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Vintage Elegance Styled Shoot at The RoseMary Barn

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With yellows, peaches and plenty of antique touches, this styled shoot at The RoseMary Barn is full of vintage elegance and inspiration galore! Captured by Jen Symes Photography in a timeless, classic style, this styled shoot features a darling couple, their oh-so-cute puppy and details to-die-for. The barn’s whitewashed walls offer a clean backdrop to let the details shine, and we couldn’t love the rentals this team picked any more than we do – everything from a vintage settee to antique chairs and a darling loveseat for the sweetheart table. The spirits station with copper drinkware atop a vintage wine barrel is such a fun, thoughtful detail, too! Organic, loose florals by Lizzie Bee’s Flower Shoppe look amazing, especially with the bride’s timeless high-neck style lace and tulle ball gown from LeAnn’s Bridal. The icing on the cake? A floral-adorned, ombré cake with all the same hues used throughout the day, enjoyed just before the couple makes their getaway in a vintage car from Blue Diamond Limousines. For a couple who loves the romance and nostalgia of a timeless love story, this scene of vintage elegance is sure to inspire. Cheers!

I Do: Perks of Highland Park Village Wedding Program

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As a signature Dallas shopping destination, Highland Park Village has helped countless brides prepare for their big day. In celebration of love, marriage and the important purchases a bride-to-be will make, the shops at Highland Park Village have initiated the I Do Wedding Program: an exclusive, perk-filled program you won’t want to miss!

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How does the I Do Wedding Program work? You’ll qualify for the program by purchasing one ‘Signature’ item from Highland Park Village: an engagement ring from Harry Winston or William Noble, a wedding gown from Carolina Herrera or a wedding tuxedo from Hadleigh’s. Your purchase of one of those three items immediately qualifies you for I Do program benefits, including 10 percent off of merchandise at a handful of Highland Park Village retailers, as well as complimentary services including personal shopping, on-site or in-home styling consultations and personalized closet curation. Participating retailers include Draper James, Market, Saint Michael’s Women’s Exchange, Lela Rose, Miron Crosby, The Juice Bar, Madison and Trina Turk. For a full list of available discounts, read more here about the program!

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No matter your needs during the wedding planning process, Highland Park Village has you covered. From fitness and beauty experts to bespoke apparel, invitations and stationery, wedding registries, catering options and more, Highland Park Village has everything a bride-to-be could need. The shops within this exclusive retail group truly know how to cater to brides, with impeccable service every step of the way! If you’re preparing for a Dallas wedding, be sure to take advantage of this program! Happy shopping!

Sophisticated Wedding Inspo in Shades of Blue by The Lockharts + Lyons Events

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Sophistication in shades of blue is the name of the game for this dreamy, inspiring shoot at Firefly Gardens. Organized by The Lockharts and Lyons Events, a scene dreamed up by photographers with a timeless style and a top event planner in DFW definitely doesn’t disappoint – each and every detail throughout Firefly Garden‘s whitewashed venue adds the perfect touch! Touches of teal bring contrast to the main hue of powder blue, found in both the stationery by Lyons Paperie, the floral arrangements and in the accessories. It all comes together beautifully! A two-tiered cake by Loft22 Cakes with light blue stucco styling and metallic flecks is oh-so-sophisticated beneath a simple greenery arch, and the timeless tablescape with so many shades of blue evokes such feelings of romance! A sleek chiffon gown and barely tousled updo keep the focus on the bride’s natural beauty, and really, on the natural beauty of the whole space. So many shades of blue to love and details we – what an awesome styled shoot and incredible images! Enjoy!

Photos // The Lockharts

From the photographers and workshop hosts:

“We feel that there was nothing missing in this workshop. Firstly, beginning with our amazing planner Linda from Lyons Events, who was always there making sure everything was going as expected. She is so talented! She is also a stationery designer and made all the invitations and stationary pieces. When it came to florals, we were so happy that our wonderful floral designer Elise from Prim and Lovely took our ideas and just ran with them. Everything from the centerpieces, the bouquets and the gorgeous cake arrangement were absolutely beautiful and fit the romantic spring theme we were going for. Following with our cake designer Loft22 Cakes: they did a superb job and the cake looked absolutely amazing. The shades of blues and grays were just stunning and we could not stop gushing at the rock and painted gold details.

“Furthermore, all rentals were provided by the amazing team at Bella Acento. Every single piece looked lovely and added such a unique touch to the session. While the gorgeous chairs made the session romantic, the blush and gray pink gave it a touch of modern. In terms of silk ribbons, runners and napkins, the team at HeyItsOhSoPretty provided everything to ensure the details looked out of a fairytale. We are also so thankful for the Creative Barn and Simply Rooted that provided beautiful styling boards for the event. On another note, when it came to dressing up our lovely couple the teams at Elizabeth Leese and The Black Tux took over. We couldn’t believe how well every single piece came together seamlessly. Likewise, the lovely shoes were provided by Katie Whitcomb Shoes and they were absolutely adorable. Adding to this, the bride was dolled up by the amazing team, Brite Bar Beauty. They are the best in what the do! The bride looked absolutely beautiful, and we expected nothing less!

