STYLED SHOOT: Eclectic, Boho Wedding Inspo at Cardwell Manor with Julie Roberts Photography

Brides did you know there is a very special place in East Tennessee, steeped in history and rich with Victorian character, that is the perfect venue for eclectic brides searching for something extra amazing for their weddings? Regard the stunning Cardwell Manor with its’ 1890’s George Barber designed Queen Anne home and three acres of lovely grounds:

Cardwell Manor provides a beautiful backdrop for any type of event but most especially for weddings. And, it was the PERFECT setting for a recent Eclectic Styled Shoot utilizing the skills of the many wedding pros who worked to make this inspirational wedding a success. Julie Roberts Photography truly captured the lovely details of this hundred year old property and the moody, boho vibe of the wedding. All the elements which make up a picture-perfect wedding were there: a darling couple, the picturesque venue, a talented photographer, glorious floral arrangements, the most stunning dress & accessories, beautiful tuxes, on point hair & makeup, and delicious food. Yay!

The photo shoot was an engaging and eclectic mix of bohemian and traditional. The pairing of vintage style combined with modern touches highlights the charm and personality of the property, while showcasing the versatility of the venue as a whole. This co-mingling of styles accentuates not only the renovated 1890’s Victorian Manor and upgraded grounds, but also the skills of the many vendors that worked to make this decadent shoot possible. And it demonstrates how an eclectic wedding absolutely rules!

D Garden contributed the absolutely breathtaking & unique floral elements in a traditional Victorian color palette of mustard, vibrant red tones, and varying shades of greens for the shoot.

The lavish bouquet includes tons of greenery which makes the bold colors of the floral elements pop!

How sweet are these bold little bouts?

The lovely bride stuns in a vintage-inspired, bead encrusted, lavish gown by Justin Alexander from The Gilded Gown. (BTW: This incredible gown is currently available at a 50% discount!) The groom rocks a modern cut navy tux with wine tie and tweed vest from the premier local tux service Regal Tuxedo,

We are in love with the intricate details of this wedding dress, aren’t you? Just look at all those beads!

We have to say, this adorable couple looked right at home at the Manor no matter where they stopped to pose; among the hedge rows, gracing the front porch, in front of the floral fountains or posing on the glorious staircase.

The swags of greenery and flowers just blow our minds. Wow!

Awwww!!!

The beautiful bride looked FLAWLESS thanks to Makeup Artist Lindsay Conroy from LE Skin & Lash Lab, Hair Stylists from Rock Paper Hair and Personal Styling by Mallori Brooke. (And dress and accessories from The Gilded Gown of course!)

B & G Catering contributed the coolest geode wedding cake, illustrating that modern touches compliment a vintage setting in the best possible way.

We were thrilled to provide the gorgeous gown and bridal accessories for this amazing styled shoot.

We are honored to be part of a community of such talented wedding pros, 

who work hard to make brides’ dreams come true every day.

STYLED SHOOT: Chic Moody Wedding Inspiration with Erin Morrison Photography

 

VENDORS

Photography | ERIN MORRISON PHOTOGRAPHY

Dress Store | THE GILDED GOWN

Styling | TEAM WEDDING  + THE BRIDE LINK

Florist |  LB FLORAL

Venue | CANDORO MARBLE FACTORY

Rentals | POTTERY BARN

Rentals |  ALL OCCASION PARTY RENTAL

Hair | ROSES AND LACE

Makeup | ROSES AND LACE

Stationery  |  THE TRISTAR SCRIBE

Groom’s Attire | REGAL TUXEDO

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WEDDING INSPO: Pale Pink Wedding * Millennial Pink Palette #millennialpinkwedding

 

We love the ethereal, desaturated shades of pink, known as pale pinks, also referred to all over social media as “millennial pink.” Whatever you choose to call it, this sweet set of colors has swept the fashion world. Each one so soft, so appealing, & so so perfect for a wedding palette! No longer relegated to little girls, this new rendition of pinks are current, hip and all the rage in the design world. The best of all? We love Pantone 489 U, cuz we think it is the perfect combination of blush, pale pink and nude. Which one is YOUR favorite?

