Designing your dream wedding on a budget is easier said than done. Especially when you want a celebration that your guests will be talking about long after the last dance. But fear not, savvy brides, because our team of editors is sharing inexpensive details that can make a serious impact. Trust us, you’ll want to save these for future reference!
You might recognize her as the Texas fashion blogger behind Murphy’s Law, and today Lauren is stopping by to share her wedding day photographed by Lauren Peele. I’m deeming their rooftop affair “classic with a crisp, modern twist,” and it has everything to do with the lucite accents and white-on-white floral design by Branching Out. More to see right this way!
From the bride, Lauren… Charles and I met eight years ago as Freshman in college. It wasn’t until I moved back to Dallas from Los Angeles that we began dating. We knew immediately that our connection was something special and we have been inseparable ever since! He proposed at a Dallas landmark, Reunion Tower, during dinner overlooking the city. He included my absolute favorite flowers on the proposal, pink peonies, that floated over to our table on the rotating exterior of the restaurant. It was an incredible moment and I blissfully said, “Yes!”. As if this wasn’t enough excitement for one night, he planned a surprise party after dinner with our closest family and friends.
Charles and I were both born and raised in Dallas so we knew we wanted to get married here. I had my eye on the Joule Hotel in downtown but really wanted an outdoor ceremony and reception. The Joule accommodated by letting us be the first and only wedding reception to ever be held across the street in the Eyeball Garden. We knew that getting married outside in Texas Was a risk but the weather could not have been more perfect for our rooftop ceremony and garden reception on April 30, 2016.
We’ve always loved a mix of classic and modern design which we created by using all white elements, lucite accents along with gorgeous, lush white floral. Detail is also very important to me so with the help of our exceptional planner, nothing was overlooked! Our dog, Bandit is very special to us and was actually the ring bearer in our ceremony. Additionally, we had an artist sketch his profile which was included in the reception paper goods like the coasters and bar menu. We were so happy that our guests loved the excitement of the black tie evening as much as we did and together, we all danced the night away under the stars. The juxtaposition of a white garden party in the middle of a Metropolitan city made for the most spectacular evening that we’ll never forget!
As a fashion blogger picking out my dress was a really fun but nerve-racking process. I ended up selecting a custom Mira Zwillinger blush dress with hand embroidered white flowers on the bodice, a layered tulle skirt, and the daintiest blush organza bow. When the seamstress added the bustle beneath the tulle, it was visible. I ended up forgoing the bustle in favor of having someone (a professional!) cut off the train of my dress after the ceremony and before I entered the reception. It was the best decision I could have made – I felt so free to dance the night away with all our family, friends, and now husband!
Charles wore a custom J. Hilburn Midnight Blue tuxedo stitched with our wedding date, 4.30, and his initials. The process of creating his tux together and picking out each design option made it such a fun experience for both of us. The team was amazing to work with and I couldn’t recommend them more.
As special as it was to create a vision for our wedding day and watch it come to life, marrying my soul mate was truly a gift. The amount of love and joy given to us by our family and friends is such a blessing and we couldn’t be more thankful!
Photography: Lauren Peele | Cinematography: When It Clicks | Event Planning: Katie McCann Crow | Floral Design: Branching Out | Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger | Invitations: Paradise Design Co | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup: Shannon Nicole | Hair: LARC salon | Calligraphy: amy dunlap | Lighting: stage 2 lighting | Band: Professor D | Ceremony Music: Gyros String Quartet | Transportation: Blue Diamond Limousines | Venue: The Joule | Bridal Boutique: Arte Latica | Bride + Bridesmaid Earrings: Kendra Scott Jewelry | Bride's Cake: La Duni | Ceremony Sound: Joule AV | Decor +Rentals: Branching Out | Groom's Cake: Fancy Cakes By Lauren | Groom's Tux: J. Hilburn | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Minister: Barron Bell | Photo Booth: Mir Mir | Stage: Top Tier Staffing And Events | Tables + Chargers: Posh Couture Rentals
Guys, we’ve been there, done that. Registered our little hearts out, only to realize later that we missed a few key pieces that would have made our holidays sooo much better. So today we’re teaming up with our friends at Macy’s to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes. It’s our gift to you with a fab list of must-haves that will cozy up your home just in time for Friendsgiving. Scroll for a peek.
