Real Wedding: Nikaidoh-White

We were feeling all the sweet, romance-inspired, lovey-dovey, walking-on-a-cloud feels when we opened the photo gallery of images from our recent As You Wish wedding at the Dallas Museum of Art. (The rooftop first look photos…swoon!) Amy Karp expertly captured this precious couple’s love for one another and the artistic, sophisticated details that served as a backdrop to their unfolding love story on the day of their wedding.

Our bride, Kimi, is a renowned ballerina and dance professional, so clearly, she has an aptitude for creative expression. The DMA was the perfect setting for this modern, artsy-elegant event. Dr. Delphinium created clean, tropical-inspired floral installations that stood boldly upon mismatched, patterned black and white table linens. To offset the varying black and white patterns of the table tops, color splashed napkins added a lively touch to each place setting. Add in stellar food, a room full of guests who aren’t afraid of the dance floor, and one handsome bride and groom duo to this wedding design mix… we had a magical evening! Check back on our Facebook page later this week for more awe-inspiring pictures!

 

Trending: Photo Booth Backdrops

 Something we love about the process of designing an event: there is always an opportunity to add beauty to a space in creative and innovative ways. In fact, one of our As You Wish ‘mantras’ is to leave no detail of a wedding “untouched.” The images that are currently inspiring us depict above-ordinary photo booth backdrops. Providing a stunning backdrop for guests to have their own photo snapped at an event is another way to play up the awe-factor of a wedding’s design scheme. Scroll through some of these backdrop ideas that have our design-wheels turning:

 

1. Frame it in floral:

Bright blooms aligned with the event’s floral design always translate beautifully on camera. Be it an entire wall of arranged flowers, or an asymmetrical installation of garland suspended over draped fabric- a bounty of floral does no wrong.

Image via modwedding.com

Image via WedLuxe

Image via OhMyWeddingPlanners

 2. Pretty paper: These installations of oversized paper flowers, pinwheels, and pennant flags are statement-makers.

 

3. Say it in lights: The ambiance and romance that comes with strands of twinkle lights and lit candles is undeniable. Just make sure your photographer is prepared to adjust the settings on their camera to accurately capture the beauty!

Images via praisewedding.com

4. Lounge. Furniture: Our obsession with luxurious lounge furniture is unmatched. Hung chandeliers and trendy, tufted sofas add instant elegance to a photograph.

Image by Jose Villa Photography

5. Spell it out: Oversized lettering- be it in the form of bold helium balloons or sparkly cut out alphabetical characters- is on trend; especially for the bride who’s taste is on the rustic side.

Image via Wedding Chicks

Real Wedding: Pantuso-Schaible Reception

Last week, we shared images of our sweet As You Wish bride, Ashley’s, rooftop ceremony at The Wyly Theatre. After the ceremony, guests rode elevators down to an awe-inducing reception space. Bright, pink Bella Flora blooms brought bold color to each table top; trendy lounge furniture complemented cross back dining chairs; and an out-of-this-world head table lighting installation of Edison bulbs and geometric vases boasted modern sophistication. To continue with the incorporation of flight-themed details, airport codes took the place of table numbers (home base, DFW, identified the head table) and each guest’s menu card was displayed in a sleek, black luggage tag. The sunken, lit dance floor- and Andy Austin’s top-notch DJ’ing- ushered guests into an evening of dancing and good fun. We hope you enjoy the details from this celebration as much as we have! A big thanks to Carter Rose of f8 Studio for capturing all this gorgeous- check our Facebook page for the full photo album from this epic event!

Real Wedding: Pantuso-Schaible Ceremony


If we had to put our finger on a single word to describe the design of this week’s As You Wish real wedding, it’d be originality. Bride, Ashley, had a flair for things creative, modern, and out of the ordinary and thus, Dallas’ Wyly Theater provided the perfect backdrop for this b-e-a-utiful celebration. Awe-inducing floral and lighting installations, provided by Bella Flora, brought lead planner and designer, Rachel Burt’s, vision to life. This wedding was so jam-packed with pretty, we couldn’t fit it all in a single blog post. So today, we’re sharing images- perfectly captured by Carter Rose of f8 Studio- of Ashley and Jason’s ceremony. Be sure to click your way back to the blog next week to see the equally gorgeous photos from their reception!

The wedding took place on July 11th (7/11) so, naturally, 7/11 Slurpees were in order for the bridal party!

