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Caroline and Wyatt are exactly the type of couple who make working at Southern Weddings so much fun! Their wedding was deeply inspired by their love story and their families, so it was packed to the brim with meaningful details. They cared about creating a beautiful and hospitable celebration for their loved ones, but always kept the real reason for the day at heart, and stayed true to themselves every step of the way. They weren’t afraid to be playful and break tradition, but they also enjoyed partaking in the traditions that truly meant something to them. C+W, it was a joy to share your wedding day in V8–thanks for sharing with us!

We’re so grateful to Perry Vaile for sending this beautiful celebration our way!

Oh my goodness, let’s talk about the greatness that is Katherine McDonald for a minute! After trying on a number of dresses in Charlotte, I finally traveled to Charleston to visit Lula Kate. It was there that I met Katherine McDonald and began to grow a friendship with her, even before trying on one of her designs. When I put on her “Lamour” gown, I knew it was the right number for me! Katherine and I discussed adding a custom removable skirt, as well as deepening the back of the dress. In that moment, the dress became everything I was looking for. In addition, working with Katherine and her team was such a dream; it made sense to employ her to craft a unique mother of the bride dress and a modern bridesmaid gown.

Tell us about your wedding flowers. How did you choose them? What did you love about them? My bouquet was hand-tied and filled with roses, peonies, leaves, clematis, and lily of the valley. The bouquet was all whites and greens with some lavender, and was fashioned with a vintage ribbon that changed color in the light–I adored this detail. I attached my dad’s wedding band onto the ribbon during our wedding ceremony so that I could slide my ring finger through the band when walking down the aisle. My sister, Sloane, had a maid of honor bouquet made of blue bird roses, peonies, umbrella leaves, and geranium leaves that was fastened with lavender grosgrain. All bridesmaids carried similar bouquets that were slightly smaller. The groomsmen and groom wore a small bunch of lily of the valley as boutonnieres to match the sleeves of my wedding dress.

The overarching flowers dedicated in memory of my late father were pretty much everything to me. While there were many small details woven into the wedding to remind me of the love my father poured out during his time on earth, the flower arch was the most prominent note. I feel so fortunate we were able to use a watercolor illustration of the arch in both the wedding invitations and our miniature ceremony programs. I can’t help but smile when thinking about how overwhelmingly blessed I felt to commit a lifetime of happiness to Wyatt while standing under that flower arch.

Tell us a bit about the wedding ceremony. What part was most special to you? Did you include any special readings? Our wedding ceremony was sweet and succinct. The part most special to the me: having my brother walk me down the aisle.
What songs did you use for your ceremony? We kept the processional and interlude simple with traditional songs, and then had a gospel choir soloist sing The Lord’s Prayer a capella. The gal totally rocked it! During the recessional, while guests exited the chapel, the gospel choir ensemble sung everyone out of the chapel while singing our favorite praise and worship song, “Let it Rise.”

For cocktail hour, a long bar sat along the river with a base made out of green leaves. Small lounge seating arrangements were set up under large oak trees for guests. Wyatt and I chose to serve our favorite cocktails as signature beverages. His was called “Slow + Low” and hers was “Lowcountry Lemonade.” The gospel choir sang throughout the cocktail hour and even encouraged guests to sing with them on stage.

What was your reception like? For our reception, we went for different and dimensional. With high-hanging leafy greens, a flower waterfall dangling above the cake, a triangular dance floor, and salutes to our sign language history in every nook and cranny, the reception proved to be a great celebration.
What was the design inspiration for your reception? We both loved the idea of a “lounging garden;” with that, Tara and I worked together to take that concept and bring it to life. Tara sourced beautiful furniture, incorporated many textures, and hit the nail on the head when hanging greenery garlands overhead. Wyatt and I especially loved the lavender poufs that sat around the dance floor. Keeping things funky!

Tell us about your wedding cake or sweets. The wedding cake was a two-tiered strawberry shortcake that featured real strawberries inside the cake. The groom’s cake was a round chocolate espresso cake topped with a laser cut wooden cake topper displaying the “I love you” in sign language.

