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…

 

 

 

 

Sethi Proposal


Vipin Sethi pulled out all the stops to ask his one true love, Ria Sharma, to marry him. We at As You Wish Events loved helping Vipin plan his intricately detailed and over-the-top romantic proposal!

The surprise-filled night started as Ria was picked up at her home by a white limo, of Premier Transportation. As she arrived at The Stoneleigh Hotel, she was greeted with a glass of champagne and a note to continue to the Penthouse level. Upon arrival, she received another note, explaining to follow the arrows to the penthouse terrace. All the while, Vipin is awaiting his bride-to-be, surrounded by beautiful flowers and candles, adorned by Bella Flora, and by beautiful music, performed by the talented musicians of Serenata Strings, and the perfect lighting for the scene by Beyond Lighting. As the song, “I Knew I Loved You” played, hidden cameras captured the moment Vipin proposed to Ria. Sarah Kate, of Sarah Kate Photography, shot the sweet moments that followed as the couple celebrated.

The surprises did not end there. Unknown to Ria, Vipin’s and Ria’s families were anxiously waiting to congratulate the newly engaged couple. In the salon room, the family shared a meal sitting at the most romantic table ever…a heart shaped table! Posh Couture Rentals and Big D Rentals expertly set the mood for an unforgettable night. Congratulations to AYW couple Ria and Vipin! We are so excited for what’s next…

 

Behind the Scenes at As you wish…

Have you ever been curious what goes on behind the scenes at As you wish…? Well, here’s your chance to see for yourself!

We did a major office renovation last summer and have slowly been adding, adjusting, and updating our space to make it more functional and more beautiful! It’s always a work in progress, but here are some shots to show off our space!

If you have never come in to meet with us before, you MUST make an appointment ASAP so we can sit down with you in our conference room–it’s our favorite place! It houses our design boards from past weddings that we use for inspiration, along with a TV for streaming pictures from our portfolio and tons and tons of inspiration for everything from invitations and paper products to welcome bags and favors!

(Jennifer Yarbro Photography)

We would love to have you in to our office for a mimosa and wedding talk! We can’t wait to hear all about your big day and chat about how we can best be of service!

AYW Exclusive: How to Throw a Winning Bridal Shower

‘Tis the season…of romantic, wintry proposals! And with proposals, come months spent planning- weddings, of course, but also, wedding showers. If you’re the lucky friend or family member taking on the potentially daunting task of throwing a bridal shower for the special bride-to-be in your life, read on for a simple how-to…

 

The guest list: first things first! Answer the following questions: will this be a ladies only event? a couple’s shower? a lingerie shower? This information helps determine who will receive an invitation. In some cases, the guest list may be limited to bridesmaids, close friends + close-in-age female family members. In others, invitations are extended to elder family members of the bride and groom, family friends, etc. The “theme” usually plays a role in dictating who appropriate guests are. Bringing us to our next topic of conversation..

The theme: Upon choosing the general type of shower you’ll be throwing, consider choosing a theme based on the bride’s personality + preferences. Does she have a favorite vacation spot? A love for travel? Does she prefer a certain type of cuisine? Have a favorite, festive cocktail? It’s what makes any event unique: the details, large and small, that are designed with the belle of the ball in mind. Once you’ve decided on a theme, get your creative wheels turning! Hop on Pinterest or a wedding + lifestyle blog and keep your eyes open for adaptable ideas for decor, cuisine, signature drinks, and fun event-specific group activities. We love how this tropical styled shoot we created could be easily translated in to a fun, summery shower theme idea! And finally…

 

The execution: We always recommend working with trustworthy vendors, no matter how small or large the event you’re coordinating may be. Trust your florist, caterer, stationer (etc.) to help in making creative decisions. Be sure to thoroughly explain your vision for a specified theme, and allow for their professional input as often as necessary. If you’re DIY-ing any portion of the event, don’t be afraid to delegate! It’s likely that there are other close family members and friends that would be honored to help in pulling the shower together.

Most importantly- have fun!  And we don’t just mean during the shower- we firmly believe that the planning process of any event should be enjoyable and memorable. Savor these celebratory moments leading up to the big day, you’ll wish you could relive them later on!

And, of course, should the task of planning a shower seem too daunting, the doors to our AYW office are always open! :)

 Photos:

Allen Tsai Photography, Simply Mox Paper, Culinary Art Catering, The Wildflower Floral Design

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!

 

AYW Exclusive: 2015 Highlights

First off, Happy New Year to you and yours from the As You Wish team! We are so excited to be gearing up for an exciting 2016 to be packed full of creatively designed weddings and celebrated love stories. To kick off this new season, we’re looking back on the highlights of our past year: reflecting on past successes with thankfulness and cultivating motivation and inspiration for future events! We chose some of our all-time favorite photos highlighting different aspects of AYW weddings that took place in 2015.  Scroll on to see snippets of our last year… it was full of moments we’ll be reminiscing about for years to come!

