15 Gold Inspired Wedding Ideas

I love the look of gold leafing. Like calligraphy, learning how to gold leaf is one my list of things I’d like to do. While I haven’t tackled gold leafing myself (yet), the look of gold leaf used in wedding and home decor is an inspiration to me. Today we’re sharing a handful of gold inspired wedding ideas (some using gold leafing) to inspire your upcoming wedding. We’ve rounded up a gold leaf wedding cake, ‘love’ signage, gold-inspired wedding invitations and place cards, a mason jar centerpiece, a table number, and a few DIY ideas you’ll want to try this weekend. Let’s begin, shall we?

Gold Inspired Wedding Ideas

Up first, we spotted this leaf print save the date. If you’re planning a gold inspired wedding, sending a save the date that coordinates is a wonderful way to kick off your theme. By Golden Silhouette.

Gold inspired wedding save the dates by Golden Silhouette.  If you're planning a gold inspired wedding, send these save the date cards to kick off your day with a thematic touch.

One of our favorite gold wedding inspired finds is this Grecian-style gold leaf hair chain, spotted at Which Goose.

This gold leaf hair chain is the perfect non-veil alternative for the bride.  I love it as a chic accessory for a gold inspired wedding.

From top to bottom: We spotted a ‘love’ gold leaf sign from Host and Toast, a set of gold inspired wedding invitations (and placecards, underneath) from Golden Silhouette, a DIY gold leaf heart art tutorial from Sarah Hearts, a gold leaf hair comb by Le Chaim, and a gorgeous gold leaf wedding cake spotted at 100 Layer Cake, with photo from Jessica Burke and cake by the lovelies over at Pretty Please Bakeshop.

Gold Inspired Wedding Roundup:  Check out the gold leaf sign, invitations, gold leaf heart print, gold leaf wedding cake, and more.  Via EmmalineBride.com.

Turn an ordinary mason jar into a centerpiece-worthy vase! Just add this (and, if you like, sprinkle a bit of this along the bottom for added glam).

One of my favorite gold inspired wedding ideas is a gold painted mason jar. It makes an instant-glam centerpiece.  I especially love how the anemones pop against the gold paint.

photo: riverland studios

This gold table number pops on a black and white striped table runner. You can make your own table number like this with a paper mache numeral (you can find them at any craft store) and apply a coat of gold paint.

I love the way this gold number pops against the black and white table runner.  You can make your own gold table number with a paper mache numeral or wooden number and gold paint.

photo: liz beck via style me pretty

This isn’t made with gold leafing, but it ties in beautifully to your gold inspired wedding decor. Photo by Diana M. Lott Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs.

gold leaf cake topper

One of my favorite finds is this DIY gold leaf poster, which reads, ‘Love, Sweet Love’. You can frame it and display on a table at your reception as decor; afterward, display in your home. Spotted at Beloved Indeed.

Make this DIY gold leaf poster that reads Love, Sweet Love.  It's ideal for placing at your wedding reception as decor.

You can turn Terracotta pots into chic centerpieces with an easy gold leaf technique. Check out The Glitter Guide for how to make gold leaf pots. They’d look great as centerpieces for your spring or summer outdoor wedding.

Make these DIY gold leaf pots for wedding centerpieces.  Fill with a bouquet of flowers or greenery for spring or summer weddings.

Um, I can’t resist sharing these gold shoes. I mean, can you blame me? By Badgley Mischka.

These Badgley Mischka gold heels are one of my favorite finds.  Peep toes? Check. Gold? Check.  A high heel? Check.  It's perfect for a gold inspired wedding. #heels #shoes #gold #bride #wedding

And, you need a matching clutch. How about gold polka dots? This sweet little bag was spotted at PaperFlora and it’s totally handmade.

Gold inspired wedding clutch purse with polka dots.  This clutch by Paper Flora is one you'll love to carry on your wedding day - and beyond!  Great gift idea for bridesmaids, too. #handmade #wedding #gold

Gold Inspired Wedding Ideas

What do you think of these gold inspired ideas? What’s your favorite find above?


