Meet a JulesBride: Ashley

Oh, you know, just a sensible multi-month break from blogging about Dallas brides…I’ll be better, I swear, y’all…I KNOW I say that everytime….but this time I…mean it?

Anyway! Today’s blog is all about Ashley and Brody!! I knew of Brody in high school, but he was waaaaaaaayyyy more popular than me. Cut to senior year when we were Student Council officers together (#gowarriors) and we totally bonded. We’ve stayed friends through the years and I just adore that funny, wonderful man! I met Ashley when Brody brought her to our get together the night before our ten-year high school reunion and instantly I was obsessed with her. She’s so funny, has such a light about her, and she’s gorgeous! I even said to Brody that night to not let her go and to make sure and call me when he proposed. Love this sweet couple and their wedding is seriously going to be such a dream!

Tell us a little about each of you.
Brody is hilarious, sarcastic, sports fanatic, whiskey drinker, lover of our dog, Oakley. He never thought he would love a small dog, haha! I’m passionate, stubborn, a music and sports lover, whiskey and champagne drinker, and proud mother to Oakley. I love that Brody and I share many interests but also differ though other passions. It keeps our relationship close and independent at the same time.

How did you meet?
Brody and I were actually friends for several years before we ever dated. We met through mutual friends and but at the time were in other relationships. Down the road, Brody moved to Fort Worth from Arlington and we started hanging out more and more. We finally we both single…and it was inevitable, we started dating.

When and where are you getting married? What made you choose that season and venue?
We are getting married at River Crest Country Club. We chose our venue because it is beautiful, it was available on a Sunday (before all the good football games start), and because the venue provides such great support via the staff and events coordinator.

Give us three words to describe your wedding.
Party. Bright. Glamorous.

When did you know he was going to be your husband? Did he know before you?
I think Brody knew before me haha. He said he knew I was the one before we ever started dating. I knew Brody was the one pretty early on into our relationship. No one makes me laugh and excited about life like him.

How did he put that ring on your finger? Was it a total surprise?
We were taking our final vacation of the summer in August 2016 and we were staying with his sister Lauren and her husband Tyson in Montauk, New York. We decided to go to a winery on Friday night (luckily Tyson talked to employees into giving us rose, because it was closing time haha.) We got our wine and walked down a beautiful stretch of land that ended with a cliff looking out to the ocean. We were all just hanging out and looking at the ocean when I turned around to find Brody on one knee. The rest is history. Oh, and I said yes.

What have you loved most about planning your wedding? What has been the most difficult?
I’ve loved seeing everything come together but I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed personalizing my invitations. I certainly did not think I cared much about the invitations, but my good friend Amanda helped me personalize our look and style of the invitation. Most difficult factor is, without a doubt, trying to please everyone. I had a difficult time making sure everyone was happy. PSA…everyone has their own opinion and not everyone will be happy.

What are you looking forward to most on your wedding day?
Marrying my best friend. And having everyone that we love all in the same place at the same time. I feel like that likely won’t happen again.

Do you have any advice for the newly engaged as they embark on the planning process?
Have someone help you with invitations and save the dates. I was always just so worried that I would mess up the wording, misspell something, or leave important information out. There are professionals for that! Also, remember what your wedding day is actually for, the covenant between you and your partner. When things get overwhelming, remember that at the end of the day, you get to marry the person that was made for you!

All Photos by The Tarnos.

Meet a JulesBride: Kelly

Kelly and I met probably 7 or 8 years ago through mutual friends and I always have so much fun with her! I actually met Nick when she brought him over to our friend’s house at the end of their first date! It’s so fun that I got to see them on their first date and now I’ll see this lovely couple down the aisle!

Tell us a little about each of you.
Nick owes his own green carpet cleaning and tile service, while I have been teaching 2nd grade for 8 years. We met in Dallas, where I was born and raised. Nick is a good old Corpus Christi babe. He moved here to attend UTD, while I attended Texas A&M University. We met 2 years after I graduated college. Nick and I both love to hangout with our friends and family whenever we can. We love to entertain and have dinner at our house. Recently we have been getting into cooking together, which is a great way for us to end a hectic day. Anytime we can go see a concert, we are there. Anything we can do together is always the best. We love to travel and experience new thing together. Nick loves to play golf, so on our first Valentine’s Day, he surprised me with golf clubs. I thought it was a super sweet gesture of him. I love how he wanted to include me in something that he loves.

