GSS Tuesday Trousseau :: Antique Monogrammed Plates

We may be a bit on a monogramming kick….why not? Its personal ūüėČ A few post back we featured these monogrammed home accents now we plated¬† another personal touch to add to your newlywed home. A perfect wedding registry item! We stumbled…well not really stumbled but found these awesome antique plates perfectly personal to you.¬† Kelly Wilson Antiques has brought us an incredible item and what’s best? It ships directly to your door! You could even use one of these platters as a guest sign-in at your wedding. The possibilities are endless, but one thing that remains the same…its for decoration only.

Can’t get enough Tuesday Trousseau? Be sure to catch up with all of the past ones here >Wedding Gift Ideas<

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Better Off Wed :: Personalized Shabby Chic Wedding Cake Toppers!!!

Awhile ago we told you about some awesome (not to mention super cute!) handmade wedding cake toppers we found on Etsy. (Click here to see that post!)¬† Well, we stumbled upon Better Off Wed’s absolutely fabulous personalized shabby chic wedding cake toppers and fell head over heels in L-O-V-E!¬† Their wedding cake toppers¬†are made with¬†wood and fabric and given¬†extra¬†special touches¬†for the ultra shabby¬†CHIC charm. ¬†Better Off Wed’s cake toppers also make a¬†perfect heirloom piece.¬† After¬†your wedding, simply snip the stakes with a pair of scissors and your wedding cake topper is now a keepsake piece for your home and for generations to come. Hang your topper next to your wedding photo, display it in a shadow box frame or even tie a cord around it and hang it on your holiday tree!¬† Please make sure you stop by their Etsy shop and show them some love… And maybe even purchase one of these chic wedding cake toppers!





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GSS Wedding Trends :: ‚ÄúNaked‚ÄĚ Wedding Cakes

The wedding cake is perhaps the most quintessential¬†element to your wedding besides the couple, of course – even the smallest of weddings have a wedding cake of some sort. We‚Äôve seen this wedding staple evolve over the years¬† from over the top cake decor¬†to minimalist and clean with fondant layers. Lately, we are drooling (in more ways than one) over the ‚Äúnaked‚ÄĚ wedding cake trend. Meaning, this cake has no exterior frosting and lets its layers show in a fabulously minimalistic way. We first saw this trend burst onto the scene in Hilary Duff‚Äôs 2010 wedding to Mike Comrie. This cake dawned no exterior frosting which let the perfectly pink roses in between layers shine through.

 Image Courtesy of OK! Magazine

This cake trend at first glance seems as though you don‚Äôt have many options for style ‚Äď but boy that¬†is so not true! Glancing at these images is just the beginning in ‚Äúnaked‚ÄĚ wedding cake inspiration. Here we have a simple look with sweet fruit accent, a nautical look with messy interior frosting and blueberry accent, and a linear ombre¬†inspired look. If you are afraid you will miss the exterior frosting add a caramel glaze ‚Äď adds that extra element while still letting the layers shine through. How will you decorate your naked cake if fruit isn‚Äôt for you? A bold topper is perfect for this look since the cake itself is so minimal or embrace the Hilary Duff cake with adding some floral in between layers and on top. This is just the beginning ‚Äď with ‚Äúnaked‚ÄĚ wedding cakes you have a neutral palette to ‚Äúplay‚ÄĚ with and get creative!

Simple with Fruit Accent Cake¬†‚Äď Cakewalk Bakeshop¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Image by Apryl Ann Photography¬†

Nautical Inspired Blueberry Cake¬†‚Äď Classic Cakes¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Image¬†by Alea Lovely

Pastel Stripes Cake¬†‚Äď Martha Stewart Weddings

Cake With a Glaze ‚Äď Martha Stewart Weddings

Cake Bold Gold Topper –¬† Photo by Valo Photography

Cake with Floral Tiers ‚Äď Photo by Stewart Leishman Photography


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GSS Featured Wedding :: Mindy & Evan’s Plantation Wedding :: Wisner Photo

We are thrilled to bring you Mindy and Evan’s Texas Plantation wedding today. The couple’s romantic portraits at the end of this post are worth the scroll, so be sure you go all the way to the end of this wedding post. Wisner Photo submitted this wedding to us via Two Bright Lights and we scooped it up to share with you all. We just love the LOVE…its a sweet Texas love, just like our Texas Tea! You are certain to find loads of wedding trends and inspiration in this post. (see the super groomsmen below!)