-E.

There’s another post coming up next. Oh, and features an amazing gold inspired wedding find… stay tuned!

6 Jaw Dropping Naked Wedding Cakes

Ah, the naked wedding cake: a simple, au naturale look that never goes out of style! Have you heard / seen / fallen in love with naked wedding cakes yet? You may after seeing this post! We’re uncovering six of our favorite naked wedding cakes to inspire you… and, we want to know: would YOU go naked?

Naked Wedding Cakes

First things first: what is a “naked wedding cake”? A naked wedding cake is a sponge-like cake that has icing on the top and inside its layers, without any icing on the sides. This style of cake allows emphasis to be placed on the exterior of the cake, revealing its layers. While it appears super easy-to-tackle, it’s actually more difficult than a traditional wedding cake. Since the layers are exposed, the cake itself must be free of imperfections. Also, since icing adds to the moistness of the cake, it must be extra-moist to begin with so it won’t dry out. When working with naked wedding cakes, you can use icing or cream cheese as layers — or get creative with delicious fillings. Naked wedding cakes are especially popular in the summer when seasonal fruits are ripe for the picking (like strawberries and blueberries). In this example, fresh fruit adds texture to the cake (and requires no additional cake topper).

Naked Wedding Cakes | This cake has strawberries and blueberries, which add color and texture to this natural cake.  This type of cake is ideal in the summer when fresh fruit is in season.

photo: bayly & moore via style me pretty

In this next example, a lovely tower of cake is placed on a white pedestal and adorned with a wood ‘love’ cake topper; fresh flowers add color and texture.

Naked wedding cakes look great as-is, or add a unique topper to add a personalized touch.  This wood cake topper by Better Off Wed Rustics is one of our favorite looks.

via better off wed rustics

Of all the naked wedding cakes, this one is my favorite — and it’s the simplest. A single floral bloom adorns this naked cake, which features two small tiers.

Naked Wedding Cakes - This naked two-tiered wedding cake features a simple floral bloom.

photo: loft photographie via style me pretty

A small dusting of powdered sugar makes this cake unique, while small floral buds and blooms are staggered across the sides.

Naked wedding cakes - Add a dusting of powdered sugar and adorn the cake with floral blooms.

photo: rachel whyte via style me pretty

Mmm, chocolate! This is a simple chocolate wedding cake with white icing and natural naked layers. See? No topper needed.

Naked wedding cakes - We  love the contrast of a chocolate wedding cake and white icing.

photo: jon duenas via style me pretty

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this naked bundt cake. While it’s a totally different style than the above naked wedding cakes, it is still a ‘naked’ and natural cake alternative. Place on a clear cake stand and top with a simple banner for a whimsical look.

Naked Wedding Cakes | For a whimsical wedding, try bundt cakes instead of regular cake.

topper by readygo

Now it’s YOUR turn: would you go naked? Do you like naked wedding cakes? Why or why not? Tell us with a comment below!

Mississippi Mansion Wedding: Chelsey + Danny

Chelsey and Danny’s Mississippi mansion wedding was beautiful! Their Mississippi wedding this past summer was captured by photographer Kate from Kate Anthony Photography. Kate tells us, Chelsey & Danny were married in Holly Springs, Mississippi at the beautiful Montrose Arboretum. The Greek antebellum mansion was full of history as it was built in 1858 as a wedding present to the builder’s daughter. The mansion sits on a beautiful plot of land that was absolutely breathtaking and features 50 different species of trees. The inside of the mansion was a photographer’s dream come true: tons of beautiful natural lighting, vintage pieces galore, a spiral staircase, and tons of space. I tried to evoke the feeling of timeless romance in these photographs…”

Kate Anthony Photography - Mississippi mansion wedding

Mississippi Mansion Wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Mississippi mansion wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Mississippi mansion wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Mississippi mansion wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Mississippi mansion wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Mississippi mansion wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Mississippi mansion wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Mississippi mansion wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Mississippi mansion wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Montrose Arboretum Wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Montrose Arboretum Wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Montrose Arboretum Wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Montrose Arboretum Wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Montrose Arboretum Wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Montrose Arboretum Wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Montrose Arboretum Wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Montrose Arboretum Wedding

“The couple both got ready inside the home, and said their I Dos in the backyard, then held their reception and cocktail hour on the side lawn. The whole day was really relaxed and you could just feel the love everyone in attendance had for this couple, who now reside in Park City, Utah.”

