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Thank you to all of our Bliss preferred vendors for contributing your talents to make this another amazing issue.

ANGELA SIMS founder / publisher / graphic designer

NATASHA WALKER associate publisher / editor / graphic designer

CAT JENNINGS website + social media director

BECOME A PREFERRED VENDOR We love playing matchmaker! Bliss offers several print and online only advertising opportunities to connect vendors to our readers. For information and a media kit email info@iloveblissmagazine.com

GET FEATURED We are looking for remarkable weddings proposals, and bridal showers. If you have an event or styled shoot that you’d like for us to consider, please go to blissbridalmagazine.com and use our submissions tab.

BRIDAL SHOWS We produce two bridal shows per year, one in Temple every January and one in Waco every June. Each new issue is launched at the beginning of each bridal show. This maximizes the exposure for our Bliss Wedding Pros featured within these pages and brides are able to put a face to each company that fall in love while using this guide as their wedding planning tool. To become a vendor at our next event, visit blissbridalbash.com

ON THE COVER Photographer | Neva Michelle Photography Dress | Main Street Bridal Beauty | Diana Marie Makeup Artistry Flowers | Woods Flowers Rentals | Pendley Party Productions Venue | The Grove on Brushy Creek


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bridal show

FOR THE MODERN BRIDE

We know how it is. When the euphoria of the engagement begins to fade, you’re struck by a flutter of panic: “I need to plan the wedding!” Suddenly, the mountain of decisions that requires your personal attention seems like a daunting task. Relax! This is the fun part! Our annual Bliss Bridal Show is a fun and effective way to plan your wedding! There is no better way to shop and compare wedding services, ideas and inspirations than at an event that showcases wedding pros all in one place! All photos from event / Shelly Taylor Photography

A bridal show not only provides information and ideas for wedding planning, but is also a great way to spend a day with your wedding party, family and fiancé focusing on you and your special day. Show discounts, door prizes, samples, free magazines, food tastings, photo ops, demonstrations, entertainment and fashion shows are an added bonus to attending bridal shows. To make the most of these events, here are some tips every bride should know before you go. . . .

CR E AT E A WE D D I N G E M A I L A D D R E S S A wedding email address will help you keep all of your wedding planning information together in one account.

P R E -P U R CH AS E YO U R T I CK E T S Why wait in line? Not to mention, day of tickets are more expensive to help cover staff at the check-in counter. In todays world, capacity is also an issue with Covid regulations, that there are only so many tickets available. Do yourself a favor and pre-purchase tickets before the event!

P R E -M A K E L A B E L S Most vendors have show specials or contests, to make it easier, pre-make address labels with your name, email address, phone number and mailing address to save time writing your information at each booth.

TA K E A LOT O F P H OTO S A N D NOT E S If you love a vendor, be sure to take a photo of their booth and their business card. You will see a lot of vendors that day and it will help you remember which ones you loved the most!

B E P R E PA R E D TO B O O K O N T H E S P OT Most wedding vendors have day-of show specials and this is the perfect time to save a lot of money on your wedding day! Be prepared to put down deposits or pay for services at the show if you love a vendor!

E N T E R I N TO R A F F L E S All bridal shows have raffles, but not all are made equal. At Bliss Bridal Bash, every bride that enters, wins at least (1) prize which can range anywhere from a free wedding dress to a certificate for 25% off your wedding venue. These raffles are meant to help you plan and save so take advantage!

G R O O M S A R E E N CO U R AG E D TO AT T E ND It takes two to say “I DO”, so make your groom a part of these fun decisions. Trust us- he won’t be the only male in the room. Grooms attend this show every year and they are always afraid they will be the only guy there. But we promise they will have just as much fun as you! (Or they will at least love the food!)


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BUDGET BREAKDOWN

BEHIND THE APPOINTMENT

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WATERFRONT ELEGANCE

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SPRING SOIREE

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BLUE BOHEMIAN

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SPRING FLING

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VE N U E The G ro v e o n B r ush y Cree k F LORA L Wo o d s Fl o w e r s RE N TA LS Pe n d l e y Pa rt y Pro d uc ti o ns D RE SS M a i n S t ree t Br i d al B E AUTY D i a n a M a ri e M a ke up A r ti str y

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CAPTURING YOUR WEDDING DAY

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HAVE YOUR CAKE & EAT IT TOO!

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CHOOSE YOUR BLOOMS

CATERING 101

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GETTING REAL WITH RENTALS

THE SUITE LIFE

M O R E F E AT U R E S 111

FINDING THE PERFECT BEAUTY TEAM

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MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

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REAL WEDDING FEATURES

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planning 12 + MONTHS

TIMELINE

9-11 MONTHS

6-8 MONTHS

O Announce your engagement

O Book your ceremony + reception site

O Register for gifts

O Having an engagement party? Set the date, make a guest list, and send out invites.

O Book your officiant, priest or minister

O Plan the ceremony with your officiant

O Choose your wedding party and

O Take engagement pictures

O Decide your style + color palette O Create your wedding budget O Choose a wedding date and time O Book your ceremony & reception site O Create your guest list O Create your wedding website O Book any priority vendors O Choose a wedding planner

decide on roles for other important family and friends

O Book your caterer and begin thinking about your reception menu

O Say “Yes to the Dress”

O Begin planning your honeymoon O Research hair and makeup artists O Meet with and book a cake vendor O Decide on your bridesmaids’ dresses

O Finalize your guest list

O Block out hotel rooms for guests

O Hire a photographer & videographer

O Order & send save-the-dates

O Hire Musicans/DJ’s

O Plan the rehearsal dinner

O Hire your Florist

O Order your invitations

O Book your Rental Company

O Create a menu with your caterer O Be sure your bridesmaids have ordered their dresses

4-5 MONTHS

3-4 MONTHS

2 MONTHS

O Finalize the floral proposal

O Choose accessories for wedding party

O Send out your wedding invitations

O Decide on attire for the guys

O Schedule facials, haircuts,

O Work on the ceremony programs

O Book a calligrapher O Finalize your rentals O Make honeymoon reservations and be sure your passports are current

and root touch ups

O Attend prewedding counseling O Browse for and buy wedding rings O Decide on wedding favors

O Have your bachelorette party O Buy your veil, shoes, & accessories O Decide on your something old, new, borrowed, and blue

O Address the invitations

O Book transportation

O Arrange for child care for reception

O Book your wedding night

O Confirm the delivery date of your dress and schedule fittings

O Figure out what is needed for your

O Book the rehearsal dinner location

O Celebrate at your bridal shower

O Check on hotel reservations and block

accommodations

and finalize the menu

O Decide on ceremony readings and

marriage license

out more rooms if needed

reach out to those you want involved

O Attend your first dress fitting

O Start writing your vows

O Schedule hair and makeup trial

O Come up with your reception song

lists for must-play and do-not-play songs

appointments for about a month before the wedding

O Get started on thank you notes for the gifts already received


1 MONTH BEFORE

2-3 DAYS BEFORE

O Call guests who have not returned their RSVP yet

O Confirm transportation to the airport

O Attend the final tasting and finalize the menu with the caterer

O Gather your wedding day

O Finalize the ceremony

O Get your dress steamed

O Finalize the ceremony programs

O Prepare thank you gifts for parents

O Send rehearsal dinner invitations O Write down a day-of schedule O Plan night-before activities with friends

O Purchase gifts for parents & each other

Neva Michelle Photography | Wood Flowers | Lily’s Cakes Pendley Party Productions | The Grove on Brushy Creek

for your honeymoon emergency kit

and bridal party with special thank you notes

O Touch base with ceremony and reception venues

O Decide on order of bridesmaids and groomsmen

O Hand of place cards to caterer or

1-2 WEEKS BEFORE O Map out the seating chart and give it to the caterer, manager, and planner

whoever will be arranging them

O Confirm with your florist that they

received your correct floral order and knows where and when the flowers will be delivered

O Provide the caterer, cake vendor, and reception venue with the final head count. Be sure to include vendors who will receive a meal

O Confirm the locations and pickup

O Give the reception site manager a list of necessities from other vendors such as table for DJ, set up area for the florist, etc.

O Confirm the toasts with your bridal

times with the transportation company party and family

O Create escort cards O Confirm transportation arrangements for the wedding day

O Shop and pack for the honeymoon O Confirm final payments, details, and delivery times with each vendor

O Write out wedding toasts O Break in your wedding shoes O Attend your final dress fitting O Pack overnight bag for wedding night O Give a honeymoon itinerary to close family and friends

DAY BEFORE O Get your manicure and pedicure O Bring ceremony accessories to the site O Have your ceremony rehearsal O Provide the officiant with your marriage license O Have your rehearsal dinner O Give the bridal party their gifts at the rehearsal dinner O Review hair and makeup schedule with the bridesmaids

O Put final payments & tips for vendors in labeled envelopes & give to a designated person to distribute on wedding day

O Provide a must-take photography and videography list to your photographer and videographer

O Apply for a marriage license together O Provide song list to the DJ or musician O Get final haircut & hair color touch up O Arrange airport pickups for close

family members and guests who will not be renting a car

WEDDING DAY O Give parents and each other your gifts O Give the best man and/or maid of honor your wedding rings O Give your father or best man the officiant’s fee envelope to be handed out after the ceremony O Give wedding invitation suite, ring box, garter, wedding jewelry and anything special you want in your flat lay to your photographer

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BUDGET BREAKDOWN It’s important to determine who is contributing to the wedding cost and how much you have to spend from day one. “Expensive” and “stressful” might be two things that come to mind when you think of wedding budget planning, but they don’t have to be. No matter your budget, with the right planning, organization, and budgeting tips this process can be as easy as saying “I Do.”

cost considerations GUEST LIST Like it or not, each person you invite has a price tag. From catering, alcohol, cake, stationery, rentals, and flowers, each person you invite plays a role in these costs. Obviously there is a catering, drink and cake slice cost, but also consider tables, chairs, linens and centerpieces for these extra seats. Each person will also require a save-the-date, a wedding invitation, RSVP and the stamp to mail it. These things seem small, but they really do add up. DATE + TIME

Saturday weddings will always be the most expensive day of the week. If you are looking to cut back costs on your venue, try picking a Friday or Sunday. You could also consider the time of day you host your wedding. A brunch or afternoon reception is less expensive on catering than a formal evening dinner.

OTHER ALTERNATIVES If a wedding planner is not in the budget, consider a day of coordinator that is about half of the cost. Instead of a groomsmans cake, can your grandmother make your fiance’s favorite pie and create a DIY pie bar? Get creative when you can, but the last thing you want is a #pinterestfail, so be smart and know when its time to leave it to the professionals. Do not ruin your big day to save a few bucks.

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WEDDING STYLE The more casual the affair, the less expensive your overall design will need to be. A rustic themed wedding in a barn can easily get away with BBQ or a food truck. A glam formal affair, not so much. Consider your style when thinking about budget. RECONSIDER DIY

Today, more than ever brides love to handcraft their wedding details. However, in terms of budget, keep in mind that the DIY is not always the least expensive, especially when a project requires you to buy tools or supplies that can only be bought in bulk.

So many times we see brides that want to buy their own linens online, only to later realize the quality is not the same, the time and frustration to steam them before the wedding and the cost to clean them after. By the time you went through all of the headache, you are only saving a few bucks (maybe) and then you are left with a pile of linens you will never end up using again. The same frustrations are seen when buying bigger rental pieces, DIY silk flowers, DIY invitations, centerpieces and more. Think about all of the steps before you consider DIYing or buying things yourself. In the end you could be spending the same if not more. Also, you may realize the time and stress is not worth the few extra dollars.


W H O P AY S ? Before you start creating your budget, you will need to figure out who will be contributing. Those who pay will also have a say in how much you have to spend. In modern society, a lot of couples are paying out of pocket for their own wedding. However, there are many brides who like the idea of a traditional wedding budget where families are also involved. Below is the budget breakdown for both the bride and groom’s families traditional expenses.

bride’s side

• Reception cost such as venue, food, beverage, decorations, rentals, and music • Wedding Planner or Day of Coordinator • Bride’s dress, veil and accessories • Bride’s hair and makeup • Stationery (invitations, announcements, postage, thank you notes, wedding programs, other paper elements) • Photographer and Videographer • Ceremony costs: Music, officiants, rentals, decor etc • Floral arrangements for ceremony and reception, bouquets and corsages for bridesmaids and flower girl and groom’s boutonniere • Transportation of bridal party to and from ceremony and reception

groom’s side • Bride’s rings and wedding bands • Alcohol for the reception • Honeymoon, including transportation to airport • Wedding gift for the bride • Marriage license • Groomsman gifts • Bride’s bouquet and going-away corsage, boutonnieres for men (other than the groom), and corsages for mothers and grandmothers • Officiant’s fee • Groom’s attire • Travel and lodging expenses for groom’s parents • Rehearsal dinner

• Groom’s wedding ring

• Wedding gift for the newlyweds

• Bridesmaid and other bridal party gifts

• Bachelor’s party

• Wedding gift for the groom • All tips (waitstaff, band or DJ, photographer, parking attendants, etc.) • Bridesmaid luncheon

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CHEAPER PHOTOGRAPHER

If you need to cut your budget somewhere, the last place you want to do it on is your photography. The amateur photographer friend or the lady who got a camera for Christmas and now says she is a wedding photographer may take great photos, but a professional wedding photographer will know the exact details to capture, proper lighting for your venue, and know how to maximize their shooting time around a wedding schedule. These images will be all that you have to look back on your wedding day, so make the investment!

NO PLANNER OR COORDINATOR Your family and friends have looked forward to the day that you walked down the aisle and the last thing you want to do is take that moment from them by adding the stress of also being your wedding planner. If a full wedding planner is not in your budget, make room at minimal for a Day Of Coordinator. A Day of Coordinator will help with vendors, setting up your wedding, make sure that your wedding runs smoothly and handle any issues that arise. This will help ensure that you and your family and friends can enjoy the day stress free.

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WEDDING VENDOR PRICING GUIDE Let us start off by saying that vendor pricing varies - after all, they’re based not only on the final product delivered but on years of experience, level of artistry, amenities, services included, and much more. We don’t find “average” budget percentages very helpful, but instead of going in blind, we wanted to give brides a starting point of what to expect when booking wedding vendors in Central Texas.

BAR

VENUE RANGE: $1,200-$10,000 and up VARIABLES: How big the venue is, the amenities, if tables and

RANGE: $1,500-$8,000 and up VARIABLES: Type of alcohol, how many guests you have, how

chairs are included, how many days/hours are needed, all-inclusive packages, on-site lodging, and more.

many bartenders you will need, how many security guards are required based on your guest count.

PLANNER

DJ

RANGE: $1,000-$2,500 and up for day-of coordination $2,500-$10,000 and up for full-service planning and design

RANGE: $1,200-$3,000 and up VARIABLES: Time spent with you, equipment cost,

VARIABLES: Hours spent working with you before the wedding and on the day of, staffing, hours spent working on any design elements, and materials for any design elements.

set up and breakdown of equipment, time of wedding day, set design, lighting, etc.

DRESS + ACCESSORIES

RANGE: $600-$3,000 and up VARIABLES: Materials being used, the items you want,

RANGE: $800-$6,000 and up VARIABLES: Materials of dress, brand, detail, alterations, veil

or no veil, shoes, undergarments, and more.

CATERING RANGE: $12-$75 per person and up VARIABLES: Cost of food, staffing, amount of food, type of

food, utensils, plates, rentals, set up, and clean up.

STATIONERY + SIGNAGE such as save-the-dates, RSVP cards, detail cards, wedding invitations, bridal shower invitations, envelope liners, gold foil details, handwritten addresses, calligraphy, seating charts, place cards, postage, and more.

CAKE BAKER RANGE: $2-$10 per slice and up VARIABLES: The complexity of the design, if its buttercream

or fondant, type of cake, type of icing, and delivery.

FLORIST RANGE: $2,500-$25,000 and up VARIABLES: Wholesale flowers, types of flowers, centerpiece

vases, ribbon, shipping, personnel, delivery, time spent meeting with you, design time, rentals, processing materials, number of centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages.

PHOTOGRAPHER RANGE: $2,500-$10,000 and up VARIABLES: Hours of coverage, second shooter or assistant

HAIR STYLIST RANGE: $100-$250 and up for bride, $75-$125 and up for others VARIABLES: Trial Run, Bridals, Staffing, supplies, time on

wedding day and travel fees.

MAKEUP ARTIST RANGE: $75-$250 for bride, $50-$125 for others VARIABLES: Trial Run, Bridals, Staffing, supplies, time on

wedding day and travel fees.

fee, film, film processing, albums, prints, engagement or bridal sessions.

CEREMONY OFFICIANT

VIDEOGRAPHER

RANGE: $0-$500 and up ( some pastors and priests will not charge, but a $100 tip is what we recommend at minimal)

RANGE: $2,500-$10,000 and up VARIABLES: Hours of coverage, multiple videographers,

drones, and post-production time.

RENTALS RANGE: $1,500-$30,000 and up VARIABLES: Time spent with you, equipment cost,

VARIABLES: Time spent meeting with you, time spent writing a ceremony and message, and travel time.

TRANSPORTATION RANGE: $500-$2,000 and up VARIABLES: Type of vehicle, how many vehicles, mileage,

and more.

set up and breakdown of equipment, time on the wedding day, set design, lighting, etc.

