You know what they say — “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” even the Big Fake Wedding! You don’t want to miss this berry-toned Thanksgiving inspired affair that redefines autumn with its deep purple hues, pastel pumpkins and bohemian glam style. The bride, Jennifer, stunned in a flirty, off-the shoulder gown covered in lace from head to toe, which proved to be the perfect look for an outdoor, lakeside ceremony. Steering away from the traditional getaway car, Jennifer and JP took off in a lovely getaway boat as their guests headed into the barn for the reception. You’re now invited to fawn with us.
My, oh, my do we love this styled rehearsal dinner from Amanda Watson Workshops. With several nods to the subtle beauty of nature, this “simple” tablescape makes a significant impact. Design gurus Lindsey Zamora and Poppy Lane Design balanced the crisp, clean lines of the vignette with the refined details of the marble-topped table, branch-backed chairs, and metallic gold flatware that graces each place setting. We’re thankful that Magnolia Adam’s Photography was there to show us that rehearsal dinners before the big day can shine just as bright.
From the photographer, Michelle of Magnolia Adam’s Photography: I had a blast attending the Amanda Watson Workshops this past month. This was my second workshop at Amanda’s assistant and I can’t brag on her enough for the way she structures her workshops. One thing I love is how the welcome dinner for the workshop doubles as a rehearsal dinner inspiration. I love how Lindsey Zamora styled the event and the leather details from Fig and Flourish. I felt the leather gave it an organic feel while making the evening personal. Being that it was a workshop, I was impressed with the challenge of shooting this dinner. Just next to us was a splash pad with kids running and shouting and on the other end of us was rush hour traffic. If all of that was not distracting enough, the entire building was reflective. We joked that it felt like a photographer’s reality show, but I am thankful for how all the images turned out!
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Ghost chairs, a seating chart arrangement with a unique neon sign, and one of the sweetest couples we’ve seen are some of the reasons why we love this Dallas affair photographed by Sarah Kate Photographer. With Stefanie Miles executing all of the details of the day, Rae and Kurt planned a modern wedding day with the most elegant color palette. To complement it, bows + arrows incorporated white and ivory blooms and heaps of botanical greens to add to the lovely minimalism of the day. What a stunner this fête was!
From the photographer, Sarah Kate Photographer: Rae and Kurt’s wedding was brimming with minimalist inspiration designed by Stefanie Miles and lush tropical inspired foliage by Bows & Arrows that added just the right amount of color and texture. The couple hosted a small family wedding ceremony in their own backyard and chose The Nasher Sculpture Garden to host a large reception the next day! Wolfgang Puck was there to serve up all kinds of fantastic dishes for the guests and The Grand Bevy bartended specialty beverages including edible cocktails. Guests dined and danced among the sculptures and Sarah Kate captured all the fun!
Rae and Kurt hosted an intimate wedding ceremony at a private residence for all of their nearest and dearest, and the next day, invited more guests to a stunning garden wedding reception. This is a great way to keep a ceremony small while also enjoying a larger celebration for your big day.
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Bar, Edible Cocktails, and Beverage Services
Acrylic Cake Table
Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods
Everything is bigger in Texas, they say. After peering at this wedding shot by Nicole Berrett Photography, I think everything seems much more romantic, too. I’m not quite sure how many times I scrolled up and down through these photos, taking in all of the delightful pops of pink that stand out among all of the outdoor greenery and hello! Check out all of the peonies and garden roses done by Bows & Arrows. Pairing the table florals with gold flatware and vintage plates is what tops this lovely Texas wedding by After Yes Weddings for me. It’s like Taylor took an inspiration board of all of our wedding dreams and brought them to life!
From the photographer, Nicole Berrett Photography: Taylor & Austin are two of the kindest people you’ll ever meet, and their wedding fit them so perfectly. It was the kind that felt just as beautiful as it looked. After Yes Weddings helped the couple plan and coordinate every little perfect detail. The dinner was al fresco by beautiful candlelight and amazing florals by Bows & Arrows. The bride & her mother own a dance studio, and so obviously dancing was going to be a big part of the day! Emerald City Band, made it an unforgettable night of music and dancing!
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When you set out to create an event inspired by Edwardian England, there’s little doubt you’ll have endless room for beautiful design and show-stopping style. The Big Fake Wedding used such a theme for their recent trip to Dallas, Texas, incorporating peach and orange color tones mixed with lovely details like the bride’s bejeweled wedding gown, an eye-catching sweetheart table with floral tablecloth, and a ceremony arch you won’t want to miss!
Floral and Event Design: Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 3, 7
Floral and Event Design: Head Table and Tables 2, 6, 10
Floral and Event Design: Registration Table and Tables 1, 5, 9
Floral and Event Design: Bouquets, Boutonnieres, and Tables 4, 8, 11
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You all know by now we’re big fans of The Big Fake Wedding, and the list of reasons is long. For starters, they reinvented what a bridal event should be. The Big Fake Wedding is just that: a faux wedding complete with vow renewal ceremony by a real couple and reception, where participating vendors get to collaborate as if it was the real deal. Attendees witness local professionals in action and have the opportunity to meet them in person. If you’re a talented vendor and looking to participate, we have the lowdown on upcoming events where you can apply:
We share all Big Fake Wedding event recaps, and this year we’re particularly excited because we co-designed all inspiration boards. Each location will have its own unique inspiration challenge, and you better believe we’re counting down the days to share these events with you!
This is a great opportunity for vendors, whether up and coming or established, to connect with colleagues in one huge creative party. Vendors work together in a big team with carte blanche for the talents to shine through, and getting to meet engaged couples to boot.
Photo by Julie Livingston from The Big Fake Wedding Charleston
So vendors, round up the troops and fill out the application. Below is just a short list of a few locations they will be in. The Big Fake Wedding is taking over and you definitely want to be a part of it:
- New York City NY (April 12 and October 24)
- Dallas TX (March 17 and September 15)
- Boulder CO (May 12)
- Knoxville TN (June 9)
- Portland OR (July 7)
- Lexington KY (July 14)
- St. Louis MO (August 4)
- Columbus OH (October 12)
- Seattle WA (October 13)
Take a look at our past recaps and click on the link below to get started:
All you fashion lovers out there, this one’s for you. Katherine O’Brien Photography photographed the wedding day of Matt and Katy, who work for VICE Magazine and 3.1 Phillip Lim respectively, so it’s little surprise that their wedding day would be all kinds of stylish. Throw Bows + Arrows into the mix for floral design? We’re sold, a million times over.
