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Real Wedding | Leanne and James: the Story Behind the Veil


If you have followed my work at all, you undoubtedly recognize the photo below. It’s practically the definition of Julia Belle’s. It’s my Mary veil. My little shop was more of a hobby than a business before this beauty came along. Now I have been so busy that it has taken me nearly two years to tell you the story behind the veil! The lovely, and rather iconic, bride wearing the Mary veil is Leanne MARY Doolittle, my sister-in-law. When we were designing her veil we knew it had to be true to her simple and classic style. English net was the answer. The straight lines and perfect drape of this material was exactly what we needed. Once her March wedding was over, I posted these pictures of her veil and the rest is history. You all have loved this veil! So it’s about time I show you the first bride to wear it!



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The Dress

Her dress is a Casablanca Fall 2014. She had the sleeves shortened to 3/4 length. Here is the link to the dress if you are wanting the whole look! She bought it at Jo-Lin’s Bridal in Columbia, South Carolina.























This Daddy/Daughter dance shocked me! I know it’s hard to believe anyone can be surprised at a fun/crazy wedding dance these days, but you don’t know my father-in-law! Watch the whole thing here! 



This stunning cake was from….drum roll please….SAM’S CLUB!! It was delicious and gorgeous and not $400!! Highly recommend!



Fun fact: My brother-in-law’s (the guy in black off to the left) girlfriend caught the bouquet! I will be posting their wedding shortly!




Leanne, having you as a sister-in-law and friend has been a huge blessing in my life. I love you to the moon and back! Oh and thanks for the Mary veil! 🙂




Photography by: Mackenzie Leigh 

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California Wedding | Real Wedding

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This California wedding will leave you dreaming! Ariana was a joy to work with. I have to admit, I was STOKED to make this veil. I love the look of the lace on the cap (yes, cap!)



The Venue


Where was your venue, and why did you pick it?


Calvary Chapel East Anaheim- It was the church I grew up, gave my life to Christ in, and was baptized in. I attended there for 22 years. My husband attended there for 11 years. I met my husband on a missions trip through CCEA, when we were both in high school.

The Dress

Where did you get your dress?

I had a piece of my father’s shirt cut out and sewn in a heart shape into my dress. Over the shirt was lace from my mother’s wedding dress.
All of the boutonnieres were fake flowers, made out of my husband’s late grandmother’s sheet music (my husband is a worship leader). I even had a few fake flowers in my bouquet, made out of sheet music, as well.
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Who was your florist?


A friend of mine, Sara Hughes, who does floral arrangements for weddings in her garage
My bouquet was wrapped with more lace from mother’s wedding dress, and had two pins. One was our Chambers family crest from Ireland (where my Husband and I want to be missionaries) and a USAF pin in honor of my Father.



The Ariana Veil (named after this lovely bride!) is an English Net, Juliette Cap veil, with Alencon Lace detailing

The Ceremony


My Father is a veteran. When he left the military, he lost his blues due to family circumstances. He surprised me with new Air Force blues to walk me down the aisle. It was the greatest surprise!

















My husband’s Grandfather is a Pastor, and performed the ceremony. We had a memorial table set up in memory of all of those who had passed away.






We took communion with my families communion cup and plate that we used at home for family Bible Study.



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The Reception

Who made your cake? 


 De Leon’s Bakery, Fullerton CA
The glasses, that were filled with orange juice for our toasts, were the ones my sister and brother-in-law used for their toasts at their wedding.


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Last, but certainly not least, who did all of this amazing photography?


Ariana, your wedding was amazing! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of it!!
If you loved her veil, as much as I do, you can find more details here.
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Real Wedding | Elegant Winery Wedding



This month’s Real Wedding is amazing! Seriously, I have nothing else to say! Let the pictures do the talking!


The Venue


Where was your wedding and why did you choose that venue?


Kickapoo Creek Winery. I have wanted to have my wedding at this venue for years – the setting is absolutely beautiful and the catering is really good.


