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Your Best Wedding Day Advice: From Brides, For Brides!

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Today’s blog is a special one – we’re sharing the best wedding day advice from YOU, our readers! We asked past brides on Instagram to share the best advice that helped as they planned their big day. The responses we received were so valuable! We picked out a few of our favorites to share with all of you below. Remember, in each and every Brides of North Texas mag, you’ll find not only wonderful advice from planners, brides and vendors alike, but ideas and resources galore to alleviate the stress of planning your dream day.  Scroll below to read helpful tidbits of wedding day advice from DFW brides. Happy planning!

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Photo // Stephanie Brazzle Photography

On slowing down:

“Set aside 5-10 minutes right after the ceremony to take it all in!” – Kellie B.

“It goes by so fast. Make sure you take time to enjoy each other and your guests and not rush to each photo op.” – Alexa T.

“Don’t try to do everything (or anything) yourself! Delegate duties so you can enjoy every moment.” – Olivia O.

“Stay with your significant other as much as possible on your wedding day! Remember it as a ‘together’ day!” – Aspynn T.

On smart planning:

“Don’t forget lunch for your bridal party and family day-of!” – Jennifer M.

“Tell your planner everything you hope to have happen on your wedding day.” – Tay R.

“Have someone film how to bustle your dress!” – Mikka J.

“Save all emails from all vendors (create a Wedding folder in your email). This saved me multiple times.” – Kaylyn A.

On prioritizing:

“Stick to what you really want for your day, and don’t let a vendor make you feel guilty for it.” – H.R.

“If you have a tight budget, spending money on a great photographer will be worth it!” – Morgan M.

“Listen to your significant other’s ideas. You will regret it later for not listening to them!” – Alicia L.

“If your wedding doesn’t feel like the absolute best, most perfect day of your life, that’s okay.” – N.C.H.

Order a copy of the Fall/Winter 2018 Brides of North Texas magazine for even more helpful ideas and gorgeous inspiration. Cheers!

Contemporary Elegance Wedding Design by Laning Photography

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Dramatic contrast and exquisite details characterize this stunning contemporary elegance wedding design styled shoot. Captured by Laning Photography, the Spanish-styled Chapel at Ana Villa served as a gorgeous backdrop for the day, offering the perfect amount of charm and sophistication. The model brides wowed in both a spaghetti-strap A-line gown, featuring intricate lace detail and a sweetheart neckline, as well as an illusion off-the-shoulder long sleeve sheath dress with beading detail that’s absolutely to-die-for! Tease to Please Hair & Makeup provided flawless glam to complete their looks. Night Owl Coffee Cart created the cutest outdoor focal point. We love the idea of offering your guests a cup of joe for a brunch wedding! Keep scrolling for the breathtaking imagery from this shoot, and find even more inspiration within the pages of our latest Fall/Winter 2018 issue. Cheers!

Photos // Laning Photography

Whimsical Romance Wedding Inspiration at White Sparrow Barn

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When you give an airy white backdrop a dazzling jewel-toned color palette, you get the beauty that is this gorgeously styled shoot filled with whimsical romance wedding inspiration at the White Sparrow Barn! The perfect dose of fall wedding inspo, rich hues rule the brightly lit space with shades of navy, raspberry, jade green, marigold and plum. Thanks to a spectacular show of floral arrangements and greenery garland, the otherwise rustic-chic space was instantly transformed into a whimsical fairytale dotted with delicate blooms and with its mix of antique and modern furniture pieces. A gorgeous forest green velvet settee framed by vintage-inspired lanterns made for an picturesque lounge area for the model bride and groom, and a dessert display table in a weathered wood look added a bit of vintage charm to the setting, thanks to rentals from Gold Dust Event Co. Along with a delicious cake, we love the variety of unique treats from Dandelion Cheesecakes added to the mix, giving inspiration that’s sure to make your night a sweet one! And as the last, and dare we say most beautiful, element to the shoot, the model bride looked stunning in a coral-like illusion lace gown with a classic hairstyle by Styles by Vero, pinned up for a flowing, sheer veil to trail behind. We love, love, LOVE this darling, trend-inspired shoot!

