Elegant Party Wedding at The Hall on Dragon

Shelley and Daniel first met on a dating app and were engaged 2.5 years later in the Bahamas. Daniel surprised Shelley on a walk on the beach, and little did she know their families were hiding in the bushes watching it happen! According to Shelley, “It was perfect!”

Shelley and her bridesmaids got the full glam treatment from Daniela Bell Makeup and Tara Hlavac doing hair. All the girls wore their own black dress, and Shelley wore a stunning gown from Eddy K at Lulu’s Bridal. The couple’s invitation suite was created by Carlson Craft.

“I knew that I wanted my wedding to be the best party that anyone had ever been to.” Shelley says. And it was! The Hall on Dragon was the perfect setting for their modern and elegant soiree. The chuppah for Shelley and Daniel’s ceremony was from Father of the Bride Rentals, and was adorned with florals from Fleurs de France. Glamorous florals in white throughout the venue, with touches of gold, accented decor in Shelley’s favorite color: black.  

CN Catering provided the great service to go along with Simcha Kosher Catering’s delicious dinner. Shelley and Daniel’s gorgeous custom cakes came from Frosted Art Bakery.

In10City Band kept the music going all night! Every moment was captured by Cristina Wisner Photography, and HMH Productions.

Shelley’s very favorite moment from the wedding came after her father’s speech. He started a tradition at her sister’s wedding of surprising the happy couple with a song, so Shelley knew he had something up his sleeve. “Only this time, he wrote the song. The lyrics, the music, everything. He searched and searched for the words to say to me and couldn’t find them, so he wrote them himself. My dad has played the guitar my entire life and has never written a song before. It was a labor of love, it was beautiful, and it was the most meaningful gift I will every receive in my entire life! Truly magical.”

The best part of being married, Shelley says, comes from her Jewish faith. “In Judaism, when you get married your souls actually become one, and I truly feel the difference. Our souls are forever intertwined as one, and my favorite thing about being married is waking up in the morning and feeling our soul start the day!”

Shelley and Daniel share a beautiful soul, and we wish them the best in their future together! Mazel tov!

CTE Loves Soulbox Productions!

Soulbox Productions captures the most beautiful moments of every wedding and event. As they say it, they are “Capturing love…one weekend at a time.” Working with David and Corbin is always a pleasure!

David and Corbin are both natives of the North Texas area, where they met as advertising majors at the University of North Texas.


David and Corbin got their start in videography creating a feature length film. David wrote and directed, while Corbin was the cinematographer and camera operator. After the film, when they filmed some friends’ weddings, they realized “how special it was to help capture a once-in-a-lifetime event” and they knew they wanted to do it for a living.


They got their first big break through Corbin’s mom, who talked them up to someone she knew who was getting married. “We filmed the wedding, which happened to have a well-established, high-end photographer. She really enjoyed working with us and began referring us to her clients.”

Over the last 16 years, they have filmed over 500 weddings! They specialize in producing unique, genuine films from their couples. “We do this by finding out what is most important to them on their wedding day.”

David and Corbin have some wise advice for brides about choosing a wedding videographer. “Choose a videographer you connect with. This is your once-in-a-lifetime event, always go with a professional.” After all, “Your wedding film is what you’ll have to cherish and remember your wedding day for the rest of your life.”

Their advice is so true because a professional who’s passionate about what they do cares about you and creating something that you will cherish forever. This is just one of the many reasons we love working with David and Corbin of Soulbox Productions, and we hope you do too! Thank you Soulbox Productions!

Wedding Guestbook Trends

Your guestbook doesn’t have to be ordinary! You can customize it to your interests and hobbies, or create an interactive experience for your guests. Here are our favorite suggestions for an out-of-the-book guestbook.

Polaroids

Have guests snap a quick photo to sign! You can display them in a scrapbook with their sweet message alongside to look back on for years to come.

Dictionary

Guests can pick a word to describe you two, and leave a loving message.

Drop Frame

Each heart will have a sweet note for you, and creates a beautiful display for your new home.

Birthday Calendar

Have guests write you a special message on their birthday. You’ll have notes to read all year long–and you’ll never forget a birthday again!

Photo Book

Print your engagement photos in a custom book for your guests to sign.

Vinyl Records

Are you a music lover? Break out your record collection for everyone to autograph!


Christmas Ornaments

You’ll get to look back on all your loved ones every year when you decorate the tree.

Jenga Blocks

Is it always game night at your house? Have guests leave their message on a block!


Date Jar

Have guests write their favorite date or a new date idea! You’ll never have a boring night again with a jar full of date ideas to choose from.

Globe

Perfect for the jet-set couple!

Stepping Stones

Guests can make their mark on stones, which you can then use to make a path in your lawn or garden.

Postcards

Collect postcards in your travels for your friends and family to sign.

Fairytale Wedding at The Omni Dallas Hotel

Staci and David met on New Year’s Day 2016, a year after their best friends had first started trying to set them up. David came into town for the Michigan State game at the Cotton Bowl and bribed a friend for the chance to meet Staci. They dated for almost two years before he proposed on a weekend getaway at his favorite beach in Indian Shores, Florida.

The couple started planning their dream wedding at the Omni Dallas. Staci knew she wanted bright and vibrant shades of purple and pink, with a classic fairytale theme, and Freesia was more than happy to oblige! She says, “I wanted the flowers to be a focal point, and Lauren put that vision to life perfectly and it all made me feel like a princess.” Linens by BBJ Linen provided the perfect backdrop for the bright florals. With dramatic arrangements on every table, and a breathtaking chuppah from Father of the Bride exquisitely covered in vivid violet hydrangeas, fuschia calla lilies, stunning vanda orchids, and the brightest pink roses, the ceremony and reception were a fairytale fantasy.

Staci wore a stunning lace gown by Justin Alexander from Lasting Bridal, and her bridesmaids wore radiant orchid dresses by Dessy, from Nordstrom. Staci looked every bit the princess, with hair and makeup by TC Makeup. Capturing the day on camera was Shannon Skloss, and videographers from Thompson Pictures. Carlson Craft created the elegant invitations for the wedding weekend’s festivities.

One of Staci’s favorite memories of the wedding was the First Look with her father and with David. “I knew my dad had waited his whole life for that moment, and it was so special for it happen so perfectly.”

Staci made her way down the aisle accompanied by her parents. “Even with 270 people, it felt like David and I were the only ones in the room.”

Once it was time for the reception, In10City Band played all of Staci and David’s favorites, and kept the crowd dancing. Staci says “I don’t think I even left the dance floor until Steel City Pops arrived.” The couples stunning cake was created by Lo at Sweet Thangs. Looking back, Staci only wishes she had more time to experience the night. “It flew by like everyone said it would!”

Staci and David departed the wedding in a picture perfect sea of bubbles, ending a night that was a dream come true.

It was an honor to be part of this sweet couple’s special day. We wish all the blessings life has to offer. Mazel tov to Staci and David!

 

Bohemian Chic Wedding at Camp Lucy

Hillary and Tanner met through a mutual friend–on the phone. They talked for four months before they ever even met in person! The two fell in love, and dated for three years before Tanner proposed, surrounded by family and friends on Hillary’s birthday.

The couple got to work planning their perfect wedding. The venue at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, TX, was perfect for their “Bohemian Chic” theme. With a moody color palette in blush, sage, burgundy, navy, and gold, it was sure to be a glamorous evening.

Racheal Bumbolo at Smock Design created their invitation suite, setting the tone for the wedding weekend. Hillary’s beautiful lace accented gown by Bliss by Monique Lhullier, from Nordstrom Bridal Suite, was gorgeously complemented by navy bridesmaids dresses by Show Me Your Mumu. The girls looks were completed with makeup by Lola Beauty ATX.

Whim Hospitality took Hillary and Tanner’s vision and theme, and designed the perfect florals, with stunning and unique flower types, creating a bohemian fall wonderland with an arch for the ceremony, and tall sculptural arrangements at the reception. Rachel L’Antigua photographed the day, and ByDesign Films captured every moment on video.

Most important to Hillary and Tanner–more so than the theme or the setting–was being surrounded by friends and family. Hillary says “After my dad’s death, my only wish was for everyone to be in the same room, happy and celebrating. Our wedding was the exact image of my wish.” Hillary felt the wedding was a beautiful celebration of her father’s life.

Hillary’s favorite moment of the wedding was seeing Tanner so happy at the end of the aisle, and knowing they would be interlaced forever. She was walked down the aisle by her brother, Harry Jr., whom she had only found out about the day before her father’s funeral. After the initial flood of emotions, Hillary and her brother quickly bonded and caught up on all the time they missed, and she felt blessed to be able to include him in such a special way. She said “God and my dad were smiling on our marriage.”

Guests danced the night away with music played by the Walton Stout Band, and lighting that helped set the ambiance of the space was provided by Intelligent Lighting Design. My Event is The Bomb was there with a photo booth to capture memories for all of Hillary and Tanner’s guests. Their cakes were made by Sweet Treats Bakery.

Hillary’s advice to other couples planning their weddings is “Don’t count down the days, plan every day exactly what you need to but don’t overdo it too quickly. There is time for everything to be planned, don’t stress. Enjoy being engaged because it is a great journey!” What great advice, Hillary!

Congratulations to Hillary and Tanner!

 

Classic Southern Wedding at University Hall at Oak Lawn Park

Lexi and Andy both share pride in their alma mater, The University of Alabama, which they both attended when they met. Their paths first crossed as interns in Washington D.C. They stayed friends all summer long, and starting dating back in Alabama that fall. Six years later, Andy proposed on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial, back in the special city where they first met.

When it came time to start planning their wedding, Lexi and Andy knew they wanted a joyful event, with timeless southern touches. Arlington Hall at Oak Lawn Park was the perfect venue for their ceremony and reception.

BBJ Linen provided beautiful linens to tie in the elegant tablescapes. Freesia, our sister company, helped to bring the timeless southern look to life with florals in shades of ivory and green, as well as perfectly seasonal cherry blossoms.

Uptown Violins played classic arrangements for the couple’s outdoor ceremony, and The Motion Band with Absolute Entertainment kept the party going all night long with music and lighting. Stephanie Brazzle Photography, along with Soulbox Productions Videography, captured every moment for Lexi and Andy and their families to cherish for a lifetime. Lexi and her bridal party got ready with TC Makeup doing hair and makeup.

 

The stunning wedding cake from Frosted Art stood out, alongside a festive groom’s cake honoring The University of Alabama! Catering and impeccable service was provided by Food Glorious Food.

The couple had an Alabama-inspired send-off, and departed in a vintage car from DFW Vintage Cars.

Wishing every happiness to Lexi and Andy in their future together! Roll Tide!

Farm-to-Table Shower at The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis, MN

Paige and Tom love cooking and eating together, so when it came time to plan their wedding shower, a Farm-to-Table theme fit them perfectly. The Creative Touch Events loves to travel, so we jumped at the chance work with them on putting together the perfect party to celebrate with their family and friends in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Bachelor Farmer is a beautiful spot with an emphasis on local, organic products. They created a custom menu to tie in seasonal produce with some of Paige and Tom’s favorites, like vegetable fritters and braised meatballs, along with delicious brownies and cream puffs. They even made sure Paige’s favorite drink, a Moscow Mule, was on tap for all of their guests.


Once speeches were finished, we opened the doors to reveal the buffet room. It was a great surprise for all the guests, and for Paige and Tom!

With the beautiful cafe as the backdrop, Spruce Flowers went above and beyond to decorate the room with an impressive display of fresh fruits and vegetables mixed with seasonal blooms in a rainbow of colors, like coral charm peonies and stunning giant allium. BBJ Linen added a special touch to the display with rich navy linens. Jourdin Hendrix Calligraphy provided the beautiful, custom hand-lettered phrases for the welcome table, bar, and buffet.

The evening was photographed by Christina Olson of Electric Lime. Christina says her favorite thing about photography is “capturing the connection and joy between people”, and she certainly captured the joy of Paige and Tom with their loved ones, celebrating their relationship together.

Congratulations to Paige and Tom, and we wish them the best in their future together.

 

Enchanted Forest Wedding at The Adolphus

Lissy and Leon started dating when she moved back to Dallas after grad school, but they really met years before that. “We actually first met when we carpooled together for a year in elementary school.” Lissy says, “But neither of us remembers!”

Lissy studies Italian history, so when Leon surprised her with an Italian-themed date complete with a gondola ride, she was all in! Little did she know, Leon had set up the perfect proposal. Afterward, Leon arranged to meet with both of their families for an Italian dinner to celebrate.

When it was time to start planning their wedding, Lissy and Leon were inspired by the old world charm of the Adolphus Hotel, and knew they wanted to make the beautifully-painted ballroom into their own “secret garden.” Lissy loves flowers, and Freesia helped her transform the room with vibrant colors and textures in shades of pink and coral, turning the space into their enchanted forest dream.

Stamped Paper Co created the couple’s custom invitations, menus, and programs that set the tone for the evening. Lissy looked beautiful in a Reem Acra gown from Warren Barron, and hair and makeup with her and all her girls by Anastasia Stratton.

Seeing Leon during the Bedecken ceremony was one of Lissy’s favorite moments of the day. “I was so excited to see him and felt like my heart was going to burst.” They walked down the aisle with Gyros String Quartet playing in the background. As part of Jewish wedding tradition Lissy circled Leon seven times. That was the moment that made it all feel real. “Afterwards, Leon and I stepped under our beautiful chuppah. We were surrounded by our parents and siblings who have always loved and supported us, and we both felt so incredibly lucky and excited.”

 

The reception was romantically lit with taper candles by Eleven Embers, and enchanted lighting by Beyond. Chairs and the stage facade were provided by Bella Acento, and linens by BBJ. Thanks to Jordan Kahn Orchestra, the night went perfectly, “I loved getting to dance with Leon and all our friends and family- you could feel the joy and love in the room all night and it was the most magical feeling.” Every moment was captured by photographer Shannon Skloss, and videographers of Soulbox.

To complement the romantic and warm elements of Lissy and Leon’s wedding, Frosted Art created a stunning cake with touches of gold and rose gold, along with intricate floral details that came from their wedding invitations. Italian gelato was also provided from Paciugo.

We asked Lissy if she had any advice for other brides, and she shared some golden advice from her sister-in-law. “She told us to be in the moment and try to stick together as much as possible, so that when you look back on the wedding, you share the same experiences and memories of the night.” This is so true! The Creative Touch Events team could not have been more honored to be part of such a sweet and beautiful couple’s new journey together.

Shalom and Mazel tov to Lissy and Leon for a lifetime of happiness!

Rustic Elegant Wedding at The Venue at Waterstone

Amy met Ian on Match.com, after some friends encouraged her to sign up. They were both convinced it was a waste of time, until they found each other in January 2016. They were married two years later!

When Ian proposed, he took Amy to her best friend’s painting studio. Behind her blank canvas was a hand-painted sign that said “Will You Marry Me?” Amy said that even though she had a hunch he was going to propose, it was so special to her, especially to have her best friend there for such an important occasion.

Then the two were ready to start planning their dream wedding! Amy knew she wanted a rustic theme that would combine her love of horses and the outdoors with Ian’s work as a police officer. After meeting with vendors and finding her perfect Madison James dress, the theme evolved into “Rustic Elegance.” The Venue at Waterstone was the perfect location.

The color navy blue was a main theme throughout the wedding, complemented by stunning floral from Freesia in shades of purple, green, and blush. Sable and Gray created the perfect invitations to set the tone for the evening.

One of Amy’s favorite parts of the day was getting ready with her best friends, and the amazing hair and makeup artist, Anita Brown, from Elan Makeup. Amy loved having her two oldest friends as bridesmaids, and their daughters as flower girls.

Brown-Eyed Girls Acapella Quartet provided beautiful prelude music for the ceremony. Le Force Entertainment kept the party going with Amy and Ian’s favorite songs for the reception, as well as lighting to pinpoint their tables and accent the room.  Valentina Vladi Photography captured the night perfectly.


Tastefully Yours catered the dinner, and Amy and Ian had a beautiful cake from Delicious Cakes. Instead of a groom’s cake, they had a donut bar! (We love this idea!) 


Family is important to Amy and Ian, so having her Uncle Bob perform the wedding ceremony was meaningful to both of them. Another priceless family moment Amy recalled was her brother’s toast: “My brother’s toast made my day…maybe even my year…Everyone in the room that has been a part of my life since I was a child remembered the stories he told and was laughing hysterically.”

In reflecting on her wedding, Amy has some advice for future brides: “Everything will work out and it will be fine, don’t stress. It’s just one day!” After all, she said, “The best part of being married is being able to start a life with someone I love.” We wish Amy and Ian all the best in their life together!

Congratulations to the happy couple!

 

Top Ten Wedding Food Trends

No matter what the occasion, people love to eat! Having something trendy or interactive always adds a little fun to a wedding or event. We dove into the top wedding food trends in 2018 and we were not disappointed. Some trends are new and some are older but trends are important to keep in mind when you are finding your personal style. Whether it’s trendy or not, don’t feel like you have to use or avoid something if you love it. Take a look at this year’s foodie finds!

  1. Donut Bars

Donut bars have been trending for a while now but are still incredibly popular. For the non-traditional bride and groom, a donut bar wall or tower is the perfect alternative to a wedding cake.

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2. S’mores Bars

These are something that is coming back and was essentially the first “bar” style dessert to have at a wedding. Having guests get up and create something during the wedding makes the day more fun and personal.

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3. Geode Cakes

Couples and humans alike are getting into more earthy materials like rocks, geodes and crystals, to incorporate in their weddings. Being closer to nature and spiritual aspects in life make couples feel more at ease. Weddings are starting to incorporate geodes in cakes in a multitude of ways. Cake designers are embedding rock candy geodes in the tiers of the cakes along with adding toppers and accents of geodes to give an edible earthy vibe to the special day. Bakers have also mastered the art of painting geodes onto cakes to not take away any space from the cake making the beautiful rock 3D.

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4. Food Trucks

Food trucks are come and go with weddings. They can be very specific to the kind of wedding that you are having. Fortunately, there are a plethora of food truck options to choose from. You can also choose to have these for your your dinner, cocktail hour, or late-night snack! For instance, a barbecue food truck for dinner would be perfect for a more laid back wedding but not great for a black-tie affair, unless it is served as a late night snack. If you wanted a late-night snack however, any kind of food truck would work for any type of event because it is not the main source of food and at the end of the night people are looking for grab and go food before they go home.

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5. Midnight Snacks

As you can see, the late night snack choices are endless! Some couples are now choosing to have midnight snacks. Whether it’s an In-N-Out burger food truck or a build your own grilled cheese bar for those late-night munchies, guests really appreciate having that little extra bite before they go home.

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6. Naked/Semi-Naked Cakes

Naked cakes or semi-naked cakes are cakes with little to no frosting on the outside of it. Most of them are made with the frosting in between each tier of the cake and nothing more. These are becoming very popular in rustic and outdoor weddings because they do not have to worry about the cakes melting as much. Some are topped with fruit or powdered sugar.

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7. Personalized cake toppers

Couples are all about personalizing their weddings to have a unique, one of a kind look. From look-alike figurines and hilarious characters to favorite quotes, couples are making statements with their custom cake toppers.

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8. Pies Instead of Cake

Not everyone loves cake and that’s okay! There are so many other options to have for dessert. Pies are the big trend now for a cake replacement because it gives the sweetness that guests are expecting from an after-dinner treat. Pies can be served in slices or in miniature pies, similar to the cake to cupcake serving standard.

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9. Soft Pretzel Bar

Soft Pretzels are an up and coming trend in the wedding food world. Since pretzels are not sweets, some couples will choose to put this out during the cocktail hour instead of appetizers or as a midnight snack. With that in mind, if you know your guests aren’t the sweets crowd, pretzels may be the perfect way to end the meal before the party and to soak up the alcohol at the end of the night.

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10. Floral Cocktails

Adding edible flowers to your signature cocktails is a super fun element during the spring and summer seasons. These cocktails can be infused with different floral and herbal flavors to bring a freshness to the drink. Having a light drink during hot days is very refreshing for your guests.

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Food is something that brings people together no matter what the occasion. Being able to use food at your wedding to create a fun and different experience will help stand out from the rest. Being true to your style and at the same time choosing items that are palatable to your group creates a win-win in the tum-tum!