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Romantic Woodland Grace Altar Design by House of Tales Events

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We’re head over heels for this romantic woodland grace altar design by House of Tales Events! Soft pastel florals from Kate McLeod Studio in combination with acrylic rentals from Belle Decor give this scene a gorgeous modern elegance that we simply can’t get enough of. The Milestone – Aubrey was the most breathtaking setting, featuring 52 acres of Texas countryside. Expertly captured by Dyan Elizabeth Photography, our bride was a vision in two beautiful gowns courtesy of Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon. WZ Beauty Studio provided flawless glam, including a sleek and sophisticated low bun and natural makeup. Last, but certainly not least, Illustrated Weddings by Lola Lorena created the a unique invitation suite that mimicked the florals perfectly. Keep scrolling for the stunning images from this shoot, and make sure to follow us on Pinterest for even more fabulous inspiration! Cheers!

Photos // Dyan Elizabeth Photography

From the planner, Maya Jareou of House of Tales Events: “Woodland Grace was inspired by reveries of all things blue and lilac, which I think portray romance and elegance.”

#BehindTheScenesBeauty | Editorial Looks from DFW’s Top Beauty Experts

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Straight from the pages of Brides of North Texas’ Spring/Summer 2019 issue, we’re taking you behind the scenes on all the gorgeous beauty looks that graced the editorials of our 10th anniversary mag. Meet DFW’s top beauty experts, and read their tip for each bridal look below. Cheers!

#WHIMSICALVIBE

“With a fresh and glowing face, a subtle pop of lilac was added to the lid and lower lash line. With no top liner and wispy lashes, it let the color really show up and pull the entire look and feel together. Going with more of a whimsical and romantic vibe, I didn’t want to do anything too heavy on the eyes, face or lips. So I chose the perfect soft matte peachy-pink for her lip color. With a soft, yet prominent highlight on the face, it really lets her natural glow shine through and pulls the entire look together.” – Lauren, byLomuns

See more from this look here. // Photos: Andrea Elizabeth Photography

#BehindTheScenesBeauty | Editorial Looks from DFW's Top Beauty Experts

#PLUMPALETTE

“I often mix multiple colors to get the look I want. Layering bright pops of color on top of a dark cream eyeshadow, a scatter of glitter over the eyelid – makeup should be fun! For this photo shoot, the focus was a plum palette. I immediately knew I wanted a bold lip but wanted to create an overall look that was unexpected.” – Taylor, Rouge and Rosé

See more from this look here. // Photos: Jacque Manaugh Photography

#MODERNROMANCE

“The look I was going for is romantic, elegant, with a twist of modern. For her eyes, I used a medium warm brown shadow with a hint of copper tones to enhance her gorgeous blue eyes and I paired it with full-long false lashes and a smudge of liner top and bottom. I finished with a white liner on the waterline to brighten her eyes and a soft shimmer shadow. Her brows were lightly filled in to achieve a more natural look. I accentuated her cheekbones by contouring and using a warm gold highlighting powder. The floral colors in the shoot inspired her lip color — a custom blend that worked well with her skin tone and surrounding colors. My team lead stylist created an upstyle that was romantic and modern. Parted down the middle with soft pieces to frame her face and a low twisted pulled out bun. It was soft and textured to complement the entire bridal look.” – Wendy, WZ Beauty Studio

See more from this look here. // Photos: Dyan Elizabeth Photography

#FALLBEAUTY

“My inspiration for this look was the season. I love when fall/winter sets in — that’s when you can play up your colors. I love using bold lipsticks such as burgundy, deep oranges and reds. They definitely make a statement. Being able to tie in the colors of the wedding day into your look is a fun way to bring everything together.” – Ashley, Ashley Drew Artistry

See more from this look here. // Photos: Deven Ashley Photography

#TOUCHOFMETALLIC

“For this look, I wanted to keep her look very fresh and clean. I wanted her to have the desirable glow that we all love, but mainly dial in on enhancing her natural beauty. I really focused on her skin with the makeup. We went with a metallic palette here — working with bronze, rose gold and champagne tones. I really feel like these accentuated her best features and would really convey the organic feel that we were hoping for. And lastly, LASHES! We really layered her lashes to give her voluminous and fluffy lashes to bring out her eyes. I love the softness of this look, paired with a really clean updo. It’s so chic and modern, yet also timeless.” – Brittany, Brittany Jones Beauty

