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This Blog is dedicated to brides who think about gowns & guidance, diamonds & details, buttons & bows, veils & vows, jewels & of course, comfy heels. Hayden Olivia Bridal and this Blog was created from a desire to provide you with the ultimate bridal experience. I like to say that "all you need is love and a fabulous dress!"

Bohemian Glam Asheville Styled Shoot

“The term “Bohemian” describes people who live unconventionally, usually artistic and whose lives are acts of free or regard for conventional rules and practices. During design and execution of this Boho styled shoot, we kept these characteristics in the forefront of our minds knowing that weddings do not have to be complicated or even “rule-followers” […]

“The term “Bohemian” describes people who live unconventionally, usually artistic and whose lives are acts of free or regard for conventional rules and practices. During design and execution of this Boho styled shoot, we kept these characteristics in the forefront of our minds knowing that weddings do not have to be complicated or even “rule-followers” to be stunning. Simple yet powerful details included an elegant flowing gown from Hayden Olivia Bridal boutique, tapas-style food from Catering by Corey, sure to make your palate awaken, signature grapefruit sangria cocktails, so delicious and refreshing as well as florals sure to make your jaw drop. The scene was dreamy, whimsical and romantic. Same goes for the overall design of the shoot; it was just that, a dreamy boho environment.”

From the photographer Catrina Earls

Catrina Earls Photography

The invitation designer, Chambley from Redroot Factory and Kristen from Kristen Henderson Calligraphy paired up to create the perfect invitation, map and reply card using watercolors complete with our styled shoot inspiration, the cupid arrow….because, love is in the air!

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

The ceremony alter was creatively constructed of hand-made dream catchers that suspended in the air, by a piece of driftwood, and caught every ray of sun as it shown through the lace, beads and feathers. An easy DIY project completed by Candace from Mingle Events and Vintage Rentals. This ceremony backdrop was very artistic and unconventional, very Bohemian.

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 Magnolia leaves acted as ceremony programs and the wording was so beautifully written it could turn anyone into a “hippie at heart.”

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 Cupid arrows were displayed in a hand-made basket and doubled as escort cards all the while guests signed a guest book globe that beautifully spoke the words of a true free spirit, a Bohemian.

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 Candace, of Mingle Events, also designed a gorgeous sweetheart table that paired wonderfully with a hand-crafted bench. The DIY bench seat was sweet enough for two lovebirds and was constructed from a vintage upholstered headboard. The table was adorned with yellow, green and deep blue glassware, along with cupid arrows with name cards adorned with gold calligraphy for the Mr. and Mrs. The table was completed with romantic white candles in brass candlesticks and a 6 foot floral garland created by Blossoms at the Biltmore, that dripped to the barn floor.  Rustic chandeliers, cafe lights and sun peeking through the slatted walls illuminated the space and created the perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner for two.

Catrina Earls Photography

Whimsical desserts created by Ruth and Ranshaw were as tasty as they looked.

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Catrina Earls Photography

The groom was dressed to impress in a wooden bowtie accompanied by mix-matched cuff links while the bride was stunning in a Hayley Paige gown and fur shawl.

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

But, all eyes were on the Bohemian floral crown that was so lush even a day-dreamer would notice.

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 To send the bride and groom off to their happily ever after was a canoe. Yes, a restored 1910 old town tripper with mahogany decking and white ash gunwales. Now how artistic, unconventional, dreamy and Bohemian is that?

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Websurfing Wednesday: Wedding Cakes

When you and your new hubby are lost in each other’s arms during your first dance, your guests will be patiently, or not so patiently awaiting the time to cut the cake! Cakes today play a number of roles: look gorgeous, fit in with the overall wedding theme, but most importantly, taste amazing! These amazing wedding […]

When you and your new hubby are lost in each other’s arms during your first dance, your guests will be patiently, or not so patiently awaiting the time to cut the cake! Cakes today play a number of roles: look gorgeous, fit in with the overall wedding theme, but most importantly, taste amazing!

These amazing wedding cakes have drawn us in with their exceptional details. Getting creative with your cake design is a wonderful way to showcase your personal touch in your wedding.

Cake by Cotton and Crumbs

Cake by Cotton and Crumbs

Chalkboard Cake from Artisan Cake Company

Chalkboard Cake from Artisan Cake Company

Cake by Sky's The Limit! Custom Cakes and More

Cake by Sky’s The Limit! Custom Cakes and More

Naked Cake by Delliquez Custom Cakes N Catering

Naked Cake by Delliquez Custom Cakes N Catering

Cake by City View Bakehouse

Cake by City View Bakehouse

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Tuesday Tip: On Veils

To wear a veil or not to wear a veil, that is the question. And if so, how long? What are the different lengths? Should I consider my dress or venue when looking at veils? These are all questions we often get at the boutique. This veil guide is a great tool for the basics […]

To wear a veil or not to wear a veil, that is the question. And if so, how long? What are the different lengths? Should I consider my dress or venue when looking at veils? These are all questions we often get at the boutique. This veil guide is a great tool for the basics of veils: how to care for them, how to wear them, and how to select them.

Tips on Veils

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Tap Room Styled Shoot

 We love when local vendors get together and combine their creativity! This is a beautiful joint effort showcasing a rustic themed styled shoot inside a Charlotte brewery. The inspiration for the shoot came from Triple C Brewing itself – using the juxtaposition of exposed bricks and natural wood elements. Instead of the traditional floral centerpieces, the table was adorned with […]

 We love when local vendors get together and combine their creativity! This is a beautiful joint effort showcasing a rustic themed styled shoot inside a Charlotte brewery. The inspiration for the shoot came from Triple C Brewing itself – using the juxtaposition of exposed bricks and natural wood elements. Instead of the traditional floral centerpieces, the table was adorned with fresh fruits and vegetables created in the idea of a table runner. The bride’s incredible ethereal gown with soft ruffled skirt added a beautiful touch to the dark environment.

Hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed being a part of it!

Photography by Alicia White

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

Photography by Alicia White

 

 

 

 

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Friday Find: Trail Mix Bar

Belly up to the…trail-mix bar? First it was candy, then decadent doughnuts and now, in oh so Northwest fashion, these snack-happy bars are trailblazing their way into wedding receptions. Start by setting up big apothecary jars individually filled with almonds, dried fruit and, of course, locally made chocolate. This will add a fun touch to natural, […]

Belly up to the…trail-mix bar? First it was candy, then decadent doughnuts and now, in oh so Northwest fashion, these snack-happy bars are trailblazing their way into wedding receptions. Start by setting up big apothecary jars individually filled with almonds, dried fruit and, of course, locally made chocolate. This will add a fun touch to natural, outdoorsy celebrations.  Add style by setting out big candy scoops and monogram-stamped brown paper bags to fill with goodies, and then let guests pick and choose their personal mix.

photography by HAYLEY YOUNG

 

Trail Mix Bar

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Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

“The amount of beauty you’re about to see might overwhelm you…but don’t let that stop you!  You must see this gorgeous styled shoot dreamed up by Lauren of Southern Savvy Events was nothing short of decadent.  It was inspired by Kate Spade, had a bright and colorful color scheme, and was placed in the most gorgeous bridal […]

“The amount of beauty you’re about to see might overwhelm you…but don’t let that stop you!  You must see this gorgeous styled shoot dreamed up by Lauren of Southern Savvy Events was nothing short of decadent.  It was inspired by Kate Spade, had a bright and colorful color scheme, and was placed in the most gorgeous bridal shop I have ever seen.  Hayden Olivia Bridal is the place to be in Charlotte if you’re getting married.  Enough gabbing, check out the beautiful photos!” -Rachel Red

Thank you to the amazing photographer Rachel Red who captured this wonderful day of color and inspiration!

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

 

Kate Spade Inspiration Shoot

Florals – Lily Greenthumbs
Hair/Makeup – Who’s the Fairest
Bridal Boutique – Hayden Olivia
Photographer – Rachel Red Photography
Event Design/Coordinator – Southern Savvy Events
China/Flatware – Belk
Rentals – Party Time Rentals
Model – Jill Robinson

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day

It may be a “Hallmark Holiday,” but who says we can’t be inspired by a day completely devoted to love?! Here are some of our favorite quotes to celebrate the one that keeps our heart going pitter-patter.

It may be a “Hallmark Holiday,” but who says we can’t be inspired by a day completely devoted to love?! Here are some of our favorite quotes to celebrate the one that keeps our heart going pitter-patter.

Love Quotes

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Accessorize Your Look

We are obsessing over these glamorous bridal accessories! Finding the perfect jewels to complement your wedding day ensemble creates a personal touch to your look.  You can find these and many more at our online boutique Hayden Olivia Shop!

We are obsessing over these glamorous bridal accessories! Finding the perfect jewels to complement your wedding day ensemble creates a personal touch to your look.

 You can find these and many more at our online boutique Hayden Olivia Shop!

Accessories from HaydenOliviaShop.com

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Magnolia Room Wedding

“Ann & Patrick met on St. Patrick’s Day through a mutual friend and were engaged by their two-year anniversary. You can just see how much fun these two have together. Their family is from out of town, so they wanted to get married at a place where their families could come and enjoy a long […]

“Ann & Patrick met on St. Patrick’s Day through a mutual friend and were engaged by their two-year anniversary. You can just see how much fun these two have together. Their family is from out of town, so they wanted to get married at a place where their families could come and enjoy a long weekend. Ann is an event planner, so I knew this wedding was going to be gorgeous… it definitely did not disappoint! The gold, coral, and navy details were just perfect. They had a classic ceremony at St. Philip Neri followed by a stunning reception at The Magnolia Room in South Carolina. Here are a few favorites from their big day!” From the Photographer Erin Kranz

Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Erin Kranz

Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Erin Kranz

Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Erin Kranz

Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Erin Kranz

Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Erin Kranz

Photography by Erin Kranz

Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Erin Kranz

Photography by Erin Kranz

Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Erin Kranz

Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Erin Kranz

Photography by Erin Kranz

Photography by Erin Kranz
Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Erin Kranz

Ceremony: St. Philip Neri / Reception: The Magnolia Room / Dress/designer: Hayden Olivia Bridal/Coren Moore / Accessories: belt by Whitney Alyssa, Hayden Olivia Bridal / Hair: Shirley / Makeup: Swinda / Caterer: Plate Perfect / Cake: Wow Factor Cakes / Flowers: Flowers from the Cellar / Rentals/linens: Party Reflections

 

 

 

 

 

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Smile – It’s Friday!

Shakespeare Quote

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