Hotel Wedding: Beauty at the Baymont #PrettyinPink #EasyWeddingPlanning

If you are searching for an easy way to plan your wedding, consider hosting your special day at a hotel. You can take your walk down the aisle there, plus you can hold ALL your other wedding celebrations under one roof, too. Rehearsal dinner, reception, post-wedding brunch, and even your wedding suite are all at your finger tips. You and your guests won’t have any logistical worries once the wedding weekend arrives, all you’ll have to do is celebrate! And, if you are expecting lots of out-of-towners, using a hotel for your nuptials makes things super easy. Keeping all your wedding festivities in one location provides your guests with the convenience of not having to navigate an unfamiliar area. One great option for Knoxville Brides is Baymont Knoxville North I-75 . With 6000 square feet of event space, Baymont Knoxville North I-75 features three meeting rooms, which can be arranged to accommodate around 375 guests. They can also set you up poolside!! Plan your hotel wedding here for a convenient, affordable and stress-free event.

We were thrilled to partner with several awesome local wedding pros for a recent pink-themed styled shoot at The Baymont to demonstrate just how lovely a hotel wedding can be. And, our very own Grace modeled gorgeous looks from The Gilded Gown, including all the stunning bridal accessories.

Grace’s first look was this delicate, spaghetti strap beauty from designer Justin Alexander. The dress is a comfortable and stylish satin fit and flare gown:Crocheted lace appliqués adorn the hem and bodice of the gown, and dual spaghetti straps cascade to the unique back:

This silver and crystal hair vine adds the perfect finishing touch to long, loose curls:

Erin Brown of Benevolent Beauty expertly styled Grace with soft bridal makeup and natural hair:

Gage Talent provided the handsome groom, who looked so dapper in his black tux and adorable pink bow tie from Regal Tuxedo:

The fine folks at Regal Tuxedo are dedicated to perfectly dressing their wedding parties. They have been locally owned and operated in the Knoxville area for over 32 years. If you are looking to dress your guys for look no further: Regal Tuxedo carries all the latest styles of tuxedos, suits, and hundreds of accessories in stock in their stores, and they keep up with the latest styles and trends.

A local florist delivered some amazing florals for the shoot. I mean, check out this bountiful, beautiful bouquet:

We love the hot pink roses of the second bouquet, too:

Grace’s reception look is a sweet, soft, blush ballgown by Justin Alexander:

Single Barrel Events provided their professional, experienced, and friendly bartenders. And, every fun wedding reception needs a drink station! Their goal is to always provide superior service and leave your guests talking about what a great time they had.

Sequoyah Entertainment brought the party with their professional DJ Service. They also know exactly which song to play to slow dance to:

Chef Tony McClanahan from First Fruits Catering served up the loveliest pink and white wedding cake:

Plus, a delicious and swanky wedding buffet:

Campbell Party Rentals brought the perfect tables, chairs and pretty pink linens for the wedding:

Exquisite Limo turned up with a sweet, sweet ride for the bride and groom to make their getaway in:

Thanks Baymont Knoxville North I-75 for showing us how to throw a picture perfect hotel wedding:

We appreciate collaborating with the following amazing local wedding pros:

dress: The Gilded Gown

accessories: The Gilded Gown

tux: Regal Tuxedo

beauty: Benevolent Beauty

drinks: Single Barrel Events

food & cake: First Fruits Catering

tunes: Sequoyah Entertainment

venue: Baymont Knoxville North I-75

ride: Exquisite Limo

 

 

 

Unexpected and Unique Wedding Venues, Get Married Someplace Cool!

Looking for somewhere a little bit different for your special day? If you are recently engaged and planning your wedding one of the first things on your “to do list” is to find a venue. Nail down your locale and you will be well on your way to planning the rest! Of course you could go the ordinary route and hold the ceremony at your church, on a beach, in your backyard, in a barn, or even at a beautiful hotel. But if you want a place that is unexpected and unique to get married at, we have some fun ideas for you! You’ll have an experience of a lifetime, you’re guests will be talking about how fun your wedding was for years! And you’ll save money on decor since most of these locales offer enough scenery that you won’t need any additional decorations at all.

1> Take to the skies! How about trading “I Do’s” in a hot air balloon?