SIDE NOTE

Some services may be cheaper or more expensive depending on your variables. Hiring a wedding planner will help you maximize where every dollar is spent and to get the most out of your wedding budget.


F I N D I N G , N E G OT I AT I N G , AND HIRING VENDORS FINDING YOUR VENDORS Some of the best recommendations can come from the people you know and trust, but not always. Have you ever recommended someone, and it didn’t go well? Don’t just rely on your friend’s one experience. Do your research, ask your vendors, read reviews, look at more of their work in magazines, social media, and attend local bridal shows. Wedding magazines and blogs can be a wealth of vendor leads in several different ways. Search for real weddings or editorials and reach out to anyone whose work you love. Check to see if there is a vendor directory, a hand-picked selection of vendors that have been vetted in some way. Our vendors have been hand-selected by our publisher based on vendor recommendations, reviews, and real bride’s feedback. If you love a publication, chances are you’ll love the vendors they feature! Bridal shows are a great way to meet vendors in person, taste catering, sample desserts and see rentals first hand. Photographers and wedding planners are two important vendors that you will be spending a lot of time with on your wedding day. Bridal shows are a great way to talk to them face to face and make sure the two of you hit it off!

NEGOTIATING WITH VENDORS If a vendor asks you what your budget is, be honest. They are not trying to scam you; they are trying to work with you. If you don’t know your exact budget, a range is fine. This will help them get an idea of what to present to you that fits within your budget or to let you know right off the bat that they may not be a good fit due to budget. If you have a budget of $1,500 for photography and the photographer’s lowest package is $3,000, there is no reason to waste either of your time. So what do you do if a vendor is out of your budget? Vendors have set their prices with careful thought, so it’s unreasonable to expect them to lower their standard pricing without giving up something in return. It’s also not fair to ask them to price match or mention that another vendor is cheaper. They set their prices based on experience, education, overhead, labor, material and general business costs. Remember you get what you pay for! If the price quoted is beyond your budget and you really want to work with them, see if you can deduct something from what they present. Maybe that is choosing a less expensive flower for your floral arrangements, reducing the hours of coverage, or not doing an envelope liner in that fancy stationery suite you couldn’t live without.

HIRING VENDORS We wouldn’t recommend hiring any other vendor (unless it’s a wedding planner) before you’ve signed and booked your venue. Your location will dictate the style, travel fees, and the hours included in the rental. It will also let you know, if you will need tables or chair rentals unless they are a part of your venue package. Don’t be in a rush to hire the first vendor you find or hire someone just because you know them. While sometimes this can work out, there have been times we have seen a relationship and a wedding ruined over hiring a friend. Just because your cousin got a new camera doesn’t make them a wedding photographer. Just because your college BFF decided to watch a YouTube video on using fondant doesn’t make her a professional wedding cake artist. Ensure that whoever you are hiring -friend or not, has the experience and reviews to back up their work. Angel Owens Photography | Heavenly Weddings | Old Bethany

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You have a shiny new ring. You have your Pinterest board. Now what? It’s time to build that dream team! We’ve done the hard work for you and compiled all of the BEST vendors in Central Texas, now it’s up to you to select the vendors that fit your vision. Inside you will find planning tips, guidelines, questions to ask, information on each wedding vendor and more. This planner is meant to be used and referenced often. Whether you are planning a small intimate gathering or an over-the-top affair, get your notebook ready, grab a glass of wine and start envisioning how these pros can help make your day happen just the way you envisioned!

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WEDDING DRESS BASICS 101 At some point as a little girl, you dreamed of what your wedding dress would look like. You pictured yourself walking down the aisle wearing a big white gown like you’ve seen in the movies, marrying your prince charming. But picking “The Dress” is much more than that. Not to make you nervous or anything, but this is pretty much the one time you can be certain all eyes will be on you. And you’ll probably spend more on whatever it is you decide to wear than you have on any outfit you will ever own. Making sure your dream dress compliments your body shape, fits the style of your wedding as well as your budget isn’t as simple as those movies made it seem. Wedding-dress shopping comes with its own language, and the more you know about what types of silhouettes, neckline, and shades of white might flatter you, the easier finding your dream dress will be.

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Are you getting married in the hot Texas summer months or are you planning a winter soiree? One of the first steps of wedding dress shopping is setting a date so you can find a gown that’s fit for the season. For example, you’ll likely want a light and airy gown, one made with chiffon, if you’re marrying in warmer weather. On the other hand you’ll want a heavier fabric, such as satin, for colder temps. As a rule of thumb, consider the temperature on your wedding day when selecting material. Your venue plays a big role in how to shop for a wedding dress because your overall bridal look should be cohesive with your venue style. For example an ballroom calls for a different dress code than, say, a rustic ranch or even an urban loft. If you’re getting married at a house of worship, check with your ceremony officiant to find out whether there are any attire guidelines, such as covering your shoulders. The last thing you’ll want to do is fall in love with a wedding dress that is way over budget. Come up with a number that you’re willing to spend and stick to it. That way you can tell the bridal salon right away how much you’re able to spend on that dream wedding dress. Trust us- you’re better off not trying on gowns outside your price range. You’ll either end up falling in love and being disappointed by every other dress you see (even if they’re just as beautiful) or you’ll blow your budget and have to cut somewhere else down the line. Decide which wedding dress silhouette you’re looking for before you step into any bridal salons. Think about what styles look best on you, and which ones you prefer—form-fitting trumpet gowns, or more forgiving A-lines? Remember, not all silhouettes look best on all body types. No matter how beautiful a gown, it won’t look good f it doesn’t suit your body shape. Your bridal gown and your bridesmaids’ dresses need to highlight your best features while camouflaging any less than perfect areas. Having your preferred silhouettes and shapes in mind before your appointments will really allow you to shop for a wedding dress like an expert. You’ll notice we said partner - not your entire bridal party. Taking someone with you when you shop for your wedding gown is crucial but limit the amount of people as too many opinions can become more stressful than helpful. Most brides shop with their mother and/or maid of honor. It’s also a good idea to take someone with a similar sense of style so you won’t constantly be disagreeing. Now that you’re so well-versed in bridal speak, you’re ready to go out and use it. Be prepared to shop early- nine to twelve months before the wedding. Most wedding dresses are custom-made, which means they need to be ordered well in advance so the manufacturer or designer has time to create the dress (it can take six to eight months, though some designers can do it in less) and you have time or multiple fittings.

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GEORGIO’S BRIDAL

GEORGIO’S BRIDAL 510 Lake Air Dr, Waco, TX 76710 (254) 772-0265 | georgiosbridal@gmail.com

Georgio’s is celebrating its 18th year! They are a proud familyowned and operated business catering to your whole wedding party, including tuxedos. Georgio’s pride themselves on their customer service and individual attention to details from your gown, the accessories, and even through your alteration appointments. Brides travel from across Texas and all over the United States to enjoy the experience, diverse, and beautiful selection from some of their exclusive Central Texas designers. Whatever your budget, Georgio’s can almost always accommodate. Book your appointment now with their easy online scheduling. Choose from a classic appointment to a VIB offering cupcakes, strawberries, and champagne. Follow them on all media platforms. Georgio’s hopes to see you soon!

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BE HI ND T H E A PPOINTME NT: SH O P P I N G FOR YOUR DR E A M D R ESS Wedding gown salons like Georgio’s Bridal and Main Street Bridal sell madeto-order, designer wedding dresses and are the most traditional places to shop. They’ll carry collections from a wide variety of designers with a large variety of styles and options to choose from. You can expect full service (a salesperson well versed in the world of wedding gowns helping you), and your dress is going to be custom-ordered and altered to fit you. You can also buy bridal accessories such as veils and headpieces, shoes, earrings, necklaces and more! At a salon, a specific salesperson (sometimes called a “bridal consultant”) will be assigned to help you. You will work with this person every time you come into the store and after you buy the dress (for alterations, etc.). A bridal consultant will ask you questions about the type of wedding you’re having such as style, formality and how you envision yourself looking. They will discuss what kind of dresses will flatter your body type, height, and weight. Then she’ll bring you dresses to try on.

QUESTIONS TO ASK 1. How long will the dress take to come in and can it be rushed if needed? 2. Can I see fabric samples so I’ll know the exact color I’m ordering? 3. Manufacturer/designer name, and style number 4. Exact color ordered (white, ivory, champagne) 5. What is the full price including any additional fees? 6. What is the size ordered and/or detailed measurements? 7. What is the actual date the dress will be in? 8. What is the deposit amount required? 9. Special order requests and costs (tape sleeves, chance bodice, etc.)

DRESS FITTINGS Every wedding dress needs alterations. Alterations can be as simple as taking in the waist a bit and hemming the dress, shortening the sleeves, taking in the bodice, or even adding beading or lace. Most bridal salons do alterations in-house, but if they don’t , chances are the bridal consultant you’ve been working with can recommend a good seamstress. Bring your wedding-day undergarments and shoes to all your fittings. A simple bra switch or change in heel height can cause your dress to fit very differently. You’ll probably have at least two or three fittings, though more may be necessary. You’ll want to do your first fitting six weeks before the wedding day and your second one a month before. The final fitting typically takes place one or two weeks before the wedding day when you pick up your gown and try it on one final time to adjust for any last-minute weight fluctuations. During the fittings, speak up if you see something you don’t like. Now is your chance. If there’s a problem, continue to schedule fittings until you’re completely satisfied. When the day of your final fitting arrives, ask your mom and maid of honor to come along so they can learn how to bustle your dress and help you get dressed.

10. Other costs (pressing/steaming, delivery, cleaning) 11. Alterations estimate, specifying what type of alterations it covers. 12. What is the future payment schedule? 13. When is the balance due? 14. What is the Cancellation and refund policies?

“Finding “The” gown starts with finding the right silhouette. Silhouettes dictate how gowns fit and flatter a body, so you will want to start by knowing which shape will look best on you. ” - Belva Harvey, Georgio’s Bridal

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MAIN STREET BRIDAL

MAIN STREET BRIDAL 100 N Main St, Belton, TX 76513 (254) 613-5191 | mainstbridal@gmail.com

Main Street Bridal is a full service boutique located in the Historic District of Downtown Belton. The magic begins with a smile and “welcome to our boutique.” At Main Street Bridal Boutique, they strive to give you an experience of a lifetime when purchasing your dream wedding gown. “ We are proud to boast that we have one of the most experienced bridal seamstress in Central Texas. Alterations are not included in the price of the gown and are not performed in-store. Our experienced seamstress will happily meet with you at our boutique to discuss alteration charges and estimates and will deliver your gown to our boutique.” At Main Street Bridal, you will find fabulous dresses for your bridesmaids, junior bridesmaids, flower girls, mothers, and tuxedos for the special man in your life. They also offer an array of simple to heirloom quality jewelry pieces to choose from, including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, veils and shoes. Main Street Bridal is committed to being the bridal salon that offers the best service and value in a boutique environment.

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W E D D I N G P L A N N E R V S . C O O R D I N ATO R Planning, organizing, and designing every aspect of your big day will take a lot of timing, organization skills, and talent. The key to a successful, stress-free, wedding is hiring the right vendors. Wedding planners and coordinators play a huge role in how your day will be executed. From setting up a realistic wedding budget, helping with floor plans, finding the best vendors, coordinating setups and deliveries, managing the wedding day, creating a timeline and so much more. Executing a wedding takes exceptional skill, and although you may throw the best dinner parties, when it comes to one of the biggest events of your life, hiring a wedding planner or coordinator is a must in our book!

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Planners take the guesswork out of the process, making planning a wedding as seamless and smooth as possible. A planner will keep track of your budget and handle the logistics. Some planners also provide design or styling services, helping with the creative specifics of your wedding day as well as the logistics. Below are a few wedding planner duties you can expect.

A wedding coordinator is logistically focused, but on a shorter timeline than a planner. They usually begin helping you prepare a month before the wedding and are the point on contact on the wedding day. Coordinators make sure that everything is in order, nothing is forgotten, and you’re free to enjoy your wedding day. Below are a few coordinator duties you can expect.

1. Puts in 80 to 250 hours

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2. Helps create and maximize your wedding budget

2. Meets with you four to eight weeks before the wedding to get a handle on what you’ve planned thus far

3. Creates a overall plan for your big day 4. Pairing you with the best vendors in the area 5. Negotiates contracts, schedules, and attends all vendor meetings 6. Reading over all of your vendor contracts to make sure everything is correct 7. Creating detailed timelines and floor plans 8. Manages the rehearsal 9. Managing the wedding day, coordinating your other vendors with setup, breakdown and deliveries

3. Checks in with your vendors to review the signed contracts and confirm logistics 4. Creates detailed timelines and floor plans 5. Completes a final walk-through of the ceremony and reception sites 6. Addresses any overlooked details 7. Manages the rehearsal 8. Oversees everything on the wedding day

10. Handling any emergencies without you knowing so that you can enjoy a stress free day

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BENNET EVENTS (361) 813-1488 | info@bennetevents.com Bennet Events works on ensuring each individual event is uniquely different from everyone else. We want our clients to write and create their own stories by, in turn, helping them design and coordinate their own milestones through live events. Each individual lives and celebrates differently, so each occasion should be unique in its own way. Whether it be for love, work gatherings, or even just exciting news, one cannot have too large a party.

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C E L E B R AT I O N S W E D D I N G P L A N N I N G 893 East, FM93, Temple, TX 765028 (254) 314-2415 | info@celebrationsshoppe.com Celebrations Wedding Planning and Event Rentals provides only the best quality wedding & event rentals to Central Texas! Visit their showroom in Temple, and chat with one of their highly experienced design consultants or certified wedding planners. They offer everything you need to throw the event of a lifetime. Rentals include tablecloths, specialty linens, custom-made archways, unique centerpieces, tables, chairs, and more! Celebrations is ready to make your wedding, corporate event, baby shower, or any other occasion a huge success!

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CMDESIGNS (254) 709-9514 | caitlin.cmdesigns@gmail.com CMDesigns is a wedding and event planning company specializing in thorough and informative planning and seamless day-of coordination. With over 10 years of experience, CMDesigns offers honest and insightful vendor recommendations, help with budgeting, full-service design help, and so much more! Their love for weddings stemmed from a love for design. They want to help with designing every couple’s dream wedding. CMDesigns pays special attention to every detail and loves mixing in a little of the couple’s story and personality. With the understanding that every couple is different and unique, there are no cookiecutter weddings! Perfectly capturing a couple’s unique personality among all the wedding decor is what this company lives for! CMDESIGNSWEDDINGS.COM Shelly Taylor Photography

H E A V E N LY W E D D I N G S hello@heavenlyweddingstx.com Heavenly Weddings is your premier wedding planning service specializing in the Central Texas area. Planning your wedding isn’t easy to do alone. They are passionate about weddings and building personal relationships with each couple to create beautiful, timeless weddings. They know just how stressful wedding planning can be. From finding the best vendors, perfecting your vision, and sticking to your budget, they will keep the stress out of your special day. Heavenly Weddings will make wedding planning as fun and as effortless for you and your family as possible. If you’re looking for someone you can trust with the big and small parts of your biggest day, all while doing it in style, then you’re in the right place!

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KARLA MCNEILL EVENTS (254) 458-9334 | karla.mcneill@yahoo.com A Central Texas wedding and special event company with over 20 years of wedding industry experience. Karla McNeill Events understands what goes into making a successful event! They offer various services from Mini Planning Sessions & Month of Coordination to Full-Service Planning and Design. With a specialty in design, Karla McNeill Events’ passion lies in all the details, creating beautiful and memorable events for each of their clients. “You don’t always have to have an extravagant budget to have a beautiful wedding; it’s about having the right team,” Karla says. With 12 years of experience in floral design, 5 years in event rentals, 2 years in catering, and hundreds of weddings under her belt, it’s safe to say, Karla understands the logistics of an event inside and out. She has the team to make your wedding dreams a reality! KARLAMCNEILLEVENTS.COM Christina Carroll Photography

WAT S O N W E D D I N G S & E V E N T S info@watsonweddings.com Watson Weddings is a wedding planning and coordination service. They provide 3 main packages ranging from Month of Coordination to Full-Service planning but don’t strictly stick to those. Every bride is unique in their own way, and they want to make sure they provide unique service. To make sure each bride gets exactly what they need and are looking for in a planner, they can customize something special for you and your big day!

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Weddings by Shauna specializes in translating your vision of your wedding day into a magical reality! Their company was born out of a desire to cater to couples who want a highly personalized, upscale, and unique wedding planning experience. They will be there every step of the way to help you choose the right vendors, work closely with those vendors and assist you with design, details, timelines, and the creation of exclusive touches for your wedding! Weddings by Shauna truly believes that it is not just how your wedding looks….it is how your wedding feels! It is their belief that from the first meeting to your wedding day, your experience should be creative, fun, and stress-free! WEDDINGSBYSHAUNA.COM Brandon & Lindsay Lutz Photography

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FINDING THE PERFECT VENUE Picking a wedding venue is a big deal. It’s one of the most expensive parts of your budget. It sets the tone. It’s the base that will help the rest of your event come to life. It’s also an incredibly overwhelming process. How can you possibly find a venue that A) you can afford, B) you actually like, C) is convenient for your guests, and D) isn’t already booked? (Hint: it is possible.) When it comes to how to choose a wedding venue, the whole process can feel pretty daunting and there are lots of questions that you’ll need to answer. Will your wedding be big or small? Outdoors or indoors? Rustic or glam? Settling on the basics of your wedding will help you and your fiance narrow down the many venues out there, and find the one that’s right for you. Here’s the rundown of how to choose a wedding venue, from start to finish. CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING’S GENERAL LOCATION

Venue: The Vineyard at Florence

What city will your wedding be held in? This can be your partner’s hometown, the city where you currently live, do you have family all over Texas and you need a central location? These are all things to think about.

