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Monday, October 31, 2011

Favor Fun: Godiva’s Wedding Cake Chocolate Favors

In honor of all the chocolate that will likely be consumed today, with it being Halloween and all that, we thought we’d share these precious and luscious favors with you!
Godiva offers these beautiful milk chocolate wedding cakes filled with their signature dark chocolate ganache. Each favor comes elegantly packaged in a white box wrapped with a satin ribbon. Scrumptious, sophisticated and fun, these little treats will let your guests know you really mean “thank you” when you send them home with one!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Real Wedding: Welch-Eberhart

While their actual first date was still being debated during their wedding reception, one thing is certain: Ransley and Jamin are looking forward to a lifetime of love and laughter together. We were thrilled to have a hand in helping this fun couple bring their vision of a beautiful and imaginative wedding to life.

The couple selected the beautiful Texas Discovery Gardens for their outdoor wedding ceremony and cocktails hour, moving inside to the Grand Hall for the reception. The Dallas venue was a perfect setting to showcase the gorgeous color palette of soft greens and purples.

Ransley and Jamin wanted lots of special surprises and unique twists on traditions throughout their wedding. The first of those special touches was a salt and pepper unity ceremony. A twist on the sand ritual, the spice ceremony had the couple using salt and pepper to represent their two families, which they poured together during their wedding ceremony.

The couple took a cue from trend-setting Hollywood and created a joint name for the reception: Jamsley. Once the couple was introduced, they impressed their guests as they performed a show-stopping choreographed tango for their first dance.
For dinner, Jamsley wanted a fun variety of delicious small plate offerings for their guests to enjoy, so with a theme of Flavors from around the World, we incorporated international food stations including Italian, American, Greek and Creole delights.

Later, the guests were wowed once again as fabulous fireworks went off behind Ransley and Jamin as they cut their wedding cake in front of a wall of windows. Speaking of cake, their wedding cake was a gorgeous and delicious interpretation of Ransley’s flowing ruffled bridal gown!
The cake also sported a purple fondant sash with a brooch that mimicked a sash that Ransley changed into halfway through the reception. In keeping with the theme of fun, the couple participated in a newlywed game, complete with wedding-themed Barbie and Ken dolls.
The newlyweds had one final “ta da” for their guests as they dashed through a shower of rose petals to a vintage Rolls which then drove through fountains of more fireworks!
Thank you Ransley and Jamin for asking us to help make your wedding day memorable and magical!

And a big thanks to all of our wonderful vendor partners!
Band: ZuZu Peddals, via Carol Marks Music
Bridal Gown: Jim Hjelm, Stardust Celebrations
Cake: The Cake Guys
Ceremony and Reception Site: Texas Discovery Gardens, Fair Park
Ceremony Music: Gyros String Quartet, Chris Carrington on classical guitar
DJ/Emcee: Marcus Rollins
Fireworks: Illumination
Floral/Décor: Garden Gate, Junior Villanueva
Hair & Makeup: Elan Makeup Studio, Anita Haar
Linens: BBJ Linen
Photographer: Sil Azevedo
Specialty Lighting: Absolute Lighting
Videographer: Soulbox Productions
Wedding Planner: Stardust Celebrations, Marsha Ballard French, CMWP

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Jim Hjelm Trunk Show with Special Designer Appearance This Weekend

Join us this weekend at the bridal salon at Stardust Celebrations for our fabulous Jim Hjelm Trunk Show. We are honored to have designer Francesca Pitera join us on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. Call now for your appointment during this special event: 972.781.1619.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bridal Shoe Sale

Aaaannnnd, we're back! Market was amazing and a total whirlwind! Yesterday we completely rocked the fashion show at Unveiled, and we'll have recaps from the past week for you shortly. But here's a tasty tidbit to tide you over, because what girl doesn't love shoes?!

Right now we have tons of bridal shoes on sale at our Stardust Bridal Salon in West Plano! We're clearing out our inventory and have F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S shoes from designers such as Grace, Angela Nuran and Love by Enzoani, to name a few! Come in and find your gorgeous wedding day shoes for a great deal!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Featured Friends Friday: Absolute Entertainment

Vendor company: Absolute Entertainment

Services offered: We produce bands and live musicians for all types of events, including wedding ceremonies and receptions. We also have a lighting department that installs decorative and specialty lighting, and an Audio Visual department that provided sound systems, screens, projectors and a host of additional and AV services.
How did Absolute get started in the wedding industry and when? We started with one band in 1994, The Project Band. They’re still one of our most popular bands, having performed at thousands of events! Over the years their reputation and popularity led to the formation of other bands including Cuvée, Signed Sealed Delivered and the newest addition to our roster, Motion.

What sets Absolute apart from other vendors? Our clients! We believe that without our clients there is no Absolute Entertainment. They’re the reason we’re here and it’s our responsibility to provide them with a level of service that insures that they look to us as a trusted resource, year after year, event after event. We’ve helped so many families with ALL of their children’s weddings over the years, it’s really amazing!

What do you guys do for fun besides weddings? We are a diverse group of people here at Absolute, to say the least! You can find some of us traveling to exotic destinations seeking thrill and adventure, while others are happiest close to home. And of course a lot of our passions lie in the performing and visual arts.

Why do you enjoy working with wedding planners? We’re blessed in this market to have quite a few REALLY good planners and we’re so thankful for them. They’ve invested thousands of hours learning their craft, much like we have as musicians, performers and artists. Personally, I appreciate the level of respect and confidence that the planners show to us.

What is your favorite thing about working w/ a StarDust wedding planner? Marsha and Jenny, of course! And let’s not forget Bob!

Do you have any funny or memorable stories you can share about working with one of our planners? Our lighting crew witnessed this while working on a destination wedding at a ranch in west Texas last year, I know it scared the heck out of Marsha, but the guys got a good laugh out of it! While clearing the area on the ranch where the 20,000 square foot tent would be erected the ranch hands had to “dispose of” quite a few rattle snakes. One of the ranch hands, (one of Marsha’s favorites, as I recall) had the notion that he’d put a dead snake in Marsha’s rental car, while she was in it! Luckily Marsha made her escape, even though the car was still rolling.

What is the best single piece of advice you could give to brides? Invest your wedding dollars on the things that create memories for you, your families and your guests.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Casablanca Bridal Trunk Show at LuLu's This Weekend

Join us at LuLu's Bridal Boutique in Uptown Dallas this weekend as we showcase the gorgeous new collection from Casablanca Bridal. No appointment is required to check out these beautiful wedding gowns so make plans to stop by!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Color Splash: Peacock Strut

We continue to see brides wowing their guests by borrowing inspiration from the regal peacock! Luxurious shades of blue, green and gold with hints of purple will give your wedding an exotic yet elegant color palette. Here are some gorgeous ideas that we love! We hope they inspire you to strut your stuff!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Favor Fun: Sweet Inspiration Chocolates

Boy, was our staff all smiles this week when we got a fabulous package from Sweet Inspiration Chocolate. This luscious Belgian chocolate was just divine, and with offerings of milk, dark and white chocolate, everyone’s palates were pleased!
The company’s signature line is their Chocolate Wishes collection, with 100% natural chocolate molded into heart-warming and delicious pieces symbolizing Abundance, Longevity, Love and Peace.
Perfect for wedding favors, their three-piece Wish and Kiss Box contains one wish piece (your choice of Love or Peace) and two kisses. While the chocolate is crafted of pure Belgian chocolate and in the European tradition, it is made in the US. Now, that's sweet!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Beauti-Fall Bridal Bash at LuLu’s

What a wonderful, invigorating time of year! Fall is an amazing time to get busy finding the perfect bridal gown because it’s finally cool enough to try on gowns and be comfortable! Join us at LuLu’s Bridal Boutique this Saturday, October 8, for the shop’s Beauti-Fall Bridal Bash! At this fun and fabulous event, every regularly priced item will be 10% off! That’s right – all bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, shoes, accessories and jewelry not already on sale will be marked down 10%! Make plans to come by this Saturday to take advantage of these beauti-fall discounts!

You’ll also be treated to mingling with a handful of some of our favorite Dallas wedding vendors while previewing stunning floral arrangements, sampling delightful cake balls and other treats and having a blast taking keepsake photos. We can’t wait to celebrate with you this Saturday!

Special thanks to our wonderful vendor partners: Garden Gate Floral, Funky Monkey PhotoBooths and Dallas Affaires Cake Company!