KitchenAid KSM152PS Artisan 5 qt. Custom Metallic Stand Mixer | Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast Iron 7.25 qt. Round French Oven | Royal Albert Old Country Roses Polka Rose 2 Tier Cake Plate | Martha Stewart Collection Wooden French Rolling Pin
We love to host and entertain guests in our home, especially during the holidays! One thing we’re kicking ourselves for not registering for is a beautiful Le Creuset Dutch Oven. From homemade stuffing at Thanksgiving to baked french toast casseroles on Christmas morning, this would have been such a useful (and beautiful!) addition to our chef’s arsenal. – Melissa
Baking delicious treats is one of my most favorite traditions during the Holiday season and no pie, cookie and cake making arsenal is complete without a Kitchenaid Mixer. Plus they look really cute sitting pretty on the counter. Thinking we should have skipped the fondu set and headed right for this copper beauty with our registry scanner. – Erin
There is nothing (and I mean nothing) I love more than a lazy Sunday morning brunch during the holidays. Which is why I wish I’d registered for a waffle iron, because sometimes a stack of pancakes just won’t do! – Michelle
As growing coffee aficionados, my husband and I love trying new blends and getting various espresso drinks whenever we’re out and about holiday shopping for all our friends and family… so why did we not register for an espresso maker or French press!? We could enjoy these when running errands AND when snuggled up at home wrapping said gifts! We ask ourselves this way too often and plan on investing in the near future (Santa, please?)! – Elizabeth
Donna Karan Home Silver Queen Flat Sheet | Lauren Ralph Lauren Memory Foam Cluster Pillows | Martha Stewart Collection Solid Seed Stitch Sweater-Knit Throw | Lauren Ralph Lauren Humboldt Plaid 15 x 20″ Decorative Pillow
Once the holidays roll around, we tend to host out-of-town family and friends quite a bit. While we splurged on great pieces for our room, we always wish we had registered for several extra sets of quality linens, towels, and bedding for the guest bedroom. Don’t forget to include those must-haves on your list! – Stephanie
It’s so easy to fall in love with all of the amazing appliances Macy’s has in their arsenal, but if I had to do it all over again, I would most definitely add some cozy home decor to the list, especially decorative items that would translate well to the holiday season. Plaid pillows, sweater-knit throws and any other festive additions can really make a difference when hosting all of those family and friends! – Dawn
Whether you’re prepping for your first Thanksgiving as newlyweds or simply want to feel the holiday spirit on those lazy Sunday mornings in, Macy’s Registry is THE place to make it all happen… beautifully. From their never-ending lineup of crazy cool appliances and kitchen must-haves to their fab home decor and baked good essentials, Macy’s Registry will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process to guarantee you don’t miss a single must-have. And don’t even get us started on the fab perks + benefits, like the Macy’s Newlywed Discount, The Registry Guide, The Registry Checklist and Macy’s Registry Star Rewards. (Hint: their awesome.)
Contact Macy’s today to begin your registry journey… and don’t forget those items that will cozy up your abode just in time for the holidays.
For those of you that dream in deep hues of purple, this lovely lavender field inspiration was made just for you. A culmination of all things chic, it’s proof from Weddings of Excellence in Provence (WEP) that you can always (and absolutely should) snap pics post ceremony and thanks to the talented Tamara Gruner Photography, we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault! P.S. See more of this pretty on our LBB Blog!
From Tamara Gruner Photography…Lavender inspiration: What can be more beautiful than getting married in Provence during the lavender season? An after-wedding session with just the two of you in the lavender fields! We started this after-wedding session at the beautiful La Coquillade with all its little romantic nooks. The blooming roses complement the beauty of our couple. The wind adds a romantic touch to this session – flowing hair and a flowing gown – a girl’s dream come true. From La Couqillade we headed to the lavender fields of famous Luberon in Provence. There, our couple strolled through the fields with the sun shining on their skin and warming them on a wonderful June day. We are in love with this couple showing their love for each other. We can’t take our eyes of them – the bride in her beautiful Musat Bridal gown – a romantic lace fabric combination, which complements the bride’s beauty. Our bride is playing with her dress and the wind in the lavender fields, which make for absolutely stunning moments. And the groom? No words for him!
If you want to be part of next year’s wedding workshop in beautiful Provence please go to our website for registration. The workshop offers a 3-day hands-on experience on how to offer the finest for your clients, your fellow vendors, and last but not the least, for yourself – using your talent and art. A wonderful provencal time with lots of surprises awaits you at our workshop: http://tamaragruner.com/info
Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Event Planning + Design: Weddings of Excellence in Provence | Wedding Dress: Musat Bridal | Rings: Pelissier | Makeup: Ylva Langenskiold | Hair: Agnes Caneri | Venue: La Coquillade Resort | Accessories + Shoes: Left Bank Bridal | Behind the Scenes: Studio Ohlala | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Floral Design + Styling: Un Jardin En Ville | Groom’s Attire: Rayne Homme | Model Agency: Enjoy Models | Models: Yannick & Calypso from Enjoy Models | Workshop Website: Tamara Gruner Photography Workshop