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We had fans to try to beat the heat! The mini pencils are for a word search on the back of the ceremony programs with all the wedding party names.


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The Dress


Where did you find your dress and the bridesmaid’s dresses?


Bride’s dress: Adore Bridal & Sepcialty

Bridesmaid’s dresses: David’s Bridal

Veil and Belt: Julia Belle’s Veils


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I lost my Grandma to breast cancer about 7 years ago. While she could not be with us on our wedding day, I wore her gold stud earrings that she used to wear every day. I also wore a bracelet from my mom as my “something borrowed.”





The Ceremony


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We did a wine box ceremony during the ceremony in place of a unity. My husband and I both wrote letters to one another, sealed them, and placed them in the box during the ceremony along with a bottle of wine. If we ever find our marriage facing insurmountable hardships, we are to open the box, drink the wine together, & read the letters to reflect on why we chose to be together. The hope, of course, is that we do not ever have a reason to open the box. If not, we will open it together on our 5th anniversary, drink the wine, read the letters, write new letters & re-seal everything. This will be continued every 5 years. We have the wine box displayed in our home.


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The Flowers


Who was your florist, and what pieces did you have done?


Georgette’s Flowers


This arrangement hung on the arbor, and then was placed on our head table.


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These arrangements were hung on the aisle at the ceremony, then were moved indoors and used as centerpieces for some tables.


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The Reception




We had family and friends come from all over the country for our wedding. It was so meaningful to the both of us that we have all our most loved people there, and we used a canvas that had pictures reading “Established 8-29-15” for our guests to sign, which is now very proudly hung on a wall in our home.


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My dad’s speech was so funny that people were nearly in tears.


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Who made your cake?

Trefzger’s Bakery


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We had 10 different “fun fact” napkins that we used in place of plain cocktail napkins.


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We also made fun coozies that guests could grab for their drinks at the bar. We still use them!


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We had a photo booth that captured many great pictures, and our gift to our guests was a magnetic frame they could place a copy of their picture in.



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Last question, who did all of this stunning photography?

Nellie Photography


Congrats Joey and Corinne! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing wedding with us!


Veil: the Leanne Veil

Belt: the Corinne Belt


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JB Real Bride Amy

I have a new Real Bride post!! I love these! Seeing my brides in the veils and headpieces we worked so hard to design makes my heart happy. Particularly when I get to watch her walk down that aisle!


I loved making this veil, not only because she is a sweet friend of mine, but because of the significance it held. She wanted to use pieces of her mom’s veil to make her’s. We couldn’t manage to work in as much as we were hoping. I did, however, take a piece of the lace from her mom’s veil and embroider her wedding date on it in blue. I then stitched it under the comb, something old and something blue tucked safely in her hair. Her wedding was just as sweet as she is. With no further adieu, I give you Amy and Christian.





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So happy I got to be a part of your big day! Congrats you two!


*Photo Credit: Kindred Co.



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Real Wedding | Christina and Frank

The woodsy feel to this real wedding is charming, but their daughter stole the show! Don’t take my word for it!  Untitled design

Christina’s veil is a Bespoke Design centered around the Tessa Veil. She added two flowers, and more beading in the centers. I love how this turned out!

1. Who did your:


Photography: S18 Photography. I’m a photographer myself, and I had been following them for a while. When I got engaged, they were my first choice.


Catering: College Park Cafe, Princeton, NJ. The owner Lou was BEYOND amazing. We had a 100% vegan cocktail hour and dinner. He was a dream to work with and his staff blew us away


Cake: Our cake and cupcake favors were actually a gift from my Husbands friend Jeff who is a chef. (IG: ChefJeff19)


Dress: I had two dresses, my first was from Castle Couture. After the ceremony, I changed into a dress from Neiman Marcus.


Bridesmaids dresses: Davids Bridal! I let my girls each pick their own style dress. As long as it was long, chiffon and the color was Horizon Blue. Each girl looked amazing in there own way.