Thank you, Cristina for sharing this sweet wedding with us! Be sure to stop by her blog for more wedding goodness here. Mindy and Evan, we wish you a lifetime full of love and laughter and may each day be better than the last!


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GSS’s Things We LOVE :: DIY Tiered Trays!

Soooo…. We’ve had a small obsession with Amy Atlas for a LONG time now…. But, really, who doesn’t?!¬† Her dessert tables are just mind-blowing!¬† She was one of the first people to put dessert tables and candy bars on the wedding map.¬† And what do we love most about her dessert tables (besides the dessert, of course!)?¬† For us, it’s her use of tiered trays.¬† Tiered trays come in all sizes, shapes, and heights and are beautiful… and often a bit pricey!¬† Lucky for you, we found this awesome article on how to make your very own DIY tiered trays (AND it’s super cheap to do! BONUS!) on Joy’s Hope blog.¬† We’ll give you the short version and you can go to her awesome blog for the full version by clicking here.

DIY Tiered Trays Step-By-Step:

1.  Run down to your local Dollar Store or Dollar Tree and pick up a few glass candlestick holders, plates and adhesive.  Also, pick up some spray paint of various colors and some spray primer to paint your plates and candlestick holders with.

2.  Prime all plates and candlestick holders.  Let dry.  Paint all plates and candlestick  holders.


3.  Take your adhesive and glue the bottom of each candlestick to the bottom of each plate.  Let dry.


4.  Glue on second plate.  Let dry with a little added weight for better adhesion.


5.  Repeat steps 3 & 4 until you have the desired amount of tiers.

And viola! Your beautiful finished result!!!


Please note that the above tiered trays are NOT dishwasher safe, nor are they safe to serve food directly off of.  If you wish to serve food on them, you can simply put a cupcake liner or a fancy doily on them.  If you want some DIY tiered trays that are dishwasher and food safe, pick up some pretty plates from Target like these below:


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GSS’s Things We LOVE :: Floral Bridal Accessories

Only ONE more day until the weekend!!¬† Very few things get us as excited as the weekend does.¬† Weekends = Weddings and you know that we LOVE¬† weddings!¬† We also love the trend of gorgeous floral bridal accessories.¬† It doesn‚Äôt matter what wedding style we are swooning over, a floral headpiece on a bride makes us let out that extra sigh. Whether it‚Äôs a single stem for a traditional bride or a floral crown for a garden bride we love seeing brides embrace natural elements in more ways than just their bouquets. Real flowers are our favorite, but a fabulous silk flower can give us just as much of a thrill. Even if you feel as though a traditional veil is a ‚Äúmust have‚ÄĚ there are some great options for hair florals as a quick change before making your reception entrance. They are much easier to handle as you dance the night away than all of the layers of tulle or netting hanging from your perfectly placed wedding ‚Äėdo. Picking the right floral accent for your bridal style can be a little confusing so we are going to break it down into four major categories:¬† garden (rustic or vintage), modern, bohemian, and traditional.

Images Courtesy of: Sarah Gawler , Emily Snitzer, Simply Bloom Photography, and Anne Adams Photography

Garden (Rustic or Vintage) ‚Äď A garden bride usually embraces one of two styles ‚Äď rustic or vintage. This of course, is not a rule and any type of wedding can take place in a garden if properly designed and styled. For this post though garden brides are embracing rustic and vintage wreaths to take their style to the next level. The hair can be left down as a nod to a little bohemia or nothing makes us happier than a messy side do accented with a gorgeous floral crown.

Modern ‚Äď What sets a modern bride apart is a sleek up do or simply straight and down without a lot of curls and styling. One single stem can accent this look. To take it a step further away from traditional think outside the box. Spray your stem a metallic color to give it that extra modern ‚Äúpop‚ÄĚ!

Bohemian ‚Äď For the unconventional and free spirited bride adding a little floral accent to a headband maintains that earthy style without losing your personal touch. Worn with loose, wavy locks the key to maintaining your boho bride style is to not look too ‚Äúput together‚ÄĚ and planned.

Traditional ‚Äď One large floral, fresh or silk, to accent a traditional up do is the perfect reception accent once you say ‚ÄúI Do‚ÄĚ and shed that ceremony veil. A traditional bride doesn‚Äôt need to keep that veil on all night to maintain her sense of style, as long as you don‚Äôt accent your look with anything too unique or rustic.

