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Thursday Therapy October Recap

We took this month’s Thursday Therapy networking social outside on the beautiful patio of Stoney River for wonderful conversations and cocktails! It is always such a pleasure to join together with other creatives in the wedding industry to chat about new trends and upcoming weddings.

Thank you so much Jacoby Photo & Design for capturing these beautiful photos!

Thursday Therapy Nashville October Recap | Amber Housley Weddings

Thursday Therapy Nashville October Recap | Amber Housley Weddings

Thursday Therapy Nashville October Recap | Amber Housley Weddings

Thursday Therapy Nashville October Recap | Amber Housley Weddings

Thursday Therapy Nashville October Recap | Amber Housley Weddings

Thursday Therapy Nashville October Recap | Amber Housley Weddings

Thursday Therapy Nashville October Recap | Amber Housley Weddings

Thursday Therapy Nashville October Recap | Amber Housley Weddings

Thursday Therapy Nashville October Recap | Amber Housley Weddings

It was the perfect evening for Thursday Therapy and we are already looking forward to our Thursday Therapy Nashville November social!

Our November social will be held on November 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at one of the best restaurants in East Nashville, the Holland House. Click here to RSVP, we cannot wait to see you!

Top 5 Wedding DIY Ideas

Many brides these days are finding ways to cut down the cost of weddings expenses. We love working with creative brides who have a vision for their day and want to take on the challenge of some “Do It Yourself” projects. Some of our favorite DIY projects are listed below.

Save the Date

Save the Date cards are now such an easy thing to do yourself for your own wedding. Check out these fun, FREE printable postcards found on Wedding Chicks.

Signage

DIY signage for your wedding ceremony and reception are such a fun and personal touch to your big day. Make these awesome wooden signs for your wedding chairs.

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Glitter Candle Jars

Add a little extra touch to candles with some glitter. See how to make them here!

DIY Gold Glitter Candles

Backdrop

There is nothing sweeter than a beautiful backdrop at your ceremony or reception. Check out how to make this backdrop on Style Me Pretty!

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Place Cards

Click here to see how to make these DIY place cards.

DIY Escort Cards // make this super cute 'pocket escort card display' with our tutorial!

 

Are you looking to do some DIY wedding projects for your wedding? If so, we’d love to hear your ideas below- we always love a new creative project!

Black and Gold Wedding Inspiration

With Halloween right around the corner, we thought that it would be fun to create a black and gold wedding inspiration board! Black and gold can be both modern and timeless, depending on the design details you include. We love including a slight pop of pink into our color palette, but you could easily swap that out for peach or orange for more of a Halloween look!

Black and Gold Wedding Inspiration | Amber Housley Weddings

 

Bouquet | Bridal Accessories | Wedding Signage | Table Setting | Garter Toss | Wedding Cake

We love the unique elements used in this bridal bouquet to incorporate the black and gold palette. With darker tones coming from not only the flowers themselves, but also from feathers and berries, all tied together with a gold bow, this bouquet is perfect for a feminine Halloween wedding! Another way to incorporate feminine details is with gorgeous bridal accessories! These shoes from the 100 Layer Cake shoe collection just have us oh so smitten, especially paired with the gold and black clutch and gold accessories.

Welcome guests to your reception with an oversized menu, covered in gorgeous calligraphy and beautiful blooms. Then, have them sit at a place setting with a pretty gold charger and unique circular menus with more beautiful calligraphy!

After dinner, allow guests to dance their hearts out, and take a moment to relax while your new husband has his moment to shine, throwing the garter toss with a chic (yet very masculine, of course), football. End the night with a sweet treat, like this black and gold modern wedding cake!

Are you planning a black and gold, or Halloween inspired wedding? If so, what design details do you plan to include? We would love to know! If you are still looking for inspiration, make sure to check out our Black and Gold Wedding Inspiration Pinterest board for ideas!