See more from this look here. // Photos: AR Photography

#HAIRGOALS

“I wanted to give a new spin on a half up/half down with combining it with a low ponytail. For her makeup, we wanted to make her eyes pop! To make blue eyes pop, oranges and purples really achieve this.” – Kayleigh, The Styling Stewardess

See more from this look here. // Photos: Nate and Grace Photography

#HOLLYWOODGLAM

“A gold eye, dewy skin, nude lips and glamorous Hollywood waves was our look of choice for the natural beauty! We loved how the hair and makeup paired seamlessly with the illusion neckline and the ear tuck added a touch of elegance. This perfect nude lip was created with Taste Lip Paint in Exposed, MAC liner Boldly Bare, and Bite gloss in Honey.” – Kailey, Etoilly Artistry

See more from this look here. // Photos: Pharris Photography & Philms

#FLIRTFACTOR

“A chin length bob is curled away from the face, then brushed into place and pinned back on one side to create a gorgeous short hair ‘do with an Old Hollywood vibe. The shorter length gives this style plenty of volume, plus it works well with the high neckline of the gown. Bonus? It provides a bit of extra flirt factor! The look also features naturally glam makeup with warm, glowy skin, toasty coffee shades on eyes, a double layer of wispy lashes and flushed pink lips and cheeks to pull it all together.” – Jennifer, Lip Service Makeup

See more from this look here. // Photos: Alba Rose Photography

#COPPERROMANCE

“I wanted to emphasize the bride’s natural features using semi-dewy finish products on her skin. The key to achieving this look? Prep the skin properly! I used rose water, serum and deep moisturizer. I made her eyes pop using copper and gold colors and the right eyelashes to accentuate the romantic look in her eyes.” – Veronica, Styles by Vero

See more from this look here. // Photos: Laning Photography

#SLEEKUPDO

“Not all brides can rock the straight back look, but this bride could! I teased the top for the perfect height with a sleek updo. For the updo, I created volume first and put vintage pin curls around the volume to give it the perfect vintage glam! With a stunning hair pin and veil it was the perfect updo for such a beautiful shoot!”- Laci, Tease to Please Hair and Makeup

See more from this look here. // Photos: Jen Symes Photography

#NATURALBEAUTY

“We created a swoon-worthy, undone updo with face-framing tendrils to showcase the dainty lace embellishments of this gown. The bride’s makeup consisted of rose-flushed cheeks, a touch of highlighter, and a soft lip stain which come together to create a perfect no-makeup, makeup look.” – Jordan + Reilly, Grand Slam Glam

See more from this look here. // Photos: Stephanie Brazzle Photography

#COLORFOCUS

“I utilized all matte colors to keep the attention on the color scheme. I used a cream color lid with soft browns on her crease to transition into a warm rust color. Smokey brown liner created a more romantic affect. I finished with cream waterline under eyes to open up her eyes.” – Andrea, Tousled Studio

See more from this look here. // Photos: Madeline Shea Photography


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North Texas Planner Profile: A Stylish Soiree

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North Texas brides, we’re so excited to introduce you to the planner, designer and florist behind A Stylish Soiree! Custom events with personal details, seamless and stress-free planning and unmatched service serve as the mission behind everything A Stylish Soiree does.

“As both a planner and a florist, I design every detail with inspiration and cohesion, ultimately creating a one-of-a-kind celebration,” Kerrie says. “I love weddings and I’m a hopeless romantic. I love gardens, nature, architecture, color and texture! I love working with all styles. Nothing makes me happier than designing a lush backyard wedding one weekend and a modern urban loft wedding the next. I love details! I want my clients’ weddings to be filled with personal details making each wedding unique and one-of-a-kind. My goal is to create an unforgettable, perfectly planned day.”

