Bright and Beautiful, Abby Fisk races cars and does pageants! What an inspirational Gilded Gown Girl!

 

We first met Abby when she modeled for us at Knoxville Fashion Week earlier this year. She became a treasured Gilded Gown customer when she purchased her prom gown with us this Spring! And when Abby, along with her mother Jana, came back to the store last week to purchase the perfect earrings to compliment her look before prom, she became a friend. You see, there is a lot more to Abby than just her amazing beauty and sweet personality!

Because, for one thing Abby, is a winning drag racing dynamo! How cool!

This is what SHE drives:

Abby Fisk currently attends Heritage High School in Maryville, TN where she is an honor roll student and enrolled in advanced placement courses. And she loves trucks!

 

Abby was born into a family who loves the sport of racing. In fact they have their own team, the “Fisk Racing Team.” Her bother Noah also drag races.

 

Look how cute these siblings are:

Abby’s love of racing began in 2010. Since then she has several wins under her belt. Her home track is the Knoxville Dragstrip located in Maynardville, TN. She also races at various tracks throughout the Southeast and has brought home several wins from those. She plans to pursue racing beyond her Junior Dragster career. But in the meantime, she doesn’t mind winning some beauty pageants in her spare time!

 

When she is not racing, Abby enjoys spending time with her friends and family, camping, working on cars and playing with her dogs. She thanks God for giving her the opportunity to race, meet wonderful fellow racers from all over the world and keeping her safe on and off the track. Her biggest fans are her mom Jana, her dad Todd and her brother Noah. And she has a whole new team of super-fans here at The Gilded Gown!

Another cool thing about Abby is that her family owns a catering business making the best bbq in Tennessee…Checkered Flag BBQ! Checkered Flag Bar-B-Que is located in Maryville TN and offers full service bbq and catering to our area. The family also occasionally competes in bbq competitions throughout the Southeast (no surprise with this family of champs!). The Fisk family is dedicated to providing their customers with the highest quality in meat selection and customer service

Please call 865-237-7420 if you are interested in some delicious smoked delicacies! Yum!

All of us at The Gilded Gown are planning to eat some bbq and watch Abby race one day soon!

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Thank you for being such an inspiration Abby! We will be cheering you on as you continue to race, receive your education and model! We know your future is bright and we are proud to have you represent The Gilded Gown!

 

HONEYMOON: ALASKA

Looking for an extra special honeymoon locale, a place different from the standard tropical vacay? If you are looking for wide open spaces, vibrant natural settings and abundant wildlife why not try visiting Alaska? After all, this northern paradise is the most exotic place you can visit without a passport. The grandeur and beauty of Alaska, the largest and most sparsely populated US state, provides the perfect setting for honeymooners searching out something exceptional. From the lively coastal towns and scenic outdoors of Alaska’s Inside Passage, to the grand glaciers, gushing waterways and old-fashioned Gold Rush Towns; to the myriad islands, mountains, and forests, Alaska affords its visitors a wealth of sights and experiences. If you and your hubby-to-be are outdoorsy, Alaska is a perfect destination for  activities like kayaking, hunting, skiing, fishing, mountain biking and hiking.

No vacation to Alaska would be complete without taking the time to view the spectacular whales that thrive in abundance off the coast. If you are interested in seeing gray whales, orcas, humpback whales or the mysterious white beluga whales visit Alaska Whale Watching for more information.

It’s not every day you can take a spellbinding hike along a miles long advancing valley glacier, but in Alaska you can. Be sure to check out some options at novaalaska.com, where you can book a 3.5 hour day hike for about $85 per person.With NOVA’s popular hikes, their experienced guides provide you with all the gear you need AND guide you through various glacier features such as crevasses. Take a look at the impressive “Ice Falls” area of the Matanuska Glacier – an expanse of glacier ice that naturally “falls” over the rock under it, creating dramatic spire formations. It’s a must see! Amaze your friends and family with your honeymoon pics like these:
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Alaska is loaded with national parks and preserves. Glacier Bay National Park, which encompasses millions of acres of rugged mountains, wild coastlines, glaciers, rainforest and fjords offers an incredible icy wilderness and is part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site—one of the world’s largest international protected areas. From sea to summit, Glacier Bay offers limitless opportunities for adventure and inspiration. For your digs, book a stay at the only hotel in the park, the old-school Glacier Bay Lodge which offers majestic views of the Fairweather Mountain range.
Or if you’d like an even more remote, yet luxurious resort we suggest the Ultima Thule Alaska Lodge, which is located 100 miles from the nearest road! The ancient Greeks used the name “Ultima Thule” to describe the unknowable realm beyond the northern bounds of their maps, but you CAN get to know this isolated paradise — if you come by airplane with an experienced bush pilot! This family run resort by the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park offers a middle-of-nowhere experience with all the creature comforts you’d expect from a big city hotel.
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For a complete Alaska experience, you may consider adding a visit to Anchorage in South-Central

