September 8, 2021 - No Comments!

The Best Industrial Boho Elopement in Tennessee

Earlier this year, we took a tour of a brand new Tennessee wedding venue, White Star Station. The industrial details and rich history sparked our creativity! So, we got to work. I (Gabby), teamed up with some of our favorite local vendors to create an intimate wedding vision. We incorporated our favorite boho themes with a bit of edge to balance out the industrial space. With the cooler months approaching, of course, there are some dreamy fall details in there as well! Ready for the best industrial boho elopement inspiration in Tennessee? Let's take a look!

Brides kissing at sweetheart table for indoor industrial boho elopement in Tennessee

The Couple

We have to take a moment to talk about the a-m-a-z-i-n-g real-life couple, Ali and Erin. They got engaged almost a year ago and we were so excited for them to model this styled shoot. This was a great way to offer a glimpse into what their wedding day might be like. They even got to try on dresses for the first time! Engaged couples, participating in styled photoshoots can be a fun and romantic way to celebrate being future newlyweds. You will have extra photos in wedding attire to look back on and may even find out more about your design likes and dislikes.

Brides smiling at boho ceremony at White Star Station venue in Tennessee
Brides with engagement ring at industrial boho elopement in Tennessee
Brides walking out of boho industrial elopement at White Star Station venue in Tennessee

Invitation Suite

For the invitations, MEB Calligraphy created a modern neutral suite with subtle patterned details. For some more personalization and a pop of color, we added some artistic stamps. Look how stunning the flat lay photography turned out!

Modern invitation suite for industrial boho elopement in Tennessee

Wedding Attire

Aren't these gowns from White Lace and Promises meant for each other? We how seamless they are together for photos while remaining truly unique on their own. The future brides wore some cool boots with their dresses! To complete the looks, they accessorized with a dramatic full-length veil and lush bouquets. The natural glam beauty by Bangs and Blush polished the elopement looks!

Bride with boho florals at White Star Station venue

Ceremony Details

Onto the ceremony details. An incredible floral piece by Thistle and Lace Florals stood as the focal point. We added a vintage rug and the design was complete. There isn't a need for complex decor with the chandeliers, natural light, and industrial brick walls at this venue!

Boho wedding ceremony design at industrial Tennessee elopement
Brides kissing at intimate ceremony at industrial boho elopement at White Star Station Venue

Table Decor

As wedding planners, table decor always is one of our favorite design aspects. Here is where the vision for the day comes together through the details. First, we added a sage green runner and fall floral centerpiece. Romantic candles mix-matched bud vases filled the tablescape. For the place settings from Please Be Seated, it was all about the texture and layers. The final touch? Tassel name cards!

Layered neutral place setting with leather and tassel name card

Brides standing beside sweetheart table decorated with boho details at industrial elopement

Reception Details

The Cake

Don't be afraid to try out some unexpected tones in your color palette! For this boho elopement vision, earthy and muted colors were at the forefront. However, to help lighten everything up and add some more romance, blush tones paired perfectly! This modern cake by All Mixed Up Cakes in the different pink colors was almost too pretty to eat. With the gold hoop arch from Blue Fish Event Rentals and some pampas grass, this made an excellent display!

Brides kissing over modern two tiered wedding cake at industrial boho elopement in Tennessee

Bar

This custom gold round bar comes with your wedding venue rental at White Star Station! With the addition of a vibrant neon sign from Knoxville Neon and the ceremony florals from earlier in the day, this was one of our favorite aspects from this elopement photoshoot.

Couple's Photos

To complete the day, Ali and Erin adventured outside of the venue with lovely photographer, Leah Bullard. The Downtown Maryville location is so charming. Right outside of the venue, there is even a butterfly mural for some unique photos!

Boho bride in front of butterfly mural at White Star Station venue
Photographer: Leah Bullard // Venue: White Star Station // Equipment Rentals: Knoxville Neon; Please Be Seated
// Cake: All Mixed Up Cakes // Calligrapher: MEB Calligraphy // Attire: White Lace and Promises
// Florals: Thistle and Lace Florals // Beauty: Bangs and Blush // Planner: ‘Cause We Can Events // Hoop Arch: Bluefish Event Rentals

We hope you are inspired by this industrial boho elopement! For even more intimate wedding ideas, check out this woodland fall elopement in Maine next.

