We’re leaving you this weekend with some breathlessly gorgeous images and inspiration from Kurt Boomer, Joy Proctor Design, and Bows and Arrows, who put together this romantic scene for Bella Belle‘s new Enchanted collection of bridal shoes. For all of us suckers for romance, this one’s for us all:
As we all pretty much know by now, anything Bows + Arrows touches turns instantly to gold – or in this case, technicolor citrus tones that are only amplified by the beautiful photography of Ben Q. Photography. There are many parts of this shoot we love (and want to recreate for our next parties), but how particularly amazing is that streamer backdrop from The Color Condition?
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Ben Q. Photography / Floral Design: Bows + Arrows / Wedding Dress: La Marque Dallas / Hair and Makeup: Beauty and the Blush / Wedding Cake: Layered Bake Shop / Backdrop: The Color Condition / Rentals: Perch Decor / Stationery: Sweet Magnolia Paper
Stephanie and Glenn’s wedding is a Dallas dream come true: beautiful flower design, some rustic chic and naturally some plain old glamour thrown in. No detail was left out here thanks to the A-team talents of floral designers Bows & Arrows, stylists After Yes Weddings, and Nine Photography behind the camera. Make sure you don’t miss the show-stopping cake from Sugar Bee Sweets!
From the bride, Stephanie: From the beginning, we knew we wanted our wedding to feel romantic and relaxed with a little glitz and glamour sprinkled in. Our families envisioned something traditional, and we wanted something a little more unique. We tried to create a day that really captured both aesthetics. Our venue, Hickory Street Annex, was a perfect location for our reception. It is a blank palette that can be transformed into everything you envisioned for your day. We used cafe lights and chandeliers to give the rustic venue, the soft, romantic feel we were going for. Ultimately, we wanted the day to feel like a big party celebrating the start of our lives together, and I think we accomplished just that.
Since we had a spring wedding, I decided to go with a palette of pastels. Our official colors were mint, peach, rose and gold. I focused on Mint/Peach/Gold throughout our decor and used the flowers to bring in the rosy-pink color. After scouring Pinterest, wedding blogs, and magazines, I had a massive list of DIY projects I wanted to take on. I ended up editing it down to the hand full of projects I knew wouldn’t stress me out too much and that I could actually complete! Some of my DIY projects included: streamer curtain backdrops for the head table, cake table, and Instax photo guest book area; I designed/created chalkboard-inspired drink menus for each side of the bar; signs for the guest book table and the glow stick table; hanging sign behind the cake table; peach colored mason jars to hold the bouquets; biscotti favors with custom labels (with the help of my Grandma); hanging ribbon/sequin escort card display.
One of my favorite memories from my wedding day was getting to sneak a few minutes alone with Glenn to eat dinner together. It was nice to just take a deep breath and be in the moment with each other. Another favorite would have to be all of the speeches. The best men were on point, my sister was sweet but also hilarious, and my dad’s speech was perfect. Last but not least, I loved being able to hang out with my mom, sister and friends at the hotel while we got ready for the wedding. The day couldn’t have been more perfect.
What advice do you have, if any, for brides planning their wedding day now? I think if I could go back and give myself any advice, it would be to enjoy every moment of the process… even the stressful ones. The time will fly by, so be present in every moment. And when you get stressed, just concentrate on all of the exciting new adventures ahead of you and your guy… or the relaxing honeymoon you are about to take! :)
Seating of Families: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Johann Sebastian Bach
Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Bride’s Processional: “Prince of Denmark’s March,” Jeremiah Clarke
Recessional: Hornpipe from Water Music, George Frideric Handel
Newlywed Entrance: “Somebody to Love,” Queen
First Dance: “Where You Go,” Charlene Soraia
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl,” Tim McGraw
Mother/Son Dance: “My Wish,” Rascal Flatts
Secret Last Dance Alone before exit: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power
Wedding Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Nine Photography / Event Design and Planning: After Yes Weddings / Flowers: Bows & Arrows / Ceremony Venue: Royal Lane Baptist Church / Reception Venue: Hickory Street Annex / Wedding Dress: Lazaro via Stardust Celebrations / Veil: Vera Wang / Wedding Shoes: ShoeMint / Earrings: Nadri / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Suit Supply / Men’s Ties: Solid Color Neckties / Wedding Caterer: Gil’s Elegant Catering / Desserts: Sugar Bee Sweets / DJ: Ryan Lee of Astounding Sounds / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Rebekah Disch Designs / Art Print on Invitation: Michelle Armas
As a pretty big Wes Anderson fan, the idea of a Moonrise Kingdom wedding is high on my imaginary list of do-overs. Two kids looking for adventure and love — what could be a better inspiration for a styled wedding shoot? nbarrett photography and Emily Allen of Cake Walk with the help of Bows and Arrows took the reins on just such a thing, making our absolute favorite inspired-by-film shoot a reality!
