Rachel & Charlie ~ Messiah Lutheran & Fort Worth Club

Rachel and Charlie were married at Messiah Lutheran Church, with a traditional style reception held at the Fort Worth Club.  They chose the church for the ceremony, because the bride has been a member of Messiah since she was 8 years old.  As for the Fort Worth Club, they loved the glamour of it as well as the location.

Rachel wore a beautiful lace Justin Alexander gown from Lasting Bridal Couture in Addison, TX.  She just loved the lace, and even wore a lace jacket for much of the evening. Her shoes were Life Stride cream pumps, which provided her with the comfort that she was looking for; she would not have been able to enjoy herself  had she not been wearing comfortable shoes!

Accessories included the bride’s mother’s pearl necklace that had been an anniversary present from her father to her mother, along with some “bling” from Charming Charlie’s.

Tina Teel, a hairstylist and makeup artist from Southlake, who had done the hair and makeup for one of Rachel’s bridesmaids at her own wedding, did the hair and makeup for Rachel and her girls.  Tina came out to the house which made the day much easier, and Rachel was so happy with her hair and makeup!

Invitations were handmade by the mother of the bride and an aunt of the bride, along with some helper “elves.“
Kathy’s Florist in Keller, did the flowers for the wedding, gorgeous orange and crème roses, with a lot of flourish!

The Fort Worth Club provided all of the food for the sit down dinner. The menu included filet mignon, asparagus, and the best macaroni and cheese the world has ever known!

The Fort Worth Club also made the cake, and there were two flavors to choose from: almond pound cake with raspberry cream cheese filling, and devil’s food cake with chocolate ganache.  The cake had little “M”s on it, with a big “M” cake topper.  Rachel was very excited to become a “Moussa”!
As wedding favors, the couple gave their guests decks of playing cards with their initials and wedding date on them.  They picked cards because they love to play games; having board game nights at their new house will be a regular occurrence!

The newly married couple went on a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands for their honeymoon.  It was a honeymoon that combined Rachel’s love of cruises with  Charlie’s desire to see the beautiful scenery of Hawaii and to partake in  outdoor excursions like zip lining and kayaking.

For Rachel and Charlie, along with many of their guests, their favorite moment of the evening was the First Dance.  They had secretly been taking private dance lessons for two months before the wedding to surprise everyone with a cheesy, choreographed dance to “Nothing’s Going to Stop Us Now.” Rachel and Charlie will never forget those 4 minutes.


Kelly & Brennan ~ Ft Worth Museum of Science & History

Kelly and Brennan were married at St. Patrick Cathedral in downtown Fort Worth, with the reception at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.  Many members of Brennan’s family had been married at St. Patrick, so it was important to him and Kelly to be married there as well.   When they found out that the museum was open for events, the couple knew that they wanted to have it there.  Afraid at first that that it would be too small, it ended up being the perfect space for their reception!  They even rented the dinosaur exhibit so that their guests could tour it during the cocktail hour, because as Kelly says, “really, who doesn’t want dinosaurs at their wedding!”

The bride was beautiful in an Allure Bridal a-line satin strapless dress, with ruching in the corset and an organza skirt from Pence and Panache in Burleson.  Her shoes were Kate Spade “Sawyer” in multi-color, which she found after her sister-in-law posted them on her Pinterest board. Kelly knew from the moment she saw them that she had to have them!  They were peep-toe, with a shorter heel, and covered in multicolored glitter; so fabulous!

For the ceremony, the bride wore the pearls that Brennan had given her for her birthday several years before.  After the ceremony, she changed her necklace to a beautiful gold pendant with her new initials on them, which was also a gift from Brennan.

Kelly and her bridesmaids all had their hair and makeup done at Blow West 7th, on Fort Worth.  They did an amazing job.

The groomsmen wore suits from JoS. A. Bank and their ties were from Men’s Wearhouse.

Flowers for the reception were a combination of hydrangeas, lisianthus, green bells of Ireland, and other blue, green, purple and white flowers.  With the colorful space at the museum, Kelly and Brennan wanted something bold and fun.  Kelly Norvell at Bridal Blooms did the flowers, and not only were they fabulous, but Kelly was a joy to work with.

The reception was catered by Sodexo, the caterer at the museum. The menu featured mini beef wellington and crab cakes, along with a mashed potato martini bar, a “mini-mini” station with sliders, miniature Ruben and grilled cheese sandwiches, and a beef tenderloin carving station.

The cakes were made by Crème de la Crème Cake Company in Fort Worth.  The bride’s cake was almond cake with white butter cream, and the groom’s cake was chocolate truffle with caramel filling, and chocolate butter cream.


