Trend Alert: The Group Wedding Guest Portrait

Wedding photography is all about capturing the important and unique memories of your special day in a beautiful way. One trend we’re seeing more often is the all-guest wedding portrait. We simply adore this! What a fun and spectacular way to remember your wedding and all of your friends and family members who were there! The panoramic photo can be taken at the church or reception site, outdoors or in and it can be more formal or a little wacky. Just consider your group size when selecting your location and discuss this with your photographer plenty of time before the event so together you can develop a great plan to make this happen. Here are a few sweet examples.

Graham Hobart Photography
www.josephmark.com
www.kimgrubb.com
image source: theknot.com

Have some fun with this and nab you and your fiancé a wonderful keepsake from your wedding day!

Good Luck/Bad Luck: Wedding Superstitions and Traditions

On this Friday, the 13th, we thought it would be fun to share some wedding-related superstitions with you.

 

Of course, we all know the ubiquitous “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” This phrase is believed to have originated in Victorian times. The “something old” symbolizes continuity with the bride’s past and her family and traditionally is often a garter of an older family member who has been happily married, trusting that her good fortune would be passed on. The “something new” symbolizes the hope and optimism the couple has in their future and often can be the bride’s jewelry or even gown.
“Something borrowed” is on loan from a happily married family member or friend and can be something like jewelry, a veil or a handkerchief to carry. Finally, “something blue” represents love, modesty, and fidelity and hearkens back to ancient Rome. The blue can often be found in the bride’s bouquet, sewn into her dress, a ribbon on her garter, or even her shoes can be her blue, thanks to the huge trend of colored bridal shoes.

There is an often left-out verse in this rhyme – “and a sixpence in her shoe”. The sixpence is an English coin (equivalent to about 6¢), and its placement in the bride’s shoe represents wealth and financial security.

Here are a few more interesting superstitions to ponder:
According to Greek tradition, for good luck, a bride should slip a sugar cube into her glove, which will ensure a sweet union.

 

English tradition and folklore says that Wednesday is the best day to marry while Monday is for health and Tuesday is for wealth – and that Saturday is the unluckiest day to marry! We think millions of brides would disagree since Saturday is, of course, the most popular day for weddings.

Another English belief is that a spider found in a wedding dress is good luck! Eek!

The tradition of the groom carrying his bride over their threshold is to protect her from evil spirits. Awww!

Hindu tradition claims it is actually good luck for it to rain on your wedding day and representative of children in the couple’s future.

It is said to be best to marry on the half-hour, when the clock hands are moving up rather than at a time when the hands are moving down the clock, symbolizing the marriage going downhill.

There are so many more funny wedding traditions and superstitions that we could just go on, but we’ll leave you with this last one for now: it is said to be bad luck to shop for wedding rings on Friday, the 13th. Not sure if we believe that, but we are wishing you all the best of luck in your wedding planning and marriages!

Timeless Wedding Details You Won’t Regret

Timeless Wedding Details You Won’t Regret

 In the age of Pinterest, there so many options when wedding planning,  it can become overwhelming to choose the perfect gown or the perfect centerpieces. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite timeless elements and a few trendy twists to assure a wedding album that stands the test of time!

Floral & Foliage

Lush Greenery and floral arrangements will never go out of style. Your bouquet will be in almost all your portrait shots, so you will want to keep that in mind when meeting with your florist. Consider a cascading bouquet! They say trends are cyclical, but this is one that’s never really gone away. Carrying a clutch of cascading blooms, like this lush bouquet our bride carried (by 21PARC). On July 29th, 1981 over 750 million people watched Princess Diana marry Prince Charles in a lavish ceremony. While the gown may not be on trend these days, the bouquet could not be anymore timeless.

Cake

There’s something so magical about stepping into a wedding reception and getting a glimpse at the cake. While pie stations and cupcake stands are fun, you can never go wrong with a tiered wedding cake.

Jackie O is the epitome of timeless style and grace. Naturally, she had a very elegant wedding cake with a touch of floral for her 1954 nuptials. Our bride, Bailey, wanted a traditional tiered cake, but made this wedding staple modern by changing up the shapes of the tiers and adding a monogram topper!

The Reception Gown

Changing from a classic timeless gown to a trendy fun exit attire is the perfect way to keep your look balanced! With so many stunning gowns to choose from, it’s harder to pick only one! Your ceremony photos will remain timeless, while your reception gown will exude the fashionista you are, and make it easier to get down on the dance floor! This trend has only started becoming popular in the last decade, but we have a feeling it won’t be going anywhere. Our bride Abigail is a perfect example of this genius trend!

