The Perfect Napkin Fold for Your Wedding

Horizontal Charger Wrap Napkin Fold with Place Card

An often overlooked detail when it comes to weddings is the napkin fold. The right one can give your tablescape that little something extra. There are lots of options and we’re sharing a few of our favorites! 

Menu Card Napkin Fold

The menu card napkin fold is the quintessential fold. It works for just about any meal style and there are so many variations! Have a taller menu card? Opt for an elongated fold to fit the card properly. We also love the “layered” style. It still accommodates a menu card (or thank you card, fresh herb sprig, etc.) and adds a touch more dimension to the tablescape.

Menu Card Napkin Fold
Menu Card Napkin Fold
Menu Card Napkin Fold

Images: Laura K Moore Photography, Molliner Photography, Jordan Weiland Photography

The Knot

We’re seeing more and more couples opt for “The Knot” napkin fold. Maybe it’s the name (tying the knot 😉) or maybe it’s the fun style it adds!

Knot Napkin Fold

Image: The Lemons Photography

Custom Tie

Another favorite is the custom tie or napkin ring option. This is great if you want to add an extra pop of color, a hint of sparkle, or mixed metal to the design. Pro tip: have your napkins delivered a few days early so your bridal party or coordination team can tie them ahead of time. Believe us, your caterer will thank you for all the time saved!

Ribbon Tie Napkin Fold
Napkin Ring Napkin Fold

Images: JP Pratt Photography, 28 North Photography

Horizontal Charger Wrap Napkin Fold

If you’ve opted to feature chargers as part of your tablescape, a fantastic option for your napkin fold is the horizontal charger wrap. It’ll help keep napkins securely in place (be mindful of wind if you’re having an outdoor wedding) and can be folded to accommodate a place card or menu card.

Horizontal Charger Wrap Napkin Fold
Horizontal Charger Wrap Napkin Fold
Horizontal Charger Wrap Napkin Fold with Place Card

Images: Emma Anne Photography, The Heims Photography, Shauna + Jordon Photography

Drape Fold

Last but not least is the drape fold. We don’t see this featured quite as often, but it looks lovely in photos and can be used to highlight a favor, flatware, and more!

Drape Napkin Fold
Drape Napkin Fold

Images: Vine & Light Photography, Molliner Photography

Decided on your favorite fold? Now it’s time to choose your napkin! Check out all the fabric options from one of our favorite vendors, Over the Top Linen!

Summer Floral Inspiration

Summer Floral | Greenery and White Floral

Just like clothing, flower arrangements tend to get a bit brighter in the summer. Whether you’re picking your color palette or summer floral first, it’s important to know which types of flowers are in season on your wedding day. Some of our go to flowers for summer arrangements are Peonies, Roses, Anemone, Larkspur, Queen Anne’s Lace, and Stock. Check with your florist (we know plenty!) for the best blooms in your wedding month and build from there! From the photos below, you can tell we love a pop of yellow!

Summer Floral with Citrus

The Recipe

This summer floral recipe features a eucalyptus garland, and whole and halved lemons extend the impact of this organic and citrus inspired arrangement.

Flowers: Gather and Grace Designs | Photography: Ledia Tashi Photography

Summer Floral | Bold Blooms
Summer Floral | Small Vases

Small Arrangements

Small arrangements can still make a big impact! Lining farm tables with small arrangements of large blooms can be just as gorgeous as having large centerpieces!

Flowers: Flowers by Lesley | Photography: Emma Anne Photo

Summer Floral

Mixed Vases

Pedestal vases are a client favorite and work well on round or rectangular tables. They’re also a great way to incorporate a metallic or wooden texture you’re featuring in other areas of your décor! And they make a big statement without taking up too much real estate on your tables!

Flowers: In Bloom Florist | Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography

Summer Floral | Bold Bridal Bouquet
Summer Floral | Tall Arrangements

Tall Arrangements

Create dramatic height without obstructing views! These wooden centerpiece stands allow for different focus points throughout the reception space without keeping guests from being able to see the person across from them.

Flowers: Fern and Curl Designs | Photography: Ledia Tashi Photography

Summer Floral | Greenery and White Floral

Don’t Forget the Classics

Classic white and green centerpieces are stunning in every single season. We love how different types of greenery, vases, and heights are incorporated into this overall design! The floral takes center stage in the room and plays off the natural light pouring in from the bay windows.