Planning a wedding while missing a large piece of my family entirely changed the way I approached our big day. From the floral arch, to the use of purple sprinkled throughout the evening, to the wedding bands Wyatt and I chose together, my dad’s memory and character was woven into the details. We planned so that both me and my family would be reminded of my father’s love, and so that I could move forward and commit a lifetime to a man my father would have loved wholeheartedly.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met on our first day of sign language class at Clemson. As semester-long partners, our conversations were limited to strictly signing, as students were not allowed to verbally speak during class. Months later, we began hanging out outside of the classroom and became close friends. We didn’t begin dating until about three years later, but those foundational best friend years made our “Oh snap, I think I like you” moment all the more fruitful and exciting.
Describe the proposal: Wyatt proposed in sign language one summer evening on the Greenville Liberty Bridge. On the night of the proposal, we had traveled to Greenville to meet Wyatt’s family for an impromptu dinner. I felt everything was normal on the ride down, but noticed that things started to get strange rather quickly when we got out of the car and the usually-calm Wyatt forgot to lock the car doors. He also shared that we “didn’t have time for a selfie,” which he usually enjoys. Seconds later, I noticed our sign language professor on the bridge ahead and thought to myself, “Oh no, I’m going to have to dust off my signing skills, this could be embarrassing.” Never did the concept of a proposal enter my mind. We then stopped to say hello to the man who had partnered us up years ago, and with that, our professor began to ask us questions in sign: “How long have you been dating,” “do you plan on getting married,” “when will you get engaged,” and finally, “what about an engagement right now?” With that, Wyatt began to hover down on one knee where I, out of shock, jumped back and replied with, “Duh! You know it!” Not the words I expected to say, but it most certainly happened!
How did you prepare for marriage while planning your wedding? While we didn’t seek tangible counseling during our engagement, my mother gave us each a copy of the book “Love and Respect” by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs for Valentine’s Day. Wyatt and I both learned a great amount and recognized pockets of our relationship we needed to spend more time on.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Intimate, reflective, jubilant

How many guests attended your wedding? 140
Describe your bridesmaids’ dresses. How did you choose them? I’m a big fan of “different” and hoped to find an option that was neutral, yet modern. I went to Katherine McDonald with a high-neck design fashioned in a neutral color in mind. Katherine added a rockin’ thick belt and pushed for the “high ponytail” idea, and with that, we had our answer! I hadn’t seen anything like it before.
What did the groom and groomsmen wear? Wyatt chose to gift his groomsmen with white dinner jackets. All the groomsmen kept things simple on the bottom with basic tux pants and tux shoes.
How did you spend the morning or afternoon before your ceremony? Wyatt and I chose to spend our entire wedding day together, as we felt like Palmetto Bluff was so special, we should enjoy every minute with each other and friends! We rode bikes and kayaked with dolphins. Wyatt also loved playing golf early in the morning with my younger brother, Miles.
What was the most memorable or touching moment of your wedding day? For me, it was the moment I walked into the chapel the morning of our wedding day and took a minute to sit in a pew and watch the flower arch being built. For Wyatt, it was the sweet few minutes together during our first look.
Tell us a bit about your first dance. We nixed the father/daughter and mother/son portion of the reception, as we felt like we need not dote on the concept of a missing father. Instead, we worked with our band (Perfect 10) to create a mash-up version of Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” that would allow us to dance alone for a few verses, then invite our bridal party and family members onto the floor for the last verse. It was epic!
Tell us about your grand exit. When staying at Palmetto Bluff, guests are given a bike to get them around the resort. We left on a tandem bike to pay tribute to this special place we’d so easily fallen in love with. I also saw an added perk in exiting in Converse and a comfortable white romper. Gotta stay true to self!
What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding? Be kind and treat the other with patience if tensions ever rise when planning your wedding.

Photographer: Perry Vaile Photography | Videographer: Siegel Films | Planner, Designer, and Florals: Tara Guérard | Venue, Catering, and Cake: Palmetto Bluff | Bride’s Gown and Veil, Bridesmaid Dresses, and Mother of the Bride Dress: Katherine McDonald | Bridal Salon: LulaKate | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Bracelet: Haute Bride | Bride’s Earrings: BHLDN | Bride’s Wedding Band: Catbird | Bride’s Headband: Twigs & Honey | Hair Stylist: Tammy Dalton of Modern Salon in Charlotte | Makeup Artist: Anna Fedan of Modern Salon in Charlotte | Menswear: Joseph A. Banks | Paper Goods: The Lettered Olive | Assistance: Cacky’s Bride Aid

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  1. avatar Dana reply

    Walking down the aisle shot is perfect!!

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I love being the bearer of good news and I have so much great news to deliver today! We’ve had a lot of fabulous giveaways in the past few weeks and now it is time to reveal the winners!

Last week, we brought you an amazing jewelry giveaway featuring the girly looks of Brandy Pham. Brandy Pham jewelry is full of bows and special details that make them a delight to wear for special events and day-to-day events alike.

We asked readers to tell us what their wedding colors were for a chance to win a pair of the Haley stud earrings paired with their choice of EITHER the All That Shimmers Silver Bangles OR the Amy Pearl Necklace. Congratulations to Courtney who chose a full range of colors!

I couldn’t choose just one color or two. i choose an array. BRIGHT reds, pinks, oranges and a touch of yellow. any of this jewelry would work so well with my dress, flowers and mothers veil. exquisite jewels!

