Classic Southern Wedding at University Hall at Oak Lawn Park

Lexi and Andy both share pride in their alma mater, The University of Alabama, which they both attended when they met. Their paths first crossed as interns in Washington D.C. They stayed friends all summer long, and starting dating back in Alabama that fall. Six years later, Andy proposed on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial, back in the special city where they first met.

When it came time to start planning their wedding, Lexi and Andy knew they wanted a joyful event, with timeless southern touches. Arlington Hall at Oak Lawn Park was the perfect venue for their ceremony and reception.

BBJ Linen provided beautiful linens to tie in the elegant tablescapes. Freesia, our sister company, helped to bring the timeless southern look to life with florals in shades of ivory and green, as well as perfectly seasonal cherry blossoms.

Uptown Violins played classic arrangements for the couple’s outdoor ceremony, and The Motion Band with Absolute Entertainment kept the party going all night long with music and lighting. Stephanie Brazzle Photography, along with Soulbox Productions Videography, captured every moment for Lexi and Andy and their families to cherish for a lifetime. Lexi and her bridal party got ready with TC Makeup doing hair and makeup.

 

The stunning wedding cake from Frosted Art stood out, alongside a festive groom’s cake honoring The University of Alabama! Catering and impeccable service was provided by Food Glorious Food.

The couple had an Alabama-inspired send-off, and departed in a vintage car from DFW Vintage Cars.

Wishing every happiness to Lexi and Andy in their future together! Roll Tide!

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!

 

Rustic Chic Spring Wedding

When Trent and Lindsey met it was not all heart eyes and butterflies at first. They met on a plane that was owned by Lindsey’s friend’s family and Trent was their pilot. Lindsey’s best friend stayed in touch with Trent so they ended up seeing each other several times after that. Then a few years later Trent finally asked Lindsey on a date. They dated for 2 years before Trent popped the question on January 31, 2014.

On that chilly winter day, Trent and Lindsey were at the lake and decided to take a stroll after unpacking like they usually do. They were sitting at a picnic table enjoying the view when they realized it was 5:55pm. “Time to make a wish!” and yes, they still do this tradition. After they both made their wishes Trent asked Lindsey what she had wished for. To his excitement her response was, “to spend the rest of my life with you.” This set him up perfectly to ask her to marry him, so he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring! Once Lindsey realized what was going on, she gave him a big “yes!”

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Trent and Lindsey wanted a rustic chic spring wedding look. The ceremony was held at the Perkins Chapel and the reception was at Times Ten Cellars. They used ivory, gray, greenery and pops of peach to give it a farm to table, industrial style. Lindsey loves lights so they used a lot of cafe lights and candles. It was simple and romantic.

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Lindsey’s gown was designed by La Sposa and she purchased it at Patsy’s A Bridal Boutique. The gray suits and dresses really complimented the look of the wedding. The colors are very aesthetically appeasing.

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Ben Q Photography did an amazing job at capturing all the lovely smiles and precious moments from this beautiful day for the couple to remember for a lifetime.

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The delicious cake was baked by Sugar Bee Sweets; whom also baked the cake balls the couple chose as their party favors. The food that was served was done by Grace Cafe.

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Entertainment for the evening was mixed and mingled by DJ Seth Bohlman.

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Growing up Trent was always in love with the “velvet Elvis” that his parents owned, so as a wedding gift Trent’s parents gave them the coveted portrait of Elvis Presley in all his velvet glory. Undoubtedly there was great laughter and big smiles from everyone. What a fun and memorable gift!

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Lindsey said her favorite part of the wedding was their first look. Trent’s favorite part was being able to sit down to have dinner and by themselves. It was the alone times where they really got to absorb the excitement and joy for that day and for each other.

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The couple said that their wedding turned out just the way they wanted it. The wedding resembled them and their relationship which made the day so amazing. It was a blessing to work with these two love birds and to be asked to help them with this journey. It turned out wonderful! Thank you for letting us be apart of such a beautiful day as we watched you become husband and wife.

 

CTE Loves Branching Out Floral & Event Design

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There is almost nothing better than the sweet smell & look of gorgeous blooms and there is no one that creates floral arrangements better than Branching Out Floral & Event Design.

Debby Jewesson, a good ole’ East Texas girl from Longview, is the Principal of Branching Out, and let me tell you friends, she is such an amazing soul.

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After graduating from UT Austin, she had a coaching and teaching career. After doing that for a few short years, she quickly decided that she wanted to make a career change. She wanted to chase some dreams.

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Debby: “I picked up a copy of“What Color Is Your Parachute?…” by Richard Bolles. Although I didn’t read it cover to cover, I picked up some very useful tips. I composed a list of dream jobs, then analyzed my positive attributes. Taking a leap of faith, I started knocking on doors at floral design companies. Did I mention my Mom was a floral designer? She’s always been an influence on all things creative in my life.”

Soon she landed a job at a high end event company, sweeping floors and processing flowers. Debby soaked up all the knowledge she could and with that same company she was offered the head designer & manager at their boutique flower shop. After a year, she made the leap to join forces with 2 partners/friends to start a floral & event design company of their own. Fast forward 2 1/2 years later, her first precious baby was born and it was then that she decided she would sell her ownership. Although this was hard for her, she knew it was the right decision at the time for her family.

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Debby: “So, now here I am. 2 kids and 14 years later. I returned to the industry in January of 2009 as Principal of Branching Out. The name means multiple things to me. I am branching out from a previous career, previous ownership in a company and motherhood. I am more enthusiastic and ambitious than ever before, and most importantly, I feel alive and fulfilled!”

Branching Out has a gorgeous style of work that simply has a fresh approach to classic design. When you walk into her charming floral shop in the Design District in Dallas, you are instantly filled with joy & warmth. The walls are filled with a light gray and each room is scattered with accents of cream and yellow, representing the brand perfectly. Did we mention that every single person in that office is so fun & wonderful?

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To stay inspired for her sweet clients, Debby said, “I really appreciate a good display of color- walls of fabric rolls at Fabric Factory, designer office supplies on display at Target, a rack of colorful t-shirts at the Gap, paint swatches at Home Depot, buckets of color coded roses at my local wholesale supplier! For me, these types of colorful merchandising displays inspires new color palettes for our events. The inspiration is everywhere!”

When you meet Debby for the first time you instantly feel the fun & love she has for her job! So, it is no surprise what she had to say when we asked her what her favorite part of her job was.

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Debby: “Fun people: clients, vendors and my staff! And I love designing alone in my studio after everyone has gone home. I call it my “flower therapy”.  I also really love working with brides! I still tear up at engagement stories and get chills when I see pictures of their gown! I also sincerely enjoy getting to know each bride, which enables me to see a design in production and confidently say, “She will LOVE that!”

During the wedding planning process, we will tell you that choosing a floral designer is so crucial and there is no better person in our eyes to give future brides advice when knowing what to do during the floral planning process.

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Debby: “Share as many inspiration pictures as possible (pinterest, magazine pages). Respectfully critique the images you share and view so the designer will know what YOU want specifically. Sharing what you don’t like is just as important as sharing what you do like. Discuss budget with your designer. Talking budget with any wedding vendor benefits you both. For me personally, I know what I should and should not suggest. For the bride, she leaves the consult with a realistic idea of what’s available to her and confidence in knowing that I can marry creative concepts with her style, theme and budget.”

So, if you are looking for a floral designer for your wedding or event, we hope you find your way over in Debby’s neck of the woods. If you have fallen in love with her just by reading our blog, just wait ’til you meet her and her team in person in that gorgeous space of hers, and tell her we sent you! It’s easy to see why our clients love her and we know you will too.

:: Event Photo Credits from top to bottom ::

Tracy Autem Photography (top/ bottom left) and K & S Photography (top/bottom right)

Autumn Light Photography

Greg Blomberg Photography

Jennefer Wilson Photography

Tracy Autem Photography