Backyard Fall Wedding

Life after divorce can be hard to navigate but, luckily when you have good friends like Melanie does, it’s easy. After adapting to single life, Melanie met Michelle through a mutual friend and the two hit it off.


These two lovebirds were head over hills for each other and moved fast. They dated, got engaged, and had their wedding all within a year’s time!


Melanie says, “We started dating in October 2014, and were married in October 2015. We moved fast in our dating, engagement, and marriage process. But, I think for us we just knew how we felt about each other and that life is short and as such, be with someone who you are madly in love with. We knew life would be complicated with integrating a lot of kids, but we also did believe that love does conquer all.”


The two planned a beautiful backyard wedding at their new home in Colleyville, Texas where friends and family gathered to celebrate their love. The couple hosted their interfaith ceremony and reception under a grand tent by M & M Event Rentals.  They also provided all of the tables and gorgeous linens.  The lighting was provided by ES Events, who created a beautiful branch pattern on the tent’s ceiling.


When guests’ arrived they were greeted by Pinky’s Valet, an amazing all female valet team, who assisted with parking. The fall floral decor by our fabulous sister company Freesia, adorned the porch of Melanie and Michelle’s lovely home and set the tone for their amazing fall wedding.


As guests’ entered they were served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Tastefully Yours Catering to enjoy before the ceremony. Tastefully Yours also catered the delicious dinner that evening.


Melanie and Michelle made their way down the aisle to the romantic sounds of the acoustic guitar. Michael Roos True DJ’s of Dallas later spun out some great music for guests’ to dance the night away. The brides’ looked so sweet with makeup and hair by Chantee.


Our fabulous sister company Freesia also created lush bouquets for both of the brides’ to carry as they walked down the aisle to happily ever after. Freesia also created amazing centerpieces, and adorned the all white chuppah by Crown Collection Chuppah.

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A wedding wouldn’t be complete without cake! Legacy Cakes did an outstanding job on keeping it simple, yet classic.

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Melanie tells us “Walking into the tent, and having our friends and family stand up and applaud, will forever be imprinted on our minds. It was really like a dream!”


Melanie and Michelle both agree that their favorite part of being married is they are married to their best friend, each other. They have so many of the same characteristics and at the same time are still learning about each other every day. They just absolutely love one another so deeply.


We are so glad that photographer Jeff Brummett was there to capture all of the special moments and the love of this truly amazing day in Melanie and Michelle’s life!


Melanie and Michelle give us much praise by going on to say, “The only think I would recommend to any bride is to hire Lauren Schmidt and the CTE Team. No, I am serious! She is the best, the very best! Actually, we miss her.”

Dreams really do come true.  We are so happy to have been a part of your special day, Happy Anniversary! xoxo

Natural Wedding at Trinity River Audubon Center

“I paid $217 for a husband. What a deal!” Alexis says, jokingly as she tells us how she met Nick on eHarmony  a little over three years ago.dallas_wedding_planner_0279dallas_wedding_planner_0280Shortly after dating for only a year and a half Nick knew Alexis was the one. He planned the proposal at his ranch on Easter day of 2015. Nick told Alexis that he had only gotten her one gift in her Easter basket. It was an engagement ring to which she said YES!

dallas_wedding_planner_0282All while enjoying their engagement the couple planned a beautiful wedding. Guests’ were invited to witness the couple exchange vows at their afternoon wedding that was held at St. Edwards Catholic Church with simple stationary suites created by Wedding Paper Divas.dallas_wedding_planner_0287dallas_wedding_planner_0283Alexis bridesmaids helped her make her debut down the aisle while dressed in beautiful gowns from J.Crew and Weddington Way.dallas_wedding_planner_0285dallas_wedding_planner_0289Of course Alexis looked absolutely stunning as well in her Justin Alexander bridal gown from The Perfect Bride. All of the ladies looked stunning with the assistance of Maitee Miles-Hair & Makeup and Drybar-Northpark.dallas_wedding_planner_0284 After saying “I Do!” family and friends helped the newlyweds celebrate their marriage at the naturally beautiful Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC). The venue provided beautiful scenery and photo ops for the couple.dallas_wedding_planner_0286dallas_wedding_planner_0290dallas_wedding_planner_0291Flowers from DIRT popped against the celadon and navy linens from POSH. Also DIRT’s use of wood and metallic containers really helped bring the natural but elegant feeling both Alexis and Nick wanted for their wedding.dallas_wedding_planner_0288 dallas_wedding_planner_0292Guests’ had a grand time as they danced the night away to a great mix of music being spun by DJ Nathan of DJ Connection. They enjoyed cocktails and delicious food prepared by Bolsa Mercado, and took some fun pictures in the photo booth by KUVAgram.dallas_wedding_planner_0293

