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Red Dusk Wedding Inspiration from House of Tales Events

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We are truly mesmerized by this unconventional red dusk editorial styled by Maya of House of Tales Events in bold hues of red and black, accented with pops of gold. The setting at Dallas Arboretum was perfect for this grand occasion, complemented with a vintage chair, accent trays and candlesticks from Gold Dust Event Co. and powerful tabletop bouquets of roses and accenting black palm leaves by Dr. Delphinium Designs. Below the bouquets were modern place settings of marble and polkadot china, gold flatware and crystal glassware from Top Tier Event Rentals. For that extra touch of flare, Creme De La Creme Cake Company created a bold multi-tiered cake, embellished with gold accents and red roses atop a uniquely designed cake stand by Chanticleer Wedding Art. Garlands and bouquets of red roses surrounded the shoot captured by Cristina Wisner, in true romantic fashion. The romance continued with Patsy’s, A Bridal Boutique’s sheath gown that had crystal and fringe-inspired embellishments. The model bride’s bold makeup and sleek hair styled by WZ Beauty Studio called for a formal occasion and flowed effortlessly with the formal and romantic theme. We are swooning over Maya’s red dusk-inspired design of this bold and dramatic shoot!

Photos // Wisner Photo

From the planner, Maya Jareou with House of Tales Events“I love anything moody and edgy, so I really wanted to carry that feeling and translate it to this editorial shoot. What screams moody more than red, black and gold? I believe when these colors are put together in the right way, it can transform our daily approach to design into an edgy yet imaginative wonder.”

Wolfgang Puck Catering: Chef Spotlight

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Serving under the guidance of Chef/Owner Wolfgang Puck, Chef Drew Swanson of Wolfgang Puck Catering brings innovation, experience and small town roots to the DFW culinary scene. For Chef Swanson, life began in the heartland of America beside the Mississippi River in the small town of Orion, Illinois, which his family still calls home. Small town Americana exposed him to the roots of a community and the collection of families that drive it. Miles away now, with life moving much faster, kitchen life isn’t so different. Family, community and team still drive the day’s work. Serving others and each other: this remains priority.

“How we fill our plate today has evolved. Where convenience influenced how we fed ourselves throughout recent decades, our guests’ interests have moved in the direction of what’s local, how does it nurture me and what’s the story behind it,” Chef Swanson says. As for tailoring his catering services to individual brides and grooms and their one-of-a-kind weddings? “Every couple is unique in their own special way. Some come with a well prepared game plan, and we concentrate on creating that for them and some couples like to pull from our brand’s creative resources. We are happy to provide both.”

Chef Swanson also believes food can be an experience: “I enjoy putting our chefs and food together in front of our guests. No reason for the chefs to hide in the back. How we serve our guests will always be equally important as the food on our plate. Creating experience through food in one motion will always provide a special moment.”

Photos // Joseph Mark Photography

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For more on Wolfgang Puck’s Catering services, be sure to check out their vendor profile, and see more of their fabulous work in our Fall/Winter 2018 issue!

Pretty in Pink Rustic Wedding Inspiration at Hidden Pines Chapel

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Set amidst a wood and brick-laden chapel setting with the perfect dose of femininity through a vibrant color palette, we’re swooning over this pretty in pink rustic wedding inspiration shoot at the Hidden Pines Chapel | Hurst! The model bride wore a modern, lace overlay cutout gown from Bridal Boutique, who also provided the gorgeous pale pink bridesmaids dresses for a soft and romantic look. Tease to Please Hair & Makeup created delicate looks with natural makeup and soft feminine hair styles. To amplify the all-pink theme, LaneLove Paper Co. created an invitation suite in bright pink filled with whimsical floral details. Filling the table, altar space and the bride’s bouquet, gorgeous arrangements of greenery, bright pink and blush roses and dainty white blooms adorned the scene, creating a dreamy, fairytale look. Setting the table, Beautiful Event Rentals provided all of the gorgeous dinnerware from plates and chargers to the chic glassware. Aside from the dinner seating, a separate lounge area was set with a wood high back settee and coordinating wood chairs, all from Coral Lane. We can’t stop obsessing over this beautiful wedding inspo! Enjoy!