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Styled Shoot

August 24, 2021 - No Comments!

NEW Chattanooga Wedding Venue: Common House

After learning about this cool new venue in Chattanooga, Common House, I (Gabby) decided to schedule a visit! I met up with Summer from Collection Images to bring you along on a virtual tour. Seriously, if you are thinking about a Tennessee wedding, you're going to want to take a look at this space. I already have this location in mind for a few of our local couples!

Common House Chattanooga officially opened in 2021 as a gathering, co-working, and event space. Plus, you can even dine at their delicious onsite restaurant. Fun fact: the building began as a YMCA so there are some impressive industrial features. So, let's take a virtual tour of what the venue has to offer!

Ruby Hall

The Ruby Hall stands as the main event space at Common House. Whether you are hosting 20 or 300 guests, this open space is so versatile. I love the natural light paired with the historical architecture of the building. What a truly unique experience! High ceilings fitted with elaborate chandeliers overlook this venue space. Who's ready for a ceremony/reception here?

Reception hall at Common House wedding venue in Chattanooga
Industrial ceiling at indoor wedding venue with tiered chandeliers

Pennybacker Room

Now to the Pennybacker Room. If you are looking for something a bit more intimate and romantic, this is the space to be! Create your ceremony moment here in front of the fireplace and dramatic windows. Common House says the Pennybacker Room also is ideal for, "a post-wedding brunch, corporate off-sites, bridal showers, private dining, and cocktail parties". By day the venue area serves as a comfortable co-working space.

Outdoor Events & Garden

There are outside venue options also! The Garden and patio look out into the city of Chattanooga while you and your guests celebrate under the string lights. This space is ready for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

Outdoor wedding reception at Common House venue in Chattanooga

Bar & Dining

Since Common House has onsite dining and a bar, this is a perk for your wedding! Common House says, "in-house catering, Sommelier-curated wines, full bar services, and a professional waitstaff" is available. This takes the pressure off of sourcing separate vendors for these planning aspects. Once booking your wedding, you can check up to four vendors off of your list! Love the venue's decor or furniture? They also offer a variety of modern pieces for your event.

Indoor bar at Common House wedding venue in Chattanooga

Staying at Common House

You can even stay onsite for your wedding in the bridal suite and guests rooms! No traveling to your wedding venue on the day of necessary with the Common House. While you are enjoying your stay, don't forget to take a swim at the pool! The pool is an Instagram-worthy space that nods to the original YMCA building.

Want to learn even more about planning a wedding at Common House Chattanooga? Shoot us an email or contact the Common House team! We would love to hear from you.

Looking for even more Tennessee Venue options? If you loved this venue, read about White Star Station next!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

July 26, 2021 - No Comments!

Indian Fusion Wedding at Under Canvas Zion

It only made sense that we returned to Under Canvas Zion for our first wedding of the year! Nothing like glamping and celebrating our clients to get back into wedding planning mode. This was another adventurous wedding weekend full of fun, good food, and breathtaking views.

Bride and Groom on elevated rock ledge at glamping wedding at Under Canvas Zion

We love when couples make their wedding truly personal like incorporating their culture into the day. Ready for all of the details from this Indian Fusion wedding at Under Canvas Zion? Keep Reading!

Welcome Party

To kick off the glamping weekend, guests arrived onsite to a welcome party. From onsite traditional henna to a Mexican food truck, this was such a great start to Simi and Ryan's celebration. Especially for outdoor experiences like this, we recommend that our clients gift their guests with welcome bags. These can include cute favors and essentials like sunscreen for the desert heat.

Glamping tents at Under Canvas Zion
Wooden welcome sign for Under Canvas Zion wedding in Utah
Plate of chicken street tacos, rice and refried beans for wedding welcome party food

Getting Ready

Simi and Ryan got ready for the day alongside their wedding party! This is an incredibly special time to spend with your bridesmaids and groomsmen before the festivities begin. By the way, if starting your wedding day glamping looking over the desert and enjoying a drink (or two) sounds like a dream, let's chat! We would love to bring your adventurous day to life.

