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!

As You Wish Exclusive: The BIG Reveal, A Bride’s Reaction to her Wedding Décor

Admittedly, there are multiple awe-worthy moments on a wedding day: when the Bride first steps out in her wedding gown, when the Bride and Groom first lock eyes, when the Bride walks down the aisle, the first kiss shared as husband and wife…the list goes on. And then, one of our most favorite gasp-inspiring moments as wedding designers: when the Bride sees her wedding reception decor- that she’s dreamt of throughout months of planning and preparing- become reality for the very first time. On multiple occasions, we’ve snuck our Brides and their Grooms into the reception space before guests have been invited in for the evening, to take a “first look” at the decor and design of their special event that we’ve envisioned and anticipated since the day they first sat down in our As You Wish office. Lucky for us, photographer’s have captured these priceless reactions on camera, and today, we’re sharing some of our favorite “room reveals” from past events!

Photo by Sara + Rocky Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Jennifer Yarbro Photography

Photo by f8 Studio

Photos by Bradford Martens

Photo by Allison Davis Photography

 Photo by Sarah Kate Photography

Photos by  Jennifer Yarbro Photography

Photo by Edmonson Weddings

Photo by Perez Weddings

Trending: Take a Load Off- How to Incorporate Lounge Furniture at Your Reception

Ah, comfort paired with a heightened sense of luxury… that’s a trend we can get behind! Upscale lounge furniture is one of our favorite elements to incorporate into a reception space, and it offers just that: functionality and style. It quickly adds depth to an ordinary ballroom, dimension to a free-form outdoor space; a unique bit of lavish enhancement to an event of any form or fashion.

A carefully designed floor plan promises a well balanced, extraordinary environment. The attainable goal is to create a space that invites wedding guests to step into something magic- an exclusively devised, once-in-lifetime experience. Our hope is to plan and execute a celebration that aesthetically reflects the treasured love shared between a bride and groom. So, whether it’s switching out dining chairs for a charming love seat at a head table for the newly-wedded couple; velvet tete a tetes that compliment the event’s color scheme placed on opposing sides of the dance floor- for guests to take brief breaks from the party; or unique bundles of fashionable sofas and side tables arranged near the bar to encourage laid-back mingling- lounge furniture has allowed us, as wedding designers, the inventive opportunity to create reception spaces that are memorable, above-par, and fabulous. We’re sharing photos from our past events that showcase lead planner, Rachel Burt’s, ability to incorporate this design trend into varying wedding floor plans. Take a look!

Decorative pillows add a home-y touch and added flair in accompaniment to lounge furniture.

Photos by Jennifer Yarbro, Rentals from Suite 206

Photo by Jenny Martell

Blending gorgeous floral arrangements with lounge furniture creates added glamour and contributes to the overall flow of the room decor.

Both aesthetically unique AND functional, this arrangement of tables framed a focal point in the reception space.

Photos by Edmonson Photography, Rentals from Jackson Durham

This lavender tete a tete brought attention to an accent color in the design scheme and added depth to this reception’s floor plan, thanks to it’s height.

Photos by f8 Studio, Rentals from Bella Accento  and Suite 206

Photos by f8 Studio, Rentals from Bella Accento 

Real Wedding: Bell – Flax


As You Wish bride, Sarah, is one of those rare gems: a woman with brains, beauty, and athletic ability. On top of studying her way through nursing school, she was an esteemed college athlete. In fact, it was her and groom, Landon’s, athletic propensity that caused their paths to cross. A match made in  ’peanut and cracker jack’ heaven: they played softball and baseball for the same university. Needless to say, their wedding celebration at the Ritz paid plenty of tribute to the pair’s sports backgrounds. Their college mascot even paraded through the reception… awe-some.

Make no mistake, Sarah’s feminine and glamorous taste in decor wasn’t sacrificed in their wedding design. The reception showcased over the top floral centerpieces and a va-va-voom head table. Chandeliers were outsourced and suspended from the ceiling of the ballroom, and a gorgeous double-halo by Bella Flora hung over the center of the dance floor. Check back on our Facebook page later this week for more photos from this timelessly stunning affair!

Thanks to Perez Photography for these gorgeous images!