Flowers: Flowers by Lesley | Photography: Flora Bloom Photography

Drop us a line and let us know what your favorite summer floral recipe includes! 

Xoxo,
RW Gals 

Lux Ceremony Locations

Looking for the perfect ceremony location? Well, we’ve got ya covered! Luxmore Grande Estate is a gorgeous private venue located right outside of Orlando, in Seminole County. Our favorite part of Luxmore Grande Estate is the available options for wedding ceremonies. Whether you decide to host your wedding ceremony indoor or outdoor, it’s a designers paradise! 

 

Which one do you prefer? Give us a shout if you’d like to swing by to see them in person, we’d love to show you around! 

Ceremonies | Luxmore Grande Estate

Have you booked your dream venue, but you aren’t sure which ceremony space is best for you? Well, Luxmore Grande Estate offers four unique, and beautiful locations for ceremonies! With several indoor & outdoor options, there are plenty of opportunities to create a stunning backdrop to the tie the knot, and provide peace of mind with weather back-up plans. 

The Jessup Garden

The Jesup Garden is the venue’s most popular location for ceremonies. This gorgeous open lawn area is located in the back of the estate. It is beautifully accented by lush greenery and foliage. 

  • Ideal for floral arches and arbors 
  • A great option for brides who love the outdoors 
  • This ceremony space can host up to 200 guests 

The Grande Ballroom

The Grande Ballroom is the epitome of elegance, and is the highlight of the estate! Whether you prefer an indoor affair, or as a back-up plan for the unpredictable Florida weather, either way, this space is breathtaking. 

  • Ideal for dramatic draping, large floral arrangements 
  • Accented by enchanting chandeliers throughout the space 
  • A perfect option for brides who prefer the drama of a ballroom  
  • The ceremony layout facing the Bay Window is ideal for up to 150 guests 
  • For a larger event, the ceremony set-up facing the alcove can host up to 200 guests 

The Estate Patio

The Estate Patio would be a fabulous choice for the client who loves the outdoors but still wants the Estate House to be a focal point of the event.  

  • Ideal for dramatic arches to accent the patio fountain 
  • Beautiful backdrop views of Lake Jesup 
  • This ceremony space can host up to 150 guests 

The Estate Room

The Estate Room is the most intimate ceremony option at the Estate. This lovely room is located in the heart of the venue; and offers charming accents with large windows that provide natural lighting and the fireplace mantle as a focal point.  

  • The model choice for more intimate events 
  • The procession can enter the room from the dramatic double staircase 
  • This ceremony space can host up to 90 guests 

Let us know which ceremony space you love, so we can help make the vision for your big day come to life! 

Xoxo,
Lacie 

Real Talk // Doyinsola + Dunell’s Cultural Wedding

We love weddings – from the design to the little details, and everything in between! One thing we love about weddings is working with couples from different backgrounds and learning about their cultures. Doyinsola + Dunell held their multi-cultural wedding at Luxmore Grande Estate and it was such fun experiencing their big day with them!

How did you meet?

We met as first-year law students at Penn State Law. Because we had a lot of mutual friends we knew of each other but didn’t necessarily speak. As time went on we started hanging out one on one and the rest is history.

Were there any unique elements you incorporated?

I’m Nigerian and my husband is Haitian-American and I think we did an awesome job celebrating both our cultures. On the Friday night before our wedding, we had a traditional Yoruba Engagement ceremony where our entire families met and formally gave their approval and blessings to our union. Additionally, as music and food are very important in our respective cultures, we made sure we had some Nigerian and Haitian dishes for our guests and danced the night away to Konpa and Afro-beats.

What made you choose your venue?

I like to think that my style, especially for special events, is very classic and timeless. I want to look at my wedding pictures decades from now and still appreciate the aesthetics of that day. However, it was important the venue was charming and full of character. Luxmore checked all the boxes. From the stunning wallpaper in the parlor to the quirky library and the grandiose chandeliers, it’s truly a magnificent building. Did I mention it’s also really practical? The bridal suite is huge and there was so much parking for our guests.

What factors did you consider when choosing your vendor team?

We were an out of town couple so it was important that our vendors were efficient without needing to be micro-managed. This meant finding a team of people that we clicked with and understood our vision without numerous meetings. It was also extremely important that our vendors were diverse and small business owners. Looking back on the wedding that’s one of the things we’re most proud of.

Photos: Kiyah C Photography

Any planning tips you’d like to share with other couples?

