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: This One’s For The Boys

We’ve worked with our fair share of beautiful, blushing brides and their maids during our years as wedding professionals. As a result, we love talking bridal style: gowns and necklines, veils and bouquets, jewels and trains (oh my!). However, we need not neglect an equally important asset to any successful wedding: the groom and his men. Like all other wedding details, design and personal style is enormously important in considering what a groom and his guys will walk down the aisle wearing. So today, to offer up some men’s style inspiration, we’re featuring some of our dapper As You Wish grooms and their teams of groomsmen. Be it a suit and tie or a tuxedo, classic black and white or coordinating accent colors, or men in uniform- these guys were certainly dressed for their occasions.

To bring in coordinating shades of peach present in the wedding’s design scheme, these groomsmen wore colored vests and ties, while the groom remained unique in classic black.

At an elegant affair that paid homage to the couple’s love for sports in the form of subtle personal details, this group of men donned their favorite baseball team’s logo.

Photos by: Sara + Rocky Photography, Jenny Martell, Bradford Martens, Edmonson Weddings, Mary Beth Tyson, Christographer, Andrew Chan Weddings, f8 Studio, Perez Weddings, A Guy and A Girl Weddings, Geoff Duncan, & Joseph Mark Photography.

Life of a Bride: Bridal Party Photos

We won’t go so far to say that a wedding weekend doesn’t revolve entirely around a bride and groom, because..well, it does. Nonetheless, there is another handful of characters that play an unmatched role in the celebration’s festivities: the bridal party. A conglomeration of faces that have stood near the bride and groom through mountains high and valleys low; it’s only suitable that they stand beside the happy couple as they say “I do.” Our As You Wish team has worked with a whole slew of brides and their maids, and grooms and their men- each unique in number and personality. So, we thought we’d share some of our favorite AYW bridal party photos- both posed and candid, from past weddings. (Brides-to-be, feel free to take note of these photo-op’s, you might see something you’d like to recreate!)

Photos by: Perez Photography, Jennifer Yarbro, Andrew Chan Photography, The Three, Mary Beth Tyson, A Guy and A Girl Weddings, John Christopher Photographs, Katie Norris Portrait Arts, Creative Shotz Photography, Lightly Photography, Sara + Rocky, Sarah Kate Photography

Real Wedding: McCoy – Doolittle

We have been so eager to show off this jaw-dropping, heart-stopping, right-out-of-a-dream wedding. Our As You Wish bride, Rose, and her fabulous mother, Dr. Rosemary McCoy, came to us with big dreams of throwing a once-in-a-lifetime, fun party that would blow their guests away… and send them running to the dance floor. The design scheme showcased the Pantone color of the year for 2014, radiant orchid, in all of it’s glory. Stunning floral centerpieces dripping in crystals, a custom silver dance floor, and bright, bold, sparkly table linens of varying textures- all courtesy of Jackson Durham, decked this Dallas Country Club reception in glamour.

Rose and her groom, John, were both studying to become Doctors during the planning process. Thus, having their guests transcribe a “Prescription for a Happy Marriage” on customized Rx pads in place of a traditional guest book was a precious, personal touch.

We loved this unique floor plan utilizing full-of-flair lounge furniture and chic ghost chairs for a swanky alternative to ordinary reception seating.

Talk about a party! This take on the Groom’s dessert of choice was above and beyond. A one-of-a-kind whiskey bar featuring local whiskey and the Groom’s personal favorites, complete with suggested gourmet chocolate pairings, was a huge hit!

Guests said farewell to the Bride and Groom and they made off in an adorable, vintage getaway car. It was truly an unforgettable affair! Be sure to pay a visit to our Facebook page later this week to view all of the photos of this spectacular wedding by Edmonson Photography.

Real Wedding: Andemicael – Pyfrom Wedding

We love everything about this fun, colorful Eritrean As you wish… wedding! The ceremony took place at Royal Lane Baptist Church and the reception continued at The Frontiers of Flight Museum–the perfect venue to accommodate the 800-person guest count!

 

Take a look at some of the fabulous photos from the ceremony taken by Joseph Mark Photography:

 

Then it was on to the reception at the Frontiers of Flight Museum!

 

Our favorite details:

The custom groom’s suit–created for him by one of his groomsmen! Talk about talent!

 

The display of the bridal cake–we love how the beautiful tall tiers are magically floating atop a lucite table. It made such a dramatic statement!

 

And finally, the favors at each place setting and on each table–the Honey Wine, known as Mies, is a staple in Eritrean celebrations!

 

Overall, this wedding was so FUN! From the meaningful and sentimental ceremony to the delicious Eritrean dinner and rockin’ dance party, the bride, groom, and guests had a fantastic experience. We were so happy to be a part of it!

Check back soon on our Facebook page to see the rest of the photos from this wedding!

Tie It Up!

For most women, we could file this topic under “who knew?” but it is something our guys have to think about on a daily basis. That is – how to tie a tie! Here we break down the different ways to tie a knot and give some guidance on what is appropriate for your wedding day!


This Windsor Knot is great for a formal affair since it works with spread collars to accommodate a large knot.

 


The Half Windsor is a smaller, more asymmetrical knot than the Windsor.

 

The Four-in-Hand knot is a simple, narrow knot that is even more asymmetrical and suitable for all occasions.

 

The Pratt Knot is symmetrical with medium thickness, and works great for shorter ties. Typically, this is used less often than the other three examples.

Lastly, we have the bowtie. We love the classic, elegant feel the bowtie brings to your guy’s formal wear! For tutorials on how to tie the knots correctly, visit here: http://www.totieatie.com/

Groom-ing: This One’s for the Guys

When it comes to looking great, brides aren’t the only ones who go the extra mile for the big day.  Lots of grooms – not to mention groomsmen and fathers – also take special steps in order to put their best face forward. Often times, that means a trip to a salon, barber shop or spa just for men.  I’ve listed some of my local favorites below, and whether a guy’s in the market for a classic cut and shave or the full spa experience, these spots will leave him relaxed, refreshed and camera-ready.
The Boardroom Salon for Men
5550 W. Lovers Lane, Suite 169, Dallas
(additional locations in Allen, Highland Village and Southlake)
This stylish spot offers cuts, massages, facials, hot lather shaves and more in a relaxing and sophisticated atmosphere.
Culwell & Son’s Grooming Room
6319 Hillcrest Avenue, Dallas
This barbershop, located in one of the finest men’s stores in town, adheres to the philosophy that “A good haircut is just as important as the right clothing”.
FACE Salon Spa Retreat for Men
3000 Blackburn Avenue, Suite 190, Dallas
(In the West Village)
FACE offers a contemporary experience from the flat screen tv’s in the waiting lounge to the wide array of cut, “color rejuvination”, shave and spa services to choose from.

The Gent’s Place Men’s Fine Grooming
6975 Lebanon Road, Suite 303, Frisco
A new spot that pays tribute to an old tradition, The Gent’s Place is modeled after the local barbershops of days gone by.
Roosters Men’s Grooming Center
1920 El Dorado Parkway, Suite 600, McKinney
Founded by a Master Barber with over 30 years experience in the business, this chain of classic barbershops has locations in nine states across the country.
V Spa at the Hilton Anatole Hotel
2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas
The “V Man” treatment series at this luxury spa offers several options just for him, including facials and the “back to nature” back treatment and massage for the ultimate in relaxation.