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2018 Looks of Love Contest Sponsored by The Warwick Melrose-Dallas

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we are excited to kick off our eighth annual Looks of Love contest sponsored by The Warwick Melrose-Dallas! There is nothing sweeter than reading a love story and seeing incredible photographs that perfectly capture the love a couple has for one another. We absolutely adored our 2017 winners, Christine and Kevin, captured by Jojo Pangilinan and can’t wait to see more sweet pictures and stories from Texas couples! We’ll be accepting Looks of Love submissions over the next three weeks (deadline to submit is Monday, February 5) and will announce our winner on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14! The lucky winning couple will be treated to a one night stay at The Warwick Melrose-Dallas in deluxe suite accommodations, a three-course chef’s tasting menu for two with wine pairing in the hotel’s restaurant The Landmark, nightcaps for two in The Library, breakfast for two in The Landmark or in room dining AND complimentary overnight valet parking! Click here to enter the Looks of Love contest – simply upload a few of your favorite pictures or engagement photos and briefly tell us your love story. We’ll be sharing our favorite submissions with our followers starting Wednesday, February 7, to help us decide the winner. Good luck!

Photos // Top Left: Kortney Boyett Photography | Top Right: Jeff Brummet Visuals | Middle: Callie Manion Photography | Bottom Left: Kristen Dee Photography | Bottom Right: Stephanie Brazzle Photography

Picturesque Dallas Arboretum Engagement Shoot by Gray Door Photography

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We are loving Jessica and Kevin’s picturesque Dallas Arboretum engagement shoot captured by the ever-so-talented Gray Door Photography! The Dallas Arboretum makes for the perfect location with all the bright greenery and spectacular light – you can really see the connection these two share amidst the gardens. Following their greenery-filled locale, the couple ventured to White Rock Lake to snap some portraits against the water. Scroll through to see the beautiful photos and read about how Kevin proposed!

Photos // Gray Door Photography

Jessica and Kevin’s love story began in 2010, where they met at church the summer before Jessica would be a freshman at Baylor University. As luck would have it, Kevin would be a junior at Baylor that year, and they soon began dating! Seven years later, Kevin created an elaborate plan to surprise Jessica back at their old stomping grounds, the overlook tower at Baylor, where he had asked her to be his girlfriend. He got her friends in on the surprise, and she never saw it coming. When she got to the top of the tower, Kevin was waiting for her with a sign that said, “Let’s Get Married!” Through tears of joy, she said yes!

Jessica and Kevin will be married in February at Verona Villa. They’re planning a romantic and elegant wedding with navy, gray, ivory, greenery and gold accents. We can’t wait to see it! Cheers to the happy couple!

Eleven Breathtaking Chapel Wedding Venues in North Texas

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The traditional elegance of beautiful chapel wedding venues is hard to beat! Luckily we’ve got you covered. After much perusing, we’ve composed a list of our favorite stunning chapel wedding venues that North Texas has to offer! From light and airy to rustic and dreamy, we’ve got eleven incredible options for brides wanting a venue full of splendid romance. Make sure to check out our all the venues North Texas has to offer on our venues page!

Hidden Pines Chapel | Highland Village – Hidden Pines Chapel in Highland Village embodies southern-charm with its blend of rustic-elegance and state-of-the-art amenities. Accommodating over 325 guests, the chapel’s dramatic windows brings in a beautiful light and airy atmosphere. With and stone and wood finishings, it’s the perfect mix of chic and Hill Country.

Photo: Tracy Enoch Photography

The Laurel – The picturesque location of The Laurel is spread across six acres of beautiful Grapevine countryside. An intimate chapel with windows overlooking beautiful greenery outside can seat over 260 guests. With a wide aisle and stunning window, The Laurel gives off a Texas Hill Country vibe without ever leaving DFW! The venue is complete with a beautiful outdoor space for all of your friends and family to gather.

Photo: Lion Heart Image

Aristide | Flower Mound – Aristide Flower Mound is a remarkable gorgeous venue. With it’s high-vaulted ceilings and beautiful chandeliers, your guests are sure to be impressed. Along with a spacious reception hall and built in bar, Flower Mound is lined with trees, perfect for outdoor events. Accommodating 160 guests, the old-world style of Flower Mound is a studding backdrop for your special day!

Photo: Jamie Huffman Photography

Chapel at Ana Villa – This Spanish-style venue designed with a beautiful staircase, gorgeous chandeliers, and wall of windows creates the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Accommodating up to 350, Ana Villa has a unique and moody ambience your guests will fall in love with. For your reception, you can choose between two uniquely beautiful locations. The Grand Ballroom embodies drama and sophistication with a grand staircase and 21 foot ceilings. For a more intimate reception, La Cava (Spanish for wine room) is the perfect space with up to 140 guests and brick-accented walls.

Photo: Stephanie Brazzle Photography

Ashton Gardens – The newly renovated and picturesque glass-enclosed chapel of Ashton Gardens has the whole package. Nestled in a private forest, you can walk down the aisle of gleaming ivory pews with an incredible view from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Including experienced event coordinators, a 5-star Chef and a reception ballroom that can hold up to 400, Ashton Gardens guarantees a flawless wedding.

Photo: Celina Gomez Photography

Chapel Creek Ranch – The spacious and gorgeous venue of Chapel Creek Ranch offers their brides multiple ceremony locations, from the quaint white-washed chapel to the newly-renovated barn and the widespread outdoor space. With the white-washed chapel and the vaulted ceilings in the barn, you are sure to feel like you are at a Texas oasis when visiting the ranch nestled away in the rolling meadows of Denton.

 

Clark Gardens – The stunning Clark Gardens features beautiful landscapes, gorgeous greenery, and multiple venue options, including the intimate chapel location. With beautiful stained glass windows and ornate pews, the picturesque chapel can hold up to 80 guests. Clark Gardens is a true hidden gem in the North Texas Hill Country.

Photo: Grant Daniels Photography

Piazza in the Village – With vaulted ceilings, Mediterranean columns and custom made glass crystal chandeliers, the Piazza in the Village makes for a dreamy location. With the classic chapel charm, but new amenities of ambience lighting and in house cameras, the newly designed 275 seat chapel helps to complete your fairytale wedding.

Photo: Evan Godwin Photography

Piazza on the Green – Much like it’s sister property, the Piazza on the Green boasts of many gorgeous amenities like custom glass crystal chandeliers, vaulted ceilings and seating for up to 300. With a beautiful chapel, two unique ballrooms to accommodate any size soiree and spacious bride and groom suites for pre-ceremony pampering, the Piazza on the Green is a great place to say “I do.”

Photo: Havi Frost Photography

The Cliff House – This stunning restored church in the heart of the Bishop Arts District is sure to be a special place for many upcoming brides. Coming soon, The Cliff House inspires a touch of history and timeless love into your big day, with a beautiful white exterior and rustic wood throughout, it’s sure to be incredible.

Hidden Pines Chapel | Hurst – Starting bookings in May 2018, the new Hidden Pines Chapel in Hurst will be one to remember. Like it’s sister property, it will feature a unique blend of rustic elegance with modern amenities, and will accommodate up to 200 guests. Featuring two stunning chandeliers and crystal chiavari chairs for guests, it’s sure to be a beautiful place to say “I do.”

Endearing Bishop Arts District Engagement Shoot by Meggie Taylor Photography

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Could Shelby and Will’s sweet Bishop Arts District engagement shoot be any cuter?! Shot by Meggie Taylor Photography, you can clearly see the love between these two in this endearing engagement shoot! Once we saw the intimate moments with the beautiful Dallas skyline in the background during their second look we knew we had to share. Read on for their story!

Photos // Meggie Taylor Photography

Shelby and Will met at Texas A&M University in 2011, where they were introduced at a party and spent the rest of their time dancing the night away! They lost touch for a while but kept running into each other, so they made things official on Valentines Day 2013!  Exactly three years later is when Will proposed to Shelby, the night of Valentines Day 2016! They went to their favorite Italian restaurant for dinner, and when Will handed Shelby a note, she immediately noticed the words “Will you marry me?” at the bottom. Shelby looked up to see Will on one knee, and the entire restaurant cheered as she said yes! The celebration continued as Will had arranged for both their family and friends to surprise Shelby and complete their evening.

Shelby and Will are tying the knot on February 24th, at Ellis Chapel in Park Cities Baptist Church, with a reception at the Adolphus Hotel to follow. Their wedding will be traditional and sophisticated, with colors of black and white, plus a little gold for some glam. Cheers to the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs.!

Moody New Year’s Eve Wedding Inspiration from Rachel Elaine Photography

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Our team is still excitedly celebrating the New Year, and what better way to keep the festivities going than to share this glamorous and moody New Year’s Eve wedding inspiration that North Texas photographer Rachel Elaine Photography shared with us! The black tablescape was topped with metallic tableware from Top Tier Event Rentals + Staffing, dramatic wine-hued florals and the ever-trending tapered candles. Each place setting held holiday appropriate favors of champagne flavored candy and party horns. The model bride looked winter-chic in her sleek chignon and barely-there smokey eye, both by Brittany Jones Hair & Makeup. She wore a large-print, floral-embellished gown with gold detailing from Lovely Bride and paired lace-y vintage style Bella Belle shoes with the look. Needless to say, both the fashion and table styling are 2018 ready! Cheers!

Photos // Rachel Elaine Photography