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Vows that Wow — Alexa & Gabe

Tuesday, January 16th, 2024

Week after week, our team receives and showcases stunning weddings from across North Texas, all courtesy of the immensely talented wedding vendors and lovely couples who submit to us. Each month, our editorial team selects one spectacular wedding to highlight, one that stands above the rest for its uniqueness and beauty. 

January’s Vows that Wow feature a timeless black and white wedding with elegance written all over. Keep scrolling to discover all of Alexa and Gabe’s classic details.

 

How the Couple Met

Alexa and Gabe first met in law school. The two were a part of a fellowship for Christian law students and quickly became acquainted. Though good friends, they lost touch along the way. Months later, however, the couple reconnected and began talking; “first, just every few days, but soon we were FaceTiming every night for hours,” writes the bride. 

Through law school, the two lovebirds dated long distance, with Gabe popping the question in 2022. A year later, the couple married on September 2, 2023. 

 

The Wedding Day

Before the big day arrived, Alexa said yes to her dream gown at Bridal Boutique. She paired her dress with complimentary accessories from the same shop, completing her effortless bridal look.

Alexa and Gabe celebrated their union with a reception at the Adolphus Hotel — a location oozing with chic, downtown charm. The Adolphus also provided catering and accommodations for the couple’s friends and family. Enhancing an already stunning space were flowers from Vella Nest Floral. Green and white arrangements gave each space a natural look that won’t be going out of style any time soon.

The day’s events were captured by The Lockharts, providing photos, both candid and posed, to commemorate the occasion. Alexa and Gabe’s special day wouldn’t have been possible without the expertise from Jessica Deltoro Weddings. As the bride writes, “we could not have done it without our incredible wedding planner. She made the wedding planning process seamless and helped us bring our vision to life!”

 

Alexa & Gabe’s Favorite Detail

“Our wedding day exceeded all expectations — from our wedding mass at St. Thomas Aquinas to the amazing reception at the Adolphus. Although there were so many great moments, we loved being able to celebrate with all of our family and friends!”

Blushington Blooms — DFW’s Most Luxurious Wedding Florals

Thursday, January 4th, 2024

Of all your wedding details, floral arrangements have the power to bring a space to life. The beauty they add is like none other. Inspired by this beauty and her enduring love for flowers, Sophie Cox launched Blushington Blooms. She and her lead designer, Mazzi, have serviced hundreds of weddings and events over the years, bringing experience and knowledge to the table.

If you’re still in need of florals for your big day, the team at Blushington Blooms would love to help bring your vision to life! Read on to learn more about their services, studio and their luxury flower subscription, Signature Stems.

Photo: Courtesy of Blushington Blooms

 

Bring Your Floral Vision to Life

Blushington Blooms is a DFW based floral and event design company specializing in luxury weddings and events. With offices in Dallas and Fort Worth, the team is available to clients all over the metroplex.

Blushington Blooms’ signature style is light and airy. In each arrangement, they prioritize various depths and unique textures to give your bouquets and centerpieces a one-of-a-kind look. Additionally, the team loves to experiment with new foliages, berries and blooms. No matter what ends up in your wedding florals, you can be sure they will be arranged with a timeless elegance in mind.

Photo: Courtesy of Blushington Blooms

Blushington Blooms’ team is made up of four women who are wholeheartedly dedicated to sharing the joy and beauty that comes with floral arrangements. Their passion for quality and heart for soon-to-be brides is part of what makes working with them so special.

In addition to their passion, Blushington Brides boasts a lovely studio where you and the ladies can discuss all things flowers before your special day.

Photo: Courtesy of Blushington Blooms

 

An Elegant Fort Worth Studio

Begin your floral journey in style at Blushington Blooms’ stunning Fort Worth design studio. Fit with plenty of natural light, mirrors and gold accents, the space exudes luxury. The studio is more than aesthetics, however. The mirrors throughout the space help the team ensure that their arrangements are stunning from every angle. Neutral tones and plenty of windows also provide extra clarity for examining flowers, making this studio the perfect spot to discuss all things floral with the Blushington experts!

Photo: Courtesy of Blushington Blooms

During your consultation, you’ll sip champagne and chat with the team about your dream wedding florals. By the end of the appointment, expect to leave with a quote and a curated mood board designed by the florists themselves to ensure your vision comes to life. 

Photo: Courtesy of Blushington Blooms

 

Seasonal Florals Delivered to Your Door

Who says you can only enjoy beautiful floral arrangements on your wedding day? If you’re looking to add a touch of Blushington magic to your home or office, look no further than Signature Stems. This subscription-based service promises a bouquet of seasonally inspired, high-end flowers delivered right to your door! 