You can incorporate your fave shade into your wedding day by adding tons of pink details from the decor all the way down to your feet. Pale pink Converse are an adorable option for a pink #obsessed bride! And including swags of pink on the chairs looks super cute. Really, really feeling it? Try a fashion-forward pretty pink hair tint! LOVE!

You can find inspiration for this color palette literally everywhere! Nature gives us darling flowers and the palest flamingos. One of the world’s most respected color experts, Annie Sloan, gives us the perfect Chalk Paint, in Antoinette! You could whip up some awesome DIYs with this stuff!

Outdoor wedding? Try the “Pink Forest” sunnies from Illesteva. These would be on point for your honeymoon too!!!

Will you be needing a bridal bag in this seasons’ key color? Ummm, yeah!! Especially if it is this Pink GG Marmont Matelassé Cross Body Leather Shoulder Bag by Gucci.

Your wedding day mannie will be apropos if you decide on Essie’s “Blushing Bride.” The hugest bouquet ever will help drive your color story home. And ballet inspired shoesies will certainly be adorable on you.

And since we’re on the topic of bouquets, look at these insanely inspirational handfuls of gorgeousness….

Pale pink flowers, we adore you.

And these shades of florals look perfectly wonderful on guys, too.

Pink details can add so much whimsy to your wedding day. Try cotton candy favors, big balloons and that ever-popular wedding prop, the mason jar, this one updated with an on-trend color and a dip in glitter!

Pale pinks look fantastic paired with metallics, whether it is the sparkly silverness of mercury glass or glittery gold.

And, if you so happen to love sparkles, try bedazzling the bottom of your wedding shoes in silver glitter. So fun in photos! Or have a custom brooch bouquet made incorporating all kinds of bling. If your budget is boundless, have your wedding in a castle and spend a bazillion dollars on hanging floral orbs of beauty. We know we would!

Rose gold is another metallic that works with pink. Especially if we are talking about rose gold sequins! Dress up your tables with runners of rose gold, and dress your maids in a variety of rose gold and blush.

Or combine cream with your color story, to add a delicate touch. Doesn’t this cake look yummy? We want to sit down in that perfect chair with a big piece right now!

Of course your cake element will need to be pink. And boy oh boy are there some lovely pink cakes out there.

Millennial pinks are modern, cool and versatile, so whichever shade of pale pink you decide to roll with, we know it will make your wedding day beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style Your Wedding: Hanging Decor #Don’tGetHungUpOnDecor #HangingWeddingDecor

Brides are you looking for something extra special to amp up your wedding decor? Consider using Hanging Decor! Hanging decor can consist of greenery, paper, glass, flowers or just about any grouping of objects you like. This type of decor works well when you have a large quantity of items. Say your guy loves vintage watches, well you can easily incorporate that element for him. But, hang just one pocket watch and it would look weird swinging around over your groomscake table, right? But hang a group of old-time pocket watches and you look like the coolest design maven ever. “How did she think of that?” your guests will exclaim to one another as they admire your ingenuity.

Fabric makes wonderful hanging decor elements. Swag swaths of chiffon to construct a billowy canopy over your tables. Wrap chandelier chains in ribbons for a sophisticated look. Or, suspend a bunch of ribbons, vertically, from the ceiling for a colorful and whimsical display.

Looking to go ALL OUT? Then we suggest transforming your wedding reception venue’s ceiling into a dazzling display with hanging branches, floral decor and/or chandeliers.

Or, achieve a simpler, but equally pleasing style aesthetic by hanging glass bottles with single stems and string. These bottles can be collected from dollar stores, craft shops, thrift stores and flea markets in the months before your wedding. So sweet!

We love the tried and true, typical hanging decor like paper lanterns, paper fan decorations and hanging tissue paper flowers. Especially when you put a ton of them together. Yeah, it’s been done before, many times, but that’s because it WORKS. Paper lanterns are festive, fun, and light-hearted. And, affordable. Such an easy way to impart major chic to your space. These items come in every color under the sun so they can add to any wedding color scheme. Joyful never goes out of style!

