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KALEY ELAINE PHOTOGRAPHY

DAVID TRINH PHOTOGRAPHY

CIVIC PHOTOS

THREE BIRDS PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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

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KREATIVE ANGLE PHOTOGRAPHY

KALEY ELAINE PHOTOGRAPHY

WATERFRONT VENUE FULL SERVICE WEDDINGS | PET FRIENDLY | WATER & BOAT ACCESS 281.291.9900 | 3901 NASA PARKWAY, EL LAGO, TEXAS 77586 WWW.THEWATERSEDGEHTX.COM | HELLOLOVELY@THEWATERSEDGEHTX.COM

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Photography by Jerry Hayes

www.thepremiereselect.com 512.220.1777 Call for an appointment

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www.premiereeventsonline.com South showroom & Warehouse | 512.292.3900 North showroom | 512.870.8552 Dripping Springs showroom | 512.829.4498

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CONTENTS

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get the look theknot.com editor’s note wedding tools their wedding, their way ask the knot squad top picks venue scout expert advice haute hues the wed thread marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

PHOTOGR APH BY DEWEY NICKS

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RESTAURANT BAR VIEW

THEGROVEHOUSTON.COM P H OTO S : C . B A RO N P H OTO G RA P H Y & S H A U N M E N A RY

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fashion & beauty 207

10 things bridal consultants want you to know Brush up on these pro tips before visiting the salon.

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veils, unveiled We break down the details on every style, from traditional to trendy.

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stylist on call Celebrity stylist Jeanne Yang dishes on everything menswear.

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elements of style

style 117

the year’s freshest color palettes From bold and bright to muted and mod, we’ve got a pairing for you.

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your perfect venue

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Get gorgeous buds for your wedding décor at every price point.

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a suite for every shade Whatever your wedding colors, there’s stunning stationery for you.

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décor details 101 We break down some of the most popular wedding elements so you know what you need for your day.

Find your ideal locale with our personality-based guide.

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flowers for every budget

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elements of style Draw inspiration from the four elements of nature.

These bold bridal looks are all about theatrical details and grand silhouettes.

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10 things bridal consultants want you to know FROM LEF T: JOHNNY MILLER; PHOTO BY BETSY; DRESS: AL AROBE.COM

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CONTENTS

planning 114

marrying away? don’t miss these wedding website must-haves Tell guests all they need to know about your destination celebration.

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your just engaged to-dos Kick off your wedding planning with these important tasks.

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traditions with a twist Fresh ideas for a day that celebrates your love, your way.

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venue makeover Smart hacks to help camouflage eyesores at your venue.

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10 questions to ask before writing your vows Overcome writers block by asking yourself these meaningful Qs.

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tanzim & david

real weddings amanda & matt

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april 21, houston

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tanzim & david

may 18, austin

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october 27, the woodlands 8

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traditions with a twist

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alexandria & nicholas victoria & charles

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your catering checklist Whatever the cuisine, you need these important tips.

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crowd-pleasers We asked real guests about the wedding details they’ll always remember.

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shot at love Our best advice for finding the right photographer for your day.

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the road to “I do” Top tips to ensure you and your wedding party are riding in style.

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cindy & josiah

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victoria & marco whitney & clayton

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lucy & monte

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beth & russell

insta-worthy party spots Show your crew a ’grammable time at one of these group-friendly destinations.

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october 29, dripping springs

alex & scott november 4, dallas

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june 23, marfa

aneri & zoey

taylor & adam may 27, ponder

june 16, san antonio

meredith & juan-carlos

cydney & bryan september 15, weatherford

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june 9, helotes

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lizzie & scott march 17, plano

october 13, lubbock

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devon & martin october 6, dallas

october 20, san antonio

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brittnay & adam may 12, dripping springs

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december 17, montgomery

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sara & francis may 12, austin

march 17, houston

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jenny & robin

darian & brady february 10, austin

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june 23, houston

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ellen & parker october 28, hutto

september 29, houston

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charla & jesse

michal & travis april 28, sherman

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meghan & cameron september 2, midlothian

FROM LEF T: DEREK CHAD PHOTOGRAPHY; JOSH & DANA FERNANDEZ

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Ceremony | Reception | Rehearsal Dinner | Bridal Shower Tomball, Texas | www.moffittoaks.com | info@moffittoaks.com | 281.370.6616 Photographer: Kristin Carrigan

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ABOUT THE COVER

get the look

Love our showstopping cover dresses? Check out more fashion-forward styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

COVER Dress in sizes up to 24, $6,560, Francesca Miranda at Casa de Novia Bridal Couture, CasadeNoviaBridal .com (Houston), Neiman Marcus, NeimanMarcus .com (Dallas); engagement ring, $1,289 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com

COVER Dress in sizes up to 16, $2,375, cape in sizes up to L, $5,465, JennyPackham .com; earrings, $168, JenniferBehr.com

COVER Dress in sizes up to 12, price upon request, ElieSaab .com; earrings, $125, KennethJayLane.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Dewey Nicks FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Herve for Davines at Sarah Laird & Good Company MAKEUP Regina Harris

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PROP STYLING Tara Marino at Ray Brown Productions MANICURIST Ana-Maria using Dermelect Cosmeceuticals at Bernstein & Andriulli

BEHIND THE SCENES

The Greatest Show On Earth

Get a sneak peek of what went on at T he Knot cover shoot

animal kingdom

a note about four-legged performers

HORSING AROUND Certified animal trainer and circus performer Jenny Vidbel brings two white horses into the center of the ring to pose for our photographer Dewey Nicks.

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FINISHING TOUCHES Fashion editor and wardrobe stylist Shelley Brown adds her final tweaks to a Jenny Packham slip dress and embellished cape before heading to set.

PUPPY LOVE Tiny rescue dog Sheriff comes out of retirement to do some very impressive tricks on command for our model (with the help of a few yummy treats).

The Big Apple Circus uses no wild or exotic animals and only features rescue dogs, horses and ponies. When they aren’t performing, they live on a ranch in upstate New York.

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KAITI MOYERS PHOTOGRAPHY

LINDSAY ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY

“Briscoe Manor is a dream venue.” –Melissa G. “Stress-free wedding day and planning process.” –Megan S. “[They have] earned their reputation for a reason.” –Rachel G. “Look no further…get married at Briscoe Manor.” –Kelsy V.

JASON SMELSER PHOTOGRAPHY

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EVOKE PHOTOGRAPHY

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TEXAS

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

EXECUTIVE EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

SENIOR DIRECTOR, REAL WEDDINGS

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Jo Miller

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

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Becky Murray Louis Baragona Sarah Evans Emma Gray Pitt Katie Kortebein Jessica Kane Maggie Seaver, Sophie Ross Farah Prince Michele Parrella Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Whitney Little Sarah Hooper Trisha Tucker Jacquie Militano Jose Marmolejos

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 ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SALES DEVELOPMENT MARKETING Chaucy Dixon DEPUTY EDITOR Kate Traverson INTEGRATED PRODUCER Alexandra Vicino SENIOR EDITOR Cassie Kreitner SENIOR MANAGER, CREATIVE MARKETING SOLUTIONS Jessica Bendes ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan ASSISTANT SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Stephani Schell SALES & MARKETING GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Steve Pironti, spironti@theknot.com (650) 548-1308 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Mechelle Lobpries, mechellel@theknot.com (713) 863-1502

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

Christina Emerson, cemerson@theknot.com (214) 366-0221 Cindy Elley, celley@theknot.com (210) 404-9019 Silver Varela, svarela@theknot.com (817) 847-7003 Rhonda Haberkamp, rhaberkamp@xogrp.com (888) 332-7815 Diane Thaete, dthaete@xogrp.com (877) 771-3018 Leslie Karrer, lkarrer@xogrp.com (913) 499-6720 Muthithar Vinson, mvinson@xogrp.com (855) 891-7062 Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 printspecialist@theknot.com (402) 596-8489 Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com Emilie Berman, pr@xogrp.com

Carley Roney

The Knot Texas is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2019 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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S AY “ I D O ” I N A P L A C E WHERE THE

DESTINATION AND YOUR

SOMET HING NEW ARE ONE IN THE SAME.

Set on 4,000 acres of scenic beauty in Austin’s Hill Country, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa offers endless possibilities for your perfect wedding. Say your vows at the completely transformed resort in stunning venues including the new Brazos Ballroom or Hill Country

OmniHotels.com/BartonCreek 512-329-4057

Pavilion featuring grand event lawns.

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With the perfect balance of natural charm and modern elegance, Brodie Homestead will provide an unforgettable backdrop for your event. Built in 1950 and restored in 2014, the urban barn event space is located just south of downtown Austin in the Sunset Valley community.

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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.com/texas

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 Gina & Andre’s celebration that kicked off with a first look in Houston’s Hermann Park. Gina wore a classic mermaid gown for the occasion complete with a sweeping train, but knew she needed something dramatic for the reception at Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. She entered to a shower of streamers in a wow-worthy leather lace dress and tulle train.

GO LOCAL

connect with pros and find tips

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BEST OF WEDDINGS

Gather your dream team of local wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/texas. You can connect with planners, photographers and other vendors by searching by region and price in our local Marketplace. Your state directory has everything you need to know to get married, even where and how to secure a marriage license. You’ll also discover real wedding inspiration from other Texas couples.

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713-528-4719 www.WhoMadeTheCake.com info@whomadethecake.com PHOTO BY TOMAS RAMOS

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EDITOR ’S NOTE

your day, your way When my husband, Mickey, and I tied the knot in St. Louis (my hometown), we wanted to include a subtle nod to New York City too—after all, it was the place we met and where we planned to continue building our life together. So we asked our baker to incorporate both city skylines into the design of our cake—it was “us” and the perfect way to honor our future. At The Knot, we’re less about following rules and all about making it your own. From spins on classic wedding rituals to totally unexpected wedding venues (like a circus—really!) and inventive ways to honor two different cultures in one epic party, we’ve got lots of ideas to help you make your wedding day a true reflection of who you are as a couple. You’ll likely receive lots of unsolicited advice while planning—they mean well—but at the end of the day, this is a celebration of your unique love story. You have our full support to do it your way.

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

Editor in Chief @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com Put your own twist on tradition—we’ve got the new “something blue” and swaps for the unity candle. (p. 286)

This colorful invite screams party. Find your perfect suite in our rainbow of paper inspo. (p. 133)

Doan Ly of a.p. bio created bouquets at every price point—and they’re all stunning. (p. 142)

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CLOCK WISE FROM TOP LEF T: DEWEY NICKS; SAR AH LOVE PHOTOGR APHY; ASHLEY BOSNICK PHOTOGR APHY; R AYMOND HOM; COURTESY OF VENDOR

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How amazing is this embellished cape? I love it as a veil alternative. (p. 230)

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G Grand Tuscany Hotel 832.214.2747 12801 Northwest Freeway, Houston TX cvidales@grandtuscany.com www.grandtuscany.com

The Grand Tuscany Hotel can make your dream wedding come to life with our customizable services that will meet each specification that you may have. I’m excited to share with you information about the Grand Tuscany and our custom lazy river, designer suites, discounted rates for hotel accommodations, and more! • There are no rental or room fees, just a food and beverage minimum • Can accommodate up to 650 guests

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TOOL S

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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GATHER YOUR CREW Ask your besties to stand by you at the altar and in the months leading up to your day.

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REGISTER & CREATE A WEBSITE Head to TheKnot.com to start a wish list and site. Share the link so guests are in on the details, like room blocks.

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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.

SHOP FOR RINGS Try on and purchase your wedding rings—then get insurance. (Now it’s starting to feel really real, right?)

BUY YOUR WEDDING PAPER Decide on 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.

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GO FOR FITTINGS Have the final attire fittings and arrange for dress and/or suit pickup.

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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.

PICK THE FORMALWEAR Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Decide what your wedding party will wear too.

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GET THE MARRIAGE LICENSE You’ll find this must-have doc at the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed.

Get Married The planning and hard work are behind you—time to celebrate your new status. >>

CARD: COURTESY OF RIFLE PAPER CO.; MARIACHI BAND: GETTY IMAGES; MODEL: RODIN BANICA/MCV PHOTO; COMPUTER: SHUTTERSTOCK; COUPLE: EMELY TAVERAS; CEREMONY: THE YOUNGRENS; BOUQUET: SARAH ANNE WARD; ALL OTHER IMAGES: ISTOCK

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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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DALLAS/FORT WORTH VENUES ARISTIDE | COLLEYVILLE ARISTIDE | FLOWER MOUND ARISTIDE | MCKINNEY ARISTIDE | MANSFIELD C H A P E L AT A N A V I L L A | T H E C O L O N Y HIDDEN PINES CHAPEL | HIGHLAND VILLAGE HIDDEN PINES CHAPEL | HURST MONROE PEARSON | DENTON

UNIQUE WEDDING VENUES IN DALLAS/FORT WORTH & TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

MORGAN CREEK BARN | AUBREY THE MILESTONE | AUBREY THE MILESTONE | DENTON THE OLANA | HICKORY CREEK WILDWOOD INN | DENTON

AUSTIN & SAN ANTONIO VENUES HIDDEN FALLS | SPRING BRANCH THE MILESTONE | BOERNE THE MILESTONE | GEORGETOWN

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UNIQUE WEDDING VENUES IN DALLAS/FORT WORTH & TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

MORGAN CREEK BARN | AUBREY THE MILESTONE | AUBREY THE MILESTONE | DENTON THE OLANA | HICKORY CREEK WILDWOOD INN | DENTON

AUSTIN & SAN ANTONIO VENUES HIDDEN FALLS | SPRING BRANCH THE MILESTONE | BOERNE THE MILESTONE | GEORGETOWN

KATE PANZA PHOTOGRAPHY

PINE AND BLOSSOM PHOTOGRAPHY

THE MILESTONE | NEW BRAUNFELS

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TOOL S

Organizing all those details and to-dos? There’s an app for that. The Knot Wedding Planner pulls together your vision, pros and guests to put planning in the palm of your hand.

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FIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE We know—you’re probably figuring out where you should even start. We’ve got you covered. Once you download the app, the first thing you’ll do is swipe on images you love in our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your vibe. Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). KEEP ORGANIZED Not sure what to do when? No sweat—we’ve put together a checklist for you, and it’s totally customizable. So if Uncle Jeff is officiating, we’ll take “find an officiant” off your list. Plus, our budgeter will help you track your overall spending and how much you’ve put toward each detail. COMPILE YOUR TEAM After sharing all your info (budget, location, guest count) we’ll help you assemble your squad with personalized recs. And if you want to keep scrolling, we’ve got thousands of award-winning pros, plus reviews, on The Knot Marketplace. MANAGE YOUR REGISTRY Now for the fun part: your registries. Your people will want to shower you with gifts from “we’re engaged” to your wedding day, so keep your wish lists fully stocked right from your phone. Our universal registry tool lets you add items from anywhere you shop—so you don’t have to choose between bespoke pottery on Etsy and the latest smart home tech at Amazon. And if you’d rather have money to put toward things like your honeymoon or a home down payment, start your cash registry on The Knot. THINK OF YOUR GUESTS Your wedding website is going to be your new BFF. Fill it with need-toknow info, like hotels and your registries, then share it with guests. You can stay on top of RSVPs on it too. And speaking of guests, make sure they download The Guest—a photo sharing app that will sync all of their photos in one place (it’s like a free wedding album you can see in real time!).

PROP STYLING: JULIE FLYNN AT HALLEY RESOURCES

plan your wedding on your phone

GET YOUR DAY-OF TIMELINE As you check off to-dos (so satisfying, right?) the app creates a detailed day-of timeline. Share it with your pros, wedding party and VIPs. This way, everyone knows when it’s all going down, and you can focus on enjoying some champagne and having a blast with your people. >>

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TOOL S

LE T ’ S G E T STA RT E D ON

Not sure how to define your style and theme?

That’s okay! Download The Knot Wedding Planner app and take our Style Quiz to get your personalized Wedding Vision.

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DISCOVER YOUR ST YLE No couple is just one set style—instead, you’ll get a series of words that describe your vibe. Bonus: You can use this lingo when talking with your pros.

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALET TE Check out the colors that match your wedding style. And not to worry—you can always change them up as you plan.

GET PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS We’ll take your quiz answers and match you with vendors based on your location, style and budget— starting with your venue.

CREATE YOUR VISION All that swiping will leave you with tons of inspo, which you can add to anytime. Plus, there’s space for custom must-haves (think: late-night taco truck, a dog-friendly ceremony or room for a sangeet).

SHARE YOUR IDEAS When you’re ready, send your vision board to your fam and the people bringing your day to life. A series of images will help convey your idea of what a “romantic garden party” looks like.

ON THE APP LOOK FOR THIS ICON Throughout the issue we’ve included more ways the app can help you plan, like creating your wedding website and setting up the ultimate registry.

SAY “I DO” WITH EASE As you check off your to-dos, we’ll create a personalized day-of timeline to help you pull off the main event.

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THE RUNDOWN A marquee reading “A night at the movies where anything can happen” signaled the surprise wedding to come, though as a cover-up, the two told friends they planned to elope.

THE ACTORS

Stephanie Ratliff (29 and works for XO Group) and Nate Mendoza (34 and a sales manager) played the lead roles.

THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

movie night

Spoiler alert: Stephanie and Nate invited 107 guests to celebrate the bride’s 29th birthday at The Belmont in Austin, where they then revealed a major plot twist: They were getting married. BY BECK Y MURR AY PHOTOGR APHY BY J. BELL PHOTOGR APHY

COSTUMES The two started

DESSERT The groom’s putting green was stocked with Oreo cake golf balls, while the fondant cake had Old Hollywood details GUESTS “We asked everyone to dress as their favorite movie character or in their best Oscar attire,” Stephanie says. The Ricardos, Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone all made an appearance.

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the night dressed as Belle and Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. “Nate knows most Disney songs by heart, and Belle was always my favorite princess growing up,” Stephanie says. They later made a costume change for reasons other than dramatic effect. “My wedding dress was what I had always envisioned,” Stephanie says. “I knew as soon as I saw it that it was the dress, and I teared up wearing it.” MAKE TRADITION “Nate and I have never felt like a traditional couple, and we wanted our wedding to be as different as we are,” Stephanie says. Case in point: Her brother walked her down the aisle dressed as a mobster, the witnesses on their wedding licenses were Willie Wonka and Oompa Lompa doubles, and Stephanie’s aunt and cousin performed the ceremony nearly entirely in movie quotes.

DÉCOR The award-winning arrangements sat in Oscar pedestals. Stephanie’s mom is responsible for all the cinematic decorations, including the clapboards and movie reels. Guests entered on a red carpet, complete with “paparazzi” snapping photos, and left with chocolate Oscar favors.

THE TEAM CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

The Belmont, Austin PHOTOGRAPHY J. Bell Photography FLOWERS The Flower Studio ATTIRE Bride: Martina Liana, Blush Bridal Lounge, Austin; groom: custom; costumes: Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds HAIR & MAKEUP Sonar Beauty RENTALS Esquivel Events; Strong Events CAKE Sweet Treets Bakery CAKE TOPPER AtelierBlueWeddings, Etsy.com

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“John Prine’s ‘In Spite of Ourselves’ has always reminded us not to take each other too seriously,” Stephanie says.

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The Barnhill Center Photo by: Kathlyn Dragna Photography

Antique Rose Emporium Photo by: Mike Shoup, Owner

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ADVICE

THE CREW

Q AND A

ask the knot squad We tapped our experts for answers to your most pressing questions.

BRITTNY DRYE Founder and editor in chief, Love Inc. Mag

HARMONY WALTON Founder, Jet Fete and The Bridal Bar

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SHAWNA GOHEL Founder and editor in chief, Maharani Weddings

MARY CHATMAN CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

LOUIS BARAGONA Associate real weddings editor, The Knot

MARK INGRAM Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

LAUREN KAY Executive editor, The Knot

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How can I tell if prospective vendors are LGBTQ+ friendly? BRIT TNY DRYE: No one wants to have that conversation of, “By the way, I’m a woman marrying a woman—are you cool with that?” It’s uncomfortable to feel like you have to “out” yourself every time you talk to a vendor. To avoid the awkward (and possibly heartbreaking) convo, there are ways to determine if a pro is equality minded before even sending an email. While some sites clearly state their delight in working with everyone, others may not be as clear. This is where you’ll need to do a deep dive into their online presence: Does their website have images of LGBTQ+ couples? Do they use gender-neutral language? Do their social accounts celebrate LGBTQ+ marriage? (Pro tip: Go back to June 2015 to see if they posted about the marriage equality win.) You can also see if they’re a preferred vendor, have had work featured on equality-minded sites like Love Inc. or even include badges such as the one from The Knot. ST YLE

FA S H I O N

I’ll be flying with my wedding dress— what are some good travel tips? HARMONY WALTON: Always carry it on. And add a few layers of protection, like tissue, between your gown and the garment bag. Before you board, check airline sites for your options. Some have closets where you can hang it, but you may need to lay it in the overhead. Don’t stress—simply steam it once you arrive. As a rule, never check anything you can’t live without on your wedding day.

23%

OF COUPLES MARRIED AT LEAST 200 MILES AWAY FROM HOME

What are some fresh color palettes for Indian weddings? SHAWNA GOHEL: This depends on your aesthetic, but I love a look that leans toward saturated glamour. Since Indian weddings are bright, energetic celebrations, vibrant palettes tend to work best. Some of my favorite hues for weddings include jewel-toned combinations such as saffron and plum, peacock blue and silver, or crimson and gold. >>

THE BRAUNS; EXPERTS FROM TOP: ALLAN ZEPEDA PHOTOGRAPHY, CARLA TEN EYCK PHOTOGRAPHY, WEDDING DOCUMENTARY PHOTO + CINEMA, KAYLA MADONNA, REBECCA DELMAN, CHRISTIAN OTH STUDIO, PRESTON SCHLEBUSCH

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ADVICE PLANNING

I’m really close to my brother and would love to have him in my wedding party, but does he have to stand on my fiancé’s side? LOUIS BAR AGONA: As tradition takes a backseat to personalization and preference, so should some of the more unnecessary confines of gendered practices. You love your brother, so why put him anywhere else but by your side? More couples are mixing things up with their wedding parties as a testament to the modernization of roles and the creation of totally new traditions. Whether it’s a groom’s female best friend, a relative who identifies as non-binary or a wedding without any gender roles, your setup shouldn’t come down to choosing historically assigned sides. Make your day about what’s best for you as a couple, whether that means your brother is standing on the “bridal side,” aka the left, or simply forgoing and just surrounding yourselves with your people.

What kind of undergarments should I plan to wear to my dress fitting? MARK INGR AM: Try to wear the same undergarments you’ll be wearing on your actual wedding day. Many gowns today have a built-in corset and bust cups (or they can be easily added) so an additional bra is not required. Your undergarment needs will also depend on your body type, and the fabrication and structure of your gown. Ask your consultant for their recommendation before purchasing any added pieces.

remind your guests to stay present with an on-theme sign

RECEPTION

How do I tell my guests I want to have an unplugged ceremony? MARY CHATMAN: A simple note on your wedding website and a small, concise sign advising guests that you’re having an unplugged wedding should suffice. Say something like, “We want our friends and family to be present at our ceremony, so we ask that you put away all cameras and cell phones. We’ve hired an amazing photographer, so don’t worry—this memory will be captured, and we can’t wait to share the photos with you.” It gets the point across without cell phone shaming.

