In the Press: Bela + Chase’s Wedding at The Four Seasons Dallas

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It’s a toss-the-confetti and pop-the-champagne kind of day around the DFW Events office—Bela + Chase’s wedding is featured in the Winter 2018 issue of Inside Weddings! 

The couple wed in May of 2017, with both the ceremony and reception taking place at The Four Seasons Resort & Club, Dallas. After exchanging vows beneath a stunning floral archway set up on the lawn, Bela and Chase treated their guests to a special cocktail hour featuring his-and-hers areas—a rosé and champs bar for the bride and a succulent-covered scotch station for the groom. Up next: a breathtaking ballroom reception! Blush draping, mirrored surfaces, crystal accents, and sequin-covered textiles combined to create a luxurious ambiance, which was personalized thanks to the addition of custom neon signage and throw pillows bearing the couple’s duogram.

It was our absolute pleasure to help bring Bela and Chase’s wedding day vision to life, and we are honored by what Bela shared with Inside Weddings: “I had a superstar wedding planner who has been in the industry for 20 years. She called in so many favors, which is something I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish by planning on my own.”

That’s what we’re here for, and exactly the sort of thing that makes our hearts sing. Congratulations, Bela and Chase!

wedding photos: Karlisch Studio, Stephen Karlisch

Vendors:

Wedding Planning: Abby Simoneau and Mary-Frances Hurt for DFW Events

Photography: Karlisch Studio Weddings, Stephen Karlisch

Videography: Elle Films

Venue: Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Floral, Lighting, and Decor: Bella Flora of Dallas

Beauty: Alex Guzman

Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier

Bridal Salon: Warren Barron Bridal

Cake: Fancy Cakes by Lauren

Invitations: Southern Fried Paper

Paper Goods: Ellis Hill

Planner’s Perspective: 5 Questions to Help You Select the Perfect Wedding Venue

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If you’ve been dreaming about your wedding for your entire life (or even just for the last year or so), chances are that at least a few of those dreams have included a very specific setting. But whether you’re instinctively drawn to the rustic ambiance of a ranch wedding or have a more traditional ballroom affair in mind, there are a few essential questions every couple should consider before booking a venue for the Big Day. Ask yourself these five questions to ensure that your wedding venue is a perfect fit, then prepare to ink those final contracts with confidence!

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Question One: “Indoor or outdoor?”

Consider this basic question your starting point when identifying potential wedding and reception venues. Answering it from the get-go will automatically simplify your search!

Outdoor ceremony at The Four Seasons Dallas | more from this wedding here | Karlisch Photography

Indoor ceremony at The Four Seasons Santa Fe | see more here | Cameron & Kelly Studio

Question Two: “How would you describe your style?”

When it’s time to start narrowing down your options, think about your personal style. Are you drawn to modern and contemporary looks with a preference for clean lines? Consider booking a museum for your ceremony or reception—The Modern in Fort Worth, The Nasher, and the Dallas Museum of Art are all beautiful options that don’t necessarily require a lot of extra table décor.

Reception at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Sarah Kate, Photographer

Reception at the Dallas Museum of Art | F8 Studio

On the other hand, if your tastes are very traditional, a church ceremony and a reception at a hotel ballroom or country club might appeal to you. The Crescent, The Ritz, Arlington Hall, Brook Hollow Country Club, and Dallas Country Club are just a few examples of venues with a very classic feel!

Highland Park Presbyterian Church | more from this wedding here | Sarah Kate, Photographer

Rosewood Mansion | DFW Events | Jess Barfield Photography

Rosewood Mansion | DFW Events | Jess Barfield Photography

Rosewood Mansion, Dallas | Jess Barfield Photography

Question Three: “What are my décor and rental needs?”

If questions one and two have helped you determine that an outdoor wedding in a setting that is not typically used as an event space—this includes a ranch, field, or even your own backyard—is for you, keep in mind that you will most likely need to bring in absolutely everything from the ground up. We’re talking tables, chairs, linens, and back-of-house catering rentals, plus a trucking service, a generator, a dance floor, and a valet company just to name a few. You will also need to secure an air-conditioned tent in case of rain or extreme temperatures on your wedding day. Don’t let that scare you, though. If you’re open to the idea of managing these additional details or have hired an event planner to help manage them for you, this can be an extremely rewarding way to build a completely unique event space!

Tented reception at a private residence | see more wedding details here | Sarah Kate, Photographer

Backyard Wedding | Photography by Jason Kindig

Backyard reception at private residence | Jason Kindig Photography

By contrast, country clubs, ballrooms, and other traditional event venues maintain a supply of house linens, house chairs, tables, and in-house catering rentals, and will also provide your catering services. While this option will probably save you some time, it won’t always save you money—especially if you’re planning to outfit the space with custom décor, which will require sourcing outside vendors.

Reception at the Dallas Country Club | Kiss Me For Eternity, Thisbe Grace & Co.

Question Four: “What are my power and sound needs?”

If you’re planning to have a live band at your ceremony or reception, ensure that your venue has the necessary power and circuits. A back-up generator will be required if your power needs exceed your venue’s capability or if you’re planning an outdoor wedding. And don’t forget to inquire about lighting! Some venues keep their lighting on dimmers, which provides a built-in transition from dinner to the dance floor, whereas other spaces might benefit from an additional lighting package.

Southern Hills | DFW Events | Stephen Karlisch Photography

Custom build-out at Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa | Karlisch Photography

Question Five: “How much time do I need for set-up?”

Load-in and strike times are of major importance for your vendors, so make sure to ask your potential venue what time set-up can begin on the day of your wedding. Dedicated event spaces will typically allow set-up to begin early in the day, but locations that primarily function as public spaces—think art galleries and restaurants—might restrict set-up to after the five o’clock hour. If you choose a venue with this kind of time constraint, be prepared to pay an additional fee to cover the cost of the extra laborers it will take to prep your event space in a shortened time frame.

Reception at The Four Seasons Dallas | more details here | Karlisch Studio

The bottom line? Spend some time thinking about the look and feel of your wedding as a whole, and then choose the venue and vendors that are best equipped to bring that vision to life!

In need of even more inspiration? Stop by our “Venues” board on Pinterest, and don’t miss our  feature “From the Ground Up: How to Create an Event Space for Your Wedding Day” in the Winter 2018 issue of Inside Weddings.

 

Classic Christmas Wedding Inspiration

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‘Tis the season for decking the halls and spreading Christmas cheer, and as event planners, nothing makes our spirits brighter than reflecting on the details of a festively-arrayed wedding day! In anticipation of holidays past, we’ve featured a round-up of our favorite white wedding details and we’ve also shone the spotlight on colorful winter soirees. What we haven’t celebrated yet? A classic Christmas wedding—one that’s rich in velvet textiles, potted poinsettias, gingerbread bars, magnolia garlands, and a traditional palette of red, green, and gold. Until now, that is! From altar to after party, these wedding details are wishlist-worthy for any bride dreaming of a Noel nuptial.

photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer | see more here and here

photos: Hampton Morrow Photography | more of this wedding here

photos: Edmonson Weddings | more details from this holiday wedding here

photo: John Cain Photography | more of this wedding here

Chandler + Mason: Church Wedding With Stunning All-White Reception at the Belo Mansion

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Chandler and Mason may have exchanged vows over the summer, but with the holidays just around the corner, we have a feeling that the hues used in their classic wedding and reception will instantly transport you to a winter wonderlandBright and crisp during the warmer months and downright dreamy as temperatures begin to drop, an all-white wedding palette is always in season and always creates an impact. From the ivory gowns the bride selected for her attendants to the sleek alabaster dance floor at the reception, tone-on-tone details abounded at Chandler and Mason’s wedding to breathtaking effect. These two are such a beautiful couple in every way and were an absolute joy to work with. We’re thrilled to be sharing their stunning “I do” on the blog today!

photos: John Cain Photography

Vendors:

Church: Church of the Incarnation
Reception: The Belo Mansion and Pavilion
Officiant: Bishop Burton and Ryan Waller
Musicians: Church of Incarnation Organist and Choir
Photographer: John Cain Sargent, John Cain Photography
Videographer: ProEdit Productions, Khoi Pham
Band: The Project, Absolute Entertainment
Florist: Garden Gate, Junior Villanueva
Lighting: Absolute Entertainment
Cakes: Frosted Art Bakery
Linens: BBJ Linen
Chiavari Chairs: Posh Couture Rentals
Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floors
Band/Bar Fronts: Perch Event Décor
Draping/Band Backdrop: Quest Drape
Hair: Sonia Trevino
Make-up: My Fabulous Faces
Get-away Car: Rolls Royce, Blue Diamond Limos
Bridal Gown: Warren Barron
Coordination: Laura Arredondo for DFW Events

Mackenzie + Dan’s Wedding at the Fort Worth Zoo

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The last time Mackenzie and Dan made an appearance on our blog, they were in the middle of planning their wedding following an epic ESPN engagement. Since then, Dan has traded his Arkansas Razorbacks jersey for a Detroit Lions uniform and Mackenzie has made a change to her last name. Now that they’re newlyweds, we’re thrilled to be sharing all of the details from their beautiful wedding day at the Fort Worth Zoo!

photos: Haley Rynn Ringo Photography

Mackenzie and Dan are such a fun-loving couple, and from their popcorn-container ceremony programs to Dan’s donut wall at the reception, their wedding day was completely reflective of that. And talk about aisle style! Mackenzie’s Hayley Paige gown was a showstopper, and we absolutely loved the monogrammed converse she gifted to her bridal party—perfect for the dance floor!

The Something Pretty Floral team did an incredible job of translating Mackenzie and Dan’s colorful personalities into an array of vibrant design details. Between the flower crowns worn by the ‘maids, the gorgeous ceremony arch, and the arrangements accenting furniture from Perch Decor, we’re hard-pressed to pick a favorite floral detail. Also deserving of fanfare: the creative sports-centric nods to the couple’s love story and alma mater incorporated throughout the evening! Guests were encouraged to don a game-day worthy button bearing the bride or groom’s image at the reception, while “Team Skipper” foam fingers and pom-poms in Razorback colors were distributed for the couple’s farewell.

Mackenzie and Dan, it was such a delight to be a part of bringing your wedding day to life. We’re cheering you on as you begin your happily-ever-after!

Vendors:

Photography: Haley Rynn Ringo

Videography: Long Drive Agency

Floral Design: Something Pretty Floral

Hair and Makeup: Maitee Miles & Company

Band: Jordan Kahn Orchestra

Venue: Fort Worth Zoo

Cake: Dallas Affaires

Donuts: Funky Town Donuts

Luxury Event Rentals: Perch Decor

Custom Marquee: Marquee House of Letters

Wedding Planning: Abby Simoneau and Mary-Frances Hurt for DFW Events

Lexie + Blake: October Wedding with Rich Fall Color Palette

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They say time flies when you’re having fun—we say time REALLY flies when that fun takes the form of coordinating weddings and events in Dallas and destinations around the globe! With that said, we can’t believe it has already been one year since Lexie and Blake wed in October of 2016. Whether you are currently gathering ideas for your own fall wedding or planning to create a luxurious tablescape for at-home holiday entertaining, we feel confident that the color palette used throughout this wedding and reception will inspire you! Burgundy bridesmaid gowns, cabernet-colored floral arrangements, rich green foliage, gold decorative accents, and a custom lace wedding gown from Stanley Korshak warmed up with gorgeous flesh-toned skirting…there are so many details that made this autumn “I do” one to remember!

photos: Hampton Morrow Photography

Allow us to interrupt your scrolling for just a minute to spotlight one of our favorite details: the groom’s Dutch-inspired cake! Blake’s family is from Holland, so this cake was the perfect nod to his heritage. A topper comprised of heirloom figurines proved to be, quite literally, the icing on the cake. (We couldn’t resist.)

Lexie and Blake were clear about wanting to create a “nightclub” atmosphere once the dancing got started at their reception, and we’re happy to report that Nate with LeForce did a fabulous job of bringing that request to life! In addition to the top-notch playlist streaming from the DJ booth, dance floor props and confetti drops kept energy levels high all night long.

Cheers to one year of marriage, Lexie and Blake! It was a joy and an honor to be a part of your wedding day.

Vendors:

Church: First United Methodist Church
Reception: The Fairmont
Ceremony Musicians: FUMC Organist
Photography: Hampton Morrow Photography
Videographer: Henry Weddings
DJ: LeForce Entertainment, Nate Nelson
Florist: Stems of Dallas
Lighting: LeForce
Cakes: Cake-aholics
Linens: The Fairmont
Hair: Naomi Gollsbec
Makeup: Audrey Elliott
Transportation: Premier Transportation
Gown: Stanley Korshak
Coordination: Laura Arredondo for DFW Events

9 Things You’ll Only See at Texas Weddings

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While it’s true that we plan weddings and events all over the world, we have to admit that we’re pretty proud to call Dallas, Texas our home base! Everything really is bigger in Texas—including the kinds of parties we throw—so if you receive an invitation to a wedding in the Lone Star State, we recommend saddling up and sending in your RSVP in the affirmative as soon as possible. In addition to southern sensibilities and a healthy dose of hospitality, you’re bound to encounter a detail or two that you’d be hard-pressed to find at any other “I do.” Let’s take a look at a few of our favorites now!

photo: Caroline Jurgensen Photography

First up, an event featuring a VIB—that’s a Very Important Bovine! Bevo, the official mascot of the University of Texas, made a special guest appearance at our bride and groom’s rehearsal dinner in the Texas Hill Country. Needless to say, he received a warm welcome from the Longhorn-lovin’ crowd. Hook ’em! 

photos: Rebecca Ellison Photography

If you’re lucky enough to be on-hand for an entire Texas wedding weekend, you’re bound to be bestowed with a whole passel of local products upon arrival. This is called a welcome gift, and believe us, it’s always met with a smile. A Texas welcome gift will likely feature a box or bag emblazoned with the shape of the state, pecans (the official state nut), and chips and salsa (a Texan’s favorite snack), just to name a few.

photo: Karlisch Studio Weddings

photo: Haley Rynn Ringo Photography

Late night snack passes have been trending for a while now, and at a Texas wedding, there’s no finer fare to dish out than Whataburger! Equally appetizing after a Friday night football game or a night spent on the dance floor, a couple’s most difficult decision is typically which best-selling menu item to serve (Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits, Whataburgers, or both?). As for washing down that Whataburger, every Texas groom knows that a bartender just isn’t worth his stock unless he’s serving Shiner Bock. The renowned dark lager is produced by the oldest independent brewery in Texas and is always a hit with hometown guests.

photo: Ace Cuervo Photography

photo: Karlisch Studio Weddings

We’ve all heard of coat checks, right? Well, welcome to Texas soirees where boot checks give guests the option to leave their Luccheses behind while they hit the dance floor and unwind! 

photos: Rebecca Ellison Photography

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Who says there’s no horseplay allowed at a formal event? At this ranch wedding near Waco, the bride and groom provided horse treats for guests to feed to their favorite four-legged friends.

photos: Caroline Jurgensen Photography

Our couples have spirit, yes they do—and they frequently order custom cakes to prove it, too. If the bride or groom attended a university in Texas—and that goes double for The University of Texas—you just might enjoy a buttercream-covered ode to their alma mater during the dessert course.

Fun fact: Unbeknownst to the groom, our bride—a proud graduate of Texas Christian University—requested that the inside of his University of Texas themed groom’s cake be dyed purple as a sneaky tribute to her Horned Frogs! | photos: John Cain Photography

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photo: Rebecca Ellison Photography

That’s not to say that other local icons are off the (dessert) table, though. One of our couples took the concept of an “ice cream cake” to a whole new level by commissioning a replica of a Blue Bell Ice Cream container. Based in Brenham, Texas, the creamery has been in business since 1907—and Texans have had a sweet spot for it ever since.

photo: Joseph Mark Photography

Finally, when it comes to transportation, not just any stretch limo will do. But a bus emblazoned with the Dallas Cowboys star? That’s a touchdown, y’all!

photo: Gary Donihoo, F8 Studio

What are some of your other favorite Texas wedding traditions? Comment below and we’ll keep adding to our list!

Jessica + Bryan: Eastern Orthodox Christian Ceremony and Enchanted Garden Reception in Oklahoma

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We are thrilled to be sharing all of the details from Jessica and Bryan’s wedding in Oklahoma today—it’s hard to believe they will be celebrating their first anniversary in just two short days!

photos: Ace Cuervo Photography

The couple’s beautiful ceremony took place at Saint Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church and was rich with symbolism and tradition. Following the bridal procession a series of meaningful rituals commenced: The Crowning, a centerpiece of the Eastern Orthodox marriage ceremony, The Common Cup, which symbolizes the joys and sorrows shared throughout marriage, and The Ceremonial Walk, which signifies the first steps taken together as husband and wife. We love that Jessica and Bryan chose to include descriptions in their wedding program so that guests could fully grasp the symbolism and significance of each aspect of the ceremony!

Lavish blooms, magenta lighting, touches of gold and greenery, and plenty of texture comprised the glamorous reception decor at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. The couple’s custom logo embellished everything from matchboxes, to spotlights, to koozies, to the dance floor, which lent a personalized touch to the “Enchanted Garden” event atmosphere.

It was a pleasure to work with The Fleuriste and Eventures to achieve such a luxe and layered look—catch even more details in Jessica and Bryan’s Belle the Magazine feature, and don’t miss the incredible short film from Waterloo below!

Cheers to a beautiful beginning, Jessica and Bryan—wishing you two the happiest anniversary this weekend!

Vendors:

Photography: Ace Cuervo Photography

Floral Design: The Fleuriste

Ceremony Venue: St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church

Reception Venue: Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club

Rentals, Tabletop Rentals, Linens: Eventures

Lighting: Toucan Productions

Paper Goods, Invitations, Napkins: By Invitation Only

Band: In10City Band

Videography: Waterloo Films

Cakes and Desserts: Amy Cakes

Makeup: Chelsey Ann

Hair: Erin Francis, Loc Salon

Calligraphy: Laurie Harper Calligraphy

Coordination: Laura Arredondo for DFW Events

Morgan + Scott: Fall Ranch Wedding Near Waco (featured by Southern Weddings)

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Morgan and Scott’s November wedding was filled with personal details, sweet traditions, southern charm, and most of all, JOY. The bride’s family ranch outside of Waco served as the venue for both ceremony and reception—an easy choice considering the couple’s history there. “Throughout my life, it was a really special place for me to go and get away from all the craziness of life, and I got to share that with Scott throughout our relationship,” says Morgan. “It was so special to get to share that with everyone at our wedding.”

Morgan walked the aisle clutching a bouquet wrapped in ribbon that was created from her mother’s wedding dress, and the couple exchanged vows in front of a barn accented by greenery and white blooms. Protea, antlers, wooden farmhouse tables, and endless rows of candles combined to create a rustic-chic reception to remember. Needless to say, we were thrilled to see Morgan and Scott’s day featured by Southern Weddings!

Here are a few more of our favorite details—many thanks to Caroline Jurgensen for capturing them so perfectly.

Vendors:

Photographer: Caroline Jurgensen Photography
Videographer: Ryan James Films
Venue: Family Ranch
Florist: Bloomingals Floral Boutique
Wedding Cake: Bobbi Rudeen
Caterer: Eddie Deen
Rentals: Sandone ProductionsPosh Couture RentalsPerch DecorPendley Party Productions and RentalsJunk and Disorderly
Lighting: Absolute Lighting
Ceremony Strings: Baylor University faculty quartet
Band: Drywater Band
Paper Products: Crop-Paper-Scissors
Hair Stylist: Trish Nesbit
Makeup Artist: Angela Karr
Coordination: Laura Arredondo and Brooke Nappier for DFW Events

Lacey + Zach: Outdoor Wedding with Romantic Reception at Private Residence

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Lacey and Zach’s wedding at a private residence had it all—the charm of an afternoon garden party mixed with the romance of an evening spent stargazing. Following an intimate first look, the bride and groom exchanged vows beneath a stunning chuppah comprised of bright blooms and cascading ferns. Star panels brought the “wow” factor to the tented reception and gave guests the feeling of dining beneath the stars. Rich linens, mirrored tabletops, candelabras entwined with floral, and a classic black and white dance floor provided the perfect finishing touches.

Keep scrolling for more gorgeous details from Sarah Kate!

Love the idea of hosting your wedding at home? Get inspired by this residential round-up of some of our favorite soirees!

Fort Worth Wedding with Tented Reception at a Private Residence

Festive Rehearsal Dinner at a Private Residence

Outdoor Wedding at a Private Ranch

Amanda + Justin’s Elegant Wedding at a Private Estate

Vendors:

Ceremony/Reception Site: Private residence
Photographer: Sarah Kate, Photographer
Bridal Gown Designer: Oscar de la Renta
Bridal Gown Retailer: The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus
Hair & Makeup: Kristen Shrimp; Audrey Elliot
Floral/Design: Jackson Durham
Officiants: Rabbi David Gruber; Father Tony O’Donovan
Stationery: Melanie Frazier for DFW Events (Save the Dates); Papyrus (Wedding Invitations)
Cake: Dallas Affaires Cake Co.
Caterer: Al Biernat’s
Music: Gyros String Quartet; Bulletproof Brass
Lighting: Beyond; Lighting Dallas
Videographer: Summer Satterfield, Summer Films
Rentals: POSH Couture Rentals; Stage Works; La Tavola Fine Linen
Planning: Hannah Kohler and Laura Arredondo for DFW Events