TREND ALERT: Animals in Your Wedding #FurryFriends #PetsinMyWedding

Do you adore animals? If so, we suggest you jump on the trend-wagon and make plans to include them in your wedding. Fact is, if you and/or your fiancee are “animal people” it stands to reason that you would want to include them in your special day. After all pets are part of the family – so they should take part in your wedding where all your favorite people are gathered. It might be a bit more work and take a little extra planning, but including your beloved pet will take your wedding to the next level. And folks, these special wedding additions are super popular this year. So many weddings are incorporating furry friends in tons of creative ways!

Maybe you’ve been in love with horses since you were a little girl.

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Conversely, could you possibly be described as a “crazy cat lady”?

Maybe his best friend is his Standard Poodle. Or you have a beloved French Bulldog. Add them to the mix on your wedding. Dogs make terrific ring-bearers and sign holders. Plus dogs are great fun ambassadors for your guests (and you!).

Are you having a rustic barn wedding? Consider surrounding yourselves with some farm-yard chickens like this lovely couple photographed by award-winning, top-rated Heather Parker Photography:

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Donkeys, aplacas and llamas….oh my!

 

Perhaps you just want some darling, fuzzy friends for everyone to enjoy. Up the cute factor by adding floral crowns or garlands. Awwww, we don’t know which is more adorable; the baby deer, the fuzz-bun or the super-sweet dog!

Perhaps he’s always been fascinated with giraffes, or monkeys, or….. elephants!!! An elephant with the bride and groom is pretty exciting. This guy might just steal the show. And, talk about some extraordinary wedding pics!!!

If you are wondering where you can find less traditional animals, do a quick google search to find a company that services your area. Suggested searches: “rent farm animals, ” “exotic animals for your party,” “mini petting zoo rental,” etc.

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To us, more is always more, so we love that this set-up includes so many sweet animals AND a princess!

We discovered Joel Slaven’s Professional Animals Inc located in Florida by searching online. Slaven’s can tailor their wedding packages just for you. You can select the animals that will be in attendance or you can even create a theme, such as Australian or African animals. With packages starting at just $500, this is a budget friendly dream. Their professionally trained animals will be handled by trainers who will engage your wedding guests and give them a once in a lifetime experience.
Whether you would like a flock of doves released during your ceremony or you would like to add something special to your cocktail hour, Joel Slaven’s Professional Animals can deliver!
We’re fairly certain your wedding will stand out if you include some of the animals in Joel Slaven’s line-up and your guests will have a memorable experience:
– Red ruffed lemurs
– Hyacinth Macaws
– Cotton top tamarins (had to google! look how cute!)
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– Wallabies
– Cockatoos
– Bush babies
– Tamandua (how sweet!)

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No matter how you choose to include animals in your wedding, they are sure to add even more love and fun to your event.
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Here are some links to additional fab articles on the subject, if you are interested:

28 Times Animals in Weddings Store the Show by JuneBug Weddings

How to Include Animals in Your Wedding by Auckland Weddings

REAL WEDDING: Intimate Beach Ceremony for Gilded Gown Bride #FamilyWedding #BeachWedding


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We were thrilled to be part of a very romantic and intimate beach wedding that was recently published on BridalPulse. The ceremony took place in picturesque Topsail Island, North Carolina and was beautifully captured by Asher & Emily Photography!

Staci and her groom, Kevin, adore beach vacations. And, it was after a memorable trip to Folly Beach, SC that the couple began planning their dream wedding. In their minds, their day would take place on the beach, in the sand, and be simple and small. They dreamed of renting an ocean front house where their immediate family could stay with them. Their dreams came true on their wedding day, and it unfolded just as they had envisioned with the spectacular backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and sunny blue skies surrounding them. And the sand in their toes. #beachweddingenvy

The gorgeous bride, Staci, found her amazing Justin Alexander wedding dress here at The Gilded Gown. This low-key lady wanted something with a “vintage feel” that wasn’t too glitzy. Her selection of this lace overlay fit and flare gown fit the bill and worked seamlessly with her low-fuss, beachy vibe.

Staci customized her gown by making a few minor adjustments.

“It had a flower on the front,” Staci recalled. “I had this changed to a different bridal sash and it ended up looking so much better that way. It was the first time I had ever felt like a princess.”

