Category Archives: Blogging Bride

New year, new blogging bride! Meet our January blogging bride, Rebecca!

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Couple: Rebecca and Craig

Wedding date: December 20, 2014

Ceremony location: Park Cities Presbyterian Church

Reception location: Omni Dallas Hotel

Photographer: Sara & Rocky

Hitched Events: How did you and Craig meet?

Rebecca Carpenter: We met at the end of our first year of law school. We were just friends for the next semester, and then, pretty much overnight, we started dating.

Tell us about your engagement!

The night before a much anticipated trip to San Francisco, Craig planned to do some of our favorite things. After dinner at Eno’s, we grabbed Paciugo and went to Lakeside Park, which is where we had our first “date.” Really, that first date entailed walking around the park with coffee until we found ourselves pretty close to a high speed chase and totally bailed. The night of our engagement was just as exciting, but obviously for different reasons. He proposed there at the park and we got to celebrate the entire long weekend in San Francisco.

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How long was your engagement?

6 quick months. But as a disclaimer, we knew we wanted to get married in December, so we actually took care of some of the wedding planning before we got engaged. That way, we could get the venue and band we wanted before the big companies snatched them up for their Christmas parties.

What did you pick first.. the date or the venue?

We had it narrowed down to a month that we wanted to get married, then figured out what dates worked for both the venue and band and went with that.

Winter wedding ceremony with red poinsettias in Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas

Tell us about how the planning process went for you.

I am the girl that totally could have eloped and would have been happy. I hate to be the center of attention – my worst fear was that I would throw up when the church doors opened and everyone turned to watch me walk down the aisle (I didn’t – miracle). However, that would not have flown for my family (cough cough, my mom) so I did the whole big wedding thing. I picked the big items/vendors and then my mom got in there on the details. I was working full time, so I really didn’t have time to worry about every little thing (nor did I really care). A couple of months out, I think my mom was getting pretty overwhelmed (probably due to my serious apathy regarding most decisions) and she started interviewing wedding planners. My mom had someone to help with all of the details and I had someone to run interference when I wasn’t a fan of something.

What was a must have for your wedding?

A band (or great music of some kind), stellar photographer, and a wedding planner. Our band got everyone dancing and having a great time, and that was very important to us. Of course, these pictures will be something we treasure forever so, for us, that was worth the investment.

What is your favorite memory from your wedding?

The first look and the last dance. Those two moments were just for us, nothing was rushed and we could truly enjoy everything about it.

Bride and groom first look bride walking up to groom outside Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas - Photos by Sara and Rocky Groom seeing his bride for the first time before winter wedding ceremony at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas - Photos by Sara and Rocky

Describe your overall experience with your wedding.

It was a fantastic party.. because, let’s be real, that’s what the reception is! What my mom and Kimberly put together was absolutely beautiful and it was so much fun.

Bride and groom having fun at winter wedding reception dancing with the band - Photos by Sara and Rocky

If you could give one piece of advice to a couple in the process of planning their wedding, what would it be?

Pick from the start a few things that are really important to you and focus on those things and be ready to compromise (both financially and with the other parties involved) on the other things. Also, get help — it’s too hard to plan every little piece without someone who knows what they are doing.

Boutonnieres for winter wedding in Dallas, Texas - Photos by Sara and Rocky Centerpiece for guest table at winter wedding in Dallas, Texas with wood accents and greenery - Photos by Sara and Rocky Bride and groom after first look before winter wedding ceremony at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas - Photos by Sara and Rocky

Thanks so much for sharing, Rebecca!

Another day, another fabulous blogging bride! Meet our sweet (still semi-newlywed!) December blogging bride, Samantha!
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Couple: Samantha and Ronnie

