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

2013: Our Year in Highlights!

Before we get too far into the New Year, we wanted to take a moment to point out a few great moments from our 2013 wedding season! Because we have the privilege of working with the best clients in the world, we couldn’t possibly cover EVERYTHING, but here are a few things that made us smile this year!

 

Best Mix-and-Match Bridesmaid Attire

Mixing up your bridesmaids’ attire is super trendy at the moment and this bride knew just the right combination to achieve the fun and fresh vibe she was going for. We love that the dresses are suited to each girl individually but that they also came together just perfectly!

(Jonathan Ivy Photography)

 

Craziest Groomsmen Attire

We thought we had seen it all until this groom and his groomsmen pulled out horse heads during their photo session! Apparently part of an inside joke, these guys had fun taking pictures and then tucked away the props until later that night when they surprised all the guests on the dance floor!

(Creative Shotz Photography)

 

Most Perfectly Coordinated Custom Paper Products

This couple had Southern Fried Paper create the most gorgeous paper products: from their Dallas skyline Save-the-Dates, to their invitation suite, to the adorable table numbers with custom pictures from their travels, each piece was absolute perfection! The Double Happiness symbol that they used is a typical Chinese wedding symbol–keep an eye out for a Real Wedding post about this couple coming soon that explains the sentiment behind it!

(Geoff Duncan Photography)

 

Most Stunning Chuppah

Chuppah’s come in all different sizes and styles and add an extra element of beauty and elegance to the ceremony decor. This Winter Wonderland wedding required something extra special and so the team at Fauxcades custom created the LARGEST chuppah we have ever seen–and Garden Gate added all of that incredible floral detail!

(Kym Skiles with f8studio)

 

Most Unique Wedding Cake

We’ve seen plenty of amazing wedding cakes, but this one definitely “takes the cake” as the most interesting! This bride was inspired by a stunning architectural piece on the corner of a building and Fancy Cakes by Lauren was able to recreate it on this cake in the wedding’s black and gold art deco color scheme!

(Jonathan Ivy Photography)

 

And speaking of cakes…

Most Adorable Cake Cutting Pictures

A beautiful home wedding, a couple madly in love, a gorgeous backdrop… How can you not melt when checking out this photo series?!

(A Guy & A Girl Weddings)

 

Most Picture-Perfect Sweetheart Table

Branching Out did an amazing job with all of the decor for this spring wedding, but we can’t help but swoon every time we see this simple and sweet little table set-up that they put together!

(Christographer)

 

Most Awe-Inspiring Head Table

Head tables are meant to steal the show and this one was no exception! Check out how Bella Flora made this table the most eye-catching centerpiece of the entire reception!

(Jenny Martell Photography)

 

Place Setting Most Likely to Make You Smile

The combination of pink, orange, blue and white was perfection at this wedding and we just can’t help but grin when taking in the bright and fresh place settings that mixed together the color palette just right!

(Joseph Mark Photography)

 

Best Use of Event Space

When your guest count starts adding up, you have to consider the best way to fit all those people in comfortably and this couple did just that! The Frontiers of Flight Museum was the perfect place to host their large guest count and we worked hard to come up with a floor plan that made everyone feel at home–all 900 of them!

(Joseph Mark Photography)

 

We are so thankful for such an incredible year and are looking forward to 2014 and all the exciting events to come!

Real Wedding: Piper – Saylor Wedding

Katie and Adam were looking for the perfect “burlap and blue” design to complement their outdoor wedding at the Dallas Arboretum and our team was able to pull together this fabulous inspiration page that the couple was so excited about!

 

… however, when Katie’s bridesmaids came across a fun coral-colored bridesmaid dress that they knew they had to have, she came back to us and asked if there was any way we could incorporate the new color into the design she already loved. Part of being a wedding planner is the ability to adjust and make changes as needed and so we were ready and willing to accommodate our sweet bride with a design we all fell in love with just a little bit more!

 

Here are the pictures that Kristal with Creative Shotz captured from their day so you can see how it all came together!

 

Adam and his friends had a little inside joke involving these crazy horse heads and lots of laughs… Keep an eye out in the reception pictures for their second surprising appearance!

 

This stunning garden path was the perfect location for Katie and Adam’s romantic “First Look!”

 

And on to the ceremony…

We LOVE a unique guest book idea and these thumbprint balloons on a customized print were so fun!

 

The team at Branching Out not only provided all of the fabulous floral for the day, but they also created this incredible one-of-a-kind altar piece with woven branches and floral for the ceremony!

 

And now for some fun reception details…

… like this adorable chalkboard seating chart…

 

… the mix of beautiful centerpieces…

 

… and a stunning, 5-tier cake from Dallas Affaires Cake Co.!

 

Brian with Simply Music provided the awesome music and lighting for the evening and this group definitely brought the party!

 

Those hilarious horse heads even made an appearance out on the dance floor!

 

Even more pictures from Katie and Adam’s big day will be up on our Facebook page soon so be sure to check it out!

Leuders – Harner Wedding

We absolutely loved working with Lauren and David this past April! Click the link below to view a sneak peek of the photos from their fabulous wedding taken by Katie Norris. The ceremony took place at Royal Lane Baptist Church and the reception continued at Bent Tree Country Club.

http://www.katienorrisblog.net/2013/05/dallas-wedding-david-lauren/

Simpson – Sharp Wedding

Take a look at this highlight video from one of our recent weddings!

Emily and Aaron had their ceremony and reception at the Magnolia Hotel and Summer Satterfield with Capturing Moments put together this great video that shows all of the special moments from their big day!

Emily & Aaron Wedding Highlights from
Summer Satterfield on Vimeo.

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

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/

Trend Alert: Hats off to Style


This season’s trend alert is the fabulous, boho chic, fedora! Part vintage, part modern, we love how these hats are a great complement to the wedding styles shown below. So if you’re looking for an accessory to top off the perfect wedding style, ditch the sprig of baby’s breath in your hair. Top it off with a fedora!

Melissa Sweet dresses, images from aisle dish via edyta

Your bridesmaids will love you forever if you have them wear one of these straw fedoras down the aisle! {Bonus style note: aren’t these dresses a fabulous color?} Dresses by Melissa Sweet.

We hope you enjoy this style as much as we do! If you want more style tips or need help planning your wedding day, contact us at As you wish… we’d love to help!