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Blogger Bride Devon Rachel’s Wedding

Over the past year, we’ve had a front-row seat as our dear blogger bride Devon Rachel planned her big day. From proposal to dress shopping, engagement shoot and every moment in between, we’ve grown to feel so a part of her planning journey and believe it or not, the big reveal is finally here. It’s a day for the (modern) storybooks, and thanks to the work of Jana Williams and Candlelight Films we get an inside look. Read on for the day in sweet Devon’s words!

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From Devon RachelDevon from DevonRachel.com here with some rather exciting news: I said I Do! Chandler and I tied the knot. It was such an honor to take you along on the journey of planning as the first Style Me Pretty Blogger Bride. And after a whirlwind of newlywed bliss, I’m overjoyed to bring you a piece of our big day.

With our wedding, we wanted to mix traditional and non-traditional elements. I fell in love with the Joule Hotel because it fit my taste for modern yet livable décor with an LA vibe. I felt like the hotel suited us; we’re part Texas and a dash of California. The ceremony was held on the roof of the Joule Hotel where two floral archways complete with ombre rose petals lined the aisle. I purposely didn’t take a peek of the décor (and you know I wanted to!) before and I’m so glad I didn’t. I was overwhelmed with joy when I walked down the aisle and was in awe of how great Bella Flora did with the flowers.

Remember my “How to Choose Wedding Flowers” post? Well, our ceremony and reception were decked in beautiful blooms. I wanted guests to feel like they walked into a secret garden – and I think we achieved that! My bouquet was a very whimsical mix of gorgeous pink, peach, and white flowers. My sweet bridesmaids looked unbelievable in their different Amsale gowns. I chose three different colors as well – I really wanted to be unique with the styling and I was so pleased!

For my bridal look, I wanted to feel like a modern day Brigitte Bardot and I feel like we achieved that with my dress, makeup and hair. My first dress (flashback to that first Dress Shopping post) is by Oscar de la Renta and it was not originally a one-shoulder gown. I had them remove one side to really showcase the bow and it was so perfect for me. Can we talk about that huge bow? It makes my heart pitter-patter. I teamed up with Blushington and Dry Bar to do mine, my bridesmaids and both mother’s hair and makeup. It was such a fun time having both teams in our hotel room. They made everyone look and feel so amazing, just like in our Bachelorette Celebration post!

For the reception, we chose to bring in my love of black and white stripes to the menus and chairs at the head table. Floral runners lined each table next to candles and beautiful gold-rimmed glassware. Since I was a little girl, I dreamt of having a vintage Rolls Royce to take us away and a black and white checkerboard dance floor. I was so unbelievably happy to see both of these dreams come to life. And the flowers adorning the back of the car were just cherries on top of an amazing night.

Dancing has always and will always be important to us, so we wanted our guests to have plenty of room and great music to dance to. I have to say, our band, Limelight, completely blew us away. They brought the house down and we danced all night! Everyone had a great time and that’s what we wanted. Right outside the ceremony, mirrored tables housed my non-traditional guestbook: Vogue Weddings. Guests signed on each beautiful artistic page of the gorgeous coffee table book. We now display the book in our home and I love taking a moment to look through. We are incredibly fortunate to have such amazing love stories to look up to in our family. I wanted to showcase and celebrate the love over the years, so we placed black and white photos of our grandparents and parents’ wedding days on a mirrored table outside the ceremony.

I cannot explain the feeling of overwhelming of love I felt walking down the aisle. I walked arm in arm with my sweet father as I watched my husband to be cry tears of joy. I did not expect him to cry! I truly believe Chandler and I are soul mates and I am so thankful for him. In that moment, we made the most important commitment of our lives: to each other. It was so special! I thank everyone involved for making it happen.

I hope you enjoyed these moments from our wedding! It was truly the best day of my life and I am overjoyed to share it with all of you.

xoxo, Devon Rachel

Photography: Jana Williams Photography | Videographer: Candlelight Films | Floral Design: Bella Flora Of Dallas | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Dallas Affaires Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Make Up: Blushington | Hair: Dry Bar | Lighting: Absolute Lighting | Band: Limelight | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Serenata Strings | Bride's Jewelry: Givenchy | Bridesmaid's Flats: Yosi Samra | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Francesca's Collections | Calligraphy : Blue Eye Brown Eye | Ceremony And Recepetion Venue: The Joule Dallas | Come Away With Me Sign: Southern Fried Paper | Cookies: Shop The Wisk | Cotton Candy Bar: FluffPop | Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floor | Decor And Rentals: Bella Flora Of Dallas | Departure Car: Romantic Remembrances | Flower Girl Baskets: BHLDN | Getting Ready Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Invitation And Day Of Stationary : Blue Eye Brown Eye | Linens: La Tavola | Mother Of Bride Dress: Teri Jon | Photo Strips: Randal Stout Entertainment | Planning: Bella Flora Of Dallas | Planning/Styling: Devon Rachel | Reception Gown: Nardos Imam | Rentals: Top Tier Staffing And Events | Rentals: Ducky Bob's | Save The Date Stationary: Chips And Salsa | Sketch Entertainment: The Original Buttsketch | Toasting Glasses, Cake Knife And Cutter: BHLDN

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Spring Downtown Dallas Loft Wedding

Here at SMP, Saturdays are for swooning and we’ve got just the wedding to get the inspiration party started. The bride’s design musts? Gold succulents, a neutral palette and a cool loft setting to mix “modern” with “tradition.” Apryl Ann snapped the gallery and you can click here right here to see more for yourself.

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From Apryl Ann PhotographyMegan and Reese’s wedding as one of the happiest affairs! They chose to have their ceremony and reception indoors however we snuck off outside to grab some gorgeous natural portraits. Her reception was filled with neutral colors with gold succulents!

From The Bride…Reese and I were engaged while walking our pups in one of my favorite downtown Dallas parks. Coincidently that same evening my sweet little niece, and future flower girl, was born. After our engagement Reese surprised me with a party filled our closest friends and family. From an engagement to a new little niece, the night was definitely a time of celebration with the ones we loved the most.

In planning our wedding we knew we wanted that celebration with our friends and family to continue. Being the youngest of three and so the last in my family to get married it seemed making the big decisions was the easiest. I fell in love with our reception venue immediately when I saw the beautiful big windows and downtown views. I knew for the color scheme and flowers I wanted it to be romantic with hints of gold and succulents. I also knew I wanted meaningful touches throughout the ceremony and reception. However I was not quite sure how I wanted it all to come together…

The weather on our big day could not have been more beautiful; we took our pre-ceremony pictures in the park and then headed to the church. Everyone tells you how quickly the day passes and I cannot believe how right they were. I am so grateful we had Apryl Ann to capture all our special moments. One of my favorites was walking down the aisle with my dad and a bouquet adorned with my grandmother’s rosary. After our nuptials the party kicked off with Reese and I entering the venue with an awesome horn entrance.

Afterward, a newly married bridesmaid, told me to take a minute to “take it all in” and it was a wonderful piece of advice. GRO designs took everything I wanted and made it come to life. My very favorite was the succulent centerpieces dusted with gold. Another very special detail was our favor table filled with my late grandmother’s Czech wedding cookies all baked by Reese’s family. In a nod to our new hometown of San Antonio, CN catering did a delicious taco bar with margaritas. Finally in honor of where we met our groom’s cake was decorated with a big Double T for Texas Tech. Reese kicked off the dance floor with a solo dance to “respect”, then everyone joined in and Walton Stout Band kept the party going from there! They were so much fun! We handed out sunglasses and glow sticks as dance floor favors and kept the celebration going until the final song. I am so grateful to everyone who helped in making it the day of our dreams!

Photography: Apryl Ann Photography | Cake: Fancy Cakes By Lauren | Ceremony: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church | Reception: The Room On Main | Caterer: Cn Catering | Design And Coordination: GRO Designs | MUAH: Maitee Miles | Music: The Walton Stout Band | Paper Goods: Little Loft Studio

Modern Romeo And Juliet Inspired Shoot

Mondays require a few things – a little more time with the snooze button, an extra cup of jo, and inspiration so pretty you can barely believe your luck. Well pretties, fill up your coffee cups, because this shoot is just what the doctor ordered. Beautifully captured by Lindsey Shea Photography, every gorgeous detail whipped up by Urban Magnolia Weddings and Events will make your you thankful Monday showed its pretty face, and you can see what I mean right here.

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From Lindsey Shea PhotographyThis photoshoot was completely inspired by the romanticism of Romeo and Juliet’s love story. Their story enchants even the biggest love skeptics. I wanted to do a more modern take on their romantic tale of how two starcrossed lovers become united forever. From details like the striped bowtie to the gorgeous rustic florals, it shows how romanticism can be found from the 1920’s to the modern day. Thanks to all of the vendors for making this modern day Romeo and Juliet styled shoot a success!

Photography: Lindsey Shea Photography | Wedding Gown: Neiman Marcus Bridal | Cake: Romano's Bakery | Stationary: U Lucky Girl | Jewelry: Crown Jewelers | Event Planning + Coordinations: Urban Magnolia Weddings And Events | Flatware, China, Stemware + Chairs: Bella Acento | Floral : Haute Floral | Hair + Makeup: Elan Makeup | Linens: La Tavola | Venue: The Rosewood Crescent Hotel

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