GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

This week all that glitters is gold! Wedding trends are starting to sparkle. We had a week in weddings that just sparkles! From the DIY pump tutorial, to the jade and gold wedding inspiration board. Even a lucky 11.11.11 wedding feature! Want to catch up – check them out and happy Friday folks!

GSS’s Things We LOVE :: Christian Louboutin Inspired DIY Glitter Pumps!

We love pumps (So sexy!).  We love sparkly things (Ooh shiny!).  So it shouldn’t be a surprise that we would love sparkly pumps!  Glitter pumps are all the rage right now in the fashion world and we couldn’t be happier.  We’ve been drooling over these gold glitter Christian Louboutin pumps for a while now… But unfortunately they aren’t in our budget- Nor will they ever be in our budget for that matter!  Now, we could find a more budget friendly version to purchase… OR we could just … [Read More…]

 

GSS Featured Wedding :: Kristen & Frank’s 11.11.11 Antique Wedding :: Tara Swain Photography

Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Tara Swain of Tara Swain Photography.  Tara Swain is an East Texas and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas based wedding photographer.  Tara has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature. Kristen and Frank were married on November 11, 2011 at the Hickory Street Annex in Dallas, Texas.  How cool is that date (11.11.11)?!  (Frank wanted that date so he would always remember their … [Read More…]

GSS Wedding Trend :: Its Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas :: Pinecones!!

source Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas WEDDINGS! We wanted to share a few resources for you to incorporate a fun, still whimsical, economical design into your winter wedding. We love pine cones! They really SPRUCE up a winter wedding. Pun intended there. From pine cone bouquets, to pine cone garlands…..this post is sure to have you giddy over your winter wedding ideas. We dropped by Pinterest for some winter wedding ideas and found an abundance of pine cones. Its raining pine … [Read More…]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Jade Green & Gold

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  If you’re getting married in the month of December and want something a little “Christmas-y” without the traditional Red/Green combination- The rich jewel tone of Jade Green would be an excellent choice for your winter wedding.  Especially when you add in the lucious, rich, and warm color of gold to your wedding palette.  Using Peacock feathers as inspiration for your wedding colors is at the tip top of the lists when it comes to trendy wedding colors.  … [Read More…]

 

 

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Kristen & Frank’s 11.11.11 Antique Wedding :: Tara Swain Photography

Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Tara Swain of Tara Swain Photography.  Tara Swain is an East Texas and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas based wedding photographer.  Tara has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Kristen and Frank were married on November 11, 2011 at the Hickory Street Annex in Dallas, Texas.  How cool is that date (11.11.11)?!  (Frank wanted that date so he would always remember their anniversary!)  Kristen was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Frank meet? We met through mutual friends at a bar called “The Flying Saucer“.  It’s amazing really that we didn’t meet until we did because we’ve had a lot of the same friends a couple years before we actually met. Which means we happened to miss each other at parties and strangely enough at the “saucer”.   And I won’t make it too long, its been a long running joke that was brought up many times at the wedding, my nana told me for years while I was living with them that I would never meet a nice boy at a bar.

Side Note:  Did you notice that the design on Frank’s wedding band is a fingerprint???  Here’s the story behind that: Frank’s ring is my finger print. It’s actually my entire first finger, I wish we had gotten a better picture of what I call the “top” to his ring with the swirls of my fingerprint. But the thought is that my finger is wrapped around his. It was actually a surprise, he didn’t get to see his ring until our “first look” pictures before the ceremony.  LOVE!!!

How long have you been together? We have been together going on 4 years now :)

We LOVE these signs!  They are absolutely TO. DIE. FOR.  Where did you get them?  Our beautiful signs were made by my uncle and myself.  I’d say for the most part, that since a lot of work went into them, it was a family effort. But the two of us did most of the work on them . As I said before, with my grandparents owning the Uncommon Market, they actually had the frames that I painted and then we turned them into chalkboards. They gave us one of the frames for a gift so we can always have it in our home :)

How did Frank propose? I am not an easy one to surprise, I will tell you that.   He wanted so badly to surprise me.  Every Wednesday (whether we were together or not, so for the past 5 years or so) we go to the saucer for “glass night”.  When you go, they have a beer of the night and you get to keep your glass.  A group of us go every Wednesday and we collect glasses and it’s a time we can all hang out.  On random Wednesday, September 1 to be exact, we did our usual thing and went to the saucer. I never thought anything of it, just because that’s what we always did on Wednesday. Well, when they brought our glasses out, turns out mine was just a bit different :) Frank had a glass made that said marry me. Took me a while to realize that my glass was different, he had already started talking when I realized what exactly was going on.  And the rest is history :)

What sold you on your wedding venue? My grandparents own a big antique store in the design district of Dallas called The Uncommon Market. So my entire life, I’ve grown up around unique items and things that are generally just “old”. So we knew we wanted something different, and Hickory Street Annex was perfect for us. The building itself I feel could stand alone without much decoration, which was very important for us.

