Holiday with the Howells

Christmas Weddings! Oh what a wonderful time of year to celebrate with family and friends! Laura chose Christmas time to get married to her groom, Boone, because she absolutely loves Christmas! The Wedding ceremony took place at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas followed by a Christmas Wedding Wonderland reception at The Belo Mansion and Pavilion. Covid-19 did not affect the merriment of this occasion in any way. Cheers to Laura and Boone for sticking with their original date and for the 220 guests who came out to support this beautiful couple!




Boone and Laura have lots of friends and their wedding party size proved that. Nothing is too big in Texas!


The bridesmaids were gifted the cutest pajama sets at the bridal luncheon!

Pajamas: Roller Rabbit, Highland Park Village



My favorite Moments

Having planned more than 3,000 weddings during the past 25 years, I relish my favorite moments. The day of the wedding is always filled with excitement and anticipation. When the bride finally sits down to get her make-up and hair done it’s her moment to look in the mirror and see herself for the last time as a “Miss” soon to be a “Mrs.” I love watching the Father of the Bride and the Groom anticipate the moment  they will see their favorite girl all in white. I still cry every time when the doors open, the trumpets flair and the groom is at the alter waiting for his bride-to-be. I love my job and I love making these moments happen.





Laura and Boone went to Freshman Homecoming together at Highland Park High School. They became best friends and officially started dating after college in 2015! They were engaged over Christmas in 2019 and because it’s Laura and Boone’s favorite holiday they decided to celebrate once again in December!


The decor was unbelievable. Laura’s mother, Melinda, was very involved and thought of every last detail. Thirty-four Christmas trees in varying sizes glistened throughout the night. Carolers greeted guests upon their arrival and there were even sightings of our friend, Elf on the Shelf. The cakes were a huge hit because “Ellie” and “Donut” were there in spirit! Santa joined everyone on the dance floor and handed out dance party favors as the band played “Here Comes Santa Claus.” The dance floor was packed all evening and most guests stayed until the very end. Laura tossed her bouquet from the balcony as fake snow fell outside as the couple exited the Belo. The guests, sad the night was over, waved wands with Christmas bells to bid the couple adieu as they left on a horse carriage. It was truly a dream wedding for Mr. and Mrs. Howell.


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Wedding Planner: Mary-Frances Hurt, DFW Events

Wedding Gown: Lela Rose, Highland Park Village

Reception Venue: The Belo Mansion and Pavilion

Band: Intensity

Photographer: Gary Donihoo, F8 Studio

Videographer: F8 Studio

Floral: The Garden Gate Dallas

Christmas Trees: Bread and Butter

Cakes: Fancy Cakes by Lauren 

Snow: ElevateDallas

Dance Floor: Center Stage Floors

Furniture: Perch Decor

Rentals: Posh

Linen: BBJ/La Tavola

Staging and Neon signs: Stage Works

Carolers & Santa Claus: B3 Entertainment

Lighting: Absolute Entertainment 

Make-Up: Mayra Rams-Sanabria, My Fabulous Faces

Hair: Sonia Trevino

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