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drop dead gorgeous: gold and pink wedding decor

14th July 2014

About a month ago I had the pleasure of styling a wedding at a local restaurant and brewery here in Ottawa – Mill St Brew Pub. It is a beautiful historic building with tons of exposed stone and views of the river. The bride was referred to me by a friend, and we clicked right off the bat. She explained her vision, and I could instantly picture exactly what she wanted. In the end, we executed some seriously beautiful gold and pink wedding decor.

Ashleigh is a gorgeous redhead who loves pink. Her ring was rosegold, and her cinderella dress was blush. Totes amazing.

(FYI: All photography in this post is care of Intuition Photography – Janine does phenomenal work!)

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I know. Stop. Way too stunning, right?

The ceremony and reception were taking place in the same room, so I literally flew in there post-ceremony (with the help of my pal, Courtney) and worked with the restaurant staff to decorate my little butt off. The guests were in the room next door for cocktail hour, and the bridal party was off getting photos taken. The pressure was on to get everything done in about an hour and a half, but it happened. (phew)

Across the rectangular tables, Ashleigh had rented some gold and ivory chevron table runners. Oh and did I mention they were sparkly? Yep, I definitely wanted to take them home with me. And the regular restaurant chairs were swapped out for gold ones, which really transformed the space.

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The flowers weren’t over the top, but were total perfection. White peonies (“a June bride’s dream”, according to my wedding guru pal Caroline! Ha!) and baby’s breath were placed in gold-sprayed (lightly) low circular glass vases. The head table had some taller vases, which the bridal party bouquets were thrown into (that’s a great trick by the way – don’t let those bouquets go to waste!).

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White tealight candles were placed in low mercury glass holders and scattered along the tables.

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Favours were super pretty macarons boxed and labelled with ‘thank you’ cards. The table numbers were simple paper ones from the BRIDES collection at Michael’s (these), and the name cards were hand written on tent cards from the Kate Spade collection at Chapters Indigo (these).

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The dessert table was a ton of fun. I printed out ‘love is sweet’ on the chalkboard that was already affixed to the stone wall (came with the restaurant). I wish I had have had a bit of extra time to do this drawing more perfectly, but despite my OCD perfectionist tendencies, I think it turned out alright.

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Ashleigh had purchased some large gold letters from Indigo (these ones – which are on sale by the way), a simple white cake stand, and gold chargers.

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One clever idea that Ashleigh had (and a budget-friendly one too!) was to buy some plastic cups and bowls. The cups were turned upside down with bowl placed on top, and it suddenly became a pretty chic cake stand. I was able to place the small baked goods in there perfectly, but you could easily do candy or whatever else you wanted.

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I had a slight panic attack during the setup as there were two cake toppers and we hadn’t discussed what the cake topper was going to look like. I didn’t want to use only one in case it was the other that Ashleigh had really wanted, so I put both in on the desserts on either side of the cake for symmetry. Luckily she was totally pleased, so it didn’t really matter in the end!

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There were two other chalkboards that I got my hands on. One said “and they lived happily ever after” and the other, in the next room, said “kick off your shoes and dance”. Just fun little sayings to help the space feel more personalized, you know?

For the seating chart area, we had a big barrel (owned by the restaurant) where gifts and cards were left and a small table with white drapery that held the seating chart. Ashleigh made the chart herself using a frame (painted gold), wire, clips, and cardboard paper. Simple and cute!

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All in all, the room totally sparkled and I know Ashleigh and Rony loved it and had a great night. Seriously, just look at these two.

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If you are in the Ottawa area and interested in styling services for weddings or other events, just send me a note to: thesweetestdigs{at}gmail{dot}com. I also rent out some small pieces for events – more of a rustic chic vibe – at www.piecesoflovevintage.ca.

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Okay, what is your favourite element of this wedding decor? For me it was definitely the chevron table runners. They added so much glitter and glam to the space, I was dying. What about you? The chairs? Flowers? Ashleigh’s amazing dress?  

  • http://www.storefrontlife.com/ Kristen @ Storefront Life

    I love the pink and gold combo, and you did an absolutely fabulous job!!

    • gemma

      Thanks Kristen! I love the colours too – it was such a fun event to do.

      xo,
      gemma

    • http://thesweetestdigs.com/ gemma@thesweetestdigs

      Thanks Kristen! I love the colours too – it was such a fun event to do.

      xo,
      gemma

  • Bette Creek

    Wow, everything looks amazing! you did a fabulous job! I love the gold and pink combo too!

    • gemma

      Thanks Bette!

      xo,
      gemma

    • http://thesweetestdigs.com/ gemma@thesweetestdigs

      Thanks Bette!

      xo,
      gemma

  • Andrea Hunter

    It’s all so pretty! I love that you used those awesome gold chairs, sometimes those venue chairs with white covers and big bows look a bit dated. This whole room is fabulous.

    • gemma

      I LOVE those gold chairs too. They were totally Ashleigh’s “must have” for her wedding.

      xo,
      gemma

    • http://thesweetestdigs.com/ gemma@thesweetestdigs

      I LOVE those gold chairs too. They were totally Ashleigh’s “must have” for her wedding.

      xo,
      gemma

  • Heather – New House New Home

    Gorgeous! I adore her dress – so romantic. And the gold chairs are to die for.

    • gemma

      I know, right? I gasped a little bit when I saw the dress. So gorgeous.

      xo,
      gemma

    • http://thesweetestdigs.com/ gemma@thesweetestdigs

      I know, right? I gasped a little bit when I saw the dress. So gorgeous.

      xo,
      gemma

  • eleanoreb

    so pretty!!

  • Shauna Oberg

    Drop dead gorgeous is right! Love the combination!

  • http://www.sweetsuite10.com/ Michelle @ Sweetsuite10

    Wow! I’m not normally one to go for a fluffy dress, but hers is gorgeous! You did a fabulous job – the pink and gold combo is lovely.

    • gemma

      I know – I’m the same! Thanks Michelle.

      xo,
      gemma

    • http://thesweetestdigs.com/ gemma@thesweetestdigs

      I know – I’m the same! Thanks Michelle.

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://lifeovereasy.com/ dani@lifeovereasy

    Love this combo! You did a great job – I’m sure the bride was thrilled!

  • http://www.smallhomebigstart.com/ Amanda – Small Home Big Start

    The pink and gold is so fun! I love all the little details. You ladies did a great job!

    • gemma

      Thanks Amanda! All in the details.

      xo,
      gemma

    • http://thesweetestdigs.com/ gemma@thesweetestdigs

      Thanks Amanda! All in the details.

      xo,
      gemma