TREND ALERT: Light up Your Wedding with Neon #GetLit #NeonWeddingDetails

Everybody is talking about the latest wedding trend: NEON, which can energize your wedding with an array of high-voltage shades! Getting Your Wedding LIT ūüĒ•¬†is easy¬†with vibrant, fun neon details, which you can use with carefree abandon on anything and everything from you, your decor, to your invites and even your food¬†& drinks. Neon doesn’t have to be brash, either, kids.¬†Utilizing the bright boldness of neon¬†can actually bring a light & playful feel to your wedding day. Let your guests know you heart beats for color by sending out some neon-inspired invites. Take for instance these handmade invites from the talented artistry of Ro from¬†Pigment & Parchment, who says, “color is my love language!” Ours too Ro!

One of the best ways to make a MAJOR neon style statement is to actually put your wedding up in lights with a custom sign! Like one of these ah-mazing designs by Sammy & Lola, a husband and wife team who provides serious wow factor for weddings with their super hip marquee lights. We are #crazyinlove

Christina Anton, the creative genius behind Boo and Boo Factory, specializes in brightly colored statement necklaces, bold neon earrings and such.  Just a quick glance at her worktable sends us into serious neon cravings.


Add any of these Boo and Boo Factory pieces to your wedding day look to express your love of bold hues.

Sprinkle yourself, your ceremony and your reception with lots of brilliant details:

Treat your family and friends to a happy ending with a gorgeous, neon-inspired wedding cake, like these options from Los Angeles cake designer¬†extraordinaire Colin O’Dea from¬†Cakes by Colin. His cakes are all¬†custom designed, one-of-a-kind pieces of art that are full of heart. As Colin says , “the greatest gift anyone can give is a gift made with your own¬†two hands, which is why I pour my¬†heart and soul into every cake.” With a philosophy like that you know these cakes taste as delicious as they look!

And, we love how Colin uses neon with such a delicate hand. His cakes are soooo soft and romantic while still delivering a punch of fun color.


These bright and fun neon cupcakes are from Eat Cake Be Merry:


Neon Lights
Baby when they look up at the sky
We’ll be shooting stars just passing by
You’ll be coming home with me tonight
We’ll be burning up like neon lights
Be still my heart ’cause it’s freaking out, it’s freaking out, right now
Shining like stars ’cause we’re beautiful, we’re beautiful, right now
You’re all I see in all these places
You’re all I see in all these faces
So let’s pretend we’re running out of time, of time
Baby when they look up at the sky
We’ll be shooting stars just passing by
You’ll be coming home with me tonight
And we’ll be burning up like neon lights
Baby when they look up at the sky
We’ll be shooting stars just passing by
You’ll be coming home with me tonight
And we’ll be burning up like neon lights
Neon lights
Neon lights
Neon lights
Like neon…

Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses, A Stunning Styled Shoot with Taylor Martin Photography

At The Gilded Gown we have a love for the beautiful style of bygone eras. Scroll through the decades, and no matter what period you land on we will immediately imagine styles we adore associated with that time. (And, we also think of what dresses we have in stock that can evoke that style.) For instance, bring up the 1920s and we immediately picture elaborately beaded gowns. The era also brings to mind opulent, Great Gatsby-esque, Art Deco fashion: shimmery skirts to dance the night away in, cloche hats, long strands of pearls and adorably bobbed hair. The Seventies? The rock-n-roll/hippie aesthetic of those years appeals to our sensibilities: long flowing clothing, wildflowers, elements of embroidery, lace details and a bohemian look. Looking to styles of the past is a splendid way to theme your wedding. You can embrace the details that you love about an era and blend it seamlessly with modern touches to make it your own.

Local photographer Taylor Martin recently felt inspired to put together a vintage inspired wedding dress photo shoot. So when he approached us at The Gilded Gown about possibly providing the dresses and accessories to help him fulfill his vision, we jumped at the opportunity to participate. #YES

Taylor pulled together a team of talented wedding pros to collaborate with and beautifully captured the timeless essence of so many eras. And our dresses never looked so lovely:

We love this peek behind-the-scenes from the shoot, where the beautiful models from Gage Talent had their gorgeous hair and on-point makeup perfectly done by the artists from Honey and Co.

We are absolutely captivated by the stunning images Taylor created against the backdrop of The Kincaid House¬†in Clinton, TN. The Kincaid House, neatly nestled on a picturesque 4-acre property, is perfect for a period specific wedding. The property includes¬†an immaculate dutch colonial home set in harmony with an enchanting,¬†English garden,¬†plus large, fragrant and neatly clipped boxwoods. Perched in front of the garden is a¬†stunning stone tower gazebo, an ideal focal point for your magical ‚ÄúI do‚ÄĚ moment and endless photo possibilities.

The timeless elegance of a sweetheart ballgown makes us swoon. This is a style that has been in fashion for more than sixty years, and will be for years into the future. Brides if you are looking for a classic silhouette that oozes romance we suggest this style. Taylor, you knocked it out of the park with these images of our Justin Alexander lace wedding dress with appliques:

Bridal Design House Justin Alexander is also responsible for this Lillian West bridal gown. We totally get a 1970s vibe from this unique V-neck allover lace gown with eyelash lace details at the neckline, bell sleeves, illusion back, and chapel length train.

An earlier time and place comes to mind with this beaded, cap sleeved gown also by Justin Alexander. This lovely trumpet gown, paired with a simple crown and long veil, could have easily been from the 1920s.

If you are searching for the perfect vintage-inspired wedding dress, please come see us at The Gilded Gown. If you need a venue, check out The Kincaid House. Want to look as beautiful as these models? Simply schedule your appointment with the lovely ladies of Honey and Co. And, if you are in need of an AMAZING wedding photographer, contact Taylor Martin Photography! We will leave you with more of Taylor’s breath-taking artistry:

We are so grateful to be associated with so many talented wedding professionals in our area. Thank you, thank you to all those involved:

Photographer: Taylor Martin Photography

Models: Gage Talent

Hair & Makeup: Honey and Co

Venue: The Kincaid House

Dresses & Accessories: The Gilded Gown



A stunning styled shoot with Roxy & Jon Photography at Crescent Bend #HistoricHomeWedding

The¬†creatives at¬†Jessica Lee Photographic Art¬†&¬†Cassandra O’ Donnell Photography¬†organized this¬†breathtaking¬†styled shoot which was staged amidst¬†the historic beauty of Crescent Bend in Knoxville, TN. Their vision came to life with the help of lots of other talented wedding professionals and was beautifully photographed by Roxy and Jon Photography.

The venue, Crescent Bend, was once the heart of a large working farm back in the 1800s. This¬†remarkable home served as a family residence for decades but through the years also housed a civil war command center, operated as a hospital and even provided safe haven for runaway slaves on¬†the Underground Railway. The home is filled with¬†amazing¬†antique furniture and decor, but the¬†grounds which features fabulous fountains, beautiful terraces and formal Italian gardens are absolutely MAJESTIC. After all, the¬†property was named for¬†its’ commanding views of the magnificent crescent bend it overlooks¬†on the Tennessee River. These days Crescent Bend is available for indoor and outdoor events which can be customized for any style. Plan your wedding here and you will be helping to preserve this precious historic site. With the daffodils in full bloom the venue provided the perfect pop of spring for a romance-filled, styled wedding.


Beautiful model (and makeup artist) Porsha Kimble Adams wore an appropriately sweet and southern strapless gown by Justin Alexander from The Gilded Gown. We think the cascading skirt and beaded drop waist bodice fit perfectly with the romantic event.

The fresh and vibrant flowers are courtesy of LB Floral who delivered major style impact with her greenery and lush florals in muted neutrals with hints of bright pink and pops of purple.