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We love when brides personalize their dresses to fit their wedding vision.

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We love that Mom, barefoot like everyone else, escorted Staci down the sandy aisle.

 

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A bamboo arbor draped with white panels, tropical greenery and bridal white flowers by Surf City Florist framed the ocean view to perfection.

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The couple’s love for one another is evident in every single shot. Awww… to be young, beautiful and in love!!!

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The guests, all close family, surround the couple with love and support. We’re pretty sure they didn’t mind a beach vacay either!

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The cake by The Corner Sweet fit the beach theme with yummy sea glass green frosting along with starfish and shell embellishments. The meal, barbeque, was casual and fun, catered by: Surf City BBQ

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A question many couples ponder is: “Should We Take That First Look, Or Not?”

For this couple, the answer was “Yes!” Staci and Kevin decided they wanted a special moment together before the wedding. Staci explained. “It made the anxiety of the day next to none and really gave us that personal moment to have ‘real expressions’ of seeing each other for the first time.”

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This is our fave shot from their day. Looking outwards toward whatever they will face in life, but holding hands, they will be together through it all. #Sniff

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All the best to this happy couple from all of us at The Gilded Gown!

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THE DETAILS

Wedding Photographer: Asher & Emily Photography | Venue: Topsail Island, North Carolina | Wedding Flowers: Surf City Florist | Cake: The Corner Sweet | Catering: Surf City BBQ | Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Dress Designer: Justin Alexander | Dress Salon: The Gilded Gown | Hair & Makeup: Emily Presnell of Asher & Emily Photography | Music: Spotify

WEDDING INSPIRATION: Purple Romance from Lindsey Mae Designs and Blush Creative #PurpleWedding #WeddingOnFleek


We were thrilled to be recently published on Bride Link! The Gilded Gown was selected to provide the perfect bridal gown for a recent wedding photo shoot  held at The Standard, a distinctive event space in the heart of downtown Knoxville, beautifully styled by Lindsey Mae Designs and photographed by Blush Creative Photography.

The creative force behind the shoot, Lindsey had a clear idea of what kind of wedding she wanted: “When coming up with a vision for our styled shoot I wanted to create something that was different than most shoots you see this season! The Standard was the perfect venue with the natural wood floors & the vintage walls. When my ideas started coming together I was looking outside the boxes of normal flowers to find what would come in shades of purple.” 

Lindsey, along with her co-vendors, produced a stunning tableaux of dark wood, lush greenery, pops of silver, succulents, all shades of purple and DONUTS! Heck yeah!!!

Here’s a close up of the lovely, lovely hand-crafted donuts provided by Makers Donuts in Knoxville, TN. Lindsey wanted to find a fun alternative to a traditional wedding cake, and she nailed it with these blueberry confections!

An abundant swag of greenery coupled with two rustic signs, transforms simple folding chairs into a stunning focal point.

Romance and whimsy abound in the beautifully colorful styled wedding.  We adore how Lindsey utilized bold blues, plums, lavender, combined with both modern and vintage details and lush florals to bring her vision to life.  From the wood floors to the vintage walls, natural elements and purple details make this shoot an absolute dream! This spectacular tablescape incorporates all the elements in a stunning way.

The pops of silver and green really enhance the power of purple! We love, love, love the delicately hued china courtesy of Sassy Settings and furnishings from Anderson Rental Company.

 

The adorable couple! The groom is dressed to the nines by Prestige Tuxedo and, of course, the gorgeous bride wears a stunning English Net ballgown (designed by Sweetheart) with a darling net handkerchief layered skirt from The Gilded Gown. Oh, and that AMAZING bouquet is all thanks to Echelon Florist:

 

The beautiful bride, whose look was the artistry of the crew at Bangs and Blush:

We are so honored to have participated with so many talented co-vendors. Knoxville has a fabulous array of wedding professionals.

