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Inspired Design: Behind the Scenes with Luxury Lounge & Lighting

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Luxury Lounge & Lighting wowed the brides at the entrance of the January 31st Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta. We talked with Monica Burrell-Jackson for the details and inspiration behind the design.

Tell us about the inspiration behind this design.
 

The inspiration for our booth was to create a modern lounge look that can be used for any type of event–social, wedding or corporate. We constructed a unique cabana that was swaged on each side with alternating black sequin and white sheer that allowed for easy access. The lounge section included white high back sections as a unique conversational piece. Those pieces were combined with our LED highboys, coffee tables and end tables. We featured our starlit dance floor which is always a great center attraction for any event. Lastly, we incorporated our LED screens in each corner which are great marketing or visual aid tools to display video or picture images of present or past events.

What color schemes, textures and themes are included?

We wanted a clean and chic look so we went with the classic black and white color pallet. We incorporated different textures with our drapery, where we combined a black sequin with a white sheer drapery to provide an edgy look to coincide with the modern lounge feel of our cabana booth.

What’s your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?

The wedding industry has certainly complimented our business in a positive way. The industry as a whole has taken on a more modern and trendy approach. It allows for more creativity through design. The industry has tapped into the latest fashions highlighting new pantone colors, textures, custom designs and prints.

Couples are starting to brand their wedding in different ways which is great for our business because our LED furniture and staging are excellent furnishing pieces for that type of creativity. Couples are also more open minded to other entertainment aspects such as lighting. We have endless possibilities for up lighting, pin spotting or pattern lighting which we can create theatrical scenes, mobile pattern textures, gobos with custom text or monograms and custom up lighting.

Luxury Lounge & Lighting offers complete event production specializing in lounge & LED furniture, uplighting, specialty dance floors, pipe and drape, chivari chairs and audio visual for your wedding! 

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2016 Wedding Decor Trends Forecast

Wondering what’s trending for 2016 weddings? Wonder no more; we compiled a list of the top decor themes to hit a wedding near you! Special thanks to Chair Covers & Linens for sharing their Spring 2016 Lookbook and keeping us on top of the latest in linen design and decor. Read on for inspiration!

Springtime garden

Think greenery, florals and all things outdoors. This look is perfect if you’re a boho bride looking to tap into natural elements.

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Jewel tones

Pastels not bold enough for you? Opt for the vibrant hues of jewels in your color scheme–sapphire, ruby or amethyst to name a few.

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Mixed prints and textures

Just like you mix and match your outfit, try combining different patterns and textures in your decor. Burlap, lace or feathers all make for great layering pieces.

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Sparkly metallics

This trend is just for all you glam brides! If you can’t get enough sparkle, then sequined table covers, chairs and pillows are calling your name. Don’t forget a shimmery centerpiece or hanging chandelier! 

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Pantone colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity

You’ve probably heard about Pantone’s colors of the year, but here’s your refresher on how to mix the two for a whimsical and romantic look!

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Chair Covers & Linens is a national linen rental company. They assist the special events, hospitality, catering and social markets in the selection process of specialty linens for events. Contact them today for a consultation in their Atlanta linen showroom.

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Real Wedding: Saranne & Paul

Congratulations Saranne and Paul! They were married on October 24, 2015 at Victoria Belle Mansion in Hogansville, Georgia.

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“Sarannne & Paul’s expression of their love and commitment to each other was orchestrated in every detail throughout their wedding day. As a planner, I was truly inspired by their unique style and individuality,” Vickie Brown said.

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Vendors

Venue and wedding planner: Vickie L. Brown Certified Wedding Consultant and Owner of Victoria Belle Mansion & Vintage White Barn 

Photographer: Made You Look Photography

Florist: Sweet Pea’s Floral Designs of Distinction

Band: Hank Lane Band

Cake: Cakes by Debbie

Catering: Phenomenal Food

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Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Week Trend Report

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Designers recently showcased their Spring 2017 collections at Bridal Fashion Week, so we put together some of the top trends and our favorite corresponding looks. See what’s in style for all you 2017 brides! And don’t forget to purchase tickets for the August Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta so you can see gowns up close and personal on the runway at our fashion shows! 

