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Romantic Lavender Lakeside Inspiration

I believe there is no such thing as too much lavender. I love both the flower itself and the scent, and would sprinkle a little all over my apartment if my fiancé would let me. So when I came upon this gorgeous photo shoot by Jenna McElroy, styled by Claire Brody, I was drawn right in, transported to this ethereal lakeside wonderland, and I haven’t let the gallery since.

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Summer
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Lakeside

From Jenna McElroy… For this shoot, Claire and I took inspiration from nature. We wanted to combine deep purples, and golds with natural elements to create an ethereal and organic lakeside shoot. Claire picked fresh lavender and incorporated it into the brides bouquet, and as the centerpiece on the table. We got a low table, and instead of chairs, used deep purple pillows, so that the seating would be more relaxed. The rocky lake terrain, paired with the bride’s delicate dress, and soft make-up, add to the romantic ambience.

Photography: Jenna McElroy | Wedding Gown: Sarah Seven | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Dress Store: Seredipity Bridal | Film Processing: Photovision | Hair Artist: Rob Moore | Make Up Artist: Ashley Conlon | Model: Anna Dean | Paper Design + Calligraphy: The Southern Inkwell | Stylist: Claire Brody

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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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Fall
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Golf Club
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Elegance

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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Summer
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Garden
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Elegance

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 | Hair: Hair Artistry By Jeanie R. | DJ: DJ's Etc. | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Ceremony Music: Meridian String Quartet | Ceremony Music: Jenny Watts | Dress Shop: Neiman Marcus | Makeup: Sabrina Hull | Planning: Glenda Miller At Marie Gabrielle | Suit Shop: Bergdorf Goodman

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