DRAFT A BUDGET Before you make any venue decisions, you need to make a draft budget. Don’t sign a contract with a venue, regardless of the price, only to realize down the line that you have no money left to decorate it.

COME UP WITH AN ESTIMATED GUEST COUNT Every wedding venue has a capacity—a firm number of guests that it can comfortably hold. This number is usually not flexible. There’s a big difference between a venue that can accommodate 175 guests verses 500. Don’t just pull a guest count out of thin air (“I want a 100-person wedding!”). Sit down with your partner to come up with a list so there won’t be any surprises later on.

THINK ABOUT YOUR PRIORITIES Sit down with your partner and choose features that your ideal venue would have. For example, tables and chair included or one that can hold both your ceremony and reception in one location. Or perhaps you’re looking for a venue that’s conveniently located, pet-friendly, and allows you the option for an entire weekend package. The possibilities are endless and each couple’s priorities will be different.

NARROW DOWN SOME DATES Booking a wedding venue means that you’ve officially “set the date” for your big day. You may already have a wedding date in mind, or you may be able to be a bit more flexible. Either way, one of the first steps of how to choose a wedding venue is to narrow down a few dates that you know will work. While saying that you’re getting married “next fall” is a good start, you should have some specific dates in mind before looking at venues.

START YOUR RESEARCH Use this planner, Blissbridalmagazine.com and other online resources to start learning about what venues are in the area. Here you will find capacities, pricing, and each venues amenities. Once you find a venue that meets your criteria, call to setup a tour! If you fall in love at first sight with a particular venue, it can be a pretty amazing feeling. However, don’t feel too much pressure to sign on the dotted line during your initial tour. It’s best to take a step back, tour a few venues, and discuss your options with your partner. When you both have agreed on your desired venue, ask to receive a contract. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be sure you understand the payment schedule. When you feel comfortable with all aspects of the contract, sign it, return the paperwork to the venue, and pop some bubbly! Venue: Inn at Salado | Photo: Bear Moose & Fox | Floral: Creative Innovations

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Rustic Acres Event Center

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QUESTIONS TO ASK You’ve already landed the fiancé. Now it’s time to nail down the venue. Once you’ve narrowed down your list and scheduled some site visits, you have to know what questions to ask! To make this task easier, we’ve come up with this comprehensive list of questions to ask a wedding venue—before you put down a deposit.

1. Is my date available? 2. How many people can the venue hold? 3. Can I get a detailed list of what the rental includes? Venue: Carleen Bright Arboretum | Steph and Chris Photography

4. Are there any restrictions on event times? 5. Are there any restrictions on what I can and can’t serve? 6. Do you have a open vendor policy? 7. How any hours does the rental fee cover? 8. When can I access the venue for setup? 9. What type of deposit is required and when is the balance due? 10. What payment plans are available? 11. What is the cancellation policy? 12. Is there backup plan for outdoor weddings? 13. Is there a place for the bridal party to get ready? 14. Are there any other weddings that day? 15. Are tables, chairs, linens or other rental items included? 16. If the ceremony and reception are in the same place, how long will it take to convert the space?

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17. Is there plenty of parking and is it free? 18. Are there noise restrictions? 19. Is wedding insurance required? 20. Are there restrictions on decorations? 21. Is there a kitchen available for catering? 22. Can we bring in our own alcohol and is a bartender required? 23. Do you have a liquor license? 24. Will there be a site manager? 25. Are there speakers available or will our DJ need to provide them? 26. Are there security guards on staff or will we need to hire them? 27. Is there on-site lodging? 28. Do you have all inclusive packages? 29. Is there an additional fee to have the rehearsal the night prior? 30. Can setup be done the day prior? If so, is there a fee?

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C AT H E D R A L O A K S EVENT CENTER

1312 Waco Road, Belton, TX 254-939-6257 | info@cathedral-oaks.com Celebrate your special occasion in style at Cathedral Oaks Event Center. Nestled on over six oak-covered acres in Belton, Texas, Cathedral Oaks is Central Texas’ premier location for weddings, receptions, and more. The primary event center, at over 6800 square feet, was designed from the ground up with flexible spaces to easily accommodate the needs of any event. The natural beauty of the landscape transitions throughout the venue with panoramic windows, hardwood floors, limestone accents, high vaulted ceilings, and exposed wood beams. Ornamental iron, custom chandeliers, and polished stone add inviting and elegant touches throughout the space. Custom landscape lighting showcases the majestic century oak trees. These are amongst the many subtle features which demonstrate the comprehensive attention to detail in the design of the venue. Cathedral Oaks offers unparalleled flexibility with both indoor and outdoor ceremony options. The large, covered patio and Live Oak room serve as additional entertaining spaces so that your guests may comfortably transition through ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. The bridal suite and groom’s loft offer spacious private accommodations for the wedding party that are as practical as they are luxurious. Let their knowledgeable and courteous staff guide you through seamlessly planning your special event at the perfect place! 36

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1312 Waco Road, Belton, TX 254-939-6257 | info@cathedral-oaks.com Located at Cathedral Oaks in Belton, Texas, The Magnolia House is an ideal setting for intimate events including weddings, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and more. As the original homestead on property, dating from the 1850’s, The Magnolia House at Cathedral Oaks is appointed with historical finishes throughout the venue. Original hardwood floors, crown molding, hand-blown and stained-glass windows, and antique furnishings transition throughout the space, which is just over 3000 square feet. Charming white picket fences surround the spacious manicured lawn and garden, which is ideal for ceremonies, cocktail parties, and outdoor entertaining. The central event space is surrounded by panoramic windows which flood the room with natural light by day and provide stunning views of the lighted century oaks by night. The Magnolia House at Cathedral Oaks offers flexibility with both indoor or outdoor ceremony options, as well as spacious and convenient accommodations for the wedding party with the bridal suite and groom’s study. Enjoy an effortless planning process with help from their friendly and knowledgeable staff. Experience the atmosphere that evokes the warm feelings of home. Gather at The Magnolia House at Cathedral Oaks for your special event.

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LA RIO MANSION

LA RIO MANSION 4501 Dice Grove Rd. Belton, Texas 76513 (254) 833.7670 | weddings@lariomansion.com

La Rio Mansion features luxurious, elegant Spanish-style architecture, immaculate landscaping, and a breathtaking backdrop of 37 acres of rich fields backed by the Leon River and sprawling oak trees. “Our mission is to provide brides and their families with a luxurious, timeless space characterized by romantic archways, idyllic gardens, and an exquisite view setting the stage for a truly unforgettable wedding day.” Couples may choose to say their vows in one of two romantic locations: Under the vast oak trees at the front of the property or looking out over the rich fields towards the Leon River. La Rio Mansion also features a luxurious outdoor reception space overlooking lush fields, magically lit with draped cafe lighting, and fully furnished with fruitwood chivari chairs and round guest tables for up to 250 guests. Looking for an indoor option? La Rio Mansion also features an air-conditioned 5,000sq ft ballroom with up to 350 guests seated capacity. La Rio Mansion was founded on the idea of a fabulous center for gorgeous open-air affairs, alfresco events, and magical, fairytale, romantic weddings under the stars that families will remember for generations to come. 38

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T H E V I N E YA R D AT F L O R E N C E 111 Via Francesco Florence, Texas 76527 (512) 572-7000 | cheers@tvaf.com

With beauty that transcends the seasons, The Vineyard at Florence is a romantic Tuscan-inspired vineyard resort that offers the perfect setting for your fairytale wedding. Choose from four venues to begin planning your perfect day. When you celebrate your wedding at The Vineyard at Florence, enjoy on-property amenities including overnight accommodations, tasting room, restaurant, views of a working vineyard, and so much more. Their on-site catering ensures you and your guests savor perfectly prepared Italian dishes while being spoiled by their outstanding service. Spoil yourselves with exclusive use of the property with its 20 bedrooms or choose to book guest rooms and suites individually. Start life together in harmony surrounded by beauty and loved ones. Located just forty-five minutes north of Austin in the Texas Hill Country, The Vineyard at Florence is convenient, but miles away from ordinary. Beautifully appointed overnight accommodations, thirty-three acres of vines, stream, wildlife and oak trees await you.

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D E E R F I E L D E S TAT E S

D E E R F I E L D E S TAT E S 915 Spring Lake Rd. Waco, Texas (254) 284-0070 | grace@deerfieldvenue.com

Originally an 1840’s timber frame barn in Newton, Pennsylvania, this antique legacy has been restored into a beautiful, unique event space, surrounded by a ceremony rose garden and situated in a park like setting of native Texas trees. Six cabins are on-site and make the perfect lodging for guests and wedding party attendants. The groom’s cabin also doubles as a honeymoon cottage. Deerfield Estates also provides various size tables, chairs for both an outdoor ceremony and an indoor ceremony or reception. Their spacious catering kitchen offers ample space for food service as well as a fully stocked ice freezer.

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Picturesque views and Texas charm Located in the heart of Central Texas, Deerfield Estates is the perfect blend of rustic charm and elegance making it one of Central Texas’ premiere wedding venues.

915 SPRING LAKE RD. WACO, TX | 254.284.0070 | DEERFIELDVENUE.COM

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F O S S I L C R E E K R E T R E AT

F O S S I L C R E E K R E T R E AT 622 County Rd 3565, China Spring, TX (254) 709-9509 | info@fossilcreekretreat.com

Fossil Creek (formerly known as Vera Estates) is an upscale event facility in China Spring that offers lush indoor and outdoor event sites for weddings, anniversaries, corporate retreats, and more. Whether you desire to say your “I Do’s” in our magnificent covered open-air chapel, next to their imperial cut pool with limestone fireplace, or barefoot under one of their century-old, majestic oak trees, Fossil Creek will help you transform your wedding dreams into reality! Let Fossil Creek help you make your special day one that you and your guests will never forget. Their coordinators specialize in taking care of all the on-site details, leaving you free to enjoy the celebration. Their packages include tables, chairs, linens, and centerpieces, as well as other decorative pieces. They set up everything on your package so you can enjoy your weekend and are committed to the success of your event. The staff at Fossil Creek are seasoned, passionate professionals offering a service level that will by far exceed your expectations. Fossil Creek has been described as: Dramatic, Chic, Romantic, Cherished, Enchanting, Lavish, Decadent, Lush, Magnificent, Sumptuous, Detailed, Stylish, Dreamy, Luxurious, Stunning, Opulent, Dazzling, Elegant, Unforgettable... Beyond Words! 44

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I N N AT S A L A D O

I N N AT S A L A D O 7 N Main Street, Salado, TX (254) 947-0027 | rooms@inn-at-salado.com

Every bride deserves the wedding of her dreams. Whether she envisions the traditional elegance of a turn-of-the-century chapel or the casual splendor of an outdoor ceremony under the canopy of a 200-year-old oak tree, The Inn at Salado is the place where her dreams can come true. The Inn at Salado is a full-service facility with two different locations for your ceremony. You can choose from their beautiful historic chapel, which holds 80 guests, or the oak tree, which can accommodate up to 120 guests. The reception hall also holds up to 120 guests! Also included is a day of coordinator, officiant, floral centerpieces for guest tables, staff, tables, chairs, linens, catering, honeymoon cottage, groom’s party changing room, cake and cake tasting with Lily’s Cakes.

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L E AT H E R B E R R Y O A K S 955 County Road 2200, Aquilla, TX (254) 479-6305 | info@leatherberryoaksweddings.com

Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event that will leave you with timeless memories. A wedding shouldn’t be controlled by the clock. At Leatherberry Oaks Weddings, in Aquilla, Texas, no wedding ever is. Brides can arrive Thursday and depart Sunday as they only offer one wedding per week. Guests are welcome in as early as Tuesday and may leave as late as Sunday. During which time, in addition to the Barn that can handle a 400 guest wedding, brides also can enjoy on-site cabins designed to allow the entire wedding party to stay the weekend without leaving the property. In addition to the 5,800 sq. ft. barn, Leatherberry Oaks includes a bridal cottage that sleeps 12, a comfortable groomsman’s cottage, and 2 parent’s cottages. The bride and groom have a separate cottage that Leatherberry Oaks calls the “Love Shack,” nestled away from the rest of your wedding party. There is also an option to have an intimate send-off brunch the Sunday after the wedding. Where you can enjoy a leisurely goodbye at the same great barn that welcomed everyone the night before! Magdiel Photography

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THE GROVE ON BRUSHY CREEK

THE GROVE ON BRUSHY CREEK 204 Fannin Ave., Round Rock, Texas (512) 203-2380 | info@rrgrove.com

The Grove on Brushy Creek is a family-owned and operated venue that reflects their love of Austin’s and the surrounding hill country’s beautiful landscape. The Grove provides creek-side celebrations under the Oaks in the heart of Round Rock, 10 minutes from Austin, with easy access to ATX airport. They are steps from lodging as well as locally-owned restaurants and live music. Your guests will experience the deck and terrace reaching out to Brushy Creek with a cool breeze year-round, as well as the climate controlled, mid-century building with clean lines and room to dance the night away.

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T H E LO D G E AT T H E H A R V E Y 5 R A N C H 5088 FM 2412, Gatesville, Texas 76528 (254) 410-7079 | Jaci.Stroder@harvey5lodge.com

The Lodge at the Harvey 5 Ranch offers a unique wedding and event experience on the Central Texas Hill Country’s edges. Located outside Gatesville, Texas, the Lodge at the Harvey 5 Ranch sits on 225 scenic acres along the Leon River and offers 10,000+ sq feet of interior space, along with over 8,000 sq feet of covered porches and acres of landscaped yard to host any indoor, outdoor, or combination wedding or event. On-site lodging is available in the main house, along with 8 individual cabins to allow for a unique “get-away” wedding or event close to home. The Lodge at the Harvey 5 Ranch can provide all-inclusive event packages or a-la-carte options as well. Come experience a perfect mix of modern and rustic, simple and spectacular at the Lodge at the Harvey 5 Ranch!

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Central Texas’ Newest Indoor + Outdoor Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue (254) 410-7079 | HARVEY5LODGE.COM | JAYCI.STRODER@HARVEY5LODGE.COM | GATESVILLE, TX


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CASTLE HEIGHTS BIJOUX 2500 Washington Avenue, Waco, Texas (254) 498-1015 | castleheightsbijoux@gmail.com

Castle Heights Bijoux Event Center is located in the heart of Waco in the historic Castle Heights neighborhood. From bridal showers, rehearsal dinners to weddings and receptions, Castle Heights Bijoux is the perfect location to host your special event! Castle Heights features a stage overlooking the dance floor, tables and Chiavari chairs, chandeliers. The venue can hosts up to 200 guests. Formal dining place settings are also available and so much more... set the stage for your celebration of the century at Castle Heights Bijoux Event Center!

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H I G H P O I N T E E S TAT E 5555 CR 258, Liberty Hill, Texas (512) 636-9200 | dawson@highpointeestate.com Situated on 42 beautiful acres with sweeping views of the San Gabriel River Valley, with 35-foot ceilings, beautiful trusses, stunning chandeliers, a grand piano, and luscious gardens with water features, it is no surprise why HighPointe Estate is one of Central Texas’ premier wedding venues! Evoking an old country church with an updated and modern vibe, their gorgeous Chapel is the perfect indoor ceremony space. The reception and chapel spaces easily accommodate up to 300 guests and can be elegantly “dressed up” or maintain their casual farmhouse style. H I G H P O I N T E E S TAT E . C O M Davello Photography

OLD BETHANY 2730 Old Bethany Road, Bruceville, Texas (254) 221-8088 | info@oldbethanyvenue.com Old Bethany is a 6500-square-foot white barn nestled in the middle of a grove of beautiful Texas oak trees. The barn rests on 100 acres of open fields and scattered trees. Their 35-foot barn has a large covered porch adjacent to a 30’x80’ turf lawn with string lights hanging overhead. The downstairs area is comprised of the 3500 sq foot grand room, foyer, a spacious prep kitchen, and a beautiful bridal suite. Upstairs is the groom’s suite and office and a balcony that overlooks the grand room.

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PAV I L L I O N AT C A R L E E N B R I G H T A R B O R E T U M 9001 Bosque Blvd, Woodway, Texas (254) 399-9204 | events@woodwaytexas.gov Built in 2012, the Pavilion Event Center is the newest addition to the Carleen Bright Arboretum grounds. A state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot venue designed for all occasions, The Pavilion Event Center offers you an opportunity to bring the outdoors inside. The large, floor to ceiling windows take you out of the hustle and bustle and wrap you in nature. Surrounded by beautiful grounds and seating up to 360, it is the perfect space for weddings, corporate events, and large parties.

