In the Press: Mary + Brad’s Wedding at White Oaks Ranch

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We are so excited to share Mary and Brad’s fall wedding at White Oaks Ranch today! We’ve been saving these images for quite some time as we awaited the debut of this Style Me Pretty post, sprinkling just a few teasers on Instagram every now and then. Keep scrolling for all of the lovely organic details, plus the couple’s sweet love story!

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If we didn’t believe in “retail therapy” before, we certainly do now…or at least in retail romance! Mary and Brad met in April 2008 while he was working at Capital Grille in the Crescent Court and she was working at Stanley Korshak. “We bonded over our time living and traveling abroad throughout Southeast Asia,” says the bride. “After our first date, we were inseparable. Three moves, a new house, two puppies, and graduate school later, he proposed.”

Naturally, Brad’s proposal was just as connected to travel as the rest of the couple’s relationship had been. After surprising Mary with a stunning ring while visiting Japanese-style hot springs in Santa Fe, the duo set out to design a wedding day filled with whimsy and romance!

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From the outdoor ceremony under an oak tree, to the Spanish acoustic guitar music that played at the couple’s reception, to the flower crown by Bows and Arrows that the bride paired with her long-sleeved gown from Berta Bridal, each and every detail combined to create an intimate, romantic setting. Fun “exceptions” to the overall aesthetic included Brad’s punk-meets-polished attire (we loved how he paired patent leather tennis shoes with his Vera Wang attire!) and the couple’s unique getaway vehicle. “In the spirit of rustic chic, we drove away in a Mule, or open aired utility vehicle, with flower petals in the bed that flew away as we drove off,” says Mary.

Other unique touches incorporated throughout the ceremony and reception included the bride’s selection of “Clair de Lune” as her accompaniment down the aisle, a beautiful reading of a Pablo Neruda poem during the ceremony, and the couple’s mobile photo booth, The Photo Bus. “Brad is really into Volkswagen buses, and we were able to find a fantastic vintage VW bus that had been repurposed as a photo bus—it was a huge hit,” says the bride of their selection.

As for the couple’s favorite moment of the wedding day?

“After my husband and I finished photos, we got a few precious minutes of alone time, where we proceeded to the apartment above the reception pavilion,” shares Mary. “There we shared a toast, hors d’oeuvres, and got to look down over all of the family and friends who had gathered for our wedding. It was so wonderful to have a minute alone to reflect on the perfect day, and toast to our new marriage.”

That’s a sentiment we’ll say “cheers” to any day! Congratulations, Mary and Brad—it was such a privilege to help bring your vision to life!

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH MARY + BRAD’S WEDDING VIDEO!
video by Elle Films

Vendors:

Paper Products: Wild Almond Blue Stationery
Ceremony/Reception: White Oaks Ranch 
Officiate: Dr. Paul Seelman
Musicians: David Conger
Caterer: Kent Rathbun
Valet: Rent a Frog
Photographer: Sarah Kate, Photographer | Sarah Kate Barger
Videographer: Elle Films, Kelley Gill
Band: Party Machine
Florist: Bows and Arrows
Lighting/Power: BEYOND
Photo Booth: The Photo Bus
Cakes: Panini Bakery
Linens/Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals
Hair and Make-up: Maitee Miles
Bride’s Gown: Berta Bridal, purchased from Bridal Boutique in Lewisville
Transportation: Coordinated by DFW Events
Golf Carts: Metro Golf Cars
Coordination: Sarah Kane and Emily Wickman for DFW Events 

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In the Press: Katherine + Landon’s Eclectic Wedding at Arlington Hall

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We are thrilled today to share one of the most unique weddings we’ve had the privilege of coordinating in recent memory—a Dallas “I do” that put a global, sophisticated spin on the much-loved “bohemian chic” aesthetic.

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While Arlington Hall is typically known as a more traditional venue, Katherine and Landon made the space completely their own through the incorporation of patterned textiles, layered heirloom rugs, gilded decorative accents, and earthy arrangements from Bella Flora of Dallas. 

The final effect? An environment that felt less like a themed event space, and more like a richly-ornamented home decorated with souvenirs gathered from travels around the world. But don’t just take our word for it. Instead, take a look at these gorgeous images captured by Shaun Menary Photography, and catch more details (and the couple’s sweet engagement story) by picking up a copy of the newest issue of D Weddings! 

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Congratulations, Katherine and Landon! It was a joy to help bring your beautiful wedding day to life!

