Creative Ways to Propose to Your Bridesmaids + Maid of Honor

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In all likelihood your bridesmaids were the first to hear the news of your proposal, so why not surprise them with a little proposal of your own? Putting extra time and care into the way you ask your best friends to be your bridesmaids is such an incredible way to honor the women who will stand by your side as you exchange the title of fiancé for that of wife. From thoughtful gifts to meaningful moments, here are three creative ways to pop the question to your ‘maids!

IT’S A SIGN

photos: Sally Wang, Murphy & Grace

First up, an adorable proposal put together by DFW Events bride-to-be Canon that took place in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square! “My mom set up a brunch and told the girls it was a surprise luncheon for me. As it turns out, they were the ones getting surprised!” shares Canon. “My mom had them pose for a photo so they wouldn’t turn around. When they turned around, my future mother-in-law and I were holding up a sign made by Paper Planet! We had a mini photoshoot followed by a mother-daughter brunch at Bird Café filled with french toast, chicken and waffles, and mimosas.”

Another fun detail: Since one of Canon’s bridesmaids was out of state at the time of the proposal, Canon had a paper cut-out made so that she was still represented at the event. “We were able to FaceTime her in for the surprise,” says Canon. “It was a day filled with love and laughter!”

SO GIFTED

photos: Red October Photography

Every girl loves to be pampered, and we’re betting your future ‘maids are no exception! Artisanal gifting companies like Marigold & Grey make it easy (and so much fun) to present thoughtful, beautifully-curated gifts to anyone you’d like to bestow with an extra dose of love and appreciation. We love the selection of bridesmaid-specific boxes offered by Marigold & Grey, and are thrilled to be sharing a sneak peek of the newest version of their “Thank You For Being my Bridesmaid” gift today on the blog! Save the date for the debut on April 25—here’s where you’ll find the product listed when it’s available for purchase.

New “Thank You For Being My Bridesmaid” Gift Box | Marigold & Grey

“Will You Be My Bridesmaid” Gift Box | Marigold & Grey | Shop here

photos: Laura Metzler and Lisa Ziesing

I FLIP FOR YOU

photos: Matthew Visinsky and Scott Fischer for TCU Athletics

After receiving a resounding “YES” response from all of her bridesmaids, Canon had one last proposal up her sleeve—this time the target was her future matron of honor, Ashton! Since Canon and Ashton grew up together doing competitive cheer at Spirit of Texas, it made sense to incorporate cheerleading into the plan of action. Needless to say, we flip for the way Canon’s proposal turned out!

“TCU was playing OSU at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium, and the cheer team had a performance planned for the end of the first quarter,” says Canon. “The backs of our signs spelled out GO FROGS, and the plan was to flip the signs around at the end of the routine. During practice we told Ashton that the back of the signs had a marketing message on them so she wouldn’t be suspicious. We planned for Ashton and myself to be doing flips so that she would be upside down while the team set the signs up! When she landed the signs were all ready and our mascot, Super Frog, ran up and gave us a big hug!”

Any other creative gift collections or ideas you’d care to share? We’d love for you to comment below, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re looking for assistance in planning YOUR unique proposal + unforgettable wedding day!

In the Press: Destination Wedding at The Four Seasons Santa Fe

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When planning a destination wedding or event, one of the most important things to establish is a sense of place. This can be accomplished by creating welcome gifts filled with local goods and products, developing a custom map that highlights your favorite area attractions, and—perhaps most importantly—incorporating event details that uniquely represent your chosen destination. Jaclyn and Blake’s wedding at The Four Seasons Santa Fe perfectly embodied this idea in every way as you’ll see in the images below!

Between the incredible display of cactus escort cards, minimalist geometric dance floor, bridesmaid gowns in varying shades of teal, and one-of-a-kind “love rock” cross that made an appearance at both the rehearsal dinner and ceremony, it’s impossible for us to choose a favorite detail. And can you believe that the flower and candle filled “chapel” where these two exchanged vows was actually the Four Seasons’ completely transformed Terra restaurant? Keep scrolling to see all of the southwestern touches, and be sure to stop by the couple’s full-length feature on Wedding Chicks!

photos: Cameron & Kelly Studio

THE CEREMONY

THE RECEPTION

THE VIDEO

Vendors:

Photography: Cameron & Kelly Studio

Videography: Scribe Film Co.

