FEATURED! Day to Night Editorial on Magnolia Rouge

Y'all. Y'all. Y'all. Our day to night editorial has been featured on Magnolia Rouge today!!! Think clean. Think minimal. Think Linda-style. This shoot completely jived with my personal and aspiring aesthetic. 

Our concept was to follow the bride's journey through the excitement of her wedding day to the anticipation of her wedding night. It was an honor to be able to shoot at the amazing Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Talk about the most perfect venue and backdrop. 

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Lyons Events Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

I'm going to sit here and brag on all the vendor friends that helped to make this shoot a reality, as you can browse through all the pretty pictures in a bit!

First, is Allen Tsai. Allen and I have known each other for almost eight years now. (Holy cow!) It has been really inspiring to see his business and brand explode. He is one of the most hardest working photographers. Just go to his Instagram profile and see his travel schedule. This was our first shoot though, and I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that it turned out pretttttty well. He is a magician with film, y'all. 

Our model, Andrea, made everything look so dang good. All outfits fit her like a glove. Like they were tailor made for her. Let's talk about the wedding gowns and wedding robe. We have this gorgeous bridal robe from Pure Paris - floor length. Lace. Just the right mix of allure and sophistication.

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Lyons Events Modern Museum Bridal Robe

The beautiful Alexandra Grecco wedding gown that we got from Lovely Bride had the most deliciously simple silhouette, but when worn, was just a jawdropper. The plunging neckline was the perfect amount of demure and elegance. The train, and the way it draped. Goodness, y'all. It's a winner. 

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Lyons Events Alexandra Grecco Wedding Dress

Elizabeth Leese Bridal provided us with the showstopping bridal jumper that we used for the reception look. The illusion side panel gave us just a taste of skin. The perfectly placed sash just made the entire look drape so gorgeously. She does custom pieces, but this beauty is from her ready-to-wear collection.

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Lyons Events Wedding Jumper Elizabeth Leese

Let's talk about this cake. Manda Mobley constructs these works of art and translate them into her cakes. She dreamed up this cement inspired wedding cake, with flakes of gold leaf, and I don't think you could have asked for a more perfect marriage of Modern Art Museum plus cake. 

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Lyons Events Manda Mobley Cement Wedding Cake

When I first approached Abelia Floral Studio about this minimalist concept, I KNEW Lauren and Briley just got it. There is nothing more invigorating then when you are collaborating, and your vendors not only see the vision in your head, but they extract it and make it grander than you could ever imagine. Just TAKE A LOOK. Two different looks for the bridal and boudoir portions. Opposites attract. White for boudoir. Color for bridal.

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Lyons Events Colorful Wedding Bouquet

The tablescape spoke volumes with such minimal arrangements. The pops of black decor helped to add depth and meaning. Just look at it!! And gasp. And squeal. And then just stare. The acrylic furniture provided by Top Tier Event Rentals along with the gray stoneware plates and matte black silverware made the biggest impact.

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I knew I could turn to no one else but Betty with Scribbles and Swirls. Her use of vellum in the invitations and handwritten vows worked beautifully with the color palette of the whole shoot. I'm obsessed with white ink, and she introduced her 'Gizmo' font for this. Invitations set the whole tone for your wedding, as it's the first glimpse into what your guests see. 

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Quynh with Q Makeup Artistry was able to create such low drama, high impact looks for both the bridal and boudoir sessions. Andrea had such a glow about her, and Q was able to transform the perfectly coifed low chignon bun into a tousled, yet gorgeously unkempt down style.

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My dear and talented friend, Esther, of Esther Kao Jewelry was able to create these unique black onyx pieces. I love nothing more oval shaped gemstones, and she incorporated that into not only the ring, but the coordinating bangle as well. Nothing elevates an outfit more than custom wedding jewelry.

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Lyons Events Custom Wedding Band Esther Kao Jewelry

So thank you for reading. And thank you to all the vendors who made this possible. And thank you to Magnolia Rouge for featuring this vision!! Click here to see the feature in full glory!

Venue: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. | Photographer: Allen Tsai. 

Floral: Abelia Floral Studio | Beauty: Q Makeup Artistry | Cake: Manda Mobley

Bridal Robe: Pure Paris | Gown Designers: Alexandra Grecco and Elizabeth Leese Bridal

Bridal Salons: Lovely Bride and Elizabeth Leese Bridal | Calligrapher: Scribbles and Swirls.

