I love Texas weddings (little known fact about me: I was born in College Station, Tx. Go Aggies!). And this wedding is absolutely a perfect example as to why. Check out all of the gorgeous creamy neutral colors, thoughtful centerpieces that were a result of fun family time, and just admire Danna's dress (I have been drooling over it all morning). This amazingness was captured by Brooke Schwab. Cheers!
Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?
Although we wanted a destination wedding, the most important thing was to have all of our family and friends join us on our big day. Being from Dallas, we looked to neighboring city, Fort Worth, as the perfect embodiment of convenience and getaway.
Our reception was held at Tadao Ando's Modern Art Museum, which is one of the most beautiful spaces I've ever seen. My fiance and I love art, had many wonderful memories here and wanted a location that expressed the grandeur and elegance of the day. We also had a lot of faith that staff at the Modern would run the event seamlessly which they more than achieved.
What was the most meaningful part of your day?
Our photographer Brooke arranged for my fiance and I to meet privately before heading over to the chapel. Seeing one another all dressed up, ready to be together forever, is something I'll always cherish. It also made for my favorite photos of the day. That quiet time to reaffirm our love and ride over to the chapel together helped calm nerves and was a lot of fun.
Did anything funny or out of the ordinary happen?
The one thing that you NEVER want to happen on your wedding day, especially for an outdoor reception, happened. It started raining. I'll never forget sprinting with my wedding party and photographers back inside during photos. The rain ended up stopping an hour before the ceremony, but not before our contingency plan had been put into effect. We laughed it off, trusted our vendors and everything turned out even better than envisioned.
Tell us details of the events surrounding the wedding as well.
In order to create the centerpieces we wanted, my mother, mother-law-to-be and I spent a few weekends venturing to antique stores looking for glass jars and bottles. We had a ball rummaging, laughing and becoming closer. It's amazing to see two families come together and become best friends.
How did you know your partner was "the one"?
Over the years of knowing one another, and then dating, we became best friends and good at reading one another and communicating. It wasn't until our first overseas trip together that I knew. A good travel companion is one you can rely on, share experiences with, learn with, be vulnerable with, laugh with and get out of tough spots with. It is the mark of someone you can spend your life with.
Any advice you'd give new brides who are just getting started?
I can trace the outright success of my wedding to four things: (1) My binder - I kept an organized binder that I filled with images of my personal vision as well as updated vendor contacts, quotes and finances. It helped me stay sane and made it easy to communicate what I wanted when I wasn't able to do so verbally. (2) Being myself, I found it so easy to get caught up in other people's weddings like those that I saw on mywedding.com and various magazines. It's easy to lose yourself in all of the details or go along with what a vendor recommends. Use those elements to make something truly your own. Don't forget to be you. (3) Delegate, delegate, delegate! Don't be afraid to let go a little. (4) We made sure everything was executed and all decisions were made one week prior to the wedding day. So, when those last minute things reared their head, which they did, we had the bandwidth and a clear head to deal with them. More importantly, it gave us more time to hang out with all the friends and family who were coming in town.
Photographer: Brooke Schwab Photography
Venue: Fort Worth Modern Museum of Art, ceremony held at the Lena Pope Chapel
Dress: Monique Lhuillier: Venice from Warren Barron
Shoes: Vera Wang cream flats
Accessories: Gold Monique Lhuillier veil and grandmother's bracelet
Groom's Attire: Paul Smith from Barney's New York
Bridal party attire: Barney's, JCrew, Vera Wang and vintage
Catering: Dena Peterson at Cafe Modern
Makeup: Something You Make up Artistry
Flowers: Arrangements by Mary Parks
Band: The Texas Gypsies
Cake: Cupcakes from Society Bakery