Tidbits + Tips | Tablescapes

A well designed table is a must-have for any wedding reception, big or small, so our stylist + planner, Shadow, is sharing her top tips for planning your tablescape!

Keep your venue in mind – In choosing your venue, you’ve made a step toward determining your wedding style. So, it’s important to create a vision that’s cohesive to better tell your wedding day story. Instead of trying to alter it, enhance it with a stunning tablescape that represents not only the style of the venue but your design aesthetic.

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TIP: Collect images that show your venue in different angles and lighting. Think about the big picture rather just one small aspect to bring your design to life.

Select your place settings – Most often we immediately think about the centerpieces, and although those are incredibly important we can’t forget to complete the look with place settings. Adding flatware, china, chargers, paper goods and small details will create a cohesive design.

TIP: Chargers can add color, texture and a chic element to any table.

Choosing your chairs – A chair isn’t just a chair… they finish off the table and can really tie together your design details. Lots of venues include standard folding chairs, but there are so many other options available! Chairs comes in Good different finishes, colors, and styles. They should complement not only the tablescape but the overall space.

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TIP: Don’t be afraid to step out of box and play dress up with your chairs using floral or chic chair jackets.

Throwback Thursday | Katie + Travis

I know what you’re thinking – throwback Thursdays are for facebook and instagram, but this is actually a throwback with some tidbits + tips thrown in =) With rainy season upon us in Central Florida, we’re bringing back Katie + Travis’ wedding at Cypress Grove. Yes, their lakeside ceremony may have been rained out, but all was not lost!

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K+T-310The couple planned ahead and worked with their venue manager to come up with a back-up plan, a must-have when booking an outdoor venue. That, and having a kick-butt vendor team, allowed Katie + Travis to still have the picture perfect wedding they had always planned.

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Real Wedding | Marla + Roland

We just can’t get enough of the elegant weddings taking place at Luxmore Grande Estate! They’re all just so full of love + laughter, just like Marla + Roland’s spring nuptials.

Luxmore Bridal SuiteThe bridal suite has officially been dubbed the “VIP Lounge” – not only does it boast a luxurious seating area, but also a fabulous changing area! Each lovely lady gets her own space to hang her dress and store personal items {purse, dancing shoes, etc.}.

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The Jessup Garden + patio are enchanting areas with lots of greenery, perfect for ceremonies and cocktail hours.

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Luxmore | Grande BallroomThe couple chose to keep a clean, neutral color palette, which allowed the pretty pastel colors in the centerpieces and cake to pop!

Bride + Groom Portrait | Luxmore Grande Estate

Photos: KMD Creations

Real Wedding | Jane + Richard

After 12 years together, Jane and Richard wanted a destination wedding with a gorgeous backdrop and they found it at Cypress Grove Estate House. Their intimate spring wedding was a family affair with their closest relatives and 2 children. We worked closely together to pick the right vendors that would assist in creating the wedding they always envisioned for themselves.

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The ceremony was an emotional one as there was not a dry eye in the house. The kids expressed sweet words of gratitude and of course a laugh or two.

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xoxo, Shadow

RW Chronicles | The Premium Lounge

This past Sunday was a blast for our team – we participated in the Orlando Wedding Expo and got to meet SO many amazing couples planning their big day! Plus, we got to partner with some of the best vendors in Central Florida to sponsor the Premium Lounge

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One of our go-to florists, Flowers by Lesley, helped us dream up this stunning tablescape – complete with romantic candlelight, chargers, and gold flatware. We also incorporated a handful of small glass boxes {filled with moss + succulents} to add a modern touch.

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13221181_663972077090744_1769276315644438249_oIf you can’t tell, the RW gals are slightly obsessed {okay, super obsessed} with floral crowns, so Miss Lesley helped us setup a fun floral crown station!

13254749_663971690424116_666668620442934791_oThis social lounge! Our stylists mixed and matched a selection of new pieces from our inventory {including upholstered seating, side tables, and coffee tables} to create an elegant seating area for show attendees.

13217557_663971643757454_744105021123197284_oWhat’s a bridal show without some treats!? Big City Catering hosted a bacon bar featuring Applewood Smoked Bacon, BBQ Dry Rub Bacon, and Bacon with a Sweet Rum Glaze. Talk about delicious!

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Photos: Gian Carlo Photography

Favorite Friday | The Mrs. Box

Let’s be honest… ring boxes tend to be dull, basic, and quite boring. Often times they get tossed to the way-side and become a forgotten token. Why can’t ring boxes be darling little treasures to store your dazzler?! Ahem, introducing The Mrs. Box! The maven behind Grey Likes Weddings has curated these colorful boxes to house every girls’ prized possession – her engagement ring. Each small box is made of French velvet, and every gorgeous color is limited. New boxes come out seasonally, or when colors sell out. Boxes can also be monogrammed!