 

 

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? Everyone who knows me, knows that I am not a “dress girl”. I still don’t even wear make up. So I was terrified of the dress process. I happened to find my dress online and wanted to go try it on. It really was the only one that I felt was really “me” in looking online and through magazines.  It was a Melissa Sweet Fern dress and we got it at Priscilla of Boston that sadly is closing its doors after more than 60 years :( It was the first one I tried on and the only dress I’ve worn that I didn’t want to take off.

 

 

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? My nana has a gold coin that she wore in her shoe during her wedding and every girl in our family has had in in their’s, this served as my something old and borrowed.  My something new and blue was my garter which was an amazing Etsy find.

 

 

How did you choose your wedding color palette? As you probaby saw in some of the pictures, my sister and Grandad found an amazing sign in Europe that they gave to us for a Christmas present. It is an old pub sign that amazingly enough says “the Flying Saucer”. We took colors from the sign and used it as inspiration for our palatte.

 

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process? Don’t be afraid to go against the norm. I was told time and time again that I wasn’t a “traditional bride”.  I hated to hear that because other than our decor, maybe we were very traditional.  But do what makes you happy. We had a very comfortable wedding, it wasn’t super structured at all.  I used to bartend at Southfork Ranch during weddings and I learned what made guests happy and what made guests bored. We have had tons of compliments on how “easy going” our wedding was for everyone.

 

What song did you dance to for your first dance? We had Ricki Derek and the Vegas Six as our band. I have some serious love for the old crooners. I’ve been a Sinatra fan since before I can remember which is exactly who they are. I’ve heard Ricki Derek be called the Frank Sinatra of Dallas. Loving so many of his songs it was hard for us to choose. Our “real” song he actually didn’t have on his playlist which is “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by the Platters (which I will tell you we snuck a dance to while we were getting ready for the reception when it was playing on the ipod) but for our official first dance with guests we danced to “It Had to Be You” we found it very fitting for the both of us.

 

What was your favorite part of your big day? It is so hard to nail down a favorite part.  But our entire reception was just perfect.  Every toast that was done, ALL the dancing, our amazing band.  Our goal was to have a celebration of bringing two families together and to celebrate our love for each other…and thats exactly what we had.  A big party of family and friends with good drinks, fabulous food, and amazing music.

Vendors:

Venue: Hickory Street Annex 

Dress: Melissa SweetFern

Cake: All desserts were made by friends and family

Floral: Brianne Denton with Blue Lotus

Linens: BBJ Linens

Catering: Glory House Catering

DJ/Band: Ricki Derek and the Vegas Six

Videographer: sadly none :(

Wedding Favors: My father and I made all the jam you saw in the pictures. Which it took a long time to make 144 jars of jam, but by far my favorite party favor!

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Bella Figura

Event Planner: The Bride herself (Along with her amazing family!)

Thank you so much, Tara, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by her website and blog and show her some love!  And thank you, Kristen, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Frank a lifetime FULL of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com.  We HEART submissions!

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Bella Figura

Event Planner: The Bride herself (along with her amazing family)

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GSS Featured Day After Session :: Wendy & Billy’s F-U-N Filled Session :: Tara Swain Photography

Today’s fabulous featured Day After session comes from Tara Swain of Tara Swain Photography. We fell head over roller skates when we saw this AH-Mazing submission in our inbox!  (Roller skates, skateboards, feathers, and pillow fights- OH MY!) Tara Swain is an East Texas and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas based wedding photographer.  Tara has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Wendy and Billy were married on August 15, 2010.  This shoot is a double feature, actually… Wendy has just started her very own wedding planning business named “Birds of a Feather Events.”  (Scroll on down, you’ll see a feather theme going on- And now you know why!  So, so cool!)  Without further ado, we are proud to introduce you today to both Tara Swain AND Wendy!

Wendy was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Billy meet? Billy and I met through mutual friends.  We had been hanging out in the same circle and frequenting the same spots, but we had never really spoken to each other.  After a string of nights where our group had hung out pretty much every night I decided should send him a friend request on Facebook.  After reading each other’s pages we realized that we had a ton of stuff in common and it might be nice to actually carry on a conversation the next time we all hung out.  He met up with me and my friends later that evening and the rest is history, we have been inseparable ever since!

How long have you been together? We started dating Memorial Day weekend of 2009, so only about a year and a half.  When you know, you know! :)


How did he propose? About a week after we started dating he picked me up from work and took me to lunch at 8.0’s in downtown Fort Worth.  As we were walking to the restaurant he stopped me on the street corner and asked me to be his girlfriend, which I thought was super cute!  So, when it came time to pop the big question he took me back to that same street corner.  He pretended like we were going to dinner downtown, but he stopped me on that same street corner and asked me to marry him.   After he proposed he took me to the restaurant where we had our first date, Piranha Killer Sushi in North Arlington.

