BRIDES Dallas: 5 Swanky Spas for Bridal Party Pampering

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Nov 042016
 

When it comes to wedding planning, no one deserves more pampering than the bride. But let us not forget the ladies who have been there from the engagement toasts to the mini-meltdowns at the wedding dress store — who are almost as deserving as the bride. A fun way to enjoy a relaxing spa party for you and your bridesmaids is just the ticket to enjoy a day of relaxation. A full day of treating yourself (or even an afternoon!) is a perfect way to settle any pre-wedding jitters, so here are our favorite Dallas spas for some good ol' fashioned pampering.

Stay All Day at Koffee Day Spa + Med Spa
Not only does Koffee Day Spa live up to its "affordable luxury" tagline, it also boasts a hefty number of specialty massage services (swedish, deep tissue, pregnancy, stones, bamboo, and more). For bridal squads opting for beauty treatments, facials, manicures, and makeup applications are available.

Explore the Spa Castle
Spa Castle is unlike any spa you've ever been to: This sprawling establishment is an oasis of wellness with spa pools, a sauna valley, resting lounges, a fitness center, overnight rooms, and to top it off — a luxurious menu of spa treatments. Spend the entire weekend pool hoppin' and getting pampered with your best girls by your side.

Restore Balance at Serenity Room Day Spa
Experience their specialty, the AromaTouch Technique, a doctor-developed method that uses essential oils to relieve stress, inflammation, and other ailments which brings the body back to a balanced state. Other spa services include massages, skin care, total-body treatments, and waxing. If you and your gals are aching from the stress, this may be just the ticket.

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Be One with Nature at the Spa Habitat Organic Spa & Apothecary
With four locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, Spa Habitat is easy to get to no matter where you and your bridesmaids are coming from. Unique in that they only use organic and natural products, Spa Habitat works to provide wellness in an eco-friendly way. Relax and unwind with your gal pals with the comfort in knowing that your massage, facial, and even hair removal are holistic and gentle on the environment.

Relax at Woodhouse Day Spa
Tucked away in the quaint city of Victoria, Texas, Woodhouse Day Spa is a peaceful and charming retreat for any bridal party. With over 70 spa treatments to choose from, you and your ladies will have a hard time deciding the best plan of action — which isn't a bad problem to have. Sip on a refreshing beverage and catch up on some gossip — all while lounging in plush robes (provided, of course). Read real brides' reviews here!

For more local spas, as well wedding hair and makeup artists, be sure to browse our Dallas Beauty page!

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Get Ready to Swoon Over This Romantic Whitewashed Barn Wedding Venue

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Oct 292016
 

Looking for some major inspiration for your wedding ceremony and reception? Then be sure to check out our real weddings video channel, packed with tons of beautiful celebrations and countless ideas to steal for your own big day. Each week we take a deeper look at one of our favorite new love stories, and today we're taking you inside Abbe and Jordan's barn wedding in the heart of Dallas, Texas.

With Brad & Monica Wedding Films behind the camera throughout this couple's whole day, we're lucky enough to get a close look at this emotional and stylish celebration. Abbe and Jordan's day was picture-perfect — which should come as no surprise considering their venue, The White Sparrow, was designed with ceremonies and receptions in mind. The rustic look of the barn is perfectly balanced with whitewashed walls and manicured grounds, which was perfect for this couple's big day.

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Since the space is so spectacular on its own, Abbe and Jordan kept their ceremony décor minimal. Garlands of greenery studded with fresh flowers adorned the walls while empty picture frames made for a simple and sweet accent. Cross-backed wooden chairs were the ideal finishing touch, making the space feel very refined but still comfortable.

In addition to looking great, the party also seemed like a ton of fun. Everyone crowded the dance floor throughout the night, and Abbe and Jordan even handed out fun glow sticks and headbands to keep the reception interesting.

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BRIDES Dallas: 5 Wedding Florists That Will Create the Bouquet of Your Dreams

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Oct 222016
 

No wedding is complete without beautiful blooming flowers. Luckily, Dallas offers many top florists. Whether your reception requires colorful table arrangements or you just want a lush bridal bouquet, we recommend checking out these five Dallas florists to help put the final blossoming touches on your special day.

