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Omni Fort Worth Hotel Wedding by Daisy Photography Studio

I’m a lover of sparkly Jimmy Choos (seriously, those heels get me every.single.time), so when I saw this gorgeous Fort Worth bride was rockin’ a pair of silver stunners, I was a goner.  And when I noticed that all of that shoe fabulous was wrapped up in a traditional ballroom affair brimming with the prettiest of pink color palettes, insanely gorgeous florals by Jim Irwin Floral and some uber-chic bridesmaid dresses, well, let’s just say you’ve got yourself one seriously smitten (and seriously obsessed) blogger on your hands.  Thankfully, the gallery is chock-full of breathtaking images by Daisy Photography Studio, because I’ve got a lot of swooning to do.  Join me there for every last moment of pretty!

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From the Bride… Chris and I knew we wanted to get married in Texas, where my family lives and where we met and fell in love (7 years after we met as teenagers). However, we both lived in Atlanta during our engagement, so planning the wedding at times seemed like planning a destination wedding for a traditional setting. My grandparents and parents also married at Saint Patrick Cathedral, so it was extra special to be married there. We wanted the wedding to be classic, traditional and fun. After securing our date with Saint Patrick Cathedral, we searched for the perfect venue. My initial choices were already booked for our big day, but luckily the brand new hotel just across the street was open! We had a traditional, full wedding mass and followed with the reception across the street. With so many out-of-town guests, it was a huge convenience being able to walk between the ceremony and reception.

Our invitation designer made our design patterns after the wedding china we registered for. Aside from the navy bridesmaid dresses, the color scheme for everything was filled with romantic blush pinks, white and silver. I wanted to do a few DIY projects and designed the wedding programs and table numbers myself. For months I searched for silver frames at Hobby Lobby, Home Goods and other smaller home stores to display the table numbers. For putting together the wedding programs, my mother-in-law and I searched all over Atlanta for the white ribbons to tie them together. I think we cleared out all of the Hobby Lobby’s in the metro Atlanta area! Our florist used rose petals throughout the reception – the cake tables, candy buffet and part of the centerpieces. One of my bridesmaids has Celiac disease, so I contacted her sister and we surprised her with a mini gluten-free cake at the wedding. We alternated cylinder vases filled with candles and roses and larger centerpieces throughout the ballroom.

Our wedding day was perfect for us – filled with close family and friends, dancing and laughter. My favorite moment was after taking our formal pictures and being alone with Chris before walking down the stairs to go to the ballroom.

One interesting note about my wedding dress – I purchased my first wedding dress at Kleinfeld in NYC, then did all my alterations in Atlanta and shipped the dress out to my parents house in Fort Worth. My mother took the dress to be lightly pressed before taking my bridals. Sadly, the cleaners damaged my dress so badly it could not be worn or fixed in time for my wedding. With 11 days to go before my wedding, I was without a dress. Luckily, a family friend works at Neiman Marcus in Dallas and I was able to purchase a dress, and get it fitted in time before the wedding. On my wedding day, it was the third time I had put on the dress (including trying it on!). After that debacle, nothing really phased me with the details of the upcoming wedding. It ended with a happy ending – I had a beautiful dress, a beautiful wedding and am married to the man of my dreams. No complaints here!

Wedding Photography: Daisy Photography Studio / Flowers + Candy Bar: Jim Irwin Floral / Wedding Planning: The Bride / Wedding Ceremony Location: Saint Patrick Cathedral / Wedding Reception Location: Omni Fort Worth Hotel / Wedding Invitations: Design Voice Studio / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier via The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus Downtown / Bridesmaid Dresses: Coren Moore Inc. via Bella Bridesmaid / Bride’s Hair Accessories: Sara Gabriel via Kelly’s Closet / Veil: The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus Downtown / Wedding Cake: Opulent Cakes of Colleyville / Men’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank / Rings: Brown & Company Jewelers / Wedding Programs: The Bride / Seating Chart: Design Voice Studio / Band: Center Stage Band / Hair: Morgan Callaway of Duvall’s Hair Design / Make-up: Friends of the Bride / Bride’s Earings: Majorica via Neiman Marcus / Bride’s Sash: Enzoani / Photobooth: BoothBooth / Table Numbers: The Bride (DIY frames from Hobby Lobby, Home Goods and Marshalls)

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Weston Gardens Wedding by McGowan Images

I love a garden wedding, so it’s no surprise that this Fort Worth stunner by McGowan Images has me all kinds of giddy and then some.  How could I not be head over heels for a wedding this crazy gorgeous and with so many amazing DIY details?  It’s a given, really.  From the breathtaking location (ceremony space = to die for) to the fabulous pomanders (And crystals!) to the bird cages galore, this soiree is a garden party lover’s dream.  And I am in heaven.  You can find me in the gallery soaking up all of the pretty.  Join me there for even more!

