PUMPED for PROM! Top Style Trends for Prom2K19

We are so excited about PROM2K19! The vibe this year is fun AND festive! We are so happy that girls are already shopping with us to find their dream dresses. Plus, we are absolutely thrilled that our reputation as the best place to shop for prom is growing. So far this year we’ve had shoppers from six states, our prom registry is filling up and it is only December! But we have even more dresses arriving fresh from our exclusive designers!!! When you shop with us you can be sure you’ll have an original designer dress at an affordable price. We register each dress and we offer easy layaway terms, too.

Our team scoured the apparel markets in Chicago, Dallas, Orlando, and Atlanta to source the very best prom styles for you! We met with the top prom designers, carefully studied the latest trends and took into account what YOU are looking for this year. The 2019 Prom Gowns are arriving at The Gilded Gown and they are GORGEOUS!


This year it’s all about the beautiful shiny and glittery fabric. From bodycon mermaid styles in electric gold to dramatic plunge front ballgowns in iridescent fabric, you’ll be sparkling your way into 2019 with our gowns. Make a statement in a dress where the construction and fabric provide a major WOW factor.


Shoulder-baring styles with cuff sleeves are totally on trend for 2019! Also known as “Bardot style” dresses, these flirty and flattering prom dresses pay homage to Brigitte Bardot, the French actress and style icon that made them famous. We love when awesome styles of the past become fresh and modern, and this one is very fashion forward this year!



Floral prints have been popular for the last couple of years and they are still hot for 2019. This season floral dresses run the gamut from bold and vibrant to cool and understated. Whatever your style, there is a perfect print for you at The Gilded Gown.


The soft hues in the pastel range continue to trend for prom. This year look for delicate shades of lilac, pink, mint, and blue.


Glamorous black is the quintessential color for stylish formal wear. We have a beautiful selection of this timeless and elegant classic color in lots of styles from lavishly beaded to super simple which will fit every taste and budget.


Lace is another element that we’ve seen in the past that is still very popular this year. Whether it is a touch of lace on the bodice of a ballgown or an allover lacy design, we’ve got so many stunning options available.


Are you a glam girl who loves embellished gowns with intricate embroidery, sequins and beading? This year we have so many styles with sparkly adornments that you will love!!!

This year we are also elated to announce that we are expanding our prom into its own!!!! Our selection and staff have outgrown our current space, so this year our BRAND NEW PROM STORE will be opening next door to our current store. The bridal will remain in the original location with more room and more runways! The new space will host a grand opening in January which you do not want to miss! More than 6000 square feet of retail space will showcase our selection of thousands of prom gown in every single size and style!!!

Love to get cozy? Try Hygge, the Danish art of comfort and good cheer!

Since the weather outside is getting colder, and the holidays are upon us we thought we’d bring up the awesome practice of taking coziness, comfort and joy to the NEXT LEVEL. Have you heard of it? Hygge (pronounced HOO-gə) is the Danish practice of elevating coziness and comfortable conviviality to an art form. And since most people love to be comfy and cozy Hygge is catching on worldwide. Imagine all things relaxing and comforting that you love and combine them all together in your head. For instance, picture a crackling fire, a comfy armchair, a pile of pillows and throws, a warm mug of cocoa, a loved one, a stack of good books. Are you with us? Now imagine some great music playing softly and the enticing smell of delicious cookies baking in the oven. Oh, and envision yourself wearing something extremely soft with some fuzzy slippers, too. Sound heavenly? Well, that’s Hygge for ya.

Hygge is all about taking the time to amp up the cozy factor. For example, when you get in for the night after a long day of work, you can just plop down on your couch to watch tv like you usually do. OR, you could take a little time to first light a candle, put a throw in the dryer for a minute to warm it up, pile on all your pillows, get some warm tea, fix a plate of special snacks and hunker down for a super awesome tv experience. Which sounds cozier? Hygge baby!!!

Whenever you take the time to light a fire, don’t you just love it? Fire one up, toast your toes in relaxing flannel pjs next to your boo and you’ll be practicing Hygge.