We have been pretty jewelry-centric lately, but it’s all because I HAVE to share these gorgeous jewelry lines with y’all! Catbird’s dainty designs have a special place in my heart (love those heart rings!) and I’m super excited to announce the one lucky winner who’ll get THREE Catbird alphabet rings. Catbird’s alphabet rings are perfect gifts for your bridesmaids so we asked readers why their bridesmaids were so awesome.

Congratulations to Melody, who answered with this gem:

If it weren’t for my bridesmaids I would not have my fiance! Literally!! My sister (MOH) picked him out for me (she was his friend and told me I needed to meet him). My friend Rachel was the one who introduced us (we were out at dinner and I told her about the guy my sister had mentioned…she knew him too and right away said “You HAVE to meet him, you WILL date!”. The other maids? They have been the tissues that wiped away tears (good and bad) on my journey to love. Hearts of gold is an understatement!

Last, but certainly not least, we had to select a new winner for the Ivy and Aster sash giveaway because we could never get in touch with the last winner we selected. We couldn’t let such a great prize go unclaimed! Congratulations to Adrienne, who fell for the Tying the Knot sash from Ivy and Aster!

A huge round of applause for all of our winners! Don’t get upset if you didn’t win this round of giveaways. Just head over to the ken + dana design giveaway and it might be your lucky day!

Written with love by Whitney
  1. avatar Melody reply

    Yay!! I’m so excited I just saw this! I never win anything haha! Thank you!!

  2. avatar Adrienne reply

    Am I the Adrienne who won??? How do I find out?

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Giveaway :: Catbird NYC

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Deciding what to give your bridesmaids can be one of the most difficult tasks during the wedding planning process. You handpicked these women to celebrate your big day alongside you and your new husband. They are the ones that were with you from childhood, or the ones you roomed with in college. They know all of your intimate secrets, and they always laugh at your corny jokes. Obviously, they deserve amazing bridesmaids gifts that they can cherish long after your big day is over.

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Catbird has a knack for finding jewelry designers that create those fabulous pieces you just have to own. Their blog and online store are absolute must-sees, and if you’re in the NYC area, it would be wise of you to stop by their brick-and-mortar store to see all of their great pieces in person!

To Enter: We know you love your bridesmaids, but we want to hear why you love them. Leave a sentence below saying something nice about your bridesmaids for a chance to win!

Win: One lucky reader will receive three gold alphabet rings from Catbird! That’s right: not one, not two, but THREE rings! Just a hint: the alphabet rings look delightful paired with Catbird’s gold heart rings.

You will be able to enter for your chance to win until next Monday, March 28, at midnight! Don’t delay, enter today!

Written with love by Whitney
  1. avatar Rebecca reply

    Wow! I love these rings! So pretty! These would be great bridesmaid gifts! I love my bridesmaids. One of my bridesmaids is my fiance’s sister, and I’ve really enjoyed having her involved in wedding planning. Another of my bridesmaid’s I’ve known since birth. Her mom was a bridesmaid in my mom’s wedding. And my Maid of Honor and I have been friends since high school. She is always there for me and always has my back.

  2. avatar sarah g reply

    my bridesmaids are the best because they’ve been there for me since the 7th grade {preschool if you count my maid of honor, my sister}, introduced me to my future hubby, and have all enthusiastically lied about wearing their bridesmaids dresses again :)

  3. avatar Maggie reply

    I love my three bridesmaids because they are there for me, we started out with 5 girls and are now down to 3 – one dropped out the other got hurt – so the fact that these 3 girls are going to be standing by my side means even more to me.

  4. avatar Lisa reply

    My bridesmaids were the most awesome ladies ever. The week of the wedding they pitched in and got everything done when I was having a total meltdown!

  5. avatar Kelly reply

    My ladies keep me grounded. They back me up through thick and thin, and we will always love each other unconditionally. I don’t know what I’d do without them!

  6. avatar Jennifer reply

    I truly could not have had such a love-filled life without my bridesmaids. I cherish each of them for very different reasons, but they all add a bit of joy to my every day. I want to give them something special to remember our long lasting friendship, and to say thanks for putting up with all of the hard work they are doing!!

  7. avatar Ashley reply

    My maid of honor is my cousin and best friend. She is a sister to me and we have been through everything together, and yes I mean just about everything! The hard times when we lost loved ones. The mischevious times when we did things our future children will never be told! And all other times when we just needed someone to stand by us and hold our hand. Finding a gift that shows all my appreciation and love is impossible, but really, her skin tone looks great with yellow gold!

