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DIY Dallas Wedding at Three Three Three First Avenue

I am totally blown away by this Bride. She whipped up a DIY wedding that is equal parts beautiful and thoughtful, and I honestly don’t think it gets better than that. From the invitations to the floral vessels (and every sweet detail in between) she created a wedding that is packed to the gills with personality, and thanks to Shaun Menary Photography there is more to see here.


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From The Bride…Our wedding weekend was such a meaningful, beautiful and fun celebration of our relationship and the many people who are a part of our lives. We have been best friends for almost 10 years, so we were fortunate to have a solid group of friends that were excited to celebrate with us. For us, that was what the whole weekend was about, so we really kept that as a focus the whole time. When things didn’t go as planned, we reminded each other of that and were able to stay calm for the most part. We also asked our close friends to hold us accountable during that season.

I had not spent much time thinking or dreaming about our wedding day, so when we got engaged, I had to kick it into gear! The first 2 weeks were the toughest, and I try to tell everyone that. Once you get your major vendors/venues booked and outline your budget, it gets much easier from there (or at least it did for us!) We talked about the top 2-3 budget items that were important to us: for me, it was the design details, the band, and the photography; for him, it was the band, the photography and the food/alcohol. So, it made it easier on us to know where to splurge and where we could shave some costs. It also helped us pick our battles during the planning process.

Since I was probably most excited about the design details, I will tell you more about the ones that I really loved! I designed our save-the-dates and invitations myself, and I hand painted each invitation with a watercolor wash. While I am grateful that I never have to do that again, I loved adding a personal touch on each person’s invitation and the way people appreciated the love and care that went into their invitations. I also did all of the lettering on our envelopes, chalkboards and place cards. It was fun to see all the things I had worked on come to life, and our guests loved how the event felt like “us.”

Another detail I particularly loved was the way we incorporated our family and friends into the day. For our ceremony, we had minister friends officiate, sing and speak. One of our friends Allyson Wermelskirchen is a spoken word artist, so we asked her to perform a piece in the ceremony based off the scripture we used. The lyrics to her poem are now hanging in our house and will be special to us forever.

Perhaps my favorite detail was the floral arrangement vessels. My mom gathered antique silver pieces that have been in her family for nearly 100 years. Many of the pieces were golf trophies that my grandmother and great-grandmothers had won throughout the years. We took the pieces of all shapes and sizes to our florist, and they created the most beautiful, special arrangements using them. We are so grateful that they loved the idea and took on the added challenge with excitement.

DIY is not for everyone! But, I loved how many details at our reception made it feel personal. Find a few ways to insert details that make the day “you” and not just a pinterest board! If you go DIY, include your future spouse, friends and family in the process. It makes for some great memories, and they feel like they were a part of the celebration. My rule of thumb was if it was more stressful than it was exciting, cut it. I applied that to everything! Also, once you get to game time, just let it all go and trust your vendors/participants. What will happen will happen, and it will be lovely.

Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Floral Design: DIRT Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Cake: Frosted Art Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Munger Place | Reception: Three Three Three First Avenue | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Caterer: Lombardi Family Concepts | Hair: Glynnis Neal | Lighting: Astounding Sounds | Band: Party Machine | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Transportation: Premier Transportation | Dress Retailer: Lulu's Bridal Boutique | Flower Girl Dress: US Angels | Getting Ready Venue: Adolphus Hotel | Late Night Snack: Pokey O's Cookies And Ice Cream | Macaroons: Kelsey Barnard Catering | Paper Goods: Hillary Barnard Owens | Rentals: Shag Carpet

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Modern Outdoor Museum Wedding

Modern, sweet, and awe-inducing, this is the kind of wedding that will melt anyone’s heart. From citrus place cards to midnight garden dances, the uber-talented Sarah Kate captured every detail while Meredith Commender coordinated each organic element. Complete with carefully placed pops of color a la Dirt Flowers, you can see every last bit of it, right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Matt and I met when I returned to Dallas after college through the service organization, Teach For America, and he was attending SMU for business school. We instantly had a strong connection talking about our love of travel and good food. After three years of dating, living in different cities for a year, and buying a house, Matt proposed in Hilton Head, South Carolina during a summer getaway.

As an art history major, I always loved going to the beautiful Nasher Sculpture Center, designed by Renzo Piano. After getting engaged, we knew the sculpture garden at the Nasher would make a wonderful reception venue. The Sculpture Center is only a block away from the church that Taylor grew up in, where the ceremony was held. We used the art museum as the inspiration for choosing many of the wedding details including organic, sculptural vases and using a photograph of one of the museum’s signature pieces in the wedding invitation. We would especially like to thank our wedding coordinator, Meredith Commender, amazing photographer Sarah Kate, and wedding vendors Dirt Flowers, Wolfgang Puck Catering, Southern Fried Paper, Dallas Affaires Cake Company, and BBJ Linen.

