Posts List

Tasteful and Contemporary Wedding Inspiration for the Cultured Bride

Email to someonePin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook
search colors >>

The cultured bride must see this contemporary wedding inspiration before planning her big day! This lovely gallery depicts tasteful wedding scenes captured all around the property at North Texas wedding venue Chapel at Ana Villa. In romantic installations of draping floral design, comprised of big beautiful white orchids, blush roses, pampas grass and plentiful greenery, this styled shoot couldn’t possibly feel more abundantly alive! We love the way this bride was styled with flawless hair and makeup artistry and a beautiful bridal gown. Our favorite part about this tasteful and contemporary wedding inspiration is the elegant yet effortless-looking invitation suite, designed by the talented Lyons Paperie. Share this with the cultured bride in your life, because this gorgeous gallery is a must-see! Cheers!

Photos // Brittany Clark Photography

Looking for even more wedding inspiration? Browse North Texas’s most grand real weddings here. Happy scrolling!

Wintery Landscapes Take Form in Luxurious Emerald Wedding Inspiration

Email to someonePin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook
search colors >>

Has being in quarantine left you with cabin fever? Cool off with a chilly, German snowcapped landscape in the form of Davis & Grey Farms and enjoy this luxurious emerald wedding inspiration. This styled shoot’s deep green color palette is inspired by the lush winter trees and its combination of rich colors and textures like velvet make it one of wintertime grandeur! These long, rustic wooden tablescapes are laden with wintery elements, decor and rentals from multiple vendors like POSH Couture Rentals – opulent gold flatware, a gorgeous velvet table runner and wild ivory floral design draw your eyes to all the right places. This delicious-looking simple yet stunning three-tiered cake from Butterfly Cakery is adorned with fresh florals and green velvet ribbon for good measure, and we wish we could sneak a bite. Our favorite part about this winter wedding inspiration is the way shoot coordinators and The Lockharts photography team all worked together to style the Davis & Grey Farms interior! Read on to hear the photographer’s notes about the vision of the shoot. Cheers!

Photos // The Lockharts

From the photographer: “This day was inspired by the love of snowcapped mountains and lush evergreen trees in the wintertime. We sought to create a space that felt like winter, while still remaining cozy and inviting with candlelight and rich greens. The venue, Davis & Grey Farms, was the perfect backdrop full of natural light and thought out details throughout. We loved layering the different textures of white florals and greens to enhance the space and showcase a romantic, winter garden. Bringing in gold with the candles, place settings, and accessories pulled in elegant, warm touches.”

8 Major Wedding Mistakes Brides Make – And How to Avoid Them

Email to someonePin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook
search colors >>

Ahh, wedding planning. On one hand, such a blissful time. On the other – completely stressful. It can be so easy to lose sight of things as you’re checking off a million to-do lists and keeping dozens of obligations straight. But as you’re in the thick of these, remember not to let these common wedding mistakes derail your bridal bliss. From the planning process to the actual day of, keep these pitfalls in mind and know what to do to avoid these extra stresses.

8 Major Wedding Mistakes Brides Make – And How to Avoid Them

Photo // Gaby Caskey Photography

1. Not setting and sticking to a budget

Probably the top mistake we see brides dealing with has to do with the numbers. Budget is a sensitive subject and if it’s not discussed candidly from the beginning, problems are sure to arise. Sit down with your fiancé and/or family members who may be helping to pay for things early on in the wedding planning process and decide on figures that are comfortable for everyone – an overall number is important, but be sure to set budgets for sub-categories, as well. As you meet with vendors, be up front about your budget and don’t look at options you know will cause you to exceed your agreed-upon budget. There’s never any sense in spending more on wedding expenses than you can realistically afford.

2. Letting other people’s opinions carry too much weight

Aunt Mary would prefer you pick a summer date rather than a fall date? Your future sister-in-law thinks you should go for a blush color scheme, rather than the green and gold you’ve picked out? Your cousin doesn’t care for your wedding dress? Uncle Bob wishes you would’ve done a steak dinner instead of hors d’oeuvres? Let it all go, sister. You will never, ever be able to please every single person who chooses to share their opinion about your wedding, and truthfully, the only opinions that matter are yours and your partner’s. Be confident in your decisions and don’t be afraid to respectfully and succinctly stand up for yourself and your choices. This is your day, and you don’t owe anyone an explanation for how you choose to celebrate.