Photos // Julia Sharapova Photography

Video // Zpro Films

Picturesque Walters Wedding Estates Venues in North Texas

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If you’ve started on the hunt for selecting the perfect place to say “I do,” look no further than these picturesque Walters Wedding Estates Venues in North Texas! From old Southern style mansions to gorgeous Tuscan-inspired settings, each venue has it’s own swoon-worthy look and feel to create the backdrop of dreams for you and your guests to remember forever. Scroll through and check out their expansive list here, and be sure to visit each site to learn more and book your appointment to schedule a tour of your favorites!

Aristide Flower Mound

A top rated DFW area venue, the Flower Mound location of the highly sought-after venue truly embraces all things Texas nature with ample outdoor areas to host your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception with a picture perfect backdrop. With the ability to accommodate up to 160 people, customization of the beautiful property space will allow your guests to be able to take in all areas of this gorgeous venue!

Picturesque Walters Wedding Estates Venues in North Texas

Aristide Mansfield

Modeled after an 18th century Italian villa, classic stone architecture, grand staircases and an abundance of plant life and vegetation make this one of our favorite area gems for an elegant, botanic setting. A beautiful, Tuscan-inspired loggia adds another area for endless creativity with floral arrangements and blooms to create the most idyllic garden setting!

Chapel at Ana Villa

This Spanish-style venue designed with a beautiful staircase, gorgeous chandeliers, and wall of windows creates the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Accommodating up to 350, Ana Villa has a unique ambience your guests will love. For your reception, this venue has two uniquely beautiful spots to choose from. The Grand Ballroom embodies drama and sophistication with a massive staircase and 21 foot ceilings. For a more intimate reception, La Cava (Spanish for wine room) is the perfect space for up to 140 guests with brick accented walls and a cozy feel.

Photo: Laylee Emadi Photography

Hidden Pines Chapel Highland Village

Hidden Pines Chapel has all the charming characteristics you’d want in a chapel venue. Open and airy, the chapel’s dramatic windows create an effect that makes you feel like you’re outside. With rustic amenities and stone and wood finishings, it’s the perfect mix of chic and Hill Country.

Photo: Gray Door Photography

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Hidden Pines Chapel Hurst

Opened since just earlier this year, the newest Hidden Pines venue is certainly one to remember. Like it’s sister property, it prominently features a unique blend of rustic elegance with modern amenities, and can accommodate up to 200 guests. Featuring two stunning chandeliers and crystal chiavari chairs for guests, it’s certainly of the more  beautiful places to say “I do.”

Photo: Liesl Claire Photography

The Milestone Aubrey

Situated in the Aubrey countryside, The Milestone Aubrey Mansion is another great find for brides interested in less conventional wedding venues. This Georgian Estate-style mansion stuns gorgeous crystal chandeliers, vaulted ceilings and breathtaking views of the Aubrey countryside. Accommodating up to 325 guests, the plantation-style home assures a fine evening and endless photo ops between its indoor and outdoor gathering areas.

Morgan Creek Barn

The Milestone Aubrey estate also features Morgan Creek Barn – a three-story timber-trussed rustic barn. The Morgan Creek Barn is surrounded by a winding creek, river rock pond and open-air pavilion – the perfect rustic setting for your countryside wedding.

The Milestone Denton

Boasting elegance, unique architecture and ample southern charm, The Milestone Denton’s gorgeous mansion property is an easy choice for both indoor and outdoor options. Property additions like the outdoor pond and gazebo and the sweeping, grand staircase inside the mansion make for a marvelous look and feel reminiscent of a southern storybook classic.