Wedding date: April 2, 2016

Ceremony location: Dallas Heritage Village

Reception location:Dallas Heritage Village

Photographer: Evan Godwin Photography

How did you and Ronnie meet?
Ronnie and I met as undergraduates at SMU through a mutual friend. We were first introduced at a frat party – very romantic, I know – and the rest was history!
Tell us about your engagement!
Ronnie was in medical school in Galveston at the time, and we had been successful with a long distance relationship for about two years.  I went to to visit him for the weekend, as I often did, and although I knew that a proposal would be coming soon, for whatever reason I really didn’t suspect anything.  I should have known when I woke up to Ronnie furiously ironing his shirt for “lunch and running errands”.  He surprised me with a private penguin encounter at the local aquarium, which is something I had been wanting to do for a while. We went to the penguin enclosure and met the CUTEST little penguin named Tommy Lee. As a souvenir, the penguins are trained to walk through paint and then across a canvas on the floor. The penguin handler handed me Tommy Lee’s artwork and told me to turn it over.  On the back was written, “Will you marry me?” Also, here’s a fun fact about penguins: When a male penguin is interested in mating with a female, he presents her with a pebble. If she accepts, they are paired for life. (I don’t think Ronnie knew this when he planned the proposal, haha!)
How long was your engagement?
Our engagement was definitely on the longer side compared to many of our peers. It was about a year and 8 months. But it absolutely flew by!  Being engaged is such a magical time in a relationship – I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
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What did you pick first.. the date or the venue?
I think we picked the venue first, but we booked so far in advance, we had no worries regarding selecting a date. They were all available!  Of course, we had to work around Ronnie’s medical school schedule.  He said the safest bet would be to wait until April.  So I said, “great, first Saturday in April it is!”  Everything else fell into place after that.
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Tell us about how the planning process went for you.
I’m that girl who has dreamed about my wedding day since essentially birth, so I had a lot of fun planning, especially at the beginning of our engagement. It turns out that our long engagement was a blessing for me because I was able to step away from it whenever I began to feel burned out. The first portion of our engagement was spent on the big decisions – date, venue, DJ, photographer, etc. – and I worked on the details towards the end. I can be pretty Type A so having the ability to space the expenses out, and not having to make all of those decisions at one time helped me keep the stress at bay.
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What was a must have for your wedding? 
Maybe the better question would be what wasn’t a must have! 😛  One thing does stand out to me – I really wanted a packed dance floor and for everyone to be dancing and having a great time. I was actually super nervous about this leading up to the wedding.  Fortunately the wedding was a blast, thanks to our wonderful DJ, Rick.
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What is your favorite memory from your wedding?
Ronnie’s family immigrated to America from Syria, and we had a lot of his extended family come to Texas for the wedding. The blending of two families and cultures was the overarching theme in our ceremony, and the reception definitely reflected that as well.  We absolutely loved having people from so many different facets of our lives come together for the first time that night, and I will never forget how it felt to look around the room and see everyone dancing and laughing together.
Describe your overall experience with your wedding?
It really was the perfect day and so much fun.  I wish I could re-live it over and over again!  Everyone we worked with was amazing. We had an absolutely fabulous team of vendors who ensured that we were able to enjoy the experience.  I can’t stress enough the importance of having vendors that you can trust. They are worth every penny!
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If you could give one piece of advice to a couple in the process of planning their wedding, what would it be?
In the age of Pinterest and Style Me Pretty, it is so easy to get caught up in the comparison game. I think those sites are a wonderful resource in the beginning (I had secret Pinterest boards for pretty much every facet of the wedding), but the over-the-top table settings and perfectly styled brides definitely have the power to alter your expectations for your own day.  If you think you might fall into this trap, I really recommend not relying too heavily on the internet for inspiration after you have settled on the majority of the details.  Following this rule helped me to keep things in perspective, focus on our vision and priorities for the day, and not second-guess the decisions we had made.
Thanks so much for sharing, Samantha! We totally have to agree with you.. in the age of Pinterest and Style Me Pretty it’s so easy to get wrapped up in comparing yourself to others, as well as trying to plan a Pinterest perfect wedding! You’re a great example of someone who used those sites for inspiration, but didn’t let the sites overwhelm you so you could focus on what was most important to you.. a fun, love filled day with Ronnie, your family and friends!
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One of my favorite parts of being a wedding planner is that I get to work with all different kinds of people, and I especially love those who are high school sweethearts like our next Blogging Bride Sarah and her husband Matt. There is just something so special about this sweet couple.. when you look at these pictures, you can really tell how much these two truly love each other!

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Couple: Sarah and Matt

Wedding date: August 23, 2014

Ceremony location: The Joule

Reception location: The Joule

Photographer: Sarah Kate

Hitched Events: How did you and Matt meet?

Sarah Moffatt: We actually met in 4th grade. He was the new kid in school and I distinctly remember him wearing a black leather jacket every day. We started dating in high school at 15 years old – our second wedding anniversary is the same day as our 10 year anniversary together. Another little fun fact: He wrote on the back of my 8th grade year book that he couldn’t wait to make me his wife someday. Swoon!

HE: Tell us about your engagement!

SM: After graduating from Texas Tech University, we had a whole summer of travel planned: go to Yellowstone, then Hawaii, then Bonnaroo in Tennessee, then move to New York City.

He had recently told me he didn’t want to get engaged any time soon because he wanted to have a stable job and be able to provide for us, which was a totally believable lie, so I wasn’t expecting him to pop the question on any of our adventures. We were in Yellowstone – one of our favorite places in the world – and he took me to the Lower Falls. He told me to stand in front of the waterfall, so he could get the settings right on his camera, something he’s done hundreds of times. I wasn’t paying attention as he found a couple to take our photo, but before they could take the shot, he asked them to wait a second so he could get a lens cover to help with the sun overexposing the photo. I was two seconds away from telling him to let it go and just let the nice people take the shot when he flipped around to face me and was on one knee with a shiny red box in his hand. I was in shock. After I said yes, I heard screaming as three people were running towards me. Still in shock, it took me several seconds to realize it was my mom and his parents, which he had flown in for the occasion.

