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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

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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: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | 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!

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Photography: Jeff Brummett Visuals | 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: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Museum Scuplture Garden, Modern: Nasher Sculpture Center | Paper: Southern Fried Paper | Rentals: Bella Acento

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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: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Bella Acento | Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals

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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 Linen | 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.

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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: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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They Wed Under the Stars + Surrounded by Art

For their wedding, this couple imagined themselves toasting champagne while dancing the night away under the stars, surrounded by beautiful works of art and the ones they loved most. With the expert assistance of Ivory and Vine Event Co., that’s exactly what they did at their Nasher Sculpture Center nuptials photographed by Stephanie Brazzle! No detail was overlooked by their world-class vendor team including Something Pretty Floral, La Tavola, Scribbles and Swirls Calligraphy, and more, and you can see all the lovely details in the film by Jonathan Mayfield.

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From Ivory and Vine Event Co.Ashley and Jonathan met in class at Texas Christian University, and after a year of flirting and friendship, they grew inseparable and knew that they’d end up together. After a few years of dating, they were engaged, and Ashley began planning their dream wedding day. They pictured themselves toasting champagne and dancing the night away with their families and friends, under the stars, surrounded by beautiful works of art – and that’s exactly what they did!

Ashley and Hono were married at Perkins Chapel with a wedding reception at Nasher Sculpture Center. Ashley envisioned a classic, southern wedding with just a touch of french country and used her color palette of ivory, blush, lavender, and gray to thread a common theme of timeless elegance through every element of her wedding. Ashley juxtaposed the modern, clean lines of the Nasher Sculpture Garden with wild, organic floral arrangements from Something Pretty Floral and accented her decor with silk ribbon, gold metallics, and textured linens from La Tavola. Her photographer, Stephanie Brazzle, captured each vignette through the medium of film and beautifully told the story of a night filled with excellent food, drink, and music. It was an unforgettable night under the stars.

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Photography: Stephanie Brazzle Photography | Cinematography: Jonathan Mayfield Media | Event Planning: Ivory & Vine Event Co. | Floral Design: Something Pretty Floral | Wedding Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza | Cake: Panini Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Perkins Chapel | Reception Venue: Nasher Sculpture Center | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering | Hair + Makeup: Maitee Miles | Calligraphy: Scribbles And Swirls | DJ: Le Force Entertainment | Transportation: Dallas Limousine | Hotel: The Joule | Bridal Boutique: Arte Latica | Bridesmaids' Dresses Boutique: Brideside | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Fauxcades | Rentals : Marquee Event Rentals

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Spring Wedding Elegance With Some Serious Flower Power

Flower lovers, this one’s for you. Tucked inside this classic Dallas affair is what can best be described as floral heaven designed by The Wildflowers with mountains of blooms by Bows and Arrows, elegant calligraphy by The Left Handed Calligrapher and the prettiest images captured by Stephanie Brazzle. From a troop of precious flower girls to a 15-person a cappella gospel choir and a sea of flora, get lost in this timeless celebration at Arlington Hall at Oak Lawn Parkright here. And speaking of celebrations and awesome vendors, we’re celebrating 10 years of our Little Black Book today. Cheers to a fabulous decade of LBB! Now on with the show…

Instead of an elaborate Pinterest board, Mary presented five adjectives that expressed her vision—among them “elegant,” “intimate,” “timeless,” “fun,” and “Glory to God.” 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 Mary made creating a storied setting exceptionally easy. Immediately my mind went to Eau de Nil, Café Au Lait, toile patterns, garden stone, Songs and Sonnets of Springtime, curtains of silk, all coupled together for a delightfully intimate family feel. The ceremony was classical and heavenly, with Bows and Arrows taking cues from the surroundings to create a happy complement of greenery growing along the pillars. The infinite subtlety is what truly made it magical. With a resounding nod to Mary’s “Glory of God” vision, a 15-person a cappella gospel choir drew back the curtain to Mary’s entrance, singing “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah.”