Everything soft and fuzzy adds to the coziness. Like a little kitten snuggled up in a blanket.

You can make your house Hygge-ready by layering rugs, throws, and pillows with abandon. Adding in natural elements like plants makes your environment happier and healthier too.

Stack up books you’d like to read and amass some beautiful candles, too.

Give your wardrobe a Hygee makeover. Get yourself some super soft sweaters, tees, and socks. Slippers, wraps and anything uber comfortable works well for this way of lifestyle.

Incorporate your comfy clothes into your everyday life and you’ll feel a little boost of Hygge, even when you’re headed out for a busy day on the go.

Hygge is meant to be shared with others, too. Invite friends over for a relaxed evening with yummy food, candlelight, and companionship.

Lift everyone’s spirits with warm laughter, good conversation, and some fun toasts. Ensure everyone has a cushy seat and a smile on their face and you’ll all be basking in Hygge together.

Those quiet moments at home are the epitome of Hygge though. Like nestling with a newborn. So cuddly!

If you want to know more about the art of coziness we recommend The Little Book of Hygge by Meik WikingHygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Søderberg, and The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well by Louisa Thomsen Brits.

Happy Hygge-ing Everybody!!

We wish you all the comfort and joy of the season (from our blanket fort in front of our roaring fire!)




Our Family’s Southern Thanksgiving Recipes

We absolutely love Thanksgiving! How cool is it that we have a national holiday in order to remember all that we are thankful for? Appreciating our blessings, sharing a bountiful meal with our loved ones and kicking off the holiday season are a few reasons Thanksgiving is our favorite. We are getting super excited anticipating all the good smells in our kitchen, how full our bellies will be, a day filled with laughter, and that plate of late night leftovers. Our family usually gathers in the afternoon along with lots of friends. Some of our traditions include going around the table and having each person talk about something they are thankful for, an insane spread of food, an after-dinner game of bingo, and an evening Christmas movie. In honor of our favorite holiday, we thought we would share some of our family’s time-honored recipes with you. These are courtesy of our family cookbook, The Callie King Cockman Family Cookbook, which was compiled by our beloved Margaret Cockman Kitchel. We wish all of you the happiest of Thanksgivings. (And we are so grateful for each one of you!)

Cousin Ann’s Party Potatoes

 Serves about 10
 You can make these mashed taters two days ahead. A real lifesaver when you are cooking for a crew like ours.
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and chunked
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces, at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
8 ounces sour cream
 Freshly ground black pepper
Peel and slice enough potatoes to fill a 2-quart pot. Boil potatoes until done.
Whip. Add cream cheese and sour cream. Whip until fluffy. Add butter and salt to taste.
Put into a greased 13 x 9 casserole dish. Put small pats of butter on top.
Refrigerate, covered tightly with plastic wrap, for up to 2 days before baking.
Bake in a 350-degree oven until lightly brown for about 30-45 minutes.
You can add in green onions, chives, cheese, peppers, etc. to taste.

Jacqui’s Asparagus Delight

Serves about 6
The kids in our family love this dish. We’re sure yours will, too.
2 cans of asparagus spears
2 teaspoons butter
Parmesan Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a layer of asparagus spears in a casserole dish. Put small pats of butter on this layer.
Liberally sprinkle Parmesan cheese over asparagus. Place another layer of asparagus on top of the cheese.
Repeat layers until you run out of asparagus. Bake until the top layer of cheese turns a light golden brown.

Elizabeth’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Serves about 10
3 cups sweet potatoes, mashed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
Cream together the above ingredients. Pour into buttered casserole dish.
[Handy tip: use disposable foil pans from the Dollar Tree.]
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix together topping ingredients with two forks until crumbly.
Sprinkle on top of sweet potato mixture and bake for 30-45 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.

Aunt Sarah’s Vidalia Onion Pie

Serves about 10
1 cup Ritz crackers, crumbled
1/2 stick margarine, melted
1 cup Vidalia onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
 3/4 cup milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Mix together crackers and 1/2 stick of melted margarine in a pie dish.
Sautee onions in 2 tablespoons butter until clear.
Add eggs, milk, salt, and pepper to onions. Mix.
Pour onion mixture into crust.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Sprinkle with cheddar and paprika, put back in oven until cheese melts.