When was your wedding date? This is a bit of a long story, but I will give you a short version.  Before he ever proposed he set the wedding date, 8.16.10.  This date was based on my birthday being on 6.16 and his being on 10.16, and 8.16 was right in the middle.  So for months we would always text each other when it was 8:16am/pm, send pictures of things with 816 in it, our address is even 3816.  Once we were officially engaged and were planning the wedding we realized that 8.16 was not going to work for everyone since it was a Monday.  We thought for a long time about it and decided to compromise, we would have the wedding and reception on 8.15, but sign the marriage license on 8.16 so that our anniversary would be 8.16.  So, I guess we really get 2 anniversaries now, right?!

Your wedding dress is GORGEOUS! Where did you get it? Thank you!  It is by Simone Carvalli and it was my dream dress!  I had originally just thought I would get a dress at David’s Bridal and not spend too much money on it, that is, until I saw my dress in a bridal magazine.  I could not stop thinking about it and I couldn’t seem to find anything comparable anywhere!  I decided to search online and try to find the price, but it was not listed anywhere.  Only one store in the entire metroplex carries Simone Carvalli, Stardust Celebrations.  I went to their website and as luck would have it they were having a Simone Carvalli trunk show the following weekend!  I set my appointment, with a woman named Wendy even, and when I showed up my dress was the only one they did not have!  I tried on other styles, but my heart was set on 7135.  Wendy sent me home dressless, but promised to track the dress down for me.  She called me about 2 weeks later telling me she had found the dress and it was being shipped so I could try it on.  Luckily the dress was within my budget and we purchased the gown on Valentine’s Day (Awe, lol)

We understand that you recently launched your own wedding planning business named “Birds of a Feather Events”- How exciting!!! Tell us about it: Wow, where to begin?!  I’ve been working in television in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for the past 9 years, editing, directing, making motion graphics etc.  I’ve always dreamt of working for myself and doing something that involves creativity and my passion for organization, haha!  With so many friends getting married this year, not to mention my own wedding, it was something that I just fell into at first, then realized that I had an overwhelming desire to make it a career.  I really get involved with all of my brides and take on their wedding days as if they were my own, pouring over decor selections, cakes, flowers, invitations, making sure everything is the perfect fit for that particular couple.  I don’t really care for the over the top, cookie cutter style weddings.  My focus is on doing something unique, something that not only fits the couple’s style and interests, but something that none of the guests will have seen before.  You can visit my website at www.Birds-of-a-Feather-Events.com and also “Like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/birdsofafeatherevents.

Below are some of Wendy’s head shots for Birds of a Feather Events.  So adorable, fun, and creative!

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process? Hire a wedding planner of course!  But seriously, if a planner is not in your budget or if you prefer to plan everything solo, at least hire a day of coordinator.  They will save your wedding, trust me!  The last thing you want to do on your big day is call vendors, do set up at your ceremony and reception, or clean up/fix any problems that arise….and trust me, something WILL go wrong, most likely the thing you least expect.  Also, try to do as many DIY projects as you feel comfortable with.  Personal touches go a long way in making your wedding personal and rememberable!

What was your favorite part of your big day? I wouldn’t say I have a favorite moment, more like highlights!  I loved doing our First Look, they are my favorite pictures from the entire day and I highly recommend doing them to anyone.  Billy and I only had one member in our wedding party, our flower girl.  I decided to ask my mother to be my matron of honor a few weeks prior to the wedding, but I waited to surprise her and ask her right before the ceremony started.  That was a very special moment for me.  Being introduced as the new Mr. and Mrs. Tylaska was pretty great, as was dancing with my father.

And lastly, what was your inspiration for your day after shoot? One of the many things Billy and I have in common is we both grew up skating, me on roller skates and him on a skate board.  Skating was a huge part of our lives growing up and Billy still skates today and I get to the rink every now and then.  I really love pictures where the couple incorporates their interests into the shots and adds some character to them, they seem so much more interesting and dynamic than just a simple shot in a field or of them sitting on a park bench.  I came to Tara with the idea of having some feathers floating in the air in front of us during the wedding gown portion of the shoot and she loved the idea.  Once I told her that the most economical way to get the feathers was from down pillows, she had a light bulb moment and decided we should do a full on pillow fight!  Billy totally cheated though, he was pulling fists full of feathers from the pillow and throwing them into my face.  I had feathers in my mouth, feathers in my throat, feathers in my eyes…you get the idea!  We were finding feathers for days afterwards.  I also bought some cupcakes so we could do a “cake smash”, like a food fight, but with cake and at a close range…but Billy wasn’t having it.  I really don’t blame him, staining our clothes probably wasn’t the best idea!  Hopefully Tara can pass my idea along and talk someone else into it, I would love to see those photos!

Thank you so much, Tara, for sharing this amazing engagement session with us!  Please stop by her website and blog and show her some love!  And thank you, Wendy, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you luck with Birds of a Feather Events– We know you’ll be a HUGE success!  And we wish you and Billy a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com.  We HEART submissions!

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