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Relaxed and Refined | Versatile North Texas Catering Options

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Somewhere in between ultra laid back and over-the-top elegant, your tastes are relaxed but refined, so you want a North Texas caterer that can give you a wide variety of options! We’ve rounded up some of the best catering providers in the biz: DFW professionals with years of experience creating culinary delights to satisfy the tasteful, unstuffy couple who simply want their guests to enjoy a great meal. Take a scroll below to see what these caterers can bring to the table!

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Macklin’s Catering

For more than 20 years, Macklin’s has provided outstanding service to DFW couples with the mantra: “always in good company.” So whether you’re needing simple hors d’oeuvres or a nicer sit-down meal, their team strives to provide a satisfying sensory experience for everyone.

Photo: Andrea Elizabeth Photography

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Cohost

The name says it all: Cohost is all about creating an environment of hospitality, and they do it in a unique and collaborative way by partnering with many of the best restaurants in Dallas. Of course that means, for you, the options are nearly endless!

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Edison’s by Eddie Deen’s

Born out of one of North Texas’s most popular barbecue restaurants, Eddie Deen’s catering has found its new home within Edison’s, an upscale Dallas venue with a modern, urban feel and a highly attentive staff. For you, that means the best of both worlds: from down-home options to more elevated options, you’ll love everything Edison’s has to offer.

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Vidorra

Infuse a little culture into your day while bridging the gap between relaxed and refined. Vidorra Dallas has the perfect solutions, with Mexican-inspired cuisine taken to a new level with unique executions and bold flavors. Your guests will love the new twists on an old favorite!

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Stirr

At Stirr, approachable and inviting meets intimate and elevated cuisine. Their fresh take on soul food and comforting classics can satisfy every palate while offering original, exciting options. Take a peek at their menu to see all the mouthwatering options!

Photo: Lightly Photo

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Wendy Krispin Catering

When it comes to experience in the catering world, there’s no question Wendy Krispin Catering has incredible expertise. Almost 30 years of catering North Texas weddings means they can ensure you’ll be completely taken care of, with personal service and versatile menu options to fit every couple’s tastes!

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Jasper’s

Combining elements of relaxed and refined isn’t a foreign concept to Jasper’s: in fact, it’s what they’re known for and do every single day! A scratch kitchen with high-quality ingredients is where their team takes old favorites to a new level. Simple, yet elegant. That’s their sweet spot!

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Beyond the Box

Think outside the box when it comes to your wedding catering: you don’t have to do what’s been done before! Beyond the Box truly does go beyond the ordinary, helping brides and grooms to come up with custom menus that offer exciting, original food options to make their day extra special.

Photo: Andrea Elizabeth Photography

Ask the Expert: Q&A with North Texas Wedding Planner Lindsey Zamora Events

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When it comes to classic, timeless, sophisticated events, Lindsey Zamora lives and breathes for these types of weddings. Her impeccable styling skills and years’ worth of expertise in planning North Texas weddings are evident in event after beautiful event, and we’re so thrilled to have Lindsey sharing some of her best wedding planning advice with us today! Scroll on to read Lindsey’s takes on prioritizing, incorporating trends and creating a cohesive style for your big day.

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Photo // Becca Lee Photography

What is your favorite part of being a wedding planner?

I enjoy the whole planning process. I really like working and guiding my clients through it and getting to know them throughout the process. We worked really hard together to create a magical event and it’s awesome to see it all come together on the actual day!

What’s the one piece of advice you share with every bride?

The best advice I can give clients is to book a great team of vendors! Having a solid vendor team of professionals will make for a better planning experience. On the wedding day, should any issues arise, your vendors will work together to solve what comes their way without breaking a sweat. If you are an LZE client, selecting your vendor team is certainly an area that I am very involved in! Each vendor I refer has great customer service, a solid work ethic and will knock it out of the park!

How do you create a cohesive wedding day look?

I take each client through my creative and design process. We begin by creating a mood board, which will direct the overall vision. I am very involved in the design aspect of weddings and often create sketches to help my clients visualize ideas. I also work hand-in-hand with the design vendors – florist, stationery, rental companies, lighting, etc. to help guide the vision in a cohesive way.

