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Palm Springs Wedding Inspiration from Rachel Elaine Photography

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Photos by Rachel Elaine Photography 

White-washed wood paneling, retro-inspired decor and bright, exotic florals have us dreaming of a desert tropical oasis in this Palm Springs inspired shoot from Rachel Elaine Photography! The light and airy feel of the RoseMary Barn set the scene for doses of eye-popping bright pink florals and vibrant palm leaves used in the model bride’s bouquet, table arrangements and seating-area decor. A tufted mauve velvet love seat and stark white with contrast chestnut wood chairs from Coral Lane brought vintage charm to the seating area accented by gold geometric and lucite decor. Paper invites from Pink Champagne Paper kept the same desert charm of the shoot with a fun banana leaf print announcements and dusty rose-hued place settings. The gorgeous model bride and her maids all wore ultra-glam lace overlay gowns with ethereal waves and a natural makeup look from WZ Beauty Studio. We can’t get enough of the old tropics charm! Enjoy!


Photography | Rachel Elaine Photography

Venue | RoseMary Barn

Rentals | Coral Lane

Paper Suite | Pink Champagne Paper

Beauty | WZ Beauty Studio.

The Blushing Bride Boutique, Maxwell + Gray, Laura Cadenhead, Beckley, Root and Bloom, The Cotton Smith, The Donut Kitchen

Our Favorite DFW Mansion Wedding Venues

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To our lovely North Texas brides looking for Southern hospitality and luxe romantic charm, we’re here to help your venue search with a list of our favorite DFW mansion wedding venues. Eclectic, timeless, romantic – you name it! These Texas treasures are as dreamy as they get. See for yourself below and view even more wedding venues here.

The Milestone Denton Mansion – Influenced by the British Colonial era, The Milestone Denton Mansion has sophisticated elegance written all over it. The exquisite mansion offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception spaces that can accommodate up to 200 guests. Often classified as The Hamptons of Texas, this immaculate wedding venue features classic coastal flair and sheer elegance that, together, create an incontestable wedding venue in the DFW area.

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek – Steeped in Dallas history, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is Southern hospitality at its finest. This historic home has been restored to accommodate indoor and outdoor ceremonies and celebrations that suit any bride’s wedding vision. While its capacity is 300, planners say the mansion is perfect for wedding parties of 10 to 70 guests. Its authentic, vintage ambience is truly hard to beat!

The Milestone Aubrey Mansion – Also located in the DFW metroplex, 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.

Wildwood Inn – Set on acres of gorgeous, lush green grounds, the Wildwood Inn manifests European inspiration to a “t.” Stunning full glass French doors and windows, towering tall trees, flagstone walkways and an intimate covered terrace, this boutique hotel is equipped to host rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and romantic weddings for guest parties of up to 120.

The Castle at Rockwall – If you’re a bride looking to host a fairytale wedding, look no further than The Castle at Rockwall! Nestled on 10-acre grounds, this picturesque castle estate is home to luxuriously-crafted architecture and artfully tended landscaping that will absolutely take your breath away. Featuring an indoor great hall, intimate chapel, outdoor gazebos and more, The Castle at Rockwall offers 8,000 square feet to let your creativity run free!

Photo: D.Kam Photography

Verona Villa – If you’re a bride looking to escape the tradition of Texas weddings, Verona Villa might be just what you’re looking for. Capturing the essence of Mediterranean charm, this Tuscan-style venue highlights grand ceilings, regal staircases and a spectacular 7,500-square-foot patio with lush gardens, string lights and beautiful fountains. Their indoor and outdoor spaces can accommodate up to 250 guests for both ceremony and reception festivities.

Photo: Brittany Bay Productions

Chic Dallas Engagement Captured by Meggie Taylor Photography

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Photos by Meggie Taylor Photography

Coupling Texas charm with simple sophistication, Meggie Taylor Photography did a phenomenal job capturing the love of Nicole and Parker. We love this chic engagement shoot for its eye-catching color and endearing intimacy featured throughout a few of our favorite Dallas hotspots. Whether sharing a kiss, walking hand in hand or laughing while gazing into one another’s eyes, we are smitten by the sweet romance shared between this dapper couple.