ETIQUETTE

25%

OF COUPLES ASKED GUESTS TO POCKET THEIR PHONES FOR THE CEREMONY

I’ve heard I have a year to send out thank-you notes—is this true? LAUREN K AY: You should try to share your gratitude as soon as possible. For any gifts received before the wedding, thank-yous should be mailed out within two weeks. For those received on or after your wedding day, aim for a two- to three-month turnaround. Guests want to know you received their gift, and you don’t want to risk forgetting to pen a note altogether. If you’re coming up on your first anniversary and have outstanding notes, get writing. It’s never too late to show your appreciation.

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FA S H I O N

F I N D M O R E A DV I C E O N The Knot Wedding Planner app

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Your Best Life Starts Here At La Buena Vida Vineyards La Buena Vida Vineyards, the third oldest vineyard in Texas, is your one-stop venue for your big day! Choose from several space options in our Spanish Colonial–inspired wedding venue complete with an antique bell tower and gorgeous courtyard with fountain. Well-appointed groom and bridal suites for day-of preparations and quaint cottage rentals are on-site to house wedding parties and guests. Highlight your event with our custom-label wine, or enjoy our honey mead, ports or other offerings made right here onsite. Rich with history and newly infused with an old-world charm, contact us today to see why we believe your search for the perfect venue ends here. Begin your new life—”the good life”—with us here at Umbra Winery at La Buena Vida Vineyards!

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wedding venues MA MAISON WEDDINGS + EVENTS VENUE TheMaMaison.com “The whole venue is so well thought out and gorgeous on its own. Each ceremony site they offered had such a spectacular view, it made for beautiful pictures.”

PECAN SPRINGS RANCH PecanSpringsRanch.com “We were beyond happy with our experience at Pecan Springs Ranch. I highly recommend!”

THE TERRACE CLUB TheTerraceClub.com “After my experience at The Terrace Club, I cannot imagine any reason anyone would choose to get married anywhere else in the Austin area!”

VILLA ST. CLAIR VillaStClair.com “How many brides can say their wedding day went flawlessly and without any stress? I can, and it’s all thanks to Villa St. Clair!”

THE VISTA ON SEWARD HILL TheVistaonSewardHill.com “The Vista on Seward Hill is a hidden gem. You’d be hard-pressed to find another venue at this price point that comes with as many amenities as VOSH.”

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wedding planners BARBARA’S BRIDES AustinWeddingCoordinators.com “She’s organized, timely, professional, committed, experienced, delightful, and will 100 percent be there for every step of the way. Is it weird to say we miss her?”

SILVER THISTLE WEDDINGS + EVENTS SilverThistleWeddings.com “Her experience as a wedding planner really shows. She was full of helpful ideas that blended perfectly with our own about how we wanted our day to go.” 36TH STREET EVENTS AMELIA’S WEDDINGS ANDRIA LEIGH EVENTS ASHLEY NICOLE AFFAIR AUSTIN WEDDING PLANNERS AWE EVENTS BEKAH LAINE EVENTS BLUE MOON EVENTS TEXAS BLUE SPARROW EVENTS BRIDE’S BEST FRIEND CALLIOPE WEDDINGS AND EVENTS CAREFREE WEDDINGS COORDINATE THIS ECLIPSE EVENT CO. EVENTS UNLEASHED GLITZZY EVENTS HEAVENLY DAY EVENTS IN HER SHOES COORDINATION JOYFUL DETAILS KRISTIN CATTER EVENTS LOVELY DAY EVENTS MIMI’S PARTY PALACE

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DALLAS

wedding venues BARN ON THE BRAZOS BarnontheBrazos.com “It was amazing from start to finish! There could not be a more beautiful place! Everything was so thought out when they designed this venue.”

BELLAVITA FARMS BELLS CHAPEL WEDDINGS & EVENTS

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THE BIG WHITE BARN

MONROE PEARSON

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THE FLYING V RANCH

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HIDDEN PINES CHAPEL

WALTERS WEDDING ESTATES

HIDDEN WATERS WEDDING AND EVENTS VENUE

WHISPERING OAKS WEDDING VENUE

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BRANDI MCCOMB

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REFEYANCE MAKEUP AND HAIR

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EMILY CHAPPELL PHOTOGRAPHY

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JM GLAMOUR

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photographers BRANDI MCCOMB BrandiMcCombPhotography.com “HIRE BRANDI! She is so talented both with the camera and with getting her subjects comfortable. She truly captures the emotion perfectly.”

EMILY CHAPPELL PHOTOGRAPHY EmilyChappellPhotography.com “Emily is genuine and has a way of instantly putting you at ease, which made posing for photos a breeze! She was reliable, responsive and a great resource.”

PRETTY LITTLE PLANNERS RAE LAWSON RENEE’S EVENTI RK WEDDINGS & EVENTS SARABETH EVENTS SENSIBLY CHIC WEDDINGS

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STEPHANIE NELSON MAKEUP & HAIR

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TIFFANY HOPWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY TRU IDENTITY PHOTOGRAPHY+DESIGNS TRULY TEXAS PRODUCTIONS VALENTINA VLADI PHOTOGRAPHY VALERIE THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY VIP CREATIVE PRODUCTIONS WILLIAM BICHARA PHOTOGRAPHY WONDERY THE WOOD’S WEDDINGS

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DE MA FILLE BRIDAL DeMaFille.com “They were so helpful and knew exactly what I was looking for. I actually ended up picking the first dress they had me try on!” BESIDE THE BRIDE

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XXOO STUDIO WEDDINGS XXOOStudio.com “Taylor and her team are the best! They’re able to look at pictures and duplicate them flawlessly. They’ve done hair and makeup for all my friends’ weddings.”

hair, makeup & wellness BALEIGH KERR MAKEUP & HAIR BaleighKerrMakeup.com “I can’t begin to describe how helpful, talented, kind and all-around amazing Baleigh and her team were.”

JM GLAMOUR JenniferMGlamour.com “I absolutely loved my hair and makeup and felt so beautiful at my wedding. She is talented, personal, timely and professional. I highly recommend.”

REFEYANCE MAKEUP AND HAIR Refeyeance4.com “Every single girl in my bridal party that got her hair and makeup done absolutely loved it. They were flawless and made all of us look and feel beautiful!”

STANLEY KORSHAK BRIDAL

ABBENIEL PHOTO BOOTH

STEPHANIE NELSON MAKEUP & HAIR StephanieNelsonMakeup.com

“Amazing! Prompt, professional, fun, flexible and, most importantly, FABULOUS at their job! I truly felt incredibly special and like their number one priority.”

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XXOO STUDIO WEDDINGS

XXOOStudio.com

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THE CARRIAGE HOUSE

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DI AMICI UPSCALE EVENTS

DiAmiciUpscaleEvents.com

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WATERS EDGE

RESCUE FLATS

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JESSICA’S BAKE SHOP

CHINATOWN BAND

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THE DRYWATER BAND

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GRATEFUL FLORAL AND EVENT DESIGN

IN10CITY BAND

HAUTE FLORAL

THE JAM WOWS!

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KATE MCLEOD STUDIO

THE SPECIAL EDITION BAND

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MAKEUP BY KRISTA ANN

MANE + MASCARA MH MAKEUP & HAIR– BELLA LUNA SALON

THE JENNY LAYNE BAKERY

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NORA LILLY ARTISTRY

SUGAR BEE SWEETS

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ROUGE AND ROSÉ

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EN FLEUR

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PALMER LETTERING CO.

JAY FOX PRODUCTIONS

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MIKE MAHNICH

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ENJOY FLOWERS

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wedding venues BALMORHEA EVENTS BalmorheaEvents.com “This was an absolute dream venue to have our big day at. Everyone was extremely helpful and friendly from our first visit to ‘I do.’”

THE CARRIAGE HOUSE TheCarriageHouseHouston.com “The Carriage House made our wedding dreams come true! They were always so responsive. Thank you so much for your attention and all your help!”

DI AMICI UPSCALE EVENTS DiAmiciUpscaleEvents.com “Best day of my life made absolutely beautiful by Di Amici! The staff goes above and beyond to ensure your day goes as smoothly as possible.”

WATERS EDGE WatersEdge.events “I cannot say enough about what the folks at Waters Edge did for us to make our BIG day absolutely perfect. I highly recommend this venue.” 7F LODGE AND EVENTS AGAVE ESTATES ASHTON GARDENS THE ASTORIAN AVANTGARDEN

THE ROOM ON MAIN

AVENIDA BRAZIL CHURRASCARIA STEAKHOUSE

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BELL TOWER ON 34TH BUTLER’S COURTYARD

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THE GRAND TEXANA LINDSAY LAKES

ALTERED FOR THE ALTAR

MADERA ESTATES WEDDINGS & EVENTS

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PINSTRIPES CLEANING AND RESTORATION

THE SPRINGS: KATY

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THE SPRINGS: LAKE CONROE

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photographers ADMYER WEDDINGS AGAPE HOUSE STUDIO AMY MADDOX PHOTOGRAPHY ANGELA LAUREN COMPANY ANGELA SOSTARICH PHOTOGRAPHY BLUE MEDIA WORKS PHOTOGRAPHY CAMPBELL BRAND PHOTOGRAPHY CARINA WALKER CASSIDY MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY CHRISTINA TALLANT PHOTOGRAPHY CHRISWPHOTO CIVICPHOTOS DANIEL COLVIN PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID TRINH PHOTOGRAPHY DELIGHT STORY ELIZABETH ADAMS BOUDOIR EPIC PRODUCTIONS PHOTO & VIDEO EVOKE PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO GENOVESE STUDIOS GEOFFREY PHOTOGRAPHY GINA SCHILD PHOTOGRAPHY HALF A RICE STUDIOS HONEYGOLD CREATIVE J&D PRODUCTIONS

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KENDALL PLANTATION

THE OAKS AT HEAVENLY, LLC

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PIXEL PHOTOBOOTH SELFIE BOOTH CO.

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WEDDINGS BY DEBBIE WHITTINGTON BRIDAL

tuxedos & formalwear THE GROOMSMAN SUIT MENGUIN

rings & jewelry ZADOK JEWELERS

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2 GUYS 1 PIT BBQ AND CATERING ALL STAR CATERING CO. CAFE NATALIE CATERING CHOPIN MON AMI CATERING CITY VIEW CATERING THE HOMETOWN CHEF CATERING CO. MASON’S CREATIVE CATERING THE POSH AFFAIR

MONICA ROBERTS PHOTOGRAPHY

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wedding florists THE BLOOM ROOM THE BLOOMING IDEA F. DELLIT DESIGNS FLORAL EVENTS, INC. FLORALS DE LUXE BY EVENTS DE LUXE HAUTE FLOWERS AND EVENTS HEAVEN’S RAIN FLORAL DESIGN PETALS BY DESIGN POISON IVY FLORAL EVENTS THE SENTER PIECE THE TALLEST TULIP

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BAVARIAN CAKERY CAKES BY GINA CAKES BY JULA CAKES BY VIVIAN DOLCE DESIGNS DULCE EDIBLE DESIGNS

ESSEN ENTERTAINMENT

RESCUE FLATS

EXODUS SOUND COMPANY

RescueFlats.com “LOVE these as an alternative to flipflops that you see so often at weddings. Setup is easy and cute! Great company, fast shipping, awesome product!”

DJ DAVE PRODUCTIONS DOWNTOWN EVENT SERVICES

J&A ENTERTAINMENT JONNY BLACK PRODUCTIONS JPAPA PRODUCTIONS

favors

JPL ENTERTAINMENT UNIQUE STYLE PRODUCTIONS

CINDEROLLIES

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LEFLEUR CREATIONS TALARIA FLATS

transportation & valet JORDAN LIMOUSINES JordanLimos.com “We loved the presentation Jordan Limousines gave us, and our guests were amazed by it. Our ride to hotel was unbelievable. Also, you will love your pictures!”

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FLETCHSTOP

THE OAKS AT HEAVENLY, LLC

JONATHAN IVY PHOTOGRAPHY

TheOaksatHeavenly.com “Best wedding venue out there! Loretta was extremely friendly, fun and informative. We have many unforgettable memories to last a lifetime.”

GRUENE PHOTOGRAPHY JENNIFER RYALS PHOTOGRAPHY JO SPIVEY PHOTOGRAPHY JODI DANIEL LENS OUT LOUD LILY & LIME LUCILLE PHOTO

TIMELESS BEGINNINGS WEDDING COORDINATORS TOUCH OF WHIMSY DESIGN & COORDINATION VOLARE PLANNING & DESIGN WEDDINGS BY DIANA BOUCHER WOLF WEDDINGS & EVENTS

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NEW WORLD PHOTOGRAPHS

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BELLA BRIDE BOUTIQUE

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NICOLE MERA

GRUENE ESTATE HIDDEN FALLS ISABEL’S GARDEN AT STUDIO C LOST MISSION WEDDINGS AND EVENTS THE MARQUARDT RANCH PANIOLO RANCH PARK 31 SCENIC SPRINGS TEXAS OLD TOWN WESTERN SKY WEDDING & EVENT VENUE

photographers MONICA ROBERTS PHOTOGRAPHY MonicaRoberts.com “If you are looking for an incredible photographer, you found the one! We received our photos a few days after the wedding and are in awe of how perfect they were.”

EvrAftr.com “Not only do they capture a special memory, but they tell a beautiful story that we love to watch over and over again. Such a pleasure working with you guys!” BLU COUTURE WEDDING FILMS BYDESIGN FILMS CODY DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO DYNAMIC FILMS INFINITY VIDEO & PHOTO MOBILE VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY REVERENT WEDDING FILMS TRULY TEXAS PRODUCTIONS WILDFLOWER CINEMA

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SOUTHERN TEASE HAIR MAKEUP & BOUTIQUE Southern-Tease.com “They made the morning of my wedding fun and relaxing. Makeup and hair held up throughout the night even with all the dancing going on!” A FLAWLESS IMAGE HAIR AND MAKEUP BONITA BRIDES

MAD MAD PHOTO BOOTHS

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KENDALL PLANTATION

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OLD BETHANY WEDDINGS & EVENTS BRUCEVILLE COST from $5,200 GUEST COUNT 350 STYLE Fresh & unconventional ABOUT This all-white barn sits in a 100-acre tree grove. Whether you choose to marry indoors or outside, the covered porch is a must for cocktail hour.

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MARIE GABRIELLE DALLAS COST from $26,000 GUEST COUNT 350 STYLE Lush & serene ABOUT Manicured gardens and a reflecting pond define this courtyard-style eatery.

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What floral trends are you excited about? For modern-leaning couples, pampas grass has been making a big statement, and I think we’ll continue to see it and other exotic flowers like phalaenopsis orchids, sedum, flannel flower and anthurium at weddings.

What are some ways to cut flower costs? Use more greens than blooms, and always repurpose the flowers from the ceremony for the reception. For example, if my client has many tables and wants arrangements on all of them, I’ll add the bridesmaids’ bouquets on to some to save a little money. Another tip is to move aisle arrangements to the head table or down a stairwell at the reception. In the summertime, I sometimes see discounted flowers, both because they can’t stand the Texas heat, and because many are ending their season, so they’re a little cheaper. What looks are you ready to retire? I still see many Southern barn weddings with burlap and sunflowers, and I’ve never been crazy about that combination. Also, I try to avoid blue flowers, though they’re often requested. Typically, if clients ask to throw blue into their palette, I’ll suggest adding it as an accent color in the décor. What flowers are in your dream bouquet? I’m a classic girl at heart and love all the garden roses from Holland. I have a fun, flirty personality, so I’d add tons of butterfly ranunculus to it, plus some hanging jasmine vine to give it an organic, romantic look.

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PROCESSIONAL Amanda surprised her guests when she walked down the aisle to a cover of the Jurassic Park theme song.

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Amanda Kavanagh (27 and a nanny) and Matt Caughman (27 and a computer engineer) love to walk their dogs in Houston’s McGovern Centennial Gardens. “We wanted to share this beautiful place with our guests,” Amanda says. Amid all the fun, Amanda and Matt layered in classic touches with the help of white, navy blue and gold. They also wanted their two dogs to take part in their special day, so guests sipped beer from koozies reading “our humans are married.” —Antonia Maric

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FIRST DANCE The newlyweds included the Dirty Dancing rotating dip in their choreographed routine set to to Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing.”

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Later, Mexican martinis and Grenadian rum punch were served from the bar. To honor their vegan lifestyle, napkins were personalized with the hashtags #itsjusttheveganing and #lettucerejoice. CAKE A subtle gumpaste flower decorated the tiered vanilla and strawberry cake with vanilla buttercream. CENTERPIECES Garden and spray roses, hydrangeas and salal looked classic and bright on tables.

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GROOM’S CAKE Matt’s Italian cream cake was inspired by his love for Game of Thrones. SWEET TREAT The couple had a liquid nitrogen ice cream station with fresh vegan coconut and chocolate flavors. EXIT One of Matt’s favorite moments was walking with Amanda through the bubbles and streamers as guests waved them off.

AMANDA & MATT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Celebration Garden, McGovern

Centennial Gardens, Houston RECEPTION SITE Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, McGovern

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OCTOBER 27

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TRADITION Tanzim and David exchanged floral garlands in honor of Tanzim’s Bangladeshi roots.

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INVITATIONS Tanzim’s appreciation of both letterpress and watercolor art inspired the boho suite complete with floral envelope lining.

THEIR STORY

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After visiting The Woodlands Country Club, 35-year-old physicians Tanzim Ludhi and David Carter wanted to host an outdoor ceremony overlooking the lake. Tanzim tasked herself with creating a day accented with red, pink and white flowers and anchored by a more neutral base color. “I enjoyed doing the planning because I was able to pick out every detail,” she says. “It allowed me to express myself to the fullest and really see all the options that were out there.” In addition to the décor, the couple infused their day with a cultural blend of English, Spanish and Indian sounds. “Our families and guests come from many different backgrounds, and we wanted everyone to enjoy the music,” Tanzim says. —Lois Brunnert Bethune

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CAKE TOPPER A sweet silhouette of the couple and their dog, Brody, plus pink blooms, added a romantic note to the all-white cake.

FASHION

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The bridesmaids wore anarkalistyle dresses, while Tanzim stunned in an intricate, handembellished gown.

TABLES Though textured charcoal linens marked the head table, the surrounding tables dressed in white and metallics kept the ballroom atmosphere airy and light. ARRANGEMENTS Snapdragons, roses, hydrangeas, anemones and green leaves gave the reception a hit of color. “I love bright colors, which is why I was so excited to find Flower Vibes,” Tanzim says of her florist. “Their style was exactly what I was looking for: saturated color, yet very elegant.”

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TANZIM & DAVID HOUS TON

MONOGRAM A “TCD” projected above the ballroom fireplace gave the space a personal touch.

TANZIM & DAVID’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Woodlands

Country Club, The Woodlands PHOTOGRAPHY Josh & Dana Fernandez VIDEOGRAPHY EP Films

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FIRST DANCE Tanzim and David loved the “touching lyrics” of Ben King’s “Stand by Me” when they heard it playing at a restaurant. GROOM’S CAKE David’s dessert modeled his black BMW. EXIT Shortly after making their getaway, the out-of-town couple realized they both forgot their phones (read: Google Maps) and “had no idea where we were going,” Tanzim says. “We ended up driving around for another half hour until we somehow found our way back to the venue!”

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SEPTEMBER 29

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BOUQUET Alexandria carried roses, peonies, ranunculus and snowberries.

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THEIR STORY

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For their wedding at The Revaire, Alexandria Pontikes (26 and works in marketing) and Nicholas Flannery (37 and a project executive) honed in on the flowers. “We wanted it to feel lively and celebratory, with bright colors and lots of roses,” Alexandria says. Flower girls, including the couple’s daughter, wore crowns of ranunculus, a dramatic greenery arch spanned the reception and a showstopping cake with hand-painted blooms totally wowed. —Rebecca Dalzell

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ALE X ANDRIA & NICHOL A S HOUS TON

FIRST DANCE The newlyweds chose “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley. GROOM’S CAKE The chocolate groom’s cake was in the shape of cigar boxes. RECEPTION Roses and greenery marked the head table at the reception, where

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ALE X ANDRIA & NICHOL A S HOUS TON

BAR Roses spilled out of glass vases around the bar, which served prosecco garnished with an edible flower and Kahlua milkshakes. Bacon-wrapped poblano duck and wasabi shrimp were just a few apps on offer. FOOD STATIONS A farmers market station dished out make-your-own salads and jars of Brussels sprout leaves and tomatoes with lemon-thyme dressing. GRAND EXIT Alexandria and Nicholas drove off in a vintage Rolls-Royce.

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JUNE 23

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THEIR STORY

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Charles Graves (26 and a petroleum engineer) admits he got ahead of himself when he jokingly asked Victoria Piltzmaker (24 and a first grade teacher) to marry him the night they met at Texas A&M University. But five years later, he proposed for real on the California coast, and they started planning a celebration at The Parador. “I have always envisioned my wedding having only white flowers,” Victoria says. “I imagined a classy yet whimsical feel.” They pulled that off with flowing vines, gold candlesticks and a string quartet playing The Beatles. —RD

CENTERPIECE Roses, veronica, peonies, lisianthus, mock orange, orlaya lace and ranunculus topped tables.

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VIC TORIA & CHARLES HOUS TON

VICTORIA & CHARLES’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Parador,

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Detailed Events FLOWERS Blush & Vine

DINNER Victoria and Charles served beef short ribs, peppercorn chicken, grilled vegetables and spoon bread. FAVORS Guests took home mini cinnamon rolls, a nod to the Cinnabon shops Victoria’s dad owns. CAKE The newlyweds sliced into a snickerdoodle and lemon-raspberry cake with almond buttercream, and they also offered small confetti cakes, which Charles baked for their first Valentine’s Day.

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Cordua Catering CAKE Whisk Bakery CAKE TOPPER Etsy.com OFFICIANT Jennifer Luu MUSIC Ceremony and cocktail hour: Divisi

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the perfect venue for your intimate wedding!

Sara’s Inn provides a romantic and unforgettable setting for your special day. This 5,500-square-foot inn comes complete with a large wraparound porch, rooftop balcony, indoor reception space, and our Garden Pavilion, for both ceremonies and receptions. For smaller parties, you can also choose to exchange your “I dos” in the open-air Rose Garden Gazebo (coming soon). Your guests will love the picturesque setting, filled with Victorian charm and grandeur. Located in the popular Heights area of central Houston, this venue is conveniently located and has overnight accommodations available for your guests. Your big day at this elegant and charming venue will be a romantic and intimate affair that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

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MARCH 17

• HOUSTON

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CAKE Sugar flowers and a gold topper jazzed up the fondant treat.

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THEIR STORY Jennifer (Jenny, left) Block (47 and a writer) and Robin Brown (53 and a software executive) got engaged after six months of dating, but they took their time planning a blacktie wedding at The Astorian, an industrial, art deco venue in downtown Houston. “We wanted to honor its aesthetic by keeping the style clean and sophisticated,” Jenny says. They filled the space with candles and blush flowers, and draped greenery on the chuppah, where Jenny’s dad officiated the ceremony. Despite the elegant details, the couple kept things lighthearted. Jenny wrote silly poems to hang around the venue, and friends signed giant Jenga blocks instead of a guestbook. —RD

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FASHION Jenny wore a blush silk gazar gown with a fitted drape corset bodice, and her daughter, Hannah, chose sequins. CENTERPIECES Vases held snapdragons, larkspur, lisianthus, privet berries, thistle, smilax and eucalyptus. VINTAGE RIDE A cake in the shape of a convertible honored Robin’s late grandfather, who designed the Ford Edsel. There was even a fondant model of their dog. GRAND EXIT Guests raised sparklers as Jenny and Robin made their way to a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom.

