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Charming Texas Engagement Session + WIUP

The weekend is finally upon us dear readers. But as you prepare for summertime fun times, we wanted to leave this charming Texas engagement session with you. If you’re feeling some extra warmth, it might be because the photos you see were lovingly taken by the bride-to-be’s sister, Christine  Doneé, who flew in from LA to surprise her. You can see it all here. And don’t miss the discounts and giveaway at the bottom!


From Christine Donee PhotographyThis engagement session is very near and dear to my heart, as the sweet bride-to-be is none other than my beautiful younger sister!

When Austin, her fiancé, called me early last month to inform me he was proposing to Ashley, I immediately asked to shoot their engagement photos. Logistics were tricky, to say the least. I currently reside in Los Angeles, CA and not only would I need to fly into Dallas, TX, but the plan would need to be carried out in complete secrecy. Austin had planned a gorgeously elaborate proposal for a Friday evening on the lake (with family and friends to celebrate there after she said yes!), so we were quickly putting things into motion for a next-day photo session that Saturday evening. Luckily, I have one amazing and talented family! We had a full wardrobe brought to the house, our aunt on hand for makeup and hair, and plenty of helping hands to arrange an unforgettable evening.

Arbor Hills provided the perfect backdrop for these two. It’s naturally beautiful, simple and completely down to earth – just like Ashley and Austin. The love and excitement radiating from them could be felt by anyone around, and as an older sister there was nothing in the world like seeing her so full of happiness. As if this all wasn’t romantic enough, we ended the evening with them lighting a wish lantern together at White Rock Lake – near the spot of their very first date some time ago. Needless to say, this is one evening none of us are likely to ever forget.

Photography: Christine Doneé Photography | Venue: Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

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Romantic Al Fresco Wedding at Dallas Arboretum

If you’re in the mood for a pretty pop of color, look no further than this gem my dears. Covered from head to toe in vibrant blooms from Posh Floral Designs and surrounded by the gorgeous gardens at The Dallas Arboretum, it’s a color-lover’s dream. Want even more? Get your dose right here in the gallery from Something Gold Photography.


From Posh Floral Designs… We absolutely love outdoor weddings, especially when they take place in a lush garden! Lauren and Brice exchanged vows in the expansive tulip garden at the Dallas Arboretum, and it was the perfect setting for this soft, colorful spring wedding.

Brice and Lauren chose to wait until the ceremony to see each other that day, and we were so excited about this! We love tradition, and welcomed the opportunity to capture the raw emotion as Brice beheld his beautiful bride for the first time. Lauren’s stunning lace dress paired with her classic up-do made for a breathtaking entrance! As they exchanged vows, the scent of the flowers and the chirping of birds filled the air.

The couple’s reception followed at Rosine Hall at the Arboretum. Classic, elegant and beautiful describes Lauren and Brice’s style, and the reception reflected this perfectly. It was incredibly romantic – full of beautiful candles, laughing, lots of dancing, delicious food – and simply overflowed with flowers.

One of my favorite moments of the night was just before the couple’s departure. While all the guests went outside to line up with sparklers for the newlyweds’ send off, Lauren and Brice shared one last dance, just the two of them, in the empty reception room. They laughed, kissed, and looked around, taking in the fantastic night. They were glowing and I felt honored to capture such an authentic and intimate moment.

Lauren and Brice’s wedding was nothing short of beautiful in every way possible. However, what truly made their night so wonderful were the amazing family, friends and vendors that came together to celebrate this sweet couple. We always love the opportunity to work with inspirational vendors, and we couldn’t believe the extraordinary talent that came out for this gorgeous spring wedding!

Photography: Something Gold Photography | Videographer: Juliet Films | Event Planning: Events & Experience | Cake: Annie's Culinary Creations | Ceremony Venue: Dallas Arboretum | Reception Venue: Rosine Hall At The Dallas Arboretum | Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bridesmaids Dresses: JCrew | Catering: Gil's Elegant Catering | Bridal Gown: Ines DiSanto | Floral For Ceremony, Personal Flowers, And Head Table Design: Posh Floral Designs | Hair & Make Up: Osgood-O'Neil Salon | Planning: Events & Experiences

Ines Di Santo and J.Crew are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Posh Floral Designs and Something Gold Photography, LLC are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Traditional Dallas Wedding at The Room On Main

When a gorgeous traditional wedding joins forces with a non-stop party, it’s allllll sorts of awesome. Especially when that party is filled with vibrant bursts of gold, purple, pink and red hues mixed with crazy cool balloons and non-stop dancing.  Yes, this is the type of affair where the bride isn’t afraid to get up and sing.  See it all captured by Shaun Menary Photography in the full gallery.

From The Bride… Our wedding was a dream come true! The whole day was meaningful, beautiful and filled with so much happiness. Matt and I were quite involved in every detail, so it was gratifying to experience our whole day as greater than the sum of its parts. We are very traditional, but we love a fun party! In keeping with our formal side, we chose classic elements including the color scheme, tuxedos, church ceremony, music and the choir (which was the jewel of the service!). The reception incorporated more fun elements including the amazing dance band, homemade photo booth and balloons!

From Shaun Menary PhotographyNatalie and Matt are close personal friends of ours, so it was such a joy to shoot their wedding. These two are real-deal soul mates. It’s just bonus that she’s so stylish, and he’s one dapper gent. They had a traditional ceremony at the couple’s home church in the sanctuary luscious with dark chocolate wood and romantic dim lighting. Natalie has a musical background and loves choral music, so the church choir came in on a Saturday just to serenade their bride down the aisle.

The reception at Room on Main was STEMS of Dallas knocked it out of the park (duh!) on floral arrangements, and the bride did all her own calligraphy… she can do yours, too! She also had the idea of heightening the centerpieces with helium balloons (embellished with gold fringe) to fill the space to the soaring 30-foot ceilings. And that lighting on the cake table… Matt had that custom-made for the proposal! I imagine they’re doing something equally rad with it in their house now.

It was a lovely celebration of two people so deep in love and so wonderful for one another. It was a pleasure to photograph and even more of a pleasure to participate. Much love to Matt and Natalie (AKA, Mattalie) Wilson!

Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Floral Design: Stems Of Dallas | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Stein's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Park Cities Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: The Room On Main | Shoes: J.Crew | Rings: Bella Diamanti | Hair And Makeup: Kiss Her Face Bridal | Calligraphy: Natalie Grace Calligraphy Co. | Band: Ice House Band | Tux: Culwell & Son | Customized Lights: Chandler Signs | Earrings: J.Crew

Amsale and J.Crew are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Shaun Menary Photography is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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