Lush Purple and Gold Wedding Ideas

This photo shoot is in a word ‘delicious.’ Hannah Hildebrandt Events and Amanda Hedgepeth Photography worked their magic, and gave us this lush inspiration shoot brimming full with purple and gold wedding ideas. Having a fall wedding? The stunning use of deep purple and shimmering gold decor could easily enhance your affair perfectly. A spring wedding? The cute whimsical additions of soda pop and spring floral accents may have you falling in love like we did. And THAT cake. I mean, even if you’re big day has been and gone you can still snap up plenty of fabulous wedding ideas from this shoot. Birthday bashes, summer soirees, cocktail parties. Literally whatever takes your fancy, this marvellous mock up will inspire.

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The inspiration behind Purple and gold Wedding Ideas:

Whenever we team up, we see so vividly in COLOR! Hannah Hildebrandt Events and Amanda Hedgepeth Photography are vendor friends in the Hampton Roads area that just adore putting together bright, happy shoots for workshops and for styled portfolio purposes. Touches of gold are always a necessity because truly, it rocks during any season and especially for warm ones like Spring! A purple palette with the just the right pop of green and accents of pink are perfect to celebrate the arrival of Spring which seemed to come super late this year. The brides simple but elegant strapless gown was dressed up with a gorgeous Stella and Dot piece, the grooms bow tie with orange stripes and organic material keep the feel of the shoot lighthearted. The colorful IZZE sodas and flagged bride and groom straws were beyond adorable!

Photographer:  Amanda Hedgepeth Photography // Makeup Artist: Behind the Veil Studio//Floral Designer:C&J Floral Design // Event Planner: Hannah Hildebrandt Events//Dress Designer: Maya Couture // Bakery:Sweet Temptations Dessert Cafe // Invitation Designer: The Girl Tyler: Design & Photography // Equipment Rentals: Waterford Rentals // Event Venue:Woman’s Club of Portsmouth // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Woodlands Bride Inspiration

This woodlands bride inspiration shoot captured our attention. Not for any luxury elements, or opulent details. Not for a jaw-dropping venue or breathtaking location. But for the sheer simplicity of it all. With a simple baby breath’s bouquet and a pretty white gown is everything a bride needs to envoke beauty and pure elegance. The perfect inspiration for a wedding in the woods wouldn’t you agree?. We were sold. Hope you are too.

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From the photographer

This shoot was inspired by the natural raw feel of Swarthmore College campus. The campus is covered in tall trees and has a stone amphitheater that made a gorgeous location for bridal portraits. The trees were enchanting with an ethereal feel. We used baby’s breath for a floral crown and bouquet. Using a simple flower for a bouquet can be gorgeous for a wedding. Her makeup look was a smokey eye with a dark red lip and a loose braid in her hair.

Photographer: Ashlee Mintz Photography // Makeup: Katie Marie // Model: Jen Ndini // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Industrial Chic Wedding at The Icehouse Arizona

This, my dears, this is a dream of a chic modern wedding.  An unexpected mix of urban meets romantic combines to make the world’s loveliest industrial chic wedding. Think rich hues of luscious deep red, slate gray and crisp white coming to life in a stark, edgy industrial venue that makes the whole enchanting day appear as a work of contemporary art. Chez chic. Enter the love museum right here.

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From the photographer

Drea and her husband, Bradley, went back and forth on what kind of wedding to have. He had visions of having a big wedding, while Drea wanted to keep it small and simple. Their compromise would be that while they would have a bigger wedding than she imagined, she got to hand select each vendor, and was diehard about involving local vendors and supporting mom and pop businesses. Between friends and family that helped this day come into fruition, and the carefully selected vendors that were included in this day, it was “one big labor of love”, as Drea likes to put it. This particular venue, The Icehouse, was especially unique, and not just for it’s urban feel and industrial chic edge. It was originally established in the 20’s as an actual ice house, then later used for as storage used by the police as crime evidence. In the most recent years, it has been renovated into a cultural center, with the central emphasis being devoted to promoting the Arts and humanitarian causes.