String some flowers upside down for some serious style impact. A simple assortment of stems can be utterly transformed just by hanging them upside down by their stems. See?

Floral elements look even cooler hung in combination with geometric shapes.

Including lighting with your hanging decor can amp up the amazingness, especially for evening weddings. A multitude of twinkle lights hung vertically in a tree is utterly stunning. Lanterns strung up with jute rope and adorned with lush flowers dress up a tree. Hanging glass orbs with candles add a glamorous dose of romance!

White paper flowers on fishing line are an inexpensive and simple design solution, plus they aren’t going to wilt. Have your bridesmaids and family help you make up tons of these puppies ahead of time. Sewhistorically.com has a great tutorial here for making white jasmine flower garlands. Best part? You don’t even need any glue! For the wedding hang them up in great quantities for a lovely look.

Whatever style you want to convey at your wedding, you can easily incorporate some hanging decor to bring it! No need to get hung up on what to do, just use some creative and gorgeous hanging wedding decorations.

BRIDAL STYLE: Luminous, Glowy Skin for Your Wedding Day #LuminousBride #bridalmakeup

As a bride we know you want a glowy, fresh complexion for your wedding day, right? And, starting with luminous skin will make any makeup you apply on your special day look even better. So, we’ve sourced some fabulous tips to get your face in tip-top shape!

1. Exfoliate!

Start exfoliating several months before your wedding to get truly radiant skin. The best exfoliators contain lactic acid, like DR. BRANDT SKINCARE’s Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator ($79 at Sephora), a scrub formulated with aluminum oxide crystals and soothing botanicals to polish away dead skin cells, provide a radiant, healthy look, and smooth skin’s texture. You’ll be amazed at the maximum results you’ll achieve in minimal time. Want even better results?  Visit a dermatologist where you can get you major improvements for your skin, since their products contain a higher concentration of glycolic acid than at-home treatments provide.

 

2. Detox!

Whatever you put IN your body, shows on the OUTSIDE. So it makes sense to detox your body to help eliminate any toxins and thereby benefit your skin. The best ways to clean up your interior? Start by drinking tons of water each and every day. Fill up the crisper in your fridge with lots of fruits and veggies, and nosh on them every chance you get. Those nutrients will save your skin! Cut back on everything fun including sugar, salt and alcohol. Hey, it’ll be worth it! (And we did just say “cut back,” not “eliminate.” You still got to enjoy life!) If you want to get real serious about detoxing, we suggest juicing. Juicing for Beginners is a great place to start.

 

Eat your greens, drink your water and cut back on the margaritas to achieve a naturally beautiful face for your fiancee to adore!

3. Vitamins!

Vitamins for skin are key, especially vitamin C. Applying Vitamin C to your skin is the best way to achieve a bright, even complexion, notes Erin Ferrill, East Coast educator for HydroPeptide. “The brightening qualities of this well-known vitamin make it the perfect companion for anyone struggling with age spots, sun damage or those who just want a makeup-free pick me up,” Ferrill says. For a true vitamin-taking/skin-enhancing win, take both vitamin C and vitamin E together. This powerhouse combo has been shown to increase the ability of the skin to protect itself from sun damage. “While this is no excuse to ditch the sunscreen, it is a great way to give your skin a fighting chance against the damaging rays of the sun. Look for products that combine vitamin C with gentle exfoliants and natural skin brighteners like bearberry, licorice, mulberry and brightening peptides.”

4. Chill out!

We love this super simple trick. Sucking on a cube of ice chills all of the millions of cells in your cheeks and lips, increasing circulation, and resulting in plumper, more rosy-looking skin! Annie Tevelin, founder of SkinOwl, says, “This is a great glow-fix mid-dinner or before taking a picture to restore fatigued skin to a more peaches and cream complexion.”