Beachy

These silhouettes are flowy and lightweight. Simplistic and elegant designs match the mood for a sunset beach wedding.

Enchanted garden

These gowns are whimsical and romantic, with lace applique or floral embellishments. Think secret garden meets princess.

Nouveau classic

Classic silhouettes are updated with a modern twist, such as peplum or cutouts. 

Do you have a favorite look from Bridal Fashion Week? Share with us in the comments below! 

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Personalizing Your Wedding: Invites, Signs & Hashtags

Once you knock out the big wedding planning decisions, it’s time to think about those personal details that really make your wedding uniquely yours. Handcrafted invitations, chalkboard signs with personal messages and fun hashtags are all ways to infuse you and your fiance’s personality into the special day. Get inspired with some of these ideas! 

Planning a destination wedding? Inform your guests to find their passports with a fun travel themed postcard invite! 

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Dreamweaver Calligraphy and Events

Have you heard about lasercut invitations? These luxurious and detailed designs are custom made! 

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Ensure your guests know your wedding is a royal affair with scroll invitations! Everyone will enjoy getting to personally unveil the details. 

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Chalkboard signs with calligraphy style writing are elegant, while still fitting in perfectly with popular rustic themed weddings. Customize your sign to share a message with your guests, such as menu items or instructions for seating! 

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If your wedding theme is less rustic and more chic, feature wedding details on a life size framed mirror. Hand written calligraphy is sure to impress!

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Last but certainly not least, comes the wedding hashtag! Thanks to social media, this trend has taken the wedding world by storm. Spend time crafting the perfect hashtag for your couple name, and display it proudly throughout your reception to encourage guests to share photos with the hashtag! That way, photos can easily be found on Instagram. 

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Dreamweaver Calligraphy and Events

Dreamweaver Calligraphy & Events offers handwritten calligraphy, décor, specialty rentals and more! 

Ink and Elegance specializes in making keepsake invitations that guests will want to keep for years to come. Inspired by a silk box invitation, the owner loves to create invites that are beyond paper and stationery. 

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April Bride of the Month | Lydia

Meet Lydia, our April Bride of the Month! She and her fiance, Garron, are getting married in March 2017 in Enterprise, Alabama! 

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How did he propose? Garron is from Flint, Michigan and I am from a small town in Alabama. He and I met through one of my girlfriends in March of 2012 in New York City.  I was interning with a television news station at the time, and he was in town visiting friends who were vacationing in NY. We met on the sidewalk outside of my apartment. 

On my birthday in 2015, his gift to me was tickets to the NY Yankees baseball game on the Fourth of July. This was our first trip to NY since we first met in 2012. I wanted to visit my old apartment because I had not been to it in three years. We took a picture in front of it, and after the picture he dropped down on one knee and proposed. Both of our families were hiding out across the street, and they captured the moment. I had no idea they all flew to New York for the engagement. 

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What has been the most difficult and the most fun part of the wedding planning process? The most difficult part of wedding planning has been a combination of planning, school and distance. Our wedding will be in my hometown in Alabama. Garron works in athletics at a university in Michigan, and I am finishing law school in Kansas City. Luckily, my decorator, director and mother are a huge help with the process, but our schedules sometimes make things more difficult. 

The most fun part of the planning was dress shopping. I said yes to the dress at Winnie Couture in Atlanta the weekend of Bridal Extravaganza. It was the first dress that I tried on, and it was absolutely perfect. Sharing the moment with my mother was simply priceless.

Congratulations Lydia and Garron! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos!

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Inspired Design: Behind the Scenes with Pretty Paper Blossoms

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Introducing Inspired Design, where we take you behind the scene to discover inspiration for everything wedding. Whether it’s a glam look or a simpler affair, we want to share all of the details from concept to completion with you, our brides.

