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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!



Leanne and James








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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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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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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Photo credit: S18 Photography



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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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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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10 Tips for Your Big Day | Throw back Thursday

Here is my #tbt post! It’s an oldie but a goodie!


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I know a lot of brides who have dreamed of their big day. They had it all planned out. When they walked in that bridal boutique, they had a pre-made list of every detail of that dress. Then there are those who really never thought about marriage at all. If I am completely honest, wedding planning will be a shock to both of you! I confess, I am the former. I really thought I had it all figured out. I mean, I had 4 different wedding plans in my head for all 4 seasons. Suddenly, the man was on his knee, the ring was on my finger, and I was CLUELESS!! So, I have made a list of my top 10 wedding tips, including some Mother of the Bride tips from my mom, so get her in on this too!


Top 10 Wedding Tips


1.  The Photographer Is Number 1

Seriously girls! Do not scrimp on the photographer. Set the biggest part of your budget aside for them, and the venue. That wedding is consuming your brain cells right now, but it will only last a few hours. You will only wear the dress once. You will only have the pictures to fall back on. Make sure they are top-notch!


2. The Dress Is a Close Second

I know you want to storm David’s Bridal the day after that ring slides on. Really, though, set a date with Pinterest first. You may think you know what you want. Chances are you haven’t seen every dress out there. Type in “wedding dress” and just look. Also, be open to the fact that the “perfect dress,” in your mind, may make you look like a moldy mushroom. No offense, but body types are all different. Find a dress that flatters you! If you don’t feel beautiful on your big day, I promise you will regret it. Remember the top notch pictures? You will be in almost every one of them.


3. Be a Window Not a Door.

A family friend wrote me a letter after I got engaged. She told me to “be a window not a door.” For some reason, people feel a need to tell brides how to plan their wedding. Sometimes I think it’s because they regretted something about theirs. Sometimes they just want to be a part of it. Most of the time they are not trying to stress you out, and ruin your day. So, my friends advice fit well. If you are a window, all of the extra suggestions, and stress, and people, can go right through. But if you are a door, all of that just piles up against you are you WILL become Bridezilla.


4. Smile, Fake It.

From the time you are engaged, until you are safely tucked away in the get away car, you will need to smile. I know, that sounds rough. No, you will not want to the whole time. Here’s the deal though, this is it! A lot of people say that in a game over kind of way, and that is NOT what I mean. I mean this is your time! You are a bride. Little girls will sit and stare at you like you might sprout wings at any moment. You parents will be wondering where the time went. Your friends are all excited with you! So smile. I know you want to be stressed. It’s natural. As brides, we are told everything is all about us, but that could not be farther from the truth. It’s about celebrating your love for that man who asked you to marry him. Don’t spend this time fighting with everyone, or annoyed at everything. Be a window, a smiling window 🙂


5. Your Man Is Still Important

Weddings are kind of all about brides. At least, that’s what we have made it. Like I said, it’s really about celebrating your love for that man that was on his knee. Don’t forget him. Don’t push him aside. If he has an opinion, listen. If he needs time with you without any wedding talk, shut the book, put away this blog, and go with him. After the party is over, and you are tucked safely away in the get away car, it’s just you and him. Keep that relationship alive. Let him know he is the most important thing to you. Honestly, without him, you wouldn’t be planning a wedding.


6. Make a Little Girls Day

Ok, do you remember being a little girl at a wedding? I do. My moms friends got married. I was watching the bride get pictures taken and she waved at me. I told her her dress was getting dirty and she said it was ok. That story sounds so lame. It was over 20 years ago. I still remember it like it was yesterday. Do not under estimate the impact a woman in wedding gown can have on a little girl. Take time to bend down, and say hello. Thank them for coming. Dance with them. Or, tell them it’s ok that your dress is dirty. Just do it with that smile you pasted on your face!


7. Make Time For Family Time

This is mainly for the girls who are moving away, but it applies to all. Make time in all the craziness to just be with your family. Honestly, when I left my wedding, I was surprised that it had gone that quickly. I was going on my honeymoon the next day and my family was going back home. That was it. I had moved out. I was thrilled to be married to my man, and excited about the journey ahead of me. However, it’s a bittersweet moment. Don’t come to that moment and realize you didn’t prepare for it.