The “groom” looks dashing in his elegant¬†suit from¬†Prestige Tuxedo, doesn’t he?

Blush and Honey Paper Co. produced all the printed items, from the lovely invites and reception cards to the delightful dinner menus.

The cake by Maggie Cakes is a study in the beauty of simplicity. Two tiers of naked white cake adorned with a swag of greenery and embellished with a few florals.

All Occasions Party Rentals provided the timeless furnishings while the glorious mismatched dinnerware is from the collection of Unique Settings Rentals.

More of the beautiful flowers, including a fabulous bridal crown, from LB Floral:

The combined efforts of some of Knoxville’s finest wedding professionals culminated in an absolutely glorious styled shoot. The history of the surroundings complimented all the details and the modern day touches in a beautiful way.

In honor of the by-gone era the venue brings to mind, a love poem from the 1800s by Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise,
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old , and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints -I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! -and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

The styled shoot was put together by Jessica Lee Photographic Art¬†&¬†Cassandra O’ Donnell Photography
Flowers: LB Floral
Model & make up artist: Porsha Kimble Adams
Invitations, save the date card and dinner menus: Blush and Honey Paper Co.

TREND ALERT: Laser Cut Wedding Details #LaserCutLace

Laser-Cut Wedding Details

Laser cutting is a futuristic and precise method of creating designs using a laser beam to achieve high quality, dimensionally accurate cuts. A laser cuts the design by melting, burning or vaporizing the material. Kinda like magic. The results of this high tech process are astonishingly beautiful, and so, of course, have found their way into wedding items. We think Laser Cut details are a stunning trend for 2018 weddings. And since many diverse designs can be transformed into laser cut products, the trend lends itself to any style wedding, from rustic to sophisticated. Incorporating this trend will put a modern, edgy spin on any style nuptials. This crisp and clean look works especially well in white for warm weather wedding celebrations.

Laser Cut details can be found in wedding invitations, cakes, dresses, shoes, accessories, favors, shoes, bags and more. We love these gorgeous floral laser cut invites from Amazon, which would work well for any romantic ceremony. Sending these beauties out will let your guests know you mean to put on a fashion-forward event.

Brides inspired by country-girl style will love this down-home take on laser cut fabulousness. These invites comes with adorable jute ties and a kraft paper interior and would set the stage for rustic occasions:
Laser-cut wedding gowns¬†add a twist on the romantic lace ensemble¬†‚Äď perfect for those who love intricate designs, but want a modern take. Bridal designer Lillian West (available exclusively at The Gilded Gown¬†in Knoxville, TN) offers up a beautiful¬†interpretation of the trend with this V-neck fit and flare gown with¬†tons of lace details. Sequined lace appliques over Chantilly lace, plus laser cut top stitched lace, and finished hem lace¬†add up to one¬†insanely gorgeous gown:

Did we mention the deep illusion lace back? Prepare to fall in love with laser cut lace. Boom:

You’ll be needing shoes, too. Iconic shoe designer¬†Manolo Blahnik¬†created the “Carolyne,” a Laser-Cut Low-Heel sling back Halter Pump, currently available from Neiman Marcus¬†just for you:

For your guy, Sperry makes these perfect leather Top-Siders, which would be a fab twist on his wedding footwear (especially for spring and summer!):

You can carry your laser-cut love around waaay past your wedding day with this spectacular bag by Alaia. You will, however, have to carry it for the rest of your life because the price tag exceeds $4K! WOOOH!

How amazing would a laser cut outfit will look for your rehearsal dinner? Answer: VERY AMAZING.


You can customize your wedding with laser cut details with a cake topper like this adorable bicycle-themed one in birch:


Or cake stands like these:

Or evan a laser cut cake, like this one by Pixy Cakes:

Treat your guests to delicious treats fashionably presented in these White Laser Cut Favor Candy Boxes:

Whichever romantic laser-cut designs you select, you will exude contemporary style on your special day and you’ll be wearing the cutting-edge (literally) of fashion.

