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College football kicked off two weeks ago, which means life for the Winchesters is upside down until December! It’s safe to say that we fully embrace the good ol’ Southern tradition of college football around our house. KPW works in college athletics (Go Hokies!) and our first public photo was taken at Kenan Stadium after a Carolina victory (Go Heels!). Given my love of college sports and my deep passion for marriage, my heart explodes into a million bits of happy when I see a nod to an alma mater during a wedding day. I love the idea of incorporating your heart (and allegiance) into your big day – we served our champagne toast in stadium cups during our reception, which our guests got to keep as a favor! Clearly, I couldn’t let Marissa and her beloved SEC Football have all the fun. Without further adieu, welcome to the ACC – Southern Weddings style!

Want more ACC inspiration? Be sure to check out last year’s post!

Julia Laible Photography, unknown, Emily Gilbert, 35 Atlanta Photography, Blue Mountain Photography. Thanks to the Clemson Girl blog for many of these photos!

Clemson University
Nickname: The Tigers
Mascot: The Tiger and the Tiger Cub
Colors: Clemson Orange and Regalia
Location: Clemson, South Carolina
Joined the ACC: Original member (1953)

Begrudgingly, let’s travel up I85 from Clemson to Durham:

Becci Ames, unknown

Duke University
Nickname: The Blue Devils
Mascot: The Blue Devil
Colors: Duke Blue and white
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Joined the ACC: Original member

Let’s head down South to FSU:

Red Fly Studio via Southern Weddings, Woodland Fields Photography, Red Fly Studio, Set Free Photography via Southern Weddings, Meg Baisden

Florida State University
Nickname: The Seminoles
Mascot: In addition to Osceola and Renegade (see below), Cimarron the horse
Colors: Garnet and gold
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Joined the ACC: 1991

Fun Fact: FSU lays claim to what might be the most dynamic tradition in college football (in fact, it’s almost too dynamic-sounding to be believable, but it is!) At every football game at Doak Campbell Stadium, a student portraying the famous Seminole Indian leader, Osceola, charges down the field riding an Appaloosa horse named Renegade and plants a flaming spear at midfield to begin every home game. Whoa! FSU graduate Bill Durham envisioned the idea of Osceola and Renegade while still a student and sought and obtained the approval of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Osceola’s regalia is designed by the tribe, and Durham and his family supply the beautiful Appaloosa horses who portray Renegade. Make sure you YouTube this one if you’re not familiar with it!

Up next: the Ramblin’ Wreck in the heart of Atlanta!

Flip Photography, Anna & Spencer, Anna & Spencer, Andrew Thomas Lee

Georgia Institute of Technology
Nickname: The Yellow Jackets
Mascot: Buzz the yellow jacket and the Ramblin’ Wreck
Colors: White and Old Gold
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Joined the ACC: 1979

Fun Fact: The Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech is the 1930 Ford Model A Sport coupe that serves as the official mascot of the student body. The Wreck is present at all major sporting events and student body functions, and its most noticeable role is leading the football team into Bobby Dodd Stadium, a duty which the Wreck has performed since 1961. The Ramblin’ Wreck has been the target of several pranks perpetrated by rival schools — the University of Tennessee once provided the Wreck with an unsolicited new paint job, and the University of Georgia has stolen the Wreck on at least two occasions. The official Ramblin’ Wreck is considered the only “true” Wreck, and no backups or replacements exist.

A hearty Southern welcome to the ACC’s newest member, Louisville!

Conrhod Zonio Photography

University of Louisville
Nickname: The Cardinals
Mascot: Cardinal Bird
Colors: UofL Red and black
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Joined the ACC: 2014

Let’s head back to Florida – this time to sunny South Beach and “The U”!