5. Makeup!

Achieve the “lit from within” look with the help of radiance-enhancing makeup products. Start by applying an illuminating cream under your makeup, like Becca Backlight Filter Primer ($38 at Sephora). Use TARTE Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 – Rainforest of the Sea™ Collection for a glowy and flawless look lasting for up to 12 hours. Finish with some bronze contouring, a little rosy blush and some illuminator swept across the tops of your cheekbones. Or better yet, find a local makeup artist to transform you into the very best version of yourself. In Knoxville we recommend Bangs and BlushSouthern Sirens, or Southern Belle Beauty!

 

All brides glow on their wedding days, and you will to. The happiness and joy you feel as you marry the love of your life provides more brilliance to your beautiful face than any tips we dish out ever will. But, a little prep never hurt.

 

BRIDAL STYLE: Fresh and Fabulous Modern Bridal Updos #BridalUpdos #BridalHair

The most popular hairstyle for brides has traditionally been some sort of updo or bun situation. This is because, typically, updos are extra-extra special. Buns bring to mind glamour, ballet dancers, movie stars, royalty and elegance. In most cases this look will require careful styling from a professional, plus an investment of both time and money. In other words, this style is not an every-day look. Who, for example, has an hour and at least a hundred bucks for their regular hairstyle? Nobody! But, when all eyes will be on you on the most SPECIAL day….making the effort to be extraordinary is totally WORTH IT! We’ve sourced some of the prettiest bridal updos around, and we hope you will find some wedding day hairstyle inspiration here.

 

First up is a series of loose updos, sourced from Pinterest, each embellished with gorgeous bridal hair accessories. Who doesn’t love a triple stranded pearl, right? The addition of a floral bridal vine on the side is so on-trend. And, you can never go wrong with an above bun beaded piece.

Another fave is the addition of braiding techniques to the updo. Encircle your crown with a series of twists and braids for a casually beautiful style. Or get edgy with a mohawk-inspired do! Love!!! Super loose braids can go traditional when you add in a white lace comb!

But, you don’t actually HAVE to spend any money or much time at all if you style a quick updo for yourself. We’ve got to say we are big fans of an uber pared-down approach to a bridal bun. A clean, slicked back chignon or do-it-yourself ballet bun provide effortless style that you can easily do yourself. And forgoing accessories of any kind takes this modern and minimalist wedding day look to another level. So freaking chic!!!

Yet Another Beauty Site has a wonderful tutorial for an elegant yet easy chignon below:

We adore a simple classic updo featuring a side or center part. Look, if Kate did it, you know it is on point. Of course, we absolutely love adding to the style by adding a huge floral crown a la Frida Kahlo.

If you are asking yourself, “Umm, wait, who is Frida Kahlo?”, she was one of Mexico’s most important painters! Frida was a harbinger of today’s selfie-obsessed culture, since she mostly painted self-portraits. Wild and wonderful she had impeccable personal style influenced by Mexican culture, and her famous folk art explored questions of identity, gender, class, and race in society. So if you are leaning toward an updo with a floral crown,  let this amazing lady be your muse:

Gorgeous bridal updos go glam with the addition of bridal hair vines, hair clips and veils!

And, to finish out our bridal hairspiration, we are circling back to our most favorite look: the messy updo. So soft, romantic, carefree and pretty! Tuck in some fresh greenery and floral elements to take the look sunshine and fresh air worthy! Or try a super carefree look with loose tendrils escaping here and there, and you will look like the heroine of an English romance novel.

No matter which updo you choose, you can be sure you will be looking your very best for your happy day!

BRIDAL STYLE: The Best Wedding Hair Accessories #BridalHeadpieces #Veils #Tiaras

You’ve worked hard planning your perfect wedding, making sure the venue, the invites, the guest list, the food, the ceremony and your dress are exactly what you want. Since you’ve been happily engaged in the bride-to-be game, checking things off your list, you’ll want to keep on track!

The greatest way to keep your head game strong? Finalize your wedding look with the BEST bridal hair accessories. Luckily for you, there are as many types of hair embellishments as there are dresses, and they cover every conceivable style!  Choose from various Veils, Headbands, Hair Vines, Crowns, Combs, Clips, Halos, Flowers, Garlands and Ties. Your choice can enhance your wedding style and make you look even more gorgeous!

