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A Modern Day Green and White Wedding at The Mason Dallas

These dreamy Fall temps aren’t the only thing getting us in the autumnal spirit! A floral adorned fireplace, an outfit change that’ll have you green with envy, and a cozy indoor reception – today’s wedding day inspo by Britt Jones Co. at The Mason Dallas is the perfect blueprint for a transitional wedding design. A summer color palette mixed with a cozy, warm setting? Yes please! It just doesn’t get better than this, friends! Head on over to the full gallery by Brittany Clark Photography to see for yourself :)

If you are wanting to see a unique twist on the traditional green and white wedding, this English Garden Inspiration captured by Brittany Clark Photography will do just the trick. In the wedding industry, most vendors prefer to steer clear from a green and white wedding palette. However when you start to play with all the tones and shades of green and white, magic can be made! These sliding scales of color variation add so much dimension to a design.

Ranging from lighter green tones to forest green tones and from creams to taupe, there are truly endless combinations that can be pulled from these two simple colors. Green and white is back, but looking so much more chic than ever before. In tandem of using color throughout the design, Britt Jones Co brought in green toile patterns and bust statue heads to capitalize on the feeling of old world romance. The bride and groom, Lya and Nicky, are incredibly well traveled around Europe. In order to intertwine this into their wandering love story, the goal was to transport their guests to the places they hold so near and dear to their hearts. 

To fully grasp this vision, the perfect venue had to be selected. The Mason was just that as being one of the most desirable venues in downtown Dallas. It’s gallery like feel with intricate murals and artful styling is the framework that allowed for such a design to be curated. Although, the bride and groom wanted to share a worldly experience with their guests, each person took home a Texas themed welcome bag. What better way to tie their Texas roots than fresh salsa, Saltlick BBQ sauce, and margarita mix?

Photography: Brittany Clark Photography | Floral Design: Root + Bloom Florals | Cake: Cakes by Tayte | Stationary: Maddison Shae Design | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Accessories: Elizabeth Bower | Beauty: Tousled Studio | Dresses: Amanda James Bridal | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Flatlay Mats: Willow Canvas | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Live Painter: Hannah Aaron Studio | Location: The Mason | Planning: Britt Jones Co. | Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals

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How to Perfect a Colorful Yet Understated Wedding Palette

Let’s be honest – we love a couple who isn’t afraid to be a little extra with their wedding palette. Sure, blush and green will always be a classic, but Nothing But Love Wedding and Events is proving to couples everywhere that colorful hues (done right) can totally stand the test of time. Today’s styled shoot at Brighton Abbey showcases a whimsical palette of coral, peach, yellow, pink, and blue hues. R Love Floral created lush yet understated blooms that will blow you away. Ready to see every last detail? Head to the full gallery – all taken by Heirloom Rose Photography!

From Heirloom Rose Photography… This editorial was inspired by all things color. Nothing But Love Wedding and Events and I had the goal to showcase a beautiful whimsical editorial with coral, peach, yellow, pink, and blues. 

We wanted to create colorful wedding inspiration without being excessive. The table was beautifully adorned with some beautiful bright florals from R Love Florals, some of the flowers were some large luscious pink peonies!

Sherri from Monsherriink created a beautiful vellum menu that adds such romantic flair to the tablescape and as well some beautiful citrus place setting with vellum and calligraphy writing. We incorporated more color with some floral-infused signature drinks by HD Liquid Catering. 

This followed by a statement cake placed alongside a pop of color with the coral velvet linen. Our beautiful model wore an exquisite and whimsical Beccar gown paired with some beautiful earrings from Haute Bride and a headpiece from Twigs and Honey.

Event Planning & Design: Nothing But Love Wedding and Events | Floral Design: R Love Floral | Engagement Ring: Ellie Lee Fine Jewelry | Hair and Make Up: Baleigh Kerr Hair & Make Up | Wedding Venue: Brighton Abbey | Bridal Boutique: Patsy's Bridal | Bridal Gown: Beccar | Bridal Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Cake Design: Cakes by Tayte | Crown: Twigs & Honey | Earrings: Haute Bride | Linen Rentals: Metro Linen Special Events | Mixologist: HD Liquid Catering | Model: Isabel Crowe | Photography & Design: Heirloom Rose Photography | Stationery and Calligraphy: Mon Sherri Ink | Table Top Rentals: Top Tier Event Rentals | Veil: Toni Federici

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Inspired By Francois Boucher’s “Triumph of Venus” This Editorial Is As Pretty As A Painting

This editorial is as pretty as a painting. Inspired by Francois Boucher’s “Triumph of Venus”, Glitter & Glue Weddings designed a day brimming with delicate details and velvety touches. Just one look and you’ll feel like you’ve fallen into a fairytale. Beautiful blooms by Lizzie Bees Flower Shoppe add to the romance and ethereal aesthetic. The elegance is artfully captured in the imagery by Stephanie Michelle Photography. Visit the full gallery for a closer look.

From Stephanie Michelle PhotographyOur stationery designer, Every Little Letter, beautifully hand sketched all of the illustrations. Each hand-made invitation was recessed with gold foil. The place cards were pressed with gold foil, as well.

Our florist, Lizzie Bees Flower Shoppe imported a lush variety of blooms from California notably koko loco, hellebores, cappuccino, quicksand, butterfly ranunculus, and spray roses. The result was overwhelmingly romantic.

The day came together beautifully from beginning to end. All of these elements combined with the stationery illustrations enable any designer to visualize a cohesive design from start to finish.

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Photography: Stephanie Michelle Photography | Cinematography: Alex Adkins Creative | Event Planning: Ammie | Floral Design: Lizzie Bees Flower Shoppe | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Lee Bridal | Cake: XO Cakery | Stationery: Every Little Letter | Groom's Attire: Mister Tuxedo | Wedding Venue: The Olana | Beauty: styles by vero | Bridal Accessories: Elizabeth Lee Bridal | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Model Agency: The Campbell Agency | Models (Couple): Rasha & Der'Rickk Thompson | Rentals: Bella Accento | Tablescape Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals

A Classic Blue & White Nursery Design

There’s nothing more classic than a sweet, blue and white inspired nursery with a gorgeous guard-dog :) This timeless space was designed to allow for the couple to be surprised with the gender at delivery and while they delivered a baby girl, the design, crafted exquisitely by Lindley Arthur Interiors, has stood the test of time and their soon-to-be baby boy will be enjoying naps and snuggles in the very same space.  Photographs by Emery Davis.

Lindley Arthur and her team at Lindley Arthur Interiors focus on residential projects in Texas and beyond. The firm believes that homes should be a well-curated collection of old and new; ultimately resulting in timeless interiors that have a fresh edge.

For this nursery design, Lindley’s clients were in their first pregnancy and didn’t find out the gender so the goal for the space was simple — keep it neutral and traditional.

Lindley first selected the wallpaper by Colefax & Fowler, created custom bedding with Sister Parrish fabric and topped it off with the swivel chair covered in durable Perennials fabric and custom window treatments trimmed in Samuel & Sons tape. The client ended up having a baby girl but is now expecting a boy to which the room will be perfect for too!

Photography: Emery Davis | Design: Colefax & Fowler | Design: Sister Parish | Design: Perennials | Design: Samuel & Sons

A Bright White Vintage Barn Was the Perfect Setting for This Charming Springtime Fête

If you know of The White Sparrow Barn in Dallas, Texas… then you know there’s no other venue quite like it. That bright white barn surrounded by an idyllic countryside landscape takes our breath away every.single.time. Today’s heavenly editorial designed by Cloud Creative Events with floral design from Slow Darling is getting us majorly excited for all the gorgeous Spring weddings to come! A bright color palette, lush blooms and the sweetest couple… breathe in the fresh Spring inspo at the full gallery – all taken by Apollo Fotografie!

From Apollo Fotografie… The White Sparrow Barn  is one of Texas’ most elegant jewels with their distinctive white stable house, rows of lavender beds and charming glass house. This entire shoot will surely make every bride & groom fall in love. Not only is this couple nothing short of picture perfect, but every single detail from this shoot surrounds them in beauty.

