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Elegant + Organic Garden Inspired Engagement

In my humble opinion, when it comes to florals – the more the merrier. Especially when Gro Designs crafts said florals into one stunning runner atop La Tavola linens. Blooming with ethereal elegance and romantic charm, this inspirational shoot from the lens of Charla Storey is so stunning that my words alone won’t do it justice, so we’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

From Gro DesignsThis shoot was inspired by the cascading floral and soft spring colors!

The GRO designs creative team is excited to share this Engagement shoot that marries two of the most popular wedding styles for 2015, garden elegance with organic-natural, while bringing along some of our favorite people and companies we work with to tell that story.

The newly renovated Sixty Five Hundred in Dallas, was the perfect space for our creative director, Nathan Johnson, to dream up this tablescape with muted shades of peach, lavender, pink, and white floral. The defused lighting in Sixty Five Hundred was captured perfectly by the talented Charla Storey through digital and film photography. Charla’s attention to detail and stylizing of this shoot enabled us to capture the intimacy and story we wanted to tell through our models, Clare Selig and Andrew Coates who are engaged to be married later this year. Clare, elegantly wore, a spectacular evening dress by Jenny Packham from Stanley Korshak. Following suit with our GRO weddings, many of the details were inspired from this elegant dress. POSH Couture’s rich green, pink, and gold rimmed china along side their silver and gold flatware were perfectly placed on blush, ruffled LaTavola linen. The texture of the linen was complimented by layers of white hydrangea that frame the dramatic floral waterfall designed by our talented team at GRO. Garden roses, tulips, ranunculus, sweet pea, jasmine, and hydrangea were all represented which happen to be many of our favorite blooms at GRO. Last but not least, the paper details by Natalie Grace were the perfect and final touch to our story.

Photography: Charla Storey | Floral Design: Gro Designs | Dress: Stanley Korshak | Dress: Jenny Packham | Venue: Sixty Five Hundred | Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Linen: La Tavola | Paper Goods: Natalie Grace | Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals

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Sweet + Simple Austin Brunch Wedding

There’s something so perfectly sweet about a brunch wedding, but factor in the beautiful old church, a glowing Bride plus a Groom in uniform, and you’ve got a recipe for perfection. It’s a true family affair captured by Kristen Kilpatrick, and to top if all off? A three-tiered cinnamon roll flavored wedding cake made my the bride’s best friend. Yes, please!

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Spring
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Elegant

From Kristen KilpatrickSometimes when a wedding ceremony is so incredibly special and soul filling, it then becomes hard to put into words, which is why the little details and small moments throughout the day play such an important role for telling the sory of the day. Luisa and Even first met during the second grade in their small hometown of Elgin, Texas. After highshcool graduation the two lost touch and in 2012 rekindled their flame. From my very first client meeting with Luisa, she made it completely clear that she wanted the ceremony to be God glorifying and centered on the true meaning of marriage. Luisa also wanted to plan a wedding that was small and intimate, so that she best felt surrounded by family and Christ. This stunning bride couldn’t have asked for a more romantic, sincere, or gorgeous day! Having the entire family able to attend was important to Luisa and Evan, so they decided to go with a brunch themed noon wedding in order to assure everyone made it home safely by evening. They chose to have their wedding at Mercury Hall in Austin, Texas.

The twelve o’clock sunshine seeped through the stain glass windows of the old refurbished Church and completely lit up the ceremony site with the most breathtaking natural light. Upon entering guest mingled and gathered around a table that had old pictures of the bride and groom framed about. The love these two shared for each other couldn’t have been any more evident. Once they signed the guest book, guest found their seats and began listening to soft strums of a guitarist.

Soon after Luisa walked down the isle and dropped the jaws of many as her inner beauty radiated throughout the room. Her effortlessly elegant “up do” and simple diamond drop earrings paired together perfectly, giving her the look of a timeless classic bride.

This elegant couple got married in front of an old fireplace that was covered in fresh garden roses as well as other beautiful flowers with vintage candle holders placed throughout. During the ceremony Luisa and Evan shared communion and prayer together then sealed their covenant with a kiss! With family being so important to Luisa, she had her florist use her great grandmothers vintage mason jars for some of the table centerpieces. Guest enjoyed a seated and relaxed Texas style BBQ lunch and close friends made speeches that brought tears to all!

The brunch aspect was heightened when Luisa and Evan cut into their three-tiered cinnamon roll flavored wedding cake, created by the bride’s best friend and bridesmaid. Vintage china was used to serve the cake and coffee. Luisa brought forth elements of a modern bride to her wedding by incorporating pops of pink vibrant hues to her florals, which added a nice cheerful color to her images. The newlyweds were sent off with a flower toss and lots of love from family and friends. The love Evan and Luisa share was such a blessing to witness, much less capture.

Photography: Kristen Kilpatrick | Planner: Allison Williford | Floral Design: Zinnia and Company | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Makeup: Nisa Nicole | Hair: Path Salon | Venue: Mercury Hall | Ceremony Backdrop: Loot Vintage Rental

Butterfly Ballet Boudoir Session

Did y’all take ballet lessons when you were younger? I did for a couple years and my favorite part was most definitely twirling in my tutu (instead of doing what I was supposed to). It’s the exact memory that came to mind upon seeing these dreamy images from Archetype. It’s that little girl ballet all grown up and transformed into one of the prettiest boudoir shoots you ever did see.

From ArchetypeMoody, organic bridal boudoir shoot for a bride with whimsical style. The utterly romantic lace and ethereal tulle skirt set the tone for a dreamy collection of images.

“Let us spend our lives chasing the tiny moments of grace that hide in borrowed breaths, stolen glances, and the last instant before smiling lips come to rest.” -Tyler Knot Gregson

DIY insider tip: I made the skirt myself using three layers of silk tulle over two layers of the heavier nylon tulle. Follow online directions to color mix dye for the desired tones of blue. Stitched all layers into a gathered waist bound by a satin bias cut ribbon.

Photography: Koby Brown, Archetype | Hair And Makeup: Jenni Reed, All Things Jenni | Blue Silk Lace Ruffle Panty: Oh Lulu | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Lace Dress: Gossamer | Lace Teddy: 1920's Lace Teddy | Model: Valentina | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Setee: Bourbon & Bloom | Stylist: Terilyn Brown, Archetype | Vintage Robe: Gossamer

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Miss USA Says “I Do” in a Glamorous Ballroom Affair

Take former Miss USA, Crystle Stewart, her very dapper groom and a breathtaking Chateau Cocomar ballroom and the result is one of the prettiest weddings in SMP history.  Think towering florals from Plants N’Petals, a luxe reception fit for royalty and some of the sweetest moments between husband and wife you will ever see.  Soak in every second of pretty captured by Select Studios right here

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Summer
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Chateau
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Glamorous

From Select StudiosCrystle and Max’s wedding was one we were absolutely looking forward to shooting! We’ve had the honor of working with Crystle before when she held the title of Miss Texas USA in 2007 and then went on to win Miss USA the following year. She now stars in the Tyler Perry sitcom fittingly titled “For Better or Worse” on the OWN Network. Max is a Belgian-born model who set the bar extremely high when he proposed to Crystle, after a surprise helicopter ride, in front of friends and family who wore t-shirts that read “True Love is Crystle Clear”. The couple celebrated their nuptials in front of 320 guests at Chateau Cocomar in August and it was truly a fairytale!

Photography: Select Studios | Floral Design: Plants N'Petals | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Reception Venue: Chateau Cocomar | Catering: Cafe Natalie | Event Planning & Design: Cocomar Ladies

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Bohemian Desert Boudoir Session

There’s nothing quite like a simple, raw backdrop for a boudoir shoot. My favorites are always those where the location lets a Bride’s beauty shine, and in this case, the Marfa desert sure did set the stage for Tamara Gruner’s utterly romantic captures. Belle Soul Weddings added their touch to this intimate shoot and the result is alluring beyond words.

