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Black, White and Neutral: How to Mix Modern Design with Traditional Details

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This black and white love affair captured by Laning Photography is anything but boring! Modern floral and striking details are infused in this inspiration shoot from Dr. Delphinium Designs & Events. Butterfly Cakery‘s abstract, moody cake provided the perfect dramatic focal point for the scene at The Cliff HousePOSH Couture Rentals blew us away with the sophisticated selection of dinnerware that included matte black flatware and gray granite-like chargers. The invitation suite and paperie from Ladybird Paper Co. followed the trend of a modern-day elegance with a subtle blush pink to convey the romance of the event. The model bride was totally in her element with a delicate, beaded-bodice gown from Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon, and a statement hair clip that was used to push back those luscious waves created by Styles by Vero. Her makeup also looked glamorous with a muted brown lip color and a shimmery gold eyeshadow. Be sure to watch the behind the scenes video from Lorena Burns Photography and Films who filmed all the black, white and neutral details for our inspiration. Cheers!

Photos // Laning Photography

Video // Lorena Burns Photography and Films

From the planners, Shelby Viator and Abby Hampton from Dr. Delphinium Designs & Events: “Our inspiration came from the idea of a sophisticated event infused with a modern garden experience in a seemingly casual setting. We chose a traditional black and white theme then enhanced it with subtle spring colors and acrylic elements for an unconventional display.”

How to Handle the Most Awkward Wedding Planning Situations

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Wedding planning can be fraught with awkward situations from dealing with vendor communications to etiquette issues with the bridal party. You just want to get married and have everyone be happy in the process, which is why we have enlisted wedding planner extraordinaire, Katie Frost of Katie Frost Weddings. Keep scrolling to read her answers on how to handle the most awkward wedding planning situations! (Get ready to feel less stressed and enjoy the planning process more too!) 

How to Handle the Most Awkward Wedding Planning Situations

Photo // Wild Garden Photography

What do I do if I’m having trouble hearing back from my vendors?

Love this question! Always try to have the mindset of giving grace. A lot of vendors spend a lot of time working outside of their emails so responding can take a few days. If you are consistently not hearing back from them, politely explain that you would like more communication with your vendor and give them the opportunity to explain their work style. This right here is crucial, especially when you’re meeting your vendor for the first time.

Always, always, always have the discussion of expectations and how that vendor communicates and the timelines of their responses. I work with a lot of bakers that I personally won’t hear from for weeks because they don’t have the time to sit at a computer constantly, I’ll always take the repercussions from the bride to make sure it doesn’t reflect poorly on the vendor. I know we all work hard and sometimes this industry is a beast. Having grace with everyone you work with will go so far!

How do I politely request children not to attend? Is that okay?

Absolutely! Your wedding is your day! You can do whatever you want. As far as requesting this goes, politely put it on your invitation that this is an adult reception only. You can also reiterate it on your wedding website with more detail: This is an adult wedding only, while we love your kiddos we want you to enjoy the night without any worries!

How do I handle that awkward, “Can I bring a date?” question?

Just be honest! Honesty goes so far. Tell them that you can only invite so many guests to your wedding, and unfortunately you don’t have room for every guest to have a plus one.

Tips for selecting friends to be in the bridal party?

Be honest with yourself on this one. Who do you want by your side on your wedding day. Leave out the politics of who has had you in theirs, your new hubby’s sister-in-law, etc. Those spots next to you should be cherished and should be reflected that way. You’ll spend so many hours with these women – make sure they are the best of the best. The ones that will lift you up, be a constant encouragement, a shoulder to cry on, judgment free friends! Oh, I can’t tell you the stories of the brides that have had to kick out bridal party members because they made it about themselves or wanted to put the bride down. Don’t let that be you, even if that means you only have two solid girls standing next to you, if they are the right girls, it’ll be the best decision you’ve made! More isn’t always better.

What should the bridal party expect to pay for?

This is a tough one, but again be honest. If you can’t afford to pay for their hair and make up, plus their jewelry, plus the dress, plus the shoes, then let them know upfront. Some girls may not be able to afford to be a part of your wedding and that’s okay, but they need to know what they are responsible for before committing to be apart of your crew. Otherwise, be prepared to help cover those costs if it’s a deal breaker. What they need to pay for is completely up to you and your budget. If you want to pay for everything, amazing! If you can only pay for their jewelry, perfectly okay! Don’t ever let what you can cover make you feel bad. It’s an honor to be by your side, and odds are they are just excited to be a part of your big day!

My friend is planning a bachelor/bachelorette party I will hate – what do I do?

Tell her! If you think it’s going to be a huge flop and something not up your alley, let her know! The only way they can make it better and more you is by having that hard conversation. Sure it may not feel good at the moment, but if you want to have a good time, you have to be honest. Otherwise, you may end up resenting that friend that poured their heart into making something they thought would be a blast for you.

