If you’re looking for the sweetest meet cute in the whole wide world, then I’d like to introduce you to the dynamic duo that is Steven and Fiona. For their love story? It started in an elevator, and the aftermath? It’s nothing short of stu-hun-ing. From the perfectly pink florals to the shockingly beautiful ceremony, Bethany Erin and Brad & Monica have captured it all to share both below and in The Vault!
“They got on the same elevator. On the ride up,
Steve overcame his nervousness and
talked to the prettiest girl in the world”
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From the Groom…It was December 2011, Fiona was assisting with an audit and Steve was working hard on the 10th floor. They both wanted the free lunch offered by the building management to get in the mood for Christmas. They both got on the same elevator going down and up. On the ride up, Steve overcame his nervousness and talked to the prettiest girl in the world. They kept in touch after that fateful free lunch, and at one point they lived one block away from each other in Addison. After Steve and Fiona both worked their hardest to get the timing right, they finally started dating in 2014. It started with Steve overcoming his nervousness once again and bought Fiona a dozen roses from the only florist open on a Sunday afternoon. Life has been very easy for both Fiona and Steve since then.
From the Bride…Steve and I started to plan for our wedding since the beginning of 2016. We picked May 15, 2016 which is a Chinese lucky date for our marriage. With our busy schedule at work we managed to pick the perfect venue at Marty Leonard Chapel and Fort Worth Club in early February. Planning was slow before I met Bethany; she’s a talented photographer and super nice person. I liked her immediately after the first meeting. She gave me so many vendor recommendations and style suggestions, which helped my wedding planning go much more smoothly. I booked our florist and wedding coordinator shortly after I booked Bethany. With the help of Katie, my wedding coordinator, Steve and I got a really good deal for DJ service. During the whole planning process I enjoyed looking at Pinterest and found my inspiration there. The venues we picked were beautiful even without wedding decorations so I thought that would be less stressful. However, two days before the wedding I was so stressed out because I realized I forgot to count some flower decorations. I reached out to my florist, Lauren of The Backyard Bouquet, and asked her if she could do more flower decorations and a garland for the wedding car. Despite it being a last minute request Lauren finished everything perfectly! Katie and Bethany worked very closely to ensure that Steve and I would have an executable timeline for the wedding day. Thanks to their hard work everything went smoothly on the day of. I didn’t need to worry about a single thing, and just got to be happy and pretty. Our wedding day was filled with best wishes, happiness and laughter, but I remembered that when I was waiting outside of the Chapel to go down the aisle with my dad, I suddenly felt nervous but once the door opened and I saw Steve’s grinning face the nervousness went away. Another moment I remembered was when Steve and I were standing at the altar and listening to our minister announce us as couple, I was so touched by the meaning of marriage. I know that life will have ups and downs, but together we will conquer everything and live a wonderful life.
Photography: Bethany Erin Photography | Cinematography: Brad & Monica Wedding Films | Event Planning: Katie Frost Weddings | Floral Design: The Backyard Bouquet | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Ceremony Venue: Marty Leonard Chapel | Reception Venue: The Fort Worth Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mengmilan | Hair + Makeup: Ewald Wang | DJ: Le Force Entertainment | Officiant: Rev. Brian | Ceremony Music: Jenny Glass
Rain couldn’t keep the bliss away from these two beautiful brides. Smiles never ceased even as umbrellas popped open. Surrounded by loved ones, these ladies said “I do” in a small, intimate garden and celebrated all night away with food, wine and lots and lots of glowing candles. I had happy chills and a warm heart watching this clip from Nathan Willis Wedding Films and I’m pretty sure you will do. Happy Saturday all :)
From Nathan Willis Wedding Films… Lauren and Raley were one of the sweetest couples we have ever worked with. They met in college and have been together for ten years! They were so happy on their wedding day, and they didn’t even mind a little rain, even with an outdoor ceremony. Lauren said the rain made her feel like she was in “Pride and Prejudice.” It was a small, intimate garden ceremony, followed by a beautiful candlelit dinner, where their family toasted them, and everyone laughed and cried. We couldn’t have been more honored to be there to capture all the love and laughter.
Photography: Benjamin Combs | Cinematography: Nathan Willis Wedding Films | Event Planning: Liz Dejean | Floral Design: Rick Durio, Denise Durio Carroll, And Liz Dejean For Jim Durio Florist | Ceremony Venue: The Rose Chapel | Reception Venue: Lonesome Dove | Hair + Makeup: Samantha Landis | Ceremony Music: European Ensemble Strings
Not all cowboy boots are created equal. In fact, we’re willing to dub this Bride’s Victorian-romance-inspired laser-cut pair the most fabulous cowboy boots we’ve ever seen. Ever. And they’re just the start. Don’t miss out — head to The Vault to see every gorgeous detail, captured by Shaun Menary Photography!
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From The Bride…Eric and I recognized that this would be the one time in our lives that everyone who is important to us would be in one place at the same time so we wanted everyone to be able to kick back and have a really fun weekend! Most of our family and friends traveled from out of town for our wedding and we wanted to make sure everyone stayed in a central location in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with a lot of great food and activities. Downtown Fort Worth made the most sense to us. The YWCA of Fort Worth & Tarrant County provided the character & location we were looking for as well as space for both the ceremony and reception. What ultimately sold us is the proceeds from renting the venue directly support the work of the Center for Transforming Lives. The purpose of this organization is to help women, children and families in Tarrant County move from poverty to independence. They provide an emergency women’s shelter within the building, community-based housing, affordable child care and early childhood education. How amazing is that?!
Given the elegant architecture and structural details of the venue, my mom (the ultimate wedding coordinator) and I opted to keep all the decor pretty simple. I would describe my vision for our wedding as romantic, boho chic with a Texas flair. Our amazing floral designer, Molly Black, did an incredible job creating the variation in color and structure I envisioned for the bouquets and arrangements. Texas flair equaled a bride in cowboy boots, a cowhide rug on the ceremony site, Tex-Mex dinner (not limited to smoked brisket tostadas, queso/salsa bar, and smoked chicken enchiladas), and a Texas beer selection.
My advice for brides planning a wedding is that stress is an inevitable part of the process, including the day of. Enjoy the ride, all the ups and downs. It is such a unique season. Everything really seems to fall into place and, for us, all the details that did not go as planned created some pretty funny stories. Also, if you are doing most of the wedding planning yourself, budget for a day-of wedding coordinator. You definitely want someone else to handle all the details the day of the wedding, so you can relax and be present as much as possible.
Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Cinematography: AGN Studios | Coordination: Camille Sears | Floral Design: Pearls And Poppies | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Colleen's Cakes | Invitations: Paperless Post | Bride's Shoes: Old Gringo | Rings: Collections Fine Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Del Norte Tacos | Hair: Venetian Salon & Spa | Calligraphy: Meghan Pellizzari | DJ: Carter Classic Sound | Favors: Paper Leigh | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Venue: Center for Transforming Lives, YWCA | Place Cards: Rifle Paper Co. | Rentals: Taylor's Rental Equipment Co. | Suit Retailer: Nordstrom