Another incredible issue has hit newsstands across the metro, and the 10th anniversary issue at that! And while we can’t wait for local brides-to-be to dive into all the imagery that’s filled the new issue, we also want to connect our audience with the incredible mag creatives who brought each piece of wedding inspo to life. Click below to meet the local North Texas weddings planners, florists, rental companies, hair and makeup pros, cake and dessert bakers, invitation designers and caterers featured in the Spring/Summer 2018 mag to begin building your own wedding day team. Happy Monday!
Our inboxes were flooded with so many adorable submissions for this year’s Looks of Love Contest! It was unbelievably difficult to narrow it down to 16 finalists, and we can’t imagine trying to pick a winner, which is why we’re enlisting the help of our followers! This year, we’re letting YOU decide – pop over to our Insta Story at @bridesofnorthtx to vote on our Sweet 16 finalists March Madness style (or Bachelor fantasy league style – whichever you prefer!). We’ve made the bracket – you tell us whose story is your fave! Each day we’ll eliminate half the couples so that on February 13th, the final two finalists go head-to-head. So check in daily (weekdays) to vote for your favorite couples, and read each duo’s adorable story here!
The couple with the most likes will be crowned the Brides of North Texas 2019 Looks of Love winners and will be treated to a one night stay at The Warwick Melrose-Dallas in deluxe suite accommodations, a three-course chef’s tasting menu for two with wine pairing in the hotel’s restaurant The Landmark, nightcaps for two in The Library, breakfast for two in The Landmark or in room dining, complimentary overnight valet parking AND a welcome amenity of sparkling wine and macarons, PLUS all 16 finalists will receive a pair of tickets to Club Corp’s LUXE Wedding Showcase event!
Check back on Valentine’s Day to see the 2019 winners, and tell your pals to follow @bridesofnorthtx to vote!
Photos top left to bottom, top right to bottom: Kelly Costello Photography, Sami Kathryn Photography, Megan Kay Photography, Brittany Clark Photography, Jen Symes Photography, Nate and Grace Photography, Amy Herfurth Photography, Kate Pease Photography, Sarah Kate | Photographer, Madeline Shea Photography, Megan Kay Photography, Brooke Taelor, Alba Rose Photography, Bay Productions, Sparrow and Gold Photography
Weddings are all about pairs that are perfect for each other — and we have some creative pairings of specialty beverages and beautiful blooms that are just that! The talented teams from Nightowl Coffee Cart and HD Liquid Catering dreamed up some wonderful drinks like a chai tea old fashioned, prickly pear punch and everything in between to complement lush florals from the best local floral designers. This styled shoot captured by Tyler + Lindsey at Hickory Street Annex really has it all, including gorgeous gowns from Patsy’s, A Bridal Boutique! Get your wedding inspiration on as you browse. Cheers!
Photos // Tyler + Lindsey
This free-spirited féte decor design by MK Event Boutique is every boho-chic bride’s dream! Captured by the talented Brittany Clark Photography, the rustic walls of The White Sparrow Barn serve as the perfect backdrop to showcase stunning florals from 21 Parc Floral and Events, as well as a truly unique sitting area created by Coral Lane that we just can’t get enough of. POSH Couture Rentals crafted the most exquisite tablescape, featuring gorgeous china, elegant glassware and, of course, the trendiest ghost chairs! Our bride’s off-white, V-neck lace gown from the Bridal Boutique fully embodies the vision behind this one-of-a-kind shoot. Her look was completed with a tousled updo and a bold smokey eye from the team at WZ Beauty Studio. Hannah and Annie, the masterminds behind MK Event Boutique, are obsessed with a statement cake, and HoneyLove Cakery provided just that with the most unique hanging display.
Keep scrolling for more from MK Event Boutique, and make sure to order your copy of the Spring/Summer 2019 Bride’s of North Texas 10th anniversary issue! Happy planning!
Photos // Brittany Clark Photography
From the planners, Hannah Heres & Annie Edgar of MK Event Boutique: “Our design concept is centered around pampas grass… neutral, ambiguous, free-flowing and versatile. We decided to go more of the boho-chic plus elegance route… soft, romantic, bohemian, unique and delicate. Our main design focus is the tabletop, which is heavy in elevated and low lush floral and pampas grass with whimsical place settings and a draped soft chiffon runner that flowed onto the floor in dreamy pools of fabric. We are all about a statement take on the wedding cake, and the suspended cake from the teepee does just that. The teepee gives off the boho-chic feeling, paired with the elegant and romantic lounge area which tied everything together. This design concept couldn’t have been more dreamy!”
