An Evening Together on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Couples
Brik Venue, Fort Worth, TX
February 14, 2019
I recently partnered with some of my favorite vendors to throw "An Evening Together" on Valentine's Day. Heather + Haven Creative Co. planned this whole event and wow, was I super impressed! Three lucky couples spent an unforgettable and romantic evening getting pictures taken by Luisa's Secret Photography  After the photo shoot, they joined the party and enjoyed a champagne toast, live music, and dancing! It was a magical evening filled with love and laughter! 
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 Photos by Luisa's Secret Photography

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Talynn Top in Off WhiteLeighton Maxi Skirt in Dusty Rose

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March 11, 2019 by Tanya Watters

New Dallas Hotspots Perfect For Your Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower IdeasLooking for offbeat bridal shower ideas in Dallas? This is such an exciting time, and the venue that you choose can make all of the difference! Here are four of the newest eateries to hit the scene in Dallas. Any of these establishments would be a great place to host your party! If there's one that calls out to you, be sure to call and get all of the specific details about their rules, party packages, and pricing. If you need transportation for your celebration, this Fort Worth Limo Service has a variety of vehicle options to choose from!

Bridal Shower Place Setting

Merchant House
4040 Maple Ave

This spot has a unique, charming atmosphere with mid-century details. This space is comfortable and casual while staying on trend. This is why it's a great option to consider for a party venue! There is an upstairs lounge along with main level dining, so there's a lot of space to work with here. With dishes like french onion dumplings, who wouldn't want to celebrate here?

Bridal Shower Ideas
Gallo Nero
1905 Greenville Ave

Italian is what is being served at this new restaurant in Lower Greenville! There's an outdoor patio and plenty of space inside this establishment. Some of the most popular dishes include the Nutella Crepe, Chicken Murphy, Tortellini Alla Panna, and the refreshing Cucumber Martini. There's a private dining family room that would be perfect for your bridal shower or engagement party!

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3699 McKinney Ave

This is a Japanese sushi bar in the Uptown area. They have perfected the art of the sushi hand roll! With ample seating and a huge variety of authentic Japanese dishes, it is sure to be a pleasant party when you bring a group here to celebrate. The fact that they make the rolls right in front of you makes this feel like an interactive dining experience.

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Velvet Taco
3411 McKinney Ave

Velvet Taco is putting a creative twist on this classic dish! You're probably familiar with the location in Henderson, but this one is a lot larger, which makes it a perfect destination for a celebration. You will find authentic options as well as creative choices like the shrimp and grits taco and the buffalo chicken. Don't leave without trying their popular red velvet cake, after all, it is a celebration!

Bridal Shower Cheers

Photos by Meli Kerr Photography

Get the Scoop on the Bridal Party's Look

Evie Top in Off White + Keaton Skirt in Eucalyptus

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Melanie Top in Off White + Leighton Skirt in Ivory

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Seraphina Dress in Rose Quartz

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November 19, 2018 by Tanya Watters

Ultimate Winter Wonderland Wedding

Alethea + Jason Real Wedding
Flying V Ranch, Decatur, TX
January 20, 2018

Not only did I get to witness my very talented friend, Alethea of Petals & Pastels get married, but it was also the first time where I got to see my dresses walk down the aisle! It was a pretty special moment and I loved every minute of it! Alethea had seven beautiful bridesmaids who all wore the Leighton skirt in Blue Harbor paired with their own white sweaters. January in Texas can be a little unpredictable with the weather and we were definitely nervous because there was rain in the forecast. However, nothing was keeping this gorgeous wedding from happening. The sky cleared and the ground dried and she had the most unbelievable outdoor ceremony at Flying V Ranch. Check out her gorgeous wedding details below!

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 Photos by Allen Tsai Photography

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Leighton Maxi Skirt in Blue Harbor

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June 21, 2018 by Tanya Watters

Upcoming Events: Summer 2018

Sample SaleToday is the first official day of summer and I'm excited to announce some events coming up! Find great deals on women's designer bridesmaid dresses and separates (tops and skirts) at the Love Tanya Sample Sales. Love Tanya is an online boutique based in Dallas, offering affordable, designer bridesmaid dresses and separates. All of the pieces are designed personally by Tanya Watters for girls seeking truly wear again bridesmaid styles. Visit to shop the sale early collection online.

There will be additional one-of-a-kind samples available and additional markdowns at these events. Come to join us!

