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Tropical Wedding Inspiration + Making Your Venue Your Own

Jun 30, 2017

This summer, brides are loving tropical weddings washed in bright, fun color. However, not every couple can make a tropical wedding work, whether it’s due to the availability of family members, a long guest list, additional travel expenses, or any of the other reasons that make a tropical destination wedding seem so out of reach to some couples.

With a little creativity, your venue becomes a blank canvas.  So, I wanted to take a concept brides are loving and apply it to a venue with a completely different vibe. I chose The Clark House, a Greek Revival venue in the rolling green hills of Tennessee with tons of Southern charm to create our tropical getaway.

We started with a bold, tropical color palette, airy elements, and clean lines to set the mood. The reception is a brunch setting with ghost chairs, acrylic signs, and a balloon arch accented with palm fronds add a light and breezy feel. The bar is filled with tropical fruit and fun make-your-own-mimosa options with fresh fruit garnishes.

The invitation suite makes a fun first impression with hot pink envelopes, white pineapple wax seals, watercolored dragon fruit print in the envelope liners, and acrylic invitations and RSVP cards.

Palm fronds act as a table runner down the reception table beneath fruits and floral in fresh colors that pop. Each place setting holds a freshly-cracked coconut with edible flowers, fresh fruit, and yogurt. A sliced dragon fruit and acrylic name cards add some pretty detail for each guest.

The bride’s fun ponytail and top’s clean lines tie in a modern feel, and the chiffon skirt catches the wind. The groom and best man are classic in black and white accented with orchid boutonnieres, but a bit more casual for a relaxed vibe. The maid of honor has a fresh take in ivory crepe.


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Vendor Credits

Planning + Design: RSVP Events

Photography: Morgan Franklin Creative

Venue + Floral Design: The Clark House

Bridal Separates Boutique: LVD

Bridal Separates Designers: Lewis Crop Top by Alexandra Grecco + Pierce Chiffon Skirt by Sarah Seven

Tuxedos: City Boy Tuxedos & Suits

Cake: Nashville Sweets

Bridesmaid Gown Boutique: Bella Bridesmaids (Nashville)

Bridesmaid Gown Designer: Vionnet by Katie May

Invitations, Calligraphy, + Signs: My Lettered Affair

Hair Styling: The Finery Salon & Day Spa

Makeup: FACES

Models: Rachel Kolodziej, Austin Garner, + Angela Mendoza

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