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Planning for your wedding day is probably one of the most exciting times in your life. It can also be one of the most expensive events you’ll plan. These 10 Money Saving Tips for Your Wedding will help you save money. You can get swept away for hours, dreaming about your wedding day! With so many beautiful photos of dresses, flowers and centerpieces on the internet and in magazines, it’s no wonder that brides get swept away just looking at everything and dreaming about their own wedding day. Having so much to plan and think about can be a bit overwhelming for many couples, especially the thought about how much everything is going to cost. 7 Things to Do First When Planning Your Dream Wedding If you missed part 1 of my 4 part blog series Wedding Planning 101. Check out 7 Things to Do First When Planning Your Dream Wedding. Keeping well-meaning family and friends at bay during this time who may bombard you with a lot of unsolicited advice about everything from the colors you should pick to…

Planning your wedding day can be exciting and fun but it can also be stressful if you don’t have a spending plan. If you don’t know where to start, here’s 7 first steps to planning your dream wedding. Preparation Is The Key There’s a distinct difference between Designing your wedding and Planning your wedding, knowing the difference can save you time and money. Designing your wedding is combining all the elements that create a beautiful experience in what your guests will see, hear and do at your wedding. Planning your wedding is coordinating the logistics, managing the financial resources and vendors. Simply put, Design is about making your wedding look beautiful which is what most couples focus on and Planning involves managing the financial resources, logistics and vendors for your wedding. What usually causes couples stress when planning their wedding has more to do with not knowing how much everything will cost and what tasks need to be managed. You can Design and Plan Your Dream Wedding without all the stress and here are 7 things to start with. 7…

Talk about a celebration that had the guests on their feet the entire time! Our Real Wedding Feature, Session Party of Two. The Sessions hosted such a fun and engaging event that had their guests dancing, laughing and enjoying every single moment of their beautiful and fun wedding day. It didn’t matter that the rainy weather changed their plans to have an outdoor ceremony on the lush and sprawling lawn of Rockwall Manor at the Springs Event Venue. The celebration was moved indoors and their semi-formal wedding was an epic success. THE COUPLE: Sapphire and Donavon Session CITY OF WEDDING: Rockwall, Texas THE VENUE: Rockwall Manor at The Springs Event Venue WEDDING DATE: September 22, 2018 Marrying my best friend Sapphire and Donavon met in 2007 in college. Sapphire, moved from Massachusetts to attend college her freshman year and met Donavon who was a Sophomore. After exchanging phone numbers, they learned that they only lived 15 minutes from each other. The two were both weathering a few individual life challenges prior to meeting each other. They bonded naturally because they…

The Wedding of Tarrolyn & Jonathan Venue: Sixty Five Hundred @sixtyfivehundred Date: July 1, 2017 Time: 5:30 pm in the afternoon Color Palette: Hues of pink, cream with gold accents and a pop of purple Wedding Design Tarrolyn and Jonathan’s wedding design was a modern romantic American infused with Nigerian customs royal affair. The blend of customs and traditions began with the engagement announcements which featured the a custom designed crest. The couple chose a color palette of pink and cream hues with pops of purple. Gold accents were blended into the design in the table-setting, escort signage and decor. Wedding Style The Bride wore a Matthew Christopher bridal gown with custom features down the aisle and the Groom wore a Chika Nwosa suit. The couple and their entire wedding party of 14 had a wardrobe change during the reception festivities and made their second entrance and reveal wearing custom made traditional Nigerian attire by Iyke that included gele’s for the bride and bridesmaids by The Perfect Look. Our Love Story as told by “The Bride” Our story began in…

How much can I expect to spend? Many people in general who don’t work in the wedding or floral industry don’t know how much floral designs cost.  In fact, some couples are shocked and offended when they provide a vision board of the designs they want to a floral designer and receive their cost proposal. That’s because, what is seen in a beautiful wedding photo of flowers is the design but not the costs of that design.  Also, because couples are being marketed to so heavily on so many different outlets, they equate this over saturation with lower cost. In reality, you can research pretty much anything on the internet but the exact cost of your wedding floral is not something you can easily find information on because there are so many other factors that impact the cost. Since there are so many contributing factors to the cost of your wedding flowers, the best way to budget is by allocating a percentage of your overall wedding budget as your starting point and work with your floral designer on customizing a…

DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE? How to determine which vendors to hire for your wedding day and which vendors are the right fit for your wedding is something you’ll want to take your time doing. What’s important to remember is starting your search as early as possible because if you hire the wrong vendor you’ll be very disappointed in more ways than one. Todays weddings are full blown productions that require coordinated logistical planning and budget management. Which is probably the reason why more and more couples are choosing to hire a Planner to help them coordinate and manage everything. What’s the role of a Wedding Designer and Wedding Planner? To the average person, the role of a Wedding Designer and Wedding Planner seem to be one in the same but they’re not. With more and more novice people entering into the wedding industry claiming to be seasoned professionals, the lines are getting even more blurred. It’s no wonder that so many people get the two roles confused. To set the record straight, here is a breakdown of both roles.…

It’s His Day Too! Getting dressed takes on a whole new meaning for a groom on his wedding day!  Historically the Grooms attire was viewed as an after-thought because of the  limitations in choices of color, design and style. Well that’s not the case anymore! Today’s modern groom is stepping up and showing out! There are so many more options available for Grooms than there were just a few years ago.  Grooms now have wardrobe options available to them that allow them the freedom to create a look that compliments their style and taste. Redefining Traditions Although we love our grooms in the classics, Grooms are no longer limited to the traditional color palettes of black, blue or grey. Nor are they restricted to traditional tuxedos and suits. Different and unique fashion choices for Grooms are abundantly available. Style choices such as tailored suits with bold colors and subtle customizations of monogrammed cuffs and collars are the latest trends being worn by grooms. A well dressed man in a tailored suit or tuxedo is a timeless classic of  a true…

Hey Guys, I get asked a lot of questions about styled photo shoots so I decided to provide you with some insight about the process by providing more details about a few of our published shoots. First, be prepared to work hard and invest some financial resources because a lot goes into designing and styling a photo shoot for publication!  An essential component to a styled shoot is collaborating with other talented creatives who get the vision or concept for the shoot and are able to bring their “A” game on shoot day. You would think that bringing a bunch of creative minds together would result in a subdued chaotic tug of war of egos but it’s quite the opposite. Every shoot I’ve participated in has been nothing but fun and rewarding. Here is a look at our styled shoots that have been published! The essence of romance  Wedding Essentials Magazine http://bit.ly/2ceWFe1 featured our Design Studio Shoot (2016). Creative Vision: Capturing the essence of romance with blush and cream hues, candles and draping. Color Palette: Blush, cream and gold accents Flowers:…

The Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Dustin Jones Venue: The Castle at Rockwall (2071 Clem Road Ext., Rockwall, TX) Date: October 22, 2016 Time: 4:00 pm in the afternoon Color Palette: Blush, burgundy and cream About the couple Amanda is a Registered Nurse in the ICU at Seton Medical Center in Austin, and a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center who is currently pursuing a Nurse Practitioner Degree in Acute Care at University of Teas at Arlington. Dustin graduated from Texas Tech with a Business degree and now works as a sales manager at Golds Gym in Pflugerville. How they met and fell in love! The two of them met for the first time at Buckle in San Angelo when Dustin was shopping for a pair of jeans which he bought plus with the help of Amanda, he ended up buying some shirts as well. Later that night Amanda ran into Dustin at the bar she was bartending at and they chatted a little bit but went their separate ways. Over the course of a year they ran…

The Couple – Patrick Guilliod and Dr. Renesha Guilliod Renesha is currently a Pediatric Hospitalist at Baylor Scott & White – Lake Pointe in Rowlett, Texas and Patrick currently works for the Hilton Corporate offices as a Data Analyst in Research Operations. She attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman as an undergraduate and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology while also taking Pre-Medicine courses.  She then went on to Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN for medical school and completed a one-year internship and two-year residency training at Orlando Health in Orlando, FL.  Patrick attended and completed his undergraduate degree at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK where he attended on an athletic scholarship in Tennis. The Beginning of Something Wonderful Patrick and Renesha originally met in Garland, TX in 2001 while they both were in high school.  Patrick’s mother and Renesha’s father worked together for many year’s for the City of Dallas and Renesha later became the babysitter for Patrick’s younger sister during a summer break but little did they know their paths would eventually cross again…