  8. avatar Elizabeth P. reply

    The women who will stand up with me on my wedding day know me from all different times in my life: Childhood, college, work… Being with them is like being with a living scrapbook of my life.

  9. avatar Clara G reply

    My bridesmaids are truly special women. My maid of honor is extremely special. She has been my best friend since the fourth grade. She’s the only person I can call and immediately start talking in my fake british or super old southern belle accent. I always get the funniest looks when I’m on the phone with her because we say the strangest things. She’s the one person who tells me like it is and will call me out when I’m wrong. She’s also probably the funniest person I know. She can brighten any day!! :)

  10. avatar meredith reply

    When I think about bridesmaids – I think about women that you can truly rely on your whole life. Although, I have lots of women who I love and cherish in my life, my mom and my sister are the most important women to me. I talk to each of them mulitple times a day and we share everthing. We have been searching for a ring or a set of rings for all of us to have for YEARS. These rings are precious and perfect! They would always be a reminder of the unbreakable bond, much like a marriage, that I have with the special ladies in my life!

  11. avatar Miss JD reply

    I love my ‘maids. They are always there to offer a hand or just an ear, whatever the case may be. At this point, my BMs live in 5 different states and I am studying abroad in Europe, yet they manage to stay engaged in the wedding planning process. They’ve been really amazing. I really am a lucky lucky bride.

  12. avatar Rebecca reply

    These are so precious and sweet, sort of like my 4 lovely bridesmaids! My Bridemaids are so fantastic, not only because they are great helps to me when planning the wedding, but they are just the best girlfriends and sisters anyone could ask for! They are supportive, encouraging, honest, all kinds of fun! And beautiful to boot! I feel blessed to have such kind-hearted friends.

  13. avatar Amanda reply

    My bridesmaids are my sisters and best friends, and I have been lucky enough to be in all of their wedding parties. It seems that this bridesmaid is finally going to be a bride!

  14. avatar Courtney reply

    My bridesmaids are all blessings to me! Best friends, sorority sisters, college roommates, and fiance’s sister. Can’t wait for them all to be with me on my special day!

  15. avatar Kimberly Lucier reply

    I love my bridesmaids so much because they are everything I am not and I need each and every one of them so much!

  16. avatar Hannah K. reply

    “When it hurts to look back, and you’re scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there.” My bridemaids are the sisters that I never had. Though we are not connected by blood, we’ll forever be sisters at heart. :)

  17. avatar Haley Austin reply

    My bridesmaids are my sisters so I’ve loved them their whole lives! They are so helpful and supportive and wonderful! And they would LOVE these cute rings!!!

  18. avatar Jessica reply

    Three out of six of my bridesmaids are my sisters, and though I am grateful for each and every one of my bridesmaids, I may be partial to the three that are kin. But when I think of it, I realize that gratefully my bridesmaids are ALL like sisters to me… Lately, I cannot help but thank my Jesus for the blessings in this life and the people He’s placed in mine. I love my bridesmaids simply for who they are and I love them for being sweet, kindred spirits throughout the years!

  19. avatar Jennifer P reply

    My bridesmaids are my best friends, I’ve been in all of their weddings. They know everything about me and I wouldn’t have it any other way. When picturing my wedding I can’t imagine them not standing next to me.

  20. avatar madelynne reply

    My bridesmaids are quirky, cute, and come from many different places and times in my life!

  21. avatar Jennifer S reply

    I would love to give these to my bridesmaids. I have known each of my maids for a very long time and they all mean the world to me. I would love to give them something as special as they are that will act as a reminder of the day.

  22. avatar WedinStyle wedding planner in Vietnam reply

    Like the idea! but white gold or platinum will be better I think!!

  23. avatar kasey reply

    My bridesmaids are my sister and my two close friends. We have been friends since we were three and four years old. I love them all dearly and this would be a very nice gift for them!

  24. avatar Erin A. reply

    My bridesmaids are my friends, family, heart, hope, home, center and future.

  25. avatar ashley reply

    ah! what a great giveaway! especially because i’m totally stuck on what to give my lovely bridesmaids. i love them all for different reasons, so i’ll go ahead and list them all! m: is the most loyal person i’ve ever met. i know that she would do anything for me and i just love her to pieces for that. l: is my best friend from high school and i love her because she makes me FEEL like i’m in high school again! in a good way! we have so much fun together. s: is my sister and, although we’ve never been super close, she is so excited to be a part of our wedding and i really think the wedding is bringing us closer together. j: is the absolute best listener. she’s the first person i call when i’m stressed about something. love that girl! and finally, a: is so genuinely thoughtful and patient. she was my very first friend when i moved to a new city and i’m so glad to call her my friend. i love my bridesmaids and would love to give them these adorable rings as a token of my appreciation!

