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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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Romantic Bridal Session at Emporium Pies

Greatest tradition ever?  Bridal sessions.  Hands down, one of the coolest ways to celebrate your impending wedding.  And when that bridal session happens to include yummy pies from Emporium Pies (because pie is awesome), an entire world of lovely blooms from Bows And Arrows and gorgeous images from Letter A Photography, well… that’s a day that can’t be beat.  See it all here.


From Letter A Photography… Ashley is a gorgeous bride that absolutely loves to bake and loves sweets! When she left the location entirely up to me I was trying really hard to make sure it screamed “Ashley.” So, what better place than the cutest pie shop around? Emporium Pies in the Dallas Bishop Arts District.

Photography: Letter A Photography | Florist: Bows And Arrows | Calligraphy & Stationery: Rosemary Gutierrez | Handmade Custom Gown: Ana | Pie Shop: Emporium Pies

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How to Style Your Bridesmaids’ Dresses

Hello, Pretty Brides! It’s Devon Rachel and I’m back to talk about another important step in this wedding planning process: the bridesmaids. This crazy bunch will be your support and you’ll definitely want them looking fabulous by your side. But how do you make these girls stand out in a stylish way? You’re going to have to take a step out of your comfort zone. But it’ll be fun – I promise!

When I started the search for my girls, I knew one thing; I wanted them to be in all different dresses. Let me just tell you, this was a great idea but it was extremely hard for me to find at first. I have seven bridesmaids so I assumed I needed to pick a dress from seven different collections. Wrong. So wrong.

While it would be great to find seven different designed fabulous dresses, it’s not as realistic (at least in my experience). I decided to track down a single designer who carried enough dresses in their collection to dress each of my girls (and keep me happy visually). This is one of the best tips I can give you! While picking different dresses in different designers can happen, it’s just a heck of a lot easier if you can find one designer.

I was so happy to find Amsale Bridesmaids. Out of the many designers, Amsale totally wowed me and creates dresses that feel less ‘Bridsmaid-y”. We headed to Bella Bridesmaids Dallas to get my girls fitted and ready to go. Big step off my extremely long wedding checklist? Oh yeah! Oh yeah!

Today I’m taking you along this process and showing three different ways to be different with your Bridesmaids dresses. Whether it’s different colors, styles, or textures, you’ll find some great examples and tips in this video. It features my actual bridesmaids, and I hope you love it! Make sure to visit my Pinterest and Blog for more inspiration and tips! xoxo

Cinematography: Candlelight Films | Photography: Splendor Photography | Bridesmaids’ Salon: Bella Bridesmaid (Dallas Location) | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale

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Devon Rachel

Contributing Editor, Blogger Bride