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    How To Pull Off A Flawless Summer Wedding: Tips from Mike Nolte

    We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Mike Nolte, founder of Nolte’s Bridal in Overland Park, Kan., one of the longest running privately-owned bridal salons in the country. With more than 35 years of experience in the industry, Mike has developed a keen eye for design and recognizing trends. Read Mike’s expert tips for pulling off a flawless summer wedding!

       

    Mike’s daughter, Caroline, used Creative Candles metallic shimmer tapers to create an elegant and stunning tablescape at her recent wedding.

     

  • What are your favorite bouquet shapes and flowers to consider for brides?
  • I personally love any shape other than the typical round ball. Loose and airy cascades are so different and have a strong impact in photographs of the bridesmaids. As for blooms; gardenias and stephanotis for brides are classics in my book. Succulents have been popular too in the past couple of years. They add interesting texture.
  • What type of candles do you recommend for summer weddings?
  • Well, you can never have too many candles of any shape or color! Tapers are my favorite of course as they are so formal and not common. The elegance of height is an instant “Wow!” Though a lot of times the battery lights can be used in suspended votives…there is no substitute for the authenticity of a real flickering flame at eye level.
  • What are wedding trends you see emerging?
  • Lighting is finally rising to new levels of importance in the budgets. To have the walls washed with lights that change color through the evening is so magical. Additionally, I love to rent suspended chandeliers, Japanese lanterns, strings of Edison lights or anything that creates a “ceiling” over the dance floor. People just love that!
  • Are their trade secrets to using candles outdoors?
  • Realize the LED lighting is the best and if you use real flame it needs to be an oil wick that will keep burning in spite of breezy nights.
  • What color candles do you like to use at your weddings?
  • In churches I like the traditional look of ivory tapers…but to make them have more punch…do them at least 24” tall. At receptions, I think colors are wonderful. At my daughter’s recent wedding, I draped the tables with custom linens of striped pistachio and gold damask. The tapers were hand dipped in antique silver. (From Creative Candles of course!) The metallic shimmer was breathtaking.
    Established in 1980, Nolte’s Bridal has quickly become one of the longest running privately-owned bridal salons in the country. Read more about Mike Nolte here.

    Thanksgiving Centerpieces For Any Design Scheme Or Setting

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you’re like most Americans, you are probably already starting to make your shopping list and plan out your dinner courses to commence once Santa comes through Herald Square in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. While the dinner menu is supremely important, one thing you don’t want to overlook is the tablescape and centerpieces.

    Until the turkey arrives on the table in its full golden glory, the tablescape is your feature while guests are enjoying a Cranberry & Rosemary “White Christmas” Sangria (one of our favorite cocktail recipes!). You want to make sure you have something with various depths and heights. You need something to keep eyes moving and keep lips moving when something new is noticed. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite centerpiece tips which can be enhanced with the inclusion of many of our Creative Candles products:


    Glass Encased Flowers

    Photo credit: kevin dooley / Foter / CC BY


    If you don’t have a ton of time on your hands for the centerpiece, a quick, simple and intriguing idea is placing individual flowers under drink and cocktail glasses. Take a bouquet of flowers and snip the blooms. Choose flowers of complimentary colors and sizes. Then choose a variety of glasses with differing heights and for different drink types. Flip the glasses over and encase the flower blooms underneath and top to bottoms of the glasses with a ball or votive candle in a shade to match your flowers.


    Make It Metallic

    Photo credit: Le living and co. / Foter / CC BY


    If you still have mini pumpkins and gourds leftover from Halloween festivities, you can easily transform them into something new for your tablescape. You’ll need packages of gold, silver and copper leaf, leaf adhesive and a crafty side to pull this table top off. Apply the metallic leaf to the pumpkins and gourds with the adhesive and let it dry. You’ll then have precious metal pieces for the middle of your table. Supplement the table with our metallic pillars and tapers to finish off the look.


    Cornucopia Cascade

    Photo credit: Martin Cathrae / Flickr / CC BY


    There’s little more classic than a cornucopia on the middle of the table with seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs and leaves cascading out of your horn of plenty. Plus, rubbing rosemary, sage and thyme between your fingers before you decorate your table will help your table be filled with the scents of Thanksgiving delights. Surround the cornucopia with a few of our 12” tapers from a pantry pack to make sure you will have a smokeless and dripless light to glow well into Thanksgiving evening when you start to decorate the tree.