2. Why did you pick your venue?


I knew I wanted a wooded ceremony and I needed somewhere I could find my own caterer since we are vegan. I wanted something unique. (I’m from NJ where we have these “wedding factory” type venues. Very cliche.)


3. What details were special\significant to you?


We had a family friend as the officiant. She guided us through picking every part of our ceremony. It was so special, and we were able to incorporate my daughter.


4. Where did you get ready?


Courtyard by Marriott in Princeton, NJ. The guys got ready in our bridal suite, the girls got ready in a dressing room they set up for us in a meeting room downstairs. The entire staff was OUTSTANDING.


5. Where was the honeymoon?

JAMAICA 🙂 Jewel Paradise Cove, we had a butler suite. Our butlers, Sherril and Giftson, were like family by the time we checked out. I cried when we left, we are still facebook friends! I can not say enough about the level of service we received that week.



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Told ya! She is precious! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your big day! Happily ever after y’all!



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Real Wedding | Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

I am in love with the rustic beauty of this real wedding. Using nature as a backdrop always steals my heart! This Maryland bride did an amazing job tying everything she loves into a gorgeous  day to remember.



Who did your:


Photography: Lauren Cunningham at Lauren C Photography in Maryland


Catering & Cake: Hurnan Hurtado and Miriam Oropeza at Hemibry Catering in Woodbridge, VA.


Hair & Make-up: Lauren Gehrig  from Styled by Elle Gee


Dress: Melissa Sweet from David’s Bridal in Rockville, MD


Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridesmaids chose their own



2. Why did you pick your venue?


When I first went to see the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek, it was pouring rain but it was beautiful!  You could see the steam rising from the forest of trees over the green field behind the lodge.  The lodge had a great stone fireplace and looked like a log cabin. I knew immediately it was us!  Even in the rain it was gorgeous.  It was ironic that the weather was the reason I fell in love with it because on our wedding day it poured all day!  I was told it was good luck but I was still disappointed.  However, when we arrived at the venue it magically stopped raining!  We were able to take our first-look photos outside and were able to have the ceremony outside under the tent.

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3. What details were special\ significant to you?


My father had passed away a few years ago due to cancer and we had my mom walk me down the aisle instead.  I had included a picture of my father in my bouquet so he could be with us when we walked down the aisle.


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4. Where did you get ready?


We all got ready in the hotel that was close by.  The ladies and I had our own presidential suite and had a great time getting ready.

The guys got ready in their hotel rooms and went out to lunch at a pub nearby.



5. Where was the honeymoon?


We went to the Catalonia Gran Dominicus in the Dominican Republic and had the best time! Our resort made the best Piña Coladas and had a great beach with little food & drinks huts.   It was so relaxing and we learned to scuba by a coral reef, sail on a catamaran, and snorkel with Manta Rays and Nurse Sharks.



6. What colors and flowers did you pick and why?


We picked Navy blue, yellow, and hints of green.  I have always loved blue and yellow and thought it would look wonderful with the green natural back-drop at our venue.  I also wanted to use sunflowers in the wedding because they always make me happy and thought what could be better on our wedding day!  We ordered bulk flowers from Costco and Blooms-by-the-Box and created our own bouquets and table flowers. My bridesmaids helped me created the arrangements and it was a lot of fun doing it with them.


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7. Any other fun or funny details you want to throw in?


I also almost forgot to wear my veil!  Due to the rain, we didn’t put in the veil while we were going to the venue because it would mess up my hair.  We planned on putting it in at the venue. As we were lining up to walk down the aisle, I suddenly remembered “ I didn’t put in the veil!”  We quickly found it and my mother and maid of honor stuffed it into my hair right before I walked down the aisle! So glad we remembered!

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If you are interested in Merida’s veil, it is right here. Congrats you two!



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In the Studio: English Net Drop Veil

Every one of my brides are special to me. Your names are written in my white leather notebook, telling the story of Julia Belle’s Veils. Who knows maybe one day I will hit it big! 😉 Your names will be right there. I have poured my heart into every veil that has passed through my studio. This veil though, this veil has a special place in my heart. This veil belongs to one of my very best friends. Every stitch is a joy, and a prayer for her wedding, and for her marriage.


Naturally, the materials she chose are delicate and graceful. English net is one of my absolute favorite materials. It drapes so effortlessly. The hand-cut lace is a soft, barely there material. She chose a drop veil, so that it will drape gracefully over her for her walk down the aisle.  I love English Net for this style veil because it down not stick to itself too much. Basic tulle has a tendency to get caught on itself when the groom or father of the bride lifts the veil.


The headband is hand-beaded in silver and pearls, and trimmed with leftover lace from the veil. (You should SEE her bridal portraits! AMAZING! But that’s for another day.) This veil has been an absolute pleasure to design! I cannot wait to go through this journey with you!


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What do you think of this design? I love to hear from you!


P.S. Is this headband exactly what you have been looking for? You’re in luck! You can order it right here!














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Apple Pie for the Fourth of July | Wifey Status

Happy 4th of July! I love an excuse to make an apple pie. I mean what is more american than apple pie?! So today, in honor of our country, and food lovers everywhere, I am making a pie. Whether you are a bride to be or a newlywed, nothing says “Wifey Status” like baking a pie from scratch. This is a super easy recipe and I took plenty of pictures to help you out.


Here is what you will need:


2  1-2 cupsflour


I like to start with the filling because then the apples have time to get all juicy and soft while you make the crust. So peel and chop the apples. I do tiny pieces, some people do big slices, that is really up to you.


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Put the apples in a big bowl and add the sugar, and cinnamon. Add 2 tbs of flour or cornstarch so that it will thicken up when it’s baked. If you have lemon juice on hand, put a tablespoon of that in there, too. Mix them well and  put them in the refrigerator.



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Rings off, girls, it is time to start on the crust! I have heard it is really difficult to make a pie crust.  Either I am an amazing cook, or this is a rather fool proof recipe, because it has never messed up on me. I’m leaning towards the later option.



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Put the 2 cups of flour in a bowl and sprinkle in some salt. Now cube the butter. I slice it and then cube each piece. Drop a few cubes into the flour and shake it a bit until they sink. Then add a few more, shake again. Do that until all of the butter is in the flour.






Here comes the messy part. Use your hands to mash the butter cubes into the flour, until it looks like cornmeal. I usually use a pastry cutter once most of the big chunks are mashed up.


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Now you are going to add 6 tablespoons of ice cold water. Try to sprinkle it around and not just dump it all in the middle. I use my hands for this next step, too. Just knead the water into the flour mixture until it starts to stick together. You will be able to form a ball with it. If there are crumbs you can’t seem to mix in add more water a tablespoon at a time until it is all mixed in. If it is slimey add a bit more flour.


Once you get the dough made. Divide it in two and make two discs. Wrap them in plastic wrap and put them in the freezer. Cold dough is easier to roll out so take this time to clean up a bit. You can leave it just like this overnight if need be. Just let the dough thaw the next day and roll it out.



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If you were smart enough to register for a rolling pin, good job. I did not, and 4 years later haven’t bought one. I know, I’m crazy. So I use a smooth glass to roll out my dough. If you do that, DO NOT push too hard. You might break the glass, and cut your hands! Gently roll your disc into a circle, ON PLASTIC WRAP.





If it starts to crack on the edges just pinch it back together and roll over it. You want the circle to be bigger than your pie pan. I palce my pie pan over the dough to make sure it will fit. Once you get it to the right size, simply pick up your plastic wrap and flop it dough side down on your pie pan. Press it down into the pan, and pull off the plastic wrap. I poke a few holes in the dough with a fork.




Now you are ready to fill it. Get your apples out of the refrigerator and give them a stir. Now just spoon them into the middle of the dough. I add some of the juice to the pan. Remember, we put flour into the apples. The juice will become a thick yummy filling. If you have more butter, cut up a table spoon of it and put it on top of the apples.





