Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Brides of North Texas! As we put the finishing touches on our Spring/Summer 2019 issue, we truly have so much to be thankful for! We’ve been working with the most amazing brides to share their weddings in the upcoming issue. We’ve also had the opportunity to collaborate with the most talented wedding pros in North Texas to share dozens of inspiring editorials. In just a few short months, the glossy pages that we’ve poured our hearts into will hit the newsstand, and we can’t wait to share to share it with you all! Wishing you a wonderful and safe holiday!
Stunning wedding gowns splash the salon in white. Silk, organza, tulle and satin brush every wall. Jeweled belts and headpieces crown displays, and jewelry sparkles beneath glass countertops. Contemporary furniture and soft lighting create a comfortable yet chic atmosphere for thousands of North Texas brides looking to find the perfect wedding gown for their big day. Nestled in the stylish Uptown District of Dallas, Stanley Korshak Bridal is a local staple with an edge on the latest in bridal trends. The salon is also filled with a breath of fresh air thanks to a duo of industry experts at the helm. Meet owner Mackenzie Brittingham and buyer Christina Plumlee!
MacKenzie Brittingham purchased the salon two years ago and quickly began to bring new energy and talent to the salon. She hired well-known bridal professional Christina Plumlee in December 2017, which has evolved into a powerful partnership. Christina came from another high-end bridal salon in the Dallas area. The duo has kept longstanding hit designers like Vera Wang front and center while also bringing in popular new designers like Sareh Nouri and Gracy Accad.
Brides can expect to receive a truly personal experience with her own stylist. “Our team really listens. I think that’s so important,” Christina says. The salon has a wide variety of gowns for brides getting married on the beach to a cathedral wedding.
“My goal is to supply brides with the best from well-known designers while continually bringing in fresh new talent. This new buy for fall will make the salon the premier destination for savvy brides.” -Buyer and Manager Christina Plumlee
MacKenzie fell in love with wedding gowns, mastering sketches that captivated brides and led her to starting her own design company that she still maintains to date inside Stanley Korshak Bridal. She has a passion for creating gorgeous couture evening and bridal gowns. Christina first got her knack for weddings while working with her husband doing wedding photography.
“I tried working in retail once and went to work opening new stores, but the satisfaction you get from helping making someone’s special day come to life cannot be duplicated. I have been a bridal buyer for the last 15 years. It was a natural fit after working with so many brides,” Christina says.
With inspiration at their fingertips, brides are becoming more informed and more adventurous in their search for the perfect gown. It’s that desire for the latest styles in bridal that pushes these two to keep pursuing bigger things. They’re averaging about a trunk show a month, luring new brides into their salon regularly. Brides, alongside their mothers and girlfriends, sip champagne while they take in the more than 300 designer gowns waiting to be tried on. Brides can purchase their gown and get their alterations done in-house by some of the top seamstresses in the market.
“Our goal is to make the shopping experience something that the bride remembers the rest of her life and tells her friends about,” Christina says.
Christina and MacKenzie have plans to open new stores in other cities eventually, but for now are focused on continuing to grow the Dallas location. The new lines from markets in New York City, Milan, and Barcelona will begin occupying the store windows between August and October of this year.
“The new arrivals will change the face of the salon even more making this salon the destination for brides of the next decade,” Christina says.
Happy Friday lovelies! We’ve raved about Bells and Barbells before – we absolutely love their customized fitness and nutrition plans for busy brides and grooms. To give you a little taste of the fun (and burn!) you can expect when working with Bells and Barbells, we’re sharing this awesome wedding workout and the perfect playlist to keep you motivated. Whether you’re starting completely from scratch or are a veteran looking to take your fitness to the next level, Bells and Barbells can customize the perfect program for you. They can help you find out what works best for your body, how to make the most out of your gym time and learn how to reach and surpass your health and fitness goals! Enjoy your workout!
Bells and Barbells Top 5 Wedding Dress Exercises
Squat + Hip Extension
Start in standing position with feet shoulder width apart. Push your butt out sinking into a squat position. Once you return to the top of the squat kick each leg back to perform hip extension.
Reverse Lunge + Skip
Start in standing position stepping backwards into a lunge. As you return back to the top pull the same knee up into a skip.
Plank + Leg Raise
Start in plank position. Kick each leg up.
Push-Up + Shoulder Tap
Perform a push-up (chest should touch the ground). Once at the top of your push-up tap each hand to your opposite shoulder.
Twisted Mountain + Plank Jack
Start in plank position, keeping your core engaged pull each knee to your opposite elbow. Return to plank position and jump feet out and back in.
Wedding Workout Playlist
Feel Good – Griffin & Illenium (feat. Daya)
Sugar – Maroon 5
Forever – Chris Brown
Push It – Salt n Peppa
Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson + Justin Timberlake
We Found Love – Rihanna
Crazy In Love – Beyonce
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher
Wannabe – Spice Girls
Marry You – Bruno Mars
I Need Your Love – Calvin Harris
From The Cliff House‘s darling intimate space in south Dallas comes this whimsical mid-century modern wedding inspiration, with so many funky, eye-catching details we just adore! This scene has the perfect mix of bright, cheery colors, like yellow chairs from Coral Lane and an organic, colorful bouquet from Kate McLeod Studio, along with a few dark and moody elements for contrast – mercury glass and candlesticks give the tabletop a boho, vintage vibe. We’re obsessed with the way the loose, fresh florals mimic the pattern on the bride’s gown from Lovely Bride Dallas. From the flowers on the cake, to the darling floral wall holding the place cards, the theme is carried out perfectly! Carrying the whimsical mid-century modern aesthetic beyond the venue’s walls is an intimate lounge setup inviting guests to the vintage airstream outside – such a fun touch! Captured beautifully by Brittany Clark Photography, this wedding inspiration gives us fun ideas perfect for couples who like to think outside the box and embrace a unique style. Cheers!
Photos // Brittany Clark Photography
Specializing in design and styling, Donnie Brown Weddings and Events created a styled shoot flourishing with sophisticated elegance. Hotel Crescent Court provided the perfect space as well as divine catering services, complemented by a classic multi-tiered cake with elaborate gold detailing by Delicious Cakes. The charming tabletop was intricately styled with a variety of black and gold dinnerware from Top Tier Event Rentals + Staffing, modern acrylic candlesticks, subtly patterned linens and beautiful ivory blooms, also from Donnie Brown. Beyond provided enchanting lighting to enhance the tabletops, creating an inviting gleam that emphasized the gold tones, and a golden paper suite by Paper Planet paired with the color scheme. J. May Photography captured all the ornate inspiration beautifully. Finally, as the icing on the cake, the stunning model bride wore a luxurious, form-fitting Galia Lahav Haute Couture gown and jewelry from Stanley Korshak Bridal along with glamorous beauty by Tease to Please Hair & Makeup. You can never go wrong with sophisticated elegance and a classic style!
Photos // J. May Photography
From the planner, Donnie Brown with Donnie Brown Weddings and Events: “I’ve always thought that a uniquely beautiful color palette for The Crescent is gold and ivory. It really shines there. But it can often get a little too ‘bridal,’ so I included black to make it more sophisticated. I wanted to also include some retro-60s elements along with some contemporary touches and tie them together with classic elegance. The candlelight hued lighting tied the entire scheme together. I love this look for that venue.”