Trending: The Second Dress

Good things so often come in multiples.. and according to the ‘second dress trend,’ wedding attire is no exception. We’ve taken note of our As You Wish brides’ interest in making a quick switch into a party-proper dress- still fit for a once-in-a-lifetime wedding celebration, of course- just sans all the extra ‘poof’ that often comes with a ceremony gown. We’ve done some scouting and chose a handful of on-trend dresses that provide an extra dose of style and comfort for the bride who’s planning to spend some serious time on the dance floor, or just wants to add another element of elegance to her wedding day wardrobe.

By Alexander McQueen

By Allison Paris

By Badgley Mischka

By Jenny Packham

By Lela Rose

By Jenny Packham

By Parker Black

By Trina Turk

By Yoana Baraschi

By Zac Posen

Real Wedding: McCoy – Doolittle

We have been so eager to show off this jaw-dropping, heart-stopping, right-out-of-a-dream wedding. Our As You Wish bride, Rose, and her fabulous mother, Dr. Rosemary McCoy, came to us with big dreams of throwing a once-in-a-lifetime, fun party that would blow their guests away… and send them running to the dance floor. The design scheme showcased the Pantone color of the year for 2014, radiant orchid, in all of it’s glory. Stunning floral centerpieces dripping in crystals, a custom silver dance floor, and bright, bold, sparkly table linens of varying textures- all courtesy of Jackson Durham, decked this Dallas Country Club reception in glamour.

Rose and her groom, John, were both studying to become Doctors during the planning process. Thus, having their guests transcribe a “Prescription for a Happy Marriage” on customized Rx pads in place of a traditional guest book was a precious, personal touch.

We loved this unique floor plan utilizing full-of-flair lounge furniture and chic ghost chairs for a swanky alternative to ordinary reception seating.

Talk about a party! This take on the Groom’s dessert of choice was above and beyond. A one-of-a-kind whiskey bar featuring local whiskey and the Groom’s personal favorites, complete with suggested gourmet chocolate pairings, was a huge hit!

Guests said farewell to the Bride and Groom and they made off in an adorable, vintage getaway car. It was truly an unforgettable affair! Be sure to pay a visit to our Facebook page later this week to view all of the photos of this spectacular wedding by Edmonson Photography.

Real Wedding: Thomas – Biglin

This week’s Real Wedding introduces you to a couple who shares a big love- for each other, and… the New York sports scene. Each element of Sarah and Jeff’s Crescent Hotel celebration mimicked their fun-loving personalities and their appreciation of all things athletics. Sarah came to us hoping to incorporate both modern and natural aspects of design for her wedding. In true As You Wish fashion, our lead planner, Rachel Burt, took Sarah’s vision and ran with it, crafting an event that was aesthetically sophisticated and eccentric. Take a look at how F8 Studio beautifully captured this sweet Fall day…

Sarah’s thoughtful, and tear-jerking, gift to her Dad on the big day- a softball signed by the blushing bride for his keepsake.

The Rosewood Crescent’s outdoor garden ceremony space is lovely in it of itself, so when Branching Out installed a stunning, elegance-meets-organic floral archway, the couple had an absolutely idyllic setting to exchange vows. And for an extra dose of sweetness- the Groom insisted on walking down the aisle hand in hand with his nephews: the dapper ring bearers (you can imagine the “awwwwwe’s…”).

Some of our favorite, sports-themed details: the peanut & cracker jack bar, adorned with family photos of the bride and groom and their loved ones attending sports games together as couples; the baseball bat in lieu of a traditional sign-in book- guests scrawled their names on the engraved wooden bat, leaving the Bride and Groom with a frame-worthy treasure to take home with them; and the pennant flag send-off- friends and family waved purple flags, complete with Sarah and Jeff’s names and wedding date, cheering the couple on to a happily-ever-after. Oh, and the caramel apple favors (YUM)… this wedding was a “Win”, from start to finish! For more photos, head over to the complete album on our Facebook- & don’t forget to “like” our page while you’re there to keep up with more As You Wish real weddings!

Real Wedding: Osman – Sheehan

This gorgeous Texas couple met in the city that never sleeps & knew it had to be fate!  Shamsia & Brad’s beautiful Dallas wedding was filled with culture, style, & above all things love.  The Rotunda at Chase Tower provided the perfect venue to celebrate these two and f8 Studio did a fantastic job of capturing images from this event!

