Classic Wedding at The Hickory Street Annex

Rahul & Paige first laid eyes on each other at a bowling fundraiser. The fundraiser was one that Rahul himself had planned for the members of the Red Shoe Society, a group of young professionals who support the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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The two continued dating for two years before they were engaged. Rahul took time into planning a fairytale engagement for the bride-to-be! The couple enjoyed a trip to the Wine & Cheese Festival at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and in a beautiful secluded garden Rahul proposed. Besides the proposal Rahul had a few other surprises in store for Paige.

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Afterward they whisked away to dinner. Rahul had taken the precious time to make reservations at the restaurant where the two enjoyed their first date. Paige was in shock, to say the least, when they arrived. Waiting to help celebrate the couple’s new engagement were Rahul’s parents, Paige’s parents, her sister and even her best friend.

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After picking simple yet beautiful stationary by Minted that matched the metallic, ivory and blue color pallet of the wedding the two were on their way to say “I Do”. Just a few days after the couple’s three year anniversary, Paige was walking down the aisle at the amazing Hickory Street Annex.

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Paige wore a gorgeous wedding gown by Maggie Sottero which she had purchased at Lulu’s Bridal. Her maids complimented her in adorable knee lengthWindy City Dressin navy blue by Mod Cloth . Hair and makeup made them complete done by the talented Erin Blair Makeup & Hair Design.

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The wedding party’s look was complimented with luscious bouquets and bouts created by our floral design company, Freesia, who designed all of the floral pieces for their wedding.  Paige loves flowers with small petals which we think is adorable and kept the small petal look throughout her design.

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Besides being announced as Mr. and Mrs. Vora by for the first time; Paige’s favorite moment was “seeing all of our friends and family from across the world, gathered in one room, cheering with excitement for us.”

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After the wedding ceremony guest were invited to dine on delicious cuisine by Vestals Catering & India Palace that reflected both of the happy couples’ cultures. Everyone also enjoyed awesome music being spun by DJ Jason Esquire.

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Luckily with all the excitement the awesome Don & Emily of The Mamones Photography were there to catch every moment of joy, love, happiness, excitement and fun!

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Since the couple decided on a fun candy bar as favors for their guests’ they agreed on a simple but decadent cake by Panini Bakery.

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To end the night the couple were whisked away by Sharon Limo. This marked the moment when they were finally settled and ready to officially begin this new chapter in their life.

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When asked what is the best advice they can give other brides, Paige and Rahul both agree that “Be comfortable with saying “NO” when you don’t want to include something in your ceremony or reception”

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It was a joy to work with this beautiful couple and help bring their two cultures together. Since being married, the two have been able to spend their free time planning travel for the next couple of years.

Jewish Fall Wedding at The W Hotel Dallas

It was love at first click! Daniel received encouragement from one of Emily’s cousins to send Emily a friend request on Facebook. The two began chatting away and the rest was history. They officially met on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin where they both attended college.
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Five years later Daniel was ready to pop the question. He proposed at the dog park with the couple’s adorable Boxer, Cali. “It was the perfect spot since we love our dog so much!” says Emily!  Soon they were in wedding planning mode and selected the swanky The W Hotel Dallas for their ceremony and reception.

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Emily’s inspiration for their wedding was to keep it simple and classic. She stated, “I always imagined my bridesmaids wearing black since it is my favorite color to wear and thought that white and blush color flowers would pop well off of that.” Emily wore a gorgeous Tara Keely gown which she purchased from De Ma Fille in Ft. Worth and her maids picked their own gowns.

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The couple kept the simple and classic feel of their wedding with beautiful stationary by Jordana Hoffman from The Paper Mill.

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Setting the tone for the evening, the wedding party and couple made their entrance to live guitar music played by Nick DiGennaro. Emily and Daniel exchanged their vows underneath a beautiful birch chuppah designed by Fleurs de France who also created the rest of the floral pieces for their wedding. This moment was a favorite for both Emily & David as they stood there with their Rabbi and parents.

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During the wedding ceremony, Emily said she unexpectedly became very emotional with tears streaming down her face. The Rabbi read out loud to everyone the letters that the couple wrote to each other. Emily was under the impression that the he would only be using bits and pieces for his speech. Guests’ loved the letters and how accurate they were. Emily and Daniel even heard guests’ quoting exact lines from the letters later in the evening while mingling during the reception.

