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.
Adria Lea Photography
Adria Lea and her husband Colt handle weddings as a team, so your photographer can (literally) be in two places at once—for example, the bridesmaids and groomsmen can both be photographed getting ready without any rushing back and forth. More than that, Adria’s a genius with natural light, so you won't catch her carting around too much equipment. Clients also love that that there’s very minimal photo-shopping involved in the entire process.
Amy Karp Photography
Amy Karp’s photography business is a family operation—Amy takes the photos, and her husband, Jon, handles the business side behind the scenes (though he does take some gorgeous photos of his own, too). What the clients get is the feel of a small one-man show with the professionalism and speed of a larger outfit. Side note: Amy’s side passion is underwater photography, should the occasion ever call for it.
147 Pittsburg St., Dallas
In Italian, Bell’Invito means “beautiful invitation.” The novelty of this company is that you can send out custom paper invites, but go through the entire process online (unless you opt for the couture line, which needs to be ordered in-person). Former fashion art director Heather Wiese spent a lot of time in Italy and fell in love with the artisanal quality of the stationery there. With Bell’Invito, she marries traditional craftsmanship with the demands of modern life. After customers fill out a detailed digital form that dictates the design, the stationery is made on a printing press dating back to the 1800s; the result is shipped within ten days of proof approval. Given that a three-month window is normally required for stationery of this caliber, the speedy turnaround is a lifesaver for time-starved planners.
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.
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.
1217 Main St, Downtown
Commissary is a bakery, a butcher, a gelateria, and a market all in one. Impressive, right?
DJ Jason Esquire
DJ Jason has had a long career playing music; he’s been DJ'ing for more than 15 years, including playing on several radio shows and a long-time residency at Whisky Bar in Dallas. Couples say he’s particularly adept at reading the room—while he thoroughly questions the bride and groom on their tastes and vision before the event, he’ll never use a pre-made track. P.S. When drunk guests request the Wobble, he’s always in your corner.
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.
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).
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