Sarah + Dillon’s Fabulous Fall Farm Wedding

Sweet young couple Sarah and Dillon chose to marry under a cathedral of trees in the beautiful outdoors. They couldn’t have picked a better day, as their wedding day was crisp and clear, the perfect picturesque fall weather.

Simply Stated beautifully photographed the heartwarming nuptials, which took place surrounded by the natural beauty of Tennessee’s Honey Creek Farms.

Stunning Honey Creek Farms, nestled on 25 acres of picturesque rolling hills in Dandridge, is not only a beautiful event venue but it also a fully operational farm. And it was the perfect spot for Sarah and Dillon to say “I Do” at, surrounded by all of their beloved family and friends. We love the simple wood benches with cozy blankets, the lanterns lining the aisle and the perfectly draped arbor. Oh, and the fall leaves scattered by nature. Most of all, though, we adore the look of love on the beaming, happy faces of Sarah and Dillon.

The lovely event was coordinated by Jessica of Team Wedding and every detail was thoughtfully taken care of.

Gorgeous Sarah found her breathtaking lace three quarter sleeve ballgown with us at The Gilded Gown.

She also purchased her coordinating veil and accessories with us. We think this photo of Sarah in her veil is absolutely breathtaking.

Sarah was truly the most beautiful bride. Her hair and makeup were done by the talented artists of Southern Belle Beauty LLC

And, this bouquet is everything! Florist Michael Trentolm brought all the colors of fall into this lush, lavish cascading creation. 

Definitely fall bouquet goals:

We are sure happy tears were shed as Sarah made her way through the barn doors down the aisle:

The handsome groom and his guys were adorable in their suspenders and bow ties. We wonder what Dillon was thinking as he waited for Sarah. Most likely he was counting his blessings and wondering how he got to be so lucky.

We’re sure the Sarah felt the same knowing she was marrying the love of her life, her best friend and such a good man.

Sarah gathered her closest friends around her to celebrate the best day ever. Her attendants make a gorgeous group in their complimentary, non-matching gowns.

You can tell the entire wedding party enjoyed the day. And each other’s company. Many lasting memories were made.

Join us in wishing Sarah and Dillon every happiness as they begin their lives together.


She Walks in Beauty
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!


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Photographer: Simply Stated formerly Simply Croft

Venue: Honey Creek Farms
DJ: Mobile Beats EnPhtertainment
Caterer: Southern Traditions Catering
Cake: design cakes by laurie
Dress: The Gilded Gown
Hair & Makeup: Southern Belle Beauty LLC
Florist: michael trenholm
Videography: Noble Limits Creative Company
Coordinator: Team Wedding / Jessica

Don’t Throw Rice! Creative Toss Items for Your Wedding Send Off

A wedding send-off is a friendly demonstration that takes place immediately following the ceremony. Traditionally, guests file through a receiving line and then gather outside to await the bride and groom. When the couple makes their exit, the guests typically shower them with rice. Throwing rice at a newly married couple has been a tradition for thousands of years, possibly going back as far as the ancient Assyrians and Egyptians. The idea is that tossing this symbol of a good crop at a couple will give the newlyweds good luck, fertility, and abundance in the future. But as with all traditions, there are plenty of creative alternatives for people looking for a little something different. The fact is your guests can wish you well with plenty of things besides rice. We’ve gathered a few festive send-off ideas to make your special day extraordinary.

Dried herbs or flowers, such a lavender, make a fragrant, eco-friendly toss item.

Put them out for your guests in adorable paper cones.

Or have little open sacks of herbs served up in a crate. Your guests will love this beautiful, earth-friendly option.

Whimsical Pom Poms, either the tiny balls or the shaker kind, make a send-off a celebration!

Put out little containers of poms in your wedding colors to compliment your day.

