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Ask the Expert – Q&A with Wolfgang Puck Catering in Dallas

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There’s no better way to delight your wedding guests than with a creative culinary experience! From custom ice cubes to pasta-making stations, Lauren Eek with Wolfgang Puck Catering in Dallas has the insights to all the latest trends as well as the tried-and-true classic must-haves at your wedding.

Enjoy all the mouth-watering inspiration from the talented team at Wolfgang Puck Catering!


Photo // Allen Tsai Photography

What type(s) of cuisine do you serve at weddings?

We always start off our initial menu consultation with the bride and groom asking several questions to get an understanding of them as a couple and what type of cuisine is best for them on their special day. We ask where they went on their first date? What type of cuisine they would typically cook at home? Where is their favorite restaurant? From that initial conversation we begin to build a menu based on the couples likes and dislikes.

Which style is best to serve at a wedding: plated, buffet, stations or passed apps?

Food stations have become more of the norm for a Wolfgang Puck Catering wedding as couples are moving away from the traditional and more formal seated dinner. We also love to do tray passed small plates or composed small plate stations to offer additional variety for our couples and their guests. The style of the stations also allows guests with dietary needs or allergies to  have the ability to build their own plate to accommodate their needs.

What new trends are you seeing in wedding catering?

More courses with smaller portions. A style that lends to a more extended cocktail hour feel. You still see that healthy options and serving a variety of fresh local produce is a priority for most couples. Couples are also wanting food to become more of the experience. We have seen oyster stations with the Chef shucking the oysters, pasta stations where we are using the pasta extruder on the station to make handmade noodles and a sushi station with Chef rolling the sushi in front of the guests, etc.

What’s one food or drink must-have that every couple should include at their wedding?

Champagne! It is a night to celebrate and no better option to celebrate than a glass of sparkling!

Tips for creating a one-of-a-kind wedding menu?

Listen to your couple and build the menu based on their likes and dislikes and you will never go wrong! The day is about the couple so why not make the food and beverage story about them as well.

What has been an all-time favorite dish you’ve served at a DFW wedding?

My favorite dish that I have ever served at a wedding was an appetizer. Chef created a savory version of a macaron. It was an Aged Vermont Cheddar Macaron with Pimento Cheese and Preserved Tomato. It was delicious, creative and can be made into whatever color the bride and groom would like to match their theme!

Any cocktail you’re dying for a couple to serve as their signature cocktail?

No, we are really fortunate to see so many creative things! We get to work with so many fantastic people daily who trust us and are most of the time open to creating something fun and innovative. I love custom ice cubes right now and champagne cocktails.

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A special thanks to Lauren Eek with Wolfgang Puck Catering for sharing their wonderful tips! To learn more about getting their creative culinary treats at your wedding, contact them directly through their Brides of North Texas vendor page here.

Minimalist Statement Wedding Editorial from Lyons Events

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Modern brides, look no further than this Minimalist Statement wedding editorial by Lyons Events for all the inspiration you could need. Striking images by Laning Photography show off the contrasts between bold beauty and clean lines throughout the shoot. Stand-out hair and makeup styling by Etoilly Artistry, as well as delicate jewelry pieces from The True Gem, set the tone for a glamorous evening. The gown from The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus was a piece of art among mid-century modern furniture from Coral Lane and black and white decor at The Adolphus Hotel. An orchid-adorned cake by Tart Bakery was a soft and feminine oasis in its modern surroundings. Orchids and gold roses via Floral Bar TX made for a one-of-a-kind bouquet while Lyons Paperie and Posh Couture Rentals took care of all the little details for a true minimalist statement. The model bride’s getaway jumpsuit was the perfect finishing touch to this ultra clean aesthetic.

Photos // Laning Photography

From the planner, Linda Lyons of Lyons Events, “My personal aesthetic is minimal and modern, and one that is easily adaptable for any wedding. I wanted to showcase that this type of style can make such a bold statement when done tastefully and intentionally. I loved the use of the clean backdrop of The Adolphus ballroom, and used a neutral color palette to let the designs tell the story.”

Dreamy Tuscan Wedding Inspiration from The Lockharts Photo & Film

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Step right into a European dream with this Tuscan wedding inspiration from The Lockharts Photo & Film! Set at the elegant Umbra Winery at La Buena Vida Vineyards, this shoot styled by Alexa Kay Events is giving us all the Mediterranean vibes. Fresh white blooms from Alba Dahlia Florals give any wedding a clean, traditional feel, while pops of aegean blue in various pieces from Top Tier Event Rentals & Staffing take our minds (and hearts) to the sea. Beautifully scripted invitations from Brown Fox Creative are sure to add even more whimsy to your big day, and illustrations of greenery only add to the organic feel of it all. Traditional and nontraditional brides alike can agree that this dreamy Tuscan wedding inspiration has all the class of a destination wedding with the ease and convenience of a local venue. We just can’t get enough! Cheers!

Photos // The Lockharts

From the photographer: “Classic yet, with a touch of modern and European architecture are just a few of the words that we can use to describe this mesh of beauty crafted by The Lockharts under the planning and direction of Alexa Kay Events. Stepping into Umbra is like stepping into the heart of a Tuscan villa. The color palette was neutral pastels, white, and greens, which made everything flow very natural. The florals by Albadahlia and the stationary by Brown Fox Creative were just stunning. The floral team created an incredible ceremony arrangement that gave the whole shoot a life of its own. Adding to this, the gorgeous minimal stationary by Brown Fox Creative was a perfect fit for this design. These pieces came together so flawlessly with the rental event pieces by Top Tier Rentals. Every single piece of this inspiration was carefully selected to create a visual representation of a beautiful wedding at a gorgeous local venue with a European destination feel.”

