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BEST OF WEDDINGS WINNERS Venues, Florists, Photographers

plus MORE COLOR PALETTES BY SEASON THE PERFECT PLACE TO SAY “I DO” BUILD A MEANINGFUL BOUQUET

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Here’s What to Do Next

24 TEXAS WEDDINGS

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GET TING MARRIED IN

Dallas / Fort Worth / Austin / San Antonio Houston & across the state

EYE CANDY

GOWNS YOU ’LL LOVE

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HIS AND HERS FOTO

CREATIVE ANGLE PHOTOGRAPHY C BARON PHOTOGRAPHY

C BARON PHOTOGRAPHY HIS AND HERS FOTO

MAKE YOUR OWN HISTORY IN OURS. Located in the historic district of downtown Houston, Hotel ICON will dazzle you with its magnificent ballroom and four-star service for an unforgettable wedding! We have multiple picturesque venues for all of your wedding needs and activities including ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and finally your sendoff brunch—all while earning Marriott reward points!

220 Main Street, Houston, TX I 713.224.4266

HOTELICON.COM

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LAKESIDE VENUE FULL SERVICE WEDDINGS | BOAT ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DOCK | PET FRIENDLY 281.291.9900 | 3901 NASA PARKWAY, EL LAGO, TEXAS 77586 | WWW.WATERSEDGE.EVENTS | INFO@WATERSEDGE.EVENTS

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Two Beautiful Locations Experienced Staff

TRACY AUTEM PHOTOGRAPHY

Extraordinary Food

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d RYAN O’DOWD PHOTOGRAPHY

LIGHTLY PHOTOGRAPHY

BRADEN HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY

THE TARNOS PHOTOGRAPHY

COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER

Piazza In the Village/Colleyville

(817) 520-0026

Piazza On the Green/McKinney

(214) 383-2500

www.PiazzaEvents.com

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CONTENTS

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love sweet love

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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist ask the knot squad top picks inside scoop expert advice the wed thread haute hues big question marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

PHOTOGR APH BY ARI MICHELSON

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RESTAURANT BAR VIEW

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CONTENTS

fashion & beauty 243

the get-real guide to dress shopping Truths you should know before your first bridal salon appointment.

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anatomy of a tuxedo We broke down the basics of this formalwear staple.

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maid for style Get inspired by the hottest dress trends to ensure your bridesmaids look, and feel, flawless on your day.

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bling on a budget The insider ring shopping tips you should definitely know.

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bridal beauty, debunked Pros expose some of the biggest beauty myths.

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best hair day ever How to hire the best pro for your gorgeous bridal ’do.

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a matter of time

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Let the season of your wedding influence your bridal makeup.

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love sweet love

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shades for every season

style 111

shades for every season

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The prettiest color palettes for any time of year.

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your perfect venue Find the ideal setting for your day with our personality-based guide.

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style ingredients How to pull off popular wedding styles.

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all in the details These tiny touches are the key to hosting a one-of-a-kind celebration.

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decadent desserts Mix up traditional wedding day sweets.

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the language of flowers Put together a meaningful bouquet.

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defining details This isn’t your typical all-white affair.

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20 things we’re loving right now Get inspired for your best day ever with our annual list of fresh ideas.

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a matter of time

FROM LEF T: REBECC A YALE PHOTOGR APHY; KENNETH WILL ARDT/ TRUNK ARCHIVE

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Craving a standout gown? This season’s dresses are fun, flirty and (almost) good enough to eat.

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CONTENTS

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planning 155

liz & matthew

marry away in the usa Get the excitement of a destination wedding without international travel.

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your just engaged to-dos Tasks you can do right now.

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how to throw a daytime wedding Host an afternoon bash that’s just as fun as any evening event.

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inspiring eats Some of our favorite catering trends to make your day one to remember.

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your just engaged to-dos

real weddings lauren & ben

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november 5, austin

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nicole & cody

september 9, hurst

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january 13, austin

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liz & matthew

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bruce & jose

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7 details guests won’t notice Stay on budget by skipping these quickly forgotten wedding accents.

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picture perfect The right photography style for you and your celebration.

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protect your day What to do if disaster strikes, and how to insure your wedding from the start.

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shawn & jordan

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july 3, dallas

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ria & vipin jessica & gregory

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leslie & kenny

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tawni & matthew july 23, midlothian

lesli & greg october 7, san antonio

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march 25, decatur

carrie & robert

carly & adam october 21, boerne

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november 5, ft. worth

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kenna & donald april 29, houston

march 18, dallas

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taylor & jacob july 1, montgomery

cassidyy & daniel august 18, amarillo

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june 24, dallas

Show your squad a good time with these five ’grammable trips.

real wedding budget key

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jessica & scott august 5, houston

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september 7, driftwood

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insta-worthy bachelorette spots

kari & crain

julianne & paul april 29, richmond

august 19, austin

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katy & trevor may 28, brenham

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april 29, dripping springs

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gabriela & christopher september 9, conroe

april 15, austin

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josie & albert

katherine & austin june 17, san antonio

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kelly & jared march 18, novice

We know your #1 question is “How much does this cost?” so we worked with the couples to tally up their final budgets (sweat and tears not included!). Keep in mind that this total doesn’t reflect the prices of their individual wedding professionals or the quality of their work. Every couple has different priorities— while one might have spent the majority of their budget on a stellar cake, another might have splurged on their photographer or showstopping florals.

$$ = $10,001–$30,000

$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

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Ceremony | Reception | Rehearsal Dinner | Bridal Shower

Tomball, Texas | www.moffittoaks.com | info@moffittoaks.com | 281.370.6616 Photography By: Happy Day Media

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Photography by Jerry Hayes

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512.220.1777 www.thepremiereselect.com Appointment Only

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WWW.PREMIEREEVENTSONLINE.COM

Shaun Menary Photography

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ABOUT THE COVER

2 1 Dress, $2,995, cape, $1,725, Monique Lhuillier at The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus, NeimanMarcus.com (Dallas), Warren Barrón Bridal, WarrenBarron.com (Dallas), Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal .com (Houston); earrings, $1,660, Mastoloni.com; ring, $495, VictoriaSix .com; shoes, $1,245, ChristianLouboutin.com

get the look

Check out more fashion-forward dresses for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion. With its colorful interior and enormous selection of candies, Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City felt like the perfect location for our fashion and cover shoot full of fun, confectionary dresses.

3 Dress, $8,990, Carolina Herrera at Casa de Novia Bridal Couture, CasadeNoviaBridal.com (Houston), Julian Gold Bridal, JulianGold.com (San Antonio); earrings, $2,300, cocktail ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com

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L O V E S W E E T L O V E We pulled an all-nighter to take over the Dylan’s Candy Bar flagship store in New York. Below, a sneak peek at our crazy, candy-fueled shoot.

8:30 PM Call time.

9:40 PM Prop stylist Martha Bernabe knows finding the perfect backdrop sometimes means taking the search to new heights.

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11:10 PM Photographer Ari Michelson regroups with the team before getting down to business.

1:17 AM Our model poses in one of our cover looks.

2:50 AM WE NEED CANDY.

4:35 AM 5:18 AM Digital tech One shot Louise Kahn keeps to go. us awake in the early morning hours by making us laugh.

6:12 AM Ten hours later, and we finally got the last shot. That’s a wrap!

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PHOTOGRAPHY Ari Michelson FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Mark Anthony using Phyto Paris for Exclusive Artists MAKEUP Daniella Shachter using NARS Cosmetics for Workgroup PROP STYLING Martha Bernabe LOCATION Dylan’s Candy Bar Third Avenue Flagship, New York City

2 Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal.com (Houston); engagement ring, $20,000, wedding ring, $850, ApresJewelry.com; earrings, $190, CZby KennethJayLane.com; bracelet, $36,675, EffyJewelry.com

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S AY “ I D O ” I N A P L A C E WHERE THE

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SOMET HING NEW ARE ONE IN THE SAME.

Set on 4,000 acres of scenic beauty in the Texas Hill Country, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa offers endless possibilities for your perfect wedding. And beginning spring 2019, say your vows in the stunning new Brazos Ballroom or breathtaking Hill Country Pavilion featuring grand event lawns surrounded by magical Hill Country views.

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OMNIHOTELS.COM/BARTONCREEK 512-329-4057

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

REAL WEDDINGS DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR SENIOR NEWS EDITOR FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR STYLE & PLANNING EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITORS ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSISTANT EDITOR, PHOTO ASSOCIATE DIGITAL EDITOR, PHOTO ASSISTANT EDITORS, DIGITAL EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SOCIAL EDITOR, SOCIAL CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR REAL WEDDINGS DESIGNERS SENIOR VIDEO PRODUCER VIDEO PRODUCER EDITORIAL & MARKETING COORDINATOR

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Becky Murray, Rachel Sylvester Katie Kortebein Rebecca Delman Jessica Kane Maggie Seaver, Sophie Ross Farah Prince Whitney Little Jessica Molinari Michele Parrella Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Jacquie Militano Jose Marmolejos Toni Franchini

PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy PUBLICATION DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier CONTENT EDITOR Lois Brunnert Bethune

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THE STUDIO @ XO VP, CUSTOM CONTENT & HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Alexandra Ramey SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Tom Chelednik, tchelednik@xogrp.com (877) 238-2369 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Christina Emerson, cemerson@theknot.com (214) 366-0221

SENIOR REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR SENIOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE SENIOR DIRECTOR, SHOWS & EVENTS DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MARKETING STRATEGY SPECIALIST DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS

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COFOUNDER Carley Roney The Knot Texas is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2018 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot Texas are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983. please recycle after wedding

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The Perfect Place for Your Perfect Day Weddings | Receptions | Spacious Bride & Groom Suites | Beautiful Ballroom & Outdoor Patio 13765 Southern Oaks Dr, Burleson, TX 76028 | 817-426-2400 | theoakseventcenter.com

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Your special day deserves an award-winning experience

KELLY COSTELLO PHOTOGRAPHY

AGAPE HOUSE STUDIO

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Discover new ideas, get answers to your questions and find local wedding pros that fit your style and budget.

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired Browse weddings from across Texas, including Chelsea and Cecil’s lively nuptials at Austin’s South Congress Hotel, where the couple channeled their shared love of vibrant colors, music and dance into the day’s design. “I wanted our wedding to feel like a celebration of life from the beginning to end,” Chelsea, an event planner, says of selecting Janet Jackson’s “Escapade” as the theme song for their festive fete.

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Gather your dream team of local wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/texas. Your state directory has everything you need to know about saying “I do,” from securing your marriage license to statewide marriage stats. Then, connect with planners, photographers and more by searching by region and price in our local Marketplace.

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Planning beautiful Houston and destination weddings since 2006.

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EDITOR ’S LE T TER

CANDY GIRL Yes, that’s me cheesing for the camera at our shoot—I couldn’t resist playing with the oversize candy props!

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” Burt Bacharach’s song kept popping into my head as we worked on this issue—especially when we locked ourselves in a candy store overnight to shoot our fashion feature (p. 284). It’s no secret we live in a tough world right now, and at times, it’s hard to see the love—but I’m here to tell you, it’s there and there’s a lot of it. After all, in the 21-year history of The Knot, we’ve helped over 25 million to-be-weds bring together family members and friends to throw epic celebrations of love. And when it’s all said and done, we get to share those moments of laughter, happy tears and pure joy in our magazine, online and on social media to help inspire couples just like you. So thank you for allowing us to guide you on this incredible journey, and for proving that the world is still full of love, sweet love.

K R I S T E N M A X W E L L CO O P E R

Editor in Chief @kristenmax

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✉ kristen@theknot.com

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JEWELS

The Point Of Love Beyond the surface of love lies the point of love.

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CAROLINE + BEN PHOTOGRAPHY

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SWEET LOUISE PHOTOGRAPHY

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With the perfect balance of picturesque charm and modern elegance, the Brodie Homestead will provide an unforgettable backdrop for your event. Unbelievable 38-foot wooden gambrel roof ceilings, adorned with six stunning crystal chandeliers, create a spectacular setting. White draping adds a touch of softness to the barn. Natural elements of rich barn wood and white limestone combine to provide a rustic yet chic opulence.

5211 Brodie Lane, Sunset Valley, TX | 512.439.2981 | www.brodiehomestead.com

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The Allan House is a charming, historic Victorian home built in the heart of downtown Austin in 1883. Embellished with native Texas blossoms and century-old oak trees, it is ideally suited for weddings, receptions, corporate functions and charitable events.

1104 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78701 | 512.478.8653 | www.allanhouse.com

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CHECKLIS T

CONGRATULATIONS

you’re engaged!

Here are the big to-dos from “yes” to “I do.” Turn the page for more, including the tools you’ll need and how to get your personalized checklist.

book a venue Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then, set the date.

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hire your vendors Research and book pros—anyone you have to have should be locked in ASAP.

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plan the ceremony Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

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complete your team Book any outstanding pros like hairstylists, makeup artists, day-of transportation or a photo booth for your reception.

buy the rings Shop for and purchase your wedding rings—don’t forget insurance (now it’s starting to feel really real, right?).

choose a point person If you don’t have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, task a friend or family member to be the go-to so you can relax and enjoy the day.

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buy the formalwear Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Decide what your wedding party will wear too.

choose your wedding paper Order invites, thank-yous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

finalize other party details Plan your rehearsal dinner, after-party and morning-after brunch.

go for fittings Attend the final dress fitting and arrange for suit or tux rental pickup.

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get the marriage license Pick up this must-have document at the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed.

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The planning and hard work is behind you—time to celebrate your new status.

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register & create a website Start a wish list and site. Share the link with guests so they’re in on all the details, like hotel room blocks.

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nail down the budget Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing).

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SAN ANTONIO 210.824.2493

AUSTIN 512.473.2493

CORPUS CHRISTI 361.853.9974

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plan your wedding on your phone PHOTOGRAPHY BY YUNHEE KIM

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The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app is the only app that pulls together your vision, pros and guests—and puts planning in the palm of your hand.

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find your wedding style The first thing you’ll do in our app is take an image-based style quiz to help zero in on your wedding vibe (more on that on the next page). Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision that you can easily share with family and local pros with one click. This way, everyone knows exactly what you mean when you say “romantic garden party.” keep organized You’ll find all of your planning to-dos, and when to do them, in the app’s checklist. Best of all, it’s customizable to your celebration. If you’re not hiring an officiant because your uncle is doing the honors, that to-do disappears off your list. Worried about staying on budget? The app’s budgeting tool tells you how much to put toward individual tasks, and tracks overall spending. compile your dream team We’ll take the info you share with the app and provide you with personalized vendor suggestions. You can also browse thousands of awardwinning pros, including planners and photographers, through The Knot Marketplace. manage your registry Keep an eye on your registries straight from the app. Your wedding day isn’t the only time you’ll receive gifts (there’s the engagement party and shower too), so make it easy on guests and keep your wish list full of options. And check out The Knot Newlywed Fund—you can ask for cash to put toward things like a down payment on a home. think of your guests Give guests all the info they’ll need, like hotel details and registry links, in one pretty package with the app’s wedding website feature. We’ll guide you as you design your site. You can also sync it with your phone contacts (to save time address hunting) and use it to stay on top of RSVPs. get your day-of timeline As you check off your to-dos, the app creates a day-of timeline behind the scenes to ensure everything goes off without a hitch on your wedding day. Share it with your vendors, wedding party and parents. This way, everyone will be on the same page—and you can focus on your walk down the aisle and making it the best day ever.

PROP STYLING: JULIE FLYNN AT HALLEY RESOURCES

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The Orchard at Caney Creek

Weddings & Receptions 923 County Road 235, Wharton, Texas 77488 • Caney-Creek.com On-site accommodations for up to 45 Call 281.944.3331 to make an appointment to tour our 36-acre pecan orchard.

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Not sure how to define your style and theme? Download The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app and take our Style Quiz to get a personalized Wedding Vision.

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CARLEY RONEY Cofounder, The Knot

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SHAWNA GOHEL Founder and editor in chief, Maharani Weddings

MARK INGRAM Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

BRITTANY LO CEO and founder, Beautini

HARMONY WALTON Founder, Jet Fete and The Bridal Bar

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I’m not ready to commit to invitations, but I want to send out my save-the-dates. Do they have to match? CARLEY RONEY: Not at all. It’s important to think about the big picture, but not if it stresses you out (and takes the fun out of planning). Lots of couples send out extra-fun save-the-dates that speak more to their personalities than set a style statement for what’s to come. Send photo save-the-dates using your engagement pictures, or if you’re having lots of guests from out of town, mail personalized luggage tags with your wedding info. If you have a special furry friend, use this as an opportunity to include them in your wedding with a cute photo or illustration, or even incorporate your proposal. If you said “yes” in front of the Eiffel Tower, have a sweet Parisian twist, or if it was during a quiet game night at home, replicate the board game with the basic info for the wedding day. PLANNING

How can I tell if possible vendors are LGBTQ friendly? BRIT TNY DRYE: No one wants to have that conversation of, “Oh, by the way, I’m a woman marrying a woman, are you cool with that?” To avoid that awkward, and possibly heartbreaking, exchange, there are ways to determine if a wedding pro is equality minded before even sending an initial inquiry email. Do a deep dive into their online presence. Does their website contain same-sex couples? Do they use gender-neutral language? Do their social accounts proclaim excitement for same-sex marriage or have photos of same-sex couples? You can always go back to June 2015 to see if they posted about marriage equality too. And you can also see if they’re a preferred vendor of, or have had work featured on, equality-minded sites like The Knot or Love Inc.

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What are some budget-friendly activities to keep guests entertained at the cocktail hour or reception? MARY CHATMAN: If you’re having an outdoor wedding, include games like ring toss and Jenga. They’re fun and interactive, plus you can keep them for future backyard parties with friends. For the reception, Mad Libs or crossword puzzles at tables can be the perfect icebreaker to get your guests engaged in conversation. Don’t stress too much about providing entertainment during the reception— let your DJ or band take the lead and do what they do best. Remember: Dancing doesn’t cost a thing, and doing something like a soul train line is a great way to get guests on their feet and on the dance floor. You can even come up with your own routine to a specific song and teach your friends and family members as a way to ensure they’ll remember your wedding every time they hear that tune. >>

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I’ve tried on so many different dresses and I’m feeling really overwhelmed—what should my next step be? MARK INGR AM: Relax! Sometimes women put too much pressure on themselves to find “the one.” You already found your perfect person, so finding the dress should be a joyful part of the planning process. Start by recalling the styles you were first drawn to—did you love every cap-sleeve dress you tried on? Focus on this silhouette next time you shop, and plan to go with just one or two people whose opinion you really trust, as too many can confuse you. A lot of brides actually find it easiest to make their final decision while shopping alone. Beyond that, consider your venue and what will work with the location, style and theme you’ve planned. Most importantly, focus on what makes you feel good.

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My fiancé and I come from two different cultural backgrounds and are planning a fusion wedding. What’s the best way to honor traditions from both sides? SHAWNA GOHEL: There are so many ways to combine traditions, so have fun and think outside the box—whether that means choosing fashions from both cultures or choreographing a dance to music from each background. Start by looking at your families’ heritages to see if there’s any overlap between the two. If so, this can be a sweet shared ritual to showcase on your wedding day. Or choose one of your favorite customs from each side. Practice both or combine the two with a modern twist for a unique spin all your own. If you’d rather keep it simple, include a cultural element in traditional “I dos,” like adding Indian kundan jewelry to a classic white gown. Don’t be afraid to break the rules—do what feels right for you both.

I’ve heard a lot about airbrush makeup— should I consider it for my wedding? BRIT TANY LO: Airbrush is a popular option for bridal makeup, but it’s not for everyone. It really depends on your skin type. Consult with your makeup artist during your trial and see if they would recommend it for you. Then use your trial as a way to test the look. How do you feel about it initially? How do you think you look in it? How does it wear throughout the day? Both traditional and airbrush foundation should last all day, so try both to figure out which is best for you. In general, if you have normal to oily skin, airbrush may be a great choice, but if your skin tends to be dry, the makeup could get flaky. Another thing to consider is while airbrush application can be quicker, it can be harder to touch up after all those emotional happy tears. T R AV E L

What’s a US spot for my bachelorette party that isn’t been there, done that? HARMONY WALTON: While the tried-and-true boozy bachelorette weekend is always a hit, for a unique trip, seek out a locale that can pamper your group and offer fun activities a bit different from the typical beach day. For instance, Park City, Utah, and Beaver Creek, Colorado, have summer and winter activities that mix spa treatments and shopping with a bit of adventure. Skiing and snowshoeing will get your heart racing (and make a decadent hot chocolate taste even better), while an afternoon spent rafting and horseback riding is a good reason to enjoy a massage.

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The Liney Moon 5401 W. Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs; (512) 954-8534; TheLineyMoon.com When the Bradfords couldn’t find desirable lodging for guests at their own wedding in the Dripping Springs area years ago, they resolved to change that. The solution: The Liney Moon, which includes 10 guest cottages, a renovated Airstream and a 2,325-square-foot modern ranch house, the Stellar House. Set up a tent on the property’s expansive lawn for a reception for 100 under the stars. TIP Book The Drippery Tours, the site’s transportation service, to chauffeur you and your partygoers around Hill Country’s wineries and breweries.

10000 Champion Drive, Washington; (979) 277-7750; DosBrisas.com Situated on 313 acres in the rolling hills between Houston and Austin, this luxurious ranch retreat can treat up to 200 guests to a memorable meal with ingredients sourced from the property’s 42-acre organic farm. Wine connoisseurs, take note: A stellar 7,000-bottle list awaits. Plus, you and your wedding party will feel right at home in the property’s nine hacienda-style deluxe suites.

Alex Camp House 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; (214) 515-6500; DallasArboretum.org For a secluded garden wedding without leaving downtown Dallas, book this white brick, fully furnished home, one of five rentals available at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, a 66-acre property. The lush grounds can host both intimate and large receptions (up to 200), tented or alfresco, with idyllic White Rock Lake vistas as the backdrop. Plus, the dramatic circle driveway was made for a grand exit.

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Hotel Saint George

Brake & Clutch Warehouse

105 S. Highland Ave., Marfa; (432) 729-3700; MarfaSaintGeorge.com Marfa’s original Hotel Saint George hosted cattlemen and railroad travelers before it closed in 1929, but this second iteration holds the charm of the West with the amenities of the modern age. As the first luxury hotel in this burgeoning artist haven in the West Texas desert, the site uses reclaimed building materials to adorn the 55 guest rooms and features local art. In addition to a 75-foot pool, two restaurants, and a swanky bar and lounge, the Saint George Hall—an alluring 5,600-square-foot event space—holds 240.

3601 Main St., Dallas; (214) 404-9909; BrakeandClutchWarehouse.com This 1930s-era space located in the Deep Ellum neighborhood can host guest counts of up to 350 for a seated dinner and dancing. The 10,000-square-foot property has two rooms available to rent, and each connects to the outdoor patio. Farm tables, wooden benches, wine barrels, beechwood crossback chairs, and more are included gratis and play off the venue’s concrete floors and exposed brick. TIP The property partners exclusively with CN Catering for food and beverage.

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E XPERT ADVICE

advice from an

event designer What’s step one when an engaged couple contacts you? I schedule a call to see if we’re a good fit, and if we move forward, I book a follow-up for in person or online to build our relationship. Ninety percent of our clients aren’t local, so we use Google video chat, Skype, Pinterest and more to collaborate.

What red flags should couples look out for when searching for a venue? Ask how they arrived at their guest capacity. The quoted number might account for seating 10 people at tables made for eight and ignore space needed for a dance floor and band.

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Elizabeth McKellar The Nouveau Romantics ABOUT

This Austin-based event design and planning studio pulls off Texas-size celebrations with creativity and a great sense of humor. WEBSITE

TheNouveau Romantics.com

@thenouveau romantics PRO TIPS

Make decisions that fit the two of you. The only thing truly mandatory is getting invitations out on time. Have fun with the groom’s cake if he’s not a “cake guy.” Pies and cobblers are a hit! Bring out your natural style by looking to your closet, home and shops you love for inspiration versus online.

Any hacks for couples on a tight budget? Pick a beautiful spot that doesn’t need a lot of décor. I’m all about candles: Dollar Tree pillar candles showcased in glass cylinder containers always create a magical ambience. What’s the most challenging aspect of your job? Our motto is to roll with the punches. We often work in remote locations, so we have to be prepared with plans B, C, D and E, as something inevitably happens that’s not according to plan A. What’s your favorite part of a wedding? I love the moment right after the ceremony. We try to steal the couple away for no more than 20 minutes so they can relish in those “just married” moments before meeting and greeting guests and joining the reception.

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What should to-be-weds do immediately after getting engaged? Get real about the guest list. Next, determine whom to include for all decision making. Then, rank top priorities, independently, as a couple and with parents, if they’re involved.

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As you begin your journey together, why not start in paradise? You have dreamed of this day since the day you met, now allow us to assist you in making your dreams come true. From unique outdoor venues with the ocean as your backdrop, to the spacious elegant ballrooms featuring large windows with scenic views, we have everything you need for your story-book wedding. Featuring all-inclusive oceanfront packages starting at $8,000. Package Includes: • One-hour hosted cocktail reception with light hors d’oeuvres • Two-course plated dinner • Bartender and cake-cutting service • Tab le linens with over lay s, match ing ch air cover s and h ouse center p ieces • Round tables, registry table, bridal table, gift table and dance floor • Champagne toast for you and all guests • King suite for Bride and Groom for wedding night with champagne

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How did you fall into baking? I came from a family that loved to cook and bake. My mother introduced me to simple desserts, which sparked my interest. I took a cake decorating class and kept refining my pastry techniques by working at various restaurants. I then opened Whisk in 2014.

The Houston-based shop whips up treats from scratch with no shortage of chocolate or originality. (Case in point: the break with a traditional all-white bride’s cake, left.) WEBSITE

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What cake trends are on the rise, and which ones would you like to disappear? I adore a semi-naked cake with some tiers fully frosted in buttercream and finished with a chocolate drip. It’s the best of both worlds and always looks so pretty. While I like painted metallic cakes for their color, the taste doesn’t hold up against the edible paint. I recommend edible leaf instead to preserve the flavor. As for traditions, I send clients a special treat on their one-year anniversary because I’m not about freezing the first tier. What flavor pairing has “wowed” you? During tastings, my clients can create their own combinations. I’ve kept record of some, and this one in particular rises to the top: chocolate cake with a cookie butter and chocolate ganache filling covered in chocolate buttercream. My dream cake is one with different fillings in each tier, such as peanut butter, cookies and cream and raspberry.

Can vegan and gluten-free cakes taste as good as the real stuff? I’ve never made a vegan cake I’ve loved, but gluten-free ones? Yes! While gluten-free cakes are much denser, they still taste great.

PRO TIPS

Print pictures for your baker that showcase your overall wedding-day style (romantic, classic, modern) and your specific cake preferences. Stick to your budget by displaying a simple one-tier cake and supplementing with sheet cakes that can be sliced and plated in the kitchen. Serve cookies! They are affordable, round out a dessert table and are easy for guests to grab and go.

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@whiskbakeryhouston What are the pros and cons of both fondant and buttercream? Buttercream is my love and life: It’s beautiful, not too sweet, fluffy and flexible. Its only downside is that it can’t make smooth sculptured cakes—fondant is best for that and for dessert décor. However, I’ve never been able to get over fondant’s taste.

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E XPERT ADVICE

advice from a

venue coordinator

What should couples keep top of mind when planning a ranch wedding? It’s a ranch! In our case, the barn where we host receptions is an actual hay barn (no hay, don’t worry). As hosts, couples should ensure guests know how to dress. For events on our property, I recommend something like, “This is a working horse and cattle ranch. We encourage you to wear something chic and comfortable that will allow you to enjoy our semi-outdoor wedding to its fullest.” Texans love a reason to wear their boots and hats.

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Melissa Tate Summerfield at Tate Farms ABOUT

Tate coordinates rustic celebrations on her familyowned, 600-acre ranch, Tate Farms—located just 30 minutes from downtown Dallas in Rockwall. WEBSITE

SummerfieldTate Farms.com

@summerfieldtate farms PRO TIPS

Book a venue run by staff you would invite to your wedding, because they will be there. Make your dream celebration happen. Don’t replace great ideas with ones you’re just okay with. Commit to having the best day ever, come rain, missing shoes or a leaning cake.

Any tips for finding a first-rate venue? Have a clear vision of what you want and how you’d like guests to feel on the night of your wedding before starting your search. Never feel bad about asking too many questions or scheduling additional site visits prior to booking. It’s a huge decision. What’s the biggest dilemma you’ve had to deal with on a wedding day? Rain! Our venue is designed for guests to enjoy our land, our beautiful Texas sunset and so much more. However, a downpour has yet to ruin any couple’s special day—we always make it work! What do you love most about your job? Being able to share a piece of our own family and third-generation history with couples and guests is very special to us. One way we do that is to have horse boarders stationed across the property to answer questions from partygoers about the farm and what we do on a day-to-day basis.

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What’s your role in the wedding day? To prepare, I share pictures from past events with the couple to get an idea of their vision and style. On the day, I ready the venue for the couple and their families. Then, I stay on-site to field questions and requests, working with all of the couple’s hired vendors as needed.

F I N D M O R E LO C A L V E N U E S AT TheKnot.com/texas

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MY SHOES WERE DEFINITELY A ‘TREAT YO’SELF’ MOMENT, BUT WHAT BETTER EXCUSE DO YOU NEED TO BUY AN OUTRAGEOUS PAIR OF HEELS?” —Anna R.

“We converted a vintage 1973 Volkswagen bus into a photo booth.” —Kate M.

“Our wedding rings. We each chose three bands we liked, and then we went back separately to purchase our favorite for the other person, so the rings were a surprise on our wedding day.” —Megan N.

“A trolley to transport the wedding party and our second-line performers to the reception in style.” —Abby V.

“The food. My partner used to be a chef, so his menu expectations were very high. We served a five-course dinner that our guests loved.” —Stacey W.

“Our venue. We found exactly what we wanted in a locally owned and operated winery with exposed beams, brick and wine barrels throughout. It’s everything we hoped for without being over the top.” —Samantha P.

“Individually pressed flower coasters etched with our guests’ names—they doubled as escort cards and favors. The coasters were displayed against a shelved white wall dressed in floral garlands.”

MY HUSBAND AND I ARE COFFEE ENTHUSIASTS, SO WE HAD ONE OF OUR FAVORITE LOCAL COFFEE SHOPS SET UP A FULL ESPRESSO BAR. AFTER THE MEAL, GUESTS COULD ORDER A DRINK OF THEIR CHOICE.”

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“I wanted it to be breathable so I could dance in it, but still feel textured and vintage inspired,” Lauren says of her bespoke gown.

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The couple’s nephew pulled their 9-month-old son, Hank, down the aisle in a wagon.

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Lauren Pasternack (33 and an interior designer) and Ben Siegel (33 and a restaurateur) went to high school together, but only started dating after reconnecting at their 10-year reunion. They said “I do” at the Craftsman home they had lovingly restored, followed by a seated dinner at Ben’s restaurant, Banger’s. “We wanted to show our family and friends our life and community here, and what better way to do that than celebrate at the house and restaurant we built?” Lauren says. On the RSVP cards, they took requests of places they should see during their planned cross-country honeymoon in their newly purchased 1948 trailer. —Natalia Carbone

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“We wanted them to be decadent, rich, colorful and fall inspired,” Lauren says of the flowers.

Postceremony, the newlwyeds and 300 guests traveled to the reception with gusto. “After we said ‘I do,’ we had a New Orleans–style brass band pop out of our house and lead the way from our ceremony,” Lauren says. “As we were walking, people heard the music and came out of their houses to wave and wish us well—some even joined in on the fun.”

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“Our main priority was to throw a really good party,” Lauren says. “We didn’t want a sit-down dinner, speeches or anything that felt too formal.” Instead, guests chose fare from food stations, and memorable menu items included housemade pastrami, brisket, a roasted pig and an oyster bar.

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A brass band performed the hora as the newlyweds were lifted on their chairs. Guests had their pick of various bars, ranging from a Scotch-and-cigar station to a late-night ramen noodle setup. “Our favorite was the ramen,” Lauren says. “What else do you want when you’re drinking and dancing? It was perfect.”

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Fresh roses cascaded down the side of the couple’s gilded, gluten-free cake.

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A vibrant palette of lavender, maroon, navy and gold infused the alfresco nuptials with a sense of glamour. Cody’s best friend’s daughter served as the couple’s flower girl. “She was there the day Cody proposed, and I knew she was the girl I wanted to walk down the aisle in front of me,” Nicole says.

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Lounge vignettes were constructed throughout the reception tent, offering partygoers a welcome reprieve from the dance floor. The clear tent was further decorated with trailing vines, and guests dined on cross-back chairs at round tables dotted with navy menu cards and towering gilded centerpieces.

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Photography & Cypress

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36th Street Events Floral Design Pancoast Goodman

FLOWERS Stems

OFFICIANT Pastor Rich

GOWN Naeem Khan, Bergdorf HAIR Cristina Rama/Pierre

Michel Salon; Jensen Wessendorff MAKEUP Gertie Glam & Co.

Christian Louboutin RING Family heirloom DRESSES BHLDN

Bergdorf Goodman Archer and Olive

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT BRIDESMAID MENSWEAR STATIONERY

RENTALS Big Dog

Pyro; ILIOS Lighting

CATERING &

CAKE Four Seasons Hotel Austin MUSIC Ceremony: Arundel Ensemble;

reception: Greenbelt DJ Productions REGISTRY Williams Sonoma GUESTS 120 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• AUSTIN

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“Indian bridal outfits can be over the top,” Punita says. “I wanted a simple, classic aesthetic, but in a traditional red and white hue.”

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THEIR STORY Eight years after Punita Dave (28 and an assistant buyer at Bergdorf Goodman) and Aamer Patel (31 and a managing partner at a consulting firm) met as undergraduates at University of Texas, the pair returned to Austin to say “I do” at Villa del Lago on Lake Travis. “It was a no-brainer decision once we had our site visit,” Punita says. “It doesn’t even feel like you’re in Texas.” —NC

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Muted florals and plenty of candlelight played up the venue’s existing beauty, resulting in an open-air reception that evoked the feel of an ethereal garden party. Once dinner was underway, all 160 guests dined at a single table situated under a trellis woven with ivy and greens.

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International Chocolate cupcakes decorated with the city’s iconic “I love you so much” illustration were a natural choice for dessert. While the newlyweds opted out of a traditional first dance, they instead hired a violinist to play hip-hop, top 40 and Indian music in tandem with a DJ.

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ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

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• DRIPPING SPRINGS

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“It pretty much blew my mind,” Liz says of her structured crepe sheath. “I’ve never felt so good in any piece of clothing in my life.”

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THEIR STORY Minimalists Liz Shapiro (31 and a boutique director) and Matthew Garcia (36 and an architect) chose Prospect House for its modern design, picturesque Breezeway and stunning prairie views. The venue’s existing geometric altar framed the couple as they exchanged vows in front of 200 guests, and an organic palette of green and white played up the chic simplicity of the space. “We wanted to keep things as clean and simple as possible,” Liz says of filling the whitewashed reception with garlands and greenery. —NC

Their florist went the extra mile for Liz’s bridal bouquet. “The night before the wedding, she went foraging for magnolias in her front yard,” Liz says.

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LIZ & MATTHEW’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Prospect

House, Dripping Springs

PHOTOGRAPHY

“We went full-on Texas with our barbecue buffet,” Liz says of dishing up ribs, sausage, pickles, white bread and potato salad for dinner, followed by slices of classic chocolate and vanilla cake. “We served the whole shebang,” she says. “I would have seriously overeaten if not for my wedding dress!”

DAY-OF COORDINATOR Jordan Adams FLOWERS Davy Gray

GOWN Houghton

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HAIR

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Jennifer and CJ Nichols/Nichols Photographers

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ENGAGEMENT RING Vintage

WEDDING RINGS Bride: vintage; groom:

Rebecca Overmann JEWELRY Family heirloom

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Billy Reid; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY Precious Bugarin Design RENTALS Premiere Events; Rock n Roll

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CATERING The Salt Lick

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DJ Ankia

CAKE MUSIC

TRANSPORTATION Uptown Valet

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown

REGISTRIES

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• AUSTIN

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Black and white feathers added panache to round dining tables.

Lights dimmed during the reception to announce the arrival of two drag queen performers. Postparty, the newlyweds exited the room to RuPaul’s “American.” “We’re both proud military members, and despite what people think, our wedding reflected our own version of the American dream,” Bruce says.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Elissa Rinehart/Elissa R Photography PLANNER Bruce Robison

Lili’s Flower Shop Stuart

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OFFICIANT Christel

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Shutterfly; programs & escort cards: Made by Bruce Robison; menu cards: W Austin Hotel Michaels

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RENTALS W Austin Hotel

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“It was seriously so easy, relaxed and fun,” Kari says of their intimate elopement.

SEPTEMBER 7

• DRIFTWOOD

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THEIR STORY “Wedding planning was a breeze since it was just the two of us, our photographers and our pastor,” Kari Moore (26 and a recruiter) recalls of marrying her high school sweetheart, Crain Coffey (25 and an account representative) sans guests. The morning of their vows, the pair drove to their greenhouse venue together and exchanged handwritten letters before walking to the altar hand-in-hand. “That was the experience that I cherish most,” Kari says of their sentimental ceremony processional. “We didn’t want to feed into outside stress or the pressures of pleasing anyone but ourselves.” —NC

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shades for every season Sunny or crisp, colorful or muted, we’ve got pretty palettes for any time of the year. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

The season when you’re hosting your wedding can determine a lot about the event— your outfits, your location, your vibe and even your color palette. We’ve done part of the planning prep for you, combing through hundreds of color swatches to dream up eight fresh and festive combinations perfectly suited for whenever you hold your celebration. >>

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fall feminine and moody wine, lavender, petal, clover

Saturated burgundy offset with light pink and lavender results in a balanced palette perfect for a romantic and feminine autumn affair. The softer pastel shades keep the fall-favorite wine hue from feeling too dark or dramatic. HOW TO USE IT There’s simply nothing prettier than rich oxblood florals, so bring in the deep shade by working burgundy buds (like fluffy peonies, oversize dahlias or unique scabiosa) into your bridal bouquet, altar display or table arrangements. Your wedding party will look stunning in shades of lavender and petal (dresses for the gals, ties or pocket squares for the gents), while a vibrant clover green can be captured through an outdoor venue’s surroundings. This is the perfect palette for a late-September alfresco affair, where you can still host a fete outdoors but want to bring in color pairings that are a bit more seasonally appropriate. >>

fall fresh and rustic pumpkin, blush, french blue, forest

WHY IT WORKS Think of these hues as a tribute to the season’s prettiest shades. A rustic orange strays from its Halloween counterpart thanks to the addition of cool gray-blue and rich forest green. Add a few touches of soft, understated blush and you have a fall-inspired palette that’s anything but expected. HOW TO USE IT This quartet of colors is so versatile, you can find them a home among virtually any aspect of your wedding day. Team pumpkin and pink florals together in terra-cotta vases for eye-catching centerpieces, or work the rich orange hue in a whiskey-based signature cocktail (cheers to that!). Bridesmaids will be absolute knockouts in über-flattering deep green, but it could also be an unexpected color for a groom’s jacket. Reinforce your chosen hues with scenic outdoor couples portraits to naturally work in these shades with help from the fall foliage.

