How to Plan a Beautiful Sunset Florida Wedding Reception

It's time for another stunning styled wedding shoot to share with you. The vision for this particular one was authentic vintage decor combined with the enchantment of “Old Florida” nature . . . at sunset too. Such a beautiful time of day to plan for an outdoor wedding reception. And, then you can dance the night away under the stars :) Gorgeous photography by Cristina Danielle Photography and design by 1018 Weddings and Events.


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14 Ways Real Brides Plan to Sparkle on their Wedding Day

Today is a fun day as I'm sharing with you 14 ways Real Brides will be adding sparkle to their special day. My recent giveaway had brides sharing how they plan to add a little sparkle to their wedding so I thought I'd share them with you. Are you ready to see all the great sparkling ideas? {ps: this post contains affiliate links to wedding shops I'm proud to partner with}

The Ultimate List of How Real Brides are Adding Sparkle to their Wedding Day

1. Brooch Bouquet {via Rachel}
2. Sequin Table Runner {via Ashley}
3. Silver + White Glittered Decorations {via Vanessa}
4. Bio-degradable Glitter Toss at Church Exit {via Jaclyn}
5. Fairy Lights + Pearls for a Gatsby Wedding {via Gemma}
6. Gold Sequined Tablecloth - for the cake {via Heather}
7. Gold Sequin Backdrop - for photo booth {via Heather}
8. Gold Charger Plates {via Heather}
9. Rose Gold Wedding Accents {via Michelle}
10. Sequined Wedding Dress {via Jenn}
11. Gold Foil Wedding Invitations {via Barbara}
12. Sparkling Silver Wedding Shoes {via Shannon}
13. Glittered Table Numbers {via Shannon}
14. Sparkling Wedding Jewelry {via Brittany}

How to Sparkle from Head to Toe on Your Wedding Day

It’s your wedding day - the time to shine and sparkle from head to toe. Today, I have an inspiration board to give you ideas for creating a sparkling look from your head {well, your teeth actually - details on that in just a sec} to your wedding shoes. Joining me to make sure you have the whitest smile ever for your wedding, is Luster Premium White. They are the makers of 2 Minute White - a simple-to-use, two-step whitening treatment that brightens teeth by six shades in as little as three days while maintaining 100% enamel safety and zero tooth sensitivity. The exciting news is that one lucky reader of Brenda's Wedding Blog has the chance to win Luster Premium White’s 2 Minute White.

Are you ready to sparkle on your wedding day? Be sure to get your entries in below and you could be the lucky winner that is selected in two weeks.

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Glittery Gold and Blue Wedding Inspiration Board for a Big Day that Sparkles

How to Create a Loft Wedding where Urban Meets Vintage {styled shoot in Chicago}

Today's styled wedding {which actually features a real couple that had been married for years but never had a formal wedding} has such a great inspiration behind it. Not only is the Chicago skyline a great backdrop to marry in front of - but marrying at City View Loft with panoramic windows and exposed brick walls is a beautiful setting. The following is a beautiful explanation behind the creation of this styled shoot from the design team - Vow & Knot Events, and Maria Nicole Photography . . .

"When designing this inspiration shoot we focused on bringing an old world charm to this urban oasis. Similar to bringing together a bride and a groom with their own styles, we wanted to bring together the feel of a urban venue with the details of a vintage affair. The beautiful juxtaposition of glass and steel to cobalt sky alludes to the rich history of Chicago, and we decided the perfect venue to show off both was the beautiful City View Lofts."

7 Design Ideas for Creating a Loft Wedding where Urban Meets Vintage Include:

1. Piling flowered vintage china onto gorgeous jade chargers
2. Layering hand printed tea towel menus at each place setting
3. Radiant florals that cascade out of the vase and onto the table
4. Top each place setting with a paper cone filled with mini blooms denoting seating arrangements
5. Rent a reclaimed wooden table to be reminiscent of Sunday family dinners at home
6. A hand-painted wedding cake
7. Display desserts on tiers above the dessert bar

The bride wore a one-of-a-kind Edith Elan custom wedding gown. With the gown being made right in Chicago it brought the entire styled shoot to a more intimate level. The bride was able to dance a first dance with her husband in a gown made by a woman who actually lives just blocks away from their apartment.

Making weddings is so very personal to us here at Vow & Knot Events, and Maria Nicole Photography. Whether it's the smallest of details, or the grandest of displays, we feel that your wedding should be a representation of who you are as a couple. In a city filled with possibilities, we're so glad to call this our sweet home Chicago.

Wedding Vendor Team
Photographer: Maria Nicole Photography — Ceremony + Reception Location: City View Loft — Dress Designer: Edith Elan — Invitation Designer: Lucky Invitations — Equipment Rentals: Rent Vintage Chicago — Event Planner: Vow and Knot EventsSubmitted via Two Bright Lights

Boho Chic Inspired Wedding {styled shoot} in Ancient Greece

I have a spectacular inspirational styled shoot to share with you today - coming all the way from Athens, Greece with photos by Anna Roussos Photography. It took place at the unique wedding venue, Nasioutzik Museum. It was filled to the brim with such amazing design and detail. The fantastic florals featured delicate blush pink roses, white hyacinths and red eucalyptus leaves. As Eleni of Love4Wed {the coordinator} writes . . . "From the beyond beautiful dessert table, the burgundy detailed wedding stationery, to the ancient Greece inspired wedding dress with French Chantilly lace, this wedding inspirational shoot can definitely make any wedding-loving heart sing!"

Wedding Vendors:
Coordination Eleni from Love4Wed
Photographer Anna Roussos Photography
Wedding dress Twisted Classics by Katia Delatola
Wedding planner The Event Company
Wedding Venue Nasioutzik Museum
Stationery & Wedding favors Atelier Invitations
Backstage Photography Penelope Photos
Desserts Maria's Cakes & Cookies
Floral Design Studio 7
Makeup & Hair Roula Stamatopoulou
Dinnerware & Linen Rentals White Lilac
Furniture Rentals Zazoo Event Rentals