Après-ceremony, guests were invited to walk along the gardens of the venue, Arlington Hall at Oak Lawn Park, with cocktails, charcuterie, and a trio of jazz musicians waiting for them at the end of the pathway. With the sound of ringing bells, guests were invited to dinner, greeted by tables of Mary’s family’s silver trays serving their escort cards. Upon entering the windowed dinner marquee, drapings of tea rose silk welcomed the guests into a cozy, intimate setting. After a treat of port poached pear salads, chicken saltimbocca with prosciutto, red wine-braised short rib, and heart-warming speeches, guests entered the Great Hall for dancing, donuts, and revelry. As the night grew darker, guests guided the bride and groom to their getaway car with lights of sparklers, signaling the end to a magical evening.

Photography: Stephanie Brazzle Photography | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Wedding Dress : Romona Keveza Legends | wedding cake: Panini Bakery | stationary: Yonder Design | Wedding Shoes : Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Food Glorious Food | Hair and Makeup : Samantha Landis | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | LIGHTING: Absolute Entertainment | BAND: Absolute Entertainment | Grooms Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Premier Transportation | Wedding Venue: Arlington Hall at Oak Lawn Park | hotel: Crescent Hotel | tent: Mike Sandone Productions, Inc. | Design and Planning : The Wildflowers | Donuts : Hale Koa phineas Estate | Draping: Stage Works | Monogrammed Cookies: Bird Bakery | ceremony choir : Concord Church of Dallas Choir | grooms cake : cades cakes | rentals: Melody's Joy | rentals : Posh Couture Rentals | wedding dress boutique: Warren Barrón Bridal

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A Wedding With Too Many Gorgeous Gems To Pick Just One

There is usually a part of every wedding that stands out to me, my own little personal favorite detail or pic. But this wedding right here… I just can’t decide. The OMG florals or the stationery and personalized crest with the cutest pups ever?! They are both just TOO GOOD to pick just one. Lucky for me, I don’t have to decide, both gems are in our gallery of gorgeous pics thanks to Stephanie Brazzle and that is where I’ll be, staring wide eyed and soaking it all up! Do tell; what’s your favorite?

From the Bride… Tommy and I are high school sweethearts, and it has been so amazing to watch each other grow into the people we are today. We actually got married on the 11th anniversary of the day that he first asked me out, all those years ago! Because I was in medical school when he proposed, we had a long engagement and I had a lot of time to dream about the kind of wedding we wanted. I’m definitely a sucker for wedding details! I loved picking out a pretty ring box, choosing my fabulous wedding shoes, and obsessing over my gorgeous dress. However, it is so important not to forget that the best part of your wedding day is finally getting married! 

We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us as a couple, and my very favorite detail is our watercolor-painted wedding crest – I worked closely with the artist to come up with a design that featured everything important to our relationship. We absolutely adore our fur babies – between the two of us, we are the proud parents of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a trio of miniature dachshunds – and we knew we had to include them in the crest since they wouldn’t be able to join us in person on the big day. We also share a mutual love of coffee, donuts, and macarons, and those were incorporated into the crest as well as featured in our actual dessert bar! We used the crest on our invitations, the table numbers, even the dinner menus, and it added such a personal and unique touch. My wonderful planner helped us strike a balance between the cultural and religious traditions of our families and my Pinterest-fueled ideas for the wedding day. All of my lovely vendors brought to life my vision of an indoor garden wedding with lots of greenery and loose, organic floral arrangements, using a color palette of dreamy pops of blush pink and gold. Best of all, everyone knows how much I love bubble tea, and we brought in a bubble tea truck after everyone had danced their hearts out, which was the perfect way to end a night of joyful celebration and laughter with our loved ones.

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Photography: Stephanie Brazzle Photography | Event Planning: Love And Sparrows Events | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: HoneyLove Cakery | Invitations: Elizabeth Bardwell Flutter Letterpress | Ceremony Venue: Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Brianne | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Vestals Catering | Reception Catering: ABC Seafood + Dim Sum | Hair + Makeup: Beauty And The Blush | DJ: RLF Society | Transportation: ABC Transportation | Floral Design (Bouquet and Boutonniere): Moss Floral Design | Floral Design (Ceremony + Reception): dream weddings and events | Getting Ready + First Look: Hotel Crescent Court | Macarons: MAC & CREAM | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Tarts: Tartalicious | Wedding Crest: Karli Strohschein and Rachelle Youd Designs

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The Romantic Dallas Engagement of Two Childhood Sweethearts

Perfection is an engagement session at the hands of Tenth & Grace. Showcasing the beauty of Dallas gardens and the sweetest couple who met at the ripe old age of 14, this shoot includes gowns, wildflowers and true soulmates. Sift through all the pretty images right here and stay tuned for their insanely gorgeous wedding coming up next!

