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Randy Fenoli Bridal 2018 Collection Now at Bridal Boutique

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In an exciting announcement for local brides-to-be, the famed Randy Fenoli of “Say Yes to the Dress” has selected our very own Bridal Boutique as the newest carrier of his bridal collection! Known for his elegant style and elaborate design details, the collection made its in-store debut late last month, with the full line to roll in throughout this month. His spring 2018 collection features an assortment of looks with corseted and boned bodices, delicate hand-appliquéd details and fine lace overlay sure to suit a wide variety of styles for a ranging budget! If time is on your side, a trunk show is slated for early January with possible store appearances by the designer himself later in 2018. Be sure to book your appointment to view and try on the collection via their website.  We can’t wait to see these looks at the alter!

Modern Altar Inspiration by A Stylish Soiree

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Nothing says chic and modern like this dreamy altar inspiration designed by A Stylish Soiree! The crisp white background of The White Sparrow paired with fun, bold florals in punchy shades of pink made each and every detail pop! Top Tier Event Rentals & Staffing set the scene with the most perfect lucite parsons table and white chiavari chairs for this modern barn setting. Cleggraphy Designs matched this striking scene with a beautiful invitation suite featuring watercolor floral detailing. The model bride looked stunning in her minimalist, V-neck gown from Patsy’s A Bridal Boutique with a sleek updo and gorgeous makeup by WZ Beauty Studio. Cheers to this shoot captured by Gray Door Photography! Enjoy!

Photos by Gray Door Photography

From the planner, Kerrie Smith of A Stylish Soiree: “I think brides forget sometimes to go outside of the box and use things in different ways! Most brides assume a table is to eat on, but there are so many other uses for a cool white modern table! I decided I wanted to show off a different way to incorporate a table, so I styled an altar. So often brides are afraid to use color, but fun colors really photograph well and make details pop.”

FEATURED VENDORS

Design, Styling & Floral | A Stylish Soiree

Photography | Gray Door Photography

Venue | The White Sparrow

Rentals | Top Tier Event Rentals & Staffing

Paper | Cleggraphy Designs

Bridal Gown | Patsy’s A Bridal Boutique

Hair + Makeup | WZ Beauty Studio

Culinary Creatives – Behind the Bar with DFW Wedding Bartender HD Liquid Catering

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Photos by Tyler + Lindsey

In the latest issue of Brides of North Texas, we were thrilled to give our readers the inside scoop on top DFW wedding caterers and bartenders! Captured by Tyler + Lindsey at Hickory Street Annex, this in-depth look at the amazingly talented culinary creatives and the delicious food and drink they prepare is such a treat, and we’re super excited to continue sharing today with a profile on HD Liquid Catering! Cheers!

Meet Christina Henley of HD Liquid Catering
“When I moved to Dallas in 2012 the city just dazzled me, and the craft cocktails and hidden bars seemed endless and fantastic. So, I started to learn, eventually getting hired a bar that specialized in every classic cocktail but had no menu so the bartenders had to have this tremendous knowledge base. It was a huge challenge, but I was up for it. The other bartenders I worked with were amazing, and we each had our own style which balanced the bar fantastically. Creativity behind that bar was a must. Our guests craved new, adventurous flavors. We smoked glasses, infused vermouths, and used frozen melon balls as icy garnishes. That spirit has always been with me. If you can dream it, I want to make it!”

The Drinks
Creme de Pamplemousse Rose Sparkle and The Elizabeth Taylor Cocktail

Tasty Tip
Q. What’s your favorite cocktail?
A. “I have a lot of fun deviating from classics. Classic craft cocktails are a great place to start because they’re tried and true but we’re lucky in that we have a constant stream of new cordials and spirits to play with. I like to remove one component from a classic and replace it with something new but similar. My favorite drink – as cliche as it may sound – is the one my guest likes to drink.”

Bridal Beauty Tips from The Styling Stewardess

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Beauty insight for the big day is on every bride’s mind, so we sat down with North Texas wedding hair and makeup artist Kaleigh Simons from The Styling Stewardess to bring you the 411 on the latest bridal beauty tips and trends! Read on for her expert advice to make sure you’re every bit the blushing bride on your wedding day!