Exchange your wedding vows in a beautiful, romantic hot air balloon. You’ll share an experience of a lifetime and take your wedding ceremony to romantic heights! Hop in the basket at Rainbow Ryders hot air balloon company for amazing rides over the Phoenix – Scottsdale area with romantic views of the Sonoran Desert, or in Albuquerque with breathtaking views of the Sandia Mountains.

International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque NM, photo by Sonya Cogan Photography

2> Go Deep. Tie the knot in a cave!

Spectacular Ruby Falls offers full cavern rentals to wedding paries in their waterfall room. The splendor of this underground scene reminds us of a cathedral.

3> Take the plunge. Join hands under the sea!

Take your honey and your wedding party down to the Florida Keys, whre Captain Slate of Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventures will be happy to perform your ceremony underwater. He performed his first watery wedding way back in 1978 and achieved fame after an appearing in People Magazine.  The cost for this amazing venue? About $400 for Capt. Slate to perform the underwater service, file marriage license AND follow up. You can also charter a boat for your party of up to 40 snorkelers/passengers or 25 divers. Have the whole thing professionally documented by Emmy Award winning videographer Frazier Nivens.

Ewa Staronska and Pawel Burkowski had the largest underwater wedding on record in August 2011. The couple decided to hold their wedding at the bottom of a lake at the Koparki Diving Base, in Jaworzno, Poland. This bride and groom managed to persuade their 303 guests to join them under the sea for the festivities:

4> Hold tight. Seal the deal on a roller coaster!

Robert Scherzer & Sarah Petty took a wild ride and got married while riding a giant roller coaster at the Puyallup Fairgrounds at the Washington State Fair.

5> Go Green. Host your wedding at a golf course!

Fairways make for great wedding venues, and you don’t even need to be a golfer to enjoy them. If you are wondering, “Hey where are the best golf course wedding venues near me?” And you are wanting to get married near downtown Austin, TX ….check out the beautiful Avery Ranch Golf Club. Having an outdoor wedding there provides you and your guests with a scenic location in the lovely Texas Hill Country where you can enjoy the beauty of the landscape, Bushy Creek and their beautiful Infinity Pool. It’s a great place to enjoy those eye-catching Texas sunsets, too. Plus Avery Ranch has everything you’ll need to make the event an easy and noteworthy experience.

FTo help your wedding day go smoothly, the venue features an excellent, full-time catering staff. Alcohol and music are available for your enjoyment. There is also a private bridal dressing room for you and your wedding party. Your photographer will have no trouble finding spectacular spots to take your wedding pictures, both indoors and outdoors, that will provide you and your family with memories of your special day for years to come! The Avery Ranch Golf Club is available everyday all year around and features all-inclusive wedding packages. Contact them to find out about your many options for the wedding of your dreams!

 

HONEYMOON: Folly Beach #IslandVacay #theedgeofamerica


Looking for an island vacation on the US mainland for your upcoming honeymoon? Consider visiting funky-cool Folly Beach, SC, a quirky island located just 15 minutes from Charleston. This beautiful barrier island has a small town vibe with a sun-drenched, salt-in-your hair, flip-flop casualness. A place where the stunning natural beauty of the Atlantic Ocean combines with coastal Carolina charm. Where the living is easy, the surf is up and the fish are always biting. Where dolphins frolic and bald eagles soar, where million dollar beachfront mansions nestle next door to vintage beach shacks. Where a cast of interesting characters saunter down the one main street in town, Center Street. Where there is only one high rise hotel and the restaurants are locally owned and operated. A place free of billboards and office towers, but full of local dives and sandy beaches. Visit Folly once and you’ll be hooked. It will stay with you. During cold winter months you’ll think back to that perfect beach vacay you and your honey had: walking in the sand, grabbing a meal at Taco Boy, falling even more in love, soaking in that sunshine, and you will start making plans to return. Soon.

Locals have a rule they live by, “Relax..Slow Down.” Folly Beach, known as The Edge of America, is truly one of the most relaxing places on Earth. A place where you can escape the ordinary alongside a diverse culture of free-spirited people like the artists, skaters, musicians, surfers, and others who come to the island to live a laid back lifestyle. So this is a place where kicking back and chilling are a way of life. It is easy to join in, put your toes in the sand and take things nice and slow when you visit this eclectic, bohemian, small town.

All of the beaches on the island are next-level, but definitely check out the Folly Beach County Park, on the west end. This slice of paradise boasts 2,500 feet of ocean frontage and if you get there when it’s not busy you’ll feel like you are on your own private island. They offer picnic areas, and you can rent boogie boards, bikes and umbrellas.

