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Romantic Impressions with Southern Magnolias from Gold Dust Event Co.

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This southern magnolias inspired Romantic Impressions wedding inspiration from Gold Dust Event Co. is a modern bride’s dream come true! An eye-catching floral pattern is pulled throughout the design from the custom stationary by Paper Planet to the beautiful hanging cakes from Creme de le Creme Cake Company and even the place setting’s china pattern. Modern touches like the striking black chairs and escort card display from Coral Lane set against the white barn at The Nest at Ruth Farms create the perfect balance. The model bride is a vision in a contemporary, sleeved gown from the Bridal Boutique and romantic hair and makeup by Jennifer Trotter Lip Service Makeup. The piece de resistance that ties it all together are the magnolia accented florals from Blushington Blooms spread throughout the design from the cake display to the bridal bouquet. Enjoy all the darling details of this Southern setting!

Photos by // Alba Rose Photography

From the planners, Rachel Yeats Grosman and Mean Koudelka of Gold Dust Event Co.: “Our southern magnolia shoot was initially inspired by the trending magnolia homes that Chip and Joana Gaines have created. We feel that wedding trends really parallel those of the interior design world, and we love the minimalist, traditional, yet modern look it portrays. We further curated the look by incorporating floral patterns, leather and linen textiles and crisp color. Combining masculine touches with timeless details and beautiful florals creates a scene that we feel would appeal to anyone.”

Modern Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Alexa Kay Events

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Unique greenery and mixed metallic decor make this modern botanical wedding inspiration by Alexa Kay Events a millennial bride’s dream come true! Draping palm leaves, succulents and botanicals from Alba Dahlia Floral on industrial elements like this chic black backdrop topped with a neon sign reading “Forever,” both from Warehouse Rose Events, are the central inspiration for this design. The floral theme is reflected in the palm leave patterned invitation suite by Ladybird Paper Co., and continues on through the greenery adorned tablescape. Each place setting is topped with an acrylic sign alongside copper mugs, gold flatware and succulents in calligraphied  terracotta pots. The model bride looks right at home next to the rustic seating and farmhouse tables that perfectly complement the industrial space at Brake & Clutch Warehouse wearing an elegant gown from LeAnn’s Bridal. From stunning jewelry by The True Gem to hair and makeup from The Styling Stewardess, every detail of this shoot is tailored to make your wedding an unforgettable event! Keep scrolling for all the pinterest-worthy wedding inspiration captured by Nate and Grace Photography. Enjoy!

Photos // Nate and Grace Photography

From the planner, Alexa Kay of Alexa Kay Events: “The inspiration of this shoot is modern botanical. I wanted a wide variety of planted succulents and unique greenery flowing to give it a modern yet whimsical feel. I also wanted to incorporate greenery covering the light fixture hanging from the ceiling as well as a splash of black, gold and copper. These characteristics blended together to form a peaceful yet energetic blend of our fast paced world and the stillness of nature.”

Bridal Fitness Tips with Katherine Bahlburg of Bells & Barbells Wedding Fitness

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When it comes to gown shopping, bridal fittings and honeymoon bikini planning – body conscious brides know, the struggle is real. That’s why we’re so pumped up to share what we’ve learned from bridal fitness instructor Katherine Bahlburg, founder and lead instructor of Bells & Barbells Wedding Fitness!

The upper body is a particular problem area for many brides, be it jiggly arms, undefined shoulders or soft backs. However, these concerns shouldn’t hold you back from wearing the gown you’ve always dreamed of (nor from confidently baring it all on your honeymoon). Thankfully, Katherine has just the ticket for toning and tightening your bod in time for the big day.

Bells & Barbells‘ bridal fitness program offers a custom fit for each bride – from personal training sessions and meal plans to phone calls checking in on the bride-to-be. Katherine’s calendar is filled with brides eager to work with her to get in wedding-day shape, but she graciously shared a few workout pointers and meal-planning tips for us to pass along to our readers! Try these, love the burn, then call Katherine to reserve your spot in her amazing program.

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Of course, for any exercise to be effective, Katherine says you have to back it up with effective eating. “Diet is 70% of the routine,” she says. It’s why she puts her brides on personalized nutrition programs with meal plans and weekly grocery lists. She loves to suggest healthy swaps – ways to savor foods we all love, but in healthier ways. For example, instead of a sweet cupcake, opt for sweet fresh berries and whipped cream. Here are some of her other favorite trades:

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Katherine has a long list of happy brides who’ve participated in her bridal fitness programs, but don’t take our word for it – check out these amazing results from real Bells & Barbells clients!

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Want to get your bridal fitness on so you can look and feel your very best on your very best day? Spots fill up quickly, so you’ll want to sign up three to six months before your wedding. Check out the new Bells & Barbells Knox Henderson studio in Dallas, or reach out to Katherine via her Brides of North Texas vendor profile! Cheers to beautiful, confident brides-to-be!