Venue: Four Seasons Resort Santa Fe Rancho Encantado

Band: Elan Artists, Gen8

Floral: Floriography

Hair: Genica Lee Hair

Makeup: Monica Stark Makeup

Invitation Calligraphy: Sarah Page

Cacti Calligraphy: Ashley Rose Hand Lettering

Coordination: Mary-Frances Hurt for DFW Events

Fuchsia-Infused 50th Birthday Party at The Joule

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We had the best time working with Lisa Spraggins to plan her husband’s classic car themed 50th birthday party, so imagine our excitement when we got the chance to team up again—this time to plan Lisa’s own 50th fête! If you thought 50th birthday parties meant black-on-black decor and “Over the Hill” signs, think again. Lisa wanted her soirée to reflect her favorite things, so incorporating plenty of fuchsia design elements and serving up French-inspired cuisine were absolute musts. The result? A hip, club-like atmosphere that was as vibrant and fun as the birthday girl herself!

photos: Jason Kindig Photography

When it came to choosing a venue, The Joule proved to be the perfect setting for several reasons. “It’s such a great, chic hotel and the rooftop terrace with the private elevator entrance was perfect for the type of party I wanted,” says Lisa. “So many of my friends said that the walk-up had my name written all over it, which I loved!”

Bordered silk drapes washed in bright pink lights marked the party entrance, where guests were greeted by a champagne tower and given the opportunity to sign their names in Lisa’s guest book. In addition to including a book about the “City of Light” on the sign-in table, nods to Lisa’s favorite city, Paris, were incorporated via the menu—pomme frites, chocolate and vanilla bean macarons dusted in gold flakes, and a St. Germain infused signature cocktail dubbed the “French Blonde” were all on offer.

And speaking of drinks…they were served at the coolest custom bars! Glowing white facades were embellished with Lisa’s couture monogram from Paradise Design Co., and the design was also printed on cocktail napkins accented by gold foil. White banquettes overflowing with sequined pillows, a chic runway leading to the dance floor, cocktail tables covered in pink paisley linens, and floral arrangements composed of hydrangeas, roses, and orchid blooms completed the event environment. “Cesar at Bella Flora did an amazing job designing our event décor,” shares Lisa. “He got exactly who I was and understood everything I love about an event space.”

In keeping with the party’s club-like look and feel, DJ Andy Austin kept the dance floor full by spinning hits from behind a sleek white booth. A prop-filled photo booth provided an added dose of entertainment when a break from the dance floor was in order, and a surprise balloon drop proved to be the pièce de résistance that ended the evening in style!

Cheers to not one, but TWO incredible birthday celebrations for the sweetest family! We can’t wait for party number three with the Spraggins!

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Vendors:

Venue/Catering: The Joule Hotel
Photographer: Jason Kindig Photography
Floral: Bella Flora of Dallas
Lighting: BEYOND
DJ: Andy Austin
Photo Booth: PicFlips
Balloon Drop: Today’s Balloons
Paper + Logo Design: Alyssa Reeves, Paradise Design Co.
Coordination: Laura Arredondo and Brooke Nappier for DFW Events

Jourdan + Logan: Harbour Island Destination Wedding Weekend

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Although they began their relationship in Dallas and got engaged in Charleston, there was only one location in the world Jourdan and Logan could imagine getting married: Harbour Island in the Bahamas, where Jourdan’s family had been boating for over 30 years!

photos: Karlisch Studio, Stephen Karlisch

“Many years now we’ve been coming to this special island and we’ve made a lot of friends that feel like family. There’s a little pink church on the island, and every time we used to pass it in the golf cart Jourdan would say, ‘One of these days that’s where I’d like to get married,'” shares Ed Pratt, father of the bride. “That’s how the family came to choose Harbour Island for the wedding, and Jourdan and Logan did indeed end up getting married in that little pink church!”

A color scheme of navy and rose gold was selected as a reference to Harbour Island’s iconic pink sand beaches and beautiful blue water, and was incorporated in details ranging from the invitation suite to the navy welcome tent on the dock where guests arrived by water taxi from nearby Eleuthera. Upon arrival guests were given branded welcome bags that included a golf cart key chain with a matching valet sticker—Jourdan and Logan’s wedding logo was on one side, while the other side featured a unique color and number combination to help guests find their golf cart throughout the weekend!

