Real Wedding: Wertz-Rice

As You Wish bride and groom Andrea and Paul wanted their wedding to be rustic, elegant, and fun! We at As You Wish had the absolute pleasure of bringing their unique vision to life!

The bride and her bridal party started the magical day by getting primped and pampered by the talented artists and stylists from Elan Make-up Studio at The Crescent hotel. The girls had a wonderful time  and were ready for the nuptials!

Upon arrival at Arlington Hall at Lee Park, the guests were welcomed with a piano performance by a freind of the family as they walked through the beautiful foyer and made their way to the ceremony site outside. The ceremony began just as the sun set and the musicians of Forte Strings started their performance. The bee lights hanging from the vaulted ceiling twinkled in the beautifully decorated tent, set up by Mike Sandone Productions, which made for a breathtaking sight and the perfect romantic setting for the ceremony.

After the ceremony, the newlyweds, family, and friends alike made their way to the cocktail hour and reception where they were awed by the outstanding floral designs all throughout the venue, expertly created by Bella Flora. After the guests enjoyed their delicious food from Food, Glorious Food, the party began! Emerald City Band had everyone on their feet dancing while John of John Cain Photography captured all the fun. Panini cakes wow’d the crowd with freshly baked cupcakes and a tasty cake.

To end the sweet and unforgettable night, bubbles filled the air as Paul and Andrea, now husband and wife, made their grand exit, taken away by a specialty Bentley car, provided by Blue Diamond Limousines. A fabulous way to complete a fabulous wedding!

Take a look at the stunning images that have us all heart eyes over here…





Real Wedding: Johnson-McLamb

We’ve been waiting with bated breath to see the photos of this out-of-a-dream October wedding since the moment this sweet AYW couple said “I do.” We knew it early on in the journey of planning and designing this outdoor Fall soiree: Taylor and Chris’ celebration would be an evening to remember.

Guests were driven from the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church ceremony to Downton Dallas’ Nasher Sculpture Center. In the heart of the big city, this coveted sculpture garden venue was the perfect location for Taylor and Chris’ families to entertain their beloved guests. During the cocktail hour, a jazz band played whiled guests sipped on signature drinks- complete with customized stir sticks and beverage napkins adorned with the couple’s monogram, designed by Southern Fried Paper. Upon the happy couple’s entrance, the party found their escort cards tied with dainty twine to a stunning boxwood trellis wall display. Dinner tables were decked with bright, bold linen and statement centerpieces full of unexpected texture and pastel blooms thanks to Bella Acento and Bella Flora. The bridal party took their seats at a jaw-droppingly gorgeous farmstead-style head table; topped with a floral garland runner and lovely blue china. The guests of honor, Taylor and Chris, found their chairs draped in free-form greenery with “Mr.” and “Mrs.” chair back signage. Swanky lounge furniture surrounded an all-white dance floor, and everyone danced under sparkly string lights to an epic performance by band, Signed, Sealed, Delivered. The cake, created by Panini Bakery, was (almost) too pretty to eat. At the end of a fabulous evening spent under the stars, custom favor boxes of Godiva chocolate were picked up by each guest after they said farewell to the newlyweds with waving ribbon wands.

Needless to say, these images (captured beautifully by Jennifer Yarbro) have us all kinds of “heart eyes,” and we’re pretty sure they’ll have you gushing, too. Take a look at this sneak peek preview and check back on our Facebook page later this week for a complete album of all the prettiness!


Real Wedding: Turner – Price

AYW lead designer and planner, Rachel Burt, loves getting to know her clients’ families. So, of course, it’s a special honor when the little sister of a past AYW bride reconnects with Rachel following her own engagement. Such was the case with this week’s Real Wedding feature, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to be apart of a second Turner family affair. Add on the adventure of Claire and groom, Michael’s, destination venue… let’s just say, we were smitten.

A bayside resort was the perfect, scenic backdrop for Claire and Michael’s nuptials. Fortunately, the threat of impending rain was bypassed and their Horseshoe Bay yacht club reception took place as hoped: under bright, clear skies. Fabulous weather, signature cocktails, romantic cafe string lighting, a glowing bride and groom, and the sound of waves lapping against the dock of the bay made for a dreamy Fall wedding. A couple of our favorite details: an escort card wall display complete with a horseshoe tied to each guest’s table assignment, and the bride and groom’s grand exit by way of speed boat. Enjoy a few preview images, captured by Gerri Flory Photography, of this pretty September evening- we’re pretty sure they’ll have you smitten and wishing for warmer days, too. The full album will be on our Facebook page later this week!







Real Wedding: Trujillo-Strode

There’s something especially personal that comes with hosting a wedding on family property … and, it becomes incredibly Texan (and fabulous) when the property is a spacious ranch. Madison and James’ Fall celebration was classic and glamorous, with a touch of rustic, Texas flair. The duo said “I do” beneath a fabulous floral archway created by the Garden Gate. Regal blue and white china vases, oversized lanterns, and stylish lounge furniture pieces were spread thick throughout the outdoor ceremony and reception. Take a look at the gorgeous details captured by Sengbush Photography, and check back on our Facebook page later this week for the full photo album from this event!

Real Wedding: Seaton – Embry

We’re (at the edge of our desk chairs) excited to share this majorly pretty real wedding with you! From the get go, our precious AYW bride, Sara, hoped her vows and the celebration that followed would evoke a certain aesthetic: organic elegance + simple romance. Sara and Austin’s September wedding was all of the things- meaningful, sweet, painstakingly gorgeous, fun, and indeed… full of organic whimsy, simple elegance, and dazzling romance. The pair said “I do” before two hundred and some of their beloved friends and family at Royal Lane Baptist Church’s altar and then rode to downtown Dallas staple, the Dallas Museum of Art, for an evening full of merriment.

The reception’s decor turned out absolutely stunning. A handful of our favorite design details: a farmstead-style head table, complete with billowing greenery and tall, full floral arrangements of crisp white + green blooms courtesy of Bella Flora; cool and chic ghost chairs provided by Bella Acento, accompanying a mix of round and square dining tables for guest seating; a simplistic, bright cake by Panini Bakery, adorned with dainty sprigs of greenery; and, those sparkling, sea foam bridesmaid’s gowns- perfect! Take a look at the top-notch photographs below, thanks to the talented Heather Hawkins, and be sure to check back on our Facebook page later this week for a full album from Sara + Austin’s soiree!

Life of a Bride: Rain or Shine, How to Conquer the Threat of Rain on Your Wedding Day

We realize there’s plenty of expert advice strewn wide across the internet regarding outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions, the risk of rain, and how to cope with impending weather. Because we’ve walked alongside many of our own AYW brides as they panic over the threat of rain on their outdoor wedding, we thought it may be beneficial to consolidate these recommendations into a single list of quick tips, from a planner’s perspective, to keep in mind when you’re coordinating an outdoor celebration…

1. Always, always have a plan:

This may seem like a no brainer, but it’s the most comprehensive and assuring way to be prepared for whatever the weather may bring. Keep the threat of rain in the back of your mind when choosing a venue. Realize that an outdoor wedding will always bear the risk of unfortunate weather, no matter the season your date falls in. If you’re dead-set on having any portion of your event outside, you must: have a Plan B, a Backup Plan, a Rain Plan, etc., etc., etc. The caveat: a Rain Plan could positively or negatively effect your budget, keep this in mind! Tents, while they’re fabulously functional, don’t come without coughing up an additional pretty penny, or two. In the months leading up to your wedding, and in the impromptu decisions that arise on the weekend of the event, be decisive. Make a decision regarding your Rain Plan, and stick to it!

2. Bring the outdoors in:

If the forecast does call for rainy skies, don’t fret: consider bringing the look and feel of the outdoors into a comfortable, climate-controlled space. it’s very possible to bring many of the elements of the outdoors that are so enjoyable, inside. Live trees, lush floral decor, floor-to-ceiling windows, and specialty lighting can create an indoor environment that mimics the aesthetic of an outdoor garden.

3. Trust the hired professionals:

In the event of rain, look to the vendors that you’ve hired to execute your wedding day successfully. It’s very unlikely that your wedding day is their first rodeo, and, chances are, they’ve dealt with less than ideal weather conditions on wedding weekends passed. For instance, trust that your photographer is able to handle his/her camera accordingly, and will likely capture even better color saturation in images taken under overcast skies. The staff at the venue will be able to foresee potential complications that come with rain and take action appropriately. And your wedding coordination team will ensure that the set up is redirected subsequent to the Rain Plan, the timing of the event stays on track, and your guests enjoy your celebration in equal fashion that they would had it been Plan A.

The gist: Weddings are, regardless of rain, sleet, or snow, celebrations. No matter the weather, you and your spouse will be married at the end of the day. Your families and friends have traveled near and far to celebrate you. The key is to keep these things at the forefront of your mind, and… smile! If the bride and groom are smiling, everyone is smiling. Your attitude about the changing circumstance, rain or shine, is the primary catalyst for a joy-filled day.

Real Wedding: Bangs-Hayes

A timeless color palette, an elegant ballroom, romantic lighting, and a hopelessly-in-love Bride and Groom- Valerie and Bryan’s Ritz-Carlton soiree was dashing and dreamy. The tone for the weekend’s festivities was set upon guests’ checking in to their hotel accommodations. The As You Wish team assembled and delivered welcome boxes packed full of Texas-appropriate drinks and snacks and a personal note from the Bride and Groom. The couple’s custom-designed monogram was stunning; it stamped their invitation suite and day-of paper products, and was beautifully projected onto the reception dance floor thanks to Absolute Entertainment. Garden Gate constructed grandeur floral arrangements that decked reception tables with ivory, white, and blush blooms and complementary greenery. The cake, adorned with dainty, hand-placed fondant flowers was expertly crafted by Panini Bakery. And, of course, we’re grateful to f8 Studio‘s Gary Donihoo for capturing all the magic on camera! Enjoy this sneak peak of exclusive photographs, and be sure to check back on our Facebook page later this week for the full album from this event!


Real Wedding: Mahasneh-Al-Obaidi

Dallas’ Rosewood Crescent Hotel is undoubtedly one of our most-loved settings for wedding celebrations, and with good reason! The outdoor courtyard is a bridal dream for afternoon and evening ceremonies alike. It was a picturesque backdrop for this week’s As You Wish real wedding, showcasing a (stunningly gorgeous) bride and her groom. Their lovely garden ceremony took place on a sunny, Sunday afternoon, and was followed by a stylish reception in the hotel’s trendy Crescent Club. Enjoy these images, beautifully captured by Andrea Polito Photography- we can’t get over this couple’s sophistication and charm! Their full photo album will be up on our Facebook page later this week!

Real Wedding: Pantuso-Schaible Ceremony

If we had to put our finger on a single word to describe the design of this week’s As You Wish real wedding, it’d be originality. Bride, Ashley, had a flair for things creative, modern, and out of the ordinary and thus, Dallas’ Wyly Theater provided the perfect backdrop for this b-e-a-utiful celebration. Awe-inducing floral and lighting installations, provided by Bella Flora, brought lead planner and designer, Rachel Burt’s, vision to life. This wedding was so jam-packed with pretty, we couldn’t fit it all in a single blog post. So today, we’re sharing images- perfectly captured by Carter Rose of f8 Studio- of Ashley and Jason’s ceremony. Be sure to click your way back to the blog next week to see the equally gorgeous photos from their reception!

The wedding took place on July 11th (7/11) so, naturally, 7/11 Slurpees were in order for the bridal party!

The celebration would have been incomplete without Ashley and Jason’s beloved Bull Terrier pup.. how cute is that floral collar?!

With a pilot groom, it was most fitting to substitute a flight logbook for a traditional guestbook!

Real Wedding: Spring Hindu-Catholic Wedding

Last week, we shared the first round of photos from one of our all-time favorite wedding weekends to date, kicked off by a fabulous Sangeet party. The multicultural + multiple-day long celebration that took place last Spring, beautifully designed and planned by As You Wish lead planner, Rachel Burt, was memorable in more ways than one.  Unforgettable moments include: a Lamborghini driven INTO the Fairmont hotel by the Groom; the Bride and Groom’s first dance complete with a fireworks display; and the crowd of guests viewing a same-day edit film (created by none other than Hakim Sons Films) of the festivities at the conclusion of the reception. An expert team of vendors brought their A-game to pull off a soiree that was jaw-droppingly gorgeous in terms of design, meticulously executed, and… so. fun.

We’re endlessly thankful to: Bella Flora for bringing our design vision to life with whimsical, elegant, and garden-esque florals that transformed The Fairmont ballroom into a thing of ethereal beauty; Southern Fried Paper and Nicole Black calligraphy for stunning paper products and hand lettering; the JenXFaces team for enhancing the beauty of an already-gorgeous Bride and her bridal party; Jordan Kahn Band and DJ Riz for top-notch entertainment throughout the entirety of the weekend; Pyrotecnico for wow-worthy fireworks displays; Fancy Cakes by Lauren for her handcrafted and beautiful cakes; Hakim Sons Films for their cinematography magic; and finally, Edmonson Weddings for capturing these moments on camera so beautifully! Enjoy this sneak preview of stunning images and stay tuned for the full photo album to go live on our Facebook page later this week!