Thanksgiving with The Gilded Gown

We cordially invite you to join us for our dream Thanksgiving meal. Our Gilded Gown team members each shared their fave recipes for this most grateful of holidays.

The Bird is The Word

Our fearless leader Jacqui loves roasted turkey. Every year she cooks up a masterpiece drenched in multiple bastings of butter and fresh chopped herbs from her garden. She infuses her bird with delicate citrus notes.

Herb Citrus Roasted Turkey

  • 14-16 pound turkey thawed
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick) softened, divided
  • 1 head garlic sliced in half, plus 2 cloves minced into paste
  • 1 medium onion cut into wedges
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • 1 orange cut into wedges
  • fresh sage
  • fresh rosemary
  • fresh thyme
  • fresh parsley
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 325. Remove turkey neck and giblets. Pat turkey dry, inside and out. Season the inside with lots of salt and pepper.  
  2. Place on roasting rack in a large roasting pan. Fill turkey cavity with onions, garlic, lemons, oranges, and 2-3 stems of each herb. 
  3. Combine 4 tablespoons of butter with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, 2 cloves of garlic minced into a paste, 1 tablespoon minced sage, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, 1 teaspoon minced rosemary, and 1 teaspoon of minced thyme leaves. Gently loosen skin from turkey breast and legs and spread garlic herb butter under the skin. 
  4. Tuck wing tips under and tie turkey legs together with twine. Slather remaining butter on outside of turkey and season the heck out of it with salt and pepper.
  5. Roast at 325 for two hours, then increase temp to 425 and roast 30 minutes to one hour depending on size of turkey. Check for doneness at the 2-hour mark. Turkey is done when breast meat registers 165 degrees and thigh meat is 170-175 degrees. Let turkey rest at least 45 minutes before carving. 

Bread, All the Kinds

Our only Vegan, Grace, loves the carb-loaded deliciousness of all the breads of Thanksgiving. Her top picks for the meal are yeast rolls and cornbread dressing.

Yummy Vegan Yeast Rolls

  • 6 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons Earth Balance (divided)
  • 2 cups unsweetened soy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (one packet) (not instant)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 5-6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 teaspoons canola oil (to grease the pans with)
  1. Add six tablespoons of Earth Balance to a small saucepan. Heat on low until melted. Add the soy milk and water. Heat to 115 degrees. Pour mixture into the bowl of stand mixer.
  2. Add the sugar and mix.
  3. Check the liquid with the thermometer to make sure the temperature has lower to about 100-110 degrees.
  4. Once the liquid is between 100 and 110 degrees, add the yeast and stir. Let mixture sit five minutes until you see bubbles.
  5. Now stir in the salt.
  6. With the dough hook on the mixer set to low speed, add the flour, 1 cup at a time. When the dough clings to the hook and then begins to fall back into the bowl you’ve got the right consistency. It usually takes around 5 1/2 cups of flour.
  7. Increase the speed to medium and knead 4-5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. It will be soft and relatively sticky. Turn onto your counter that’s dusted with flour and knead softly.
  8. Divide the dough into 12 pieces, shape into balls, and place in a greased 8-inch round pan.
  9. Let rise until doubled in size, about 30-45 minutes.
  10. Brush tops with melted vegan butter and bake 18-20 minutes in preheated 375 degree oven.

Vegan Cornbread Stuffing

  • Vegan Cornbread
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  1. Slice the cornbread into 1-2 inch cubes, and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes in 250 degree oven, so they can dry out and become a bit toasty. Remove from the oven and set aside while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees F and lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish.
  3. Heat the vegan butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Saute the onion and celery for 2-3 minutes, then add in 1/4 cup of the parsley, sage (1/2 tsp), thyme (1/2 tsp), salt (1/2 tsp) and the vegetable broth (2 1/2 cups). Bring to a boil and stir. Once boiling, remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Add the cornbread cubes to the casserole dish, evenly. Pour the broth/vegetable mixture over the cornbread cubes, and stir slightly. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until toasted on top. Sprinkle the rest of the parsley on top and serve immediately.

Please Pass Me The Mac N Cheese

TiAndra is happiest when she digs into the most delicious and creamy macaroni and cheese for her Thanksgiving meal.

