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!

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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

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

In the Press: Nicole + David’s Luxe Wedding at The Adolphus

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After showcasing a few sneak peeks on Instagram over the last few months, we are delighted to finally share a closer look at Nicole and David’s luxe fall wedding at The Adolphus, which was recently featured by Inside Weddings! Between the ceremony’s custom chapel design, the reception’s opulent decorative details and rich color palette, and the wide variety of entertainment elements sprinkled throughout the evening, this wedding was a highlight of our 2015 fall wedding season.

While details including handcrafted cocktails from The Grand Bevy, lavish floral from Jackson Durham Events, and performances from tap dancers and mariachi musicians alike made this wedding a standout in our minds, the bride’s kind words following her wedding day take the cake! “I believe we put a truly personalized touch on absolutely everything, and I was able to do so with the help of my team at DFW Events,” says Nicole, who worked with our in-house designer, Melanie Frazier, to create paper products ranging from custom save the dates and rehearsal dinner invitations to gold-embellished menus that perfectly reflected the couple’s style. “We really don’t feel we would have gotten the vision of our perfect weekend with all the detail and elements we wanted without the relentless efforts of our fabulous DFW Events wedding planning team.”

Keep scrolling to see the beautiful photos captured by Edmonson Weddings, and be sure to stop by the Inside Weddings article for more of Nicole and David’s story!

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Jewel Toned 60th Birthday Party at Brook Hollow Golf Club

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With a color palette as rich as a ruby and a birthday girl capable of outshining any diamond, our vote for flat-out-fabulous party of the year goes to Robyn Conlon’s January celebration at Brook Hollow!

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The Garden Gate and Bella Acento perfectly captured Robyn’s vision for a jewel toned soiree saturated by color. “Junior knew how much I loved my Crystal Charity Ball theme, Jewels of the Garden,” says Robyn, who was the 2014 CCB chair, “and used a lot of things from that.” The result? A fantastic fête with equal parts color and class!

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Megan + Keith’s Winter Wedding in Horseshoe Bay

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We have the most lovely December “I do” in store for you today! Megan and Keith’s Horseshoe Bay wedding featured spectacular decor—think luxe arrangements of fuchsia and purple blooms, gilded chairs, ruby-hued gowns, crystal chandeliers, and more than a few hints of holiday magic! Above and beyond the beautiful aesthetics, however, is the love these two share and the meaningful details they incorporated throughout their wedding day. Keep scrolling for their sweet story and wedding day images, perfectly captured by Sarah Kate!

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“Uniquely enough, Keith and I grew up together. Our mothers were in each other’s weddings and Keith is my older brother’s age,” shares Megan. Despite their long family history, it wasn’t until four years ago that Keith asked Megan out on a date following a hint from her now sister-in-law…and a little encouragement from above! “My sister-in-law told Keith I was single and he asked me out that following Monday. Our first date was at a Rangers game, and the rest is history. We also like to say that our ‘Team of Angels’ brought us together—my mother, his grandparents, and my grandfathers who have passed away.”

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Channing + Michael: Beautiful Wedding at Brook Hollow

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When it comes to Channing and Michael’s love story, clearly there must be something in the water! The pair met on a float trip in Tennessee. While on vacation with Channing’s family, Michael proposed at Grand Wailea Resort right in the middle of a fountain overlooking the ocean. And when it came time to say “I do,” there wasn’t a dry eye left in the house as the bride’s brothers-turned-officiants pronounced the couple husband and wife.

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“I wanted something soft and romantic and simple while still being truly elegant,” says Channing of her wedding day vision. From the chandeliers hanging along the aisle to the softly lit backdrop, the couple’s ceremony at Brook Hollow Golf Club reflected Channing’s wish in every way.

photos: Edmonson Weddings

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While the ceremony décor wowed and the bride stunned in her custom Nardos Imam gown, there were still plenty of stand-out details packed into the couple’s reception, which was also held at Brook Hollow. Continuing on the bride’s theme of elegance, The Garden Gate created cascading floral arrangements that combined cream and coral roses with greenery and hydrangeas. Stunning floral tie-backs were also created for the drapery accenting the reception area, while candelabras and soft lighting by Beyond helped carry the romance of the ceremony to the dance floor and beyond.

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Delicious, down-home food items included a mac and cheese bar, carving station, taco bar, and late-night bites consisting of chicken biscuit sandwiches and fries. But our favorite après-ceremony detail? The duet performed by the bride and groom, who are both musicians in Nashville.

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Congratulations, Channing and Michael! It was a joy to be a part of your wedding day!

Vendors:

Venue: Brook Hollow Golf Club
Officiant: Brothers of the bride, Ron Dodson and David Dodson
Musicians: Serenata Strings
Caterer: Brook Hollow Golf Club
Valet: Brook Hollow Golf Club
Photographer: Edmonson Weddings
Videographer: Hakim Sons
Band: Bulletproof Brass
Florist: Garden Gate
Lighting: Beyond
Cakes: Frosted Art
Linens: BBJ Linen
Rentals: Garden Gate; Quest Drape
Makeup: Mayra Rams-Sanabria, My Fabulous Faces
Photo Booth: BoothBooth
Transportation: Premier
Get-Away Car: Blue Diamond
Coordination: Hannah Kohler for DFW Events

Brittany Fiss + Aaron Sizemore: Beautiful Wedding at Highland Park United Methodist

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Brittany Fiss & Aaron Sizemore were married on February 23, 2013 at Highland Park United Methodist Church followed by a reception at The Room on Main. Brittany has the sweetest heart…she is beautiful inside and out, and she was so much fun to work with. Her fabulous sense of style was evident in the choices she made for her wedding day. She was beaming…and Aaron was quite possibly the happiest man on earth! Congratulation Mr. and Mrs. Sizemore…and don’t forget, “The Best is Yet to Come!” Thanks for letting us be a part of your picture perfect wedding day!

[photos: Sarah Kate Photography]

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