Stephanie and Tony's Dallas-area wedding is a great example of a simple, elegant country wedding. The color palette is neutral fantastic and everyone's hair looks awesome (well done, ladies!). It even has an exasperated flower girl (Tony's daughter), and there are few things I love more than a flower girl with sass. Thank you so very much to Sara and Rocky Photography for sharing this Texas gem!
I'd love to hear about your vision of the day
I wanted the feel to be southern, romantic, and shabby chic. Our colors were soft pink, peach, and cream. We had an outdoor ceremony in a country estate and got married in front of a beautiful gazebo. We wanted a small and intimate wedding. All of the vintage details and milk glass that were spread throughout the house were products of my love for all things vintage. (My heart melted when I found Uncommon Objects in Austin. It is a vintage lover's dream!) I didn't have many DIY projects because I didn't have a lot of time, but Etsy has wonderful artists, whose products are only a click away. One of the last things that I thought about during the planning process was a guestbook. I had seen all of the popular alternatives for a guestbook, but I wasn't crazy about any of them. Two of my friends graciously offered to make us beautiful scrapbook/guestbook that had all of the shabby chic details that I wanted in the wedding.
Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?
I always wanted to get married outside and when I saw the Richardson Woman's Club, I knew that it embodied the feel that I wanted for that day. I came down a staircase, which I thought was unique, and got married in front of a beautiful gazebo. The location was perfect because I could have the best of both worlds: outside ceremony and indoor reception.
What was the most meaningful part of your day?
The moment I walked down the aisle and saw Tony standing there waiting for me is truly an unforgettable and treasured memory. It was so perfect and everything I had ever dreamed of. I wanted time to stand still. The weather was unusually perfect for a summer day in June, the breeze was blowing, and the music playing was achingly beautiful.
Tell us about your wedding details.
Our ceremony was officiated in Spanish by a close friend and my father (bride). It was so special to us to have people in our wedding that knew our hearts for the Lord and for each other. Above all, we wanted God to be glorified that day. During the processional, our pianist Emily played my favorite classical song "Maestro by Hans Zimmer. The music was lovely and the timing was on the dot. It was epic. All of the details in the reception were orchestrated by the talented Darla Lyons. She took my vision and made it a reality. During the reception, we had a couple of Tony's friends playing Latin jazz while people mingled. Two of the biggest hits of the evening were the dessert bar (Layered Bakeshop) and the Photobooth (Picture Dust).
How did you know your partner was "the one"?
Although we only dated for a year and a half, Tony and I have known each other for 18 years. I never would have thought that he was the one for me, but sometimes the one your soul loves is right in front of you. There was always something about Tony that made me want to be near him. He joined the army and I didn't see him for a few years, but I always thought of him. Seven years later I saw him again, we began talking like there had been no lapse of time. We probably talked for hours that day and it was so sweet that I didn't want our conversation to end. It was then I knew that I never wanted to be away from him.
Any advice you'd give new brides who are just getting started?
Spread out the details that need to be tackled so you don't get overwhelmed. We planned our wedding in 7 months and remained stress free during the whole process. Don't forget to have people that you love close during the process. Something I would definitely recommend is hiring a day of coordinator. It was incredibly comforting to know that I had someone I trusted making sure that everything went off without a hitch. If you are going to have one splurge, I advise you to get great photographers. When the I do's are said and everything has passed, you are going to want pictures that truly capture the moment.
Photographer: Sara & Rocky Photography
Venue: Richardson Woman's Club
Dress: Patsy's Bridal, La Sposa
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Warehouse
Catering: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Cake: Cake Carousel
Mini Dessert Bar: Layered Bakeshop
Event Planning and Flowers: Lyon's Share Events (Darla Lyons)
DJ: Tony's friends played Latin jazz for the reception in lieu of a DJ