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Texas Garden Wedding at Dallas Arboretum

Garden Weddings

nbarrett photography never disappoints, and this garden wedding at Dallas Arboretum just proves our point. Bride Elizabeth stuns in her Vera Wang wedding gown and veil, and her bouquet arranged by Bows and Arrows? Out of this universe. Throw in some centerpieces with a bit of cactus and you’ve got a seriously stylish garden affair with a bit of Mexican resort influence that we just can’t stop loving.

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From the bride, Elizabeth: The venue set the tone for our outdoor Spring wedding. The DeGolyer Estate at the Dallas Arboretum is a Spanish Colonial-style home in the middle of lush, beautiful gardens overlooking White Rock Lake. We wanted our guests to feel like they were at a resort in Mexico. I chose nude-blush table linens and white napkins to be a neutral base for all of my floral arrangements that were a wild mix of vibrant reds, pinks, and oranges.

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Flower recipe: Bougainvillea, peonies, poppies, ranunculus, garden roses, flat cactus.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Think about your guests and do something that sets your wedding apart from others – we passed tequila shots in vintage shot glasses to start the night off. More than anything, we wanted our guests to have the best time.

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Wedding Vendors

Photography

NBarrett Photography

Florist

Bows and Arrows

Venue

Dallas Arboretum

Wedding Dress and Veil

Vera Wang

Wedding Shoes

Anthropologie

Makeup

Beauty and the Blush

Groom's Attire

Men's Wearhouse

Catering

Kent Rathbun

Wedding Cake

The Cake Guys

Popsicles

Steel City Pops

Ceremony Music

Nick DiGennaro

Reception Music

Inside Out

Wedding Invitations

Smitten on Paper

Easy Valentine’s Day Makeup, 2 Ways

Fashion & Beauty

What’s better than a makeup tutorial that will help you out not only on the most romantic day of the year, but all year-round? Photographer extraordinaire nbarrett photography sent over this makeup tutorial from Beauty and the Blush, one of the best in the wedding biz. We’ve got one sweet look and one bolder, more dramatic look, so let’s get started!

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Valentine’s Look #1: Sweetheart

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Makeup Essentials #1

1. Moisturizer: Clinique Moisture Surge
2. Cream Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid
3. Primer: MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
4. Flat foundation brush
5. Concealer: Hard Candy Glamoflauge

FACE
1.Start by moisturizing fresh clean skin with a light-weight, oil-free, gel-based moisturizer like Moisture Surge by Clinque.

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2. Using your fingers, apply a small pump of MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance primer all over the face, including eyelids.
3. With a flat foundation brush, apply a full coverage cream foundation, like MAC Studio Fix Fluid for a pretty, glowing complexion.

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4. Using a smaller foundation brush, apply a concealer, like Hard Candy Glamoflauge, that is two shades lighter than your foundation to conceal and brighten the under eye area. Push the concealer all the way up against the bottom lash line, from the outer corner of the eye, down to a point under the eye and back up to the inner corner of the eye, creating a triangle. Use your finger to gently pat the product in place and blend.

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5. With a medium-sized blush brush, use a brightly colored cream blush like Revlon Photo Ready in a swirling motion on the apples of the cheeks, blending upward toward the temple.

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6. For longer lasting results, set the face using a large powder brush with a lightweight finishing powder like MAC Mineralize Skinfinish.

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Makeup Essentials #2

1. Cream Eyeshadow: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink
2. Mascara: PUR Big Blink in black
3. Matte Lip Stain: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive
4. Lip Liner: Palladio Herbal Lip Liner in Raspberry
5. Cream Blush: Revlon Photo Ready Cream Blush in Flushed

EYES
1. Select a light, rose-gold, shimmer cream shadow, like Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink and apply it directly to the eyelid from lash line to crease. Use your finger to blend if necessary.

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2. Apply one coat of glossy black mascara like PUR Big Blink in black, for long, defined lashes.

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LIPS
1. Choose a rosey, matte lipcolor, such as Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive, for a soft but playfully feminine finish.

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Valentine’s Look #2: Vixen

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bridal makeup tutorials - photo by nbarrett photography - http://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-makeup

FACE
1. Follow “Face” steps number one through five above, adding a hint of bronzer under the cheekbones for a more sculpted look.
2. With your fingers, apply a dab of liquid, light-reflecting highlighter, such as Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator just above the cheekbones for a natural glow.