The Majestic Vision, Ricky Stern via Floridian Weddings

University of Miami
Nickname: Hurricanes
Mascot: Sebastian the Ibis
Colors: Miami Green and Miami Orange
Location: Coral Gables, Florida
Joined the ACC: 2004

From sunny Florida, we head to Chapel Hill, a Southern slice of heaven, and home of my beloved Tar Heels:

Martha Manning, Renee Sprink, Renee Sprink, The Burks

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nickname: The Tar Heels
Mascot: Rameses, a live Dorset ram. A stuffed ram makes appearances as well :)
Colors: Carolina Blue and white
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Joined the ACC: Original member

Continuing east down I40 to NCSU.

Anna Paschal, Aaron & Jillian, Renee Sprink (x3), Nicole Faby

North Carolina State University
Nickname: The Wolfpack
Mascot: Mr. and Ms. Wuf, who are stuffed wolves, and Tuffy, a live Tamascan dog
Colors: Red and white
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Joined the ACC: Original member

Now it’s time to head to the mountains (and my current residence): Virginia Tech

Laura’s Focus

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Nickname: The Hokies
Mascot: The HokieBird, a turkey-like bird that grew out of the former Fighting Gobbler mascot
Colors: Chicago Maroon and burnt orange
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Joined the ACC: 2004

Continuing on our tour of Virginia, let’s travel to UVA:

Mykkah Photography

University of Virginia
Nickname: Cavaliers (also referred to as the Wahoos)
Mascot: Cavalier
Colors: Orange and blue
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Joined the ACC: Original Member

And our last stop: Wake Forest!

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Wake Forest University
Nickname: The Demon Deacons
Mascot: Demon Deacon
Colors: Old Gold and black
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Joined the ACC: Original member

Tell me: Where does your alliance lie? Have you been to or will you be representing your alma mater at your wedding? AND – next week we’ll be doing our last Southern football schools round-up. Who should we be sure to include? I know there are some UT fans out there! :)

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Lisa E reply

    James Madison University! We had Duke Dog at our reception and a Wilson Hall groom’s cake! to show our alliance!

  2. avatar Bridget reply

    First of all, thank you for explaining what a Hokie is – I’ve been wondering forever! Love this whole feature…especially the tiny Ramses pin on the bridal bouquet.

  3. avatar maghon walker reply

    LOVE this post Kristin!! I will be borrowing so many ideas from the UNC Section in May! Go Heels!

  4. avatar Amy S. reply

    Sorry to point out the obvious, Kristin, but you spelled our “NCSU” wrong before our school shout-out! Small, forgivable error or thoughtful sabotage by an opposing Tar Hell fan? :)

  5. avatar Whitley reply

    Yay for ACC love! Go Hokies!

  6. avatar Elizabeth L. reply

    Love this post! Go Deacs!

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    Gorgeous wedding! Could you let me know who made your adorable cake topper figures?

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I wasn’t able to be at Bryant Denny last weekend, but like any good Southern girl, I still spent my Saturday wearing my team colors, texting elephant emojis, and introducing my baby belle to a good ol’ Southern tradition: college football!!! Y’all know crimson and white runs deep in my family, and y’all even knew which bouquet was mine at the SW Retreat based on my team alliance! We frequently sign our emails with college rally cries here in the Southern Weddings office, so with a new game day on the horizon, we thought it would be the perfect time to share how these SEC-loving couples incorporated their allegiances into their wedding days! Roll Tide, y’all!

Want more SEC inspiration? Be sure to check out last year’s post here.

Reese Moore via Southern Weddings, Sara & Rocky via Southern Weddings, Gracie Blue, Aimee Reynolds, via M. Elizabeth Events

University of Alabama
Nickname: The Crimson Tide
Mascot: Big Al, an elephant
Colors: Crimson and white
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Joined the SEC: Original member (1932)

Unknown, Kourtney Allyse, Taylor Howard

University of Arkansas
Nickname: The Razorbacks
Mascot: Tusk the Razorback
Colors: Cardinal red and white
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Joined the SEC: 1991

Cassidy Carson via Snippet and Ink, Simple Color, The Studio B Photography, Stephen DeVries, Alisha Crossley, Spindle Photography

