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Edgy Romantic Engagement Session from Valerie Thompson Photography

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Hip, modern and fresh, these edgy romantic engagement photos of Nicole and Robert are so swoon-worthy and full of emotion! Valerie Thompson Photography knocked this session out of the park, kicking it with the couple in different Dallas locales like the Belmont Hotel, Trinity Groves and even Four Corners Brewing Co., where Nicole and Robert will be married! What an adventure! The level at which these two adore each other is more than evident in these sun-drenched edgy romantic photos, as Valerie caught their many sides, from playful to sultry to sweet. Her artful, moody photography styled perfectly captured the love between this gorgeous couple, giving them such a stylish, cool vibe. We can’t get enough! Read on to hear more of their sweet story and how they got reconnected after ten years. Cheers to Nicole and Robert!

Photos // Valerie Thompson Photography

From the bride on how they met and got engaged: “We actually met in high school. I worked for Robert’s mom, who owned a clothing boutique in McKinney. We aren’t the same age; Robert is a bit younger than me, so we didn’t interact too much except for the occasional times when I would help his mom and pick him up from school (we laugh hysterically thinking back on those car rides now). Fast forward ten years later and a mutual friend that cuts both of our hair reconnected us and asked if she could give Robert my phone number. He called and asked me to dinner, and from that night the rest is history. We have been together ever since.

For the proposal, Robert took me back to McKinney Boyd where he first remembered seeing me when he was a freshman. He took me back to the exact room and had roses petals, candles and a sign that said ‘Merry Me’ (it was Christmas Eve so he played into that with the ‘Merry’ part). It was one of the most thoughtful things I have ever experienced.”

North Texas Planner Profile: Keestone Events

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Today, meet Sarah Kee of Keestone Events – a premiere North Texas wedding planner skilled in creating timeless, meaningful celebrations! Sarah leads a team of thoughtful and passionate event planners who truly enjoy bringing incredible days to life, in every aspect! At the core of her business, Sarah believes in deeply getting to know her couples and paying attention to the smallest details so she can create an event full of personal touches. Her upbringing on the other side of the world allowed Sarah to develop an open-minded perspective and an understanding of different cultures. She loves to think outside the box to make her couples’ big days unforgettable! Scroll below to see a styled shoot and real wedding planned and designed by Keestone Events.

A Favorite Styled Shoot

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keestone events styled shoot details

keestone events styled shoot details

keestone events styled shoot details

keestone events styled shoot details

Photos // Allen Tsai Photography

“For this styled shoot, inspiration quickly struck upon seeing the rock formations at Garden of the Gods, which is also easily a favorite aspect of any styled shoot we’ve done. It is much easier to collaborate with, rather than try to outshine Mother Nature! The terrain reminded me of Themyscira, the island where Diana, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, is from. It then shifted over to mythology, and that’s how the Grecian Goddess concept was born. Fun Fact – Diana is also known as the goddess of the hunt in Roman mythology, with the ability to speak to wild animals. There was a stag that happened to be resting around the venue, and we were so fortunate to be able to capture that moment on film!” Sarah shares.

This sun-drenched styled shoot has a timeless element standard to Keestone Events. “The word we use when coming up with design boards for couples is ‘timeless,’ Sarah explains. “Will said design stand the test of time and will the couple regret anything when looking back in the future? For that reason, we try to get to know the bride and groom well in order to incorporate meaningful elements that are important to them both. Our aesthetic is then founded in these details that make the wedding truly special for the couple we are celebrating.”

When it comes to incorporating trends, the Keestone team takes a different approach. “We aren’t big fans of trends since it is never constant. Instead, we try to learn about aspects that are truly important to the couple. We then take those elements and incorporate them into the wedding so it’s memorable to them, and helps to tell their story. For instance, we had a couple that the number ‘8’ was significant to them as it symbolized prosperity and fortune. As a subtle nod to this, octagonal menus were created for place settings and their wedding cake had octagonal tiers. It may not be a detail that most will notice, but it’s something that is noteworthy to the couple.”

Real Wedding Love

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keestone events wedding details

keestone events wedding details

keestone events wedding details

Photos // Dyan Elizabeth Photography

“This garden wedding at Arlington Hall is one that I will remember fondly for a very long time. While the original plan was to have their ceremony outdoors, Dallas decided to unleash monsoon season all week so we reverted to Plan B. When the bride saw how the space was transformed, she stated that she never for a moment regarded it as the backup plan. This wonderful couple wholeheartedly trusted their vendors to execute accordingly based on their vision and speaks volumes on what having a professional team behind you can do in a potentially stressful situation.”

Speaking of stressful situations, Sarah and her team believe trust is a key quality you should have with your planner, because things will inevitably come up. “It’s immensely important to us that our planner be unfazed should tough situations arise, and have the ability to problem-solve creatively on the fly,” Sarah says. “Couples can rest easy knowing they have someone indomitable on their side, with them every step of the way.”

See more events planned by Keestone Events and reach out to them directly via their vendor profile on Brides of North Texas!

Dining in Dallas: Best Dallas Rehearsal Dinner Spots

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Looking for the perfect place to host your Dallas rehearsal dinner? These 10 wonderful restaurants offer a variety of cuisines and environments, whether you’re looking for formal fine dining or something more casual and inviting. Our latest round-up of Rehearsal Dinner Hotspots includes several new spots we’re excited to share! There’s something here for every taste and every budget. Treat your VIP wedding guests to an unforgettable Dallas rehearsal dinner and kick your wedding weekend off in the best way!

dallas rehearsal dinner restaurant waterproof

Waterproof – Sitting atop a 19th floor rooftop overlooking the Dallas skyline, Waterproof is an impressive place to gather with loved ones and enjoy a cocktail-style dinner. Featuring a completely customizable menu as well as both indoor and outdoor seating, your guests will be wowed by the views and the cuisine at Waterproof!