The couple, who took photos of the entire thing, are good friends of the family to this day. They live in California and even came to our wedding in Dallas!

Outdoor engagement photos in forest with bride wearing white dress - Photos by Sarah Kate Outdoor engagement photos in Dallas, TX bride in shorts and black top - Photos by Sarah Kate

Check out more of their super cute engagement photos from Sarah Kate!

HE: How long was your engagement? 

SM: We were engaged from May 2013 to August 2014. We wanted to keep our same anniversary date and it just so happened August 23, 2014 fell on a Saturday.

HE: What did you pick first.. the date or the venue? 

SM: We picked the date first since it already held such significance.
Dallas, TX wedding out of town custom guest gift bag with heart on the state of Texas and bride and grooms name and wedding date in canvas tote bag with state of Texas gift tag and jalapenos - Photos by Sarah Kate Bride in personalized white waffle knit robe with purple monogram and "I do" and wedding date on sleeves August wedding in Dallas at The Joule - Photos by Sarah Kate

HE: Tell us about how the planning process went for you.

SM: I’m a very organized person, so it went pretty smoothly – even planning the wedding at a distance wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. We were living in NYC and planning a wedding in Dallas. Luckily, we had a lot of great support around us, who were willing to run errands and attend meetings. Plus, we found vendors who were willing to be very flexible with our timeline and limited trips to Dallas.

HE: What was a must have for your wedding? 

SM: I wanted an overflow of beautiful flowers, which I think we achieved. Flowers are such an easy was to bring a room to life, so we relied heavily on floral decorations in both the ceremony space and the reception.

HE: Sarah and Matt had some of the most GORGEOUS flowers we have ever seen! She enlisted the help of Branching Out Events to help make her vision come to life.

August wedding ceremony on the rooftop at The Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX bride and groom standing under custom lush green leafy and purple floral altar with hanging crystals by Branching Out Events - Photos by Sarah Kate Bride and bridesmaids purple wedding bouquets by Branching Out Events for August wedding in Dallas, TX at The Joule Hotel bridesmaids in long purple dresses - Photos by Sarah Kate Long wedding headtable with grey linens silver chiavari chairs with tall and large purple and pink floral arrangements by Branching Out Events with hanging crystals and purple uplighting in ballroom at The Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX - Photos by Sarah Kate Smaller guest table floral arrangement by Branching Out Events with floating candles and mercury glass vases with purple and pink flowers for August wedding reception in Dallas, TX at The Joule Hotel - Photos by Sarah Kate

HE: What is your favorite memory from your wedding?

SM: Besides marrying the love of my life, probably having my mother walk me down the aisle. That was a detail I had known was going to happen since I was a little girl and it was so special to have that vision become a reality.

Bride holding hands with her mother as she walks her down the aisle at rooftop ceremony at The Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX - Photos by Sarah Kate

HE: Describe your overall experience with your wedding.

SM: The whole thing was such a unique experience and something I’ll never get to do again, so I really tried to soak it all in.

HE: If you could give one piece of advice to a couple in the process of planning their wedding, what would it be?

SM: Stay organized and surround yourself with a team you trust, from vendors to friends and family. Also remember that the team of people are the only ones who care if the flowers aren’t the right kind or the table cloths aren’t the right shade. No one else is going to notice, so when planning, be kind to that trusted team and remember they are working to make your vision come true!

Custom purple candy bar at August wedding at The Joule in Dallas, TX - Photos by Sarah Kate Five tiered white brides cake with purple flowers on top and slice of cheese grooms cake at August wedding at The Joule in Dallas, TX - Photos by Sarah Kate Bride and groom kissing at headtable with Mr. and Mrs. signs tied on their chairs with purple ribbon at August wedding reception at The Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX - Photos by Sarah Kate Bride and groom grand exit from wedding with guests waving purple ribbons wedding at The Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX - Photos by Sarah Kate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah, you speak very true words and we absolutely agree! It is so important to surround yourself around people you trust, and we’re so happy we got to be a part of your beautiful wedding.

Y’all have to go check out their sneak peek video of their wedding by Houston-based Monroe Wedding Videography.. both Sarah and Matt’s moms organized a surprise Flash “Mom” (yes, like a Flash Mob!) and it was one of the best things we’ve ever been a part of! And if you’re looking for a little inspiration for your purple themed wedding, then let their wedding pictures be your happy place for ideas, ideas, and more ideas!

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Are you ready for another blogging bride? We hold a special place in our hearts for Bonnie and Max.. they were the first of three Draper family weddings that we did in a little under two years! We could literally gush over this sweet couple for hours, and their families aren’t too bad either! Meet Bonnie and Max!

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Couple: Bonnie and Max

Wedding date: May 3, 2014

Ceremony location: The Ashton Depot

Reception location: The Ashton Depot

Photographer: Devon J. Imagery

Hitched Events: How did you and Max meet?

Bonnie Draper: Max and I met through a mutual friend. I was new to town and got introduced to some people, now close friends. We all went out for a birthday. At one point Max and I were talking. I was thinking to myself, who does this guy think he is. I felt he came across kinda… smug. Little did I know he thought I was snobby. Eventually we ended up building a friendship, which then turned into something more. I think the friendship we built makes for a strong foundation with our marriage.

HE: Tell us about your engagement!

BD: So Max and I had discussed marriage and eventually engagement rings. I knew he was going to ask me to marry him because part of my engagement ring is from his grandmother’s wedding ring, and I helped design my ring. I obviously wasn’t sure when he was going to propose. A little fact about Max is he isn’t a big planner, not like how I plan. So one week he tell me he’s going to take me that following weekend to teach me how to drive his boat (I’d been asking). I ask him are any of our friends coming? He kinda shrugs it off like maybe. We don’t ever go to the lake without our friends. So I start thinking – THIS IS WEIRD, NOT NORMAL, IS THIS IT?? What else does a girl do but call her mom to interrogate her. My mom answers the phone, and the first thing I ask is do I need to look cute for anything next weekend? Silence. My mom didn’t give anything away, but her reaction had me questioning what might be happening soon even more. Max is also telling people at work his plan to propose. Max ended up thinking that by his advanced planning that I already knew about to proposal so he had to change plans fast. I’m headed to my apartment on Friday after work, going to get my weekend bag and dog and head over to Max’s place for the weekend (still thinking about that I should wear, and am I over thinking this?). I open the door to my apartment, looking down at the ground. I see rose petals, and I knew.

HE: So cute.. and a sneak attack! How long was your engagement?

BD: Our engagement was little less than 11 months.

HE: Warning.. adorable pup up ahead!

Outdoor engagement session with cute little dog in Fort Worth, TX - Photos by Devon J. Imagery Outdoor fall engagement session in Fort Worth, TX - Photos by Devon J. Imagery

Need to see more of their engagement photos? Of course you do.. go check them out!

HE: What did you pick first.. the date or the venue?

BD: We had several dates that would work, and picked a dated based off the venue.

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Headtable at summer wedding in Fort Worth, TX at The Ashton Depot with pink sequin linen and mercury glass candles and vases with lush pink and white flowers - Photos by Devon J. Imagery

HE: Tell us about how the planning process went for you.

BD: Wedding planning was SO much FUN! I want to do it again! I knew exactly what I wanted my wedding to be and look like so for me it was easy.

HE: Bonnie.. we love a bride that can make decisions! What was a must have for your wedding?

BD: My photographer, Devon! As soon as we were engaged I was e-mailing her asking if she was available. She is and always will be AWESOME!

Custom gold and pink invitation suite for summer wedding at The Ashton Depot in Fort Worth, TX - Photos by Devon J. Imagery Guest book alternative guests sign poster of couples name and wedding date with silver glitter ampersand - Photos by Devon J. Imagery Custom pink and white candy bar at summer wedding in Fort Worth, TX at The Ashton Depot - Photos by Devon J. Imagery Best Man and Maid of Honor speeches at summer wedding in Fort Worth, TX at The Ashton Depot - Photos by Devon J. Imagery Six bridesmaids in light pink floor length dresses with white and pink bouquets summer wedding in Fort Worth, TX at The Ashton Depot - Photos by Devon J. Imagery

HE: What is your favorite memory from your wedding?

BD: My favorite moment, and I think Max would say the same was the first look. It was so a special moment between us. It also helped relieve some of the anxiety of the day.

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HE: Describe your overall experience with your wedding.

BD: Our wedding was the Best. Day. Ever. Everything was perfect.

HE: I mean, honestly.. it was a pretty amazing day! If you could give one piece of advice to a couple in the process of planning their wedding, what would it be?

BD: I’m going to give a few pieces 🙂 Put money into a good photographer and a band. You will have those pictures forever, and you want them to be awesome! A live band brings that something to your wedding to set it over the top – great energy! Write your own vows. Try not to stress out over things because your wedding will be awesome because it’s your special day, and there’s a good chance you won’t remember some of the details because that day is a blur!

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Those are some great words of wisdom, Bonnie! We love a great live band.. and Mars Hill Band really knocked it out of the park at your wedding!

If looking at their gorgeous pictures wasn’t enough, take a look at their wedding video sneak peek courtesy of Turquoise Video Productions or their feature in Modern Luxury Brides Dallas!

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