For their wedding favors, the couple gave out balsa wood airplanes stamped with their names and wedding date on them.  They chose the planes as favors because they were so fun, and different.  Also, both Kelly and Brennan had grown up around airplanes, so it was perfect.  They also served as double duty, for guests threw when the couple made their grand exit.

The most memorable moment of the day for both the bride and groom was the last “last” dance while everyone was outside getting ready to throw the balsa wood airplanes, as it was just very nice to have some moments alone before the night was over.

Also, the photo booth was a huge hit.  Everyone loved that and thought it was tons of fun.

Aunt Teri - November 28, 2013 - 7:02 am

You looked beautiful and your dress was gorgeous.

Jessica Solis-McCathy - November 27, 2013 - 9:09 am


Stephanie Korenek - November 27, 2013 - 7:46 am

Love the new blog Jim and Cyd.
Kelly and Brennan, y’all look beautiful!

Carin - November 26, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Absolutely beautiful pictures!! I love you both so very much!

Kelly Skelly - November 26, 2013 - 9:02 am

The pictures look great! Thanks Jim and Cyd!

Liana & Terry ~ Beaumont Ranch

Liana and Terry tied the knot at the beautiful Beaumont Ranch in Grandview, TX, with the ceremony held outside at the gazebo overlooking the lake.  Terry loved the ranch from their very first visit, so there really wasn’t any question that it would be the venue for the wedding.

Even though the wedding was at a ranch, the style was far from rustic.  Liana wanted it to be elegant, with a comfortable feel that would suit Terry.  Their colors of “Tiffany” blue and coral were incorporated with rhinestone and touches of feathers throughout the decorations, bouquets, centerpieces, cakes, and 3 foot high centerpieces.

The bride bought her  Christina Wu dress at Terry Costa in Dallas.  She had not been looking for that type of dress, but days after trying on the dress, Liana realized that she loved it, and its feather train.  She never second guessed the dress choice.  The bridesmaids’ dresses also came from Terry Costa, and they were from a division of Christina Wu called “Best Maids.” Terry Costa has a huge selection of both wedding and bridesmaids’ dresses, and Liana really liked that they allowed the bridal party to photograph the dresses (which most bridal salons won’t).  That is what ultimately helped her decide on the dress; being able to look at pictures for days after trying them on.

Liana wore a minimal amount of jewelry, so as not to compete with the details that she so loved on her dress. Shoulder length earrings from Cinderella’s Pumpkin  and a bracelet from Wedding Factory Direct were the only accessories that she wore. Her bridal shoes were a cute pair of coral sandals with rhinestones from Macy’s.

The bride, her mom, her Maid of Honor, and Matron of Honor had their hair and makeup done by Shannon Caldwell of Something You in Fort Worth.  Liana knew of her work from her brother’s wedding last year, and she had also done Liana’s hair and makeup for her engagement and bridal sessions.  A wizard with makeup and hair, Shannon had become very familiar with Liana’s quirks by the day of her wedding.  The first thing that she said to Liana on the morning of the wedding was “If you complain about a long face today I am going to smack you with the brush.”

Terry and his Groomsmen, which included his brother, the bride’s brother and good friends, were outfitted in tuxedos from Tuxedo Junction .

For the ceremony, simple candles and hydrangeas lined the aisle, with a larger arrangement over the altar area.  The bridesmaids had large coral hydrangea bouquets with rhinestones, and the groomsmen had boutonnieres of coral spray roses and rhinestones.   The bridal bouquet had coral spray roses, white ranunculus, blue hydrangeas with a touch of feathers and rhinestone.  The groom’s boutonniere was made to match.

Liana’s favorite part of the flowers were the centerpieces, and they spent a lot of time planning those.  Her mom found a wholesale shop in Dallas, and bought the 34 inch centerpiece vases there.   Their florist, Jennifer Yates, owner of Darrel Whitsel Florist in Ft Worth, was awesome!  They told her their vision and she helped come up with exactly what they wanted.  Turquoise glow cubes were put in the bottom of the vases, covered with white snow that expands when watered, and then a white cymbidium was added in the center.  On top was an arrangement of coral and “Tiffany” blue hydrangeas with curly willow and hanging crystals.  The centerpieces were really beautiful, and tall enough not to disturb the conversation of guests at the tables.  The bride’s mom did the centerpieces for the cocktail tables, as well as various floating coral candle arrangements around the main centerpiece and on the cake tables.   The guests’ tables made beautiful backdrops in a lot of the pictures.

