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Elegant + Organic Wedding in Texas

Thinking about a short engagement? Take this couple, who managed to pull of this elegant affair with only 5 months to plan. Using inspiration from the outdoors, the simplistic nature captured by Shaun Menary Photography is what makes it all the more special. Graced with Sugar Bee Sweets and a Candlelight Films, you can see the entire day unfold below!

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From the beautiful Bride… Adam and I met in June 2014 through mutual friends at Watermark Community Church. July 24, 2014 was our first date which started with coffee and ended with dinner 4 hours later. That same Saturday we planned to hang out for a bit which turned into a 12 hour adventure. We sat under a tree at White Rock Lake. We both knew we wanted to get married. Official dating followed shortly after that. As we began to share our passions, our purpose and the redemption we have both experienced through Christ we were confident Christ had a purpose for our relationship. December 3, 2014 Adam took me to dinner. After dinner be handed me a notebook with character traits he saw in me that would be beneficial in marriage. As I read them I knew… We arrived at the same tree at White Rock where we first learned so much about each other. Adam asked me to marry and I of course said yes. Thankfully our families and friends have been incredibly supportive.

My planning experience was short and sweet with only 3.5 months to plan. I could not have done so without Adam’s constant encouragement and support. We looked at two venues. With such a short engagement most everything was booked. We decided on a Sunday evening and loved our venue. Food and beverages were decided upon based on the venue. We chose a baker that one of our friends had just used for my cake. One of Adam’s buddies baked his gig ’em cake. I ordered my dress online and was able to try it on and return it if the size didn’t work. I ended up only trying on two different styles. I was familiar with the florist and loved their style. I had very little to do with the florist other than our first meeting to give an idea of what I liked. Our DJ was recommended by a friend in my community group. I didn’t seek many options but went with my instinct. We sent save the dates out via email and quickly picked our wedding invitations.

Our design inspiration came from the outdoors. I like the beautiful simplicity that natural gives. We didn’t have many extras as far as decoration. Our wedding was outside so we didn’t need anything more than each other. Inside for the reception I know I wanted banquet style seating and Edison lights over the dance floor for the main effect. There were simple green runners and votives along the tables. We used sustainable bamboo plates and sliver flatware. I liked the combo. We stuck with simplicity.

The first meaningful detail of our wedding was that our grandmothers took the place of the traditional flower girls. I wanted to follow in the foot steps of women who have done marriage well for the past 57+ years. My youth pastor officiated the service so having him walk us into one of the most important seasons of our lives was great.

For brides currently planning their weddings, I would say don’t make engagement long. Everything that is necessary can get done quickly so don’t stress. Your wedding day will be perfect regardless of small glitches along the way. I’m so thankful we didn’t have time to spend on things that we would not have remembered. There are endless possibilities and options for a wedding but don’t weigh yourself down. Take time weekly to spend time with your fiancé make a point to not talk about the wedding. Don’t lose site of the purpose of the wedding. For us that was to resemble Christ’s love for the church and to vow to pursue that same self sacrificing love Christ demonstrated. Everything will get done and if it doesn’t, it didn’t need to be anyway. Enjoy this season! You can learn so much about your fiancé.

Most importantly, have fun! Your wedding is just the beginning. Marriage is so much more than a dress, cake, flowers… Those things make the wedding day so special and important which it is and should be! So, enjoy the planning and all that it entails. Adam and I think marriage is a big deal and wanted to celebrate that. The best advice Adam and I have received was from my Papa who has been married to my Nana over 60 years. He told us to “try hard everyday”. Enjoy this season of engagement and look forward to the many years ahead. Marriage is awesome!

Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Videographer: Candlelight Films | Floral Design: DIRT Design Studio | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cakes: Sugar Bee Sweets | Caterer: Bolsa | DJ: David Allen | Wedding Venue: Trinity River Audubon Center

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Elegant Downtown Dallas Ballroom Wedding

From the dramatic steps to the Corinthian stone columns, the portico of the Dallas Scottish Rite Temple stole our hearts. This wedding’s a delight for the eyes, thanks to talents like Significant Events Of Texas and Erin Blair Make Up & Hair Design. But our favorite thing? How adorable and absolutely in love the couple are. See all the special moments, captured by Anna Routh Photography, right here.