From the bride… Parker and I met at the age of 14 in Arkansas and started dating at 16. Parker actually took me on our first date on my 16th birthday since that was the age I was allowed to begin dating! We were high school sweethearts and destined soulmates. I always dreamt of a New Years eve engagement – Parker knew this and wanted to make that wish come true. On December 31, 2012 after a long day of work, I walked into a bare apartment that only had a mattress (I had just moved in the day prior and had no furniture). I opened the door to a candlelight path of sunflowers (my favorite flower) and a love song playing in the background. The best part about it was the path of flowers had a trail of photos with handwritten letters on each with quotes that described the perfect love. The photos were set up as a timeline of our love – starting with a photo of our first date and all the small moments in between. The trail ended and led up to a door, when I opened it, there was Parker on one knee where he asked me to marry him. I can still remember that day like it just happened. It was a moment of pure bliss. We had what most would call an extremely long engagement – 4 years! When you find your soulmate time means nothing because it truly went by so quickly. From the beginning, we treated our relationship like a marriage. The funny thing is, we would talk about wedding locations and attempt to plan but all of our ideas never seemed like a good fit for our love story. That is where the thought of building our own venue from the ground up grew, and the idea of The Grand Ivory was born.

Photography: Tenth & Grace | Makeup: Wendy Zerrudo

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Glamorous Warehouse Wedding Overlooking the Dallas Skyline

For this classic Dallas wedding, an industrial warehouse was turned into a glamorous affair at the hands of Grit + Gold. Together with Oh Deery Floral they crafted a Fall celebration sparkling with chandeliers and layered in a palette of gorgeous jewel tones. See the full day captured beautifully by Charla Storey, plus even more right here.

From the Planner… With a moody jewel tone palette, lush blooms and stunning bride, this wedding has so many romantic vibes. Mercedes and Carter’s beautiful ceremony at the ornate St Thomas Aquinas Catholic church was followed by a city chic warehouse reception overlooking Dallas’ skyline. Tons of candles and twinkling chandeliers made the night shimmer. Beautiful bold colors to create a dramatic feel from blue tones in the cake, silver-grey lamour linens, and watercolor paper details.

photography: Charla Storey Photography | cakes: Dallas Affaires Cakes | calligraphy: Pretty Post Calligraphy | DJ: Astounding Sounds | Floral: Oh Deery Floral | Invites: Confetti Gray | Linens: BBJ Linen | Planning + Design: Grit + Gold

Romantic + Oh So Sweet Dallas Wedding

Ahhhhh I’m crushing hard on this Dallas wedding. From the colors to the stylish simplicity, it hits the right notes, over and over and over again (thanks to Grit + Gold’s planning perfection). And the icing on the cake? This dress and it’s gorgeous details. And thanks to Apryl Ann’s pretty pics I can stare at it all day long. Join me in our gallery right this way!

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From Grit + GoldJolene and Kevin’s romantic City Garden wedding at Nasher Sculpture Center. Even though they were New York natives, the couple set their sights on the beautiful garden museum for their very cool celebration.

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Photography: Apryl Ann Photography | Event Planning: Grit + Gold | Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets | Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering | Venue: Nasher Sculpture Center | Paper: Bella Figura | Rentals: Shag Carpet Prop Rentals | Tabletop Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals

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Our New Favorite Idea for Styled Bridal Portraits

We’re all about backdrops when it comes to weddings—whether it’s a breathtaking view, a fresh flower wall or meaningful words. But today’s simple, yet stunning hand-painted canvas in this shoot crafted by Ben Q. Photography and CHRYSQ handcrafted might just be my new favorite. It’s the perfect scene for neutrals and golden yellows to take center stage. Soak in all the elegance here in the full gallery, and if you decide to try this backdrop for your Big Day, we’d love to see!

