This wedding is chock-full of awesome. Like a contemporary meets classic awesome that is seriously overflowing with pretty. The kind of awesome that combines a stunning Monique Lhuillier gown with some crazy beautiful personal touches and an entire gallery of devastatingly gorgeous images from Anne Brookshire Photography. Even better? It's a day that is not only the epitome of lovely, but seriously heartwarming. Read all about every glorious moment below (I insist) and then join me in the gallery for sooo much more.
From Anne Brookshire Photography... I am excited to share this wedding with you because it was truly a memorable one for me personally as well as stylistically. Chelsey and I knew each other as kids, so I was super excited and honored when she contacted me about shooting her wedding. Their wedding day also happened to be my 26th birthday and Chelsey was sneaky and found out! She surprised me with Red Velvet Cake balls. She and her bridesmaids lit a candle and sang me Happy Birthday! It was an unforgettable moment. I truly love clients like Chelsey, so kind and thoughtful. This wedding had such a beautiful contrast between classic and modern. The day started at a traditional beautiful old church, complimented by the soft gray, mint, and pink in the florals, as well as the bridesmaids dresses and jewelry. I love the growing trend of fruit + veggies mixed into floral arrangements. Green apples were chosen to give visual interest and texture to the large floral pieces placed at the altar. The element that was a modern contrast to the classical elements of the ceremony was Chelsey's choice of dress: Monique Lhuillier's "Candy" in Ivory. A corset bodice with intricate embroidered tulle. The dress had such amazing visual interest and an effortlessly beautiful sweep across the floor as Chelsey made her way down the aisle. And it looked so perfect with her auburn hair and freckles! They also had really sweet personal elements such as: John's family has handed down a six pence for generations. The bride wears it in her shoe as good luck and as something borrowed! A very classic English tradition. As well as, right after the ceremony, Chelsey changed her necklace. Her new necklace was her married initials in scripted silver. Another sweet personal element was that Chelsey displayed (around every centerpiece at the reception) black and white photos from the weddings on each side of their families. There is the sweetest picture of her grandmother showing me her wedding photo. Truly priceless!! Their reception was in the Meadows Museum. I was so excited to shoot a reception in there because I love art and the Meadows Museum is a beautiful building with several different collections. The main collection displayed were portrait pieces from the Spanish Golden Age. The main room had beautiful rose colored walls, a black ceiling and golden chandeliers. SMU catering served truly fine art hors d'oeuvres. They were beautifully presented and tasted just as good as they looked! Chelsey surprised John, a lover of fly fishing, with one of the most elaborate and authentic looking groom's cake I have ever seen! It was a bass fish with a lure in his mouth jumping out of the cake. Fantastic. Chelsey told me she was sooo happy with how the cakes by Frosted Art came out. In the same spirit of the art collection in the museum, Chelsey and John went on a European cruise for their honeymoon!! Lucky them! [dotted] Wedding Photography: Anne Brookshire Photography | Ceremony Venue: Highland Park Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: The Meadows Museum | Catering: SMU Catering | Cakes: Frosted Art | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Floral Design: Rusty Glenn Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Mens Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Stylist: Garrett Lemmons | DJ: Complete DJ