  26. avatar Kfloveinme reply

    I am the only child & I see my bridesmaids as my sisters. They are beautiful inside & out and I can’t ask for a better group of girls to stand by my side on my special day. Love you ladies!

    Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

  27. avatar Heather reply

    My bridesmaids are my three fabulous nieces! They are all so different and wonerful each in their own way. Beth is my little hippie chick that is so carring to every person she meets. Haylee is my little bookworm that gives me the best advice on books and movies to watch. VaCaria is the athlete and will tackle anything that comes her way. They are all so perfect and I could not ask for better girls to walk down the aisle with :)

  28. avatar Holly reply

    All of my bridesmaids are all so individually special to me and have all played an important part in my life! Half of my bridesmaids are my sisters and the other half are friends. God blessed me with sisters, really step-sisters, when I was 7 years old. I only had 2 brothers before that. But I don’t know what I would have done without my sisters growing up. While growing up I had friends that came and went in my life. I prayed for God to send me some good girl friends that I could really depend and stay close with. He sent me some awesome friends about 3 years ago. I never knew that friendships could be this awesome! :)

  29. avatar Lindsay reply

    What an uber-fun and girly gifty idea. I love all of my bridesmaids for different reasons. My MOH is my best friend, my sister – we have fought, laughed, lived, and learned from one another. There is nothing more I could ask for in a best friend. My maid of honors I love for different reasons too – They are both my ‘bffs’. My friend Victoria challenges me and pushes me to be a better person. We work out in the mornings (so I can look amazing on wedding day) and we laugh every day. She keeps me sane and makes me smile. My other bff, Alex, reminds me why it is so fun to just be me. Around Alex I can be me, we laugh, play Rockband and drink wine together. Although we are a state away since I moved last year, our friendship has only grown stronger. She reminds me how much fun it is to truly live each day. I am the LUCKIEST girl in the world to have these ladies in my life… and I can’t wait to celebrate our special day with them by my side. There are no other people I could imagine standing for me. I love them all.

  30. avatar ashley reply

    What an amazing giveaway! I love all of my bridesmaids for different reasons, but one thing is constant between them all:

    I can be my honest, true self around them without worrying.

    I know that they will be there for me whenever and wherever.

    No matter how bad things get, a few minutes with one or all of them will instantly bring a smile to my face.

    No matter what happens in each of our lives or between us, we’ll always be friends and soul sisters :)

  31. avatar Caitlin reply

    My bridesmaids are the sisters I never had. Not only have they been there through the usual high school drama, college hangovers, and career angst, they have also been the most amazing support since my mother passed away last August.

  32. avatar Holly reply

    My bridesmaids are my 3 sisters and my best friend, I love my sisters. We dont tell each other that very often but we still know that we do. Two of them are 6/7 years older than I am and they are the most supportive big sisters anyone has ever asked for. They are also some of the most generous people I have ever met. They would do anything they could for me and they have. My other sister is my little sister. She can drive me to madness like no one else can but at the end of the day she’s my little sister and I just want her to be happy. As for my maid of honor…we have been friends for 9 years. we may not talk to each other as much as normal best friends but when i really need to talk and feel like no one else will ever understand she’s the one i can go to. I love all my bridesmaids and am so very blessed to have them be a part of this wonderful day – countdown t-minus 3.5 weeks!!

  33. avatar Stacy reply

    I love my girls bc they each represent a different phase in my life – highschool, college, and after college. They have each been my rock through the tough time…

  34. avatar Courtney reply

    I made the decision to not have bridesmaids. I actually have “honorary” bridesmaids instead. These ladies will sit in the first few rows at my wedding. They will all wear a big flower made of cloth, each in their own distinctive color. I felt that at age 32, my wedding is going to be about my man and I. My friends are all at differnet stages in life and I can’t tell you how thrilled they were to not have to wear a similar dress. This being said, I would love to hand each one of them this very special ring as a thank you for a lifetime of sistehood, friendship and LOVE.

  35. avatar Kristi reply

    I have known my 6 bridesmaids since preschool. All our parents (and even some of our grandparents) went to school together at the school we all ended up attending. These women are amazing. Two of them are teachers, two of them are speech pathologists, one is in sales and the other is a nurse. Even though I moved away for college and now live in Maryland (far away from Alabama), I know that they are always there for me. Its amazing how we pick up right where we left off each and every time I see them. They inspire me so much and make me want to be a better person. I’m honored they will be a part of our BIG day!

  36. avatar Karen-Emmanuelle reply

    Great giveaway! I chose 3 of my dearest and longest friends to be bridesmaids. Although we all have different lives, we always are there for each other. They are wonderful women who grew so much in the past decade. They are my role models and I know that they will always be there for me…and for each other :-).