Photos // Tamara Maz Photography


8 Unique Catering Ideas for Your Wedding

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Whether you’re a foodie or just want to delight your guests with something special, we have eight unique catering ideas for your wedding that you’re going to love. These fun creations from local caterers are both mouth-watering and eye-catching. Enjoy!


1. Bite-Sized Classics

Culinary Art Catering

These mouth-watering mini-burgers are a fan favorite from Culinary Art Catering. Served All-American style, this bite-sized fare is sure to both surprise and delight your guests!

Photo: Cristina Wisner Photographer


2. A Burst of Flavor


Fearing’s at the Ritz Carlton Dallas

Skip the same-old, same-old and treat your guests to a delightful burst of flavor like this one by the clever team at Fearing’s at The Ritz Carlton Dallas. You’ve likely never tasted anything like this grapefruit and basil popsicle with salted orange whip cream.


3. Feed The Soul

Soulman’s Catering

This scrumptious and beautiful take on the classic banana pudding from Soulman’s Catering is the kind of food that will make your guests feel like they’re part of the family.


4. Salads Guests Actually Want

Vidorra Dallas

It’s true that salads are a wedding menu staple, but not salads that guests will actually enjoy like this one from Vidorra Dallas. This tasty dish features black bean pico, pickled red onion, cotjia cheese, radish, and southwestern buttermilk dressing. (Unlike other weddings, you may need to order more salad.)


5. International Nibbles


Vestals Catering

Take guests on a culinary travel adventure and share your favorite international bites with them. This olive bar is a fun Tuscan-themed vignette from the team at Vestals Catering that is as beautiful as it is delicious!

Photo: Charla Storey Photography


6. A New Way to Enjoy an Old Favorite

Wolfgang Puck Catering

Sometimes it’s fun to re-invent the wheel! Let Wolfgang Puck Catering dress up the traditional steak offering with their 44 Farms NY Steak served with summer carrots, kumquat and black garlic.

Photo: Joseph Mark Photography


7. Your Own Coffee Bar

Nightowl Coffee Cart

What’s better than coffee? Your own custom coffee bar with custom drinks for you and your guests, like this one from Nightowl Coffee Cart! Not only do these guys offer barista and cart, they also create custom drinks and mocktails just for your wedding.

Photo: Laning Photography


8. Desserts that Will Dazzle

Stirr Dallas 

Think beyond the traditional cake to desserts that will be a showstopper and the talk of the wedding menu! Stirr Dallas has just that kind of dessert with this S’more Tower complete with a graham cracker crust, chocolate ganache, toasted marshmallow and salted pretzel pieces.

Italian-Inspired Film Engagement Session from Jen Symes Photography

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Anastasia and Shankar are looking forward to a traditional Indian wedding ceremony on the other side of the world, but chose an Italian-inspired location for their engagement session, captured on film by Jen Symes Photography! Walking along the canals in Dallas’s Las Colinas neighborhood, Jen captured so many sweet, intimate moments between this beautiful couple in the classic, timeless look for which film is known and loved. Anastasia and Shankar chose two outfits – one more casual and one a bit more dressy and dramatic – perfectly showcasing their sophisticated style. Scroll through these gorgeous photos and read more below to find out how this couple met and how Shankar proposed! Cheers!

Photos // Jen Symes Photography

From the bride: “We met at a pub in Addison on a Monday evening. He was there watching the Spurs game with his friend and catching up, and I was there actually waiting on a date. Shankar noticed me sitting alone, drinking water, looking too beautiful to not talk to (his words). So he introduced himself and charmed his way into a date! He proposed at dinner with my mother and grandparents present at the St. Martin’s Wine Bistro in Dallas where we had our first date and celebrated our one-year anniversary.”