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Great Gatsby Inspiration Shoot

Here’s how we celebrate the very last day of 2014.  We put on our finest SMP wear, grab that last egg nog latte and dive into an inspiration shoot that is so posh and sparkly that only Jay Gatsby himself could have thrown a party equally as awesome.  It’s 1920′s glam done oh-so-right from a talented team that includes Kaitlin ParishoMartina Liana and Anna Smith.  Party on right here.

And a little something special from Green Light Media Services

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From Anna Smith Photography… Lavish ornamentation, vivid colors, geometric shapes, glamour and luxury. These are just a few words that describe a time in fashion history that was an inspiration for this Great Gatsby 1920’s theme inspirational shoot. Styled by Chic Fleur Weddings and Events and photographed by myself, Anna Smith Photography, my vision came to reality showing off the works of many talented vendors in Dallas. With perfect touches of antiques from Gold Dust Vintage Rentals, vintage clothing, treasured family heirloom props and a couple very much in love we were able to create this drop dead gorgeous navy & gold stunner.

The Aldredge House set the backdrop for these gorgeous photos. Beginning as a gift to a bride in the early 1900’s, the history of Aldredge House has been that of a true love story. It now sits as a prominent mansion in the Swiss Avenue Historical District in Dallas and shines with Gatsby’s Style sophistication. From antique furnishings to exquisite walnut paneling
 to an exterior wraparound terrace ideal for cocktails
 to impeccably maintained gardens it was an absolute perfection for our night of inspiration.

The floral design by Ginger Root Florals completed the flawless and genuine design. I wanted our high-end day decorated with opulent and gorgeous white flowers with a touch of blue and lots of texture. By using white anemone and blue jackpot thistle we were able to add pops of color without overwhelming the scene. White standard roses, white spray roses, cafe au lait dahlias, ranunculus, dusty miller & hydrangeas were used to design the bouquet and gold vase centerpieces.

The place settings and vintage gold rimmed glassware were something out of this world. Sun-shaped and unique charger plates – these stood out to us in their lavish design and elegance. Bar cart was a must & was decorated with glassware and liquor bottles from 1920’s and bubby champagne.

Stationery created by Kaitlin Parisho was wonder to my eyes. I have never seen anything as unique & elegant, purely beautiful. The art deco style table numbers paired with blue and silver fun fonts with gold art deco designs brought a touch of sophistication and glam of the 1920s. She even ordered vintage stamps!

Our models were an actual married couple, so it was easy to feel their love and affection during the shoot. The attire was classy, clean and sophisticated generously provided to us by Culwell & Son and Patsy’s Bridal. Culwell & Son helped us choose a tuxedo from the era for our handsome groom. Patsy’s provided us with the most beautiful chiffon beaded wedding gown by Martina Liana from their vintage glam collection. Dallas Hair and Make up created a dramatic look for the bride with sparkly eyes and bright red lips. We went for bold and beautiful and absolutely achieved the look.

The jewelry provided by Patsy’s Bridal and Nordstrom Bridal were elaborate and magnificent. Intricately cut & radiant pieces carefully handcrafted for the bride’s headband, emerald and art deco shaped drop earrings and delicately cut stones with tiny crystal pattern for the hand tied bracelet were all inspired by the jewelry and headpieces popular to the 1920’s era.

The cake created by the amazing Sweet Thangs by Lo Michelle was set with intricate Gold Art Deco Designs. The Vintage Car was provided to us by Blue Diamond Limousines Of Texas. Green Light Media Services filmed the event and made a beautiful video for the shoot. All together this was a showcase of many talented Dallas Vendors and we can not wait to share our inspiration with the world. We will be very honored for SMP to feature our work.

Photography: Anna Smith Photography | Cinematography: Green Light Media Services | Coordination: Chic Fleur Weddings + Events | Floral Design: Ginger Roots Florals | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Cake: Sweet Thangs By Lo Michelle | Stationery: Kaitlin Parisho | Reception Venue: Aldredge House | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Neiman Marcus | Men's Attire: Culwell & Son | Bridal Shop: Patsy's, A Bridal Boutique | Hair & Make Up: Dallas Hair And Make Up | Rentals: Gold Dust Vintage Rentals | Vintage Car: Blue Diamond Limousines Of Texas

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Romantic Dallas Surprise Proposal

‘Tis the season for proposals, and I’m betting many of you pretties are sporting a little something sparkly after last week?! 2014 personally brought a sweet proposal to me, so every time one makes it’s way across my desk, I go weak in the knees. Proposals like this one from Jenny McCann, fancied up with lush garland from Posh Floral and a stunner of a rock. It’s swoon central and you can see it all here.

From Jenny McCannWith Christmas right around the corner (and lots of proposals coming up) I thought you might like to see this surprise proposal that took place in Dallas, TX. Ryan and Mariana have such a sweet story and Ryan thought of every detail for the proposal, including a surprise post engagement trip to Spain! Mariana is originally from Brazil and Ryan also surprised her by proposing in Portuguese and presented her with a Brazilian Prasiolite gemstone. Mariana has graciously written me a personal note about themselves, details about the proposal and even about the ring. I hope you enjoy these photos!