Rentals: Top Tier Event Rentals | Jewelry: Esther Kao Jewelry 

Modeling Agency: Callidus Agency | Planner and Stylist: Lyons Events

Real Wedding at Chapel Ana Villa in The Colony

MAY IS MY MOST FAVORITE MONTH BECAUSE OF ALL THESE THROWBACK ANNIVERSARY POSTS!! CAN YOU TELL?!?!

Next up is Renee and David. OH my. How I love these two. Meet Renee and David. They are SO CUTE and SO NICE and really, just so nice. I met with Renee first, and eventually met David as he was in the throws of important doctor-saving-lives-things. 

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Both had incredible sisters that were part of their wedding party. So full of life and assistance. Some of the most endearing speeches I’ve heard.

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Renee and David had such personal details and lot of items they did themselves to showcase not only their personality, but also their Korean heritage throughout their ceremony and reception.

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Lyons Events Korean Ceremony

Fun fact – mandarin ducks are given as Korean wedding gifts because they represent love, peace and family. Plus, they are believed to mate for life.

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They had these custom made - spells out their Korean names. 

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Other fun personal details that they did themselves were the escort card holders. They MADE these. Probably the most creative and whimsical idea I've seen executed. 

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Donna from Rose Lady Designs truly hit the mark on all her flower designs. From the greenery chandelier, to the cake florals, to the head table. Everything was just so perfectly romantic and Tuscan! (I mean, come on, guys. The wine cellar at Chapel Ana Villa!) 

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Cheers to the amazing vendor team!

Venue: Chapel Ana Villa | Photographer: Allen Tsai Photography | DJ: LeForce Entertainment

Floral: Rose Lady Designs | Beauty: Q Makeup + Hair Artistry | Photobooth: Flock Together

Cake: Dallas Affaires | Harpist: Leslie Valentincic | Planner: Lyons Events

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Real Wedding at Mopac Event Center in Fort Worth

Anniversary posts are my absolute favorite because 1. I get to reminisce not only about the wedding day, but also of the entire planning journey with my couples and 2. Because I’m semi-catching up on life and posting legitimate wedding day photos in detail!

Today is the glorious one year anniversary of Melissa and Taulbee. Meet Melissa. I had the pleasure of receiving a call from her back in 2014. Her older sister, Ashley, was getting married, and she was the amazing maid of honor, and was doing her due diligence of finding her sister a wedding planner.

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It was through planning her sister’s beautiful wedding that I got to know Melissa and the type of person that she is. Melissa’s love language is her generosity. Generosity in every sense of the word. Of her time, resources and heart. Every gift was meticulously thought out, and given so selflessly. When Melissa got engaged, I got to experience this gem of a bride, and loved every minute of their engagement.

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Meet Taulbee. He put a ring on it, moved Melissa out to Nashville, and finished out grad school all during their engagement. I met him at two previous weddings as a guest, and he was the life of the party. Plus, he’s a redhead, and y’all know that I think redheads are the bomb (or whatever cool phrase the kids are saying it these days).

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Their wedding was a laidback soiree at Mopac Event Center in Fort Worth. This amazingly cool venue is a concert venue by nature and garage doors that open out into the most incredible outdoor space. We found this venue with just one wedding under its belt, and got to see it fully come to life. Melissa and Taulbee wanted a very intimate, yet carefree setting, with no rigid structure of scheduled events and where their guests could just partake in food and drink and dance at their leisure.

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Being a freshly native Nashvillian (googled it – it is etymologically correct), Melissa was all about the entertainment. She wanted to enjoy live music and enjoy it with all her friends and family. So she hired a freaking band from Tennessee called For a Good Time, Call... and it was the best of both her home states and UGH THEY WERE SO GOOD everyone had a blast!

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Lyons Events Band
Lyons Events 4AGTC Band

Kudos to the vendor team!

Venue: Mopac Event Center | Photographer: Esther Huynh Photography

Florist: Donna Jenkins with Rose Lady Designs | Catering: Beyond the Box Weddings

Band: For a Good Time, Call… | Videographer: Pandachan Films | Photobooth: POP!

Desserts: Crème de la Crème Cake Company and 85C Bakery Cafe and Dallas Custom Cookies

Hair: Kristy Goplin | Makeup: Erica Stein | Planning: Lyons Events

Bridal Gown Designer: Olia Zavozina | Men’s Tuxes: Jos A. Banks

Save the Dates: Lyons Paperie | Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

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 Melissa's mother in law hand made all bridal party tanks and hangers!

Melissa's mother in law hand made all bridal party tanks and hangers!

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Lyons Events Cake
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Lyons Events Farm Tables

Real Wedding at Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula, California

This is a love story TWELVE YEARS in the making. And that love story is of myself and the gorgeous bride, Stevie. (Charles comes into the picture much further down the road.) 

Meet Stevie, or Stephanie, depending on when you met her in life. I met her at an internship at kate spade in New York in June of 2006, y'all. There were about 20ish interns, and according to Stevie, she picked me and one other intern to be her friend for that summer, and obviously, it worked. She came from Arizona, me, from Texas, and we were inseparable that summer. We returned to our lives and fell out of touch for a bit, but reconnected when she moved to Dallas for work. 

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So, Stevie knew me PRE any wedding planning businesses, when we were both career driven women in the fashion industry. AND SHE STILL IS. She is the definition of hashtag girl bossery and her career has taken her to Austin, San Diego, Arizona and now Atlanta. Can you tell? I mean, her shoes were Jimmy Choo, and her dress was freaking Hayley Paige. 

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It was no surprise to all, that her wedding was the most glamorously fun party anyone had ever attended. Her love story to Charles began with a fairytale premise as well. (FINE, I'm finally introducing Charles to this story!) They met at the San Diego airport twice, once in the security line, and then again, at the bar. He very wisely decided to strike up some conversation, and they became a thing. 

Charles was raised by strong, trailblazing women. He took time to pull me aside during their reception to tell me that his mother and grandmother are his heroes in life, and they raised him to cherish strong and independent women. He told me that the most attractive quality in Stephanie was her ambition and brilliance. It was one of my most favorite moments that weekend. 

Lyons Events Charles

So back to them as a couple. They are so fun loving, and one of their favorite activities to do as a couple was to frequent Disneyland when they lived in San Diego. Their heart belongs to Disney. And with all the glitz and glam of their festivities, they managed to sneak in some Disney detail Easter Eggs for their guests to find throughout the night. They had Mickey ears hidden throughout their guestbook, escort and menu cards. (ALSO, can we talk about how clever their name card holder is?! Love seeing personal details incorporated like this!) 

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Lyons Events Disney Escort Cards
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Lyons Events Disney Leather Jacket

This wedding was chalk full of goodies, y'all. Stevie and her dad had the best father daughter dance EVER by surprising their guests with a choreographed masterpiece. 

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Dancing was nearly the top on their list (under her dress, of course!) of things most important to them on the wedding day.

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I can go on and on and ON about the details of this wedding and what made it so special, so just scroll on to see some beauties and hopefully some gorgeous wedding inspiration. For a more in-depth look at the beauty that was their wedding, head on over to the Bridal Musings website to see full coverage of Stevie and Charles' wedding!   

This happily ever after made possible by this incredible vendor team:

Photographer: By Amy Lynn | Venue: Mount Palomar Winery | Cake: Laura Marie's

Floral Design: Carla Kayes | Rentals: Signature Party | Photobooth: Pixster

Bridal Hair: The Posh Parlour | Bridal Dress: Hayley Paige | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo

DJ: Sterling Productions | Bridal Suite: Wilson Creek Manor | Harpist: Wedding Harpist

Save the Dates: Lyons Paperie | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Planning: Lyons Events

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Real Wedding at Old Red Museum in Dallas

Today is the one year anniversary of Haru and Mingyi! When I met Haru at a local coffee shop to discuss her future wedding, I was uber pregnant, y'all. Here is how it went - I met Haru, was hired, and gave birth pretty much the next day. 

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Let me tell you why this wedding is so special to me. This was the first wedding I booked while pregnant, and it speaks volumes to the faith that Haru and Mingyi had in me knowing that I was going to go through a life change during their engagement. The fact that they trusted me is something that I will be eternally grateful for. It was through their planning that I was able to have confidence that yeah, I'd still be able to continue through building my small business, while entering this thing called motherhood. So you KNOW that I needed this wedding to be perfect. 