What are your tips on prioritizing budget?

Start with a realistic budget (and make sure to take your estimated guest count into consideration). Many times, brides don’t know what vendor offerings or items actually cost, and they need a little help, so this is one of the first planning steps that I tackle when working with a new client. We talk about their initial desires/must haves, expectations and goals for their budget. I take all that information into account when creating a new, detailed budget broken down per category based on general percentages of what to expect and my knowledge in the industry of what items cost.

What current trends are your fave?

I am a sucker for minimalistic/modern designs, anything velvet, organic/loose floral and tons of greenery. However, I do feel that I follow overall shifts of mood and feel of a wedding over trends. You don’t want to incorporate all top 20+ trends into one event, otherwise it will look super dated in three years! Instead, I work with my clients to create super personalized elements that mean something to them and something they will look back on in twenty years and still love because it is “them” versus a trend.

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Lindsey Zamora Events has been in the business for years and when it comes to all things planing and styling, she’s a DFW go-to. To get in touch with Lindsey and her team, reach out directly through her vendor profile here on Brides of North Texas!

North Texas Planner Profile: Embrace the Day Events

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Hip, hip, hooray! We’re cheering because today we have the pleasure of introducing you to North Texas wedding planner Embrace the Day Events! Owner and planner Amanda Davis is completely passionate about relieving stress for her brides and couples so they can fully embrace the day: what’s not to love? She and her team bring enthusiasm, an always-positive outlook and experience to match – the ultimate combination to make sure your wedding day is relaxed and enjoyable as it can be! Above all, Amanda wants to make sure your wedding day reflects you and your personalities. Not even sure where to begin? She can help you get there!

“One of the things I love to do is execute all different styles. Every couple is different and we want their wedding to be a direct reflection of them, their story and their style,” Amanda explains. “As someone who has been on both sides, I try to remind my clients that the main goal is getting married to your best friend and the love of your life. Sometimes that truth gets lost amidst the planning. Take a deep breath and embrace this special season of life!”

A Favorite Styled Shoot

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embrace the day north texas wedding planner profile

embrace the day north texas wedding planner profile

embrace the day north texas wedding planner profile

Photos // Meggie Taylor Photography

As any good planner will tell you, the right florals can elevate a wedding or styled shoot to a whole new level. “Everything Deitra of Lush Couture Floral touches turns into gold and her florals on this shoot are nothing shy of amazing. I love how simple, yet colorful and fun the overall design is,” Amanda says. We couldn’t agree more! Speaking of florals – a couple of Amanda’s favorite wedding trends as of late? “Out of the box floral design like using pampas grass or wild greenery.” Simple but unique touches to make your wedding extra special.

Real Wedding Love

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embrace the day north texas wedding planner profile

embrace the day north texas wedding planner profile

embrace the day north texas wedding planner profile

Photos // Charla Storey Photography

“Maddie and Wesley’s wedding is a favorite for me. Their style, story and personalities were tied so deeply into every aspect that it will always make it stand out in my heart and my head. My favorite detail is that the groom and groomsmen wore Hawaiian shirts in honor of the groom’s late father who always sported one. It was such a fun and unique way to incorporate a dearly missed loved one.”

We love that meaningful, unique touch that clearly reflects the couple and their story. For Embrace the Day Events, highlighting those personal touches and getting to know their couples is key. “I pride myself on creating a comfortable relationship with my clients,” Amanda explains. She’s there to be a resource and a friend along the way!

To inquire with Amanda about Embrace the Day‘s services, reach out via their Brides of North Texas vendor profile!

Ask the Expert: Q&A with Pharris Photography & Philms

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With so many wedding photographers in the market, it’s hard to know which direction to go when it’s your turn to pick someone to document your big day. Today, we’re chatting with DFW wedding photographers and videographers Pharris Photography & Philms, getting owners Kariss and Josh’s insight on what to keep in mind when choosing the best photographer for you. Scroll below to read the Pharris‘ advice on this important topic, plus plenty more golden nuggets of advice!