Pre-wedding events included a Thursday night welcome party at Romora Bay with an appearance by a traditional Bahamian Junkanoo band, a lovely beachside brunch for the bridal party, and a toast-filled rehearsal dinner at Coral Sands Hotel.

WELCOME PARTY

BRIDAL LUNCHEON

REHEARSAL DINNER

Up next? A lovely wedding ceremony that took place in St. John’s Anglican Church, Jourdan’s dream chapel!

After exchanging vows, the newlyweds joined their guests for a tented beach reception at the Ocean View Club. As a personal touch, the couple’s logo was again featured on details ranging from a navy and rose gold menu to luxe custom throw pillows. Inspired by the family’s love for the Bahamian crest, the logo was designed by the mother of the bride and featured Jourdan and Logan’s initials along with three iconic Harbour Island motifs: conch shells, a rooster, and a palm tree. Jourdan, who is an interior designer, also custom-designed stunning orb chandeliers for the reception tent that were paired with flowers and candles. We love that the couple plans to hang them in their backyard when hosting parties!

From the vibrant welcome party to the couple’s one-of-a-kind send-off, we loved every minute of planning this destination wedding weekend in the Bahamas! For even more “I do” details, be sure to take a look at the couple’s Inside Weddings feature! 

Vendors:

Hair and Makeup: Maitee Miles
Bride’s Gown: Carolina Herrera
Catering: Ocean View Club
Entertainment: The Project
Floral, Lighting, and Event Design: Little Island Design for the Ocean View Club
Invitations: Melanie Frazier for DFW Events
Photography: Karlisch Studio, Stephen Karlisch
Welcome Party: Romora Bay Resort and Marina
Rehearsal Dinner: Coral Sands Hotel
Ceremony: St. John’s Anglican Church
Reception: Ocean View Club
Videography: Joe Simon
Wedding Planning: Mary-Frances Hurt and Hannah Kohler for DFW Events

No Place Like Home: Fort Worth Wedding with Tented Reception at a Private Residence

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They say that home is where the heart is, but in the case of this Fort Worth wedding, it just so happened to be where the reception was located! Exploding with interior design influences and unique personal touches, Molly and Pete’s fall “I do” was a highlight of 2016 for our team. It also makes a serious case for incorporating the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery, into your own wedding day!

photos: Karlisch Studio

Molly and Pete exchanged vows in a meaningful, traditional ceremony at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, where Molly’s parents were also married. A tented reception was hosted afterward at the home of the bride’s family—the perfect venue choice for our bride, who is passionate about houses and interior design.

In keeping with the reception location, personal details were incorporated at every turn. A dining room table, which was presented to the bride’s parents by their grandparents as a wedding gift, was transformed into an entry table and accented by vintage frames, family photographs, and heirloom silver and crystal.

As a surprise to Pete, Molly also worked with our team to create a one-of-a-kind putting green and scotch bar. The wood-paneled backdrop of the scotch bar put the client’s collection of decanters on display, and guests of “Pete’s Patio” were also provided with customized golf balls, score cards, and koozies embellished with the groom’s initials.

For the primary reception tent our design-minded bride selected a grey palette with the goal of creating a comfortable, warm atmosphere that truly felt like an extension of the home. Lighting designed by BEYOND was used strategically to emphasize trees in the yard, the vibrant yellow floral arrangements created by Jackson Durham, and the anemone-covered bride’s cake.

An existing Crepe Myrtle tree, which the tent was constructed around, also became a focal point thanks to lighting—throughout the evening guests gathered in a lounge area under the tree to rest and enjoy the scene, or enjoyed dancing beneath the twinkle-lit branches!

It was an honor for our team to coordinate this lovely wedding day and to be trusted with the task of bringing so many thoughtful, intentional design details to life on behalf of this sweet couple. Cheers to a beautiful beginning, Molly and Pete!

Vendors:

Church: Broadway Baptist Church
Reception: Private Residence
Tent: Sandone Productions
Caterer: F2M Hospitality
Officant: Bryan Dunagan
Photographer: Stephen Karlisch, Karlisch Studio
Videographer: Elle Films
Floral/Décor: Jackson Durham Events
Tent Finish-Out/Custom Décor: Stage Works USA
Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals
Band: Jordan Kahn Music Company
Lighting: BEYOND
Bride’s Cake: Crème de la Crème
Photo Booth: My Event is the Bomb
Coordination: Laura Arredondo for DFW Events

Stephanie + John Paul: Pretty in Pink Wedding at HPUMC and The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

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Flowers are being purchased, chocolates are being gift wrapped, and last-minute reservations are being made. Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate occasion to share Stephanie and John Paul’s fuchsia-infused wedding day at Highland Park United Methodist Church and The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas!

photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer

“Anyone who knows my mother or me knows that we love color, especially pink. We wanted to transform the Ritz ballroom into our own space and make it bright and colorful since that makes us happy,” Stephanie says. Junior Villanueva and the team at Garden Gate brought Stephanie’s vision to life at both the ceremony and reception through the creation of vibrant floral arrangements in shades of pink ranging from blush to magenta. For the reception, “The two elements that transformed the room the most were the wall of flowers behind the wedding cake and the floral halo and chandelier above the ballroom floor,” says the bride.

In addition to selecting a pink color palette to represent Stephanie’s taste and style, the couple incorporated a fun detail that spoke specifically to JP’s background. “John Paul is from Malibu and grew up surfing, so one of the personal touches for him was his surfboard groom’s cake with his favorite sports teams on top,” says Stephanie of the unique design, which was created by the Ritz’s pastry chef out of graham crackers and chocolate.

Also on the wedding day menu: a salad accented by Texas peaches and whipped burrata, filet with black truffle risotto, sea bass with parmesan gnocchi, and a delicious bride’s cake created by Panini Bakery. “John Paul and I really wanted our guests to feel treated with a sit-down dinner,” Stephanie says. “At every step, the Ritz provided impeccable service and was incredibly accommodating.”

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As for Stephanie’s most special wedding day memory? “I will never forget the mix of happiness, nerves, and excitement I felt walking down the aisle with my dad, looking up at JP. Then hopping on the bus to the reception after the ceremony, listening to ‘Can’t Hurry Love’, sipping on champagne, and realizing we were married—surrounded by all of our closest friends—ready to go celebrate. That was an incredible feeling!” she says.

It was such a privilege for us to coordinate this “pretty in pink” wedding day for Stephanie and JP. Wishing you two all the happiness in the world…no rose-colored glasses required!

Vendors:

Ceremony: Highland Park United Methodist Church
Reception: The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Musicians: Highland Music
Photographer: Sarah Kate, Photographer
Videographer: Elle Films
Band: Jordan Kahn Orchestra
Calligraphy: Scribbles and Swirls
Florist: Garden Gate
Lighting: Absolute Entertainment
Bride’s Cake: Panini Bakery 
Groom’s Cake: The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Linens: BBJ
Carpet: Sandone Productions
Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals
Band/Barfront: Perch Decor
Draping: Quest Drape
Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floors
Photo Booth: Flock Together
Hair/Makeup: Maitee Miles
Transportation: Premier of Dallas
Coordination: Laura Arredondo for DFW Events

Sweet 16 Celebration Inspired by House of Blues

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When the birthday girl has a passion for music and performing, there’s only one way to celebrate her Sweet 16—by transforming eM the Venue into her very own concert hall à la House of Blues!

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

photos: Jason Kindig Photography

Neon lighting and decor created a vibrant backdrop for Bryn’s birthday party while custom pillows, signage, cups, napkins, and wristbands embellished with the party’s emblem brought the “House of Bryn” to life. And let’s not forget the live entertainment, flash tattoos, and loads of eats and sweets party-goers enjoyed throughout the evening!

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Needless to say, we had the best time rockin’ and rollin’ at the House of Bryn. Here’s a closer look at all the details that made this party sing! 

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Vendors:

Venue and Lighting: eM the Venue
Floral, Design, and Invitations: Dr. Delphinium
Band: Taylor Pace Orchestra
DJ: Andy Austin
Caterer: Farm to Market Catering, Savor Gastropub
Photos: Jason Kindig
Hair and Makeup: Maitee Miles
Ice Cream Treats: Frost 321
Cake: Pink Apron Pastry
Piano Rental: Piano Gallery Dallas
Cups and Napkins: Paper Place
Coordination: Mary-Frances Hurt and Tayler Simoneau for DFW Events