Real Talk // Lindsey + Matt

Lindsey + Matt were the couple that knew exactly what they wanted – a venue that offered waterfront views, lots of trees, and one they could truly make their own. They found all that and more at Cypress Grove Estate House, and boy are we glad they found us! Their simple decor complemented the space so well and truly brought out it’s natural beauty 😍

Were there any unique elements you incorporated?
We tried to tie in as many elements of both us and our family and friends as we could. Some of which were physical items – on Lindsey’s bouquet, jewelry was added from both of her deceased grandmothers as well as pins from her bridesmaids. Matt wore his deceased grandfathers watch. We also carefully chose our music throughout the day and night to play songs that brought back many of our favorite memories between us and our guests. “

What was your favorite part of the event?
“It’s a tie between our first look and the ceremony! Each have a million different reasons. Our first look was a super sweet ‘wow’ moment that brought everything together. This was where we both thought ‘Omg. This day is here. We’re getting married!’ During our ceremony, it was so special for us to see all of our favorite people seated in one place, wholeheartedly supporting us as we made our commitment of marriage to each other. It was also special being able to share our personal vows that we had each written to one another.”

What made you choose your venue?
“We had a ‘vision’ for our wedding venue look and feel from the start! We felt like we walked right into the picture we had in our minds when we came to visit Cypress Grove Estate. We both wanted our ceremony to be on the water and surrounded by trees with a quaint, secluded feeling. We were so excited to find exactly what we were looking for, and more, in the city where we met and where it all began for us. Cypress Grove is truly stunning!”

What was your design inspiration?
“A lot of our design inspiration came from our venue. We didn’t want to take away from the natural beauty of the cypress trees, etc. so we kept things simple! We added pops of our personal styles and favorite colors to make our wedding uniquely ours.”

Featured Inventory: Bubba // French Country Chairs

Any planning tips you’d like to share with other couples?
“Our biggest tip would be to have fun! We definitely got caught up here and there with the stress of balancing work/life/wedding planning from across the country (we currently live in Las Vegas). When we learned to give ourselves grace, it became such an enjoyable experience. Some of our favorite planning moments were brainstorming together along with our cake and food tastings. Also, trust your vendors and let them do their thing! We were lucky to have an amazing team of vendors who put as at ease and blew our expectations out of the water.”

Xoxo,
Kim

Real Talk // Morgan + Julius

Morgan + Julius hosted their simple but oh-so elegant fall wedding with us last October – we fell head-over-heels in love with their reception draping, and their doughnut station still has us drooling 😍

How did you meet?
Julius and I met in the Respiratory program at school. We were in our second semester and were in the same study group. I secretly looked him up on Facebook before we officially met so I was already kinda interested lol. We figured out we only lived about ten minutes away from eachother so we studied more and more and ended up falling for each other.

What made you choose Luxmore as your venue?
I knew I didn’t want a boring hall at a hotel or something generic and old looking where you would need tons of decor to cover it up. We live in Chicago and since we were getting married in Florida I was doing a lot of online researching. I stumbled across Luxmore and I KNEW it’s where I wanted to get married before I even saw it in person. Actually, Luxmore was the only venue I looked at in person. I’m a simple person who knows what I want and I didn’t want to see tons and tons of venues. I just knew it was perfect for me.

What was your design inspiration?
My design inspiration definitely was a mix of vintage, simple, romantic, elegant, and kind of a whimsical feeling. I was so lucky to have vendors that understood my vision, especially because I was unable to be there in person a lot. I just wanted a design that was stunning but not overdone and gotty looking. I did a lot of research on Pinterest and also wedding blogs. My florist was amazing and put together the floral arrangements exactly how I wanted.

Did you face any challenges during the planning process?
I felt overwhelmed a lot and a little out of control due to not being in the same state. I overcame this by being extremely organized and had a wedding binder with all my vendors, to-do lists, payment dates, etc. I tried to stay on top of everything and also not be so controlling and to just go with the flow.

Photos: KT Crabb Photography

Any planning tips you’d like to share with other couples?
Just have fun with it and don’t let yourself be overwhelmed with everything at once. Try and focus on one thing at a time and know you will get it all done, no matter how tedious it is. Have fun with it and don’t be so controlling over every single detail. If you have a good team of vendors and a good venue I promise everything will turn out beautiful. I would also recommend having a day of coordinator, that takes a lot of pressure off of you and it is definitely worth the money. I’d say spend the most money on that and your flowers. You honestly do get what you pay for.

Xoxo,
Kim

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

Tidbits + Tips | Bridemaid Gifts

Having been a bridesmaid myself several times, my favorite gift was a beauty bag stocked with skin care + make-up minis to use during wedding week. And with black Friday and cyber Monday just around the corner, now’s the time to stock up on items you’d like to share with your gals =) Ulta is my go-to for beauty products and they’ve already got tons of items on sale! Be sure to use code 401534 at checkout to receive $3.50 off an order of $15 or more!