JENNY & ROBIN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Astorian,

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BRIDESMAIDS “I wanted each of my bridesmaids to be in the spotlight,” Cindy says of their floor-length gowns in varying colors.

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THEIR STORY Cindy Espino (23 and a wedding photographer) and Josiah Rendon (25 and in sales) aimed for a timeless vibe by dressing their day in black and white with minimal pops of color—but their wedding was anything but predictable. Josiah and his siblings entered the ceremony to music from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, guests mingled during a coffee hour before dinner and, because Cindy’s dress had pockets, she captured a unique photo op. “When Josiah was reading his vows, I took my phone out to snap a picture of him from my perspective. I knew the photographer wouldn’t be able to get my view, and I always wanted that shot,” she says. “I didn’t know the whole room would burst out in laughter though.” —LBB

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CAKE “We love the chocolate blackout cake from Black Walnut Cafe, so we had to have it for our wedding,” Cindy says. Polaroids taken that day added a sentimental touch. ENTERTAINMENT After Josiah asked Cindy’s parents for her hand in marriage, Cindy’s mother assured them that she had the mariachi band covered. “Josiah and I had no intention of having one, but we loved the idea once she announced it,” Cindy says. “It turned out to be one of the highlights of the night.”

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INVITATIONS The couple designed their mod, casual invites, which showed off Cindy’s sketch of the entrance to The Farmhouse.

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Groom: shirt: Suitsupply; suit & bow tie: JCPenney; watch: Skagen; groomsmen: various STATIONERY Invitations: DIY; printing:

AlphaGraphics; envelopes: Paper Source CATERING Italiano’s CAKE Black Walnut

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marrying away? don’t miss these wedding website must-haves

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Make your wedding website do work. Not sure where to begin? Head to TheKnot.com to choose from hundreds of free designs you can personalize. Oh, and we’ll help you along the way too. First things first, guests need to know the who-what-where-when of your nuptials. Include vital details along with an itinerary of events (only the ones everyone’s invited to), complete with locations and start times. Add any helpful extras too, like dress code (“on the beach—wear flats”) and online RSVPs.

Guests will be coming from everywhere, taking all sorts of transportation. Tell them the closest airports and train stations, plus the best routes and tips regarding traffic or planned construction. If taxis and Ubers are hard to come by at your destination, let people know and consider prearranging transportation. If your wedding locale is outside the US, indicate the necessary travel documents, like passports or visas. And don’t forget to share how guests can get to and from the wedding.

The easiest way to ensure affordable guest accommodations is to set up a hotel room block—or several. (HotelPlanner.com makes it easy.) You can suggest a few properties at various price points and alternatives like Airbnbs. Just make sure they’re all close to the main event.

Is there a hike at your destination that offers up some pretty awesome views? Or a spot that serves the best jerk chicken? Share those faves with guests. It’s likely your friends and fam will be making a little vacay out of your wedding, so give them plenty of options of what to see and do around the area.

Guests want to buy you something you want, so don’t keep that info to yourself. Share all of your registries on your wedding website, making them easy to find. This is especially important if you’re tying the knot away from home. Chances are, some of your guests may not be able to make the trip, but they’ll still want to celebrate you with a gift. Use The Knot universal registry to register for anything, anywhere (yes, anywhere). Or if your wedding weekend in the Bahamas is a kick-off to an island-hopping honeymoon, have guests contribute to your getaway through The Knot Newlywed Fund.

Guests may use your wedding as a little vacay of their own. Share some fun things to do on your website.

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Your wedding website is going to be your new best friend, especially for a destination affair. You can answer most of guests’ questions in one spot. Choose from fun (free!) design options on The Knot. And don’t forget to include personal details too, like your love story or wedding party bios.

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Someone (*cough, Aunt Linda*) will inevitably have questions, especially since travel is involved. Let guests know how to contact you—whether it’s a wedding-specific email or text. And don’t forget to list a point person, like your planner or maid of honor, for the day of—so you can relax.

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Tell guests all they need to know about your destination celebration.

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the year’s freshest color palettes Whether you favor bold and bright or soft and subdued, we’ve got a color pairing for you. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY IMMERSE PHOTOGR APHY AUSTR ALIA

We’ve tested out tons of wedding-worthy combos to determine the prettiest shades you (and your guests!) will love. Plus, all the ways you can work your favorite colors into your day to make them the star of the show. >>

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modern wedding whites ecru, cream, stone, slate

WHY IT WORKS White is forever a classic, there’s no arguing that (um, hello, it’s called “wedding white” for a reason!). But this is 2019, and you want your wedding to feel like you, so add in shades of subtle cream, gray and taupe to give the monochromatic palette a bit of added dimension. We promise, it will keep it feeling fresh and modern, not crazy-traditional or boring. HOW TO USE IT White can really play well with any style, from a glam affair overflowing with metallic accents to a rustic, Scandiinspired intimate elopement. Whatever your vibe, complement a single-shade palette with tons of added texture. Ask your florist to vary the style and size of the blooms at your altar, dress up your crew in gowns or suits in a variety of fabrics or layer your tables with a mix of linen, velvet and silk. More visual interest will mean your overall look feels dynamic, not stale and uninspired.

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WHY IT WORKS Boho is back, but this time it’s grown up a bit. Sunset-inspired hues like rust and sienna are offset by moody mauve and barely-there taupe for a celebration that’s warm and welcoming yet sophisticated. Plus, these picks are fit for any season—play them up in summer with pops of bold yellow, or make them a bit more wintry with the addition of a dark green. HOW TO USE IT Sprinkle these desert hues over every inch of your fete, starting with your invitation suite. Rose gold foil printing will look amazing on blush or burnt orange invitations. At your reception, blanket your tables in mauve linens or macramé table runners and finish off your lounge seating with a pile of Moroccaninspired blankets and pillows. When it comes to blooms for your day, ask your florist to add in exotic picks like protea or pampas grass, or go green with tons of succulents, ferns and air plants. >>

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WHY IT WORKS Pastels have gotten a bad rep as being sticky sweet or overly feminine—but we’re here to prove you wrong. The new take on these soft hues: a bit of grit. Slightly muted and paired with black or modern details, your favorite softies are now part of a funky-and-fresh combination that’s anything but saccharine. HOW TO USE IT Instead of going the (maybe obvious) romantic route with these hues, work them into an otherwise modern vibe for your day. Artist-inspired brush strokes and bold black typography on your invitation suite suggest guests prepare for the unexpected, while a pastel wedding dress or suit could be the perfect surprise touch. When it comes to florals and décor, swap spray roses and peonies for spray-painted foliage or flowers (baby’s breath FTW!) that will feel playful and festive. Finish your bash with a smoke bomb exit for an Insta-worthy explosion of color. >>

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dutch masters wine, tangerine, saffron, cerulean

WHY IT WORKS You know those works of art that are all moody and rich and absolutely stunning? Well, gear up, because that’s about to be your wedding. This palette is all about bringing the drama, with luscious wine and cerulean blue pairing up with brighter tangerine and saffron for a combo that is unbeatably gorgeous. With colors this pretty, it’s really a more-is-more-is-more situation, so don’t be afraid to saturate every single part of your day. HOW TO USE IT Flowers, flowers, flowers! Tons of buds naturally play into this palette, especially if you’re saying “I do” during autumn. Let your arrangements or installations do the décor work for you (even better if you’re celebrating outside among fall foliage), then add to the scene with cool pops of blue textiles and tons of luxe gold metallics. While you’re at it, carry these colorful shades into your wedding party look—they’ll complement everyone.

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WHY IT WORKS These colors pretty much scream luxury, making them the ideal unexpected combo for a black-tie affair. They’re complementary to each other too, meaning you can use them in any combination and really never get it wrong (finally, something in wedding planning that is straightforward!). HOW TO USE IT A little goes a long way when it comes to shades this saturated, so focus on intentional pops of color, like beautiful tinted tablecloths or an emerald invitation suite that makes for a very happy mail day. Task your florist with adding tons of greenery to your reception venue as an eye-catching (and inexpensive) way to stick with your chosen palette. Extra wow-worthy moments, like an art-deco-inspired cake in rich emerald, will have all your guests reaching for their phones. Plus, how stunning would your gals be as your “something blue” in peacock-hued dresses? So chic!

TOP LEF T: ABBY JIU PHOTOGR APHY; CORY RYAN PHOTOGR APHY; MONIK A PHOTOGR APHY; BRUNK: BECC A LEA PHOTOGR APHY

emerald, forest, teal, peacock

local love: lindsey brunk event planning & design The Texas planner shares her best wedding advice for couples. ABOUT THE EXPERT

PRIORITIZE YOUR $

INVITE RIGHT

MAKE IT YOURS

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Lindsey Brunk is an event planner and designer based in Dallas. With a background in fashion and eye for unique color palettes, she helps couples plan and execute their day.

Every couple has their own priorities for their wedding day, so the first task is always deciding what those are. No matter how large your budget, you will likely still have to choose one area to sacrifice in.

Think about who makes the cut when assembling your list. Everything from florals to linens and food are influenced by guest count. This is your day and you should be surrounded by those you love.

Focus on significant milestones in your relationship and pay homage to them. It will make the day unique to your love story rather than just another big party guests attend.

Minimalism is a trend I’m really loving for 2019. Rather than worrying about going over the top with all your details, a paired-down tablescape or slim and sleek gown can be absolutely stunning.

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your perfect venue Narrow in on the ideal setting for your “I dos” with our personality-based guide. ONELOVE PHOTOGR APHY

BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

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 everything from selecting your menu to choosing favors and deciding where you’ll host all your loved ones. To help, we’ve narrowed in on the top venues for your personality type to ensure you throw a bash that’s totally you. >>

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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: Throw a boisterous, delicious and memorable affair where the wine is flowing and the food is unforgettable. YOUR SPOT A RESTAURANT Look into hosting your family and friends at a favorite local restaurant for an event that feels like pretty much the best (and most fun) dinner party ever. Most restaurants are well-versed in hosting large crowds, and the intimate setting will deliver big on the built-in ambience, so you’ll have to bring little in the way of décor (maybe a few strings of bistro lights to make the room glow). Play up the casual-cool atmosphere by making the most of the already-present seating arrangements (like mixing booths with smaller tables of four or six) and serving up eats family style to evoke that dinner party feel.

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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 to a beachfront pavilion, lawn 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. >>

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Look into hosting your family and friends at a favorite local restaurant for an event that feels like pretty much the best (and most fun) dinner party ever.

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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 celebration. Often a whole weekend affair, a wedding on the grounds of a camp (or a spot dedicated to outdoorsy adults-only weekends) means f-u-n for your guests. Traditional 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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YOU ARE POSH PREPS A classy pair who appreciates the finer things in life. You imagine your day having a refined elegance and ageless appeal that will be just as “in” 10 or 20 years from now. YOUR SPOT A PRIVATE ESTATE Book a private estate to bottle that preppy meets timeless vibe. A historical estate is a posh choice that takes the phrase “house party” to a whole new level with its immaculately maintained lawn and garden, plus tailored interiors. You’ll have a beautiful blank slate to work with aesthetically, so center your attention on incorporating details that are both unique and timeless. Rework your family’s tartan into eye-catching table runners, or team up with a stationery artist to draw a signature crest for you and your partner, then use it everywhere from cocktail napkins to the dance floor. When it comes to entertainment for the evening, ask yourself, WWJGD (what would Jay Gatsby do, obvi)? From the understated (roaming oyster shuckers) to the over the top (a 10-piece jazz band), focus on showing your guests a crazy-good time and you can’t go wrong. YOU ARE ALL ABOUT EDGE 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 and reception that’s anything but the traditional affair. 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

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piping and windows. Make sure any venue you choose has the modern comforts necessary to host an event, like electricity, plumbing and bathrooms. Then, play into the avant-garde vibe with accents like metallic flatware and eclectic furniture. Want to really wow? Add on a statement-making décor surprise that will push the envelope and get guests Instagramming, like a neon sign touting your favorite song lyric or marquee lights in your initials. >>

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5 things to consider before booking a 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 will 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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YOU ARE LUXURY LOVERS 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 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, like flame-throwing mixologists or roaming ballerinas toting dessert bites. When it comes to an event this luxe, the sky’s truly the limit. Keep in mind that, if you’re opting for a ballroom or wedding hall, there may be more than one event happening on the premises at any given time. If you would hate to run into another newlywed couple or want the space entirely to yourselves, ask about a total buyout.

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How many people does the space accommodate? This directly impacts your guest list and, therefore, your budget. If you love the ballroom but it only fits 150 comfortably, and your guest list is looking more like 200, you have to decide what’s more important to you—the dream venue or your guest list.

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What services do you offer? Don’t assume that anything is included. You’ll want to know whether the venue has any all-inclusive packages for the site and food; if any rentals/ pros are included; and whether an on-site coordinator can help.

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What restrictions do you have? There are a few kinds of rules to be aware of. Ask if there are any alcohol limits or permits—some venues may not have a liquor license, and some won’t let you stock your own bar. Same goes for vendors—your venue may only allow you to book pros from a certain list, while others will let you bring in whichever vendors you want. Ask if there are any décor stipulations, like no confetti or open flames. Lastly, check to see if there’s a noise restriction after a certain time— some venues won’t allow you to play loud music past 10:30 p.m. or so, which won’t work if you want the option to party until midnight.

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If you want to be unique with your wedding stationery, go for it! A lot of the traditional rules have fallen by the wayside, and you shouldn’t be afraid of standing out or having a little fun.

I always suggest that my clients splurge on their guest addressing. Whether it’s digitally printed or written by hand, it can make a huge difference in elevating the drama of an invitation suite.

Carry your wedding logo or monogram throughout your day-of details to help everything really come together. I love doing custom cocktail napkins— they feel so fun, personal and thoughtful.

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Fun fact: This is a tulip! Bend back the petals for an exotic, fuller look.

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Perfect for bridesmaids or the lady of the hour, a more petite bouquet will pack in the pretty without costing a ton. Ask your florist to focus their attention on gorgeous colors and a few bold, standout blooms, like an antique rose.

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A ranunculus’s delicate petals photograph beautifully, making it a wedding mainstay.

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Sprawling picks, like these hellebores, will increase the size—and drama—of your bouquet.

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Chiffon and satin ribbon combine for a flowy look that feels luxe.

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For the bundle of your dreams, have your florist team together sensibly priced “filler” buds, like carnations and chrysanthemums, with showstopping, high-end picks like Juliet roses, Icelandic poppies and anthurium. >>

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Give guests a stylish place to hang during cocktail hour or on a break from the dance floor with these must-haves. Lots of seating Don’t underestimate the amount of furniture you’ll need to rent—you don’t want guests to have to battle for seating, after all. Several couches, armchairs and floor poufs should be enough to please the crowd. Playful pillows Nod to your wedding vibe or color palette by mixing in pillows (or throws) in patterns or hues that complement the rest of the décor. Coffee tables Think of your lounge as a living room—which isn’t complete without a coffee table! Bonus: It will give dancers a place to rest their drinks.

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weekend’s to-dos, and don’t forget transportation info and event times. An “emergency” kit Okay, so a hangover isn’t exactly an emergency—but it can kind of feel like it. Trust us: Advil, water, Band-Aids and more will be appreciated. A cute carrier Choose packaging that will make a great first impression, whether it’s a custom tote or colorful tissue paper.

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Cool glassware Set the bar high with a specialty glass. An edgy rocks glass or gold-rimmed coup will make everyone want to order one.

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Your invitations are the first glimpse guests get into your wedding day style, so let them shine. And, for practicality purposes, make sure your suite includes these four things. A main invite This may seem like a “duh” but we had to say it. Include need-to-know info on your main invite, such as your and your partner’s names, start time, date and location. An RSVP card Include options for will/won’t attend, an “RSVP by” date (which should be at least three weeks before your day), a food selection if necessary and a prestamped envelope. A details card While not a must, a details card is a great place to put extra info like your dress code, transportation details, lodging and website. A personal touch Work in something totally you, like a custom crest, wax seal with your initials or venue illustration. >>

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place settings These stylish details add personality to your reception dinner tables. A charger Even when placed under basic white dinnerware, a standout charger can transform a table. Opt for a metallic, wood or cool pattern. A napkin The perfect place to add a pop of personality, napkins are also relatively cheap to rent, making them the ideal element for an easy upgrade. Flatware If you’re looking to really make a style statement, rely on cool flatware to get the job done. We love a dose of metallics or a chic matte black. Menu What’s for dinner is one of the first things guests look at when they take a seat (hey, they’re hungry!), so incorporate cool details like illustrations or vellum overlays to catch their eye. Table numbers Dream up a unique way to label your tables, like naming them after Game of Thrones characters.

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Mints You’re going to be chatting up a lot of people and getting a lot of hugs. You’ll feel better if you know you have minty fresh breath—trust us. Pain relief Whether you suffer from migraines or are trying out a new pair of heels (hint: don’t do this day of!), pain relief pills are sure to come in handy. Deodorant You want to enjoy your amazing party and not worry about raising your arms. Enough said, right? Makeup Blush or concealer for a quick refresh will have you glowing all night.

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THEIR STORY When they started dating, Marco Cepeda (28 and an attorney) told Victoria Vela (28 and a teacher) that his aunt, who works for Pronovias, would design his future wife’s dress. True to his word, Marco and Victoria flew to Mexico once they were engaged, where Marco’s aunt drew up a look that incorporated Victoria’s favorite details. On that same trip, at a tequila distillery, Victoria and Marco were inspired to host an elegant Texas event that would celebrate their Mexican culture, which they pulled off with showstopping florals and mini tequila bottles and lime truffle favors. —Lois Brunnert Bethune

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BRIDESMAIDS Victoria’s crew wowed in dark green gowns with lace sleeves, with the maid and matron of honor standing out in jeweled belts. RECEPTION Tables, fittingly named after different tequilas, were topped with blue linens and arrangements bursting with red and pink blooms like

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DÉCOR After considering more than 50 sketches, Victoria and Marco believe this final flower wall design was one of the “most spectacular” aspects of the night.

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FLOWERS Marco grew up around his mother’s flower shop, so the couple didn’t hesitate to make a statement with roses, dahlias, peonies and celosia. “I was very involved in the planning—I either selected or approved every flower, linen and vendor,” Marco says. CAKE In addition to red velvet sheet cakes, two bakers from two different cities created the couple’s luxe vanilla buttercream cake that looked almost too good to eat. The bottom layer’s piped design took days to complete.

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CENTERPIECES Marco’s idea for a towering display of roses, orchids and hydrangeas designated the head table. DRESS Featuring a portrait neckline, Victoria’s beaded ivory gown was made with Chantilly, Venice and Alençon laces. MAKE TRADITION A live band and DJ provided five hours of dancing, but the party didn’t stop there. Guests attending the tornaboda, a traditional Mexican after-party, refueled with menudo and pan dulce.

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VOWS Clayton promised to get Whitney her Persian cat, and Whitney vowed to go on two camping trips a year together. THEIR STORY

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After passing Eberley Brooks Events every day on his way to work, Joseph (Clayton) Kenady (27 and in landscape design) knew it was the venue where he would marry Whitney Silhan (27). During their unity ceremony, the couple potted a tree. “Like any marriage the tree needs care and cannot be neglected, helping us to learn and grow on this journey as one,” Whitney says. Although rain moved the ceremony indoors, the venue ended up looking better than planned with all the décor in one space. “Our vision was brought to life in a way we never thought possible,” Whitney says. “The rain was a blessing in disguise.” —Antonia Maric

STATIONERY The couple’s main invite was dubbed “The Whitney” because they were the first to choose the style from Little White Invite.

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FLOWERS Cascading eucalyptus leaves and roses rested on a backdrop of string lights and tulle. “It was whimsical and romantic with a touch of hippie,” Whitney says. DÉCOR Clayton’s favorite succulents paired up with pumpkins, hinting at Whitney’s love of fall. FLOWER WALL The couple was

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surprised with a flower and vine wall originally taken out of the budget. “The wall really added to the display,” Whitney says. “It tied everything together.”

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FAVORS Inspired by Clayton’s landscaping background, the couple gave out flower seed packets with their wedding date and the phrase “Let love grow.” DESSERTS Clayon’s mom made the topper on the pumpkin spice cake, and the cookie bar included specialties from Whitney’s mom. “It added an extra layer of love,” she says. COMFORT FOOD Whitney and Clayton included potato and biscuit bars in the spread.

WHITNEY & CLAYTON’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Barn at

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Mumu MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank STATIONERY Little White Invite; signage: CK Wood & Designs CATERING Heart and Soul Cuisine CAKES Simply Decadent; Sweet Creations CAKE TOPPER Cindi Kenady (groom’s mother) COOKIES Renee Silhan (bride’s mother) OFFICIANT Matt Rush MUSIC Chandler

COLORFUL EXIT Guests showered the newlyweds with streamers before they exited in a pickup truck with a “just married” sign.

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JUNE 9

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Lucy Dunlap (30 and an 11th grade English teacher) channeled a blend of India, Mexico and southern Texas with bold color choices for her wedding to Monte Mabry (30 and a project engineer). “Our theme, ‘Rajasthan goes Tex-Mex,’ originated from our color palette and came out in every detail, from the vibrant orange and fuchsia linens to the giant Mexican flowers in various shades of oranges and pinks,” she says. After the pair married in front of a birch arch with hanging carnations, they moved to cocktail hour with their guests for passed bites of quail lollipops, squash blossoms and black bean empanadas. Lucy and Monte’s paper goods, a dual effort by a friend and Lucy’s brother, incorporated a cactus motif, giving the day’s internationally minded design an extra dose of local flair. —LBB

BOUTONNIERE A rose cluster was a perfect match for Monte’s guayabera with pink and yellow embroidery.

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FLOWERS Roses, proteas and dahlias in summery hues made for a standout cake display. The rich blooms also popped against Lucy’s bohemian Rue de Seine gown. WEDDING PARTY Fashion designer and friend Angelina Mata not only made alterations to Lucy’s gown, but also took the lead on the bridesmaids’ looks. “Each girl sent her measurements and a picture of themselves, and she created a unique dress,” Lucy says. The guys rocked short-sleeved yellow button-downs.

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Guests dined outdoors on venison chile rellenos and short ribs.

COCKTAIL HOUR Burros circulated with baskets of Texas beers and Mexican Topo Chico sparkling mineral water. “I find nothing as refreshing as a cold Topo Chico on a hot summer day,” Lucy says. CAKE The groom’s cactus-shaped cakes were fittingly displayed in terra-cotta saucers. FIRST DANCE “We totally blew our choreographed dance—it turned out nothing like what we practiced,” Lucy says. “The good news is that no one will know if you screw up.”