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Fearing’s Restaurant – Chef Dean Fearing is affectionately called the Father of Southwest Cuisine, and his Dallas namesake restaurant is located inside the gorgeous Ritz Carlton Dallas hotel! You’ll experience Texas cuisine, elevated to a new level of taste and sophistication. Fearing’s offers a custom menu and seven different sections within the restaurant so you can choose the backdrop you love the most.

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Fine China – Watch out, downtown Dallas – the hottest new Pan Asian-style fine dining experience is here! With three private dining rooms and a family-style sharable menu, Fine China is a unique place to host up to 45 friends and family members for a memorable rehearsal dinner.

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Vidorra Dallas

Located in the hip and vibrant Deep Ellum neighborhood near downtown Dallas, Vidorra ‘Cocina de Mexico’ celebrates culture, family and cuisine – they’re all about living”the good life!” Choose between the indoor restaurant, patio or rooftop to host family and friends as you dine on bold Mexican flavors. Vidorra is a lively, inviting place perfect for a Dallas rehearsal dinner full of fun!

Photo: Lightly Photography

dallas rehearsal dinner restaurant stirr

STIRR – Enjoy stunning views of downtown Dallas from STIRR’s rooftop patio as you gather for an intimate meal with your closest loved ones! Offering a variety of bold southern bites from lamb shanks to cajun cuisine to Korean barbecue, STIRR has something for every palate and a lively, approachable atmosphere to boot.

dallas rehearsal dinner restaurant abacus

Abacus – Go above and beyond for your Dallas rehearsal dinner at this five-star restaurant. The Abacus staff is here to help, from custom menu creation to seating charts and taking care of every last detail. Seasonal ingredients, multi-course dinners and the utmost standards in hospitality make Abacus an unforgettable place to dine with family and friends before the big day!

Reunion Tower – Dine on Wolfgang Puck‘s famous creative cuisine 50 stories in the air at Reunion Tower, an icon on the Dallas skyline and home to an impressive rehearsal dinner option! Enjoy an elevated dining experience in every way – 400 wines to choose from, a rotating bar and floor-to-ceiling windows allow to you experience Dallas in a whole new light!

dallas rehearsal dinner restaurant scout

Scout – Let your rehearsal dinner embrace an adventurous spirit! With fresh farm-to-table food, unique hand crafted cocktails, and vintage gaming atmosphere, Scout offers an inviting, laid-back atmosphere that still spoils your guests in all the best ways. Enjoy bowling, ping pong and all sorts of fun along with a delicious meal! For a more intimate dining experience, Scout offers the option of the more private Statler Garden Court just next door. This is the place to be for fun pre-wedding memories!

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SĒR Steak & Spirits – Breathtaking views and mouthwatering flavors make this option a local favorite for rehearsal dinners. Located within the Hilton Anatole and boasting floor-to-ceiling windows and impressive cityscape views, this steakhouse elevates American cuisine with the finest, freshest ingredients and of course, stellar service.

dallas rehearsal dinner restaurant prive

Privé – Needing somewhere to host a larger group? Privé can accommodate up to 80 of your closest friends in its impressive Westin Galleria space. As part of the Westin’s Second Floor restaurant, this private area features the best their menu has to offer along with custom cocktails and a sophisticated contemporary atmosphere.

Photo: Melinda Ortley

See our full list of rehearsal dinner hotspots around the DFW metro here and get ready to start planning your pre-wedding festivities!

Stylish Golden Hour Affair at The Dallas Arboretum

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What better to show off The Dallas Arboretum‘s incredible venue than a stylish golden hour affair for the 2018 Bridal Open House? Vendors and brides alike converged on the Arboretum’s perfectly polished grounds for a posh open house event, with stunning tables to welcome them created by none other than Posh Couture Rentals. Posh Couture has a wide array of sophisticated rentals available for glam North Texas weddings and they were able to show their range at this event, working alongside LaneLove Paper Co. who provided menus, place cards and other dreamy creations for brides to be able to visualize their own wedding stationery options and Dr. Delphinium Designs who created the most incredible fall florals for the event.

Brides, The Dallas Arboretum is truly a one-of-a-kind venue offering incredible sprawling floral displays, stately architecture, lakeside terraces and city skyline views. Nowhere else in the metroplex is there a venue offering couples all of those perks in one place. This stylish golden hour affair shows The Arboretum in such a wonderful light, but you’ll want to check it out for yourself, too! Cheers!

Photos // A Sea of Love

Italian Springtime Wedding Inspo from Alexa Kay Events

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If you love a little old-world European flair, this Italian springtime wedding inspiration shoot from Alexa Kay Events will be right up your alley! Alexa partnered with a slew of DFW wedding vendors at the incredible, Tuscan-inspired Aristide Mansfield venue to bring her worldly vision to life, and the locale could not have been more perfect. The Aristide venue truly makes you feel as if you’ve been transported halfway around the world to a grandiose Italian villa! Shades of blush and tan along with accents of gold, as seen in the tabletop rentals from Warehouse Rose, kept this scene light and fresh, along with white florals and greenery everywhere you turned mirroring the ivy-adorned walls. The ladies donned floral crowns, loose waves and earth-toned makeup palettes, while the bride shined in an off-the-shoulder illusion lace gown with a unique layered tulle back for an effortless chic look. For anyone who’s ever dreamed of a true Italian springtime wedding, this North Texas version is about as close as you might get – we’re swooning over these images! Enjoy scrolling below!

Photos // Brianne Johnson Photography