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From Anna Routh PhotographyErin and Zach are two of the most wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. Not only are they just so easy going, but they love each other and their friends and family so immensely. The joy on their faces throughout the day was so evident and so amazing. They were so excited to join their lives and their families and it showed. Erin and Zach chose the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Downtown Dallas (where they live) to tie the knot. The setting could not have been more perfect – the regal front porch, the stunning ballroom and all the details were just on point. Erin and Zach had a beautiful time celebrating with their friends and family, and it was such an honor for me to be able to capture their bond.

Photography: Anna Routh Photography | Floral Design: Stems Of Dallas | Cakes: Frosted Art Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Scottish Rite Cathedral - Dallas | Reception Venue: Scottish Rite Cathedral - Dallas | Hair And Makeup: Shannon Gobin Of Erin Blair Make Up & Hair Design | Event Planning And Coordination: Significant Events Of Texas | Getaway Car: Blue Diamond Limousines | Reception Band: Professor D

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Lush + Romantic Floral Inspiration from Bows and Arrows

There’s nothing I love more than fresh flowers. So much so, that every week, I buy myself a bouquet to keep on my desk at work because they make me smile. But my desk flowers have nothing on these gorgeous blooms from Bows and Arrows photographed to perfection by Heather Hawkins. I’m completely smitten, and you will be, too, after a peek through the gallery.

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From Alicia of Bows and ArrowsThis one-on-one intensive floral workshop with Adri of Moss Floral was devoted to teaching the mechanics of composition and designing natural, garden-esque floral design. We began with covering flower crowns and bridal bouquets, both adorned with Frou Frou Chic ribbon, and then learned to create floral installations, centerpieces and table setting. Our student Adri styled her work with our model Tea and worked with photographer Heather Hawkins to capture it in the best light and composition. Adri was an amazing student with so much talent, and left the workshop with a greater knowledge and passion of flowers, new techniques and tricks and her first photoshoot experience.

Photography: Heather Hawkins | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Hair & Makeup: Samantha Landis | Bridal Boutique: Warren Barron | Floral Design And Styling: Bows And Arrows | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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Elegant Dallas Arboretum Botanical Garden Wedding

Raise your hands if a seriously fun dance party meets a totally romantic garden affair is totally your thing.  Because this, my friends, is just such a wedding.  One that is chock-full of gorgeous blooms from Petals Couture, glam details and a duo as sweet as can be. Fall in love right here with the gallery captured by Becca Lea, then soak in the beautiful film from Cinema Weddings below.  

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From the beautiful Bride… March 14, 2015 was an absolutely beautiful, blissful blur of a day! I married my sweetheart, my best friend, on a slightly cooler spring day. Although it may have been overcast, nothing could have dampened our spirits! After a fun day getting ready with our BIG wedding parties (and much awaited anticipation), Marc and I met down in a dreamy sunken garden for our first look. It was truly magical! From the moment I locked eyes with my love, nothing else mattered. All nerves went out the window, and the only thing I could think about was how excited I was to marry this man!

I walked down the aisle, arm in arm with my daddy, to see 200 smiling faces of our closest family and friends. But it was the smiling face at the end of the aisle that made my heart leap. We had a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony officiated by Marc’s brother in a picturesque garden. After we said “I Do” (and kissed a few hundred more times) we were off to celebrate! Our reception was the biggest, best dance party you could imagine! It was filled with great food, great design, and even better company. At the end of the night, when everyone lined up around the corner to send us off with rose petals and well wishes, we had our private last dance. That moment struck a cord in our hearts. We danced to our favorite slow song, reflected on the night, and had a moment of pure bliss to ourselves under the stars and twinkling café lights. I couldn’t have dreamt up a more perfect wedding day!