Stems of Dallas (Above)
Stems of Dallas will sit down with you and your soon-to-be hubby (and a glass of champagne, no less) to discuss the vision for your wedding before diving into the fun planning stage. They use blooms sourced from all over the world as well as a beautiful medley of foliage, fruit, and branches to complete their creative flower displays. Read real brides' reviews here!

Bella Flora of Dallas
Arrangements brimming with creamy white flowers are the specialty at Bella Flora of Dallas. Turn to them if you want to give your wedding a dreamy, ethereal aesthetic with imaginative creations that will wow your guests. Think floral chandeliers dangling from the ceiling or an awe-inspiring flower archway to exchange vows under. Read real brides' reviews here!

Posh Floral Design Dallas Florist

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Posh Floral Design
Posh Floral Design's couture creations range from dark and romantic tablescapes dotted with red roses to light and feminine arrangement bursting with pastel-colored flowers. Whether you want a floral halo to hang over the dance floor, blooms to dress up the aisle and alter, or fresh flowers to top your cake with, they can make it happen. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Cebolla Fine Flowers Dallas Florist

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Cebolla Fine Flowers
If you're a self-professed bohemian bride, you'll fall head over heels in love with Cebolla Fine Flowers' sweet flower crowns, which are perfect for an outdoor summer wedding. You'll also adore their use of succulents in everything from groomsmen boutonnieres to bridal bouquets. Read real brides' reviews here!

Gro Floral and Event Design
Wondrous walls of flowers? Check. Stunning door-framing arrangements that greet guests as they enter the venue? Check. Mini upside down gardens floating over the tables? Check. Gro Floral and Event Designs really knows how to add a wow factor to a wedding. Read real brides' reviews here!

Be sure to stop and smell the roses (and peonies... and dahlias...) at these other top Dallas florists!

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BRIDES Dallas: 4 Wedding Cake Alternatives That Will DEFINITELY Impress Your Guests

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Sep 272016
 

Weddings have slowly moved from cookie-cutter to deliciously unique over the years, so if you're anything but traditional you'll love these wedding cake alternatives. For the bride that dares to be different, any of these alternatives are sure to please your guests. Here are some wedding cake alternatives found in Dallas for your big day.

Indulge in a Candy Bar
Candy bars give your guests a variety of options and a make everyone feel like a kid again. Sweet Tooth Candy Bar Co. based out of Crosby, Texas will do all of the leg work to make your candy buffet dreams come true with custom signs and colorful candy options. Simply work with them to customize candy selection, design, and themed accessories — and they'll do the setup and take down. Read real brides' reviews here!

A Chocolate Fountain
For the chocolate and fruit lover, FS Fruit Arrangements & Snacks creates elaborate and eye-catching fruit arrangements that are anything but traditional. Pair your customized fruit creation with a chocolate fountain and your guests will be saying "What cake? Who needs a cake!?" Besides being a total Pinterest-worthy moment, the fruit gives your guests a healthier option to nibble on while the fountain looks truly spectacular.

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An 'Mmm Mmm Good' Pie Station
Pies are a great in-between option for those that really just don't love cake would like to cut into something during the big cake reveal.Emporium Pies in the Bishop Arts District specializes in handmade scrumptious pies without artificial preservatives, hydrogenated oils, dyes, or corn syrup. Guests will rave about this culinary treat — and, it's almost a guarantee that you won't be left trying to figure out what to do with leftovers.

Aesthetically-Pleasing Cupcakes
Cupcakes are a fun cake alternative because they give you and your guests many more flavor options to choose from — while still being just as delicious as cake. Create beautiful and creative spreads or stack them on tiered dishes for a bakery-type display. Dallas' well-loved Sprinkles cupcake shop is an essential pick for the cupcake-loving bride. For the bride that wants to personalize the treats so they match wedding décor, Sprinkles will create a custom design for each bite. Read real brides' reviews here!