8. Mother-Of-The-Bride: Plan Ahead To Have  Face To Face Time With Your Daughter

The wedding day is way more rushed than you may have thought. Her friends will all be hovering around. Family is in town. Your friends will all be hovering around. Make sure you take some time out from all of that to be with your girl. This is that moment you knew was coming. Like with most of those moments, we are always way busier than we thought we would be. Next thing you know, it’s gone. Plan ahead.


9. Mother-Of-The-Bride: Take Your Own Pictures

She got a top-notch photographer. That’s great, but they may not know how precious it is to get Uncle Joe dancing with Aunt Sue. There will be moments you want to remember forever. Don’t hide behind the camera all night, but bring it along!


10. To the Bride From My Mom:

If you are happy, everyone will be happy.

So there you have it, my Top 10 Tips. I hope your wedding is all that you dreamed(or never dreamed) that it would be. Oh I forgot! One more bonus tip:


11. Always get a veil from JuliaBelle’s.

Happy Planning!!



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Real Wedding | A Southern Wedding Steeped in Louisiana Charm



Working with Ashton was a pleasure! She is just as sweet as she looks, and this Julia Belle’s Bride knows how to plan a Southern Wedding! My grandmother was from Louisiana. So this wedding, steeped in Ashton’s Louisiana heritage, is near and dear to my heart. From the barn to the lakeside, I love every detail. Congrats Ashton and Addison!

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1. Who did your…


Photography: Carolyn Bolivar Photography. She’s a local photographer and amazing behind the camera. During my bridal portraits it actually started raining on us, but thanks to Carolyn you could never tell!


Catering: My family! We are originally from south Louisiana and I wanted to incorporate my heritage into my wedding. Traditionally the men cook more often than the women, and my grandfather, uncles, and cousins spent all day preparing a traditional jambalaya, along with green beans, potato salad and french rolls as a side. It was a hit! We also had a friend of my mom’s make homemade jam preserves (mayhaw, blackberry, and fig) in small mason jars as a party favor.


Cake: Sweet Maine’s owned by Sharmaine Hardin in Denham Springs, LA. She is a small business owner who is also family. I wanted a simple cake with a “ruffle effect,” which she did perfectly! The flowers on the cake were provided by Vintage Designs. She also made the cake pops, which went so fast I only got one!


Dress: MiMi’s Bridal in Laurel. My dress was a Mori Lee. The fun part about my dress was that it had removable straps! I wanted a dress with a keyhole back, but I also wanted a strapless one. So, this dress let me have the best of both worlds! I wore the straps for the ceremony and went strapless for the reception.


Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal. Because two of my bridesmaids were in Louisiana, I wanted to make sure they didn’t have to drive across the state to get alterations!


I would like to add that most of my decorations were rented from Vintage Designs in Hattiesburg, MS (they also created my bouquets and floral arrangements). Everything I rented they set up and took down after the reception, which took a lot of stress off my mother! They were so kind and were really invested in making sure my wedding decor was exactly how I envisioned it to be.


2. Why did you pick your venue?


My venue was at The Barn at Bridlewood in Hattiesburg, MS. I chose Bridlewood because I wanted a venue that was unique, allowed me to hold the ceremony outside, and fit my theme of a classic Southern wedding. Bridlewood was the perfect setting for my dream wedding. The ceremony was right before sunset under a wooden arch and oak trees, in front of the lake. The venue itself has open, exposed rafters, sliding barn doors, and three gorgeous chandeliers, giving it the unique Southern feel I was looking for. It was spacious enough to hold our large family and all of our friends, and still have room for a live band!


3. What details were special to you?


Some of my earliest memories are of my daddy, playing his guitar and singing old country classics. Music has always been his passion and I owe my great taste in music to him! During the reception, he got on stage with the band and sang “In Color” by Jamie Johnson. My new husband and I danced to it, and it was a special moment I will never forget.