Most Romantic Outdoor Ceremony Altar:

 

Photo by: Mary Beth Tyson

This garden ceremony in the courtyard of the Crescent Hotel was perfect for bride, Heather’s, elegant nuptials.

Dreamiest Nighttime Ceremony:

Truly a wedding beneath the stars!

Cutest Flower Girl/Ring Bearer Photo:

Photo by: Sara + Rocky Garza

We can’t get enough of that little guy!

Most Stylish Bride and Bridal Party:

Photo by: Heather Hawkins

Still dying over bride, Sara’s, two-piece Monique Lhuillier gown.

Most Stunning Stationery Suite:

Photo by: Jennifer Yarbro

 Southern Fried Paper truly outdid themselves with this one!

Best Use of Color in Design:

Photo by: Amy Karp

This DMA wedding was all things artistic, modern, bold, and fun.

Most Memorable Centerpiece:

Photo by: Edmonson Weddings

Swooning forever…and ever, and ever..

Coolest Head Table:

Photo by: Carter Rose of f8 Studio

This industrial-meets-elegance design was one of it’s kind.

Most Unique Lighting Installation:

Photo by: A Guy and A Girl Weddings

This installation of Edison Bulbs was perfect for this rustic glam bride.

Most Elegant Dance Floor Decor:

Photo by: Perez Photography

Ah! This floral halo was so romantic and paired perfectly with the couple’s custom monogram illuminating the dance floor.

Cutest Cake Toppers:

 Can’t forget the fur-babies!

Best Celebrity Appearance:

Photo by: Harry Photo

That one time rapper + producer, Coolio, officiated an AYW wedding ceremony…

Most Beautiful Destination Location:

Photo by: Gerri Flory

A beautiful fall reception on the dock of Horseshoe Bay!

2015 was truly a blessing and we can’t wait to see what is in store for 2016!

Trending: All The Rave, Foil & Metallic Design Details

It’s that time of year: glitzy and metallic details are unfailingly “all the rave” for New Year’s Eve party attire. We must admit, we’re huge fans of this annual trend in style. We’re also huge fans of how this trend has translated in wedding design, inspiring our brides to choose stationery and invitation suites, decor accents, and bridal accessories that dazzle. In the spirit of this sparkly season, we’re sharing some of our favorite elements from past AYW weddings that incorporate foil and metallic design details beautifully. Pour a glass of bubbly and take a look!

 

 

AYW Exclusive: 2015 Team Photo Shoot

We’re big believers in celebration. Which is why a necessary photo shoot to gather updated headshot and team images for the AYW girls turned into… well, a party. What do you get when you have champagne, a box of Fluellen cupcakes, the TC Makeup team, and Jennifer Yarbro of Jennifer Yarbro Photography? Answer: really cute pictures and an afternoon of really good fun! See for yourself!

We are SO thankful to the TC Makeup girls and Jennifer Yarbro for making this afternoon possible for the AYW team! These new team photos and many more surprises will be up on the website next year!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trending: What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

It’s hard enough to decide which beloved item of clothing in your closet is best fit for a special occasion, regardless of the current climate situation. Factoring in sub-freezing temps (well, if you’re in TX- we’ll call them “almost” freezing temps) and winter weather advisories to this decision-making process reveals a whole new level of difficulty…and often leaves us feeling defeated, reaching for our favorite pair of sweatpants. Unfortunately, last we checked, sweatpants are incredibly inappropriate to attend a wedding in… thus, we’ve decided to make this choice in wardrobe a tad bit simpler by creating an inspired guide of winter-wedding appropriate apparel. Scroll on for quick tips and pictured outfit examples!

1. Deep-hued, wintry sheaths are an obvious choice for semi-formal affairs. Pair with jewel-toned statement accessories for added elegance. (Via Anthropologie)

2. For added warmth, slip on opaque black tights with your mini-dress. Opting for same-shade, black booties creates a seamless look.

(Via Devon Rachel and Antrhopologie)

3. Go long! Full-length gowns are appropriate for formal dress code events, and have the added coverage to keep you cozy throughout the evening. Don’t be afraid to choose an eye-catching color or silhouette to avoid blending in with the bridesmaids.

(Via Neiman Marcus and Anthropologie)

4. Topper jackets in statement prints and colors are an easy additional layer to throw over your mini-dress, without compromising style.

(Via Neiman Marcus)

5. Florals aren’t just for Spring! Don’t shy away from these printed, maxi-length gowns. They’re elegant and breathable, allowing you to stay on the dance floor as long as possible.

(Via Nordstrom and Anthropologie)

6. Opt for a dress with sleeves. These brighter styles caught our attention + would pair well with tights.

(Via Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus)

7. That’s a wrap (well, almost!) Faux fur stoles, wrap sweaters, and pashmina scarves are all beautiful staples for winter soirees. We love them paired with fuller skirts!

(Via Gal Meets Glam, Chic Wish, and Dessy)