From Tamara Gruner PhotographyIn the vast expanse of a beautiful desert our soon to be bride enjoyed the warmth of the moment. With so many expectations for the day she started the day adorning herself with delicate textures. She spent the rest of the morning strolling and enjoying the wilderness. She wore a BHLDN bridal robe to create the intimacy of the day. I was delighted to capture these amazing moments with her in this scenic beauty that is Marfa.

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Event Design: Belle Soul Weddings | Floral Design: Belle Soul Weddings | Calligraphy: Nib And Pixel | Bridal Robe (long): Anthropologie | Bridal Robe (short): BHLDN | Candle & Candle Holder (Window Sill): Pottery Barn | Candle & Candlesticks: Vieux Interiors | Earrings: Joseph Keith | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Geode: Moonlight Gemstones | Gold Shoes: Anthropologie | Perfume & Silver Tray: Anthropologie | Rose Gold Ring: Brian Gavin Diamonds | Silk Ribbons: Of The Earth | Stool & Lantern: Pottery Barn | Veil: Casa De Novia Bridal

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Modern Texas Clubhouse Wedding

When you work in the “industry” … wedding industry that is, your own special day can be nothing short of amazing. Luckily, for this lovely bride, she had a so much help from friends, that every detail of this modern Texas wedding was picture perfect. With the help of Statue of Design & snaps from Rachael Hall Photography, you won’t want to miss a moment from this special day here!

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Fall
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ChurchLoft
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Modern

From Rachael Hall PhotographyReba and Ryan are a remarkable couple. I knew Reba as a fellow wedding industry colleague; she is an amazing event planner with such an eye for design. This wedding was a family affair, in that several of us: Sweet August Events, Rachael Hall Photography and 2tarts Bakery, all good friends, worked together to create an unforgettable wedding for one of our own.

I couldn’t have been more excited to bring Reba and Ryan’s vision of their wedding day to life. They met in the Texas State Marching Band and carried the theme of music and their mutual love of Disney throughout their very stylish, modern wedding. Reba’s father passed away very unexpectedly a few years ago, and she is extremely close to her mother, Amy. It was important to Reba for me to reflect that in photographs.

The day was absolutely perfect with a bright blue Texas sky, and Reba looked radiant in her gown. Ryan’s uncle is a Catholic priest and had the special honor of performing their wedding mass. Reba’s friend and boss, Katherine Lopez, who owns Sweet August Events, did a phenomenal job of transforming The Landmark Loft Clubhouse into a vision of modern design. From laser-cut mirrors which listed the seating chart, to Ghost Chairs and signs on each table containing the title of a Disney love song and the amazing, lush florals and succulents provided by Statue of Design, Reba and Ryan’s wedding was breath-taking. 2tarts Bakery did their gold standard work by providing a crisp, modern palette of desserts in grey and white with bold accents of emerald.

From the beautiful Bride… From the day Ryan asked me to marry him I knew I wanted our day to be incredible and I needed to find the most incredible people to make it happen. Our vendors brought our vision to life, Katherine Lopez with Sweet August Events, my boss, made sure that every detail was perfect and exactly what I asked for. Rachael with Rachael Hall Photography captured the true essence of the magical day. With such a wonderful group of vendors who I work with on a daily basis I knew the day would be perfect, and it was.

I had always dreamed of getting married at Walt Disney World but our theme of Modern Romance seemed to fit our relationship perfectly and so course we had to throw in small touches of Disney wherever we could. My absolute favorite part of the day was standing in our reception space with my husband and looking around at beautiful décor that we designed and imagined together. At that moment surrounded by our family and closest friends we felt truly at home and overwhelmed with happiness.

Photography: Rachael Hall Photography | Videography: Miguel And Joe Photography | Event Planning: Sweet August Events | Floral Design: Statue of Design | Wedding Gown: Celebrations | Cake: 2tarts Bakery | Invitations: Girl General | Ceremony Venue: Sts. Peter And Paul Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Landmark | Bride's Shoes: Tom's | Bridesmaids' Shoes: Toms | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Hair And Makeup: Landmark Salon | Lighting: DPC Media | DJ: Complete | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Silver Voices | Rentals: Luxe Event Decor

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