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A very special thank you to Katie Frost of Katie Frost Weddings for sharing expert tips on how to handle all those awkward wedding planning issues. For Katie’s help successfully navigating the planning process — and having the wedding of your dreams – you can contact her directly through her Brides of North Texas vendor profile.

Hostess Guide: Style the Ultimate Bridal Brunch

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Welcome to the world of hostessing! Emily Post may have gotten you as far as manners, but we’re here to fill in the rest! Hiring an expert team of professionals will take the stress and worry out of an event that is meant to be enjoyable for everyone – including yourself! Finding the perfect venue is first on the list, and none quite compare to the Cooper Hotel Conference Center & Spa. With so much photogenic green space, it’s the ideal location for a spring brunch! Decor is next! Consider adding bold decor you wouldn’t normally find at a bridal brunch like marquee letters from Alpha Lit Letters. Setting the table is a breeze with gorgeous place settings from Lawson Event Rentals and cheery, garden-fresh florals from The Shabby Rose Florist. Personalizing bridal events has never been easier, and a great way to do so is through sweet treats from Dandelion Cheesecakes and a special beverages from Nightowl Coffee Cart! Treating the bride to a pampering session with Jennifer Trotter – Lip Service Makeup to get her ready for the big event is never a bad idea. You’ll want to hire a professional photographer and videographer such as Neville Wedding Stories to capture the day in it’s entirety, so the memories last forever! Send out beautiful, meaningful invitations like these floral beauties from Illustrated Weddings by Lola Lorena to guests and watch the party come together right before your eyes! Scroll below to see the gorgeous Dallas bridal brunch set-up from our team of master wedding vendors!

Photos & Video // Neville Wedding Stories

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“For this shoot we used a palette of crimson, pinks, peach and cream hues to make a bold statement and really complement the navy blue. We love using unusual textures like fluffy ranunculus mixed with softer roses, peonies and natural berries. It was a blast to be part of a shoot with so much color and life to it!” – The Shabby Rose Florist

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“Your reception is a party! So what better way to celebrate than giving everyone something unique to rave about? A coffee cart at your wedding isn’t just an unlimited supply of caffeine or a gallery of latte art, but an experience-driven delight for friends, family and guests that will keep the party going all night long” – Nightowl Coffee Cart

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“When doing hair and makeup for a bridal party, our goal is to pay attention to each individual while still creating a cohesive look. For makeup, I choose a color palette that meshes well with the bridesmaids’ gowns and adapt a bit for each person. Same thing with hair… if everyone has up-dos, then we’ll design looks for each girl that works for them as individuals and as a group. When done correctly, the entire bridal party looks gorgeous and consistent!” – Jennifer Trotter – Lip Service Makeup

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10 Rustic North Texas Wedding Venues Full of Southern Charm

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Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now the fun begins! With so many wedding venues to chose from for your rustic wedding, how will you ever find the one (venue, that is!)? We’re sharing 10 rustic North Texas wedding venues to help you with your search. From modern-rustic to industrial-rustic, and everything in between, these venues are sure to suit any bride wanting a Texas countryside vibe! Scroll through to find your perfect fit!

10 Rustic North Texas Wedding Venues Full of Southern Charm

Magnolia Grace Ranch – Where modern and industrial meet farmhouse charm! Magnolia Grace Ranch is perfect for winter and summer weddings. Enjoy the climate controlled barn or 15 acres  of beautiful open land. The white walls and ample natural light let you customize the space to fit you and your wedding seamlessly. Not only is this rustic venue stunning, it’s also conveniently located near DFW! You’re guaranteed to fall in love with their modern and rustic feel!

Bella Woods Wedding & Event Center – With multiple ceremony and reception cites to choose from, Bella Woods has everything you could ask for! For a wedding full of rustic charm, their Chandelier Chapel and Taylor Barn will add elegance and raw beauty to any wedding day. Complete with white pews, shiplap walls, and a touch of history, the Woods sight is perfect for the rustic bride!

Hidden Pines | Hurst – Hidden Pines | Hurst offers the sweetest chapel space for an intimate ceremony that everyone will love! The vaulted ceilings, gleaming chandeliers, wooden beams and grand fireplace are all eye-catching elements that elevate any rustic wedding ceremony. Continue the memories in their reception hall that is full of windows for tons natural light and added details to finish off your wedding on a high note. This Hill Country-inspired wedding venue is an easy choice when choosing where to start your forever!

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The Barn at Paradise Plantation – It took us only one look to know that we were in love with the Barn at Paradise Plantation! This industrial farmhouse barn is complete with all the rustic essentials: white exterior, black shutters and barn doors, interior white shiplap walls, white washed brick walls, exposed beams and copper accents. That’s not all – end your dream day on their outdoor porch overlooking their beautiful 49 acres of open land and pond!

The Establishment Barn – Two words to describe the Establishment Barn: Southern charm! This oh-so cute wedding venue checks off all the boxes when it comes to having the ultimate rustic wedding. From the 17 acres of open field, to the rustic barn with modern features, to the handcrafted doors, it is clear that every detail has been thought through. You will not have any problems making this wedding venue your own with this blank slate style barn!