Check out more local bakeries for all of your big day sweets here!

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This Couple Made It Official With a Brunch Wedding and a New Year’s Eve Bash — 11 Days Apart!

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Sep 142016
 

Mitch Myers was stuck in the friend zone with Kayla Kiser's for years before he finally got the gumption to ask her on a date. Luckily, it was the only date the pair needed in order to discover what had been there been between them all those years. "We both knew on that first date that this was it for us," Kayla says, "and we couldn't believe it took us so long just to go out." On that first date, the couple went casual at an area pizza joint, so on the eve of their wedding, they returned to relax and soak in what was to come. "Instead of having a rehearsal dinner, we went back to the restaurant to share a pizza," the bride says. "It was very special, and it took the nerves right off. It really let us focus on each other and have a quiet moment in all the crazy."

Kayla and Mitch decided to have not one but two wedding celebrations: An intimate mid-December morning ceremony and brunch that bonded them in marriage, followed by a New Year's Eve reception for 150 guests — with a break for their honeymoon in between. Their unusual schedule allowed the couple to plan and party without stress: "The reception was just a fun get together with all of our friends to celebrate a new year and our new marriage, a nice chance for everyone to go big and get dressed up."

With Kayla's sister and brother-in-law at the helm of the planning process — they own GRO Floral & Event Design in Dallas, where the two-part celebration was held — the couple was able to kick back and relax as their two parties came together. See how they pulled it off below, as documented by Shaun Menary Photography.

With two unique parties in store, the couple invited their guests to the celebrations with different paper suites. For their ceremony at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, 80 guests received a formal ivory and gold invitation complete with elegant calligraphy. "The mansion is a smaller venue, perfect for a more intimate party and looks beautiful in the morning for brunch," Kayla says.

For their New Year's Eve reception at the Joule Hotel, the bride and groom chose a fun navy and gold invitation, ideal for the fun party they had in store for 150 friends and family members.

As Kayla was trying on other wedding dresses in the fitting room, her best friend was on the hunt for the gown in the salon's racks. She found it — an Italian silk trumpet by Anne Barge — and immediately brought it to Kayla to try on. "It was simple and timeless and made me feel beautiful," says Kayla. "No fuss about it." To complete her look and give it a little sparkle, the bride wore a beaded belt and a crystal hair pin on the big day.

Mitch kept his look classic, wearing a navy tuxedo, soft gray tie, and a white boutonniere.

Kayla asked her bridesmaids (including her sister-turned-planner!) to wear mismatched dresses in shades of gray. Each woman carried a round bouquet of burgundy and white peonies, dusty miller, and berries except for Kayla, who toted an arrangement of more delicate pinks.

The couple's dog, Lenny, also made a brief appearance at the morning celebration. Their guests loved seeing the dapper dog, who was dressed in a blue bow tie for the occasion. "Some of our friends even started using the hashtag #lennyfindsadad," Kayla says.

For their ceremony and brunch, the couple chose the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, a space where the bride had visited often with her family. "We have always gone to the mansion for dinner when we had something really important to recognize and celebrate," she says. "The mansion seemed fitting for this occasion as well." Plus, the property provided the intimate atmosphere the couple wanted for the 80 guests who attended that day.

Kayla and Mitch trusted GRO Designs to create every décor aspect, down to the color palette. "A lot of the floral design was a surprise to me, which was the fun part about the ceremony," Kayla says. "I didn't choose colors or design — I just trusted them."

It seems Kayla put her trust in some seriously talented visionaries. The designers created a flower wall ceremony backdrop made of white, pink, green and burgundy blooms, with a cross as the simple centerpiece to an otherwise spectacular space.

Kayla's father walked her down the aisle, before she and Mitch exchanged traditional Christian vows. "I wanted it to be very intimate and special, just focused on the Lord and our new marriage, which Mitch's uncle officiated," Kayla describes.

After the ceremony, the room was quickly changed over so that guests could sit and enjoy brunch with the couple. GRO Designs yet again designed the décor, running pink blooms held in white bud vases down the length of long rectangular tables, the flowers fading in an ombré pattern from fuchsia to just-barely blush.