To learn more about how this interesting, intricate and futuristic process works check out this You Tube video!


Wedding Inspo: Outlander Inspired Highland Wedding #TeamJamie #GingersRule

We happen to be huge fans of Diana Gabaldon’s mesmerizing book series Outlander (which is also currently a hit series on Starz). The story enjoys a cult following due to the amazing love story between characters Jamie and Claire. Time travel, love, magic, nature, relationships, family, friends, politics, science, girl power, alchemy, an insanely hot ginger, history, botany and everything in between are all rolled into an incredible romance set in Scotland. So we were thrilled to be invited to provide the perfect Justin Alexander wedding dress and accessories for a fabulous Outlander inspired shoot led by talented photographer Chastidyi Parrott of Star Noir Studio.

After stumbling onto the TV series in September (and binge-watching as anyone must) Chastidyi¬†was completely captivated.¬†Then her artistic inclinations kicked in and¬†she decided to translate her passion for the story into a styled shoot. She says, “As a photographer, I was inspired by the love story, the clothing, and, of course, this almost perfect man that Diana Gabaldon has created. Slightly obsessed, I spoke with some of the local vendors, and they jumped on board‚Äďexcited to create something inspired by the magic of the story with the feel of the highlands. To¬†collaborate on a setting that would bring pieces of the novel¬†to life. We love how this editorial stays true to¬†Outlander, yet also offers couples¬†tons of beautiful wedding¬†ideas, no matter what the theme of their day might be.”

One of the first vendors on board was Jennifer from Knox Occasions. The pair collaborated on the color scheme. To capture the feel of the Scottish highlands for the shoot, the pair decided on soft, neutral tones and a hit of vibrant red. We think Jennifer captured a Scottish look with a decidedly upscale flair for the tablescape, with pieces from Pottery Barn and Unique Settings Rentals.

Melissa Timm Designs created the stunning florals for the shoot. Check out this crazy cool, extra large bouquet:


Amanda from Southern Sirens styled the model with a gorgeous updo and beautiful makeup:

The menus and invitations, plus the whisky themed favors were all designed and produced by Millstone Crafted, and they were all embellished with a specially designed crest:

Chapel in the Hollow was the perfect setting for the Highland inspired styled shoot. The property is loaded with lovely trees and lots of mossy stones. The addition of some man-made fog really captured an 18th century Scottish feel.


Such perfect inspiration for couples wanting to honor their Scottish heritage, or for fans of the Outlander novels + series, to incorporate into their day! The florals, tablescape, dress and setting and all the other dreamy details are sure to completely win you over. We are grateful to the following creatives for sharing their talents on this amazing styled shoot:

Photographer: Star Noir Studio

Event Planner: Knox Occasions

Wedding Dress & Bridal Accessories: The Gilded Gown

Favors, Gifts & Invitations: Millstone Crafted

Equipment Rentals: Unique Settings Rentals

Hair & Makeup: Southern Sirens

Floral Designer: Melissa Timm Designs

Event Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

Read more about this inspired shoot here.

Top Ten Spring Wedding Flowers #SpringBridalBouquetInspo #PickYourWeddingFlowers

Ahh, springtime, you are so close! We’ve all been experiencing a long, wet & cold winter this year, but spring is just around the corner. In honor of your approaching beauty, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten picks for our very favorite wedding flowers for the season.

Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves;

now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.



These graceful and graphic flowers, either white or brightly colored, belong to the buttercup family.

If you are searching for a modern, eclectic bloom for your wedding day florals, try the bright colors and delicate petals of anemones.


Azaleas are a flowering shrub of the heath family with clusters of brightly colored, sometimes fragrant flowers.

Image result for azaleaAzaleas add a softly romantic, southern feel to bridal bouquets, and they look fantastic paired with greenery and roses.


Camellias are evergreen eastern Asian shrubs related to the tea plant, grown for their shiny green leaves and lush, showy flowers.

Nothing says “Spring” quite like Camellias in bloom, and these luscious flowers make a stunning bouquet.


A flowering plant of delicate frilled blossoms.

We love the relaxed and carefree feel of a simple bridal arrangement that includes Dianthus and is tied with lace ribbon. Barn wedding anyone?

Garden Rose

Romantic Garden Roses smell delightful and feature soft and fluffy whorls of ruffled petals.

Wildly romantic, Garden Roses are sought after by brides for their ruffled lushness AND because they are similar to peonies but way more affordable. We love!


An intoxicatingly scented member the lily family, hyacinths feature beautiful compact bell-shaped flowers.

These darling buds are the quintessential symbol of springtime. Paired with tulips, these make a gorgeously ethereal bridal bouquet.


These fabulous flower clusters feature varied and extravagant blooms.

The lacy, cloud-like quality of hydrangea blooms add a delicate sweetness to any bouquet, and they look especially wonderful paired with seeded eucalyptus.

Iceland Poppy

Iceland Poppies are delicate and bright and come in a dazzling array of colors.

The ultimate ode to spring, Iceland Poppies bring an irresistibly bright and dreamy element to bridal arrangements.


Lovely lilacs are members of the olive family, with wonderfully scented violet, pink, or white blossoms.

Pretty and lush, lilacs make the most beautiful bridal bouquets, perfect for springtime weddings.


Ok, we know you went there, right? You immediately thought of that delicious brunch beverage with champagne and citrus, didn’t you? We did!

Yummy, bright and citrusy, mimosa flowers are delicate and sweet.

Mimosa flowers add just the right touch of sunshine-y brightness to any bridal bouquet.

Spring is nature‚Äôs way of saying, ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs party!‚ÄĚ

-Robin Williams


3 Destination Wedding Spots That Will Make Your Guests Happy

Do you love the idea of an easy, stress-free wedding? How does spending a few days with the people you love most in a beautiful locale sound? If so, you should consider¬†hosting¬†a fabulous destination wedding! One of the biggest joys of a destination wedding is¬†getting married in¬†a place that has special meaning to you and your fianc√©e, or is somewhere that you’ve both always wanted to visit. This is one of the¬†most important days of your lives, so you’ll want the setting to be on point and reflect who you are as a couple!

Another¬†benefit of getting married away from home? You and your significant other will be sharing the experience with a select group of your family and friends.¬†AND you will actually have the opportunity to spend quality time with your guests. Instead of a typical wedding where you are basically darting from person to person trying to say hello to everyone, at your destination wedding you’ll be spending at least a couple days with your nearest and dearest. Plenty of time for real conversations, and wonderful memories.

Any destination wedding is asking a lot of your guests, even if it‚Äôs not overseas, so it‚Äôs nice to pick a location that will make for a¬†fantastic vacay¬†for them. Basically, if you‚Äôre asking people to fly to your wedding and shell out for their rooms, you want to make it well worth their while! The options are absolutely endless but we’ve hand selected three awesome locations for your consideration that will¬†ensure that everyone has the time of their lives:

1. Half Moon Bay, California

Half Moon Bay doesn’t get quite as much attention as some of the other areas on the Pacific Coast, but it’s a mystery as to why. South of San Francisco and right on the beach, it’s a small town that has just about everything you could want in a coastal California experience. As for weddings, we should probably mention that The Knot wrote it up as one of the best mainland U.S. wedding locales in general. So even before you start considering what kind of fun your guests can get up to, it’s worth thinking about getting hitched here. There are vineyards and resorts alike that make for great spots for the actual wedding, and in the time before and after the big day there are all kinds of activities for guests: surfing, touring wineries, visiting the elephant seal reserve (seriously) and enjoying world class golf courses.