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Angelina Mata SHOES Giuseppe Zanotti ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Soraya

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THEIR STORY There was nothing sour about Beth Huddleston (27 and in sales and customer experience) and Russell Podraza’s (29 and a vice president in real estate) citrus-filled celebration. They went with a “When Love Gives You Lemons” theme, sprinkling their summer wedding with bright lemons at every turn. After a wedding in Beth’s childhood church, they threw a reception at the Briscoe Western Art Museum on the River Walk. “We wanted a fun San Antonio feel while also being elegant and timeless,” Beth says. Lemons weren’t the only fresh touch: Guests showered them with dried lavender as they exited in a 1971 Oldsmobile convertible. —Antonia Maric

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The sculpture garden was transformed with soft pink and blue hues. “It felt warm and inviting, like a living room,” Beth says.

THE PLANNERS Beth and Russell’s planners, Cloche Designs, surprised Beth by wearing custom lemon-patterned skirts. “They truly thought of every detail,” she says. STATIONERY The pale blue invitation suite, complemented by gold calligraphy and a wax seal, was finished with a semi-custom crest. “We will be able to use our crest forever,” Beth says. “It will always be special because it represents our unity.” FAVORS To ward off the Texas heat, the duo gifted guests with lemonpatterned fans personalized with their crest. Sweet treats like lemon candies and chocolate chip cookies from Orderup were also part of the favors.

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THEIR STORY Married on the eight-year anniversary of their first date, Meredith Ballentine (33 and a project manager) and Juan-Carlos Campos (40 and a health care consultant) focused on simplicity. “We let the venues dictate the style,” Meredith says. The couple took part in a hand-fasting ceremony, using a cord the bride braided herself at Wrong Marfa and honored Juan-Carlos’s Mexican heritage with a traditional game of Lotería at the after-party. —AM

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OUTFIT CHANGE Meredith’s second dress was designed by Miranda Bennett in her favorite shade of blue. “I wanted to feel less formal for the party,” she says.

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CEREMONY SITE Wrong Marfa, Marfa

DESSERTS Juan-Carlos chose the dairy-free carrot cake from Wimberley-based Sugar Shack Bakery, and Meredith went with her favorite: chocolate cake. “I’d always known that’d be my wedding cake,” she says. DRINKS Guests were welcomed to dinner with spicy margaritas. MENU To accommodate allergies, the restaurant made most of the food dairy- and gluten-free. The menu included fresh and colorful food, with family-style summer paella being a big hit.

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Hidden costs add up Your wedding gown budget includes more than the dress. Your veil or headpiece, shoes, jewelry, undergarments and alterations (and in some cases, steaming and storing your dress) will also add to your bottom line. Factor in these costs before you give the salesperson your final shopping budget.

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We suggest dress shopping at least a year in advance. Your gown will take four to six months to arrive, plus another one to two months for fittings, depending on the extent of your alterations.

Do your homework before you make any dress shopping appointments. Research salons you plan to visit, and make sure they have the designers you’re interested in and dresses in your budget.

Designers may lend loaner samples if a bride wants to try on a specific dress the salon doesn’t have in stock. The bride will pay for the shipping of the gown, which is applied to any final purchases.

Don’t forget to include the cost of alterations into your dress budget. Expect to spend at least $300 for typical changes like hemming your gown, creating a bustle or taking in the side seams.

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Shop for your shape When trying on dresses, focus less on the number on the scale or your dress size and more on the general shape and frame of your body. Your weight may be constantly fluctuating, especially if you’re stressed out, so don’t let that be the deciding factor in choosing your dress. Concentrate on finding a silhouette that accentuates the features you love and makes you feel confident.

Limit your entourage You may be tempted to invite all your friends and family to help you shop for your gown, but bringing a big group to the salon is a gown shopping don’t. Enlist one or two of your closest friends or family members to help you start your search. This way you can find the gown that best suits you and your style and not feel pressured by too many conflicting opinions.

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Trust is key Even if a gown doesn’t look amazing on the hanger, that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t look amazing on you. Be open to what an experienced consultant thinks will flatter your figure and work with your wedding style (after all, they’ve done this before). Bottom line: The dress you end up loving might be different than what you originally pictured, and that’s okay.

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Don’t get discouraged We know coming up empty-handed on your first salon appointment can be a letdown, but don’t give up. There are hundreds of bridal designers out there with thousands of designs, which makes your odds of finding a fantastic wedding day look pretty darn good. “The one” for you is definitely out there.

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You’re paying for an experience While shopping online for your dress may seem like the more convenient option, visiting a bridal salon is a once-in-alifetime experience with numerous benefits of its own. For starters, you’ll get face-to-face interaction with a wedding dress expert to help guide you, taking the guesswork out of finding your perfect size and silhouette. Additionally, you have the opportunity to touch and feel the dresses you’re considering, so you know exactly what you’re paying for. Trust us—while dress photos may look dreamy online, there’s a huge difference between high-quality fabrics and embellishments and low-quality ones in person. Practical aspects aside, your salon appointment is first and foremost a special moment. It’s a chance to celebrate your upcoming nuptials, spend a day with the people you love and enjoy accomplishing a huge moment in your wedding planning process.

5 ways to customize your wedding dress Gowns certainly aren’t one style fits all—and there are actually a lot of options where customizing your dress is concerned. Here are some common add-ons.

1. Modify embellishments

You might feel like your dress could use a little more, or even a little less, embellishment. See how much control you have over the existing details on your dress—can you add more to or remove from certain areas?

2. Lace it up

Swapping out a zipper for a corset closure adds a romantic finishing touch for brides looking for a dramatic back. But a corset-style closure isn’t only for looks. If you think you might need extra breathing room, a lace-up back gives you some leeway.

3. Make it personal

Find a creative way to incorporate “something old, new, borrowed or blue.” Stitch your loved one’s initials in blue inside your bodice, close to your heart, or sew a charm with a special meaning into the hem.

4. Add sleeves

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

5. Switch up your bustle

Every dress with a train needs a bustle, but not many brides know that each bustle is custom made to suit the gown. These tricky systems of hooks, buttons and ties are designed to pull your train off the floor, and they need to be carefully sewn in a pattern that works with each individual silhouette.

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Veils are an easy way to express yourself. But with so many options to choose from, how do you know which one’s right for you? We broke down all the different styles, including the latest trends, with tips on how to wear them so you can uncover (sorry, we had to!) the perfect veil for your wedding look. >>

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birdcage Also known as a cage, this shorter style covers and frames just your face for a more minimalist statement. Most often it’s made out of wide net or sheer tulle—something you’ll easily be able to see through—and finished with whimsical accents like feathers, flowers or pearls. The trick to pulling off this less traditional look is to let the edge of the veil fall just below the nose. PAIR IT WITH Cage veils were the height of fashion in the ’40s and ’50s, so that makes them the perfect match for retro-inspired dresses like swingy, tea-length gowns, structured sheaths and slinky, old-Hollywood-inspired slip dresses. They’re also a fun way to add a touch of vintage glam to a suit or jumpsuit.

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blusher A blusher actually refers to the short, single layer of tulle, lace or netting that’s worn over the face and then flipped over the head or removed after you walk down the aisle. It comes in chin, shoulder or fingertip length and can be added to a variety of veil styles. But a blusher can also stand on its own. Choose one layer, or if that’s too simple, try a double-tiered style where you have two layers of tulle: one layer pulled over the face and the other draped behind your head. Whichever length or however many layers you choose, the veil should be fastened to the crown of your head. PAIR IT WITH A universal style, the blusher works with almost any type of gown. Wearing just the short layer gives off a chic, sophisticated air that lends itself to more fashion-forward dresses.

mantilla This Spanish-style veil almost always comes in either all lace or in tulle that features a wide, intricate lace edge. It should be positioned two inches from your hairline so its circular shape gracefully drapes down and frames your face on either side. For the traditional look, attach it with an ornamental comb (also called a peineta), or edge it up with a fresh flower crown or crystal tiara. PAIR IT WITH Allow the dramatic lace to take center stage and pair this romantic veil with sleek silhouettes that won’t compete with its shape. Skip the heavy embellishments as well and opt for a gown with small touches of matching lace instead.

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waltz Also sometimes called a ballet veil, this style falls between the knee and the ankle and is usually double layered and worn with a blusher. These veils exude elegance and formality and, because they don’t touch the floor, they’re short enough for a bride to comfortably walk and even dance in—hence the name. PAIR IT WITH This style pairs well with formal floor-length gowns, like A-line and mermaid silhouettes, and dresses without trains.

elbow Slightly shorter than fingertip, this veil extends 25 inches in length to the bride’s elbows. The more manageable length tends to be more versatile. It’s a nice complement to a simple silhouette, but it also won’t overpower a more showstopping gown. PAIR IT WITH One of the best things about this veil is you can pair it with just about any style. The elbow length is also perfect for brides who want the look of a longer veil but have a gown with details on the lower half (like intricate buttons, lace appliqué or ruffles) they don’t want to cover up. >>

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a chapel veil works best with a dress with a train

One of the most popular lengths (even Kate Middleton sidestepped royal tradition and chose this shorter option), this veil falls below the hips and extends to—you guessed it—the fingertips. Secure this style, which is usually made up of several layers of tulle or netting, at the crown of your head, slightly behind it or, if your hair is up, just above your updo. PAIR IT WITH This versatile veil is beautiful with a wide range of dresses, but it looks particularly pretty with ball gowns and, since it puts the focus on the torso, dresses with more elaborate bodices. You may also want to consider pairing it with a cathedral- or chapel-length veil—that way you can remove the longer one for the reception and leave the shorter top layer in place.

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flyaway A wispy, multilayered style that just brushes the shoulders, it’s considered less formal than other options. As the name suggests, the tulle used in this kind of veil usually has a stiffer quality that causes it to “fly away” from the to-be-wed, adding poufy volume to the top of the head. PAIR IT WITH Due to its short and sweet feel, a flyaway veil works well with shorter, more casual dresses. If your gown is heavily embellished or has a sexy, plunging back, this simple style is also the perfect way to wear a veil without obscuring the details you love.

juliet cap Inspired by the fashion of the 16th century, this unique veil is making a comeback thanks to its pretty, oldworld feel. This über-romantic style is typically made of sheer tulle or tulle with a lace-embellished edge. There are two ways to work it: You can either take a lace-trimmed veil and wear it as a cap, with the sides pinned back behind each ear, or attach a veil of your choosing to a separate cap. PAIR IT WITH It’s perfect for a lacy gown with a vintage-inspired feel or a simple slip dress with lace details. Add fresh blooms behind one ear for an extra-sweet effect.

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chapel Typically 90 inches long, this is a formal veil that extends to the floor, falling two-and-a-half yards from the headpiece. It should sweep the floor, extending slightly past your gown. PAIR IT WITH This simple style is often worn in combination with a sweep train (a veil that just brushes the floor) and blusher for extra oomph. It works with most dress silhouettes and styles but is particularly stunning when layered over a flowy or multilayered gown with a train. If you’re forgoing a train, a chapel veil can add drama without the weight or the hassle—no bustle required. >>

finishing touch

Whether your hair will be down and flowing or in a formal updo, you want a final detail to tie your whole look together. If a veil isn’t for you, there are plenty of other options, from jeweled headbands and tiaras to a bohemian floral wreath or flirty fascinator.

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4 bridal fashion rules to break Rules are meant to be broken, and this applies to your wedding. You’re the bride, so follow tradition or make up your own—it’s up to you. RULE TO BREAK

You Can’t Mix Metals Pairing yellow gold, rose gold and platinum used to be a big no-no, but now we’re saying yes to this trendy mix. There are so many ways to

channel your inner royal with this dramatic option

incorporate this new style (go with platinum earrings and a rose gold bracelet or have gold and silver details on your dress), but our favorite interpretation of this trend is stacking a variety of metal bands with your engagement ring. RULE TO BREAK

You Must Have a Veil You won’t have too many chances to wear a veil, but just because the opportunity to do so is rare, doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for you. Instead of a piece of tulle, adorn your hair with a flower crown, an art-deco-inspired halo headpiece that wraps around

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cathedral Looking to make an entrance? This is the style for you. The mother of all veils, the cathedral is also the most formal. Sometimes referred to as the “royal veil”—it’s the veil of choice for countless members of the British royal family, including Diana and Meghan Markle—this style typically falls about three-and-ahalf yards from the headpiece and is often worn in combination with a blusher and a gown with a long train. It’s an especially great option if your ceremony venue has a long aisle to walk down. PAIR IT WITH The sweeping cathedral can hold its own next to even the most over-the-top ball gown. As a rule of thumb, the veil should extend past the train, so if you choose a cathedral veil, opt for a cathedral- or semi-cathedral-length train.

your forehead, or a hair vine that winds around a pretty updo. If you want to give a nod to tradition without all the formality of a long veil, try a headband that has a cage veil attached to the front. RULE TO BREAK

Don’t Forget Your “Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue” We love this tradition, but you don’t need to follow it so strictly—or at all. We say if you want to flaunt a “something red” instead (like the bottoms of a new pair of Louboutins) or pretty blush accessories, then go for it. RULE TO BREAK

tradition trivia

Did you know the bride originally wore a veil because the groom wasn’t supposed to see her before they were married? And not just in the hours before the wedding, but not once before they said “I do.”

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IS THERE A TRICK TO MAKING A RENTAL OUTFIT LOOK CUSTOM? The most important aspect of a suit or tuxedo rental is

getting the fit right. If the sizing or alterations are off, it will look like the suit is wearing you, not the other way around. What’s great about Men’s Wearhouse is they have locations all over the country, so even if members of your wedding party live far from you, you’re all still guaranteed professional tailoring. Pro tip: If you’re not all shopping together, have your groomsmen send you photos of themselves in their outfits so you can ensure no one looks out of place. It’s also important to choose styles that feel on trend for that tailor-made feel, so stick to modern or slim-cut suits or tuxedos with a peak lapel. Skip the boxy fit—it’s outdated and will scream “rental.” DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR BUYING CUSTOM FORMALWEAR WHILE STAYING ON BUDGET ? Unlike a wedding dress, you’ll wear

a suit or tuxedo more than once, so think of it as an investment piece and buy smart. If it’s not in your budget to get a custom black tux, opt for a black suit with a peak lapel. It has the same formal feel but you can wear it to events that are semiformal as well as black tie. A midnight navy or dark green suit is another great option because it works for almost any occasion and the color pops on camera. If you’re getting something custom made, ask for extra fabric. It’ll come in handy if you need to make alterations later on. >>

day-of emergency kit and socks a groom can choose from—the possibilities are endless. Wear a vest in a patterned print, incorporate bold colors into your tie or think outside the box and sport your favorite superhero on your socks for a fun surprise. Make it even more personal by engraving your monogram or wedding date into a lapel pin for extra flair. HOW CAN I PULL OFF THE MISMATCHED GROOMSMEN TREND WHILE STILL MAINTAINING A COHESIVE WEDDING PART Y ? When you’re outfitting your guys in different suits, tuxes or

accessories, the key is to make everyone look coordinated even if they’re not wearing the exact same thing. One of the easiest ways to pull that off is to stick to specific colors that work well together. Try to incorporate just three shades into an outfit. If everyone is wearing the same dark suit and a colorful vest or tie, keep the color palette to three complementary colors like gray, navy and black— especially if you’re outfitting your party based on their roles, such as styling your best man differently from your groomsmen. You don’t want to have too many conflicting shades—that can make your wedding party look uncoordinated. If you’re opting for different prints or patterns, remember less is more. Keep everything within the same color family, vary the sizes of each print or pattern, and have a neutral in the mix for a balanced look.

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DOES BLACK TIE ALWAYS REQUIRE A BLACK TUXEDO? HOW CAN I HAVE FUN WITH MY LOOK BUT STILL KEEP IT FORMAL?

Black tie means you have to be the dressiest you can be, which actually leaves a lot of room to play outside of a classic black tux. Break from tradition and opt for something colorful instead; it’s a chic alternative, and you’ll stand out from the sea of other black outfits. If you’re going for color, stick to darker shades like maroon or emerald. Accessories can inject some personality

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(read: fun) to a formal look as well. Besides your wedding ring, add another piece of statement jewelry to your outfit, like a watch with a patterned strap. Take the staple accessories like a tie or bow tie and choose options in different colors or textures like velvet or leather. Cuff links or lapel pins in cute shapes and designs are also a playful addition to any traditional tuxedo. If you’re looking to incorporate your pet or favorite hobby into your wedding, have custom cuff links made for an unexpected twist on tradition. Don’t be afraid to switch up your footwear too. A sleek pair of dark leather sneakers or velvet loafers adds a fashion-forward vibe without looking out of place.

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Throwing a vintage-themed affair? Give a nod to a bygone era with swinging fringe, art-deco-style jewels and a bold red lip. Dress in sizes up to 18, $3,495, Naeem Khan at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal .com (Houston), Neiman Marcus, NeimanMarcus.com (Dallas), Stanley Korshak Bridal, StanleyKorshak.com (Dallas); earrings, $17,000, MindiMondNY.com; cuff, $7,590, Joelle Jewellery, Swoonery.com

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Aneri Mehta (30 and a business owner) and Zoey Homayun (35 and a solutions analyst) have been inseparable for over a decade. After a seven-year engagement, Aneri and Zoey wanted a wedding that honored their roots, as well as the home they’d built together. First came the venue, which Aneri says “blended my love of modern aesthetics with Zoey’s love of the countryside.” Next, the couple met their planner, who helped them come up with a theme inspired by Lenoir (their favorite Austin restaurant), the design scheme of their house and their respective Afghani and Indian cultures. Aneri’s favorite moment of the day came at the reception, when the couple danced to the last song of the night, “Marry You” by Bruno Mars, surrounded by their guests. —Louis Baragona

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CENTERPIECES Glowing white candles topped the tables.

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DÉCOR Vibrant antique rugs, lime-washed urns and Indian-inspired prints all gave the lounge areas a bohemian feel, partially inspired by Aneri and Zoey’s favorite restaurants, as well as their home. The biggest hit of all was a greenery wall, which guests used as a backdrop for selfies. MAKE TRADITION Zoey is a big fan of baseball, so between the ceremony and reception, she played catch with her cousin Jake. DESSERT Instead of cake, Aneri and Zoey served chocolate truffles.

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RECEPTION “The draped ceiling installation gave the space a calming, surreal effect,” Aneri says.

COCKTAILS Aneri and Zoey came up with three signature drinks to honor their tastes, including “The Zoey,” a sweet old-fashioned with salted caramel; “The Aneri,” a spicy margarita; and a classic cosmo, which just also happens to be the name of the pair’s pup. WOMEN’S BEST FRIEND Cosmo, the couple’s Yorkie, rocked a custom outfit for the big event. ENTERTAINMENT Aneri’s best friends choreographed a Bollywood-inspired dance for the reception, earning a standing ovation.

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MAY 18

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STATIONERY Wax stamps sealed the hand-painted watercolor invitations.

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THEIR STORY After getting engaged in Paris, Charla Storey (33 and a wedding photographer) and Jesse Anderson (33 and a district manager) wanted to bring that European magic to Texas for their spring wedding. Villa Del Lago, a Tuscan-style venue overlooking Lake Travis, fit the bill. “It felt like we were transported to Italy,” Charla says. Velvet linens, bistro chairs, wax-sealed menus and a palette of mustard, indigo and dusty rose helped create an old-world ambience. For dinner, all 85 guests sat outside at one long table for a family-style meal of chicken piccata, beef bolognese and focaccia. —Rebecca Dalzell

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CEREMONY “Our son surprised us with a meaningful prayer,” Charla says. “I was overwhelmed with joy.” Peonies, roses, spirea and bougainvillea decorated the altar. DINING “I wanted us to all sit together at one long table, just like a family dinner,” Charla says. “It also had that intimate, Italian alfresco feel.” DESSERT BAR Guests sampled cheesecake, éclairs, cannoli and profiteroles. PUPS The couple’s boxers sported a mustard ascot and flower collar.

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CAKE Roses decorated buttercream-frosted layers of banana cake with salted-caramel filling and red velvet cake with cookies-and-cream filling. ESCORT CARDS Wax seals held up calligraphed escort cards. LOOKS Charla carried garden roses, sweet peas, spirea, hellebores, butterfly ranunculus, bougainvillea and scabiosa, and wore a laser-cut lace gown with Valentino studded heels purchased in Florence during their engagement trip. The bridesmaids chose their own black dresses.

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THEIR STORY “We wanted something that was classic with a modern twist,” Ellen Barth (23 and a communications advisor) says of her wedding to Parker Schultz (25 and a financial analyst). They filled the bright, clean space at One Eleven East with lush greens, neutrals and pops of gold. To frame the ceremony, the couple hung flowing vines from a pair of chandeliers and strung garlands on gray chairs. After exchanging traditional vows, Ellen and Parker mingled with their 165 guests over signature gin and bourbon cocktails, and partied to ’90s hits. The venue’s white walls came in handy for sports fans: Ellen’s dad set up a projector to watch the Astros play in the World Series. —RD

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DINNER Food trucks parked outside served up pulled-pork and chicken sliders and Korean ribeye beef bulgogi tacos. DESSERTS Doughnuts spelled out the couple’s names above a spread of glazed, blueberry and chocolate varieties. “Both of us love doughnuts, and we felt like it was truer to us than a traditional cake,” Ellen says. TABLES Candles and a runner with succulents, eucalyptus and ferns decorated the head table.

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BOUQUET Ellen carried succulents, eucalyptus, sea star fern and roses. PLACE SETTINGS Gold flatware, gray china, white hemstitch napkins and wood chargers sat on textured gray tablecloths. EXIT Parker and Ellen, in a sleek white jumpsuit that “made her feel like a modern day Marilyn Monroe,” ran through sparklers and headed off in a 1970 Rolls-Royce.

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“We wanted it to feel like a well-designed, cool party,” Darian Honigsfeld (37 and works in medical device sales) says of her wedding to Brady Sadler (38 and a marketing strategist). The couple, who met during South by Southwest, achieved that by playing with contrasts, like invitations with hand-painted watercolor designs and crisp modern type. At Mattie’s at Green Pastures, they set lucite chairs on old oak-plank floors and filled the historic farmhouse with balloons. “We had balloon installations on the wall, ceiling and in our floral centerpieces,” Darian says. The result? Chic, unexpected and fun. —RD

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CENTERPIECES Roses, tulips, hyacinth, aralia leaf and balloons topped tables. JACKET Darian threw on a cream Akris cape-style jacket to fight off the February chill. She borrowed her hairpiece from her best friend from college who wore it at her own wedding. DESSERT SPREAD Guests grazed on petit fours and strawberries and cream macarons. DRINKS Bartenders cracked open craft beers from Hi Sign Brewing, which is owned by one of the guests.

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RITUALS Sara’s family held a canopy over the couple’s heads, representing unity under the same roof. Married family members then rubbed sugar cones together to “shower the couple in sweetness.”

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THEIR STORY After their Catholic mass, Sara Hogan (34 and a dermatology resident) and Francis DeMichele (29 and an internal medicine resident) had a Persian ceremony to honor Sara’s mom’s roots. “It was important to us to have a traditional marriage ceremony, which my uncle led,” Sara says. The service included the sofreh aghd (wedding table), set with items symbolizing their new life together, and classic Persian poems read by Sara’s brother and cousin. —RD

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RECEPTION The dinner table overlooked Lake Austin. “We wanted our guests, who traveled from 20 states, to feel like this was a close family gathering,” Sara says. After dark, Edison lights created a romantic glow. MENU The seasonal dinner was served family style. WEDDING PARTY “We had only a best man and a maid of honor,” Sara says. “But we invited women in our families and close friends to wear gowns in spring colors.”

