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Friday, February 28, 2014

A Texas-Sized Ceremony Backdrop

We saw this beautiful and whimsical sign in Southern Weddings and just had to share it with you!
We so adore when couples get creative with bringing in their heritage to make their wedding more unique and representative of them. This hand-painted ceremony backdrop inspired by a favorite Texas anthem is just the thing for a couple of proud Lone Star State natives, and we just love it!
See more of this Texas-inspired styled shoot, Deep in the Heart of Texas, from SW's V6 issue here.

p.s. We dare you to look at the shoot and try to not sing the song...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Year in Review: 2013 Real Weddings

Before we get too much further into 2014, we wanted to take a quick look back at some of the dazzling weddings our incredible team designed, planned and executed during 2013!

This couple chose a sweet color palette of navy blue and pink accented with lots of romantic candlelight, lush flowers and chandeliers. It was the perfect mix for their intimate outdoor ceremony and charming reception.

This head table was nothing short of fabulous! Those bold colors, that glitzy gold and all that bling - oh-so-glamorous!
We adored this whimsical yet elegant color combo of yellow and grey, as well as the darling honeybee motif! This wedding was happy and fun!

This stunning wedding was just over-the-top, with lush florals and gorgeous blue lighting that saturated the space.
This fun wedding was OSU-crazy all the way! The Oklahoma City destination event was full of OSU orange details and nods to the couple's beloved Cowboys throughout.

Okay, it was too hard to choose only one. 2013 was a great year for gorgeous cakes, and we had fun with our brides devising the most beautiful ways to show them off. Here are just two stunning displays.
Seriously, who doesn't love a man in uniform? Give us several of them at a wedding where the bride and groom want to bring in the fun traditions that go with a military wedding (saber arch? cut the cake with the saber? yes please!) and we're sold!

Mismatched bridesmaid dresses are still H-O-T and we love when brides think even more outside the box, not only mixing up shades, but also bringing in different but complementary hues. This bridal party was gorgeous and each 'maid had a lovely gown perfectly suited to her own personality and style!

Sometimes, we have clients who have booked a reception site that doesn't exactly fulfill their design vision. That's when we get to partner with amazing vendors to completely reinvent the space! Such was the case as we transformed this turn-of-the-century basement ballroom into a glamorous and romantic reception room.

Favors are an easy and sweet way to thank your guests for joining you in celebration. Edible favors are always a favorite, and they're especially fun when they tie into the season. We loved these hot cocoa favors, and the presentation of them was just beautiful!

If you would like to learn more about our wedding planning services and what StarDust's wedding planners can do for you, contact us for an appointment!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Shop Gowns by the Incomparable Matthew Christopher at StarDust this Weekend

StarDust Celebrations is thrilled to host a trunk show this weekend for designer phenom Matthew Christopher featuring his Spring 2014 collection. Matthew Christopher is known for his tradition of superior service and attentiveness to detail. He pours his passion for hope and love into each of his gowns and the result is a line of amazing designs that embody the joy of exquisite and innovative details such as dimensional textures, extravagant beading and glamorous silhouettes.

After making a sterling reputation for himself in the bridal industry at a young age, Matthew launched his own label in 2002 and has designed his gowns around personal connections with countless brides, whom he delights in using as his inspiration. His lines are known for their drama in every detail and the careful construction that gives each bride an impeccable fit.

A representative of the designer will attend the trunk show. Call 972.781.1619 today to schedule your appointment at our West Plano bridal salon during this special shopping event. Or book online here. We'll see you soon!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Trend Alert: Whimsical Cocktail Clouds

With warmer weather finally heading our way and spring knocking on our door, we could not be more excited about the carefree feeling that this season can bring! Springtime heralds in all things new, fresh and fun! Spring weddings often lend themselves to more whimsical elements, and we adore this particular touch of whimsy suggested by Martha Stewart Weddings: "cloud" garnished cocktails!
Seriously, how precious are these beautiful cocktails adorned with fluffy goodness of sweet cotton candy?! These feature differently flavored varieties by Spin-Spun out of Chicago. The all-natural (as in fat-, gluten-, nut-free and no preservatives and artificial colors or flavors, etc.) confection is offered in luscious flavors such as coconut, peppermint, strawberry and cinnamon, to name a few.

