SHOPPING Something Old Something New Bliss Bridal Salon is still putting the finishing touches on its new location but already considers this third home the charm. It has gone from a warehouse on Foch Street to an old brick building with a tile roof on Camp Bowie Boulevard to a corner spot on the main drag in Historic Handley in east Fort Worth. This new place is one Bliss can truly call its own. Owners Wendy and J.T. Holsomback purchased the two-story building that anchors a block dubbed the Handley Wedding District, as it’s also home to several other special-event vendors, including longtime tenants Creme de la Creme and Paper Planet. Formerly a generic office space, Bliss’ spacious shop features four private dressing rooms and ample parking in the back. A dressing room upstairs is perfect for large parties. With its exposed brick, plentiful natural light and polished concrete floor, it’s rustic but refined, thanks in part to a feature wall with a bold floral wallpaper. Yes, selfies are encouraged. Handley Wedding District 6501-6523 E. Lancaster Ave., handleyweddingdistrict.com • Bliss Bridal Salon 817-332-4696, blissfw.com • Tami Winn Events 817-589-2393, tamiwinn.com • Creme de la Creme 817-492-8888, cremedelacremecakecompany.com Justine’s Flowers 817-821-8589, justinesflowers.com (inside Creme de la Creme) Peyronet Photography 817-707-7487, peyronetphotography.com (inside Creme de la Creme) • Paper Planet 817-451-8898, paperplanetdesign.com • Jen Rios Weddings 830-377-3970, jenriosweddings.com and Kate Foley Designs 817-707-3379, katefoleydesigns.com (the two share a space) • It’s Your Night 817-756-7237, itsyournight.com HANGOUTS My Groom Room It was a business idea designed to fill a need — a comfortable, relaxing place for the groom and groomsmen to hang out and get ready for the wedding. While the bride and bridesmaids often have a well-appointed dressing room, the guys can typically be found in a Sunday school classroom or biding their time off-site. My Groom Room answers the need with a luxury RV that brings a climate-controlled hangout where it’s needed most. While drinks and lawn games are part of the basic package, My Groom Room can also set the guys up with food, video games and live sports via satellite TV; transportation to the reception and next-day tux return also can be arranged. Cofounders Cameron Cushman and Jason Bradshaw launched the concept in February after both had similar experiences at weddings and thought of a fun way to solve the issue. Rates begin at $1,900. 817-523-9604, mygroomroom.com. REGISTRIES Ikea Since the Swedish retailer of stylish low-priced home furnishings debuted its gift registry in early 2017, a few items already have risen to the top of wedding wish lists at North Texas’ Frisco store. There, engaged couples have set their sights on Hederlig red wine glasses ($2 each); the Blanda Matt serving bowl ($17); the three-tiered Kvittera serving platter ($15); and the Behagfull 20-piece flatware set ($40), among other gifts. To register, couples must first sign up for the store’s free loyalty program, Ikea Family. A registry can then be created on the website or in the store using the app or a kiosk. If you fall in love with something bigger, like a sofa or dining table, keep in mind that gift givers are offered the option to chip in toward a pricier item — or add a dollar amount to an Ikea gift card. The Frisco location will get two sister stores in North Texas over the next couple of years; an Ikea store in Grand Prairie opens late this fall, and plans are underway for a north Fort Worth store that is slated to open in summer 2019. Visit ikea-usa.com/registry. VENUES Robert Carr Chapel at TCU, refreshed It’s a TCU landmark, with its American Colonial architecture, brick façade and large stone columns supporting the portico. The spire reaches up some 137 feet, a replica of a famous church spire in Connecticut; the arched Palladian windows are modeled after Mount Vernon. While Robert Carr Chapel has been a favorite wedding venue since its 1954 opening — especially for TCU alumni — it has recently undergone a major overhaul that offers more reasons to book the venue. The pews and chancel pieces were painstakingly refurbished, handsome hardwood flooring replaced the sanctuary’s dated tile floors, and a new deep purple runner now leads down the center aisle in place of the old red one. Accessibility also has been improved, with modifications made in the sanctuary and in the facility’s restrooms. New lighting and a fresh coat of paint have brightened up the chapel, while a repositioning of the organ has opened up its sound. Robert Carr Chapel seats up to 300 people; wedding fees begin at $900 for TCU alumni, faculty, trustees and staff (and their children), and $1,100 for community members. 