In lieu of place cards, the couple set out gold ornaments decorated with guests' names. Ornaments were a theme of the day, with the couple swapping them in for a tradition guest book, too. "Our guests signed with gold and silver pens on gold or white ornaments," Kayla explains. "I cannot wait to decorate our first Christmas tree together and reread all the thoughtful things people wrote on these ornaments."

Despite the early hour, the couple still served a traditional strawberry cream cheese wedding cake, decorated with fresh flowers in the couple's color palette, for dessert.

Kayla and Mitch shared a dance to Leon Bridges' "Coming Home," then left the brunch in a shower of pink rose petals.

Fast forward 11 days, and the couple returned from their Turks and Caicos honeymoon to join 150 guests at Dallas' Joule Hotel for their New Year's Eve reception. "The hotel is anything but cookie cutter," explains Kayla. And the couple's décor — think, gold, silver and black streamers, colored lighting, and a checkered dance floor — only made the space more unique.

Here, Kayla slipped on a glittering Jenny Packman dress, and danced the night away with Mitch and their family and friends. "I didn't do a lot of bridal things at the party," she says. "We just had a good time all together."

That good time was fueled by tasty bites like mini sliders and tacos and unique signature drinks. For dessert, an assortment of sweets pleased every palette.

Kayla, Mitch, and all of their guests made memories in a prop-filled photo booth, complete with requisite New Year's hats and glasses.

The evening ended with a New Year's kiss and metallic balloons falling from the ceiling.

Kayla realizes their wedding schedule was unconventional, but she wouldn't change a thing. "Go with your gut," she advises other brides. "I would know immediately what I wanted, but would still spend hours researching just to decide that I wanted the first choice. I just needed to trust myself better with these big decisions."

Ceremony Venue: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek || Reception Venue: The Joule Hotel || Wedding Planner & Florist: GRO Designs || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anne Barge; Jenny Packham || Veil & Groom's Attire: Stanley Korshak || Hair: Pin Salon || Makeup: Maitee Miles || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom || Invitations: Chips and Salsa Designs; Blue Eye Brown Eye || Music: Serenata Strings; Daniel Rocha || Photographer: Shaun Menary Photography

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BRIDES Dallas: 5 Luxurious Bridal Accessory Shops in Dallas

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Sep 072016
 
Dallas Bridal Jewelry

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No wedding look is complete without a little sparkle. Luckily for Dallas brides, there are many local jewelry boutiques brimming with beautiful bridal bling. Here are a few of our favorite Dallas jewelry shops for every style and budget.

Ylang23
Ylang23's flagship boutique at The Plaza at Preston Center is stocked with a stunning mix of designer jewelry. Find the celeb-beloved designs by Los Angeles designer Jennifer Meyer (side note: She designed Jennifer Aniston's wedding ring!). Her beautiful lapis heart pendant is the perfect something blue. For the bride that wants to make a statement, the bold and beautiful baubles by Irene Neuwirth is a decadent choice. Read real brides' reviews here!

Kendra Scott
From gold jewelry adorned with pave diamonds to affordable gems, Kendra Scott has jewelry for every bride's budget. Their Color Bar — complete with drinks and desserts! — is especially fitting for picky brides who want to design their own earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets for their big day alongside their BFFs. The pieces are timeless, classic, and of course — stylish. Read real brides' reviews here!

Nine-Eighteen Fine Jewels
Bespoke jewels is the name of the game at Nine-Eighteen Fine Jewels. Dream up your own design, modify one of their delicious pieces, or reinvent a something old jewel that's been in your family for generations. The possibilities are endless.

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Cook Diamonds
A Dallas mainstay, Cook Diamonds has been in the jewelry business for 35 years — so it's safe to say you'll find the best of the best here. Swing by their boutique in the Dallas World Trade Center to check out their selection of jaw-dropping sparklers. Read real brides' reviews here!

Swag
Swag at NorthPark Center carries a beautiful array of jewelry that will complement your wedding dress. Think silver pavé heart stud earrings by Thomas Sabo, monogrammed pieces by Maya Brenner, pearl necklaces by Miriam Haskell, and gold bracelets by Oscar de la Renta.

Check out these other top Dallas shops for more bridal bling. After all, a bride can never have too much sparkle!

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This Couple Made Sure Their Dallas Wedding Was Filled With Lots of Love and Color

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May 022016
 

Susan and Matt met four times over the course of a year before it really stuck. "We allegedly first met at a friend's house on St. Patrick's Day in 2010, or at Glamorama in August (which we have pictures of!)," says Susan. "But I say we first met on Halloween of that year. My girlfriends and I were out at a bar, and this total cheeseball came over and offered us tequila shots. I asked the bartender who he was, and he said 'That's Matt Jones, he's the nicest guy in the world.'" But they lost touch after that night, and it wasn't until St. Patrick's Day of 2011 that the couple both remembers meeting, and immediately hitting it off.

Three years later, Matt surprised Susan when her parents showed up for what was supposed to be his birthday dinner (her birthday is a week later). "They told me they wanted to surprise me since they couldn't come to town the next week," she says. While she was in the bathroom, Matt asked Susan's dad for her hand in marriage. The next day, Susan ran up to Matt's apartment to grab a pair of shoes before they went out for drinks, and found a playlist of songs and a loop of photos of their relationship running on a screen. She also found a note telling her to meet Matt at the Drake Hotel, where he popped the question. "We had our moment, and then I realized I'd left my parents at the bar! But Matt took care of it — his parents were there, too! They'd never met before that night," she says.

With a groom who clearly thinks of everything, Susan was happy to have Matt on her team as they started planning their June 27, 2015, wedding — even letting him pick both of their venues! They chose the Petroleum Club Sky Lobby in Dallas, Texas, falling for the dramatic views of downtown. "We just wanted a big love party," says the bride, and that's what they got. Check it out, with photos by Anna Smith Photography, below!

Though Susan originally planned on wearing blue shoes with her Pronovias wedding dress, she slipped on Badgley Mischka sandals at the last minute. "I ended up sewing a little heart cut from my dad's shirt under the skirt of my gown," she says. "I don't know if he even knows that... Sorry Dad!"

The bride's sleek look included a fit-and-flare tulle wedding dress with wraparound draping, finished with a beaded belt and veil, both designed by the bride and her mom! She chose a colorful bouquet of blue delphinium, muscari, Sarah Bernhardt peonies, Juliet garden roses, scabiosa, anemones, and seeded eucalyptus. Matt donned a classic tuxedo with a boutonniere made of fuchsia peonies and blue muscari.

The bridesmaids' peony, rose, and anemone bouquets matched Susan's and popped against their black tulle gowns.

"I loved the classic look of all the girls in long black dresses," says Susan of the convertible Jenny Yoo gowns her 'maids wore. All the groomsmen are longtime friends (and have the closets full of groomsmen suits to match!), so the couple asked them to wear classic black attire that they already owned.

"When our wedding party was seated after the processional, Matt and I followed them and sat in the congregation!" Susan laughs. "The priest looked around, came over to us, and reminded us to sit at the altar next to him." Susan also ad-libbed her vows, even though she and Matt didn't write their own. "I was supposed to just repeat what the priest told me to say, and I still ended up making up my own words!"

At the reception, tables were arranged beneath the lobby's stunning skylight. Tables were decorated with crystal chandeliers and arrangements of white hydrangeas and pink and peach roses, studded with seeded eucalyptus.

The pair's first dance was to "You" by Chris Young. Says Susan, "Our band was amazing! They had everyone on the dance floor, from Matt's grandmother and great aunt to my family from Ireland singing Irish tunes on stage!'

The bride, a Texas girl at heart, had one request for dinner: A medium-rare steak. "My second-favorite part of the meal was dessert, brownies and ice cream!" she says.

The pair honeymooned a few months later in Aruba, where they took a picture for their pregnancy announcement!

Says the bride, "On your wedding day, move slowly and deliberately. It's a beautiful day, and it'll be gone before you know it!"

Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Catholic Church || Reception Venue: Dallas Petroleum Club || Bride's Wedding Dress: Pronovias || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Hair & Makeup: Pure Color || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Groom's Attire: Joshua Kercher Bespoke || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Vinciguerra Jewelry || Florist: Vella Nest Floral || Music: Chinatown Band || Photographer: Anna Smith Photography

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A Winter Wedding in Dallas, Inspired by the French Countryside

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Dec 162015
 

A year after a coworker introduced Alexandra and Austin (who both worked for the same company but in two different cities), the pair bumped into one another for a second time and quickly formed a friendship that led to much more. Just over a year after they became a couple, the pair stopped at a winery for a private tasting and tour while on a drive to Galveston, Texas, for what Austin said was a family function. There, Austin led Alex out to the middle of the vineyard and got down on one knee to propose. "The coworker who introduced us was one of my bridesmaids, of course!" says Alex.

A seven-month engagement followed, culminating in the couple's January 31, 2015, wedding in Dallas. The French countryside-inspired celebration for 160 guests was planned by Significant Events of Texas, who warmed up the wintery season with soft pastel hues. Want to see how it came together? Keep reading to see the photos by EE Photography.

Alex's Alyne by Rita Vinieris gown combined a lace bodice with layers of silk organza and a drop-waist silhouette. "I felt so comfortable and confident in it," she says. The kept her shoe choice traditional, opting for ivory Jimmy Choo sandals.

"I absolutely love the look of bridesmaids in white, especially for a winter wedding!" says Alex of her 'maids ivory wrap-style Joanna August gowns. "It was so ethereal, and the silhouette was perfect, even for my three pregnant bridesmaids." Yes, three! Alex thought only two of her attendants were pregnant, but on the morning of the wedding, a third bridesmaid ordered decaf coffee at Starbucks, and the secret was out. "Luckily, I didn't have my makeup on yet, because I burst into tears of joy!" says Alex.

The bride and bridesmaids carried bouquets of light pink peonies and pink, peach, and ivory roses.

A lace-accented veil was the perfect complement to Alex's side-swept hairdo.

Austin and his groomsmen wore classic tuxedos, with the groom opting for a white tie instead of black.

"Austin and I knew we wanted to get married in a church, and we both love Perkins Chapel at Southern Methodist University. We were so lucky they had our date available, since they're known to book up to 18 months in advance," says Alex. Large windows let lots of natural light into the space, which was decorated with two tall arrangement of ivory, light pink, and peach roses and hydrangeas.

"My favorite part of the wedding was seeing Austin's face as I walked down the aisle," says Alex, who opted not to do a first look.

The 1950s chapel offers a beautiful backdrop for photos, inspired by Georgian-style churches in New England from the 18th and 19th centuries.

A toile-inspired invitation suite set the scene for the reception's French theme.

At the reception, the couple used lush flowers and silver vessels to soften the industrial space. The wedding party sat at the head table, a long farm table topped with tall arrangements of hydrangeas and garden roses interspersed with birch-inspired vases. Round tables were dressed with pale gray linens and topped with a combination of clustered low arrangements and silver vessels overflowing with blooms.

A combination of food stations, from chicken and waffles to spice-rubbed pork, suited every guest's taste — and were complemented by the wintery signature cocktail, warm spiked cider!

The three-tiered wedding cake had layers of vanilla cake with fresh berries and vanilla buttercream, topped with garden roses and olive leaves.

Later in the evening, after guests flooded the dance floor, servers passed shots of milk and warm chocolate chip cookies. "The menu made everyone feel warm and cozy inside as it rained all night," says Alex.

At the end of the evening, guests formed an arch of glow sticks to lead the bride and groom to their getaway car. Says Alex, "Definitely hire a wedding planner! All the decisions can get exhausting, and it's hard to stick to a budget. Our planner was so helpful in finding options that fit our budget and helping us use it effectively."

Ceremony Venue: Perkins Chapel, Southern Methodist University || Reception Venue: The Filter Building on White Rock Lake || Wedding Planner: Significant Events of Texas || Bride's Wedding Dress: Alyne Bridal || Veil: Paloma Blanca || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair & Makeup: Susie Gray Uphues Makeup || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Culwell & Son || Florist: Lush Couture Floral || Invitations & Paper Goods: Significantly Said || Music: Brad Cooper Music || Catering: Gil's Elegant Catering || Cake: Panini Bakery || Rentals: Celebration Event Rental, BBJ Linen, GBS Linens || Lighting: LeForce Entertainment || Videography: Spinning Leaf Films || Photography: EE Photography

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One Couple’s Spring-Inspired Wedding in Dallas, Texas

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Nov 302015
 
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Brittany and Richard often ran into each other while studying at Texas A&M University — she was studying to be a physician's assistant while he was in medical school. After two years of taking the same classes (and even being paired up as lab partners!), Richard finally asked Brittany out for coffee. A year after that, on Mary 29, 2014, Richard asked Brittany to be his wife while visiting a local winery for their anniversary. "He made me the luckiest girl in the world when he asked me to marry him," the bride says.

Planning a wedding while still in graduate school meant the couple didn't always have time to devote their full attention to the details. "There were days I had to focus on school and trust other people to make decisions for me. Other times, school took a hit and I chose to focus on the aspects of our wedding that were really important to me," Brittany remembers. Those details, she says now, included creating a classic wedding filled with personal touches — think: a key lime pie groom's cake and using candles from their engagement evening as part of their centerpieces. Tucker Images was behind the camera capturing every elegant detail of Brittany and Richard's Dallas nuptials on March 14, 2015.

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Many brides slip on a dozen dresses before they find the one, but Brittany discovered her Elizabeth Layne lace overlay gown during her very first shop stop. "I loved the delicate straps and the sheer lace backing, and it made my mom and mother-in-law cry," she says. She paired the dress with her mother's wedding veil, a handmade belt, and ivory flats that made for easy walking.

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Brittany's seven bridesmaids wore strapless, full-length gowns made of chiffon and dyed in an ice-blue hue. "I chose this dress because it was flattering and the color was pretty on everyone," Brittany says. "Although I wanted our wedding to be mostly light and neutral hues, I wanted a pop of color and loved how it made them stand out."

The bride and her 'maids carried garden-style bouquets made with garden roses, ranunculus, peonies, spray roses, and dusty miller, with their stems wrapped in white ivory ribbon.

Brittany and Richard's flower girl, dressed in a tutu-like dress and wearing a floral crown, also served as the couple's ring bearer. "My husband is a big How I Met Your Mother fan," she says, and was obsessed with the idea of having the "ring bear" that was a running joke on the show for multiple episodes. "So just to make him laugh, I tied our rings to a teddy bear and sent it down the aisle with the flower girl. But with all the flower girl nerves, she fiddled with the teddy bear and the rings never made it down the aisle!" Luckily, the couple later found their gold and diamond bands and exchanged them after the ceremony.

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Brittany and Richard chose Perkins Chapel on their first visit, despite the rainy day. "We were stunned by how beautiful it was!" the bride says. On their wedding day, they decorated the white-and-cream-colored space with large floral centerpieces and hydrangeas tied to the ends of each pew. "We painted a wooden sign to display Song of Solomon 3:4 to pair with a floral arrangement and the guest book in the entry."

Brittany's father walked her down the aisle to the traditional Bridal Chorus. Then, she and Richard exchanged traditional wedding vows.

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Brittany and Richard both love outdoors, but they didn't want to risk rain ruining an open-air reception, so they chose a venue with indoor and outdoor appeal for their celebration. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden offered the best of both words with a cocktail hour on the patio and an indoor seated dinner, so the couple and their 260 guests would be protected no matter the weather.

The bride and groom mixed high and low centerpieces with lanterns and candles — many of which came from the evening the pair got engaged — on taupe linens. "We incorporated the mason jar candles that my husband used as part of the proposal into our centerpieces at the reception," Brittany explains. In place of menus, the couple left cards at each place setting describing some of the more personal details of the reception: Their parents' wedding photos hung by their own engagement prints in an antique six-panel window, an old shutter the bride painted to display escort cards, and hand-painted signs bearing the couple's wedding hashtag.