Monroe Pearson

Designed with an industrial speakeasy in mind, Monroe Pearson has a large space with enticing photo-worthy details like exposed brick, Edison bulb chandeliers and multiple rooms to accommodate up to 350 guests. Wedding packages are customizable to suit your needs, but all include a free two-hour portrait session, string lights, tables, chairs and linens and use of on-site suites for getting ready.

Photo: Allen Tsai Photography

Wildwoon Inn

This picturesque boutique hotel and venue brings the best of southern charm with a European twist all in one stunning property! Featuring stunning architecture and design details like cozy fireplaces, french doors and perfectly manicured gardens, this spot is ideal for small-medium sized weddings with accommodation options for up to 120 people. With 14 luxe guest suites, this venue is ideal for hosting your wedding party for the weekend and giving your out-of-town guests a real Texas treat!

The Olana

Introducing the newest wedding venue to the Walters Wedding Estates family – The Olana! This French Baroque inspired estate is the perfect place to host your extravagant wedding celebration. The estate features lush landscaping, a tea room modeled after New York’s Tavern on the Green, an indoor and outdoor pool, a tennis court, a bowling alley, a Chanel-inspired closet and more. This luxe venue destination will debuting in the summer of 2019, so be on the lookout for more info on bookings.

The Truth About Bridal Market: Insight from a Dallas Bridal Buyer

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For DFW bridal boutiques and their buyers, Bridal Market Week is a cornerstone of their business and an eagerly anticipated highlight of their year! However, while Market/Fashion Week is often portrayed on Instagram and in the media a certain way, many bridal buyers will tell you the glitz and glamour is not all as it seems. We chatted with Christina Plumlee, bridal buyer for DFW’s Stanley Korshak Bridal boutique, to gain insight into what Bridal Market Week actually looks like for someone in the industry. Read more below to get an inside look into the most exciting times in bridal fashion – Christina’s answers may surprise you!

What are your main goals at Bridal Market? What is the main purpose of this “crunch time”?

The number one goal at Bridal Market is to select the gowns and accessories that I will buy for the upcoming season. This involves selecting from vendors we already work with as well as searching for new designers to add to our assortment.

What do most of the meetings 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. This is also when I go over the pricing for the line and other details such as what changes can be made to each gown. 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 can be a time-consuming part of market.

What are you looking for when you attend shows?

Runway shows are the more glamorous and fun part of market. They are the first look at the new 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.

Any other comments about misconceptions when it comes to fashion week, especially for someone in your position?

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 very small part of what actually happens. The truth is that I will spend five to seven days with back-to-back meetings starting at 9am and going until 6pm then go straight to evening events that last until 10pm. I rarely stop for lunch, just having a quick snack during meetings. I very often end up walking to meetings because it is faster than a cab or Uber with all the traffic. I normally end up walking three to four miles a day because the meetings are all over NYC, not in a single location – one day I walked six miles this trip. Once I make it back to the hotel, I will go over the day’s meetings, make notes and prepare for the next day’s meetings. Yes, market is fun, but it is also more work than two normal weeks combined.

What are your favorite parts of market week? Why do you love it?

I love searching for the “next big thing.” I am always meeting new designers and on the lookout for something that I feel will appeal to our clients. I am a romantic at heart so I love curating beautiful things for brides. I also have a passion for business and enjoy the process of building relationships that benefit not only our salon, but the designers.

Special thanks to Christina for sharing her valuable insight into what really goes on at Bridal Market. Although it may not be all events, runway shows and parties, we still think this part of her career sounds incredibly interesting and fun! To see which lines Christina has picked for Stanley Korshak Bridal to carry, be sure to book an appointment so you can see the beautiful gowns in person. Take a look at their vendor profile for more information. Happy shopping!

Photo 1 courtesy of Amsale, Lisa Richov | Photo 2 courtesy of Marchesa |  Photo 3 of Stanley Korshak Bridal buyer Christina Plumlee with designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa