by: Lauren

With simple and classic touches, and a pop of pink brought in through the floral design, Stephanie and John’s Dallas wedding was understated yet beautiful, captured by Magnolia Adams Photography.

From the first meeting with Stephanie and John, I knew these two were madly in love and so ready to celebrate! After seven years of dating, these two couldn’t wait to get married. They jumped head first into planning their beautiful summer wedding, and with about six months to make it all happen, they smartly enlisted the assistance of Chancey Charm Weddings.

With art filled walls, colorful hanging glass sculptures, and a large cavernous space, we love that Stephanie and John chose a minimal and classic design. It created a timeless look that fit the style of Dallas Museum of Art beautifully, no matter what art was being displayed. A playful pop of bright pink within the bouquets and blooms added a subtle hint of color, perfectly complementing the bridesmaids in a soft blush pink. Stephanie described her style as easygoing, simple, elegant and natural, and we love how the simple details throughout the day allowed the space to really speak for itself. Oh, and you absolutely do not want to miss Stephanie’s gorgeous reception dress!

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We love how this couple used their space within the museum, and creating a long headtable placed perfectly under the hanging blown glass artwork. By doing this, they added so much visual interest to their set-up by using the beautiful works of art that they were surrounded by.

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer: Michelle Leach of Magnolia Adams Photography // Wedding Planner: Liz Ise for Chancey Charm Weddings // Florals: A&L Floral Design // Wedding Cake: Panini Bakery // Paper Goods: Pink Champagne // Entertainment: LeForce Entertainment // Makeup: Lip Service Makeup // Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church // Reception Venue: Dallas Museum of Art



by: Lauren

A colorful and playful style was the heart behind this look in the 12 Days of Christmas Tabletops series. Bold pops of color, shimmering ornaments, and an elegant upgrade to child-like details makes this a Christmas “kids table” that we’re jumping to sit at!

Playing off the “V” formation in flight patterns of geese, Ashton Events and Treasury Rentals played with geometric shapes within the design as they hit the mark with today’s 6 Geese a Laying theme. Make sure you catch the details behind this cheerful design captured by Jenna Nicole Photography.

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Emily from Treasury Rentals:

“When deciding to incorporate geometric shapes and “V” patterns, we knew we had just the pieces! We chose our Copper Wren chargers and Copper Geometric Diamonds as the grounding pieces of decor from our collection. The Wren Chargers a modern and fun, while adding in a repeating “V” pattern, and building off this style brought us to adding in our copper flatware, standard white plates, and a pop of pink on the salad plates. Pairing our bright pink goblets tied in the varying pink hues in this playful design.”

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Laura from Ashton Events:

“An explosion of color was a fun way to make this table really stand out, and we love how easily you could create something similar for your own table for Christmas dinner, in this palette or any color pairing you prefer. Creating a centerpiece with a copper lantern filled with pink metallic and glittery bulb ornaments, paired with geometric shapes and bright yellow taper candles, we were able to create a simple and eclectic look for our table. We wanted to make sure that the pink in this design didn’t make the table feel overly feminine, and incorporating the kiwi green linen and pops of yellow created a very playful and child-like tablescape.”

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We are big fans of bright and bold colors around here, so we are obviously loving this style. Now, just if we could snag some of those macarons from Katara Confectionery that gave a pretty pop of blue on the plates.

What do you think? Would you take the leap to a colorful Christmas tabletop?

Make sure you catch all of the other looks in this series as we celebrate the countdown to Christmas Day!

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photography: Jenna Nicole Photography // Florals + Design: Ashton Events // Tabletop Rentals + Design: Treasury Rentals // Linens: Nuage Designs, Inc. // Venue: Haus 820 // Macarons: Katara Confectionery



by: Lauren

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3 Ways To Ensure Your Guests Will Have Fun At Your Wedding

Erica of Erica Sarell Weddings


Planning your wedding is a time filled with fun, excitement, researching vendors and getting information about planning a wedding (thank goodness you found ELD!). Sometimes there are too many choices, and it’s a lot to keep in mind while making decisions about your wedding day. But there is one thing that many couples want to ensure- that your guests will have fun at your wedding!

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Gone are the days when weddings revolved around the bride. Couples are investing more time planning together and by doing so, they’re more focused on providing their guests with the best memories and overall experience at their wedding. Aren’t the memories what we take away anyway? Having a guest-focused atmosphere is going to create those lifelong memories about your wedding day for everyone to fondly recall over, and over, and over again.

While I’m planning with my couples, I make a big deal about the guest experience. It’s nearly always the driving factor in my suggestions to my couples about their wedding day plans. Here are some of my suggestions to create that ultimate guest experience:

Personalization

At the core of every wedding is a couple in love. Give your guests a meaningful glimpse of your love story and what makes your love story unique. There is a good chance some of your guests aren’t as familiar with the two of you as a couple, but rather you both as individuals. Create some emotional investment from your guests by highlighting details that really define who you both are. Not only will it allow your guests to get to know you better, but they’ll experience your love in a deeper, more meaningful way.

With that said.. be authentic! If you don’t like cake, but love pie, have a bunch of pies instead of a cake! Would you rather eat a quiet dinner and enjoy some after dinner lounging? Great! Skip the loud dance party and have a lounge instead! There aren’t any rules when it comes to what you need to do for your wedding, so do what you want!

 

Good day-of event flow

Having an artfully mapped out wedding day is essential in keeping your guests happy and engaged in your celebration. Hiring an experienced and capable wedding planner to keep the festivities rolling (and on time!) will ensure your wedding day moves smoothly and effortlessly. Your guests will be along for the ride, enjoying every moment. A few ways you can ensure good day-of event flow:

*Keep cocktail hour manageable for your guests, not longer than an hour and a half.

*Some couples are even prioritizing guests’ entertainment by hiring a photo booth or a caricature artist. Having something interactive will keep your guests entertained and having fun, as well as give them something to take away with them.

*Feed your guests on time- do you best to not run late, especially when it comes to dinner service. A hangry guest is not one who is going to remember your day fondly.

*Arrange for your toasts and formalities to be short and sweet. Your guests won’t want to sit through 30 minutes of speeches, and they lose interest (and get antsy) when you play the entire song during your Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, and First Dances. A sweet glimpse of all these traditional things, will keep your guests satisfied and feeling the love of the day without causing boredom.

*Don’t wait too long to cut the cake. Make sure it’s close enough to dinner so that some of your elder (or really young) guests can have a bite of cake before heading home.

 

Hire the right staff

Looking to save some money in your budget? Staffing should never be an area to cut. If you don’t have enough servers to service your guests throughout dinner, they’ll be frustrated. Think about going to a restaurant- no one likes to be waiting on service, so why make them wait at your wedding? Same is true of course for the bar. You want to be sure to hire the right ratio of guests to bartender. Your guests don’t want long lines to grab a beverage, so do them a favor and make sure they can get a drink in a timely fashion so they can get back out on the dance floor!

If you need chairs moved, or a space flipped for the reception, make sure you have made arrangements for catering staff, or your wedding planners, to move those items for you and your guests. Your guests, while I know they’d be happy to help, would much rather enjoy celebrating instead of getting dirty from moving chairs.

 

While there aren’t any must do’s for your wedding, these are just some simple things to keep in mind that will make your guests comfortable, invested and having FUN at your wedding. Create those everlasting memories and elevate your wedding to the status of “Remember [INSERT YOUR NAMES HERE] wedding? It was the BEST wedding we’ve been to!”

 

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by: Lauren

The intimate wedding has grown in popularity for good reason; it can be less stressful for the bride and groom, provide a more affordable option for those wanting a beautiful fete for a smaller price tag, and perhaps most of all, because it creates a quieter, more thoughtful atmosphere for sentimental, and in this occasion, gorgeously located nuptials.

The inspiration for this shoot came from Brianne Wright, owner of Diamonds & Dos Bridal Hair. For years, Brianne dreamed of a simple, lakeside bohemian shoot in her home state of Missouri. After coming across the perfect dress from Forever 21, she knew it was time to make this vision a reality. Along with this team of incredible talent, the idea of a free-spirited, colorful, and floral-based ceremony and reception came to life. While Missouri may not be known for it’s bohemian vibe, the team hoped to show both local brides and readers beyond, that with the right styling and location, an elopement can be anything your heart desires.

Shea Brianne Photography captured the intensity of the colors and design that came together for this intimate celebration. We love that this team took a handful of bohemian style elements to run with in this design rather than being overwhelmed with details that didn’t carry any meaning. Events by Social Graces worked to style the details to create a beautiful and colorful story that felt intentional and purposeful. From the floral sandals and the charcuterie spread on the raw edged wood table, to the colorful patterned blankets and throws that separated this space, we love the thoughtfulness of how this look came together.

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Such a beautiful and bold style with deep pops of burgundy, and we love how the florals from He Loves Me Flowers created so much depth and warmth with the organic arrangements and blooms in the most perfect places.

This is great evidence that the right floral style can have a huge impact on the overall design of a wedding. What floral style are you most drawn to?

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer: Shea Brianne Photography // Invitation Suite: Tabor MADE // Makeup: Nikki Smith // Dress: Forever 21 // Coordination and Styling: Events by Social Graces //
Florals: He Loves Me Flowers // Hair: Diamonds & Dos