How did you meet?
We met on 11/13/11 at Top Golf. Romantic, right? We have a mutual friend who thought it would be fun to get together. The second I saw Nick, I whispered to my friend “he is SO my type.” I didn’t know I had a type…Nick played golf in college, so I was pretty impressed with his skills right away. Nick came over to me and offered a tequila shot. I kindly declined. Not my drink of choice. We ended up laughing and making jokes for over an hour. I didn’t want to leave but had other plans to go attend a party that night. When I was leaving I asked Nick if he wanted my number. So bold of me! I don’t think I have ever been that bold before. Two minutes after leaving, he called me immediately and asked where we could meet up. I liked his confidence and the fact that he didn’t waste any time getting to know me. We ended up hanging out until 4 in the morning. I didn’t want the night to end. A week later we were on our first date on Lower Greenville. He took me to a dinner at Kirby’s and a Stars and Geographer concert at The Granada. Little I know we would have hundreds of dinner dates and concerts in our future. He is the best date I could ask for.

When and where are you getting married? What made you choose that season and venue?
Our wedding is March 11, 2017, at Avalon Legacy Ranch in McKinney, Texas. Being a teacher, that date seemed perfect because we can honeymoon during Spring Break. What’s not to love about spring? I love this venue! It’s so romantic and away from city life. I feel like it’s a good mix of our styles. I also love that it’s in McKinney, where my parents recently moved, so it seemed like a great weekend wedding location for friends and family.

Give us three words to describe your wedding
Rustic. Romantic. Personal.

Moments after Nick popped the question!

When did you know he was going to be your husband? Did he know before you?
I don’t know if there was a specific BAM moment where we knew. I knew we both felt very comfortable around each other right away and we both let our guard down quickly. We trusted each other right away. I think after being together for over 6 years, I knew and hoped it would eventually happen.

How did he put that ring on your finger? Was it a total surprise?
Nick rented out a private hot air balloon on Cinco de Mayo. I had NO clue what we were doing. I thought that we were going to go sky diving, which would have been terrifying and awesome all at the same time. It’s something that has been on my “bucket list.” For the hour long drive I kept hounding him with questions. I guess the teacher in me came out. The second we saw the hot air balloon I thought to myself “well, if it doesn’t happen now, it never will.” Who randomly rents a hot air balloon on a Thursday for no reason? I was pretty hopeful he was going to get down on one knee. Nick, myself, and Leroy (our pilot) were all there. Nick got down on one knee as we were up in the air. We ended the night at Torchy’s eating tacos, staring at my ring, and expressed how excited we were for our future together. He planned the perfect proposal. On Saturday, Nick and I went to McKinney to see my parents. Little did I know that Nick had planned the entire weekend. Knowing how important our families are to us, he wanted them to be there to celebrate with us. My entire family and his family were there waiting for us. It was one of the best surprises to celebrate with our families. We got to look at venues that weekend. It was perfect.

What have you loved most about planning your wedding? What has been the most difficult?
I have loved all the celebrations with friends and family. We had an amazing engagement fiesta, stock the bar party, bridal shower, and bachelor and bachelorette weekends. I’ve also really enjoyed ordering all the cute things off ofEtsyy and working with all the vendors. I can’t wait to see it all come together. The most difficult was probably working on the guest list and invitations. I wish I could invite everyone to my wedding.

What are you looking forward to most on your wedding day?
There are so many things I can’t wait for. I think I’m honestly most excited about seeing Nick for the first time. I hope I don’t ugly cry. I have a tendency to ugly cry at weddings. I’m sure ours will be no exception. I also can’t wait to see the beautiful vision of I Do! Floral and myself come together. I am also pretty pumped about our amazing band, The Royal Dukes. It will be a great party to celebrate with friends and family.

Do you have any advice for the newly engaged as they embark on the planning process?
Enjoy this time of planning. It can be stressful at times, but it’s also the only time that you will get to plan your wedding, so enjoy every minute of it! Don’t let the little things stress you out…oh, and Etsy. It’s the best thing since sliced bread.

