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Sarah & TJay ~ Worth the wait

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Nine years, yes, Sarah & TJay dated nine years before tying the knot.  But that’s a blessing, really, because by then, the two of them knew exactly how they wanted their wedding day to go.  They chose The Brooks At Weatherford for the venue.  The country feel & details fit their lifestyle perfectly.  Sarah said that getting married there was much like a dream, and the fact the sides on the chapel opened up giving the feel of the outdoors put the whole ceremony over the top.

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A rustic elegance with a country flair was the goal.  And everything worked just as planned, except for the fact that Ellie, their precious fur baby couldn’t be in attendance to see her people tie the knot.

Sarah’s dress came from Lulu’s Bridal, which is located in the Arts District of Dallas.  The dress, by Allure, was ivory lace with a sweetheart neckline.  She added a rhinestone belt for a bit of sparkle.  Ariat boots completed her look, what better for a country girl?

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Sarah & Tjay wanted a small, intimate affair, so in keeping with that, Sarah had her sister as maid of honor while TJay’s best man was his father.  They wore tan sport coats, jeans and cowboy boots, in keeping with the country feel.

The ladies hair was done by Miss Tuesdee Bridal Hair.  Sarah says she’s amazing, too!

Flowers were a mix of silk and fresh roses, hydrangeas and baby’s breath. Flowers were coral, light pink and creams and whites. Arrangements were made by  TJay’s mom. Fresh bouquets were made by Albertsons floral in Weatherford, they saved Sarah after a disaster at a previous florist.

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The cakes & cupcakes were made by Fleur de Vie Bakery (a family member).  Various flavors of red velvet, raspberry and almond cake with cream cheese frosting.

Catering was the Mesquite Pit BBQ in Weatherford, TX.  It was  a buffet bbq dinner to match the rustic setting. They were  chosen  because they are local and one of the couple’s favorite bbq places in Weatherford.  Sweet tea, water and open bar of beer and wine was also served.

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Siesta Key was the honeymoon destination (my personal favorite spot on Earth!).  Neither Sarah nor TJay had ever been to Florida.  A friend loaned them a condo, and they had a whole week to sunbath, fish, go to Disney, tour all the museums, and eat!

Sarah says is was an amazing day, and such an honor that family & friends would come from out of town, just to celebrate with them.

Bandi & Brandon ~ in their own words

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Normally, I ask our couples to provide all the info surrounding their wedding for a blog post, then I set about to rewrite it.  However, Bandi did such a great job, I don’t think there is any way I could improve upon it.  So, in their own words……………

Our wedding ceremony was held at Saint Maria Goretti Catholic Church. The priest at the church, Father Luke Robertson, was Brandon’s priest growing up in catholic school. Father Luke is good friends with Brandon’s family and Brandon always knew when he got married he wanted Father Luke to be the presider. Our reception was held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. We knew we wanted our reception in a hotel ballroom in downtown, and as soon as we walked into the Omni we knew it was the place for us! It is beautiful and very elegant, and the staff we worked with were so helpful in preparing for our big day.

The colors in the wedding were navy, gold, and blush. We didn’t really have a theme, we just wanted simple but elegant and we definitely accomplished that!

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I bought my wedding dress from a lovely bridal store in Houston called Mia Bridal Couture. I walked into the store and was greeted by smiling and helpful faces. As soon as I saw my dress I knew that it was the one. The designer was Enaura Bridal in New York.

The shoes I wore at the wedding were silver Sam Edelman ballet flats. I chose these simply because I knew I wanted to wear flats that I was comfortable in and were smooth on the bottom to dance in.

All of my accessories were sentimental. I wore a teardrop diamond necklace my dad bought me for my 18th birthday that I only wear for very special occasions. I wore my grandmother’s silver diamond hoop earrings as my ‘something borrowed’ (she wore matching ones in gold.) The last piece of jewelry I wore was something that I worked very hard to get. I originally thought I was going to wear my mother’s wedding dress. After having it altered, it just wasn’t ‘the one’ for me. I was pretty bummed because her dress was just beautiful, so I decided to take the sleeves we had cut off and make them into a piece of jewelry somehow. I came across a lady in New York named Monika Knutsson who specializes in making jewelry out of wedding dresses. I sent her the wedding sleeves and told her I wanted two matching bracelets out of the sleeves, one for me, one for my mom. She took the lace from the sleeves, crafted a bracelet design, took the pearls from the sleeves and used them as the outline of the bracelets, dipped them in sterling silver, and then punched my mom’s wedding date and my wedding date on the inside of both bracelets. They were absolutely gorgeous and my mom was so surprised!

