Amanda & Todd were married at Northeast Wedding Chapel in Hurst, TX. They picked it because of the simple elegance, traditional styling with high ceilings & gorgeous windows at the altar. The reception hall has a great layout along with a fireplace in front, perfect for decorating. The courtyard between the chapel & reception hall has a fairytale feel & they could actually feel the warmth & love from the venue. The staff at Northeast Wedding Chapel were very accommodating, and all such a huge help with both the planning & coordinating. Misty & Emily are wonderful ladies with huge hearts, & they helped to may the couple’s day perfect!
In the beginning, the overall theme of the wedding was to be Victorian. However, as the planning moved along, the couple soon realized that simple elegance was more their style. Nothing too flashy, but lace,pearls, & soft creme hydrangeas with some taupe roses pulled off the day beautifully!
Amanda found her dress in College Station. It was a Maggie Sottero in gorgeous antiqued ivory, sleeveless, with an asymmetrical waistline & lace accents. Sadly, the bridal boutique closed shortly after she purchased her dress.
Amanda’s shoes were Antonio Melani, Sierra 711. She found them at Dillards, and chose them because they were cute peep-toe gold shoe, not too loud. Since the colors of the wedding were ivory, taupe & chocolate brown, she didn’t want anything too flashy.
Amanda found her bridesmaids’ dresses at Dillards, as well. They were designed by Eliza J. A beautiful taupe color with gold lace on the bodice. The skirt portion was layered chiffon & the girls fabulous!
Not wanting costume jewelry, Amanda rummaged through mom’s jewelry, finding a pair of long teardrop diamond earrings. Just exactly what she was looking for, and it meant so much to her to be wearing something of her mom’s.
The Grand Salon & Spa in Burleson did a fantastic job on the girls’ hair. Handling all six bridesmaids, the bride, & her mom.
All the guys were outfitted by Men’s Warehouse. Todd had a Venice Champagne colored vest & tie to match Amanda’s dress, while the groomsmen had Biscotti colored vests & ties, to match the bridesmaids’ dresses. With everyone living in different cities, it was very convenient to use Men’s Warehouse.
Angie Hines from Elegance with Attitude was Amanda’s florist. Amanda admitted she didn’t know much about flowers, so trying to describe to Angie what she had in mind was an interesting conversation, indeed! Simply put, Amanda says “Angie was AMAZING!” The bride’s bouquet was a mix of creme hydrangeas, antique roses & peonies. The bridesmaids bouquets had hydrangeas to match the bride’s, and the flower girls had kissing balls of baby’s breathe. For the table arrangements, she mixed in some burgundy hypernicum berries to help bring out the feel of fall.
Amanda’s mom found some “kissing bells” from WarmImpressions. The handle of the bells were in the shape of a fleur-de-lis, and held a card with a poem telling guests to ring the bell to see a “kiss of wedded bliss”. Other favors included M&M’s with the couple’s names & flavored almonds.
Kim Leatherwood from Frosted Perfections in Fort Worth provided the cakes. The bride’s cake was a 4 layer consisting of Almond, Italian Creme, & Pistachio Almond. Each layer was decorated differently, but all beautiful! The groom’s cake was Boston Creme Pie flavored, and apparently, it was more than good. Because the couple didn’t get a taste!!
Terry Darst from Catering By Terry was the caterer, recommended by the chapel. The menu consisted of croissant finger sandwiches, fruit, chipotle meatballs, jambalaya, & chicken tenders. Because the wedding was timed between lunch & dinner, this menu fit the bill perfectly.
When asked about the most memorable moment of the day, Amanda responded by saying:
“I don’t know if I could narrow it down to just one memorable moment. What I remember most about the day was just a feeling of bliss & love. It is such an overwhelming blessing to be surrounded by so many who love you & want the best for you. It was an honor to have so many family & friends involved in our wedding, and in the wedding party. From our lifetime friends to my cousins’ children in my wedding because I was in my cousins’ weddings when I was young.
If there is a single moment that I have to write about though, I guess it would be seeing my family & my husband’s family together. It gave us such an overwhelming sense of joy to see the two come together to create one big family that we love so much.”