3. Going overboard on trendy elements

With a plethora of inspiration at your fingertips, from Pinterest to Instagram to wedding websites like this one, you’re sure to see a wide variety of beautiful trends worth emulating within your own celebration. However – there’s a fine line between tastefully trendy and way too many trends. If you truly love a trendy detail, go for it! But anticipate looking back on your wedding photos many years from now: you don’t want your first thought to be “Wow! That’s all so 2019.” Utilize trends carefully, as accentual elements among a timeless backdrop, and you can enjoy the best of both worlds. An experienced wedding planner can help you put all the pieces together and figure out the best way to incorporate all the elements that feel most like you.

4. Letting life revolve around wedding planning

An an engaged gal, planning your wedding will undoubtedly take up a large portion of your life. But it should never become your whole life! Be cognizant of how you’re spending your time throughout the wedding planning process and make sure to set aside time for self care, friendships, relaxation and of course, your partner. Don’t forget to keep dating your sweetheart throughout this season! Need more advice on balancing wedding planning with real life, all while keeping your soon-to-be spouse on board and excited for all the plans to be made? Check out this post.

5. Not having a backup plan

This is a huge one, and in the midst of COVID-19, we’ve unfortunately seen this play out in some very disheartening ways. Obviously, not a single one of us ever anticipated a global pandemic to up-end the wedding industry and hundreds of thousands of brides’ plans along with it, but if there’s one thing this situation has taught us, it’s that things don’t always go as planned. No matter when you plan to wed, be prepared to go with the flow, adapt and accept that things may not look exactly as you’d envisioned. Especially when it comes to weather – if your plan A includes an outdoor ceremony, always, always, always have a Plan B thoroughly thought out in the event of an unforeseen storm.

6. Setting unrealistic expectations for vendors

Finding the right vendors is an integral part of making your wedding day visions come to life, and it’s our hope that you’ll get to work with a team of pros who feel more like friends! However, it’s important to remember that at the end of the day, wedding vendors are human, too, and they also have multiple clients and multiple costs that go into the services they’re providing. It’s perfectly fair to expect open communication, a professional job well done and to get what you’re paying for, but it’s also fair to treat vendors with respect and understanding. Mistakes and miscommunications sometimes happen and a little kindness can go a long way.

7. Trying to do it all

One of the easiest wedding mistakes to make? Taking on too much. Even if you’re the most Type A bride in the world, there are certain things best left to professionals and certain things that will still get taken care of if you delegate them to a trusted family member, friend or fiancé. Split the work, trust your vendor team and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it!

8. Being too stressed to enjoy the actual wedding day

All of the effort that goes into planning culminates in one final day: your dream day! And trust us: you’ll want to be fully present so you can enjoy it. If a wedding planner or a day-of coordinator is not a priority in your budget, we strongly recommend asking a trusted, detail-oriented family member or friend who’s not in your wedding party to help oversee logistics on the day of. Make sure you’ve given detailed instructions to all privy parties to help navigate the wedding weekend (like an itinerary for your bridal party and family members with addresses, phone numbers and pertinent times on the schedule to be aware of). Either way, once your wedding day is here, it’s not worth stressing about things you can’t control or change. Let things unfold naturally, sit back, enjoy yourself and take it all in! You only get to live through this day once, and it goes SO fast.

Bottom line? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Nobody’s wedding planning process, much less wedding day, goes 100% as planned. Be flexible, ask for help, focus on the big picture and always, always remember that your marriage is 1000 times more important than any detail of your wedding day. It’s just the beginning of your story! Remember, Brides of North Texas is always here to assist and to provide helpful resources. We’re cheering for you the whole way!

Juneteenth | Reflecting on a History of Black Weddings

Email to someonePin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook
search colors >>

We’re reflecting on this Juneteenth with a look back on decades of beautiful Black marriages because now and always #blacklovematters. Today, we celebrate love and the significance of this holiday (June 19, 1865, also known as Freedom Day), commemorating General Gordon Granger’s reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, proclaiming all enslaved were to be free in the state of Texas – almost two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed slaves. It’s an era of time that may seem far from today yet we are only generations removed from it.

We acknowledge how far we’ve come as we reflect on a time when Black marriage wasn’t recognized or legal, yet are reminded how much work we have left to do to take action against inequities Black Americans still face. We lift up and stand in solidarity with the Black community, and we promise to use our voice to influence social change as we work toward ensuring a better and far more just tomorrow.

Read more about our promise to our community. Also, many thanks to @cocktailterrica, @theflowerguybron, @cecedesignsllc and @typebirdcreative for crafting a creed we fully adopt and spearheading #unitythroughcommunity to rid the wedding industry of racism, prejudice and bias.

