Meet Our Beautiful Brides of 2021 Part 2

Meet Our Beautiful Brides of 2021 Part 2

What an amazing 2021 we’ve had at The Gilded Gown. We are so very thankful for all of our sweet and stunning brides who make our job an absolute joy. And we are beyond proud when we get to see them on their special days. Please enjoy this sneak peek at some of our brides who said “I do” this year. Cheers to all the beautiful couples. (And, stay tuned for many more gorgeous weddings in this series.)

Brianna & Donnie

Brianna looks stunning in a lace high-neck ballgown. The lace ballgown also features gorgeous cap-sleeves, a lace keyhole back, and a train that flows perfectly behind her. The couple was married on a scenic mountain at their venue Hearthside Pavilion in Sevierville, Tennessee. Photos were taken by Izzy Lambert a photographer located in Nashville, Tennessee.

Chara & Chad

Chara was married in a dainty all-over lace fitted dress. The dress has a gorgeous deep v, illusion back with lace appliques and cap sleeves. Chara and Chad came up with an adorable hashtag #Careyedaway a wordplay on the couple’s last name Carey. The venue was the Crown Plaza in Downtown Knoxville. The couple’s friends helped by arranging all the floral arrangements while photos were taken by Kalyn Roberts.

Cindy & David

Cindy is a vision in an a-line with a lace bodice and bell sleeves. The ceremony was intimate, and the venue was sentimental because of the couple’s tie to the church, Transformation Church. Their photographer was Aaron Brandon.

Rebecca & Colton

Rebecca is glowing in her whimsical lace wedding dress. The delicate layers in the breeze make Rebecca look angelic. They married at beautiful Fort Walton Beach. These stunning photos were taken by photographer Jenna T Photography.

Kaylee & Derek

Kaylee looks like a princess in an off-the-shoulder lace ballgown. The skirt moves effortlessly while she and her husband waltz around the dance floor. The couple’s venue was The Barn at Cedar Grove and photos were captured by Pierce Brockman Photography.

Christina and Gerald

Christina looked magnificent in her lace and sparkle-fitted gown. Christina and Gerald had an extremely sentimental wedding at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens. During the ceremony, the couple and their children performed a sand unity ceremony blending their families together forever. The couple also honored their beliefs and traditions by having an Unknown Soldier Table and celebrating their faith through music. Photos were taken by the very talented Shanell Bledsoe.

Divah & Rashaad

Divah is absolutely lovely in her ballgown wedding dress. Her lace sweetheart dress and tiara make her look like royalty. The couple had their wedding at Rothchild Catering and Conference Center in Knoxville. The fabulous photos were taken by Fyke Photography.

Emaly & Zack

Emily is breathtaking in an aline gown. The dress is a beautiful contrast of lace and simplicity with a gorgeous billowing skirt. The couple was married at the whimsical Mountain Heights venue located in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee. Photographer Samantha Allen was responsible for capturing these stunning pictures.

Emily & Cody

Emily and Cody had a magical wedding planned by Jess Hopkins, Say Yes with Jess. Emily was absolutely stunning in one of Team GG’s favorite dresses. The dress is a sweetheart ballgown adorned with pearls, sequins, lace appliques, and Chantilly lace. “It was truly the most magical dress. I got soooo many compliments on it,” said bride Emily. The couple’s venue was the industrial-chic Jackson Terminal in the heart of Knoxville’s Old City. For the reception, the couple catered in Holly’s Gourmet Market and Magpies for the cake, both Knoxville favorites.

Emily & Nathanael

Emily is absolutely radiant with her fitted lace dress and veil. The real showstopper on her dress is the delicate lace detailing throughout the dress especially the lace trim on her train. The venue was cozy and familiar to the couple since it was located at a family friend’s scenic home. Emily was also creative in designing her custom bouquet with stunning cremes, pinks, reds, and greenery. Their photographer was Blakely Crawford.

If you enjoyed seeing Part Two of Our Beautiful Brides of 2021 you might also like to check out Part One of Our Beautiful Brides of 2021.

Meet Our Beautiful Brides of 2021 Part 1

Meet Our Beautiful Brides of 2021 Part 1

What an amazing 2021 we’ve had at The Gilded Gown. We are so very thankful for all of our sweet and stunning brides who make our job an absolute joy. And we are beyond proud when we get to see them on their special days. Please enjoy this sneak peek at some of our brides who said “I do” this year. Cheers to all the beautiful couples. (And, stay tuned for many more gorgeous weddings in this series.)