Vendors:

Ceremony/Reception Site: Arlington Hall at Lee Park
Photographer: Shaun Menary Photography
Bridal Gown Designer: Nardos Imam
Hair/Makeup: Al Tidwell (hair); Ro Vielma (makeup)
Groom’s Attire: Mister Tuxedo
Bridesmaids Dresses Designer: Amsale
Bridesmaids Dresses Retailer: Bella Bridesmaids
Flowers: Bella Flora of Dallas
Stationery: Southern Fried Paper
Cake: Frosted Art Bakery & Studio (bride’s cake); La Duni (groom’s cake)
Caterer: Food Glorious Food
Music: Emerald City
Lighting: Beyond
Videographer: Khoi Pham, ProEdit Productions
Wedding Rentals: Bella Acento; BBJ Linen; Flock Together Fotobooth
Cigar roller: House of Cigars
Wedding Designer: Bella Flora of Dallas
Wedding Coordination: Abby Prude for DFW Events

Allison + Mark: Outdoor Destination Wedding in Aspen

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While Allison and Mark both attended Southern Methodist University, they didn’t meet until after graduating in 2005. And although the two remained friends and saw each other at a mutual friend’s wedding in 2011, a few years went by before they serendipitously reconnected over drinks in New York in 2014.

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Since the duo’s reunion took place in New York, it’s only fitting that Mark chose to propose to Allison in a quiet, secluded area of Central Park on a chilly Saturday morning. After she said “yes,” the hunt was on for a mountain venue perfectly suited to a summer wedding!

Drawn to The Little Nell’s professionalism and scenic surroundings, the bride and groom allowed the look and feel of their venue to inspire the details of the day. “It was an outdoor wedding on a mountain top, so we planned around its majesty,” said the couple. “We wanted something elegant and classic.”

For the outdoor ceremony on top of Aspen Mountain, Aspen Branch created a breathtaking floral arch of creamy white blooms and rich greenery that framed the lavender peaks in the distance. Additional flowers tucked into glass bud vases were tied to moss-covered hangers lining the aisle.

Allison’s elegant Carolina Herrera gown featured a lace peplum overlay, and Mark was handsomely attired in a Ralph Lauren tuxedo. Both the bridesmaids and groomsmen were given the freedom to select their own ensembles in shades of classic black. Personal touches included the incorporation of monogrammed vintage hankies from The Loveliest Company—the design featured the couple’s wedding date and an Aspen leaf—that were placed on the ceremony seat of the mother and grandmother of both bride and groom. Mark’s best friend, Dr. Blake Williamson, performed the ceremony.

After exchanging vows, the couple joined their 120 guests for dinner and dancing in the Aspen Mountain Club. Much to our team’s surprise, we did have a wedding crasher that attempted to join the celebration. Perhaps it was due to the delicious southwestern-inspired menu prepared by The Little Nell’s culinary team, or maybe it was the sound of guests enjoying The Social band’s performance that drew him to the celebration. Either way, The Little Nell’s resident party-loving fox was pretty hard to resist when he showed up at the escort card table!

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“Our touch was seen throughout the weekend, but we mostly relied on our very capable planner and vendors,” Allison and Mark said of the planning process. As for their favorite wedding day memories? “The whole weekend was incredible! Riding down on the gondola as Mr. and Mrs. Turner after the ceremony was a very moving few minutes. It was a crystal clear evening and the moon was so bright it lit Allison’s face perfectly. Mark also got to eat several slices of cake!”

The sweetest of sentiments in every possible way—we’ll toast to that! Cheers to a beautiful beginning, Allison and Mark. It was such a privilege to be a part of your Aspen “I do!”

Vendors:

Ceremony: Aspen Mountain

Reception: Aspen Mountain Club

Officiant: Dr. Blake Williamson

Ceremony Musicians: Silver City Strings

Photographer: John Cain Photography

Welcome Gifts: Bundles Gift Co.

Invitations, Save the Dates, Paper Products: DFW Events

Band: Elan Artists, The Social

Florist: Aspen Branch

Cakes: d’Elissious Cake Studio

Custom Table Runners: Aspen Branch

Hair/Make-up: Full Circle, Carolyn Reese

Accommodations: The Little Nell and Hotel Aspen

Coordination: Alison Baker for DFW Events

In the Press: Karen + Brad’s “Napa Meets Hill Country” Wedding

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If you’ve already picked up the latest (and loveliest) issue of Brides of North Texas, then you may have noticed a brand new section gracing the pages of the magazine: Wedding Walkthrough! We were thrilled to have one of our favorite Fall weddings featured in this exclusive new section, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at how each component of an event comes together to create an unforgettable “I do!”

photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer

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Coordinated by Hannah, this “Napa Meets Hill Country” themed wedding was a perfect reflection of the bride and groom—Brad grew up in San Francisco and Karen hails from the Texas Hill Country. A color scheme of burgundy, red, cream, and green saturated the lovely grounds of Marie Gabrielle in rich jewel tones for both ceremony and reception. Antlers, wine boxes, and barrels added to the “wine country” atmosphere.

