Something Blue | Bold Blue Hue

Are wedding traditions a thing of the past? Specifically, traditions such as something old, something new, something borrowed, something BLUE. Did you know this saying came from and old English rhyme?

I have absolutely no idea where I was going with this question, lol! It was a thought I had as I decided to showcase the gorgeous Aries sofa in the Dynasty Collection. This rich hue of blue makes it an easy sofa to pair various color palettes. Style tip: Whether you’re going for rich jewel tones or a softer palette with a dusty blue or soft pink. Aries pairs nicely with both. 

Aries comes with a matching settee that shares her rich velvety texture, modern gold legs, and exaggerated tufting.

And yes! If you’re going for jewel tones in the lounge… we totally think you should carry it to the dining tables as well. How stunning is this rich blue velvet linen from Over the Top? The bold arrangement from Flowers by Lesley tied merlot into the palette and we softened it a bit by adding elegant place-settings from Treasury Rentals. 

Need help playing with a bold color palette? Give us a ring! 

Photo Credit: Ashley Jane Photography 

Signature Cocktail | Perfectly Paired With a Twist

Cocktails + Rentals

It’s fair to say that the décor at your wedding sets the tone for your day. Why stop there? You always can add to the ambiance by pairing your rental pieces with a signature cocktail that speaks the same language. Unsure how to match your drinks with your rentals? Don’t worry, that’s a language we are fluent in!  See some of our favorite pairings below 😉

Moscow Mule

This light and refreshing cocktail is served in its signature copper mug which speaks to the bohemian aesthetic. All drinks need a home and the Dublin bar is the perfect addition to a boho wedding and will elevate the look of a standard bar. The next pairing on the list is the Lennon chair set, this wicker throne like piece makes a statement and is the perfect addition to a head or sweetheart! We also love a boho wedding with a dash of color, the Sunflower Sofa is the perfect place for your guests to lounge as they sip their Moscow Mule!

The ingredients: Vodka, Ginger Beer, Lime Juice

 

Old Fashioned

This bourbon based cocktail has a bit of kick but plays well with a modern feel. The sleek and contemporary Aries Settee has subtle gold accent which pops next to its Royal Blue velvet. Keeping the gold accents consistent upgrade the look of your reception with the impeccably named Black Luxe Chairs and Gold Rimmed Charger for a sophisticated feel paired well with a sophisticated signature cocktail.

The ingredients: Bourbon, Bitters, Simple Syrup, Orange Wheel

French 75

The French 75 is a refreshing and citrusy, sparkling champagne cocktail with a hint of gin 😉. Champagne has always had its place on wedding day, repurpose The Gwen Bookshelf for your welcome drink display! Place at your venues entrance and as your guests walk in they’ll be able to grab this champagne cocktail as they find their seat. Keeping the French theme going enhance your ceremony setting with the Sand Louis chairs. Sipping their French 75 while seated in soft, slightly distressed chairs plays well with the overall French inspired theme. After a night of dancing and sipping your signature cocktail, your guests will surely want a comfy seat. Create a lounge set that complements perfectly with the Daisy Sofa!

The ingredients: Gin, Simple Syrup, Lemon Twist, Champagne

Intimate Wedding | A Micro Event

Micro-weddings are nothing new for us! We’ve been handling them for years, but simply refer to them as an intimate wedding.

Intimates are on the rise, and we’re expecting an even larger increase this year. Couples wanting to say “I do” in front of their closest friends and family members (24 or less) can host an intimate wedding at Luxmore Grande or Cypress Grove. Our Intimate Ceremony Package is designed with ease and cost in mind. Here’s what’s included:

2-hour venue rental, wedding coordination, photographer, officiant, ceremony music, flowers, cake and a champagne toast.

Here’s what you really want to know: the cost is $2,495.

While our venues are known for hosting large weekend weddings, there are perks to hosting an intimate weekday wedding.