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Trust us, your photographer will love to capture a pretty, little box along with the rest of your wedding-day details! Who wouldn’t love to see a bright-colored box sitting on their vanity everyday?!

Sneak Peek | Liz + Leo

Our sweet couple hosted a vintage inspired garden wedding at the stunning Cypress Grove Estate House, and we’re just smitten with the lovely images captured by Amalie Orrange Photography! Be sure to stay tuned for the full feature on Liz + Leo’s soiree!

Rustic Vintage Wedding SignageThe bride incorporated just a handful of rustic touches, which paired perfectly with the subdued color palette of pinks + ivory.

This dress! The bride picked out a {stunning} gown by a favorite designer – Miss Hayley Paige.

Bride + Groom Portrait | Cypress Grove Estate House

Tidbits + Tips | Creating a “Getting Ready” Timeline

There is nothing more exciting than waking up the morning of your wedding, except saying your vows of course! While the main focus tends to be on planning the actual wedding, for obvious reasons, planning out the hours before the ceremony proves to be beneficial to the mood of the remainder of the day. Imagine hanging out with your best gals, getting your hair & makeup done, sipping on mimosas, and reciting stories about your beau completely calm and stress-free. That’s the type of relaxing ‘getting ready’ time that we want all our brides to enjoy!

We’ve prepared a few tips for a stress-less morning ~

1. Once you determine what time hair + makeup needs to be complete, and how many services you need (bridesmaids, mothers, grandmothers, etc…and you of course!), your hair + makeup stylist can give you a starting time. From there, you can decide what time you need to wake up (get that beauty rest, girl), and what time your best gals need to arrive to your getting ready location.

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2. Determine early in the week what drinks and snacks/and/or meals need to be readily available to keep everyone satisfied while getting ready. Delegate someone (or a few people) to be responsible for making sure the drinks and food make it. Don’t forget plates, cutlery, cups, and ice!

3. If you’re writing your own vows, or a special letter to your soon-to-be, make sure you schedule enough alone time to do so before hair + makeup begins. We suggest doing this as soon as you wake up, that way you can truly reflect on the significance of the rest of the day to come.

4. If you’re giving special gifts to anyone (bridesmaids, mothers, etc.), make sure they are ready to go and bring with you while getting ready. Your photographer will most likely want to photograph these exchanges!

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5. Bring all of your special details to your getting ready location for your photographer to capture – invitation suite, rings, anything borrowed, blue, old or new, and any other special items you may have.

Getting ReadyPhotos: By the Robinsons

Lastly, we hope you remember to pause frequently and take everything in. Your closest friends and family have gathered together, from near and far, to celebrate your marriage. How amazing is that?!

Real Wedding | Nicholas + Olivia

My, oh my, was Nicholas + Olivia’s wedding a beauty! This fun-loving and energetic couple picked a perfect winter day for their outdoor shindig, and we’re so excited to finally get to share all the details with you!

Bridal Party PortraitSee, we told you they like to have fun! Stop by the Cypress Grove Estate House Facebook page to see another fun detail the couple incorporated into their big day =)

Vintage Rentals | Emerald + White Wedding ReceptionHow adorable is this pastel social lounge our styling team dreamed up!? Our vintage pieces started out at cocktail hour and then made their way to the reception later in the afternoon {so guests could rest their feet from breaking it down on the dance floor}.

Garland will forever be a favorite design element, and adding a handful of pretty flowers gives a nice pop of color!

Lovebirds Vignette | Emerald + White Wedding ReceptionThe couple hosted a super gorgeous reception featuring all sorts of lovely design elements {and a yummy, plated meal} – gold chargers, simple {but stunning} florals on guest tables, and calligraphed table numbers.

Sweet Spot VignetteThree cakes? Yes, please!

Bride + Groom PortraitPhotos: Wings of Glory Photography

Trendy Tuesday | Foliage

Foliage is the new black… in the floral world, that is! Offering an interesting palette without distraction, the combination of lush blooms with leaves, vines, wispy grass, and seed pods creates an eye catching display…

Natural layers – I love this style for it’s organic and rustic look. It’s light on the flowers, but the lush greenery doesn’t disappoint! If you love this look, stay tuned later this week to see more from Nicholas + Olivia’s wedding {pictured below}.

White Bridal Bouquet with Greenery

Photos: Wings of Glory Photography

Colorful leaves – One of my most favorite flowers {Magnolias} have leaves that are just a stunning as the flower itself, and they feature a rich emerald green on one side and a lovely amber on the other. These are great for adding a little extra pop of color to bouquets or centerpieces.

Holiday Inspiration Shoot with Magnolia Leaves

Photo: Gian Carlo Photography

Flowy blooms – another style with an organic feel, incorporating flowy blooms + greenery creates a relaxed elegance perfect for a garden party event. This look works best when using two or three types of greenery.

Photos: Ashley McCormick Photography