McKinney Wedding at The Grand Hotel from Chelsea Davis Photography
October 25, 2012

There are some weddings that just feel so, so right. Where every piece of the puzzle fits just right into a wonderful masterpiece that is a treasure all its own. Chelsea Davis Photography has given us the sweetest of eye candy with every gorgeous image of this little doozy and I would like a full helping, please. The Grand Hotel is THE absolute perfect setting for this DIY-infused, vintage wedding that wouldn't be complete without the Allure Bridals lace-to-the-max kind of beautiful gown. See every bit of wonderful right here in our gallery.

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From the Bride... My husband is in the Air Force, and we are currently living in Germany. We had a small ceremony before moving overseas, so this wedding was the second for us, but we wanted it to be a big shebang Texas wedding where we could really celebrate with family and friends. My husband and I are old souls, and I love all things vintage and glamorous: black and white photographs, lace, antiques with a French market feel, old books and unusual calligraphy. Chestnut Square Historic Village provided the perfect vintage backdrop for the ceremony, complete with a fully-decorated bridal house and quaint gardens. For the reception venue, I chose The Grand Hotel in McKinney for its class, elegance and stature. The tin ceilings, crystal chandeliers and rustic brick of the ballroom set the scene for an alluring and dazzling reception.

Since we currently live in Landstuhl, Germany, a great deal of the wedding was planned across an ocean. The wedding colors, a warm charcoal and dove gray, were chosen to give the wedding party a neutral palette while allowing the blush peachy pink to be the pop of color in the floral arrangements. Even though I was on a budget, with the help of family, friends, and especially my father, I was able to make all of these dreams a reality. I am a detail-obsessed perfectionist, and I had a vision of an array of glamorous details for both the ceremony and reception, so in order to stay within budget and still achieve all of the details, I created as much of the wedding items as I could. I even made the flower girl's dress with help from my fairy god-mother, a fellow expatriate, using fabric from Germany for the bodice and twenty-three yards of tulle from the states. I also hand-calligraphed our invitations and place cards, while my father fashioned a frame out of an old tin ceiling tile. I deconstructed old books to create old-world chair and pew decorations and custom-designed all of our printed invitations, thank you cards, programs and signage. Old spools of thread magically became place card holders, and tree branches plucked from our backyard adorned with Swarovski crystals and hand-strung flowers were placed in tall glass vases for our centerpieces. We used everything we could find, down to my mothers fabrics, cigar boxes, and family heirloom photographs. My brother kindly donated his old typewriter and book collection for reception decor.

Each and every detail that could be dressed up, I tried to make it so. If you have a vision but not the budget, think outside the box because you can almost always DIY anything. My best advice: have fun with it. Make it YOU.

Wedding Photography: Chelsea Davis Photography / Ceremony: Chestnut Square Historic Village Chapel in McKinney, Texas / Reception: The Grand Hotel in McKinney, Texas / Event Planning + Design: Shawna Darsden of Rick's Chophouse at The Grand Hotel / Floral Design: Market Street Florist in Allen / Catering: Melanie of Rick's Chophouse ( / Wedding Cake: The Cake Guys Dallas / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the Bride with Wedding Paper Divas / Programs, Escort Cards, Table Numbers + Menus: DIY by the Bride / DJ + Photo Booth: Mark Brown of Complete, Music Video Photo / Centerpieces: DIY by the Bride with Materials from Hobby Lobby, Garden Ridge + Antique Stores / Bride and Groom Chair Signs: DIY by the Bride / Chapel Pew Decor: DIY by the Bride / Chapel Sign: DIY by the Bride + Her Father / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals via Hope's Bridal Shop / Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden / Bride's Accessories: Cinderella's Pumpkin, DIY + Family Heirlooms / Hair + Makeup: April Ruiz of Pure Colour / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Da Vinci / Men's Tuxedos: Al's Formal Wear