And so we introduce you to Bolanle Pace, owner and designer of Pretty Paper Blossoms and her design inspiration for the most recent and gorgeous stage decor for Bridal Extravaganza. Hint:  Beautiful ceremony backdrop!

Tell us about the inspiration behind this design. The inspiration behind this design was a vintage beaded wedding dress.

What color schemes, textures and themes are included? My color scheme was white, gold and ivory. I used handmade decorative paper and pearlesent cardstock to create my flowers. Chinese quilling techniques, rhinestones, and pearls were the decorative elements that I used to ensure that each flower was as fabulous as possible.

What other vendors did you work with to complete the look? Collection Event Rentals provided the backdrop support system that was needed to achieve this look.

What is your favorite part about working in the wedding industry? What I love most about the wedding industry is the attention that is paid to detail and how vendors, who sometimes never even meet, can come together and create a magical day for the happy couple.

Pretty Paper Blossoms designs, creates and sells beautiful handmade paper flower sculptures for special events, interiors and accessories.

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Real Wedding: Megan & Marcos

Congratulations Megan and Marcos! They were married on April 4, 2015 at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia. 

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Even though the couple resides in Abu Dhabi, they were able to successfully plan the wedding from overseas with the help of Janice Blackmon Events. Chateau Elan was the perfect setting, with the ceremony taking place in the Atrium and the reception in the Debussy Ballroom. The color palette was Tiffany Blue, black and silver with plenty of glitz and glamour! Megan purchased many of her own items, which were perfectly incorporated into the wedding decor such as the hanging chandelier! 

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“This wedding had so many beautiful touches, but one of my favorite decor items was the hanging floral/chandelier feature above the Sweetheart Table. The couple was speechless when I took them to see the Ballroom before the guests entered!” -Janice Blackmon

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Vendors

Planner: Janice Blackmon, Janice Blackmon Events

Hair and makeup: The Moore Agency

Decor and floral: Chelsea Floral Designs

Music: Catherine Rogers

Cakes: Honeymoon Bakery

Entertainment: Marquee Events

Photo booth: ShutterBooth

Photographer: Katherine Birkbeck

Dress: David’s Bridal

Tuxedos: Indochino 

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Insta That! #beabride

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Here at Bridal Extravaganza, we’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest buzz in the wedding world to share with our followers on our blog and social media! In particular, we love to feature “Real Weddings” and a Bride of the Month each month. That’s why we’re reaching out to our audience and making sure you know how to submit your photos! 

Whether you’re a bride or vendor, the best way for us to find your photos is on Instagram with #beabride. Using the correct hashtag archives your photos so we can easily search and seek out photos to share. You can also send your submissions to kristin@engageabride.com. Make sure to include names, wedding date, venue and a list of vendors. 

Other great tips to keep in mind: 

  • Sharing all vendors helps us better promote the wedding and its creative minds to the fullest.
  • Image quality! We’re looking for the prettiest and sharpest photos.
  • Originality. What makes your wedding stand out from the crowd?

Show us what you got, Atlanta! 

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Spring/Summer 2016 Floral Trends

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Spring is in the air! Now that the weather’s warmer and things are starting to blossom, we’re thinking about the coming seasons and their corresponding floral trends. Nichole Parker from Carithers Flowers gave us all the details on what to expect for the season’s most popular arrangements!

Classic design and colors create that timeless look that brides always crave. Blush, ivory and white are always go-to color combinations. This season we’re also seeing a lot of off white receptions with a pop of metallic, particularly gold. 

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As for bouquets, we’re seeing a small move from the traditional pave style bouquet to a more loose, garden feel. The pave is still the most popular style, but many brides are opting for the loose greenery because of its bohemian and outdoorsy look. 

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Popular flower varieties include: hydrangea, peonie, ranunculus, garden roses, standard roses, spray roses, freesia, lisianthus and stock. 

Carithers offers you 37 years of professional wedding & bridal experience, unusual farm direct fresh flowers imported from six different continents, award winning designers, and a personal one on one relationship with an experienced bridal consultant to assist you every step of the way. Click here for more details!