Mac-n-Cheese

  • 1 lb. dried elbow pasta
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 4 cups grated medium sharp cheddar cheese – divided (measure after grating)
  • 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese – divided (measure after grating)
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease a 3 qt baking dish (9×13″).  Set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  When boiling, add dried pasta and cook 1 minute less than the package directs for al dente. Drain and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil to keep from sticking.
  3. While water is coming up to a boil, grate cheeses and toss together to mix.  
  4. Melt butter in a large saucepan over MED heat.  Sprinkle in flour and whisk to combine.  Mixture will look like very wet sand.  Cook for approximately 1 minute, whisking often.  Slowly pour in about 2 cups or so of the milk/half and half, while whisking constantly, until smooth.  Slowly pour in the remaining milk/half and half, while whisking constantly, until combined and smooth.
  5. Continue to heat over MED heat, whisking very often, until thickened to a very thick consistency.  It should almost be the consistency of a thin condensed soup.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in spices and 1 1/2 cups of the cheeses, stirring to melt and combine.  Stir in another 1 1/2 cups of cheese, and stir until completely melted and smooth.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, combine drained pasta with cheese sauce, stirring to combine fully.  Pour half of the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish.  Top with 1 1/2 cups of grated cheeses, then top that with the remaining pasta mixture.
  8. Sprinkle the top with the last 1 1/2 cups of cheese and bake for 15 minutes, until cheesy is bubbly and lightly golden brown.  

Extra Potatoes, Please

Our stylist Erin loves mashed potatoes and gravy the most.

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

FOR POTATOES

  • 3 lbs white boiling potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • kosher salt
  • 14 lb unsalted butter
  • 12 – 1 cup half-and-half
  • 12 cup sour cream
  • 12 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

FOR GRAVY

  • 14 lb unsalted butter
  • 112 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
  • 14 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 cups turkey stock, preferably homemade, heated
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  1. Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water for 15 to 20 minutes, until very tender.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the butter and half-and-half in a small saucepan.
  3. Drain the potatoes.
  4. While still hot, place the potatoes in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the hot half-and-half mixture, the sour cream, 2 teaspoons salt, and the pepper.
  6. Mix until the potatoes are mashed but not completely smooth.
  7. Serve hot with gravy on the side.
  8. Make the Gravy:
  9. In a large sauté pan, cook the butter and onions on medium-low heat for 12 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned.
  10. Sprinkle the flour into the pan, whisk, then add the salt and pepper.
  11. Cook for 3 minutes.
  12. Add the hot stock, and cook uncovered for about five minutes, until thickened.
  13. Add the cream, and serve.

Hit The Sauce

Tart and colorful cranberry sauce delights stylist Taylor. The fresher the better.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

  1. Rinse cranberries: Place the cranberries in a colander and rinse them. Pick out and discard any damaged or bruised cranberries.
  2. Boil water with sugar: Put the water and sugar in a medium saucepan on high heat and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Add cranberries, cook until they burst: Add the cranberries to the pot and return to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the cranberries have burst.
  4. Stir in mix-ins, if using: Once the cranberries have burst you can leave the cranberry sauce as is, or dress it up with other ingredients. We like to mix in a half a cup of chopped pecans a pinch or two of orange zest.
  5. Let cool: Remove the pot from heat. Let cool completely at room temperature, then transfer to a bowl to chill in the refrigerator. Note that the cranberry sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.

The Sweetest of Sides

Elizabeth has to make (and eat!) her famous Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole every year. The pecan topping is what makes it!

Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Light brown sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Pierce the sweet potatoes several times with a fork. Place on a baking sheet and bake until soft, about 60 – 75 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  3. Peel potatoes (the peel should pull right off) and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Mash potatoes with a potato masher. Let cool for about 10 minutes.
  5. Add in brown sugar, 1/2 cup melted butter, milk, eggs, vanilla, and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste) and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  6. Using an electric hand mixer blend mixture to combined well (don’t worry about lumps).
  7. Pour into a greased casserole dish (mine was about 12 by 8-inches) and spread into an even layer. Set aside.
  8. For the topping, in a separate medium mixing bowl using two forks mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans.
  9. Pour butter into mixture and stir until evenly moistened (it will seem dry at first, keep tossing).
  10. Sprinkle mixture evenly over sweet potato mixture in baking dish.
  11. Bake in preheated until heated through, about 40 minutes.