Love this look but not sure a floral headpiece is for you? Consider using fresh florals on your dress stash, as a statement necklace or on your wrist and ankles! Gorgeous and unique all of these floral accessory options, shot by , can also be used in a variety of wedding styles!

All images above are courtesy of Melissa Schollaert Photography with the exception of the pearl wrist corsage.  That image is courtesy of JL Designs.

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Melanie & David Lee’s Shabby Chic Wedding :: Stephanie Davis Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! Today‚Äôs fabulous featured wedding comes from Stephanie Davis of Stephanie Davis Photography, a¬†Louisiana based¬†wedding photographer.¬† Stephanie has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS¬†and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.¬† This wedding is very special to GSS, as the bride was a past co-worker¬†and is a friend of Tamra’s!

Melanie and David Lee were married on April 21, 2012 in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Melanie was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and David Lee meet?   When I moved from Dallas to Shreveport, one of my best friends from college, Sherry Lafitte, introduced us.  David Lee and I became good friends, which eventually turned into something so much more!

How long have you been together?  We started dating around Christmas of 2009.  


How did your David Lee propose?¬†He proposed while we were vacationing in Los Angeles.¬† I found out later that he planned to propose to me on the beach in San Diego.¬† On our second to last day in LA, his friend¬†that lived in LA drove us to a small town outside of San Diego.¬† Looking back, I noticed¬†that both of the boys were acting a little strange.¬† Josh asked to borrow my camera and David Lee was fidgety.¬† We got a few steps from the beach and David Lee got nervous and made every excuse as to why we should just go back to LA.¬† I giggle thinking back on it because¬†David Lee’s friend, Josh, asked him about ten times if he was sure he didn’t want to go back to the beach.¬† When we got back to LA, David Lee and I had dinner at a romantic sushi restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard.¬†It started to rain before we headed back to the hotel so we walked¬†back in the rain.¬† When we got back to the hotel, he immediately got on one knee and popped the question.

What sold you on your wedding venue?   I always wanted to get married in a small, intimate chapel with a lot of character.  You know, with a steeple, stained glass windows, and wood pews.   We found Lakeview Methodist which was perfect for the look that we wanted and it fit within our budget. The reception was about five miles down the road at El Karubah.  We loved that it was also located on Cross Lake. 

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was ‚Äúthe one‚ÄĚ?¬†¬† After trying on a ton of dresses,¬† I realized that I had found the perfect¬†dress in Dallas.¬† My mom and sister weren’t able to come with¬†me to Dallas, so we planned a separate day to meet in Texarkana at Traditions Bridal and Formal, off of Summerhill¬†Road, so I could have that fun memory of having the women that I care most about being there while I tried on dresses.¬†¬† Since I already had a dress picked out, I pulled several dresses that were gorgeous, but a little out of my price range because I was trying them on just for fun and not expecting to love anything more than the dress that I had decided on.¬†¬†I put on the first dress and the owner of traditions came in to my dressing room to help me lace it up.¬† The moment that she started tightening it up,¬†I knew that the dress was¬†now “the one.”¬† I teared up and the owner, who had already heard me tell my mom that it was out of my price range said “Did I not tell you that we are having a sample sale today?¬† You can take $400 off of the price tag and take it home with you today.”¬† The sale put this dress in the same price range as the dress I had previously selected.¬† I came out of the dressing room with a grin from ear to ear.¬† My mom, sister, and niece all confirmed that this was indeed “the dress”!¬† I walked out of Traditions that day with my Christina Wu wedding dress!

On a side note, my first rule of trying on dresses was that I didn’t want to try on anything big or bedazzled… And THAT is EXACTLY what I ended up with! Haha!

What was your ‚Äúsomething old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue‚ÄĚ?¬† Something old:¬† The pearl stud earrings that I wore.¬† They were a gift from my Matron of Honor, Carmen McBride.¬†I also used my Grandma Norton’s old,¬†worn out¬†bible as my ring bearer’s pillow.¬† She is in a nursing home in Texarkana and couldn’t attend the wedding.¬† It meant so much to her to be a part of my wedding without actually being able to be in attendance.

Something new:  My dress, necklace, shoes, and veil.