July 20-21, 2018, Friday 12am-7pm; Saturday 10am-4pm
Love Tanya Sample Sale
SPACES COWORKING,1919 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

September 13-15, 2018
FIG Finale - Sample Sale
Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave #167, Dallas, TX 75201, USA

I will continue to update this post as more events are organized so keep checking back! Hope to see you soon! -love, tanya

June 21, 2018 by Tanya Watters

Love Tanya Certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council

Tanya Watters

Yay, I'm certified!

I am so proud to announce that Love Tanya has been nationally certified as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Council - Southwest, a regional certifying partner of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Women's entrepreneurship has been on the rise in the U.S. for the last two decades and I am proud to be a part of this movement. It was important to me to get certified to let everyone know that I fully support nurturing independence and empowerment in women all over the world.

WBENC’s national standard of certification is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women, show fiscal responsibility and have the capacity to succeed. 


Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 13,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and over 300 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit

What does this mean?

I believe women and girls should have an equal opportunity to learn, grow and connect with others to realize their fullest potential. Our voice matters and by working together, we can build a better world for all. I want Love Tanya to stand for something so over the next few months, you'll be seeing changes that celebrate the individuality of the modern woman. - love, tanya

June 07, 2018 by Tanya Watters

Every Outfit You'll Need After You Get Engaged

From the moment you get engaged, it’s all parties, dinners, brunches, soirees, and showing off the ring. So, we’ve put together some outfit ideas and tips to help you plan ahead for these great events leading up to the most important of them all.

Engagement Party

The engagement party is all about sharing the news with your loved ones, and though they’re going to be asking to see the ring foremost, as a bride-to-be, you want to start owning the spotlight.

The Ainsley skirt in Gold Sequin

Pair a sparkly midi skirt with a simple, solid color top to add some balance to your overall look. Accessorize it with some neutral colors and don’t forget a manicure to show that ring off!

The Vienna Skirt in Off-white paired with the Serena top in Blush

Or go for a romantic, daytime chic look in a lace mermaid skirt or a pencil skirt. Show it off with an off-the-shoulder top, and get ready to talk all about the proposal!

The Bachelorette Party

For your bachelorette party, you want to have fun and feel confident and sexy before it’s time to tie the knot. So, allow yourself to stand out and have fun with your look!

The Joelle skirt in Rose Gold Sequin

Pair a chic and fun skirt with a solid top you can tuck inside the skirt, and show a little skin on your shoulders. If you plan to have a nighttime Bachelorette party, pair the skirt with a darker and fitted top; like a long sleeve black crop top. Accent it with some nude stilettos and pearl accessories.

The Sloane Dress in Charcoal Sequin

Or dazzle the night in an all sequin short dress! A shorter length will make it easier for dancing and move around if a night out is in your plans.

The Bridal Shower

For the bridal shower, a smaller and family oriented affair, you may want to portray a more classic and romantic look. Take your millennial pink and flowy pieces out, and create a soft and dainty look. Make your soon-to-be bridal glow and gleam!

The Keaton Midi skirt in English Rose and the Evie top in Black

For this occasion, we pulled out a pink flowy midi skirt paired with a soft chiffon v-neck top. Wear it with a fun stiletto heel and your favorite gold accessories.

The Seraphina dress in Rose Quartz

Not feeling like putting two separate pieces together? Just slip into your prettiest ruffle dress, and take everyone’s breath away!

Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner is the build-up moment for your Big Day. Traditionally, the bride wears all white for this dinner event, as she is, of course, the bride. Yet, it’s also your opportunity to wear separate pieces, short dresses, fitted silhouettes and little hints of color!

The Zenia top in Off-white paired with the Leighton maxi skirt in Ivory

Steal the night in an all-white pre-bridal look with a long white skirt and a lace top. And if you want to take away the seriousness of the look, add colorful shoes and fun accessories that show your own personality.

The Evie top in Off-white paired with the Audriana midi skirt in Off-white

Or leave the dreamy tulle for the big day go for a midi length skirt and a light v-neck chiffon top in white.

Post-wedding Brunch

The post-wedding brunch is all about finally relaxing! All that hard work and planning leading up to the big day has paid off, now it’s time to sit back, relax and reminisce about everything that went down during the wedding day.

The Serena top in Platinum

Lay back in an off-the-shoulder breezy shirt and a solid flirty, skater skirt. Add a touch of blush to your accessories, shoes or lips.

The Keaton Short Skirt in English Rose paired with the Anisten Reversible top in Off-white

Or throw in a flowy knee skirt with a flowy chiffon top and call it a day! Pair it with some flats or comfortable wedges and you’ll look relaxed but also poised and put together.

Once you’re engaged and planning your wedding, everything tends to go extremely fast, and it could become a bit overwhelming. By planning out your outfits and having all of your pieces together, you can save yourself a lot of unnecessary stress and be on time for all of your affairs.

Credits: Madison Katlin Photography | Bella Belle Shoes | Accessory Concierge | TK Dallas
May 22, 2018 by Tanya Watters

Why I Loved Growing Up as the Daughter of a Designer

Mother DaughterIt’s Mother’s Day and I’ve been waiting a few months to write this post. I was surfing Poshmark one night and came across some Vintage bridesmaid dresses that my mom had designed. How cool is it that her designs are still selling after 20+ years? I decided I wanted to write a blog post as an ode to my mom on Mother’s Day. This is perfect timing to reflect on my experience being raised by a designer mother since Love Tanya’s one year anniversary is coming up.Vintage Watters & Watters

I remember when I was just 7 years old, my mom would be draping dresses in the garage with her sewer, Rita. They would often work late into the night since that is when she was most creative. I loved seeing how her designs would turn out from start to finish. I really enjoyed watching the burst of excitement when she would think of a new idea. She actually had a little happy dance – lol.Vintage Watters & WattersFast forward to today and it’s amazing to see how her designs forever changed the bridesmaid industry. Everyone else was still making big, poufy sleeves and taffeta dresses, but she was the first to introduce Dupioni silk and two-piece dresses. In case you missed it, two-piece dresses have been making a big come back recently! As a kid, I loved watching her select new trims like fabric flower pins, pearl buttons, and embellished straps. I feel like could actually see her wheels spinning in her head as she began the creative process.Vintage Two Piece Bridesmaid DressesI was also lucky enough to go to her photoshoots in exotic places (and miss school for it!). My favorite one was in Mirabella, Spain at a gorgeous Spanish castle. Afterward, we went to eat the most delicious paella I’ve ever had. When we got home to Dallas, I would look forward to sitting in her design room with the lights out, selecting the best pictures for her catalog. Back then there were no digital cameras so we had to select from picture negatives that were made into slides. I would help her put the slides into the carousel because I couldn’t wait to see the images!

Vintage Bridesmaid DressIt’s because of her perseverance and determination that she became an overnight success which enabled me to have an excellent education. When we first came to Dallas, we lived in a low-income apartment complex, but by the mid-90s I was able to attend a local private school. I feel blessed on this Mother’s Day and hope that I am making her proud. May we all remember our mother’s selflessness and sacrifices to provide a good life for us. – love, tanya

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May 10, 2018 by Tanya Watters

The Best Bachelorette Party Destinations in Dallas

Your bachelorette party has the potential to be the best party you've ever been to, especially when you're planning it in Dallas. There are so many different options to consider adding to your itinerary. The best part is completely customizing your itinerary to your specific pretty much guarantees that the night will be memorable for all of the right reasons. Here are four popular Dallas bachelorette party destinations to consider checking out along the way!

Bachelorette Party Ideas

Painting with a Twist

5202 W Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX

Sipping on wine and painting with friends is a great idea for the laid back bachelorette group. If you're not artistically gifted, don't worry, as the instructor guides you through each step. If you want to have a private party here, you'll need anywhere from 8 to 12 people and a credit card to make your reservation. You'll get to choose your painting if you decide to go this route.

Bachelorette Party Ideas

3 Eleven Kitchen & Cocktails

311 N Market St, Dallas, TX

This is a new spot in the West End Historic District. It has an inviting vintage atmosphere, and they have rooms available for those who want to host a party here. The fresh ingredients shine through in both the food and cocktail choices at this establishment. Plus, the downtown location makes it a perfect stop in your bar hopping!

Bachelorette Party Ideas

Escape This

4372 Spring Valley Rd, Farmers Branch, TX

This immersive escape room experience is perfect for bachelorette parties. There are different themes to choose from like the Heist, Pathogen, Epicurean, and Society. There are varying difficulty levels in each option, so you can customize how much of a challenge it is. The staff is very accommodating for parties as well.

