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…

 

 

 

 

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!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Wedding: Trujillo-Strode

There’s something especially personal that comes with hosting a wedding on family property … and, it becomes incredibly Texan (and fabulous) when the property is a spacious ranch. Madison and James’ Fall celebration was classic and glamorous, with a touch of rustic, Texas flair. The duo said “I do” beneath a fabulous floral archway created by the Garden Gate. Regal blue and white china vases, oversized lanterns, and stylish lounge furniture pieces were spread thick throughout the outdoor ceremony and reception. Take a look at the gorgeous details captured by Sengbush Photography, and check back on our Facebook page later this week for the full photo album from this event!

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!

AYW Exclusive: Halloween-Inspired Wedding Design

October’s notorious holiday weekend sure snuck up on us this year, nonetheless, we’re excited to slip into our costumes and celebrate Halloween in a few short days! To help spread some of our ‘spooky’ spiritedness, we thought it’d be fun to share photos from a few As You Wish weddings that took place on or near all Hallow’s eve in years passed.

Yes, there certainly are ways to incorporate a nod to Halloween in the designing of weddings- tastefully and creatively, of course. Scroll on for some edgy-elegance event design inspiration!

 

Photo by: Leslie Spurlock Photography

Think black chandeliers, moody lighting, deep-hued bouquets, themed dessert items, and of course, for outdoor weddings especially, pumpkins

Photo by: Kim Skyles of f8 Studio 

Dimly lit, nighttime receptions provide the perfect setting for a Halloween-weekend wedding. Subtle changes made to the lighting of the space can add drama instantaneously.

Photo by: Kim Skyles of f8 Studio

Black chandeliers, like those pictured above, have an edgy and gothic sort of essence while still remaining elegant in shape and style.

Photos by: f8 Studio

Color combinations like black and deep, scarlet red are understated compared to an explicitly “Halloween” black, purple, and orange scheme. 

Photo by: Gary Donihoo of f8 Studio

Photos by: f8 Studio

Perhaps the simplest way to incorporate Halloween details in the planning of an event: desserts and favors. Think sugar skull cake toppers and cookies, caramel apples, and pumpkin-flavored sweets.

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!

 

Real Wedding: Bangs-Hayes


A timeless color palette, an elegant ballroom, romantic lighting, and a hopelessly-in-love Bride and Groom- Valerie and Bryan’s Ritz-Carlton soiree was dashing and dreamy. The tone for the weekend’s festivities was set upon guests’ checking in to their hotel accommodations. The As You Wish team assembled and delivered welcome boxes packed full of Texas-appropriate drinks and snacks and a personal note from the Bride and Groom. The couple’s custom-designed monogram was stunning; it stamped their invitation suite and day-of paper products, and was beautifully projected onto the reception dance floor thanks to Absolute Entertainment. Garden Gate constructed grandeur floral arrangements that decked reception tables with ivory, white, and blush blooms and complementary greenery. The cake, adorned with dainty, hand-placed fondant flowers was expertly crafted by Panini Bakery. And, of course, we’re grateful to f8 Studio‘s Gary Donihoo for capturing all the magic on camera! Enjoy this sneak peak of exclusive photographs, and be sure to check back on our Facebook page later this week for the full album from this event!