As Nicole stated, it was love at first swipe. She and Parker actually met on Tinder, but their relationship soon surpassed the screens. Adoration for one another deepened, and it wasn’t long before Parker began to plan the perfect proposal. In early September, Nicole received an email invitation to celebrate Parker’s promotion at work. She didn’t think anything of it, so she sought every which way to get out of the event. As fate would have it, Nicole was convinced by Parker’s persistence and the couple set out on a dazzling evening. The clues were all there between Parker’s nerves, dinner planned at her favorite restaurant and The Wedding Planner playing on the TV before leaving, but Nicole was oblivious. When arriving at their destination, the couple approached a dinner table dressed with champagne, roses and candles. Nicole was sure that the table was for someone else, but to her surprise, Parker responded by getting down on one knee and asking her to marry him.

Congratulations to the future Mr. and Mrs! We are so excited to see their Southern charm wedding with a Texas twist come together in November. And thank you Meggie Taylor Photography for sharing your talented work. Cheers!

Lakeside Fall Wedding by Shannon Rose Events

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Photos by Rachel Meagan Photography

Alexa and Aaron said “I Do” to forever on the most beautiful October day. Surrounded by friends, family and the stunning fall foliage, this sweet couple celebrated their joining together at Alexa’s grandparent’s private residence just outside the city. The setting planned by Shannon Rose Events truly could not have been more ideal. The organic hues being displayed from the outdoors perfectly complemented Alexa’s color palette of marsala, blush, apricot and gold. Lush Couture Floral made the bride’s dreams a reality by placing breathtaking blooms across the entire property. From the floating floral runner cascading above the head table to the incredible blooming ceremony arch that sat beside the water, this serene setting looked like something out of a fairytale. Alexa looked like absolute royalty in her tulle and lace ball gown from Pence and Panace Bridal Boutique. The couple’s sweet ceremony and intimate reception embodied all the down-home feels that a Southern wedding should while also establishing a whimsy, elegant aura. The blissful newlyweds say that their day was everything they could have imagined and more. Cheers!


Accommodations | Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Bridal Gown | Pence and Panace Bridal Boutique

Florist  | Lush Couture Floral

Wedding Planner | Shannon Rose Events

Sweet Somethings Desserts, A Sophisticated Affair, Inc, Belle Decor & Events, ShutterBooth DFW, The Country Place, RENT MY DUST Vintage Rentals, Alexander Tent Rentals, Inc, Rachel Meagan Photography

Stay in Style at These Luxe DFW Hotels

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While there are a number of factors that play into wedding planning, accommodating your guests is always a priority. Find the best place for their stay by browsing our list here. These North Texas accommodations are some of our faves, offering premier services, excellent amenities and quite the stylish comfort. Enjoy!

Warwick Melrose Hotel, Dallas Few hotels reach landmark status, but Warwick Melrose Hotel, Dallas more than qualifies. In addition to its 184 guest rooms, 21 suites and unparalleled Presidential Suite, this hotel doubles as one of the city’s most popular business and after work social meeting spots.

NYLO Dallas/Las Colinas Hotel – Built from the ground up, NYLO Dallas/Las Colinas Hotel is filled with spacious lofts and suites complete with sky-high ceilings, lavish bathrooms and all the other comforts of home. Day or night, the NYLO—with its infinity pool, lounge and live music – is the place for all guests, local and broad, to enjoy the gorgeous chic hotel. Furry friends welcome!

The Adolphus – Infamous for its entrepreneurial spirit, fashion and luxury, this Dallas destination also personifies that unmistakable Texas hospitality. The Adolphus has served as an icon of Dallas and an integral part of the city’s history and culture since 1912. Between the 5,000 square foot spa and the rooftop pool surrounded by private cabanas, it is clear to see why guests love staying here for their get away!

Hilton Dallas/Park Cities – Located in the heart of the Park Cities in Preston Center, the Hilton is within walking distance to many restaurants, clothing boutiques, salons and other popular businesses. The rooftop pool with patio drink serves is a guest favorite as well as the top of the line fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. Not not to mention these amenities have an unbelievable view of the city!

Hilton Dallas/ Rockwall Lakefront – The newly renovated hotel has a fresh, new, natural look that complements their lakeside destination. As part of the renovation, their in-house restaurant was re-concepted as Heirloom Kitchen and serves farm to fork, fresh, local ingredients. The hotel is neighbors with lots of fun shops, restaurants, bars and a movie theater. In the summer months, live concerts are offered along with guest sailing excursions!

Hotel Crescent Court – Featuring undeniable Texas charm along with sophistication and southern heritage, Hotel Crescent Court always leaves guests satisfied. Known for its luxury destination spa that is the largest in Uptown Dallas, this gorgeous facility offers luxury guest rooms and suites and an amazing garden terrace for guest to kick back and relax.

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek – A legendary icon in Texas, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek offers impeccable service and a world-class luxury experience. This breathtaking hotel retains the intimate ambiance of the 16th century Italian Renaissance while blending with it’s modern feel and amenities.

Westin Galleria –  Located within one of the largest shopping districts in Texas, The Westin Galleria Dallas has amenities that both the bride and all her wedding guest will swoon over. Guests can order gourmet food and beverages while lounging on the all new cabana furniture. Guests can also relax by attending one of the private yoga classes the hotel offers.

Westin Stonebriar –  This Frisco escape features all of the flavor and charm of Texas with an ideal location just north of Dallas and less than a mile from Plano. On behalf of the Westin Stonebriar hotel staff, guests are invited to enjoy their top of the line amenities including a state of the art fitness center featuring 2 Peloton bikes, the Tom Fazio-designed 18 hole championship golf course and their famous 200-ft lagoon style outdoor pool and whirlpool.

Cooper Hotel –  The Cooper Hotel serves as an oasis to revive the body and mind. Enjoy 61 spacious rooms with 12 suites, resort amenities and beautiful outdoor grounds for a weekend getaway, wedding reception or social event. This quaint yet sophisticated lodging facility will make your guests feel right at home.

Hilton Anatole – Families love to turn their weekend stay into a mini vacation by choosing this Hilton as their hotel of choice. Spanning over 45 lush acres, just north of downtown Dallas, Hilton Anatole is a Dallas icon is the vibrant Design District. This state of the art hotel features indoor and outdoor facilities including V Spa, Verandah Health Club, the new Jade WAters resort pool complex and a private sculpture park.

Omni Fort Worth – A stunning blend of native building materials and ultra-modern glass, Omni Fort Worth Hotel represents progressive luxury and offers amenities illustrating the Western spirit embodied by the city that surrounds it. Conveniently located in the heart of Fort Worth’s exciting downtown, the hotel is adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center and within walking distance from the city’s cultural centers, restaurants and nightlife.

Omni Mandalay – While staying at the Omni Mandalay Hotel,guests will experience the urban energy of Las Colinas and the tranquility of the shore of Lake Carolyn. The Omni Mandalay Hotel lets you relax in the heart of the city and puts you close to the business and cultural attractions of Dallas. This Omni resort has the largest guest room accommodations in the Dallas area.

Omni Park West Located near the vibrant Las Colinas Business District, and only 10 minutes from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, this 12-story upscale hotel invites you to experience luxury in a modern yet comfortable and inviting setting that all guest enjoy staying in.

Cambria Southlake When staying at this luxe Dallas hotel, enjoy contemporary style and upscale accommodations. This smoke-free family accommodation destination is in close proximity to popular attractions  like LegoLand Discovery Center, Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium, Dragon Stadium and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Southlake’s hotel and staff is designed to help you make the most of your trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Hilton Plano – Located just two miles from Dallas entertainment, guests are able to easily do what they want from the Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park and rest well in between! Refresh at the Mediterranean-style restaurant or swim in the resort-style pool. Great location for family and friends to stay during your big weekend!

Sheraton McKinney – Just 30 miles northeast of downtown Dallas, discover the picturesque community of McKinney at the Sheraton McKinney Hotel. Discover a place to reconnect with friends, enjoy a sense of community, and discover what makes McKinney truly one-of-a-kind. Go for a dip in their outdoor pool, explore the state-of-the-art fitness center, or just enjoy the stay!