Alana & Casey

Alana and Casey exchanged their vows at the beautiful Barn at Drewia Hill in Sale Creek, TN.  Alana is so beautiful in her delicate lace gown and flowing wedding veil. Her gorgeous wedding day photos are by Brooke Davis Photography

Alexandra & Emilio

Bride Alexandra is stunning in her strapless sweetheart dress with lavish lace appliques. The happy couple got married at The Stables at Strawberry Creek. And, their captivating photos were taken by Imagine This Photography.

Special note from Alexandra: “I came in with only 3.5 months until my wedding and I was on a mission to find “The Dress”. … I instantly fell in love with a dress but wanted to try on the rest just to make sure. I said yes to the dress!! All around my experience was 10/10 and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome! Thank you so much Gilded Gown and Diane for listening to what I want and helping me realize the potential of a dress I would’ve never picked myself!”

Alisha & Chris

It’s easy to see that Alisha and Chris are madly in love! They celebrated their marriage surrounded by the beautiful natural scenery at Heartland Meadows. Lovely Alisha selected a strapless, deep v, fitted, gorgeous all-over lace dress. Their breathtaking images are from the artistry of Devonne Adrianne Photography.

Amber & Brian

Amber looks elegant in a timeless simple lace dress with a lace illusion back. The couple had a beautiful wedding at the rustic Meadow Farms in Greenback, TN. Their photographer, who captured every spectacular moment, was with Juniper Weddings.

Amber & Travis

Congratulations and best wishes to Amber and Travis, her true love. Amber is stunning in her lace ballgown! Their venue was Asheville Arboretum in Asheville, NC and the photographer was Luis Hernandez with Any Moment Photography.

Amber & Charlie

Radiant Gilded Gown bride Amber is glowing on her wedding day in her delicately beaded veil and lovely lace wedding dress. Their wedding photographer Emily Crisp captured all the special moments of the day.

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Breathtaking Amber says, “I just want to say thank you for a wonderful experience finding my dream dress.”

Amelia & Brandon

Introducing happy couple Amelia and Brandon!  They married at the Knoxville Zoo.  And, Amelia is so stunning in her lace-edged veil and gorgeous wedding gown with the illusion bodice! SkyLights Photography was on hand to make sure all their special memories were beautifully preserved on film.

Anna & Blake

Anna and Blake had a wonderfully dark and moody Halloween wedding at Happily Ever After at The Barn in Kodak, Tennessee.  Anna is gorgeous in her lace mermaid gown with a romantic corset back. She completed her wedding day vision with an ephemeral wedding veil, and a tiara! Ryan H. Martin Photography took all of their stunning photos.

Anna & Cody

Anna and Cody make a beautiful family. They were married at the Barn at Faith Farms in Athens, TN, and their moving photos were captured by Jim Fox.

Ashlea & Josh

Ashlea and Josh exchanged their forever vows this spring on the banks of the picturesque Watauga River. For their venue, they chose The Barn at Bee Cliff in Carter County, Tennessee. She chose a gorgeous Ivory and Cashmere dress with lots of lovely lace appliques, off-shoulder sleeves, and a flowy A-line skirt.

Ashley & Kenneth

Ashely and Kenneth got married at Maple Lane Farm in Greenback, Tennessee.  Ashley is absolutely beautiful in her lace mermaid and lace edge wedding veil

If you enjoyed seeing Part One of our Beautiful Brides of 2021 you might also like to check out our Beautiful Brides of 2020

Use Flowers in Creative Ways at Your Wedding

Use Flowers in Beautifully Creative Ways at Your Wedding

Carrying a beautiful bouquet of fresh-cut flowers down the aisle is a moment brides-to-be dream of. And, while this is the most traditional way flowers are incorporated into wedding days, some brides are seeking more unique ways to use floral elements.

With a little bit of imagination, you can easily use flowers in your wedding in creative ways that your guests will remember for years.

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1. Decorate with Cascading Florals

The Bridgertons aren’t the only ones who can get married under a floral canopy. A florist can create a floral cascade for a dramatic effect. A trellis, blank wall, or canopy at the altar can also support an array of flowers and greenery.

Consider covering a swing with flowers if you have an outdoor ceremony. Photos of you and your spouse sitting in the swing after the wedding are super romantic.

2. Wear Some Flowers

There are lots of ways to incorporate wearable flowers into your wedding day. For instance, you could adorn your hair with a circle of beautiful flowers.

Or, any area on the bridal gown can become a floral centerpiece. If the gown has a wraparound bodice, the florist can create a floral edge. Another option is to wear a pretty row of flowers around your waist.

You could also consider attaching a few gorgeous blooms to your veil.

You can also create a garland of flowers that drapes down the back of your gown. Want a dramatic photo to remember how you looked on your wedding day? Pose in your dress, wrapped in your garland, and look back towards the photographer. Stunning.

Don’t forget the accessories. Consider sweet floral earrings for the finishing touch.

3. Get Married in a Garden

A garden wedding can save you a bundle on your flower budget. Whether you choose to wed in a backyard or at an outdoor venue like the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, you’ll be surrounded by the serenity of nature and many native blooms.

Every season has its flowers. For example, in Tennessee, the fall offers a wide variety of gorgeous autumn colors in vibrant warm colors, but there are also tons of mums, flowering kale, and ornamental cabbage. And even into the winter pansies and violas continue to bloom in a variety of shades. Use in-season blooms and you’ll have all the beauty of flowers without the added cost. 

Even with nature as your beautiful backdrop, you can still layer in more florals. A tree is a perfect spot to gracefully drape a flower garland:

4. Adorn Your Wedding Cake with Flowers

Another neat way to bring more flowers to the table at your wedding is to adorn your cake with beautiful blooms. There is such an amazing array of flowers to choose from, each with a different meaning and message. You can infuse extra meaning into your special day by including flowers that reflect your feelings. For instance, softly delicate roses in the palest pink convey grace, gentleness, joy, and happiness. All good vibes for a wedding day, right?

A sprinkling of gerbera daisies adds a romantic touch to this three-tiered confection. They symbolize innocence, purity, cheerfulness, and loyal love.

5. Use a Signature Flower

Another way to highlight flowers is to focus on one signature flower. You can then use it throughout all your details, from your bouquet to decor. Having a single major floral element can really elevate your day. Say you love sunflowers, well use them everywhere, from your entry to your aisle.

Your guests will definitely take note of your flowers if you weave a signature flower throughout the venue:

You can even add some sunflower party favors for your wedding party to take home. Etsy makes a number of flower party favors, from napkin holders to place card clips.

6. Garnish a Signature Drink with Blooms

One final way to use flowers in a creative way at your wedding is to garnish a signature drink at the reception with edible blooms. Cheers to you and whichever way you choose to incorporate flowers for your day.

Pro Tips:

A couple of tips to keep in mind when you use flowers:

  1. All flowers attract bugs. True, some are beneficial to your garden and yard.
  2. It’s best to avoid using snapdragons and hostas in your hairpieces or backdrops.
  3. Pro tip: bees tend to avoid marigolds, chrysanthemums, and red petunias

Beautiful and Bold Black Wedding Dresses

“Magic is really very simple, all you’ve got to do is want something and then let yourself have it.” Aggie Cromwell

We are celebrating All Hallow’s Eve with a look at some beautiful and bold black bridal gowns. We think black wedding dresses are the perfect choice for Halloween ceremonies, goth brides and anyone wanting to make a statement on their wedding day. It is also a beautiful choice for all of you fashion forward brides who want to avoid the traditional ivory look! So in honor of the season, please enjoy these beauties from The Gilded Gown. And we’ve included some spooky words for you, too.

Romance

BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

Romance, who loves to nod and sing,
With drowsy head and folded wing,
Among the green leaves as they shake
Far down within some shadowy lake,
To me a painted paroquet
Hath been—a most familiar bird—
Taught me my alphabet to say—
To lisp my very earliest word
While in the wild wood I did lie,
A child—with a most knowing eye.
Of late, eternal Condor years
So shake the very Heaven on high
With tumult as they thunder by,
I have no time for idle cares
Through gazing on the unquiet sky.
And when an hour with calmer wings
Its down upon my spirit flings—
That little time with lyre and rhyme
To while away—forbidden things!
My heart would feel to be a crime
Unless it trembled with the strings.

“If human beings had genuine courage,

they’d wear their costumes every day of the year,

not just on Halloween.” – Douglas Copeland

“Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen. Voices whisper in the trees, ‘Tonight is Halloween!’” – Dexter Kozen

“Shadows mutter, mist replies, darkness purr as midnight sighs.” – Rusty Fischer

“There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.” —Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

“I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color.” —Wednesday Addams, The Addams Family

“On Halloween you get to become anything that you want to be.” —Ava Dellaria

“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” —Eden Phillpots

You might also like: The Ultimate Stylish Halloween Wedding Inspiration

Unique + Modern Wedding Invitation Styles

Unique + Modern Wedding Invitation Styles

Nothing sets the stage for your wedding guests quite as much as your invitations. So we suggest selecting something that will stand out AND show your style. Consider using one of these trendy and creative wedding stationery types for your day. Color Block, Transparent and Minimalist invitations will all deliver a stylish start to your wedding festivities.

Color Block Invites

One unique type of invite uses the technique of color blocking, which we are seeing everywhere lately. This beautiful style is trending in art and fashion and also is popping up in all sorts of wedding designs. Color blocking simply means that you pair two or three totally different colors together to make a bold statement. Sending your guests a color block invite will definitely show off your bright wedding style.

For example, we love these graphic and modern wedding invitations from minted featuring blocks of color in an artistic layout.

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With unique designs printed on luxe paper, all minted’s gorgeous wedding invitations are also available with several matching accessories.

This take on color blocking is so fanciful and pretty! Send your guests something charming and cheerful with these stylish wedding invitations by Margo & Bees

Color blocking doesn’t have to be square. Check out these desert-toned cuties from double-dipped calligraphy.

Transparent Invites

Transparent, or clear invites allow light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen. And we can’t think of a better way to WOW your wedding guests than sending a translucent inviation. For example, these beautifully sheer wedding invitations from Pumpkin Wedding Design on etsy deliver a modern, clean vibe:

We found this delicate gold foiled transparent invitation suite on amazon.

Clarity & Co offers these lovely burgundy acrylic wedding invitations:

Picky Bride offers gorgeous customized matte acrylic wedding invitations:

For a dramatic version of transparent, we suggest these elegant invites with black envelopes from Invitation Elegant on etsy:

Minimalist Invites

A minimalist aesthetic epitomizes the “less is more” approach to decor. Usually, it involves neutral colors, clean spaces, and minimal distractions. Minimalist weddings have a spare, fresh and modern feel.

Wedding invites of the minimalist persuasion have a calm, zen-like feeling. For example, Margot & Bees offers some lovely bespoke invites, like these spare floral ones:

We sourced this chic minimalistic invite template from The Paper Rosebuds on etsy. This is a perfect option for couples wanting to print their own invitations:

Basic Invites’ Minimalist Pennant Wedding Invitations are the perfect choice for any modern wedding! This lovely, typography-strong design displays a golden, outlined banner hanging from the top right corner, with your first initials within it. Your names are then aligned to the left, underneath, in modern calligraphy. Then the event’s venue is presented in matching text, while the wedding date is emphasized in large sans-serif.

Another clean crisp option, pictured below, is from minted.

Looking for even more invite inspo? Check out one of our other blog posts on the subject:

Wedding Invites for any Style! From Glam Events to Campground Weddings

Have the Honeymoon of a Lifetime in Greece. Athens, Santorini & Mykonos

Have the Honeymoon of a Lifetime in Greece

Your honeymoon will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. So why not make it the trip of a lifetime? Celebrate your wedding in style with a romantic honeymoon trip to gorgeous Greece. Because there is something utterly captivating about Greece and the Greek islands. The simple beauty, the sun-kissed beaches, the mythology, the rich history, superb natural landscapes, and the dazzling light! So we’ve sourced all the best options for dining, seeing, and doing in all the top spots in Greece from beautiful beaches to a dazzling city.

Athens

We’re starting our tour in Athens, the glorious capital city of Greece. Here you’ll be able to soak up the history and dine like royalty. This town was the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire. And, today, the city is still dominated by awesome 5th-century BC landmarks, such as the Acropolis, and the Parthenon temple. Think of the amazing selfies you all can take against this stunning backdrop. You’ll absolutely adore all the brightly colored buildings with red tiles roofs.

Photograph: Anastasios71

Where to Eat

Hytra is a fine dining restaurant with amazing options for both food and wine. They are well known for their exceptional service and amazing tasting menu. And, their options are reasonably priced. Hytra is located on a beautifully designed rooftop terrace with a view of the Acropolis.

Photo by Specials Digital Athens

If you are looking for some delicious authentic Greek food, we suggest Miandros. This charming coffee restaurant has a reputation for traditional dishes and an intimate, cozy atmosphere that spills out to a lovely patio. Conveniently, Miandros is located in the historical part of Athens. Plus, they offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Keep in mind Miandros becomes a hotspot starting at 6 P.M. with a live band and an amazing drink selection, so you can plan a fun evening out here as well.

What to See & Do

You can’t visit Greece without feeling the incredible sense of history. You are surrounded by gorgeous reminders of the past. And you can find a treasure trove of historic sites in one place at the Acropolis, the most famous citadel in all of Greece. Located on a rocky outcrop high above the city of Athens, the Acropolis is a symbol of the city’s former glory, recalling the culture that flourished more than two millennia ago. This site contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historical significance. Here you will find the Parthenon, The Temple of Athena Nike, The Acropolis Museum, and many other jaw-dropping windows into the past. It’s a must-see for your honeymoon!

Photo by Lana Law

Located within the Acropolis, The Parthenon is arguably one of the most iconic examples of classical architecture in the world. The temple is dedicated to the patron goddess of the city, Athena. Construction on the Parthenon started way back in 447 BC, so it is absolutely incredible that it still stands. You can’t actually walk inside the interior due to its fragile state, but you can still gaze at its wonder and take photos of the exterior. One-day tickets to the Parthenon, including the entire Acropolis site, cost just $22 per person. Score!

Galazia Akti is a private beach located on an island right outside of Athens. There are a couple of beach bars, fish shacks, and beach volley courts where amateurs and former pros play all day long. The sand is thin and the water is shallow and calm so you can frolic in the sea without a care in the world. This gorgeous beach, also known as Blue Bay, is a popular destination for celebrities so you might find yourselves lounging next to someone famous. So don’t miss out on this little mini oasis since it is so close to Athens.

Santorini

Santorini is one of the most dazzling islands in all of Greece. Part of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is a well-loved tourist destination and the perfect place to honeymoon. With its reputation for awe-inspiring panoramas, romantic sunsets, and volcanic-sand beaches, it’s hardly surprising Santorini is so popular.

Where to Eat

Metaxi Mas is one of the best restaurants in Santorini. Hidden away on an intimate terrace, this restaurant can be hard to find. But like all hidden gems it is well worth the trouble to find this elusive spot.

The food and wine are high quality but also unbelievably affordable. A meal at this family-owned spot with traditional Greek food and friendly staff is a must.

What to See & Do

Are you foodies? Love to enjoy a glass of vine? If so we recommend spending at least one day on Santorini taking a food and wine tour. You’ll be immersed in the history and processes of making traditional dishes (and wines!) of the region. Plus, you’ll get to visit the most beautiful vineyards and see inside the kitchens of the locals. Try Safowi, the best option for discerning honeymooners who want an in-depth experience of the best of Santorini’s food and wine scene.

And for the best thing to do on Santorini, well all you need to do is open your eyes and taken in all the awe-inspiring views. One of the most popular sights in Santorini is the blue and white houses on the clifftop.

The Heart of Santorini is a hidden treasure that is worth making a visit to. Mother Nature somehow carved a heart on the side of a caldera, a formation from a volcano eruption. It is such a romantic place for honeymooners to pose for photos.

Another hidden gem is the Bay of Ammoundi. The postcard-pretty Bay is home to a dock, restaurants, and a romantic hidden swimming hole. The Bay offers many fresh seafood options from local fishermen and restaurants. But if you are up for an adventure though you may want to try out the donkey rides.

Mykonos

Honeymooners looking for a good time need to make plans to visit Mykonos, another picturesque island on the Aegean Sea. This absolutely beautiful island is the perfect place to live your best life with gorgeous scenery, a party atmosphere, and delicious food.

Where to Eat

Phos Restaurant is a special restaurant with breathtaking scenery and delicious Greek & Mediterranean dishes. This is a place bathed by natural sunlight and surrounded by natural beauty. You’ll feel as if you are on a luxurious, polished sail boat. Because everything resembles the deck of a yacht. Dine here for an exquisite journey of the senses. A journey of tastes, aromas, sounds, textures, and mesmerizing images. See why they were awarded the 2021 Traveler’s Choice Award 2021 by Trip Advisor

What to See & Do

If you love a party you’ve come to the right island. Beaches such as Paradise and Super Paradise have bars that play great music. Massive dance clubs attract world-renowned DJs and typically stay open well past dawn.

