There is nothing spooky about these 5 fall wedding inspiration shoots! Terra cotta, Bordeaux, hunter, mauve, and orange tones knock the scariness out of choosing the perfect autumn color palette. With colors like these and moody modern venues scattered throughout the DFW area, couples planning a fall wedding are sure to have a ceremony to remember. Check our the links below to ease some of the spookiness of wedding planning and get totally into fall wedding mood!
Ginny Greene with Julep Events knows just how daunting the wedding planning process can be. That’s why this North Texas wedding planner loves being a resource for her clients and helping them every step of the way! Ginny answered some of our most-asked wedding planning questions today, and we’re so thrilled for her expertise to shine. Get to know the heart behind Julep Events below!
Photo // Kortney Boyett Photography
What is your favorite part of being a wedding planner?
My favorite part of being a planner is being a resource for my clients. Most of the brides and grooms I work with are getting married for the first time and their only knowledge of the process comes from friends’ weddings and what they see on Pinterest, and they don’t know what they don’t know! I love getting to share my knowledge and experience to help them make informed planning decisions that match their tastes, needs and budgets.
What’s the one piece of advice you share with every bride?
Be true to yourself and do what you want – not what wedding blogs tells you you should want or what you see in your friends’ weddings! I have so many brides ask me, “Is this normal?” or “What do brides usually do?” or “What’s most common?” But you don’t really want what’s most common, do you? You don’t want guests to leave saying, “Wow, that looked just like a wedding I saw on Pinterest”; you want them to leave saying, “Wow, that was so THEM!” When you go with your gut and make choices that reflect you and your fiancé and your own unique love story, your day is going to be incredibly special.
Any tips for selecting the right theme or color palette for your wedding day?
I recommend first looking at the season of your wedding and then choosing a range of two to four colors that complement each other, fit the season, and look good on your bridesmaids. These can be shades of the same color (ranges of corals or pinks always look beautiful in summer) or colors that just look beautiful and rich together (a mix of burgundy, navy, and emerald is a showstopper in winter). Also, think about the flowers that will be available in your color! I picked sage green as my wedding color but didn’t want all greenery, so I added in a range of peach shades to brighten things up and add some variety in the florals. Your florist will be able to help you figure out what might be most beautiful on your wedding day, and that can be a great first step!
What is one thing you wish brides knew about wedding planners?
How necessary we are! My planner friends and I have had so many brides inquire with us early in the planning process, see our planning fees, decide to do things themselves instead, and end up frantically emailing a month out from the wedding asking for help. There is SO much work that goes into planning and coordinating a wedding, and the earlier you hire a planner, the more they can help you – not just with the details, but also with budget allocation and advice on vendors who fit your taste! Planning services may not be cheap, but you can’t put a price on the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have someone in your corner whose sole job is to make sure that your wedding day is everything you’ve dreamed of.
Any advice on keeping the wedding day running smoothly and on schedule?
It’s definitely easier said than done, but relax and stay flexible! By the time you get to your wedding day, you’ll have spent months – if not years – planning for it, and it’ll fly by in what feels like minutes. Don’t sweat the small things. Trust your vendor team to do their best work for you. And, most of all, try to stay in the moment and enjoy the day. After all your hard work planning it, you deserve to just have fun and celebrate!
Pink and purple and mauve, oh my! Each of these shades added to the magic in this whimsical pastel floral inspiration from a powerhouse team of North Texas wedding vendors. Kate McLeod Studio was behind the incredible florals in this styled shoot, from the installation at the ceremony tree to the bouquets and accent pieces. Matching the springtime blooms throughout the grounds of Stonebridge Ranch, the full, flourishing blooms made the perfect whimsical pastel statement everywhere you turned. To go along with these cheerful blooms, an effortless gown that screams sophisticated whimsy was just the ticket and this tulle-strapped number from LeAnn’s Bridal fit the bill precisely, along with bridesmaids in Bella Bridesmaids dresses in varying hues and designs and perfectly undone updos and clean, fresh makeup by Etoilly Artistry. XO Cakery knocked it out of the park with a whimsical pastel creation all their own, a gorgeous stucco-texture light blue cake atop blush velvet linens from Belle Decor. Their light blue vintage lounge ties in so well, too! Eye-catching plates from Stonebridge Ranch complete the scene in a mouthwatering way. For the free-spirited, feminine and timeless bride, this scene’s inspiration could not be more beautiful. Cheers!
Photos // Carsyn Abrams Photography
Made of equal parts tumbleweed and whimsy, we are currently loving this desert-chic Texas wedding shoot from Maxwell + Gray and Emily Kaye Designs that features an editorial take on all things that make the bluebonnet state beautiful. Rustic leather and barnwood barrel chairs, settee and table from Coral Lane Rentals help to set the stage for an intimate desert-chic tablescape of terracotta palette, bold and cheery floral and succulent details, and woven bohemian tablecloth. This ambiance is topped off by a modern multi-tiered southwestern-meets-abstract cake from XO Cakery that we are obsessed with. The bride’s satin and chiffon gown from Lovely Bride features all our favorite things — a deep V-neck, A-line waist, and an open back. We love the way the bride is styled by WZ Beauty Studio with a beautifully messy bun and simple, neutral bridal makeup so that her natural beauty is able to shine through. These fine points carry on the whimsical, feminine aesthetic that perfectly contrasts with the roughness of the Texas outdoors. We can’t wait to slip on some boots and attend this dreamy desert-chic Texas wedding! Cheers!
Photos // Cottonwood Road Photography
From the planner at Maxwell + Gray Events: “From cactus to cattle to Texas-raised vendors, this collaboration showcases a modern, elegant approach to Texas wedding decor and style. Rather than focusing purely on the predictable rustic or cowboy elements that are often found in western styled weddings, the vendors focused on touches that were more subtly, though still acutely, Texan. The Dallas-native florist used dried flowers, various types of cacti, and the “Yellow Rose of Texas” in her designs, Coral Lane Rentals provided cow-hide furniture and ceramic dinnerware, the groom and bride both sported elements from Pinto Ranch which is known as ‘the premier purveyor of the finest western wear and accessories for western lifestyles.’ The photographer took an editorial approach to capture the creativity exhibited by each of the Texas vendors, encouraging the bride, who is also a dancer, to relax into her natural movement rather than pose stagnantly before the lens.”
Every bride dreams of timeless photos from her wedding day that she will look back on and cherish forever. Jen Symes from Jen Symes Photography knows this, and specializes in snapping these special moments effortlessly! Read on to hear about how she does it, her signature style and her best advice. Let the small, big and unforgettable moments be photographed by a true professional!
Photo // Jen Symes Photography
Describe your photography style
My photography style is romantic and thoughtful with a fine art, timeless aesthetic.
Tell us what you love most about being a photographer.
I am happiest when creating artistic, light-filled portraits and capturing delicious moments of love stories.
What does a general wedding day photo timeline look like?
I create a custom photography timeline for each of my couples that is specific to their day. Usually arriving early morning to capture the bride getting ready and her details followed by a steady flow of groom, wedding party, first look possibly, ceremony, family formals, the reception and sendoff!
What tips do you have for hyping up a groom (or bride) who struggles in front of the camera?
I strive to keep my grooms happy! If it means letting him have some fun in front of the camera with his groomsmen, reminding him of his beautiful bride or even just bribing him is not out of the question!
My best advice for the groom on a wedding day, especially if there is a first look, is to let go of all the nerves and just allow himself to be in the moment… and if he sheds a tear it is always brownie points! I have heard time and again from my couples that I am able to help them to feel very comfortable in front of the camera, and it makes all the difference in their wedding gallery.
As a wedding photographer, I always suggest my couples scheduling an engagement session with me. This time together is invaluable in preparation for the wedding day. I am able to teach basic posing, uncover unique aspects of their relationship and get through all the awkwardness that everyone feels when they have a camera pointed at them. During the wedding day, I have a point of reference to remind the groom of to help him truly experience the day and not allow the camera to make him nervous!
Do you lean toward bright and airy or dark and moody photography?
I lean toward bright and airy with a punch of warmth in my photography.
A special thanks to Jen Symes of Jen Symes Photography for sharing her expert insights today! To get more information on how Jen can capture all the special moments of your wedding day, you can contact her directly through her Brides of North Texas vendor page here.