July 29, 2015

10 must-haves to get ready for Clemson football (+ a giveaway)

Happy, happy Wednesday Clemson Girls! Can you believe that Clemson football season kicks off only 5 weeks from this Saturday! Whoo hoo!

We are so excited for the 2015 football season... and what a season it will be will a schedule full of big home games against new and old rivals at Death Valley.

We are counting down the days, and so is one of our fave boutiques All Inspired Boutique. If you were at Dabo Swinney's Ladies Clinic this year, you may have had the opportunity to shop the amazing selection of Clemson-inspired gifts and apparel from this Clemson alum owned business.


All Inspired Boutique has everything from sassy to grateful, from handpicked jewelry to burn out tees, from signs that make your heart sing to an inspired line just for girls! For All Inspired Boutique, it's all about being strong, being true, and most of all- showing your heart. You can find lots of handcrafted and unique products by shopping the online boutique 24/7, or in person at the Atlanta-area storefront in Johns Creek, Georgia. If you live in the area, stop by and tell them Clemson Girl sent you!

In today's post, we're featuring 10 of our fave All Inspired Boutique items to get you 'inspired' and excited about Clemson's football season. Check out the list (there's a special offer on one of the items you don't want to miss), and then enter in our All Inspired Boutique giveaway to possibly win one of TWO awesome prizes!!

10 must-haves to get ready for Clemson football:

1. South Carolina State Cuff, Clemson style - This one's a showstopper, or rather a game winner...and was a big hit at the Ladies Clinic. Perfect on its own or in a stack- hammered SC with just enough purple and orange. Gold is in this year girls- get your game day on in style.


2. ALL IN Gift Tag/Ornament - Are you ALL IN? This tag is a great reminder to stay All in, all the time! Perfect for a gift (personalize on the back with a sharpie), as an ornament, or for decorating your tailgate.


3. Cream Lace Layering Top - A must have piece- perfect for layering and adding that little bit of extra length. Once you have it you will wonder how you ever lived without it! This is a great accessory to add to your Clemson gameday closet.


4. Orange bead All In Necklace - This one's perfect for game day - or any day! Just a pop of orange, and a hand stamped plate with ALL IN - perfect with a simple white tee, or with your orange and purple on game day. Simple but stylish.


5. Game Day ready, Orange Tassel Necklace - Get your sassy on with this one - white beaded necklace with a handcrafted orange tassel. Wear this one long or double it up to make it shorter for the perfect Clemson gameday look.


6. All In hand stamped bracelet - ALL IN, All the time. Hand stamped and ready for game day! Chunky silver chain with a brass charm makes this one perfect for stacking with your other gameday bracelets, or wear it alone for a classic look.


7. My happy place - Latitude and Longitude cuff for Death Valley - My happy place. Well, of course that would be Death Valley. This cuff marks the spot- with the latitude and longitude for Death Valley. This is one of our absolute faves. Very unique and something you won't find anywhere else.


8. Strictly no gamecocks sign - Every Clemson Girl needs this sign at her tailgate. No explanation needed!


9. The Paw game day bracelet - Guaranteed to be one of your fave gameday bracelets you'll wear time and time again, season after season.


10. SPECIAL OFFER!! ALL IN all the time tumbler - An exclusive at All Inspired, and the perfect gift. Holds hot or cold liquids - perfect for game day. 16 ounces of your favorite beverage. All Inspired Boutique is offering all Clemson Girls this tumbler FREE with any All Inspired Boutique online order $75 or more - just enter the coupon code CLEMSONGIRL at checkout!


All Inspired Boutique Giveaway
If our top 10 Clemson-inspired All In Boutique faves didn't get you excited more excited about Clemson's upcoming football season, then maybe a BIG giveaway from All Inspired Boutique will! Use the widget below to get multiple entries into a random drawing to win one of two amazing prizes - the gorgeous South Carolina state cuff (with Clemson style) and this fun "Nothing could be finer..." rustic sign.


Use the widget below to enter...

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The deadline for all entries is 11:59pm ET on Friday, July 31. We will randomly select a winner for each of the two prizes and contact the winner by email. If we do not hear back from the winner within 72 hours to claim their prize, we will draw a new winner.

Thanks so much to All Inspired Boutique for 'inspiring' today's post, for an amazing special offer and giveaway, and for... of course... being All In, all the time with all of us Clemson Girls. GO TIGERS!!

July 15, 2015

Wedding Wednesday - Lauren and Van Clemson Wedding

Hooray! It's another Wedding Wednesday today on the blog! You Clemson Girls sure do know how to throw amazing weddings - especially with our favorite colors... orange and purple!