From the pastel floral design by Slow Darling, to the vibrant textiles by Voeu Du Coeur, The White Sparrow partnered with some top vendors to paint this stunning vision of springtime loving. With a bright white vintage barn and idyllic countryside landscape, the White Sparrow is the ideal location for a charming Texas wedding venue. It’s enormous windows provided the perfect natural light collaboration to properly photograph each element. 

Hosted in Quinlan, TX, White Sparrow Barn carries an air of limitless beauty. Between the perfectly bright barn, to the lush landscape, it’s an absolute dream for anyone that wants a standout venue. Ruffled teamed up with some rockstar vendors to pull off this VIBE. We fell head over heels in love with all of the design elements.. from textures to tones to aesthetics. LOVE. Tell me you don’t love!

Photography: Apollo Fotografie | Event Design: Cloud Creative Events | Event Planning: Ruffled Blog Bride Diy | Floral Design: Slow Darling | Wedding Dress: a&be bridal shop | Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets | Ceremony Venue: The White Sparrow | Groom's Attire: Stich & Tie | Beauty: BA Beauty | Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Voeu Du Coeur

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A Romantic Summer Wedding at White Sparrow Barn

Will we ever tire of romantic receptions amid the towering white walls and sparkling windows of the White Sparrow Barn? The answer is a resounding “neverrr!” Today’s summer wedding planned by Marissa Lothschutz is nothing short of a fairytale. The darling two wed in the Sparrow’s Landing, an enchanting setting in the trees where each aisle of chairs were adorned with roses, magnolias, and touches of pink and blush by Jubilee Floral Co. To see all the dreamy details, head on over to the full gallery – taken by Madeline Trent!

From Madeline Trent Photography Lindsay and Scott’s romantic summer wedding was nothing short of a fairytale day full of heartfelt moments. After postponing their original wedding date from April 5th, due to Covid-19, Lindsay and Scott were married in Dallas, Texas at the White Sparrow Barn on June 14th.

The wedding design had a romantic and whimsical theme, which was highlighted in the growing aisle floral installation for the ceremony. The ceremony was held in the Sparrow’s Landing, a dreamy setting in the trees where each aisle of chairs was capped off with a floral arrangement of roses, magnolias, and touches of pink and blush by Jubilee Floral Co.

Scott’s reaction to Lindsay coming down the aisle was incredibly emotional, and watching her parents’ joy as their daughter was finally married was truly incredible. The couple chose a tiered cake table, with several flavors and textures of cake- along with take home packaging for each guest. 

The cake table was nothing short of stunning! One of the sweetest details was the gift Lindsay gave each of her bridesmaids, a specialized “name tag” for each bouquet that had a quality she loved about each of them instead of their names- “present, kind, loyal, true”. It was a dreamy day to be a part of and one that I will never forget any time soon. 

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Photography: Madeline Trent | Cinematography: Daniel K Films | Planner: Marissa Lothschutz | Floral Design: Jubilee Flower Co. | Cakes: Butterfly Cakery | Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Abuelo's | Hair and Makeup: Grand Slam Glam | Bride's Dress: Essense of Australia | Invitation Suite: Scripting Grace | Location: The White Sparrow | Rentals: Junk and Disorderly | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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A Garden Filled Ballroom Wedding At Arlington Hall At Turtle Creek With The Perfect Amount of Southern Charm!

How does that saying go…’more is more?’ Today’s wedding featured exactly that when it came to florals! Something Pretty Floral filled Arlington Hall at Turtle Creek from top to bottom with beautiful blooms like the jaw dropping floral chandelier and stunning centerpieces! Engaged Events brought these college sweethearts wedding day to life with not a detail left undone including a custom wedding crest to a surprise firework send off! Check it out below to see how Stephanie Brazzle captured the day oh so perfectly and how the couple’s furry friend stole the show!

From Stephanie Brazzle PhotographyMeredith and Parker were married at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church followed by a magical tented reception at Arlington Hall Turtle Creek. These college sweethearts wanted to bring their families from coast to coast, allowing guests to meet in Dallas to celebrate their marriage.

When they brought on Whitney Bailey with Engaged Events, she was able to design and execute their vision of garden meets ballroom. The wedding was filled with the perfect amount of southern charm throughout the evening from hanging florals to beautiful tablescapes.

Guests enjoyed dinner under a clear tent which held a thousand twinkle lights and a gorgeous floral halo provided by Something Pretty Floral. Following dinner, guests would head inside the mansion to dance the night away with music provided by Downtown Fever.

The couple and their guests ended their night with a surprise firework show overlooking Turtle Creek that shocked all of their guests before they hopped in their getaway car! 

photography: Stephanie Brazzle Photography | videography: Jonathan Mayfield Media | Event Planning: Engaged Events | Floral Design: Something Pretty Floral | cake : Panini Bakery | Invitations: Emily Mayne Studio | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | hair and makeup : Q Makeup & Hair Artistry | lighting: Absolute Entertainment | band: Limelight | tux : The Black Tux | transportation: Blue Diamond Limousines | venue : Arlington hall | wedding venue: Arlington hall | Rentals: Perch Event Decor Rental | Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals | accommodations : Hotel Crescent Court | linen: BBJ La Tavola | reception dress : Warren Barrón Bridal | wedding dress boutique : Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon

How to Make a Major Statement With Your Engagement Photos

Trying to figure out a way to make your engagement photos really pop!? Take note from this stunning couple who went bold with their attire – and the results are everythinggg. You might even recognize the handsome soon-to-be groom from today’s rooftop engagement session, Damontre Moore – pro football player for the San Francisco 49ers! Oh, and before you go, don’t forget to check out the full gallery photographed by Ivy Weddings!

From Ivy WeddingsTiara and Damontre are a power couple in every way! They are so in love and so much fun to be around, and their style and personalities shine. They are a dynamic duo dedicated to making a difference in the community, and between her role as the founder of a non-profit for young ladies and their empowerment, and his role as an NFL pro football player, they are doing just that. 

Their rooftop engagement session was the culmination of the vision and style of a leading team of female Black vendors, all hand selected by the bride and groom. Ivy, the founder of Ivy Weddings, captured the images and worked with Shantay of Expressions of Decor who brought the artistic and Spring-inspired florals to life for a stunning downtown Dallas session. Brans Artistry did Tiara’s hair and makeup, Yolanda Haley coordinated, and clothing styling was by celebrity fashion stylist Tiff the Zeta. We are in love with our stunning couple and their images! 

Photography: Ivy Weddings | Coordinator: Yolanda Haley | Floral Design: Expressions of Decor | Hair and Makeup: Brans Artistry | Celebrity Stylist: Tiff the Zeta

You Won’t Believe This Chic Private Home Wedding Was Planned in Just 3 Weeks!

There is so much heart in this sweet, intimate wedding planned in just 3 weeks by the couple, their loving family and friends who all chipped in, and Maggie Francisco who led the way! The gorgeous couple (no seriously they could be models they’re so beautiful) decided to tie the knot at the bride’s parents’ newly finished home decorated with minimalist greenery and neutral colors. The bride’s son and daughter looked beyond adorable as their ring bearer and flower girl (heart melting!!) Head on over to the full gallery to see all the natural beauty of this day captured by Jennefer Wilson!

From Meggie Franciso EventsWhen a woman with four sisters meets a man with four brothers, it’s easy to suspect that fate might be at play. That’s exactly what happened when Meghan McFarland and Jacob Nelan were finally introduced by Meghan’s father. It wasn’t long before the couple knew they were meant to be, and after Jacob asked for Meghan’s hand in marriage, they had no hesitation in planning the wedding! 

Meghan’s parents were in the process of building a beautiful new home, and the couple envisioned a small, intimate ceremony there – in three weeks. In a pinch for time, the bride made a miraculous find with a knockout off-the-rack Monique Lhullier gown at Dallas bridal salon Warren Barron. She also contacted family friend Allison Lockett of Equally Yolked Events right away for help with the catering. Several talented family members stepped in to handle floral, cake, and officiating. During in-depth consultations with the couple’s beloved photographer, Jennefer Wilson, Meghan and Jacob began to realize that even with such a strong team on board, they needed more help. Their small wedding vision had ballooned into a much larger affair with over 100 guests! Jennefer suggested they bring in destination wedding planner Meggie Francisco to work her magic on the event. 