  37. avatar Anna reply

    Wellll, my bridesmaids are the jam and a half. I have a completely embarrassing number of them – 11 to be exact – and they are a compilation of my closest friends and my future husband’s amazing sisters. But I’d specifically want to give these rings to my maids of honor – my sisters – and the MOB herself. I moved thousands of miles away from my family in 2007 to be closer to my now fiance. I knew he was the one probably the day we first met so I was super excited to move out here to continue to grow our relationship, but it was a really hard decision to move so far away from my family. My sisters are my closest friends and my mom is my rock. We talk on the phone several times a day and I miss them all so much! I just know giving them these special rings on my wedding day would help me show them just how much they mean to me even though I’m so very far away :(.

  38. avatar Karen-Emmanuelle reply

    My bridesmaids are friends that I’ve known forever. They are my role models. They are bright, caring, funny and spiritual. I know that they’ll always be there for me and for each other :-)

  39. avatar Anna reply

    Welll, my bridesmaids are truly the jam. I have a completely embarrassing number of them – 11 to be exact – that include a bomb compilation of my closest friends and my fiance’s amazing sisters. BUT, I’d really like to give these rings to my maids of honor – my sisters – and the MOB herself. I moved thousands of miles away from my family in 2007 to be closer to my now fiance. I knew he was the one probably the first day we met in college, so I was excited to move out here to be with him after graduation and to continue to grow our relationship, but it was a really hard decision to move so far away from my family. My sisters are my closest friends and my mom is my rock. We talk on the phone several times a day, and I miss them all so much! I just know giving them these special rings on my wedding day will help me show them just how special they are to me even though I am so very far away :(,

  40. avatar Laura reply

    My wedding was 3 weeks ago, but I haven’t been able to kick my Southern Weddings habit yet. My bridesmaids were absolutely wonderful. They asked how I wanted this that and the other, even though I didn’t care, and they wanted to help with more than I needed help for. They looked beautiful, but that was a perk. Really, it was just wonderful to have all of my best friends around me on that day. I was able to look around the room and realize that they were all my friends for a good reason, and they also kept me completely grounded and relaxed the entire day. Really, I couldn’t have asked for better bridesmaids!

  41. avatar Anna H. reply

    Each of my seven bridesmaids has been there for different parts of my life and will without a doubt continue to make up the glue that holds me together – even after I’m married.

  42. avatar Natalie reply

    My Maid of Honor will be my older sister. She inspires me every day. In 2009 she left a good job and all her friends and went to teach English and science in South Korea. She gave me the courage to also step out on a limb and take a job 600 miles away from my friends and family– which is how I met my wonderful fiance. I still have not been able to see her since I got engaged, but she is already been the best Maid of Honor ever. She is so supportive and sweet. Even the other day she asked me what color my China pattern was because she wanted to send me a present. In addition to my sister, one of my best friends who was with me through my open heart surgery 5 years ago and even created a “happy heart day” to celebrate the fact I am alive (we still celebrate “Happy heart day” every year on the anniversary on my surgery) will be participating in the ceremony. Finally, I have my fiance’s cousin who is so sweet and thoughtful- even though she has had a really rough year she is always thinking of other people and how they feel in situations- her sweet and loving spirit reminds me not to be a crazy while planning. I would love to give them all a beautiful gift that will show them how much I love them and thank them for all of their help! These rings would be perfect!

  43. avatar Elizabeth reply

    I love my bridesmaids because they each represent something valuable to me. Love, pure honesty, true friendship, a kind shoulder and listening ear, and innocent fun. They are true ladies who have been with me the best of times and the worst of times and will continue to be for a lifetime.

  44. avatar Court reply

    I love my bridesmaids for who they are: kind, intelligent thoughtful women…even if they are from up North! :)

  45. avatar Samantha reply

    Bridesmaids: When thinking of this you automatically think of the people that are the closest to you and have been there through it all. I have picked the 4 closest people to me. I have known some since grade school and some for only years, but I know that the girls I have chosen will be there for me on my big day like they have before. And my girls deserve the best bridesmaid gifts around!

  46. avatar lindsey reply

    I adoreee my bridesmiads because they have all been there for me through the good and the bad times in life. Whether I was in a fight with fiance or being by moms side as she fought cancer they were there to listen and offer words of encouragement. They make the the luckiest girl in the world.

  47. avatar Jessie reply

    I am reading a quote to my bridesmaids at the bridesmaids luncheon that sums up what they mean to me:
    Each friend represents a world in us,
    a world possibly not born until they arrive,
    and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
    Ana Nin

    Each of my bridesmaids has introduced me to new things and made me grow as a person. I can only hope that I have done the same in return.