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winter dramatic and daring slate, mauve, eggplant, ink

If a glam evening affair is what you and your partner are envisioning, then these picks are for you. Shades of purple and an almost-black blue may not be what first comes to mind when you think of drama and elegance, but trust us when we say this mix of mauve, eggplant and ink will lead to a jawdropping affair. Offset by a slightly industrial slate gray, you won’t need much else to make this posh palette stand out. HOW TO USE IT Up the impact of your stationery suite by pairing dusty mauve and eggplant with delicate gold foil accents (a watercolor motif goes a long way in making it feel modern). Then, carry the shades into your day with details that pack a design punch, like elegant draping in your reception venue, velvet table linens and overflowing centerpieces that feature glam flowers like roses and ranunculus. Guests won’t know what to Instagram first. >>

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winter refined and natural emerald, peacock, tropical green, gold

WHY IT WORKS A mix of green shades lets you bring the vibrancy of the outdoors in, even if it’s the dead of winter. Traditional emerald green comes alive with the addition of party-ready teal and gold, resulting in a fun yet sophisticated palette that will look stunning in your photographs—and in person too. HOW TO USE IT Swap the idea of florals for a greenery-packed wedding (good news—it’s totally in), complete with fern bouquets and a sprawling vine table runner. Play up the festive atmosphere with hits of gold in your tabletop accents (think: a gilded leaf charger, gold-rimmed wine glasses or even gold-plated flatware) and encourage your girls to rock accessories in the shiny metal. An ombré display of emerald, peacock and tropical green escort cards would surely make a statement, as would day-of paper goods, like your dinner menu or program, in the same hues.

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spring sweet and sophisticated plum, violet, orchid, haze

Pantone named Ultra Violet its “it” color in fashion and design for 2018, so think of this palette as our wedding-ready take on that saturated shade. Slightly toned-down purple picks like plum, violet and orchid team together for a monochromatic look that certainly isn’t boring or bland. HOW TO USE IT Everywhere! Quiet colors like these will feel formal and intentional when sprinkled throughout your event, so try to work them into a bit of everything. Fresh lavender pairs with a variety of menu options, like an infused honey for the cheese platter or pale lavender-colored (and flavored) macaron favors. When it comes to your ceremony and reception, look for slightly more structured ways to work in these shades to keep it from skewing too sweet. Shapely florals, like orchids, or crinkle taffeta tablecloths add just the right amount of visual interest. >>

spring pretty and preppy sand, buttercup, blossom, breeze

WHY IT WORKS Quintessentially spring in appearance, these stunning selects go together as naturally as you and your soon-to-be spouse. A barely there blue and grounding neutral taupe successfully balance out saccharine butter yellow and pale pink for a just right palette that practically screams romance. HOW TO USE IT Pastels are inherently sweet, so don’t try to fight that feeling. Instead, play up the fluff factor with over-the-top accents like a rose-covered ceremony backdrop and aisle runner arrangements. You’ll easily find florals you love in soft yellow and pink, so use décor accessories to bring in the breezy blue and sandy cream. Sky-tinted glassware and charger plates work as a pretty tabletop addition, while a combination of sand and breeze would make for a seriously beautiful wedding party look (your bridesmaids can even double as your “something blue”).

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summer organic and wild pistachio, sage, grass, olive

These picks are so adaptable, it doesn’t matter where you’re hosting your wedding day—they’ll feel just as at home against a tropical Floridian backdrop as they will in the lush forests of Maine. Keeping the saturation level of the greens more muted ensures the combination isn’t too in-your-face or overwhelming. HOW TO USE IT Sticking within a single color range is all about playing with textures, so incorporate a variety of them throughout your day. When it comes to a wedding day backdrop, the great outdoors is your friend, so opt for simple accents that serve to reinforce, not disguise, the organic vibe it creates. Greenery-centric floral displays (coupled with white blooms) and a focus on farm-to-table food helps hammer home the one-with-nature theme. For a final touch, have your bridesmaids add sprigs of a hearty green, like rosemary, to their updos.

summer fiery and fresh poppy, lipstick, coral, persimmon

WHY IT WORKS Bright, bold shades will bring the energy, so if you and your partner want to throw a party-til-you-drop bash where guests barely leave the dance floor, these hues are the perfect picks. Lipstick pink feels way less juvenile when matched with a punchy poppy, juicy persimmon and vivacious coral. Basically, fun is pretty much a given when these shades show up. HOW TO USE IT Don’t be afraid to combine all four of these personality-packed colors onto one item—the bolder, the better. Try asking your baker for painterly frosting brushstrokes on your cake, or work with your stationer to combine the hues on an attention-grabbing invitation suite. Bridesmaids will also look fab in a mix of the pigments. Tie the whole look together by having each of them carry a bouquet filled to the brim with lush and colorful florals like coral charm peonies, poppies and tulips.

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The most memorable weddings are ones that truly reflect the couple throwing them, and incorporate thoughtful details and special touches that really speak to who they are. When it comes to planning your dream day, you’ll want to make each decision with an ultra-personalized mind-set. This includes, selecting the menu, choosing the favors and deciding on the venue where you’ll host all your loved ones. To help, we’ve narrowed in on the top locations for your personality type to ensure you and your partner throw a bash that’s totally you. >>

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YOU ARE COASTAL COOL A relaxed, effortless duo who loves all things sun, sand and surf. Your ideal wedding day is a no-frills affair with good old Mother Nature lending most of the décor. YOUR SPOT A BEACH When seeking out your ideal wedding venue, look to the water. A beach bash will give that effortless vibe you and your partner crave, and guests will love toasting your union among swaying palm trees and a salt-strewn breeze. Host just your vows directly on the shore for added ease, then move onto a beachfront pavilion or club for the reception. If you prefer the whole party take place on the coastline, book the stretch of sand ahead of time with the city and check local ordinances to get the lowdown on what is (and isn’t) allowed when it comes to catering, alcohol, rentals, noise and more.

Soon-to-be spouses who seek elegance at every turn. Your dream wedding is heavy on the shine, glitz and glam, and would probably give the royal wedding a run for its money. YOUR SPOT A BALLROOM Get everything you want in one pretty package with a chic ballroom wedding. Nearly every formal party space is outfitted with luxe chandeliers and glam accents like crown molding or a mirrored dance floor, so your need for sparkle will be more than met. Add some overflowing vessels of high-end blooms (garden roses or peonies) and metallic accents (chiavari dining chairs and gold charger plates) to pack in the drama. To ensure your guests have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, tee up some jaw-dropping moments for them, like flame-throwing mixologists or roaming ballerinas toting dessert bites. When it comes to an event this over-the-top, the sky’s truly the limit.

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YOU ARE FUN FOODIES A couple whose love for food and entertaining is eclipsed only by your affection for one another. Your aim: to throw a boisterous, delicious and memorable affair where the wine is flowing and the food is unforgettable. YOUR SPOT A VINEYARD Look into hosting your family and friends at a nearby vineyard for an event that feels like pretty much the best (and most fun) dinner party ever. The bucolic setting will deliver big on the ambience, so you’ll likely have to bring little in the way of décor (a few strings of bistro lights to make the wine cask room glow). Most vineyards are well versed in hosting weddings, but inquire about their harvest season when booking your date—a late August wedding may be your dream day, but if that’s when the team at the vineyard harvests their grapes (as many do), then you’re in for a lot of added commotion on the grounds. Past that, bottle the charm of your venue (literally) by including special vineyard-themed add-ons to your reception, like a “wine flight” cocktail hour or special pairing menu for dinner. >>

go green The bucolic setting of a vineyard will deliver big on ambience, so you’ll likely have to bring in little décor (a few strings of bistro lights to make the cask room glow).

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As a twosome unafraid of making a statement, you eschew tradition in place of unexpected aesthetic choices that are all your own. You want a wedding that’s anything but the traditional “I dos” and reception. YOUR SPOT A LOFT Surprise and delight guests by transforming an industrial loft into a totally cool event space. While this bare-bones venue isn’t for the faint of heart (there’s a lot of planning that needs to happen to make it suitable for guests), it promises big payoff in the cool department, thanks to exposed brick walls and factory-like piping and windows. Make sure any venue you choose has the modern comforts necessary to host an event, like electricity, plumbing and bathrooms. Play up the edgy vibe with moody accents like black flatware and industrial furniture. Want to really wow? A statement-making extra, like a neon sign or marquee lights in your initials, will really push the envelope. YOU ARE NATURE NUTS

An adventure-loving team always on the hunt for the next fun weekend activity. Your dream day (make that weekend) involves treating your loved ones to a few of the heartthumping adventures that had you falling in love in the first place. YOUR SPOT A CAMP Steal away to summer camp for your event. Often a whole weekend affair, a wedding on the grounds of a summer camp (or a spot dedicated to adults-only weekends) means

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one thing for your guests: fun. Traditional wedding events are replaced with childhood favorites, like a capture-the-flag welcome party, a wedding day spent on the lake or a morning-after kickball game. When it comes to throwing a successful camp wedding, communication with your guests is key. Your choice of venue may mean modifications in attire (heels and mulch don’t mix) or accommodations (Aunt Sue is going to want to know if she’s sleeping in a tent, so she can look for nearby hotels) are necessary, so be clear from the start regarding what the weekend entails. >>

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5 questions to ask before booking your venue These must-asks leave nothing to chance. What’s the driving distance from your ceremony space? If you’re not providing transportation for your guests, you’ll need to know how long it’ll take them to get from the ceremony to the reception. Ask what the traffic is like around the time of your wedding to ensure guests won’t be stuck bumper to bumper on a road for an hour.

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The tabletop items, design accents and stylish accessories you need to pull off four of the prettiest, most popular wedding styles. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

You’ve decided on the style you’d like your wedding to have (and if you haven’t, you should totally take our Style Quiz on The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app), so your next step is about choosing the right décor and accents that will help you capture that feel. Whether you’re going for rustic, glam, classic or industrial, we have all the tips for what you should plan to buy (or rent) to make your style stand out.

DÉCOR STYLE

RUSTIC

THE LOOK Rustic décor is all about bringing the outdoors in, so bottle up that natural feel with raw wood accents and a palette packed with earth-inspired hues, like green. An open, airy venue like a vineyard, garden or wood-clad barn will go a long way in making your bucolic dream a reality.

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THE LOOK If you’re a couple whose dream day involves all things luxurious and shiny, then a glam look is for you. A formal ballroom or event space comes alive with over-the-top accents and a saturated palette that’s sure to lend a dramatic, standout feel.

1 Gilded Drape invitation, $270 for 100, Grace Kreinbrink, Minted .com 2 Louis XVI dining chair, $25 to rent, SnyderEvents .com 3 Versailles glass charger plate, $15 to rent, CasaDePerrin.com 4 Gold-rimmed wine glass, $2 to rent, EventSource Solutions.com 5 Concord napkin, $12, Waterford, NeimanMarcus.com 6 Cake server, $95, Anna by RabLabs, Horchow.com 7 Gold mercury glass votives, $15 for set, TheKnot Shop.com

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Kick it all off with gold-accented stationery, then bring the glitz to your day with metallic hints on dinner plates, glassware, tealights and even tabletop linens. Louis XVI dining chairs make for a comfy perch, while overflowing, two-tier floral arrangements filled with bold, fluffy blooms inject a dose of richness. >>

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THE LOOK Traditional couples will love the clean lines, crisp color palette and no-frills atmosphere a classic vibe will impart on their wedding day. Whether you’re hosting guests in a pitched sailcloth tent along the shoreline or in a timeless country club ballroom, a classic style will feel just as “in” this year as it will in 10 years.

HOW TO GET IT A palette of blue and white is a timeless pick for this style of celebration. Carry the pairing from a pretty patterned invitation suite to an equally eye-catching tablecloth or napkins. Styled with classic chiavari chairs, textured white plates, and blush and white blooms in silver footed urns, the combination is equal parts effortless and elegant. >>

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DÉCOR STYLE 1 Tolix chair, $11 to rent, BigDawg PartyRentals.com 2 Maison plate collection, from $4 each to rent, CasaDePerrin.com 3 Matte black bar, $250 to rent, AdoreFolklore.com 4 Simply Abstract invitation, $234 for 100, Peony Papeterie, Minted .com 5 Large metal candlestick, $18, HM.com 6 Concrete charger, $14 to rent, CasaDe Perrin.com 7 Luna flatware, from $2, BorrowedBlu.com

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THE LOOK Edgy duos will love the tough and unique feel of a warehouse or loft celebration. Accents of black, galvanized metals and concrete finishes will transform nearly any space into a party-ready spot.

HOW TO GET IT Play up the raw elements of your space (whether that’s exposed beams or brick walls) with invitations and paper goods in a sleek graphic black and gray motif. Your reception will look seriously cool with black tolix bistro chairs or a statementmaking black and metal bar. Dramatic displays of greenery (a natural fit for this style) are offset by bold tabletop décor like concrete charger plates, geometric candleholders and modern black flatware. 6

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These little touches are the key to hosting a truly standout celebration. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY MARY COSTA WEDDINGS

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A dramatic entrance

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WHY First impressions impress. Give your guests something to “ooh” and “ahh” over by pulling out all the stops at the entrance of your reception venue. Whatever you choose will set the stage for what’s to come—whether you’re throwing a swanky soiree or rowdy revelry. Let your entrance create excitement for the evening. MAKE IT YOURS Post up a stylish jazz trio at the doorway to your tented beach reception to get guests moving before they even hit the dance floor, or task your florist with creating a lush statement wall to double as an entry photo booth. Big or small, you want to dream up something that gets your guests energized and ready to keep the celebration going all night long. >>

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disguise these venue eyesores Quick fixes for your décor problems. THE PROBLEM

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Terrible flooring THE FIX First, keep in mind that your dining tables will likely cover much of the less-thanstellar floor in question. If it still bothers you, consider pricing out the cost of outfitting the space in the same material as your dance floor. Another solution? Roll out several neutral carpets to create a blank-slate backdrop.

An oversize space THE FIX You can up the cozy factor of a sprawling room in a few ways. First, ask your planner and venue to use rectangle tables for dining—they’ll take up more space than round tables, which will go a long way in making the room feel more intimate. Past that, consider setting up different lounge areas to put the extra square footage to work and give guests a spot to chill out.

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Gaudy chairs THE FIX If your venue’s chair offering is really cramping your style, you may have to resort to rentals. If you can’t justify such a large added expense, make the current style work with a few clever solutions, like picking out a fabric to have sewn into cushions or tasking your florist with creating swags of greenery for the backs.

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Jarring columns THE FIX Disguise any posts with a clever greenery addition. This is a great moment to go big, so ask your florist to bring a few small-scale trees or amazing branch arrangements to place in front of the poles and distract guests from seeing what’s beneath.

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Too-bold wallpaper THE FIX Create another world within the room by covering the walls in glam drapery. Select a fabric that fits well with your wedding palette, or choose white for a clean, neutral look. Then, have the venue hang it from the walls (and even the ceiling) to neutralize the space.

Clashing colors THE FIX Instead of fighting the present palette, embrace it. Pull one or two of the less offensive hues into your current color scheme with pretty napkins or a seat cushion to make it all coordinate.

THE DAY

Wedding planning can be overwhelming—between the cake tastings, floral appointments and venue tours, it can be hard to remember to also plan for those little moments that make an event feel truly like you and your partner. We’ve rounded up seven can’t-miss details that will leave guests talking about your amazing wedding (and your love story) for weeks to come.

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An escort card display Having all the seating arrangements in one spot will simplify things for your guests (no roaming around the ballroom or playing musical chairs) and ensure your reception starts on time. MAKE IT YOURS Pros and their clients are getting more creative when it comes to escort card displays, using them as a moment to inject a bit of playful personality into the day. Set up a scene of wooden sailboats with guests’ names for your beachside “I dos,” or have your display double as your favors with jars of honey tied with each loved one’s name and table number. >>

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Make your wedding truly feel like yours with these creative touches.

The invitations

Your paper goods are your first chance to introduce your event, so think beyond simply including your color palette. Add a map of the area where you’re getting married, trivia about you and your soon-to-be spouse or even a fun RSVP card.

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fun ways to personalize your day

Your ride

Customize your wedding wheels by leaving your event in something that speaks to you as a couple, like a vintage city cab, a sleek mint-green Vespa or a stunning sailboat.

Your first dance

Think about your song choice and go for one that really means something to the two of you—but don’t stop there. Your wedding dance can be even more meaningful if you put a little tango into that two-step. Take dance lessons and have an instructor help you choreograph a unique first dance that’ll be a true showstopper.

The menu

Make your meal true to you by serving local cuisine or a certain specialty dish you both love (like French pastries if you were engaged in Paris). As a lasting impression, pass around a personalized treat at the end of the night, like your grandmother’s famous chocolate-chip cookies or paper cones filled with “Nuts for Each Other” peanuts.

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WHY You’ll want to make sure guests can easily find their way from the ceremony to the reception or navigate the grounds on the way to the restrooms, so clear signage is a no-brainer. MAKE IT YOURS Practicality aside, signs are a great way to reinforce the overall vibe of your day. Hosting a rustic affair? Opt for reclaimed wood signs. Looking for a modern feel? Sleek acrylic or Lucite pointing the way is sure to get noticed.

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A posh powder room WHY Comfort is key for your guests, and while having enough bathrooms is a must (typically one bathroom per every 35 guests), an extra bit of attention paid to the facilities, like flowers or a lightly scented potpourri, is never a bad thing. MAKE IT YOURS Reuse your bridesmaid bouquets in a vase in the powder room and stock a basket full of necessities (feminine products, mints, deodorant and more) alongside it. Want to go the extra mile? Include a fun personal touch, like a sign, favorite lotion or decal on the mirror that says “Get back on the dance floor!”

Luminous lighting WHY Lighting is one of the most valuable tools you have when it comes to transforming your space. Use it to evoke a certain mood, warm up a cavernous room or give guests a glow in photos. MAKE IT YOURS When deciding how to light your reception, look for styles that suit your overall vibe. Strands of vintage-inspired Edison bulbs would look right at home in an industrial loft space, while candlelit Moroccan lanterns are well suited for a boho bash.

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A beautiful bar Once party time hits, the bar is probably where the majority of your guests will be spending their time (besides the dance floor, of course). Make sure it doesn’t feel like a forgotten moment by dressing it up like the rest of the venue. MAKE IT YOURS Pile on the florals, task a vendor with creating a backdrop that will add a fun pop of color or rent furniture to mimic the look of a real watering hole (like a sleek wood bar and high-top tables where guests can perch). If you’re stuck with your venue’s plain style, look into having vinyl stickers made for it, or use a peel-and-stick wallpaper pattern to decorate the facade.

Personal touches You want your wedding to be memorable, right? Well, in a sea of vows and garden roses, it’s the unique, couple-inspired moments that will truly make your day stand out from the crowd. MAKE IT YOURS While you’re planning, dedicate some time brainstorming a few of your favorite things to do as a pair and figure out a way to work them into your wedding day. Love spending Saturday nights playing board games at home? Create an oversize Scrabble board for guests to duel on during cocktail hour. Are you self-described bookworms? Name every drink on your menu for one of your favorite fictional characters. Whatever aspect of your love story you choose to play up, the goal is the same—you want guests to leave your bash exclaiming, “That was so them!” WHY

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Mix up your wedding day sweets with these delicious, creative additions. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY CASSIDY CARSON PHOTOGR APHY

Cake is a wedding standby, and for good reason—there’s no dessert more universally appealing (or delicious) than a pretty tiered confection. But more couples are diversifying their wedding day dessert options by accompanying their cake with other creative après-dinner bites. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite fresh ideas to inspire your sweet tooth. >>

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Make it mini Shrink the size of something and it’s instantly more appealing— it’s just a fact. Tiny treats are always a big hit with guests, so consider adapting some of your favorite desserts into bitsy bites. Apple hand pies are a great alternative to slicing and dicing a full pie, while mini cupcakes, brownies and even petite doughnuts are all just as delicious as their larger counterparts. Another bonus? The smaller size gives your guests an opportunity (or let’s say, excuse) to sample more of the dessert options on display, guilt free.

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There’s no rule that says you have to douse your guests with sugar at the end of the evening if sweets aren’t your thing. While you should still try and work in a few crowd-pleasers (like chocolatechip cookies), you can also opt to serve up several more savory options with coffee and tea. Create a popcorn bar filled with decadent flavors like cheddar jalapeño or brown butter sage, have your caterers craft up a cheese and jam spread or set out a buffet of artisanal honey for your guests to sample. Cake flavors are getting more creative too, so if your taste buds skew more savory than sweet, see if you can find a baker who will play with unique aromatic flavors like goat cheese, chai or ginger. >>

4 alternatives to a sit-down meal Formal plated dinner service isn’t the only way to feed your guests. Here are four other ways to satisfy everyone.

1 Family style Top tables with main dish platters (think: proteins like fish, chicken or steak) and a slew of scrumptious sides. Guests can pass plates among each other and help themselves.

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European family style Similar to traditional family style, except each guest selects and is served their main protein by waitstaff (like at a plated dinner) and only the side dishes are on the table for guests to pass and share.

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Action stations For a meal that feeds and entertains, create a culinary circuit of action stations guests can choose from. Opt for interactive foods like make-your-own burgers, tacos, pasta, wood-fire pizza, sushi and more.

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Counter style Round up four or five of your favorite food trucks and serve guests window-side for a charming and casual picnic-style event. gravel patch or parking lot, or that they don’t mind vehicles on the lawn.

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Pair bites with booze Dessert service can become a secondary cocktail hour when you marry up your sweet selection with boozy sips. Work with your caterer to devise duos with flavors that pair well, like chocolatechip cookies with Nutella-infused liquor, cinnamon-sugar doughnuts with apple cider old-fashioneds or fruity pops soaked in champagne coupes. Guests will still get a sweet kick at the end of their meal, and the cocktails will keep the party going.

Opt for an alternative cake

Get guests up and moving with do-it-yourself sweet stations. Select a few easy-to-customize desserts like sundaes, waffles, s’mores or even a candy bar, then set up tables around your reception where guests can make their own creations. It’s an easy way to keep them entertained throughout your reception—add cute to-go containers and the desserts instantly become a charming favor.

Know your (sweet) stuff by mastering these terms.

Buttercream

A smooth, creamy icing that stays soft so it’s easy to cut through. It can be colored or flavored and is often used to create piping, swags and other borders, or as filling. It’s made from butter, so keep in mind it may melt in high heat or humidity.

Fondant

Ideal for creating intricate accents or an especially smooth exterior, fondant is icing made of sugar, corn syrup and gelatin that’s then rolled out and draped over a cake or used for detailing.

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Ganache

A sweet, rich chocolate, thicker than mousse but less dense than fudge, it can be used as icing or filling. Because it’s made of chocolate and heavy cream, it will soften in humid weather.

Pillars

Separators used in a tiered cake design. They can be made of plastic or wood in several lengths to achieve the desired look or height.

Piping

A decorative technique created using a pastry bag and various metal tips. Piping details can include leaves, borders, basketweave patterns and lifelike flowers.

Fillings

Flavoring added between the layers of cake. They can be made from flavored buttercream, a ganache or even jams and fruit compotes.

Sugar flowers

Often used in place of real flowers or as a sash on the cake front, sugar flowers are created using food coloring and a sugar syrup that hardens.

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If you and your partner aren’t fond of a traditional cake, work with your baker to dream up an alternative that suits your tastes better. You can easily translate your joint love of Rice Krispies Treats, cinnamon buns or pies into the shape of a tiered cake if you want to have that traditional cake-cutting moment. Most bakers are happy to customize something for you, and the personalized moment will make your reception more unique to the two of you.

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Colorado Thanks to Rocky Mountain backdrops and elegant ski towns, the Centennial State has all the ingredients for an unbeatable destination wedding. Here are some of the state’s “I do”-worthy lodges and family-owned ranches.

WHY HERE Fresh from a multimillion-dollar investment, the 285-room Hotel Talisa—formerly the Vail Cascade Resort—just reopened. Ideally located close to town, the property is surrounded by hiking trails and evergreens, with a view of Vail Mountain, and has ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes. The collection of ceremony and reception sites range in size (the Talisa Balloom can fit 900) and offer indoor and outdoor settings. An on-site event planner can help you add some special touches, such as local 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company cocktails or bouquets incorporating Colorado’s famous wildflowers. (Ceremony fee, $2,000; reception packages from $189 per person; HotelTalisa.com) PERFECT PAIRS Who doesn’t love champagne—and french fries? Treat your guests to midreception Flutes and Frites: glasses of bubbly paired with house-made fries and a range of dips.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch WHY HERE Reception venues on this 6,000-acre property range from the rustic-chic Broad Axe Barn (up to 200 people), anchored by a stately stone fireplace, to the 50-person Timber House, with 150-year-old hand-hewn beams and walls of windows overlooking the Continental Divide. Guests can start their days horseback riding or fly-fishing before a wedding ceremony set in a meadow (time to don your cowboy boots) or on a stone patio with a mountain backdrop. During the reception, sip Colorado vodka cocktails and dine on Wagyu burgers made from the ranch’s own herd of cattle. And your wedding party will thank you for the range of accommodation options, including the $100-a-night Bunkhouse (shared bath) and the Ridgetop Cabins, from $399 a night. (Site fee from $3,000; food and beverage packages from $10,000; DevilsThumbRanch.com) R AINY DAY PLAN The ranch sees more than 300 days of sunshine a year, but if you happen to catch an afternoon shower, don’t fret. Corral your guests into the game room—complete with a bowling alley—or the 37-person movie theater.

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C Lazy U Ranch WHY HERE “Brides and bridesmaids often start the morning with a horseback ride,” says Brady Johnson of C Lazy U Ranch, a luxury, all-inclusive dude ranch. And why not? With more than 8,500 acres to explore, not to mention the scenic Continental Divide setting, it’s the ideal way to relax, connect with nature and snap a few memorable photos along the way. Ceremony sites dot the grounds (the Woodsie Overlook, on the banks of a reservoir overlooking the Rockies, is the most popular) and three reception venues can be dressed up with chandeliers and chiavari chairs or kept casual with rustic fire pits and picnic tables. (Site fee from $10,500; accommodation, activities, meals and nonalcoholic beverages from $245 per person per night; CLazyU.com) QUALIT Y SERVICE Along with luxurious accommodations (couples can spend their wedding night glamping under the stars or in the cozy Aspen Cabin, aka the honeymoon suite), what sets C Lazy U apart is its staff, who get to know ranch guests by name, and memorize their activities and any preferences. >>

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Florida Famous for its Latin vibe and see-and-be-seen beaches, Miami is a welcome escape for a destination wedding. Whether you’re interested in a toes-in-the-sand ceremony, an art deco affair or a striking urban setting, the Magic City has the venue for you.

WHY HERE When considering a Miami wedding, most couples think beach, but the city’s glittering downtown is home to some of its most impressive hotels, restaurants and clubs. The InterContinental Miami is a 641-room tower in the heart of the city that recently emerged from a $30 million renovation with refreshed rooms, stunning public spaces outfitted in original art and signature restaurant Toro Toro, led by chef Richard Sandoval. His custom menus, which lean on Latin fusion cuisine such as lomo (beef loin) empanadas and chipotle miso Chilean sea bass, are a favorite among couples. And no other venue in downtown Miami can compete with the Bayfront Room with its panoramic windows that open up to Biscayne Bay. (Ceremonies from $1,000; receptions from $142 per person; ICMiamiHotel.com) PHOTO OP Plan a wedding party shoot on the fifth-floor deck that overlooks the cityscape and bay.

Freehand Miami WHY HERE Freehand is an upscale hostel housed in one of Miami’s classic art deco buildings in the heart of South Beach. Designers Roman and Williams—of the Ace Hotel in New York fame—are behind the property’s 81 rooms, which range from shared quads to private king rooms and apartments. Guests can play ping-pong and bocce in common gardens or bike to the beach just blocks away. Original event venues include 27, a two-story restaurant, or the Broken Shaker, an outdoor patio shaded by palm trees and strings of twinkling lights that can fit up to 300 guests. (Venue buyouts from $10,000; FreehandHotels.com)

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The Miami Beach Edition WHY HERE “This hotel is perfect for couples who want everything

at their fingertips: direct beach access, upscale restaurants and nightlife,” says Jen Schwartz, president of Miami’s CaliJen Events. The property went through a top-to-bottom overhaul before opening as a luxury boutique hotel complete with a destination spa and Jean-Georges restaurant. Have your ceremony on the fourth-floor terrace overlooking the Atlantic before heading to a contemporary ballroom, which holds up to 540 guests. And don’t worry about curfew—the Edition can accommodate late-night revelers in Basement, its downstairs club, which has table service, a bowling alley and even an ice skating rink. And the hotel hosts only one wedding a night, so you’ll get the VIP treatment. (Menus from $199 per person; ceremony fees from $2,000; EditionHotels.com) SPECIAL CEREMONY Want to get married right on the beach? The Edition will happily make all the arrangements for a sandy ceremony, including necessary permits. >>

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California The Golden State is full of wedding-worthy locales, thanks to its beautiful beaches on the Pacific, hip desert cities and elegant coastal havens that have long been favorites of jet-setters. The Saguaro Palm Springs

WHY HERE This playful Palm Springs property, painted in 14 bright colors inspired by California desert wildflowers packs an entire weekend with memorable events. Start with boozy bocce games in the property’s aptly named hammock village, and wrap up with a poolside wedding brunch. As for the main event, envision an evening wedding ceremony, as the sun sets behind Mount San Jacinto, followed by an outdoor dinner on the Saguaro’s pop green event lawn (up to 200 guests). All 245 rooms are stocked with organic bath products and have balconies or patios. Request a room with moutain view. Site fees from $750; family-style dinner from $60 per person; TheSaguaro.com) WELLNESS WIN Resort guests have access to desert cruiser bikes, a 24-hour gym and an in-house underground spa. Try the Desert Essence Poultice Massage for an authentic Southwestern rub.

Hotel Californian WHY HERE Your wedding will be one of the first at this new Santa Barbara hotel just blocks from the beach. The property’s 3,500-square-foot Mirador rooftop deck is a beautiful spot to exchange vows—and take in 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. The ballroom and adjacent plaza create an indoor-outdoor ambience, welcome anytime of year on the central California coast. And a farm-to-table menu with a heavy emphasis on fresh local produce plus craft cocktails will delight all your senses. Bonus: Couples can treat themselves to a little prewedding R & R with a massage for two in the Moroccaninspired spa. (Venue price varies; cocktail reception and dinner from $200 per person; TheHotelCalifornian.com) SPECIAL TOUCH Hit up the Hotel Californian’s Aromatherapy Design Bar to create your event’s own signature scent made from essential oils sourced from artisanal farms.

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L’Auberge Del Mar WHY HERE Thanks to its priceless perch above the ocean and elegant gardens brimming with white roses and succulents, this classic SoCal resort, just outside San Diego, feels like a private estate. Start the wedding weekend in the charming beach-housestyle spa (the Eye Rejuvenation treatment is especially popular on the morning of the wedding) or surfing the ocean waves. After a Pacific sunset ceremony, guests can drift from a party-ready patio overlooking the water to one of two ballrooms for dinner and dancing. Couples are greeted with champagne, strawberries and wedding cake in their room after the festivities. The honeymoon suite was recently updated—along with all 121 rooms—in contemporary California décor by renowned West Coast designer Barclay Butera. (Ceremony fees from $2,500; reception packages from $165 per person; LAubergeDelMar.com) CELEBR ATORY HOPS San Diego is known for its craft beer scene. Pay tribute to the locale by hosting a “beer garden” at your reception. Set up a satelite craft bar and highlight some the city’s best breweries, like Del Mar’s new Viewpoint Brewing Co. >>

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North Carolina The Tar Heel State is full of Americana-inspired destinations from densely forested mountains and barrier islands to charming towns, all of which make for great year-round wedding escapes.

Old Edwards Inn & Spa WHY HERE Located in the Highlands of North Carolina, this property’s elegant European design is matched only by its stunning Blue Ridge Mountain setting. Rooms and cottages are dressed up with oil paintings, antiques and Persian rugs, and many have private porches. The Old Edwards is also steps from the town’s main street, meaning guests can park their cars for the entire weekend and easily stroll to shops, cafés and hiking trails between wedding events. Tuck into the on-site spa for day-of pampering with your bridal party, or arrange an outdoor adventure. Foodies take note: Ingredients from the property’s five-acre gardens are the stars of the menus. Consider incorporating elderflower in drinks like gin and tonics, a nod to the rare type of juniper berry that grows only at this elevation. The indoor/outdoor Barn and Pavilion, which seats up to 275 guests, is a frequent request thanks to its heart pine flooring, stone fireplace and Adirondack-style furnishings. (From $178 per person; OldEdwardsInn.com) SUITE PERK The Old Edwards treats brides and grooms to a complimentary dinner in its restaurant, Madison’s, as well as a free honeymoon night in a coveted room.

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WHY HERE Couples can get married on the beach or even in a gazebo over the water at this classic Outer Banks resort—think cedar shake siding and big, inviting porches—located on North Carolina’s Currituck Sound. Venue options include the indoor Event House (up to 80 people), with a patio and a new fire pit, and the tent-ready Event Lawn, which has its own observation deck that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The resort’s cuisine, rooted in a S.O.A.L. (sustainable, organic, artisanal and local) philosophy, includes options like an “I heart bacon” station and Carolina blue crab cake dinner plates. (Ceremony fees from $1,500; Sanderling-Resort.com) LOCAL FLAVOR Consider adding local favorite Duck Donuts to your dessert table. Its cinnamon sugar and lemon icing with raspberry creations are a guaranteed show-stopper.

The Mayton Inn WHY HERE Southern hospitality is second nature to the staff at this 45-room Georgian-style property just outside Raleigh. Staff members are happy to arrange wine tastings in a penny-floored cellar or prepare a classic Southern Sunday brunch, complete with chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits, for a wedding weekend send-off. There are four event venues to choose from, including a 3,000-foot terrace that overlooks Cary’s brand-new eight-acre Towne Center Park, plus a stand-alone wedding suite, complete with a double-sided fireplace and a Victorian bathtub. (From $60 per person; event-space fees are waved with a food and beverage minimum; MaytonInn.com) PREWEDDING ACTIVIT Y Sign your wedding party up for a cocktail-making class and learn to make the inn’s signature drinks such as the bubbly Mayton Mimosa. >>

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lucky streak From contemporary wedding chapels to fireside lodges and poolside rooftops, the possibilities in Sin City are endless. Search for a space that’s a match for your personalities.

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Whether you want an anything-can-happen-in-Vegas vibe (including a champagne fountain or an elephant-top entrance), a more laid-back soiree in Lake Tahoe or something in between, you can find a perfect spot to celebrate in Nevada.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe WHY HERE Dating to the 1920s, this grand lakeside lodge is designed in rich leathers, rough-hewn beams and handsome granite details. Accommodation options range from queen rooms to suites to waterfront cottages with fireplaces. The property has a variety of reception options like the intimate Water Gardens (up to 70 people), the outdoor Lakeside Cottage Green (up to 300 guests) and the Regency Ballroom (up to 500 guests), which has 15-foot ceilings and haute lighting. Between wedding events, guests will stay busy thanks to the resort’s boat, Jet Ski and paddleboard rentals, as well as guided hikes and mountain-biking trips. Postadventure, they can kick back at Cutthroat’s Saloon with a glass of aged bourbon. Being on the Nevada side of the lake also has its perks—the property is home to a 24-hour casino with over 250 slot machines and 16 game tables. (Ceremony fees from $4,000; reception fees from $10,000; LakeTahoe.Regency.Hyatt.com) SPECIAL SEND -OFF Couples can arrange to leave their reception by boat on Lake Tahoe—a dramatic exit and an opportunity for a romantic starlit trip on the water.

W Las Vegas WHY HERE In Sin City, the hotel competition is fierce, and thanks to a first-class renovation, this 289-room property is setting a new standard. Phillipe Starck-designed public spaces are awash in midcentury glamour with conversation-starting details, including an elevator lobby lined with playing cards from the original Sahara casino, plus a resident fortune teller. There are three floors of event space, seven venues, the Living Room—a popular bar with original neon artwork by Keith Lemley—and a rooftop pool with unparalleled views of the Las Vegas Strip. (From $125 per person; ceremony site fee upon request; WLasVegas.com) SWEET DEAL Brides and grooms receive a complimentary upgrade to the Mega Suite for the wedding night, as well as a bottle of bubbly and chocolates upon check-in.

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WHY HERE Thanks to its striking architecture, sustainable design and statement artwork, the ARIA is one Vegas’s most sophisticated hotels. The contemporary wedding chapel is fresh from a renovation, though couples can also opt to marry on the tropical poolside veranda or in the fireside lodge. A variety of wedding packages means that to-be-weds can have a traditional ballroomstyle wedding or a stress-free two-hour reception at the hotel’s Julian Serrano restaurant before a night on the town in Sin City. (Wedding packages from $2,000; Aria.com) SWEET RIDE Most wedding packages include limousine transportation to and from the airport and the Regional Justice Center, where couples can snag a marriage license.

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REAL WEDDINGS

DALLAS & FT. WORTH

Dramatic dance floors, towering ice sculptures and gilded details galore made for memorable Dallas celebrations that didn’t skimp on glitz or glamour.

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JULY 3

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A modern lucite chuppah set the stage for the Jewish ceremony.

