If there’s such a thing as photographer’s bedside manner, Veronica Ellerman has a great one—she’s known for getting even the most rambunctious (flowergirls) and cantankerous (grandfathers) guests to cooperate and pose appropriately. She’s also got a way with natural light that makes for gorgeous results with a low-maintenance process. Book well in advance—her schedule fills up quickly.
A Sea of Love
A Sea of Love, a small team of photographers helmed by Morgan Chidsey, comes highly recommended for stunning photos that feel natural and easy. Morgan skips expected posing in favor of capturing intimate moments—the only time she’ll art-direct is when it comes to picking a romantic, gorgeously-lit setting.
Chinatown is like a traditional wedding band on steroids. All five members have years of experience, so their renditions of all the party staples (Boogie Shoes, Shout, Rebel Yell) sound just as good as the real thing.
Cassandra Fine Catering
These guys definitely rule when it comes to super-fancy, high-end catering (not everyone in town has served meals to both Presidents Obama and Bush). But it's about more than the food for Cassandra—clients rave about the impeccable service and reliability.
The Left-Handed Calligrapher
Nicole is a great classic calligrapher. You can select from a number of different styles, and while she's based in Dallas, she takes orders from across the country. And yes, she really is left-handed.
Everything is bigger in Texas, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Dallas' foremost event planner wholeheartedly subscribes to that philosophy. Todd's events are lavish and glamorous in the best way, and there's no challenge he won't take on. Looking for a water feature with live performers? On it. 400 square foot ómbre flower wall? Consider it done. They recently joined forces with Suite 206 Luxury Event Rentals, too, who has one of the most comprehensive rental libraries we've ever seen.
Fluff Pop Cotton Candy
While you can order Fluff Pop ahead of time, the best way to incorporate the made-for-grown-ups cotton candy into an event is to have it spun for your guests on-site. People go crazy for the flavors (guava, lychee, cotton candy).
While his business runs the gamut from backyard BBQs to formal dinners, Chef Chris Patrick really excels at in-home catering for clients hosting formal events. Patrick's menus are incredibly creative (don't skip dessert).
Steve Wrubel Photography
Steve Wrubel—husband to DJ extraordinaire Lucy Wrubel—is by no means a minimalist. No matter the subject matter (though big celebrations are his forte) the resulting photos are sure to be full of life and color.
Stamped Paper Co.
Unlike many other stationers, Jill Efrussy Sour doesn't make her clients choose from pre-designed templates. Instead, she starts them off with a detailed questionnaire to help figure out a 100% custom motif to best suits their sensibility.