From Ben Q. Photography and CHRYSQ handcraftedAn aesthetic we’ve always really loved is the use of a monotone color palette. It started with a canvas cloth Ben hand painted. We really love the texture and neutral color tone. Using that as an inspiration, Taylor with Something Pretty Floral created the most gorgeous floral arrangements using soft colors and lush greenery. Kristin Mullen helped source a gorgeous gown from Stanley Korshak and style our decor including a custom invite suite from Pink Champagne Paper, a golden-toned cake from Amuse Bake Shop and rentals from Bella Acento. Anastasia Strattan provided makeup and created a gorgeously tousled, loose braid hairstyle for our model.

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Photography: Ben Q Photography | Floral Design: Something Pretty Floral | Cake: Amuse Bake Shop | Hair + Makeup: Anastasia Strattan | Venue: Arlington Hall At Lee Park | Bridal Salon: Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon | Paper: Pink Champagne Paper | Rentals: Bella Acento | Ribbon on Bouquet: Silk & Willow | Ribbon on Invite Suite: CHRYSQ Handrafted | Stylist/Planner: Events by Kristin

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This Summery Texas Wedding Knew What Mattered Most

This couple, who have been friends since junior high, knew exactly what mattered most for their wedding weekend. First, they chose a special venue, Perkins Chapel, where the Bride’s parents married 27 years prior. Second, they asked one of their close childhood friend to officiate the ceremony. Finally, they wanted the reception to be enjoyable for their guests, many of whom had traveled all the way from Taiwan and Argentina for this weekend. Stephanie Brazzle Photography was behind the lens during this pretty and summery nuptials, so head on over to the Vault to see the rest of the photos!

From the Bride… Josh and I have been friends since junior high, and I always knew our wedding day would be special because we have shared so many experiences with our mutual friends and family members over the years. When planning our wedding, we weren’t too keen on sticking to a theme. However, we knew a few details would make the day truly memorable – getting married in Perkins Chapel like my parents did 27 years ago, having one of our close childhood friends officiate the ceremony, and making the reception one that would be worth the many hours our guests that had traveled from Taiwan and Argentina.

Since both of our venues (Perkins Chapel and The Room on Main) had a very classic and airy feel to them, I wanted our color scheme and decor to reflect the season and my love for all things summer. Shades of pink and peach popped in our vibrant green florals, and aqua and cobalt were picked up in our Jenny Yoo Bridesmaids’ gowns and the ginger jars that adorned our tables.

While our vendors did a wonderful job of making everything a total vision, I have to say our biggest joy was simply the experience. No detail went unnoticed, and we were able to breathe and enjoy every second of the day we had waited so long for! All of the moments I will forever remember are a perfect reflection of the things we enjoy as a couple. From my giddy grandmother sharing her wonderful jewelry collection with me as I got ready, to Josh being able to relax with his friends and uncles at the Hotel Lumen pool before the wedding, to being able to laugh with my friends as we were pampered by our amazing hair and makeup artists. It truly was the happiest day ever. Both Josh and I agree that there was no better feeling than watching all of our friends and family members break it down on the dance floor, many with silly glow in the dark accessories on their heads and Steel City Pops in hand.

Our summer celebration was everything I could have ever wished for – our favorite people together in one place, enjoying good music and laughing as we started our new life together.

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When You Say I Do in Front of the Dallas Skyline

While this architect-turned-bride admitted that wedding planning was one of the tallest tasks she’s ever taken on, I think we can all agree the payoff was pretty major. Luckily she brought on some of the best pros in the business, including Keestone Events to make sure the day went off without a hitch, and Bethany Erin captured the couple – not to mention the Dallas skyline and that Sugar Bee Sweets cake – to absolute perfection. Get your glam roof party wedding fix with even more in the gallery!

Words from the bride… Wedding planning was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. I’m an architect — I’m used to working diligently to make intensely detailed projects come together as flawlessly as possible…so I thought planning a wedding would be a piece of cake. I was wrong. Planning and coordinating this one single day of events were quite possibly more complex and time-consuming than many of my past architecture projects! I was never that girl who knew since she was a kid what my wedding was going to look like, so I felt like I was pretty much starting with an empty canvas. However, when I got engaged, I did know I wanted an outdoor wedding with Southern charm in a historic architecture setting. Christopher and I originally planned to have our wedding in Charleston, SC. But a destination wedding in the second-most popular place to get married in America deemed near impossible within the coming year. Because we had been together for five years already, we were eager to seal the deal, and we soon decided to have the wedding in our hometown, Dallas, TX, instead.