THEIR STORY

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When registering for wedding gifts, Shawn Alhadef (29 and a financial analyst) and Jordan Klein (36 and a lawyer) stumbled upon design inspiration in the most unlikely of places. “I found a gold and white salad plate that I absolutely loved,” Shawn says. That plate ultimately inspired a majority of the day’s modern-glam design, from the lasercut invitations and marble place cards to the gold-rimmed dinnerware and lucite candelabras. —Natalia Carbone

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Champagne flute escort cards directed guests to their seats, and crystal-draped floral installations made for an impactful focal point. In keeping with the formal feel of the ballroom, all-white clusters of orchids, garden roses and hydrangeas topped dining tables, while metallic linens lent a pop of shimmer to the space.

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Bridesmaids donned strapless white sheaths that coordinated with their compact orchid bouquets.

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SHAWN & JORDAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

“Since we got married on the Fourth of July weekend, I wanted to incorporate red, white and blue in some way,” Shawn says. Revelers received patriotic-colored props and glow bracelets on the dance floor, and snacked on colorful, vodka-infused snow cones and late-night breakfast tacos.

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Seasons Hotel Dallas, Dallas

PHOTOGRAPHY

John Cain Sargent/John Cain Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Elixir Entertainment PLANNER Mary Wright Shah/Diamond Affairs

Weddings and Special Events Jackson Durham Events Stefan Weinberg

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Rabbi

GOWN Monique Lhuillier,

Warren Barrón Bridal, Dallas

HAIR Sonia

Trevino MAKEUP My Fabulous Faces

VEIL

Romona Keveza, Warren Barrón Bridal, Dallas SHOES René Caovilla

ENGAGEMENT RING

Benjamin & Co. WEDDING RINGS Bride: Benjamin & Co.; groom: Herbert Goldberg Company JEWELRY Herbert Goldberg Company BRIDESMAID DRESSES Lela Rose, Bella

Bridesmaids

MENSWEAR Ermenegildo Zegna;

Salvatore Ferragamo

STATIONERY 5 by 7

Designs; calligraphy: Design Roots Calligraphy RENTALS Bella Acento; Beyond; DFW Dance

Floors; Jackson Durham Events; Top Tier CATERING Four Seasons Hotel Dallas MUSIC Jordan Kahn Orchestra PHOTO BOOTH

Simple Snaps

REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond;

Crate & Barrel; KL Bridal Registry; Neiman Marcus HONEYMOON Australia & New Zealand GUESTS 320 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Couture Bridal Salon

WEDDINGS BY:

LUXURY WEDDING PLANNING

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MARCH 18

• DALLAS

ria & vipin

A family priest performed the Hindu ceremony in both Sanskrit and English to accommodate each and every guest.

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THEIR STORY There was no shortage of enchantment at Ria Sharma (27 and a corporate recruiter) and Vipin Sethi’s (28 and an account manager) lavish storybookinspired nuptials. Ornate invitations mimicked hardcover books, escort cards were nestled in glass slippers and the couple’s fabric-draped mandap was crafted to resemble a regal crown. “Marrying Vipin was nothing short of a fairy tale, so no other theme fit us more perfectly,” Ria says. —NC

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“I wanted a very traditional bridal look for the ceremony,” Ria says of her red and gold embroidered lehenga.

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Once the ceremony was through, the newlyweds recessed back up an aisle that bore the words “happily ever after.” Glitzy sequined linens provided a pop of glamour, while a massive castle-shaped ice sculpture, crown-shaped lanterns and gilded table numbers reflected the day’s storybook motif.

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JOHN CHRISTOPHER PHOTO

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RIA & VIPIN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Hilton

Cocktail hour was split into two distinct sections: Vipin’s “VIP Lounge”—where the groom’s favorite Crown Royal cocktails were served—and “Ria’s Retreat”—an area where guests could sip margaritas at pop-up makeup stations. A crystal-covered castle topped the towering fondant cake, and partygoers saw the couple off with sparklers before Ria and Vipin exited the reception in a horse-drawn carriage.

Anatole, Dallas

PHOTOGRAPHY Sarah

Kate Aull/Sarah Kate, Photographer VIDEOGRAPHY DHD Films

PLANNER

& EVENT DESIGNER Rachel Burt Garcia, As You

Wish Events

FLOWERS Bella Flora of Dallas

GOWN Dezignare Fashion, New Delhi, India HAIR &

MAKEUP Makeup by Shilpa; Henna:

Afshan Moosa

HEADPIECE Dezignare Fashion

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT

RING Robbin Brothers WEDDING RINGS

Tiffany & Co. JEWELRY Dezignare Fashion BRIDESMAID DRESSES Dezignare Fashion MENSWEAR Dezignare Fashion; Papa Tutu STATIONERY The Left Handed Calligrapher;

Southern Fried Paper

RENTALS Bella Acento;

Grosh Backdrops and Drapery; Prashe Decor CATERING Hilton Anatole; Royal Sweets CAKE Fancy Cakes by Lauren Kitchens DESSERTS Pokey O’s

MUSIC DJSameer,

7Sur Entertainment, Limelight Band TRANSPORTATION Northstar Carriage;

Platinum Motor Cars Hilton Anatole

ACCOMMODATIONS

HONEYMOON Bora Bora

GUESTS 380 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Painted Lakes Venue A little bit of heaven‌

Gorgeous outdoor weddings with a view, barn weddings, and even a wedding with a view if it rains!

Located Near Possum Kingdom paintedlakes.com | 940-229-9399 | paintedlakes@brazosnet.com

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The bride carried blooms that paid homage to her late grandmother, who was a florist. “I know she would’ve been proud,” Jessica says.

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THEIR STORY Jessica Scharff (28 and a writer) and Gregory Moran (30 and a graphic designer) fell in love during a roadtrip to Marfa—an experience that ultimately inspired their boho-whimsical wedding at Ft. Worth’s BRIK venue. “It was a crazy-long drive into unknown territory and we had an absolute blast,” Jessica says. The groom put his graphic design skills to good use, crafting the entire invitation suite on his own, and Jessica hand-lettered wood signs before dyeing the napkins, table runners (which her mother sewed) and a custom ceremony backdrop. “A lot of handcrafted love went into our day,” Jessica says. —NC

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As a pianist played the soundtrack from Star Wars, “I blinked back tears,” Gregory says. “I knew I was marrying a woman who understands me.”

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“While I wanted to feel like a bride, I also wanted to feel like myself,” Jessica says of selecting a beaded ivory sheath that she paired with art-deco-inspired jewelry and a sentimental set of rings. “The day of our wedding, Greg’s father presented me with his own mother’s wedding rings and asked if I would wear them in memory of her, which I happily did,” Jessica says.

Whimsical dreamcatchers doubled as keepsake escort cards.

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During the newlyweds’ grand exit, guests waved metallic streamers as Jessica and Gregory paused for an impromptu postreception dance-off. “The photos are absolutely hilarious,” Jessica says. “A little embarrassing, but a fantastic end to an incredible day.”

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Worth

PHOTOGRAPHY Trish Dove/BeatBox

Portraits

VIDEOGRAPHY Icarus Independent

Productions BHLDN

FLOWERS Venus & Co.

GOWN

HAIR Alex Gonzalez; Alex Ingignoli

MAKEUP Beauty by Omar SHOES Nordstrom

VEIL DIY

ENGAGEMENT RING

Catbird WEDDING RINGS Bride: Catbird; groom: Ash Hilton Bridal

BRIDESMAID DRESSES David’s

MENSWEAR Groom: Allen Edmonds;

Suitsupply; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY DIY

CATERING Rio Mambo

CAKE Emporium Pies DESSERTS Haute Sweets

Patisserie

MUSIC Ceremony: Taylor Turner;

reception: DJ Cale PHOTO BOOTH DFW The Traveling Photo Booth DANCE LESSONS Hannah Fozkos of 8&1 Dance Company ACCOMMODATIONS Airbnb

REGISTRIES

Amazon.com; Bed Bath & Beyond HONEYMOON Japan GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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MARCH 25

• DECATUR

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THEIR STORY Leslie Amos (27, owner of a custom paper-goods company) and Kenny Ochs (30 and a project engineer) said their “I dos” underneath an oak tree on a family ranch while guests watched from antique church pews, before throwing a vintage-chic bash in the property’s picturesque white barn. Paper was a priority for the bride, who customized their cotton linen invitation suite with silver foil calligraphy, recycled silk belly bands and silver wax seals. In lieu of menus, place settings featured a thank-you note customized for each guest. “The notes were a small token of our gratitude for their monumental role in both our lives and in our relationship,” Leslie says. —NC

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“My favorite detail was the huge satin bows on their backs,” Leslie says of the flower girls’ dresses.

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“We incorporated our faith by including Scripture throughout the décor,” Leslie says.

Inspired by their love of antiques and unique finds, the couple employed a French garden theme that came alive with repurposed candlesticks, distressed tins, silver goblets and olive branch garlands. Blocks of petrified wood displayed a sweet dessert spread, where blue agate stones marked the name of each treat.

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3015 Oak Lawn Avenue | Dallas, Texas 75219 For booking inquiries, contact our Social Catering Manager, Abby Rodriguez, at 214.224.3153, arodriguez@warwickhotels.com or visit warwickhotels.com/dallas

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PHOTO BY NICOLLETTE MOLLET | NEWLYWEDS TAWNI & MATTHEW BROWN | FASHION STYLIST CARLOS ALONSO PARADA WITH ASSISTANT MARY SZE | HAIR AND MAKE UP KATE YANCEY | DESIGN BY FINGERPRINT DESIGNS

Timeless Charm meets Modern Glamour.

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Sincle Leslie’s family hails from Houston, the newlyweds served savory fare from one of their favorite hometown restaurants: Uncle Bob’s BBQ. “Their food is to die for,” Leslie says of their memorable menu. “It was apparent from everyone’s inquiries that Uncle Bob’s won the hearts of our Dallas guests!”

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PHOTOGRAPHY Britt Latz

EVENT DESIGN Alice and Apricot

FLOWERS Classic Florist

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OFFICIANT Pastor

GOWN Kelly Faetanini,

StarDust Celebrations, Plano

HAIR Danica

Culver MAKEUP Michael Johnson

VEIL/

HEADPIECE StarDust Celebrations, Plano SHOES Vince Camuto

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Mariloff Diamonds & Fine

Jewelry EARRINGS Kendra Scott

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Azazie; Joanna August

MENSWEAR

J.Crew; Nordstrom

STATIONERY Alice and

Apricot; Dabbling in Dallas

RENTALS Junk &

Disorderly; paper flower wall: Alice and Apricot CATERING Uncle Bob’s BBQ

Apron Pastry

Garner; DJ Bradford “It’s so easy to get caught up in the details and lose sight of the day’s purpose beyond the flowers and frills,” Leslie says. “Keep your eyes on what’s important.”

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CAKE Pink

MUSIC Laura Webb & Sam REGISTRIES

Anthropologie; Bed Bath and Beyond; Crate & Barrel; Pottery Barn GUESTS 200 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Avalon

Legacy Ranch

CLOSE TO HOME – FAR FROM ORDINARY. Begin Your Here.

Legacy

Imagine... Being able to experience the wooded pines and peaceful ambience of East Texas without leaving the DFW Metroplex.

Sounds too good to be true? Welcome to Avalon Legacy Ranch... Located just 5 minutes from the Historical Downtown Square of McKinney, TX, Avalon Legacy Ranch is a 25-acre wooded retreat that is unimaginably unique and magnificently beautiful, making it the destination for your dream come true.

2022 Wayside Tr ail, McKinney, TX | (469) 450-6211 | www.avalonlegacyr anch.com

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JUNE 24

• DALLAS

carrie & robert

“The map sketches were so cute—they made the location look like a forest out of a fairy tale,” Carrie says.

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Carrie Patterson (27 and an MBA student) and Robert Gillespie (28 and works in finance) wed in the backyard of the bride’s childhood home. “The backyard has a natural garden feel, so ensuring the décor complemented that environment was very important to us,” Carrie says. To honor the bride’s late mother, Carrie and Robert lit a candle prior to the start of the ceremony while a vocalist sang Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up.” “It was a special moment for everyone,” Carrie says. —NC

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Lucite furniture and gold-rimmed glassware added to the sense of sophistication underneath the reception tent.

The couple’s wedding party gathered around Carrie and Robert in a semi-circle throughout the duration of the ceremony, resulting in an ultra-intimate setting. “The setup made us feel like we were surrounded by love on all sides,” Carrie says. Guests noshed on ceviche, sushi and oysters during cocktail hour, but the true menu standout was the Tex-Mex station and late-night spread of soft pretzels.

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ALWAYS & FOREVER Tromantic he Dallas Arboretum provides the most beautiful and setting for your wedding. Each celebration is

customized to best reflect the passion of the couple. Named “One of the Best Dallas Wedding Venues in the Country� by The Salonniere. Schedule a tour of one of our 18 ceremony sites and 4 reception venues! 8 5 2 5 G a r l a n d R o a d | D a l l a s , Te x a s 7 5 2 1 8 | D a l l a s A r b o r e t u m . o r g | 2 1 4 - 5 1 5 - 6 5 1 3

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C ARRIE & ROBERT DALL A S & F T. WORTH

CARRIE & ROBERT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

A private residence, Dallas Robert and his 10 groomsmen sported white dinner jackets, while all 13 of Carrie’s bridesmaids wore floor-length dresses of their own choosing, accessorized with corsages in lieu of traditional bouquets. “I loved the crisp, clean look of our entire wedding party in white,” Carrie says.

PHOTOGRAPHY Kiss Me for Eternity

By Thisbe Grace & Co

VIDEOGRAPHY

ProEdit Productions FLOWERS Todd Events

PLANNER & GOWN Reem

Acra, Warren Barrón Bridal, Dallas

HAIR

Sonia Trevino MAKEUP Ro Vielma Reem Acra

VEIL

SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS & JEWELRY Matthew Trent DRESSES Various

Son

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Culwell &

STATIONERY Invitations/programs:

Color Box Design & Letterpress P.O.S.H. Couture Rentals Cassandra Fine Catering Bakery

RENTALS

CATERING CAKE Panini

MUSIC Party on the Moon

DANCE LESSONS Arthur Murray Dance

Centers

ACCOMMODATIONS The Ritz-

Carlton, Dallas

REGISTRY Zola.com

HONEYMOON The Bahamas GUESTS

325 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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2424 Marsh Lane, Carrollton, TX | 972.416.1416 info@dallaspalmsvenue.com | DallasPalmsVenue.com

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Conveniently located with an amazing hilltop overlook.

Rustic Elegance Diamond H3 Ranch

Weddings & Events

5400 Old Brock Road

Weatherford, Texas 76087

817-597-9235 | 817-703-5439

www.DiamondH3Ranch.com

DiamondH3Ranch@outlook.com

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JULY 23

• MIDLOTHIAN

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THEIR STORY For newlyweds Tawni Reynolds (24 and an interior designer) and Matthew Brown (27 and a business executive), a “light, bright and colorful” affair was essential. “We wanted everything to encompass the feeling of joy and celebration,” Tawni says of hosting a daytime brunch wedding filled with breathtaking florals and nods to the couple’s shared love of travel. Inside the airy, whitewashed venue, custom wood signs bearing the couple’s favorite bible verses flanked the aisle. —NC

A botanical partition wall of garlands and tulle concealed Tawni before her grand entrance.

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Refined Romance Events offers month-of, partial and full-service planning and design—giving you a seamless experience from start to finish with our unique planning process! You will never get this special time back—call us today and let’s make the most of it!

DFW AND DESTINATION WEDDINGS (214) 302-7505

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“My great-grandmother left each of us grandchildren a handkerchief for our wedding that she made herself,� Tawni says of wrapping the sentimental gift around her bouquet. Mini quiche tarts, chicken and waffles and assorted biscuits and jams were served during brunch, along with scones, pastries and gourmet coffee.

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Located just 30 minutes east of Downtown Dallas, near Rockwall, and set among the lush trees and the roaming landscapes, our event venue, Hidden Creek provides a vintage setting within the city. Hidden Creek provides a rustic, Texas feel with a touch of elegance. Whether the backdrop is the clearing within the trees or our vintage-style barn, Hidden Creek is the perfect event venue to create a wonderful “dream come true� setting for your event.

We offer exceptional amenities and service, including full indoor and outdoor AV systems, scenic ceremony sites, and a brand-new, state-of-the-art, rustic-style barn. The only thing missing is YOU!

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TAWNI & M AT THEW DALL A S & F T. WORTH

A personalized globe guestbook captured the couple’s sense of wanderlust.

Guests sipped champagne cocktails from a mimosa bar, which was marked by a balloon arch and laser-cut sign. As the celebration came to a close, the couple danced to “Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews Band, a song they listened to on repeat during their first trip together.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Firefly

Gardens Venue, Midlothian Kate Pease Photography Events

PHOTOGRAPHY

PLANNER Bash Co. &

FLOWERS Accent Floral

Pastor Scott Wilson Bridal Shop, Dallas Impressions Salon Shop, Dallas

OFFICIANT

GOWN Hayley Paige, a&bé HAIR &

MAKEUP

HEADPIECE a&bé Bridal

SHOES Kate Spade New York

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Custom JEWELRY a&bé Bridal Shop; David Yurman; Tiffany

& Co.

BRIDESMAID DRESSES David’s

Bridal

MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY Bash Co. & Events; Calligraphy

with Style; The Doves Nest NewlyScripted, Etsy.com

SIGN-IN BOOK RENTALS Firefly

Gardens Venue; wood signs: AllMyGoodnes, Etsy.com

CATERING The Doves Nest

CAKE Gina Freels

MUSIC David Tribble

TRANSPORTATION Park Place Motorcars

Dallas Barn

REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Pottery HONEYMOON Oahu, HI GUESTS 220 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions

where

It doesn’t matter you go in life…

what you do… or how much you have… it’s who you have beside you! Changing Rooms for the Wedding Day Executive Bridal Suite with Special Amenity and Breakfast for Two Variety of Food and Beverage Options with a Tasting for up to Four People Champagne Toast for the Bride and Groom with Cake Cutting Service Complimentary Staging for Sweetheart Table, Head Table, or DJ Complimentary Dance Floor, Cake Table, Gift Table, and Guest Book Table Hotel Accommodations IHG Business Rewards Points

Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria - Addison

A one-stop shop to make all of your dreams come true on your very special day Book today with the Social Catering Manager, Melinda Lee, C.W.P.! MELINDA.LEE@CPADDISON.COM | 214-259-0101 P H OTO G R A P HY BY J O S H UA K P H OTO G R A P HY

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THEIR STORY Perpetual party guests Josie Omboga (31 and a registered nurse) and Albert Tomah (35 and an entrepreneur) have attended their fair share of celebrations, so when it came time to plan their own wedding, they wanted their nuptials to stand out. Fresh orchids and muted arrangements of hydrangeas and roses set a sophisticated tone, along with oversize gold frames, tufted lounge furniture and glam emerald accents. Nods to the couple’s heritage included African-inspired music and attire, like the groom’s gold and black ankara print outfit and the bride’s green, mermaid-style gown that was both colorful and chic. —NC

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A MODERN VENUE, WHERE SAYING “I Do” IS ALL ABOUT YOU!

Celebrating with North Texas and the DFW Area www.hawthornhillsranch.com // 940-600-7838 // info@hawthornhillsranch.com

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JOSIE & ALBERT DALL A S & F T. WORTH

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Female guests honored the Kenyan tradition of singing in unison as the newlyweds made their grand reception entrance. Once inside the banquet hall, Josie and Albert took their seats on a stage framed by blooms, while guests dined at sequin-topped tables underneath a color-shifting LED chandelier.

“Our baker brought my dream cake to life,” Josie says of their glittering confection.

JOSIE & ALBERT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE St. Maria Goretti Catholic

Church, Arlington RECEPTION SITE Hurst Conference Center, Hurst

PHOTOGRAPHY

Jay Jackson/Jackson Wedding Studio VIDEOGRAPHY PremiereFoto/Films PLANNER M. Hoyle Events

Flora & Eventi

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Father Mike Ciski

GOWNS Ceremony: Essense of Australia, De

Ma Fille, Ft. Worth; reception: Lyza Faye HAIR Jaclyn Irabor

Rhonda

MAKEUP Cheek By

HEADPIECE Lang’s Bridal

Kate Spade New York

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Zales JEWELRY Gemma Layne BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bella Bridesmaids MENSWEAR Groom: AnkaraBowTies, Etsy.com;

International Suit Warehouse; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY Shutterfly

IN BOOK Michaels

SIGN-

RENTALS Flora & Eventi

CATERING Hurst Conference Center CAKE Bojorquez’s Sweet Creations

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DJ NaNa B PHOTO BOOTH URBN Events TRANSPORTATION DFW Vintage Cars;

MBEG Affordable Limousine ACCOMMODATIONS Omni Mandalay Hotel REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; Zola.com HONEYMOON Vail Marriott Mountain Resort,

Vail, CO GUESTS 250 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• All indoor areas are air conditioned

• Fully equipped catering staging area

• Bride’s house & Groom’s house

• Open-air pavilion

• Large dining area

• Indoor western town

• Barn

• Beautiful gardens

For booking information: 682-233-3065 • info@hollowhilleventcenter.com • 1680 Mary Drive, Weatherford, TX 76085 • HollowHillEventCenter.com

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When choosing the flowers for your wedding bouquet and centerpieces, you’ll want to pay attention to what’s in budget, in palette and in season. But why not add an additional layer of significance to the blooms you surround yourself with on your wedding day? We’ve chosen some of the prettiest picks out there, all with touching meanings that are just made for weddings. They’ll be the perfect addition to your bouquet and centerpieces on one of the most important days of your life. >>

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Known to symbolize lasting affection and daily remembrance, zinnias are a natural favorite for weddings thanks to the variety of available colors, sizes and shapes.

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prim and proper A tight, round bundle of blooms in an ombré of blush shades is perfect for the traditional bride. Romantic peonies go well in style and meaning with equally chic ranunculus, which symbolize radiant charm.

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peony Brides love peonies for their lush, fluffy petals. They stand for love and a happy marriage, the perfect sentiment for the most romantic day ever.

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Admired by gardeners and professional florists alike, hydrangeas represent “heartfelt emotions.”

rich and saturated While hydrangeas are well known for their use in preppy affairs, they’re very versatile blooms. For a moody, autumn-inspired bouquet, combine an antique plum hue with dahlias.

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orchid The symbol for beauty, refinement and fertility, orchids are both a delicate and eye-catching choice.

refined and elegant A standout bouquet of pure white orchids becomes even more graceful when arranged in a traditional cascading shape. The sweeping style was made famous in part by Princess Diana, who carried a 42-inch long cascading bouquet of white orchids, roses and myrtle on her wedding day. >>

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playful and pretty Use accessible (and inexpensive) dusty miller leaves to add softness and a touch of sage green to any bouquet. Here, they offset a colorful display of pink spray roses, white ranunculus and scabiosa.

Representing happiness and delicacy, dusty miller is a well-loved filler thanks to its sage hue and velvety soft leaves.

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astilbe

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garden rose singular and sweet Gorgeously delicate and available in a range of pretty pink and burgundy shades, astilbe is a great (and inexpensive) stand-alone flower for your bridesmaids to tote down the aisle.

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Roses are an iconic wedding bloom for good reason. As a symbol of love, honor and beauty, they’re right at home on a day of celebration.

The great thing about the large variety of roses available nearly year-round is mixing and matching a few types to get exactly the look you want. Pair your rose picks with equally glam ranunculus and stock flowers for a truly unforgettable arrangement.

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Also known as false goat’s beard, it stands for dedication to a loved one, making it totally wedding worthy.

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A perennial favorite thanks to their stunning shape and range of hues, dahlias are packed with a variety of meanings, including strength and grace under pressure.

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For a combo that’s so you, try an everyday pick, like sunflowers, with an “out there” variety, like orange pincushions or a king protea. Bonus: The spiky tropical stem stands for change and transformation— kind of like going from Miss to Mrs.

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sunflower Standing for adoration and dedication, a bouquet filled with cheery yellow sunflowers practically says your vows for you.

local spotlight: billie ball & co. The Texas florist shares what trends are inspiring her, plus advice for to-be-weds. ABOUT THE EXPERT

GET INSPIRED

MAKE IT YOURS

GO FOR COLOR

MA X YOUR MONEY

Katie Arani is the owner and designer of Billie Ball & Co. She’s obsessed with the little details and loves to explore new floral trends and methods to create a totally unique event.

I pull from everywhere. Florist Lewis Miller in particular is really inspiring to me—I love that he uses extra blooms from events to create pop-up installations in NYC. It’s so refreshing.

It’s essential I get a feel for my couples’ interests and style. If your favorite thing to do together is sit on your porch and have a margarita, we should replicate that feeling.

I’m loving how couples are embracing unexpected colors after Pantone’s Greenery stole the show in 2017. A palette of slate blue, copper, ivory and pops of bright raspberry is one of my favorites.

The ceremony arrangements can be used as centerpieces. If you have a beautiful garland for the altar, place it on the sweetheart table. Almost everything can have a dual purpose.

BillieBallCo.com

@billieballco

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La Cima Club is one of the most unique reception venues in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. When arriving at the Towers at William Square, you are greeted by The Mustangs of Las Colinas, the world’s largest equestrian sculpture. Once you step off the elevators on the 26th floor, you are surrounded by the sophisticated elegance of the Club. The space boasts soaring 20-foot ceilings, Italian crystal chandeliers and spectacular views of the Dallas and Fort Worth skylines as well as Cowboys Stadium! Whether it be an outdoor ceremony in our covered pavilion on the water with you arriving in a horse drawn carriage or leaving your reception by helicopter or gondola, La Cima Club can provide extraordinary experiences. For festive couples who desire to leave with a bang, we can even arrange professional fireworks displays! 5215 North O’Connor Road, Suite 2600, Irving, TX 75039 | 972.869.2266 | www.LaCimaClub.com Shown by Appointment

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D DEE FT I A NI LI N G S

WEDDING WHITE IS REINVENTED

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W HITE HOT

To make a monochromatic scheme work, focus on incorporating a variety of textures and elements to keep things visually interesting. Here, a striking swag of lunaria and cherry blossom branches creates a wow moment overhead, while architectural table details, such as sleek candlesticks, Lucite chairs and round bud vases, ensure the modern tablescape is anything but simple. >> Place settings and tabletop rentals, CortPartyRental .com; egg ceramic vases, $12 each, WestElm .com; Wadsworth taper candleholders, from $20 each, CB2.com

WITH HELP FROM SCULPTURAL ELEMENTS AND EDGY ACCENTS. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCA YALE PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNING BY SIMPLY BY TAMARA NICOLE FLORALS BY KRISTEN GRIFFITHVANDERYACHT OF WILD BLOOM

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A dove-gray dinner plate adds depth to an airy tabletop, while acrylic menus (etched with the night’s meal offerings) complete the place setting. Bud vases holding pairs of blooms dot the tablescape and inject an understated femininity. >>

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2964 Park Hill Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76109 www.demafille.com

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Happily Ever After Starts Here

817.921.2964 | by appointment only GOWN BY HAYLEY PAIGE EXCLUSIVE IN FORT WORTH

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Acrylic candleholders calligraphed with guests’ names and table numbers act as chic escort cards. White flowers play a part in the monochromatic palette: Sugar blooms top the all-white cake, and boutonnieres of ranunculus and grape hyacinth finish the groomsmen looks. Favor boxes of candy are a sweet way to thank guests. >> CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Oslo crystal tealight candleholders, from $11 each, CrateandBarrel.com; cake, LilacCakeBoutique .com; champagne bubbles candies, $8 per cube, Sugarfina.com; pentagon dish, from $14, ConvivialProduction.com

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Located on 20 exquisite acres of rolling hills, this magnificent 10,000-square-foot mansion has all of the warmth, beauty, and elegance befitting the country ’s finest Antebellum-style mansion.

Contact us today to schedule your private tour 682-224-1488 | www.lonestarmansion.com | info@lonestarmansion.com

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branch bouquets are the new “it” choice for brides, adding a toughness to a typically soft moment

PUR E SIMPLICIT Y

Accent a streamlined dress silhouette with an equally structured mix of blooms and branches. Here, sculptural cherry blossom branches team with fluttery ranunculus for a decidedly edgy take on a traditional bridal bouquet. >> Gown, price upon request, Alexandra Grecco, TheDressTheory.com

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WHERE COUNTRY MEETS Classy KORTNEY BOYETT PHOTOGRAPHY

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10405 Shannon Valley Dr., Crowley, TX | (817) 923-2996 | contact@mimosahall.com

www.MimosaHall.com

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A refined invitation suite feels as timeless as it does fresh, thanks to barely there vellum envelopes and acrylic elements. Whisper-thin white script, vintage stamps and elegant wax seals are stylish finishing touches.

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TA K E O U R S T Y L E Q U I Z O N The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app

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Na’Kayshions Wedding & Event Center

Situated on five acres of serenity in Cedar Hill, Texas, Na’Kayshions Wedding Chapel and Special Event Facility offers four tasteful and unique venues for the wedding of your dreams. These venues include a quaint historic Wedding Chapel, the elegant Grand Room, the charming Terrace and the lovely Lakeside Gazebo Area. Thick, lush trees line the property, creating an intimate outdoor setting. You get to relax and enjoy the day while we take care of the details! NA’KAYSHIONS WEDDING CHAPEL AND SPECIAL EVENT FACILITY 432 S. Clark Road, Cedar Hill, TX • 972.291.0333 • info@nakayshions.com • www.nakayshions.com

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Transform a space with this floral alternative. Create balloon garlands or suspend an installation above a table for a playful twist on a classic centerpiece.

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Get inspired for your best day ever with our annual list of fresh ideas.

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BY LAUREN KAY

ILLUSTRATIONS BY DANIELLE KROLL

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Black, navy and gray will always be in style, but guys are stepping out in more fashion-forward alternatives (burgundy, dark green and even dusty mauve) especially when it comes to the jacket. Textures like tweed and herringbone are making their way down the aisle too.

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Signature sips are almost expected, so instead couples are claiming the food. Ask guests to choose from “his” or “hers” entrée options, or name passed hors d’oeuvres. “Food will continue to be the real centerpiece of the reception,” says Annie Lee of Daughter of Design in New York City.

SINGLE-STEM BOUQUETS

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Want to honor a loved one at your ceremony, or simplify your attendant bouquets? Single flowers are making a comeback—and a statement. Opt for a sculptural stem, like an oversize tropical leaf, or a big-headed bloom, like a peony or dinnerplate dahlia, for maximum effect. >>

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A RETURN TO COLOR “It’s been an era of neutrals but now couples are inspired by jewel tones and are playing with patterns like floral prints,” says Lynn Easton of Easton Events in Charleston, South Carolina. Choose a palette that represents the vibe of your wedding celebration and your personalities or tastes.

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THE WEDDING PARTY REIMAGINED

Who says you can only have bridesmaids and groomsmen? Mix up your attendants with bridesmen and groomswomen. Or honor certain relatives in other special ways—flower grandmas anyone?

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PASSED CAKE BITES “Let’s face it: By the time the cake is cut, everyone is on the dance floor—so bring the cake to them,” says Madison Lee of Madison Lee’s Cakes in New York City. Have your baker make a gorgeously decorated, mostly fake cake for the cutting and photo op, plus bite-size pieces to pass as guests get down. >>

1: ALLIE LINDSEY PHOTOGRAPHY, DESIGN: FARM TABLES & MORE; 2: SHANNON MOFFIT PHOTOGRAPHY; 4: BIRDS OF A FEATHER, FLORIST: FLOWER ALLIE; 5: BELATHÉE PHOTOGRAPHY; 6: ASHLEY ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY; 7: NICHOLS PHOTOGRAPHERS

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From caps and bells to barely there lace, the bridal fashion runways were filled with sleeved silhouettes. This ultra-flattering trend is sure to upstage the long-standing strapless gown.

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ak Knoll Ranch—the perfect setting for your elegant, rustic Texas wedding. The exquisite “Red Barn” sits among towering oak trees with a shaded outdoor pavilion and views of the pond, rolling hills and the gorgeous vintage “White Chapel.” Oak Knoll Ranch is conveniently located 30 minutes northwest of Fort Worth.

478 Three Skillet Rd. | Springtown, TX 76082 | oakknollranch@live.com | 214-601-3187 | www.OakKnollRanch.com

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It’s finally okay to ask for cash—really. Thanks to The Knot Newlywed Fund, you can request exactly what you want, including matching honeymoon luggage, a down payment on a new home and everything in between.

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Invite guests to find their seats with an Insta-worthy installation. “It’s a great place to incorporate your shared interests or play up a fun wedding theme,” says Emily Clarke of Emily Clarke Events in Dallas.

Hire a live artist. “It’s like a photo booth, but better,” says Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events in Brooklyn, New York. The artist will observe guests sipping champagne or catching up with friends, sketch them and then surprise them with a keepsake portrait.

COCKTAIL RECEPTIONS Ditch the seating charts for a standing soiree. By opting for a cocktail-style event, you’re giving everyone more opportunities to mix, mingle and party. Just be sure guests leave as full as if they enjoyed a sit-down dinner, and have a few seating areas sprinkled throughout the room. >>

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Live like a Ewing in style with a customized ceremony at Southfork Ranch Southfork Ranch has personalized weddings, one romance at a time, for years. Weddings are celebrations of life for families and friends. We will help you plan your celebration with deliberate consideration of couples’ varying styles, taste and traditions. We invite you to visit Southfork Ranch, winner of the 2012-2013 Venue of the Year Award from the Association of Wedding Professionals.

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THE OTHER FIRST LOOK Your first look with your spouse-to-be is huge—but we bet there’s another VIP in your life (or five besties who stood by your side through months of planning) who might enjoy an official reveal too. Stage a second first look with your mom, dad, bridesmaids—anyone important—and bring your photographer along to capture their priceless reactions.

TIMELINE REVAMP

PERSONALIZED PAPER When it comes to paper, “opt for the unexpected, like gold foil on deep jewel tones, or play with textures, like leather and suede,” says Heather Balliet of Amorology in San Diego. Illustrations continue to trend as a perfect way to personalize your invitation suite— anything from a monogram to furry friends is fair game.

16 FLAVORFUL CONFECTIONS Step aside vanilla and chocolate— what’s inside the cake is becoming just as important as the design. Flavors and fillings are getting a delicious update—think cookies and cream, confetti or even more exotic pairings like bourbon and whipped mocha. >>

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We love bending the rules, and switching up the order of events keeps guests guessing. Some couples are hosting intimate ceremonies on Friday night and celebrating with a party on Saturday, while others opt for cocktail hour preceremony.

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FOREGOING THE FAVOR Couples are prioritizing the experience over a simple takeaway. Instead of favors, treat your guests to “extras” during the wedding. Set up a pretty lipstick touch-up bar, serve a passed after-dinner treat or switch up the entertainment throughout your celebration.

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BABY’S BREATH REVIVAL

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This budget-friendly stem of little white flowers is having a total renaissance—in big and small ways. It pairs perfectly with on-trend greenery and is well-suited for flower crowns and other small hairpieces.

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Trade a classic altar for a circular design. Stand underneath an arch or be encircled by pampas grass for outdoor “I dos.” This fresh take is rooted in meaning too—circles symbolize eternity.

TOKENS OF APPRECIATION

The new twist on the welcome bag is a series of small gifts parceled out from arrival to departure. Greet your out-of-towners with essentials, followed by a sweet treat at turndown and a parting gift for their journey home. D OW N LOA D T H E K N O T A L L - I N - O N E W E D D I N G P L A N N E R A P P A N D F I N D YO U R D R E A M T E A M

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Your Grandest wedding wishes...fulfilled.

The Park City Club sets a new standard in romantic elegance. We invite you to realize your dreams with our wedding experts. Our team of professionals offers the best and most comprehensive wedding service available. Creativity, talent, and the finest facilities, cuisine and services are our gifts to you.

PARK CITY CLUB The only thing we overlook is the view. 5956 Sherry Lane, Suite 1700, Dallas, TX • 214.373-0756 • 214.373.8305 • parkcityclub.net • hala@parkcityclub.net

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the get-real guide to dress shopping There are some things you just don’t find out until you’re in the dressing room of a bridal salon. Here, truths you should know before your first gown shopping appointment. BY L AUREN K AY PHOTOGR APHY BY MONICA WANG PHOTO

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Eat breakfast Feeling “hangry” is no way to begin your dress search. You probably don’t need to wolf down a short stack of pancakes moments before you try on gowns, but make sure you have a meal with some protein before you head to the salon. Trying on gowns can be draining (you’d be surprised by how much some dresses weigh) and you’ll be on your feet for a while, so definitely fuel up.

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Choose your companions wisely Most bridal salons are happy to welcome you and a few guests—but not your entire entourage. Enlist one or two of your closest friends or family members to join your dress shopping journey. This way you can find the gown that best suits you and your style and not feel pressured by too many opinions.

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Wear makeup Buying your wedding dress is not an everyday occurrence— it’s going to be a tricky decision. Not to mention the potentially unflattering lighting typical of most fitting rooms. Do yourself a favor and wear a touch more makeup than your usual look (we’re talking blush, black eyeliner and a pop of color on your lips) to your appointment. You’ll look more like you will on your wedding day, which will ultimately make it easier to pull the trigger on a gown.

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Prepare to strip down Full disclosure: A stranger may catch glimpses of you naked. Most consultants will give you some privacy, but since gowns can be unwieldy, they’ll need to help you in and out of at least a few of them. Wear undergarments you won’t mind seeing the light of day (we recommend nude underwear and a strapless bra).

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Trust your consultant They may be older than your mom or young and single, but that doesn’t mean they’re not qualified—would they be doing this if they weren’t? Your consultant knows the dresses and sees hundreds of brides with varying body shapes try them on every day. Make sure you share your wants (think: lace, ball gown silhouette, off-the-shoulder sleeves) but also be open to their suggestions. You may end up loving something completely different from the dress you originally envisioned, and that’s totally okay. >>

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Leah Adair is the marketing director of Whittington Bridal, a bridal shop in Kingwood. The salon carries a variety of designers like Justin Alexander, Kenneth Winston and Eddy K.

Start dress shopping a year before your wedding. A designer gown can take up to six months to arrive in-store, and alterations take around two months. Give yourself a cushion to avoid feeling stressed.

If you have a specific dress in mind and the salon carries that designer, they can usually borrow a loaner gown for your appointment—just be sure to arrange this at least two weeks in advance.