Be proactive about setting aside time to not talk about the wedding. It seems counterintuitive but wedding planning can honestly take over your lives and relationships, and you can lose sight of what’s important. So once in a while, (i.e., as often as you can) do things not wedding related.  Also, compromise. Two months post-wedding you won’t care about the thing that you’re digging in your heel about.

Xoxo,
Kim

Real Talk // Kristina + James

This sweet couple met about three and a half years ago; Kristina was looking for a roommate and James turned out to be the perfect match in more ways than one ?

Photos: Vine & Light Photography

How did you meet?

“We met in New York in January of 2016. I was looking for a roommate to rent the second bedroom of my apartment in Chelsea. I posted an ad for a roommate on Craigslist and James answered the ad. He was moving from London to New York and needed a place to stay. We met up and I gave him a tour of the apartment. He loved the place and we got along instantly. Less than a year later, we were together and not too long after that, we were engaged! If you ask him how we met, he would simply say Craigslist, which has definitely gotten us some strange looks along the way!”

Images captured in the Estate Room, the Library, and the Parlor

What made you choose Luxmore as your venue?

“We loved the venue the moment we stepped inside. It sold itself. Our ideal venue was an outdoor wedding and the space outside was perfect. With Florida weather being as unpredictable as it is we needed to feel good about getting married in the backup space the venue had. The room the Luxmore presented to us was just as beautiful as the outdoor space which made us feel it was the perfect place for us.”

Rentals :: Gold Rimmed Chargers | Mahogany Chiavari Chairs
Cake ::

What was your design inspiration?

“We both had the same idea for the wedding decor which made things much easier. White and ivory with touches of silver and gold. Simple, elegant, classic! It turned out to be everything we envisioned. “

What was your favorite part of the event?

“When my new husband sang to me! And also the cake! He would say the open bar lol.”

Image captured in the Library

What factors did you consider when choosing your vendor team?

“Reviews, reviews, reviews! It was important for us to hear what other couples had to say. It really influenced our decisions when we chose our team. I would also say communication. Since we had to plan the wedding remotely, it was extremely important to us that our vendors were able to help us via phone and face time. “

Want to read more from our couples? Click here to check our all of our Real Wedding features!

Portraits | Southern Wedding

It’s the final week of our mini-series on a luxurious southern wedding inspired shoot we hosted at Luxmore Grande Estate. Our little hearts are so excited to share the final details with you! So far, we’ve talked about welcoming your guests with a fun station, the aesthetics of the ceremony, how to deck out the reception space, and all about the little details. To finish us off, we’re sharing about the beauty of portraits!

Photos: JP Pratt, Floral: Flowers by Lesley, Fashion: Solutions Bridal, Beauty: Laura Reynolds Artistry

As essential as a well designed ceremony + reception are, it’s just as necessary for the bridal styling to encompass the overall theme; the look featured in our southern styled shoot is an embodiment of Luxmore Grande Estate!

The beautiful gown from Solutions Bridal Designer House was the perfect fit for the clean and elegant atmosphere of the Estate. The dress and bridal style melded perfectly into the rest of the décor & details. The unique floral print of the dress also brought in a chic and sophisticated new age air to the overall look.

The curated spaces, and details as a whole provided so many gorgeous opportunities for bridal portrait shots. It was hard to pick which ones were our favorites!

Xoxo,
Lacie

All in the Details // Southern Wedding

It was a culmination of the smaller details that helped breathe life into out southern inspired styled shoot. The soft hues and stationery brought vintage romance, while the fashionable addition of Antonio Milani pumps gave just the right hint of modern edginess.

Photos: JP Pratt, Floral: Flowers by Lesley, Calligraphy: Andi Mejia

While big décor items and spaces are important, it is often times the smaller details that can really stand out for a wedding. An intricately crafted wedding invitation suite, a handwritten note, or the perfect shot of your designer bridal shoes are the small things that can make your grand vision a reality!

Featured Inventory :: Ocean

The cake, provided by Bakers Cottage Cakes, display was inspired by the idea of an old southern home. The antique furniture echoed the welcome set-up and brought a little old world charm. The floral around the cake overflowed and felt like a lush southern garden brought indoors. The shelf accents also played with mixing old and new vibes, and style.

Xoxo,
Lacie

P.S. Don’t miss the last post of our southern wedding mini-series next week!

Reception Tablescape // Southern Wedding

If you know our team, you’re well aware that we LOVE a well designed and thought out reception tablescape – from the linen, to the floral, and all the way to the china + flatware, the RW ladies are all about the aesthetics.