Check out the windmills, which are among the most recognized landmarks of the island and one of the most famous Mykonos attractions along with Little Venice. For many centuries the mills used to refine grain with the help of the high winds that blow on the island.

Another must-see is Little Venice, a neighborhood with colorful houses built right on the edge of the sea. You’ll be charmed by this aptly named spot due to its resemblance to Venice, Italy. The houses have been turned into elegant bars and restaurants and are among the best places in town to watch the sunset while sipping a cocktail.

Get Inspired by this Dark and Moody October Elopement

It’s a Mood

Hello Fall, we are ready for you! We love that you bring us cooler temps and the spookiest time of year. And we also love this amazing styled shoot featuring all the moody, mysterious vibes! So anyone who shares an affinity for a dramatic aesthetic, read on. Cuz this styled shoot will put a spell on you! Immerse yourself in all the magic of the dark color palette, theatrical decor, and a beautiful, woodsy setting. Get Inspired by this Dark and Moody October Elopement.

They Captured The Vision

Photographers Rachel Britt, R Photography and Chrissy Simmons, @simmonslensphotog were on hand to capture every moody moment of this chic fall elopement.

The Setting

The lush green foliage at Ijams Nature Center provided the perfect intimate setting for this October elopement shoot. Centrally located just five minutes from downtown, this 315-acre wildlife sanctuary and greenspace is one of Knoxville’s greatest treasures. And all the natural beauty made for a very enchanting backdrop for our bride and groom.

They Dressed in Black

Gorgeous models TiAndra and Weldon both wore chic all-black ensembles. Her look is all from The Gilded Gown. She’s in a stunning plunging V Lace Fitted Gown with a matching black veil. He’s in a black tuxedo worn with a tie. We love this non-traditional, edgy take on wedding day outfits.

Dramatic Decor

The vision for this shoot came together with the help of many talented pros. Designers from Blush & Ivory Florals, @yorkeventdesigns, curated a feast for everyone’s eyes. And Anderson Party Rental provided so many elements as well. Look closely and you’ll see antlers, skulls, candles and crows.

The on-point vintage furnishings (we are obsessed with the velvet Victorian settee) and super cool octagon backdrop came from Cantrell & Co. Event Rentals

Details make the magic, and here they were a collaboration of all the creatives present. Including Your Poppy Shop.

Macs Dot Knox provided the menus:

Vendors

Photographer | Rachel Britt, R Photography @rphotosforall

Photographer | Chrissy Simmons, Lens of Grace Photography @simmonslensphotog

Bride | TiAndra Austin @tiandram

Groom | Weldon Right @weldonsxworld

Dress & Accessories | The Gilded Gown @thegildedgown

Design | @yorkeventdesigns

Floral | Blush & Ivory Florals @blushivoryflorals

Vintage Rentals & Arbor | Cantrell & Co. Event Rentals @cantrellandcorentals

Custom Wedding Details | Your Poppy Shop @yourpoppyshop

Rentals | Anderson Party Rental @andersonparty.rental

Venue | Ijams Nature Center @ijamsnaturecenter

Menus & Welcome Sign | Macs Dot Knox @macs.knox



Stunning Ways to Add Happy Sunflowers to Your Wedding

Stunning Ways to Add Happy Sunflowers To Your Wedding

Bright, sunshiny sunflowers are the perfect addition to a wedding day. For one thing they represent all the things a good marriage is based on. Qualities like loyalty, adoration, happiness, and longevity. Also, when sunflowers are in season, the world is definitely a brighter place. So read on for some stunning ways to add happy sunflowers to your wedding, and let your day shine! Incorporate these cheerful blooms with your floral elements, your sweets and everywhere else you want a pop of joy.

Floral Elements

The absolute best way to enhance your wedding with sunflowers is to use lots of them. Imagine the romantic feeling of exchanging vows near a vibrant field of blooming sunflowers!

Another way to bring sunflowers to your day is to use them in your bouquet. We found lots of inspiring sunflower forward bouquets on Pinterest for you. We are in love with this horizontal one featuring PINK! sunflowers!!! Who even knew there were pink ones?

But we also adore these traditional sunflowers mixed with pale pink gerbera daisies:

In addition, you can add sunflowers all around your venue to reinforce your happy theme. For example, this table garland is gorgeous!