From the bride, Katy: Our priority was to make sure everyone had fun. We had a lot of out of town guests (Matt is from New Orleans, I am from Dallas) so we wanted to make sure that everyone had a wonderful weekend in Dallas! It might sound kind of strange, but we didn’t really have an overriding style or theme. Once we decided on Dallas, we really just wanted to do what Texas is great at – Friday night we had BBQ and went to Adair’s Saloon for drinks and dancing (after dinner) and Saturday night we had Meixcan food and margaritas for dinner. We wanted the weekend to be intimate and a party at the same time so when making our choices we always had that in the back of our minds.
We didn’t really have colors which at times was a bit difficult! Especially when trying to pick out linens for the cocktail tables and dinner tables. For the most part, our colors were very neutral – black, white, and neutral. We wanted the flowers, food and drink to really make everything come together. In terms of DIY, Matt is an Art Director so he created all of the invitations and printed collateral. We live in Brooklyn, New York so having a wedding in Dallas was a bit challenging at times as we were planning everything from afar.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Matt and I had the time of our lives! The entire evening we were surrounded by the dearest people in our lives singing, dancing, and having the grandest time. Remember to make choices that you both love, as a couple, and the night will fall perfectly in to place. We were always asking ourselves – is that what WE really want? Since we didn’t have a bridal party, we wanted to incorporate our immediate family in to as much of the ceremony as possible. I have 7 siblings so it was important to me that they were all part of the processional. Matt’s uncle was our officiant and Matt’s nephew was our ring bearer. I often times felt like the rental options were really limited so we ended up purchasing quite a few things at prices that were even less than the rentals! For example, I found amazing wine decanters at a Crate and Barrel outlet… if you aren’t finding what you like, there are a million possibilities. You just have to be willing to put a little time in to research!
Bride’s Processional: “Hallelujah,” Jeff Buckley
Recessional: “Married Life” from the movie UP
First Dance: “A Little Lost,” Arthur Russell
From the photographer, Katherine O’Brien Photography: Katy & Matt met in NYC. Katy works for the designer Phillip Lim and Matt works for VICE – they planned to have their wedding in Dallas for family. The ceremony was at the Dallas Arbortem and with dinner in her Mother’s Backyard and a dance reception at the Stoneleigh P hotel downtwn. Katy said “For the Valentino dress, I bought the runway sample over the phone (with out trying it on which makes me seem totally crazy)!! The dress was featured in a Valentino advertisement in W Magazine a few years ago. I took a pic of the advertisement, saved it on my phone, and thought “this would be a beautiful dress if I ever got married.” Skip ahead a year or two, Matt and I were engaged and I was able to track down the dress in Europe! I never had to go wedding dress shopping… I was able to check the dress off the “to do” list pretty quickly. “For the 3.1 Phillip Lim dresses for my 3 sisters — I didn’t have “traditional” bridesmaids but I knew that I wanted my three sisters to feel really special so when Phillip designed these flowing beautiful dresses for our Summer collection, I knew they would be perfect. It also worked out well as there was a shorter version for my twin sisters (who are 12) and then there was a longer version for sister who is a bit older (she is 22). I also liked the idea of having the girls in white and in a dress that they could re-wear… I definitely did not want a traditional bridesmaid dress for them. For the 3.1 Phillip Lim dress that I changed in to — the Valentino dress was rather restricting and pretty heavy — I knew that I wanted to dance with Matt and all of our friends so I decided that I wanted to have something more comfortable to wear for the 2nd half of the night. I loved how modern and simple it was. I have been with the brand for 4 years so it meant a lot to wear something from the collection.
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There are few things chicer than a rooftop wedding, and when you add the romanticism of a secret garden, it just becomes irresistible. This inspiration shoot comes straight out of Dallas, with the talented photography and designs of Elisabeth Carol Photography, Chic Fleur Weddings and Events, and Something Pretty Floral in tow. I tell you, we could stare at that incredible floral and greenery table runner all day!
From the event designer, Chic Fleur Weddings and Events: This dreamy styled shoot took place at the North Ervay Venue which also happens to be a historic post office in downtown Dallas. With a modern rooftop surrounded by Downtown Dallas’s tallest building, we wanted to bring a garden inspired look at a modern rooftop setting. Designed and styled by Chic Fleur Weddings and Events was a romantic table setting with vintage details of flatware and brass candlesticks with a long floral garland designed by Something Pretty Floral. Our model wore a delicate feminine dress that took our breath away every time the wind blew. A dove release was a must have to fit this romantic shoot. From the romantic furniture rentals to the significant building itself, it could not have been a more romantic back drop for our modern garden shoot.
Check out the behind-the-scenes film from Paul Gore Inc:
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When you’ve got a theme as wonderful as wanderlust and a location as filled with talent as Dallas, Texas, it’s no shock that the resulting wedding event will pull out all the stops. The gorgeous invitation suites and the not one but THREE metallic cakes? Heaven!