Industrial Chic Wedding vendors:

Photographer:  D.Lillian Photography / /Caterer: Atlasta Catering and Event Concepts // Invitation Designer: Beacon Lane // Jewelry: Beacon Lane // Floral Designer: Carte Blanche Designs // Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Celebrity Tux and Tails//Etsy Designer: DSMeeBee // Event Designer: J Barry Designs // Lighting: Karma Event Lighting // Second Shooter: Kym Ventola Photography // Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero // Other: Pour Masters Bartending // Event Planner:Stylish Events By Lisa // Cake Designer:Sue Jacobs Cakes // Reception Venue: The Icehouse // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

7 Gorgeous Ways to Incorporate DIY Wedding Flowers Into Your Day

One of the important steps and one which takes a considerable amount of time, is planning your diy wedding flowers. Even though you may already have colours and arrangement styles in mind, that can all suddenly change when fall in love with a particular bloom, or are forced to change your choices to match what is in season. 

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In an ideal world, this could all be handled by a wedding planner or floral designer who can do all the research for you. But if you want to save considerable amounts of cash, it pays to do the research yourself first and then head down to your local florist or flower supplier to place your order.

Here are 7 tips to help you plan your diy wedding flowers and make sure you have gorgeous arrangements on your big day.

1. Buy Local

Choosing wedding flowers based on the season and location not only saves you money, but is also supports local product. It also ensures you get a higher quality as the blooms are in season and will remain fresh and stunning throughout the day. One of our favourite suppliers is Fresh Flowers who deliver locally all across Australia on the same day. 

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2. Start With Colours

Instead of setting your heart on “must have” flowers, an ideal place to start planning a design is by choosing your colours first, That way you can can still get the overall effect you want in your design, without blowing your budget on expensive blooms. Gather inspiration by putting together a ‘vision board’ with colour swatches of your favourite colours or desired colour scheme. Use sample palettes from a paint store, pictures from magazines and use websites like Pinterest to help plan your overall style and design preferences.

3. Break Away from Tradition

Stepping away from traditional style flower arrangements is a simple way to totally change the look of your wedding flowers and as a bonus will give you a completely unique look. Instead of vases, think outside the norm and use rustic Meditteranean style urns, quaint wooden boxes, pretty tea tins and tea cups or delicate vintage vases to display your centrepieces. 

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4. Be Creative

Want something a little whimsical or unique to match your theme? Jazz up standard bouquets by adding feathers, buttons, branches, seashells, or even fruits and veggies for a “wow” result.

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5. Recycle Arrangements

Get the most out of your floral investment by making your wedding flowers work double time. Display your ceremony flowers again at the reception. Use the additional arrangements to dress up your bridal table, the entry to the reception room or guest waiting areas. Enlist a few friends or family members to transport them for you and set them up before the guests arrive.

 6. Make Foliage Your Friend

Incorporating greenery and foliage into your wedding flowers adds beautiful textures and creates striking silhouettes, turning an ordinary arrangement into a amazing masterpiece or spectacular centrepiece. Plus, foliage is significantly less expensive than most flowers, so it will help stretch your wedding budget.

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7. Personalise Your Style

Stay true to the romance of your special day and choose wedding flowers that have meaning for you. Perhaps your fiancé gave you red roses on your first date, or lavender reminds you of your grandmother. Is your mum’s favourite flower a gardenia, or does a sunflower hold a poignant childhood memory for you? Personalising your flower choices and incorporating them for good reason, is perhaps the most unique and gorgeous way you DIY your day.

For more information on choosing flowers for your wedding simply visit FreshFlowers, who help you plan and arrange fresh flower delivery to Brisbane and all states throughout Australia.