The Bride wanted to include her Persian culture by performing the tradition of the Aina Misaf, or Mirror Ceremony at the traditional Wedding Table.  Each item on this table had a special meaning in order for Shamsia & Brad to begin full & rich lives together.  In the Persian culture the mirror represents the mirror of fate and the candles are said to bring the couple’s abundant & bright future through the reflection of its flame in the mirror. The flowers, sugar cones, & sweet drinks are there to represent prosperity & to ensure that the couple lives a sweet & beautiful life together.  Happily married members of the Bride’s family held a beautiful silk scarf over the Bride & Groom throughout the ceremony to bless the couple.  The henna is a symbol of a fresh new & passionate life.  It is said that the darker the henna stains, the richer your life will be & the deeper your love will grow.

 

After the Aisa Midaf Ceremony, the two exchanged rings & said their “I do’s!”  Then, we got to see two cultures form into one as the Irish Hand Fastening was preformed to honor of the Groom’s Irish culture & traditions.  This is an ancient celtic custom where the Bride & Groom’s hands are tied together with a rope to symbolize coming together & staying together.  The most beautiful words were read explaining how one another’s hand should guide, protect & comfort each other throughout life, giving unspoken tenderness with just a touch.  This sweet Irish tradition is where we get the term “tying the knot!”

After the ceremony, guests headed up the grand staircase where the gorgeous art-deco chandelier set the tone for the whole event.  The reception was reminiscent of old Hollywood glam with a modern twist, using mixed metals, glass candelabra, & feathers to liven things up in the ballroom!  The couple’s candy bar was one of the best I’ve seen, carrying out the mixed metal motif with each sweet treat!  The Bride’s cake was grand & traditional with a gold satin sash around each layer & finished with an embellishment to give it that touch of glam the Bride was looking for!

Once the newlyweds shared their final dance to reflect on the perfect evening, guests made their way downstairs & it was time for everyone to say goodbyes & send well wishes to the happy couple.  The Bride’s father performed a traditional sash tying ceremony before his daughter left with her new husband.  The green ceremonial belt was tied around the Bride’s waist to mark the passage from childhood to adulthood.  This is a right of passage and is a very significant ritual for the traditional Persian Bride.  The couple ran through the tunnel of guests into their new lives together as one!

Real Wedding: Hancock – Esakoff Wedding

It’s time for another Real Wedding post!  We can’t wait to share all the details & gorgeous images from one of our favorite Fall 2013 weddings shot by A Guy and a Girl Weddings.

Chloe and Eric’s modern meets whimsical wedding reflected each of their fun & easy-going personalities.  The floral & greenery looked as if it was picked right from the garden, giving off a very organic vibe.  It was important for this Bride & Groom to share everything they love with the people they love most.  And they did just that!

This sweet couple works together in the graphic design industry and they are responsible for designing the incredible paper products featured below.  I just love how they continued their personalized Monogram & Laurel Wreath motif throughout their invitations + programs + menus + & even their customized photo backdrop.

 The backdrop alone is truly personal; combining their two families in the finest chalkboard fashion!  What sweeter way to honor your family than with the perfect photo-op!

They cut into the sweetest little cake with rosemary detail and provided quite the dessert spread for their guests to choose from. This coffee loving couple even shared their favorite beans with a fully-stocked coffee bar!

The couple danced the night away with their nearest & dearest and topped it all off with a personalized gift for their guests!  The celebration came to an end, leaving guests with the couple’s personal favorite coffee beans to remember their special night.

This was a truly personal celebration & we hope you love every detail that we carefully & personally planned for this amazing couple!

We’ll be sharing even more pictures from this event on our Facebook page later this week so be sure to check back!

Spotify Your Wedding

Music is one of the most important aspects of any wedding because it not only sets the atmosphere for each event, but also brings out the fun side in all of the guests. From beautiful, classical prelude music to upbeat hits that will get your grandpa on the dance floor, we have got you covered! Click on one the categories listed below to see the Spotify playlists we have created to help you in your song selection. Select the right music and you, too, could be showing off your best moves at your reception like our bride, Noreen Mehdi, shown above!

Traditional Ceremony

Contemporary Ceremony

First Dance

Father/Daughter and Mother/Son

Reception Dancing

The blog, Sound Track To I Do, is also an excellent resource for selecting music for any aspect of your wedding. They cover basically every genre, decade, and style that you could possibly want, so check them out here.

We have worked with the best of the best bands and DJs in the DFW area and can help you find the right match for your big day. Contact us today to set up an appointment!