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Something Borrowed, Something (Carolina) Blue: 5 Wedding Ideas to Steal

Recent brides share the small touches that made their wedding one-of-a-kind

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Photo by Stephen Thrift

“Doug and I both knew that we wanted cupcakes right away – we didn’t even have to talk about it! We both prefer the frosting-to-cake ratio of cupcakes, and it offered guests more options for flavors. [Our selection included] spice with vanilla buttercream, chocolate with chocolate buttercream and almond with raspberry buttercream. The spice was our favorite for our late-fall wedding, so we made that our cut cake. The toppers were shaped like hydrangea petals (my favorite flower) and tiny North Carolinas. Neither of us were born here, but we both grew up here and we love our home state. Fearrington Village didn’t have a small cookie cutter shaped like North Carolina, so Doug gained access to a 3D printer and made one for them. I think they turned out great!”

Megan Sterlina (husband Doug Sterlina)


Photo by Adele Gibson

“We loved the idea of a glamorous indoor-outdoor vineyard wedding filled with natural candle light, fresh flowers and a lot of sparkle. So I decided to go with something unique and custom for the wedding topper and surprise my husband Scott with this handmade reflective signature piece featuring our last name. It was a perfect topping to the cake that was decorated to match my dress and a contrast to the two surrounding vineyard-inspired cork cakes that featured fresh flowers. I also chose it because it was a bit feminine and masculine.”

Caroline Blair Anderson (husband Scott Anderson)


Photo by Perry Viale Photography

“[For our guest bags,] John and I wanted to include a few things [our friends and family] would need for the hot summer weekend, like water, sunscreen and Burt’s Bees lip balm, as well as some things that we love from the places we’ve lived. Southern Season Cheese Straws and Chapel Hill Toffee are two things I am addicted to from growing up in Chapel Hill, and I quickly got John hooked on them when he would come visit my family. The California Love chocolate bar is from this amazing chocolatier, Compartes, in LA; all of their bars are gorgeous. A Notre Dame koozie as a nod to our alma mater and the most adorable hand- illustrated map of Chapel Hill from Etsy, with a schedule of
the weekend events completed the bag!”

Sara Madden (husband John Madden)


Photo by Faith Teasley

“While the bridal party was off taking pictures on campus, we wanted to have a light signature cocktail for our guests to enjoy until we were back. We also wanted something that would cool guests off if it was hot. Luckily, the weather was perfect, and the drink was basically gone by the time we got back from pictures. While Grant and I didn’t get much of it, that meant the guests loved it, so we were happy! The signature cocktail had: vodka, pink lemonade, a splash of Sprite and pineapple juice. We wanted it to be pink to match our table numbers, flowers and table setting ribbon.

Photo by Faith Teasley

My mom’s house is also known for always having pink lemonade in the fridge, so I wanted to incorporate it somehow!

We wanted to have a subtle UNC touch to the weekend without being over the top. We loved the idea of personalized pint glasses for our favors but also wanted to send our guests home with a little piece of Chapel Hill. My Dad came up with the idea to use the Carolina blue NC logo. It turned out to be a hit with no glasses left over. We hope all of our guests are able to reflect on the weekend in a happy way when they use them at home.”

Hanna Porter (husband Grant Porter)


“There were a lot of personal touches for our wedding and thank goodness I have some talented friends. My friend Jessi Lewis from high school did mine and [my maid of honor’s] hair and my brother’s girlfriend Hannah did my makeup. [My maid of honor] Holli McClendon, who is so gifted with art, made all the chalkboard signs and decorated the cornhole boards.”

Hallie Sparrow (husband Daniel Sparrow)

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Jessica is the Executive Editor for Chapel Hill Magazine. As a 2010 grad of UNC, she’s happy to be back in town writing, editing and eating around the Triangle.