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DIY Red Floral Alter from Bows And Arrows Part I

Roses are red, violets are blue, and this DIY is one we’re excited to share with you! The time has come to embrace your inner florist alongside Bows And Arrows as they snip up some serious pretty.
Follow along with captures from Sarah Kate Photo on how to achieve the ultimate floral arch and be sure to stay tuned because we’ve got another exclusive collab from these DIY masterminds up NEXT!

From Sarah Kate PhotoWe teamed with the best of the best for these floral DIY altars. Alicia and Abigail with Bows & Arrows each put together one altar for a DIY tutorial and then we photographed a beautiful model with the outcome!

Materials

  • Floral snips
  • Foraged greenery
  • Seasonal blooms
  • Paddle wire
  • 2 large urns
  • 2 sturdy rods

instructions
step-1
Place urns at the width of your choosing and then place rods inside the urns.

step-2
Start at the base and begin to wrap your greenery around the rod to the fullness of your liking, and secure with paddle wire. When you reach the top, find a branch with a natural curve to give the illusion that the arch connects.
step-3
Now that you have your greenery in place, it’s time to pop in blooms! You can use as many or as few as you’d like. And now with the finishing touches cut back branches that are obtrusive.

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Photography: Sarah Kate Photography | Floral Design: Bows And Arrows | Wedding Dress: Warren Barron | Hair And Makeup: MegBdesign | Venue: Sarah Kate Photography | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints

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Stylish + Chic Dallas Engagement Session

All newly engaged ladies, take note! THIS is how you do a super stylish e-shoot to remember. With a variety of perfectly on point looks, this Bride-to-be showed off her innate chicness and of course, her affection for her handsome Groom-to-be. Nicole Berrett captured every new outfit and every sweet kiss in between; see them all from top to bottom in our VAULT right this way!

From Nicole Berrett Photography… This couple is the perfect example for what to wear for your engagement session!! All the way from the gorgeous dresses Jessica wore and perfect hair and makeup by Beauty & the Blush…to the beautiful florals by Everly Alaine Florals…to the one who stole the show, Chester the Corgi in his adorable bow tie.

From the Bride-to-be… When I envisioned my engagement session, I pictured three things: long flowing dresses, beautiful florals, and of course, my precious dog. As most ladies do, we love feeling glamorous and sparkly, which led to my first dress choice! Wearing the Badgley Mischka dress was so much fun, and I truly felt so elegant and lady-like! Though, the second dress was probably my favorite. I felt so sophisticated in the black illusion pattern, loved the shape, and next to my fiancé in a light grey suit jacket and khakis, this combination was probably my favorite. Of course, I had to end with an easy-going Anthropologie dress, then putting JJ in something more casual. I felt like each of the three outfits stood out in their own way, and I wish I could dress up and wear them again!

Flowers are going to be a huge part of my wedding, so I knew I couldn’t have my engagement session without somehow involving them. Everly Alaine truly blew me away with the bouquet she created, and it complemented our outfits flawlessly. I also wanted the light, girly feel of wearing flowers in my hair, and the hair accessory she created was one of my favorite aspects of the session.

And of course, my precious corgi Chester completely stole the show. As Chester is essentially JJ and I’s child, we knew he had to be involved and included in our pictures. He absolutely loved being in the session, he ended up being so photogenic, and absolutely stole the show! He even knows how to smile and pose for the camera, he was such a joy in our session!

All in all, it is my amazing team that gave me the engagement session of my dreams. Beauty and the Blush Artistry did my hair and makeup, and I absolutely adored being dolled up. Everly Alaine delivered the most elegant, lush florals a girl could ask for, and made the session that much prettier. And of course, Nicole Berrett is just a rockstar at what she does. I’ve always known I wanted a film photographer for my wedding journey, and Nicole does nothing less than deliver the dreamiest of photos to her clients, and our engagement session would not have been the same without her. JJ and I are so grateful to everyone that made our engagement session come true.

To any future brides, do not be afraid to splurge and spoil yourself for your engagement session! You only get to do these pictures once, and with that mindset, I had no problem investing a lot into this session! Renting the particular dresses I wanted, having my hair/makeup professionally done, and having the florals may not have been necessary, but it’s what I have always dreamed of, and I am beyond happy with the result of our pictures. You are only engaged once, so make it count, and make your wedding dreams come true!

See more engagement inspiration here!

Photography: Nicole Berrett Photography | Film: Fuji 400H | Floral Design: Everly Alaine Florals | Hair + Makeup: Beauty And The Blush | Black Dress: Rent The Runway | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Gold Dress: Rent The Runway | Red Dress: Anthropologie

Chic Southern Engagement Session

As a longtime lover of hats, one glance at this engagement shoot by Nicole Berrett and I was hooked. Disclaimer aside, these pretty pics are what I like to refer to as “holiday card worthy,” full of sweet kisses and cute smiles that are guaranteed to give this adorable couple and all their friends and family heart eyes every time they take a look. Hop into our VAULT and see what I’m talkin’ about!

From Nicole Berrett Photography… This couple really wanted something classic and timeless for their engagement session, and I just love the way it all came together!!

From the future Bride and Groom… Aaron and I were introduced through mutual friends while attending school at The University of Texas at Tyler. I was a freshman on the softball team, and Aaron was a junior on the baseball team.

The first time we met we were instantly attracted to each other and had chemistry that was undeniable. We both have very strong personalities so the conversation was endless. Ashley was just gorgeous and had this confidence about her that drove me crazy! When I finally got to know her on a more intimate level, I found out that not only was she a looker, but an absolute sweetheart as well!

Four and a half years later, Aaron had graduated from college and I was in my last semester of nursing school we decided to take the next big step in our relationship!

The proposal was something out of a fairy tale. Aaron put so much thought and love into how he was going to pop the question, and I replay that day over and over every day. It was on his birthday and we made plans to go out to dinner with our friends, but before dinner he had scheduled pictures to be taken of me in the Arts District in Dallas for my nursing “graduation pictures.” Little did I know that the pictures were not for graduation, but a clever way to capture the perfect moment when he got down on a knee. After the sweetest moment of our lives we took pictures to celebrate and he had a horse drawn carriage pick us up and take us to dinner, where there was a surprise engagement party with tons of family and friends waiting to celebrate our love. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world to have everyone I love in the same room at the same time!

As soon as it came time to pick our vendors there was no question on who I wanted to choose as our photographer, or in Aaron’s words, ”Ashley always has to have the best of the best,” which is why we decided to go with NICOLE BERRETT. She is a doll and truly an artist that captures flawless pictures. We could not have asked for a better fit for our style, from a little black dress paired with a formal groom, to a more Southern charm styled shoot. We are forever grateful for Nicole because she gave us some of the most beautiful moments and photos that will cherish forever! We can not thank you enough Nicole! You are the BEST!

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Photography: Nicole Berrett Photography | Hair + Makeup: Beauty And The Blush | Venue: Arlington Hall At Lee Park