With fresh leadership on board, the concept came together effortlessly. A seating chart quickly brought much-needed organization to the event, and Francisco provided expert guidance to create a smooth flow throughout the home. As guests arrived, they enjoyed a refreshing spa water station and gathered in the backyard for the private ceremony. During the processional, the couple’s siblings walked around the sparkling pool to join up and take a seat beside the covered gazebo. The bride took her time, stepping with her dad down a beautiful oak wood staircase. As “I Get to Love You” by Ruelle came to a crescendo, a set of floor-to-ceiling glass windows opened for her grand entrance. 

After the couple celebrated their vows with their first kiss, guests socialized in the beautiful front courtyard of the home. They enjoyed light bites from a charcuterie display and mingled over fresh sparkling mock-tails garnished with rosemary and thyme. Meanwhile, the couple escaped for a private photo session in a romantic nook of the neighborhood. They wandered through any idyllic field of tall grasses surrounded by cypress trees; the scene could have been plucked right out of Tuscany! 

When it came time for dinner, guests gathered together at three long tables set with pure white linens, elegant white taper candles, and modern place cards. Delicate greenery hung from the chandeliers above the tables and wandered down the centers of the tables. Equally Yolked served up a delectable buffet of the couple’s favorite Greek food, and the meal ended sweetly with decadent cake baked personally by family member Allison Fox. After dinner, everyone went outside for a dance party beside -and inside! – the glowing pool. The new Mr. And Mrs. Nelan were sent off by their closest loved ones under a canopy of sparklers.

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Photographer: Jennefer Wilson | Cinematography: Lucy Krodell | Wedding Planner: Meggie Francisco | Florist: Ashley McFarland | Cake: Jordan Fox | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | Catering: Equally Yolked Events Catering | Makeup: Acie Artistry | Hair: Kayla Schram | DJ: Greg Hobgood | Officiant: Gary Benjamin | Bridal Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Bridal Salon: Warren Barrón Bridal | Ceremony Pianist: Preston Benjamin | Invitation: Greenvelope | Place Cards: Minted | Private Estate: Private Estate

How One Couple Transformed Their Indoor Venue into a Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Whimsical, romantic, colorful, floral-filled – a complete and utter dream. These are just a few words we would use to describe today’s stunning Dallas, TX wedding planned and designed by The Wildflowers. The bride couldn’t have looked more beautiful on her big day donning a long sleeve Berta gown as she held a cheerful, cascading bouquet that will hypnotize you with its sheer beauty. Head on over to full gallery captured by Charla Storey Photography to see all the magic, including one of the most wow-worthy ceremony arbors that has ever graced the pages of SMP.

From Rebecca of The Wildflowers… Instead of an elaborate Pinterest board, Stephanie presented five adjectives that expressed her vision—among them “whimsical,” “modern,” “elegant,” “unique,” and “colorful.” As a designer, there is no better way to bring a new vision of what we are celebrating than with the inspiration of words, feelings, and the personal story of the couple. Getting to know Stephanie made creating a storied setting exceptionally easy. Immediately my mind went to the storybook landscape of The Cotswolds, the intricate French moldings of The Adolphus’ 19th floor ballroom, a Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a dreamy palette of inky midnight blues, emerald, thistle, and rose, all coupled together for a delightfully intimate feel.

The ceremony florals were whimsical and lush, taking cues from the gardens that provided inspiration. The almost-infinite growing aisle juxtaposed with a modern indoor ballroom is what truly made it a unique. What was even more magical was watching Stephanie cascade down the aisle to Henry Mancini’s choral version of “Moon River.”

Après-ceremony, guests were invited for cocktails among the historic hotel’s newly updated foyer, which was dressed in mid-century modern furnishings and Cy Twombly-like paintings throughout, with the sounds of soul and jazz scoring the evening. Guests were invited back inside the ballroom for dinner, greeted by tables dressed in cut glass and mineral tealight votives, floral-framed menus as a gentle nod to the French framed mirrors of the ballroom, miniature favor boxes tied in emerald silk ribbon bows, and bud vases of ranunculus, sweet peas, garden roses, clematis, peonies, and muscari nestled throughout.

After a treat of Charred Corn, Lump Crab and Poblano Soup, Petite Texas Filet Mignon, Cedar Plank Salmon, Rainbow Fingerling Potatoes, Wilted Arugula, Grilled Asparagus, guests enjoyed dancing, cake, and revelry. As the night grew darker, guests guided the bride and groom to their getaway car, signaling the end to a magical evening.

The Stationery:

The Adolphus’ 19th floor ballroom has beautiful, ornate gold framed mirrors in the space. I created a gentle nod to the framed mirrors by designing Stephanie’s save the date with simple gold writing and her invitations with frame details, this time of florals. Hand-calligraphed escort cards in dark teal with mineral tea light votives and bud vases welcomed guests as they entered the reception. The menu was displayed in a similar floral frame as the invitation, this time with different blooms, a butterfly, and a hand painted ribbon detail. I created a custom font that included digitized floral illustrations climbing throughout the letter, used as the first initial for the guest’s name, followed by hand-calligraphy to complete the full name for the place card.

The Cake:

Lemon cake, raspberry preserves, vanilla mousseline, Italian buttercream and red velvet cake, cream cheese icing with Italian buttercream!

The Bouquet:

The bride’s beautiful bouquet was a cascading bouquet of clematis, daffodils, sweet peas, peonies, muscari, and garden roses.

The Guest book:

Texas Wildflower Portraits by Lou Ellen O’Kennon

The Favors:

The favors were delicious Kate Weiser chocolates wrapped in white boxes and green silk ribbon, set at place setting.

The Welcome Gifts:

Welcome gifts for hotel guests included San Pellegrino glass bottles, Lammes Texas Pralines, and a welcome note with the wedding weekend itinerary.

The Proposal Story

From the Bride… After we graduated college I thought he possibly would propose soon after, though nothing happened. Then when my birthday came in June I thought it may have been then, but still nothing happened. Though, he really surprised me when on the 4th of July we had a casual day by the pool and said he got us some reservations to go to dinner that night at a seafood restaurant that was supposed to be really good. We ended up going to restaurant and I was thinking nothing of it – we order our food & drinks and before we could finish or even receive our food he popped the question since he didn’t want to wait any longer! We celebrated and finished our meal with a few glasses of champagne and then afterwards his family was there and we took pictures and had a very low key celebration.

What were some unique or special wedding details?

 I am the first in my family to get married and since Joe and I have been together for so long I felt there was a lot of excitement around the event. Since Joe and I grew up together our friend groups are the exact same – our high school friends have seen our relationship grow through the years but also our college friends grew to know us as a couple over several years. Since we are the first of our friend groups to get married there was even more excitement from our friends to celebrate!
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What were some of your favorite moments of the day?

I think the most special thing we did during our wedding which we were so glad that we did was during our reception dinner – we walked to each table to greet each person and thank them for coming. It was so nice being able to see everyone we invited and give everyone the chance to feel special and part of our day. We ended up getting so many more candid photos and had many touching moments going table to table!

First Look – Both of us were very excited since I knew he was clueless about my dress (and he knows my obsession with fashion so the dress was super important to me). We were both so calm after seeing each other and everything was perfect. We could hardly keep a serious face when taking photos we were just laughing so much talking to each other about various things like our dogs and what our friends all were doing today. We last saw each other the night before when we all went out to a bar in Dallas with our wedding party and friends from out of town!Any advice for future brides/grooms?
The main thing we learned in the process is getting a wedding planner is the best decision you can make! With both of us working full time jobs, having two puppies, and trying to keep up with our social lives- we needed help planning & executing our vision. Finding someone who has the same aesthetic and taste as your own makes it even simpler when you both gravitate towards the same ideas and designs. Rebecca could not have been any more perfect for the vision I had!

Photography: Charla Storey Photography | Event Design and Planning: The Wildflowers | Dress: Berta | Cake: The Adolphus | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | DJ: Le Force Entertainment | Ballroom: The Adolphus | Catering, Cake and Hair and Makeup: The Adolphus | Floral: The Wildflowers | Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Paper Goods: The Wildflower | Rentals : Top Tier | Video: Peyton Anne Frank

When Their Last Name Is Flowers, You Better Believe They Were Gorgeous!