You may not love the dress you were lusting after on Pinterest once you try it on—and that’s okay. Trust your consultant’s suggestions. They’ll know what works for your budget and body type.

Buying a dress online is risky. Counterfeit sites sell poorly made knockoffs of designer gowns. You may think you’re getting a great deal, but the dress you end up receiving may be a huge disappointment.

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Bridal sizes are different Don’t panic—wedding gowns typically run one to two sizes smaller than street clothes. If you wear an 8 in your favorite summer dress, there’s a good chance you’ll be wearing a 10 or 12 down the aisle. Play it safe and order the size that fits your body— don’t plan on losing drastic amounts of weight in order to squeeze into a smaller gown. Focus on how you awesome you feel in the dress and how it fits your body shape, not the number on the tag.

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Experiment a little Even if you have your heart set on a satin mermaid-style gown, or think you can’t wear silk, try on a variety of dresses. You’re only going to do this once, and you may surprise yourself by choosing something completely different than the pins on your inspiration board. And try the dress that your mother (or grandmother or mother-in-law-to-be) is just sure is “the one”—she’s been looking forward to this day too. She’ll either see you were right about the skirt swallowing you whole, or you may shock yourself by actually liking the dress—we call that a win-win.

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You might have to share “your” dress Let’s get real: You’re not the only bride planning a classic ballroom wedding, so it’s entirely possible someone else will be trying on your dream dress. Or, you may see someone wearing a gorgeous illusion-back gown you hadn’t considered and want to try it on immediately. Be courteous and play nice with other brides— share the mirrors, pedestals and even the gowns.

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Make moves Sure, there will be moments when you’re standing still at your wedding (like when you pose for photos and say your vows). But you’ll also be sitting, mingling and getting down on the dance floor. If you think the dress is a serious contender, take a walk around the salon, sit down and practice your dance floor moves. You may feel a little silly in the moment, but you’ll be glad you gave the gown a test-drive when you’re comfortable on your day.

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You may not cry (and that’s okay) Maybe emotion will overcome you when you decide on your dress. Maybe your mom will get choked up too. But it’s totally fine if no one cries. It doesn’t mean you picked the wrong gown. Every bride is different, so don’t put pressure on yourself to react a certain way once you choose the dress. Also, your consultant may not pop a bottle of champagne (some can’t due to liquor laws) like you see on TV. If that’s the case, take your shopping companions out for a celebratory drink instead—you all deserve it!

ways to customize your dress Wedding dresses certainly aren’t one style fits all. On a day when all eyes are on you, let your personality shine in a gown as unique as you are.

1. Add sleeves

Fell in love with a strapless dress but looking for more coverage or support? Ask your stylist about adding sleeves or straps. Bonus: They’re on trend. Most gowns can be customized with cap sleeves or straps, and many silhouettes can even be altered with long sleeves. Or if you’re looking for a less permanent option that you can switch out between ceremony and reception, consider a jacket, capelet or dress topper. Some are even designed to look like part of your dress.

2. Customize your bustle

Every dress with a train needs a bustle, but not many brides know that each bustle is custommade to suit her gown and preferences. These tricky systems of hooks, buttons and ties are designed to pull your train off the floor so you can dance all night, and they need to be carefully planned and sewn in a pattern that works with each individual silhouette.

3. Modify embellishments

Depending on your personal style, you might feel like your dress could use a little more, or even a little less, embellishment. The easiest way to up the wow factor is to add a sash. See how much control you have over the existing details on your dress—can you add more to or remove from certain areas?

4. Lace it up

Swapping out a zipper for a corset closure adds a romantic touch for brides looking for a dramatic back, and they can be added to most silhouettes. But a corset-style closure isn’t only for looks. If you feel like you might need a little extra breathing room, a lace-up back gives you some leeway in the bodice.

5. Make it personal

There are also sentimental details you can add to make your wedding dress extra meaningful. Find a creative way to add your “something blue,” or sew a charm with a special meaning into the hem of your dress.

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The bow tie should always match the lapel, so choose a similar fabric, like this classic matte-satin one.

A crisp white piqué bib shirt with French cuffs and a wing collar is the perfect canvas for all the accessories.

Silk bow tie, $135, Lavin, MrPorter.com

Tuxedo shirt, $179, BlackLapel.com

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The foundation for groom attire is the jacket. Opt for a single button or a doublebreasted style for a more traditional look.

More contemporary than its counterparts, the peak lapel’s point draws the eye upward for an elongating, slimming effect.

POCKET SQUARE

A plain white silk or silk-blend pocket square with a mussed (think: fluted or puffed) fold helps add a soft contrast to a sharpedged tux.

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Aside from the wedding ring, cuff links will probably be the only other bling you’ll wear, so choose a snazzy pair.

Pocket square, $10, TheTieBar.com

SHIRT STUDS

These accessories are a more formal, streamlined option for tuxedo shirts. Seamlessly tie the outfit together by matching the metal and style of the studs to the cuff links.

Cuff links, $55, Ox & Bull Trading Co., CuffLinks.com

SOCKS

Wear long, dark-hued dress socks (or fun patterned alternatives) to avoid showing any skin when you sit.

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Socks, $22, HappySocks.com

SLEEVE LENGTH TROUSER BREAK

Hem the tuxedo trousers to graze the tops of your shoes to create a sleek profile. Tuxedo, $1,975, Canali, MrPorter.com

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Patent leather oxfords give a polished finish to a tuxedo.

The sleeves of your shirt should be slightly longer than the tuxedo jacket to allow a sliver of the shirt and cuff links to peek out.

Oxfords, $280, ColeHaan.com

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Get inspired by the hottest bridesmaid dress colors, silhouettes and fabrics to make sure your girls look—and feel—flawless on your day. BY FAR AH PRINCE PHOTOGR APH BY K ATIE SHULER PHOTOGR APHY

Once you figure out what you’re wearing down the aisle, it’s time to focus on outfitting your bridal party. Whether you decide to go matchy-matchy, fun and eclectic, or something in between, finding dresses that pair well with the theme, season and location of your wedding (not to mention everyone’s various body types and personalities) can be a challenge. Not sure where to begin? Jump-start your search by reading up on the prettiest new dress styles. Here, eight hot trends to know before your first shopping trip. >>

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Halter necklines This ’90s throwback is back and better than ever. The perfect balance of sultry and modest, a halter-neck bridesmaid dress is a chic way for your girls to show some skin. The mix of a conservative collar and bare shoulders and arms instantly works for any outdoor spring or summer affair. But don’t think this style is just for warmer months; you can also pair it with a wrap or faux-fur bolero once the temperature drops. From left: Jenny Yoo; Jasmine Bridal; David’s Bridal; White Runway

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If lots of shimmer isn’t for you, skip the beading and opt for dresses with lace details instead. This fabric may be a classic bridal staple, but when done in new and unexpected ways, it feels fresh and modern. For a fun take on the mismatched bridal party trend, have your bridesmaids choose dresses with different lace elements (think: lace bodices or lace cap sleeves). Just keep the type of lace the same throughout for an overall cohesive look. >> From left: The Dessy Group; Bari Jay; Jasmine Bridal; Theia

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High slits Floor-length bridesmaid gowns are taking on an edgier vibe this season with thigh-high slits. Whether in the front or on one or both sides (for the truly daring), this sexy style is the perfect way to show off just the right amount of leg—and a killer pair of heels. To keep this sultry style from going too over the top, opt for dresses with more modest bodices, and skip curve-hugging fabrics like jersey. A flowy chiffon gown works best for casual nuptials, while more structured satin is perfect for a formal ballroom affair. From left: Allure Bridals; The Dessy Group; Jasmine Bridal; Wtoo by Watters

Move over skinny straps—the one-shoulder neckline is the new look of the moment. This versatile silhouette works for every wedding style and dress code. Another plus: It draws the eye upward, creating a slimming effect while flattering the neck and shoulders (what’s not to love about that?). Choose sleek satin for a modern vibe, or go with black for a red-carpet-inspired feel your girls can wear again. >> From left: David’s Bridal; Jenny Yoo; Bari Jay; Watters

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perfect timing Avoid the drama and be prepared with this bridesmaid dress timeline.

5 to 6 months ahead

Once you know the color and style of the dress you want your bridal party to wear, it’s time to start shopping. It takes two to three months for designer dresses to be ordered and delivered—and don’t forget about factoring in alteration time. To simplify the shopping experience, scout dresses ahead of time, so you don’t waste hours trying on lots of options.

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2 to 4 months ahead

Once the dresses have arrived, alterations can take up to six weeks, depending on the type of changes needed. Remember, the more embellished the dress, the more time it will take to alter, and the more it will cost. If you’re renting dresses, you should start as early as two months out. They may take up to two weeks to arrive, so give yourself a cushion just in case.

1 month ahead

With only a few weeks left, it’s time to start finalizing details. Finish up any final fittings, and make sure you have your girls’ accessories picked out. This includes jewelry, shoes and any headpieces. If you’re letting your bridesmaids pick their own, give them guidelines (preferred colors, metals and styles) so your crew has a cohesive look in photos.

Wedding day

Remind your girls to steam and hang up their dresses the night before so they don’t wrinkle en route to your venue. They should also show up with the appropriate undergarments, plus all of their accessories in tow. Put your maid of honor in charge of an emergency kit with safety pins, fashion tape and a handy stain-removing pen in case of wardrobe malfunctions.

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Power red There’s no denying that red is a statement color. You can have all of your ladies don the same red gowns, or take on the mismatched trend with a gradient of shades (we recommend sticking to darker hues for an elegant effect). But before you land on a red dress, it’s important to note that not every shade of this color will work for everyone in your bridal party. For lighter skin tones, opt for jewel hues like cranberry, while darker tones look best in orangey or plum reds. From left: Theia; Allure Bridals; Bari Jay; David’s Bridal

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Allover sparkle You’re the star of the show on your wedding day, but that doesn’t mean your bridesmaids can’t shine too. Gold sequin bridesmaid dresses have been hot for a while, but gorgeous shades of blue, silver and pink are our new favorites. If you’re throwing an evening wedding, nothing says “glam” like a bridal party decked out in dark navy sequin gowns. For a daytime affair, choose blush, rose gold or copper hues for a romantic feel. Since sequins are quite a statement on their own, it’s best to have your girls pare down their accessories— stick to strappy sandals and simple earrings. From left: The Dessy Group; Wtoo by Watters; Bari Jay; Jasmine Bridal

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bling on a budget It’s possible to get the sparkler you want without breaking the bank. Here, the insider ring shopping tips most jewelers won’t tell you. BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APH BY JOSE VILL A

It’s common knowledge engagement rings are pricey. According to The Knot 2017 Jewelry and Engagement study, the average ring costs $6,351. While that sparkler is an investment, shopping smart can lower the cost. Read on to get the most bang for your buck—without sacrificing your style. >>

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Add a halo Don’t fret if your budget won’t allow for the giant diamond you’ve been eyeing. You can actually fake the look of additional carats by choosing a halo setting (a circle of small pavé or micro pavé stones around the center stone). “Halo settings continue to be a popular way to add more sparkle to an engagement ring because they create the illusion of a larger center gemstone,” says Beth Gerstein, cofounder of Brilliant Earth. While adding a halo to your setting will increase the cost of your ring, it’s far less expensive than opting for a larger rock. And, depending on the kind of halo you choose (think: round, square, hexagonal, colorful) it’s also a pretty way to personalize the design. >>

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Get fancy Round diamonds are the most popular diamond for engagement rings, but there are actually lots of other pretty options called “fancy shapes,” a term used to describe every diamond shape that is not classified as round—and choosing one may save you some serious cash. “Fancy shapes typically cost less per carat because there isn’t the same demand for them in the marketplace,” says Sylvie Levine, CEO of Sylvie Collection. If you have your heart set on the look of a round diamond, Levine suggests opting for a similarly shaped cushion, elongated cushion or oval stone.

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Buy shy As you might have heard, shopping for a diamond centers around the “4 Cs”—cut, carat, clarity and color. When it comes to the carat size, you can save a considerable amount of money without dramatically changing the look of a stone by buying a loose stone just shy of a half-carat or a whole-carat weight. “Diamond prices increase disproportionately at the half-carat and whole-carat marks, so try to buy just a little bit shy of these levels,” Winters says. For example, instead of a two-carat diamond, look for a 1.8-carat one. Just a slight difference in carat weight can equal a potential savings of nearly 20 percent—but the difference in the diamond will hardly be noticeable, if at all.

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Find the sweet spot Similar to carat size, as clarity (how “clean” or free of internal inclusions and external blemishes a stone is) grades improve, diamonds go up in price. But the naked eye can’t tell the difference between flawless and near-flawless stones, so even though you pay extra for perfection, you won’t see it. “We often advise valueconscious customers to focus on cut grade and color, with clarity as the last consideration,” Gerstein says. For excellent value, choose a near colorless, “eye clean” diamond—it will look perfect to the unaided eye while offering substantial savings.

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Opt for a shallow cut If having a center stone that looks large is more important to you than one with lots of sparkle or a perfect cut grade, choosing specific shallow-cut fancy shapes, like marquise and emerald diamonds, will create the illusion of a larger rock—without the hefty price tag. “These fancy shapes often appear bigger than other diamond shapes, like round or cushion, of equal carat weight,” Gerstein says. “This is because the elongated shape of these stones maximizes surface area, resulting in a larger appearance.” While opting for a shallower cut diamond does mean some light will “leak out” of the sides of the stone, reducing its overall brilliance, you’ll still get a beautiful-looking stone for a much lower price tag.

practically perfect The naked eye can’t tell the difference between flawless and near-flawless stones, so even though you pay extra for a perfect clarity grade, you probably won’t see it.

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Shop with your band in mind Adding even a thin diamond eternity band to your stack will create megawatt shine—for a fraction of the cost of a blingedout engagement ring. “We love the idea of mixing a simple solitaire engagement ring with a diamond-accented wedding band,” Gerstein says. “This allows you to save on the engagement ring while adding all the sparkle you need.” Another thought: This may not work if you want to be surprised, but if you and your partner are going to shop for rings together, sometimes you can score a deal if you buy the engagement ring and the wedding band at the same time. You might even be able to get their wedding band as well for—you guessed it—an even bigger discount. >>

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Choose an alternative stone Colorful gems have long been the favored betrothal gift for royal families—we’re all familiar with Kate Middleton’s gorgeous 18-carat oval sapphire and diamond ring. Today, hued stones are even more on trend, catching on with celebs, like Blake Lively, Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson, and everyday brides alike. Another bonus of going with a sapphire or other vibrant gem? They tend to be less expensive than diamonds, so you can afford a larger stone. “You can use an alternative center stone and still have diamonds in your setting as a halo or a pavé band—we see it all,” Levine says. “Pick a gem that complements your skin tone or opt for one with a sentimental meaning, like your partner’s birthstone or an heirloom stone.” Each gemstone also has its own special meaning (blue sapphires symbolize loyalty and honesty, while rubies signify passionate love), which is another fun way to personalize your engagement ring. Even if you’re not a fan of colorful gems, that doesn’t mean you’re out of options where this budget tip is concerned. Moissanite, gray sapphires and white topaz all look similar to white diamonds but cost considerably less.

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ring insurance 101 In the name of love, insure that precious ring. Here are the essential questions to ask before you choose a policy.

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piece? How will the quality and size of your diamond—and that of a replacement, if needed—be documented? • Is the ring insured to the full cost you paid for it or a fraction of the cost? • Are there any geographical limitations to your coverage?

• How will you need to prove the ring vanished if you make a claim?

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Let’s face it: Muddling through all the beauty advice out there is the last thing you want to add to your already-crazed planning to-do list. And while some beauty myths are easy to spot (no, that pricey cream won’t really erase your pores) others are harder to figure out (does naturally oily skin really need a moisturizer?). We asked the experts to set the record straight on some of the most common bridal beauty misconceptions— so you can focus on the important stuff before your day. MYTH Committing to a solid skin care routine will instantly transform your skin. FACT Slathering on new skin care products (even the expensive, super-fancy kind) is not a quick fix. Get a jump on perfecting your complexion and start planning your new skin care routine when you first start planning your wedding. “Most skin care products take six to eight weeks to work. You may even experience a purging effect, where skin gets worse before it gets better,” says Lian Mack, MD, a dermatologist and spokeswoman for Lumenis. And, if you’re looking to treat serious skin issues like acne, wrinkles or uneven skin tone with more intense treatments (think: neurotoxins like Botox, peels or fractional laser resurfacing) you may need several weeks or even months to complete the suggested amount of treatments and fully recover in order to see results. “Give yourself enough time to be certain you have no complications and are totally happy with the outcome before you walk down the aisle,” Mack says.

keep it simple “You don’t need to try anything new or extreme on your wedding day—you just need to enhance what’s already there.”

MYTH More is more. FACT Your wedding may seem like the perfect moment to pull out

all the stops, but it’s actually not the time to try something drastic where your hair and makeup are concerned. For example, if you typically have a more natural approach to beauty, don’t feel pressured to go for an elaborate updo plus heavy makeup. “You should still look and feel like yourself on your wedding day,” says celebrity makeup artist Wendy Rowe. “You don’t need to try anything new or extreme—you just need to enhance what’s already there.” Rowe suggests sticking to products you already know will work for you. “If you want to take your makeup up a notch, flawless foundation, some concealer and a pretty lip and cheek stain are little details that can really elevate your look,” she says.

FACT Collagen pills, powders and creams are all the rage right now,

promising smoother, firmer, more youthful skin—but are they the real deal? “Few reputable studies have been done on collagen supplements,” says Ted Lain, MD, a dermatologist. “The claim that these supplements increase the collagen content of the skin, leading to improvement in wrinkling and texture, are unfortunately untrue.” Rather than stocking up on trendier formulas, Lain suggests using a moisturizer with hydrating ingredients like glycerin to boost your glow.

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FACT It sounds counterintuitive, but you shouldn’t skip moisturizer if you have an oily complexion or T-zone. Drying out your skin can actually increase its oil production, creating a vicious cycle of clogged pores and breakouts. “Moisturizers are used to improve your skin’s water content, not its oil content,” says celebrity facialist Cecilia Wong. “The right moisturizers or serums for your skin type won’t leave a greasy residue behind.” Wong suggests avoiding heavy moisturizers with mineral oil, petroleum, lanolin and coconut oil that won't absorb as easily, and instead seeking out lighter formulas with grapeseed and sunflower oils or hyaluronic acid. >>

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bridal beauty jump-start Five things to consider in the six months leading up to your wedding.

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Skin Visit your dermatologist to discuss any concerns. Six months is usually enough time to complete a treatment or regimen to deal with issues like acne or rosacea.

Give yourself enough time to find the

FACT Do your strands and your stylist a favor and show up to both your hair trial and wedding day with clean hair. “Hairstylists don’t really like working with dirty hair,” says celebrity hairstylist Jon Reyman. “Dirty hair isn’t as sanitary, and we like the freedom to create hold with products that work best for the hair type we’re working with. If your hair is too oily, it may not hold the style as well.” Bottom line: Trust that a pro will know how to create a ’do that looks amazing and stays put—without any added grime.

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MYTH Pinterest is the best place to find makeup inspo.

this is the time to start trying out your look.

right stylist, and schedule two consultations prior to the wedding.

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FACT While Pinterest does offer a wealth of fun beauty tutorials, what you see isn’t necessarily what you get—especially where makeup is concerned. “A lot of the beauty images on Pinterest are altered, filtered or way too dramatic for your wedding day,” says Ashlee Glazer, global artistic director of Laura Geller Beauty. “I always recommend finding your celebrity doppelgänger, looking to classic red carpet icons and other real brides as a source of makeup inspiration. That way, you can see how the looks you’re loving will photograph in real life—without lots of editing.” MYTH High humidity will melt off your makeup. FACT Even if you’re getting married in a tropical locale in the

middle of summer, that doesn’t necessarily mean your makeup will get messy—especially if you hire a pro to help you out. “While high humidity can affect the efficacy of some products, a professional makeup artist will know how to prep your face so your makeup stays put,” says Brittany Lo, founder and CEO of Beautini. “Just make sure you’re using primer, waterproof mascara and have a few blotting sheets on hand, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.”

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When it comes to choosing the right bridal hairstyle, the possibilities are endless. And unless you’re a hair aficionado, all of those choices might make your head spin (no pun intended). Hiring a professional hairstylist will help take the stress out of getting photo ready on your wedding day. Not only can they help find the perfect style for you, they’ll also handle the hair-related questions you didn’t think to ask, like how to switch up your look for your reception quickly, or how to keep your hair perfectly coiffed once you remove your veil. Below, a foolproof guide to finding, hiring and working with a hair pro.

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Know how to hire Before you hire a stylist, you need to decide a few things: Do you want them to come to you on your wedding day, or would you rather go to the salon? Will they only do your hair or your bridal party’s as well? Do you want them to stay with you throughout the day to do touch-ups before the photo session and reception? Discuss these options with your stylist. Of course, how long you hire a professional to stay with you depends on your budget and their time limitations. Once you’ve decided who you’re going to hire, put down a deposit to save the date, and request a receipt. You should also create a formal contract with your stylist. List everything you expect on the wedding day, including the agreed upon time of arrival, the location, pricing and any other pertinent details like a contingency plan if something comes up. In the event of an emergency, you should also have their cancellation and refund policy in writing. Pro tip: Your hairstylist may also be a helpful resource for other pros you’ll need for your wedding. Don’t forget to ask if they know or work with any makeup artists. Chances are, they’ll have at least one or two awesome recommendations.

Come prepared As experienced as your hairstylist may be, just describing what you want won’t be enough for them to properly execute the style. Bring multiple inspiration images of hairdos you like from magazines, Pinterest and Instagram. You can even bring photos of yourself with a look you’d like to re-create—anything that will give them a clear picture of the kind of style you’re after. And while it might be tempting to try a drastically new style for your wedding, choosing a trendier ’do can result in a dated look down the line. Another idea: Wear a shirt with a neckline similar to that of your gown to your trial, since different hairstyles lend themselves to particular necklines. Bring along any hair accessories you plan to wear, whether it’s an elaborate headpiece or veil, or at least show your stylist some photos so they know what to expect the day of. >>

match game Your hairstyle should complement, not compete with, your wedding dress. Here are the best dress neckline and hairdo pairings.

Halter

Showcase a high neckline with a style that pulls the hair off your face and shoulders completely, like a classic chignon, boho halo braid or high ballerina bun.

Strapless

Whether it’s a twisted low bun, high volume ponytail, or effortless, beachy waves, this versatile neckline will work with virtually any ’do you want to try.

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Sideswept styles, like a Brigitte Bardot–inspired French twist, curly low ponytail or retro finger waves with a deep side part, visually balance an asymmetrical gown.

V-neck

This neckline draws the eye up and elongates the neck and torso, so choose a hairstyle that does the same, like long, loose waves or a romantic fishtail braid.

Off-the-shoulder

Dresses that highlight your neck, collarbone and décolletage are more impactful when paired with swept-back hair, like in a tousled half-updo or sleek topknot.

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Document it Once the stylist finishes your requested looks, ask them to snap photos from four different angles: front, back and both sides. That way, you’ll get a 360-degree view of your hair and a better idea of how it will look in your wedding photos. If there’s one particular style you like, ask them to write down exactly which products and techniques were used. Since your hair trial can take place months before your wedding date, it’s important to take notes and photos so you both remember what worked. When scheduling your trial, consider making your appointment in the morning. You’ll have a better idea of how your hair will hold up throughout the day and how much maintenance it will require once it’s styled.

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Clock it Pulling off great hair on your wedding day comes down to timing. Schedule your appointment too early and your ’do could start to look stale just as the festivities are getting started, but do it too late and you’ll feel rushed. Time your initial hair trial to see how long it takes to get your hair looking perfect, then allow that amount of time plus a half hour of leeway on the day of. And schedule your hair appointment for as late in the day as possible. For example, if photos are scheduled for 4 p.m. and your hair takes an hour, make your appointment at 2:30 p.m. Don’t forget to factor in your bridal party if they’re also having their hair done. We recommend 30 to 45 minutes for each bridesmaid. If you can, look for a stylist who has an assistant or two. The assistants can work on your bridal party at the same time your stylist is getting you aisle ready. This will also cut your prep time in half and ensure no one feels rushed.

Do the ’do When your wedding day arrives, put your undergarments on under a button-down shirt so you’ll be ready to slip on your dress once your hair is done and your veil or headpiece (if you’re wearing one) is in place. If your stylist is coming to you, set up a place for them next to a low table and sit in a chair with a low back so they’ll have easy access to your hair. Make sure there are electrical outlets nearby for appliances like hair dryers, curling irons and electric rollers. If necessary, have an extension cord handy. If you start to worry about how the stylist’s vision for your hair is different from your own, calmly and respectfully suggest an alternative. You need expert help—that’s why you hired a professional—but you shouldn’t be afraid to voice your concerns. Don’t forget to also ask for upkeep tips. They should let you know how to remove your veil or headpiece without disturbing the rest of your hair, keep your ’do in place while getting down on the dance floor and refresh your look for photo ops throughout the evening.

ask away You’ll want to ask these important questions before booking your hairstylist.

Do you have a portfolio of your work?

See visuals of their past work to get a feel for their style and ability, especially if you have a different or challenging hair texture. Looking through their portfolio will give you a good idea of whether or not the hairstylist can work with your hair type.

Do you have a list of references I can call?

While perusing their portfolio is essential for gauging their expertise, actually speaking with past clients can help you get the inside scoop on things like promptness, attitude and professionalism. If possible, speak with at least two to three references.

Will you bring your own products, or will I be responsible for supplying them?

Most hairstylists will bring a kit with them containing all of the essentials they may need to style your tresses. But if they won’t, you’ll want to know early on, especially if that’s a deal breaker. If you prefer to use your own tools and products, communicate this with your hairstylist to see if they’re game.

How do you charge— by the hour or per person?

Every hairstylist prices their work a bit differently. Before you sign a contract, have a clear understanding of the packages they offer and what’s included in each one. You’ll also want to know how they would like to be paid. Cash is most popular, but these days, more individual vendors are taking credit cards. Whatever their preference, the more you know about the logistics of paying them, the smoother the day will be.

Will I have to travel to you or do you work on-site?

Why you need to know: Not all hairstylists will work on-site—some may ask you to travel to their salon or studio. You should consider how far the salon is from where you’ll be getting dressed, determine if it will work in your wedding day schedule and build in extra time accordingly. You don’t want to be rushed.

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Between Instagram and Pinterest—and a wealth of websites catering to beauty—there’s no lack of makeup inspo out there to inform your wedding day look, but where should you start? Instead of focusing on trends like heavy contour or overdrawn lips, try something more general, like the time of year you’re getting married. (Pro tip: This will also keep your makeup from being dated down the line.) With the help of beauty expert and celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert (who’s worked with A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Catherine Zeta-Jones), we’ll show you how to use your wedding season as a base for your bridal beauty look.

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Fall Fall is a transitional time—not as bright and cheerful as summer, but also not as glam as winter. “Darker days mean your makeup will require more definition and color,” Ahnert says. “Start wearing bolder eyeliner and more dramatic mascara, fill in your brows (they probably lightened up over the summer) and add a fullcoverage foundation back into your beauty routine.” The eyes are the perfect canvas for playing with colors and textures in this season. For a simple way to add drama and dimension, start with a matte base in a neutral hue and add just a touch of gold glitter at the inner corners of your eyes—it’s glam but also works for daytime nuptials. For a fun evening look, swap out shimmery black shadow for an unexpected pop of cobalt blue or dark green. To take it up a notch, smudge a dark green, blue or chocolate liner along your waterline. If you opt for darker hues, Ahnert advises to keep the rest of your look minimal—think: fluttery lashes and soft washes of color on the lips and cheeks. You can also build your makeup around an array of colors in the same color family—like monochromatic with shades of red, orange or copper—for an end result that’s both autumnal and subtle. Fall skin concerns mirror wintertime woes (low humidity plus lower temperatures mean drier skin), but you shouldn’t break out the heavy formulas just yet. Stick to a more personalized approach and switch your products

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based on individual concerns, like an illuminating eye cream for dark circles, an exfoliating toner for dull skin or a luxurious night cream for dry spots. HUES TO CHOOSE Gold, rose gold, copper, camel, chocolate, rust, apple red, hunter green, cobalt, navy, wine

Winter The festive nature of winter sets the perfect backdrop for an über-romantic wedding and makeup with a particularly luxe feel. Frosty temperatures and festive holidays mean this season lends itself to deeper colors. “Your makeup should adjust to stand up to the darker décor colors common during this time of year,” Ahnert says. Swap bright reds and pinks for their richer counterparts, like cranberry and raspberry, and switch out neutral eye shadows for smokier hues. You can determine whether warmer or cooler tones work for you by looking at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If your veins are blue, cool tones are more flattering; green ones mean warmer tones will work best for you. Lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows in richer hues tend to have matte finishes because they contain more pigment. For this reason, it’s important to use a light touch while applying them— you don’t want to end up looking overdone. For instance, if you’re considering an intense smoky eye, create balance by sticking to lighter colors on your lips and cheeks. If you want to rock a vampy lip, keep the size and shape of your lips in mind, as darker colors can actually make them appear smaller. If you have a more petite pout, try a berry-hued lipstick with a glossy consistency over a super-dark, matte one. As color palettes shift, the types of products you choose should change with the season as well. “Winter skin is usually paler, so switch to a heavier foundation or powder that will even out your complexion,” Ahnert says. To combat the dry winter air and ensure your beauty look lasts the entire day without flaking off, focus on prepping your skin prewedding for a smooth makeup application. “Prepare for your day with a series of hydrating treatments like oxygen facials,” Ahnert says. “Using a mask suited to your skin type the night before your wedding will give your skin a boost, which will help your makeup look even better.” HUES TO CHOOSE Brick, ruby, raspberry, eggplant, indigo, emerald, forest green, midnight blue, charcoal, silver >>

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Spring Spring is a time of renewal, when flowers start to bloom and temperatures gradually heat up, so your makeup palette should get lighter and brighter. Use nature to complement your look, like floral-inspired washes of pastels or earthy hues. To put a weddingworthy spin on this more muted array of colors, start with a classic makeup trend, like a dramatic cat eye, and soften it with a light brown liner, or make a smoky eye less severe by pairing nudes with warmer, golden tones. But don’t be afraid of more vibrant colors either. “Teal and plum eyeliner and bronze or coral lip gloss are fun alternatives for spring,” Ahnert says. Bolder liners are best when paired with neutral makeup everywhere else (think: liquid highlighter over heavy blush). Warmer temperatures mean you won’t need a heavy foundation, so switch to a tinted moisturizer and sheer setting powder for a dewy finish. Prep your complexion for the lighter spring air with products aimed to slough away dull skin and clogged pores. Follow up a chemical or physical exfoliator with a hydrating mask to replenish any lost moisture.

The key to pulling off more vivid colors is to focus on one or two shades at a time, in varying intensities. For example, if you’re rocking a cherry-red lipstick, your eyes and cheeks should have a lighter wash of nude or bronze.

Summer Sunny weather makes summer the best time to experiment with more color, especially since weddings during this season tend to incorporate brighter hues too, like bold bridesmaid dresses or tropical florals. The key to wearing more vivid colors is to focus on one or two shades at a time in varying intensities. For example, if you’re rocking a cherry-red lipstick, your lids and cheeks should have a lighter wash of nude or bronze. Brighter shades work beautifully with a glowing complexion (as opposed to a matte one), so swap heavier creams for lighter gel formulas. Warmer temperatures also mean you should take extra precautions to make sure your makeup stays put. “Summer brides may need more touch-ups depending on the climate, since high humidity will make skin absorb makeup more quickly,” Ahnert says. “To get the most out of your look, use a foundation primer, eye shadow primer and setting spray, and stick to waterresistant mascara.” This balmy season is also the perfect time to switch to cream bronzers, blush and highlighters that won’t cake or crease when mixed with a little perspiration. HUES TO CHOOSE Bronze, peach, tangerine, cherry red, scarlet, bubblegum, fuchsia, turquoise, lapis, cocoa, granite

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HUES TO CHOOSE Pale pink, coral, magenta, mauve, periwinkle, plum, champagne, nude, chestnut, dove gray, navy, teal

power couples Give your skin care an extra boost by mixing products that bring out the best in each other.

Amp up your protection from the sun by applying an antioxidant-rich moisturizer or serum before your sunscreen. Antioxidants protect your skin from cellular damage caused by sun exposure, while sunscreen blocks UV light from penetrating the skin. We call that a skin care double whammy.

Facial oil + night cream

Skin feeling exceptionally dry? Mix a couple drops of your favorite facial oil into a cream-based moisturizer (silicon-based ones will break down) for an ultra-hydrating effect. Stick to using this skin care cocktail at night, as it could cause your makeup to crease during the day.

Hydrating mask + clay mask

If your complexion tends to get oily around your T-zone but is dry everywhere else, cater to all of your skin’s needs by multimasking, or using two face masks at once. A hydrating mask will soothe irritated skin, while a clay mask will absorb excess oil and purify any clogged pores.

Vitamin C + retinol

Boost your retinol’s antiaging properties with the addition of a vitamin C serum. Vitamin C helps to stabilize retinol, extending its effectiveness. To ensure your skin doesn’t get irritated by the combination of these strong ingredients, look for a serum with a lower concentration of vitamin C.

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sugar-coated style A glaze of allover beading gives a classic tea-length dress a glam update. Dress, price upon request, Naeem Khan, MarkIngramAtelier .com; engagement ring, $2,750 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; earrings, $5,873, tanzanite bracelet, $855, EffyJewelry .com; tennis bracelet, $125, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; shoes, $945, Paul Andrew, MatchesFashion.com

couture confection opposite Indulge your inner fashionista by opting for a statement ball gown with a tiered skirt. Dress, $8,990, Carolina Herrera at Casa de Novia Bridal Couture, CasadeNoviaBridal.com (Houston), Julian Gold Bridal, JulianGold.com (San Antonio); engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; earrings, $1,990, cocktail ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com

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cotton candy crush Pastel embroidery plus a two-piece silhouette is both dreamy and totally on trend. Dress, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal.com (Houston), The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus, NeimanMarcus.com (Dallas); engagement ring, $65,000, MarisaPerry.com; earrings, $2,310, Anabela Chan.com; cocktail ring, $68,000, EricaCourtney .com; pouf seats, $99 each, DylansCandyBar.com

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marshmallow dream Cascading layers of tulle put a fantastical spin on a traditional ball gown. Dress, $4,290, Hayley Paige at Blush Bridal Lounge, BlushBridalLounge.com (Austin), De Ma Fille Bridal, DeMaFille.com (Fort Worth), Bella Bride Boutique, BellaBride Boutique.com (San Antonio); engagement ring, $2,310 (not including center stone), Coast Diamond.com; earrings, $188, KennethJay Lane.com; cocktail ring, $4,400, DovesJewelry.com

fabulous frosting opposite An off-theshoulder ruffle adds whimsical flavor to a simple sheath. Dress, $2,495, Watters at Bridal Boutique, BridalBoutiqueLewisville .com (Lewisville), Liv & Love Bridal, LivLoveBridal.com (San Antonio), Mia Bridal Couture, MiaBridal Couture.com (Houston); engagement ring, $7,990 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $390, Oscar delaRenta.com; bracelet, $5,738, EffyJewelry.com

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conversation hearts Get people talking in a frothy dress embellished with giant hearts. Dress, price upon request, Viktor & Rolf at Warren Barrรณn Bridal, WarrenBarron.com (Dallas); morganite engagement ring, $1,610, ApresJewelry.com; earrings, $125 each, JenniferFisherJewelry.com; cocktail ring, $1,540, SheBee, Swoonery.com

delicious details opposite Bows are a bridal staple, but oversize ones feel fresh. Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal.com (Houston); engagement ring, $20,000, wedding ring, $850, ApresJewelry .com; earrings, $190, CZby KennethJayLane.com; bracelet, $36,675, EffyJewelry.com

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SPECIAL THANKS TO Dylan’s Candy Bar. Founded in 2001 by Dylan Lauren, Dylan’s Candy Bar is home to over 7,000 candies from around the world, making it the largest state-of-the-art sweets emporium and candy lifestyle brand. Dylan’s Candy Bar’s freestanding stores are currently located in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and East Hampton, New York. For more information, visit DylansCandyBar.com.

FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Mark Anthony using Phyto Paris for Exclusive Artists MAKEUP Daniella Shachter using NARS Cosmetics for Workgroup PROP STYLING Martha Bernabe LOCATION Dylan’s Candy Bar Third Avenue Flagship, New York City

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You’ve said yes—so now what? Kick off your trip to the altar with these tasks. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY LUXE PHOTOGR APHY

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There’s nothing more exciting than the first few weeks post-engagement. You’ve got that to-be-wed glow, something sparkly on your finger, and you and your partner are dreaming up all the ways to make your wedding day one to remember. Start your planning journey with these items and you’ll be ready for “I do” in no time.

Insure your ring No matter how careful you are, you’ll want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your engagement ring is protected, so look into insuring it as soon as possible. There are two basic ways to go about it. The first, you can add it as an extension of your renter’s or homeowner’s policy, which will reimburse you for a set amount of cash in relation to its worth should anything happen to it. The second option is to seek out a company that specializes in jewelry insurance, like Jewelers Mutual, which can offer customizable policies or provide more coverage than a homeowner’s one. >>

engagement party planning 101 You don’t need an excuse for a bash—you’re engaged! Get party ready with these tips.

Take time to breathe

An impromptu gathering the weekend after your partner has proposed is the perfect time to break out the bubbly, but don’t schedule an all-out affair during the first month of your engagement. You’ll want (and need) time to revel in your new status. Plan to have an engagement party two to four months after the question was popped.

Figure out your guest list

Everyone invited to the engagement party should be on the wedding guest list as well. Otherwise, guests may wonder what they did at the engagement party to insult you. If you decide to keep your wedding guest list small but want to throw an extravagant engagement party, go for it. Just let people know the main event will be intimate so no feelings will be hurt.

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Register for gifts beforehand

Guest aren’t traditionally required to bring presents to an engagement party, but there’s always the chance someone will want to. It’s smart to stock your registry early and provide those wishing to gift you something with a bit of guidance. Register for gifts in the low to middle range and save the bigger ticket items for closer to the shower and wedding—after all, a $500 cappuccino machine is not your typical engagement present. If some guests arrive bearing gifts, unwrap them after the party, so people who came empty-handed won’t feel bad.