The wedding day was truly the happiest day of our lives. We were thrilled to have so many close friends and family come to Dallas to celebrate the beginning of our lives together. My favorite part of the day was when I got to see Matt for the first time at our “First Look”. I was overcome with emotion at the significance of the day and how lucky I was to find such an incredibly kind and supportive partner. Matt’s favorite part of the wedding was when the venue was cleared out at the end of the night and we had one final dance together in the garden, just the two of us.

Photography: Sarah Kate Photography | Coordination: Meredith Commender | Floral Design: Dirt Flowers | Cake: Dallas Affaires Cakes | Invitations: Southern Fried Paper | Reception Venue: The Nasher Sculpture Center | Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering | Rentals: BBJ Linen

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Minimalist Dallas Loft Wedding

What happens when you pair organic minimalism and the rich shades of autumn? This Dallas affair captured through the lens of Nicole Berrett – that’s what. Complete with DIYed centerpieces, a quirky-cool backdrop and beautiful textured centerpieces by Dirt Design Studio, it’s a modern bride’s dream come true and every last bit is waiting right here.

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Fall
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From The Bride…The simplicity and beauty of fall florals is what inspired our wedding. I’ve always loved the color of fall portrayed in flowers. Fall colors and flowers are really beautiful just on their own, so having them be the main theme/decoration was easy because they don’t need anything but themselves to stand out.

Our colors were all based on fall flowers. We wanted to embrace the colors of fall in with deep reds to whimsical Texas wildflowers. To incorporate the fall colors we used a backdrop for the ceremony for Yeti and the Beast that had beautiful bunting with fresh garland and florals. For the reception we used potted plants as the centerpiece and Dirt Design added vintage bottles with stemmed flowers around it for a little added touch.

I was surprised by how little we had to DIY for the wedding because we kept the florals and centerpieces simple. We dip-dyed all of our wooden forks to add a little pop of color to the dining ware.

The centerpieces were the most difficult decision for me because I didn’t want to spend a fortune on flowers that I can’t use or put to use after the wedding. So, thanks to Pinterest, I got inspiration to use potted plants for the centerpieces so my husband and I could make a garden after the wedding. The week of the weeding the bridesmaids and I went shopping for herbs, succulents and potted plants at Home Depot and potted them the day before the wedding to ensure they were fresh and healthy!

My favorite part of the day was right after the ceremony. Noe and I got the holding room all to ourselves for just a few moments. It was so peaceful and refreshing to just have some time together, uninterrupted to celebrate our marriage before anyone else came in. It is also a feeling like none other to know that all of your dearest family and friends are all in one place to celebrate you and your husband! I kept thinking, “everyone is here, EVERYONE!” It was such a sweet feeling!!

Photography: Nicole Berrett Photography | Florist: Dirt Design Studio | Bride's Shoes: Urban Outfitters | Hair & Makeup: Osgood Oneil Salon | DJ: Le Force Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Express | Brides Dress: David's Bridal | Cake Topper: Etsy | Cakes And Pies: Zen Zero Bakery | Ceremony & Reception: Lofty Spaces | Glassware: Anthropologie | Paper Goods: Yeti & The Beast | Wedding Backdrop: Yeti & The Beast

Romantic Pastel Copper Inspiration Shoot

If you were to ask me what my daydreams looked like, I’d instantly show you this exact shoot from Kayla Barker. Overflowing with heavenly blush blooms by The Southern Table and copper accented Southern Fried Paper, it’s metallic minded pastel perfection. So if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in this gallery for the rest of time.

From Maxine of The Southern TableFor this inspirational shoot, we wanted to create a soft, feminine garden feel. The historic Aldredge House was the perfect setting to put together this team of great vendors. We chose to feature romantic tones of blush, whites, and peaches, paired with classic white marble and copper elements. Southern Fried Paper’s gorgeously refined invitation suite with copper letterpress set the tone for an elegant evening.

Our stunning model, Gabrielle, was glowing with upswept hair and natural makeup by Ladonna Stein, and so ethereal in BHLDN’s Vivienne gown. This Catherine Deane dress, which is the most delicate shade of pale grey, was a perfect compliment to the beautiful white and grey marble vases in the table scape. Here, we chose soft garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus, anemones and astilbe to pop against classic white linens and modern ghost chairs.

Overall, we think the effect create a light and airy look and a sense of subtle sophistication. The finishing touch was the gorgeous hexagon cake with classic white fondant by Layered Bake Shop, displayed on a white marble stand. Kayla Barker captured all the magic perfectly and will definitely inspire brides with her stunning images.

Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Layered Bake Shop | Ceremony Venue: Aldredge House | Design & Floral: The Southern Table | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Invitations & Paper Goods: Southern Fried Paper | Makeup & Hair: LaDonna Stein | Table Setting: Crate & Barrel

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Jason Kennedy & Lauren Scruggs’ Dallas Ballroom Wedding

When we got a look inside Jason Kennedy and Lauren Scruggs’ LA engagement sesh, I was convinced it couldn’t get any better. But then the crazy talented Kat Harris and Lindsey Shea sent along their wedding, and I instantly changed my tune. It’s a day filled with deeply personal moments and out-of-this-world design by Todd Events, and you can grab a front-row seat in the gallery right here.

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From Kat Harris PhotographyWhen I think of Lauren and Jason I think of depth, authenticity, laughter, and power. What is amazing about their love is that individually they both have passion to be a positive voice in our culture, and together the power they have to be leaders in our world is endless. (Not to mention their love is completely infectious!)

Their wedding day was flawless. Surrounded by their family and community they celebrated what God has done in their lives, and their journey towards forever. Lauren was so full of peace and so grounded that day, and Jason is always a ball of energy and such a light.

Their ceremony was intimate and tears and laughter brought their announcement of husband and wife. Todd Events created an effortless winter chic vibe, and to say there was an epic dance party is an understatement. Jason and Lauren you two are gems. You bring such light to our world, and we are so excited for your lives to unfold!

Photography: Lindsey Shea Photography | Photography: Kat Harris Photography | Cake: Fancy Cakes | Shoes: Stuart Wietzman | Band: Cuvee | Venue: Four Seasons Resort At Las Colinas | Bridesmaid Gifts: Packed Party | Event Planning + Design: Todd Events | Gown 1: Romona Keveza | Hair + Makeup: Remba Productions | Papaerie: Scarlet And Gold | Pink Gown: Nardos Imam | Suit: Tom Ford

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Elegant Peach Dallas Wedding

With Georgia and Virginia as their home states, this couple wanted nothing more than to infuse their Southern roots into their wedding day, and elegantly so they did. Branching Out crafted beautiful peach and magnolia foliage centerpieces, while bridesmaids wore full-length champagne Jenny Yoo dresses and the stunning Bride in a lacy Essence Of Australia gown, paired with a perfect chignonSarah Kate captured every moment and you can see them all right here.

From the beautiful Bride…Magnolias in May-the mindset I had when planning our special day. My husband is from Georgia and my family is from Virginia so I really wanted our wedding to reflect our Southern roots. One of the best words of wisdom we had prior to our big day was to truly savor every moment, which is why we tried to truly embrace all the special moments of our day.

My husband and I chose not to do a first look, however I embraced that modern tradition and did a first look with my daddy (Pops). It was a moment full of joyful tears and our sweet photographer Sarah Kate had to stop numerous times for me to get it together for photos. I couldn’t look at Pops without becoming a blubbery mess, our bond is truly one of a kind.

My husband and I have alternated planning surprise date nights every week nicknamed Hot Tuesday ever since our very first date. It was such a fun way to explore our new city [Dallas] and motivated us to plan fun dates around the city. I fell in love with Ross through all the surprises and so I really wanted to plan a big surprise for him on our wedding day. All of our family and friends are familiar with our date night and our good friend that married us even mentioned it in our ceremony.

Ross went to The University of Georgia and to say he is a bulldog fan would be an understatement. I wanted his surprise to be something really memorable to him as well as something fun for our guest to enjoy. The Rabun Bourbon Bar was the perfect addition to make our wedding truly personal. It was so much working with Caroline Fair, Fauxcades and Southern Fried Paper to create the surprise. My daddy built the frame for the sign the week of our wedding-sweet man!

My husband and I snuck into the ballroom during the outdoor cocktail hour so I could reveal his big surprise. It was a great way to kick off the evening and our guest [especially the Georgia fans] loved personalized bar.

When I met with our florist I explained to her, I knew nothing about flowers but wanted magnolias and peaches to bring our Southern roots to Dallas. My husband’s family is deeply rooted in Georgia and I wanted to symbolize both of our families becoming one on that day. Branching Out Events surpassed our vision for our Southern wedding, trophies filled with peaches, magnolia foliage welcoming guest to our cocktail hour and mint julep cups reminisced for a perfect Southern Saturday.

Our friends and family love to dance and Cuvvee brought down the house. We danced the night away closing with an intimate last dance to truly savor the evening.

Photography: Sarah Kate | Coordination: Caroline Fair | Floral Design: Branching Out Floral And Event Design | Wedding Dress: Essence Of Australia | Cake: Frosted Art Bakery | Reception Venue: Arlington Hall At Lee Park | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Band: Cuvee | Paper Products: Southern Fried Paper | Rentals: Fauxcades | Video: Splendor Films

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