Knoxville Pink Bridal Show Inspiration


While we decided not to join our vendor friends at the Knoxville Pink Bridal Show this year, we were delighted when Allison from Live, Laugh, Love Weddings asked us to participate in her Inspiration Booth. We love the feminine glamour inspiration and especially love the touches of gold glitter and clear lucite! We provided invitations, place cards and menu cards that doubled as wedding tips for all the brides-to-be!knoxville-pink-bridal-show-winter-2014-13 knoxville-pink-bridal-show-winter-2014-12

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Accept and Let Go.



Less=MoreI watched the Golden Globes last night, although not super impressive (except for Amy and Tina, they can do no wrong), there was a moment that stood out for me.  When Amy Adams won for her work in American Hustle, she went through her list of gratitude and at the end came to her daughter. She simply stated “My daughter Aviana who’s not old enough to understand this – but I love you so much … thank you for teaching me to accept joy and let go of fear.” That is a little nugget of simple wisdom but it’s so true. It’s hard because fear just freezes you sometimes, or at least it does to me. And I’m not talking the kind of fear when you find a spider crawling up your arm while you’re driving (That is pure terror people!). I’m talking the fear to take the next step. The fear to challenge yourself, to succeed or to let your self fail, the fear that gets in the way of the joy. It was a beautiful reminder and I’m so glad that she put it out there.  Does fear get in the way of your joy?


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Be True Designs on Green Wedding Shoes!


Have you ever had that person that you didn’t know in person, but maybe you follow them on Instagram or Facebook and you kind of feel like you’re kindred spirits? Well I do! My kindred spirit is the amazing Morgan Trinker of Morgan Trinker Photography out of Birmingham, Alabama. Not only do we have the same affection for the color green but we believe that queen Kate can do no wrong! When Morgan asked if I would like to participate in an amazing St. Patrick’s Day inspiration shoot, I jumped up and down and did a little jig, but then she told me the actual inspiration and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! For this shoot Irish traditions and lucky charms were highlighted. I played with some hand lettering for the invitations and used the emerald and gold palette throughout. I hope that you’ll check out the rest of this amazing shoot that has been featured on Green Wedding Shoes today!

Click here to see the feature or Morgan’s blog to see all the beautiful images from that day.



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Be True Designs at Pink Bridal Show


Although Be True Designs decided not to join my fab friends at the Pink Bridal Show this year, I did get a chance to represent by supplying some paper goodness to some of my favorite wedding stylists and planners! My uber talented friend Shanna at Ruffles and Rouge Events had an inspiration booth at the entrance of the show for all the new brides, showcasing her talents and representing a rustic and glam reception idea. We provided menus and hand wrote the wooden sign for the dessert station. I’m so in love with this and think that Melissa Timm’s florals totally rocked.

{ images by Lisa Huber at Be Still My Heart Films }

I also got to provide an invitation suite, escort cards and menus to Allison Gaddis of Live, Laugh, Love Weddings. Her ceremony and reception inspirations are so dramatic with the navy, black and white, yet still have a touch of whimsy with the addition of hot pink.

{ images by Andrea McKee found at The Pink Bride Blog }

It’s truly an honor to get to work with East Tennessee’s best wedding professionals and events!

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Feautured on Green Wedding Shoes!


Be True Designs was again blessed to have been asked by Erika from Vintage my Wedding to join her and the power photographer duo at Love is a Big Deal for a stunning winter shoot. The drama and mood of this is perfection. We did an invitation suite that showcased gold foil on black with hand drawn elements. Click here to see the rest of the shoot thats featured today on Green Wedding Shoes!

(images from Love is a Big Deal)

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Mint, Gold and Deco Inspired Shoot on Ruffled!



I’m so excited to finally share this Gatsby inspired inspiration shoot with you! It’s one of my favorite concepts that we’ve done and with the movie remake of the Great Gatsby, think it will be a big trend in weddings this year too!  I love being able to do something different on paper suites. We used a deco die cut for the menus and escort cards and gold foil for the invitations, liners and table numbers! See the rest of the beautiful shoot by Be True Designs,  Ruffles and Rouge Events, Julie Roberts Photorgaphy, The Sweetery and Flourish Floral Design on the fabulous Ruffled here.


If you’d be interested in making this invitation your own email me at info@betruedesigns.com for more info!


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Twas the Night Before Christmas…


While we’re busy finalizing and shipping orders, cleaning and packing up our house and getting read to make the trek home, I can’t get out of my mind Christmas Eve! It’s the time we go to my parents house, put on the 24 hour marathon of a Christmas Story and open presents! It’s a tradition since I was a young’n (my dad worked on Christmas day every year). Don’t worry, we had an ‘agreement’ with Santa that my house would be his first stop.  So while we were driving around looking at lights, Santa (aka my mom’s friend) would come to the house, eat the cookies and deliver presents. It was great, but it was hard to give up the Santa thing, while kids were telling me ” he’s not real, it’s your parents’, I was telling them “But you don’t understand, they were with me the whole time!”. Well played parents, well played.

This year, while opening gifts I envision comfy gold polka dot pjs, hot cocoa and holiday tunes in the mix!


1/ Gold Polka Dot Flannel Pajamas from Target 2/ Hot Cocoa mix from Williams-Sonoma 3/ Vintage Gold Greek Key Mug from Etsy  4/ A Christmas Story from Amazon 5/ Frost Pinecone candle from Voluspa 6/ Merry Tunes from She & Him 

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I’m dreaming of a…Christmas Dinner


While I’ve never hosted my own Christmas dinner (we make an annual pilgrimage back to our childhood homes for the celebration), I still dream of gold chargers, fancy cloth napkins and cascading holiday bouquets! Here’s my idea for this year. I like the idea of mixing traditional and modern. I’m in love with the tartan plaid dessert plates paired with a bright red ikat napkin! I also added touches of gold with plates, gilded serving ware and a special printable place card and menu that I made just for you! You can download it here!   

Printable placecards & menu by Be True Designs / Floral Bouquet via Pinterest / Wood Tray from Zara Home / Gold Serving ware from Zara Home / Ikat Dot Napkin from KAF Home / Gold Charger from Save-on-Crafts / Gold rimmed Dinner Plate from Macy’s / Tartan Dessert Plates from Williams-Sonoma



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Happy Thanksgiving!


Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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    I’m Erin. I’m the work force behind Be True Designs & The Beloved Shop. I’m a child of God, like to be spontaneous when planned and drink out of striped paper straws every chance I get.
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