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

AYW Exclusive: How to Have a Flawless Hair & Makeup Trial

One of the most fun decisions our brides make during the wedding planning process is choosing their hair and makeup artist for their big day. This decision making process is, typically, just that- a process. After all, what a bride looks and feels like on her wedding day is hugely important. So, choosing someone who will effectively capture the look + feel you’re hoping to step out in on the most special (and most photographed!) day of your life- takes a little time, effort, and careful consideration.

Hair and makeup trials can be scheduled as you are in the process of choosing your stylist, and/or after you’ve booked a particular HMU artist. In the case of the latter, a trial run is performed weeks before your wedding day to ensure that the hair and makeup style you have in mind is exactly how you envision it to be. For either occasion, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you have a flawless hair and makeup trial:

 

Photo by: Allison Davis

1. Be prepared for a fee: often, a trial run will cost you. However, in many cases, this fee may be waived or included in your final quote should you decide to book with the stylist.

2. Schedule your trial on the same day of your bridal or engagement portraits- this way, you get the most bang for your buck! Having your hair and makeup done professionally for your photo shoot..winning!

3. Wash and blow dry your hair the night before. Your hair will retain enough moisture over night to hold styling well, without being too dirty.

Photo by: Edmonson Weddings

4. If possible, wear white. Mimicking the color and neckline of your wedding gown gives you a more accurate vision of what your hair and makeup will look like on your actual wedding day.

5. Bring photos! Pictures of hair and makeup styles you really like or dislike, along with pictures of your wedding dress, give the stylist valuable aesthetic guidance.

6. Limit the number of people you bring along. Too many voices of opinion can create chaos.

Photo by: Mary Beth Tyson

7. Bring your bridal accessories, if you have ‘em. It’s hugely helpful to see how certain hair styles pair with your veil, headband, jeweled clips/pins, etc.

Photo by: Rocky + Sara Garza

8. Be explicit about what you want- don’t be afraid to say you dislike something the stylist suggests. After all, it’s your wedding day! The HMU artist wants you to be completely satisfied.

9. Take note of which products the stylist uses. It’s never a bad idea to purchase mini-bottles of must-have products to have on hand for touch ups before the reception!

10. Take pictures during the trial of each hair or makeup style you try for future reference.

Photo by: Amy Karp

12. If you’ve definitely decided on a particular hair or makeup look, ask the stylist if there are any particulars you could be doing in the months + weeks leading up to your wedding day. Would it be helpful to have your hair cut or highlighted a certain way to enhance an up-do? Any expert tips for extra glow-y bridal skin?

13. Pay attention to your post-trial look. It’s important to see how long your hair and makeup stays photo-ready after styling and application!

Photo by: Amy Karp

Trending: This One’s For The Boys

We’ve worked with our fair share of beautiful, blushing brides and their maids during our years as wedding professionals. As a result, we love talking bridal style: gowns and necklines, veils and bouquets, jewels and trains (oh my!). However, we need not neglect an equally important asset to any successful wedding: the groom and his men. Like all other wedding details, design and personal style is enormously important in considering what a groom and his guys will walk down the aisle wearing. So today, to offer up some men’s style inspiration, we’re featuring some of our dapper As You Wish grooms and their teams of groomsmen. Be it a suit and tie or a tuxedo, classic black and white or coordinating accent colors, or men in uniform- these guys were certainly dressed for their occasions.

To bring in coordinating shades of peach present in the wedding’s design scheme, these groomsmen wore colored vests and ties, while the groom remained unique in classic black.

At an elegant affair that paid homage to the couple’s love for sports in the form of subtle personal details, this group of men donned their favorite baseball team’s logo.

Photos by: Sara + Rocky Photography, Jenny Martell, Bradford Martens, Edmonson Weddings, Mary Beth Tyson, Christographer, Andrew Chan Weddings, f8 Studio, Perez Weddings, A Guy and A Girl Weddings, Geoff Duncan, & Joseph Mark Photography.

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

AYW Exclusive: B.O.N.T. Modern-Tropics Styled Shoot

This sunshine-y (and sweltering) Dallas day has the As You Wish design team reminiscing on one of our all-time favorite styled shoots to date: a Modern-Tropics themed feature in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Brides of North Texas. The team of creatives that helped make this chic, rainforest-esque design scheme (dreamt up by our lead planner, Rachel Burt) come to life, was top-notch. Grab yourself something sweet to sip on- little umbrellas are optional, but highly recommended- and peruse some serious prettiness.