  48. avatar Desiree reply

    It’s been a year and a half since my bridesmaids made my day so special for me; Cait became my day-of planner by taking over my cell phone and ensuring that I knew nothing of the chaos that occured. Meredith became my hair and makeup stylist by stopping in every now and then to adjust my Sara Gabriel headpieces or re-apply my lipstick. And my sweet April was my dance partner for every song besides the first dance, we boogied all night long! What a great gift this would be to tell them once again how spectacular they made my special day!

  49. avatar Jess Joy reply

    Simply put: My bridesmaids have loved me through the good, the bad, and the ugly. I have been blessed with Godly women who call me out when they need to, and love me when I need love. My life wouldn’t be the same without them :)

  50. avatar Sara Z reply

    I love my bridesmaids because they are my family and have helped me become the woman I am today.

  51. avatar Jessica Brown reply

    Oh, how-flippin-cute are those rings!! 3 weeks (23 days!) til the wedding and I’ve never felt more support. I love my bridesmaids because I’ve always sensed their sweet willingness to help and their continual encouragement and grace through this time. They have always been there for me, which I suppose is mostly why I chose them! My bridesmaids are simply wonderful. <3

  52. avatar Elyse G. reply

    <3 them because through the good (and bad) times they are always there for a laugh and a cry (generally within the same hour!)

  53. avatar Sophia reply

    I owe so much to my bridesmaid Marie-Anne because I am marrying her brother–if it wasn’t for her friendship, I wouldn’t even have him in my life!

  54. avatar Melissa W reply

    You know that show Girlfriends? That theme song pretty much sums it up. There through thick and thin, there for anything!

  55. avatar Angela Zhang reply

    I’ve known all of my girlfriends for a long time since high school and college. They’ve supported me through some of the toughest times and always there for me. Plus, they are all so talented, fun, and hot! I’m very proud to have them be my bridesmaids and share the joy with them.

  56. avatar Ms. Bunny reply

    My brideswomen have been so concerned that I like their ensembles that they have been emailing links to me left and right. I started a Pinterest board to organize everything. It’s been a lot of fun.

  57. avatar Rachel M reply

    My bridesmaids are the sisters I never had and the women who inspired me to be creative and love life. All three are married, and are the most amazing wives. They will keep me organized and excited till the day of my wedding and will be the women I can turn to when I ask “How do I fix this awful dinner i just made?”.

  58. avatar Kimber reply

    I LOVE my bridesmaids because they deal with my crazy, support me, and keep me in check when I need it the most.

    Also, they are super fabulous to have a drink or three with! partners in crime.

  59. avatar Genevieve reply

    I never had sisters and always wanted them growing up, and my bridesmaids are like sisters to me. We fight sometimes, we hug it out, but most importantly, there is a lot of love and support. I cherish them.

  60. avatar Christina reply

    I truly love my bridesmaids! They are always there to lend me a hand or an ear, and they’re not afraid to let me know when I’m being an irrational bride!

  61. avatar Cheryl reply

    I love my bridesmaids!!! One of them is my best friend who I’ve known for almost 24 years! Although she lives states away and we are only able to see each other every few years, she has always been there for me!! This would make a great gift :)

  62. avatar Marie reply

    I feel that I have the best bridesmaids. My maid of honor is my younger sister and best friends. The rest of my bridesmaids are also my best friends, who else is OK with you messaging them all times of the day. Best friends = best bridesmaids.

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  64. avatar Larissa reply

    I can’t say enough wonderful things about my bridesmaids – these friends and family members have known me through thick and thin – maybe even as much as my future husband!

  65. avatar Angela Morgan reply

    My three bridesmaids are each from a different phase of my life. My matron of honor is my Delta Zeta sorority sister and we became instant best friends the first day we met. My bridesmaid Kim and I have been friends since 7th grade. My bridesmaid Amy and I met when I was in graduate school. I love them dearly and would love to gift them with these rings!

  66. avatar Kara reply

    My bridesmaids really have been with me through it all. I almost lost my dad my second year of college and if it was not for my best friend, who has been there for me through thick and thin for the past ten years, and my college roommates, I would have never made it through. Now five years later, I can think of no better group of girls to have by my side on the most exciting day of my life!

  67. avatar Susan reply

    I love these rings!!! I had to tear myself away from the website. I love my bridesmaids and appreciate everything they’ve done for me, for the wedding and otherwise. I’ve already picked up a little something for them, but lets be honest – I really can’t thank them enough. I’d love to include these rings in their gifts as well. And is just so happens I have 3 bridesmaids, which makes this giveaway that much more perfect!

  68. avatar Catherine reply

    I dated my fiance for 8 years before he proposed, and my bridesmaids have always been such a source of support. Through high school and college until now, I’ve cherished their friendship, their love, and the laughter that ensues each and every time we’re together!