Headbands & Ties

Headbands and ties deliver major style impact, plus they offer simplicity and ease (no bobby pins required). Pictured above is an enchanting, hand-crafted beaded organza tie that can be worn at the waist or around your pretty head. We think it looks a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll!

Below, is a lovely lace headband by Mariell, vintage-inspired and delicately composed of scalloped-edged lace and oh-so chic french netting. A super comfortable and uber-romantic look for any wedding day ensemble. We see this piece working beautifully for a bridal shower or rehearsal look too!

Bridal Designer Mariell also makes this sweet gold headband featuring a row of delicate leaves and one of Genuine Preciosa crystals, hand-wired to a slender headband for a botanical statement headpiece. This is fresh and modern and well-suited to outdoor weddings.

Hair Vines, Halos & Crowns

If you want to blur the line between boho chic and modern sensibilities, we suggest you complete your look with a Halo, Garland or Hair Vine. Any of these versatile bridal hair options can be worn wrapped around the top of your head like a crown, loosely woven through a braid, or even tucked around a polished up do for a romantic, relaxed vibe.

It is easy to see why this breathtaking hair vine by Mariell is one of their very best-sellers. An ethereal combination of Rose Gold, sprays of crystal tear drops AND rhinestones, this stunner guarantees a bridal statement fit for the runway and is sure to glam up any wedding hairstyle.

We love this DITA Floral Halo, handcrafted by Australian designer Tania Maras, available here. Inspired by the beauty of wild roses, the Dita boho floral bridal halo features delicate clay flowers set among gold leaves. A luxurious and stylish statement piece that exudes the beauty of nature in all its crowning glory:

DITA Floral Bridal Halo 4

For a daring, dramatic bridal that exudes a regal look we suggest a bridal crown, like this one, from Justin Alexander:

Combs, Clips & Pins

Other easy-breezy hair accessory options for brides include combs, clips and pins. Available in every conceivable style from glitzy to casual; these guys are a simple addition to any wedding hair style. A new trend we love? Combs designed to sit around the back of the head to fancy up your ‘do, like this striking, fresh-water pearl adornment, available on etsy, from Joanna Reed Bridal:

Add a rhinestone encrusted comb for a glamorous look, or clip on a flirty feather for your reception. Clip on a flower for a garden wedding.

Check out apocketofposies on etsy, for some adorable, nature-inspired bridal bobby pins, like these for $28, which are an enchanting pair of leaf branches with a beautiful verdigris green patina. Perfect for a woodland wedding!

Veils

Veils add the most-perfect finishing touch EVER for a bride, in our opinion. Veils add such romance, and tradition, and emotion to a look. I mean, how many chances in life will you have to wear a veil?!! And, wedding photos with veils are so stunning. See below:

A cathedral veil on a beautiful bride is just the be-all end-all of wedding day looks.

For the largest selection of the best wedding hair accessories, please visit us at The Gilded Gown. Give us a call at 865-329-4905 to schedule an appointment to try on options you will love.

 

REAL WEDDING: Rustic Boho Ceremony in East Tennessee #GildedGownBride #TennesseeWedding

We are so, so proud of all of our Gilded Gown Brides. And we just BEAM with happiness when one of our own has their special day recognized NATIONALLY! Beautiful bride Tarah’s Rustic Boho Ceremony was recently featured at BridalPulse.com. Woo-hoo! Congrats Tarah! You so deserve the recognition!!!

Pinterest Rustic Wedding

We first met Tarah on the day she found her beautiful dream wedding dress with us. We loved learning more about her and her wedding plans. An avid DIYer and Pinterest Board Aficionado, Tarah shared some of her wedding ideas with us, like her desire to make dream-catchers from vintage lace. And her plan to have a rustic arbor adorned with hand-made ribbon garlands. It is so rewarding to see how lovely her projects turned out for her wedding. Tarah worked hard to make the wedding of her dreams and it is easy to see the love in every DIY! #SheMadeItHappen

Tarah complimented her boho theme with a gorgeous floral crown which incorporated her love of purple! Shanna Tate beautifully styled her hair, and her makeup was photo-ready thanks to Ren Allen! #BeautyTeamsRule