Clean up on the bitty poms can be time-consuming, though, so you might want to consider cheerleader style pom poms on sticks. Your guests will get into the cheering spirit with colorful shakers. Heck, they might even come up with an impromptu cheer just for you guys.

Imagine stepping out to face your future together to the tingle of tons of tiny bells.

Help your guests ring in your new life together with little bells.

Or, use the ever-popular cowbells. There is never enough cowbell!



You can always leave your wedding in a flurry of floaty fun bubbles.

All of your friends and family will feel like kids again as they blow a cascade of bubbles at you.

You might even want to join in the fun!

Paper airplanes are an adorable send-off item.

Your love will take flight when your guests bombard you with everyone’s favorite childhood DIY. Map paper airplanes are an especially special send-off when you are traveling for your honeymoon, too.

Looking for a cheerful send-off? Rainbow sprinkles are the epitome of cheerful fun.

Sweet packets of these will deliver a major fun moment for all.

Tubes make great of confetti sprinkles

Ribbon wands add a festive flair and a fantastic insta-ready photo opportunity at your send-off.
Ribbon wands are a quick and easy DIY project, plus they don’t require any cleanup AND they can be customized for any style wedding. Win, win, win.
Our final creative alternative to a traditional rice throw is leaf confetti. This is our favorite option because it is free and eco-friendly.
Leaf confetti simply requires a hole punch, some handy helpers and mother nature’s bounty of leaves. Punch any shapes you desire into your leaves. Voila, wedding confetti!
No matter what you choose to have your guests sling at you, we know you’ll be showered in happiness.

REAL WEDDINGS >> A few of our beautiful, breathtaking brides of 2018

We are honored we have the opportunity to help so many beautiful, breathtaking brides find their dream dresses at The Gilded Gown. Being a part of that special moment when the “magic” happens and a bride falls in love with her dress is our absolute joy. But it is even more rewarding for us to see our brides glow with happiness and love on their wedding days. Join us on this photo journey through a few of our gorgeous brides’ special days. We wish these all of these adorable newlyweds much love, laughter, and happily ever afters. Your fairy tales are only beginning.

True love stories never have endings. Richard Bach

Congratulations Hillary & Rajiv!

Featured in the Summer/Fall 2018 Tennessee Weddings by The Pink Bride Magazine

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VENUE – WindRiver

RECEPTION – The Venue at Lenoir City

PHOTOGRAPHY – Zamana Lifestyles

CATERING – Chowpatty

FLORIST – Melissa Timm Designs

INVITES – Julie Hanan Design

DRESS – The Gilded Gown

Indian Attire for Bride, Groom, Groomsmen, Bridesmaids – Image Boutique Shop By Surinder Bedi

TUXES – Prestige Tuxedo

DJ – Sequoyah Entertainment

RENTALS & DECOR – All Occasions Party Rentals

HAIR & MAKEUP – Bangs and Blush

To love is to burn, to be on fire. Jane Austen 

Congratulations Kelly & Josh!

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VENUE –  The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm, LLC

PHOTOGRAPHY – Joy Wildflower Photography

FLORIST – Swank Floral & Interiors

DRESS – The Gilded Gown

Love must be as much a light as it is a flame. Henry David Thoreau

Congratulations Maisie & Cory!

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VENUE – Riverbend Farms

PHOTOGRAPHY – Ivy Takes Photos

DRESS – The Gilded Gown

SUIT – Dillards

If I know what love is, it is because of you. Hermann Hesse

Congratulations Becca & Steven!

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VENUE – Sampson’s Hollow

PHOTOGRAPHY – Creative One’s Photography

DRESS – The Gilded Gown

A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens

Congratulations Morgan & Joe!

