AYW Exclusive: B.O.N.T. Going Glam Styled Shoot

The As You Wish team has been on the edge of our desk chairs, anxious to share the gasp-worthy photos from one of our favorite design schemes to date. This styled shoot, dreamt up by AYW lead planner, Rachel Burt, combines mix mirrored elements and shimmery gold decor to create a look that screams luxury. We cannot (and probably won’t, ever) get over these glitzy details- a confetti bar, an opulent table scape, mini champagne bottles…a recipe for one grandeur celebration.

We’re extra thankful to each individual that made up this dream team of vendors: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for the use of their perfectly refined space; R Love Floral Designs for her floral magic; Posh Couture Rentals for the stunning china, flatware, stemware and napkins; Delicious Cakes for the trio of metallic cakes; Bella Accento for the mirrored tables and chiavari chairs; The Tarnos for capturing these FANTASTIC photos; Stardust Celebrations for the elegant, on-trend Lazaro bridal gown, Hayley Page bolero, and Toni Federici veil; Lip Service Makeup and Stephanie Nelson Makeup & Hair; and finally, Design Roots, for the effortlessly pretty stationary and calligraphy.

Be sure to grab a copy of the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of Brides of North Texas to see these beauties in print!

 

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

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!

Real Wedding: Andemicael – Pyfrom Wedding

We love everything about this fun, colorful Eritrean As you wish… wedding! The ceremony took place at Royal Lane Baptist Church and the reception continued at The Frontiers of Flight Museum–the perfect venue to accommodate the 800-person guest count!

 

Take a look at some of the fabulous photos from the ceremony taken by Joseph Mark Photography:

 

Then it was on to the reception at the Frontiers of Flight Museum!

 

Our favorite details:

The custom groom’s suit–created for him by one of his groomsmen! Talk about talent!

 

The display of the bridal cake–we love how the beautiful tall tiers are magically floating atop a lucite table. It made such a dramatic statement!

 

And finally, the favors at each place setting and on each table–the Honey Wine, known as Mies, is a staple in Eritrean celebrations!

 

Overall, this wedding was so FUN! From the meaningful and sentimental ceremony to the delicious Eritrean dinner and rockin’ dance party, the bride, groom, and guests had a fantastic experience. We were so happy to be a part of it!

Check back soon on our Facebook page to see the rest of the photos from this wedding!

The Perfect Bridal Gown

Looking for the perfect dress for your big day? Well, at As you wish… we are aware that trends are ever changing. New York’s Bridal Fashion Week showcased many of the upcoming trends such as texture, silhouettes, and accessories.

Designers are beginning to realize their brides are more interested in a fabulous fit and softer fabrics rather than the often used taffeta. Also, soft, asymmetric draping helps to compliment the bride’s figure while eliminating the extra embellishments.


A sweetheart neckline is still the bodice of choice although many brides are beginning to also add the one shoulder trumpet shaped dress into the mix. Organza overlays, ruffled skirts, ruching, and a side gathering bodice will be featured on many of the gowns depending on the brides personality and personal preference. Texture is going to be seen through ruffles, tulle, flowers, layers, and lace. However, beading is a thing of the past and is less likely to be seen on most wedding gowns.


During New York’s Bridal Fashion Week, we saw a ton of sleeves and tiaras. Each designer had at least one of each showcased on the runway however; many designers had multiple dresses with sleeves. Many styles from the past are coming back in while wedding dresses and ceremonies are becoming more formal and conservative. When choosing a dress with sleeves, you have two options: a dress with the sleeves attached or an overlay you could remove for the reception.

Due to the Royal Wedding, we will also begin to see many tiaras. To the bride, they may resemble a jeweled mini-crown.

 

(Images courtesy of: Unique Bridal Supplies and David’s Bridal)

 

BHLDN by Anthropologie


If you have ever walked into an Anthropologie store and wished they offered its style in wedding gowns and accessories, your wish just came true! Anthropologie has its own wedding store, called BHLDN. This online collection will feature everything from heirloom quality wedding gowns to bridesmaid and party dresses, vintage-inspired jewelry, feathered headpieces and lingerie.


These dresses are to die for! And of course, there are the shoes! Everything is so sweet, stylish and beautiful.

Anthropologie doesn’t disappoint when it comes to accessories either! From jewelry to headpieces and clutches, they have you covered.


In May, BHLDN will be carrying invitations, decorations, glasses, plates and much more for your big day. You will see the same Anthropologie-essence in BHLDN, including soft colors, draping fabrics, and ruffles, florals and lace, oh my!

For more advice with all your wedding planning needs, remember to contact As you wish…!

Trend Alert: Hats off to Style


This season’s trend alert is the fabulous, boho chic, fedora! Part vintage, part modern, we love how these hats are a great complement to the wedding styles shown below. So if you’re looking for an accessory to top off the perfect wedding style, ditch the sprig of baby’s breath in your hair. Top it off with a fedora!

Melissa Sweet dresses, images from aisle dish via edyta

Your bridesmaids will love you forever if you have them wear one of these straw fedoras down the aisle! {Bonus style note: aren’t these dresses a fabulous color?} Dresses by Melissa Sweet.

We hope you enjoy this style as much as we do! If you want more style tips or need help planning your wedding day, contact us at As you wish… we’d love to help!

Upcoming Bridal Trunk Shows

Alvina Valenta

Alvina Valenta bridal gowns are known for their timeless elegance, sophistication and most especially their attention to detail. All of the dresses are finished by hand, as well as the beading and the signature hand-rolled roses. Every hem is finished with lace right down tot he petticoat hem! Alvina Valenta bridal gowns are made of the finest silks, satin shantung, and satin organza.

Show details:
September 24-26, 2010
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-4pm
Location:
Stardust Celebrations
6464 West Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75093
972.781.1916

For more Alvina Valenta gowns, visit here:

Pronovias

Pronovias gowns are decidedly feminine, designed to celebrate the female shape. Whether simply elegant, lavishly embellished or lace-covered, Pronovias gowns are constructed with the highest quality and are always fashion forward.


Show details:
September 24-26, 2010

Friday 10am-6pm

Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 12pm-4pm

Location:
Lulu’s Bridal Boutique

2728 Routh
Dallas, TX 75201
214.871.9610

For more stunning Pronovias gowns clickhere:

 

Happy weekend shopping ladies!
xoxo, As you wish…

Area-Wide Bridal Events


Brides-to-be, listen up! There are plenty of upcoming events this Fall in Dallas if you are looking for inspiration for your special day. These places are just meant to be a spring board for ideas! Contact As you wish… for more ideas and fun!

August 20-22
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bliss Bridal Salon
September 3-5
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pence & Panache
September 12
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Plano Centre

October 3
12 p.m.
Fairmont Hotel Dallas

{Photos courtesy of Brooks & Leighanne Whittington}


Carol Hannah’s Creations

You may recognize the name Carol Hannah Whitfield from season 6 of Project Runway. Even if you haven’t heard of her, it’s time to get acquainted! She’s debuted a line of bridal gowns that are to die for – inspired by her childhood in Charleston, South Carolina and influenced by a luxurious bohemian vibe, her dresses are sophisticated and sweet.

Brides check this out: Carol Hannah has a line of bridesmaids’ dresses available in a variety of colors all made of jersey knit! Comfort is probably the best gift you can give your bridesmaids in a dress {besides an affordable price tag.} With these dresses, you can have both! Check out her fabulous creations at http://www.carol-hannah.com/