“Still, despite the reign of terror that slavery spawned and no matter how much it altered and disfigured black marriages, it did not and could not annihilate them—or the love that sustained them. African Americans proved relentlessly creative and resourceful in building marriages and kinship ties that functioned for their survival. We should never lose sight of the depth of feelings and affection that undergirded these relationships and the sacrifices they were willing to make for the sake of preserving them.”
For an in-depth look and understanding of the history of enslaved marriages, read this article from The History Channel.

Virtual Date Night Ideas that Make Distance Bearable

Email to someonePin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook
search colors >>

Social distancing gets 10 times harder when you have to do it with your significant other. However, just because you can’t physically go on dates doesn’t mean dates are completely out of the question. Spice up your video chatting with a virtual date night! There are plenty of fun and creative virtual date ideas that make the distance not so terrible. Whether you’re social distancing or in a long-distance relationship, these virtual date night ideas will make you feel like they’re right there with you!

Virtual Date Night

Board Game Night

I don’t know what it is about board games, but they just never get old. If your significant other tends to be on the competitive side, this option is guaranteed entertainment. First thing’s first, pick a video chat service to use! There are tons to choose including Facetime, Skype, Zoom and Google Hangout. Using a computer is best because you’ll need to be able to share your screen, and this function isn’t available on phones. Then, pick a board game, set up your computer, and play away! You will move all the pieces, spin the spinner and draw any cards for both you and your boo. BONUS: if you cheat, they can’t stop you!

Dinner Date

While going out to eat with your love is always special, virtual dinner dates can be just as romantic and maybe even more fun. There’s also a number of ways to go about this. If you’re going for the elegant night out vibe, get all dressed up and order food from a nice restaurant you both like. Create the fancy restaurant ambiance by lighting some candles, putting your food on nice plates, and using actual silverware instead of the plastic utensils they put in the bag. If casual is more your thing, order take out or cook together! Make things more interesting by choosing where each other has to order from or the meal they have to make!

Cocktail Night

It’s time to find out who has a secret bartender talent. Find one or two fancy cocktail recipes online and see who can recreate it the best! If your tastes in alcoholic beverages differ, each of you can find recipes you’d actually enjoy and keep the same concept of making it look like the picture. Either way, whoever’s looks closest to the picture wins! If you don’t drink, make a mocktail!

Movie Night

Movie nights are a classic. They’re such a classic that Netflix created Netflix Party so that you can have them virtually! It allows you to play, pause, fast-forward or rewind a movie in sync with others watching, so it’s like you’re watching the same screen. However, you must have a Netflix account to use it. One thing to note is that it doesn’t include video chat, only messaging, but you can always do that on another device while the movie plays! If you don’t have a Netflix account or Netflix doesn’t have the movie you want, try Zoom! Zoom allows you to share your screen that’s playing the movie with the other person AND you can see each other. Keep in mind free Zoom meetings max out at 40 minutes, but you can just end the meeting, start a new one, and resume the movie. Pop some popcorn and you’re ready to go!

Dance Party

If you’re looking for a more exciting, non-traditional date night idea, a dance party is the answer to your prayers. Log onto whichever video chat service you prefer, determine which one of you will be the DJ or DJ for now, and dance, dance, dance. Make it interesting by doing dance challenges! Learn a dance, come up with a dance, or play add on! This can be done one of two ways.

  1. You do a dance move, your partner repeats it, adds to it, and sends it back for you to start at the beginning and then add on to their move. Keep adding on dance moves and starting at the beginning until one of you forgets a dance move!
  2. You do two dance moves. Your last move becomes your partner’s first move and they come up with their own second move. That second move then becomes your first move, you choose a second move, and so on. The first to mess up loses!

Painting Night

Get artsy and have a paint date! All you need to buy is some cheap canvases, paint and paintbrushes at your local Target or craft store. Find a painting online for both of you to recreate or assign each other a painting! It can be as easy or as difficult as you and your hubby desire!

Baking Night

Craving sweets? Have a bake-off! Once again, find something to recreate and see who bakes it best. This will have to be based off sight instead of taste. I guess you can choose whether or not to be truthful about how tasty yours actually is! Everyone loves a pretty cake, cupcake or cookie, but don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! Try baking a cobbler, cinnamon rolls, fritters or soufflés! To get the full effect, try to make as much as you can from scratch!

Having a virtual bachelorette party? We have some ideas on how to undoubtedly make it one to remember here!