I had an amazing company, Lip Service, do my bridesmaids hair and makeup. There was one lady doing makeup and three doing hair. They showed up to our hotel room at the exact time they said they would be there and got all of the girls done without any problems. They did an amazing job and all of my girls looked like royalty!

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The groomsmen wore light gray Calvin Klein suits from Men’s Warehouse. Brandon wore the same suit but in black. Everyone we worked with in the store were very helpful and we got all of the suits in with plenty of time for the guys to get them altered.

The flowers at the wedding were stunning! Sabrina at Perfect Plan Events in Fort Worth was in charge of all of the flowers for the wedding. We met with her and I told her the general idea I had of what I wanted the flowers to be like and she took it and ran with it! My favorite flower is a hibiscus, but they die so quickly, so she found the perfect alternative for my bridal bouquet that was just as beautiful. She truly could not have done a better job!

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Susan Holcomb of Moonlight Cakes made our wedding cakes. I showed her a picture of a cake that I liked and she made it look even better than I could have imagined! We told her we wanted golf themed for the groom cake and to just go with whatever she thinks would look best and she did above and beyond! We had a few different flavors in both of our cakes and in the cupcakes that went along with the groom cake. We had an individual cake tasting with her a couple weeks before the wedding and somehow she perfected every single flavor! She and her husband and their daughter were all so friendly and just made us feel welcome and that they were there to do whatever we asked. I would highly recommend them to anyone!

(DJ services were provided by SRD Events & Entertainment, and our videographer was Video One Productions)

We bought our Save the Dates and our invitations from Brown Fox Creative. I met with the owner, Kristin, and we went through all of her designs and she had me pick out everything that I wanted. She took all of my choices, created three designs for me to choose from, and then created the most beautiful invitations. She made a part of the wedding that can be very stressful totally stress-free!

The Omni hotel catered our wedding. We had a tasting about two months before the wedding where we got to try several different items that we could pick from to create our menu.

Our menu consisted of:

          Hor D’oeuvres:

    -Brisket and smoked cheddar quesadillas

   -southwest shrimp on Polenta Crouton

         Seated Dinner Package:

  -Grilled romaine salad with julienne jicama, smoked bacon, roasted poblano peppers, and      buttermilk dressing

  -Beef tenderloin medallion with rosemary

  -chicken roulade stuffed with spinach and peppers

  -Smoked gouda potatoes au gratin

  -fresh vegetables

  -fresh bread basket with herb butter sauce

       Dessert:

  -four different flavored macaroons per person

       Specialty Drinks:

    –Potter’s Punch

 1 ¼ vodka

¾ blue Curacao

Blue Raspberry Lemonade

Splash of 7up

   –Bandi’s Candies

            1 ¼ Malibu rum

            Ginger ale

            Pineapple juice

            Cranberry juice

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For our honeymoon we went to St. Lucia and stayed at the Sandals La Toc. We wanted an all-inclusive resort and had heard nothing but good things about St. Lucia. We had an amazing time and are ready to go back! We went zip lining through the rainforest, went on a boat tour where we snorkeled, went to a mud bath and hot spring, went to a waterfall, had a true home cooked St. Lucian lunch and then had their signature drink, Rum Punch, on the way back to the resort. We had a beautiful candlelight dinner on the beach our last night there. It was extremely romantic and relaxing and definitely a place made for a couples getaway.

My most memorable moment of the day was when the church doors opened and I started down the aisle towards Brandon. My eyes were locked on his the whole time and even though he had tears rolling down his cheeks, I saw nothing but pure happiness. In that moment I knew that nothing could go wrong that day because I was marrying my best friend. For the rest of our lives, through the good times and the bad, I will never forget that look on his face and the joy in his eyes.

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Bandi & Brandon, thank you for making our jobs so much easier.  You and your families were a joy to work with!  We wish you all the love and luck in the world!

 

 

 

Kaycee & Scott ~ directly from the bride’s mouth

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I always ask our couples, after the wedding, if we can blog about their day.  I will send out a questionnaire for them to complete, which I will rewrite to make it both entertaining & informative for all who read our blog.  What I got back from Kaycee & Scott was something special.  So rather than try to improve on something that is perfect already, I’m going to give it to you straight from the bride & groom.  Have a tissue handy, you may need it!

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1)   Where was it?  Ceremony?  Reception?  Why you picked those places?

The ceremony was at Oak Knoll Ranch as well as the reception. I saw this venue in a magazine about a year and a half before I even got engaged and knew it was one to keep my eye on. Although, I took a look at other venues, Oak Knoll Ranch’s country charm and elegance could not be beat. Scott always wanted a country wedding, as did I, and we knew this place was perfect.

2)   Theme or style?

Our theme was definitely rustic/country. It was burlap and lace galore in that venue the day of the wedding. All the decorations were hand made. So Hobby Lobby trips were a must. I’m pretty sure that store made a whole years’ quota just from what we bought there!

3)   Bride’s dress?  Where did you get it, who was the designer?

I was fortunate enough to get my dress at Bridals by Stella in Plano, Texas. Three months prior to looking at dresses, I found a dress online that I absolutely loved. The designer is Stella York. I loved all of her dresses. Everyone knows though that what something looks like online may not look the same on you as it does on the model. I searched high and low for that dress and went to multiple stores. There were two other dresses that I was considering, but I knew that I would regret not trying on that dress and picking out another one. Two more stores later, still no sight of the dress. The last appointment I had was with Bridals by Stella and before we even made our way to the store we called to see if they had the dress. To our surprise, they had it!!! Right when we got there, the dress was already in the dressing room. I took a look around and grabbed others. About twelve dresses later, I saved the best for last. Sure enough, it was the perfect dress. Everyone had tears in their eyes, even my bridal consultant Jo. I felt absolutely beautiful. Oh, and I can’t forget the custom made cathedral veil either. We had lace ordered that matched the dress to put on the veil.  (Unfortunately, Bridals by Stella closed in July)

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4)   Bride’s shoes?  Where did you get them, why those, designer?

What goes better with a country themed wedding than boots?!?!?! All of our wedding party wore boots. Not only are these shoes comfortable during the ceremony, but also for dancing at the reception. I cannot remember where we ordered them from, but I remember it being such a hassle because I have the biggest calves. This is why my boots had a lower shaft on them. All I know is it took months and months to finally decide on a pair. I also let everyone in my bridal party wear whatever boots they wanted, just as long as they weren’t drastic colors.

5)  Jewelry & accessories:    Necklace/earrings/where you found them, etc

I actually wanted to go with vintage jewelry, so I picked pearl earrings, bracelet, and matching necklace at Kohls. I didn’t want anything too fancy, and these fit just perfect with the dress.

6)  Hair & Makeup:  Both yours & your girls,

My sister, Kyla Radford, did all the girl’s makeup including mine. She did an amazing job! Even though we were running a little behind schedule because she is a perfectionist, everything ended up working out perfectly!

All of our hair was done by my hairdresser of many years, Robin Cheek. Weeks before, I sent her pictures of what all the girls wanted and she definitely did not fall short. Her and her friend Angie did an amazing job! I would recommend her to anyone.

7)  Groomsmen:   where the tux’s came from, etc.

The guys got their tuxedos from Al’s Formal Wear. Scott got his suit from prom there and they did a really good job, so we went with them. Scott’s one request with the tux’s was that they couldn’t be high waters on any of the guys and they had to look good with boots. We actually fought back and forth on whether he should wear a colored tie. He suggested wearing white tie to stand out, but I thought it would look bad. Well, he got his way.

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9)  Flowers:  what they were, and of course, who did them for you

My wedding coordinator, Denise Morrow (Meant to Bee), made beautiful bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. All of which had our flowers yellow roses, white roses, and daisies. We also had baby’s breath in the centerpieces of each table along with inside the mason jars lining the aisle. I felt that these flowers looked great all put together.

