Strictly Weddings partner, Jordan Payne Events, specializes in planning and designing luxury weddings in Texas and around the world. Outgoing and passionate with all the charm of a true Southern belle, Jordan is known for her keen attention to detail and her out of this world wedding styling. Based in Dallas, Jordan and her team plan some of the area’s most stunning weddings, including those of high society clients, executives as well as celebrities. Today, we’ve asked Jordan to share with us her list of five ‘must-haves’ for a true luxury wedding, accompanied by gorgeous imagery from her past ultra lavish events.
1. Upgraded seating
Luxury chair treatments take ordinary chairs to exquisite! This can mean elegant fabric ties, custom covers that fit over the back of the chairs or a luxurious fabric for the seat covers.
2. BIG flowers
Nothing says luxury like big, lush, sprawling, over-the-top floral arrangements. What an amazing place to show your personality and style – think tall vessels and a mix of high, low, large and small flowers in all the right places.
3. Luxury linens
Opt for designs that have texture or a slight sheen to give an opulent feel. Another idea is to choose three monochromatic fabrics but in different styles (perhaps a damask, silk dupioni, sequin cameo or tori overlay) so that they flow in the room yet create lush textural layers, rather than a flat color across the venue.
4. Couture invitations
Gorgeous, custom-designed invitations set the tone of your wedding. This is your guests’ first glimpse into your big day, so attention to detail is key. Whether modern, art deco, beachy, or romantic, your custom invitations are both a beautiful keepsake and a wonderful way to share your signature style.
5. Fabulous flooring
Having custom flooring installed in a ballroom at a wedding, or any event, automatically adds a high-luxury feeling. All your guests will notice, and it’s a focal point as they walk in the room. Want to add even more drama? Suspending a large chandelier or custom shade adds incredible wow factor as well as serves to anchor the room.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our brief tour inside the mind of the extraordinary Jordan Payne! All of the images of luxury weddings in today’s feature were styled and planned by Jordan and her amazing team at Jordan Payne Events.
More Information on Jordan Payne Events
Don’t let the gorgeous journey into of the world of luxury wedding design end here! There is so much more beauty to behold on Jordan’s website, blog, and facebook! Interested in scheduling an appointment to discuss your big day with Dallas wedding maven? Contact Jordan Payne Events at email@example.com or call the office at 214.577.5880.
When speaking to Pauline Parry, wedding catering guru of Good Gracious! Events and a Strictly Weddings Los Angeles partner, one cannot help but be stricken by her lovely air of sophistication and class. A native of England with thirty years experience in culinary arts and entertainment, her refined taste, mouthwatering menus, and gorgeous presentations have earned her an impressive list of accolades and A-list clients. As a premiere Strictly Weddings partner who has her finger on the pulse of West Coast food trends, we are so delighted to share Pauline’s wise words on wedding catering along with a healthy serving of culinary inspiration.
Custom Menus | Make it Personal
As you celebrate your love and zest for life with all your closest family and friends, why not embrace your story with a personalized menu? “More and more couples want to share food with their guests that represent something special to them,” says Pauline. “It could be a cajun spiced southern feast evoking memories of a romantic getaway to New Orleans or perhaps a succulent crab and avocado slider bringing elegance to a favorite comfort food,” she adds. With less emphasis on formality, even the most luxury weddings have gotten more playful with their menus and ingredients. “Signature cocktails are also still big on the wedding scene,” Pauline continues. “We’ll often set-up a station featuring a delicious speciality beverage such as a classic Hurricane (for our New Orleans lovers) or a refreshing citrus martini for an outdoors, summer cocktail reception.”
Select Offerings | Keep it Simple
One of the recurring themes in our discussion with Pauline was the importance of streamlining the menu. “Too often couples stress about having something for everyone. Rather than thinking of how to accommodate every guest as a restaurant would, think of yourselves as the hosts of a large yet intimate dinner party,” explains Pauline. To better ensure each dish is beautifully prepared and that service runs smoothly, Pauline recommends all guests receive the same first course, such as a gorgeous mixed green salad, followed by just two or three irresistible main course options. “If serving a cheese course, choose only two, a hard and a soft, selecting the crème de la crème so that each bite is equally delightful,” she adds. In curating a menu edited down to a few of your absolute favorite dishes and flavor profiles, your guests not only get a delicious meal, they get to experience YOU.
Quality Ingredients | Focus on Delicious
Farm fresh, quality ingredients continue to be a priority for good reason. Food sourced locally, especially fruits and vegetables, have superior flavor because they are picked when perfectly ripe and are on your plate just days after harvest. “As culinary artists, one of our favorite things to do is to go out and do research. This might include a trip to a local creamery or cheesemaker in search of the the most exquisite ingredients for our menus,” says Pauline. In addition to the farm fresh movement, West Coast food continues to favor lighter, less fussy dishes that allow the ingredients to shine through. “One of our client favorites is a bruschetta station (see below) where a few beautiful ingredients combine to create amazing flavor,” says Pauline. The same concept holds true for their famous chocolate dipped pretzels. The secret is in the quality of the star ingredient: deluxe milk, dark, and white Belgian chocolate! The point is, keep it focused and simple sourcing the most beautiful ingredients at your disposable.
Good Gracious! Bruschetta Bar
- Yarra Valley Farm Feta, heirloom corn succotash fava bean, baby kale, shaved brussels sprouts
- Shaved gold and orange beets
- Medley of heirloom tomatoes, garlic, basil
- Carved razor thin serrano ham
Presentation | Embrace the Artistry
We all know that presentation is just as important as the delicious factor when catering a wedding. The Good Gracious! team works closely with the couple to make certain both food and presentation blend beautifully with the theme. “We love to infuse mood in every detail. There is so much, for example, that can be said with just a serving spoon. Ornate gold, modern platinum, or rustic wood; even your serving utensils tell a story,” explains Pauline. Another area Pauline is adamant about is the presentation of her buffets. “I love a really clean buffet. With fewer items, the food looks more exciting and appetizing and your beautiful florals or focal piece get more attention,” she adds.
Service | Establish Preferences
Last but not least, Pauline talked to us about the importance of service in wedding catering. “A top notch catering team will think of themselves as clones of the bride and groom,” explains Pauline. Whether it’s clearing empty dishes, offering to refresh Aunt Ellis’ champagne, or noticing an elderly couple who might prefer coffee with their meal, the Good Gracious! team make certain their guests want for nothing. As a bonus to our readers, Pauline was kind enough to share a list of service questions that couples might consider along with her expert suggestions.
Water Service? Rather than heavily iced water (to keep water cold longer), GG! recommends serving chilled water to avoid the nuisance of a sweaty glass.
Bread & Butter? GG! strongly recommends eliminating bread & butter service altogether. “Why battle with smashed butter and endless crumbs on your gorgeous tabletop?” says Pauline. To compensate, GG! makes sure a hearty selection of tastes are served during the cocktail hour and will perhaps incorporate a bread as part of a first course… a twisted bread stick or a massive heart shaped crouton, for example.
Who should be served first at the table? While some continue to hold on to the tradition that ladies should be served first, GG! advises to let the catering team select a point person (perhaps an elderly guest) and serve clockwise around the table to get plates down as efficiently as possible.
How to serve? GG! always serves right-right, meaning beverages and plates are served to the right of the guest. Clearing is done to the left of the guest. “Sticking to this rule greatly eliminates the dodging of heads as you serve,” explains Pauline.
When to clear? Certain restaurants might consider it offensive to pull a plate before all guests have finished the course. “With large groups, especially big celebrations, its important to keep pace for the entire party. That is why we we begin to clear when half of the guests at a table have finished,” concludes Pauline.
For More Information: Planning a wedding in beautiful southern California and looking for ‘best in class’ wedding catering? Contact the Good Gracious! team by calling or writing them at: 323.954.2277 | firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank the following incredibly talented wedding photographers for the gorgeous captures included in today’s feature: Jasmine Star featured in Brides.com | Brilliant Studios | Callaway Gable | Claire Barrett | Marianne Lozano
When Strictly Weddings came across United Kingdom based couture bridal designer, Joanne Fleming, we were given immediate reason to pause. As we dote over her collection of exquisite period-inspired wedding gowns, we are struck by a something both special and rare… an authenticity in craftsmanship that transports us to eras of great romance and absolute refinement in womens apparel. Fleming’s bespoke wedding dresses herald back to a time where every belle at the ball wore an original gown…a time when fierce competition amongst the dames pushed tailors towards richer fabrics, finer detail… in short, absolute perfection.
A Joanne Fleming design is a luxury service for our most discerning brides. It eliminates the many trips made to bridal boutiques to find the ultimate wedding gown. With Joanne’s masterful fingertips and intuitive artistry, your dream dress finds you. Read on to see why we are over the moon to have Joanne Fleming Designs join us as one of Strictly Weddings newest partners and more on the tailoring process of her original wedding gowns.
Grand Duchess of Timeless Style
Charged with an air of unruly extravagance, Fleming’s 2014 bridal collection comes straight out of a sultry early 20th century French novel. Her looks are as sophisticated as they are seductive, drawing the eye to her clean lines and incredible detail. “My aesthetic is inspired by period gowns from a number of eras… the glamour of the 1920’s, rebellious fashions of the 40’s, the Edwardian style of the 50’s,” says Joanne. With her experience as a skilled costume designer for Madame Tussauds (creating exact replicas for historical icons as grand as Scarlett O’Hara and Jackie O), we see the drama of the theatrical edited with a refined, modern look.
Photographer: Jacqui McSweeney / Hair & Make-up: Jeni Dodson / Hair Accessories (Marthe, Lily Elsie, Rose Garden); Rose Garden Accessories / Hair Accessories (Spanish Bride and Arabella): Gibson Bespoke
The Garden Collection
We are absolutely enchanted with Fleming’s recent garden collection. Fashioned in soft ambers and cool pastels, its a beautifully refreshing palette for a late summer or early fall wedding. Gorgeous silhouettes and dramatic backs are composed with fine silks and vintage lace. “The designs are predominantly inspired by the grace and style of the Belle Epoque with a touch of old school movie star glamour, ” describes Joanne. We also learned that this stunning garden shoot was done right in the courtyard of her studio in Brighton, a city 50 minutes south of London that beams with an art-centric, bohemian culture. In both of her 2014 featured collections, we are most impressed with Joanne’s uncanny ability to draw inspiration from past eras, infuse it with wild imagination, and then craft her looks with impeccable execution.
Photographer: Jacqui McSweeney / Hair & Make-up: Jeni Dodson / Hair Accessories (Gabrielle, Irina, Orlagh); HF Coutoure / Hats & Headdresses (Tatiania, Tamara, Maude, Bryony): Lomax & Skinner/ Floral & Garden Styling: Miss Mole’s Flower Emporium / Silk Rose Accessories (Langtry) : Rose Garden Accessories
The Tailoring Process of a Joanne Fleming Gown
We conclude our feature with a brief explanation of the tailoring process for a custom Joann Fleming Designs wedding dress. Whether selecting a made-to-order design from the JFD collection or having Joanne personally create a bespoke gown, each is made individually for the bride and is tailored to fit her body absolutely perfectly. In seeing this private peek into her atelier, it’s easy to see Joanne’s creativity quite literally bursts at the seams!
Enjoy a private consultation at Joanne’s atelier where you’ll have the opportunity to see, touch and try on designs in her sample collection. “Trying on various styles gives a bride a better idea of how different shapes feel on her body,” explains Joanne. Some begin with a design they already love and ask for customizations while others come in with a notebook full of inspiration for a completely one-of-a-kind creation. Joanne takes notes and its on to the creative phase!
An online fitting room is created where Joanne adds a gallery of image inspiration, previous designs and her sketches. You’ll also receive fabric books with a variety of tones, textures and sheens to select your perfect swatch. Once you’ve talked through the vision of your virtual gown and a direction is decided upon, it’s time to confirm your order.
A mock-up of the gown is drawn and cut in a pattern material. You’ll come in to try it on and Joanne will adjust it for a perfect fit. Next step, the gown is cut in the luxurious fabric you’ve selected. “Once the base construction of the dress is completed, then we move on to embellishments and personal flair,” Joanne explains. Finishing touches are added and then its time to take home your dress! The process takes approximately three to four months in total.
For a consultation with Joanne Fleming Designs, email the studio at email@example.com.