Backyard Fall Wedding

Life after divorce can be hard to navigate but, luckily when you have good friends like Melanie does, it’s easy. After adapting to single life, Melanie met Michelle through a mutual friend and the two hit it off.

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These two lovebirds were head over hills for each other and moved fast. They dated, got engaged, and had their wedding all within a year’s time!

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Melanie says, “We started dating in October 2014, and were married in October 2015. We moved fast in our dating, engagement, and marriage process. But, I think for us we just knew how we felt about each other and that life is short and as such, be with someone who you are madly in love with. We knew life would be complicated with integrating a lot of kids, but we also did believe that love does conquer all.”

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The two planned a beautiful backyard wedding at their new home in Colleyville, Texas where friends and family gathered to celebrate their love. The couple hosted their interfaith ceremony and reception under a grand tent by M & M Event Rentals.  They also provided all of the tables and gorgeous linens.  The lighting was provided by ES Events, who created a beautiful branch pattern on the tent’s ceiling.

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When guests’ arrived they were greeted by Pinky’s Valet, an amazing all female valet team, who assisted with parking. The fall floral decor by our fabulous sister company Freesia, adorned the porch of Melanie and Michelle’s lovely home and set the tone for their amazing fall wedding.

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As guests’ entered they were served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Tastefully Yours Catering to enjoy before the ceremony. Tastefully Yours also catered the delicious dinner that evening.

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Melanie and Michelle made their way down the aisle to the romantic sounds of the acoustic guitar. Michael Roos True DJ’s of Dallas later spun out some great music for guests’ to dance the night away. The brides’ looked so sweet with makeup and hair by Chantee.

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Our fabulous sister company Freesia also created lush bouquets for both of the brides’ to carry as they walked down the aisle to happily ever after. Freesia also created amazing centerpieces, and adorned the all white chuppah by Crown Collection Chuppah.

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A wedding wouldn’t be complete without cake! Legacy Cakes did an outstanding job on keeping it simple, yet classic.

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Melanie tells us “Walking into the tent, and having our friends and family stand up and applaud, will forever be imprinted on our minds. It was really like a dream!”

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Melanie and Michelle both agree that their favorite part of being married is they are married to their best friend, each other. They have so many of the same characteristics and at the same time are still learning about each other every day. They just absolutely love one another so deeply.

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We are so glad that photographer Jeff Brummett was there to capture all of the special moments and the love of this truly amazing day in Melanie and Michelle’s life!

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Melanie and Michelle give us much praise by going on to say, “The only think I would recommend to any bride is to hire Lauren Schmidt and the CTE Team. No, I am serious! She is the best, the very best! Actually, we miss her.”

Dreams really do come true.  We are so happy to have been a part of your special day, Happy Anniversary! xoxo

CTE Loves Erin Blair Makeup & Hair Design

“I had no aspirations whatsoever to be a makeup artist” shares Erin of Erin Blair Makeup & Hair Design, as she tells us how she got started in the bridal artistry world. Pretty surprising for such a talented artist! We never would have thought this wasn’t her original passion.

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Erin is a Texas native, but grew up in Oklahoma were she became a “Boomer Sooner” as she attended the University of Oklahoma for her first three years of college. She then moved to Houston where she finished out her degree in advertising at the University of Houston. Erin teases, “I moved for a boy. No, not my husband…he came later.”

After graduating, Erin moved back to Dallas to start her marketing career. Five years later in 2004, while working as a manager and graphic artist, she became friends with an established bridal makeup artist who was getting very busy! She asked Erin if she wanted to help her out occasionally on the weekends and taught Erin a few things to get her started. “I took to makeup artistry very quickly. It really isn’t all that different from graphic design, just different tools!” says Erin

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After years of working as a makeup artist on the side of her full time corporate job, and two kids later life became busy. Erin realized she needed to make a change. After some self reflection she came to the conclusion that her passion was in her artistry, working with brides, and owning her own business. She left her full time job as a manager and graphic artist and made makeup artistry a full time gig. With a smile Erin states, “Nobody was more surprised than me at the direction my career took!”

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While Erin has never gone to a traditional “beauty school” she has consistently invested in her education and skills since she decided to make her bridal artistry business her full time career six years ago. Erin is proud to have received personal training from some of the best artists in the business.

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Erin loves helping brides discover their most beautiful version of themselves. She even boasts that, “The products I’m selling are self-esteem and confidence! Sometimes I can visibly see their shoulders straighten and their chin lift before they’ve even seen themselves in the mirror.” The happy tears when a bride sees herself in a way she’s never seen before are the moments Erin lives for and what make her job her passion.

Her proudest moment in her bridal makeup artistry career so far has been being nominated for an AACWP award (American Association of Certified Wedding Planners) 3 years running.

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When we asked Erin to describe her style this is what she had to say “See the girl, not the makeup! I like my brides to look youthful and classically beautiful, but still like themselves.” Erin’s trademark is flawlessly glowing skin and romantic, lifted eyes. She wants her bride to look their best and also timeless in their photos. That way they love the way they look for years to come.

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Erin offers a bit of advice for brides when choosing their artist for their wedding day, “First and foremost, don’t just choose a makeup artist, choose a wedding beauty professional. There are a lot of other factors that go into your wedding makeup other than the actual wedding makeup. Artists with successful businesses that specialize in weddings will have a thorough understanding of how to coordinate with your planner and photographer, how to schedule your day so you get to your first look on time, and the high level of customer service needed for such an important event.”