From The Bride & Groom…We met in Italy as children, around 12 years old, when both our fathers were transferred there for the same company. Our families traveled a lot together and I had a secret crush on Ryan even then. He tells me he was already in love with me and would always get excited when his family came to visit. After 4 years in Italy my family moved back to Brazil and his back to the US. We did not see or talk to each other for 5 years. We re-connected when my family moved to Texas, and his family came to visit. Then he was taller and looked like a man instead of a boy! We still felt that instant attraction towards each other as if no time had passed. We started talking to each other on the phone every day and (without planning) both ended up at UT Austin. We started dating there and have been together for 5 years. We are now so excited to start planning our 2016 wedding in Brazil!

The day of the proposal my friend invited me for a day at the spa under the premise that it was a “gift” given to her, although Ryan was the actual gift giver. We had everything done: hair, facial, makeup, massage. The works! My friend called an Uber to take us to a restaurant where we would meet our guys for a double date but she never got into the car. Instead she handed me headphones, gave the address to the driver and left. While in the car, Ryan texted me a link to a Youtube video and it turned out to be a video from my parents and relatives in Brazil wishing me all the best in this new step in life. It was very emotional for me to watch! When I arrived Ryan was there inside the gazebo, all handsome, waiting for me. He proposed in Portuguese finishing with the words we have as a symbol of our relationship: “today and always”. After the photos with Jenny, we got in the car and I called my parents. I was so excited talking to them I did not notice where we were going. The car slowed down and I realized we were at the airport. At that point I freaked out. Ryan planned a post engagement vacation to Barcelona that was going to start right away! He planned everything, even arranging with my work so I could take that time off. The trip was amazing and truly an unforgettable experience.

We went to Brazil this past summer for the World Cup and while there Ryan asked me to visit a few jewelry stores so he would have an idea of what I liked. H. Stern is the best jewelry store in Brazil. It is like Tiffany’s here in the US. When I saw this Prasiolite ring I fell in love with it instantly! Prasiolite is a stone you can only find in it’s natural form in Brazil. The ring was also a special collection made only for the world cup month, and only sold in Brazil. I knew this was the one, but I had no idea how Ryan would be able to get it. There are several regulations regarding exporting and importing jewelry, and H. Stern could not send the ring to the US. Ryan also could not buy the ring there with me, because it would not be a surprise. I was convinced I was not going to have this ring, and told myself I would find something else I liked here. But Ryan snuck out with my dad and bought the ring. He had my parents ask a friend who was going to NYC to take the ring with her, then Ryan recruited one of his friends from college who lives in NYC to pick up the ring from this woman, then another friend took the ring to meet Ryan in Austin. After 3 nerve-wracking months he finally got the ring!

Photography: Jenny McCann | Floral Design: Posh Floral | Ring: H. Stern | Film Processing: ProPhoto Irvine | Location: Flippen Park | Planning: Meggie Francisco Events

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Holiday Proposal lnspiration Shoot

I KNOW I’m not alone in saying the holidays are my favorite time of year, and around these parts it’s known as the season of sparkle…aka proposal time! And whether you’re already rocking that left hand bling, or anxiously awaiting the big event, we’ve got a seasonal engagement shoot that’ll get the romance party started. Thanks to Lindsey Shea and Sweet Pea Events for this Christmastime gem!

From the planner…It’s the most wonderful time of the year! So what better time to get engaged was the question I asked myself when looking for my latest inspiration. A Christmas tree farm is the perfect festive backdrop for an engagement to take place complete with all of your favorite holiday goodies – Christmas trees, gifts, jingle bells, gingerbread men, and even a little sprinkle of snow! With some amazing vendors we pulled this holiday themed proposal together to spread some Christmas cheer + inspiration for the upcoming season! Happy Holidays!

Photography: Lindsey Shea | Event Planning: Sweet Pea Events -Victoria Rellas | Florals: Gro Floral + Event Design | Bakery: Amuse Bake Shop | Calligraphy: Natalie Grace | Christmas Tree Farm: 4 CeeSons Christmas Tree Farm | Hair + Makeup: Lindey Duckworth

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Understated Elegance in Dallas, Texas at Brookhollow Golf Club

Sit down pretties, because this beauty of a wedding captured by Nicole Berrett Photography needs every little bit of your attention this morning. Dripping in stunning neutral and metallic tones and overflowing with details that will leave you speechless (that vintage plate seating wall has my heart), this gallery is what wedding blogging dreams are made of. And the amazing film from Candlelight Films below? That’s the icing on the cake. 

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From The Bride…I love unexpected design elements/quirks throughout a wedding day. With that in mind, I knew I wanted our wedding to have a vintage elegant feel with hints of whimsy and romance. Having an “understated elegance” approach helped narrow down the color palette, florals and my favorite project, our seating chart installation.

The color palette was made up of neutral & creams, soft blushes and accents of metallic gold. I worked with some amazing vendors to bring my vision to life for many elements of our wedding day, but the biggest projects were the ceremony backdrop and seating chart instillation.

