Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses | The Perfect Combo

Mismatched Slate Bridesmaid Dresses

Shopping for bridesmaid dresses? It’s certainly no easy task narrowing down all the options and making sure each lovely lady is comfortable and looks her best! Especially if you’ve got a squad 😉 The biggest things to keep in mind when shopping: all your maids have different bodies and love to show off in their unique styles. Naturally, choosing mismatched bridesmaid dresses is our go-to option!

We love seeing mismatched bridesmaid dresses that differ in style but are part of the same color family. Have fun with it and make it a girl’s day! Choose a shop (or two), give your ladies a color palette, and let them choose fun styles, patterns, and textures. Do a little try on to see how all the dresses look together and go from there! Another great options for these quarantined days is to shop online. Get your ladies together for a Facetime of Zoom call, grab your favorite drink and shop together virtually!

We’ve gotta say, our team has seen some gorgeous combos at our venues over the years – take a look! 

Our favorites combine varying necklines, patterns, textures, and shades whether that’s floral designs, lace, sequins, and even velvet!

Photos: The Heims

Whatever combination of bridesmaid dresses you choose, we’re sure your bridal party will look flawless!

The Living Wall

Because we’re always looking for an excuse to create something new!

It typically stems from not being able to find what we need in the marketplace. And sometimes, it’s because we don’t like the options available in the market. For instance, our boredom with the traditional hedge walls prompted us to create something new + needed for our styling clients.

“Re” introducing The Living Wall!

What is the living wall and why was it created? Our owner, Tamuel Cowart, was absolutely sick of the traditional hedge walls. And we couldn’t help but share her sentiments. Traditional hedge walls were overused and didn’t compliment the events styled. In other words, our clients deserved something better. When we sketched out the Living Wall we weren’t sure of the response we’d received. So we tested it on colleagues first at Cypress Grove Estate House.

Quick list of why it’s a staff fav:

    1. Easy to assemble
    2. Fresh foliage allows us to easily fill the gaps
    3. 100% customizable
    4. Comes in various sizes
    5. Perfect for a bar, sweetheart table, or lounge backdrop

Photos courtesy of: Rudy + Marta Photography 

Alpacas, Anyone?

Yep, that’s an Alpaca hanging out at Cypress Grove Estate House with a floral garland. I mean, because why not?! This is one of the many reasons we absolutely love working with Kristen Weaver and her associates!

I really don’t know much about the overall theme or reason behind the shoot, we simply wanted to share this adorable photo of our new friends! There was a cool tablescape, too. Check out the full shoot here

Bridesmaid Boxes | All About Gifting

There’s nothing quite like receiving a thoughtful, well put together gift, and bridesmaid boxes are no exception. Your gal pals put a lot of work into being a bridesmaid – helping with wedding plans, hosting your bridal shower, and more! What better way to thank them than with a sweet, heartfelt gift!?

And we all know there’s only one place to get the perfect bridesmaid boxes – Miscellaneous Market ? With all sorts of goodies from home decor and beauty products to handbags and accessories, you’re sure to find something to suit each of your bridesmaids. With so many options, brides can browse the store for their favorite items or have our team create something special for you!

Bridesmaid boxes are the perfect way to thank your gal pals for all their wedding planning help. Customize boxes with items selected just for each lady.

One of the great aspects of bridal boxes is that you can customize them for each of your bridesmaids. I love the idea of all the ladies receiving a piece of jewelry to wear on wedding day, but mix things up and include one or two items chosen specifically for each lady. It’ll make them feel so loved and will add that much more personality to your gifts.

Xoxo,

P.S. Self-care is one of my favorite hobbies, and the blush eyemask and rose quartz roller are the best (pictured above)! The eye mask is silky smooth and the roller feels so wonderful on my skin in the mornings!

All About the Social Lounge

Bohemian inspired social lounge featuring upholstered seating, rattan seating and tables, and a macrame chandelier. Showcased under the gazebo at Cypress Grove Estate House.

The social lounge is the newest bridal trend and we are absolutely obsessed {you’ve probably seen lots of posts we’ve shared about them ?}! Not only does a lounge add a dramatic and chic statement to your décor, but it can also serves a purpose {giving your guests a stylish area to mix and mingle} so you can feel awesome about making the investment. 

Lounge furniture can offer so many unique opportunities on the big day: 

  • A great area for photos, especially bridal portraits.
  • Creates a cool area near the bar for guests to enjoy during cocktail hour. 
  • Place the lounge near the dance floor so guests can enjoy the show, or take a breather from all the fun! 
  • The perfect addition to any photo booth backdrop.
Bohemian inspired social lounge featuring upholstered seating, rattan seating and tables, and a macrame chandelier.