Roll out your second disc, same as the first. Flop your plastic wrap, dough side down, onto the apples. Peel off the plastic, and tuck the edges down into the pan. Cut two vent slits in the top, and you are ready to bake!






Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F. Put your pie pan on top of a cookie sheet, and into the oven. Let it bake for about 30 minutes and then lower the temperature to 375 degrees F, and let it bake for another 10-20 minutes. I usually put some butter on the top crust when I switch the temp. That way it browns nicely. You want the juice to be bubbly and the crust to be lightly browned.





Welcome to Wifey Status! Have an amazing 4th of July and enjoy the pie!




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5 Things I wish I knew When I Was Engaged




I wanted to start this out by saying “every girl dreams of getting engaged…” but then I realized that some really don’t. Actually, if you are reading this there is a really good chance that is you! So I won’t say that. I dreamed of getting engaged. Who would he be? What would the ring look like? What would our story be? I daydreamed about every possible thing, and he did not disappoint (that story to come.) What I did not know was how clueless I would feel!

He put that ring on my finger. We celebrated with my family and called his family. He went back to South Carolina, and I suddenly realized I had NO CLUE what to do. Where do I start?! One day I may write a big long post full of ideas a tips, but for now I have



5 things I wish I knew when I was engaged.



1. Have fun!

That seems obvious, but seriously, something about planning a wedding quickly turns us into robots…really tired robots. It becomes mechanical. Book this, find that, schedule them, it’s a huge to-do list. Slow down. Schedule in some fun. There is a reason there are sashes saying “Bride to be” on them and fun ice trays in the shape of rings. Enjoy this time! You are engaged! Let people pamper you and have fun with you. All of this will be in your memory for always. Don’t look back on a grumpy, stressed bride!



2. The little details are for you.

I have been married for 4 years. I am fairly confident that my mom and I are the only ones who remember what my centerpieces were. Don’t spend time stressing about stuff like centerpieces and whether to use cream or white for the invitations. You are most likely the only one who will remember. I will say however, don’t leave the little details out. Add in those special things. When I was in highschool my husband tied a purple ribbon around my wrist like a bracelet. I wore that for years! So when we got married, I made my own bouquet and tied that ribbon around it. No one knew but me and my bridal party. The little details are for you. Don’t worry about anyone else. If it’s special to you, go for it!



3. Relax!


No really, relax. So many brides work so hard and stress so much that they spend their honeymoons sick! Our culture makes stress seem right. If you aren’t stressed, you aren’t doing it right. My dear, I beg to differ. Your wedding day is probably the biggest party you will ever plan. Everyone you love will be there. You get to wear an amazing dress. and you leave there with his last name! If, at the end of the day, you are married to your man, you planned a successful wedding. So, in the mean time, let the little stuff go.





4. Everyone and their Brother’s Aunt’s Sister will have an opinion.


It’s so true. There are the women who hated their weddings, and want you to have all that they didn’t. There are the women who want to just be involved. somehow, because it’s a wedding and who doesn’t love those?! There are the women who have been there and just want to help ease that burden (we mean well, honest!) You will run into so many opinions and ideas and it will be overwhelming. Get a small notebook and carry it with you always. When someone comes up with an idea, write it down. Then you can go back every now and then and check the notebook. Sometimes ideas that seem ridiculous the first time are exactly what you are looking for later.



5. Be a window, not a door.


This one is a big one. Windows let light and a good breeze in and the let everything else out. Doors tend to hold things in. If you are a window, then all of these opinions and ideas and stress can just go right on through. If you are a door, all of that mess just keeps piling up until you can’t take it anymore. Que Bridezilla. It’s not a pretty sight.

Being a window is a choice. You have to make it everyday. It means choosing to let things go. Chances are no one is actually trying to ruin your wedding, or your day. Most people just want to help. Remember, once that wedding is over, you still have a life to live. All of these people are a part of that life. Don’t let a little thing ruin your friendship/relationship with them.



The most gorgeous brides I have ever seen are the ones who left it all at the door, and truly enjoyed every moment of their weddings. I wish you the best of luck with yours!






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