I realize I’m biased, but Lynette from the Bloom Room went so above and beyond anything we could have ever imagined. My bouquet was filled with garden roses, hellebores, ranunculus, dusty miller and astibe. It completely matched the colors and feel we wanted for the wedding. The reception had several long tables and Lynette did a perfect job filling the tables with beautiful flowers including herbs and succulents. They were displayed in great pieces of pottery and glass. The flowers made the wedding.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Having worked at Edible Art of Charlotte during high school, we knew we were going to want a cake from them. We got almond and coconut flavors and the cake was rough iced with buttercream. Our florist added some fresh flowers to the outside. It was perfectly simple and delicious!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? During the entire wedding planning process, Lane and I were living in Mississippi while my family was in Charlotte, where our wedding would be, busy working on the details. Without my twin sister as our wedding planner, we may not have had a wedding! It was definitely difficult not being there to help stuff envelopes, make runners, and meet with vendors, but we were constantly in communication. Thank goodness for picture messaging and unlimited minutes on the cell phone!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Having put so much time, money and energy into the wedding, we are so glad we splurged on our photographers and videographers. Both the Schultzes and Caravan did an amazing job capturing our day. The wedding only lasted a day but now we will have these memories forever!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The first look!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Lane and I are currently living in Cleveland, Mississippi working in jobs that we love. We are looking forward to enjoying our first year of marriage with the newest member of our family, a rescue dog named Rye.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Lissa reply

    One of the most charming weddings we’ve seen in a while! And when we read the bride’s account of the music and saw the sweet and gorgeous florals, we were definitely in love!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    LOVE the Schultz’s~!! They do a wonderful job at capturing the moments through out the wedding day! I can’t wait until our wedding!

  3. avatar Tara W reply

    Adore the idea of having their mothers wedding dresses in the foyer!!

  4. avatar AshleyHH reply

    Beautiful, beautiful wedding. That church is gorgeous! A question for the bride… who are your boots by?! I love them and I am definitely wearing boots as my wedding shoes so I am already on the look out for the perfect pair. =)

  5. avatar Katie O’Keefe reply

    I love their church – beautiful. And how unique that they displayed their moms’ wedding dresses. I love that!

  6. avatar Melissa Vause reply

    I also got my dress from NY Bride and Groom in Charlotte! (and momma picked out my dress too!) The ladies at NY bride and groom are so sweet and the store looks AMAZING!
    Beautiful wedding :-)

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