Our 10th annual Looks of Love Contest has been absolutely incredible! One lucky finalist received the most votes, and we’re excited to announce our 2020 Looks of Love Contest winners are Monique and Will! Their gorgeous photos were captured by The Lockharts and we couldn’t be more smitten! We are thrilled to gift this couple with dinner for two – on us! If you missed their story, check it out along with all the other finalists by visiting our Looks of Love finalists page! Will proposed on the apartment rooftop where the couple very first met – so sweet! Thank you so very much to all those who entered! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Hosting editorial inspiration for every bride, our Wild at Heart fashion editorial is not to be missed. Each image from the gorgeous gallery by Ben Q Photography is doused in a soft, agrarian haze, giving an entirely new definition to “picture-perfect.” The modern farmhouse at Davis & Grey Farms was the ideal backdrop with its crisp, white walls set amongst the beautiful Texas landscape. Full of natural greenery, sweet colors and texture you can almost feel with your eyes, each floral arrangement from Kate McLeod Studio popped against the wintry grasses. The model bride floated across each scene, donning unique gowns from our favorite local bridal boutiques. Soft, young beauty looks from Tease to Please Hair & Makeup included romantic hairdos and a soft, shimmering palette. To top it off, The True Gem adorned the bride in elegant fine jewelry. Reverent Wedding Films captured this wild love on film, and you’re going to want to see every minute of it! Scroll below to watch the video as well as check out the full gallery!
Photos // Ben Q Photography
Video // Reverent Wedding Films
Look 1: WED Bridal Boutique | Wtoo
Look 2: a&be bridal shop | Rue de Seine
Look 3: Stardust Celebrations | Lazaro
Look 4: Patsy’s, A Bridal Boutique | Martina Liana
Look 5: Grace Loves Lace | Grace Loves Lace
Our inboxes were flooded with so many adorable submissions for this year’s Looks of Love Contest! It was unbelievably difficult to narrow it down to 16 finalists, and we can’t imagine trying to pick a winner, which is why we’re enlisting the help of our followers! This year, we’re letting YOU decide – pop over to our Insta Story at @bridesofnorthtx to vote on our Sweet 16 finalists March Madness style (or Bachelor fantasy league style – whichever you prefer!). We’ve made the bracket – you tell us whose story is your fave! Each day we’ll eliminate half the couples so that on February 13th, the final two finalists go head-to-head. So check in daily (weekdays) to vote for your favorite couples, and read each duo’s adorable story here!
The couple with the most likes will be crowned the Brides of North Texas 2020 Looks of Love winners and will be treated to dinner for two at the restaurant of their choice – on us!
Check back on Valentine’s Day to see the 2020 winners, and tell your pals to follow @bridesofnorthtx to vote!
Photos top left to bottom, top right to bottom: Shannon Skloss Photography, Tracy Enoch, Hannah Trotter Photography, Stephanie Brazzle, The Lockharts, The Tarnos, Mariia Seredokha, Jona Christina Photography, Laning Photography, Kimberly Harrell Photography, Megan Kay Photography, Perez Photography, Rebecca Langford Photography, Emily Chappell Photography, Sloane Photo by Shannon Wilson, Avery Earl Photography
Sarah Kee is the lead wedding and event planner at Keestone Events in Dallas and today she’s giving us a behind the scenes look at the work she and her fellow designers at this award-winning design boutique create at local bridal boutique Grace Loves Lace. They believe that every event is as unique as the story it celebrates, which is why they approach each event with a fresh outlook. From lavish affairs with 400 guests to intimate destination weddings with 50 close friends and family — they love it all! Keep reading to find out if Sarah and her talented team at Keestone Events are the right fit for you!
Photos // Jen Symes Photography
Their Planning Process
“Each of our planners will only take on a few events a year as it’s our goal to focus on a quality experience. We also embrace technology where we can to make things more efficient for our couples, who have varied and busy schedules. This works especially well for those who are constantly swamped with work and live out-of-state, knowing that someone is consistently working on planning their wedding for them, behind the scenes.
Each year, we take on a very limited number of destination weddings. We have planned events in the surrounding areas of Texas like Austin and Houston, to other states like New Orleans to other countries like Cabo, Mexico, and Bali, Indonesia.”
“I couldn’t be prouder or more thankful for the incredible group of women who make up our boutique company. They are so smart, funny, efficient and capable. I can easily throw in fifty more adjectives to describe these ladies but will (just barely) refrain. Our backgrounds range from social catering managers at prominent hotels to a general manager at a venue to various managerial roles from advertising to supply chain. What we all have in common though, is that we’re big fans of details and have found a calling in this industry.”
What Couples Can Expect
“We have the mindset to treat others as you expect to be treated, and approach each consultation with warmth and professionalism. We pride ourselves on our efficiency and our clients have always been very appreciative at the level of detail we go into and how thorough we are with our spreadsheets and notes.
It’s about getting to know the clients and learning more about the details are meaningful to them. Drawing from their stories is always refreshing since no one couple is ever the same. We then try to incorporate those details subtly into various aspects of their wedding.
Many of our couples hire us because they like our portfolio of work along with the level of detail we go into. We are more than just a planning company and often come up with color palettes and design options for clients. For instance, with our Design Board, we come up with as many ideas we can think of that will suit the couple’s tastes. From there, whatever said couple would like to move forward with is what we will bring to life!”
A Unique Service They Offer
“Wedding dress shopping is an additional service that we offer. Some brides have wanted us to assist in finding a dress that is cohesive with the design of their wedding, while others have friends and family who don’t live in the area. That’s where we come in and help fill that gap.”
They Love What They Do — And They Love Dogs Too
“We mean it when we say that we are so fortunate to have met some of the best people. Some of our previous brides have enjoyed their planning process enough to become planners with us, which is the biggest compliment. Also, we all love dogs!
A special thank you to Sarah, lead wedding and event planner at Keestone Events for giving us a behind the scenes look at their wedding planning process — and their sweet dog, Millie, too! If you’d love to learn more about getting the talented planners from Keestone Events to help you with your nuptials, you can contact them directly from their Brides of North Texas vendor profile.
Someone pop the bubbly because we just found a new our new modern muse with Alexa Kay Events! Shot through the brilliant lens of Avery Earl Photography, this modern celebration at The Joule was made memorable through simple, yet thoughtful details. Our model bride looked stunning with the help of The Styling Stewardess who selected a glowing, natural palette that focused on the bride’s ethereal beauty and blush undertones and a&bé bridal shop who dressed her in a minimalist gown with a surprise open back. The statement blooms from Alba Dahlia Floral didn’t dare to steer away from the cheerful, fall aesthetic as they loosely climb up the modern, black mesh screen altar backdrop from Warehouse Rose Events. Bethany’s Letter Shop elaborated on the modernity of the shoot with custom acrylic place cards. The table was set with only the best dining arrangements that included glamorous gold, ceramic chargers with coordinating flatware from Belle Decor topped with dusty lavender napkins from AM Linen Rental. Butterfly Cakery designed the most darling cake iced in floral buttercream details. This scene is full of fresh, modern fall wedding inspiration that has us totally smitten! Cheers!
Photos // Avery Earl Photography
From the planner, Alexa Kay of Alexa Kay Events: “Warm meets cool in this vivid fall wedding inspiration. Fall brings about the most beautiful colors, so it only makes sense to bring out the best of the time of year with such an inviting palette. Incorporating a lot of color can be intimidating, but when done right (like this!) it’s so, so pretty! While I love neutrals, I’m loving that more people are designing their weddings around a variety of color.”