The video by I Do Cinematics is so fun to watch!
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: nbarrett photography / Rentals: Rita Miller Dorris of Rent my Dust / Event Design: Cake Walk / Florist: Alicia & Adam Rico of Bows and Arrows / Paper Goods: Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye / Video: Matt McNeill of I Do Cinematics / Make-up and Hair: LaDonna Stein / Cakes: Emily Allen Cake Walk Bake Shop / Male model: Guy Delcambre / Female model: Marissa Miller from Art House Dallas / Yellow Dress: ModCloth / White Dress: Urban Outfitters / Jewelry: Pea Pod Treasures
Pink, teal and glitter — just a few of our favorite things, which are on full display in this styled shoot from Perez Photography and After Yes! Add in some snowflakes and pine cones, and you’ve got one heck of an ideal holiday-inspired shoot sure to stir up some wonderful ideas for your next Christmas party or your very own wedding.
From the designers, After Yes: “All is cozy and bright” was our theme and we wanted to incorporate everything comforting from winter while tying in the ski lodge environment. The elements we used to create the ambiance were skis, the fire place, hot chocolate and mittens. Fur wraps, pine cones, and snow also added to the winter feel we were wanting. Gold, teal and hot pink colors finished the look by giving the right amount of pop.
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Perez Photography / Event Design and Styling: After Yes / Shoot Venue: Dallas Scottish Rite / Wedding Flowers: Bows and Arrows / Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara / Hair and Makeup: Haute Facade / Wedding Cake and Desserts: Eat My Cake / Rentals: Rent My Dust and Shag Carpet Rentals / Chair Rentals: Chairville / Linens: La Tavola / Wedding Invitations: Chips and Salsa / Models: Lindsay Norman and Adam Rico
Today’s wedding shot by Sarah Kate Photographer, is the ultimate in bohemian style: a gorgeous boho bride with a beautiful outdoor ceremony under the trees. Newlyweds Alex and Michael planned their wedding in only five months (are you as shocked as we were?), and the bride gave her new husband a disco ball as his wedding gift! We also love the darling parade of flower girls and ring bearers during the processional and the wild florals by Bows and Arrows.
From the bride, Alex: When Michael and I got engaged in January, we initially discussed getting married in October. However, with Michael finishing up school in Boston and an impending move to California in late June, we thought it would be best to move the wedding to early June. Most people thought it would be wedding suicide, but Michael and I were totally willing and excited!
The venue, being the first most obvious step, ended up being the easiest step for us. My parents moved into a house with a breathtaking diamond-in-the-rough backyard. When I saw it two years ago for the first time, I knew immediately that I was going to get married there. Because the venue was outdoors with completely untamed shrubbery and a 300 year old oak tree, I knew immediately that the feel of our wedding would be romantic, whimsical, and natural with a little disco twist. My Mom and I started planning straight away. I always knew that our wedding would be mostly DIY considering how creative and hands-on my Mom and I both tend to be. It was very important to me to have the wedding reflect both mine and Michael’s personality and I think in the end we definitely accomplished that.