Bridal Attire

Let's take a moment for this stunning bride's look. How beautiful is this bridal henna? Simi completed her look with head-to-toe gold accessories and a lush boho bouquet. Take a look at how her final style turned out.

Boho bridal bouquet with orange and neutral flowers and pampas grass

First Look

After getting ready for the day, Simi and Ryan shared a first look before the ceremony. Once your timeline for the day starts to pick up, you will be surrounded by others for the full day. For a moment alone, we recommend including a first look. Trust us, this won't take away from your big moment during the ceremony!

Ceremony

Now it's time for the ceremony. The views from the ceremony sites at Under Canvas locations are hard to beat. From Zion to the Smoky Mountains, we are always impressed. Fun fact: Simi and Ryan got to say "I do" twice! They shared a romantic beachside elopement months before their big day. How sweet is that?

Bride and groom at Under Canvas wedding ceremony holding hands up and cheering

Details

It is so important to make your guests feel involved throughout your wedding day. Simi and Ryan gathered notes from their guests as their guest book and featured polaroids of their loved ones on the table seating chart!

Notebook guest book with boho bouquet and gold pens

Wedding Party

Before couple's photos, it was time to capture the wedding party. We cleared off the ceremony spot for these photo opts!

Bride and groom smiling with wedding party at Under Canvas Zion wedding

Bridesmaids

If this isn't bride squad goals, we don't know what is. These dresses are now one of our favorite bridesmaids' looks! It can be exciting to explore other color palettes outside of classic neutrals. With the natural landscape in the background, these photos are incredible.

Bride and bridesmaids wearing traditional colorful Indian wedding attire
Bride smiling with bridesmaids twirling in colorful dresses

Groomsmen

The groomsmen looked extra dapper in their matching outfits. Tip from a wedding planner: ditch the suit jackets after the ceremony (or all together) for a chic non-traditional wedding style.

Groom and groomsmen wearing matching grey dress pants and white dress shirts.

Bride & Groom

Simi and Ryan went on an adventure for their couple's photos. This is often one of our clients' favorite memories on their wedding day. It can be such a blast to explore the desert or even hike to a mountain top for those photo moments!

Bride and groom walking holding hands with mountain view at Under Canvas Zion
Bride and groom holding hands on road at Under Canvas Zion in Utah

The Dancefloor

After couple's photos, it was time to party with guests! After enjoying a treat from the dessert bar, this group spent the rest of the night on the dance floor. Even the pups had a great time. What a wonderful way to start our wedding season here at 'Cause We Can Events!

Group of guests dancing on outdoor dancefloor at wedding
Bride holding dog at Under Canvas Zion wedding
Bride and groom dancing surrounded by guests at Under Canvas wedding
Planner ‘Cause We Can Events  // Photographer Nola Fontanez Photography // Bar Copa Bar Service // DJ Lex (after party DJ) // DJ Festival Sounds (Welcome Party DJ) // Florals Jocelyn’s Floral Design // Videographer Prestwich Films // Caterer Red Fort Cuisine // Entertainment/Henna Rupali Henna Art // Rentals Legacy Event Rentals // Rentals Taylor Made Events // Venue Under Canvas Zion // Dress Dreams Collections // Beauty Wild Cactus Weddings

Love this blog and want more wedding inspiration from Under Canvas Zion? Check out this edgy black and gold wedding next!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

July 19, 2021 - No Comments!

NEW Nashville Event Venue: Saint Elle

Even in the midst of wedding planning, I always make time to tour new venue spaces! Today I am sharing a look into a fresh new modern event venue in Nashville, Saint Elle! This indoor venue includes a modern industrial flare with plenty of natural light. Also, if you love houseplants and fresh green foliage you will love this space! Saint Elle brings the feeling of the outdoors inside. So, no matter the season, we think this is a wonderful place to celebrate.

Ready to learn more about this wedding venue option? Let's dive in!

Getting Ready Spaces

The future newlyweds need a special space to get ready for their big day! Saint Elle provides two onsite options for this.

