“I have always leaned more towards gold than silver, whether that’s in jewelry or décor in my home,” says bride Elena Leroo, who married John Trinquero at The Gadsden House last summer. “When we first visited the venue,” she says, “I fell in love with its gold accents—from the elegant gold mirrors to the beautiful chandeliers, the touches of gold became the inspiration for the accents at my wedding. We wanted a clean, elegant look, which we accomplished by keeping the color palette fairly neutral and then adding gold accents to enhance the gilded elements of the venue.” Elena pulled together the design and then worked with Kathleen Shuler of King Street Hospitality Group, the team behind the historic venue on East Bay Street, to coordinate everything the day-of. Sound like a recipe you’d like to follow? Read on.
TIP: Stick with one calligrapher.
Gold calligraphy (seen here on the invitations and place cards) is as ornate as it gets. Keep the look clean by using the same artist for multiple elements in the metallic hue.
TIP: Opt for classic chaivari chairs.
The gilded version of the bamboo chairs never go out of style. Pair them with snow-white cushions and table linens to temper the elegance for a summery vibe.
TIP: Pair shiny gold with shimmering crystal and mercury glass.
Toasting flutes rimmed with gold, a glass cake stand with a hammered gold base, brass candelabras, and a collection of golden mercury glass-style vases echoed the subtle sparkle without overpowering the setting.
TIP: Work with your venue’s existing décor.
Indoor brass lanterns and chandeliers and antique gilded mirrors pop up throughout The Gadsden House. Hone in on the underlying metallic in your venue’s lighting, hardware, and décor to coordinate your rentals and more.
TIP: Choose wedding party frocks in the same palette as your venue.
The soft pastels and muted patterns in her bridesmaids' dresses complimented the setting. Bonus? The flower girl donned gold sandals (from Target) to add her own spin on shimmer.
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