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Mod Pink Bridal Inspiration from The Lockharts and Jen Rios Weddings

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It’s no secret we love some fabulous bridal inspiration – this mod pink scene designed by Jen Rios Weddings and captured by The Lockharts is just that! From the ceremony space with a cascading freeform installation by Poppies and Peonies to the floral-flanked tablescape and contemporary lounge area from Coral Lane, every corner of this venue is filled with dreamy inspiration for a peachy pink celebration. Pops of fuchsia add contrast to the bride’s bouquet and complement her ballroom style gown from WED Bridal Boutique, a bold choice that works so well as it accentuates her beautiful natural features! We couldn’t be more obsessed with the contemporary mod pink stationery suite from Brown Fox Creative with metallic detailing and the matching signage to show off the signature cocktails – matched perfectly by the whimsical cake from Loft22 Cakes, of course! The invitations, the dress and the linens all have a hint of sheen to them and it’s small, thoughtful details like this that help tie the entire scene together cohesively. Scroll through and swoon over these photos just like we did! Cheers!

Photos // The Lockharts

From the Jen Rios team: “The modern lines of the lounge really complemented the venue but the bright colors accented our design perfectly. The bright yellow chairs were admittedly a risk but we love how they turned out. Our gorgeous bride had a fresh and feminine look and her gown was the perfect combination of styles with a modern bodice and brocade print and an ultra-feminine ballgown skirt.”

Organic Meets Elegant Styled Shoot from Maxwell + Gray

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Organic meets elegant in this stunning styled shoot dreamed up by North Texas wedding planner Maxwell + Gray along with an incredible team of vendors! Bringing the sophistication and ethereal beauty of French- and Italian-inspired weddings right here to the DFW area, this styled shoot shows that you don’t have to have a destination wedding to enjoy a truly elegant and special celebration. A few organic and posh details can transform any space! We love the incorporation of charcuterie, grapevines and fruit into the tablescape, with furniture from Belle Decor and elegant place settings from Posh Couture Rentals. Billie Ball & Co. provided the florals, focusing on sweeping greenery, white blooms and touches of blue thistles for a soft and romantic detail. Be sure to see how they adorned the staircase and the stately garden gazebo with stunning installations. Those florals are everything! With her groom in a dapper and classic tuxedo, the bride dons the dreamiest floral appliqué gown from Stanley Korshak Bridal with an understated smoky eye, mauve lip and sweeping updo by Brittany Jones Beauty. After an evening of romance, indulgence and sophistication where organic meets elegant in the most gorgeous of ways, the happy couple rides off into the sunset in a sleek vintage car from Blue Diamond Limousines: the perfect ending to a beautiful day! Cheers!

Photos // Shannon Skloss Photography

Romantic Watercolor Styled Shoot from Shannon Rose Events

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If you’re like us, your jaw will hit the floor as soon as you see the images from this romantic watercolor styled shoot from North Texas wedding planner Shannon Rose Events. Featuring the dreamiest florals from Lush Couture, an old world, artful venue and a gorgeous bride, you’ll be so inspired by the colors, textures and all the ethereal details. Loosely gathered with wild fronds, blush roses and anemones for a pop of contrast, Lush Couture‘s freeform florals tied with cerulean silk ribbons set the tone for the entire scene. The prettiest deckled-edged, hand-painted stationery features romantic sweeping calligraphy and hand-tied ribbons. An open-back spaghetti strap gown by Lovely Bride with floral strap detailing and a flowing chiffon skirt brings such a soft, feminine look while minimalist hair and makeup by Jennifer Trotter – Lip Service Makeup, with a simple smoky eye and soft pink pout, shows off her incredible natural beauty. She stands at the altar with her handsome groom flanked by organic greenery and a romantic watercolor marble-dyed runner, ready to marry the love of her life! Awaiting this beautiful couple after they say “I do” is a chic, whimsical table with acrylic ghost chairs from Shag Carpet, light blue candles and ethereal flowing linens beneath stark white place settings and metallic gold flatware. The icing on the cake is a gorgeous three-tiered creation by Butterfly Cakery with soft brush-stroke detailing and a single white bloom, because sometimes less is truly more! We can’t get enough of this romantic watercolor scene and every detail within it – enjoy!

Photos // Allen Tsai Photography

From the planner: “I love creating design concepts with themes that one wouldn’t necessarily think work together. Lately, I have been inspired by moody themes, but wanted to evoke that same overall feeling in a shoot by using pastels and unique textures instead of dark color tones. The venue’s textured walls, outdoor setting, and beautiful combination of dusty and pastel colors was the perfect backdrop and setting for this ‘Moody Pastels’ styled shoot.”

Celebrate with a BANG: All You Need to Know about Wedding Fireworks from PrestoTechnics

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Happy Fourth of July! It’s only natural that we celebrate the holiday with our favorite wedding fireworks vendor, PrestoTechnics! This all-star firework show company is a favorite in DFW weddings because they don’t just shoot off fireworks at your event – they individually plan a show for each of their couples and integrate it smoothly into the reception. Co-founder, Preston Ward, is answering all our questions on their entertainment service and sharing what every bride needs to know before booking a fireworks show. Read on if you want to celebrate with a BANG!

All You Need to Know about Wedding Fireworks from PrestoTechnics

Photo // Haley Rynn Ringo

When are the best moments to include fireworks at a wedding?

Usually I recommend waiting until the sun goes down. But that feels too obvious. We do a lot of displays at the end as a grand send off, but I always feel bad when the guest count has dwindled so low and nobody gets to see the show.

I always recommend around the toast time. Outdoor toasts and speeches work great!

What kind of space do you need to shoot off fireworks at a wedding?

Spacing depends on how big of a firework you want. The state requires 70 feet of distance between the audience and the firing site, per inch of the shell. We also look at things like trees, power lines, etc.

What is included in a package with Prestotechnics?

We offer three different package tiers: classic, premium and custom. They all include the product, show design, set up, clean up and at least two licensed technicians on site. The difference between the classic and premium is height of the effects and size of the firework. The premium and custom shows also include music of your choice during the display, for which we bring our own sound system.

With the custom show package we put the bride and/or groom in the driver’s seat, allowing them full customization of the display which is choreographed to music of their choice.

What tips do you have for a couple wanting to light up their wedding with fireworks?

Almost every time we do a display it is a surprise to someone. Unfortunately, more often than not it also ends up being a surprise to the photographer. My biggest tip is to make sure the photographer knows so they can prepare for those once in a lifetime photographs.

I would also recommend not checking the weather until the day of the event.  I have seen too many times where a bride stresses herself out because rain is in the forecast a week out, only to have the forecast change ten times prior to the wedding, and it turns out to be a beautiful evening.

My last tip is to be sure to book a display with enough time for us to secure the permits. We strive to never say no to a bride and make every display happen, but the amount of time it takes to receive a permit is out of our hands. Almost every city and county has a different procedure. Some can take 30 days while others may only take a few days.

What makes Prestotechnics so unique?

I think what really sets us apart is the reason we started doing wedding fireworks in the first place. I am a practicing licensed attorney who has a love for fireworks and providing that “wow” moment at weddings.  When I was getting married I wanted a display at my wedding, but being fresh out of law school and paying for the wedding myself, it definitely did not fit in the budget. It is the one thing I would go back and change if I could, so I want to make sure each bride or groom can have that moment.

The safety of the audience, facility, grounds, and operators is our top priority, so we do not cut corners. It takes a little longer to set up and clean up, but we feel it is important to shoot a show safely and leave a venue as clean as we found it. Also, many pyrotechnic companies usually do not assist their employees in obtaining licenses to avoid extra competition, but we do. We do not hire “seasonal” staff to set up for us; the staff that work for us are individually trained, and we help them become fully licensed. In addition to our site crew, either me or one of my business partners are present at every display that we put on.

What services do you offer beyond fireworks?

We offer a wide variety of special effects, such as sparkler fountains for exits, cold spark fountains for indoor use and exits, uplighting, lasers, cryo jets, flame effects, confetti cannons and sparklers.

How does weather impact a firework display?

Two questions almost always come up during booking – what impact does a burn ban have and what happens if it rains?

A burn ban does not prohibit the use of fireworks in a professional display. All our displays are permitted through the local authority having jurisdiction over the location, which is typically the city or county fire marshal. I’ve never had a local authority turn me down, even during the more stringent firework bans, due to the abundant safety precautions we take.

Rain isn’t as much of an impact as one would think. We’ve yet to have to cancel a wedding display due to rain. We just ask for flexibility in timing when shooting the display when rain is on the radar. We waterproof the product if there is a chance of rain, and we just need a small window so the audience doesn’t get wet. We understand a wedding show is a once in a lifetime event and cannot be rescheduled, so we put in extraordinary effort to keep the show going.

Thanks to Preston for sharing all his tips and insight on PrestoTechnics‘ fireworks displays. Reach out to Preston and the PrestoTechnics team directly on their vendor profile to get in touch about creating your own fab fireworks show. Cheers!

Vintage Elegance Styled Shoot at The RoseMary Barn

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With yellows, peaches and plenty of antique touches, this styled shoot at The RoseMary Barn is full of vintage elegance and inspiration galore! Captured by Jen Symes Photography in a timeless, classic style, this styled shoot features a darling couple, their oh-so-cute puppy and details to-die-for. The barn’s whitewashed walls offer a clean backdrop to let the details shine, and we couldn’t love the rentals this team picked any more than we do – everything from a vintage settee to antique chairs and a darling loveseat for the sweetheart table. The spirits station with copper drinkware atop a vintage wine barrel is such a fun, thoughtful detail, too! Organic, loose florals by Lizzie Bee’s Flower Shoppe look amazing, especially with the bride’s timeless high-neck style lace and tulle ball gown from LeAnn’s Bridal. The icing on the cake? A floral-adorned, ombré cake with all the same hues used throughout the day, enjoyed just before the couple makes their getaway in a vintage car from Blue Diamond Limousines. For a couple who loves the romance and nostalgia of a timeless love story, this scene of vintage elegance is sure to inspire. Cheers!