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A Captivating Canyon Engagement from Brianne Johnson Photography

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Brailey and Spencer’s canyon engagement session captured by Brianne Johnson Photography is nothing short of grand, and we are absolutely captivated by these sunset shots of their love! These two look like models taking a romantic stroll through the mountainous paths of Palo Duro Canyon, located in the Texas Panhandle and the second largest canyon in the country! Their proposal story started with a trip to New York City in December of 2019. One day they decided to go to the Met and spent the majority of the day browsing the museum. Brailey says she noticed Spencer was acting a little off, but she couldn’t place how and she brushed it off. After they left, Spencer suggested that they walk through Central Park and head to a very specific pavilion. The pair took the most roundabout way in the freezing rain to the pavilion, which Brailey complained about then not realizing it was to kill time. Finally, they arrived at a beautiful pavilion overlooking a small lake with the city behind and Brailey noticed rose petals, lights and blankets. When Spencer tried to guide her over to the setup, she thought someone else was doing something special and said she didn’t want to get in their way! She finally realized it was for her. Spencer then led Brailey up to the pavilion, got down on one knee and proposed. The soon-to-be bride says it was one of the best days of her life! In their romantic canyon engagement shoot, Brailey stuns in a light blue chiffon gown that billows in the wind which is perfect for their cliffside settings. We can’t wait to see how gorgeous the wedding turns out! Read on for a note from the photographer about this magical canyon engagement. Cheers!

Photo // Brianne Johnson Photography

From the photographer: “Brailey and Spencer had a magical summer engagement session at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. We had beautiful sunlight pouring in over the canyon for the first half of our session. Then we hiked up the canyon to catch the sun before it disappeared behind the canyon! Brailey and Spencer not only had a destination engagement session, but their wedding story began with a destination proposal as well! While on a trip to visit New York, Spencer surprised Brailey with a ring in a gazebo at Central Park! Up for another adventure, Brailey and Spencer met me at Palo Duro Canyon to catch some stunning views for their engagement session. The canyon floor was full of beautiful desert landscape, but our favorite views were hiking up to the top of the canyon. We timed it perfectly to catch the sun right on the rim of the canyon as it continued to sink below and filter over the top of the canyon.”


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This Outdoor Fairytale Wedding Inspiration Gets More Romantic at Night

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In both dappled daylight and under the cover of night, this romantic outdoor fairytale wedding inspiration and all its lovely details absolutely steal our hearts! Lorena Burns Photography and Films captures dreamy golden hour shots of the model couple before the sun sets, and this bride’s gown is to-die-for, with a stunning train that’s about as long as our current list of to-dos! The remaining hours of light were perfect for the photographer to also capture these heavenly looking craft cocktails adorned with beautiful botanicals and expertly mixed up by HD Liquid Catering. They’re almost too pretty to drink! As night falls, an even more romantic scene unfolds – a tablescape set under a string-lit canopy with lush greenery, candles in tall crystal votives, ornate goblets and gilded flatware making for a truly magical reception dinner. Keeping it light with color keeps your wedding details from being lost in the darkness and these pastel petals from TR Floral brought the fairytale to life with baby pink roses, yellow billy balls and greenery galore. Whether under the dreamy string-lighting of the enchanted forest reception dinner or the wide-open sky of this venue’s ceremony circle, a modern-inspired, amphitheater-style concrete circle that overlooks the gorgeous waterfront sunset views, it’s easy to be enamored with this fairytale wedding inspiration. See the gallery expertly captured by Lorena Burns Photography and Films all for yourself and try not to hum “La Vie en Rose” while you do. We’ll wait. Cheers!