Big thanks to-

Venue: The Nuvo Room
Photography: Allen Tsai
Videography: Tyler + Lindsey
Florals: The Wildflower
Stationary & Place Cards: Simply Mox
Ghost Chair Rentals: Suite 206
Table Rentals: Shag Carpet Props
China, Flatware & Stemware: Posh Couture Rentals
Linens: BBJ
Catering: Culinary Art Catering
Gown: The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus
Hair & Make-up: Makeup by Wendy Zerrudo

Looks We Love: Bridal Braids

Each season, we purvey a beauty trend or two that begs to stick around for awhile. Braided updo’s and face-framing accents have done just that. We believe it has something to do with their wild versatility. Braids, contrary to the “bohemian-only stereotype” they may have carried around in years passed, can be customized to create a wedding day look that combines fun and whimsical with formal.

We’re big fans of styling our brides and their maids with braided up-do’s of varying forms and textures for hair that offers charm, functionality, and stability throughout a full day of wedding festivities. And an AYW planner’s tip: bring photos of your most-loved braided looks to your day-of-wedding hair stylist BEFORE your wedding date for a trial run. It’s best to experiment in advance and let an industry professional create an individualized look that best suits your facial features, bridal style, and personal preference.

We skimmed the inter webs to find unique braided styles that best struck our fancy. Scroll on for some serious ‘braided meets bridal’ inspiration…

Photo Credits: From top left- 1. Zoe Lonergarn Photo, 2. My Day, 3. My Day, 4. Lindsey Shaun 5. Betsi Ewing Studio 6. BHLDN & Nick Dale Photo, 7. BHLDN, 8. Barefootblonde, 9. Barefootblonde, 10. Bridal Musings, 11. Society Bride, 12. Tracy Melton Artistry

Life of a Bride: Saying Yes to the Dress

It’s arguably one of the most special moments leading up to your wedding day, and it’s typically prefaced by hours of stress, pressure, and frustrated sighs in front of three-paneled dressing room mirrors: saying yes to your dress.

Brides to be, don’t fret! As You Wish is sharing some tricks and tips to finding the gown that both accentuates the best features of your physique and spotlights your personality type.

We realize that each bride is distinctive in body type and in style preference. Your perfect frock should be tailored in style to fit you.  Take a look at our field guide to choosing the dress that fits you best.

For petite brides:

Our tip for flattering your bite-size figure: stay away from full ball gowns. You’ll tend to get lost in an abyss of extra fabric. Instead, try on a more form-fitted silhouette that hangs close to your features. The continuous line of a sheath-style gown will stretch the length of your frame.

(Ysa Makino on TheKnot.com)

If your taste does beg for girly glamour, choose an A-line silhouette, with a neckline and waistline that shows off your bodice. We love this gown: a sweetheart neckline paired with a natural waistline will elongate your torso and add inches to your appearance.

(Oscar de la Renta on TheKnot.com)

A mermaid or trumpet silhouette will also give you the illusion of added height, and compliment your petite form. The fit-and-flare of these silhouettes won’t drown you like a full ball gown may. We’re swooning over this bateau neckline..

(Moonlight Couture on TheKnot.com)

For long and lean brides:

To give the illusion of feminine curves, say “I do” to a daring neckline with a deep v. Paired with a flared skirt, your figure will be highlighted to perfection.

(Pronovias on TheKnot.com)

Waist-whittling belts and sashes are always a good idea.  Adding interest to an edgy or frilly a-line frock with a cinching accessory will complete your perfect appearance.

(Hayley Paige on TheKnot.com)

For the sophisticated bride with a love for a whole lot of vintage lace, try a hip-hugging sheath silhouette with a bold neckline.

(Pronovias on TheKnot.com)

P.S. A deep sweetheart neckline creates the illusion of tasteful cleavage.

(David Tutera for Mon Cheri on TheKnot.com)

 For hourglass brides:

A mermaid or trumpet silhouette will celebrate your hourglass figure and hug your curves in all the right places.

If your style calls for an even fuller skirt, make sure you choose a bodice with a waistline that cinches at your smallest point. For some, this may be an empire waistline, and others may prefer cinching at their natural waist.

