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How to Bring Your Dream Wedding to Life with House of Tales

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Every couple would love to have a dream wedding and even though they all might look different, they have the same idea — to tell the couple’s story and reflect who they are through all the details of the day. This is where House of Tales Events founder and creative director, Maya Jareou, shines! She pulls from her world travels and experience to tell her client’s stories through every little detail that she designs. Today, she’s giving us a behind the scenes look at how she brings dream weddings to life!

Photos // Jen Symes Photography

How to Bring Your Dream Wedding to Life with House of Tales

Their Planning Process

“I listen  to my client’s story, visions and dreams. Then we go back to the drawing board and start creating a unique wedding design that reflects the client’s true vision and personality. I always introduce my flare for creative ideas by bringing color and textured swatches, decor items, inspiration, etc. After the couple approves the mood board, then the final step is the reveal of life design prototypes to showcase a glimpse of our design life to our client.”

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One Charger, Many Looks

“It really stems from my rule of thumb for design, playing with different design elements, textures, colors that I then tie together all with one common and simple element, to complete and enhance the finished look. It was no different here. I focused on one classic and universal element – ‘the gold rammed charger’ – and then cultivated it into four different designs, that brings four different emotions. I truly wanted to capture the bride’s four stages of emotions when she is planning her wedding in these looks, more than anything else.

We have the excitement and thrills of announcing engagements, and that shows in the jewels and vibrant colored look, followed by capturing the emotions of happiness, positivity to start their planning journey, by adding yellows and mustard elements in the 2nd look. Our 3rd look I wanted to translate the pure and serene love, that the bride feels with her mom and girls when she puts her white wedding dress on for the first time, with whites, ivory and champagne colors in the designed look. I then wanted to capture our finale look by transient the romantic and dreamy emotions of the wedding day, by adding the mauves, blushes and pinks as the final stage of the journey.”

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Why They Do What They Do

“Where do I begin? I’m passionate about people and their stories. I absolutely love seeing the reactions of my couple’s faces when they see my mood board comes to life on their wedding day. That emotion is a pure joy of mine and honesty is the core drive for me at the end.”

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Their Source of Inspiration

“My main inspiration comes from travel, experience, different cultures, food, fashion, music, languages, historical castles, palaces, especially Versaille, linen textures, shapes, colors, nature, people and anything that has an emotion to it.”

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What Couples Can Expect

“Devotion, eye for details, a full team of professional creative partners, creative mind, 10+ years experience in event production, ethics, punctuality, problem-solving skills, not to mention friendship, and laughter.”


Thank you for Maya Jareou, founder and creative director at House of Tales Events, for sharing a behind the scenes look at how they bring dream weddings to life! If you would like to learn more about working with House of Tales Events on your big day, you can contact Maya directly through her Brides of North Texas vendor profile.

Find Your Ideal Wedding Venue With These Expert Tips from Ashton Gardens

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Your venue. It’s the first thing on your mind when you start planning your wedding. Never fear! Ashley Love of Ashton Gardens  is here to help you successfully find your wedding venue, plus she shares a behind-the-scenes look at what makes Ashton Gardens so special. Keep scrolling to read her tips on the most important questions to ask each venue and what you should have ready when you start planning.

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What questions do couples need to ask a venue before booking?

“What’s included?” or “What’s not included?”  The questions seem similar but are very different. At a venue like Ashton Gardens, we have so much included in the price that it’s a lot easier to ask what’s not included. At a venue that doesn’t offer all-inclusive amenities, you need to know what you’re responsible for. They’re such simple questions but they have the ability to check so many things off a bride’s to do list.

When should a couple book their wedding venue?

This really depends on the couple’s flexibility with their event date or time of year. Some dates are claimed over a year in advance. A good example in 2020 is October 10th. 10/10/2020 was booked a year and half out. If there’s a little give in when couples prefer to host their big day, the potential to find something that works perfectly is definitely more likely.

What information does a couple need to know before booking their venue?

It never hurts to have an approximate budget when venue shopping. The great thing about reputable venues is that they understand that when you’re just starting your wedding planning, everything is super tentative and that details change a lot. Aside from having a date, it’s a good idea to have a ballpark estimate of guests, just to make sure the venue can accommodate the guest count, as well as the payment schedule for their venue.

What’s one piece of advice you give to all your couples?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Weddings are supposed to be fun and memory making events so try to remember the bigger picture. As long as you leave, married to the person you love, that’s what matters.

Tell us about Ashton Gardens.

Ashton Gardens DFW will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in July 2020, and we couldn’t be more thankful for all of the support we’ve received over the years. We’ve gone through changes and renovations and have really made it our priority to give the couples what they want: Exclusive use of the venue, updated menu options and fresh bar selections. We pride ourselves on being the classic venue that offers an indoor/outdoor feel without the stress of needing a plan B and through our staff, we continue to share how special our venue is on a daily basis. We are so proud of our product and can’t wait to see that 2020 has in store for us!

What amenities does Ashton Gardens offer that makes it unique?

When I think of the things that make us unique, the first thing that comes to mind is our wrap-around, floor to ceiling windows in our chapel and ballroom that features our private forest. You get an outdoor feeling without the stress of the Texas weather. We also love our winding, timber pergola that connects our chapel and ballroom, dazzling ballroom chandeliers and our stunning grand staircase, perfect for our newlywed’s special entrance.

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A special thank you to Ashley Love of Ashton Gardens for sharing her venue insights with our readers. If you would love to get more information on hosting your wedding or event at Ashton Gardens, visit their Brides of North Texas vendor profile for more details.

Two Stunning Looks to Inspire Your Unique Bridal Style

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We can’t get enough of the two stunning looks featured in this trendy styled shoot planned by Maxwell and Gray. Showcasing a couple of darling gowns from Lovely Bride, one with a bold ruffle framing an open back and the other a more modest contemporary design, each model represents an achievable bridal style that can inspire anyone heading to the altar. The Schoolhouse’s vintage, historical charm and whitewashed backdrop is the perfect blank slate to let the tablescape and other details shine. Speaking of details – we’re in love with the whimsical cake design with delicate florals that mirror the wispy neutral floral details from Root and Bloom, both on the table and in giant floor arrangements that could flank an altar in the most gorgeous of ways. While most of this scene is white, bright and airy, pops of contrast in the dark wood table and luxe charcoal invitation suite add dimension. Ben Q. Photography captured the movement of the day with a dreamy video, too. What a beautiful scene! Which of these two bridal styles is your favorite?

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Video // Ben Q. Photography

Get a Behind the Scenes Peek Into Our Spring/Summer 2020 Issue Reveal Party!

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Our newest issue just hit the shelves and as always, we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to celebrate! To reveal the gorgeous Spring/Summer 2020 issue cover and celebrate all the prettiness from front to back, we hosted a slew of North Texas’s top wedding vendors at Venue Forty|50 and partied the morning away! Joche W. Events styled the event to a T, covering the venue in a sea of fuchsia, plum and blue with bold, jewel-toned floral arrangements on champagne linens and accents in shades of rose. Lawson Rentals made sure the room was functional for guests, creating stations for seating, dining and more with beautiful furniture. Guests dined on fare by Macklin’s Catering, sipped caffeinated concoctions from Nightowl Coffee Cart and delighted in desserts by Dandelion Cheesecakes. In between words from our publishers and a few other special VIPs, DJ Jason Esquire kept the atmosphere lively with his always upbeat style. And of course, the day had to be captured perfectly, and Ben Q. Photography was up for the job!

We are so thrilled to release our first issue of the new decade and we’re incredibly proud of all the content in these pages. We know you’ll love it, too! Pick up a copy here or skim through the digital mag!

Photos // Ben Q. Photography

Your Guide to the Best Dallas Bachelorette Weekend

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Anyone planning a Dallas bachelorette party out there? This one’s for you! Full of bubbly, bright colors and inspiration to boot, this bachelorette bash is everything it seems – So. Much. FUN! Styling the posh event was a breeze thanks to the ever-talented Maxwell + Gray. Dyan Elizabeth Photography didn’t miss a single detail throughout this weekend celebration, capturing it all. To get the party started, JM Glamour worked her magic, giving the girls flawless makeup and flirty hairstyles. An invitation suite from Bethany’s Letter Shop was feminine, while also featuring a groovy, retro print – a nod at the maids’ accommodations. The Statler proved to be the perfect place to party with spacious rooms and the most ideal location for bachelorette fun in the big city. Providing an Insta-worty backdrop, Party with Lushra designed an over-the-top balloon garland, playing on the mod vibes with pops of coral and palm prints. Whimsical, wispy florals filled each space, adding serious luxe vibes to the modern scene, thanks to Vella Nest Floral. Nothing says “fun” like cotton candy and neon signs, so Warehouse Rose Events didn’t hold back! In addition to cotton candy, the bridal party snacked on the most delicious macarons a la Savor Patisserie. See the party unfold real-time in a video by Lorena Burns Photography and Films below. You don’t want to miss Dallas bachelorette soiree!

Photos // Dyan Elizabeth Photography

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“I wanted to create something fun and bright for the bachelorette theme while keeping the elegance of The Statler. The pattern on each piece was designed after the pattern on the panels in the entryway was you walk into the hotel. This was something unique and different, and I so loved the process of designing this stationary.” –Bethany’s Letter Shop

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“Our hope was to inspire brides and bridesmaids to push the envelope a bit and transform a space, like a boutique hotel suite, and bring it to life even more with details like floral, balloons and creative signage. We wanted an elevated take on the classic bachelorette party, and with an amazing team of vendors believe we were able to bring that to life.” – Maxwell + Gray

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“Ballon garlands are the best way to make your bachelorette party Insta-worthy! Get the whole squad to help before the bride arrives, and the best part is that everything fits in a carry-on! Our DIY kits come with everything you need to make your garland look like a pro did it. No experience necessary!” – Party with Lushra

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Video // Lorena Burns Photography and Films