Soft seating also provides a practical {and fashionable} solution to having extra seating for guests who may not be planning on dancing the night away.  

Check out the photos below for some amazing lounge and style inspiration!  

Southern inspired social lounge featuring neutral upholstered seating, gold accents, and lush floral.

Boho inspired social lounge featuring blue upholstered seating, rattan tables, and perfectly paired textiles.
Neutral upholstered seating with gold accent tables, lush floral, perfectly paired textiles, and styling services.

Modern chromatic social lounge featuring upholstered seating, gold accent tables, and perfectly paired textiles.

 

Custom social lounges designed and styled by RW Events, featuring upholstered seating, textiles, and specialty pieces.

Interested in adding social lounge furniture to your event? Drop us a line; we’d love to help! You can also check out our pre-designed lounge collections here

Xoxo,

Blush Wedding Design Inspiration | Rentals, Attire, + Details

Blush Wedding Inspiration at Cypress Grove Estate House. Bold floral gives a stunning pop of color again a white backdrop.

Blush wedding palettes are a tried and true trend that does not seem to be going anywhere. However, we do see this color design evolving with new style and ideas being introduced, allowing for blush décor to feel fresh! 

Some new takes on the blush wedding we love are; 

  • Modern décor and accents 
  • Shades of pink 
  • The mix of blush and black 
  • Blush and jewel tones 

The classic color also lends itself well to a variety of wedding vibes. Below are four popular décor styles. 

Blush decor, including a vintage dresser and upholstered chairs are subtle but give the perfect pop of color for a spring wedding.

Lounge furniture, tabletop décor, event seating, and linen are all very easy ways to incorporate blush into your design vision. 

Gold decor chairs with a blush pad, specialty chargers, and velvet linen all add a sense of romance and elegance.

Beyond décor, you can also incorporate blush into other areas of your event. For example:

  • Signature Drinks 
  • Custom stationery 
  • Pink dessert and cake display 
  • Bridal and groom attire (if you are feeling fashion-forward!) 
  • Get away car! Who wouldn’t love to exit in their perfect pink chariot! 
Who doesn't love a blush wedding gown!? It's subtle but oh, so feminine. Not a fan of colored gowns? Try pairing the traditional white or ivory gown with blush shoes, or have your groom wear a fashion-forward blush or mauve suit.
Blush cocktails, a wedding cake, and dessert shooters are a fun and unexpected way to incorporate color into your wedding day design.

Make sure to drop us a line if you need help planning your perfectly pink day! 

Xoxo,
Lacie

Bohemian Wedding Musts

Bohemian style weddings are the newest bridal trend, and they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. A bohemian styled event is a perfect theme for the fashion-forward and trendy couple.

A boho wedding is going to incorporate a whimsical style with elements of rustic vibes and bold details. If you are wanting to go modern, some edgy detailing is great too! There’s also a distinction between West Coast Bohemian with a desert-inspired appeal and East Coast which can be more tropical inspired and modern.

Macrame, rattan, velvet, and greenery are just some of the bohemian trends. Farm tables with unique seating options and non-traditional tablescapes are essential for receptions. A lounge with bohemian style furniture and elements can create a laid back and stylish atmosphere. Calligraphy and well-placed signage can also bring in an artistic touch. If you are marrying outdoors, a unique tent such as a Sperry tent or TeePee tent can create a dramatic atmosphere, perfectly complemented with alternative décor and floral details.

Whatever your boho-style leans toward, there are some must-haves across the board, and we have all the items you could need for your Bohemian big day at our warehouse!

Xoxo,
Lacie

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

5 Trends from Bridal Fashion Week

Bridal Fashion Week may have wrapped up earlier this month, but we’re still drooling over the gorgeous gowns that made their way down the runway. Check out our fashion forward coordinator’s {Miss Shadow} five favorite trends from this years shows!

Capes – No veil necessary here. Capes were all the rage on the runway for Spring. Whether you opt for a long bridal cape or a short caplet, you will add a modern element that is sure to make a statement. Best part, just like a veil you can remove it to reveal hidden details of your gown.{Left to right: Romona Kevenza, Naeem Khan and Monique Lhuillier}

V-Necklines – Although a deep v-neckline can seem a bit risqué, it actually can flatter the upper body and elongate a petite or short torso. Designers have mixed them up with everything from delicate lace to illusion-covered cuts to embellished fabrics to offer a soft feminine style. Pro tip: Keep that Hollywood Fashion tape handy. {Left to right: Anne Barge, Rivini and Lela Rose}

Floral – Floral has never been so prominent as they were in almost every collection for next Spring. Designers incorporated florals in several ways from floral lace to 3-D to embellished appliqués and we could be more excited to see not only floral but color as well. {Left to right: Marchesa, Jenny Packham and Ines Di Santo}

Sheer Illusion – Think sultry and sweet and this season, designers played with sheer elements ranging from embellished, modesty cutout panels to full-on see-through embroidered tops and dresses. If you want something more daring than sheer is a fabulous choice as it is revealing but still elegant. {Left to right: Ines Di Santo, J Mendel and Berta}

Off the Shoulder – Move over Strapless, shoulder details are back! Modest-meets-sexy. Designers did some incredible updates to the classic trend, including embroidered illusion necklines, floral detailing, and sleeves with peekaboo slits. {Left to right: Reem Acra, Francesca Miranda and Christos}

xoxo,
Shadow

Wedding Chicks SALE!

The Wedding Chicks are offering free shipping this weekend only {yippee}!!! Head over to their shop to see all the outfits, totes, bridal party gifts, and other adorable bridal items!

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We’re loving this adorable cosmetic pouch – perfect to include in your bridesmaid gifts or emergency kit.

Desserts | Donut Den

This won top spot for my favorite desserts because um, hello? It’s a donut cake. Ever since I was little, I never was too much of a cake fan. Throughout the years, my birthday candles were stuck into donuts, ice cream, and even a Wendy’s burger once. Because of this, I love seeing other people get creative and think outside of the box for their wedding cake! Also, donuts are just delicious. -Katie

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Photos: Cat Lemus Photography & Cinema

2015 Recap

Well, 2015 is almost at an end and to celebrate a year of amazing weddings we’re sharing our favorite trends and events from the last 12 months – so stay tuned over the next several weeks to see our top picks for bridal fashion, desserts, floral, and more! For those of you who are just as excited as we are to relive these wedding moments, here’s a little sneak peek of what’s to come =)

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P is for Pie Bakery

Do you know how hard it was to oversee set-up and NOT eat all of these delicious goodies from P is for Pie. Our gorgeous bride, Courtney, steered clear of the traditional wedding cake and opted for these yummy desserts for their wedding guests.

Are you crazy for pies as well? If so, mosey on over to website and check out the yumminess on the menu. One of our favorites: cheesecake cutie pies and oatmeal whoopie pies!! Their Central Florida bakery is located at 2806 Corrine Drive, Orlando, Florida 32803.

Call Tara today to set up your tasting! Photo credit: Wings of Glory Photography

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Custom Cutting Boards || AHeirloom

How adorable are these cutting boards?! While searching for wedding gift ideas I encountered this site named AHeirloom.

I am smitten with the idea that this is something that can be passed down to your children and kept as an heirloom hence the company name.  So whether you are looking for a one of kind wedding gift or just something special for your new home together definitely check these guys out. AHeirloom AHeirloom AHeirloom

Bow Ties and Suspenders

We love finding great resources to share with you. One of our recent clients had a difficult time finding the perfect bow tie and we stumbled upon High Cotton Ties.

They have an amazing service that allows you to select ties to try on at home for free. It’s a great option when trying to match the perfect palette. You’d simply choose 5 ties to try on, and they’ll ship them – Read more about this awesome service here:

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Dapper Groomsmen

A few weeks ago I blogged about some {amazingly} trendy bridesmaid dresses {check out that post here}, so today I’m sharing some of my fav picks for the guys!

  • Mismatched Attire – This trend has been going strong in the world of bridesmaid dresses, and I’m excited that it’s finally popping up in groomsmen attire! It’s a great way to let your guys show their personality, plus they can choose an outfit they’ll wear over and over again =)

Mismatched Groomemen Attire

Photo: Kamp Photography

  • Engligh Inspired – this trend is all about patterns {think tweed, paisley, plaid, etc.} The English inspired look is all about old world elegance and and focuses on patterns {think tweed, paisley, and plaid}.

English Inspired Groomsmen Attire

Photo: Natalie J Weddings

  • Colored Suits – these are certainly not for every guy, but if you want something totally different consider a colored suit!

Colored Groomsmen Attire

Photo: M&J Photography

Engagement Ring Trends

What are your thoughts on the engagement rings trends this year? I’m totally swooning over the “East to West” ring!

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  • Monique Lhuillier Floral Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

  • East to West
  • Marquise Halo Ring

  • Double Halo
  • Tiffany Soleste Engagement Ring

  • Twisted Band
  • Clarity Engagement Ring

Artisan Cheese Displays

Brides + grooms are upping the ante this year with cheese displays. They’re usually the same old run-of-the-mill displays, but I’m loving the idea of featuring artisan cheese + a someone who specializes in cheese profiles. Guests can learn all sorts of interesting tidbits, and it makes for a great conversation starter!

