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Girls Just Wanna Have Sun: Bachelorette Poolside Brunch – Part Two

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One of the most anticipated pre-wedding events is always the bachelorette party, of course! No need to take an exotic trip: we’re sharing tons of ideas and inspiration you can use right here in DFW for the ultimate fun-in-the-sun celebration! Got Your Bach, national experts in bachelorette party planning, worked with a team of amazing North Texas vendors to host this playful, colorful poolside brunch, and thanks to awesome images from Laning Photography, we’re sharing all the details! Nightowl Coffee Cart, along side planner Heather Lane Events, not only helped to produce this fun event but of course provided the perfect coffee bar to keep everyone cool and caffeinated all day. Color was the name of the game for this bachelorette party, from balloons to beach balls to blooms by Lizzie Bee’s Floral Shoppe.  Tease to Please Hair and Makeup gave this group of friends stylish and low-maintenance dos, perfect for the poolside and Texas heat, while Ashley Drew Artistry had the girls rocking bold lashes, rosy cheeks and pretty pouts that stayed put while sipping handcrafted cocktails from HD Liquid Catering! To accent all the fun swimsuits, breezy coverups from Altered for the Altar were the perfect choice! Three of our favorite unique touches from this day were the floatie wall from Warehouse Rose, the Sun Square marquee lights from Alpha Lit Letters and, of course, the balloon install from Party with Lushra, any of which can take any pool party to the next level! And, of course, no party would be complete without a delicious spread! Gather & Graze Events came in clutch with the incredible charcuterie display – almost too pretty to eat! We crushing hard for all the #bachbash ideas in this summery shoot – Enjoy!

Photos // Laning Photography

North Texas Planner Profile: Shannon Rose Events

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Calling all sophisticated southern brides! Today, we’re so happy to introduce North Texas wedding planner Shannon Ducker of Shannon Rose Events! Shannon caters to the romantic and classic bride yearning for a beautiful wedding but in need of guidance to help get there. Shannon is the one to help make those dreams come true! She and her team plan and design events for the modern bride, unique to them and in a way that makes the wedding planning process a stress-free atmosphere.

“My personality and overall event management style sets me apart from other planners. Although I am very type A, I am also very outgoing. I love to have a more relaxed and positive attitude when it comes to planning, because I find this creates a more stress-free and enjoyable experience for my couples and their families,” Shannon says. “I do this by not only my overall outlook, but also booking vendors in a specific order, always striving to have a genuine connection with each client, which also allows for a design that is a better reflection of the client.”

As you’ll be able to see from the images below representing Shannon’s work, her events evoke a certain set of emotions. “Our style is a mix of romantic, ethereal and timeless,” she explains. “We love to design events that add a modern twist to the classic elements, while staying true to our couples’ story, personality and style.”

A Favorite Styled Shoot

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shannon rose events north texas wedding planner

shannon rose events north texas wedding planner

shannon rose events north texas wedding planner

Photos // Ellen Ashton Photography

“I love the hand-drawn illustrations used throughout the invitation suite. I think it adds a classic touch and memorable impression for guests. With my architecture background, I am constantly inspired by different elements of each venue I work with, and I loved how it was literally reflected in the invitation suite.”

Speaking of venues, Shannon’s best words of wisdom for brides center on logistics: “I recommend booking your venue or planner first. This way you can have a date set, and have a better idea of the overall budget in the beginning of the planning process. Then from there, book two to three vendors at a time. You don’t have to do it all at once; try to enjoy the process a little!”

Shannon always wants to remind brides to appreciate the season they’re in. “I recommend first taking a deep breath and soaking in the moment. It is a really exciting and big moment in your life, so take a second to enjoy it! Then start to focus on one aspect at a time,” she advises.

An Impressive Open House Event

shannon rose events north texas wedding planner

shannon rose events north texas wedding planner

shannon rose events north texas wedding planner

shannon rose events north texas wedding planner

shannon rose events north texas wedding planner

shannon rose events north texas wedding planner

Photos // BeatBox Portraits

“I recently designed the ballroom for Firefly Garden’s open house. The florals provided by Lush Couture Floral were by far my favorite detail from the event. I love working with lush romantic garden style arrangements that use florals as the texture rather the greenery itself. It gives the florals a timeless element, while also staying true to today’s aesthetic,” Shannon explains.

Her work is simply stunning, so timeless and perfect for the couples who appreciate a classic look but want their personal story to be expressed as well. Shannon Rose Events is the key! Shannon can be reached via her Brides of North Texas vendor profile: reach out to her for more information on planning your dream day!

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!

Ask the Expert: Q&A with Blue Diamond Limousines

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For stylish arrivals and unforgettable departures to and from the best day of your life, Blue Diamond Limousines of Texas is there with a stunning collection of vintage luxury vehicles, limos and party buses, too! Take your pick from their fleet of Bentleys, a Rolls Royce or even a Cadillac convertible to say “hasta la vista” to your guests when the night is through. There’s more to wedding day transportation than just the getaway, though, so we sat down with Blue Diamond‘s expert, Rebecca Harris, to chat about all things transportation-related on the wedding day! Rebecca gives some wonderful insight below.

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Photo // Tracy Enoch Photography

What transportation is included in your inventory?

We specialize in vintage cars, and our vintage cars include a 1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III, 1936 Vintage Oldsmobile, 1966 Cadillac DeVille Convertible and a 1949 Bentley Mark VI Sedan.

How long is the rental period?

We offer individualized pricing, including one-way prices when you are just needing a ride from ceremony to reception, or from the reception to the hotel. In order to provide a price we would need to know the date, time of departure, pick up location and drop-off location. We also offer hourly rates when you are needing to be picked up from the house or hotel, taken to the church, and then dropped off at the reception site later. Some people want the vehicle to stay on site as a “prop” until departure time and some people want the car to leave and return at the end of the night to take from reception to hotel. We also offer photo shoots and prices vary.

Are drivers provided with the rental?

Yes, all of our vehicles come with a chauffeured driver. There are some companies that do allow you to rent a vehicle where the client can drive, but we provide the driver for all vehicles.

Who all involved in the wedding should be provided transportation?

Definitely the bride and groom, and generally we transport the wedding party to the church as well. And of course we’ve got gorgeous vintage cars for photo ops and the getaway! Couples often request a party bus, trolley, or shuttle bus large enough to accommodate the entire wedding party so everyone can pile in after the ceremony and head to the reception together. If you have several out-of-town guests, it’s also thoughtful to provide transportation to the church and reception venue since guests may not have a rental car and are unfamiliar with the area. Don’t forget transportation for elderly grandparents or guests who require special accommodations, too. Prearranged transportation is not only a thoughtful amenity for your wedding guests, it’s also a huge stress reliever and ensures everyone will arrive on schedule. Depending on your needs, you’ll likely require a combination of options, and we have it all… limos, town cars, shuttle busses, trolleys and even motor coaches.

What types of decorations can be added to the cars for Insta-worthy getaway pics?

We have some “Just Married” signage that is provided complimentary. We do allow clients to provide decorations that are approved. No tape, glue guns, wired ribbon or anything that would scratch the car. We do not drive down the road with the decorations on the vehicle. They are mainly for photos and are removed after departing so nothing flies off the vehicle while going down the road.

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Special thanks to Rebecca for sharing these great tidbits with us! To find out more about how Blue Diamond Limousines can exceed your wedding day transportation needs, visit their Brides of North Texas vendor profile!

Wild at Heart Wedding Inspiration by Jen Rios Weddings

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Take a step into the not-so-wild west in this refined ‘Wild at Heart’ editorial by Jen Rios Weddings. The suspended floral  installation immediately catches your attention as one of the most unique pieces of work. Kate McLeod Studio emulated this natural, earthy look throughout each arrangement while still incorporating femininity in every soft rose. A southwestern deco print adorned the invitation suite from Illustrated Weddings by Lola Lorena in a warm, clay tone that complemented each styled detail perfectly, including the custom sketched menus. The party table by Coral Lane shows off the perfect combination of modern and vintage, topped off with a minimalist dinner setting by Top Tier Event Rentals & Styling. Surrounded by the natural woodwork and clean walls of The Cliff House, the bride looked to be in her element. Baleigh Kerr Hair and Makeup created an authentic bridal look with minimal makeup and an unkempt, low bun. Stunning jewels from The True Gem and a one-of-a-kind gown from a&bé Bridal Shop tied everything together, giving us palm-springs-desert vibes with western fringe and a tempting low back.

Nobody but Rachel Elaine Photography could have captured the mood better with her soft, airy photos. After scrolling through her work, be sure to watch the behind the scenes video from Reverent Wedding Films below.

Photos // Rachel Elaine Photography

Video // Reverent Wedding Films

From the planner, Jen Rios of Jen Rios Weddings: “So often we are driven by a color palette to inspire our design. However, for this shoot I wanted to use texture as the primary design element by removing all color and keeping as neutral a palette as possible. Inspired by the the ‘wild at heart’ couple, this design is best meant for a bohemian couple with a love for the outdoors, travel and the unexpected.”