Get ready to fall in love with another Clemson wedding today...

Meet Lauren and Van - both die hard Clemson fans and Lauren's a 2009 alum.


The couple met through mutual friends in 2008, and were friends for 5 years before they started dating. Van actually asked Lauren to go to a Christmas dinner with his golf group as a friend because the person who was supposed to go wasn't able to. The two ended up talking more than they ever had that night, and having gone into the evening with no expectations, they came out of it shocked that sparks were flying. Lauren and Van both had separate conversations with their best friends about how great the night was (which they discovered after comparing notes later on). Van then asked Lauren on a real date over the Christmas holidays when they were both home in Myrtle Beach area with their families. "He picked me up from my parents house," Lauren told us,"which was super awkward since we are our thirties! Ha ha!" The two had an amazing time, and their first kiss happened in Lauren's parents' driveway. So funny, but so sweet!


The Proposal
In June of 2014, after dinner with Van's and Lauren's families in Murrells Inlet and a great game of putt-putt (Lauren got a hole in one!), Van asked Lauren to marry him on the balcony of his family’s condo in Surfside. Of course Lauren said, "Yes!"


Clemson has always been a big part of the couple's relationship - even before they started dating the two would tailgate together for Clemson games. Van is a die had Clemson fan, having gone to games since he was a small child. Lauren is a Clemson graduate and has lived in the Clemson or Anderson area (with the exception of a year-and-a-half) since 1999.


Lauren provided us with a great write up of her wedding planning and the wedding itself - rather than try to rewrite it to tell her story, we will just let Laure tell it herself!

Lauren shared with us...

Planning the wedding and fun DIY stuff
My Mom and I took a mother/daughter trip to San Francisco and Auburn, CA last summer for another wedding, and while we were in San Fran, we made a very special visit to Britex Fabrics to buy the fabric for my wedding gown. My mom, who’s degree from Virginia Tech is in Fashion Merchandising, made most of my clothes as a child, my debutante gown, her own wedding dress, and has made dresses for others. We designed the dress together on the plane out to CA, and brought all of the fabric for the dress home with us, including my gold birdcage netting for the veil.


Van was gung-ho orange and purple wedding from the beginning of the planning process. I was thinking more aqua, yellow, and spring-y, but the Clemson color scheme was SUPER important to him. I was picturing that it would turn out more Fall than Spring-like. However, after some brainstorming, I decided to have my girls wear ivory and we decided on orange and white seersucker for the boys.


We chose the park in downtown Anderson as our ceremony venue.


My bridesmaids and I made over 200 paper flowers to be used for d├ęcor in different areas, and I painted an old window as a sign by the entrance. I purchased antique doors and curtains - from a friend who got married last fall - to be used as the entrance for the wedding party and painted them peach. The curtains were ivory. Everything for the wedding was done in shades of orange and purple, with accents of gold, ivory and pink.


I designed our simple yet whimsical orange and white invitations, programs, signage, koozie design, website and other printables so everything coordinated.


I made 17 boutonnieres and 13 corsages from miniature paper flowers, Van’s grandmother’s succulent plant that lives on our back patio, ribbon I purchased last summer in San Francisco, and Magnolia leaves from the neighbor’s yard across the street.


We had two receptions. The first was a cake and punch reception immediately following the wedding at Wren Park in Anderson. For our main cake, I hired Kristi from Doodle Dots designs to create a cake and gave her creative liberty. As an artist, I realize this is usually when we do our best work. I gave her pictures of my dress, our topper, and several of the paper flowers as inspiration. I had no idea what the cake was going to look like until she sent me a picture the day of the wedding. AMAZING. It was PERFECT and DELICIOUS.

For the rest of the cakes at the first reception, several dear family and friends made between 10-15 cakes (I’m honestly not sure what the final number was). All were handmade from special recipes including my Great Grandma Anderson’s Chocolate Cherry Cake recipe.


Our second reception was at the Anderson Farmer’s Market, we had fiesta food by Hob Nob Events that has gotten RAVE reviews from all of our guests. Our DJ kept everyone dancing through the night. We had a photo booth at both events, and the scrapbook they created that day is hilarious. Van and I have looked at it several times and it always makes us laugh. Such a special keepsake!


The Clemson Bus
Van’s best man owns a small bus that he uses for tailgating at Clemson games, and he was kind enough to let us borrow the bus the day of the wedding. The gentlemen hung out in the bus before the ceremony, and the bus came to pick us up to go to our second reception, “the SHINDIG” later that evening. Not only was it perfect for helping us get people around, it made a great {BIG} photo prop!