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Photo: Jenny DeMarco

Loose Leaf Tea Bar

This loose leaf tea bar is such a unique element to add to a wedding! Guests can create their very own tea flavor + this can even double as a favor!

Tea Bar

Photo: Via Pinterest

Crop Top Gowns

If you are all about being a trend setter, then crop top wedding gowns are certainly for you. This style is popping up all over the red carpet, and it’s slowly {but surely} making it’s way into the wedding world!

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Via: Etsy

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Via: Hayley Paige

Midnight Treats

One of my favorite parts of late night weddings is the treats! I’ve seen mini doughnuts, mac & cheese stations, but I’ve got to say that mini burgers/hot dogs + milkshakes are at the top of my list!

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Pops of Color

This year we’re all about using pops of color throughout wedding decor! The ideas is to choose a neutral color palette {think white, ivory, and gold} and then incorporate one {fabulous} bold color into things like centerpieces, cakes, and even stationery!

Bold Colors

Simple + Elegant

How perfect is this centerpiece!? I love how delicate the vases are, plus how the couple incorporated a variety of florals + textures.

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Trendy Thursday {Cayenne}

I am completely obsessed with Pantone’s 2014 color, Cayenne! It’s bold enough for a summer wedding, but would also be gorgeous at a spring soiree. I’m dying to use it at a wedding, but for now I’ll have to settle for drooling over it in this inspiration board =)

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Trendy Thursday {2014 At a Glance}

A new year always brings new trends in the wedding world and we’re so excited to see what pops up! Some trends we’re excited to see more of {they started late in 2013} are geometric patterns, marbleized details, and old world opulence {this is totally my favorite – I adore all the gorgeous sparkly details}.

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Trendy Thursday {Food Displays}

These roasted veggies looks extra delicious when they’re displayed on such a unique serving plate! If you’ve already booked your caterer, make sure you talk to them about creating unique and interactive food displays like this one {believe me, your guests will rave about it}!

Passed Hors d'oeuvres

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Trendy Thursday { Bridal Cardigans }

With the weather cooling off, a cardigan is the perfect accessory for your bridal gown! They’re simple, pretty, and can add a fun pop of color =) If cardigans aren’t your thing, consider a shawl or fun vintage coat!

Bridal Cardigans

Trendy Thursday {Bouquet Alternatives}

It’s not often that you see a bride not carrying a lovely floral bouquet down the aisle. But I have to admit, that it’s a bit refreshing when you see a bride do something a bit outside the box when it comes to this bridal tradition. Here are some of my favorite alternative bouquet ideas:

  • Brooch bouquet – okay, so this is still a bouquet, but it’s a fun way to incorporate heirloom brooches from grandmothers, aunts, moms, etc.
  • Religious items – this one is my favorite =) Carrying a family bible or rosary can add lots of symbolism to your ceremony. There’s also an old Irish tradition that has the bride carrying a horseshoe for good luck {if that sounds a bit awkward, consider using a horseshoe shaped charm}.
  • Muffs – these are perfect for chilly winter days to keep your hands warm!

Trendy Thursday { Opal }

Opal is an absolutely gorgeous gemstone that’s full of vibrant colors! Not only is it gorgeous in jewelry, but if you’re an adventurous couple it can also be incorporated into decor! In it’s natural state, opal adds a unique and abstract element to tablescapes and is sure to be the talk of your guests =)

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Trendy Thursday { Salt Plates }

Salt plates are something you don’t see much of at weddings. I’m not quite sure why, because they add such a unique element to the food! Salt plates can be heated up or chilled to sear seafood + meat, or to serve fruits + veggies, all with just a hint of salt.

Salt Plate

Trendy Thursday { Dapper Grooms }

Grooms + groomsmen are really incorporating some dashing looks into their wedding attire! We’ve seen all sorts of vibrant patterns and textures making their way into men’s fashion, and we certainly are not opposed! After all, the groom’s got to look just as good as his beautiful bride =)

Dapper Groom's Attire

Trendy Thursday { Apple Cider }

It’s finally starting to cool off here in Central Florida, which can only mean one thing – fall is right around the corner! I’m so excited to see some warmer color palettes {think deep reds, burnt orange, rich purples, and lots of gold} and yummy treats! One I recently came across is apple cider served in a crisp, red apple. Love!

Fall Wedding Inspiration - Warm Apple Cider

Photos: Best Photography

Trendy Thursday { Naked Cakes }

I for one need lots of frosting to truly enjoy a cake, but I have to admit that these “naked cakes” still look pretty delicious! Our team has been seeing these sweet treats pop up all over the place in the wedding world, and we’re totally loving this new deconstructed look.