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Blue + Yellow Just May Be Our New Favorite Wedding Hue Duo

Blue and yellow has stolen my heart! How can you look at these pics by Allen Tsai and not agree 110%!? These pretty pastel hues make everything sweeter and brighter and more beautiful – though this wedding is awfully stunning on its own! See every bit in our Vault gallery right this way and get ready to get loving on this delightful duo!

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Summer
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Classic

From the Bride… Our inspiration came from our venue The Laurel, which has a hill country elegance and charm. I have always loved the hill country look and it was amazing to have it available in the heart of Dallas! We were inspired by the limestone, hearty plants (rosemary, succulents, etc.) from that area; so many of those elements were tied into different aspects of the ceremony and reception.

My mom, grandmother, and I did quite a bit of DIY work. I made the hangers for my bridesmaids, while grandma and mom made the robes! Our favors are also very personal because they are very Italian, where I studied abroad recently. Will and I have been making limoncello for the last few months. We bottled those in the traditional (but smaller) swing top bottles exactly like you see in Italy. We also made little biscotti to give out, one the traditional almond cantuccini, and one more modern version which was a chocolate flavor!

From Allen Tsai PhotographyEmily and Will were the dream couple to work with their on wedding day! Some of you might feel that Emily looks familiar and that’s because I was fortunate enough to photograph her in Tuscany recently, which was featured on Style Me Pretty’s Destination Blog! Her beautiful invitation suite was designed by her father, who is a graphic designer, and was perfectly paired with gold calligraphy from Scribbles and Swirls. I really loved her floral design by The Backyard Bouquet which was bright, colorful, organic, and free flowing.

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Photography: Allen Tsai Photography | Floral Design: The Backyard Bouquet | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Gil's Elegant Catering | Hair + Makeup: Tease to Please | Calligraphy: Scribbles And Swirls | DJ: Complete Music | Ceremony Music: Serenata Strings | Venue: The Laurel | Bridal Boutique: Lulu's Bridal Boutique | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab | Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic

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A Darling Bakery-Set Engagement

This bride and groom-to-be are officially the cutest. They celebrated their upcoming nuptials over croissants and coffee, followed by a change of dress code for formal portraits under the Texas sun. Elan Makeup Studio worked her hair and makeup magic while Allen Tsai Photography captured the fun all along the way.

From the Bride…Our story began at Crossfit. It took about 2 months for Albert to finally muster the courage to ask me out, but it only took one date for us to become inseparable. Since then, our life has been a whirlwind of adventures, from music festivals to scuba diving in Costa Rica, and yet the best adventure was yet to come.

Each month on our anniversary, Al would always send me flowers. So when they arrived, it wasn’t out of the ordinary except for the card, which had hinted we were going to dinner and the theater. So that next night he took me to Uchi, where we’d had our very first date. On the way to the “show,” he pulled in front of Addison airport and surprised me with a sunset helicopter ride over downtown Dallas. When we landed and were about to walk inside, he grabbed my hand, dropped to one knee and asked me to be his wife. And it’s still the best day of my life.

So when it came time to plan, we knew we wanted it to be intimate, simple and elegant which is why we chose our venue, Summerfield at Tate Farms due to it’s wild beauty and rustic feel. We wanted our photos to emulate our overall theme as well, which is why we decided on more intimate settings such as the coffee shop and where we will actually say I do. When it came to the outfits, we wanted to keep them classic, yet fitting for each location. We chose darker tones for the coffee shop to play off of the wood in the store, and then contrasted the field with more formal wear.

Now aside from the standard hand on the hip, our photo shoot posing skills were rather subpar. But through every step of the way, Allen provided continuous instructions and directions that made it look like we actually knew what we were doing. The beauty and love that he was able to capture in his photos are everything and more that we were hoping for.

When putting together our “dream team,” as we like to call them, we needed those who were able to bring our thoughts and ideas to life. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with such talented individuals along the way, from the custom design of my engagement ring with Shapiro Diamonds, the look and feel of my wedding with Keestone Events, and our absolutely gorgeous photos from Allen Tsai. We are looking forward to seeing everything come together for the big day!

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Photography: Allen Tsai Photography | Event Planning: Keestone Events | Engagement Ring: Shapiro Diamonds | Hair + Makeup: Elan Makeup Studio | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab | Location: Summerfield At Tate Farms | Location: Boulangerie by Village Baking Co.

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All Engagement Shoots Should Have Donuts + Coffee!

Donuts and coffee make my world go round and it’s nice to know I’m not the only one. Dana Fernandez captured these cuties and their personalities to a tee – complete with a picnic full of glazed treats and hot drinks. There may not be snow on the ground (in these pics or even out my window) but this kind of coziness is getting us in the spirit of the season like no other! See it all in our Vault right here!

From the Bride-to-be… A huge part of Matt and I’s relationship has been drinking coffee, talking, and eating dessert.

On our first date, Matt took me on a picnic next to a beautiful lake in Dallas. We ate desserts and laughed, and it was the sweetest start to a relationship.

When he asked me to marry him, he set up a blanket in a park with tons of flowers, and we drank champagne and day dreamed about the future, and it was perfect.

Matt is grounded and authentic. He is constantly encouraging me, pursuing my heart, and loving me well. He is logic and numbers, while I am emotions and creativity. I love our relationship, and the way our personalities fit together (and the ways they don’t!).

When we planned our engagement shoot with Dana and Josh, I wanted to find a way to make it feel like me and Matt. Not fake or uncomfortable – just us. So we decided to have a picnic, just like our first date, just like when we got engaged.

I was actually nervous when we were getting ready for our engagement photos. But when when snuggled up on a picnic blanket with coffee in hand, it just felt like us: comfortable, safe, and right.

Matt and I fell in love with Dana and Josh’s photography right away, because it feels like art. Choosing them as our photographers was the first decision we made about our wedding. We love the images they captured at our engagement shoot!

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Photography: Dana Fernandez Photography | Hair: Blo Blow Dry Bar | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Picnic Items: Home Goods | Skirt + Top: Space 46 Boutique

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