Behind the Veil: Melissa Wayte of Paper Affair

In the Behind the Veil and Behind the Scenes series, we get to know the creative, hardworking, and talented individuals behind Dallas weddings. Melissa Wayte, founder of Paper Affair Dallas, dishes on her favorite pastimes, from eating out at Mi Cocina to the app “Words with Friends.”

Jeans Paige

Shoes you wear on the job This might be embarrassing to admit, but I wear Fit Flops all day every day. I have 14 different pairs in various colors and styles. They are the only shoe that is as comfortable at the end of the day as they are at the beginning!

Sunglasses Tom Ford

Jewelry you wear everyday Wedding ring

Where do you shop My fave is Anthropology

What’s your sign Aquarius

Workouts None (and not proud!)

Morning rituals Black tea from Starbucks and “The Today Show”

Evening rituals “Words with Friends” app

Guilty pleasure Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Where were you born? Dallas

Where do you live? Dallas

Piece of art in your home Two watercolor paintings we bought in a gallery in Italy 10 years ago

Pets? Yes! A Russian Tortoise named Shelby

Local restaurant Mi Cocina

China or pottery? Pottery

Minimalist or maximalist Minimalist. If I don’t need it, toss it.

What was your first job? I worked at a Travel Agency (before computers), and was the delivery girl. I drove my first car delivering airline tickets to customers.

Favorite flower Tulips

Favorite hotel The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs

Dream dinner party guests The entire cast of “Friends”

Go-to dinner party recipe Warm onion souffle with crackers

Favorite snack Chips and salsa

Three items always in your fridge Salsa, ranch dressing and Diet Coke (wish it was healthy items, but it isn’t)

Who or what inspires you? Happy customers inspire me to keep doing what I do!

Favorite quote “I can do all things through Him that strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13

Favorite beach Del Mar, California

Favorite charity Community Partners of Dallas

Favorite movies “Pretty Woman,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral”

Favorite writers Janet Evanovich, John Grisham, or any writer of thriller suspense novels.

Favorite albums A couple soundtracks: “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” and “New: The Greatest Showman”

What’s on your nightstand? “The Magnolia Story” by Chip and Joanna Gaines

What’s your inner age? 28

Dancing or karaoke? Karaoke

Favorite podcasts “Undisclosed”

Wedding trend you love The woodsy look. Not rustic, woodsy—greenery, swags, deep florals, and outdoor venues.

Advice for brides Schedule enough time in the weekend activities to just relax and reflect. Oh, and remember the way you feel on your wedding day!

Read more Behind the Veils and Behind the Scenes here

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