Surfing is big on Folly and it is a major influence on the island culture. Folly, with the best waves on the East Coast, is the surfing mecca of South Carolina. Surfers can be found early in the morning riding the epic waves at The Washout or the Folly Beach Pier.

Local establishments predominate on the island, which makes visiting here so unique. You won’t be eating at Pizza Hut and shopping at Krogers on Folly. One of our favorite stops is Bert’s Market. This crazy cool shop is open 24/7 and serves food, snacks, surfboard wax, and grocery items to surfers, skaters, tourists, hipsters and locals alike. They have the best key lime pie in the entire world for $5.99 a slice, too. Spend some time hanging at Bert’s and you will be sure to people from all walks of life. One thing that unites the diverse types of people, though, will be their happy faces and awesome attitudes. This is a place where it is easy to be stress-free.

When it comes time to eat, you’ll want to be doing that in your new favorite restaurant: Taco Boy.  Their motto is “Skip Siesta, Let’s Fiesta,” and their delicious food is made fresh from mostly locally and regionally sourced products. We suggest you start with an Appetizer Trio which includes. Jalapeño tomato salsa, chile con queso & guacamole. Oh, and you’ll also be needing a Michelada: your favorite Mexican beer, served with house-made Sangrita-mix over ice with a salted rim. Don’t worry if you want to try everything on the menu, you’ll be back, you’ve got time.

You will also want to visit the Lost Dog Cafe, a place where locals and tourist meet and mingle. This casual beach cafe serves killer breakfast all day like huge burritos and bagel sandwiches along with extra good coffee.

You’ll need to visit the Folly Beach Pier, one of the longest piers on the east coast during the day AND in the evening. It’s a wonderful place to experience the ocean breezes, watch for dolphins, stroll around and just take in the spectacular views of the “Edge of America.” Officially named the “Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier,” this structure offers some of the best saltwater fishing in the area. The pier is a breathtaking landmark that stretches 1,045 feet into the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

There are so many neat places to stay on Folly. Check VRBO and AirBnB for all types of rentals. The only beachfront hotel is Tides, a wonderful and chic place to stay, where it doesn’t matter if you “want to grab a surfboard and hang ten, or grab a cocktail and hang out.”

Folly Island offers something for everyone. You can be a beach bum, take a day trip into nearby Charleston, or be adventurous. You can kayak around Folly Beach and James Island, jet ski, parasail or ride a bicycle along Folly’s six miles of beachfront. Or you can rent a golf cart and just drive around at your leisure. Whatever you choose to do on your honeymoon, it will be an unforgettable experience on this little slice of heaven!
Check out Visit Folly for more info. Also read Travel & Leisure’s Folly Beach Travel Guide.

Bridal Belts for less than $100! Change up your wedding dress by adding a Bridal Sash!

A quick and easy way to change up your wedding day look is to add a bridal belt to your dress. It may seem like a small detail, but the right belt or bridal sash can change the entire vibe of your gown. A simple dress such as an unadorned, strapless English net gown (like the dress shown in our post) is beautiful all on it’s own. Wrap a little sparkle around the waist, though, and you will elevate the entire look. No matter what style you are going for on the day you say “I do,”– glam, rustic, simple, boho, beach, sophisticated, chic, princess, artsy, funky or traditional — there is a perfect bridal belt to accentuate it. And, lucky for you, we just so happen to have tons of affordable and beautiful options for you at The Gilded Gown. No worries, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get some extra-ness for your dress. In fact, all the selections showcased in this post are less than $100 each when you purchase your dress with us!

Consider for instance this lovely rose gold floral sash which is perfect for garden weddings, fall nuptials or even a summer event. We are #obsessed with rose gold:

Or, perhaps you will swoon over this delicate vine of silver and pearls. A soft addition to any dress. And, bonus, you can also wear it in your hair!

Are you love, love, loving gold? Try this sweet blingtastic belt for added sparkle!

We love this boho belt with it’s carefree, asymmetric look. Check out the sweet floral elements and the tiniest seed pearls:

The addition of a simple strand of bling can add major style impact to your dress. Boom!