Blushington’s intentionally curated combinations will liven up your space and provide seasonal decor all at once. Bouquets range in sizes and arrive at your doorstep each month. With proper care, you get to enjoy your arrangement for up to two weeks.

Photo: Courtesy of Blushington Blooms

 

For all things floral, be sure to visit Blushington Blooms at their Dallas or Fort Worth location and on social media. They’d love an opportunity to talk about bouquets, boutonnieres and everything in between. To learn more, take a peek at their vendor profile here!

D’Vine Grace Vineyard — A Tuscan Haven in North Texas

Friday, December 22nd, 2023

Who says you have to travel all the way to Italy to have a Tuscan wedding? If you dream of a sprawling vineyard, an ornate villa and a grand staircase, D’Vine Grace Vineyard has exactly what you’re looking for. Read on to learn more about all this venue has to offer!

 

A Tuscan-Inspired Design

D’Vine Grace Vineyard was inspired by Tuscany’s grand architecture and lush terrain. Coupled with Texan charm and hospitality, this venue makes for a luxurious escape in which to tie the knot. Leave reality behind and step into a world of tiled roofs and iron balconies. Complete with fine dining, cosmopolitan amenities and a luminous landscape, you’ll feel different from the moment you step on the property!

D'Vine Grace Vineyard

Photo: Karies Conyers Photo

Photo: Lizzie Christine Allen

Event Spaces

D’Vine Grace Vineyard has four venue spaces available for use on your big day. From a sweeping reception hall to a Grand Ballroom adorned with crystal chandeliers to a picturesque outdoor event lawn lawn featuring a Tuscan-style gazebo, each locale has something unique to offer. 

La Piazza D’Amore

Photo: Chua Lee Photography

Just as the piazza is the heart of an Italian village, so it is with D’Vine Grace Vineyard’s La Piazza D’Amore. Dance, dine and make beautiful memories under the twinkling lights of this stunning venue’s 7,000-square -oot piazza. The space blends the beauty and relaxed pace of Tuscan villages with a glamorous Texas ambiance. Whether hosting a sunset ceremony, twilit dancing or a moonlit dinner, the outdoor setting is sure to be filled with romance and warmth.

Some features of La Piazza D’Amore include:

  • 7,000 square feet of space with a beautiful Italian-style ampitheater
  • Capacity for 400 people seated or 1,000 people seated concert-style
  • Ornate Tuscan style wrought iron gate 
  • Custom bench seating 
  • String lighting and customizable uplighting
  • Two water features 
  • Lush landscaping and vine-covered walls
  • Professional outdoor sound system

 

Photo: Courtesy of D’Vine Grace Vineyard

 

Il Prato

Photo: Heirloom Rose Photography

Photo: Megan Kay Photography

D’Vine Grace Vineyard’s Il Prato — or lawn — is a beautiful outdoor area that is perfect for outdoor ceremonies, cocktail hour or a luxurious dining experience. With scenic views, a wraparound patio and a grand staircase, this spot is versatile, elegant and fun. 

Prominent features include:

  • Grand event lawn with a Tuscan-style Gazebo
  • Capacity for 250 Seated Reception Style & 400 Seated Ceremony Style
  • Customizable uplighting on the villa-style inspired wrap-around patios
  • Two beautiful wrought iron staircases
  • Year-round green area and beautiful surrounding vistas

Photo: Megan Kay Photography

The Grand Ballroom

Crystal chandeliers, a hardwood dance floor, an upstairs mezzanine, multiple bar and cocktail spaces — this opulent 3,000-square-foot reception hall comes with every elegant amenity you need for an unforgettable night. Dazzle your guests with this stunning space, which includes the following:

  • 3,000+ square feet, plus an upstairs mezzanine area 
  • Hardwood dance floor with custom floor plans 
  • Multiple built-in granite bars with separate bar & cocktail space 
  • 18 cocktail tables and 36 bar stools 
  • Linens & napkins included (black, ivory, white) 
  • 300 Ivory X back chairs with taupe cushions 
  • Thirty 60-inch round tables
  • Three farm tables included 
  • Cake, gift, guest book, & head tables 
  • Professional lighting package 
  • Indoor professional audio sound system 
  • Designated DJ booth with equipment 

Photo: Alba Rose Photography

 

Chapel D’Vina

Photo: Lorena Burns Photography

If you prefer a traditional chapel to say “I do” in, D’Vine Grace Vineyard provides a gorgeous location for you and your groom to do just that! Fit with wood-beamed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and a Juliet balcony, this chapel has charming written all over.