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The couple and their guests’ danced and sang the night away with tunes played by the band Signed Sealed Delivered and enjoyed cake by Frosted Art. Memories of the evening were captured by the super talented Amy Karp Photography.

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It was such a joy to be a part of Emily and Daniel’s wedding; we wish them much joy and love. Mazel tov!

Rustic Chic Spring Wedding

When Trent and Lindsey met it was not all heart eyes and butterflies at first. They met on a plane that was owned by Lindsey’s friend’s family and Trent was their pilot. Lindsey’s best friend stayed in touch with Trent so they ended up seeing each other several times after that. Then a few years later Trent finally asked Lindsey on a date. They dated for 2 years before Trent popped the question on January 31, 2014.

On that chilly winter day, Trent and Lindsey were at the lake and decided to take a stroll after unpacking like they usually do. They were sitting at a picnic table enjoying the view when they realized it was 5:55pm. “Time to make a wish!” and yes, they still do this tradition. After they both made their wishes Trent asked Lindsey what she had wished for. To his excitement her response was, “to spend the rest of my life with you.” This set him up perfectly to ask her to marry him, so he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring! Once Lindsey realized what was going on, she gave him a big “yes!”

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Trent and Lindsey wanted a rustic chic spring wedding look. The ceremony was held at the Perkins Chapel and the reception was at Times Ten Cellars. They used ivory, gray, greenery and pops of peach to give it a farm to table, industrial style. Lindsey loves lights so they used a lot of cafe lights and candles. It was simple and romantic.

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Lindsey’s gown was designed by La Sposa and she purchased it at Patsy’s A Bridal Boutique. The gray suits and dresses really complimented the look of the wedding. The colors are very aesthetically appeasing.

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Ben Q Photography did an amazing job at capturing all the lovely smiles and precious moments from this beautiful day for the couple to remember for a lifetime.

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The delicious cake was baked by Sugar Bee Sweets; whom also baked the cake balls the couple chose as their party favors. The food that was served was done by Grace Cafe.

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Entertainment for the evening was mixed and mingled by DJ Seth Bohlman.

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Growing up Trent was always in love with the “velvet Elvis” that his parents owned, so as a wedding gift Trent’s parents gave them the coveted portrait of Elvis Presley in all his velvet glory. Undoubtedly there was great laughter and big smiles from everyone. What a fun and memorable gift!

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Lindsey said her favorite part of the wedding was their first look. Trent’s favorite part was being able to sit down to have dinner and by themselves. It was the alone times where they really got to absorb the excitement and joy for that day and for each other.

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The couple said that their wedding turned out just the way they wanted it. The wedding resembled them and their relationship which made the day so amazing. It was a blessing to work with these two love birds and to be asked to help them with this journey. It turned out wonderful! Thank you for letting us be apart of such a beautiful day as we watched you become husband and wife.

 

Fairytale House of Blues Wedding

Blind dates actually can lead to a happily ever after. At least that is how Jason and Briann ended up together! When they were set up on their blind date they thought that they had both blown it. It was not until a year later that they met up again for lunch and realized that they actually liked each other. After that they dated for a year and 10 months before Jason proposed. This proposal was highly thought out. Jason had created a scavenger hunt throughout all of Dallas. It lead Briann to their favorite and most memorable places. The last clue brought her to the steps of Dallas Hall at SMU where Jason was waiting to put a ring on it.

Their engagement lasted 21 months before they said their “I Do’s”. These many months were certainly needed with the amount of detail that went into this fairytale House of Blues wedding. They wanted a Alice in Wonderland meets Doctor Who theme. Oh boy did they pull it off! With the rich color palate consisting of deep blues and vibrant purples. They also used many metallic golds and silvers. The decor spoke wonders!

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Briann’s wedding dress was designed by Jenny Packham which she purchased at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon in Houston, Texas. Her bouquet was made with broaches she had collected over time. All floral pieces were created by Dr. Delphinium.

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The ceremony and reception were absolutely magical. Every detail was highly thought out. Briann hand wrote all their vows in a blue book as a gift for Jason. She also hand burned the numbers onto all the table placement numbers.

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The cake and desserts were made by La Duni.  And they were AMAZING!!!

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The photographer for their wedding was Amy Herfurth and the videographer was Laura Rowe. Both ladies did a wonderful job at capturing the beautiful moments and the amazing details of this fairytale inspired wedding. You can really feel the love that Jason and Briann have for each other through the pictures.