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RUSTIC ACRES EVENT CENTER 8513 Fox Road, Belton, Texas (254) 791-9010 | rusticacreseventcenter@hotmail.com Located between Belton and Salado and just minutes off I-35, Rustic Acres offers a beautiful venue that can accommodate your indoor or outdoor wedding and reception. They offer weekend rentals, so you have the flexibility of utilizing the venue Friday from 8 am to 11 pm for decorating and/or rehearsal dinner, Saturday from 8am to midnight, and Sunday from 8 am to noon. Tables and chairs are included in the rental, and there are no restrictions or hidden fees for using outside vendors.

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S TA G E C O A C H I N N 416 S Main Street. Salado, Texas (254) 947-5111 | events@stagecoachsalado.com A magnificent setting filled with a rich history on the South bank of Salado Creek covered in giant oak and pecan trees. Spaniard explorers, gold hunts, and Tonkawa tribe legends just scratch the surface of what the original structure from the 1800s has been a part of. Now a beautifully remodeled property with accommodations, a variety of venue spaces, a full restaurant/bar, a year-round pool, and onsite catering are all located on Main Street for guest convenience to enjoy the small oasis of Salado. While also having all of your event needs in one place for generations past and to come.

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THE EXCHANGE EVENT CENTER 300 S. Jefferson Avenue, McGregor, Texas (254) 236-8400 | theexchange@mcgregor-texas.com The Exchange Event Center is a 3.5-acre property with plans for three buildings (Main Hall, Scale House, Jail House), an Open-Air Pavilion, and three parking lots. Currently complete is the Main Hall, Scale House, and Main Parking lot. The Exchange is 15,000 sq ft. with variable lighting and a flexible floor plan. This rustic but elegant event facility can accommodate up to 600 guests seated at round tables and 950 for a cocktail event. The Exchange is available for private rentals, corporate events, fundraisers, and numerous other events.

C I T YO F M CG R EG O R .CO M Loved Memories Photography

T H E V E N U E A T L I L LY P O N D 4857 Lower Troy Road, Temple, Texas (254) 231-7011 | thevenueatlillypond@gmail.com Surrounded by rustling grasses and the sounds of nature, The Venue at Lilly Pond is a charming rustic venue sitting on 12 acres in a quiet country setting. This unique venue has a chic design that can be tailored to your specific style and taste. Beautiful without her makeup on, yet stunning when all dolled up. The Venue at Lilly Pond offers all-in-one facilities for indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. Minimal décor is required in the 4,000 square foot main ballroom as the natural, rustic, and elegant ambiance of the venue is enhanced with wood and stone accents.

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F E AT U R E D V E N U E S V I N TA G E V I L L A S 4209 Eck Ln, Austin, Texas (512) 220-0185 | sales@vintagevillas.com Vintage Villas is a full-service wedding venue offering outdoor ceremonies and indoor receptions with expansive views of Lake Travis, in-house catering, and a 44 room hotel. With 2 gorgeous venues, and floor-to-ceiling picture windows in each space, you can enjoy stunning sunsets over the lake from any point on property. The experienced Vintage Villas staff will assist you with every aspect of your wedding – from ceremony and reception details to rehearsal, rehearsal dinners, and overnight accommodations. Their in-house Chef will create custom menus specific to your taste and budget, while the staff caters to your guests throughout the night.

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Y E L LO W H O U S E B E D & B R E A K FA S T 2290 FM 2268, Salado, Texas (254) 444-0404 | stay@saladosbest.com Your event should take place in a beautiful event venue. Yellow House Bed and Breakfast & Event Center has an air-conditioned indoor venue and an outdoor venue in Salado, TX. Their indoor event venue is 960 square feet and comes with 12 folding tables and 60 folding chairs to seat all your guests. On their six-acre property, they can accommodate up to 75 people. This party venue is known for the bright red barn that brings a classic Texan feel to every event. Contact them today at 254-444-0404 to talk about your next event with one of the staff members.

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HE PUT A

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NAVIGATI NG YOU R NA M E C HA NGE A FT E R YOU S AY “I D O”

You’ve got that shiny new ring, but now its time you show off that new name! Just because you have a marriage license with your new last name, doesn’t mean you’ve officially changed your name. If you thought that was the hard part, wait until you see the lines at the social security office and DMV. It’s a lot of work and by that we mean you’re about to spend a lot of time filling out government forms, listening to automated messages and standing in long lines. By the time you’ve worked your way through the process, you’ll have a wallet full of cards flaunting your new name. It will all be worth it in the end... but where to start? To save you some of the hassle we’ve put together a guide of what you’ll need to do, the order you’ll need to do it in, and exactly what you’ll need to have with you to make the process as painless as possible!

GET YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE & CERTIFIED COPIES These documents are the most important part, and you can’t move on to step two without them. When you’re applying for your marriage license, ask if you can purchase certified copies in advance. (We recommend buying three to start.) This way, instead of having to go back to get copies once you’ve received your marriage certificate after your wedding, you’ll get your certificate and your certified copies all at once. Stash the certificate somewhere safe, but keep the certified copies onhand. You’ll need them.

UPDATE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD Now that you have proof of your marriage, you’ll need to let the government know which name you’d like to go by. You can either apply for a new social security card by mail or in person at your local Social Security office. If you plan on going to the Social Security office in person, save yourself some time by filling out the application for a social security card in advance. You will also need to bring the following documents: • Proof of Citizenship: your valid passport or a certified copy of your birth certificate. • Proof of Name Change: a certified copy of your marriage license. • Proof of Identity: This must show your name, date of birth or age, and have a recent photograph. (valid driver’s license, your valid passport, or a valid state-issued identification card) • Your current Social Security card. You will keep the same number when your card is replaced.

GET A NEW DRIVER’S LICENSE After you’ve gone to the Social Security office, you will want to complete the “Application for renewal/Replacement/Change of A Texas Drivers License Or Identification Card” online. You can do so by clicking drivers license forms at the bottom of the dps.texas.gov website. Take the application and $11 with you to the DPS office (it can only be done in person). Some DPS offices also let you book an appointment, so be sure to check beforehand. When you go to the DPS office, bring the following documents with you: Angel Owens Photography

did you know? There’s a shortcut to all of this! Make it easy on yourself and fast-track your paperwork with name changing kits from sites like: • Hitchswitch.com • Newlynamed.com • namechangekit.com

• Your receipt from the Social Security office (just in case) or your new Social Security card if you already have it. • Your current driver’s license. • A certified copy of your marriage license. • Your checkbook or cash or they now also take debit and credit cards.

PASSPORTS Now that you have your social security card and your drivers license, now you can get your new passport! All passport changes must be done by mail! You will need to complete a passport application online. (www.us.state.gov) You then will need to send the application and other documents to the U.S. Department of State. • Send your original passport, certified copy of your marriage license and one passport photo with the application. You will want to send this by traceable mail. • Your new passport should arrive in 4-6 weeks unless you expedite it!

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What remains after the I do’s are said, the cake is cut, and the bouquet is tossed? It’s the many incredible memories found in your photo album and video. Your wedding photos and videography are something you will hold dear for decades to come. If your house is burning down, chances are your wedding photos and video would be one of the few things you will grab at a moment’s notice before dashing to safety. It’s safe to say, two of the most important decisions couples have to make are choosing a wedding photographer and videographer. Your photo album and video are meaningful wedding keepsakes and they speak volumes about the atmosphere, style, and emotions of your wedding day. When researching photographers and videographers, crucial considerations include professional skills, style, and reviews.

Like your photographer, videographers take different approaches to their craft. There’s no doubt a professional wedding video is something you will cherish as you get to look back and see the live action you missed when you were busy greeting guests or dancing with your grandpa. You’ll have a record of your dance with your dad, your bouquet toss, and relive the emotions saying your vows. Before you begin shopping for a videographer, figure out which directional approach most appeals to you and how you want the video to feel. Many videographers have a variety of styles such as documentary which is closer to a raw documentary film, or cinematic which captures details from every angle with a Hollywood feel. Most photographers and videographers can be booked up to a year in advance and some only shoot one wedding per weekend, so book as soon as possible to be sure that wedding is yours!

“When picking your wedding photographer (aka wedding day sidekick), make sure you pick someone who isn’t just looking for those flawless insta-moments. Find someone who you know will capture the moments of your day putting none more important than the other.” - Taylor Nicole Photography

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You should choose your photography style before you even reach out to potential photographers. If you book first then learn about the style later you may end up with photos that don’t match your vision. Today’s most popular wedding photography styles of editing include dark and moody and light and airy. Dark and moody images tend to have a more emotional vibe with deep shadows, higher contrast, and more vibrant colors. Light and airy photos are more romantic and whimsical with muted colors and lighter tones.

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K AY L A S E L L E R S P H O T O G R A P H Y

K AY L A S E L L E R S P H O T O G R A P H Y kaylasellersphotography@yahoo.com

Kayla Sellers Photography has been capturing brides since 2010 and hasn’t looked back since! She specializes in combining organic poses with candid moments and often stays in the background to ensure every photo taken feels both natural and authentic. From dramatic silhouettes to organic candids, Kayla has a knack for finding the perfect angle and using her eye for detail to capture every moment! Her photos can be described as airy, romantic, and having the ability to tell the story of a couple’s connection. “My goal as a wedding photographer is not to only give my clients beautiful images but to leave them with an experience where they feel loved & taken care of. God has blessed me with the opportunity to impact people’s lives through my business, and my hope will always be to exemplify him through serving my clients the best that I can.”

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CINDERELLA FILMS

CINDERELLA FILMS (713) 878-4864 | chatra3@gmail.com Elegant, Professional, Cinematic, and Storytelling are just a few words couples have used to describe Cinderella Films. They specialize in creating moments that will last a lifetime through their videography services. As a dedicated film crew of three, their goal is to bring joy to clients and everyone else around them through handcrafted content. Their story-driven wedding films will let you and everyone else relive the moment all over again as if you were there.

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CARMEN J. WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY (484) 225-2278 | info@carmenjwilliams.com Carmen J. Williams Photography is a husband-and-wife team providing wedding photography & videography services. Carmen and Jake are dedicated to capturing sincere moments of your wedding day. This loving couple knows the importance of having a stress-free and seamless day. They strive to capture authentic and heartfelt moments. Carmen J. Williams Photography provides custom wedding collections, including various lifetime heirloom albums, framed wall art, canvas prints, and highquality digital video of your big day. They understand the importance of capturing these monumental moments that will be a part of your family’s legacy for a lifetime.

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CASEY NYSTROM PHOTOGRAPHY (254) 405-4568 | caseynystromphotography@gmail.com Casey has loved photography for as long as she can remember. With God’s blessing and guidance, she turned her hobby into a job that she has fallen in love with. Casey has captured beautiful memories for clients for about 5 years. She has been blessed with being able to capture the smiles of children, the love of families, the excited seniors, the glowing mommy’s to be, the “Oh So In Love” engagements, and the memorable weddings. Not only does she capture those memories that will last a lifetime, but she also creates friendships with each client!

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JACK & JUNE PHOTOGRAPHY jackandjunephoto@gmail.com When you book Jack & June Photography as your photographer, you’re not just signing up for someone to take professional photos of your wedding day. You’re signing up for someone to fully invest their heart and soul in capturing the most honest, true representation of your love story. They have a way of making you feel like the most important person in the world; there’s an aura of comfort and confidence just from their presence - something that you want with you on your wedding day. Their photos capture both the beauty and emotion of the day, preserving your memories in the most authentic fashion.

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N E VA M I C H E L L E P H OTO G R A P H Y info@nevamichelle.com Timeless and romantic photos for couples who love to have fun. Neva Michelle Photography is your hired third wheel who’s there to help fluff your dress, straighten your veil and make sure you and your love have stunning photos from the best day ever! With a mix of candids and an editorial style, you can be sure your wedding photos will be a beautiful reflection of your love for one another. They proudly serve couples of all races, sexualities, genders and physical/mental abilities.

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RAMBLE & ROAM PHOTOBOOTH (254) 718-8821 | rambleandroamphotobooth@gmail.com Ramble & Roam Photo Booth is the photo booth you’ve been dreaming of! This 1973 Serro Scotty has been transformed into the cutest traveling photo booth for you & your guests to create lasting memories in. They have multiple packages available for you to choose from, so you’ll be sure to find something that is the perfect fit for your special day. Ramble & Roam is a family-owned and operated business, and they cannot wait to work with you to make your wedding day unique and special!

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ROBIN ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHY (210) 514-7002 | robinrogersphotography@gmail.com Robin Rogers Photography is a natural light photographer in the Central Texas, Austin, and San Antonio areas. Since starting in the wedding industry in 2013, Robin has loved and cherished each and every moment! She works for the beauty and love of her couples. Leaving you with not only gorgeous images but a fun and stress-free experience! She is also a pro at carrying Clorox pens, hairpins, and safety pins for any oops moments! Robin’s goal is to create a beautiful mix of classic and lifestyle images to fill your gallery! She can’t wait to meet so many of you and work with you to create a beautiful package of memories for you to cherish.

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S H E L LY T A Y L O R P H O T O G R A P H Y (254) 405-3178 | shellytaylor76@gmail.com Shelly Taylor Photography has 8+ years of experience and delivers classic, magazine quality images that capture how drunk in love you both are! “I wrangle groomsmen, manage family portraits effortlessly, and will roll with anything to make timeless images happen. I’m internationally published, hundreds of times over, but my only focus is making the best images for you!” From engagements, bridals, to the wedding day, Shelly can capture your entire wedding journey with images you are sure to cherish for generations to come!

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TAY L O R N I C O L E P H O T O G R A P H Y (254) 709-5075 | tay.nicole44@gmail.com Taylor Nicole is a professional photographer in the central Texas area who loves to travel and go on all kinds of adventures! She has been heavily invested in photography since the age of 12. It all started with a little green Sony Cybershot camera that her parents gifted her. With that, she started documenting daily walks around the neighborhood, her dad feeding the horses, and eventually fun little shoots with friends. Over time, more people were coming to her for family sessions, senior sessions, engagements, and more. She started to see what photography could (and later would) become in her life. Taylor would never have thought that she would end up where she is today. A professional photographer.

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Coming up with a must-have wedding photo list should be high on your priority list. These are memories you’ll cherish forever. That’s why you want to make sure your photographer captures every photo, starting with getting ready and all the way through your exit. We have compiled a few musts that should be on your list!

1. Invitation suite with envelopes, seals, stamps, or any other details 2. Hair & makeup once finished and while getting ready 3. Accessories - shoes, jewelry, veil, garter, handkerchiefs, etc 4. Getting ready images with your bridal party 5. Styled ring shots - Mrs. boxes are all the rage! 6. First look with your dad 7. Grooms face when you walk down the aisle 8. Bridal bouquet, boutonnières, corsages 9. The bridal party and groomsmen in separate shots 10. The entire wedding party with bride and groom 11. Flower girls & ring bearers + flower baskets/ring pillow 12. The first look (if you choose to do that) 13. Full-length images in your dress front and back 14. The groom by himself and getting ready 15. All signage at the event: welcome signs, ceremony signs, bar signs, etc 16. Your ceremony arch or backdrop + details 17. The walk down the aisle 18. Your sweetheart or head table 19. Place settings, place cards, etc 20. Centerpieces and any floral details 21. Sign-in area and all the details

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22. Bride and grooms cake + your entire cake table

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TOP TIPS TO CHOOSING THE PERFECT FLORALS Gorgeous blooms can make the look of your wedding day when you work with a floral designer that understands your vision and helps you to enhance it! When it comes to wedding décor, flowers are essentially the star, taking a leading role in both your ceremony and your reception. They help set the mood, enhance the color scheme, and can carry the entire theme. Whether you already have ideas of your own regarding your wedding flowers, you aren’t sure where to start or need help following through with your style, your florist will be able to communicate with you and master the vision you have. Choosing specific flowers for your wedding can be a little overwhelming, especially if you aren’t really a “flower person” and can’t tell a rose from a ranunculus. Not to worry, we’ve put together a list of the most popular wedding flowers. These are blooms we love and see most frequently, from beloved classics like peonies and roses to some under-the-radar florist faves. PEONIES Peonies are easily one of the most popular wedding flowers. Their fluffy, romantic shape and ruffled petals make for beautiful bouquets. They are also available in countless colors, from white, cream, and yellow to varying shades of pink and red. Keep in mind that peonies are one of the more expensive wedding flowers so mixing peonies with other in-season blooms can help keep costs down if needed. Shelly Taylor Photography Woods Flowers

GARDEN ROSES A Garden rose differs from a standard rose as it has been bred with a denser petal count than your average standard rose, resulting in a fuller, more romantic look. Garden roses are also usually more fragrant than standard roses, making them perfect for bridal bouquets since you’ll hold them close and smell them throughout the day.

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ANEMONES These pretty blossoms are known for their delicate petals and bold, dark centers. The most popular anemone variety features bright white petals and jet-black centers like the one pictured, making it the perfect choice if your wedding colors are black and white. Anemones are also available in many other colors, including blush pink, deep purple, cherry red, burgundy, and even bright blue. Neva Michelle Photography Woods Flowers

RANUNCULUS Ranunculus are a beautiful bloom with delicate, tissue-thin petals. They’re a versatile flower and look great in bouquets as well as table centerpieces. Ranunculus are also quite hardy, with many florists also using them as boutonnieres since they’ll stand up to a lot of hugs. Ranunculus are available in nearly every color imaginable, so you’re sure to find them in the perfect shade to match your color scheme.