It was truly more that we could have imagined; Michael calls it “make-believe.” Everything that we imagined came true in that big backyard. The huge oak tree stood taller than ever with rows of white wooden chairs in front and the shower of flower pedals at the base. The handmade dance floor on the opposite side of the yard glistened with fairy lights and my wedding gift to Michael, a huge mirrored disco ball, hung above it all. My favorite detail would have to be the oversized birdcages filled with ridiculously beautiful flowers and foliage. The idea came from my Mom within the first week of our planning and our amazing florists brought it to life.
It’s a weird feeling having something that you worked so hard on for so long be over in one day. Sometimes I wish I could have been a guest attending and observing our wedding just to take in all the details and ambiance. Then again, being the bride is the best spot. Not only is all of this OUR wedding but I had the best seat in the house. I had the love of my life in front of me and all our friends and family smiling back at us. I am beyond blessed and I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.
Wedding Location: Dallas, TX / Wedding Photographer: Sarah Kate Photographer / Wedding Flowers: Bows and Arrows / Wedding Dress: Watters / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Hair and Makeup: Al Tidwell / Groom’s Suit: Theory
Whenever Natalie of n.barrett photography, floral + event design of Bows and Arrows and paper goods by Southern Fried Paper team up, we just know it’s going to be pure beauty. Seriously, between the succulents potted in coffee mugs, the incredible stained glass window display for the ceremony, and the bride’s delicate Reem Acra gown, this is quickly shaping up to be one of our favorite garden weddings of the year!
From the bride, Brittany: Jamie and I are city dwellers but we’re also very outdoorsy. I wanted the wedding to feel sophisticated, but not glitzy, and rustic/organic but not country. Basically, I wanted it to feel like a comfortable extension of our personalities. What was most important to us is that our guests feel appreciated and that they have fun, and that everyone left with a true sense of what marriage is really about – Christ’s love for the church expressed through the love of husband and wife.
The stained glass windows that we hung in the ceremony space were a surprise from my dad. He found them online from a church that was being torn down. A monk saved the windows and put them up for sale. He and my brother spent the morning of the wedding hanging the panels in the garden. When I arrived and saw them, I was shocked. It was so beautiful and an incredible way to bring a church-like atmosphere to an outdoor space.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My advice is to meticulously choose your vendors based on your style. There are so many different vendors out there and they all have distinct styles and personalities. I was careful to choose vendors whose style I adored, then explained by vision and trusted them to make it happen. That way, you won’t be stressing out about all the tiny design details because you know they really “get” your vision.
Also, talk to your groom and decide what is really important to you as a couple. If it’s amazing food, then focus your budget accordingly. If it’s stellar entertainment, focus on that. Don’t worry about doing too much that guests won’t remember. Focus on four main elements: design, food, dress, entertainment. Lastly, just have fun and enjoy the day! Work hard to be present and take mental snapshots throughout the day. Really look in your new husband’s eyes and enjoy these amazing moments together.
Special Seating: “Your Song,” Elton John
Bridesmaids’ Processional: “Hallelujah,” Jeff Buckley
Bride’s Processional: Cello suite no. 1 – Prelude
Recessional: “La Rejouissance” from Music for the Royal Fireworks, Handel
First Dance: “These Are the Days,” Van Morrison
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Girl,” The Temptations
Mother/Son Dance: “Sweet Baby James,” James Taylor
Wedding Location: Dallas, TX / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Marie Gabrielle / Wedding Photographer: n.barrett photography / Wedding Flowers: Bows and Arrows / Wedding Dress: Reem Acra / Bride’s Hair: Emily Streight of Avalon Savon / Bride’s Makeup: Sonya Woods / Bride’s Veil: Stanley Korshak / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Wedding Cake: Layered Bake Shop / Invitations and Paper Goods: Southern Fried Paper / String Quartet: Galliard String Quartet / Wedding Musicians: Downtown Fever / Lighting: Absolute Entertainment / Photobooth: PicFlips / Wedding Videographer: Kelly Christine Photo
Few things conjure up the image of romance more quickly than Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The incredible design team of Bows and Arrows conjured up this styled shoot to celebrate the love and beauty found within its pages, with endless amounts of luscious flowers and candlelit spots, captured to perfection by Apryl Ann Photography.
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.
—Oberon describes Titania’s bower, where she sleeps.