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Makeup Essentials #3

1. Brow Enhancer: Makeup Forever Aqua Brow
2. Lipstick: MAC Satin Lipstick in Myth
3. Lip Gloss: NYX Aqua Luxe Lipgloss in Beat Goes On
4. Eyeshadow: MAC Luster Shadow in Coppery
5. Mascara: NYX Faux Lashes in Black
6. Eye Liner: NYX Long Pencil Liner in Black

EYES
1. Select a bold, vibrant powder shadow, such as MAC Luster Shadow in Coppery, and swipe it over the eyelid using a medium sized shadow brush, from lash line to just above the crease, blending outwards toward the corner of the eye.

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2. Using a stiff, flat shadow brush, take the same colored shadow and push it right along the bottom lash line, connecting the color in the outer corner with the top shadow. Smudge just underneath the bottom lash line with your finger to blend.
3. With a black eye pencil, line the top lash line. For a darker, more dramatic line, warm up the pencil by swiping it on the top of your hand first.

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4. Apply 2-3 coats of volumizing black mascara, like NYX Faux Lashes to the top and bottom lashes.
5. Using a thin brush, apply a tiny bit of brow tint (such as Makeup Forever Aqua Brow) to the eyebrows, filling in any holes, and brush them out with an eyebrow spool for defined but natural brows.

LIPS
1. Line the lips with a muted, natural cream pencil lip liner.
2. Using a lip brush, fill in the lips with a pink-based nude satin lipstick, like MAC Satin Lipstick in Myth.

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3. Finish off with a swipe of nude shimmer lipgloss such as NYX Aqua Luxe Lipgloss in Beat Goes On, right in the center of the bottom lip. Press your lips together to spread the gloss.

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Photographer: nbarrett photography / Event Styling: Naomi Pak Wedding and Events / Floral Design: The Southern Table / Makeup: Beauty and the Blush / Dresses: Urban Outfitters / Model: Audrey Deford

Moonrise Kingdom Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

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!

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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

Getting the Most from Inspiration Shoots to Real Weddings

Wedding Planning

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we absolutely love styled shoots. They inject some creativity and inspiration into the wedding world in often unexpected ways, but often times it’s difficult to see how shoot ideas can translate into real weddings and their real budgets. In order to show how to use wedding inspiration shoots for your own wedding, we’ve asked some talented wedding professionals to dole out some of their advice for bringing inspiration shoots to reality, in 7 different ways:

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Above image from this shoot by nbarrett photography

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Above image from this shoot by Melissa Schollaert, Toast Events, and Andy Beach & Co.

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Above image from this shoot by Eddie Judd and Charlie Beard

From Firefly Events: Usually, locations for styled shoots are picked to enhance the overall feel of the design. Event styling is amazing but the couple shouldn’t ignore the location. Our tip to couples who are trying to incorporate the look and feel of the styled shoot into their wedding, is to ask themselves what words they would use to describe the location. When researching and visiting venues, ask yourself if you would use the same words to describe the venue.

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Above image from this shoot by Maria Mack Photography

For example, some key words/feelings that would describe the location for this shoot seen above: rustic, natural beauty, earthy, romantic, organic, historic, intimate. You can use these keywords when searching online for venues. Many blogs by photographers and videographers will tag their posts using similar keywords with the location of the wedding. You may just find the great venue you were searching for!

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From Tree of Life Films:

If it’s a film of the styled shoot, the couple can still get a feel of what to expect from the videographer for their wedding film. Some questions to ask yourself while watching:

1. Do you like the choice of music? Is there good pacing and editing to the music?
2. Do you like the style of shooting? i.e. in this film there are different types of shooting: handheld, slider (smooth panning shot), time lapse
3. Do you like how the videographer filmed the couple? Does it capture emotion between them?
4. Do you like the coloring of the film?

These are questions to ask while watching any wedding film to find out the best videographer for your wedding.

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Above image from this shoot by Delbarr Moradi and A & B Creative

From Lottie of Couture Events by Lottie: I strongly feel that brides can get not only great ideas from shoots like display or execution of details, but they can also use those very ideas and infuse them into their own wedding day. I try very hard to make all my shoots have realistic setups that can be easily woven into a wedding. Whether it’s a drink station, escort card idea or lovely tablescape, brides can see something not so ordinary and totally work with it. We all love shoot eye candy but it’s the best when you can take an idea and realistically use it or even make it better. I love to play with casual elements (maybe because I’m Texan) and jazz them up with texture that appeal to your senses.