We Always Save Room For Desserts

We see no reason on earth to limit ourselves to just one dessert, especially during the holidays. And no Thanksgiving meal is complete without some of Stylist Diane’s delicious Southern Banana Pudding. And Vicki is kind enough to bake two kinds of scrumptious pie, Pecan, AND Pumpkin! Yes to all these!

Banana Pudding

FOR PUDDING

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 3 large eggs separated (save the whites for meringue)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 box vanilla wafers approximately 45 wafers
  • 5-6 bananas
  • 3 egg whites reserved from above
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325º F.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a large, heavy saucepan.
  3. Lightly beat egg yolks and combine with milk in a large bowl or measuring cup. Pour the egg and milk mixture into dry ingredients in heavy saucepan. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly, until ingredients are thickened and smooth. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in vanilla.
  4. To layer your banana pudding, begin by placing vanilla wafers on the bottom of a 2 quart oven-safe glass bowl or baking dish.
  5. Slice bananas and place on top of wafers.
  6. Pour one-third of custard over wafers and bananas.
  7. Repeat layering process two more times until all wafers, bananas, and custard have been used, ending with a final layer of wafers. 

FOR MERINGUE

  1. Whip egg whites with an electric mixer set at high speed.
  2. When egg whites foam, add cream of tartar, and then gradually add sugar one tablespoon at a time.
  3. Continue whipping until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Add vanilla once stiff peaks have formed and whip until well-combined.
  5. Spread meringue over banana pudding, making sure to spread to the edges of the dish.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes until the meringue is lightly browned.

Pumpkin Pie

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) 
  • 1/4 cups evaporated milk or half and half
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 frozen deep-dish pie crust
  1. Heat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, mix filling ingredients. Pour into pie crust.
  2. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F; bake 40 to 50 minutes longer or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 2 hours. Serve or refrigerate until serving time. Store in refrigerator.

Pecan Pie

  • 1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Dark Corn Syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked OR frozen deep-dish pie crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix Karo® Light Corn Syrup, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla using a spoon or a rubber spatula. Stir in pecans and pour the mixture into pie crust.
  3. Bake on center rack of oven for 60 to 70 minutes. Cool for at least 2 hours on wire rack before serving.

Happy Thanksgiving from our Gilded Gown Family to You and Yours!

The Exceedingly Romantic Downtown Wedding of Meghan and Nate

The Sweetest Love Story

Beautiful Gilded Gown Bride Meghan recently shared the details from her gorgeous wedding with us. First of all, we asked how she and her husband Nate met and fell in love. Meghan explained, “We met for a drink after my boss set us up. We hit it off and got married just one year and nine months later. Nate has two sweet girls…ten-year-old Saylor and seven-year-old Kitelee. (I get to be a bonus mom!) He proposed in the North Carolina mountains on New Year’s Day and the girls were a big part of it. He wanted their approval and they gladly gave it.” Isn’t that the sweetest?

The Most Magical and Perfect Day

Meghan describes her wedding day as the “most magical and perfect day.” We are so thrilled that she shared the details of her flawless wedding.

The Perfect Setting

When the darling couple began planning their wedding they really wanted to find the perfect venue. Both Meghan and Nate knew they wanted somewhere special in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. Well, they succeeded and located an absolutely stunning space. With its urban feel, huge skylights, and exposed brick, The Standard was just the right fit for them.

This beautiful and unique event space in Knoxville was originally built in 1930 and once housed the building’s namesake, the Standard Wilson Glass Company. In 2011, Dewhirst Properties purchased the historic property and began extensive renovations. Today, The Standard features an original wood staircase, copper storefronts, exposed brick walls, arched doorways, and many of the stunning original architectural details—making the space perfect for Meghan and Nate’s sophisticated wedding.

Photographs to Treasure

Another must for the couple was finding a photographer with a sense of joy and the ability to document the day authentically and beautifully. Luckily they found Ashleigh Jameson. She captured all the special moments the couple shared with each other and their loved ones with gorgeous photos they will treasure for a lifetime.

Fabulous Florals

Of course, Meghan wanted some fabulous floral elements at her wedding. Always in Bloom provided the perfect arrangements to compliment the day. Their custom creations included charming bouquets for the beaming bride and lovely bridesmaids.

Love Was All Around

But the most important element of the day was love. And love was evident all around. From the quiet moments between friends to the sweet looks exchanged by the couple. From Nate’s precious daughters to the enchanted guests. Family and friends celebrated alongside the newlyweds.