From the stylist, Bows and Arrows: Shakespeare knew a thing or two about romance. Of all his works, “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream” best evokes the magic and romance of a summer wedding day. In this shoot we recreated that magic and whimsy through opulent florals, cakes and tarts worthy of the queen of fairies and a dress sent from the gods. White Rock Lake Park was chosen as the backdrop of the shoot to showcase the natural beauty of the wild south. As we all know there is nothing more extraordinary than a candlelit southern summer evening with your love, fireflies winking at you like fairies in the trees, and the smell of wild honeysuckle in the air.
Be sure to watch the video by Eleven 29 Films:
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Shoot Venue: White Rock Lake Park / Concept, Florals and Styling: Bows and Arrows / Wedding Photographer: Apryl Ann Photography / Shoot Coordination: After Yes / Chalkboard Art: Brooke Herrin / Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara / Hair: Ashley Bristo with Salon Twenty Two / Makeup: Stephanie Potter / Rentals: Rent My Dust / Desserts: Cake Walk Bake Shop / Stationery: Southern Fried Paper / Videographer: Ceci Jane / Models: Ashley Woeber and Brendan Avalos / Cinematographer: Eleven 29 Films
With the incredible team of vendors this Dallas wedding has, it’s no wonder it’s such a stunner. It’s the nuptials ofApryl Ann, who you may also know as an incredible photographer! The floral arrangements from Bows and Arrows are making our heads spin with their beauty, the darling stationery from Southern Fried Paper is just breathtaking, and the images from Squaresville Studios capture every detail to perfection. And then there’s bride Apryl’s wedding gown… just amazing.
From the bride, Apryl: From all the big decisions to the all the little decisions that go into planning one of the happiest days of our lives Jon and I had the main priority of taking things slow. We wanted to really soak in the day and enjoy every minute and every detail.
We share a love for modern decor and wanted our wedding to bring in natural, bohemian touches while keeping things simple. As a wedding photographer, I knew I would be working with my favorite vendors and friends and wanted to give them direction but at the same time letting them have creative control to do what they do best. Bows + Arrows did an amazing job with our florals. They created a fresh-picked, bohemian vibe with mismatched elements such as cacti in gold pots, lush whimsical flowers spilling from black urns, air plants and succulents, and touches of turquoise, cobalt blue and green.
We knew we wanted to do a first look for many reasons but one big reason was to have plenty of time to enjoy ourselves at our party. We also decided to eat our dinner alone during cocktail hour. This was such a great idea! It was so romantic to have time by ourselves after bring married. Then we said our hello’s to everyone during dinner. Our first dance was to acoustic version “Big Me” by the Foo Fighters and the rest of the night was a dance party! We also opted out of traditions such as a bouquet toss and garter toss in order to spend more time on the dance floor :) Oh and lots of cafe lights!!!
Wedding Location: Dallas, TX / Wedding Venue: Dallas Arboretum / Wedding Photographer: Squaresville Studios / Wedding Planner: After Yes / Wedding Flowers: Bows and Arrows / Wedding Dress: Angel Sanchez / Bride’s Shoes: Remix Vintage Shoes / Makeup: Gloria Muniz / Hair: Lisa Doherty / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Wedding Caterer: Gil’s Elegant Catering / Dessert Table: Sugar Bee Sweets / Ceremony Musician: Dallas String Quartet / DJ: DJ Bad Holly / Lighting: Astounding Sounds and Lighting / Stationery: Southern Fried Paper / Officiant: Ken of Love Notes
Don’t these colors give you a jolt of happiness? These fiesta inspired floral arrangements from Bows and Arrows are absolutely divine, from the bouquet with its loose ribbons to the incredibly unique boutonnieres for the gents! Natalie of nbarrett photography captured this shoot that is simply a goldmine of gorgeous inspiration on any budget. We just can’t help ourselves but obsess over those mini terra cotta pots with bold blooms, paired with confetti and die cut place cards, all designed to perfection.
Boutonniere Flowers: Ranunculus / Clover / Kangaroo Paw / Poppy Pods / Millet
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