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While every aspect of Karen and Brad’s wedding day was gorgeous, we were most taken with the couple’s incorporation of personal details that reflected their family and friends. “My dad made an antler chandelier that we hung over our cake table which was stunning. We also had a very good friend play live music and sing for our first dance,” said Karen.

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As for Hannah’s favorite decorative detail? “I loved the massive head table—exposed wood with a collection of rich centerpieces in wine boxes created a ‘wow’ moment in the decor.”

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Other eye-catching details included the couple’s escort card display—names were clipped to twine stretched across a wooden frame—and the ceremony backdrop, which consisted of an elegant wooden altar piece accented by stained glass windows and floral elements created by Stems of Dallas.

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We’re still dreaming about Karen’s stunning Carolina Herrera gown from Warren Barron, too. The combination of a classic silhouette with a modern illusion neckline was breathtaking!

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Many thanks to Brides of North Texas for featuring Karen and Brad’s beautiful wedding day, and for giving us the chance to shine the spotlight on all of the aspects that made their day so unique!

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Vendors:

Photographer: Sarah Kate, Photographer
Ceremony/Reception: Marie Gabrielle
DJ: Andy Austin
Band: Aaron Einhouse Band
Ceremony Musicians: Serenata Strings
Hair/Makeup: Anita Brown
Gown/Retailer: Carolina Herrera, Warren Barron
Bridesmaids Attire: Jenny Yoo
Florist: Stems of Dallas
Lighting: Beyond
Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals
Linens: BBJ
Cake: Elena’s Cakes
Invitations: Rifle Paper Co.
Getaway Car: Bowtie Vintage Classics
Other: DFW Dance Floors
Coordination: Hannah Kohler for DFW Events

Rachel + Andrew: Vermont Destination Wedding

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Although Rachel and Andrew went to the same middle school, years of homework, high school dances, and college acceptance letters went by before Rachel moved back to Dallas for graduate school and was officially introduced to her husband-to-be. “When Andrew asked my dad if he could marry me, my dad promptly told me! Oops!” Rachel laughs. “He tried to make it a surprise though, and had my ring sent to my parents’ house.”

[photos: Stephen Karlisch, Karlisch Photography]

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Despite the minor glitch, the couple began making plans to get hitched at Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont, a destination that perfectly matched Rachel’s vision for an outdoor wedding with class. “We had never even been to Vermont before we chose Twin Farms!” Rachel says. “It just looked too good to be true, and it really was.”

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With a goal to represent both Rachel and Andrew’s personalities in the wedding colors and environment of the event, Jasper and Prudence created bouquets and aisle accents in a palette of cream and dusty pink—a perfect accent to the natural beauty of the venue. The bride complemented her sparkling Brides by Demetrios gown with two separate pairs of shoes—Hunter boots and pale pink pumps covered in crystals—and her bridesmaids were well-heeled in matching Louboutins.

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The beautiful destination wedding was an intimate affair for the couple’s 40 guests, and didn’t lack a sense of home thanks to a special musical performance by Rachel’s brother during the ceremony, a Texas-shaped bouquet holder at the reception, and two very special mementos. “Andrew took me to PF Changs as an impromptu first date,” explains Rachel. “We got a fortune that said, ‘An unexpected relationship will become permanent.’ We kept it and I framed it for the wedding day. Right before Andrew and I got engaged, Andrew’s dad got a fortune that said, ‘Wedding bells are in your family’s future.’ We framed that one too!”

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One month after saying “goodbye” to Vermont, the couple’s celebration continued in Dallas with a large reception for 200 guests held at Arlington Hall. Featuring music by The Project, delicious snack foods, and stunning floral arrangements by Bella Flora of Dallas, Rachel and Andrew’s wedding is proof: you don’t have to pick between an at-home affair and a destination “I do!”