The reception was catered by Beaumont Ranch, with a delicious menu of barbecue brisket, smoked sausage, beans, red potato salad, house salad, and rolls.  At the bar, guests were offered Miller Lite and Coors Lite, wine, margaritas and the couple’s signature drink; the Jamaican Sunset (basically a Bahama Mama) that Liana chose for the pretty coral color.

Southern Charm Cakery in Burleson made the cakes for the big day. The bride’s cake was a 3 tiered,  decorated with coral and white flowers, blue ribbon, rhinestones and pearls with several flavors in layers; vanilla bean, carrot, almond, red velvet and chocolate.  The groom’s cake was 2 tiered, with layers of German chocolate and chocolate, tuxedo strawberries, and decorated with “catch of a lifetime” figurines.

As wedding favors, the couple had matchbooks in several colors and designs, and also cordial double shot glasses engraved with their names and wedding date.  They also had a photo booth which everyone enjoyed.  A special addition to the reception was a “memory table.”  Liana wanted to include her best friend, Lacy, that was killed during their senior year, and Terry wanted to include his paternal grandparents who had been a huge part of his life and who both passed away in 2011.

Save the dates, invitations, shower invitations and programs were all ordered through Magnet Street, with the help of Cyd with pictures!  Most companies limit the color choices but with Magnet Street there is an almost unlimited color selection which allowed Liana and Terry to incorporate their wedding colors beautifully.

Both Liana and Terry agree that the most memorable moment of the day was when a bee interrupted the ceremony.  The pastor was explaining how the man is to protect the woman, when a bee flew in and landed on Liana’s arm!  Terry instinctively grabbed it and threw it away, and the pastor then said “Oh look, you are already protecting her!”  It was a humorous, yet poignant moment!

At 6am, the morning after the wedding, the newly married couple flew to the Sandals Grande Riviera in Jamaica for their honeymoon.  There, they enjoyed a romantic stay at a villa with a butler and a private pool.  They chose their destination because they had been to the Sandals in Antigua several years ago, and were so impressed that they knew they wanted to return to a Sandals resort for their honeymoon.

Lisa - October 17, 2013 - 8:46 pm

Love this! Cyd you did a great job ??

Megan & Alex ~ love does conquer all

Alex and Megan  were co-workers who found love. They met while working together at Gloria’s restaurant in Colleyville, and Megan knew the first week of dating him that Alex was going to be the man that she married.   They had an instant connection, and she saw in him a uniqueness and he possessed such chivalry; something that is rare to come by in this day and age.

Life threw a wrench in their happiness, when in the summer of 2011, Alex was diagnosed with brain cancer. A week after the diagnosis he had brain surgery.   Together they got through the harrowing time, but in December of that same year, just a month after he proposed, the cancer came back and he had to have radiation. Once again the couple fought the battle together, a fight that brought them closer together.  Happily, Alex has been cancer free since his radiation, but what they had faced made both he and Megan take a different look at life. At a young age they both learned how precious life can be and how it can change in an instant.  Because of that, they don’t go to bed mad, they tell each other “I love you” about 100x a day, and they cherish every moment they have together!

Megan Williams - September 19, 2013 - 9:17 pm

Thank you Jim and Cyd for creating these beautiful pictures for us. Because of you guys, we will have beautiful memories of this time in our lives. I can’t wait to see the wedding and bridal pictures!

The bride-Megan 🙂

Maureen Peters - September 14, 2013 - 12:59 pm

The story is amazing and the pictures are beautiful!! Love the old town and locations!!

traci williams - September 14, 2013 - 10:48 am

Love every shot and the love story!!

Susan Williams - September 14, 2013 - 9:16 am

Beautiful pictures, thanks Jim! Beautiful story. It brought me to tears even though I am so familiar with it. We are anxious to see the finished guest book and the SOON to be wedding photos. We are so glad we found you. Beautiful job!
Sincerely, Susan Williams- MOB

Nicole ~ the cowgirl bride

We don’t get to post a lot of bridal session photos, simply because we have to wait until after the wedding.  You know, to make sure no one sees the dress.  But when Nicole told me she wanted to include her barrel horses in her bridal session, I knew this was one I would be sure to post.  I mean, after all, horses (especially barrel horses) are near & dear to my heart!

So, I picked a few of my favorites, and I hope you enjoy them as much as both Jim & I do.  What is not to like?  Stunning bride, beautiful horses, and an amazing location!

Nicole & Mark’s wedding was this past Saturday, so be sure to watch for the wedding blog post!

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