Templeton – Lawrence Wedding

This adorable brunch wedding was as sweet as this week’s Real Wedding couple, Sarah & Mike.  These two are a match made in heaven!  You can really tell how made for each other they truly are in these photos, thanks to A Guy & A Girl Photography!

The Groom’s love for history led them to the Arlington Hall for a mid-morning ceremony.  The morning light shined brightly in the historic hall, glistening against the grande chandelier.  A perfect setting!  The Bride & Groom made their ceremony extra sweet & personal with their own twist on traditional vows.  This quirky-cute couple coined their own term for exchanging their vows called, “Mad-Lib Vows.”  The idea was to write vows for each other & read aloud for the other person to repeat.  This unique approached turned out to be really sweet & gave us a few laughs, too!

The reception room’s soft yellow color pallet coordinated beautifully with the pops of green, pink & coral on each table.  There was a delicious spread of breakfast breads & pastries for guests to munch on at each table.   Among the delicious brunch goodies, we set-up a Bloody Mary bar to carry out the brunch-time theme.  The couple did insist on one not-so-typical brunch item, though.  The groom works for Heineken, so devoted couple their guests enjoyed a brew from the ice cold green bottle while they hit the dance floor.

As the day started to wind down the couple cut the cake & toasted to the happiest day of their lives!  We couldn’t help but want their day to last a little longer.  This couple showed us how important it is to marry your best friend.  You can see how much fun they have together!  The couple left that day as Mr. & Mrs with a proper bubble send off that perfectly reflected the couple’s quirky & fun personalities!

We’ll be sharing even more pictures from this event on our Facebook page later this week so be sure to check back!

A Spa Day for Everyone

You might be surprised to hear how one of my latest grooms spent the afternoon before his big event. He didn’t play a game of golf, though that might have been fun. He didn’t have a round of beers at the local sports bar with his Best Man, either. Instead, I arranged for an outing that would leave him relaxed and looking his best when it came time to say his “I do”‘s.

For this, he headed to a spa. To be specific, I’d booked him an appointment for a full-on, luxury barber’s shave, including a warm towel wrap and probably a little witty conversation. I loved the idea – and so did he!

In fact, expanding this concept into an event is an absolutely original way to get together with your wedding party. You know me – I’m all about originality and creativity! So, how about gathering both sides of the aisle – bridesmaids and groomsmen – for a late morning brunch, followed by a relaxing trip to the spa? For starters, everyone enjoys Eggs Benedict or Belgian waffles (and maybe a Bloody Mary or two), then the girls head off for an afternoon of pampering and the guys make their way to a spa just their style.

FACE Salon Spa Retreat for Men, for instance, is just such a spot. Located in the West Village in Uptown Dallas, FACE offers facials, hair services, and hand & foot “details”, as well as a Signature Shave featuring Billy Jealousy products. There are even flat screen TV’s and draft beer in the waiting room. Nice! Or, try Uptown’s The Boardroom Salon for spa treatments in a masculine environment that includes leather chairs and a pool table! Another option is Massage Envy, right around the corner, and I can personally recommend it for a relaxing massage.

Staying in the neighborhood, the West Village is also home to a couple of options for the ladies in the group. Spa*Habitat is natural and organic all the way, and has been touted in Lucky, Allure and Modern Luxury Magazines. Their Summer Citrus Massage sounds like heaven and is perfect for this season! The Avalon Salon & Spa also offers a full menu of services and treatments. Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery, just a short walk or ride away, is a great place to start the day with a delicious meal.

Whether you choose to explore these spas, or others in your area, a day like this is a wonderful way to show your appreciation to the members of your wedding party. Everyone loves great food and a little relaxation – both the girls and the guys, too!

Photos by: Fodor’s Travel Intelligence, Florida Deal Daddy, The Wedding Salon, Body Beautiful, and Tall Horse Wines