Or, you can amp up the glam factor with a slightly wider band of sparkle:

The luxury of the our affordable line of sashes will bring glamour to your look, no matter which bridal belt style you choose. Sometimes the smallest details can make the biggest difference. We would love to invite YOU to visit The Gilded Gown where you can find your dream dress and the absolute perfect accessories to complete your look. We are open seven days a week to serve you…Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday from Noon to 6 pm. You can call us at 865-329-4905 to schedule your super fun appointment, or you can also schedule your appointment on our website here, too.

We also have an unbelievably large and lovely selection of belts at other price points. So much gorgeous!!!

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Watch our YouTube video “Bridal DIY Change the look of your wedding dress by adding a bridal belt” to see our Stylist Emily try different sash options on Stylist Cam:

Prom: Then + Now. Prom Trends 2018 vs Proms of the Past #Prom2K18 #OGprom

Proms first began way back in the 1800s, where the dances were held at colleges to promote etiquette and manners in each year’s graduating class. So proms have been going for a long, long time. And things have changed quite a bit since back in the day. We thought you might enjoy a look at some of the changes in prom since your parents’ and grandparents’ time. Most likely someone in your family attended a prom in the 80s with their hair styled crazy-big with the help of a can or two of White Rain. And they probably wore matching satin pumps, too. Madonna even rocked some classic 80s prom chic:

Or, maybe your mom went in the 90s in a drop-waisted taffeta number, a ridiculous hair bow and a pair of gloves? [Keep in mind, one day you’ll be looking back at your own prom photos wondering what YOU were thinking.]

Things have changed BIG TIME since the old days. Here is a fun comparison of what’s up now versus what was popular then. And, FYI, it is NOT puffy sleeve dresses.

Invitation: Asking vs. ASKING

It used to be that a guy simply asked a girl if she wanted to go to prom. Something along the lines of, “Hey, do you wanna go to prom?” That was it. Nowadays asking someone to prom has transformed from an awkward rite of passage to an elaborate display of affection. Guys go all out with complex promposals which they plan out for months ahead of time. If you “Gen Zers” have a love language, it is definitely promposals.

 

Photos: Instant vs 3 Day Wait

It used to be that parents happily snapped pics of cute prom couples with cameras. And those couples probably also had disposable cameras to capture the night for themselves. Those pics took DAYS to get dropped off and developed at the photo lab. These days, if you want to see how prom went, you don’t have to wait five minutes. All you need to do get online and connect with your friends and family on Instagram and Snapchat! You’ll be like every other prom goer, taking and posting pics from your phone, constantly updating your every move onto your social media accounts in real time. Some things haven’t changed — most proms still have photographers on hand to take those awkward, classic prom pictures. However, many schools are hiring hip and modern interactive photo services like the Knoxville Photo Booth Co. to bring the party to the next level!

 

Getting Dressed: Some Things Never Change

Any woman looking back on her prom days can likely remember running from store to store with her girlfriends, trying to find the perfect dress for the big night – and this is a trend we don’t ever seeing going away. At The Gilded Gown, we stock the hottest looks for prom dresses every year. For 2018 what’s hot are deep, rich colors like navy and burgundy. We are selling lots of styles from two-piece ensembles to lace dresses, from slinky gowns with detailed beading, to long sleeves and floral prints.

The guys are still selecting their tuxes from places like Regal Tuxedo, usually with help from the girls who want them to match their dresses. And some guys are ordering online, too, from places like The Black Tux. YouTuber Tanner Fox got his sharp, classic Peak Lapel Tux from The Black Tux for #prom2k18.

Corsages: No longer pinned on….

With great-looking dresses and suits comes the need for gorgeous flower accents! The exchanging of corsages and boutonnières is one prom tradition that isn’t going anywhere. Check out Melissa Timm Designs for the perfect floral accessories to complete your prom ensemble. A modern take on the corsage? Nowadays girls are wearing corsages on their bracelets or even on their rings. So cute!

Music: The Psychedelic Furs vs Rihanna

Some things never change and having the RIGHT music at prom is key. What’s cool in music changes rapidly – sometimes week to week! Fresh artists like Halsey, Drake, and Janelle Monaé will be big hits on the dance floor this year. Of course we don’t expect promgoers to be into the songs that past generations liked years ago (although Beyoncé is always a safe bet). You guys keep up with which artists are hot by checking out music services like Spotify and Google Play Music! (We still love the Furs though! Give ’em a listen and let us know what you think!)