The reception is the perfect opportunity to bring the wedding vision to life, and to make a bold statement guests will never forget!

The Luxmore Grande Estate ballroom was completely transformed for this elaborate reception set-up. All the details capture the theme, melding modern and classic elements all while keeping the traditional and southern character of the estate.

Rentals pictured :: Gold Flatware, China, Gold Rimmed Chargers, Gold Louis chairs

The gorgeous French blue, ivory, and gold palette was a major theme in designing the reception tablescape. The idea was to create a sleek aesthetic while still providing a soft and romantic ambiance.

The patterned napkins contrast beautifully against the solid ivory table linen, while the tall centerpieces create height and add texture. The layered china also mimics the palette by pulling in multiple tones and styles.

The sweetheart table was another beautifully designed space from our southern wedding styled shoot. The design plays off the reception tablescape but also has its own original flare, helping it stand out from the rest.

Mixing an exposed wooden table with linen is always a great way to break up the layout. It also adds diversity to the overall look.

Missed the first two posts from our southern wedding mini-series? Check them out here!

Xoxo,
Lacie

Southern Wedding Ceremony

Last week we started a mini-series on a luxurious styled shoot we hosted with rentals + designs fit for a southern belle. In case you missed it, we started off with the first area your guests will see – the welcome station {perfect for featuring a fun welcome beverage or treat and gift + sign-in table}! This week is all about the ceremony space and making it your own.

|  CEREMONY AESTHETIC  |

This stunning space married the traditional southern wedding with a new age flare! We love the use of the magnolia leaves and other greenery in this unique arch created by Flowers by Lesley. The elegant Gold Louis chairs, from RW Events, had an old world charm that popped against all the greenery on the Luxmore Estate Patio.

Your wedding ceremony is arguably the most important part of the entire event, and the most intimate. Collaborate with your vendors and don’t be afraid to dream up something bold and unique smile emoticon While creating an area that reflects both the bride and groom is important, this space is also a precursor to your reception. The design here is a great way to give your guests a glimpse of what’s to come!

Xoxo,
Lacie

The Welcome | Southern Wedding

While we have seen Luxmore Grande Estate styled in so many ways, at its core it will always be an elegant southern estate. That is why we are so excited to share to share this stunning modern take on a southern wedding with you!! Over the coming weeks we’ll be breaking down a luxurious styled shoot we hosted and chatting about all the details that make this fit for a southern belle ❤️ We’re starting off with the first thing your guests will see – a welcome station!

Welcoming your guests in style!

We love the soft blues and neutrals used in this color palette for a wedding welcome station. The antique rentals echoed the traditional southern charm, while accents such as the gold geometric vases brought a modern edge. The clean floral also added a sleek finish while still feeling classic.

Featured Inventory :: Winter, Oates, & assorted vases + mirror

Putting together a unique and personalized wedding welcome station for guests is a great way to make them feel at home during your event! Your guests are your closest family and friends and they are excited to celebrate with you. So a thoughtful welcome station is the perfect way to greet them!

Photos: JP Pratt | Floral: Flowers by Lesley | Calligraphy: Andi Mejia

Have fun with creating your welcome area, and use meaningful details to tie it back into the rest of your décor & theme. Floral accents can play of your bouquets and centerpieces, while accessories can accent your color palette. Personalized touches such as a customized welcome sign can bring the entire space together.

Stay tuned for more details from the reception space, our grand entryway, and a sweet cake display!

Xoxo,
Lacie

 

Grand Staircase | Luxmore Grande Estate

Our grand staircase is one of the most stunning and talked about features of Luxmore Grande Estate.

It’s a major reason current owners decided to purchase the property and turn it into the beautiful event space it is today! Our grand staircase makes for an absolutely breathtaking entrance, creating a dramatic statement as guests arrive for your big day!

Photography opportunities on the staircase are endless! We see wedding photographers create truly memorable moments with brides and grooms on the grand staircase. Many tears of joy have been shed on this staircase. Often times, couples choose to do their first look here. With so many angles, lighting, and stunning chandelier to play-off of, you will have no shortage of gorgeous pictures.

It also provides the perfect canvas to play around with décor and styling, making this area customizable for each Luxmore Grande Estate wedding. From floral, to draping, or clean & classic you can’t go wrong with styling our grande staircase for your event! One of our favorite designs is the creating of our owner and Flowers by Lesley. Would you believe it features over 12,000 stems of assorted white flowers!?