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THEIR STORY Brittnay Mathieu (28 and a research, development and quality manager) and Adam Perlo (31 and a project manager) are a relaxed, nontraditional pair, so they wanted their wedding at Vista West Ranch to have a similar feel. “Our goal was to provide a celebration that truly represented us,” Adam says. They pulled off a low-key party filled with personal details: yard games, Tex-Mex food and family members playing violin and harmonica throughout the night. —RD

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FIRST DANCE The newlyweds danced to “Warm Foothills” by alt-J. They included a line from the song in their vows: “I tie my life to your balloon and let it go.” Later on, Adam’s uncle jammed to Muddy Waters on harmonica. “Our guests went nuts,” Adam says. DESSERTS The couple dished out mini berry, banana cream, lemon meringue and pecan pies. Guests also made s’mores at the fire pit outside. STATIONERY Adam’s brother designed the playful save-the-date, invitations and guide to Austin.

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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.

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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.

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 is 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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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, 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 cash fund on The Knot 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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A fresh take on the shade Originally thought to deflect the Evil Eye and represent purity and fidelity, the “something blue” superstition of years past is meant to help couples get luck on their side ahead of “I do”—whether they want to prevent a rainy ceremony, drunken groomsman or legit marriage doom (not that you should be worried about that last one). Nowadays though, the pretty hue is showing up in much more playful ways than before, with modern pairs working blue into everything from getaway cars and painted leather jackets to frosty signature cocktails and even their wedding day hairstyle (how cool is that?). >>

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Personality-packed attire for all Historically, matching bridesmaid dresses stemmed less from wanting a colorcoordinated girl squad and more from, you know, distracting vengeful attackers looking to kidnap a bride because of her dowry. Thankfully, we live in 2019, and you can marry whomever you want with whomever you want by your side. And if you don’t envision your crew rocking the same floor-length gown, encourage them to choose their own unique looks that match their personalities. Unifying the vibe through a color palette or pattern helps it feel cool but cohesive.

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Your favorite food, stacked Wedding confections may have been a mainstay since, oh, ancient Rome—but that doesn’t mean one has to appear at your bash. If you’re a pair that prefers savory to sweet or Swiss cheese to Swiss buttercream, then you do you. Cut into a stack of cheese wheels or feed each other from a tower of whippedcream-covered waffles. As long as there are a few sweet moments to end the night (guests love a sugar rush), no one will miss the cake. >> CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: HUNTER RYAN PHOTO; ANNE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY; ZAC WOLF PHOTOGRAPHY; CAT MAYER STUDIO; INSTAGRAM: KATIE STOOPS PHOTOGRAPHY

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At its core, marriage is two lives becoming one (awww), so it’s no surprise that customs meant to reinforce unity are at the center of many religious and spiritual ceremonies. Tried-and-true acts like lighting a candle or tying your hands together (known as handfasting) are still wildly popular with couples, but more duos are choosing to cement their bond with a unity moment that’s more reflective of their love story. Was your first date at a Mexican taco joint? Mix up the perfect batch of guac (cilantro or no cilantro, we’ll let you decide) or swig tequila shots as your first act as a married pair. Or get your blood pumping by tag-team sawing a log to then display in your home. Whatever you come up with, give the act a shout-out in your ceremony program to let guests in on the unique meaning behind it. (Hey, you could even invite them to take those tequila shots with you.)

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Whether out of superstition or religious reasons, many couples forgo seeing each other before hitting the aisle. And while that’s totes a personal choice, it doesn’t mean you can’t score those cute “first look” photos you see all over Insta. If you don’t want to have a face-to-face with your love before the ceremony, why not try a secluded hand hold meets pep talk, in which you touch— but not see—your partner? Or get wow-worthy reactions from your crew by revealing your wedding day look to your parents, friends or siblings. >>

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Fun with your florals Believe it or not, flowers at a wedding have less than romantic beginnings. They were initially incorporated to ward off evil and mask odor. (Yep, sorry.) But since then, pretty stems have become a main style point for many to-be-weds looking to decorate their day. For a fresh twist, take inspiration from Victorian-era couples and ask your florist to use buds with special meanings (like gardenias for joy or hydrangeas for gratitude) or focus on drama with oversize bouquets and hanging installations. Non-flower “flowers” are big now too, so feel free to trade petals for plants, greenery and even tropical leaves painted in pastels.

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Incorporating whomever you want There’s no denying it—kids are cute. And if you have a few little ones you want to involve in your walk down the aisle, we say go for it. But just because you’re sans a niece or nephew doesn’t mean you have to go without that coveted “aw” moment at the ceremony. Couples are now having anyone and everyone precede them down the aisle, whether it’s a beloved dog ring bearer or flower grannies (we die). Think of these roles as the perfect opportunity to incorporate friends or family who may not otherwise be included in your wedding party.

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Unless you’re lucky enough to find a unicorn venue that checks off every box on your wish list, you’re probably going to compromise on a few things here or there when deciding where you’ll tie the knot. Maybe the space you chose has the incredible seaside view you dreamed of, but the tables it provides leave you feeling underwhelmed. Or, maybe you can hardly stand to look at the ballroom wallpaper, but the price per head can’t be beat. Whatever the issue, we have the clever fix. Trust us—clashing colors will be the last thing on your mind on your wedding day.

take a seat If you don’t have the budget to rent chairs, disguise yours with help from custom seat cushions or swags of greenery.

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The problem An unattractive carpet or eclectically tiled floor gives the venue a worn-out feel or majorly competes with your vision. The fix Take a big deep breath and keep in mind that, depending on your setup, your dining tables will cover much of the less-thanstellar floor in question (as will dim evening lighting). Ask to walk through the venue again the next time they’re setting up for a wedding about the same size as yours to get a peek into just how much of the floor will actually be showing. If it still bothers you, you have a few options. If you’ll have to bring in a dance floor surface anyways, consider pricing out the cost of outfitting the whole space in the same material (like hardwood flooring or a chic black-and-white checkered tile). Another solution? Roll out several neutral carpets (a timeless neutral style, like sisal, can often be rented) to create a blank-slate background fit for any décor.

The problem You didn’t luck out with beautiful dining chairs. The fix If your venue’s available seating is cramping your style, you may have to resort to rentals. The bad news? It’ll definitely add to your tab. The good news? With so many unique styles to choose from (metallic chiavari chairs, rustic wood benches and so on), you’ll be able to find a version that perfectly suits your wedding day vibes. Your planner or venue can suggest a rental company that outfits large parties on the regular, so you won’t have to worry about coordinating drop-off or pickup on your own. If you simply can’t swing the extra cost, try making the current style work with a few clever solutions. Pick an eye-catching fabric to make into seat cushions for a pop of color, ask about the availability of slipcovers to disguise them completely or task your florist with creating swags of greenery for each individual chair. >>

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An oversize space The problem A too-large reception room feels cavernous and impersonal, even though you’ll be having over 100 guests. The fix Don’t stress—or feel like you need to add to your guest list. You can up the intimacy of a sprawling space in a few easy ways. First, ask your planner or venue coordinator if it’s possible to use rectangular tables for your dining setup—they’ll take up more empty space than circular tables, which will go a long way in making the room feel more utilized. Past that, consider setting up different areas around the reception to put the extra square footage to work. Cluster together several plush sofas, ottomans and even fire pits (if outdoors) to create a cozy space right off the dance floor where guests can relax, mix and mingle, or set up a special satellite bar and high-top table section for the perfect spot to serve up the evening’s signature cocktail selection.

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The problem The red-and-gold damask print wallpaper in the ballroom is a look only your grandmother will appreciate. The fix Create another world within the room and install a neutral backdrop by covering the walls in glam drapery. Select a fabric that fits well with your wedding style (for example, a light and breezy blush linen for a vineyard affair) or opt for a simple white for a clean, neutral look. Then, have the venue hang it from the walls (or even the ceiling) for an intimate, cozy feel that will also rid you of the unsightly wallpaper altogether. The end result will be beautiful as is, but to really make it stand out, you could also invest in image mapping. The projection technology allows you to transform any space with lighting and moving pictures, like soft flowers or a beautiful forest scene. On a budget? Stick to traditional uplighting, which can lend a similar glowy effect, sans imagery.

The problem The off-beat color scheme already saturating your venue competes with the soft and romantic blush-hued event you have your heart (and your mood board) set on. The fix Instead of fighting against the palette already present in your venue, try to embrace it. Pick one or two of the less offensive hues to pull into your color scheme via pretty rental napkins or patterned seat cushions, so it feels like they coordinate intentionally, not clash drastically, with your added décor. If you really can’t work with any of the preexisting shades, you’re going to have to collab with a team of pros to transform everything your eye sees into a neutral base using rentals (like rolling out a carpet or covering chairs). Then, you’ll be free to layer in textures and colors that reinforce your preferred range of shades. It’ll be a pricey fix, but we promise—guests won’t even notice what’s left behind.

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RECEPTION Guests dined on chicken tagine and lamb moussaka family style in the company of a towering Mark di Suvero sculpture. STATIONERY Illustrator Jane Beaird, a friend, sketched the couple and designed their wedding invitation, including an envelope liner with drawings of cities where they have lived. TOASTS “We didn’t have a wedding party, since it’s not a tradition in Germany, where Martin is from,” Devon says. “Instead, we asked friends and family to contribute readings during the ceremony and give toasts at the reception.”

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– CLOSE TO HOME, FAR FROM ORDINARY – Only 3 miles from McKinney Town Center, Avalon Legacy Ranch is nestled in the midst of 25 wooded acres. A perfect mixture of every desired setting: elegant, wooded, industrial, rustic, intimate and romantic. Beautiful rose gardens, a hand-crafted outdoor chapel and pews, vintage corrals, a barn, lake, fairy-tale bridge, 3 pergolas with fire pits, and green space for outdoor games. As beautiful inside as outside with antique wooden floors, a vintage bar, indoor fireplace, your guests will be enchanted as they explore both the venue and the gardens. Our bridal and groom’s suites are extravagantly appointed allowing you to spoil yourself as well as your guests. Your wedding at Avalon Legacy Ranch will be uniquely you and completely unforgettable.

Come see why we are McKinney’s highest rated 5-star wedding venue. 2022 Wayside Trail McKinney, TX. 75071 www.avalonlegacyranch.com debi22@avalonlegacyranch.com 469-450-6211

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MARCH 17

• PLANO

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CENTERPIECES Hydrangeas, peonies, roses, smilax and jasmine topped dinner tables.

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STATIONERY A friend designed the engraved invitations, which were mailed with custom stamps.

THEIR STORY

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For their St. Patrick’s Day wedding, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bellinger (30 and an event coordinator) and Scott Trampe (30 and an accountant) honored their Irish heritages. The ceremony on the front porch of Lizzie’s childhood home included two versions of the Irish Blessing, one recited and one sung, while the bride wore a Claddagh ring, a Celtic symbol of love. Shades of green, ivory and gold wove throughout the backyard celebration, where guests drank champagne from Waterford crystal flutes and savored Irish soda bread made from Lizzie’s grandmother’s recipe. —RD

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BOUQUET Lizzie carried peonies, garden roses, jasmine, lilacs and hellebores. TABLES Gold chargers and lamps gave tables a warm glow. CAKE Peonies and roses ran down the white-chocolate cake with raspberry-mousse filling and vanilla buttercream. The couple also served Irish desserts

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DINNER Smilax hung over the head table, where guests dined on Irish flag salad, grilled beef tenderloin, bourbon-glazed salmon and whipped Irish potatoes. Late-night snacks included mini shepard’s pies. GRAND EXIT Guests showered the newlyweds with rose petals. CAR Lizzie and Scott drove off in a 1935 Ford Sedan. “A good family friend dressed up as a leprechaun and led us out to our getaway car,” Lizzie says.

LIZZIE & SCOTT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE A private

residence, Plano PHOTOGRAPHY Thisbe Grace, Morgan Elliott & Joshua Adams/Kiss Me For Eternity Photography by Thisbe Grace & Co VIDEOGRAPHY ProEdit Productions PLANNER

Colleen Harkins; Sara Fay Egan Events FLOWERS & EVENT DESIGN Jackson Durham Events GOWN

Kelly Faetanini, StarDust Celebrations, Plano HAIR & MAKEUP L.B. Rosser Hair & Makeup VEIL

StarDust Celebrations SHOES Badgley Mischka ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS BB&V BRIDESMAID DRESSES THEIA, Bella Bridesmaids MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse; RING BEARER ATTIRE Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Color

Box Letterpress RENTALS DFW Dance Floors; I Do Linens; La Tavola; Nüage Designs; POSH Couture Rentals; Quest Events; Sandone Productions; Stage 2 Lighting; United Rentals CATERING & DESSERTS Preston Hollow Catering CAKE Panini Bakery CAKE FLOWERS Jackson

Durham Events OFFICIANT Tony Fleo (friend) MUSIC Jordan Kahn Orchestra FIREWORKS

Pyrotex TRANSPORTATION Wynne Transportation REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Neiman Marcus; Pottery Barn; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON Italy GUESTS 370

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SEPTEMBER 15

• WEATHERFORD

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CEREMONY Cydney and Bryan married in a timber chapel overlooking the Fort Worth countryside.

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THEIR STORY As a bartender, Cydney Lawrence (26) regularly chats with customers. But the banter was particularly easy with Bryan Kikolla (34 and a mechanic), who’d camp out on a stool with a pint of Guns & Oil. “Anytime business was at a lull, he’d ask me to tell him a story,” Cydney says. Soon enough, the couple had one of their own. After Bryan proposed on the Fourth of July, they set out to plan a fun late-summer wedding at The Brooks at Weatherford. They filled the 21-acre farm’s hacienda-style reception space with warm lighting and a palette of gray, blue and burgundy, and surprised guests with fireworks at the end of the night. —RD

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RECEPTION Lanterns, pillar candles and dusty-blue linens set a romantic mood in the rustic venue, where guests dined on pork tamales, shrimp brochette and a fajita buffet with homemade tortillas, grilled onions and pico de gallo. PLACE SETTINGS Cydney and Bryan left a thoughtful thank-you note for each guest. CENTERPIECES Dahlias, silver dollar eucalyptus, spray roses, astilbe, scabiosa, Italian ruscus and succulents topped tables.

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STEPHANIE BRAZZLE PHOTOGRAPHY

www.somethingprettyfloral.com @somethingprettyfloral #somethingprettyweddings

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C YDNE Y & BRYAN DALL A S & F T. WORTH

CAKE Berries added fresh color to the simple lemon and almond cake with buttercream frosting. WEDDING PARTY Roses, dahlias, veronica, delphiniums, tuberose, dusty miller and muscari popped against neutral gowns. GRAND EXIT Guests lit sparklers before the newlyweds drove off in a 1934 Chevrolet Master.

CYDNEY & BRYAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

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Photographers VIDEOGRAPHY Everlasting Wedding Films PLANNER Shannon Rose Events FLOWERS Lush Couture Floral GOWN Maggie Sottero, Bridal Boutique, Lewisville HAIR & MAKEUP Pretty on Premises SHOES

Converse ENGAGEMENT RING Pieter Andries WEDDING RINGS Pieter Andries; Zales BRIDESMAID DRESSES Beside the Bride MENSWEAR Groom: Joseph Abboud, Men’s Wearhouse; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Brown Fox Creative RENTALS POSH Couture Rentals CATERING

Pappasito’s Cantina CAKE Sugar Bee Sweets DESSERTS Pappas Catering; Sugar Bee Sweets OFFICIANT Jake Large (friend) MUSIC & PHOTO BOOTH Forerunner Entertainment TRANSPORTATION My Vintage Limo; Prime

Limo REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; Target HONEYMOON Maui, HI GUESTS 162

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A view as big as your future!

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MAKE TRADITION

MAY 27

• PONDER

taylor & adam

During the ceremony, the couple dripped paint on a canvas that now hangs in their home.

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CENTERPIECES A modern display of delphiniums, bells of Ireland, roses, amaranthus, craspedia and curly willow towered over geometric linens.

THEIR STORY

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Though Taylor and Adam planned a traditional Christian wedding, they also wanted it to feel modern, Taylor says. The clean white space of The Nest at Ruth Farms allowed them to play with color: black and white with pops of fuchsia, lime green, blue and yellow. The invitations, with bold brushstrokes and a gold band, set the tone for a fun, spirited celebration. At the balloonfilled ceremony, a choir in white robes surprised guests with an a capella rendition of “Amazing Grace.” —RD

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LAST DANCE “I loved our last dance before our exit because it was the only time we got to slow down and soak up the entire day together. It was unexpectedly one of my favorite moments,” Taylor says. SHOES Taylor wore black-and-white kitten heels. DINNER Guests hit up food stations serving pulled-pork tacos, chicken and waffles, and bacon mac-and-cheese. CAKE A mod display cake hinted at the black-and-white sheet cake sliced backstage and served to guests.

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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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TAYLOR & ADA M DALL A S & F T. WORTH

TAYLOR & ADAM’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Nest at Ruth

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WEDDING PARTY Bridesmaids paired black jumpsuits with fuchsia heels. ESCORT CARDS

PLANNER Shannon Braun FLOWERS Lauren

Bright watercolor table numbers hung from black-and-white ribbon on a boxwood greenery wall. FLOWER GIRL Taylor’s cousin, holding ranunculuses and roses, rang a bell as she walked down the aisle. The ring bearer carried the wedding bands on Taylor’s great-grandmother’s bible. PLACE SETTINGS The couple tied napkins in ticking stripe and the letter “S,” their new joint initial.

Buffa GOWN Justin Alexander, Gowns of Grace, Dallas HAIR Kimberly Miles/Shuggshack MAKEUP Brandi Myers VEIL Richard Designs,

Gowns of Grace SHOES Nine West ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Premiere

Jewelers BRIDESMAID JUMPSUITS Adrianna Papell MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse FLOWER GIRL/RING BEARER ATTIRE Gowns of Grace;

Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY LaneLove Paper Co. RENTALS Beautiful Event Rentals; Array Events CATERING Blue Mesa Grill CAKE Cretia’s Bakery DESSERTS FunkyTown Donuts OFFICIANT Cory Johnson MUSIC Your Special Day DJ TRANSPORTATION DFW Vintage Cars REGISTRIES Anthropologie; Target; Williams

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Cross Creek Ranch is an event facility conveniently located in the hear t of DFW and less than 5 miles east of US 75 in Parker. Specializing in custom, all-inclusive event packages, our proper ty is a r ustic chic venue with more than 100 mature trees, open spaces and a 2-acre pond ser ving as the outdoor ceremony backdrop for our two outdoor locations. Our packages include the facility rental, tables and chairs, a variety of catering options, fresh floral center pieces of your choosing, and more.

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NOVEMBER 4

• DALLAS

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STATIONERY Scott designed the graphic letterpress invitations.

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THEIR STORY From the moment they got engaged, Alexander (Alex) Gandara (28 and a department store buyer) and Scott Morgan (28 and a merchandise planner) planned every aspect of their wedding together. They selected place settings, mapped out floorplans and agreed to wear tuxedos, but no socks. So at the ceremony, “we walked down the aisle as one,” Scott says. Afterward, the Tennessee natives and their guests took in skyline views and mingled over fried green tomatoes and champagne. Late in the evening, Alex and Scott realized they’d forgotten just one detail—and rushed to sign the marriage certificate. —RD

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DINNER “We loved the idea of having a black-tie, seated dinner juxtaposed with traditional Southern food, so we decided to serve our favorite meal: fried chicken with macaroni-and-cheese and haricot verts,” Alex says. GROOMSWOMEN The female attendants wore slim black jumpsuits, for a more masculine approach to the typical wedding party look, and topped the style off with corsages. BOUTONNIERES The couple pinned mini calla lilies and delphiniums to their lapels.

ALEX & SCOTT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE d.e.c. on

Dragon St., Dallas PHOTOGRAPHY Courtney Hanson Photography FLOWERS Jessica Criscoe MENSWEAR Tuxedos: Bonobos; bow ties: Tom Ford; cuff links: Cufflinks Inc. HAIR Hair by Mallory; Drybar MAKEUP Blushington SHOES Magnanni for

Neiman Marcus; Bally ENGAGEMENT RINGS Cartier WEDDING RINGS Memoire WEDDING PARTY Jumpsuits: Theia, Bella

Bridesmaids; tuxedos: various STATIONERY Design: DIY; printing: Thomas Printers RENTALS Marquee Event Rental CATERING

Food Glorious Food CAKE Society Bakery OFFICIANT Mary Bryan Ciarrocchi (friend) MUSIC Radio DJs REGISTRY Honeyfund.com HONEYMOON London & Paris GUESTS 105

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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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Timeless Charm meets Modern Glamour.

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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 top 25 ceremony sites in the country by Martha Stewart Weddings. Schedule a tour of one of our 18 ceremony sites and 4 reception venues!

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APRIL 28

• SHERMAN

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CENTERPIECES Hydrangeas, tulips, roses and orchids peeked out from blue willow vases.

DALL A S & F T. WORTH

THEIR STORY When Michal Olmstead (24 and a realtor) married Travis Overturf (26 and a civil engineer) at Central Christian Church, she was the fourth generation in her family to stand at that very altar. The ceremony flowers even echoed those her great-grandmother had used. The couple included many personal touches throughout their wedding. Michal’s aunt’s vintage blue willow china inspired the design for the tented reception, held in her grandparents’ field. Orchids, her mom’s favorite flower, even appeared in centerpieces. —RD

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CHERIE CALLOWAY PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

Engagement Parties | Weddings | Receptions | Rehearsal Dinners | Large Ballrooms | Accommodation Packages Sherri Morriss | 972.442.7800 x 209 | smorriss@southforkranch.com Southfork Ranch is 20 miles north of Dallas | southforkranch.com

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MICHAL & TRAVIS’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Central Christian Church,

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Sherman RECEPTION SITE A private residence,

WEDDING PARTY Bridesmaids wore chiffon dresses in blue and grey, and groomsmen wore navy tuxes. GROOM’S CAKE A chocolate fondant-covered cake, in the shape of a cooler, held replicas of Travis’s favorite beer. Sugar-paper stickers nodded to Texas sports teams. SWEETHEART CHAIRS The hues found in the blue willow china directed the color scheme for the reception. WEDDING CAKE Michal’s aunt made the almond cake with vanilla-almond buttercream frosting.

Sherman PHOTOGRAPHY Hannah Mayson Photo PLANNER & FLOWERS Jennifer Taylor/ Bon Appetit Y’all GOWN Paloma Blanca, StarDust Celebrations, Plano HAIR & MAKEUP Kristy Rankin Hair and Makeup VEIL Toni Federici, StarDust Celebrations, Plano SHOES Badgley Mischka ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Robins Brothers BRIDESMAID DRESSES Mori Lee MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank STATIONERY Invitations: William Arthur;

programs: Etsy.com RENTALS A-1 Wedding & Party Rental; Peerless Events & Tents CATERING Bon Appetit Y’all; Jason Sheppard;

Whataburger CAKES Bon Appetit Y’all; groom’s cake: Twelve Eleven Bakery OFFICIANT John Davison MUSIC Ceremony: Versa Strings; reception: InVersion Band TRANSPORTATION My Private Driver REGISTRIES Dillard’s; Pottery Barn; Target; Williams Sonoma; HONEYMOON Cancun, Mexico GUESTS 400

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SEPTEMBER 2

• MIDLOTHIAN

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JASON AND L AURIE PHOTOGR APHY

CEREMONY “I broke down in tears of joy walking down the aisle,” Meghan says.