 

Sparkly Send-Off

Originally, the rice-tossing tradition was a way to wish the newlyweds fertility and prosperity. (Don’t worry: That myth about rice being dangerous for birds is totally false.) After over 50 years, Elvis and Priscilla’s traditional rice send-off still stands. To make this tradition a little trendier, modern couples are opting for petals, bubbles, confetti, sparklers ( Like our couple, Meredith and Josiah)  and more, but the sentiment is the same.

 

 

Getaway Car

The getaway is the exclamation point on the end of a happy wedding day! We love seeing old classic cars used! This classic capture from Elizabeth Taylor’s 1950 wedding to Conrad “Nicky” Hilton Jr. is positively timeless! Our couple, LaVeatice and Demonta, found the perfect getaway car to leave their glamourous wedding in!

 

As you can see, there are so many ways to have a timeless and fun wedding! Keep these tips in mind when planning, and you’re sure to love looking back on your wedding day for many many years to come!

Trend Alert: Dad First Look

We think this is too darn sweet and a perfect wedding day special touch for a Daddy’s Girl.

He was there when you took your first steps and said your first words. He saw you off to kindergarten and your first date, sent you off to prom and watched proudly as you walked the stage after earning your diploma. Why not do a “first look” with your deal ol’ Dad for one last sweet father-daughter memory before you leave and cleave?!

Staged much like a bride-groom first look, this special encounter often happens in the rooms where the bride gets ready at the ceremony site (usually cleared of most other people for the beautiful and intimate moment) or sometimes in a picturesque spot on the ceremony site grounds. Just make sure to have a hanky ready – for you and your Daddy!

Here are a few more absolutely precious examples:

image credits: Jason MizeRay AnthonyDixie Pixel and Julie A. Whitlock via Southern WeddingsCory Ryan via Bridal Guide and Bend the Light viaGreen Wedding Shoes

Trends We Love: The Pre-Ceremony Beverage Station or Cocktail Hour

The Pre-Ceremony Beverage Station or Cocktail Hour

A wedding is a time of celebration and fun – and an opportunity to flex your hospitality muscles! All good hosts know it’s best to welcome guests into your home by offering them something to drink right away. We love extending this sentiment to weddings with the pre-ceremony beverage.

 

 

 

 

 

Think of this trend as the cocktail hour before the wedding. But, the beverages do not necessarily have to be alcoholic! The pre-ceremony cocktail hour is a fun way to have your guests mingle and get to know one another before the official festivities start.

This idea really works best when your ceremony is at a venue that’s not a church, temple or other place of worship because of time and space constraints or the facility’s policies. The pre-ceremony drink station is especially appreciated if your ceremony is outside. In the fall, a warm beverage station (think coffee, cider and hot cocoa – spiked or not) is a fantastic way to welcome your guests and help them ward off a chill while waiting for your walk down the aisle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, now that we’re enjoying warmer weather, something cool and refreshing would be the go-to for a pre-wedding drink!

It can be something simple, such as flavored or sparkling water to lemonade and tea (ooooohhh, Arnold Palmers!) to mimosas or maybe even a signature cocktail just for your special day. Just make sure if you decided to serve cocktails to keep the time relatively short and consider having the drinks passed so guests don’t consume too much alcohol before your ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consult with your caterer or ceremony venue contact to explore what your options are for a pre-ceremony beverage offering. Or brainstorm with your wedding planner on other fun and creative ways you can make your day special. Oh, you don’t have one of those? Our talented Weddings by StarDust planning team would love to chat with you about how they can help you have the beautiful, imaginative wedding you’ve dreamed of! Schedule your initial consultation with one of our expert wedding planners here now!

Having a Pie Bar at your Wedding

Sweet as (a) Pie bar

As Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier wedding planning team we are often asked to think outside the box. Sometimes, that means finding an alternative to the traditional wedding cake. If you couldn’t tell by the title- having a pie bar is one of favorite alternatives AND addition to the traditional wedding cake. They also are the perfect setup for an engagement party or bridal shower!

It’s such a delicious treat, true comfort food and comes in so many different varieties! Cream pies, fruit pies, custard pies…large pies, mini pies, pie pops…we think this all American little sweet is perfect for weddings! Here are several gorgeous presentations of the delectable treat that we hope will get you thinking “pie” as you start pondering your wedding desserts.