The Suite

The suite is a bright and airy getting-ready room perfect for you and a small wedding party to start off the day. With a salon-style vanity area, this is such a dreamy space for hair and makeup! According to Saint Elle's website, The Suite also includes:

-Private restroom

-Wet bar outfitted with glassware, plateware, coffee maker, etc..

Green Room

If you and your partner are looking for a more edgy getting-ready space, consider the green room! This is another private suite for future newlyweds and their wedding party. If a larger group will be joining you before the day officially begins, this is the place to be. Even if you will not personally be utilizing this space, your wedding band can use this as an actual Green Room, of course! According to the venue's website this space includes:

-Pub table

-Lounge seating

-Barcart, glassware, mini fridge, wardrobe rack, full length mirror and bluetooth speaker.

Wedding Spaces

Onto the wedding ceremony and reception spaces. I love when there is more than one option available for these aspects of a wedding. It makes personalizing your big day and accomodating different guest counts so easy!

The Bow Truss

Right when you walk into this venue, you will see The Bow Truss. This is the ultimate reception space with an onsite bar available. At Saint Elle, you will work with their Bar Director for your curated drink experience. You might also choose to host your ceremony here. This is great for those that want to keep everything in one place!

The Conservatory

The Conservatory can be accessed adjacent to The Bow Truss. Use this area for your ceremony or as an extension of your reception. Hello, guest lounge and cocktail hour!

The Patio

Provide your guests with an outside extension of the venue on The Patio! You can create outdoor tables or lounge areas for guests to relax and step away from the dance floor. For intimate weddings, you might choose this spot as your ceremony space.

Kitchen & Amenities

This certainly isn't the most exciting part for most people about a venue tour. As a wedding planner, however, I am so excited about this catering kitchen! If you are planning a wedding here, the logistics just got easier. Saint Elle provides a spacious kitchen ont he main floor with: a double door commercial fridge, double basin commercial sink, dedicated power for steamers/warmers, coffee makers, etc.

Other sweet amenities listed on the venue website include:

-Event Office: your event planner can store any bins, personal belongings, etc so they are out of the way and ready for clean up after the wedding

-Onsite parking!

-Guest Bathrooms

Ok Nashville couples, who's ready to plan their wedding here with us? Schedule a time to chat with our team! We would love to bring your dream. day to life here. If you want to learn more about Saint Elle in the meantime, check out their website!

Looking for more Nashville venue options? Take a virtual tour of Alabaster Collective next!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

June 13, 2021 - No Comments!

The Best Ever Al Fresco Table Designs

Are you ready for the best ever Al Fresco table designs? We are back for another tablescape design contest! This one covers everything from backyard patio design to romantic picnic ideas! Welcome to the official blog for our latest tablescape design contest! I have once again teamed up with Au Petit Salon and just wait until you see these submissions.

As the weather warmed up, we couldn't miss this opportunity to get creative. Let's begin!

Best Al Fresco Table Designs of 2021

Here's how this will work. Below you will find all of the Al Fresco Tablescape design submissions. Each will have the Instagram handle of the designer next to the photo.

To cast your vote, you can:

  1. Comment with your favorite design's Instagram handle on THIS blog
  2. Comment with your favorite design's Instagram handle on Au Petit Salon's Blog
  3. Comment via Instagram DM over at Cause We Can Events
  4. Comment via Instagram DM over at Au Petit Salon Design

This means you can vote up to 4 times for your favorite tablescape!!

VOTING CLOSES 11:59 PM CT on Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Ready? Here we go for the tablescape contest!

The Prizes

For the winner of this season's tablescape contest we have some outstanding prizes lined up:

  1. Board by @gresham_houze
  2. Pillow Cover by @mohrliving
  3. Terrain Twinkly Lights by @aupetitsalondesign
  4. Pinterest audit and 30 min strategy session with @gabbypinkerton
  5. 1 month unlimited at @chrysalisfitnessla

Now it's time to view the submissions!

Whimsical Secret Garden Al Fresco Tablescape by @aupetitsalondesign

This tablescape design by our very own co-host, Ginny with Au Petit Salon is an escape into a secret garden! The blooms from the trees directly translate onto the table from actual petals to the printed napkins. Even the cakes stand as a magical decor piece!