Want to see more of our staircase? Check out Luxmore Grande Estate on Instagram!

Xoxo,
Lacie

Luxe Bridal Suite | Luxmore Grande Estate

The Luxe Bridal Suite

The expansive bridal suite at Luxmore Grande Estate might easily be our crowning jewel. We are proud to boast one of the largest bridal suites in all of Central Florida! Complete with a furnished lounge, designated beauty station area, full walk-in closet, luxurious bathroom, and en suite screened-in balcony.

There is plenty of space and comfort for our brides, their bridal party, and relatives to get glamorous and relax on the big day.

The bridal suite also provides the perfect opportunity for intimate bridal portraits with your wedding photographer. Enjoy all the natural lighting from the large bay windows and balcony. Plus, the antique fixtures, vanities, and romantic details provide an elegant atmosphere for photos.

The Luxmore bridal suite provided the perfect space for models to prep for our fabulous Calvet Couture Fashion show. As you can see there was more than enough space for bridal gowns, multiple beauty artists, and more!

So sit back, relax, pop a bottle of bubbly (be a little extra!) and enjoy your luxurious suite for the day at Luxmore Grande Estate!

Xoxo,
Lacie

Tablescape of the Month // Classic Elegance

If you’ve met our team, you know how much we love a stunning tablescape. It’s certainly no secret that perfectly placed china, floral, and elegant linen make our hearts swoon. 🙂 We partnered with some amazing Central Florida wedding vendors to make this dreamy tablescape come to life. Our bestie, Lesley with Flowers by Lesley, adorned a captain’s table with a mix of high + low centerpieces {with lush arrangements of white hydrangea + roses} & votives, and wove some lovely fabric into the back of our chiavari chairs. It gave our simple but oh, so elegant tablescape a romantic, ethereal feel! The linen {Bentley} is one of our favs from Over the Top and we choose to drape that over a captain’s table. For those of you who don’t know, a captain’s table is an expanded version of a standard 8′ banquet table. It’s an extra 18″ wide, making it the perfect table option if you want to feature chargers, a full place setting, and lots of floral! Our belmont chargers were topped with our in-house china at Luxmore Grande Estate {isn’t that gold rim gorgeous!?} and we paired that with a sleek silverware set {Capri} from A Chair Affair. We simple love this style for Luxmore Grande Estate, with is grande ballroom and sparkly chandeliers!

Indoor Ceremony // Luxmore Grande

While Luxmore Grande Estate boasts some beautiful outdoor scenery it is so unique in that it is one of the few venues of its kind that can house larger events inside. The Grande Ballroom can host weddings of up to almost 200 while still feeling warm and homey. While the estate room can provide a stunning ceremony option for more intimate events, the library and double staircase offer unique backdrops.

So Much More than Four Walls
What could be more classic than a ballroom wedding? For a while it seemed indoor affairs were taking a back seat to the growing popularity of outdoor weddings. But indoor is making a come back as fashion forward brides are looking to create new trends and breathe new life into timeless backdrops.

The right space can create a sense of intimacy, elegance, and reflect personal style. Walls reflect the memories of the events they host, and what better way to celebrate with your closest friends and family than to do so in a venue that feels like home.

Photo: Ais Portraits

Find a Space & Make It Yours
Another considerable aspect of an indoor ceremony is often times you are given a great blank canvas. Sometimes with outdoor spaces it can be hard to personalize and separate it from events that have been done before. Indoor spaces offer unique opportunities for draping, hanging décor, and lighting that can be difficult without walls or a ceiling to play off of.

Particularly with Luxmore Grande, all of our unique spaces and interiors foster creativity from our couples and planners. Our chandeliers are the perfect centerpieces for ceiling drapes, while our archways look beautiful adorned with floral. The antique bar and mantles offers themselves as great conversation pieces, while the foyer is a statement as soon as your guests walk through the doors. However, even with all of this it allows our brides and grooms the ability to showcase their own tastes and visions.

Photo: KT Crabb Photography

Beautiful Rain or Shine
The last and arguably most practical reason to love an indoor space is no matter the weather your day can be stunning. Outdoor venues are gorgeous but only weather permitting. A tent is a great back up but not always the ideal look or feel the couple was initially going for.

With an indoor space you know exactly what you are getting. Especially with Florida whether it rains, or there is heat wave you know what to expect and your guests will be comfortable.

Photo: Nima Photography

Xoxo,
Lacie