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Countryside Engagement Session from Meggie Taylor Photography

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Summer may be just getting started, but this autumn countryside engagement session from Meggie Taylor Photography has us dreaming of cooler weather and the sweet photo opportunities that come with it. Sweaters and snuggles galore! For Adalee and Nate’s engagement session, Meggie followed the couple to the bride’s home in Rockwall, Texas, for a gorgeous shoot full of dreamy golden hour light and the sweetest emotions. How special for these photos to be taken in the very spot the bride grew up! Be sure to scroll all the way down to see how this couple met and what their wedding day will look like!

Photos // Meggie Taylor Photography

From the bride: “Nate and I both went to Baylor University and met through mutual friends. I hardly knew him when I asked him to a function, but since then he has been my permanent function date! For the proposal, Nate coordinated with an employee at Baylor and had her call me to invite me to this dinner in which I got to host a donor to the University. I show up at the event, and a man at the door told me ‘my event had been moved’ and escorted me to this area on the river where Nate was, ready to propose. Once I happily said yes, we walked over to a boat that he had covered in lights and had dinner ready for me. We boated off down the river to a surprise engagement party with all of our family and friends! It was an absolutely thoughtful and perfect evening.

Our wedding colors are navy and blush. I would describe the style as soft, romantic and timeless. It is hard for me to stray from the classics!  The flowers are one of my favorite details, because we got to sit down with our florist and choose flowers one by one in order to craft something beautiful and bold. I cannot wait to see the final product all together!”

Great Finds for Specialty Wedding Details in the DFW Area

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With so many details to check off on your pre-wedding list, you’ll want to make sure your roster includes some of the specialty service great finds the DFW area has to offer! From boutique “get-fit” spots tailored especially to brides to live-painted wedding portraits, we’ve compiled a list of a few must-have vendors designed to help make your big day the most memorable of all! Scroll down for details, and be sure to check out each brand’s site for more information!

specialty wedding details - Seibert Studios

Seibert Studios

Artist and art aficionado Jennifer Kathleen Seibert has both a passion for capturing moments and creating beauty—two skills that make her the perfect person to enlist to forever capture the memory of your wedding bouquet! Her expertise in painting flowers, having been selected for some of the country’s best curator’s exhibitions, ensures that she’ll create the perfect accent memory to last a lifetime!

Chanticleer Wedding Art

For a cake to truly steal the spotlight, Chanticleer Wedding Art is your go-to for one-of-a-kind, hand crafted cake stands to give your sweet treat moment a platform to shine! As one of the only local vendors with larger size stands for rent (going as large as 26 inches!), this vendor has a plethora of artisan options to rent or the option to custom design your perfect cake stand to treasure for years to come!

HD Liquid Catering

To help keep the party going and treat guests to tasty sips, HD Liquid Catering is your one-stop shop for everything from creating specialty “his and hers” cocktails to hosting your open-bar for weddings large or small! They also specialize in bar displays for all wedding events, including delightful brunch bars for your bridal or wedding showers!

HireaMinister.com

If a ceremony outside the walls of a church are in your wedding plans, this team employs a roster of licensed/ordained ministers with ample experience in officiating weddings. Although based in the DFW-area, all ministers on the team are able to travel, making this the ideal solution for weddings near and far.

Bells & Barbells

In the midst of saying “YES” to the dress, it’s time to get your mind and body in a confident, healthy space! Bells & Barbells is a boutique fitness company specializing in private fitness and nutrition services custom tailored to each bride. From providing you the tools to get you in tip-top shape to helping provide an outlet to keep you stress-free during the planning process, your trainer will be by your side celebrating each milestone every step of the way!

The Welcome Box

Looking for a way to give your out-of-town guests a proper reception? The Welcome Box has you covered! Creativity and knowledge of the market space are two of owner Elisabeth Landry’s exemplary skills that make her an all-knowing expert in creating a welcome package that portrays the best of the weekend and the couple’s personality!

Photo: Dyan Kethley Photography

Love Letters Handmade

For an extra touch of personalization, nothing makes a better statement than a sweet note on a hand-lettered sign! Love Letters Handmade specializes in creating completely custom signs, whether for your entrance or the bar area, to add the perfect extra statement (and photo op!) for you and your guests to enjoy!

Domain XCIV

For a gift registry option with a little taste of DFW, this Fort Worth-based gift shop has the perfect mix of everything from homeware to decor to make this an easy choice for your gift selections! Sourcing items like specialty china, popular candle brands and unique decor accent pieces, Domain XCIV is the perfect place to give your guests a wide variety of options to select the perfect gift.

Illustrated Weddings by Lola Lorena

For all of your pretty paper needs, Illustrated Weddings has years of experiencing in creating custom designs for everything from gift tags to paper suites! You even have the option to customize and adapt an already-created design to ensure each illustrated detail is completely unique to your tastes.