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask | 3 for $5
The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask | 3 for $5

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer | $20
The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer | $20

Bare Minerals 4 Piece Set | $13.50
Bare Minerals 4 Piece Set | $13.50

Burt's Bees Tips + Toes Kit | $12.99
Burt’s Bees Tips + Toes Kit | $12.99

Tidbits + Tips | Wedding Superstitions {Rain}

No one likes their events getting rained out, but did you know that many cultures view rain as good luck? It’s viewed as a symbol of fertility and cleansing, and it can also have some other benefits. I know what you’re thinking – how in the world could rain be a good thing at my wedding? If you need some encouragement that it won’t put a damper on your day, here are a few perks to consider with wedding day rain showers.

  • Cooler weather – rain tends to drop the temperature, even if it’s just by a few degrees. This can help keep flowers looking fresh and you + the bridal party nice and cool.
  • Seasonal allergies – if you suffer from seasonal allergies, a rain shower can help you say “adios” to that stuffy nose since it reduces the amount of pollen in the air.
  • Photos – some of the cutest wedding photos we’ve seen have involved umbrellas {just like this one of Katie and her maids}. You may even catch a glimpse of a rainbow, making for a picture perfect photo opp!

kttravis-1991

Photo: Nima Photography

Tidbits + Tips | Room Blocks

Room blocks can be a wonderful way to help your out-of-town guests find accommodations for your wedding {and usually at a reduced cost}. They’re fairly simply to setup and there are just a few things to keep in mind when reserving these blocks:

  • Proximity – start with your event venue if they offer overnight accommodations. If not, look for hotels that are within a short walk or taxi ride of the venue. If it’s close enough, you may even be able to setup shuttle service through the hotel concierge.
  • Price – make sure to keep hotel prices in mind, especially for guests that are traveling from out of town to attend your wedding. Consider reserving rooms at two hotels, with one being a bit more cost effective.

Once you’ve found the perfect room block option, you’ll likely need to sign a contract with the hotel – be sure you read through the contract carefully and make note of clauses describing attrition and/or re-sell. “Attrition” refers to the penalty you’ll pay if a certain portion of the rooms in your block aren’t booked. Some hotels also include a “re-sell” clause, meaning that if they’re able to re-sell unused rooms in your block to other customers, you’re no longer responsible for them.

Pro tip: be sure to include room block information on your wedding website! Consider including a direct link to the booking page, directions to the venue, and any other pertinent info they may need.

Tidbits + Tips | Floral Trends

It seems like there are always new bridal trends coming and going, and we love keeping up as the times change. We particularly love the direction that bridal floral has been going recently. Loosely tied, wild bouquets are popping up everywhere; and we could not be more excited, friends! Looser bouquets give off such a romantic feeling, which is perfection while making your way down the aisle to your beau. We personally love when a good mixture of greenery is involved as well! For our more daring gals, adding ribbons to your bouquet gives a more whimsical, bohemian look. Take a look below at some of our favorite loose bouquets!

Colorful Wedding at The Acre | RW Events

Photo: Ashley Jane Photography | Floral: Lee Forrest Design
Romantic Bridal Bouquet | RW Events
Photo: Ashley McCormick Photography | Floral: Flowers by Lesley
Pink Bridal Bouquet | RW Events
Photo: NIMA Photography | Floral: Velvet & Twine
Organic Bridal Bouquet | RW Events
Photo: Studio 829 | Floral: Flowers by Milk & Honey

Tidbits + Tips | First Looks

My honey and I are on the fence about doing a first look; what do you think?

One of the first questions we always ask our couples is if they’re considering a first look, or saving the moment for down the aisle. As a team of Southern gals, we understand and appreciate traditions. But if we’re being honest, sometimes you just have to break the rules for pure awesomeness {like a first look}! If you’ve never heard of this term before, let us to break it down for you… A first look is when you + your lovey see each other and take photos before the ceremony.

Here’s why we love this concept:

  • All those jitters you feel before the ceremony will go down tremendously when you get to see your other half first.
  • There’s less pressure with hardly any eyes on you {besides your darling photographer and videographer}. This equals real reactions from your honey and gives you the freedom to say what you want to say to each other without an audience {introverts unite!}.
  • Time. You will save SO MUCH time doing your photos together before the ceremony. You can even squeeze in the bridal party photos pre-ceremony. Save the family portraits for after the I-dos, and enjoy the remainder of cocktail hour with your guests. Hello hors d’oeuvres!

Don’t get us wrong, we love the tradition of waiting for the aisle as well. You’ll be sure to get gorgeous photos either way!

ChasteenWedding-98-LChasteenWedding-100-LChasteenWedding-114-L

Kati Rosado Photography captured the first look of our sweet June couple, Heidi + Trevor, perfectly. Trevor’s reaction just melts our hearts! All. The. Feels.