Photo // Lorena Burns Photography and Films


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Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration, But Add a Little Bit of Spice

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Captured by Rachel Elaine Photography and styled by Events by Jade, this styled shoot isn’t your mother’s spring wedding inspiration! Full of modern, flirty romance as well as a familiar face for fans of “The Bachelor,” there is so much in store throughout this gorgeous gallery. The model bride, Alexis Waters, was a contestant on the 21st season of “The Bachelor” and also returned for the 4th season of “Bachelor in Paradise.” She looks absolutely radiant from head-to-toe, styled in a pearl-studded Willowby Pisces gown by Watters alongside her beau Tyler. As far as wedding scenes go, this one is absolutely divine. Pale, cheery florals from Lizzie Bee’s Flower Shoppe draw all the attention against a whitewashed backdrop, and we love the way big, beautiful roses add an air of elegance while taller hollyhock brings a springy, fun feel. Mauve velvet linens and a dreamy chiffon table runner from AM Linen Rental sets the stage for a luxe, feminine tablescape complete with vintage-inspired silverware and opulent crystal accents. Elegant floral accents make the paper goods for this affair hard to take our eyes off of, and nothing says put-together like a full, coordinating invitation suite designed by Lyons Paperie. There are so many striking design elements throughout this spring wedding inspiration to be seen in this captivating gallery. Scroll on to see for yourself. Cheers!

Photo // Rachel Elaine Photography


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Personal Details that Add Meaning to Your Wedding Day

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Personal details are essential to creating a memorable, unique wedding experience. Without you and your partner, your wedding would be exactly like everyone else’s! The two of you should take the time to choose some special elements that reflect on who you are as individuals, as well as who you are as a couple! This blog is a great resource for any couple looking to incorporate meaningful, personal details into their wedding day!

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Invitation: Illustrated Weddings by Lola Lorena // Photo: Allen Tsai Photography

Reflect on Your Memories Together

Oh, this part is so fun! Look through the photos, valentine’s cards and notes, the not-so-great Christmas gifts that made you cry from laughter and all the tangible memorabilia you have. A great place to display these things at is your rehearsal dinner. Have a friend create a video for guests to enjoy or scatter photos around the tables – don’t forget to include the story behind each photo! Either way, guests will get a special glimpse into your relationship and feel extra excited to celebrate your marriage!

Purposefully Pick Your Venue

Does your hometown mean something special to you? Or maybe, you’re known as the wanderlust couple, traveling all around the world together. The location of your wedding is such an obvious personal detail, people often forget about how much meaning the decision of where to host can hold. People travel from all over to see you and your spouse tie the knot, so make sure your venue is something special that you can’t wait to share with everyone attending. You can even send guests home with a favor that reminds them of your wedding venue like a custom button, art print or another favor local to the region.

Reflect Who You Are

When coming up with personal details to include in your wedding day, you probably thought of this one first. What are the hobbies and special characteristics about yourself that make other people think about YOU? That’s definitely something you want to take into consideration when planning your personal details. Are you a certified diver? Do you spend your weekends golfing? Gardening? Walking your dog? Trying the latest and greatest new restaurants in town? Watching movies and studying IMDB like you’re being tested on it? Whatever it is that makes you nerd-out and feel completely bubbly while talking about – THAT is the thing you must include in your wedding day scheme in some way, shape or form! The menu, cakes, floral design, gown, stationery (we’ll go into detail on this in a bit), place settings, chair style, lighting, ceremony style and basically every other part of your day can be personalized to reflect who you are.

Choose Special Music

We’ve got a lot of music buffs on the Brides of Oklahoma team, so this is a personal detail near and dear to our hearts. Music moves people and can easily translate what kind of couple you are to your guests. I don’t mean to say that as a warning, but to encourage you to choose tunes that make you feel good. And, if you don’t know what kind of music you’d like to play, we’ve got you covered. Check out all of our great Spotify playlists here!

Create a Personal Wedding Hashtag

Wedding hashtags are a fun personal detail that’s been trending for a few years now. These personalized hashtags make it easy to find guests images from your wedding via social media and also serve as a catchy phrase your bridal party will never stop saying. EVER. So, choose wisely!

The Big One: Stationery

A no-brainer personal detail, your wedding invitation suite holds all of the details for your wedding day and more! Your names, the event location, your families names, the weekend itinerary, reply card, envelope liner and other inserts can all be personalized to reflect who you are as a couple. Choosing a fantastic stationery expert to design and print your pieces will be key here!

