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Whimsical Elegance Wedding Inspiration with a Soft Springtime Palette

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Its soft, springtime palette brought all the whimsical elegance to this wedding inspiration captured by Brianne Johnson Photography in light and airy style! Planned and designed by Angela Marie Weddings and Events with fresh, feminine tones that blend the delicate details of springtime with the tropic palm accents around the timeless venue property of Villa Antonia in Austin, elegant points of interest are simply everywhere. This model bride looks oh-so-chic, styled with a loose romantic bridal braid as well as clean, timeless wedding makeup by Think Brink Beauty featuring the perfect pink lip. Partygoers are invited in timeless style via this stunning invitation suite hand-lettered on posh, raw-edged paperie by Lonestar Letter – setting precedence for your big day before guests ever arrive. Candlesticks, flatware, and peachy linens all prove to us that sometimes it’s the smallest details that make the biggest impact, totally transforming raw-wood tablescapes adorned with big chrysanthemum blooms, blue thistle and white anemone galore. Sweet Treets Bakery created a whimsical watercolor dream of a cake of three towering tiers, gold leaf, and fresh florals to add the final touches. There is romance all around Villa Antonia in this whimsical elegance wedding inspiration. Keep scrolling to see the dreamy day play out for yourself below. Cheers!

Photo // Brianne Johnson Photography


Still on the hunt for more gorgeous inspo? Check out all our styled shoots and carefully curated wedding inspiration here.

See How House of Tales and Avant Garde Go Hand-in-Hand

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If your style leans toward the whimsical, the original, the ethereal and unexpected, you’d be remiss not to check out North Texas wedding planner House of Tales, lead by experienced pro Maya Jareou. We’ve been lucky to showcase quite a bit of Maya’s work, and her distinctly unique style grounded in an appreciation for art never ceases to blow us away.

“After over 16 years of planning weddings and events, I have developed an infatuation with surreal reality design,” Maya says. “It’s distinctly reflected in my approach. My style is a mix of avant-garde and a hint of imagination opium.”

Imagination opium … we’re here for it and you’ll see exactly what Maya means as you scroll through the scene below. Pretty pretty!

Photos // Jen Symes Photography

A Favorite Styled Shoot

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“This French elegance inspiration shoot portrays a perfect scenario of a film-inspired, dreamy romantic love story that is at once soft and romantic, but with wildly gorgeous moody and bold details. Drawing inspiration from Impressionist French art, the color palette includes touches of dusty rose, mauve, French blue and layers of cream and white. The lush florals brimming with orchids and roses, cascade over the venue’s 1800s reclaimed French church door and embrace the massive, double trunked “kissing tree” as the focal point of the ceremony space.”

As for what drives the signature House of Tales style, Maya says: “I love anything that brings originality with a wowful twist. Lately, I have been using a lot of 3D architectural floral installations — whether as a floral ceiling or as a free standing piece — to the weddings I design.”

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“My favorite detail was the out-of-the-box, moody wedding attire — from the fashion forward-bridal jumpsuit to the tutu skirt, to the bold lips and sleek ponytail for her. And, for him, that yummy and refreshing bright, moody and colorful statement tux.”

It’s one thing for a planner’s work to be showcased in a styled shoot, but rest assured, Maya takes the utmost care of her real wedding couples, too.

“I am honored to work with each and every couple, and I cherish the opportunity and their trust, always. It does, however, take a village to create a dream wedding. Teamwork and ethics are a must in my book. Consequently, rest assured that my team and my creative partners carry these traits. Without both, I cannot do what I do best as your wedding planner.”


Impressed yet? We sure are! Says Maya, “We are the best in what we do,” so reach out to House of Tales to help you start your wedding journey and make your dream day a reality.”

Dallas Couple Commemorated a Closing Chapter with this Lifestyle Shoot

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This Dallas couple commemorated a part of their life as well as a closing chapter with this lifestyle shoot from Marissa Manzanares Photography! Since the city was the backdrop for some of their most important relationship milestones including shooting their engagement pictures here years ago, Dallas couple Carly and Joe decided a farewell photography mini session around White Rock Lake would be in order before making their next big step together – moving off to Chicago! We wish them nothing but the best in their new adventures, and what better way to close one chapter of your life while paying homage to a location that holds so many memories and such significance to your love story!

This lifestyle shoot captured by Marissa Manzanares Photography is filled with scenic waterfront views set against the Dallas skyline, stylish Southwest flair, and chemistry between this couple that would have had us guessing they were just engaged. We love seeing love, no matter what stage it’s at! Read on for a note from the photographer about this Dallas couple and their romantic lifestyle shoot. Cheers to Carly and Joe in the windy city!

Photo // Marissa Manzanares Photography

From the photographer: “Carly and Joe were wanting a ‘Goodbye Dallas’ mini session before moving to Chicago. They took their engagement photos here years ago, and loved how we could capture the Dallas skyline somewhat in the background. It was a short but meaningful shoot together!”