Above image by Ciera Chante Photography
Above images by Jennifer Crenshaw Photography
Above images by Ciera Chante Photography
Above images by Jennifer Crenshaw Photography
Above images by Ciera Chante Photography
Above images by Jennifer Crenshaw Photography
Above images by Jennifer Crenshaw Photography
Above image by Ciera Chante Photography
Above images by Lynnet Perez Photography
Above images by Ciera Chante Photography
Don’t miss the behind-the-scenes film from GoMan Productions:
Wanderlust Inspiration Board Credits, from left to right, top to bottom: Marcel Laverdet, Ginny Branch, Jenn Causey, Plant Finder, Valentino, Naeem Kahn, Ozzy Garcia, Gemma O’Brien | Board Curator: Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press
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Floral + Event Design: Bouquets, Boutonnieres + Tables 3, 7, 11
Floral + Event Design: Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 4, 8, 12
Floral + Event Design: Head Table + Tables 1, 5, 9
Floral + Event Design: Registration Table + Tables 2, 6, 10
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Slow Motion Video Booth
Paper Goods: Invitations, Menus + Koozies
Paper Goods: Programs
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Today’s couple Viviana and Dustin describe their wedding style as “Texican,” the perfect fusion of their backgrounds. The two exchanged vows in Dallas with the talented Amber Vickery and Dirt Flowers on hand, but filled the day with nods to Viviana’s Mexican heritage and oodles of bright color and fun floral arrangements. We particularly love the use of floor tiles as table number displays!
From the bride, Viviana: From start to finish, the one word we found ourselves calling the style of our wedding was “Texican”. We came across this word because we are very proud of my Mexican heritage and Dustin’s Texan background. So it was only natural to incorporate these things into our big day. A few things we knew we wanted was to have it outdoors, despite the Texas heat, with fabulous brunch style food. We threw in specialty popsicles for dessert because what’s better than popsicles in the middle of summer?
The way we would describe our wedding would be vibrant, colorful, relaxed, and personal. Our color scheme was quite unlimited being that Mexican blankets were the inspiration and used throughout the ceremony and reception. The biggest DIY of the wedding would be my wedding dress. It was a custom designed gown by Lucy Dang Dallas with an embroidered hem that I made by hand. From having a close friend design my wedding dress to Dustin’s dad officiating the ceremony, we wanted to include our family and friends in our celebrations as much as possible. My dad even made a giant jenga set as well as a beautiful prayer bench that we took communion on during the ceremony.
I was so excited about the flowers for the wedding and our florist Sonya from Dirt is absolutely amazing! She knew exactly what I was looking for right from the beginning. I trusted her completely and the end result was stunning! The only flower I requested were peonies which are my favorite flower and they were used beautifully throughout the bouquets and centerpieces.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It may be cliché but don’t stress yourself out too much during the planning. When the day comes, those small details are the farthest thing from your mind so just enjoy each other… and the food!
Groom’s Processional: The Imperial March from Star Wars
Bridesmaids’ Processional: Concerning Hobbits from The Lord of the Rings
Brides Processional: “Cosmic Love,” Florence and the Machine (acoustic)
Recessional: “Come and Get Your Love,” Redbone
First Dance: “El Paso,” Marty Robbins
From the photographer, Amber Vickery: Viviana and Dustin’s wedding was a perfect fusion of their heritages, he’s from the South and her family is from Mexico. She’s vibrant and a talented fiber artist and he’s a photographer and a little bit quieter. Their wedding was full of lovely, colorful details, I mean, those hot pink heels from Sarah Jessica Parker? And her dress made by Lucy Dang and the bride actually embroidered herself? The details really blew me away. It was incredible.
How could we not fall in love with this incredible shoot from Nicole Berrett Photography and Stems of Dallas? Pinks, yellows, greens — our absolute favorite colors, all looking their best. The hand painted tablecloth by Marcy Cook Art absolutely steals the scene and turns the reception table into an all-out show-stopper.
From the photographer, Nicole Berrett: Inspired by the colorful hues of Marcy Cook’s handpainted cloth, together photographer Nicole Berrett and the floral designers of Stems of Dallas created an artistic piece surrounding a linen on a table. The idea was to create something erring on the side of simplicity while incorporating unique creativity.
Everything surrounding the cloth was of pristine, natural hues — from the walls of The White Sparrow Barn to the clean lines used in the elements upon the table. Clear glass encased mid-century gold taper candles were placed atop lucite stands, while dinner plates were set across a light marble stone with metallic gold detailing. A lush floral arrangement swept the center of the table creating an organic feel with pops of elegant, neutral florals.
The team created this intimate gathering set for a bride and her groom who have just made the promise of sharing a life together. The bride wears a gown of simple, understated beauty. Her hair, a touch of formal while subdued with natural and loose textures, compliments the neutral colors used in the make up on her face. Rayven of Beauty and the Blush Artistry created this effortless, yet breathtaking, look for the bride.
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When you’ve got a photographer as talented as Ben Q Photography, a bride who’s an event designer herself with Embrace the Day Events, and cheerful floral design by Holly Viles Design, how could you possibly end up with anything less than sheer beauty? Tie everything together with a Kate Spade theme and lots of color, and you’ve certainly got one for the books.
From the bride, Amanda: As a wedding and event planner in Dallas, I’ve been given the opportunity to see a lot of different weddings – different colors, styles, themes, DIY projects, etc. When it came time to switch hats and be the bride, it was wildly overwhelming to narrow down the inspiration and decide on a style that fit my (then) fiancé’s and my personalities and depicted our love story well. And to be perfectly honest, I didn’t want to have a wedding, but my parents weren’t about to let me get away with that and I’m so thankful they didn’t.
It’s hard to beat the romance that garden weddings always have and the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden is by far one of my favorite venues in Dallas so we knew without question, that would be our venue. Soon after the venue was booked, I reached out to some of my favorite vendors and had them “save the date” (aka send contracts). Combining the look and feel of the Arboretum with my husband’s love of modern style and my love for Kate Spade and bright colors, we decided “Kate Spade Garden Party” was the look we wanted to accomplish and our vendors loved the idea. We created the look by using bright colored flowers, fuchsia napkins, black & white striped table runners and personalized gold accents like a cake topper, chair signs & a gold foil print with our vows.
Personal touches are my favorite, so I jumped on the opportunities of buying prints that added a little something extra and printing photos of us to place around the reception. Of course, we didn’t get away without doing some DIY projects. One of my favorites was our “guest globe” that we found in a local antique shop and I hand painted. I also made the place card tassels and the place card display. As many people know, April and May were brutally wet and stormy in North Texas. Alex & I got married on the only sunny, rain-free Saturday in April and the day couldn’t have been more perfect. I am a daddy’s girl and also very traditional when it comes to the first time the groom sees a bride so I opted to do a first look with my dad and save the first time my groom saw me for when I walked down the aisle. Both were special moments that I’ll cherish forever. Our reception was epic. It was the ultimate dance party, kicked off by a surprise choreographer father/daughter dance to Uptown Funk. Like all good things, it came to an end and my groom and I shared an emotional and love-filled private last dance.
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Few details make more of an impact on a wedding day than striking floral design, and Megan and Brad’s big day photographed by Sara & Rocky Photography had no shortage of it. The Southern Table filled the event with soft pink, fuchsia, and bright orange blooms, and used simple greenery runners on the reception tables to add the perfect bit of simplicity.
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If there’s any color combination that makes me ready for summer, it has to be coral and mint. Today’s styled shoot from Rebecca Ellison Photography and Bridal Blooms of Fort Worth uses this palette to bring us some darling wedding inspiration straight from The Lone Star State, complete with coral charm peonies, striking wedding cakes, and a rope swing that’s too cute to resist!
From the photographer, Rebecca Ellison Photography: Ever since I became a photographer about 5 years ago, I had wanted to photographer a styled shoot, so last February when I finally got caught up with my editing, I was able to bring that dream and make it a reality. I knew I wanted to do the shoot in Spring, because the weather in Spring in Texas is amazing, and I love all of the soft colors of Spring weddings. I chose to focus on Coral and Mint which was inspired by the china that I had bought specifically for this shoot.
Every vendor who helped with this styled shoot went above and beyond really brought my thoughts into reality. The table setting felt almost Gatsby like, while still maintaining a sweet southern charm. The couple I chose were an actual couple, which made the joy and emotions of the pictures so real, which I always love! I’ve gotta say, creating a styled shoot is a lot of work, but the result was simply amazing!!
The second I heard the recent Big Fake Wedding Dallas‘ theme was centered around old-fashioned English charm with a contemporary twist, I was beside myself. What could provide a prettier foundation for a faux wedding? This styled event is filled to the brim with blush pink, burgundy, and tons of gorgeous DIY ideas we can’t wait to try for ourselves.
The inspiration board is Oxford Exchange:
Check out the behind the scenes film from M&K Productions:
Event Location: Dallas, TX / Photographers: Alyssa Turner Photography, Andrea Elizabeth Photography, and Tyler + Lindsey / Venue, Catering, and Cocktail Hour: The Joule / Day-Of Coordination: Southern Affairs Weddings & Events / Floral and Event Design – Head Table: Jen Rios Weddings / Floral and Event Design – Personal Flowers: R Love Floral / Floral and Event Design – Ceremony Backdrop: Celebrate Colorfully / Wedding Dress: Circle Park Bridal Boutique / Bridal Accessories: Smitha Menon bridal / Purse and Clutches: Purse & Clutch / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Brideside / Hair and Makeup: Brittany Jones Hair and Makeup / Desserts: Steel City Pops, Jar Cakery, and CRUNCH eats / Coffee Bar: Mudleaf Coffee / Ceremony Music: Gailybird – The Dallas Violinist / DJ: SPiN DJ Entertainment / Photo Booth: #tagmebro photo booths / Rentals – High Boys: United Party Rental Center / Vintage Plates: Pretty Little Plates / Lounge Space Rentals: Suite 206 Luxury Lounge Rentals / Lighting: Discovery Lighting / Linens: AM Linen Rental / Wedding Invitations and Programs: Cherish Creations / Wedding Invitations and Paper Accents: Magnolia Tree Paperie / Signage: Beau Tied Affair / Menus: LaneLove Design / Thank You Cards: Love Betty Creative Design / Koozies: Cherish Creations / Interactive Guestbook: Thirty Day Dash / Live Painter: Susan Moss Cooper – Live Event Paintings / Officiant: Memorable Wedding Celebrations / Videography: M&K Productions / National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari / National Travel Vendor: Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel / Media Partners: MyWedding, Brides of North Texas, Perfect Wedding Guide, Black Sheep Bride, and Love You, Mean It
Today’s shoot fully embodies modern wedding styling at its finest. An incredible team including Amanda Jameson Weddings, Lindsey Brunk, and Kate Foley Designs put together a shoot with a bit of gold, a bit of ivory, some natural elements, and a few geometric details in a way that perfectly fuses minimalism and modernity in a way that’s both approachable and endlessly beautiful. How gorgeous are the bride’s accessories?
From the stylist, Lindsey Brunk: For this shoot, Amanda and I wanted to create a project that juxtaposed natural elements with sleek, modern design. We chose a simple color palette of white, grey and gold and loved seeing our vision come to life at 333 First Avenue. When designing the tablescape, I wanted to add geometric shape to anchor the romantic flowers from Kate Foley. I loved these two modern gold candleholders contrasting our low, whimsical centerpiece. Grey stone dinnerware was complimented with a light linen napkin and playful gold flatware.
For our first bridal look, Tracy created a shimmering grey smoky eye paired with sleek hair and a gorgeous druzy headpiece from Wild Air & Co. The subtle metallic detailing on Anne Bowen gown and was accessorized with gold geode bangles. Whit + Wonder provided beautiful and organic paper goods featuring a painted invitation and gold place cards that brought out the metallic foliage in our centerpiece and bouquet. For the second bridal look, this sleek long sleeved gown was paired with statement quartz and pyrite crown atop a modern knotted ponytail with lighter gold eye makeup.
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Amanda Jameson Weddings / Event Design: Lindsey Brunk / Floral Design: Kate Foley Designs / Venue: 333 First Avenue / Wedding Dress: Stanley Korshak / Jewelry: Wild Air & Co. / Makeup: Tracy Melton Hair and Makeup Artistry / Linens and Coverings: Ducky Bob’s / Wedding Invitations: Whit + Wonder
Happy New Year! 2015 may already be here, but that doesn’t mean the celebrations have to stop. Ben Q Photography is sharing a stunning styled shoot complete with geometric details, black and white stripes, gold accents, and plenty of poppers for the perfect party. Get ready to celebrate in style!
From Maxine of The Southern Table: Copper, coral and cocktails set the tone for a fun, vibrant and FANCY New Years Eve party for the girls. Southern Fried Paper provided signature items from their Cheers retail line complete with cocktail stirrers, laser cut signs and gold foil decorative prints. The champagne poured thanks to Anthropologie’s Gilded Rim Stemware in the perfect shade of blush.
The party’s tagline, “I’m So Fancy,” is included in all the party details, from the custom confetti pops filled with metallic and corals, to the pink and blush block letter signage. The girls wait for the ball to drop with their very own New Years Eve disco ball piñata!
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Ben Q Photography / Event Styling and Floral Design: The Southern Table / Venue: Studio 2524 / Hair and Makeup: Anastasia Strattan / Fashion Styling: Diet Coke Straight Up / Barware and Table Decor: Anthropologie / Invitation Suite, Cocktail Stirrers and Laser Cut Signs: Southern Fried Paper
Time and again we’re blown away by the beautiful images that come out of photography workshops, just like this one from film photographers extraordinaire Jess Barfield and Taylor Lord. Anne Brookshire Photography happily took part in the day, capturing moments of delicate and sophisticated beauty with some of the prettiest cool blues and grays we’ve seen yet, styled by Lindsey Zamora.
From the stylist, Lindsey Zamora: I was so honored to design and style the summer workshop series by Jess Barfield and Taylor Lord. I am loving the dusty-blue color palette at the moment and even more in love when it is combined with grays and creams. The overall feel for the shoot was soft and romantic, a feeling that would be translated into every element. I loved how the bride’s wrap caught the light so perfectly and the effortless flow of the gauzy linen across the worn table; it is this juxtaposition that I seek out in every design.
From the photographer, Anne Brookshire: This is the styled shoot from the August 4th Jess Barfield & Taylor Lord Workshop! The designer/stylist Lindsey is so talented. She was inspired by the color of slate with blue tints & built the concept from there! I love the mix of soft & modern elements, as well as all the floral pieces that Lindsey foraged from her own backyard.
Photographer: Anne Brookshire Photography / Workshop Hosts: Jess Barfield and Taylor Lord / Event Design, Styling, and Floral Design: Lindsey Zamora / Venue: 333 First Avenue / Wedding Dress: Nordstrom / Hair and Makeup: Beauty & the Blush / Rentals: Juniper Rentals / Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Rachel Carl & Co
This wedding has so much to love, so you better start preparing yourself right now. Apryl Ann Photography and Blue Lotus worked to make Danielle and Benjamin’s wedding day a magical event, and it’s a no-brainer to say they had total success. Truly, how stunning is that ceremony setup?
From the bride, Danielle: I had always envisioned a jazz band at my wedding so I kind of built the theme around that. It had an inviting classic elegance about it that really did make the whole night magical! The classic elements were subtle: skinny black ties and slim fitting suits, lace, the font on the invitations, twinkle lights and music choice. The venue, food, flowers and lighting made it feel very relaxed and accessible.
I told my bridesmaids to choose a dress in the neutral color palette (nude, blush, tan, cream, gold or silver). I really liked the way metallics looked with the neutral colors! It felt like winter without being Christmasy. The flowers gave the needed pop of color. My good friend Krista made the lace runner for the head table. My mom, sisters and I potted the individual succulents for each place setting as the wedding favor. Most everything else was outsourced as I planned the wedding from out of state haha!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? 1. Don’t take out wedding stress on your fiance!!! The whole process is very taxing but it only makes things 10x worse if your relationship suffers for it. 2. Don’t procrastinate. Just don’t do it! 3. Delegate. It was really hard for me to do this. I was planning a wedding in Texas from North Carolina so I needed to trust my friends and family to handle things for me but it was really hard to give up control of every little detail. They were perfectly capable and did an amazing job, but I would have been a lot more relaxed if I had delegated more. You will drive yourself crazy if you don’t let people help you! I was even worried my fiance would put the stamps on the invitation crooked so I let him seal them but I put the stamps on haha! I promise I wasn’t a Bridezilla, just a little neurotic :).
Processional: “Reign of Love,” Coldplay
Bride’s Processional: Wagner’s Bridal Chorus
Recessional: “Hoppipolla,” Sigur Ros
First Dance: “Make You Feel My Love,” Bob Dylan
Father Daughter dance: “I Loved Her First,” Heartland
Last Group Dance: “Will You Be There,” Michael Jackson
Last Newlywed Dance: “You Really Got a Hold on Me,” She & Him (this was “our” song through our relationship, so was really special for us to end on that)
Wedding Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Apryl Ann Photography / Floral Design: Blue Lotus / Venue: Hickory Street Annex / Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones / Hair Piece: Whitney Alyssa / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Caterer: Gil’s Elegant Catering / Wedding Cake: Cakewalk Bake Shop / Table Numbers: Sweet Carolina Collective / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
There’s something about coral that just brings a smile to my face — and all the better when it’s paired with gold! Erin and Alex‘s wedding was the perfect blend of glitz and laid-back, keeping an elegant aesthetic while still making guests feel at home and welcome to let loose. Naturally, it couldn’t have been done without the talented team of Amy Zumwalt Photographers, Sweet Pea Events, and We + You Studios!
From the bride, Erin: Our wedding was held at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens… at first I couldn’t quite put a name on the style I was envisioning but after perusing a few wedding blogs (and Pinterest of course), Rustic Glam seemed to strike a chord with me! I wanted something romantic without going overboard on ruffle, and something very down to earth. Alex is from England (just west of London) and I’m from the Midwest (small town Illinois). We are truly a very laid back couple that enjoys having a really fabulous time no matter where we go… usually involving great food, great drinks and great friends… Therefore, in terms of atmosphere, we truly just wanted everyone to have a freakin’ blast! Our guests came from as far away as Australia, Thailand, London, Mexico, Canada, and all over the US… and we wanted to throw an absolutely amazing party! We wanted everything to flow seamlessly without anyone else having to lift a finger!
