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Big News from Lovely! (Hint: You’re going to love it!)

Listen up, all you brides-to-be: we’ve got big news.  Your fave bridal shop on the planet, Lovely, recently opened its doors in Dallas… with ones following in Phoenix and Houston in October. So that fab lineup of totally chic + totally unique designers? It’s right at your fingertips, plus even more pretty with the debut of Lovely’s Fall/Winter Bridesmaid + Bridal Party looks. Scroll for the details.

Whether you’re looking to step outside of the box and rock a design that will literally leave all of your guests talking on your Big Day OR simply want to look stunning at a holiday party, Lovely has you totally covered.  Their lineup of innovative designers and crazy cool customer service is truly what gown shopping is all about. Think gowns from Anna Campbell, Limor Rosen, Suzanne Harward, Rue De Seine, Odylyne The Ceremony… and so many more.  Not to mention Lovely’s very own Fall/Winter Bridesmaid and Bridal Party dresses, available at shoplovely.com AND their FIRST EVER ready to wear boutique in Houston. Say it with me, loves: awesome.

Visit one of Lovely’s amazing locales TODAY to begin your dress journey, and mark your calendars now for upcoming trunk shows in Dallas (Suzanne Harward, 9/30-9/31 + Alexandra Grecco, 10/21-10/23), Phoenix (Anna Campbell, 10/21-10/23) and Houston (Rue De Seine, 11/26-11/28 + Anna Campbell, 12/9-12/11).  It’s time to shop your hearts out.

Photography: Chaz Cruz Photography | HMU: Lucy Flint

Classic Country Club Summer Wedding – Complete with the Cutest Cake Ever!

Classic and country clubs go together like peanut butter and jelly and I must say, I like the duo just as much as that childhood sandwich staple. And here we have one for the books – captured by Magnolia Adam’s Photography and Hunter Meek, it has all the essentials: beautiful Bride (complete with stunning veil), handsome Groom and love galore. See it all in our Vault this way!

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Summer
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Ballroom
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Classic

From Magnolia Adam’s Photography… I was completely amazed by Lauren when I met her. She was a girl who knew what she wanted and planned her entire dream wedding from top to bottom. So stunning knowing that she was the sole planner and coordinator.

Another detail I loved was the bride’s veil. It was made from portions of her mother and grandmother’s wedding dresses, created just for her. I thought it was a stunning detail.

From the Bride… One word I use to describe myself is meticulous. I love details, organization and seeing a finished project so when it came to my own wedding, I knew I was hiring myself to be the planner. I have never planned a wedding nor have I been a part of the process but I have been in many weddings and was able to pick out what I liked and did not like from color schemes, logistics of the day, flowers, etc. to help guide my planning process.

I had my big binder in hand with everything color coordinated (yes, I am that girl) and my husband and I sat down and talked about what we wanted to have most at our wedding and what were the most important aspects and everything sort of came together from there. Not to say this wedding planning was a piece of cake by any means but starting with my big ideas first then go to the details really helped. I did my research and interviewed my vendors and went with the ones who I clicked with the most and those that understood my vision; nothing will make your wedding worse than fighting with your vendors. I googled and Pinterest-ed a lot and was able to show vendors what I liked and did not like and was very straight forward on what I was wanting.

A big part of planning is the budget, so nothing quite felt like reality when I was told “I was dreaming” and given a price tag by my florist on a piece that didn’t look like much but in fact took hours to make and install or hearing my dream chairs had the price tag to pay my mortgage. I had to ask myself: Is this worth it? Will people remember it? Most of the time is was generally a ‘no’ so I scratched the idea and moved on.

Throughout my planning, I talked to some of my friends about their weddings and asked three questions: What do you regret not having at your wedding? What was your favorite part? What did you feel like was a waste of money? Those questions really helped guide my planning on what was necessary and what was not. Everyone told me, you need to enjoy this process and I tried really hard to do that and let go of those small things that didn’t matter and focus on what did: marriage.

At the end of the day, all that mattered to me was that I was married to my husband and I was surrounded by those who truly mattered to me. With planning it on my own, there is no buffer between the mother of the bride and the bride so with emotions and stress high there are bound to be issues. I thought about what was most important to me and what my mother found most important and for those items that I didn’t have a huge care on, I let my mother take control which made her happy (and preoccupied) and the endless prayers for serenity didn’t hurt either. I had all my girlfriends sleep at my house the night before the wedding so waking up to them jumping on my bed telling me it was my wedding day was all too surreal for me.

I kept reminding myself that the only thing that mattered today was Ross and I’s commitment to each other, everything else was just ‘stuff’ but I have to admit seeing all of my hard work and months of planning finally come together was pretty emotional for me. I had a very calm nervous energy throughout the day that was waiting for a good cry to come out so when I finally got to see Ross on our first look, all of that nervous energy was gone and a good cry was released. It was one of the most incredible and special moments of my life that I will cherish forever. Another stand out moment of the day was my dad walking me down the aisle, he has always been my support and my rock so for him to be my side to hand me off to my future husband who he more than approves of was pretty wonderful.

And lastly, having our close friends and family there to help Ross and I celebrate was indescribable. It was so great to catch up with old friends and to party late into the night to those close to our hearts. The night was filled with a lot love and a lot of dancing and that is exactly how Ross and I wanted our wedding to be. Every detail of the night was truly beautiful.

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Photography: Magnolia Adam's Photography | Cinematography: Hunter Meek | Floral Design: Tony Foss Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Mishelle Handy Cakes | Invitations : Amanda Masson | Shoes: Sophia Webster | Rings: Mitchell's Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Prim | Makeup: Sharon Tabb | Hair: Robyn Cook | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club | Custom Veil: Bridal Maison by Moe | Earrings: Mikimoto | Groom's Cake: Amy Cakes | Photography - Assistance: Photos By Esther | Rentals: Mood Party Rentals

Celebrate Your Big Day at Morada Bay

Seaside weddings make my heart happy.  And a seaside wedding at Morada Bay?  Well, that’s an entirely new level of joy.  Think a breathtaking bayside setting, a talented team of wedding experts and a never-ending lineup of fabulous resources that will turn that dream day into an absolute reality.  We are sooo on board.

From their stunning locale in the heart of Islamorada to their staff that knows everything there is to know about throwing a fabulous party, Morada Bay’s fabulous accommodations and sparkling beaches were simply made for marrying.  Which means that whether you’re planning a small, intimate affair with just your nearest and dearest or a grander event with 200 special someones, Morada Bay has JUST what you are looking for… and all overlooking those pristine beaches and glistening waters the Florida Keys are known for.

Contact Morada Bay TODAY to begin planning your unforgettable wedding.  We CAN’T WAIT to see the results.

Photography (Top to Botton): Maxime Photo & Video (Photos 1,3,6) + Pierre’s (Photo 2) + Jannette De Llanos Photography (Photo 4)