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Congratulations to our Wedding Trendsetter Challenge Finalists

This is the announcement many of you’ve been waiting for. It’s time to reveal the finalists of the #WeddingTrendsetterChallenge we’ve been hosting on Instagram this month.
We recently set our followers the exciting challenge to come up with a creative wedding design inspired by two of the key wedding trends the Academy team are predicting will be big in 2019 –
Eco-Conscious and Shimmer & Shine.
We’ve been following the action on Instagram and we’ve seen some absolutely STUNNING designs being posted! Congratulations to every one of you who rose to the challenge and put yourself out there by posting a design board.
The tough decision of picking our 10 finalists fell to Academy CEO and Wedding Industry expert, Kylie Carlson. Below Kylie shares her feedback on each of the finalist’s boards and why she picked them.
Now here comes the really exciting bit! We’ll now handover the finalists’ designs to none other than wedding superstar and industry innovator, David Tutera.  He’ll have the difficult task of picking one overall winner and we can’t wait to see who it is!
Anyway, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Please join us in congratulating our trendsetting finalists:
“I love the use of different images in this board that don’t just reflect weddings but really help me to visualise the story being told.” – Kylie Carlson

Image Credits:
Drinks menu image by photographer Emily Michelson (emilymichelson.com) found via weddingsparrow.com .
Bouquet image by photographer Melissa Oholendt (melissaoholendt.com) found via 100layercake.com
Napkin image by photographer peachesandmint.com found via weddingsparrow.com
Bread linen image by mybukuro.com, @mybukuro found via Pinterest
Venue image by photographertuscany.com found via Pinterest
Chairs image by Amanda Dawbarn @amanda100lc found via Instagram
Painting image by painter Laurence Amelie (laurence-amelie.com) found via Instagram @laurence.amelie
Dried Lavender confetti image by Eric Foley (ericfoleyphotography.com) found via weddingchicks.com

“This board has great continuity and depth and focuses on the more subtle elements of shimmer and shine rather than the obvious ones.” – Kylie Carlson

Image Credit:
Earrings image by @treasures570 via Etsy
Shoes image by @the_grovers via Style Me Pretty
Chandelier by Etoile via RedBubble
Dress by @alisonvagniniweddings via Instagram
Palace by @ruibri via Instagram
Invitations by @lesleemitchell via Style Me Pretty

“I love the winter tale that this board tells and the injection of soft pink that gives everything a focus without being overpowering.” – Kylie Carlson

Image credits:
Photo by Maria Anderhell

“The aesthetics of this board pulled me in from the word go and I love the continuity throughout which perfectly tells the story of eco-friendly.” – Kylie Carlson

Image credits:
Invitations – uploaded to Pinterest by easyweddinginspiration.com
Dishes – @marthastewart
Flower decorations for room and table (bottom two) – @atelierprairies
Bridesmaids dresses and a tea length wedding dress – uploaded to Pinterest by Strawberrymoth
Wedding cake – @jessicadaviesphoto via @aislesociety
Olive oil favours – @stylemepretty with Avery DIY
Table styling – found on Pinterest

“This board packs a punch and draws the eye in all the right ways. The richness of the red mixed with the subtle shimmer of the gold works so well.” – Kylie Carlson

Image Credits:
Pendant: Alice in Wonderland Pendant via www.buzzfeed.com
Bridesmaids: Essence Australia via Pretty Happy Love www.essensedesigns.com
Cocktails: Cooks with Cocktails, www.cookswithcocktails.com
Cake: via weddingomania
Invitation: via inspired by this blog,www.inspiredbythis.com
Floral: Amanda Forbes Phorograhy via @theknot .

“I absolutely love the use of violet within this board mixed with a dash of shimmer. The added marble texture makes for a really interesting design.” – Kylie Carlson

Photo Credits:
– 1. Shimmer –  via www.flickr.com
– 2 Tablescape – Juli Etta Photography / Olivia Pellerin Styling via www.rockmywedding.co.uk
– 3 Cocktail – by Hunter Ryan Photo via www.celebrationsociety.com
– 4 Cake – Photography: @edandaileenphotography | Cake: @sugarfixe via Instagram
– 5 Gold Leaf embellished cookies – by Brittni Mehlhoff via www.papernstitchblog.com
– 6 Stationery – Gingerale Photography / Charlotte Smith for The Design Lot via www.southboundbride.com

“It doesn’t get more natural than the ocean and this board has a feeling of freedom that let’s the eco-conscious theme shine through.” – Kylie Carlson

Image credits – tablescape:Melanie Gabrielle photography via chicvintagebrides.com
-beach hearts: vintageshabbypink.com via Pinterest -ring:Tanja Schalling photography via ruffled blog.com
-dress:Jenna Bechtholt photography via inspiredbythisblog.com
-arbor:unknown via Pinterest -stationary:senimancalligraphy.
com via Pinterest -cake:Judy Pak photography via heyweddinglady.com
-sea and sky:unknown via Pinterest

“The warmth of the colours use here really made this board a standout and I loved the use of so many natural elements, especially the rings.” – Kylie Carlson

All images are found via instagram
Aisle Featured on @greenweddingshoes
Photographer @gregpetersen.co
Wooden rings @simplywoodrings
Cake @tortikannuchka
Invitation @polkadotpaper
Place names @modernscribeuk
Bride and bridesmaids -photographer @samanthasimone_photography
Table setting @santoriniglamweddings – photographer @jacobopachon
Seating plan @wild_heart_events – photographer @annadelores
Cocktails featured on @greenweddingshoes – photographer @annadelores

“This board has a fresh feel about it and although you wouldn’t automatically pair these images together it works so well and tells a story of its own.” – Kylie Carlson

Image credits: Cake-photo by Scott Andrews via Pinterest * Bridal bouquet- photo Tenth&Grace via Pinterest * Sparkle preserved Baby’s Breath-photo unknown found via Pinterest * Bridal veil- photo unknown found via Pinterest *Gold glitter open toe sandals www.fsjshoes.com * Table arrangement photo unknown found via Pinterest * Hand with glitter- photo Kim Swain found via Pinterest

“The use of wonderfully earthy colours works so well here along with the plants and natural textures it made me want to jump into the board and live the story.” – Kylie Carlson

Image 1- Unknown found via Pinterest
Image 2 – PHOTOGRAPHER Anna Roussos, PLANNING/DESIGN Tie the Knot Santorini, FLORAL DESIGN Betty Flowers Santorini found via Inspired by This
Image 3 – PHOTOGRAPHER Heather Payne Photography, FLORAL DESIGN Philosophy Flowers found via The Knot
Image 4 – PHOTOGRAPHER Olga Siyanko, PLANNING/DESIGN Oh My Love Wedding found via Magnolia Rouge
Image 5 – Unknown found via Pinterest
Image 6 – PHOTOGRAPHER The Arroyos, PLANNING/DESIGN/FLORAL DESIGN Annie Spring found via Green Wedding Shoes
Image 7- PHOTOGRAPHER Lacie Hansen, PLANNING/FLORAL DESIGN Jenna Lam Events found via Martha Stewart Weddings
Image 8 – Unknown found via Pinterest

Follow us on Instagram to find out who the lucky winner is as soon as it gets announced on Monday 3rd December!

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