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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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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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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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Real Wedding: Andrew and Challie

It is always exciting to get pictures from my brides. It’s even more exciting to be able to tell you a little about their wedding! Working with Challie on her Custom Design was a pleasure, and her wedding was just as beautiful as she is! Here is our Real Wedding of the week!


1. Who did your…

Photography: Melissa and Brian Powell at Project Life Photography in Rock Hill, SC

Catering: La-Tea-Dah’s in Charlotte, NC

Cake: Pat-A-Cakes Bakery in Rock Hill, SC

Dress: Justin Alexander from Ava Laurenne Bride in Fredericksburg, VA

Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo and TEVOLIO by Target



ac1 2. Why did you pick your venue?

My one (and almost only) pre-requisite for a venue was trees. I had always wanted to get married under a tree and really hoped for an outdoor wedding. Hightower Hall was perfect! I actually found Hightower Hall when I was looking up local photographers to potentially use, and saw pictures of a wedding there. It was absolutely beautiful, I loved the trees and field, and the historic home had such charm! We put it on the back burner for a while, but then a couple of months later we went out and visited it. I just loved the giant tree that we ended up getting married under and couldn’t say no!




3. What details were special/significant to you?

Andrew and I wrote our own vows, and that was pretty significant. We wanted to go off of the classic vows, but make them specific to us. They have come to mind several times in the weeks that have followed the wedding…which is really challenging! We also opted not to do a first look prior to the ceremony, but rather wanted our first look to be when I walked down the aisle. I had quite a little ways to walk, so Andrew had his back towards me until I got to the end of the aisle and when he finally turned around…it was so worth it!

A fun random fact…throughout our relationship Andrew and I have always celebrated big life occasions with glass bottled Coke…so we decided getting married was our biggest life occasion to celebrate yet, so we had 2 glass bottled Cokes to toast with during our reception!



4. Where did you get ready?

The girls and I got ready in the bridal suite and connecting rooms in the upper level of Hightower Hall while the guys got ready at their hotel and then hung out in the basement of the house.


5. Where was the honeymoon?

We went to Savannah, Georgia! Neither one of us had been before and it was such a lovely city to visit, especially in September since the weather had cooled off a little and it wasn’t so busy.


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

With an outdoor wedding you don’t really need a crazy array of colors, so I went with a range of blue/greens for my bridesmaids dresses and gray pants/coral ties for the groomsmen. We honestly found the ties a week and a half before the wedding and are so glad we chose what we did!

Our flowers were all over the place! Our florist, Ribald Farms, did an incredible job of listening to what I envisioned and making it come to life with the bouquets and decorations. The main flowers I was going for in the bouquets were white dahlias, eucalyptus and a few succulents. There were some pops of color throughout them as well, and there was such a plethora of flowers that I really can’t name them all, but they smelled amazing!


7. Fun Facts…

Our wedding was SO fun and our dance floor happened to be a little small…at one point the dancing got a little crazy and we found out later that Andrew’s twin, Josiah, somehow got his tooth chipped in the chaos!





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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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