The celebration would have been incomplete without Ashley and Jason’s beloved Bull Terrier pup.. how cute is that floral collar?!

With a pilot groom, it was most fitting to substitute a flight logbook for a traditional guestbook!

Trending: Adding Au-Naturale Elements to Your Wedding Day

The initiative to “go green” is widespread in the current day and age, impacting industries of every shape and size; the world of weddings being no exception. We’ve found many an opportunity to devise creative and tasteful wedding design alternatives that help to reduce the overall carbon foot print of an event for the eco-aware bride and groom. So today, as a small token of our appreciation to Mother Earth, we’ve rounded up a few on-trend ways to incorporate eco-friendly elements in the design and execution of wedding celebrations. Scroll on for some au-naturale wedding inspiration!

Photo by Bradford Martens

To reduce the amount of paper dedicated to an event: display the dinner menu on a single mirrored or chalkboard surface in place of a menu card at each place setting; or select a paper designer that offers the option to print your stationary and day-of paper products on recycled paper!

Photo by A Guy and A Girl Weddings

Photo by Andrew Chan Weddings

Minimalistic and earthy floral installations and decor, like the table runner of lush greenery and the terrarium pictured above, reduce the amount of fresh flowers often thrown away the day after the wedding and breathe understated beauty to the look and feel of an event. Another option is to consider repurposing ceremony flowers into the reception space!

Photo by A Guy and A Girl Weddings 

Favors- like these coffee beans packages in recycled paper, stamped bags- present a great opportunity to combine a couple’s personality with an environmentally friendly notion. Sending your wedding guests home with something they’ll actually use or consume is key.

Photo by Andrew Chan Weddings

This As You Wish bride opted to place a charming and bio-degradeable coaster at each place setting. Say “thank you” to your guests with coasters that double as plantable flower seeds- how neat is that?!. Your loved ones will take home a token of natural beauty to remember your special day for seasons to come!

Photo by Edmonson Weddings

Perhaps one of the most popular “green” alternatives to involve in a wedding is biodegradable flutter-fetti as a toss item for the newly-wedded couple’s exit. A bonus: it photographs well!

Real Wedding: Spring Hindu-Catholic Wedding

Last week, we shared the first round of photos from one of our all-time favorite wedding weekends to date, kicked off by a fabulous Sangeet party. The multicultural + multiple-day long celebration that took place last Spring, beautifully designed and planned by As You Wish lead planner, Rachel Burt, was memorable in more ways than one.  Unforgettable moments include: a Lamborghini driven INTO the Fairmont hotel by the Groom; the Bride and Groom’s first dance complete with a fireworks display; and the crowd of guests viewing a same-day edit film (created by none other than Hakim Sons Films) of the festivities at the conclusion of the reception. An expert team of vendors brought their A-game to pull off a soiree that was jaw-droppingly gorgeous in terms of design, meticulously executed, and… so. fun.

We’re endlessly thankful to: Bella Flora for bringing our design vision to life with whimsical, elegant, and garden-esque florals that transformed The Fairmont ballroom into a thing of ethereal beauty; Southern Fried Paper and Nicole Black calligraphy for stunning paper products and hand lettering; the JenXFaces team for enhancing the beauty of an already-gorgeous Bride and her bridal party; Jordan Kahn Band and DJ Riz for top-notch entertainment throughout the entirety of the weekend; Pyrotecnico for wow-worthy fireworks displays; Fancy Cakes by Lauren for her handcrafted and beautiful cakes; Hakim Sons Films for their cinematography magic; and finally, Edmonson Weddings for capturing these moments on camera so beautifully! Enjoy this sneak preview of stunning images and stay tuned for the full photo album to go live on our Facebook page later this week!

Trending: Head Dressing

We love talking trends in bridal style, and, as of late, we’ve had our eye on unique ways of head dressing. Be it a vintage-inspired hair comb, crystal headbands or hair wreaths, over-the-top veils, or incorporating floral into an up-do; we
so enjoy seeing the diversified ways brides choose to complement their wedding day look! Today, we’ve rounded up a handful of the adorning accessories that are inspiring us, in hopes that they’ll inspire our lovely brides-to-be…

 

