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!

 

Romantic Wedding at Ashton Gardens

What says “romance” more than a garden themed wedding? We could not think of any. These love birds, Lori and Bryan, are college sweethearts who recently got married at the gorgeous Ashton Gardens. Their story starts when they met at Brookhaven College where Bryan was playing baseball and Lori was studying her basic courses. They dated for five years before they got engaged. At this point, Bryan had transferred to Northwood University and that is where he proposed to Lori. It was during his last home game as a senior. The announcer had called all the seniors out to the field and then Lori heard her name called as well. She went to the field to find him with a half cut baseball open with a ring in it. In front of everyone at the baseball game Bryan got down on one knee and asked Lori to be his wife.

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The theme for their wedding was “romantic garden” which they executed quite well. Lori wanted to use a lot of hydrangeas in honor of her late parents who had huge bushes of them in front of their house. Gro did a wonderful job with their arrangements and giving the room the garden feel that the couple was looking for.

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Lori wore a beautiful gown by Anjolique Bridal which she had received from Bliss Bridal Boutique. The use of pastel colors mint, blush and ivory gave the wedding a soft, romantic feel.

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In asking what their favorite moment from the wedding was, they said that it was a very short moment right after they walked back down the aisle together. Before the bridal party could catch up to them, Bryan picked Lori up and spun her around. When he sat her down they high-fived and said “OMG we’re married!”

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Another special moment for Lori was in the morning after she woke up to start her day. She sat in the window seat of her room at the Wildwood Inn staring out onto the beautiful grounds with her coffee to have some alone time before things got crazy. She knew she would be missing her parents deeply on this day so she wanted to have some time to reflect and talk to them. She said that she had asked them to give her strength and to walk with her that day. Once she felt their presence, she knew she was ready. She said, “I knew that they were with me all day and that my daddy was on my other arm helping my big brother walk me down the aisle.”

An awesome addition to their romantic wedding was the cigar bar created on Ashton Gardens patio. The cigars were provided by Cigar Frog’s.

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The simple yet elegant cake was baked by the delicious Sugar Bee Sweets. It fit well with the garden theme and really completed the look. To add a special touch that has Lori & Bryan all over it, the baker created silhouette cats & laid them on the cake.  To say that they LOVE cats is an understatement.

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These lovely pictures were taken by Shannon Skloss Photography and their videographer was Lynn Films. The entertainment and lighting for the evening was executed by ES Events. The reception was full of people dancing the night away and enjoying cigars. It was certainly a party!

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Lori and Bryan made this wedding such an awesome experience for us and everyone else who was apart of it. Their love can be felt for miles. A beautiful couple with beautiful hearts. Thank you have allowing us to join you both on this day to remember. We are happy to announce that they are expecting the arrival of baby girl, Haven, in May. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Kinard, we know you will make amazing parents!

See more of Lori & Bryan’s special day captured by Lynn Films ::

Bryan + Lori from Lynn Films on Vimeo.

The Meaning of Marriage

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What really is the meaning of marriage?

It is a question that is contemplated by so many and a question that breeds so many different answers. While finding the one whom your soul loves and getting engaged is so exciting, it is also so important to have a solid understanding of you and your partner’s views on marriage.

Future couples to wed, may have a solid idea but we thought it would be great to get input on the subject from our former sweet couples who have been living the married life. These couples come from all different backgrounds, each of their answers unique and definitely worth reading.

What were your views on marriage growing up?                                                    

:: The Guenther’s ::                                                                                            

Lynne – “My views were not on marriage as much as weddings and husbands and dresses and cakes and all the things young girls find dreamy. As I did well at school, I was conditioned that for a woman, marriage was a career killer and you meant less as a woman if married. I actually was a little anti-commitment in my late teens and early twenties… College is full of people telling you how to believe and I fell for it the way I think most young women do. Because, marriage is not weakness, it’s meekness, and there a difference.”

Shawn – “Growing up I didn’t have a lot of great examples of marriage. My parents fought rabidly, as did most of the neighborhood couples. I think ultimately my view of marriage was that it was a test of wills to see who could out-sacrifice the other person.”

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How did you decide you were ready for marriage? 

:: The Granda’s ::

Kelsey – “I don’t know if anyone’s every really ready for marriage.  Because there’s absolutely no way of knowing what you’re getting into until you’re in it!   However, I felt like Seth and I reached the point that we knew we were better together than apart.  We began to think about the other’s needs above our own.  We started picturing our life in 10, 20, 30 years and weren’t able to see it without each other.  We started asking God to shape our hearts for something only He could.  I think that’s when we knew we were “ready” because we started imagining the life God designed for each of us and just knew it had to include the other forever.”

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How has your view of marriage changed since saying ‘I Do’? 

:: The Siekierski’s ::

Hillary – “Scott is my best friend and that didn’t change when we said, ‘I do’. We also lived together before we got married so we already had the foundation set for a lot of things. If anything, I know that we will always have each-others backs. We were always a team before but we are more so now. I like hearing him call me his wife. That’s pretty cool.”

