Winter Wedding Fashion Trends

Winter is an incredibly popular season for people to get married, but sometimes colors are hard to decide. What are winter colors? Can you use bright colors in winter or do they have to be dark? Winter is not always a snowy wonderland here in Texas, so winter wedding trends change each year. After looking through some current trends, we came across some style inspiration that is sure to make your wedding pop! For the men, visit The Black Tux for your suit and tuxedo needs. And for the ladies, check out Azazie for your bridesmaid dresses! They both have options for any color palette you might be looking for! Here are some of our favorites for this winter season.

 Navy and Marsala: 
Marsala was the Pantone color of the year in 2015 and has continued to be a favorite through the years. Marsala is a red/burgundy color that goes well with many colors as shown on Pantone’s website. This winter however, navy is the color that pairs with it perfectly. Red and blue are seen together frequently but these rich colors break the traditional combination. Marsala bridesmaids’ dresses and navy tuxedos are sure to be a showstopper.

Olive and Black:
Olive and black are a very natural combination. They have an organic vibe with an elegant presentation to mix trends. Olive is a medium toned grey-green that is subtle but impactful. Black has a distinct contrast to make the olive pop. The use of a dark neutral such as black, allows the accompanying colors to be the star. This color combination can be used throughout the year but has a wintery undertone. Your wedding will leave people wanting more with this gorgeous color combo!

Plum and Grey:
Plum and grey is a color combination that is not seen very often which makes it trendy. This color combination is a bit against the norm but, will really set you apart from other weddings this winter. Many people think that having a holiday color scheme is the only way to make a wedding seasonally appropriate, but we say break down those walls! Have the colors that you want at your wedding and make your winter wedding dreams come true.Don’t forget to like, comment, and share! We would love to hear your feedback on your favorite winter wedding trends for this year!

Natural Wedding at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club

After meeting at Texas A&M University, Mackenzie and Blaine dated for three years before Blaine knew he wanted to propose. Mackenzie remembers the day like it was yesterday! She shares with us that Blaine took to bending knee just before the opening game for the 2015 Aggie football season at Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park in Houston and asked for her hand in marriage.

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The two never had an actual theme but, we like to think that their choices of a simple color pallet and all white flowers and greenery by Lizzie Bee’s Flower Shoppe gave their wedding a natural and classic feel. Everything was absolutely gorgeous!

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Guests’ were invited with simple and sleek invitation suites created by Stamped Paper Co. to join these two lovebirds at the impeccable Bella Donna Chapel where they would exchange vows and be married by Blaine’s grandfather.

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Our bride, Mackenzie, looked absolutely stunning as she made her way down the aisle in a one of a kind Catherine Deane dress from BHLDN. Standing at the altar by her side were her beautiful bridesmaids in flowing tan dresses by Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids. All of the ladies looked their best with the help of The Styling Stewardess hair and makeup team.

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Mackenzie recalls her favorite moment, “Seeing his face for the first time on our wedding day as the doors opened for me to walk down the aisle. It was the sweetest moment, and I will never forget that.”

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After a touching ceremony, guests’ made their way to Stonebridge Ranch Country Club to celebrate with the newlyweds. 

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While guests’ enjoyed the cocktail reception Mackenzie and Blaine snuck away to take some breathtaking photos with Danielle Sabol Photography, who captured so many amazing photos of their wedding day.

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The couple returned shortly after to celebrate with their guests’ and enjoy the night with dinner and cocktails. Uptown Sound provided some great tunes and amazing lighting as everyone danced the night away; Uptown Sound even videographed the night.

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As we always say no wedding would be complete without cake! The Sweet Spot Bakery created both the wedding cake and the groom’s cake; which were both so delicious. Everyone’s sweet tooth was sure to be satisfied as the couple even had a candy bar.

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Mackenzie and Blaine both agree their favorite part about being married thus far is living with their best friend. Mackenzie even shares a little advice for our brides to be, “Don’t stress out so much about all the little details. I’m such a planner and details mattered to me so much when I was planning. But on the big day, I just didn’t care about those little things anymore and I bet most people didn’t even notice the details. Look at the big picture and just enjoy the day because it goes by so fast!”

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Guests’ let love sparkle as they ended the night; and watched the newlyweds being whisked away in a vintage car from Blue Diamond Limos. We are thrilled to have been a part of this amazing milestone in your life, and we cannot wait until the next big event!

CTE Loves Hotel ZaZa Dallas

Hotel ZaZa Dallas is one of our favorite venues to work with! Since opening in 2002 Hotel ZaZa Dallas has expanded, refreshed and updated their meeting and event spaces multiple times to stay up to date with the hottest trends. The venue offers unique, versatile, creative, inspiring and thought-provoking spaces.

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Their spaces can transform from a formal ceremony setting and seamlessly into the perfect, higher-energy celebration that most guests’ envision for their reception!

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“Besides our dynamic function spaces, I would say that the hotel’s innovative style, location within the city, creative mix of warmth but chic ambiance and our extreme eye to detail/service is what truly sets us apart from other venues in the area.” says Riley Nail, Complex Director of PR, Marketing & Experience.

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Along with their unique spaces, ZaZa also offer complimentary access to their in-house inventory of black chivari chairs and lounge furniture. ZaZa is one of the only venues in the area to offer these items to clients free of charge! And not to mention they have some great options to choose from.

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What would a wedding be without amazing food? All of ZaZa’s catering comes directly from their in-house signature restaurant, Dragonfly. Their Complex Executive Chef, Dan Landsberg, oversees the culinary direction of the ZaZa brand and spares no lack of detail when it comes to our banquet and catering menus!

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Everything can be customized to meet the clients’ wants and needs. The culinary team at ZaZa is very involved in the planning process and always up for the challenge when it comes to being creative and stepping out of the box.

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While ZaZa does offer a preferred vendors list upon request. There are no limitations as far as vendors go, however there are some restrictions regarding outside catering.

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Riley Nail goes on to say that when booking your wedding with Hotel ZaZa Dallas you can expect, “A completely tailored, custom and unique experience that the bride and groom, along with their guests will remember for years to come!”

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Along with an amazing venue space and outstanding food bride and groom to be can still expect so much more. When booking Hotel ZaZa Dallas as your wedding venue you are offered a courtesy room block, along with a complimentary suite for the bride and her nearest and dearest to get ready in for the big day! And on the night of the wedding, they also offer a complimentary suite for the bride and groom along with a custom ZaZa Wedding amenity to help them remember the special evening.

 We just absolutely love to work with the amazing and attentive staff at Hotel ZaZa Dallas. To celebrate your happily-ever-after in true ZaZa Fashion, contact Catering Sales Manager, Aubrey Girard at 214.550.9476 or via email at agirard@hotelzaza.com

All photos courtesy of Hotel ZaZa Dallas.

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.

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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!

Happy Mother’s Day

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

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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.

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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.

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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.