We’ve covered the tradition of carrying a white Bible instead of a bouquet, but I still thought y’all would love this twist! Haley Sheffield, the photographer who sent in this Southern Spotting, tells me that her bride tied the rings with beautiful vintage velvet ribbon to her grandmother’s bible, and then had her ring bearer carry this pretty (and meaningful) package down the aisle instead of a ring pillow. I love it!
Hello dolls! I hope you enjoyed the wonderful holidays, and I hope they were filled with Southern family traditions. Goodness knows there are a ton of those!
I think I say that I love each tradition I work on, and the truth is, I do! You might recognize the first image from my Dream Southern Wedding, and you might remember that I am completely obsessed with it! SO, without further ado, let’s get started on the Southern wedding tradition of the white Bible. This tradition was originally introduced to us by one of our fabulous readers, and I’m happy to share it with you today.
Image credit from top to bottom and left to right: A Bryan Photo, Ali Harper via this awesome SW feature, and Sherry Hammonds.
Originating in Northern Ireland, brides would carry a white Bible instead of a traditional wedding bouquet. Many Irish families had Bibles that were passed down from generation to generation, and carrying this heirloom was a way for a bride to honor her family. During my research, I was thrilled to find out that Grace Kelly carried a little white Bible covered in flowers down the aisle at her wedding to the Prince of Monaco.
These days, for Christians brides, the white Bible is also an outward representation of their faith. Bibles and small white prayer books can be weaved into your bouquet, or can be embellished with ribbons or cascading flowers. If you decide not to carry a Bible, we also love the idea of weaving paper strips imprinted with a favorite verse into or around your bouquet. One of our past brides, Melissa, did something similar with her bouquet!
What’s your favorite Southern wedding tradition? Have a fun one I haven’t covered yet? Send it my way!
P.S. Here are a few of my faves:
Burying the Bourbon
A Moment of Prayer
The Sorority Sing
It’s always a sweet reminder to read about couple’s love stories that are as beautiful as their weddings. Suzanne + Keith’s is one of pure serendipity. They met poolside in Florida but didn’t realize until after they started dating that they had been at the same place at the same time many instances before! We think it’s wonderful that, though Suzanne was diagnosed with breast cancer exactly a month after she and Keith exchanged “I Do’s,” they have found many blessings in unexpected places and believe their obstacles make their relationship even stronger. I love that the cheery coral bridesmaids’ dresses and blue hydrangea bouquets remind of us how happy weddings are! Suzanne looked lovely in lace and gentle curls. I’m smitten with her ivory-colored sash and bouquet with magnolias and exposed stems. Another thing we’re crazy for? Their beautiful church ceremony and bagpipes! Big hugs and thanks to Ali Harper for sharing this one with us!
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. (From the groom) If you believe in fate or serendipity, then this story will be for you. A week before Memorial Day, Suzanne decided she needed a break from Atlanta and headed down to Ponte Vedra, Florida. I had some friends going to Ponte Vedra, too, and headed down with them the next day. Both of us used Marriott points to pay for the rooms, so it was no coincidence we were staying at the same place. That Sunday, my friends and I decided to hit the pool instead of going to the beach. There were only a couple of chairs by the pool, next to some lovely ladies. Lo and behold, this beautiful girl on the right would be my soul mate. It only took one little question to have her hook, line and sinker. “Can I borrow some sun tan lotion and can you put it on my back?” The rest, as they say, is history. As we later found out, we lived in Vail, Colorado at the same time and never met. She has pictures with her girlfriends at festivals and you can see me in the background. Our families grew up singing the same songs, in college, her brother-in-law and I played soccer against each other, and the list goes on and on. The stars were aligned that day in Ponte Vedra!
Describe the proposal. (From the groom) Suzanne was in Louisiana for Christmas and I had already decided that I was going to propose around that time. My plan was to ask her when I picked her up from the airport on December 26. I wanted to create a beach scene, and hide the ring in a bottle of sun tan lotion. With the help from my sister and mom, I created a scene with beach chairs, towels, and sand toys. I had tea lights leading the way to the chairs. Suzanne’s flight was supposed to be in around 7, but it didn’t land until after 10. She was sick and wasn’t in a great mood from the flight delays, but I knew she would be happy in a just few minutes. She opened the door, and to her surprise was the beach scene. I asked if she would sit down, and I gave her a giftwrapped bottle of sunscreen. The ring was in the cap and I got down on one knee. It couldn’t have gone better, she said YES!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Exciting, magical, perfect
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My mom and sisters all went shopping in New Orleans and found the perfect dress.
Describe your wedding flowers: My bouquet had white roses, hydrangeas, and magnolias with exposed stems. My bridesmaids had beautiful large blue hydrangea bouquets.
Photographer: Ali Harper Photography // Ceremony venue: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church // Reception venue: Wolff Ballroom // Florist: Kaddie Tidwell of Breaux’s Florist // Wedding Cake Baker: Brent’s Catering // Caterer: Lafayette Receptions // Bride’s Dress: Mikaella // Bride’s Shoes: Alfani