2. Paradise Island, Bahamas

This is perhaps a more traditional option, and certainly a busier destination than the other two we’ll mention here. But Paradise Island isn’t just a tropical paradise in the Bahamas. It’s also home to one of the biggest resorts in the region, which gives your guests all kinds of things to do before and after the wedding. The Atlantis Resort has a cluster of water parks the size of a small village, its own beach space, and access to scuba, snorkel, and boating trips. For those who are into it, it’s also renowned for its casino, having been listed in one article as one of the world’s best destinations for poker players. Sure it’s a little commercial for a tropical getaway but for big crowd it’s perfect, and it’s the kind of place that ought to be experienced at least once.

3. Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor is a little bit like the East Coast version of Half Moon Bay, in that it‚Äôs a gorgeous place for a wedding that happens to offer a lot of fun, mostly outdoor activities for your guests. Mind you, you aren‚Äôt getting a traditional beach area here ‚Äď rather a rocky coastline more typical of New England. But it‚Äôs beautiful nonetheless, and particularly in the warmer months there are lots of great places to say “I do!” As for activities, your guests might enjoy kayaking (or swimming if it‚Äôs warm enough), whale watching, and most of all exploring the incredible Acadia National Park. In particular, there are 120 miles of trails to select from throughout the park, most of them offering stunning views. That makes this a great choice for a more active group (and gives your guests a way of working off some of the calories from the reception!)

A Comprehensive Guide to A Modern Wedding Registry #WeddingRegistryChecklist

If you are in the midst of planning your wedding I’m sure you’ve considered (or been advised to consider) a good old-fashioned wedding registry. A Wedding Registry (aka Bridal Registry), is a service (provided by many¬†online and/or brick-and-mortar retail stores) that helps engaged couples¬†communicate their gift preferences to their guests. You and your fiancee simply sign up for a registry, select items you might like, and let people know where you’ve registered. Then your guests can purchase items and have the seller ship directly to you. You can view and edit your registry, easily return unwanted items and have a nice, handy paper trail for the gracious thank you cards you’ll be sending!

Ok, so maybe you are resistant to the idea, as many couples are these days, due to valid reservations about publicly listing items you want, such as:

  1. We already have everything we need to run a household
  2. Yuck, it so greedy to list items we want
  3. Money would come in much more handy than a toaster
  4. We don’t have room for a bunch of stuff
  5. We are letting our guests know that we don’t¬†expect¬†gifts
  6. We aren’t about material posessions

We got you! We’ve been in your shoes. But despite all the very good reasons newly engaged couples have for¬†avoiding this practice, we still think registering for at least some items is a wonderful idea! First off, everyone who is coming to your wedding loves you and wants to help you celebrate. And they¬†want to provide a token of their affection to you,¬†something, for better or worse. And don’t assume it will be cash. Many of your guests¬†won’t automatically get out the checkbooks — simply because they don’t believe monetary gifts are appropriate wedding gifts. They want to¬†CONTRIUBUTE to your new life together and want to imagine their gift in your home bringing you years of happiness. They will envision that KitchenAid mixer they gift to you brought out for birthday cakes and holiday feasts into the future.¬†Sweet, right?

Or, your friends and family might go rogue. Your loved ones, left to their own “creative” devices, will thoughtfully select items that¬†might not work for you. (Or just aren’t “you.”) Imagine this conversation¬†from your second cousin, “Oh Susie and Rick are going to just LOVE this dear little painting I picked out for them at the craft fair.” Are we instilling fear into your sweet hearts yet? Because by avoiding the Wedding Registry you will most likely receive things you don’t want¬†or don’t have space for or actually detest, and then you will be faced with some difficult decisions:¬†do you keep these lovely gifts you don’t want, donate them or regift? Will you be feeling super guilty when your guests drop by your home and they can’t find that “gorgeous purple vase” they gave you at your wedding?