Remind yourself there’s still a wedding to enjoy

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Facility Amenities Include: - 3,500-square-foot indoor/outdoor reception hall

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with prep kitchen, ice machine and oak panel bar - 7,200-square-foot lodge with 7 guest rooms, wine bar and atrium - Outdoor gazebo for ceremonies - Integrated AV system with projection equipment, screen, iPod connectivity - Wooded 22-acre venue with pond - Outdoor patio for ceremony or cocktails by the pool - Large bridal suite with changing room, bathtub/Jacuzzi, grand Tuscan poster bed

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find your “I do” locale

Download The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app Our app is an essential ingredient in making these next few months as stress free as possible. You’ll start by taking an image-based style quiz to help you zero in on your wedding vibe and give you a personalized inspo board you can share with vendors, like your florist or planner. From there, we’ll help you stay organized with our step-by-step checklist, land your dream team with custom vendor suggestions based on your budget and location, manage your registry, keep tabs on your guest list and RSVPs, and, finally, construct a foolproof day-of timeline that will keep everything running smoothly. It’s the pocket-size planner you simply can’t head to the altar without.

While it’s not the most fun conversation, a budget talk is important. Sit down with your partner (and families, if they’re contributing) and figure out how much you’re comfortable spending. It’s helpful to have a general idea of where you’d like to get married and what time of year, so you’ll be able to easily picture how far your budget will go. Once you’ve landed on a number, talk through your day-of priorities to clarify where you envision most of your money going (like you’re willing to splurge on a pricier photographer but sacrifice a bit on your paper goods to make up for it). The more on top of your finances you are before you start planning, the less likely you’ll end up over budget as your day gets closer.

Book your venue Your venue is the key to all other wedding-related to-dos, so it should be one of the very first things you book. Where you decide to host your wedding will likely determine other heavy-hitter decisions, like your exact guest list head count, catering menu and even the vibe of your décor. To ensure you get the look, price and date you want, start browsing The Knot Marketplace or our in-app suggestions at least a year to nine months ahead of your anticipated wedding date (but possibly even earlier, depending on your location, desired date and the venue’s popularity). As you review your options, keep an eye out for sneaky budget busters, like a spot that doesn’t include furniture or tabletop rentals, or rules that could possibly become an issue later on, like an especially early noise ordinance that will end the reception early, or a preferred vendor list that doesn’t permit you to hire your dream caterer. >>

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Map out your budget

Your venue is the key to all other wedding-related decisions, like your exact guest list count, catering menu, time of year and even décor. Make it one of the first things you book (at least nine months to a full year ahead of time) to ensure you get the look, price and date you really want.

5 times not to wear your engagement ring Keep that rock bright, clean and safe.

1 At the beach

If you lose your bauble in the sand or surf, it’s as good as gone. The second and lesser known reason to avoid bringing it to the beach is because of sand. The tiny grains can wedge themselves in the ring setting or get under the diamond. Also, don’t apply sunscreen while wearing your ring—it can cloud your stone right up.

2 At the gym

Wearing your ring during cardio won’t do it any harm, but it’s the weightlifting that can take a toll on your hardware. The pressure of the weight’s bars can bend it, which is especially bad for a pavé setting because the smaller stones can fall out. Take off the ring during any contact sports, or risk a serious injury.

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3 In the shower

Similar to sunscreen, many soaps, hair and beauty products can cause a cloudy buildup to collect on your stone, or worse, under your stone (which is much harder to clean at home). Shampoos and body washes are all a no-go, as are any hair serums, styling products and lotions you apply throughout the day.

4 In a pool

Losing your ring in a swimming pool (or hot tub) isn’t as big of an issue compared with the open ocean. After all, filters can be checked and, in the worst-case scenario, the pool can be drained. The real issue here are the chemicals often found in pools, like chlorine, which can do major damage and discolor metals over time.

5 While cleaning

Washing your car on the weekend? Cleaning the oven? Bleaching the shower? Take that rock off, please. It’s good practice for anyone (particularly if you’ll be using chemicals), but especially important if your ring has a colored gemstone, as many cleaning astringents can erode the finish and polish on specialty gems.

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Hire your priority vendors

Set up your wedding website

If you can’t imagine your first dance without the acoustics of a certain local band, or you love the portfolio of a hard-to-get photographer, do yourself a favor and act now. Many top vendors are hired more than a year in advance and once they’re booked, you’re out of luck. Figure out what your biggest vendor priorities are and find out their availability as soon as you have a date and venue locked in. That way, you can relax a little and enjoy the rest of the planning process knowing key members of your dream team are already on board. A bonus to booking early: Your primary vendors can recommend other A+ pros they enjoy working with, so ask them for direction on any outstanding hires. They may have insight into the perfect calligrapher for your day-of signage or the florist that will really make your venue come to life.

You’ve nailed down the basic details, so now’s the time to create your (free) personalized wedding website on TheKnot.com. It’s the ideal place to house need-to-know info for your guests, like directions to your venue, a schedule for the weekend, registry links and hotel suggestions. In addition to these practical details, consider adding a few charming customizations to give guests insight into your event (and you as a couple). Provide background on yourself and your soon-to-be spouse, like how you met, your proposal or why your reception locale is special to you. Engagement photos or a who’s who of the wedding party can’t hurt either.

Choose your wedding party Now it’s your turn to propose. Once you and your partner have settled on who you’d like to include in your wedding party, think of a creative or meaningful way to ask. A little thought goes a long way here—you’re asking these people to spend a lot of their time and money celebrating you and your partner in the next year, so treat them to a fun night out, trip to the spa or home-cooked meal before you pop the question. Another perk: The sooner you ask your pals, the sooner you can rally the troops to help with any lingering to-dos, fun projects or planning conundrums that arise.

Create your wedding registry If you’re worried you’ll look greedy or inconsiderate if you set up your registry too early, don’t. With all the parties and well-wishing relatives in your near future, guests will appreciate your foresight. Have a registry started before the first big wedding event (like an engagement party) or at least before your save-the-dates go out. Register for more gifts than there are guests on your invite list, and make sure they fall within a variety of price points. Aim for a mix of the practical (a stainless steel cookware set), the pretty (a gorgeous throw for your bedroom) and a few off-beat items (like bikes to enjoy on the weekend or a Newlywed Fund cash registry for your first house). Share the links on your wedding website, and don’t forget to check back in on them periodically.

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Located in historic Fair Park the Hall of State offers the elaborate Great Hall, with hand-painted murals, soaring columns, and beautiful chandeliers, which makes the ideal location for a wedding reception or state dinner. The Hall of Heroes is perfect for cocktails, with large balconies offering additional space. A unique venue for the couple who wants a day to be remembered. Hall of State in Fair Park 3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX (214) 421-4500 EXT. 106

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how to throw a (fun! exciting! party-ready!) daytime wedding Midday weddings are becoming increasingly popular and are no longer just reserved for those who consider brunch among their favorite things in life. Here’s how to throw an afternoon soiree that’s as fun as any evening event out there. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY FONDLY FOREVER PHOTOGR APHY

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Whether you’re looking to save a little bit on your budget or just really love the views at your reception spot and want to give guests more time to appreciate them, a sun-filled morning or afternoon event may be something for you to consider. And before you worry that “daytime wedding” is synonymous with “boring,” “bland” or even “brunch,” think again. Like everything else, a daytime wedding is all what you make of it—and we’re here to help you make it awesome.

Analyze your timeline While exact timing may depend on your venue, daytime wedding receptions usually take place somewhere between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., with your ceremony happening beforehand. When sketching out your timeline for the day, there are a few important factors to consider. First, inquire with all your vendors what an early start may mean for their costs. If your florist needs several hours to set up and your ceremony starts at 10 a.m., they’ll likely have to get up early to prep or set up the night before, which can cause you to accrue additional costs (same goes for vendors like your caterer, furniture rentals or even your photographer). Past that, try and ensure your early start is reasonable for most guests—the ceremony should begin no earlier than 10 a.m. to give your loved ones who are traveling in a chance to get there on time without waking up at the crack of dawn. Keep in mind, you, your partner and members of your wedding party will also need to set an early alarm in order to get ready in time for a morning ceremony.

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Choose the right venue A daytime wedding has its own unique feel, so when searching for a venue, seek out spots that fit that vibe. A bright greenhouse, refined topiary garden or beachside patio that boasts a seaside view can all feel more properly suited to a sunlit affair than, say, a ballroom. That being said, no space is off-limits, so if you do fall in love with a traditionally evening venue, work with vendors like your florist and planner to bring in decorative touches that make it feel a bit more daytime appropriate.

light-filled locale A daytime wedding has its own unique feel, so seek out a venue that fits a playful, vibrant vibe. A bright greenhouse, refined topiary garden or beachside patio are all suited to a sunlit affair.

Inquire about pricing breaks If budget is the reason you’re considering a midday celebration, ask about any available pricing breaks as you negotiate your contracts. Many venues may abide by a lower minimum head count or offer a daytime pricing model. You can also save on things like rentals or catering fees depending on what you serve guests. >>

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Go as formal (or as casual) as you’d like Just because you’re not hosting an after-dark affair doesn’t mean you can’t opt for a formal dress code and aesthetic if that’s the vibe you and your partner prefer. You don’t have to completely forgo any of the more traditional evening wedding additions—just rethink them a bit. If a multicourse sit-down dinner or true cocktail hour is what you’re envisioning, go for it, but make the meal a dynamic lunch feast or brighten up the cocktails with freshly squeezed juices. Hoping to have live music for your guests? A typical 10-piece band and rowdy dance floor may not feel totally right, but a suave jazz quartet, bluegrass crew or playful doo-wop group will be charming and equally as entertaining. When it comes to your colors, vibrant daylight hours call for an equally energetic palette, so play around with adding some saturated hues into your scheme. Bright pinks, blues, yellows and greens feel right during the day— no matter the time of year. >>

Here’s where to save costs on your wedding.

Decide your priorities

Pick your top three areas of importance (like your gown, catering, and flowers) and allocate a little extra money toward them. Likewise, choose the three things that come lowest on your priority list, and budget accordingly.

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Reduce costs by choosing flowers that are in season, and pick from locally grown varieties rather than buds that need to be flown in from afar. For example, if you exchange Black Magic roses for deeply colored dahlias in all your bouquets and table arrangements, you could save about $4 a stem.

Simplify your dinner menu

Reduce the number of overall dinner courses (making three fabulous courses costs less than serving five individual courses) and keep your menu simple. Stick with the specialties of the season and region.

Pare down the extras

There are plenty of ways to cut corners that won’t even be noticed by your guests. Have the caterers bring out the fancy Dom Pérignon for the toast, but pour a less expensive champagne the rest of the day— no one will ever see the bottle or know the difference. Likewise, you can order a small, fabulous cake that’s exactly what you want, and have several sheet cakes in the kitchen of the same flavor, cut and plated for your guests.

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Serve brunch—or don’t

Rethink the after-party

If the first thing that comes to mind when we say “daytime wedding” is a steamy buffet of pancakes, eggs and bacon, you’re not alone. It makes sense that a bounty of breakfast foods have become the go-to menu items for an early event, but don’t feel like you’re stuck with all things sweet and syrupy if you’re hosting a daytime wedding of your own. You’ll still want to stray from anything too heavy, as guests typically don’t want to stuff themselves just hours after waking up, but meat carving stations, freshly made pasta, savory flatbreads and veggie-packed frittatas are all great dishes to add to the menu to mix things up a bit. If a traditional brunch is what you’re really craving, look to upgrade some of the classics so they feel a bit more wedding worthy and special. A do-it-yourself waffle station can be a fun (and interactive) addition, while a breakfast sandwich or yogurt parfait bar will also be big hits. And, before you even ask: Yes, you can definitely still serve a cake—trust us, it goes with everything.

With your main event ending in the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time for partying postreception. Instead of a traditional after-party, plan something unusual for guests, like a poolside cabana bash back at the hotel, a casual barbecue or a bar crawl. If you’d rather spend the evening just you and your new spouse (a night of room service does sound pretty amazing), give guests a few suggestions of what to do after your event on your wedding website, the detail card in your invitation suite or your ceremony programs.

Take advantage of the extra sunlight One of the biggest benefits to a daytime wedding is the extra daylight hours. Work activities into your day that encourage guests to soak up the sun, like a variety of outdoor lawn games. Another perk? Gorgeous light means you’ll luck out with your photos too. Ask your photographer to stick around for a few “golden hour” couples portraits once festivities wrap up.

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local spotlight: ivory and lace events The Texas planner shares her best wedding planning tips and tricks. ABOUT THE EXPERT

SET A BUDGET FIRST

PICK THE RIGHT PRO

TAP YOUR PLANNER

PERSONALIZE IT

Kristen Jeremias is the founder and planner behind Ivory and Lace Events. She aims to help couples shine on their wedding day and give guests a peek into their personalities.

Before hiring anyone, set a budget and have a clear vision for your day and what you want to prioritize. Creating an inspiration board is also an easy way to communicate an overall design to pros.

You’ll be spending a lot of time with your planner, so it’s important to work with someone you can trust. During your consultation, ask about what they’ll do to ensure your day—and planning—goes smoothly.

I wish more couples asked me to help them hire their other vendors. Planners have a network of pros they know they can trust and rely on, so let us help you hire pros we know will deliver for you.

I love when couples add their own personal style to their wedding day and include elements that are important to both of them, like your favorite music or food, and intentional and meaningful details.

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With over 15,000 square feet of flexible event space, including a 7,632-square-foot ballroom, our staff is dedicated to making sure your special day goes exactly the way you envisioned it. Overnight guests will enjoy an oversized guest room, Hyatt Grand Bed, complimentary breakfast buffet and Wi-Fi. Call 972 414 3500 to book your event, or visit HyattPlaceDallasGarland.com.

5101 North President George Bush Highway Garland, TX 75040 Phone: 972 414 3500 Email: dfwzb-rfp@hyatt.com

dallas/garland /richardson AND FIREWHEEL CONFERENCE CENTER

HYATT, and Hyatt Place® names, designs and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation. ©2018 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.

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REAL WEDDINGS

HOUSTON

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including bridal parties and bouquets. Smoked brisket, cowboy boots and a celebratory Mexican fiesta lent loads of character to these local Houston affairs.

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THEIR STORY “I absolutely love color and flowers,” says Gabriela Weller (26 and a corporate recruiter). “I wanted to incorporate plenty of both at our wedding.” She and Christopher Bone (26 and a medical student) chose a celebratory fiesta theme to reflect the bride’s Hispanic heritage. Their ceremony included the Mexican lasso tradition, in which the bride and groom’s parents tie a rope around the couple in an infinity symbol shape, symbolizing their new union. —Natalia Carbone

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Christopher sported a pink bow tie and socks emblazoned with fuchsia flamingos to match the day’s vibrant theme.

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Ornate lanterns and hand-embroidered table runners added to the eclectic vibe.

“We didn’t have a set color scheme, but I told our vendors the brighter, the better,” Gabriela says. A can’t-miss palette of purple, pink, orange, blue and yellow punched up everything from the piñatas to arrangements of king proteas, air plants, spray roses and cacti.

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AGAPE HOUSE STUDIO

AKIL BENNETT

e k i l n u e c a l p A any other

AMA BY AISHA

2018

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Apple spice, banana cream and lime-flavored cakes were drizzled in icing and dished up for dessert.

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The Bear

PHOTOGRAPHY Britney VIDEOGRAPHY The Bird &

DAY-OF COORDINATORS Brittany

Peters/Madera Estates; Jessica Schneider FLOWERS F. Dellit Designs

The newlyweds recessed up the aisle to Bruno Mars’s “Marry You” before moving the party to the nearby reception hall. There, a mariachi band performed lively tunes during cocktail hour, and partygoers took to the dance floor armed with maracas and flower crowns.

Malcolm Marshall

OFFICIANT

GOWN Matilda by Morilee,

Ventura’s Bridal Fashions, Houston

HAIR &

MAKEUP Sunkissed and Made Up

FLOWER

CROWN Angela Marie

SHOES Kenneth Cole

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Select

Jewelers BRACELET David Yurman BRIDESMAID DRESSES Calvin Klein, Macy’s MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank

STATIONERY

Escort cards: Sparq1200; invitations: Elias Paper Co.; programs: Cypress Calligraphy BOOK Cypress Calligraphy

Estates

SIGN-IN

RENTALS Madera

CATERING Cordúa Catering;

Whataburger

CAKE Buttercup Bakery

MUSIC Ceremony: Third Floor Strings; cocktail

hour: Mariachi Los Gallitos; reception: Essen Entertainment PHOTO BOOTH Madera Estates DANCE LESSONS Alex Moore’s Danceworks TRANSPORTATION Sam’s Limousine REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; Macy’s HONEYMOON Maui, HI GUESTS 250 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• BRENHAM

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Katy Broesche (24 and a graduate student) and Trevor Smyth (24 and a sales rep) kept their nuptials close to home by marrying at the bride’s remote family farm. “It was always my dream to get married there,” Katy says. Natural elements like muted linens and cross-back chairs played up the farm’s pastoral charm, and the couple’s flower girls tossed fragrant dried lavender during their walk down the alfresco aisle. Nestled underneath the shade of two towering pecan trees, Katy and Trevor said “I do” while guests honored the family tradition of singing the hymn “How Great Thou Art.” —NC

“I wanted our flowers to look like I walked out into the pasture and picked them myself,” Katy says.

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A vintage Volkswagen bus served as a photo booth throughout the evening.

Postceremony, guests retired to a tent for dinner and dancing under bistro lights. Table décor evoked the natural setting and included a mix of footed compotes, brown-glass bud vases, garlands, brass lanterns and Italian ceramic chargers. “We used the beauty of the farm and the surrounding area as our inspiration,” Katy says.

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Old Town Elegance

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Timeless Charm

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Tequila-infused signature cocktails made for a memorable family-style feast, which called for smoked brisket, homemade barbecue sauce and white-cheddar mac and cheese. Rather than serve slices of cake, the couple opted for a multiflavored stacked wedding pie paired with Trevor’s favorite dessert: his wife’s famous banana pudding.

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“Even though I’ve lived in California for six years, I’ll never let go of my Texas roots,” Katy says of slipping into bespoke boots for the party.

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haute FLOWERS & EVENTS

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A storm blew through just as the reception kicked off, forcing staff to quickly move all 250 guests inside, where a dance floor and bar was constructed in just five minutes. Once the rain was through, guests took in a fireworks display before Katy and Trevor exited in a red ’65 Mustang convertible.

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A private resdience, Brenham PHOTOGRAPHY Grant Daniels

Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY 31Films

PLANNER Westcott Weddings FLOWERS Gypsy Floral and Events GOWN BHLDN

HAIR Frank Garcia

MAKEUP Makenzi Laine

BHLDN Footwear

VEIL

SHOES Maida’s Custom ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS McClave Jewelers BRACELET

James Avery

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Show Me Your Mumu Michael Kors

MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Papellerie

RENTALS La Tavola; Loot Vintage Rentals;

Marquee Event Rentals; Sperry Tents by Whim

CATERING Contigo Catering

CAKE Royers Pie Haven DESSERTS

Contigo Catering

MUSIC Ceremony:

Willow City; reception: The Drywater Band PHOTO BOOTH Vannagram & Co. TRANSPORTATION Blue Star

Limousine

REGISTRIES Bed Bath &

Beyond; Crate & Barrel; Target; West Elm HONEYMOON Costa Rica GUESTS

250 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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APRIL 29

• RICHMOND

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KRISTEN CURET TE PHOTOGR APHY

The couple’s guest list was massive, with 400 famly members and friends joining in on the festivites.

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THEIR STORY A last-minute venue cancellation was all the motivation Julianne Huynh (30 and an educator) and Paul Howard (29 and a wealth-management advisor) needed to book Briscoe Mansion a mere eight weeks out from their wedding date. “I asked my sister if we could even pull off a wedding in just two months,” Julianne says. “She said it would definitely be crazy, but not impossible.” Despite a condensed timeline, Julianne and Paul managed to make their rustic-elegant fete look effortless. “We wanted to keep it simple,” Julianne says of filling the space with clusters of green and white blooms. —NC

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The morning of their nuptials, Julianne and Paul wed in a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony before saying “I do” at the manor’s on-site chapel. Julianne’s brother performed “Butterfly Kisses” on the guitar as their father escorted the bride into the room, making for an emotional processional. “My father and Paul’s stepfather are ministers, so we had them pray for us after we lit our unity candle and joined hands as one,” Julianne says.

Verdant garlands and wood accents created a decidedly rustic vibe.

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The Lodge at Mound Creek A new wedding and event venue in Montgomery, Texas!

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A fresh spring of rosemary at each place setting made for a “very aromatic reception,” Julianne says.

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Prior to the start of a surprise fireworks display, guests received party favors in the form of homemade white-cheddar-cheese popcorn with tags that read, “Let’s Get This Party Poppin’.” “It’s become our signature snack,” Julianne says of the personalized treat.

JULIANNE & PAUL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Briscoe

Manor, Richmond

PHOTOGRAPHY Kristen

Curette Photography Lam Films Pham

VIDEOGRAPHY Son

DAY-OF COORDINATOR Victor

FLOWERS Fresh Blooms of Houston

GOWN Parvani Vida, Houston

HAIR PRIMP

Bar MAKEUP Orlando Villarreal; Tenya Du VEIL Parvani Vida, Houston

SHOES Stuart

Weitzman JEWELRY Pandora; Zales BRIDESMAID DRESSES Show Me Your Mumu MENSWEAR Groom: Zara; groomsmen: Men’s

Wearhouse BOOK DIY

STATIONERY DIY

SIGN-IN

RENTALS Briscoe Manor; Decor 2

Remember; Johanna Terry Events Behind the Bash

CATERING

CAKE Smash Cakery

MUSIC DJS Entertainment PHOTO BOOTH DJS

Entertainment

REGISTRIES Bed Bath &

Beyond; Crate & Barrel

HONEYMOON Los

Angeles; Maui, HI; San Francisco; GUESTS 400 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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The

Aventography

12126 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77077 832.914.7844 www.thebougainvilleasrooms.com Ammar Selo Photography

Ammar Selo Photography

Corporate Meetings Weddings Private Parties

Juan Huerta Photography

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AUGUST 5

• HOUSTON

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THEIR STORY Attorneys Jessica Schaffner (31) and Scott Armstrong (30) first met in law school, where their relationship blossomed over study sessions and stacks of books. Their studious start set the tone for their library nuptials, where a greenery-draped fabric backdrop framed the couple as they exchanged vows in the venue’s auditorium. “Marrying in a library felt right for us,” Jessica says. “We love that it’s a part of Houston’s history and will be there many years after our wedding day.” —NC

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THE BARN AT HICKORY CREEK L O C AT E D I N T H E P I N E Y WO O D S O F C R O C K E T T, OV E R L O O K I N G A P R I VAT E 3 1 - A C R E L A K E , T H E B A R N AT H I C KO RY C R E E K C O M B I N E S R U S T I C S I M P L I C I T Y A N D M O D E R N E L E G A N C E W I T H S I M P LY S T U N N I N G V I E W S .

936.222.4562 620 Hickory Creek Ranch Rd. C r o c k e t t , Te x a s TheBarnatHickoryCreek.com

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“One of our favorite things to do together is eat interesting food,� Jessica says of their decision to serve osso buco with bone marrow, and Chilean sea bass. Rather than cut into a traditional tiered cake, Buttercup Bakery arranged an indulgent spread of olive oil shortbread cookies and blueberry panna cotta.

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7107 HWY 6 SOUTH HOUSTON, TX 77083 281-498-9292 W W W . P A R V A N I V I D A . C O M

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A card catalog seating chart cleverly reflected the venue location, and a neutral palette paired with clusters of greenery and pops of magenta made for a refined reception. “We loved the architecture of the space and wanted to complement it, not overwhelm it,” Jessica says.

Dana Fernandez Photography DESIGN Revisionist Events

Mibellarosa Designs Palermo

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Judge Dena

GOWN Winnie Couture, Houston

HAIR &

MAKEUP Hey Lovely Makeup

HEADPIECE Nordstrom

Choo

PLANNING &

SHOES Jimmy

ENGAGEMENT RING James Allen

WEDDING RINGS Bride: James Allen; groom:

Robbins Brothers BRACELET BHLDN BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Calvin Klein

Nib and Pixel

STATIONERY

RENTALS Aztec Events & Tents;

House of Hough; Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library; Mibellarosa Designs; Revisionist Events

CATERING Café Natalie DESSERTS

Buttercup Bakery

MUSIC Ceremony: Third

Floor Strings; reception: LG Event Entertainment & Production

FAVORS Buttercup Bakery

TRANSPORTATION Uber ACCOMMODATIONS Aloft Houston by the

Galleria; Marriott Marquis Houston; Magnolia Houston .com

REGISTRIES Williams Sonoma; Zola HONEYMOON Fiji & New Zealand

GUESTS 127 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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713.622.2022 miabridalcouture.com 2509 River Oaks Blvd

Atelier Pronovias Enaura Alon Livne Rivini Alyne Ysa Makino Martina Liana Watters Brides Legends Romona Keveza Paloma Blanca Sareh Nouri Gown by Atelier Pronovias

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“I had a gut feeling it was the one,” Taylor says of ultimately selecting the first dress she tried on.

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As a surprise for the bride, Jacob’s father built a 10-foot-tall cross that served as the altar. “I had no words when I first saw it,” Taylor says.

THEIR STORY Taylor Kay (22 and self-employed) and Jacob Moore (23 and a gym teacher) threw a barn bash full of organic greenery, blush tones and gold accents that felt as laid-back as they are. “I wanted it to be glamorous, but still reflect the homey Southern style I was trying to achieve,” Taylor says. Honoring their Texas roots was top of mind for the high school sweethearts, so they hung a wooden Longhorn over the sweets table, and Jacob and his groomsmen sported Lone Star State–flag socks. “Can you tell that we are big fans of our home state?” the bride says. —NC

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HOPE PHOTOGRAPHY

Stonebridge Ceremony, Wedding Reception & Rehearsal Dinner

HIS AND HERS FOTO

16401 Country Club Dr., Crosby, TX 77532 • 832-657-6050 • 281-328-3576 • StonebridgeNewport.com

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The five-tier cake was amaretto buttercream with vanilla filling— except for one raspberry-filled tier.

“When I am with Jacob, I feel at home, and I wanted our guests to feel at home at the venue too,” Taylor says. To create a casual feel, they opted out of a seating chart and sprinkled in high tables along the dance floor. Neutral and blush floral arrangements contributed to the comfortable, relaxed vibe the couple had envisioned.

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Guests took home either potted succulents or packaged seeds to grow their own plants.

The couple made their grand entrance to the theme from Grease. There were four father-daughter dances: “I danced with my dad, my stepfather, my pawpaw and my father-in-law. I actually surprised my father-in-law with the father-daughter dance. I am blessed to have special father figures,” Taylor says.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Kat Theis/Mustard Seed Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Brittan Pittman

Weddings by Jessee Design

PLANNER

FLOWERS Maxit Flower

GOWN Martina Liana Bridal, Mia Bridal

Couture, Houston

HAIR &

Sunkissed and Made Up Couture, Houston

MAKEUP

VEIL Mia Bridal

SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT RING Lauren B WEDDING RINGS David Yurman; Trumpet & Horn JEWELRY

Swarovski

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Adrianna

Papell; Nouvelle Amsale; Show Me Your Mumu MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank; Southern Socks; The

Tie Bar; TheBlackTux.com

STATIONERY Kara

Anne Paper, menu cards: PaperandPineCo, Etsy. com

RENTALS A Finer Event; Big Ass Balloons;

Darryl and Co., EB Inc. Events; La Tavola; Marquee House of Letters

CATERING Pappas Bar-B-Q

CAKE Who Made the Cake! CANDY BAR

Sugarfina

MUSIC Ceremony: Third Floor

Strings; reception: Jonny Black Productions PHOTO BOOTH Monkey Booth TRANSPORTATION The Original Trolley

Company

REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Pottery

Barn; Target

HONEYMOON The Bahamas

GUESTS 300 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• HOUSTON

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THEIR STORY Kenna Lewis (36, in pharmaceutical sales) and Donald Rigaud (35, in veterinarian sales) met when Donald spontaneously tagged along on his best friend’s work trip to Florida. “I am going to marry that girl,” Donald remembers telling his friend shortly after meeting her. Five years later, they planned a candlelit rooftop party that blended New Orleans (his hometown) with Houston (hers). Neither wanted anything too traditional. “We wanted a short, sweet ceremony while our guests were enjoying a cocktail,” Kenna says. —NC

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Kenna carried a hand-tied bouquet of white roses, hydrangeas and seeded eucalyptus.

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& Restaurant, Houston The couple served hors d’oeuvres in lieu of a sit-down dinner. Instead of cake, guests had their pick of sweet treats that they were encouraged to take home in to-go bags, like warm beignets and Donald’s favorite mini pecan pies. A guitarist the couple had discovered while out one night strummed popular cover songs. At the end of the night, the newlyweds made their getaway in a classic Bentley. “It was the best celebration!” Kenna says.

PHOTOGRAPHY Kelly

Hornberger Photography

PLANNER Sarah

Treviño, Sarah Lydia Events Friedman Flowers Round, Houston

HAIR Salon on Kirby

MAKEUP Jessica Morgan

Mischka

FLOWERS John

DRESS SALON Marry Go SHOES Badgley

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Gino Chirico JEWELRY BHLDN Brooks Brothers

MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Calligraphy by

Patricia; Paper Source

RENTALS Lavish Linens

CATERING B&B Butchers & Restaurant DESSERTS B&B Butchers & Restaurant; Tiff’s

Treats; Whisk Bakery Curry

MUSIC John Vincent

ACCOMMODATIONS Hotel Sorella

REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Macy’s; Pottery

Barn; Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON Italy

GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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Daring displays Give partygoers something to feast their eyes on with a wowworthy food display. “Clients are always looking for fresh ideas, and the more visual, the better,” says Peter Callahan of Peter Callahan Catering. Better yet, get guests up and interacting with their surroundings to create a memorable food moment. MAKE IT YOURS Work with your vendors on an idea that marries charm with an activity, like picking candied apples off a faux tree or choosing a delicious doughnut from a pegged wall.

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Get the party started early by offering beverages before the ceremony while guests await your “I dos.” Refreshing mixers or alcohol-free sips, like sweet tea, will set the mood for your reception and evoke a celebratory atmosphere. MAKE IT YOURS Have servers pass out mini bottles of champagne (with pretty striped straws, of course) as guests take their seats so they can pop the cork and cheers when you’re officially wed.

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Roaming dinner Instead of a traditional seated meal, feed guests from a plethora of delicious passed apps, filling small plates and interactive stations. “Our staff serves guests from barker trays that are tied behind their necks for a fun stadium feel,” says Alison Awerbuch, executive chef and partner at Abigail Kirsch. MAKE IT YOURS Hire a few expert servers to interact with guests and delight them with everything from oyster shucking and on-site guacamole making to mozzarella pulling on the go. >>

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Celebrate your dual heritages with a unique menu that fuses both your cultures together (think: Indian cocktail hour meets Southern dinner). You could even go one step further and pair each specialty food with a sip, like mini margs and tacos or sushi rolls and sake. MAKE IT YOURS The team at Paula LeDuc Fine Catering in California often takes requests to re-create family-favorite recipes. Ask your caterer if they’d be willing to do the same, then surprise guests with Grandma’s legendary mac and cheese during dinner.

Serving up the main meal of the evening family style (every table passes dishes of mains and sides among themselves) in lieu of a buffet or plated dinner makes for a casual vibe that will get guests interacting. Your reception will take on the effortless, relaxed feel of a dinner party, and guests can sample a bit of everything without having to narrow their selection to one dish or protein. MAKE IT YOURS Get the best of both worlds with a “European” family-style spin. Every guest selects their main protein (like a traditional beef, chicken, fish or veggie dish), which is plated for them, but the sides are passed around the table for sharing.

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Specialty bars

Take the signature cocktail to the next level by setting up a special spot at your reception (also known as a satellite bar) where you can serve a favorite brew or spirit, like whiskey, gin or trendy Aperol. Or hire a flair bartender to wow guests with some mixology magic. MAKE IT YOURS Try a spin on fresh seasonal sips. Paula LeDuc’s staff treats clients to their From the Garden bar, which pairs popular spirits, like vodka and rum, with fresh herbs, edible flowers and house-made juice blends, like strawberry-rhubarb.

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Lend a luxe feel to your meal with a multicourse (five or more) menu, complete with wine pairings. Complex flavors and intricate plating are surefire ways to impress your guests. MAKE IT YOURS Tasting menus are known for their unique dish names, so work with your caterer to dream up a personalized menu full of cleverly named dishes that act as a tribute to your story. >>

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Center your meal around farm-to-table ingredients unique to your reception locale for a fun way to give your loved ones a culinary tour of the area with each bite. Not only will it help you trim down your catering costs by choosing local, in-season fruits and vegetables, you’ll end up with dishes that are more interesting, flavorful and colorful too. To execute, hire a caterer who is willing and committed to serving up a locally focused menu. MAKE IT YOURS Go for an all-veggie meal. It’s a gutsy choice for a crowd, but when your picks are that fresh, even the most die-hard meat lovers won’t miss their beef. Hire a caterer who specializes in veggie-based dishes—they’ll be able to plan a well-balanced and filling meal that will leave guests satisfied.

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Guests will work up an appetite on the dance floor, so treat them to a second round of bites featuring your fave comfort foods. Casual items like mini sliders and grilled cheese with tomato soup will delight the crowd, and are a great way to cap off the celebration. MAKE IT YOURS Serve an oldie but goodie: pretzels. The salty treat is the new “it” snack, and even high-end caterers are getting in on the fun. The team at Abigail Kirsch serves them up dangling from clear umbrellas—really! Offer yours alongside a slew of sauces, or package them in wax paper sleeves so guests can easily tote them from the dance floor to the after-party.

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Foodie favors Edible gifts are one thing you can guarantee won’t get left behind. Thank guests with a beautifully packaged treat reminiscent of your reception locale. Luxe chocolates, homemade limoncello or regional olive oil are all total crowd-pleasers. MAKE IT YOURS Go for a breakfast theme with baskets of essentials like jam and biscuits, coffee, cinnamon buns and more. It’s a sweet solution for guests leaving early the next morning.

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Instead of opting for a premium open bar with every spirit imaginable, offer guests a tailored selection of sips. Beer, wine and two or three batched cocktails will keep everyone happy and help cut down on your bar tab. When deciding what your signature drinks will be, include one or two that have a well-loved alcohol, like vodka or whiskey.

Plan to self-serve

Skip the passed hors d’oeuvres altogether during your cocktail hour and instead pile tables high with beautiful spreads of crudités and dips, plates of artisan cheeses, baskets of gourmet crackers and fresh breads, and mouthwatering bowls of fruit. You’ll save money by cutting back both on food preparation and serving staff— and guests won’t go hungry.

Trim the guest list

We know it’s tough, but one of the fastest and most effective ways to lower your wedding cost is to pare down the invitees (so get out that red pen!). At $100-plus a head for food and beverage costs, taking even just 10 guests off your invite list can save $1,000 or more. Just check with your caterer first—some have a head count minimum you must reach.

Let the chef choose

Your caterer is a pro, so trust they’ll know the best (and most inexpensive) cuts and variety of proteins to choose. Instead of insisting they serve up filet mignon or a pricey branzino, let them lead the way and select the main proteins that will be served up at your wedding. Not only will you end up with the freshest options, you’ll save on costs too.

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We’re going to let you in on a little secret: There are wedding details that aren’t worth losing sleep (or money) over. At the end of the day, the only thing your guests truly care about is celebrating your marriage without going hungry, getting thirsty or feeling bored, so if you’re looking for permission to save some money, we’ve got you covered. Scaling back on these details will help you stay on budget and still throw a bash your loved ones will be talking about for months to come.

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Aisle décor Depending on your chosen venue, you might not need much in the way of ceremony décor—especially if you’re choosing to say “I do” in a pretty house of worship or outdoor space. If you’re dead set on decking out your ceremony space, stick to highlighting the focal point: your altar or arch, not the aisle. The attention of nearly everyone will be on you and your soon-to-be-spouse at the head of the room, so they likely won’t notice (or even be able to see) the hundreds of rose petals intricately lining the aisle. Feel free to disguise an unattractive floor with a jute or silk runner, or light the way to an evening ceremony with lanterns (then use them again at the reception)—but leave it at that. The money you save from not going overboard on the aisle can be put toward giving love to a space your guests will spend more time in.

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Most people don’t know enough about paper goods to appreciate over-the-top selections, so stay away from anything extreme. Instead have fun with smaller elements like stamps or wax seals.

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Over-the-top stationery Your invitation suite is the first glimpse your guests get into your wedding’s style, so it’s important to give a little love and attention to it. However, most people don’t know enough about paper goods to appreciate over-the-top (and expensive) selections like heavy-weight card stock, 14-karat gold calligraphy or real peacock feathers, so skip anything too extreme or indulgent (and remember, the heavier the invites, the more you’ll pay in postage). Instead, have fun incorporating smaller unexpected elements into your paper goods, like personalized stamps, a wax seal closure or a brightly colored envelope liner. As long as your invites share all the essential information your guests need to know and look pretty enough to hang on their fridge, you’re good to go. >>

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Ceremony programs The simple is better rule applies to ceremony programs too. If you do opt to hand out programs (a great idea if you’re having a religious ceremony guests may not be familiar with), then keep the design simple. You can even try to order them with your invites or menus to get a bulk discount. Guests will likely glance at them while they wait for the ceremony to begin, then leave them on their seats once it’s time for cocktail hour.

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seat guests drama free The secret to a successful reception is making the perfect seating chart. Here’s how to keep the peace and where to place your invitees.

Start early

Don’t be one of those couples left panicking the morning of because you still haven’t finished your seating chart. It’s fine to make some last-minute adjustments but try to have it done at least one week before the wedding day.

Break it down

Categorize your guest list by relationship: your friends, your family, your partner’s friends, your partner’s family, family friends and so on. This way, it will be easier to sort guests into the most logical table.

Placing parents

Traditionally, both sets of parents sit at the same table, along with the grandparents and siblings that weren’t in the wedding party. But, with divorces, stepparents and family drama, some family members might be uncomfortable sitting next to each other. If there are any awkward feelings, consider letting each set of parents host their own table of close family and friends. Place everyone wherever it feels best to you.

Enlist your wedding party

To make all of your guests feel special and included, feel free to place your wedding party strategically throughout the room, focusing especially on the outlying tables. It will make your guests feel like they’re in the center of the action, no matter where they’re seated.

Tame tensions

There may be situations where certain invitees do not get along. Consider these relationships (or lack thereof) before you start making the seating chart, and strategically place any contentious attendees on opposite sides of the room— for everyone’s sake.

Offer some reunion time

Your high school and college cliques will be psyched to see each other again. Place all of your old friends at the same tables, and give everyone an opportunity to reminisce and catch up with each other. Who knows when you’ll all get the chance to be together again.

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5 ways to keep guests entertained Ensure your bash goes down as the most fun event ever with these easy ideas to keep friends and family engaged the entire weekend.

Kick off your wedding weekend with a casual prewedding mixer. It’s a great opportunity to introduce any guests who don’t know each other yet—this way, they’ll feel like old friends by the time your wedding rolls around.

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Monogrammed favors Fun favors are an added bonus, but something guests won’t miss if they’re not around. This is especially true if you’re planning to monogram the parting gift. Chances are, guests won’t feel like breaking out shot glasses that have your and your partner’s names all over them. When deciding on favors, skip customizing them with your initials or wedding date and instead opt for something edible (it’s the most popular with guests). You’ll save a little cash and entice your guests to actually take them home.

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Elaborate centerpieces The photos of full, towering arrangements look stunning on your inspiration board, but in real life they can be both pricey and potentially difficult to pull off (not to mention conversation stoppers, if guests can’t see each other over them). If all you can swing is tablecloths, farmers market flowers, a little greenery and some twinkling votive candles, no one will bat an eye. Your guests just want an inviting place to sit, eat, sip and laugh.

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A detailed wedding cake Just because you splurge on cascading sugar flowers doesn’t mean your cake will taste good. Intricate designs are stunning, but the flavor of your cake should be the priority. Plus, guests often miss out on getting a good glimpse of the towering sweet due to being on the dance floor or hitting up your photo booth. As long as it looks as yummy as it tastes and there’s a slice for everyone, there’s no need to take out a loan for a crazy confection.

Create a swag suite

Take the welcome bag up a notch by transforming it into a welcome lounge. Instead of stuffing and delivering gifts for your guests, let them do the work by setting up a room full of goodies and allow guests to choose their favorites.

Supply icebreakers

Help guests get to know each other with simple icebreakers, like party crackers at each place setting with questions hidden inside, or “bride” and “groom” buttons they can grab and wear. The goal: Make conversation and camaraderie easy to come by for a reception that will have everyone feeling appreciated and included.

Hire interactive vendors

Encourage guests to engage with their surroundings throughout your wedding night by hiring a few standout vendors to interact with the group while they’re serving, feeding or pouring for them. Food carts are another great way to get guests up and moving around, so consider doing a four-wheel dessert display or cocktail hour.

Designate a conversation corner

Give guests a place to take a load off during dance breaks by creating a lounge area at your reception. It’s the perfect way to keep everyone in on the party, even when they’re resting or uninterested in dancing—plus it helps to use up any extra space in an especially large venue.

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The photography field can be a complicated one to navigate as a newly engaged couple. With so many unique options out there—and so many talented pros to choose from—it’s hard to decide what look suits your celebration best. We’ve rounded up our best advice to help you figure out your style and make selecting a true-to-you photographer a cinch. >>

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Do your research

The first step to finding your dream photographer is a fun one—just get inspired! Spend some time pouring over any and every kind of imagery you love, such as sunny home décor shots, a fashion blogger’s Instagram feed or moody avant garde French movie posters. Once you have a good collection of inspiring photographs, take a step back and try to narrow in on what draws you to them specifically. Is it the soft pastel color palette? The off-the-cuff happy grins of the people in the picture? The interesting angles and perspectives? The more you familiarize yourself with what you like photo-wise, the easier it will be for you to identify that same quality in a potential photographer’s portfolio.

Now’s the time to hit the web to find the pro who will bring your day to life. Browse The Knot Marketplace for photographers in your area and price range, then peruse their portfolios and social media channels to identify if they’re a good fit. How do they capture the moments that are important to you? Have they shot in a venue similar to yours? Do they seem friendly and personable with their online audience? If available, check out the reviews of past couples as well. Then, go ahead and send an introductory email with a bit about you and your soon-to-be spouse, your event and the vision for your day—you can even attach a few inspiration images you love from their portfolio. Be sure to spend some time chatting and getting to know each other on a personal and professional level. You’ll be spending the most time with them on your wedding day, and you’ll want to feel comfortable as they capture some of your and your family’s most emotionally intimate moments.

Decide on a “feeling” When you’ve figured out what inspires you, dig deeper and dissect what feels most authentic to you and your partner, and how you envision your album looking. If you’re a timeless couple that has their heart set on formal portraits, you may gravitate toward a more classic photography style. If your inspiration was fly-on-thewall images that bottle an authentic moment in time, then lifestyle photography may be the right choice for you. If you fell in love with the sharp and contrast-y editorials of a favorite blogger, then maybe you’ll want to seek out a photographer with a flair for the dramatic.

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Finesse the contract To get the most out of your photography investment, consider several points when choosing your package and reviewing your contract. Most photographers offer a variety of services—including day-of coverage, digital proofs, second shooters, tangible prints and gorgeously assembled albums—and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. >>

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4 tips from real photographers Put these direct-from-the-pros tips to work to get pictures you’ll cherish forever.

1 Don’t skip the engagement session

Present your photographer with your budget and see how far it will take you. The number of hours they spend at an event or shots they provide you with may be flexible, so see if you can find a middle ground that works for both of you. Now’s also the time to inquire about the cost of any add-ons you’re envisioning, like retouching services or an engagement session. Ask about any additional fees that could accrue, like having to pay for your photographer’s travel and lodging. Finally, settle on an image delivery date so you know exactly when to expect your shots.

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Instead of putting together a detailed shot list for your photographer, pass along your day-of timeline, give them an idea of what images you’d like captured (like a picture with each of your bridesmaids or the flower girl) and let them do their thing. Ahead of the wedding is also the perfect time to give them a heads up on any familial or friendship intricacies they should be aware of, like divorced parents, a grandmother that needs to remain sitting for portraits, or a groomsman and bridesmaid that don’t get along (hey, it happens). If you’re hoping to get your wedding day published online or in a magazine, relay that to your photographer. This way, they’ll put extra emphasis on snapping shots of all your amazing details and will likely come armed with gorgeous styling accessories, like ribbons, linens and more—all with the goal of helping your wedding aesthetic truly stand out.

Be relaxed and ready You’ve put a lot of work into finding the right photographer so, like with all your pros, put your faith in them come the wedding day. In the week leading up to your wedding, confirm all the important details (your venue location, day-of timeline and any surprises you’ve planned for your guests or partner), then chill out. It’s time for you and your partner to enjoy yourselves and get married.

Use your pro as your personal vetting tool and take their advice on who to bring on board. Your photographer will be encountering everyone involved in your day, so it’s in your best interest (and theirs) that they feel confident about your picks. “To make sure my clients will receive the best images they can, I advise on all aspects of the wedding,” explains Jen Huang, a fine art photographer. “This includes helping select their team of vendors—if I know how the other vendors will operate on a wedding day, I can work seamlessly with them.”

When making your day-of timeline, it’s important to factor in the golden hour, that coveted time of day when photographers love to shoot to capture incredible, romantic shots. “Shooting in the best light possible makes all the difference, both for engagement shots and wedding day portraits,” says Kate Ignatowski, a fine art photographer. “A foolproof tip is to schedule about an hour and half before sunset for an engagement session and to start portraits about an hour before sunset on your wedding day.”

4 Don’t try and control everything

All prep work aside, come your wedding day, you’ll need to relinquish control to your photographer and trust you’re in good hands. “Trying to re-create that Pinterest-perfect image you love means we may be missing out on authentic moments, like your mom holding your veil or your bridesmaids tearing up,” Fogarty urges. “Trust your photographer and their eye—if you let your story unfold naturally, your photographer will capture it beautifully.” THE PORTOS

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Our remarkable location is high in the hills overlooking Lake Livingston. Staley Mountain Ranch offers many versatile and unique options to create once-in-alifetime memories, including a rustic barn, elegant outdoor pavilion and spacious lawn with a beautiful arbor. If you want to relax and enjoy the view, rent our lodge for an overnight or weekly stay.

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Inclement weather, unforeseen natural disasters, a flaky pro or major damage to your venue— you just can’t plan for some wedding day troubles. Here’s what to do if disaster strikes your day, and how to protect against it from the start. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY

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No one wants to imagine something going wrong at their wedding they’ve spent months planning, but the fact of the matter is, it can happen. Whether your area has been hit by raging wildfires or your dream venue unexpectedly goes out of business, you and your fiancé will want to do all you can to protect your investment. Prep ahead of time with our wedding insurance primer and you’ll be ready for anything that comes your way.

Wedding insurance 101 Just like you’d insure your car or home, a wedding is something you’ll be putting a lot of money toward—and, therefore, something you should insure in case of any incidents beyond your control. Having wedding insurance can protect you against everything, including a lost dress on the way to your destination wedding, a major hurricane that unexpectedly destroys key parts of your venue, or a baker who suddenly gets sick and can’t fulfill their duties. In addition to insurance covering your and your partner’s investment in your wedding day (and setting your mind at ease), it can also sometimes be deemed a legal necessity by the venue you choose. Many locations are already self-insured, but may require couples to take out an additional liability insurance policy (in case there’s a medical emergency or damage occurs during your wedding) to rent the space for their event. Before signing on the dotted line, ask your venue (or any major vendors) if insurance is required—and plan accordingly.

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prep ahead Wherever you opt to get your insurance from, go into the conversation armed with essential information, like your budget, approximate guest count and venue. This way, you can obtain a quick and accurate quote for coverage.

How to shop Consider several key things when seeking out your day-of coverage. First, look for a company that’s well versed in offering true wedding day insurance. The more familiar they are with to-be-weds, the more likely they can help you choose a comprehensive package that leaves you without worry. Wedding-centric companies, like WedSafe, cater specifically to couples on their way to the altar and have policies like cancellation insurance that protect against occurrences like a sudden illness or vendor bankruptcy. If you already have an insurance policy on your home or physical property through a company like Allstate, you could also add wedding insurance via a rider or additional liability policy. No matter where you opt to insure, go into talks armed with a general idea of your budget, guest count and venue so you can obtain a quick and accurate quote. Policies can start as low as $200, so it’s an easy (and affordable) way to safeguard all the time, energy and, yes, money you’ve put into your day. >>

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VENUE 311 Stunning atmosphere through a french country design.

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What can it cover? Before purchasing a policy, check in with each of the outside companies you’ve hired for your day to see how well they’re covered. Ask your vendors for a copy of their policy, then work with an insurance pro to figure out where you aren’t fully covered or where you’d like to expand your coverage. A few common scenarios that wedding insurance often encompasses include: SITE OR VENUE MISHAPS Cover the cost from an unavoidable cancellation, such as damage or inaccessibility to the ceremony or reception site. If your venue is unable to honor your booking because it has experienced a fire, a power outage or just closed down, you’ll want to know your investment is covered. INCLEMENT WEATHER The majority of policies protect against

VENDOR NO -SHOWS You trust your team of experts—and that’s essential—but life happens, and if an integral vendor (think: your caterer or officiant) fails to show up, wedding insurance can cover the cancellation or postponement of the wedding for this reason. Couples can also take out supplemental policies to defend against various other vendor-related “damages” that may occur, such as the loss of original photography negatives before delivery. GIFTS Whether they’re mailed to your home or handed to you at your shower or on your wedding day, valuable items like gifts (hello, KitchenAid mixer!) are something you may want to consider insuring. Gift coverage pays to repair or replace nonmonetary gifts that are lost, stolen or damaged, with a few stipulations. A police report is usually required to make a claim on any stolen gifts, and the damage or theft in question generally has to have taken place within a limited time period before or after the wedding in order to be covered (so your shower six months before may not count). AT TIRE Coverage on your wedding attire pays to repair or replace your gown, suit or other special items when they are in your possession and are lost, stolen or damaged. Special attire usually includes clothing and accessories bought or rented that the couple and their attendants wear at the ceremony. You can also look into insuring your wedding bands and engagement ring, if you haven’t done so already. (Hint: You should do that ASAP!)

Prep beyond insurance coverage Electing to have insurance coverage is a huge step toward a safe and secure wedding day, but it’s smart have a few “doomsday” procedures in the back of your mind just in case disaster (man made or nature made) strikes. First and foremost, you should always have a good handle on every wedding-related contract you’ve signed. Keep them all at the ready so you can reference them at a moment’s notice if necessary. The fine print will lend insight into stipulations like whether your venue is allowed to reschedule your day with little-to-no notice, or if your photographer is required to provide you with a backup vendor in the case of a cancellation. If you’re afraid Mother Nature may rear her ugly head and force the cancellation of your wedding day, save yourself the headache of answering 100 phone calls from guests and designate a phone number your “wedding weather hotline” for the weekend. That way, you can keep guests up-to-date on the wedding plans via voice mail message. Send out a mass email to your guests letting them know they can call that number at any time over the weekend for info on the wedding plans. Lastly, if you haven’t already, consider hiring a planner (or at least day-of coordinator) to act as your human insurance policy. While they can’t provide you monetary coverage, their expertise in any and every type of wedding situation is invaluable, and they’ll often be able to solve problems big and small without you even knowing (or worrying) about them in the weeks leading up to your day.

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any weather conditions that prevent the couple or a majority of their guests from reaching the location where the wedding is to take place (such as a hurricane, wildfires or blizzard). The right policy can cover the cost of rescheduling the wedding and all the details involved, including florals, rentals and catering.

G E T M O R E T I P S O N The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app

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Experience the most magical 35-acre wedding resort in Cleveland, Texas. You are offered a 2,500-square-foot banquet hall, a gazebo and two fully furnished lodges. You can watch breathtaking sunrises and sunsets from the porch or along the lake shore. Experience a place where time stands still and memories are made. 13821 FM 787 West, Cleveland, TX

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2915 North Main St, HTX, 77009 • 713-438-3775 • www.whiteoakmusichall.com

The Woodlands, TX - 281.203.5034 Our team’s experience and artistry is unmatched! We know weddings! Have our private studio all to yourself with you and your girls, or let us bring the glam and fun to you! Only the best will do on the best day of your life—let us make you look and feel like royalty!

TheBeautyLoungeWoodlands.com

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insta-worthy bachelorette spots

Show your girls and ’gram a good time with these five photo-friendly trips. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

Half the fun of choosing a vacation destination is dreaming up all the gorgeous Instagram shots you’ll take while there. So why should planning your bachelorette party be any different? We’ve rounded up our favorite cities around the country for your getaway, as well as what to do while you’re there. Get ready for a great time (oh, and those likes). >>

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Charleston, South Carolina Why you’ll love it For a trip that bottles quaint Southern charm with all the perks of a modern city (think: shopping, delicious food and good nightlife) look no further than the Holy City. Charleston is made for a weekend away with your pals, and the beauty around the city ensures it will look great on your feed too. Where to snap a shot In front of the iconic and charming colorful Georgian pastel homes on Rainbow Row or The Battery. What not to miss The gorgeous 86 Cannon inn is the perfect home away from home for your weekend—if its cozy rooms don’t convince you, the wraparound porch, light blue bikes and resident pups Sully and Gus will do the trick. Peruse the local farmers market at Marion Square, then roam King Street for shopping and dining (Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit is a must-stop). If you’re craving a bit of sand and sun, nearby Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach promise just that, while a more Zen crowd will love spending the afternoon at the serene spa at Belmond Charleston Place. When it comes to delicious dishes and cocktails, plus a swoon-worthy atmosphere, you can’t go wrong with a night spent at The Ordinary, Husk, The Darling Oyster Bar or FIG. Come morning, sweat out the night before with a class at Urban Yoga Charleston, followed by a true Southern brunch (biscuits and all) at Hominy Grill. Pro tip: If there’s a wait, grab a Bloody Mary from its walk-up window bar.

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Why you’ll love it Plan a trip to vibrant ATX and get ready for all the Country crooners and barbecue you can handle. The hip locale is packed with killer food, great nightlife and enough street art to keep your Insta feed full for months. Where to snap a shot Pose alongside one of the city’s iconic murals, like the “Greetings from Austin” wall or the “Love is the question love is the answer” wall at 12th and West Lynn. What not to miss Pile your party into a hip rental house, or go with one of the many boutique hotels, like the colorful Austin Motel, sleek South Congress Hotel or upscale Hotel Saint Cecilia. Spend the day at the “it” local watering hole, Barton Springs Pool, or take your buds paddle-boarding on scenic Lady Bird Lake. >>

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Why you’ll love it If a quaint weekend of R&R is your jam, then this New England island escape is for you. A few days in Nantucket and your feed is sure to be awash with all things navy and white, blooming hydrangeas and charming cedar-shingle homes. May we suggest your group buy matching boat shoes for the trip? Where to snap a shot On a sunny sail with your best mates. What not to miss Once you settle into your rooms at one of the island’s sweet hotels (21 Broad, 76 Main, White Elephant and The Pineapple Inn all pack in the charm), head right to local favorite eatery Black-Eyed Susan’s for a hearty breakfast and some people watching. The island is only 48 square miles, so rent bikes from Young’s Bicycle Shop postbreakfast and pedal your way to some of ’Sconset’s most beautiful locations, like Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Cliff Road and Surfside Beach. If the ocean is your preferred method of travel, charter a sailboat through Endeavor Sailing, pop some bubbly and take in the Atlantic coastline from your ride. Once lunch rolls around, an outdoor spot like Cisco Brewers is a great place to enjoy the afternoon sun and snack on a lobster roll. Follow that up with a bit of shopping at popular mom-and-pop stores like Current Vintage, In the Pink and The Lion’s Paw, or opt for ice cream in a homemade waffle cone from The Juice Bar. For a delicious dinner, Cru, Galley Beach (ask your waiter to take a group photo during sunset) and The Proprietor’s Bar & Table will be crowd-pleasers whether your pals prefer surf or turf.

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Panoramic Views • Breathtaking Sunsets • Unique & Memorable

Cruising from the Kemah Boardwalk • Accommodates 128 guests

BoardwalkFantaSea.com • #8 Kemah Boardwalk, Suite G. • Kemah, TX 77565 • 281.538.9600

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Newly renovated Nautilus Ballroom • Seated banquets for 50-400 guests Private wraparound balcony with breathtaking views of the downtown skyline Aquarium Restaurant & Dive Lounge available for private functions In-house event planner • Exhibit packages • Full facility buyouts available

For more information and to schedule your event, please call 713-315-5168. 410 Bagby • Houston, TX 77002 • 713-223-3474 • downtownaquarium.com email: nautilusweddings@ldry.com

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Stroll through SoCo to do some shopping, and get a quick pick-me-up treat from nearby Voodoo Doughnut. For dinner, a big boisterous group will feel right at home at Second Bar & Kitchen, while Eden East promises a farm-to-table meal your girls won’t soon forget. Cap off your night with drinks at Easy Tiger, Whisler’s or Garage, or catch a live show at Broken Spoke. And if you’ve been sipping enough bubbly, you and your crew could even become the stars of the show during karaoke at The Highball.

Why you’ll love it If the thought of whitewater rafting, hiking or craft breweries gets your heart thumping, then Portland should be on your must-visit list. Adventure buddies will go crazy over Portland’s great-outdoors-geared activities, while those seeking a more chill experience will love the hipster scene the city offers. Where to snap a shot Grab a cone outside local legend ice cream stop Salt & Straw for #foodporn everyone will be jealous of. What not to miss The centrally located Ace Hotel is an everpopular bachelorette spot, while The Society Hotel and Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel have their own cult followings. Kick off your weekend with a little bit of green time at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Mount Tabor or Washington Park, where you can catch a glimpse of the internationally acclaimed rose garden (and get some inspo to send to your florist). No trip to Portland would be complete without a little coffee and beer imbibing, so hit up local giant Stumptown Coffee Roasters before taking part in a few brewery tours. Can’t pick from the 60-plus spots in Portland? Book an experience through Brewvana, which gives you a VIP look into stops around the city with their all-access bus tour. If your group isn’t into IPAs, take a pottery or paint class through Carter & Rose, or indulge in a luxurious foot soak and massage at Soakology. Once your stomachs start rumbling, hit up Pok Pok for unique Thai Portland, OR

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dishes, Farm Spirit for a veggie menu that will blow your mind or Departure for some local favorites. End your night with another sweet-tooth fix at Blue Star Donuts or a trip to Multnomah Whiskey Library for the best spirit selection in Portland.

Palm Springs, California Why you’ll love it For a weekend packed with color, personality and sunshine, Palm Springs is your place. Picture this: You and your girls sipping coladas poolside out of cups with flamingo koozies (obviously), then hitting the streets to take in all the food, fun and culture this desert town has to offer. Where to snap a shot Head to The Saguaro hotel, where guests, day visitors and locals alike can spend time sunning themselves at the playful and crazy-colorful rainbow pool area. What not to miss Palm Springs has some of the coolest hotels around—Ace Hotel, The Saguaro and the iconic Parker Palm Springs, to name a few—so you’ll definitely want to splurge on a fancy suite as your home away from home for the weekend. Fuel up with a morning iced cold brew from Ernest Coffee, then take in some local mid-century modern architecture with a tour through the Palm Springs Mod Squad. If your group prefers succulents to stylish interiors, then a jaunt through the Moorten Botanical Garden may be more your scene. Follow up with lunch at one of the retro-inspired spots in town, like Cheeky’s, Frankinbun (yes, hot dogs) or King’s Highway. Then, treat your squad to a little pampering at the luxe Palm Springs Yacht Club inside the Parker Palm Springs. Nightfall should find you at Workshop Kitchen & Bar for one of the best meals in town (and enviable interiors), followed by tropical libations at Bootlegger Tiki.

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THEIR STORY A leaf-strewn aisle and antler motif lent an autumnal aesthetic to Carly Seymour (28 and a student) and Adam Richards’s (34 and a general contractor) fall nuptials, but it was their use of Halloween costumes that made for an unforgettable affair. “We brought out a chest filled with masquerade masks and feather boas once everyone started dancing,” Carly says of distributing sheriff badges and cowboy hats to revelers. “We usually throw a Halloween party every year, but we had to celebrate early because the holiday fell on our honeymoon.” —Natalia Carbone

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“The biggest surprise of the night was when my dad stood up to give a ‘brief’ speech that turned into him announcing that he wrote a song for me,” Carly says. Not only had the band already learned the tune, but the bride’s father revealed he had written an entire album before passing out CDs to guests.

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A friend talked a security guard into handcuffing Carly and Adam to each other moments before the newlyweds exited their reception through a tunnel of sparklers. “It made for some hilarious photos,” Carly says. After the sendoff, guests piled into the bed of Adam’s truck and retired to their cabins.

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Ranch, Boerne

PHOTOGRAPHY Allison

Jeffers Photography and Milestones

PLANNER Moments

FLOWERS The Elegant Bee

GOWN Christos, Maddison Row, Charleston HAIR Amanda Medina

MAKEUP DIY

VEIL Edith qi, Amazon.com

by Betsey Johnson

SHOES Blue

ENGAGEMENT RING

Dennis Jewelry WEDDING RINGS Bride: Christina’s Jewelry; groom: Overstock.com JEWELRY Osiana

David’s Bridal

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse;

ties: Wadmalaw Wild

STATIONERY Escort

cards: Aly Am Papiere; invitations: The Stationery Company

RENTALS DPC Event Services

CATERING Jimmy Lyn’s

CAKE Cakes by

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Ceremony: Terra Vista Strings; reception: Cactus Country Band OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Ears with Beers Ranch

ACCOMMODATIONS Paniolo

REGISTRY Donations to The Clint

Seymour Play Ball Fund

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Greg’s bespoke forest-green suit coordinated with Lesli’s vintage emerald earrings.

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With a timeless design in mind, Lesli Eagles (27) and Greg Augsburger (31 and a geologist) reserved San Antonio’s Hotel Emma for their autumn nuptials. “We loved the history and architecture of the building,” Lesli says of the former 19th-century brewhouse. The hotel’s breezy courtyard served as an idyllic ceremony site, where shades of green, burgundy and champagne played up the overgrown room. —NC

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Trailing vines, eucalyptus garlands and an abundance of candlelight softened the industrial look of the hotel’s Elephant Cellar. “I wanted interesting flowers,” Leslie says of carrying an eye-catching bouquet of ferns, ranunculus and a single king protea down the aisle.

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Grace Hills At Uno Mas Ranch

• Hill Country venue with phenomenal views • Rustic elegance • Lodging for up to 70 guests

Impeccable Facilities…Unbeatable Views

830-688-2303 or 830-796-9689 • unomasranch.gunner@gmail.com • gracehillsatunomasranch.com

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“We wanted an approachable dinner with a little Texas flair,” Lesli says of serving crowd-approved classics like pasta and steak, followed by slices of a vanilla-chocolate-chip cake. Pampered partygoers brought home practical favors in the form of small packages of locally made soap and hand cream.

FLOWERS Anthemum

GOWN Maggie

Sottero, Facchianos Bridal & Formal Attire, Broken Arrow, OK

HAIR Twirl Salon

MAKEUP Lori Eagles

VEIL Facchianos

Bridal & Formal Attire, Broken Arrow, OK SHOES M. Gemi

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Vintage WEDDING RINGS Spexton, Tulsa, OK EARRINGS Vintage DRESSES Various

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ACCOMMODATIONS REGISTRIES Bed Bath

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www.The1850Settlement.com 29360 Bulverde Road, San Antonio, TX 78260 • (210) 865-2201 • the1850settlement@gmail.com

• Temperature-Controlled Barn • Hill Country Feel, Minutes from San Antonio • Groom Suite and Bridal Suite • Tables and Chairs Included

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“The owner has poured her heart and soul into making The Bowery one of a kind,” Cassidyy says of their reimagined warehouse venue.

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THEIR STORY A mere four months after Daniel Atkins (33 and a worship pastor) popped the question, he and Cassidyy Smith (23 and a digital managing editor) invited 200 guests to join them in an urban, old-world affair. A crafty friend dreamed up the day’s invitations, and onlookers showered the newlyweds with fragrant lavender once Cassidyy and Daniel became Mr. and Mrs. As a way to honor the groom’s British upbringing, members of the wedding party affixed British and American flag pins to their lapels, and centerpieces included trinkets sourced from Daniel’s hometown. —NC

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DANIEL HOLLMAN

Find Forever at the

LOST MISSION Elegant Spanish Ambiance nestled in the beauty of the Texas Hill Country

Lost Mission

Elegant Hill Country Events 210.323.1955 info@lostmission.com www.LostMission.com Venue is located off Highway 46 between Boerne and 281

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Warehouse, Amarillo As her “something old,” Cassidyy wrapped her dahlia and amaranthus bouquet with her greatgrandmother's handkerchief and a necklace handcrafted by her grandfather. Each bridesmaid carried a single pale peach spray rose—a bloom Daniel often gifted Cassidyy while they were dating.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Kayla Smith Photography Gunnar Widowski

VIDEOGRAPHY

PLANNER Lorie Smith

DAY-OF COORDINATOR &

Parie Designs HAIR &

FLOWERS

GOWN David’s Bridal

MAKEUP DIY

ENGAGEMENT

RING Barnes Jewelry WEDDING RINGS

Bride: Barnes Jewelry; groom: EMBR.com BRIDESMAID DRESSES David’s Bridal MENSWEAR Groom: Express; groomsmen:

Al’s Formal Wear

STATIONERY Invitations:

DIY, CreativeMarket.com DIY

SIGN-IN BOOK

RENTALS Parie Designs

Cakes N’ More

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Displayed in the center of each dining table was a towering gold centerpiece that coordinated perfectly with each gilded charger. In addition to a classic white cake filled with strawberries, the couple cut into a Star Wars–inspired groom’s cake in the shape of R2-D2. “Austin absolutely loves the movie, so the cake was perfect for him,” Katherine says.

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Shyann Rash/Shy Laurel Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Dynamic Films

Vicki Thayer/Joyous 442 Blooms

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OFFICIANT Pastor Barry Moore

GOWN Essence of Australia, Bella Bride

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HAIR Petra’s

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RING Atchison’s Jewelry WEDDING RINGS

Bride: Atchison’s Jewelry; groom: J. Keith Jewelers EARRINGS Nadri DRESSES David’s Bridal

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STATIONERY Invitations:

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Joyous 442 Gourmet

CATERING Heavenly

CAKE Cakes by Cathy Young

MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail hour: Sonora

Dolce; reception: NRG Entertainment ACCOMMODATIONS Hyatt Place San

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REGISTRIES Bed Bath &

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Heritage Place is not just a venue. It’s a place where memories are made and treasured for a lifetime. Our chapel dates back to the late 1800s and has bared witness to many couples coming together to tie the knot. Imagine yourself in a little white church getting married to the love of your life. At Heritage Place you’ll be surrounded not only by your loved ones, but history and the coast will also partake in your special day!

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Hyatt Regency Hill Country Weddings Say “I Do” at our secluded resort, located just 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio. To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are offering a special package, which includes: Waived Reception Venue Fee | Indoor Dance Floor, Staging & Tables | Upgraded Linen Chiavari Chairs | 1 Lounge Set | 4-Hour Signature Bar | 4 Butler-Passed Hors d’oeuvres 3-Course Dinner with Chicken Entree | Champagne Toast | Customized Wedding Cake 25% Discount on Golf & Spa | Complimentary Suite on Your Wedding Night

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BRIDESMAID MENSWEAR

Brackish; Stubbs and Wootton; Zegna STATIONERY Artwork: Clementine Studio;

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SIGN-IN BOOK Custom Leather

RENTALS Bee Lavish Rentals; Can-Doo Portable

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holiday hitch There’s more to marrying on a holiday than simply taking advantage of the extra vacation days. Two planners weigh the pros and cons of hosting a holiday weekend wedding.

festive fete Having your wedding over a holiday weekend lets you maximize time with loved ones and gives far-flung guests a buffer day (or two) to travel and recuperate. Plus, it’s perfect for hosting a full weekend of festivities, especially at a resort or in a lively city. Just make sure to offer enough activities and amenities to entertain everyone—they may have turned down other plans to celebrate with you, after all. “If done right, a holiday weekend celebration gives you so many more priceless memories than a one-day party would,” says Lisa Pleasant of Lisa Pleasant Events in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just give guests plenty of notice (it’s wise to send out save-the-dates at least eight months in advance) so they can arrange their trip.

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no way, holiday Logistically, a non-holiday wedding is often easier to coordinate. Holidays in general mean family time, so parents may decline your invitation, especially if your day is adults only. Religious holidays are particularly tricky since people tend to prioritize their personal traditions and obligations. But beyond attendance, holidays can often increase hotel and airfare rates for guests traveling your way, and your ideal venue may be in high demand (so book early). Finally, consider whether or not you’d mind having your anniversary overlap with a holiday each year. “I recommend a non-holiday wedding weekend,” says Jordan Payne of Jordan Payne Events in Dallas. “It’s a day you’ll cherish every year and you should have it all to yourselves.”

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make it legal Texas Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Texas, the legal age for marriage is 18. Couples ages 16–17 must have parental consent; 15 and under must obtain a court order. Blood tests and residency are not required. In most counties, the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together. The bride and groom must present their Social Security numbers (in some counties, the actual card is required) and valid photo IDs or original copies of their birth certificates, along with a payment that is usually between $60 and $71 (methods of accepted payment vary). Couples not on active military duty will have a waiting period of 72 hours to obtain the license, which is then valid for 30 days within the state of Texas. Couples on active duty are exempt from this waiting period. No divorce decree or death certificate is required, although a license cannot be obtained until at least 30 days after the prior spouse’s divorce or death. All offices are open Monday through Friday. Call ahead to get all of the details. WHERE TO APPLY Bexar County

Comal County

Fort Bend County

Hays County

Nueces County

Travis County

County Clerk 101 W. Nueva St., Ste. 120 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 335-2221 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 150 N. Seguin, Ste. 101 New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 221-1230 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk 301 Jackson St. Richmond, TX 77469 (281) 341-8685 8 a.m.–5 p.m., M, Th.; 8 a.m.–4 p.m., T, W, F

County Clerk 712 Stagecoach Trail, Ste. 208 San Marcos, TX 78666 (512) 393-7330 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk 901 Leopard St., Ste. 201 Corpus Christi, TX 78401 (361) 888-0580 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 5501 Airport Blvd., Ste. B-100 Austin, TX 78751 (512) 854-9188 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Galveston County

Hidalgo County

Rockwall County

Williamson County

County Clerk 600 59th St., Ste. 2001 Galveston, TX 77551 (409) 766-2200 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 100 N. Closner Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 318-2100 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

County Clerk 1111 E. Yellowjacket Ln., Ste. 100 Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 204-6300 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 405 Martin Luther King Blvd. Georgetown, TX 78626 (512) 943-1515 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Brazoria County County Clerk 111 E. Locust St., Ste. 200 Angleton, TX 77515 (979) 864-1355 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Cameron County

Denton County

Guadalupe County

Johnson County

County Clerk 964 E. Harrison St., Fl. 2 Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 544-0815 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk Denton County Courts Building 1450 E. McKinney St. Denton, TX 76209 (940) 349-2010 8 a.m.–5 p.m., M, T, Th., F; 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., W

County Clerk 211 West Court St. Seguin, TX 78155 (830) 303-8863 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

County Clerk Johnson County Courthouse 2 N. Main St. Cleburne, TX 76033 (817) 202-4000 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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Dallas County County Clerk Records Building 509 Main St., Fl. 2 Dallas, TX 75202 (214) 653-7099 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk Collin County Administration Building 2300 Bloomdale Rd., Ste. 2104 McKinney, TX 75071 (972) 548-4185 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

El Paso County County Clerk 500 E. San Antonio, Ste. 105 El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 546-2071 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Harris County County Clerk Harris County Civil Courthouse 201 Caroline, 4th Fl. Houston, TX 77002 (713) 755-6405 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Montgomery County County Clerk 210 W. Davis Conroe, TX 77301 (936) 539-7885 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Tarrant County

Wilson County

Vital Records Tarrant County Plaza Building 200 Taylor St., Ste. 301 Fort Worth, TX 76102 (817) 884-1550 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk PO Box 27 Floresville, TX 78114 (830) 393-7308 8 a.m.–noon, 1–5 p.m., M–Th.; 8 a.m.–noon, 1–4:30 p.m., F

Taylor County

Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at licenseinfo@ theknot.com.

County Clerk 300 Oak St. Abilene, TX 79602 (325) 674-1202 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

make it known Texas Publications GUIDELINES FOR ANNOUNCING YOUR WEDDING IN THE LOCAL PAPERS Photographs may be submitted to accompany the announcement; however, instant photos or color copies are not acceptable. In some instances, photographs may be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the announcement. Call to get all of the details before submitting. GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

FEE

Submit info on Friday, one week prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No

Fees range from $224 to $2,016.

(210) 250-2583 Attn: Celebrations PO Box 2171 San Antonio, TX 78297

Submit info on Wednesday, two weeks prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No

Fees range from $176.60 to $2,279.

Dallas Morning News

(214) 977-8405 508 Young St. Dallas, TX 75202

Announcements must be submitted by 3 p.m. Monday, two weeks prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

Fees start at $159.95.

Austin American-Statesman

(512) 445-4008 PO Box 670 Austin, TX 78767

Deadline for submissions is 10 days prior to the desired Sunday publication date.

Form: No

Fees range from $163.74 to $609.24 based on size of announcement.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

(817) 390-7178 808 Throckmorton Fort Worth, TX 76102

You will be contacted after info and payment are received.

Form: Optional

Fees range from $75 to $7,550 with a photo and $25 without a photo.