When your last name happens to be Flowers, a garden-style wedding loaded with blooms only seems fitting, right? Lauren & Stephen’s celebration was a nod to their namesake, bursting with petals and a subtle rustic-romantic vibe at Hickory Street Annex in Dallas. They called on Ivory and Vine Event Co and Venus and Co Flowers to surround their day in beauty and it’s all for the inspirational taking, thanks to Stephanie Brazzle‘s captures below.

From Ivory and Vine Event CoThe planning process with Lauren & Stephen was all that it should be – fun, seamless, and focused on the love that these two share with one another. Any decision we made came back to the careful consideration of whether or not it was an accurate representation of the couple’s personality and style, which culminated into a carefully curated wedding day, full of personal touches and gorgeous details at every turn. We started with the idea of juxtaposing the industrial aesthetic of their ceremony & reception venue, Hickory Street Annex, with the couple’s new, shared last name “Flowers.” This created a gorgeous garden atmosphere for Lauren & Stephen’s guests, as they enjoyed the comforts of an intimate setting as rain lightly ran down the window panes that Saturday.

We selected a color palette of lavender, blush, and hints of deeper colors to give the wedding depth and excitement. Our florist, Venus & Co., selected wild spring blooms to bring a French garden aesthetic into our design. The ceremony was set to evoke an intimate feeling, with guests arranged in a semi-circle, looking on at Lauren & Stephen surrounded by tall, garden inspired arrangements, and floral centerpieces adorning the aisle.

After the ceremony, guests dined on passed appetizers and signature cocktails while we transformed the space upstairs. Lush velvet textured linens, patterned chargers, hand-torn place cards and gold rimmed glassware adorned the table, along with the soft glow of candlelight as guests dined on home-style barbeque, a favorite cuisine of the couple. The couple and their guests danced the night away under string lights, and walked through a confetti tunnel at the end of the evening, into their new life together.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Stephanie Brazzle Photography | Floral Design: Venus and Co | cake : Bird Bakery | catering : Vestals Catering | calligraphy: Scribbles And Swirls | entertainment : Le Force Entertainment | tux : The Black Tux | transportation: premier of dallas | Linen: BBJ La Tavola | Planning: Ivory & Vine Event Co. | accomadations : the statler | bridal dress : a and b bridal | hamu: Meg B | rentals : Bella Acento | rentals : Beautiful Event Rentals | wedding : Hickory Street Annex

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An Emotional Wedding Day That Reminds Us All What a Wedding Is Truly About

As I opened today’s submission for the first time, I saw the image directly below—captured so beautifully by Phillip Van Nostrand—and I balled my fist up and hit my desk several times with tears rolling down my face. Pure emotion pouring out of me and exactly why this celebration of life and love will go down as one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever had the honor of editing. Jacqueline Events & Design tells the story below so graciously. Beyond the dress, the flowers, the details… this, my friends, is truly what weddings are all about.

From Wedding Planner, Jacqueline Events & Design… On October 5, 2018, at 11:00am, Devan Roughton and Haden Shibley became Mr. and Mrs. This is a wedding that will forever define my career. For what you don’t realize is that this wedding was actually scheduled to occur on February 23, 2019. The mother of the bride, Kayla, had lived with ovarian cancer for many years and was very strong when we started this process just one short month earlier. However, on September 27, I answered a call from Devan as she softly explained that her mom had taken a turn for the worse overnight and would be put on hospice at home immediately to live out her remaining days. While sweet Devan thought that her mom wouldn’t be able to enjoy her wedding day, I reassured her that all hope was not lost. I told her that we in fact could allow her to have her mom at her special day and I cast a vision for what became October 5. We had eight short days to pull together the most memorable wedding of my career. Only two vendors had been previously booked, venue and band, and both allowed us out of our contracts and we started from scratch.

When discussing goals and objectives of the client, it is simple – to get married and have the mother of the bride in attendance. To gather the closest friends and family members of the couple in a celebration of love and life. While many of our clients may focus on the more fleeting things of life, this client understood what their special day was really to be about. It truly was the wedding of the year for the Jacqueline Events team.

Devan Roughton was full of pose and grace throughout the entire process. Haden Shibley was the rock she needed and the support system for all decisions made. When discussing where they could get married in eight short days, there was truly only one option – the family home. Her mother was not able to travel and in an effort to accomplish the number one objective, we would have to make the home work. When the decision to move the wedding date abruptly came, I started with a site visit to spend time with my bride. My focus had to be about not compromising what she had dreamt about for her wedding day, while keeping in mind the ticking clock that we were up against. Each day of planning started with a text to Devan asking how her mom was doing. Always afraid that the answer may be that she passed last night. This was my relationship with my bride. It was beyond traditional, it was special and coveted.

Devan’s family owns an art gallery next to their family home and from the minute I walked in the door, I knew it was the perfect location for the 50 person ceremony. It was the history and future of their family. If walls could talk, they would share happy memories that were made of a family working together. We were able to give them another happy memory in the mist of sorrow. While the wedding was planned in eight short days, every detail was thoughtfully orchestrated for the perfect wedding. When working with ministers, we understand that there is a standard script that may be followed. Not this wedding! The minister, Nicholas Costello, wrote a custom ceremony and message just for the bride and groom. It was tailored to the family’s art heritage and how paintings reflect love and life. At the end of the ceremony, the mother of the bride chose to recess down the aisle. It was after this moment that she personally greeted every guest. This was a happy moment and one that was somber. This was the goodbye moment for many friends, it was their final opportunity to speak with Kayla. It literally took every ounce of strength that she could muster up to speak with everyone and take photos with the happy couple. Upon the conclusion of these activities, prior to the reception starting, Kayla left the party and went back to her room where she lived out her remaining days.

After the ceremony the celebration continued with cocktails on the patio and poolside. Brunch was served in the transformed living room. Read below and enjoy all of the special details and learn how the wedding was seamlessly produced.

This wedding will be one that I will always remember. It meant putting aside the perfect wedding timeline, putting aside what we know weddings to be, and giving the couple all that they needed. After living this special day with the couple, I feel as though we will forever be bonded. One week later, Kayla passed with the happy memories of her daughter’s wedding. It was something she talked about up until her passing. That is why we do what we do. That is why we listen, design, and plan the details. It is to make a lasting impression on a family. For this, I am very blessed. This is a wedding unlike any other that will ever occur – it is truly the wedding of the year.

VENUE: When discussing where Devan and Haden would get married in eight short days, we selected a location that was personal and sentimental. We selected their family home. The home consisted of an additional art gallery structure on the side of the property. This would become the ceremony location. The home itself served as the reception location. When designing the wedding, we aimed to compliment the space and not compete with it. The home was built with an Italian villa design and filled with valuable antiques. As you can imagine, the artwork was exquisite. Therefore, the white lush floral desired by the bride was a beautiful landscape for what was already existing. Every inch of the home was used for a different experience. The guests flowed from one space to the next with ease. Guest parking was overseen by a valet service and guests ascended up the stairs to the art gallery. Upon the completion of the ceremony, guests spilled out onto the patio and around the pool. This is where the first dances took place and the cake was cut. After cocktail hour was enjoyed by all, the doors were opened and guests filled what was once a living room. Transformed into an opulent brunch setting, guests remained in this space until a final farewell was given.

Many challenges were faced and overcome within these locations. First is the actual space available. While our sweet bride felt that no one would attend the wedding with this short of notice, everyone said yes. We had 100% attendance resulting in 50 people. However, an obvious space to seat them wasn’t available. We overcame this by looking at rooms in the house not as they were currently setup, but imagined what they could be. We transformed the art gallery into a ceremony through removing furniture and creating an altar out of the fireplace. For the brunch, we looked at the living room in a new light. Removing all living room furniture, we maximized the space with two long family style tables. This also allowed the party to feel intimate and made everyone feel special by being seated together. The second challenge we ran in to was the stairs. This was a twofold issue. First was navigation of load in. Catering was able to create ramps that were used to roll their food carts up into the home. The second issue was how we would move the mother of the bride into the art gallery for the ceremony from her bedroom. While she could walk with assistance, the trek was too far to make at once. We overcame this issue by carefully watching the timeline and starting her move early. She went to different rooms in phases and would gather her strength in between. It was truly exhausting for her, but worth it all when she saw her daughter walking down the aisle.

FOOD + BEVERAGE: The time of the ceremony and wedding was designed around the couple’s favorite meal, brunch. They love having brunch together and we felt it was the perfect meal to share with their family and closest friends. Bringing on Wolfgang Puck Catering to pull off this feat in one week was a simple choice. We knew that they could customize a menu to the liking of our client.

Catering details started as soon as the guests exited the ceremony. They were greeted by an assortment of hors d’oeuvres. Mini quiche lorraine bites, french toast sticks, smoked salmon pizza, and deviled quail eggs were enjoyed by all. In sentimental fashion, the wine served at the wedding was from the wine cellar in the family home. This paired with a mimosa and aperol spritz where passed on trays as they entered the cocktail patio. The aperol spritz delivered a punch of tangerine while the mimosa served up a soft yellow palette for the trays.

Once guests entered the home, the real feast began. A three-course brunch was customized for Devan and Haden in two short days. The first course was a caramelized fig and manchego salad served on a gold fleur plate that completed the preset chargers from Top Tier Event Rentals. Displayed on the table was an assortment of muffins and breakfast breads on white cake stands. It elevated the food from being displayed in a bowl and created dimension on the table design. The second course was the favorite of the couple and one that was not the easiest choice for large group service. All guests received an eggs benedict on a gold rimmed plate and sides were served family style in white bowls. The sides consisted of roasted potatoes, applewood smoked bacon, and fresh fruit. We loved the component of a plated main dish with passed family sides. It reiterated the formality yet closeness of the party. For the third course, guests enjoyed the cake that was previously cut by the couple. They couldn’t choose between three flavors, so we did them all. This was a celebration of love and life after all. Vanilla, snickerdoodle, and chocolate cake served on a white braided dessert plate capped the perfect meal.

PRINTED MATERIALS: While working with couples, we say that to be formal in tradition you should send a printed invitation in the mail. However, what if you don’t have the time? Guests at the wedding of Haden and Devan received something even more special, they each received personalized phone calls. These calls invited them to a day of celebration of love and life.

At the ceremony, the bride wanted to break tradition and not have programs. She felt since it was an intimate gathering of family and close friends there wasn’t a need for that formality. However, for their guest book, the couple chose a beautiful coffee book titled Earth From Above. It is something they now display in their home and enjoy the notes of sentiment left throughout the pages.

As guests entered into the brunch portion of the morning, the custom designed menus by 5by7 Designs also stated their place cards. On the top of each card was the name of the guest written in orchid colored cursive font. This allowed them to know where to be seated and what they would be served throughout the culinary experience.

DECOR: Seeing the beauty of the home, we desired for the décor to highlight and not compete. The bride wanted her favorite color purple to be represented along with her mom’s favorite flower which was an orchid.

For the ceremony design, we brought in gold chairs that accented the gold frames already found on the artwork displayed in the gallery. A lush floral runner was placed on the mantle with draping orchids. A beautiful work of art was on the mantle accented with the glamorous floral. It was truly a magnificent piece. To the right of the mantle we placed the crystal unity candle on a lucite pillar so that it did not demand attention and distract from the floral. The room was filled not only with chairs, but with beautiful piano music played by Luana Stoutmeyer. For us, design isn’t just floral, it is what the senses experience throughout an entire event. The sound filled the room with warmth and celebration.

When designing the cocktail hour, we wanted to be respectful of the furniture that was already in place and chosen by the mother of the bride. We added accent floral pieces to the patio furniture. A guest book table was adorned with a textured white linen that allowed guests to sign at their convenience. In addition, we placed the cake in cocktail hour. Since the guests would be seated and remain seated once entering the home, we wanted the cake to be adored during this time. For the cake table, it was covered with an orchid purple velvet linen that served as a foreshadow for what was to come. A crystal cake stand was selected for the glamor and height it allowed. When designing the cake, we incorporated a replica of the lace from the bride’s gown. This is a gown that will forever hold a special place in my heart because it is the day that I had to take off my traditional planning hat and play the role of friend and mom. When we realized the wedding was being moved, we knew the bride’s previously ordered gown would not arrive in time. After the site visit, I took the bride to a store that had the opportunity to overnight gowns to us. The bride fell in love with this silhouette and lace which she ended up loving more than her original gown. We bought it on the spot and it was in her hands the next day. It was a special memory and one that played a role in the design.

The design for the brunch portion of the wedding celebration was created with community in mind. The guests moved into what was typically the living room for brunch. All furniture was moved out and two long tables were designed to seat exactly 50. It was important to the couple that everyone know how special they were to them and they wanted that reflected in the seating arrangements. It was two family tables full of love. The layout was constructed of 24’ runs of tables. This maximized every inch of space available in this room. It was the largest room we had to work with and we made it an ideal setup. The room was adorned with large white floral pieces that contained draping orchids. A floral runner continued on the table intertwined with candlelight. All of this beauty was supported by a soft oatmeal velvet linen from Nuage. In selecting this linen, it was important to us not only that the color was perfect but that the texture was something the mother could rest her arms on if she was to join. It was soft to the touch of fingertips. The napkins accented the bride’s orchid purple color she desired in the design. Folded on the plates, the napkins sat underneath the custom designed menu cards. The menu cards served as a place card as well and coordinated with their orchid text. The accent metal was gold and could be found in the chairs and flatware. Gold highlighted some of the antiques and artwork already found in the space. It was a flawless compliment.

UNIQUE SUPPORT ELEMENTS: While the original wedding included the special elements of lighting, staging, and A/V components, this was different. When the wedding was moved to eight days away the couple turned their focus to what was truly important, the commitment they would make before God and their parents. Unique supporting elements for this design went beyond what could be viewed, to what was felt. It encompassed all senses. The sound filled the space with warmth and was customized with their favorite songs. The smell was that of orchids and draping floral. The taste was that of the couple’s favorite brunch foods. The touch was of soft velvet for the mom’s comfort. The sight was not only the amazing décor, but that of a young couple overjoyed with their special day. Although it was not the original plan.

ENTERTAINMENT: One of the obstacles was space. Keeping this in mind, we chose to select a solo pianist that would be able to move effortlessly from ceremony, to cocktail hour, and into the brunch reception. Luana Stoutmeyer was the obvious choice and she poured her entire heart into this wedding. In order to set the scene for how emotional of a day this was for all involved, Luana played the processional for the parents to walk in to. After seeing the mom struggle to make it down the aisle and her daughter walking in looking like an angel, she began to cry. There were many tears shed that day by all vendors involved. This is what makes this wedding so different from those we experience on a monthly basis. While the design is still stunning, it is about the heart that was poured into this wedding that truly makes it a wedding of the year.

Luana met with the couple the day before the wedding and played their first dance songs for them to hear. They were overjoyed and very excited for the next day, their wedding day. What they didn’t know is that Luana had gone the extra mile and hired a vocalist to perform for their first dances. As the couple became the center of attention and began dancing to The Promise, a vocalist filled the air. What made the moment even more magical was that while the mom couldn’t attend the first dances due to the exhaustion of the ceremony, she was in the room directly above the pool and was able to experience the moment through sound.

Photography: Phillip Van Nostrand | Event Planning: Jacqueline Events & Design | Floral Design: Haute Floral | Wedding Dress: Reformation | Cake: Annie's Culinary Creations | Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering | Wedding Venue: Private Estate | Beauty: Simply Beautiful By Meg | La Tavola Chairs: Top Tier | Linens: Nuage Designs | Menu/Place cards: 5 By 7 Designs | Piani: Luana Stoutmeyer | Valet: Gold Crown Valet | Veil: Arte Latica

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A Colorful Fall Wedding at Hotel Crescent Court Complete with the Cutest Flower Girl

For this beautiful couple – the perfect wedding day meant the presence of their closest family and friends, subtle tributes to their military backgrounds, lots of bright yellow and pink blooms from Anna Rayner… oh, and the cutest four-legged flower girl we ever did see. It was the most special day planned perfectly by Keestone Events! We can’t wait to share these gorgeous photos captured by Allen Tsai Photography of Tian Tian and Chris’s joy-filled day! See it all below and prepare for some majorly aww-worthy moments.

From Keestone EventsI loved planning for Tian Tian and Chris. This is a couple who aren’t afraid to let their personalities shine through and have fun.

From Tian Tian surprising Chris by arriving at the rehearsal in a taco costume (their wedding was a few weeks before Halloween) just for kicks — she did take it off after a few minutes — to Chris surprising her with Torchy’s Tacos as a late night snack at the reception, there were twists and turns throughout their wedding that kept their group of guests guessing and cheering all night long.

Both met in West Point and were in the military for five years. They incorporated aspects from that background such as cutting the cake with the West Point saber and doing a military style grog. For their wedding, the couple was drawn to bright florals which were balanced out with neutral linens and the warm tones of Hotel Crescent Court.

Tian Tian and Chris don’t live in Dallas and they, along with most of their guests flew in from various parts of the States to make it to their big day. Since Tian Tian’s family is from China, red wooden favors that mean “double happiness” were put on each place setting as a nod to her culture. I also cannot forget to mention Sandy, Tian Tian’s Old English Sheepdog who has been the most well-behaved (and supportive) flower girl in all the weddings we have done. Sandy was such a pro and MVP!

Photography: Allen Tsai Photography | Floral Design: Anna Rayner | Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Panini Bakery | Stationery: Minted | Hair and Makeup: Jessica Jieun | Ceremony + Reception: Hotel Crescent Court | DJ + Lighting: Le Force Entertainment | Planning + Design: Keestone Events | Rentals: Big D Party Rentals

Texas College Sweethearts Wed at The Room On Main in Dallas

As someone who found love in college myself, I’ve got a soft spot for college sweethearts—and today’s lovebirds are simply the cutest pair. Also like my husband and I, Haley and Hunter said I do nine years after meeting and oh, did they do it in serious style. With Engaged Events and Something Pretty Floral to help beautify the day, their Dallas celebration is one I know you’ll go a little pin-happy with. Stephanie Brazzle captured it all, right here.

From Stephanie BrazzleHaley and Hunter met in September of their freshman year at TCU. They remained mere acquaintances until after a couple chance encounters, Hunter asked Haley on their first date. Hunter picked Haley up from her dorm, Colby Hall, and they walked to nearby Dutch’s Burgers, a local favorite at TCU. Despite the first date nerves, they had a great time and began what would be a long journey together that would culminate with their wedding over nine years later.

During the next four years at TCU, Haley and Hunter formed countless friendships and made memories that they cherish to this day. The summer following their graduation from TCU, Hunter moved to Waco to attend Baylor Law School, and Haley started her first job in Fort Worth. They drove back and forth between Waco and Fort Worth nearly every weekend for the following three years. Hunter’s law school graduation was not only significant for Hunter, but also meaningful for Haley and Hunter as a couple, knowing that their future together could finally begin in the same city! To celebrate this milestone, Haley and Hunter spent two wonderful weeks in Italy. During their last evening in Venice while watching boats sail through the canal, Hunter surprised Haley with a proposal. After Haley said “yes!” and shed a few tears, they returned home to share this exciting news with their family and friends.

Shortly after returning home, Haley and Hunter moved to Dallas together, where they began planning their wedding. It meant so much to Haley and Hunter to host their families from all over the country in Dallas. They were married in the Cox Chapel at Highland Park United Methodist Church and the reception was held at The Room on Main. It perfectly embodied what they had always envisioned for their wedding day, a traditional, intimate, and emotional celebration. As the bride and groom arrived at the reception, the sun was setting beautifully through the 15-foot floor to ceiling windows. And as the sun set, hundreds of candles placed on the tables throughout the room illuminated the venue. As the reception came to an end, Haley and Hunter shared one last romantic dance together followed by a grand exit as friends and family tossed rose petals. It was a beautiful night which brought together Haley’s and Hunter’s families and friends for which they will be forever grateful. It was truly a night they will remember forever!

photographer: Stephanie Brazzle Photography | videographer : Jonathan Mayfield Media | wedding dress : Nordstrom | Cake: Panini Bakery | Invitations: Scribbles And Swirls | ceremony : Highland Park Methodist Church | Reception Venue: The Room On Main | catering: Cn Catering | hair and makeup : Anastasia Strattan | lighting : Le Force Entertainment | DJ: Le Force Entertainment | tux: The Black Tux | transportation: Blue Diamond Limousines | accomodations : Hotel Crescent Court | floral: Something Pretty Floral | planning : Engaged Events

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Chic South Asian Wedding at Hyatt Regency Hotel Dallas

As much as I love a wedding packed with Pinterest-worthy details, without fail, I always come back to the bridal portraits. They’re my favorite images to look at when I first open a gallery—so you can imagine my excitement when I clicked on this one captured by Erin Wilson. They are powerful portraits that tell the story of the blending of two beautiful cultural backgrounds and the love of Alyzae and Viqar. To top it all off, we had a chance to interview the Bride herself, on every facet of their day. Read it all below!

Tell us about your cultural backgrounds?

My cultural background is of British and Pakistani heritage, and Viqar’s heritage is from India and Yemen. Both of us grew up here in the states – he grew up in Western New York and I grew up in Dallas.

What elements of your culture/heritage were important to incorporate into your wedding?

The clothes and jewelry played a big part in our wedding – both of us wore pieces that had meaningful significance within our families which was really special. I also got to wear a beautiful, signature Indian jewelry set from Viqar’s mother. Food is also a highlight in South Asian weddings so having a variety of traditional food was important. Our culture also places an emphasis that a marriage is not just between two individuals, but between two families, so the the involvement of our families was important.

How did you blend cultures and still keep your ceremony & reception cohesive?

Fortunately, there are a lot of similarities between our cultures, so it was a matter of merging the two cultures together.

Did you have Western influences at all? If so, what were they?

Yes! Traditionally, the South Asian wedding outfit is red, but I always knew I wanted to wear white. As part of our cultural wedding dress, we wear a veil (“dubata”) on our head, but I loved the idea of a long cathedral-style veil so I combined the two! Traditionally, our weddings are a multiday event, with the ceremony typically held on the day before the reception. The set up of our wedding mimicked a Western wedding in that we had the ceremony and reception in one evening, with a social (“cocktail”) hour in between. We also had my brother’s friend play the piano to “All of Me” by John Legend for our entrance. Lastly, my mother set up a massive dessert bar that included both traditional South Asian dessert as well as Western dessert.

What were any challenges that you faced when planning your wedding?

Because I live in Maryland and Viqar lives in Boston, planning our wedding Dallas and finalizing the venue, photo/video, clothes and makeup from afar was definitely challenging! It was nice to have my parents in-town to help with coordinating all the different pieces.

Biggest piece of advice for those looking to infuse their wedding with more than one culture?

Openly communicating between families with what traditions/aspects of the wedding is important to them was really helpful and kept everyone on the same page. It also gave everyone a piece of mind that they’re values/traditions were being respected. Infusing multiple cultures into a wedding also gives you the opportunity to go outside the box with your planning and provides you and your guests a unique experience!

Photography: Erin Wilson Photography | Videography: Company N Films | Hotel: Hyatt Regency Hotel Dallas

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A Garden Wedding at the Dallas Arboretum with a Modern Twist

A few days ago, we shared this Dallas Arboretum wedding from Jeff Brummet Visuals and Bella Flora of Dallas on our LBB Blog — but we had a bit of a scheduling snafu. We knew, we just had to feature it again, because it’s filled with so many lovely moments and has so many beautiful bridal portraits (plus a really great proposal story). The full gallery is loaded with #HangOnTheWall portraits — and then, when you bring in the fluffy white pup (queue the pup pic!), well, you know how we feel about that! Here are our top six #DontMissPics … *DropDeadGorgeous bridal portraits:   here + here + here | *The Dress with Off The Shoulder Lace Sleeves and… #ChangeItUp to Strapless! (WinWin – right?) | *Garden Vibes in Texas with an unexpected South African flair (for goodness sakes – the groom had malaria when he proposed!) You have to Watch the film from Brendan Williams. Guaranteed love | *And last, but dare we say not-at-all-least, a modern day #GoingAwayOutfit that tops our list of oh-so-cool surprises (aka, a jumpsuit)! [I think that might have been seven.] Anyway, we’ll start with one of those beautiful a-ha-portraits…

From Lauren, at Style Me Pretty… Who said garden weddings have to mean flower crowns, wooden signs and casual flair – this wedding is the perfect example of how to dress up your garden wedding venue in a sophisticated, modern style. With planning by Laura Mayfield, flowers by Bella Flora of Dallas and photos from Jeff Brummett Visuals – it’s no wonder this wedding is a total winner! Two things I’m obsessed with from this day? 1. The bride’s super fun jumpsuit for the reception 2. One seriously celeb-worthy wedding cake from Elena’s Cakes. See it all in the full gallery!

