A Texas Mansion Wedding from Anna Smith Photography

Every wedding needs a  bit of romantic detail. It is a day of love and sharing it with friends with family.  We are in love with this classy and lovely wedding featuring some pink blooms which add that touch of romance. A church ceremony followed by a beautifiul reception at a lavish and gorgeous mansion located in Texas. We love mansion weddings! Its grand and stunning features makes us want to stare at those details all day long. A perfect location for a couple who wants that classy and sophisticated look. Oh, and can we talk about the wedding cake? We could not help but obsesses over the four-tier gorgeous white cake. The white florals made this cake very classic, and we love that detail.  Enjoy the amazing images from Anna Smith Photography and make sure to look at the details of that wedding cake!























From Anna Smith Photography 

Classy, stunning, sophisticated. Those three words would best describe Alison & John’s last weekend’s wedding. To say I enjoyed photographing this gorgeous event would be an understatement. Everything from the dress, to the flowers, to the venue, to weather – it all seemed to flow together for the bride and groom that day. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Dallas has the prettiest stained glass windows, and the Belo Mansion is just one of the most stunning wedding venues in Dallas. The flower arrangements filled the room with lovely smell of roses. The wedding cake was out of this world. I especially loved John’s final surprise to Alison with the horse carriage send off. This was truly a timeless and beautiful kind of a day, and I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did! 



Photographer: Anna Smith Photography

Wedding Coordinator:  Laura Hendricks of Star Dust Celebrations

Cake: Frosted Art Bakery

Ceremony: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Reception: Belo Mansion

Band: Tommy Alverson

Florist: Susan Graham Designs

Bridal Gown: Watters

Tuxedo Styles and Trends from Friar Tux Shop

As much as we love the weekends and so sad to see it end, we get all hyped up when we know that weddings and trends are on our agenda on this lovely Monday morning. At BHL, we are always seeking the hottest and most current trends in all things wedding. The trend that we are so excited about is all about the groom and his groomsmen. We want our men to look dapper and wedding ready right? We know our brides will look as gorgeous as can be, but the men? The groom? His entourage for the wedding day? Well, we want him to look as handsome as can be for his beautiful bride. What is hot and trending in menswear for the men of the wedding?

We asked our friend Eric Acuña, district Manger at Friar Tux Shop, to share with us what the hottest trends are for the groom and his men:

Everyone is looking to customize their wedding. From linens to flowers, everyone wants that “unique look.” When it comes to wedding attire, there’s a bigger urge to wear something “different from the rest.”

Current trends lean towards slim fit tuxedos and suits. Light and Charcoal Grey are the most sought out colors for 2013. Many brides who Google or Pintrest words like, “Vintage” “Rustic” and “Chic,” are finding grey tuxedos and suits at the top of their searches.

How can brides and grooms create their unique look? By visiting Friar Tux Shop. Friar Tux offers over 50 styles of tuxedos and suits in all colors and fits. They carry all the classic colors, along with six shades of grey, six shades of tan/chocolate, and plenty of slim fit styles. You can choose to rent or buy. With many options to mix and match, every groom has the option to create his own look.

The “unique” options are available through their many vest and tie styles. Many of their colored coats have matching vests, which is a home run for the bride looking for the “vintage” look. Self-tie ties, are offered in an array of colors for the groom who wants to tie his own knot. Many grooms are seeking out special knots to wear on their big day! Here’s a few knots most popularly tied by grooms for 2013.

  • Eldredge Knot Inverted


  • Trinity Knot


  •  Suspended Knot



Colored vests with coordinating ties are available to match all major bridal and bridesmaid dresses. In every style, each vest has multiple tie options (bow tie, solid long tie, diamond printed tie, stripped tie, and/or paisley tie.) Each wedding can create their own look and style. Friar Tux Shop even carries bow ties for purchase that allow you to tie your own bow. This is a huge trend for 2013.


“What’s that napkin called in the pocket of a tuxedo or suit?” Brides and Grooms ask this question everyday. It’s called a “Pocket Square.” Pocket squares are used to enhance and provide a “finished” look for a groom and his groomsmen. Just another way for a bride and groom to customize their look for their special day.

  •  Matching vest, tie, and pocket square.



  •  Neutral colors with a colored pocket square.