Say "I Do" Sooner

Finding an open weekday is easier than finding an open Saturday during your month of choice. Plus, travel logistics are easier to work out for smaller groups! Creating the perfect vendor team also isn’t an issue since they’re part of the cost of our package!

Location, Location, Location

Having a small wedding doesn’t mean you have to give up a beautiful venue and the photos of your dreams. Hosting your intimate wedding ceremony at Luxmore or Cypress Grove guarantees a luxury location for you and your guests! Enjoy endless backdrops for photos and mingling!

Continue the Celebration after Your Intimate Wedding

Once you and your guests say “cheers” with champagne and cake, take the celebration out on the town! Schedule a private dinner at a local restaurant, head to the parks, or start your honeymoon early!

Everyone deserves a stunning wedding, and whether your guest count is 10 or 200, we’re here to help you make it happen!

Fall Tablescape

Is anyone else ready for fall? We sure are! I mean, it’s not as though the weather changes much in Florida and the palm leaves don’t change colors… but the evenings are a wee-bit cooler!  In other words, it’s pumpkin spice season 😉 

Fall is also a time of more family gatherings, comfort food, and pretty tablescapes. In speaking of tablescapes… 

We’re getting pumped for our tablescape shoot next week. This year we did things a little differently. In the past, we’d work with Flowers by Lesley and Treasury Rentals in some rented warehouse space (with good lighting)… set and reset fifteen to twenty tables. While it was always fun and really creative, we decided to share in the creativity by inviting fellow vendors to design tables using our inventory.

We’re doing this over a span of two days with close to 16 creative teams! Don’t worry… the RW crew is designing a few tables too (that was a lot of rhyming 😉). We’ll design a couple, too!

With fall being a couple of weeks away, we thought it was only fitting to share a little early fall inspiration from our 2018 shoot. In other words, here’s an excuse to look at some pretty floral and tablescapes. 

Our girl Emily, with Treasury Rentals always provides the perfect tabletop accessories. The copper chargers and flatware were a perfect addition to the place settings. 

When pulling together the color palette, we expressed our love of wild flowers to Flowers by Lesley. Boy, oh boy did she deliver. 

Why not throw a little lounge inspiration in to tie together the design?! Our Rusty chairs and Krystle Sofa exudes fall! Wouldn’t you agree? 

Pictured Inventory: Krystle, RustyRanchero and Thomas

All photos courtesy of Ashley Jane Photography

The Dress | Saying “Yes!”

How to shop like a pro...

Planning a wedding is exciting for any bride. You’ve just said “yes” to your dream man and now have a shiny new addition! When it’s time to start searching for THE dress, it may seem easier to say “I do” to your partner than to a dress. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t stress! We’ve got the inside scoop that will help make your “yes to the dress” moment as perfect as the dress you choose.  

Secure Your Venue

This is something we find brides neglect to think about prior to dress shopping, but it’s important for a couple of reasons. Selecting your venue will not only set the tone for your entire day, but it may have a dictation in what you wear. It also will give you a clear timeline for ordering and alterations.

Do Your Research

Social media and the internet will be your best friend to help determine which styles you like. Finding a dress you connect with in a photo is great. However, most stores stock select pieces from each designer collection they carry. If you’ve been eyeing one but can seem to find it in a local store, don’t fret!. Just ask about a “loaner gown”. This is a sample dress that designers will send specifically for you to try on, for a small fee. Researching ahead of time could give you the edge you need to say “yes” on your first visit! 

Set A Budget for the Dress

This is an important one, ladies! When you know what you’re comfortable spending, it’ll help you stay focused and avoid falling in love with a gown that you simply can’t afford. Designers don’t often put pricing online; this makes things difficult because the price range for bridal gowns really varies. Best practice after you find a designer you’re interested in? Call a local retailer to get pricing.  

Avoid Online Retailers

You know the saying, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?” The same rule applies here! In an effort to save money, some brides will turn to the internet to try and find competitive pricing. Our advice is to proceed with caution. Often times you’ll find a gown on counterfeit sites that will use the photo from the designer’s website to trick brides. What you end up receiving is a knock off that will bring a tear to your eye (not in the misty, happy way). Only shop at retailers listed on the designer’s official website as this will provide direct retailers and ensure you’re not getting ripped off. Looking for a deal? Consider a trunk show! These are offered at bridal salons and give you an opportunity for slight discounts on special order dresses. Save that money!   

Have an Open Mind

Trust your stylist; they have a great understanding of their inventory and work with all different body types! It’s also important to speak your mind. It’s okay to tell your stylist if you don’t like something, you won’t hurt their feelings. Remember any information you give, positive or negative, will bring you that much closer to finding your dream dress. Your dress fitting session should be a collaborative experience! 

Start Early

If you haven’t realized it yet, shopping for a wedding dress is a complicated process. Let me break it down: the average shipping time for a bridal gown is 4 to 6 months and most bridal salons recommend 2 to 3 months to complete alterations. That’s a 6 to 9-month lead time before factoring in your shopping period! One of the saddest reasons to have to pass on your dream gown is not having enough time! 

Limit the Entourage

 The squad you bring with you can make or break your entire bridal shopping experience. Be very selective on who accompanies you when you start shopping. All it takes is one snarky comment to ruin the vibe and end your appointment early! 

Trust Your Gut about the Dress

You’ll know when it feels right, and it’s okay to “say yes” and stop shoppingThe bridal magic is REAL! 

Looking for your dress in the Orlando Area? Whether your style is Modern, Boho, Classic or somewhere in between, Solutions Bridal, Calvet Couture, and One & Only Bridal Boutique offer an amazing selection! They have lots of unique (and gorgeous) gowns from leaders in the bridal fashion industry, and not to mention a truly magical experience you’ll cherish as a bride! 

 

Fall Wedding Inspiration

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about fall? Is it cozy sweaters + boots, your favorite soup, or maybe spending time with friends and family? Us too! But what comes to mind when you think fall wedding design? We always see the usual – deep reds and burgundy, dahlias, velvet, and so on. Don’t get us wrong – we LOVE these combos, but we also love putting a new twist on the “norm.” And with fall right around the corner, we’ve been dreaming up some fun new ideas!

Fall Wedding | The Palette: Blush, Light Blue, Eggplant, and Gold

One of our favorite ways to choose a palette – sourcing the perfect linen! Find the right one, and you can create an entire design around it! We were inspired by BBJ Linen’s Terra Fresco pattern with it’s traditional mix of bridal favorites, blush + light blue, paired with just a hint of eggplant + gold, one of our favorite fall color combos.

Fall Wedding Inspiration | White Wedding Cake with Blush and Eggplant Flowers, Textured Linen, Vintage Dessert Table, White and Blush Bouquet, Gold Chiavari Chairs, and Vintage Sofa.
Featured Inventory: Gold Chiavari Chairs, Annabelle, and Hannah

Our gold chiavari chairs, a pop of blush in the bridal bouquet, our Annabelle sofa, and just a hint of blush + eggplant in the cake all tie in the colors of the linen. Wooden + neutral elements, like our farm tables and non-traditional “floral”, add a rustic, cozy feel and help make the colors pop!

Fall Wedding Inspiration | Farm Tables and Pampas Grass

So what do you think? Would you go for this non-traditional color palette for your fall wedding?

Vendor Appreciation | Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream

Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream is another vendor that checks all the boxes when it comes to our sweet tooth! So much so, we had to give them “sweetest ever,” too! Owned by Kelly + Scott, Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream has made appearances at farmers markets, weddings, and even partnered with us for our big bridal show last year {we may have sneaked some samples during breaks ?}!

Wedding guests love this fun treat, and you can even visit them at their retail locations! Did we mention they have some of the best seasonal flavors {lemon cream pie and German chocolate cake are ?}!?