Kerrie and her team at A Stylish Soiree are certified wedding planners with a sincere passion for weddings. They can plan, design and execute weddings exactly how you’re envisioning, and if you’re not sure which direction to go, style-wise, no worries! A Stylish Soiree‘s floral and event designers are more than happy to create story boards and sketches along with detailed quotes for decor so your personality can truly be reflected in your celebration.

A Favorite Styled Shoot

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Photos // Gray Door Photography

Pinks and peaches and fuchsias, oh my! “I’m still in love with this vibrant floral color palette at The White Sparrow. A bright pop of pink really stands out against the venue’s whitewashed walls, and the ceremony setup is the perfect inspiration for an intimate summer wedding,” Kerrie says.

Kerrie’s biggest words of wisdom for brides-to-be wondering where to prioritize? “Hire outstanding vendors! Vendors can make or break your celebration; hiring the right people is the best way to ensure a seamless event. Experienced vendors can bring extraordinary events to life, and they’ll adeptly handle any hiccups on the big day. We love connecting couples with amazing vendors who are the perfect fit for their vision and budget.”

Real Wedding Love

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Photos // Shannon Skloss Photography

Neutral tones with pops of glam made this particular wedding one to remember. “I absolutely loved working with Chelsea and Jameill at The Grand Ivory! There was so much to appreciate about this wedding, but I especially loved their late-night snacks: grilled cheese sandwiches served from a food truck. And I should mention that it’s always a pleasure to work with a groom from our favorite sports team, the Dallas Cowboys!”

With more than 200 beautifully executed weddings in her portfolio, Kerrie and her team know a thing or two about helping couples plan their dream day in a visually stunning and detail-oriented way. Be sure to find A Stylish Soiree’s profile spread in the newest Brides of North Texas Spring/Summer 2019 issue on page 40. Her work is simply stunning! To get in touch or inquire with Kerrie, reach out via their vendor profile! Cheers!

What to Consider Before Selecting Your Bridesmaid Dresses – Tips from Margaret Collection

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You’ve dreamed of your wedding gown since you were young, but how much thought have you given bridesmaid dresses? The process of selecting bridesmaid dresses that look great on your favorite girls as well making sure they work with the style of the wedding is a big job, but we can help you do it successfully! With these expert tips from owner and designer Meggie Fritz of Margaret Collection, you can avoid the common pitfalls and enjoy this process by finding out what to consider before selecting your bridesmaid dresses.

Photos //  Katie Pinson Photography

What are the most common issues brides deal with during the bridesmaid dress selection process?

I think the most common problem is deciding on a dress style that is going to work for all of your bridesmaids. Most of us have bridesmaids with all different body types, and it’s super hard to please everyone. We (Margaret Collection) truly try hard to come up with designs that can be flattering and comfortable on most body types. Dress shapes that are universally flattering tend to be strapless bra friendly, have a nipped in waist, and don’t hug too tightly.

Another issue is when a bride loves many different styles making it hard to narrow it down. A good way to narrow down your bridesmaid choices is to pick one or two that mimic your wedding dress. That way they will definitely fit with your theme and won’t look out of place.

One more thing to watch out for is getting too trendy. Similarly to when you decide on a wedding gown, you want your bridesmaids to have an of-the-moment dress without going too crazy with current trends.

What to Consider Before Selecting Your Bridesmaid Dresses - Tips from Margaret Collection

This belted tank dress is a great example of a flattering midi length dress that has a nipped waist, but doesn’t hug too tightly.

What is the most important thing for brides to keep in mind during the dress selection process?

One of the most important things to keep in mind is the dress code or overall theme of the wedding, because the bridesmaids dresses can really add to the whole effect. The bridesmaids will be standing in front during the ceremony and will be in many pictures, so it looks amazing when the dresses flow with the theme or feel of the wedding. This can include any or all of these things: the dress code (whether it is very formal or more casual), your color theme (but you can’t go wrong with neutral colored dresses like champagne), and the season’s temperature (long sleeves in August = sweat).

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

Take your wedding color scheme into consideration when selecting your bridesmaid dresses, but you can never go wrong with neutrals like champagne or this tan linen circle skirt dress.

What information should a bride already know when she comes to you to find her bridesmaid dresses?

