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Tropical Boho Inspiration from The Big Fake Wedding 2019

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Enjoy this rockin’ tropical boho inspiration from The Big Fake Wedding 2019, a one-of-a-kind bridal show in DFW showcasing tons of local vendors in a lifelike wedding event where the audience includes future brides like you! This year’s Big Fake Wedding took place at Monroe Pearson, one of our favorite industrial venues. Transformed into a tropical boho paradise by dozens of talented North Texas vendors, the space boasted texture and details galore, from amazing signage to pops of color in the table accents to incredible palm leaf florals. The bride was lucky in love with her sweet groom and looked her very best, showing off her long locks thanks to styling by Tease to Please Hair and Makeup. Bash + Vibe whipped up the cutest bride and groom signage for their photos – adorbs! What better way to top off the night than with delectable craft coffee by Nightowl Coffee Cart – such a fun addition to your reception and an interactive station guests will really love! The tropical boho celebration hosted by The Big Fake Wedding provides all sorts of fun ideas to take your big day up a notch. Cheers to another year of this fun bridal show!

Photos 1-12: Kendall Nicole Studios

Photos 13-19: Surveyor Creative

Video: Nifty Fifty Films


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Get Fit for the Wedding Day with Nutrition Tips from Bells & Barbells!

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Have you ever wondered – what’s more beneficial to getting fit: diet or exercise? Or, how do I stick to a nutritional plan? Bells & Barbells Wedding Fitness‘ registered dietician, Kayley George, is sharing not only her answers to these questions, but is filling us in on all the ins and outs of working a diet into your wedding fitness plan. Read on to meet Kayley and hear her fab nutrition tips!

nutrition tips from Bells and Barbells

1. What does a bride or groom get when booking your nutritional services?

Our customized nutrition packages come with everything you need to be successful in your #weddingdiet. Bundled in either a 6- or 12-week package, you’ll receive 1:1 weekly , texting accountability, customized meal plans, an educational nutrition platform and unlimited access to myself as your dietitian. Once you’re on board with me, I’ll coordinate with your personal trainer at B&B to make sure you receive a collaborative nutrition and fitness plan.

2. Walk us through what a nutritional consultation looks like.

My philosophy with nutrition is to build sustainable habits, not follow a temporary diet. In a typical coaching session, we look at your goals, your typical diet, your current habits, and find areas to make changes. For example, if you’re drinking three sodas a day, let’s try to drop that down to one, then let’s switch to water, and then let’s drink double that amount of water. It’s all about baby steps! My goal is to come up with practical strategies to make living realistic for you as a busy bride or groom. Once you’ve mastered the foundational habits, then we get to experiment with higher-level nutrition strategies manipulating macronutrients, intermitting fasting, carb cycling and so on!

3. What is your number one tip when providing a nutrition plan?

Pair your carbs! I repeat this like a broken record. Instead of running away from carbs, choose whole food sources of carbs (fruit, starchy veggies, whole grains, legumes, etc.) and pair with a fat or protein to balance your blood sugar and energy levels. Protein and fat encourage satiety, whereas carbs are quick energy sources that leave you hungry soon after. Some popular combinations include apples with peanut butter, cottage cheese and berries, and crackers and hummus.

4. Which is more important, diet or exercise?

I am biased, but I am definitely team DIET! I always say abs are made in the kitchen. You can’t out-exercise a bad diet, no matter how hard you may try (and believe me, many do!).

5. What tips do you have to keep brides and grooms on their diet?

Accountability is key. If you aren’t working with a professional like myself, find someone else in your circle who can support you on this journey. You need accountability in the good times and the bad. We make so many food choices every day, it’s inevitable that you will slip. But rather than throw in the towel, an accountability partner will help you pick right back up where you left off.

6. What are some of your go-to meal suggestions?

I’m a big fan of 3-ingredient meals. With how busy our brides and grooms are, this simple strategy can make meal prepping mindless. A 3-ingredient meal needs 3 components: protein, carb, and veggie. To portion out, each ingredient should fill 1/3 of your meal prep container or plate. Some easy combinations are chicken/sweet potato/spinach, salmon/ sprouts/chickpeas, and shrimp/tomato/brown rice.


Kayley’s nutritional services are available with every Bells & Barbells fitness plan. To book your consultation with the B&B team, visit their website or message the team directly via their Brides of North Texas vendor profile.

Ask the Expert – Q&A with Wedding Photographer Brittany Clark

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Would film or digital photography be better? What should you bring to your bridal photoshoot? What is the one thing that will help your wedding day run more smoothly? You’ve got questions and today, we’re bringing you answers from Brittany of Brittany Clark Photography who will be sharing her insights on these and other topics. With extensive experience in wedding, engagement, bridal photography and more, she helps her clients successfully navigate this process with beautifully documented memories at the end.

Don’t miss her tips on her favorite locations in DFW for photoshoots!

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Photo // Brittany Clark Photography

Describe your photography style.

I create imagery using medium format film which creates beautiful and timeless photographs. Digital imagery is still beautiful, but it simply cannot recreate the luminosity, rich color tones and softness of a film photograph. Besides the quality of the images themselves, I also love shooting with film because it allows me to slow down and truly connect with my clients. Instead of rapidly shooting on a digital camera, each image is carefully crafted and photographed with intention which means a slower-paced and all around more beautiful experience for my clients. 

Tell us what you love most about being a photographer.

As a wedding photographer, I have the honor of being apart of my clients’ biggest moments and making sure they are documented with gorgeous imagery. I love that photos have the power to take us back in time and remind us of our very best moments. I feel so much joy when I look at my own wedding photos, so I love that I have the opportunity to provide my clients with that same nostalgic joy.

What services can a bride expect from you?

I primarily shoot weddings, but I also capture engagements, bridals and portraits. From the engagement to the wedding day, I am in constant communication with my brides, and by the end of the experience, a friendship has developed. Most of my wedding clients continue to hire me for maternity, newborn and family sessions. It means so much to me to be more than a vendor to my brides!

Where are your favorite places to shoot?

I have so many favorite places to shoot in the DFW area! For those who love florals, greenery and romantic garden vibes, The Dallas Arboretum is the perfect location! For the ones who prefer an outdoor location that is quiet and intimate, I’d recommend a local lake such as White Rock Lake or Grapevine Lake. For those who feel extra creative, several local venues are available to rent by the hour and make the perfect backdrop for portraits!

Any advice on keeping the wedding day running smoothly and on schedule?

I cannot stress this enough to my clients… INVEST IN A WEDDING COORDINATOR! You will not regret it. Wedding coordinators should create a wedding timeline for you and enforce it on your wedding day. This is so important when it comes to wedding photography! Another tip I suggest to my brides is to bring all her details with her to her bridal session. This would include the invitation suite, all the rings, jewelry, shoes, veil, bouquet, etc. Doing these shots at the bridal session instead of the wedding allows me to be creative and not worry about time!

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A special thanks to Brittany for sharing her helpful advice with us today! To get in touch with Brittany Clark Photography, you can reach her directly at her Brides of North Texas profile here.

Lavish Mansion Wedding Inspiration at The Olana

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You’ll want to stop and scroll through ALL of the gorgeous images from this lavish mansion wedding inspiration shoot from MK Event Boutique! The Olana is quickly becoming one of North Texas’s most sought-after mansion wedding venues and we can certainly see why. Its opulence, spaciousness and vintage classiness are unrivaled! Megan Kay Photography captured the day beautifully, artfully documenting each vignette. We love how the circular floral installations become a repeating element throughout the scene, from the tabletop by Lawson Rentals to the bridal portrait showcasing a gown from Bridal Boutique. With a chic bun and neutral palette by Lip Service Makeup, the bride’s look is timeless and classic, perfect for the setting. We’re also obsessed with the chic black cake from Butterfly Cakery – an uncommon color choice but one that makes an incredible statement. MK Event Boutique not only designed this beautiful scene but provided the sophisticated stationery suite, as well. So many details to love and be inspired by! Cheers!

Photos // Megan Kay Photography

Color Coded: Perfect Springtime Shades for Your Celebration

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From florals to stationery to delicious desserts, these eye-catching, statement-making springtime shades are perfect for your celebration. They can add a bright, unexpected pop of elegance to all sorts of wedding details! Take a look at how we styled these gorgeous springy hues at House of Dirt, and if you’re in the midst of planning a 2020 wedding, don’t forget to Pin these ideas to save them for later! Happy planning!

Pale Pink

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

Pairing perfectly with creamy hues, light blues and even coppery metallics, pale pink doesn’t have to be boring. Take it up a notch by really infusing it into your bridal look via hair and makeup, try an ombré effect on your cake and think outside of the box when it comes to florals.

photographer: Tyler + Lindsey | hair + makeup: The Styling Stewardess | cake: Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery | floral: Dr. Delphinium Designs + Events | dress: Bella Bridesmaids

Cerulean

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

An unexpected springtime shade that’s not quite teal but not quite blue, cerulean is an unforgettable hue that works in a variety of mediums. A subtle nod in your makeup palette can really highlight a pair of blue eyes, while cerulean watercolor invitations will leave quite the impression!

photographer: Meggie Taylor Photography | hair + makeup: Etoilly Artistry | floral: Blushington Blooms | invitation suite, calligraphy | Bethany’s Letter Shop | dress: Bella Bridesmaids

Fuchsia

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

If pink is king, fuchsia is queen – the perfect ultra-saturated counterpart to a classic wedding shade and one that can add the ultimate contrast in such gorgeous ways. From blooms to bridesmaids’ dresses, try incorporating fuchsia into a bright, modern palette!

photographer: Bertha Torres Photography |  hair + makeup: Styles by Vero | invitation suite: Lyons Paperie | dress: Bella Bridesmaids | floral: Joche W. Events

Shades of Grey

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

Go for greyscale for an understated, sophisticated shade that underscores other hues like dusty blue and blush pink simply beautifully. We love the marble chargers and linens paired with classic silver and modern, soft details.

photographer: Dyan Elizabeth Photography | cake: Butterfly Cakery | floral: Luxe Petals | place setting + linen | Warehouse Rose Events | custom vows + place cards: Love Letters Handmade

Playful Peach

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

Notice how nicely this peach shade plays with blue, green, teal, gold – you name it! Peach really is a playful hue and one of our absolute favorite springtime shades. Try it in bouquets, place settings, stationery, cakes and more!

photographer: Nate & Grace Photography | cake: XO Cakery | invitation suite, table numbers, place cards, menus: Illustrated Weddings by Lola Lorena | place setting: Posh Couture Rentals | floral: Poppies and Peonies Design | dress: Bella Bridesmaids

Gold and White

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

springtime shades perfect for your wedding celebration

Consider us smitten with this luxe, light, neutral combo. Gold and white make the perfect pair! From flatware to French macarons and fluffy bouquets, this combination is sure to shine and take your celebration to new heights.

photography: Lightly Photography | French macarons: Savor Pâtisserie | floral: Donnie Brown Weddings and Events | dress: Bella Bridesmaids | place setting: Posh Couture Rentals