“We could have not wished for a better venue than Firefly Gardens in Midlothian, Texas. Not only was is beautiful, buy they were so accommodating. The event hall building is a lovely white modern style barn. This building has three incredible crystal chandeliers, a whitewashed brick wall that can be an amazing backdrop for cake table or dessert table and a white shiplap ceiling. The most incredible thing for us as wedding photographers was the rear end wall. This wall is full of windows that provides soft natural light to the entire event hall. This family owned venue is one-of-a-kind, and it will certainly be a statement piece for any wedding.”

Traditional Navy Wedding Inspo at Aristide | Flower Mound

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Featuring a show-stopping real couple getting married this summer and swoon-worthy details in shades of blue, this traditional navy styled shoot at Aristide | Flower Mound is sure to inspire you! Greenery galore and touches of gold bring elegance and sophistication, per the vision of North Texas wedding planner Alexa Kay Events, with Aristide’s beautiful exposed beam and brick chapel serving as a pretty and neutral backdrop. Lip Service Makeup gave the bride a timeless updo and pop of color on her lip to accentuate her lovely features and regal gown from BB Lewisville. While navy acts as the common thread, tying details together across the shoot, varying hues of blue give contrast to the ivory venue and work perfectly from the dinnerware and candles on the tablescape to the groom’s tuxedo. A gorgeous all-white three-dimensional cake from XO Cakery serves as a sweet treat to end the night. Read on to find out the inspiration behind this traditional navy shoot and check out all the gorgeous images below! Cheers!

Photos // Julia Sharapova Photography

From the planner: “The inspiration for this shoot came from a cape dress. Julia (the photographer) wanted something classic and elegant and when she approached Stacy with Walter Wedding Estates about the style, she thought it sounded perfect for their Aristide | Flower Mound location. We styled with touches of navy, powder blue, ivory, gold and greenery. The couple featured in the shoot is also a real couple getting married in June 2019 which made it natural to shoot!”

Wedding Dessert Must Have: Val’s Cheesecakes

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One wedding detail no wedding celebration is complete without? Dessert! And while the traditional wedding cake will always be our first love, we’ll never say no to any additional sweets, be it cookies, macarons or CHEESECAKES! If you haven’t experienced the delectable desserts from Val’s Cheesecakes already, you absolutely must try this DFW staple! Known for their grab-n-go desserts at The Shack and The Shop, Val’s also services all your wedding event needs from tiered cheesecakes and favor jars to custom letter or number designs. Get to know Val Jean-Bart, owner and head baker at Val’s Cheesecakes, and his incredible story behind how the bakery came to be below!

Wedding Dessert Must Have: Val's Cheesecakes

How did Val’s Cheesecakes come to be?

In June of 2008, my mom came from Haiti to visit me for a couple of weeks. During her stay, I noticed her breathing was not quite right as she took more time to climb a small number of stairs. Upon taking her to the hospital, my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal breast cancer and given six months to live.

Being with her at every doctor appointment, I made sure that my mother was only made aware that she had a chronic cancer disease for which she had to get continuous treatment. I made sure that she never heard the word “TERMINAL.”  I believe and know that by my mother not hearing the word “terminal” and with the help of modern medicine right here in Dallas, as well as, the care I provided to her, she lived past four years which totally went against the initial prognosis given to us in June of 2008.

Each Sunday, during those four years, was a ritual for us to bake and try desserts. She would finish her desserts sometimes before touching the main course I would fix for her. She would stay at the house, and we’d spend the whole week discussing what kind of cake we would be trying on Sunday. This went on for four years through countless cheesecakes until her passing in August of 2012.

After her passing, I wrote a letter to the owner of Oddfellows (Matt Spillers) in Bishop Arts, and after tasting the many cheesecakes I brought for him, he decided to carry the cheesecakes at two of his establishments. From that point, I decided to start a business by selling our cheesecakes to other restaurant establishments. After two years of moonlighting as a baker after my civil engineering day job in the kitchen of St Paul United Methodist church, I decided to open a storefront located at 3906 Maple Avenue which is now our first location called THE SHACK.

From the colors seen at THE SHACK and now at THE SHOP, the recipes and overall vibe, this story and journey are daily tributes to my mom, Marie Jose Labossiere, who was a phenomenal, strong and smart business woman. I hope to be at least half of what this woman meant to me in terms of perseverance, guts and sweet disposition.

Tell us about the name.

I wanted to name it Marie’s Cheesecakes but Matt Spillers and my mom both convinced me not to. They each mentioned Marie Callender’s Megs and the name being very popular already.

What services do you offer for weddings?

Our number one catering item is the cheesecake cupcakes as well as cheesecake shooters. We do provide cheesecake jars (twist jar or clamp jar) as well with customized labels depicting initials and wedding date. We are the only bakery offering tiered cheesecakes and large letter or number cheesecakes. We also offer sheets of cheesecake, cheesecake dessert bars and cheesecake brownies.

What can a bride expect when placing a cheesecake order with Val’s?

Expect a wonderful, fun tasting experience and special attention brought to each detail desired to make the day special.

How customizable can a bride get with her order?

There is no limit. We make every cheesecake dream come true!

Does Val’s deliver to the wedding site?

Yes, we do deliver!

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Thanks to Val for sharing the tear-jerking story of how Val’s Cheesecakes came to be PLUS the great insight into all the bakery has to offer! Interested in serving cheesecake at your wedding or pre-wedding event? Get in touch directly via Val’s vendor profile here.