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Above image from this shoot by Stylish Soiree and Tinywater Photography

From Chelsea of Southern Fried Paper: When you look at a styled shoot – look at the details. Look how every vignette is carefully thought out. Look at the small decorative pieces that are tucked in alongside the lavish floral. You can do the same with your reception focal points – everything from the cake table to the favor table. It’s all of the little things that make the decor personal and special to you. Personalize every aspect you can!

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Above image from this shoot by Kellie Kano Photography and Elissa Keno Events

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Above image from this shoot by Gideon Photography and Forevermore Events

From Lottie of Couture Events by Lottie: This is particularly my favorite element to styling and design. I love a good theme. Not over the top but just the right dose. This is HUGE for brides and grooms because they can take very personal moments such as the place they met or where he proposed, and apply it to the details of their wedding. Maybe that’s a carnival, the Eiffel Tower or a small little backyard gathering. Have a theme puts attitude into all those “little” things.

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Above image from this shoot by Brumley & Wells

From Natalie Barrett: In our photoshoots, we like to stick to a specific theme by narrowing down and melding broad ideas that can later be woven into wedding day. Staying within the loose boundaries of a theme not only helps to pull in consistency throughout but it also shows brides that they too can design their special day by simply adhering to a central topic (i.e. classic, modern, vintage, nautical, decade, etc.) Make sure to always keep your desired topic in the forefront when planning and developing each integral detail of the wedding. Pinterest has made it easy by allowing brides to pin images that come from a particular styled shoot or many different shoots to make one beautiful board loaded with their themed favorites.

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Nautical wedding inspiration shot by Alea Lovely from this feature

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Above image from this shoot by Amanda Watson and Emerson Events

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Modern and fresh colors from this Scandinavian shoot captured by Jeff Loves Jessica and styled by The Honeycomb Collective

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Pops of purple from this photoshoot by Belovely Events captured by Jillian McGrath Photography

From Camden Chitwood of Emerson Events: Choosing your color palette is one of the most important concepts for your big day. The time of year and venue will be your most important factors in this step. Do you want drama? Go for bright bold colors… and stay true to them! Choose a few and stick with them throughout the entire wedding. I love the use of color in the wedding invitation. The invitation is the first “glimpse” guests will get. It will set the tone for your wedding. Exact color matches can be tough, so if you have a specific color in mind, be open to incorporating different shades. Most importantly, choose what speaks to you. If you have something crazy in mind… run with it, darling!

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Above image from this Cinco de Mayo inspired shoot captured by nbarrett photography, florals by Bows and Arrows and paper goods by Southern Fried Paper

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Vintage china rental from Casa de Perrin shot by lunaphoto from this inspiration shoot

Another important element of styled shoots is to take note of products or vendors you might like to use for your own wedding day. With the proliferation of inspiration shoots these days, there are bound to be some taking place right near you, and they’re a great way to learn about new vendors! Even so, a photographer or stylist might catch your eye and we guarantee they’d love to travel to take place in your special day. At the very least, you might even see the perfect plate design you’ve been looking for, or the exact bouquet arrangement!

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DIY idea above from this shoot , captured by Jeremy and Alicia Brown and designed by Vintage Whites Weddings

The outpouring of creativity in wedding shoots is infinite. You find yourself pinning your little heart out for all of the amazing ideas each shoot brings, and perhaps you may find some bits and bobs that you now must make yourself stat. Simple ideas that don’t require further instructions beyond what you see are great starting points to put your own twist to add your stamp to your wedding day.


Check out how to make this pixelated backdrop created by Sweet Sunday Events and shot by Caroline Joy Photography featured in this shoot.

On Cloud Nine Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

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I’m beyond enamored of this afternoon’s photoshoot goodness from nbarrett photography, Grit + Gold, and Bows and Arrows. Dreaming up of a On Cloud 9 inspired wedding, this shoot has pops of pink, ribbon streamers galore, fluffy clouds of hydrangeas, and scrumptious goodies from Culinary Arts and Layered Bake Shop. Make sure you catch the behind-the-scenes video by I Do Cinematics at the end to get the full experience!

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From the event stylist, Lottie: When we pulled together to think up the On Cloud 9 shoot, it was a must to incorporate all things heavenly. We wanted soft textured touches in the floral and details throughout to give a feel of floating on a cloud. From the hanging tabletop to the lush floral cloud above, this shoot encompasses all that is whimsy and romantic. Yes that is an actual cloud!! A dreamy, predominate white background was chosen while weaving gold and hues of pink all in an ombre’d effect.