Tarah wanted a relaxed, bohemian atmosphere with a rustic feel. She found the perfect setting for her day at The Millstone, a wedding venue nestled in the picturesque countryside of Limestone, TN. The grounds are filled with natural landscaping, plus the restored antique mill provided a unique ambiance for a truly special day. Her walk down the aisle, under a canopy of trees, was stunning! Her happy hubs-to-be, Shane, watched with adoration. (FYI: Tarah and Shane were introduced by Shane’s Mother!) #ThanksMIL

Tarah and Shane make an adorable couple. Their happiness just shines!!! #TrueLoveIsBeautiful

We LOVE the “love” marquee letters that greet their friends and family members. We also LOVE that the lush greenery and florals by Food City prove that you can get awesome wedding day flowers at a GROCERY STORE! And that sign! Sigh! “Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, LOVE, gives us a fairy tale!” #YesWeBelieveInFairyTales

After the touching ceremony, it was time to CELEBRATE. We are very fond of desert tables, and Tarah and Shane’s did not disappoint with tons of cupcakes, pies and cakes. Check out the killer wood slice cake stands! #morecupcakes

One sure-fire way to tell that you are at a GREAT wedding? Personalized wine! Shane and Tarah’s faces are on every bottle! Cupcakes, wine AND dancing? This is a win! #GuestsGotLucky

No matter how much work goes into planning a wedding, it wouldn’t be perfect unless it had the most important ingredient. Love. Love was very evident at Tarah and Shane’s Wedding. Love between the couple was proclaimed in every secret glance, look and smile. #HerEyesWereShining

Congrats to this sweet couple on their amazing, well-planned wedding day! We feel sure they will have a very happy ever after!

The Wedding Pros:

Photo: SoHo Photography | Flowers: Food City | Cake: Donna Hammet Barret | Catering: Food City | Venue: The Millstone | Dress Salon: The Gilded Gown | Hair: Shanna Tate | Makeup: Ren Allen | Music: Sam Kolleh

Citrus Wedding Palette: Bright & Summery Wedding Color Scheme #CitrusWedding #CitrusPalette #WeddingStyle

There’s nothing brighter and fresher than the colorful shades of citrus: think lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges and tangerines. We love the idea of turning these fresh-squeezed hues into a wedding palette that’ll really pop for a summer wedding!

Set the tone with citrus inspired invites, like these cheerful cards by Lola Lee Invitations. They are the perfect way to brighten up the mailboxes of your family and friends.

citrus themed wedding invitation by Lola Lee Invitations

Going with a citrus theme is easy and can be affordable too. One way to save with citrus: Load up on piles of the summery fruit to use for decor and floral arrangements at the ceremony and reception! And, use masses of slices for dressing up your drink station! Plain ‘ole water looks pretty fancy with three hundred orange slices crammed in a pretty glass container. Plus the delicious lemony, limey, orangey scents will fill the air.

We love these awesomely simple table number holders: oranges paired with vintage post cards. #onpoint

orange inspired escort cards with vintage postcards http://www.weddingchicks.com/2013/09/20/vintage-destination-wedding/

Another idea we love is to use scooped out citrus fruits for delightful desert serving bowls. Like these refreshing looking Raspberry Sorbets in lemon halves. Whole and sliced fruit in tall glass cylinders of water work well as a modern substitute for more traditional floral arrangements. Even if you are using flowers, (which you most likely are!) the addition of colorful fruit adds majorly to the appeal! Brighten your guests’ senses with refreshing  IZZE Sparkling Juices. Our fave – Clementine. This sharp, summery tongue-tickler has just the right amount of bubbles to wake up everyone’s taste buds.

We love the vibrant, citrus-themed table setting by Bellenza, below, which perfectly captures a summertime feel with fruit-inspired table decorations. Visit their site for many cool ideas on how to incorporate and layer the tropical shades to make your wedding tables shine!

