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)

As You Wish Exclusive: Giving Thanks

In the spirit of the fast-approaching holiday season, we’ve been reflecting on our recent months… packed full of beautifully unique weddings, incredible partners within the industry who have helped to bring our wedding-design dreams to fruition, supportive family members and friends, and clients who have trusted us with their most special day- making it possible for us to do what we love. Our hearts swell with gratitude! We so adore this time of year!

We put together a little inspiration page of colors, decor elements, blooms, and the like that we’re crushing on right now. Grab yourself a piping hot cup of your beverage of choice and enjoy…

Wishing you a very happy holiday season of fully bellies + full hearts! XOXO, the As You Wish team

Trending: Hanging Centerpieces

Clearly, as wedding designers, we have a love affair with reception decor elements: mixing and matching colors and textures, patterned linens, surprising floral arrangements; an eclectic mix of stacked chargers, dinner plates, cloth napkins, and place cards; intermingling dining chairs with lounge-style furniture… all of the above set our little event-designing hearts ablaze! So naturally, bringing any of these elements to new heights (literally), excites us.

Today, we’re talking a wedding design look we love: hanging centerpieces. Yep, an ascension of standard tabletop floral arrangements, suspended above tables to create a whole new level of gorgeous event decor. The aesthetic that hanging centerpieces create is magical, ethereal, and awe-inspiring. We’ve found it to be a way of bringing the dreamy romance of an outdoor garden into a luxurious reception space. Take a look at some of our recent favorite photos of hanging centerpieces from our brides’ real weddings…

Photo by Perez Weddings

Photo by Edmonson Weddings

Photo by Sarah Kate Photography

Photos by Edmonson Weddings

All of the above floral installations were created by our friends at Bella Flora of Dallas!

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!

Trending: Mix and Match Tablescapes

We love sharing new and exciting trends in wedding design that we’ve seen come to life in the planning of our clients’ weddings. As of late, one of those trends has been mismatched decor elements. From mixing colors, patterns and textures in unexpected ways on tabletops, to utilizing varying styles of chairs in ceremony and reception spaces- daring to step outside the traditional ‘matchy-matchy’ lines of event design has brought about stunning and unique wedding ceremonies and receptions. Today on the blog, we’re featuring some of the recent ways we’ve included differing styles and textures in event spaces to bring about unexpectedly cohesive and beautiful As You Wish design schemes. Take a look and be inspired!

Photos by Jennifer Yarbro

This garden reception showcased fun (and bold in color and pattern) linen accompanied by blooms in soft, muted shades of blue and orange. The wooden branches of each floral arrangement added an element of free-form, organic texture to the tablescape.

Photo by Carter Rose of f8 Studio

We loved the turnout of this recent rooftop ceremony, featuring cross back and linen chairs of mismatched colors. The varying chairs brought unique depth to the design of an otherwise clean, industrial space.

Photos by Britney Tarno

The mixed silver, gold, mirrored, and metallic metals of this editorial evoked a really unique sense of glamour. Glossy, painted leaves splashed otherwise elegant arrays of flowers with style.

Photos by Amy Karp

Black and white does not have to mean boring! We decided on varying, busy linen patterns in minimalistic colors for this artistic, creative, and modern design scheme. Fuchsia napkins at each place setting tied together the tropical vessels of flowers and the color-neutral table tops perfectly.

Photos by Jennifer Yarbro

These bud vases, of differing colors, shapes, and sizes, oozed romance.

Photos by Nine Photography

Vintage, embroidered table cloths, each strewn with a different pattern, were perfect for this eclectic, bohemian reception.