Lovely Anna Wedding by Kati Hewitt Photography

POSTED IN Dallas, Real Weddings

This lovely Anna wedding sent in by Kati Hewitt Photography is sweet and bursting with love. The colors used in the wedding, pale blue and yellow, are the perfect match for their venue that has several French touches. I love the use of baby’s breath in both the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere as well as the piece of jewelry attached to the bride’s bouquet. Another thing that makes this wedding so personal is the great use of signs throughout this couple’s wedding day. Wedding signs are used to greet guests at the ceremony, provide information about the various wedding events, and to encourage guests to sign their guest book and share photos from the day. There’s even a cute ‘Mr. and Mrs.’ sign on the top of the wedding cake. Each sign has a unique look and helps to make each guest feel welcome and connected to the bride and groom. Check out more photos from this wedding in the gallery.
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From Kati Hewitt PhotographyNikki and Jason tied the knot at River Road Chateau which is a French-inspired venue complete with teal shutters and chandeliers. Nikki chose a color palette of pale yellow and light blue-I loved seeing a refreshing combination! The pale yellow bridesmaids dresses photographed perfectly alongside the greenhouse on the property. The greenhouse was covered with vines and even had a chandelier hanging in the middle. It was so romantic! We also photographed Nikki and Jason’s emotional “blind first look” by the greenhouse. Tears were shed during their sweet time together before the wedding as well as when Nikki walked down the aisle, and her groom saw her for the first time.

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Photography ~ Kati Hewitt Photography | Bridal Designer ~ Allure Bridal | Catering ~ Babe’s Chicken Dinner House | Bartender ~ JC’s Bartending | Groomsman Attire ~ Men’s Wearhouse | DJ ~ Randy Ro Entertainment | Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ River Road Chateau | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Vibrant Austin Wedding by Hyde Park Photography

POSTED IN Austin, Real Weddings

This vibrant Austin wedding submitted by Hyde Park Photography is colorful and full of life. The venue for the ceremony, an Eastern Orthodox church, is a gorgeous burst of color. There’s really no need for much ceremony decor when the location is already such an amazing backdrop. The photographer wisely used both color and black and white photos to document the start of this couple’s wedding day. The reception is equally colorful with Lebanese dancers and gold sparkling tablecloths. The classic white wedding dress, cake, and blush colored flowers would look great in any wedding. You can find more photos of this wedding in the gallery.
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From Hyde Park PhotographyElizabeth & Mir wed at St. Elias Church in Austin, Texas in a beautiful Eastern Orthodox wedding. It features placing gold crowns on the bride and groom. The crowning is the centerpiece of the Eastern Orthodox marriage ceremony. The priest places the crowns on the couple’s heads while they face the altar. According to ancient custom, the crowns are to stay with the couple for life. Following the common cup ritual, the priest leads the couple three times around the altar on which a bible and cross rest. This ritual dance predates Christianity, representing the dance around the Ark of the Covenant. In this act, the couple takes their first steps as a married couple, with the Church (through the priest) leading them.

When Elizabeth and Mir entered the reception, they were led by Lebanese dancers and drummers. The performance was a Zaffa entrance, a traditional entrance welcoming the bride and groom into the dance floor. It’s traditionally done as the groom leaves his hometown and his best friends drum and bring music to cheer his departure to pick up his bride from her hometown. The performers wear lavish royal Andalusian costumes, sultan styles, and enter dramatically announcing the couple’s arrival. The drums are the Tupan or Davul also known as Tabel.

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Photography ~  Hyde Park Photography | Event Planner ~ Your Wedding, Your Way | Florist ~ Stems Floral | Ceremony Venue ~ St. Elias Church | Reception Venue ~ Barton Creek Resort & Spa | Drummers and Dancers ~ Al Awtar Zafaa Group | DJ ~ Greenbelt DJ | Makeup ~ Rae CosmeticsSubmitted via Two Bright Lights

Sweet Dallas Engagement Shoot by Lorena Burns Photography

POSTED IN Dallas, Engagement Session

This sweet Dallas engagement shoot sent to us by Lorena Burns Photography is sweet in more ways than one. The couple in these photos, Jasae and Aaron, are clearly crazy in love with each other. Even the best photographer can’t make a couple look at each other the way these two are gazing into each others’ eyes in these photos. The other sweet thing about this photo shoot is of course the location, a chocolate shop, and a personal favorite place of the soon-to-be bride and groom. I love looking at engagement shoots because they can capture the true excitement of a couple about to celebrate one of the biggest days of their lives without all the stress that can sometimes accompany a wedding day. Check out more photos from this adorable engagement shoot in the gallery.
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From Lorena Burns Photography…Jasae and Aaron wanted to start their engagement session at one of their favorite spots in Downtown Dallas. Chocolate Secrets is a fun little place where you can enjoy some music, drink a little wine, and of course you must try one of their delicious chocolates.

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