Ruffled Blog, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Posh by Kat

Toni Federici, Lucinda May Photo, Powder Blue Bijoux on Etsy

Onewed.com, BHLDN, US Weekly

Toni Federici for Watters, Projectwedding.com, BHLDN

Toni Federici for Watters, Toni Federici, Toni Federici

Real Wedding: Randle – Craig

Rustic met luxury at The Four Seasons Resort of Dallas last April, and the result was one uniquely beautiful wedding celebration for our fun-loving As You Wish couple, Kelsey and Kyle! When we received these images from ever-talented photographer, A Guy and A Girl Weddings, our hearts did a little dance. First, for how stunningly the details of the wedding design translated in pictures; but even more so, for the way this bride’s joy was spread in abundance throughout the entirety of her special day. Kelsey’s taste in design was whimsical and unrefined- As You Wish lead planner, Rachel Burt, took her propensity for rustic charm and created an event that was elegant, one-of-a-kind, and displayed the pair’s lively personalities beautifully.

Some of our favorite details… Branching Out Events decked the Four Seasons with succulent-splashed floral (we will NEVER get over this altar archway!) and one killer lighting installation over the dance floor.  Chalk board signage and bird cage vessels added flair to reception arrangements. And, is it really a party without late night taco bell?! Bride and groom insisted that we have burritos + tacos for guests to munch on mid-dance party. Get yourself a good look at all the fun and check back on our Facebook page later this week for the complete photo album!

Real Wedding: Wooldridge – Pallasch

Most of the time, really fantastic wedding photos speak for themselves. Such is absolutely the case with these images from gorgeous As You Wish couple, Angelina and Brant’s, timelessly pretty May celebration. Sara and Rocky Garza perfectly captured the blend of whimsical and classic design elements that adorned the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. The Mansion provides a stunning backdrop for an intimate event without much help; so, with ethereal blooms and lush, green garland foraged by Bows + Arrows, tabletops decked with regal china courtesy of Posh Couture Rentals, AND a bridal party this beautiful in accompaniment.. we’ve got ourselves one incredibly dreamy wedding. Enjoy this sneak peak of Angelina and Brant’s nuptials, and check back on our Facebook page later this week for the rest of the striking images from this event!

As You Wish Exclusive: Our Fave Favors

We’ve mentioned before how much thrill we get from each teeny-tiny detail that makes up the total grandeur of a flawlessly planned and executed wedding. Last week, we shared a bit on past  awe-inspiring paper products and wedding invitation suites that set the tone for guests’ experiences at each of our As You Wish couple’s celebrations. Today, we’re pausing to appreciate one of our most-loved wedding details that bids a sweet and thoughtful  farewell to guests: favors. They’re the above-and-beyond sentiments that thank your guests for traveling near and far to play a part in your most-special day. Favors are an extra-fun way to compliment the wedding’s design scheme, whilst purposefully packaging up a little token of your love to send home with each friend and family member. We conjured up photos of some of our “fave favors” from As You Wish weddings passed. Take a look at these creative, and in some cases- tasty, ways our brides and grooms said goodbye to their loved ones.

Sending your guests home with a late night, sweet tooth-satisfying snack, is a can’t-go-wrong move in our book..

This duo loved baseball, thus, these candy apple, ballpark-inspired favors perfectly complimented their personalities.

Color-coordinated with the wedding design, these gold-dusted macarons were a hit.

Customized hershey kisses at each place setting! They’re as cute as they are savory.

A sensible bride! She sent guests home with cookies AND water bottles. How’s that for post-dance floor replenishment?!

We loved this couple’s plan to have all the remaining pieces of their dessert pies packed up in precious to-go baskets (complete with napkins and utensils) for their guests to enjoy later.

Sweet treats packaged up in pretty boxes and planted at each place setting are an easy way to keep with a polished  and flawlessly designed table scape:

These couples sent guests on their way with mini servings of their favorite adult beverages…

Monogrammed koozies are a win during and after the party.

For the guys.. cigars paired with a customized pack of matches. These were a great addition to this Gatsby-themed wedding.

This coffee shop-cool couple gifted each guest with a bag of their favorite roast of coffee beans.

It only made sense that guests got to take these individualized snow globe “escort cards” home with them from this winter wonderland wedding.

It’s impossible for us to pick just one favorite! Which favor would you send your loved ones home with? Our token of advice: the more unique and personal, the better!

Photo credits (from top): Christographer, f8 Studio, Jonathan Ivy Photography, Geoff Duncan Photography, Joshua Aull Photography, Fairy Tale Photography, Sarah Kate Photography, Mary Beth Tyson Photography, Michelle Standerfer Photography, Lindsey Shea Photography, A Guy and A Girl Weddings, Bradford Martens Photography.