Finding the Dress

Meghan recalls the day she found her dream dress at The Gilded Gown: “The dress consultant was friendly and helpful at our appointment. I tried on six dresses total, but when I put on the second dress I knew it was the one. It fit me like it was made for me and I felt like a bride. I knew before I walked out to show my family and friends that I would marry my best friend in this dress.”

The Behind The Scenes Team

Beautiful bride Meghan and her bridal party looked their absolute best thanks to the talents of Hair and Makeup Artist Amanda McIntyre. The guys looked sharp with their styles by Erick from Fountaingate Barber Shop

Watch Meghan and Nate’s sweet wedding video by Stephen Hoffmeister here >>> https://vimeo.com/462022380

Wedding Pros

The Dress | The Gilded Gown

Venue | The Standard 

Photographer | Ashleigh Jameson

Videographer | Stephen Hoffmeister 

Flowers | Always in Bloom 

Hair/make up for girls | Amanda McIntyre

Hair for guys | Erick from Fountaingate Barber Shop

Customize Your Wedding Dress with A Beautiful Sash or Belt

Customize Your Wedding Dress with A Beautiful Belt or Sash

Once you’ve found the perfect dress it’s time to personalize it with a beautiful sash or belt. The addition of this one accessory around your waist can completely elevate your wedding day look.

At the Gilded Gown, we have an extensive selection of uniquely lovely bridal belts and sashes. They come in rose gold, gold, silver, and pearl. They are tied with satin ribbons in the prettiest, palest shades of ivory, white, gold, and champagne. From slender and subtle to big and blingy we’ve got the sashes.

As a bonus to our Gilded Gown brides, we offer a discount of fifty percent off all of every single one of our pretty belts and sashes with any wedding dress purchase!

One thing we adore about our waist adorning sashes is that they can totally change the feel of a dress. Take, for example, the dress below. By adding a colorful dried floral belt to this traditional lace dress you can instantly transform it into a carefree boho look.

Whereas, the same dress with a rose gold option has a totally different feel. Here the gown is transformed into a more lavish and glam look just by adding the belt.

Miss Diane, one of our amazing stylists, is here for the sashes. She loves to accessorize all of her brides. And, she is an expert at providing them with the perfect finishing touches. So she’s just the right person to highlight some of our dazzling sash options for you all.

Follow along as she places various options on this little lace gown. The dress transforms from simple, to elegant with a quick change of belts.

A large scale floral element on this one-of-a-kind belt really flatters the waistline.

While a chunky gold belt adds a splash of glitzy style to the gown.

Whereas this smaller gold sash also puts emphasis on the waist, but in a more understated way.

An enchanting organza sash gives a romantic feel to the gown. The center provides a touch of beaded elegance.

And, this bold burgundy belt brings a pop of color and drama to the gown.

Here Diane demonstrates how a thin belt with beading and a pretty flower delivers a softly sweet feel to this dress.

And, here she shows how a lavishly beaded belt adds sophistication and elegance and complements the lace of this wedding dress beautifully.

This wide band of champagne satin embellished with pearls and appliques elevates the gown. (And, judging from her expression, we think this might be one of Miss Diane’s favorite looks so far!)

Inspired by her day of switching out belts and sashes Miss Diane decided to upgrade her outfit. Here she gets playful with another one of our unique sash options. This one is overflowing with florals in creamy ivory.

So come visit us at The Gilded Gown. We love to help you find both your dress and your belt. Miss Diane and all of our stylists will be on hand to help you accessorize your dress with the sash of your dreams.

Get Married In the Buff ;) Wear a Nude Bridal Gown!

Get Married In the Buff 😉

Wear a Nude Bridal Gown!

White dresses are great for a traditional wedding day look, but if you’re tired of the usual, and the ordinary we suggest shaking things up and going in the buff. We aren’t actually suggesting you show up in your birthday suit. (wink, wink) We are however advocating that you consider wearing a beautifully neutral gown. It’s easy to amp up your wedding day look with one of the wonderfully trendy nude wedding dresses available these days.

We love the gowns featuring nude underlays that make floral lace embroidery pop, like the one shown above. Nude wedding dresses are an unconventional option for the bride-to-be looking for something outside the box but still beautiful.