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Photography:  Blush Creative Photography  | Tuxedo:  Prestige Tuxedo  | Gown: The Gilded Gown  | Event Designer:  Lindsey Mae Designs | Donuts:  Maker’s Donuts

Other Vendors:

Venue:  The Standard  | Beauty:  Bangs and Blush  | China Settings:  Sassy Settings | Rentals: Anderson Rental Company  Floral Design: Echelon Florist 

4 Wedding Reception Food Trends for 2017 #WeddingReceptionFoodTrends #Yum

After a beautiful marriage ceremony — following the happy tears and sentimental yearning, the oohs and ahhs over the gorgeous bride and such — we love the feeling that comes over the crowd of family and friends. The feeling that it is time to relax, head to the reception and EAT! YA-HOOOOO. Nothing livens up a crowd more than the promise of refreshments!

We’ve rounded up some of the very, very best wedding reception food trends for 2017. Granted, some of them have been around for awhile. But, you just can’t argue with tried and true good food. And while we aren’t exactly reinventing the wheel here, we do think each of these trends is a worthy choice for any upcoming wedding. Speaking of wheels, how about hiring yourself a food truck for your reception.

The darlings of hipsters, foodies and farmer’s markets, food trucks offer an amazing array of cuisines from high-end to carnival and every food in between. We love the mega-convenience factor in that these babies roll up with all the food, dishes, and staff inside. And after the party they roll all the mess on down the highway. Sort of the best way to entertain IMO. Plus they look adorable and make a great photo backdrop.

You can work a food truck into just about any wedding style. Beach wedding, how about a “Lobstah Love” seafood truck?

Mexican food is always a popular choice for post-wedding noshing: satisfying, filling and affordable.

Everybody loves some breakfast for dinner. Brinner is a great way to save on your food costs, please your guests and showcase your personality. Waffle and fruit skewers dusted with powdered sugar will spread lots of joy.

Quiche and maple bacon provide a perfect savory note.

A yummy biscuit bar provides your guests lots of options for customizing their bites.

Teensy-tiny food is soooo cute. Treat your guests to mini everything, from apps to entrees and deserts!

Min pies on sticks in jars for the win!

Mini salad shooters are beautiful to look at and easy for your guests to eat!

Curated food pairings are definitely on the rise at events this year. Since most people nowadays are exposed to chefs and chef-speak thanks to food network, they will feel special and fancy when presented with pairs. Start them off with an amuse-bouche paired with a shot of wine.

Or you can always surprise them with something more down-home like roast beef sliders and a beer.

Sure to please classics like burger sliders, grilled cheese and teensy mugs of brew are always popular. Provide cones of waffle fries for your hungry guests and they will thank you! Finish with coffee topped with donuts (the ultimate food pairing!) and you will end the event on a happy note for all.

6 Unique Wedding Guest Book Ideas #WeddingGuestBookAlternatives

We love how friends and family congregate at weddings to celebrate a new couple. And we think each guest should be remembered and appreciated. Wedding Guest Books provide a space for guests to mark their attendance, but they are, well, kind of unimaginative. And, after the wedding, the sweet sentiments recorded in them are usually carefully packed away in a drawer never to be seen again. So we sourced some unusual options for your special day that provide a bit more pizzazz than a plain ole book. These unique wedding guest book ideas are fun for your guests and might actually be displayed and/or used in your home, keeping the love visible for years to come.

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Personalized Poster

Hello Am on Etsy offers really pretty personalized posters for couples wanting a little something different for their wedding guest book.

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Big Ole Glass Bottle

Beaucoup has this awesome monogrammed glass bottle which can serve as a neat guest book alternative. This personalized bottle provides a creative way to involve wedding guests in the festivities. Leave out for guests to either sign or to leave a wedding wish. You can use corks, mini scrolls, or torn cardstock as the message medium. And this lovely bottle would look great on a bookshelf or fireplace mantle.

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There are so many unique ways to have your guests sign in when they attend your wedding! It’s also a wonderful way to remember your wedding day for the rest of your life. We’ve collected some amazing wedding guestbook ideas that we think would be a great addition to all kinds of weddings. From maps […]:

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Globe

Loobie Design on Etsy offers upcycled, hand painted plastic globes to be used as an alternative to a wedding guestbook. The globe can easily be written on, perfect for your guests to leave messages on your wedding day. Loobie Design can provide a globe in a range of colors, plus names, dates or quotes can be added by request. This conversation piece would add interest to any space from living room to office.