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From McGowan Images With the first real heat wave of the Texas summer passing through, this wedding day was hot-hot-hot! But an intimate sunken garden kept guests in the shade, and Lauren & Trenton partied the night away under trees strung with twinkling lights. A string quartet might have seemed like a traditional choice, but careful listeners noticed that they were actually playing classic rock standards. Little touches like that put this wedding over the top… everyone walked away knowing it was a perfect reflection of the couple we were all there to celebrate!

Lauren paid special attention to the “little details” throughout the day, as it was her #1 priority to have guests walking away saying, “I’ve never been to a wedding like that before!” With the help of an aunt who’s a fabulously talented designer, Lauren & her family flew to the heights of DIY in transforming this simple venue into a sumptuous garden retreat. As a photographer, I’m well-aware of the work that goes into a wedding with this number of personal projects, and fully expected Lauren to be a frazzled brides with a million last minute “To Dos.”  We were pleasantly surprised to find nothing of the sort! Lauren was excited and chill at the same time… just ready to get married.  She said, “I knew the day was going to be a good one when Trenton brought me a sno-cone this morning. That’s all I need… my man, and a sno-cone.” It’s moments like that, and people like these, that have me continuously in love with my job!

Wedding Photography: McGowan Images / Music: Serenata Strings / Venue: Weston Gardens / Styling: DIY

Texas Wedding Blog Spotlight

Maybe you’ve been out of town or your dog ate your ethernet cable but, whatever the excuse, if you haven’t been to our Texas blog you are seriously missing out. First of all, who wouldn’t want to spend each and every weekday with Miss A. Blaire and her enthusiastic love for all things pretty?   Second, you are missing weddings just like the stunning Fort Worth nuptials of TOMS Wedding Collection designer by Sara Donaldson.  Heart melting, gush-worthy weddings like this are a must-see event so you better know where to find them!  There is even more local-lovin’ going on at our four other regional blogs – CaliforniaNew YorkFlorida, and Destination.  So get your local on…I promise you will not be sorry!

Don’t see your hometown?  Don’t worry!  We are gearing up to drive the Style Me Pretty express to even more towns, neighborhoods and cities.  So keep an eye out and, who knows, yours might be the next state to join our awesome line-up!

Fort Worth Wedding by Sara Donaldson

What do you get when the designer of the TOMS Wedding Collection (and brother of the TOMS founder) marries a could not be more gorgeous bride? Why you get this one of a kind wedding. And may I just say, after seeing the little flower girl in kiddie TOMS, my little heart melted into wedding loving mush. Adorbs. That is just the beginning my friends, Sara Donaldson was there to see it all go down and filled the gallery full of fabulous images.

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From Sara Donaldson… Designer of the new TOMS wedding shoe line and brother of Blake Mycoskie (TOMS shoes founder) married his beautiful bride, March 5, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas at the sweet little TCU chapel. Photographing this wedding was such a joy… watching the groom get teary just thinking about his bride. Such sweet love!

The wedding party debuted the new TOMS wedding collection; the men sporting fantastic velvet toms, the women, a sparkling cream. The bride selected purple details in full TCU spirit, with the ceremony at the TCU Robert Carr Chapel. The reception was held at the beautiful Ashton Depot downtown, fit with restored stained glass windows and fantastic high ceilings. The reception had a surprise visit from the TCU Horned Frog, who presented the bride a rose {Rose Bowl Champions!} and partied with the guests until departure. Go Frogs!  And who could forget: the bride was quite thoughtful… she gave her groom a limited edition Rolex watch!