Personal details
Our wedding had tons of personal details that made it so special for Van and me and our families. Not only did my mom make my dress, she also made my nieces’ flower girl dresses. I wore the Swedish crown that she wore when she married my Dad 38 years ago.


Van’s mom asked if I would like to wear the pearl necklace that his dad had given her, which has one pearl for every year they were married before he passed away 10 years ago. Of course, I said yes, and am so touched that she allowed me to do so.


Our guest book at the ceremony and cake and punch reception was a large Bible that was a wedding gift to my parents. Guests highlighted verses and wrote notes in it for us to enjoy throughout our marriage.


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Lauren's wedding photographer was Curtis Snyder from Kismet photography.

We want to give Lauren a very special thank you for sharing her love story and wedding details with us so we could share them with our readers! The photos are beautiful, and we love the creativity and fun throughout the wedding details. What a special day! Best wishes to Lauren and Van on their happy union.


July 8, 2015

Wedding Wednesday - Allison and Jason Clemson Wedding

Happy Wednesday Clemson Girls! I have decided to extend our Wedding Wednesday series into July since I was unable to post the past two weeks. I feel really bad about it, because I have made you wait to see this beautiful Clemson wedding shared with us by Clemson Girl Allison. Her wedding was oh-so-Clemson and oh-so-gorgeous... so many ideas for the future Clemson Girl bride-to-be. We have so many photos from her wedding to share because it was so hard to narrow it down! Enjoy!

Meet Allison and Jason. Both Clemson alums - Allison 2004 Marketing; Jason 2005 Landscape Architecture.


The two met at Tiger Town Tavern in 2003, dated for a little while, then remained friends over the years. Jason obviously couldn't live without Allison... ;) and the two were an official couple by March of 2009. The relationship grew stronger over the years, even surviving a long distance relationship.


The Proposal - as told by Allison
Jason and I went to Edisto Beach in June of 2013 with my family. On June 17th, he and I had decided to wake up early and go take pictures of the sun rising at Botany Bay (pictured below). The "no see-ums" were AWFUL that morning. We were hurrying along to stay moving and when we were toward the end, I turned around and Jason was down on one knee. Edisto was already one of our favorite places but now it is extra special for us. When we returned to the house, I had a promise to live up to...my nieces insisted they be the first to know when Jason finally popped the question. So first thing when we got back, I snuck up the stairs and woke them to tell them the news. They were so excited to hear that Jason would finally be their Uncle.


Clemson has always been a very special part of the couple's relationship. They met there, rekindled their past romance there, went to a ton of Clemson football games together and ultimately "tied the knot" in Clemson. The two are die-hard Clemson fans and wish they could live there.


Allison's and Jason's wedding was at the Madren Center overlooking Lake Hartwell and the golf course. They had planned to have the ceremony on the lawn and then have the reception under the Pavilion, but the weather was uncertain so all of the wedding took place under the Pavilion. It actually turned out to be perfect because there was actually a better view of the Lake from the Pavilion... plus, the couple didn't have to worry about a down pour even though it ended up being a beautiful day.


Allison and Jason had a super cute and unique 'Save the Date' idea - it was a magnet with a picture of their Clemson rings (pictured below).


The couple's engagement pictures were done at the Clemson Botanical Gardens and in downtown Clemson.


Clemson was a major theme in the couple's wedding. The Grooms Cake was made like a Clemson Cooler. The guestbook was the Trent Allen Book - "There's Something In These Hills".


The bride's shoes were orange, the bridesmaids dresses were orange (J. Crew), and the flowers were a mix of orange/yellow/white.


I am in love with their wedding cake!


Allison told us, "I used a lot of tans and whites to soften the orange so it really made the orange 'pop'."


And of course the Tiger made an appearance!


They had boiled peanuts as favors in little burlap bags.


"One of my favorite parts of our wedding" Allison says, "was that we planted a beautiful maple tree at our ceremony using soil from each of our family's land. It was really special and fit us well since we have spent our first year of marriage doing a lot of yard work. Our "direction sign" represents both of our hometowns (Lexington & Rock Hill), Maine (our honeymoon), Botany Bay (where we got engaged), and Death Valley (our favorite place)."


The happily wedded couple entered the reception to "Eye of the Tiger", exited after the reception to a piano version of Tiger Rag, and left the Madren Center on a Clemson University Golf Cart.


Allison's engagement and wedding photos were taken by the very talented Kenny Fey photography. Special thanks to Kenny Fey for allowing us to share these amazing photos.


And a big, big, big thank you to Allison for reaching out to us to share her Clemson wedding and sweet love story. Such an amazing wedding! Best wishes to the happy couple!


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