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VENUE – Coopers Cove in Townsend, TN

PHOTOGRAPHY – Cara Totman Photography

DRESS – The Gilded Gown

Unless you love someone, nothing else makes sense. E.E. Cummings

Congratulations Grace & Denzell

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VENUE – The Ranch on Denali Trail

DRESS – The Gilded Gown

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love. Sophocles

Congratulations Sierra & Corey

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VENUE – Stately Occasions of Oneida, TN

DRESS – The Gilded Gown

I know of no greater happiness than to be with you all the time, without interruption, without end. Franz Kafka

Congratulations Savanna & Chris

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VENUE – Tower Mountain, KY

DRESS – The Gilded Gown

There is no remedy for love but to love more. Henry David Thoreau

Congratulations Emily & Alex


Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu

Congratulations Chloe & Trevor


All you need is love. Paul McCartney

Congratulations Victoria & Dillon

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VENUE – The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm, LLC

RECEPTION – Barley’s Knoxville

PHOTOGRAPHY – Flourish Photography by Katie Huff

FLORIST – Swank Floral & Interiors

DRESS – The Gilded Gown

TRANSPORTATION – Regal Carriages & Steve Wisden

HAIR & MAKEUP – Kristen Hurtubise & Grow Knoxville – A Shane Archer Concept Salon


Don’t Let Them Eat Cake. Top Four Wedding Cake Alternatives!

There are so many lovely wedding traditions that come to mind when planning a wedding, but that doesn’t mean you have to incorporate all of them into yours. Every detail of your special day should be personalized to please you and your fiancee. Discard the traditions you don’t want, and tweak others so they fit YOUR wedding day vibe. Perhaps you picture your nuptials taking place at sunrise on a beach instead of an afternoon church ceremony. Maybe you want to walk down the aisle carrying a swag of greenery instead of a bouquet. These choices are yours to make and you should do “you.” Your friends and family will love celebrating your day with you even more if it reflects your own unique vision.

We suggest examining every single tradition and modifying any you aren’t feeling. For example, if the thought of serving a three-tiered white cake doesn’t fill you with joy, then we suggest thinking outside the box, dessert-wise, and dishing up a delicious alternative. There are so many fun, delicious and creative choices for sweets. We’ve rounded up our top four favorite options for what to serve at a reception instead of cake.


Golden-crusted and delicious, the baked goodness that is pie makes a perfect wedding dessert. Pie is playful, affordable, approachable and easy. Pie comes in a multitude of flavors. And pie is yummy. We love this gorgeous option with a braided edge and decorated with fresh flowers:

Your guests can be served their pie buffet style.

Or you could provide personal tiny pies for each attendee. Bonus, individual pies can double as your wedding favors.

Photo: Heather Waraksa, The Knot

Pie can even be served on a stick.

If you want a good photo op with the hubs, pose in front of a stack of pies.

Photo: Jose Villa/Style Me Pretty


Surprise your guests with luscious, decadent cheesecake instead of a wedding cake. Creamy, indulgent and layered this scrumptious dessert will have everyone wanting seconds. Load a table full of multiple flavors so that everyone can choose their favorite.

Cheesecakes are versatile and can be made to coordinate with any color scheme. We adore these mini cheesecakes rocking the purple and blue hues:

Cheesecake can even be stacked in lavish tiers to mimic a traditional wedding cake.


Sugary, crispy, crunchy and so irresistible, cookies make an excellent option for your wedding reception finale. These guys are portable, inexpensive and everybody loves them.

Cookies can be super personalized with your names and wedding date, like these adorable succulent-inspired confections from HayleyCakesandCookies.com:

Meringues & Pavlovas

For a really unexpected wedding cake alternative, we suggest airy Meringues or Pavlovas. Very delicate and sweet, a meringue is a light-as-air confection of sugar and egg whites. A Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. This dessert features a crisp crust and a soft, marshmallowy interior, usually topped with fruit and whipped cream.

They come in all shapes and sizes including pavlova tiered cakes, mini meringue roses, pops, drops, kisses and sandwich cookies.


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

We have good news for any newly engaged couples out there who are in the midst of wedding planning. We found Y’all the best source for truly custom wedding invitations (at great prices) for literally any style event you are envisioning! Basic Invite has a complete collection of beautiful invitations, envelopes, place cards, guests cards, wedding coasters, and, well, just about anything printed you could possibly want for your special day! We love Basic Invite for many reasons: the site is easy to use, has lots of free perks, they’ll send you a custom sample, their products are affordable AND high quality, but most of all we are obsessed with them because their stuff is just so darn pretty!!!