At this point, four months into our engagement, I felt like I had to start all over with wedding planning. Which Dallas venue would provide that charming and historic southern feeling I envisioned? After lots of online searching, I stumbled across photos of the Venue at 400 North Ervay. It seemed to have everything I was looking for, and on top of that, the rooftop terrace had a bonus wow factor–I couldn’t wait to see the expressions on the guests’ faces when they walked off the elevator. This was it! Once we nailed down the Venue and wedding date, the rest of the planning seemed to fall into place. Planning a wedding is like running a marathon; you’ll become overwhelmed if you think about the 70,000 steps it’s going to take to complete it. Instead, you have to take it step by step knowing that, with time, you’ll eventually get to the finish line. I spent many nights staying up after work to find the right local vendors who, all together, would be able to help complete the look and ambiance I was going for. In the end, I lucked out with just about all of the vendors too, which, I hear, isn’t always the case.

Wedding planning seemed to be going well and time was flying; next thing I knew, I checked the calendar and noticed that we were just within the 15-day forecast window of April 1st. Little did I know, the next 15 days of my life would be the most stressful there ever were. Rain. Rain. Rain. For two weeks straight, the forecast for my wedding day was rain. I had always envisioned a beautiful outdoor wedding and now I was having to re-imagine it indoors. What about the party on the rooftop terrace? My biggest advice to any bride out there is to make sure that if you want an outdoor wedding, your Plan B will make you just as happy as your Plan An outdoor setting – otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for a potentially huge disappointment.

It was the day before my wedding, and I woke up to check the weather like a kid on Christmas morning. I still had hope. At this point, we were in the 48-hour window which allowed me to check the forecast hourly through the weekend. I thought I must have been a good kid this year because Santa had brought me “partly cloudy with a lesser chance of rain,” and I can tell you that’s the best gift I’ve ever received from Santa. Now with hope in the forecast, I was able to enjoy what turned out to be a pretty flawless wedding weekend. All the hard work was done, and I could now sit back and enjoy the best weekend of my life. I didn’t sleep much the night before the wedding; I remember the sun coming up and being so excited to get the day started. I enjoyed every minute getting ready at the Stoneleigh with my bridesmaids and my mom. We moved over to the Venue, and the ceremony was to begin at 4 pm. I’ll never forget the feeling of waiting behind the door with my bridesmaids and my dad before walking in down aisle. I heard the music I selected to have to play before and during the ceremony, and immediately it hit me, “This is really happening! I’m finally going to get to marry the man I’ve wanted to marry for years!” When the door opened and all the people there to support us on our special day stood up as my dad and I walked down the aisle, I had the most amazing and overwhelming feeling of excitement and happiness run through me. At the end of the aisle stood Christopher with a big smile and a bit of shock on his face. All the joyful feelings at that moment made all the time and stress of planning the day worth every minute.

Our entrance at the reception was another unforgettable moment. I was finally going to be able to (and very lucky to be able to) see the reception as I had envisioned it for the past six months–and it was more beautiful than I had ever expected. When the elevator doors opened, Christopher and I got to experience the wow factor of the rooftop. We were greeted by all the guests and, most importantly, our parents. One of my favorite moments of my night was getting to see all four of them, hug them, and thank them for helping this dream of a day come true. The rest of the evening flew by, and I’m so glad I have amazing photos and video footage so I can continue to relive the day now and in the future. And…the rain held off until AFTER the party on the roof top was over. I guess the only ones who were April fooled that day were us – by the weather! April 1st, 2017, will surely be a day we never forget.

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Photography: Bethany Erin Photography | Videography: North Mark Films | Event Planning: Keestone Events | Florals: Forestwood Fine Florals | Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets | Stationery: Daphne Design | Hair + Makeup: Lashes And Lace Makeup and Hair | Lighting: Le Force Entertainment | DJ: DJ Davros | Venue: The Venue at 400 North Ervay | Butt Sketch Artist: Carol Marks Entertainment | Cocktail Hour Music: Eddie Healy | Getaway Car: Vintage Limos | Rentals: Top Tier | Shuttle : AJL International | Sweetheart Table Decor: Borrowed Treasures