Engagement Photos: Elizabethan Photography

Laura + Brockett, Organic and Colorful Grapevine Wedding

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Laura and I went to college together so her wedding was a special one to me! She and Brockett are such a hilarious and oh-so-in-love couple! I know their first look brought tears to my eyes! Laura and Brockett live in Chicago, but she’s from here so I got to step in and help the couple plan the wedding from afar!

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Isn’t Laura so stunning? Her hair is legit #goals. And that Stella York dress! Later that evening she changed into a really fun mini dress and mint flats and looked as gorgeous as ever.

Their color palette was so eclectic but it worked! Just look at the mix of coral and mint bridesmaids dresses! Due to rain leading up to the wedding, the intended ceremony space was really muddy. Luckily the outdoor porch worked great as plan B! And their friend got ordained to perform their ceremony, I love when couples have someone so invested in their relationship giving them their vows. I also love that both of Laura’s parents walked her down the aisle, they are seriously the sweetest, most hilarious family!

Laura did all the paper products herself and it totally paid off! How great are those ceremony programs? They also made booklets denoting their anniversary that guests could leave notes and advice in that also served as table numbers. And how about those awesome CD favors? Music is a big part of their relationship and I love that they included that part of their love story. Their florals really had the just-picked wildflowers vibe. The mix of bright colors and greenery gave off such an organic vibe.

This was a crowd that was down to DANCE! People watching during the dancing was beyond fun. Love was so sweet that night with cake, pie, cupcakes, AND a s’mores bar!

Vendors Who Made It All Happen:
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Events by Jules Photographer: Kristen Dee Photography / Venue: Austin Ranch / Cake Baker: Legacy Cakes / Invitations: Minted / Flowers & Decor: Rae’s Exclusive Designs / Hair + Makeup Artist: Concepts by Anastasia / Bride’s Dress Designer: Stella York / Bride’s Dress Retailer: Circle Park Bridal / Videographer + DJ: Complete Weddings & Events

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Christina + Mark, Colorful Garden Wedding

Christina and Mark are the sweetest couple! I loved their bright, fall Dallas, Texas wedding with so many personalized details. The Trinity River Audubon Center was the perfect setting for their sunset ceremony and intimate, airy reception.

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How great are those puppy cufflinks? They LOVE their pups! Shawn Marie Photography took so many stunning photos it was legitimately hard to narrow down for this post and Leslie from Everly Alaine Florals absolutely killed it! The colors, the open blooms, the organic centerpieces, that wild and gorgeous ceremony arch – every piece was perfection.

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The couple did a group selfie with all the guests from the altar right after their first kiss as a married couple and then exited to bubbles. Christina did all the hand lettering and watercolor work for the table numbers, escort cards, and menus! Love when I have creative and talented brides!

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The couple opted out of public dances in favor of a private last dance before their sparkler exit. They did draw some attention to themselves though by playing the newlywed game (also known as the shoe game) – a tradition that I love!! They also cut their two tiered cake while guests gathered awaiting their turn at all the mini desserts – seriously y’all these were some of the best desserts I’ve EVER tasted – from Bethany House Baking.

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Vendor Love
Wedding Coordinator: Events by Jules
Venue/Rentals: Trinity River Audubon Center
Photographer: Fairy Tale Photography
Caterer: Bolsa
Florist: Everly Alaine Florals
DJ: A Very Special Day
Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth
Videographer: Green Light Media Services
Hair/Makeup: Q Makeup
Cake/Desserts: Bethany House Baking
Stationer: Minted
Wedding Gown Designer: Love Marley by Watters
Wedding Dress Retailer: BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dress Designer/Retailer: J.Crew
Groom’s Attire: Vu’s Custom Tailor

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Marissa + Sean, Dallas Country Club Wedding

This wedding came at the craziest time for me. October is always a huge month for weddings in Dallas/Fort Worth and October 2015 was no exception. I had to schedule semi-emergency gallbladder surgery literally in between 4 back to back weddings. So thankful for my team (had Lauren and Annie with me that weekend!) that could pick up my slack as I could coordinate, but was under strict doctor instruction to REST and NOT LIFT ANYTHING!