  69. avatar Melissa reply

    I adore all of my bridesmaids. NOt only are they sisters to me but I’ve grown up with them since first grade. They are such good friends and people that they deserve something good in their lives always. These rings can show them my appreciation for them. They love love beautiful things and this would make them smile from ear to ear.

  70. avatar Olivia Casey reply

    These rings are so cute! I absolutely adore my bridesmaids and I’d love to be able to give them a gift like this to show my appreciation to them for everything they’ve done for me.
    I have 6 amazing bridesmaids who have been there for me through everything in my life, including meeting the man of my dreams. They are all so supportive of everything I do and I couldn’t picture celebrating the best day of my life without all six of them by my side!

  71. avatar Angela Zhang reply

    I’ve known all my bridesmaids for a long time, some from high school and some from college. They’ve been there for me through the hardest times in my life and we all share so much wonderful memories together. I would love to give these rings to them as presents to show how much I love them and appreciate their support.

  72. avatar kathleen reply

    My maid of honor HAND ADDRESSED ALL MY SAVE THE DATES in her beautiful/funky handwriting… that was just the beginning. Other than all the things they’ve done for my wedding, they’ve done so much for me as a person because they are all so strong, unique and hilarious. I YAM WHO I YAM thanks to these sweet potatoes!

  73. avatar Eleanor reply

    I love my bridesmaids! I never had a sister growing up and I would 100% consider these girls my sisters. I don’t think of them as ordinary friends. When I picture them in my mind, they are my sisters, my closest friends, and new aunts to my beautiful new daughter!!

  74. avatar Melody reply

    If it weren’t for my bridesmaids I would not have my fiance! Literally!! My sister (MOH) picked him out for me (she was his friend and told me I needed to meet him). My friend Rachel was the one who introduced us (we were out at dinner and I told her about the guy my sister had mentioned…she knew him too and right away said “You HAVE to meet him, you WILL date!”. The other maids? They have been the tissues that wiped away tears (good and bad) on my journey to love. Hearts of gold is an understatement!

  75. avatar Ashley reply

    I feel so lucky that I can have all my best friends stand up with me on my wedding day. My matron of honor made my save the dates for me and I couldnt have asked for something better. She is amazing. My bridesmaids are from every important time in my life from childhood through graduate school until my life now. They all know me inside and out and are the best friends a girl could ask for! Id love to give them these rings as presents!

  76. avatar Alexandra Becker reply

    I am convinced that I have the best bridal party possible. I am so grateful to have all of them in my life. When I first met my fiance, every single one of them accepted him and our relationship. It meant the world to me.

  77. avatar gabrielle reply

    I am one of four daughters, and chose my three sisters to be my bridesmaids. I live far away from them now, but am so excited that they will get to be a part of this day with me. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  78. avatar Nina reply

    I have one bridesmaid, my Grandma …My grandparent’s have all been a huge part of my life and I wouldn’t be who I am today without them, especially her. I love her with all of my heart and I want her to know she has and always will have a positive impact on my life. I strive to be more like her everyday. She has no idea what she has taught me about marriage and family values throughout my life and her being up there with me was a way I thought I could show her how much her presence in my life means to me and what kind of wife & mother I want to be…

  79. avatar Ember reply

    My bridesmaids are the only people outside our families that I absolutely couldn’t get married without!

  80. avatar Adrienne Wilson reply

    My bridesmaids are my heart sisters, they are the reason I believe in the joy of giving and gettin’ love.

  81. avatar Katie reply

    I love my bridesmaids because they are caring, sweet and supportive, no matter what. I called one to debate which color my nails should be for the big day, pale pink or nude. Looking back it sounds funny that I wasted time worrying about stuff like that. No one, I mean no one cared what shade my nails were, but my bridesmaid very calmly gave me the pros and cons of each and helped me make a decision.

  82. avatar Devon reply

    First off- I’m newly engaged and THRILLED to find your site! I adore my bridesmaids, in particular my maid of honor- aka my little sister. She’s the one who introduced my fiance and I, and she couldn’t be prouder :) Thank you for the lovely giveaway!

  83. avatar Emmie reply

    My bridesmaids can not even fathom how much they mean to me. I grew up watching my mother & her sisters together, always saying I wished I had a sister I could share that unexplainable bond with too. I am lucky enough to say now that four of my bridesmaids will truly become my sisters, and that means more to me than they could ever understand!

  84. avatar Elizabeth reply

    I love my bridesmaids because I couldn’t do without any one of them! They are my very best friends. When its been weeks since I’ve seen their beautiful faces or heard their sweet voices, we pick-up talking as if we had just been shopping the whole day before! I don’t know what I would do without them :)

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