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14) Most memorable moment of the day & why

My most memorable moment from my wedding day is very hard to choose. If I could only mention one thing it would be when my dad walked me down the aisle and seeing Scott’s reaction to seeing me for the first time. I remember the little details such as walking down the aisle trying not to step on my cathedral veil and long train, my dad trying to make me laugh as I held back tears, and the crowd sobbing as I passed them. Most of all I remember Scott falling to his knees as I walked through those doors. His reaction was one of the most emotional I have ever witnessed of a groom seeing his bride. I tried to hold back tears as well and realized after seeing pictures that I, for one, do not have the best crying face. When I reached Scott, tears were streaming down his face to the point where his nose was running also. I took the time to wipe his nose during the ceremony with the tissue I wrapped around my bouquet. I also remember him stuttering on his vows due to the fact that he was so nervous and had just finished crying his eyes out. I would not change one thing about this day!

Everyone told me not to focus on who is in the crowd, but instead look straight at Scott and see his reaction to seeing you. I for one will never ever forget that moment.

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8)  Wedding favors:  did you have any, if so, why those, where they came from, etc.

Because my mom and I had a year and a half to plan, the list of wedding favors kept growing. New ideas kept coming and coming. We had candy bags with an assortment of candy, flip flops for dancing, two different designs of koozies (one for the girls that I designed and one for the guys that Scott designed), personalized mason jars with each guest’s name to take home, and we also had the photo booth with props. Pictures last a lifetime, so the photo booth became a really big hit!

12)  Food & Drink:  who was your caterer, what was your menu, why that food?  what special drinks if any

For food we decided to do pork tenderloin, chicken fried chicken, and chicken fried steak. The sides we had were loaded mashed potatoes, rolls, green beans, and a salad. All of which were delicious! The drinks we had during the ceremony were lemonade, sweet tea, and lime punch. Apparently a party wouldn’t be a party without alcohol! We can’t forget the two kegs full of Shiner Bock and Coors Light. We also had strawberry daiquiris and regular margaritas. All of which were about gone once the reception was over. I’m not much of a drinker myself, but man the strawberry daiquiri was amazing. I had to make sure I ate a little something or else I would have been drunk at my own wedding!  (Caterer & bartender was Lonesome Spur Catering, Taylor Rentals provided the linens & margarita machines.)

11)  Invitations & stationary:  who made them or where you got them done, etc

Both of my save the dates and invitations were created by Miss Katelyn Curry. She is one of my best friends and graduated a couple of years ago from Hardin-Simmons University. The same University I graduated from. She is currently working as a graphic designer in Abilene, Texas and does photography on the side. This girl is very talented! She is trying to build her clientele in order to get her company Lil Black Dog Design off the ground. I have gotten so many compliments on our save the dates and invitations and am very happy with how they turned out.

She currently does not have a website, but her email is lilblackdogdesign@yahoo.com. Some of her stuff is on Etsy as well.

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10)  Cakes:  who made them, what flavors, etc

Scott lives for sweets. If he could eat cake for any meal of the day he definitely would. When doing our cake tasting we couldn’t decide on just two flavors, so instead we decided on five different ones. My cake flavors were white chocolate raspberry and strawberry velvet and Scott chose Italian cream for his cake. We could not forget the classic flavor of chocolate and also the lemon so we added these as cupcakes. We definitely went all out on the sweets for our wedding, but I guess that’s what a lot of people remember the most. Therefore, we had a little something for everyone!  (Creative Cakes by Monica)

13)  Your honeymoon:  where, why, & when? 

Scott and I decided to go to Kona, Hawaii for our honeymoon. We had a big discussion about where to go because I love cold places and he loves hot places. The beaches are more his style while the slopes and mountains are mine. I had been to Hawaii before so I knew it was worth the long plane ride. He has never really been out of the state, so I told him go big or go home. When we decided on Hawaii our parents felt a little uneasy about us traveling so far on our own, but I told them “atleast we are staying within the United States, even if it is further away than Mexico”. They did like the fact that everyone spoke English there as well as drove on the same side of the road.

