‘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 detailsand 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.
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!
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.
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 Jurgensenfor capturing them so perfectly.
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!
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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
It’s true—we love a wedding wrapped in wintery whites. But we’re equally drawn to celebrations that evoke the excitement of the season via vibrant color palettes and festive design details. Who says a winter wonderland has to be covered in snow? As these holiday inspired weddings will prove, draping an “I do” in layers of color is every bit as magical.
THE WEDDING PARTY
Jewel tones pair perfectly with a December wedding—think gowns for the bridesmaids in ruby or rich purple, with a red velvet coat and a sweet flower crown for your littlest attendant.
Pinch us, please. Christmas Eve is just two days away! To celebrate, we’re sharing all the happy holiday details from Tiffany + Immanuel’s wedding, which was featured on D Weddings’ Bridal Buzz blog! If you’ve been dreaming of a winter white weddingof your own, then grab a mug of hot chocolate, curl up by the fire, and prepare for a serious dose of holiday magic as we break down every last detail of this intimate December “I do.”
First things first: that gown. Tiffany was absolutely breathtaking in her Ines Di Santo confection purchased from The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus.From the luxe folds of the skirt to the crystal-encrusted bodice accented by off-the-shoulder cap sleeves, everything about Tiffany’s dress evoked the “French-European” flair of the couple’s wedding day. The bridal party sparkled as well in gorgeous, glittering Theia gowns from Neiman Marcus.
And how handsome is the groom in his Ralph Lauren Black Label attire?
The couple exchanged vows at Christ the King Catholic Church,a stunning setting for their intimate ceremony. An all-white floral palette from Garden Gate brought a light, delicate touch to the altar space.
Says Tiffany: “Our family has a long-standing history with Christ the King, and it is our family parish, so that was an easy decision. Most members of my family were married there, and it also has that very traditional and formal feel I wanted too, so it was a natural fit.”
For their reception, the couple selected the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek for the venue’s “old Dallas” feel and rich history. “We went with a sit down dinner, with silvers and golds as our base palettes, then mixed in rich jewel tones—reds, soft pinks, lavenders, deep purples, hot pinks,” shares Tiffany. “I really wanted a black tie, intimate, and regal feel. Especially with the holidays, a winter formal wedding felt perfect, and we mixed in just little splashes of Christmas.”
Personal touches abounded throughout the evening, and included a topper for the groom’s cake modeled after the couple’s beloved dog, a fun candy table filled with Christmas cookies and a selection of Tiffany and Immanuel’s favorite treats, and a few surprise elements—snowflake lights on the ceiling during cocktail hour, a dance floor monogram, and extra touches to the bride’s cake—gifted by the bride’s mother.
And let’s not forget the food! The dinner menu was just as luxe at the rest of the evening, and featured a dual entrée of roasted Filet Mignon and butter poached lobster tail served with broccolini and and pomme puree. A custom wintry holiday-themed cocktail, the “Merry Me,” lent a playful touch the evening, as did the couple’s festive favors and their dog’s very special reception appearance. Dressed in a tux, “he made quite the entrance to ‘Pretty Woman’ at bouquet toss time!” recalls Tiffany.
Congratulations, Tiffany and Immanuel—we’re so grateful to have been a part of your magical December wedding day! Wishing all of our friends a very merry holiday season and a joyful beginning to 2016!
Ceremony Site: Christ the King Catholic Church
Photographer: Edmonson Weddings
Stationery: Crane Invitations
Bridal Gown Designer: Ines Di Santo
Bridal Gown Retailer: The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus
Hair and Makeup: Maitee Miles
Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label
Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Theia
Bridesmaid Dresses Retailer: Neiman Marcus
Flowers: The Garden Gate
Reception Venue: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Reception Violinist: The Steve Bayless Orchestra
Wedding Cake: Fancy Cakes by Lauren
Groom’s Cake: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Band/DJ: Brian Prescott
Wedding Rentals: Suite 206; Chiavari Chairs of Dallas; BBJ Linens
Wedding Planner: Hannah Kohler for DFW Events
There is something about a winter wedding that is absolutely magical; filled with a special “something” that can’t quite be defined. Part of the magic can be attributed to the proximity of the holidays and the lights, music, and warm memories the season holds. Another dash is due to the icy chill in the air—the one that inspires brides to set up custom coffee and cocoa bars at their receptions, set out baskets full of Pashmina scarves during cocktail hour, and wrap themselves in the most beautiful furs as they wave goodbye to guests amid the glow of festive sparklers. But the most enchanting element of all? The selection of a color palette that matches the landscape we all dream of waking up to each Christmas morning—white, white, and more white, as far as the eye can see.
Contrast is not the name of this particular decorative game. Rather, drama unfolds from the repetition of a single shade in various textures and surfaces throughout the event. The result? Brilliant altars, aisles, and tablescapes that are understated and indescribably luxe, all at the same time. And so, we’re offering you this simple phrase: While others may be longing for “snow, snow, snow” a la White Christmas come December, you’ll find us dreaming of a “winter white” wedding this (and every) holiday season. Take a few cues from the alabaster hues of these DFW Events favorites, and your own “I do” is sure to be the crème of the crop.
From a boutonniere for him, to dainty lace shoes for her, and elegant invitation suites bearing the name of each, ivory is perfectly suited to every last detail of your wedding day. Longing for just the tiniest pop of color? Consider incorporating gold calligraphy on your invitations or a burst of rose on your envelope liners.
A soft cascade of roses is the perfect complement for the bride’s strapless lace gown, while wrapping tree trunks in twinkling lights lends a magical, “Secret Garden” -esque atmosphere to a ceremony at The Crescent.
For a more structured look, consider wrapping a solitary selection of blooms—like these white lilies—in a thick layer of ribbon. Finish the bouquet with a line of pearl-tipped pins or an heirloom brooch.
The minty shade of these velvet-like leaves are the only element present to break up the white-on-white palette of the bride’s bouquet, a fact we couldn’t love more. A dainty lace handkerchief provides the finishing touch.
Your littlest ‘maids (and biggest fans) will adore being dressed in the same shade you’re wearing down the aisle. Don’t forget to order a matching bunch of posies for them to carry—a sweet flower crown with trailing white ribbons is a lovely touch, too.
An aisle of white rose petals lined by wintry branches dripping in crystals gives the rooftop of The Joule Hotel a “winter wonderland” ambiance, while creamy blooms accent pews and altar space alike at a traditional ceremony at TCU’s Robert Carr Chapel.
Cascading orchids, translucent vases, floating candles, mirrored surfaces, crystal accents, and cakes all tied up in bows—these are the things that winter weddings are made of. Incorporate one or more elements for instant elegance.
Depending on your destination, there may not be the slightest chance of snow at your winter wedding. No matter—white Flutter Fetti provides the same effect (minus the chill). Join hands, exchange a kiss, and make a wish as the flurries fly.
Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday of ours for so many reasons. It’s a day of celebration that’s linked to family, fellowship, food, and an occasional break for football. It’s marked by tables overflowing with the best home-crafted recipes and tasty dishes that have been passed down through generations. It’s gratitude, and warmth, and all the best feelings of the holiday season pressed into one. And yet it’s also sandwiched right between the jack-o-lanterns of Halloween and the glimmering garlands of Christmas, meaning that in a decorative sense, Thanksgiving can be easy to overlook.
And so this post is for those of us who may or may not still be snacking on the occasional piece of leftover Halloween candy while pinning every Christmas-themed craft in sight, but have yet to land on a decorative concept for our Thanksgiving tablescape. (Not that we’re speaking from experience or anything…ahem.)
While it might be tempting to skip straight to the twinkling lights and ornaments of December, we think it’s worth the extra effort this Thanksgiving to lay a table that’s completely and totally inspired by everything beautiful about fall. Rustic florals and earthy linens. Heirloom pumpkins and flickering candles. Pashmina blankets and calligraphy’d place cards. We could go on, but instead we thought we’d share a few mood boards inspired by some of our favorite fall events!
PUMPKIN SPICE Pumpkin spice and everything nice – that’s what fall tablescapes are made of! Take a cue from this clever mix of warm autumn shades and cool blue tones when setting your Thanksgiving table…or staging a gorgeous outdoor seating area near the fire pit. This look pairs nicely with a warm mug of apple cider and a Pashmina wrap.
ROSE & RUST Shades of red make for a regal presentation no matter the season. For fall, we love pairing the rich palette with earthy shades of chocolate and chestnut. Antlers add to the rustic appeal. A pecan pie wouldn’t hurt, either.
WILDFLOWER WHIMSY The perfect complement to the cheerful grins on the faces of your family and friends? Festive arrangements of wildflowers that manage to look homespun and haute couture, all at one time.
SOFT & SWEET Establish a serene mood at your Thanksgiving get-together by incorporating the softest shades of crème and blush. Add a hint of lantern light and a glimmer of gold, and your tablescape will easily transition from fall to winter post-celebration.
THE CHICEST ANTIQUES Heirloom blooms, pale pumpkins, rustic wooden slabs, and warm autumn leaves. Surrounded by scenery this beautiful, your guests won’t have any difficulty finding reasons to give thanks this holiday season.
“Junior at Garden Gate made my vision come to reality,” says Tiffany of the enchanting décor, which featured ethereal accents of butterflies, a mix of sheer and sequined table linens, and a color palette of the palest pinks and icy silver hues.
Selecting the Dallas Country Club as their wedding venue was an easy choice for the couple, who had enjoyed grabbing a bite to eat poolside with family members on many previous occasions. Although Tiffany originally had an outdoor affair in mind, rain required that the ceremony be moved indoors.
“With several phone calls and the best wedding team a girl could ask for, our ballroom was transformed into a magical ceremony location with candles, flowers, mirrored vases, and bar fronts that were used as props to add ambiance with an amazing string quartet,” Tiffany recalls.
The magical mood carried over to the reception entrance, which hosted the couple’s guest sign-in book beneath a breathtaking butterfly tree installation accented by string lighting from Beyond. A bar was the focal point of the opposite end of the room thanks to a stunning ice sculpture byIce FXembellished with the couple’s custom wedding monogram.
Upon entering the reception room, the couple’s 275 guests enjoyed a delicious menu featuring everything from tenderloin to salmon before dancing the night away as Special Edition Bandplayed from the mirrored stage. The bride changed from her stunning Ines di Santo wedding gown into glamorous cocktail attire just for the occasion!
After enjoying slices of theFancy Cakes by Lauren confection that the couple designed together, and sampling Dustin’s Texas-themed groom’s cake from Dallas Affaires to boot, guests bid bride and groom farewell and sent them on their way to begin their own “happily ever after.”
Congratulations, Tiffany and Dustin! We loved being a part of your dream-come-true day!
Ceremony/Reception: Dallas Country Club Officiate: Dr. Fiedler (HPUMC) Photographer: Luke Edmonson, Edmonson Weddings Videographer: Beyond Band (Ceremony and Reception): Special Edition Band Florist: Garden Gate, Junior Villanueva Lighting: Beyond Ice Bar: Ice FX Cakes: Fancy Cakes by Lauren (bride’s cake); Dallas Affaires (groom’s cake) Linens: BBJ Linen Rentals: DFW Dance Floors through DCC Hair: Sonia Trevino Makeup: Kate Conkey with Charlotte Tilbury Transportation: Premier Transportation Get Away Carriage: Three Jays Carriages Coordination: Hannah Kohler for DFW Events
If you’ve already picked up the latest (and loveliest) issue of Brides of North Texas, then you may have noticed a brand new section gracing the pages of the magazine: Wedding Walkthrough! We were thrilled to have one of our favorite Fall weddings featured in this exclusive new section, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at how each component of an event comes together to create an unforgettable “I do!”
Coordinated by Hannah, this “Napa Meets Hill Country” themed wedding was a perfect reflection of the bride and groom—Brad grew up in San Francisco and Karen hails from the Texas Hill Country. A color scheme of burgundy, red, cream, and green saturated the lovely grounds of Marie Gabriellein rich jewel tones for both ceremony and reception. Antlers, wine boxes, and barrels added to the “wine country” atmosphere.
While every aspect of Karen and Brad’s wedding day was gorgeous, we were most taken with the couple’s incorporation of personal details that reflected their family and friends. “My dad made an antler chandelier that we hung over our cake table which was stunning. We also had a very good friend play live music and sing for our first dance,” said Karen.
As for Hannah’s favorite decorative detail? “I loved the massive head table—exposed wood with a collection of rich centerpieces in wine boxes created a ‘wow’ moment in the decor.”
Other eye-catching details included the couple’s escort card display—names were clipped to twine stretched across a wooden frame—and the ceremony backdrop, which consisted of an elegant wooden altar piece accented by stained glass windows and floral elements created by Stems of Dallas.
We’re still dreaming about Karen’s stunning Carolina Herrera gown from Warren Barron, too. The combination of a classic silhouette with a modern illusion neckline was breathtaking!
Many thanks to Brides of North Texas for featuring Karen and Brad’s beautiful wedding day, and for giving us the chance to shine the spotlight on all of the aspects that made their day so unique!
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Note: Karen and Brad’s wedding was also featured by Style Me Pretty! See the full post here.
Photographer: Sarah Kate, Photographer
Ceremony/Reception: Marie Gabrielle
DJ: Andy Austin
Band: Aaron Einhouse Band
Ceremony Musicians: Serenata Strings
Hair/Makeup: Anita Brown
Gown/Retailer: Carolina Herrera, Warren Barron
Bridesmaids Attire: Jenny Yoo
Florist: Stems of Dallas
Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals
Cake: Elena’s Cakes
Invitations: Rifle Paper Co.
Getaway Car: Bowtie Vintage Classics
Other: DFW Dance Floors
Coordination: Hannah Kohler for DFW Events