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Warm Autumn Wedding Inspiration at Hickory Street Annex

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With another fall season in full effect, we’re so excited to share this luxe styled shoot chock full of autumn wedding inspiration held at Hickory Street Annex! Using a traditional color scheme in warm shades of cranberry, merlot and deep plum, the setting was fit for a perfect November afternoon splashed in the venue’s bright natural light. A long wood table from Beautiful Event Rentals filled the space with an elaborate tablescape made up of rich-hued florals, mauve and gold candles and brown antique-esque floral printed china from Posh Couture Rentals. To round out the elegance of the shoot, we can’t miss mentioning the model brides’s strapless ruched bodice and lace skirt gown from De Ma Fille. Combine these elements with the addition of a crisp, outdoor setting and we’ve got an all-around perfect fall shoot to inspire us for months to come! Enjoy!

Photos by Elisabeth Carol

FEATURED VENDORS

Venue | Hickory Street Annex

Rentals | Posh Couture Rentals & Beautiful Event Rentals

Bridal Attire | De Ma Fille

Elisabeth Carol, Shannon Schultz Events, Bella Flora of Dallas, Silver Fox Caligraphy, Pelle Moda, Sweet Lucy’s Pies, Kari Schuler, Silk and Willow, Martina Liana Separates, Meg Jewelry

A Fairytale Soiree by Weddings by Stardust

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The classic and dreamy Castle at Rockwall Weddings and Events inspired this romantic fairytale soiree by Weddings by Stardust. Medieval yet enchanting was the style inspiration, brought to life by beautiful blue hues in every shade. Like a princess herself, the bride was styled in a couture Ysa Makino wedding gown from Molly’s Bridal Boutique with stunning hair and makeup by the oh-so-talented The Styling Stewardess. Dr. Delphinium Designs + Events went above and beyond creating the most immaculate long trailing bouquet and supplied the most perfect details such as silver goblets, candles and lanterns for the tablescape. Posh Couture Rentals provided the darling farm table and mismatched white chairs to go along with this setting, and Frosted Pink Cake Company designed a lovely four-tiered cake with blue and silver detailing. A huge thank you to Trisha Kay Photography for capturing all the romance of this styled shoot! Cheers!

Photos by Trisha Kay Photography

From the planner, Laura Hendricks of Weddings by Stardust: “A classic, dreamy castle inspired this romantic fairytale shoot. A grand table fit for a king and queen was the center of design inspiration, paired with silver goblets, rich fruits and bountiful garlands that complemented the grand candelabra. Medieval yet enchanting was our style inspiration accompanied by beautiful blue hues in every shade. Soft and whimsical like a princess herself, our bride was styled in a couture Ysa Makino wedding gown with hand-made accessories by Paris by Debra Mooreland. Prince Charming in the form of a beautiful thoroughbred was my favorite part of the look!”

FEATURED VENDORS

Design, Styling & Stationery | Weddings by Stardust

Photography | Trisha Kay Photography

Venue | The Castle at Rockwall Weddings & Events

Floral | Dr. Delphinium Designs + Events

Rentals | Posh Couture Rentals

Cake | Frosted Pink Cake Company

Bridal Gown | Molly’s Bridal Boutique

Hair + Makeup | The Styling Stewardess

Watters, Willowby and Wtoo Spring 2018 Collection Sneak Peek

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A true treasure to the American bridal market, not a season passes that we don’t find ourselves swooning over the latest and greatest from Texas-based designer Watters. Looking ahead, the Spring 2018 namesake line, along with Wtoo and Willowby, prove to be no exception! Scroll through to see some of our favorites from each collection and learn about the inspiration behind the new designs! Cheers!

Watters “Reign” Collection – In a nod to nobility, the premiere line’s regal inspiration was derived from the historic traditions of lavish Monaco weddings and English aristocracy. Traditional gowns take modernized approaches in design specifics such as custom beading detail, delicate laces and endless layers of cascading organza on a variety of silhouettes. In addition to “Reign,” the namesake will also debut it’s second exclusive capsule collection comprised of four gowns. A take on couture, each design is handmade with a high grade of craftsmanship, using only the finest of fabrics and displaying impeccable hand embellishment of pearls and light-reflecting crystals for a dazzling moment down the aisle.

Shop Watters locally at Bridal Boutique, Lovely BrideMolly’s Bridal and Stardust Celebrations

Wtoo “Ethereal Illumination” Collection – Ancient Greek goddesses and Greco-Roman architecture shape the design details in this collection heavily embodying glamorous Mediterranean inspiration. Two luxe collection-exclusive fabrics in a burnout and a striped lace enhance the light and airy Grecian feel of the line. Special design elements like scroll work patterns and laurel leaf details give princess style ball gowns and floating A-line gowns alike a fresh aesthetic makeover, along with a wide variety of other silhouette styles.

Shop Wtoo locally at Bridal BoutiqueMolly’s BridalPence and Panache and Stardust Celebrations

Willowby Watters “La Luna” Collection – Known for its free spirit aesthetic in the three-line brand, the upcoming season’s “La Luna” looks to the stars for inspiration in a collection of whimsical, airy pieces. Playful embellishments of tassels and constellation-like beading prove to be the standout design elements, with fabrics in gauzy netting and unique delicate lace. Easy silhouettes shape the collection, which all embrace the notion of breezy movement.