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A unique addition to their reception was having a hookah lounge area for their guest to enjoy. There seats around the hookahs were extremely comfortable . This addition really made the guest feel like the characters from Alice in Wonderland. Rentals were provided by Fauxcades and the hookah rentals came from Cairo Hookah Lounge.

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The entertainment for the evening was provided by DJ Jason Esquire. Briann said that her favorite part of the night was being on stage with Jason. She felt that at that moment they were in their own quirky world.

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When Jason and Briann were announced at the beginning of the reception, instead of just walking out behind the rest of the bridal party, they jumped out of the blue phone booth prop. What a great surprise for the guest and a great way to bring in the Doctor Who aspect.

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This beautiful couple was such a joy to work with. Briann had a wonderful, magical vision for their wedding. It was so much fun helping that vision come to life. Thank you both for allowing us to be apart of this crazy fun day. We hope you two have a wonderful life together.

 

Romantic Wedding at Ashton Gardens

What says “romance” more than a garden themed wedding? We could not think of any. These love birds, Lori and Bryan, are college sweethearts who recently got married at the gorgeous Ashton Gardens. Their story starts when they met at Brookhaven College where Bryan was playing baseball and Lori was studying her basic courses. They dated for five years before they got engaged. At this point, Bryan had transferred to Northwood University and that is where he proposed to Lori. It was during his last home game as a senior. The announcer had called all the seniors out to the field and then Lori heard her name called as well. She went to the field to find him with a half cut baseball open with a ring in it. In front of everyone at the baseball game Bryan got down on one knee and asked Lori to be his wife.

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The theme for their wedding was “romantic garden” which they executed quite well. Lori wanted to use a lot of hydrangeas in honor of her late parents who had huge bushes of them in front of their house. Gro did a wonderful job with their arrangements and giving the room the garden feel that the couple was looking for.

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Lori wore a beautiful gown by Anjolique Bridal which she had received from Bliss Bridal Boutique. The use of pastel colors mint, blush and ivory gave the wedding a soft, romantic feel.

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In asking what their favorite moment from the wedding was, they said that it was a very short moment right after they walked back down the aisle together. Before the bridal party could catch up to them, Bryan picked Lori up and spun her around. When he sat her down they high-fived and said “OMG we’re married!”

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Another special moment for Lori was in the morning after she woke up to start her day. She sat in the window seat of her room at the Wildwood Inn staring out onto the beautiful grounds with her coffee to have some alone time before things got crazy. She knew she would be missing her parents deeply on this day so she wanted to have some time to reflect and talk to them. She said that she had asked them to give her strength and to walk with her that day. Once she felt their presence, she knew she was ready. She said, “I knew that they were with me all day and that my daddy was on my other arm helping my big brother walk me down the aisle.”

An awesome addition to their romantic wedding was the cigar bar created on Ashton Gardens patio. The cigars were provided by Cigar Frog’s.

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The simple yet elegant cake was baked by the delicious Sugar Bee Sweets. It fit well with the garden theme and really completed the look. To add a special touch that has Lori & Bryan all over it, the baker created silhouette cats & laid them on the cake.  To say that they LOVE cats is an understatement.

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These lovely pictures were taken by Shannon Skloss Photography and their videographer was Lynn Films. The entertainment and lighting for the evening was executed by ES Events. The reception was full of people dancing the night away and enjoying cigars. It was certainly a party!

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Lori and Bryan made this wedding such an awesome experience for us and everyone else who was apart of it. Their love can be felt for miles. A beautiful couple with beautiful hearts. Thank you have allowing us to join you both on this day to remember. We are happy to announce that they are expecting the arrival of baby girl, Haven, in May. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Kinard, we know you will make amazing parents!

See more of Lori & Bryan’s special day captured by Lynn Films ::

Bryan + Lori from Lynn Films on Vimeo.

Urban Wedding at 3015 at Trinity Groves

On a chilly day in February Stellie and Melissa locked eyes for the first time and passion swept through them… well, not exactly. It was more like volleyballs sweeping through them during their first match together. Stellie and Melissa met through the Champagne Volleyball League which they both played in. One day when they both had a match, Stellie’s partner did not show up. Melissa had just finished her game when Stellie locked eyes with her. In search of a new partner for the day, Stellie ran up to her and asked her to play with him for his match and he would buy drinks after. While finishing up drinks, Melissa realized she found a guy that could be a really good friend but Stellie, on the other hand, thought this new relationship could be something more.  Stellie got denied by Melissa three times before she asked him to accompany her to a friend’s wedding. Several dates later they fell in love and Stellie proposed in Las Vegas, to which Melissa replied with a ‘Yes!’

When discussing the wedding, they started out with an idea for it to be urban summer theme. Once they figured out their colors, everything else just fell into place. They both agreed that the colors majolica blue and warm olive were a perfect choice for their urban wedding. After a short engagement of just 4 months, they exchanged their vows and made their toasts at 3015 at Trinity Groves. The venue made their delicious cake as well.  Melissa’s gorgeous gown was designed by San Patrick and she purchased it at Lasting Bridal Couture.

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Melissa says that her favorite moment of the whole wedding was having a first look with Stellie. It expressed that it was such a memorable and special moment that they two shared. She was nervous and excited to see him. It was much needed alone time before walking down the aisle.

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Their floral arrangements from Fleurs de France really captured the colors and feel that the couple was hoping for. The center pieces were simple and modern. The photos were taken by the talented Harry from Harry Photo.

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For the entertainment they had a violinist Richmond Punch, Ernestos mariachi band, and a DJ from ES Events. The violinist played during the ceremony while the mariachi band and DJ played during the reception.

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Melissa and Stellie loved the dance floor. They said that it was a joy to see all their family and friends getting down to the fun music. Even Stellie’s grandparents were getting jiggy with it! Melissa said that she loved every song and every dance. They even had choreographed a mash-up for their first dance. How fun!

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Stellie and Melissa withstood 3 large thunderstorms that wonderful day but the rain was certainly not going to stop them. They luckily got their first look done at the Magnolia Hotel minutes before the first down pour started. But hey, you know what they say, it is good luck for it to rain on your wedding day! We will take it! Stellie and Melissa were a joy to work with and it was an honor to be apart of their big day. We truly witnessed love as they became husband and wife.

Summer Wedding at Hickory Street Annex

Jourdin & Chris’ summer wedding at Hickory Street Annex in Dallas, TX was one of so much happiness and love!  The journey to this amazing day began 4.5 years prior when the two met in class at Coppell High School.  Despite living long distance during majority of their relationship, they grew together in love.  Chris proposed on a hot summer day in the Katy Trail.  He then whisked his soon-to-be-bride off to a surprise engagement party where their family and friends eagerly awaited to celebrate their big news.

From the beginning wedding planning stages, Jourdin knew that she wanted keep things light by going with a gold and white color palette with touches of glam.  Keeping things pretty simple, everything took place at Hickory Street Annex.  The girls spent the day there leisurely getting ready with Maitee Miles doing their makeup and Abby Kugestadt doing their hair.  Her bridesmaids wore a variety of gold dresses.  Jourdin wore a Nicole Miller dress from Nordstom.  They all looked stunning!  The guys arrived later that afternoon and got dressed in a nearby office so they could just walk right over once it was time for pictures to begin.

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Soon it was time for the couple’s first look.  Which proved to be Jourdin’s favorite part of the day as she says, “I’d been kind of nervous at the looming duty the bride has of being the center of attention, and I hadn’t seen him all day and was just antsy.  So the first look really put my nerves at ease.  Plus, it was so exciting to finally see him all dressed up!”

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The wedding party had a blast taking pictures with Jennefer Wilson Photography and were soon able to relax and take in the beautiful wedding decor for a bit before the ceremony began.  During the wedding ceremony, sister and Matron of Honor, Kelsey, Best Man & best friend, Jesse, & awesome friend of the couple, Jordan, performed a beautiful song, “Forever Like That, Ben Rector“, to capture the couple’s feelings for one another.  Chris sealed the deal with kissing his bride and they became Mr. & Mrs. Chris Hendrix!

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As guests moved downstairs for the cocktail reception, the ceremony was transformed into the par-taay area!  The ceremony backdrop created by Branching Out, was re-purposed for the cake back drop.  Cakes were made by Delicious Cakes and the pocket pies were made by Zenzero Bakery.

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Guests were then transitioned back up stairs where they feasted their eyes on all the pretties made by Branch Out Floral and Event Design.  Jourdin wanted to contribute some decor herself, so she saved and painted all the gold bottles that held the florals.

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Of course it wouldn’t be a true McMinn wedding if Father of the Bride, Woody, didn’t fulfill his tradition of introducing the wedding party!

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After the first dance, guests enjoyed a delicious dinner by CN Catering and listened to entertaining toasts given by the couple’s closest family and friends.

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Even though the wedding took place on a Sunday evening, you would never know it by the way everyone danced the night away with DJ Dilly mixing the beats.  It really was a fantastic time had by all!  DWeddings even got in on the action!  We were so honored to have been apart of the second McMinn family wedding.  Congratulations McMinn/Hendrix families!  You truly hold a special place in our hearts.

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CTE Loves Branching Out Floral & Event Design

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There is almost nothing better than the sweet smell & look of gorgeous blooms and there is no one that creates floral arrangements better than Branching Out Floral & Event Design.

Debby Jewesson, a good ole’ East Texas girl from Longview, is the Principal of Branching Out, and let me tell you friends, she is such an amazing soul.

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After graduating from UT Austin, she had a coaching and teaching career. After doing that for a few short years, she quickly decided that she wanted to make a career change. She wanted to chase some dreams.

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Debby: “I picked up a copy of“What Color Is Your Parachute?…” by Richard Bolles. Although I didn’t read it cover to cover, I picked up some very useful tips. I composed a list of dream jobs, then analyzed my positive attributes. Taking a leap of faith, I started knocking on doors at floral design companies. Did I mention my Mom was a floral designer? She’s always been an influence on all things creative in my life.”

Soon she landed a job at a high end event company, sweeping floors and processing flowers. Debby soaked up all the knowledge she could and with that same company she was offered the head designer & manager at their boutique flower shop. After a year, she made the leap to join forces with 2 partners/friends to start a floral & event design company of their own. Fast forward 2 1/2 years later, her first precious baby was born and it was then that she decided she would sell her ownership. Although this was hard for her, she knew it was the right decision at the time for her family.

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Debby: “So, now here I am. 2 kids and 14 years later. I returned to the industry in January of 2009 as Principal of Branching Out. The name means multiple things to me. I am branching out from a previous career, previous ownership in a company and motherhood. I am more enthusiastic and ambitious than ever before, and most importantly, I feel alive and fulfilled!”

Branching Out has a gorgeous style of work that simply has a fresh approach to classic design. When you walk into her charming floral shop in the Design District in Dallas, you are instantly filled with joy & warmth. The walls are filled with a light gray and each room is scattered with accents of cream and yellow, representing the brand perfectly. Did we mention that every single person in that office is so fun & wonderful?

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To stay inspired for her sweet clients, Debby said, “I really appreciate a good display of color- walls of fabric rolls at Fabric Factory, designer office supplies on display at Target, a rack of colorful t-shirts at the Gap, paint swatches at Home Depot, buckets of color coded roses at my local wholesale supplier! For me, these types of colorful merchandising displays inspires new color palettes for our events. The inspiration is everywhere!”

When you meet Debby for the first time you instantly feel the fun & love she has for her job! So, it is no surprise what she had to say when we asked her what her favorite part of her job was.

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Debby: “Fun people: clients, vendors and my staff! And I love designing alone in my studio after everyone has gone home. I call it my “flower therapy”.  I also really love working with brides! I still tear up at engagement stories and get chills when I see pictures of their gown! I also sincerely enjoy getting to know each bride, which enables me to see a design in production and confidently say, “She will LOVE that!”

During the wedding planning process, we will tell you that choosing a floral designer is so crucial and there is no better person in our eyes to give future brides advice when knowing what to do during the floral planning process.

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Debby: “Share as many inspiration pictures as possible (pinterest, magazine pages). Respectfully critique the images you share and view so the designer will know what YOU want specifically. Sharing what you don’t like is just as important as sharing what you do like. Discuss budget with your designer. Talking budget with any wedding vendor benefits you both. For me personally, I know what I should and should not suggest. For the bride, she leaves the consult with a realistic idea of what’s available to her and confidence in knowing that I can marry creative concepts with her style, theme and budget.”

So, if you are looking for a floral designer for your wedding or event, we hope you find your way over in Debby’s neck of the woods. If you have fallen in love with her just by reading our blog, just wait ’til you meet her and her team in person in that gorgeous space of hers, and tell her we sent you! It’s easy to see why our clients love her and we know you will too.

:: Event Photo Credits from top to bottom ::

Tracy Autem Photography (top/ bottom left) and K & S Photography (top/bottom right)

Autumn Light Photography

Greg Blomberg Photography

Jennefer Wilson Photography

Tracy Autem Photography

 

The Meaning of Marriage

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What really is the meaning of marriage?

It is a question that is contemplated by so many and a question that breeds so many different answers. While finding the one whom your soul loves and getting engaged is so exciting, it is also so important to have a solid understanding of you and your partner’s views on marriage.

Future couples to wed, may have a solid idea but we thought it would be great to get input on the subject from our former sweet couples who have been living the married life. These couples come from all different backgrounds, each of their answers unique and definitely worth reading.

What were your views on marriage growing up?                                                    

:: The Guenther’s ::                                                                                            

Lynne – “My views were not on marriage as much as weddings and husbands and dresses and cakes and all the things young girls find dreamy. As I did well at school, I was conditioned that for a woman, marriage was a career killer and you meant less as a woman if married. I actually was a little anti-commitment in my late teens and early twenties… College is full of people telling you how to believe and I fell for it the way I think most young women do. Because, marriage is not weakness, it’s meekness, and there a difference.”

Shawn – “Growing up I didn’t have a lot of great examples of marriage. My parents fought rabidly, as did most of the neighborhood couples. I think ultimately my view of marriage was that it was a test of wills to see who could out-sacrifice the other person.”

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How did you decide you were ready for marriage? 

:: The Granda’s ::

Kelsey – “I don’t know if anyone’s every really ready for marriage.  Because there’s absolutely no way of knowing what you’re getting into until you’re in it!   However, I felt like Seth and I reached the point that we knew we were better together than apart.  We began to think about the other’s needs above our own.  We started picturing our life in 10, 20, 30 years and weren’t able to see it without each other.  We started asking God to shape our hearts for something only He could.  I think that’s when we knew we were “ready” because we started imagining the life God designed for each of us and just knew it had to include the other forever.”

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How has your view of marriage changed since saying ‘I Do’? 

:: The Siekierski’s ::

Hillary – “Scott is my best friend and that didn’t change when we said, ‘I do’. We also lived together before we got married so we already had the foundation set for a lot of things. If anything, I know that we will always have each-others backs. We were always a team before but we are more so now. I like hearing him call me his wife. That’s pretty cool.”

Scott – I think we were on the same page when we got married, and have remained on the same page since then.  The only thing that has changed is that we have had more life experiences together so our bond has grown deeper.”

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Advice for couples thinking about marriage from our sweet former brides & grooms

:: The Belknap’s :: “Get pre-marriage counseling! Haha! Having tools to navigate a new marriage is priceless, even if you’ve been together a long time. Learn to laugh about your differences, life is better with laughter.”

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:: The Granda’s :: “Pray about it. Pray alone about it. Pray together about it. Have the people that you love and trust the most pray about it. Marriage shouldn’t be something you go into and then leave because all of a sudden it’s harder than you thought.  It’s a covenant. Marriage is the best thing that ever happened to me. It’s also the hardest. To go to sleep everyday knowing you could’ve thought about yourself less and loved him more is hard. But it’s worth it because it’s grace incarnate and I think if someone’s thinking about marriage they should recognize that it’s a little bit of everything.”

:: The Guenther’s :: “To couples contemplating marriage I would say a few things. First: put away all that society, family, or friends have taught you about marriage. Your relationship is unique and requires that you both are able to soberly assess your heart from your body. Second: no prenuptial, no backup plan, and no side bets. If you walk down the aisle you are committing wholly and completely with no “plan B.” Lastly: Love is a proper noun. It is its own entity, the living Spirit of God, and He requires attention, loyalty, and respect. No fight, no distance, no pain can overshadow Love if you show proper reverence for it. Spend the remainder of your days trying to act solely from a place of Love. If you are at all squeamish about that commitment you likely have some growing left to do before considering such a permanent action.”

“My husband and I had been married a couple of years and together for 4 years when people started asking if there was some secret to why we rarely fought. I didn’t know what we were doing right until a little over a year ago when we started to break down the biblical doctrine of marriage. The bible states men desire respect and women love, even more important both find it hard to give the other what they need if they feel they aren’t getting the love and respect they want. Solution: as soon as you realize your hubby doesn’t feel respected, fix it with respect and you’ll get love. Likewise, if your wife feels unloved, love her first and you’ll get your respect.  Who goes first, it’s an honor, so rush to it. Choose happiness and let all the little stuff go. Just love and respect each other, it’s that simple.”

So whether you’re already married or just beginning to toss around the idea of getting married, we hope you find these words of advice useful in your relationship. Choosing the right person to marry can be the single most important thing you do in your life. And when you do decide to make the lifelong commitment to each other, we hope you’ll give us a call to help you create the first chapter in your happily ever after.

:: Photo Credits (from top to bottom) ::

Kelly Gesick Photography

June Bug Company

Apple Guy of Dallas

 Nicholas Leitzinger Photography

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Jennefer and Michael. Where to begin with them and their photography…

Their photos are flooded with beautiful natural light and capture the most intentional of moments that serve as precious memoirs for their couples.

We met Jennefer & her sweet husband, Michael, when working with them on a wedding from this summer. Her work from that wedding was absolutely stunning, to say the least. Jennefer & Michael brought such an awesome energy when photographing Jourdin & Chris’s big day. They had the whole group laughing and really brought out the fun & precious moments of that day, and the photos really showed for it.  You’ll be seeing this wedding when it hits the news stands this coming spring.

Not only are their photos gorgeous, but their hearts are even more beautiful, because it is what inspires their vision.

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Jennefer & Michael currently reside in Dallas. Jennefer grew up in Midland, TX and Michael in the Houston area. Their journeys crossed four years ago, just as Jennefer landed her first wedding photography gig, Michael joining her.

Jennefer: “I received a call from our first ever bride on the Monday before her wedding when she called me in a hurry to ask if I would shoot my very first wedding. I was sitting next to my brand new boyfriend in his Ford Explorer, accepted the job and then proceeded to ask him if he would want to shoot it with me. Little did I know that that boyfriend would be my husband and that that last minute wedding inquiry would bloom into something we love and are so blessed by, that we both do it full time.”

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However, photography wasn’t always in her plans. In fact, when she went to college she had plans of pursuing a music business degree but soon realized that God had other plans for her. Jennefer would then switch majors to Graphic Design, take a photography class as an elective, start getting hired to take portraits for friends and the rest is a beautiful history.

According to Jennefer, their style of work could once be described as simply being editorial journalists of their clients wedding days, but when Michael & Jennefer married two years ago, their view changed completely once Jennefer was on the brides side of the wedding spectrum.

Jennefer: “We do our very best to capture our clients wedding days through the eyes of the bride. Nothing shines as much at a wedding more than it does through the brides eyes. Her hair has never been more perfect, her gown more romantic, or her place settings more classic. Ensuring that the day looks as close to the bride and grooms memory is how we do what we do. This mindset keeps us so honest and intentional; I wouldn’t change our approach for the world.”

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One thing that separates wedding photographers from others, are their inspirations, what inspires their work. If you know what inspires their work, you can understand their vision. If those match up with yours as a couple looking for a wedding photographer, then it can truly be a match-made in wedding heaven.

Jennefer: “I am inspired by kindness and joy. The sunlight on your skin, grass between your toes and a fall breeze are all reminders of God’s kindness. And to be completely honest, nothing inspires us or makes us love what we do more than a bride and groom who radiate that kindness and joy. The ones who love their family and friends so evidently, who take the time to care for and love on those people. They make our job the best in the world.”

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Michael & Jennefer love a good journey. They love working with clients who aren’t afraid to dream with them!

Jennefer: “The brides and grooms who run with an idea and invite us on the journey, those are projects are the ones we live for and pray for more of.”

As a couple, choosing a photographer for both engagement and wedding day photos is one of the biggest decisions & emotional investments they’ll make during the wedding planning process. So, what is the best advice for couples looking to hire a photographer?

Jennefer: “My best advice for couples looking to hire ANY portion of their wedding team is to make sure they love the person behind the work. Especially in the case of photographers & videographers. There is no one who a bride will spend more time with on the day of their wedding, so it is IMPORTANT to love the people you hire! There is no better freedom on your wedding day then to be able to sit back and enjoy your day because you know in your heart that the people you hired love you and are more than able to make your wedding vision come to life.”

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Aside from their photography life, Michael & Jennefer’s regular day is never complete without cuddles from their two golden retrievers, a homemade latte and snuggles on the couch while watching 30 Rock. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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If you’re a future bride reading this and you’ve fallen completely in love with Jennefer Wilson Photography like we have, you can find Jennefer & Michael here. Please go take a look at their gorgeous work, contact them & tell them we sent you! Oh, and don’t forget to stop by their blog. It is sure to fill that heart of yours.

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