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Vendor List:

Vermont:

Venue: Twin Farms, www.twinfarms.com

Florist: Jasper & Prudence, www.jasperandprudence.com

Photographer: Stephen Karlisch, www.karlischphotography.com

Videographer: Joe Simon, www.joesimonweddingfilms.com

Makeup/Hair: Maitee Miles, www.maiteemiles.com

DJ/Lighting: Peak Entertainment, www.peakdj.com

Coordination: Hannah Kohler and Mary-Frances Hurt for DFW Events

Dallas:

Venue: Arlington Hall, www.arlingtonhallatleepark.com

Photographer: Stephen Karlisch, www.karlischphotography.com; Jason Kindig, www.jasonkindig.com

Videographer: Joe Simon, www.joesimonweddingfilms.com

Florist: Bella Flora, www.bellafloraofdallas.com

Band: The Project, Absolute Entertainment, www.absolutedfw.com

Lighting: Beyond, www.beyondld.com

Coordination: Hannah Kohler and Mary-Frances Hurt for DFW Events

Julie + Bart: Southern-Chic Destination Wedding

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Julie and Bart first met on a double date with Bart’s cousin and his wife at an Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game, a set-up that turned out to be a slam dunk. What began courtside soon turned into a courtship—one that was made official when Bart proposed to Julie during her fourth year of medical school. “He proposed at my house in Tulsa,” says Julie. “After the proposal, we celebrated with my parents and his parents who had driven in town and surprised me. My best friend had also flown in from Houston for the weekend.”

[photos: Stephen Karlisch, Karlisch Photography]

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After saying “yes” to Bart’s proposal, Julie turned to DFW Events to help coordinate the details of her wedding day. Selecting Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma was an easy choice for the bride, who grew up playing tennis and swimming at Southern Hills. “It is one of the most beautiful locations in Tulsa as it has an incredible golf course and view of downtown Tulsa. I knew I wanted our ceremony to be outside and the reception to be in a tent, and we were able to do both at Southern Hills,” says Julie.

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A blend of southern-chic sensibilities and an air of rustic romance inspired Julie’s vision for her outdoor ceremony on the West 9, which featured white folding chairs, a custom stage built by Stage Works, and a stunning archway of greenery and white florals created by Jackson Durham. 300 guests looked on as Julie walked down the lantern-lined aisle, a vision in her mermaid style Vera Wang gown and chapel length veil.

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Carted away (literally) from the ceremony by a golf cart adorned with flowers, Julie and Bart rejoined their guests for an elegant sit-down dinner accented by crystals, creamy-white floral runners, and place cards set in real pears coated in gold leafing. But Julie’s favorite decorative detail? “For the reception, we had our old Glamour Shots photos blown up and hung on the men’s and women’s restrooms—yes, Bart had a Glamour Shot when he was younger,” she laughs.

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After enjoying an elevated southern dinner menu that included barbeque chicken breast with white peach relish and jalapeño cornbread with honey butter, guests were invited into another custom party tent modeled after the Boom Boom Room in New York City. The combination of a starry ceiling, glittering gold chandelier, and the couple’s first dance to “Amazed” performed live by Boyz II Men created a festive and fun atmosphere, ensuring that the dance floor stayed full into the early hours of the morning.

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Congratulations, Julie and Bart!

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Vendors:

Ceremony/Reception: Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st Street, Tulsa, OK 74136 / Christie Garrett

Officiant: Greg Headington

Musicians: Signature Symphony Strings / Billy Rivers and the Angelic Voices of Faith

Photographer: Stephen Karlisch, www.karlischphotography.com

Videographer: Joe Simon, www.joesimonweddingfilms.com

Band(s): Party on the Moon / Driver / Boyz II Men

Production Manager: Michelle Trosclair

Tent: Sandone Productions, Mike Sandone, sandoneproductions.com

Design/Build: Stage Works, Nelson Robinson, www.stageworksusa.com

Florist: Jackson Durham, Heath Ray, www.jacksondurham.com

Lighting: Empire Lighting, Zach Downing, www.empirelightingdesign.com

Cakes: Southern Hills Country Club, Shannon, www.southernhillscc.com / Ms. Laura’s Cakes, Laura www.mslaurascakes.com

Rentals: Party Pro Rentals / Oklahoma City Party Rental

Hair: Charlie Price, www.hairbycharlie.com

Make-Up & Hair: Maitee Miles, www.maiteemiles.com

Transportation: 918 Shuttle

Trolley: Old Urban Trolley, Shannon Dotson

Get-Away Car: Vintage Wedding Rides, Jennifer Hands

Coordination: Abby Prude and Alison Baker for DFW Events