We knew the Arboretum itself would provide a gorgeous natural backdrop and we wanted something that would not only flow with all of the greenery, but also give a bit of edge… a bit of POP and glam. Ivory, Coral and Gold became our colors and I instantly fell in love with everything that entailed! The boys wore charcoal grey, plaid suits with coral accents as this seemed to flow perfectly! In terms of DIY, I may have gone slightly overboard… the following things were put together by the bride (and in some cases, a few helpful crafty hands): gold dipped jars of all sized for the centerpieces/ floral displays, gold sequined LOVE sign by the coffee table, ribbon wands with gold, coral and lace ribbon (for the send-off), gold painted frames with (non-cliche) quotes about love to adorn the reception tables, The Menu Chalkboard as well as Bar Menu (“Wet Your Whistle”) Chalkboard and smaller board for the Polaroid Guest Book Instructions, the coral & gold table numbers, the wine cork place card holders, and the gold flecked seating arrangement board/ chart. We also utilized Etsy for the following personalized additions: “Deep in the heart of Texas” Koozies as favors (in coral and charcoal), our fabulous “infographic” programs, ivory napkins with “Best. Day. Ever.” gold foiling, “Just Married” sign for the getaway town car, personalized handkerchiefs as thank-you gifts for our parents, gold/peach teardrop earrings for the bridesmaids, and engraved wine box for our “wine box” unity ceremony.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? While I planned a good deal of the wedding, I did give Alex his respective duties (DJ, Transportation, Lighting, etc). Even though we had our own “jobs”, we would still sit down together very often and go over what the other person was thinking and the progress we were making. I was very impressed with how much help Alex was and his ability to help me through a tough decision when I got stuck… so I guess the moral of the story is don’t think your groom doesn’t want to be involved – he may even be really proud of the help he provides! Also, when dealing with vendors you have to realize that they are most likely involved in many many many weddings over the course of the year or over the course of their existence as a company but that does not mean that they do not have to provide you with 100% personal service. This is your ONE wedding – I’m not saying “try to be as difficult as possible” but if there’s something you want, ask for it. You are paying for their services and they should be happy to oblige if your request within reason. For brides who aren’t so DIY themselves: Did you know that most stores in the mall are willing to donate or sell you their displays when they are finished with them? If you catch a display you absolutely love (think Free People, Anthropologie, etc), it doesn’t hurt to ask when they will be taking the displays down and how you can go about getting your hands on those little beauties! It could give you the perfect touch you always wanted!
Processional: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Recessional: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” Stevie Wonder
Bridal Party Entrance: “Higher & Higher,” Jackie Wilson
First Dance: “Have I Told You Lately,” Van Morrison
Bouquet Toss: “I Was Made For You,” She & Him
Last Dance: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” Whitney Houston
Wedding Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Amy Zumwalt Photographers / Event Planner: Sweet Pea Events / Floral Design: We + You Studios / Venue: Dallas Arboretum / Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige “Carrie” via Stardust Celebrations / Alterations: Lulu’s Bridal Boutique / Wedding Veil: ParisienneLuxe / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Earrings and Bracelet: Nordstrom / Wedding Rings: Shapiro Diamonds / Makeup: Emily Ward / Caterer: Gil’s Elegant Catering / Wedding Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes / DJ and Marquee Lights: Nate Nelson of LeForce Entertainment / Lighting: A Very Special Day / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Wedding Programs: BisforBrown / Videographer: Memories Films
One of my very favorite colors is emerald, so I don’t think it should come as a shock that St Patrick’s Day wedding inspiration is right up my alley. Throw in some gold and two precious-as-a-peach ring bearers, and I’m simply smitten. Oh, and then styling by Dallas’ very own Birds of a Feather Events and images from Sara & Rocky Photography? This one is pure perfection, you guys.
From the photographer, Sara & Rocky Photography: When thinking of St Patrick’s Day our minds are filled with greens, golds and clovers. However, when designing this shoot we wanted to pull away from the festive and showcase those novelties in a romantic and realistic way. We used various shades of greens with pops of black, gold, and a soft blue all captured in the gorgeous tablescape by Wendy with Birds of a Feather Events. The custom center piece is so romantic and whimsy with small cascading gold clovers. Lush florals of amaryllis, anemones, garden roses and dahlias from The Southern Table, along with custom place cards from Harts and Quills with an Irish Blessing topped with a gold chocolate covered cookie completes the look. Tracy Melton Artistry played with fun pops of greens & golds for the eye shadows, but kept the look overall soft and romantic to keep in tune with the feel. Braids were used within the hair to play with the Irish feel but with an interesting, new twist.
We just love the invitation suite, from the gold braided metal band to the soft gold envelope liner that matches our custom wooden bar from Juniper Rentals. Chelsea didn’t skip a beat in creating something unique and festive while keeping with our romantic theme. She called upon Crystal from Harts and Quills to do the calligraphy for both the invite and the envelopes. The bouquet with gilded fern is breathtaking and just perfect for our shoot. The cake set up from Layered Bake Shop brings in more gold and adds a modern element paired with romantic soft florals. And what Irish wedding wouldn’t be complete without a whiskey tasting! Displayed on this eye catching wooden bar that bring in a soft warm to our color palate perfectly and completes the space.
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Sara & Rocky Photography / Event Planning and Styling: Birds of a Feather Events / Floral Design: The Southern Table / Wedding Dress: Anne Barge from Stanley Korshak / Hair and Makeup: Tracy Melton Artistry / Bar: Juniper Rentals / Wedding Cake: Layered Bake Shop / Wedding Invitations: Southern Fried Paper / Calligraphy: Harts and Quills
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
One of the greatest things about the holiday season is that it really just makes us want to cuddle up to the people we love and share some cozy time together. Nicole Berrett and Rayven of Beauty & the Blush put together this styled shoot with that idea in mind, but they added in plenty of floral beauty from Bows & Arrows Flowers and lots of glitz to pep things up a bit, thanks to an incredible gown from BHLDN.
From the photographer, Nicole Berrett: Rayven from Beauty & the Blush and I collaborated to put this shoot together. We really wanted to do a winter shoot, but have it be one that felt warm & cozy and made you want to stay inside and cuddle! The bride and flower girl both wore amazing BHLDN dresses, which we are totally in love with. The invites and paper goods, done by Lovely Paper Things, featured the warm cozy feel, and the invitation suite featured a hand painted hot cocoa mug.