You can go nude in a the barest of ways, too. For example, you can find a gown with a subtle hint of color. Like the dress above which has a nude underlay topped with several layers of ethereal ivory tulle.

Nude gowns are perfect for brides desiring a boho aesthetic. Wild spirits, gypsy souls, and rule-breakers gravitate toward this vibe. Unconventional and artistic, these gowns exemplify the bohemian feel.

Another way to wear nude is to find a dress with sheer illusion panels. The cutouts on the dress (shown above and below) feature nude fabric in the deep v and sides. It literally disappears and makes the lace on the gown almost appear tattooed on.

It’s easy to fall in love with nude gowns featuring allover lace. This one has a jewel neckline, and a scalloped hem.

Nude options come in every style from cutaway skirts to sleek column silhouettes.

Any size bride can find a nude option in her style:

And those pretty details really, really stand out on a nude background.

Let your free-spirited bridal style shine in a nude gown.

We adore a theme. So with that in mind, we’ve sourced other ways for you to go au naturel at your wedding besides just wearing a nude gown. Consider, for example, serving a naked wedding cake like this one:

Set the tone with nude and metallic invites:

Tie on the cutest neutral shoes, like these, just $33 from Lulus:

Carry a relaxed and dreamy boho bouquet down the aisle in the barest shades of white, ivory, and nude:

However you choose to incorporate a little nudeness, your wedding will be dressed in gorgeous neutral style.

Caitlin and Stephen’s Fairytale Tangled Wedding

Gorgeous Gilded Gown Bride Caitlin had a very special vision for her wedding day. Both she and her fiance Stephen love the Walt Disney movie Tangled, so she wanted that fairytale spirit to prevail.

It makes perfect sense because, after all, Disney movies like Tangled are all about love. Haven’t we all seen our favorite Disney characters seek true love’s kiss? Watched them embark on grand adventures for love? And we’ve even seen them learn that love isn’t always as it seems (we see you, Hans). In life, as in Disney movies, true love always triumphs. We are so happy that Caitlin shared her sweet love story with us:

“Everything is different now that I see you.” Flynn Rider

Stephen and I met each other at Lee University. I was working at the cafe at the time. He came through my line and I overheard someone saying his name. Something made me call out his name, too. When he looked at me I convinced him to try our pumpkin spice frozen coffee (it is my favorite).

“I know not who you are, nor how I came to find you but may I just say…hi.” Flynn Rider

He came through my line five times the same day to work up the courage to ask me for my number. We kissed for the first time on September 20, 2016. He told me right then and there that he was going to marry me someday.

The chapel at Lee University

“We‘re living happily ever after.” Rapunzel

He proposed to me near a river, with candlelight lining the entrance playing our song from our favorite Disney Movie, Tangled. He got down on one knee and asked me to be forever his a year ago on September 30, 2019. A year later, I walked down this beautiful aisle to say my forever devotions to my dream prince! We truly will have a happy ever after.

The couple said their vows at the Chapel at Lee University. Their photographer/videographer was Verba M Weddings
and they were so amazing at capturing the magic of the day.

All those days watching from the windows
All those years outside looking in
All that time never even knowing
Just how blind I’ve been

Now I’m here, blinking in the starlight
Now I’m here, suddenly I see
Standing here, it’s all so clear
I’m where I’m meant to be

And at last I see the light
And it’s like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light
And it’s like the sky is new
And it’s warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
All at once everything looks different
Now that I see you

Caitlin wanted an unexpected dress for her Tangled wedding. We are thrilled she was able to find her dream dress with us at The Gilded Gown.

Thank you so much for helping me find my dream dress!! I felt like such a magical princess at our Tangled Wedding.

Join us in wishing this happy couple a fairytale future filled with happiness and true love.

REAL WEDDING: Jessica & Chris, A Heaven-Sent Love Story

Jessica & Chris

A Heaven-Sent Love Story

Beautiful Gilded Gown bride Jessica recently sent us her gorgeous wedding photos. We asked if she would share her wedding story with us, and we are so thrilled that she agreed. Read on for her inspiring story…

“Chris and I met in 2017, just after a divorce from my first marriage.  To be completely honest, I truly see him as heaven-sent. He came to me at what had to have been the worst time of my life. Here I was, a single mom to two (incredible) kids.  I was working two full-time jobs, and just trying to move on with my life, and leave the past behind. Chris is one of those guys that you don’t think exist. Three years, and let me tell you,  he still amazes me! I have never met a more caring, understanding human. I cannot say enough about him! Chris didn’t have any children. From day one, he has treated my kids like they are his own. In March 2019, our son Logan made his way into this world! I had waited and waited on him to pop the question at times that I thought he would, but low and behold…he never did. “