Scott – I think we were on the same page when we got married, and have remained on the same page since then.  The only thing that has changed is that we have had more life experiences together so our bond has grown deeper.”

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Advice for couples thinking about marriage from our sweet former brides & grooms

:: The Belknap’s :: “Get pre-marriage counseling! Haha! Having tools to navigate a new marriage is priceless, even if you’ve been together a long time. Learn to laugh about your differences, life is better with laughter.”

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:: The Granda’s :: “Pray about it. Pray alone about it. Pray together about it. Have the people that you love and trust the most pray about it. Marriage shouldn’t be something you go into and then leave because all of a sudden it’s harder than you thought.  It’s a covenant. Marriage is the best thing that ever happened to me. It’s also the hardest. To go to sleep everyday knowing you could’ve thought about yourself less and loved him more is hard. But it’s worth it because it’s grace incarnate and I think if someone’s thinking about marriage they should recognize that it’s a little bit of everything.”

:: The Guenther’s :: “To couples contemplating marriage I would say a few things. First: put away all that society, family, or friends have taught you about marriage. Your relationship is unique and requires that you both are able to soberly assess your heart from your body. Second: no prenuptial, no backup plan, and no side bets. If you walk down the aisle you are committing wholly and completely with no “plan B.” Lastly: Love is a proper noun. It is its own entity, the living Spirit of God, and He requires attention, loyalty, and respect. No fight, no distance, no pain can overshadow Love if you show proper reverence for it. Spend the remainder of your days trying to act solely from a place of Love. If you are at all squeamish about that commitment you likely have some growing left to do before considering such a permanent action.”

“My husband and I had been married a couple of years and together for 4 years when people started asking if there was some secret to why we rarely fought. I didn’t know what we were doing right until a little over a year ago when we started to break down the biblical doctrine of marriage. The bible states men desire respect and women love, even more important both find it hard to give the other what they need if they feel they aren’t getting the love and respect they want. Solution: as soon as you realize your hubby doesn’t feel respected, fix it with respect and you’ll get love. Likewise, if your wife feels unloved, love her first and you’ll get your respect.  Who goes first, it’s an honor, so rush to it. Choose happiness and let all the little stuff go. Just love and respect each other, it’s that simple.”

So whether you’re already married or just beginning to toss around the idea of getting married, we hope you find these words of advice useful in your relationship. Choosing the right person to marry can be the single most important thing you do in your life. And when you do decide to make the lifelong commitment to each other, we hope you’ll give us a call to help you create the first chapter in your happily ever after.

:: Photo Credits (from top to bottom) ::

Kelly Gesick Photography

June Bug Company

Apple Guy of Dallas

 Nicholas Leitzinger Photography

Wedding Party Responsibilities :: The Nitty Gritty

She’s your sister, your friend, your ‘girl’, and now she’s getting married. So when she comes to you and asks, ‘Will you be my bridesmaid?’ you blurt out an enthusiastic ‘YES!’ because it’s an honor and neither of you can imagine it any other way.  What you may not have realized yet is the work, the time, the details, the planning, and the cold hard cash that will go into that enthusiastic ‘YES!’.  The same goes for the groomsmen.

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If the couple has a wedding planner, s/he will definitely take a load of stress and responsibility off your plate, but you, as the wedding party, still have a distinct purpose – a job only a trusted bridesmaid or groomsman can fulfill. Your role is a huge compliment to your friendship, but first and foremost it’s a big commitment that should be taken seriously.  After all, wouldn’t you want the same when it’s time for you to get married?  Being a bridesmaid or groomsman is all about you for the first 30 seconds or so (sorry, that’s the hard truth).  After that it’s all about the bride & groom until after they waive good-bye and drive off into the night.

Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful times an in couple’s life.  Whether it’s family issues that come up, vendor complications, nerves and stress, money or just plain lack of time…they need your support.  That’s why they asked YOU to be in their wedding.

Here are some key pointers of what you can do to be the BEST Bridesmaid or Groomsman you can be ::

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:: The Time ::

  • Attend all wedding related events with the bride/groom (bachelor/bachelorette party, bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal, etc).  Let the bride/groom know well in advanced if you can’t make it.
  • Always be on time – Plan your day accordingly so the couple isn’t waiting on you to get things started.
  • Keep the wedding reception atmosphere upbeat – Be present & on the dance floor. Don’t leave early.
  • Be available to assist whenever the bride/groom needs you – Offer to run errands, make sure they eat or drink something, calm his/her pre-wedding jitters.
  • Plan a speech for either the rehearsal dinner or wedding day. 1 ½ -2 ½ minutes is perfect.  Remember that this is a celebration. After a several minutes of speeches, it’ll be snoozeville.  So keep it short.

:: The Planning ::

  • Girls :: Help assemble/address save-the-dates and invitations, organize the seating chart, attend dress fitting appointments, etc.
  • Girls :: Coordinate the bridal shower and bachelorette party.
  • Communicate with each other – Don’t make the bride or groom be the go-between.  Forge new friendships so that you all can easily stay on top of everything.
  • Guys :: Return the groom’s tux and your tux to the rental shop.
  • Be self-sufficient.  Don’t bring the bride or groom into your drama.  Take care of any issues that arise on your own.  For example, if your dress or tux doesn’t fit, take it to the store and get it fixed.

:: The Cash ::

  • Girls :: The bridesmaids split the cost of the bachelorette party and bridal shower – Plan something that won’t break the bank, but will be enjoyable and thoughtful for the bride and her guests.
  • Guys :: The groomsmen spilt the cost of the bachelor party – Plan a party on par with the groom’s expectations.
  • Go in on gifts for the couple together – This will save you money and time, and will allow you to get a larger gift from their registry.
  • The wedding party is generally responsible for paying for their own attire, shoes, hair and makeup, and travel expenses.
  • According to How Stuff Works, a popular show on the cable network TLC, the cost of being a bridesmaid is over $1,000. This may seem overwhelming, but remember that it will be spread over the course of the engagement.  So start saving right away.

Aside from all the lists and quantified expectations, the most important part of being in a wedding is your ability to be there for the bride and groom in their time of need.  They couldn’t imagine you not being by their side on their big day.  So have fun with it and relish what a privilege it is to be trusted with such an important job.  You can do this!

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:: Photo Credits ::  Top- The Mamones Photography,  Middle- Amy Karp Photography, Bottom- On Location Portraiture

Pantone’s Influence on the Wedding Industry

Not everyone is familiar with Pantone & the effect it has on not only the fashion & interior design world, but the events & wedding industry as a whole. From table linens, paper products to floral, Pantone sets the tone in our industry.  They tell us what colors will be in for the season & year ahead.  Pantone releases two color reports per year for the spring & fall as well as one color trend for the year.

How do they know what colors to pick?  They select their colors based on what’s going on in the world both culturally and economically.  They analyze how the specific colors chosen can help us to stimulate our emotions in a positive way.  For example, this year’s chosen color trend is Emerald. Emeralds are thought to bring lasting love, hope and wisdom.  The strongest time for its powers is said to be in the spring.  Green is the color of healing, hope and prosperity.  It has been known to effect our capacity for unconditional love, compassion & forgiveness.  Who doesn’t need a little of that in their life?!  So for all you green lovers out there, this is a fantastic year for you!

Now, how can you, as the bride or client, put Pantone to good use for your event?  If you have a planner, they will be able to tell you what colors are in for the season in which your event will be held and they’ll recommend the perfect combinations to match your specific taste.  Another way is to have your planner (or you can do it yourself) do a google search typing in a few of your fav colors (i.e. Pantone green and purple) and ‘viola’, instant color combinations from which to make your exact selections.  Bring your colors with you to your vendor meetings.  They will be so pleased as it will be much easier for them to identify the specific shades of your colors instead of just generalizing.

  

 

 

Jump Start Wedding Weight Loss the Healthy Way

If you are like most brides out there, losing a few pounds (or more) is definitely something you want to do so you can fit in that amazing dress of yours and feel confident being the center of attention around your friends and family.  Diet and exercise are a great combination to losing weight, but if you are eager to lose weight quickly or want to truly be healthy then a cleanse/detox plan is the way to go.  There are a lot of detox diets out there, but no matter which you choose make sure that you are taking the time to prepare your body to detox.  Wherever we live in the world, our bodies are full of toxins and chemicals that are actually making us fatter because they don’t allow our metabolism to work correctly.  Whether they come from the pesticides on fruits and veggies, hormones from eating animal products, pre-prepared foods, using cleaning products, or just simply breathing the outside and inside air, we all are essentially ‘full of it’.  Where do we store all of this awesomeness?  In our fat cells of course…the very thing we want to get rid of.  So if you were to just go straight into a detox, your body will release those toxins right back into your blood stream, liver and colon.  Hence, causing you more health damage than good.

The best approach is to start eating very healthy, organic (whenever possible) foods to start proper elimination of the toxins.  I am currently doing a detox through a book called The Fast Track to Detox, by Ann Louise Gittleman.  With her plan, you will do a 7-day prequel to get your body (liver & colon) ready, a 1-day fast to eliminate those yucky toxins, and a 3-day sequel to ‘seal the deal’ on the results you just made.  I’m on day 5 of the 11-day plan and have lost over 3 pounds.  What bride doesn’t mind losing 3 pounds in 5 days?!  Now, I will be honest and tell you that the first few days are a bit tough.  My body yelled at me several times to “just eat a cracker!”.  I felt the withdrawl of starchy carbs.  It was tempting to cheat, but I know that I have to stay strong so that I can completely detox.  What I love about this cleanse is that you can use the recipes the author provides in your everyday life because they taste good.  So you never have to become ‘full’ of chemicals & toxins again.

There is so much more I could go into about this particular cleanse, but the point I want to make to bride’s or anyone out there looking to lose weight or even just get your body healthy, is to start with a proper detox plan.  This can be incorporated with your exercise program for even greater weight loss benefits.  Be sure to pick a time when you don’t have a shower, bachelorette party, or big event to attend as I wouldn’t want you to not 100% enjoy those events.

If you choose to do cleanse, I’d love to hear how it goes.  I know you can do it!!

Best of Luck!