Photo: Alba Rose Photography

Blue Diamond Limousines

To make your exit a lasting memory, Blue Diamond’s vintage car selection will be sure to impress your groom and your guests! Try a Rolls Royce, Bentley or Cadillac convertible on for size, or choose a trolly or charter bus to transport your entire wedding party from ceremony to reception. No matter your choice, your transportation will be a breeze with this favored DFW company!

Photo: Stephanie Brazzle Photography

Fresh Fashion: Fall 2018 Bridal Trends from The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus

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With another bridal fashion week under our belts, we were thrilled to share our favorite looks as they hit the runway via Instagram. Thanks to our fashion insiders at The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus, we had a front row seat to top bridal designers like Romona Keveza, Galia Lahav, Danielle Frankel and Mira Zwillinger! Take a look at some of the hottest reigning trends for fall 2018!

Trend | Capes | Legends by Romona Keveza

Trend | Ethereal Gowns | Galia Lahav

Trend | Off the Shoulder | Mira Zwillinger

Trend | Bows | Romona by Romona Keveza

Trend | Jumpsuits | Danielle Frankel

Find these lines locally at The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus. Be sure to book your spot with this appointment salon by calling 214.573.2663. Cheers and happy gown shopping!

Charming Coffee Shop Engagement from Laylee Emadi Photography

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For a sweet take on a photo session to commemorate the start of their new chapter, we love this couple’s idea of beginning the shoot how their engagement day began in this charming coffee shop engagement from Laylee Emadi Photography! One unexpected relationship and a few years later, this couple finds themselves just a few months shy of their big day! We’re so excited to share in their love — scroll down for the most darling images and more on their blossoming story!

Photos // Laylee Emadi Photography

What started as just a platonic college friendship quickly turned into a full-on romance when Carter Brown took a chance and asked Caylin Godfrey on their first date. The two were instantly smitten, realizing their foundation would pave the way for their future! Fast forward a few years later, the couple was on a fun trip to visit New York City and decided to start their morning with blueberry bagels and cream cheese. Strolling through Central Park on a crisp morning, Caylin had no idea that she would shortly be saying “Yes!” to the love of her life! Carter proposed there in the park, marking the start of a brand new chapter.

For their engagement session, Caylin chose The Boulangerie, her favorite coffee spot in Lower Greenville, as the starting place of their shoot. The two then strolled through various locations around Downtown Dallas with Laylee Emadi Photography capturing the adorable shots.

The couple will wed on August 4, 2018, at the Brake and Clutch Warehouse surrounded by the love of family and friends. Caylin has selected a bright and cheery color scheme, with the theme of the wedding being romantic garden elegance. Her bridesmaids will be wearing berry-colored gowns to perfectly complement the warm-hued floral arrangements she selected for the space. Her favorite detail from their planning process so far? Special hand-painted wedding invitations created by none other than her own twin sister! We can’t wait to see their special day come to life!

Polished and Preppy Wedding Inspiration from MK Event Boutique

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When elevated classic meets fresh and modern, you get the most undeniably wonderful aesthetic, as exampled in this “Bold Beauty” of a styled shoot filled with polished and preppy wedding inspiration from MK Event Boutique! Starting with the neutral yet elegant backdrop of the paneled walls and grey tiled floors of Venue Forty50, planners Hannah Heres and Annie Edgar brought a refined cheeriness to the space through the use of eye-catching color combinations and unique decor elements. Framing the space was a giant boxwood wall from Beautiful Event Rentals, adorned with a giant custom crest in a cheery combo of ombré pink and yellow. Post-visit to the bar, guests would be led to the seating area, featuring an ultra-modern, acrylic table from Top Tier Event Rentals and accompanying emerald tufted couch spot. Fit for the perfectly poised bride, 21 Parc Floral and Events created towering centerpieces in the combo classic of green and white, making a statement with orchids as the bloom of choice. Smaller arrangements of varying shapes and flowers in shades of pink lined the center of the table and played the ideal complement to the contemporary place settings. To add the ultimate touch of glam, the model bride was dressed in a stunning curve-skimming, low back and plunging neckline gown from the Bridal Boutique, with a romantic styled half-up hair do and soft makeup by  The Styling Stewardess. We’re swooning for every detail of this shoot! Enjoy!

Photos // Cristina Wisner Photography

From the planners, Hannah Heres and Annie Edgar of MK Event Boutique: “Our inspiration started with the velvet emerald sofa from Beautiful Event Rentals, which we love! Velvet is in right now, and the couch is very bold, so that inspired us to go more of a bold route with the bright color palette, and the clean modern lines, but still a very elegant feel. Who wouldn’t want to order a drink from a white acrylic bar with a boxwood wall backdrop or sit at an acrylic table with all of the gorgeous floral and hand calligraphy acrylic place cards?”