Backyard Glamping Al Fresco Tablescape by @kampnightco

This tablescape design brings in all of the fun of glamping to the backyard. Textural boho details in neutral tones decorate this tent escape. Look at that dream catcher!

Moody Cottagecore Wedding Al Fresco Tablescape by @thepopupbnb

This tablescape design proves that you can make cottagecore moody! For this wedding table idea, an intimate table is set up with dried florals, vintage glassware, and earth tones. Of course we can't forget about that geometrical arch!

Tropical Summer Backyard Patio Design Al Fresco Tablescape by @lorified

Just in time for the summer, this tablescape provides the ultimate tropical getaway. Bright pops of florals and natural foliage bring this design to life on a backyard patio. Mix matched pillows and patterned place settings are ready to greet guests to this table!

Brunch for Two Al Fresco Tablescape by @1of2tomats

How about a brunch for two? For this intimate tablescape, citrus and french pressed coffee serve as the cute table decor. How fun are the pops of red against the greenery background?

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Party Al Fresco Tablescape by @4_seasons_settings

We are always ready for a fiesta party! This tablescape is inspired by Cinco de Mayo. Traditional cultural Mexican colors and decor items make this table design so unique!

Playful Patterns Al Fresco Tablescape design by @kansasgirlvintage

This tablescape is not afraid of patterns! A cute vintage quilt acts as the tablecloth for this fun design. For the final touch, a lush floral centerpiece ties in the colorful palette for this table!

Romantic Charcuterie Picnic Al Fresco Tablescape by @discoballoclock

Who doesn't love charcuterie? We can already image a romantic picnic date with this tablescape design. How delish!

Modern Chic Dinner Party Al fresco Tablescape by @luckymathilde1223

This tablescape is ready for a dinner party. Crisp lines and minimalistic decor create a modern design at this outdoor escape under a tree. How chic!

Boho Dinner Under the Lights by @causewecanevents

For our very own tablescape design, we were inspired by lighting. Some boho pillows and place settings under the string lights created this design. We completed the look with some romantic candles!

For more tablescape inspiration, check out this bachelorette weekend table design next!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Lifestyle

May 24, 2021 - No Comments!

Nashville Event Venue Highlight: Alabaster Collective

As a wedding pro, I often find myself sourcing venues that I personally would enjoy spending time at outside of weddings. This could mean glamping for the weekend at Under Canvas or spending a day at a local venue space. Alabaster Collective in Nashville offers an intimate gathering experience for those planning a wedding! The trendy venue is located in historic Germantown in Nashville. Ready to learn about this dynamic space? Let's begin!

Alabaster Collective venue tour, Nashville, Tennessee

About Alabaster Collective

Alabaster Collective is a renovated home in historic Germantown. This is what gives the space its modern charm! Like us, you might fall in love with how the venue is decorated. For this reason, their is even an option to choose for Alabaster to be furnished for your wedding! This can save the costs of rental delivery fees and save some of the time spent on design decisions.

Event Space Offerings

If this looks like the perfect intimate space to enjoy your special day with your guests, make your event a reality! Event offerings listed on their website include:

  • Full Weekend Rental Packages
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Day-of Ceremonies
  • Welcome Parties
  • Workshops
  • On-site Preparations
  • Brunch Send-off Celebrations
  • Intimate Dinner Parties
  • Corporate Gatherings

If you choose to celebrate for a full wedding weekend, we recommend staying at the Germantown Inn nearby.

Contact the team at Alabaster Collective or send us an email to start planning your special day!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Lifestyle, Wedding

May 3, 2021 - No Comments!

How to Celebrate This Mother’s Day

It's the holiday dedicated to all of the amazing mothers out there! This year, you might be planning to celebrate Mother's Day at home. Make your space feel special and for all of the mothers in your life by planning out a beautiful tablescape for your celebrations! Today we are sharing inspiration to help you find your decor style for this sweet holiday. From brunch party ideas to cozy dinner tables, we have you covered. Plus, we are even sharing some a-m-a-z-i-n-g Mother's Day gift ideas to go with each option!