Kate Anthony Photography - Montrose Arboretum Wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Montrose Arboretum Wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Mississippi mansion wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Mississippi mansion wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Mississippi mansion wedding

Kate Anthony Photography - Mississippi mansion wedding

Other vendors:
Florist and Wedding planner: Lisa Needham of Connie’s Southern Blooms
Lead photographer: Brian Flint
Hair and Makeup: Whitney Brewer of Bloom Salon & Spa

How did you like Chelsey and Danny’s wedding? Be sure to check out Kate Anthony Photography for your wedding photography. You can also see their wedding photography business listing in the Emmaline Bride local wedding vendor guide.

All images courtesy of Kate Anthony Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Matchbox Wedding Favors

Brides: are you and your fiance the perfect match? Do you need wedding favors that guests will actually use? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve teamed up with Hope & Fancy to offer matchbox wedding favors to one lucky reader. One of our readers will take home fifty custom matchbox wedding favors with his or her names and wedding date on the front. Plus, you can pick custom colors to match your wedding palette. Read on to find out more…

Matchbox Wedding Favors

Matchbox Wedding Favors

These matchbox wedding favors will wow your guests. Add a unique quote, a photo, or customize with your names and wedding date right on the front. Marchboxes come with white tip matches and have a strike strip on the side.

Matchbox Wedding Favorsmatchbox wedding favors personalized

Special offer: Want to order now? You can score 15% off your order as an Emmaline Bride reader through March 25, 2014! Just enter EBGIVE15 at checkout.

Giveaway: Win Matchbox Wedding Favors!

Want to win a set of matchbox wedding favors? Now’s your chance! See the details + enter below:

o Enter between 3/11-3/17/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: fifty (50) matchbox wedding favors. Note: Wedding must be at least 6 weeks away from redemption date to ensure timely delivery for international orders.
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 3/18; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Shipping included free worldwide
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $72 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Prize

– 50 Custom Matchbox Wedding Favors

Matchbox Wedding Favors

Color Chart

color chart

Entry Form

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Good luck!

xo,
-E.

How to Calligraph: Kits & Workshops

Brides: have you wondered how to calligraph? Would you like to tackle do-it-yourself projects with pretty writing, but your penmanship could use a little work? Today’s feature is for you! I was talking to a friend recently about the lost art of letter writing. Email and text messages have stripped away some of the heartfelt, personal snail mail letters that used to fill mailboxes with happiness (and, snail mail is pretty much one of the greatest things ever). One of the things I’ve always wanted to learn is how to do calligraphy, known as “the art of making beautiful handwriting”. For weddings, you can use calligraphy on your invitations, wedding programs, menus, escort cards, place cards, signage… there are so many places for pretty penmanship! Read on to find out how you can learn how to calligraph in your hometown with a workshop or at home with an awesome new starter kit…

How to Calligraphy

How to Calligraph:  Kits & Workshops

Have you seen some of the lovely calligraphy work by Laura Hooper Calligraphy? We’ve shared some of our favorites in the past, but today we’re sharing something new. Laura is a professional calligrapher and she has embarked on a new adventure: sharing how to calligraph with other enthusiasts. She teaches calligraphy workshops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City and Austin. If you live in one of these areas, you can sign up for a workshop near you!

How to Calligraph:  Kits & Workshops

This looks more like a fun calligraphy party than your average class, don’t you think? :)

How to Calligraph:  Kits & WorkshopsHow to Calligraph:  Kits & WorkshopsHow to Calligraph:  Kits & Workshops

all photos above by abby jiu

If you don’t live near a workshop (or you’d rather learn at home), Laura also offers a take-home starter kit so you can learn how to calligraph at your own pace.