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DAHLIAS Dahlias are the perfect focal flowers because they have such a commanding presence. They’re available in almost every color and are usually more affordable than the ever-popular peonies or roses. One of the most popular dahlia varieties among brides is called cafe au lait. It’s beautiful color ranges from a blush pink-peach hue to a soft and creamy beige.

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WOODS FLOWERS 1415 W Avemue H, Temple, Texas (254) 778-8506 | woods.bloomingfields@yahoo.com

Established in 1950, the owner and designer of Woods Flowers, Carol Hajda, took over the family business in 1992. Growing up in the retail and wholesale floral industry since she was a baby, Carol designed and sold her first arrangement at the age of 10. Today you see her designs featured in magazines, bridal shows, and weddings all over Central Texas! Floral brings the entire vision of the wedding together, reflecting your unique style. Carol and her team want to help you bring your vision to life! On the day of your wedding, their team will be on site to ensure every bloom, vessel, and detail is perfectly placed. “We want your flowers to be just as perfect as your perfect day!” Given a lifetime of experience in the floral industry, Carol Hajda of Woods Flowers remains one of Temple’s premier florists.

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BRANCH & BLOOM (254) 760-2253 | branchandbloomflorist@gmail.com Jayci Stroder, the owner of Branch & Bloom, has always been driven by the creative process. When she was introduced to floral design in high school, it was a match made in heaven. Jayci loves exploring all that the floral world offers by taking a creative approach to traditional techniques. For every event, she creates something unique that brings out the personal style of each bride. She is passionate about bringing to life each bride’s vision that will be cherished forever. Her husband, Sam, is her partner in all things. Together they have 2 dogs and enjoy all the adventures that life has to offer. Jayci looks forward to meeting you.

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C R E AT I V E I N N O VAT I O N S 1211 Stagecoach Rd. | Salado, Texas (254) 760-2620 | creative-innovations@hotmail.com

Creative Innovations is a floral design studio that brings a unique and creative perspective to every event. Owner and designer, Ginny Swalley, is known for her beautiful arbors, breathtaking bouquets, and lush greenery garlands. Creative Innovations provides every client with the same level of personal attention during the planning process, tailoring their services to each bride’s budget. Whether you’re in the midst of wedding planning or busy coordinating flowers for a special occasion, Creative Innovations will work closely with you to create unique floral designs and bring your vision to life.

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1. Is my wedding date available?

2. Have you ever done events at my venue? 3. What other services do you offer? 4. Do you require a minimum floral budget? 5. Do you have a portfolio of weddings you’ve recently done that I can view? 6. How many weddings have you done? 7. Can you recommend flowers you think will fit best with my space and style? 8. How far in advance do I need to secure your services? 9. Who will handle set up, delivery and breakdown? 10. How long will setup & breakdown take? 11. How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? 12. When is the final payment due? 13. Will you provide an itemized floral proposal of all elements we’ve discussed? 14. What is your refund policy if for some reason I need to cancel my order? Flower + Ink Designs

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When it comes to hiring wedding vendors, some are more obvious than others. You wouldn’t dream of having a wedding without hiring a photographer, but a rental company should be high on your list of priority vendors as they create your event’s overall look and feel. We’re here to tell you why working with a rental company can help you create the wedding of your dreams while relieving you of stress, time and how DIY should not be your go-to option when you think of the budget.

Some wedding venues may include rentals like tables, chairs, china, etc., in their packages. However, some do not—or you may not love what is included. In most cases, booking a wedding rental company is a must even with those things included. Wedding rental companies tend to offer a wider selection of items so that you can find tables, chairs, and more that fit your wedding theme and style. Rental companies carry a variety of items such as tables, chairs, dance floors, linens (tablecloths, napkins, chair covers, etc.), drapery, lighting, furniture, audio/visual equipment, tents, vases, and other vessels, china, barware, flatware, glassware, signage, and much more! Here are a few reasons hiring a rental company should be a must on your to-do list:

1. IT’S EASY TO CREATE A COHESIVE STYLE When it comes to designing your wedding, the options are literally endless. Even if you’ve narrowed down that you want a vintage bohemian look, deciding on the design elements to execute that style can be overwhelming. This is where a rental company makes things so much easier! From candlesticks to couches, the rental company has already curated a selection of items and often even organizes their stock by wedding style (e.g., rustic rentals, industrial rentals, etc.). Whether you’re designing a lounge area for the reception or arranging a welcome vignette at your ceremony, the rental company has a select number of pieces you can mix and match to perfectly carry out your vision.

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2. YOU WILL SAVE TIME + MONEY You already have enough on your plate with planning a wedding — let someone else do the hard work of sourcing your decor elements! Many couples get in over their heads with wanting to thrift or DIY every piece of decor for their wedding, not realizing how many pieces they will need to find or create, not to mention the expensive price tag of doing it yourself. Working with a rental company is actually the more budget and time friendly option! Besides, do you really want to be stuck with 150 chargers or glass candle holders after your wedding is over? Unless you’re getting into the wedding planning business after saying “I do,” it’s best to borrow the stuff you need for the one day you’ll use it than to take up stock in enough glassware to fill your whole kitchen.

3. DELIVERY + SETUP Are you working on the day of your wedding or are you getting married? If there’s one thing you don’t want to worry about on your wedding day, it’s the transport of a bunch of furniture to and from your venue, setting it up, getting sweaty and worn out hours before walking down the aisle. One of the perks of hiring a rental company is that they take care of getting your rentals to the wedding and back to their warehouse safe and sound. No need to stay after the party to break down the party and drive a big ole U-Haul of decor home after the party is over because a professional has got it covered! Pendley Party Productions | Neva Michelle Photgraphy | Woods Flowers The Grove on Brushy Creek


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C O N F E T T I R E N TA L S 2802 Capitol Way | Belton, Texas 76513 (254) 939-3302 | confettirentals@embarqmail.com

Confetti Rentals was established in 2003 and has helped Central Texas brides design love stories ever since! Confetti is located in Central Texas and serves Belton, Temple, Salado, Waco, Harker Heights, Killeen, Ft. Hood, Georgetown, and surrounding areas. Their team of talented designers is style-conscious and work with you one-on-one while guiding you through the process. The best part? They can tailor your event rentals to your individual budget and style. “At Confetti Rentals, we consider ourselves purveyors of pretty...collectors of the classics and the curious, unabashed hoarders and delighters in good design. And with over 17 years in the event industry, you could say we rock it! “The perfect event never just happens,” Chris has been known to say. Pulling off perfectly planned and stunning events is simple... said no one ever. Until now. “Confetti does it all...we design it, clean it, count it, pack it, load it, deliver it and install it...so you can look pretty! Our designers help create something so special and on budget that your guests will be talking about your wedding for years to come!” 88

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PENDLEY PARTY PRODUCTIONS 7201 Santos Dr. Ste F | Waco, Texas (254) 772-2757 | allison@pendleyparty.com

From concept to completion, the team of party consultants under Paulette’s direction are specialists in the art of planning and producing spectacular weddings and events. With 15,000 square feet of items available to rent, you’re limited only by your imagination. Pendley Party Productions specialize in events of all sizes and types. With almost 30 years of experience, Paulette and her team are known for their dedication to creating a magical experience. They bring your individual style to life in an unforgettable event that will be a lifelong memory. A Waco resident for more than 40 years and a proud graduate of Baylor University with a degree in Business, Paulette has held the title of Best Event Planner in Waco in the Wacoan, Waco Today, and Locals Love Us publications. “There are absolutely no words to describe how grateful we are for you. The wedding ceremony and reception were amazing. Nothing short of breathtaking! Everything was perfect, right down to the last detail. It was far better than anything I could have ever dreamed of. Not to mention, all of our friends are still talking about the event like we are celebrities!” - Stacy and Erik Walton 90

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A C T I O N R E N TA L 811 Lake Air Drive, Waco, TX, 76710 (254) 772-8890 | wacoparties@aol.com Celebrations Wedding Planning and Event Rentals provides unique, quality wedding & event rentals to couples all over Central Texas! “Come see our showroom in Temple, and visit with one of our highly experienced design consultants or certified wedding planners. We offer everything you need to throw the event of a lifetime. Our rentals include tablecloths, specialty linens, custom-made archways, unique centerpieces, tables, chairs, and more! We’re ready to make your wedding, corporate event, baby shower, or any other occasion a huge success – let’s get planning!” A C T I O N R E N T A LW A C O . C O M Elisa Lopez Photography

C E L E B R AT I O N S E V E N T R E N TA L S 893 East, FM93, Temple, TX 76502 (254) 314-2415 | info@celebrationsshoppe.com Celebrations Wedding Planning and Event Rentals provides unique, quality wedding & event rentals to couples all over Central Texas! “Come see our showroom in Temple, and visit with one of our highly experienced design consultants or certified wedding planners. We offer everything you need to throw the event of a lifetime. Our rentals include tablecloths, specialty linens, custom-made archways, unique centerpieces, tables, chairs, and more! We’re ready to make your wedding, corporate event, baby shower, or any other occasion a huge success – let’s get planning!” C E L E B R AT I O N S S H O P P E . C O M

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R S V P R E N TA L 426 Towne Oaks Dr, Waco, TX 76710 (254) 772-5667 | nancy@RSVPwaco.com RSVP is an event design and rental company established in Waco in 2001. They provide rentals, planning, design, set up, breakdown, and delivery. Customers select the services that best match their needs. Their rental inventory is endless with various tents, tables, chairs, linens, bars, dance floor, lighting options, lounge furniture, draping and fabric décor, ceremony décor, and centerpiece and backdrop options in addition to catering equipment. According to owner Nancy Comer, “We usually start with an initial consultation with the bride to get an idea of her style and the look that excites her. As we are working on her plan, we discuss where we are with cost and adjust accordingly. It is usually a process that requires fine-tuning along the way, but it is extremely rewarding for the bride and for us to see that vision come to life”. R S V P WAC OT X .C O M

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From a formal dinner to a casual affair, the table setting sets the tone for an event. How to set a table used to be common knowledge, but unless you grew up helping your mom set the Thanksgiving table, host dinner parties regularly, or work in the wedding industry, chances are you have no idea which side the knife goes on. But don’t fret - we’ve got you covered!

should be 1 inch from the bottom of 1. Silverware the edge of the table. It should also be placed in the order of use from the outside to inside. salad fork and dinner fork should be placed 2. The on the left side of the plate. The dinner knife should be facing inward on the right side of the plate. Your soup spoon should be on the right side of your knife. water glass should be placed directly above 3. The the knife and if you are using a wine glass, it should be set to the right of the water glass. the napkin under the forks on the left 4. Place side, or if you want to make it more fun, tie a knot and place it on top of the salad plate.

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HAV E YO U R AND EAT IT TOO!

Before you book your cake, you’ll want to do your research and make sure you have an idea of what you have your heart set on. Do you want a large three-tier cake or multiple cakes? Do you love the look of fondant or is butter cream frosting your must have? Of course, if you’re completely unsure of what you’d like in a wedding cake, a great baker will certainly guide you through your options. It also helps to come prepared with inspirational images to visually explain exactly what you have in mind. Cakes are an art form and not all bakers have the same skills, or level of experience. But, we are confident that if you choose a Bliss Wedding Pro, you’ll be in great hands!

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YOU NEED TO FINALIZE YOUR GUEST LIST FIRST When deciding what size cake to order, first look to your guest count. Generally, three tiers will serve 60-75 guests; you’ll likely need five layers for 200 guests or more. If the reception is in a grand room with high ceilings, consider increasing the cake’s stature with columns between the tiers. You can even add florals in between for a more dramatic look!

BE UPFRONT ABOUT YOUR BUDGET There’s no use in being shy about the amount you’d like to spend on a wedding cake, so plan to discuss pricing either in the initial email or during an in-person meeting. If there’s a particular cake vendor you’d love to work with but think they may be out of your budget, don’t count them out just yet. In fact, there are plenty of ways to save money on a wedding cake and some vendors are happy to incorporate creative cost-saving techniques. Again, this is where it’s helpful to first determine your style so wedding cake vendors can give you an accurate quote rather than ballpark pricing.

RESEARCH THEIR WORK AND THEIR REVIEWS In the age of social media, many wedding cake vendors have an Instagram or Facebook page to easily access photos of their past and current work. In addition, they may have a more extensive portfolio on their website or even a hard copy for you to flip through in their studio. As you review samples of their previous work, ask key questions about their experience, their licensing as a professional baker, and wedding day logistics of delivery and set-up. Be sure to search online for reviews and ask your other vendors if they would refer them. As much as reviews can be helpful, don’t take one bad review as your final decision maker. The term “bridezilla” is a real thing and some reviews may simply be that. If you see many reviews that are positive, that should be your final decision maker.

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SCHEDULE A TASTING You’ve asked all the right questions, and now it’s time to kick back and let your taste buds do the work! Most wedding cake vendors will provide you with a range of flavor options to sample so you can truly experience their work for yourself. Keep in mind that this in-person meeting is about more than just tasting, but also provides you with an opportunity to see if your personalities mesh well together. Pay attention to their communication style and ability to hear out your ideas, ensuring the collaboration process is a smooth one.

QUESTIONS TO ASK: Do you customize wedding cakes or do you offer set styles to choose from? What are the filling choices? How far in advance do I have to book my cake with you? How long have you been making wedding cakes? Do you offer gluten free or vegan Options? Do you offer cake tastings and is there a charge? What is the delivery process? How are wedding cakes priced? Is there an extra charge for certain designs, flavors or types of icing? What is your payment structure and when is the deposit due? What’s your cancellation and/ or rescheduling policy?

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ALL SUGAR’D UP 6320 N 19th St, Waco, TX 76708 (254) 644-9492 | allsugardup@gmail.com

At All Sugar’d Up they design each cake to match you, your special event or your individual personality. Whatever the inspiration All Sugar’d Up works hand-inhand to ensure it is the perfect sweet concoction for your celebration. Whether you are hosting a small wedding or a large celebration, please call or message them, as they’d love to talk with you more about making your special day a little sweeter!

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CUPPIECAKES 313 S. Main Street, McGregor, TX, 76657 (254) 840-7030 | cuppiecakesofwaco@gmail.com Cuppiecakes started with 2 best friends wanting to provide consistently yummy cakes and cupcakes to the people they love. Ten years later, nothing has changed. Their goal is to provide the customers with the best of the best in sweet treats and the feeling that they have been served by family. Cuppiecakes takes great pride in closely working with individuals to create memorable cakes that guests will associate with a fantastic party! They can make your dreams come true and work with your budget. Go give them a try, and you’ll see why they are consistently at the top of so many recommendation lists.

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DOUGH RE MI (254) 332-0090 | mary@doughremitx.com Dough Re Mi is a Temple-based business that makes cookie dough without any harmful ingredients, such as raw eggs and raw flour, making it safe-to-eat unbaked. With five different flavors to choose from, their dough has quickly become a local favorite. Dough Re Mi offers two different catering options: Mini (2oz) Cups, perfect for dessert tables or passed desserts; and a Build-Your-OwnDough Bar, which includes a large (64oz+) tub of plain dough and various toppings for guests to serve and mix themselves. Whichever you choose, your guests are guaranteed to love this delicious and unique treat!

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L I LY ’ S C A K E S 360 W. Central Texas Expressway, Suite #204, Harker Heights, TX, 76548 (254) 319-3555 | lilyscakestemple@gmail.com Food Networks, Cake Wars, and Holiday Wars winner, Lilian Halabi with Lily’s Cakes, has been serving Central Texas since 2012 and has delivered over 1,000 wedding and groom’s cakes to happy couples! From simple designs to the most intricate and time-consuming showstoppers, if you can dream it, Lily can create it! Schedule your tasting and consultation today!

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S I M P LY D E L I C I O U S B A K E R Y 200 S. Commerce Drive, Waco, TX, 76708 (254) 732-5333 | simplydcakes@aol.com Simply Delicious Bakery is a locally owned and operated specialty bakery located in Waco, Texas! They specialize in making your cake & dessert dreams come to life! Simply Delicious has over 13 years of experience serving Waco & surrounding areas. They would love to be a part of your special day with cakes that taste as delicious as they look!

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SWEETNESS DESSERTS 2034 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco, TX, 76710 (254) 756-0590 | laura@sweetnessdesserts.com “We taste with our eyes, then with our mouths, so let every dessert be a work of art followed by a sense of Sweetness!” As a Certified Master Cake Decorator, Laura Summersett has been delighting brides since 2008, when she began creating wedding cakes from her church kitchen. In 2013 she opened her first storefront to better serve both brides and the community. “The wedding cake and groom’s cake were show stoppers! Absolutely stunning and exactly what my daughter visualized. And the taste... hands down the best wedding cake I have ever tasted. Perfectly moist, so delicious. Highly recommend!” - N. Hunt SWEETNESSDESSERTS.COM Jack & June Photography

SUGARS BY LEAH (254) 744-8267 | sugarsbyleah@gmail.com

Sugars by Leah is a home bakery in Waco, Texas that specializes in weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, and cookies for any occasion! Leah takes pride in the details and love she puts into each and every order. Leah looks forward to making your cookie dreams come true!