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San Antonio Express-News

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below a canopy of century-old oak trees illuminated with hundreds of white lights. Create your own historic memories at The Allan House. capacity 300 | price $$

the allen farmhaus the 1850 settlement

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alamo resort & dancehall

11841 CR 1871, Mason, TX (325) 597-2602 Facebook.com/masonweddings Our stone courtyard with large live oak trees, a pool and waterfall is the perfect setting for your ceremony. Then on to The Dancehall for your reception! Overnight lodging is available for up to 23 guests on-site. With six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, we offer weekend-long wedding packages. capacity 125 | price $$

the allan house

1104 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX (512) 478-8653 events@allanhouse.com AllanHouse.com This historic Victorian home creates a picturesque venue with lovely parlors, wide verandas, and an idyllic courtyard. Our gated grounds include a stone patio

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2606 FM 758, New Braunfels, TX (830) 358-3333 TheAllenFarmhaus.com The Allen Farmhaus brings a fresh perspective to vintage charm. Located rightt outside of the New Braunfels city limits, these 52 acres of rolling hay fields provide an unparalleled backdrop for the perfect wedding. The focus on bringing the outdoors in has never been so perfectly captured. capacity 300 | price $$

avalon legacy ranch

2022 Wayside Trail, McKinney, TX (469) 450-6211 AvalonLegacyRanch.com You deserve a venue as unforgettable as your wedding. Nestled in the midst of 25 wooded acres that border a stunning reservoir, Avalon Legacy Ranch is unimaginably unique and magnificently beautiful. capacity 220 | price $

the barn at hickory creek

620 Hickory Creek Ranch Road, Crockett, TX (936) 222-4562 TheBarnatHickoryCreek.com Located in the piney woods of Crockett, overlooking a private 31-acre lake, The Barn at Hickory Creek combines rustic simplicity and modern elegance with simply stunning views. capacity 300 | price $$

beaumont ranch

10736 CR 102, Grandview, TX (817) 866-4000 | info@beaumontranch.com BeaumontRanch.com Nestled on 800 beautiful North Texas acres, Beaumont Ranch provides unique wedding and event spaces with an extravagantly Texan flair. From elegance for the most formal affairs to casual settings for bridal parties in boots, Beaumont Ranch has options that will leave you and your guests breathless. capacity 400+ | price $$

belleori homestead event venue

35 Old San Antonio Road, Boerne, TX (830) 446-9537 BelleoriHomestead.com Enchanting, magical and romantic—welcome to Belleori Homestead, nestled among 14 sprawling acres in the heart of Boerne. Lush, manicured lawns with oak trees offer an array of settings for your ceremony. There are many picturesque locations for your photographer to create your album of memories! capacity 200 | price $$

bentwood texas

8150 Hwy. 29 E., Georgetown, TX (512) 868-7278 BentwoodTexas.com Bentwood is one of the most versatile venues in Central Texas, and our space can transform into whatever your imagination desires. With 13 acres of lush greenery, Bentwood is the perfect place to host anything from an intimate wedding or birthday party to a large-scale corporate event or retreat. capacity 300+ | price $$

big cedar

190 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale, MO (417) 339-5159 BigCedarWeddings.com Whether you’re imagining an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, your wedding day will be an unforgettable experience. Choose from rustic, luxury venues including intimate patios, charming chapels, a perfectly manicured lawn or a grand ballroom—all with breathtaking views of Table Rock Lake. capacity 400+ | price $$

blissful hill

The Barn on Pedernales River (512) 757-9300 BlissfulHill.com We are a family-owned venue that wants to make your day the one you always dreamed about as a little girl. We have two locations to choose from and believe that you can have your needs met at either location. capacity 250 | price $$

boardwalk fantasea yacht charters #8 Kemah Boardwalk, Suite G, Kemah, TX (281) 538-9600 | events@boardwalkfantasea.com BoardwalkFantaSea.com The Boardwalk FantaSea creates the most picturesque setting for beautiful weddings and receptions. Featuring breathtaking panoramic views on the water, customizable menus, two full-service bars, dance floor and bridal changing chamber. Accommodates up to 128 guests. capacity 128 | price $$

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12126 Westheimer, Houston, TX (832) 914-7844 | info@thebougainvilleasrooms.com TheBougainvilleasRooms.com An elegant wedding venue featuring a ballroom, wine room, chapel, bridal room and a groom’s room, decorated with a stunning floral entrance that will captivate your guests’ attention. Request a tour today and let us walk you through your event details. capacity 350 | price $$

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5801 FM 723, Richmond, TX (281) 238-4700 | BriscoeManor.com Distinctive, chic and truly Texas, Briscoe Manor is miles away from the ordinary and only minutes away from Houston. With its limestone architecture and country setting, Briscoe Manor is the ideal setting for any occasion! capacity 300+ | price $$$

the brookwood community

1752 FM 1489, Brookshire, TX (281) 375-2181 | BrookwoodCommunity.org The Brookwood Community is located on more than 400 acres, with beautiful gardens and grounds for wedding photos and events. The Garden Ballroom can hold up to 275 guests and includes a dance floor, tables, chairs, linens, banquet staff and a wedding manager. capacity 275 | price $$

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(844) EAT-BUCA groupreservations@bucainc.com BucaWeddings.com We’re perfect for rehearsal dinners and wedding events, serving authentic, family-style Italian cuisine. Catering and delivery is available, plus banquet and bar packages. Capacities vary by location. Our festive dining rooms and attentive staff keep the celebration energetic and fun. Now that’s amoré! price $$

the cana ballroom

202 W. Kronkosky St., Boerne, TX (830) 816-5630 | CanaBallroom.com The Cana Ballroom’s historic downtown location, with breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country, provides a magical setting for any special event, and offers space for an intimate gathering of 50 to an elaborate affair for 450 seated guests. capacity 400+ | price $$$

canyon lake cabins and cottages

Canyon Lake, TX (830) 935-3430 CLCabins.com Centrally located between Austin and San Antonio lies a relaxing and charming retreat. Our gazebo and beautiful Outback Hall provide a romantic setting with views of Canyon Lake. We can accommodate your guests in our 24 lovely cabins and cottages to provide your destination wedding dream. capacity 250 | price $$

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the cascades country club

4511 Briarwood Rd., Tyler, TX (903) 525-0005 | CascadesofTexas.com We understand that you want your wedding to be unique and memorable. Our facilities and staff can accommodate any request, from a formal wedding and reception in the main clubhouse to a relaxed cocktail reception at our one-of-a-kind marina—a large and luxurious affair to an intimate one. capacity 800 | price $$

the cedars ranch

506 Burnett Ranch Road, Wimberly, TX (512) 413-3537 | TheCedarsRanch.com One of the Hill Country’s newest wedding venues, The Cedars Ranch is an enchanting blend of modern green design and the elegance of nature. Book now for fall 2018! capacity 250 | price $$

chapel creek ranch

(214) 952-6754 ChapelCreekRanch.com Quietly tucked away in the rolling meadows of Denton, Chapel Creek is a place to come to relax, unwind and enjoy your special day. From our 350-capacity barn to our cozy chapel and outdoor ceremony locations, your options are endless. capacity 350 | price $$

cherokee rose

Comfort, TX (830) 995-3435 TXCherokeeRose.com Come kick up your boots with us and enjoy some vintage Texas at a beautiful, soulful and scenic Hill Country ranch wedding and event venue. capacity 250 | price $$

cinnamon shore

5009 Hwy. 361, Port Aransas, TX (361) 749-0422 CinnamonShore.com This picture-perfect seaside village offers beautiful settings for weddings of almost any size, as well as stellar accommodations for weddings parties, guests and honeymooners too! capacity 400 | price $

city club of fort worth

301 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX (817) 878-4051 | weddings@cityclubfw.com CityClubFW.com Whether planning your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner or a bridal luncheon, The City Club’s catering manager will customize a memorable event perfect for you. The Club features eleven exquisite banquet rooms with great views of downtown Fort Worth, accommodating almost any party size. capacity 250 | price $$$

cityplace events

2711 North Haskell Ave., LB #34, Dallas, TX (214) 515-5115 dcope@cityplaceevents.com CityplaceEvents.com Cityplace Events ensures your ceremony and/or wedding reception will be one of a kind. This venue hosts several styles of spaces from traditional to contemporary, a seasoned team for both on- and offpremise catering, and the ability to create a celebration that is perfectly you. capacity 400 | price $$$

the club at garden ridge

21320 Water Wood Drive, Garden Ridge, TX (210) 439-7887 TheClubatGardenRidge.com At the edge of the Texas Hill Country, six miles northeast of San Antonio, The Club at Garden Ridge is an elegantly rustic facility that features nature-inspired grounds with two serene lakes, hundreds of towering oak trees and a creek bed with a stone bridge to provide an oasis for your special day. capacity 250 | price $$

the county line

San Antonio & Austin CountyLine.com Since 1975 couples have trusted the County Line to host rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions. We have packages to fit any and all of your needs, so let the County Line show your guests what real Texas hospitality is all about! capacity 400 | price $$

coyote garden hall

6880 Goforth Road, Kyle, TX (512) 806-9229 CoyoteGardenHall.com Coyote Garden Hall is a celebration hall surrounded by lakes and forests and the wide open country sky. If it feels like it’s been manufactured out of dreams, that’s because it was originally a motion picture studio—and now that high-tech magic is available for you as a wedding hall and ceremony site. capacity 250 | price $

cross creek ranch

3406 Dublin Road, Parker, TX (972) 221-0167 CrossCreekRanchTX.com Specializing in custom, all-inclusive packages, our property is a rustic chic venue with mature trees, open spaces and a two-acre pond serving as the ceremony backdrop for our outdoor locations. Packages include facility rental, tables and chairs, a variety of catering options, floral centerpieces and more. capacity 300+ | price $$

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. (972) 980-8877 | (214) 259-0101 melinda.lee@cpaddison.com CrownePlaza.com/cpgalleria-nr Over the years the Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria – Addison has established a tradition of elegance and personal service. Whether it’s small and intimate or large and extravagant, our luxurious sleeping rooms and elegant ballrooms make the Crowne Plaza the perfect place for an unforgettable experience. capacity 700 | price $$

cypress club at the reserve at lake travis

19926 Thurman Bend Rd., Spicewood, TX (512) 402-1400 | CypressClubEvents.com Cypress Club at The Reserve at Lake Travis. The Cypress Club is an exclusive facility that offers a breathtaking ambiance overlooking the pristine shores of Lake Travis. Oversized oak trees, rolling hills and our spectacular sunset views make the Cypress Club one of the most romantic settings for your special day. capacity 400+ | price $$$

the dallas arboretum

8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX (214) 515-6513 | weddings@dallasarboretum.org DallasArboretum.org The internationally recognized Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of the most romantic and beautiful locations in the country—the perfect setting for a spectacular wedding and party.

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dallas historical society

3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX (214) 421-4500 EXT. 101 | DallasHistory.org Imagine cocktails in the impressive Hall of Heroes followed by a sumptuous dinner in the Great Hall and dancing under the stars in clear tents on the front lawn. The possibilities are endless, and the support services offered by our team of experts assure that every event will be a fabulous success. capacity 350 | price $$

dallas palms

2424 Marsh Lane, Carrollton, TX (972) 416-1416 | info@dallaspalmsvenue.com DallasPalmsVenue.com Your dream ceremony can take place in an ornate yet intimate chapel-set ballroom or in our beautifully landscaped garden grove, while your magical reception can be created to match your dreams, complete with full décor and planning services and decadent dining options. capacity 300+ | price $$

deep eddy vodka tasting room

2250 E. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs, TX (512) 994-3534 tracy@deepeddyvodka.com DeepEddyVodka.com Nestled in the Hill Country just 20 minutes outside of Austin, with over 5,000 square feet, is the Deep Eddy

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Vodka Tasting Room—ideal for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and receptions. With a covered outdoor patio and gorgeous interior, it is perfect for all your wedding events! capacity 400+ | price $$

diamond h3 ranch

Weatherford, TX (817) 597-9235 | (817) 703-5439 diamondh3ranch@outlook.com DiamondH3Ranch.com Beautiful weddings, beautiful memories.

don strange ranch

103 Waring Welfare Rd., Boerne, TX (210) 434-2331 | info@donstrange.com DonStrange.com The historical Don Strange Ranch is located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. It is a real working longhorn ranch that is only a short 45 minutes from downtown San Antonio. A perfect venue for you to make your own! capacity 450+ | price $$

doubletree by hilton houston downtown

400 Dallas Street, Houston, TX (713) 759-0202 HoustonDowntown.DoubleTree.com At the DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown, our wedding experts are ready to guide you every step of the way in creating unforgettable memories that last a lifetime. capacity 350 | price $$$

dove ridge vineyard

6000 Tucker Drive, Weatherford, TX (817) 444-8172 | DoveRidgeVineyard.com Just 30 minutes from downtown Fort Worth, our romantic vineyard setting gives your wedding a destination feel. Enjoy sunsets and stunning views from our luxurious hilltop venue through our almost floorto-ceiling windows. Let Dove Ridge take your wedding from ordinary to extraordinary! capacity 400 | price $$$

downtown aquarium

410 Bagby at Memorial, Houston, TX (713) 315-5168 | nautilusweddings@ldry.com DowntownAquarium.com The newly renovated Nautilus Ballroom at the Downtown Aquarium is the most unique and spectacular venue in town featuring breathtaking views of the downtown skyline. Artfully hand-painted ceilings, beaded chandeliers, velvet nautilus-shell chairs, and velvet, beaded drapes wrap your guests in elegance. capacity 400 | price $$$

duchman family winery 13308 FM 150 West, Driftwood, TX

(512) 858-1470 EXT. 107 DuchmanWinery.com Whether you are looking for a relaxing private event in a unique winery setting, a romantic wedding ceremony at sunset overlooking luscious Texas vineyards or a spectacular celebration dancing the night away while enjoying award-winning Texas wine, our professional staff is awaiting your arrival. capacity 200 | price $

the eagle historic warehouse

116 E. Franklin St., Hillsboro, TX (817) 648-4038 | hello@evergreeneventco.com EvergreenEventCo.com Exposed brick, restored barn doors and 20-foot vaulted ceilings adorn a lively, charming small Texas town. Newly renovated, everything has been carefully planned to make your wedding perfect. The Warehouse is ideal for weddings across Texas, conveniently located between Fort Worth, Dallas, Waco and Austin. capacity 300 | price $

ember ranch

Mico, TX (210) 440-4141 EmberRanchEvents.com With idyllic waterfront views and majestic sunsets, Ember Ranch offers a unique venue for your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or outdoor wedding. Two separate facilities with extensive outdoor patios offer breathtaking views of Medina Lake that are sure to serve as a unique backdrop to your ceremony. capacity 200 | price $$

emery’s buffalo creek

10827 Hwy. 36, Bellville, TX (979) 865-0702 EmerysBuffaloCreek.com Your dreams are important to us. Our venue is rustic yet refined, just an hour from downtown Houston. The stately waterfront gazebo is the perfect romantic setting to say your “I dos.” Sit by one of the grand Austin stone fireplaces to enjoy the magical evening. Memories that last a lifetime begin here. capacity 300+ | price $$

fifty-two-twenty-six

(713) 529-2500 5226Elm.com 5226 offers award-winning architecture and lush landscaping. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the stunning interior gardens. A large banquet room seats 150 people, with a dance floor. Liberal (no fee) vendor rules allow you create almost anything you can dream up without breaking the bank! capacity 150 | price $$

the flying v ranch

297 County Road 1170, Decatur, TX (972) 754-9426 | FlyingVRanch.com The clean lines, open-air spaces and twinkling lights of the Flying V Ranch create a relaxing atmosphere

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the fort worth club

306 W. 7th Street, Fort Worth, TX (817) 338-3491 | hmaynard@fortworthclub.com FortWorthClub.com Your dream reception awaits. Choose from historic and contemporary room options with spectacular views of downtown Fort Worth. Your menu will be perfectly prepared by Culinary Olympic gold medal winner Chef Tim Prefontaine. Relax and let The Fort Worth Club professional staff handle the details. capacity 400+ | price $$$

fort worth zoo

1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX (817) 759-7555 | FortWorthZoo.org/weddings You’ve always pictured the perfect wedding—now picture it at the Fort Worth Zoo. The Zoo is a one-ofa-kind setting to celebrate one of the most important days in your life. Multiple venues make this an allseason destination for parties and events of all sizes. capacity 1,200+ | price $$$

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frisco celebration hall

Frisco, TX (972) 335-1000 | FriscoHall.com Our stunning ballroom is stylish and spacious, and will impress your guests. To-be-weds will be able to say “I do” and host a reception all under one roof. We can also customize any event both large and small. Make your event a memorable one! Call to schedule your private tour. capacity 500 | price $$

the gardens of cranesbury view

1470 S. Cranes Mill Road, New Braunfels, TX (830) 515-9231 CranesburyView.com The Gardens of Cranesbury View allows your wedding dreams to become an enchanting storybook reality filled with European ambiance and charm. Cranesbury is a captivating, welcoming environment for you and your guests. The beauty of God’s creation is truly evident among the gardens and hillsides. capacity 400+ | price $$

garey house

6450 RM 2243, Georgetown, TX (512) 930-6801 GareyHouse.Georgetown.org The Texas Hill Country meets Tuscan style at Garey House. Located 23 miles north of downtown Austin in historic Georgetown, Garey House is set within Garey Park, a 525-acre public park nestled along the San Gabriel River. capacity 200 | price $

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gather in downtown mckinney

207 E. Virginia St., McKinney, TX (972) 548-8882 GatherMcKinney.com Recently renovated, Gather has an increased occupancy of 150 people and allows BYOB alcohol service. capacity 150 | price $$

giddings stone mansion

2203 Century Circle Drive, Brenham, TX (979) 836-1690 GiddingsStoneMansion.com Choose from the parlor, veranda, gardens or a tent under the splendid spreading oaks. This expansive 11room mansion provides an elegant setting with sizable galleries and a carved mahogany staircase, perfect for a princess to descend to meet her waiting prince. capacity 400+ | price $$

grace hills at uno mas ranch

Bandera, TX (830) 688-2303 | (830) 796-9689 GraceHillsatUnoMasRanch.com The rolling hills form beautiful backdrops in every direction. The sunsets and star-filled night skies are breathtaking, transitioning the natural beauty of your special day into the night. We offer the complementary coupling of rustic and elegant at our wedding locations for a memorable experience. capacity 200 | price $$

the grand texana

53447 Hwy. 290, Hempstead, TX (713) 444-3202 TheGrandTexana.com Our two authentic white dairy barns and farmstead estate exude original charm not manufactured or confined between four walls. Picture your indoor barn chapel ceremony and indoor barn reception! We have outdoor ceremony options too—all for that boutique, rustic-chic, barn wedding experience. capacity 160 | price $$

the grove restaurant

1611 Lamar, Houston, TX (713) 337-7321 | catering@thegrovehouston.com TheGroveHouston.com Welcome to a truly unique dining experience in the middle of a lush, downtown park. The Grove offers two enclosed private rooms and one indoor/outdoor space with a deck overlooking downtown. Our spaces accommodate a variety of events and the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. capacity 700 | price $$$

h.e.s.s. club

5430 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX (713) 627-2283 HESSClub.com Conveniently nestled among the hotels within the Galleria area, the Club is a freestanding building with complimentary parking. The interior has beautiful

private settings including a cozy fireplace and marble jade bar. Let us help you create lasting memories. capacity 300 | price $$$

haak vineyards & winery

6310 Ave. T, Santa Fe, TX (409) 925-1401 | weddings@haakwine.com HaakWine.com What’s more romantic than saying “I do” surrounded by acres of grapevines, set against the backdrop of a winery? Have your wedding at Haak Winery and let us cater to your every need. capacity 200 | price $$$

hawthorn hills ranch

10340 Jackson Road, Krum, TX (940) 600-7838 HawthornHillsRanch.com This romantic, hillside venue offers a one-of-a-kind view, allowing brides to enjoy every moment of the wedding day. If you are looking for a venue close to amenities, where guests can relax, forget where they are and focus fully on you—we are the perfect location! capacity 250 | price $$

heather’s glen

200 East Phillips, Conroe, TX (936) 441-6611 | heathersbb@aol.com HeathersGlen.com Experience your wedding in a stunning chapel surrounded by exquisite gardens and waterfalls. Heather’s Glen is an oasis offering all-inclusive, stressfree wedding packages for every bride and groom. The estate boasts breathtaking scenery for photographic opportunities and everlasting memories. capacity 200 | price $$$

heritage place

412 N. Live Oak Street, Rockport, TX (361) 790-6125 | HeritagePlaceRockport.com Heritage Place allows those who enter to be transported to a different time. It embodies a rich history, dating back to the late 1800s; we are certain that it will continue to witness the making of memories for years to come. We are not just a venue, we are a place that brings loved ones together. capacity 200 | price $$

hidden creek

215 Chris Cuny Parkway, Heath, TX (972) 535-6686 | HiddenCreekEvents.com This brand-new, state-of-the-art, 8,000-square-foot venue, located 30 minutes east of downtown Dallas, provides a rustic Texas feel with an elegant touch. We offer a lush, tree-lined outdoor ceremony space and a vintage-style barn. Hidden Creek is the perfect setting to make your dreams become reality. capacity 300 | price $$$

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. (512) 755-9076 | HiddenRiverRanchTX.com Hidden River Ranch offers a 10,000-square-foot event barn sitting over a large pond with a bridal suite, groom’s room and over 3,000 square feet of outdoor patio area. Outside is a spacious courtyard area that attaches to the elegant chapel and a pavilion that sits on the edge of the pond for outdoor events. capacity 300 | price $$$

hidden waters wedding and events venue

2220 Bells Chapel, Waxahachie, TX (972) 617-7787 | HiddenWatersEvents.com We believe Hidden Waters is the perfect place for your event! We will go above and beyond to exceed your expectations. With our indoor/outdoor facility, your event possibilities are endless. Our beautiful Tuscan-style setting has the ability to make any event a special one to remember. capacity 300 | price $$

hideout on the horseshoe

New Braunfels, TX (830) 964-4540 | hideout@stayandfloat.com HideoutWeddings.com The Hideout on the Horseshoe is the perfect location for a Hill Country wedding. With lodging, an outdoor rustic pavilion and a 13,000-square-foot flagstone landing directly on the water, it is the premier spot to get married on the Guadalupe River.

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highpointe estate

5555 County Road 258, Liberty Hill, TX (512) 636-9200 | HighPointeEstate.com Our location is readily accessible from anywhere in the central Texas region. Our casually elegant interiors will boast creamy white shiplap walls with chocolate-stained timber trusses. It’s a perfect backdrop for any event, regardless of theme. capacity 300 | price $$$

hilton fort worth

815 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX (817) 870-2100 | FortWorth.Hilton.com Make your mark in history and celebrate your wedding in style at the historic Hilton Fort Worth! We have the perfect venue for you, from an expansive ballroom to more intimate settings. Together, we invite you to experience our renowned expertise and the gracious hospitality for which we are known. capacity 300+ | price $$

hochzeit hall

427 Gentry Street, Spring, TX (832) 992-3896 | info@oldtownspringweddings.com OldTownSpringWeddings.com Let our journey together make your memories! We just opened in October 2017. capacity 300 | price $$

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hollow hill

1680 Mary Drive, Weatherford, TX (682) 233-3065 info@hollowhilleventcenter.com HollowHillEventCenter.com Let the beauty of the Texas countryside be the setting for your special celebration at Hollow Hill. The replica of the western town adds to the country atmosphere, while giving guests a glimpse into the past. Schedule a tour to experience this unique venue’s beauty.

houstonian hotel, club & spa

111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston, TX (713) 680-2626 | Houstonian.com The Houstonian offers brides over 18 acres of wooded bliss. The unique venue space allows brides to create their dream destination wedding experience in the heart of Houston. Four ballrooms along with scenic outdoor spaces offer a versatility and sophistication to accommodate weddings of any size. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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honey hollow ranch

3696 W. Hwy. 380, Runaway Bay, TX (940) 575-1950 | HoneyHollowRanch.com Honey Hollow Ranch is the perfect rustic wedding venue. Just minutes outside the DFW area, Honey offers a unique country experience complete with lush green pastures, oak trees and gently rolling hills. From simple and sophisticated to elaborate and enchanting, we can make your dreams come true. capacity 200 | price $$$

horseshoe bay resort

Horseshoe Bay, TX (830) 598-7880 | HSBResort.com Lake LBJ was made for lovers and Horseshoe Bay Resort was made for marriage. With 7,000 acres of Texas’ most romantic scenery and our certified wedding planners, you can easily host 600 guests for an unforgettable wedding. capacity 400+ | price $$$

hotel galvez & spa

2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX (409) 765-7721 | hotelgalvez@wyndham.com HotelGalvez.com Elegance and charm in a historic setting are yours at the legendary beachfront Hotel Galvez & Spa. Choose from exquisitely appointed ballrooms or an intimate garden setting—each the perfect venue for a romantic wedding. Your special day will be expertly handled by our professional staff. capacity 300 | price $$$

hotel granduca

Austin and Houston (888) GRANDUCA | GranducaHotels.com When it has to be perfect: Granduca Hotels. Beyond your expectations. capacity 250 | price $$$

hotel icon

220 Main Street, Houston, TX (713) 224-4266 | Hotelicon.com Hotel ICON will dazzle you with its magnificent ballroom and four-star service for an unforgettable wedding! Catering by the hotel’s restaurant LINE & LARIAT, soaring ceilings, walls of windows and wood finishes are landmarks of this unique setting. capacity 150 | price $$

hyatt place dallas/garland and firewheel conference center

5101 North President George Bush Highway, Garland, TX (972) 414-3500 HyattPlaceDallasGarland.com Allow our professional staff, executive chef and sales/ catering team to assist you with planning every detail of your wedding. We’re committed to making your special day memorable for both you and your guests. capacity 450 | price $$$

hyatt regency hill country resort and spa

9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, San Antonio, TX (210) 520-4014 HillCountry.Regency.Hyatt.com Celebrate your dream San Antonio wedding at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. Surrounded by the beauty of the Hill Country, our hotel features gorgeous indoor and outdoor wedding venues paired with Texas charm and hospitality. capacity 400 | price $$$

intercontinental stephen f. austin

701 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX (512) 721-4227 julie.stanfield@ihg.com InterContinental.com In the heart of downtown Austin, this hotel’s history, location and ambiance make it an ideal setting for creating memories to last a lifetime. Let our wedding professionals help you set a uniquely Austin backdrop for receptions, rehearsal dinners, after-parties on the terrace and day-after brunches. capacity 300 | price $$$

jack guenther pavilionbriscoe western art museum

San Antonio, TX (210) 507-4849 | pavilion@briscoemuseum.org BriscoeMuseum.org The Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Museum is San Antonio’s newest event venue. Located downtown on the banks of the River Walk, this beautiful locale has three floors of customizable space in addition to an outdoor sculpture garden. Perfect for your big day! capacity 400+ | price $$

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. (214) 348-7940 | KayCeeClub.com The KayCee Club of Dallas is proud to present our main ballroom and meeting space to both our members and the general public. We invite you to schedule a visit and see why the KayCee Club will be the perfect setting for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or special event. capacity 250 | price $$

kemah gardens

1019 Lewis Drive, Kemah, TX (281) 334-0501 | events@kemahgardens.com KemahGardens.com Minutes to the Boardwalk, on 4-plus private acres of lush gardens, with a climate-controlled reception venue, an arbor overlooking a lake, an illuminated fountain, various ceremony sites, a bridal suite and groom’s room, and our award-winning industry partners, Kemah Gardens is ideal for any event. capacity 150 | price $$

kendall plantation

20 Guthrie Road, Boerne, TX (830) 229-5090 | kristin@kendallplantation.com KendallPlantation.com Unrivaled in the San Antonio area, Kendall Plantation is set back on a private ranch among Texas oak trees and a natural spring fed pond. The plantation offers stunning views and beautiful backdrops for indoor or outdoor ceremonies and receptions. capacity 400 | price $$$

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king river ranch

2054 Ranch Road 1320, Johnson City, TX (830) 392-6484 | events@thekingriverranch.com TheKingRiverRanch.com Forty minutes from Austin and San Antonio on the 290 Wine Trail near Fredericksburg, KRR offers elegant indoor/outdoor event spaces, luxurious amenities, incomparable scenery, experienced staff and private riverfront—minutes from world-class dining, shopping, lodging, wineries and outdoor activities. capacity 400+ | price $$

la cima club

5215 North O’Connor Road, Suite 2600, Irving, TX (972) 869-2266 LaCimaClub.com Our venue features panoramic views of the Metroplex, including the Dallas skyline, Cowboys Stadium and the Fort Worth skyline. Event rooms on the 26th floor boast 20-foot-high cathedral ceilings, while a covered outdoor ceremony space is available on the water. Let our awardwinning staff create your dream wedding! capacity 250 | price $$$

lakeway resort and spa

101 Lakeway Drive, Austin, TX (512) 261-7314 LakewayResortandSpa.com With Lake Travis as the backdrop, the culinary creations of Lakeway Resort and Spa will make your special event

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an event to remember. From the rehearsal dinner to the wedding ceremony and reception, our professional catering staff is personally involved in the coordination of your special day. capacity 300 | price $$$

the landing event center

14278 Highway 322 N., Kilgore, TX (903) 812-0078 TheLandingEventCenter.com We can accommodate stunning indoor or outdoor ceremonies and have an incredible reception room ready for you to dance the night away. Our huge commercial kitchen is perfect for any catering needs. The different wedding package options we offer make your entire planning process an enjoyable experience. capacity 300+ | price $$$

the lodge at mound creek

16020 Linda Lane, Montgomery, TX (281) 755-3474 LodgeatMoundCreek.com Our cozy, romantic main hall features all wood details, a four-story fireplace and a split-level log staircase. The huge veranda is a fabulous place for a cocktail hour or reception. Our outdoor garden area features an amazing tree-arch-lined walkway that is perfect for your ceremony! capacity 250 | price $$

lone star mansion

629 John Charles Drive, Burleson, TX (682) 224-1488 LoneStarMansion.com We specialize in providing a one-of-a-kind experience for your wedding day. With our all-day packaging, you can enjoy your entire day in an Antebellum-style mansion that offers much more than simply a space to host your wedding. capacity 300 | price $$

lost mission

Spring Branch, TX (210) 323-1955 | info@lostmission.com LostMission.com Lost Mission is secluded in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It is an exquisite, unique environment for entertaining weddings, personal and corporate events. A private road leads to an authentic mission chapel and beautiful reception facility surrounded by majestic oak trees. capacity 400+ | price $$$

ma maison

2550 Bell Springs Road, Dripping Springs, TX (512) 777-1642 info@themamaison.com TheMaMaison.com Ma Maison, French for “my house,” is an elegant, French-inspired venue nestled in the Texas Hill Country. The venue offers multiple outdoor ceremony sites, a reclaimed French Gazebo, a built-in rain plan on the

Trellis and a stunning Great Hall with grand wooden beams and magnificent chandeliers. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

magnolia grace

636 County Road 4945, Leonard, TX (214) 560-4222 MagnoliaGraceRanch.com If you’re looking for a fun and fantastic elegant-meetsstarry-nights wedding venue just 15 minutes east of downtown McKinney, here it is. This is where country charm meets uptown style! capacity 250 | price $$

magnolia halle

10319 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX (512) 675-0205 MagnoliaHalle.com For a truly one-of-a-kind wedding day experience, Magnolia Halle is the perfect place to say “I do.” Nestled on 6.3 acres and surrounded by 200-plusyear-old oaks, Magnolia Halle offers some of the most desirable features without the drive to the Hill Country. capacity 250 | price $$

main street events

4111 Main Street, Rowlett, TX (469) 209-0566 MainStreetEventsRowlett.com Our passion is for your event to be a success. From the time we open the doors for your guests to arrive to the time we lock up for the night, we are always working toward that goal. Let us add your next chapter to our book of memories at Main Street Events. capacity 160 | price $$

mcnay art museum

6000 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio, TX (210) 805-1782 rentals@mcnayart.org McNayArt.org The McNay Art Museum offers a unique opportunity to entertain guests in a beautiful historic setting. Offer your guests the chance to experience an internationally renowned art collection during your reception. Dine and dance in the elegant Leeper Auditorium and enjoy the oasis courtyard setting. capacity 300 | price $$$

milltown historic district

New Braunfels, TX (830) 837-5480 MilltownHistoricDistrictNB.com This is the perfect place where memories are made. Whether you are looking for a grand ballroom or a more rustic feel for your wedding, we have just the place. Overnight accommodations available on-site as well as floral, photography and bar services. Let us host your memory. capacity 200 | price $

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mimosa hall

10405 Shannon Valley Dr., Crowley, TX (817) 923-2996 | contact@mimosahall.com MimosaHall.com We are just minutes from downtown Fort Worth, located in a secluded country setting just outside Burleson. We have a 12-foot white gazebo in a garden setting for outdoor weddings, or for indoor weddings and receptions, our elegant Grand Ballroom with a waterfall staircase. capacity 250 | price $$

moffitt oaks

20125 Cedar Lane, Tomball, TX (281) 370-6616 | info@moffittoaks.com MoffittOaks.com Please contact us to schedule your tour of this luxurious estate sitting on 47 acres. Visit our website for pictures and contact information. We are excited for you to view the endless options available for your special day! capacity 300 | price $$$

na’kayshions wedding chapel and special event facility

432 S. Clark Road, Cedar Hill, TX (972) 291-0333 info@nakayshions.com NaKayshions.com Situated on five acres of serenity, we offer four tasteful and unique venues for the wedding of your dreams. These venues include a quaint historic wedding chapel, the elegant Grand Room, the charming terrace and the lovely lakeside gazebo area. Thick, lush trees line the property, creating an intimate outdoor setting.

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the oaks at heavenly

18826 Bandera Road, Helotes, TX (210) 988-3334 OaksatHeavenly.com The Oaks at Heavenly takes you beyond your expectations. capacity 300 | price $$$

the oaks event center

13765 Southern Oaks Drive, Burleson, TX (817) 426-2400 TheOaksEventCenter.com Enjoy expansive grounds nestled on the beautiful

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oakwind bed & breakfast

4601 County Road 156, Alvin, TX (281) 585-0060 info@oakwindweddings.com OakwindWeddings.com Each wedding at Oakwind is special and unique. Every bride and groom will receive the attention they deserve to make their day one they will cherish forever. Whether it is a very formal affair for 300 or more or a small casual gathering of family and friends, every detail will be taken care of.

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painted lakes

1728 FM 1191 South, Bryson, TX (940) 229-9399 PaintedLakes.com Painted Lakes offers a climate-controlled barn overlooking a large property with a duck pond at the foot of the hill. We offer outdoor weddings, barn weddings and weddings with a view even if it rains! Options include carriages, chuck wagon catering, onsite guest accommodations and more. capacity 500 | price $$

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old glory ranch

3633 River Road, Wimberley, TX (512) 847-3646 OldGloryRanch.com First-class celebrations in simple country elegance. Old Glory Ranch is a full-service wedding/event venue offering preferred vendor lists for all your needs! Your event at this magnificent Texas Hill Country setting on the Blanco River will be the talk of your family and friends for years to come! capacity 400 | price $$$

omni barton creek resort & spa

8212 Barton Club Drive, Austin, TX (512) 329-4057 OmniHotels.com/bartoncreek Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa welcomes brides-tobe to the stunning vistas and tranquil beauty of the Texas Hill Country. Just minutes from downtown and surrounded by spectacular views of the rolling hills of Austin, Barton Creek is the picturesque and preferred choice for exceptional weddings. capacity 300+ | price $$$

the orchard at caney creek

923 County Road 235, Wharton, TX (281) 944-3331 jennifer@smithsheridan.holdings Caney-Creek.com The Orchard at Caney Creek is 36 acres of naturally romantic surroundings just waiting for you. With dinner in our Creekview room, dancing on our spacious deck, cocktails by our firepit, cozy guest cottages and a 100-year-old pecan orchard, we have it all. capacity 400 | price $$

the orchard event venue & retreat 1421 Northwest Parkway, Azle, TX (817) 270-4555 TheOrchardTX.com Your wedding at The Orchard will be the event of

palm door on sabine | palm door on sixth

Austin, TX (512) 391-1994 (512) 386-1295 info@palmdoor.com PalmDoor.com Palm Door on Sabine is Austin’s hidden gem, offering an urban loft space with a beautiful wooden deck overlooking Waller Creek. Palm Door on Sixth is your modern oasis located in Austin’s historic entertainment district. Come see why both venues are perfect for your downtown destination wedding! capacity 200+ | price $$

paniolo ranch

1510 FM 473, Sisterdale, TX (866) 726-4656 paniolo@panioloranch.com PanioloRanch.com Paniolo Ranch is a Texas Hill destination venue, which offers an eclectic style of design from the whimsical to the traditional and formal. We specialize in free-spirited weddings that strive to make memories of a lifetime, not only for the couple but also for their guests.

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478 Three Skillet Road, Springtown, TX (214) 601-3187 oakknollranch@live.com OakKnollRanch.com Allow us to make all your dreams come true! Traveling over the dam and across the trestle bridge to the rustic elegance of our exquisite Red Barn and gorgeous White Chapel, a private bridal suite and groom’s suite await for your wedding party to enjoy preparing for your special day.

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a lifetime for you and your guests. Located on a 100-acre pecan orchard, it is perfect for hosting your rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. Make it a whole weekend to celebrate with our overnight accommodations and rehearsal dinner packages.

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Southern Oaks Golf Course, with indoor and outdoor ceremony locations. The 6,000-square-foot ballroom can accommodate up to 250 guests. Our outdoor space showcases two breathtaking stone fireplaces overlooking our award-winning golf course.

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park 31

1200 Park Road 31, Spring Branch, TX (210) 526-0310 Park31.com Park 31 is nestled on 33 picturesque acres in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Experience impeccable ambience for your wedding day with a variety of exquisite indoor and outdoor spaces for cherished moments with those you love most. capacity 400 | price $$

park city club

5956 Sherry Lane, Suite 1700, Dallas, TX (214) 373-0756 | (214) 373-8305 hala@parkcityclub.net ParkCityClub.net

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pearl

307 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, TX (210) 212-7260 venues@pearlbrewery.com AtPearl.com/events As a former brewery, Pearl and the Pearl Venues reflect a vivid, historic past while embracing the future as a culinary, cultural and event destination. capacity 400 | price $$$

the pearl south padre hotel

310 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX (956) 761-6551 PearlSouthPadre.com Whether you choose to celebrate the special occasion with an intimate wedding ceremony on the beach or an elegant reception in one of our ballrooms, our experienced staff will help create the wedding of your dreams. capacity 200 | price $$$

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Austin, TX (512) 632-1046 info@pecanspringsranch.com PecanSpringsRanch.com Where Hill Country charm meets uptown style. capacity 400 | price $$

phillips event center

8140 Exchange Drive, Austin, TX (512) 982-9187 PhillipsEventCenter.com The Phillips Event Center boasts a luxurious 4,800square-foot ballroom with hickory hardwood floors and coffered ceilings, a spacious 1,200-square-foot patio and an elegant lobby! capacity 350 | price $$$

piazza in the village/piazza on the green

Colleyville/McKinney (817) 520-0026 | (214) 383-2500 PiazzaEvents.com Spectacular elegance awaits every bride at our two locations in McKinney and Colleyville. The Piazza boasts a stunning chapel, two unique ballrooms and separate bride and groom suites. Streaming the wedding live, the Piazza brings your family to the ceremony. Let your story begin at the Piazza. capacity 325 | price $$

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pinstripes

5001 Trailhead Bend Way, Fort Worth, TX (817) 269-1913 | fw-events@pinstripes.com Pinstripes.com/events Pinstripes can accommodate groups from 20 to 600 and offers a unique venue that can be tailored to your specific needs. Whether your passion is bowling, bocce or terrific Italian/American cuisine, we offer a memorable and winning combination for any social or corporate event. capacity 250+ | price $$

plantation elegance

4520 Plantation Bend Street, Dickinson, TX (281) 309-9951 PlantationElegance.com Plantation Elegance is a ceremony and reception venue. Set on seven acres of waterfront property, our spacious venue offers you privacy and tranquility to enhance the intimacy of your event. We want you and your guests to leave with memories that will last a lifetime. capacity 200 | price $$

plantation on the bay, inc.

