Friday, March 19, 2010

Twilight Love

I have a confession. I am a hopeles romantic. I often use my profession as a wedding planner as my excuse to always be hopeless. I couldn't help but fall for the love story between Edward and Bella in the recent series Twilight. In celebration of the dvd release of the sequel New Moon today, I wanted to share with you a Twilight themed wedding that I found and adore from one of my favorite blogs Style Me Pretty. Even if you aren't a fan of vampires or you dont know what 'Team Edward' means, I promise you will still enjoy these delightful tablescapes and expression of eternal love. Enjoy! Love, Chelsey

Design by Lina Wallace and Heather Ham. Photography by Meg Perotti.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patricks Day

"St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time. A day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic." - Adrienne Cook

"May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore." - St. Patrick

Happy St. Patricks Day from the Bride Associates Team!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


This is a special blog today. It is for my amazing staff of women at Bride Associates. This weekend we had our Quarterly Staff Meeting at the Nylo Hotel in Las Colinas. Friday night we enjoyed happy hour in the cozy library area of the Nylo, dinner at The Loft, and a late night on the patio. We spent the night in the lofty and unqiue Nylo Hotel and woke up bright and early to start our staff meetings. As we sat around the table on Saturday morning I looked around and was truly Grateful and Humbled by all of you. How blessed I am to have such an amazing group of women that surround me each day. I am Honored to have you on my team and know that with out you Bride Associates would not be the respected wedding coordination firm it is today. You are all beautiful, smart, and full of talent. Your energy, friendship and love sustains me and I appreciate all you do. Thank you for a successful quarter and let's get excited about Spring 2010! Love, Chelsey

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

City Place Faux Wedding

Invitations & Programs provided by Cleverly Invite

Thank you to all those who attended our Faux Wedding on February 18. It was a fun filled night with great food, great entertainment, and most importantly, great people! To those of you who are not familiar with our faux weddings, it is a bridal showcase, not only highlighting some of DFW’s top wedding vendors, but also allowing the bride-to-be the full experience of an actual wedding ceremony and reception from a different perspective. Our faux weddings not only allow the brides to see the vendors in action, but they also walk away with some great ideas & tips.

Our backdrop for the evening took place on the 42nd floor of The Cityplace Conference & Event Center located in Dallas, Texas where "personalized service, breath-taking views and exceptional cuisine are the hallmarks of Cityplace Weddings". 

Photos provided by BluDoor Studios located in Southlake, Texas.

Wedding Gown & Head piece provided by: Circle Park Bridal located in Addison, Texas

i-entertainment kept the dance floor full the entire evening

Damany Daniels with i-entertainment prepping the girls for the bouquet toss

What wedding would be complete without a fabulous send off?!
Transportation provided by Romantic Rememrances

Special thanks to our team of vendors. If you are in the market still for some great vendors, please check out their website below for more information.

Wedding Planner: Bride-Associates
Venue: Cityplace Conference and Event Center
Ceremony Music: Serenata Strings
Florals: Floral Designs by Meta
Bridal Dress: Circle Park Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Terry Costa
Hair & Makeup: Mitzi Merritt
Spa: Tower Athletic Club & Spa
Tuxedos: Tuxedo Junction
Entertainment: i-entertainment
Cakes: Delicious Cakes
Photography: BluDoor Studios
Photobooth: Perez Photography
Videography: Sonrise Video Productions
Transportation: Romantic Remembrances
Lighting: Audio Visual Connection {817-986-6114}
Realtor: Go To Realty
Meet our team: Behind the Scenes: Chelsey Dane, Owner of Bride Associates
Bride: Christina Tran, Managing Partner
Bridal Party: Caroline Hollingsworth, Jessica Gunter, and Suzann McLemore, Senior Wedding Consultants

Don't fret if you were not able to attend this Faux Wedding!
Save the date for our next one:

Thursday, August 12, 2010
where we will be hosting a
"Hot Summer Night"

More Details to come!

Simply Love

Every weekend we get to be a part of the joy and love between two people as they become husband and wife. Last weekend we witnessed that same love and joy as well as sadness and loss.

To express in words how my heart grieves for this beautiful family seems impossible. With an unexpected turn of events, Cynthia and Mike's May wedding was abrubtly moved to last Friday in the Mother of the Bride's hospital room so she could see her youngest daughter get married.

We also had the privelage to work with Cynthia and her family in a second wedding celebration on the following Saturday. Although, her mother Cindy was not able to join us, the warmth and strength of this couple's family and friends filled the ceremony and reception with abundant love.

I borrowed the title of this blog from Crystal DelaHoz, the photographer who caputured these heartfelt moments on Friday at the hospital. A few months ago she posted Cynthia and Mike's engagement photos and she recently posted "how fitting that the title of my blog post months ago for their engagement session was simply, love. Here we are again, with love, yet this time its not so light and fluffy its heavy and gut wrenching and bittersweet, but it is still simply love."

I am overwhelmed with sadness for a grieving family who has lost a wife, a mother, a sister, and a friend. I only knew Cindy for a short time but she was a woman who left a smile on my heart and an everlasting impression on the hearts of everyone who knew her.

My prayer is that when you watch this video, you too feel the love, warmth and strength that this family demonstrates and remind each of us the true meaning of love and the hope and joy that comes with marriage.