Ask the Expert: Q&A with North Texas Planner Donnie Brown Weddings

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Planning a wedding entails forming a team of experts to help you along. With so many aspects and services needed, choosing the best vendor team can be overwhelming, but with Donnie Brown Weddings and Events, you’ll find expertise and a team that can serve as a one-stop-shop for many of your needs, from planning and design to styling, lighting, floral and more. We sat down with Donnie to chat about some of his best wedding styling tips, especially as they pertain to a statement-making element: the cake! Find Donnie’s answers below!

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Photo // Kiss Me for Eternity by Thisbe Grace and Co.

Where is the best place to display the cake to make a statement?

The cake is the centerpiece of the wedding reception. It must be front and center. We usually display it to be the first thing you see when you enter the reception. Because nothing says “wedding” like a beautiful bride’s cake.

What styling elements can really make your cake stand out?

We love cake arches and we love suspension cakes. Suspension is only viable if the reception venue has rigging points in the area where the cake should be hung. If suspended, make sure that the mechanics are covered with either flowers, select foliage, fabrics or ribbons. This includes any wires or chains, and the base that the cake rests on. There should also be ample lighting for the cake from all sides. After all, it is the focal point of the reception and should be highlighted for a 360-degree view. Monograms, textures, flowers, shimmers, metallics, unusual shapes such as spherical tiers are all good ways to create a statement.

Any advice on choosing a wedding cake design that fits the wedding design?

The cake should be what everything else is designed from. The colors, the theme, the style of the cake should be carried out through the wedding. If you’re using square tiers, try including at least some square tables, square chargers, etc. if spherical, try a round dance floor, round stage, etc. Tie everything together beautifully. When you see the cake design, you should have a good idea of how the reception will look and flow.

What other statement-making wedding elements are you loving right now?

Of course lighting is critical. It’s the lipstick of the event. Fully dressed place settings are a must. This should include chargers, napkins, full series of silver and crystal, a place card, perhaps a favor, a menu card, etc. This is the first thing your guests see when they take their seat. I love to have something special for them to open and see. We offer chocolate menu cards. They are wrapped in a box. The guest opens it, reads the menu and then has a large Belgian chocolate to take home with them after.

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Big thanks to Donnie Brown for sharing his wisdom with us today. His years of experience sure add up to plenty of expertise in all things wedding planning! To inquire with Donnie’s team about planning and designing your ultimate wedding, reach out through his Brides of North Texas vendor profile.

North Texas Planner Profile: Maxwell + Gray

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Simply put, Maxwell + Gray does weddings. But to owner Stacy Hillstead and her growing team of talented wedding planners, your wedding is nothing like any other day; they’re the greatest story ever told, celebrated and documented. This team wants your wedding to be casual in feel, elegant in style and uniquely defined by YOU. They’ll offer an expert voice no matter if you’re seeking complete guidance from beginning to end or just need a little help along the way. For the modern bride who loves the thoughtful details, the sophisticated touches and wants her wedding to truly show off their personality as a couple, Maxwell + Gray is here to execute a vision while building friendships along the way.

Maxwell + Gray is edgy, modern and organic. Romantic, playful and thoughtful,” Stacy says. “We get to know the couple. Don’t get us wrong, we love tablescapes and timelines and every last detail, but we do ALL of this to share their stories. To come alongside them and help bring their vision to life. We have fun! Yes, we’re professional and focus on logistics, but we also invest in each vendor, each bridesmaid, groomsman, family member… because it’s these people that help shape the joy behind the wedding day. We laugh and get to know each couple and do everything we can to help serve them, listen well, advise when needed, love and honor along the way. It’s not about us. It’s about them.”

A Favorite Styled Shoot

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maxwell + gray north texas wedding planner

maxwell + gray north texas wedding planner

maxwell + gray north texas wedding planner

Photos // Shannon Skloss Photography

This styled shoot was a special one for Stacy and her team. “We decided to work with a husband and wife instead of models to show their true, real life, genuine love and adoration for each other. We wanted their romance but also playfulness to come through. Billie Ball & Co. thoughtfully chose soft hues of blue with creams and greenery that softened the space. The venue, Knotting Hill Place, is grand, beautiful and picturesque – so we wanted to bring movement, life and warmth into this space.”

When asked about some of her favorite wedding trends as of late, Stacy has a few that stick out in her mind. “We love a good surprise dance (we’ve seen a mini flash mob or choreographed dances). We also love Whataburger, Topo Chico, In-N-Out and all the foodie lovers late night snacks and thoughtful seating charts!”

Real Wedding Love

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maxwell + gray north texas wedding planner

maxwell + gray north texas wedding planner

maxwell + gray north texas wedding planner

maxwell + gray north texas wedding planner

maxwell + gray north texas wedding planner

Photos // Lauren Nicole Photography

“Situated on a private family farm, this wedding was all about family,” Stacy explains. “The bride’s parents built life-size teepees for guests to dine al-fresco. Walking past chicken coops on the way to the ceremony, the venue itself told a story. We dealt with a rain storm AND a true Texas thunderstorm all during the reception, but they danced the night away under the stars and would give each other ‘that’ look – the ‘we did it’ look throughout the entire night.”

Leading up to the best night of your lives can sometimes mean some of the most stressful times of your lives. Stacy’s advice for handling the stress of wedding planning? Get away from it all for a night! “Have a date night where you’re not allowed to talk about the wedding. Where you focus on each other and life outside of the wedding day.”

Intimate, family-focused weddings and date nights focused on just the two of you? Those are two things we can always get behind! Want to see more from Maxwell + Gray? Take a peek at their Brides of North Texas vendor profile and give them a buzz!