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SUGAR SHACK (254) 947-8840 | info@sugarshacksalado.com

The Sugar Shack is “the” local candy store in historic Salado, TX. “ We believe life is sweet, and we want to make yours a little sweeter.” The Sugar Shack has a large selection of bulk candies and chocolates perfect for candy buffets, wedding favors, or bridesmaids’ gifts. The Sugar Shack can create a Custom Candy Buffet that will delight you and your guests! Their Candy Buffet displays are not only beautiful but also affordable and will make more sense than DIY. Let the professionals do the work for you so you can be free to enjoy your special event!

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CATERING 101 You don’t want to procrastinate finding a wedding caterer, but you shouldn’t attempt to book one until you’ve come up with a rough guest count, booked a venue, set a date, and have decided on a general budget for food. Once you’ve checked those boxes, use this section, blissbridalmagazine.com, Google, and social media, to start your research! TCP Catering

A full-service wedding caterer does more than just serve tasty food. They don’t just cook; they also handle your plates, silverware, drinkware, provide the waitstaff (and often bartenders), serve the food on time, clean up the dining area and kitchen, pack up leftovers, and take away the garbage. When you’re calculating the price of traditional catering versus less traditional options, make sure you remember that a wedding caterer’s bill includes many things that you’ll have to pay for on your own if you go the DIY route. A full-service wedding caterer does more than just serve tasty food. They don’t just cook; they also handle your plates, silverware, drinkware, provide the waitstaff (and often bartenders), serve the food on time, clean up the dining area and kitchen, pack up leftovers, and take away the garbage. When you’re calculating the price of traditional catering versus less traditional options, make sure you remember that a wedding caterer’s bill includes many things you’ll have to pay for on your own if you go the DIY route.

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SEATED MEAL This is thought of as the most traditional wedding option, and it can also be the most expensive. While suited waiters bring a certain charm to your event, they also come with additional costs.

FAMILY-STYLE MEAL The family-style meal involves large platters of food served to each table and passed around, just like you would do at a holiday dinner. This is often cheaper than a meal served by waiters, but it can be more expensive than a buffet. You’ll still need a decent number of servers to make this happen, and you’ll need more food.

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This can be the most affordable service option for serving a full meal. You still need a buffet to be staffed—someone needs to tidy it up and refresh the food as it runs out—but your staff-to-guests ratio is much lower. With that said, your food costs could be higher (because nobody likes an empty-looking buffet), so talk to your wedding caterer to figure out what service option will ultimately be the most cost-effective. If your wedding is large, make sure you have a good plan for crowd control. You’ll generally need one buffet line minimum per one hundred people.

BRUNCH OR LUNCH Although morning weddings can be cost-effective in various ways, the lunch or brunch meal doesn’t always save you the fortune that is sometimes promised. Lunch lets you skip the fancy dinner with fewer people noticing, and it will definitely lower your alcohol bill. But the food alone won’t tend to save you enough to justify moving your wedding to earlier in the day.

HEAVY APPETIZERS/COCKTAIL HOUR Here, you skip the expensive main courses, skip the pricey servers, and go hog wild on what are essentially snacks. Just make sure you have enough food to really fill people up (particularly if you’re also going to booze them up) and let the mixing and mingling begin! Sticky Bones BBQ | Shelly Taylor Photography

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5 D T R AV E L I N ’ TAV E R N (361) 564-9504 | booking@5dtravelintavern.com

There is something special and unique about a bar on wheels, right? Especially one that travels to you! Whether you are getting married in the city and need a classy way to booze up your guests or hosting a casual backyard BBQ, 5D Travelin’ Tavern is at your service. With the rental of their full-service mobile cocktail bar, you are also accompanied by a fully licensed staff to take care of the heavy lifting so you can relax and enjoy the day. They will do what they do best, and that is popping bottles and mixing cocktails while doing it in style! The stress of planning your event will be taken away, and all the supplies you need will be provided, plus professional bar staff. 5D Travelin’ Tavern will make sure your event is one that you and your guests won’t forget. Contact them today to help get your party started! 102

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CORK + CLINK info@corkandclink.com Cork + Clink is a stunning, one of a kind mobile beverage truck. With wine, beer, prosecco, and more on tap, the pouring possibilities are endless. They look forward to delivering you a one of a kind experience that brings your vision to life! Available for any occasion!

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LET US DO THE COOKING 111 S. Main Street, Nolanville, TX, 76559 (254) 554-2665 | admin@letusdothecooking.com At Let Us Do The Cooking, it is their goal to provide Central Texas with great home-cooked food at affordable prices with unparalleled customer service. This has been their mission since its beginning. Started by Meredith Viguers in a converted garage in her home, Let Us Do The Cooking has truly been a labor of love. This love for the food and people they serve has allowed them to continue to grow each year they’ve been in business.

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ROAD SIPS roadsips@gmail.com Road Sips is a full-service mobile bar rental servicing the Greater Central Texas area. Their trailer is perfect for any party or event and features a 2-tap draft beer system, plus everything you’d need for your bar. Road Sips offers a great variety of packages for every occasion and can also work with you to customize a package to fit your event’s unique needs. The nice thing about this mobile bar is that the party will come to wherever you are. Let the good times roll!

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STICKY BONES BBQ (254) 630-8647 | stickybonesbbq@gmail.com At Sticky Bones BBQ, they pride their selves in bringing you the ultimate barbecue experience. All recipes are all homemade, passed down through generations and steeped with love and flavors that show their deep Southern Roots. Sticky Bones BBQ blends art and science to prepare their needs to ensure every bite is moist and flavorful. They use only the freshest ingredients that are hand chopped and seasoned to perfection. Their attention to detail is quality and is evident in every event they cater regardless of size because “it’s Sticky Bones, we prepare our food as if you are family!”

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TA N G L E F O OT C AT E R I N G jacob@trenopizzeria.com Tanglefoot Restaurants, owners of Treno Pizzeria and Taproom, Bird Creek Burger Company, and First Street Roasters, offers a wide array of catering options for your wedding or event. We can create a custom menu across various cuisines to fit every occasion and make every bride happy on their special day.

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TC P C AT E R I N G info@tcpcatering.com TCP Catering has been cooking up something satisfying since 1979, emphasizing good food, for great people, at affordable prices. Whether your event has thirty guests or over a thousand, they can create a suitable menu for your needs. Their food creates an enjoyable experience that ensures they make each event and mealtime a memorable moment. No matter how big or small the event, TCP does all they can to genuinely understand their client’s needs and wants. It’s their goal to exceed your expectations with exceptional service and exquisite food.

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Your wedding invitations are your guests’ first peek into your wedding day, so you want to make them remarkable. Along with listing the location and time of day, the invitation hints at your wedding’s formality and style. Before you start searching for stationery, you should have an idea of the type of event you’re throwing- classic and elegant, casual and relaxed, or glamorous and modern before you start searching for stationery. Think about your wedding colors and incorporate them into your wedding invitations and the rest of your wedding paper, such as escort cards, menus, and ceremony programs for an adhesive look. As you consider colors and patterns, be sure to think about shape, size, and text. Be wary of hard to read fonts and colors that blend into the background. You will not need an invitation for every guest. Take a look at your guest list and figure out how many households need invitations before you give your stationer a number, as you may be able to cut your order in half. Be sure to order enough invitations for your guest list plus 25 extra if you need to resend an invitation or want some for keepsakes. Watson Weddings | Bear Moose & Fox

Remember to order your menus, programs, RSVP cards, and thank you notes with your invitations. This way, you can include all pieces in one order and save time and money. It’s also an efficient way to ensure your stationery has a cohesive look.

BEFORE THE WEDDING Engagement party invitations Save the Date cards W E D D I N G I N V I TAT I O N S E T Wedding invitations RSVP cards Direction information AFTER WEDDING Thank you cards

W E D D I N G DAY Welcome sign Sign-in book Order of events Seating chart Place cards Table numbers Menu Reception signage (bar, dessert table, buffet) Favor tags

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CMDESIGNS (254) 709-9514 | caitlin.cmdesigns@gmail.com At CMDesigns, they love all things design. They feel your invitations are one of the most important parts of your wedding design- it is the first thing your guests see and will immediately give them an idea of your wedding day’s style and feel. That’s why they work hand-in-hand with couples to give them a design made especially for them. Your design will be a perfect reflection of your personality and your wedding’s style, wow-ing guests from the moment they see the envelope!

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PAPERDOODLES 1401 S. 31st Street, Suite C, Temple, TX, 76504 (254) 773-8331 | susie@paperdoodles.com Paperdoodles is the only store of its kind in the Temple, Texas area. They carry all things paper, along with a wide variety of novelty items, specialty brands, and gifts for any occasion. There is something for everyone, with invitations, stationery, and specialty items for all budget levels. Paperdoodles is locally owned and operated in Temple – just between Waco and Austin. When it’s time to plan your special event, they are the perfect place for you to come and get started. The Paperdoodles staff gets excited about every event, just as if it was their own. They will gladly help you pick out the invitations, announcements, stationery, and other paper goods that fit your taste, style, and budget! PAPERDOODLES.COM Davello Photography

SIGNED BY SHANNON (610) 350-8107 | shannon.hurley22@gmail.com

Signed by Shannon Calligraphy was created after seeing the desire of brides to have personalized hand crafted calligraphy items for their special day. Signed by Shannon was started in Pennsylvania in 2018 and is now flourishing in Texas. All items are done by hand creating uniqueness to each piece! Brides can find items such as place cards, signage, seating charts, table numbers, envelope addressing, and much more!

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WAT S O N W E D D I N G S & E V E N T S info@watsonweddings.com In addition to event planning and design, Watson Weddings also provides stationery and calligraphy goods. They create anything from invitation suites to signage that are sure to fit your wedding design! When working with Watson Weddings, you can be sure that you are getting what your wedding vision entitles. Signage is typically forgotten about when planning your wedding, so let them take that stress from you to create something special that you’re able to keep for years to come! Guests will also enjoy taking home a keepsake like a personalized name card. Give them a surface, and they will give you a work of art.

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We know you’re crazy busy choosing invitations, florists, bridesmaid dresses, and a honeymoon location, but don’t neglect one of the most important tasks of all- getting yourself looking and feeling great! More pictures will be taken of you on your wedding day than any other day of your life. So, how do you ensure you’ll be at your absolute best? First, keep in mind that how you look on your wedding day begins before that morning. Trust us, the results will be well worth it- plus taking a break from all those to-dos for a workout, or some pre-wedding pampering will help keep you sane.

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If you’re not much of a makeup person, and even if you are, and no matter how good you are, if you can fit it into your budget, you should hire a professional makeup artist and hairstylist for your wedding day. The best part... we have done the hard work for you and compiled the best in the area!

TRIAL RUNS Once you’ve booked your beauty professionals, schedule at least one trial run for wedding-day hair and/or makeup to test out different possibilities. Many professionals will charge a trial-run fee and then a separate wedding-day fee. Others will charge one price upfront and include a free trial run as part of the package. During your trial session, you will experiment with different hair and makeup looks. Before you arrive, gather pictures from magazines and social media to show the artist. Be sure to bring your earrings, veil, and headpiece to decide how they’ll fit with your look!

“My biggest piece of advice to any bride when considering your makeup and hair for your wedding is to take into account the style of your wedding dress, the theme of your wedding and your overall day-to-day makeup and hair style.” Makeup By GLAM by Tammy Shefa | Shelly Taylor Photography

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DIANA MARIE MAKEUP ARTISTRY (254) 415-5834 | dianamariemakeupartistry@yahoo.com

Diana, lead artist and CEO of Diana Marie Makeup Artistry, specializes in bridal and special event makeup. Diana began her career as a professional makeup artist thirteen years ago in Southern California. She worked for professional makeup companies, including MAC Cosmetics and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, before transitioning into her own bridal business. Diana has worked with elite clients and events. Her work has been featured in several digital and print publications such as Voyage Dallas Magazine, San Diego Bridal Magazine, and David’s Bridal. Diana’s work has also been showcased in live runway shows, and her talent and skill have been utilized on set during professional photoshoots. Diana is passionate about makeup, and her brand aesthetic is based on the philosophy of less is more and making clients feel naturally pretty. Over the years, Diana Marie Makeup Artistry has created a unique, high-touch experience for her brides, allowing them to light up with confidence and ignite their sparkle from within!

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BEAUTY BY KARA BETH (254) 652-3765 | hairbykarabeth@gmail.com Based in Waco, Texas, Beauty by Kara Beth is a hair and makeup company providing onsite beauty services to brides in Central Texas and beyond. Kara Beth’s beauty professionals team is trained and equipped to create gorgeous, lasting looks for your bridal party. They provide bespoke beauty services customized to match your personal style and wedding day aesthetic and can service both small and large groups. With a variety of packages designed to suit your budget, location, and beauty needs, Beauty by Kara Beth would be honored to be part of your big day!

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B E .YO U .T I F U L S A LO N 108 N. Main Street, Belton, TX, 76548 (254) 939-7499 | beyoutifulbelton@gmail.com Based out of Belton, TX. Opened in 2013. BeYOUtiful Hair Salon provides award-winning wedding beauty services for soon-to-be newlyweds. Nory, the company owner, works alongside her skilled team of hair and makeup artists to create exquisite looks for her clients. They are truly dedicated to their craft and will strive to enhance your natural beauty for your big day. Besides receiving an array of renowned certifications throughout their career, they genuinely enjoy building their skills and honing their techniques. The BeYOUtiful team will work to secure your trust and comfort from the outset, allowing you to relax and unwind before your celebration.

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DAPPER & DASHIN’ SALON AND SHOP 3010 Scott Blvd Suite 102, Temple, TX, 76501 (254) 295-0600 |dapperanddashinevents@gmail.com Award-winning Dapper & Dashin’ is a men’s grooming shop and full-service salon focused on providing an elevated hair experience through being professional, personable, and precise. Their experts will cater to your wedding party’s needs by providing your groom and groomsmen with tailored haircuts, relaxing signature hot towel shaves, custom black mask facials, and waxing. Reserve Dapper & Dashin’ for your wedding party today!

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GLAM BY PHY 1519 Florence Road, Suite #16, Killeen, TX 76541 (254) 833-7794 | glambyphy@gmail.com

Glam by Phy Beauty & Bridal is a team of master makeup and hair artists who provide luxury bridal beauty services to all of Central Texas and was awarded The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” award for the last two consecutive years. The Glam by Phy team services and celebrates all brides providing expert services to all skin tones, hair types, and age groups. Glam by Phy promises to make every bride a priority with prompt response times and attentive communication. Discover the Glam by Phy Difference today!

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G L A M B Y TA M M Y S H E FA (254) 252-0140 | tammyshefa@yahoo.com Tammy Shefa is a talented makeup artist based in Waco, TX. Tammy has specialized in airbrush makeup and spray tans for over 8 years. While working with brides to create their dream look, she goes above and beyond to provide exceptional service with attention to detail and professionalism. Tammy provides on-site makeup services for an unforgettable, personal experience on your special day. She is ready to master any look for all your special occasion needs.

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HAIR & MAKEUP BY COURTNEY (254) 722-5927 | cyarbrough411@yahoo.com Makeup by Courtney specializes in bridal hair and makeup. A premier makeup and hair artist in the wedding industry for several years, Courtney is trained in airbrush and traditional makeup and the latest bridal formal and informal hairstyles. From a dramatic look to soft natural glam. Courtney and her team will create the perfect bridal look for you.

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O N T H E AV E N U E S A LO N 711 Austin Ave. , Suite 1, Waco, TX, 76701 (254) 339-1440 | ontheavenue711@gmail.com On the Avenue Salon and Blowout Bar is the perfect place for you and your bridal party to get ready! Get your makeup and hair done, grab a drink and relax while their highly-trained stylists help you personalize your appearance and make you feel beautiful for your big day! Reserving the Bar is like having a party before the party starts. You and your bridal party will get to toast to a fun-filled day, feel pampered, relaxed, and get styled for your event together. We recommend booking for your event at least one month in advance. Want to get ready at your venue instead? No worries! They can also travel to you! O N T H E AV E N U E WAC O.C O M

T3 THE GYM 2329 S 57th St, Temple, TX 76504 (254) 742-2020 | adrian@titantotaltraining.com T3 The Gym is the premier training facility in Central Texas. We offer a newly renovated gym, group fitness classes, childcare, personal training, hydro massage chairs, infrared pod, and third-party vendors. Come check us out for free!

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PRO ADVICE DO THEY HAVE A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT EXAMPLES OF WORK FOR YOU TO VIEW & IS IT DIVERSE? Avoid vendors who cannot readily produce a portfolio. You want to see various skin tones, ages, and hair types represented in their portfolio. This will ensure that the vendor is skilled enough to meet the needs of EVERYONE in your bridal party. WILL THEY TRAVEL TO YOUR LOCATION? ARE THERE FEES ASSOCIATED WITH TRAVEL? If you are planning to get ready at your venue, will your beauty team travel to you? Also, ask about the costs associated with this. DOES YOUR BEAUTY VENDOR OFFER A BRIDAL TRIAL? If a trial is offered, specify if this is a separate cost or included with the package. DOES THE MAKEUP ARTIST OFFER BOTH AIRBRUSH & TRADITIONAL MAKEUP? If airbrush makeup is your preference, make sure your makeup artist is skilled in this area. Read reviews and view their work.