Shop Willowby Watters locally at Bridal Boutique and Lulu’s Bridal

Watters Bridesmaids and Social “Grand Bazaar” Collections – Moroccan spice markets influence nearly every detail in these collections of bridesmaid attire. Warm shades of amber and rust indulge the mind’s eye with the notion of richly flavorful spices, and flowing styles in dresses, separates and even jumpsuits offer ample variety and opportunity for unique altar visuals!

Shop Watters Maids locally at Bella Bridesmaids, Beside the BrideBridal Boutique and Stardust Celebrations

Wtoo Bridesmaids and Social “Indigo Bloom” Collection – Inspired by the coastline, these classic bridesmaids styles come in soft shades of indigo, pink and grey and are ideal for an easy selection of dresses speaking to beauty in simplicity.

Shop Wtoo Maids locally at Bella BridesmaidsBeside the BrideBridal Boutique and Stardust Celebrations

An Inside Look at the Newly-Renovated Ashton Gardens

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Nestled amidst a sea of lush green foliage, just south of Denton sits the newly-renovated Ashton Gardens – one of North Texas’ most idyllic settings for a wedding that captures the best of nature from the comforts of the indoors. The on-site chapel boasts high wooden beamed ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows facing the tree-filled property, promising for the most picturesque photos no matter the season or time of day. A winding trellised walkway from the chapel leads directly to the reception ballroom, where up to 400 guests are welcomed in celebration of the matrimonial occasion! With a beckoning list of included amenities such as certified bartenders, catering attendants, dining furniture and place settings to name a few, it’s no wonder why countless brides have selected this highly-rated venue as the host of their special day. To gain even more insight on this oft-mentioned locale, we chatted with Director of Marketing, Ashley Love, to learn about what makes Ashton Gardens so unique. Read on below!

Q: What is the average price range for a ceremony and reception at the Ashton Gardens?

A: Our facility is so fortunate to be able to work with most budgets throughout the year! Our pricing varies based on day, time of the day and time of the year. Rentals vary from $4,000 to $9,500 with per person menu costs starting at just $35 per person.

Q: Speaking of menu, how can couples customize their catering options with the in-house chef?

A: Our culinary team used great care when reworking our menus just last year. We really wanted to offer an array of menu options. From fun items like mac & cheese bites to sophisticated entrée selections like beef tenderloin, we did everything we could to accommodate every taste. An added bonus is our ability to accommodate dietary restrictions or ethnic and religious requirements.

Q: What kind of planning and coordinating packages do you offer potential clients?

A: Whether you rent the chapel for a short ceremony or host your event on a Saturday evening, we always include an event coordinator to take over the planning about 60 days before your event. The day of the event, our coordinators are by the couple’s side from start to finish.

Q: Prior to the ceremony, what kind of timeline are vendors given to begin setup?

A: Our access times differ for different days of the week. Ultimately, we could offer longer access times based on our event schedules and those details are confirmed at booking and then 15 days before the scheduled event.

Q: If they so choose, where on the property can the bride and groom designate a cocktail hour in-between ceremony and reception?

A: This one depends on the guest count and weather conditions. More times than not, we will see one side of the ballroom used as a formal cocktail area pending the guest count is right. Our trellised walk way has served as a beautiful backdrop for cocktails as well, so there really are so many options!

Q: And lastly, in your opinion, where is the most special location on the property for a couple’s “first look”?

A: We have so many! If we had to pick just one, it would probably be under the beautiful trellised walk way.

Photos 1-4: Magg Shots Photography | 5: Celina Gomez Photography | 6: Jessica Gold Photography

Wedding Registry Giveaway from Domain XCIV

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We can hardly contain our excitement over this giveaway from local retailer and wedding registry experts Domain XCIV! Did you know that creating a wedding registry with Domain XCIV automatically earns you a $10 registry completion credit? And for the next two weeks, Domain is also offering a $40 registry completion credit to couples that complete the five steps below, totaling $50 towards all the goodies on your registry. Easy peasy! Once you complete these steps, you’re also automatically eligible to win a grand prize of up to $750 in registry completion credit*! What a fantastic score for a lucky DFW couple!

1. Register with Domain XCIV
2. Share a link to registry on your Facebook timeline
3. Follow Domain XCIV on Facebook
4. Follow Domain XCIV on Instagram
5. Share a wedding related photo on Instagram and tag @domainxciv and two friends

You have from now through Thursday, November 16th to enter. Our lucky winning couple will be announced on Friday, November 17th!

With all this talk of wedding registries, we had a few questions! Read on for some helpful tips and tricks from the experts at Domain XCIV:

Q. When should an engaged couple begin registering?
A. As soon as possible. Couples should get out to stores and start looking together so they can see what appeals to each of them. The registry should complement both of their tastes.

Q. What are some benefits to registering at a local store?
A. By registering at a local store, such as Domain XCIV you get one-on-one attention from an associate with years of experience. You see the products first hand and can play around with place-settings to make your selection uniquely yours.

Q. What are three must-have items couples need on their registry?
A. Serving platters, wine and bar glasses, nice cotton/linen napkins

*Registry completion credits can be used toward any retail merchandise on a couple’s registry and is redeemable after the wedding. No cash value and not redeemable for merchandise not already on registry, gift wrapping or shipping charges.
*Grand prize winner will win a registry completion certificate valued up to $750 based on half the retail value of completed registry purchases.