Lush Garden Wedding at Omni Dallas

Sarah and Ethan met through mutual friends during their junior year of college while studying abroad in Sydney, Australia. The two quickly became friends and stayed friends for a couple years before officially dating. After dating for two and a half years, Ethan popped the question! Ethan set up such a beautiful and personal proposal. Sarah goes on to tell us, “He set up pictures of us in a heart shape on our living room floor with a scrapbook set in the center filled with more pictures of us. The last page of the scrapbook said, “Will You Marry Me?”, to which Sarah said YES!” Afterward, the two went to their favorite restaurant for dinner where both of their families were waiting to surprise Sarah with well wishes. Ethan also had friends waiting for the two at a nearby bar to surprise Sarah and continue the celebration.From there the planning process began. Sarah did not start off with having a theme for her wedding but, with our suggestion she started using Pinterest and pinning anything she liked. After a few pins, Sarah realized that she loved greenery, clean lines, various metals, and neutral colors. From there her inspiration morphed into a theme of natural elegance.After narrowing down likes, dislikes, and the color palette the happy couple were ready to invite their friends and family to their wedding. Stamped Paper Co. did an amazing job with the invitation suites that matched the couples vision so perfectly! Guests’ gathered at Congregation Sherith Israel to witness Sarah and Ethan join as one. Sarah made her way down the aisle to the soft sounds of Dallas String Quartet in the background. She looked absolutely stunning in a gorgeous gown designed by Augusta Jones, from Stardust Celebrations and custom hand-made bolero by Rylee Calvert of Altered for the Altar. Any beautiful bride would not be complete without hair and make-up; Erin Blair did a beautiful job of enhancing Sarah’s natural beauty for her special day. After witnessing a beautiful ceremony guests were chauffeured by Executive Car Services to The Omni Hotel Dallas for a night of great food and celebration. Emerald City Band kept the party going all night long with upbeat tunes for guests to dance the night away a top of the white and gold trimmed dance floor by DFW Dance Floors. Our sister company, Freesia did an amazing job at pulling together Sarah and Ethan’s vision for a lush garden wedding! Freesia used a soft floral color palette of white, blush and touches of lavender using a mix of large open blooms and a few delicate beauties. They also used an array of mixed metal votives and floating candles for a soft glow. The centerpieces looked gorgeous placed a top of fine linens by La Tavola. One of our favorite pieces from Freesia was the grand escort wall display with acrylic hexagon tags made by Artifacture with calligraphy by Jourdin Hendrix Calligraphy. Another favorite was the floral arch that framed the cakes so beautifully. Speaking of cake, these yummy beauties were designed by Panini Bakery.Beyond lit the room with amazing up-lighting and pin spots to highlight focal points throughout the reception. The lush look and experience would not have been complete without the help of a few rentals of cocktail reception bars and chairs from Bella Acento along with soft pillows, band backdrop, and reception bars from Fauxcades. The fabulous Shannon Skloss Photography always makes time stand still capturing intimate moments and amazing details. Thompson Pictures filmed the entire day for lasting memories that the happy couple will get to relive forever.

“My favorite moment of our wedding was our first look. Being able to spend time together alone before the ceremony was really special.” says Sarah.When looking back on their wedding, we asked, “What would you do differently about your wedding if you had to do it all over again?” Sarah said that she wouldn’t change a thing but, would absolutely still hire a wedding planner! “I was able to know that I had a plan B if it rained. She kept me calm and organized throughout the process and the entire day of…having a planner kept me from stressing and allowed me to really soak in the day.” We wish these lovebirds the best as they venture into life together as one.

Shalom!

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!

CTE Loves Thompson Pictures

“In high school, I was one of the coolest kids around, and was part of an exclusive group called media tech. There were two types of people in there, the kids that just wanted an easy class, and the other ones that enjoyed making things, creating short films, etc. Fortunately, I connected most with the people that liked making stuff and the rest is history”Being from Texas, Trey decided to go to UT Arlington for school. When he was deciding his major, he had already been working in film production for several years so you would think that would be easy to continue. To challenge himself further, he decided to go into advertising with a minor in business.

Trey has not always been a videographer but he has always been interested in video production throughout his life, which made him choose a career in videography. The “aha” moment of becoming a videographer was more of a process found while working in the industry. “I’ve always enjoyed making things, being creative and problem solving. Working in video production uses all those areas, so it was a natural progression for me.”

Thompson Pictures is a company with bright, cinematic, smooth work. While capturing weddings, they think about how to be creative which can be difficult when not having the ability to direct your shots. “The cool thing about capturing weddings is there’s no second takes, so it’s just that much more rewarding when everything lines up to be an awesome moment.”

Trey’s favorite thing about videography is the moment that everything comes together as a finished product. Being able to show someone one of the most memorable days of their lives is something that Thompson Pictures strives to be the best at.

Videography is such an important part of a wedding because it captures everything a bride and groom may have missed. Trey’s advice to a bride and groom is to hire a videographer “More than 90% of brides who didn’t hire a videographer regretted it and it was their number one regret.” He also said that finding a videographer who works well with the photographer, so they are not competing with each other for a shot, is crucial. Also, make sure that your videographer has a good backup system, “Our philosophy at Thompson Pictures is multiple copies, versions and locations.”

The most challenging aspect to deal with as a videographer is that most of the day is out of their control. They need to be able to “adapt and preform under strict timelines and circumstances.” Trey says Thompson Pictures is not really work for him because “Enjoying what you do, doesn’t feel like work at all.” Getting positive feedback from clients’ or moving a client to tears when they see their wedding on the screen, is what makes everything worth it.

Thompson Pictures is a growing business that continues to train and invest in their team to deliver the highest quality films to their clients.

It’s always a pleasure working with the Thompson Pictures team. From the booking process to the delivery of their feature film, we know our clients are in good hands when choosing them as a videographer. Thank you for all you do Thompson Pictures!