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Marissa and Sean met in college, but Marissa is from here, so Dallas was a natural place for their wedding. Marissa and I actually never met in person until the day of her wedding rehearsal! Wedding planning can be crazy sometimes, y’all 🙂 The bleak weather caused us to move to Plan B for the ceremony, which was originally scheduled to be an outdoor golf course ceremony. Luckily Bent Tree Country Club had an awesome backup space with an incredible skylight!

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The rain (more like the sprinkling) ceased and Tyler + Lindsey were able to get some awesome formal portraits outside. Isn’t Marissa such a classic bride with that updo and long sleeved dress? And those bushes will almost make you think that Texas gets the actual colors of the fall season!

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Di Fiori did a great job bringing in fall and keeping their purple + orange color scheme classic and luxe. It’s Your Night did an amazing job of keeping guests on the dance floor. I love the fun dance floor images that were captured!

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Thank you to Marissa and Sean for letting us be a part of your special day!

Vendor Love:
Coordinator: Events by Jules
Photographer: Tyler + Lindsey 
Venue/Caterer: Bent Tree Country Club
Florist: Di Fiori
DJ: It’s Your Night, William Ryan
Videographer: AW Productions
Hair/Makeup: Makeup by Shilpa
Cake: Stein’s Bakery
Stationer: Minted
Officiant: Jonathan Teague, Prestonwood Baptist Church
Transportation: RideCentric
Linens: Ducky Bob’s

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Why Hire a Professional: Hair and Makeup Artist

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Today we are chatting with a GORGEOUS and super talented lady, Quynh Nguyen of Q Makeup Artist! She gives so many brides, mothers, and friends the perfect, natural, glamorous look for wedding and events!

Tell me a little about yourself! How did you get started in the wedding industry? Why do you love it so much?
About 6 years ago I started modeling as a hobby. I began to appreciate the details in makeup, hair, and styling aspects alongside photography. Even when I was a little girl, I’ve always loved doing my own makeup and experimenting with different looks. Makeup is my passion and there is no word in this world I can use to describe it. I strongly believe in first impressions, and our faces say it all.

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Photo Credit: Tracy Enoch Photography

Why do you think hiring a professional vs. a friend or relative whose look you like is so important for brides?
I had a bride hire a friend to do her hair and she was two hours late. I had to jump in and do her hair while the bride was freaking out. Not only is a professional committed to you and values your time, but they have experience with photography makeup and know exactly what is needed to set the makeup properly so it lasts the entire day! Same goes for hair. Your will also be able to communicate what you like and what you don’t to a professional more freely. With a friend you might avoid sharing your opinions because you don’t want to hurt the relationship.

What do professional hair and makeup artists know about cameras, lighting, and schedules that non-professionals just don’t know?
A friend might not understand how to properly plan out the timeline for everyone to get their hair/makeup done. From all the different angles and closeups, your photographer will not only be looking at you but snapping photos for hours and hours. A little powder and lip gloss may look great at work, but you want to look your best on one of the biggest days of your life!

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Photo Credit: Anna Smith Photography

How can a hair and makeup artist fit into any wedding budget?
If your budget doesn’t allow you to offer both hair and makeup to your entire bridal party, you can help pay for your bridesmaids to get their makeup done while they do their own hair or vice versa. But the pictures will definitely look better when all the girls have a cohesive makeup look and hairstyles that last all night. If nothing else, definitely book hair and makeup for yourself, your mom, and your almost mother-in-law.

Q Makeup Artist 4 Photo Credit: Allen Tsai Photography

Anything else you want couples to know? Any advice for the newly engaged?
Most of your guests will spend their time looking at you, the bride, and not the place cards or favors. If you don’t look good and feel your best, the other details won’t matter as much. After all… all eyes will be on you!

Thank you for the awesome advice, Quynh! You are such a joy to work with and you always make our brides look and feel gorgeous!

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Part One // Why Hire a Professional: Stationery Designer
Part Two // Why Hire a Professional: Videographer
Part Three // Why Hire a Professional: Florist
Part Four // Why Hire a Professional: DJ
Part Five // Why Hire a Professional: Baker

Why Hire a Professional: Baker

Arguably the most delicious part of wedding planning, getting to eat cake is definitely an engagement perk! Today we’re featuring Heidi Allison from Sugar Bee Sweets talking about the importance of hiring a professional baker for your wedding.

Beautiful Dallas Wedding Cake Made by Sugar Bee Sweets
Photo Credit: Ben Q. Photography

Tell me a little about yourself! How did you get started in the wedding industry? Why do you love it so much?
I have always loved weddings! In the past, I worked at a bridal salon, a paper and invitation place as well as a corporate venue space. I love all details of wedding planning, so once I started my own cake business, making the jump to doing wedding cakes was a no-brainer!

If you could design a cake around any wedding theme, what would it be?
Hmmmm, I love so many wedding themes. If I had my way I would have had 7 different weddings all with a different look & feel. I don’t have a favorite, I just love when a bride is excited about the look & feel of her wedding and wants her cake to represent that….ultimately those are my favorite wedding cake designs.

Watercolor Dallas Wedding Cake Made by Sugar Bee Sweets
Photo Credit: Ben Q. Photography

Why do you think hiring a professional vs. a friend or relative that can bake is so important for couples?
Hiring a professional gives you a more comfortable platform to communicate on and to feel like you can be honest in your expectations. You also know that they are reliable due to their business background & reviews versus someone that is “doing you a favor.”

Classic Cake Table by Sugar Bee Sweets
Photo Credit: N. Barrett Photography

A lot more brides are going the dessert bar route instead of just having a bridal cake, what are the trends you’re loving?
I LOVE this trend! It is such a fun idea for a wedding and the guests absolutely love all of the options! This is a great way for the couple to really incorporate their tastes into more than just the wedding cake flavor/design and pick desserts that are aesthetically pleasing, taste great, and represent them as a couple!

Monogrammed Wedding Cake by Sugar Bee Sweets
Photo Credit: Crosswhite Photography

How can a baker fit into any wedding budget?
Being upfront about your budget and what you like is always a good start! A lot of times brides assume their budget is too small or that they can’t have what they want and my advice is to communicate what you want to your baker and let them price it out for you. Typically the brides are pleasantly surprised that what they want is within their budget! And if it’s not there are always changes that can be made, you just have to be open to ideas if you have a tight or strict budget.

Dessert Table in Dallas by Sugar Bee Sweets
Photo Credit: Shaun Menary Photography

Anything else you want couples to know? Any advice for the newly engaged?
Have fun throughout the process, if you aren’t having fun at your appointment it could be the wedding stress but it could also be who you are working with. Always remember that there are enough professionals out there that you should definitely enjoy who you are working with!

Thank you for the awesome advice, Heidi! You are such a joy to work with and you make some of the yummiest cakes in town!
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Part One // Why Hire a Professional: Stationery Designer
Part Two // Why Hire a Professional: Videographer
Part Three // Why Hire a Professional: Florist
Part Four // Why Hire a Professional: DJ

Why Hire a Professional: DJ

Today we’re featuring the amazing William Ryan III of It’s Your Night Entertainment and he’s sharing exactly why you need to hire a professional DJ for your event!

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Tell me a little about yourself! How did you get started in the wedding industry? Why do you love it so much?
I was born and raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and I knew when I was a kid that I wanted to be a DJ. I started my career as a radio DJ for many years at 94.9 KLTY as “Young William Ryan III.” From there I had a passion of moving towards the wedding industry and starting my own business. Over a decade later, I am still DJ-ing and running It’s Your Night. I love the wedding industry because I love the clients. I get to work with so many amazing people and every client has a completely different story, personality, and vision for their wedding. Nothing is ever the same so it makes my job so much fun!

If you could DJ a wedding anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
Tahiti with a glass bottom dance floor! I think it would a lot of fun getting to see the party going while we have the sea life going on and water directly below us!  Plus, after the wedding, it wouldn’t be so bad to tack on a week vacation to relax before coming back to reality.

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Why do you think hiring a professional DJ is so important? What are the benefits? What are some assets a professional DJ will bring to the table vs. someone who just owns an iPod or nice sound system?
When you are having a wedding, you want everything to go exactly the way you pictured it
going. You have a vision of what YOU want the night to feel like as well as how you want your guests to feel. Whatever you want the mood to feel like, a professional DJ will be the one that can set that for you. When you hire someone just based on the cheapest price or if it’s just someone with an iPod, you never know what you are going to get. A playlist on an iPod cannot read a crowd and anticipate what’s going to happen in the room. It doesn’t see that no one is on the dance floor during a particular song and it cannot adapt when needed. A huge advantage to a professional is that they CAN read a crowd. A professional DJ has the knowledge and experience to adapt to any kind of situation and dance floor. They’re also the MC for the night and can make announcements to keep guests informed with what’s happening so they’re not “lost” during the event. I guess the most important thing is that you can trust them to make your night everything you pictured it to be!

How can a great DJ fit into any wedding budget?
The first thing to realize is if you’re wanting a fun wedding where guests stay until the end and have the most amazing time then you’ll want to make the entertainment a huge priority in your list of items to assign a budget amount to. Some people might want an incredible looking cake or flowers and don’t really care about whether or not it was a fun wedding so whatever it may be for you, look at your entire budget and let your priority take an appropriate amount of budget. The unfortunate side of the wedding industry is that couples want this extravagant and amazingly fun wedding but they have only set aside a small portion of the budget for the entertainment because a lot of time they have no idea how much a great DJ even runs. If you are looking for a fun wedding, do not just set aside “X” amount of money for the entertainment, set your full overall wedding budget, seek after the DJ that you feel would be able to pull off what you envision, and let your budget accommodate that.

Anything else you want couples to know? Any advice for the newly engaged?
I guess my final advice would be to interview DJs until you find the best fit. Do not just hire
someone based on good reviews, price, or even a referral from a friend. Those are all good
reasons to contact a DJ and set-up a meeting but don’t just hire someone for those reasons. Find the DJ that best fits your style and personality. Ultimately, you are going to have to work with them through your entire wedding process and this is your one shot with no do-overs so keep that in mind!

Thank you for the awesome advice, William! You are such a joy to work with and we love how you can always keep the dance floor packed!
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Part One // Why Hire a Professional: Stationery Designer
Part Two // Why Hire a Professional: Videographer
Part Three // Why Hire a Professional: Florist

Why Hire a Professional: Florist

I love featuring talented and successful vendors and allowing them to share with you WHY it is so important to hire professionals for your wedding day! Leslie from Everly Alaine Florals is no exception!

Beautiful red bridal bouquet from Everly Alaine Florals
Photo Credit: Danielle M. Sabol

Tell me a little about yourself! How did you get started in the wedding industry? Why do you love it so much?
Before starting Everly Alaine Florals, I designed jewelry, mainly wedding rings. I loved how it allowed me to be creative and work with couples during such an exciting time. I loved planning the flowers for my wedding, so I took a floral internship to learn about designing flowers. I fell in love with it and couldn’t get enough!

Wedding bouquet atop rocks
Photo Credit: Nicole Berrett Photography

If you could design flowers for a wedding, under any theme you want, what theme would you use?
I would love to do a wedding with lots of desert plants – succulents, air plants, and cactus. It’s sort of a casual party look with a fun and playful twist!

Styled shoot featuring a farm table and bouquet from Everly Alaine Florals
Photo Credit: Nicole Berrett Photography

Quite a few brides try to cut costs and DIY their flower arrangements; why is it important for brides to hire a professional florist for their wedding day, rather than doing it themselves?
There is a lot of work involved in creating arrangements and bouquets. With so much going on and lots of last-minute wedding details, it can be very stressful to take on this task. An added complication is that flowers are very fragile and temperature sensitive. If not handled correctly, you could end up losing all the flowers before even walking down the aisle. A professional knows what flowers are in season, exactly how many are needed, and where to spend and save money. We focus on making the day stress free for the bride and family. This includes setting up and cleaning everything, so you and your family can relax and truly enjoy the day.

Bridesmaids in jade green with beautiful bouquets from Everly Alaine Florals
Photo Credit: Tracy Enoch

When a couple contacts you, what is the process like? How do you work with them to develop a floral proposal?
I like to meet with clients in person to discuss the look they want and how to make it match their budget. Together, we review every detail and then I create a personalized estimate that fulfills both their needs and wants.

Stunning and ethereal white bouquet from Everly Alaine Florals
Photo Credit: Lauren Peele Photography

What is one tip you can give a couple about their wedding flowers?
Book your florist early! Similar to other vendors, you don’t want to wait until the last minute and risk the chance of not getting your preferred florist.

Blush bouquet in a vineyard from Everly Alaine Florals
Photo Credit: Marianne Sabado Photography

Anything else you want couples to know? Any advice for the newly engaged?
Enjoy the planning process! This time flies by so quickly! You will be celebrating one year of wedded bliss before you know it!

Thank you for the awesome advice, Leslie! You are such a joy to work with and your eye for design is always so spot on!
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Part One // Why Hire a Professional: Stationery Designer
Part Two // Why Hire a Professional: Videographer

Why Hire a Professional: Videographer

In part two of our six part series about hiring wedding professionals, we’re talking with Amanda and Jeffrey Coombes of Splendor Films. They are a ridiculously talented husband and wife videography team based in Dallas and passport ready! Often video is the first line item to go when trying to scale back a wedding budget, but Jeff and Amanda are here today to talk about how important video is and how you can fit them in your budget!

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Tell me a little about yourself! How did you get started in the wedding industry? Why do you love it so much?

Amanda and I met in college and bonded over our love of emo music (I know- cool kids here). I majored in Film and used to work for a film company here in Dallas. One of our friends was getting married so I decided to borrow a camera from work and asked the bride if I could film her wedding for free (it was my first time, but I knew the concepts). Luckily the
bride and groom and their families loved the film and it encouraged me to start doing more. I got Amanda involved and we learned a lot during the first few years. Now we have many conferences, hundreds of weddings, and lots of (professional) gear under our belts. We learn from our mistakes and keep on doing what our couples love in a way unique to us. The best thing about our job- we get to witness and be a big part of the happiest day of these families’ lives… who wouldn’t love that?! We see past bride and grooms (sometimes with new babies) and we couldn’t be happier we were there to witness the official start of that!

If you could film a wedding anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
I would probably have to say New Zealand again. We had the amazing privilege to shoot a wedding there earlier this year and absolutely fell in love with the people and landscape. Next time though, we want to film a wedding on top of a mountain!

See more of Jessica & Jason’s wedding

Why do you think hiring a professional videographer is so important?
People always tell us that film is the first to go from their budget, but the first thing they regret not having. Having a professional videographer means you get to hear your vows again, see the real emotion, see your spouse cry as they see you for the first time, and take a true motion filled snapshot of your day. Everyone tells you your day passes so fast, so just take it in, and that is the MOST TRUE advice you will ever receive. Pictures can only tell so much of a story so it’s important to have film so you can always relive those moments.

What are some benefits a professional videographer brings to the table vs. a relative holding a camera?
The top reason is for your photographer’s sake. Relatives or non-professionals don’t strive to work hand-in-hand with your photographer to ensure they get the shots they need too (and put less stress on you as a couple). You don’t want Uncle Bob or an amateur videographer in all of your photos. Anyone can hold a camera and film something happening, its what you do with that footage that can help bring the film to life. Just look at a few wedding videographers and you can see a distinct difference in the editing of a similar day. We utilize many film techniques that we have learned to tell your story in a way others can’t.

Many couples decide that videography is too expensive and cut it early in the planning process. What are some ways brides CAN make videography fit into their budget, and why SHOULD they fit it into their budget?
All I can say is, if having film is important to you- then you will find a way to fit it into your budget. Hiring a professional who matches your style and vision is important- don’t settle or have something just to “have it” or you will regret not having your vision fulfilled. Maybe you can have the bridesmaids reuse their bouquets for some centerpieces. Maybe you can
donate to a cause, like an animal shelter (like we did!) in lieu of favors. Is there a way to save on the food choice? Are you having a late night snack one hour after dinner? We don’t think you should forgo anything altogether, but maybe there are ways to spend less in a lot of areas to have room in another. One bride, we had with Julie, had food trucks in lieu of a
caterer at a less expensive venue so that she could have awesome photos and video… and we couldn’t love the way we captured their day any less!

See more of Lauren & Robbie’s wedding

Anything else you want couples to know? Any advice for the newly engaged?
Book as early as you can. Most vendors book about a year out so don’t miss out on some of your favorite vendors.  Also, don’t worry about what others think you should have or shouldn’t have. This day is about you two- celebrating your journey and love, and truly, starting a new journey as a married couple. Make sure you don’t lose sight of that.

Thank you so much, Jeffrey and Amanda! You guys are always such a joy to work with and capture such amazing moments!
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