When it is time to decide on bridesmaid dresses, you should know the general theme of your wedding. The bridesmaid dresses should contribute to the overall style of the event, so you want to have some details in place already like your venue, what the dress code will be, the time of day the wedding will take place, and what colors you will use. It is especially helpful to have your wedding dress picked out because the wedding dress tends to lead the theme and will likely provide direction for the bridesmaid dresses.

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

Having your wedding dress selected before looking for bridesmaid dresses will help you better determine what style to go with, like this fun ruffle sleeve, off-the-shoulder dress.

How can brides tell if they have selected the right dress?

My best advice is to realistically put yourself in your bridesmaids’ shoes. Is it a cool and flattering dress that you would be excited to wear? Would you be happy wearing it for long hours? Are you going to be comfortable enough to reach your full potential of fun on the dance floor?

That being said, it is your wedding that you are spending endless amounts of time planning, so you get to choose the aesthetic. Try imagining what your wedding photos will look like with you in your gown and your bridesmaids in their dresses standing next to you, in your venue and holding the flowers you choose. If you like the way that picture in your head looks, then you probably selected the right dress!

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

When selecting a bridesmaid dress put yourself in your bridesmaids’ shoes and consider if it’s a dress she can dance the night away in, like this wrap dress, but don’t lose sight of what works best for the overall event.

What dresses from your collection are you most excited about for this upcoming season?

Must. Love. Midi length. It is such a flattering length and gives any design a touch of classic style, and also happens to be a lasting trend right now. It is a very comfortable length because you never have to be cautious about a short hem, and you don’t get too hot on the dance floor like with a maxi dress. It somehow works for both casual and formal settings – perfect for a wedding!

We are working on bridesmaid jumpsuits! Think tasteful but cool jumpsuits that you even might want to wear when you’re not a bridesmaid. Can’t say too much yet, but I am very excited for these to debut in the spring!

Margaret Collection Bridesmaid Dress

A midi length dress, like this slip dress with a tie waist, is a flattering length on women of all shapes and sizes as well as being on trend, not to mention, still comfortable.


Special thanks to Meggie Fritz of Margaret Collection for sharing such wonderful advice. To learn more about Margaret Collection’s custom design services and dress collection, visit their vendor profile!

Travel Through the Journey of Love with Heather Lane Events

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Oh darlings, let’s be adventurous, shall we?! Today, we’re taking a closer look at this gorgeously composed Journey of Love inspiration shoot from Heather Lane Events, shot by Rachel Elaine Photography. Top Tier Event Rentals + Staffing decked out The Joule Hotel with a stunning tabletop display surrounded by ghost chairs provided by Belle Decor. The artfully crafted presentation in punchy hues of sky blue and yellow features the most adorable travel inspired details. Menu and tags were made to look like vintage airline tickets thanks to Illustrated Weddings by Lola Lorena, and Bethany’s Letter Shop provided personalized calligraphy on the artful globes – the perfect nod to a couple in wanderlust! HoneyLove Cakery created a decadent five-tiered cake artfully textured in the vibrant hues of the scene. Bright blooms from Poppies and Peonies Design and linens courtesy of AM Linen Rental finished off the look.

Can we talk about this gown?! Our model bride is a knockout in a Cinderella-style ball gown from De Ma Fille with flawless hair and makeup by The Styling Stewardess. The Welcome Box put together the cutest favor box filled with delectable goodies! We especially loved the live painting provided by Julia McNally Fine Art & Live Event Painting. What a special and creative way to commemorate the biggest day of your life!

Read on for a word from the planner herself, and catch a behind-the-scenes look from the talented team at Co. N Films. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be utterly obsessed with this sweet and sophisticated shoot! For even more fabulous inspiration, follow us on Pinterest, and don’t forget to pick up your copy of our glossy new Spring/Summer 2019 issue.

Photos // Rachel Elaine Photography

Video // Co. N Films

From the planner, Heather CoDay of Heather Lane Events: “Every couple I come across is embarking on the biggest journey they will ever take – marriage. When I considered world travel as my inspiration, I wanted to take the viewer back to their most memorable journey. Whether that was a destination or a time in their life that they will never forget, I wanted to bring the best of both worlds together.”