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One of the most unique things about their wedding was that they wanted to do a mini tea ceremony within their actual ceremony to pay homage to both their Taiwanese and Japanese cultures. It was so beautifully done, and the officiant actually pulled me aside afterwards and told me it was one of the most touching things he had witnessed in all his years doing weddings.

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Tea-Ceremony-Lyons-Events

The other most amazing and personal detail was that both Haru's mother and brother performed her ceremony music WITHOUT a rehearsal, y'all. True professionals and such a talented family.

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Also, I can't go without mentioning how freaking beautiful the design of their entire wedding was down to the florals (thanks, Lizzie Bee's!) and color scheme of the BHLDN bridesmaid dresses. 

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Not only did they have a memorable ceremony, but they topped the reception off with equally amazing details. They had special performances from dear friends, along with a surprise choreographed group dance that included the bride and groom in front of their many accomplished guests (85% of the guest list were doctors, y'all). 

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To cap off the most amazing night - their sendoff consisted of helium balloons filled with LED lights. They literally lit up the sky. 

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Balloon-Sendoff-Wedding-Lyons-Events

To see the wedding in it's full glory, check out the feature that our friends at the Overwhelmed Bride Wedding Blog did. 

Full Vendor Team:

Photographer: Jennifer Yarbro | Venue: Old Red Museum | Floral: Lizzie Bee's Flower Shoppe

Officiant: Love Notes | Beauty: Paper Dolls | Cake: Delicious Cakes | Catering: Cohost

DJ: LeForce Entertainment | Photobooth: Photoholics | Planner: Lyons Events

Real Wedding at the Heart of the Ranch

This is Libby. This will sound crazy, but she is the most laid back, yet meticulously organized bride that you have ever met. She can make a timeline that would make any planner proud. 

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This is Charlie. He proposed in the middle of City Park in Colorado, and flew in their family for a surprise engagement celebration. 

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This is their dog, Berkley, who is part of every major milestone in their life. I mean, the floral collar. Excellent touch, no? 

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Now meet the bride and groom. Not only are they ridiculously good looking, the kind of relationship they have, full of humor and laughter, is ridiculously fun to be around. 

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Before I met Charlie, though, I met Libby's family at our consultation. Let me tell you - this family is the most welcoming and organized bunch you've ever met. They get things done!

Libby and Charlie chose to save their first look for the moment when she walked down the aisle. Instead, Libby reserved a first look for the men in her family. This photo truly showcases the love and union that I got to experience during their engagement journey.

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Also, during one of our first meetings, Libby says to me "Oh, my cousin will be doing the photos." Come to find out, her cousin is THE Kat Harris. Joy to the world. 

Libby and Charlie chose their venue at the Heart of the Ranch because y'all, it's a gorgeously hidden plot of land in Fort Worth. A true outdoor oasis. Setting the reception in a clear top tent and incorporating floral chandeliers and greenery courtesy of Moss Floral made the transition from ceremony so seamless. 

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The ceremony site is another treasure. You get to enter from this magical opening in the forest. Again - my heart soared because Charlie walked down the aisle with both parents. His family is another level of love and laughter. Libby's mother was escorted by BOTH her brothers.

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Lyons Events Brides Family

OH! Another thing Libby told me in our meetings "Oh. My dad is going to build us some things for the wedding." Y'ALL. By "things" - freestanding wooden bars with marquee lights, cake stand, welcome table and a honest-to-goodness donut wall. 

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Lyons Events Welcome Table
Lyons Events Donut Wall

Spoiler alert - Libby and Charlie's celebration was filled with love and family and ended in happiness and included lots of dancing, and tears, and sparklers. The end. 

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This flawless wedding would not have happened without this amazing vendor team:

Photographer: Kat Harris | Venue: Heart of the Ranch | Floral Design: Moss Floral

Catering: Macklins Catering Co. | Cake: Creme de la Creme Cake Company

Hair and Makeup: Anastasia Strattan | Rentals: Grand Events Texas

Band: Motion Band DFW | Ceremony Music: Strings 4 All Seasons | Planner: Lyons Events

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