Looking for a rustic take on sunflowers? How pretty are these mason jars brimming with sunflowers? What a perfect way to line your aisle, country style. They are the sweetest nod to nature, tied with twine and perched on stumps.

Don’t forget the guys. A simple sunflower bloom makes a really cute boutonniere, especially paired with a darling patterned shirt:

Sweets

What better way to spice up your wedding sweet table than with some sunflower-adorned confections? These cuties are the perfect addition to cakes, cupcakes, or even cookies. Choose to use real flowers, faux ones, or even painted versions. Whichever way you incorporate sunflowers they will definitely steal the show. For instance, this three-layer naked cake is charmingly decorated with real sunflower blooms:

For an example of an artistic rendition of sunflowers, check out this enchanting hand-painted bas relief, Monet-inspired masterpiece by Cake Hero. This elaborately embellished cake features 3-d flowers, actual blooms plus a stunning impressionistic painted scene on the middle layer:

Credit: Cake Hero + Samuel Morgan Photography

Famed UK floral pastry chef Sami Jo Gascoyne of Blushing Cook uses dried, edible flowers for her works of art. In addition she creates cakes that are gorgeous and delicious. For instance, we love this “pressed floral” cake Sami created. And, this beauty features bright sunflowers accented with pops of purple, green and red. 

Another option is to serve some amazing sunflower cupcakes on your special day. Take for instance these delightful ones from Kerry’s Bouqcakes. Cupcake artist Kerry loves to transform her cupcakes into floral masterpieces.

Cookies are another wonderful option for a sunflower-themed sweet. And, if you are so inclined, you can DIY the ones below by visiting the Floured Canvas, an online cookie decorating class.

Or, if you would rather purchase some sunflower wedding cookies, we sourced these adorable ones on etsy for you:

Pops of Joy

Spread the sunflower love around your wedding day with little pops of joy. Send your guests home with a sunny little flower favor like these cuties from etsy:

Gift your bridesmaids with some cool resin sunflower drop earrings:

Or purchase some sunflower earrings to wear yourself, like these gorgeous 14k gold ones:

Creative Union makes the cutest invites, programs, and wedding fans. We are heart-eyed over these:

However, you choose to use them we know these bright and cheerful flowers will definitely add sunshine and happy vibes to your wedding.

You might also like our blog post on Vintage Country Weddings.

Swoon-Worthy Ways to Incorporate Bridgerton Style Into Your Wedding

Bring on the Bridgerton

We are so inspired by the gorgeous opulence of Netflix’s Bridgerton. The clothes, the jewelry, the manors, the fabulous interiors, the flowers, the love stories….we just want it ALL!! And since the social season is upon us, dear brides, we decided to highlight the impeccable style of the show. And politely demonstrate that there are many ways to bring the elegance, and luxuriousness of that beautiful bygone era to a modern-day wedding.

Have no fear, dear brides, for if you too loved the show, there are lots of ways you can bring a touch of Bridgerton to your wedding that will impress even the likes of Lady Whistledown. So if you are looking to host the perfect modern-Regency-inspired day, please read on.

Of course, the internet is brimming with amazing inspiration for brides with an affinity for vintage-inspired vibes. For example, check out Elegant Wedding’s stunning Bridgerton Styled Shoot (they NAILED the swoon-worthy feels!):

In fact, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings’ blue and lilac themed take on a Bridgerton wedding is absolutely glorious:

Furthermore, another glowing example of an utterly romantic Bridgerton inspired wedding can be found at Green Wedding Shoes:

It’s All In the Details

The surest way to transport your guests to another time and place is through your details. Again, details make the difference in everything about your wedding from your venue, your floral elements, your invitations, your cake to your dress. For this style, you’ll definitely want to concentrate on the details. For instance, just incorporate things with vintage charm, lots of natural elements, and anything with a bit of whimsy. Think feminine details and period furnishings. And FLORAL everything!

The Venue

Assuming you don’t have an English Country Manor or a historic cathedral available to host your wedding at, we’ve got some more affordable options for you. First, look for a local historic mansion, museum, or hotel for your venue. Also, check with botanical gardens and lovely outdoor spaces. You can give whatever space you choose loads of Bridgerton charm with your decor and florals.