4. Where did you get ready?


My bridesmaids, mother, aunt, grandmother, and I all got ready together in the bridal room at our venue. I will 10906306_10153548441271664_7629227058833517524_n cherish those memories with my girls forever! My mom helping me into my dress was my favorite moment while getting ready. It was actually a bit difficult because we couldn’t make eye contact or we’d both start crying!


5. Where was you honeymoon?


We honeymooned at Disneyworld! Addison and I are both kids at heart, and as soon as I suggested it, we knew it was the perfect destination. Disneyworld and Universal was the perfect way to start our “happily ever after” together.


6. What were your colors?


My main color was a warm coral, my favorite color. My accent colors were cream, champagne, and a pastel pink. Coral is such a vibrant color that I didn’t want it to overwhelm the arrangements, so we just used a few coral flowers here and there, and incorporated mostly the softer colors to bring in the classic Southern feel. My main flower was going to be peonies (they’re my favorite) but at the last minute a tropical storm hit Chile and we couldn’t get them imported! So my florist showed me a nearly identical cabbage rose, which I fell in love with. We also used eucalyptus leaves and coffee beans to give my bouquet and table arrangements a wispy, fresh garden-picked look.


7. What’s your best piece of wedding advice?


My best piece of wedding advice? Slow down, take a deep breath, and enjoy your big day! Take the time to enjoy those special moments with your friends and family. The day passes so quickly that it’s important not to stress over little details. Cherish the big moments, like exchanging your vows, and your first dance as a married couple. Those are the moments you will always hold close to your heart.


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Real Wedding: Mitch and Lauren 12-13-14

I love sharing pictures of my Custom Designs. It’s even better to share a real wedding featuring my Custom Designs! This is Lauren and her new hubby, Mitch. Lauren was my first bride. She played a huge roll in getting Julia Belle’s off the ground. Thank you, Lauren, for that!! She had a Custom Design. I loved the vintage-inspired, ivory lace headpiece and French net birdcage veil so much that it is listed for sale in my shop! It goes without saying that it is named after this lovely bride.






1. Who did your….




Photography: Sarah Scruggs photography


Dj: Brian Hines with Audio To Go


Videography: Tricia Coyne



Dress: Allure


Flowers: Donna Kay bouquet flowers and gifts


Cake: Gingerbread Meeting House


Bridesmaids dresses: Mori Lee


Makeup: Summer Whitfield


Hair: Laura Hamrick



2. Why did you pick your Venue?


We picked our venue because it was the ideal location and all inclusive. It was so nice to show up, be pampered and not have to worry about setting up or cleaning up after. The staff at The Gingerbread meeting house were so accommodating and met every need we have. They are an in house catering service and the food is absolutely delicious!


3. What details were special/significant to you?


There were many details and specifics that were significant to us. Most importantly we wanted family to feel comfortable, relaxed and enjoy themselves on our special day. As far as theme goes- our venue and florist most definitely went above and beyond to create a rustic vintage ambiance.


4. Where did you get ready?


Everyone was able to get ready at our venue, The Gingerbread Meeting House.


5. Fun fact:


I was 30 min late to venue to get ready because me and a couple bridesmaids got stuck at a train!


6. Number 1 planning tip:


It’s YOUR day. Opinions will come and they will go, but do what makes you happy!












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All About the Bridesmaids Part 2

Happy Wedding Wednesday!! Hope your day has been lovely so far! This is a follow up post to my All About the Bridesmaids Part 1. If you missed those gift ideas you can find them here!

Let’s dig into these goodies! I saved some of my favorites for last. Once again, I’m southern. I love me some personalized goodies! Which is why I picked these awesome tumblers!


One thing I know about wedding planning is drinks are needed. What kind is totally up to you! My personal preference is sweet tea, but I know that is totally foreign to some of you! These fantastic tumblers were made by Christy over at Mile High Gifts. She has many many more great ideas in her shop! You can follow her on Facebook as well!

On top of being well hydrated, you want to make sure you don’t mess up your hair and makeup once it’s done. These Kimono Style Robes are perfect for staying cute and covered!


You can find these and much more at SunsetToSunrise. You can follow them on Facebook for updates on new products!

That’s all for now ladies! I hope these ideas have been inspiring! 🙂 Good luck on finding that perfect gift!!

If you have any other great ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments!!

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