We put together a lounge area using rentals from Rent my Dust, and a hot cocoa bar with the help of Cakewalk Bakeshop and had warm blankets as the favors! Bows & Arrows put together an amazing design for the ceremony backdrop, and a beautiful leafy floral table runner to give our table a warm inviting feel. We added a little bit of whimsical woodland touches here and there as well.
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Nicole Berrett Photography / Event Design: Nicole Berrett and Beauty & the Blush / Venue + Rentals: Hickory Street Annex / Floral Design: Bows & Arrows Flowers / Wedding Dress, Flower Girl Dresses, and Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN / Hair and Makeup: Beauty & the Blush / Cakes and Hot Cocoa Treats: Cakewalk Bakeshop / Rentals: Rent my Dust / Paper Goods: Lovely Paper Things
This sweet Dallas wedding represents who the couple is to a T. Groom Justin is a teacher and Faryn is obsessed with all things vintage, so a schoolhouse Fall wedding was in order. Feather & Twine Photography captured their images and video, to which you can tune in below:
From the bride, Faryn: In order to make our wedding feel special, intimate and very personal, we wanted the decor to reflect my love of vintage and his love of teaching. The end result was a charming vintage schoolhouse theme complete with loads of old books, vignettes and comfortable seating areas created with antique pieces, and colorful red apples scattered throughout.
Our ceremony was purposefully kept very small and intimate with mostly family in attendance and no wedding party other than George, Justin’s “man’s-best-friend-best-man.” Justin and George were the first to walk down the aisle with George sporting a blue and white-striped bowtie while a string quartet played a set of our favorite songs. When it finally came time for me to make my way down the aisle toward my beloved, I walked down to one of my favorite songs — “Breathe Me” by Sia. It was so beautiful and meaningful… a moment I will never forget.
My jewelry was particularly meaningful to me. After months of searching for what I wanted to wear, I ended up finding an antique 1920s locket on Etsy that just so happened to have my new initials engraved in it. It’s one of those pieces that I know I was simply meant to find and was somehow always made for me… truly magical. In it I placed pictures of Justin’s parents who could only be there in spirit with us our special day.
Our wedding cake was rather nontraditional in that it was “naked” (meaning no icing on the outside… a detail that absolutely devastated our cake decorator). It was absolutely perfect, delicious and just what I wanted. I surprised Justin with kitschy bear cake toppers that represented his love of the Baylor Bears. Instead of a groom’s cake, Justin chose to have five pies delivered from Emporium Pies. Above the entire sweet setting was a flag banner that my sister made that said “The Rushings”. At the end of the most beautiful and unforgettable day we could have asked for, we gave our guests black and white cookies made by Tart Bakery. We chose the treats seeing as they are one of our favorite desserts to get when we travel to New York City (where we got engaged). As we exited the building to leave in our getaway car, our friends and family showered us with dried lavender buds. It was such a wonderful day and we’re so thankful to all involved and the friends and family who came and supported us.
Wedding Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer and Videographer: Feather & Twine Photography / Florist: Blue Lotus Floral Design / Event Designer: Bride / Event Coordination: Lois Ferguson / Wedding Venue: Winfrey Point / Wedding Dress and Veil: Stardust / Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade / Jewelry: Vintage, Etsy / Hair: Aaron Longshore of Drybar, Dallas / Makeup: Bride’s Sister / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Caterer: Culinary Art Catering / Wedding Cake: Laura Kirk / Desserts: Emporium Pies / Vintage Rentals: Rent My Dust Vintage Rentals / Officiant: Bob Williams
This beautiful Dallas wedding designed by Jen Rios Design and photographed by Sara & Rocky Photography has just the right balance of modern and bohemian. Lush greenery, wooden stumps and gold accents make up most of this bride and groom’s botanical DIY decor.
From the bride, Ashley: I wanted to bring a little bit of my bohemian style into the modern venue with lots of unique accents – every table was a bit different! There was a lot of wood elements, along with a splash of orange and greens; my wedding designer made a lot of amazing things… my favorite was a wooden sign on the sweetheart table that had our initials made with nails and string!
My favorite moment was the “first look”. I was actually against doing this in the beginning, but my advice to any bride who isn’t sold on it – do it! That was the only moment my husband and I were actually on our own. It calmed my nerves before the ceremony!
Any advice for brides planning their wedding day now? Do not fret over any small details that go wrong…. no one is going to notice! Also, a wedding planner and/or designer is worth it! It makes the experience of planning a wedding stress free and fun!
That (along with cake tasting) was my husband’s only job! He chose “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips for our first dance. It was upbeat, so we were able to have fun with it!
From the event designer, Jen Rios Design: Ashley has a modern, bohemian style that was so fun to design with. She wanted to infuse shades of her favorite colors green and orange, with white and metallic gold. She loves stumps, moss and antlers and you will see all of those items used in the design. She wanted to have more greenery than floral so even her bouquet is unique with minimal floral. Ashley and Greg are such a fun couple and their cocktail vibe reception in the lounge of The Magnolia Hotel provided a great atmosphere to celebrate with family and friends! DIY details included gilded antlers and stumps, gold stripe glass votives, ombre nailhead table numbers, and moss portrait frames.