Fishbowl centerpieces with yellow and orange flowers

 

Another way to reinforce the summery theme is by wearing a luxurious, citrus-scented perfume. Try Jo Malone’s London Orange Blossom Cologne available from Neiman Marcus for $65, which is described thusly, “the scent of clementine leaves in the morning dew sparkles above a heart of orange blossom and water lily, transporting the wearer to a garden oasis.” Ummm, yeah, okay that sounds heavenly!!! Wear it for the wedding and anytime you spritz it on in the future it will conjure up wonderful memories of your happiest day.

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For a romantic wedding day look for the bride, we suggest this lace stunner from Abree. Even though it features long sleeves, the sheer illusion fabric is lightweight and well suited for warm weather. We can picture this modern wedding dress sparkling in a citrus setting on a sun-kissed bride.

Bountiful bouquets bloom with beauty in yellow, orange and pink with pops of green…all citrus colors. Add in your choice of fruit to make the bouquets even more luscious! And, how cute are the tiny, citrusy boutonnieres?

A crate full of succulents, florals and oranges is rustic as well as stunning! Tropical flowers with touches of citrus and greenery are so pretty on these simple white and naked cakes. How pretty is the simple round cake with slices of orange, lemon and lime?

Best of all, going with a sweet, simple citrus theme is celebrating nature at its finest.

**Country Charm**

 

 

WEDDING INSPIRATION: Spanish Chic, Colorful Hacienda Style Wedding #SpanishChicWedding

We are crazy for the colorful, textured sights and sounds of Spain and Mexico. And so, of course, we think Spanish Chic is a perfect wedding theme. Plus warmth, passion and love are hallmarks of Spanish values, all good things to celebrate at a marriage ceremony. For your own Spanish style festivities filled with love, family, and culture—be sure to use wood, vibrant flowers, tile, and plenty of pottery—as these are the hallmarks of hacienda style! These fun and lively elements are sure to set the tone for your unforgettable event. Further set the stage by incorporating floral crowns, fans, tile patterns, bougainvillea, Latin flavors and Tequila to bring home the Spanish flair to your wedding decor! If you can find a location featuring a bougainvillea covered archway leading to a fountain, grab it!!! Muy bonita!!!

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No matter your location, you can give the feeling of a Hacienda with small touches of colorful ceramic pottery, tiles, and flowers:

Let your guests know the style of your event up front with your invitations. Papel Picado, considered to be Mexican Folk Art, is a decorative craft made out of colorful tissue paper cut into beautiful and elaborate designs. These Papel Picado style invites from minted.com are perfect for any Latino inspired nuptials: invitations, in your choice of colors, priced at $2.34 each, by award-winning designer Andres Montano. Major perk: If you order your invites from minted.com you will receive a free wedding website too! #Ole!

For bridal styling, we suggest wearing an extra-long cathedral veil (big enough to snuggle under!), huge & colorful bouquets, and definitely flowers for your hair! #Perfecto!

A lace veil, and floral embellished guitar are the epitome of Spanish chic. #Increíble!

We think this Romantic Bridals gown, composed of lace and chiffon with a beaded halter top and illusion lace back, lends itself in the loveliest ways to a Spanish themed wedding.

Add a shot of fun and whimsy to your day with an array of South-of-the-border inspired DIY projects. Super easy and affordable ideas: Use a paint marker to add names and table numbers on beautiful tiles that can double as place cards and favors. Glue scraps of lace to Terra Cotta pots filled with succulents for your tablescapes and decor. If you are feeling super-inspired, purchase an Esperanza Lace Tile Stencil to jazz up your reception site from Royal Design Studio Stencils.

You can take the theme bright and colorful with pops of fun colors to offset your neutrals.

Or you can focus in on a single color, in this case burgundy:

Get the good times rolling with a Spanish themed cocktail, Sangria Bar or shot. Viva la Vida!

Other ideas for your event: How about a welcoming “Bienvenidos” sign swagged with greenery, a cigar bar and/or Mexican candies in matchboxes.

However you chose to celebrate Spanish culture at your wedding you can’t get it wrong. Any touches you chose to highlight are sure to delight you, your guests and your amor de mi vida!.

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