Wedding Photography: Sara Donaldson / Event Coordination: Lagniappe Weddings / Bridal Party Shoes: TOMS Wedding Collection / Floral Design: leFleur Couture / Wedding Ceremony Location: Robert Carr Chapel, TCU / Wedding Reception Location: The Ashton Depot / Makeup: Adina Wright

Fort Worth Photo Shoot by McGowan Images + megBdesign

As a little girl The Secret Garden was one of my all time favorite stories. How can you go wrong with a story about little girl, wandering in around an English manor, finding a magical garden and then bringing it all to life? Such my cup of tea. So you better believe the little girl in me was all sorts of excited when this beauty from McGowan Images and megBdesign graced my post-writing presence. It’s so naturally styled and fabulous inspiration for you backyard brides looking to add a vintage feel. Click here for even more!

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From McGowan Images… It is of the utmost importance for me as a wedding photographer to continue shooting for MYSELF. I love the work I do for our clients, and every wedding is a new set of challenges. But there’s a special kind of giddy high that comes from designing and executing a shoot, simply because I wanted to bring a creative vision to life.

With this shoot, I pulled from all my childhood dreams of “Secret Garden”, and memories of when I’d play in my grandmother’s roses, pretending to be Mary Lennox, and hoping for buried keys and hidden doors. I reached out to my favorite designer with a few key words, knowing that I could trust her to pull it together. I simply said, “Secret Garden. A bride, playing alone, without her groom. A garland of old keys. Broken china and glassware. Fat, bright flowers.” It’s such a relief to know that I can trust someone to go from there! The day of the shoot didn’t even really feel like work. A gorgeous model, a cool spring day, and a beautiful set. Shoots like these remind me of why I do what I do for a living… I love taking beautiful pictures of beautiful things!

From megBdesign… As a lover of literature, I was on board for this shoot immediately. Chelsea sent me a message with a few brief, but very exact descriptions: Secret Garden. A bride, playing alone, without her groom. A garland of old keys. Broken china and glassware. Fat, bright flowers. As a designer/stylist, it’s my job to make these ideas come to life. To fill in the spaces, and create a holistic design that is a clear representation of the photographer’s wishes.

To be completely honest, this shoot almost felt like cheating, it came so naturally. I spent a day with my eighty-year-old grandparents, sifting through the antiques in their home and barn. I managed to finagle a few gorgeous pieces from the family collection; a pair of china bowls from Bavaria, a porcelain pitcher that belonged to my great aunt, two place settings of heirloom silver.  My Papaw also let me dig through his assortment of skeleton keys and locks. I found most everything else for the table at local thrift stores (because it’s generally unacceptable to break the family china for a photoshoot!). A few of the other details were last minute additions – the rose-colored ruffle garland, a little ivory elephant, beige taper candles. Overall, I tried my best to come across this design organically. I didn’t want it to feel overly planned, or overdone. I think I ended up using about 75% of the elements I brought with me to the shoot.

I’m learning that sometimes, the best outcome involves a little spontaneity. For the bride’s styling, we kept her look soft, romantic, with a childlike characteristic. A simple dress, and a gorgeous sash. Barefoot. A casual braid. Beautiful, but also innocent. My favorite flower market had a great selection of flowers to choose from: garden roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and spray roses. The one thing they didn’t have much of, was greenery. I was a little stressed out about the bouquet and table arrangements, until I arrived at our location. The little area we scouted out was covered in beautiful, twisting vines, and wild onion flowers. I immediately began to work on bringing some of the vines up onto the table, and into my design scheme. The bouquet was also reworked on-site, to accommodate our lucky break in foliage.

After working with McGowan Images a few times, I feel like this styled shoot was a little victory in my personal experience with shoot styling. We’re getting in the hang of things. I’m becoming a better packer. My confidence is building, and I’m learning to be flexible, and keep an open mind.

Photography: Chelsea McGowan of McGowan Images / Set Design & Styling: Meagan Bechtel of megBdesign / Location: Trinity River Park, Fort Worth, TX / Wedding Dress: Galina by David’s Bridal / Flowers: Central Market

Spring Inspired Photo Shoot by Wednesday, Inc.

Oh, Spring! How I do love thee…your flowers, your picnics in the park, your umbrellas hanging upside down from the sky…Ummm, wait a minute, let me rephrase that. Oh Wednesday, Inc., EE Photography, and Amanda Marie Portraits, how I love you all! The way you capture the light just so, how you adorn your aisle with lace and confetti, how you style every little detail down to the dogger-doodle’s ribbon…I could go on and on! But I’ll stop so you can check out all the prettiness below. And when you’re ready to count your own ways in which you love these photos, get ye to the gallery!

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From Wednesday, Inc. We embraced the approach of spring with vintage umbrellas and a handcrafted shower to create a scene that felt very dream-like and intimate, while still maintaining a strong sense of play. The ceremony was held in a sophisticated loft in downtown Fort Worth. Dramatic windows offered perfect natural light for our afternoon ceremony, and umbrellas hovered above the scene to offer a delicate touch of whimsy. The setting for the reception could not have been more picturesque! Our cozy table sat on top of a hill in a park overlooking the Fort Worth skyline. It was undeniably a site for sore eyes!
Teacups overflowing with ranunculus and french tulips doubled as table decor and favors for the guests. The flowers, provided by Kate Foley Design, were truly my favorite part of the day and tied everything together perfectly.

Event Design and Paperworks: Wednesday Inc. / Florals: Kate Foley Designs / Photography: EE Photography and Amanda Marie Portraits / Bakery: The Pie Place / Models: Crystal and Sammy, Brandi and Tyler / Brides Dress: Ella Bleu / Bow Ties: Nerds of a Feather

Literature Themed Wedding on a Budget

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I am officially on the “theme wedding” bandwagon. I know, sounds crazy. But frankly, after seeing dozens of weddings where a theme was so delicately and so beautifully threaded into each and every detail…I’m a total believer that a theme wedding can be absolutely magical. Such is the case with this next little number. A literary themed affair, pulled off to perfection for $13,000. Which is shocking when you see just how many wonderful little touches the bride and groom infused and the pair of Louboutins that started it all. Click here to see even more.

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We were engaged on New Year’s Eve, at twilight, outside Windsor Castle in England. Eric proposed first, not with a diamond engagement ring, but with a very sparkly pair of Christian Louboutin shoes. That night was more than magical – and it set the precedent for the rest of our engagement, and wedding. As I began to think of what kind of wedding I wanted, what kind of wedding would best represent our relationship; I began to ask advice of some our already-married friends and family. There was a common denominator in almost all the suggestions we received: do it your way; don’t try to please anyone else; make it about the two of you. And so I began planning a very unique little event, hoping that our friends and family would leave saying, that wedding was SO them!

After our engagement, I stumbled upon a little blog called Style Me Pretty. And so began my blog-obsession; I, like most of you reading this, spent an embarrassing amount of time online, looking at other beautiful weddings, gathering ideas, and noting what details I found to be most important. I created a myriad of folders on my computer for sorting design ideas: flowers, food, décor, photo ideas & poses, fashion & hair, cakes, themes, etc. I used these sample photos to communicate my “vision” with my vendors, especially my photographers, Chelsea & Mack of McGowan Images. There is no one more responsible for the successful outcome of our wedding than those two – photography was a priority for us from the beginning, but our expectations were far exceeded in the relationship we created with our photographers. Chelsea was my sounding board – she listened to and gave feedback on my ideas, helped in any way she could, and kept me from drowning in the final weeks before the wedding. I am genuinely proud of the images she captured at our wedding, and they are all the more special, because they’re the product of a nine-month commitment to a wedding that was uniquely “us.”

Many of the initial decisions I made started with the shoes – I knew I wanted to wear the engagement Louboutins for the wedding, and I knew I wanted them to really be seen. I chose a short dress to feature the shoes, and decided that the dress lent itself to a more nontraditional sort of wedding. And so one personal/unique/nontraditional decision led to another; my bridesmaids were given a color palette to choose from, and encouraged to pick a dress (and shoes!) that they liked, in a style that would suite their personality and body type. We served breakfast-for-dinner at our reception, and then moved the whole party out to the garden for desert and dancing. We chose my grandmother’s birthday as our wedding date; my Dad (a licensed minister) did our ceremony; my matron of honor’s mother did the beautiful flowers (and her father sang the special music), and a friend from work baked the cake. Our friends and family did all setup, decorations, light-installation (including the mounting of a chandelier from Eric’s grandmother’s house), etc. We hired very few vendors that we didn’t have a previous relationship with.

I saw so many other weddings using vintage books as décor, and was intrigued – not by the look of the books themselves, but by the stories within. The first present Eric ever gave me was a copy of Pride & Prejudice, from the Jane Austen museum in Bath, England. As our own story spanned several years, and many different chapters, the idea of “stories” as a theme for our wedding seemed a natural fit. And so we were married, surrounded by our closest friends and families, and by some of literature’s most classic love stories.