From the photographer, Jeff Brummet…  Callie and Lorne have such an amazing story. Callie, from Southlake, Texas and Lorne, from South Africa, met while attending Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. 

They both share a love for Africa. When it came time for Lorne to pop the question, he knew it had to be at one of their favorite places. The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. The area is a World Heritage Site and is home to a wide variety of wildlife and landscapes. After a morning safari, Lorne, who was sick with Malaria at the time (!), brought Callie to a spot on the wall of the crater overlooking the entire preserve.

Callie and Lorne exchanged vows in the Lay Family Garden, surrounded by family and friends from around the world. Afterwards, everyone settled in for the most stunning outdoor reception. This gorgeous dinner was set overlooking White Rock Lake.

As with any great Dallas Arboretum wedding, everyone danced away the evening under the stars before a sparkler sendoff. I can’t say enough about how great it was to get to know this wonderful couple and all their loved ones.

And as we mentioned, we know you’ll love watching this highlight film from Brendan Williams… you’re sure to feel the South African vibe!

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To see more of Jeff Brummett’s work, from Texas to New York to Italy– head on over to his blog and Instagram page!


Bella Flora of Dallas is a full-service floral and event design studio specializing in luxury weddings and social events. Taking great pride in custom details and a unique approach to each and every event is their claim to fame! Looking at the floral design on this wedding is absolute proof! See more of Bella Flora’s floral designs on their Instagram page and their blog!

Photography: Jeff Brummett Photography | Cinematography: Brendan Williams | Event Planning: Mayfield Events | Floral Design: Bella Flora of Dallas | Cake: Elana's Cakes | Invitations: Southern Fried Paper | Catering: Gil's Elegant Catering | Band: China Town Band | Wedding Venue: Dallas Arboretum | Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floor | MUAH: Melisa J Beauty | Sound: Le Force Entertainment

The 9 Most Loved, On Trend Bridal Hairstyles For 2018

I believe that I am responsible for the messy bun trend. I’m serious! And for those of you that just spit out their coffee, hear me out. I got married WAY back in 2005. And I told my cousin, who is the most amazing stylist ever, that I wanted a messy bun. And then she suggested a messy SIDE bun. And BOOOM. Mind blown. So that’s what I did and I am pretty sure that fireworks went off over Paris and the whole world took note. Okay I’m joking. Obviously. In all seriousness, the mess bun is still a thing because the world is awash with amazing stylists that are able to make a classic look feel modern and chic and right now no matter how long they have been around. So today, we’re talking the hottest bridal hair trends that originated from the classics..the Chignon, the Ponytail, the Up-Down Combo of Greatness. Paired with the most spectacular inspiration from the dream team – Birds of a Feather on design, Charla Stories behind the lens and Max Owens Design on florals and Fringe on beauty- this is one to bookmark before setting up your first trial.

Get it Twisted.

Twists are a BIG deal right now. Whether you wear your hair mostly down with a few twists going from the sides to the back, or you take a more classic hairstyle and update it with twists and turns, this is a look that feels both chic and sophisticated while still retaining a classic vibe.

Messy Braids.

Made famous on runways way back in 2014, the messy braid is still having it’s fashion moment. The bigger and chunkier the braid, the better. Stylists often supplement natural hair so that the impact of the braid can be more “wow” worthy. Whether you fishtail it, rope it, french it, halo it, waterfall it, chainlink it, braid it into a bun or a ponytail or another braid….make it big and beautiful and you will stay on braid trend.

Side Swept.

A bun or a braid, all up or all down or simply in beautiful waves…keeping things side swept ensures equal parts modernity and romance. It also means that in front facing portraits, you can see a whisper of what is sure to be your most beautiful hair moment.

Low Chignons. 

“Chignon” is the French word for bun – though in the context of the way we often use it, Chignon is an abbreviated term, originating from the phrase “chignon du cou,” or “bun at the nape of the neck.” Chignons are usually considered quite formal and traditionally, have been reserved for black tie affairs. But, times are a-changing. The “it girl” style for Chignons right now is to incorporate twists and braids and keep it low on the head which can translate easily into just about any style of wedding from casual to classic.

Simply Styled Up-Dos.

No tendrils hanging down, no fuss, no pomp, no circumstance. Just a classic, well done up-do is and always will be on trend.

Complex Ponytails.

Ponytails are my favorite hairstyle. Especially with a simple, black ribbon. Swoon. But the word ponytail has taken on a way bigger meaning in the bridal world. It’s a finish to an already beautiful style. You can twist or braid the hair, you can wear it low and loose, you can wear it high and quite modern. And best of all, you can pull the fastener out easily at the reception for a casual alternative. They key to a successful ponytail and one that feels and looks more special than your average styling, is to hide the ponytail holders by wrapping hair around them or using invisible rubber bands to create a bit of depth and dimension.

Tiaras, Halos and Headpieces.

We’ve seen barrettes clipped to the top of a gorgeous messy bun, tiaras fit for a princess, or simple pearled halos that just add a little sparkle to your look. Headpieces are especially beautiful if you have a super sheer veil that shows the jewelry’s beauty or if you are ditching a veil altogether and need something to dress up your look. Vintage styling is definitely on trend right now, using antiqued brass and gold as a foundation with delicate, feminine jewels to accentuate.

Half Up to Half Down.

The beauty of the braid and ponytail trend is that you essentially can have two distinct styles that can stand alone or blend together cohesively. By creating interest on the top portion of your hair, then finishing with a low, messy bun or a long and lose ponytail, you can easily transition your look from more formal (ceremony) to more casual (reception).

Hollywood Waves.

The beauty of this style is that it works on both long and shorter, bob style hair. Any texture. Any color. It’s one of those looks that always feels vintage and modern at the same time. That bleeds romance. That looks high end and yet unfussy. Pretty, old hollywood style waves are literally never ever going out of season.

So what are YOUR favorite hair trends for the season? The best advice we have is to scour the web (and good old fashioned magazines) to find inspiration that you can share with your stylist. BUT. And this is a big but. (a big but not a big butt). Give him or her a bit of creative freedom. A good stylist will understand what you want while still taking into account the length of your hair, the shape of your face, the style of of your gown, the texture of your locks. Let them have the space to show you something really beautiful that riffs on – but may not exactly copy – the style you present to them.

Now, a little more about this stunning inspiration shoot from Charla Story… Inspired by the colors of spring, touches of Pantone 2018 ultra violet, and textures galore we created a garden party editorial with al fresco vibes and bridal beauty fun. The Nasher Scuplture center was the perfect mood to pair with our inspiration, the sculptures, and lush garden packed with movement in the art, fountains and beautiful large weeping willow, create a perfect atmosphere. Who doesn’t want to have champagne and enjoy dinner surrounded by such an experience.

Peony season is always exciting, with gorgeous tree peonies, our table is romantic, lush and inviting. Southern Fried Paper created menu’s on beautiful blue velvet that are soft to the touch, and add a classic elegance to the table top experience.

With a fashion edge to this shoot we wanted to showcase several bridal looks, showing brides to be what several options for an outdoor garden wedding, while having fun with different beauty looks, detailed gowns and bouquets!

I think of friends when I see this many brides in one spot, and nothing if more fun than playing dress up.

Photography: Charla Storey Photography | Event Design: Birds Of A Feather Events | Floral Design: Max Owens Design | Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets | Beauty: Fringe Studio | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Gowns, Bridal Salon: Warren Barrón Bridal | Linen: BBJ La Tavola | Museum Scuplture Garden, Modern: Nasher Sculpture Center | Paper: Southern Fried Paper | Rentals: Bella Acento

The Venue at Waterstone Wedding ~ Rustic Elegance At It’s Best

Heather and Karson came to me from Lubbock, Texas to plan their “destination” wedding in the Dallas area. From the moment we began our discussions I knew Heather and I would be the perfect pair! When we started focusing on design, we quickly discovered a shared love of the color pink. We played with all shades — from the palest of pinks to the darkest fuchsia and then added pops of dusty blue. The outcome was sensational and the perfect way to soften the barn at The Venue At Waterstone…. from Query Events with photography by Lauren Peele.

