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.