 (Hayley Paige on TheKnot.com)

We’re falling hard for this flattering a-line gown. It hides your hips with the fullness of the skirt, and creates terribly elegant collar bones with an off-the-shoulder neckline (a huge upcoming trend for Spring 2015)!

(Le Spose di Gio on Brides.com)

For brides with larger busts:

The key to finding a gown that compliments your larger bust is to balance out your chest with the shape of your skirt. We think this one-shoulder gown with a full skirt is to die for! The neckline will shrink the appearance of your chest and provide extra support throughout your big day.

(Pronovias on Brides.com)

A sheer neckline with lovely fabric will disguise your bust and add interest to your wedding gown.

(Pronovias on TheKnot.com)

No matter the neckline, diagonal or criss-cross ruching of the bodice will accentuate your curves in all the right ways.

(Sophia Tolli on TheKnot.com)

For added support and comfort, try an elegant high square neckline. We’re oo-ing and awe-ing at this gown’s understated beauty.

(Elie Saab on TheKnot.com)

Prioritizing your wants and wishes for your wedding day is key. This rule of thumb is our mantra throughout the entire wedding planning process, and we believe it is equally applicable to your dress-shopping endeavors. So, decide what qualities and characteristics of your gown matter most to you (and keep our field guide to finding the dress that fits you best in your back pocket), and start making appointments at your local bridal salons. Remember, your journey to the altar should be a fun and memorable one, enjoy it! Happy shopping!

Color Crush: All White Everything

Our planners have found that wedding design inspiration can come from absolutely anywhere. Fashion and lifestyle trends are no exception! We love to take note of current clothing and accessory crazes as we’re designing each bride’s dream wedding.

Our latest obsession: the crisp and clean vibe of a fresh, white color palette. There’s something totally bold and fabulous about the white on white ensembles seen as fashion staples this summer. We love the idea of translating this look to all-white wedding details. The simplicity of a white color palette can create a heavenly backdrop for your celebration. Don’t be afraid of the understated beauty that comes with this non-color design scheme – it just might constitute the most eye-catching wedding décor of all!

We’ve put together fabulous inspiration pages filled with all things white and ethereal. Take a look and be inspired!

 

(Photo Credits: www.projectwedding.com, www.stylemepretty.com, www.24.media.tumblr.com, www.revolveclothing.com, www.vogue.com, www.lafeteweddings.blogspot.ca, www.walkingthruafog.tumblr.com, www.etsy.com, www.twoforstyle.com, www.cortoba-fashionista.webs.com, www.ritzybee.typepad.com, www.buzzfeed.com, www.neimanmarcus.com, www.onefabday.com, www.hercampus.com, www.lefashionimage.blogspot.com, www.indulgy.com)

Trending: Manicure Matrimony

As You Wish planners are well aware that every last detail of our bride’s big day matters… even down to her fingers and toes. We’ve had our eyes on the soft and sweet manicure styles that will compliment every kind of ring-finger sparkle as you say, “I do.”

We believe every element of your wedding day look should be a reflection of your personality. Whether you choose to keep it classic with sleek and chic blush-toned polishes, take a walk on the wild side with dramatic pops of glitter, or meet somewhere in the middle… these nail art trends will have your hands beaming in manicure matrimony.

Take a gander at some of our favorites in current bridal manicure trends…

Go-to shades for an ‘au naturale’ look:

(Essie ‘She Said Yes’ and OPI ‘Don’t Burst My Bubble’)

Add some interest to your favorite basic polish color:


Be inspired by the pastel tones in your bridal bouquet:

And if you aren’t afraid of a little glitz and glamour:

Choose the manicure that best suits your fancy and book yourself a nail appointment!

(Tip: take your bridesmaids along for an extra dose of girl-time before the big day.)

Photo Credits:

1. www.beautyhigh.com 2. www.oflifeandlacquer.com 3. www.weddingpartyapp.com 4. www.afirstclasswedding.com 5. www.byrdie.com 6. www.thewomanlife.com 7. www.jinnie-femme.eu 8. www.dailymakeover.com 9. www.buzzfeed.com 10. www.michelleinwonderland-michelle.blogspot.no 11. www.buzzfeed.com 12. www.buzzfeed.com 13. www.oflifeandlacquer.com 14. www.blog.skinowl.com 15. www.hudabeauty.com 16. www.buzzfeed.com 17. www.twitter.com 18. www.buzzfeed.com