April/June 2014

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Cristina Wilson

From the Editor

Behind the Scenes: January 2014

The making of the issue, and outtakes from my editor's note session with Crystal Stokes Photography.

The Journey Begins

We're excited to debut our first annual Destination Issue.

Family Style

A photo session with Georgina Emily Photography captures some major milestones for my sister and me.

Back to Beauty

Regardless of the latest trend, you should search for a gown that makes you feel like your most beautiful, most authentic self.

Sarah Ryberg

The Making of a Mrs

Five Steps to a Happy and Healthy Marriage

Although three years is still early into our married life, I’ve already learned so much about relationships from our marriage.

Leather Luxury

Celebrating your third anniversary? Sarah offers her top choices for traditional leather gifts for him.

New Year, New Goals

I know it's been almost a week already, but I'm still feeling the sparkliness of a new year.

Timeless Traditions

Little traditions to help you celebrate the holidays.

Baked with Love

Sarah spoils Alice with homemade holiday treats.

Samantha Alexander

Bustle & Blush

Beautiful Lashes for Less

Perfect wedding lashes on a budget

Product Love

A game changer in the world of beauty

J Majors ‘Watters’ Fashion Show

A trip to J Majors Bridal Boutique fashion show.

Product Love

Still in need of “something blue” for your wedding day?

Wedding Day Hair & Makeup 101

Make sure you look your very best, from locks to lips!

Ashleigh Farley

From Bridesmaid to Bride

Showered with Love

Plan a bridal shower, pain free!

So You're Going to be a Bridesmaid

If there are only five things that you have to do as a bridesmaid, these are them.

Saving Money (and your Sanity!)

Ashleigh Farley dishes on costs and preventing stress in your wedding

How to Plan a Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing, so make sure you plan it perfectly!

Furry Guests

Considering having Fido in your wedding?


Get Fit Finalist - Sheri

Hitting the ground running

I look forward to sharing my goals, tips and wedding planning with all of you and cannot wait to cross the finish line to a new and healthy lifestyle.


Get Fit Finalist - Amanda

No time like the present

Marriage will be the beginning of a new life with my fiance. What better way to start this new life than as a healthier me?


Get Fit Finalist - Alyn

The shrinking bride

I have 50 pounds to lose, and I’m getting married in 13 months -- so I’m putting it all out there on the line.


Get Fit Finalist - Brittany

Running to the altar

I’m not fat, it’s just my awesomeness swelling up inside of me.


Get Fit Finalist - Becca

Graduating and getting fit

This year I looked in the mirror and realized that I needed to get in shape, not only to fit into my dream wedding dress, but also just to feel better about myself.

Brandee Dishner

Beauty Dish

Get Her Look

When Brandee Dishner, Carolina Bride’s very own beauty writer and expert, said yes to high school sweetheart Dustin James, we were biting our nails to see what style direction this fashionista would choose.

Baby Soft Beauty

Pre-wedding stess can wreak havoc on you skin, so sticking to a gentle, healing system for your whole body is a great start to glowing skin all over.

Bronze Goddess

I'd like to introduce you to your summer skin happily ever after.

Make Your Blowout Last

Perfect for brides, bridesmaids and all the lovely ladies involved with your wedding.

It'll Make You A Believer

As a recent bride, I trusted my skin to Too Faced Cosmetics.

Kirsten Valle

CB: Getting To 'I do'

It's here!

Kirsten counts down the final 10 days before her wedding.

The final countdown

One month to go!

Dress rehearsal

It takes more than a dress to make a bride.

'We're really getting married!'

Reality sets in as Kirsten and Reese purchase their wedding bands.

Time or money?

Kirsten realizes that sometimes, something's gotta give.

Alison Henry

Miles From The Aisle

Interview with an adulteress

Nearly six million people have signed on to AshleyMadison.com to cheat on their spouses. Here, one of them speaks out.

Whoa, Tiger

There's a fine line between swoon and too much, too soon.


In honor of the new book 'Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won’t Be Dating or Having Sex,' Alison polls the male species to find their Top 10 Female Deal Breakers.

Calling it quits

Alison offers some advice on how to bounce back from your breakup.

The times they are a-changin'

Alison gets a sudden desire for this whole marriage business.

Francie Hartsog-Dolack

The Bride Whisperer

Q and A

Big-dollar demands, intimacy uncertainty and a doubting deployment.

Q and A

Mean girls, klepto-mom and a coveting conundrum.

Q and A

The best dress, maid of honor drama and calming your nerves on the big day.

Q and A

Francie helps one bride put things in perspective.

Q and A

Francie talks to three brides with toppling familial tension.

According to Andy

According To Andy

The friend zone

Andy appreciates the benefits of female friendship.

The wonder years

Andy takes control of his dating destiny.

Why he won't call

Andy answers one of the biggest things that drive us bonkers.

Breaking the mold

Andy teaches men what it really takes to step up their "game."

Flirting with disaster

Andy takes a chance and finds himself far from taken.