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Tuscany Meets Texas in this Can’t-Miss Dreamy Sophisticated Scene

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You won’t believe this sophisticated scene came to life here in the Lone Star State, but these gorgeous images from Rachel Elaine Photography show just how Tuscany meets Texas in the dreamiest of ways. Villa de Felicita, an expansive, Italian-inspired venue east of Dallas served as the backdrop for this styled shoot featuring high-end couture looks and several impressive floral vignettes by Root + Bloom. From the simplest of greenery on the stucco-icing cake by Sweet Treets Bakery to a mantel installation and loose, organic arrangements both on the table and carried by the bride, the florals in this scene evoke feelings of peace, calm and wonder. We love how the understated yet bold details in this scene add contrast and grounding to the ultra-ethereal tablescape and bridal look – like the cerulean vow book, the bride’s bold lashes and the groom’s dapper tux. We in hope each and every image of this collection, you’ll be inspired as Tuscany meets Texas!

Photos // Rachel Elaine Photography

You’ll Love the Beautiful Mustard Tones in This Transitional Summery Scene

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Summer flows beautifully into fall in this transitional seasonal wedding inspo featuring bold, beautiful mustard tones with peach accents and clean, modern lines. We all know Texas summers linger long into September and as the brightness of summer fades, shades of mustard, peach and blush make their way onto the scene. Davis & Grey Farms‘ modern farmhouse venue shows just how sophisticated it can be when its sleek modern architecture is transformed and softened by organic, cascading florals and an ethereal tablescape joining subtle wood tones, mustard mercury glass and simple, elegant place settings with gold accents. Butterfly Cakery‘s four-tier, floral-adorned cake with ivory icing is flanked by antique gold pieces, as well. The outdoor ceremony spot invites an intimate gathering as the bride wears a classically feminine A-line gown with a low updo by Lip Service Makeup accentuating her bare shoulders and a warm mauve makeup palette that ties in with the warm shades in the florals. If you’re anything like us, the warm, peachy colors and beautiful mustard tones in the images below are sure to put a smile on your face!

Photos // Alison Heffington Photography

From the photographer: “The vision for this shoot was to create something that felt like summer blending into autumn. In Texas, August and September are right on the edge of fall, but there’s still the lingering feeling of summer. We chose a color palette of mustard and blush with lots of greenery to convey this (the blush to bring in that light summer vibe, and the warm mustard to give a hint of fall). I also wanted to bring in some strong, punchy colors while maintaining an overall soft, ethereal vibe. I think this was done so well with the mix of vintage and modern in the rentals and table setup, the tulle dress in a blush hue, and the simple, clean lines of the modern barn venue. The florals were also so perfect with their wild, ethereal design but with bold hues.”

Pick Your Ultimate Rehearsal Dinner Style from These North Texas Options

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You’ve picked the venue for the big day, found the dress, maybe even started looking at honeymoon destinations, but there’s one important detail you can’t overlook in the wedding planning process: the rehearsal dinner spot! Your rehearsal dinner is a chance to gather with your closest friends and family to kick off your wedding weekend with excitement and anticipation. Whether you choose to host this special event in a place with a similar feel as your main wedding venue or want to go for a completely different vibe, you’ve got plenty of fabulous options in the DFW area. We’ve rounded up a few of our top North Texas rehearsal dinner venues offering a wide range of incredible food and wonderful spaces to begin your celebrations in the best of ways. Take a look at these different picks and decide which kind of venue best fits your style!

Classic Elegance and Sophistication

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Colonial Country Club – A history of tradition makes Colonial Country Club a staple in the Fort Worth wedding scene. Enjoy gathering with family in friends in their elegantly appointed banquet rooms with views of the golf course, enjoying a delicious meal from their in-house catering staff.

Quirky + Urban

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Fine China – Asian cuisine is certainly not a typical choice for a rehearsal dinner, but Dallas’s newest Pan Asian-style restaurant is determine to change that! The name says it all. Enjoy Chinese fusion food in a unique modern setting and the convenience of a family-style sharable menu. Treat up to 45 of your guests to a unique experience!

Energy and Excitement

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Waterproof

If you love going out on the town and the energy of the Dallas nightlife, a rehearsal dinner venue like Waterproof might be right up your alley! Enjoy the bustling, energetic vibe of Waterproof’s rooftop lounge overlooking the colorful Dallas skyline. You’ll get a customizable cocktail menu and the option of indoor or outdoor seating to accommodate your friends and family, who won’t soon forget this meal!

Casual, Relaxed and Fun

scout rehearsal dinner style

Scout – If you’re the type who’s more down to earth and making sure your guests have FUN is a priority, consider hosting your rehearsal dinner at Scout. Enjoy bowling, ping pong, pool tables and more in a super casual environment where taste is not compromised – Scout’s farm-to-table menu and hand-crafted cocktails aren’t your typical arcade style food. This place is the best of both worlds!