Brittany and Richard's wedding cake featured natural white frosting with cascading flowers — a traditional design on the outside with classic vanilla layers beneath.

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The newlyweds enjoyed a private dance before they left their reception through a tunnel of bubbles. "By far, my favorite memory of our wedding day was our last dance," Brittany says. "While our guests picked up their bubbles and lined our exit path, we shared a slow dance together. It was incredible to soak in the everything that had just happened, take in memories of the room, and let it hit me that this good looking dancing partner was really my husband now. It was the perfect way to end our wedding and start our marriage, and is a memory I will never forget."

Ceremony Venue: Perkins Chapel || Reception Venue: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden || Wedding Planner: Significant Events of Texas || Bride's Wedding Dress: Bridal Boutique of Lewisville || Shoes: Betsey Johnson || Hair & Makeup: Brittany Jones Weddings || Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff || Groom & Groomsmen Attire: J.C. Penney || Flower Girl Attire: Vivi Lovely Tutu Dress || Wedding Bands: Fifth C Fine Jewelry || Florist: Lush Couture Floral || Music: Le Force Entertainment || Catering & Favors: Gil's Elegant Catering || Cake: Delicious Cakes || Transportation: Echo Transportation || Accommodations: Doubletree Hilton Campbell Center || Videographer: J and J Studios || Photography: Tucker Images

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BRIDES Texas: 10 Wedding-Planning Tips from Dallas Event Coordinator Todd Fiscus

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Aug 202015
 
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With parties for Tom Ford and the Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo under his belt, Todd Fiscus is the king of the Texas event scene. Here, he shares his secrets for throwing stylish I dos.

1. Your celebration should have an iconic statement.
A "wow" moment that makes people go, "Oh, shit, that's cool!" when they walk into the room. It can be a back wall with 800 votives on it or a flowerscape in the center of the room that's the size of a Smart car.

2. But don't go crazy.
It's too much to have flowers at every pew, and a giant chuppah covered with flowers, and a flower wall with your monogram, and a crystal chandelier. If the room could go, "Whoa," it would.

3. Carnations are underrated.
They have a bad reputation; people think they're tired and overused. But I love piles of them in an arrangement that's so tight, you can't see the stems. Or in big balls clustered in the grass like art.

4. Pick a color scheme you look beautiful in.
Think about the makeup and clothes you gravitate toward. Those hues will probably work best in your wedding palette.

5. Focus on what I call the "jewelry" of the table.
If you're getting married at a hotel or ballroom, use the site-provided plates, then rent amazing chargers or crystal water goblets, or display beautiful printed dinner menus. The table should feel layered and curated.

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6. People want to hang out at the bar.
I create moody, pretty lighting by setting accent lamps on the corners of the counter. I'd rather spend $60 to rent a great-looking lamp than $600 on flowers.

7. Cute isn't everything.
Just because you love the idea of an old typewriter for the guest book doesn't mean guests want to wait in line to type out a message to you. It's adorable in theory, looks darling in a photo, and is hideous in practice.

8. A flash tattoo bar is super fun for a reception.
We did one for a pre-wedding beach party. Everyone had a blast. People were drunk and putting gold-leaf tattoos on their foreheads. The next morning, the guests must've been like, "What drag queen did I make out with?"

9. Sparklers are illegal in some states.
If you're in a natural setting, it's gorgeous to toss lavender and bay leaves or other herbs that represent love and fidelity. If you want bubbles, rent a bubble machine. When you hand out bubble solution, drunk guys splash it at the bride and groom's backs as they pass.

10. If in doubt, choose something timeless.
When you're 70 years old and you look at, say, an engraved wedding invitation, you'll think, "Gosh, that was a beautiful night." But if it has crazy designs all over it, you might think, "Good God, what was I thinking?" There's something to be said for elegance.

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES August/September 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

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