Most of our decorations and design elements came from my grandparent’s house and barn. I borrowed boxes of antique bottles, mason jars, cut glass and crystal, wooden candle pillars, and tons and tons of lace doilies. My one “splurge” was the mercury glass – I bought it wherever I could find it, which isn’t so easy between the months of January and October! Our cake topper (vintage penguin salt and pepper shakers) was ordered from Etsy, along with my veil, the custom burlap table runner for the head table, and my bridesmaid’s gifts (custom printed clutches).

I look back on our wedding day with a lot of pride. I’m proud that we were able to do so much with such a small budget (the grand total of our whole event was just under $13,000). I’m proud that we spent so much of our day together (the “First Sight” we did really helped with that). I’m proud of the reaction we received from so many people, telling us that our wedding, was indeed, very “us.” And I’m extremely proud of all our wedding images – they’ll be a lifetime reminder of the fabulous day we started a new chapter in our story together.

It is so inspiring to see the current movement towards a more personal wedding, and Style Me Pretty is a wealth of information for those that decide to do their wedding their way. I didn’t have the budget for a big white wedding, and didn’t feel pressured or disappointed in my decision to host an affair that was truly us. Our day was perfect, not because the invitations were perfectly letter pressed, or because we served the perfect four-course menu – our wedding was perfect, because it was perfect for us.

Photography: Mack & Chelsea McGowan, McGowan Images / Venue: The Belltower Chapel & Garden in Fort Worth, TX / Florals: Classic Flowers & Gifts in Bridgeport, TX / Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Penguin cake topper: PrettyDarnCute / Burlap Table Runner: TheRufflyOwl / Birdcage Veil: VeilLady / Bridesmaid’s Cluthches: PoppyPunch

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Fort Worth Wedding by Sweet Pea Events

If you’re still at work, dreaming about the moment the clock strikes five and you can check out for Turkey day…we’re here to make the last few hours just a bit sweeter. Oh and did we mention that we’re blogging TOMORROW so if you’re not celebrating or if you have to work, we’ve got you covered. But in the meantime, we thought you just might fall in love with this next little beauty. Sent our way by the lovely Kelly over at Sweet Pea Events, this is Texas style done so so right. Click here to see even more!

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This rustic romantic wedding was held in Fort Worth, deep in the heart of Texas. When we first met with Angela, the bride, she showed us her inspiration board and told us her number one goal was to have a wedding that looked like it came straight from Style Me Pretty!

Both their ceremony and reception were held at Art Space 111, which is an amazing art gallery that has a mix of modern and vintage elements. Her rich color palette consisted of fall tones with darker reds, raspberry, burnt orange, darker rum pinks, caramel and flesh tones. Floral designer, Debby Jewesson of Branching Out Events created a whimsical backdrop for their ceremony that was full of western chic items such as cowhide, antlers, tree stumps, and wheat. Their guests were greeted with homemade passion fruit lemonade garnished with sugar cane spears as they walked into the ceremony. The couples son was the precious ring bearer who was pulled in a vintage radio flyer wagon by the absolutely adorable flower girl.

After the ceremony guests were greeted at cocktail hour inside the gallery, where they were able to enjoy not only the art, but an amazing array of appetizers; apricot goat cheese lollipops, sweet barbecue rib eye on mini buttermilk chive biscuits, and pan seared ahi tuna on sesame crisps.

The reception then began under cafe bulbs and a beautiful Texas sky. Danny, the groom, is the owner of a popular local bar in Fort Worth, so entertainment was very important to them. One of their really good friends and groomsmen has his own band, Calhoun and they performed as well as Danny’s band, Holy Moly. They were a huge hit and brought lots of life to the dance floor. At one point Danny serenaded his beautiful new bride.

A couple of details to point out that we absolutely adore..homemade mini pie favors that Angela and her mom made with larger homemade pies served after dinner along with shooters of vanilla bean gelato. A large red “W” marquis was lit up and hung just below their head table to symbolize their new last name, Weaver. Along the back wall of the reception garden a clothesline was strung, and fun pictures of the couple were hung with clothespins. An old vintage coca-cola crate was used to collect cards at the gift table. The guests participated in games of cornhole all throughout the evening.