Auburn University
Nickname: The Tigers
Mascot: Aubie the Tiger. Since 1930, Auburn has also kept an actual eagle as a live, flying mascot at athletic events. War Eagle VII, a golden eagle named Nova, along with Spirit, a bald eagle, perform the “War Eagle Flight” before all Auburn home games at Jordan Hare Stadium!
Colors: Burnt orange and navy
Location: Auburn, Alabama
Joined SEC: Original member

Caroline Lima and Marissa Moss

University of Florida
Nickname: The Gators
Mascot: Albert and Alberta (alligators, of course)
Colors: Orange and blue
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Joined the SEC: Original member

Melissa Schollaert via Southern Weddings, A Bryan Photo, and Brita Photography

University of Georgia
Nickname: The Bulldogs
Mascot: Hairy Dawg, a costumed bulldog, and Uga, a real bulldog (currently the ninth bulldog from the same lineage to hold the role)
Colors: Black and red
Location: Athens, Georgia
Joined the SEC: Original member

Alexis Sweet and Alisha Crossley

University of Kentucky
Nickname: The Wildcats
Mascot: The Wildcat, a wildcat, and Scratch, a more child-friendly wildcat :)
Colors: Kentucky blue and white
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Joined the SEC: Original member

Mark Eric Photography, Rachel Erin Photography, unknown

Louisiana State University
Nickname: The Tigers
Mascot: Mike the Tiger
Colors: Gold and purple
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Joined SEC: Original member

Aislinn Kate Photography and April + Paul Photography

Mississippi State University
Nickname: The Bulldogs
Mascot: Bully, a bulldog
Colors: Maroon and white
Location: Starkville, Mississippi
Joined the SEC: Original member

Danny K Photography, The Reason, Courtney Dellafiora via Southern Weddings, unknown, Lovely Union, Paul Johnson

University of Mississippi
Nickname: The Rebels
Mascot: Rebel, a black bear
Colors: Crimson and blue
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
Joined SEC: Original member

Austin Gros and Courtney Tompson

University of Missouri
Nickname: The Tigers
Mascot: Truman the tiger
Colors: Black and MU gold
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Joined the SEC: 2012

All by JoPhoto except for third photo by Ramblin Rose

University of Tennessee
Nickname: The Volunteers, or Vols
Mascot: Smokey X, a Bluetick Coonhound (The current Smokey is the tenth since live mascots were adopted in 1953! He is cared for by the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity on campus.)
Colors: White and orange
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Joined the SEC: Original member

Jessica D’Onofrio, Sunglow Photography via Southern Weddings, Krystle Akin via Southern Weddings

Texas A&M
Nickname: The Aggies
Mascot: Reveille, a collie
Colors: Maroon and white
Location: College Station, Texas
Joined SEC: July 1, 2012

Anna & Spencer, unknown

Vanderbilt University
Nickname: The Commodores
Mascot: Mr. Commodore
Colors: Black and gold
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Joined the SEC: Original member

Corey Potter, unknown, unknown

University of South Carolina
Nickname: The Gamecocks
Mascot: Cocky the gamecock
Colors: Garnet and black
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Joined the SEC: 1991

Tell me: Where does your alliance lie? Have you been to or will you be representing your alma mater at your wedding? We’ll be covering the ACC next week, so be sure to send in any good photos you might have to share!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Lauren Taylor reply

    What a fun round up of photos! I’m a UGA Bulldog living in the Triangle now, so its nice to see some red & black in the middle of all this Carolina blue! My husband’s groom’s cake was a GA Bulldog with a Duke hat (since we were heading up to Durham for him to start Law School this fall), and everyone loved it!

  2. avatar Loverly reply

    The little football chocolate covered strawberries… TOO cute!!

  3. avatar Annie reply

    What about University of South Carolina Gamecocks?!

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  5. avatar J reply

    Next year can you include a USC wedding in the SEC roundup?!

  6. avatar Mary reply

    Woohoo Aggies! Have you ever seen the popular groom’s cake modeled after Kyle field? Those are my favorite!