Tidbits & Tips | Stationery

Your stationery is such an important part of the wedding, so heed these quick tips on what you’ll need and when you should send it out:

8 Months

  • Order save-the-dates
  • 6 Months

    • Send save-the-dates
    • Order your invitation suite – invites, response cards, envelopes, and thank you cards
    • 4 Months

    • Organize the guest list and prepare envelopes to be addressed
    • 2-3 Months

    • Send out your invites
    • Order ceremony programs, menus, and place cards
    • Post Wedding

    • Send thank you cards within two weeks of returning from your honeymoon

    C021

    Photo: Ashley McCormick Photography

Tidbits & Tips | Guest Accommodations

Hosting a destination wedding? Then you’re more than likely going to need accommodations for your guests. Check out a few of our top tips for finding the perfect host hotel:

  • Location – if your venue doesn’t offer overnight rooms, select a hotel or two {depending on how many guests you’re expecting} that are near your wedding location, preferably within a 15 minute drive. Your guests are already coming a long way to attend your wedding so try to keep accommodations close by.
  • Transportation – does your host hotel offer transportation services from the local airport to the hotel? Better yet, would they offer {or be able to book} guest transportation from the hotel to your venue?
  • Amenities – what sort of on-site amenities do they offer {swimming pool, gym, spa, restaurants, complimentary wi-fi, etc.}? Many guests will make a mini vacation out of destination weddings, so look into other attractions or activities nearby for guests to enjoy. A fun idea is to include a list of local attractions in a welcome bag for each guest. Some hotels can arrange a room drop or provide these to guests upon arrival.
  • Room blocks – does your hotel offer room blocks? These allow the host to reserve a specific number of rooms usually at a discounted rate {which can be passed on to your guests}.

Shopping Guide {The Bridal Edition}

Planning a wedding is quite stressful – trust us, we know girl. Though coordinating the ceremony and reception may be the most important area of focus, shopping for the bride’s gown is undoubtedly the most exciting part! Many of our brides come to us bearing timeline questions, such as: “When should I purchase my veil and accessories?” Well, we’re here to break it all down for you:

10-12 months remaining
If you’re anything like us, your Pinterest boards are full of gown inspiration. Bring photos to your stylist at your shopping appointment so that everyone is on the same page in order to find the dream dress. If at all possible, we’d suggest limiting your entourage to two or three people. Bridal gowns are essentially custom-made, so you need to allow designers time to create and ship to you,

6-8 months remaining
Shop for your undergarments, veil, shoes, jewelry, and any other accessories. Your bridal salon very well may give you options and suggestions when you purchase your dress. It’s crucial to have these items before your first fitting! This way your seamstress can alter the dress appropriately around your accessories.

6-8 weeks remaining
Your dress should have arrived by this point, so it’s time to have the first fitting! Your undergarments are shoes will determine how your gown is altered to fit you perfectly. Once the initial adjustments are made, you may need to go in for a second fitting for smaller tweaks.

1-2 weeks remaining
Have your final fitting and pick up your dress. You may want to bring all your accessories {veil, jewelry, etc.} to see the complete look.

Engagement Session Planning

Celebrating your engagement should be fun and lighthearted, and we’re loving these e-session planning tips from our vendor pal, KT Crabb Photography!

Katie: “Date set, √. Venue booked, √. Wedding dress, √ (swoon)! Now it’s time to send out save the dates and you’re looking to book your engagement session. I imagine you have a slew of questions on how to go about setting up your session. From when to book to what to where, here are some pointers in planning your portraits!

  • Set a date – Will you be using your images for a Save the Date? Do you just want portraits to decorate your wall or reception on your wedding day? The purpose of your portraits will help to establish a time frame.
  • Set a theme – Just like planning a wedding, it’s a great idea to come up with a theme for your engagement session. Now, don’t fret, this doesn’t have to be anything crazy extravagant. I just suggest thinking of one word you would like to describe your session. This then helps the flow of deciding on a location and outfits. What do you want to remember about the two of you during this season of life? It could be general like: fun, romantic, adventurous or more specific like: camping out in the backyard, reliving your first date and so on.
  • Choose a location – When you came up with your theme, did you imagine yourself surrounded by city buildings and busy streets? Or maybe you saw yourself dipping your feet in the water during sunset on the beach? A location can simply be near and dear to your heart including your soon to be wedding venue!
  • Pick an outfit {or two} – Can I just tell you that this was the hardest decision for me when planning my own engagement session! Goodness! I went back in forth between outfits and finally settled on something completely different!! I realized that I just wanted to wear something I felt lovely in and would enjoy looking back on years from now.
  • KT Crabb Photography Engagement Session

    Photo: KT Crabb Photography

    Our favorite tip for e-sessions: Be yourself and have fun!

    Check out more tips from KT Crabb Photography here.