 

Don’t stress out about overloading your day with these personal details. Most of the decisions you make will naturally add personality and uniqueness to your day, just from you being you and having your own preferences and opinions during the wedding planning process. However, if you are feeling overwhelmed We hope that we were able to help you come up with some personal detail ideas of your own! Happy wedding planning!


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Make a Weekend Of It | Beautiful DFW Accommodations for You and Your Guests

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Who says your wedding celebrations only have to last one night? We’re proponents of making a weekend out of it and including some time for rest and relaxation before and after the big day! Thanks to these beautiful DFW accommodations, you and your guests can stay in style. An added bonus? Many of these accommodation options also have gorgeous spaces for hosting your wedding, so you never even have to leave the property! Take a look below at some of DFW’s best hotel options offering rooms for your guests and luxurious getaways for you and your sweetheart. Cheers!

Drey Hotel

The Drey Hotel is a boutique hotel wedding venue nestled in the middle of The Village Dallas, a residential community just a short distance away from the downtown area. It offers scenic panoramic views, a plethora of amenities, and multiple event spaces to help bring couples’ dream weddings to life. This venue has both outdoor and indoor areas available to accommodate numerous wedding-related celebrations, including engagement parties, showers, elopements, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions. In addition, get-ready rooms are available to supply couples and their crew with a comfortable place to prepare before the festivities begin.

Wildwood Inn

Located on four wooded acres, Wildwood Inn provides the perfect setting for a romantic wedding. Their European-inspired boutique hotel has 14 luxurious guest rooms for you and your guests to stay and unwind. Full glass French doors and windows overlook lush gardens and gorgeous tall trees, while a large hand-carved fireplace warms the dining room. Wildwood offers indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions for up to 120 guests. Hold your ceremony in front of the beautiful fireplace, on their covered terrace, or follow the flagstone walkway to the elegant garden pergola.

Photo // Courtney Cole Photo

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Lorenzo Hotel

If eclectic art is your thing, look no further than the Lorenzo Hotel for your perfect Dallas accommodations. A funky fresh atmosphere with 600 pieces of art to admire along with elements of convenience and luxury make this a one-of-a-kind place for you and your guests to stay while in the area. Enjoy a central location, friendly staff and design sure to spark your imagination.

Hilton Dallas / Plano Granite Park

From traditional weddings to those that like to shake up cliches, Hiiton Dallas/Plano Granite Park is the perfect place to say “I do.” Vibrant and storied areas create picturesque backdrops while sunkissed natural light softens floor-to-ceiling window views of a wraparound outdoor terrace and waterside draped with weeping willows. From small and intimate to grand and lavish, they offer timeless style for you and your guests!

The Kimpton Pittman Hotel

In a city that doesn’t forget its roots, The Kimpton Hotel Pittman is stepping into the future with one foot in the past. Their building, designed by African-American architect William Sidney Pittman in 1916, showcases communal spaces that are dotted with artwork reflecting the neighborhood’s creative history. In the guest rooms, a minimalist palette and soft lighting mixes with geometric prints and bold pops of color that will make you feel right at home and in the lap of luxury at the same time.

Thompson Dallas

Thompson Dallas is a luxury hotel located within The National, Dallas’ newest urban luxury mixed-use project. The 51-story tower has been curated by a team of award-winning designers and showcases Thompson’s unrivaled level of personalized hospitality with an edge. Thompson Dallas offers bespoke journeys centered around world-class culinary and nightlife offerings as well as refined art and entertainment in a way that only Thompson can curate.

Hilton Dallas Park Cities

With award-winning cuisine, five-star service and a team of experts here to make your event exactly what you had always wanted, Hilton Dallas Park Cities is ready to make sure your event is nothing short of spectacular and one that you will never forget.

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Delta Hotels Dallas Allen

Looking for a gorgeous accommodations option on the north side of town? Delta Hotels Dallas Allen is a new, impeccably designed spacious hotel with a staff excited to host you and your wedding guests for however long you decide to stay! With impressive in-house dining options, a gigantic pool featuring al-fresco movies on the big screen and a massive ballroom ready to host hundreds of your closest friends, Delta Hotel is a wonderful option for your North Texas wedding weekend.


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