This photo features a pie bar with a variety of flavors on serving trays with different heights. The pie bar table is decorated with fun garland and a large sign that reads pie bar. Each individual pie has a sign in it to indicate flavor.

This festive pie bar is the perfect alternative to wedding cake. You’re able to choose a large variety of flavors! And how sweet is the presentation?!

Variety is the Spice of Life

Offering lots of varieties will insure you’ve got something for everyone! In our years as Dallas wedding planners we’ve learned a thing or two about the importance of variety.

This photo features a nine grid photo of different displays of mini pies. Each mini pie has a sign indication the flavor. L-R top row 1- Chocolate Cream. Cherry, Apple Pie, lemon pie, variety, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, marion pie, and cherry again.

 

Keep it Classy

Pro tip from our Dallas wedding planning team: Different heights to display pie add to the elegance of a table. It also allows you to add more variety to the table.
A buffet of pies displayed at various heights.

 

A Twist on Tradition

Presenting pies in a tiered fashion is a fun wink at traditional wedding cake. You can even use fun cake toppers like this fun couple chose to do! Choosing to have a “wedding pie” in lieu of cake allows you to still have the traditional cake cutting photos, without the cake!

4 pies stacked to resemble a traditional wedding cake.

Pie to go!

If you don’t want to dedicate a section of your reception to a pie bar- don’t fret! Another fun way to incorporate pie into your wedding day is fun pie pop favors! They are a super cute AND tasty way to thank your guests for taking part in your big day! This allows you to have your cake..and eat pie too!

 

If you’re planning to incorporate pie into your big day let us know! One of our Dallas wedding planners would love to help you create and execute a pie bar display for your big day!

 

image sources: Bridal GuideBridesElizabeth Anne DesignsThe Every Last DetailThe KnotStyle Me PrettySouthern Weddings 

Wedding Cakes Trends

Wedding Cakes Trends

Wedding guests often judge a wedding by whether the cake was good. TLC’s TV show titled “Four Weddings” follows four brides who are guests at each other’s wedding and judge the one that’s the best (with the prize of a dream honeymoon hanging in the balance). Imagine these brides at your own wedding. What would they say about the cake? Was it pleasing to the eye, and the taste buds? Did it add to the atmosphere? We’ve included some of our favorite wedding cakes from weddings that we’ve planned. Enjoy!

MONOGRAMMED CAKES

John & Courtney

In 2018, one of the trends is monogrammed wedding cakes. It can be the perfect way to put your personal stamp on the wedding day. For John and Courtney, it made the day all the more special. After all, C & J would be their new monogram as husband and wife. The delicious cakes in John and Courtney’s wedding are from Frosted Art Bakery & Studio.

 

F8 Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOODLAND CAKES

Alex & Taylor

Another trend in 2018 is woodland wedding cakes. It takes flowers to the next level, through decor involving lots of greenery. Alex and Taylor decided on a wedding inspired by the Shakespearean play titled A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The cake evolved along with the rest of the wedding details; it added to the wild forest setting. On a bed of moss, the cake reaches up to the ceiling with leaves and delicious frosting. The special cake creations in Alex and Taylor’s wedding are from Classic Cakes by Lori.

Amy Herfurth Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PASTEL CAKES

Rodrigue & Jacqueline

There’s nothing prettier than pastels. They complement a wedding with soft tones, and they contribute to a light, delicate atmosphere. Rodrigue and Jacqueline chose a multi-layered cake from Frosted Art Bakery & Studio. Pink and white flowers curl up the side of the cake, and elaborate designs circle around the sides. It’s a classic style that’s perfect for an elegant wedding.

Bellas Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to see more designs from real weddings, please take a look at our Weddings by StarDust Portfolios tab. You can book an appointment with our wedding planners online or by calling (972) 781-1619.

