Simply put, Maxwell + Gray does weddings. But to owner Stacy Hillstead and her growing team of talented wedding planners, your wedding is nothing like any other day; they’re the greatest story ever told, celebrated and documented. This team wants your wedding to be casual in feel, elegant in style and uniquely defined by YOU. They’ll offer an expert voice no matter if you’re seeking complete guidance from beginning to end or just need a little help along the way. For the modern bride who loves the thoughtful details, the sophisticated touches and wants her wedding to truly show off their personality as a couple, Maxwell + Gray is here to execute a vision while building friendships along the way.
“Maxwell + Gray is edgy, modern and organic. Romantic, playful and thoughtful,” Stacy says. “We get to know the couple. Don’t get us wrong, we love tablescapes and timelines and every last detail, but we do ALL of this to share their stories. To come alongside them and help bring their vision to life. We have fun! Yes, we’re professional and focus on logistics, but we also invest in each vendor, each bridesmaid, groomsman, family member… because it’s these people that help shape the joy behind the wedding day. We laugh and get to know each couple and do everything we can to help serve them, listen well, advise when needed, love and honor along the way. It’s not about us. It’s about them.”
A Favorite Styled Shoot
Photos // Shannon Skloss Photography
This styled shoot was a special one for Stacy and her team. “We decided to work with a husband and wife instead of models to show their true, real life, genuine love and adoration for each other. We wanted their romance but also playfulness to come through. Billie Ball & Co. thoughtfully chose soft hues of blue with creams and greenery that softened the space. The venue, Knotting Hill Place, is grand, beautiful and picturesque – so we wanted to bring movement, life and warmth into this space.”
When asked about some of her favorite wedding trends as of late, Stacy has a few that stick out in her mind. “We love a good surprise dance (we’ve seen a mini flash mob or choreographed dances). We also love Whataburger, Topo Chico, In-N-Out and all the foodie lovers late night snacks and thoughtful seating charts!”
Real Wedding Love
Photos // Lauren Nicole Photography
“Situated on a private family farm, this wedding was all about family,” Stacy explains. “The bride’s parents built life-size teepees for guests to dine al-fresco. Walking past chicken coops on the way to the ceremony, the venue itself told a story. We dealt with a rain storm AND a true Texas thunderstorm all during the reception, but they danced the night away under the stars and would give each other ‘that’ look – the ‘we did it’ look throughout the entire night.”
Leading up to the best night of your lives can sometimes mean some of the most stressful times of your lives. Stacy’s advice for handling the stress of wedding planning? Get away from it all for a night! “Have a date night where you’re not allowed to talk about the wedding. Where you focus on each other and life outside of the wedding day.”
Intimate, family-focused weddings and date nights focused on just the two of you? Those are two things we can always get behind! Want to see more from Maxwell + Gray? Take a peek at their Brides of North Texas vendor profile and give them a buzz!