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Metropolitan Design with a Contemporary Edge by Julep Events

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Julep Events hit it out of the park with this fabulously fierce metropolitan contemporary edge design. Captured by Cactus & Coast Photography and Joy Neville Photography & Films, this shoot is the perfect mix of modern metallics and vintage glam. The Statler served as an ultra-chic backdrop for the day, right in the heart of downtown Dallas. Coral Lane and Dirt Flowers added to the already gorgeous scene, offering the trendiest ghost chairs and an acrylic table along with beautiful blooms that truly brought the vision to life. Loft22 Cakes created the most unique geometric cake, incorporating a marbled aesthetic. Posing next to the most stylish ride from Fantom Coach Limo, our model bride is breathtaking in a V-neck, spaghetti strap gown from a&bé bridal shop. Jennifer Trotter of Lip Service Makeup provided gorgeous glam, while Bethany’s Letter Shop created streamlined invites using modern calligraphy that fit the theme with ease. Read on for a word from the planner herself, and don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest for even more stunning wedding inspo!

Photos // Cactus & Coast Photography

Video // Joy Neville Photography & Films

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From the planner, Ginny Greene of Julep Events: “I was really inspired by the idea of doing something glam, edgy and unexpected. The Statler was the perfect blend of simple and modern and lent itself perfectly to the overall feel of the shoot. We wanted to echo that blending of vintage and modern in our details and also incorporated some chrome and metallic elements in honor of Brides of North Texas’ tenth anniversary – traditionally the Tin Anniversary.”

North Texas Wedding Planner Profile: Jen Rios Weddings

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North Texas brides, you’ll love meeting local wedding planner Jen Rios of Jen Rios Weddings! Jen offers sophisticated planning and design for the southern bride. She began her professional career as an interior designer, but when she planned her own wedding several years ago, she realized that was her true calling! Jen truly believes “love is in the details,” whether that’s decor or logistics. She’s truly passionate about all things wedding-related and loves forming a real friendship with her brides, too, and getting to know them on a personal level so she can make sure their day accurately reflects who they are.

“My goal is for your guests to walk into your wedding and know without a doubt it’s yours, because they know you so well and see pieces of you in every thread running through your wedding day,” Jen says. “I approach planning with design in mind. Logistics are important, but design is what makes your wedding stand out and really reflect your story.”

Jen doesn’t personally gravitate toward any one style and makes sure to adapt to each individual couple when it comes to choosing a style direction. However, she considers herself to have a generally “less is more” approach. “My aesthetic is thoughtful, approachable, genuine and fresh. I feel like that can be adapted to any clients design style for an overall beautiful result.”

A Favorite Styled Shoot

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styled shoot from jen rios weddings

Photos // Charla Storey

“This shoot was designed with a moody aesthetic but there is still a romantic softness to it that I feel is really beautiful,” Jen says. “I was inspired by still life art and wanted to bring that to life through this tablescape. I love the use of fresh fruit and darker tones while keeping it light and fresh.”

A few trends Jen is really loving? “Bringing in natural details like greenery, marble, wooden elements and fresh fruit. I’m loving clean neutral color palettes with pops of subtle color. Also I’m loving brides’ willingness to take risks and show their personalities with food trucks instead of a seated meal or cotton candy carts instead of wedding cake.” We couldn’t agree more!

Real Wedding Love

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wedding by jen rios weddings

wedding by jen rios weddings

wedding by jen rios weddings

Photos // Letter A Photography

Says Jen about this special wedding day: “One of the things I loved most about this wedding is the soft and clean color palette. The lavender and rose tones really popped against the clean white space of Dove Ridge Vineyard. I loved the mix of elements that made the somewhat traditional design a little more unique with the mix of metallics, fresh fruit, lush garden floral and lavender and herb details.”

As you can see, Jen Rios Weddings curates beautifully designed and thoughtfully planned wedding days. To inquire with Jen or to learn more about her services, be sure to check out her Brides of North Texas vendor profile!

The Latest Trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week

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Hooray! Another New York Bridal Fashion Week is in the books! And it’s no surprise we’re obsessing over so many new trends to walk the Spring 2020 runway. While there was quite the laundry list of new fashions to take note of, below we’re sharing three of our faves from this past week. Then head to the @bridesofnorthtx IGTV to watch our Fashion Week recap video – you won’t want to miss it!

The Latest Trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week

Swiss Dot

This dainty, spotted print made its way up and down the runway this season, and we can’t get enough. From studded and jeweled polkadot looks, to our favorite and more commonly seen Swiss dot fabric, these feminine gowns made quite a statement. Be sure to look for this fabulous Blush by Hayley Paige style from the Spring 2020 collection at a&bé Bridal Shop, De Ma Fille and Stardust Celebrations.

Stripes

Striped gowns were back this season, and in a BIG WAY! We spotted every look from bold lines, like in this Wtoo gown, to more subtle textures layered beneath traditional floral designs. This playful patters is a great option for any preppy, nautical-inspired, or whimsical wedding! Shop this look and other Spring 2020 Wtoo bridal gowns locally at a&bé Bridal Shop, Bridal Boutique, Leann’s Bridal, Stardust Celebrations and Wed Bridal Boutique PLUS their bridesmaid line at Bella Bridesmaids, Beside the Bride and Stardust Celebrations.

Shorts Suits

While pantsuits are nothing new to the New York runways, bridal short suits are! While we saw many short styles ranging from rompers to cropped top ensembles, we most often saw shorts paired with a blazer-cut jacket. This suit set from Ines di Santo is one of the more playful looks we saw this spring, with another major fashion week trend – 3D embellishments – on full display. Shop the all-new Ines di Santo collection locally at The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus and Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon.


Looking for other trends straight from the runway? Keep a look out for the newest designs to hit our favorite local stores in the months to come at Bridal BoutiqueThe Bridal Salon at Neiman MarcusStardust CelebrationsLovely Bridea&bé bridal, De Ma FilleLeAnn’s BridalLuLu’s BridalMolly’s BridalPatsy’s, A Bridal BoutiqueA Bridal Closet, Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon, WED Bridal Boutique, Grace Loves LaceBella Bridesmaids and Beside the Bride.

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.”