Wedding Location: Dallas, TX / Photographers: Sara & Rocky Photography / Wedding Design and Styling: Jen Rios Design / Wedding Venue: The Magnolia Hotel / Wedding Planning: Rachel Events / Floral Design: Signature Productions / Wedding Dress: Junko Yoshioka for Bonaparte via The White Gown Showroom / Reception Dress: Nicole Miller / Hair and Makeup: Beauty&theBlush Makeup & Styling / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: ASOS / Men’s Attire: Jos A Bank / Wedding Cake and Cannolis: sugar bee sweets bakery / Cake Topper: Figs & Ginger / Program Sign: Blue Eye Brown Eye / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen / Ceremony Music: Serenata Strings / DJ: Spin Productions / Officiant: Keith of Love Notes Weddings / Paper Design: Chips + Salsa Design Studio
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
Somehow, someway, it seems we never quite tire of geometric wedding inspiration over here at Ruffled. So when this shoot put together by Lottie Fowler of Grit + Gold and Matt & Julie Weddings popped in, we got just a wee bit giddy. With no shortage of delish colors with geometric shapes and design, these images have inspiration for miles:
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Matt & Julie Weddings / Event Design: Grit + Gold / Floral Design: RLove Designs / Day-of Styling: Jen Rios Design / Styling: Julie Norine of Matt & Julie Weddings / Hair and Makeup: KOgirl by Tia Vang / Wedding Cake: Sugarbee Sweets / Rentals: Rent My Dust / Heart Geo Cutouts: Owly Shadow Puppets
This chic Texan wedding inspiration by Heather Ann Design & Photography will have you dreaming of the desert all day long. The succulents and bright florals by College Flowers in the decor compliment each another beautifully, styled to the nines by Lindsey Zamora. The shimmery gold accents with rugged succulents are calling our names from miles away.
From the photographer, Heather Ann Design & Photography: This Texan Desert styled shoot encompasses raw Texas landscape infused with hints of folk.
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Heather Ann Design & Photography / Floral Design: College Flowers / Personal Stylist: Lindsey Zamora / Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG / Shoes: Tahari / Wedding Cake: Marla Felton / Equipment Rentals: Gloss Luxury Rentals and Suite 206 / Wood Working: Robert Zamora / Invitation Design: Bella Figura / Paper Goods: Blue Eye Brown Eye, LLC / Model: Traci Robinett
One color palette we never seem to tire of is teal, green, and yellow. There’s something so tirelessly fresh about it! Pair these hues with the photography of Brett Heidebrecht, and you’ve got a match made in heaven. Bride Janelle had her bridesmaids carry vintage lanterns in lieu of flowers — both a great nontraditional alternative and a money saver!
From the bride, Janelle: So, planning a wedding in Dallas was terrifying to me! I wanted lush grass and romantic forests, and instead, found myself looking at a big urban concrete skyline. Anything that had trees was outside of my budget. A sweet friend sent me the link to Chandler’s Gardens and I fell in love with our first visit. The whole wedding began to take form in my head from that first sight of our venue! The “theme” I went with was “Let Love Grow,” and so everything was woodsy and organic. I wanted to be barefoot and feel like there could be little woodland animals helping me get ready. No, really. That’s what inspired it all! My incredible fiance (now, husband!) was so supportive during the whole thing- as I had many, MANY breakdowns in trying to get everything done. I know without him, and without my friends who were always there to roll programs or tie table settings together, I would have never made it down the aisle.
The biggest thing we wanted out of our wedding day was for the Gospel to be shared in a very real way. It is was what brought us together, and the only thing that will keep us together in the rough times that every couple faces. We had a time of corporate worship in the hour-long ceremony, as well as having our pastor give a short sermon on what loving each other in a Christ-honoring way looks like. We wanted to glorify Him from start to finish, and to keep the Gospel central to the wedding as it will be in our marriage. I mean, my wedding present from Him was a study Bible with my new name on it. Nerd alert.
The reception was just one big celebration! To continue with keeping Christ at the center, we had a table set up where our friends could learn about getting involved with two non-profits we really love. One is a local ministry called Jesus Said Loved that provides care-baskets and Bibles to strippers and night-club dancers, and the other was an international organization called Vision Nationals who does outreach to orphans and widows in India, as well as running a seminary. It was important to us to really share the love that Christ has given us. To get into party mode, we had a cornhole game set out, along with blankets and board games for those who didn’t feel like dancing. The playlist ranged from Louis Armstrong to the Avett Brothers to Willow Smith! I wanted everyone to have a chance to get up and dance.
My piece of advice to brides planning a wedding? Get OFF Pinterest. Yes. I’m serious. Get off. Allow yourself a week to browse it when you first begin to decide on a theme or colors. But keep in mind your limits- engagement time, budget, family members who will hate that dress, set-up time, etc. For me, I knew we’d have less than three hours to get everything set up- with no wedding planner, just a dear friend running around telling people what to do. That meant I had to cross off some of the beautiful but extravagant things I found on Pinterest, and the longer I stared at them, the more it hurt. So seriously, cut yourself a break. No one will know that you really wanted flowers hanging down from the ceiling behind the alter but couldn’t get it done in time. Spending too much time on Pinterest feeds the idea that your wedding has to be “more.” Do whatever YOU want for your wedding – not what is popular on Pinterest.
Favorite moment: Everything I read advising *against* the “first look” said that you would regret not getting that moment of awe as you walked down the aisle. But knowing how important photos are to me, and knowing I wanted to calm my nerves by seeing Travis before the wedding, we chose to do it. But even after the first look, as I walked down the aisle toward my “I-never-show-emotion” husband, he couldn’t stop crying. And we both cried our way through our vows that we wrote each other. I can still see the look in his eyes as I walked to the front to be his wife, and I will never forget it.
Bridal Party Processional: “All The Trees of the Field,” Sufjan Stevens
Processional: “Water of the Word,” Shane & Shane
Recessional: “Inni Mer,” Sigur Ros
First Dance: “You are the Best Thing,” Ray Lamontagne
Wedding Location: Celina, TX / Photographer: Brett Heidebrecht / Wedding Venue: Chandler’s Gardens / Bouquet and Boutonnieres: NHS Woods Creations / Decorative Flowers: Central Market bulk ordering, arranged by bridesmaids and family / Wedding Dress: WTOO “Vannessa” / Reception Dress: Urban Outfitters / Hair: Amy Krauss / Flower Crown: Three Little Birds / Bridal Jewelry: Forever 21 / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Modcloth and Macy’s / Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: Five Little Cranes / Wedding Caterer: Catering by David / Bride’s Cake: Patricia Price, college roommate – Homemade funfetti! / Groom’s Cake: A S’more bar / Invitation Design: Whitney Baker / Program Design: Meredith Cooper