2855 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, 817-257-7831, chapel.tcu.edu. THE TOAST Wedding champagnes There are many traditions to adhere to for wedding showers and receptions, including one that is never skipped: the wedding toast. If some guests prefer slightly sweet bubbly, stay local with Wedding Oak Winery 2015 Bridal Bliss, Texas High Plains ($23 per bottle, weddingoakwinery.com), which provides a bright, effervescent quaff. For more traditional (i.e. dry) flute fillers, try these sparklers — and remember to practice your toast in front of the mirror several times beforehand. (You’ll thank me later.) — Anthony Head Laetitia Brut Rosé 2014, Arroyo Grande Valley, California ($34 per bottle, laetitiawine.com) The rosy color of this chardonnay and pinot noir cuvée sets a festive tone. Strawberry and pink flower aromas precede a palatepleasing wash of red apple, pink grapefruit and lemon. Domaine Carneros 2009 Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs, Napa Valley ($110 per bottle, domainecarneros.com) Made from 100 percent estate chardonnay, La Rêve demonstrates elegance from the first bubbles through the full-bodied, lengthy finish. There are white flower and citrus aromas, followed by stone fruit, citrus and toast flavors with a hint of caramel. Taittinger 2006 Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France ($200 per bottle, available at Put a Cork in It, putacorkinitwine.com) From Champagne comes this sublime chardonnay sparkler. Its creamy and weighty mousse exhibits ripe citrus aromas; the abundant acidity and expanding mineral palate combines with soft spices to finish with Old World maturity. NAIL POLISH Pretty in (millennial) pink The color of the moment has found its place in many a wedding, seen everywhere from bridesmaids dresses to table linens to macarons. If you’re looking to use millennial pink — that soft shade that evokes rose quartz — why not start with your nails? Here are four pretty pink polishes to try. Deborah Lippmann Delicate and natural, Shape of My Heart goes on sheer, but full coverage is easy to achieve with a second coat. Look for Deborah Lippmann polishes, $18, at Neiman Marcus or Sephora; deborahlippmann.com. OPI Inspired by the Golden State, Excuse Me, Big Sur! is an alluring shade of soft rose that’s available in classic nail polish and a gel “Infinite Shine” formula. Look for OPI polishes, $10-$12.50, at Beauty Brands or Ulta Beauty; opi.com. Pacifica With the pale Pink Moon, users appreciate the ballet pink’s opaque coverage in one coat. Look for Pacifica polishes, $9, at Ulta Beauty; pacificabeauty.com. Zoya From the company’s Naturel collection, Rue is described as a “boudoir blush cream.” We love the cool nude with a pink edge. Look for Zoya polishes, $10, at Ulta Beauty or Whole Foods; zoya.com. SUSTAINABLE JEWELRY Megan Thorne Fine Jewels One of the few jewelers in Texas to create rings using environmentally friendly lab-grown diamonds is located in a small shop off Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth. Megan Thorne Fine Jewels launched its Capsule Collection in June, a collaboration with California’s Diamond Foundry, which grows one-of-a-kind diamonds in a plasma reactor that reaches temperatures as hot as the sun. (Yes, they’re considered real diamonds and can be evaluated for cut, clarity, carat and color.) If you already have your engagement ring, Megan Thorne has plenty of dreamy, vintage-style earrings, necklaces and bands to complete your wedding-day look. The former lingerie designer crafts jewelry that’s distinctively feminine and sweet, pulling from the lacy details of fi ne lingerie. “Scallop edging is my cup of tea,” Thorne says. But so is sustainability, which is why all of her work is made with recycled metals and ethically sourced stones — whether antique, upcycled, mined with fair labor practices or from Diamond Foundry. Engagement rings from the current Capsule Collection start at around $1,750 and earrings at $200, and Diamond Foundry stones also can be used in custom pieces. 817-920-7623 or meganthorne.com. — Sarah Angle WEDDING BANDS QALO Your gold, silver or platinum wedding band isn’t always practical to wear, whether you’re into lifting weights or just have plans to do some snorkeling on your honeymoon (heads up: barracuda are attracted to shiny things). Made from medical-grade silicone, QALO rings — the brand name stands for quality, athletics, love and outdoors — have become a popular alternative for times when precious jewels are better left at home. Fans of QALO rings love them on the job, at the gym and on the road; they’re even popular in the NFL, where former TCU quarterback Andy Dalton wears one. The rings are available in whole ring sizes and in a range of colors and designs, from subtle to statement-making. Look for QALO rings, from $20, at Academy Sports & Outdoors and REI; stacking rings (from $12) and engraving ($10) are available online at qalo.com.
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