Bachelorette Party Ideas

Dallas School of Burlesque

2924 Main St, Dallas, TX

A lot of fun can be had here at the Dallas School of Burlesque, especially for a group of adventurous ladies! They offer burlesque parties and pole dance parties that includes two hours of time with a talented instructor, and both are under $500. All skill levels are welcome here, so don't be shy.

Bachelorette Party Ideas

Remember, if you plan on drinking, you'll have to organize a method of safe transportation. There's a better option than ordering a new ride share service every time you want to go to a new destination, and that's reserving luxury transportation like a party bus or limousine. These types of vehicles offer more room and features than a standard sedan. Plus, chauffeurs are familiar with bachelorette parties, and they can offer up more suggestions if you're drawing a blank. For more information, check out these Dallas Event Ideas!

Bachelorette Party Ideas

April 24, 2018 by Tanya Watters

How to Stand Out in a Sea of White for the Unconventional Bride

Today it is no longer uncommon to add some color to your wedding dress; in fact, a lot of designers are showcasing the most beautiful bridal gowns in a variety of colors. And if you’re an unconventional bride, who is not afraid of breaking the rules, go ahead and keep reading!

Unique Bride

The #BlissfullyBlueBride is a look we styled to showcase the beauty of color, specifically, dusty blue and soft lilac. It’s one way out of many, on how to represent your personality, innovation, and creativity.

Unique Bride

The foundation of an atypical bride is her gown, and an all-white dress is not going to cut it. As a rule-breaker bride, allow yourself to mix & match textures and colors that go along your theme and pulls away from your traditional wedding dress…

Unique Bride

Play with the colors of your flower bouquet by adding hints of blue, lavender and lilac to an off-white color flower base, by adorning it with Blue Delphiniums, Corn Flowers, and Hydrangeas. Keep it subtle and soft, you don’t want your bouquet to be too overpowering.

Unique Bride

Enhance the light blue tones with a daytime event at a romantic and bright venue. Sheer sunlight will bring all the colors together and will complement the blue hues.

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Don’t forget your best accessory,…

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A blue ink love letter from your love awaiting,…

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And rejoice in the most anticipated moment.

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Zenia Top in Off White + Leighton Maxi Skirt in Slate Blue

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April 19, 2018 by Tanya Watters

Why this Photo Shoot with Luisa's Secret is My Favorite

The recent photoshoot with Luisa’s Secret has been one of my favorite ones to date! Not only was I able to see my vision come to life, but I was lucky enough to experience the endless, upbeat energy between Luisa and Douglas that inspired the models to take such beautiful photos. There are so many amazing things that came together to make this shoot happen!!

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For one, working with Luisa and Douglas was a dream! I had been Instagram stalking them for awhile and decided to reach out to them randomly. I was so excited when they said yes! They are so captivating to watch while they work. They each have their own camera and they move around individually, yet together as if in an unspoken choreographed dance. They are both beautiful people, inside and out, just building their dream career and helping lift up people like me in the process. Oh! And they brought their own glitter!!

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The models are actually fellow Alpha Xi Delta sisters from Texas Tech. While in college, I was reluctant to rush a sorority, but I went through the process because I believe in trying everything at least once. Little did I know that I would be making a lifelong relationship with thousands and thousands of AXiDs across the nation! It is so fun having my sorority sisters be a part of this journey and I love hearing them daydream over their “real wedding” one day.

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The day before this shoot, I was attending the Swoon Event at Jefferson Tower. My booth was next to Katie Bug Florals who designs absolutely stunning arrangements. She was headed out of town and was going to throw out her flowers from the show. Oh, the tragedy! I asked if I could take them for my photoshoot, and she said yes! I love when things just come together naturally.

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Finally, the story behind the venue. When I started planning my first photo shoot a year ago, I had no clue where to go. So I reached out to my high school alumni office to see if I could use their studio space (I went to an artsy school). They referred me to some fellow high school alumnae that are Dallas photographers and have a studio for rent. That’s why you’ll often see me shooting at the Lumen Room.

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So many personal connections made this shoot happen and I am overjoyed with the outcome. It’s amazing that I can grow my own business while still supporting the local community. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about my favorite shoot! Be sure to check out all of the vendors that made it possible.

Photographer Luisa's Secret | Florals Katie Bug Florals | Venue The Lumen Room

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April 18, 2018 by Tanya Watters