Moody Modern Texas Wedding Inspiration from Katie Frost Weddings

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If bright pastels and soft, romantic hues just aren’t your wedding setting forte, we have a feeling this styled shoot full of moody modern Texas wedding inspiration from Katie Frost Weddings might be just the thing for you! From our new Spring/Summer 2019 issue, we’re obsessing over all of the details that make this editorial feel current but not overly trendy. Set at Brik Special Events Venue, the industrial backdrop featured grey washed wood, ivy-covered brick walls and dark wooden floors to set the tone for the moody romance style shoot, along with the matching neutral-tone custom invitation suite from Ladybird Paper CoLaning Photography captured the magic between the model couple, featuring the bride and her gorgeous laser-cut lace gown from Lovely Bride paired with a loose updo and ultra-glam makeup from Styles by Vero. Perfectly paired for the scene, The Greenhouse 817 created a beautifully overgrown bouquet for the model bride, featuring contrasting blush and pale pink roses and tons of greenery. Coordinating arrangements were used on both the geometric altar from Coral Lane and on the very true-to-Texas whiskey bar featuring craft drinks made from HD Liquid Catering. Of course, it wouldn’t be a wedding without a little sweet treat, and we’re totally loving this wildflower embellished two layer cheesecake from the fabulous Dandelion Cheesecakes! We can’t get enough of this perfectly styled shoot!

Photos // Laning Photography

From planner, Katie Frost of Katie Frost Weddings: “The inspiration for the shoot was drawn from the modern Texan couple. We had a custom hexagon arch built to be our touch of modern, dripping with moody greenery, and what Texas wedding wouldn’t be complete without a whiskey bar. Naturally we wanted to take it up a notch by bringing in some beautifully crafted floral whiskey bottles to inspire all of our Texas loving selves. ”

North Texas Wedding Planner Profile: Events by Jade

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We’re thrilled to introduce Jade Batangan of Events by Jade to you today. North Texas brides, you’ll love her Southern-infused, romantic designs and the planning expertise she brings to the table! Jade offers planning and styling services throughout DFW, creating unique and memorable events by combining her old-fashioned values, a passion for planning the perfect party and of course, a love for people. Once upon a time, Jade worked for a Fortune 100 company, honing her management and networking skills for several years – skills she now uses to plan couples’ dream weddings! She believes the magic is in the details and that hiring a wedding planner is one of the best investments a couple can make.

“Hiring a wedding planner early on is incredibly crucial! I can help you do more than just design. I hone in on your vision, budget plan and recommend some great vendors!” Jade explains. “I am passionate about the bride and groom and their vision. I want to get to know the couple and hear their love story from the beginning. I want to bring the couple into their wedding with details, paper products, flowers, etc. I also like to challenge myself to think outside the box. My number one goal is to create their vision but also bring other ideas to the table so they can see all the potential. It all boils down to valuing relationships with my brides and grooms and wanting to create something that is unforgettable.”

As for the look Jade prefers? “My aesthetic is found in the details – anything colorful and all things pretty!” Scroll through the photos below to see Jade’s work come to life via a beautiful citrus-and-sparkle-infused styled shoot as well as an al-fresco Southern wedding.

A Favorite Styled Shoot

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Photos // Rachel Elaine Photography

“It was a beautiful day, fantastic team of vendors and seamless timeline ― a flawless styled shoot! This shoot had a light and airy color palette that we expanded with a touch of moody mauves and pops of classic pink. I couldn’t pick a favorite detail as I loved everything: the honey whiskey drinks, colorful popsicles, lavish invitations, exquisite lounge, beautiful model and the tablescape overlooking the vineyard at sunset.”

We love how Jade balances brighter colors with more muted tones for a sophisticated yet fresh vibe. Jade is sure to pay attention to wedding trends, while not being trendy. “There are so many new things in the industry that I am loving right now! I love that florals are making a come back in more than bouquets. Don’t get me wrong, I love the simplicity of using just greenery, but my heart skips a beat when I see blooms incorporated in unique areas. I have found myself designing florals EVERYWHERE – in front of cake tables, hanging from the ceiling and creating a large altarpiece. It always amazes me how florals can breathe life into your wedding day! I am also looking forward to the use of color. If you know anything about me, it’s that I love color. I cannot wait to see where color can take it up a notch in 2019.”

Real Wedding Love

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Photos // Rachel Elaine Photography

“This wedding was so much fun to plan! The couple’s story and how we incorporated it into the details is what keeps it at the top of my list! The groom proposed on a plantation farm in South Carolina so we incorporated pineapples throughout the whole wedding. As a wedding planner, incorporating all the personal touches really set this wedding apart!”

Between the pineapple escort cards and a classic monogram taking center stage, Events by Jade knocked this Southern soirée out of the park! To inquire with Jade about helping make your wedding dreams come true, head over to her Brides of North Texas vendor profile!