I worked with Stems of Dallas to help create a backdrop for the wedding ceremony that consisted of layers upon layers of mixed materials and ribbon with candles and rose petals lining the aisle.

The plate instillation was my “baby”. I love vintage china and I curated a group of plates I absolutely loved from local shops and Etsy. From there I worked with an event construction company and calligrapher where we met numerous times to ensure the layout, calligraphy and execution all matched my vision. This was the first time these vendors had ever done a project like this so we were all very excited to see the end result. When people ask me how I came up with this idea, I tell them that I had my “aha moment” when viewing an image of plates hung on a dining room wall. I incorporated similar plates into the table numbers to tie it all together.

Another fun detail was the bridal sketch I had on display. I did not take bridal portraits and felt this would be a great keepsake for years to come. I searched for an artist that could keep the sketch realistic, but light and romantic. I came across Linda Lloyd and she did an amazing job!

My favorite part of our wedding was the first look Fritz and I had together. We went from smiling and laughing to happy tears and hugging to soft whispers. Even though our videographer, photographer and wedding planner were all there to help make the moment special it felt like it was just the two of us, in our own little world.

I had the opportunity to donate some of the beautiful floral arrangements featured throughout our big day to a local hospice nursing home in honor of my mom. She passed away in 2008 from brain cancer. I’m so glad I was able to honor her on the most important day of my life while bringing joy and happiness to others.

Photography: Nicole Berrett Photography | Videographer: Candlelight Films | Planner: Abbie O Events | Florist: Stems Of Dallas | Wedding Cake: Jackie Spratt Cakes | Hair & Makeup: Erin Blair Makeup And Hair Design | Calligrapher: A Whimsical Script | Officiant: Love Notes | Ceremony Music: Serenata Strings | Bride's Gown: Patsy's : A Bridal Boutique | Ceremony & Reception: Brookhollow Golf Club | Lighting/Drapery: Absolute Lighting | Linens: La Tavola | Paper Goods: Sweet Magnolia Paper | Plate Installation: Liland's Special Events | Reception Music: Signed, Sealed, Delivered | Stage Facade: Perch Event Decor Rental | Tuxedos: Culwell And Sons

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Chic Texas Garden Wedding at Marie Gabrielle

Every time I see Virgil Bunao‘s name, I stop whatever I am doing so I can pay full attention to his work. He captures weddings in a way that literally makes me heart leap, and this Marie Gabrielle garden wedding proves my point in the prettiest of ways. Filled with love and gorgeous details, this gallery is honestly my definition perfection. See even more here.

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From Virgil BunaoWhen Heather and Jason contacted me to be their wedding photographer, I knew what an honor this would be. Heather is a professional photographer and her work is absolutely beautiful. Knowing this awesome duo entrusted their photos to me was both thrilling and terrifying at the same time. I had to have my A-game on because they have a long selection of wedding photographers to choose from! Their first round with me was their engagement photos and those turned out amazing; they are a great-looking couple. Their June wedding proved me wrong when I thought that their photos couldn’t get any better. Marie Gabrielle is definitely a spot to look into for your wedding if you’re in the Dallas area or if you’re contemplating having a destination wedding there. The gardens are perfectly manicured, the indoor spots are a photographer’s dream (especially if you love modern architecture), and the food is scrumptious and almost too stunning to eat. Almost!

Heather and Jason played on Marie Gabrielle’s interior decor by using some warm brown tones and earthy colors for their centerpieces and place settings. It was certainly rustic done expertly and I wouldn’t expect any less from this stylish couple! With Jason in his dapper Tom Ford suit and Heather in her classic Yoana Baraschi gown, it was a chic day with lots of love infused throughout, from the newlyweds to their families. My time in Dallas was definitely well-spent!

Photography: Virgil Bunao | Floral Design: Kate Foley Designs | Wedding Dress: Yoana Baraschi | Cake: Hipster Cakes | Invitations: Invitations By Dawn | Ceremony Venue: Marie Gabrielle | Reception Venue: Marie Gabrielle | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Marie Gabrielle | Makeup: Sabrina Hull | Hair: Hair Artistry By Jeanie R. | DJ: DJ's Etc. | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Ceremony Music: Jenny Watts | Ceremony Music: Meridian String Quartet | Dress Shop: Neiman Marcus | Planning: Glenda Miller At Marie Gabrielle | Suit Shop: Bergdorf Goodman

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Dallas Symphony Orchestra Bridal Session

When you pair a stunning Bride with Elan Makeup Studio and Sarah Kate Photography for an afternoon at Dallas Symphony Orchestra, well, perfectly pretty things are bound to happen my dears. Rosy pink cheeks dance with lace and satin and buttons galore for this darling bridal sesh. Head on over to the gallery for more.

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From Elan Makeup StudioKaitlin Teske got married on 6-20-14, this allows us to show you her beautiful bridal portrait. She is a high school orchestra instructor and wanted to shoot at the beautiful Dallas Symphony. We love the clean shots, her natural look and the AMAZING DRESS detail.

Photography: Sarah Kate Photography | Wedding Dress: Allure | Venue: Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Makeup & Hair: Elan Makeup Studio

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