So prom trends have come and gone, and what’s hot, now, in 2018 is going to change by next year’s prom. The important things about prom, though, will always remain the same: friends, fun, love, celebration and a rite of passage as you move toward adulthood. Oh, and embarrassing pictures to look back on when you’re old.

TREND ALERT: Plunging V Necklines, Go Deep This Season #DeepVWeddingDresses

Dramatic, deep plunging necklines are one of the hottest trends on the bridal runways for 2018. We are captivated by this “down to there” trend which pops up at every fashion show we attend. Our forays to bridal markets in Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas saw this trend highlighted in every booth. And at each and every fashion show designers showcased their own unique versions of super intense Vs. They are so glamorous, sexy, fresh and modern. We knew you, our brides, would be as fascinated as we are by this daring fashion statement. We encourage you to take the plunge (sorry, we had to go there!) and try on one of these “wow” wedding dresses to experience the excitement and see why this is such a major trend. We’ve sourced several different variations of this style for you, from several major bridal design houses. And, even if you aren’t especially daring you can still wear this low cut style with ease if you select a style with an illusion panel.

You can go extreme with this Enchanting by Mon Cheri Bridals sleeveless tulle, chiffon and lace over charmeuse fit and flare gown. We love the daring illusion deep V-neckline and bodice accented with three-dimensional flowers, and matching illusion back with large keyhole on this gown.

You can go the boho route with this trend, too. Consider these beautiful private label lace dresses with deep Vs two ways. The spaghetti strap version plunges further and the long sleeve gown is a more demure take on the look. Both feature sheer cutouts for serious impact. Love!

Lillian West does a sexy plunging V-neckline with this adorable beaded spaghetti strap gown. This dress features a center ruched dropped waistline lined with charmeuse for extra comfort. And it has you covered since the v is topped with lace and an illusion panel.

Even the sides of the dress feature alluring v cuts. Deep Vs all around!

A deep V-back provides a sophisticated back view. Lace appliques cascade from the hips of this stunning chiffon A-line.

Enchanting by Mon Cheri Bridals offers this truly awe-inspiring, sleeveless embroidered appliqué, lace and tulle, fit and flare gown. A jewel neckline sets of the dramatic center slit which spans from neck to waist. Complete with an embroidered illusion bodice with pearlescent buttons down the back, a natural waist accented with a belt and center hand-beaded motif, and a gathered tulle skirt with embroidered appliqués down center back onto a chapel train, this dress incorporates the plunging v in a new way.

Romantic Bridals offers a sultry and sweet version of the deep v dress with this lace appliqued trumpet gown.

 

This crepe fit and flare gown by Sweetheart will accentuate your figure in all the right ways. Without any other form of ornamentation save the dramatic construction and a plunging V-neckline, this one provides effortless style.

 

Just. Wow. Your wedding day look will never be forgotten with this opulently embellished gown by Justin Alexander Signature. The hand beaded Sabrina neckline with plunging v-neck matches the illusion back adorned with beading and working button closures.

 

Garden Wedding Inspiration by Emerald + Ivy at Dara’s Garden

As local wedding pros we are fortunate for the opportunity use our imaginations to help style so many types of weddings — from rustic, to traditional, to glamorous — to everything in between. It’s fun to envision each of our brides’ individual styles and help them fulfill their wedding day dreams with the perfect dress and accessories. And we also are grateful to participate in many professional photo shoots like this utterly romantic garden wedding dreamed up by talented local photographer Steph of Emerald + Ivy.

Steph recently joined forces with several other wedding professionals to produce this lovely and inspirational garden wedding. She sourced a gorgeous venue for the day: Dara’s Garden, which offers the perfect backdrop for a memorable garden wedding in East Tennessee. With their storybook location located on 20 beautiful acres in South Knoxville, Dara’s Garden is a wonderland of enchantment, complete with breathtaking foliage, lovely gardens and quaint architecture. Our fave wedding spot? The outdoor pavilion! It is absolutely stunning bedecked with swags of lush florals by Rose Moss Designs & Echelon Florist don’t ya think?

Like all the best wedding pros we know, the folks at Dara’s Garden consider it an honor to take part in your life’s most memorable event. And, since they are affiliated with Event Rentals by Rothchild, set up & breakdown of all rental items is provided for weddings held at their beautiful locale. Do you have a ton of family and friends? Have your ceremony outdoors and you will have room for lots and lots of guests. However many you want to invite, they will put out the chairs for you. We love easy!