We left for the hotel right after the reception on the 21st of May and woke up about 3 am the next morning to catch our first plane to Hawaii. Needless to say we were exhausted, but at least we got to sleep on the 6.5 hour plane ride.

This trip was one for the books! We took tons of pictures with our new camera, went to black sand beach, coffee plantations, helicopter tours, volcanoes, and lastly we rode ATVs to the waterfalls and through the rainforest. We had a blast and cannot wait to go back!!

15)  DJ, Limo, wedding coordinator, and any other vendors you used

Thank you to all the vendors that made this special day possible!!! I couldn’t have done it without yall!!! I am recommending all of yall to my friends and family when they get married in the future.

Our DJ was John Pollard of FX Entertainment

Our videographer was David Thomas of  Video One Productions

Yours truly photographed the engagements, bridals & wedding!!

 

 

Stacey & Ryan ~ Lofty goals!

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Stacey & Ryan selected 6500 for both wedding & reception because they loved the lofty heights of the ceiling.  Not to mention the white painted bricks, and lots of space to make their dream wedding come true.

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Their goal was a romantic, simply elegant affair, complete with those lofty ceilings, including a beautiful chandelier above the area where the ceremony took place.  Stacey says she just loved that chandelier.

Stacey found her dress at Bridal Boutique of Lewisville, she says she doesn’t know the designer, all she knew was it was THE DRESS.  Her shoes were Jimmy Choo’s from Neiman Marcus (gold with glitter).  Stacey called on her best friends for her jewelry & veil.  The diamond drop earrings came from one friend, who also wore them in her wedding.  They are also Stacey’s something old.  The veil came from another friend, that served as the something borrowed.  It looked amazing with Stacey’s dress.  Being able to incorporate these items meant a great deal, as Stacey was the last of the group to get married.  So now, they have these special things to share.

Ryan’s best friend’s wife, Alex did all the girls’ hair plus the moms, while Shelby, the bride’s best friend, did all the makeup!  Being able to have her own team to do hair & makeup helped to make it a more intimate morning with everyone she loved.

The guys all got their tux’s from Mens Wearhouse, they were Vera Wang.

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Stacey & Ryan elected to do a first look, which can be so emotional!

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All invitations & stationary was done by the bride’s sister & Maid of Honor.  In keeping with the simple, elegant style of the wedding, all was white, with gold text.  The flowers were done by R Love Florals.  Raquel is a friend of Stacey’s, and an amazing florist!  She puts everything into each & every wedding, and Stacey was more than happy with the flowers.  They were a variety of white/ivory flowers, with pops of purple.  It was a wide variety of flowers, and there were beautiful arrangements everywhere.

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The wedding cake was done by Panini Bakery.  Stacey describes it as 5 layers of deliciousness!  The 1st layer was white cake with vanilla almond buttercream frosting.  The 2nd layer was chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream frosting filling.  The 3rd layer was raspberry with whipped cream frosting filling, and the 5th layer was a repeat of the first.  YUM!

The couple went with an open bar, after all, it was their wedding, and everyone should have a great time! i Stacey’s father’s hotel head chef did the catering, and what a feast!  There was chicken stuffed with feta & spinach, a prime rib station, salmon with lemon butter, a salad bar with both house salad, and caesar salad.  Au gratin potatoes, mixed seasoned veggies, wild rice & fresh rolls completed the meal.

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Cameron Fox of I Entertainment had DJ honors.  He kept the party rocking all night, too.  Actually, the dancing was one of Stacey’s most memorable moments.  She says having everyone in your life that you love dancing away the night in one room is priceless.  Neither of them wanted the night to end.

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The photobooth was provided by Flock Together Fotobooth, and the couple both say they were amazing.

Alex Espinoza from LP Cinema Magic was the videographer.  He actually did Stacey’s best friend’s wedding, and she was so impressed with his work, she knew they had to use him.

The Tuesday after the wedding, Stacey & Ryan jetted away to St Lucia where they stayed at the Grande Sandals resort.  St Lucia was on both bucket lists, so that was a natural.  Can you say Best Honeymoon Ever?

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