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Photo // Pharris Photography & Philms

Describe your photography style.

We capture timeless, bright and colorful images using a journalistic approach so we that can capture our brides and grooms being themselves on their wedding day!

Tell us what you love most about being photographers.

The best part about being a wedding photographer is being able to get to know our brides and grooms from marriage to motherhood. Our brides and grooms become lifelong friends, and we are able to see them blossom into beautiful families and capture their journey along the way.

What advice do you have for choosing engagement attire?

We always tell our brides to go both formal and casual with their outfit choices! Why choose?! It’s great to have both options when you receive your photos.

What tips do you have for bridal portraits?

Bridal portraits are an excellent opportunity to get all of the trials in! Hair, makeup, dress, etc. More often than not, there’s a small something the bride doesn’t prefer, and she has the time to change it. Plus, the wedding photographer may not have 1-2 hours on the wedding day to capture the bride in all of her splendor. Bridal portraits are an amazing time to do that!

What should a bride look for when hiring a photographer?

Our top four things a bride should look for when choosing her photographer:

  1. Do you connect? Knowing that you connect with your photographer will make sure that you and your partner are more relaxed throughout the experience. This will bring out a more genuine and personal side to the photos. Your photographers will be following you and your bridal party throughout your special day, so you want to make sure you enjoy their company!
  2. Determine your budget & style. We’re sure that there are as many photographers as stars in the sky at this point! That being said, we all have different styes and price points. Before jumping into the abyss of endless options, it’s important to know the style you are looking for and the budget you need to stay within. Once those two things are nailed down, it will narrow down your options and make it easier for you to decide who your photographer will be.
  3. Ask questions! There are a few questions that you should make sure to ask any photographer. Firstly, you should ask to see a full gallery; photographers use their website as an online portfolio so they showcase the best of the best. By asking to see a full gallery, you will know that your photos will be of the same quality. Secondly, you should ask how the photographer approaches the wedding day as a whole. By doing so you can envision how the day will go based on how they work. Lastly, ask how the photographers back up their files. This is a major question that often gets overlooked, as everyone is quick to book without thinking long term. Having these questions answered will help take pressure off of making the right decision for the perfect photographer.
  4. Take it for a test run. A test run in the form of an engagement session is crucial! It’s a sneak peak into what your wedding day will look like. Doing a test run will show you how you and your photographer get along and how the photographer runs a session. Once you do a test run you will know how you vibe with your photographer, and they will know exactly how you want your wedding day captured.

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Such great tips to keep in mind as you embark on the search for your perfect photographer! Loved what Josh and Kariss had to say? Get in touch directly with Pharris Photography to learn more about their packages and pricing via their Brides of North Texas vendor profile!

Classic Blush and Gold Inspiration from The White Sparrow

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There aren’t many North Texas venues as iconic as The White Sparrow Barn – this time, it served as the backdrop for a classic blush and gold scene planned impeccably by Alexa Kay Events! A timeless color palette with pops of metallic and vibrant greenery couldn’t be prettier, especially with the serene early spring setting at the barn. Warehouse Rose Events provided the rentals for the tablescape inside, teaming up with AM Linen Rental‘s classic blush tablecloth in a plush texture for one swoon-worthy dinner party. Outside, Top Tier Event Rentals & Staffing provided the rentals in the greenhouse, including ghost chairs, which look incredible juxtaposed with the rustic wood and natural setting. The cake on its pedestal goes to show that presentation can trump size, sometimes – only two tiers of cake, but with the amazing gold foil detailing and the regal setting framed by a simple greenery backdrop, it really makes a statement! Ivory, blush and peach florals in classic urns give the tables a sophisticated aesthetic, while a classic twisted updo paired with a swanky, strappy gown and statement earrings from WED Bridal Boutique gave the bride a couture look. Our favorite part of the whole scene? The precious pup, of course! Such a sweet guest of honor, looking so dapper alongside the handsome groom. If your style is timeless and classic looks make your heart happy, there’s no doubt you’ll LOVE these images! Cheers!

Photos // Lauren Marks Photography