This chapel features the following:

  • 240 mahogany resin chairs with cushions
  • Professional indoor sound system 
  • Guest live feed view in bridal suite & bar 
  • Customizable uplighting 
  • Juliet balcony for photos & bouquet toss 
  • Granite table for unity ceremony 
  • Customizable uplighting 
  • Two honey onyx pillars

Photo: Courtesy of D’Vine Grace Vineyard

 

Onsite Catering & Bartending Provided by Serve & Savour Catering

Photo: Chua Lee Photography

In addition to their event spaces, D’Vine Grace Vineyard also offers catering and bartending services through their sister company, Serve & Savour Catering. Choose from a wide variety of plated meals, desserts, hors d’oeuvres, speciality drinks and more to give your guests a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Enjoy local and international flavors, curated by executive chef Luisa Duran, and fresh flavors from dishes prepared on-site. 

Boasting haute cuisine that tastes as good as it looks, the venue promises an artful and extravagant culinary experience. Fine dining paired with Italian-inspired grounds makes for southern hospitality like none other in North Texas.

Photo: Tony Valadez Photography

Photo: Huberty Hoy Photography

To learn more about D’Vine Grace Vineyard and all it has to offer, be sure to check out their vendor profile here!

Vows that Wow — Annie & David

Thursday, December 14th, 2023

Week after week, our team receives and showcases stunning weddings from across North Texas, all courtesy of the immensely talented wedding vendors and lovely couples who submit to us. Each month, our editorial team selects one spectacular wedding to highlight, one that stands above the rest for its uniqueness and beauty. 

If you dream of a white wedding with hints of pastel, Annie and David’s big day is one to bookmark. Timeless, classic and elegant, these nuptials will be in style for years to come. Read on for more from our December Vows that Wow couple!

 

How the Couple Met

Annie and David’s modern love story began with a dating app. Annie quickly found who she was looking for as David was her first match. After a successful first date at a comedy show and through all the craziness of COVID, the two lovebirds’ romance blossomed: from trips to Austin to their first Christmas together to a proposal in Rome. On October 1, 2023, the couple said “I do.”

 

The Wedding Day

Annie and David were married under The Bowden’s tall ceilings, enveloped in bright, natural light. The couple decorated the space with light pink, baby blue and white florals from Vella Nest Floral for a fresh look. The entire chapel exuded a timeless elegance along with the stunning reception room. Tall ceilings, white chandeliers and gold accents made for a classic and sophisticated space.

Jamie Park Photo shot the day’s events, capturing moments big and small. From getting ready to a joyous first look to reception dances, each photo tells a story of its own. The entire wedding came together under the planning and direction of Jessica Deltoro Weddings, who ensured the day ran smoothly.

 

Meet the Owners: Logan and Jordan Bawcom Turned Lyrics into Reality at Union House TX! 🌟

Tuesday, December 12th, 2023

When country singers Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan sang about buying dirt, putting down roots, and turning what you love into your life’s work, Logan and Jordan Bawcom took those lyrics to heart. In July 2020, the couple purchased the land to build Union House, and their dreams have blossomed into a remarkable success over the past three years. 

Nestled on 14 acres in Cleburne, Texas—just 50 minutes from downtown Dallas and 35 minutes from downtown Fort Worth—Union House is a testament to modern flair blended seamlessly with Texas charm. Surrounded by cedars and live oaks, the venue boasts a serene pond behind the reception space, providing a picturesque backdrop for your special day.

A Symphony of Black, White, and Wood: Modern Elegance at Union House

The bold black and white facade adorned with warm wood accents gives Union House a contemporary and inviting feel. Ideal for couples seeking a modern look infused with natural light, this venue is designed for those who want their wedding to reflect their unique style.

Read on to learn more about Union House’s individual spaces and what makes them so special!

 

Photo: Courtesy of Union House TX

Spaces as Unique as Your Love Story

Ceremony Spaces: A Blank Canvas for Your Love Story

Indoor Ceremony: The 2,300-square-foot indoor chapel accommodates up to 300 guests. The floor-to-ceiling wall of windows bathes the space in natural light. Modern touches perfectly complement your decor choices and the options are limitless when it comes to making the space fit your vision.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Union House TX

Outdoor Ceremony: Opt for an outdoor ceremony with a view of the stunning pond, offering the same blank canvas for your creativity. Whether you prefer simplicity or opulence, the choice is yours. The outdoor space can also transform into a patio for cocktail hour or an alfresco dance floor!