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Pretty Pennsylvania Wedding by Meaghan Elliott Photography

Lovely, heart-felt and filled with so much sweetness you might just be inspired to drop everything and find a wedding to crash this very weekend. This pretty Pennsylvania wedding captured by Meaghan Elliot Photography is overflowing with darling details, a classic palette of ivory, black and gold and a love story that is as adorable as the couple themselves.

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Pretty Pennsylvania Wedding Collage

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Pretty Pennsylvania Wedding Collage

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Spiker Hagerich Meaghan Elliott Photography

Pretty Pennsylvania Wedding Collage

Our Dating Story (Her version)

It all began on a snowy evening back in January of 2010. We met through mutual friends at a local ski resort while enjoying a country music band and a few cocktails. What started off as a harmless conversation, talking about “business,” led to 10 months filled with thousands of text messages (technology has really put a damper on the romance of pursuing a significant other), a few late night phone conversations, the occasional happy hour BUT never an actual date. That all changed on Christmas of 2010. We spent the evening together playing cards, exchanging gifts, drinking wine, sharing stories and having what would be one of the best nights of both of our lives and the start of the next chapter in our love story. That “official” first date came three days later.

Long distance was a word that we knew all too well. From the time we met until the time we were engaged, we never lived within 2 hours of one another. Distance never seemed to keep us apart though. Our evenings were filled with Skype sessions and our weekends with trips to Philadelphia and State College…there was also the occasional weekday trip as well. Crazy kids, you just couldn’t keep us apart! That distance that we always seemed to complain of proved to make our relationship even stronger. Fast forward a year and a half later. Ashley had won a trip though work to Las Vegas.

The Proposal (His Version)

Getting ready for dinner that evening, I had the entire proposal planned out. After a great sushi dinner, we were going to walk down the strip to the Bellagio to watch the fountain show. I had the exact time of our show, 7:20 PM. All of the day’s commotion to this point had me worked up: getting a ring from Pennsylvania to Las Vegas through airport security without Ashley knowing was quite the task. Every ten minutes I checked my wallet to make sure the ring was still in place. I was a nervous wreck and Ashley kept asking, “Honey, is something wrong? Are you not having fun?”

We arrived at dinner around 5:30 at Sushi Roku, and I was constantly checking my watch; we couldn’t be late for the 7:20 show. Anyone who has the slightest clue about me knows that I absolutely love to eat. I picked at our meal and barely finished my drink. Ashley asked, “Honey, don’t you feel well? Is your dinner not good?” Again, I told her I was tired from the long day. We paid our bill and started our venture down the strip towards the Bellagio. The timing appeared to be just right; we would arrive a few minutes before the show to get the perfect spot.

As we arrived at the fountains, I looked for the perfect background to have our picture taken as I proposed. We were in place, and I spotted what appeared to be a tech savvy couple I would ask to take our picture. By this time I had the ring in my front pocket, checking every ten seconds to make sure it was in place. The show was set to begin, and I asked the couple to take our picture as the fountains started. After handing them the camera, I removed the ring from my pocket and walked over to Ashley. I went down on one knee and popped the question. Immediately Ashley placed her hands on her face and repeatedly asked, “Are you serious!? You’re kidding me! This can’t be real.” After asking her a second time I said, “Ashley, please don’t make me ask you again!” She finally said YES and I placed the ring on her finger. I came to my feet and we kissed, taking in the moment as the camera snapped away. This was the start to the best vacation and the rest of our lives together!


Vendors: Pretty Pennsylvania Wedding

Photographer:  Meaghan Elliott Photography // Event Designer:Amanda J Designs // Reception Venue: Bedford Springs Resort & Spa // DJ: Jeremy Ganss Productions // Floral Designer: Peterman’s Florist // Musicians: The Innocenti Strings // Makeup Artist: Valarie Panei professional makeup artist // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Sweet Tennessee Traditional Church Wedding

Take some traditional elegance and add in a little vintage charm, plus a dash of gold shimmer and mauve hues and the results are sheer loveliness. Think bundles of lavender meets old English charm meets whimsical touches and you have this sweet traditional church wedding.  All captured in Tennessee with beautiful images by Seriously Sabrina Photography.