Classy, Refined and Stylish

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Reunion Tower – Give your guests something to talk about when you host your rehearsal dinner at this DFW landmark 50 stories in the air. Home to Wolfgang Puck’s incredible catering, Five Sixty and Cloud Nine, your guests will be raving about the views and the food!

Rustic, Intimate and Comfortable

soulmans catering dfw rehearsal dinner style

Soulman’s Catering – For the couples who are down to earth, Texan to the core and simply want to enjoy a night with their closest friends in a comfortable atmosphere, Soulman’s 60-person banquet room is the perfect choice. Enjoy a nice rustic ambiance as you devour some of DFW’s very best barbeque and sides. A classic Texas tradition in a refined setting – Soulman’s has you covered!


Still haven’t quite narrowed down your ideal rehearsal dinner style? Take a look at more North Texas options we recommend on our Rehearsal Dinner homepage! No matter your tastes, preferences or the size of your group, you’ll find the perfect place to gather ’round with loved ones.

Must-See Modern Minimalist Bridal Looks from Lyons Events

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The anticipation of your wedding day goes beyond simply saying “I do” to your forever love. Part of the excitement includes the experiences you have as a bride! Getting all dressed up, basking in beauty, embracing femininity and celebrating all day long. These modern minimalist bridal looks inspired us so much we could not wait to share all the goodness – take a look at how Lyons Events styled three different looks to take a bride from day to night! From the sultry navy gown for a morning boudoir session to the sleek ceremony dress from Lovely Bride and finally, a mod jumpsuit for the reception, this bride looks stunning in every look. Top Tier Rentals helped transform The Modern into the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous bridal editorial with modern minimalist vibes in the ghost chairs, classic white linens, dark candlesticks and simplest of place settings. It’s important to remember that with a venue as visually and architecturally stunning as The Modern, sometimes less is more in terms of decor! It’s best to let the details speak for themselves. Ethereal looks from robe to reception take this bridal style to another level. Enjoy!

Photos // Allen Tsai Photography

From the planner: “Our inspiration was two-fold. We wanted to tell the story of a bride’s journey through the excitement of her wedding day to the anticipation of her wedding night. A day-to-night editorial, if you will. We featured three distinct looks: a ceremony dress, a reception jumper, and the bridal robe for the boudoir. Minimalist movement and the Japanese inspiration is subtle. Plus, the architect of The Modern is none other than Japanese architect Tadao Ando, and no better venue to pay homage to his work.”

Behind the Scenes of Bridal Market Week with Buyer Christina Plumlee

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Bringing the latest trends in bridal fashion direct to Dallas brides, Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon buyer Christina Plumlee knows the truth about what goes on behind the glitz and glamour of Bridal Market Week. “I love searching for the next big thing. I am always meeting new designers and on the lookout for something that will appeal to our clients. I am a romantic at heart, so I love curating beautiful things for brides.” While Insta-worthy videos and photos fill our streams, behind the scenes buyers are hustling from show to show to find the season’s top looks to fill their boutiques. Check out some of Christina’s photos from Bridal Market Week and be sure to read our interview with her below!

Christina attended multiple events and visited with several designers this year, including (in order of images): The Elle Awards, designer Sarah Nouri, designer Jimmy Choo, designer Ines Di Santo, designer Galia Lahav and Sharon Sever, designer Elisabetter Polignano, Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon owner Mackenzie Brittingham.

What are you looking for at the runway shows?

Runway shows are the more glamorous and fun part of market. They are the first look at the designers new collection for the season. The designer’s inspiration and vision for the collection is revealed and the catwalk allows me to see how a gown moves when worn. I will begin the selection process at the show but never make decisions before I meet with the designer and inspect each gown.

What do meetings with designers generally entail?

Meetings allow me to “touch and feel” the gowns. I want to know how they are constructed, the weight of the garment, the detail of any embellishments. I am looking for quality and craftsmanship. Negotiations are done at this stage – how many gowns I will buy that season, any questions about design changes, trunk show plans for the next year and other business decisions. Meetings are essential and are the most time-consuming part of market.

When can brides expect to find the latest looks from the runway at Stanley Korshak?

Gowns from April market begin to arrive in store in September but many do not arrive until November. This is a common misconception, brides often believe they can order gowns that they just saw come down the runway. The truth is that these are prototypes and many runway gowns are never produced. Gowns that do make the cut have to go to production where the patterns are made and fabric is ordered to fill demand. The process takes time which is not something brides are accustomed to in today’s buy now, wear now world.

What are the most common misconceptions when it comes to being a buyer at fashion week?

Most people who are looking from the outside see market week as all fun runway shows and parties. There is that aspect to market, but it is a small part of what actually happens. The truth is that I will spend days with back-to-back meetings then go straight to evening events that last until late night. Once I make it back to the hotel, I will review the day’s meetings, make notes and prepare for the next day’s meetings. Yes, market is fun, but 1 week is more work than two normal weeks combined.


See all of Christina’s latest bridal fashion finds in person at Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon in Dallas. Reach out today to make an appointment!