  7. avatar Jennifer reply

    I love the navy koozie with gold wheat/wreath & initials . Do you know where I can get this design?

  8. avatar Holli reply

    LOVE seeing my South Carolina Grooms cake photo on your webpage!

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Judging by the impassioned comments on our first football wedding round-up (celebrating the SEC, of course!), y’all take your football seriously! Not that we had any doubt, but still. Since Marissa’s in NYC at Bridal Market, the task of writing our second football round-up fell to me (not exactly sure how that happened…). Though I historically would not have classified myself as a football fan, I have developed a deep appreciation for the sport and its culture after watching the entire series of Friday Night Lights last year. (Goodness, don’t even get me started on that show!) I also know a thing or two about the ACC, since I married a diehard Duke fan and have been a fan-by-association for the last seven. I’ll try not to let that color my narrative :) Let’s get started!

Top to bottom: Amy Arrington, My Glass Slipper, Photographs by Sabrina, Scott Hopkins, Melissa Ragan, Amy Arrington

Clemson University
Nickname: The Tigers
Mascot: The Tiger and the Tiger Cub
Colors: Clemson Orange and Regalia
Location: Clemson, South Carolina
Joined the ACC: Original member (1953)

Next, my favorite – Duke!

Top to bottom: Luster Studios, Walters & Walters, and Logan Jarrard

Duke University
Nickname: The Blue Devils
Mascot: The Blue Devil
Colors: Duke Blue and White
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Joined the ACC: Original member (1953)

Let’s head down South to FSU!

Both by Paul Johnson via Southern Weddings

Florida State University
Nickname: The Seminoles
Mascot: In addition to Osceola and Renegade (see below), Cimarron the horse
Colors: Garnet and Gold
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Joined the ACC: 1991

Fun Fact: FSU lays claim to what might be the most dynamic tradition in college football (in fact, it’s almost too dynamic-sounding to be believable, but it is!) At every football game at Doak Campbell Stadium, a student portraying the famous Seminole Indian leader, Osceola, charges down the field riding an Appaloosa horse named Renegade and plants a flaming spear at midfield to begin every home game. Whoa! FSU graduate Bill Durham envisioned the idea of Osceola and Renegade while still a student and sought and obtained the approval of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Osceola’s regalia is designed by the tribe, and Durham and his family supply the beautiful Appaloosa horses who portray Renegade. Make sure you YouTube this one if you’re not familiar with it!

Next up: Georgia Tech!

Natosha Ledbetter and The Decisive Moment

Georgia Institute of Technology
Nickname: The Yellow Jackets
Mascot: Buzz the yellow jacket and the Ramblin’ Wreck
Colors: White and Old Gold
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Joined the ACC: 1979

Fun Fact: The Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech is the 1930 Ford Model A Sport coupe that serves as the official mascot of the student body. The Wreck is present at all major sporting events and student body functions, and its most noticeable role is leading the football team into Bobby Dodd Stadium, a duty which the Wreck has performed since 1961. The Ramblin’ Wreck has been the target of several pranks perpetrated by rival schools — the University of Tennessee once provided the Wreck with an unsolicited new paint job, and the University of Georgia has stolen the Wreck on at least two occasions. The official Ramblin’ Wreck is considered the only “true” Wreck, and no backups or replacements exist.

On to Maryland!

Peter Bang and Roberts Photographers

University of Maryland
Nickname: The Terrapins
Mascot: Testudo the diamondback turtle
Colors: Red, White, Black, and Gold
Location: College Park, Maryland
Joined the ACC: Original member

Since we couldn’t find anything for the Hurricanes, we’re going to move on to UNC! Two from our team graduated from Chapel Hill, so it holds a place in some of our hearts… though not in mine! Ha!

Top to bottom: Martha Manning (yes, that’s Kristin!), Carisa Chee, Lime Green Photography, and Graham Terhune

University of North Carolina
Nickname: The Tar Heels
Mascot: Rameses, a live Dorset ram. A stuffed ram makes appearances as well :)
Colors: Carolina Blue and White
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Joined the ACC: Original member

Continuing right down the road to NCSU!

