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Fort Worth Wedding from Shannon Schultz Events

Okay, I know I may have too many girl crushes in my current list, but I just have to add this Bride to my favorite ladies of all time. How can I resist? She is breathtakingly beautiful in her Lazaro gown and exuding the most timeless kind of elegance, she is radiant in each image from Sara Donaldson. Oh, and the rest of the gallery? Gorgeous flowers at every turn from Bella Flora of Dallas with classic details of pearls, mercury glass, and silver aplenty by Shannon Schultz Events. Give your eyes all the glittery, shimmery lovely they could ask for right here.

From Shannon Schultz EventsAn utterly romantic couple, Rachel and Dominic met at Pepperdine University in Malibu and were married at Piazza in the Village in Colleyville, Texas. Every design and planning meeting with this idyllically sweet couple was a breeze. Rachel asked for a natural and sophisticated wedding design: ivory, silver, pearls and overflowing branches. We framed the dance floor with birch trees, from which hung outdoor-inspired antique metal votive cups and strands of precious orchids. The centerpieces were a composite of tall birch trees with branches accented with white dendrobium orchids and surrounded with lush hydrangea, garden roses and to-die-for pastel dahlias.

Tradition and remembrance was an ongoing thread throughout the wedding details. The couple used items passed down from past generations, including the Scottish tartan remnant pinned inside the groom’s jacket and the vintage brooch displayed upon the delicately ruffled wedding cake. They also created their own “something old” details, such as the bride’s silver and pearl bouquet pins, which will remain in the family for years to come. Naturally, this adorable couple had to have a “Let Them Eat Cake” dessert bar, including dainty swan puffs, heavenly chocolate eclairs and mini fruit tarts. All were set on silver platters which glittered amongst mercury glass votives. We played “I Like Candy” by Bow Wow as they cut their cakes. The wedding favors were Italian wedding cookies made by the groom’s aunt. We wrapped each cookie with a tag stamped with the word “love.”

But the sweetest part of the evening may have been the surprise song that the groom sang to his bride right there on the dance floor, surrounded by all of their loved ones. It’s touching moments like those that make my job as a wedding planner incredibly rewarding.

Wedding Photography: Sara Donaldson / Wedding Venue: Piazza in the Village in Colleyville, Texas / Wedding Planning: Shannon Schultz Events / Floral Design: Bella Flora of Dallas / Officiant: Dr. Richard White / Wedding Cake: Creme de la Creme Cake Company / Wedding Stationery: Kate Reed Designs / Calligraphy: Blue Eye Brown Eye / String Trio: Serenata Strings / DJ: Groovin DJ / Transportation: From the Personal Collection of Chandler Smith / Wedding Dress: Lazaro via Stardust Celebrations / Hair + Makeup: Maelen Richie + Elan Makeup Studio / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier via Nordstrom / Bride’s Ring: Her Grandmother’s Wedding Band / Men’s Suits: Pronto Uomo via Men’s Wearhouse

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Wedding Colors: Vintage Purple ~ From Stacy Reeves Photography

We have a totally awesome day for you on the Little Black Book Blog, thanks to the amazing talents of Stacy Reeves! She may call the Fort Worth-Dallas area home, but as you’ll see ~ as Abby & Zach’s photographer … she and her camera are totally international. It’s a GREAT story. So grab a cup o’ your fave and be prepared!

Abby and Zach were married at Piazza In The Village. This chapel is totally amazing!

Don’t forget, you can see the entire photo gallery from this post in the SMP photo gallery.

Zach is a VP for a line of gorgeous men’s attire ~ D Jones Tailored Collection. So in addition to some pretty snazzy guys, some fantastic maids, Abby’s love of purple and the ever-popular peacock feathers, the palette was borne!

If you’ll take a look throughout this post, you’ll see that Abby opted for several looks! She found a super-cute bolero on from Bonzie Designs on Etsy to wear for their first look before the ceremony, donned a birdcage veil for the ceremony, removed it to reveal the gorgeous silk flower in her hair, and then changed it up a bit during the reception!  Gone are the days of hair up vs. hair down!

And her gown? Great story! She found it online at a resale site, flew to California to try it on and voilá!

After a stunning reception they departed for their honeymoon!

Stacy Reeves has lots more terrific photos from Abby and Zach’s fabulous wedding day on her website {click here}.

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And this is where the Stacy Reeves story gets even better.  Abby and Zach asked Stacy to accompany them for a ‘day-after-shoot’. Not just any day-after-shoot, though … they asked her to accompany them on their honeymoon to Europe.

From Stacy’s blog …

We wandered around the Louvre, the Tuileries Palace, the Champ de Mars, and finally finished up our photo spree at the Eiffel Tower.


… more from Stacy …

There’s an Italian tradition where lovers write their initials on locks, lock them to bridges or fences in their city, and toss the keys into the river. Abby and Zach had given heart-shaped locks to their wedding guests as souvenirs. They also brought their own locks with them to each city they visited on their honeymoon. They tossed their keys into the canal in Venice.

Pretty darned romantic. Lots more photos from this fantastic European-day-after-shoot on Stacy’s site {here}!!

However ……… the story doesn’t even end here.

Abby and Zach were in cahoots with Stacy’s boyfriend. The night they were shooting at the Eiffel tower … he had a little something up his sleeve …

Stacy Reeves Photography Proposal Eiffel Tower

ohhhhhhh! soooooooo perfect!

Stacy Reeves Paris Eiffel Tower

What’s a better way to say Congratulations????  Yay!!!!!!

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So … to Abby & Zach … and Stacy & Jason … Yay !!!!!

For more of Abby & Zach’s story, please link over to Stacy’s website. There’s also a positively beautiful bridal portrait session right here {click}. The many looks of Abby!

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Wedding Credits:

Photographer: Stacy Reeves, Venue: Piazza in the Village, Florist: Signature Productions, Cake: Opulent Cakes, Wedding Gown Designer: Anjolique, purchased from: Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses, Bolero from Bonzie Designs, Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo, Groom & Men’s Attire: DJones Tailored Collection