NYC Bridal Market Recap

Hey guys! It’s Rachel here! Along with working at Amber Housley, I am a Store Manager for B. Hughes Bridal, a couture bridal boutique here in Nashville. Every Fall and Spring I have the opportunity to attend New York Bridal Fashion Week, also known as Bridal Market, to see all the new gowns and collections of the designers we carry in our store.

There was so many beautiful gowns this year and it was so hard to pick my favorites! But some dresses did stand out more than others. Below are my favorites from designers Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, and Vera Wang.

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Carolina Herrera: This dress was absolutely breathtaking. The bodice has a nude underlining to contrast the skirt with the ivory underlining.

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Carolina Herrera: There were a lot of dresses this year that have removable tops and this one was beautiful. You can have the off the shoulder look for the ceremony and then have a fun strapless style for the reception.

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Oscar de la Renta: This amazing take on a modern bow on the back of the dress is stunning.

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Vera Wang: I love this fun bohemian take on a tulle ball gown!

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Vera Wang: The ruffle detail on the bodice of this ball gown is so fun and flirty.

On the final night at Bridal Market, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Martha Stewart’s 20th Anniversary party of Martha Stewart Weddings. It was held at the Pierre Hotel and it was absolutely gorgeous. There were lots of fun party food and desserts, an amazing live band, and so many wonderful people to meet and mingle with.

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Cute little love birds and myself at the Martha Stewart Party.

On the same night as the Martha Stewart Party, I also was able to attend The Knot Party. The Knot Party was held at the Library downtown in NYC and if you have never been there before, it is a must. The architecture is absolutely beautiful. One of my favorite things at the knot party was the hanging salad garden. It is such a creative and fun idea to add to any party or wedding reception. You go and “pick” your salad as if you are picking apples from a tree!

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I had such a blast attending Bridal Market and I loved seeing so many new great gowns and ideas to bring back for our wonderful brides here in Nashville!

A Tribute To Oscar De La Renta

Two days ago, the fashion and wedding industry as well as females all over the world lost one of the greatest men, one of the greatest designers. Oscar De La Renta was the most amazing designer for the female body. His designs exuded beauty and made women feel their most wonderful while wearing them. Each gown he designed was swoon worthy and made us stop in our tracks.

So, today, we are paying tribute to Oscar De La Renta by posting about our favorite gowns he has designed, along with some of our favorite inspirational phrases he has said. Here’s to you Oscar.

Oscar De La Renta Tribute by Amber Housley Weddings

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“My role as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best” – Oscar De La Renta

Who wouldn’t want to wear an Oscar De La Renta gown on her wedding day when the man has an outlook on designing that is intended to make women feel their very best? We adore the gown that he designed for the now Mrs. Clooney. The texture is dreamy, the flowing silhouette is oh so figure flattering, and we just love the delicate sleeves.

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“The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness” – Oscar De La Renta

In our opinion, this gown is the ultimate perfect princess gown. A flattering strapless bodice with a full skirt and light lace details makes it such a classic and timeless gown. It is perfect for any Southern belle!

Oscar De La Renta Tribute by Amber Housley Weddings

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“Elegance is a discipline of life” – Oscar De La Renta

Y’all know how much we adore pink and bows, so the fact that this gown combines both in a subtle blush tone has us completely smitten. The oversized bow is dramatic and elegant, perfectly fit for a woman in love!

Oscar De La Renta Tribute by Amber Housley Weddings

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“Fashion is a trend. Style is within a person” – Oscar De La Renta

This ball gown is flirty feminine at it’s finest. The cascading ruffles running down the skirt make this dress perfect for dancing the night away!

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“Luxury to me is not about buying expensive things; it’s about living in a way where you can appreciate things” – Oscar De La Renta

The combination of this dress and veil is beyond stunning. The sweet floral details provide a youthful touch to the slender silhouette of the dress. We love that it is simple yet full of character all at the same time!

What are your favorite Oscar De La Renta gowns? We would love for you to share more in honor of this great man and designer.