How to Calligraph:  Kits & Workshops

The calligraphy starter kit comes with everything you need to learn classic copperplate and other more modern fonts. Kits include an oblique pen holder, nibs, black ink, white ink, personalized journal for doodling, vellum tracing paper, gridline practice sheets, three alphabets and instructional tips and techniques by Laura, and one signature Laura Hooper Calligraphy print for practice tracing.

How to Calligraph:  Kits & WorkshopsHow to Calligraph:  Kits & Workshops

Ready to learn?

Head over to Laura Hooper Calligraphy to find out more!

There’s more coming up next!


-E.

Macaron Wedding Cake

Spotted: a delightful macaron wedding cake! And, the new top spot in wedding cake alternatives! (Remember the Oreo wedding cake and this unique idea? Or this?) Macarons are delicious treats made of ground almonds, egg whites, and sugar. They’re simple, sweet, and colorful. Wouldn’t they make an amazing wedding cake tower?

macaron wedding cake

via

Ok, I’m inspired. Time to get my hands on some macarons! :)

Would you use a macaron wedding cake instead of the real deal?

xo,
-E.

What is a Mantilla Lace Veil?

We love hearing from our readers, especially when we receive your Ask Emmaline questions! Today we’re sharing a new Ask EB question from bride-to-be, Alicia. She asks, “I was getting fitted for my gown and my seamstress suggested I wear a long veil with it. She mentioned something about a mantilla lace veil, but I have never heard of it before. What is a mantilla lace veil?” Great question! In this feature, we’ll tell you what a mantilla lace veil is and inspire you with a stunning example. Plus, one lucky Emmaline Bride reader will win a mantilla lace veil for her wedding by Wedding Bliss by Maija! Let’s get started, shall we?

what is a mantilla lace veil

What is a Mantilla Lace Veil?

First things first: what is a mantilla lace veil? A mantilla lace veil is a traditional bridal veil that is usually long in length. It is ideal for a formal wedding. It features a decorative and wide lace along its edges (close to your face). A mantilla lace veil can be worn at the top of your head or underneath your hairstyle – whichever you prefer! – similar to other veil styles.

lace veil mantillamantilla lace veil

Many bridal ateliers and handmade wedding artisans offer a mantilla lace veil as part of their collection. You can find the veils above at Wedding Bliss by Maija.

Mantilla Lace Veil – Giveaway!

Now that you know what it is, it’s time to enter for a chance to win one! See the details below:

o Enter between 3/10-3/16/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: mantilla lace veil by Wedding Bliss by Maija
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 3/17; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Shipping included free worldwide
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $94 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Prize

One winner will receive a unique handmade bridal mantilla lace veil in off white. Cathedral length. Features embroidered lace edge. Veil is 3m/120″ long and is made of soft bridal illusion material to drape beautifully.

mantilla lace veil giveaway

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Happy Planning!


-E.

8 Chic Linen Ring Pillows

Hi, loves! Happy Monday! Are you looking for a chic ring pillow for your wedding? Want something that’s chic, handmade and perfect for the spring or summer? We’ve found eight of ’em! Recently I popped into Laura Stark Jewelry & Bridal Accessories Studio and I love her collection of linen ring pillows. These are ideal for your wedding and will add to the beautiful decor in your home, too! Read on to see which eight linen ring pillows we’ve hand-picked to share with you today… and tell us which one is your favorite!

