Category Archives: INSPIRATION

A Riot of Color: Bold, Bright and Beautiful City Wedding Inspiration

­­As any creative knows, inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places. We love wedding shoots inspired by nature, but it’s the hidden urban beauty that we love in this vivid and bold city wedding inspiration from Juli Vaughn and Vue Photography.

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Instead of focusing on the rough edges of their local concrete jungle — Atlanta — this talented team focused on the happy, bright colors in Atlanta’s Living Walls. An adorable couple, cheerful flowers and one cute pup help soften the hard lines of the city, too.

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Credits: Event & Floral Design: Juli Vaughn Designs/ Catering: Sun in My Belly/ Photography: Vue Photography/ Hair & Makeup: Andrea Carter Artistry/ Wedding Dress: The Sentimentalist/ Men’s Wear: The Modern Gent/ Venue: Westside Art Center/ Cake: Sugar & Slate/ Invitation Suite/Paper goods: Fresh Love & Co./ Coordination: Pretty Swell Parties/ Linens: I Do Linens/ Art/Canvas Placemats: Renee Bouchon Art/ Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited

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Perfectly Peach Bridal Shower Bar: Peach Cupcake Recipe with Vanilla Bourbon Buttercream

A bridal shower just isn’t complete without cupcakes — but these special occasions require more than your average funfetti. That’s why we love this delicious peach cupcake recipe from Melina of Sugary & Buttery — it’s an elevated take on peaches and cream, thanks to a decidedly grown-up bourbon buttercream frosting.


PS: Get her peach petit four recipe here.

Peach Cupcakes with Vanilla Bourbon Buttercream
(makes about 16)

1.5 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
2 egg
2.5 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
0.5 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 can peaches in 100% juice

1 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup bourbon
1/3 cup milk
½ vanilla bean
1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Heat oven to 350F. Line 16 cupcake tins with liners.
In the bowl of a mixer, mix together the vegetable oil and sugar. Beat in the egg.
In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add half of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Then add ¼ cup of peach juice and add the remaining flour. Mix just until just combined.Cut the peaches into small cubes and fold into the batter. Fill the cupcake tins 2/3 full with the mixture and bake until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17- 20 minutes.
Cool completely.

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until very pale and creamy.
Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with bourbon and milk, beating at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in seeds of vanilla bean.


(Melina’s Perfectly Peach Bridal Bar is served with our Schott Zwiesel Martini GlassesGreat White Square Serve Platter, and Great White Cake Stand)

Perfectly Peach Bridal Shower Bar: Petit Fours Recipe from Sugary & Buttery

Bridal showers are the perfect excuse to go all out girly. No boys allowed, right? That’s why we love this all peach bridal shower bar from Melina of Sugary & Buttery. Tiny cupcakes, petit fours and a deliciously peach cocktail (all served with our Schott Zwiesel Martini GlassesGreat White Square Serve PlatterGreat White Cake Stand) — need we say more?

Take a peek at Melina’s peach petit fours recipe, below, so you can make some of your own!


Petit Fours


For the pound cake:
3 sticks (1.5 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 large eggs

For the glaze:
2 cups sugar
pinch of cream of tartar
2/3 cups peach juice, reserved from can
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 drop orange food color, if desired

For the decoration:
peach jam
sugar flowers



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and salt set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla on medium-low speed until pale and creamy, about 3 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined.
With mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and carefully beat until just combined. Make sure to not overbeat the batter.
Spoon batter into prepared pan and smooth with an offset spatula.
Bake until cake is golden and cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool, 10 to 15 minutes. Turn out cake onto the rack to cool completely.


Once the cake is cooled down completely, cut horizontally into 1/2 inch thick slices.
Spread peach jam on every cake slice and stack 2 slices on top of each other.
Roll out the marzipan very thin and cover the stacked cake slices.
Using a squared petit fours cutter, cut out as many petit fours as possible (you can use a knife and cut 1×1 inch cubes).

Combine sugar, cream of tartar and peach juice in 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a full boil (12 to 14 minutes).
Cover; boil 3 minutes.
Uncover; continue cooking until candy thermometer reaches (228°F. to 234°F.)
Remove from heat; cool to 110°F. or until bottom of pan is slightly warm to touch (do not stir), for about 1 hour.
Stir in powdered sugar and food color (if desired).
Place wire cooling rack over waxed paper. Place 1 cake piece on fork and dip into glaze. Place onto wire rack; let stand until icing is set.
If icing becomes too thick, reheat over low heat until thin consistency and easy to drizzle (2 to 3 minutes).
Garnish each petit four with sugar flowers.

7 of Our Favorite Dream Destination Wedding Venues

Some brides have been dreaming about their big day for years — they’ve decided on every little detail, from the color palette to the cake. And there are others who are caught off guard with wedding planning, and find themselves caught up in the whirlwind of flower, tablecloth and dress options.

