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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!

Catch up with past traditions here:
Burying bourbon
A moment of prayer
The sorority sing

Haley Sheffield is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Amanda B reply

    That is such a sweet idea! And the ribbon is absolutely stunning – what a great shade. I wrote an article about alternative ring pillow options as well if you’re interested – it’s such a great place to do something unique :)

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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

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Pam Parker reply

    A very long time ago *laugh* in the olden days I carried a white lace covered brides Bible and three yellow roses (Yes I’m from Texas).

  2. avatar Kate reply

    So surprised (and happy) when I saw this- we refer to it as a “prayer book” in my family : ). My wedding was a few months ago and I carried the prayer book that both my mother and grandmother carried at their weddings.

  3. avatar Joyce reply

    One of the best pictures from my sister`s wedding was the signing of the marriage certifcate. Another tradition from “the good ole days”. Thanks for using the white Bible tradition!

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  5. avatar Fredrica reply

    I found your website while looking for a very small gift bible for a bride. I have crocheted the cover and cannot find the bible. Even we as southerns are losing those wonderful traditions. I used to give ingraved bibles for births (pink for girls and blue for boys) and you cannot find those anymore. I love our traditions and we need to keep them alive.

  6. avatar Shirin Friel reply

    I am marrying into the Snyder family on Jan 16, 2013. I have chosen a black bible with red roses and white daffodils with a red and white bow for my bouquet. I cant wait to get married.

  7. avatar Laura reply

    I love this idea and I had no idea it was a Southern tradition – or even an Irish tradition! My Philadelphia born and bred mother of English descent carried a white bible ( New Testament actually) decorated with flowers at her wedding in 1947.
    My non- Church wedding was 30 years ago. This month we are renewing our vows in church and I will be carrying her bible!

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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

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    Too beautiful for words! I simply adore Ali Harper!

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  6. avatar Jen reply

    I LOVE these bridesmaids dresses, does anyone know the designer?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Jen! Those beautiful dresses were purchased at David’s Bridal. Hope that helps!

    • avatar Jen reply

      Emily: Thanks! You don’t by chance know the color?? ( DB’s “coral” is alot lighter than this)

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  8. avatar Jen reply

    Emily: thanks, do you know what color and style the dresses are?

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  10. avatar ashley reply

    what style number is her dress!?!?! i have looked evvverrryyywhereee

  11. avatar Lorraine reply

    Can you tell me more details about the bride’s dress? Designer, style, etc…..Thank you so much.

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  14. avatar Leigh Rolandelli reply

    Does anyone know if those David’s Bridal bridesmaid dresses are the “guava” or “coral reef” color? I love them!

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