Vintage Glam Affair

Vintage Glam Affair

LaVeatrice and Demonta came to our Dallas wedding planner team wanting a romantic affair with a vintage glam twist. As you can see from the photos, this wedding was one for the books. The ceremony and reception were held at The Windsor at Hebron Park in Carollton, TX.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Dallas wedding planner team was apart of the planning from the beginning. We were able to be with this couple from start to finish, and as wedding planners, we loved every moment! For the ceremony the couple wanted to keep it romantic and simple.  As you can see from the gorgeous images, the venue was beautiful on it’s own. We simply added some lush floral throughout the ceremony space, adding to the romantic feel of the entire wedding. The reception kept the same romantic feel, with a touch of vintage glam.  From the head table fit for a king and queen, to the suspended cake installation, our Dallas wedding planner team left no regal detail untouched. The beautiful thrones at the head table were a surprise from the bride to the groom, and he loved them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They danced the night away with their closest family and friends, while we worked our magic behind the scenes. At the end of the night they had their final dance, on a beautiful personalized dance floor, before their big exit in a sea of lace streamers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After months and months of planning with our Dallas wedding planner team, this beautiful couple had the wedding of their dreams, without the stress that typically comes with a wedding of this caliber. Congratulations LaVeatrice and Demonta!

 

Moody Wedding | Styled Shoot

The Moody Wedding

More and more we are seeing beautifully designed weddings with deeper hues and warmer tones. In the spirit of the seasons finally changing in Texas and our love of the moody wedding trend, we wanted to share some photos from this gorgeous styled shoot we recently were a part of.

 

Lead Planner Corinne setting up the tablescape for the styled shoot

One of our lead Dallas wedding planners, Corrine, was thrilled to tackle this project. “This whimsical, fall-inspired shoot captured the rustic beauty of a Texas autumn. Monroe Pearson’s masculine yet chic setting provided the perfect backdrop for the deep hues of the foraged floral, inspired by the cooler months. Stepping away from the lighter colors of Spring and Summer, the team looked to rich tones to create a garden-like framework around the bride.”, she said.

“When styling the table top, I really wanted to create a feeling of rustic elegance . I loved the worn table and the compliment of the copper flatware, so I wanted to bring attention to that juxtaposition.”- Corinne

Oftentimes, couples plan their weddings around softer color palettes showcasing whites, neutrals, and pastels. As much as we love these weddings, those are not the only tones available to choose from on your wedding day. Recently we’ve seen a rise in popularity for the moody wedding color palettes. With that being said, this styled shoot has made us even more excited about the trend!

 

Photography: Laning Photography

Venue: Monroe Pearson 

Hair and Makeup: Tease to Please 

Floral Design: Billie Ball 

Rentals: Top Tier 

Cake: Jenny Layne Bakery

 

 

Have you been considering a similar look for your wedding day? Our team of Dallas planners would love to help make your dream wedding come to life!

 

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Lindsay + Brett

After meeting online, Brett and Lindsay began their beautiful love story. “On our first date, we realized we had both moved to Chicago from our home states of Texas (Lindsay) and Ohio (Brett), on a whim seeking change and a new adventure in life.  We shared in that passion for adventure, excitement and travel experiences and quickly began planning our lives and next adventure together,” said Lindsay.

 

The Perfect Place

Together, the couple chose Brake and Clutch Warehouse as the venue for their beautiful lush wedding.

“The venue was really where we drew our inspiration from.  Brake and Clutch is an old restored car service shop so we wanted to stay true to the industrial/warehouse vibe by using loose, organic floral in tones of burgundy, blush, ivory & sage green, greenery draping the columns, romantic string lighting and candlelight while still having that added masculinity of exposed brick and concrete floors.  We are a laid back couple and wanted that reflected in the entire day.”

Best Day Ever.

When asked her favorite part of her wedding day, Lindsay struggled to pick just one!

“I want to say the entire day was my favorite memory but to narrow it down the dancing was the best.  Our friends and family know how to get down, have a good time and are not likely to hold back. Our dance floor was overflowing all night long.  We even got an encore song from our DJ.”

Advice for Newly Engaged Couples

“It seems so cliche and I have so many friends that are married and have told me this time and time again that the day will go by so fast. And it is so true!!!  We held a get together the night before, after the rehearsal dinner, where we invited all our guests that wanted to join to meet at an area we reserved at the hotel bar/restaurant.  If this is something you could do I highly recommend it.  It allows you more time to have some quality conversations with guests and is nice for those that traveled for the wedding.”

 

Planning: Weddings by StarDust

Officiant: Rev. Todd Renner
Catering: CN Catering
DJ: Leforce, Brian Prescott
Photo: Two Pair Photography, Chad + Tressie
Floral: Southern Table
Transportation: Premier
Transportation: DFW Vintage Cars
Hair + Makeup: Erin Blair