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Fort Worth Love Story With Such A Happy Ending

From Ambra at Query EventsAndrea and Aaron were amazing clients and an even more amazing role models. After Andrea was diagnosed with breast cancer while she and Aaron were first dating, he immediately stepped up to help care for Andrea’s two young children. He played a vital role in her successful recovery and asked her to marry him after the wonderful news came that her cancer was in remission. They share a beautiful love story and I was thrilled when they reached out for help with planning and designing their upcoming wedding.

Andrea came to me with tons of great ideas and an innate sense of style but needed help putting together a cohesive design. One of the most challenging factors was creating the elegant and soft look the bride was after in the very industrial venue our groom fell in love with. In the early stages of planning, I strongly encouraged the couple to utilize as much of the outdoor space as possible. Staying away from the masculine textures of brick, wood and stained concrete which composes the indoor space was crucial to the executing our airy design. Luckily our unpredictable Texas weather held up and the couple’s guest were able to share the beginning of Andrea and Aaron’s marriage under the stars.

Photographer: Amanda Lenhardt Photography | Videographer: GoMan Productions | Wedding Planner: Query Events | Floral Design: Query Events | Cake: Cake-aholics | Invitations: Minted | Catering: TCP Catering | Hair and Makeup: Beauty And The Blush | Calligraphy: Letter Love Studio | DJ: Le Force Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Mopac Events Center | Bartenders: TLC Staffing | Caricature Artist: Chandler Studios | Caricature Artist: Bernsen Art Caricature | Ice Cream Truck: Gypsy Scoops | Photo Booth: Photo Wagon | Rentals: Bella Acento | Rentals: Grand Events Rentals | String Trio: Versa Strings

Turning an Industrial Space Into a Lush Indoor Garden

Even a rainy exit couldn’t dampen this Texas celebration. The industrial backdrop of Brik Venue was turned into a lush indoor garden at the hands of Query Events. It is all out romance filled with candles, florals and a muted color palette. See this gorgeous day unfold (including that memorable and oh so cute exit) through the lens of Stephanie Brazzle.

From the beginning, Rachel’s pureness and joy guided us through the planning process. She was so thrilled to be able to share this moment with her family and friends that we relished in curating each detail. This couple made each decision with intention from the hand written personal vows to the family favorite signature drink. It was important to the bride, with a family full of boys, that the overall design not be too feminine. We created an indoor garden feel with a muted color palette and nothing too pink. Simply adding pops of mustard yellow and deep, almost black burgundy allowed for a sophisticated color story to really complement the industrial features of the venue. From the thoughtful ceremony performed by the Groom’s father to the rainy courtyard exit, each moment was personal and raw. Stephanie Brazzle Photography did a beyond amazing job capturing the feel of the day!

Photography: Stephanie Brazzle Photography | Videography: When It Clicks | Wedding Planner: Query Events | Floral Design: Query Events | Cake: Cakeaholics | Invitations: Pink Champagne Paper | Caterer: Reata Alpine | Hair and Makeup: Beauty And The Blush | Lighting : Le Force Entertainment | DJ: Rod Baker | Vintage Car: Eagle Crest Limo | Ceremony & Reception: Brik Venue | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals | Rentals: Bella Acento | Rentals: Beautiful Event Rentals | String Trio: Versa Strings

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Classic Wedding + Military Traditions = Stunning Success

Classic weddings can do no wrong in my book but add in a military influence and these elegant affairs go from good to great instantly. Need photographic proof? Look no further than this black tie Texas wedding, captured by Stephanie Brazzle. The color palette, the beaming brand new Mr. and Mrs., the saber arch; it’s all pretty perfect and I could go on and on forever but I recommend you just dive into this gallery and see it all for yourself (so good, right!?)!

From the Bride… Although Kevin and I met in college, we just remained friends and study buddies with an unspoken attraction. After college, Kevin commissioned in the Army and I moved to Dallas. He was visiting Texas on leave and decided to finally ask me out on a date to Taco Diner. We still celebrate our “Tacoversary,” as the anniversary of our official first date! We immediately knew that this relationship would be something special despite the long distance between us. We even went through a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan before we were able to live in the same state! Kevin’s service to our country is something that has significantly influenced our relationship, so we could not imagine a wedding day that didn’t have military influence. We loved the military traditions of the uniforms, the saber arch, and the cake cutting with the sword! We also loved the formality of the military, and thought a traditional, black-tie wedding would be best suited for us – not to mention a lot of fun!

Our family and friends were the most important aspect of the day to us. While we met living in Texas, we were engaged while living in North Carolina, were married while living in Georgia, and now I am writing this from our newest duty station, Germany! To us, this wedding was the perfect opportunity to visit with everyone we loved one more time before our big move.

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Photography: Stephanie Brazzle Photography | Videography: Thompson Pictures | Event Planning: Shannon Schultz Events | Floral Design: Something Pretty Floral | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cake: The Fort Worth Club | Invitations: Bering's | Ceremony Venue: Robert Carr Chapel | Reception Venue: The Fort Worth Club | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay | Calligraphy: The Vintage Hand | Lighting: Beyond Lighting | Band: The Walton Stout Band | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Silver West Limousines | Bridal Boutique: Ivory Bridal Atelier | Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floor | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Monogram: Shuler Studio | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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Groom Serenades Bride in this Fort Worth Fete

Does it get any more romantic than writing your own vows? Why yes, yes it does lovelies. Just grab a guitar and a mic and sing those sweet vows from your heart—like these two beauties did. OK, how freaking cute are they?! Their entire day captured by Feather & Twine deserves a bow, but that vow story? That’s where the love is at my friends.

From the Wedding Planner and Event Designer, Lindsey ZamoraI met Victoria four years ago when designing for a photography workshop she attended. We had kept in touch via social media and I was thrilled when she reached out about her own wedding! It was very clear early on that Victoria and Will wanted a wedding that was intimate and filled with their closest friends. The design included a color palette of varying tones of lavender, farm tables with loose vines mixed with low, lush centerpieces and an abundance of soft candlelight. Will serenaded Victoria as she was escorted down the aisle by her mother and father. Surrounded by a semicircle of wildflowers, they sang their vows to each other. Guests congratulated the newlywed couple by showering them in rose petals. During the reception, guests were served corn bread red pepper roasted chicken, macaroni and cheese and roasted root vegetables. The dinner was filled with laughter and tears from the heartfelt toasts by the best man and maids of honor. Lastly, loads of dancing and photo booth snapping continued throughout the evening.

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Photography: Feather & Twine | Videography: RBScott Films | Planner: Lindsey Zamora | Floral Design: Pollen Events | Cake: HoneyLove Cakery | Catering: Tastefully Yours Catering | Hair and Makeup: Q Makeup & Hair Artistry | Calligraphy: She in the Making | Band: The Royal Dukes | Groom's Attire: Zara | Groomsmen's Attire: Zara | Venue: Brik Venue | Bridal Gown : Winnie Couture | Industrial : Brik Venue | Photobooth: My Event is the Bomb

Grace Kelly Style Wedding Inspiration

Grace Kelly: one name, two words, total elegance. Add in a team of talented vendors and you’ve got yourself absolute wedding day perfection. With The Wildflowers and the helm and Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography capturing every look from Brittany Jones and bloom via Bows and Arrows, we’ve got every gorgeous bit waiting for you to favorite in The Vault!

From The WildflowersWith a venue like Bass Performance Hall, any wedding becomes magical. Fort Worth’s opera house-style concert hall is a historic city gem, adorned with angels, intricate domes and windows, and gold accents. To offset the extravagance of Bass Hall, we chose simple but sumptuous styles. The bride’s off-the-shoulder gown had just enough structure to match the strong architecture around her, while still adding a feminine fluidity. Her Old Hollywood hair, shaped into a low sculptural chignon, was a daring yet classic choice. Gorgeous ribbon from FrouFrou Chic and a vintage ring from Trumpet and Horn were perfect touches to complement the antique feel of the venue. And as a final elegant detail, the bride’s hair was adorned with a veil, then a green and cream floral hairpiece.

The light, airy, and impressive interior of the hall was our inspiration for the bright, open blossoms in bouquets and table arrangements created by Bows and Arrows. Chairs and linens in a stark white echoed the stately venue and let the flowers take center stage. Cascading greens crossed tables, and sweet pink florals were a playful and organic contrast to the otherwise proper place settings. For even more visual interest, we chose both taper and pillar candles, as well as minimalist table numbers by Alli K Design that featured whisper-thin floral illustration. Kayla Barker captured all of this in stunning photos that harnessed the sunlight beaming through Bass Hall’s windows.

Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Design + Styling: The Wildflowers | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Dress: Tatyana Merenyuk | Invitations: Alli K Design | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Hair + Makeup: Brittany Jones Hair And Makeup | Location: Bass Hall | Model: The Campbell Agency | Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Runner + Scarf: Silk & Willow

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See The Love Story That Started in an Elevator

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

Saturday Morning Movie: Intimate Texas Garden Wedding

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 :)

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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

This Bride Walked Down the Aisle in the Most Fabulous Pair of Shoes

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: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Favors: Paper Leigh | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Center for Transforming Lives, YWCA | Place Cards: Rifle Paper Co. | Rentals: Taylor's Rental Equipment Co. | Suit Retailer: Nordstrom

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A Rainy & Romantic Fort Worth Fall Elopement

If this beautiful Bride hadn’t just married her soulmate, I’d swear she was mine—at the very least, my wedding soulmate because this intimate elopement is everything. The gorgeous fall flowers, the lovely lace dress, the beautiful photos from Bethany Erin Photography and this incredible Bride and Groom—it doesn’t get any better than this. See every stunning moment and fall in love with it all in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…October 22, 2015 was the most amazing day of my life, a day I’ll never forget: my wedding day. Was my wedding the exact wedding I had dreamed of my entire childhood, through my teenage years and even as an adult? Were the wedding bells ringing as I took the proverbial walk down the aisle, my tuxedoed father at my side? Were the bridesmaids in beautiful dresses, the groomsmen looking fit for GQ, with the wedding party anxiously watching every minute of the ceremony? NO. Not even close. No aisle, no bridesmaids, no groomsmen, no bells. And I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

On that very rainy afternoon, my husband and I were married at the Tarrant County courthouse in Fort Worth, TX. Our only audience was the Justice of the Peace who married us, and our lovely photographer Bethany Wilson. In this elegant and historic courthouse, I made vows to the love of my life in what was the most intimate wedding ceremony I’ve ever witnessed. It was an elopement of sorts. All of our family lives in Utah or on the East Coast. They knew we were getting married, but we wanted to share that special moment distraction free. No cake, no dancing, no being pulled in 100 directions, no drama. As we exchanged vows, we were able to gaze into each other’s eyes, truly focus on the promises we were making and simply enjoy and live in the moment. It was perfect.

My husband and I are from Utah. He transferred to Dallas for work and we knew we wanted to get married in the place we would be starting our new life together. Not knowing a single soul in the area, we turned to the one source we knew we could count on- Social Media. We searched dozens of hashtags (yes they actually come in handy) on Facebook, Twitter and most of all Instagram. We were able to find the most talented photographer who not only took photos of us that day, but also did an engagement session. She was a trooper to say the least. She braved the cold and rain to get some amazing shots that day.She even helped me with my hair for the wedding! Bethany shoots a lot of her photos using actual film-you know like the way people took photos 100 years ago. Her unique style makes for the most breathtaking pictures.

We were also able to find the best florist in Dallas, hands down- The Backyard Bouquet, Lauren Clinkscales. She made the most gorgeous wedding bouquet and boutonniere, using only local flowers from farms and gardens in the DFW. She even took time out of her day to deliver the flowers right to me. We couldn’t have found the most perfect duo for flowers and photos. My wedding day was the best day of my life. It was simple. It was real. It was honest. It was beautiful.

From Bethany Erin PhotographyWhen Crystal first contacted me about photographing her elopement wedding I was immediately excited. I had recently done a styled shoot with an elopement theme because I wanted to show brides that simple elopements can be photographed beautifully, and that even if you decide to skip out on a big wedding, you don’t have to miss out on beautiful wedding photographs. I immediately shared my preferred vendor list with her, but she told me she had already chosen everyone. I had never heard of the florist that she chose, The Backyard Bouquet, but when I visited her instagram account I was immediately excited again because her work was beautiful, and I knew Crystal’s wedding aesthetic was something I would love to photograph.

We emailed back and forth over the next few weeks about their choice of hotel, where we would take their portraits, little details that she could add to make her day even more special and the timeline for the day. When the week of October 22 arrived, however, I was pretty heartbroken when the forecast predicted rain. I came armed with a pretty umbrella, but was truly hoping that we wouldn’t need it. For the first half of the day while we were in the hotel photographing details and bridal boudoir, the rain held off. However, as we began our short walk from, The Worthington to the historic Tarrant County Courthouse, drops began to fall as I captured a few shots of the couple walking down the charming sidewalks of downtown Fort Worth. Whenever we emerged from the courthouse after the ceremony we were met with a torrential downpour, and we had to wait it out on the courthouse steps. We were now faced with the decision of whether to travel to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden or whether to stay downtown and do photos whenever the rain passed. Ultimately, Crystal made the call to stick with the original plan of traveling to the Botanic Garden, and when we arrived we still sat, hoping that the rain would end in enough time to allow us to get some pretty photos. However, the opposite occurred as the heavens seemed to empty endless showers on this sweet couple’s wedding day. I asked Crystal and Jacob if they were open to holding the umbrella and letting me get a few shots of them in the rain, and then if they would like more photos in the future we could schedule a bride and groom session then. Thankfully, they were more than happy to huddle under an umbrella and be romantic while I stood in the rain juggling a manual focus medium format film camera and an umbrella. I could not be more pleased with the real, honest photos that we captured in the midst of a rainstorm. I think that is truly what wedding photography is about, capturing the reality of each couple’s day, embracing the unexpected and finding the beauty that chooses to reveal itself in each moment, because sometimes clouds have silver linings, and sometimes raindrops do.

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Photography: Bethany Erin Photography | Floral Design: The Backyard Bouquet | Ceremony Venue: Tarrant County Historic Courthouse | Makeup: Blushington | Calligraphy: Scribbles And Swirls | Hotel: The Aspen Institute At Wye River | Outdoor Portraits: Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Bold + Beautiful Texas Wedding Film

I love a bold Bride and this Southern sweetie is just that and more. She wasn’t afraid to mix patterns from the La Tavola linens to the pretty prints on her maid’s dresses courtesy of Bella Bridesmaid. Elan Makeup Studio ensured she shined her brightest and with Owl & Tree Films capturing every second, we too get to feel like the lucky guests at this beautiful bash. Sit back and enjoy this Texas treat!

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From the Bride… After months of planning a year long travel adventure around the world with my brother and a few friends, Robert conveniently interceded. February 2014 was my tentative departure date and in January I decided that the year long travel adventure could be put on hold, because he was worth waiting back for. I am so thankful I stayed!

We met at a mutual friend’s lake house over Memorial Weekend, both surprised we hadn’t met each other sooner. I had announced at the lake that a friend and I were going to hike to the Guadalupe mountains and needed some company. A few days after meeting at the lake, I got a call from Robert saying he wanted to join us on the hike. Our first group date consisted of 14 hour car ride to and from the Guadalupe mountains. We always tell each other we both knew that if we could hold an interesting conversation for 14+ hours on our first “date,” the odds were in our favor. We spent the weekend hiking, talking, drinking wine at sunset, cooking burgers on a portable stove, and two-stepping at the top of Texas.

So many things I love about Robert; his laugh and sense of humor, his wisdom, his love for family, his loyalty, his positivity is contagious, his faithfulness, his ambition and dedication, his sense of adventure, his curiosity, and most of all the way he loves me. I could not have possibly asked for a man who effortlessly loves me every single day of his life. I am so excited for this new chapter in life and so very thankful you have chosen me to be your wife. I am excited to take on the challenges of life with you by my side.

From the Groom… After two long years of working in New York, I made the decision to move back to Texas – it was the best decision I ever made. I met Kelcey for the first time at the Daigle’s lake house during a Memorial Day weekend getaway with a few friends. I introduced myself and attempted to charm her with a well-thought out pickup line about how her beautiful necklace matched her inner beauty – it didn’t work. A couple weeks went by and we all went back to the Daigle’s for their 4th of July weekend party. After failing several times to impress her / get her attention, I decided to go to extreme measures and pull out the only card I had left. If not executed perfectly, my chances would be shot. Needless to say, my 2-steppin moves were executed to perfection and the rest is history. The last two years have been the best of my life. Kelcey is truly the kindest, most caring, and loving person I have ever met in my life. She makes me want to be a better person every day that I’m with her. I can’t wait to love and treat her right for the rest of our lives.

From the Bride… Right after we were engaged, we took a leap and moved to NYC for Robert’s job. Nothing like moving over 3,000 miles away to plan a wedding (not to mention I planned the entire wedding on my own). I have always had a passion for planning and organizing events (I plan large corporate events for Deloitte for a living) – my taste is very eclectic and “mismatched.” I wanted Robert and my personalities to shine through every detail of the wedding.

Our linens were my most favorite! I chose three separate linens each with a bold pattern, my favorite being one with pom pom flowers that that were attached to the linen (still in the neutral family), however it definitely gave the room character. I also used blue and white antique vases for our florals accompanied by candelabras which I have always loved. I love how candelabras can add so much to a room – they are so royal and classic. I feel like many weddings get lost in the “everything needs to match” category – but I completely disagree! The more patterns and more colors the better. As you’ll see, my maid of honor, Abby wore a different dress than the other bridesmaids. I thought this would be a really fun thing to do and would add color and texture to the photos.

My favorite moment (other than breaking it down on the dance floor) was standing at the altar with Robert listening to the words that were being spoken by his brother (his brother married us). We have been to so many weddings and I think the words kind of float in and out of your ears – but when it is your own wedding, the words are being spoken for the two of us together – the words then become so much more powerful and emotional. Although it all happened so fast, I could feel God’s presence in that moment. Looking at all the people in the pews that had traveled near and far were there to support Robert and I in our new life together was truly remarkable.

WE LOVE CAKE. I feel like we chose very interesting flavors but everyone seemed to love the change of pace from standard vanilla and chocolate. Robert loves cowboy boots and Texas (I can’t stress that enough) so naturally we designed his cake to tailor to both TCU cowboy boots and a Texas flag. The boots were made out of rice crispies. Mine were banana chocolate chip and Robert’s were lemon with fresh raspberries.

My dress – oh I felt like a princess wearing it! I knew I wanted a dress that was different and had an open back. I had tried on many that had a plain open back, but I loved this particular dress because of the flowers and design that was sewn into the open back of the dress. I loved the illusion neckline – I think it is flawless and gives a different yet classic look to brides. I knew I wanted my hair to be funky (I always wear my hair up in a top knot and teased of course, i’m from Texas duh!) so I wanted a fun high neck dress that would look “cool” with my hair. Not sure any bride has ever chosen their dress based on their hair vision – but yep for me it happened!

My only piece of advice is let the love between the bride and groom outshine all the details. Although details are nice, looking back at our wedding video and seeing all of the love and laughter from that day, it was so much more important than the flowers on the table. Robert absolutely was the most important detail the day we were married.


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Photography: Lauren Peele | Cinematography: Owl & Tree Films | Floral Design: Kate Foley Designs | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Hello Tenfold | Ceremony Venue: TCU's Robert Carr Chapel | Reception Venue: Rivercrest Country Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Hair + Makeup: Elan Makeup Studio | Band: Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters | Cigar Roller: Hight Cigar | Engagement Photography: Heather Hawkins Photography | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Getting Ready Dresses: Nativa | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Table Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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Tropical Garden Wedding Inspiration

The colorful imagery you’re about to peruse, brought sooo my cheer to my screen when I opened the doors to this insanely pretty shoot from Ben Q. Photography. In. an. instant. It’s inspiration for garden romance, elevated to a tropical fusion… overflowing petals in the happiest hues, courtesy of The Southern Table, rentals from Bella Acento and an intriguing Ines Di Santo dress, for starters. The rest? I promise you want to visit THE VAULT.

From Ben Q. PhotographyTexas is known for it’s amazing Tex-Mex food and there is one restaurant that is legendary among the locals. Joe T Garcia’s is a popular eatery with a phenomenal outdoor patio. Their large garden is ideal for weddings with a destination/tropical feel. For this shoot we wanted to highlight their lush greenery and charming architecture. The portillo (porch area) is a great spot for a long head table with gorgeous views all around. We wanted to keep the design elements natural with a cool etched wood menu and fresh fruit in the arrangements. And what better dessert to celebrate with than some cinnamony sopapillas!

Photography: Ben Q Photography | Coordination: Events by Kristin | Floral Design: Max Owens Design | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Stationery: Southern Fried Paper | Hair And Makeup: Meg B | Venue: Joe T Garcia's La Puertita | Bridal Boutique: Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon | Model: Molli With Callidus Agency | Rentals: Bella Acento

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Romantic + Modern Spanish Wedding Inspiration

Is it just me or is the Southwest producing some hold-the-phone worthy wonders lately!? Case in point, this shoot by Jenny McCann of one very handsome couple, who, after their elopement earlier this year, decided to make some memories for the camera. With rentals from Bella Acento and florals from We + You, we’re immersed in romance. Fall in love right in the Vault right this way!

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From Jenny McCann… I have a gorgeous set of images to share with you. Marissa and Cory recently eloped this year in May. They were excited about having post wedding photos taken and loved this modern Spanish concept we came up with. Inspiration for the styling came from Spanish mission style which is very earthy and minimalist. It has a way of looking both modern and rustic at the same time. With this in mind, we chose the historic Joe T Garcia as our lush Spanish backdrop. Marissa wore an earth-tone Alberta Feretti gown made of silk chiffon fabric with pleating all over. I hope you enjoy these photos and see something a bit unique in them too!

Photography: Jenny McCann | Floral Design: We + You | Wedding Dress: Alberta Ferretti | Cake: Carrie Riefler | Invitations: Made In The Fold | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Joe T Garcia's La Puertita | Bridal Boutique: Gossamer | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Rentals: Shag Carpet Themed Events & Decor | Rentals: Bella Acento | Vintage Rentals: Rent My Dust

Traditional + Elegant Fort Worth Wedding with a Twist

This Texas wedding is what traditional Southern wedding dreams are made of. From the Bride’s delicate lace bodice for the church ceremony to the traditional chocolate Groom’s cake, this affair, captured by Something Gold Photography, is just full of Southern charm. And the reception venue’s industrial vibe adds just the right touch of modern elegance. See it all here.

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From The Bride…Martin and I met in 2011 during our senior year at Oklahoma State University. After graduation, he got a job in Oklahoma City and I in Dallas, so we then survived (or as I prefer to think of it, “flourished”) through three years of long distance dating. We chose Fort Worth for our wedding because I am originally from a nearby suburb and he is from a town in southern Oklahoma, so it was a convenient proximity for our large families and was everything we were looking for.

Our ceremony took place downtown at the First United Methodist Church, which is my favorite church in the city, and our reception was a mile-and-a-half away at 809 at Vickery – an indoor/outdoor, industrial-meets-elegance venue with plenty of room for our 370 guests. Guests were seated both inside and outside for dinner, and then everyone eventually migrated outside to the dance floor once our band got the party started. The weather was possibly the biggest miracle of the day. The tornado sirens went off on Friday night during our rehearsal dinner, however, Saturday was the most perfect day that we could have asked for. We danced the night away in perfect 75-degree weather under cloudless skies with our favorite people in the world – it truly was a dream. It’s almost impossible to put into words the sheer joy, love and happiness that we felt on our wedding day, and we could not be more thankful for our incredible family, friends and vendors for making our celebration everything we could have hoped for and more.

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Photography: Something Gold Photography, LLC | Videography: Candlelight Films | Floral Design: Bridal Blooms | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Cake: Bluebonnet Bakery | Ceremony: First United Methodist Church Of Fort Worth | Reception Venue: 809 At Vickery | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: TCP Catering | Makeup: Adriana Almendarez At Maitee Miles | Hair: Haylee Purdy At Maitee Miles | Band: Trey And The Tritones | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Event Design And Coordination: Chrissie Stuntz Events | Jeweler: Norton's Jewellery | Seamstress: Olivia Guzman

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Intimate Garden Wedding in the Springtime

More and more, we are coming across weddings built around the idea of small and intimate. Think a dinner party in a gorgeous garden setting with beautiful vows folded in and you have this Spring affair captured by Tracy Enoch Photography. With guitar music playing in the background, purple blooms  by Gro Designs blanketing the table and LOVE literally hanging from the trees, this wedding proves that good things come in small packages.


From The Bride…We wanted an intimate wedding with all the things we loved the most. Family, the outdoors, amazing food, beautiful guitar music, and a yummy cake! Everything came together perfectly and the unpredictable Texas weather turned out to be perfect and made for the best day ever! “Love is in the air” was the theme, with the LOVE letters at the reception representing the theme. Deep cassis and purple came together in the suit ties, the dresses and flowers. I wanted the table to be long and beautiful, full of candles and flowers. With soft guitar music playing in the background, romance was all around. We finished the night off with our favorite part-White Chocolate Liqueur CAKE and the first dance as husband and wife! Love was in the air all night, the most perfect night ever!

Photography: Tracy Enoch Photography | Floral Design: Gro Designs | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Romano's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera Wang | Catering: Two Sisters Catering | Officiant: David Pointer | Event Rentals: Celebration Event Rental | Hair And Make-up: Brittany Jones Hair And Makeup | Music: Jackson Eli

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Purple Infused Southern Wedding

With roots in North Carolina and Texas, this couple set out to craft a day that was oh so Southern. It’s classic in the best of ways but with an infusion of color and a lineup of cowboy boots that gives traditional Southern a fresh twist. Photographed by Aves Photography along with the prettiest purple florals by Kate Foley Designs, there’s even more for you to pore through right here.

From the Bride…I grew up in North Texas, and Will was raised in North Carolina, so my goal from the beginning was to plan a uniquely Southern affair with bits of Texas and North Carolina mixed in. I incorporated rich fall colors, lush pastel florals, and plenty of DIY inspiration to create a one-of-a-kind night that was truly unforgettable. We had so much fun from the beginning of the day to the very end, and Aves Photography perfectly captured the joy of our wedding. The Fort Worth skyline created a perfect backdrop to our day, and each little touch of Texas (including the custom bridal boots from M. L. Leddy’s) and North Carolina (the groom’s cake depicting the NC flag) reminded us of home! 

Photography: Aves Photography | Floral Design: Kate Foley Designs | Wedding Dress: Patsy's Bridal | Cake: The Ashton Depot | Ceremony Venue: TCU's Robert Carr Chapel | Reception Venue: The Ashton Depot | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Calligraphy: Calligraphy & Design, Sally Sanders | DJ: FX Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | "Love" Necklace: Sydney Evan | Bridal Sash: Blossom Veils | Bride's Boots: M.L. Leddy's | Bride's Hair: Halo Salon | Bride's Jewelry: Anschar Diamonds | Fishing Shirts: The Monogram Express | Flower Girl Dresses: Ralph Lauren | Groom's Cake: Megan Black | Groom's Tie: J.Crew | Invitations And Paper Products: Southern Fried Paper | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Lonesome Dove Western Bistro | Veil: David's Bridal

Spanish-Style Wedding Inspiration

If you ask me, Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays where calories don’t count. Think of it as a one-day excuse to indulge in as much chips, guac and margaritas as you like, all while swooning festive inspiration like this. Charla Storey PhotographyThe Southern Table and Sugar Bee Sweets are just a few of the vendors who made it happen and you can treat yourself looksy loo in the gallery right here.

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Charla Storey Photography… Inspired by both my Basque and Mexican roots, I wanted to create a look that enveloped both cultures. I decided upon a color story that was both vibrant and rich in texture. Deep eggplant, fiery orange, and soft peaches combine with greens to create a vivid palette that is both earthy and elegant. I mixed in gold and cement elements to add glam and relaxed feelings. Both European and Latin cultures enjoy the moment, what it means to be engaged in food, friends, and the environment. The goal here was to design a look that incorporated an al fresco dining experience with a soft, romantic, and striking bride.

Florals + Linens: Florals included a mix of colors and textures. Vibrant poppies, garden roses, and beautiful ranunculus contrast with textural elements of thistle, king protea, succulents, and air plants to create an eclectic mix. Table linens also added texture, combining soft, white cotton, with natural linen and deep orange wool.

Photography: Charla Storey Photography | Event Design: Max Owens Design | Floral Design: Max Owens Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Hair & Makeup: Beauty And The Blush | Baked Goods: Sugar Bee Sweets | Paper Goods: Southern Fried Paper

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Downton Abbey Wedding Inspiration

As of a few weeks ago I’ve become a Downton Abbey fan through and through. Thanks to some serious marathon episode watching, I’ve joined the ranks of Downton lovers, so this styled shoot from Minted ArtistryGold Dust VintageJustine’s Flowers and Peyronet Photography Well, it couldn’t have fallen into my lap at any better time. Pour some tea and join me in the gallery for all the Edwardian era pretty you can handle.

From Minted ArtistryHave you watched the show Downton Abbey yet? I have and I am in love with it! Brides and stylists can effortlessly gather inspiration from the fashion, time period and glamorous lifestyle of the Downton cast.

A soft and lush garden party was my vision for this shoot at The T & P Station in Ft. Worth, Texas. Peyronet Photography captured the elements used to create all of the wonderful details; such as, ribbon rosette linens from La Tavola, vintage furniture and dinnerware and opulent florals with cascading ribbon for extra texture. I fell in love with a soft tulle gown accented with delicate lace at Bridal Boutique of Lewisville. A Swarovski crystal tiara and belt added glamour to the brides soft look.

The indulgent pastry set up from Tart Bakery showcased mouthwatering French macaroons, fruit tartlets and cake balls all displayed on unique furniture and accent pieces from Gold Dust Vintage. The bridal cake from Ramono’s Bakery with buttercream frosting and a crystal cake topper was a marvelous addition. The details of this shoot perfected by Minted Artistry were very reminiscent of a formal English high tea which is easily translated into an opulent reception.

The scrumptious floral designs from Justine’s Flowers paired impeccably with the vintage tableware and chairs. The antique cut glass punch bowl from Gold Dust Vintage was the perfect vessel to compliment the vibrant colors in the peonies, garden roses, and tulips. The place cards, menus and stationery designs from The Three, were a sweet and soft touch to the table top. The intricate elements combined to create a romantic garden party place setting for each guest.

The model donned an exquisite gown for the time period and was accessorized with vintage pieces to enhance the look of the Downton Abbey era. With an intricate chignon of loose curls designed by Renn Traylor Beauty and fresh and lovely makeup by Lip Service Professional Makeup Artistry, her formal look was pulled together. To incorporate a heirloom family piece, the florist created a delicate floral bouquet on top of small mother of pearl bible. For a fresh take on a traditional cascading bouquet, the feminine bridal flowers included peach roses, ivory tulips and hanging amaranthus. The bride showcased her personality with her own vintage furs, strands of pearls, glamorous belts and a feather fascinator.

Downton Abbey was the perfect inspiration for my idea of a little girl’s tea party to evolve into a sophisticated grown up affair.

Photography: Peyronet Photography | Event Styling: Minted Artistry | Wedding Cake: Romano's Bakery | Makeup: Lip Service Makeup | Hair: Lauren Traylor | Dishes and Ghost Chairs: May I Serve U | Floral: Justine's Flowers | Gown and Accessories: Bridal Boutique Of Lewisville | Invitation Suite: The Three | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Model: Christina Conoly | Pastries: Tart Bakery | Train Station: T&P Station | Vintage Rentals and Decor: Gold Dust Vintage Rentals

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Romantic Lakeside Army Wedding

Nothing quite gets me like a groom in his dress uniform. My husband wore his to our wedding, so the sight of a uniformed man all filled with love gets me every time. Ashley Bosnick Photography captured just that, and today we are sharing his ridiculously beautiful wedding, bursting with loving details from his stunning bride, right here.


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From the beautiful bride… My husband and I fell in love at his family’s lake house in Fort Worth so it was incredibly special to say our vows there. The wedding was intimate and romantic, with details of gold, blush and peach. My dream was an outdoor wedding with a glamorous twist. I had so much fun creating the water color escort cards to help give the day special touches. I also love gold and make sure to incorporate it in as many details as possible from the gold chargers to the perfect gold vintage chandelier which made my vision come to life. Everyone danced the night away under the twinkle lights and the Texas stars which just made made the evening a dream come true.

Photographer: Ashley Bosnick Photography | Wedding Coordination: Jeff McKnight | Weddings | Floral Design: Dr. Delphinium | Wedding Dress: Ysa Makino | Cake: Dallas Affaires Cakes | Bride's Shoes: MDNY on Etsy | Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters | Caterer: Culinary Art Catering | Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floor | Gold Chargers: Ducky Bob's | Gold Silverware: Celebration Event Rental | Hair & Make Up: Erin Blair Makeup & Hair Design | Table/Chair Rentals: Ducky Bob's | Vintage Rentals (Chandelier): Rent My Dust

New Year’s Eve Wedding Shoot

In my book, black + gold is THE killer combo for New Year’s celebrations. And when paired alongside modern stripes and glitter accents, it’s enough to leave this Monday morn’ feeling more like a Friday afternoon. With the careful styling of  Borrowed & Blue and elegant florals from Events A La Carte, this shoot is filled with New Year’s inspiration like you’ve never, ever seen. Elisabeth Carol snapped up the goodies and Jordan Laessig filmed a behind-the-scenes look you just mustn’t miss!

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From Britni of Borrowed & Blue… New Years is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a fun shoot full of lots of glitter, laughter and good old fashioned black and white stripes?! This shoot was a mix of some of our favorite things that have to do with the New Year and the traditional details that make a wedding a wedding.

This time around we chose to stick with a very classy black, white and gold theme, but with some flair. I am always a fan of glitter, so when we decided to go in the direction of a New Years Eve celebration, I was all over that.

Photography: Elisabeth Carol Photography | Videography: Jordan Laessig | Coordination: Borrowed & Blue | Floral Design: Events A La Carte | Wedding Dress: Classy Concepts | Cake: Sweetie Mae's Sweetcakes | Grooms Attire: Express | Venue: Michelle Monk Studio | Rentals: The Belltower Chapel & Garden

An Engagement Session at Brewed in Fort Worth from Tucker Images

I cannot wait to see the wedding of these two lovebirds. Seriously, these engagement photos from Tucker Images are proof enough that a stylish shindig is in the works. Until then, I’ll be in the gallery, poring over every little spec of love.


From Tucker Images… Ali and Corey are getting married in April of next year on the beach! Their amazing coordinator, Linda, from Wedfully Yours sent them our way and we were so pumped to be a part of such an awesome team. Linda found, BREWED, in downtown Ft Worth. It’s got the perfect balance of charm, color, quirky furniture and of course awesome staff! Linda, styled the later part of the session with an adorable picnic under some seriously amazing light. All tied together with an adorable couple who’s love for each other is apparent in every grin and kiss it made for a perfect Texas afternoon!

Photography: Tucker Images | Coordination: Wedfully Yours | Styling: Wedfully Yours | Coffee Shop: Brewed