Warm sunshine peeks through the window of the chic conference room as the team sips cups of coffee browsing the latest submissions and Instagram photos that capture stunning DFW weddings. The conversations vary from potential magazine covers to Insta-worthy story features to trending color schemes and the next big photo shoot at DFW’s hottest new venue, working alongside their community of wedding creatives. Of course, there are a few distractions like answering a text message from a spouse or making a note to pick up something for the kids after work. It is exactly where Ashley Bowen Murphy and Kami Huddleston want to be.
Ashley and Kami, fondly referred to interoffice as K&A, launched what now has become a force in niche media and marketing with a very simple idea and solution to a problem in planning a local wedding – a problem that became apparent to both as they were planning their own weddings less than two weeks apart from each other. “There was nothing in the market that really showcased local weddings and the vendors connected to those weddings. There was nothing that gave the wedding community a way to collaborate and work together to create content. There was nothing that gave you a true sense of the vendor’s style so that couples could determine if they were the best fit for their wedding,” Ashley remembers. “There was no way to filter [vendors] to know if they were qualified or not,” Kami says.
Over cocktails, the pair daydreamed about designing a wedding magazine and launching an online resource. Neither Ashley nor Kami had any publishing experience, the advent of blogging as a business was foreign and the world of social had yet to be born, but it was a conversation the duo kept coming back to. Kami was a graphic designer, and Ashley was practicing law. They combined their talents and both let passion and the desire to solve a problem guide them. With only a few thousand dollars of their own money, they started printing media kits, designing a website and treating wedding vendors to coffee. “We just decided we would undertake it and see what came of it,” Ashley says. Wedlink Media initially launched Brides of Oklahoma just over a dozen years ago.
The first issue was a hit! Soon after, vendors all over the region started reaching out wanting to partner and collaborate. Couples wanted to submit and share their engagement and wedding. A couple of years later, the pair hired their first employee, Alli Vaughan, after she had helped with the magazine pro bono from inception. That’s when they also moved from the dining room table to their first four-room office in Oklahoma City.”
Less than two years later, they had hired yet another rock star, Meagan Jones who remains with the company today, and officially launched Brides of North Texas. They still vividly remember those first clients with established businesses and notable names in the marketplace, where they boldly asked for a partnership with people who dominated the industry in Dallas/Ft. Worth. “We just kind of wrote our own path, as we always have and will,” Kami says. Ashley and Kami seized the social media revolution as well— blogging every day about local weddings and vendors and actively sharing valuable content online and engaging with their audience via the social platforms the bride demographic was using the most. They also focused intensely on their website to make sure it was just as beautiful, image-driven and user-friendly as their magazine. At any time of day, any day of the week, couples planning can access content created by the local wedding community, source vendors easily and connect with brands via social, all through their multimedia platforms. Everything is 100% local, leading couples directly to the vendors that can make their dream wedding come to life.
That hard work eventually expanded to yet another market. Brides of Austin debuted in September 2015 and Brides of Houston launched this past September, 2018. K&A have also launched a creative agency, Brandlink Media, that serves to support their partners on an even deeper level with digital marketing, website development, graphic design, branding and social media support. The company now has more than 30 talented employees, and the multi-faceted approach to reaching and influencing the wedding decision-making of engaged couples continues with daily wedding emails, online videos, Instagram tips and endless wedding features showcasing local weddings and vendors.
When Ashley and Kami daydreamed about their own magazine as twenty-something newlyweds, they never imagined they’d get to one day call their “creative project” a multimedia company. But they were onto something. Women and couples planning weddings flock to the array of local wedding resources the company provides. As they celebrate the 10th anniversary of Brides of North Texas, they’re proud of the vision that has come to life, the talented team they’ve built all of who are so deeply invested in the company and eternally grateful for the vendors who support them.
And it is now, in a newly constructed and inspiring, creative workspace, that the pair runs the daily operations of the booming business. They still love every minute of it, from the surreal moment of receiving the latest magazine hot off the press to wedding gown shoots, to the moments they take every now and then to knock on each other’s hot pink office door and still daydream about the next big adventure in store.
No doubt K&A’s labor of love has changed the North Texas wedding scene in big ways. Want to see how the story continues? Grab your copy of the Brides of North Texas 10th Anniversary issue today, and make sure you’re following along @bridesofnorthtx!
Photos: Carsyn Abrams Photography // Story written by: Abby Broyles