Place setting for celebrating Mother's Day

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70s Inspired Brunch

This design is perfect for those moms that love an alternative styled. Not every mom loves pastels and classically 'pretty' designs. This 70's inspired brunch is so cool with bold red colors and old-school details. Look at those invitations! We think it adds an extra touch to mail an invite to everyone attending your brunch party- even if you talk to them every day.

Gift Idea: We figured that the moms for this badass brunch party design may want something a little different for their Mother's Day gift. Surprise your mom with a fitness membership from Chrysalis Fitness + Wellness. They can receive a free week for free with our code: CWCWFREE and get their sweat on! This is a virtual membership so you can your mom can work out together from anywhere.

Tea Party

Invite your mom over for some afternoon tea! Decorate your backyard with this feminine and sweet design. We recommend keeping your color palette light and airy for this option. Add in some fresh greenery for an easy yet impressive decor piece. Serve some tea and sweet treats while celebrating the mothers in your life!

Gift Idea: This mom probably loves a good accessory. Treat her with matching mother-daughter pieces from Starling Jewelry! This is something you both can wear daily as a special reminder of each other. Whether you love necklaces or dainty bracelets, there is a design for everybody.

Dinner at Home

Instead of going out to dinner, cook a homemade meal and set up a cute table for your mom and mother figures! You might go thrifting for some vintage glassware and stop by the farmers market for some fresh flowers. Be sure to light some candles as the finishing touch on your dinner tablescape.

Modern boho tablescape design for Mother's Day dinner
Photography by Olivia and Dan // Design + Planning 'Cause We Can Events  // Florals by FDK Florals

Gift Idea: Make this Mother's Day extra sentimental with a custom illustration by Samilynn! This has to be my favorite option because it is so personal. All you need to do is find your favorite photo of yourself and your mom. Then the photo will be transformed into an adorable illustration. In fact, I even purchased an illustration this year based on a photo from my wedding. Look how great it turned out!

We hope these ideas sparked your inspiration! Have a lovely Mother's Day.

By the way, if you are looking for more decor advice, be sure to check out how to decorate with sage green next!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Lifestyle

April 26, 2021 - No Comments!

How to Get Body Confident for Your Wedding

You should feel your absolute best on your wedding day. If you are planning a wedding, you might be looking for ways to get fit and healthy so you can be confident for your special day. We teamed up with our friend, Jenn, Co-Owner and Instructor at Chrysalis Fitness + Wellness for her expertise. Today she is sharing some pro advice and 4 exercises so you can be body confident for your wedding!

Chrysalis fitness workout

Tip: Complete these exercises as a fun date with your partner to de-stress from wedding planning. Ready to kickstart your healthy lifestyle? Keep reading!

Jenn's Journey

I was super nervous before my wedding for so many reasons, but one of them was definitely because I was worried about standing in front of so many of my friends and family, being the center of attention, and having SO many photos taken. There are plenty of articles out there telling you how to get “in shape” for your wedding or how to lose weight for your wedding, if that’s what YOU want then great. But I think it’s far more important to feel confident on your wedding day, you should be able to stand tall on that altar and feel damn good about how you look no matter your size. 

The areas that helped me stand tall on my big day were the ones that worked my posture muscles and my core. Here are four Chrysalis Fitness + Wellness exercises that you can do at home with little or no equipment (if you don’t have weights, 2 full wine bottles will do!). I suggest making a playlist of 4-6 of your favorite dance songs that will last about 15 minutes, do a little warm-up like jumping jacks or running in place, and then hit the mat for these exercises. I’ve given some recommendations for reps, but always listen to your body and if it wants less, take a break, if it wants more add some more reps!

I hope these exercises help you stand a little more body confident on your big day!

Congratulations!

Jenn - Co-Owner/Instructor of Chrysalis Fitness + Wellness

BACKDANCING OBLIQUE CURL LEG LIFT COMBO

This first exercise works your booty, your hamstrings, and your abs, it hits all parts of your core.

Tips: 

  • Avoid straining your neck when you curl your shoulder up. 
  • Keep your glutes engaged and your hips lifted by pressing down into your bottom heel. 
  • Slide your supporting arm wider to the side for more balance. 