My style inspiration was classic, romantic, and organic. My hair was down and draped over one shoulder, how I usually wear it, and my makeup was natural. I chose a simple, yet stunning lace Kelsey Genna wedding gown. The custom top featured romantic draped lace sleeves – my favorite part of the dress! For the ceremony, I wore the gorgeous Opaline Sash by Ranna Gill for BHLDN, Petite Crystal Drops by Kenneth Jay Lane for BHDLN, Lianna Mesh/Satin Embellished Booties by Badgley Mischka, and the romantic Sky Mist Veil by Debra Moreland for BHLDN. For the reception, I switched it up by exchanging the belt for the gorgeous Twigs & Honey Baby’s Breath Crystal Hair Vine for BHDLN.

We chose the breathtaking Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens as our ceremony and reception venue, which reflected our organic, al fresco style. All in all, we could not have had the wedding of our dreams if it wasn’t for all of our amazing vendors. Not only are they some of the best in the industry, but they became my best friends, too. I absolutely love them all, and we are so thankful for all of their hard work and incredible talent! It made our wedding a true fairytale!

Photography: Becca Lea | Videography: Cinema Weddings | Floral Design: Petals Couture | Wedding Dress: Kelsey Genna | Cake: Unrefined Bakery | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Catering: Gil's Elegant Catering | Hair And Makeup: Savannah King | Bride's Belt: BHLDN | Bride's Headpiece: Twigs And Honey | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Dallas Arboretum | Event Styling & Design: Unique Unique Design | Veil: BHLDN

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Dallas Spring Garden Elopement

To me, this celebration is the ultimate “big wedding vs. elopement” compromise. With just four months to plan, the bride and groom opted for a sweet, simple, nearest-and-dearest-only morning “I do” at the charming Dallas Arboretum with Tracy Enoch on hand to capture. The Southern Table provided the loose, organic bouquets of the bride’s wedding dreams, and as for the full gallery of pretty? We’re only just getting started.

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From The Bride…Jason and I met in June of 2008 while working together in Dallas, TX. I was home from college and took a summer job at the store where Jason was employed. I was immediately infatuated with him. He’s the most charming, hilarious, and lovable person I’ve ever known. A couple years later, I graduated, and we finally started dating! A little over 3 and a half years of dating later, Jason proposed on Christmas Eve 2014. We had been talking about marriage for over a year, but I was still completely surprised!

As soon as the whirlwind of engagement died down a little, I was overwhelmed by the idea of planning our wedding. We highly considered a destination elopement, but we finally determined that Dallas was the city that brought us together and we couldn’t imagine exchanging vows anywhere else. We still wanted the intimate feeling of an elopement, so when I found The Poetry Garden at the Dallas Arboretum, I knew it was the perfect venue for our ceremony.

A little less than 4 months after our engagement, on April 17, 2015, Jason and I were married! The flowers were in full bloom and the weather was especially gorgeous. We didn’t see each other the day before the wedding, but we chose to do a first look in order to calm some nerves and have a moment alone before the big event. At the first look, we exchanged cards, and I gifted Jason his grandfather’s watch. His grandfather passed away last year, and I knew that Jason would appreciate having a reminder of him at our wedding.

Jason’s uncle officiated our Friday morning ceremony as our eleven guests watched on. A string-duo serenaded us in the secret garden while my dad walked me down the aisle. Jason and I shed a few tears of joy as we exchanged our vows- It was the first time I’d ever seen him cry! I’ll never forget that moment. After our ceremony we all celebrated with mimosas, brunch, and our favorite strawberries ’n cream cake.

After we got engaged, Jason assured me that his only request was for me to have the wedding of my dreams. My vision for the wedding was elegant, organic, romance. Due to our short timeline and minimal budget, I decided to DIY our wedding invitations. With a background in art, I chose to watercolor our wedding stationary. I wanted to allude to the garden setting without being too feminine. I tore the paper edges for an organic touch and lined the envelopes with a subtle metallic paper. I addressed our envelopes using watercolor paint and a brush. Finally, vintage stamps completed the look I was going for.