Chris always told me he would NEVER EVER propose on Christmas. He said that is “just too generic. ” He insisted it needed to be “done right.” He wanted me to believe this lie of course for his own good. Christmas day 2019, our children are opening their gifts. I notice that in the wreath above our fireplace there is an “elf on the shelf” holding a box… I think to myself, but wait, we don’t have an elf on the shelf!! So I thought oh this is something special he has done for the kids, how sweet. So I take it down,  and my son says…”it’s yours Mom!” I opened it in disbelief…there it was. My ring!! We officially tied the not on 8/29/20. 

My dress was everything I ever wanted in a wedding dress! The gilded gown was my first and only stop when I was looking! I tried on several dresses, not really sure what exactly I wanted, but my dress specialist was so patient! When I gave her an idea of what I had in mind, she went straight back and brought the dress back to me that I said “yes” to, the dress fit perfectly, it was like it was made just for me!

Everything about my experience at the gilded gown was perfect!!

Thank you so much to everyone at The Gilded Gown! I got to say “I do” to the love of my life on 08/29/20, in my dream dress!! My dress was everything I ever wanted in a wedding dress! The gilded gown was my first and only stop when I was looking! 


Thank you so much for sharing your sweet story with us Jessica. (And thank you for choosing The Gilded Gown to be your bridal boutique!) You are an absolutely radiantly beautiful bride. We all wish you a future filled with joy and happiness for you and Chris and your adorable family.

| VENDORS |

Dress | The Gilded Gown

Photographer | Amber Nicole Photos 

Florist | Betty’s Flowers

Makeup and hair | Katelyn Bays

Venue | The Barn at 3R

5 Fresh Wedding Nail Trends We Love

We are so excited to share with you the five freshest wedding nail trends we love. From the most barely-there polishes to the coolest new glitter options, we’ve got you covered.

MINIMALIST MANIS

Minimalist nails are all about subtle and simple designs that are undeniably chic. We think less is definitely more with these delicate designs. Tiny pearls embellish this sheer and short style:

The tiniest hint of metallic swathes just the sides of the nails in this unique option:

Or, for a really minimalist approach, we love Olive & June’s sheer white BEB polish. It is an absolutely bridal-worthy fresh take on a classic manicure.

THEIR INSPIRATION FOR BEB…

“BEB is named after Bri Emery, the founder of Design Love Fest. When Bri rocked a milky white for her most amazing wedding, I knew we had to create the perfect wedding shade for brides in the future too!”

Your nails will be the stars of the show on your wedding day with these little gold embellishments dancing on your fingertips.

For a touch of sparkle, we suggest a clear polish finished with some metallic glitter arches around the curve of the nail bed:

NEGATIVE SPACE NAILS

For a hip manicure that’s on-trend and low-maintenance, try negative space nails. This edgy mani type leaves some of your nail exposed while color block designs, sparkly accents, or cute decals are added to create a modern look.

The old school classic French manicure is also, technically, a negative space style. We are loving this modern take:

Yet another updated version of a French mani is the double striped tip version. So pretty for brides!

WATERCOLOR WONDERS

For artsy brides looking for a pop of whimsy watercolor manicures are just the thing. The delicate marbling adds such a sweet and playful hint of color.

These delicate almond shaped tips are a wash of watery romance in an array of pretty pastels.

Marvelous matte lilac nails with an accent watercolor nail AND a glittery touches of metallic gold for extra flair.

This modern neutral mani features two watercolor accent nails and nice squared-off tips.

SHINY NEUTRALS

Neutral nails with a shiny finish are an up-to-date way to wear a low key color that doesn’t steal any attention away from your gown. We love Rue by Zoya for its’ darker nude shade (and it’s affordable $10 price tag):

Blush and neutral nails take on an upgraded feel with a shiny finish. And a pop of sparkle on the ring fingers doesn’t hurt the eyes either.

Beige is anything but boring when topped with a sheen of gloss.

GILDED NAILS

For those EXTRA brides, of course, we will have to recommend Gilded Nails. Gold, glittery, and glamorous, this type of nail finish will make for some amazing ring photos.