Q. What advice do you have for a bride trying to find the right look for her day?
A. For hair and makeup, we always recommend going with a fancier version of what you normally do. So if you always wear your hair up in a pony, you may feel more comfortable with an updo because hair on your neck may bother you. On the other hand, if you always wear your hair down, maybe go with a half-up or a side-swept look; having your hair up could make you feel uncomfortable if your hair is usually down and is your security blanket.  The same goes for makeup. If you never wear much makeup, I wouldn’t go crazy on your wedding day because you won’t feel like yourself. Stick with what you’re used to, but just a glam’d-up version of that…with the exception of false lashes. Everyone should always wear false lashes! Pinterest is great and may help narrow down your search. I always suggest looking at pictures that feature your same hair color; this should give you a better expectation of how your hair will look. I have had brunette brides show me pictures of braided blonde hair styles, and they ended up being disappointed because the braid wasn’t as noticeable on them—I had to explain that blonde hair shows detail and texture better than brunette hair. So again, looking at pictures that feature your hair color, and even skin coloring, will help you and your stylist set realistic expectations.

Q. Do you recommend doing a trial run before the big day?
A. Yes! We always encourage our brides to do a trial, and especially for a gown fitting. That allows them to see the entire look together to make sure they really like how their hair is styled with their dress.

Q. What beauty trends do you predict for this fall/winter?
A. Bridal party members have been requesting braided styles for a while now, but going forward, I expect brides to start embracing braids as well. I also predict that full flower crowns will fade out and will be replaced by more subtle flowers accents incorporated into hairstyles. For makeup, I think matte lips will be replaced by a more glossy look. Fresh faces with a strong brow and light, natural lips will remain in style!

Q. What should a bride to do prepare for her wedding?
A. It’s never too early to research vendors and start booking them. It’s one less thing you have to do later! When booking a hair and makeup artist, look at the stylist’s Instagram to see if you like their style, then look at their reviews on multiple sites. Referrals from friends are always the best, though, because you can ask them detailed questions and learn more than what you typically find in reviews. I start booking weddings six months out, but because we are a large company with multiple stylists, we are able to take more than one wedding per Saturday. If a bride chooses to have her wedding on a non-typical day, like Friday or Sunday, we can accommodate that booking about three months out.

Q. What is the most important beauty and/or hair product every bride should have?
A. Lipstick! Every bride should have a go-to lipstick for wedding day touch-ups! Even beyond the wedding, if you’re running errands and don’t have time to do full-face makeup, throwing on some lipstick will instantly make you feel more put together.

Q. Any other insider tips you have for brides-to-be?
A. Do whatever is going to make your wedding day less stressful! If that means meeting with your stylist just to go over questions, or doing three trials, then do it! If you need to bring your stylist with you to your destination wedding or want to bring your posse to your trial run, do it! It’s your day and you need to do whatever is going to make you comfortable and happy.

Beauty Photos 2 & 3: Elisabeth Carol Photography

The Newest Trends from New York Bridal Fashion Week

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With another whirlwind bridal fashion week come and gone, we can’t help but to be inspired by all the new trends coming down the pike and into stores before we know it! Fall 2018 proves to have some delightfully fun design elements in store for our brides-to-be, and we took a front row seat to capture all of the magic over on our social media channels! Thanks to our fashion insider, Christina Plumlee, bridal buyer at The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus, we were able to share a first look at some of the top bridal designers like Reem Acra, Marchesa, Naeem Khan, Galia Lahav, Monique Lhuillier and Ines di Santo! If you missed our live dispatch via Instagram Stories, head over to our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to catch up on all the latest from some of our favorite designers! As we take a look ahead, we’re seeing design details and full-blown trends that are truly unique to the season; a new must-have color combines ethereal lightness and timeless tradition in a “something blue” powdery, pastel hue. Off shoulder shapes continue to reign, but a little extra pomp, poof and circumstance in the form of shiny silk taffeta sleeves and glittery punk-rock embellishments are giving us full-on late 80’s revival. As the fall season tends to bring a bit of chill to the crisp night air, accessories like delicately beaded caplets and floor-skimming capes of tulle, silk and ample embellishments are proving to be a must-have gown topper to add just a little extra pzazz. As for lengths, hemlines are on the rise with lots of elegant mid and even some sassy mini dresses seen across runways. For the bride who errs on the nontraditional side, jumpsuits were plentiful with options ranging from tailored classic to boho chic and sheer embroidered. For something a bit more conventional but no less fresh, gowns of tulle and organza showed lots of soft, cascading wavy layers for an update to timeless silhouettes. We’ll be eagerly awaiting the arrivals of these new styles at local boutiques The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus, Lovely Bride, Bridal BoutiqueDe Ma FilleLulu’s BridalPatsy’s Bridal BoutiquePence and PanacheStardust CelebrationsLeanne’s BridalMolly’s BridalBeside the BrideA Bridal Closet and Bella Bridesmaids.and more! Cheers for another fab new season!