My 3 bridesmaids wore long, flowing, neutral-toned dresses and carried beautiful organic bouquets in a subtle blush ombre. I wore a modern (rented!) Nha Khanh gown with flat embellished sandals and my mom’s diamond earrings. Delicate ribbon cascaded down from my luxurious bouquet of peonies, ranunculus, and garden roses. Our amazing florist, Maxine Owens of The Southern Table, completely mastered my floral vision. I swear everything she touches is magic!

Photography was of upmost importance to me since I work in the photo industry as a fashion art director. When I met Tracy Enoch, I knew she was the perfect fit for us. Tracy shoots primarily film photography, and I’m so in love with the natural light and nostalgic feel she was able to capture in our images. Best of all, her personality is just as lovely as her art!

Our wedding was even better than we could have imagined. We feel so blessed that it went off without a hitch, and we are so glad it didn’t rain as the weather report predicted! We are thankful for all of our family, friends, and vendors who made it so perfect. It was an unforgettable day.

Photography: Tracy Enoch | Floral Design: The Southern Table | Wedding Dress: Nha Khanh | Cakes: Breadwinners Inwood Village | Ceremony: The Dallas Arboretum | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair And Makeup: Q The MUA | Ceremony Music: European Ensemble Strings | Brunch Reception: Breadwinners Inwood Village | Cake Topper: BHLDN | Envelope Liner Paper: Paper Source | Velvet Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Vintage Stamps: VerdeStudio

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SMP Blogger Bride: A Dash of Details’ Gets in Shape for Her Big Day

Hi Brides! It’s Ali from A Dash of Details here again to talk about something every Bride thinks about: working out. Every Bride wants to feel their best on the inside and out on their Big Day, so I am here to share a few tips on how I am getting in shape for my own wedding! But let’s be honest, it is much easier to get motivated with friends by your side.

If you are anything like me, I get so bored doing the same workout day after day. I love to workout – especially take classes – but I always have a hard time committing to just one studio. My friend Natalie started Studio Hop for just this reason. With her help to keep me motivated, these weeks leading up to the wedding we headed to three different studios for a good sweat and a lot of fun.

I found that pilates has been a great workout for my body. It is low impact, strengthens your core, elongates your muscles and helps you tone in all of the right places. It doesn’t hurt that Pilates Methodology is located in the most darling renovated old house.

The next day, Natalie and I headed to City Surf Fitness. Any workout that has you laughing and sweating at the same time is a win in my book. Just imagine great music, high cardio and balancing on a surf board. It is definitely a recipe for a great workout.

We needed a day to rest after City Surf, so Natalie and I decided we would try two workout classes at Burn Cardio. Boy, we sure got a great workout thanks to an amazing instructor. Spin and Yoga are a great combination of workouts. We first started with a high intensity spin class with great jams, strobe lights and cardio off the bike, and then headed into their yoga studio for some strength and stretching. This studio really has it all! 

We had such a fun week with our girlfriends, and the three different workouts allowed me to feel like I got a full body workout. I am starting to feel great on the inside and out! Also, cute workout clothes always help!

Staying motivated each week can be tough, especially when you are busy planning your wedding. Just remember that working out is a great stress reliever (even if it is just 20 minutes a day) and it always helps to have a partner to hold you accountable. It is also a great distraction from my busy day and a little friendly competition is always fun!

Good luck getting in shape! Remember, it’s a must to feel great on the inside so you will shine on your Big Day! I know you can do it!

Photography: Kristen Dee Photography | Ali's Outfits: Lululemon | Blog: A Dash Of Details | Cardio Studio- Plano, Texas: Burn Cardio | Pilates Studio- Uptown Dallas: Pilates Methodology | Surf Studio- Uptown Dallas: City Surf Fitness | Workout Membership: Studio Hop Fitness

Ali Bronska

Blogger Bride