With the ability to customize your wedding with endless options, your certain to create the perfect look at Friar Tux Shop.  Always remember, plan your wedding to best fit you and your style.


Pre-Wedding Parties Inspired by The Great Gatsby

Giddy over Gatsby? Us too. We are starting a new week with celebration of the Great Gatsby movie premiere . Some of us have pulled our old copies of the book, reading it all over again. We are totally obsessed with the Great Gatsby era and all the elegance, charm, and glamour it brings.  So, when we received this Great Gatsby inspired shoot, our Gatsby loving hearts geared into full swoon mode! We are talking total bliss.  Carmen Fuentes of Expressionary Events  is the gal behind this awe-inspiring concept, as she brings the Great Gatsby to us in the most glamorous of ways.  We can not get over the stunning details that are getting us even more excited for the movie! To kick things off, we are going to share a couple of looks to get you not only inspired and prepped for the movie premiere, but also for  your wedding day look.  Get ready to feast your pretty eyes on  jaw-dropping glitz and glam.

First, a little about the shoot…

The Great Gatsby gives us glimpse of an era of elegance, sophistication and glamour and so we drew inspiration from this great American novel to capture the looks. Our vision was to portray a prosperous time in American history by bringing in elements of lush and romance into the unique décor details of each space. The shoot was held at the prestigious Sky Room, located atop the historic Breakers of Long Beach Hotel. Since the 1920’s, this Art Deco venue has entertained Hollywood luminaries such as Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Lindberg, and Cary Grant.

With the May 2013 release of Baz Luhrmann’s adapted film of the Great Gatsby, our goal was to offer inspiration options for brides who would like to capture this moment in time and incorporate modern elements into their wedding theme. We noticed many bridal gown designers such as Kitty Chen and Allure anticipated the release of this film and they created a modern line of wedding gowns and accessories in vintage silk, satin and lace. These and other designers are bringing a modern feeling to the classic shape of the Roaring Twenties with beaded cap sleeves, low backs and drop waists.

Another element of inspiration for this shoot came from Tiana Vega’s collection of evening gowns. The collection includes sleek fabrics and symmetries as well as dark colors that are reminiscent of the 1920’s. Much of the inspiration for the menswear seen in this shoot were taken by the Ralph Lauren designs portrayed in the 1974 adaption of The Great Gatsby. The fashion designs of Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Liz Claiborne are proving that styles from the 20’s, (i.e. newsboy caps and three-piece suits) still deem relevant and withstanding the ever evolving world of fashion trends. The Color palette for the menswear in this shoot consisted of white, gray and tan tones.

  • Jay Gatsby Inspired “Bachelor Party” Look:  What would Jay Gatsby’s bachelor party look like? This look is 1920’s inspired with a modern twist. The men are wearing suits with newspaper boy caps, textured ties, bow ties and trimmed dress shirts.

Colors: Navy Blue, Browns, Gray, Gold, Blue

Patterns: Stripes, Solids, Prints

Brands/Designers: Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Alfani, Claiborne








Venue: The Sky Room

Event Styling and Design: Expressionary Events

Photography: Drexelle & David Park of D. Park Photography

Wardrobe Styling: Styled by Connie

Hair & Make-up: Rock Me Up

Men’s Attire:  Friar Tux

Cigars: El Canito Cigar Rolling


  • Wedding Rehearsal Evening Look:  Inspired by an intimate and cozy feel, the outfits are embodied with rich colors and vintage inspired textures.

Groom Attire: Three-piece suit. White trimmed dress shirt with textured tie.

Bride Attire: Vintage inspired two-toned dress with long black silk gloves.

Textures: Velvet, suede, and silk.

Colors: White, Cream, Gray, Maroon,  and Black.

Brands/Designers: Tiana Vega Collection, Belucci Couture, Alfani, and Calvin Klein.









Venue: The Sky Room

Event Styling and Design: Expressionary Events

Photography: Drexelle & David Park of D. Park Photography

Wardrobe Styling: Styled by Connie

Hair & Make-up: Rock Me Up

Men’s Attire:  Friar Tux

Evening Gown:  Tiana Vega Collection

Evening Clutch: Belucci Couture

Jewelry:  Tiana Vega Collection



Make sure to check in later this week for more Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Looks right here: