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Dallas Fall Garden Wedding

Sunflowers and red wine roses filled this gorgeous garden wedding with bright hues and love. A must-see first look captured by Charla Storey started this wedding off perfectly ending with a sparkling departure fit for this loving couple. You won’t want to miss a moment of this garden magic here!

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From the Bride … My husband, Davy, and I met in college at Texas Christian University. He was a baseball player and I was a cheerleader. We will both tell you it was love at first sight! We began dating the summer after our sophomore year in 2010. In February 2014, we went snow skiing for the first time together with some friends in Colorado. On a sunset snowshoe tour the day after Valentine’s Day, he proposed to me on top of a mountain with my best friend capturing it all on camera. I was in total shock! We immediately started talking about when we would get married.

Since we had been together nearly four years at that point, we really didn’t want a long engagement. We both love the fall, especially since it can be so beautiful and pleasant in Texas. So that’s how we decided to get married in November. I had always pictured my wedding in the fall in Texas, complete with a stunning fall palette and breathtaking flowers. Chandor Gardens is a breathtakingly beautiful private estate with sprawling gardens. The property belonged to a painter and his wife, and the gardens were his gift to his wife. It’s the perfect love story and we knew right away this would be the place for our garden wedding we had always dreamed of. It was also the perfect size for accommodating our 130 guests. 

Because I knew I wanted a fall color palette, I fell in love with mocha for the bridesmaids’ dresses, which is pretty much a cross between gray and brown. The dresses would contrast the flowers perfectly and it’s a color that looked flattering on everyone. For the guys, we went with wheat-colored suits. They were the perfect complement to the bridesmaids’ mocha dresses, as well as the outdoor backdrop we were working with. The suits weren’t too casual or too formal. They were perfect!

For our flowers, I chose a true fall palette with our florist, Justine’s Flowers. They turned out beautiful and I heard so many compliments about how stunning the flowers were. She created a blend of sunflowers, wine red roses and a blend of other fall colors that turned out just wonderfully. I cannot express how pleased I was with the flowers.

Our ceremony included a string quartet, which truly helped set the mood. I walked down the aisle lined with white rose petals. We said our vows upon a rock staircase with our friends and family looking on. Behind us was a fountain, which strategically erupted as we exchanged our first kiss as husband and wife. It was truly magical. Our reception took place right around the corner behind the home in the garden area. The circular tables were scattered around the garden, some under the pergola, and some in the open garden. They were set with burlap and lace runners atop white tablecloths. The centerpieces were beautiful black lanterns with tea lights and champagne bottles dipped in gold glitter for a bit of bling. The DJ and dance floor were set up under a huge tree and everyone danced the night away. For the departure, our guests lined the pathway and sent us off into the night with sparklers, which was such a magical experience. We hopped into a brand new black Maserati and drove into the night as husband and wife, our lives forever changed.

Photography: Charla Storey | Event Planning: Merren Events | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Cake: Creme De La Creme | Venue: Chandor Gardens | Dress Shop: De Ma Fille Bridal | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Floral: Justine's Flowers

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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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“Will You Be My Flower Girl?” Shoot

Growing up, I always wanted to be a flower girl and this next pretty is exactly why. Setting the gorgeous groundwork by sprinkling pastel petals, our favorite “floral fairies” are downright darling. From their flower crowns to the sweet signage, one look at this seriously adorable gallery from the lens of Nicole Berrett Photography and every Bride will be wishing for their very own petal princess!

From Nicole Berrett PhotographyTo start, a beautiful “Will you be my flower girl” card made on recycled paper by Southern Fried Paper is the perfect spot to set the tone of the cuteness that is to come for the little ones in the wedding!! I just LOVE floral crowns, especially on flower girls! The Southern Table made each of their crowns a little different to show off their own personalities & to compliment their lovely hair done by Beauty & the Blush!

We know not all weddings would have an entire table just for the flower girls, but how fun if a bride decided to do this!! They had their own custom laser cut “Flower Girls” table sign & pretty little place cards marking their spot :) And their own desert table with specialized mini cakes, and macarons for them to enjoy!!

Photography: Nicole Berrett Photography | Floral Design: The Southern Table | Hair & Makeup: Beauty & the Blush | Venue: 400 North Ervay | Cakes & Cookies: Layered Bakeshop | Dresses: Fatie Pie Dresses | Paper Goods & Wood Cutouts: Southern Fried Paper

Colorful Garden Soiree

From Napa Valley to Hill Country, this couple wanted a rustic yet regal soiree that incorporated their roots. With plenty of personal details, like sentimental antler accents to wine boxes and barrels throughout, every aspect redefined romance. Sarah Kate snapped a gallery filled with jewel-toned Jenny Yoo gowns and gorgeous Elan Hair And Makeup moments, and it’s all waiting for you here!

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From the Beautiful Bride… Brad and I met while working together for a money management firm in Dallas.

We got engaged while on a trip to New Zealand. Brad planned a helicopter flight to see the back country of New Zealand and after seeing both lakes and beaches, we ended on a glacier where he proposed.

Brad grew up in San Francisco and I grew up in the Hill Country so we though a Napa/Hill Country theme would represent our lives well. We had antlers and wine boxes as well as wine barrels throughout the ceremony and wedding. My favorite touch was the antler chandelier that my dad made for us which was hanging over the cake table.

I would not change a thing about our wedding. Every detail was perfect. We were able to truly enjoy our night to the fullest. Every aspect was perfect!

My dad made an antler chandelier that we hung over our cake table which was stunning. We also had a very good friend play live music and sing for our first dance. My dad came and personally hung the stained glass that made up the alter piece the day of the wedding.We plan to hang the stained glass in our home after the wedding.

Our head table seated almost 40 people and was spectacular with candles, flowers and antlers going down the entire length.

Being a daddy’s girl I would say my favorite moment was having my father walk me down the aisle.

Photography: Sarah Kate, Photographer | Event Planning: DFW Events | Floral Design: Stems Of Dallas | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake: Elana's Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Marie Gabrielle | Reception Venue: Marie Gabrielle | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair And Makeup: Elan Hair And Makeup | Lighting: Beyond | Linens: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals

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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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