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!

 

As You Wish Exclusive: Keeping Up With The Kids

It’s a trivial question to consider when building your wedding guest list… kids or no kids? In the varying cases of As You Wish receptions passed, our clients have accommodated for their youngest guests in creative ways. If your final guest count should include a large handful of kiddos, we’re suggesting some out-of-the-box opportunities to keep up with their little personalities + ensure that your event is “kid friendly.”

1. Kid-specific Menu Items

Perhaps the most simple way to cater to kids during a reception is to work with your chef to assemble meal and dessert options that will please their palates. For instance, chicken tenders, fancy french fries, mashed potatoes, and the like are more apt to suit a child’s fancy than say… a filet mignon. Often times, this will help to save dollars on your catering order. Win, win!

2. A “Kid’s Room” or “Kid’s Table”

Depending on your venue and floorpan, it could be possible to congregate kiddos into their own exclusive space. We’ve even coordinated a separate room- complete with babysitters and kid-specific activities- to create a sort of “mini-party” for the kids to enjoy while their parents are mingling (worry-free) at the reception. A smaller-scale option is to assign specific dinner tables for the kids, and including goodie bags or tabletop games at their place settings.

3. Provide “Kid-approved” Entertainment

We’ve brought in stilt-walkers, caricature artists, college mascots, balloon twisters, face painters… you name it! All provide an additional element of fun for your younger crowd of guests. (We’ve found that adults get excited about these entertainers, too!)

4. Invite them onto the dance floor! 

Albeit some kids are more timid than others, a simple invitation onto the dance floor can bring about a whole lot of fun for all involved. Some of the most memorable wedding reception moments include the bride or groom breaking it down with their kid-family members and friends! (This always makes for adorable pictures!)

 

Photos by: Sarah Kate Photography, Jonathan Ivy Photography, Havi Frost, F8 Studio & Edmonson Weddings

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!

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.

 

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!

 

Life of a Bride: Rain or Shine, How to Conquer the Threat of Rain on Your Wedding Day

We realize there’s plenty of expert advice strewn wide across the internet regarding outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions, the risk of rain, and how to cope with impending weather. Because we’ve walked alongside many of our own AYW brides as they panic over the threat of rain on their outdoor wedding, we thought it may be beneficial to consolidate these recommendations into a single list of quick tips, from a planner’s perspective, to keep in mind when you’re coordinating an outdoor celebration…

1. Always, always have a plan:

This may seem like a no brainer, but it’s the most comprehensive and assuring way to be prepared for whatever the weather may bring. Keep the threat of rain in the back of your mind when choosing a venue. Realize that an outdoor wedding will always bear the risk of unfortunate weather, no matter the season your date falls in. If you’re dead-set on having any portion of your event outside, you must: have a Plan B, a Backup Plan, a Rain Plan, etc., etc., etc. The caveat: a Rain Plan could positively or negatively effect your budget, keep this in mind! Tents, while they’re fabulously functional, don’t come without coughing up an additional pretty penny, or two. In the months leading up to your wedding, and in the impromptu decisions that arise on the weekend of the event, be decisive. Make a decision regarding your Rain Plan, and stick to it!

2. Bring the outdoors in:

If the forecast does call for rainy skies, don’t fret: consider bringing the look and feel of the outdoors into a comfortable, climate-controlled space. it’s very possible to bring many of the elements of the outdoors that are so enjoyable, inside. Live trees, lush floral decor, floor-to-ceiling windows, and specialty lighting can create an indoor environment that mimics the aesthetic of an outdoor garden.

3. Trust the hired professionals:

In the event of rain, look to the vendors that you’ve hired to execute your wedding day successfully. It’s very unlikely that your wedding day is their first rodeo, and, chances are, they’ve dealt with less than ideal weather conditions on wedding weekends passed. For instance, trust that your photographer is able to handle his/her camera accordingly, and will likely capture even better color saturation in images taken under overcast skies. The staff at the venue will be able to foresee potential complications that come with rain and take action appropriately. And your wedding coordination team will ensure that the set up is redirected subsequent to the Rain Plan, the timing of the event stays on track, and your guests enjoy your celebration in equal fashion that they would had it been Plan A.

The gist: Weddings are, regardless of rain, sleet, or snow, celebrations. No matter the weather, you and your spouse will be married at the end of the day. Your families and friends have traveled near and far to celebrate you. The key is to keep these things at the forefront of your mind, and… smile! If the bride and groom are smiling, everyone is smiling. Your attitude about the changing circumstance, rain or shine, is the primary catalyst for a joy-filled day.

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!

 

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!