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Gold tipped nails are a nod to glitz, without being too, shall we say, over the top.

Or, you could choose to go all out with a full set of gorgeous gilded gold nails.

Whatever manicure you select for your most special day, we hope you found some inspiration with us. We will leave you with some famous quotes about having pretty painted nails:

When your nails are part of your outfit, they become more than nails. They become an accessory.     Holland Roden

A woman is helpless only while her nail polish is drying.     unknown

There’s nothing a fresh manicure can’t fix.     unknown

I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls.     Audrey Hepburn

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Wedding Dress 101: Alençon Lace

Alençon is a gorgeous type of lace that was first produced exclusively in Northern France. This special lace was painstakingly made only by hand. Since it was time-consuming and expensive to make, Alençon was considered a luxury. And it was highly coveted by members of the royalty and the upper classes. Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France, wore Alençon for this oil painting at the Palace of Versailles:

Eventually textile manufacturers figured out a way to produce the look of this exquisite lace by using machines. And it’s been a favored choice of brides from then on.

These days Alençon style lace is still made on machines. Therefore it’s affordable and accessible. So if you are a bride searching for a lace wedding dress, we highly recommend finding yourself one created with this stunning textile. And, it really does sound fancy when you say it out loud:

The Queen of Lace

We love that Alençon is sometimes called the “Queen of lace.” And, it is also called “Corded Lace.” Whatever the name, this elegant lace is a beautiful component for wedding dresses. Check out this loveliness:

It’s All In The Details

Alençon lace is created by outlining the details in the underlying lace pattern. The heavier thread (or cord) used gives the elements a raised edge which accentuates the pretty details. Alençon is easily recognized because of its three-dimensional look.

But wait, it has eyelashes?

Sometimes the edges of this lace have will have a bit of dainty fringe. It is adorably referred to as “eyelash fringe.” Doesn’t it look like fluttery eyelashes?

The Most Popular Bridal Lace

Most bridal gowns utilize the more accessible machine-made Alençon as opposed to the handmade kind. If fact, this is the most popular of all lace used in wedding dress construction. Brides just love the delicate beauty and romance of the re-embroidered lace:

History

Authentic Alençon lace, which dates all the way back to 1665, was painstakingly made by hand with a needle and thread. Luxurious beyond belief, it is the most elaborate needle-point lace ever produced in France.  

Authentic Alençon

You can still find authentic hand made Alençon lace in France today. It is absolutely exquisite but you might need to be royalty to afford “the queen of laces.” It’s ultra-expensive because it is so labor-intensive to make. For example, a single square centimeter can take up to seven hours to complete by hand. Specially trained workers who have undergone an apprenticeship of several years are the only ones who can produce true authentic Alençon.

Ask for Alençon

Luckily brides can still get the look and feel of this French treasure by finding a dress made with machine corded lace. So the next time you are shopping for a bridal gown ask to see one with “Al-On-Sawn” lace.

Be an informed wedding dress and accessories shopper. Check out more of our Wedding Dresses 101 series by clicking the links below:

Wedding Dresses 101: A Guide to Choosing The Best Bridal Silhouette

Wedding Veils 101

Wedding Dresses 101: A Guide to Bridal Fabrics

How to Make An Affordable and Awesome Balloon Backdrop

Are you looking for a festive photo backdrop for your special event? And, do you also happen to be on a budget? Well, you don’t have to hold your breath. Because, one easy way to inject some serious oomph into your decor (without breaking the bank) is to incorporate balloons. And by balloons we mean LOTS of balloons. Read on to find out how to make an affordable and awesome balloon backdrop.

This project goes much faster with a few people, but one person can handle it. Two of us made this festive display in less than four hours.

You’ll need some supplies:

  • Garment Rack
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Balloons
  • Ribbon
  • Balloon Blower Upper Machine

Since we’re a retail bridal store we have loads of garment racks on hand. If you don’t have one, we found one online you can purchase for $89 here. Or you might be able to borrow one from someone you know. You could also use an arch or simply put your balloons up on a wall for a similar effect.

Purchase balloons in the color palette of your choice. Get various sizes, too. We got ours at Party City for about $50. We chose rose gold, gold and ivory for our theme. For our project we used several 12″ and 9″ balloons and two jumbo balloons.