Something borrowed:  My something borrowed is really special to me.  My mom and dad are divorced, but my Dad had given my mom an anniversary ring while they were together.  My mom gave me her wedding ring set and anniversary ring to keep.  I used the diamonds out of my parents anniversary ring to make my wedding band.  It is so special to me because it is a part of both of my parents and it also serves as a reminder that no matter what the circumstances are, good or bad, that David Lee and I must stand by each. 

Something blue:¬† My undies… Haha!¬† I’m not sure that everyone needs to know that, but they were! :)

How did you choose your wedding color palette?¬†¬†¬† I chose a very neutral color palette of white, gray, black, and tan with a pop of¬†hunter green.¬† My mom is an antique dealer, so I’ve grown up loving old things for what they are.¬† My mom’s passion for using old treasures in a new way was my inspiration for y Shabby¬†Chic wedding theme.¬† I chose to¬†use mason and pickle jars as vases, metal tins for drinks, burlap runners and¬†banners, old chandeliers with crystal prisms, antique decanters for dressings, and¬†metal tins and old crystal plates stacked on bowls for my cake table.¬† Some people my think that the Shabby Chic theme is overused, but I think it’s fantastic.¬† It’s the perfect way for a bride who loves and appreciates old things to really personalize her wedding to show her character.¬†

Do you have any advice for brides and grooms that are in the planning process?   Like most women, I can be a control freak.  It comes from my design and event planning background.  But when it comes down to planning your own wedding, the best thing that you can do is to use everyone and every resource possible-  And learn to let go and delegate tasks to friends and family.  By letting go, it will allow you to enjoy your big day.  It goes by really fast, and it is so important to enjoy every minute from planning your big day to your grand exit. 

What song did you dance to for your first dance?¬† “God gave me you” by Blake Shelton.¬†

What was your favorite part of your big day?¬†¬†My favorite part of my big day was when my dad gave me away and put my hand in David Lee’s hand.¬† I was so incredibly nervous walking down the aisle, that I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest.¬† But when my dad put my hand in David Lee’s hand, suddenly all my nervousness when away.¬† It made me forget all about the congregation and my clumsiness.¬† The only thing that I could think about at that very moment was that I was marrying my Prince Charming.¬† A selfless man who loves me unconditionally and will always be by my side.



Venue:  Ceremony:  Lakeview Methodist Church        Reception:  El Karubah Banquet Hall  (both venues are in Shreveport on Cross Lake.)


Dress:  Designer:  Christina Wu.  Purchased at:  Traditions Bridal and Formal in Texarkana, TX

Cake:¬†My cake was made by a good friend’s Mother-in-Law, Lynn St. Laurent.¬† Mrs. Lynn is absolutely amazing!¬† She made my cakes look and taste exactly like I had envisioned!¬†¬†¬†

Floral:  All  of our floral was done by a close family friend, Mrs. Diane Martin, owner of Nettles Flower Shop in Coushatta, Lousiana. 

Linens:¬†¬†I was on a very, very tight budget-¬† So¬†I bought all of my linens and chair cover for way¬†less than it would cost to rent them.¬† I’m selling them soon- any takers? ūüėȬ†¬†

Catering:¬†¬†Our catering was done by the Bossier¬†Parish Community College’s Culinary Arts Department.¬† Ms. Liz Dickenson and her students did an amazing job with cooking, cleaning, and cutting the cake.¬† I highly recommend to other brides to check with their local colleges to see what catering options they can offer-¬† Especially if you are on a tight budget!¬†

DJ/Band: Walt Hollis with Dance Express Mobile DJing/Hollis Rentals and Events.  Highly recommend!! 

Videographer:¬†¬†Due to our tight budget, we didn’t have a professional videographer.¬† However, we did have a family member set up a video camera at the wedding ceremony and walk around with at the reception.¬† It was perfect!¬† I’m glad that we decided to spend our money elsewhere.¬†¬†¬†

Invitations/Wedding Stationery:¬†I came up with the design concept for our stationery and my very talented graphic design friend, Amber St. Laurent,¬† brought my concept to life.¬† The wedding invitations and RSVP cards looked exactly how I envisioned.¬† I took advantage of friends and family offering to help with our wedding stationery.¬† My wonderful Mother-in-Law printed the brown paper envelopes¬†and my mom and a few other friends helped tie the invitations, RSVP cards, and maps together with yarn and a tag¬†that was stamped “First comes love.”¬† Invitations can be extremely expensive, but with everyone’s help- We saved a ton of money by making them a¬†fun DIY project.¬†¬†¬†

Event Planner:¬†Myself.¬† :)¬† Everything up until the big day and rehearsal was planned by your’s truly.¬† The wedding ceremony was coordinated by our florist, Mrs. Diane Martin, and our DJ, Walt Hollis coordinated all events at the reception.¬†¬†

Photobooth: A wedding MUST have!  We rented our photobooth from Kelly Cathey Photography.  

