TOP 5 | HANDHELD RECEPTION FOODS

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TOP 5 | HANDHELD RECEPTION FOODS

Whether you’re looking for new ideas for your cocktail hour or ditching a seated dinner for something a little lighter (and more cost effective), we’ve complied a list of our Top 5 Favorite Handled Reception Food!

 

Biscuit Bar

 Photo Credit:  Lord Photography

Photo Credit: Lord Photography

 

Crostini Station

 Photo Credit:  Food City Network

Photo Credit: Food City Network

 

Build A Burger

 Photo Credit:  Amilia Photography

Photo Credit: Amilia Photography

 

Fry Bar

 Photo Credit:  Southern Revivals

Photo Credit: Southern Revivals

 

Pretzel Station

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TOP 5 | NEUTRAL PALETTES

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TOP 5 | NEUTRAL PALETTES

We’ve gathered together the top five neutral color palettes that showcase the beauty in simplicity. We love how one can stick to their natural roots, while also creating a unique and detailed style.

  1. GOLD

 Photography –  Sébastien Boudot

Photography – Sébastien Boudot

 Photography –  Sébastien Boudot

Photography – Sébastien Boudot

2. BLUSH

 Photography –  Ivy Road Photography

Photography – Ivy Road Photography

 Photography –  Ivy Road Photography

Photography – Ivy Road Photography

3. WHITE

 Photography –  Maggie Grace Photography

Photography – Maggie Grace Photography

 Photography –  Maggie Grace Photography

Photography – Maggie Grace Photography

4. GREEN

 Photography –  Don + Helen

Photography – Don + Helen

 Photography –  Don + Helen

Photography – Don + Helen

5. ROSE GOLD

 Photography –  Karra Leigh Photo

Photography – Karra Leigh Photo

 Photography –  Karra Leigh Photo

Photography – Karra Leigh Photo

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INSPIRED BY | MATTE BLACK

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INSPIRED BY | MATTE BLACK

Here’s to all of my non-traditional couples! Generally, when people think of weddings, they think bright colors, white dresses, and gold or silver flatware. But we’ve been loving the growing trend of adding matte black elements into a wedding. Weddings with hints of black don’t have to always be dark and edgy. By adding touches of light and soft florals can really create a modern and sophisticated vibe. Whether you’re vibe is dark and dreamy, modern and sophisticated, or boho and trendy, these beautiful photos are just the inspiration you need!

 Photo |  Adam Barnes

Photo | Adam Barnes

 Photo |  Sarah Ascanio

We’re pretty much obsessed with adding matte black to all things wedding. What are your thoughts on the matter?

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VENDOR INTERVIEW | TAYLOR OLIVARES

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VENDOR INTERVIEW | TAYLOR OLIVARES

Today we’re sitting down with hair and makeup artist, Taylor Olivares of Taylor Glam. Taylor is Dallas-based and specializes in bridal + wedding day makeup.

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What are five words that describe you/your brand?

Dependable, creative, bright, efficient, and energetic.

How/when did you enter the industry?

I entered the industry in 2016, first working as a intern for another makeup artist while also taking on a few gigs on the side mostly doing photoshoot makeup for various photographers in DFW.

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What should a bride look for when shopping around for a HMUA?

When looking for a HMUA for your wedding day, you should really first determine your personal style. For example, you may love the look of dramatic makeup on others, however, for yourself you might prefer a natural look.  After you determine your style, you should look for someone with a good reputation,  reviews, solid portfolio and someone who is willing to take the time to get to know you and your personal style.  Always remember if the price seems too good to be true, it most likely is.

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What can a bride expect to pay?
A bride should expect to pay anywhere around $275-$575 for their own hair and makeup and anywhere from $125-$200 per person for the bridal party. I get asked quiet a bit why the bride’s cost is higher than everyone else's and that is because of the time and detail it takes to handle the bride and bridal party. A good makeup artist will speak to their bride several times prior to the event date to ensure they understand the bride’s wants and needs on their big day. In addition, the lead makeup artist is ultimately responsible for the entire bridal party even if their assistants are the ones working on the bridesmaids.

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What is something you wish brides knew before booking a hair and makeup artist?

I wish more brides understood that ultimately you get what you pay for.  I’ve had many brides contact me the day of their wedding upset and crying that their makeup artist canceled on them last minute. This has become a recent issue as social media has made it easier to locate what I like to call  “fake up artists”. A “fake up artist” is someone who is not professional but offers services for lower prices. In addition to risking a no call no show, you are also risking hygienic and sanitary type issues as they most likely did not invest in any proper training on disinfecting their kit. Another red flag would be if your makeup artist does not provide a written contract or have standard rates.

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Why should a bride hire a professional instead of doing it themselves?

Well, the reason is really simple. An industry professional is trained on techniques to highlight your best features and also disguise possibly less flattering features. It is just a myth that brides have a natural glow on their wedding day and the makeup artist is the secret recipe behind the “glow”.

ALL PHOTOS PROVIDED BY TAYLOR OLIVARES

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TIPS | HAPPY BRIDES HIRE WEDDING PLANNERS

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TIPS | HAPPY BRIDES HIRE WEDDING PLANNERS

 Photo:  Valeriia Bugaiova

Photo: Valeriia Bugaiova

Regardless of the size of your dream wedding, if you, dear Bride, want to enjoy your engagement and your wedding, hiring a wedding planner is the best thing you can do! Even for those of us who are incredibly organized and love planning events aided by numerous color-coded spreadsheets, planning a wedding can be a daunting task. Here we share why hiring a great wedding planner will make you the happiest bride.

  Photo: Frans Hulet

Photo: Frans Hulet

A wedding planner will get to know you, your vision, and budget. This will allow the planner to give you the best vendor recommendations for your event, and to save you from the rabbit hole of endless internet searches that can lead you quick frustration. Finding a quality vendor, who is available on your desired wedding date and who is also within your budget, is not an easy feat. Let your planner deal with that while you go grab a latte and find your perfect wedding shoes. 

 Photo: Rawpixel

Photo: Rawpixel

You will get to enjoy the fun part of wedding planning! Go shopping for your dream dress, go cake tasting with your future spouse, and pick your honeymoon destination! Kiss the stress of calling vendors, responding to dozens (or, yes, hundreds) of emails, keeping up with contracts, logistics, and spreadsheets goodbye! 

 Photo: Andoso

Photo: Andoso

You can enjoy your wedding because you have hired a professional to take care of you, your loved ones, and every detail of your once-in-a-lifetime day. A good wedding planner will craft your event with the utmost care, and if something were to go wrong you're likely to never find out. Talk about pure wedded bliss! Wedding planners are wizards; let them work their magic. 

 Photo: Rawpixel

Photo: Rawpixel

You can focus on preparing for marriage which will last much longer than your wedding. Oftentimes, couples get wrapped up in wedding planning and forget to prepare for married life. Talks about guest lists, seating charts, and money can leave a couple, not only exhausted, but disconnected from to the true reason behind the big party. Hiring a wedding planner will allow you and your partner to enjoy your engagement and spend quality time planning your future together. 

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