You’ll need some ribbon. You can use any kind you have on hand as long as it is a complimentary color. If you need to purchase ribbon, get about 60 yards. Check Walmart’s fabric department for clearance ribbon. You can get what you need for right at $8.

You’ll need to blow up several hundred balloons. You can do this…

the hard way, by blowing them up yourself

or the easy way by using a handy electric inflator!

We highly recommend getting The Balloon Buddy to inflate your balloons.

Once you have a few balloons inflated it’s time to start attaching them to your garment rack. We found the easiest way to accomplish this is by tying a length of ribbon around the knotted end of a balloon.

Then tie on another balloon a few inches down from the first one. Repeat this until you have three or four balloons on your ribbon.

Next you’ll want to tie your ribbon of balloons onto your rack.

Keep tying balloons to ribbon in groups of three or four. Then secure them onto the rack. Feel free to scoot the balloons around a bit so they nest together prettily.

Repeat, using a combination of colors, and you’ll begin to see some amazing results.

You can start at one end, or jump around. We usually tie the balloons on one side then the other to keep it semi balanced.

And before you know it your balloon backdrop begins to take shape.

Make sure you move your garment rack or arch to it’s final position before you finish it. Once you fill in the bottom you won’t be able to move it very easily.

Once you have your rack mostly covered with balloons, you’ll want to fill in any holes with balloons. For this part we simply tape a single balloon in any space that looks like it needs a little help. We also like to let some balloons spill luxuriously over onto the floor.

And, voila! Just like that you have an amazing display of awesomeness that will last for several weeks.

In our experience people love to pose (and dance) (and be extra) in front of and behind balloon displays.

If you have any questions, please email us at thegildedgown@gmail.com. We’d love to assist you with your very own balloon backdrop! Just be prepared for people to go crazy having fun posing with it!

Mad for Mauve Wedding Color Palette

Who’s Mad about Mauve? We Are!

Our current color obsession has to be mauve. This retro color was super popular in the 80s. “Just as America went avocado green in the ’70s, it turned mauve in the ‘80s,” note Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker in Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color. These days it is staging a glorious comeback.

Is it Pink or Purple?

Mauve is a pale pastel named after the mallow flower. People sometimes debate whether it is a shade of pink or a shade of purple. Our vote is that this pretty hue lands on the purple side of the color wheel. Somewhere close to violet. And we aren’t mad about that.

In fact, we are crushing hard on all the marvelous shades of mauve. These gentle colors are so soft and nostalgic. Just right for an utterly romantic wedding.

We Love A Mauve Bouquet

These luscious floral elements in shades of mauve, purple and cream mix perfectly with greenery. In fact, mauve pairs well with many other colors. Pale pink, blue and grey and even a pop of yellow combines beautifully with the dreamy hue.

This is such a whimsically delicate color situation.

Set Your Table In Style

Dreamy tablescapes are easy when you select this palette.

Mauve moves from old school to modern when combined with mustard.

Set Up a Stunning Photo Backdrop

An awesome backdrop adds so much style to your venue. We adore this beguiling backdrop draped in mauve flowers and swags of ribbon.

An abundance of flowers in shades of from ultra violet to mauve explode in a brilliant display on this luscious outdoor arch.

Confections Awash in Color

Wedding cakes in shades of mauve are so light and airy.

Artful cupcakes topped with natural elements in shades of mauve look absolutely scrumptious.

Make Your Invites Pop

Elevate your envelopes by having them professionally addressed by Jen K Calligraphy. Jen can hand address your envelopes or she can custom design some incredible wedding stationary. She treats every piece as a unique work of art and “a reflection of each couples love in a beautiful and timeless way.”

Accessorize in Your Shade

Complete your wedding day look with more mauve. How heavenly are these mauve Christian Louboutins? We found them in stock here.

We found, we think, the perfect mauve mani color courtesy of essie!

However you chose to incorporate this shade, we know it will be an ethereal addition to your wedding day style. Misty, magical, marvelous mauve will lend its whimsy to your event in sweet hints of color. This color will inspire your guests just as it inspires artists, songwriters, painters and poets who do their best to capture its elusive essence.

On the breezes to sink and rise,
Flutters scented bird of paradise,
In the days of mauve butterflies,
They captivate all waiting eyes!

Bittersweet in fate, days go by,
Under the dreaming summer skies,
'Til evening finds beauty's prize,
Now dancing with the fireflies!
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