Steps:

  1. Lie down onto your back
  2. Bend your knees and place your feet slightly forward of your knees
  3. Grip your seat, lift your hips, and pull your navel down
  4. Keep your upper back on the floor, only lift your seat, waist, and lower ribs off the floor
  5. Extend your left leg to straight and in line with your bottom leg
  6. Place your right hand behind your ear with your elbow bent out to the side
  7. Slowly lift your leg upward and simultaneously curl your right shoulder upward engaging your obliques
  8. Continue for 15 reps on the left leg, repeat on the other side. 

BENT ELBOW LIFTS KNEE DANCING COMBO

This body confident exercise works your chest, upper back, shoulder, core, and quads. 

Tips: 

  • Keep your neck long by only bringing your arms as narrow as your shoulders. Avoid “shoulder earrings” meaning, keep your shoulders drawn down away from your ears. 
  • Keep your glutes engaged and your abs drawn in, avoid hinging back too far causing your low back to arch. 
  • Press the tops of your feet down into the floor behind you, avoid curling your toes under as this can put stress on your knees. 
  • If you’re on a hard floor, use a folded towel or pillow under your knees. 
  1. Pick up a set of weights (2-5 lbs)
  2. Kneel down with your knees hip’s width apart or slightly wider and place your feet directly behind
  3. Squeeze your seat, bend slightly forward at your waist, and hinge slightly back from your knees to engage your quads. 
  4. Bend your elbows in half and draw your elbows slightly wider than your shoulder, elongate your neck by drawing your shoulders down. 
  5. Open your arms into a goal post position and simultaneously hinge back from your knees 2-3 inches engaging your quads more. 
  6. Return to your original position. Repeat for 20 reps. 

OBLIQUE PIKE CURL

This exercise works your abs and your upper quads.

Tips: 

  • Press down into the side of your supporting forearm to draw your shoulder away from your ear.  
  • If you have a sensitive hip, try placing a cushion under your glute. 
  • Bend your knees as much as you need. 
  • Keep the movement in your abs by exhaling sharply as you lift your legs.
  1. Sit down and rest onto your right glute, extend your legs diagonally down and forward
  2. Come down to your right forearm and draw your shoulder away from your ear
  3. Lift your left arm upward
  4. Keeping your knees slightly bent, pull your core in, and lift both legs upward on a diagonal as you draw your left arm down toward your shins. 
  5. Return your legs to the floor with control and your arm overhead. 
  6. Continue for 20 reps and repeat on the other side.

REVERSE PUSHUPS WITH LEG LIFTS

This exercise works your triceps, upper back and core.

Tips: 

  • Spread your fingertips wide apart to increase surface area and take pressure off of your wrists. 
  •  Squeeze your shoulder blades back and down to elongate your neck. 
  • If lifting your legs is too much, keep both feet on the floor. 
  1. Sit down on the floor with your feet about a foot and a half in front of you, hip’s width apart. 
  2. Place your hands on the floor with your fingertips facing toward your feet and slightly out on a diagonal. 
  3. Scoop your hips up lifting your seat off of the floor. 
  4. Draw your ribs back toward your inner arms and lengthen your neck by drawing your shoulders down.
  5. Bend your elbows directly back and simultaneously lift one knee toward your chest, repeat and switch legs. 
  6. Continue, alternating legs for 30 repetitions.

Looking for more exercises to feel body confident as a future newlywed? Use our code: CWCWKFREE to receive a week of free (yes free!) online all access with Chrysalis Fitness + Wellness! You will receive:

  • Access to both livestream classes and on-demand virtual platform! Livestream classes provide you with the "in-studio experience," you will receive live feedback which includes verbal corrections, motivation and modifications.
  • On-demand platform provides you with the flexibility to take class when it is convenient for you.
  • Access to full classes, mini workouts and how-to videos.

Your 1-week trial activates the date you purchase.

For more pre-wedding planning advice be sure to check out these self care tips for future newlyweds next!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Lifestyle

April 20, 2021 - No Comments!

How to Create Affordable DIY Napkin Rings

Let's face it. Purchasing new table decor for each season is expensive. Not to mention, you might want to refresh your table for dining table special occasions and parties. I set out to create affordable DIY napkin rings that are easy to make at home. The result was even better than I thought! Ready to create your own? Keep reading for all of the details.