See how many chairs you can fit around the outdoor pavilion? And how CUTE is this groom in his neutral tux from Prestige Tuxedo?

In our opinion, you just can’t beat the beauty of nature as a setting for a wedding. Add in some twinkle lights, a vintage stone patio and an absolutely ADORABLE couple and you got a heart-swooning combo. Oh, and a breath-taking lace dress by Justin Alexander from The Gilded Gown doesn’t hurt things.

What is a surefire way to have a stress-free wedding? Hire yourself an event planner like Stressless Weddings By Megan. Megan cares deeply about each couple she works with, and it’s her passion to relieve the stress of planning and the chaos that comes along with a wedding day. She worked to make this beautiful shoot run smoothly and she is a great resource for an event planning in your future. The only detail you need to worry about on your wedding day is your new spouse!!

On your wedding day of all days you’ll want to be looking your most beautiful. Wedding makeup and hair pros like Amanda Sharp Makeup and Hair By Desilee will have you looking on point. Want proof, check out their work on this pretty bride:

Here’s another look at the fabulous hair! Obsessed with the braid:

We love all the design elements incorporated in the shoot.

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The invites from calligrapher Letters by Lanta were especially stellar:

 

If you are planning your own garden wedding we hope you’ve taken inspiration from this beautiful styled shoot. And, we hope you’ll consider utilizing these fine wedding pros, too:

VENDORS

Dress | The Gilded Gown

Venue | Dara’s Garden

Event Planner | Stressless Weddings By Megan

Event Rentals | Rothchild Event Rentals

Floral Designer | Rose Moss Designs & Echelon Florist

Hair Stylist | Hair By Desilee

Calligrapher | Letters by Lanta

Makeup Artist | Amanda Sharp Makeup

Tuxedo | Prestige Tuxedo

 

 

 

All things Botanical for your 2018 Wedding: Tropical, Rustic or SouthWestern

Botanical Weddings have been popular for several years and they are still around, in a major way, for 2018. Plant based weddings with the beauty of nature in full display can provide a meaningful backdrop for YOUR joyful gathering. And, when you elect to host a plant-themed event, you have so many style options. You can go tropical, rustic or even Southwestern with your vibe. Cultivate the details, throw in some thoughtful touches, utilize tons of plants and you will have provided a stylish and sincere setting for your special day. And, you’ll have enough house plants after the wedding to improve the air you breathe, decorate your digs and bring a unique energy into your new shared space.

{TROPICAL BOTANICAL}

You don’t have to tie the knot in the tropics to bring paradise to your wedding — it’s simple to infuse that feel anywhere with the addition of tropical plants. Plan your wedding at a greenhouse, in your backyard or at a conservatory in order to surround yourself with lush, jungle-ish greenery. One stunningly beautiful botanical venue to take inspiration from is London’s Barbican Conservatory, which is home to more than 2000 tropical plants:

Our recipe for the perfect, whimsical tropically botanical inspired theme? Take five parts greenery, add a good dose of wood, a dash of pink and some metallics and you’ve got yourself a current, stylish design scheme to be proud of. Use Ferns & Monsterra Leaves with wild abandon.

Check out these adorable tropical foliage invites from Minted:

Complete your tropical day with this flawless Lillian West sweetheart mermaid gown featuring allover soft lace details, a dropped waistline, and a chapel length train:

Weddingomania’s “concrete” cake with tropical leaves would be an edgy, cool wedding confection:

{RUSTIC BOTANICAL}

Rustic, the ever popular trend, can easily be taken in a botanical direction. Simply include vintage elements such as glass bottles, old books, and stalks of greenery in water for interesting botanical flavored vignettes at your reception site, like this setting from Stockroom Vintage:

We’ve sourced some gorgeous botanical wedding invitations, “Vines of Green” from Minted.com. Aren’t they so perfect?

For a dress that pops against a backdrop of green, we suggest this ultra-feminine, romantic lace trumpet gown by Enchanting by Mon Cheri Bridals.