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And, resourceful girls can find themselves a vintage globe at a local thrift shop. All you’ll have to do is make a cute sign for your guest book table and put out some sharpies. Guest sign in project done!

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Dictionary

Another adorable idea for a guest book is to use a vintage or new dictionary. You’ll simply ask your guests to circle a word inside and sign the page. You will have a useful, practical and wonderful reminder of your special day for years to come. Every time you go to the dictionary to look up a word, you’ll be rewarded with a precious memory from your wedding. Awwwwwww….

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10 Creative Wedding Guest Book Ideas: Ask your guests to circle words in a dictionary that remind them of you:

Guest book idea: find a vintage dictionary, have your guests choose a word they think reminds them of you and leave their comment. They can use markers to mark off the page their word is on. It's a creative way of getting your guests thoughts. Also ideal for those that get stumped on what to say. This gives them a starting point.:

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Birthday & Anniversary Chart

It is so hard to keep up with birthdays and anniversaries of our loved ones. So, we love this riff on a wedding book. Guests add their birth dates and anniversaries to this giant calendar and you’ll never miss another special day. Buy a bunch of greeting cards at your local Dollar Store so you can be on top of your snailmail game. Use your handy chart and you will have a great way to pay the love forward, Nice.

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Paper Airplanes

Beaucoup has a whimsical way for your guests to leave a message for you. Love will take flight at any travel-themed wedding when you incorporate these airplane-themed wishing well notes. Set comes with 25 pieces of paper, each with a blank side for writing and a side marked with pre-scored folding lines to help fashion a paper airplane. Each sheet is designed to be folded and molded into the perfect paper airplane for jotting well wishes off to the happy couple. Your guests will have fun making their airplanes and we can envision lots of test flights livening up your sign in table!Paper Airplane Wishing Well Notes with Mini Suitcase

TREND ALERT: Totchos…When Nachos Meet Tater Tots… #BestFoodMashupEver

In the bridal business we definitely believe with all our hearts that two is better than one. So we thought we’d venture into the crazy world of food mashups, whereby two foods combine into a third, hopefully better, food. For instance there is the ultimate confection from the mind of New York City Pasty Chef Dominique Ansel (who is credited with starting the food mashup craze); the CRONUT, which is a marriage of a croissants and a donut, and which we are totally down with:

There are all the crazy combos you’ve probably heard of — and kind of clutched your stomach while imagining the intense pain and pleasure eating such a concoction might induce. Like the insane ballpark fare of a Hamburger with Krispy Kreme Donuts for buns. Or a Hamburger with pizza slices instead of buns. Or the Chili Taco Dog, whereby a taco shell is stuffed with the innards of a chili cheese hot dog. Obscenely awesome. Scarily delicious. Not-for-every-day-consumption. But what a heck of a good time.

Hello Totchos!

Aka Tachos. Aka get in our belly!

All you need to do is to top crispy, crunchety oven-hot tater tots with everything you might pile on a stack of nachos. Tex Mex, Buffalo Chicken, heck throw a poached egg on top if you’re feeling Food-Networky.

Kelly Senyei, the creative genius at Just A Taste, has the perfect recipe for Loaded Totchos:

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  • YIELD: 6 TO 8 SERVINGS
  • 1 (28-oz.) bagfrozen tater tots
  • 1 poundground beef or ground turkey
  • 2 1/2 teaspoonstaco seasoning
  • 1 (15-oz.) canblack beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cupsshredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cupdiced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cupdiced red onions
  • Guacamole, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Bake or fry the tater tots per the package instructions then arrange them in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Add the ground beef and taco seasoning to a large sauté pan set over medium heat. Cook the beef, breaking it up with a spatula, until it is cooked throughout.

Sprinkle the ground beef atop the tater tots then top the beef with the black beans and cheddar cheese. Bake the totchos until the cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes.

Remove the tochos from the oven and top them with the tomatoes, onions and guacamole. Serve immediately (or else they might get soggy).

Oh, and you might need an additional ingredient:

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BRIDAL STYLE: Shoulder Jewelry is So Pretty #BridalShoulderJewelry #ShoulderNecklace

We are in LOVE with shoulder jewelry, the beguiling, be-jeweled pieces that can absolutely transform your wedding day! These custom-made beauties add major impact to any strapless dress. They look amazing from all angles and photograph beautifully!

