Trending: Take a Load Off- How to Incorporate Lounge Furniture at Your Reception

Ah, comfort paired with a heightened sense of luxury… that’s a trend we can get behind! Upscale lounge furniture is one of our favorite elements to incorporate into a reception space, and it offers just that: functionality and style. It quickly adds depth to an ordinary ballroom, dimension to a free-form outdoor space; a unique bit of lavish enhancement to an event of any form or fashion.

A carefully designed floor plan promises a well balanced, extraordinary environment. The attainable goal is to create a space that invites wedding guests to step into something magic- an exclusively devised, once-in-lifetime experience. Our hope is to plan and execute a celebration that aesthetically reflects the treasured love shared between a bride and groom. So, whether it’s switching out dining chairs for a charming love seat at a head table for the newly-wedded couple; velvet tete a tetes that compliment the event’s color scheme placed on opposing sides of the dance floor- for guests to take brief breaks from the party; or unique bundles of fashionable sofas and side tables arranged near the bar to encourage laid-back mingling- lounge furniture has allowed us, as wedding designers, the inventive opportunity to create reception spaces that are memorable, above-par, and fabulous. We’re sharing photos from our past events that showcase lead planner, Rachel Burt’s, ability to incorporate this design trend into varying wedding floor plans. Take a look!

Decorative pillows add a home-y touch and added flair in accompaniment to lounge furniture.

Photos by Jennifer Yarbro, Rentals from Suite 206

Photo by Jenny Martell

Blending gorgeous floral arrangements with lounge furniture creates added glamour and contributes to the overall flow of the room decor.

Both aesthetically unique AND functional, this arrangement of tables framed a focal point in the reception space.

Photos by Edmonson Photography, Rentals from Jackson Durham

This lavender tete a tete brought attention to an accent color in the design scheme and added depth to this reception’s floor plan, thanks to it’s height.

Photos by f8 Studio, Rentals from Bella Accento  and Suite 206

Photos by f8 Studio, Rentals from Bella Accento 

Real Wedding: Teitell – Frankfurt

We loved working with As You Wish bride, Heather, for a whole slew of reasons. Mostly, because her laugh is infectious… but also because she was quick to entrust lead planner, Rachel Burt, with the reigns in terms of her wedding design- in hopes that together, they’d bring some kind of magic to the Crescent Hotel. The result was stunning!

The design scheme was inspired by royalty, think Kate Middleton-esque. Heather had chosen her wedding gown on this basis and had high hopes that the event would breathe the same air of aristocracy. Crisp, white floral elements and bright greenery helped to bring the outside in to the reception space. The Jewish ceremony was complete with an awe-inducing, freeform white floral chuppah. Bella flora also created boxwood hedge letters behind the bar, and secret garden-like chair back “Mr & Mrs” signage. Accent color, navy blue, and bow details brought a preppy feel to the table scape. Boxes of truffles, adorned with little navy bows, graced each place setting as the guest’s favors; and each dinner napkin was folded and shaped like a bow. The event was a black-tie, beautiful backdrop for Heather and Grants nuptials, and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! Take a look at this preview of their wedding photos, shot by Mary Beth Tyson, and stay tuned for the full album, going live on our Facebook page later this week.

Real Wedding: Kim – Kim

Prior to their wedding celebration, sweet As You Wish bride, Christine, and her groom, Ki, shared the same last name (no, they weren’t otherwise related before the wedding- just a total coincidence- how crazy is that?!), and a mutual affinity for good pie + great fun. Their Fall event decked the Nasher Sculpture Center in rustic Southern charm. Guests left with full bellies- thanks to a dessert table array of handcrafted Emporium Pies, full hearts, and their own supply of custom roasted coffee beans- courtesy of the bride and groom. Browse a sneak preview of their pretty Fall nuptials, captured by Fairy Tale Photography, before their full wedding album hits our Facebook page later this week! We’re convinced this pair couldn’t be more adorable if they tried, and we’re pretty darn sure you’ll agree with us.

Real Wedding: Hall – Jelliffe

We love a good mother-daughter duo- and this week’s real wedding features a timeless celebration, complete with prettiness of all sorts- brought to you by lead planner, Rachel Burt, and the lovely ladies of the Hall family. Katherine Hall and her groom were married at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, where Mother of the Bride, Dawn, has been the Church Coordinator for many years. Tradition runs deep in the Hall family, and much of the couple’s wedding day reflected that. Katherine and Dawn came to Rachel in hopes of a wedding that beautifully captured Katherine’s classic, girly taste. Neat floral centerpieces of ombre pink shades, hanging floral kissing balls over the reception entryway and dance floor, and creative draping along the reception’s walls created tasteful, feminine glamour. Take a look at this sweet Dallas couple’s wedded bliss, captured by Joshua Aull, and check our Facebook page later this week for their full wedding album!

As You Wish Exclusive: Behind the Scenes at Events

Ever wonder what a day in the life of a wedding planner really looks like? Look no further, we’re sharing a little behind the scenes lowdown of an AYW planner, today’s focus: the in’s and out’s of orchestrating real weddings. We’d like to think that the guests of each event hardly notice us, that’s our goal, really- to coordinate a flawless wedding ceremony and reception for our bride and her wedding attendees that seems to flow so seamlessly, they don’t even have a chance to notice our staff.

But today, for a brief moment, were pulling back the curtain and sharing a thing or two about weddings that the guests typically don’t get to see.

For starters, we’ll introduce you to our right hand man on wedding weekends, the one guy we’re sure of, we really cannot afford to live without: our clipboard.  Before the event, we print out a nice long list of documents that outline everything anyone would possibly need to know about the event. And until the festivities commence, this beacon does not leave our sides.

Beginning the day before a wedding, we’re directing ceremony rehearsals. Guiding the bridal party through a flawless precessional and recessional, reminding them (mostly the groomsmen), twice and sometimes thrice, to smile during tomorrow’s ceremony, to position themselves towards the bride at all times, and to not lock their knees when walking down the aisle.

On the big day, we arrive as early as the first vendor to begin setting up the many elements of ceremony and reception’s decor. We’re confirming and reconfirming that all of the day’s moving parts are acting according to scheduled times; that is, the groomsmen are arriving on location, the bride is well out-of-sight from the groom, lighting specialists and florists are completing the look and feel of the reception space as previously detailed, cakes are delivered in perfect form, etc, etc.

All the while, our lead planner is at the bride’s beckoned call to ensure that she is as happy as she should be during every portion of her special day. This can entail, but is not limited to: fashion-taping odd’s and end’s of her bridal attire when needed, hemming her gown (true story, this has occurred just minutes prior to a ceremony before), bustling her gown in between the ceremony and reception, searching high and low for missing crystal hair pieces that were supposedly packed in a relative’s bag, making sure her veil is hung up and out of reach if she chooses to remove it for the reception, touching up her makeup, smoothing fly-away hairs before she makes her way to the dance floor for toasts, coming to the rescue with breath mints after she’s eaten a heavily seasoned dinner meal, and making sure her toasting glasses and serving utensils are polished for photos of the cake cutting.

As guests are arriving, we are directing them to the guest book and then their allocated seating. We are also communicating directly with the DJ or musician performing the ceremony and reception, cueing the music at all the correct moments. We’re pinning the boutonnieres onto each groomsmen’s jacket (we are in luck if the bridal party is relatively small in size, twelve groomsmen on the other hand, can leave our hands tied for a few minutes). We’re consoling confused and sleepy flower girls and ring bearers and ushering them down the aisle with the goofiest smiles we can manage. We’re corresponding with the photographer, especially if the bride has a detailed shot-list of photos she has expressed as ‘must-have’s’ throughout the day. We’re transporting ceremony props to the reception space during cocktail hour, if necessary. During the reception, we are the direct line between the bride and groom and the venue or catering directors. If the bride and/or groom have any complaints about their meal, we are communicating that to the catering staff and doing everything within our power to leave the bride and groom more-than-satisfied. We’re letting the DJ know that the next dance set should be pushed back ten minutes if the guests are still in the middle of eating their meals. Towards the end of the reception, members of our staff begin transporting luggage, belongings, and gifts to the hotel room that the bride and groom will be staying in for the night.

All in all, we are doing our darnedest to make the day effortlessly beautiful for the bride, the groom, their families, and their friends. And, we have fun while doing so!

Photo Credits: Sarah Kate Photography, Creative Shotz, Christographer, Joseph Mark Photography.

Real Wedding: Turner – Cole

This week’s exclusive real wedding brings you a couple who’s love transcends all boundaries of distance, time and.. international citizenship. Chris, British, and Caroline, Texan, met in Ukraine while serving with the Peace Corps. This sweet bride and groom patiently endured months of waiting and Visa-related paperwork, while anxiously dreaming of a wedding celebration where they would finally celebrate their future lives together with their families and friends. While Chris was across the pond, Caroline enlisted the help of As You Wish lead planner, Rachel, to design an urban-meets-bohemian-inspired event that would take place as soon as a very important piece of the puzzle arrived state-side: her groom.

Fast forward several months, and take a look at the photos that showcase their international wedding affair- bohemian, jewel-tone florals decked their urban venue with artsy flair. Their chosen venue breeds modern industrialism and creativity without much help, as Life in Deep Ellum is an art gallery and church combined. Posh Floral delivered exquisitely crafted floral arrangements that added a touch of nature with their protruding tree branches. And, artist, Abel Garcia, live painted during the cocktail hour, supplying guests with a unique form of entertainment and the couple with a valuable memento to take home with them. Special thanks to Nine Photography for the beautifully captured images!

Chris and Caroline’s full photo album will go live on our Facebook page later this week!

AYW Exclusive: D Weddings Fall/Winter 2015 Issue – Featured Real Wedding

We’re crazy excited to share a close-up look at our As You Wish bride, Kaci’s, real wedding feature in the latest issue of D Weddings! This picturesque fall celebration was a joy for us to design and plan, and we’re so thankful D Weddings chose to showcase our work and the talents of each fabulous vendor that helped to make sweet Kaci’s dreams come to life. We’ll be swooning over this gorgeous couple (and the bride’s breathtaking gown) for years to come! Big time thanks, D Weddings, for putting these stunning photos by Jennifer Yarbro in print!



For a further look at the feature, click here.

Real Wedding: Khaznadar – Perez

Rana and groom, Michael, sat down in our As You Wish office with a dreamy muse in mind for their wedding day design: the Miami sunset. Think soft shades of lavender, peach, and coral dusted with rose gold.. a unique color combination that exudes all the feels of a luxurious, beachfront Summer getaway. The elegance of their Crescent Hotel venue, and the addition of fun, cultural elements in design and entertainment that paid homage to both sides of the family’s rich heritage, made this couple’s wedding celebration a joy for us to plan and for guests to attend. (Seriously… look up “Arabic Zaffa Dance” on YouTube. So. Fun.) Thanks to f8studio for these gorgeous images!

Rana and Michael’s full photo album will go live on our Facebook page later this week, stay tuned!


Real Event: Margot Perot Center 30th Anniversary

We’ve shared before about how much we love being able to work on other events in addition to our regular line-up of fabulous weddings, and we’re back again to share another “Real Event” post!

We had the privilege of planning the 30th Anniversary celebration for the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and we couldn’t have been more honored!

Take a look below at some of the fabulous images The Mamones Photography captured from the event.

We weren’t going to let the rain stop this marvelous event!  The guests arrived & were greeted by valet at the tent’s entrance.  The Perot family as well as the distinguished doctors & nurses involved with this wonderful organization started the night off with cocktails.

A string quartet played while guests mingled & learned the history of the Margot Perot’s vision through a timeline – from dream to conception.  Like many great ideas, the center’s timeline started with a drawing on a napkin!  We decided what better way to honor such a vision than with personalized cocktail napkins with the original sketch.

Each member of the Perot family was given special gifts at their place setting & the lobby art work dedicated to Margot Perot was unveiled.  Margot Perot was presented a piece of this installation to take with her and the women of her family are pictured in front of the beautiful work below.

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

Spotify Your Wedding

Music is one of the most important aspects of any wedding because it not only sets the atmosphere for each event, but also brings out the fun side in all of the guests. From beautiful, classical prelude music to upbeat hits that will get your grandpa on the dance floor, we have got you covered! Click on one the categories listed below to see the Spotify playlists we have created to help you in your song selection. Select the right music and you, too, could be showing off your best moves at your reception like our bride, Noreen Mehdi, shown above!

Traditional Ceremony

Contemporary Ceremony

First Dance

Father/Daughter and Mother/Son

Reception Dancing

The blog, Sound Track To I Do, is also an excellent resource for selecting music for any aspect of your wedding. They cover basically every genre, decade, and style that you could possibly want, so check them out here.

We have worked with the best of the best bands and DJs in the DFW area and can help you find the right match for your big day. Contact us today to set up an appointment!