Alternative to the candy bar:¬† We chose to do a trail mix table in lieu of a candy bar.¬† My friends and I had so much fun making the “D {hearts} M, The Perfect Mix” burlap banner.¬† And we got a lot of great feedback from our guests!

Thank you so much, Stephanie, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by her website and show her some love! And thank you, Melanie, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you and David Lee a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at We HEART submissions!

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GSS Wedding Cake Trends 2012 :: Uniquely Inspired Cake Ideas :: Maggie Austin Cakes

We love cake and we especially love these inspired designs that incorporate unique ideas. A Tiffany Stained Glass inspired cake, ruffles, pearls, and there’s¬† more!¬† Maggie Austin Cakes are truly jaw dropping….just see for yourself on her site.

Following her career as a classical ballet dancer, Maggie was accepted into the L‚Äôart de la P√Ętisserie program at the French Pastry School. Under the instruction and guidance of world-renowned chefs and pastry champions, including directors S√©bastien Canonne and Jacquy Pfeiffer, Maggie trained using the very best techniques and ingredients. Graduating from the program with honors, Maggie immediately began an internship at Charlie Trotter‚Äôs, a Mobil Five Star, AAA Five Diamond, and 10-time James Beard Foundation award winner that is recognized as one of the finest restaurants in the world.¬† Through the direct mentorship of executive pastry chef Della Gossett, Maggie‚Äôs commitment to excellence was solidified.

Girls dream in Tiffany Blue. This Tiffany Stained Glass inspired cake is a dream come true for many.

How about some ruffles? Yes, please and super-size them. This design is so delicate and feminine.

Clean and modern? No problem…she’s got this. Ribbon and a little ruffles on the side.

Bright and lady-like….styles that fit all brides styles. Maggie is a great artist.

Be sure to visit her site to get inspired for your cake or order a masterpiece from this artist!

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GSS’s Things We LOVE :: Le Paperie Studio

We stumbled across Le Paperie Studio while browsing Edyta Szyszlo Photography’s blog.¬† Edyta had blogged about these adorable and FUN “Smitten Sticks” created by Le Paperie Studio.¬† When we traveled over to Le Paperie Studio’s Etsy site to check them out, we feel head over heels for all things Le Paperie Studio!¬† So, what started out as a post on “Smitten Sticks” has turned out to be a post on how much we LOVE Le Paperie Studio’s work!¬† Here are some of¬† our favorites from Le Paperie Studio:

First and foremost, the Smitten Sticks:

THE ORIGINAL Smitten Sticks‚ĄĘ kit inspired by Edyta Szyszlo Photography and designed by Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio.¬† Now available in two more color combos and ready to ship within 5 days of your order.¬† This kit is an exclusive design of Le Papier Studio.¬† LAST DAY TO ORDER ANY SMITTEN STICKS KITS IS DEC.1ST, 2010. KITS WILL BE DISCONTINUED AFTER THAT DATE. GET THEM WHILE THEY LAST!!!

Custom Family Silhoutte Prints:


This includes the set of 3 silhouette prints at the bottom of the image OR you can order just the middle silhouettes.  These would make a wonderful and meaningful wedding gift.  These are SO sweet and we adore them!


Hearts and Hands Print:

This design would would look awesome framed and on your guest table.¬† It comes in 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, 12×18, and 13×19.¬† Hey, if you order the biggest size, this could also¬†work as¬†your guestbook!¬† Le Paperie Studio also uses this design as Save the Dates too!

Custom Silhouette Recessed Rocket Necklace – A Modern Heirloom:

WE LOVE THIS NECKLACE!!!  Grooms, this would make an unbelievably thoughtful and beautiful wedding gift for your bride!

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!  We hope you are now just as much in love with Le Paperie Studio as we are!

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