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DOES YOUR HAIRSTYLIST OFFER HAIR EXTENSIONS OR CLIP-INS TO ACHIEVE YOUR DESIRED HAIRSTYLE? If you would like to add length or volume to your look, would this be something your vendor will assist with? Is there an additional charge? DOES YOUR BEAUTY VENDOR WORK SOLO OR BRING A TEAM? Wedding time goes by extremely quickly! If you have a larger bridal party, be sure that your vendor has assistance to ensure that everyone is ready on time. DOES YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST SUPPLY ALL PRODUCTS USED, OR DO THEY REQUIRE YOU TO PURCHASE THEM? Surprisingly, some makeup artists do not supply all makeup products. Some require you to purchase your own foundation or lashes. Please check to make sure what’s included in the price of your services. WHAT IS YOUR BEAUTY VENDOR’S POLICY FOR SANITATION AND COVID-19 PREVENTION? If the spread of germs and illness is a concern, discuss the sanitation procedures with your vendor. If you have specific things you would like implemented (artists wear masks, artists wear gloves, artists use throw-away tools), please specify. WHAT IS YOUR BEAUTY VENDOR’S POLICY FOR DAY-OF WEDDING ADD-ONS? Sometimes the members of bridal parties decide to join in on the fun at the last minute. Discuss with your vendor what their policy is about day-of-ceremony service add-ons.

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Find a DJ or Musician who has plenty of experience or primary business is weddings. They will know the ins and outs of a wedding reception and will be great serving as the Emcee to make your wedding announcements and how to keep a wedding crowd going! Once you’ve made your DJ or Musician selection, ask to hear examples of their work. This can be a live performance or a video. A bridal show is also a great way to hear them in person! Give your DJ your playlist and your “do not play” list. If you have your heart set on a playlist, let your DJ know as soon as you meet to make sure they are willing to follow it. You may also want to create a “do not play” list to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Heaven forbid “your song” you shared with your ex is played at the reception. Ask if they have experience working in your venue. If not, will they will be taking care of making sure they have everything needed for their equipment? Will they be using lighting or other special effects or is that an add on? Besides music, some DJ’s and Musicians may bring lighting and or other effects like fog machines. Most offer it but it’s not included in their basic packages. How many hours are included in the package? You will want to know this as it will determine when your party might have to end or you may need to adjust your reception time or pay for more hours. How do they make sure that the volume is comfortable for all guests? Let’s be honest, What your 18-year-old cousin thinks is the perfect volume is different from what your 75-year-old grandpa is willing to put up with. Maybe making sure you have a table set away from the speakers for those guests that loud noise maybe an issue. What’s your cancellation Policy? If you change your date, if there is a shutdown, what are the terms? Can you move your date? Will you lose your deposit?

Let’s be honest – Music is everything when it comes to your wedding. From the way it makes your guests and even more importantly (you) feel when you walk down the aisle, to the vibe of your reception. It’s no secret music can make or break a party which means your music vendors need to be one of your top priorities when planning your wedding reception. First, you need to figure out the style of wedding and vibe you are wanting. If you are going for a more elegant affair, hiring someone like Gretchen Williams, Central Texas’ premier wedding harpist to play while walking down the aisle or during cocktail hour would be a perfect fit! Or, if you are looking for a DJ– hiring one of our preferred DJ’s like Ceremony Masters, Wall Of Sound, G-Fire Productions, or K&S Entertainment will keep the party dancing all night long! Your wedding DJ is one way you can make sure your guests have a blast while also adding your own personal touch to the event. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when hiring a wedding DJ or Musician.

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CEREMONY MASTERS (254) 360-4830 | dylan@ceremonymastersctx.com

Ceremony Masters is a boutique entertainment company, offering DJ, lighting, photo booth, event coordination and photography for weddings and events throughout Central Texas. With over 20 years of experience, their team of professionals have been recognized in the industry as innovative and creative. They specialize in creating lasting memories and one-of-a-kind events. Whether big or small your guests will talk about it for years to come. At Ceremony Masters, it is their goal to make the planning process simple and fun, while taking great care of you along the way!

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GRETCHEN WILLIAMS, HARPIST 201 E Woodlawn Dr., Harker Heights, TX 76548 (254) 699-9050 | centexharpist@hot.rr.com Harp music is elegant, romantic, and graceful, making for the perfect music for your wedding day. From walking down the aisle to cocktail hour, Gretchen’s incredible talent will leave your guests in awe! “I have been playing the harp all of my life and playing for events in the Central Texas area since 1980. I used to teach Biology in high school, but I decided to play for events when I retired. I can provide music for preludes, wedding marches, and any other pieces a bride might want to be provided that can be played on a harp”. Music of the finest quality is Gretchen Williams’s standard, and we know firsthand, which is why she is our go-to when it comes to a Harpist in Central Texas! C E N T E X H A R P I S T. C O M Shelly Taylor Photography

G-FIRE PRODUCTIONS PO Box 2035, Harker Heights, TX 76548 (254) 291-5625 | GFirePro71@yahoo.com When hiring G Fire Productions (DJ | Sound | Lighting), you can count on “Fun and Professionalism.” They’re here to provide quality entertainment for all of Texas at affordable rates. Their DJs are motivated professionals with years of experience in the wedding & entertainment industry. If you’re looking for customer-focused, attention to detail, flexibility, and sophistication, there’s absolutely no reason to look elsewhere! Their DJ/MC style is unique, and they offer amazing features such as “G Sparks” and “Dancing in the Clouds.” G Fire Productions wants to earn your business and are looking forward to hearing from you soon. Let’s party!

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WALL OF SOUND (254) 285-8707 | wosproductions@hotmail.com Since 2010, Wall of Sound Productions has been one of Central Texas’s go-to for DJ services, photo booths, uplighting, monograms, and more! Wall of Sound Productions is a team of 3 professional and experienced DJs that specialize in weddings and private events. With their passion for music and creating memorable moments through it, they can assist in creating a fun and exciting experience for you and your guests to last a lifetime. They understand that it’s not just about playing music. It’s playing the right song at the right time. Wall of Sound Productions believes each wedding they do is as unique as each couple they meet! Contact them today for your DJ and/or photo booth!

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K & S E N T E R TA I N M E N T (254) 495-1997 | DJkarokekim@gmail.com K & S Entertainment is a DJ, Karaoke & Photobooth company specializing in weddings, quinceaneras, corporate and special events in Central Texas! From keeping your guests dancing to capturing memories in their unique photo booth, you are sure to keep your guests entertained all night long! The Mirror Photo Booth is a fully interactive selfie mirror with personalized animations, design choices, and much more! Guests can message photos directly to their mobile phones and also take home high-quality digital prints. Lastly, after your event, you’ll have full access to all of the photos and GIFs. How cool is that?

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A R T H U R M U R R AY D A N C E S T U D I O (254) 301-7125 | wacodance@gmail.com

Let the experienced Wedding Dance Professionals at Arthur Murray Waco create an unforgettable First Dance that’s sure to wow everyone on your wedding day! We specialize in teaching personalized private lessons for First Dances, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, Wedding Party, Wedding Guests, & more. Whatever your vision for your wedding dance may be - something simple to get by, or an extravagant choreographed mash-up, we’ve got you covered! So whether you’re getting ready for your own wedding, or maybe you just have a busy wedding season ahead, call or text Arthur Murray Waco to schedule your first lesson today! DA N C E WAC O.C O M

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IN HER WORDS. . . "Michelle, with Neva Michelle Photography, was the photographer I wanted to photograph my wedding since I started dating my husband almost 6 years ago. Having her be a complete part of our wedding process from photographing my bridals, our engagement photos, and the best day ever i.e. our wedding day, was the best choice we made. She is the complete package in a photographer, and truly met all expectations I could dream up as a bride and more!" "I couldn’t have imagined a better company to create the design and decor of our dream day, than Confetti Rentals. Karla McNeill, my amazing wedding planner, took Hidden River Ranch, an already gorgeous venue, and created a whimsical, romantic, and perfect setting for our dream day. I told her I wanted greenery, elegance, and to be overwhelmed when I walked into the reception space, and boy did she deliver!" "G Fire Productions was one of the best parts of our wedding day, creating an atmosphere that not only kept the party going all night, but kept all our guests both young and old, entertained and excited to break it down on the dance floor!" BLISS WEDDING PROS PLANNING & DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHER

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Cassidy and Jacob Cantu October 10, 2020 | Angel Owens Photography

IN HER WORDS. . . "When I first imagined what our wedding day would look like, a worldwide pandemic was not included. Unfortunately, 11 months into wedding planning, God had different plans. This year taught me that no matter how much I plan and prepare, His plan for me cannot be altered ...you have to go through the process to get to the promise. I knew God was doing something amazing in our lives." "When I saw Jacob waiting for me at the end of the aisle, nothing else truly mattered... I was marrying my best friend. I would relive being a COVID bride over and over again just for that exact moment. I’ve never been a very decisive person, but this was one thing that I was 100% sure of. This was the man that I wanted to go through the worst and the best times with. I’m not sure when things will return back to normal and maybe they never will. But don’t let that stop you. These are the cards we’ve been dealt with. Make the best of it and don’t lose sight of the reason behind it all. At the end of the day, it’s about you and your best friend making a promise to forever. What else really matters? " BLISS WEDDING PROS

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Allyssa and Clint Johnson O c t o b e r 1 7, 2 0 2 0 | B e a r M o o s e & F o x

IN HER WORDS. . . "Ginny with Creative Innovations made my flower arrangements and ideas come to life with the coordination of Chris with Confetti rentals. They both worked together and were so caring and thoughtful in the process." "Taylor with Be.You.Tiful Salon hit it out of the park and made my hair look exactly like the pictures I had!" "Our wedding definitely came to life with all the help of our vendors and a dream come true."

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/ L I LY ' S C A K E S

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R E N TA LS

/ S TA G E C O A C H I N N

/ C O N F E T T I R E N TA L S

/ B E .Y O U .T I F U L S A L O N

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Brittany and Dallas Fuller October 25, 2020 | Carmen J. Williams Photography

IN HER WORDS. . . "I cannot say enough good things about Carmen from Carmen J. Williams Photography! From the very beginning she was easy to talk to and connect with. Even coordinating with Carmen while I was living overseas was a breeze. When it came time for our engagements, Carmen made Dallas and I both feel so comfortable. She captured our relationship and personalities perfectly and made the experience so much fun. On our wedding day Carmen didn’t miss a single detail! Not only did she take amazing photos, she helped our day run smoothly. We love Carmen and feel so lucky to have found her!"

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CA KE

/ LI LY' S CA K E

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McKennah and Mason McDonald December 12, 2020 | Carmen J. Williams Photography

IN HER WORDS. . . "Carmen exceeded all of our expectations! Not only do her photos turn out incredible, but she also makes it easy to relax and have fun! She is professional and takes the best images! Carmen captured our wedding day perfectly and the pictures will be something we cherish forever!" "If you are looking for a stress-free wedding, Leatherberry Oaks Wedding Venue is for you! Molly and her husband are great at helping you with whatever you need for your wedding. They have plenty of room for the bridal party and the parents of the bride/groom to stay on the property. I highly recommended this venue for your special occasion!" "Be.YOU.Tilful Salon does an amazing job! They traveled to my wedding venue to do my hair and makeup and a few of my bridesmaids as well. They make you feel so beautiful! They fit any budget and I will definitely be going to them in the future for other occasions!" "George from Wall Of Sound productions was a fantastic DJ! He got everyone out on the dance floor and having fun! We got many compliments about how great the music and energy was! He played the perfect mixture of music and everyone had a good night!" BLISS WEDDING PROS PHOTOGRAPHER

/ CARMEN J. WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY BEAUTY

/ B E .Y O U .T I F U L S A L O N

DJ

VENUE

/ L E AT H E R B E R R Y O A K S

/ WA L L O F S O U N D

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Natasha and Wykeyhe Walker October 25, 2020 | Bear Moose & Fox

IN HER WORDS. . . "Choosing Glam by Phy was one of the best decisions I could've made! Phy and her team do absolutely flawless work and they are all so kind. She made me feel so beautiful on my wedding day and I will always highly recommend her to anyone!" "Caitlin with CMDesigns completely nailed our stationery! I shared my Pinterest board with her and we discussed every detail. I was so impressed with the design! We got so many compliments about how beautiful the invitation suite was!" "We are so grateful for Wall of Sound! With covid, we cancelled our reception then decided last minute to at least have our dances. Carlo came to Wimberley all the way from Waco to help make our day one of our most cherished memories."

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/ GLAM BY PHY DJ

STAT I O N E RY

/ CM DESIGNS

/ WA L L O F S O U N D

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Abigail and Zachary Aguayo N o v e m b e r 7, 2 0 2 0 | P h o t o g r a p h y b y K y l e e

IN HER WORDS. . . "Hannah with Watson Weddings & Events was the blessing we never knew we needed!! She was included in our venue package and thank goodness she was! She did SO much for us leading up to and on the big day. She was involved in planning, our timeline, styling the tables and venue, day of coordinating, set up and more. She quickly understood the vibe and style we were going for and ran with it. She was also super responsive and eased all of our concerns. Our day was so peaceful and smooth, and I truly did not have worry about anything thanks to Hannah!" "Kara with Beauty by Kara Beth SAVED the day!! A week before my wedding, I was left without a hair stylist. Kara rescued this panicked bride and spent her Saturday working her magic on my hair without a trial run or ever touching my hair. I needed a half up half down style with braids, incorporating the extensions I had, and she got it done like it was nothing. My hair was just beautiful and stayed the whole day and night. She also added such positive energy to the bridal suite! Would recommend. All. Day."

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/ WAT S O N W E D D I N G S & E V E N T S

HAIR

/ B EAU T Y BY K A R A B E T H

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Ellie and Mason Price M a r c h 1 0 , 2 0 2 1 | Te m p l e S t a r P h o t o g r a p h y

IN HER WORDS. . . "The Venue at Lilly Pond was the perfect setting for our wedding reception! The scenery outside was gorgeous and it was such a fun night with our friends and family. I loved the décor and the bridal suite was perfect for getting ready!"

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/ THE V ENU E AT L ILLY PO N D

RE NTALS

/ C O NF E T T I R E N TA LS

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Brittany and Cody McDonough January 23, 2021 | Jack & June Photography

IN HER WORDS. . . "I feel truly blessed to have had the experiences I did with these amazing vendors!" "Deerfield Estates was the perfect venue from the start. I loved the idea of getting married outside and having a beautiful reception inside. The patio area was perfect for cocktail hour and extra seating. The people were friendly and very accommodating to our wants and needs." "Holly, with Jack & June Photography, I fell in love with the moment we met. Getting married during a pandemic was no walk in the park and she made me feel at ease during the whole process. She had a very calming way about her that took away any anxiety. She made Cody and me feel very comfortable and relaxed while taking our pictures. She was more than just a photographer and for that, I am forever grateful." "Picking out my wedding dress at Georgio’s Bridal Shop was a wonderful experience I will never forget. I felt so taken care of the entire time I was in the store. Trying on wedding dresses can be an overwhelming experience, but the women at Georgio’s made our whole experience feel like a beautiful dream." BLISS WEDDING PROS PHOTOGRAPHER R E N TA LS DRESS

/ JAC K & J U N E P H OTO G R A P H Y

/ R S V P R E N TA L

/ GEORGIO'S BRIDAL

CAKE

VENUE

/ ALL SUGAR'D UP

DANCE STUDIO

/ D E E R F I E L D E S TAT E S DJ

/ WA L L O F S O U N D

/ A R T H U R M U R R AY D A N C E S T U D I O

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Belva and Karl Sheppard March 28, 2021 | Angel Owens Photography

IN HER WORDS. . . “I knew exactly what I wanted when I started planning...a Sunday morning champagne brunch was a must. The Arboretum was the perfect setting. The grounds were beautiful and the large glass windows brought the outside in.” “My coordinator Shauna was the best pick for me. She knew my vision, carried it out and kept everything running smoothly while keeping me calm through the process. From entrance to the table setting, she layered and placed everything exactly like I imagined.” “Jennifer from Action Rental made the room look so soft and romantic. The whites and ivory were the perfect palette.” “Pendley Party brought the ballroom entrance alive with the beautiful white trees. They were stunning to say the least.” “Simply Delicious provided a fantastic cake surrounded by champagne flavored tea cakes.” “My gown of course had to be perfect, after all...I do own the shop. With my favorite designer and a twist of my own, it was easy to say “Yes” to the dress.” “This was an incredible day, one of blending two families together and one that would not have been possible without so many of my vendor friends. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.” BLISS WEDDING PROS PLANNING & DESIGN CAKE

/ W E D D I N G S BY S H AU NA

/ S I M P LY D E L I C I O U S B A K E R Y TEA

/ ZUKE’S TEA BAR

R E N TA LS

VENUE

DRESS & TUXEDO

/ CARLEEN BRIGHT ARBORETUM

/ GEORGIO'S BRIDAL

CAT E R I N G

/ BLANEK’S

/ A C T I O N R E N TA L & P E N D L E Y PA R T Y P R O D U C T I O N S

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Alyssa and John Giliberto O c t o b e r 1 7, 2 0 2 0 | B r a n d o n & L i n d s a y L u t z P h o t o g r a p h y

IN HER WORDS. . . "When I think back on my wedding day, I think about the way it encompassed the vision I had set for the day and beyond. I remember telling Shauna from Weddings by Shauna that I was going for a “Secret Garden” vibe, she helped me capture this feeling wonderfully! Shauna and I developed such a good relationship throughout the planning process, which lessened the stress of planning our wedding during COVID-19. As a bride, it was such a wonderful relief to know that I trusted my planner to take the reins! Let me tell you, she did not disappoint." "Pendley Party Productions, who provided tablecloths, floral arrangement stands, and table centerpieces for our special day did a great job matching the wedding aesthetic." "Overall, Weddings by Shauna and Pendley Party productions exceeded my wedding day expectations. Shauna and her team are amazing to work with and my wedding day would not have been the same without them! I have told many of my girlfriends and brides-to-be how wonderful Shauna was throughout the wedding planning process, she was truly a Godsend!" BLISS WEDDING PROS

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/ W E D DIN G S BY SHAUNA

RE NTA LS

/ PE N DLEY PA R T Y PR O DUC T I O N S

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Kayleigh and Chance Binder September 26, 2020 | Lauren Crose Photography

IN HER WORDS. . . "When I met Hannah with Watson Weddings & Events she was like the fairy godmother with a wand, ready to make my dreams come true. Hannah was very organized and knowledgeable which is why I hired her, but she won me over with how helpful and creative she was. Not only did she make my vision come to life, but she also gave me memories that I will forever cherish." "Before Hannah swooped in to create my magical day, I had to find the perfect dress. I’ll be honest and say that I am picky when it comes to what I like so this was no easy task, but I knew going to Georgios Bridal, I would be in good hands. I explained what I was looking for and they pulled dresses matching my vision. My “Yes to the dress!” moment was everything I had imagined." "Now that I had the perfect dress, I needed someone to help me look flawless because makeup and hair can be a situation in this Texas humidity. I did not have to look far to find Katy with Katy Reddell Beauty. I have had my makeup done for proms and special events before, but no one held a candle to Katy. She was the best makeup artist I have ever met."

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/ WAT S O N W E D D I N G S

/ WAT S O N W E D D I N G S

BEAUTY

/ K AT Y R E D D E L L B E A U T Y

DRESS & TUXEDO

/ GEORGIO'S BRIDAL

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Taylor and Tripp Henderson September 5, 2020 | Bear Moose & Fox

IN HER WORDS. . . "Our wedding experience had the 2020 stress factor - it was postponed two months before the wedding due to the pandemic and had a looming threat of cancellation even the week of. However, I’m a big believer in making lemonade out of lemons. My husband and I have the same birthday, so we figured since there’s already cake, we might as well have two birthdays and a wedding on the same day." "Georgio’s made me feel comfortable from the beginning. I actually visited another bridal shop and went back to Georgio’s because the service couldn’t be beat. Then when the pandemic hit, their seamstress assured me each step of the way, always making sure to give me the best tips and tricks along with encouragement." "Old Bethany was a beautiful venue and worked with us well when we had to downgrade our 350-person wedding to a more intimate gathering. Our guests all felt very safe there as we had plenty of outdoor space & could spread out inside as well." BLISS WEDDING PROS

VENUE

/ OLD BETHANY

R E N TA LS

/ A C T I O N R E N TA L

DRESS

/ GEORGIO'S BRIDAL

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Rhonda and Cody Gaston February 6, 2021 | Kate Panza Photography

IN HER WORDS. . . "Ginny, with Creative Innovations, brought the design and florals of my dream wedding to life! We laughed together, we cried together, and I truly don’t know that I could have made it through the wedding planning process without this vendor by my side. Ginny is passionate and knowledgeable about floral and wedding design, and she is also so easy to work with. I described my color scheme and vision in just a few words along with some inspirational pictures and Ginny immediately brought my ideas to life. I am confident that she can make incredible bouquets and florals for any season." "It helped tremendously that she frequently works with Confetti Rentals. Ginny and Chris, at Confetti Rentals, are a dynamic duo that you want on your team! The way Chris lights up when she begins to see the design of a wedding come together with the rental selections is enough to make any bride smile. I do not have enough good things to say about both Creative Innovations and Confetti Rentals." BLISS WEDDING PROS

VE NU E & CATERI NG R E NTALS

/ THE V INEYARD AT F LO R E N C E

/ C ONFE TTI RE N TALS

STATI ONE RY

F LORAL

/ C MDE S I G N S

/ C R EAT I VE I N N OVAT I O NS DRE S S

/ G E O R G I O ' S B R I DA L

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Katie and Jackson Kucera February 20, 2021 | Davello Photography

IN HER WORDS. . . "Shauna is the best in the business! We had to postpone our wedding due to the February Texas winter ice and snowstorm. She was able to help us reschedule our entire wedding for the following weekend and we were able to keep every vendor we had originally booked. With her connections and expertise, we were able to reschedule an entire wedding in a week’s time!" "The Arboretum was the perfect venue for our reception. The large windows were perfect for the natural lighting that really brings the whole room together. We loved how it incorporated an outdoor setting but also had a classic indoor reception area." "Pendley’s did an amazing job on decorating our venue. I had a vision in mind of lavender table covers, white drapes, and different shades of purples being brought in for contrast. They helped bring my vision to life. Allison was very helpful and accomodating." "Kim at All Sugar’d Up was a gem to work with! I saw a cake she had made in a magazine but with a different color combination and she was able to create my bridal cake based off of that picture but with my lavender and silver color scheme."

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/ W E D D I N G S BY S H AU NA

R E N TA LS

RECEPTION VENUE

/ P E N D L E Y PA R T Y P R O D U C T I O N S DJ

/ CARLEEN BRIGHT ARBORETUM

CAKE

/ ALL SUGAR'D UP

/ WA L L O F S O U N D

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Evelyn and Andrew Wilson J a n u a r y 2 3 , 2 0 2 1 | W i l l o w Vo g t P h o t o g r a p h y

IN HER WORDS. . . "I LOVE Courtney! She was so easy to work with and did an amazing job on my hair and makeup for both my bridal portraits and my wedding day. I showed her a few inspiration pictures I had saved and she nailed it." "From the first time I spoke with Shauna on the phone I felt like she perfectly understood my vision for an intimate, outdoor wedding at my parents home. I knew I wanted lots of personal and vintage touches throughout the décor, and she made sure they were included in every detail!" "Invitations were one of the very first decisions we made for our wedding and we knew they would set the tone for the entire event. Susie at Paperdoodles sat down with my mom and I and helped us customize every detail to fit my vision of simple elegance." "For an outdoor wedding it was very important for us to have tents, but also to make sure they fit in with the aesthetic of the event. I really appreciated the extra effort Allison with Pendley went through the day before and the day of the wedding to make sure everything was in place." BLISS WEDDING PROS

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/ WE D DING S BY S H AUNA

/ P E N DL EY PARTY P R O DUC T I O N S

B E AUTY

/ C O UR T NEY YA R B R O UG H

STATI ONE RY

/ PA PE R DO O DLE S

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Leah and Taylor Guest December 6, 2020 | Casey Nystrom Photography

IN HER WORDS. . . "Casey Nystrom is without a doubt the best of the best! She knew exactly what we were looking for in our wedding pictures and she executed it perfectly! She is so easy to work with and so much fun to be around! She made us feel so comfortable behind the camera and kept us so relaxed on our big day! My husband and I are not big picture takers, but Casey made sure to bring out our personalities and love for each other in each picture!" "Our wedding was only a few months after our engagement and Casey was my first contact! Right from the start she was able to work with me in the most professional yet friendly manner. Her wedding packages allowed me to use her for engagement, bridal, and wedding day!" "We were able to get our pictures back so quickly and we are absolutely in love with everyone one of them! We are so thankful to have every moment, big or little, captured by Casey. We can’t wait to work with Casey in future photo shoots to see what other beautiful moments she can capture! You can’t go wrong with Casey Nystrom Photography. We had a wonderful experience and appreciate the time Casey took to make our wedding experience the best!"

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Dawn and Sean Robertson F e b r u a r y 7, 2 0 2 1 | S h e l l y T a y l o r P h o t o g r a p h y

IN HER WORDS. . . "Weddings by Shauna was so amazing to work with. Our wedding was rescheduled 3 times due to COVID. It was beyond stressful and I am truly thankful to have Shauna to make things easier. She was so patient and kind through the whole process and made every dream I had envisioned as a little girl come true. There are not enough words to express how thankful I am to her and her team." "Shelly Taylor Photography was amazing as well. She made us feel so comfortable while taking all of our pictures. She is easy to work with and beyond kind. She took amazing pictures and was very easygoing about working with my family for all the different groups of photos I wanted." "Makeup by Courtney did the makeup and hair for me, my mom and all of my bridesmaids. We were so in love with how we looked." "We used All Sugar’d Up to do our wedding cake and grooms cake which turned out better than I dreamed. They tasted so good, I took the leftover cake to work to share and it did not last long." BLISS WEDDING PROS PLANNING & DESIGN R E N TA LS

/ W E D D I N G S BY S H AU NA / R S V P R E N TA L

BEAUTY

CAKE

PHOTOGRAPHER

/ S H E L LY TAY L O R P H O T O G R A P H Y

/ ALL SUGAR'D UP

/ C O U R T N E Y YA R B R O U G H

DRESS

DJ

/ WA L L O F S O U N D

/ GEORGIO'S BRIDAL

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Ali and Ike Shaw March 20, 2021 | Shelly Taylor Photography

IN HER WORDS. . . "We cannot say enough about how wonderful EACH of these vendors were to us! After planning a wedding during a worldwide pandemic and having to move our wedding to three different dates, each of these vendors were so charismatic & flexible to work with! Each one of these vendors are local and always willing to go above and beyond to make sure that your day is as smooth and as perfect as you wish!"

BLISS WEDDING PROS PHOTOGRAPHER R E N TA LS

/ S H E L LY TAY L O R P H O T O G R A P H Y

/ C E L E B R AT I O N S

DRESS

FLORAL

/ GEORGIO'S BRIDAL

/ BRANCH & BLOOM

VIDEO

/ CINDERLLA FILMS

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Morgan and Tucker Saxton N o v e m b e r 7, 2 0 2 0 | R o b i n R o g e r s P h o t o g r a p h y

IN HER WORDS. . . "Robin Rogers is an amazing photographer. She is fun to work with and helped my husband and I pose in cute ways that we would not have thought of. Her photos are so beautiful, I looked at them for hours when we got them back." "La Rio Mansion is an incredibly beautiful venue, there could not have been a more perfect place to have our reception. Lily, the owner, is amazing and will go the extra mile to make your day truly special. The back patio area was perfect for our cocktail hour and the ballroom was spacious enough to comfortably fit all of our guests and still have room for a dance floor." "Karla and the team at Confetti Rentals were so easy to work with to help make my wedding decoration ideas into reality." "The team at Be.You.Tiful Salon was so much fun to work with. They are so friendly and know how to make you feel special. They love to joke and play music while doing hair and makeup which sets a great tone for the day." BLISS WEDDING PROS PHOTOGRAPHER FLORAL

/ ROBIN ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHY

/ WOODS FLOWERS

R E N TA LS BEAUTY

VENUE

/ C O N F E T T I R E N TA L S

/ LA RIO MANSION CAKE

/ L I LY ' S C A K E S

/ B E .Y O U .T I F U L S A L O N

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Jennifer and Bryan DeVries December 20, 2020 | Shelly Taylor Photography

IN HER WORDS. . . "Shelly Taylor was the start of our wedding journey. She walked us through engagement photos, the bridal shoot and the wedding day. She captured our special moments, keeping us relaxed and making it fun. Shelly truly had a talent for capturing our love and joy in every photo. She made our wedding day a memorable experience." "Pendley Party Productions helped make our day extra special. They brought their creative designs to our reception and made a large space become intimate. They eased our burden by coordinating with our vendors and recommending other talented vendors to make our day extra special. The end product was both beautiful and romantic. They were a joy to work with." "Beauty by Kara Beth was recommended by my photographer Shelly Taylor. Kara was warm and welcoming. Kara interacted with me while doing my hair and make up minimizing my pre wedding jitters. She has artistic talent and an eye for beauty. She uses her skill to recreate glamours brides and bridesmaids." BLISS WEDDING PROS

PHOTOGRAPHER R E N TA LS

/ S H E L LY TAY L O R P H O T O G R A P H Y

/ P E N D L E Y PA R T Y P R O D U C T I O N S

BEAUTY DRESS

/ B EAU T Y BY K A R A B E T H

/ GEORGIO’S BRIDAL

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Amanda and Henry Ramirez November 28, 2020 | Elisa Lopez Photography

IN HER WORDS. . .

"Shauna Hamby with Weddings by Shauna was simply a bride’s dream-come-true wedding planner and coordinator. Through covid and an original wedding date cancellation ( 2 weeks before!), she guided us through with such grace and was so knowledgeable about everything along the way. I truly could not have had my dream wedding and dream vision come to life without her and her wonderful team. They are pure gold and could not come more highly recommended."

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PLANNING & DESIGN R E N TA LS

/ W E D D I N G S BY S H AU NA

/ A C T I O N R E N TA L

DJ

VENUE

/ WA L L O F S O U N D

/ D E E R F I E L D E S TAT E S DRESS

/ GEORGIO'S BRIDAL

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Alyssa and Stephen Craig Januar y 30, 2021 | Shelly Taylor Photography

IN HER WORDS. . . "Old Bethany is so beautiful. The building itself is all the décor needed. The versatility was the selling point for me. There are three options on where the ceremony can be held. I was very appreciative about their response time anytime I needed something leading up to the wedding. I was never waiting very long for an email or phone reply. Old Bethany really cares about their clients and you can tell in their attentiveness throughout the entire process. It was absolutely amazing." "Shelly Taylor Photography was did such an amazing job. She knew my venue so well and knew the best places and poses. She got the most sentimental moments when I thought no one was watching and she got all the important dance floor shots we needed of our friends and family having a great time. I find myself wanting to relive that day and scrolling through the pictures she provided allows me to do that. I cannot stop posting them." BLISS WEDDING PROS

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/ SHEL LY TAYLOR PH OTO G R A PH Y

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Melissa and Forrest Mizerik December 12, 2020 | Jack & June Photography

IN HER WORDS. . .

"Jack & June Photography was truly amazing on our wedding day! Holly helped us throughout the process leading up to the wedding with creating a unique vision for our day that was clearly evident in the photos captured. They are extremely talented behind the camera and helped us to feel confident, relaxed, and excited while capturing so many beautiful moments from our wedding." "Allison, with Pendley Party Productions was definitely one of our more helpful vendors without a doubt. She is organized, quick with problem solving, and super helpful when it comes to choosing rentals that matched our dreamy, elegant wedding theme." "Cuppiecakes was by far the best choice we could have made when it comes to wedding cake. They listened to all of our ideas and truly were able to deliver a masterpiece. They created a stunning wedding cake in addition to two towers of mini cupcakes and a groom’s cake that showed Forrest and I floating down the San Marcos river."

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Mackenzie and Derrick Moore April 30, 2021 | Robin Rogers Photography

IN HER WORDS. . . "Robin, with Robin Rogers Photography was absolutely amazing to work with. She made my husband and I feel comfortable the entire process and was very open to any and all ideas. I would definitely recommend Robin Rogers Photography!" "Sticky Bones BBQ was the best catering option for us. He provided us with an amazing tasting that I didn’t even have to look around for any other caterer. One of my guest even booked Sticky Bones BBQ for her son’s graduation party. Alvin was very easy to work with and made the whole process seamless." "Audri and Becca with Be.You.Tiful Salon made my bridesmaids and myself feel absolutely beautiful on my wedding day. They used my natural curls but just enhanced them." "Lily’s Cakes was the easiest choice when we were picking on where we would get our cake. Lily had lots of great ideas and we were able to incorporate a cake and little parfaits that made eating the dessert in a wedding dress so much easier." BLISS WEDDING PROS PHOTOGRAPHER

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Amal and Joshua Marks A p r i l 1 7, 2 0 2 1 | J a c k & J u n e P h o t o g r a p h y

IN HER WORDS. . . "Being raised in the southern coast of Spain, I wanted our wedding to incorporate my homeland in as many ways as possible. After touring numerous venues, vineyards and resorts, I had found our Spanish Kingdom only a 30 minute picturesque drive from Waco. Fossil Creek Retreat, owned by the Vera family, is a hybrid of elegance and peacefulness. The high ceilings and immaculate clear wide floors of the pavilion set the perfect stage for our dream wedding to come to life! The true show stopper was the Chapel. As devoted Christians it was imperative to us to be married in a Church setting. The Veras spared no details in creating the unique sanctuary on their estate." "And then there was Holly! Holly is the genius who created Jack & June Photography. Not only is she a wizard behind the camera, but she is also a genuine friend in front of the lens. She gave us such generous time to dream up our vision prior to the main event, and immaculately captured our day. To say that she is an artist is an understatement. She is a photographic godmother! Plus she has the best snacks in her bag." BLISS WEDDING PROS PHOTOGRAPHER

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