But did you know Dallas has its very own gourmet cotton candy company too? Fluffpop offers organic and exotic flavors including cherry, guava, lychee and caramel in a few options, such as tiny pops to accent drinks, a live spin action station for your special event and mini-mason jars perfect for wedding favors! Check them out to see the full line of flavors and ordering options. Such fun treats will make your guests so happy, they'll feel like they're walking on clouds!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

StarDust Celebrations Awarded Favorite Bridal Salon by the AACWP

AACWP members, you astound and humble us! We are incredibly honored to have StarDust Celebrations selected again as the Favorite Bridal Salon by this extraordinary group of talented wedding planners.

Our elegant award will live in a place of honor displayed in our beautiful salon.
The membership of the American Association of Certified Weddings Planners is made up of more than 100 of the best and brightest wedding planners, admired and respected by the finest wedding vendors the state of Texas has to offer.

This year, the awards received a makeover and are now called The Vendi Awards. Cute, huh?
This was, however, the seventh year of the recognition celebration, and it stuns us to be able to say that we are the “reigning champions” in the bridal salon category - an unbelievable honor given the many wonderful bridal salons in this market.

This award belongs to our incredible staff, who work tirelessly and joyfully to serve every bride who walks through our door. It is our stylists’ passion and pleasure to help each bride find her perfect wedding gown for her special day. Thank you, thank you for your dedication and commitment to our brides and their families and to StarDust Celebrations!
Just a few members of our incredible team!
More of our rock-star team and our fearless leaders!
Here are more fun shots from the special night.
Some of the lovely details from the event.
The evening's program listing the nominees (yes, LuLu's was nominated, as well!) and our incredible menu.
Our wonderful team had a well-deserved fabulous time!
StarDust owners and founders Marsha and Jenny accepting our award! What a great vision these amazing ladies
had oh-so-many years ago! We are so thankful for their leadership!
And thank you, AACWP planners, for putting your faith and trust in us to bring your brides’ wedding style visions to life. We are grateful to be a partner with you in flawlessly making your clients’ wedding day dreams come true! We look forward to another outstanding year of working together!
Congrats to our fellow Vendi winners:
Favorite Bakery: Fancy Cakes by Lauren
Favorite Band: The Project
Favorite Caterer: Food Glorious Food
Favorite Ceremony Site: Perkins Chapel at SMU
Favorite DJ: Brian Prescott
Favorite Florist: The Garden Gate
Favorite Hair/Makeup: Elan Makeup Studio, Anita Brown
Favorite for Invitations: Southern Fried Paper
Favorite for Lighting: BEYOND
Favorite for Linens: BBJ Linen
Favorite Minister: Marty Younkin, Love Notes Weddings
Favorite Reception Site: Four Seasons Resort and ClubDallas at Las Colinas
Favorite for Rentals: Ducky-Bob’s Event Specialists
Favorite Photographer: Joseph Mark Photography
Favorite for Transportation: Blue Diamond Limousines ofTexas
Favorite Videographer: CandleLight Films

p.s. The event last night was over-the-top fantastic! Shout out to the awesome vendors that made us all feel so pampered:
f.i.g. Fashion Industry Gallery
Food Glorious Food
M&M The Special Events Company
Colby Logan - Astounding Sounds
Randy Ro Entertainment - Slow Motion Photo Booth
Andrea Woolford Designs
Allison Davis Photography
BEYOND - Videography
Lone Star Valet

Monday, February 17, 2014

Eve of Milady Trunk Show this Weekend at StarDust

StarDust Celebrations is over the moon to present the Eve of Milady* trunk show this weekend, when we will feature the newest stunning gowns from the fabulous bridal gown collection. A representative of the designer will join us for this special shopping event. Call now for your reservation: 972.781.1619.
Grandeur...elegance...opulence...Eve of Milady* wedding gowns are best known for their amazing ball gowns and gorgeously detailed bodices. The couture line has received the prestigious Designer of the Year award from both well-known bridal magazines, Bride and Modern Bride. Eve of Milady* gowns are trend-setting, and give brides the feeling of beauty and romance every women dreams of on her wedding day. Cathedral trains, chapel trains, trumpet and fluted gowns, tulle gowns trimmed with lace, and the most perfect empire waist gowns…Eve of Milady* delivers them all with quality, style, and everlasting grace.

*Please note that the Eve of Milady website opens with music should you decide to take a quick peek at these exquisite gowns at work.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Inspiration: Va-va-va-voom Red

Ahhh, Valentine’s Day…it evokes notions of flowers, candy and cards and brings to mind the colors pink and red. Romance is a huge part of weddings, so we rather like the holiday, especially because it marks the unofficial close of engagement season. We really enjoy the influx of giddy brides post-V Day with their new beautiful sparkly rings, so full of excitement and love! Pink is beautiful, and with so many different shades ranging from romantic to sassy, there is a pink for nearly everyone!

But today, we are all about RED! The shade of passion, red is sexy, dynamic and dramatic! We loved planning this striking wedding that featured not only gorgeous red, but also a theme of lovebirds – perfect for today! We hope you enjoy this bit of inspiration and wish you all a wonderfully romantic Valentine’s Day! And for all of you lovely ladies receiving that all-important piece of jewelry, give us a call! We’d love to help make all of your wedding dreams come true!
Click here to see which awesome Dallas wedding vendors we partnered with on this incredible wedding!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Glamorous Ysa Makino Bridal Gown Wows in BONT 5th Anniversary Issue

We are so in love with this stunning Ysa Makino gown. It is glamorous, sophisticated and sexy!
As the exclusive North Texas retailer for Ysa Makino, we at StarDust could not be more thrilled that it was included in the Timeless Love feature of the 5th anniversary issue of the Brides of North Texas - on stands now! Here are a few more images from the shoot:
That fabulous headpiece and jewelry? Those are also from our beautiful bridal salon at StarDust Celebrations. Dreaming of a timeless, elegant look like this for your wedding day? Give us a call at 972.781.1619, as we would love to help you make that dream reality!

Wonderful vendor partners on the shoot:
Photos: Sarah Kate Photography
Makeup: Wendy Zerrudo
Hair: Natalia Issa Hair & Makeup Artistry

Thanks, BONT, for helping us show off this phenomenal gown!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Shop Two Fab Collections this Valentine's Weekend

What could be more romantic this Valentine's weekend than finding your perfect wedding gown?! We have two wonderful opportunities for you to peruse expanded collections of the hottest gowns from a couple of gorgeous bridal gown lines!
Oh, how we love Victor Harper! Inspired by the musings of feminine sophistication, elegance and sensuality, the Victor Harper Collection weaves together glamour, refinement and drama in perfect silhouettes to mold and flatter the body. Brought to us by bridal design legend Kenneth Pool, the collection offers bridal gowns in an assortment of exclusive fabrics that include Silk Satins, Mikado and Organza. Each style is embellished with beading and embroidery patterns that are hand drawn by the designer and crafted in an array of Austrian crystals, pearls and trims unique to the Victor Harper Collection. The Victor Harper Collection offers the perfect gown for the bride who possesses a distinguished taste for beauty, glamour and quality.

Shop the full current collection exclusively at StarDust this weekend. Call 972.781.1619 for your appointment.
Angelina Faccenda is the couture bridal collection from Mori Lee. Using sumptuous fabrics such as silk shantung, organza and French lace, these elegant designs feature details such as beading and embroidery. Angelina Faccenda Bridal Couture offers brides fashion forward style married with the experience and tradition of quality Mori Lee is known for. LuLu's will host the expanded collection this weekend. No appointment is necessary, but make plans now to stop by and shop these stunning gowns!

Friday, February 7, 2014

StarDust Bride Wearing Augusta Jones Featured on D Weddings

We adore this precious couple, featured on D Weddings’ online Real Weddings page!
Devan is truly a StarDust bride, having found her romantic August Jones bridal gown at our StarDust Bridal Salon and her bridesmaids’ darling Alfred Sung dresses at LuLu’s Bridal Boutique.
And seriously – who can resist a man in a Marine Corps uniform?! Oorah!

Devan’s Janice style gown is a 1950's inspired strapless organza wedding gown featuring a pleated wrapover bodice with a sweeping sweetheart neckline. The A-line skirt is a vision in rolled organza ribbon and features a scallop lace trim on the hem and train.
Congrats Devan and Jacob! We were happy to have played a small part in your big day!