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Countdown to the Brides of North Texas Cover – Five Fresh Florals

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

With the release of the Spring/Summer 2018 issue just days away, we’re thrilled to once again begin our countdown to the cover of the new Brides of North Texas issue! We’re kicking things off with five fresh florals you’ll find in the all-new issue. As you flip through the beautiful pages of the new mag, you’ll find tons of fabulous images featuring some of North Texas’ top wedding florists – this is just the beginning! Be sure to stay tuned to the blog as we continue to countdown to the cover over the next few days! Cheers!

Sage Fine Flowers | Brake & Clutch Warehouse | Kristen Dee Photography

Tami Winn Events | Posh Couture Rentals | Paper Planet | Omni Fort Worth Hotel | Tracy Autem Photography

Lush Couture Floral | Jennifer Trotter – Lip Service Makeup | Lovely Bride | The Nest at Ruth Farms | Shannon Rose Events | Stephanie Brazzle Photography

Everly Alaine Florals | Hidden Pines Chapel – Highland Village | Embrace the Day Events | Charla Storey Photography

 

Flourish Floral Design Studio | Dove Ridge Vineyard | Ben Q. Photography

Can’t wait to get your hands on the new issue? Preorder a copy and have it delivered straight to your doorstep before it hits newsstands this month! For a limited time, you’ll receive free shipping on orders of two or more mags! 

2018 Looks of Love Contest Sponsored by The Warwick Melrose-Dallas

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we are excited to kick off our eighth annual Looks of Love contest sponsored by The Warwick Melrose-Dallas! There is nothing sweeter than reading a love story and seeing incredible photographs that perfectly capture the love a couple has for one another. We absolutely adored our 2017 winners, Christine and Kevin, captured by Jojo Pangilinan and can’t wait to see more sweet pictures and stories from Texas couples! We’ll be accepting Looks of Love submissions over the next three weeks (deadline to submit is Monday, February 5) and will announce our winner on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14! The lucky winning couple will be treated to a one night stay at The Warwick Melrose-Dallas in deluxe suite accommodations, a three-course chef’s tasting menu for two with wine pairing in the hotel’s restaurant The Landmark, nightcaps for two in The Library, breakfast for two in The Landmark or in room dining AND complimentary overnight valet parking! Click here to enter the Looks of Love contest – simply upload a few of your favorite pictures or engagement photos and briefly tell us your love story. We’ll be sharing our favorite submissions with our followers starting Wednesday, February 7, to help us decide the winner. Good luck!

Photos // Top Left: Kortney Boyett Photography | Top Right: Jeff Brummet Visuals | Middle: Callie Manion Photography | Bottom Left: Kristen Dee Photography | Bottom Right: Stephanie Brazzle Photography

Picturesque Dallas Arboretum Engagement Shoot by Gray Door Photography

Friday, January 12th, 2018

We are loving Jessica and Kevin’s picturesque Dallas Arboretum engagement shoot captured by the ever-so-talented Gray Door Photography! The Dallas Arboretum makes for the perfect location with all the bright greenery and spectacular light – you can really see the connection these two share amidst the gardens. Following their greenery-filled locale, the couple ventured to White Rock Lake to snap some portraits against the water. Scroll through to see the beautiful photos and read about how Kevin proposed!

Photos // Gray Door Photography

Jessica and Kevin’s love story began in 2010, where they met at church the summer before Jessica would be a freshman at Baylor University. As luck would have it, Kevin would be a junior at Baylor that year, and they soon began dating! Seven years later, Kevin created an elaborate plan to surprise Jessica back at their old stomping grounds, the overlook tower at Baylor, where he had asked her to be his girlfriend. He got her friends in on the surprise, and she never saw it coming. When she got to the top of the tower, Kevin was waiting for her with a sign that said, “Let’s Get Married!” Through tears of joy, she said yes!

Jessica and Kevin will be married in February at Verona Villa. They’re planning a romantic and elegant wedding with navy, gray, ivory, greenery and gold accents. We can’t wait to see it! Cheers to the happy couple!

Endearing Bishop Arts District Engagement Shoot by Meggie Taylor Photography

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Could Shelby and Will’s sweet Bishop Arts District engagement shoot be any cuter?! Shot by Meggie Taylor Photography, you can clearly see the love between these two in this endearing engagement shoot! Once we saw the intimate moments with the beautiful Dallas skyline in the background during their second look we knew we had to share. Read on for their story!

Photos // Meggie Taylor Photography

Shelby and Will met at Texas A&M University in 2011, where they were introduced at a party and spent the rest of their time dancing the night away! They lost touch for a while but kept running into each other, so they made things official on Valentines Day 2013!  Exactly three years later is when Will proposed to Shelby, the night of Valentines Day 2016! They went to their favorite Italian restaurant for dinner, and when Will handed Shelby a note, she immediately noticed the words “Will you marry me?” at the bottom. Shelby looked up to see Will on one knee, and the entire restaurant cheered as she said yes! The celebration continued as Will had arranged for both their family and friends to surprise Shelby and complete their evening.