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Erin also suggests looking at unedited before and after photos like the one above to get a more clear idea of the artist’s aesthetic and skills. Sometimes it can be hard to get an indication of skill level from professional edited photographs. You need to make sure your artist can make you look great without digital enhancement!

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“As my business grows I find myself transitioning more into an educator and mentor for both my team and other aspiring artists which is really exciting! But don’t worry; first and foremost, I’ll always be an artist.” says Erin. Currently Erin’s team consists of six fantastic makeup artists and hair stylists all whom she has personally trained. Her business is expanding and looking bright! She is spending more and more time conducting makeup lessons for her clients after their weddings and promoting her retail line of professional cosmetics.

It is always a pleasure to work with Erin Blair Makeup & Hair Design! Erin and her team are organized, easy to communicate with, and timely which is a big help to keep our brides on schedule for their wedding day. Along with being efficient Erin and her team are such a joy to be around, next time you see her make sure you tell her we said hello!

Organic Wedding at The Dallas Arboretum

Love wins again! Jeff and Joe met a little over seven years ago via the web on Yahoo Personals. After five years of dating, Joe realized he had found the one whom his soul loves and was ready to propose.

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Of course Jeff said ‘Yes!’ and from there they took time to enjoy their engagement for a bit and then started planning their amazing wedding. Guests’ were invited with beautiful invitations by The American Wedding to join Jeff and Joe for their ceremony in the Lay Family Garden and reception in The Alexander Camp House at The Dallas Arboretum.

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Jeff wore a handsome fitting suit from Suit Supply; while Joe complimented him in a Joseph Abboud suit from The Men’s Warehouse.

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The two looked absolutely dapper as they exchanged vows framed by a beautifully bright arch created by our sister company Freesia; whom was also in charge of all of the other floral decor that complimented the garden and reception area.

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These amazing details of floral added the color and texture of for the couple’s vision of bright, elegant, masculine, and organic along with the natural colored linens by BBJ Linen. They wanted their wedding day to be a complete representation of who they are by tying in their Hispanic cultures with fun textures of lotus pods, driftwood, succulents along with bright hues of reds, oranges, purples, greens and bronze-copper accents.

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The couple tells us that a special moment of the wedding was, “Walking down the aisle hand-in-hand with Joe’s son symbolized the family we’ve become. Also, having so many people there who loved and supported us was beyond touching…”

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The music never stopped from the ceremony where Simply Music played soft tunes, to the cocktail reception were festive music was being played by Ernestos Music-Mariachi Band, and to the reception where DJ Adante of Simply Music spun out some dancing tunes.

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All-the-while enjoying all of the fun guests’ also enjoyed amazing food and cocktails by Gil’s Catering.

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No wedding would be complete without cake! The couple chose a simple, yet amazing cake by Delicious Cakes! To keep with the organic and masculine feel of their wedding, the cake was displayed on a wood slate and adorned with succulents.

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Jeff and Joe both agree that their favorite moment of their wedding was that there was no rain! “Since we planned an outdoor ceremony and reception, we were quite nervous about the rain in the forecast. There was not a single raindrop, so we were able to celebrate as we had planned all along.”

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In preparation for the rain the couple had to make a split decision on implementing a tent. To keep the outdoor feel they chose a clear tent without sides by Ducky Bob’s. We are so glad that Shannon Skloss Photography was there to catch all the amazing details for lasting memories and great stories later on. Shannon even notes that the clear tent reflected a lot of light from the lights that were strung by Simply Music which made for amazing photos.

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Jeff and Joe say there favorite part about being married so far is, “The security of knowing that we’ll have someone with whom to share our lives and grow old.”

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Summer Wedding at Omni Park West

We had the opportunity to work with Brea & Crystal for their modern red and white summer wedding this June at the Omni Park West in Dallas.  After dating for five years, Brea and Crystal were so excited to tie the knot, and Crystal says that she feels “truly blessed to be marrying my best friend and the woman of my dreams.”

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 The ceremony was very personal with a beautiful white and red backdrop, and included a sand ceremony with their daughter Kaila. The three of them exchanged vows, and Kaila was presented with a special token from Brea and Crystal during the ceremony.

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The Texas sunshine provided us with some beautiful summer weather, and the beauty of their wedding was further enhanced by their flowers from Magic Moments.

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As well as being absolutely scrumptious, the cake from Delicious Cakes provided an elegant backdrop for the event.

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Although all of the aesthetic touches were lovely, Brea and Crystal told us about what truly made their day so special for them:

“What made our wedding day special was seeing our friends and family there genuinely happy and ready to celebrate us as we embark on a new journey.”

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Guests danced the night away to music from Entertainment Solutions, LLC, starting with Brea & Crystal’s beautiful first dance together as a married couple. Of course, their first dance included their daughter Kaila.

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While it might seem that planning a wedding can be stressful, Crystal’s piece of advice to other brides is “I would definitely not stress as much over some things.  Besides that, there is nothing else that I would change about my wedding day…it was perfect!”

Tracy Nanthavongsa snapped these gorgeous photos we are sharing with you.  All in all, it was an amazing day.  Congratulations Brea & Crystal!

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:: our fabulous vendor team ::

Cocktail Reception Music: Encore Entertainment

Videographer: One Track Films

Photo Booth: Plush Photo Pod