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Romantic Garden Intimate Dinner Inspiration from Engaged Events

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Ethereal and dreamy are words that come to mind upon first sight of this romantic garden intimate wedding dinner editorial from Whitney Bailey at Engaged Events. A spring palette from Something Pretty Floral combined with delicate place settings by AM Linen Rental and Top Tier Event Rentals invites guests to become part of the fairytale at the elegant Nasher Sculpture CenterSugar Bee Sweets Bakery takes a whimsical, hand-painted cake to the next level with subtle, geometric details. The invitation suite from Brown Fox Creative with a gentle wreath and custom envelope liner was the perfect representation of the day’s romance. The bridal styling added the final touches of organic elegance for this romantic garden editorial: a classic dress from Patsy’s, soft waves from Tease to Please, a polished makeup look from Ashley Drew Artistry and stunning jewels from The True Gem came together to create a wedding day look worthy of a crown.  With the combined talents of Stephanie Brazzle Photography and Beyond videography, the day was captured perfectly and we just love how every detail pops! Cheers!

Photos // Stephanie Brazzle Photography

Video // Beyond

From the planner, Whitney Bailey of Engaged Events.: “There is something timeless and romantic about an outdoor garden wedding, especially at The Nasher Museum and in the heart of downtown Dallas. When we started to pick out the design for this editorial we wanted it to feel whimsical with a hint of feminine.”

Girls Just Wanna Have Sun: Bachelorette Inspo – Part One

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Calling all maids of honor! Planning the ultimate bachelorette bash for your bestie can be a daunting task – that’s why we’re so excited to share this punchy, pink, fun-in-the-sun styled bachelorette party to give you all sorts of inspiration and ideas! Some of our favorite North Texas bridal vendors worked with Got Your Bach, the experts in bachelorette party planning, to pull off this epic pool party beneath the Texas sun. Nightowl Coffee Cart came through with not only the cutest caffeination bar you can find for some poolside iced coffee concoctions, but also helped to produce and pull off this amazing event for a group of girlfriends to embrace their fun, flirty, feminine sides. Altered for the Altar provided chic coverups for a plethora of fun swimsuits, keeping everyone breezy and cool, while Tease to Please Hair and Makeup styled the ladies with the cutest braids and beachy waves, and makeup by Ashley Drew Artistry made everyone feel like a million bucks – what better occasion to opt for a fun, bold lipstick? All that pool time calls for an epic snack break, and with vendors like Warehouse Rose providing rentals, Lizzie Bee’s Floral Shoppe curating gorgeous colorful bouquets and HD Liquid Catering crafting delectable cocktails, how can you go wrong? We’ll take another Nightowl Coffee, please! Two photographers documented this spectacular sunny day in their own unique styles – stay tuned for Part Two to see how Laning Photography captured the day!

Photos // Abbie Mae Photography

Ask the Expert – Q&A with Dallas Florist Billie Ball & Co.

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Katie Arani, owner and lead designer of Billie Ball & Co., has always had a passion for illustrating and designing. Her striking floral arrangements with their earthy flare are such a crowd pleaser. From bridal bouquets to floral installations, Billie Ball & Co. can do it all. Check out what Katie had to say as we sat down and talked all things flowers!

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Photo // Shannon Skloss Photography

How can a bride get the most bang for her buck with florals?

Determine a few key areas to really focus the majority of your floral design budget. The wedding guests will be at the reception for the majority of the day, so I love highlighting an architectural feature that is unique to the space. Maybe it’s a grand staircase or mantle. It’s also nice to create variation with the centerpieces. They don’t all have to be tall and grand. Just a few lush centerpieces highlighting your flowers thoughtfully placed around the room will add variation and drama, while you can go with simpler options like taper candles or bud vases for the other tables. 

Where are your favorite places to include florals in the wedding decor?

I love a good suspended floral installation. There is something so magical about a cloud of flowers floating in the air. I really go for any design that looks like it naturally overtook the space over time. Like a flowering vine that crawls up a staircase or wall, or wild, sprouting flowers to accent a doorway or window. It really feels like the outdoors are growing in.

Where are the best resources for brides looking for floral inspo?

Think outside of the Pinterest box! Most of the images you find on Pinterest have been there for months, sometimes years, so by the time they end up on your board, they can feel dated and overdone. Try exploring new color palettes you find in paintings, wallpaper, boutique window displays. You might even find something that’s never been done before!

What floral trends are you loving?

Monochromatic color palettes are a very bold choice I’m loving right now. I’m also a big fan of using dried and dyed materials in my designs. I love working with dried protea, dried palms, and bleached ruscus is a favorite of mine right now. 

Any advice for brides selecting their blooms?

If a specific flower is sentimental to you, make sure you communicate that to your florist. If the scent of Gardenia reminds you fondly of your grandmother’s garden growing up, let’s make sure you carry her memory with you on your wedding day. Other than your favorite must-have blooms, I usually suggest letting your florist guide you when selecting which varieties to use. We know what fairs best in the conditions and climate your flowers will be in, and we can point yoI u in the right direction. 

Where are the best/easiest places for brides to repurpose their flowers?

I’m a huge fan of re-purposing! Of course, every venue is different when it comes to the flow of the space and what can be re-arranged. Your florist will have advice on what will work best for your wedding. I love re-purposing aisle chair floral for the chairs at the head table. We also use the reception centerpieces at the ceremony often and then transfer them to the guest tables during cocktail hour. Sometimes an arch backdrop can even double as a fun photo booth backdrop! 

What has been a favorite floral design you’ve created?

This is a tough one – I’d have to say a large headpiece I made entirely out of living flowers and greenery for a local musician to wear on her new album cover. That one was hard to part with, but you better believe I took plenty of selfies with it before! I would love to create more statement headpieces for bold and brave brides in the future! 

A special thank you to Katie Arani of Billie Ball & Co. for her expert insights on wedding florals. To contact her directly, you can reach her through her Brides of North Texas vendor page.

Blushing Beauty: Stunning Ethereal Boudoir Looks to Try

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We’re so thrilled today to share some of our all-time favorite boudoir images from our Blushing Beauty editorial. This spread from the brand new Fall/Winter 2019 mag features four stunning and ethereal boudoir looks to inspire any bride-to-be for her own session! Above all, we believe boudoir sessions should make you feel confident in your own skin, proud of your own uniquely feminine beauty and mostly, excited to become a bride! Kristen Dee Photography captured these boudoir vignettes at Hickory Street Annex, an industrial venue near downtown Dallas flooded with gorgeous natural light. Lizzie Bee’s Floral Shoppe provided the jaw-dropping bouquets and floral installations while Shag Carpet brought in a few props to complete the scene. See those sparkles? That’s all thanks to The True Gem‘s fine jewelry – such amazing pieces! We believe that when it comes to boudoir sessions, the outfits can make all the difference. These tasteful, ethereal, timeless and feminine pieces from Altered for the Altar did just that, making each of our models look her absolute best, along with our extraordinary hair and makeup teams: WZ Beauty StudioThe Styling StewardessLip Service Makeup, and Tease to Please Hair and Makeup (shown in this order). From chic messy buns to loose waves and bold pouts, take a look below at all the stunning bridal boudoir looks and be sure to catch the full Blushing Beauty spread in the newest Brides of North Texas mag!

Photos // Kristen Dee Photography

PS: We’re giving away the lace robe from Altered for the Altar featured on model number two! Enter for a chance to win this pre-wedding must-have on our Instagram linked here!

Ask the Experts – Q&A with Dallas Photography Duo The Lockharts

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The only thing better than getting tips for your wedding from a professional photographer is getting insights from two! The Dallas-based, husband and wife photography team Luis and Michelle from The Lockharts create amazing visual stories through photos and film from weddings, engagements and other family occasions. Focusing on lifestyle photography, they know exactly how to capture the raw and real moments.

Keep reading to learn more about how this dynamic duo can help you capture your unique love story on your special day!


Photo // The Lockharts 

Describe your photography style.

Our style is lifestyle photography, which means that we give a bit of guidance in terms of posing, but look to make the photos appear candid and relaxed. Moreover, we are natural light photographers that try to limit off camera lighting to the reception. This gives our pictures the “light and airy” style our couples love, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Tell us what you love most about being a photographer.

Our favorite part about being a photographer is the connections we make. We have met so many amazing people and made connections though this. We love being part of our couple’s day and documenting the love and excitement. The fact that these memories will be the beginning of their family’s legacy makes our job feel so valuable, and we truly feel honored.

Any tips on getting those perfectly styled detail shots?

Light, light light. Finding the best light near windows, or diffused light outside is so important in taking good detail pictures. Also, minimalism in the background will make for shots that truly capture the details.

Share your tips on engagement portraits.

Come with a heart set to have fun. An engagement session is all about getting you and your soon to be spouse relaxed in front of the camera. What better way to do this, then just having fun!

Are you pro first looks?

Absolutely! They definitely add beautiful memories to your day and help create an easy timeline.

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Special thanks to Luis and Michelle for sharing their expert advice with us today! To get in touch with The Lockharts, you can directly message the team via their Brides of North Texas profile here.