The word “swoon” comes to mind the second I see the images from Jess Barfield Photography of this bride’s radiant smile and her to.die.for custom wedding dress. Not to mention the amazing florals by the oh so lovely Stems of Dallas and the thoughtful details throughout this stunning day.  The bride and groom wanted their guests to leave the reception thinking, “that felt like Kara and Douglas,” and they achieved just that in an incredibly genuine and romantic way. This wedding is everything a little girl could dream for, complete with glamour, grace and a horse-drawn carriage to end the elegant evening. See the full gallery here.

From the Bride… Yes, I was completely that girl who dreamed about my wedding from a young age and studied the magazines and blogs long before I met my Prince Charming. I really didn’t have a perfect vision when we got engaged; the most important thing was that people left the wedding saying “that felt like Kara and Douglas.” Bit by bit, everything came together and those ideas turned to reality. The reception location was in an old Dallas high-rise with a beautiful view of the downtown lights. Inside, it was filled with rich dark wood and high ceilings with chandeliers. I always wanted the wedding to be inviting and never “stuffy.” The centerpieces were an eclectic mix of antique silver trays and decanters with beautiful spring flowers.

It was really great to be able to work closely with all of my vendors (floral, invitations, photography, etc.) to have my vision fully come to life.  My dress was one of my favorite pieces of the wedding. I was blessed to be able to work with some of the most talented and wonderful people through the planning process. The sorority sister of my maid of honor is an incredibly talented seamstress and designer. I was able to work with her to have a dress made just for me, as well as “going away dress” that was equally as wonderful. Jessy even made silk flowers for my cake to match the ones on my dress. While the cake was a beautiful white cake somewhat resembling my wedding dress, we went with Douglas’ favorite -mini red velvet whoopee pies for his groom’s “cake.” My shoes were a gift from my mother-in-law and were my something blue. Part of my gift to my bridesmaids were bracelets that my mom and I made from vintage brooches. All of the little details came together perfectly. People were on the dance floor all night.  We were surrounded by family and friends we love so much, and it was a wonderful night we will never forget.

Wedding Photography: Jess Barfield Photography / Ceremony: Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, Texas / Reception: The Dallas Petroleum Club in Dallas, Texas / Floral Design: Stems of Dallas / Wedding Invitations: Katie Pinson of Half Orange Photography / Wedding Dress + Getaway Dress: Custom-Made by Jessy Ailene / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair & Makeup: Natalia Issa

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