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Traditional Church Wedding Vendors: 

Ceremony & Catering: Scarritt Bennett Center // Reception: Scarritt Bennett Center //  Cake: Dede Bakes // Dress: Vintage Priscilla of Boston (bride’s mother’s dress) Remade by Seamstress Wende Jackson // Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG Maxazria // Florist: Import Flowers // DJ: Elite signature DJs // Officiant: Rev. Darrel Gwaltney // Stationary: DIY Videographer: Danny Song

Chic Blush & Ivory Wedding by Pure Sugar Studios

Give us a blush and ivory wedding and we’re happy little campers for the rest of the week. But add in gorgeous blooms, a stunning reception, and a locale at historic downtown St. Augustine Florida, and our adoration gets lifts to a brand new level. Pure Sugar Studios captured the entire soiree and it’s all waiting for you to devour below!

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Photographer:  Pure Sugar Studios // Cake Designer:Angie’s Cake Shop // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Jacksonville // Hair Stylist: Grazyna Mercado // Makeup Artist: Jill Stonier Professional Makeup Artist // Floral Designer:Roses of Sharon // Caterer: The White Room// Reception Venue:The White Room // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Classic Outdoor Wedding at The Allen House Austin

Add a rich color palette like purple and white to a traditional day simply overflowing with gorgeous details and the results are a magical romantic celebration that can only be described as mesmerising. From the stunning flowers, to gorgeous mini wedding cake centerpieces to the fairy light outdoor reception it is a love-filled affair.

From the Photographer

I have memorized Corinthians 13:4-8, also known as “Love is Patient.” In fact, I have memorized many of the wedding prayers, poems, and sayings because of the number of weddings I’ve photographed. Never had a heard a more beautiful and meaningful reading than Kori and Filly’s wedding, when their ceremony was in Spanish. I minored in Spanish, and hearing the words to prayers and poems I’ve heard numerous times brought new meaning to the beautiful words. In many ways, Kori and Filly reflect the poem. They are patient and kind … and they know and understand the true meaning of family, friends, and most importantly, love.

Photographer:  Debra Gulbas Photography // Cake Designer:Austin Cake Lady // Caterer: Casa Chapala // Hair Stylist: DivineWeddings Hair & Makeup by Tammie // Reception Venue: The Allan House // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Casual Elegance Southern Style

Morgan and Taylor were high school sweet hearts who met in show choir (yes, just like Glee). The celebrations unfolded over three gorgeous locations which included the bride’s preparation at Clay Hill Farm (a historic estate in Campbellsville, KY), the wedding ceremony at their local christian church, and a gorgeous outdoor marquee reception on a family farm where the family has gathered for Christmases over the decades. The fabulous palette of navy and apple green was a winning stand out inthis affair, as well as the stunning vintage-inspired gown worn by the bella bride. With loads of fun and surprise getaway fireworks it’s no wonder this wedding party wanted to celebrate through the night.

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Photography: Sur La Lune Photography  // Flowers/decor: Theresa Wolford // Catering: Shaffer’s Catering (Liberty, Ky.) // Cake: Jessica McDonald (Family Friend) // Band: Tyrone Dunn and the Kin Folk  // Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Music: GrassKats & AcoustiKats // Dress: Allure // Bridal Hair & Make-Up: Cindy Jaggers (Salon 121) // Guys’ Tuxes: Mitchell’s Mens Wear (Campbellsville, Ky) // Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung (Twirl Bridal, Lexington, Ky)

Elegant Alberta Wedding at Top of The Inn

This elegant Alberta wedding at Top of The Inn has it all. An elegant purple, white and silver colour scheme, classic lilies and a perfectly gorgeous Bride, styled to perfection. Thank goodness every pretty moment is captured by Milton Photography in a way that will make your heart go pit-a-pat and then some.

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Photographer:  Milton Photography // Reception Venue: Top of the Inn // Submitted via Two Bright Lights