Bridal Boutiques.US has a fabulous pinterest board featuring so many cool options.

Etsy has tons of artisans offering handmade shoulder pieces. Award winning designer Blair Nadeau  spent countless hours hand beading this beautiful, sparkling shoulder piece. Featuring gorgeous french Alencon lace, hand stitched with Preciosa Crystals, Swarovski Crystals and Silver Lined beads, this dramatic shoulder piece is truly a unique showstopper. For around $600 you can have this made in your choice of Rose Gold, Ivory or Gold, for more info click here.

Bridal designer Jamie, the sole creative of Abigail Grace Bridal, says, “My years in the gown industry taught me that all brides really want is to feel special on their very special day, and sometimes that $5000 (or more!) gown isn’t the piece that will make her feel that way, but a simple accessory might just do the trick. Each piece I design is unique and I never create the same piece twice.” Jamie offers this dainty crystal bridal bolero with delicate rhinestone detailing and an adorable adjustable silk ribbon. This piece is available here, for $310.

 

 

Samantha, a bridal designer from the UK, operates Wildest Dreams Bridal on etsy. She started the shop in order to make her passion her career and to share her love of sparkle and boho glamour to brides all over the world. She makes the magic happen out of her little home studio and her most popular accessories to date are her awesome back necklaces.

This bridal shoulder necklace is a stunning work of art featuring Swarovski crystals, silver seed beads and pearls strung around the front, back and arms which attach to beaded lace appliques that sit on the shoulders. Two beaded strands hang over the arms. The shoulder piece has a center back strand with a Swarovski crystal pendant that hangs down the middle. This boho necklace is custom made to fit your body measurements and suits strapless dresses best. It gets placed over the head onto the shoulders and they include body tape for holding each applique in place. Available here for about $200.

Millie and Sophia, the creative forces at work at Enrich By Millie, are passionate about their custom bridal work. This intricate and exquisite shoulder necklace can be worn two ways. Carefully hand-sewn beading and crystals are lavishly embellished on a net background. Faboosh! Available here, for $825.


We love that bridal shoulder necklaces can transform your wedding gown into something spectacular. We love that you can achieve SO much magic with so little work, since shoulder pieces simply slip on over your head and bam! FAB-U-LOUS-NESS!  They work well with any style from boho to extravagant, and in any setting from barn to cathedral. Whatever look you are wanting to achieve for your special day, we recommend trying on lots of different accessories to complete your wedding day ensemble to perfection.

Navy & Coral Wedding Palette #NavyandCoralWeddingInspiration

 

Navy & Coral, as a color scheme for your wedding, is fresh, crisp and summery. Perfectly suited for outdoorsy, nautical, boho or preppy style events, we love that this palette reflects both the masculine (with the navy) and the feminine (with the coral). The interplay between the two colors is refreshing and is a happy juxtaposition .

Doesn’t this romantic Lillian West bridal gown with softly tiered layers of lace fit nicely with the palette? Check out the nice interplay of the rustic rope and spool cake stand against the delicately romantic cake. A silver tray stocked with mason jars containing coral refreshments is a nice touch, particularly in the South! And don’t forget the jaunty straws!

Vintage doors topped with a staggering amount of florals and greenery in coral is a stunning centerpiece for the ceremony.  A polka dotted bow tie with a navy tux is such an adorable guys option too!

You can take the color scheme to the upmost in sophistication by paring down the contrast with neutrals, as evidenced by the glamorous tiered cake below. The softest of corals against a touch of navy in the anemones sets off the barely there frosting color. Then the crisp pop of navy and white stripes encircling the bottom of the cake makes a big statement. Pow!  The softly marbled ombre of the light coral cake is delicate and sweet.

A bountiful, coral-themed candy bar delights the senses, and will make your guests giddy with delight. Everyone turns into a kid in the candy store when presented with such a fun display.

A lovely navy and coral floral invitation can set the stage for your entire event and let your guests know you are planning something super-spectacular.

Searching for the perfect decor? We love tassel garlands as show above. Or, order these on-trend triangle garlands on Etsy from APopofConfettiCo here:

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Weddbook offers these lacy, lovely Navy and Coral Wedding Invitations. Featuring a band of wide navy lace topped with a shiny coral satin bow plus a mix of timeless and elegant fonts: These invites are well suited for any Rustic, Shabby Chic, or Vintage Wedding.