Photo: Brandi Allyse Photo

Chapel Creek Ranch – We love rustic venues because of the history, and Chapel Creek Ranch is full of it! Their white-washed chapel has transformed to be the ultimate outdoor wedding ceremony spot, complete with the original shiplap still on the walls. Their grand barn screams rustic with the beautiful wood walls, one-of-a-kind balconies and grand wrought iron and crystal chandeliers. Have your very own dream day at this unique Texas oasis wedding venue!

Firefly Gardens – Elegant at every view, the Hall at Firefly Gardens has us in awe! The stunning back wall FULL of windows took our breath away from the first moment we laid eyes on it. The German schemer accent wall adds a unique rustic element that will function as the perfect backdrop for all your wedding day photos. We guarantee this wedding venue will capture your heart!

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Hidden Creek – Rustic meets grand to combine into the perfect Dallas wedding venue – Hidden Creek Events! The elegant staircase and chandelier complete the large open floor plan to add the most stunning touches to your big day, and the outdoor arbor makes a great setting to say your “I dos.” There’s no other place to have the rustic fairytale day of your dreams!

Photo: Amy Zumwalt Photography

Hidden Pines | Highland Village – Rustic elegance is all we have to say about Hidden Pines | Highland Village! The dramatic Austin stone fireplace in the chapel will be commanding all eyes to the front during your ceremony. Dress it up with your wedding florals or let its natural beauty shine – either way we give it all the heart eyes! This Hill Country-inspired venue embodies Southern charm with the perfect amount of modern elegance!

The French Farmhouse – This brand new wedding venue brings a much needed French touch to North Texas! Opening in May 2020, this elegant estate is nestled on 56 acres of open field, featuring beautiful oak trees, a covered bridge and a three-acre lake in the Mountain Springs Community – all accessible for your wedding day! Your and your guests will have the best weekend getaway when you stay in their inn (pictured here), located on sight! This rustic venue is worth the wait!


Continuing your search? Find even more rustic venues here on our Wedding Venues page and get the ultimate rustic wedding inspo from real local weddings here. Happy planning!

How to Bring Your Dream Wedding to Life with House of Tales

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Every couple would love to have a dream wedding and even though they all might look different, they have the same idea — to tell the couple’s story and reflect who they are through all the details of the day. This is where House of Tales Events founder and creative director, Maya Jareou, shines! She pulls from her world travels and experience to tell her client’s stories through every little detail that she designs. Today, she’s giving us a behind the scenes look at how she brings dream weddings to life!

Photos // Jen Symes Photography

How to Bring Your Dream Wedding to Life with House of Tales

Their Planning Process

“I listen  to my client’s story, visions and dreams. Then we go back to the drawing board and start creating a unique wedding design that reflects the client’s true vision and personality. I always introduce my flare for creative ideas by bringing color and textured swatches, decor items, inspiration, etc. After the couple approves the mood board, then the final step is the reveal of life design prototypes to showcase a glimpse of our design life to our client.”

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One Charger, Many Looks

“It really stems from my rule of thumb for design, playing with different design elements, textures, colors that I then tie together all with one common and simple element, to complete and enhance the finished look. It was no different here. I focused on one classic and universal element – ‘the gold rammed charger’ – and then cultivated it into four different designs, that brings four different emotions. I truly wanted to capture the bride’s four stages of emotions when she is planning her wedding in these looks, more than anything else.

We have the excitement and thrills of announcing engagements, and that shows in the jewels and vibrant colored look, followed by capturing the emotions of happiness, positivity to start their planning journey, by adding yellows and mustard elements in the 2nd look. Our 3rd look I wanted to translate the pure and serene love, that the bride feels with her mom and girls when she puts her white wedding dress on for the first time, with whites, ivory and champagne colors in the designed look. I then wanted to capture our finale look by transient the romantic and dreamy emotions of the wedding day, by adding the mauves, blushes and pinks as the final stage of the journey.”

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Why They Do What They Do

“Where do I begin? I’m passionate about people and their stories. I absolutely love seeing the reactions of my couple’s faces when they see my mood board comes to life on their wedding day. That emotion is a pure joy of mine and honesty is the core drive for me at the end.”

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Their Source of Inspiration

“My main inspiration comes from travel, experience, different cultures, food, fashion, music, languages, historical castles, palaces, especially Versaille, linen textures, shapes, colors, nature, people and anything that has an emotion to it.”

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What Couples Can Expect

“Devotion, eye for details, a full team of professional creative partners, creative mind, 10+ years experience in event production, ethics, punctuality, problem-solving skills, not to mention friendship, and laughter.”


Thank you for Maya Jareou, founder and creative director at House of Tales Events, for sharing a behind the scenes look at how they bring dream weddings to life! If you would like to learn more about working with House of Tales Events on your big day, you can contact Maya directly through her Brides of North Texas vendor profile.