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and massive Denali National Park (home to North America’s highest peak) to your vacation itinerary.  Home to North America’s tallest peak, Alaska’s iconic wildlife, and over 6 million acres of wilderness, it is truly a destination not to miss.

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If you’d like to take a guided tour, or cruise, book your Alaskan honeymoon with The Alaska Collection. Besides set vacation package options, they also offer fully-independent vacation packages, with their team of travel experts designing a customized trip down to the very last detail personalized just for you. Contact one of The Alaska Connection travel experts for more information!

 

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

TREND ALERT: Unicorn Food & Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino #WebelieveinUnicorns

All of us at The Gilded Gown are staunch supporters of all things unicorn: rainbows, bright colors, magic, sprinkles, glitter, hopes, wishes, dreams, stars, sunshine and magic. And we LOVE us some refreshments. Combine the two and you get the ULTIMATE of all AWESOMENESS: UNICORN FOOD! The formerly elusive unicorn of legend has been making a startling comeback on social media recently. Shimmering, sparkling, colorful unicorn-themed food and drinks are popping up like crazy on Instagram and Pinterest.

If you act fast, you can have the supreme Starbucks drink of all time… the Unicorn Frappuccino® blended beverage available starting on Wednesday, April 19, through Sunday, April 23, while supplies last. BEHOLD THE WONDER:

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Starbucks has this to say about it’s most fabulous drink of all time:

The Unicorn Frappuccino blended crème is made with a sweet dusting of pink powder, blended into a crème Frappuccino with mango syrup and layered with a pleasantly sour blue drizzle. It is finished with vanilla whipped cream and a sprinkle of sweet pink and sour blue powder topping.

Like its mythical namesake, the Unicorn Frappuccino blended crème comes with a bit of magic, starting as a purple beverage with swirls of blue and a first taste that is sweet and fruity. But give it a stir and its color changes to pink, and the flavor evolves to tangy and tart. The more swirl, the more the beverage’s color and flavors transform.

This limited-time offering is as fleeting as a rainbow, available April 19-23, while supplies last in participating Starbucks® stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

 

Anything you can think of to eat can be made into unicorn food, even sushi!

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How about some rainbow, sprinkles, and glitter toast for breakfast, along with unicorn hot chocolate? YASSS!

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In case you need to know what unicorns are actually made of, here is a handy diagram:

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How about starting your day with colorful stacks of pancakes, topped with a golden horn and trailing popcorn, marshmallows, popcorn and SPRINKLES? YES!

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Or if you are craving something even SWEETER…..check out the article Cosmo did an on doughnicorns, these unbelievably cute doughnut unicorns!!!

Doritos came out with awesome rainbow chips ahead of the trend back in 2015:

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How fun is this Unicorn Bark with pastel swirls, sprinkles and candy pearls! YES! For the yummy recipe, simply visit The Spruce:

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What makes food, unicorn food? Well lots of sprinkles, colors and exuberance. Plus fun.

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We love a unicorn painted marshmallow atop a jaunty striped straw. And the adorable unicorn cookie from The Decorated Cookie.

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Unicorns need savory food too, like this veggie dip from Totally the Bomb:

We Love our Gilded Gown Prom & Pageant Girls of 2017

We are so proud of our Gilded Gown Girls. They are smart, fiesty, fun-loving, beautiful, inspiring and fabulous! We have been having an absolute blast during this extra busy shopping season helping them find their dream dresses. And, we think that this year’s dresses are so gorgeous on them!

Major feels for our Gilded Gown Girls and their prom pics that are starting to roll in. We’ve helped so many beautiful young ladies find their dream dresses at The Gilded Gown and we are thrilled to see them glowing and happy on prom night. The proof is in the pudding as the old saying goes. And the photos we are receiving prove how lovely our girls look and feel for their special events!

But wait….Have you found your “YES” dress for prom yet? No? Well don’t worry about a thing, ‘cuz there is still time to find YOUR dream gown for Prom! We still have over a thousand gorgeous gowns in sizes 00 to 36 in stock! Come and try on to see which lovely dress is perfect for you!!

***As a bonus, you will receive $50 to $100 Off YOUR Prom Dress purchase when you mention this blog post at checkout and check in to The Gilded Gown on Facebook when you visit! See store for details!***

Please enjoy some pics of this year’s Gilded Gown Girls! And if you are a Gilded Gown Girl, please feel free to share your pictures with us on Facebook or Instagram!!!

First up, we have Miss Kira Luttrell rocking her Gilded Gown for Prom 2k17! Kira is simply stunning in our black two-piece ballgown with regal gold details!

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Miss Kayla June Nobbe arriving in style to her Gibbs High School Prom! Kayla is resplendent and radiant in her red and diamond white gilded gown!

Miss Abigail Fawver looking gorgeous in her gilded gown! She is a majorette and attends Carter High School! She recently WON the Tennessee Most Beautiful Majorette and Tennessee Starlet award!  Go Abigail!!! #girlpower

Miss Mia looking lovely in this two piece lavender stunner!! She made her gilded gown look ah-mazing at Prom 2k17!!

Miss Madison Taylor is dressed and ready for the 2017 Central High School prom! She is totally rocking her gilded gown!! Madison loves listening to music driving in her car to wherever the wind blows her! #AdventuresomeSoul

 

Alexandra is so beautiful! She got both her 2k17 and her 2k16 prom gown with us! #lovelylady

 

 

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:

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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.

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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!

 

TREND ALERT: Drip Cakes #ForYourWeddingCake #DripCakes2017

Kinda kooky, very amusing and highly delish, Drip Cakes are trending red hot this year for weddings! Drip Cakes can be naked, multi-tiered or uber-ornate. All that’s required is a baker’s imagination and lots of yummy drizzle running off the top of the cake. Covered with anything and everything, from fruit to flowers to candy, these confections are the perfect artistic vehicle to enhance your ceremony’s theme. Whatever your color story or vision may be, a Drip Cake can be whipped up to match. The cakes are eye-catching, frivolously fun and memorable. Your guests will be sure to speak fondly of them long after your special day. “Remember that brilliant, drippy cake you had?,” they’ll say. “Covered in pirouettes, flowers and strawberries? That was SOME cake!” You’ll respond, “Yes, I loved that cake!”Image result for drip cakes

Cakes by Cliff, made this lavish, yet also understated-but-still-bold, cotton candy inspired, buttercream Drip Cake. We adore the wooden pedestal it is elevated on, too:

These cakes can be sophisticated and elegant — yet they always convey loads of whimsy. The chic one below is reminiscent of the inside of a large, gorgeous seashell and would add tons of “oophmfff” to a beach wedding.

26 Fantastical Drip Wedding Cakes ~ we ❤ this! moncheribridals.com

Bakeries are putting out so many stunning Drip Cakes, like the berry-laden, daisy-dotted chocolate version below. YUM! Don’t you wish you had a fork right now? And you could taste pictures? I do!

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Even a relatively simple version, like the Drip Cake below, conveys a sense of joy. The perfect shade of coraly-pink & gold foil leaves = winning:

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Speaking of simple, check out this luxe gold drip cake with an edible sugar peony. Pa-pow, this minimalist take on Drip Cake packs major wow factor.

Image result for white drip cakeIf you would like to take on a Drip Cake making project of your own, check out this amazing tutorial on “How to Make a Trendy Drip Cake” on by Juniper Cakery on Craftsy. This baking how-to features an upside down “ice cream cone” smashed on top and “melting” down the sides. SOOOOOO ADORABLE! June or July Wedding? Perfect-o!

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Ummm, YEAH, we love cake designer Agnes de Sucre’s thought process (as we imagine it) for this fabulous confection. “Let’s add some frosted donuts AND some macaroons to our triple-decker drip cake. And, for garnish, perhaps sprinkle on a spattering of pink popcorn, edible roses and luscious chocolatey drips.”

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BeSpoke Bride blogged about this Katherine Sabbath style concoction, wonderfully suitable for any colorful & summery ceremony. You could even add a paper umbrella or two to this one, or a spray painted circus animal should the mood strike you:

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Charcoal grey and peach make a lovely combo, especially in this Drip Cake featuring Love, our favorite subject!

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Check out this fantastical, multi-layered vision in chocolate and confetti. Sprinkled with miscellaneous flowers, berries, and who-knows-what-else, it packs some serious eye candy. The raw wood cake stand makes it even cooler:

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We will leave you with some graceful words of wisdom that have never failed us in our many long years, and which we strongly support:

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PROM 2017: The Very Best Apps #BestPromApps

Prom 2017 is in full-swing. Yay! So many girls are excited and ready to get everything planned perfectly for their once in a lifetime nights. We’ve sourced a few super-convenient apps that can make Prom Planning a SNAP!

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App: Plan’it Prom

For: Making it all Work

Cost: FREE

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App: Plum Perfect

For: Your Best Face

Cost: FREE

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App: ManiMatch

For: Your Mani

Cost: FREE


 App: Curb

For: Your Ride

Cost: FREE

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Lilac & Grey Wedding Palette Inspiration #LilacGreyWedding

Spring is here, and in the fresh, free spirit of the season, we are inspired by the cool-toned, neutral wedding palette of lilac and grey! A lilac and grey color story can be distinctive, very hip, yet also so understated and soothing! We like that you can add pops of plum, dark purple and green to perfectly compliment the look.

You can totally set the tone for your happy day by choosing invitations that reflect your theme.  Your guests will get a sense of what is in store for them at your wedding as soon as they open their envelopes. We love-love-love these romantic lavender laser-cut wedding invitations with grey ribbon bows from Elegant Wedding Invites. They are lavish, beautiful and memorable!

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For our bride’s attire, we suggest starting with this extra-special lace gown by Sweetheart. The cutout waistband acts as the perfect belt for this Jersey gown with a Queen Anne neckline, natural waist, straight silhouette, and chapel length train. And hello, look at that illusion back with all those buttons! Isn’t it scrumptious? {We have this gorgeous gown in stock now at The Gilded Gown!}

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We sourced the absolute perfect suede ankle-tie sandals with cool Lucite block heels for this theme by Gianvito Rossi, available from Barneys for $1,145:

 

But for those of you on, shall we say, a tighter budget, how about these from designer Christian Siriano, $20 from Payless:

For your nails Walmart has the perfect lilac nail polish, St. Lucia Lilac, by Essie, available for $6.59.

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For the groom, we sourced this perfectly amazing lilac jacket. This rocking version is available at ASOS, and priced at just $91:

 

Lavender and lilacs can be used in bouquets, favors and decor as a fragrant and beautiful addition to your decor. The pale greenish grey tones in succulents pair well with lilac colored florals. Vintage glass bottles in various hues of purple can be found at antique stores and grouped for a lovely display, filled with sprigs of lavender, or given as favors for the wedding guests.

A luxurious tablescape is possible by amassing floral elements with loads of greenery along with some metal goblets, pink glassware and grey pottery plates. So pretty! We love the diverse chair covers, especially the one with the floral swag attached. The way to achieve this look yourself is to go kind of overboard with the flowers and remember to layer different textures and colors to enhance your scheme. The items in the photo below don’t technically “match” but they most certainly “GO!”

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Lilac macaroons work well with this theme, as do lavender flavored cupcakes. You can get a dozen lavender French macaroons, from MacaronsbyAdri on Etsy, for $24.

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Lavender is a romantic addition to food. And, a wonderful favor idea is to make tiny jars of lavender sugar for your guests.

Lavender works: it immediately evokes the musky scent of summer without filling the mouth with soapy perfume. To make lavender sugar, just cut up a few lavender sprigs and keep them in a jar of granulated sugar for a few days.Nigella Lawson
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How about having something custom made for your day, perhaps like this stunning, dusty lilac-grey three-tiered cake by Sugar Ruffles?

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