How to create affordable DIY napkin rings

Supply List

  • Cardboard tube
  • Fabric
  • Pocket or Exacto knife
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Pick up enough fabric and cardboard tube for the amount of napkin rings you are needing! My fabric & tube made enough for 6 napkin rings.

Step One: Cut the Fabric Tube

When you are picking up your fabric at your favorite craft store, be sure to ask them if you can have the paper tube! This is what you are going to be using for the actual napkin rings. Once you are home, be sure the fabric is completely off of the tube and set aside for later. Then, on a flat surface, you will want to start cutting the fabric tube. Don't worry about being perfect with this! With your pocket or Exacto knife, cut about an inch wide piece for each napkin ring. Cut as many napkin rings as you need for your table setting.

Step Two: Cut Your Fabric

Start cutting small strips of fabric for each tube. You want the fabric to be long enough to cover the entire napkin ring tube piece and wide enough to tuck under. This size will vary depending on your type of fabric and how you have cut your napkin rings from the fabric tube.

If you need a visual guide for this DIY Project, be sure to check our my YouTube video here:

Step Three: Wrap Your Napkin Rings

Now, this is where the pieces of that fabric tube start looking like napkin rings! Gather your fabric strips and napkin ring tubes. Start adding hot glue to your napkin rings rolling the strips of fabric around the tube as you go. Once the napkin ring is completely covered, cut any excess from the length. Glue the rest to the fabric width to cover the inside of the napkin ring.

And you are done! See how easy that was? These are such a sweet addition to any tablescape and are a fun DIY project. Get creative with this craft and make different colors and patterns.

Love this blog and want more tablescape inspiration? Be sure to check out this modern pink and green table design next!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Lifestyle

April 13, 2021 - No Comments!

The Best Yellow Themed Spring Wedding

We don't know about you, but the color yellow automatically puts a smile on our faces. This is such a versatile color to inspire the design for any wedding. Today we are sharing an indoor spring wedding with pops of bright yellow. We love the way the season was incorporated into the details of this day. Kristof & Becca are such a joyful color so we wanted to create a wedding aesthetic to match! Keep reading to gather inspiration from this yellow-themed spring wedding.

Bride and groom holding hands at spring wedding

Invitations & Florals

The invitation suite was kept super modern with minimal pops of yellow. The bright tone that the couple chose for the day is so refreshing without being overpowering.

For the bridal bouquet, Becca wanted to incorporate plenty of the yellow color. The addition of different texture florals added dimension to her beautiful bouquet. Then she opted for more romantic pastel tones including blush, lavender, and peach. Of course, no bouquet is complete without some fresh greenery!

Yellow wedding invitation design
Spring wedding bouquet with yellow flowers

The Ceremony

At Smoky Hollow Studio, we allow the industrial venue to shine. A modern wedding arch decorated with organic spring florals was the perfect amount of decor. The contrast of the natural design with the urban style venue was so stunning.

Bride and groom at spring wedding ceremony

Venue Details

How cool is this guest 'books' idea! Instead of having one traditional guest book, the couple added in a bit more personalization. They chose their favorite books that hold sentimental value in their relationship for guests to sign. That way, when they pick up any of the books in the future they can be reminded of their special day.

For the venue decor, a simple string art sign greeted guests to the day. After the ceremony, we transformed the wedding arch to a creative backdrop. Check out that marquee light sign!

Guest book stationery for wedding

Bride & Groom Photos

Kristof and Becca snuck away for bride and groom photos while guests mingled and enjoyed a cocktail hour. They got to adventure through the local city, capturing photos with different backdrops. Becca got to show off her floor length tulle veil. The bride and groom featured their favorite yellow color with their accessories.

Bride and groom with long veil

Table Decor

A simple way to transform any space is by adding in an abundance of fresh floral arrangements and greenery. Cascading garlands and hanging floral features brought this design together. We kept the place settings simple with a muted linen, modern black flatware, and a vintage style plate. For a bit more ambiance, we added romantic gold votives.

Wedding reception tables at Smoky Hollow Studios

Looking for more spring wedding inspiration? You will love this modern colorful wedding next!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding