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!

 

Maroon and Gold Wedding at Ashton Gardens Dallas

After locking eyes at a college function for an on campus organization at Texas A & M where both Ashlynn & Colton attended; they decided to officially meet a few months later. The two began dating and fell in love!

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Finally on April 18, 2015 under the Famous Century Tree at Texas A & M Colton asked Ashlynn to be his wife! The proposal was everything she ever imagined.

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Keeping the proposal a surprise was a challenge. Colton had to throw Ashlynn off of his trail of planning her dream proposal by telling her that her vision was cliché! All the while Colton was putting together plans for family and friends to be present as well as a photographer to capture such a special moment.

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From there on these lovebirds were planning maroon & gold wedding! Adding a few blush tones helped to add a little contrast to their color pallet. Ashlynn loves glitter & gold as any girl would. And maroon is a favorite for both Ashlynn & Colton as it is part of their alma mater’s colors! They wanted the feel of their wedding to be romantic, full of light, and sparkle.

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Ashlynn & Colton’s wedding invitations were recreated from a look Ashlynn had seen on Pinterest. Her vision was brought to life by Vista Print & Ann’s Bridal Bargains.

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Ashlynn’s bridesmaids looked stunning in their beautiful gold sequin and maroon gowns from Etsy Shop, Fashion Streets as they walked down the aisle to the beautiful music played by Gyros String Quartet. Ashlynn followed soon after in her stunning gown by Pronovias from Marry Go Round Bridal of Houston.

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The sweet couple exchanged vows in the chapel at Ashton Gardens-Dallas which created the perfect setting; the large windows in this space really helped reflect the light. The two were framed by a custom twinkling curly willow arch made by our sister company Freesia; who were also in charge of all of the floral and candles that extended the feeling of romance for these two on their wedding day. Ashlynn even gave us kudos, “Lauren did the most amazing job bringing our vision of sparkly and romantic to life.”

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Thompson Pictures was there to videograph the couple as they exchanged their sweet vows of love that they wrote to each other. Ashlynn informs us this moment was her favorite of the entire evening. “I think they reflected our personalities perfectly and showed the kind of love we have for each other. I still tear up watching the video of them!” she tells us.

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We absolutely loved the details of this wedding and are so happy Shannon Skloss Photography was there to capture the details and this gorgeous day all together.

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The reception couldn’t have been complete without the awesome tunes & lighting from Simply Music and cake from Delicious Cakes.

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These two agree that their wedding wouldn’t have been anything they imagined if it wasn’t for their family, friends, and all of their loved ones. Seeing all of the people they loved gathered together to celebrate their love was simply amazing. Ashlynn’s brother married them, and her grandfather led them in communion. Colton’s family hadn’t seen each other in years, and they flew from all over to be with them.

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“Seeing both of our families and everyone we love all in one place was incredibly humbling and emotional. That happens so rarely, and we were both so thankful to have all of that support“, says Ashlynn.

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Since coming together as husband and wife and settling into their jobs; Colton a Human Resource Specialist & Ashlynn an ABA Program Manager & Behavior Therapist; their favorite part about being married is the commitment they made to each other and always being with their best friend!

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While the couple admits they wouldn’t change much about their wedding day; Ashlynn does inform us that, “Throughout the planning process, I wish I would have not worried so much about pleasing everyone. Weddings are so full of traditions and expectation, and it’s really impossible to make everyone happy. Decide what you and your partner’s dreams are about your day and do your best.”

What great advice, Ashlynn! We hope you & Colton are doing your best being so happy together.

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.

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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!

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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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.

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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!

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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

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.