The Florals & Decor

If you decide to splurge on anything for your day, we recommend getting extra with the floral elements. For an inspiring example, take in this stunning over-the-top winged archway and floral-lined aisleway featured on Green Wedding Shoes. To be sure, the arch is absolutely loaded with gorgeous greenery and flowers. And who wouldn’t want to promenade down this elegant flower-lined aisle to their one true love?

TIP: The trick to achieving a Bridgerton look is in layering the details. For example, Elegant Wedding paired extravagant florals with a lace tablecloth, a teapot, taper candles, cut glass, and lots of fruit. Here it creates an effortless symphony of romance and nature. Also, this look delivers a major dose of Bridgerton charm. And, dear brides, you can easily recreate this for your tables by collecting similar items from thrift shops, family members, and estate sales.

Another way to incorporate Bridgerton into your day is to set up a swanky backdrop like this circular one loaded with lovely lilac Wisteria. Most florists can duplicate something similarly fabulous or you can find options on Etsy or Amazon.

[…Just taking a moment to appreciate ALL of the floral moments in this scene…]

Another floral moment we can’t take our eyes off of is this dreamy bride wearing a custom headpiece and holding a quintessentially Bridgerton bouquet.

Here we have more Bridgerton influenced bridal bouquets brimming with beauty, for you to peruse…

The Invitations

Signal a memorable wedding to all your guests by sending them on-theme invites. The prettiest Bridgerton-ish invites we found are from Sierra Dyer Co:

The Cake

For your cake start with a traditional tiered confection and then layer on the details that work for you. Which one do you love best below? We choose the one with the wisteria arch, in the middle photo!!! But we’d definitely enjoy eating any of them!

And Your Dress is Flawless, My Dear

For your dress, try a style with an empire waist, or something with little cap sleeves. Or, go big with a ballgown like this platinum silk wedding dress from The Gilded Gown.

The accessories make this look swoon-worthy with the beaded topper, pearl earrings, gloves, and tiara.

We hope you can incorporate some of these romantic Bridgerton details into your wedding day. But always remember it doesn’t have to be perfect!

1 Bridal Gown Styled 5 Ways Boho/Glam/Classic/Rocker/Rustic

1 Bridal Gown Styled 5 Ways!

Boho, Glam, Classic, Rocker & Rustic

We took a traditional ballgown from our collection and styled it five different ways simply by changing out the accessories. You’ll see how easy it is to channel your unique style by pairing your wedding dress with the perfect finishing touches that reflect your vibe. Read on to see how we transformed this gown from Boho to Glam to Classic to Rocker to Rustic.

Boho Bride

Boho bride style incorporates an eclectic mix of natural elements, a free-spirited aesthetic, and a mix of textures and patterns. The relaxed, global-inspired vibe bends traditional design rules to create a layered, personalized look. Here we’ve embraced the style’s laidback feel with a gorgeous flower crown, a stunning hair vine woven in a luxurious braid, and a bouquet full of dried grasses, leaves, and eucalyptus. With the addition of these accessories, this classic ballgown is ready for any bohemian wedding.

Glam Bride

Glam bridal style is all about glitz and bling and “extraness.” For brides seeking a glamorous, glittering wedding day look we suggest loading up on all the things. Here we’ve elevated this simple gown with the addition of a sparkly beaded belt, darling drop earrings plus a dramatic headpiece. A metallic lace-trimmed veil and bracelet add to the completed vision of loveliness.

Classic Bride

Classic bridal style is all about wearing a dress as timeless as possible. The traditional bride wants her wedding dress to be as in style on the day she wore it as it is on her 50th wedding anniversary. So here we’ve let the simple elegance of dress shine with the addition of a few well placed accessories. Pearl earrings, a delicate bracelet and an embellished updo are all the extras needed to keep this dress classically sophisticated and refined.

Rocker Bride

A rocker bridal look is all about bringing your own sense of style and personality into your wedding day. Here we’ve taken a classic ballgown to an edgier vibe altogether with the addition of an ivory bridal moto jacket and some geometric earrings. Imagine this with a pair of combat boots, doc martens or other alternative shoes and rock on!

Rustic Bride

Boots, barns and the beautiful outdoors are close to the hearts of rustic style brides. We’ve taken this classic ballgown in a country direction with the addition of an adorable lace-edged topper. Plus we’ve added a wide satin sash with a floral element to perfectly cinch in the waist of the gown. And, the littlest leaf drop earrings give a nod to nature as well.

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