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A dip dyed muslin runner was DIY’d and pooled on each side of the table, which coordinated so lovely with the cascading ribbons from above. Both tying beautifully into a matching ombre invitation suite. And you cannot fail to notice the wonderfully constructed floral head piece, bouquet and cotton boutonnières. Desserts were carefully chosen and display the soft touches and flavors of a croquembouche cake, mini waffles, staked crepe cake, meringue puffs, and mini cotton candy puffs. Our cute couple played and laughed while sipping from their “Love Floats”.

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Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Shoot Venue: The Nuvo Room / Wedding Photographer: nbarrett photography / Event Stylist: Grit + Gold / Wedding Flowers: Bows and Arrows / Caterer: Culinary Arts / Desserts: Shannon of Layered Bake Shop / Hair and Makeup: La Bichette / Rentals: Period Charm / Stationery: Southern Fried Paper / Videographer: I Do Cinematics

Dallas Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

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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!

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Wedding Music:
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

Wildcatter Ranch Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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This wedding shot by Natalie of nbarrett photography and planned by A Stylish Soiree is one of those that just makes you instantly happy. Maybe it’s the amazing ranch setting, or all the bright and cheery pops of color, or the clearly-madly-in-love newlyweds, maybe it’s all of it. If you’re looking to inject your wedding day full of color, look no further:

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From the bride, Stephanie: When we were deciding where we were going to have our wedding, I wanted the location to reflect both of our tastes. I am an antique lover and Brian loves the outdoors. We wanted to combine both of those loves into the style and feel of our wedding.


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Our day was a mix of shabby chic with modern day bright colors. Our color scheme was orange and teal from one end of the spectrum to the other. We didn’t want it to be matchy-matchy. There were many DIY projects involved. We made a “Love Story Chalkboard”, a fabric Thank You Banner, and hand sewn programs.


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pink teal wedding tablesrustic wooden wedding signs

orange pink wedding bouquets

here comes the bride banner

ranch wedding ceremony

pink teal wedding tableswedding party signs

pink bucket wedding flowers

pink teal wedding cakessucculent wedding centerpieces

orange reception lounge

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My advice to future brides is to take the planning one step at a time. I became overwhelmed many times during the planning process, and I neglected to focus on the fact that I was marrying my best friend.


reception lighting tables


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Wedding Location: Graham, TX / Wedding Venue: Wildcatter Ranch / Wedding Photographer: nbarrett and Kelly Christine / Wedding Flowers and Event Design: Kerrie Smith of A Stylish Soiree / Wedding Dress: Circle Park Bridal (Addison, TX) / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Goldsmith of Haute Facade / DJ: Astounding Sound / Ceremony Musician: Jan Ryberg / Wedding Invitations: Southern Fried Paper

Mexican Inspired Florals

Wedding Design

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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.


mexican inspired wedding bouquet
mexican inspired wedding bouquet
mexican inspired wedding bouquetmexican inspired boutonnieres
mexican inspired wedding bouquet
graphic pink wedding stationery

mexican inspired wedding bouquetmexican inspired boutonnieres

pink peony centerpieces

Centerpiece Flowers: Coral Charm Peony / Garden Roses / Ranunculus / Fritillary / Scabiosa / Millet / Poppy / Lavender / Tulips / Jasmine / Poppy Pods / Sweet Pea / Astrantia / Sarah Bernhard Peony

pink mexican bouquets
pink peony centerpieces

mexican inspired wedding bouquetmexican inspired boutonnieres

mexican inspired wedding bouquet
bright mexican boutonnieres

Boutonniere Flowers: Ranunculus / Clover / Kangaroo Paw / Poppy Pods / Millet

mexican pink centerpiecesmexican inspired centerpieces

graphic pink wedding stationery

mexican pink centerpiecesmexican inspired centerpieces

purple star place cards
mexican inspired wedding centerpieces

Bouquet Flowers: Poppy / Ranunculus / Bronze Fennel / Coral Charm Peony / Scabiosa / Garden Roses / Fritillaria / Tulips


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Wedding Vendors (Dallas, TX):

Wedding Photographer: nbarrett photography / Wedding Flowers and Styling: Bows and Arrows / Wedding Stationery: Southern Fried Paper