Shelby and Will are tying the knot on February 24th, at Ellis Chapel in Park Cities Baptist Church, with a reception at the Adolphus Hotel to follow. Their wedding will be traditional and sophisticated, with colors of black and white, plus a little gold for some glam. Cheers to the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs.!

Ring in the Holidays with The True Gem!

Monday, December 18th, 2017

The holidays are such a wonderful time of year for so many reasons, but one of our all time faves is all the proposal stories we get to hear! If you’re shopping for a dazzling diamond to make an appearance under the Christmas tree, you’ll definitely want to check out the amazing custom creations from The True Gem. These jewelers have a passion for responsibly sourced gemstones and diamonds that are not only affordable, but beautiful! If you’ve already got the engagement ring covered, they also carry pieces that are perfect for the wedding day. For sparkling necklaces to classic earrings and everything in between, visit The True Gem to complete your wedding look! With that being said, we thought we’d share some dazzling engagement rings for you to peruse. We know it will be hard to pick just one! Cheers!

Photo: Tyler + Lindsey

Photo: Laylee Emadi Photography

Photo: Tyler + Lindsey

North Texas Wedding Musicians You’ll Want to Book

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Your fiancé proposed, you’ve announced to your friends and family you’re engaged, and now it’s time to celebrate! When planning your wedding, the right music selection can set the tone. From your ceremony to reception, finding a DJ or band that showcases your personality can allow you to feel at ease and enjoy the day. More than just supplying the tunes, the right DJ or band serves as an emcee for the evening, guiding your guests through key milestones such as the cake cutting, speeches and dances. Check out three of our favorite North Texas wedding musicians you are going to want to book! These musicians will make sure your wedding day will be one you and your guests will remember for years to come. Happy planning!

DJ Jason Esquire – From the first dance to the final dance, DJ Jason Esquire makes sure your guests always know what is going on and coming up. He doesn’t want to be the guy who shows up to your wedding and plays songs; he wants to really get to know you two and help create an atmosphere that’s perfect for you as well as everyone who’s attending. As a bride, you have so much going on, you shouldn’t have to worry about music, so leave it up to this expert DJ.

Photo: NBarrett Photography

Royal Dukes Band – The Royal Dukes Band is a 3 to 14 piece band that will customize their music to meet your taste. The band travels to perform concerts so that you have the chance to hear them live before booking. If you’re booking The Royal Dukes Band for your ceremony, they will even send you a demo CD with their simple approach to ceremony music. For receptions, they pride themselves on their high-energy and flawless performance to keep your guests dancing all night long!

Box Talent Agency – Drive – Box Talent Agency has set the industry standard by booking and promoting entertainment in more than 35 states since 1987. For over 20 years, they have helped couples select the perfect entertainment for their rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception. Their experienced agents know the best and most-trusted bands around the DFW area and are sure to help you find the perfect entertainer for your special day!

Just one of the many bands they book, Drive, is a five piece, high energy group with male and female vocals that cover a wide range of music spanning from country, pop, rock and everything in between from the 60’s to today’s hits. Drive is best described as a live jukebox, and they strive to accurately cover all of the songs they perform.

Watercolor Invitation Designs from North Texas Wedding Stationery Creatives

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

An undeniable trend in invitations this year has been the prominence of watercolor, and it seems to have thrived in each season! Check out some of our favorite watercolor invitation designs from these North Texas stationery creatives who are ready to make your paperie dreams come true and assist in all your paper product needs! Enjoy!

Hazelwood Paper Co. | Mockingbird Lane Photography

Golden Greys | Paisley Layne Photography

Lane Love Paper Co. | AR Photography | The Social Gather

Illustrated Weddings by Lola Lorena | Cloud Creative Events | Amanda Jameson Photography

Pink Champagne Paper | Angela King Photography

Six Clean Space North Texas Wedding Venues

Friday, December 1st, 2017

If you’re looking for that perfect, clean space to really express your style for your wedding, then look no further. We have collected six of our favorite North Texas wedding venues with white walls, open floor plans and little-to-no decorations for our brides who have a vision to produce! With these six venues, we feel any bride will be able to express her sense of style. Happy planning

Sixty Five Hundred – With the blank canvas that is provided at Sixty Five Hundred, it gives you the opportunity to have an intimate, simple setting or the large, extravagant wedding of your dreams. As a refurbished warehouse in central Dallas, Sixty Five Hundred provides a rustic yet modern feel that is sure to go with any type of design.

Photo: Allen Tsai Photography

Vouv Dallas – As one of the newest event venues in the DFW area, Vouv is located in the heart of Dallas. Vouv gives any bride the perfect clean space to express any style. With it’s flexible floor plan, it will give you all the space you could need to create the most memorable and exciting wedding day for you and your guests. They also offer a separate ceremony room, a spacious lobby for cocktail hour and a separate ballroom for your event.