Check out this simple, yet impactful green tablescape from Chic Vintage Bride that successfully incorporates rustic wood, a dash of brash and lots of lush, live plants:

Of course you will be needing a bar cart, like this one, featured on The Little Canopy. We love the rustic industrial-ness of it all! Park a vintage cart in front of a twin-size headboard draped with swags of ivy:

Green Wedding Shoes showcases a lovely cake station with lots of rustic details, plants and a pretty, three tiered botanical cake wreathed with greenery:

{SOUTHWESTERN BOTANICAL}

Gaining devotees by the minute, Cactus filled Southwestern Weddings are showing up everywhere on social media. Need proof that this is a major trend? Stop in any home goods store and you will see succulents, macrame and brass accents out the whaazoo. We happen to love this movement as it incorporates nature, 70s inspired vintage and the haunting beauty of the desert. Like, how GORGEOUS is this desert landscape for a wedding from Green Wedding Shoes:Loving cactus-ish, South Western desert look? We recommend these beauties from Minted.com:

If you go with a sun-drenched desert version of botanical, we love this lace fit-n-flare boho style from Lillian West. Unique embroidered lace is super romantic and the underlay of stretch jersey provides for effortless movement. Add turquoise jewelry to up the Southwestern ante.

Cactus in glass cylinders grouped with lanterns and candles lends itself to a pretty moment at this wedding from HappyWed.

Arid plant life amassed together with pottery makes a gorgeous centerpiece for this table from HappyWed.

Take your Southwestern modern with succulents, air plants and geodes, like this gorgeous table from a bohemian desert wedding at Green Wedding Shoes:

HappyWed’s white wedding cake features geometric lines and a big ole’ serving of cacti:

 

Whatever botanical style you go for, you can’t go wrong with the abundant beauty of nature!

BrushStroke Wedding Cakes, An Artistic & Beautiful Trend

We are love, love, loving the amazing trend of baked masterpieces known as BrushStroke Cakes. Popularized and invented by Kalabasa bakery in Russia, these unique creations are cakes daringly decorated with colorful painted chocolate brush strokes. And boy, oh boy, are they gorgeous! Just take a peak at Kalabasa’s inspirational Instagram feed to see what we mean.

The whole process seems relatively simple (although we are PRETTY sure it requires some very serious confectionary skills)….the cake artists just melt chocolate until it’s spreadable, then use a pastry brush to swipe it onto parchment paper. After the swaths of chocolate harden up, they are delicately added to cake tiers. The beautiful brush strokes can be painted any color, and additions such as fruit, berries, paint splatters, succulents and/or flowers can be included too, which makes these confections fully customizable. One of these cakes would be the perfect centerpiece at your wedding reception, especially if you are looking for something modern, edgy and super cool!

We are obsessed with this opulent, peachy cake by the talents at Kalabasa. We get lost in the soft color scheme and the abundance of brush stokes…so lovely and decadent! We imagine it tastes of buttercream, vanilla and melon.

The moody shades of purple on this wedding cake, contrasted with mint green and ivory strokes, provides a dramatic look. Imagine this beauty at a wedding held in an urban loft surrounded by lots of greenery and geometric copper accents:

These pastel brushstrokes combined with a pop of blue makes a jaunty, three tiered cake which would be right at home at a tropical, beach side, or pool side wedding:

Like all the best trends, BrushStroke cakes are showing up everywhere, and we have to say, we absolutely adore this sweet, palest of pink version by Amy Cakes (photo by Sarah Libby Photography):

Weddingbells.ca produced this stunning, fashion-forward masterpiece which kinda looks like a purple cake took a trip through a wind tunnel:

The Food Network’s vibrant version has us dreaming of summer with their delicious looking and exuberantly citrus brushstroke cake (Recipe by Heather Baird):

This beautiful brushstroke cake is embellished with lots of floral prettiness, AND, it has its own little precious brushstroke cake babies! Awwww!

Brush strokes gone glam! This show-stopping, jaw-dropping cake by crustncakes.com features large metallic brush strokes and cascading figs. This one delivers some major style!

How charming is this playful pink flamingo cake by Cayla of pankobunny? She is the queen of edible cuteness! This would be so adorable for a wedding shower or a Florida themed wedding! Or for anyone in need of a dose of cheerfulness! Now that we’re thinking about this, wouldn’t a white swan brush stroke cake be PERFECT, too, for a wedding?

Want to try your hand at making a beautiful brush stroke cake for yourself? Check out this great tutorial by self-taught pastry chef Erin Gardner on TheCakeBlog.com.

Whatever style you are seeking for your wedding cake, a brush stroke cake can fulfill all your sugary, frosted dreams. After all, all you need is LOVE and CAKE, and you’ll have both at your wedding xoxoxox

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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