What sets Basic Invite apart from almost any other online stationery company is the fact that they offer practically unlimited color options with instant previews online. Which means once you select the design you love, you can then change the color of EVERY element on the card with more than 180 different color options. So, you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it – down to the littlest detail. Oh, and they are just as colorful with their peel and seal envelopes too. You can choose from 40 colors to make your envelope pop, like this perfect-for-fall pumpkin!

Another cool thing about Basic Invite is that every one of their boutique quality wedding invitations is part of a set. Which means you can find everything else you want to match; from save-the-date cards to enclosure cards, to wedding menus, to programs and even matching thank you cards! For example, if you select these lush and dark Dutch floral invitations:

You could also have the perfectly matching thank you cards:

They have so many designs available to choose from in tons of themes such as mountain, fairytale, and even high end. If you are a glam girl planning a sumptuous, sparkly NYE wedding, they’ve got you covered these luxurious and refined foil Wedding Invitations. This design showcases romantic flourishes around the names contrasted by a very dignified font underneath for wedding and reception information. You can totally customize this card with your favorite colors and fonts to make your unique and breathtaking invitation:

Maybe you are dreaming of a sweet and southern style event? You’ll want to take a gander at these romantic floral inspired Wedding Invitations. The card features a frame of beautifully arranged flowers and the details of the wedding set in a complementary pairing of fonts that will leave your friends and family speechless.

Perhaps you are planning a low-key, casual campground affair. Well, they even have lots of adorable camping themed wedding invitations too! Our fave is this canoe and antler combo:

They also have trendy options, like these awesome clear invites which look amazing boxed with some fresh greenery:

Basic Invite brings it with their wedding coasters which make great favors for your friends and family. Did you see the mason jar with fireflies? So cute!

Basic Invite also hooks you up with some awesome freebies, like your very own wedding website AND an address collection service. Free is always nice, but zero dollars is ESPECIALLY good when you are planning a wedding! We like that the mobile-friendly wedding websites are completely customizable just like the wedding invitations! (You can even choose a design to match your invites!) They are also super easy to use. You can instantly upload all of your wedding details along with images and a map with directions. And the address collection serves allows you to request your addresses with three simple steps. You just share a link with your guests, collect their addresses and you’ll get free envelope printing.

Ready to get YOUR wedding printing needs taken care of? Visit Basic Invite and find the invites of your dreams. Here’s a coupon code so you can SAVE BIG ON EVERYTHING!  Use code: 15FF51 for 15% OFF.

You can also find Basic Invite on Social Media to get even more Wedding Invitation Inspo:





STYLED SHOOT: A Perfectly Purple Wedding

Are you passionate about purple? And, are you an “outside the box” person who is planning a wedding? If so, you are most likely going to want to incorporate your favorite hue into your special day! Read on to see how purple was used with wild abandon in a recent styled photo shoot captured by the amazing Chastidyi of Star Noir Photography. The folks at Star Noir have a passion for love, quirkiness, and authenticity so they were the best choice for this inspirational wedding which combines so many pretty combinations of the shade in a truly spectacular way. And, no successful shoot happens without lots of planning and styling, which in this case was thanks to Knox Occasions, a premier wedding and event planning company.

We love how the bride and groom are both decked out in a non-traditional but totally awesome and unique way.

He’s dressed in dapper menswear from Target. Hello, purple shoes!

She’s wearing a stunning strapless dress and beautiful accessories from The Gilded Gown, Hello statement necklace!

Gorgeous bride Amanda’s hair and makeup were expertly done by Southern Sirens, a team of licensed beauty professionals who specialize in providing hairstyles and airbrush makeup for those special events in your life.
Her lovely lashes came courtesy of Whiplash Studio of Knoxville which specializes in quality eyelash extensions and other pampering services!

Chapel in the Hollow, an intimate wedding venue with whimsical rustic flair located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains provided the perfect outdoor woodsy setting.