Photo: Kiss Me for Eternity Photography by Thisby Grace & Co

The Empire Room – With ample indoor and outdoor space for entertaining your wedding guests, The Empire Room provides you with a clean space that you can mold to be whatever you would like. The Empire Room is located in the Design District of Dallas, which will provide your wedding guests with a trendy, modern vibe as they are celebrating your special day.

Photo: Apryl Ann Photography

Nuvo Room – Nuvo Room is a unique, modern event venue located in North Dallas. With it’s stunning, blank, all-white canvas, the Nuvo Room can be designed to provide you with your ideal wedding day. With it’s all-white backdrop, the Nuvo Room allows you to have the color scheme and theme of your choice. Nuvo Room even provides custom lighting to “paint” the room any color of your choice.

Venue Forty50 – With it’s rustic, modern elegance and it’s flexible layout, Venue Forty50 is the perfect space for a wedding of any size. This venue has two separate floors and a multitude of windows that will provide you and your guests with an unforgettable wedding day. Venue Forty50 also features a charming outdoor space complete with a custom bar, a patio heater and a fireplace.

Bass Performance Hall – McDavid Studio – Located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, Bass Performance Hall provides a breathtaking wedding location. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer Instagram-worthy images of downtown and a state-of-the-art sound system guarantees you won’t miss a word or beat. This room’s gorgeous kaleidoscope-like lighting will beautifully accent your special occasion.With a nostalgic and enchanting backdrop for any wedding, Bass Performance Hall is truly perfect for a bride-to-be with any style preference.

Photo: Coburn Photography

Adorable Howell Family Farms Engagement Shoot by AR Photography

Friday, November 24th, 2017

With the classic red and white barn and open field as their backdrop, we are getting all the rustic Texas vibes from Maddy and Nick’s adorable Howell Family Farms engagement shoot captured by AR Photography! We love that Maddy and Nick included their fur baby into the shoot, and just can’t get enough of this stylish and sweet couple. Read on for their story!

Photos // AR Photography

While attending the University of Arkansas, Maddy and Nick met at a mutual friend’s apartment who happened to live next door to Maddy. Six years later, Nick had a huge surprise in store for her! When Maddy decided to tag along with Nick on a work trip to Oahu, Hawaii, Nick began planning the big surprise immediately. On the second day of the trip, the couple had an early morning hike and planned to watch the sunset over the city of Kailua. During their hike along the beautiful mountainside, Nick suggested they take a hidden path down a trail. Maddy suggested otherwise, but complied, unaware of the big moment to come. A few minutes down the trail, Nick asked Maddy to turn off her GoPro, he told her how much he loved her, reached into his backpack to pull out the ring, and got down on one knee! Maddy says she recalls being so overjoyed and surprised that she doesn’t remember saying yes, only “Really?!?!” before jumping into his arms!

The wedding is set for April 2018 at Howell Family Farms – a very special place to Maddy as she visited the family friend’s barn many times during her childhood. With tones of taupe, beige, and ivory, and a special touch of sparkle, Maddy and Nick’s special day is sure to be a rustic wedding dream! Cheers to Nick and Maddy, and happy planning!

Bridal Buzz | North Texas Wedding Must-Haves

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Get the scoop on what has industry insiders and brides alike raving about these local companies and why they top our list for North Texas wedding must-haves!

Cake Stand Creations

Taking the cake to a whole new level, artist Linda Shobe of Chanticleer Wedding Art designs luxe cake plateaus that are elegant and seriously eye-catching. Available to rent for weddings, her collection of cake stands range in exquisite style and each is a wow-worthy piece deserving of all the acclaim her artistry has received.

Personalized Pretties

When it comes to personalized goodies or monogrammed mementos, Must Be Monogrammed is the source to turn to! Whether it’s monogrammed elements for your bridal party, gifts, fun party favors, totes, hats and more, Must Be Monogrammed can create a custom design for anything you’d like to have that special, personalized touch!

A Cookie Craze

Ready to sweeten your event? Great One Cookie Company, a Dallas bakery offering fresh made treats of all kinds and specialty cookies that are to-die-for, is your go-to for any sweet tooth cravings. Also available in gluten free, this little cookie joint is one to stop by or order online to sample an assortment of their goodies — all of which can be perfectly packaged with kraft paper and a variety of customizable options.

Statement Streamers

Take your event from drab to fab with extraordinary streamer installs by the team at The Color Condition! Beautifully crafted from common household items including tablecloths, shower curtains and painters drop cloths, these streamer backdrops and overhead installations are show-stopping and perfect for setting a dramatic scene for a ceremony or reception!

Photo: Cristina Wisner Photography

Officiant Finder

Looking for a licensed ordained minister to officiate your wedding (not online certified)? HireAMinister.com is your starting point to discovering the best in DFW. Whether your ceremony is traditional, contemporary, religious or civil, no matter the setting, Hire A Minister has you covered and works hand in hand with every couple on their likes/dislikes, tastes and preferences to ensure your ceremony is uniquely you!