Fairytale Wedding at The Omni Dallas Hotel

Staci and David met on New Year’s Day 2016, a year after their best friends had first started trying to set them up. David came into town for the Michigan State game at the Cotton Bowl and bribed a friend for the chance to meet Staci. They dated for almost two years before he proposed on a weekend getaway at his favorite beach in Indian Shores, Florida.

The couple started planning their dream wedding at the Omni Dallas. Staci knew she wanted bright and vibrant shades of purple and pink, with a classic fairytale theme, and Freesia was more than happy to oblige! She says, “I wanted the flowers to be a focal point, and Lauren put that vision to life perfectly and it all made me feel like a princess.” Linens by BBJ Linen provided the perfect backdrop for the bright florals. With dramatic arrangements on every table, and a breathtaking chuppah from Father of the Bride exquisitely covered in vivid violet hydrangeas, fuschia calla lilies, stunning vanda orchids, and the brightest pink roses, the ceremony and reception were a fairytale fantasy.

Staci wore a stunning lace gown by Justin Alexander from Lasting Bridal, and her bridesmaids wore radiant orchid dresses by Dessy, from Nordstrom. Staci looked every bit the princess, with hair and makeup by TC Makeup. Capturing the day on camera was Shannon Skloss, and videographers from Thompson Pictures. Carlson Craft created the elegant invitations for the wedding weekend’s festivities.

One of Staci’s favorite memories of the wedding was the First Look with her father and with David. “I knew my dad had waited his whole life for that moment, and it was so special for it happen so perfectly.”

Staci made her way down the aisle accompanied by her parents. “Even with 270 people, it felt like David and I were the only ones in the room.”

Once it was time for the reception, In10City Band played all of Staci and David’s favorites, and kept the crowd dancing. Staci says “I don’t think I even left the dance floor until Steel City Pops arrived.” The couples stunning cake was created by Lo at Sweet Thangs. Looking back, Staci only wishes she had more time to experience the night. “It flew by like everyone said it would!”

Staci and David departed the wedding in a picture perfect sea of bubbles, ending a night that was a dream come true.

It was an honor to be part of this sweet couple’s special day. We wish all the blessings life has to offer. Mazel tov to Staci and David!

 

Wedding Party Responsibilities :: The Nitty Gritty

She’s your sister, your friend, your ‘girl’, and now she’s getting married. So when she comes to you and asks, ‘Will you be my bridesmaid?’ you blurt out an enthusiastic ‘YES!’ because it’s an honor and neither of you can imagine it any other way.  What you may not have realized yet is the work, the time, the details, the planning, and the cold hard cash that will go into that enthusiastic ‘YES!’.  The same goes for the groomsmen.

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If the couple has a wedding planner, s/he will definitely take a load of stress and responsibility off your plate, but you, as the wedding party, still have a distinct purpose – a job only a trusted bridesmaid or groomsman can fulfill. Your role is a huge compliment to your friendship, but first and foremost it’s a big commitment that should be taken seriously.  After all, wouldn’t you want the same when it’s time for you to get married?  Being a bridesmaid or groomsman is all about you for the first 30 seconds or so (sorry, that’s the hard truth).  After that it’s all about the bride & groom until after they waive good-bye and drive off into the night.

Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful times an in couple’s life.  Whether it’s family issues that come up, vendor complications, nerves and stress, money or just plain lack of time…they need your support.  That’s why they asked YOU to be in their wedding.

Here are some key pointers of what you can do to be the BEST Bridesmaid or Groomsman you can be ::

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:: The Time ::

  • Attend all wedding related events with the bride/groom (bachelor/bachelorette party, bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal, etc).  Let the bride/groom know well in advanced if you can’t make it.
  • Always be on time – Plan your day accordingly so the couple isn’t waiting on you to get things started.
  • Keep the wedding reception atmosphere upbeat – Be present & on the dance floor. Don’t leave early.
  • Be available to assist whenever the bride/groom needs you – Offer to run errands, make sure they eat or drink something, calm his/her pre-wedding jitters.
  • Plan a speech for either the rehearsal dinner or wedding day. 1 ½ -2 ½ minutes is perfect.  Remember that this is a celebration. After a several minutes of speeches, it’ll be snoozeville.  So keep it short.

:: The Planning ::

  • Girls :: Help assemble/address save-the-dates and invitations, organize the seating chart, attend dress fitting appointments, etc.
  • Girls :: Coordinate the bridal shower and bachelorette party.
  • Communicate with each other – Don’t make the bride or groom be the go-between.  Forge new friendships so that you all can easily stay on top of everything.
  • Guys :: Return the groom’s tux and your tux to the rental shop.
  • Be self-sufficient.  Don’t bring the bride or groom into your drama.  Take care of any issues that arise on your own.  For example, if your dress or tux doesn’t fit, take it to the store and get it fixed.

:: The Cash ::

  • Girls :: The bridesmaids split the cost of the bachelorette party and bridal shower – Plan something that won’t break the bank, but will be enjoyable and thoughtful for the bride and her guests.
  • Guys :: The groomsmen spilt the cost of the bachelor party – Plan a party on par with the groom’s expectations.
  • Go in on gifts for the couple together – This will save you money and time, and will allow you to get a larger gift from their registry.
  • The wedding party is generally responsible for paying for their own attire, shoes, hair and makeup, and travel expenses.
  • According to How Stuff Works, a popular show on the cable network TLC, the cost of being a bridesmaid is over $1,000. This may seem overwhelming, but remember that it will be spread over the course of the engagement.  So start saving right away.

Aside from all the lists and quantified expectations, the most important part of being in a wedding is your ability to be there for the bride and groom in their time of need.  They couldn’t imagine you not being by their side on their big day.  So have fun with it and relish what a privilege it is to be trusted with such an important job.  You can do this!

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:: Photo Credits ::  Top- The Mamones Photography,  Middle- Amy Karp Photography, Bottom- On Location Portraiture