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Aisle Perfect blogged about this awesome color scheme geared towards a preppy theme and we love their inspiring collage below:

Image Credits: Navy and coral bridesmaid by Jessika Feltz Photography via Fab You Bliss | Wedding Cake: Catherine Guidry Photography via Heart Love Weddings | Coral and Navy tablescape, cup and place setting via The Lennoxx | Navy and coral groomsmen via Lori Paladino Photography via The Knot | Coral and navy pillow by Bedbuggs | Coral bouquet via TheKnot | Coral vases via Weddingbee | Navy and coral wedding invitation by Christa Alexandra designs via OneWed

The Very Best Bridal Dress Trends for Spring 2017 #BridalGownTrends

As we enter the newest Bridal Season, we like to celebrate our favorite trends. For Spring 2017, we are applauding Illusion Tops, Cascading Ballgown Skirts, Plunging Necklines, Over-sized Bows, and all sorts of adorable Bridal Gown Toppers.

Wedding toppers are those cute little extras that you can so easily slip on over your dress, be it a caplet, shawl or jacket. With the warmer season comes lots of destination weddings, folks are getting hitched at the beach, in barns, lakeside and in picturesque fields. If you are getting married in such a location, remember that sometimes a chill comes in the evening time and a topper is just the thing to complete your look and keep you comfortable.

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Or, you may have a strapless dress that just needs…a little something. A jeweled caplet can evoke another era and add lots of personality to your gown. This extra glam diamond rhinestone caplet captures the feels of the stylish 1920s and is available for $125, from StaysiLeeCouture on etsy here:

Maybe you have a finely-developed fashion sense and require a pink feathered overlay to add some interest to your look:

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Perhaps you want more coverage for your special day, in which case a lace jacket is the perfect addition.

Shawls are stealing the scene, as they simply go over your neck and add all sorts of beautiful interest, like this one in lace:

Whatever your situation, consider a wedding topper as the perfect finishing touch to your ensemble.

Over-sized bows are coming back to the bridal scene in a big way this season. And, the runway is quickly translating to wedding aisles, as more and more brides embrace this look.  This flirty and fun look is for the consummate girlie-girl. What is more feminine than a giant bow accent on your wedding dress: the bigger, the better? This whimsical wedding day accent is so versatile because bows can be worn in the front, back, or even on the side of your gown. And you can easily tie a bow in any color and/or fabric you like to your dress.

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But sometimes a trend is a little TOO much, ne c’est pas? We do not recommend putting a huge bow on your head. Ever.

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Just as the flowers bloom in springtime, the bridal runways are blossoming with softly tinted gowns in shades of gold, blush and pale blue.

Justin Alexander’s stunning pearl pink gown designed in silk is the softest tinted gown, and we just love it:Image result for Fully Beaded Sweetheart Bodice with Silk Dupion Skirt 8883

David Tutera’s gorgeous take on tinted, this strapless hand-beaded lace appliqué, organza and memory taffeta trumpet dress is in SeaMist, the palest bluish green:

 

Still going strong, the Illusion Bodice trend seems to be here to stay. We love the ultra-feminine coverage provided by this style as well as the ease of wear. With an illusion bodice you can have the look of a sweetheart strapless gown, but the support of gown with a top.

This fabulous dress by Sweetheart has loads of embroidered lace appliques that adorn the bodice of its’ gorgeous illusion top (also it is the palest, prettiest pink!):

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The allure and sophistication of a deep plunging neckline is not lost on today’s top bridal designers. This hot trend is all over Pinterest and is a favorite of brides.

Sweetheart combines trends in this soft wedding gown which features an illusion top AND a deep v neckline. This wedding day look is loaded with beaded lace appliques and a Chantilly lace underlay. The drama (and sexiness) of the plunging neckline is tempered with an easy-to-wear illusion top. Love!

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Last, but not least, we have the dramatic and mesmerizing trend of Cascading Skirts. These showstopping skirts feature tons of tiers and layers and command attention!

Sincerity Bridal designed this romantic tulle Ballgown with the perfect touch of lace and a cascading, tiered skirt.

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HONEYMOON: COSTA RICA, the happiest place on earth #JunglesandBeaches #Donotfeedthemonkeys

 

This country speaks to our hearts, first of all because Costa Rica is known as the happiest place in the world, but also because it is a realm of extreme peace. Costa Ricans are so amicable, in fact, that they completely did away with their army in 1949. This is a place where a common saying among locals is “Pura Vida” which means “pure life.” This national mantra embodies the most beautiful philosophy. Pura Vida is about finding joy in each experience, and appreciating the beauty in the world no matter what else may be happening around you. Pura Vida is the soul of Costa Rica and if you embrace it, Costa Rica will surely embrace you. Even though you might experience a rainy day, or a long wait for supper, smile, relax, and remember: Pura Vida. Peaceful, pure and happy is where we want to be! And we think you might just like it too!

Image result for pura vidaCosta Rica, roughly the size of West Virigina, is a ruggedly, rain-forested Central American country with coastlines on both the Caribbean AND the Pacific. Though its enchanting capital city, San Jose, is home to various cultural and urban enjoyments, Costa Rica is better known for its beaches, surf culture, volcanoes, and biodiversity.

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We can’t imagine a better way to start out your life together as a couple than visiting Costa Rica, honeymooning in a place filled with exotic jungles, gorgeous beaches and friendly people! Where you can find your zen together in paradise!

A place of cloud forests, hot springs, beaches, rain forest and jungles, where you can snorkel, surf, hike, raft, explore and relax to your heart’s content. The natural beauty of this magical country is unsurpassed. Picture yourselves visiting the fairy tale beauty of Rio Celeste Falls, where a powerful river tumbles down from the trees above into a dazzling pool of vivid, turquoise blue water. So spectacular it doesn’t look real:

Rio Celeste Falls

One of the top tourist attractions in Costa Rica, part of the Pacific Ring Fire Circle, are the numerous volcanoes –including several active ones like the Arenal Volcano.  If you spring for a stay at the fabulous hotel located base of the majestic Arenal Volcano, Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa, you can savor a sumptuous soak in the volcanic hot springs too:

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Wildlife is everywhere, since roughly a quarter of its area is protected jungles. Quetzal birds, sloths and the ever-popular monkeys are among native animals frequently seen in Costa Rica. The four species of monkeys in the country, Squirrel, Spider, Howler and Capuchin, are so adorable and playful. Seeing the monkeys is a thrilling experience, but people absolutely need to resist the urge to feed them. Humans feeding monkeys has many harmful effects. To find out more about why you should avoid this behavior, please read “Ten Reasons Not to Feed The Monkeys” on Trip Advisor. The ocean is full of photo-worthy fish, whether you view them by boat, or up-close with your snorkel gear.

There are various unique choices for places to stay, from tree houses to rain forest retreats.

Tree House Lodge, a hidden jewel on the south Caribbean coast on Punta Uva Beach, offers utter privacy in a natural tranquil atmosphere. With your own beach access and 300 meter beach front, you won’t have to meet anybody else during your stay at this romantic hideway. Besides, haven’t you always wanted to see how it feels to live in a tree house???

And, there is also a luxurious Secrets All-Inclusive Resort for those of you wanting a romantic retreat with all the details seen to.

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica

What details, you ask?

  • Limitless access to gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations required
  • Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits
  • Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
  • 24-hour room and concierge services
  • Pool and beach wait service
  • Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer
  • Daily maid service
  • Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment
  • Theme parties, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues
  • No wristbands required
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For more places to stay, check out this list of 12 places to stay in Costa Rica that you won’t believe.

Of course, you’ll want to try the local cuisine on your vacay. Here is a great article on the best food to try in Costa Rica, including their most famous dish: gallo pinto, (Spanish for “spotted rooster.”) The name is said to originate from speckled appearance that results from cooking black beans and white rice together.

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Costa Rica is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent places in the world. It’s a natural playground for honeymooners, hikers, surfers, animal lovers, snorkelers, and anybody who feels happiest in nature. Costa Rica reminds us how it feels to be truly alive, and encourages us to accept life as it comes and appreciate every moment. A great state of mind to start a marriage in!