Linen Ring Pillows

1. Something Blue

This light blue linen ring pillow has white embroidery lace. It is just the perfect touch for your ceremony and adds “something blue” in an instant.

light blue lace ring pillow via 8 Chic Linen Ring Pillows

2. Pink Pleats Ring Pillow

This pillow is pretty in pink: it pairs a romantic combination of white and pink pleats as trim across the center of the pillow.

pink pleats ring pillow via 8 Chic Linen Ring Pillows

3. Lace Chambery Linen Pillow

This pillow is named for Chambery, France, and features a hand-stitched applique across a linen ring pillow.

lace ring pillow chambery via 8 Chic Linen Ring Pillows

4. Green Celtic Knot

The green celtic knot linen ring pillow is perfect for celebrating your Irish heritage! Dark green thread is hand-embroidered onto a white linen ring pillow.

green celtic knot ring pillow via 8 Chic Linen Ring Pillows

5. Mustard Yellow Ring Pillow

This ring pillow features a lovely line flower and white tulle atop the pillow. Ribbons, made of lace, hold your rings to the pillow.

mustard yellow ring pillow

6. Tulle Ring Pillow

This linen ring pillow features a luxurious piece of tulle across the center. It also includes a pretty embroidered ribbon to hold your rings.

tulle ring pillow linen

7. Blue Rosette

This is another pillow with “something blue”, but in the form of a sweet and subtle blue rosette atop a bed of ivory tulle petals.

blue rosette ring pillow via 8 Chic Linen Ring Pillows

8. Lace Ring Pillow with Rhinestone Button

This ring bearer pillow features lace which has been hand-sewn over a linen ring pillow. It is finished with a rhinestone button.

lace ring pillow toulon via 8 Chic Linen Ring Pillows

Love these linen ring pillows?

Find out more information + see other lovely designs here.

There’s more coming up next! Stay tuned!


-E.

Elk Rapids Sunset Wedding: Kristen + Jake

This Elk Rapids sunset wedding film will leave you wanting more! Kristen and Jake were married overlooking the Grand Traverse Bay in the village of Elk Rapids in Northern Michigan. Their wedding this past summer was documented through this high definition film by Andy from Owen Video. The wedding film captures the day’s highlights starting from morning and running through the night. See all the action and relive this awesome Michigan wedding!

Elk Rapids Sunset Wedding

Owen Video - elk rapids wedding

Owen Video - elk rapids sunset wedding

Owen Video - elk rapids sunset wedding

Owen Video - elk rapids sunset wedding

Owen Video - elk rapids sunset wedding

Owen Video - elk rapids sunset wedding

Owen Video - elk rapids sunset wedding

Owen Video - elk rapids sunset wedding

Owen Video - grand traverse bay wedding

Owen Video - grand traverse bay wedding

Owen Video - grand traverse bay wedding

Owen Video - grand traverse bay wedding

Owen Video - grand traverse bay wedding

Owen Video - grand traverse bay wedding

Owen Video - grand traverse bay wedding

Owen Video - grand traverse bay wedding

Owen Video - grand traverse bay wedding

Owen Video - grand traverse bay wedding

Did you enjoy this Michigan wedding film? Then contact Andy Owen at Owen Video to have your wedding day captured forever on film. You can also see their Michigan wedding videographer business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

All film courtesy of Owen Video. All Rights Reserved.

Flower Girl Headpiece

Brides: make your flower girl feel like a princess with this chic flower girl headpiece! We’ve teamed up with the lovely Demetriou to offer this flower petal headpiece to one lucky reader. It features handmade flower petals and tulle for a perfect look with any hairstyle. Read on to find out more + enter for your chance to win!

Flower Girl Headpiece

Flower Girl Headpiece

This romantic chic flower girl headpiece is made with hand-sewn beads and handmade flower petals. It is handmade by Demetriou and is available in one size. Take a closer look…

Flower Girl HeadpieceFlower Girl Headpiece

Flower Girl Headpiece – Giveaway

Wouldn’t your flower girl look lovely with this accessory? Enter for a chance to win one for FREE this week at Emmaline Bride! See the details below:

o Enter between 3/7-3/13/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: flower girl headpiece by Demetriou
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 3/14; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Shipping included free worldwide
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $40 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Prize

Flower Girl Headpiece - Giveaway!

Entry Form

Good Luck!

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Happy Planning!


-E.

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