Connect with Marissa Manzanares Photography directly here via her vendor profile, or hear other heartwarming real love stories here. Cheers!

The Perks of Creating Custom Stationery

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Custom stationery is so much more than just pretty paper – it’s one of the first introductions of your established married couple style you allow guests to see, as well as a precursor for what’s to come on your wedding day. Whether you choose to creatively play up details about the day or include personal touches for some sentimental flair, custom stationery goes the extra mile! There are so many reasons to choose local over online (sorry Shutterfly), and pro wedding calligrapher and stationer Bethany Powell of Bethany’s Letter Shop says it best in this article where she talks the importance of having a professional create your custom stationery for the big day! Read as she takes us through her couples’ consultation process, why you should absolutely opt for personalization, plus ideas for your own invitation suite, down below!

(guest post by Bethany Powell of Bethany’s Letter Shop)

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Photo // MaggShots Photography

Why Design a Custom Invitation?

It’s the most unique way to showcase your love story through paper. You’re getting a one-of-a-kind piece of art that has elements of you as a couple, like where you met, your favorite activity together, or an illustration of your venue. What’s not to love about that?!

Every invitation suite I design is completely unique to the couple. There will be elements that may look similar like my style of illustrating and style of calligraphy, but ultimately your invitation suite is completely custom to you and your love story.

The Process of Creating a Personalized Invitation Suite

I always get to know my couples before even starting on their designs. I want to know where they’re from, what they like to do together, where they’ve traveled together, if they have any children or pets, etc. etc. The beautiful and unique details I find out about their story help spur on my creativity and ultimately little pieces of their story make it into their design in the most special ways! It’s my goal for their invitation suite to end up on all of their guests’ refrigerators as soon as they open them.

The couple is as involved as they want to be! After getting to know them, I send them an initial sketch and mood board to show them all of my ideas. After they’ve approved the sketch and mood board, they get three digital design rounds in order to make sure they love their final suite! Throughout the process, they’ll have opportunities to make comments and suggestions. If you have no idea what you’re wanting and the idea of helping design something scares you, great! If you want to be more involved and have lots of design ideas, that’s great too!

Calligraphed Envelopes Make a Difference

Just imagine the excitement of your guests getting an envelope in the mail with their names in beautiful calligraphy. I mean, who doesn’t want that?! It’s the first thing your guests are going to see and will ultimately get them excited about what’s to come on the wedding day! I’m also a huge advocate of anything that’s hand-created because so much is digital nowadays. It’s so special to hold something that a lot of love and time went into making.

Beyond the Invitation Suite

One of the beautiful things about custom stationery is just that. They’re custom! You can have inserts with maps and details about the big day, RSVP cards for your guests to mail back to you, and even envelope liners with custom illustrations! It may seem overwhelming, but once I’ve gotten to know you and what you’re looking for, I always make suggestions of what I think will be the best fit for you and your stationery needs. Beyond the invitation suite, I love to pull in elements from your suite into place cards, signage, menus and programs. It creates a sense of cohesiveness to your special day!

My favorite invitation suite to design was for my first client who entrusted me to do literally everything for her suite (pictured). I was able to design an invitation, RSVP card, details card, envelope liner with an illustration of their venue and calligraphed inner and outer envelopes. Since then, I’ve been able to do many other suites like this. But because it was my first, I was so incredibly proud of the outcome, and I believe it was the bridge that led me to where I am today.


See more of her work or connect with talented custom calligrapher and stationer Bethany’s Letter Shop directly here. Cheers!

What’s Different About the Planning Process with Weddings by Stardust

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The value of hiring an experienced wedding planner is no secret. They can help take your vision from ideas in your head to a tangible, gorgeous reality on your wedding day, helping pull together all the necessary pieces along the way. DFW wedding planner Laura of Weddings by Stardust is no exception, and her main goal is to gain her clients’ complete trust as she designs a wedding inspired by THEM.

Laura showed off her beautiful design work with this spread in hues of teal, blue and saturated pink photographed by Opal & Onyx at The Cliff House! Read on to see the approach Weddings by Stardust takes to make sure each wedding is unique!

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On improving the design every step of the way:

“I like to take a team approach when it comes to design. I pull ideas from the client, then work with the florist and other vendors to finish out the design and make it better than we started. I spend a lot of time ensuring the couple is matched with vendors that fit their style, budget and personality!”

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On where she draws inspiration:

The best source for inspiration is always the couple. They may have a feel or colors they like, but getting to know what’s important to them or learning details about their relationship or life always helps bring in the personalization. This is what makes each wedding unique!”

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On the moment she’s always aiming for:

“I love when couples finally have the ‘trust moment’ with their planner,” Laura says. When a couple can relax and trust Laura and her team to handle the details of the job, both big and small, the process can go even more smoothly.

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We love how Laura combined vintage and eclectic elements into one cohesive yet colorful look. Get in touch with Laura and the Weddings by Stardust team – send them a message via their vendor profile.