Congratulations to our Wedding Trendsetter Challenge Finalists

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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 ( found via .
Bouquet image by photographer Melissa Oholendt ( found via
Napkin image by photographer found via
Bread linen image by, @mybukuro found via Pinterest
Venue image by found via Pinterest
Chairs image by Amanda Dawbarn @amanda100lc found via Instagram
Painting image by painter Laurence Amelie ( found via Instagram @laurence.amelie
Dried Lavender confetti image by Eric Foley ( found via

“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
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
Bridesmaids: Essence Australia via Pretty Happy Love
Cocktails: Cooks with Cocktails,
Cake: via weddingomania
Invitation: via inspired by this blog,
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
– 2 Tablescape – Juli Etta Photography / Olivia Pellerin Styling via
– 3 Cocktail – by Hunter Ryan Photo via
– 4 Cake – Photography: @edandaileenphotography | Cake: @sugarfixe via Instagram
– 5 Gold Leaf embellished cookies – by Brittni Mehlhoff via
– 6 Stationery – Gingerale Photography / Charlotte Smith for The Design Lot via

“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
-beach hearts: via Pinterest -ring:Tanja Schalling photography via ruffled
-dress:Jenna Bechtholt photography via
-arbor:unknown via Pinterest -stationary:senimancalligraphy.
com via Pinterest -cake:Judy Pak photography via
-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
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 * 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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David Tutera

Leading Wedding & Entertaining Expert, David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle.

He continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. Tutera’s grandfather, a successful florist, first noticed his grandson’s artistic ability at an early age and encouraged David to pursue his destiny. At age 19, with the sound advice of his grandfather and only one client, David opened his own event planning business.

Today, David Tutera presides over an award winning company built from experience, dedication and Tutera’s natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision. David Tutera has a natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision.

Honored by Life & Style Magazine as “Best Celebrity Wedding Planner,” David’s impressive client list includes Jewel, Star Jones’ wedding, Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong’s wedding, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul’s wedding, NY Giants Antonio Pierce’s wedding, Shannen Doherty’s wedding and events for Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Brandy and Ray J, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Lil’ Kim, the Official Post Grammy Parties in New York City, Elton John, Barbara Walters, the Rolling Stones, Nancy Reagan, Prince Charles, The White House, private events for the Vice President, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Susan Lucci, The John F. Kennedy Center, as well as countless film premieres and celebrity parties for royalty, politicians and socialites.

Tutera has also designed events for several charities including the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. David has made guest appearances on Today, Extra!, Good Morning America, The View, CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, The Talk, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams and many more. In addition People, USA Today, In Touch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Bridal Guide and Town & Country have all featured his work.

Tutera has also made special television appearances in the popular daytime soap, The Young & the Restless and TV Land’s The Exes. David lives in Los Angeles with his husband Joey, daughter Cielo and their rescue dog Lucy.