dallas_wedding_planner_0296The ladies of Honey & Salt Photography were there to beautifully capture all of these moments of love, happiness, and fun for a lifetime of memories.dallas_wedding_planner_0295 dallas_wedding_planner_0294No wedding would be complete without cake! The couples’ delicious and simple but amazing cake was created by non-other than Layered Bake Shop.dallas_wedding_planner_0297 dallas_wedding_planner_0298Alexis and Nick both enjoyed their wedding but, each had their favorite parts of the day. Alexis says, “My favorite moment was our vows. I’m sure Nick preferred the reception with the abundance of food and cocktails.” Alexis goes on to share that, “My wedding day was special because I was able to spend it with my family and friends.”dallas_wedding_planner_0299In efforts to help other brides, we always ask what would you do different? Alexis and Nick both agree, “Start early! It is so much easier to clear up any problems well in advance of the wedding. Also, go with your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, back away slowly and then run away as fast as you can.”

Alexis and Nick, it was truly a pleasure getting to know you and being apart of this new chapter in your lives.  We wish you the very best in all that you do together.

CTE Loves Erin Blair Makeup & Hair Design

“I had no aspirations whatsoever to be a makeup artist” shares Erin of Erin Blair Makeup & Hair Design, as she tells us how she got started in the bridal artistry world. Pretty surprising for such a talented artist! We never would have thought this wasn’t her original passion.


Erin is a Texas native, but grew up in Oklahoma were she became a “Boomer Sooner” as she attended the University of Oklahoma for her first three years of college. She then moved to Houston where she finished out her degree in advertising at the University of Houston. Erin teases, “I moved for a boy. No, not my husband…he came later.”

After graduating, Erin moved back to Dallas to start her marketing career. Five years later in 2004, while working as a manager and graphic artist, she became friends with an established bridal makeup artist who was getting very busy! She asked Erin if she wanted to help her out occasionally on the weekends and taught Erin a few things to get her started. “I took to makeup artistry very quickly. It really isn’t all that different from graphic design, just different tools!” says Erin

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After years of working as a makeup artist on the side of her full time corporate job, and two kids later life became busy. Erin realized she needed to make a change. After some self reflection she came to the conclusion that her passion was in her artistry, working with brides, and owning her own business. She left her full time job as a manager and graphic artist and made makeup artistry a full time gig. With a smile Erin states, “Nobody was more surprised than me at the direction my career took!”

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While Erin has never gone to a traditional “beauty school” she has consistently invested in her education and skills since she decided to make her bridal artistry business her full time career six years ago. Erin is proud to have received personal training from some of the best artists in the business.

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Erin loves helping brides discover their most beautiful version of themselves. She even boasts that, “The products I’m selling are self-esteem and confidence! Sometimes I can visibly see their shoulders straighten and their chin lift before they’ve even seen themselves in the mirror.” The happy tears when a bride sees herself in a way she’s never seen before are the moments Erin lives for and what make her job her passion.

Her proudest moment in her bridal makeup artistry career so far has been being nominated for an AACWP award (American Association of Certified Wedding Planners) 3 years running.

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When we asked Erin to describe her style this is what she had to say “See the girl, not the makeup! I like my brides to look youthful and classically beautiful, but still like themselves.” Erin’s trademark is flawlessly glowing skin and romantic, lifted eyes. She wants her bride to look their best and also timeless in their photos. That way they love the way they look for years to come.

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Erin offers a bit of advice for brides when choosing their artist for their wedding day, “First and foremost, don’t just choose a makeup artist, choose a wedding beauty professional. There are a lot of other factors that go into your wedding makeup other than the actual wedding makeup. Artists with successful businesses that specialize in weddings will have a thorough understanding of how to coordinate with your planner and photographer, how to schedule your day so you get to your first look on time, and the high level of customer service needed for such an important event.”

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Erin also suggests looking at unedited before and after photos like the one above to get a more clear idea of the artist’s aesthetic and skills. Sometimes it can be hard to get an indication of skill level from professional edited photographs. You need to make sure your artist can make you look great without digital enhancement!

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“As my business grows I find myself transitioning more into an educator and mentor for both my team and other aspiring artists which is really exciting! But don’t worry; first and foremost, I’ll always be an artist.” says Erin. Currently Erin’s team consists of six fantastic makeup artists and hair stylists all whom she has personally trained. Her business is expanding and looking bright! She is spending more and more time conducting makeup lessons for her clients after their weddings and promoting her retail line of professional cosmetics.

It is always a pleasure to work with Erin Blair Makeup & Hair Design! Erin and her team are organized, easy to communicate with, and timely which is a big help to keep our brides on schedule for their wedding day. Along with being efficient Erin and her team are such a joy to be around, next time you see her make sure you tell her we said hello!

Organic Wedding at The Dallas Arboretum

Love wins again! Jeff and Joe met a little over seven years ago via the web on Yahoo Personals. After five years of dating, Joe realized he had found the one whom his soul loves and was ready to propose.


dallas_wedding_planner_0230Joe was creative and planned a scavenger hunt to the different places the two like to frequent as a couple; which even included dinner at Dragonfly of Hotel ZaZa. The final clue led the two back to their home for the evening were Joe had champagne, cake, flowers, and the ring ready to ask for Jeff’s hand in marriage.


Of course Jeff said ‘Yes!’ and from there they took time to enjoy their engagement for a bit and then started planning their amazing wedding. Guests’ were invited with beautiful invitations by The American Wedding to join Jeff and Joe for their ceremony in the Lay Family Garden and reception in The Alexander Camp House at The Dallas Arboretum.



Jeff wore a handsome fitting suit from Suit Supply; while Joe complimented him in a Joseph Abboud suit from The Men’s Warehouse.



The two looked absolutely dapper as they exchanged vows framed by a beautifully bright arch created by our sister company Freesia; whom was also in charge of all of the other floral decor that complimented the garden and reception area.



These amazing details of floral added the color and texture of for the couple’s vision of bright, elegant, masculine, and organic along with the natural colored linens by BBJ Linen. They wanted their wedding day to be a complete representation of who they are by tying in their Hispanic cultures with fun textures of lotus pods, driftwood, succulents along with bright hues of reds, oranges, purples, greens and bronze-copper accents.




The couple tells us that a special moment of the wedding was, “Walking down the aisle hand-in-hand with Joe’s son symbolized the family we’ve become. Also, having so many people there who loved and supported us was beyond touching…”




The music never stopped from the ceremony where Simply Music played soft tunes, to the cocktail reception were festive music was being played by Ernestos Music-Mariachi Band, and to the reception where DJ Adante of Simply Music spun out some dancing tunes.


All-the-while enjoying all of the fun guests’ also enjoyed amazing food and cocktails by Gil’s Catering.


No wedding would be complete without cake! The couple chose a simple, yet amazing cake by Delicious Cakes! To keep with the organic and masculine feel of their wedding, the cake was displayed on a wood slate and adorned with succulents.


Jeff and Joe both agree that their favorite moment of their wedding was that there was no rain! “Since we planned an outdoor ceremony and reception, we were quite nervous about the rain in the forecast. There was not a single raindrop, so we were able to celebrate as we had planned all along.”


In preparation for the rain the couple had to make a split decision on implementing a tent. To keep the outdoor feel they chose a clear tent without sides by Ducky Bob’s. We are so glad that Shannon Skloss Photography was there to catch all the amazing details for lasting memories and great stories later on. Shannon even notes that the clear tent reflected a lot of light from the lights that were strung by Simply Music which made for amazing photos.


Jeff and Joe say there favorite part about being married so far is, “The security of knowing that we’ll have someone with whom to share our lives and grow old.”


Finding The Perfect Wedding Dress

It’s every girls dream to look absolutely breathtaking on their wedding day. Besides choosing the right person to marry, choosing the right wedding dress is the most important aspect. Most women feel overwhelmed with the task of finding the perfect dress. There are so many styles, colors, and designers to consider. You should choose a dress that showcases your beauty and feels “right” to you. Making the right choice takes time, planning, consideration, and most of all patience! Enjoy a few of our tips to make dress shopping easier:

dallas_wedding_planner_0221*Gown by Maggie Sottero from Lulu’s Bridal ; Photo by The Mamones Photography

  1. START EARLY-You should begin shopping for your dress anywhere from six months to a year in advance of your actual wedding day. Dresses take time to create! On average it takes about four to six months for a manufacturer/designer to make a dress. And let’s not forget about alterations; this could add another two months. Customizing your dress by adding beading, lace, modifying the neckline, or train can take even longer. While many shops do offer rush orders at an additional fee, your choices may be limited. So plan accordingly!

