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Chic + Elegant Dallas Blogger Engagement

It almost goes without saying that when you marry the lovely that is Dallas based blogger Lauren Murphy with the talented lens of Kristen Kilpatrick you’re bound to get major wow-worthy results. And wow-worthy these captures are indeed, I mean look at this dress!! It’s an e-sesh that could easily pass as an editorial and thankfully we’ve got it all waiting for you to pin the pretty in The Vault!


From Kristen KilpatrickThis elegant pair made quite the statement with their engagement session! Bride to be, Lauren Murphy has a large following on her successful Instagram account geared towards fashion. Her style is super feminine, with a classic twist. Her groom to be, Charles knew she wanted to make a statement reflecting her true style with their engagement session. So he took it upon himself to make sure his outfit rose to the occasion! I loved shooting these two, as their connection was undeniable, but aside from that, the detail in each of their wardrobes left me stunned. Especially that ring of hers!

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Photography: Kristen Kilpatrick | Event Planning: Merren Events | Dress: Self Portrait Studio - Azaelea Red Dress | Calligraphy: Lauren | Bride-to-Be: Lauren Murphy

Classic + Elegant Fall Dallas Wedding

classic Dallas bash complete with my favorite color palette makes me one happy wedding blogger. Rich jewel tones (those Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dresses!) and lush bouquets make this elegant affair a stylish one to boot and Stephanie Brazzle captured every perfect detail. More in our Vault this way!

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From the Bride… Taylor and I met while in graduate school in his final year Texas Tech. We were introduced by longtime mutual friends who would later become married, and eventually a bridesmaid and groomsman in our own wedding! After dating for five years Taylor finally proposed in his hometown of Austin, at the scenic 360 Bridge overlook. He had a photographer and champagne ready. Afterwards, Taylor had planned a romantic dinner at Olive and June. We spent the first 30 minutes calling friends and family spreading the exciting news. Finally we had to turn off our phones and just enjoyed the evening and each other.

After a meticulous search for venues the vintage wood floors and panoramic views at Room On Main swept us off our feet. This historic and vintage feel are what I loved most. The architect in Taylor appreciated the story of the building, the clean lines and openness. Our inspiration pulled from the retro elegance of the 1920’s and art deco time period. Gold, and jeweled reds and blues were our color scheme. I wanted to include little bits of both of us and our families in the ceremony and reception. From Taylor’s grandmother’s silver cake knife we cut cake with to the family pearls I wore with my dress, we had little bits and pieces everywhere that meant so much to us.

The entire day of our wedding I kept reminding myself to slow down and taken it all in, and thought I was doing a good job, but looking back some things are still a blur! The things that stand out are my wonderful bridesmaids helping set out our personal touches in between make up sessions at The Room On Main. Teasing the gold dinosaurs into all standing up, a quirky throwback to Taylor’s childhood obsession. Laying out the chalkboards my cousin and I had lovingly penned. I remember walking down the aisle with my great grandmother’s hand embroidered handkerchief in my bouquet and not being able to take my eyes off Taylor. I’ll never forget spinning through our first dance to Unforgettable, by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole or our polaroid photo booth we kept going back too! I’ll always remember when we dipped Taylor’s favorite pastries in coffee and traded perfect bites instead of having a groom’s cake. We capped off the evening by running through a sea of dried lavender supplied by our eager guests on our way to our getaway car.

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Photography: Stephanie Brazzle Photography | Floral Design: Junior Villanueva | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Crème De La Crème | Stationery: Minted | Ceremony Venue: University Park United Methodist | Reception Venue: The Room On Main | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Cn Catering | Makeup: Beauty By Crissy | Calligraphy: The Feather Edge Etsy | Lighting: Le Force Entertainment | DJ: Simply Music Events | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux

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Classic Dallas Wedding with a Dream Oscar De La Renta Gown

Classic weddings will always win my heart. The elegance, the grace, and the tradition make for timeless celebration, and this real wedding is all of the above. Photographed by Sarah Kate, there’s so many moments to love (can you even handle that Oscar de la Renta gown?!) and we’ll be poring over each bit. Get started in The Vault.

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From The Bride… Jere and I first met in Dallas. I was living in New York at the time and he was living in Midland, a small town in Texas. We were in Dallas spending time with family for Easter weekend, but I ventured out to meet my friends at Javier’s on that Friday night. Jere was at Javier’s with mutual friends. We met in the cigar bar in the back, ordering margaritas. That Sunday I got a “poke” on Facebook and a long distance relationship began. We did long distance for a year, New York to Midland and then I moved back home to Dallas a year before we got married. We now live in charming Midland and I am learning how to live in a small town. Having the love of my life next to me makes it easy.

The Proposal

I was going to Midland to meet Jere for the weekend, but he surprised me at Love Field Airport in Dallas before I could get on the plane for his town. Where were we going? New York City! Jere was a not a big surprise person so this was a huge surprise. We went and grabbed a beer while we waited for our flight to the big city. I was so curious!! Was this the weekend? I was trying so hard not to get my hopes up. He told me that he wasn’t telling me what we were doing, where we were staying or how many days we were there.

We landed and he told the cab “78th and Madison”. The cab took us to the Carlyle Hotel. I have always wanted to stay there. It is a New York classic, so romantic. We had a glass of champagne before our dinner downtown at Il Mulino. We were carbo loading as we were training for a marathon that February in Austin which meant the next morning we had a long 12 mile run to complete. Our dinner was amazing – best pasta and bread I have ever had. Jere seemed nervous, but I still had no idea if this weekend was THE weekend.

We were set to run the next morning after breakfast. Because I didn’t bring the appropriate clothing for 12 degree snowy weather in NYC, I had to put on so many random layers! I had a fancy scarf, tie dye hat, hiking socks on my feet and my hands – no gloves. We started our run from the Carlyle and around central park ending 12 miles by the Central Park Boat House, Bethesda Terrace fountain. He said “Kate, let’s go over there and look by the fountain.” I walked ahead, getting nervous at this point. Was this the moment? He said, “Kate, wait I have a question,” he was on a knee. He proposed. “Yes!!!” His little sister Catherine, my best friend Carla and his cousin Cathleen were all right there taking pictures of us, hiding!

The Planning

What type of venue were you looking for? We decided Dallas because we both had family there, it just made more sense. I didn’t like the idea of having people travel too far to celebrate! I wanted to have the ceremony at the church I grew up in and a reception outside under the stars and with a tent. I had always imagined a big tent with lights, dancing and smiles. The tent was built over the pool at the Dallas Country Club.

The Dress

Oscar de la Renta designed my dress. It was one of the last ones he designed before he passed away. That made it extra special. It was a ball gown. I felt so pretty and very myself. I stayed in my dress the whole night. I purchased it in Dallas at Neiman Marcus.

The Day

The best part of the day was seeing Jere for the first time plus being excited with my mom, best friends and future mother in law/sisters all day leading up to it. That morning, Jere dropped off a flower with a note at my parents’ house where I had been living (for 2 months) until Jere and I got married. That was special to wake up with my parents greeting me with breakfast on my wedding day.

Words of Wisdom

What advise do you have for other brides? One of my friends Brittany told me, “Don’t let the wedding get in front of the wedding.” It really is about you and your fiance, not the party, at the end of the day. The Wednesday before your wedding have a date with your person, just you two. Have a glass of wine, relax and talk about your excitement after exchanging a gift or letter.

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Photography: Sarah Kate, Photographer | Event Planning: DFW Events | Floral Design: Jackson | Durham | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cakes: Panini Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Highland Park Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: Dallas Country Club | Bride's Shoes: Bionda Castana | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup: My Fabulous Faces | Hair: Sonia Trevino | Lighting: Beyond Lighting | Band: Simply Irresistible | Groom's Attire: Culwell & Son | Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floor | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Getaway Car: Blue Diamond Limousines | Photo Booth: Mir Mir | Suspenders: El Rey Apparel | Tent Finish-out: Stage Works | Tent Rentals: Mike Sandone Productions, Inc.

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