 

Photo: Courtesy of Union House TX

Reception: Soaring Ceilings and Gorgeous Views

With 3,400 square feet and soaring 30-foot ceilings, the reception space accommodates up to 300 guests. The double-sided electric fireplace, 15 foot sliding glass doors, walls of windows, and white accents provide yet another beautiful space for you to infuse with your unique style.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Union House TX

The bar is strategically located to serve both indoor and outdoor areas, offering flexibility and adding an extra layer of uniqueness to your wedding experience for your guests.

Outdoor Spaces: Nature’s Perfect Backdrop

Spanning 14 acres, Union House is a feast for the eyes. Whether you’re captivated by sunsets, enchanted by a forested backdrop, or drawn to a waterfront view, Union House offers a variety of spaces that promise to make your wedding day as stunning as your photos.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Union House TX

Suites Crafted with Love and Intention at Union House

When Logan and Jordan Bawcom envisioned the suites at Union House TX, they didn’t just see spaces; they saw the canvas for the unforgettable moments that unfold before “I do.” Each suite is a testament to their thoughtful design, adding a unique spin to the wedding day classic.

Bridal Suite: Where Elegance Meets Fun

Who better to curate the perfect bridal suite than Jordan, the creative force behind Grand Slam Glam Hair + Makeup? Designed with a professional’s touch, the bridal suite combines a neutral color palette with abundant natural light, creating a stunning backdrop for the pre-wedding moments that deserve to be captured.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Union House TX

Features of the Bridal Suite include:

  • Hidden Dressing Area: Because every bride deserves a touch of mystery.
  • Makeup Bar: Where the magic happens, complete with mirrors and impeccable lighting.
  • Storage Spaces: Equipped with cell phone charging stations to keep everyone connected.
  • Private Restroom: Ensuring privacy and convenience.
  • Mimosa Station: Because what’s a celebration without a toast?
  • Dine-In Breakfast Nook: Overlooking the tranquil pond, creating memories while savoring the moments.

Groom’s Suite: Where Locker Room Nostalgia Meets Modern Comfort

Drawing inspiration from Logan’s days as a professional baseball player, the Groom’s Suite pays homage to the camaraderie of the locker room. It’s not just a space; it’s a place where memories are shared as you get those game day feels.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Union House TX

Features of the Groom’s Suite include:

  • Lockers: Ample storage with a touch of nostalgia.
  • Dedicated Bar Space: Raise a toast to the future!
  • Sink and Mini-Fridge: Convenience at its finest.
  • Large TV: For catching the latest game or relaxing before the big moment.
  • Surround Sound: Setting the perfect pre-wedding vibe.
  • Private Patio: A tranquil spot to soak in the excitement with the best pals.

As you embark on the search for your dream wedding venue, let Union House be your destination of choice. With scenic views, modern design, and an abundance of natural light, it’s more than a venue; it’s the canvas where your love story comes to life.

Ready to explore Union House further? Dive into their world by checking out their vendor profile here.

Grand Slam Glam: Bridal Hair and Makeup Experts

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

Every bride dreams of being a vision of beauty on her wedding day, and the team of talented glam gurus at Grand Slam Glam is ready to turn your dreams into reality! Your bridal hair and makeup deserves a team that cares about every detail, from the initial consultation to the final placement of your hair accessory. Grand Slam Glam’s purpose is ensuring you look and feel your absolute best as you walk down the aisle.

Specializing in Bridal Hair & Makeup

At Grand Slam Glam, they take weddings seriously: considering each occasion their “game day”. Each member of their talented glam squad puts on their game face, ready to knock it out of the park every time they step up to the plate. Whether you desire a perfectly tousled updo or a sultry smokey eye, their team has all your beauty bases covered! The team at Grand Slam Glam takes great pride in their hair and makeup specialties with the purpose of empowering women.

 

Photos: Courtesy of Grand Slam Glam

Meet Jordan and Reilly — Sisters & Co-Founders

Grand Slam Glam’s story is a tale of passion, family, and a love for making brides feel extraordinary. Co-founded by sisters Jordan and Reilly, Grand Slam Glam is the culmination of a lifetime dedicated to mastering the art of makeup and hair styling. From a young age, Jordan learned the art of makeup and hair styling by watching her mom getting ready for work. Inspired by her older sister, Reilly soon followed suit.

Both women have competed in pageants, a space where they were able to hone their craft as makeup artists and hair stylists. While competing as a teenager, Jordan mastered hair and makeup for the stage and photography.  Similarly, during her reign as Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen, Reilly worked with numerous hair and makeup gurus to perfect her technique and create a unique style of her own. Now, as co-founders of Grand Slam Glam, Jordan and Reilly practice their passion each day as they beautify brides for their big day! They have handpicked a team of talented and like minded artists who strive to serve brides and give them confidence on their most important day.

The Game Plan for Wedding Day

From your first inquiry to your big day, Grand Slam Glam has a simple six-step process for brides:

1. The Warm-Up

Fill out your bridal information sheet and receive a custom estimate from their team.

2. Batter Up

Next, you’ll reserve the date of your “game day” with a signed contract and a retainer fee.

3. The Beauty Big Leagues

After reserving your game day date, you’ll receive your Grand Slam Glam bridal information packet via email.

4. Batting Practice

Time for the fun part — your bridal trial session! Grand Slam Glam recommends a bridal hair and makeup trial at least one month prior to your wedding day. During the session, the glam gurus will get to know you, your preferences and your vision, ensuring that you’ll look “out of the park fabulous” on your special day.

5. Filling the Roster

At least 10-12 weeks before your wedding day, Grand Slam Glam will need to finalize and confirm the headcount and number of services for you and the rest of your bridal party. Afterwards, the team will send a customized “game day” schedule, line up of services and glam gurus for you to approve. 

6. Home Run 

 When game day arrives, their glam gurus will arrive prepped and ready to beautify you and your bridal party, ensuring that each of you feel like “all stars.” 

Client Reviews & Testimonials

With the promise of home run services come home run reviews — and Grand Slam Glam has plenty to boast about! 

Vanessa Martinez writes, “Jordan and Reilly did an amazing job the day of my wedding!! … They did my wedding hair/makeup along with my bridesmaids and other family members and they truly knocked it out of the park! I couldn’t have asked for a better team and they are truly the sweetest people you will ever meet!”

Another review by Kaylin Carmichael reads, “I had the best experience using Grand Slam Glam! From reaching out initially, to my trial, to the wedding day, they were so wonderful! I have truly never felt more beautiful than I did on my wedding day and that is a credit to Grand Slam!”

“Love the Grand Slam Glam team. I had Reilly do my engagement photos, bridal portraits, hair and makeup trial and my wedding for myself and all my bridesmaids. Reilly and her team were so fun to work with. I felt so beautiful for every bridal event,” writes Ellin Howard.

If you’re on the hunt for a team of professionals for you and your bridal party, look no further than Grand Slam Glam. Jordan, Reilly and the rest of the team bring fun, sass and talent wherever they go. Learn more, explore their website and inquire by visiting their vendor profile here, and see more of their incredible work below!


 

Wedding Venues in and Around Highland Park, Texas

Sunday, November 26th, 2023

Highland Park, Texas is renowned as the epitome of luxury living. Not only is it the wealthiest neighborhood in Dallas, but it’s also the most affluent city in Texas. This prestigious area boasts stunning residences, luxury shopping centers, and cutting-edge restaurants, all located in the heart of Dallas. 

The top wedding venues in this area reflect its luxury and elegance. Keep reading to discover our favorite wedding venues in and around Highland Park, Texas, plus, nearby bridal boutiques to find your perfect dress!

 

Wedding Venues Near Highland Park, Texas

Hotel Crescent Court

Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Crescent Court

Hotel Crescent Court is one of Dallas’s best kept secrets. The hotel offers a variety of gorgeous locations in which to say “I do,” the first being their private Courtyard Garden. With the essence of a secret garden, this spot makes for beautiful, intimate ceremonies. All year long, the court is clothed in lush greenery and florals. Hotel Crescent Court also offers a variety of rooms for various wedding activities, such as their Garden Room, Gallery Ballroom, and the Crescent Club.

 

Hilton Dallas Park Cities

Photo: Courtesy of Hilton Dallas Park Cities

Hilton Dallas Park Cities promise award-winning cuisine, five-star service, and a team of experts to ensure your wedding is everything you’ve dreamed of and more. Along with the aforementioned, Hilton Dallas Park Cities also offers couples several perks, including a personalized website, vendor recommendations, and amenity baskets. Featuring indoor and outdoor reception areas and proximity to over 30 local churches, this venue is perfect for the couple with a ceremony spot in mind but still in need of a reception space!

 

The Kimpton Pittman Hotel

Photo: Courtesy of The Kimpton Pittman Hotel

Whether you want an intimate, elegant ceremony or a lavish soiree, The Kimpton Pittman Hotel is confident in their Lone Star hospitality. Some features include their 4,200 square foot grand ballroom with soaring windows, a conference room dotted with artwork, and a spacious pool deck. Along with impressive spaces, Kimpton also promises delicious and customizable menus for any kind of meal.  

 

The Westin Dallas Downtown 

Photo: Courtesy of The Westin Dallas Downtown

Located in the heart of the city, The Westin Dallas Downtown offers stunning views of skyscrapers, the Reunion Tower, and plenty of city lights. Additionally, choose from three ballrooms or a glass-enclosed pavilion to host your big day. With compelling city sites nearby, you and your guests will have loads to do and see over the weekend.

 

Nasher Sculpture Center

Photo: N Barrett Photography

Nasher Sculpture Center seamlessly combines art, architecture, and nature. Celebrate your love among the company of famous artists like Picasso, Matisse, and Giacometti, enjoying greenery and unique artwork at every turn. Along with visual masterpieces, your reception will also feature the culinary genius of Wolfgang Puck. 

 

The Adolphus Hotel

Photo: Sophie Eption Photography

Designed after a grand English manor and Beaux Arts German castle, The Adolphus Hotel exudes sophistication, refinement, and European charm. The hotel boasts venues like the Governor’s Ballroom and the Grand Ballroom, along with flexible layouts for any size wedding. With the help of elite wedding planners and culinary experts, The Adolphus Hotel makes for a perfect spot to throw a glamorous and traditional wedding.

 

HALL Arts Hotel

Photo: Courtesy of HALL Arts Hotel

Modern, bright, and artistic, HALL Arts Hotel makes for a unique wedding spot. As the only hotel located in the Dallas Arts District, the hotel is a memorable destination for your nuptials, intimate and grand alike. The hotel’s event spaces are designed with purpose, hoping to engage a dynamic street edge as an extension of the neighborhood. Along with its various halls, the venue also features an urban garden and a gallery.

 

Bridal Boutiques Near Highland Park, Texas

Stanley Korshak Bridal Boutique

Photo: Courtesy of Stanley Korshak Bridal Boutique

Adjacent to Hotel Crescent Court, Stanley Korshak Bridal Boutique offers a wide variety of designer dresses to choose from. The opulent exterior and posh interior make for a lovely environment to shop for your dream gown. Along with dresses from around the world, Stanley Korshak Bridal Boutique hopes to offer its brides outstanding customer service.

 

Patsy’s, A Bridal Boutique

Photo: Courtesy of Patsy’s, A Bridal Boutique

At Patsy’s, shopping for your bridal gown is akin to browsing with your favorite fashion blogger. Owner Lindsay Nordyke and her team value honesty, bringing their expertise to each appointment. Not only does the team bring their wedding gown knowledge to the table, they also assist brides in choosing a dress that will flatter their shape and photograph well.

 

LuLu’s Bridal Boutique

Photo: Courtesy LuLu’s Bridal Boutique

Located in the Dallas Design District, Lulu’s Bridal Boutique is all about helping you have fun as you shop for your dream dress! The boutique’s chic, contemporary salon has welcomed brides for over 15 years. They take pride in their exceptional customer service and quality gowns at moderate prices. 

 

Molly’s Bridal Closet

Photo: Courtesy of Molly’s Bridal Closet

If spontaneity is in your DNA, pop into Molly’s Bridal Closet to look for your wedding day getup. The boutique operates without an appointment system, so you can pop in whenever you want! With an extensive collection of sample bridal gowns from the industry’s top designers, brides are sure to find something they love. Come and experience this bridal closet’s top-tier customer service and style expertise!

 

Whether you celebrate your marriage in one of these Highland Park wedding venues or say yes to your dream dress at one of their boutiques, you’re sure to experience a level of luxe that you won’t anywhere else. 

Vows that Wow — Hannah & Bobby

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Week after week, our team receives and showcases stunning weddings from across North Texas, all courtesy of the immensely talented wedding vendors and lovely couples who submit to us. Each month, our editorial team selects one spectacular wedding to highlight, one that stands above the rest for its uniqueness and beauty. Read on to learn about our November 2023 Vows that Wow couple, Hannah & Bobby!

On April 23, Hannah and Bobby tied the knot surrounded by dusty pink florals, sky blue accents and cherished loved ones. Each detail exudes luxury, whimsy and springtime romance!

 

How the Couple Met

Hannah and Bobby’s love was born out of a casual dinner date between their two roommates. Although the romance between their two friends was short-lived, it was the beginning of Hannah and Bobby’s relationship. “A phone call and a few exchanged messages later, we agreed to meet for a group hangout on the lake,” writes the bride. “I can still vividly remember the excitement and nervousness that consumed me on the day of our first encounter.”

The chemistry between Hannah and Bobby was immediate upon their first meeting. Conversation flowed effortlessly, their connection deepening with each passing moment. “It was as though we had known each other for a lifetime, and our hearts recognized each other instantly,” writes Hannah. “We bonded over the shared experience of being 20 plus years apart from our siblings and our shared values of faith and family.”

From that point on, the two became intertwined in a way neither could have imagined. Looking back, the couple laughs about the serendipitous circumstances that brought them together. Looking forward, Hannah and Bobby are walking hand-in-hand, confident that their marriage was meant to be. 

 

The Wedding Day

Along with her bridesmaids, Hannah began the day by sitting down with Taylor from Tease to Please Hair and Makeup — an experience she won’t soon forget. Not only was Taylor kind, warm and energetic, she also displayed a punctuality that put Hannah at ease. “Her professionalism and attention to detail alleviated any worries I had about running behind on the wedding day, allowing me to relax and enjoy the morning,” she said. 

The couple said “I do” at Hotel Drover, located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards. The hotel combines western charm with modern Texas ambiance, giving the Clarks’ wedding a charming and elegant feel. Hotel Drover also catered bite-sized hors d’oeuvres and dinner.

In addition to their savory feast was a towering, five-tier wedding cake made by Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery. Frosted in white with snowy florals, this cake was sure to be a crowd pleaser. After dinner, the couple and their guests danced the night away to the sound of Royal Dukes Band

The entire wedding was doused in florals by Vella Nest Floral. Pastel pinks and blues paired with classic ivory and green made for a soft, springtime look. Paired with decor and rentals from POSH Couture Rentals and BBJ Tavola, Hannah and Bobby’s wedding was complete with beautiful linens, tableware and seating.

 

Hannah & Bobby’s Favorite Detail

“One of the most cherished moments from my wedding day, the memory that continues to fill my heart with warmth and gratitude, is the powerful and emotional experience when our closest friends and family gathered around us to offer their prayers and blessings. … Each prayer was a heartfelt outpouring of love and faith, a testament to the enduring bond we shared with our loved ones. They prayed for our happiness, for our health, and for the strength to weather any storms that might come our way. Their words were not just wishes; they were powerful proclamations of faith and longevity.”

 

Hiring the RIGHT Wedding Media Team with Kyrsten Ashlay Photography

Tuesday, November 14th, 2023

Your wedding is one of the most important events of your life. When the big day rolls around, you want to make sure it is captured with expertise, finesse and intention. This is where your wedding media team comes in. 

With countless photographers to choose from, how does one go about the selection process? While price tag and skill are important considerations, so is your connection with the photographer. 

Below, experienced wedding photographer Kyrsten Ashlay dives deep into what you should look for when it comes to choosing your media team. Along with sharing valuable advice, she also provides you with six questions to ask photographers that go beyond what they charge. Read on!

Photos: Kyrsten Ashlay Photography

 

Q&A with Kyrsten

What factors should a couple consider when booking a wedding media team? 

Couples are going to spend a lot of time with their wedding media team leading up to the wedding, the day of and even afterwards. This is one vendor with whom I believe personality is imperative to consider. You want to feel at ease with them, to truly express your wants and desires when it comes to your wedding day and the art they produce. 

Another thing I would strongly suggest couples consider is choosing someone who truly understands what they desire when it comes to their wedding day. This is important for when timelines get delayed or something happens (hair and makeup gets delayed, someone is running late, unforeseen weather) and the media team has to make a quick decision. You want to be able to trust them in that moment, that they’re making the best decision for YOUR wedding. Personality, how they make you feel and whether you feel seen, heard and respected by them is key. 

Ultimately, if you have a subpar experience with your media team, every time you look at your photos/video you are going to be reminded of that experience and how your media team made you feel rather than appreciating the imagery they created for you. 

 

What are a few good questions to ask photographers besides what they charge?

  1. How do you manage a wedding day? Do you guide the day or hands off and let the day flow naturally?
  2. What would be your response if something happened that derailed the timeline? How active are you in planning the timeline? 
  3. What’s your favorite part of wedding days? 
  4. How do you ensure my photos/videos are safe between wedding day and delivery? 
  5. How do you interact with our guests/other vendors? 
  6. How do you describe your style (editing + shooting)? 

What surprises couples the most about hiring a wedding media team?

Oftentimes, couples are surprised by the cost of hiring a wedding media team. Other than cost, I feel couples are surprised about the amount of time needed for their media team. In my experience, they often underestimate the time they need. 

 

Why should I choose Kyrsten Ashlay Photography?

I truly care about my couples, their wedding days and their guests. My couples to me are not just another client or a date on the calendar, which is why I only take on a limited number of weddings per year. I want to ensure they’re getting the experience they deserve. 

My ultimate goal when it comes to our couples’ wedding photos and video is to represent them, tell their story and protect their legacy. We believe in treating their guests like our family, with love and respect. Our team also understands that wedding days are an event where our couple is the guest of honor. We take a role in creating their photographic timeline to ensure we have enough space to capture what is ultimately important to our couples without turning their day into a production. This way, they can enjoy each other, their wedding day and their loved ones. 

Bottom line: we want to capture our couples’ wedding days in the most authentic way possible, knowing when we need to guide them and when we need to take a step back and just observe to create the imagery our couples are dreaming of, imagery that they’ll be proud to show their future kids and grandkids. 

 

Your wedding day is important, and Kyrsten Ashlay Photography wants you to make the right choice when it comes to your media team. While considering your budget, be sure to prioritize more than a photographer’s skill or photo gallery when making your selection. Their process, planning and connection with you matter just as much.

The Crescent Hotel: A Luxury Wedding Venue in Fort Worth

Tuesday, September 26th, 2023

If you want a wedding that is sophisticated and elegant, The Crescent Hotel | Fort Worth is the perfect option! The hotel offers a sweeping ballroom, a cozy courtyard, onsite accommodations and plenty of luxurious amenities for you and your guests. Stylish, stunning and comfortable, this wedding venue in Fort Worth is sure to please.

 

The Crescent Ballroom

The Crescent Ballroom makes for a classy and sophisticated setting for your wedding reception. With light, modern decor, the space allows the freedom to add your unique spin without sacrificing elegance. The 4,000 square foot space also features floor-to-ceiling doors with direct access to the event courtyard. Additionally, the ballroom has a capacity for up to 450 guests.

Photo: Courtesy of the Crescent Hotel | Fort Worth

 

The Courtyard

A haven within a crowded city, the Crescent Hotel’s luxury Courtyard boasts lush landscaping, a fireplace and a water feature. Featuring a custom, climate-controlled tent, the Courtyard makes for the perfect spot in any season. Easily accessed from the Ballroom with space for up to 250 guests, the Courtyard makes for a lovely addition to your reception.

Photo: Courtesy of the Crescent Hotel | Fort Worth

 

Onsite Accommodations

Along with making a beautiful backdrop for your special day, the Crescent offers wonderful onsite accommodations for your guests! The hotel offers access to their Canyon Ranch Spa, numerous dining options and proximity to the historic Cultural District. By staying at The Crescent Hotel | Fort Worth, your guests will not only celebrate with you in style, but play, dine and sleep in luxury as well.

Photo: Courtesy of the Crescent Hotel | Fort Worth

 

Other Amenities

Dining

The Crescent’s upscale restaurant, Emilia’s, offers bright flavors from the Mediterranean and an inviting atmosphere. Partnering with Texas’s top purveyors and sourcing ingredients from local farms, Emilia’s provides a fresh taste of Fort Worth. Along with thoughtfully crafted cuisine is a warm and refreshing ambiance through the restaurant’s seasonal patio, open kitchen and windows overlooking the Cultural District.

Also featured at the Crescent is Emilia’s Blue Room, and elevated dining experience tucked away from the open kitchen and bar. The room promises an indulgent meal paired with reserve wine.

The Circle Bar is another spot for travelers to grab a bite or perhaps just a sip. The bar offers espresso in the morning, transitioning to aperitivos, wine and cocktails as the sun begins to set.

Photo: Courtesy of the Crescent Hotel | Fort Worth

 

Canyon Ranch Spa

Visitors of The Crescent are sure to be pampered with access to The Canyon Ranch Spa. The Wellness Club offers visitors an extensive fitness center on the first floor with various classes and equipment. The second floor prioritizes relaxation and self care with saunas, jacuzzis, massages and more.

Photo: Courtesy of the Crescent Hotel | Fort Worth

 

Local Access

The Crescent’s location in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District means you and your guests will always have something to do in America’s 12th largest city. From concerts in Dickies Arena to various art museums to the Stockyards just up the road, there’s something for everyone.

Photo: Courtesy of the Crescent Hotel | Fort Worth

 

The Crescent Hotel in Fort Worth, exuding refinement and serenity, provides a dreamy escape from the everyday. If you’d like to learn more about this wedding venue in Fort Worth, check out The Crescent Hotel | Fort Worth’s vendor profile here.