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Darling White Rock Lake Engagement Session from Meggie Taylor Photography

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This darling White Rock Lake engagement session from Meggie Taylor Photography has us itching for summer, sunlight and sweet nights with the ones we love! Says Meggie about this gorgeous couple: “Hayden and Kristen are high school sweethearts and best friends. They love being outdoors and exploring so they thought the perfect place for their engagement shoot would be White Rock Lake. Kristen wore a beautiful powder blue gown which perfectly accented her light eyes.” With the sunset reflecting off the water and the Dallas skyline in the distance, this is a go-to Dallas engagement spot location, and it’s obvious why! We love a good high school sweetheart story, too – read on below for theirs! Cheers to these soon-to-be newlyweds!

Photos // Meggie Taylor Photography

How they met: “We met in high school when we worked at McAlister’s Deli together! He started tickling and flirting with me, and I actually messaged him first on Facebook to get his number. The rest is history. I’ll never forget the time his grandpa came into the restaurant to visit and told Hayden that I had ‘sexy eyes,’ before he even knew that we were interested in each other.”

How he proposed: “He proposed to me on August 19, 2017! He took me on a private plane ride over the Dallas skyline, which was so beautiful. I was a little scared because the plane was shaky and small. When we landed, he blindfolded me and walked me into the lobby of a small executive airport. I took off my blindfold off, and he was down on one knee with flowers. Our entire family was there to support, and his mom and stepfather flew in from Florida. He got so nervous when he was popping the question – he’s such an outgoing guy, and it’s the only time I have ever seen him that nervous. It was so cute! Our families went out to eat afterward.”

North Texas Planner Profile: Silver Lining Events + Co.

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For Elisabeth Landry and her team at Silver Lining Events + Co., their wedding planning mantra is simple: “We create environments of celebration.” And beautiful ones, at that. Offering everything from event design to coordination and full-fledged wedding planning, Silver Lining Events + Co. uses their expertise in design and logistics to help couples create a gorgeous day that reflects their cultures and personalities.

Says Elisabeth: “We are known for original and creative ideas, and exquisite attention to every last detail. Our event aesthetic is a fine art approach to classic southern charm. Above all, our events will always reflect the personalities and culture of our clients. More than anything, we want your wedding to reflect your personality.”

Take a look below at a styled shoot and a real wedding planned and designed by the Silver Lining Events + Co. team!

A Favorite Styled Shoot

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silver lining events styled shoot details

silver lining events styled shoot details

silver lining events styled shoot details

silver lining events styled shoot details

silver lining events styled shoot details

Photos // Laylee Emadi Photography

Bringing the effortless grace and beauty of ballet to a bright and lovely bridal session, this styled shoot was a dream come true! “I loved the peachy-nudes used in this shoot and was inspired by all the tones and textures of a ballerina’s attire. I loved how delicate and strong it turned out!”

To help bring your own personal style and passions into your celebration, Elisabeth suggests keeping a journal to record your ideas. “Your thoughts, preferences and personality will mature throughout your planning process and it’s fun to see your progress from ‘I Will’ to ‘I Do.’”

Real Wedding Love

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silver lining events wedding details

silver lining events wedding details

silver lining events wedding details

Photos // A Sea of Love

Talk about a wedding planner coming to the rescue: “The bride trusted me with her complete design and almost every detail of her wedding. While taking her photos pre-ceremony, her heel got stuck on a rock and (my worst nightmare) she fell in the mud. The back of her custom dupiani silk gown was drenched in mud. I acted fast, called the designer to quickly come to the venue for repair, and we got all of the mud, dirt and water out of her gown right in time for the ceremony. I touched up her makeup, and sent her down the aisle with a big smile! Not only was her wedding one of my most favorite I’ve ever designed or planned, she is one of my most favorite brides of all time.”

Silver Lining Events + Co. plans and designs beautiful celebrations of all kinds. To inquire with Elisabeth and her team, reach out via their Brides of North Texas vendor profile! Cheers!

Cityscape Romance: Dallas Engagement Session by Pharris Photography

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A cityscape romance between Chudney and Ryan was captured perfectly by Pharris Photography & Philms in these stunning engagement photos! High school sweethearts who reconnected shortly before Ryan was drafted into the NFL, this couple calls Texas home no matter where their careers take them and wanted to capture their love in Dallas’s downtown city streets. They chose a monochromatic outfit scheme to keep the focus on their beautiful faces and the urban architecture around them at the AT&T Performance Arts Center, sneaking kisses, strolling sidewalks and splashing in fountains all while looking gorgeous as ever. Pharris Photography captured their natural beauty and their personalities so well, from their intimate, serious side to their giddy playfulness. Read more below to see how Ryan proposed – Chudney’s ring is a stunner, for sure! Congrats to these soon-to-be newlywed cuties!

Photos // Pharris Photography & Philms

How did you and your fiancé meet? “Ryan and I are both from Beaumont, Texas, and met the summer before going into 8th grade. He transferred to my middle school, and we ended up being high school sweethearts. We broke up for a few years going into college but rekindled the romance right before Ryan was drafted to the Washington Redskins in 2014.”

How did he propose? “I’m super shy and had been warning Ryan about proposing publicly. Luckily, he proposed in the privacy of our home, our bathroom to be specific, before he left for spring training this past football season. I know a lot of people fantasize about glamorous proposals, but we are both low-key. My ring makes up for his absence of creativity!”

Organic Industrial Styled Shoot from Alexa Kay Events

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With soft, lush florals and dreamy details, Alexa Kay Events transformed Fort Worth’s newest event space, The Century Hall, for this lovely organic industrial styled shoot! Alexa partnered with The Shabby Rose Florist to show off this new space. Industrial spaces can lean toward feeling cold and stark, but with blooms gathered into freeform bouquets, the room was accented in such a lovely and inviting way. The exposed brick and rough stucco interior pair perfectly with rough, wild autumn florals and classic blush roses. We love the flowy feel of the table linens and how they’re paired with sophisticated rough-edged, wax-sealed stationery by Lyons Paperie for a chic aesthetic. The bride’s hair is gathered in a gorgeous low ponytail to highlight her illusion lace off-the-shoulder gown from Lovely Bride Dallas – we can’t get over that shoulder detailing! Dainty metallic and marble details on the cake, along with more delicate autumn florals, make for an oh-so-sweet dessert to finish off the day. Scroll through the photos below to see all the beautiful touches!

Photos // Xperience Photography

Bridal Buzz | Specialty Vendors You’ll Want for Your Wedding

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As seen in our brand new Spring/Summer 2019 issue, these specialty vendors offer unique services for North Texas couples looking to take their wedding day up a notch. From live paintings to rad fireworks shows, custom coffee drinks for your guests and alterations for a fit beyond perfection, these four bridal vendors are at the top of their game. Why have an ordinary wedding when you could have an extraordinary celebration? Read on to learn more about these specialty vendors and how they can take your wedding to the next level!

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Julia McNally Fine Art & Live Event Painting

Fine artist Julia McNally is among those ushering in the next big thing in “wedding branding.” Julia, an award-winning painter based in Dallas, has rapidly become one of the go-to live-event artists in North Texas (not to mention her work spans the U.S. and abroad). Julia captures the joy of ceremonies, receptions and other events by “rhythmically balancing loose yet accurate brushwork with a bold, energetic color palette.” Don’t speak fine art lingo? No sweat. The photos of her fine art speak for themselves — unforgettable moments captured of brides and grooms immersed in the magic of their big day. Not only is hers an epic keepsake from your day, which you’ll display in your home happily ever after, but the live painting experience is also a treat for your wedding guests to watch. Is it too late for a live painting? Not to worry – Julia can still create a work of art based on your wedding photos!

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Altered for the Altar

This quickly-growing company saw a need in the North Texas bridal market and has gone above and beyond in meeting it. Unless you’re lucky enough to find a sample sale gem that fits you like a glove, your wedding gown will be made-to-order based on 4-5 key measurements taken during the try-on, but the gowns aren’t promised to arrive fitting flawlessly. Cue: Altered for the Altar. In July 2017, mother and daughter duo Ruth and Rylee opened this 5,000-square-foot boutique located in the hip Dallas Design District. For this pair, the launch was a dream come true, and in just over a year, Altered for the Altar has already become the go-to tailor for North Texas brides. The shop is also known for expert restoration and customization, custom veils, spot cleaning and gown preservation. Perhaps our favorite service is their unique lingerie consultation experience. Brides will discover just how important undergarments are to the fit of their gown and can be matched with just the right pieces to perfect their look. You’ll love the completely personalized experience!

Photo: Courtesy of Eclipse Event Co.

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PrestoTechnics

Got a flair for the dramatic? Own it! And what better way to add drama to your dream day than to send your guests off with an awe-inspiring fireworks show? We’re not talking about just any fireworks. PrestoTechnics specializes in fireworks synced to the music of your choosing and matched to your wedding colors. The company hasepic pyrotechnic abilitie and a passion for creating once-in-a-lifetime moments for couples — making every show something your guests will never forget. Prestotechnics has experience ranging from small two-minute wedding displays up to large-scale, city-sized custom pyro-musicals. Whether you’re wanting to pull off a surprise show for your husband, a firework display before the getaway or an epic ending to your first dance, PrestoTechnics has you covered. In addition to wedding fireworks, they also offer sprinkler fountains for a getaway with wow-factor, 4k drone videography service, event uplighting and more.

Photo: Haley Rynn Ringo

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Night Owl Coffee Cart

More caffeine, please! We’re big fans of anything that will help keep us up late and on the dance floor at your weddings (espresso martini, anyone?), and Night Owl Coffee Cart is just the ticket. From luxe craft coffee to indulgent cocktails — try the Chai Old Fashioned — Night Owl serves up a hip, interactive beverage experience for North Texas weddings and events. Owned by the outgoing and innovative Corbin Bahcall, this cart and coffee lounge setup is the perfect splurge for your guests. They’ll love the touch of hospitality! Not only will they be energized to celebrate just a little longer, they’ll be entertained watching Corbin and his team create yummy handcrafted drinks. Pro tip: Be the hostess with the mostest by bringing in Night Owl for your bridesmaids brunch, bridal showers and bachelorette weekend festivities!

Photo: Laning Photography