And the decor, like the FABULOUS white settee, is courtesy of Vintage Inspiration Rentals.  The ladies who run this lovely wedding decor rental company understand the many hours that go into planning and orchestrating a wedding day. At Vintage Inspirations, they take great joy in working with couples throughout the process in order to bring your vision to life with the best furniture and accessories for your wedding day. And we feel confident that EVERY wedding needs this settee:

Vintage Inspiration Rentals also provided the fresh white sideboard and gold decor which offsets all the purple beautifully.

They get every detail right, likes these glass and brass octagonal containers filled with moss and flowers and stacked on layers of books.

The adorable invites and seed packet favors were handcrafted by Millstone Crafted.

We love how the invites have the floral hoops to match the ones used in the shoot.

The lush and decadent florals were designed by the experts at Melissa Timm Designs. Melissa Timm Designs is a luxury florist who offers high-end wedding floral designs.
Their expert designers create unique and whimsical arrangements for delivery in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas.

The bouquet for this shoot is just BEYOND beautiful and includes a bountiful selection of greenery, succulents, and exotic flowers.

And, we just love the coordinating bout:

The super nice folks at Mandie Bakes Custom Cakes of Crossville created a truly unique three-layer cake for the shoot. Mandie Bakes Custom Cakes offers a professional experience with a cake unique to you and your event.

We hope you enjoyed the results of all these wedding pros’ hard work and found inspiration for your own colorful wedding.

| Vendors |
Hair and Makeup: Southern Sirens
Heirlooms and Extras: Vintage Inspiration Rentals
Invitations: Millstone Crafted
Menswear: Target
Planner / Stylist: Knox Occasions

Bridal & Prom Markets – Where We Find The Best Dresses & Accessories

Have you ever wondered where we get our beautiful dresses from at The Gilded Gown?

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We procure all of our luxurious dresses and accessories brand new from various high-quality manufacturers like Justin Alexander, Nina Canacci and Malis Henderson. These manufacturers have retailer web portals that we can log in to in order to look through the current styles and order stock. Our exclusive bridal design houses and prom purveyors send reps to visit us in the store, too. But the primary way we source the absolute best dresses and accessories is by visiting lots and lots of Bridal and Prom Markets!

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Held across the country in cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Las Vegas and Dallas the Bridal and Prom markets we attend are fun and fabulous, exhausting and exhilarating, educational and glamorous. Bridal and Prom Markets are held in glorious multi-storied buildings filled with gorgeous garments at wholesale pricing.

Each vendor has their own booth showcasing their latest designs. Markets are the place where we immerse ourselves in the behind-the-scenes world of bridal and prom fashion, with designers, models and glittering showrooms galore. Each market is an extended shopping spree of epic proportions! All that sparkle and glamour takes work though! Our ten to twelve-hour shopping sessions require serious fortitude and focus so that we purchase only the very best of the best for our Gilded Gown Girls back home. During the course of the year, we specially select hundreds upon hundreds of dresses, veils, jackets, earrings, necklaces, and headpieces.

We have the opportunity to watch lots of stunning fashion shows while enjoying free food & drinks.

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We visit all of our trusted manufacturers to see the gowns in person to consider the cut, construction, and fabric. We carefully examine each and every item before we order it for our store. We also check for up and coming new designers that we think our customers will gravitate toward.

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A strange phenomenon happens to us at the markets, which we have dubbed, “sparkle head.” That is what happens after several hours of looking at stunningly gorgeous items when we can no longer make any kind of sense, our eyes start watering and we have a desperate need to sit. There is only such beauty one can take in after all. When “sparkle head” sets in, we usually head back to the hotel or a restaurant to decompress and unwind for a bit.

We always work hard, but we play hard too. This year almost our entire staff visited one or more of the markets. It was a great bonding experience for Team GG, and it allowed our stylists to learn even more about the brands we carry at The Gilded Gown.

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Jacqui and Grace find us awesome hotels or Airbnbs to stay in and we usually eat at some world-class restaurants, too. And, sometimes we get in some personal shopping as well.

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As soon as one market season finishes we get a minute to catch our breaths, and then it starts all over again. And we couldn’t love it more!