Cyn Kain

North Carolina State University
Nickname: The Wolfpack
Mascot: Mr. and Ms. Wuf, who are stuffed wolves, and Tuffy, a live Tamascan dog
Colors: Red and White
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Joined the ACC: Original member

Nothing for the Cavaliers, but it’s easy to find beautiful weddings that took place on UVA’s campus, like this one and this one!

Up next: Virginia Tech!

Charlotte Geary

Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Nickname: The Hokies
Mascot: The Hokie Bird, a turkey-like bird that grew out of the former Fighting Gobbler mascot
Colors: Chicago Maroon and Burnt Orange
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Joined the ACC: 2004

Last but not least, Wake Forest!

Marissa Moss

Wake Forest University
Nickname: The Demon Deacons
Mascot: Demon Deacon
Colors: Old Gold and Black
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Joined the ACC: Original member

Tell me: Where does your alliance lie? Have you been to or will you be representing your alma mater at your wedding?

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emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Elizabeth reply

    For our groom’s “cake”, we had a tower of Krispy Kreme doughnuts (which originally hails from Winston-Salem!) with a demon deacon on top. It was a surprise to my husband and big hit. Love that you all are including school team touches in these posts!

  2. avatar Laura reply

    When I was a little girl, my Dad told me that my future husband should be “a good man and a Wolfpack fan.” Check!

  3. avatar amanda reply

    WOLFPACKKKK!!! All the way baby! We’re having a red & white tailgate theme bbq for our rehearsal dinner complete with a strutting wolf grooms cake. The groom will also be sporting the block “S” cuff links like pictured on the wedding day and I will be sporting a NCSU garter under my dress. OH and we also have red & white pom poms for our send off because we’re terrible people and are getting married on a home football game day… OOPS!

  4. avatar Carey reply

    Y’all forgot UVA!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Carey! We actually didn’t forget UVA, we just couldn’t find any good images to go along with this post! We actually put a little note about the Cavaliers right before Virginia Tech :) If you find anything good we should add, please send me an email!!

  5. avatar Lauren Winstead reply

    LOVE THIS POST! I haven’t photographed any weddings with school details yet, but the last couple I shot did have the DJ play the NC State fight song, which I loved joining in since I’m in grad school there! And two of my good friends turned the Texas A&M class ring into the groom’s cake, which was, hands down, the most beautiful groom’s cake I’ve ever seen. Love these traditions!

  6. avatar Megan Baldwin reply

    Y’all included our wedding !! (We are the Duke couple coming out of the chapel!) My husband and I met on our second day of orientation at Duke and got engaged behind our freshman year dorm four and a half years later. Duke holds such a special place in our hearts. GO BLUE DEVILS!!

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  8. avatar Mary Mullen reply

    Go NOLES!!!!!

  9. avatar Kerrie reply

    Have you come across this website? Was on Pinterest and well… need I say more?

  10. avatar Heather reply

    Why did you leave out the University of Virginia? UVa is also in the ACC!

  11. avatar Joanie reply

    I was hoping to see some Miami love… but I love that corn hole boards.

  12. avatar Heather reply

    You’re right that it is difficult to find UVa wedding touches online – I’m thinking UVa alumni just aren’t the type to involve mascots and school colors in their weddings, though I have been to quite a few weddings where the reception ended with the Good Old Song.

    I did find a cute Scott Stadium groom’s cake with Google image search: http://www.eastonevents.com/blog/forget-me-not-friday-the-grooms-cake/ There’s also a blog called A Wahoo Wedding, the bride and groom used a Thomas Jefferson quote on their Save The Dates: http://wahoowedding.blogspot.com/2010/12/best-of-everything-save-date.html

  13. avatar Caroline reply

    Where are the gamecocks?

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    LOVE the VT cupcakes! You can’t go wrong with a good Hokie wedding.

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