No matter what camp you’ve found yourself in, it’s hard to resist the allure of these dream destination wedding venues. From Hawaii, to Santorini, to Provence, each of these locations is a dream come true for any bride.

Take a look at 7 of our top dream destination wedding venues:

haikumillHaiku Mill
Honolulu, Hawaii

Bodrum, Turkey

dromoland2Dromoland Castle Hotel
Clare, Ireland

Celestia Grand Villas
Santorini, Greece
(photo by Anna Roussos)

Hotel Escencia
Tulum, Mexico
(photo by Thayer Allison Gowdy Weddings)

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 10.56.59 AMGrand Hotel Ambasciatori
Sorrento, Italy

chateauChateau La Gorce
Gironde, France

Vineyard Wedding Tabletop in Savannah, Georgia



Text written exclusively for Have & Hold by Christy Hulsey

As a little girl, I remember dreaming about a party amid my grandmother’s grapevines. To me, a vineyard soiree is the epitome of magical romance. I love it all — from the rich colors of bronze, burgundy and green, to the sweet smell of a grapes begging for harvest, to the peaceful sound of leaves dancing through the acreage. All of this is why setting up this inspirational shoot with the girls of Salted & Styled was almost effortless.

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Libbie Summers took her naturally beautiful, of-the-Earth style to our tabletop, and set the stage for an engagement party. Every floral element was intentionally foraged and hand snipped from the lush grounds, which are full of pear, pomegranates, figs, grapes, and bamboo.

The shoot is full of ancestral poetry — olive branches and ginger lily were picked with my grandmother and daughter, while I shaped the garland with my sister.


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Chia Chong snapped every single moment so perfectly that you can practically see the story unfold: A younger sister named Anna, a soon-to-be the maid of honor for her beloved sister and bride, Lily. Anna beautifully crafts a ordinary setting for Lily of found tables, bench and even a family room sofa, and sets the table with full flavored wine, cheese and dessert — a recipe she had been working on since she learned about the history of the stack cakes of Appalachian weddings. Using the environment as inspiration, her breathtaking palette fuses greens with rich reds through a warm, deep and abundant garland.




The day created by one sister for the other is crafted around a loving set up with fun details that blow the guests away. The love between the sisters is instinctively divine. And the gorgeous wine country soiree? Just as stunning.



Concept & Photo Styling by:  Libbie Summers
Produced by:  Salted & Styled and 
Camp Makery
Floral Garland + Cake Topper: Christy Hulsey, Colonial House of Flowers
Table Garland: Amanda Currier, Colonial House of Flowers
Olive Branch Collection: Margie Tygart (aka The Butterfly Girl)
Photography: Chia Chong
Production Assistant: Candace Brower
Model: Anna Heritage
Vintage Plates: Habersham Antiques Market
Cheese Stand: Pottery Barn
Glasses: Pottery Barn
Slate wine markers: Pottery Barn
Wine: Cameron Hughes
Olive Oil: Georgia Olive Farms
Location: Temples Farm

Tristan & Isolde: A Romantic, English Countryside Wedding Shoot

Camelot, King Arthur and Guinevere, Tristan and Isolde — it’s hard not to fall in love with this period of chivalry, love and Old-English romance. This romantic, English countryside wedding style shoot by D’Arcy Benincosa somehow incorporates everything to love about this era with a distinctly modern twist.


Inspired by the tale of Tristan and Isolde, this talented team set up a tablescape (including our Vintage Wood Chargers and Driftwood Garland) that embraces the charm of a simpler way of life.

englishweddingideasPhotography, styling and design: D’Arcy Benincosa
Stationery: Kathryn Murray
Cake: Cake-A-Licious
Hair and makeup: Vintage Rouge
Dress designer: Sarah Janks
Hair accessories: Lacielle Roselle
Veil: Lily Bride Designs


Rustic elements on the table are sturdy but elegant — a nod to what might’ve been used by Tristan and Isolde themselves.


A simple bouquet of wildflowers feels spontaneous and romantic — like the groom picked the flowers on the way to the ceremony.


Rustic Wedding in Warm Winter Whites

We all know that summer is the standard wedding season — who doesn’t love an outdoor wedding? — but we think that cold weather weddings are too often overlooked. There’s something so romantic about snuggling up in a big cozy throw and watching snow fall with a bug mug of hot cocoa (or mulled wine!) in hand.


This inspirational shoot styled by Wednesday encompasses everything we love about weddings during this time of year: Warm wood accents, autumn-inspired florals, lots of lace and a snow-inspired ceiling installation to hint at colder weather to come. Of course, we love seeing our Gabriella Dinnerware and Antique Silver Flatware as the stars of the tablescape, too. Scroll down to see more photos from this stunning, rustic wedding inspired shoot!


Concept, styling, paper goods: Wednesday
Photography: Ely Fair Photography
Rebecca’s Silver Rose
Venue: White Dog Hill, Clinton, OK
Dress, earrings: Meg Guess
Original dress design: 
Harper Henry
Hair: MaKenna Estes
Sarah Roark

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