3600 Tri City Beach Rd., Baytown, TX (281) 709-4888 PlantationontheBay.com Our waterfront gazebo is a picture-perfect outdoor wedding space overlooking the bay. Our event center can host a large, comfortable indoor wedding and reception, party or corporate event, with a romantic bridal suite. Let us help you plan your dream wedding or special event. capacity 300 | price $$$

raveneaux country club

9415 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX (281) 370-6370 Raveneaux.com Nestled in Champion Forest and overlooking a beautiful golf course, our French-inspired architecture makes Raveneaux Country Club the perfect place to host events from intimate gatherings to grand affairs. We combine our breathtaking views, unique gourmet cuisines and professional staff to create your fairy-tale ending! capacity 300 | price $$

red corral ranch

505 Red Corral Ranch Road, Wimberley, TX (830) 833-0206 RedCorralRanchEvents.com Red Corral Ranch combines elegance and charm, making your wedding an enchanting, classic country experience. Find everything you need in one place—we are flexible, creative and offer many options. Red Corral Ranch is a beautiful venue that can accommodate overnight guests of up to 33 people! capacity 200 | price $$

the reserve at dancing elk ranch 313 CR 351, Mathis, TX (361) 946-4812

TheReserveatDancingElk.com Envision your wedding in the serenity of rustic elegance set against a beautiful Texas sunset. The Reserve at Dancing Elk Ranch is all that and more. capacity 700 | price $$

river road chateau

5511 County Road 424, Anna, TX (214) 425-4445 RiverRoadChateau.com Come be enchanted at the River Road Chateau. Located on 76 acres of Anna, Texas countryside, we blend rustic Texas chic with class and traditional Southern charm. capacity 200 | price $$

the room on main

2030 Main Street, 6th Floor, Dallas, TX (214) 742-1526 TheRoomOnMain.com The beautifully restored historic ballroom has natural wood floors, antique chandeliers and 30-foot ceilings with 15-foot windows on three sides for great views. This 6,000-square-foot ballroom will accommodate up to 320 people and is the perfect facility for wedding receptions, celebrations or corporate events. capacity 300 | price $$

roszell gardens

7561 E. Evans Road, San Antonio, TX (210) 651-6520 RoszellGardens.com You have to see the space at Roszell Gardens to believe it. We have several acres of beautiful, serene land and many outdoor spaces and meeting rooms. Patrons of Roszell Gardens love what we have to offer. Hosting an outdoor wedding is an incredible experience. There is no limit to your imagination. capacity 300 | price $$$

royal oaks country club

2910 Royal Oaks Club Drive, Houston, TX (281) 899-3200 RoyalOaksCC.com Our glistening waterfalls, fabulous golf course views, Tuscan-inspired architecture and décor provide an exclusive and luxurious setting for intimate or large celebrations. Royal Oaks is the perfect place to host your celebration with personalized planning and attention to detail. capacity 250 | price $$

salt lick bbq

18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX (512) 894-3117 | SaltLickBBQ.com Step into marital bliss with a celebration at one of our spectacular venues in the Texas Hill Country. Whether you envision dancing under the stars at Pecan Grove, sipping cocktails overlooking the sunset at Thurman’s Mansion or exchanging vows in the vineyard, we have a venue for every bride. capacity 300 | price $$

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the sam houston hotel

1117 Prairie Street, Houston, TX (832) 200-8800 TheSamHouston.CurioCollection.com Have a wedding with an outdoor feel in our climatecontrolled Veranda Ballroom any time of year. A simple change in lighting will create the mood in this exposedbrick venue accented with natural ivy and featuring white décor. Separate staging rooms and a personal reception attendant are available. capacity 200 | price $$$

selah springs ranch

Brady, TX (325) 597-2602 | info@selahspringsranch.net SelahSpringsRanch.net If you have ever wanted to get married on a real Texas Hill Country ranch, then Selah Springs is the venue for you! Exchange vows beneath an oak grove along the banks of the San Saba River—an ideal setting for intimate groups to celebrate your union. capacity 150 | price $$

seven for parties

150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 107, Dallas, TX (214) 748-5559 SevenforParties.com Allow your imagination to run wild with unique possibilities at Seven for Parties. This transformative space has separate rooms for ceremonies and receptions. Turn it from basic to whimsical by adding our inclusive art, furniture and lighting!

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sheraton gunter hotel

205 East Houston St., San Antonio, TX (210) 554-1740 | SheratonGunter.com With the Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio you’ll have room for up to 450 people to toast, cheer and share your day. Built in 1909, the building and its décor combine the ageless grace of the 1900s with today’s amenities to create a beautiful backdrop for your wedding. capacity 450 | price $$$

shirley acres

217 Woerner Road, Houston, TX (281) 444-2582 events@shirleyacres.com ShirleyAcres.com Shirley Acres is a full-service special event facility nestled on 21 wooded acres. The Courtyard is perfect for classic garden weddings. The window-walled Garden Room and lakeside Pavillion accommodate private indoor weddings and receptions. capacity 400 | price $$

signature manor

6968 Howell-Sugarland Rd., Houston, TX (713) 541-1000 SignatureManor.com Experience the warm hospitality of our dream weavers,

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sky creek ranch golf club

600 Promontory Drive, Keller, TX (817) 498-1414 SkyCreekRanch.com Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club offers a unique setting for ceremonies, receptions and other special occasions. Our pristine golf course and elegantly appointed dining room are ideal for entertaining wedding guests, offering ample choices in catering for any special occasion you may have.

stonebridge

16401 Country Club Drive, Crosby, TX (832) 657-6050 | (281) 328-3576 StonebridgeNewport.com When opening the grand doors, the unique view of the lighted water fountains, lush green trees and stone bridge makes a romantic backdrop for rustic, vintage or classically elegant ceremonies or receptions. We are a full-service location booking only one wedding event per day. capacity 400 | price $$

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southfork ranch

3700 Hogge Road, Parker, TX (972) 442-7800 info@southforkranch.com SouthforkRanch.com Internationally renowned as the home of the Dallas TV series, and a three-time winner of MPI D/FW’s “Facility of the Year” award, Southfork’s 63,000 square feet of indoor event space, 10 ballrooms, and acres of Texas ranchland create the perfect setting for legendary wedding celebrations. capacity 1,000+ | price $$$

the st. anthony hotel

300 East Travis, San Antonio, TX (210) 227-4392 TheStAnthonyHotel.com Imagine a wedding celebration that transports you to a more elegant time: a stunning ballroom, sparkling chandeliers, turn-of-the-century décor and a wait staff ready to serve. It’s all possible at The St. Anthony Hotel, where we’ve been giving couples their dream weddings for over 100 years. capacity 300+ | price $$$

st. george maronite center

6070 Babcock, San Antonio, TX (210) 696-5937 StGeorgeMaroniteCenter.com St. George Maronite Center is a perfect backdrop to set the overall tone for your event. Whether you are looking for an elegant ballroom setting, modern lounge area or an intimate setting in our Mediterranean-style courtyard, St. George Maronite Center will make your occasion a memorable one. capacity 550 | price $$

staley mountain ranch

140 Old Staley Road, Oakhurst, TX (936) 524-2694 StaleyMountainRanch.com Our unique location between Huntsville and Livingston is high in the hills overlooking Lake Livingston. Make your memories in our elegant, rustic barn, pavilion, spacious lawn or beautiful arbor. If you want to relax

the terrace club

2600 East Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs, TX (512) 894-4009 | info@theterraceclub.com TheTerraceClub.com Nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, we are located just twenty minutes from downtown Austin. Spectacular sunsets are an everyday occurrence at The Terrace Club. Let us help you treat your guests to a special evening to remember. capacity 400+ | price $$

texas discovery gardens

Dallas, TX (214) 428-7476 EXT. 290 TexasDiscoveryGardens.org Enjoy a stunning garden wedding at Texas Discovery Gardens. An organic oasis nestled in the corner of historic Fair Park, we are just minutes from downtown Dallas. You can rent our expansive lawns, our Grand Hall with full-length picture windows, and other indoor and outdoor spaces. capacity 400+ | price $$

texas hill country river region in uvalde county

Uvalde County, TX (830) 232-4310 | VisitUvaldeCounty.com Whether you dream of an intimate hilltop setting, tying the knot at the bend of a river or hosting a grand wedding with all of your family and friends, Uvalde County offers unique venues to make sure your destination wedding is truly unforgettable.

thistle springs ranch

13974 FM 1434, Cleburne, TX (817) 851-9317 | info@thistlespringsranch.com ThistleSpringsRanch.com Welcome to Thistle Springs Ranch, a vintage, provincial barn constructed of reclaimed barn wood, antiqued tin and classic elements that will create the perfect ambiance for you and your guests. The open floor plan, garden areas and stunning vistas allow it to transform into your perfect venue. capacity 250 | price $$

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towering oaks haven

528 Northshore Lane, Valley View, TX (940) 580-2709 ToweringOaksHaven.com Unforced elegance is an apt description of our property set on 20 acres of northern Texas countryside. At Towering Oaks, we understand that wedding days are one of the transformative moments of life. That insight drives our dedication to provide an experience that is grand, intimate and worry-free. capacity 250 | price $$$

trinity river audubon center

(214) 254-4936 TrinityRiver.Audubon.org Trinity River Audubon Center is 10 minutes from downtown Dallas but a world away. Stunning modern architecture, wildflower-studded prairie and a forest backdrop make for the most unique indoor-outdoor venue in Dallas. Coordination and chef-inspired cuisine is provided by Bolsa. capacity 300 | price $

twin lakes

13821 FM 787 West, Cleveland, TX (281) 659-9161 Twin-Lake.com Come experience the most magical 35-acre wedding resort. You are offered a 2,500-square-foot banquet hall, a gazebo and two fully furnished lodges. You can watch breathtaking sunrises and sunsets from the porch or along the lake shore. Experience a place where time stands still and memories are made.

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twisted ranch weddings

7345 W. FM 243, Bertram, TX (512) 553-5365 tricia@twistedranchweddings.com TwistedRanchWeddings.com Located in the Texas Hill Country, Twisted Ranch is a gorgeous location where rustic meets elegance—a destination where you feel at home while feeling as if you have been transported to another time. There is no comparison because there is nowhere else quite like it. capacity 200 | price $$

the university of texas golf club

2200 University Club Drive, Austin, TX (512) 266-6464 UTGolfClub.com Our versatile outdoor pavilion, fabulous golf course views and gorgeous clubhouse provide a perfect setting for both intimate and large weddings and receptions. The UT Golf Club is simply legendary. capacity 200+ | price $$$

venue 311

Plantersville, TX (936) 894-1246 Venue311.com Our over 6,000-square-foot venue with a stunning

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French country design has all a bride might dream of. With luxury bride and groom suites, extravagant dance floor, buffet room, kitchen, indoor/outdoor bar, courtyard, patio, water scenery and beautiful landscaping, this site is all you could hope for. capacity 250 | price $$

verona villa

6591 Dallas Pkwy., Frisco, TX (972) 837-8034 VeronaVilla.com Turn your dream wedding into a beautiful reality at Verona Villa. Two incredible indoor spaces, an outdoor patio, spectacular bridal suite, groom room, soaring ceilings, stately staircase and majestic custom chandeliers await. A professional coordinator is available to plan every aspect of your day. capacity 250 | price $$

victory arts center

801 W. Shaw St., Fort Worth, TX (682) 444-2586 VictoryArtsCenter.com This elegant, historic venue has rich hardwood floors, lofty 22-foot muraled ceilings, beautiful columns and lovely stained glass windows to create the perfect backdrop for your extraordinary day. capacity 200 | price $

The Vista on Seward Hill a setting where events are never forgotten. capacity 200 | price $$$

walters wedding estates

Serving Texas (972) 317-RING info@waltersweddingestates.com WaltersWeddingEstates.com Whether you’re looking for picturesque waterfalls or a modern, rustic chapel to build your memories, we have an estate that is sure to match your style and meet your expectations. Walters Wedding Estates consists of multiple unique wedding venues in the DFW Metroplex and Texas Hill Country. capacity 350 | price $$

warwick melrose - dallas

3015 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX (214) 224-3153 arodriguez@warwickhotels.com WarwickHotels.com/dallas As you first walk through the door, you are surrounded with timeless elegance and the magical ambiance that is so natural to the Warwick Melrose - Dallas. Nestled among opulent surroundings, the prestigious Warwick Melrose is devoted to making your wedding dreams come true. capacity 250 | price $$$

villa capri restaurant

3713 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook, TX (281) 326-2373 (713) 304-0379 FrenchiesVillaCapri.com Villa Capri is a charming restaurant and banquet facility on the waterfront. Our Italian country villa has an inviting patio set in an Italian garden where our receptions are held. capacity 150 | price $$

waters edge venue

3901 Nasa Parkway, El Lago, TX (281) 291-9900 info@watersedge.events WatersEdge.events Get married in grand style! Waters Edge offers the utmost in elegance for your spectacular waterfront wedding. Call us today to start planning your truly beautiful and memorable experience! capacity 300 | price $$

vintage villas hotel & events

4209 Eck Lane, Austin, TX (512) 220-0185 sales@vintagevillas.com VintageVillas.com Vintage Villas provides the ideal setting for indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and indoor receptions with a spectacular view of Lake Travis as a backdrop. We offer the finest service, exquisite cuisine, convenient hotel accommodations and venue planning assistance to ensure that your wedding wishes come true. capacity 299 | price $$$

the vista on seward hill

6414 Bee Cave Rd., Austin, TX (512) 327-3843 info@thevistaonsewardhill.com TheVistaonSewardHill.com Beautifully located in the hills of Austin, The Vista on Seward Hill offers a picturesque setting for a lavish and elegant wedding day, anniversary or special event. Old world atmosphere and Austin nostalgia makes

the waters point

13401 RR 12, Wimberley, TX (512) 722-3848 TheWatersPoint.com This premier destination wedding venue in the Texas Hill Country is nestled along the breathtaking banks of the Blanco River and Cypress Creek. Within walking distance to the downtown Wimberley square, the private 34-acre resort features multiple ceremony and reception sites, plus luxurious lodging. capacity 300+ | price $$

wedding in the branch

Farmers Branch, TX (972) 919-8730 WeddingintheBranch.com Historic structures, beautiful gardens, great location— what more could you ask for when planning your wedding or reception?

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weddings at riverbend

4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, TX (512) 743-2223 Riverbend.com/weddings In the scenic Hill Country of Austin, this beautiful nondenominational wedding chapel seats 340 comfortably, 371 max, and is a perfect blank canvas for any wedding. Our beautiful, spacious ballroom area— just a short walk up the hill—holds 100-320 guests and allows food and alcohol to be catered in. capacity 371 | price $$

the westin riverwalk

420 West Market Street, San Antonio, TX (210) 444-6036 WestinRiverwalk.com The perfect match — you and The Westin Riverwalk. It’s all here for your perfect day: an elegant venue, an experienced professional catering and banquet team to ensure a flawless reception and a heavenly wedding suite for the happy bride and groom. capacity 400 | price $$$

whispering oaks wedding venue

910 Red Top Road, Valley View, TX (214) 912-1199 WhisperingOaksWedding.com If a rustic yet elegant atmosphere is what you’re looking for, call us today for information on pricing and availability.

WillowCreekTX.com This elegant countryside locale with a tree-lined creek flowing through the property is set only 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas. Spend your entire day celebrating with friends and family at one location, with everything you could need from ceremony to reception. Let’s celebrate love! capacity 300 | price $$

the windsor at hebron park

3016 E. Hebron Parkway, Carrollton, TX (972) 306-3300 WindsorParkDallas.com The Windsor at Hebron Park is a newly constructed venue that boasts just under 16,000 square feet of decadence, including a chapel, ballroom, a plush bridal suite and handsome groom’s room! The Windsor at Hebron Park offers an all-inclusive wedding and event experience! capacity 300 | price $$$

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2915 N. Main Street, Houston, TX (713) 438-3775 WhiteOakMusicHall.com From the Rooftop Deck overlooking downtown Houston to the warm, modern Music Hall, White Oak Music Hall offers seven indoor and outdoor spaces to host the most intimate ceremony or the grandest reception. Edgy, elegant, fun and eclectic, our modern venue can be dressed up or down to make your big day rock. capacity 3,000 | price $$$

the wildflower barn

Driftwood, TX (512) 751-2739 weddings@thewildflowerbarn.com TheWildflowerBarn.com Our picture-perfect outdoor setting in the Texas Hill Country makes an ideal backdrop for whatever you have in mind, whether it is a lavish garden party on the lawn or kicking up your heels in the rustic dance hall under the twinkling lights. capacity 150 | price $

willow creek wedding & events venue

415 S. Westmoreland Rd., Waxahachie, TX (972) 800-7973 willowcreektx@gmail.com

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139 West Main Street, Lewisville, TX (972) 219-8500 BridalBoutiqueLewisville.com Bridal Boutique is a family-owned-and-operated bridal salon that has been located in downtown Lewisville for over 27 years. With the largest selection of bridal gowns in Texas, we house designers from all over the world, allowing for the best collection of dresses under one roof.

chacha’s beautiful

DFW and surrounding areas (469) 213-9454 ChaChaIsBeautiful.com Say “I do” to making you the most beautiful bridal party. We provide hair and makeup services for all ethnicities.

chic occasion

Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (469) 847-8502 ChicOccasion.com Our professional makeup artists and hairstylists come to your home or venue of choice, specializing in groups of three plus! Grab some friends and get chic for your big day with our on-site, wedding makeup and hair services!

de ma fille—a bridal boutique

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white oak music hall

bridal boutique

ava’s bridal couture/classy concepts bridal boutique Serving the DFW Metroplex (817) 732-4457 | (817) 473-2100 plan@avasbridalcouture.com AvasBridalCouture.com Enjoy our 7,000 square feet of spectacular wedding gowns, dresses, seamstresses on-site and unique reception décor at Ava’s Bridal Couture! Classy Concepts offers wholesale bridal gowns ready to take home in sizes 2-28! With alterations on-site at both locations, how may we serve you?

the beauty lounge

The Woodlands, TX (281) 203-5034 | TheBeautyLoungeWoodlands.com Our team’s experience and artistry is unmatched! We know weddings! Have our private studio all to yourself with you and your girls, or let us bring the glam and fun to you! Only the best will do on the best day of your life—let us make you look and feel like royalty!

blush by arma

Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex (469) 693-4889 BlushByArma.com Blush By Arma is a full-service makeup artistry providing on-location services for all special occasions and specializing in Indian/Pakistani wedding hair and makeup. We believe you should look absolutely stunning on your special day!

2964 Park Hill Drive, Fort Worth, TX (817) 921-2964 DeMaFille.com We are a French-inspired boutique that has a warm and personal approach to service. Our bridal designers are exclusive to the Fort Worth area. Please take pictures to help you remember, and when you say “yes,” we pop the champagne! We do prefer appointments so our brides get our undivided attention!

julian gold bridal

San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi ahart@juliangold.com JulianGold.com Julian Gold Bridal is the perfect start to your new beginning. Our full-service bridal salon features collections from designers including Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Rivini, Liancarlo, Lazaro and a host of others. Take full advantage of being a Julian Gold bride and let us spoil you!

leann’s bridal

McKinney, TX (214) 842-8844 LeAnnsBridal.com With 6,200 square feet of space and three floors, LeAnn’s is filled with beautiful gowns from several different bridal lines, including lines that are not carried by any other store in the state! LeAnn’s has dresses in all different styles, shapes and sizes, providing something for each unique bride.

parvani vida

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. (281) 498-9292 sales@parvanivida.com ParvaniVida.com Parvani Vida is a full-service bridal salon, featuring an extensive collection of gowns to suit every bride. Our staff includes professional consultants and skilled seamstresses, all dedicated to your satisfaction. Appointments are recommended.

pretty on premises

(817) 202-7906 prettyonpremises@yahoo.com PrettyOnPremises.com Hello, beautiful bride! I have been a licensed cosmetologist for ten years, with a passion and specialty for formal styling and glamour makeup. I absolutely love weddings! Pretty On Premises can come to you on premises, or you can enjoy the experience from the salon studio located in Fort Worth.

the princess bridal

119 Main St., Spring, TX (281) 651-9393 info@theprincessbridal.com ThePrincessBridal.com Are you are looking for a unique dress and a bridal boutique like no other? Visit our boutique in the historic Old Town Spring for personal assistance finding the perfect dress, glass slippers, or jewels for your dream of a day! Everything for your perfect princess wedding!

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signature bridal salon

12717 Shops Pkwy., Suite 200, Austin, TX (512) 892-5000 SignatureBridalSalon.com Signature Bridal Salon is central Texas’ premier fullservice bridal experience offering the latest in designer wedding gowns, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, plus-size gowns and bridal accessories. We offer upfront pricing, and we genuinely care about making each bride’s experience perfect.

stardust celebrations

6464 West Plano Parkway, Plano, TX (972) 781-1619 StarDustCelebrations.com StarDust Celebrations is a full-service wedding department store with an exquisite selection of bridal gowns, special occasion gowns and bridal party attire. Personal customer service, wedding planning services, gifts and wedding stationery round out the offerings at this turnkey wedding salon.

unbridaled

Austin & Houston (512) 444-2743 | (832) 767-0407 Unbridaled.com Unbridaled offers bridal and bridesmaid fashions that are as unique as the girl wearing them—from simple elegance, short and sassy and destination to couture gowns and vintage-inspired. Unbridaled offers an eclectic assortment of fashion-forward formalwear and accessories that lets the bride’s personality shine through.

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catering with a twist

whittington bridal

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102 N. Loop at Yale St., Houston, TX (713) 880-2364 VenturasBridalFashions.com Ventura’s Bridal Fashions offers the newest trends in wedding gowns from the most requested designers. From timeless to modern day elegance, we take pride in featuring the largest wedding gown collection in Houston. We’re open seven days a week, and appointments are required.

Serving the greater Austin area (512) 248-8771 CateringwithaTwist.com Much more than just a catering company, we thoroughly embrace the creative aspect of everything we do! We are based on 1950s old-fashioned heart and honesty, putting customers and their big day expectations first and foremost. The desire to think outside the box is apparent in our work.

2665 Royal Forest Drive, Kingwood, TX (832) 644-5655 WhittingtonBridal.com Have your moment at Whittington Bridal! Enjoy spacious fitting rooms and a personal stage area with large mirrors as you find the dress of your dreams. Choose from our hand-selected collection of wedding gowns and enjoy a day that’s all about you and finding your dress! Appointments are recommended.

122 N. Bryant, Pleasanton, TX (830) 281-3222 CreationsCakes.com We at Creations Cakes specialize in creative design and artistic detail. We will prepare a one-of-a-kind cake for you that tastes as amazing as it looks, all within your budget. We look forward to working with you to create a wedding cake uniquely designed for you.

xxoo studio

South Texas and beyond (956) 381-0008 cynthiascakes@aol.com CynthiasCakes.com Cynthia’s Cakes brings elegance, taste and creativity together to make your wedding cake a lasting impression and delicious memory. We pride ourselves in offering an extensive variety of techniques and mediums to work with to create and inspire the perfect sweet centerpiece for your special wedding day.

DFW & Destination (214) 226-7447 XXOOStudio.com XXOO Studio is a team of fun, energetic and professional hairstylists and makeup artists. We come in glammed and equipped to make all of your wedding day getting-ready dreams a reality—because they are a thing!

cakes & caterers

2 guys 1 pit bbq and catering

Spring, TX (832) 817-9614 info@2guys1pitbbq.com 2Guys1PitBBQ.com We’re family owned and operated with an elegant, highend wedding feel for the “friends and family” price. We began catering because cooking is a passion. With over 50 combined years in the food and service industry, you will never regret having us cater your special day!

beyond the box

Dallas-Fort Worth (214) 828-2228 FoodBeyondtheBox.com Beyond the Box Catering is a full-service catering and event company that has served the DFW area since 2004. In addition to food and beverage, we offer professional staffing, chairs, tables, linens, event rentals and day-of wedding coordination to make your experience simple and efficient.

cynthia’s cakes

heavenly gourmet

5005 West Avenue, Suite 1103, San Antonio, TX (210) 496-9090 info@heavenlyg.com HeavenlyG.com At Heavenly Gourmet we excel at what we do, which is providing specialty meals and superb customer service, at affordable prices. Please call for a complimentary tasting at our café.

jimmy lyn’s events and catering

30281 Saratoga Lane, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX (210) 618-4063 JimmyLyns.com Jimmy Lyn’s is a family owned and operated business. We specialize in wedding and event catering and recently added event planning to our list of services. We know you, your family and guests will all love our fresh meals always made from scratch. We’re here for you for the moments that matter.

red sage catering

14335 Whitecross Drive, Houston, TX (281) 806-9593 Red-Sage-Catering.com From our farm to your fork, we offer wedding packages to fit any taste and budget.

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361-944-5074 weddingsinbloom.cc@gmail.com South & Central Texas & Destination Weddings www.WeddingsinBloomTX.com

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St. George Maronite Center is committed to providing a memorable experience for you and your honored guests. It is through flawless planning, thoughtful attention to detail, and creativity that we are able to craft an atmosphere unique to each individual. Whether you are planning for your wedding, birthday, or corporate event, St. George is able to accommodate all your needs.

6070 BABCOCK, SAN ANTONIO, TX 78240

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. (713) 528-4719 info@whomadethecake.com WhoMadetheCake.com Owner/cake artist Nadine Moon is known for creating elegant, custom-designed cakes that taste as wonderful as they look. Schedule a complimentary consultation and tasting to design the perfect cake for your wedding. Specialties include sugar paste flowers, 3-D groom’s cakes and hand-painted details.

flowers & décor

weddings in bloom

South and Central Texas and destination weddings (361) 944-5074 WeddingsinBloomTX.com Weddings in Bloom is a full-service florist offering beautiful flowers for your ceremony and reception to help make your wedding as beautiful as you have always dreamed it would be.

jewelry

to help you plan your special event. We want to make your day an Eventfull one!

haute weddings

San Antonio and surrounding areas (210) 364-0907 MyHauteWedding.com Haute Weddings is most passionate about working with couples in preparation of their celebration. Planning for such a big event is a journey, and we love the ride! Haute Weddings has planned over 300 weddings, and our experience putting out fires before a flicker becomes a flame is what sets us apart.

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botanika

13614 Bluffcircle, San Antonio, TX (210) 733-8120 melissa@botanika.com Botanika.com Botanika offers creative and modern ideas with a focus on texture and color. With a background in interior design, we enjoy focusing on the details to make your event a dream come true!

zadok jewelers

1749 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX (713) 960-8950 Zadok.com Master jewelers for seven generations.

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bouquets of austin

8863 Anderson Mill, Suite 111, Austin, TX (512) 257-2395 BouquetsofAustin.com Bouquets of Austin is a design studio devoted exclusively to Central Texas brides. We have been designing and creating weddings in the Austin area for over 20 years. Our design staff will bring your ideas to life, designing and creating the perfect floral bouquet to complement your personal style.

haute flowers & events

(281) 332-1518 HFFEvents.com We believe in partnering with our clients to see their vision come to fruition.

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percolator letterpress co.

Austin and abroad (512) 633-8153 PercolatorPress.com We create beautiful letterpress and gold foil invitations and wedding day print items. You can choose from our designs, have us design something just for you or bring your own design for us to print. We’d love to help you create your dream wedding invitations!

wedding consultants

Heb.com/blooms H-E-B BLOOMS® has everything you need to create a look and feel that reflects your personal style on your special day. Whether sophisticated, modern, elegant or trendy, let our expert designers create something extraordinary that will be remembered for many tomorrows to come.

stems floral design

(512) 537-0577 StemFloral.com We help engaged couples, who are nervous about expectations being met, achieve total satisfaction with one of the most important days of their lives by creating in-depth and full-service design proposals to carry out their vision.

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eventfulls wedding & event planning

Houston, TX (713) 447-1614 Eventfulls.com Eventfulls combines creativity and event planning experience to offer our clients professionally planned events that cater to their individual attention to detail. Our team of consultants works with you from the start

HEB.com/weddings Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Weddings by Design by H-E-B™ is happy to be considered as part of your special day. We’re here not only to help beautify your ceremony and reception, but to simplify your wedding planning process. Call us today!

precious nuptials & destination weddings

Houston, Mexico, Caribbean and beyond (281) 962-1008 PreciousNuptials.com Whatever you desire—small and intimate, large and luxurious or an exotic destination with flair—we are providers of impeccable service to fit your specific needs! Layout, design and all the elements in between, we know that precious nuptials don’t just happen. They’re planned!

refined romance events

DFW and destination weddings (214) 302-7505 RefinedRomance.com Our mission is to provide a seamless service to our clients that is professional yet fun. We filter down the endless noise of the wedding and event industry and leave you only with the details that matter most—a refined design that joins your personality with your event.

photography & video

basem photography

Austin, TX (512) 399-0024 BasemPhotography.com My aim is to provide you with memorable artistic wedding pictures delivered via a simplified and interactive process.

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emily chappell photography

Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (254) 733-1069 EmilyChappellPhotography.com Based in Dallas, Emily Chappell Photography offers bright and airy wedding photography inspired by modern day fairy tales. She is known across the DallasFort Worth Metroplex for her timeless, romantic and joyful style as well as her ability to effortlessly connect with her clients.

gina schild photography

Serving all of Texas (713) 828-6940 ShotsbyGina.com It is my job to make you smile and your job to have the best day of your life! I make sure to capture things you never even saw happen, the things that happened from all the planning you did. When you look back years from now, it will be my images that will make you remember your big day clearly.

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Dallas, TX (972) 256-6016 | laura@lauramphotos.com LauraMPhotos.com I don’t believe in cookie-cutter couples. You are beautifully unique. Whether your style is artistic, romantic, modern, vintage or anything else, I capture photos tailored to you in a way that is fun, meaningful and reflective of your personality and your own personal brand of love.

reverent wedding films

Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas Wedding.Film Reverent Wedding Films is a wedding cinematography company specializing in high-quality cinematic wedding films. With our growing team of industry professionals, our team of passionate cinematographers will be able to provide top-quality footage and seamlessly capture your wedding day.

melakia photography

DFW, Texas and destination weddings (972) 214-8265 MelaKiaPhoto.com We are a wedding photography company that focuses and excels in our clients’ happiness by personalizing their experience from beginning to end. Every bride and groom has a love story that is uniquely their own; therefore, we believe in photographs that reflect your love, your story, beautifully captured.

nicole ryan photography

(281) 728-7139 nicole@nicoleryanphoto.com NicoleRyanPhoto.com Your wedding day comes and goes in a whirlwind of excitement, laughter, long embraces and sweet kisses. Don’t let a single moment go unremembered. Nicole Ryan Photography will capture your wedding day and the events leading up to it in a natural, creative and romantic way.

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specialty services

victory video and photography

1717 McKinney Ave., Suite 700, Dallas, TX (469) 955-1055 VictoryVideoandPhotography.com We will capture your day in extraordinary detail and elegantly edit all those special moments together into a video and pictures you will cherish forever.

wink! by js photography

Serving Texas (832) 646-5982 WinkbyJs.com We love creating thematic engagements, classic bridals and one-of-a-kind wedding day images, of course all while maintaining a timeless look and feel for your wedding day photos! We love to think we provide an experience more than just a service. Call us today to book your wedding!

entertainment

any occasion tents & events

Serving Houston (713) 662-9724 | AnyOccasionHouston.com We’re how Houston brides create dream weddings. Customer service is our top priority, along with offering quality products and doing our part to help make your wedding as stress-free as possible. Whether you are planning a casual outdoor ceremony or a formal reception, we have what you need.

blanc de bleu cuvée mousseux

(855) 874-2394 Blanc de Bleu is the world’s first blue sparkling wine—a dry, crisp, sparkling grape wine with a hint of blueberry. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit BlancdeBleuUSA.com for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

ilios lighting design

lorena burns photography

Dallas, Ft. Worth + Destination (469) 251-4019 LorenaBurnsPhotography.com I want to get to know you and tell your story through the images that I capture. This is the most important day of your life, and I want you to remember every single detail about it.

DFW area. We travel to you and provide everything from ceremony music, uplighting, slideshow production and slideshow equipment to monograms, wireless microphones, wonderful music and much, much more!

aaron mcdonnell & the neon eagles

Serving Texas and beyond (512) 417-5074 | aaronjmcdonnell@gmail.com AaronMcDonnell.com Experienced, professional and great-sounding country band stylistically in the vein of Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam and Dale Watson. Let us bring that classic dance hall sound to your wedding!

password band

Houston, TX (281) 935-3412 PasswordMusic.com Password is a high-energy band specializing in audience participation. Its musical journey covers the latest top 40 hits, hip-hop, R&B, classic rock, Motown and romantic favorites. This is the best musical experience in Texas. Fun and dancing is guaranteed!

sound sensations tx

Greater DFW area (214) 937-9759 | dfw@soundsensationstx.com SoundSensationsTX.com Sound Sensations delivers stress-free, fun but not obnoxious, incredible entertainment in the greater

(512) 440-7045 | IliosLighting.com For more than a decade, ILIOS Lighting Design has been enhancing spectacular weddings. With our innovative use of the latest technologies and products in the industry, ILIOS is well positioned to provide a creative and professional experience individually tailored to our clients.

premiere events

Serving Texas North Austin: (512) 870-8552 South Austin: (512) 292-3900 Dripping Springs: (512) 829-4498 PremiereEventsOnline.com Our exceptional products and experienced certified event rental professionals help make your wedding dreams a reality! We have two Austin showrooms, plus a Dripping Springs showroom, to enhance your rental experience. In addition to amazing inventory, our website features live chat! Talk to you soon!

visit big bend

Big Bend, TX VisitBigBend.com Big Bend is home to a few remarkable communities: Marathon, Study Butte, Terlingua Ghost Town, Lajitas and Big Bend National Park. Communities offer services, amenities and entertainment. Accommodations run the range from convenient and comfortable to resort luxury.

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RESOURCE INDEX SITES & LOCATIONS

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The Club at Garden Ridge

421

The 1890 Settlement

401

The County Line

127

The 4 Eleven

297

Coyote Garden Hall

141

501 Events

407

Cross Creek Ranch

257

The Alamo Resort & Dancehall

139

Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria - Addison

207

The Allan House

27

Cypress Club at The Reserve at Lake Travis

72

The Allen Farmhaus

393

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

197

Avalon Legacy Ranch

193

Dallas Historical Society

299

The Barn at Hickory Creek

333

Dallas Palms

199

Beaumont Ranch

214

Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery

77

Beer Park

163

Diamond H3 Ranch

200

Belleori Homestead

437

Don Strange Ranch

411

Bentwood Texas

93

DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown

371

Big Cedar Lodge

160

Dove Ridge Vineyard

269

Blissful Hill

103

Downtown Aquarium

383

Boardwalk FantaSea

383

Duchman Family Winery

143

The Bougainvilleas

330

Ember Ranch

433

The Bowden Events & Weddings

271

Emery’s Buffalo Creek

385

Briscoe Manor

18

Events at Hawthorn Hills Ranch

211

Brodie Homestead

26

fifty-two-twenty-six elm

351

Brookwood Weddings & Events

385

Flying V Ranch

55

Buca di Beppo

51

The Fort Worth Club

263

The Cana Ballroom

449

Fort Worth Zoo

272

Canyon Lake Cabins & Cottages

447

Frisco Celebration Hall

297

The Carlisle Room

250

The Gardens of Cranesbury View

431

The Cascades

303

Garey House

153

The Cedars Ranch

145

Gather in Downtown McKinney

208

Chapel Creek Ranch

275

The Giddings Stone Mansion

371

Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop

163

Grace Hills at Uno Mas Ranch

399

Chayo

163

The Grand Texana

367

Cherokee Rose

408

Granduca Hotels

373

Cinnamon Shore on Mustang Island

439

The Grove

5

City Club of Fort Worth

300

Haak Vineyard & Winery

359

Cityplace Events

255

Heather’s Glen

345

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Magnolia Halle

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HESS Club

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Main Street Events

261

Hexx

163

The McNay Art Museum

427

Hidden Creek

205

Milltown Historic District

125

Hidden River Ranch

99

Mimosa Hall

229

Hidden Waters Wedding & Events Venue

258

Moffitt Oaks

9

Hideout on the Horseshoe

35

Na’Kayshions Wedding & Event Center

231

HighPointe Estate

117

Oak Knoll Ranch

235

Hilton Fort Worth

277

The Oaks at Heavenly

402

Hochzeit Hall

319

The Oaks Event Center

17

Hollow Hill Event Center

213

Oakwind Bed & Breakfast

363

Honey Hollow Ranch

292

Old Glory Ranch

119

Horseshoe Bay Resort

113

Omni Resorts Barton Creek

13

Hotel Galvez & Spa

71

The Orchard Event Venue & Retreat

185

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The Orchard at Caney Creek

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Hotel Saint George

437

The Orion Ballroom

250

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

313

Painted Lakes Venue

181

Hyatt Place Dallas/Garland/Richardson

307

Palm Door

97

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa

414

Paniolo Ranch

37

InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

94

Park 31

391

Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Museum

429

Park City Club

241

KayCee Club

305

Pearl South Padre

59

Kemah Gardens

57

Pecan Springs Ranch

105

Kendall Plantation

386

Phillips Event Center

151

King River Ranch

81

Piazza in the Village

2

La Cima Club

221

Pinstripes

307

Lakeway Resort & Spa

91

Plantation Elegance

368

The Landing at Joshua Farms

292

Plantation on the Bay

365

The Lodge at Mound Creek

327

Raveneaux Country Club

355

Log Cabins at Jacobs Creek

57

Red Corral Ranch

123

Lone Star Mansion

227

The Reserve at Dancing Elk Ranch

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Lost Mission

405

River Road Chateau

239

Ma Maison

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Magnolia Grace Ranch

265

Roszell Gardens Wedding & Events Center

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453

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RESOURCE INDEX CONT. Royal Oaks Country Club

357

Waters Edge

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The Saltlick BBQ

120

The Waters Point

146

The Sam Houston Hotel & The Veranda

377

Wedding in the Branch

299

Selah Springs Ranch

135

Weddings at Riverbend

110

Seven for Parties

245

Wendy Krispin Caterer

245

Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio

449

The Westin Riverwalk San Antonio

451

Shirley Acres Weddings & Events

373

Whispering Oaks Wedding Venue

271

Signature Manor

374

White Oak Music Hall

380

Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club

300

The Wildflower Barn

115

Southfork Ranch

237

Willow Creek Wedding & Event Venue

187

The St. Anthony Hotel

425

The Windsor at Hebron Park

179

St. Augustine Ponte Vedra

159

St. George Maronite Center

445

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The Stable at Pearl

419

2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ & Catering

363

Staley Mountain Ranch

374

Catering with a Twist

135

Stonebridge

341

Contigo Catering

146

The Terrace Club

87

Creations Cakes

451

Texas Discovery Gardens

278

Cynthia’s Cakes

66

Thistle Springs Ranch

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