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Urban English Garden-Inspired Wedding

After falling in love at the tender age of 17, these two sweeties began a journey that took them all the way from first date to “I do.” And when the Big Day rolled around, they opted for an affair drenched in romantic, garden elegance straight out of a storybooks. The ever-fabulous Sarah Kate documented everything behind the camera, and you can pin to your heart’s content in the gallery right here.


From the Bride… Andrew and I met when we were 17. He surprised me with my favorite candy in the glove compartment of his car on our first date, and I knew I had met someone special. On our wedding day I gave him a bag of the same candy and the Jason Mraz CD he played in his car that night as a reminder of our past and simple beginnings as we took this next step forward into the world together.

When I envisioned our wedding I knew I wanted the feeling of traditional, classic elegance while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere that felt like “us.” Hickory Street Annex provided the perfect urban setting for this vision to come to life. The Vera Wang dress I chose, with intricate layering of the peplum horsehair overskirt, gave the impression of a classic ball gown from certain angles, when in reality a sleek organza mermaid base was the true foundation of the dress. It was romantic and traditional, but with the attitude and drama to make it different (and awesome).

We chose the outdoor lawn for our ceremony hoping for good weather, and after weeks of rain in Dallas we woke up to sunny skies and 68 degrees on our wedding day. I couldn’t believe our luck! The talented team at Bella Flora transformed the blank slate of grass into a romantic, woodsy space for our ceremony. My favorite elements were the shepherd’s hooks with succulents marking the aisle and the branching trees with blossoms that created our altar.

We kept the girls’ and my bouquets loose and free formed, and the groomsmen wore their suit vests without a jacket. They walked down the aisle to “In My Life” by the Beatles, set to strings by the talented Dallas String Quartet. After my sweet 3-year-old niece made her way down the aisle, my dad and I began our walk to DSQ’s fantastic arrangement of “Over the Rainbow” – I will never forget that feeling of overwhelming excitement and gratitude for the man at the end of the aisle and the people surrounding us!

After hugs, tears, photos with the family, and a few moments of peace (and cocktails!) with Andrew, we joined our guests in the warehouse loft upstairs for dinner, dancing, and the best party! The florals were stunning with our soft color palette of ivory and blush with accents of antique gold. Our cake table displayed seven small cakes all set on homemade wooden stands of varying heights for a vintage, laid-back vibe.

Dancing started early and never took a break with Signed Sealed Delivered providing the entertainment (and the cowbell) for the rest of the night. It was easily the best night of my life, and thank goodness I changed into flip-flops for the reception! One of my favorite moments was when Andrew’s parents surprised us with cowboy hats for the family, including one with a veil for the bride! I still laugh when I see the pictures!

Big thanks to our family and friends for their support, and thank you to Sarah Kate for these stunning images we will cherish forever!

Photography: Sarah Kate Photography | Florist: Bella Flora | Dress: Vera Wang | Cakes: Frosted Art | Band: Signed Sealed And Delivered | Coordination: DFW Events | Get-a-way Car: Blue Diamond Limo | Hair/make-up: Dana Dixon | Wedding And Reception: Hickory Street Annex

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Inspired by Blush Colored Details

If we had to pick a color that was the driving force behind most SMP weddings, it would most assuredly be the perfectly soft, impeccably chic pale pink. a.k.a. blush. Have a look at this inspiration filled to the brim with that pale pink hue. Captured by Ben Q. Photography with florals by Bows + Arrows and a cake by Layered Bake Shop so worthy of a gush fest, this is inspiration that most certainly requires a visit to the gallery for more.

We recently collaborated with a few of our Dallas favorites on a Blush Inspired Wedding Shoot. We love the pastel palette and wanted to incorporate flowers in unexpected ways. We love the velvet ribbon around the bouquet and frou frou ribbon for the boutineers. Pretty blooms decorate the top of the textured cake and our bride wore a garden style headpiece.

Photography: Ben Q. Photography | Floral Design: Bows + Arrows | Cake: Layered Bake Shop | Hair And Makeup: Beauty & The Blush | Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Paper: Sweet Magnolia Paper | Rentals: Perch

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Traditional Ballroom Wedding

Show me a traditional wedding and I’ll show you a happy blogger any day of the week.  But throw in one stunning detail after another planned by Jen Rios Design, a fab downtown setting and a bride and groom who really, really know how throw an amazing party (it’s all about the hugs, after all) and I am sooo much more than happy.  See it all captured by Day 7 Photography right here.


From the Bride… From mid-week I was surrounded by my dear bridesmaids and college friends. So leading up to the big day I was feeling very much in my comfort zone surrounded by some of my favorite people. As it passed by so quickly, I can say the day was filled with many instances of what I like to call “good” hugs, embraces that were meant to greet and also convey a deep sense of gratitude. Jeremy and I reflected on the day and all we could say was how thankful we were for all of the friends and family members that came to celebrate with us. I remember laughing A LOT, the great dance moves my bridal party busted out to seeing my father-in-law put on a pair of shades to rock out in gangnam style, I could hardly control the laughs and wide smiles. In sum, it was a day that Jeremy and I will never forget, we celebrated his 26th and became man and wife; surrounded by extremely loving and supportive friends and family (that also love to dance)!

As I began my planning, a friend reminded me that guests rarely remember the tiny details, but can remember how they felt at the wedding. So from there, my desire was to create a warm/welcoming atmosphere for my guests to enjoy the night. I wanted to add personal touches of things that are very much Jeremy and me, personal touches so guests would learn a little more about us and also feel the love of time spent on thinking out the details.

A very talented friend created custom invitations with little cartoon characters of the two of us. I carried those characters along with other pieces throughout different parts of the night; from the welcome bags, to ceremony programs and the groom’s cake. My sister created custom ice cream escort cards and table numbers (both Jeremy and I loooove ice cream)! Each table was a different color palette representing a yummy ice cream flavor. She did an amazing job! One of my favorite touches was the photo display table which featured pictures from our parents’ weddings and photos from our childhood up to now. One of my favorite adds was four pictures from my parents wedding with friends that were present at my wedding celebration as well! Our thank you table was made up of some of our favorite treats. One last minute DIY project was the moss church wreaths… a Martha Stewart inspiration. In all honesty, my wedding brainstorming began on Pinterest, but I ended up having to cut myself off as the list of to-dos and boards became a bit ridiculous. I restarted with the filter of how can I tell our story with things that are representative of us. The final product of the wedding was a great effort by my family and the assistance of my spectacular planner, Jen!

Jen Rios Designs really did a great job of bringing my details to life, adding in soft touches like spray painted gold books for the table number and gold votive holders; details that tied together the table looks. Her creative brain was a dear asset!

Photographer: Day 7 Photography | Planner: Jen Rios Design | Florist: Marco Polo | Wedding Dress: Stardust Boutique | Bridesmaids Dresses: Lela Rose | Lighting: Discovery Lighting | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Ceremony Music: Aria Strings | Groomsmen Attire: H&M | Makeup: ChiRo Makeup | Photo booth: Smile For Me | Rentals: Ducky Bob's | Transportation: G&G Executive | Venue: Hotel Adolphus

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