Rustic Elegant Wedding at The Venue at Waterstone

Amy met Ian on Match.com, after some friends encouraged her to sign up. They were both convinced it was a waste of time, until they found each other in January 2016. They were married two years later!

When Ian proposed, he took Amy to her best friend’s painting studio. Behind her blank canvas was a hand-painted sign that said “Will You Marry Me?” Amy said that even though she had a hunch he was going to propose, it was so special to her, especially to have her best friend there for such an important occasion.

Then the two were ready to start planning their dream wedding! Amy knew she wanted a rustic theme that would combine her love of horses and the outdoors with Ian’s work as a police officer. After meeting with vendors and finding her perfect Madison James dress, the theme evolved into “Rustic Elegance.” The Venue at Waterstone was the perfect location.

The color navy blue was a main theme throughout the wedding, complemented by stunning floral from Freesia in shades of purple, green, and blush. Sable and Gray created the perfect invitations to set the tone for the evening.

One of Amy’s favorite parts of the day was getting ready with her best friends, and the amazing hair and makeup artist, Anita Brown, from Elan Makeup. Amy loved having her two oldest friends as bridesmaids, and their daughters as flower girls.

Brown-Eyed Girls Acapella Quartet provided beautiful prelude music for the ceremony. Le Force Entertainment kept the party going with Amy and Ian’s favorite songs for the reception, as well as lighting to pinpoint their tables and accent the room.  Valentina Vladi Photography captured the night perfectly.


Tastefully Yours catered the dinner, and Amy and Ian had a beautiful cake from Delicious Cakes. Instead of a groom’s cake, they had a donut bar! (We love this idea!) 


Family is important to Amy and Ian, so having her Uncle Bob perform the wedding ceremony was meaningful to both of them. Another priceless family moment Amy recalled was her brother’s toast: “My brother’s toast made my day…maybe even my year…Everyone in the room that has been a part of my life since I was a child remembered the stories he told and was laughing hysterically.”

In reflecting on her wedding, Amy has some advice for future brides: “Everything will work out and it will be fine, don’t stress. It’s just one day!” After all, she said, “The best part of being married is being able to start a life with someone I love.” We wish Amy and Ian all the best in their life together!

Congratulations to the happy couple!

 

Backyard Fall Wedding

Life after divorce can be hard to navigate but, luckily when you have good friends like Melanie does, it’s easy. After adapting to single life, Melanie met Michelle through a mutual friend and the two hit it off.

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These two lovebirds were head over hills for each other and moved fast. They dated, got engaged, and had their wedding all within a year’s time!

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Melanie says, “We started dating in October 2014, and were married in October 2015. We moved fast in our dating, engagement, and marriage process. But, I think for us we just knew how we felt about each other and that life is short and as such, be with someone who you are madly in love with. We knew life would be complicated with integrating a lot of kids, but we also did believe that love does conquer all.”

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The two planned a beautiful backyard wedding at their new home in Colleyville, Texas where friends and family gathered to celebrate their love. The couple hosted their interfaith ceremony and reception under a grand tent by M & M Event Rentals.  They also provided all of the tables and gorgeous linens.  The lighting was provided by ES Events, who created a beautiful branch pattern on the tent’s ceiling.

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When guests’ arrived they were greeted by Pinky’s Valet, an amazing all female valet team, who assisted with parking. The fall floral decor by our fabulous sister company Freesia, adorned the porch of Melanie and Michelle’s lovely home and set the tone for their amazing fall wedding.

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As guests’ entered they were served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Tastefully Yours Catering to enjoy before the ceremony. Tastefully Yours also catered the delicious dinner that evening.

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Melanie and Michelle made their way down the aisle to the romantic sounds of the acoustic guitar. Michael Roos True DJ’s of Dallas later spun out some great music for guests’ to dance the night away. The brides’ looked so sweet with makeup and hair by Chantee.

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Our fabulous sister company Freesia also created lush bouquets for both of the brides’ to carry as they walked down the aisle to happily ever after. Freesia also created amazing centerpieces, and adorned the all white chuppah by Crown Collection Chuppah.

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A wedding wouldn’t be complete without cake! Legacy Cakes did an outstanding job on keeping it simple, yet classic.

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Melanie tells us “Walking into the tent, and having our friends and family stand up and applaud, will forever be imprinted on our minds. It was really like a dream!”

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Melanie and Michelle both agree that their favorite part of being married is they are married to their best friend, each other. They have so many of the same characteristics and at the same time are still learning about each other every day. They just absolutely love one another so deeply.

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We are so glad that photographer Jeff Brummett was there to capture all of the special moments and the love of this truly amazing day in Melanie and Michelle’s life!

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Melanie and Michelle give us much praise by going on to say, “The only think I would recommend to any bride is to hire Lauren Schmidt and the CTE Team. No, I am serious! She is the best, the very best! Actually, we miss her.”

Dreams really do come true.  We are so happy to have been a part of your special day, Happy Anniversary! xoxo