dallas_wedding_planner_0217*Photo by Ivey Photography

  1. BUDGET The perfect dress does not have to cost you a million bucks. Come up with a realistic budget. When creating your budget you should also factor in the cost for alterations; which can vary in price depending on how elaborate your alterations are and where you go to get them done. Don’t forget to add on shipping fees if your dress is not being purchased off the rack. Your dress budget can also include shoes, veil, headpiece and accessories or you can figure these cost separately. Once your dress arrives, it may require some additional care such as pressing or steaming, which can tack on an additional cost as well.                                                                                                                              dallas_wedding_planner_0264*Gown by Anjolique Bridal  from Bliss Bridal Boutique ; Photo by Shannon Skloss Photography

If you are looking to save on your wedding dress as you see it as a one-time wear; try shopping on the sales rack. You may be able to find one that needs minor alterations. There are also many salons that hold big annual sales to clear out their inventory as well as sample sales, where brides can get off-the-rack styles with major discounts.

  1. PLAN AHEAD- Decide where you want to shop for your dress. You can call stores in advance to find out their price range, if they carry the designer(s) you’re looking for, if they offer alterations, and even if they sell accessories. Most wedding dress stores require that you schedule an appointment. If possible, schedule your appointment or shop during non-peak hours. Normally a weekday when you are free; this will give your more time to shop and your consultant’s undivided attention. Carry a notebook to jot down store information with the descriptions of the dresses you like (most bridal stores forbid photos) in case you decide to return back to try on the dress you can’t stop thinking about.

dallas_wedding_planner_0263*Gown by Jenny Packham  from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon of Houston, Texas; Photo by Amy Herfurth Photography

  1. SHOPPING- First and foremost before you set out to go dress shopping, wear good undergarments! This will give you a better visual of how things will look and fit on you. And you’ll thank us later when your consultant see’s you in your undergarments when their helping you into the dresses you’ll be trying on. Before your consultant starts to pull dresses for you to try on, inform them of your budget! You don’t want your dreams crushed by a dress that is out of your price point.                                                                                                                    dallas_wedding_planner_0265*L-Photo by Shannon Skloss Photography ; R-Photo by Amy Karp Photography

To keep your dress shopping experience exciting, do not be afraid to speak up on what you do and do not like. We promise their feelings won’t be hurt; you’re actually making their job easier! Not sure of the perfect silhouette? Bridal dress silhouettes fall into six broad categories: ball gown, empire, A-line, sheath, fit-and-flare, and mermaid. Try on one of each style the first time you go shopping for your dress. Selecting the right silhouette will help narrow down your options. From here, you can decide on the details such as neckline, sleeves, embellishments, etc.

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  1. NO ENTOURAGE- While it may sound like a good idea to bring all of your eight bridesmaids, your mom, your great grandma, and your aunts for this important purchase; it’s not! The more people you invite, the more opinions you have to consider. An overly opinionated entourage can be confusing and frustrating. Feeling overwhelmed can cloud your judgment on what you actually want. Bridal consultants advise selecting two or three loved ones to attend dress shopping with you. They should know your style, be honest, and have your best interest in mind. If you feel bad for not including everyone, just bring them along to your fitting.

dallas_wedding_planner_0220*Photo by Nicholas Leitzinger Photography

  1. IGNORE THE SIZE In most cases bridal wear runs about two to four sizes smaller than ready-to-wear items. Buy the dress that fits right now or that is closest to your size. Even if you plan on losing weight; don’t insist on a smaller size! A dress is easy to take in, but difficult and can be costly to let out.


dallas_wedding_planner_0262*Gown by Tara Keely from De Ma Fille in Ft. Worth ; Photo by Amy Karp Photography

  1. KEEP AN OPEN MIND- Don’t be afraid to try on something that doesn’t seem like your style. Also, keep in mind some dresses look different on and off the hanger. A dress that seems average while on the hanger may be the dress of your dreams once on. The same thing goes for the dress you thought was “the one” from the pictures online; it may be a big fail in person. While it’s always great to have an open mind, do not let yourself be talked into purchasing a dress that you’re not absolutely in love with.
  1. FOLLOW YOUR GUT Don’t go with the dress that everyone else wants you to wear. This is your day and your dress! You should choose the one that makes you the most happy. You don’t want to fight with your dress instead of enjoying your day. In the end you must do what is best for you by choosing the dress that feels right to you. You should feel beautiful in your wedding dress! If you aren’t truly sure if it’s “the one”, try adding a veil or other accessories to help you envision yourself walking down the aisle.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dallas_wedding_planner_0228*Photo by Sarah Kate Photography

CTE Loves Amy Karp Photography

We write this blog with giddiness because we get to talk about one of our most favorite event professionals of all time, Amy Karp Photography!  Not only is she a great friend of ours and an wonderful person, she is also an insanely talented photographer.  She is extremely passionate about what she does, but always keeps it fun and exciting for her clients’ which puts them at ease during their sessions with her.

When interviewing Amy for the blog, we wanted to know how it all started for her.  Here’s what she said: After a stroll down memory lane of some of Amy’s armature photography work from college; her husband, Jon, encouraged her to peruse her dreams of capturing beautiful images and lasting memories. And thus Amy Karp Photography was born.



While her career started in office management, HR, and accounting she has always had a sweet spot for artistic outlets such as drawing, painting, DIY projects, and designing. Amy still enjoys her DIY projects, gardening and most importantly spending time with her husband, Jon, and their son, Sam. She even has a new found love for Cross-Fit.

For a while Amy was maintaining a full-time job and shooting in her free time. Any spare time left she was gaining experience by working with local photographer’s whose work she admired and respected. Amy was focused on soaking up all the knowledge she could to be an amazing photographer.


Her amazing style is portrayed through her pictures! It is modern yet traditional with an editorial flair keeping her images timeless and memorable.



In 2006, after shooting her first wedding she was officially hooked on photography! “I loved the type of storytelling and loved that weddings have so many types of photography fused into one…you must be well-rounded in your craft and be quick to shift gears when needed” says, Amy.


In 2009 Amy decided to take a leap of faith and jump into her craft full time as a professional photographer. And let us tell you that leap of faith paid off! By the end of her first year Amy was nationally published in Southern Weddings Magazine.  Since then she has been published in so many more magazines and blogs such as Weddings, Texas Wedding Guide, World’s Best Wedding Photographers by Junebug Weddings, and more.


Amy’s favorite thing about photography is being able to create beautiful images in strange places and playing with different lighting. She’s also a daredevil and loves to shoot underwater photography! While she would love to spend more time perfecting her underwater craft; it’s not for the faint of heart and requires an adventurous client.


We asked Amy to tell us about her proudest moment in her photography career so far. We couldn’t help but to be proud for her as she told us, “I was named photographer of the year two years in a row by AACWP (American Association of Certified Wedding Planners). That was a great honor to be recognized for my work and customer relations!”


When asked what advice she would give a bride to help choose her wedding photographer; Amy gave us a few pointers, “Try to picture yourself and your style in the photographer’s portfolio. Try to get a feel if your personalities mesh well together. And when meeting with your potential photographer, make sure they make you feel at ease. And also look for a photographer that has experience with natural and artificial light.”


We cannot get enough of Amy Karp, her work is both breathtaking and fun! When you meet Amy in person to talk about your wedding or next big event, you’ll be sure to fall in love with her bubbly personality. And make sure you tell her we sent you!!

All images used are courtesy of Amy Karp Photography and a great mini-showcase of her talent! 

Happy Mother’s Day

I think George Washington said it best, “All that I am I owe to my mother.”


Being a mom is one of the toughest, yet most rewarding jobs ever! Everyday there is a mother working hard, making sacrifices, and paving the way for her child(ren). And may they forever be grateful.


Are hearts are filled with so much joy and love as we are taking orders for floral arrangements and writing out the sweet card messages from sons, daughters, and family; we wanted to take this time to express our gratitude.


On behalf of everyone here at Creative Touch Events and Freesia, we would love to wish all the amazing mothers everywhere a Happy Mother’s Day!! Don’t forget to show your mom how appreciated she is this Sunday by sending a one of kind Freesia arrangement.

Dallas Ft. Worth Rehearsal Dinner Favorites

As planners, we understand that there is more than one big event a couple needs to orchestrate for their wedding weekend. The rehearsal dinner is a very important occasion that sets the tone for the entire weekend. So we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite hot spots to have a rehearsal dinner in the DFW area. For couples that are looking a little farther than the Big D no worries; some of these locations have an extended market and can be found in other cities and/or states! We’ve also taken the time to break them down into three categories of what setting and feel you might be looking for… intimate, casual and fun!

When setting the mood for an intimate affair we recommend the following:


*Photo Credit: Hotel ZaZa Press Release

Hotel ZaZa features several unique spaces for all types of events, your rehearsal dinner being one of them! With 6,000 square feet of function space, the options are endless! You’re sure to find a setting that your guests’ will not forget. And if you’re not already there, afterwards you can hang out by the pool, winter or summer.



*Photo Credit: Perot Museum Website

Perot Museum Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall is such a beautiful space! The dimly lit area casts the perfect light off of the amazing gems from around the world featured in this hall. You can comfortably host a seated dinner for up to 120 guests’. As a bonus the gems create an amazing backdrop to your design and is so much fun for guests’ to peruse.


Photo Credit: Truluck’s Website

Truluck’s Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse is a great option to have a seated dinner providing five-star service. The atmosphere is just wonderful for celebrating and creating lasting memories. Your event will be truly unforgettable.  The Dallas location offers a dividing party room that can accommodate as little as thirty and as many as one hundred guests’ or you can use the whole restaurant to host up to two hundred-fifty guests’. The Southlake location offers three private areas that can host a seated dinner for twenty-five to one hundred. The entire restaurant is available for two hundred-twenty guests’. Don’t forget to try the crab cakes and their famous carrot cake!

St. Martin’s Wine Bistro offers French cuisine and an excellent selection of wine pairings. The atmosphere is perfect for an intimate rehearsal dinner. The décor is traditionally elegant and helps give the restaurant a feeling of old-world class.  St. Martin’s is able to host twenty-five or fifty in one of their private rooms. You can also host one hundred-fifty in the entire restaurant. Their champagne-brie soup is a must have on your menu.

If you’re looking to host a more casual family oriented dinner we suggest:


Photo Credit: El Fenix Website

El Fenix is a great casual place for a rehearsal dinner. One of our favorites! With their many locations and delicious Tex-Mex cuisine, everyone is sure to have a good time. We personally love the Downtown Dallas location with its rooftop patio. The private room and patio offers great views of the skyline and can seat one hundred-ten guests with free parking which is a great bonus for the downtown area!


*Photo Credit: Buca Di Beppo Website

Buca Di Beppo serves up delicious Italian dishes family-style! These dishes are made for sharing and tasting a little bit of everything. Your guests’ will love the exciting décor and lively music. The red plaid table cloths create a classic pizzeria feel. Even with their divided areas the Frisco, Park Lane, and Southlake locations can seat 65-70 to keep all of your guests’ together.


Photo Credit: Joe T Garcia’s Website

Joe T Garcia’s offers good food and great margaritas!!! We are just absolutely in love with the outdoor patio area with its spectacular water features, cabanas, and full foliage. The area creates a backyard oasis great for a casual family setting. Inside seating can host twenty-five to one hundred and as many as three hundred on their patio.

Want to have a blast the day before these are our top choices for fun:


Photo Credit: Live Nation Website

House of Blues is a fabulous venue with an old school juke joint feel. The venue offers live music and an abundance of food options for your guests’. They create the perfect setting for dancing and dinning as well as have a fun patio to hang out on before or after dinner. Their house is your house whether you need seats for fifty or as many as nine hundred-fifty!

Top Golf is the place to be if your guests’ are excitable and competitive. The fun of the game paired with the great selection of food and options of a private bar for your guests’, your night is sure to be a success and memorable for such a unique venue option. Top Golf Dallas offers a roof top terrace, lower level lounge, and their signature room. Guest capacity varies by furniture layout. Available party sizes space varies by day and time!


Photo Credit: Bowl & Barrel Website

Bowl & Barrel offers tons of fun and excitement. Bowling and Brews, is a great theme that focuses on the groom. With the tavern décor and exposed brick the place oozes a manly feeling. The setting is great for fun, drinks, family and food. Available party sizes space varies by day and time, call ahead to reserve your lanes!

Texas Rangers Ballpark will make your rehearsal dinner a big league celebration! The ballpark hosts’ six different locations to have your rehearsal dinner. Depending on the space you choose the ballpark is able to accommodate fifty to one thousand guests’! They have great views of the field and a fun atmosphere. You will surely make America’s favorite past time one of your own with lasting memories.

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.



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.


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.


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.




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.



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.




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.”


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.



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!



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.



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.


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”


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.

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.



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.



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


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.



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.



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.




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