341 THEIR STORY When planning their wedding, Meghan Humphrey (27 and a research associate) and Cameron Wilson (30 and a business analyst) started with the menu. “We both love brunch and knew we wanted to serve it as our wedding meal,” Meghan says. At Firefly Gardens, they created a romantic and whimsical mid-day celebration brightened with pops of coral and navy. Mismatched china, Caribbean tunes and mimosas carried home the Sunday brunch vibe. —RD

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MEGHAN & C A MERON DALL A S & F T. WORTH

GRAND EXIT The newlyweds headed out in a cloud of bubbles. “We were super excited and in a state of bliss!” Meghan says. DANCE Meghan and her son shared a sweet moment dancing to “A Song for Mama,” by Boyz II Men. BRUNCH MENU The couple served chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, hash browns, biscuits and strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting.

MEGHAN & CAMERON’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Firefly

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VIDEOGRAPHY Motion Blur Films FLOWERS

Julia’s Love Designs GOWN Allure Bridals, Moonlight Bridal, Waxahachie HAIR & MAKEUP Lady DeFrance Make Up & Hair SHOES Bride: Dillard’s; groom: Cole Haan ENGAGEMENT RING Robbins Brothers WEDDING RINGS David Yurman BRIDESMAID DRESSES JJ’s House MENSWEAR Groom: Express; groomsmen:

TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY Invitations: Minted.com; escort/place cards: To The Point Calligraphy; programs: That Party Chick RENTALS POSH Couture Rentals; Simply

Elegant Weddings & Special Events CATERING Kitchen Kings Catering & Events CAKE Main Street Bistro & Bakery CAKE TOPPER Lillian Rose OFFICIANT Bishop

Darrell Hall MUSIC Toast Entertainment REGISTRIES Honeyfund.com; Target HONEYMOON Greece GUESTS 150

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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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Rebecca Chesney Photography

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PL ANNING

10 questions to ask

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Kick the writer’s block (and overcome your public speaking paranoia) with these meaningful questions all about your person. PHOTOGR APH BY EMILY WREN PHOTOGR APHY

Admit it: You totally thought writing your own vows would be quick and painless, but, sure enough, you’re now realizing that picking just a few promises or sentiments to sum up your whole relationship is hard. Don’t worry though—you’re definitely not the first person to struggle with what to say. To kick things off, sit down

for a little one-on-one reflection sesh with yourself. We’ve rounded up a list of sweet and sentimental questions to help you delve into what it is that makes your partner, and your love, so special. Once you get in a groove, you’ll have all the makings of deep and personal vows finished in no time—we promise. >>

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WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU FIRST SAW THEM?

There’s no better place to start than at the beginning of your story. Whether you had a meet-cute in a hotel elevator (swoon!) or are totally the product of a dating app (praise that algorithm), spend some time reflecting on your thoughts and feelings surrounding your first introduction to your partner. PUT IT INTO WORDS:

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WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WERE IN LOVE?

The more specific you can be about the moment in time, the better. Was it when they helped you keep it together while you brought your sick pup to the vet, or when they held their own at your huge family reunion? If humor is more your brand, don’t fight it. Throw in that playful anecdote about spending an entire weekend binging Adam Sandler movies together.

a beautiful book makes your vows feel even more special

PUT IT INTO WORDS:

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HOW HAVE THEY MADE YOUR LIFE BET TER?

For this Q, put the focus on the heart and head, not on material possessions (as much as you may love that new engagement ring you’re rocking). Think about all the ways you’re better off with your partner in your life. Have they taught you to appreciate the little things or bolstered your self-confidence at work? Be sure to make it known. PUT IT INTO WORDS:

efore I met you, I

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HOW HAS YOUR WORLDVIEW CHANGED?

We’re just guessing here, but life has probably gotten a lot better since you two met and fell in love, so tell everyone about it. Having trouble pinpointing exact specifics? Consider all the new stuff you’ve tried or places you’ve seen together that you would have never experienced on your own. PUT IT INTO WORDS:

e ause of you, I see the world ______________ .

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WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST WHEN YOU’RE APART ?

This will probably end up being something super simple— but powerful. For most people, it’s the little moments that make up a relationship, so it makes sense those are what you’d crave when apart. From their signature morning slow-drip coffee to the way they talk in their sleep (hey, it could be charming), this is a great way to show you care about both big and small. PUT IT INTO WORDS:

ou re su h a part of me that when you re one, I ______________ .

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WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELVES IN 10, 20 AND 40

YEARS? We’re going to push you to go beyond the whole “happily married with a family” thing here. What are your true long-term hopes, dreams and goals for the future? It could be as simple as enjoying summer sunsets from a lakeside cabin, or as big as starting an animal charity together. PUT IT INTO WORDS:

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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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5 of our fave vow books IS THERE A LINE FROM A MOVIE THAT SAYS IT ALL?

It’s definitely okay to borrow from your favorite movie, song or poem for a bit of inspiration, as long as it’s not too much of a cliché (please, no “You had me at hello,” Jerry Maguire fans).

Instead of holding a crumpled (probably sweaty) piece of paper at the altar, slip your words into one of these chic holders or notebooks.

PUT IT INTO WORDS:

When I see you _____________, I think, "God only knows what I'd be without you."

Here’s your biggest opportunity to personalize your vows if that whole “for better or for worse” line just doesn’t do it for you. So many couples pledge endless love, but what about everything else you and your person do for each other, like refusing to watch your favorite Netflix show without one another?

COR AL CHARM

A luxe velvet exterior tied with a silk ribbon screams romance. $98, Elmo-Paper Stories.com

PUT IT INTO WORDS:

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I promise to always _____________________ .

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A TOUCH OF GOLD

Foil-pressed detailing on the front jacket makes these vow notebooks truly heirloom worthy. $40 for 2, SenimanCalligraphy, Etsy.com

WHAT WILL KEEP YOUR MARRIAGE STRONG?

Dig deep—focus on how you’ve already fostered a solid foundation and how you plan to maintain and grow that connection in the years to come. This can encompass relationship-healthy habits you guys already have (go you!) as well as attributes you’re hoping to work on or bring into your marriage more. PUT IT INTO WORDS:

I know that even when life gets hard, you and I will ________________, because ________________ .

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LUXE LEATHER

This slate-blue leather book will fit any vibe— from clean and industrial to a cool boho bash. $69, BlueSkyPapers.com

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO WHEN IT COMES TO MARRIED LIFE?

Your wedding is just the (very fun) beginning of this insanely amazing adventure you’re about to go on. So what do the next few decades look like? Call out what you’re most excited about when it comes to marriage, whether it’s raising a family together or having a built-in partner to sneakily leave parties with. Be funny, be sentimental—say whatever feels right. PUT IT INTO WORDS:

I look forward to

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as we embark on __________ .

PERSONAL PAGES

Have each of your vow books stamped with your name and wedding date as a charming memento of the day you said “I do.” $20, Shop.TheKnot.com

TIED WITH A BOW

Swooping calligraphy makes for a gorgeous cover, while blank pages inside let you write as much as you want. $35 for 2, KelseyMalie Calligraphy.com

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WHAT PROMISES CAN YOU MAKE TO SOLIDIFY AND ENCAPSULATE YOUR DEVOTION?

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Gorgeous venue in the heart of the North Dallas Design District • Personalized services based on your budget

• Free park for ceremony • Free, safe and ample parking • 3 ballrooms to accommodate any size event from 0-450 guests

• Beautiful dressing room • Ceremony room • Near Galleria and Addison Hotels

Let your dreams come true!

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214-358-3628

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your catering checklist Whether you’re planning a delicious buffet or seven-course sit-down dinner, you’ll want to abide by these important tips. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY ABBY JIU PHOTOGR APHY

Dreaming up your wedding reception menu can be one of the most fun (and important) parts of the planning process, especially if you and your partner are big foodies. A large portion of your budget will be put toward feeding your guests, so you’ll want to make sure everyone ends the night happy and full. As you’re booking your food pros and creating a menu to remember, here are six questions you should ask to ensure you get it right. >>

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Is your caterer legit? Whether you’re working with the team provided by your reception venue or are planning on bringing in an outside crew from your favorite barbecue joint, you’ll want to make sure your caterer is licensed for both food and liquor. This means they’ve met important local health department standards for food prep and service and carry liability insurance for both the food and the alcohol they’ll be serving, ensuring no responsibility falls on your shoulders (or your venue’s) if something goes wrong the day of.

Have they worked at your venue before? Hiring a caterer who has prepared food at your venue for previous events can make the day run more smoothly and efficiently. A repeat team will already be in the know about the available cook space on-site and what your venue supplies. They’ll have a clear idea of what additional gear may be needed (this is especially important if you’re celebrating at a nontraditional venue, like a barn or vineyard, where an entire kitchen may have to be brought in). If you’re really pulling for a catering team that hasn’t worked in the space before, see if they can arrange a walk-through of the venue and get a sense of the available equipment at least a month beforehand so they’re fully prepared for your event.

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What does their package include? There are a lot of different things to consider before signing on the dotted line. Catering packages can vary, so make sure you leave your initial meeting with a concrete idea of what your caterer includes in theirs. For instance, is your quoted price based on the specific foods or dishes you choose, or is it an all-inclusive rate (which typically includes an appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert,

plus coffee service and, in some cases, wine for each guest)? Also, unless you’re going with an outside mixology team, work alcohol service into your contract and your catering plans. Talk through the tiers of alcohol coverage, what brands will be served and whether there’s a corkage fee if you provide your own wine or champagne. When it comes to must-have items like plates, napkins, silverware and more, ask if they’ll be bringing those and whether they or the venue are in charge of setup and breakdown. Lastly, inquire as to whether waitstaff is provided. Most caterers work with their own staff, but it’s good practice to check. >>

4 must-hire vendors Add these other experts to your wedding team for a flawlessly beautiful celebration.

Snapshots of your day are the longest-lasting legacy when it comes to your wedding, so it’s not the place to skimp or trust just any friend with a digital camera. Splurge on a quality, experienced photographer (plus an engagement session) to get the memories you deserve.

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Planner/coordinator The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is field questions or direct vendors. Enter: a planner. Whether you work with someone for a year ahead of your day or just the month before, it’s beyond amazing to have extra help so you can party stress free.

Florist

Blooms may seem easy to execute on your own, but when you factor in the time and energy spent sourcing and arranging, hiring a florist practically pays for itself. If you really want to DIY some florals, opt to do an event leading up to your day, like your shower.

Band or DJ

Music makes the party, so your band or DJ pick is a very important one. These entertainers understand the flow of music and how to keep guests on the dance floor all night long, in a way that your Spotify playlist just can’t. Trust us—and the pros—on this one.

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Do you have the same vision?

What kind of meal appeals to you?

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Depending on the vibe and formality of your event, there are plenty of tasty choices to consider when it comes to serving your guests. If you want a constantly bustling party, a dinner of passed apps and interactive stations may work for you. But if you’re looking for something more formal, a sit-down meal is always on trend. Want guests to interact with their surroundings? Hire foodie-themed entertainment like a flair bartender, ballerinas to serve champagne or even a few bow-tie-clad oyster shuckers. Whatever feels right for your day, make sure your catering team is on board to execute. Staffing and equipment needs can vary greatly between a buffet meal and multicourse plated dinner, so plan your style from the get-go in case it affects the overall cost of the services.

Can you sample their menu in advance? Researching caterers through reviews and sample menus is a great start, but taste-testing the food yourself is a must-do, and it’s a delicious part of the process. Sitting down for a tasting before your wedding day will help you and your caterer plan out a cohesive menu and eliminate any dishes that don’t suit you and your partner.

Can they handle food allergies? Depending on your guests’ needs, there may be special dietary restrictions your caterer should plan for in advance. See if your team is able to prepare vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher or halal meals if guests should request or need them, and what the additional cost per plate may be. While you’re at it, if you’re planning on having children at your reception, ask about including a kid-friendly menu or smaller portions. You’ll also want to learn about meal options for serving wedding pros the day of (a must). Ask what date your caterer needs to know your final menu choices and guest head count by. Then, base your RSVP date on that to ensure all responses from guests are in at least two weeks before your catering head count is due to their team.

5 alternatives to a traditional sit-down meal Plated service isn’t the only option. Personalize your meal with one of these fun (and tasty) swaps.

A movable feast

Skip the seats and instead delight your guests with a bevy of passed plates piled high with hearty appetizers and filling finger foods for a cocktail party atmosphere.

Family style

Top your tables with platters of mains (like fish, steak and chicken) and yummy sides, then let guests pass around the plates and serve themselves. It’s a great way to keep the conversation flowing.

European family style

Similar to traditional family style, except each guest selects their main meal course and only the side dishes are shared among the guests.

All action eats

For a meal that feeds and entertains at the same time, create a culinary circuit of interactive stations serving foods like make-your-own burgers, tacos, pasta, sushi and more.

Drive-in dinner

Round up a few of your favorite food trucks to serve guests for a charming picnic-style event. Be sure your venue has an accessible gravel patch for the vehicles, as well as electrical access.

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You want your wedding day to be a reflection of you two, so your reception menu should be also. If you have a particular cuisine in mind, seek out a caterer who specializes in it. They’ll not only boast all the right resources (like the perfect shop to secure that French cheese you love for cocktail hour), but also know how to properly prepare and serve specialty dishes on a large scale, promising a better and tastier event. Expecting a Southern barbecue crew to execute a traditional Indian menu probably isn’t going to end well for anyone, so inquire ahead of time about your top picks for cuisine specialties and ask to see sample menus.

F I N D YO U R C AT E R E R AT TheKnot.com/marketplace

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crowd-pleasers Sometimes, the wedding moments that mean the most aren’t filled with gorgeous florals or over-the-top fireworks. We tapped 14 guests to learn about the details, add-ons and performances (yes!) they’ll always remember. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO ILLUSTR ATIONS BY AMY BL ACK WELL

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wedding yearbook

At one wedding I attended, the couple created a mini booklet to put in our welcome baskets that included info on every guest in attendance. It had pictures of each person or couple, a bio about them, details on their relationship with the couple and some memories or fun facts. I thought it was so unique and super thoughtful, and it was great to flip through it before the wedding to familiarize ourselves with who else would be there. -SAR AH >>

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sweets to share

At a recent wedding reception I attended, the couple had a Pittsburgh cookie table. Not only did it look stunning (and taste delicious), but it allowed family, friends and the local community to contribute to the wedding by making batches of treats ahead of time. I had never seen anything like it before, and it was a beautiful way to incorporate loved ones into the day. At the end of the night, we got to box up cookies to take home with us too! -ANDIE jersey fun

I went to a wedding where the couple surprised their guests with a live performance from the cast of the Broadway show Jersey Boys. Everyone was on the dance floor singing along to top-10 hits from the legendary The Four Seasons. It was an unbelievable touch that brought together guests of all ages. -COLET TE

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dancing queen (and king)

A friend of mine got married a few months ago. Her dad had passed away two years prior, so her husband and his mom decided to join her and her mom for one big parent dance, rather than the traditional separate ones. They did a giant jig to Mamma Mia! and literally everyone there was singing along, laughing and dancing in their seats. It’s such a hard tradition to figure out with a big loss, and they made it so fun. -JESS

jazzed -up beat s

At one friend’s wedding, they hired a DJ for the reception plus a standalone sax player who played along with all the songs, bopping around the perimeter of the dance floor the whole night. It was unexpected, hilarious and fun—and the only thing the groom felt strongly about having. -IV Y

support system

the new wedding march

little monsters

My friend is Indian and her husband is Jewish, and they got married in a Jewish wedding ceremony. They didn’t have a formal wedding party, but they did select seven loved ones to recite prayers. I was one of those selected, and it was so special to be included. Guests surrounded them in a circle at the request of the officiant, who wanted to create a space of community for the couple to rely on. It was such a sweet moment. -MANAL

I was recently at a wedding where the groom, who works as an audio engineer, wrote an original song for his bride to walk down the aisle to. They also had a few friends of theirs sing during the ceremony, and those two elements combined really reflected them as a couple. Oh, and the groom completely lost it when my friend walked down the aisle to his song. Swoon. -ANDREA

A wedding reception in our family started off with a surprise appearance by a fabulous Lady Gaga impersonator. Watching her and five burly, mesh-and-leather-clad backup dancers own the dance floor in an upscale ballroom, surrounded by their fairly traditional families (some of whom were probably attending their first same-sex wedding ever) instantly set the tone for the rest of the night. It was a blast! -SHERRY >>

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truckin’ along

steamy sips

something borrowed

At a friend’s wedding, the groom rode through his baraat procession on an ice cream truck (traditionally in India, it’s done on a horse or elephant). I thought his twist was really unique and matched the fun of the rest of the day. -MAT T

I attended an outdoor wedding in October, and it ended up being freezing that day. They provided hot apple cider for guests to enjoy while waiting for the ceremony to begin. It was so thoughtful and helped everyone’s hands stay warm. -HANNAH

When my best friend got married, her mom gifted her with a beautiful charm that had a picture of her father on it (he passed away when she was very young). It was on a ribbon, and when her flowers were delivered to the room before the ceremony, her mom gave it to her to wrap around her bouquet. There was seriously not a dry eye in the room—even the florist was tearing up! -SAMANTHA dancing gents

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At a friend’s wedding a couple of years ago, there was a particularly special moment when it came time for the father-daughter dance. My friend had lost her dad many years before, so she took the time to make a small speech in his honor, then explained she would be dancing with the men who have helped her throughout life. She danced with her uncle, her grandfather and, finally, her brother. When he stepped forward to cut in for the last dance, everyone was teary. It was emotional to witness the bond they had, and to feel their love and loss in one moment. -ANDY guests on parade

fixer upper

I was at a wedding recently where the groom’s father had passed away a few years before. His dad had enjoyed fixing up vintage cars as a pastime, and the groom had inherited one of them that he hadn’t finished before he died. Little did he know, his mom secretly had it fixed up and parked in the front of the church for when the ceremony ended. The groom was floored when he came out—they drove to their reception in it! -STEPH

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For her wedding reception exit, my best friend hired an 8-piece brass percussion band to lead guests from the venue to the after-party spot four blocks away. The musicians were instructed to play crowd-pleasing ’90s hits like Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” while all us guests trailed behind them. Everyone was too happy and wrapped up in the moment to even notice the freezing temperatures outside (it was the middle of winter!)— we were too busy reliving our glory days together. -ESTHER

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shot at love Choosing who will photograph your day is a major style decision for your wedding, right alongside picking your palette or landing your dream venue. Learn what your options are to help you decide on the right look for you. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY JAMES X SCHULZE

The photography industry can be complicated 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 vibe suits your celebration best. We’ve rounded up our best advice to help you figure out your style and find a true-to-you photographer. >>

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capture this Make sure you loop your photog into any surprise moments or special dances planned so they can be ready to snap them.

Gather inspiration

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 reviews from 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 chat with them and get 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 your heart set on formal portraits, you may gravitate toward a more classic photography style. If your inspiration was fly-on-the-wall 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

Think of an engagement session as a second date with your photographer. This is your chance to get to know your pro and how they work. “Nothing helps build trust more than an engagement session,” says James Christianson, a fine art wedding photographer and one-half of the James x Schulze photography team. “It helps us understand you as a couple, strips away any preconceived ideas of what shooting together will be like and allows us to capture you exactly as you are.”

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 add up, 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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Prep for the day of 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 flower girls) 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 seated 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.

2 Put their knowledge to good use

Use your pro as your personal vetting tool and take their advice on whom 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.”

3 Plan for the light

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 images. “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, on 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,” says Elizabeth Fogarty, a fine art wedding photographer. “Trust your photographer and their eye—if you let your story unfold naturally, your photographer will capture it beautifully.”

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the road to “I do” Go from aisle to reception with ease on your wedding day. Our top transportation tips will have you and your wedding party riding in style. Plus, fun ways to rethink your grand exit. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY CL ARY PFEIFFER

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When it comes to wedding day transportation, getting to the church on time is only half the battle. There are also contracts, guests’ needs and, yes, even aesthetics, for you to consider before booking your ride. Ensure your day-of drive is safe, streamlined and super stylish with these important to-dos.

Book ahead of time Really ahead of time—we mean it. Transportation may not be your top priority going into wedding planning, but move it up the list. Depending on the season, a lot of the best rides can book up early, so if you have your heart set on a gorgeous old-school trolley or vintage Rolls-Royce, you should inquire ASAP (between six to nine months before your wedding day is the sweet spot, no matter what you want to rent). First, figure out your ceremony and reception sites, as well as any special photo locations, so you can give the transportation company an idea of the exact routes and timing you’ll need for the most accurate price quote.

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Aim to book your wedding day transportation between six and nine months beforehand—more if you’re getting married during peak season.

Make a list of whom you’re transporting The size and number of vehicles you choose will depend on how many people need transportation. As a rule of thumb, you should provide a ride for the wedding party (groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girls and ring bearers and their parents, if necessary), as well as your and your partner’s parents, your photographer and possibly your officiant. It’s also important to consider more specific needs. If you decide to forgo a first look and plan on traveling separately to the ceremony with your respective wedding parties, you’ll need two vehicles instead of the usual party bus for everyone. Likewise, if you’re planning to shoot couple’s portraits around town with your photographer postceremony, you’ll need a car for the three of you and a way to get your wedding party to the reception in the meantime. To guarantee everything goes smoothly day of, make a call sheet to pass out to your drivers with addresses and directions, timing, a roll call of everyone expected in the vehicle and emergency numbers.

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Think beyond the limo While transportation is a practical matter, it can also be an added layer of personalization for your wedding day. Think of it as a fun opportunity to nod to your wedding vibe, location or love story. Did your first date include a pedicab ride around New York City’s Central Park? Find a charming rickshaw to take you from your ceremony to your reception. Throwing a boho backyard bash? Rent out a Volkswagen van for a wow-worthy entrance, then keep it on premises to double as a fun photo booth backdrop. With so many out-of-the-box options available to rent, there’s no need to settle for a traditional choice if it’s not a match for your personalities.

Time it right Keep the day running seamlessly by padding your schedule with an extra 20 to 30 minutes of transportation time when going to and from your ceremony or reception venues. Events beyond your control (traffic, road work or even an accident) can happen, so having that extra bit of wiggle room already built into your day will make it less likely you’ll end up with a delayed ceremony or an officiant who is running late. Another thing to consider? Working around the arrival of your guests. If you’re the type who wants to remain hidden away until your walk down the aisle, you’ll want to be extra careful about coordinating your arrival to your ceremony spot around when your partner and your guests get there. Ask ahead of time if there’s an alternative entrance you can use to sneak in, or arrange transportation schedules so you’re at least 20 minutes ahead of all your guests and your partner. >>

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insta worthy Now’s the perfect time to consider your getaway style, so book something fun and photo ready, like a retro convertible, sailboat or carriage.

Don’t forget about your guests

The moments you spend traveling to your “I dos” or the reception will be one of the few spots of calm in an otherwise jam-packed wedding day. Savor the time alongside your friends or make the most of a one-on-one moment with your new spouse by preparing ahead of time with a few essentials. Champagne flutes and some bubbly are musts for toasting on your way to and from the altar, while a care package of tissues, aspirin, Band-Aids, a quick snack, stain remover stick and bobby pins is also good to have on hand. Task a savvy bridesmaid with compiling a playlist of upbeat, fun tunes that’ll be perfect to set the mood and alleviate any lastminute nerves. You can also bring along decorations—just check with your rental company before decking out the interior or exterior of your vehicle so you don’t accrue any damage fees.