More from Query Events…. Sadly, Heather’s mother passed away several years back so we started working on the perfect details to include her mother’s memory. We placed a photo of Heather’s mother on her wedding day and laid a floral crown composed of pink carnations, her favorite flower next to it. Knowing that carnations were so important to Heather’s memory of her mother, we incorporated mini spray versions of the bloom in each arrangement throughout the reception space. Every detail from the centerpieces to memorial video played during toasts brought the essence of her beloved mother into the room.

This couple was amazing to work with and together, we compiled an all-star team of wedding vendors. Lauren Peele Photography, a Dallas based fine art film photographer, captured each image to perfection. What an amazing day with two wonderful families!

From Eddye at SMP…. There are always those amazing moments that come forward when we watch the films that recap the celebration of your oh-so-special wedding days! Today, we have one of those for you! From Adam Grumbo Films, listen to the words captured in a few short sentences – words from the bride’s Daddy – words that will stick with her for a lifetime!  Words that she will cherish forever and ever…. amen!! Turn the volume up and enjoy!!

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Then…. Enjoy the full gallery of images right here!

Photography: Lauren Peele | Videography: Grumbo Wedding Films | Wedding Planner: Query Events | Floral Design: Query Events | Wedding Dress: Liancarlo | Cake: Moonlight Cakes | Invitations: Cleggraphy Designs | Ceremony Venue: The Venue at Waterstone | Reception Venue: The Venue at Waterstone | Catering: TCP Catering | Hair and Makeup: Beauty And The Blush | DJ: Le Force Entertainment | Exit Car: Romantic Remembrances | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Bella Acento | Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals

Nasher Sculpture Center in Texas was the Backdrop for a Modern Garden Wedding

Putting together this wedding for you guys today was fun. Like brought me back to the very early days of SMP kind of fun where I couldn’t decide which images to share because there were so many good ones. But you know what? Despite the fact that the details were GORGEOUS and the backdrop by Engaged Events and florals by Abelia Floral Design stunning, it was the bride and groom that made me fall so in love…their total joy leaping out of every image, captured perfectly by Stephanie Brazzle. And while a wedding is innately a more formal day than your usual Saturday, this pair never seemed to take themselves so seriously that they couldn’t let the love keep center stage. This is a wedding for the books. I’m obsessed.

From the Bride… Every day, the summer before I met my husband, Peyton, I prayed for him. I have countless entries in my prayer journal where I prayed that I would meet my future husband by the end of the summer, not knowing who I was necessarily praying for, but praying boldly and specifically that God had laid this person on my heart and that this was his perfect timing. I met Peyton at the end of that same summer in 2015 at a young adults retreat that our church hosts every Labor Day weekend. We got engaged a little over a year later!

I loved the dreaminess of the Nasher Sculpture Center and after visiting a few venues, I knew that it was the perfect one for our outdoor wedding. We chose a neutral color palette of gold, silver and white with pops of navy blue and lots of greenery. I wanted whatever we added to the garden and museum to feel natural, so I chose some wood and marble accents to go along with the neutral color scheme.

The week of our wedding, I noticed that the weather forecast was constantly fluctuating between rain and sunshine, so I prayed multiple times a day for no rain, the only thing that could prevent my dream of an outdoor wedding. Little did I know, but Hurricane Harvey was to blame for the fluctuating forecast. The morning of the wedding and the day the hurricane hit Houston, it drizzled steadily in the morning and even poured for a short time, but I had a feeling that it would clear by the time we got to the venue. I had a peace knowing that God would answer yet another prayer!

Our Planner Whitney with Engaged Events called me as we were finishing getting dressed at the hotel that the team had concerns about the weather and wanted to move everything inside though the forecast showed that things were going to clear up later that afternoon. I had confidence that rain would hold off, so I told her that if things needed to move around slightly they could, but I wanted everything to be outside even if that meant something might get wet.

Whitney worked with the teams and made some slight changes in the reception layout were even better than we originally planned for the layout to be. I give her all the credit for helping me convince everyone to keep the reception outside. And I am so glad we did because we had the most beautiful August weather I had ever experienced in Texas! The rain had made it a cool(er) afternoon and evening, perfect for our outdoor reception.

Our photographer, Stephanie Brazzle, captured the day perfectly. There was so much joy and celebration on our wedding day, and each photo radiates the excitement and love we felt! She captured the dreaminess of the venue, the sweetest details and so many special moments that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

Photography: Stephanie Brazzle Photography | event planner: Engaged Events | Floral Design: Abelia Floral Studio | wedding dress : Pronovias | cake : Julie Vorce | Invitations: Dunkirk Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering | hair and makeup : Beauty And The Blush | calligraphy: dabbling dallas | BAND: In10City | transportation: AJL International | bridesmaid dress boutique: Bella Bridesmaid | dress boutique: Bridal Boutique Of Lewisville | groomsmen: The Black Tux | jeweler : Diamonds Direct | linen: BBJ La Tavola | rentals: Big D Party Rentals | robes : Pretty Plum Sugar | wedding : Nasher Sculpture Center

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Rose Gold, Glamour + Smiles Galore For This Garden Wedding

There’s no denying that this whole wedding is absolutely gorgeous. One look through Stephanie Brazzle’s photos and we’re swooning. But look a little closer… and read this beautiful Bride’s story below – it’s the little details sprinkled about that make this wedding shine even brighter. The whole celebration takes places where this Bride and Groom got engaged (how sweet!), Rose, the Bride’s middle name, lends a lovely touch throughout, we spy some adorable doggie pins and so much more. We guarantee time spent in this gallery is time very, very well spent… see it all right this way! And don’t miss Lynn Films’ work below!

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From the Bride… Two worlds collided when our mutual friends held a wedding on a balmy day in New York City: on one side, the groom’s nerdy friends from engineering school (Mitchell); the other, the bride’s designer friends from Manhattan (myself). We hit it off during the reception sitting at the single’s table. By the end of the night, I remember thinking, “Wow, this is the kind of guy I want to marry”.

After the wedding, we parted ways – Mitchell lived in Seattle and I lived in New York . We stayed in contact until Mitchell was able to visit NY again because of several business trips. The chemistry was undeniable, and a long distance relationship was born. After a year of back and forth between Seattle and New York, I took the brave step to move to Seattle! Finally being in the same city, we developed our relationship over food, traveling, hiking, and dogs! Later, on a trip home to visit my family, we picked a romantic dinner spot in Uptown Dallas at the Crescent Court Hotel. As we walked across the lush and intimate hotel courtyard to dinner, I thought “How spectacular would it be to get engaged or married out here.” After dinner, somehow having read my mind, Mitchell walked me outside to the courtyard and got down on one knee to pop the big question, “Will you marry me?”.

As we started our wedding planning, looking at venues both in Seattle and Dallas, we concluded that it only felt right to return to Hotel Crescent Court – in the very courtyard we got engaged in! The hotel’s Parisian ambiance made it easy for us to set our theme: black-tie attire, neutral palette, replete with classic romance. My middle name is Rose, and when Mitchell decided to pick out a rose-gold wedding ring to remind him of me, we quickly started gravitating to this color when it came to our wedding details. Thankfully, we found a planning team, Sweet Pea Events, that was based in both Seattle and Dallas and they were perfect for executing our vision for the day (Hooray for making long distance planning easier!).

Overall, our wedding day was magical: from the reunion of long-time friends, the intimate garden courtyard ceremony, the traditional Taiwanese Tea Ceremony to honor parents, the first dance, and our selfie grand send-off with our guests overlooking the terrace. We thank all of our vendors for making this night so special for us, our families, and our friends.



Photography: Stephanie Brazzle Photography | Videography: Lynn Films | Event Planning: Sweet Pea Events | Floral Design: Anna Rayner | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Invitations: Letters by Ellen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Hotel Crescent Court | Hair + Makeup: Q Makeup & Hair Artistry | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Crescent Hotel | Bridal Boutique: Circle Park Bridal Boutique | DJ, Lighting + Photobooth : Le Force Entertainment | Linens: BBJ La Tavola

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