You can avoid these tricky decisions by simply registering somewhere that has items you could use and actually like. Your Wedding Registry is a convenience for you and YOUR GUESTS, who actually will appreciate choosing things for you that they know you will love. You don’t HAVE to register for the classic items like kitchen appliances, china and glassware. You can select books, music or decor. Even a tiny home has room for a book or two. Or perhaps you’d like to upgrade your ratty college dishes or sleep on some high thread count sheets.¬†Everybody has to lay their heads down somewhere at night, so how about a plump memory foam pillow or two? We’ve compiled a list of some of the tried-and-true classic registry items with some modern options, like hiking gear, below.



Target Wedding Registry

WEDDING INSPO: Artsy & Creative #ArtisticWedding #ColorfulWedding

Artistic, colorful, free-spirited, outside-the-box, different, creative… do these terms describe you dear brides? Then perhaps you will gravitate toward hosting a wild and wonderfully imaginative wedding day. After all, your wedding is your chance to highlight your artsy style for all your loved ones. And pretty sure they won’t be expecting an ordinary event from you! So throw the rules out the window and plan your wedding with abandon using bright colors, whimsical elements, and your very own sense of style.

For your most important style element, your dress, visit us at The Gilded Gown to find something EXTRA, like this one from Lillian West. This crocheted gown features a geometric fit and flare with an endlessly romantic feeling. And, it is accented with a detachable stretch off the shoulder cape. You heard right, a BRIDAL CAPE!

For your out-of-the-box bridal hair style try loose and natural, or top things off with a fun floral crown. Or, turn up a traditional bridal updo with a fun hair color. Your bun might be pinned like Aunt Sarah’s was, but pretty sure her hair wasn’t purple!

Other ways to infuse your wedding day look with inventiveness….Tie a beaded sash around your head instead of wearing a veil. Add just a few rainbow touches to a neutral bridal mani. Go colorful with your bridal makeup.

Give your invites a hand-lettered flair by using a handy guide to address your envelopes. Use your artistic skills and hustle yourself up a hand painted backdrop, like the one shown below from Consider using an ombre tablescape to add tons of interest to your tables, like the one below from a wedding that was held in the Thompson Landry Art Gallery and styled by premier wedding and event designer Rachel A. Clingen.

Here is another view of Rachel’s fantastical ombre tablescape and a look at how artistic an actual art gallery is as a venue:

For your bouquet, try an exuberant mix of flowers. Or, you could use one of Paper and Peonies inspired paper bouquets. Accent your bouquet with colorful ribbons for even more personality.

Your best day ever needs the perfect playlist, so we’ve compiled a few songs you’ll love.

Your decor is the perfect opportunity to mix in colors and textures you love. A line of brightly pained tin cans with simple plantings communicates a sense of playfulness and creativity. You can literally transform items from your recycling bin into adorable table decor. “How did she think of that,” your guests will be saying. “What a great idea!” The plantings could also double as wedding favors, too. Paper garlands, tissue flowers and bunting can also be made in advance of your wedding in any color and pattern your heart desires. Swag those puppies all around your event space to dress it up. (And, we’re certain you’ll find ways to incorporate that decor into your own space after wedding day!)

Paintings, floral elements, bright colors and whimsy all add up to a special day no one will ever forget.

Your wedding cake is another chance to showcase your artistic proclivities. A three tiered white cake by Hey There Cupcake goes Jackson Pollock with splashes of vibrant color. Or, an off-center cubist stack of deliciousness provides tons of visual interest. More sculpture than wedding cake, this striking creation,¬†“Gilded Earth cake,” is by Nevie-Pie Cakes. Turquoise cake stand available here.

For favors, consider wee little paintings that double as place cards, fun little Flamingo bottle openers or watercolor votives.

Or send your folks home with some sweet packages of crayons. They will have been so inspired by your beautiful wedding they might just get creative themselves. Also, a guestbook where the guests color themselves is a tremendously cool option from 

And instead of rice, have your friends and family shower you with colorful sprinkles. You and your fiancee can start your married life under a joyful shower of colorful, candy stars. That sounds pretty romantic, doesn’t it?



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!


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.