Photography: Melissa Zihlman Photography / Flowers and Event Design: Branching Out Events / Event Planning: Sweet Pea Events / Ceremony and Reception Location: ArtSpace 111 / Cake: Colleen’s Cakes / Catering: Wynnwood Catering and Special Events / Rentals: Celebration Event Rental / Hair: Halo Salon / Makeup: Makeup by Melissa / Bands: Calhoun, Holy Moly, John Price

Courthouse Wedding Romance ~ From Stacy Reeves Photography

Just in case you haven’t completely fallen in love with Stacy Reeves’ photography after Abby & Zach’s wedding featured earlier today, we’re going to clinch the deal now!

from Stacy …

Rebecca and Victor met in Chile, where they are both architects, and had a child named Sam. They decided to get married on a trip back home to visit Rebecca’s family, but they wanted the wedding to be relaxed, colorful, and unique. They got married at a local courthouse at an intimate ceremony witnessed only by Rebecca’s immediate family, followed by a larger reception at Joe T Garcia’s, a very well-known Mexican restaurant in Fort Worth.

They were married the same weekend as their baby, Sam’s, birthday … so they had a special cake for him, too!

Once again ~ a terrific wedding from The Wedding Photographer ~ Stacy Reeves!!

Our Congrats to Rebecca, Victor & Sam!

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Wedding Credits ~ Rebecca’s Dress was designed by Mathew Williamson; Wedding Cake by Crème de la Crème; Birthday Cake by Melody Britt, Flowers by Mia Fiori

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!

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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 

Traditional Ceremony + Contemporary Reception = Traditional Chic

So, what do you call a wedding style that starts off with a classic chapel wedding and is followed by a chic celebration at a contemporary art gallery? Really, it’s a question we’d like some input on! If “vintage chic” is a style and “traditional elegance” is a style, would you call this “traditional chic” ? Some help, please! We need a good category for this style of wedding, because seriously, it’s very popular and deserves a classy name!

Moving along  …. to today’s featured wedding sent to us by Becca at A Stylish Soiree in Dallas. Becca and her marvelous team at A Stylish Soiree helped Melissa with her overall wedding vision, helped her work out the details and also went on to create the wonderful floral decor you’ll see here today.

Melissa, knew what she wanted from the very beginning, conveyed her likes and her “not-so-much” thoughts to Becca and after a few consultations, they came up with a perfect game plan …

Melissa and Braydn wanted a sweet and warm-hearted classic chapel wedding followed by a chic, modern celebration. The lovely ladies at A Stylish Soiree helped her achieve exactly that!  A simple religious ceremony at their college campus chapel, filled with school friends, life-long friends and their loving families … well, that’s a forever kind of wedding!

Melissa and Braydn were college sweethearts and really wanted to go back to their roots at Texas Christian University to have their wedding. The ceremony was held on campus at the Robert Carr Chapel.

Becca & Kerrie at A Stylish Soiree helped Melissa and Braydn choreograph the details of the day and created the super floral decor that became an integral part of the loveliness of the day~

LOVE the mix of pinks in these bouquets!

From Becca …

Melissa loved the happy-go-lucky look of polka dots, so we incorporated that wherever we could … pillows, ribbons, paper lanterns and fabric-wrapped vases.

The paper lantern design was a challenge … we used a lighting company but had to work extra hard with the venue to get it approved. After twisting their arms, they finally approved it for this event only!!! It is truly one of a kind lighting.

The wedding cake was designed by Colleen’s Cakes. Instead of a groom’s cake, they served a special groom’s family recipe called “Whoopie Pies” that were made by the groom’s mother and sister!

Planning their wedding was so easy because their style NEVER changed. Melissa knew exactly what she wanted from the start and never changed her mind about it!

And from the beautiful bride, Melissa …

Braydn and I were so excited to get started planning our big day last year. The whole process turned out to be a such a blast because of the amazing people we worked with from day one. We wanted to mix both modern and traditional decor to make the big day classic and unforgettable. With the mix of flowers, wheat grass, large lanterns, and custom touches our reception turned out just how we had imagined. All of our family and friends were able to come and celebrate with us at our very own stylish soiree!

The wedding reception was held at The Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. Pretty awesome wedding venue!

photography courtesy of Wisner Photo

Beautiful … traditional chic!

A HUGE thank you to Becca at A Stylish Soiree! And Congratulations to Melissa and Braydn!!