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Make it a ride to remember

Unless you’re hosting your ceremony and reception in the same place all of your guests will be staying, chances are you’ll have to factor guest transportation into the day-of game plan. If you’ve reserved a block of rooms at a specific hotel, arrange to have transportation (like a charter bus, which can hold over 50 passengers) leave from the preceremony, that way guests who are staying elsewhere or live local can meet in the parking lot to catch a ride. It’s important to offer transportation postreception, too (especially if guests have been drinking) as well as provide the numbers of local cab companies. Allow guests to board the shuttle at least a half hour before your night officially ends—early birds can get a prime seat on the way back, while guests who aren’t quite ready to leave the dance floor yet can catch the next bus out.

Now’s the perfect time to consider your grand getaway as a married duo. Leave a lasting impression for your guests by exiting your wedding reception in Insta-worthy fashion on a cute bicycle built for two, speeding away in a retro red convertible or sailing into the sunset (literally!) aboard a vintage boat. It’ll make for a great photo op and seal the deal for a wedding to remember.

how to hang postreception After the party comes the after-party. Keep the fun going with these quick tips.

Keep it casual

Leave the wedding day formality behind with a chill after-hours shindig. Choose a low-key bar or lounge area to relax and catch up with loved ones over a few cocktails.

Spread the word

It’s important for guests to know they’re welcome at the afterparty. Include the info on your wedding website or have your DJ announce the continued festivities.

Serve some eats

Ensure no one goes hungry by serving up a few quintessential bar foods like wings, fries and grilled cheese. Or order a slew of pizzas for your friends and family to enjoy.

Set the mood

This is the perfect time to play DJ. Break out your best playlists and ask your after-party venue to hook up your phone to speakers. Keep the tunes fun and dance-y.

Pay the tab

If you’re hosting an “official” after-party (like an ’80s-themed dance sesh), then pick up the tab. Just hanging at the hotel bar? People can probably cover their own tab.

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Stowe, Vermont Why you’ll love it Winter getaways always seem like they’re harder to plan, but don’t panic. Instead, embrace the cool temps by planning a bachelor or bachelorette party in a snowy locale, like trendy Stowe, Vermont. It’s packed with all the cold-weather activities you could want, plus quaint small-town charm. Where to snap a shot While hitting the slopes with your besties. What not to miss Kick off your winter wonderland weekend by checking yourselves into The Lodge at Spruce Peak, which legit looks like it’s out of some Swiss mountainside day dream. Plus, it’s the area’s only ski-in, ski-out resort, so hitting the powder anytime you want is a breeze. If black diamond trails aren’t your thing, there are treatments aplenty at the on-site spa. Once you’ve sweat it out for the morning (slopes or sauna, that is) you can head to town for a bit of shopping and sightseeing. When you’re ready for a midday break, choose from a bevy of local breweries or pop into the family-owned Von Trapp Brewing Bierhall (yep, that Von Trapp family) for some Austrian-inspired lager and eats. Speaking of food, Vermont locals are passionate about their cuisine and you’ll find a ton to love here. From a hearty post-ski brunch at Butler’s Pantry or Café on Main (get the homemade soup) to a fancier celebratory dinner at Harrison’s Restaurant or The Bistro at Ten Acres, you will leave with a happy heart and a very full stomach.

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 a group big or small, 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 >>

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Why you’ll love it For a weekend packed with color, personality and sunshine, Palm Springs is your place. Picture this: You and your pals 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, 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 (and enviable interiors) in town, followed by tropical libations at Bootlegger Tiki.

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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.

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 (trust us, there are plenty!), or go with one of the many boutique hotels, like the colorful Austin Motel or sleek South Congress Hotel. Spend the day at the “it” local watering hole, Barton Springs Pool, or take your buds paddleboarding on scenic Lady Bird Lake. Come afternoon, take a stroll through SoCo for shopping, and get a pick-me-up treat from nearby famous spot Voodoo Doughnut. For dinner, a big boisterous group will feel right at home at Franklin Barbecue, while Eden East promises a farm-to-table meal you won’t forget. Cap off the night with drinks at Easy Tiger, Whisler’s or Garage, or catch a live show at Broken Spoke. If you’ve been sipping enough bubbly, you could maybe even convince your crew to brave the karaoke mic at The Highball. Austin, TX

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Portland, Oregon 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 (we recommend the honey lavender or cinnamon snickerdoodle flavors) for #foodporn everyone will be jealous of. What not to miss The centrally located Ace Hotel is an everpopular 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 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. Not a bad way to spend a weekend.

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WIGGLE AROUND IN IT LIKE YOU’RE DANCING. WHICH ONE FEELS THE BEST? THAT’S HOW I KNEW!” —Hannah G.

“When I put on my gown, I couldn’t stop smiling. I never wanted to take it off.” —Chelsy H.

“My maid of honor’s eyes lit up when I came around the corner in the bridal salon.” —Jennifer T.

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“It was the last of 30 dresses I tried on, and, finally, I couldn’t find anything wrong. I thought, ‘OMG, this is it.’” —Jennifer M.

“I loved how the dress looked, but, more importantly, I loved how it made me feel like a bride. I could clearly envision myself walking down the aisle and marrying my best friend.” —Bethany R.

“When I saw myself in the mirror, my heart stopped. I had never felt so worthy, beautiful and just plain ‘me’ in something. I knew that if I were to gain weight, lose weight or stay right where I was, I’d be at home in my gown.”

“My gown’s style name is my grandmother’s name, and she passed away a few years ago. Although she won’t be there on my wedding day, I feel like I’ll have a part of her with me.” —Amy K.

I WAS SPARKLING. I DIDN’T JUST FEEL LIKE I WAS WEARING A PRETTY DRESS— I LOOKED PRETTY IN A PRETTY DRESS.” —Aphrodite E.

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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, making it the ideal location for wedding receptions or state dinners. 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 Contact Nora Lenhart @ (214) 421-4500 EXT. 106

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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.

Collin County County Clerk Collin County Administration Building 2300 Bloomdale Rd., Ste. 2104 McKinney, TX 75071 (972) 548-4185 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.

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

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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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411 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX (817) 720-7373 The4Eleven.net Bring your vision to life in our restored 1920s industrial warehouse just blocks from downtown Fort Worth. The ivy-covered garden patio with vintage brick walls leads into an expansive warehouse with double staircases and a mezzanine, plus tons of whitespace, natural light and vintage details throughout.

angel mountain events

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Uvalde, TX (830) 278-3939 events@501ranch.com 501Events.com The 501 Ranch is the ideal selection for an elegant ranch wedding you will never forget. Located in South Texas, it’s the perfect destination, whether you are coming from Mexico or elsewhere in the States. The ranch itself has several venue options—something for every bride!

at&t hotel and conference center

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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.

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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 $$

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 the barn at swallow’s eve

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

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bethel ranch

1922 Bethel Cannon Rd., Whitewright, TX (870) 538-8707 BethelRanch.com Whether you use our new wedding chapel, our upscale rustic main lodge or take advantage of our 82 acres of rolling hillside, fields and lake, we have lots to offer— allowing the options of an indoor or outdoor ceremony and/or reception. We would love to be the place you choose to host your special day.

blissful hill avalon legacy ranch

29360 Bulverde Road, San Antonio, TX (210) 865-2201 1850Settlement.com Here at The 1850 Settlement, you’ll enter into another world of old-world charm and romance. Get lost in each other’s company and the warm embrace that this oneof-a-kind venue offers.

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boots, Beaumont Ranch has options that will leave you and your guests breathless.

1411 Lower Crabapple Road, Fredericksburg, TX (917) 455-1725 SwallowsEveBarn.com Gather here to celebrate life’s joys and journeys amidst the seep of warm breezes, open sky and rustic elegance. Nestled among 35 acres of tree-laden land with dry creek beds, rolling hills and beautiful skies, this is the place to be. 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

#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 $$

the bowden events & weddings

1775 Keller Parkway, Keller, TX (817) 379-1775 TheBowden.org/weddings The Bowden Events & Weddings was founded to be a first-class event and wedding venue centrally located just minutes from Dallas and Fort Worth, in the heart of Keller. We offer a groom’s suite and bridal suite, indoor

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briscoe manor

5801 FM 723, Richmond, TX (281) 238-4700 | BriscoeManor.com The limestone architecture, the exquisite chapel and refined Grand Ballroom sit on a mature 50-acre property that provides the ideal backdrop for your dream day. Only minutes from Houston, Briscoe Manor offers the serenity and luxury that no other wedding venue can match. capacity 300+ | price $$$

buffalo soldiers national museum

3816 Caroline St., Houston, TX (713) 942-8920 events@buffalosoldiermuseum.com BuffaloSoldierMuseum.com Give your guests a touch of history at this Houston landmark. The Houston Light Guard Armory, built in 1925, is now the home of Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM). Conveniently located with three large parking lots, BSNM welcomes outside catering with a variety of wedding packages to please any bride. capacity 325 | price $$

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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.

castle on the lake

Jacksonville, TX (903) 721-3593 info@jacksonvillecastle.com JacksonvilleCastle.com We can handle your wedding details from the day you book with us until the last guest leaves. We have taken the most unique venue, and the best of the best vendors, to create a reasonably priced package so your wedding and reception will be unforgettable. capacity 300 | price $$

the cedars ranch

506 Burnett Ranch Road, Wimberly, TX (512) 413-3537 TheCedarsRanch.com Situated on 20 acres of meandering live oak and cedar trees in the heart of Texas Hill Country, The Cedars Ranch is a new green wedding venue designed by award-winning architects, featuring inspiring modern architecture and gorgeous eco-friendly design in a stellar natural setting. Book now for 2019! 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 $$

city club of fort worth

301 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX (817) 878-4051 knorvell@cityclubfw.com CityClubFW.com City Club is a full-service caterer and venue with 11 exquisite rooms and great views of downtown Fort Worth. A talented chef, culinary team and catering manager are on hand to design an event just for you. Call to create a memorable guest experience with exceptional food and bar service. capacity 250 | price $$$

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cityplace events the carriage house

3845 Sapp Road, Conroe, TX (936) 588-4083 TheCarriageHouseHouston.com If you’re looking for a bit of rustic balanced with the perfect touches of elegance for your wedding day, this is your venue! Have your ceremony among the outdoor gardens, or say “I do” in our romantic vintage chapel. capacity 300 | price $$

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2711 North Haskell Ave., Suite 250, Dallas, TX (214) 515-5100 | info@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—plus has a seasoned team for both onand off-premise catering and has the ability to create a celebration that is perfectly you. capacity 280 | 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 $$

courtyard by marriott austin pflugerville hotel

16100 Impact Way, Pflugerville, TX (512) 220-2525 | heather.hartzog@marriott.com Experience the comfortable accommodations and convenient location of the stylish Courtyard Austin Pflugerville. Our conference center boasts over 20,000 square feet of flexible event space, perfect for planning a memorable weekend for all of your guests! capacity 300+ | price $$

cricket hill ranch

7220 Creek Road, Dripping Springs, TX (512) 774-8177 | info@crickethillranch.com CricketHillRanch.com This is the perfect Hill Country backdrop to begin your journey together. We offer the total venue package including tables, chairs, linens and a professional coordinator all at one great price—no additional fees. You and your guests will create unforgettable memories to last a lifetime. capacity 150 | price $$

cross creek ranch

3406 Dublin Road, Parker, TX (972) 221-0167 | CCRTX.net 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 $$

crowne plaza dallas near the galleria – addison

14315 Midway Rd., Addison, TX (972) 980-8877 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 $$

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. (512) 264-8880 CypressValleyEventCenter.com Say “I do” on an incredible ceremony platform suspended from ancient cypress trees with a creek whispering beneath your feet and your loved ones gathered in an outdoor amphitheater. Dance the night away in our cliffside reception pavilion and then retreat to your romantic treehouse. capacity 150 | price $$$

(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 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 $$

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. capacity 400+ | price $$$

deep in the heart farms

8351 Highway 105, Brenham, TX (713) 817-1212 kim@deepintheheartfarms.com Among 150 acres of rolling hills with a seasonal creek, three ponds, majestic oaks and stunning sunsets, the old-world chapel, with large windows overlooking the pond, sits high on a hill with abundant views. The reception hall is a 5,500-square-foot open area for intimate dinner parties or grand events. capacity 400 | price $$

dallas events center

4343 Sigma Road, Suite 600, Farmers Branch, TX (214) 358-3628 Dallas-Events-Center.com Offering customized options to fit any couple’s needs. We are very centrally located on Midway by I-635, right in the heart of the North Dallas Design District by Galleria Mall! Make very memorable moments with us!

diamond h3 ranch

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

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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 and velvet nautilus-shell chairs combine to create an elegant, memorable setting for your celebration. 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 $

fairmont austin

101 Red River St., Austin, TX (512) 524-4572 whitney.hodges@fairmont.com Fairmont.com/austin A wedding at Fairmont Austin sets a new standard in romantic elegance. From bridal showers to luxurious suites for the bride and groom, we offer comprehensive wedding services and specialize in creating unique experiences. Fairmont Austin is the perfect venue to take your first steps toward forever. capacity 300+ | price $$$$

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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.

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 $$$

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dove ridge vineyard 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

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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 $$$

the falls event venue

26042 Riley Rd., Waller, TX 936-372-FALL (3255) info@thefallsvenue.com The Falls Event Venue has the perfect blend of rustic elegance, located on 10 acres, just one mile south of the Renaissance Festival. We are committed to providing you the most memorable and breathtaking wedding or special event experience. We set the scene, and you make your dreams come true. capacity 300 | 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 of your life. Multiple venues make this an allseason destination for parties and events of all sizes. capacity 1,200+ | price $$$

downtown aquarium

410 Bagby at Memorial, Houston, TX (713) 315-5168 nautilusweddings@ldry.com DowntownAquarium.com

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fields and lake, we have lots to offer—allowing the options of an indoor or outdoor ceremony and/or reception. We would love to be the place you choose to host your special day.

1922 Bethel Cannon Road, Whitewright, TX 870.538.8707 — BethelRanch.com

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. 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 250 | 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 150 | price $

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 $$

outdoor ceremony options too—all for that boutique, rustic-chic, barn wedding experience. capacity 160 | price $$

the grand tuscany hotel

12801 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX (832) 214-2747 GrandTuscany.com The Grand Tuscany can illustrate your dream wedding with our customizable services that will meet each specification that you may have. We’re excited to share with you information about the Grand Tuscany and our custom lazy river, designer suites, discounted rates for hotel accommodations and more! capacity 650 | price $$$

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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 $$

gleneagles country club

5401 West Park Boulevard, Plano, TX (972) 867-6666 GleneaglesClub.com Gleneagles is a premier wedding venue located in west Plano. Our experienced wedding planners are available to help you with all of your wedding event needs. Whether intimate or extravagant, we’re certain the memories you make here will be the ones you’ll cherish for years to come. capacity 300+ | price $$

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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 $$$

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 $$$

giddings stone mansion

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.

harper hill ranch

12300 Huber Road, Seguin, TX (512) 214-1614 amy@harperhillranch.com HarperHillRanch.com Situated on 88 acres, Harper Hill Ranch will steal your heart. Our temperature-controlled barn features stunning stained glass and chandeliers. From the stamped concrete floor to the tin ceilings, our details set us apart. You’ll also love our historical on-site accommodations full of modern conveniences.

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 $$$

hidden river ranch

10715 S. Hwy. 281, Lampasas, TX (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 $$$

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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!

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. capacity 300 | price $$

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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

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hochzeit hall heather’s glen

200 East Phillips, Conroe, TX (936) 441-6611 heathersbb@aol.com HeathersGlen.com Experience your wedding in a stunning chapel

427 Gentry Street, Spring, TX (832) 992-3896 info@oldtownspringweddings.com OldTownSpringWeddings.com Let our journey together become your memories! capacity 300 | price $$

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Tarrant County’s premier venue for weddings and special events. Enjoy panoramic views of the Sky Creek Ranch Golf Course from our main dining room, which can hold up to 150 people for plated events and up to 200 for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Whatever your catering or banquet needs, our catering department will work to deliver delectable menu selections to perfectly complement your event. Choose sophistication and elegance with a hint of Texas charm—choose Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club. 8 1 7 - 4 9 8 - 1 4 1 4 • k eaton@ sk y creek ranch . com

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Trinity River Audubon Center is ten 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 & chefinspired cuisine by trinityriver.audubon.org · 214-254-4936 Photos by Sara & Rocky Photography

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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, 100-year-old oak trees and gently rolling hills. From small and quaint to large and elaborate, Honey makes everything sweeter. capacity 200 | price $$$

horseshoe bay resort

Horseshoe Bay, TX (830) 598-7880 HSBResort.com With 7,000 acres of Texas’ most romantic scenery, you can easily host 600 guests for an unforgettable wedding. capacity 400+ | price $$$

hotel crescent court

400 Crescent Court, Dallas, TX (214) 871-3241 general@crescentcourt.com CrescentCourt.com An elegant backdrop at the forefront of uptown, Hotel Crescent Court offers a variety of venue spaces and packages to create the perfect Texas luxury wedding, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or brunch. capacity 250 | price $$$

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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 $$$

soaring ceilings, walls of windows and wood finishes are landmarks of this unique setting. capacity 150 | price $$

natural spring fed pond. The plantation offers stunning views and beautiful backdrops for indoor or outdoor ceremonies and receptions. capacity 400 | price $$$

hotel saint george

Marfa, TX (432) 729-3700 MarfaSaintGeorge.com Saint George Hall at Hotel Saint George offers convenient access to the hotel’s full services and accommodations, including gorgeous spaces for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions, intimate meals or late-night celebrations. capacity 350 | 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 $$$

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 $$$

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 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 $$$

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 $$

las hadas ballroom

Dallas, TX (214) 960-0237 LasHadasBallrooms.com Make your wedding dream a reality in one of our luxurious ballrooms. We have three beautiful venues that include decorations, servers, bartenders, in-house catering, security officers, kids’ play room, table linens, centerpieces, general maintenance, video, photography and DJ services. capacity 500 | price $$$

the jl bar ranch & resort

3500 Private Road 2254, Sonora, TX (855) 414-3337 JLBar.com Every bride wants a beautiful backdrop for the most special day in her life. Nestled among the oaks and prickly pear, The JL Bar Ranch & Resort offers a beautiful setting with a custom experience. From an intimate wedding to a guest list of 500, we’ll make your wedding a memory to cherish. capacity 500 | price $$$

lone oak barn

1810 North County Rd. 122, Round Rock, TX (512) 651-3214 info@loneoakbarn.com LoneOakBarn.com Lone Oak Barn captures your heart with its Southern charm and modern finishes. The strikingly tall ceilings, wood beams and pasture views provide the perfect venue for an indoor/outdoor soiree. With the versatility of an all-inclusive or basic package, couples can create their perfect love story. 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 our exquisite culinary team,

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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

lone star mansion

629 John Charles Drive, Burleson, TX (817) 615-9555 LoneStarMansion.com We specialize in providing a one-of-a-kind experience

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. 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 $$

Mediterranean Villa can accommodate weddings and receptions, plus corporate and social events. Our facility is a stunning Mediterranean-style setting on a threeacre estate with lavish landscaping and breathtaking design and sophistication. We are a full-service facility that leaves no detail unpolished. 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 $$$

messina inn

Wimberley, TX (512) 847-6000 MessinaInnTX.com On the banks of Cypress Creek this Italian-inspired Hill Country venue features an expansive lawn with beautiful magnolias, stunning chandelier-lit pavilion, multiple creekside ceremony sites and an Italian-style villa with overnight accommodations. It’s perfect for your weekend wedding destination. capacity 200 | 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 $$$$

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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 $$

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 $$$

(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. capacity 300 | price $

oak knoll ranch

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. capacity 300 | price $$

oak valley vineyards

27315 FM 3009, San Antonio, TX (830) 980-8033 OakValleyVineyardsRestaurant.com Unique and romantic, Oak Valley Vineyards is the perfect Hill Country setting for the wedding of your dreams. Delicious Texas bistro food, attentive service and event planning are customized to accommodate your vision. Oak Valley Vineyards is a Texas bistro located in a beautiful vineyard with rustic elegance. capacity 250 | price $$

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 $$$

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 $$$

mediterranean villa

1111 Wet N Wild Way, Arlington, TX (817) 557-2700 | (214) 557-7009 info@mediterraneanvilla.net

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monarch meadows farm

3775 County Road 2009, Glen Rose, TX (254) 396-0936 | info@monarchmeadowsfarm.com MonarchMeadowsFarm.com Monarch Meadows Farm is a family-owned wedding and event venue. Situated in a beautiful rural area, we have outdoor ceremony spaces and temperaturecontrolled indoor spaces with tables and chairs for up to 200 guests. Tours are available by appointment. Let us make your dream come true! capacity 200 | price $$

na’kayshions wedding chapel and special event facility 432 S. Clark Road, Cedar Hill, TX

the oaks at oak plantation

(281) 595-0952 info@theoaksatoakplantation.com TheOaksatOakPlantation.com New for spring 2019, our large venue is located on 500 acres of ranch land surrounded by beautiful oak trees. We offer 15-hour facility rental and indoor/outdoor ceremony spaces. Trophy deer and exotic hunting is also available on property. capacity 500 | price $$

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old mill resort & event center

1554 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, TX (830) 387-5833 OldMillResortatGruene.com Old Mill Resort is located deep in the heart of Texas. Weddings can be held indoors in our beautiful 8,500-square-foot venue or outdoors under the shade of majestic oak trees beside the mill. Come let our resort staff make your dream day come true. capacity 300+ | price $$$

omni barton creek resort & spa

8212 Barton Club Drive, Austin, TX (512) 329-4000 OmniHotels.com/bartoncreek Set in the Austin Hill Country, the completely transformed Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa offers endless possibilities for your perfect wedding. Be one of the first couples to say your vows in stunning new venues including the Brazos Ballroom or Hill Country Pavilion featuring grand event lawns. capacity 300+ | price $$$

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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 fireplace, cozy guest cottages and a 100-year-old pecan orchard, we have it all. capacity 400 | price $$

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 $$

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palmwood event and conference

640 Taylor Street, Fort Worth, TX (682) 785-8875 PalmWoodEvents.com PalmWood is the perfect place to savor your celebration. With extraordinary cuisine and impeccable service, you will celebrate in style high above downtown Fort Worth. From your grand entrance to the big farewell, we’ll attend to every detail to ensure the first day of your marriage is remarkable. capacity 300+ | price $$

park city club

5956 Sherry Lane, Suite 1700, Dallas, TX (214) 373-0756 | (214) 373-8305 hala@parkcityclub.net ParkCityClub.net The Park City Club sets a new standard in romantic elegance. Our team of professionals offers the best and most comprehensive wedding services available. We invite you to realize your wedding visions with our wedding experts. Creativity, talent, and the finest facilities, cuisine and services are our gifts to you. capacity 400+ | price $$

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 $$$

pecan springs ranch

Austin, TX (512) 632-1046 info@pecanspringsranch.com PecanSpringsRanch.com Where Hill Country charm meets uptown style. capacity 400 | price $$

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 $$

porch café

1625 E. Beach Dr., Galveston, TX (409) 762-0808 info@porchcafe.com PorchCafe.com From corporate events, business luncheons and holiday celebrations to weddings, bridal/baby showers and birthday bashes, Porch Café has everything you need to have a simple and elegant party. We’re located on eastern tip of the Galveston Island. capacity 130 | price $$

rancho cielito lindo

Bishop, TX (361) 318-8486 RCLTexas.com At Rancho Cielito Lindo, our main objective is to have you feel right at home. Indulge in some rest and relaxation. Our staff is here to welcome you and make your stay as memorable as possible for you and all your guests. capacity 400 | 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 $$

pinstripes

5001 Trailhead Bend Way, Fort Worth, TX (817) 269-1913 fw-events@pinstripes.com Pinstripes.com/events

the reserve at dancing elk ranch 313 CR 351, Mathis, TX (361) 946-4812 TheReserveatDancingElk.com

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Honey Hollow Ranch is the rustic wedding venue for North Texas. Charming and elegant, Honey Hollow Ranch offers a unique country experience for your special indoor or outdoor wedding.

3696 US-380, Runaway Bay, TX 76426 | HoneyHollowRanch.com | 940.575.1950

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riven rock ranch

390 Hermann Sons Rd., Comfort, TX (830) 995-4045 info@rivenrockranch.com RivenRockRanch.com The three distinctive event spaces and stunning wine country estate set the scene for an experience unmatched in the Texas Hill Country. This private dream venue is tailored to offer the essential elements of successful, effortless entertaining for your wedding.

brick venue accented with natural ivy and featuring white décor. Separate staging rooms and a personal reception attendant are available.

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.

sara’s inn

941 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX weddings@saras.com Saras.com Sara’s Inn provides a romantic and unforgettable setting for your special day. Your guests will love the picturesque setting, filled with Victorian charm and grandeur. Your big day at this elegant and charming venue will be a romantic and intimate affair that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

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2910 Royal Oaks Club Drive, Houston, TX (281) 899-3200 RoyalOaksCC.com Our luxurious European-inspired clubhouse surrounded by postcard-worthy vistas and serene waterfalls provides the perfect venue to host your most special celebrations while creating an elegant backdrop to capture stunning memories. The possibilities are endless. capacity 250 | price $$

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 $$

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! capacity 300 | price $$$

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steiner ranch steakhouse

5424 Steiner Ranch Blvd., Austin, TX (512) 381-0800 anunez@steinersteakhouse.com SteinerSteakhouse.com Enjoy our custom menus served by the finest and most exclusive banquet staff in Austin. Private dining rooms accommodate 10 to 125 guests. Enjoy private bars, 50inch plasma screen TVs and patios that overlook Lake Travis and the beautiful views of Texas Hill Country. capacity 125 | 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 $$

strawberry pines

Poteet, TX (210) 296-1764 StrawberryPines.com Our on-site accommodations create a memorable, relaxed stay-over experience. Your wedding doesn’t have to be stressful. With our stay-over packages, you and your family can arrive early to the venue, decorate the barn, hold your wedding rehearsal and be well rested for the big day. capacity 250 | price $$$

sallybrooke event venue

215 Middleton St., Bacliff, TX (832) 274-3410 | contact@sallybrooke.com SallyBrooke.com Weddings at SallyBrooke are unforgettable events! Our shabby-chic barn with chalk-painted farm tables, candlelight and vintage décor are the perfect backdrop for your special day. From under Carolyn’s tree to the barn, the romantic patio and more, the possibilities are endless!

signature manor

6968 Howell-Sugarland Rd., Houston, TX (713) 541-1000 SignatureManor.com Experience the warm hospitality of our dream weavers, the elegance of our dual-spiral staircase and all of the luxury amenities without the luxury price tag. Visit today for the ultimate one-stop shop experience. capacity 400+ | price $

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sky creek ranch golf club 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 exposed-

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600 Promontory Drive, Keller, TX (817) 498-1414 keaton@skycreekranch.com 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

tapatio springs

1 Resort Way, Boerne, TX (844) 532-7344 TapatioResort.com Tapatio Springs is the Hill Country’s premier wedding destination, featuring two magnificent ballrooms, beautiful outdoor ceremony venues, resort-style accommodations, restaurant, full-service salt cave spa and championship golf. Tapatio Springs offers brides the complete experience for their most important celebration! capacity 400 | price $$

texas discovery gardens

Dallas, TX (214) 428-7476 EXT. 290 TexasDiscoveryGardens.org Enjoy a stunning garden wedding at Texas Discovery

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. 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 $$

trickle creek ranch

5555 Old Brock Road, Weatherford, TX (817) 597-6557 ronda@tricklecreekevents.com TrickleCreekEvents.com Enjoy your best day ever at Trickle Creek Events. Huge live oak trees and beautiful lush landscaping surrounds our vintage-farmhouse-styled venue. Our enchanted oaks ceremony area features a pavestone walkway that wanders through the lawn where your guests will be awaiting your arrival down the aisle!

spaces are available in our Spanish Colonial–inspired event center complete with an antique bell tower and courtyard fountain. Highlight your event with our custom label wine or enjoy our mead, ports or other offerings made right here on-site. capacity 200 | price $$

venue 311

Plantersville, TX (979) 777-7344 | Venue311.com Our over 6,000-square-foot venue with a stunning 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.

(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 $

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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. capacity 250 | price $$

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 350 | price $$

umbra winery at la buena vida vineyards

399 Vineyard Lane, Springtown, TX (855) 662-8438 OPT. 3 | UmbraWinery.com More than three differently sized, brand-new event

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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 $$$

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multiple unique wedding venues in the DFW Metroplex and Texas Hill Country.

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 $

waters edge venue

3901 Nasa Parkway, El Lago, TX (281) 291-9900 hellolovely@thewatersedgehtx.com TheWatersEdgeHTX.com A destination close to home! 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, romantic and fun wedding day, anniversary or special event. It’s a setting where events are never forgotten. Please tour The Vista and use your imagination to make it truly your event. 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

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?

western sky wedding & event venue

315 Obst Road, Bulverde, TX (830) 980-2226 | WesternSkyEvents.com Western Sky is the closest Hill Country venue to San Antonio, sitting on 71 acres. Under Texas oaks, the wooden chapel serves as a gorgeous setting for outdoor ceremonies. Our spacious venue features beautifully stained floors, vintage chandeliers and sheer ivory drapes. On-site lodging is available. capacity 300 | price $$

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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. capacity 300 | price $$

white oak music hall

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 $$$

willow creek wedding & events venue

415 S. Westmoreland Rd., Waxahachie, TX (972) 800-7973 willowcreektx@gmail.com 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!

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bridal fashion & beauty

a step above bridal boutique

607 W. Magnolia, Suite 103, Fort Worth, TX StepAboveBridal.com Come discover Fort Worth’s newest bridal gown destination—a premier bridal boutique designed with the bride in mind.

belle âme bridal

4340 Westheimer Rd., Suite 200, Houston, TX (832) 463-0486 BelleAmeBridalHouston.com Our global designers have been carefully curated to bring fresh, new-generation designs to the Houston

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blushbar beauty and blowouts

Frisco, TX (214) 618-1564 | info@blushbarbeauty.com BlushbarBeauty.com Hello, Gorgeous! It’s our mission to make you look and feel your prettiest on your big day! We offer bridal trials to perfect your look ahead of time, and we can glam your entire bridal party in our salon or at your wedding venue. Our team of talented makeup and hair artists is at your service.

brickhouse bridal

200 Valleywood Drive, Suite A300, The Woodlands, TX (281) 681-3430 info@brickhousebridal.com BrickhouseBridal.com Our brides have the experience of a lifetime when purchasing their dream wedding gown. We are committed to being the salon that offers the best service and value in a boutique environment for the bride and her bridesmaids. Appointments recommended.

bridal boutique

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 since 1990. 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.

checkmate bridal

DFW Metroplex and Central Texas (817) 691-6524 CheckmateBridal.com Unlike your routine color appointments, there are no second chances when it comes to your wedding day. You need a skilled beauty professional that is going to deliver the first time. To every beauty blunder that will be faced, we have only thing to say: Checkmate.

de ma fille—a bridal boutique

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 and Austin

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!

lipstick lille makeup

Austin, TX (865) 617-0190 lipsticklille@gmail.com LipstickLille.com Lipstick Lille Makeup is owned by British makeup artist Clare Robinette. Clare creates stunning bridal looks based on her love of old-school Hollywood glamour. With 15 years of experience in the industry, she knows what it takes to make you look and feel like a movie star.

maria’s hair designer, inc.

Houston, TX (832) 661-5990 MariasHairDesigner.com More than 20 years of experience and training from the best Spain, France, England and the USA have to offer in the latest techniques, tools and products makes Maria’s Hair Designer, Inc. “a VIP experience in the hair industry.” Ask for the latest styles and trends.

parvani vida

7107 Hwy. 6 South, Houston, TX (281) 498-9292 | sales@parvanivida.com ParvaniVida.com Parvani Vida has been helping beautiful brides for the past 17 years. It is important to us to have a staff that is experienced, patient and stylish to help you find your dream gown. Let us be a part of your journey, and we will do our best to make your experience memorable and exceptional.

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.

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.

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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

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ventura’s bridal fashions

bavarian cakery and chocolate encore weddings and events

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.

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.

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e-Commerce brand serving the entire US (561) 692-6207 hello@whiskerslaces.com WhiskersLaces.com Our premium shoelace company transforms a boring yet ubiquitous part of the wardrobe into a playful, stylish micro-rebellion. Fill your boring shoe holes.

whittington bridal

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.

xxoo studio

DFW & Destination (214) 226-7447 XXOOStudio.com XXOO Studio was created by founder Taylor Smith. Taylor is an internationally published hairstylist and makeup artist who works closely with Miss USA pageants and renowned photographers. From natural looks to extra glam, XXOO is your squad.

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Spring, TX (832) 817-9614 info@2guys1pitbbq.com 2Guys1PitBBQ.com We’re family owned and operated with an elegant, high-end 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!

8815 Solon Rd., Suite F2, Houston, TX (281) 469-3116 | bavariancakery@gmail.com BavarianCakery.com | ChocolateEncore.com Bavarian Cakery and Chocolate Encore have been Houston favorites for custom wedding cakes for over 40 years, collectively, creating handcrafted memories with sweet action stations like Belgian chocolate fountains, s’mores and ice cream stations—always crowd favorites. Let us help plan your next event!

beyond the box weddings

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.

who made the cake!®

1811 South Shepherd, Houston, TX (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

(469) 687-2897 BtBWeddings.com Beyond the Box Weddings offers full-service catering and bar services to enhance your special day! In addition to food and beverage, we offer professional staffing, chairs, tables, linens and event rentals to make your experience simple and efficient.

celebrations events & catering

(979) 966-9959 | info@bistro108.com CelebrationsEventsandCatering.com Rely on Celebrations to help you create a simply stunning event. From A to Z, we stand ready to help you coordinate every little detail associated with your day. From elegant to country chic, our team assembles to deliver a memorable, stress-free event filled with good food, flair and fun.

creations cake shop, llc

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.

botanika

(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!

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.

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haute flowers & events

(281) 332-1518 HFFEvents.com We believe in partnering with our clients to see their vision come to fruition.

h-e-b blooms®

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.

just’in roses wedding floral

North: 1906 N. Mays, Round Rock, TX South: 13110 W. Hwy. 290, Suite 102, Austin, TX JustinRoses.com Just’in Roses Wedding Floral’s desire is to create florals that express your unique style. We understand that all aspects of your wedding are important, so we invest our efforts into designing flowers that will accent your event perfectly. Our main focus is to make your flowers unforgettable!

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(210) 510-8862 info@thevintagebouq.com TheVintageBouq.com We specialize in creating seasonal, garden-inspired floral designs that will truly set your wedding day apart. Our wedding design will reflect your floral individuality with elegantly curated pieces showcasing treasured floral varieties unique to you and your story.

wedding consultants

Event Planners of Houston specializes in stylish celebrations that are chic and sophisticated. A keen eye for the intricate details ensures every client’s vision becomes a reality. We pride ourselves on providing each client with the highest level of personal attention and professionalism.

heb weddings by design

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!

meant to be events

Dallas-Ft. Worth and surrounding areas (940) 230-6837 M2BWeddings.com Planning a wedding isn’t easy to do alone. Since every wedding is completely unique, packages are completely customized and designed to fit your needs. Contact me today to find out more!

pretty little planners

(972) 836-7159 hello@theprettylittleplanners.com ThePrettyLittlePlanners.com Pretty Little Planners is an event design and wedding planning business located in North Dallas. We specialize in working closely with our clients to help plan and design every detail for their special event. We firmly believe it’s the pretty little details that make a huge impact!

two girls in pearls events

(817) 501-3879 (940) 782-9448 beth@twogirlsinpearlsevents.com kim@twogirlsinpearlsevents.com TwoGirlsinPearlsEvents.com Two Girls in Pearls Events is a boutique wedding and event planning company based in Dallas/Fort Worth. We plan and create chic and stylish weddings and events for clients looking for an unforgettable experience and meticulous, individualized service for day-of coordination to full planning.

creations by becca

Houston and surrounding areas (832) 567-7006 creationsbybecca@gmail.com CreationsbyBecca.com Creations by Becca is your one-stop shop for weddings! Our mission is to make our clients’ visions come to life by offering a wide range of multiple services to make event planning easier for you. Contact us today so we can plan your wedding for you, with you!

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christina tallant photography

Houston and worldwide (409) 313-2184 ctallantphotography@gmail.com CTallantPhotography.com I hope that the passion I have for creating timeless portraits is visible through the way I love my clients wholeheartedly. I adore each fleeting moment that is captured through the lens of my camera. These are the moments that I set out to capture for my clients. I can’t wait to be a part of your story.

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.

ep films

Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas (281) 639-3541 EPHoustonFilms.com At EP Films, our goal is to make you an amazing wedding video that lasts a lifetime and beyond. All our packages include free drone footage for your wedding!

laura miller photography

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.

lorena burns photography

event planners of houston (281) 716-5566 info@eventplannersofhouston.com EventPlannersofHouston.com

(512) 213-1437 chance.hogan@beyachancephotography.com Beyachance Photography is a full-time professional wedding photography service. Owner and photographer Chance Hogan specializes in weddings, boudoir, bridal and engagement photography. Everyone is beautiful, and Beyachance Photography wants to show them through his camera lens.

beyachance photography

12591 Research Blvd., Austin, TX

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.

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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.

jewelry

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eiseman jewels

invitations & details

NorthPark, Dallas, TX (214) 369-6100 | EisemanJewels.com Highly regarded as the Southwest’s premier jeweler with gracious and expert service, Eiseman Jewels NorthPark Center in Dallas is purveyor to an extensive collection of GIA-certified diamonds of impressive quality and size, as well as an unparalleled selection of bridal diamond jewelry.

zadok jewelers 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!

1749 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX (713) 960-8950 | Zadok.com Master jewelers for seven generations.

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the royal dukes band

(425) 221-2009 info@royaldukesband.com RoyalDukesBand.com The Royal Dukes are a premium, customizable 3- to 14-piece band—at a sensible price. They host live local showcases so couples can preview the band before booking. Their talented and professional musicians bring energy and fun to every event they perform and pride themselves on filling dance floors!

the special edition band

(972) 345-2984 TheSpecialEditionBand.com The Special Edition Band authentically and powerfully performs a vast repertoire ranging from current popdance hits, to rock, country, Latin and jazz, and will customize our music to fit each event, client and venue. We deliver everything with extreme attention to detail and client service.

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industry, ILIOS is well positioned to provide a creative and professional experience individually tailored to our clients.

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.

18217 Hwy. 3, Webster, TX (281) 338-9898 OneStopParty.com Specializing in weddings, we carry a full line of rental products including tents, linens, chair covers, sashes, dishware, glassware, archways, dance floors and more.

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!

swift + company

2137 West Alabama, Houston, TX (713) 526-7600 SwiftEvents.com Swift + Company’s experienced team provides fullservice wedding planning and production, including event design, catering, flowers, lighting and tenting. With over 30,000 square feet of warehouse space, Swift + Company boasts an extensive inventory of event rentals for every occasion or budget.

total wine & more

TotalWine.com/tk We make it easy to pick wines, beers and spirits for your wedding! We’ll make personalized recommendations based on your taste, menu and guest list size—and with thousands of options, there’s a bottle to fit your budget. Visit one of our more than 190 stores for a complimentary consultation today!

blanc de bleu cuvée mousseux

(855) 874-2394 BlancdeBleuUSA.com/shop-wine Blanc de Bleu is available in two varietals. Its signature varietal is a blue sparkling brut with a hint of blueberry. Its “something new” varietal is Blanc de Bleu Rosé Brut. Both are perfect for weddings. Drink responsibly.

ilios lighting design

(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

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Cross Creek Ranch

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The 4 Eleven

411

Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria - Addison

365

501 Events

181

Cypress Valley Event Center

253

The 1850 Settlement

179

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

334

The Allan House

19

Dallas Events Center

349

The Allen Farmhaus

187

Dallas Historical Society

381

Angel Mountain Events

299

Dallas Palms

339

AT&T Hotel & Conference Center

247

Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery

277

Avalon Legacy Ranch

309

Deep in the Heart Farms

80

The Barn at Swallows Eve

266

Diamond H3 Ranch

353

Beaumont Ranch

405

DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown

141

Bethel Ranch

391

Dove Ridge Vineyard

379

Big Cedar Lodge

50

Downtown Aquarium

151

Blissful Hill

251

Duchman Family Winery

294

Boardwalk FantaSea

151

Fairmont Austin

257

The Bowden Events & Weddings

389

The Falls Event Venue

91

Briscoe Manor

14

Fort Worth Zoo

383

Brodie Homestead

18

Gardens of Cranesbury View

215

Buffalo Soldiers Museum

93

Garey House

301

The Cana Ballroom

227

Gather in Downtown McKinney

313

Canyon Lake Cabins & Cottages

219

The Giddings Stone Mansion

135

The Carriage House

129

Gleneagles Country Club

381

Castle on the Lake

395

The Grand Texana

139

The Cedars Ranch

301

Grand Tuscany Hotel

23

Chapel Creek Ranch

384

Granduca Hotels

147

City Club of Fort Worth

411

The Grove

5

Cityplace Events

321

Harper Hill Ranch

220

The County Line

269

Hawthorn Hills Ranch

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Heather’s Glen

137

Cricket Hill Ranch

285

HESS Club

124

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Mimosa Hall

359

Hidden River Ranch

259

Moffitt Oaks

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Hideout on the Horseshoe

65

Monarch Meadows Farm

397

Hochzeit Hall

99

Na’Kayshions Wedding & Event Center

343

Honey Hollow Ranch

399

Oak Knoll Ranch

347

Horseshoe Bay Resort

79

Oak Valley Vineyards

225

Hotel Crescent Court

302

The Oaks at Heavenly

189

Hotel Galvez & Spa

13

The Oaks at Oak Plantation

85

Hotel Icon

110

Oakwind Bed & Breakfast

145

Hotel Saint George

228

Old Mill Resort at Gruene

225

House of Blues Las Vegas

115

Omni Barton Creek Resort

17

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa San Antonio

201

The Orchard at Caney Creek

27

Jack Guenther Pavilion at The Briscoe

211

Palm Door

263

The JL Bar Ranch & Resort

35

PalmWood Event & Conference

315

Kemah Gardens

69

Park City Club

325

Kendall Plantation

172

Pearl South Padre

59

La Cima Club

355

Pecan Springs Ranch

240

Lakeway Resort & Spa

245

Pinstripes

409

Las Hadas Ballrooms

340

Plantation Elegance

106

Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake

407

The Porch Café

87

Log Cabins at Jacobs Creek

69

Rancho Cielito Lindo

199

Lone Oak Barn

297

Raveneaux Country Club

103

Lone Star Mansion

356

The Reserve at Dancing Elk Ranch

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Lost Mission

220

Riven Rock Ranch

193

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Magnolia Halle

223

Royal Oaks Country Club

121

Marry In Brenham

32

Ruthe Jackson Center

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The McNay Art Museum

195

SallyBrooke Event Venue

123

Mediterranean Villa

409

The Sam Houston Hotel & The Veranda

169

Messina Inn On Cypress Creek

275

Sara’s Inn

105

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Signature Manor

169

2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ & Catering

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Sixty Five Hundred

368

Bavarian Cakery

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Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club

393

Beyond the Box Weddings

401

Southfork Ranch

337

Café Natalie Fine Catering

127

The Stable at Pearl

177

Carriage Caterers

145

Steiner Ranch Steakhouse

293

Celebrations by Bistro 108

139

Strawberry Pines

202

Creations Cakes

223

Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort

209

Heavenly BBQ

183

Texas Discovery Gardens

403

Heavenly Gourmet

182

The Tremont House

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Jimmy Lyn’s Event Planning & Catering

205

Trickle Creek Ranch

405

Royal Fig Catering

283

Trinity River Audubon Center

393

Who Made the Cake!®

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Twin Lakes

165

Wolfgang Puck Catering

377

Twisted Ranch Weddings

281

Umbra Winery at La Buena Vida Vineyards

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153

Blooms by H-E-B

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Victory Arts Center

361

Botanika

219

Vintage Villas

289

Bouquets of Austin

291

The Vista on Seward Hill

289

Haute Floral

307

Walters Wedding Estates

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Haute Flowers & Events

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Warwick Melrose Hotel

333

Johanna Terry Events

137

Waters Edge

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Just’in Roses Wedding Floral

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The Waters Point

300

Something Pretty Floral

319

Wedding in the Branch

399

The Vintage Bouquet Bar

196

Wendy Krispin Caterer

331

Western Sky Wedding & Event Venue

217

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Whispering Oaks Wedding Venue

389

A Step Above Bridal Boutique

60

White Oak Music Hall

165

Belle Âme Bridal

97

Willow Creek Wedding & Events Venue

344

Blushbar

387

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407

Bridal Boutique of Lewisville

74

Two Girls in Pearls Events

384

Checkmate Beauty

383

De Ma Fille

350

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Julian Gold Bridal

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BEG3 Photography

229

Lipstick Lille Makeup

299

Beyachance Photography

297

Maria’s Hair Designer, Inc.

153

Christina Tallant Photography

132

Parvani Vida Bridal & Formal

113

Emily Chappell Photography

71

Pretty On Premises

395

EP Wedding Films

53

Signature Bridal Salon

271

Laura Miller Photography

391

StarDust Celebrations

362

Lorena Burns Photography

401

Unbridaled

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293

Ventura’s Bridal Fashions

109

Whiskers Laces

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Whittington Bridal XXOO Studio

403

Dallas String Quartet

367

Royal Dukes Band

387

The Special Edition Band

379

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Any Occasion Tents & Events

131

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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ILIOS Lighting

265

Marquee Event Rentals

373

One Stop Tents & Events

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JEWELRY

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Eiseman

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Zadok Master Jewelers

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INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Percolator Letterpress Co.

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Brickhouse Bridal

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Creations by Becca

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Premiere Events

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Event Planners of Houston

135

Premiere Select

2

H-E-B Design Studio

29

Swift + Company

167

Jacqueline Events & Design

371

Total Wine & More

57

Meant To Be Events

397

Wish Upon A Wedding

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